The Racquet Club of Memphis Uses Unique Daktronics Solution for Premier 2007 Tennis Events

Daktronics worked closely with The Racquet Club of Memphis to develop a unique scoring and display system for the recently held Regions Morgan Keegan Championships ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) tour event and the Cellular South Cup WTA (Women’s Tennis Association) tour event.

The Daktronics system was comprised of four GalaxyPro light emitting diode (LED) displays located courtside, two speed-of-serve displays using LED digits and radar guns, and a specially designed interface to the ATP and WTA scoring systems.

“We are extremely pleased with the solution developed for our ATP and WTA events,” said Lenny Jones, one of the event organizers and President of NATI Telephone and Data Services. “The four courtside displays provided great flexibility to show not only scores, but various graphics and sponsor logos. Daktronics followed through with excellent on-site support to make sure things went well during our most important tennis events of the year. The Daktronics system was an improvement over the rental system we have used in previous years, and we look forward to using it for other events as well.”

The LED displays each measured approximately 3 feet 6 inches high by 8 feet 6 inches wide and were positioned at court level behind the service lines in the primary Stadium court, the Grandstand court, and Player’s court. Daktronics GalaxyPro technology was chosen to present up to seven lines of real-time scoring and statistical information, as well as colorful graphics, sponsor logos, and animation. Display resolution is 48 pixels high by 128 pixels wide with full-color pixels on 20 millimeter (.78″) center-to-center spacing.

Two additional Daktronics displays kept fans informed of each player’s speed of serve, using the proven CT-2001 model with 18″ high LED digits. These displays were connected to radar guns that sent the serve speed directly to the displays for immediate reaction and feedback for fans and players.

For real time display of scoring data, Daktronics developed an interface to the ATP scoring system so information could be immediately displayed on the GalaxyPro displays. The Daktronics V-Play controller was used to overlay match information on the closed circuit television network around the venue. Daktronics also provided on-site technical support for the event.

“We have extensive experience developing interface solutions to third party scoring, timing and statistics providers,” said Tony Kuck, Sport Software Engineer for Daktronics. “Our systems are designed to easily accept and format data from other sources so that fans can keep up with the action. In addition to tennis, we’ve done systems that interface with real time data sources for basketball, football, baseball, hockey, aquatics, and many winter and summer Olympic sports.”