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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.

Episode Date
Wimbledon Preview with Richard Pagliaro
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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 25, 2022
Michael Mmoh - Winner of the USTA's Roland Garros Wild Card Challenge Has Found the Spark
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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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 16, 2022
Mert Ertunga, Coach of Ipek Oz and Ayla Aksu, on an Amazing Year
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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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 28, 2022
Lucky Letcord Podast Featuring Blair Henley
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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 25, 2022
Swiatek and Alcaraz Rising - Breaking Down the Miami Open with Richard Pagliaro
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Richard Pagliaro joins us from southern Florida to wrap up a phenomenal week at the Miami Open. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 05, 2022
Rafael Nadal and Ash Barty Make History Down Under!
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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? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 03, 2022
Breaking Down Novak Djokovic's Aussie Visa Saga
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Tennis Now editor Richard Pagliaro joins Chris Oddo to break down Novak Djokovic's fewfound freedom on the day he had his visa uncancelled. What the heck has been going on down under, who is to blame, and what might happen next? Join us for a 20 minute discussion of the hottest topic in tennis at the moment, followed by 20 minutes of discussion centered around the first week of the 2022 season, which featured titles by Rafael Nadal, Ash Barty and Simona Halep, as well as a breakout performance at the ATP Cup for Team Canada. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 11, 2022
Discussing Guadalajara Glory and the Peng Shuai Situation
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Richard Pagliaro joins Chris Oddo to break down a glorious week of WTA Finals action in Guadalajara. We begin, however, with a closer look at the Peng Shuai situation and where it might take us - and the WTA, and Peng and family - from here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 19, 2021
Interview With Dr. Alexis Colvin - Chief Medical Officer at US Open and Team Physician for the US Billie Jean King Cup Team
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In this edition of the Lucky Letcord Podcast we are joined by Dr. Alexis Colvin, the Chief Medical Officer at the US Open, as well as the Team Physician for the US Billie Jean King Cup Team. Just back from Prague where the US team reached the semifinals at the 2021 Billie Jean King Cup Finals, Dr. Colvin shares her wealth of experience in tennis, from being a part of the US Fed Cup and Billie Jean King Cup team to working at the US Open in her current role as the Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Alexis Colvin is a Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Associate Dean of Alumni Affairs at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.    A leading expert in her field Dr. Colvin is the first female and first Asian-American to hold the position of Chief Medical Officer of the US Open as well as the team physician for the US Billie Jean King Cup Team.   A leading expert in her field, Dr. Colvin’s specialties include:   · Orthopedic surgery  · Sports medicine  · Pain management and rehabilitation  · Knee, shoulder and hip injuries and treatment and more. Thanks for listening!!!! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 11, 2021
Assessing Andy Murray, Present and Future, with Richard Pagliaro a
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On today's edition of the Lucky Letcord Podcast, Richard Pagliaro joins Chris Oddo to talk about Andy Murray's win over Carlos Alcaraz at Indian Wells. What has Murray's performance in 2021 shown us about his long-term future in the sport, and what might his 2022 be like? We discuss... Other hot topics tackled: The return of Emma Raducanu and Leylah Fernandez at Indian Wells. What went right and what went wrong? We wonder, and look at the short-term future of these two rising talents. Stay around for: A discussion on the most pleasant surprises of the first six day of main draw play at Indian Wells, and our two top candidates for the title in both the men's and women's draw. Also hear: Praise for Casper Ruud's breakthrough season and a tip of the cap to the feisty, fiery Cameron Norrie. Thanks for listening!!!! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 12, 2021
Discussing the Future of Laver Cup with Richard Osborn
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This week on the Lucky Letcord Podcast tennis journalist Richard Osborn joins Chris Oddo to discuss the Laver Cup weekend that was. He was on site, covering the event for Laver Cup.com and has thoughts on what makes the event special, what sets Laver Cup apart from other team competitions like Davis Cup, Fed Cup and ATP Cup, and how Roger Federer's support is driving the medium-term success of the event. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 05, 2021
Quest Kiboshed and Teens on Top: Steve Flink on the 2021 US Open
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Hall of Fame journalist Steve Flink joins host Chris Oddo to break down a fantastic final weekend at the 2021 US Open. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 15, 2021
The Eternal Flame: Tokyo Olympics Tennis Preview
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Today on the Lucky Letcord Podcast Richard Pagliaro joins Chris Oddo to talk all thing Olympic tennis. We break down both draws and look at the key storylines on the eve of the Olympic tennis event. A deep discussion of Naomi Osaka and the pressures she faces as she takes her place as the No.2 seed. A look into Novak Djokovic's quest for the Golden Slam, a step-by-step look at his draw, and some thoughts on where he may be mentally, physically and spiritually in Tokyo. The Olympics as a springboard - which players stand to gain from a good performance in Tokyo? The difficulties - will the lack of fans and the bubble dampen our enthusiasm? We think not. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 23, 2021
Is that the end of Roger Federer at Wimbledon?
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In this edition of the Lucky Letcord Podcast, Richard Pagliaro and Erik Gudris join host Chris Oddo to break down the upcoming semifinals on the men's and women's side. Of course, we start with an in-depth discussion of Roger Federer's loss to Hubert Hurkacz in the quarterfinals and wonder what his future might hold. We also look at some of the players who put up breathtaking performances at Wimbleodon despite not reaching the semis, such as Ons Jabeur, Sebastian Korda, Taylor Fritz, Felix Auger-Aliassime and more. Near the end we discuss the amazing run of Novak Djokovic and give our thoughts on whether or not we think the World No.1 can make it through and capture the Calendar Slam. What about the Golden Slam??? (we talk about that, too). Come for the Federer talk, stay for the discussion of four mouthwatering semifinals, featuring incredible matchups... Djokovic v Shapovalov Berrettini v Hurkacz Barty v Kerber Sabalenka v Pliskova Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 07, 2021
Osaka, of course, but also TENNIS at Roland-Garros!
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Today on the Lucky Letcord Podcast, Richard Pagliaro, Erik Gudris and Chris Oddo break down the first five days of Roland-Garros and look ahead to the third round. You heard that right! The third round is set on both the men's and women's side? What did we learn? Who is in the best shape? Who have we lost along the way? How will the Naomi Osaka controversy reshape the way tennis players interact with the press at tournaments? What could have been done to make the situation turn out better this week in Paris? This, that AND SO MUCH MORE! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 03, 2021
Statement Time for Nadal and Swiatek: Breaking Down Rome
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Today on the Lucky Letcord Podcast Richard Pagliaro joins the show to break down the happenings at the Internazional BNL d'Italia in Rome, where Rafael Nadal and Iga Swiatek came away with the titles. We also discuss... The rise of Novak Djokovic and what his performance means for his Roland-Garros hopes. Who has a better shot of going deep in Paris, Stefanos Tsitsipas or Dominic Thiem? If Nadal and Djokovic did not exist, who would be the men's favorite at Roland-Garros? What's up with Serena, and why going to Parma was the perfect decision. Why Coco Gauff is going to be a good one on the clay. Will Osaka and Medvedev ever find form on the clay, and which one will win more matches in Paris? And so much more... THANKS FOR LISTENING! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 18, 2021
Thiem's Ennui: Will Dominic Thiem Get His Mind Right by Roland-Garros?
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Richard Pagliaro joins Chris Oddo to break down what we saw in Monte-Carlo and talk about Dominic Thiem's revealing interview in Der Standard. The conversation about Thiem starts at 15:08! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 20, 2021
Nadal Shocked! Djokovic Shocked! What's going on at Monte-Carlo this week?
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Richard Pagliaro, Tennis Now editor, joined host Chris Oddo moments after Andrey Rublev completed his stunning upset of Rafael Nadal at Monte-Carlo. We talk about the match, the implications for both players, and then dive into Dan Evans' upset of Novak Djokovic and what it might mean for Djokovic. Thanks for listening! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 16, 2021
Federer is Back! How did Roger play and what will his future hold in 2021?
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Today on the Lucky Letcord Podcast Richard Paglario joins Chris Oddo to break down the performance of Roger Federer in his first week back on tour since January 2020. How did Roger perform, and how did the Swiss pull up physically? What does it mean that he has pulled out of Dubai and where will we see him next? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 12, 2021
Novak Djokovic 311 weeks at No.1 and Roger Federer Returning
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Tennis Now editor Richard Pagliaro joins Chris Oddo to break down the two biggest stories of the day - Novak Djokovic's 311th week at No.1 and Roger Federer's return in Doha. We then continue, because why not?, to break down last week's finals which include: Clara Tauson's magnificent performance in Lyon Andrey Rublev's run in Rotterdam Petra Kvitova's commanding victory over Garbine Muguruza in Doha and Diego Schwartzman's title run at Buenos Aires. Thanks, and enjoy! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 08, 2021
Love Holds: Get to Know Clara Tauson, the 18-year-old Dane who is Crushing it in Lyon
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Today on love holds, a subpod of the #LuckyLetcordPodcast, Chris Oddo focuses on Dane Clara Tauson, the talented teenager who is having a breakout week in Lyon. We talk about: Tauson's father, an ex ice hockey star in Denmark and her longtime coach. Tauson's new coach, Olivier Jeunehomme, and the work they have been doing. Tauson's love of tennis and how she is a walking tennis Wikipedia Tauson's wickedly aggressive game and how it looks good on any surface. Thanks for listening! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 05, 2021
Love Hold: Iga Swiatek, Tour de Force + Cerundolo Fairytale
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Today host Chris Oddo wraps up the week that was with a quick peek at the performances of Iga Swiatek, Juan Manuel Cerundolo and Alexei Popyrin. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 02, 2021
Love Holds: Coco Gauff is climbing after a strong week in Adelaide
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Today we try out a new short format - called Love Holds! Coco Gauff on the rise and new career-high ranking Alejandro Davidovich Fokina -- what a talent! Iga Swiatek showing the consistency she seeks. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 26, 2021
History made! Analyzing the Aussie Open Success of Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka
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Richard Pagliaro and Erik Gudris join the Lucky Letcord Podcast to take stock of this year's Australian Open champions. We look at Djokovic's tremendous success in Australia, and in general, and wonder if the Serb might be the one to top Margaret Court's Grand Slam record when it is all said and done. We discuss the fantastic performance of Naomi Osaka in Grand Slam finals. What does her success say about her long-term future in the sport? We wonder what went wrong for Daniil Medvedev in the final? What specifically did Djokovic do so well and what could Medvedev do to improve on his performance? And plenty more! Thanks to Erik and Richard for joining and thanks to all for listening! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 24, 2021
Previewing the 2021 Australian Open Finals!
