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© 2018 Elsevier Ltd Objectives: It is well-known that visual information is crucial to successful anticipation in tennis. Here, we examine whether the sound of a tennis ball being struck by a racquet would influence anticipatory judgments of the ball's trajectory. Design: Within videos of tennis rallies from the semi-final of the Australian Open 2016 between Djokovic and Federer, the intensity of the sounds produced when the racquet hit the ball were manipulated systematically. Methods: Experienced tennis players anticipated where the ball would land in the opponent's half. Results: The results highlight that the louder the sound of the contact between the racquet and ball, the longer participants predicted the ball's trajectory to be. Conclusions: These findings demonstrate that besides the crucial contribution of vision to anticipation, action-related auditory cues can significantly influence predictions of the outcome of strokes in tennis as well.

Original publication

DOI

10.1016/j.psychsport.2018.02.001

Type

Journal article

Journal

Psychology of Sport and Exercise

Publication Date

01/05/2018

Volume

36

Pages

100 - 103