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Quarantined tennis stars face off with officials ahead of Australian Open
"Rules are all the talk in the land down under here is totally be Zeze Drew Mahala. Yeah, Players are angry, and the Aussie government officials well, they're not feeling sympathetic. Here's the deal. Positive Kobe cases on three flights to Australia for 72 players into full quarantine, and it is indeed full quarantine, with players having to isolate full time in their hotel rooms for 14 days, instead of being allowed to pray. Like this outside. Like other players, it's not fun. Just ask Yulia Putin save a top player. She's stuck in her hotel room, trying to get some work in hitting a ball against the wall, not really entertaining insult to injury. She posted a video of a small most in her room can't make it up. Top seed Novak Djokovic asked for some of the quarantine demands to be eased. He was denied. The answer is not see what I mean. That's the Australian premier rival Nick Curios, calling Novak a tool this morning. There you go. That's the state of tennis right now. To kick off the year Drew Mulholland WBZ, Boston's news radio drew used to coach tennis. He knows what he's talking about. All right, 10 53, the
Official: "No special treatment" for 72 Aussie Open players in quarantine
"Rooms as they prepare for the Australian Open. Novak Djokovic asked for private housing, Daniel Andrews responded. He's the Victoria State premier people afraid of fur to provide lists of demands. But the answer is not the open won't start until February, 8th because of travel restrictions related to the Corona virus pandemic. Some players do not like the quarantine restrictions. The notion that there's been any Chinese than I should. People weren't briefed. Think that argument really has no integrity whatsoever. 72 players at the Australian Open our quarantining for 14 days after five positive Corona virus test were returned from charter flights and that was a conditional which, like I So I went. There's no special treatment here. People are being traded because the virus doesn't Wasn't tricky, especially so know that do we, some players and less rigorous quarantine will be allowed to practice for five hours daily Ed Donahue. AP News The LDF chose Martin Luther
Dozens of tennis players in lockdown ahead of Australian Open
"At least 72 competitors are in lockdown in hotel rooms forced to get creative to stay on top of their game. CBS news correspondent, and Lee has the story from London from walls and mattresses as hitting partners Bitter post on social media. I don't think I can swing by recommend this route. Dozens of the world's best tennis stars are being forced to improvise after landing in Australia and straight into quarantine everything that I did in the in the offseason, which I had six very good weeks of training. It's Z not completely ruling, but we all going to be a little bit rusted. Organizer's made the call after passengers on three flights tested positive for covert 19. Surly has actually been successful in managing the Corona Corona virus virus pandemic pandemic with with less less than than 30,000 30,000 cases cases and and about about 900 900 deaths. deaths. Matt Matt Piper Piper CBS CBS News News The The
Andy Murray tests positive for virus before Australian Open
"Andy murray. We hearing the news. This morning has tested positive for covid nineteen And is isolating and quarantining at his home in surrey and what. This means for his travel to the australian open. We just don't know at the moment he won't be able to get one of these charter flights which are leaving today. forty left in fact but we understand that discussions are ongoing with craig thailand the australian authorities and he still hopes to be able to travel to melbourne. But exactly how. And when and even if is very much of the air
2021 Predictions, Latest Headlines
"Everyone's got to work on. This week's sports illustrated kenneth podcasts. Happy twenty twenty one. I i cast of the year. I'm joined by jamie real tennis chat because there are a real match it Jamie good morning happy new year. Good morning having here. I'm i'm good. It's it's strange to Wake up in the morning and actually have match results from flitting across your screen along with Your georgia election results were talking on wednesday morning and Already the women are at play dhabi. The men are qualifying in delray even Nevermind cobain just nice. Nice to have tennis back it It's been a while since we've Been in a position to actually talk about some tennis in not just guessing game about the calendar or try to Find other ways to to fill time. We wait for tennis. Return so good. Good sport back with us tom. I thought we would do a few things today. One of them is We talk with sam query. The other day The told us why he made his escape from russia. And that seems to have generated a fair amount of attention pro and con. Maybe we can talk about that and then we get a column of projecting twenty twenty one and someone suggested we actually instead of just answering. Why don't we provide some logic. And some reason talk through some of the choices we made in terms of prognosticating. Twenty twenty one so. I thought you and i would do that this morning. How does that sound sounds good. I will say the same query interview As you said. Got a lot quite a lot of responses. I think for awhile. We didn't hear anything from him at all. And of course the up investigation concluded and the suspended fine came down And so i think a lot of people were really interested to hear his side of the story. Though i think people are still very much divided on where they stand. Yeah exactly and I mean remember when this news first broke in october. This was a few days after the the twenty twenty french open The atp had a very strongly worded statement and there was even. I mean i had people that were deep inside these discussions inside tennessee. Look democrats may have played his last match. This is a serious breach. This could be you know a six month. Suspension even a one year suspension. Same query already mid thirties. This could have sealed his career and turned up. Not the case at all and This is a as you say he got suspended. Twenty thousand dollar fine which basically means he only needs to behave himself with respect to cove it if he gets in a dispute with a chair umpire. That doesn't count. This is only health and safety related So such this was a slap on the wrist. And i you know. I think this divide people and i am sam. A lot of credit for essentially saying look at the facts are really in dispute. It's just a question of interpretation and in. here's what i went through and put yourself in my shoes and if you disagree with me disagree and Some people took took great offense and still do about what he did other people sympathize but he basically said you know. Here's the story. It's not really not much in dispute. Factually you know. In a lot of these cases you would necessarily extend this platform to To an athlete without trying to find some balance from the other side. But i think it's not really a question of facts being disputes. Just a question of application of law and how severely you want to sanction him Sam laid out what happened and sort of gave us a tiktok and essentially said here. The facts now go ahead and judge me armed with all the facts and as as you say jamie. Some people still take Offense to this his leaving country going to another country breaching protocol You know a lot of people look at you. Run the risk and You knew what you were signing up for. And i think other saw as as you alluded to who's in a fairly You know fairly desperate situation in a in a foreign country with kobe tests and not a lot of clarity. In terms of how the next few weeks would shake out with a seventeen month old until and you know candidly. I tend to land there as well. Not not an ideal set of circumstances and you wish there had been another option a little more communication in there. But i don't think you can really fault someone for being in russia not getting a straight answer having kovachev having the possibility of being separated from your wife and seven month old and basically saying. I'm gonna do this safely as i can. But i i gotta get the hell outta here. Consequences be damned so I don't know if there were other things that struck you reading his piece but I have a hard time. Dredging up a whole lot of outrage. Honestly
"Happy new year to everyone. That's listening to us from tomorrow onwards. Hurry it's not twenty twenty anymore. It's another rubbish year north. At the moment it is the trajectory is upwards with twenty twenty. The trajectory was downwards. And that's that's not very good. I mean unless you started off the with a crippling eye infection but But it's fine. He's gonna stole it off on a on a sinking low and then begin to climb to high heights but that will will get the redoing podcast as well so that just partially mitigates the sinking lows of the so the air. And i'm just not having any more pessimism. Because i can't take it no it it. It's k acquired a puppy now so i'm all of 'em all about the optimism rock and i can do lockdown. Now how you happy new year quite recording this year's eve but you may well be listening to it in the year. Twenty twenty one from the future. Remember policy that we censor. Everyone's big plans for tonight sleeping. I was. I was concerned when david said he's he's had enough of pessimism and he's talking to us. That concerns me. Yeah need to be more optimistic of optimism for the three of us were. He's he certainly does fakes. Big big plans for tonight. David young kids. They're going to start until ten. I'm going to start until ten seventy. We're gonna rock it yet for anybody outside of the uk listening to this. We also i mean even if we were big time years people that would be nowhere frisco and nothing for today because everything's closed not allowed to see anyone. It's the new year scrooges dream actually. This is the first year is that. I have to justify or explain myself for not wanting to go clubbing on easy. Ironically this is the one year actually do want to go clubbing. Time my life. I would give anything to go clubbing. And i've literally never felt that way before you even close to it interesting to see what would happen if you could sort of exchange the to feelings. With respective years that they would align more health it would have helped me out of some witty dia situations in the past new year's relived it sir. It's well actually. Should we cover it. Should we cover off our tiny we morsels of if news before we get going with with. I know you're chomping at the bit david for at grow and we will get there very soon because there's not an awful lot of news. What we've got is that andy. Murray is now no longer. Playing the event of the year in doe ray beach. I think he could tell if marie actions when we reported that he he was down to play we were. We were pretty surprised by that Perhaps perhaps not so surprised that he's no longer down to play. We understand courtesy of elena crooks from pa that the association that is the. It's not it's not a fitness related withdrawal. We didn't know anything anything further. I assume something covert and travel related. But it's not a fitness relates to put out some some quotes to that effect now And and just the given the increase in covid rates in the transatlantic flights involved. I want to minimize the risks ahead of the australian open Which does tally with. What dan evans told me a few days ago and he pulled out earlier this week he was also gonna go to dell at one point but he just said this does The rules about getting into australia and getting into the australian open which he felt that delray beach could potentially compromise and and if he would have picked up the virus that he may have a real problem and he felt that the chances of getting that much higher so on the bounce of it all he would stay in the uk. Practice get ready and then flats by on the fifteenth of january. So and. i think that's what he's gonna do and they are going to do one of these little prentice bubbles between them. Yeah as i understand it. They're all there were three locations. Were tennis australia. Were laying on charter flights to into melbourne One of them is certainly dubai. Believe the us sworn is in la so to play delray beach. It wouldn't just be a matter of getting delray beach implying that you then have a an internal. Us flight ahead of you as well which surely makes it even less. Enticing prospects say That's that we live. News we will say Got news the ashpalt and brady ought to play doubles together in the australian open getting. Does that reignited. You'll brady fire david hers. It's best aside reignited. It's just been smoldering along. Evison thinking of unknown stolen. Very i i. I do hope that there's more of this though for the australian open if we could if we're moving the dates as they have in. It's going back three weeks and everything is thrown up in the way it is one nice little bonus would be some doubles teams just emerged out of singles plas- that you wouldn't normally gas and you could just just half an extra to the tournament so and i think that that's already a big one I can see the express online headline now. David law fire for jennifer brady continues to smolder
