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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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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.

    Change is Coming to Tennis with Jonathan Overend

    Change is Coming to Tennis with Jonathan Overend

    Tennis is being disrupted, whether we like it or not! 
    As we prepare to debate this in our first ever Control the Controllables Live Show on April 19th, never has it been clearer that we need to sit up and listen.
    Today´s episode is a new extract from Dan´s chat with Jonathan Overend a few weeks ago. They trade opinions on the Saudi Arabian influence on tennis, the future of doubles, and the topic of our upcoming live show - The Great Tennis Shake-up: Is the new ‘Elite Tour’ good for tennis?
    The new tour being is proposed by the Grand Slams and would see only around 100 players compete in a streamlined calendar.
    But what does all this mean for the tennis industry?
    Join Dan at the Tileyard in London on 19th April as he debates this in our first Live Show with special guests..
    John Morris - Tennis super-agent at the heart of these discussionsFreddie Nielsen - 2012 Wimbledon doubles champion and Danish Davis Cup captainGaby Dabrowski - 2023 US Open champion and WTA Board MemberCalvin Betton - ATP doubles coach
    If you can’t join us in person, don’t worry, you can still follow online live on the night and ask your questions directly to the panel.
    ⇨ Get your tickets and find out more about the event! ⇦
    Mentioned in this episode:
    Join us for our First Live Show in London!
    Control the Controllables is coming to London! We´re hosting our first LIVE SHOW on Friday 19th April 2024.

    Join CTC Host Dan Kiernan and special guests as they debate one of the hottest topics in tennis right now: Is the new ‘Elite Tour’ good for tennis?

    The new tour being proposed by the Grand Slams would see only the top 96 players compete in a reduced number of tournaments for an exponential rise in prize money.

    Join us at Tileyard in London, as we discuss the biggest potential shake up we've ever seen in tennis, and what it means for those of us working in the sport.

    Our amazing panel on the night will be:-
    John Morris - Tennis super-agent at the heart of these discussions
    Freddie Nielsen - 2012 Wimbledon doubles champion and Danish Davis Cup captain
    Gaby Dabrowski - 2023 US Open champion and WTA Board Member
    Calvin Betton - ATP doubles coach

    If you can’t join us in person, don’t worry, you can still follow online live on the night and ask your questions directly to Dan and the panel.

    Get your tickets and find out more about the event!
    Live Show Ticket Link

    • 36 min
    Announcing our First Live Show in London!

    Announcing our First Live Show in London!

    We´re excited to announce that Control the Controllables is coming to London! 
    We´re hosting our first LIVE SHOW on Friday 19th April 2024. 
    This is your chance to come and join CTC Host Dan Kiernan and our special guests as they debate one of the hottest topics in tennis right now: Is the new ‘Elite Tour’ good for tennis.
    You´ll also have the chance to ask your own questions to Dan and our guests, live at the event.
    The new tour being proposed is backed by the Grand Slams and would see only the top players compete in a reduced number of tournaments for an exponential rise in prize money.
    Join us at Tileyard in London, as we discuss the biggest potential shake up we've ever seen in tennis, and what it means for those of us working in the sport.
    Can´t make it to London on April 19th? You can also join us online on the night. Book your tickets here!
    In today´s episode, you can hear more details from Dan about the Live Show and our exciting panellists. You can also head to our Instagram for more details.
    We look forward to seeing you there!
    Mentioned in this episode:
    Join us for our First Live Show in London!
    Control the Controllables is coming to London! We´re hosting our first LIVE SHOW on Friday 19th April 2024.

    Join CTC Host Dan Kiernan and special guests as they debate one of the hottest topics in tennis right now: Is the new ‘Elite Tour’ good for tennis?

    The new tour being proposed by the Grand Slams would see only the top 96 players compete in a reduced number of tournaments for an exponential rise in prize money.

    Join us at Tileyard in London, as we discuss the biggest potential shake up we've ever seen in tennis, and what it means for those of us working in the sport.

    Our amazing panel on the night will be:-
    John Morris - Tennis super-agent at the heart of these discussions
    Freddie Nielsen - 2012 Wimbledon doubles champion and Danish Davis Cup captain
    Gaby Dabrowski - 2023 US Open champion and WTA Board Member
    Calvin Betton - ATP doubles coach

    If you can’t join us in person, don’t worry, you can still follow online live on the night and ask your questions directly to Dan and the panel.

