Introducing Kamau Murray as the new host of the Tennis.com Podcast. As a tennis coach and community leader, tune in each week to hear Kamau interview prolific guests and players, and discuss what really goes on behind the scenes of the tennis tour.
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USTA CEO Michael Dowse on the tennis boom in 2020
"In the last few months, literally millions of people have discovered our sport and they're out playing tennis for the first time."
Jeff Salzenstein on reaching as many players as...
"If anybody has a dream or a passion to start something that is the key. You just have to start and you just have to get going and just take one step at a time."
Marcus Daniell on the importance of effective g...
“What I landed on was starting an organization and trying to leverage my connections and my relationships in the sporting world to try and bring effective giving into the total sporting arena."
Blair Henley on getting the best out of players...
"It’s those times where you’re sort of sitting there figuring out what can we do to make the most of this tournament in terms of publicizing our sport? It's just finding the different avenues to tell people about our game."
Martin Blackman on Jennifer Brady's Australian ...
“When we see an American player have a breakthrough, have a good result, we’re all high-fiving and texting and jumping up and down. It really means a lot for us, this is way more than just a job for us."
Sharon Fichman on competing on her own terms
"Doubles is more enjoyable for me in the sense that it just feels kinder on my heart and my soul when I play."
Dominik Koepfer on forging his own path
"Some people just think they’re the best, they grow up knowing or getting told that they’re going to be No. 1 in the word, but I’ve never had that."
Jessica Pegula on preparing for a Grand Slam in...
"I think it was hard the first few days because no one had any idea what was going on, but now it's calmed down a lot and people are like you know what, we've got to deal with it."
Chanda Rubin on making the most of the new normal
"It’s a great middle ground to have, being in studio, but certainly on site, there’s not much that can beat that."
Dave Marshall on touring with the Bryans
"You have to win the most important points so we talk about having a goal, setting up, and the Bryans are so great at figuring stuff out."
Gunnar Peterson on training the world's best at...
"It’s fun to be a part of it if you’re a part of the team when they break through or when they change something and you see the benefit right away."
Wrapping up 2020 and looking ahead to 2021
An unusual year is officially over and it's time to recap the best players of 2020 while looking forward to a new, and hopefully more normal, 2021.
Judy Murray and Rosemary Reed on "Driving Force"
"The sporting word, historically, has always been about men, so we're always playing catchup. And it's one of the reasons why, getting the chance to do this, it just really shines a spotlight on what still needs to be done."
USTA General Manager Tim Cass on the impact of ...
"I don’t think people recognize the level of play in college tennis, even down to Division III, and the dual match is the exciting piece."
Lisa Raymond on setting her own agenda
"As an athlete you can't tell us when to stop, you can’t. You can’t because then we’ll always have these regrets and whatnot."
Vasek Pospisil on the mission of the PTPA
"The whole purpose of the PTPA is strictly to organize and unite the players and be represented in a proper way where we actually have the ability to impact major decisions that are made that affect our livelihoods."
Evan King on facing a career crossroads
"I'm still trying to figure out myself really and see what 2021 is: if I'm a doubles player or if I'm a singles player because I'm definitely going to be one or the other."
Nick Monroe on his passion for working the hardest
"I enjoy being in the gym and trying to become the best athlete I can be. I enjoy being on the court as many hours as I need to be."
Maria Sakkari on being part of a tennis family
"I think I'm one of the few players that have made it here without being a good junior. So it's not like I was super good or I'm going to make it for sure."
Nicole Melichar on making it in doubles
"The time off just let me mentally relax and just enjoy life, but enjoy tennis for fun not because I had to do it but I wanted to do it, so I think that was important."
Ken Skupski on brotherhood in the pros
"I think sort of halfway through college I knew I had a decent chance of turning pro. How far you could go, you just don’t know you’ve just got to get out there."