Federer, Murray and Sliding Doors
"Hello folks and greetings from the other side of christmas. That's over and done with at lucia. How are we doing. David and river have the good bits cheese now. You've definitely got me onto cheese. I have lots of that And a few few drinks And now it's been it's been lovely actually hanging out with my kids etc but a. Please start tennis please. Matt i believe i don't misquote you but you are starting to miss tennis now. Breaking news yes. I'm worthy of my place on the tennis past again. What was the low point of christmas that made you suddenly wish tennis is happening again. All of it. I was reminded of that e mail. Sign off that mary kereta has the world spins and we hang on. That sort of feels like what. The last month is being really and yet. Now i'm ready for some tennis styles again. Imagine being cooled enough to have your own signature. Email sign off free lame. I'm sure some really lame people have them and it's really on cool. It's a it's a. it's a tight ripe to be walking but takes place with not ever being as mary. So you know. Just leave it at that. We've got part three of sliding doors times. We've also got some news to bring you up to date with which we in just a moment but first the big news is that david has been challenged by salih hosts simon on thursday recorded on monday. David you're going to accept the gauntlet that has been thrown down though team cheese and please david too busy gun. Not another podcast record on thursday and the kids still not at school to deny a gauntlet. Beat him last time. So you know oh right. I don't ruin. This is your way of preserving your streak right. They wrote it. I'm just going to enjoy the for while the mindset champion. That's a no. We'll federal is decided today the same david. It's no to the australian open songs. Gonna love the thank you solely wholesome for giving me a lovely segue. A roger. federer announced well didn't quite announce but the news came out yesterday via tiny gold seekers agent and the associated press that roger federer will not be traveling to australia will not be playing the australian open any warmup events and will return to action of the melbourne whenever and wherever that might be which is obviously hugely disappointing news. Not wholly unexpected. Unless you'll the australian open semi the australian open po department blessed But it's incredibly disappointing nonetheless and also leaves you with this and i'm sure it leaves federal with this as well slightly inert feeling if if the knowledge that we might never see which ephedra play the australian open again that is a real possibility now or anywhere just to expand owners if if you went back six months in somebody told you that you federal won't play the australian open. I think we would probably have said well why he's having all these months off having to surgeries. He's going to be fine by the australian open. It was a surprise to me to hear what he said a few weeks ago that he was in a race against time. I wasn't expecting that i'm up. I was absolutely expect team. Once seed said that for him not to play the australian. Open this time. No matter what criteria lead said it was it always seemed to me that he was just you know building towards that and that and it's down in installments a bit And you know obviously wanted to be respectful to the australian open central. But he wasn't going to be ready and he also wasn't. It didn't say this specifically but he probably isn't keen on sitting for two weeks in In corinth saying you know without his family. Maybe and all that sort of thing. But the the reason i've just said would he ever apply again is because at that age and with two surgeries to that knee. You just don't know whether it is gonna be playable again. Rarely that part of the body I mean i hype. Obviously i hope it will be an i think probably will be but definitely now comfortable to sort of look at it and think it's possible that as much as he is totally focusing his efforts on wimbledon the olympics in the us open maybe he might get close buildup that training and it. Just not be doable. Two scenarios here. I think there's there's one that the knees still a massive question mark and in that case. Yeah i think the question has to be whether we'll ever see him play again because if it's not fit now after ten months then why would eleven months be enough. Why twelve months off Scenario to is that the knees okay. But general general fitness wise. He's examined his canister and he sees one summer's worth of tennyson. It
Five Storylines for 2021
"Everyone on. Your sports illustrated tennis. Podcasts are last ten of being ear. Jbl joining me. We already dispensed awards handed out Various honors we toasted these six players. Who won majors in two thousand twenty in this crazy year. We have good farewell to the bryan brothers. We lamented strangeness of this rotation around the sun we have looked forward to twenty twenty one. So let's just kind of do it all out rap. Jamie how are you. How goes in your parts. Are you dusted with snow. As we are here in new york it is a little bit more than a dusting here but We are warm inside staring. It's still coming down but we are. We are all good here. I can always tell the rhythm of tennessee's in based on knows a press releases. I'm sent in when there are no tournaments On the calendar when they're no match is being played They tend to get to increasingly distant for tennis itself. It's been a while since. I've gotten a press release about An actual tournament result or a match result. So let's let's just kind of take final inventory of twenty twenty one twenty two twenty then spinning forward to Twenty twenty one. Are there any any sort of enduring memory. You're doing capsule late straight year in in in one image. What would it be in one image. That is hard. I would say if that was the case in an empty an empty stadium. An empty arena. But i think i think for me you did this a little bit in your mouth but i kind of have to agree with you that feel like all in all a twenty twenty was terrible of course across the board but for china's i do think that sport distinguish itself in many ways in. I think that for a lot of the players that you know we have been talking about for years now It was really nice to see a lot of those players breakthrough in different ways. I think of course dominic. Thiem you know had finally won his first major and you know he had a really strong year across the board You know twenty seven years old finally gets to his high ranking. Gets that major. And you know it's all done at that first ornament back first major nine only osaka of course who not only is her major haul here but then she found her voice and you know use it and use it well and i think You know we can talk a little bit more about her but you have severe kenan against him. Thank someone who we talked about. Who is young and she. You know kind of proved again that she is here and you know she's twenty twenty two years old but her first major win was not a fluke and the list goes on. I think again. These are players that we've been talking about and it was good to see them all breakthrough re cement themselves and kind of redefine their careers This year in twenty twenty such important year for everyone. I can give you my My off-court analog to that I think we're all waiting to see which of these changes are stopgap in that means in life and not just a tennis We which of these are going to be a new way of life so our zoom good replace office and are we all going to be enjoying outdoor dining going forward and how much of this is just Emergency measure it. How much this heart and into our new reality. And i think at tennis we have the same thing that we haven't had a lot of match results I'm glad you hit on the ones we did. And i did have some really good tennis but i think a lot of the discussion has been about. How do we broadcast sport. How do we travel the australian open falsifying dough high then charter private planes for everyone to then quarantine them austrailia. And we have events moving. And we've experimented with different formats for tennis and i think if any good has come out of this year it has been that tennis has finally decided to innovate to cooperate. It's not always been perfect. But i think there's a real sort of spirit of enterprise it hasn't always been around the sport in some of this was the society Some of this was just trying to salvage events and put some some money in player's pockets. But i do really hope that. This spirit of enterprise. We can do things a little bit different than we break some models. We can defy conventional wisdom. We can try and shift dates around if miami has to be played for one year in the middle east so be it and if indian wells gets moved to october and everybody stops in the desert on their way to from china so be it. I hope that this is one of the legacy of this. This unhappy year is that tennis has a lot more liability and is a lot. More nibble has the job of its flexibility on the court. It can do the splits. And i do think that if any good comes out of this year apart from what you say that the emergence of team was great. And i always talk then. Profes- mitch there was. There was really howard moments on court. But i do think to me one of the great sort of i hope. Enduring legacies of this horrible year is a tennis has proven that it's a lot more nimble than than perhaps we thought. Perhaps it bought So i guess we'll sort of you know against a lot of we can use that to transition to twenty twenty one. There are still a lot of unanswered questions about the schedule about rankings about where the tokyo olympics factor into the this year. That's already growing complicated but I do think there was a real spirit of cooperation in our ingenuity video of enterprise. Haven't always seen in tennis
Remember When? 2020
"Is interesting for me again keeping the remember when like personal. This is where we spend a lotta time. We're we no longer see it as player in the flesh for the rest of the year. Either of us since where it becomes it's very divergent path right that from here on where like a one hand like. I'm not leaving home. Match like we have like a night of looking like may fifth rewatch korean baseball together and adopt the nc diagnose diagnose in the how camps dyno's jeff passan his pinkerton behind him and stuff like that. So we're on our own and you know doing our own. Things have watching not only connect. Whatever we're doing to keep ourselves sane afloat and tennis players meanwhile are like having these very different ways of coping. Go various out most of them. We don't hear from at all right muslim. Just go off grid. I will say that that's absolutely true. Most of them have just shut off so the ones we hear from early the outliers right but also larger the more prominent in late april or even it was late. March was already in march. Like it's poss- put up this flog of himself alone. His monica apartment. Where in this yellow raincoat is like stream of consciousness thing where he's like losing his mind like he doesn't know how to function he's also like not with his family that's sort of like argument or something in their various flares that we saw earlier in the year with mentioned that. Adp cup saying like his mother like you know the him at a press conference basically so he's on his own journey there and like some the first things we see some of them are really positive like we see like venus williams during this year's one of like sort of a low key like warning actors like bit role but like remember remember when venus williams got greek or damaged optic flasher. Exactly what i was gonna say. What a queen. Venus harass gregoire showing ads dramatically colossus the ground in performance ecstasy and. It's just a lovely moment of venus is like having a really you know again. I felt bad about similar to the fire. Donation topic like rating people on. How they're handling this thing. But like venus