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Richard Pagliaro and Erik Gudris join Chris Oddo to break down an exciting weekend of finals in Melbourne.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 19, 2021
Breaking Down the Australian Open Draws with Richard Pagliaro
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In this episode of the Lucky Letcord Podcast, Richard Pagliaro joins Chris Oddo to break down the men's and women's singles draws at the Australian Open. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 07, 2021
Whitney Osuigwe on finding her happy zone ahead of Australian Open 2021
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Today on the Lucky Letcord Podcast American Whitney Osuigwe joins host Chris Oddo from quarantine at the Australian Open where she is preparing for her fifth main draw appearance at a Slam. The American, who qualified for Australia by reeling off three wins in Dubai, talks about her evolving approach to tennis and how she has overcome the expectations and pressures that come with being the world's top junior and a Roland Garros Girls Singles champion (2017). We chat with Osuigwe about the unsung hero of her family, her mom! We learn what it's like to be in quarantine and how she keeps busy, both on the court and in her room, in Melbourne (6:45) We talk about what it's like to be in such an athletic family (9:45) We discuss Osuigwe's love of the clay and why she plays so well on that surface (11:00) We discuss one of Whitney's favorite players and biggest inspirations, Victoria Azarenka (14:30) And, perhaps most important, we talk about how Osuigwe is learning how to deal with the difficult mental challenges that a young player faces on the WTA Tour (8:15 - 9:45) (13:15). Thanks to Whitney for joining and thanks to y'all for listening! Follow Whitney: WTA YouTube Instagram Twitter Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 22, 2021
Hard Quarantine: Time for Tennis to Read the Room
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Richard Pagliaro and Erik Gudris join host Chris Oddo to discuss a wild weekend in tennis. What happened? Well the crap hit the fan in Melbourne as not one, not two but THREE planes produced Covid-19 positive tests, meaning that 72 players and about 200 people in total have gone into HARD quarantine. We discuss the fallout. Did Tennis Australia properly prepare the players for a worst case scenario? How are these players going to survive this and come out of quarantine at the end of January? Will they be handicapped in a big way against the rest of the field? What is the situation like in Adelaide, where Novak Djokovic and other elite players are doing a much "softer" version of quarantine? How is that even fair and is this perceived and real inequity about to take center stage now that the quarantine news in Melbourne is all sorted out? With a lot of time on their hands players have been pushing the creative envelope on social media -- who are some of our favorite posters? We name names. We do our best to bring you all up to speed with what players are saying, thinking and feeling, and of course, how the Australian people are reacting to the madness -- and why they are tired of hearing the players whine! Enjoy and thanks for listening! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 19, 2021
2021, Like Tennys Sandgren, is Taking Off!
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Today on the Lucky Letcord Podcast, Chris Oddo is joined by his colleagues at Tennis Now, Richard Pagliaro and Erik Gudris. The trio breaks down a superb opening week of tennis and looks forward to the upcoming Australian Open. Here are the topics we dive into: Tennys Sandgren tests positive for Covid but still flies to Melbourne, what's up with that? An elite quarantine in Adelaide, featuring Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka and others. Is it fair and what was Tennis Australia's motivation to throw this wrinkle into the plan? How friggin good was Aryna Sabalenka at Abu Dhabi and what does it say about her potential in 2021? Should we all be jumping on the Sebastian Korda bandwago pronto, or is prudence the better option? Erik and Richard give their take on what there is to like about Sebastian Korda and Chris mentions the intangibles, which could be why he is ahead of his peers at the young age of 20. Christian Harrison played amazing tennis, but it kind of got swallowed up by the fact that he's not into wearing masks. We discuss what happened with the American in Delray Beach, praise his amazing performance, and Chris admits that he is torn between loving Harrison and not loving the anti-mask. Erik leads a break down of some of the many interesting names that managed to qualify this year at the Australian Open. You'll love this discussion. Last but not least -- Why did Dayana Yastremska, who has been provisionally suspended, jump on plane to Melbourne? Enjoy the show and thanks for listening! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 15, 2021
The 2020 Awards Show with Richard Pagliaro and Chris Oddo
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Today on the lucky letcord podcast Tennis Now editor Richard Pagliaro joins Chris Oddo to look back at the 2020 tennis season that was. We break down some of the more interesting award categories, make our choices and back them up. WTA Player of the Year ATP/ WTA Most improved ATP/ WTA Newcomer of the year Most Inspiring Players Most disappointing season Join us as we run down the greatest hits from one of the strangest tennis seasons on record... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 07, 2020
Richard Pagliaro on Daniil Medvedev's Triumph at the 2020 Nitto ATP Finals
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Today Tennis Now editor Richard Pagliaro joins the podcast to talk about the 2020 Nitto ATP Finals. Richard and Chris Oddo break down a brilliant final week of the 2020 season, starting of course with champion Daniil Medvedev, who became the first player to topple the ATP's top 3-ranked players in Nitto ATP Finals history. How freaking good is this guy and is he headed for even better things in 2021? Next we discuss about Dominic Thiem and make the case for the Austrian becoming the ATP's 27th No.1. Of course there is a discussion on Novak Djokovic and what a strange trip his 2020 season was. By his lofty standards it sure could have been better but still you can't knock year-end No.1 and a major title. More on Rafael Nadal, a long discussion on Stefanos Tsitsipas and a chat about Andrey Rublev and Diego Schwartzman's debut in London follow. Thanks Richard for your time, and thanks everybody for listening! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 24, 2020
Mert Ertunga on the Most Improved Players of 2020
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Today Mert Ertunga joins host Chris Oddo to break down some of the more significant improvements that we witnessed in 2020. Mert is a former Davis Cup player and Captain for Turkey, and also a former NCAA coach at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He has a keen eye for the intricacies of the sport and offers many insights on players who made strides in 2020. Players discussed: Jennifer Brady Ons Jabeur Fiona Ferro Iga Swiatek Elena Rybakina Nadia Podoroska Denis Shapovalov Andrey Rublev Ugo Humbert Jannik Sinner Follow Mert's blog at http://www.mertovstennisdesk.com/ and follow him on Twitter here: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 18, 2020
Robbie Koenig Talks ATP Tennis and #NittoATPFinals
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One of the unique voices in our sport stopped by on Skype to join host Chris Oddo for a discussion on the 2020 ATP season. That would be Robbie Koenig, the man who has captured the imagination of tennis fans ever since he stepped into the booth and started to call the sport that he played professionally for many years. The South African caught up with us from London, where he is preparing to call this year's #NittoATPFinals for Amazon Prime UK. Conversations: What to make of the Big 3's performance in 2020 and what can we expect from the trio in 2021, with Federer returning. Robbie thinks fans should get ready for three or four more years of dominance from Novak Djokovic... Is Daniil Medvedev going to win a Slam one of these days? And what is it that makes Medvedev near invincible when he's going good? Staying on the Russian cadre, how impressive has the performance of Andrey Rublev been in 2020 and how important will it be for him to put up a good performance in London next week? Does he have a shot to win some matches? Robbie weighs in... Ugo Humbert gets the nod from Koenig when it comes to most improved player of 2020. What is it about the Frenchman that makes him seem like a lock to make the Top 10 and what sets him apart from the other young Frenchman on the ATP Tour? What are the unique characteristics of the for the four highest-ranked teenagers -- Jannik Sinner (44), Lorenzo Musetti (126), Carlos Alcaraz (139) and Brandon Nakashima (206) -- and what can we expect from this group of talented youngsters in the years to come? Will Dominic Thiem's US Open title be the key that unlocks the Austrian's full potential as a Grand Slam juggernaut? Thanks for listening and hope you enjoyed! Special thanks to Robbie Koenig for his time and insights! Don't forget to rate/review and subscribe to the podcast and, most important, ENJOY THE TENNIS! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 11, 2020
Previewing the 2020 Roland Garros Finals with Richard Pagliaro and Erik Gudris
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Previewing the 2020 Roland Garros Finals with Richard Pagliaro and Erik Gudris  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 09, 2020
Roland Garros Week One Review with Erik Gudris and Richard Pagliaro
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Tennis Now editor Richard Pagliaro and contributor Erik Gudris join host Chris Oddo for a discussion of the high points of week one of Roland Garros! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 03, 2020
#RG2020: Breaking Down the First Two Rounds of Craziness
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Richard Pagliaro, Tennis Now editor and veteran tennis journalist, joins Chris Oddo to break down all the storylines from the first five days of Roland Garros. Such as: Rafa, Novak and Thiem - how they are playing and what lies ahead. The surface, how it really didn't play out like we thought it might, but how it will still be a big factor going forward. 18-year-old Canadian Leylah Fernandez, we both love her game! What happened to Shapo? How awesome were the efforts of Stefanos Tsitsipas and Andrey Rublev to come back from two sets down in the first round and how far can they go? How the Simona Halep v Amanda Anisimova matchup is shaping up and who is gonna win? How many players outside of the top 100 made the third round? Jannik Sinner's awesomeness. One-handed backhands, such as Thiem, Stanimal, Grigor, Cecchinato and Tsitsipas. We go on and on. There's a lot to talk about -- ENJOY! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 01, 2020
Robert Weintraub on the Divine Miss Marble
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Authur Robert Weintraub joins Chris Oddo to discuss his book about legendary American tennis star Alice Marble. By the book here: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/607526/the-divine-miss-marble-by-robert-weintraub/ Far from a 6-4 5-7 6-3 tennis book, Weintraub's novel tells the tale of a fascinating woman, who at the height of her powers was not only one of the greatest tennis players in history, she was also a mysterious figure who dabbled among the Hollywood elite and spent time away from the sport earning a living as a singer. Of course we learn of Marble's playing days, from her formative years on Golden Gate Park to her days at the US Open and Wimbledon where, under the tutelage of Eleanor Tenant, she became the game's most celebrated female player in the late 1930's. But the story is about much more than Marble as a tennis figure. Weintraub's main mission is to attempt to unravel the mystery of Marble, who wrote in her posthumous autobiography "Courting Danger" that she had been involved in a spy mission during World War II. Marble says she was recruited as a spy for the United States and that she ended up obtaining valuable information by renewing her affair with a former lover, Hans Steinmetz; this is where Weintraub the sleuth comes in and the reader follows Marble's tale, which also involves a pregnancy and a miscarriage, with the unborn baby's father being shot down in the way. Weintraub does his best to confirm the veracity of Marble's claims, while also weaving what is most definitely true about this alluring American legend into an entertaining tale that, in the end, lets the reader decide on what may or may not have really happened. Thanks to Robert for the enlightening chat! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 09, 2020
