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, Roland Garros posters are a work of art. 👩‍🎨🇫🇷🎨 Some of them look magnificent and really capture the essence and flavor of the tournament, while others – to me at least – leave me somewhat confused! 🤣 I like them so much I have three framed and hanging in my house. They are 2008,
G’day, Is there anything more fearsome in the sport of tennis than Rafael Nadal’s forehand on Court Philippe Chatrier in Paris? Rafa has won a head-turning 12 Roland Garros titles, with this singular shot carrying him to victory more than any other. Enjoy the forehand breakdown below – in 12 frames. 11:24 am, Tuesday, June
G’day, You look to the other side of the court in the warm-up and assess your opponent. Forehand looks fine. Backhand seems solid. They don’t seem to be moving too fast so maybe you can form a strategy around running them side-to-side. Here are some questions for you… Do they have a better read on
G’day, Sometimes matches are over before they even start. You look at the draw and you see that you have to play the No.5 seed or the No. 10 seed, or the defending champion, or the No. 1 seed this year. Match over right there. You convince yourself that the opponent must be really, really
G’day, Everything to do with volleys – from technique to tactics – has deteriorated over the past 20 years. Everything. We like to think improvement is linear. We should be getting better over time. Nice theory. Not always on the mark in tennis. Take volleys for example. Doesn’t it feel like a greater percentage of
Getting Tight Promo Video G’day, Tennis is a sport of errors. Professional matches average around 70% errors and that number increases at the recreational level for both adults and juniors. Those errors are not well received by players. Not well received at all… The negativity first gains a foothold as frustration, and straight-up anger quickly
G’day, Three bedrooms vs. one living room. In one room of the house lives all the emotions that you feel in a tennis match. There are good feelings, but there are also nerves, frustration, anger, and disappointment. Putting all of these elements in isolation – alone in one room – is not a good idea.
2019 Wimbledon Rewind: Coco Gauff Coco Gauff defeated Venus Williams 6-4, 6-4 in the first round of Wimbledon last year. Talk about causing a buzz on Centre Court! I reviewed the match on the Wimbledon Channel, including Coco’s serve and forehand technique, and a little background on the first time I saw Coco play at
Getting Tight has been out now for about a week and a half and the early adopters are consuming the course. Brookes Byrd, from Sacramento, sent me this review yesterday and was nice enough to agree to share it with everyone. So let’s go through Brookes’ review and see what she thinks about Getting Tight.
Improve your perspective.  Getting Tight has had a very successful launch week, so a big “thank you” to all the early adopters! Around 60% of sales have been in the U.S, with the other 40% from 14 countries around the globe. Leora, from San Francisco, purchased the course on Monday and sent Jeff and I this
G’day, Do you really know who you are as a tennis player? In other words, do you have a crystal clear mission of your ideal game style, and do you stick to it in the heat of competition? Most players have a general idea of what they want to do, but the blueprint is loose.
G’day, Very excited about the launch of Getting Tight in just two days! You will be able to purchase it Monday morning at 8:00 am US Central time. This video is focused on players that start well, get ahead, and then for whatever reason can’t close out a lead. It’s almost like they start playing
G’day, Very excited about the launch of Getting Tight in just three days! You will be able to purchase it Monday morning at 8:00 am US Central time. A key theme that runs right through the 27 video chapters and 325 “Mini-Lessons” is a real-life case study of Jeff’s semi-final match of the US National
G’day, Today’s two-minute sneak peek under the hood of Getting Tight, which launches in four days, is all about joining the dots between the mental, emotional and strategic aspects of competition. Jeff Greenwald, a former No. 1 player in the world in men’s 35’s, had just taken the first set against Francisco Clavet, who is
G’day, Hands up if you find yourself getting too emotional in matches? In particular, hands up if the emotions that you feel are frustration and anger? All over the world, at all levels of our sport, this is a universal predicament. It is quite possibly the most common way we express our emotions negatively on
G’day, On Wednesday, September 6, 2017, I performed a feat I will unlikely repeat in my lifetime… I sat at my New York Times media desk under Arthur Ashe Stadium at the US Open and watched 730 women’s double faults on the match replay feed. Seven. Hundred. And. Thirty. 😳 I had more coffee that
G’day, The open court is an illusion… 👀 The ball is going to take approximately 1.5 seconds to arrive at the baseline in the big, vacant “open court” on the other side of the net. Your opponent has already turned their hips and is moving in that direction, and in 1.5 seconds will be making

Where To Hit Your 1st Volley.

G’day, The 25 Golden Rules of Singles Strategy is the ideal “entry-level ” strategy course to improve the patterns of play in your game. Rule #24 is called First Volley Behind, and it’s all about having the right strategy for your first volley when you come to the net. First volleys are going to be
G’day, Think of the irony of this situation… The shot you miss the most is the shot you practice the least. Yes, it’s the return of serve. Look at these numbers from The Championships last year. 2019 Wimbledon: Unreturned Serves MEN Unreturned 1st Serves = 39% (6983/18020) Unreturned 2nd Serves = 20% (1897/9502) Combined = 32%
G’day! Think about all the lessons taken by players all over the world every day. What’s the primary focus? Forehands and backhands ad nauseam… What is the LEAST practiced shot? It’s, without doubt, the return of serve… Now. Answer this question. What’s the most common rally length (the mode) in our sport? It’s a ONE