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Tennis is a perfect combination of violent action taking place in an atmosphere of total tranquility. – Billie Jean King

The All-Time ATP Masters Race Is Even Closer Than You Think

As I compose this, Novak Djokovic has earned himself a place in the semi-finals at the Shanghai Masters, putting him two successes from his 32nd profession ATP Masters title. A title this week would desert him one Rafael Nadal,...

Ivo Karlovic and the Odds-On Tiebreak

Ivo Karlovic is on track to accomplish something that no player has ever done before. Over the course of his career, Karlovic, along with John Isner, has set a new standard for one-dimensional tennis playing. The big men win so many...

The Rosy Forecast of Arnya Sabalenka’s Elo Rating

It’s been almost two weeks since Aryna Sabalenka’s last title, and the next one is starting to feel overdue. With respect to Naomi Osaka’s ascent, the Belarussian is the hottest rising star on the women’s tour right now, with...

Daniil Medvedev’s Leading Elo Indicator

It is turning out to be a leap forward season for 22-year-old Russian Daniil Medvedev. His Tokyo title two weeks prior was his first at the ATP 500 dimension and his third on the season, after prior triumphs in...

How Fast Was the Laver Cup Court?

Laver Cup has redefined what a tennis event can be, and so far, the new definition seems to involve fast courts. Last year, we saw nine tiebreaks out of eighteen traditional sets, plus a pair of match tiebreaks that...

Tracking European Dominance With Fictional Laver Cups

No matter what happens this weekend in Chicago, tennis fans can safely say that Europe holds the edge over the rest of the world in the men’s game these days. According to my forecast, Europe has a healthy advantage...

The Effect of the US Open Serve Clock

This year’s US Open was the first grand slam to use a countdown clock before each serve. The time between points was set at 25 seconds, up from the official grand slam time limit of 20 seconds, partly to...

Forecasting the 2018 Laver Cup

It’s that time of year again: group selfies in suits, dodgy Davis Cup excuses, and a reminder that it takes more than six continents just to equal Europe. That’s right, it’s Laver Cup. Last year, I worked out a forecast of the event,...

The US Open Surface Speed Puzzle

Almost everyone agrees that the courts were slower at the US Open this year. The players thought so, the media concurred, and the tournament director confirmed that they had slightly changed the physical makeup of the surface in order to slow things down....

Clutch, time pressure, injury prevention plans: How analytics could revolutionize tennis

A few days before last year's Australian Open, Machar Reid, the head of innovation for Tennis Australia, was walking in downtown Melbourne when he heard someone call his name. He turned to see Alexander Zverev, the tournament's No. 5 seed,...