In an interview with Sport Senators, strategy analyst Craig O'Shannessy spoke about how he will work at the ATP Finals in London. O'Shannessy works both with Matteo Berrettini and Novak Djokovic, who will face each other on Sunday, 10th November, at the ATP Finals in London.
O'Shannessy said: "We have a little problem here! I usually speak with players before and during the matches but, for example, when Matteo faced Alexei Popyrin (who also works with O'Shannessy) in the US Open third round, I told them that I could not help anyone because we had the same agreement.
With Novak it's different, he pays me more." How is a day in his life? "Well, great! In the morning, after sending my daughter to school, I hit the gym, I bring my two dogs walking and from 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM I usually write an ATP story.
Then I focus on Novak Djokovic, who I have been working with for years." On his origins, O'Shannessy concluded: "I was born and grew up in Albury, Australia. There you have thousands of grass courts, I was playing there every day as a junior player.
I was not part of an Academy, I did not have a coach but I was playing many matches. After the high school I attended University in the United States, and kept playing tennis. Then I started studying in order to become a journalist.
At some point I had to make a choice between coaching and journalism and I finally picked the first one. I got away from journalism for 20 years until when the New York Times asked me to write an article. Now I work with Wimbledon channel, several players on the Tour, ATP, ITF."