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Former World #4, elite coach, and ESPN broadcaster Brad Gilbert and I talked about the passing of Andre Agassi's dad, Mike Agassi. We discussed the US Open in length, including Emma Radacanu, Leylah Fernandez, Novak Djokovic, and Daniil Medvedev. We chatted about casper Ruud, and Botic Van de Zandenschulp. his most interesting times at the BNP Pari…
 
South African tennis legend Christo van Rensburg has had an incredible life in tennis. He made his Davis Cup Captaincy debut recently and we discussed his #1 player Lloyd Harris in length. We talked in length about the attributes that make elite players and why he thinks Lloyd is going to rise to the top of the ATP rankings. A late bloomer, he told…
 
Mischa Zverev joined me from his apartment in Monte Carlo in advance of his trip to New York for the US Open. We discussed his brother Sascha Zverev's domination of the field on his way to winning Olympic gold, and why he won the tournament. We talked about the proliferation of uber fans in tennis, as well as the myriad of obligations he has now as…
 
I rediscovered Meike Babel vis a vis her social media networks, and immediately knew I wanted to interview because I liked her coaching style. I remembered her when she came on the pro tennis scene and she has had an incredible life in tennis. She grew up with tennis pro parents near Frankfurt, Germany, allegedly stole a tennis racquet as an infant…
 
In 1984 Leif Shiras made front page news across the globe when he upset Ivan Lendl at Queens Club. He rode that wave of notoriety all the way to the final, where he lost to John McEnroe in three sets. He reached 31 in the world, got to the Rd of 16 at Wimbledon, and was a member of the US Davis Cup Teams in 89 and 91 under coach Tom Gorman. He is a…
 
Former World #4 Brad Gilbert and I broke down the 2021 French Open, now known as Roland Garros. We discussed the Naomi Osaka controversy as well as the recent coaching departures on the WTA TOUR of Sonya Kenin, Caro Garcia, and Jen Brady. We looked at the draws, and discussed them in a fun and interesting fashion. Recorded and Released 5.28.21 See …
 
Zina Garrison has been thru the fire, growing up in Houston, Texas she rose to become the #1 junior player in the world, and in her first pro tournament reched the quarterfinals of Roland Garros. She won 14 tournaments and in 1990 beat Seles and Graf on her way to the Wimbledon final. She and I had a tour de force chat, discussing her bout with dep…
 
Tom Gullikson is synonymous with American tennis, throughout the 80's he and his twin brother Tim were mainstays on the ATP TOUR, winning 10 doubles titles and reached the finals of Wimbledon. Tom got to 34 in the world and after his playing career was over became one of the most significant coaches in tennis. He was one of the original National Co…
 
Dave Fish has lived an extraordinary life in tennis and squash, first as a player at Harvard University, and then as their coach, a post he held for 42 years. Fish was a two-time first team All-America and All-Ivy selection during his tenure on the squash team, he helped lead the men's squash team to three national titles, and the men's tennis team…
 
The pride of The Bahamas, Mark Knowles joined me from his home in Dallas, Texas, where he had damage to his home due to the polar vortex, Mark grew up at Bolletierri's with Agassi and Courier, and he shared that experience, and explained why he chose to go to UCLA. He discussed his struggles in singles, and what it was like to deal with extreme pre…
 
Xavier Malisse has lived an unreal life in tennis, and we discussed how he came from humble beginnings in Ghent, Belgium to the pivotal moment when he was signed by IMG and brought to the Bolletierri Academy. He discussed how he was urged by Nick to not play The Orange Bowl and practice with all the biggest pros in the world. He talked about his gr…
 
The greatest doubles team to ever play, the recently retired Bob and Mike Bryan talked in length about what they are doing to stay busy, and what their perceptions of The Australian Open were. We had a tour de force conversation about their career, and I learned who their most difficult opponent was, as well as some of the most fun they had spendin…
 
Happy Valentines Day. Don't forget, Love Means Zero. He blasted onto the tennis scene when he reached the finals of the 1986 French Open, but that's just a small part of his story. Mikael Pernfors path from Malmo, Sweden to 10 in the world is one of the most incredible stories in tennis. We discussed his unusual path extensively, and his perspectiv…
 
