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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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    • 5.0 • 26 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.

    #180: Lloyd Glasspool & Harri Heliovaara on their Journey to the ATP Finals

    #180: Lloyd Glasspool & Harri Heliovaara on their Journey to the ATP Finals

    It´s been quite the year for Lloyd Glasspool and Harri Heliövaara.

    The GB/Finnish pair began 2022 playing the Challenger circuit, and ended it at the ATP Finals in Turin as the 5th best men´s doubles team in the world.

    Since January, they´ve won an ATP Title in Hamburg, reached another 6 ATP Finals, and 2 Grand Slam Quarter-finals. It´s seen Lloyd and Harri hit career high rankings of 12 and 11 in the world respectively.

    We speak to them fresh off the back of their run to the semi-finals of the ATP Finals in Turin, Italy to find out more about their breakthrough year, and why they work together so well.

    Links Mentioned in this Episode


    Learn more about Lloyd Glasspool in Episode 88
    Listen to Louis Cayer on Control the Controllables
    Donate to Dan´s Movember Fundraiser for Men´s Health
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    • 1 hr 15 min
    #179: From Wembley to Wimbledon with Henry Winter

    #179: From Wembley to Wimbledon with Henry Winter

    In today´s episode we´re talking tennis and football with journalist Henry Winter.

    Henry is currently the Chief Football Writer for the Times. He´s written several books during his career and makes regular appearances as a pundit on TV and radio.

    Henry chats to us about equality in sport, and the coverage of women´s sports in the media. He gives us his thoughts on the impact of social media on journalism over the past 15 years and why he thinks sport teaches us about life. 

    There´s also some great stories from his 35 years of writing about football, including seeing the competitive side of Tim Henman in a friendly match!



    Links Mentioned in this Episode:-


    Episode 108: Holger Rune - No Doubt
    Episode 84: Lloyd Glasspool - I did it my way!

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    • 1 hr 42 min
    #178: Daria Saville on Injuries, ADHD and Tik Tok!

    #178: Daria Saville on Injuries, ADHD and Tik Tok!

    In today´s episode we speak to the tennis queen of tik tok, Daria Saville!

    Daria is currently recovering from surgery after tearing her ACL during a match against Naomi Osaka at the Pan Pacific Open last month. A former world junior number 1, Daria won the US Open Girls title in 2010, before reaching a career high of 20 in the WTA rankings in 2017.

    This is her third major injury in the last few years, and in today´s episode Daria opens up about how she stays positive during months of rehab. She also talks to CTC host Dan Kiernan about being diagnosed with ADHD in her 20´s.

    Originally from Russia, Daria chats about her move to Australia, the pressure she puts on herself at Grand Slams and what inspires her tik tok posts that now have almost 40 million likes!

    Refreshingly open and entertaining, if you want to hear an honest account of what life is really like on the WTA Tour, this episode is for you!

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    Follow Daria on TikTok and Instagram 
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    • 2 hr
    #177: Eric Butorac

    #177: Eric Butorac

    Eric Butorac is the Director Professional of of tennis operations and player relations at the USTA.

    A former American top 20 doubles player, Eric won 18 ATP doubles titles during his career and reached the final of the Australian Open in 2014. He was half of the famous Stretch and Booty doubles partnership with Jamie Murray. 

    Since retiring from pro tennis, Butorac has also served as assistant tournament director of the combined ATP and WTA 1000-level US Open Series event.

    In today´s episode he chats to Control the Controllables host Dan Kiernan about his US College and pro tennis career, life after tennis, and much more...

    Episode Highlights:-


    What it was like to be part of Serena´s final US Open.
    Eric describes the influence a Control the Controllables mindset has had on his tennis career.
    Why he decided to leave a Division 1 US college team to go to a Division III college.
    His belief in a multi-sport approach to developing athletes.
    Why we need to encourage children to develop a love for the game rather than focusing on winning.

    This is a great episode for parents of young tennis players, enjoy!

