Brain Game Tennis Blog

Learn tennis strategy, read analysis of pro matches, and more from the Brain Game Tennis blog. All posts are written by ATP tennis strategy coach & analyst, Craig O'Shannessy.

G’day from Melbourne! 🇦🇺🐨 Twenty-year-old Ben Shelton has emerged as the sensation of the 2023 Australian Open. He has navigated his way to the tournament’s quarter-finals, where he takes on fellow American Tommy Paul this afternoon at 2.30 pm. Here are his results to the quarters. Rd 1 def. Z Zhang 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 2-6,
G’day from Melbourne! 🇦🇺🎾 Novak Djokovic returned to Melbourne Park last night with a dominant 6-3, 6-4, 6-0 victory over Roberto Carballes Baena. Here are 10 stats from the match that drill down into his Rd 1 victory. 1: RALLY LENGTH The first thing to understand is that the vast majority of points Novak played
  TWITTER: November, 2022   TWITTER: WHICH FORMAT WON? Want to improve tennis? Update. The. Scoring. System. Change it to make tennis a more exciting product. Change it to have a more predictable and more appealing average match time. Change it to help lower-level tournaments attract more fans & become financially viable. Change it to
  G’day from Torino, I was courtside yesterday for Novak Djokovic’s victory over Andrey Rublev in the group stage of the ATP Finals. Everything was going along just fine until Rublev served at 4-5. His negative emotions erupted out of nowhere like a volcano. The video below starts with Rublev hitting an ace to get
G’day from Milan, I arrived onsite at the NextGen ATP Finals a little early today and saw 20-year-old Jiri Lehecka warming up for his afternoon match. He was working on serves and returns. He was hitting the ball very clean!  I pulled out my iPhone, recorded a couple of minutes of practice, and was lucky
G’day, Where are most forehand groundstrokes errors made? Glad you asked! 🙋🏼‍♂️ I want to share with you one of the drills from tomorrow’s webinar focused on my 25 Favorite Drills & Progressions. It’s all about forehand groundstroke errors. The first thing to understand is the four areas at the back of the court –
G’day, Nick Kyrgios is through to the quarter-finals of the 2022 US Open and takes on Karen Khachanov this evening at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Should be an amazing atmosphere! Here’s Kyrgios’ tournament to date. Rd 1 def. Thanasi Kokkinakis 6-3, 6-4, 7-6(4) Rd 2 def. Benjamin Bonzi 7-6(3), 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 Rd 3 def. JJ

Nick Kyrgios Is The Antidote

  G’day, Nick Kygios played one of the best matches of his pro career last night to defeat No. 1 ranked Daniil Medvedev 7-6(11), 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, and advance to the quarter-finals of the US Open. It was a spectacular match with some incredible shot-making. Big game on the big stage. Kyrgios served lights out,
G’day, Is your second serve a strength of your game? I can say with almost certainty that it is not because it’s not for almost everyone on the 🌏. Winning more points on 2nd serve will be covered in extensive detail in the webinar Serve Strategy: Patterns, Percentages & Drills, which is now available for
G’day! You always play two matches when you step onto the court to compete. During the point. Between the points. We have all heard how tennis is such a mental game. Staying focused on your game plan and the opponent is a crucial element of that. The August 18th webinar (Serve Strategy: Patterns, Percentages &
G’day! Where you stand on the court to start the point in doubles really, really matters!!! FOCUS: Positioning of the Returner’s Partner. The Returner’s partner is by far the toughest position to play on the doubles court. The other three players all get to hit the ball before they do. The Returner’s Partner will often
  G’day! This is a very cool way to watch a forehand = on repeat! Let yourself be mesmerized by the forehands playing again & again every 1-2 seconds. These GIFs are meant to be watched for 30 seconds to a minute and sometimes more before you go on to the next one. Here’s how
  G’day! Novak Djokovic has done it again! The Super Serb won his seventh Wimbledon yesterday, which includes the last four in a row. Stunning numbers any way you want to slice them! The following breakdown combines all seven matches in one data set. Those 2022 matches were: Rd 1 def. Soonwoo Kwon 6-3, 3-6,
G’day, Is Nick Kyrgios a legitimate chance to upset the Novak Djokovic apple cart 🍎🛒 in the Wimbledon men’s singles final on Sunday? Anything is possible, but the Super Serb is looking to win his fourth Wimbledon in a row and seventh overall. Djokovic has experience to burn. This will be his 32nd Grand Slam
G’day, Rafael Nadal is through to the semi-finals of Roland Garros, chasing an unprecedented 14th title in Paris. Here’s the road he has taken so far: Rd 1 def. Jordan Thompson 6-2, 6-2, 6-2 Rd 2 def. Corentin Moutet 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 Rd 3 def. Botic Van De Zandschulp 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 Rd 4 def.
G’day from Paris, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will play for the 59th time in the quarter-finals of Roland Garros on Wednesday. Overall, Djokovic leads the head-to-head 30-28. Djokovic won their last meeting, which was at Roland Garros in 2021. All of that will be water under the bridge when they do battle in the
G’day from Paris, Aliaksandra Sasnovich took it to Emma Raducanu today at Roland Garros, winning 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 on Court Suzanne Lenglen. I watched the match, anticipating a victory by Emma. Didn’t happen. Here’s why… Emma has a forehand problem. Not a good problem to have when you are battling for Grand Slam glory. Emma
G’day from Paris, The road to Roland Garros glory has always gone straight through the baseline. Players must be dominant from the back of the court if they want to take home fresh French silverware. Through the first two days at Roland Garros this year, there is a strong sense of Déjà vu resonating through
G’day From Paris, You see something different when you watch something many times instead of just once or twice. You see the same thing happening again & again & again. You learn more. You appreciate the subtleties and nuances that you never really picked up on before. The last week I have been putting some
G’day from Roma, You can break down what happens in a tennis match into four simple categories. Serving Returning Rallying Approaching Different players are going to employ different strategies, but in general, you are going to find minor variations in the patterns of play because players know what works and what doesn’t from playing hundreds