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A highlight from Executive Director of The Bush Tennis Center Tim Stallard Talks Bringing The Pros The Texas
"Welcome to the official tennis .com podcast featuring professional coach and community leader Kamau Murray. Welcome to the tennis .com podcast. I'm your host Kamau Murray, and we are here with all things tennis. Mr. Tim Stoller, Tim is the general manager and director of the Bush tennis center down in San Antonio, Texas. And they are hosting a really cool tennis event this weekend. It is the, Tim, go ahead, give us the name. Yes, the San Antonio International Team Tennis Championships, and it's at Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio. However, the Bush tennis center is way out in West Texas, about 300 miles away in Midland, Texas. So that's kind of an interesting dynamic of this event. Yeah, we want to hear a lot about that because I'll be honest with you. You know, I built 27 tennis courts in the city and the Bush tennis center has the exact same mission as I do, and I'd never heard of it. So we want to dig into that. But first, let's dig into your background. You have put on more than 50, you know, ATP, USDA, Pro Circuit events, assistant coach at University of Texas, spent time on the court with Andy Roddick. Tell me about your pedigree, where you come from, how you got in the game, and how you were able to travel through so many different levers of the sport. Well, I actually, it started in Rockford, Illinois, way up north, and started playing tennis and just, it was one of those things after my parents got divorced a couple of times. I love baseball, but trying out for baseball teams was more problematic than just entering tennis tournaments. So I kind of fell into tennis through that and loved the sport. And you know, like you said, went on to coach at University of Texas and started, you know, just had some great players. And that's really how I got into starting to run events is I was trying to get wildcards and help out players that I was coaching. And way back in the day, I had two really great players in Texas. One was Julie Scott, who is an All -American at Stanford. And, you know, I couldn't get wildcards. And the other one was Elizabeth Schmidt, who played at UCLA and went on, now she's a head coach at Rice. And very deserving kids. And the USDA said, you know, if you start running tournaments, you get the wildcards. So at one point, I had 13 challengers across the U .S. And some of those challengers, like Champaign -Urbana, are still moving along. So it was an interesting process. So we've held calendars the last two years. And it is a tough business model. To have 13 of them, you know, they struggle to make money. They break even at best. To have 13 of them, you must have had a model that worked because no one would ask for it 13 times if you don't. So tell us about your experience with challengers because we see challengers in the U .S., you know, come on and off the calendar, right? And it hurts our U .S. players from, like you said, creating that vertical for where they're in, you know, the collegiate pathway, they want to try to hand it to Pro Tour, they can't get a wildcard, not enough events to spread the wildcards out. How did you make the challenger model work? Yeah, you know, I was able to get national sponsors. I mean, it covered everything. So I had great sponsors, AOL, Porsche Cars North America, Bear Stearns, HealthSouth. So I just went out. I had a great mentor, a big advertising company, GSD &M. The founders of that really kind of showed me how to put media value behind packages. And I found a kind of a good formula. So you know, I would have literally just, you know, Porsche would say, we need these markets and I would jump on a plane and go to Miami and find facilities. But it was a nice problem because I had all the financials together. You look at the challenger that was in Dallas for years, that was over 20 years that they had it at TbarM. So lots of great challenges throughout the years. Now when you would sell those packages, would the sponsor take all 13? Or like the major sponsors take all 13, then you add on locals? Or was it, you know, and the people would pick off whichever ones they wanted in the markets? Yeah, for the most part, you know, we'd have our major sponsors would take all the markets and then we'd sell kind of patron, local, because you always want the local community involved. So we'd have local patron packages. And we really did our best to make it a fun event, you know, pro -ams and music and access to the players. And, you know, for me, a big part of it was telling the story of the challengers. I mean, I love challengers because you have the veterans that are hanging on that come to get the points. You got the top juniors in the world and they clash at the challenger level. And you know, I'll never forget, I was in a drive -through at McDonals in Austin, Texas, and I got a call from Andre Agassi's brother asking for a wild card into Burbank. And at that time, I'd already, I'd committed, I had a player, Brandon Coop and Robert Abendroth, I committed my two wild cards, so I couldn't give him a wild card, but I was hoping the USTA would. And you know the story, I mean, he got a wild card, he played against Sarga Sargisian in the finals. They called it the Battle of Armenia. And it was a great tournament and it was great to see him come back a year later. He was already back to number four in the world. So it was really just an inspiration to see Andre. Yeah, so, you know, I think that one of the things we us to underestimate is like really the job of these challengers, right, especially in the US soil, is to help promote the next generation of player, right? So I always like to hear a famous story. So our challengers, our wild cards went to Ben Shelton last summer. That's awesome, man. I always hit the semis, obviously got to perform, got a wild card into, got to upgrade a wild card, got originally got a wild card in the Qualities of Cincy because he was in Chicago so long, upgraded to the main draw. And this year, Alex Mickelson wins our event, goes on and plays Newport, right, gets the final to Newport, loses to Manarino, I think. So tell me about another famous wild card story where you see, you gave a wild card to someone that has some potential. And then other than the story you told us where you're like, you know, we had a hand in that person's career. Well, a couple of them, one in Rockford, Illinois, back to Rockford, Illinois, I had a challenger there in February following the Midland, Michigan challenger that's still going. And I got a call from one of my idols, Nick Boletary, and said, I've got this girl, she's number one in the world. And she's not going to make the cut for the challenger. And we think she has a lot of potential. It was Anna Kournikova. So I gave her a wild card and she won it. And you know, I believe, you know, five months later, she was in the quarterfinals of Wimbledon. And what's cool about Anna is Anna came back and we've done a lot of charity events. And following, we did an event in Beaumont with Pete Sampras. And she flew after that over to Horseshoe Bay to do a free clinic with my wife and kids. And it was the first kids courts, it was the Andy Roddick kids courts out at Horseshoe Bay. But she flew over, you know, did it absolutely for free to give back to the kids. And she's amazing. But it's really funny that, you know, that started when she was 13 years old in frigid Rockford, Illinois, in February. So you mentioned your wife and kids, do your daughters play at all? They did. They're older now. They're once graduated from A &M. She's an architect and my other daughter is about to start her master's in communications at A &M. Now, did you tie your hand at coaching them? You know, obviously, I'm trying to coach my kids. And I'm trying not to let what happens on the tennis court blend into the car ride home or blend into the dinner table. But sometimes that's really hard. Did you try your hand at coaching them? And how did that go? Yeah, I did. My wife was really their primary coach. And my wife was a great player, all American at Texas, coached at Texas. She's number one in the Southerns, finalist at the Easter Bowl, just a great player. And we are very different coaching styles. My wife is very, you know, very, very fired up with the girls. I was a lot more laid back. And you know, when I go to their matches, I'd have the newspaper, my Starbucks, and they go, Dad, you're not even watching my match. Of course, I'm watching every point. But when they look at me, I've got my newspaper up and my coffee is kind of downplaying it. But they were great, you know, we're really proud of our daughters. And we officially became grandparents about a little over a year ago. But, you know, tennis was just a great experience for their life. And it, you know, for me, it changed my life. You know, growing up in Rockford, Illinois, my dad was an automaker, tool and die maker, neither one of my parents even know how to keep score in tennis. And like I said, after a couple of divorces, I had a wonderful coach, Pat Wicks, that gave me a lot of free lessons and I just worked my butt off and it opened doors. And, you know, that's what we're really inspired to do with the Bush AIDS Outreach Program is create that opportunity. And I mean, we have 100%, any kid that comes, we provide full scholarships, partial scholarships, we turn down no one. That's our mission. So we're real proud of that and we've helped a lot of kids and we're expanding that throughout the state of Texas and then happy to really help, you know, great foundations like the Ryan Brothers Foundation, John Isner. My wife and I, we went out and helped Sloan. Sloan had over 300 kids bust in from Compton at USC. My wife and I went out and helped with clinics out there to help Sloan, but she does amazing work year -round. So there's a lot of great stories and a lot of great things that, you know, people see these great players on the court, but I'm really inspired for a lot of things they're doing off the court. So tell me about the Bush Tennis Center. I would say I didn't even know it existed. I didn't know that the Bushes were big tennis people. I knew the Koch Brothers were big tennis people down there in Texas, but didn't know the Bush Tennis Center existed. So tell me about how the Bush Tennis Center came along and how you ended up taking the job. Oh, it's, in 2015, I had John Isner, Sam Querrey, and the Bryans, and we did a four -day run where we did Atlanta, Nashville, Midland, and then Camarillo, California to do something for the Bryan Brothers for their foundation. So those four guys, 2015, went through just to do a one -day event and just started talking to the people that founded the Bush Tennis Center and they were having some challenges with the business model, asked me to, hired me as a consultant initially. And I just said, you know, here's all the things that need to be done. And they're like, well, we want to hire you. I'm like, well, I don't live here. I live in Austin. My wife's director of tennis at Horseshoe Bay Resort. My company's in Austin. They're like, well, we don't care if you live here, just come and check into the Double Tree Hilton downtown Midland and come and figure this thing out. And you know, it was really neat because at that point I was working, I was trying to build a similar facility next to Dell Diamond with Reed and Reece Ryan, Nolan Ryan's kids. They owned the Minor League Ballpark there and we were kind of going down that road to maybe buy the ATP event in Memphis, build a facility like this. And you know, we're going down that road, but there was a lot of politics and just dealing with governments and stuff. I go out to West Texas and they're like, you know, here's the keys to the place. How much money do you need? Let's get it going. I mean, it's just an amazing opportunity. And we're on 35 acres. We've already on the far west side, we just opened a $4 million park designed for special needs children. So we've got zip lines. Everything is set up where kids can play just despite, you know, physical challenges. They can play side by side with all kids. We have a $4 million park. We just broke ground on a new 90 ,000 square foot athletic center, which will have five indoor basketball courts, 15 volleyball courts, a 75 yard turf indoor field. And then Lance Hooton, who I actually met through Andy Roddick, who's traveled with Andy. It's going to be a sports performance training center. And Lance Hooton's coming in and using his expertise to develop that as well. So, you know, it's a big campus and it's all set up as a nonprofit. It's a legacy for the Bush presidents. And you know, I feel like to some degree I get to be Santa Claus because I get to really help a lot of kids. And that's super important to me. And we've got a staff that is just amazing, that just cares so much about helping kids and really developing a great event, a great product. Now you're also building indoor tennis courts. And what people don't know is like in these southern markets, right, places where you just say California, Texas, Atlanta, Florida, even, he's like, why do you need indoor courts in those markets? Sometimes it is so hot, right, that you just need the, you need the roof for the shade, right? Or sometimes like in Florida, it'll rain all day, right? And you need the roof for the rain. So tell us why you would need indoor courts in West Texas. Well, a lot of times it's just too windy. I mean, we're just out in the middle of nowhere. It's flat as can be. And, you know, as they say, there's not a lot out there, but there's a lot under there. I mean, we're on the biggest reserve of oil on planet Earth, the Permian Basin and the Delaware Basin, you know, come right out of right out of Midland, West Texas. And but it's flat, high winds. So we lose a lot of days where, you know, the wind gets up above 25 miles an hour. It's not playable. Dust is blowing. And then, you know, we have one hundred and one hundred and ten hundred and fifteen degree days in the summer, and then it drops to twenty five degrees. That's just all over the map. So indoor courts will definitely help us. We're looking at doing eight indoor hard and four indoor clay, and there's no way to do outdoor clay. It would just blow away. So it would be so dry and you'd be you know, every year we bring in twelve tons of clay to sort of re -top off our red hard shoe courts. I mean, I would only imagine how much money you spend on. Oh, yeah. It wouldn't last.