is somebody who like really like seemed to be like at peace like really opening up being way more talkative than she had all year like. There's one of the things. I found him looking. This is skipping ahead like lexington. She does like after she beat via. First round gives this unbelievably a few sive. Chatty postmatch interview. It's just been so mike which is like for the last several years in terms of what she's like in not being very revealing a reticent to share too much open up too much has been very different venus so we have that now the other hand we have things emerging like you know. Say this the novak djokovic stuff where i quietly. He's talking about or on a certain serbian channel. He says things that are if not definition of what we consider antitax at least vaccine. Skeptical in vaccine. Chilling say. I don't know exactly what to put in. Then he touching these instagram wives which you know venus is doing flirted with record time of the people in and and and if only judge just flirted with dmitrov harmless he could've done it was right therefore with an option. This is the college novak where instead he by early he was doing his a few instagram's With turbine jafaria wellness grew guy to joke. Which is somewhat credit. I don't know exactly what happened here. They stopped by mid mayton one more. After basically i people started started combat. For what ridiculous nonsense being spewed in them so we just all tennis players like what a tennis player was tennis star celebrity without the thing that makes them why we care which is tennis. Excellent right and we're left with these pictures of people who stop paying their coaches right away was a big theme like all these top top players stop paying their. That was a really big. That was a really bad really was mentioned a few times and it really explain like because you you learned about it and yes no. I know. I was really struck by how within days. What was it like before the week of in usama. How fast set move your mortgage. That players immediately. Cut off the payment to their coaches who they are the sole employers of in there not not almost all like Every coach was estimated was more than ninety percent of coaches. Weren't getting paid at this point. It was it was. That's fine but i'm just saying when you say that oil like ebay. But but you'd only coaches were not getting paid and it just sort of like selfishness of tennis players end. We see tennis players as being very focused in very driven motivated and in this pandemic must have a crisis a lot of times that revealed that turned into self centeredness self-focused self-centeredness turn to selfishness. Turn to lack of care for other people right and to me. I saw this sort of across the board cutting off of the payroll department of their personal tennis. Teams their coaches who are people who invest their whole careers in helping you do well. The second you stop getting you missed one check. They get cut off and a lot of these players. Have making lots of money. Didn't have to bisley anyway. It me the wrong way seeing these these athletes granted. They're not in a fixed salary. They were not getting guaranteed income but for them to immediately cutting people's pay very quickly and even like occasionally federation like tennis. Australia started for furlough employees very fast and that bothered me a lot too because they had a full twenty twenty australian open and they had a folk coffers and they i think by i dunno april or so. They're already furloughing employees. I thought that was crazy. And they're going to be painful full prize money in if they go it in whatever a lot of the mountain workout and just a lot of a lot of. I was getting various enchanted with tennis and tennis players tennis players because there was no tennis but tennis players were not impressed. Me overall with their conduct. Yes you had venus doing
Daria Abramowicz - Iga Swiatek's Sport Psychologist
"And i'm super excited to speak to daria abramovich to sports psychologist of ego spoon. Take dario has been working with. Egan's early two thousand and nineteen as a huge part of the spoon tech team. We find out all about the role of diarrhea. It's a lot more than you'd expect. We learned about the value. She brings team soon tech as well. As the journey to the roland garros title. I'm plenty of snippets to get you thinkin. I really enjoyed this episode so much stat trick wars. The way true. I realized my mic was on the other side of the table. A thought to go back and rerecord bits. But it's perfect before we get started. Sheds were podcast sponsors slinger deportivo ball machine which you can find out more about at slinger by dot com and in two thousand twenty one. They'll be releasing some fancy tennis software. I don't know too much about it right now. But there's more news to come next year. Finally unopened may be handy for this episode. I hope you enjoy. Let's go hello daria. Welcome to the functional tennis podcast. How're you doing. Preseason gone. I'm well thank you a little bit of trouble with the black guy. A liberal injury during squash match except that and completely fine preseason is going actually really well. We're striving for a bit more some in warm temperatures but will actually working on that and and probably soon will head someplace which is a warmer than collins. But it's fine. We're working really hard in all areas important for us to to the low and and to reach the best possible level. Great a few questions. First of all you're black i. This is on video and for those that don't know diarrhea has a big black i. It's not too bad. It was worth a few days ago but on the name of foreign so first question is i see you guys play a lot of other sports. Bob menton squash salen and tell me. How does this help german. Preseason we actually do a lot of sailing stand up publishing We played frisbee sometimes. Football like soccer There is actually a lot of sports. And we're doing that to bring the routine at some point to make things a little bit more interesting french To just even the broad perspective and sometimes even to just a little bit different factor in terms of obviously cognitive neuro neuro functioning but for the body. This is kind of the different different thing to just move your body that a bit differently. Last button release. It just helps to keep more on relationships in the team to create the to create the atmosphere which is really helpful for us especially in this challenging Reality copied reality when there is now so many occasions and possibilities to be together Like meaning fully together. You're not sounds like you guys have quite a close team. We did have piatra on the show. Awhile back eagles coach There was a great episode. Won for best. So far sodas a lot of pressure on you here okay. I don't like this. I don't think i have this. You know this. This perspective on tennis particularly spills has. But i'll do my best. Some of my friends would have been pro tennis players. Some still are sports. I call just to talk to but most the time was like once a week. They'd meet them once a month. Be whatsapp chats here and there but tell me what safety you apart from all the team events. What does your day fulltime compromise of. How can you help team soon. Teck well first of all. I even though time with iga intentional Not only with Herself by the whole team. I just don't work only with iga and with show a guy worked with almost thirty other athletes and actually is all about seeing a psychologist once for a week or once for two weeks sometimes obviously online sometimes in the office. There's there's a lot of different Forms in ways to to work nowadays especially using new technology but exact Of all the team activities. So i often Encore during practice. I sometimes attend strength conditioning. Training as sessions sometimes recovery sessions. I talk with physio with coaches obvious new or close the manager sin Staff as well with family sometimes. So there's you know a lot of puzzle signing I'm just operating on. Let's just say so. There is a lot of talking obviously not only mental training so creating developing particular tools to optimize the potential on on on the arena court but also a lot of background work which is basically some talking conversation. What way does it work. So if pure tower or eagles dodd say hey daria i need a session. Just explain how it works. Well yes absolutely. We work in terms of. Let's say session but More won't work as a convertible on conversation which is actually not necessarily set up in the office it takes fifty five minutes trade and then we're heading home. It's sometimes dinner sometimes. it's launched. Sometimes it's a conversation over the phone sometimes something on a group chats over coffee. There's a lot of different Venues there's a lot of different occasions And you know. One of one part of my philosophy working suspension with the iga tensions. Is that sometimes over this match coffee or a dinner. Were able to do more work than we would do when we just sat down for two hours in the office. I'll just the sometimes we do. Team stuff Two conversations teamwork Sentence it's more of a workshop or exercise. Sometimes it's well so the variety such so so big that the yet. It's this is this this kind of the way. It sounds like it's continuous all the time. There's no office hours absolutely. There's no office number. It's just twenty four seven. I'd like to talk a bit about pre juror and post roland garros. But before we get there. How did you get into sports psychology. What's your background. So when i was five or six light adventure with sports style would downsizing. And i do believe ben saying nowadays that it's one of the best forms of movement that allows children to develop this kind of awareness in terms of their body and mind but then when i was i think six or seven i started sailing Born in town which actually listen the longest lake in poland so it was kind of a natural thing to to go with an stride to sail That was seining on Obscene this is kind of small boat for children under the age of fifteen And then i. I seldom single dingy olympic classes
Interview With Stanford's Dick Gould
"One john wartime here this week. Sports illustrated tennis podcast. Hope everyone is doing well. No pro tennis events this week but a lot of scrambling behind the scenes trying to get a schedule for twenty twenty one as corona continues its blaze through the draw or the calendar As it were right now it looks like the australian open is going to start on february eighth. That's three weeks later than usual to count for quarantine remains to be seen. It looks like indian wells unfortunately will Cancel for twenty one or at least be postponed. Perhaps until the fall. Miami is a question. Mark will Pass on more news when we have it. Maybe they'll be more clarity by the time you listen to this podcast. Meanwhile today Two great guests very different In terms of the significant age gap. Here but i suspect They would rather like each other I guess dick gould. Who was the men's coach at stanford for almost forty years stanford one seventeen. Ncaa titles under coach gould fifty those players were all americans. He of course coached a Curly haired kid from long island. John mcenroe we talk a bit about that. A bit about the state of college. Tennis tickled sort of the john. Wooden figure who didn't just win a lot but it also is a paragon of virtue and the next person to say something ill of him will be the first. I would submit a glaring omission. He's not in the international tennis hall of fame. But this is a good conversation. We talk a lot talking about mcenroe. Talk about International players in college tennis talk a bit about head injuries as he is the vice chairman of a nonprofit Teach aids which creates health. Ed technology and is paying special attention. Head injuries Good conversation so here's the golden. And after him. We talked to brandon nakashima. Who took intro in between segments. So here's coach. Gould how are you do it. How you feel like everyone. I question we all ask. Is that have you your twenty twenty those. She's been good so far and You guys guys have been affected a little bit kobe. But so far would survive it and It just the families good The main thing for me of course in the so all those good but it's really effective. I working night stops stanford. Three years ago. I've been working on concussion case for nonprofit and and for video so pc and youth football and below the installaion stuff and it just a fulltime job. He can't go in the office. Fortunately everything we do is zoom so if one presumes john we complain about but where we eight million with you Know your it's