TennisWorthy

TennisWorthy

What makes a Hall of Famer? What is that unique something that led to their historic success? Was it innate? Or did they need to cultivate a winning mindset? TennisWorthy, a podcast presented by the International Tennis Hall of Fame, seeks to answer these questions and uncover what it takes to become the greatest of champions. These wide-reaching conversations go beyond on-court results, and reveal the mindset of the sport’s legends. Hear from greats like Lleyton Hewitt, Tracy Austin, Ivan Lendl and more on what it takes to set yourself apart.

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January 9, 2023 1 min

What makes a Hall of Famer? What unique quality led to their historic success? TennisWorthy, a podcast presented by the International Tennis Hall of Fame, seeks to answer these questions and uncover what it takes to become the greatest of champions.

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Welcome to the TennisWorthy podcast presented by the International Tennis Hall of Fame, diving deep into the mindset of champions and uncovering the unique, special characteristics that define tennis legends and Hall of Famers on and off the court. The inaugural episode features Class of 2021 inductee and Australian great Lleyton Hewitt. Esteemed tennis journalist Chris Bowers and Lleyton discuss the unrelenting drive, intensity, ...

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February 7, 2023 55 mins

Tracy Austin remains the youngest US Open champion in tournament history at just 16 years old, but her story actually begins much earlier, with a young girl dreaming to reach the sport’s highest heights. In Episode 2 of TennisWorthy, Tracy details her immersion in the sport from her earliest days, her innate ability to push herself, and the importance of taking small steps. Tracy Austin is a former world No. 1 women’s singles te...

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February 22, 2023 28 mins

What drove one of the most consistent careers in tennis history? Hall of Famer Ivan Lendl credits his success to consistently showing up, believing in himself and putting in the work. In Episode 3’s conversation with Chris Bowers, Ivan opens up about how absorbing experiences on court – such as being a ball kid for his Czechoslovakian countryman Jan Kodeš – led to mastering the intricacies of the sport. Despite the slew of major t...

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February 22, 2023 54 mins

As the youngest American to ever turn pro at the time, Mary Pierce’s entrée into tennis is the stuff of a Hollywood film. But it was her perseverance and belief that generated sustained results over the course of a Hall of Fame career. In a wide-ranging and revealing conversation, Mary tells her story from how fate led her to pick up a racquet at age 10, to how she continues to give back to the sport today. Episode 4 of TennisWort...

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Gigi Fernandez is one of the most successful doubles players in the history of the WTA Tour, but before she became known for her doubles mastery, she was joining her family on court growing up in Puerto Rico.


On the island, she carved a path to play through determination, eventually becoming a collegiate champion and turned professional. Following her playing career, she became a sought-after coach in both skills and mental toug...

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Pam Shriver was half of an unstoppable team alongside Martina Navratilova during her playing career. In today's episode of the TennisWorthy podcast, Pam talks about that partnership, and how she was uniquely positioned from a young age to capitalize on her natural gifts. Pam lifts the curtain on what made her teamwork with Martina so unique, and candidly talks about the relationship with her coach, Don Candy, that she revealed in 2...

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Stan Smith is much more than just the man behind the legendary Adidas sneaker. Learn his backstory, from how he became a star tennis player despite it not being his first focus, to pulling double duty with military service during his career, and much more.


A seven-time major champion, Stan Smith is a former world No. 1 player and standout on the Davis Cup stage for the United States. Stan won his first singles major title at th...

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Vijay Amritraj is one of India's most successful tennis players. He's also the only person in history to play a match at Wimbledon in the morning, and end up in James Bond movie in the afternoon.


In this episode, Vijay and Chris discuss how he overcame significant health issues to become a professional player, his experiences as a representative of India on the international stage, and of course, his role in the 1983 James Bond ...

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Mark Woodforde is one of the most dominant doubles players of all time, capturing 17 Grand Slam titles, including 12 on the doubles side and 5 in mixed doubles. In a career full of knowledge and growth, he credits John McEnroe for showing him what it took to become an elite doubles partner.