A highlight from The Philly Decade, Lamar On Fire, the Best Game Curse, NBA Awards, and Guess the Lines With Cousin Sal
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I don't know. We're messing around. Just trying stuff. It's the end of 2023. You know? I don't know. You just start trying things. Why not? Who cares? Hey, new rewatchables come in Monday night. I'll just tell you what it is. It's a movie from 1993. Yeah, another one. Another one that did really well in the box office. So you'll find out Monday night. It's a good one though. I'm excited to drop it on you. So we did that true crime podcast, Wedding Scammer, hosted and created by Justin Sales. And it did really well. People liked it. And it makes me super happy because Justin Sales is a great guy. And he's been with The Ringer pretty much since the beginning. But it's nice when somebody works their ass off on something and it actually pays off. So I'm glad people like it. Check out the first episode. It's not that long. It's really well done. And you will definitely 100 % enjoy it. Okay. Let's bring in the cuz. Let's talk some football. Let's talk some wound licking with some bets, some Eagles, all kinds of things. It's all next. First, our friends from Pearl Jam. Pearl Jam! All right. We are taping this. It is 830 Pacific time on Sunday night. Cousin Sal is here as always. He's wearing a nice, fresh Oregon hat that I think you probably bought probably this weekend. You went to visit your son? Smells very new. Yeah, I went to visit my son. I'm not happy with the way my hair looks. And I think the hat's an improvement. So what am I going to do? It looks great. We just watched Dolphins Eagles just now. And at the same time, Rangers Astros was happening. And it really felt like, I don't know, it felt like a great October sports night there. And then Texas blew it open in the end. But next week, we'll have basketball. There will be baseball going on. It'll really feel like October. The Eagles though. So right as I start sending texts to Eagles people in my life wondering what's going on with Hurts and what's going on with this team, and then they just turn it on and they win by 14. It's weird. Eye test wise versus the stats and just looking at the standings and stuff. It's a team that doesn't seem like they have all their shit together. And yet it doesn't matter because they have so much talent. They can just kind of pick and choose. And then all of a sudden they win anyway. I know don't what other team in the NFL is like this. Do you see that too? Yeah, absolutely. And it's a bummer because I think you agree. The Dolphins are, I don't know, favorite team to watch if you have to cut everything else out. Best offense, so much going on, like dynamic, Tyreek Hill, anything. Tua. But when they play a game like this, when they go to Buffalo, they're just going to get beat in the trenches. And like what you said is it doesn't really matter if you're so physical, Philadelphia, offensively or defensively. And like Tua's getting swallowed up in the pocket on third and ones. And where Philadelphia could just run that tush push like it or not, it's going to move the chains every time. So, yeah, it sucks. Yeah. The less flashy team wins. And they happen to be in my favorite team's division. But that's what's going to happen in January. Ten turnovers for Hertz. He had eight off last year. There's times where, you know, like sometimes, and I don't know whether he's protecting his body or what's going on, but he'll kind of duck away from taking hits, which is smart. And then he'll have weird throws. And I texted Solak today during third quarter. I'm like, are we going to find out that Hertz has had like torn rib cartilage since week two or, you know, he doesn't look right sometimes. And then in the fourth quarter, all of a sudden looks great. And I don't really know what to make of it. And I can't get a feel for it. But on top of it, they have this tush push thing that in the big drive of the game, they're able to get two straight fourth and ones on their own side of the field. I know we, you and I have talked about it. You've talked about it incessantly. And at the same time, it feels like it is the most important NFL invention in the last five years, this play that nobody can stop ever at any point. If he does, nobody else can do it. I know it's weird. And we likened it to the Tom Brady thing. There was no reason why Tom Brady should convert fourth and one and a half every single time, you know, physically and everything else. But except they had their shit together, the Eagles, they really do. And if he does have cracked ribs, I hope it's from his own teammate, smashing them over the line of scrimmage there. Yeah, it was just wear and tear on the back of his body from several guys. Yeah. So they're performing the Heimlich on him like every eight minutes. So I guess if you're taking the takeaway from the Eagles is nice when they needed to have it, they're also supposed to win. But the AJ Brown piece of it, the fact that they traded, you know, a first round pick basically, and then they paid him. And I don't know, he's one of the four best receivers in the league now. Is he one of the three? He's somewhere on the shortest possible list. I have him on multiple fantasy teams, and it's gotten to the point where I'm just expecting 100 yards in a TD every game. But that turned out to be one of the better trades, I think, of the last 10 years. Just kind of took him from Tennessee. Oh, yeah. Yeah, that was ridiculous. And he is such a great possession receiver. And it's like, it's scary, too, because you'll forget about him, too. You probably put Justin Jefferson in the top three. And then every time Cousins drops back the pass or any snap, you're like, all right, this has to go to Jefferson. Otherwise, it's going to go for nothing out of this offense. And then eight tush pushes in a row. And then you see AJ Brown's like, oh, my God, I forgot about this guy. What? He's got 120 yards. It's nuts. So, yeah, dynamite. I like, yeah, there's like four different kind of catches he can make, too, which I think makes him stand out because they can throw those bubble screens. They can just put them right over the middle, like for seven, eight yards. It seems like whenever they want, they can send him deep down the sidelines, which he seems to love. And then that kind of deep over the middle with two guys on him and he can make plays anyway. But he he has, like, I think the biggest bag of any of the receivers right now. Yeah, personal. I don't know. I got these guys. Yeah. Yeah. I hate this team. I don't know. I don't even know what to say anymore. Like, you know, the Miami have what, 10 or 11 penalties? It's just like it's a it's like a mind fuck, too, when you play him, too, because you can't get out of a can't get out of your own way when you play against them. Kyle, don't turn on the tick tock camera for this. Has Philly replaced Boston for most interesting sports city? Like, look at all the shit they have going right now. Right. Right. They're they're about to make the World Series. They have this Eagles team that made the Super Bowl last year and it feels super relevant again, is definitely going to be a final 14 worst case scenario. And then they have this NBA team with this James Harden saga that God only knows how he's going to sabotage things over the next month. But and then you look at my team where my city where I have the the you know, we have a great NBA team, it looks like. And then other than that, completely forgettable across the board. I think Philly's kind of grabbed the mantle a little bit. I don't like it. I don't like it right now. That's not good. And it's not good for their fans because their fans are supposed to just hate the other team, not supposed to like their team. So it doesn't matter if their team is good. Right. Yeah, I don't know. It's a bummer. Although I'll say that they were in this position last year, too. Right. Phillies win the World Series. The Eagles win the Super Bowl. This has been this is the 2020s has kind of been the Philly decade. I don't like it. It's upsetting to me. And fortunately, the Sixers are it seems like they're going to go in the tank. But I got to say they have great crowds like the the Phillies playoff crowds are way up there. That's about as good of a baseball crowd as you're going to get. It really feels like if they can have like a do or die game or a must win game or a clincher at home, you feel like they're going to get it. And whatever happened with Bryce, you know, pretty special, like to sign that guy from another team and he becomes the signature athlete in your city. We had a little bit of that with Manny Ramirez, where we kind of took him from. We paid for it, but took him from Cleveland and he kind of became one of the symbols of that run. But pretty nuts that they just took him from another team and he became what he became. Yeah, it's a great crowd whenever they I mean, I thought the Rams crowd today was dynamite, too, against the Steelers. I thought they really showed up. It's really loud. Yeah, yeah, it's been proud to be from L .A. Yeah, I have a I know you don't want to talk about Phillies, so I'll move on. I have a Tyree question for you. What's your all time receiver list for receivers you've watched just where you're like, that guy's fucking amazing? Because for me, it was always Rice number one and Moss two and then a drop off. And then some people like Tio's three for me. I'm like, cool. Tio is like an absolute franchise murderer and was a huge head case and you couldn't trust him. And as the years pass, the stats will be great. All the fucking drama that he brought to every situation he's in, that stuff will kind of die off. But for me, I think Tyreek's unequivocally three now for me. Every single game, it just you just feel like he's going to have 250 yards as you're watching it, right? Yeah, I think so. Yeah. Unstoppable, Tyreek over Calvin Johnson, that type. Yeah, I think like where you would put him. Yeah, I think for me, he's definitely over Calvin Johnson. Michael Gallup is three, four. I'm trying to see where I would put these people. Yeah, I think you're right. I think you're right. I think he's got to be number three. Although if you look at like Antonio Brown, who's now a punch line, he had like six of the best seasons you'll ever see in a row. But but in terms of presence and being unstoppable, Rice, Moss, Tyreek Hill, it's a good three. That's how I feel. I think, you know, Sharp, I think, could have gotten there in the Packers way back when in the 90s. And then, you know, he hurt his neck and he basically only had like a six or seven year career. But I thought in the 90s, I thought other than Rice, he was the second best guy. Your guy, Irvin, was great. There's no question that team was loaded. We've had some good ones over the years, but Tyreek, the speed, how he just tilts the field over and over again, how scared the other team is of him. How much space he opens up for everybody else. I think he's three. I don't think he'll ever get over Moss or Rice for me, though. I'm trying to think who could pass him, though, now at three. I mean, we've put Justin Jefferson up there before. Now that we haven't seen him for a few weeks, we've kind of forgot about him in the right now. But Hill's done this now for, you know, six, what's it, six years since he's on the 18 Chiefs. I can't remember how many years he's been in the league, but yeah, he'll be stride for stride with two defenders. And then, like, if the ball hangs up there long enough, he's now seven, eight yards past them. Oh, I know who's number four. That's a nice little advantage. Pooka. He is? Guys, see that catch he made on the sideline today? It was pretty great. Before the Rams realized they were going against a force greater than any satanic force or anything, the Pittsburgh Steelers. You want to talk about that? Yeah, let's do it. Let's do it. So they're four and two. I've watched every play of all six games. I have no idea how they're four and two, but they've hit the point now where I feel like they're going to win when there's no signs. Like that guy missed the extra point today for the Rams and made it nine, three instead of 10, three. I'm like, oh, here we go. Steelers come down. All of a sudden it's 10, nine. They have five first downs because they get the TJ Watt, you know, the pick that sets up the touchdown. And you're just like, here we go. They're doing this. And we've seen this before because this was the Eli Manning. Danny Heifetz was the first person to point this out. This was the Eli Manning recipe for years and years that I can't believe that team's winning. What the fuck just happened? He only made two throws. How did he do it? They're four and two. I totally believe in them. And I feel like they're going to go 12 and five and have a negative point differential. Well, the good thing is we're making money off them, right? We've been and we saw them. Plus, I mean, I thought they'd be favored last Sunday night. I thought they'd be favored, but they're not. So we're doing that thing, but also just taking them because the Steelers. But I found the gem and I gave it out on ringer wise guys, Rams first half Steelers to win the game 10 to one. You know, I'm positive that their bullshit is going to pay dividends and 10 to one. I think it'll hit like three more times. Like you're right. That TJ Watt interception brings it down to the eight. We see some separation from Pickens on a receipt, like the little one drive you wait for all game and it happens. And then that terrible spot at the end, it didn't give him a chance. That that was beyond really big. McVeigh also probably should have had a timeout left. I know. But, you know, what is it important to be like, hey, listen, we could get this right, but we'd rather teach you a lesson, coach, to save your timeouts. Like, I don't, this, the spot thing bothers me more than missed pass interferences because it's an old man jogging eight yards and he has to see between 20 bodies. And then like, you know, he sticks his foot in the mud and says, here, this is like a surveyor from 1835. He's like, this is where your property in, sir. Like we got to put, there's a chip in the ball. Isn't there a chip in the ball? What's it for? It's funny that we figured out Wimbledon. We figured out we've in U .S. Open, we figured out how to measure serves immediately, whether they hit the line or not in football, which seems like it would be really easy to just have some sort of magnet that was attached to the chains. The other thing that was weird about that for the people who didn't see it, the Steelers did fourth and one, they had the lead. There's probably like a little more than two minutes left and they run the QB sneak play, kind of the Brady play where you, you kind of put your head down, but you go left. But he slipped and fell on his knee and his knee went down. And it wasn't one of those when you're watching it where you're like, oh, I wonder if he got it was like, you knew immediately, oh, he didn't get it. He slipped. And then they come in with the spot and then like, oh, he might have gotten it. And they did that. I couldn't believe it. And I'm rooting for the Steelers. But I was like, oh, my God, it's the worst spot of the year. I thought they deserved to win anyway. But but that was pretty tough for the Rams. We need some clarification. And I get it because McVeigh didn't have timeouts and it wasn't actually the two minute warning yet, even though it did wind to that after that. But is there a ref in the sky? Is there this guy in the sky or is this everything has to go back to New York? Like, I feel like we're told three different things. It's a bummer because that could have been overturned. But you're right. Ten to one we hit. Let's just keep doing it. You know, you know who else would have gotten that fourth one? Eli Manning. He would have fallen down a half foot in front and somehow would have gotten the spot. The Rams kicker was the MVP of this game for the Steelers. He missed two longer field goals. They were like 50 yard field goals, but he missed about them. Then he missed that extra point. And then Tomlin just, you know, he threw away the challenge. He screwed up a challenge, which is the Tomlin staple.
