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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.

US Open Qualies Day 1

G’day from New York, Qualifying for the U.S. Open started Monday and it was great to walk around the courts and see all the players in action. It’s an ideal time to see young up-and-comers for the first time and get a feel for the new names and faces of the next wave of players
Howdy!  RADIO SPOT Well it’s been an absolutely fabulous week on all fronts! I hope everyone had an enjoyable Easter with family and friends. Tonight at 9.00pm central I will be co-hosting a tennis radio talk show which is going to be a lot of fun! Below is the link to listen to it and
G’day, A big day on Saturday with Na Li and Serena Williams both winning their semi-final matches here in Istanbul. Li was very impressive to take down Kvitova in straight sets 6-4, 6-2 and she is the master of getting off to flying starts this tournament. Li went up two breaks of serve within a
Good morning out there! Friday was a fun day here in Istanbul as I ventured to the Grand Bazaar in town before watching the matches in the evening. I can honestly say I have never seen anything that comes remotely close to the Grand Bazaar. Almost a quarter of a million people go through it
G’day! The highlight of day 3 was my 9.5hrs of straight sleep! Just kidding, but that was top 3 for sure. With the jet lag now full behind me I was able to have a great day at the tennis. The real highlight was the last match of the day with Serena Williams and Petra
G’day, Well it really has been an extremely enjoyable trip to Istanbul so far. The highlight of Day 2 was seeing the wonderful return to form of Jelena Jankovic who defeated world #2 Victoria Azarenka 6-4, 6-3 for the best win she had had in three and a half years. She was composed, confident and
G’day from Turkey! It has been a really good few days here in Turkey and the tournament kicked off last night with three solid matches. I wrote two stories late last night and here are the links to both of them. www.wtatour.com – A Deeper Look: Serena vs Kerber www.wtachampionships.com – In Depth on Azarenka
G’day from Istanbul! It is an absolute pleasure to be LIVE in Istanbul to cover the year end championships for the WTA. This is my first time to Turkey and I must say I am loving every minute of it. I went to the draw ceremony last night which was a lot of fun, followed

Madison Westby Wins Waco ITF

Taking Titles! Congratulations to our own Madison Westby who won her first ITF title in Waco this week. Madison, from Tulsa Oklahoma, joined the Brain Game Tennis Academy this Fall and has shown instant improvement with her aggressive game. Madison only dropped one set, which was in the final, and did not drop serve in
Wow that was quick! Rajeev just made his way into the quarter finals of the Los Angeles ATP250 with a straight sets W over Chilean Paul Capdeville in an hour and some change. Rajeev won 6-3, 6-1 and never faced a break point for the entire match. He broke Paul five times from nine opportunities
G’day, I hope everyone is doing well in their tournaments this weekend! It’s a big day for Rajeev Ram as he battles Lleyton Hewitt in the semi-finals of the Campbells Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in Newport, RI this afternoon at 2pm eastern (live in tennis channel). Rajeev and I had a wonderful swing through
It was a pleasure to be on the inaugural tennis panel at the ESPN Sloan Sports Conference at MIT in Boston this weekend. http://www.sloansportsconference.com / @sloansportsconf / #ssac The panel was moderated by ESPN’s Mark Stein and I was joined by Paul Annacone (Roger Federer’s coach) and Todd Martin (former top #5) for the discussion. The
Hey tennis fans, It has been a lengthy period since my last post. I was reading an Us Weekly column and they said one of the keys to stardom is limiting the flow of data, kind of like economics: lower the supply, increase the demand! Did it work? Is the excitement level high to see

January 2011 Review

G’day, January was a big month for the Brain Game all around the world. Developing the website, coaching players through MY Brain Game and assisting remotely at tournaments dominated the work day. Here are a few highlights from the past month. 1. Tennis Canada – Very happy to announce the Brain Game as an official
Hey everyone, It was a fun and positive start to the year in Brisbane. It’s my second time I have been there and I really enjoyed it; good food, some good cricket (although the Aussies will leave that part out!) and I had some friends and family who were there as well. Louis and I
New York, New York! It is going to take me a while to unwind from a crazy couple of weeks in the Big Apple. With my new business gaining momentum, I was able to work with 5 players at the Open. Here’s the rundown. Amer Delic – I arrived the Sunday before qualies to welcome
Homework is everything. Coaching on tour takes on many aspects, and the one I thrive on is knowing your opponent. The first tournament I coached Kevin was in Delray back in February 2010, where he qualied and lost a tough first round to Argentine Leonardo Mayer (#69) 7-6 (7), 7-6 (2). Without giving too much
Hello again Toronto! The last time I was in Toronto was in 1999 coaching Canadian, Vanessa Webb (#206), at the Du Maurier Open. Vanessa had a nice win over Barbara Schwartz (#56) in the 1st round of qualies before bowing out to Emilie Loit (#90) in 3 sets. We stayed with Vanessa’s parents, Ian and
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