Serve and Return Podcast: Tennis, Racquet Sports & More

Serve and Return Podcast: Tennis, Racquet Sports & More

Hosted by Chris Trieste the Serve and Return podcast will explore a wide range of topics and issues in and around tennis. Our guests will include coaches, athletes, authors, industry leaders and fans. At times, we will delve into racquet sports such as Pickleball and POP Tennis - email - cmtrieste@gmail.com

Episodes

December 21, 2020 32 min

Super discussion with Carlos Silva, the dynamic CEO of World Team Tennis.
Included in our talk:
- Carlos Silva's background and his path to his current position.
- All about World Team Tennis - innovation; high-energy, competitive tennis; fun, shorter format; men and women singles, doubles and mixed.
- The exciting and highly successful 2020 WTT season held in a one-location bubble at The Greenbrier, W. Va.
- The flexibility, COVID...

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Randy Walker and I have a great discussion about tennis topics including:
-Tennis growth during the pandemic.
-Book publishing as managing partner of New Chapter Media and working with Bud Collins, Roger Federer, Rod Laver, Steve Flink, etc.
-Serving as press officer for the USTA for Davis Cup teams from the mid-90s into the 2000s and for the US Olympic teams in '96, '00, '04 where he interacted with legends such as Billie...

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Episode 16 - Dan Santorum is the CEO of the PTR and PPR as well as the newly formed Professional Platform Tennis Registry (PPTR). Dan has been inducted into serveral tennis industry halls of fame and has conducted coaching clinics in all 50 states in the USA as well as on 6 continents around the world.

Our discussion is wide ranging and includes the following topics & more:

- Tennis is primed for a mini-boom and is an ideal sport...

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Episode 15 - Robert Weintraub and I talk about his new book - The Divine Miss Marble: A Life of Tennis, Fame, and Mystery.

Alice Marble was a championship tennis player, winner of 18 Grand Slam titles including 5 singles titles. Marble got her tennis start on the public courts of San Francisco at Golden Gate Park while also excelling in other sports such as baseball where she was a "mascot" for the San Francisco Seals of the...

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Episode 14 - Luke is not only the coach of World Team Tennis' NY Empire but he also holds the title of Vice President of Awesome! for the WTT...and Luke Jensen was awesome as the guest of episode #14!

Luke Jensen is always entertaining and full of energy and on this podcast Luke tells a number of great stories as we talk about topics that include the following:

- Luke's transition from Director of Tennis with the West Side Te...

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Episode 13 - Super episode with Nicole Hobson - Member Services Director for the Professional Pickleball Registry (PPR). The PPR is the official coaching certification partner of the USA Pickleball Association (USAPA). Nicole is one of the industry leaders spearheading the growth of Pickleball and the certification of the sport's coaches.

Nicole and I cover a lot of territory in this episode including:

- The development and growt...

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Episode 12 - Loved talking to Bill Patton - Head Tennis Professional, High School Coach and Author of numerous books including: Visual Training for Tennis, The Athlete-Centered Coach, and The Art of Coaching High School Tennis

Bill and I talk about many great topics involving not only tennis but also coaching all sports with an "athlete-centered approach."

Discussion includes:
- Visual training for tennis by: reducing anxiety ...

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Episode 11 - Great discussion with Craig Shapiro - Host of the Craig Shapiro Tennis Podcast.

Craig is a tennis influencer and insider who earlier in his career travelled the pro tour with Andre Agassi and Brad Gilbert while serving as a racquet stringer and technician. Following his time on the tour, Craig transitioned into TV production working on the Inside the NFL, Wimbledon and championship boxing for HBO Sports as well as worki...

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Episode 10 - Not just anybody can create a new sport...my guest on this episode, Nate Gross, did just that. Nate is a former college tennis player from Idaho St. and a California tennis teaching professional who created the sport of Spec Tennis.

