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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 Wimbledon! 🍓 Two weeks have flown by, and the men’s final is today at 2.00 pm. It’s the biggest day of the year on the tennis calendar and I can’t wait to see Carlos Alcaraz and Novak Djokovic light it up for the second year in a row. I was onsite at 7.00
G’day From Wimbledon. 🍓 It’s men’s semi-finals day at The Championships. Here’s what’s on tap today. Daniil Medvedev vs. Carlos Alcaraz Lorenzo Musetti vs. Novak Djokovic I have gone through all the analytics (hundreds of data points) that IBM produces here at The Championships and also some new/different data from TennisViz, which does a lot
G’day from Wimbledon, 🍓 It’s ladies’ semi-final day today. Looking forward to two great matches! Here’s the line-up: Semi-Final 1: Barbora Krejcikova vs. Elena Rybakina Semi-Final 2: Donna Vekic vs. Jasmine Paolini Let’s breakdown who is doing best in the following categories. SERVICE GAMES WON Rybakina 86% (38/44) Vekic 86% (55/64) Krejcikova 75% Paolini 70%
G’day from Wimbledon, 🍓 Novak Djokovic starts this quarter-final match against Alex De Minaur as the favorite. History dictates that. There is no doubt that Novak is protecting his right knee in his four matches to the quarters. And rightly so. And, we don’t know if De Minaur is fully fit after injuring his hip
G’day from Wimbledon, 🍓 The world’s top two ranked women’s players have the same holes in their game. It’s called the defensive forehand. World number one, Iga Swiatek, was bundled out of Wimbledon a couple of days ago by Yulia Putintseva after committing 46 forehand errors in a three-set loss. Read that report HERE. In
G’day From Wimbledon. 🍓 World No. 1, Iga Swiatek,  is out of Wimbledon in week one. She lost 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 on Court No. 1 to Yulia Putintseva yesterday. You could also make a strong argument that the person who beat her was primarily herself. HERE is the analysis story I wrote 12 months ago
G’day from Wimbledon, 🍓 Let’s talk rally length and what it really tells us about how players are doing as they progress through the draw at Wimbledon this year. The data set is the bottom half of the men’s draw in the round of 32, so that includes 16 players. The three rally lengths we
G’day From Wimbledon 🍓 The week before Wimbledon, I went to Roehampton to watch the qualifying tournament. I stumbled upon a match in which the No. 1 seed in qualifying, Giovanni Mpetshi Perricard, played Ugo Blanchet. Both players are from France. Ugo looked like a solid player. At 5’9″ (175 cm) and 149 lbs (68
G’day from Wimbledon! 🍓 It’s okay to miss returns. On the surface, the sentence above seems a little out of the ordinary. Wouldn’t we want to put every return of serve back in play? When evaluating your game, it’s best to deal with reality – not expectations. We would LIKE to put all returns back
G’day from Wimbledon! 🍓 It’s amazing to be back at The Championships! Typically I am busy at my desk researching tournament data and patterns of play. Not this morning. I wanted to start Day 1 by consuming a lot of tennis, so I went to Court 8 to watch Jan Lennard Struff (GER) play Fabian
2022 ROLAND GARROS FINAL ANALYSIS What happened when Rafael Nadal hit three – and only three – balls in the court against  Casper Ruud?  Calculated clay-court carnage.  Nadal defeated Ruud 6-3, 6-3, 6-0 in the Roland Garros final on Sunday on the back of dominating points where he hit exactly three balls in the court
G’day From Rome, I was courtside for Rafa’s 6-1, 6-3 loss yesterday against Hubert Hurkacz. As all eyes look forward to Paris and Roland Garros, let’s discuss what he did well at the Foro Italico and what needs to improve by the time he clocks in for work again on Court Philippe Chatrier. THE OPENING
G’day from Rome! It was like old times sitting courtside watching Rafael Nadal play on Centre Court in the Italian capital on Thursday. Rafa defeated Zizou Bergs 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in a match that saw some big swings in momentum for the 10-time champion. Let’s dive into what I noticed from the stands and what
G’day From Rome, I watched Rafael Nadal and Francisco Cerundolo play a couple of practice sets two days ago and really enjoyed watching Rafa working to elevate his game for one last push on the Roman clay in 2024. The following point exemplifies how smart Rafa is with his strategy. He played a very simple
G’day From Roma, It was such a pleasure to watch Rafael Nadal practice here yesterday. The sport has really missed him, and we are all looking forward to seeing what he can do in Rome, at Roland Garros, and at the Olympics (also at Roland Garros) this year. Here’s the LINK to my analysis of
G’day from Roma, It’s so good to be back in Italy working with the Italian Federation. The Rome Masters 1000 starts in three days, and all eyes are on Rafael Nadal as he probably competes in his last tournament here in the Italian capital. Rafa (37yo) practiced from 11.00 am-12.00 pm this morning with 24-year-old
Clay court tennis is dominated by single-digit rallies over double-digit rallies. By a country mile. 🏃‍♂️ Carlos Alcaraz took his first step towards a three-peat at the Madrid Masters 1000 by defeating Alexander Shevchenko 6-2, 6-1 in an hour and some change on Thursday. It’s important to note that Alcaraz did not play in Monte
G’day, Jannik Sinner is the best player in the world today. Period. Sinner won Rotterdam yesterday with a gutsy 7-5, 6-4 victory over Alex De Minaur. He has now won 15 matches in a row and collected back-to-back titles after winning the Australian Open at the start of the year. But Sinner’s current purple patch
G’day from Melbourne! It’s the 🦊 vs. the 🐙 in the men’s final this evening! Jannik Sinner will take on Daniil Medvedev in an intriguing match-up that will decide Grand Slam glory to start 2024. Here are seven things that will go a long way to deciding the final outcome. 1: TIME ON COURT TO
G’day from Melbourne, Points played at the net are on the rise again at Melbourne Park this year. 📈 Hip, hip, hooray!!! 🥳 As you may well know, I am always championing players venturing to the net to win points for a variety of reasons. Taking time away, pressuring with court position, and taking the
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