The Sony Ericsson Open Tennis Tournament has just about kicked off in Miami, Florida. If you’re a Tennis-loving Android user, rejoice, for the official Android app of the tournament has been released in the Google Play Store. Packed with plenty of interactive and informative content, the official Sony Ericsson Open app ensures that you always keep abreast of all the latest proceedings from the tennis arena right on your device. Using the app, you can follow all the games live, receive up-to-date tournament news and updates on an ‘as it happens’ basis, follow your favorite players and the games in which they are involved, stay apprised of all the tournament-related info, scores, draws, schedules and stats via highly interactive Hawk-Eye Data Visualization technology, delve into the history of the tournament, past winners, explore the content-rich multimedia via photo and video galleries, follow tournament-specific tweets, join the fan zone to participate in various competitions, and find easy navigations to the amenities and facilities in and around the arena. The app presents all the exclusively featured content via a neatly designed dashboard that makes navigation to the required facets of the app ridiculously convenient.
The aforementioned dashboard forms the crux of the entire app as it lets you access the Scores, News, Schedules, Draws, Players, Fan Zone, Gallery and Stats via relevant buttons.
Not only can you check scores of live games, but of the completed ones, too. Tapping the News button brings you all the latest news and tweets pertaining to the tournament.
The app’s Draws segment lets you select whether you wish to explore the tournament draws for men’s/women’s singles or doubles (or from the qualifying round), and from thereon, you can start following a progressive ladder of each individual match, starting from the qualifying rounds right through to the grand finale.
The Players segment presents you with a list view of all the players participating in the tournament. You can sort the list by player name, nationality or rank for both, men as well as women. Tapping a player name reveals their brief profile, tournaments stats and draws.
The Fan Zone segment reveals various tournaments in which you can participate, and shows all the Visitor Info (nearby amenities, shopping facilities, food/drink points, parking areas et al) on an interactive scrollable map.
The Stats segment of the app is perhaps the best part of the entire package, but it is functional only while a game is in progress. Once a match is on, you can view live virtual eye replay of every point scored, check out live play-by-play commentary, analyze the players’ service direction, keep an eye on the serve and return speeds, shot placements and plenty more; all via an interactive graphical interpretations.
All in all, the app packs enough content to keep the adrenaline rushing, and information flowing even on off-days during the tournament.