Dana Perino on why she picked up tennis
"Look at Billie Jean King. Would the three of us be sitting here having this conversation about tennis on TENNIS.com if it hadn’t been for women like her?"
An insider's take on the new faces at Roland Ga...
We take a moment to appreciate the oddities that the 2020 tournament has presented and to give credit to those who have especially stood out.
Fabrice Martin on the doubles stigma in France
"Whenever we have a doubles team they are very good, but none of the coaches think of a second option as a doubles career, which is shame."
Danielle Collins on pursuing her passions
"Whether I’m at Court 7 at Jack Puryear Park in St. Pete, Florida or I’m on Arthur Ashe at the US Open, I’m going to bring the same energy and effort."
Caroline Wozniacki on what's coming next
"I love my tennis identity. It's given me so much in life and it's part of who I am. I've worked so hard for everything I've done on court and I think I enjoy having that part of me."
Penny Lerner on being creative with Citi Taste ...
"This is what the Taste does, it brings people of all different cultures together to celebrate tennis and food and the cities that we’re in. It’s just cool to be a part of."
Ajla Tomljanovic on life inside of the New York...
"I'm never really used to seeing people in the hotel especially not in New York because usually we all kind of do our own thing with where we stay. And now you see all these players and it’s such a big event that it’s just different so it’s kind of like our own little village."
Steve Johnson on there being more to life than ...
“I don’t want to be gone when important things are happening. So hopefully I can play for a few more years, but there’s going to be a side of me that probably will be more at home than he is on the road.”
Tennys Sandgren on rocking and rolling onward
"It was interesting trying to think about what to do after I got inside of 100; that was always my goal to get inside of 100. It took six years to do that for me. It was like what do I do now?"
Genie Bouchard on making the most of her opport...
"If someone calls you and is like, 'Hey, do you want to be in Vogue, yes or no?' What are you going to do, say no? And tennis brought me that opportunity, so it’s like, of course, I'm a tennis player first and foremost, but it opened other doors."
Daria Gavrilova on finding out what makes her h...
"My last year was so bad that actually, I'm not going to lie, it feels like this year is better."
Julia Elbaba on keeping her pro dreams alive
"Right now it’s just deciding between whether you want to play tennis or you want to just end the career, so at this point it's just, yeah I want to continue, so I’ll have to make the sacrifice obviously."
Brandon Nakashima on being mentally tough
"One of my biggest strengths on the court is definitely my mental game and just being in every point, in every match and not getting too down on myself or getting too excited."
Elliot Loney on impersonating tennis stars
"Comedy is in a way is a lot like tennis. You’re by yourself, you’re thinking through a lot of things. If you have a great gig you feel amazing, if you have a terrible gig it’s like taking a hard loss."
Leslie Allen on speaking freely
"In my generation, it's all new, a black woman on the tour; I better be on my best behavior because I don’t want to mess it up for the next generation. So for [Coco] to have that freedom and to take advantage of that platform, it's fabulous."
Sachia Vickery on raising positive awareness
"I’ve experienced a lot of discrimination. I've been kicked off courts before and told like I don’t belong here and I shouldn’t be playing here. That actually happened really recently."
Jason Harnett on coaching wheelchair players
"I think as a wheelchair coach you have to have some comfort of being in the chair and understanding mobility patterns, understanding chair set up. That takes time."
Donald Dell on always pushing for progress
"I think athletes, if they are organized, can be the biggest element of change of anybody because they have a platform. They can stand up and talk everyday and people want to cover them."
Christina McHale on stretching her comfort zone
"Sometimes it’s uncomfortable the changes that you need to make in your game, but you know that if you don’t make them you’re not going to get to that level."
Artist Bruce Sulzberg on painting Rafael Nadal
"He picked the image by the way, and my time that I spent with him is absolutely priceless."
Andy Gerst on developing a coaching philosophy
"When you’re deeply rooted in the principles and the values that are most important to you then navigating rough waters are a little bit easier."
