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Hosted by Chris Oddo and Produced by Tennis Now and Tennis Express, the Lucky Letcord Podcast gives you in-depth analysis and insights from the ATP and WTA Tours.

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Hosted by Chris Oddo and Produced by Tennis Now and Tennis Express, the Lucky Letcord Podcast gives you in-depth analysis and insights from the ATP and WTA Tours.

    Previewing the 2020 Roland Garros Finals with Richard Pagliaro and Erik Gudris

    Previewing the 2020 Roland Garros Finals with Richard Pagliaro and Erik Gudris

    Previewing the 2020 Roland Garros Finals with Richard Pagliaro and Erik Gudris 
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    • 45 Min.
    Roland Garros Week One Review with Erik Gudris and Richard Pagliaro

    Roland Garros Week One Review with Erik Gudris and Richard Pagliaro

    Tennis Now editor Richard Pagliaro and contributor Erik Gudris join host Chris Oddo for a discussion of the high points of week one of Roland Garros!
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    • 40 Min.
    #RG2020: Breaking Down the First Two Rounds of Craziness

    #RG2020: Breaking Down the First Two Rounds of Craziness

    Richard Pagliaro, Tennis Now editor and veteran tennis journalist, joins Chris Oddo to break down all the storylines from the first five days of Roland Garros.
    Such as:
    Rafa, Novak and Thiem - how they are playing and what lies ahead.
    The surface, how it really didn't play out like we thought it might, but how it will still be a big factor going forward.
    18-year-old Canadian Leylah Fernandez, we both love her game!
    What happened to Shapo?
    How awesome were the efforts of Stefanos Tsitsipas and Andrey Rublev to come back from two sets down in the first round and how far can they go?
    How the Simona Halep v Amanda Anisimova matchup is shaping up and who is gonna win?
    How many players outside of the top 100 made the third round?
    Jannik Sinner's awesomeness.
    One-handed backhands, such as Thiem, Stanimal, Grigor, Cecchinato and Tsitsipas.
    We go on and on. There's a lot to talk about -- ENJOY!
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    • 43 Min.
    Robert Weintraub on the Divine Miss Marble

    Robert Weintraub on the Divine Miss Marble

    Authur Robert Weintraub joins Chris Oddo to discuss his book about legendary American tennis star Alice Marble.
    By the book here: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/607526/the-divine-miss-marble-by-robert-weintraub/
    Far from a 6-4 5-7 6-3 tennis book, Weintraub's novel tells the tale of a fascinating woman, who at the height of her powers was not only one of the greatest tennis players in history, she was also a mysterious figure who dabbled among the Hollywood elite and spent time away from the sport earning a living as a singer.
    Of course we learn of Marble's playing days, from her formative years on Golden Gate Park to her days at the US Open and Wimbledon where, under the tutelage of Eleanor Tenant, she became the game's most celebrated female player in the late 1930's.
    But the story is about much more than Marble as a tennis figure. Weintraub's main mission is to attempt to unravel the mystery of Marble, who wrote in her posthumous autobiography "Courting Danger" that she had been involved in a spy mission during World War II.
    Marble says she was recruited as a spy for the United States and that she ended up obtaining valuable information by renewing her affair with a former lover, Hans Steinmetz; this is where Weintraub the sleuth comes in and the reader follows Marble's tale, which also involves a pregnancy and a miscarriage, with the unborn baby's father being shot down in the way.
    Weintraub does his best to confirm the veracity of Marble's claims, while also weaving what is most definitely true about this alluring American legend into an entertaining tale that, in the end, lets the reader decide on what may or may not have really happened.
    Thanks to Robert for the enlightening chat!
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    • 51 Min.
    Steve Flink has written "Greatness Revisited," a book about Pete Sampras and his legendary career.

    Steve Flink has written "Greatness Revisited," a book about Pete Sampras and his legendary career.

    Today on the Lucky Letcord Podcast host Chris Oddo is joined by Tennis author, journalist and historian Steve Flink. A member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, Flink has been covering tennis full time since 1974. He has recently written a book about Pete Sampras, entitled "Greatness Revisited."
    You can buy the book on Amazon here
    You can learn more about Hall of Famer Steve Flink here
    On this episode we pick up part two of our interview with Flink and cover Sampras' career from 1994 until retirement and beyond.
    Steve tells us why he chose to tell the story of Sampras, a legendary talent that he has developed an exceptional rapport with.
    We learn about how and why Sampras was able to dominate Wimbledon like no other player during his heyday and run through some of his most memorable matches.
    We delve deeper into the difficulties that Sampras faced over the course of his career, from losing his coach Tim Gullickson to cancer, to the immense mental and physical pressure he put himself under.
    We entertain a discussion of what it would be like to see Sampras face the members of tennis' Big Three -- Federer, Djokovic and Nadal -- and discuss what the many legends Flink interviewed, including Sampras himself, had to say about it.
    Would Sampras handle Federer on grass?
    Who would present more problems for Pete's serve -- Agassi or Djokovic?
    Would Rafa do to Sampras what he has done to Federer?
    Steve has done numerous interview with Sampras for the book, and done a great job of unlocking elements of the typically reclusive Sampras' personality. We chat about the origins of their rapport and Steve gives his expert opinion on Sampras the man and Sampras the player.
    It's always a great pleasure to hear Steve talk about tennis, but to hear him talk about a subject that is so near and dear to him has been truly enlightening.
    Enjoy the podcast, and when you're done make your way to the bookstore to learn more about one of the greatest tennis players to ever lift a racquet.
    Thanks to Steve for writing a great book and for taking the time to speak with us about it!
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    • 1 Std. 8 Min.
    Steve Flink on "Greatness Revisited," His Book on the Legendary Pete Sampras

    Steve Flink on "Greatness Revisited," His Book on the Legendary Pete Sampras

    Today on the Lucky Letcord Podcast host Chris Oddo is joined by Tennis author, journalist and historian Steve Flink. A member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, Flink has been covering tennis full time since 1974. He has recently written a book about Pete Sampras, entitled "Greatness Revisited."
    You can buy the book on Amazon here
    You can learn more about Hall of Famer Steve Flink here
    On this episode we discuss the formative years of Pete Sampras and his initial foray into greatness.
    Steve tells us why he chose to tell the story of Sampras, a legendary talent that he has developed an exceptional rapport with.
    We learn about Sampras' early years under the tutelage of his dad and the unconventional Pete Fischer, and find out why Sampras changed from a two-handed backhand to a one-handed backhand so late in his development.
    We discuss some of Sampras' early rivals, and how they initially had the upper hand with the late-blooming American, such as Andre Agassi and Michael Chang.
    We look at Sampras' momentous 1990 US Open, where he won his maiden major title and became the youngest men's singles winner in the tournament's history. We focus on his extremely difficult path to the title, which saw him face Thomas Muster, Ivan Lendl (who had played eight consecutive finals in New York), John McEnroe (a four-time champion) and Andre Agassi in his final four matches.
    Steve answers my questions about the elements that made Sampras such a unique player, like his ability to deliver big match tennis in finals and his incredibly humble nature, which allowed him to continue his improvement even when he was already a proven champion.
    We touch on Sampras' greatest influence in his early career, coach Tim Gullickson, and how the relationship originated, and we look at how difficult it was for Sampras to back up his US Open title in 1990 - something that he was unable to do for nearly three years.
    We stop our conversation after Sampras has won three straight majors, in early 1994, and plan to pick it up with part 2 of this podcast later next week.
    Thanks to Steve for writing a great book and for taking the time to speak with us about it!
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    • 54 Min.

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