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Hosted by Chris Oddo and Produced by Tennis Now and Tennis Express, the Lucky Letcord Podcast gives you in-depth analysis and insights from the ATP and WTA Tours.

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Hosted by Chris Oddo and Produced by Tennis Now and Tennis Express, the Lucky Letcord Podcast gives you in-depth analysis and insights from the ATP and WTA Tours.

    Wimbledon Preview with Richard Pagliaro

    Wimbledon Preview with Richard Pagliaro

    Richard Pagliaro joins Chris Oddo not long after the Wimbledon draws were released to talk about who landed where and what the key storylines are for the Championships in 2022.
    Join us for in-depth discussions on the following:

    Serena Williams - how did she look at Eastbourne and what can we really expect from her at SW19?

    Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic - who got the better draw?

    Matteo Berrettini - is he the No.2 favorite based on his performance at Stuttgart and Queen's?

    Bianca Andreescu - what makes her a threat on the grass?

    Is Petra Kvitova finding her mojo?

    If not Iga Swiatek, then which woman could raise the Venus Rosewater Dish?

    Key first-round matchups, now that we have the draw.


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    • 43 min
    Michael Mmoh - Winner of the USTA's Roland Garros Wild Card Challenge Has Found the Spark

    Michael Mmoh - Winner of the USTA's Roland Garros Wild Card Challenge Has Found the Spark

    Enjoy our interview with Michael Mmoh - winner of the USTA's Roland-Garros wild card in 2022. Below is a snippet of our feature on Michael, for more info go to www.tennisnow.com!

    As a top junior, Michael Mmoh knows a thing or two about heavy expectations. He was the No.2-ranked junior in 2015, pushing for junior Slam titles and thought of as one of the most promising American players.

    He remains one of the more promising Americans, but one with unfinished business in 2022. Mmoh, the son of Toni Mmoh, who is a former World No.105 that played for Nigeria during his career, believes he is on the rise after several seasons of fits and starts due to injuries.

    He recently won the USTA’s French Open wild card playoff and will take his place in the main draw at Roland-Garros for the second time next week. Having topped out in the ATP rankings at 96 in 2018, Mmoh currently ranks 179 – but, at the age of 24, he feels he has the capacity to go much higher.

    We asked him if players like Aslan Karatsev, who came from relative obscurity to become the lowest-ranked player to reach the Australian Open semifinals on his Grand Slam debut, inspire him to believe that he can rise up the ranks on tour.

    “[Players like that] show me that no matter how long you might be playing challengers or whatever that doesn’t necessarily mean that you are a challenger player,” he said. “It just hasn’t clicked yet in terms of you making that breakthrough, and I feel like if I’m able to consistently be healthy and just give myself opportunities week in and week out, I feel like my game belongs on the ATP Tour, so I think if I’m able to just keep working hard, keep staying healthy, I’ll be surprised if I’m not there.”

    Despite struggling with injuries over the last few seasons, Mmoh has made big strides. He won his first Grand Slam main draw match at the Australian Open in 2020 and has since reached the second round at two other majors. The potential to do damage on the biggest stages is there – now it’s just about getting everything in sync, mentally and physically.

    “I would always miss four months here, three months there, so now I feel like my body is finally at a place where I am able to play week in and week out and I’m liking how my game is forming because of that,” Mmoh says. “I’m able to get consistent reps of playing matches and I really think this year is going to be a good year for me because of that.”

    Mmoh spends a lot of time training in Bradenton, Florida, where he is a regular hitting partner of Sebastian Korda, Denis Shapovalov and other top pros. He says the experience can only help him.

    “It’s a very competitive atmosphere, I’m able to hit with Sebi a lot, Shapo when he’s here. Obviously my goal is to be playing with these guys week in and week out, and it’s a good place to train because it feels like you are on the tour with them when you are training with them.”

    Read the full article at Tennisnow.com!
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    • 25 min
    Mert Ertunga, Coach of Ipek Oz and Ayla Aksu, on an Amazing Year

    Mert Ertunga, Coach of Ipek Oz and Ayla Aksu, on an Amazing Year

    In this edition of the Lucky Letcord Podcast, former Turkish Davis Cup Captain and veteran college coach Mert Ertunga talks to the podcast about his new foray into coaching two of Turkey's top women.

    Follow Mert on Twitter: @MertovsTDesk

    Ertunga has a long and storied history in the sport, but he has recently taken a big step by becoming the coach of two Turkish women - Ipek Oz and Ayla Aksu - after operating as a coaching consultant and member of the tennis media in recent years.

    Listen on and hear why Mertunga is diving head first into this new challenge, what inspired him to make the move and find out how he has hooked up with two promising talents.

    Listeners will great insight into what life is like on the ITF circuit, far away from the spotlight of the tour’s biggest venues, where Oz and Aksu battle for precious ranking points in the hopes that they can follow in the path of Turkish tennis trailblazer Cagla Buyukakcay, the only Turkish woman who has ever cracked the WTA’s top 100. 

    It just so happens that Buyukakcay is a close friend and confidant of Ertunga. She was coached by the recently departed Can Uner, and we get to hear Ertunga speak on the admirable qualities of both as he describes his path back to the grind of the WTA Tour in depth.

    Thanks to Mert for his time, and the inspiring path he has chosen! And thanks for listening!


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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Lucky Letcord Podast Featuring Blair Henley

    Lucky Letcord Podast Featuring Blair Henley

    Blair Henley Drops by the Podcast to talk about her last two months on the tour, which has taken her from Indian Wells to Houston and finally to Asheville for an emotional Billie Jean King Cup tie.
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    • 34 min
    Swiatek and Alcaraz Rising - Breaking Down the Miami Open with Richard Pagliaro

    Swiatek and Alcaraz Rising - Breaking Down the Miami Open with Richard Pagliaro

    Richard Pagliaro joins us from southern Florida to wrap up a phenomenal week at the Miami Open.
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    • 43 min
    Rafael Nadal and Ash Barty Make History Down Under!

    Rafael Nadal and Ash Barty Make History Down Under!

    Rafael Nadal is a 21-time champion and Tennis Hall of Famer Steve Flink joins Richard Pagliaro and host Chris Oddo to break down the Spaniard's historic achievement on Sunday.
    But we don't begin until Nadal chatter until we break down Ash Barty's magical run to the title on Saturday. Barty set the tone for a very special weekend at the Australian Open when she defeated Danielle Collins to become the first Aussie to capture a singles title at Melbourne since 1978.
    We discuss the extraordinary talents of Barty, and take a close look at her serve and her tactics, which made her virtually unstoppable as she rolled to the title without dropping a set.
    Once Barty was given her due we did a deep dive into the Nadal Medvedev final, which featured the Spaniard's third comeback from two sets down at a Slam and just fourth overall - but coming back from two sets down was a feat he had never accomplished in a Slam final.
    So how did Nadal do it?
    And what could Medvedev have down to stop him?
    And, finally, where does Nadal's triumph put him with regard to Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer? Obviously it was a massive win for his legacy, but how big?
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    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

Tennislady D ,

Oh my gosh, speak up!

I love the insight on this podcast but Chris has one of those voices I hate. Monotone, a low talker, and he trails off. Then Richard comes in with his big booming better for broadcasting voice and I have to turn the volume down.

Dallyer ,

Good content

Tennis is just so hot right now... the combo of the veterans still holding on with lots of young promising talent all over the courts has kept it exciting.

fourth liner ,

Enjoying it

Some great interviews and content from Wimbledon. Looking forward to more.

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