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.

Roger Federer has won in New York five times. Here’s 15 reasons why I think the sixth will be this afternoon. G’day from the Big Apple! What an incredible final this one is shaping up to be. I was fortunate to be at the last two Wimbledon finals between Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, and can’t

Hi, my name is Roger Djokovic

Roger is the Fully Monty. Fed is putting up some “Djokovic-Like” return & rally numbers. When we think of Roger’s game at its best, the serving side of the equation is typically what comes to mind. When we think of Novak Djokovic, we tend to focus more on the greatness of his returns and domination
Numbers remove opinion. Numbers remove guesswork. Let’s embrace data, shall we? It has been an extremely enjoyable start to the 2015 U.S. Open, writing for the New York Times and analyzing data to see exactly what numbers and patterns dominate our sport. Below are 15 data points that can definitely help make you a smarter

Educate your tennis eye

Smarter #usopen viewing. Enjoy the tournament more – because you know more. There is a lot that escapes the eye when you watch a tennis match. Important things happen in the middle of a point that are  forgotten by the time the point ends. Subtle things happen between the points that are not measured, yet

Roger Federer @ #usopen

Flushing Meadow used to be a very happy hunting ground for Roger. From 2004 – 2008, he won 35 straight matches, and 5 titles. Those were incredibly good times for the Swiss star. Not so, lately. He lost in the 2009 final to Juan-Martin Del Potro, and has only been to one semi-final since. It’s

Roger Invents New Shot

Half Volley Returns Roger pretty much invents a new shot… G’day! When was the last time you were watching a tennis match and said to yourself, “wow, I have never seen that before!” Well, that’s exactly how I felt watching the Cincinnati final yesterday between Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. Roger has indeed invented a
Novak Djokovic is ridiculously good. But exactly where, and why? When we witness the genius of Novak Djokovic, our eyes are initially mesmerized by his spectacular, yet simplistic execution. Our eyes give confirmation that this guy is from another planet, but the numbers are where we really get to understand and appreciate just how good
Tennis + technology = Center Court Marketing Let me introduce you to my good friends. G’day! The past few weeks have been simply amazing over the pond, working as Wimbledon’s strategy analyst, and also being part of Dustin Brown’s extended coaching team – that took out Rafael Nadal on Center Court in the second round.
Novak Djokovic makes you play bad. When we look at Novak Djokovic, we marvel at his ridiculous elasticity, the strength of his backhand, the deep returns, and the clutch serving. When we look at Djokovic, we see the prototype of the modern player. He is the best of the best, and has been for some
G’day! What an amazing victory by Dustin Brown over Rafael Nadal on Centre Court at Wimbledon! It was such a pleasure to join Scott Wittenberg on Dustin’s coaching team, and help Dustin to the biggest win of his career. I want to pass on some insights and stories from that huge day, as well as
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