Tennis Balls Being Shot At Player By Tweet-Powered Robot

Love tennis? Like to feel like you’re a part of something bigger happening online? Then you’ll probably wish we had told you about this in time for you to participate!

But you can still watch someone swing a racket at tennis balls shot at him by a tweet-powered robot! That’s something, right?!

Yes, we explain what the hell this means below.

Starting three days before this year’s French Open on May 23, fans around the world were invited to go to and log-in via Twitter. (Yes, you were invited. We forgot to tell you.)

Had you gone there in time, you would’ve been able to drag-and-drop a tennis ball on a virtual on-screen tennis court to adjust the positioning of their shot to challenge Tsonga. (He’s the player we referenced above player, FYI.)

And these shots would be translated into a hashtag and tweeted to Tsonga with your very own personal message!

But alas, now all it seems to allow you to do is send a tweet, so missed out on the ‘drag and drop’ action.

Here’s the fun part you didn’t miss though: “The on-court robot, connected to the internet and Twitter via 3G, will then select users’ Tweets at random and fire tennis balls at Tsonga, with each shot mapped precisely to the positioning of each user’s choosing.”

When does this happen? May 23 at 11:00 am ET! And you can view the tweet and shoot live right here!

Confused? It IS actually a little complicated. It was designed and developed by digital agency We Are Social – and they drew it out for you:


And here’s a trailer on it as well:

We wonder if the robot will take any wild shots? Guess we’ll have to tune in to see!

(Image from Shutterstock)