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Dan Kiernan, Director of SotoTennis Academy in Spain has created a podcast to entertain, educate and energise the tennis community. Hear Dan pick the brains of professional tennis players, coaches, parents, and others involved in High Performance Tennis.

Control the Controllables Dan Kiernan

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    • 4.9 • 165 Ratings

Dan Kiernan, Director of SotoTennis Academy in Spain has created a podcast to entertain, educate and energise the tennis community. Hear Dan pick the brains of professional tennis players, coaches, parents, and others involved in High Performance Tennis.

    Jonathan Overend - The Voice of Tennis is Back

    Jonathan Overend - The Voice of Tennis is Back

    In today’s episode we welcome the voice of tennis for his second appearance on the show, it´s Jonathan Overend!
    Jonathan speaks to us in a week where Sky Sports are launching their own tennis channel in the UK and Ireland, Sky Sports Tennis. Jonathan is a major part of the team they have in place to deliver their promise of 24/7 coverage from all of the ATP & WTA events.
    Jonathan had some beautiful words for the late Mike Dickson, the tennis correspondent at the Daily Mail for the last 30 years who we devastatingly lost during this years Australian Open.
    He also shares his top commentary secrets, and look out for who he thinks could be dominating women´s tennis over the next few years.
    This is not an episode to miss. 
    CTC Wins Best Tennis Podcast!Control The Controllables has won Best Tennis Podcast at the Sports Podcast Awards for the third year in a row!
    The winners are voted for by listeners, and there were some amazing tennis podcasts in the category this year, so this really is very special to us. If you took the time to vote for us, thank you, we are so grateful!

    • 1 hr 28 min
    Australian Open 2024 Review

    Australian Open 2024 Review

    We´re reviewing all the action from the 2024 Australian Open in today´s episode.
    What a way to start the year of tennis, as Aryna Sabalenka didn’t drop a set on the way to her second consecutive Australian Open title. Jannik Sinner shocked the tennis world by defeating Novak Djokovic and performing a miraculous fightback against Daniil Medvedev to lift his first ever major title, and become the youngest winner since Djokovic himself in 2008!
    Here to round up the past two weeks in Melbourne alongside CTC host Dan Kiernan who was at the event, we have our panel of experts:
    Denmark´s Davis Cup Captain and 2012 Wimbledon Mens Doubles Champion and (most importantly!) CTC regular Freddie Nielsen.GB Coach Calvin Betton who is currently working with Henry Pattern.
    They discuss their risky picks from our Aussie Open Preview episode, whether eras really do come to an end, all of the 35 five set matches that happened over the two weeks, and whether the Australian Open has finally got it right with their 15 day schedule.
    Let us know what you thought of the event and anything you would like to hear Dan discuss on the podcast about anything in the tennis world! 
    Tag @ctc.podcast on Instagram or email us.
    🎧 Join the Control the Controllables team as a Podcast Intern in 2024

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Colin Fleming: Playing, Coaching and Commentating on the Best in Tennis

    Colin Fleming: Playing, Coaching and Commentating on the Best in Tennis

    Today we welcome British doubles specialist and Grand Slam quarter-finalist turned coach and commentator, Colin Fleming.
    Colin reached a career high of 17 in the world in doubles, consistently reaching the main draws of Grand Slams. He represented GB in the Davis Cup and at the Olympics before turning his expertise to coaching, then commentating. He now covers some of the biggest tennis tournaments in the world for Eurosport, Sky Sports and the BBC.
    Colin has partnered some of the biggest names in British and world tennis, including both Jamie and Andy Murray, Ken Skupski, and Rohan Bopanna, and chats to Dan about life as a doubles specialist at the top level.
    They also discuss Tennis Scotland and the first Grand Slam of the year, the Australian Open 2024.
    Colin brings a wealth of stories, experience and laughs, as well as some more emotive stories as well, so this is an all round entertaining episode and a must-listen!
    Read full shownotes here.
    Help us Win Best Tennis Podcast!We´re so excited that Control the Controllables is a finalist at the Sports Podcast Awards! We´ve been nominated for Best Tennis & Racket Podcast and we´d love it if you could vote for us!
    Vote for us here (it only takes a couple of minutes) and spread the link around as much as you can! Thank you for all your support 🙏🏻

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Australian Open 2024 Preview

