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Here are the 7 sports startups chosen for Tennis Australia’s innovation program

AO StartUps, the incubator program by Tennis Australia, which nurtures tech companies in sport, has chosen seven ideas for its mid-year intake. 

Tennis Australia Head of Innovation Dr Machar Reid they had hundreds of applications from companies across the globe before having to choose just seven.

“We were so impressed with the diversity and quality of startups and founders that applied to be part of the AO StartUps journey,” he said.

“The mid-year intake was the second time we’ve opened up the AO in this way to the global startup community and we’re really excited by the level of interest that it has generated. Our new cohort will drive innovation across several different sports and entertainment verticals including player performance, event operations and the fan experience in-stadium and on broadcast.”

Just one startup, PAM, which is building connected environments through smart navigation and digital wayfinding technology, is Australian, with two from the UK, alongside companies from the US and Canada, Germany and France.

The startups involved will get the chance prove their business models in real time and directly access proprietary intel and exposure at one of the world’s largest sport and entertainment events, the Australian Open in Melbourne in January. There’s also the possibility of funding from Tennis Australia’s venture capital fund, Wildcard Ventures.

The inaugural program kicked off in January during this year’s Australian Open and included Cape Bionics, Equidi, Calyx, MATCHi, Amperfii, Recut and YBVR – with each of them headlining new initiatives across various aspects of the sport.

The AO StartUps mid-year cohort is:

PAM (Australia): an integrated cloud-based CX platform, to helps customers find a parking spot, the right store, seat or promotion, bathroom or their favourite food at events.

Raven (UK): an AI driven incident management platform that provides real-time situational awareness for

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Nick Kyrgios’ massive announcement amid uncertainty over future in tennis

Nick Kyrgios at Wimbledon.

Nick Kyrgios was supposed to play at Wimbledon before suffering an injury setback. Image: Getty

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However things went horribly wrong from there after he suffered a knee injury at the end of 2022. He was forced to withdraw from the Australian Open and underwent surgery, before his wimbledon-230316202.html” data-ylk=”slk:plans to play at Wimbledon were ruined;cpos:3;pos:1;elm:context_link;itc:0;outcm:mb_qualified_link;_E:mb_qualified_link;ct:story;” class=”link yahoo-link”plans to play at Wimbledon were ruined by a wrist injury.

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He announced last week that he nick-kyrgios-announcement-leaves-tennis-fans-gutted-us-open-bombshell-202439536.html” data-ylk=”slk:still isn’t fit to play at the upcoming US Open;cpos:6;pos:1;elm:context_link;itc:0;outcm:mb_qualified_link;_E:mb_qualified_link;ct:story;” class=”link yahoo-link”still isn’t fit to play at the upcoming US Open, meaning he will miss all four grand slams in 2023. He has only played one match at ATP level this year – a loss in Stuttgart in the lead-up to Wimbledon – and appears to be long odds to return any time soon.

His prolonged absence and a number of recent comments have sparked speculation that Kyrgios will call it quits on his career in the very near future. But on Monday he revealed that’s not on the cards just yet.

Posting a photo from a workout in the gym, Kyrgios wrote: “To my millions of fans out there, I guess we just have to be patient. Trust me, I still have some fire left in the tank, my body just needs time to

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