Craig O'Shannessy in the Tennis News & Media
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Craig in Recent News
Craig is featured on The Tennis Tribe, where he shares mistakes he sees on the doubles court.
Craig speaks at Tennis Congress.
Craig weighs in on Roger Federer's longevity in tennis.
- Craig breaks down exactly how he defeated Rafael Nadal on Center Court at Wimbledon.
- Focus: Craig’s role on Dustin Brown’s team in defeating Rafael Nadal on Center Court at Wimbledon.
- What stood out to O’Shannessy was Brown’s focus on his opponent’s game rather than his own. O’Shannessy says eight or nine out of 10 players focus on their own game. Brown, though, “is on the good side of the coin.”
- In addition, O’Shannessy suggested that it takes longer for a serve-volleyer to piece everything together than it might for a baseliner. “He has always looked to come forward, always looked to play what appear to be low-percentage patterns such as drop-shot returns. And hammering the second serve as hard, or even harder, than the first serve.
- One of the great advantages Rafael Nadal has had in his brilliant career is that he does not really play like anyone else. It is hard dealing with a guy who hits such crazy top-spin when you only see that style a couple of times a year. How do you prepare? But Dustin is like that too, in a very different way.
- “Rafa doesn’t go to Plan B, mainly because he doesn’t have to. I like to tell people that Dustin’s game is ‘organised chaos.’ We knew what he was going to do, we knew Nadal wasn’t going to come up with some great response to this, as he traditionally doesn’t. He serve-volleyed one point all match and won it. But he didn’t do it again. He didn’t show an urgency to come to the net, to take the court away from Dustin.”
- Brown’s entourage is a fluid affair – Scott Wittenberg flew out to coach him after qualifying, and he enlists the ad hoc help of an ATP tour analyst, Craig O’Shannessy. “It’s loose and casual but that works, it fits,” says O’Shannessy
- A story of the Wimbledon Brown v Nadal match in a German newspaper.
- “The average player with a good coach can do a lot more damage now,” said Craig O’Shannessy, who runs a tennis strategy analysis company called the Brain Game and provides match analysis for the WTA, the ATP and The New York Times.
- “When Maria’s performed badly she’ll get behind in a rally and she panics and then tries to hit down the line,” explains Craig O’Shannessy, a strategy analyst for the WTA, among other tennis entities. “One of the things that Maria can’t do is try and change the direction of the ball when she’s on defense. There are just too many errors when she’s attempting a defensive change of direction.”
- O’Shannessy used Montreal stats as an example: There, Venus served 24 of 35 second serves to the Serena forehand, winning nearly 60% of those points, a percentage that O’Shannessy called “unheard of” against Serena. He concluded: “[Venus] not only went there a lot, she won there a lot as well. It was a gutsy move.”
- An overview of the November training camp in Budapest, in conjunction with the Hungarian Tennis Association.
- To prepare Ram for his first-round match against Johnson, O’Shannessy followed his usual practice: He found video of Johnson’s recent victory in the final of a Challenger tournament on YouTube, loaded it up on his iPad, trained his video camera on the iPad, hit play and went to bed. The next morning, he downloaded the video into Dartfish, a video analysis program.
- It should be a rhetorical question. But it isn’t. Walking through the players’ lounge here, O’Shannessy, 46, goes unnoticed. He’s another tanned, fit-looking coach with a low-riding ballcap and works with two players, Rajeev Ram and Alex Kuznetsov. (Ram went from No. 272 to No. 93; Kuznetsov has risen 100 spots in the last six weeks.) But players should be lining up to avail themselves to his wisdom.
- "Tennis unfortunately is one of the worst sports in the world to pick up and take advantage of advanced metrics and advanced analysis. In America you have football, baseball, basketball... the very first thing they do after a game is they go and study the tape. Tennis doesn't do that very well."