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

    WTA Year-End Awards for 2020

    WTA Year-End Awards for 2020

    On this week's episode, host Jon Wertheim talks with senior editor and producer Jamie Lisanti about the WTA year-end awards for 2020, including Player of the Year, Newcomer of the Year, Most Improved Player of the Year and Comeback Player of the Year, among other honors. Wertheim and Lisanti also discuss the ATP Finals; Alexander Zverev; the 2021 Australian Open and the recent travel restrictions; and more.
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    • 48 min
    Tennis Channel President Ken Solomon

    Tennis Channel President Ken Solomon

    On this week's episode, host Jon Wertheim talks with Tennis Channel President Ken Solomon about the network's recent deal with the ATP for multiyear television and digital rights that will make Tennis Channel the exclusive U.S. television home of the majority of ATP Tour events, beginning in 2021. Wertheim and Solomon also discuss Tennis Channel's growth and plans for the future; the decline of sports ratings in general in 2020; and much more.
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    • 41 min
    Tennis Strategy Coach Craig O'Shannessy

    Tennis Strategy Coach Craig O'Shannessy

    On this week's episode, host Jon Wertheim talks with tennis strategy coach and data guru, Craig O'Shannessy. The pair discusses his work with various players, including Novak Djokovic, and how they utilize stats in preparation for opponents; how he uses probability to help understand percentages and patterns during matches; what tennis data can predict about players' performances and match outcomes; the insights he's found over the course of tournaments; and much more.
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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Behavioral Psychologist Thomas Gilovich and Former UMass Player Brittany Collens

    Behavioral Psychologist Thomas Gilovich and Former UMass Player Brittany Collens

    On this week's episode, host Jon Wertheim talks with two guests. First, Thomas Gilovich, the chair of psychology at Cornell University and a leading behavioral economist, discusses the theory on why we don't mind when tennis players win lots of titles but we don't feel the same way with teams. Gilovich also explains some of his other work and theories related to sports. Next, Wertheim speaks with former UMass tennis player Brittany Collens to explain why the NCAA is stripping the UMass women's tennis team of three years of victories over the improper reimbursement of $252 for a dorm room phone line.
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Longtime ATP Tour Insider Weller Evans

    Longtime ATP Tour Insider Weller Evans

    On this week's episode, host Jon Wertheim speaks with former ATP Tour manager and tennis insider Weller Evans about his career in the sport in a fairly unknown position with the ATP; what it was like to travel on the ATP Tour for nearly an entire year throughout his career; his interactions with players over the years; lessons he learned over the years; the ATP rankings and tennis in 2020; his advice on how to get a career in tennis; and much more.
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    • 1 hr 19 min
    Storylines from Roland Garros 2020

    Storylines from Roland Garros 2020

    On this week's episode, host Jon Wertheim checks in with Jamie Lisanti from Roland Garros 2020 in Paris ahead of the final weekend to discuss the tournament's top storylines, including the cold weather and how it is impacting tennis; Simona Halep's surprising loss; the rise of 19-year-olds Iga Swiatek and Jannik Sinner; Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic's chances on the men's side; and much more.
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    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
151 Ratings

151 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.

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.

jaykay 73 ,

Guest request

Hello Jamie and John,

Thank you so much for your wonderful podcasts and enthusiasm towards the wonderful sport of tennis! Although I am 47 years of age, I am fairly new to the world of podcasts thanks to my wife. She put this app on my phone for me!

I am from Ireland, but live in Wisconsin for the past 18 years, and proud to be a US citizen. I have been an avid tennis fan my whole life thanks to my Dad. My Dad’s doubles partner at his local club in Ireland is actually umpire Fergus Murphy’s Dad!

My hero’s is Rafa, and prior to Rafa, Agassi, Becker and McEnroe.

I would love to hear Petr Korda on your show as I was so impressed with Sebastian at RG. He has a great personality and just looks the part. I have fond memories of his dad bouncing across Rod Laver arena with a teddy kangaroo handed to him at the trophy ceremony after his victory over Rios. He was a beautiful player, and gave Sampras a tough match at Wimbledon if I remember correctly.

I would also love to hear some of the umpires interviewed who oversaw some of the more recent tennis finals such as Rafa v Djoker at the infamous Aussie Open Final. Would love to hear their thoughts looking over these wonderful matches from their high chair.

Thanks again for all you do guys. Keep up the great work!!!!!

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