Published On: Mon, May 19th, 2014

Israeli PlaySight Interactive Raises $3.5 Million From Novak Djokovic, Billie Jean King and Other Investors

PlaySight Interactive

PlaySight Interactive, an innovative sports technology company and creators of an affordable, tennis analytic system called the ‘SmartCourt’, today announced the completion of a US$3.5 million investment round from high-profile private investors including grand slam champions Novak Djokovic and Billie-Jean King, as well as from leading private equity investors Bill Ackman, Mark Ein, Dr. Jim Loehr and others.

The new capital will be used to continue to fund a global roll-out of PlaySight’s SmartCourt technology for recreational and elite tennis, as well as research and development on applications in other popular sports beyond tennis.

Chen Shachar, PlaySight CEO said, “We are very proud to have such a powerful group of investors who share our vision of bringing elite player technology to the grassroots and club level.”

Mark Ein, CEO of growth investment holding company Venturehouse Group and an investor in the firms said, “PlaySight has the potential to revolutionize the game of tennis as well as other sports through bringing the same sophisticated analytics available at the highest levels sports at a price point that makes it accessible to clubs and players of all levels around the globe.”

SmartCourt from PlaySight is a game changing real time and after-action review system for effective tennis coaching, and also for easy self analysis of your own tennis game. You don’t have to be a grand slam champion to get effective tennis coaching with Playsights’s new tennis analytics technology.

Affordable, easy to install and to use, it is designed for tennis clubs and private courts across the world.

With just five fully automated high definition cameras PlaySight’s SmartCourt system gives real-time and after-action review with complete debriefing solutions, auto stats, bio-mechanical analysis and 3D tactical game management, including the height of balls over the net, speed of every shot and the depth of balls hit within the court.

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Your activity and motion during the entire match/training session are automatically recorded, analyzed and uploaded into the PlaySight.com cloud where you can review your performance and share it with your coach, friends and family.

PlaySight is the ultimate coaching tool to substantially improve tennis players’ achievements as well as the ability of the coaches to track and analyse their progress.

The SmartCourt system has already been approved by the International Tennis Federation for use in amateur tournaments. The technology is already installed at a number of prestige venues including Roland Garros in Paris, home of the French Tennis Federation, CourtSense Tennis Training Center in New Jersey, Queens Club in London, Stefan Edberg’s academy in Sweden, Holland’s Laurense Tennis Academy, the training center for legendary coach Sven Groeneveld, and at the Ramat Hasharon Tennis Center in Israel.

PlaySight has so far already installed a total of 35 SmartCourt systems globally, including 19 in the United States and is growing rapidly across the tennis world.

The Israeli based company has recently installed its first collegiate court at The University of Georgia, and is scheduled to install a more than 100 facilities in Florida, California, New York and at other locations around the world later this year.

 

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