AI Wimbledon Tennis Federer Djokovic
Stanford University researchers used artificial intelligence to turn broadcast video of tennis matches into controllable players that look just like their real-life counterparts. This is accomplished by analyzing historical points, starting with the “shot cycle,” which begins with a player approaching an incoming ball. Next, a statistical model will calculate where the players place their shots and move in different match scenarios. Read more for a video and additional information.

Best of all, the Vid2Player AI is capable of generating new fantasy matchups, and eventually, give users control of the action. Think Virtua Tennis, but far more realistic, to the point of being almost indistinguishable from a real match.

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Our system can generate novel points between professional tennis players that resemble Wimbledon broadcasts, enabling new experiences such as the creation of matchups between players that have not competed in real life, or interactive control of players in the Wimbledon final,” said the researchers.