Rajeev Ram on achieving his Grand Slam dreams
"It is somewhat of a life changing moment. I’m not going to sit here and say it’s not because it was. I tried to win one of these for a long time."
Tom Gullikson on coaching the American greats
"Pete and Andre were obviously as different as a mongoose and a cobra."
Dr. Larry Lauer on improving your mental skills
"It’s hard sometimes when things aren’t going well, but realizing it’s a moment and the next one could be much better allows you to move forward."
Ryan Harrison on ignoring the haters
"That period of my life was tough because I had to try and figure out, at 21, 22, 23 years old, how I was going to turn my career back around into a positive direction where the later stages of my career could be more successful than the early stages."
Sally Bradfield on writing Not Quite 30-Love
"All of the scenarios of what players' lives are like on the tour, and what people who work with them lives are like on the tour, I tried to make as real as possible."
Taylor Townsend on resetting her 2020 mindset
"The more time that goes by, and the more that we’re out of our routine, the harder that it is."
Sam Querrey on becoming a stay-at-home dad
"That's the one good part in this, for me, is that I get to be home with my little newborn son."
Kristie Ahn on producing TikTok hits
"I’ve just been trying to help keep people entertained, even if it's for a couple seconds, couple minutes of the day."
Katrina Adams on making tough decisions
"The decisions that have been made in the sports world, as drastic as they may be, it's the best thing that has happened to, at least, protect those athletes and their families."
A special episode on the coronavirus upending l...
With so much uncertainty stretching before us, and news changing daily, we try to make sense of what has happened in the tennis world, and what players are doing to stay busy.
Richard Ashby on working with America's young t...
"Some were going to be great no matter what we did, but we try to treat all the players that come through with the idea: Look at your game now and where do you want to go?"
Pat Cash on what he looks for in a new player
"You’ve got to have everything. That’s not easy. We’ve picked the toughest sport in the world to be professionals at. It is the toughest sport in the world without a doubt.”
Brian Baker on dealing with the physical grind ...
“Being Top 100, it’s such a grind physically on tour sometimes, you don’t really need to be a better player you just need to play more tournaments feeling better.”
Caty McNally on finding ways to have fun while ...
"I think me and Coco have a good time and we like to separate that. We still are young, we’re still kids, we like to have fun, and not always think about tennis 24/7."
Jamie Loeb on not letting results define her
"If I start something I want to finish it and I want to say, 'Look I gave it my all.' And I don't think I was ready to stop. At the end of the day, I do love competing and giving myself a chance."
Talaya Schilb on what brings pro players to Mic...
"It's great tennis. However, it's so much more than tennis. We have dining from all over the area. We have concerts. We have free events. There's just so much going on."
Brett Haber on having confidence in the TV busi...
"I think that it does come from reps and that confidence is one thing that’s essential in a performance business, which this is. And I think that confidence is the one thing in life you can’t fake."
Joel Drucker on Roger Federer and the 2020 Aust...
"I love it. I still keep all my credentials and I get excited when I get my credential and I think, wow, yeah, they’re paying me this time."
Emilio Nava on making the leap from the juniors...
"When I was playing juniors last year it was all Grand Slams and nice tournaments. Now it’s going to be that grind day in, day out, every week, so I’m looking forward to that."
Todd Martin on preserving and promoting the game
"My memories are about: conflict and how I resolved those conflicts on the court, off the court, relationships that I built, the fun times in the hotels messing around, and friendships that I didn’t enter into the business thinking that I would leave with."
Craig Acker on working out the top talent at th...
"I can never want it more than the athlete, like it starts and ends there."
Sam Crawford on getting back on court in 2020
"I was doing physical therapy and trying to get range of motion back in my knee, and that was probably one of the most painful things that I’ve been through. I was like, why am I doing this to myself?"