A highlight from Craig O'Shannessy on Alcaraz Vs. Djokovic And The Lead Up to the US Open
"And then Iga, right, as we're heading to the U .S. Open swing. So Craig, thanks for joining us. It's my pleasure. I always love talking tennis with you. We kind of find that that nice ground where we where we dig in, not too deep, but we dig in and chat about some really amazing things that matter to winning and losing. So always a pleasure. Yeah, man, let me tell you, this has been interesting because we saw Al Perez barely be able to complete the match in French Open. Yeah. Then we see him come back and beat Novak in Wimbledon. Honestly, And. in dramatic fashion, I feel like, you know, Novak had his shots, but he didn't have many shots, you know, many chances to win, I should say, right. He had a little glimpse in the second, but he didn't really have many chance. So I'm curious to know what you think was so different about, you know, in the match between the French Open final and the Wimbledon final. Yeah, I was I was lucky enough I took my son with me. We spent the entire two weeks at Roland Garros watching everything. Then we went I took my son to Northern Italy. We did three weeks of camp up there with the Italian Federation and then two weeks at Wimbledon. So we watched a lot of tennis together. Let's start at Roland Garros, where he cramped after a couple of sets. You know, the moment got to him and, you know, we've got to remember he's still a young kid. He's he's accelerating at a pace we've probably never seen, maybe Rafa. He's doing amazing things, but he just wound himself up and made the match and the moment and the result bigger than it needed to be. And, you know, we've all been in that situation where you go out there and you want it so bad, but the nerves create tension in your muscles. And after a couple of sets, he seized up because, you know, the nerves got to him because of the tension got to him. And that was it. So unfortunately, that happened. But he learned from that. Winning queens was everything for him because that got him to a place on grass where he felt comfortable. So that that week there at Queens with probably five or six matches that he played was instrumental, really, really important. And then when we go to the Wimbledon final, he comes out flat. He comes out. Things aren't good. He goes down. I think five love. Not playing poorly. Novak was certainly on. Novak was up for that. Not playing poorly, but certainly not what we expected. And then hangs around in the second, hangs around, gets the crowd behind him, play some pretty good tennis, gets it to a breaker, is down breakpoint. And they get, you know, excuse me, down setpoint. They get into a regular kind of rally. The ball goes over, comes back. Novak's got a backhand. He'll make 21 ,000 times out of 21 ,001. And he hits this routine backhand. Alcreus hit this slightly deep ball. He took a step back. There's no problems. It hits the tape. I zeroed in. I took that in Darfish. I zeroed in. You know, if the net court is kind of here and it hits, it hits in the middle. And if it's half an inch higher, it dribbles up and goes over.
A highlight from Re-Release: Vasek Pospisil on Tour Life, The Need for a Player's Union, & Working His Way Back To Form
"Welcome to the official tennis .com podcast featuring professional coach and community leader, Kamau Murray. Welcome to the tennis .com podcast. I'm your host Kamau Murray, and we have officially entered my favorite part of the tennis tour. And that's the summer hardcore swing in the Americas. And there's two words that come to my mind when you think about this swing. Number one, momentum. And number two, pressure. You look at people who do well at the US Open and they always build momentum at these events, whether it's DC, Toronto, Montreal, Cincinnati. I think the way that these tournaments are placed on the calendar being back to back with high level 500 level events and 1000 level events. I mean, you don't even have to win the events, but having a set of good wins at these level events really positions you to play well at the Open. If you look at the people who have won US Open, they have always built a lot of momentum for themselves in this swing. We saw Coco Gauff win DC. Could that be the start of what we as American tennis players are hoping for? And that is the eventual Grand Slam title out of Coco. And my God, would it be great to have it happen at what I consider to be the Super Bowl of our Slam, the US Open. But I also think about the pressure. I think about a city like DC that has eight to 10 pros on tour, male and female. And it's always interesting to see, A, how they love playing in front of the home crowd, but B, to see who holds up to the pressure of playing in front of the home crowd. And then you take a trip to Montreal and Toronto, and you think about Andrescu, Bouchard, Ronis, Fernandes, you think about all these players. And it's always interesting to see who holds up to the pressure of playing at really the only the biggest tournament on the calendar happens to be in Canada. And that is their one time to shine, where you look at Americans, you know, you got India, you got Miami, you got US Open, you got Cincy. We've got multiple opportunities to sort of have a good run with Canadians. This is their one shot. So it's always interesting to see who emerges from the pressure. If I had to say who was building the most momentum for themselves right now, I would have to say it's Atlanta Spitalina. The way she's come back, even in her losses, the quality of her losses, a three set loss to Pagula, who's had a great two year run on tour. And then Chris Eubanks. Chris Eubanks has been playing lights out tennis, has built positive momentum for himself before Wimbledon, during Wimbledon, a couple good wins in Atlanta, a good win in DC, and a tough three set loss to Monfils. So those are the two players that I would say are building the most momentum for themselves entering the swing. Ironically, our guest today is Vashik Paspasil, a Canadian known for his doubles, but mostly known for his leadership. Very vocal about unionizing the tour for tennis players, fighting for equal pay, fighting for more share of the pay versus the promoters in the events. And trying to sort of elevate the players' earnings to be closer to what players of other sports earn. Let's take a listen to who Vashik had to say. Welcome to the tennis .com podcast. I'm your host Kamau Murray, and we are here with a leader on tour, a very vocal player with a high tennis IQ, which is a high IQ for life. And how to grow the sport, a favorite in the locker room, and a Canadian superstar who, you know, honestly was leading the charge years ago when Canada was starting to bubble up. You came here and Vashik, Vashik, Vashik, Milos, and then Dennis, right, and you know, and Dresskew, but you know, you were at the start of that. So Vashik Paspasil, welcome to the show, brother. Hey, thanks for having me. If half those things are true, then, you know, I'm afraid it's far. Being a coach, you know, we sit there on our phone for a long time while y 'all get massages and y 'all are in the locker room just talking shit. So we hear a lot of incidental conversations. So everything that I said is true. You are a favorite in the locker room, and well respected, you know, it's like sitting on my phone on WhatsApp one day and hear people say, I love that dude, Vashik, he's so damn smart. You know, that's what the players say about you. Well, that's good. That's good to know. So you definitely got a career in management and tennis management after this, right? Because everyone wants a piece of your brain. So let me ask you this. Your story is so interesting to me because of just how you merely, you know, came to Canada. So I spent a lot of time in Canada, in Toronto training, etc. And what amazed me about Toronto is how everybody there is not from there. It's just, it's like amazing that I think of 10 people, maybe you meet one that's actually from Canada, right, and didn't migrate there. So tell me about how you landed there. Tell me about, you know, the roots from the Czech Republic. Yeah, yeah, definitely. I mean, Canada is a country of immigrants, some, you know, more recent, and some, you know, a couple generations. But I was actually born in Canada, so I'm one of the ones, I came to Canada as anyone that was born there would, you know, through my mom's womb. But my parents actually, yeah, my parents escaped the communist regime in Czech Republic back in 88 with my two older brothers. They spent a year in Austria working under the table, I mean, just trying to like survive, I guess, or just, you know, save up enough money to come to Canada. And because my uncle escaped a couple years prior and he was already in a small town in Vernon, which is where I ended up growing up, where I was born. And so my parents finally, you know, they saved up enough to come to Canada, and then I was born a year later. And then, yeah, and then there's a whole, you know, the whole tennis journey began pretty quickly. I mean, ever since I can remember, right, as soon as I started walking, I pretty much had a tennis racket and my dad was a huge, you know, I guess, extremely passionate about the sport. He, you know, was more of a recreational player, I guess, when, you know, in Czech Republic just played for fun. But when he came to Canada, he just became incredibly passionate about it and was, you know, watching tennis on TV, reading magazines on how to coach, reading about just became, you know, a tennis nut and started coaching my brothers and wanted one of his kids to be a professional player. So I guess that's kind of just, you know, how it started and yeah, here I am, I guess, 27 years later from when I first started playing. Now talk about, you know, escaping Czech, because I've heard stories of like your dad just being a straight up G, just driving through the border. Like, you know, just driving through border protection and control, like not just like, oh, he escaped. He just gangstered his way through the border. Yeah, I mean, I wish my dad was here to tell you this story because it's pretty incredible. I've only ever heard it from his mouth a couple times, which is really surprising when you think about it. But yeah, he basically, I mean, they didn't tell their family or anything. They couldn't, right? So they had to be extremely secretive about that. And yeah, I just packed up the car with my two brothers in the backseat, my mom in the front and just went to the border. And I mean, the way he kind of explained it was, you know what, he didn't really even have a plan. He just kind of rolled up to the border. He was in one of the lanes for, you know, I guess the average people are trying to cross the cross. And then there was like a special lane for special passports, which had a gap in it. And he just said, OK, I'm just going to go right through it. So he basically just went to that lane and he put up the passports and covered the logo, because I guess they had like a special sticker or logo or something on the front of the passport and didn't make eye contact with the border patrol agent. So he just put up the passports, kept looking forward and the guy was yelling at him to stop and he just kind of drove through. And at that point, you know, they have machine gun towers and all that. And back then they would shoot cars, right? That would do that. And I guess just, you know, I guess they didn't know who my dad was. I guess they don't want to shoot someone that, you know, potentially could be a super important ambassador or something. You never know. Right. So I guess they just kind of let him through. And he was looking in the rearview mirror and they didn't come after him. And that was that was that was kind of it. But there's a lot more to the story. I mean, this is that, you know, there's that's for like a two hour conversation with the 32nd overview summary. So you talk about, you know, his role in your tennis, right? Your dad had this dream amateur tennis player, nothing special. But like I put him in the category of the Richard Williams, you know what I mean? The other the other parents who just sort of read books, watched videos and figured it out. And, you know, when I was a kid, one of the things I used to dread was the hour drive home after a bad practice for a bad match. Right. And so it was like, so I know your dad's famous for, like, long drive, right, driving. So tell me about the time in the car. Yeah. Post practice, post tournament with your father. Yeah, he was definitely he was pretty fiery, pretty intense. I mean, you know, he toned down a lot kind of as he got older, but he's the most amazing person, like most biggest heart ever. And yeah, we had for sure. It's not easy when your dad is your coach. And obviously my dad is super passionate. And like you said, there are, you know, parallels for sure to the to the Richard Williams story. I mean, I saw I actually saw King Richard. Yeah. A couple of weeks. I was really late to the party. But what an unbelievable movie and story. But yeah, I was just thinking back like my dad doing double shifts and and, you know, working overnight. And whenever he was home, we'd be on the court and then and playing on these cracked high school public courts, obviously in a much safer environment. But but yeah, I mean, it was it was a lot of hard work and a lot of passion went to it. Right. For the same reason. So just kind of a lot of energy. And then if you're not playing well, I mean, you know. Right. So I think my dad was if we I think, you know, if I didn't have a good attitude or if I or if I just kind of was like not dialed or something, you know, he wouldn't he wouldn't necessarily be too happy about that. So so I definitely dreaded the the the car rides back after like a bad practice or a bad match. I mean, for sure. I think everyone with with dedicated parents that kind of really want their kids to succeed and kind of project that passion. You