allowed us economy to To keep functioning and some lab. I want to ask you about that especially well. We could jump too far ahead. But i don't know if you saw the decent. La times yesterday about the the stanford volleyball player. And yeah i did. I did see that actually. My granddaughter was director operations volleyball for eight years. During that time there's two sides to every story you know but it was a concussions are not uncommon vibe. I you know you go up to the spike in the bog. In your hands or you hitting the head and it's our first soapy. See was artistic swimming synchronized swimming. Believe it or not Gushes in that and everyone thinks football. But it's it's it's just amazing and very on another sports we'll talk about I can only think of one. I can only think of one instance off hand in tennis but roller to. I could remember we had a cup. We're we're doing a story law where people talk about the story on the got them. Whatever most of them are athletes about half icicle have college and we have a couple of ten stories in their kids. Get hit with a wall. In ben people are more settled some than others and it just I james wake of course one. But then there's a lot of slipped and fell much display lawyers for the usda all. I didn't think well. I've ever azarenka once. I guess you're right yeah exactly. There was an eight figure settlement mining. Something exactly i wanted to I said blah blah. I wanna talk college. But i also i'm just curious i wanna hear more about you. I mean i. I feel like everyone knows everyone knows dick. Gould stanford coach for more than forty years. It occurs to me. Maybe gula man. That's what you may come on side. You are often described But this is. This is someone who grew up in my hometown. It's near and dear to you. You're the john wooden college tennis. And some of that is about longevity and titles and wins and losses and some of this is about the lessons you imparted ana players. Who i'm sure you know. Speak glowingly of you. But i'm just curious. I don't know anything. i was telling somebody recently. I were you a player. How did you get into this crazy sport. I really don't know much about you. Pre stanford how did you actually come to us. We'll flamboyant and my folks didn't play it all from california. My dad's a form. And and i had a horse to ride all the time and a young kid and and my mom said well you're gonna take tennis wheels. The white freaking shorts downtown instead of my jeans and lee is what are you talking about. So do you wanna ride horses somewhere. Yeah what are you gonna take a less. And you may remember a gal on nancy. Chafee kind of eric mayor of She was maybe top ten in the world and her dad was my was the guy. Give me the lesson. you need everything. I did equate with those four. it was You step into the ball like rocky marciano steps of the bunch. You watched the ball. Come off the record lake road. Kind of what's coming on the pitches everything all of a sudden. It wasn't says he's it was a big thing and he made hitting a ballroom exciting. And i always worked in the summers but impl- sherman's but i i went to stanford and played on a team there and Got pretty good bye last year and Those days olmert sparse. I was but i. I got fairly good but there was no circuit And so you go out and play shamateuritism Do anything and nothing to show for it. And i had a job teaching offer. And i took that job in high school. And and and that was my vocation coaching in the absolutely love. It and it's been you appreciate my guys. I'm doing a book. Not a stanford. Tennis john but on either standing brilliant leadership on coaching in general. And it's i had guys who go to are still alive.
"We're not just living in the post. Today we're living in an alternate universe post because today and those day we're bringing you sliding does tennis which is kind of ovarian concept isn't it should we. Should we trademark this in some way. Can we patent it. Let's if it's a success. I shower and then and then we'll get onto the patent lawyers wouldn't wouldn't gwyneth paltrow smith about that. She owns the rights to alternates. Alternate timelines well. My favorite my favorite genre of is counterfactual fiction. There's a book called idyllwild which imagines a world in the ninety s where needed jfk nor marilyn monroe died in the sixties and it sort of projecting into the future and imagining a world. That is entirely different. And it's cooled arms on on this spoiler for you or the listeners are highly recommend anyway and it's called idol ball because of course idyllwild. Anybody know this putting on spot here. This is a great little but if trivia idyllwild was the name. jfk airport before it became today airport. I don't know how. I read your david. Private could a medium sized book right. Yeah i take a long time to read books Well it's worth the effort. If you got in your hands in the middle of the night you know we as we did last week. We start off with david. Whitaker's review of what we're about to do podcast as he says it's a really good idea. Like i like counterfactual history. If hitler had gone ahead with the invasion of britain in nineteen forty not bottled it dot dot dot. What if lee harvey oswald missed etc. What if it hasn't rained in henman's semifinal with even vich so my daughter's very much understood the premise. If today's podcast and one of those three we're going to do yes. Thank you very much. David whitaker slash. Dad's fuel suggestions A little teaser of what's come where we are thinking of sort of moment tree seemingly incident significant at the time occurrences in tennis which may or may not have entirely altered the course of tennis history. david would you like to kick us off with the first sliding doors tense moment. Yeah would i'd like to imagine a world in which rafael on the dow was not left handed never decided to to play left hand. All just ended up playing left handed. And it's one of the. It's actually one of the things that i wanted to come back to for for quite a while probably a year and a half ever since we did our rounded out story. Podcast when we were we went deep into his his past and tried to just chronicled his career from it from a very young age and during that process we had been like many other outlets taken in by a the the myth it turns out that his uncle tony had decided that he should play handed in order to be more successful in in order to discomfit his opponents more and we talked about that on that podcast and turns out. That isn't what happened. And we at the time i mean. I think that that podcast got some some great feedback. People enjoyed it. But a number of nadal diehard said cop believe you're still going with this view that refunded. The uncalled decided. He should apply left-handed. I one day. Because that's not the case. So i've also one day i'd like to really look into that and find out what the situation was and when we came up with sliding doors tennis and i chose. This is one of my my selections Matt's produced the referee on the dow autobiography which contains the following passage. I've seen reports in the news media saying that. Tony forced me to play left handed and that he did this because it would make me harder to play against well. It's not true. It's the story of the newspapers have made up. The truth is that. I began playing when i was very small and because i wasn't strong enough to hit the ball over the net. I'd hold the racket with both hands on the four hundred as well as the back end then. One day my uncle said there are no professional players who play two hens. Strictly speaking true. Monica seles did right. Fabrice santoro did right But anyway there are no place press professional players who played two hens. And we're not going to be the first ones so you've got to change so i did. What came naturally to me was to play left-handed why i can't tell because i ride with my ryan tend when i play basketball gulf or doubts. That was the way sounds order. I play right handed to but in football i play with my left and my left foot is much stronger than my rights. People say this gives me an advantage on the double handed backhand and that may be right having more feeling more control and both hands than the majority of players has to work in my favorite especially on cross court shots where a little extra strength helps but this was definitely not something that tony in. A moment of genius thought up. It's dumb to imagine that he might have been out to force me to play in a way. That did not come naturally to me so pretty emphatic rejection of that. That story that we've all kind of taken as just conceived wisdom from over the years a couple things that he's often talked about by commentators is looking like he's got to four hands conventional forehands in in the way he's able to strike the bowl in terms of the the sheer muscular. Rt of his game the way he's able to put you on the back foot from both sides equally strongly and say and he's alluding to that in that analysis of whites useful for him to play. Left
Interview With Chris Kermode
"Let's here in the meantime from the interview. That i did today with chris commode who was formerly a colleague of mine at queens. He was the tournament director for a long time. queens and then moved onto the atp. The end i think of twenty thirteen spent six years in the job and first thing i asked him was really how he looks back on that time in his life. Many people have asked me that question and in fact they phrase it differently. They would you do it again. And which which is slightly different i. It was a huge honor to lead the organization and it was an incredible six years and yet thoroughly let south thoroughly enjoyed that there were some very heavy moment Very stressful moments. But you know to have to have the chance to Lead a global sport was fantastic and had a year to sort of contemplative. And when you earn your blight issue sometimes get so immersed that you fail to recognize the achievements to the thing but you know i know back in some of the numbers that quite an impressive aren't very proud member. You're just looking at things like the gross revenues of the tool. Were twenty thirteen. We're about ninety. Seven million and two thousand eighteen goto grew to over one hundred and fifty million of the prize. Money again went from eighty five million twenty thirty two hundred thirty five million so fifty eight percent growth the number of players. Earning over a million dollars in prizemoney grew over ninety percents which is great britain about our ranked players. Earning money one of the personal achievements. was that the. The big growth was between really between players between fifty and one hundred sixty nine percent growth in hundred fifty to two hundred sixty five percent growth. So that redistribution of monies downs the lower ranked lies was was great and the same with ranking points. As well and as the players the pension funds just went through through the roof which is key for these guys when they stop stop playing like a sixty percent growth in the pension fund so looking at the new events. She look at the finals. Look at the next gen and the car you know there was a a hell of a lot done and think we moved the game forward and when listening to that out. Imagine a fair. Few allison's are thinking well. If that's the case why are you not in the job right now. Why what can you tell me about your departure. And what led to it. Well i think it's a very political job. I've seen an ascetic in the job. And i will continue to say it now. I'm very very supportive of the atp as an institution. I actually believe works. There are many people the can make very easy comments from the site saying it's just impossible to have a player organization anna tournament organization together. My line to that would be that. It's one of the few sports where players and tournaments have a say in their spore. You know on a daily basis. Unlike say some of the american sports where you have collected bargaining agreements and they have a big fight over over prize money every o or income over every five years as a huge fight and they don't really speak the reason i think the hp structure works is people do have a voice on on a daily basis. And you look back know over all the votes that we have and you know it was almost ninety. Eight percent of the decisions were made in consensus. Which is which is great oversee. I sat in the middle of players and tournaments at certain times of the six year. Tenure people say he's a tournament guy. He's a player guy. You speak to the tournaments. They'll say he's a player guys because the players they say he torn guy that's just the nature of the jaw.
