By Chris Oddo | Friday, March 21, 2014
Tennis Highlights Hit a Whole New Level at Indian Wells with FreeD replays. Welcome to our brave new world.
Photo Source: ATP Media
Tennis meets the Matrix is how I would describe the almost unfathomably good slo-mo 3D replays that the ATP started spitting out during its broadcasts at Indian Wells a few weeks ago. If you haven't had a chance to see the new cutting edge FreeD replays at work, check the video below.
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We tennis fans have always gone all gaga over the way modern players contort and twist their bodies while hitting their world-class shots, and you can find many of us wiling away long evenings while sifting through endless files of slow-motion swing videos on YouTube (c'mon you know you do). Now, with these cutting edge replays starting to make their way on to broadcasts and highlight packages, tennis fans can go gaga like never before. I'd bore you with the technical specifics (if I knew them), but it might be better if you just sit back and watch (plus there is a nice explanation in the video).
Tennis's future has always been bright, but with crazy-good technological footage like this, it's safe to say that it just got a little better, thanks to ATP Media.
There is only one caveat for the time being. Unfortunately, ATP broadcaster Robbie Koenig tells me that for now, the FreeD was just an Indian Wells thing. Oh, well, even if we have to wait another year, it will be worth it...