The Baron Breaks
The Baron Breaks is an interactive tennis experience for everyone featuring a live scoreboard and statistics courtesy of OnCourt, match predictions in the form of a calculator, analysis of finding the GOAT, recommendations to improve regulations and performance strategies.
OnCourt live scoreboard (coming soon)
Finding the GOAT
If we assume that the GOAT is based on the number of grand slam wins then there are 28 possible combinations given that there are three formats consisting of singles, doubles and mixed doubles (7 combinations), and four grand slams (4 combinations).
- Margaret Court 64 slams (24 singles, 21 mixed doubles)
- Martina Navratilova 59 slams (31 doubles)
- Rafael Nadal 22 slams (14 French Open singles)
- Novak Djokovic 24 slams (24 singles). Denied 3 slams due to COVID?
- Rod Laver 20 slams (11 singles). How many slams would Laver have won when competing as a professional prior to the Open Era 1968?
- Extend the length of grand slam tournaments from 14 days to 15 or 16 days
- Replace the deuce and NoAd game with a 50-40 game (server has to win 4 points and receiver only has to win 3 points) in all tennis formats
- Adopt a final advantage set in men’s and women’s singles grand slam events
- Adopt a best-of-5 sets matches in women’s singles grand slam events
- The toss of a coin is used to determine the decision on whether to serve or receive first at the start of the final set
- Rotate annually between grass, hard, and clay for the ATP/WTA Tour finals and the Olympic Games; and played as an outdoor surface
- Include grass court tournaments from the end of the US Open to the ATP/WTA Tour Finals
- Include more Masters (ATP) and Premier (WTA) tournaments on grass comparable to the number of tournaments on hard and clay
- Play all tournaments as an outdoor surface and only use a roof subject to weather conditions
- All tournaments to consist only of surfaces used in the four grand slams
Match statistics data can be obtained from OnCourt (oncourt.info) for every match on the ATP and WTA tour since 2003.
Point-by-point data can be obtained from OnCourt for every match on the ATP and WTA tour since 2003. A programmer could extra the data into a spreadsheet or database package..
Players should increase their effort on the more important points such as 30-40 in a game, points in a tiebreak game and near the end of close matches. This is achieved by chasing down every ball. Players should decrease their effort on the lesser important points such as being ahead on the set score and down a break in the current set. This is achieved by taking more risk on serve, finishing the point faster and not expending all efforts to run down every ball.
Using OnCourt data and live match statistics game theoretic analysis can be used to determine how often a player should take more risk on the second serve throughout a match in progress.
Game Theory Strategies
Game theoretic analysis can be used to determine how often a player should serve-and-volley, chip-and-charge to the net and the direction of the serve.