know, it's not anything I think that's a large reason. You know, the main reason as to why I became successful was was how much energy and and, you know, commitment my my dad and my sacrifice that my my family made. But, you know, specifically my dad, how much he put into, you know, developing me and my brothers and wanting me to be a success. And so, you know, as tough as it was at times, I mean, it was I'm so grateful that that, you know, that things were tough. I mean, I worked super hard and, you know, we went through a lot together, but we have we have a bond. Very long answer. Sorry, but we have we have a bond now that that obviously is super special because we our relationship is amazing. And, you know, he he's a really smart guy and he he. Yeah, he just, you know, we we did the best of what we had and I think he couldn't have done anything better and I couldn't have asked for for anything more. You look at the story of most pro tennis player, and there's always a parent that pushes, you know to me like if, if this my theory right being a coach right having an academy. If you leave it up to the kids, they'll sit down, they'll sit at the crib and like, watch TV play video game play with toys that kind of thing. So it does take a mildly insane parent to be the driving force, and to keep coaches honest right because, you know, even laid back parent is not watching you kind of like passing the time milk in the hour, but if you have a parent that like, no, I need some, I need some results out of this. Then it's like, oh, now you bring your a game right so without that force. You don't make a pro tennis player, period, point blank. Exactly. I mean, I, yeah, and it's hard for people that haven't gone through this process, like you and I are just within Tesla to understand this because it's like okay well the other sports you can start later and this or you know kids all I'll let my kid decide what he wants to do like, yeah, that's great. I mean, that's one way to do it but I mean, and it might be, you know, there's no one path for everyone and you hear that a lot like people, you know that's that's but, but I will say that, you know, when you're when you're a kid, when you're a kid I mean you don't know what you really you don't like it's you need some kind of direction like you said I mean if you're just like okay I'm going to do what I want. Like okay I'll go play soccer for a bit I'll go play hockey I'll go play video games with my friends and okay I'll get my homework done but, but really like the more time you spend at a young age on your craft, and it's even more so important tennis because you need to learn the technique and the skill and the, and like the hand eye coordination the ball control and just general, you know, perception on on on the court and reading the game and. So the more time you spend there and so, so again because there's so many variables so many different aspects that sport. I think it's so critical to spend a lot of, you know, from a young age, more so than maybe some other sports right so, but like you said, I, I'm a very strong believer that, you know, if you don't have that, that one, at least that one person from a young age that's that's kind of like, you know, keeping you on track or kind of pushing you in a good way of course then it, then, you know, it's not impossible, obviously, but I think the odds of succeeding are, you know, quite diminished at that point. Yeah.
Post-Serena, women's tennis heads to French Open led by Big 3 of Swiatek, Sabalenka, Rybakina
"All of the questions about who would step up once Serena Williams walked away from the tennis store seemed to be getting answered with three names. Arena sabalenka and Elena rabaka. As the start of the French Open approaches on Sunday, defending champions via tech is ranked number one, sabalenka is number two and is number four. A 21 year old from Poland is the reigning champion at Roland Garros and the U.S. open. A 25 year old from Belarus won the Australian open this January by beating Rebecca in the final and won Wimbledon last July. I'm geffen cool Bach.
Wimbledon drops ban on Russians, lets them play as neutrals
"Russian and Belarusian tennis players will now be allowed to compete at Wimbledon as neutral athletes after the all England club reversed its ban from last year, in order to take part, the players must sign a declaration of neutrality as well as complying with appropriate conditions this includes not expressing support for Russia's invasion of Ukraine, and not accepting any funding from Russia or Belarus, Wimbledon's chairman, Ian Hewitt, said the decision to reverse the ban was a difficult one, and was made with the great deal of consideration, nevertheless Ukraine's foreign minister, Demi kuleba, condemned the reversal as immoral, clever called on the UK government to deny visas to the Russian and Belarusian players who have now been allowed back at Wimbledon, Karen Chammas, London
Alcaraz, 18, Upends No. 3 Tsitsipas at US Open; Osaka Out
"I only all soccer is being upset in the U. S. open third round blowing a chance to serve out the match in straight sets eventually falling in a two hour battle to the Canadian light weapon and is the eighteen year old winning five seven seven six six four I just went on court with a lot of confidence on my serve trusting interesting that I'm going to hit my target said when I needed to and then and I did a soccer was rusty having skipped both the French Open and Wimbledon this year and lost her way in the match beginning late in the second set off and tossing her racket in frustration she may now take a break from the game immense action the third St Stefano sits a bus was stunned by the eighteen year old Spaniard Carlos o'connor has one in the fifth set tiebreaker I'm grand like us
Roger Federer Needs a Third Knee Surgery, Will Be out 'Many Months'
"No huge surprise that roger federer had had a major setback to his name when we watched him at wimbledon. Losing that six love set really. The writing was on the wall at that point that that something something was wrong and it was a question of how badly it wrong he. He announced that he wasn't gonna play either the tournaments in canada in toronto or in cincinnati. We spoke the other day that the us open felt very unlikely but even even with that the fat the severity of what he announced today on instagram in a personal message to camera for his his millions of fans that he was requiring another knee surgery that he was going to be on crutches in his words for weeks and this is his third surgeries in the space of twelve months that he would be out of action for months and really the oni suggestion that his career was going to be an ongoing. A going concern in the future was that he had a glimmer of hope of returning to the toll in some full in the future. Next year
Ash Barty Is Eliminated From the Tokyo Olympics Singles Tennis Competition
"Was knocked out in the first round. She, of course, coming off for Wimbledon victory, So she's one and done in Tokyo. And that's the reason why I say it's wide open on the women's side in terms of who could possibly win a gold medal. I'll be watching very closely. I think it's easier for you just given the time difference
Novak Djokovic is a Plant-Based Ace
"Weekend novak djokovic won wimbledon. it now means that he has won twenty grand slam. Titles he's tied with raphael and the dial and roger federer at twenty he won wimbledon and he only dropped two sets the whole tournament one set in his first match and one set in his last match and he attributes a large part of his success and tennis to a plant based diet giving him the focus. And the stamina. That's necessary in in this very grueling sport
Novak Djokovic Posts He Is in for Tokyo Olympics
"No that Djokovic she's going to the Tokyo Olympics keeping alive his chance to become the first men's player to capture a golden slam in the same calendar year the thirty four year old joke that says he's booked his flight and is proud to represent Serbia in the Olympics after winning the Australian Open French Open and Wimbledon this year Steffi Graf accomplished a golden slam in nineteen eighty eight she joke of edge when the U. S. open this summer will be the first men's players is rod laver in nineteen sixty nine to complete a calendar sweep of grand slam events his Wimbledon title was his twentieth grand slam championship tying him with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for the most all time I'm Dave Ferrie
"wimbledon" Discussed on The Passing Shot Tennis Podcast
"I think the i've met It's not that she did anything momentus in my life but she just had that just mesmerize what she gets to steffi graf would be. I would love to work with. What about you guys. I think i can get yours. That would be over his. Oh yeah referendum absolutely joe. I guess you'd say andy. Murray bill me row. Yeah probably would be mario. Maybe even tim henman. I can't say. Uso gravitate towards players that you kind of grew up with and for me. That very much was yeah. Tim henman and pinkett would be interesting to reflect on how he handled. I think the kind of pressure that he was kind of pretty much. You know in that era with him. Yes gregor's ski was about as well. But when it came to wimbledon the day the prussia he was particularly from the media and the fact that he got to walk. i think four four semifinals. pretty good going so Yeah i think it would have to be a tim. Henman think adams questioned is hard. Because i think you'd have to. I sit down with all of the people who need all of as many as you could. I got another question for you as well with. This is from jay on twitter. She said what's the best way to watch your match. When buddha is it with a loss of payments or strawberries and cream or is there something else that you would pass recommend can lower to that i would say definitely paying w burn is i fought him for that one before and yes on the outside courts and just pit absolutely raced pim's under the go wrong with pins can you. Let's be honest An s. on hat. I would say they would be my sort of staples very very cautious and west sunscreen. Yeah yeah just also. I mean you mentioned how much it admired. Steffi graf is a player that of playing in the current generation that use of gravitate towards when you're watching women in two thousand twenty one someone that roy. Well i mean you call filed to not mention emma record ito she is just how exciting player is go to watch eighteen years old. And i think for me. She was brilliant this shape because she got people talking about wimbledon hap- sit more focused on euros or the olympics is sort of the focus back into you know. Actually we have some fantastic young british tennis players and we should all be following and watching and seeing what they can do on those going to be really exciting to see how she gets on. I think taken a wildcards into san jose a few weeks. I've so be it. Just see how she develops on the tour final question. Abby a question we ask all our guests. We are a british tennis podcast. So we need to us you the most british question possible which is how do you take your cup of tea or you even drink. Teas are your copy. Passer now i i cannot stand cafe. I am tightly in ken. And i think about this because i'm a bit old school and i. This may sound really over my cup of tea. Which bay in a teapot quite strong and i pour into consoles and i probably make a as mug of tea in little china cop. I love san i. Yeah i would drink tea until the cows came high. Basically if i could have a couple of day after this recording feel it. It's well earned the biscuit as well because ship richest you can't fte without biscuit. Kenny sort of teabag. Are you going for wo flavors. Your financial he tips. Oh i cannot cope with anything. Herbal or anything fancy May yes pg Three with trae does. This may sound awful. Does it actually false sad about this much. The vast majority of august. I think she said builder's tea which proves you can't beat the original candy. Say i'm have milk. I just don't get it. I have to have it brooch a full minutes and an to like builders day. Yeah yeah. I mean i i have a variety. A classic builders is very hard to beat so Yeah we will add your suggestion your onto our people. I'm loving the sources. Well i very civilized up and mayo through three. Let's begin the chat with couple of teams that finish it was. Let's say paul listeners. Kind of cracking open their pins while they're listening to this. Let's finish off now. You get into your cup of tea but before we go. Obviously your broke is out now where can listeners. They want to buy wimbledon's greatest games. Where where can they do say. Yes i is available on amazon I believe and that is an amazon prime. I'm pretty sure you order it. It will come. The next day is in smith's I think it's available else in other bookstores online. But i'm not quite sure. Where are so i would. Yes google and you will find but turning. Smith's spinning ops on amazon. We'll make sure to a link to where it's available on amazon. And w h smith's in the description. Say listen if you're interested in purchasing wimbledon's greatest games on the same who say fun in illuminating. I think to kind of read through the different matches. So if you're listening and you wanna kind of get up to speed on. All of the greatest games of happened at wimbledon will put a link in the description. And i think. And i think this as well so jolting to interrupt but it is a very much a for my fans point of view. I'm no expert in the world of tennis. Don't profess to be You know any sort of top dog intensive what i would right but this is meant to be and i think why it works is a real walk down memory lane and a fun Look back at some of the games of happened at wimbledon. And i think you know if you could remember that that it's not always about the the world class tennis is played in these matches. What they represent definitely unless. I hope you enjoyed listening to this. Latest episode of the book club..
