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Hosts Eugene and Lucy talk all things black tennis. Black Spin Global: The Podcast is a fortnightly show that shines a light on the black players on the WTA and ATP tours. #BlackSpinGlobal

Black Spin Global: The Podcast Black Spin Global: The Podcast

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Hosts Eugene and Lucy talk all things black tennis. Black Spin Global: The Podcast is a fortnightly show that shines a light on the black players on the WTA and ATP tours. #BlackSpinGlobal

    Bye-Bye Aus Open

    Bye-Bye Aus Open

    Lucy and Eugene say good riddance to the 2023 Australian Open but not before giving props to maiden Grand Slam winner Aryna Sabalenka and 10-time AO champion Novak Djokovic.

    We discuss Ben Shelton's dream debut – the 20-year-old reached the quarter-finals and showed his match-toughness coming through a couple of five-setters. Shelton is now a top 50 player – No 44 in the current rankings.

    Michael Mmoh, who was hours away from leaving the country, reached the third round and recorded the biggest win of his life in the process – four-set victory over 13th seed Alexander Zverev. Shout out to Zack Evenden for giving us the backstory to that first-round win.

    Frances Tiafoe (and that incredible fit!) also reached the third round – fell to Karen Khachanov. There isn’t a look Big Foe isn’t able to pull off. Tiafoe is also at a career high 15 in the world rankings after his solid start to the season.

    Felix Auger-Aliassime, who was not playing his best tennis, still managed to reach the fourth round, before falling to Jiri Lehecka. He was the last man standing as well if we’re buying into the “Netflix curse” (listen up for our Break Point takes).

    Coco Gauff reached the second week – lost to Jelena Ostapenko in the round of 16, but did win all her matches in straight sets up until then. Her second-round match against Emma Raducanu had everyone very excited about the future/before and after.

    Madison Keys lost to two-time champion Victoria Azarenka in the third round. Despite not protecting her semi-final points from last year, Keys seems to be in a good place after her solid start to the year after moving house.

    Ranah Akua Stoiber had a breakthrough tournament reaching the last four in the girl’s competition (her first Grand Slam semi-final). The 17-year-old Brit looks like an exciting prospect.

    Elsewhere, Mikael Ymer reached a Challenger final in Belgium, Arthur Fils, 18, reached a Challenger final in France, following his first title in Portugal earlier in the year.

    And to close, we talk about events happening in Thailand and Lyon where Heather Watson, Alycia Parks and Jasmine Paolini are all in action.

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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Tuned Into 2023 With Myles David

    Tuned Into 2023 With Myles David

    Lucy and Eugene, joined by Myles David, get to know the Tuned Into Tennis founder a bit better as he shares his early memories of the sport and tells us why he started the platform.

    We share our thoughts on Naomi Osaka's amazing pregnancy news (Lucy suspected it). The four-time Grand Slam champion says she plans to return to action in 2024 and we cannot wait to see her back.

    Dive into all the action of 2023 so far and talk Australian Open draws....

    Coco Gauff secured the ASB Classic title in Auckland without dropping a set. What can we expect from the seventh seed who starts against Katerina Siniakova in Melbourne?

    Taylor Townsend, unbeaten on the doubles court after winning the Adelaide titles (1 with Asia Muhammad and 2 with Luisa Stefani) is a wildcard and takes on fellow Frenchwoman Diane Parry in the first round.

    We give our takes on the United Cup. Frances Tiafoe and Madison Keys, America’s No 2 players, both went undefeated (Keys is back inside the top 10 as a result and Big Foe is back up to his career-high ranking of 17). Keys, an AO semi-finalist last year, is seeded 10th and starts against Anna Blinkova. Tiafoe is seeded 16th and opens against Germany’s Daniel Altmaier.

    Sloane Stephens, now working with Fransisco Roig (Rafael Nadal’s former alternate coach), is still searching for her first win of 2023 after first-round exits in Auckland and Hobart. Stephens, a semi-finalist in 2013, faces Anastasia Potapova.

