How Medvedev and Berrettini Dealt with Pressure at the US Open

How Medvedev and Berrettini Dealt with Pressure at the US Open

The performances of Daniil Medvedev and Matteo Berrettini at the 2019 US Open showed that the future of men’s tennis is bright. In this post, I look at the point-by-point pressure each of these young stars had to confront and analyze how well they responded to it in each round of their US Open journey.

Ages at the US Open are Getting Bimodal, Again

Ages at the US Open are Getting Bimodal, Again

With 22 year-old Belinda Bencic, 19 year-old Bianca Andreescu, and twenty-three year-olds Daniil Medvedev and Matteo Berrettini into the US Open semifinals; are we seeing the first wave of a new generation of dominant players at Majors?

Who Has the Momentum Going into the US Open?

Who Has the Momentum Going into the US Open?

With the last Grand Slam of the calendar approaching, it is the perfect time to review the relative strengths of the field and who has done the most to increase their hardcourt edge in the past year.

Possible Effects of Abolishing First Service or Advantage Points

Possible Effects of Abolishing First Service or Advantage Points

The format changes at Majors are the most prominent of a number of rule changes that are being considered to reduce the length of tennis matches in order to make the tennis ‘product’ more attractive. In this guest post, Francesco Lisi and Matteo Grigoletto of the Department of Statistical Sciences at the University of Padua investigate how removing the first serve or advantage points could impact match lengths.

A Stat for Must-See Matches

A Stat for Must-See Matches

A constant conundrum for tennis fans is deciding which match to watch at any particular time. In this post, I look at how we can quanitfy the ‘must-seeness’ of a match based on it’s overall quality and competitiveness using player ratings.

Player Ratings Tables Go Live!

Player Ratings Tables Go Live!

A new section of the website is debuted: ‘Ratings’. Here (the hope) is to provide the top 100 singles and doubles men and women on tour each week using MOV Elo ratings.

Unicorns of the WTA

Unicorns of the WTA

With the US Open hard court swing just around the corner, Ash Barty heads into the last leg of the season with the highest rating in women’s singles and doubles. Such simultaneous dominance in singles and doubles has, in the past decade, only been matched by Serena Williams.

Early Ups and Downs on Clay

Early Ups and Downs on Clay

After the first weeks of the clay season, who is making fwaves and who has had a wipe out? Here are men’s and women’s twenty biggest movers so far on clay.

Putting a Basic Playing Style Classifier to the Test

Putting a Basic Playing Style Classifier to the Test

Any measure of playing style is only as good as what it can explain beyond player overall ability. If we apply this standard to playing style categories derived from basic match stats, how do they hold up?