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Hosted by Nina Pantic and Irina Falconi, tune in to hear players, coaches and experts talk about everything tennis, from happenings on the court to trending topics, as well as what goes on behind the scenes both on the tour and in the pressroom.

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    • 4.1, 116 Ratings

Hosted by Nina Pantic and Irina Falconi, tune in to hear players, coaches and experts talk about everything tennis, from happenings on the court to trending topics, as well as what goes on behind the scenes both on the tour and in the pressroom.

    Daria Gavrilova on finding out what makes her happy

    Daria Gavrilova on finding out what makes her happy

    "My last year was so bad that actually, I'm not going to lie, it feels like this year is better."
    Daria Gavrilova joins the show to give everyone an update on her comeback and how the latest shutdown in Australia has impacted her plans.
    The 26-year-old explains why this year has been better for her than 2019, when injuries pushed her from starting at No. 34 to ending outside of the Top 200. In March, with her Achilles tendon fully rehabbed, the COVID-19 pandemic prevented her from playing her first scheduled tournament back.
    Off the court, the former world No. 20 has stayed busy by taking WTA University courses, making TikToks and playing with her dog Tofu. She shares how Tofu got his name, how her training is going and when she's going to marry her fiancé Luke Saville.
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    • 27 min
    Julia Elbaba on keeping her pro dreams alive

    Julia Elbaba on keeping her pro dreams alive

    "Right now it’s just deciding between whether you want to play tennis or you want to just end the career, so at this point it's just, yeah I want to continue, so I’ll have to make the sacrifice."
    Former University of Virginia standout Julia Elbaba is on this week to talk college tennis, injuries, reality TV and the US Open.
    The 26-year-old was working on a comeback from an elbow injury when the shutdown halted her progress. The former college No. 1 has been ranked as high as No. 374 on tour, but is having to start over from scratch. She's also dealing with the aftermath of the USTA shutting down player development in New York.
    The Long Island native talks about getting into the media world and having her first taste of reality TV on the Bravo show "Summerhouse". She also opines on the US Open's unusual plans for 2020 and how her friend Bianca Andreescu winning it all in 2019 inspired her.
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    • 36 min
    Brandon Nakashima on being mentally tough

    Brandon Nakashima on being mentally tough

    "One of my biggest strengths on the court is definitely my mental game and just being in every point, in every match, and not getting too down on myself or getting too excited."
    This week, listeners get to meet one of the newest and mentally toughest teens on tour, Brandon Nakashima.
    After just one semester at the University of Virginia, the 18-year-old turned pro. He'd win his second ITF Futures title in January and make his ATP debut as a wild card in Delray Beach. Making the most of opportunity, the San Diego native reached the quarterfinals. He impressed the world with his mental toughness and his all-court game style—which he likens to Novak Djokovic's.
    While the shutdown stalled his climb up the rankings, the world No. 220 made the most of his spare time by training hard and tweaking his team (it now includes Pat Cash and Dusan Vemic). The teen is competing for the Chicago Smash this month in West Virginia while looking forward to the tour restarting.
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    • 29 min
    Elliot Loney on impersonating tennis stars

    Elliot Loney on impersonating tennis stars

    "Comedy is in a way a lot like tennis. You’re by yourself, you’re thinking through a lot of things. If you have a great gig you feel amazing, if you have a terrible gig it’s like taking a hard loss."
    It's a hilarious episode this week with comedian Elliot Loney. The Australian unleashes some of his best impersonations, which include Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Jim Courier. 
    Loney grew up playing tennis and even chased the pro dream before a skateboarding accident ruined his chances. He got into comedy quite naturally, starting with prank calls to his friends, breaking through with his Bear Grylls video "Man vs Metro 1" and progressing to stand-up. 
    He puts a personalized spin on each impersonation, which is why he wears a sideways hat for Kyrgios and adds poetry to his Nadal skits. He's even met Nadal, quite memorably at the Rogers Cup one year. 
    His YouTube channel boasts a lot of his best work, including a recently launched podcast. He shares how he became friends with Thanasi Kokkinakis and Nick Kyrgios, what the secret to a good impersonation is, and how tennis' ups and downs are similar to comedy. 
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    • 45 min
    Leslie Allen on speaking freely

    Leslie Allen on speaking freely

    "In my generation, it's all new, a black woman on the tour; I better be on my best behavior because I don’t want to mess it up for the next generation. So for [Coco] to have that freedom and to take advantage of that platform, it's fabulous."
    Leslie Allen is known as “The Professor” and she joins us this week to educate.
    After a career at USC, Allen competed in the 1970s and '80's, becoming the first black woman since Althea Gibson to win a WTA title. She would reach as high as No. 17 in singles and No. 10 in doubles. She's been a media director, a tournament director, a TV broadcaster, a WTA board director and is the CEO of Win4Life.
    The 63-year-old is thrilled to see young players like Coco Gauff and Naomi Osaka speaking out during the Black Lives Matter movement as it's a freedom she wasn't granted during her era on tour. After always worrying about ruining it for the next black player, she isn't afraid to speak up now. She explains what upset her about the USTA's BLM statement, what exactly systematic racism is and how white people can make a difference, using Alice Marble in 1950 as an example. 
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    • 41 min
    Sachia Vickery on raising positive awareness

    Sachia Vickery on raising positive awareness

    "I’ve experienced a lot of discrimination. I've been kicked off courts before and told like I don’t belong here and I shouldn’t be playing here. That actually happened really recently."
    Sachia Vickery is our guest this week, and she's got a lot to say. The world No. 158 sounds off on the US Open's decision not to host a qualifying draw this year and shares what inspired her to create a Check Your Privilege video with her neighbor.
    Vickery was a top-ranked American junior and turned pro as a teenager. It took time for her to find her footing on the WTA tour, and the 25-year-old cracked the Top 100 in 2018 after a stunning upset of Garbine Muguruza in Indian Wells. 
    During the Black Lives Matter movement, Vickery has been vocal on her social platforms and is hoping to see even more players come together for the cause. She also has some advice for anyone dealing with hate, be it online or in real life.
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    • 34 min

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116 Ratings

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