The environment for this system is narrowed to ensure ease of preliminary design. Through a partnership with the Northfield tennis club, a fixed environment of operation is chosen to be an indoor tennis court with artificial lighting. The lighting in the court is uniform. The tennis court also includes an automatic tennis ball machine. The exact model is a “silent partner”.
Tests are carried out using the silent partner and an average skilled player. After a number of tests, a general distribution of the location of the balls is calculated. It is determined that roughly 85% of the tennis balls will be found behind the tennis court’s base line, with the remaining tennis balls in front of the tennis net. The distribution is generally proportional against the back wall.