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Introducing Kamau Murray as the new host of the Tennis.com Podcast. As a tennis coach and community leader, tune in each week to hear Kamau interview prolific guests and players, and discuss what really goes on behind the scenes of the tennis tour. 

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    • 4.2 • 141 Ratings

Introducing Kamau Murray as the new host of the Tennis.com Podcast. As a tennis coach and community leader, tune in each week to hear Kamau interview prolific guests and players, and discuss what really goes on behind the scenes of the tennis tour. 

    Tennis.com Podcast 6/15/21: Ben Rothenberg

    Tennis.com Podcast 6/15/21: Ben Rothenberg

    This week Kamau Murray chats with longtime tennis journalist Ben Rothenberg about a wide array of topics, including Naomi Osaka's decision to withdraw from Roland Garros and whether player-media relations need to be altered in any way. Rothenberg also discusses how journalists are able to yield good insight from the players, and how the tours can help foster a better environment on an all new episode of the Tennis.com podcast with Kamau Murray.
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    • 56 min
    Tennis.com Podcast 6/8/21: Billie Jean King

    Tennis.com Podcast 6/8/21: Billie Jean King

    Kamau Murray hosts the debut episode of the all-new Tennis.com podcast, and he's joined by one of the biggest icons in sports history, the one and only Billie Jean King. Listen as she discusses her upbringing in the sport, how the "Original 9" changed the game forever, and the current state of tennis in this all-encompassing interview.
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    • 1 hr 9 min
    USTA CEO Michael Dowse on the tennis boom in 2020

    USTA CEO Michael Dowse on the tennis boom in 2020

    "In the last few months, literally millions of people have discovered our sport and they're out playing tennis for the first time."
    This week, the TENNIS.com Podcast is excited to bring in special guest, USTA CEO Mike Dowse. Dowse started his role at the USTA in January of last year, just in time for the craziest year in tennis history.
    While it’s been a challenging year for everyone, tennis—particularly at the grassroots level—saw a boom in participation. Since tennis is naturally a socially distanced sport, three million new players were able to pick up a racquet in 2020. Overall, there was a 22 percent increase in participation with over 21 million players. 
    As a former college player and the current leader of the USTA, Dowse has helped cultivate and support tennis at all levels and has been at the forefront of decisions made to help grow the game. 
    He was thrown into the fire during the US Open when the USTA navigated uncharted territories by hosting a Grand Slam in New York City, the most recent epicenter of the pandemic. He shares what went into making the impossible happen in New York, and how he expects the 2021 US Open to look like later this year. 
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    • 25 min
    Jeff Salzenstein on reaching as many players as possible

    Jeff Salzenstein on reaching as many players as possible

    "If anybody has a dream or a passion to start something that is the key. You just have to start and you just have to get going and just take one step at a time."
    This week's guest is former ATP pro and CEO of Tennis Evolution, Jeff Salzenstein. His tennis story is a special one as he reached exactly No. 100 in the ATP rankings at the age of 30, then started a successful YouTube channel helping teaching tennis to thousands of people. 
    Salzenstein was a top-ranked junior in Colorado before going to Stanford where he’d work his way up to play at No. 1. After school, he gave himself three years to make it as a pro, but serious ankle and knee injuries ruined his timeline.
    Instead of giving up, he kept chasing his dreams and would win five ATP Challenger titles and reach a career-high ranking of exactly No. 100 in 2004. The feat made him the first-ever American to break into the Top 100 after the age of 30. 
    After retiring a few years later, he put all his focus into coaching back home in Colorado. In 2010, he started Tennis Evolution, an online destination for tennis lessons and coaching videos with a YouTube channel that has more than 85,000 subscribers. 
    Every day he uses his decades of playing and coaching experience to help players of all ages and abilities in Colorado and all over the world online. As everyone knows, standing out on YouTube is no easy task. 
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    • 34 min
    Marcus Daniell on the importance of effective giving

