TENNIS.com Podcast

Hosted by Nina Pantic and Irina Falconi, tune in to hear players, coaches and experts talk about everything tennis, from happenings on the court to trending topics, as well as what goes on behind the scenes both on the tour and in the pressroom.

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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."
34 min
2
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."
26 min
3
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."
27 min
4
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.
28 min
5
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."
28 min
6
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."
27 min
7
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."
29 min
8
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."
36 min
9
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."
36 min
10
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."
32 min
11
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."
21 min
12
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."
31 min
13
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."
25 min
14
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?"
28 min
15
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.
18 min
16
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."
26 min
17
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."
28 min
18
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."
33 min
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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."
27 min
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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."
15 min
21
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.”
27 min
22
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?"
27 min
23
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."
29 min
24
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."
25 min
25
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."
34 min
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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."
26 min
27
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."
42 min
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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."
39 min
29
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."
31 min
30
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."
34 min
31
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."
40 min
32
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."
31 min
33
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."
35 min
34
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."
39 min
35
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."
36 min
36
Tom Gullikson on coaching the American greats
"Pete and Andre were obviously as different as a mongoose and a cobra."
28 min
37
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."
41 min
38
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."
28 min
39
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."
33 min
40
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."
30 min
41
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."
26 min
42
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."
40 min
43
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."
29 min
44
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.
24 min
45
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?"
32 min
46
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.”
28 min
47
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.”
29 min
48
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."
27 min
49
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."
29 min
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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."
23 min
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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."
40 min
52
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."
31 min
53
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."
22 min
54
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."
36 min
55
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."
28 min
56
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?"
30 min
57
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."
29 min
58
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."
38 min
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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."
37 min
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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."
30 min
61
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."
28 min
62
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."
36 min
63
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."
26 min
64
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." 
36 min
65
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."
32 min
66
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."
42 min
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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."
31 min
68
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."
32 min
69
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."
49 min
70
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."
30 min
71
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."
34 min
72
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."
26 min
73
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."
25 min
74
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.”
31 min
75
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."
27 min
76
CiCi Bellis on enduring four surgeries and plan...
“Each one I was like, no, I’m not doing the surgery. I’m done with tennis. I’m not going to do this. I’m not going to put my body through this anymore. It’s just not worth it… But I ended up doing it."
31 min
77
Wrapping up Roland Garros 2019 and debating grass
TENNIS.com Podcast co-hosts Nina Pantic and Irina Falconi reflect on the fortnight, and look ahead to the grass season—which is already underway.
12 min
78
Debating Federer’s chances against Nadal at Rol...
Week 2 of Roland Garros has been highlighted by Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer setting up their 39th career meeting in Friday’s semifinals.
14 min
79
Youth swagger rules Week 1 at Roland Garros
TENNIS.com podcast co-hosts Nina Pantic and Irina Falconi break down and react to some of the most exciting storylines.
15 min
80
Gigi Fernandez on transitioning to the real world
“Back then, 33 seemed like I was ancient. I did not know what I was going to do and it was a really difficult transition. I struggled a lot for a lot of years trying to do different things that were not in the tennis world."
28 min
81
WTT CEO Carlos Silva on innovating the game
“If you can’t make a little bit of noise, you’re going to be forgotten. I didn’t join WTT to be forgotten, I joined so that I could help take the 40+ years that it’s been around and now grow it into the next era."
18 min
82
Steve Weissman on getting into broadcasting
"If you can’t lift people up and help them and make others successful, then what are you? At the end of the day you need to pay it forward and try to help as much as possible."
28 min
83
Beyond the Baseline, with Jon Wertheim — Entrep...
On this week’s episode of Beyond the Baseline, host Jon Wertheim talks with Washington Kastles owner, investor, entrepreneur and philanthropist, Mark Ein. As a longtime fan and player of the sport, Ein discusses how he was introduced to tennis as a chi...
38 min
84
Beyond the Baseline, with Jon Wertheim — World ...
Beyond the Baseline, with Jon Wertheim — World No. 3 Petra Kvitova on the 2019 Season
40 min
85
Jared Hiltzik explains the new ITF World Tennis...
“Last year towards the end of the season, I put myself in a good position. Had the changes not occurred I’d be close the Top 300 right now..."
25 min
86
Beyond the Baseline, with Jon Wertheim — David ...
Beyond the Baseline, with Jon Wertheim — David Epstein on Roger vs. Tiger and Generalization vs. Specialization
52 min
87
Beyond the Baseline, with Jon Wertheim — Felix ...
Beyond the Baseline, with Jon Wertheim — Felix Auger-Aliassime and Miami Open wrap-up
58 min
88
Charleston tournament director Bob Moran on Sou...
"That's what we hold our hat on: We've got to work a little bit hard than everyone else to be successful."
26 min
89
Shelby Rogers on her tour return in Charleston
“There’s no real moment where you’re 100 percent sure you’re ready to play again. You just kind of have to jump back in and go for it.”
25 min
90
Beyond the Baseline, with Jon Wertheim — James ...
After being named the Miami Open tournament director in January 2018, James Blake joins the Beyond the Baseline podcast to talk about the tournament’s move from Key Biscayne to its new location at the home stadium of the Miami Dolphins.
38 min
91
Judy Murray on building a legacy for Andy and J...
“You need to prepare for a legacy. You can’t just say, ‘Oh they stopped playing. We need a legacy.’”
49 min
92
Beyond the Baseline, with Jon Wertheim — Checki...
Beyond the Baseline, with Jon Wertheim — Checking in from Indian Wells
30 min
93
Beyond the Baseline, with Jon Wertheim — Kevin ...
Beyond the Baseline, with Jon Wertheim — Kevin Anderson on sustainability in tennis
43 min
94
Nicole Gibbs opens up about depression, motivat...
"For all of the trolling we get on social media, I find it fascinating how positive and supportive people are when you talk about mental health issues."
36 min
95
Beyond the Baseline, with Jon Wertheim — Former...
Beyond the Baseline, with Jon Wertheim — Former Player, Daily Show Correspondent Michael Kosta
38 min
96
Beyond the Baseline, with Jon Wertheim — Rowan ...
Beyond the Baseline, with Jon Wertheim — Rowan Ricardo Phillips on the Year in Tennis in 2017
51 min
97
From Team Stephens and now Team Puig, Othmane “...
"You’ve got their back, that goes both ways for a male or female tennis player. You have to earn their trust in the beginning."
26 min
98
Beyond the Baseline, with Jon Wertheim — Pam Sh...
Beyond the Baseline, with Jon Wertheim — Pam Shriver's Proposal for the USTA
40 min
99
Bjorn Fratangelo on embracing the grind
"I just try to do as well as I can every week and make the most of what I can and can’t control. I’ve learned a lot over the past year with how things have kind of gone and where my faults were."
32 min
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A look at the most memorable storylines from th...
TENNIS.com Podcast co-hosts Nina Pantic and Irina Falconi dissect the fortnight by pointing out the storylines that grabbed their attention.
25 min