Using Pressure Ratings to Rank Most Competitive Matches in 2018

Using Pressure Ratings to Rank Most Competitive Matches in 2018

Last week’s 252-point Paris Masters semifinal between Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer got many wondering whether it was the best match in their 47 match long rivalry. In this post, I introduce a pressure rating for sets and matches that can help to tell us to rate their relative competitiveness.

Djokovic Regains No. 1 But His Climb in the Ratings Isn't Over

Djokovic Regains No. 1 But His Climb in the Ratings Isn't Over

On Monday, Novak Djokovic will regain the World No. 1 ranking, climbing from outside the top 20 at the start of the year. Djokovic’s comeback has been the major story this week. In this post, I look at his rise in terms of his match-by-match Elo rating and put it in context of his best season performances in 2011 and 2015.

Getting to the 2018 WTA Finals--An Elo Story

Getting to the 2018 WTA Finals--An Elo Story

The 2018 WTA Finals is upon us. With Simona Halep bowing out of the event, Caroline Wozniacki enters with the highest GIG Elo Rating. But what do the ratings trajectories of the 8 competitors reveal about who could have the most momentum and confidence heading into Singapore?

Djokovic and Bertens, Two of the Most Improved Players in 2018

Djokovic and Bertens, Two of the Most Improved Players in 2018

Novak Djokovic could continue a masterful run toward the end of the season when he goes for his second 2018 Masters 1000 title against Borna Coric in Shanghai. Even before the final, Djokovic sits at the top of men’s current all-surface Elo ratings. In this post we look at the how the current top 8 on the men’s and women’s tours have won there place among the ratings leaders.

Using Weekly Earnings Opportunity to Measure the Prize Money Gender Gap

Using Weekly Earnings Opportunity to Measure the Prize Money Gender Gap

Prize money has been the primary yardstick for measuring gender inequality in professional tennis. Most in-depth studies of prize money differences have focused on earnings of top players or prize money commitments by tournament. In this post, I take a different view on prize money differences by focusing on earning opportunities in each week of the the tour calendar.

Europe Readies to Defend Laver Cup Title

Europe Readies to Defend Laver Cup Title

Following it’s successful debut in 2017, the Laver Cup will makes its second edition this week. Defending champions Team Europe will meet Team World in Chicago, with new teammates joining each side. In this post, I look at how competitive the 2018 instalment of Laver Cup is shaping up to be.

Zverev's US Open Loss Puts Him Among Top 20 Most Disappointing Major Performances So Far

Zverev's US Open Loss Puts Him Among Top 20 Most Disappointing Major Performances So Far

We are into the quarterfinals at the 2018 US Open. No matter what happens in the final days of the event, we already know that one of the major storylines of this year will be Alexander Zverev’s failure to get to the second week. Zverev’s third round loss to Philipp Kohlschreiber makes the 14th loss at a slam, 13 of which have been before the quarterfinals. With this slam record, what hopes does the twenty-one year-old have for getting that elusive first Major?

2015 US Open Still The Most Brutal in Tennis History

2015 US Open Still The Most Brutal in Tennis History

After two rounds in extreme heat conditions, the 2018 US Open has seen 12 men’s singles matches end in retirement. Is this a historic high for the number of early retirements at a slam? And how do high retirement counts impact the progress of the draw?

Plus-Minus Statistics for Tennis

Plus-Minus Statistics for Tennis

Plus-Minus doesn’t have to be a stat for team sports only. This post introduces Plus-Minus for tennis and uses it to rank the leaders on serve and return heading into the US Open.

Who Is the Teen GOAT of Men's Tennis?

Who Is the Teen GOAT of Men's Tennis?

When Stefanos Tsitsipas became the youngest player to beat four top 10 players in a single event at the Rogers Cup, many were wondering about the greatest teen performances in tennis history. This post looks at top contenders for ‘Teenage GOAT’ status in the men’s game and how they compare to recent impressive teens.