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."