"wimbledon" Discussed on The Passing Shot Tennis Podcast
"I think there are some people out there who absolutely love and it's eh thickness in terms of length and a number of games. Both i think there are people out there who would say absolutely hated. And it's like the antecedents of tennis with is serving. Eight is free games in the fact that it was never ending and sort of ushered in. You know you know where we're at now where we have this sort of tie-break twelve. Oh we do you. Where do you cut a now. I i accepted is one of the greatest games and one of the members games. That's my cage. Because there was no way i mean it's such a memorable but this is the point of the book you know. It doesn't have to be that such Top pass you know. I'm of tennis. It is what it stands for. You know what it so represents in a time wimbledon. Which was that. Everyone just could not switch off. You know just wanted to watch. Eds no way. You were going anywhere until you found that what was happening and then the next day you too because you wanted to find out what was happening. Yeah it was. I guess they must have just felt like. It was like groundhog day again and again every time they went up to serve is just i mean i was laughing to myself reading that chapter because you know this just so statistics alone. Just hilarious like seventy six day. Yeah you br eleven hours long. I mean you just wouldn't dream of of that happening either. I mean it hasn't happened since it didn't really happen before. Say it's just. I mean i know who lost. But he must be happy to have taken his call absolutely and you've got to have matches that then make that shift you know in in changing and at and how they in the the that capping in the final set. So i think ashley is. That's why it should be celebrated absolutely. And i mean the one. I also kind of stood out. I guess for making history. Was you call you call you say you call and published a book in the uk. I suppose include foreign that was anti bari. Negotiable as well. I didn't yeah no i mean to be fair. I didn't go into it in great detail because popped me was like everyone it so of everything about it was such an iconic match. Any everyone bill up to this and so in my mind. I didn't i would try to keep it on a very even keel across the fifty that you know we you know. This wasn't gonna be so of fifty pages when every other match. Was you know two or three pages. And i think it was just the lives in mind to me was that had just real absolutely animal raw. He did to the crowd. The if you were watching you could almost feel the vibration as that of i've done it. I've absolutely done it. And i think it. It sends shivers down moist. Brian just thinking about how how much he celebrated that into such a so of animals of very very basic source of noise you know that came out of his mouth and it was just fantastic. I mean you look at what novak djokovic is doing like at the moment on a tennis court he's basically unbeatable. Which i think looking back makes this is so remarkable. And i mean it's one of those where where you maimon slate. Where were you went. Murray rodney won wimbledon and ended the seventy seven year. Wait for a british man to win the singles title. They say yeah it was just absolutely so of bonkers when they when they show you know the the final match point you have tears in your eyes and they eat a replay. A is out. It was it was so emotional and the the problem with a broken. I guess solve how you get away with it. Sometimes because i know executive are boys. I know exactly who is weight and i was just so big. My eyes out to two year olds. Who sitting next me. He did not understand the significance of of this history in the making of anything that and just couldn't work out why i was. Just you know not making had dinner but literally you know a so a stopping messner. I think for me. The history of rome is probably And john euqipment and that was in nineteen sixty nine had wrought. He was one the first two major titles of the grandson that year that the australian the french open say he was on his way to get four again and this would be if he did it. It would be his second historic grand slam. And i just think even you must go into that remote in. I don't know what it's like but for raw dino thinking you've almost got that way to your shoulders could he be on for a second one But it was you know it was very tough. She got he. Has i think it one of the early rounds. He nearly went out to a real very unknown player and then somehow support or back And went onto win. And beat. Johnny came and i just think he won four majors that year but he did that twice and i just think got just that to me is something that is just mind blowing if you if you sort of unpick it for what it is also quite relevant with the fact that jovic as you know three quarters of the way to doing that now this year so It's funny how you know. I suppose road labor poorly thought that that would ever be done again. Said it might very well be matched the do it twice is another thing so absolutely it could be done but you know this is nine hundred sixty nine months. It's been a long time to come close to to during that you know so. Yeah absolutely. we'll any. I mean you've you've been created fifty matches creating a few steffi graf which was off a personal thing oversee. She deserves to be in the matches that you really like really wanted an you just have to the cutting board. They just had to go because it needed to be fifty matches and not fifty two. I really think i mean again. Uh like i said it was hard too. Because i didn't want to and i started out. I didn't want to just have finals. You know. I wanted to make this really sort of varied and broad collection. But actually i. It's the finals. Make lots of the games. Potentially they were a couple of first round matches that were equally exciting that you know favorites. Top seeds got knocked tassels that could have been included in terms of being memorable for that reason. And so so. Yeah the few but i. I'm pretty happy with this with this election really. I'm kind of moving on from the book. Talking about a general we have had a couple of listener questions. Kind of get in touch with us questionable. You i'm gonna have. I'm gonna give you one. So adam got in touch with us on email and he asked us abby. If you could write a tennis biography of past or present player would it be and why adam. I think he might have already guessed my felt as well the adage did. I contacted her and asked whether she would be available for the forward. And i didn't hear anything but yeah it would it would be steffi graf potentially because she had as you say when you're growing up you have people that just have a an influence on your life and.
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"wimbledon" Discussed on The Tennis Podcast
"British mixed doubles finals is the first time that's happened in over seventy years. Wow yes so expect too great crown to stick on for that ofter. The men's singles final between novak djokovic. Matteo bertini we will done our predictions. Tell the people what we've gone for. For strategic reasons i've gone for novak djokovic. Five what do you actually think will happen for. I've gone for novak djokovic in four. 'cause i just need some points of gone from a vision for because i think that's what actually happened and i try to describe. That is taking the high road correct. Yep they can't play well. That's from two o'clock tomorrow. On central the last day of wimbledon twenty twenty one and at its potentially monumental day. You know if if you're gonna win the year ray so it is a monumental day is potentially extra monumental after all these years of talking about how funny would be jerker vishnu down in federal all ended up with twenty and tomorrow. They are most likely this time tomorrow. Going to have twenty grand slam singles titles age. That is amazing action being. It's like it's like the friendship in when we realized we weren't talking about the an adult could potentially reach twenty one the clubhouse and be the clubhouse leader. It's always sort of two monumentally ridiculous. And the non rettig. Never feel feel what it's like to be the clubhouse later these discussions to have tomorrow david he knows what time that podcast to be recorded deep in the midst of football celebrations. I really hope these aren't comments. The age terribly badly quick final in singles and we were called pre football Latium length who knows long final. Postal you can have to wait. Yeah yeah it's very much a tb. See tomorrow but you will get one. Last tennis podcast. From wimbledon twenty twenty one no matter what state of jubilation we're in we promise we promise to make it a good one as i promise to at least try and get some points for us tomorrow. David's is taking the high rate with rogue. Make that what you will matt has gone. Strategic fiscal muscle. A billie jean. I think she's alive but she has made a noise in a long time. She's she's pooped from all the cuddles Yes she sponsored by. Billie jean king chris. Albert lee is our executive producer. Mauka is or wimbledon moscow halley mauka and his lovely own doormat hero. Penultimate wimbledon shoutouts full. We have karen rice like debt. Clinton rice declan roy so perfect please let the next teams also be the same as england players by the whites. Matchpoint in the men's doubles. Look yes the reason. I haven't mentioned the men's doubles. Final is because ten seventeen. Pm and it still on which might not be the case in about four seconds time. A lobby has been lifted up. Let's not d live commentary on a match. We've got david fugate. It's legal on the podcast. Really the rights. It's over it's over. Nikola mctighe mighty popovich the world the booms and top-seed's have done it david off the hook. They wimbledon champions. Everyone's a winner. Matt who are lost shoutouts will just say that is. That's been coming as an title for these two. They've won practically everything they've played this year. That's too big deal for them to get their first. Lovely cuddles with richard covered in that. Yeah so massive. Massive for them and of course they'll begin to the olympics naming for favorites for for the men's men's doubles gold back to shout to shout out on the edge of their seats. We have joseph baretto. Whose name you. You will italian name. And no now. He was guest editor for jim. Career focused really. He really did his job. Yes well then. Joseph and thanks for you support. Sorry speculating. you might be italian and sorry to all italian listeners. Generally big fan of italians tomorrow not a big fan of italian sorry material. Yeah yeah and the third shoutout is for last. Graph was in touch today the famous empire from yesteryear and now days ago and now now he's the tournament director of the china open in beijing but he was in touch with us today. Wasn't he matt to remind us of him. Being on one of the lines during the famous mcenroe rant. When a when. I think it was that one way said the question jerk and so the question yes. The one that prompts one of david's best impersonation the question jerk. Yeah sorry catherine of woken up your neighbors and yet not billie jean. I feel like. I need to wrap up this podcast and check that. She's conscious so join us for one. More wimbledon daily tennis podcast. Tomorrow subscribe to the newsletter. All that jazz. One last day. If i mean instagram in scramble continue but the golden content might not be might not be quite so free flowing. There has been this. You're gonna give up after this. I love it too much right then. We'll speak tomorrow..
