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Photos: Australian Open 2007

All the tech action at the Australian Open Tennis Championships 2007 in Melbourne.
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All the technology action at the Australian Open Tennis Championships 2007 in Melbourne.

Fans file in for the start of another day's play at the 2007 Australian Open.

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Underneath Rod Laver Arena, an IBM blade server (on right) runs the scoring database for the tournament.

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The fast spinning page views counter is just one indicator of the tremendous load on the servers managing australianopen.com. Tournament organisers expect an increase on the 4.2 million unique visitors who visited the site last year.

Courtesy of IBM

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For the first time at the Open, each singles player in Rod Laver Arena receives a match analysis DVD after play to review their performance.

Courtesy of IBM

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The DVD includes video footage which is indexed by point and combined with statistical data. This allows players to view footage of just, for example, their aces, or forehand winners etc. Close-ups on the next page.

Courtesy of IBM

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Close-up of players' match statistics.

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Close-up of detailed serve statistics.

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The Australian Open island in the digital world, Second Life.

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