Doubles Only Tennis Podcast

Doubles Only Tennis Podcast

The only tennis podcast with a focus on doubles. We believe doubles should be more popular and get more coverage than it does, so we’re fixing that. Our goal is to help you become a better player with pro doubles tips and expert strategy. We interview ATP & WTA tour doubles players and top tennis coaches to help you improve your game.

Episodes

June 11, 2024 70 mins

Angela Kulikov is a WTA doubles player with a career-high ranking of 57 in the world. She played college tennis at USC where she was the #1 doubles player in the country. She joins me from California as she rehabs an ankle injury.

We discussed her wide array of hobbies including flag football, coaching tennis, and now, golf. She shares her path to becoming a professional tennis player and how she's dealt with injuries...

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Greg Moran has coached tennis for over 45 years and specializes in the recreational player. He's a member of the Wilson Advisory Staff, the Cardio Tennis National Speaker's Team, and the USTA's Coach Developer program. He's also written several books and in this conversation we discuss his latest, The Truth About Tennis: The Definitive Guide for the Recreational Player (affiliate link).

We discuss:

  • W...
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Watching pro doubles can 100% help you improve your own game, regardless of your skill level. Here are 5 things to look for when watching ATP or WTA doubles live or on TV.

  1. In between the points.
  2. Formations and variety.
  3. Net position, movement, court coverage, & shot selection.
  4. Baseline...
  5. When they MISS!

If you're not currently watching pro doubles, you can do so with Tennis Channel Plus and TennisTV in the US.

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May 15, 2024 15 mins

Over the past six months, I've closely studied net players at every level of tennis. One of the most difficult concepts to teach is where the your eyes should be at the net.

This episode covers where to focus your eyes and what to look for when you're at the net. Almost no club-level players get this right because it goes against our natural tendency to follow the ball. But, if you understand when to look at the ...

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Murphy Jensen is the 1993 French Open doubles champion, tennis coach, cardiac arrest survivor, mental health advocate, keynote speaker, co-founder of WEconnect, TV host, and the most impactful guest we've ever had on the Doubles Only Podcast.

This episode is not about doubles. It's far more important.

Murphy suffered from depression and addiction while on tour, considered taking his own life, and was sav...

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Three lessons that will improve your mental game on the doubles court. There's obviously a huge difference between pro and club-level doubles players. While we can't emulate their 120 MPH serves, we can absorb their mindset.

These three lessons from my new Masterclass have helped me more than any others over the last several years and I know they'll help you too.

  1. You don't have to win every point. Du...
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April 23, 2024 17 mins

Doubles is a TEAM sport. You have to not only worry about playing well yourself but also need to know how to get the most out of your partner.

This episode covers several things you can do to support your doubles partner so they play their best!

  • Three conversations to have with your partner before the match starts.
  • One thing that is proven to help teammates while playing tennis (and other sports).
  • How to keep energy and c...
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This episode covers three new lessons I've learned recently while coaching a high school team. These players are around the USTA 3.0 to 4.0 level.

  1. How to think about attacking the strengths and weaknesses of your opponent.
  2. A tactic that worked for one of my doubles teams in windy conditions.
  3. How I structured approach plus volley drills, and why.

Sign up for the Tennis Summit to see my presentation on Common Poaching Mista...

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Horacio Zeballos and Marcel Granollers are one of the most accomplished doubles pairings of the last five years on the ATP Tour. I spoke with them in Miami after their second-round win.

We discussed their 7-5 6-3 win which Horacio said was one of their "best matches this year." They faced two players whom they've faced many times, Mate Pavić and Marcelo Arévalo. We talk about how they handle facing players w...

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Joe Salisbury and Rajeev Ram are 3-time reigning US Open Champions. I spoke with them in Miami after their second round 7-5 7-6 victory over Stefanos Tsitsipas and Thanassi Kokkinakis.

Adam Ross from Florida Tennis joined me for this interview.

