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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.

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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. The First 4 Shots Video Roger Federer walks the walk. We just saw the most serve & volley points won by a Wimbledon men’s champion in 13 years. And to put a cherry
  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. The First 4 Shots Video Time to pick your poison. Tennis looks random, kinda like pinball. Players typically hit cross court, but sometimes they also go down the line.
  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. The First 4 Shots Video Roger Federer Exposes The Biggest Lie In Tennis Part 1 HERE Part 2 HERE Serve & Volley. It has fallen off a cliff. Back in
  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. The First 4 Shots Video Part 1. Click HERE Serve & Volley. Dead & buried? Roger Federer point-blank called out fellow players at Wimbledon last Monday during an interview that
  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. The First 4 Shots Video What frightens Roger Federer? A week ago today, Roger Federer walked into an interview room at Wimbledon to talk about his historic eighth title.
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
Winning a little helps you win a little more. All points in tennis are not created equal. Some actually mean very little to the final outcome. They are just building blocks. You need a minimum of 24 points to win a set, with some being a lot more influential to the final outcome than others.
Is 2017 Rafa’s year… already? The stats are overwhelmingly in his favor. Firstly, let’s understand the two separate rankings in men’s tennis. Singles Ranking (best 18 tournament results from past 52 weeks). Emirates ATP Race To London: year-end No. 1 (only 2017 results). What we are focused on here is the second one – the
Can Stan possibly defeat Rafa today? Stan beat Novak here in 2015. There’s your huckleberry… G’day from Roland Garros! In order to “flash forward” to figure out who is going to win today’s Roland Garros men’s final between Rafael Nadal and Stan Wawrinka, we need to “flash back” to remind ourselves what is possible for Stan
It’s a sledge hammer / French = marteau de forgery G’day from Roland Garros! Rafael Nadal is blasting his way through the 2017 French Open draw. He is now in the semi finals, and will battle No. 6 seed, Dominic Thiem, for a spot in the final. The beating heart of Nadal’s dominance is his
Don’t Stand In The Wrong Spot. Rafa is a lefty. He likes to serve wide in the Ad. “Like” is an understatement… G’day from Roland Garros 🙂 Rafael Nadal defeated Roberto Bautista Agut 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 on Court Suzanne Lenglen yesterday. Roberto is currently No. 18 in the world – with a career-high of No.
Dirtballer Video Dirtballer is a singles strategy course focused only on clay-court tennis. To learn more and purchase, click HERE. The Train Is Rolling. Rafael Nadal is an absolute joke right now… G’day from Roland Garros! I want to share with you what it was like watching Rafael Nadal from five rows back on Court

TIME is the enemy…

There are EIGHT ways to force an error. Time is one of them. G’day from Paris! It’s been a magnificent first week at Roland Garros watching matches and researching the game. I was just looking through the draw and saw that if Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem both win in the 4th round, then they
Roland Garros 2017 Sunday Fun Day! G’day from Paris, The French Open is the only Grand Slam to start main draw matches on a Sunday. It provides the opportunity for people to come on the weekend and see the best players in the world. Good idea all round! There were 16 matches scheduled in both
Novak Djokovic hits a forehand playing percentage tennis
So, you want to be #1 in tennis? Here’s your formula… Hint: It has to do with percentage tennis as you’ve never heard before. I like to reverse-engineer tennis coaching. I like to start at the end to know all that I can about the destination I am trying to get to. I like to start
We play a “front runner” sport. G’day from Munich, We play a sport that is so much easier to succeed at when you get ahead on the scoreboard. Coming from behind is tough. Really tough. For example,  nobody in the history of tennis has a winning record after losing the 1st set. Below are several
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