In this candid conversation with host Chris Bowers, Mark reveals what made his career so successful, and gives insight into what makes doubl...

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At age 16, David Hall was in accident that caused him to lose his legs. After picking himself back up, both physically and mentally, he went on to become a hugely successful wheelchair tennis player, capturing over 80 titles, six Paralympic medals, and the ultimate honor in tennis - induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.


In this episode, David goes deep with host Chris Bowers, talking about the never quit mindset ...

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In 1982, Mats Wilander took the tennis world by storm when he won Roland-Garros at age 17. At the time, he was the youngest male player to ever win a major title in singles. He went on to capture 8 Grand Slam titles during his Hall of Fame career.


In this episode, Mats recalls that memorable run in Paris, his mental toughness, and his incredible display of sportsmanship at match point in the semifinal that year. He also discusse...

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With an illustrious career marked by 26 Grand Slam titles, there is no question John Newcombe is a tennis legend. But what doesn’t appear on the stat sheet is what separates the Hall of Famer in a league of his own in his native Australia – and the sport of tennis as a whole.  

 

In the season finale, John ...

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November 17, 2023 27 mins

The TennisWorthy Podcast revisits Season 1 ahead of Season 2's debut in January 2024, with 5 themed episodes featuring legends and Hall of Famers.


Today's theme is motivation and determination, and among the players, explaining what motivated them to dig deep and find something in their determination that made the difference between winning and losing. Featuring Lleyton Hewitt, Tracy Austin, Mats Wilander, Stan Smith, David Ha...

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November 30, 2023 17 mins

The TennisWorthy Podcast revisits Season 1 ahead of Season 2's debut in January 2024, with 5 themed episodes featuring legends and Hall of Famers.


Today's theme is learning, improving and psychology, and among the players, explaining how they learned, how they worked on ironing out their weaknesses without undermining their strengths and how to deal with the mental side of the game. Hear from Hall of Famers Ivan Lendl, Gigi Fer...

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December 14, 2023 22 mins

The TennisWorthy Podcast revisits Season 1 ahead of Season 2's debut in January 2024, with 5 themed episodes featuring legends and Hall of Famers.


Today's theme is the importance of family and the role parents play in the development of young, promising tennis talents. Such as the competitive nature of tennis and the need to start relatively early, that it's hard to get to the top without having had at least one parent who gave...

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December 21, 2023 23 mins

The TennisWorthy Podcast revisits Season 1 ahead of Season 2's debut in January 2024, with 5 themed episodes featuring legends and Hall of Famers.


One of the great things about tennis is that you can lose yourself in it, but for that very reason, all involved have to remember that tennis doesn't exist in a vacuum. It can be a force for good, but only if it engages in the bigger world. Sports operate in the context of the wider ...

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January 4, 2024 21 mins

It was Andre Agassi who in the early days of his relationship with Steffi Graf said, "You can always learn from a champion," but what can you learn? We've tended to end our podcast interviews with a question about what advice the legend would give both to tennis playing youngsters and to tennis parents. And there were a few themes that ran through the answers. Hear from the Hall of Famers and legends from Season 1 on what you ...

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January 11, 2024 34 mins

The TennisWorthy Podcast is back for Season 2! The International Tennis Hall of Fame and host Chris Bowers bring a new set of enlightening interviews with legends and Hall of Famers for the new year. The podcast dives deep into the mindset of champions and uncovering the unique, special characteristics that define excellence on and off the court.


Four-time Grand Slam champion Jim Courier brings candid honesty, as always, to star...

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Few tennis legends sustained longevity in their careers like Australia's Ken Rosewall. During his 30-plus year career on the courts, he captured an astounding 147 singles titles, spanning some of the most turbulent times in the sport. In the TennisWorthy Podcast, Ken discusses his elite tactics, including his legendary backhand, with host Chris Bowers. He shares stories of his doubles partnership with countryman Lew Hoad, the pure ...

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