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AO 2020 Women's Final: Match Analysis image

It’s always interesting to go to the stat sheet and see what it tells us about today’s AO Women’s Singles final. Sophia Kenin defeated Gabriella Muguruza by 4-6, 6-2, 6-2. Infosys has greatly improved the match statistics that are provided to fans in order to raise their enjoyment of the matches. With a bit of sleuthing, I was able to put …

Watch the Ball image

Any competitive player knows the importance of keeping their eyes on the ball … so much so that the phrase “they took their eyes off the ball” is now in common usage as a way of describing any situation where someone loses focus. However, we also know from W. Timothy Gallwey’s The Inner Game of Tennis (1974) that telling yourself to watch …

Favorite or Underdog: How to Get the Most Out of Your Tennis image

Favorite or Underdog?How to Get the Most Out of Your Tennis There are rewards to playing competitive tennis. Naturally, the most basic one is winning the match. However, it is the contention of this post that focusing only on a W is most likely detrimental to both your inner level of satisfaction and your …

Analyzing the Serve image

Analyzing the Serve:Why Craig O’Shannessy’s Take is Off the Mark Let’s start with first principles. I think we would all agree that what a server is looking for is to maximize the probability of winning a point when serving. This includes (obviously!) both first and second serves. O’Shannessy’s …