The Double Bagel, brings interesting anecdotes and never-heard-before stories from the world of professional tennis. Every week, tennis journalist Eric Han will serve up in-depth conversations with some of the biggest names in the sport, from current tennis players, coaches, to the legends who have once graced the game.
Rick Macci | The Double Bagel #28
Rick Macci is a USPTA Master Professional and seven-time USPTA national coach of the year, he has coached five world number one ranked players: Andy Roddick, Jennifer Capriati, Maria Sharapova, and Venus and Serena Williams. We also talk about the other player he has worked with such as Sofia Kenin and Mary Pierce. We go in-depth about his personal relationship with Donald Trump as well.
We also talk about the "King Richard" movie, the film about young Serena Williams and Venus Williams coached by their father Richard.
Toni Nadal | The Double Bagel #27
Toni Nadal, speaking at the Rafa Nadal Academy, reminisced the days of coaching a young Rafa Nadal- teaching him discipline, respect, and perseverance. We talked in-depth about why Nadal prefers to play against Roger Federer rather than Novak Djokovic, and the painful defeats in 2009 Roland Garros to Robin Soderling and the 2012 Australian Open defeat to Novak Djokovic.
1983 Wimbledon Finalist Chris Lewis (revisited) | The Double Bagel #26
In 1983, New Zealand tennis legend Chris Lewis reached the Wimbledon Gentlemen's singles final where he played John McEnroe. To date, he is still the last New Zealander to reach the singles final of any Grand Slam tournament. We talked at length about his memories of Wimbledon 1983, his friendships with legends like Bjorn Borg and Ivan Lendl, the ultimate sacrifices he had to make to play professional tennis, his fond memories of Vitas Gerulaitis, and much more.
Paul Annacone (revisited) | The Double Bagel #25
Paul Annacone rejoins The Double Bagel this week as we chat about his experiences in coaching Roger Federer, Pete Sampras, Sloane Stephens, and currently Taylor Fritz.
Zizou Bergs | The Double Bagel #24
Up and coming Belgian tennis star Zizou Bergs is the guest for this episode. We talk about his upbringing, his breakthrough in Antwerp last year, winning two Challenger titles last month, his journey of being a professional tennis player, and more!
Janko Tipsarevic | The Double Bagel #23
Former world no.8 Janko Tipsarevic will be the guest for this episode. We caught up just a few days ago while Janko was in his academy in Belgrade, as expected he was in great form and we talked in depth about many things including his playing career highlights, stories of his teammate Novak Djokovic, his post-retirement life focusing on his Tipsarevic tennis academy, and much more. I hope you enjoy our conversation.