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, Your eyes lie to you… I learnt this over a decade ago when I would sit and watch tennis matches and thought I had a good understanding of what I was watching. Then I “tagged” the video of the match, and uncovered that there was a lot that I had missed. The main reason
G’day, The future of strategic coaching in tennis is squarely focused on uncovering new match analytics that succinctly explains who won the match and why. It’s about creating powerful (and simple) match intelligence reports that cut straight to the heart of the matter, and guide players and coaches to the right video playlists to “see”
G’day! Just 1️⃣ more sleep until The Championships – 2019 edition! 🍓 I have had so much fun the past couple of weeks bringing you highlights from my work at the Wimbledon Channel. We finish up the series today with a doubles interview with the 2012 Wimbledon Doubles champion, Frederik Nielsen. Frederik partnered with Jonathan
G’day! I was lucky enough to be out on Centre Court today when the trophies came out on display. 🏆😍 Here’s some pictures I took of two of the most amazing trophies in the world!
G’day! Just ✌️more days to Wimbledon! 🍓🍓 It’s sooo good to be back onsite at SW19. The days right before the tournament begins are magical, with so much energy and buzz from players and coaches. They get the whole place to themselves as they practice and prepare for the greatest tournament in the world. I
G’day from London, Only 3️⃣ sleeps until Wimbledon begins! 🌱🎾 I arrived into London this morning and went to watch good mate, Dustin Brown, play an exhibtion match at The Roehampton Club against Christian Garin. I will post some pics and video of that for you tomorrow. Today’s video focuses on the thrilling 7-6(6), 6-7(5),
G’day! Four more sleeps. That’s it! Then the greatest show on Earth begins! 🌏🌱☘️ Today’s video brings you five different aspects of match strategy from the 2018 Wimebledon Women’s Quarter-Final between Julie Goerges & Kiki Bertens. I want to identify these layers for you, so that you can better understand match strategy at Wimbledon this
G’day! You can count it on one hand… just 5 sleeps to go until Wimbledon 2019 🖐. Today’s video is a lot of fun. Nick McCarvel and I preview the 2018 Wimbledon men’s quarter finals and make our predictions. The matches are: Federer v Anderson Raonic v Isner Djokovic v Nishikori Nadal v Del Potro
G’day! Have you ever been to The Boodles? Oh my goodness it is super fun! I went in 2015 and watched some great tennis as players got in some valuable matches on grass in preparation for Wimbledon. I videoed a few points and captured a fun little trick play from Novak Djokovic. Here’s what happened.
G’day! Just six more sleeps until Wimbledon 2019 begins! 😍🇬🇧🏆 Today we are going to examine the BEST baseline pattern of play on the pro tour from a Wimbledon Channel segment I did last year. And there is more good news… it also works at the junior and adult recreational level as well! So you
G’day! It’s Monday. Wimbledon starts NEXT Monday. 🥳🎉 Today’s analysis focuses on two videos from the 2018 Wimbledon Women’s quarter final between Angelique Kerber and Daria Kasatkina. Kerber won a very tightly contested match 6-3, 7-5, and went on to take the title. The first video features is just 3:35 long and focuses on the
G’day! Some people are just down right fun to interview. One such person is Barbara Strycova! 😀 The following interview was on the Wimbledon Channel in 2018, where we had a blast talking net strategy and her impressive prowess serving and volleying. In the interview we watch several of her points and pause them mid-point to
G’day! We are down to single digits!!! Only nine more sleeps until Wimbledon 2019! 🌱💚 Today’s video is a preview of the blockbuster 2018 women’s quarter-final between Serena Williams and Camilla Giorgi. Serena got into all sorts of trouble early on, but finally triumphed 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in a wildly entertaining match.  My preview focuses
G’day! It’s only 10 more sleeps until Wimbledon begins, but who’s counting? 🍓🙋‍♂️ Think about all the lessons taken by players all over the world every day. What’s the main 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
G’day! Only 11 more sleeps until Wimbledon 2019 kicks off!! 🥳 Let’s go back 12 months and take a look at the preview of the women’s final between Serena Williams and Angelique Kerber. The German shocked the American 6-3, 6-3 in a rivetting encounter. I want to take you through my pre-match analysis, focused on
G’day! Just 12 sleeps until Wimbledon 2019!!! 🍓 One of the really fun parts of working as the tennis strategy analyst for the Wimbledon Channel is to interview all kinds of amazing people. Today I want to share with you a 10 minute interview with legend, Mansour Bahrami, from 2017. Mansour, from Iran, made his
G’day, Just 13 sleeps to go until Wimbledon 2019. 😍 Today we rewind back in time to connect the dots between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal at SW19. The analysis focuses on the 2011 Wimbledon final, won by Novak, which also serves as a preview of their block-buster 2018 semi-final. Craig’s Wimbledon Channel Analysis: Djokovic
G’day! Welcome to the Brain Game Tennis 2019 Wimbledon countdown! Each day for the next two weeks I will be priming you for the greatest tournament of them all with highlights from my work in previous years as the strategy analyst for The Wimbledon Channel. What will you find in the videos? Insights into pro
G’day, Back in February, I was in Long Island, NY, coaching at a Tennis Congress event. Devin Nerenberg and Gustavo Sanchez, from Entourage Tennis, were also coaching there as well. The Tennis Congress was organized in conjunction with the New York Open, and the players were able to be on court all day getting coaching,

Moneyball In Tennis

G’day from Roland Garros, I want to share with you a really fun feature the Tennis Channel posted yesterday about the strategy work I do in tennis, particularly focused on my work with Novak Djokovic. I have greatly enjoyed helping pioneer data analysis in tennis, along with a lot of other passionate coaches, and it