This is definitely one of our most eventful episodes thanks to not only the commencement of the Miami Open (taking place right at Hard Rock Stadium), but also the appearance of our special guest (and one of our favorite coaches), Steven Forte. Steven joins us for Tennis Talk while we preview the Miami Open singles draws. On the WTA side, we discuss our picks to do well in the tournament, as well as our personal faves. Steven discusses the mentality of young players and gives us a peek into the mind of up-and-coming stars like Coco Gauff. When it comes to picking a winner for the womens’ singles title, Osaka or Muguruza seem like the mainstream favorites while Barty and Andreescu raise questions about their ongoing return to the tour, so tune in to see who each of us is picking. After wrapping up the WTA side, we start off with the ATP by discussing players including Daniil Medvedev and Grigor Dimitrov with exclusive personal anecdotes provided by Steven (who not only had a conversation with Medvedev about his funky return of serve but also sang along to Backstreet Boys with Grigor at the US Open - tune in to the episode for the full story). As expected with a tennis podcast co-hosted by Shravya, we ended up discussing Matteo Berrettini (despite his withdrawal from the tournament), in addition to other rising Italian ATP stars posing as forces to be reckoned with in Miami. But of course, what’s a HOTYR episode without some fun. After Tennis Talk, Steven joins us for a special edition of TBFQ (Tennis Ball Frizz Quiz): tennis players with tattoos edition. We hope he’s recovering well from his performance in that trivia segment. Tune in for a fun (as usual) but also a fresh perspective and exclusive stories about your favorite players.
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