    Get your tickets and find out more about the event!
    Live Show Ticket Link

    • 10 min
    How to Nurture the Next Generation of Great Tennis Players with Justin Sherring

    How to Nurture the Next Generation of Great Tennis Players with Justin Sherring

    In today´s episode we speak to top British tennis coach, Justin Sherring.
    Justin has had the distinction of bringing through some of the brightest young tennis players of British tennis’ current golden generation including Jack Draper, Johanna Konta, and former doubles World Number 1 Joe Salisbury.
    Justin is currently working with Salisbury on the ATP tour and took some time to chat to Dan about how he´s developed some of the best British Players of the past 15 years.
    Justin shares his coaching philosophies, including the importance of learning how to bring the best out of your player, and tells lots of stories along the way including talking himself onto court with Nick Bollettieri!
    Tennis coaches and parents, this is not an episode to be missed!
    Links Mentioned in this Episode:-
    #166: Jack Draper - GB´s Rising Star on the ATP Tour #132: Joe Salisbury - Double US Open Champion!#102: Louis Cayer- The Doubles Guru#100: Nick Bollettieri - The Godfather of TennisFollow CTC on Instagram: @ctc.podcast
    Mentioned in this episode:
    Join us for our First Live Show in London!
    Control the Controllables is coming to London! We´re hosting our first LIVE SHOW on Friday 19th April 2024.

    Join CTC Host Dan Kiernan and special guests as they debate one of the hottest topics in tennis right now: Is the new ‘Elite Tour’ good for tennis?

    The new tour being proposed by the Grand Slams would see only the top 96 players compete in a reduced number of tournaments for an exponential rise in prize money.

    Join us at Tileyard in London, as we discuss the biggest potential shake up we've ever seen in tennis, and what it means for those of us working in the sport.

    Our amazing panel on the night will be:-
    John Morris - Tennis super-agent at the heart of these discussions
    Freddie Nielsen - 2012 Wimbledon doubles champion and Danish Davis Cup captain
    Gaby Dabrowski - 2023 US Open champion and WTA Board Member
    Calvin Betton - ATP doubles coach

    If you can’t join us in person, don’t worry, you can still follow online live on the night and ask your questions directly to Dan and the panel.

    Get your tickets and find out more about the event!
    Live Show Ticket Link

    • 1 hr 34 min
    Sue Anstiss: Empowering Women in Sport

    Sue Anstiss: Empowering Women in Sport

    To mark International Women´s Day, we have author, podcaster, presenter, campaigner, triathlete and all-round inspiration Sue Anstiss on the show.
    Sue has been campaigning for women in sport for over 20 years through her organisation Fearless Women, receiving an MBE for her service. More recently, Sue has released her book, Game On: The Unstoppable Rise of Women’s Sport in 2021. This was commissioned as a documentary by Netflix in 2023, which she directed and was susequently nominated for a Broadcast Sport Award.
    Sue has also got her own podcast, The Game Changers, on which female elite sports stars share their stories, including top tennis players like Caroline Wozniacki.
    Sue has come on the show as part of our Women’s Tennis campaign here at SotoTennis Academy, as she talks to Dan about her work fighting for gender equality in sport, and what we can do to help.
    Sue has had a great career making real change in women’s sport and she makes this episode a fantastic listen.
    Connect with us:-Follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for all the latest news on Control the Controllables Podcast!Listen to more of Sue on The Game Changers PodcastFInd out more about The Women´s Sport CollectiveSue’s Socials: Instagram | Twitter
    Mentioned in this episode:
    Join us for our First Live Show in London!
    Control the Controllables is coming to London! We´re hosting our first LIVE SHOW on Friday 19th April 2024.

    Join CTC Host Dan Kiernan and special guests as they debate one of the hottest topics in tennis right now: Is the new ‘Elite Tour’ good for tennis?

    The new tour being proposed by the Grand Slams would see only the top 96 players compete in a reduced number of tournaments for an exponential rise in prize money.

    Join us at Tileyard in London, as we discuss the biggest potential shake up we've ever seen in tennis, and what it means for those of us working in the sport.

    Our amazing panel on the night will be:-
    John Morris - Tennis super-agent at the heart of these discussions
    Freddie Nielsen - 2012 Wimbledon doubles champion and Danish Davis Cup captain
    Gaby Dabrowski - 2023 US Open champion and WTA Board Member
    Calvin Betton - ATP doubles coach

    If you can’t join us in person, don’t worry, you can still follow online live on the night and ask your questions directly to Dan and the panel.