    Australian Open 2024 Preview

    The first Grand Slam of 2024 is finally underway! We´ve brought our panel back together to preview everything we can expect from the Australian Open.
    Control the Controllables host Dan Kiernan is in Melbourne this year, and is joined by:-
    US Open Doubles Champion and top 10 WTA doubles player, Gaby DabrowskiDenmark´s Davis Cup Captain and 2012 Wimbledon Mens Doubles Champion Freddie Nielsen.GB Coach Calvin Betton who is currently working with Henry Pattern.
    They discuss the "popcorn-ready" match-ups, the dark horses to look out for and their picks for the titles, plus what they think will be the main storylines in tennis in 2024.
    We want to hear who you think will be this years Australian Open Champions!  Tag @ctc.podcast on Instagram or email us and let us know who you´re backing!
    Vote for us at the Sports Podcast Awards!We´ve been nominated again for Best Tennis and Racket Podcast at the Sports Podcast Awards, and we´d love it if you could help us win!
    You can vote here for Control the Controllables, it only takes a couple of minutes. Thanks so much for your support 🙏🏻

    • 1 hr 40 min
    CTC Shorts with John Millman as he retires from Professional Tennis

    CTC Shorts with John Millman as he retires from Professional Tennis

    In today´s CTC Short we bring you a true stalwart of the tennis tour and someone who is calling time on his career after this year’s Australian Open- it´s former US Open quarter finalist and Episode 25 guest John Millman.
    Over the span of a 15 year professional tennis career, John Millman has established himself as one of the most consistent and hard-working players on the tour, being a constant in the top 100 ATP Rankings. In 2018 he reached a career high of 33 after a remarkable run to the quarter finals of the US Open, beating Roger Federer.
    We spoke to John in June 2020 and he went detail on the unseen side of tennis, describing the hard yards required to get to tennis’ top table, and how to stay there when you are playing the biggest names in the sport. 
    In this clip, John also reflects on his career, going into detail on how his goals and his measure of success changed as he progressed further up the rankings and got older.
    John Millman is the embodiment of everything Control the Controllables stands for, working hard and maximising your potential, and his retirement is a fitting opportunity to reflect on al the lessons this podcast can teach! 
    Read full shownotes here.
    Vote for us at the Sports Podcast Awards!
    We´d love it if you could help us win Best Tennis & Racket Podcast at the Sports Podcast Awards! We´re so excited to be a finalist at this years awards. You can vote for us here 🙏🏻
    Links Mentioned in this Episode:-
    #25: John Millman - The Journeyman...or is he?
    #130: Craig Tiley - Leading from the Front

    • 21 min
    Year in Review: A Look Back at our Favourite Moments of 2023

    Year in Review: A Look Back at our Favourite Moments of 2023

    As 2023 draws to a close, we´ve sat down to look back at some of our most memorable moments of the Control the Controllables Podcast this year.
    From Sir Andy Murray agreeing to be our Special Guest for our 200th episode, to winning Best Tennis Podcast at the Sports Podcast Awards, and having 6 Grand Slam Champions in one episode, we´ve had some very special moments this year.
    Listen to CTC Host Dan Kiernan and producer Vicki Kiernan chat through their favourite clips and biggest learnings of 2023 in our final episode of the year.
    Thank you so much for listening to the show and wishing you Happy New Year and all the best for 2024!
    🎧 Join the Control the Controllables team as a Podcast Intern in 2024
    🗳️ Vote for us in the Sports Podcast Awards!

    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
165 Ratings

165 Ratings

MaurreenB ,

Loved it!

The latest pods were a really a great listen. I love the honest and personal opinions that the contributors gave. Can’t understand why newspapers and tv don’t scrutinise the Djokovic schedule. People either accept he should get preferential treatment or are afraid to critique. As ever Thank you Dan ❤️

Tenniscrazy😂 ,

Amazing!!! 🎾🎾🎾

Thank you so much Dan for these brilliant podcasts, they are extremely inspiring! I love them!!! 🎾🎾🎾🎾🎾🎾

Kay Gilbert ,

Simply the best

Whatever your involvement in tennis, this podcast is an absolute must. Dan’s gentle manner and masterful interviewing talent, means every episode is packed with fabulous insights, as he draws out the very best in all his amazing guests, without any ego or hidden agenda. This is the cream of tennis edu-tainment, I envy anyone coming to this for the first time because you’ve got so many amazing episodes to catch up on. Car journeys will never be boring again!

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