Bethanie Mattek Sands to test Google Glass during Wimbledon matches


Bethanie Mattek Sands is breaking new grounds by becoming the first professional athlete to wear Google Glass while competing and the venue will be none other than the traditional Wimbledon.

The American always loves to bring a flood of extravagance to the Grand Slam – two years ago she came to the Pre-Wimbledon Party dressed in a tennis ball dress, while her on-court jacket was accessorized with white tennis balls, and this year her look for the Player Party was nothing short of shocking.

The tennis star is one of a few thousand lucky people who are in the Glass Explorer program, testing Google Glass in prerelease format. Google says that the product has allowed Mattek Sands to capture her strokes from her perspective during practice and share them with her coaches, as well as to search recipes and perfect her cooking.

The world No.58 opens Wimbledon with a match against seventh seed Angelique Kerber. Given the American’s current form and now the accessory of lightweight Google Glass, if her recent right thigh injury has healed enough, she could upset the German No.1, against whom she’s actually 2-0 head-to-head. (source: Venture Beat, photo via Bethanie’s Twitter)


  1. First of all, it’s wonderful to see Bethanie returning so well from her injured status. All the nest to her and her husband.

    Products should be planned and developed with end uses in mind. You think of how the product will get used, then, you design the product around that use.

    This is backwards. I can only hope that Bethanie doesn’t waste her time playing with this toy. Don’t get me wrong. I’m posting in a set of products (that would be the Internet) whose use no one could have conceived. Well, actually, when one reads on the actual history of the net, they did conceive it, but you get the point.

    I think that if tennis players really want to use technology to get an upper hand, they should instrument themselves and their racquets. How about biometric sensors that monitor:

    Heart rate
    Acceleration (as in body movement and racquet head speed)
    Brain activity (as in agitation or calm)
    Breath rate
    Body posture static and dynamic (using position sensors placed around the body and mapped to 3D references taken during good stroke production)

    Using a bluetooth interface, transmit that data to a processor that can interpret it and feedback to the player basic instruction — perhaps through an earpiece.

    “Bethanie, you are over your limit heart rate. Take more time between point.”

    “Bethanie, your forehand is weakening. Is this intentional?”

    “Bethanie, your last 4 backhands were commenced in too open of a stance.”

    Why if a sensor were designed to track the ball in flight it would be game, set, match.

    “Move left now!”

    “Don’t hit! Ball will land out!”

    “Challenge! My calculation is ball has landed in!”

    Of course, codes would be generated, meaning instead of waiting for the computer to tell Bethanie that a ball is headed out and that she shouldn’t hit it, a one word code would be substituted for speed’s sake.


    Of course, all of this is in jest. It’s bad enough that racquets today have made the men’s game almost unwatchable; that they have made the proposition of a woman with a fat ass who can serve harder than Ken Rosewall a pedestrian reality.

    Back to basics: If the kid growing up poor aspires to be a tennis player, are we creating more barriers to achievement or removing them? And by barriers, I mean cost in this case.

    And by the way, what does any of this have to do with Jelena Jankovic?

    We need to stop thinking about this crap and resume focus on Jelena Jankovic. What is that pretty woman wearing? What did she eat? What is she doing with her smoking body?

    Put that in your Google Glasses.

    Go JJ!


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