    Get your tickets and find out more about the event!
    Live Show Ticket Link

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Olivia Nicholls: A Different Route to Success in Tennis

    Olivia Nicholls: A Different Route to Success in Tennis

    In this week’s episode we are speaking to British doubles player Olivia Nicholls.
    Olivia is a former Wimbledon mixed doubles semi-finalist and a role model for young players looking to make it on the tour. She took the non-traditional route of going to Loughborough University in the UK, as opposed to US college or going pro, and has built a remarkable career as a doubles player on the tour.
    Olivia has reached a career high ranking of 59 in the world, with appearances in the main draw of all four Grand Slams. She´s represented her country on the biggest stage at the BJK Cup Finals in 2022, losing out in the tightest possible fashion against Sam Stosur and former world number 1 Storm Hunter.
    She is a guest who has epitomised the mantra of this podcast ‘control the controllables,’ and is a fantastic listen.
    Episode Highlights include:-Life on the tour for those not at the top of the gameIs US college the best route to make it pro?What it’s like to compete at the biggest international tennis tournaments in the worldHer Wimbledon mixed doubles run with Jonny O’Mara in 2022
    Announcing Our First Live Podcast! Join us for a live recording of Control the Controllables on April 19th 2024 in London!
    We´re so excited to be coming to the UK for our first live show! Dan will be joined by a panel of pro players, coaches and agents to discuss The Great Tennis Shake Up: Is the new ´Elite Tour´ good for tennis?
    Keep an eye on our Instagram for more details in the next few days!
    Mentioned in this episode:
    Join us for our First Live Show in London!
    Control the Controllables is coming to London! We´re hosting our first LIVE SHOW on Friday 19th April 2024.

    Join CTC Host Dan Kiernan and special guests as they debate one of the hottest topics in tennis right now: Is the new ‘Elite Tour’ good for tennis?

    The new tour being proposed by the Grand Slams would see only the top 96 players compete in a reduced number of tournaments for an exponential rise in prize money.

    Join us at Tileyard in London, as we discuss the biggest potential shake up we've ever seen in tennis, and what it means for those of us working in the sport.

    Our amazing panel on the night will be:-
    John Morris - Tennis super-agent at the heart of these discussions
    Freddie Nielsen - 2012 Wimbledon doubles champion and Danish Davis Cup captain
    Gaby Dabrowski - 2023 US Open champion and WTA Board Member
    Calvin Betton - ATP doubles coach

    If you can’t join us in person, don’t worry, you can still follow online live on the night and ask your questions directly to Dan and the panel.

    Get your tickets and find out more about the event!
    Live Show Ticket Link

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Jonathan Overend - The Voice of Tennis is Back

    Jonathan Overend - The Voice of Tennis is Back

    In today’s episode we welcome the voice of tennis for his second appearance on the show, it´s Jonathan Overend!
    Jonathan speaks to us in a week where Sky Sports are launching their own tennis channel in the UK and Ireland, Sky Sports Tennis. Jonathan is a major part of the team they have in place to deliver their promise of 24/7 coverage from all of the ATP & WTA events.
    Jonathan had some beautiful words for the late Mike Dickson, the tennis correspondent at the Daily Mail for the last 30 years who we devastatingly lost during this years Australian Open.
    He also shares his top commentary secrets, and look out for who he thinks could be dominating women´s tennis over the next few years.
    This is not an episode to miss. 
    CTC Wins Best Tennis Podcast!Control The Controllables has won Best Tennis Podcast at the Sports Podcast Awards for the third year in a row!
    The winners are voted for by listeners, and there were some amazing tennis podcasts in the category this year, so this really is very special to us. If you took the time to vote for us, thank you, we are so grateful!
    Mentioned in this episode:
    Join us for our First Live Show in London!
    Control the Controllables is coming to London! We´re hosting our first LIVE SHOW on Friday 19th April 2024.

    Join CTC Host Dan Kiernan and special guests as they debate one of the hottest topics in tennis right now: Is the new ‘Elite Tour’ good for tennis?

    The new tour being proposed by the Grand Slams would see only the top 96 players compete in a reduced number of tournaments for an exponential rise in prize money.

    Join us at Tileyard in London, as we discuss the biggest potential shake up we've ever seen in tennis, and what it means for those of us working in the sport.

    Our amazing panel on the night will be:-
    John Morris - Tennis super-agent at the heart of these discussions
    Freddie Nielsen - 2012 Wimbledon doubles champion and Danish Davis Cup captain
    Gaby Dabrowski - 2023 US Open champion and WTA Board Member
    Calvin Betton - ATP doubles coach

    If you can’t join us in person, don’t worry, you can still follow online live on the night and ask your questions directly to Dan and the panel.

    Get your tickets and find out more about the event!
    Live Show Ticket Link

    • 1 hr 30 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
32 Ratings

32 Ratings

Deirdre Tshien ,

Great show!

Control the Controllables strikes a delicate balance between insightful content and approachable delivery. It's like having a casual conversation with a knowledgeable friend, exploring interesting themes without getting overly complex - a refreshing and engaging listen. Deirdre

minitennis ,

wider perspective

Dan , fantastic podcast topics. Really enjoying the different people you bring on to get different perspectives. Your chat with Henry and Robbie etc have been very illuminating!

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

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