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Dan Kiernan, Director of SotoTennis Academy in Spain has created a podcast that entertains, educates and energises you through this difficult period of Covid-19. 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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Dan Kiernan, Director of SotoTennis Academy in Spain has created a podcast that entertains, educates and energises you through this difficult period of Covid-19. Hear Dan pick the brains of professional tennis players, coaches, parents, and others involved in High Performance Tennis.

    Episode 138: Fernando Segal - Tennis is for Life

    Episode 138: Fernando Segal - Tennis is for Life

    Fernando Segal is a world-leading coach, tennis development expert and an influential figure in the tennis world.

    From Argentina, Fernando has more than 40 years experience in coaching. During that time he´s written 11 books, and directed development programs for National Tennis Federations in Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, New Zealand, and others.

    From these, junior players have been developed who have won 16 Junior Grand Slams, Top 10 ATP / WTA and multiple Top 100 players including  David Nalbandian, Paula Ormaechea, Guillermo Coria and Cara Black.

    His goal is to professionalise the tennis industry and between 27th-30th October 2021 his organisation Segal Institute, is hosting the first international virtual tennis event.

    TBD Innovation Week will bring together and give everyone involved in tennis the opportunity to connect and learn from more than 80 speakers at the online event.  Dr Jim Loehr, Allistair McCaw, Janko Tipsarovic, and our own CTC Host Dan Kiernan are among the line-up, with topics like uniting tennis through technology, the future of college tennis, and female player development and communication and more!

    In this episode, Fernando Segal chats to CTC Host Dan Kiernan about:-

    Why he believes we should all know more about the history of our sport.
    Why he always knew coaching would be his calling.
    Why he wants to professionalise the tennis industry.
    His goal for everyone in tennis to work together to promote the sport.
    The role of Federations and coaches in promoting tennis.
    His belief that there´s too much emphasis on high performance, and not enough on grass roots tennis.

    Read more on Fernando Segal

    Sign up to TBD Innovation Week!

    • 1 hr
    Episode 137: Ben Haran - Find Your Mentor

    Episode 137: Ben Haran - Find Your Mentor

    Ben Haran is one of the leading tennis coaches in Great Britain.

    He is the Head Coach at Reeds Tennis Academy in Surrey, where for the past 17 years he´s guided dozens of young players to national and international level.

    A former player himself, Ben left home at 10-year-old to join the Slater Squad, based at Reeds School. There, he grew up training with fellow Brits Tim Henman & Jamie Delgado.

    Ben has recently worked with James Ward & Dan Evans and was mentored by legendary Australian coach Bob Brett.

    Listen to Ben chat to CTC Host Dan Kiernan about:-

    The importance of learning your trade in coaching.
    How he found leaving home at 10 to join the Slater Squad.
    Why Tim Henman was the most successful player from the squad?
    How Bob Brett became his mentor (this is a great story!) and the impact he has had on his career.
    Why he thinks it´s so beneficial for coaches to have a mentor.

    Control the Controllables on Instagram: @ctc.podcast

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Episode 136: Matt Little - Andy Murray´s S&C Coach

    Episode 136: Matt Little - Andy Murray´s S&C Coach

    Matt Little is one of the world´s most renowned S&C Coaches.

    He´s worked with Andy Murray for the past 14 years, through the highs and lows of 3 Grand Slam titles, 2 Olympic gold medals, a Davis Cup win and career-threatening injuries. 

    Matt was by Murray´s side through two hip surgeries, his gruelling recovery and inspiring return to tennis.

    He´s just released a new book, The Way of the Tortoise: Why You Have to Take the Slow Lane to Get Ahead.

    In today´s episode, Matt chats to CTC Host Dan Kiernan about working with Andy, his career in S&C, and gives some fascinating insight into :-

    His journey from young tennis player to coaching a World Number 1.
    How he prepares himself to watch Murray´s matches.
    How his role in Andy Murray´s team has developed through the years.
    What working with Murray in 2016 was really like!
    The impact Murray´s hip injuries had on the team, and how rewarding his return to tennis has been.
    The importance of soft skills in coaching.
    Why he recommends young tennis & S&C coaches find their own niche in tennis.
    The inspiration for his new book The Way of the Tortoise.
    What´s next for S&C in tennis.