"Greatness Revisited:" Steve Flink on the Legendary Pete Sampras (Part 2)
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Today on the Lucky Letcord Podcast host Chris Oddo is joined by Tennis author, journalist and historian Steve Flink. A member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, Flink has been covering tennis full time since 1974. He has recently written a book about Pete Sampras, entitled "Greatness Revisited." You can buy the book on Amazon here You can learn more about Hall of Famer Steve Flink here On this episode we pick up part two of our interview with Flink and cover Sampras' career from 1994 until retirement and beyond. Steve tells us why he chose to tell the story of Sampras, a legendary talent that he has developed an exceptional rapport with. We learn about how and why Sampras was able to dominate Wimbledon like no other player during his heyday and run through some of his most memorable matches. We delve deeper into the difficulties that Sampras faced over the course of his career, from losing his coach Tim Gullickson to cancer, to the immense mental and physical pressure he put himself under. We entertain a discussion of what it would be like to see Sampras face the members of tennis' Big Three -- Federer, Djokovic and Nadal -- and discuss what the many legends Flink interviewed, including Sampras himself, had to say about it. Would Sampras handle Federer on grass? Who would present more problems for Pete's serve -- Agassi or Djokovic? Would Rafa do to Sampras what he has done to Federer? Steve has done numerous interview with Sampras for the book, and done a great job of unlocking elements of the typically reclusive Sampras' personality. We chat about the origins of their rapport and Steve gives his expert opinion on Sampras the man and Sampras the player. It's always a great pleasure to hear Steve talk about tennis, but to hear him talk about a subject that is so near and dear to him has been truly enlightening. Enjoy the podcast, and when you're done make your way to the bookstore to learn more about one of the greatest tennis players to ever lift a racquet. Thanks to Steve for writing a great book and for taking the time to speak with us about it! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 01, 2020
Steve Flink on his Book "Greatness Revisited" and Pete Sampras' Rise to Glory
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Today on the Lucky Letcord Podcast host Chris Oddo is joined by Tennis author, journalist and historian Steve Flink. A member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, Flink has been covering tennis full time since 1974. He has recently written a book about Pete Sampras, entitled "Greatness Revisited." You can buy the book on Amazon here You can learn more about Hall of Famer Steve Flink here On this episode we discuss the formative years of Pete Sampras and his initial foray into greatness. Steve tells us why he chose to tell the story of Sampras, a legendary talent that he has developed an exceptional rapport with. We learn about Sampras' early years under the tutelage of his dad and the unconventional Pete Fischer, and find out why Sampras changed from a two-handed backhand to a one-handed backhand so late in his development. We discuss some of Sampras' early rivals, and how they initially had the upper hand with the late-blooming American, such as Andre Agassi and Michael Chang. We look at Sampras' momentous 1990 US Open, where he won his maiden major title and became the youngest men's singles winner in the tournament's history. We focus on his extremely difficult path to the title, which saw him face Thomas Muster, Ivan Lendl (who had played eight consecutive finals in New York), John McEnroe (a four-time champion) and Andre Agassi in his final four matches. Steve answers my questions about the elements that made Sampras such a unique player, like his ability to deliver big match tennis in finals and his incredibly humble nature, which allowed him to continue his improvement even when he was already a proven champion. We touch on Sampras' greatest influence in his early career, coach Tim Gullickson, and how the relationship originated, and we look at how difficult it was for Sampras to back up his US Open title in 1990 - something that he was unable to do for nearly three years. We stop our conversation after Sampras has won three straight majors, in early 1994, and plan to pick it up with part 2 of this podcast later next week. Thanks to Steve for writing a great book and for taking the time to speak with us about it! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 17, 2020
Talking WTA - ATP Merger with Bret McCormick of Sports Business Journal
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Today on the Lucky Letcord Podcast Bret McCormick of the Sports Business Journal joins host Chris Oddo to share his insights on what a potential WTA/ATP merger would look like. Talk of a potential merger between the tours bubbled over in late April when Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal took to Twitter to show their support for a union of the tours. Since then many important names in the sport of joined in, including WTA founder Billie Jean King. But with all the pressing matters that the powers that be in tennis need to tend to of late, as the coronavirus rages, conversation has slipped to the back burner. That's why we brought McCormick in. He's been talking to people behind the scenes about this topic for a while now, and in late June he released his article on the subject, which can be found here: https://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/Journal/Issues/2020/06/29/Leagues-and-Governing-Bodies/Tennis.aspx Have a listen and get hip to the nuances of the relationship between the tour and how a union might affect sponsorships, TV rights and the media enterprises that are owned and operated by both factions. Who would benefit? How can it happen? Is it even possible? Join us for a discussion! Follow Bret on Twitter Follow the Lucky Letcord Podcast on Apple Podcasts Follow the Lucky Letcord Podcast on Spotify Follow Tennis Now on the Web Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 14, 2020
Corentin Moutet: The Music, the Passion, the Tennis
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Corentin Moutet is amazing with a racquet in his hands, but equally amazing when he exchanges that racquet for a microphone. The 21-year-old Frenchman joined the Lucky Letcord Podcast to talk about how he dealt with the difficulty of quarantine by diving into his passion for music like he never had before. The World No.75 always had a love for music (He loves the classic French lyricists like Jacques Brel and Charles Azvenour), but he didn't bring his own flavor to the world with force until the coronavirus pandemic shut down tennis and gave him the time to fully put his heart and soul into it. The result is two new singles, which can be found by checking his all music Instagram page: Corentin Moutet on Genius.com We caught up with Moutet while he was staying in the South of France and training for the Ultimate Tennis Showdown. Moutet gave us his views on what French music and literature mean to him, and how he came to write his first single about his brother. As it turns out Moutet was finally was in Paris, with nothing but time, but quarantine still kept the pair apart. He says he wrote the song in about two hours. Moutet also gives his views on racial equality, a topic that he dedicated his second single to. The Frenchman is one of the white voices that has stepped up to support the movement. He tells us he simply can't understand why people get treated differently in this world just on the basis of skin color. It's ridiculous, he says. We also talk about tennis, including Moutet's mental game and his feelings about the Ultimate Tennis Showdown. Does he like doing four interviews per match with commentators? His answer might surprise you. Enjoy the interview and keep an eye out for this player. He's got a way with words and a way with the racquet... Corentin Moutet: Tennis Instagram: Corentin Moutet: ATP Page: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 09, 2020
Deep Dive: Celebrating the 30-Year Anniversary of Andres Gomez's Shining Moment in Paris
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Today on deep dives we take a closer look at the amazing title run of Andres Gomez at Roland Garros in 1990. Chris Oddo culls together interviews with Ecuadorian legend Gomez himself, as well as his son Juan Andres, his nephew Nicolas Lapentti, his compatriot and teammate Raul Viver, his ATP peer Brad Gilbert and tennis Hall of Fame historian and journalist Steve Flink. We take a closer look at what made Gomez such a lethal force on clay. We wonder just how difficult it was for a player of 30 to reach the pinnacle of the sport 30 years ago. We hear about Gomez's roots, from a young kid in Guayaquil, Ecuador who couldn't get enough tennis and who had a poster of Bjorn Borg on his wall, to a teenager practicing under the supervision of the legendary Harry Hopman, to a top pro and, eventually, a Grand Slam champion. Of course we look at Gomez's momentous victory over the rising American Andre Agassi in the final, and look at how all the pundits were tabbing the American for the win. Finally we look at Gomez the family man. How his wife helped him reach his full potential, and how they shared the moment with their first of five children in Paris, experiencing an unforgettable moment inside of Court Philippe Chatrier for all the world to see, and for Ecuador to fully embrace. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 10, 2020
Tom Hill's Amazing Journey to the WTA Tour and Coaching Greek Star Maria Sakkari
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As one of the youngest coaches on the WTA Tour, Tom Hill also has one of the most interesting back stories. Find out how Hill went from nearly attending law school to the top of the WTA coaching ranks in a few years' time. At the end of his college days, Hill was relaxing and working on finishing up his degree, thinking that his tennis career may well and truly be over. Then he got a phone call from Maria Sharapova's agent Max Eisenbud, and everything changed. In this edition of the Lucky Letcord Podcast, Chris Oddo chats with Hill about that important phone call and how it reeled him back into the sport, where he would turn a short-time gig as a hitting partner into first coaching gig with American Danielle Collins. Hill talks about getting a phone call from Collins late in 2017 when he had already taken an advertising job back in the UK. Collins needed a coach to go to Auckland. Hill, meanwhile, had worked up a plan to work in advertising for a year to pay for law school... How could he resist Collins' offer? He did not. The pair went on a six-month tear that saw Collins truly arrive on tour, firmly inside the Top 50. After a split Hill picked up with Maria Sakkari, as an assistant coach alongside Swedish legend Thomas Johansson. We talk to Hill about how much he learned from Johansson and how it informs him as a coach today. Of course we speak to Hill about Top 20 player Maria Sakkari, asking him what makes the Greek player special and how high he thinks she can go. Hill also gives his input on the importance of scouting and analytics, the rumors of a WTA/ATP merger and more. Thanks to coach Hill for his time and thanks to all for listening. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 08, 2020
Fearless Force: Interview with Thiago Seyboth Wild of Brazil
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In this week's episode of the Lucky Letcord Podcast we are joined by Brazil's Thiago Seyboth Wild. The current World No.114 recently became the youngest player from his country to claim an ATP title as well as the youngest player to win a Golden Swing title in South American since Rafael Nadal in 2005. We talk to the 2018 US Open Boys Singles champion about his transition from juniors to challengers to pros, and ask him what are the key ingredients to making it seem so seamless. We also talk about Thiago's relationship with his father, who has been guiding him since he picked up his first racquet. Thiago says that he puts a lot of trust in what his father says, and he's glad that he chose tennis rather than some of the more popular sports in Brazil, such as football or volleyball. The 20-year-old, who is has recovered from Coronavirus and is now practicing in Brazil, runs down the key elements of his game that he plans to improve and talks about the importance of having self-belief and a fearless quality. We also discuss how he developed that blistering forehand, talk a bit about two of his biggest idols, and more! Follow Thiago on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thiagoswild/?hl=en Follow Thiago at ATPWorldTour.com: https://www.atptour.com/en/players/thiago-seyboth-wild/sx91/overview Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 18, 2020
What Will it Take for the 2020 Tennis Season to Resume without Spectators?
