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The premiere Tennis podcast, featuring incredible guests and spot on analysis by the one and only Jon Wertheim.

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    • 4.4 • 164 Ratings

The premiere Tennis podcast, featuring incredible guests and spot on analysis by the one and only Jon Wertheim.

    Katrina Adams

    Katrina Adams

    On this week's episode, host Jon Wertheim talks with former USTA president and CEO Katrina Adams about her new book, Own the Arena: Getting Ahead, Making a Difference, and Succeeding as the Only One, which was released in February 2021 and features stories about her life and career. Wertheim and Adams also discuss her current relationship and connection with tennis; how she transitioned to her executive positions; her work with the Harlem Junior Tennis and Education Program and much more.
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    • 44 min
    20-Year-Old American Jenson Brooksby

    20-Year-Old American Jenson Brooksby

    On this week's episode, host Jon Wertheim talks with 20-year-old American Jenson Brooksby. After not playing a match in 2020, Brooksby has won three Challenger titles so far in 2021 and he talks about his recent success, his rise in the rankings from outside the top 300 to No. 166 and much more. Wertheim and Brooksby also discuss what it is like to play at the Challenger level, his training, his goals for the rest of year and more.
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    • 33 min
    Clay Season Check-In

    Clay Season Check-In

    On this week's episode, as the tennis calendar turns to the clay season, host Jon Wertheim and senior editor Jamie Lisanti discuss the trending topics, recent results and upcoming tournaments, including the early losses from Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal in Monte Carlo and what it means for the upcoming French Open; the WTA results in Charleston, including winner Astra Sharma; how long layoffs and adjusted schedules are impacting player performances; and much more.
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    • 33 min
    ATP Chairman Andrea Gaudenzi

    ATP Chairman Andrea Gaudenzi

    On this week's episode, host Jon Wertheim talks with ATP Chairman Andrea Gaudenzi in a wide-ranging conversation about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic; the proposed merger with women's tennis; how the ATP can become a bigger player in the media space; Gaudenzi's experience as a tennis player and how he made the transition to business; and much more.
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    • 51 min
    Michael Chang

    Michael Chang

    On this week's episode, host Jon Wertheim is joined by Michael Chang to discuss the tour's transition to clay, including the upcoming French Open; how he fared with Zoom coaching during the pandemic and how he's working with Kei Nishikori currently; how he spent his time during the coronavirus lockdown; and more. Wertheim and Chang also discuss the surge of anti-Asian violence in the U.S. and Chang's experience with racism over the course of his career.
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    • 43 min
    Miami Open 2021 Top Storylines

    Miami Open 2021 Top Storylines

    On this week's episode, host Jon Wertheim talks with senior editor Jamie Lisanti about the latest headlines and hot topics from the Miami Open. Wertheim and Lisanti talk about the results through the quarterfinals of the tournament, including Naomi Osaka's loss and Daniil Medvedev's exit; the impact of the absence of Serena Williams and the Big Three; the tournament's prize money decrease and lack of fans; and much more.
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    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
164 Ratings

164 Ratings

Mramusic ,

good but ads warning

This is a great podcast! My only critique is that the ads are thrown in there and not set up by Jon. he should build in the breaks to his discussions so we’re not bombarded by loud advertisements.

idontbeliveu ,

Condescending to females

I would assume Jon doesn’t intend to do it. But it is too glaring to ignore. Two examples: the interview with the UMass student who had her matches “erased” (not the technical term) for trivial infraction of NCAA rules. Jon offered cringe worthy left hand compliments after the student set out the whole history quite succinctly. Something like [wow, I didn’t even have to ask you questions to extract the story. I am amazed you have such a big brain. But it gives me less time to talk- even though you are on my podcast to tell your story]. Another example: the interview with Chanda Rubin. I heard and felt subtle condescension and unwillingness on Jon’s part to just be the interviewer and stop showing his own insecurities.

Jon, it all hurts your own cause. Seek some help. I like the fact that you have a lot of experience following tennis, but you are now with the old folks who have their bastions of privilege. Get a clue if you want to move past the outlets that are misogynistic, racist, and classist. But I don’t think you can. I will not be listening in the future, though this makes me sad. Because I really want to hear what some of your guests want to say, but not at the cost of hearing them speak through a toxic fog of ESPN’ish white maleness. However much there are some attempts at saying “ it ain’t so”. Yes it is so.

bobet 69 ,

Soooo boring

Weller Adams was a bore. He had MAYBE one so- so story about bailing out a player from jail. The rest was very dated. His comments about the male locker room and Andy Murray being the lone player who’s interested in combining women’s and men’s events sounded boorish and chauvinistic. It hit a nerve. And his comparison of playing professional tennis to commuting to a desk job was condescending and very small minded. Sorry ... the truth hurts.

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