We asked the US Open champs about the match, including a specific tactic they kept going to that I picked up on. They talked about team chemistry and if they think it helps...

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Elise Mertens is the 2nd ranked doubles player on the WTA tour. She has four major titles including the 2024 Australian Open.

I spoke with Elise in Miami after her 1st round victory. We talk about that match, practicing for singles vs doubles, and how she and Hsieh Su-wei adjust to different opponents.

Elise also shares why focusing on your good points can help you in pressure moments and a few thoughts on marketi...

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Wesley Koolhof and Nikola Mektić have been one of the best doubles teams on the ATP Tour in 2024. They've won three titles so far, including Indian Wells, and I spoke with them in Miami after their first-round win.

We talked about the match, their 10-point tiebreaker success, how they handle pressure & nerves (they each deal with it differently), and Wesley's goals for his last year on tour.

Also, pl...

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Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Sofia (Sonya) Kenin won the 2024 Miami Open. I spoke with them after their 2nd round victory in Miami for about 10 minutes.

Bethanie & Sonya deliver some fantastic doubles strategy tips throughout this conversation, so listen carefully.

We discuss:

  • Their first two victories, including what adjustments they had to make.
  • How they structure their doubles practices.
  • Who calls plays durin...
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Rohan Bopanna won the Australian Open earlier this year, reached #1 in the world, and turned 44 years old on March 4th.

I spoke with Rohan at the Miami Open after his round 1 victory. He and his partner, Matt Ebden, won that match in a third set after dropping the first. We discuss adjustments he made to turn it around.

I also asked Rohan how he spent his offseason after losing in the US Open final and finishing s...

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Gaby Dabrowski and Erin Routliffe are the 4th and 5th ranked doubles players on the WTA Tour. They won the 2023 US Open and have been on the show several times previously.

Previous Episodes:

In this short post-match interview from Miami, we discuss their 6-4 6-4 round of 16 victory.

  • How they won a high percentage of 2nd serve points - 76%. Great lesson here!
  • What th...
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World #1, Austin Krajicek, joins the show for the second time. We recorded from the hotel lobby in Miami where Austin had a few days off due to weather.

Listen to my previous interview with Austin here: https://www.thetennistribe.com/austin-krajicek-interview/

We discuss how he spent his off days, book recommendations, hotel choices in Miami, the no-ad/10-point breaker format, and his 2024 season so far. Austin an...

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This conversation with Australian Open Champion, Matt Ebden, focuses on the state of professional doubles and where it might go over the next several years.

Helping to make pro doubles more popular is one of my passions and missions for Tennis Tribe and this podcast, so I was excited to chat with Matt about this topic.

Matt is the 3rd ranked doubles player on the ATP tour, a 3-time grand slam champion, and reached...

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Nicole Melichar-Martinez and Ellen Perez are the number 7 & 8 ranked doubles players in the world. They recently made the finals at the WTA 1000 in Dubai and followed it up with a WTA 500 victory in San Diego.

This conversation with them and their coach, Carlos Martinez, took place a day after their round 1 win at Indian Wells. We chat about that victory and their season so far.

I asked them:

  • What they&apos...
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Tereza Mihalíková is the 56th-ranked doubles player on the WTA Tour. Tennis Tribe writer, Hanlon Walsh, and I spoke with her at the ATX Open where she partnered with Yanina Wickmayer during her off day.

This is a short conversation where we ask about her win vs Sloane Stephens & Peyton Stearns, 4-6 6-2 10-2. Tereza played a near-perfect tiebreaker and was super active at the net. We discussed the match up against two &...

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Sophie Chang is the 82nd ranked doubles player on the WTA Tour. She made the 3rd round of the 2023 US Open with Alycia Parks and has 1 WTA & 21 ITF doubles titles.

I sat down with Sophie at the 2024 ATX Open where she lost a close first round match (7-6 7-6) to the top seeds alongside Angela Kulikov. In this long conversation, we speak about the match, on court attitude, doubles strategy, and more.

You'll...

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