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Craig O'Shannessy is the strategy analyst for the ATP, WTA, New York Times & the 2015 Australian Open
Craig is widely considered the best in the business at researching & teaching tennis strategy. Craig uses Dartfish Match Tagging software to break matches down to specific patterns of play that uncovers what works at all levels of the game. Craig first started coaching on the pro tour 20 years ago, & has coached on center court at Wimbledon, The Australian Open & the U.S. Open.Learn More Here
US Open Commentary for BBC RadioCraig O'Shannessy joined the BBC radio team to deliver expert strategy analysis for Caroline Wozniacki's big win over Maria Sharapova at the 2014 U.S. Open on Arthur Ashe Stadium.
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The Telegraph - EnglandIt was a pleasure to write for one of England's largest newspapers, The Telegraph, as part of their 2014 Wimbledon preview. My story focused on how Andy Murray out-thought and out-played Novak Djokovic in the 2013 final.
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Sports Illustrated InterviewHow do you beat the #1 player in the world? Sports Illustrated celebrated tennis writer, Jon Wertheim, interviewed Craig O'Shannessy at the 2013 French Open to discuss the match-up between Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova - as well as other key analytics of our game.
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Wall Street Journal InterviewCraig O'Shannessy was interview by the Wall Street Journal at the U.S. Open regarding his pioneering work using Dartfish technology to scout in tennis. The article is a must read for all tennis fans.
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Craig O'Shannessy is the leading strategy analyst for the ATP World Tour, WTATennis, Tennis Magazine and the New York Times.
2014 Shanghai Federer d SimonATP World Tour
2014 Shanghai Federer d DjokovicATP World Tour
2014 US Open Nishikori d DjokovicATP World Tour
2014 US Open Monfils d DimitrovATP World Tour
2014 US Open Wozniacki d PengWTA Tour
2014 US Open Cilic d BerdychATP World Tour
2014 US Open Williams d MakarovaWTA Tour
2014 US Open Nishikori d WawrinkaATP World Tour
2014 US Open Makarova d AzarenkaWTA Tour
2014 US Open Peng d BencicWTA Tour
14 US Open Wozniacki d SharapovaWTA Tour
2014 US Open Djokovic d KohlschreiberATP World Tour
2014 US Open Krunic d KvitovaWTA Tour
2014 Wimbledon: Dimitrov d MurrayATP World Tour
2014 Wimbledon Kyrgios def. NadalATP World Tour
2014 Wimbledon: Murray d AndersonATP World Tour
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Kevin started 2010 ranked outside the Top 150 in the world, and was 133 when Craig joined the team as Kevin's strategy consultant in February after the Dallas $50K Challenger. A year later Kevin had scorched his way to 40 in the world. Craig helped Kevin learn the critical patterns of play that he needed to focus on and develop. It was a winning combination.
Craig started doing video analysis work for Melinda in 2011, teaching her to be more aggressive with her court position around the baseline. Craig orchestrated a simple, yet powerful game plan for Melinda in the opening round of Wimbledon, where she defeated #9 seed Melinda Czink 6-3, 6-4 and reached the third round, before falling to #20 Shuai Peng 6-2, 7-6(5).
Amer Delic reached a career high of 60 in the world, and Craig coached Amer on tour from 2008-2012. Amer came very close to beating Novak Djokovic in the 3rd round of the 2009 Australian, losing in a tie-breaker in the fourth set. Amer notched up impressive wins against former world #1 Carlos Moya, and Top 100 players Jurgen Melzer, Sam Query, Potito Starace, Dudi Sela, Paul-Henri Mathieu, Steve Darcis, Nicholas Mahut and Tobias Kamke.
In July of 2011, 28-year-old Rajeev Ram had seen his ranking plummet to #272 in the world. He was unsure of his game. Craig knew exactly what he needed to do - commit to serving and volleying and play more backhands through the middle of the court to get more forehands. The results were instant. In the first tournament in Atlanta, Rajeev beat Grigor Dimitrov and Lleyton Hewitt and 12 months later Rajeev was back inside the Top 100 in the world at #93.
In April 2013, Alex Kuznetsov and Craig teamed up to get the talented young player back on track. Alex first came on tour in 2003, but had only reached a high of #158 in 2007. Alex was played too randomly, and once Craig taught him his winning patterns, Alex enjoyed immediate success, attaining his best world ranking within three months and surging all the way to #120 in the world in five months time.
Craig assisted Sasha's full-time coach, Brandon Wagner, in 2012 as Sasha improved from #84 in the country to #5 in country in one year, including reaching the finals of the National Boy's 16's Hardcourts in Kalamazoo. Sasha's big game flourished with serve and Serve + 1 patterns, as well as feasting on big targets from the back of the court.