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Tennis without spectators? It is the new reality facing the sport in 2020 as the Coronavirus Pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the health and economies of nations across the globe. Today on the Lucky Letcord Podcast, Bret McCormick joins to talk about his article on the subject, and some of the findings he has made about the feasibility of playing the tour without its fans in attendance. What we learned: It's not as simple as it sounds. There are new costs associated with keeping the on-site officials and players safe and they will impact bottom lines. Perhaps even more important is the fact that tennis' sponsorship deals are built around on-site presence, and this will also make things more difficult for tennis moving forward into a world of events without fans. McCormick thinks that deep-pocketed events will have a much easier time of moving forward without spectators and at least recouping some potential losses with television revenues and the sponsorships associated with those events. These are the factors that tour organizers must assess to the very best of their ability before taking off on this brave new course. They must also consider what type of bad press would come from a setback and the risk of losing market share in a sporting world in which other sports move forward without spectators. Thanks to Bret McCormick for sharing his insights. Follow him on Twitter at @Bretjust1T Follow Sports Business Journal: https://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/Journal.aspx Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 11, 2020
St. Edwards University Tennis Has Been Cut and Chase Bartlett Needs Your Help
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St. Edwards senior Chase Bartlett is reacting to the Universities decision to cut men's and women's tennis with the same fighting spirit that made him a top player for the Hilltoppers. He's asking hard questions and encouraging the school to take a look at creative solutions. Chris Oddo speaks with the senior to find out how the tennis community can help... Here's how we can: Go here https://www.change.org/p/seu-athletics-bring-back-the-six-sports-impacted-by-the-st-edward-s-university-athletics-budget-cuts and put your name on the petition. If you're so inclined, pledge what you can and help these kids get something spectatular achieved. This movement is about more than just one program. Listen to the interview and find out why... Thanks for listening and for supporting college tennis and tennis at large! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 23, 2020
Behind the Racquet's Noah Rubin on Where Tennis Goes after Coronavirus
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Noah Rubin of Behindtheracquet.com joined Chris Oddo to talk about his web site and the issues currently facing the sport of tennis. Below you will find a full transcript of the interview. You can find Behind the Racquet on the web here: You can find Behind the Racquet on Instagram here: You can find Noah's podcast, "Coffee Cast" with Mike Cation here: Topics discussed and hit points: Noah's current life in NY during Coronavirus (interview starts at 2:45) What it meant to be named as one of tennis' 20 most important people by L'equipe (5:15) How the mission of Behind the Racquet has not changed due to the pandemic (14:15) Why it's important to use the time to make tennis better so we can come back to a sport that is better than it was before, and why Noah is not holding his breath (4:30) The importance of financial aid for lower-ranked players (8:09) How Noah sees Behind the Racquet evolving in the years to come (14:15) The future of ATP and WTA Collaboration (12:55) A player's union or just a union? (9:05) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 17, 2020
Alison Riske on Coping with the Coronavirus Pandemic and the Importance of Couch Time
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It has been a strange, surreal two and a half weeks since Indian Wells was cancelled and the global grip of the Coronavirus pandemic ended sports—and life—as we know it. Three weeks into a shutdown that could last for a devastatingly long time we caught up with World No.19 Alison Riske to talk about what the experience has been like from a player’s perspective. ***INTERVIEW BEGINS AT 3:45*** Alison Riske on Twitter Alison Riske on Instagram Alison Riske's WTA Profile Riske is a consummate pro. She has notched seven consecutive Top 100 finishes and is sitting just one spot shy of her career-best ranking of 18. She was also in line to qualify for a spot in the 2020 Olympic Games as the fourth-ranked American, but that dream is also on hold as the IOC announced the postponement of the games on Tuesday, just a day before we reached Riske at her home in Orlando where she is making the most of her time at home with her husband Stephen Amritraj.  As the 29-year-old Pennsylvania native points out, we are all in this together, and while her practice and playing routine has been shattered for the foreseeable future she is intent upon making the most of her time away from the tour and is continuing the mental growth that has enabled her to blossom as a player over the last few seasons. Tune in to hear Riske’s thoughts on the difficulties of training when there is no official return date in sight, how she feels about the Olympic postponement, who she is leaning on for support and information during the crisis, what books and movies she is currently binging and why she is happy to enjoy a luxury that is incredibly rare for a professional tennis player—couch time! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 26, 2020
Talking Coronavirus and Tennis Economics with Bret McCormick of Sports Business Journal
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On today's edition of the Lucky Letcord Podcast we chat with Bret McCormick, tennis beat writer for the Sports Business Journal. Follow Bret on Twitter: @Bretjust1T Follow Bret at Sports Business Journal: https://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/Journal.aspx Bret covers the business side of the sport and has been following multiple storylines as the Coronavirus has thrown the globe--and tennis--into financial disarray. We talk about the French Tennis Federations' decision to change the play date of Roland Garros and the implications of their unilateral move. We discuss the reaction of the WTA and ATP and wonder if their joint statement could signify the beginning of a new era of cooperations of tennis' governing bodies. If so, what would that look like? We discuss the plight of the numerous ATP and WTA events that have been cancelled and wonder what the tour will look like when the dust settles. Will tournaments be forced out of business? What are some of the more vexing problems that the smaller events face? And what about other interested parties, such as television and sponsors? And finally we wonder what the tour might look like when the crisis passes, while simultaneously wondering: How long will it take? Thanks to Bret for joining, and for his insights! Stay safe everybody, and thanks for listening! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 20, 2020
Joel Drucker on Maria Sharapova 's Retirement and Tennis Past and Present
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On this edition of the Lucky Letcord Podcast host Chris Oddo is joined by tennis journalist, author and historian Joel Drucker at the historic Berkeley Tennis Club in Northern California. We begin the interview with a bit of a rundown of the club's history. As it turns out we happened to be sitting by a two-foot tall photo of the great Helen Wills Moody, a 19-time major winner who used to play that the club, which was founded in 1906. We move into a deep dive into the career and legacy of the recently retired Maria Sharapova, discussing: The gut reaction to Sharapova's announcement Sharapova's earning power and how that will pay into her legacy. Sharapova as Claypova -- what made her so special on the clay surface in her 20s? Meldonium and the ban -- what does it all mean? Sharapova's inability to win against Serena -- does it say more about Maria or Serena? Sharapova's competitiveness, where does it rank? In the second half of the podcast we discuss Joel's career in tennis, from his formative years as a young player in Southern California to his early days in tennis journalism, when Jimmy Connors became his spirit animal. We also talk about both of Drucker's books, "Jimmy Connors Saved My Life" and "Don't Bet On It" and the process that he went through in each. There's a discussion about today's tennis media, the use--or overuse--of analytics, and what tennis could potentially look like in 2030. All the while, Drucker sprinkles in the wit, wisdom and historical perspective that has made him one of the premier tennis journalists for over three decades. Thanks for listening and thanks to Joel Drucker for coming on the show! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 04, 2020
2020 Australian Open Review with Tennis Now's Richard Pagliaro
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Chris Oddo and Richard Pagliaro break down a thrilling 2020 Australian Open, looking closely at the title runs of Sofia Kenin and Novak Djokovic as well as the runner-up performances of Dominic Thiem and Garbiñe Muguruza. Before you read the show notes please take a moment to pop over to iTunes and drop a review. If you like the podcast and have a moment, it would mean a lot to us! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-lucky-letcord-podcast/id1141129184 On Sofia Kenin "To come from triple break point down and hit the five gutsiest and greatest shots of your life in a row, in succession, against a two-time Grand Slam champion and former World No.1 and just to lay it all out there at the moment when you need it the most--it blew my mind and it must have blew Muguruza's mind as well too, because it was just incredible that she was able to produce at that level, under that pressure. Just unbelievable." Pagliaro adds: "Her ability to time the ball and take the ball on the rise, I think it's really unsettling for players." On Garbine Muguruza: "I do think it is the beginning of a building year--look you climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, majors seem like a speedbump compared to that." "I think it is a breakthrough tournament for her." "She's more of an all-court player than I think she gets credit for." On Novak Djokovic "If he didn't have that elbow injury I think he'd be at 20 majors right now," Pagliaro says of Novak Djokovic. Pagliaro adds: "His strength of character and stamina might be his most underrated virtue. ... he will be the Grand Slam king in my view." On Dominic Thiem "What he did was build upon the promise that he showed us all at Indian Wells when he beat Roger in the finals to break through there, he showed us that his game is transferable, that he's not a one-surface champion, that he can do it on hard court." Pagliaro says. "What he showed me is that he was able to flip the switch through a lot of turmoil and hard times," says Pagliaro, who points out that Thiem had a rough go at ATP Cup and things could have become more complicated when he fired Thomas Muster as his co-coach midway through the tournament. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 08, 2020
Steve Flink: Dominic Thiem Takes Flight with Upset over Nadal
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The semis are set at the 2020 Australian Open and we are celebrating an amazing first ten days of the tournament by chatting with tennis Hall of Famer Steve Flink. We catch up with Steve to get his take on Dominic Thiem's massive takedown of Rafael Nadal on Day 10. "It was a beauty," says Flink. "You have to look at this as another step--a serious step--in the evolution of Thiem as an all-surface player who is really going to be challenging for majors this year. Not just this one or Roland Garros but everywhere, with perhaps the exception of Wimbledon." We talk about the crucial turning points of the match and what it might mean for Thiem going into the semis. We discuss the performance of Nadal and how he could have easily won this match if a few more big points went his way. And what to make of Thiem's nerves at the finish and the sway of Nadal v Thiem as a rivalry moving forward? The discussion then moves to Roger Federer and his match point miracle on Day 9. Will Federer have anything left as he prepares to take on Djokovic tonight? And what about Alexander Zverev? The German is the biggest surprise of the tournament, can he be a factor moving forward? WE also discuss the womens' side of the draw and what makes Ash Barty's run so special on home soil. We chat about the surging Sofia Kenin and why she's a future Top 10 force--but will she be an elite Top 5 talent? And of course we can not overlook the resurgence of Garbine Muguruza. There's a lot to cover ahead of today's Australian Open semifinals, and we did our best to cover it all in about 20 minutes. Thanks for listening, and don't forget to check Steve's work at Tennis.com! You can find that here: https://www.tennis.com/pro-game/list/steve-flink/?page=3& And, if you find the time and like the show, please do us a big favor by rating and reviewing the podcast on iTunes or wherever you like to listen. And if you really, REALLY love us -- tell your friends! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 29, 2020
The Miomir Kecmanovic Episode
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Today on the Lucky Letcord Podcast we are throwing the spotlight on a rising star of the ATP -- Miomir Kecmanovic. Currently the fourth highest-ranked player aged 20 and under on the ATP Tour, Kecmanovic has already reached an ATP semifinal in 2020. He did that in Doha, just weeks after breaking camp in Dubai where he spent the off-season training with the likes of Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer. We hear from Kecmanovic from Dubai, where he gives his thoughts on what it is like to practice with the legends of the game and why he was able to have so much success in 2019, a season that saw him rise from outside the Top 130 to inside the Top 50 for a spell. Kecmanovic also talks about his time in Tenerife with Dominic Thiem and why he feels he was able to have a successfull 2019 campaign. The Serb won 24 matches on tour last season and reached his first ATP final as well as qualifying for the final four at the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan. He also won three matches at the Grand Slam level and set himself up for a push to the Top 30 (his goal) in 2020. We mix in conversation with Kecmanovic with an interview with Jimmy Arias the Director of Tennis at the IMG Tennis Academy. Arias knows Kecmanovic well (the Serb trains at IMG and is represented by them), and he talks about his first impression of Kecmanovic (which is a hilarious story) and where he thinks the young Serb can take his game. Thanks for listening to this edition of the podcast and thanks to Miomir and Jimmy for taking part! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 14, 2020
A Decade of Tennis Tearjerkers Comes to an End