"wimbledon" Discussed on The Tennis Podcast
"And i felt like she really got the stage and the scene this whole tournament you know. She played the reigning champion in round four. She played angrily curb or former wimbledon. Champion the semi final. She had a top fine. This was a this is a tough road to grand slam and you know there was some there was some spotty doubters at at the start of the ad you know talk of took an undeserving number. One because she had been on the tour and you know she was she was benefiting from the rankings but my goodness ash party has proved all of those doubts as wrong this year. I mean she had done. Prior to this wimbledon she'd had a fantastic season with three titles. But you know becoming a multiple grand slam champion winning wimbledon which she had always set sights on this this elevates ash. See this victory. I think both within tennis. And as as hannah's said there to just a greater the greater public consciousness. I think we'll be more aware of ash. Actuality the tennis player and the person as well as a result of this. I am absolutely guilty of what you just said. By the way. I referred to name a soccer dream. Miami as the defector number one i refer to wash is as world number-one only jesus the the covet quirk in the rankings. Either thin that's outrageous. Really the nine issac could won two successive grandson. Titles all to that. She played yet. I have been number one. Had the rankings been. I said it to flippantly categorically i think is is sort of well of course name. Your soccer is the defector number one. You know yeah. I didn't i wouldn't hindsight is a wonderful thing. Let's conclude that given this comes what two-thirds through this incredibly long road trip for bharti. I think it makes it all the more impressive It's something else and let the last time. She won a grand slam. The rest of the season was absolutely fine. It was decent but relative to expectation as result of winning the french shape and it was. It was a little disappointing. The alison risk loss at wimbledon. And the chong loss at the us open But this feels different because of this road trip. She's on and the. I'm not saying she's necessarily going to go win the olympics in the us. Open but i might be saying. She's going to win the olympics in. Us i wonder if i i think a mindset and her i mean okay. You can't legislate for injury but she doesn't look tired. She doesn't she looks fresh and she looks like she's still enjoying it and if they can keep that up unless a bit of a superpower jesus anywhere because she can play on anything and i mean she can't be beaten of the beauty of the women's game is there are so many exciting players who can derail you but this is anybody any better than she's there are people with different power but but i look i love the way she enjoys the challenges of all of them. Yeah i think among her many strengths her adaptability is one of her greatest. And to me. And i think the the stats and the title. She won she's won bad this out. She is the player coming through. And you know she. She my chain but i still sort of think of one of these young. Wj avengers as as we called them. She's the one who is most comfortable on all the surfaces. I mean i think the highs name is sock has hit on. The hawk colts Level that act party hasn't quite reached on the hardcourts yet. But i think she probably could. And then you've got you know you've got halibut. Muga ruth the now who have done the same as as bouty and won wimbledon. The french open and are still looking for slam tattoos on her. She's got fantastic. Who seems to complete netflix. On the clay. You've gotta address go. Who play what on the hukou. There's such a fantastic variety of players. Now but bow is the one who stands out is someone who can flourish on all of all of the services indoors outdoors clay grass. Whatever the feels like. she's already that doesn't feel a work in progress towards it. She's there can the us. I've been staudt next week. That would be the olympics. I really cy i. I'm i've booked myself into suffer. Suffer terrible depression next week and It'd be great if if the us open just start then be brilliant. Regime boroughs notching quesnoy. Wow ashkenazi wimbledon champion. We've we've had a few other. Wimbledon champions crowned today in the women's doubles with had suchet and elise mountains third seeds. Beat verna could mott over. And elaine of as nina nine seven in the third set to win the wimbledon doubles title. For the first time as a team shays won it before With bubble over. I think yes and with Sh- way yes. Yes better. I one for these mountains. Yeah and could matola. Invis- nina had too much points in the second-set and also served for it in the third. So i mean the crowd were gripped by it. What it was. It was a stunning match. It was one of those where i didn't get into it until kind of midway through the second set because i was going to the party and bliscoll press conferences and but then suddenly it just got amazing and honesty. The.
"wimbledon" Discussed on The Mini-Break
"Since the calendar since we knew it was going to be a wimbledon in twenty twenty one. But there's nothing he's done here in this event to suggest otherwise and he hasn't even flash his best stuff yet he was up five love in that first set with foods rich started messing around five three ends opponent putting the set away the matches on choke which is racket always his flexible. His flexibility serviceability change direction. His return everything. He's novak frigging joke. That you guys know the deal but look when you play novak djokovic. You need to have weapons. You need to be fearless. You need to have borderline hubris and just some cockiness and be like. I'm going down swinging. And that's dennis shape of allah for you. He absolutely has that quality to his game the ability to go down swinging in the sort of power to make anyone uncomfortable in the you know a quick enough i step in you know. A willingness to go big in the outer thirds be unpredictable. Go after that i serve. He's got the gumption to do it. There's no denying that and you know he's dropped. What i think to three sats maybe in this tournament so far you look for chiappa. The excuse me to five set matches for me beach. Kohlschreiber in five doesn't have to play a second round straight-sets over murray and bautisa goot than the five-set win over hatching off in the quarterfinals..
"wimbledon" Discussed on The Tennis Podcast
"I listened to making my fertile today. Sam better than it was to watch. I mean look. That's nothing against jokes. Which one in straight-sets but even he didn't play that well and he did. He did enough struck me just how challenging. It is for him to find a reason on the spot to get inspired and two there was no threat martin future which did not put him under any real pressure at any point in that match even though he got it relatively close in the in the one set but made a respectable in the first when he was five down. But he's just he didn't have anything to hurt jackovitch what he's like. Not as good version of novak chuck rich rarely the way he plays careful. He's measured. he's a good player. He deserved his place in the quarter-finals. But you could see how flat yerkovich was. And he's having to try to manage this match when when there's no real threat to his future unless he capitulates I think jackovitch will get way better at some point in this tournament friday. Yeah i think. Friday could be quite tents for him. I think it could. I think that could be a bit of a tense. When i think he'll still win. But i think the crowd and all the rest of it could get him tense but then i think he will find a way and then a suspect in the final. You'll see the real hip. So are we expecting jackovitch bertini final. I think i probably am yes But i would need to look up the head to head her catch bertini if they've played before whether there's anything to go on there that does feel pretty close. Generally i felt bertini from the start of the tournament. But i didn't know that we were going to get her. Catch plane linus. That's we talked about the four sets in a row. He's he's a real threat to to anybody except chocolates and he may even be against chocolate. But yeah. I don't think if he plays where beretania love who who john jumping ahead. I'm guilty of doing it again. Who would jovovich as she me. Be chiappa valve rather face in the fine. Because i do think bertini you think okay has the weapons to hurt jackovitch. But he also has the weaknesses that djokovic can hone in on an exploit. I think her catch. Maybe has a bit more bit more. Well rounded than bertini fuel holes to to aim at and i. i can't think of them playing other than wimbledon where a couple of years ago a hook did get set of djokovic. Twos of seven five and six seven two sets In not in bear which is credited without set so Yeah i think there is quite a strong case. Actually that Jovic withdraw the face bertini in terms of game styles. You could possibly be. The bertini might deal with the occasion better but her catches a masters one thousand winner. He don't with facing federal center coot today like it was like it was a breeze disruptors. Because he doesn't get talked about very much bit lack severe cannon. Oh someone hopes up every now and then doesn't mean he's just there. Oh look he's. Just beaten stiffness. It's about just beaten down a method that i think overall just bertini's built up self belief with all of these winds is makes him the favourite for that match and the bigger threat to jackovitch in the final so those two semi finals. The men semi finals will be played on friday tomorrow. Thursday we have the women's semifinals. They start at one thirty on center court and we begin. Bit of a surprise is order. Play preps bec- with the australian audiences in mind. We begin with ashburn. Thirty against angelique. Kerber the guaranteed surefire humdinger of a match. Look we need one. I must say this. This tournament was fantastic. I thought through six days and the second week has been a little bit flat. Yes good great match wise. We've been abated short agreed. Obviously it's fine because that's going to be epic. Yeah it's all fine and is fully by carolina pushover against sampling. Who's who's gonna win those wad got bought to you and Suppling the i have a curb of feeling for. Yeah i'm i'm i'm gonna go kerber in sabah linka. Yeah i d. I do feel traveling is gonna get the becher that second second semi fine the first one it as long as it's a great much it doesn't matter as long as the winner where it would be great as i ultimately. I agree with you. Just want a great match. But i would. I do feel like bought in southern curve. Got a bit of a rivalry. They have an. I do like the idea of dera site for the movement. I like that too. I case sold sold a k. Should i date you. Want to build a doubles this please. In the women's doubles we have situation. Lisa mountains reaching the semifinals. They wanted today in straight sets against crude niche and stoyanovich in the men's doubles rajiv. Joe souls bree three to semi's they beat balanced farrer today. Seventy six in the third. That is a great win uploading in best of three night. Say three six three six four seven six. The first two rounds were reduced to the best of three in the mixed doubles. We had georgia liam region on a clean patch winning through to day. Joe souls brain. Harriet daunte is still in the mix. I sold them for the the doubles double that'd be big Our yaman shibahara of three to the women's doubles semifinals water year. They're having 'em with Take around the corner. Or they be bush cover and for dench in the quarters to day. Caroline dole hide and storm. Saunders three to the semis as aw. They must be another way. We guy oh could cheek vernson york valois today. Nine seven in the third could ima tova and visiting good. Yeah so. These women's doubles semifinalist. Funnest sir neil scope. Ski and desert craft chick all three to the quarters of the mixed as well as a nicole. Malakand edward vassallo I think that might be it for doubles results from today. We'll keep you updated over the coming days in the juniors think leo bogus stolen he. He's getting prestisements like his dad. He's always popping up on the that great lear- bog on his way to the main caroliina. Place giver it just says bulldog on the other day bog. Corder is going on about some of the rights into say that pitcher quarter in his fifties now has a striking resemblance to the main character. In cobra kai have you watched didn't busy davies. That's no. I pledge to check it out number one court. Murray is double central. Got a men's doubles semifinals. Nikola ditch matei popovich the top seeds. You've just been winning everything this year. And they had to withdraw from the french because covet. They'll play raymond souls bree on court one tomorrow that'd be good and then it's Mixed doubles jeremy. Shoddy nem nemi brody. It's great and jeremy is a london residence isn't he. he's local. yeah shout loud. Nothing new he. Yeah okay that's lovely and the goals and the boys is still quite stages so We weren't get too carried away about about. Brits getting three to round number two in the genius because we've got other british success to celebrate. We don't need to clutch and he straws tonight. Yeah what an i it's been i've popped of popped the match on again so we're just going to sit here and we're about to go to one up much. Wow what a day. It's been yeah. We could do a great match. I mean there's there's no shortages stories and interest but if it feels like we do a great great match and don't worry folks it's coming..
"wimbledon" Discussed on The Mini-Break
"Love to earn a five-set victory. This time i suppose he lost four times for another season but no one beats. Martin vich five seven the former junior wimbledon champion five-set win over rube left six three four six four six six love. Six three talked about the advantages of size. They all manifested themselves for future rich in this match. He had the length. The first step the strength to withstand the firepower of andre rube over the course of a two hour forty one minute match and then have the sort of i serve to disrupt through gloves rhythm to not allow him to just take massive cuts at the return of serve on forehand after four hand after four. Hand in just you know getting was able to absorb that first. Strike was able to incorporate enough slice because he does have sneaky. Good field to break. The rhythm of rupe levels was able to move forward to the net cheap on his back foot not allow him to be the aggressor and executed at a high enough percentage on his first serve to ultimately get through in this match. You look for food. Which only made fifty six percent of his first serves but one ninety percent of those points now. Some of that again. Rube left outer thirds on a grass. Court it's interesting. Say someone's gotta get better. But in modern tennis you have to be proficient in the outer thirds on the grass court. Got better at it. This grass court season the final. He made in hollow before losing to unbear- round of sixteen here unequivocally a step forward four ru blab up but for future vich against seven of thirteen on break points. Ru glove was three of eight food-rich when fifty five percent of his second serve points in again ninety percent of his first-serve points to rube. Bloods fifty one percent on second. Serve sixty four percent on first serve splits footage was just better over the course of five sets and certainly the six. Oh four set. Make some of those numbers. Lopsided but fuji rich just put relentless pressure on rube lovin. If you can.