    Episode ShowNotes

    Control the Controllables on Instagram: @ctc.podcast

    SotoTennis Academy on Instagram: @sototennis

    • 1 hr 37 min
    Episode 135: Ryan Jones - What it Takes

    Episode 135: Ryan Jones - What it Takes

    Ryan Jones is a British Coach who has been working on the ATP/ITF tour for the past 10 years.

    Ryan has taken Borna Coric and Kyle Edmund into the ATP top 100 and is well on the way to the same result with young British hope Jack Draper. 

    You may have seen Jack take the first set off World Number one Novak Djokovic in his Wimbledon debut this summer.

    Ryan comes from a strong tennis pedigree, as the son of Alan Jones. Alan famously coached Jo Durie to the top 5 in the world back in the 1980´s. All three now work together at Junior Elite Tennis academy in the UK.

    Ryan is clearly passionate about tennis and, like his dad, has discipline at the heart of his coaching philosophy. He gives us raw insight into how he works and what he believes.

    He also chats to CTC Host Dan Kiernan about:-

    The impact his father Alan Jones has had on his playing and coaching career.
    The traits he looks for in a player.
    Are Coaches in the UK too soft on players?
    The sacrifices needed to be a tennis coach.
    His journey so far with Jack Draper.
    If becoming a Father will change his coaching style.

    A great listen!

    Links Mentioned in this Episode:-

    Episode 103: Borna Coric - Ownership

    Episode 131: Facundo Lugones - Find a Way

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    • 1 hr 28 min
    Episode 134: Alastair Filmer - Developing a US Open Champion

    Episode 134: Alastair Filmer - Developing a US Open Champion

    Up until the 2021 US Open, Alastair Filmer was known as one of Great Britain´s leading performance coaches. 

    He´s now more commonly referred to as Emma Raducanu´s former coach. The 18-year-old has been in the spotlight since she stormed to the women´s title as a qualifier earlier this month.

    Alistair coached Emma between the ages of 11 - 14, guiding her to her first ITF title at 13, and 3rd place at the U14 Orange Bowl. He was Head of Performance at Bromley Tennis Centre for 7 years, before moving to Dukes Meadows as Head of the Regional Performance Centre.

    In this episode, Alastair talks to Control the Controllables about:-

    How he felt watching Emma Raducanu win her first Grand Slam.
    He gives us an insight into her training schedule at age 11 - 14.
    Did he think she was going to be a superstar at this age?
    The challenges that come with coaching high-level players.
    He discusses self-worth and judgment linked to the player you work with, rather than the job you do.
    Setting the culture and building character first. 

    A fascinating listen!

    Let us know your thoughts on this episode! 

    Leave a rating and review or you can email us directly at ctc.podcast@sototennis.com

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    • 1 hr 17 min
    Episode 133: Alexa Guarachi - High Standards, Low Expectations

    Episode 133: Alexa Guarachi - High Standards, Low Expectations

    In this bonus episode, we speak to Alexa Guarachi who is currently World Number 12 in Womens´doubles.

    Alexa has just reached the Semi-Final of the Women´s Doubles at the US Open with partner Desirae Krawczyk. The pair previously reached the final at Roland Garros in 2020.

    The daughter of an American mother and a Chilean Father, the 30-year-old has represented Chile since 2015. She has  5 WTA and 20 ITF Doubles titles to her name and is currently coached by GB´s Craig Veal.

    Listen to Alexa speak to CTC Host Dan Kiernan about:-

    How she´s been able to rise up the rankings each year.
    The impact her tennis-playing parents have had on her career.
    Her time at the University of Alabama, where she broke the record for the most wins in one season.
    Coming back from tearing her ACL and how it changed her mindset on her tennis.
    Her decision to focus on Doubles.
    How her positive attitude has helped her tennis career.
    What she believes makes a good doubles partner.
    The number 1 thing she looks for in a coach.


    Links Mentioned in this Episode:

    Follow Alexa on Instagram: @aguarachi

    Follow Alexa on Twitter: @aguarachi

    Episode 129: Wimbledon Review

    Episode 103: Craig Veal - Step by Step

    Find out more about SotoTennis Academy and keep up with all the latest at the Academy over on Instagram.

    • 1 hr 12 min

Customer Reviews

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24 Ratings

24 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,

@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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