30 episodes

What makes a Hall of Famer? What is that unique something that led to their historic success? Was it innate? Or did they need to cultivate a winning mindset?

TennisWorthy, a podcast presented by the International Tennis Hall of Fame, seeks to answer these questions and uncover what it takes to become the greatest of champions. These wide-reaching conversations go beyond on-court results, and reveal the mindset of the sport’s legends. Hear from greats like Lleyton Hewitt, Tracy Austin, Ivan Lendl and more on what it takes to set yourself apart.

TennisWorthy International Tennis Hall of Fame

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    • 5.0 • 23 Ratings

What makes a Hall of Famer? What is that unique something that led to their historic success? Was it innate? Or did they need to cultivate a winning mindset?

TennisWorthy, a podcast presented by the International Tennis Hall of Fame, seeks to answer these questions and uncover what it takes to become the greatest of champions. These wide-reaching conversations go beyond on-court results, and reveal the mindset of the sport’s legends. Hear from greats like Lleyton Hewitt, Tracy Austin, Ivan Lendl and more on what it takes to set yourself apart.

    Jim Courier: Facing the Ups and Downs

    Jim Courier: Facing the Ups and Downs

    The TennisWorthy Podcast is back for Season 2! The International Tennis Hall of Fame and host Chris Bowers bring a new set of enlightening interviews with legends and Hall of Famers for the new year. The podcast dives deep into the mindset of champions and uncovering the unique, special characteristics that define excellence on and off the court.

    Four-time Grand Slam champion Jim Courier brings candid honesty, as always, to start off the season. With Chris, Jim reflects on his youth, competitiveness, and choice to focus on tennis as a junior in Florida. He gives insight into three legendary guideposts during his tennis career - coaches Harry Hopman, Nick Bollettieri, and Dr. Jim Loehr - and how their differing styles molded him. Jim also touches on his relationships with his Hall of Fame peers Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi, and shares a bit on his immense talents outside of tennis.

    Jim Courier is a two-time Australian Open champion, two-time Roland-Garros champion, former world number one and two-time Davis Cup winner from the 1990s. A member of a golden generation of American male champions and now a regular media personality on the tennis circuit, he was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2005.

    Episode transcripts and more information can be found on the podcast homepage:  tennisfame.com/podcast

    • 34 min
    Ken Rosewall: Sustaining Longevity Through Change

    Ken Rosewall: Sustaining Longevity Through Change

    Few tennis legends sustained longevity in their careers like Australia's Ken Rosewall. During his 30-plus year career on the courts, he captured an astounding 147 singles titles, spanning some of the most turbulent times in the sport. In the TennisWorthy Podcast, Ken discusses his elite tactics, including his legendary backhand, with host Chris Bowers. He shares stories of his doubles partnership with countryman Lew Hoad, the pure accomplishment of winning Grand Slam titles, and straddling the professional and amateur circuits early in the Open Era.

    As one of Australia's tennis golden age greats, Ken Rosewall won 18 Grand Slam titles (singles, doubles and mixed doubles) and 15 Pro Major singles titles spanning three decades. He was first ranked in the world's top 20 in 1952 and for the last time in 1977. Rosewall contributed to 4 Davis Cup titles for Australia, and was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame shortly after his career ended in 1980.

    Episode transcripts and more information can be found on the podcast homepage:  tennisfame.com/podcast

    • 50 min
    Pat Rafter: Doing the Right Work, and the Hard Work

    Pat Rafter: Doing the Right Work, and the Hard Work

    As the last true serve-and-volleyer to capture a singles Grand Slam, Aussie Pat Rafter brought uniqueness to the sport of tennis beyond just his playing style. In this episode, he and host Brett Haber leave few stones unturned, beginning with how he developed his playing style and modeling after legends Stefan Edberg and Boris Becker. Pat speaks the innate abilities needed to reach the top, and how players have changed from his generation to the present. He also takes listeners down memory lane, speaking to his Grand Slam memories, rivalries, and the difficulties of retirement.

