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! Partnering with innovative tennis academies all over the world is a primary focus for Brain Game Tennis, as it offers the opportunity to immerse a close-knit group of coaches and players with cutting-edge tennis strategy and analytics. OTR Elite Tennis Academy in Hong Kong was the first academy I partnered with, and I greatly
2018 US Open Interview with Luca Baldissera. This was a really fun 12-minute interview I did with Luca onsite at the US Open the day of Novak Djokovic’s quarter-final battle with Aussie, John Millman. The topics we talked about are broken down into specific segments further down the page below the video, and as you will
G’day, Just over a year ago 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
G’day! 33-year-old Czech, Barbora Strycova, is hitting her prime. Last year at Wimbledon, she reached the semi-finals. Her career-high singles ranking of No. 16 came in 2017, and she just finished 2019 on the No. 1 doubles team in the world along with Su-Wei Hsieh. Round of applause, please! 👏👏 I interviewed Barbora on The
G’day! You love the baseline. You love to go back there and hit forehands and backhands until your brain explodes with endorphins. You think the baseline is your happy place. You spend all your time there in practice, and unfortunately, you overdose on this part of the court in matches as well. Here’s the reality

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G’day! There are three types of shots you can hit from the back of the court, and one of them is vastly superior to the others. Which one do you think it is? Normal Forehand Run-Around Forehand Backhand If you picked No. 2, you are on the money! 💰 Run-around forehands produce more winners, force more
30-30 is a crossroads between pleasure and pain. Win the point and the percentages are overwhelmingly in your favor to hold serve. Lose the point, and the odds now say you are more likely to get broken. So… how much risk should you take on board when serving at 30-30? Is it a good time to
G’day, We all want to hit a better serve, right? What better way to improve your toss & motion than from the top four seeds at Wimbledon in 2019. Those players were: Novak Djokovic Roger Federer Rafael Nadal Kevin Anderson My Wimbledon Channel analysis focuses on things that the players do well, and also some
G’day, Just imagine for a moment what it’s like to finally arrive at match point in a Wimbledon final. It’s quite simply the biggest moment & biggest point of your life! This was the focus of my Wimbledon Channel analysis in 2019 to kick off The Championships. Watch the video below to see the successful
A unique tennis experience.   Video analysis of your matches + analysis of Centre Court matches.  G’day from Austin, How would you like to spend two days working on YOUR game with me at Indian Wells this year? The tournament is fast approaching, but there are still some spots left for this really cool package that will
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