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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)

Calculator with match predictions 

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). 

Potential GOATs

  • Margaret Court 64 slams (24 singles, 21 mixed doubles)
  • Martina Navratilova 59 slams (31 doubles)
  • Novak Djokovic 24 slams (24 singles). Denied 3 slams due to COVID?
  • Rafael Nadal 22 slams (14 French Open singles)
  • Rod Laver 20 slams (11 singles). How many slams would Laver have won when competing as a professional prior to the Open Era 1968?  

Regulations

Scoring Systems

  • 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

Court Surface

  • 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

Performance

Match Statistics 

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

Point-by-point data can be obtained from OnCourt for every match on the ATP and WTA tour since 2003. A programmer could extract the data into a spreadsheet or database package.. 

Resource Allocation 

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.

Serving Strategies 

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. 

Yoga Strategies

Roger Federer was winning a higher percentage of points on serve than his opponent but still losing grand slam matches due to not winning the important/pressure points and hence “choking”. This article provides evidence that by following yoga processes Federer would have won at least 4 more slams, most likely 10 more slams and potentially up to 18 more slams; and taken Federer to a total of at least 24 slams to put him outright leader in total grand slams (in comparison to Djokovic and Nadal). Given that every player has a certain level of anxiety, every tennis coach could adopt these yoga strategies amongst their coaching regimes (where players could potentially be free of all anxieties known as Samadhi or Enlightenment and hence no choking on critical stages of the match). These yoga processes have been identified below.    

  • Avoid meat, egg, mushroom, onion, garlic, chives, shallots, leek, alcohol, smoking, cannabis, caffeine, gambling, illicit drugs and illicit sex
  • Milk products are necessary as you need your animal fats
  • Weekly gardening, wrestling and swimming (preferably at the beach)
  • Daily hatha yoga, mindfulness, puja, kirtan, japa, arati, dharma talks, mathematics and arts-and-crafts 
  • Listen to music frequently
  • Don’t accumulate wealth (build or donate to a foundation)
  • 6 hours of sleep maximum per night
  • Eat prasadam (spiritualized vegetarian food) and karma free milk products
  •    Read Krishna Consciousness books including the Bhagavad Gita As It Is (at least 3 times)