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In today's edition of the Lucky Letcord Podcast Tennis Now editor Richard Pagliaro joins Chris Oddo to break down the top tear-inducing moments of the decade that was. From the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio to Andy Murray's tear-stained runner-up speech at Wimbledon in 2012, there were certainly plenty to choose from. Richard and Chris break down their favorites, such as Francesca Schiavone's Roland Garros title and Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut's special moment in Paris in 2018. The conversations gently turns to the player of the decade and Richard and Chris both agree that Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams were head and shoulders above the rest when it comes to the 2010s. Is there even an argument for any other player? Maybe. Maybe not. Thanks for listening and if you have a moment and want to support the podcast the best way to do it is by rating and reviewing us on iTunes or wherever you listen to your podcasts! All the best and HAPPY OFF SEASON! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 13, 2019
Nick Lester on the ATP 2019 Season and the Decade that Was
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In today's edition of the Lucky Letcord Podcast we announce our move to the Tennis Channel Podcast Network, which has us stoked to bring you better and bolder podcasts! We celebrate by talking with longtime ATP commentator Nick Lester, who joins and talks to host Chris Oddo about several topics. How mind-blowing was the decade and how can we sum it up in words? Nick has answers to this question and he also has a prediction for the 2020 Grand Slam season that you won't want to miss... Will the Big 3's remarkable streak of major titles won be halted by an surging upstart? Tune in and find out. Nick also speaks about other topics, such as the rise of Dominic Thiem. Will he be the man to crack the code and snag a major in 2020? What about Stefanos Tsitsipas and Daniil Medvedev? Do they have what it takes? We also discuss Davis Cup and look back at the pros and cons of this year's event and what it changes could be in store... We also have a chat about Andy Murray. What does he mean to his country and what does he mean to tennis? And how gory was the scene in "Resurfacing" where he gets a ball hammered into his hip joint? We digress. Thanks to Nick Lester for joining. He is truly one of the bosses of commentary and if you've been listening you know what we are talking about--we don't need to tell you. For the others, get hip and tune into Nick's work. He's as passionate as they come about this sport. Thanks to our sponsors, Tennis Express! They are an incredibly devoted group that lives and dies for the sport. Lastly, our social: Twitter: https://twitter.com/Tennis_Now Tennisnow.com: http://www.tennisnow.com/Home.aspx Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tennisnow/ iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-lucky-letcord-podcast/id1141129184 Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/2Gp7fldUc5oL8kZjzW9tdI Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 04, 2019
Breaking Down the Asian Swing and Looking ahead to ATP/WTA Finals with Richard Pagliaro
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Today on the Lucky Letcord Podcast sponsored by Tennis Express, Chris Oddo and Richard Pagliaro talk about the major topics in tennis as we head out of the Asian swing. 1. How good is Daniil Medvedev and what will he have left for the ATP Finals? Also, has the Russian single handedly cracked the door to the BIG THREE open so that the rest of the next generation can swoop in and start making hay? 2. Who is the WTA's player of the year, and could what happens in Shenzhen change that? 3. What's the deal with Serena and why is she not interested in ensuring that she qualifies for Shenzhen. Is there a strategy there? 4. Coco Gauff is a massive story, but how much Coco-mania is too much Coco-mania? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 17, 2019
Mike Bryan on Biohacking and the State of the Bryan Brothers
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This week ATP legend Mike Bryan joins Chris Oddo to talk about his passion for biohacking and give us an update on how the Bryan Brothers are feeling ahead of the U.S. Open Series. We talk about Mike's evolution as an athlete and how biohacking now plays a key role in his ability to keep playing elite tennis at the age of 41. We talk about theraguns and Oura Rings (full disclosure: host had to look these up after the show!). Mike talks about his brother Bob's recovery from surgery and how he is beginning to embrace some of the concepts that Mike has been following for over a decade. Mike talks about that special cup of Bulletproof coffee that he likes to take on court with him for matches and how his fitness has benefited immensely from altering the ratio of court time to fitness time. We also chat about what it means to be back on tour after Bob's career-threating surgery and, of course, what the goals are moving forward, both for this season and beyond. Here are some of Mike's quotes: On the Bryan Brothers return to relevance in 2019: “We’re trying to ring out every last drop of potential out of these bodies." “We feel like we still have something to prove out there. We still feel like we’re in the conversation to win some of these big tournaments—we can compete and beat all the teams out there.” “We had no expectations coming into the year, now we’re expecting to win all these tournament that we enter, and we’re disappointed if we don’t.” On Mike's dedication to fitness and how it's a full-time job: “I’m sitting here in the living room, I have my two theraguns, I have my roller here, I have my roller stick, I have massage balls, I have a whole roomful of stuff.” “I’ll probably be biohacking my body until the day I die.” “I went gluten-free back in 2004, when it was unheard of. I’d go to restaurants and I’d ask ‘can I get this gluten-free’ and they wouldn’t even know what I was talking about.” “Every year I’ve felt a little bit better than the year before and it feels like I figured out something that I can hack.” On the future of the Bryan Brothers: “Once we don’t have smiles on our face and it becomes work, I don’t think we’re going to suit up and take the court.” “We don’t know if we’re going to play another Wimbledon or a US Open, so we’re walking into these places kind of wide-eyed and soaking it in a little bit more.” Thanks to Mike for joining and thanks to Bulletproof for helping us connect! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 24, 2019
Steve Flink on Novak Djokovic's Dramatic Wimbledon Triumph
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Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep are the 2019 Wimbledon singles champions and Tennis Hall of Famer joins host Chris Oddo to talk about one of the more incredible Wimbledon finals we've ever seen. Djokovic wins it 7-6(5) 1-6 7-6(4) 4-6 13-12(3) and Steve gives his take on why the Serb was able to get over the hump and what special characteristics he possesses to make him a winner. Steve talks about what happened to Djokovic in his good moments and bad, and breaks down the two championship points that he saved to earn the title. We talk about the historical implications of the final, and what made it special. We talk about Federer's performance and what it represents. Then we switch gears and talk about Simona Halep's sparkling performance in Saturday's final and what her future might look like. Finally we touch on Serena Williams and whether or not she still has a shot to win more majors. Thanks for listening, and thanks to Steve Flink! !! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 14, 2019
Steve Flink Breaks Down the Wimbledon Men's and Women's Singles Finals
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Today on the Lucky Letcord Podcast tennis Hall of Famer Steve Flink joins the podcast and gives his initial reaction to Roger Federer's victory over Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon. We also discuss Novak Djokovic's victory over Roberto Bautista Agut and look ahead to Sunday's Wimbledon men's final, which is the third Wimbledon final between Djokovic and Federer. Next we pivot and talk about Saturday's women's final, keeping our eye on the form of Serena Williams and Simona Halep. What would the win mean to Serena if she can get it? And how about Halep? Thanks for listening and thanks to Steve Flink for joining? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 12, 2019
Jimmy Arias on IMG Tennis Prospects and His Magic Moments on Tour
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Today on the Lucky Letcord Podcast former World No.5 Jimmy Arias stops by to talk about his gig as the Director of Tennis at IMG Tennis. Currently at Wimbledon to oversee the academie's tennis prospects, Arias had comments about some of this year's top juniors at Wimbledon--notably American, Martin Damm and Japan's Shintaro Mochizuki, who are both in the Boys' Girls Singles semi-finals. Arias talks about the challenge that the young kids face and we hit upon the many aspects of his career that have enabled him to be an excellent mentor for young aspiring pro tennis players. Arias talks about his days as a tennis prodigy and the two biggest mistakes of his career, which were made at a very young age. We talk about Arias' favorite moments on tour--his win over Yannick Noah in the 1984 U.S. Open semi-finals and his run to the quarter-finals when he eventually faced John McEnroe. And finally, Arias gives his take on the Nadal v Federer rivalry at Wimbledon and what surprises him the most about the Big 3's continued domination of men's tennis. Thanks for listening and thanks to Jimmy Arias! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 11, 2019
BBC Commentator Pete Odgers Previews Wimbledon Men's Quarter-Finals
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Today on the Lucky Letcord Podcast BBC Commentator Pete Odgers joins host Chris Oddo to break down Wednesday's men's quarter-finals. Odgers talks about his Wimbledon experience and his top moments of week one. We look carefully at the men's singles quarterfinals and wonder which member of the Big 3 is the most likely to fall prey to upset at SW19. We discuss the dearth of serve-and-volley tennis currently being played at Wimbledon and wonder WHY? Pete gives his take on the sudden rise of 15-year-old Coco Gauff and why it's best to proceed with caution when it comes to Gauff and other top WTA teenagers. Thanks for listening and special thanks to Pete Odgers. Be sure to tune into the BBC to hear him commentating the action during the second week of Wimbledon! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 09, 2019
Manic Monday Breakdown with Mert Ertunga and Ros Satar
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Today on the Lucky Letcord Podcast Mert Ertunga of Tennis with an Accent and Tenis Dunyasi and Ros Satar of Britwatch Sports join host Chris Oddo to break down week on of Wimbledon and look ahead to Manic Monday and further down the road to week two. Mert says that Kei Nishikori has pulled the biggest upset of week one. Ros and Mert break down the Konta Kvitova showdown that is set for Monday. We all reflect on 15-year-old sensation and wonder what she can do against Simona Halep. We also discuss the rock-solid start of Ash Barty and drool over a projected quarterfinal between the Aussie and Serena Williams. Follow Mert: https://twitter.com/MertovsTDesk Follow Ros: https://twitter.com/rfsatar Follow Britwatch Sports: https://twitter.com/britwatchsports Follow Tennis With an Accent: https://twitter.com/accent_tennis Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 08, 2019
Steve Flink on Nadal v Kyrgios Wimbledon Blockbuster
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Today on the Lucky Letcord Podcast the venerable tennis Hall of Famer Steve Flink joins Chris Oddo to break down the match of Day 4: Rafael Nadal v Nick Kyrgios. Steve talks about how it's a shame that Kyrgios doesn't have a higher ranking and that they should never be meeting in the second round. But he admits that it is a mouthwatering clash and gives his reasons why Nadal should have success. He also reflects back on Kyrgios' biggest wins against Nadal--at Wimbledon in 2014 and at Acapulco earlier this season. We also talk about the other Big 3 members--Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer--and Steve explains why he is tipping Djokovic for a fifth Wimbledon title and thinking that Nadal might take out Federer if the pair end up meeting in the semis. Thanks to Steve Flink for joining and sharing his insights, and thanks to all for listening! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 04, 2019
Vasek Pospisil on His Comeback and ATP Politics
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Today on the Lucky Letcord Podcast former World No.25, Wimbledon doubles champion and singles quarter-finalist joins Chris Oddo to talk about his comeback, the rise of Felix Auger-Aliassime and Canadian tennis and, of course, ATP Politics. As a member of the ATP's Player Council Pospisil hopes to affect change for the players of his generation and the next. We break down what it was like being in that much-publicized seven-hour meeting on Friday. We talk about how he shares a vision with Novak Djokovic, and how he sees the World No.1's role as ATP president. We talk about the difficulties that the players face as they try to negotiate a fairer share of the revenue pie, and how he sees future negotiations shaping up. Thanks to Vasek for his time! And thanks to all for listening! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 03, 2019
Wimbledon Day 2 Preview w/ Mert Ertunga: Here Comes the Quarter of Death
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Today on the Lucky Letcord Podcast, Mert Ertunga of Tennis with an Accent an Tenis Dunyasi stops by to break down the quarter of death on the women's side. We also take a deep dive into the qualies at Wimbledon and discuss what this event is like for players and spectators. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 02, 2019
Patrick Mouratoglou on His Lifelong Passion and Rise of His Academy
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Many know him for his work as Serena Williams since 2012, but Patrick Mouratoglou has been cultivating a dream since he started the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy in 1996 in the Paris suburbs. On the day before Wimbledon 2019 we caught up with the coaching mastermind to discuss his academy's evolution and some of the key decisions that took him where he is today. We discuss the transition the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy has made since moving to the French Riviera in 2016 and what it offers to young student athletes. We talk about Mouratoglou's relationship with Marcos Baghdatis and the coach reflects on what Baghdatis means to him as he prepares to play his last tournament at Wimbledon. We discuss what makes Coco Gauff special at the age of 15, and take a look at the explosive game of 19-year-old Aussie Alexei Popyrin. We talk about Stefanos Tsitsipas' mentoring role at the Patrick Mouratoglou Tennis Academy and ask the question--which surface is the Greek's best? And lastly we wonder who get the bad draw at Wimbledon, Serena Williams, or everybody else in her quarter. Thanks for listening to the Lucky Letcord Podcast. Please rate, review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts. And visit the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy to learn more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 01, 2019
What Have We Learned on Grass in 2019?
