The physics of
tennis is very intricate for a sport based on
relatively simple conceptual principles, such as
hitting and bouncing a ball. As we add in all the
basic mechanical principles that have a effect, the
physics of tennis quickly gets quite complicated. In
addition, ball spin plays a large role in the sport
and dramatically changes the flight and bounce
physics of tennis balls.
The basic tennis physics
presented here only begin to scratch the surface of
the vast physics of tennis. Other interesting areas
of tennis physics include modeling the trajectory of
a tennis ball and determining the sweet spots of
tennis racquets, as well as the physics of specific
tennis strokes such as the serve.