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The premiere Tennis podcast, featuring incredible guests and spot on analysis by the one and only Jon Wertheim.

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    • 4.4 • 155 Ratings

The premiere Tennis podcast, featuring incredible guests and spot on analysis by the one and only Jon Wertheim.

    Robbie Koenig from Melbourne on 2021 Australian Open

    Robbie Koenig from Melbourne on 2021 Australian Open

    On this week's episode, host Jon Wertheim talks with Robbie Koenig from Melbourne to discuss the 2021 Australian Open and the early challenges the tournament is facing with positive COVID-19 tests, player controversies and more. Wertheim and Koenig talk about the quarantine conditions in Australia, including Koenig's own experience in a 14-day hotel lockdown; the COVID-19 protocols; how the challenges will impact the tournament and the players; whether or not there has been unfair treatment among the players; and much more.
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    • 35 min
    The Social Dilemma's Randy Fernando

    The Social Dilemma's Randy Fernando

    On this week's episode, host Jon Wertheim talks with Randy Fernando, co-founder and executive director at the Center for Humane Technology, a nonprofit dedicated to realigning technology with humanity's best interests, who was featured in the Netflix blockbuster The Social Dilemma. Wertheim and Fernando discuss the intersection of social media and tennis, including the problem of trolls and how social network platforms can impact players, fans and more.
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    • 53 min
    2021 Predictions, Latest Headlines

    2021 Predictions, Latest Headlines

    On this week's episode, host Jon Wertheim talks with senior editor Jamie Lisanti about his 2021 predictions column and the latest headlines in tennis, including a conversation with Sam Querrey about his COVID-19 experience. Wertheim and Lisanti discuss the 2021 calendar; the possibility of first-time major winners this season; Roger Federer and Serena Williams in 2021 and the possibility of retirement announcements; and more.
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    • 36 min
    Five Storylines for 2021

    Five Storylines for 2021

    On this week's episode, host Jon Wertheim and senior editor Jamie Lisanti share their final thoughts on the 2020 season, including the major winners and how tennis fared during a tumultuous year. Wertheim and Lisanti also lookahead to next season to discuss 2021's top storylines, including the schedule for the beginning of the season; Roger Federer's injury and return; Naomi Osaka's next steps and much more.
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    • 33 min
    Stanford's Dick Gould and 19-Year-Old American Brandon Nakashima

    Stanford's Dick Gould and 19-Year-Old American Brandon Nakashima

    On this week's podcast, host Jon Wertheim talks with two guests: first, Stanford University's director of tennis and longtime coach Dick Gould, followed by a wide-ranging conversation with 19-year-old American and rising ATP player, Brandon Nakashima. Wertheim and Gould discuss the state of college tennis; Gould's experience coaching John McEnroe; international players in the sport; and much more. Next, Nakashima joins Wertheim to discuss his jump to No. 166 in the ATP rankings; what the jump from college tennis to the pros has been like; how he has dealt with the coronavirus and changes to the sport this season, and much more.
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    IMG's Max Eisenbud on 2021 Tennis

    IMG's Max Eisenbud on 2021 Tennis

    On this week's episode, host Jon Wertheim is joined by veteran tennis agent and vice president of IMG tennis, Max Eisenbud. The pair discusses the 2021 season, beginning with the news on scheduling and protocols at the 2021 Australian Open; how tennis has held up in this strange year; how players and agents have dealt with the sport's shutdown and the pandemic; why Eisenbud does not agree with the WTA's China policy and much more.
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    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
155 Ratings

155 Ratings

Mramusic ,

good but ads warning

This is a great podcast! My only critique is that the ads are thrown in there and not set up by Jon. he should build in the breaks to his discussions so we’re not bombarded by loud advertisements.

idontbeliveu ,

Condescending to females

I would assume Jon doesn’t intend to do it. But it is too glaring to ignore. Two examples: the interview with the UMass student who had her matches “erased” (not the technical term) for trivial infraction of NCAA rules. Jon offered cringe worthy left hand compliments after the student set out the whole history quite succinctly. Something like [wow, I didn’t even have to ask you questions to extract the story. I am amazed you have such a big brain. But it gives me less time to talk- even though you are on my podcast to tell your story]. Another example: the interview with Chanda Rubin. I heard and felt subtle condescension and unwillingness on Jon’s part to just be the interviewer and stop showing his own insecurities.

Jon, it all hurts your own cause. Seek some help. I like the fact that you have a lot of experience following tennis, but you are now with the old folks who have their bastions of privilege. Get a clue if you want to move past the outlets that are misogynistic, racist, and classist. But I don’t think you can. I will not be listening in the future, though this makes me sad. Because I really want to hear what some of your guests want to say, but not at the cost of hearing them speak through a toxic fog of ESPN’ish white maleness. However much there are some attempts at saying “ it ain’t so”. Yes it is so.

bobet 69 ,

Soooo boring

Weller Adams was a bore. He had MAYBE one so- so story about bailing out a player from jail. The rest was very dated. His comments about the male locker room and Andy Murray being the lone player who’s interested in combining women’s and men’s events sounded boorish and chauvinistic. It hit a nerve. And his comparison of playing professional tennis to commuting to a desk job was condescending and very small minded. Sorry ... the truth hurts.

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