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.

Offense toppled defense in the 2015 final. Congratulations to both Stan Wawrinka and Novak Djokovic for playing a fantastic French Open final! Stan won the match 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4. Novak won the hearts of the crowd with an amazing extended standing ovation in the awards ceremony. Novak is hardly ever the crowd favorite or
Novak is the clear favorite. Stan has the weapons to win.  Let’s hope for a final to remember! Firstly, it’s going to be a little weird not watching Rafael Nadal win this thing for the 50th time. Novak will definitely go into this match feeling very confident after a good run in Paris, and a
Nole gave Rafa the good news. It was a very focused, tactical match. G’day! Well, after six losses to Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros, Novak Djokovic finally got him. Novak’s straight sets win was dominant, and at no stage did Rafa really get his nose in front. I hope you read my pre-match post –
A match for the ages. Firstly, Happy Birthday Rafa! This is going to a big one! Bigger than Ben Hur, as we like to say Down Under. (For my live twitter analysis – follow @braingametennis) This is one of those matches where the hype, the build-up, the pre-match tension, is felt by millions and millions
Roland Garros rocks. G’day, What a great start to the the French Open the past few days. I have been fortunate to coach at Roland Garros over the years, and absolutely love the smaller, tighter setup they have there. Yes it’s crowded, yes the crowds boo more than they should, but it’s definitely different –

Know Your Enemy

SAP Rome data. You have absolutely got to know this. G’day! Good morning! I wanted to pass along a story I wrote this week for the WTA Tennis website. It contains some brand new data from SAP from the Rome tournament last week. SAP is really doing a tremendous job of bringing new tennis data
Last chance to save $$$ Start connecting the dots. G’day! It was about a year ago that I figured out the best way to share my tennis knowledge with you was through my website. That’s where the 25 Golden Rules of Singles was born. Then the focus changed to the mental and emotional game, and

Matches > Practice

Too many players excel at practice. Who cares… G’day! I can’t tell you how pumped I am to go to Waco tomorrow for the NCAA Championships – Men’s Rd16 at Baylor. It’s a nice, easy 90 minute drive from Austin to see an incredible day of tennis. I have said it before, and I am

Num3ers in Madrid

Murray’s Madrid Mauling. The Num3ers explain the victory! G’day! Firstly, a huge thank you for the overwhelming response to Num3ers yesterday. It’s incredibly satisfying to do so much research, and then connect with people all over the world to help them understand, play, and coach the sport in an improved manner. Here’s just a sample

Num3ers Sneak Peak

Num3ers tennis strategy course
Sneak Peak. Let’s take a little look inside Num3ers…  G’day! Hope all is going well this week! Some huge NCAA round of 64 battles coming up this weekend, and some monster matches in Madrid as well. Lots of fun stuff! I have been putting the finishing touches on Num3ers all week, powered by a solid
G’day! I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend! Here is the final installment on the superb SAP 50 Match Data Set from Miami. Below are the links to the first three stories in case you missed them. Miami 1 – Serving Miami 2 – Break Points Miami 3 – Returning SAP is doing an
G’day! The return of serve is a lethal weapon in it’s own right, and has improved a lot in the past decade to efficiently neutralize the serve. The best returners in the world are also the best ranked players – much more of an equivalent effect than with the best servers. SAP’s outstanding data from
G’day! Not all points are created equal – and break points carry the most weight of all in a tennis match. They are the “momentum” points that quickly swing the outcome of matches at any moment. These big points could come in the first game, in the middle of the match, or right at the
G’day! The tennis analytics revolution is well under way. SAP are doing a great job uncovering critical data in their new relationship with the WTA, and I want to share some of that with you in today’s blog. SAP took 50 women’s matches from the 2015 Miami Open, and combined all that data into one
How Roger beat Novak playing very smart tennis Roger Federer is having an amazing renaissance to his already amazing career. The latest highlight is a straight sets win over world #1, Novak Djokovic, in the Dubai final on Saturday. I wrote a story for the ATP World Tour, which is still on the front page of

G’day from the Aussie Open

  Game plans work. otherwise knows as how to not lose 18 matches in a row to the same person. G’day from Melbourne! Well, by now I am sure you heard how badly Tomas Berdych beat Rafael Nadal in the quarter finals. It was 6-2, 6-0, 7-6(5), but not that close. I an sure in the
The perfect couple. Hawk-Eye Tennis Coaching Ambassador. G’day from Melbourne Park! It is with great pleasure that I would like to officially announce a wonderful working relationship with Hawk-Eye as their global Tennis Coaching Ambassador. Hawk-Eye have been an integral part of tennis since 2002, and are the gold standard for delivering tennis analytics to
  It’s a big number. Roger reaches a massive milestone… I was on Pat Rafter Arena last night to witness Roger win his 1000th match on tour – only the third player ever to do it. I want to share 10 things from the match with you. 1. It’s amazing how much Federer is loved
Berrer def. Nadal 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 One game changed everything. Did you see the stunning victory by Michael Berrer over Rafael Nadal this week in Doha? Wow! It was Rafa’s first match back, and the nerves really kicked in. He cruised through the first set and then lost serve in the middle of the second

Why 1% Matters

And how patterns are the key to that 1%. G’day! It’s a brand spanking New Year and it’s only natural to want to attack 2015 like a bull running down the streets of Pamplona. Sounds good to me, so let’s pick a role model to copy that crushed it in 2014. Well, that person would be Roger