TENNIS.com Podcast

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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December 3, 2020 32 min
"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." Filled with anecdotes and wisdom, Lisa Raymond joins the show to give an update on her coaching and playing career, as well as react to her nomination for the International Tennis Hall of Fame Class of 2021. Raymond has been ranked No. 1 in the world in doubles and as high as No. 15 in singles. ...
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"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." A few weeks removed from a final run in Sofia to end his 2020 season, Vasek Pospisil joins the TENNIS.com Podcast to talk all things on court and off.  The 30-year-old Canadian turned pro back in 2007 and would...
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November 19, 2020 39 min
"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." Evan King is on the show this week to discuss life at the crossroads as he decides if he's going to drop his singles pursuits for a doubles career.  Ranked No. 420 in singles and No. 126 in doubles, King is not ready to give up on his...
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"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." This week brings Nick Monroe to the show following his 17th year on tour. The 38-year-old is moving full speed ahead into 2021 by putting 100 percent effort into getting fitter and better every single day.  Monroe played college tennis for the University of North Carolina before pursuing a pro...
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"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." This week brings Maria Sakkari as she discusses her unique path to the Top 20 and how her tennis-rich family history has influenced her. Admitting she wasn't the best junior, Sakkari gave herself until the age of 22 to make it. She cracked the Top 100 in...
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October 29, 2020 33 min
"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." Doubles champion Nicole Melichar is on the show this week to recap her very successful summer. The world No. 11 won titles in West Virginia and Strasbourg, reached the final of "Cincy" and the US Open, and appeared in the semifinals of Roland Garros ...
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October 22, 2020 27 min
Ken Skupski is on the show this week to talk all things doubles and brotherhood. The 37-year-old has helped his younger brother Neal on his tennis journey while enjoying a successful and lengthy career himself.  After a respectable junior career in England, the Liverpool native took his talents to Louisiana State University where he remains one of the most decorated players in LSU history. He took his skills to the pro tour in 2007...
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October 15, 2020 30 min
"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?" News anchor Dana Perino joins the show to share how tennis enriched her life during one of the most challenging periods of her career. She talks about her newfound love for the game, her White House experiences, how she deals with haters on Twitter, the power of the athl...
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Co-hosts Nina Pantic and Irina Falconi give their take on what has stood out the most from a busy fortnight in Paris. There have been underhand serves and a surge in drop shots, shocking upsets and late-night marathons, and an unprecedented flurry of Cinderella runs. While some favorites are still alive in the Roland Garros draw, this year has been all about the unexpected—especially in the women's draw. Combined factors like t...
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"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." With Roland Garros underway, Frenchman Fabrice Martin is the prefect guest to talk all things doubles and Paris. Ranked No. 23 in the world, he's teaming up with compatriot Jeremy Chardy and the duo are seeded No. 14.  Last year, Martin and Chardy reached the final, marking their be...
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September 23, 2020 31 min
"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." Danielle Collins joins the show this week to give her take on the new normal, reveal her off-court interests and explain why her famous competitive spirit won't be dimmed by a lack of fans.  The American had humble beginnings growing up on public courts and she would opt...
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September 16, 2020 36 min
"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." The TENNIS.com Podcast catches up with Caroline Wozniacki this week to talk about her retirement, the launch of Advantage Hers, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, her friendship with Serena Williams, her relationship with her dad, and...
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"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." This week brings Citi Taste of Tennis CEO Penny Lerner to the show to shed light on how the events industry is faring during the pandemic. In normal times, Lerner would have just held a lavish party in New York City to kick off the US Open with regulars...
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"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." Ajla Tomljanovic joins the TENNIS.com Podcast from inside the New York City bubble. The world No. 57 has spent quality time at the official hote...
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“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.” After a quick catch-up with Irina Falconi as she heads for the New York bubble, Nina Pantic chats with world No. 63 Stevie Johnson (interview starts at 7:07). The 30-year-old discusses his impending fatherhood and how that life mi...
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"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? Do I just move the marker to 50? Can I do that? Am I good enough? You just don't know." This week brings Tennys Sandgren to the show to talk about his career, the fallout he has dealt with, and what's next for him as the ATP t...
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"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." Eugenie Bouchard joins the show this week (interview begins at 8:28) and discusses juggling her playing career, her online presence and the off-court opportunities tha...
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"My last year was so bad that actually, I'm not going to lie, it feels like this year is better." Daria Gavrilova joins the show to give everyone an update on her comeback and how the latest shutdown in Australia has impacted her plans. The 26-year-old explains why this year has been better for her than 2019, when injuries pushed her from starting at No. 34 to ending outside of the Top 200. In March, with her Achilles t...
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"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." Former University of Virginia standout Julia Elbaba is on this week to talk college tennis, injuries, reality TV and the US Open. The 26-year-old was working on a comeback from an elbow injury when the shutdown halted her progr...
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"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." This week, listeners get to meet one of the newest and mentally toughest teens on tour, Brandon Nakashima. After just one semester at the University of Virginia, the 18-year-old turned pro. He'd win his second ITF Futures title in January and ma...
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