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Today on the Lucky Letcord Podcast Tennis Now editor Richard Pagliaro joins to discuss the first two weeks of grass-court season. How amazing was Andy Murray's doubles performance at Queen's club and wasn't it cool how 37-year-old Feliciano Lopez stole the show? What are Ash Barty's chances at Wimbledon now that she's riding hot with a 12-match winning streak and is the WTA's new No.1? Who will spend more weeks at No.1 when it's all said and done, Naomi Osaka or Ash Barty? We know 20-year-old Sofia Kenin is one heck of a fighter, but there must be more to her game than just that, right? Father timeless Roger Federer won his 10th Halle title and looked pretty solid in the process. What is it that makes him so special on the grass? Felix-Auger Aliassime may have Stefanos Tsitsipas' number but that does not mean the Greek isn't a threat to go deep at Wimbledon. Come for the chatter, stay for the passion (or vice versa!) Thanks to all for listening, and thanks to our sponsors, Tennis Express. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 24, 2019
Lucky Letcord Podcast: Olivier Jeunehomme on Justine Henin Tennis Academy and the Future of Dayana Yastremska
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Today on the Letcord Podcast we are visited by Olivier Jeunehomme, current coach of Dayana Yastremska and longtime coach at the Justine Henin Tennis Academy. After starting his career with the Belgian Tennis Federation, Jeunehomme worked as a part of Henin's team along with Carlos Rodriguez, before he joined the Belgian legend at the Justine Henin Tennis Academy. He coached Irina Kromacheva and Sofya Zhuk prior to beginning his partnership with 19-year-old Yastremska last year. All of his players have had tremendous success, and Yastremska has blossomed in the time that Jeunehomme has worked with her, winning her first three WTA titles and rising to 32 in the world. We chat with Jeunehomme about his beginnings in tennis, how he started working with Henin and his partnership with Yastremska. We discuss the future of Yastremska, who is currently the second-highest ranked teenager in tennis, and what they have established as goals for the grass season as well as the rest of 2019 and 2020. You can learn more about Olivier here: https://www.wtatennis.com/coaches/olivier-jeunehomme And for more about the Justine Henin Tennis Academy go here: http://www.justineheninacademy.com/home3.asp?ClubID=132&LG=EN Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 03, 2019
Lucky Letcord Podcast: Former World No.29 Sarah Pitkowski on the Roland Garros Experience
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Today on the Lucky Letcord Podcast we hear from former French star Sarah Pitkowski. Sarah is currently covering the tournament for RMC Sports in France. She dropped by to chat about what it was like playing Roland Garros from a Frenchwoman's perspective. We talked about the disappointing performance from Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic, and what might be the factors holding this talented duo back. We professed our love for the revamped Roland Garros site and expressed our common feeling that Court Simonne-Mathieu is a dream. Sarah tells us what it was like to face WTA legends Martina Hingis, Serena Williams, Steffi Graf and Amelie Mauresmo. We also talk about Gael Monfils and the state of French tennis overall. Before the interview we hear from Iga Swiatek and Anastasija Sevastova, two players that have made great success in week one in Paris. Thanks for listening and enjoy the tennis! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 02, 2019
Lucky Letcord Podcast: WTT CEO Carlos Silva Talks about the 2019 World Team Tennis Season
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Today on the Lucky Letcord Podcast we meet up with new World Team Tennis CEO Carlos Silva at Roland Garros to talk about the upcoming WTT season. Silva tells us about his vision for the future of the league and breaks down how his experience as League President of the Professional Fighters League (PFL), and CEO of World Series of Fighting (WSOF) have prepared him for the challenges of his new gig. We talk about the league's new deal with the CBS Sports Network and learn where we can find the league on our televisions this season. Silva discusses key working relationships with WTT co-founder Billie Jean King and Washington Kastles owner Mark Ein and explains how his decision-making is informed by his interaction with them and other like them. And, of course, we break down the season, talk about the league's expansion from six to eight players and get excited about the big names that are set to compete at WTT venues across America and on television this summer. Follow the WTT online: https://www.wtt.com/ Thanks for listening, and enjoy the tennis! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 31, 2019
Lucky Letcord Podcast: Azarenka on Osaka Clash at Roland Garros
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Today on the Lucky Letcord Podcast we look ahead to Day 4 of Roland Garros and break down some of the first-round action that we've seen over the first three days. We get press snippets from Victoria Azarenka, who looks forward to a second-round clash with Naomi Osaka. How does Vika feel about the new court Simonne-Mathieu? And how does she feel about facing the World No.1 so early in the draw. We also chat in press with Bianca Andreescu about her first Roland Garros main draw win. Is she going to celebrate the win? What makes her so good in three-setters? And how did she prepare for the third set of the match after her first-round contest with Marie Bouzkova was called due to darkness after two sets on Monday? This and more in today's podcast. Thanks for listening and enjoy Roland Garros! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 29, 2019
Lucky Letcord Podcast: Roland Garros Day 3--Svitolina, Dimitrov and Overlooked Clay Heroes
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Today on the Lucky Letcord Pocdast we come at you once again from the sixth row of the bleachers on Court Simonne-Mathieu. We kick off the pod with a convo with a preview of Day 3 (after some Django, of course) and then move into a discussion of Elina Svitolina. Is she ready to make an impact here in Paris or not quite healthy enough yet? Next we chat with Grigor Dimitrov in press and get the scoop on his coaching setup and find out what makes Radek Stepanek and Andre Agassi so valuable to him right now. Finally we look at some of the overlooked clay gurus who are making big waves at Roland Garros in week one. Juan Ignacio Londero, Hugo Dellien, Cristian Garin and Guido Pella. We ask Pella several answers about his newfound success in press and you can hear his replies, which are quite entertaining here. Thanks for listening and enjoy Day 3 at Roland Garros! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 28, 2019
Talking Novak Djokovic and Roland Garros with Saša Ozmo of Sportklub
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Today on the Lucky Letcord Podcast we tee up one of the biggest men's singles events at a Grand Slam in a long time. Just how important is this year's Roland Garros for Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal? We speak with Sportklub.Rs journalist Saša Ozmo who has been covering the Serbian tennis beat for over a decade. Ozmo gives his take on the current form of the World No.1 and how he sets up for this year's Roland Garros. Did the loss to Nadal in Rome effect him? Could it be a blessing? How important would winning this title be for Djokovic? For Nadal? And what about Dominic Thiem? Can he potentially throw a wrench into the plans? We also chat about the inspiring rise of Laslo Djere and rave about the new showcourt in Paris, Court Simonne-Mathieu. How freaking beautiful is it, really? Tune in and find out. Thanks to Saša for joining us. Follow him on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/ozmo_sasa and check out his work at Sportklub.RS here: http://sportklub.rs/Blog/Sasa-Ozmo Also Stick around to hear from Juan Martin del Potro. We talked to the Tower of Tandil about his great performance in Rome and a tough decision that he had to make about his health a few months ago... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 26, 2019
Bonjour et Bienvenue -- Welcome to Roland Garros!
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Today on the Lucky Letcord we say bonjour from Court Simonne-Mathieu, the gorgeous new showcourt on the far east side of the Roland Garros grounds. Chris Oddo perches in the rafters as he watches Belinda Bencic and Magdalena Rybarikova practice. And he talks you through the lineup for Day 1 as well as the beauty of the court from which he conducts the podcast. We also hear from Garbine Muguruza and Madison Keys, two players who aren't getting a whole lot of consideration ahead of the tournament but two players who nevertheless have a shot to win the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen. We talk with great excitement about the possibilities of a Djokovic and Nadal clash of the titans in Paris, as well as Roger Federer's first appearance since 2015 at Roland Garros. Thanks for listening to the Lucky Letcord Podcast and stay tuned for daily podcasts from Paris... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 25, 2019
Lucky Letcord Podcast: Steve Flink on the Incredible Longevity of Roger Federer
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Tennis Hall of Famer Steve Flink joins the Lucky Letcord Podcast to talk about Federer's recent title run in Miami, and why he believes that 109 titles is well within reach for the Swiss. We also chat about Federer's potential on clay and how important it will be for him to stay healthy during this critical phase. We break down other great moments from Indian Wells and Miami as well: Bianca Andreescu could be headed for the Top 10 this year--here's why. Felix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov are two talented players with different approaches to the game. Which one has the brighter future or is it too early to know? Novak Djokovic didn't have his best month in March but Steve believes the World No.1 will be eager to show why he is one of the best on any surface this spring on the clay. WTA tennis is peaking at the moment, with all its depth and talent, but when we talk about Indian Wells and Miami we can talk about variety and intellect--this is how Ash Barty and Bianca Andreescu are helping to change the narrative on the WTA Tour. Follow Steve on Twitter at @sflinko and be sure to read his columns on Tennis.com. http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/list/steve-flink/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 02, 2019
Lucky Letcord Podcast: Pete Odgers on Bianca Andreescu and Dominic Thiem
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This week on the Lucky Letcord Podcast tennis commentator Pete Odgers talks to us from the Miami Open where he will be commentating for the ATP over the next two weeks. Odgers discusses the breakout performance of Bianca Andreescu and what it was like to commentate on such a grand moment for tennis. He talks about the diverse game of the Canadian and how she was able to win the title from an experience veteran like Angelique Kerber. We also discuss what might come next for Andreescu and why Odgers thinks it is great news that she plans to take a few weeks off after Miami. Odgers also gives his take on the performance of Belinda Bencic and why he expects her to make the WTA Finals this season. And finally, we look at the number of first-time Masters 1000 champions on the men's side over the last three seasons, and wonder what it will take for these players to start breaking through and winning major titles. Finally, we conclude with a discussion of Dominic Thiem's performance and what it might portend for the Austrian going forward. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 20, 2019
Lucky Letcord Podcast: Richard Osborn of BNP Paribas Open on Legends Old and New
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Today on the Lucky Letcord Podcast we are joined by BNPParibas.com writer Richard Osborn. The San Francisco resident has been covering the tennis beat for 20 years, and he spent many of those years with Bill Simons and Matt Cronin at Inside Tennis before moving on to work for ATPWorldTour.com, USOpen.org, BNPParibasopen.com and many other tennis publications. Richard joins Chris Oddo to chat about #BNPPO19. We take a close look at the older players making serious waves in the draw, starting with 37-year-old Roger Federer and of course moving on to 38-year-old Venus Williams and 40-year-old Ivo Karlovic. Then we look at the teenagers with a keen eye on the explosion known as Bianca Andreescu. The 18-year-old has been a true revelation this week in California. We discuss the ever evolving hardcourt prowess of Dominic Thiem and talk about tennis paradise, looking at the evolution of the BNP Paribas Open over the years and what makes this event so special. Follow Richard's work at https://bnpparibasopen.com/ -- just google Richard Osborn bnp paribas open and you'll get TONS of articles. Also follow him on Twitter at @RWOsborn. Don't forget to rate/review/subscribe to the Lucky Letcord Podcast on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-lucky-letcord-podcast/id1141129184 Or hit us up on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/2Gp7fldUc5oL8kZjzW9tdI Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 14, 2019
Lucky Letcord Podcast: Khachanov and Kerber Seeking Magic at Indian Wells
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Today on the Lucky Letcord Podcast we come to you from our favorite spot between practice courts 16 and 17 to break down the men's singles round of 16 at Indian Wells plus today's women's singles quarter-finals. We hear from Russia's Karen Khachanov, who is finally starting to build some momentum in 2019--he talks about his off-season training, which was abbreviated, and his upcoming matchup with John Isner. We also chat with Angelique Kerber after her giant win over Aryna Sabalenka. The German assesses Sabalenka's power and looks forward to a meeting with 38-year-old legend Venus Williams. Thanks for listening to the Lucky Letcord Podcast. Check us out in iTunes, Spotify and on our website, www.tennisnow.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 13, 2019
Lucky Letcord Podcast: Miomir Kecmanovic Overlooked No More
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Today on the Lucky Letcord Podcast we preview a massive Tennis Tuesday at the BNP Paribas Open -- I mean how many mouthwatering matchups can you have in one day? We also chat with rising 19-year-old Miomir Kecmanovic on his wild ride to the round of 16 as a lucky loser and why he feels that he's been overlooked til now. We cruise around the practice courts and give Patrick Mouratoglou's forehand the thumbs up, while observing the snow-capped San Jacinto mountains. Finally, BNP Paribas Open tournament director Tommy Haas offers his view on the use of social media by today's players. His take is interesting, as you might have imagined. Thanks for listening to the podcast and please visit us in iTunes to rate, review and subscribe if you have a few free moments! ENJOY THE TENNIS! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 12, 2019
Lucky Letcord Podcast: Noah Rubin on the Inspiration for Behind the Racquet