    Links Mentioned in Episode:-


    Follow Eric Butorac on Twitter: @ebutorac
    #62: Valorie Kondos Field - Winning doesn’t always equal success
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    • 1 hr 15 min
    #176: Ryan Peniston on his Breakthrough Year

    #176: Ryan Peniston on his Breakthrough Year

    In today´s episode we speak to GB´s Ryan Peniston.

    Ryan has had his breakthrough year on the ATP Tour reaching a career high of 123, with wins over top 50 players Casper Rudd, Holger Rune and Francisco Cerundolo. He had an amazing run during the grass court season reaching the quarter-finals at Nottingham, Queen's and Eastbourne, and the 2nd round of Wimbledon on his debut at SW19.

    Ryan was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 1, spending months in hospital undergoing surgery and chemotherapy. He tells us about how this has shaped the person he is today, and talks us through his career and goals for the next year. 

    Ryan´s story is a great example of perseverance and hard work, a great listen for young players!

    Today is also International Podcast Day and we want to take this opportunity to thank you for listening to the show. We love making this podcast and we hope you´re enjoying it and learning as much from it as we are! 

    We would love to know who your favourite guests have been, or who you would like to hear from next! Email us at ctc.podcast@sototennis.com or reach out to us on Instagram!

    Links Mentioned in this Episode:-


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    Episode 175: Roger Federer Retirement Special

    • 1 hr 11 min
    #175: Roger Federer Retirement Special

    #175: Roger Federer Retirement Special

    Roger Federer will play the final match of his incredible career today at the Laver Cup in London.

    The 20 time Grand Slam Champion and former World number 1 will team up with his greatest rival Rafael Nadal in the doubles, as Europe take on the rest of the word at the 02 arena.

    To mark his final farewell to tennis, we´ve brought together these brilliant guests to share their tributes and stories and let us know what Roger is really like behind the scenes...

    🎾 Former Belgian Pro Player Xavier Malisse

    🎾 WTA Coach and STA Performance Director Carl Maes

    🎾 British Pro Player Liam Broady

    🎾  Pakistani Pro Player Aisam Qureshi

    🎾  Journalist Neil Harman

    🎾 GB Coach and Roger Federer super fan, Mark Hayden

    🎾 Ukraine´s Sergiy Stakhovsky who beat Federer in the 2nd Round of Wimbledon in 2013.

    Our guests take a trip down memory lane and delve into the spectacular career of Roger Federer, discussing how he has been an inspiration to millions of fans all across the world 🌍 and how he will go down as one of the greatest of all time! 🐐

    Packed full of stories about Roger from on and off the court, this is an episode you don't want to miss!

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    • 1 hr 51 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
26 Ratings

26 Ratings

AustinTxDave ,

Tennis podcasting at its best!

As a player, coach, and fan of tennis I can’t thank Dan and his team enough for this outstanding podcast. I didn’t really listen to podcasts much before the pandemic but what a great find during such difficult times. Whether the guest is a current or former player, a coach, or someone in one of the many tennis support roles, I have learned so much from each episode.

Dan is a wonderful host with a great sense of humor and his passion for tennis is undeniable. By selflessly giving back to the tennis world in this way I know the Tennis Gods will be smiling down on Dan, his team, and all the guests for years to come.

I can’t thank y’all enough for the knowledge and joy that I have received from these episodes. Keep up the great work!

Cheers from the ATX here in the states,
Dave

@simeon ,

The Jensen podcast!

I have listened to a ton of these now, but this Luke Jensen podcast was the best yet. Great guest and also showed how skilled Dan has become at interviewing.

One group I’d love to hear more from: Tennis Parents! Did they/do they think the journey was worth it for their kids? You must have the phone numbers of a few....

aussiefish1975 ,

Control the controllable review

This is a great podcast. So many knowledgeable guests that piece together thousands of years of tennis experience and the behaviours and traits that led to their success. Dan Kiernan does a fabulous job of unpacking the mindset of an elite performer in sports and life. Get your note pad ready because there are so many nuggets in here.

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