"wimbledon" Discussed on The Mini-Break
"It was always fifteen year. Older shar gasquet sixteen year old or fifteen year old felix. Osceola obvious seemed sixteen. And seventeen. Year old novak djokovic and rafael nidal and now carlos out peres. That's like the end alpo. That's the group of six guys who did things on the atp challenge or two before the age of seventeen eighteen years old felix was always the youngest to do this before he was the youngest to do this before he was the to do. This and as such expectations have accumulated for him. There's no denying that in onate in. Atp finals plumbing and he's not played his best tennis in some of those finals he'd be the first to admit it but you could see the relief on his face again to not only get over the hump to beat fear of doing it as well. This was a huge victory for felix. Agir all the assignments impossible to not enjoy this kid. His smile contagious the best gap to since michael stray hand Obviously shut up to that. But you know that's a joke. By the way i hope all of you are michael strahan familiar come on today show host rate is am i showing my age by making a michael strahan reference now. Everyone knows who. Michael strahan is but again. That smile is just contagious And he's just such a kind e you could just tell there's nothing but kindness when talking about felix osceola. Elliot's seem Are when when hearing him speak and just his respect for the game his desire to get the most of himself he put so much pressure on himself and you could tell the relief he felt by making that quarterfinal for the first time in opening a history by the way to canadian men into the singles. Quarterfinals added grand slam. It you know. He matches chef abolished here who has been his peer forever. That is a fantastic result for him. He earns his five-set win as he knocks off. Alex vieira of to advance to the quarterfinals. Again there was another five setter in andre. Rupe love martin future. Which i wanna talk about it and i want to touch on the rest of manic mondays results as well but before i can do that of course. I got to remind all of you listeners. That we here at crack rackets really excited to be partnering with our friends over at manned..
"wimbledon" Discussed on The Mini-Break
"Six four. six. Three four. Six six four over pedro martinez poortere. Oh you also had a good goodwin from karen. Hatch wasn't the best day at the office for francis. Cfo but hatch nov could do that to you sometimes and again physically fourth rounds of majors. He's now made six. That's the same number as deal. Medvedev and andrei rubel though medvedev can make his seventh if he knocks off chile on day. Six but you know again. Throw him in the mix he his ceiling may not be as high as those other guys. It's going to be really good for a really long time. Three four and four over tee off. Oh your other. Winds jovovich for three and six over cuddly. Don't forget about novak. Which what am i going to say. He's really freaking good when he goes into. You know what. I'm not gonna miss anymore mode. He doesn't miss anymore and he don't beat them. And as well as dennis could the plate and dennis good played well and another third round for him at wimbledon guys grass court specialist guy attacks open space so well he he's still in the top one hundred conversation he got some good really good tennis still left in him. But i don't know why i'm saying left him. Msf he's not just. Let's be clear a top one hundred guys when i'm trying to emphasize but yeah jovic is gonna jovovich and guess what he jovic So fantastic result for him and then rb. I guess the complement to colas that. He pushed joke that she made jovic care about the match. And i know that such a low standard jovic oftentimes in a grand slam doesn't need to care until it's crunch time he had to care from start to finish in this one had to be locked in otherwise coulda made him pay for it straight set win for novak and then last but not least on the men's side. Rbi seven five six one seven six. The run of dom cofer cofer established himself as a top sixty four top fifty sort of guy Which again he is. Not your six four. Two six six sort of player. He's a guy who gets every ounce of his physicality move the ball so well around the court compete so well also but ultimately so too much pop from rbi too much discipline. He advances to another fourth round here. At wimbledon in straight-sets the women's side talk about that generational shift sample linka xiang tech robot rebecca. They drop a combined. Nine games in their six sets lenka owen three just too much firepower over maria kamilo story of zorana who will be back and who just compete so well. She's going to be a top fifty player for very long time. Not sure for ceiling yet. But she's going to be top fifty four a very very long time..
"wimbledon" Discussed on The Mini-Break
"Look at the players who are having success while there are still a place for people under that six foot four. I'm not saying you absolutely have to be six foot four that it's going to be a prerequisite immediately for success. But that's the way the game is trending look at the facts and future vich knocks off all that box. All those boxes six five six foot. Six fluid athlete can play. Slice can play from the baseline. Has that hundred thirty. Mph serve if he needs in that size just overwhelmed schwartzman in the end again daego schwartzman third run wimbledon hill. His french open wimbledon results. Back to back sets him on the right path heading into a hard court summer where he can certainly have success. But this is what foods rich does makes fourth rounds at believe he's gone third round a greater now in four of the last seven grand slams. He is into the fourth round with an upset over diego schwartzman and you know again across the board yes. Schwartzman atop tennessee gets eliminated. But you look at the top seeds. We've had knocked off thus far seats schwartzman. You're only top ten seeds. You know Pcb rude mafia demon. Our you're only top fifteen seeds but the guy demon our lost to in sebastian corta is into the fourth round. And you know guy. Oman fees. We never thought he had the best form coming into this. Pcb loses to sam querying. Yes query got upset but the context of that match you could understand the loss steadiness on the men's side is setting in. This is again the term. I keep trying to make when i'm talking about these generational shifts because you look at the other results on the day. We'll start with the men's side. Rupe lab six three seven five four six four six two so i screwed up a set there for andrei rubel. I apologize that's an outline mistake west of absolutely leave that in but you look through blood six three five seven six four six two. He advances over fabio fanini. That's the sort of match that perhaps a sending player doesn't win over an established. Guide like fabrio phony who's competed. In wimbledon third round countless times in his career is just a staple of making that third fourth round of a grand slam. But no love after struggling with that second set gets through four and two and you look through blood eavesdrop. Two sets his first three matches but the weight of that forehand on this surface. Just so difficult to deal with puts a ton of first serves and play when he connects with the return. You're in a ton of trouble. He has solidified himself. Another fourth-round for him. Good bounce back. After the wimbledon result to end you know you continue to look chiappa. The of we talked a lot about. Andy murray through his first two wins shop of all of exposed. The fact that murray is step slower than he wants was and that's being kind and six four six two six two just too much pace from chapel of great fight for murray to narrow the gap in that first step is just too much power in the moment..
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"Let's talk about the upsets. Let's talk about the other results. We saw on day five of this twenty twenty one wimbledon and day. Five is the first day. Will you really start to feel We had the matches wind down a bit didn't we. It's half the round of thirty two right sixteen matches so eight. Women's matches eight men's matches on the day sixteenths just a reasonable number. You feel like you know you're gonna get to watch all of all sixteen now. Can you watch minutes of all sixteen absolutely and you know. I suppose a slightly more organized outlined but it also leads to fewer upsets in. I suppose quarter over evans. Technically upset the odds in that match headed a toss up. We picked court over evans. If i can see it certainly probably not that glaring of an upset jabbour over the same deal on paper upset kind of felt like more of a tossup than anything else but you look overall now you also had number thirteen seed. Lisa mertens on the women's side knocked off by a fellow seed in madison key. So again the definition of upset a bit loose there but look a clicking. Madison keys is a dangerous prospect for the rest of this women's draw. That's exactly what we have. She is landing. I served hitting that return cleanly hitting it big this mattress on her racket and certainly there were times when merton surf betrayed her and shoot. Hit a couple of hanging. Serves that keys just absolutely demolished returns on but again this speaks to the fact that madison keys also has top tier power and she's a former semi-finalist at this event. And you look right now. Madison keys a five point. One percent chance of winning this event according to tennis abstracts women's forecast look everyone at this point has some sort of relevant chance except for perhaps morada keanu Who will talk about when we do our day. Six recap but She's the only one i suppose. The forecast won't give a greater than zero percent. Chance to at this point just because the sample size is too small. But there's no denying we know the power tennis madison keys is played of and there's not a recent sample size of results to say she can do it seven matches in a row but she's done it for three now. This was a really really impressive victory. Now she's going to take on victoria. Gullick who has certainly can match her shot for shot in a little bit more dynamic more fluid of a mover certainly from the baseline. Better in those outer thirds. But that. I served to the goal of bec- backhand that's a recipe for success for madison keys and again now. She's into the second week. It's a dangerous place for her to be fantastic victory for keys again to upset number thirteen seed lisa merton seven five six three tough one for merton. That was a winnable match but keys ultimately advancing on the men's side again. This is what martin petrovic does six three six three six seven. Six four over daego schwartzman diego shorts. And i think under five hundred record in his career. I want to say it's like seven and eleven now in grass court matches but let's not take away from the chew. We talk about this modern player on the men's side. It's another topic. We talk about all the time. here cracked brackets. I think the men's game is just shifting to these ridiculously fluids. Six four six six freak athletes who all naturally have one hundred twenty two one hundred thirty five. Mph serves because of their size but also ridiculously fluid. In the outer thirds of the court can play counterpunching baseline tennis essentially think alex fear of sink. Think deal medvedev. Think sepe korda. Think karen hatch enough. Think who be haircut. Do you want me to keep listing examples. I can't see teapot six four. Faa is six four fritz's six five. Obviously oh palca 7-foot-7 I just think that's sasha boob lake six foot six like that's the direction the game is headed..
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"Me in final round qualifying seven six in the third then she knocks off on through sylva cooter tova keys still live in this wimbledon as aranka and bench she goes to wimbledon knocks off canopy pa- geula and stevens to advance to the fourth round. The fact that she's one what to plus five is seven plus two more is nine consecutive matches now on these grass courts. She's nine oh on grass in twenty twenty one fine me a better resume like maybe own jabbour. Probably she wanted title. She lost yelena. Ostapenko still alive at this wimbledon. And you know now. She's mugabe russa that's one but who else beyond them has played enough. Ostapenko cass akina. Two-three three fine but that's the conversation samsonov novas belonged with During this twenty twenty one portion of the grass court season and she continues to back it up and you look for samsonov again what she was able to do so well in this match. It's just the power tennessee's she's able to play with a chance. She's able to take the aggression with which she plays with as well. You look for her in this match. Only made fifty percent of her first serves but one sixty four percent of those points fifty six percent of her second serve points. Hold sloan stevens to thirty seven percent. Win percentage on the stephen second serve crates fourteen break chances for herself only convert six of them. But that's good enough to get the job done in this match and there's just you know again. She's about five eleven. Six feet tall the power she's able to produce that backhand is so e the power and the back end is so easy for her. The forehand smooth as well to bigger backswing. But she's able to get away with it still on these grass courts because her racket speed that impressive as well and again nine consecutive wins for her on grass courts. You look for her now. Thirty five and Twenty in her last fifty two. And maybe you're saying to yourself. Well you know. Ludmila sam's nova twenty two years old turns twenty three in november up to new career. High of number sixty five was playing a lot of it events early in the season. And or or. Maybe you think to yourself what she played a bunch of. It f- events early in the season. The answer is no. She was playing qualifying. Had a bunch of wgn events makes a gets through qualifying in australia and has been trying to play exclusively at the wti level. Since let's just look at a result over the last fifty two you look overall she seven and seven against top fifty players three in three against top twenty players now. All three of those wins against top twenty players came our excuse me. Two of the three came on grass courts. One of them came against. Kiki burton's in miami but to kalki burns top twenty player at this point. Probably a little bit unfair. Still you look at the other results. Three-set loss for petro martijn on the clay in palermo. I think we can say that's a good loss. Three-set lost her first round soon. You last round. French open Last year french open so new kenan goes on to make the final of that event. You look this year in australia..