    Pat Rafter is a two-time US Open singles champion, Australian Open doubles champion and former world No. 1. In 1998, he became the first man in the Open Era to achieve the American Summer Slam: winning the Canadian ATP 1000, Cincinnati ATP 1000, and US Open in the same year. He was part of the winning Australian Davis Cup team in 1999, and was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2006.

    Episode transcripts and more information can be found on the podcast homepage:  tennisfame.com/podcast

    • 31 min
    Esther Vergeer: Forging a Path in Disability Sports

    Esther Vergeer: Forging a Path in Disability Sports

    Esther Vergeer's career accomplishments and statistics are mind-boggling: 42 Grand Slam titles, 407-match win streak in singles until her retirement, 668 weeks at world No. 1. Her story of illness as a child, to discovering tennis and shattering records, stands unique amongst the sport's legends.

    With Blair Henley, Esther details how she became an athlete after becoming paralyzed at age 8 and set her sights early on becoming a Paralympian. Once she reached the top, she continuously found ways to remain motivated and find a new edge, working with legendary coach Sven Groeneveld to make each other better. Esther shares her story of motherhood, induction into the Hall of Fame and her steadfast mission to grow exposure for disability sports in the Netherlands and beyond.

    Esther Vergeer is a 21-time major champion in singles and doubles, seven-time Paralympic gold medalist, and winner of 169 singles titles in her career. In 2023, she was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. She is the tournament director of the ABN AMRO Open, Chef de Mission for Team Netherlands, and the founder of the Esther Vergeer Foundation, which provides young people with physical disabilities and chronic conditions the opportunity to exercise regularly, like any other child. The Foundation aims to strengthen self-confidence and self-reliance in participants through sport.

    • 37 min
    Kim Clijsters: Finding Balance and Cherishing Connections

    Kim Clijsters: Finding Balance and Cherishing Connections

    Kim Clijsters mastered the art of the comeback during her tennis career. After first retiring at age 23 to become a mother, she returned to the sport two years later and captured three of her four singles Grand Slam titles in her second act. Through it all, she was able to find the balance needed to be both a mother, daughter, friend and elite athlete.

    With Brett Haber, Kim discusses a wide array of subjects from her career to her life in retirement. She shares her mental secrets to success, her rivalry with Belgian countrywoman Justine Henin, and her deep love for the sport. In reflecting on some of her greatest moments, she remembers the friendships she developed and the constant support of her family.

    Kim Clijsters is a three-time US Open singles champion, Australian Open singles champion and doubles champion at both Wimbledon and Roland-Garros. She is a former No. 1 in both singles and doubles, and was inducted to the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2017. She currently gives back to the sport as the President of the Hall of Fame, serving as an ambassador and working behind the scenes to grow the Hall's mission to preserve, celebrate and inspire.

    • 28 min
    Tommy Haas: Competition Mindset and the "Inner Dog"

    Tommy Haas: Competition Mindset and the "Inner Dog"

    Tommy Haas reached the world No. 2 ranking in singles in 2002, and then endured a series of injuries that delivered setbacks. Despite the obstacles, he persisted in his career, remaining at the top of the game for another decade-plus and winning two ATP Comeback Player of the Year awards.

    With Chris Bowers, Tommy discusses his journey from winning tournaments as a small child in his native Germany to getting the invite to train with Hall of Fame coach Nick Bollettieri in Florida. He details Nick's impact on his career and how he worked to grow on small successes as a junior. Throughout his injuries, he remained positive, and shares how a "why not?" mentality kept him pushing for more.

    Tommy Haas is a four-time Grand Slam semifinalist in singles, former world No. 2, and an Olympic silver medalist. He captured 15 career singles titles on the ATP Tour. His final victory as a professional player on tour came against Roger Federer in 2017 at age 39. In 2016, Haas was named the Tournament Director for the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, and continues in the role today.

    • 38 min

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