Spec Tennis is a racquet sport played on a pickleball court that blends aspects of traditional tennis with POP Tennis. Spec tennis can be a "gateway" to tennis or can be played compe...

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Episode 9 - Steve Flink and I chat about tennis from getting his start in tennis with Bud Collins to his upcoming book, Pete Sampras: Greatness Revisited as well as a whole lot of tennis in between.

- The greats of the pre-Open era and the champs of the Open era from Ashe to Smith to King and then Connors and Evert.
- Billie Jean King, Margaret Court, Bobby Riggs and the two Battle of the Sexes matches.
- Steve Flink's previous bo...

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Episode 8 - Joel Drucker and I discuss tennis from the 1970s to the present day. Major topics of discussion include:

- Tennis now, the recent UTR events and the upcoming(?) US Open.
- Roger Federer, Serena Williams, the Olympics and the near future.
- How the surfaces and playing styles have changed and become more similar in recent years: and how that has aided accumulation of Grand Slam title totals for today's greatest players.
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Episode 7 - Amy Lundy and I discuss her background as a journalist and tennis player and we touch upon a wide-range of issues concerning the sport of tennis including:
- Tennis in the pandemic age and the near future.
- Golf's highly-rated charity event and is tennis missing an opportunity.
- Live tennis, the US Open and World Team Tennis.
- The serve and volley style of play: What happened to it and can this style of play return?
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Episode 6 - Interview with Australian writer Peter Underwood, author of The Pros: The Forgotten Era of Tennis.

Peter and I discuss the pre-Open era when professional tennis players were prohibited from playing in tennis' high profile events such as the Grand Slam tournaments (Australian, French, Wimbledon, US Championships) and Davis Cup. During this era, these tournaments were reserved only for "amateurs" players who m...

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Episode 5 features Wally Green, a celebrity /pro table tennis player, coach, and co-founder of SPIN New York 23, a table tennis themed cafe on 23rd and Park Avenue in Manhattan.

Wally talks to me about his rise from growing up under very challenging circumstances in a Brooklyn housing project to discovering table tennis at the age of 19 and subsequently training in Germany at a specialized school for table tennis players & then ...

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On this 4th episode of the Serve and Return Podcast, author and veteran sports journalist Cecil Harris talks about great black tennis players, the business of tennis, and why more young black males have not been inspired by the success of Serena and Venus Williams, James Blake, and Arthur Ashe.

Players and subjects discussed include:
- Althea Gibson and her ground-breaking success at the US Championships
- NYC ticket tape parade held ...

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On episode 3, I talk to Olga Harvey about how she progressed from growing up in Moscow, Russia to studying and playing tennis at Cornell University to later working for New York Junior Tennis & Learning and then the Women's Sports Foundation. An enthusiastic tennis player and advocate for the underrepresented in athletics, Olga Harvey serves on the USTA Eastern Board of Directors and as a member of the Diversity & Inclu...

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Welcome to Episode 2 featuring our guest Mitch Kutner, president of the International POP Tennis Association. 

On this episode we talk about the rich history of POP Tennis, the major rebranding of Paddle Tennis to POP Tennis in 2015-2016, and why POP Tennis is a great sport for those who are transitioning into tennis, transitioning away from tennis, and for those who just love POP Tennis and find that it becomes their favorite sport...

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Welcome to Episode 1, featuring our guest Tom Battaglia. Tom is the head men's and women's tennis coach at FDU-Florham, Owner/Director of Crestmont Indoor Tennis Club, and Director of Tennis at The Maplewood Club. Tom is a USPTA Elite Professional and USTA Zonals and National Coach.

On this episode we talk about how in high school Tom transitioned from wrestling to tennis, how and why he entered college tennis coaching in ad...

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Hosted by Chris Trieste the Serve and Return podcast will explore a wide range of topics and issues in and around tennis. Our guests will include coaches, athletes, authors, industry leaders and fans. At times, we will delve into racquet sports such as Pickleball and Pop Tennis.

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