    Marcus Daniell on the importance of effective giving

    “What I landed on was starting an organization and trying to leverage my connections and my relationships in the sporting world to try and bring effective giving into the total sporting arena."
    This week’s guest is Marcus Daniell, a world No. 41-ranked doubles star with a much bigger purpose in life than just tennis. The 31-year-old has made it his mission to help others through charitable work, and founded High Impact Athletes last year to help athletes give back more effectively.
    Daniell hails from New Zealand and opted against college tennis to turn pro. He began focusing on only doubles in 2015, and has won five ATP doubles titles. Just last month, he broke through at the Grand Slam level by reaching the quarterfinals of the Australian Open (with Philipp Oswald).
    Philanthropy has always been a part of Daniell’s life and as his tennis career earnings grew, so did his donations. He has been donating a portion of his earnings each season, and this year, he became a member of Giving What We Can, where members pledge to give 10 percent of their income to charities. Daniell explains it’s not just about how much you choose to donate, it’s also about where.
    During the tour shutdown in 2020, he discovered effective altruism, a philosophy that advocates using evidence and reasoning to determine the most effective ways to benefit others. That same year, High Impact Athletes was born. The purpose of Daniell’s organization is to connect athletes and the general public with the most effective, evidence-based non-profits in the world. Over 30 athletes have joined HIA including Stefanos Tsitsipas, Milos Raonic and Rajeev Ram. The main areas of focus are animal welfare, extreme poverty and climate change, all of which Daniell is passionate about.
    He explains how he got into tennis and philanthropy, how he’s combined those two loves, and why effective altruism is so important to helping better the world.
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    • 39 min
    Blair Henley on getting the best out of players virtually and inside the stadium

    Blair Henley on getting the best out of players virtually and inside the stadium

    "It’s those times where you’re sort of sitting there figuring out what can we do to make the most of this tournament in terms of publicizing our sport? It's just finding the different avenues to tell people about our game."
    Though a lot of focus has been on the players and all of the obstacles they’ve had to endure this past month and year, reporters like this week's guest Blair Henley have had to adjust, too. Henley is a recognizable face on the tour as one of the top digital media creators and stadium hosts out there.
    After her own playing career wrapped up at Rice University, Henley got her start making instructional videos for Tennis Now and writing for outlets like TENNIS Magazine. Since 2015, she has been a stadium host at some of the most popular calendar stops like the US Open, Cincinnati, Indian Wells and Delray Beach.
    Her job is to put the players, and the tournaments, on the map. She tells us all about her career and what it has been like to get quality time with big names like Roger Federer while building relationships with new faces like Coco Gauff and Sebastian Korda. 
    To start of the year, she was one fate lucky few on site at Delray Beach. Then during the Austrian Open swing, she did online interviews called “Quarantine Chronicles” with Victoria Azarenka, Stefanos Tsitsitpas and Rajeev Ram for her YouTube channel. 
    She explains how her work has been impacted by the pandemic, though it hasn’t been all bad: Zoom has made reporting and content creation possible from anywhere in the world.
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    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
141 Ratings

141 Ratings

MariaFA ,

Great pod!

The audio is a little low, but other than that, I’m really liking this pod. Enjoyed the episode with Billy Jean a lot. Just listed to the Ben Rothenberg, must say, I agree with Ben on everything re: Osaka. I’m a big tennis fan, played into college, and agree that press is necessary, and yes of course they should ask about losses and problems with their game, come on! If an athlete is not mentally strong enough to answer questions about losses, I’m not sure they should’ve chosen professional athlete as a profession. There is a way to drown that stuff out, it may take practice, and be a lot harder for some than others, but so is perfecting an ace. For some, mental conditioning is harder than physical conditioning, but both are required to be a professional, celebrated athlete, it takes practice. Answering questions about your father who passed away, is one thing, but answering questions about your tennis game & matches is 100% relevant and just.

That being said, I think there is SOO much room for the tennis media and those press conferences to positively change. They are kind of boring and outdated, and the players do always look like they’d rather be somewhere else. Brainstorming ideas on how to change press conferences to be more positive for players and entertaining for fans, and use them as a way to bring non-fans into the game by celebrating the athletes during their ups and downs

@jay_lass ,

Lousy audio

Fun podcast with lively guests but....It’s 2020, phoning in on a scratchy mobile phone that sounds crappy is not nice to listen to.

(Update! The audio got better so I added a star)

Sweatsweats ,

Used to be a ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (5 star) podcast

I wish they would have given some warming before changing out hosts like that. I mean Kamau is a good host, but Irina Falconi and Nina Pantic had the right mix of professionalism and fun, as they had background in the game, Nina and Irina were each college tennis players, and Irina is a top-100 pro tennis player. They would share the stage with the guests, as they could add their own experiences to their guests’.

I hope in the future they will replace the host with other tennis players/ journalists, or Irina and Nina again.

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