Fed Cup captain Kathy Rinaldi on leading Team USA
“The pros and the cons of having so many great American players is OK you have a great pool of players to pull from but you can’t take them all. And so I would say when people ask me what the toughest part of the job is, that is it."
Chris Eubanks on learning sophomore season less...
"At the end of the year you think back at some of the weeks that maybe you weren’t all there mentally...and you just squander some opportunities. It gets to you; it really, really gets to you. It's something you don’t really expect."
Paul Annacone on how belief can set the greats ...
"You better believe in what you're trying to do and the way that you’re trying to deliver it. Time and time again that philosophy has rung true in my mind because I’ve seen the greats do it."
Irina Falconi on making a comeback with a reset...
"I would put tennis in front of almost everything. Back in the day that was just that way it was. Now it’s like tennis is third, maybe fourth compared to everything else, happiness is the No. 1 thing."
Bob and Mike Bryan on retiring at the 2020 US Open
"I told Micaela the plans for retirement. She actually was crying and she was like, 'You can still go back, if you’re retired you can still come back and play, right?' I'm like, yeah, but it’s pretty final."
Pete Bodo on the past, present and future of te...
"What's a little bit sad now really is that there's pressure to produce a lot, there's the pressure to produce almost on a 24-hour cycle, if you fall into it, certainly during the majors."
Eddie Elliott on helping Lauren Davis return to...
"A lot of times it’s like I’m trying to live my best life—whether it’s working out, having a positive approach after matches, before matches, having a positive attitude at tournaments. Because that’s a big thing I feel on tour, your player feeds off of that type of energy."
Noah Rubin on finding happiness in the grind
"I got to my career-high ranking at about No. 120 in the world. Not a lot changed… I just didn’t feel, I say this line all the time, but I didn’t feel—even at that point where I was at my best—that tennis was conducive to happiness."
Nick McCarvel on covering the sport in new ways
"It's just that sort of natural approach that I've always had and, yeah, it's taken some fine-tuning. For the most part, it's just breaking down that fourth wall and letting the viewer feel like they're there with you."
Jim Courier on making tennis better for everyone
"The business side has been something that I’ve been really educated in. I didn’t go to college, so for me it’s been a real learning curve and a real wonderful one to understand how the world of tennis actually operates."
Anne Worcester on becoming UTR's president
"The chance to use use 35 years on all sides of pro tennis—the player side, the tournament side, the sponsor side, my Virginia Slims days and then the governing body side—to make a difference and grow the sport, using technology, was just sort of the chance of a lifetime."
Craig Kardon on the coaching carousel
“That’s one of the things I learned right away is you have to be willing to go on the court every single day and get fired, and stick up for what you believe in."
Mary Carillo on acing the broadcasting world
"Say yes! If you can’t do it they’ll tap you on the shoulder and get you gone, but just say yes. Experience it and work hard and be curious and do your thing, say yes."
Sascha Bajin on working with Grand Slam champions
"Getting paid playing with Serena Williams on a daily basis, I don't care if it's in Palm Beach Gardens or a stadium, it doesn't get much than that."
Melanie Oudin on the 10-year anniversary of her...
"To have that kind of run, and people cheering for me, and the whole believe thing, and inspiring a lot of people: I couldn't have asked for anything more than that."
Caroline Dolehide on finding her way on tour
"Right now I'm just really thankful, not that I'm winning, but that I feel good because it was really rough six months at the beginning of the year. It's something that we all have to go through."
Former No. 1 Liezel Huber on reaching new heigh...
"For me it wasn't about reaching No. 1, but really that platform that I had to stand on to make a difference."
Tournament director Joe Ceriello on the NYJTL B...
“We are the largest youth tennis and education nonprofit in the nation. That’s our daily work. Now the NYJTL Bronx Open is the ultimate aspirational event for our kids.”
Love Serving Autism founder Lisa Pugliese on ad...
"I kind of was stunned because I knew he enjoyed tennis, but I didn’t realize how much he loved it, and that was his way of expressing himself."