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How to Discover a Future Tennis Star Early in Career?

Student: Antonina Milekhina

Supervisor: Valentina Kuskova

Faculty: International laboratory for Applied Network Research

Educational Programme: Applied Statistics with Network Analysis (Master)

Year of Graduation: 2020

This research provides methodological and theoretical basis to longitudinal social network analysis of careers in individual sports (tennis case). Theoretical model is suggested that combines psychological characteristics of a player and his/her embeddedness into network of matches. A methodology of applying stochastic actor-oriented model (SIENA) to analysis of match network evolution is elaborated. From applied perspective tennis players' careers are scrutinized and psychological traits crucial for success of a player in combination with opponents characteristics are analyzed.

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