IMG's Max Eisenbud on 2021 Tennis
"Everyone john wartime here hoop everyone well into this week. Sports illustrated ten podcast. Welcome back to this week's guest max eisenberg. He's the head of m tennis one of the real power players in tennis. We spoke to max earlier this year when there was so much swirling uncertainty Can a little less uncertainty recently up. A number of you wrote in then about how much you liked perspective. You were surprised. By how unfiltered he was figuring. We would check back in with max on this day. In early december we learned that yes there will be a twenty twenty one australian open To go it's been pushed back three weeks. There's a quarantine. it is still unclear. What will happen to the events that preceded and The events that are now being superseded in the calendar and february but the australian open looks like it is on. I can redo an email that Craig tyler descent to players that that made. It tweeted me Quote we know. It hasn't been easy for anyone in tennis. We will also pay for charter. Flights player and entourage. Quarantine cops meals and accommodations player. Combination will be covered for their entire. Stay will pay the full. Seventy one million dollars in prizemoney were working with tours on a redistribution with large increases in early rounds likely first-round parts of one hundred thousand dollars. Obviously tennis. australia can't do that without considerable financial paint. It won't be easy cove. Nineteen is hurt us financially this year similar to everyone else's experience but we think it's critical for global tennis the player group in the fans at the ao proceeds to help stave off any atrophy in our sport So that That some good news coming out of melbourne And i'm sure there will be a lot of Happy players fans coaches everyone else in the tennis infrastructure So mac tonight talk about that. That been a breaking news. At happy to breaking news what can players expect We talk about how. Kenneth has held up in this strange ear. Why he doesn't like the t. As china policy wide ranging conversation about tennis in twenty twenty and looking forward to next year this strange Rotation around the sun So here from his home. Office in florida maximum. All right thanks for. Thanks for stopping by how you doing. Good i think is good as you can be in this world. We speaking of good. We are a few hours removed from this. I don't know if it's an official announcement but a quasi-official announcement. There will be an australian open. Looks like it's going to start every eighth three weeks of pushback from your perspective. Good thing bad thing. When did you hear what do you make of this announcement. I mean i think it's whenever you can play. You know it's a good thing. And i think the tennis world Has done a pretty good job of trying to play and keep the players safe I think the us open the catalyst. And i think or probably appreciating more. Now what the. Us open did seeing how difficult it has been with the australian open. So i think i think the. Us open really started. Everything engage some confidence players. and then You know and then you know what's happening with. The australian open is is pretty incredible minutes many every day. Something new You're at the mercy of the government and You know players have concerns like they should And there's some pretty strict quarantine common in australia. I mean some of those That's pretty tough. I mean and you know way different than the. Us open the us open really created a bumble. A look like the players were like going to camp. You know they're playing cards and having fun and and stuff. And i don't see that way you're in australia. So what are you gonna the takeaways from all this is the it's trillion government doesn't mess around. What what. What are you telling your players. But i imagine they're calling frequently for updates telling them be ready keep training keep working You know in every day. It's something new. We're trying to keep everybody updated in real time And that's players coaches parents. Lot of anxiety. I you thought your company. You had to get ready really quick because the i was you thought you were going to need to leave on december fourteenth and that was eating up people didn't know when do i take my vacation. Especially the guys that were playing late on now all of a sudden you're not rushing. It's it's even later so you know. Tennis players are creatures of habit. I mean they have you know so this has been very a lot of anxiety for the players.
Lisa Raymond on setting her own agenda
"All right lisa. Raymond welcomed tennis dot com podcasts. It is awesome to have you. Thank you guys for having me so much. Where in the world are you. Let's let's start with that hotel room. I know that shocking to people but Actually in baton rouge louisiana right now been working for the past year with alec and My old coach Andy brandy is the head men's tennis co-chair lsu and kinda long story but We're actually bringing them on To be part of the team so we're here Doing some training with him and he he's going to be a part of our team moving forward and It's been awesome. Been here almost two weeks now. And it's going to be one of our training bases now rally which is going to be great so So yeah that's why we're in baton rouge andy brandy the andy brandy as andy brandy. Yes very familiar to me names. There's only one. Andy randy will ever be one handy brandy so you love them or hate him and i've always loved them. It's true you either have these. Andy it's either. You have this unreal relationship with andy or you. Don't you know and he'd be the first to admit that he. Andy me the iranian. You know he'd be the first to be like you know. It just isn't working or at works and andy. I hit it off from the time. I was seventeen when i went to school. Went to florida and You know if there's one person in my career that i have. I owe pretty much everything to because of that foundation he built. It's handy so yeah absolutely. Oh that's amazing. You don't really hear very often. I guess sometimes you can hear about a player that can just have a very. That's i mean that's a lifelong relationship. Lifelong yeah but yeah. I mean he Again i mean he. I coached he coach me throughout my pro career on and off the end And then like. I said i mean he's family. I mean him and his wife and his son i mean we were just over there the other night for dinner and and hadn't seen them forever haven't seen as whites and it was just like yesterday. I mean they're just near and dear and Just really really special people. Were you always gonna jump into coaching. I think he finished up in two thousand fifteen th us open with madison keys as your last partner and then she would have been your first pupil in a way is that was that. Always the plan when you're playing. No it wasn't at all. I'm just kinda just happened Very good friends with lindsay davenport. And so lindsey was coaching mass in at the time and lindsay still playing two thousand fifteen and lindsay was just like look. I just. I can't really do this fulltime. Would you be interested in of coming on You know traveling with her some weeks if it didn't interfere with your doubles. Maybe you guys could place in doubles. It'd be great for her. And and so i was like yeah sure like you know it just. I hadn't really ever really thought about it. And then i did. I did think about it. And and i loved it. I love I love coaching. And i love just kind of Being part of a team in our party why. I probably did so well in doubles because i love being out there with somebody but So for me it was like a great segue from retiring. Because i literally went from the us open finishing my last match to five days later. I was in quebec city with madison. So it was like. I never really like had to put my rackets down and sit and be like oh my god. I'm retired here so see us do. That's kind of how just kinda leads dad. And and then. I took a break from coaching. And then allie. Approach me with this opportunity and jumped out. I mean least technically. You're not retired. You played last year. This is true this is true. This is true. Technically twenty thirteen was not your last match to good point and i plan on the i. I've got a few goals out there. That i still wanna possibly achieve so i So yeah so. I just to get in better shape. Get my butt out there and hitting a little bit more and But yeah no. I'm not totally retired. I guess you could say the one thing. I do want to bring to light. You said that you wanna get in better shape You went through a phenomenal transformation last year. And you still looked incredible. So thank you. Tell us about that. Because i remember kind of last year in colorado was the first time that being you kind of really got to know each other news mean from the last time i had seen. It's a different person. Well thank you. Thank you for saying that and Know it was. Just i have to i truly i hate to say it but i so much. Unit to allie. You know what. When i got to the upper take with her just kind of really took a look in the mirror and realize that you know i was just not happy with me how i was feeling and what i was doing and And as a coach. I just felt like too. It's like i need. I wanted her to be able to look at me and be like okay. We'll look what she's doing or look how good she looks. You know as far as fitness. And she's working her butt off you know and and I basically said you know. Look my fitness. 'cause she's a man you know i mean she's a she's unreal shape and under athlete and she loves her fitness. I was like help me with my fitness in my eating and unger out take care of your tennis and she was on raw the program she put me on. You know she was tough on me too. And i needed i needed to be pushed. I needed to know somebody to kind of guide me a little bit with my eating and and whatnot. And i mean she just she'd Her support was everything. And and then you know it was like i like how you just you see like little changes and you want more you want more and you start feeling good and i had goals and yeah i mean it was just one of the best things i've ever done and i just feel that still healthier and she'll good about myself you know so. So yeah i mean. I allies boot camp
Rafa remains, bubble struggle and whats that hair?
