When we were branding Racket:Next as “Virtual Tennis,” we needed to prove three essential concepts:
One… that Racket:Next could meaningfully and enthusiastically engage people, especially young people.
Two… that Racket:Next play was natural and bio-mechanically consistent with conventional racquetsport forehands and backhands.
Three… that we could quickly and inexpensively organise and conduct a full-blown global Racket:Next tournament.
The Bottom Line: We proved all three, with flying colours.
The first two, at the September 2019 Junior Davis and Fed Cup Finals, at the USTA National Campus, in Lake Nona, Florida.
The third, all over the world, at a global tournament conducted by the Virtual Sports Association and One Hamsa, the Racket:Next developer.
Not only did we prove these concepts, but we discovered amazing things that we never expected:
1. The Bio-Mechanics of the Basic Strokes – Forehand and Backhand – are instinctive, and evoked in Racket:Nx by the simple command to “HIT IT HARD!“
2. The Cost and Effort to generate interest and participation in in-person and on-line Racket:Nx competition is Small. Beyond this, in time, we believe that – on an event by event basis – it will become even smaller.
3. We can Effectively Inject the Most Advanced New Sport – Racket:Next – into the Most Acceptable Channel – the existing competition infrastructure.
We have since gone far beyond “Virtual Tennis” to “Virtual Racquet Sport.”