Retrieved 24 April 2020, 11:26 IST
German star Jean-Lennard Stroff believes that the future of tennis is after joining forces with artificial intelligence and information analyst Craig O’Shaughnessy.
Stroff, ranked 34th in the world, has teamed up with Australian pioneer O’Shonesty – the former chief strategist of Novak Djokovic, who has continued to transform the game.
And Shannesi – using numbers, patterns and data – helped Djokovic return to the top of the ATP Tour with four Grand Slams in three years before being disbanded in early 2020.
And Shannesi in his corner, almost defeated Straff Djokovic at the Australian Open in January before Serb superstar Melbourne set a record-breaking eighth title.
“Craig is an extremely good analyst,” Straff Stats told Performer O’Sonnisi, who works with 2019 U.S. Open semifinals Matthew Barretini, Alexei Poparin and Tennis Canada.
“Like Novak Djokovic, for example, he has been working with many top players over the last few years.
“I had an idea, I could improve myself while working with him, I wanted to be professional and try to reach everything that was possible in my career.
“So I think you have to try things like that. I really appreciate him and I think he can take me even further.”
Advances in AI add to the true power of sports data to create the richest insights in the statistics editing industry, although it is relatively unheard of in tennis.
Asked if AI and numbers would become more important in tennis, Struff added: “Yes, of course.
“I don’t know exactly what other players are doing in that area. You’re always trying to hide what he’s doing, what his fitness training looks like and nobody wants to talk about it.
“Everyone is trying to hide themselves, so opponents can’t see if certain things work or not. This is to copy certain things from other boys and actually prevent them from getting caught. But it will come.”