ITF launches official live scoring mobile app for ITF Pro Circuit
The ITF today announced the launch of the official ITF Pro Circuit live scoring mobile app. The app, which offers point-by-point score updates straight from the umpire’s chair at more than 1,200 Pro Circuit tournaments per year, will be powered by Sportradar AG, the worldwide distributor for ITF Official Data.
Mobile app users will be able to receive notifications about each match such as start times, set scores and final scores, as well as seeing a full list of tournaments taking place each week, the daily order of play for each tournament, detailed match statistics, in-play updates of key match moments and player head-to-head records and biographies.
The mobile app, which is available on iPhone and Android, is the latest improvement to the ITF Pro Circuit’s coverage of live scores. Last month the live web scoreboard, also powered by Sportradar AG, underwent a comprehensive redesign, making it compatible with mobile devices.
Since the inception of the ITF Pro Circuit live web scoreboard in 2013, the Pro Circuit website (www.itftennis.com/procircuit) has seen over a 40 per cent increase in visitor sessions, with more than 17 million visits so far this year.
The ITF Pro Circuit consists of over 1,000 men’s and women’s entry-level professional events each year. These events act as a transition between the junior and the senior game, offering world ranking points and enabling players to progress to the higher-level events on the ATP and WTA tours. The 2015 ITF Men’s Circuit consists of 692 Futures tournaments in 79 countries, while the 2015 ITF Women’s Circuit features 593 tournaments in 63 countries. All events are organised and/or approved by ITF member nations, with total annual prize money in excess of $19 million.
ITF President David Haggerty said: “The ITF Pro Circuit is the starting pathway for a player’s professional tennis career and it remains a vital stepping stone for reaching the upper echelons of the game. We have introduced an official live scoring app because we believe it will be an important tool for players as well as National Associations and tournament organisers in the promotion of their Pro Circuit events.”
Sportradar’s Managing Director of Data and Licensing Dr Johannes Ranke said: “Up to this point, we have enjoyed a really successful partnership with the ITF characterised with innovation and ambition. Our data collection model for the ITF Pro Circuit is truly unique, accurate and fast, and we look forward to further building up our product portfolio together with the ITF and to keep on improving the integration of their competitions across today’s digital channels.”