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"That's a lot of names in a lot of numbers. The key being bardy the favorite across all metrics ostapenko top. Three across all metrics. The numbers. both. The numbers like i would say. It's funny the public likes of more than the numbers. Do the public likes gotham More than the numbers do rebekah. I think is properly ranked in the top ten bottom half of the top ten but she belongs there. Pless cova at six point nine percent in the wimbledon forecast that's a testament to her pedigree obviously Her being at twenty to one odds feels about right. And then i mean whoever wins between newborn muga larussa tomorrow should be top five because that player can very well beat arena sap. Lincoln is probably the favorite to emerge out of the bottom half. Those are your women's odds on the men's side. Jovic still a prohibitive favorite minus one ninety fifty two point one percent chance to win the event according to the tennis abstract forecast after him the forecast and the odds differ now medvedev plus five fifty bertini plus nine hundred federal. Plus eleven hundred. Those are your same top four as the forecast it just goes federal. Ten point eight bertini ten point six medvedev eight point four after that. Big dip in the forecast oddsmakers halves vir of in that bertini federer a tier of players. He's fourteen to one odds after that. There's a drop off much like there is in the forecast for the odds. It goes rhubarb. Twenty eight to one marine. Faa forty two one and then chiappa vol of curious and rb fifty to one. Those are not happening. Odds in the forecast rube left three point nine percent zero three point to chile. Faa one point six. Rb one point five evans one point three percent joke which is to lose that's the takeaway anyone who's watched tennis unfold. Not just at this event. But let's be honest here on this twenty twenty one season until we have a new data point until we see a fantastic bertini performance. I think we got it today from medvedev in his straight-set win over alcatraz. But still not to the level where you're like. Hey could he beat novak djokovic need to see a little bit more out of them as their competition level raises the level competition races in this event. Certainly we will see them tested. But that's where we're at in terms of the forecast and the futures out now. Of course many of you will be listening to this. Podcast as they five is already underway so i will keep my preview of the day brief. I have my top ten matches on the day again. It's third round matches so many fun ones to choose from my crack racquets patriot match of the day obviously goes to muga larussa and jabbour. That's one with significant implications have already listed the case. I won't repeat myself here. But that's a super super fund match after that number two my only other men's match i believe in the top five. Oh no i've i've to next..
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"Wimbledon some day but if i told you he makes a quarterfinal at some point in the twenty s. I think we don't believe that and again match perspective for him to win this match proves he belongs in the top forty which is where he is right now on this surface with this greek or dimitrov who hasn't found his rhythm is that with a ton of injuries. That's a matchbook should win. He does in straight-sets thirteen men seeds limited thus far in the twenty twenty one wimbledon. Cc poss- pcb. Rude on fees demon our dimitrov center. Carrots have unbear- basler video. Palca is ner davidovich. Fokina you look at that list. I would say is ner nishioka maybe ct pas versus ti. Afo outside of that with context being key. I think you can talk through the rest of the upsets. We've seen on the men side. But those were your upsets on day number. Four in terms of the matches that went the distance. The other results We did have three set matches. Muka georgie fantastic match. Or she really did. Play some good tennis here in this grass court season but carolina. Macos the real deal. Her athleticism her first step solid off both wings. Comfortable moving forward doesn't overwhelm you with anything but can do a little bit of everything translates across surfaces and she earns a six three five seven six three win over she seven tova. Great bounce back from her just her creativity her ability to keep cost joke on the back foot one. Six six four six three she advances. You also had a win from tomjanovich. Six four zero six six three always love middle bagel but ultimately you advance as tomjanovich is able to do in. Now again she's got a date with yelena ostapenko and then sinaga three sets over a much closer to being back in. Form coco vandeweghe. Four six two six two. That's good win for sitting jakko but a good sign from van. She is healthy now. Getting closer to her top form on the men's side to five centers roberto bautista goot survives against me. Amir kezman of she was up a break. Three two coming out in the fourth set today this was a match continued over from or carried over from day. Three but benefits came out swinging. Four straight games to close out that set six three now ultimately are. Ba advances. six three in the fifth set bit of tennis chameleon the better the opponent the better he plays rock-solid off both wings can do a little bit of everything but doesn't overwhelm you anywhere. I would argue. Not as good of a volley rally relative to his competition as mugabe not as big of a serve relative to competition as muka as well. We'll put returns in the court but definitely offers you chances to play attacked attacking tennis to be the aggressor if your his opponent is a fantastic counterpuncher news an absolute ball machine just the definition of a guy who spent his life at. I am jesus. Doesn't make the mental ally. Suppose it does make the mental mistakes but just has the rock solid fundamentals on. That was a really fun match between he and are but ultimately being that inside out forehand the biggest weapon on the court he was able to create enough space enough openings. He gets through in five sets in then the best story. In wimbledon right now might be taylor. Fritz thirty.
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"Humor is super super talented. You look for the twenty two year old who turns twenty three in september currently ranked number ninety eight. He reached a career high and had a lot of momentum on his side. At the beginning of last season was up to number sixty seven in the rankings. Fifteen and sixteen in his last fifty two but has made the eighty p plunge which you always have to respect. He's proven it at the challenger level multiple titles there. But you look this season exclusive all. I should say exclusively minus the grass court season. He's just looking for grass-court matches at that point. But other than that exclusively. Atp events he tries to play qualifying in rome makes final round there before getting knocked off. He ends up getting into the main draw in australia. Which is really where this ranking is based. He makes round of thirty two. They're be her. Cats beat alcatraz before get knocked off by cc posse then gets into the main draw in miami two wins there. Another big event where he gets to victories beats to be low. Beats basler's feely before losing in three to roussev very place. Qualifying in leone gets through there before losing in three to render not qualifying in parma gets through their loses to honeymooner on. Clay is not a bad loss then goes to roland-garros beats car-based bena beats guy on fay's before getting knocked off by yannick center but that's another third round at a major eastbourne makes it through qualifying loses to davidovich fokina. He's proven to be a top one hundred when you're qualifying for atp level event after atp level event you belong at that level. It's just getting over that next. Hump is what solidifies you in the top seventy five. You get to start picking your schedule but you know what the other path to do. That is winning matches at slams. And that's what he has done at his last three here and all three here in twenty twenty one third round australia. French open second round here. Plays a good match against felix. Ozier obvious seem. He's just a guy the harder you hit the ball at him the bigger he's hitting the ball back and if you give him any time his athleticism his ability to spring up off from the outer thirds go big down the line he played a really really good Match again i think. The tightness of the scoreline didn't have anything to do with felix misfiring or miss spring in the lack of development for a plan b. is still a thing for felix When he can't play on his front foot while he's gotten a little bit better at defensive tennessee still not great at it by any stretch of the imagination. But he's getting better and then again when he was able to connect on his front foot even someone with the movement capabilities with the fluidity in the skill knee. Our third of mikhail. Emory just wasn't able to hang. That's how good faa's best looks. You look for faa now In his last fifty two weeks of competition thirty two and twenty three to fifty eight percent win percentage. You look for him though here in the grass court season. Finals of stooped guard loses to chile semifinals of hala loses in three to unbear-. Now third round here at wimbledon fascinating match up coming up between him and nick curious but you know again felix moving in the right direction becoming more and more consistent. He's delivered here beating the players. He should be that curious. Matchup obviously a tossup he gets through that he's into the second week that's certainly answers another question for him again..
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"Rogers over sam or sets up a really fun for a second round match my match of the day today as mentioned against fifteen seated maria soccer and then madison bengal ends up pulled on three six seven. Five ten eight over christina. Mikhail in terms of the men side matches that go the distance chiappa. All of four five comes out serving. After the match got pause last night due to darkness he ended up losing the fourth set. Seven five but ultimately comes back. Six four in the fifth to advance to the second round of wimbledon for the second time in his career is a tricky match up but you ultimately for him his physicality were out and i think from a conference perspective. That was a big win for shop olive. Who again is in that open. Section of the draw that no longer has a bachelors feeling. No longer has no palca but you know an rb a looming certainly from a firepower standpoint. Chiappa vol can match him so quarterfinals potential showdown with andy murray in round three looms from a firepower perspective that's tough match-up for murray so opportunities here for dennis shop evolve to make second week perhaps quarterfinals even as well. It was important for him to survive. This one he does five-set win over kohlschreiber. You also had the second enacting of the thirteen twelve. all tiebreaker. in the fifth set oscar. Oh to the cross. Lovechild of max cressey and ben pair thirteen. Twelve over former am all american. Arthur injure neck antoine five cents over zhang pablo and har eight six in the fifth over. Peer air bear. And then the deuce deuce online bitch. Six three in the fifth said over jill simone in terms of the other results on the day. We'll start with the women's side straight-set victories and again. These are the players who have been good week in week out. So if you're listening to the mini podcast. You're not going to be surprised here. Soccer one in one victory mertens one in three victory. goff five and four victories. You bore to in one victory pa- geula three and one victory. No a lot of those players. Don't have a lot of experience on grass courts. I suppose mertens salary do have a comfortable amount. But they all looked comfortable and they're all just playing confident tennis. Their games going to work across surface their physicality translating. They're all in or near. I mean golf. The exception the others in the prime of their career. Goss only gonna get better. That's the scary part. But you know again fantastic results for those seeds. They all look inform entering this fortnight. Big win for number eight seed caroliina. Puska down to five in the first set to french open semi-finals tomorrow's dan zik. She ultimately earns a seven five six four win and as i discussed already look at her section of the draw for plus cova risk knocked out. She's got package next than a potential padro score and martin silva than a potential probably pa- geula. Why can't she make the quarterfinals of this match. Why can't she make a deep run here. Given the inexperience of some of these other players in the draw given that she you know is one of those players who have made a quarterfinal at this event that window for caroline applicable gets narrow and narrower. But certainly this feels like still on the tail end of that window. She's able to find her best form. Her serve her aggression. This surface. Who knows what can happen. She's going to need. It didn't play her best match. Tough test with package. coming up. who by the way was a straight set winner over..
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"Seven other three centers on the women's side already mentioned ashleigh barty six one six seven six one. So great to see suarez. Navarro get the send-off she deserved from those fans on center court again. I kind of mentioned this earlier. But in terms of ashley parties level serve look. Good movement to the outer thirds. Look good game looked rusty in general. But that's what happens when you don't play for a month. She looks healthy. And i think that's the real takeaway is that she is healthy and if so she can absolutely win this event so bharti number one seat next to her name. Favourite status reengaged. She absolutely belongs. In the second week of this event you also had three set win from petra martic much needed win six seven six four six three in a match that was continued from yesterday over garage uva venus williams. Three-set win over booze rescue. You could have gotten fantastic. Odds on venus outlasting serena at wimbledon probably five to one maybe even ten to one in certain corner. She ends up advancing. Now you look for venus in her next match. It's certainly going to be a tricky one. As she is going to take on ownership poor but again just having venus williams back on court with all she has gone through. It's such a pleasure for all of us tennis fans so fantastic three-set victory for her. A you also had three set wins from zhou over bartell in three sets. Claire lou broken serving for the match at five four but ends up closing out nine. Seven victory in the third over masaki doi. Her first grand slam win since two thousand eighteen and you look for the former junior slam champion. Someone a lot of us who followed american junior tennis closely have Continue to have an had high expectations for as she emerged in her pro career and again explications in that she has the talent. She has the skill set. She has the composure to be a top one hundred player consistently twenty one years old. She's ranked number one of four now with this victory. that's a new career high. It's a tough match for her. Against rebecca next but clearly was back on the path one. Oh four at twenty one years old. She's going to have some opportunities to play qualifying at the summer. Hardcourt events certainly get to set her schedule a little bit more on her terms. That's where you want to be at twenty one years old. So the resumption. You know the big breakthrough coming for her was it as early as goff as an anisimov. Sec no as a canon no but again patience is a virtue clear lose rise is here fantastic to see her. She's also one of the kindest people you're gonna meet out. They're fantastic to see her. Earn the victory and again. She's just explosive off of both wings. Her game works Speaking of explosive six one five seven six three win four shelby..