    Jasmine Paolini has a 1-2 record heading into Melbourne after losing out in qualifying in Adelaide and in the second round (main draw) in Hobart. The Italian has a tough opener against 18th seed Liudmila Samsonova.

    Felix Auger-Aliassime lost in the first round in Adelaide to Alexei Popyrin. From there the Canadian went straight to Melbourne to prepare for the first Slam of the year where he is seeded sixth and  starts against compatriot and PTPA co-founder Vasek Pospisil.

    Mikael Ymer has four wins under his belt ahead of the AO after making the quarter-finals of Adelaide 2 – beat Emil Ruusuvuori and Mackenzie McDonald en route. The Swede faces 31st seed Yoshito Nishioka in round one.

    Christopher Eubanks put in some good work in Auckland, beating the 2020 champion Ugo Humbert in round one after coming through qualifying. Wildcard Eubanks faces South Korea’s Soonwoo Kwon in the first round.

    Staying in Auckland, wildcard Ben Shelton, playing in his first tournament outside the US, upset seventh seed Sebastian Baez 7-6, 6-1. The 20-year-old begins his AO campaign against Zhizhen Zhang.

    New name to look out for 28-year-old Frenchman Laurent Lokoli who came through qualifying. His father Dominique (French-Congolese dual national) played professional football for Paris St Germain and Auxerre in the 70s and 80s. Lokoli faces Goffin in round one.

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    Episode was recorded on the Friday before the Australian Open

    • 1 hr 33 min
    2022 Season Review With Tumaini

    2022 Season Review With Tumaini

    Lucy and Eugene, joined by friend of the pod Tumaini Carayol, recap the epic 2022 season.

    We share our favourite Black Spin Global moments – including getting accreditation for grass-court events (courtesy of the LTA), our Eastbourne experience made extra special thanks to Jarmere Jenkins on Serena Williams's return (where Lucy got her journalism game on) and our day at Wimbledon.

    Retirement talk after legends Serena, Roger Federer and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga all called time on their incredible playing careers.

    Some of faves had career-best years... Coco Gauff (year-end finals qualifier in singles and doubles) reached her first Grand Slam final and ended the year inside the top eight in singles and got to No 1 in doubles after winning three titles with Jessica Pegula.

    Felix Auger-Aliassime won four singles titles (including three in row in October), reached No 6 in the world and qualified for the year-end finals and helped Canada win the Davis Cup for the first time in their history.

    Frances Tiafoe reached the last four at the US Open, made two finals (Estoril and Tokyo), secured Team World’s first ever Laver Cup title and finished the year inside the top 20 for the first time.

    Ben Shelton turned pro after before the US Open. The 2022 NCAA champ ended the year at a career-high No 97 after going on a Challenger Tour tear winning three titles in a row.

    Alycia Parks *cracked the top 100 after we finished recording* got big wins in Ostrava en route to the quarter-finals as a qualifier and won the doubles title with Caty McNally.

    Honourable mentions for Taylor Townsend who returned to action after maternity leave and reached the US Open doubles final among other highlights, and Angella Okutoyi, the first Kenyan to win a Grand Slam at any level after securing the girls’ doubles title with Marie Nijkamp.

    We also talk about what are we looking forward to in 2023? And share some predictions ahead of the 2023 season and much more.

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    *Episode was recorded just before the World Cup round of 16*

    • 1 hr 29 min
    All American With Jordaan

    All American With Jordaan

    We recently caught up with friend of the pod Jordaan Sanford.

    Jordaan’s been super busy working as a body double for one of the lead actresses in the television drama series ‘All American: Homecoming’ on The CW.

    As well as putting her groundstrokes to good use, the Baylor University alum and ardent storyteller also serves as a technical advisor on the show. She breaks it all down for us.

    We also talk about her important role at the USTA Foundation where she’s been tasked to help grow their social media presence among other things.

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    • 40 min
    Team World

    Team World

    Frances Tiafoe and Felix Auger-Aliassime picked up pivotal wins to secure the title for Team World for the first time in five attempts!

