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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.

We have got Rafa all wrong. Look up the word illusion online and you get the following three definitions. a deceptive appearance or impression. a false idea or belief. Rafael Nadal. Ok… I threw the third one in there, but for good reason. He absolutely belongs! In fact, he could be the poster child. An analysis
Jelena Ostapenko began her Roland Garros title defense with a double fault. It would be one of 13 the 20-year-old Latvian would commit in 11 service games that would see the 2017 Paris champion bow out in the first round – losing 7-5, 6-3 to world No. 67, Kateryna Kozlova. Below is an outline of
Fight extreme with extreme! G’day from Monte Carlo, Rafael Nadal was at his scintillating best this afternoon against Dominic Thiem, winning 6-0, 6-2 in 67 minutes. I want to focus on one particular part of Nadal’s game – where he stood to return serve. Look at the picture above of Nadal preparing to return serve.
SAVE 20% on all 8 Brain Game Tennis strategy products April 20-22 Click HERE to purchase. G’day from Monte Carlo, What a match that was! 👍👍 Congratulations to Dominic Thiem who defeated Novak Djokovic 6-7(2), 6-2, 6-3 in 2:29. It was a battle royale, and then some!!! It’s important to note that Novak served at
SAVE 20% TODAY – Cyber Monday. No code needed. 20% discount will automatically be applied at Check Out. All of the information is immediately available on this website. CLICK HERE to learn more & purchase.  The rough reality of the second serve. There are four main elements to a point in tennis. Serve Return Rally
I wrote this analysis right before the 2011 US Open. It provides an insight into Kevin Anderson’s journey to the 2017 US Open Final. It is never an easy conversation to talk with a player after they lose a match. Emotions get involved, judgement is clouded and opinion seems to take on more importance than
Who Makes More Returns? G’day from New York! So what do you think… Who puts more returns in the court between the following two levels? A Top 10 player in the world. A 16-year-old junior (boy or girl) We all know how inconsistent junior tennis is. Balls spraying everywhere. Too many loose errors. The lack

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2nd Serves: Asset Or Liability?

When Do 2nd Serves Become An Asset? The resurrection of Rafael Nadal (31yo) and Roger Federer (36yo) back to the pinnacle of our sport is a wonderful thing! Rafa is back to No.1 in the world, and Roger is not far behind at No. 3 – only trailing by 500 ranking points. There is only
Where do we draw the line with coming forward? Surely serve and volley has its limits, doesn’t it? Surely approach and volley doesn’t work everywhere. Maybe it’s a lot tougher on clay in Brazil, for example… I want to share another success story with you as a result of the 5-Part Roger Federer Serve &
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Let data drive your practice court. In just under two weeks, GAMEPLAN will be released, providing big data for little players. Well, we are also looking at big players too! The focus is on the player development pathway, with the analysis including specific metrics for the the following 10 levels for men and women: U12 U14
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The learning pathway just got repaved… You are a 12-year-old boy in Barcelona. You push the ball & you win matches. Will it last? You win today, but with that game, will you also win tomorrow? You are a 14-year-old girl in Buenos Aires. You are winning matches without ever coming to the net. Do you really
Can serve & volley possibly work for YOU? What would happen if you took your pre-conceived ideas about serving and volleying and just put them to the side for a little while? What would happen if you have never really served and volleyed, but actually gave it a fighting chance? Well, you would be Terry, from
For a deeper analysis of the massive impact the length of the rally has on winning a match, I highly recommend THE FIRST 4 SHOTS. Click HERE for more information about this tennis strategy product, focused on the importance of the start of the rally. For a 20% discount, enter coupon code Wimbledon at checkout. The code
For a deeper analysis of the massive impact the length of the rally has on winning a match, I highly recommend THE FIRST 4 SHOTS. Click HERE for more information about this tennis strategy product, focused on the importance of the start of the rally. For a 20% discount, enter coupon code Wimbledon at checkout. The code
For a deeper analysis of the massive impact the length of the rally has on winning a match, I highly recommend THE FIRST 4 SHOTS. Click HERE for more information about this tennis strategy product, focused on the importance of the start of the rally. For a 20% discount, enter coupon code Wimbledon at checkout. The code
For a deeper analysis of the massive impact the length of the rally has on winning a match, I highly recommend THE FIRST 4 SHOTS. Click HERE for more information about this tennis strategy product, focused on the importance of the start of the rally. For a 20% discount, enter coupon code Wimbledon at checkout. The code
For a deeper analysis of the massive impact the length of the rally has on winning a match, I highly recommend THE FIRST 4 SHOTS. Click HERE for more information about this tennis strategy product, focused on the importance of the start of the rally. For a 20% discount, enter coupon code Wimbledon at checkout. The code
Qualifiers are the real deal. They win more than you think they do. G’day from Wimbledon! There are 16 qualifiers in the main draw of The Championships. They earned that right winning three rounds in the qualifying tournament at Roehampton this week. Do they really have a chance to win a round or two? Oh,
Pablo’s Pathway. Follow his footsteps to the promised land. 25-year-old Spaniard, Pablo Carreno Busta, is having the best season of his life. He currently has his career best ranking of No. 17 in the world. It’s an outstanding achievement to break into the coveted Top 20, and don’t be surprised to see him crack the
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