Tennis Technology to Improve Play


This blog was originally posted on Jonathan Nadler’s website here.

For those looking to easily improve their tennis game, but also keep track of how they are improving, there may be an answer for this in the near future. New tennis technology aims to utilize the tennis racquet itself as a means of enabling players to track their improvement and performance during play. The Babolat Play Pure Drive, which is already on the market, and the Sony Smart Tennis Sensor are the two newest products boasting this ability for tennis players.

For those individuals interested in test-driving these gadgets, they will be able to play a game of tennis and then review the amount of both forehand and backhand shots they took, as well as the speed and accuracy of shots.  All of this is extremely valuable information to players looking to improve their game and really pinpoint areas that need improvement.  The data recorded by these new devices can be saved and shared with a wide variety of technologies, such as smartphones, tablets, and laptops.  Players of all levels can benefit from this device, in that they can anayluze their play as if they were observing their own game, rather than just playing it.  They can look back at just what they were doing right and wrong, and correct things as necessary.

This technology could certainly be revolutionary for the game of tennis and players’ ability to improve.  Granted, there are certain things that the technology cannot track or rectify, such as positioning and body placement, but it is undoubtedly a step in the right direction for allowing players to dramatically improve their skills and overall game play.

It will be interesting to see how this gadget will be incorporated- if at all allowed- in professional play.  Will it be seen as too advantageous, akin to cheating?  After all, it would enable players to change their game mid-match.  It will be up to the United States Tennis Association as to how these devices will, or will not be allowed at the professional level.


Impact of Presidential Election on Employers

Attorney Jonathan (Jon) Nadler currently serves as a partner at the Philadelphia office of Eckert Seamans Cherin and Mellott, LLC, where he concentrates on labor and employment law, including discrimination cases under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Before beginning his career, Jonathan Nadler earned his JD from the University of Virginia School of Law.

In 2012 Jonathan (Jon) Nadler co-authored a series of articles in Forbes on the impact of the presidential election on employers. The first article noted the shift away from standard full-time jobs to hiring workers on a contract basis. In just the short period between 2005 and 2010, the number of contract workers increased ten-fold, from 4 million to 40 million, which constituted 23% of the workforce. The Department of Labor announced new proposed regulations that increase burdens for companies that use contract labor.

One factor driving the proposed regulations is tax revenues. Classification of workers implicates the collection of payroll taxes, Social Security and Medicare taxes, unemployment and workers’ compensation taxes, as well as others. State governments are concerned with worker classification as well. For example, a 2011 Pennsylvania law imposes civil and criminal penalties for misclassification of independent contractors in the construction industry. Other states are also stepping up enforcement efforts.