"Thank you so much for those lovely words. How about this every time we told with. Somebody's favorite tennis. Podcast catherine who to thaw is almost as if we've just encouraged this and frankly that's exactly someone from newfoundland n-i-l-l-a-s only finland is i'm going to try and retrain myself to announce it that's where the good dogs come from. Is it for what good about them. They are big and cuddly and fluffy and Do you remember caesar. May he rest in. Peace martino trace lovely doke He was found. Oh well yes. Now that was a splendid dog portray if the dog world say nancy. Congratulations for being from there. yes so nancy back kicked out of thank you so much into all the others that have introduced show this week. We really appreciate it and yeah. That's why we able to do this every single day of the finals. And we've got a few more to go. Today was a funny all day. We kind of previewed. It didn't we last night as much as the afternoon. Look like a much meaning to it. There was just not meaning. Those they were dead rubbers after all posted doubles and the singles and then the evening section. We always knew is going to be a knife edge type scenario you win. You guys drew you lose. You got home like a normal tournament. Let's start there showy because rough on the dow has beaten stefan pass in three sets. It wasn't like last year's when i didn't feel i thought it was. I mean i thought the dow played really. Well i've role. But i mean obviously there's no crime but last year they played a three center in and it was just epic. Wasn't it every every point felt like a a saga this. This didn't feel that that to me what to you. Know i felt like steph sits pass could have been prepared to die out there tonight and it still wouldn't have been enough He he cannot get close to the dull serve. I know there's the anomaly of the fact that he is beaten in one song clay Madrid in one thousand nine hundred. But let's just take that out of the equation and it's possible it's possible that sits has a bit of an adult problem And one that he's not getting any closer to solving think it's more than possible. I think he has a nidal problem. And i think he's a pretty big one. It's okay to have nato problem. Nidal is really really good. You know most of the world has had an adult problem for fifteen years. But he's not getting closer. It would sing and sits up past. Thinks he's got into dow problem doesn't am and he he's i it is he having seen his press conference. We'll talk about that in a minute. I think he will be going an obsessing for the next six weeks. Ah bat how to solve his dow problem matt's you you watched it what what jumped out at you from their match or yeah if i if you've got an adult problem. You've got a bit of a men's tennis problem haven't really because nadal is always going to be. There is a constant if you can't overcome the dull you're going to struggle to win the biggest tournaments i would. I would suggest certainly at the moment for the next year or two wall dolls exactly around anyway So yes short turn. That is going to be interesting to see whether sit to pass can overcome it. I think actually on one of those ones on clay. I think he's got so much more time to return the serve and he can step back and take some swings. Maybe that actually does help him against the door. But i completely agree with what you said. Catherine he just didn't didn't get near serve really for the whole match other than a fifteen minute spell which was weird and bizarre and suddenly he broke nidal twice twice in a row three times in a row. Maybe it was a very strange portion of the match. But i guess my main takeaway was kind of comparing to team the dull because that was the match we saw most recently and it felt like team has sustained threat against nadal whereas sits pass to me felt like he was relying on little moments and flashes of when his game was on and hoping that that would be enough to get him through. I didn't i didn't see a complete game plan really from him. And i think feeds into this wider thing of him being a bit confused about how to play a dollar and therefore it just always felt to me like the dole would win that match and in the end he won that third-set pretty pretty comfortably after after a shaky start
Maria Sakkari on being part of a tennis family
"Thank you for your time. First of all, my wife's so obviously the French Open had been different than New York, but everyone's talked so much about the conditions this year. Is it that different than the French Open? You played last year in the spring? Yeah, of course, I mean, even though in springtime you can have some cold days and rainy days you in pies, of course, you know, my first round match was I think the coldest day and we played in the rain so think like the ball just turned brown. You cannot see any yellow from the bowl, but to be honest, you know, it's just you have to accept it embrace it and just be grateful that you have the opportunity to play another grand slam, even though it's you know, under these conditions you may the fourth round of a grand slam twice in the French Open you made the third round what kind of expectations do you put on yourself going into a major? Well, I do put I mean, I think that's what makes me, you know a good job. Sure that the have expectations for myself. I have I'm coming here with the mindset of winning the tournament. Of course. It's a long way to go but I'm not coming here to to win too much has and I'm like, okay, I my third round. No, that's not my mentality. And I know that I can do it and you know shown some great tennis this year, especially in a solid as well. And I think that I don't see why not going deep deep here or in the next major. How do you unwind and stay entertained in all of these different bubbles off when you're in a tournament, especially in a slum stress level is like after here. So let's say in Australia that we were not in the bubble. I had room service most of the nights because I just wanted to be as relaxed as a good so it's not a big difference. It's just the fact that you cannot go out. That's what makes most of the players, you know feeling a little bit trapped wage. But to be honest to have a great team that makes it so much better. You know, we're having a lot of fun with dom and Daniel so, you know good food good company and found my friends back home. I cannot complain that soon nothing, you know negative from my side. So I kind of liked it. I think I'm going to be sad once this wage bubble thing is over because I feel less stressed. I have to say wow, that's a good perspective to have and you mentioned your team. So Tom Hale and then who's Daniel dials my Physio and Tom is of course my coach. Is it fun working with a team? That's so young. So we're all twenty-five years old mean, and Daniel which makes it so fun, you know, but of course we're working with Tom. It's so easy. I mean you have nothing to worry about she takes care of most of the things before I even tell him his job. Larks have nothing, you know nothing to complain about and I just enjoy every every time you you know, I'm on the court with him. So it's great to have you know, these people around them. They're not like a family member, you know, what was the quarantine experience like for you? I know you're Greek, but you're based in Monte Carlo. So what was the quarantine like I was in Greece because God I just wanted to be you know with my family at that time and my brother my sister came back also, so we spent the whole time together with was amazing, you know, go to clubs a lot in my fitness and stuff because was the only thing I could do outdoors and just started playing tennis after five weeks since I came back from South Indian was it was it was nice. I have to say I enjoyed home. Your mom. Angelica was a top forty WT a pro. I feel like no one really talked about that so much. So what is that? Like has she influenced wage? Career a lot. Yeah, of course. I mean seen Seymour mom now with you know, it's nice but she always has some jobs, you know things like good things to say and oh forget the word now like advice like advices. Yeah advices. So I you know, she has been here actually she stopped when she was twenty-five. So it's imagine like me stopping now, there's no absolutely no chance. But you know, it's great to have someone that really knows what you're going through. She's she's a great supporter. Does she still hit that she play with you ever. Oh, that's so that's the thing that you know, I am actually complaining about her cuz I'm like she works out a lot in the gym like every day we have personal trainer, but she doesn't play. I think I'm going to convince her to you know, Start eating again.
Trouble brewing for tennis in Australia
"We've had some news tonight from australia. That a lot of the plans that they'd had in place that we understood them to be from the interviews that criteria the tournament director done. All the idea. Was that players would come in. Mid-december do that. Two weeks of quarantine play all of the pre australian open tournaments in melbourne To reduce travel and potential spreading of the virus. And that has. We've been told tonight in reporting by tennis channel. Initially that is not going to be viable. That players are not going to be allowed to come into the country as things stand in december at all and the first day that they will be allowed to set foot in the country as the first of january. Which if they are required to do two weeks quarantine at that point would take them up to about three or four days before the australian open is due to begin which is hardly ideal at the very least and potentially threatens the entire australian tennis summa Certainly those preview those run-up tournaments that That they would hope to run whether the couple for some of the other events that they might bring over from brisbane and adelaide and sydney. We don't know officially wear tennis australia. Stand on this at the moment. We we've only heard this news in the last few hours and it does follow comments from the premier of victoria. Saying that it's absolutely not a done deal. Plays can come in in december you know because of the logistical issues of bringing all these people in and they've spent such a long time in lockdown getting rid of the virus dampening down to the fact that they've had apparently zero cases over the last couple of weeks new cases So we don't really know where we stunned. I think the what kind of expect they may end up doing if this continues in plaza not allowed to come until the end of december. The the first week in january is to try to coincide the two weeks of quarantine with those tournaments and be able to get permission for players to practice and play competitively. I would imagine in some sort of bubble whilst effectively quarantining and therefore that would make it doable for them. Not only to run additional tournaments but also to play the strain open. But catherine this is Just generally this is a pretty alarming state of affairs. isn't it given. it's not that far away now. Now we're talking about plays plays would have been booked in planning to travel in less than a month's time to australia significantly less than a month's time in in some someplace cases and particularly exum i think because because the tennis will the i thought okay. I mean the the barriers to entry to australian and the price of entry is incredibly high but once their once the tennis world is there and and post three days barriers. It's a it's a kind of safe haven for tennis to exist for while and and flourish for oil for that to be thrown into some uncertainty Is is quite discombobulating. Ready an i. I can only imagine how the players in the tools feel about it. I i completely respect the position of If the australian government absolutely i mean we are in a glass house in terms of criticizing the likes of australia's Approach to risk averse approach to To covid nineteen absolutely But yet the timing of it is is very disconcerting. Absolutely me i'd say something. I keeps coming back to me when we have in the events after the us. Open rome and run gar austin a couple of times match just mentioned. I'm watching this. And i'm still wondering whether it really is right. You know to see all this international travel when this is going on it. Just it's hard to put the two together as much as we love the sport and wanted to be out to be viable at the moment.