Elena Bovina has had a very full and interesting life in tennis. She learned the game in Casablanca, Morocco, where her dad was a diplomat, and then honed her skills in Russia, until at the age of 14 was signed by IMG and brought to the United States. She trained with Bolletierri, and from 2003-2005 was a top 20 player. We discussed her new venture…
 
Jaime Cortes played in 11 Davis Cup ties for Colombia, got to 200 in the world, and his story of how he came to be a professional tennis player is absolutely amazing. Now a high performance coach, Jaime most recently was in the Amanda Anisimova camp, and vis a vis his academy works with many players. We had a really fun chat about his unusual journ…
 
As part of our tastemaker series Adrian Bartos, known to most as DJ Stretch Armstrong joined me this week from his home in the storied Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. Born and raised in New York City, Stretch explained what it was like to grow up in Manhattan, and how he got into both tennis and Hip Hop. We had an unbelievabl…
 
Manuela Maleeva is the first athlete, in any sport, from Bulgaria to have ever earned prize money and she told an incredible and unlikely story of what it was like to come from behind the Iron Curtain in the 80's and make it on the professional tennis tour. She got to 3 in the world and won 19 tournaments, in a career that spanned over a decade in …
 
For the past 25 years Christopher Clarey has covered professional tennis for The New York Times. He has attended 90 Majors, and in 2018 received the Eugene L. Scott Award from the International Tennis Hall of Fame for his significant contribution to the tennis world. We covered all of the hot button topics that 2020 brought, beginning at the Austra…
 
Tracy Austin was born and raised in Rolling Hills Estates California and in 1977 at the age of 14 she reached the Quarterfinals of the US Open. In 1979 she beat Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert to win the US Open, in 1980 she got to # 1 in the world, and at the 1981 US Open she defeated Martina in the final. She was inducted into the Hall of fam…
 
Dr Zach Thomas is a former college player, a teaching pro and is now a podiatrist and board certified foot and ankle surgeon. He play-tests and slices tennis shoes in half, and posts his assessments on his youtube channel, The Tennis Pro Doc. We had a tremendous chat, discussing in depth NIKE ADIDAS, ASICS, FILA, NEW BALANCE, DIADORA, and virtually…
 
Happy Thanksgiving and have a tremendous listen to this swashbuckling story of pre Islamic Revolution Tehran, gambling hijinks on the Cote D'Azur, wild international flare, and tremendous athletic achievement courtesy of tennis' greatest showman, the singular Mansour Bahrami. This episode is a tennis version of a James Bond film. Recorded 10/26 Rel…
 
In 1996 when he was 20 years old, Mark Philippoussis blasted onto the tennis scene at The Australian Open, when he destroyed Pete Sampras in the 3rd round. He got to 8 in the world, reached 2 major finals, and helped lead Australia to 2 Davis Cup wins. Mark and I talked in length about his frustrations re the pandemic restrictions in Melbourne, we …
 
Jelena Dokic has lived an incredible life in tennis. After fleeing her native Croatia due to the Balkan conflict and blessed with prodigious talent, she immigrated to Australia, and in 1999 as a 16 year old, logged one of the greatest upsets in Wimbledon history, beating Martina Hingis in the first round. She rocketed onto the tennis scene as a res…
 
The Hall of Famer Ivan Lendl joined me for a tremendous chat, where we discussed men's tennis in length including breaking down the Rafa Nadal performance at Roland Garros. We talked about the players that he thinks could win majors moving forward, and how Iga Swiatek's doubles helped her win Roland Garros. We talked in length about Ivan's career, …
 
Emilio Sanchez reached 7 in the world and won 15 tournaments. He won 15 tournaments and after he retired captained the winning 2008 Spanish Davis Cup Team. His tennis academy has produced world champions including Andy Murray, Svetlana Kuznetsova, and Grigor Dimitrov. We discussed the Rafa Nadal domination of Novak Djokovic in the French Open final…
 
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