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Today on the Lucky Letcord Podcast we are joined by Noah Rubin to talk about the inspiration behind the growing tennis social media presence "Behind the Racquet." Noah talks about the origin of the Instagram page, how he shoots the raw photos, and his plans for a gallery showing down the road. He also talks about some of the emotional stories that players have revealed via Behind the Racquet and talks about its role in today's sports social media landscape. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 11, 2019
Lucky Letcord Podcast: Aryna Sabalenka Loves the Fight
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Today on the Lucky Letcord Podcast we are live at the BNP Paribas Open, staring down from Stadium 4 bleachers as Naomi Osaka and her team are the first once to commence practice. Just another day in tennis paradise... Join the lucky letcord for an exclusive interview with Aryna Sabalenka. The World No.9 reacts to her second-round victory over Ajla Tomljanovic and tells us why she is so darn good in third sets. She also talks about her chemistry with longtime coach Dmitry Tursunov, her memories of her epic encounter with Naomi Osaka at last year's U.S. Open and her excitement about this year's Fed Cup semis [but not about traveling to Australia for the tie in April]. After the jump we preview a busy day at Indian Wells and reflect on the Williams sisters, noting how we should never take the fact that the Williams sisters are playing Indian Wells for granted. There's also a quick look at Naomi Osaka's win over Kristina Mladenovic and a chat on the Felix Auger-Aliassime's epic win over Stefanos Tsitsipas. Thanks for joining us and don't forget to tell your friends about us if you like the show! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 10, 2019
Lucky Letcord Podcast: Rising Star Bianca Andreescu on Her Sensational Season
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Canadian tennis is off the hook in 2019 and much of the buzz is due to 18-year-old wunderkind Bianca Andreescu. The rising phenom joins Chris Oddo to talk about her breakout 2019, her eclectic style of tennis, how she feels about Simona Halep, what the vibe is like between her and Felix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov and how high she wants to go in the rankings in 2019. Join us for this chat and our breakdown of Friday's action at the BNP Paribas Open! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 08, 2019
Lucky Letcord Podcast: Olga Savchuk on Ukrainian Tennis
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Special guest Olga Savchuk drops by the Lucky Letcord Podcast to talk about her life after tennis. The Former World No.79 talks about her blossoming broadcasting career, her current role as a coach, and gives her views on the future of Ukrainian Tennis. Scroll to 4:00 to check out the interview in its entirety! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 04, 2019
Lucky Letcord Podcast: The Sky Is Not Falling on Naomi Osaka
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This week on the Lucky Letcord Podcast Richard Pagliaro joins to talk about Naomi Osaka's stunning split with coach Sascha Bajin. He believes that the sky is not falling for the World No.1. We also discuss the impressive title run of Gael Monfils at Rotterdam while also making a point not to overlook the notable performances put in by Stan Wawrinka and Kei Nishikori. We take a peek at the latin swing and admit that we are both mightily impressed by Marco Cecchinato's clay-court game. And we wonder how good American Reilly Opelka might become as we discuss his breakthrough title at the New York Open. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 20, 2019
Nole Takes Flight: Steve Flink on the Serb's Present and Future
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Tennis Hall of Famer Steve Flink joins the Lucky Letcord Podcast to break down the incredible performance of World No.1 Novak Djokovic at the 2019 Australian Open. Flink believes that Djokovic has what it takes to make a push for the all-time Grand Slam titles record, and he thinks that push will continue this spring on the clay. We discuss the final with Nadal and wonder what type of a monster year Djokovic will have in 2019. We discuss the amazing achievement of Naomi Osaka and wonder what makes her game so special. We look at the rise of Stefanos Tsitsipas and the fall of Sascha Zverev. What enabled Tsitsipas to make his breakthrough and what is holding Zverev back? We also talk about the shocking finish to Serena Williams' 2019 Australian Open. How will the 23-time major champion recover from her heartbreaking loss to Karolina Pliskova? Episode Specifics: 0:00 - 2:50 INTRO 2:50 Interview with Steve Flink Begins 3:40 Flink on the Final between Rafa and Nole 5:20 Was it surprising how defensive Nadal played? 6:15 How did Djokovic flip the script on Nadal's serve? 7:45 Is Djokovic ready to defeat Nadal on the terre battue? 9:30 How many Slams might Djokovic win in 2019? 11:15 Is Djokovic approaching Masters and smaller events differently now that he's focusing more on winning major titles? 16:20 What does Naomi Osaka have that the other young talents of the game don't have right now? 18:15 Is Serena Williams running out of time and what does she need to do to get back on top of the sport? 19:37 A discussion of two players that seem to be, at least in the short term, headed in different direction: Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev. Thanks for listening! Please rate and review on iTUnes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-lucky-letcord-podcast/id1141129184?mt=2 Join us on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/2Gp7fldUc5oL8kZjzW9tdI Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 31, 2019
Lucky Letcord Podcast: Ode to Hopman Cup and Happy New Year!
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In today's edition of the Lucy Letcord Podcast we ring in the new year by getting pumped up for the 2019 Australian Open! Richard Pagliaro, Tennis Now's Editor joins the show to talk about several burning topics including: 1. Naomi Osaka's tennis and Naomi Osaka's mind 2. Aryna Sabalenka's brilliant run in Shenzhen 3. Speaking of Osaka and Sabalenka, which player is going to have the better season? 4. The women's game is deep, but which players standout among the early favorites for Slam glory in Melbourne (hint: Kerber) 5. Novak Djokovic is the Aussie Open favorite, but do we think less of his chances after he suffered a loss to Roberto Bautista Agut in Doha? 6. Roger Federer was brilliant at Hopman Cup and he's also a six-time champion in Melbourne. What are his chances of taking the title? 7. Kei Nishikori finally cracked the duck in Brisbane by snapping his three year title drought--does this make him a legit contender in Melbourne. 8. Hopman Cup was once again the perfect way to ring in the tennis new year -- so why then we ask does IT HAVE TO GO AWAY? We discuss its fate, and possible alternatives... Thanks for listening, please subscribe, rate and review on iTunes, and HAPPY NEW YEAR! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 08, 2019
Rising American Mackie McDonald Sets Sights on More Milestones
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This week on the Lucky Letcord Podcast we chat with rising American Mackie McDonald. The former NCAA singles and doubles champion made a massive mark on the ATP Tour in 2018, rising 100 spots in the rankings to finish at 76 in the world. After qualifying for the Australian Open and winning his first Grand Slam main draw match, McDonald would press on and turns heads at Wimbledon, where he reached the second week. ***The interview begins at 2:30*** 3:52 McDonald on what changed for him in 2018. 4:25 We asked the 23-year-old about what it was like to face the best players that the sport has to offer, and what ranking goal he has set for 2019. Other topics discussed: 5:45 Are there some things that work in college and challengers that don’t cut it at ATP level? 7:00 How the run in Australia was a spark for the whole campaign. 7:45 How does a higher ranking change the way he will plan for 2019? 8:48 How big was making the second week of Wimbledon for his confidence, and why is he a natural fit for grass? 11:30 What does he pick up when he watches players of similar stature like Kei Nishikori and David Goffin on tour? 14:10 How mental toughness is a key to his success. 15:15 What are some of the other memories that made 2018 special? 20:00 What will McDonald and team work on in Florida as they prepare for the Aussie summer? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 19, 2018
Karen Khachanov Multiple Major Winner? Fed-Nole Rivalry, Renewed!
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In this week's edition of the Lucky Letcord Podcast, Tennis Now editor Richard Pagliaro joins the show to discuss the week that was in tennis. We break down the Paris Masters which featured a breakthrough Masters 1000 title from 22-year-old Russian Karen Khachanov. Richard thinks this big man is destined for greatness not unlike his Paris predecessor Marat Safin and maybe even more. We also discuss the brilliant semifinal between Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer. What does it say about the state of one of tennis's greatest rivalries and what does it tell us about Roger Fededer's hopes of reclaiming glory at the majors in 2019? We also wonder about Djokovic in the present? Did he simply hit the wall in Paris and will be back, as menacing as ever, to rule the World Tour Finals next week in London? Other topics discussed: The improved form of Dominic Thiem on hardcourts will certainly help him get his ranking higher in the future, but is he a future No.1? Kei Nishikori has been brilliant all season--he's our fairy tale pick in London--but why does he struggle to win the big one? Thanks to all for listening! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 07, 2018
Previewing the WTA Finals Semi-Finals with Ros Satar of Britwatch Sports
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It's semi-final time at the WTA Finals in Singapore and we're chatting with veteran tennis journalist Ros Satar of Britwatch Sports. Ros joins the Lucky Letcord from Singapore, where she is covering the 5th and final Singapore edition of the WTA Finals. We break down the week that was in Singapore, and chat about what went wrong for those who didn't reach the semis. Other topics discussed: Caroline Wozniacki's rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis and how the Dane could be a big inspiration in 2019. Naomi Osaka's wild ride, how it ended and what she might do next. Angelique Kerber: A great season ends without a coach? Of course, we preview today's blockbuster semifinal matchups between Elina Svitolina and Kiki Bertens and Sloane Stephens and Karolina Pliskova. Finally Ros tells us who is going to win the whole darn thing! Thanks for listening! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 27, 2018
Tsitsipas and Edmund Win Maiden Titles and The Future Looks Bright
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This week on the Lucky Letcord Podcast Tennis Now's Editor joins Chris Oddo to talk about an amazing week in tennis. We actually didn't plan to do a podcast this week, but so many amazing achievements went down we felt it was only right. We discuss: 1. The incredible titles of Stefanos Tsitsipas, Kyle Edmund and Karen Khachanov and what that means for each going forward? 2. What are the upsides of the aforementioned players and which player will reach the Top 10 first? 3.Which of the three will be No.1, if any? 4. We also discuss the first four Days of the WTA Finals and take a crack at picking a winner. Don't laugh, we don't claim to be smart. 5. We finish with a discussion of Daria Kasatkina. She's won a big title in Moscow and now resides in the Top 10--can she go higher and is she ready to win a Slam NOW? THANKS FOR LISTENING! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 24, 2018
WTA Year-End Awards, Djokovic's Brilliance and Coaches of the Year
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This week on the Lucky Letcord Podcast Tennis Now's editor Richard Pagliaro joins to help us debate the WTA's year-end awards. 1. Player of the Year Halep/Wozniacki/Kerber/Osaka/Kvitova 2. Doubles Team of the Year 3. Most Improved 4. Best Newcomer 5. Comeback Player of the year Then we dive into a discussion of Novak Djokovic's amazing performance at Shanghai, asking: 1. Is he going to finish the year No.1? 2. How long is this run going to continue? 3. What is it about him that makes him such a force? We also discuss our picks for coach of the year, making mention of many significant coaching contributions in 2018, and of course, leaving a few out (sorry Jan Dewitt!) And finally -- what should we make of Roger Federer's performance in Shanghai and what can we expect from the Swiss now that Novak Djokovic has returned to dominance? Thanks for listening! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 18, 2018
14-Year-Old Sensation Coco Gauff on the Tennis Life
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On today's edition of the Lucky Letcord Podcast we dial up 14-year-old Coco Gauff, who is currently off training at the Patrick Mouratoglou Tennis Academy, to discuss her new feature on Whistle Sports, called "No Days Off." Gauff is the reigning Roland Garros Girls' Singles champion, and she's the youngest to win that title in 25 years. She's also the youngest U.S. Open Girls' Singles finalist in history. We caught up with the Florida-born world traveler to discuss her blossoming career, what it's been like to compete at the pro level and how Patrick Mouratoglou and his academy have impacted her career. We also discuss her family and how they are helping her achieve her dreams, what she plans to for the rest of the year and how she feels about being labeled as the next Serena Williams so young. The interview begins at the 2:00 mark of the podcast. Before you listen, jump over to Whistle Sports and watch the seven-minute video for the series "No Days Off." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEhvQJ_OlDI Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 11, 2018
Naomi Osaka Wins the US Open And Yeah That Was Strange
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Today on the Lucky Letcord Podcast Tennis Now's Editor Richard Pagliaro joins to talk about the stellar achievement of Naomi Osaka, who becomes the first Grand Slam champion in Japanese tennis history by defeating Serena Williams in a final that was--unfortunately--marred by controversy. We discuss: 1. It's vitally important to start with the real star of the day -- her name is Naomi Osaka. 2. Should Carlos Ramos have been more flexible and issued a soft warning to Serena Williams. 3. Serena's complex relationship with the U.S. Open -- why? 4. What was it like being there--Richard gives the scoop. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 09, 2018
Talking Grandstand and U.S. Open with Host Blair Henley
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Today on the Lucky Letcord Podcast we take a peek inside the inner workings of the 2018 U.S. Open as we chat with tournament host and presenter Blair Henley to find out: What's it like to talk to champion's moments after some of their greatest achievement? How in the heck do you manage to get all those player name's pronounced correctly? Who is that strange dancing lady on Granstand? What have been Blair's favorite moments of this year's tournament? Is it really THAT HOT IN NYC? How is the business end of the Open shaping up and what do the men's semifinals look like? How should Roger Federer announce his retirement to the world? Yeah, we discussed a lot! Thanks to Blair for making herself available! Follow her on Twitter @BlairHenley! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 07, 2018
Has Roger Federer Lost the Desire to Win?