Zverev, Paris and uncomfortable silence
"Hello and welcome to the tennis booker sporty from a slightly happy place than are lost. Tennis podcast the world is a slightly happier place because dogs are to return to the white house champ and major two german shepherds at one of them arrest key. The white house's i ever rescue dog momentus occasion. They will be. They will be moving in january. Happy days are in more than that. A reason. i mean that's enough on. Its own aside from everything else. What sort of history is there of dogs in the white house. Deny all up until two sixteen a beautiful illustrious history of of dogs in the white house the obamas had a couple of remember. Bill clinton had a think a black lab. Dogs in the white house is very much a thing or have been until until twenty. Sixteen that Bruce springsteen of course pointed out in one of his Bits of campaign materials but yet and major to two german shepherds. They look lovely and they are. They are very Welcome addition to well democracy. Yes that is the big news of the weekend. So yeah that's what's been happening in the world. How are you feeling. E still glued to see an matt you have. You filled the void in your life. Are you still following the as yet incomplete arizona. Count by the minute. no. I'm not actually i have. I have detach myself from cnn. Since saturday or sunday. I finally let go. I feel like. I've made of made some friends there though. I'll probably be checking in on them every now and again. Over the next four years. I think i really did admire their coverage and forecasting and it really did make me feel a lot more informed about the election than i've ever been had been before so yes i feel like i owe them some sort of commitment in the future but just it's been quite nice for the last twenty four hours to have let go because literally it on the entire time and it was fortunate because it meant i did see the moment that they called it. I think they were the first ones. And i know a lot of people that had it on for four straight days and then kind of miss the actual moment. My sister was complaining about that. But i i did have it on in the background. I fell asleep with cnn. On phychi consecutive nights and i dreamt about john king on both of those nights so that is the twilight zone vortex that while i was just sort of in the room with him while he was doing while he was doing his touchscreen analysis just sort of there and and part of it which was great great. I hope john king that you. You're having a lovely long sleep if you're listening which i'm sure you're very alicia. We've listened enough to him. Yes exactly it would only be polite now. Well let what's happening. There was also tennis unfolding in paris tournament. Won by in three sets yesterday in the final over alexander zverev. We are going to be talking about that and other significant results from paris. this week. We're going to be looking ahead to lince the final remaining tobita tournament of the year which is just getting underway as we record on monday and also the tournament in severe this week on the tool breaking news. Rough on adult did not enter. Qualifying in severe novak djokovic is the confirmed year end number one for six time but unfortunately we we have to start off with something that is sort of a bigger more significant story than than all of that and a very very unpleasant one we. We've covered it Briefly appear until now in our previous podcasts and as we said i think on thursday we were expecting this big interview done by ben rothenberg as it turns out in bracket magazine one of the publications that he contributes to not the new york times as we were expected but in in rocket magazine. A a big interview and account from olea sharapova. The former girlfriend of parents finalist alexander zverev who has made allegations of physical and emotional abuse against alexander zverev. The this was a very very indepth account that she gave ben rothenberg in racket magazine. They spent two hours together at a family. Friend's house in new jersey family friend of Of sharp over. I would urge you to read the piece so that you can hear her story feel self and make up your minds about how you feel about it but it certainly incredibly harrowing and saddening account. It's very very difficult to read. She details Allegations of abuse taking place at the twenty nineteen. Us open at the labor cup in one thousand nine hundred and live in a number of incidents she alleges at serves home in monaco. Over the course of that year. She doesn't go into detail about the end of their relationship. She said that's something she may or may not tell a delay date but she talks about having her head hit against the wall about being smothered with a pillow. She talks about taking making an attempt on her own life during this period. It's an incredibly distressing account. And it's one that has been put to alexander zverev over the course of the week in paris. He obviously released that instagram statement. A week ago at the time. That sharapova initially made the allegations on her instagram we. We read out verbs statements at the time but since this more detailed account from sharapova came out of his been been given the opportunity to to comment further on off his first round win over michigan. Catch mana vich in paris. He was. I think this was on wednesday. He was asked. I wanted to find out. How do you manage to stay focused with your tennis court with everything that you've been having to deal with off the court. He said very well. I'm here to play tennis. See now i've been doing well the last few weeks since the comeback of the season. I want to continue doing that as you said. There is oversee a little bit of things going on. There is some very good news. I think yeah. I'm happy to be here and playing tennis
Episode 279: Does Tennis Love You Back? (With Jessica Luther & Kavitha A. Davidson)
"With business as usual will amid a raging ongoing global pandemic. Think you'll like this one. Here's my chat with Jessica and Kavita enjoy very excited to be joined by Kavita Davidson and Jessica. Luther who are the CO authors of the new hit twenty twenty book loving sports and they don't love you back dilemmas of the Modern Fan could be the Jessica thank you both for being on here today. Appreciate it. Thanks. So tennis scoring people begins with love and he used the word twice in your title I want to start with the discussion of love. We normally do on this podcast, but it seemed appropriate here so. Use it twice in Thailand different context. So what do you mean by love for from your end in terms of loving sports and then what is the love that you don't feel in return that you wish there was more of whichever one of you wants to feel this I could be if you WANNA GO I. I. Guess. It's kind of appropriate that love is empty right? Sometimes it can. It can feel extremely empty when it comes to loving sports, teams and athletes I. Think I when we talk about just loving these games and these people who play them, it's just joy. It's pure unadulterated joy to watch these people who are humans accomplish these superhuman things I'm always saying that sports is modern day mythology. It's the closest that we get to it, and for a lot of us are love of sports comes from where we grew up and who we grew up with and our families, and it can be passed down for generations and and those are bonds that. Really do tie and then when they don't love you back, it's when it's when everything about your identity starts to come into question in the sports realm by other sports fans by these things that you continue to give yourself to and your emotions to that may not reciprocate in the same way and I think that there are lots of different ways that that can happen. There are a lot of different degrees to which you can feel that. But what we're trying to do in this book is speak to everyone who has felt that in some way over the course of their sports fandom. Sure. Just if you WANNA onto that. That was a pretty good answer I will say that there is this idea that sports are meritocracy than everyone fits in them all the time that if you just are good enough, there's a space for you and that in reality a lot of the time sports can be incredibly exclusionary and you can be reminded that you don't fit either as a fan or an athlete and that that's really what we're getting at here. Those moments when. You bump up against that stuff in sports. Suddenly you don't feel like you're included that you're not part of this thing that in lots of other ways does include you and that feeling of like but I'm giving my all to you. I'm literally cheering for you constantly putting my money into you and then you're telling me that somehow I don't I, don't belong here. For Shirt you have a chapter, the book about tennis but covers all sorts of sports. Tennis thing is chapter four in your book at. Where you think tennis falls in this continuum of love ability in. Of Love. In your in your terms and what I'm, I'm guessing and maybe I don't know if you have A. Graph of like the love ability or of Sport and Guessing College football might be one of the toughest love. I'm guessing tenancies probably gets higher scores overall on your metrics with some of the. Quality that it has achieved certain categories obviously, not perfect. How do you? How do you approach tennis from attendance centric view on this sort of its overall rough grade here everyone quantify that. Yeah, I love tennis so much. I'm so excited to be here talking to you out tennis I, think in a Lotta ways that tennis is really lovable like one of the things I'd like to talk about I think is spectacular is when you turn on tennis coverage unlike almost every other sport, you can turn it on in whatever matches on there could still be a bunch of women commentating and talking. And, that has been true for so long for a long time that was really the only space where you saw that all the time. Thankfully, that's not as true now, but tennis is really always been in the forefront in that way. So there was always this feeling like women have always been as as long as I've been alive like that's been a huge part of it. Of course, we can talk. As much as you'd like about how much coverage women getting the equality of that and all those sorts of things, but still compared to almost all other sports tennis really leads the way there and in part of that too. Is. Because they're so many phenomenal female tennis players and so as A. Woman who loves watching sports? That's one of the places that you could easily go when I was in high school I, fell in love with tennis and I probably in part I mean the Williams sisters were coming up at that exact time. I'm sure that was part of the draw for me. I can't remember now but I'm sure that part of it was that I saw a lot of women playing it whenever I turned it on and so certainly I think. Those are some of the great things about tennis at have kept me a fan for two decades. Three decades. How old am I like three decades? I love tennis too I think Ben Actually the last time you and I saw each other in person was probably last year's US Open. Back when we were allowed to go to the US Open. And Yeah I mean there's there's such a romanticism about it. There's it's it's such a beautiful game but at the same time, the class aspect of tennis is kind of unmatched unless you're looking at Gulf or maybe some other higher echelons sports that really do you reinforce the idea that it doesn't always love you back if you're not a wealthy white man right and that's what's been really interesting to see how tennis has had to evolve over the years especially with the with the Williams sisters and how much farther it still has to go. So I think that with tennis, you know you have all kinds of similar issues. That you have and other sports. You have pay inequality and you have racism. But you have this very interesting class dynamic on top of it. You know the whole sport of kings thing and and maintaining the purity of the sport and how loaded that notion is that you don't really have with owners with other sports that also plays into the divides I. think Generational early and also obviously within class and racial circles about how fans themselves consume them. I mean, if you talk to fans, it's always really interesting to me to talk to fans who aren't huge fans of Serena's but they love Venus right and it's always this. Venus kind of she's quieter. She plays the quote, Unquote Right Way She's not as fiery. She's demure right? She adheres to all of these standards that tennis tells us is important in sportsmanship and the idea of tennis in particular kind of evolving in what our notion of sportsmanship is. The sportsman or sportswoman looks like is really interesting to us. Yeah I think you're right. I. Think especially maybe like fifteen years ago when they were more battling for supremacy atop the sport, there were a lot of fans who would make the I like Venus but not Serena distinction and how that was sort of whatever that coded for whatever Venus was doing quote unquote correctly or admirably they thought three was.
