23 episodes

This is a podcast for amateur tennis players like you. Each episode is a free audio tennis drill on a variety of topics to improve your game. Teaching tennis pro Ryan Vega of Vega Tennis is co-host on the show sharing his tennis expertise, while co-host Michelle Nipko asks all of the questions us club players want to know. Get addicted!

Addicted to Sets Tennis Podcast Michelle Nipko, Ryan Vega

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This is a podcast for amateur tennis players like you. Each episode is a free audio tennis drill on a variety of topics to improve your game. Teaching tennis pro Ryan Vega of Vega Tennis is co-host on the show sharing his tennis expertise, while co-host Michelle Nipko asks all of the questions us club players want to know. Get addicted!

    Interview with Professional Tennis Player Catherine Harrison and Coach Damien Spizzo

    Interview with Professional Tennis Player Catherine Harrison and Coach Damien Spizzo

    I'm not worthy......but thrilled to interview professional tennis player Catherine Harrison and her Coach Damien Spizzo (she trains in Austin, Texas!) We talked about various topics: what do you need to get to the next level, (the answer is surprising), an important part of the mental game involving your opponent, and why both Catherine and I use a 2-handed forehand, and why Damien teaches it to his juniors (my two new favorite people in the world).

    • 57 min
    Thoughts and Prayers to Ryan, we will be offline for a bit allowing Ryan to heal

    Thoughts and Prayers to Ryan, we will be offline for a bit allowing Ryan to heal

    Send your thoughts and prayers to Ryan.

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    • 6 min
    Very Special Guest: Longest Running ESPN Commentator Cliff Drysdale

    Very Special Guest: Longest Running ESPN Commentator Cliff Drysdale

    ‘Addicted to Sets’ is a podcast covering the passions of tennis fans and players, co-hosted by avid tennis enthusiast Michelle Nipko and teaching pro Ryan Vega just outside of Austin, Texas. In its most recent episode, the podcast features Cliff Drysdale, International Tennis Hall of Fame legend and the longest serving broadcaster at ESPN.

    Cliff began by talking about how his broadcasting career started during a Davis Cup match between USA and South Africa. Tony Trabert could not be the commentator for this match as he had been the captain of the USA Davis Cup team. Cliff was thus asked if he could take Trabert’s place as he was also from South Africa and knew the players.

    This was forty years ago, and Cliff could have never imagined it would be the start of a pivot in his career. He went on to cover the US Open for CBS (“they thought it was awful!”). He was subsequently picked up by ESPN and WCT (“in those days, there was no cable”). Drysdale was on the job just one week after ESPN debuted for their first tennis telecast when Argentina took on USA at the 1979 Davis Cup in Memphis, Tennessee.

    Drysdale was one of the first players to introduce a two-handed backhand in professional competition. Though there were others, Drysdale counts himself as the first successful tennis player to have used this technique. He shares another unique aspect of the 1960s tennis scene: there were no coaches, masseurs, managers or psychologists.

    Among other topics, Cliff spoke about his experiences as the first ATP President, the recent bushfires in Australia, winners’ awards and prize moneys, the importance of big serves and muscle power in the game, Nick Kyrgios, the players to watch out for today in men’s and women’s tournaments, and more.

    Parting advice from Cliff Drysdale: “Be yourself. Go with the flow. Like a tennis player needs to trust his or her swing.”

    • 53 min
    Happy New Year! Michelle and Ryan talk how to make changes to your game.

    Happy New Year! Michelle and Ryan talk how to make changes to your game.

    Happy New Year! Michelle and Ryan talk how to make changes to your game. We all know it is difficult to change your body's muscle memory and sometime it takes taking one step backward to move forward. Listen to this week's podcast as we discuss!

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Match preparation...and Merry Christmas from Michelle and Ryan!

    Match preparation...and Merry Christmas from Michelle and Ryan!

    Match preparation...and Merry Christmas from Michelle and Ryan!

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Footwork! One of the most important elements of your tennis game.

    Footwork! One of the most important elements of your tennis game.

    Ryan explains why footwork is one of the most important elements of your tennis game. Listen to learn the best strategies for footwork in all parts of your game!

    • 57 min

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