    The match everyone was anticipating was the Friday night doubles with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal taking on Tiafoe and Jack Sock. The Americans got the win for Team World and Tiafoe was subjected to racist abuse on social media afterwards which was completely out of line!

    On the Sunday, Auger-Aliassime dispatched the Novak Djokovic in straight sets to put Team World in a winning position and just one match victory away from winning the Laver Cup for the first time.

    Enter man of the moment, Big Foe who lost the first set to Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-1 but rallied back in now typical fashion, taking the second-set tiebreak and closed out the decider to secure the title and his second win over the Greek in a row (third overall).

    "Greek Yoghurt" controversy… people were losing it on social media and criticising Team World’s behaviour during the Tiafoe-Tsitsipas match. Mic’s picked up Tiafoe, surrounded by Americans on the bench, saying he wants “that Greek yoghurt”.

    Other bits…
    Davis Cup – Ymer brothers picked some good wins for Sweden – Mikael beat Italy's Jannik Sinner and Diego Schwartzman of Argentina. Elias picked up an impressive win over Argentine Sebastian Baez.

    FAA also beat Spain's Carlos Alcaraz and Serbia's Miomir Kecmanovic to secure Canada’s place in the Finals. Gabriel Diallo (confident his Dad is from Senegal or Guinea TBC), a 20-year-old Kentucky Wildcats senior, also made his debut for the Canadians.

    WTA – Naomi Osaka withdrew from her second round match in Tokyo due to illness. Not sure if she will play again this season.

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    • 49 min
    The Big Foe Open

    The Big Foe Open

    The final Grand Slam of the year did not disappoint. 

    Frances Tiafoe made a historic run (Lucy has all the stats) to the semi-finals where he lost to eventual champion and world No 1 Carlos Alcaraz in five exhilarating sets. Big Foe, now a top 20 player for the first time, chalked off impressive wins against 22-time major champion Rafael Nadal and Andrey Rublev en route and had the NBA and former First Lady Michelle Obama cheering him on.

    Coco Gauff reached the last eight in New York for the first time where she lost to in-form Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia. The American 18-year-old, now a top 10 player for the first time, outplayed compatriot Madison Keys in the third round and came through impressively against Zhang Shuai in round four. Lucy gives coach Diego Moyano his flowers.

    Serena, in her final match as a professional, lost to Australia’s Alja Tomljanovic in an epic three-hour tussle. The 23-time Grand Slam champion had everyone believing after her incredible performance and three-set victory over second seed Anett Kontaveit in round two. The GOAT also played doubles with sister Venus for the first time in a long time in New York – they did lose in the first round but it was a very special night.

    Taylor Townsend and Caty McNally came up short in the women’s doubles final, losing to seasoned campaigners Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova in three sets. Our girl Taylor was rightly talking her ‘ish’ after the match which left us all excited about her 2023 season.

    There are also notable mentions for qualifier Christopher Eubanks who reached the second round, Grand Slam debutant Ben Shelton who gave a good account of himself, and juniors Victoria Mboko, Clervie Ngounoue and Ranah Akua Stoiber who all made deep runs.

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    • 1 hr 6 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
10 Ratings

10 Ratings

Mylene McBride ,

Great tennis pod!

Very fun and informative podcast focusing on Black tennis players. An utter delight to listen to.

Updating in 2022 to say how much I still look forward to each episode. It's also been fun to watch the whole media project grow and see Lucy and Eugene getting props from the players they highlight. Every year there are new upcoming Black players that I get to learn about that, if it weren't BSG, I probably wouldn't have heard about for several more years (if at all). Keep up the amazing work, Lucy and Eugene!

Lester White NYC ,

Breath of fresh air

A fantastic podcast that not only keeps up with the current Black stars of tennis, but also the up-an-comer. Eugene and Lucy are fun and informative.

r.i. ,

Love it

So happy to have found a tennis podcast from a Black perspective.

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