Andy's agony, Cologne 1, St Petersburg and the longest ceremony
"So. It's been eight long days since last tennis podcast I'm already slightly concerned that I've forgotten how to do. It feels like so much longer than eight days. I didn't know about you David and Matt but I feel ready for French Open relived already. Yeah. Let's just keep believing in reliving one. Last time. What's the minimum minimum period of time that has to pass before acceptable to relive sports? The all bets are off this year Catherine we can do whatever we like. PODCAST. You. Both already reliving being in the championship and winning football matches too soon for that to. It's painful. That's that's actually quite main Catherine. In what we're talking about matt tonight both support rubbish. Teams. As does Katherine in football it's just that attitude teams are in the better division where everybody else is too good for us and Catherine's Carney. Tall of the rubbish division. Reading too good for everybody else. Well, we set with second but you know it's good tough. skit tough guy isn't it some so much aim full day I mean you've set me up for that David because you are wearing West Brom Kit which is. Yep. All the gave it. NO IDEA OF I. Mean given the A. revealed. On fields. Clashes with Diego Maradona, just thought maybe. You might need. Or maybe the third. He knows how they'll need to stoop over the course of the season David is what I would say to that Matt. How was your? Another has been tennis this week and we will be talking about it. Don't worry about how is your sort of post friendship in week being? While I was on a football high actually with an actual point next forums name until you brought us back down to reality even reminded me that actually my team is quite rubbish. A fine fine week I enjoyed my first lion after the French Open. That's always a good moment. The Post Grand Slam sleep. Sort of extended into long into Monday. But I duNno, it's a weird time. The tennis I think anyway after the final Grand Slam of the season I, spend my I like I've spent many hours in my life telling people that tennis is a lot more than grand slams and I strongly believe that but. Having the Grand Slams as the focus of the season is something I definitely do believe in an event kind of building up to them. I just think once the Grand Slam season is done. It's Kinda difficult to tune in completely anyway, and I, think in this year more than ever it feels it feels that way. So so I did watch some tennis but certainly wasn't wasn't as plugged in as I normally am. Yet even in non Keva Times is feels like often like a slightly strange portion of the the season because as you say, it's not it's not part of a story. Necessarily I mean I K- in the events in the immediately prior to. Shenzhen is it would usually be ATP finals you get that kind of race for the final couple of spots and that can be quite good fun. That's a bit less the case this year because of how the rankings have been adjusted, oversee the on having their finals and actually only have one more event this season next week in a strove as it sheduled. The moment anyway but I mean, it's not. It's not just this Bush, this season I always feel quite similarly about that many Indo spell. ofter the Australia. Nathan. It just doesn't feel like it's part of a tennis story within the season. So yeah, it's kind of always little bit the case in kind of exaggerated I think by. By the pandemic speaking of kind of relieved I wonder whether for the first time, the Dow is actually got a chance to reflect on winning the French Open normally has straight from Paris into Wimbledon and this really busy time of the year when he's actually got some time now he's he's kind of set that he's uncertain whether he will play again this season I wouldn't be surprised if he didn't a tool, he's Kinda got some time to reflect on what he's actually done in the chief which I'm sure he has done over his. Career. He's not had that immediacy. I. Didn't think to kind of stop and think about it and oversee the same for eagles film tech. You know to win for Slam and have a to reflect on. It's quite it's quite different. To how it normally is May He could just bought his his yacht in. Mediocre. For the rest of the year. My Dad's little video if Nadal sitting on his yacht, talking about how great is during a hjort. This week and I thought Oh. Yes it does look great. Good for you. Yes, it's an adult Nidal's confirmed. He he said he won't play in Paris I think and joke of it. She said the same obse federal won't be there. either. We do expect Jacovic to play the ATP finals as it stands and he's playing Vienna's well, he signed him to play that one. Yeah I'd be surprised if we saw Dowell again this year personally i. think he he simultaneously wants to be respectful to the finals and I think he would like to have one at you know he's He's he's one. But Y- he he clearly, he seems to have a deeper appreciation of. What the world is going through on his feeling that really. Severely, I think and I'm sure when you when you've already got the amount of money in grand slams behind you and everything else this does less incentive anyway isn't the foot for somebody like him but but I just feel a he almost wants to clean slate now, and that's that makes me feel the the achievements have just coming out and concentrating everything on that French Open and pulling it off I. Know I know it was kind of bittersweet to him. I. Mean obviously a sweet victory, but you could tell how how he was uncomfortable. With celebrating in quite the same way. What an achievement that was. I completely agree with that. I also think just logistically. If, he's going to be going to Australia which he said he is planning to do you have to leave a lot earlier this year to to do two week quarantine when you get that plaza talking about having to leave to go to Australia in mid December had spend Christmas over there. Nadal's Of a family man he he likes being in familiar circumstances I think can settings and if he plays the Oh to that takes him quite late into November he's not then got much time home before we'd have to travel off again. I, think just practically it makes sense for him now to just be at home and then go off to Australia I. Think. Yeah, and as a resident of London I'd say this is. The best time. To be coming to the city if you can possibly avoid it, it's not necessarily showing itself off that it's best. So tennis this week ten has been happening this week. We have had events in Petersburg in Cologne recording Cologne. Warm because. We've gone from having no ATP events in Cologne on the calendar to having to in the space of three weeks and me the way the AP actually just says that cologne-bonn untrue. Yeah I mean. colonus I've been waiting for pandemic to hit to fulfil its tennis hosting dreams and IT'S ALL London buses through coming along at once.
French Open: Rafael Nadal beats Novak Djokovic to win 13th Roland Garros title
"To win this year's French Open. This is an adult twentieth Grand Slam title this Tyson with Roger Federer for the most of all time on the men's side. Match with Jovovich was a landslide yesterday as well. Afterwards, even Jovic. Said Nidal played a perfect match on the women's side unlikely winner came out on top nineteen year old Egos. Phone Tech is ranked fifty fourth and she took home the trophy, her first tour level title she beat the number four seed and the reigning Australian Open champion. YELP is now labeling
The greatness of Rafael Nadal
"We talk about tennis. She was about this final and put it on pitting off having to actually summer. The achievement of rough on the dull winning thirteen, French Open, and winning this French. Open in particular and doing it in the way that he did because. It. So astonishing I'm struggling to process. Frankly, yes. Apologies in advance for hyperbole and use of superlatives, but if you can't use them now when rough on the is now hundred and two girls and has won his thirteenth title when when can use MS utter the extraordinary? What is the chief today, and of course, this is an achievement that is actually fifteen sixteen years in the making it is it is unbelievable. Walk Needle is able to do both in tennis number one, but also just at this tournament, one of his best ever career performances David today. I would say so this was Up there with what he did to federal in two, thousand eight when federal and a handful of games arguably even better I think because federal struggled that day I think the conditions were less suited to today on paper at least I would have thought compared to a high bouncing day in June, and of course, he's you know he's twelve years older I mean, let's not forget. He's thirty four that's that shouldn't be. Put. To one side because you know he's got a lot of miles in those legs lot of kilometers and it's it's just mind boggling that he can physically do it for star I think it bore a lot of similarities to what Jackovitch did to him in the Australian Open file of twenty months ago, which was Jock itch referenced in Oh Sorry Nadal referenced in his post match comments it had that same feel inasmuch as when we were discussing this yesterday and we were building up to it all week long the one eventuality are could not see is one of these destroying the other one that's just could not see I mean, which is again just another example of how good predictions I am. But it was. A performance that I wasn't expecting of that level and that that feels unfetter I found the down after what he's done over the last twelve years but. He lifted himself to a level. We certainly haven't seen at this tournament. And it was this fortnight anyway it wasn't. It wasn't just. Fortunate needlework open happen to be having Berlin day today is it wasn't just what one of these things the way the cookie crumbles he change things in his approach today he was an I believe the stats ended up bearing this out in terms of name body was quitting. On your coverage David about the net clearance on his kind being significantly. Lower today than in previous matches indicating how much more aggressive he was being on that I mean I think on both wings in particular on that on that can side he was. Firmly the aggressor out there in an joke which was on the back foot right from the word go and. He looked. Bewildered by the level throughout, imagine, imagine playing really good tennis and being the world number one. And having lost six love. I just can't I can't imagine how awful that feels. You know I texted you guys. At the end of that first set and I said. Other than serving a bit better. I. Don't know what he can do. I don't think it's a question of just raise the level a bit and that'll be okay. What can he possibly do? Yeah and he's been in his press conference Djokovic and use the word surprised by Nidal's level. I don't think he sold this coming from the doll based on what we've seen from the doll these two weeks. Yes. Nidal's been great. He's the final without dropping a set, but it's clearly not been absolutely top top level in the dull and I'm not sure your conviction was expecting the performance that we saw from the Dell today he was caught off Guard surprise bewildered and that that. is so much credit. As you said to walk in the door was doing he was the aggressor. He was taking every opportunity to hit his forehand down the line and standing up on the baseline and kind of taking the drop shot away from Jackovitch. I'm sure we'll talk more about that but just little subtle changes in his game that he made the just made this huge overall difference and with the intent that he paid with it was it was overwhelming for Novak Djokovic Channon. was kind of reminded of a little quote I read from turning adult recently who often the Schwartzman team match said a lot of people compare team to my nephew. But I, don't think that's a fair comparison. This was in Spanish. This was in the Spanish newspaper El Pice and he was saying that team is a great player, but he doesn't have the options in his game that Nadal has and. The different ways to be able to beat you I. Think this goes back to what we were talking about on a podcast recently when David you said the fact that these players are always adding things today game, the dull Djokovic and Federer, and the Dallas got so many different ways he can beat you. He can change what he does and he did that today and I think it surprised Yovich and It shouldn't be surprising to me, but at the end to us, but it kind of was surprising to see the dull change tactically against your that that rivalry has been so familiar in my head of what that looks like in terms of the patterns of the rallies and this one was different out there nobles the those tactical awareness today was was as good as anything I've ever seen from him. I think
Iga Swiatek makes history with French Open win
"History was made at Roland Garros this morning, IGA Chiffon Tech was Rates That's winter over Sofia Kenin to win the French Open women's title. She is the first Polish player, woman or man to win a grand slam and chiffon tech and unseated 19 year old. Never lost a set in the tournament and sit on NBC after the match, so happy and so, But my family was here finally, and I don't know it's just overwhelming for me. It's crazy years ago, I won junior grand summoned right now. On this year, It feels like such a such a short time. So Yeah, I'm just over warm. Her American opponent, Sofia Kenin, 16, and one in Grand Slam matches until this morning, but a leg issue in the second set hurt her chances at a comeback.
Poland's Iga Swiatek beats Sofia Kenin for French Open title
"Tennis Fans in Poland have literally waited forever to hear this. The first Polish Grand Slam singles champion is 19 year old IGA Chiffon Tech. Capping a dominant French Open run with a straight sets victory over fourth rank. Sofia Kenin Avantika and unseated 19 year old never lost a set in the tournament. She is the youngest French Open winner. Since an 18 year old Monica cell ists won her third straight women Seidel Way back in 1990 to