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Modified Mon Jul 14 08:36:01 2014 by Chris.Fahlbusch.

Tennis Grand Slam Prediction


The Grand Slam tournaments, also called Majors, are the four most important annual tennis events.

They offer the most ranking points, prize money, and public and media attention; the greatest strength and size of field; and greater number of "best of" sets for men.

The Grand Slam itinerary consists of the Australian Open in mid January, the French Open in May/June, Wimbledon in June/July, and the US Open in August/September. Each tournament is played over a period of two weeks.

The Australian and US tournaments are played on hard courts, the French on clay, and Wimbledon on grass.

Wimbledon is the oldest, founded in 1877, followed by the US in 1881, the French in 1891, and the Australian in 1905. However, of these four, only Wimbledon was a major before 1924/25, the time when all four became designated Grand Slam tournaments.

Problem Statement

The objective of this exercise problem is to predict the winner, finalists, and quarter finalists (final eight players) based on the head-to-head results and rankings of players in the most recent four Grand Slam tournaments dating back to the U.S. Open of 2013.

The provided data sets include handicap information from various betting services. You may elect to incorporate this, and any other information available in the data set, in your solution.

Data Sets

The attached archive contains the following five files:

  • 2013usopen.csv
  • 2014ausopen.csv
  • 2014frenchopen.csv
  • 2014wimbledon.csv
  • tennisnotes.txt

An explanation of the file layout is provided in 'tennisnotes.txt'.