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Win at all costs or lose gracefully in high-stakes competition? Gender differences in professional tennis

Anbarci, Nejat, Lee, Jungmin and Ulker, Aydogan 2016, Win at all costs or lose gracefully in high-stakes competition? Gender differences in professional tennis, Journal of sports economics, vol. 17, no. 4, pp. 323-353, doi: 10.1177/1527002514531788.

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Title Win at all costs or lose gracefully in high-stakes competition? Gender differences in professional tennis
Author(s) Anbarci, Nejat
Lee, Jungmin
Ulker, Aydogan
Journal name Journal of sports economics
Volume number 17
Issue number 4
Start page 323
End page 353
Total pages 31
Publisher Sage
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2016-05
ISSN 1527-0025
Keyword(s) gender differences
professional tennis
high stakes
line call challenges
Summary This article examines line-call challenges by male and female professional tennis players in major tournaments around the world. In terms of utilization rates, we find that the genders behave similarly. Nevertheless, we do detect some intriguing gender differences in these challenges. First, male players’ challenges are more likely to be provoked by those of their opponents. More importantly, at tiebreaks, females are more likely to reverse an umpire’s unfavorable call, while males make relatively more unsuccessful challenges. Furthermore, we find that men are a lot more likely to make “embarrassing” line-call challenges at tiebreaks and offenses (i.e., when the shot lands at the opponent’s side of the tennis court) than women. These significant gender differences suggest that women particularly diverge from men at crucial junctures of the match such as tiebreaks. Differences in factors such as risk aversion, overconfidence, pride, shame, and strategic signalling behavior might help us to explain these gender-difference findings in line call challenges.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1527002514531788
Field of Research 140299 Applied Economics not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 910299 Microeconomics not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, Sage
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30083019

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Department of Economics
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