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Today on the Lucky Letcord Podcast we wonder out loud... Has Roger Federer lost the fire in the belly? Is Rafael Nadal's rough draw going to catch up with him when he meets Del Potro? What does Dominic Thiem's breakout U.S. Open say about his future on hardcourts? There's a roof over tonight's Women's semifinals? Huh? Can Naomi Osaka stay hot and run the table in NYC? Will Serena Williams still be winning majors when she's 46? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 06, 2018
Lucky Letcord Podcast: US Open Day 7 Recap
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Today at LLC Pod we break down Day 7. Empty Promises from Nick Kyrgios what needs to be done? How about Alexander Zverev and Elina Svitolina, what do they need to do to breakthrough? How good is Dominic Thiem on hardcourts now and will it be good enough to compete with three-time USOpen champ Nadal? Sloane Stephens title defense = on track in NYC Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 03, 2018
Lucky Letcord Podcast: US Open Day 5 Recap
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Today on the Lucky Let we look at the similarities between the comebacks of Victoria Azarenka and Stan Wawrinka, who both fell today in straight sets. Of course we look back at Serena Williams victory over her sister Venus. We talk a bit about how Serena's Quarter of Death has now become, well, less deadly. We give a nod to Rafa and Sloane, the defending champs who both came through today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 01, 2018
Lucky Letcord Podcast: Steve Flink on Kerber's Wimbledon Triumph and the Men's Final
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Today on the Lucky Letcord Podcast the venerable Steve Flink joins us moments after Angelique Kerber's 6-3, 6-3 victory over Serena Williams in the Wimbledon Ladies' Singles final. We talk about the importance of Kerber's victory, how she got it done, and what went wrong for Serena as well as where she might go from here. We also preview Sunday's men's singles final, which features a rejuvanated Novak Djokovic and Kevin Anderson. Of course we debate the topic that has been on everybody's mind since Day 11 brought us a 6 hour, 36 minute semifinal that tossed the final weekend's scheduling into disarray. Should we or shouldn't we go to a fifth-set breaker at all majors? Steve weighs in on that and the bizarre twist to Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic's semifinal, which was played over two days and under a roof despite bright sunny skies on Saturday at Wimbledon. As, always, thanks for listening, and please, if you like the podcast, please take the time to rate and review us on iTunes. Thanks -- the management. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 15, 2018
Lucky Letcord Podcast: American Women at Wimbledon
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In today's episode of the Lucky Letcord Podcast we look at the domination of American women at the Championships. Americans have won 57 Ladies' Singles titles at Wimbledon, 21 more than the next closest nation, and the Williams sisters have dominated the lawns of the All England Club like no other duo since 2000, winning 12 of the 18 Ladies' Singles titles at SW19. Serena will bid for her eighth Wimbledon title on Saturday against Germany's Angelique Kerber, and we preview what could be an historic day for Williams while also looking at two American future stars, Cori "Coco" Gauff and Claire Liu. Thanks for listening and enjoy Day 11 of the Championships! As always, a rate and review fo the podcast would be helpful. Thanks -- the management. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 13, 2018
Lucky Letcord Podcast: Previewing Day 8 with Wimbledon Channel Presenter Nick McCarvel
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Today on the Lucky Letcord Podcast we are joined by Wimbledon Channel Presenter Nick McCarvel.  Nick is a rising tennis journalist that works for all four of the majors as well as many other tennis tournaments and outlets. He can currently be found fom now until the end of the Wimbledon fortnight on the Wimbledon Channel.  Follow the Wimbledon Channel on Twitter here Today we discussed Nick's beginnings as a tennis journalist, from his first New York Times byline, which came at Wimbledon in 2009 (oops) and discuss his transition from behind the scenes covering the Grand Slam beat as a USA Today contributor to his current role behind the camera.  We discuss the art of the interview and Nick's philosophy on putting the athlete first.  We discuss the one interview that Nick would most like to conduct.  And, of course, WE BREAK DOWN DAY 8!!!! It's women's quarterfinals day at Wimbledon and we're all pretty darn excited about it.  Thanks to Nick for joining us and thanks to all our listeners.  Visit the Wimbledon Channel by firing up your Wimbledon app and clicking on the big Wimbledon Channel Box.  You could also visit the Wimbledon Channel playlist on YouTube. Or just go to Wimbledon.com.  Cheerio!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 10, 2018
The Lucky Let Cord Podcast Wimbledon Manic Monday Preview with Steve Flink
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In today's edition of the Lucky Letcord Podcast sponsored by Tennis Express we preview Wimbledon's manic Monday with the venerable Steve Flink. Steve was inducted into the International Hall of Fame in 2017 for his intrepid work as a tennis journalism and he is attending Wimbledon for the 42nd consecutive year. Topics discussed: The chaotic first week on the women's side, in which an unprecedented number of seeds failed to reach the second week. The rise of Serena Williams, through the chaos. The intrigue on the bottom half of the men's singles draw where Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro are all jockeying for position to reach the final. We also hear from: Daria Kasatkina on her amazing success returning serve in week one. Kasatkina also weighs in on the seeds scattering (hint: she doesn't care) Karen Khachanov talks about how he adapts his game for grass as he prepares to face Novak Djokovic in the round of 16. Jelena Ostapenko talks about bouncing back from a difficult Roland Garros. As always, thanks for listening, and please rate and review us on iTunes if you have a moment--it would mean a lot to us. Thanks! -- the management. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 09, 2018
The Lucky Letcord Podcast Wimbledon Day 6
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Australian Tennis Journalist Matt Trollope (@MattyAT) joins the podcast to discuss a massive Day 6 at Wimbledon for the Aussie stars. Topics discussed include: Thoughts on the struggles of Top 10 seeds on the women's side at Wimbledon. A take on rise of 19-year-old Alex de Minaur. The role of Lleyton Hewitt in de Minaur's development and Hewitt's overall effect on Australian tennis. The play of Nick Kyrgios with a look-ahead to his clash with Kei Nishikori. A nod to undercovered and steadily improving Matthew Ebden. What can we expect from Ash Barty on Day 6? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 07, 2018
Lucky Let Podcast: Wimbledon Day 4
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Today on the Lucky Letcord Podcast we break down the unprecedented carnage that seeds have seen in the first two rounds at Wimbledon. We chat briefly with Stefanos Tsitsipas about the "dive heard 'round Wimbledon." We ask Dominiki Cibulkova why she serves like she's 10-feet tall at Wimbledon. Denis Shapovalov talks about wanting to win at Wimbledon too much. We say farewell to Frenchman Julien Benneteau after his final singles match at Wimbledon and ask him about his memories and what's next. Thanks for listening -- please rate and review on iTunes if you like the show! --the Management Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 06, 2018
Lucky Let Podcast: Wimbledon Day 3
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Today on the Lucky Let Cord Podcast we hear from Denis Shapovalov ahead of his second-round tilt with Benoit Paire and discuss Caroline Wozniacki's comments about Ekaterina Makarova after the Dane was knocked out of Wimbledon on Day 3. We also briefly dig into Serena Williams serving and sense of humor, and hear a take from Roger Federer on the anniversary of his epic 2008 Wimbledon final with a man named Rafa. Thanks for listening! Please rate and review on Itunes and tell your friends... -- the management Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 05, 2018
The Lucky Let Cord Podcast Wimbledon Day 1
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We break down a frantic Day 1 of Wimbledon, hearing from Denis Shapovalov about his Day 2 matchup with Jeremy Chardy, and getting a lesson in match point saved history from Agnieszka Radwanska. We also discuss Roger Federer's Mega Uniqlo deal and Stefanos Tsitsipas' first Wimbledon win. Now we must sleep! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 03, 2018
The Lucky Let Cord Podcast Wimbledon Preview 2018
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Brad Gilbert of ESPN and Reem Abulleil of Sport 360 and Wimbledon.com join Chris Oddo to talk all things Wimbledon on the eve of Wimbledon. Talking Points, Brad Gilbert interview: 1:40 Brad Gilbert's on Roger Federer's Current grass-court form 2:37 What does Borna Coric's Halle tite mean? 3:43 Does Federer have a bad draw, and does it even matter? 5:05 A look at Nadal (and Brad is tabbing him to win) 7:45 Is there any hope for Shapovalov, Tsitsipas and Coric this year at Wimbledon? 9:45 Brad guesses his Wimbledon record perfectly. 10:45 Brad talks about playing on Centre Court for the one and only time. 14:25 Brad tabs Petra Kvitova for the title. 17:20 will Novak Djokovic have a major under his belt by the end of the season? Talking points, Reem Abulleil interview: 23:15 Reem discusses the many hats she's wearing at Wimbledon this year. 24:15 An introduction to the qualifying scene at Roehampton 26:30 We discuss the key qualifying storylines. 30:20 What did we learn from Serena Williams presser re: Deadspin article? 31:55 Wait, Roger Federer was tested by anti-doping seven times in a month? 34:38 A pair of Tunisian's will bid to make their mark at Wimbledon on Day 1 38:10 Is Nick Kyrgios a contender at Wimbledon? He sounds focused, says Reem. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 01, 2018
Tennis Now Tennis Podcast Featuring USTA's Jose Higueras
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Jose Higueras joins the Tennis Now podcast to talk about his role as the USTA's Director of coaching. Items discussed: The steady progress of American youngsters, but Higueras cautions that the hard part is just beginning. Why Jose took the job and how his role with USTA has evolved. The beautiful new USTA facility near Orlando, Florida. Who was the toughest player Higueras ever faced? Is best-of-three or best-of-five better at majors? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 06, 2016
Serena Williams, Greatest Athlete of All-Time?
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A discussion of greatness in sport, with Serena Williams as the lead example. Diving into the implications of her Nike ad, which dubs her the greatest athlete of all-time. We chat with USA Today columnist Nick McCarvel about Williams and the ubiquitous advertisement. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 08, 2016
Tennis Now Podcast: With host Chris Oddo and guest Taylor Dent.
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This week's Tennis Now Podcast features former ATP star Taylor Dent. The former world No. 21 currently heads the Dent Tennis Academy and coaches breakout American star Jared Donaldson. We chat with Dent about Donaldson's breakout success in New York, as well as the present and future of his academy. Plus, what it was like to train with Roger Federer in Dubai for three weeks, and which players could make a run for the men's singles title. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 01, 2016
Tennis Now Tennis Podcast U.S. Open Edition with Steve Flink, Brad Gilbert and Robbie Koenig
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This week on the Tennis Now Podcast we preview the 2016 U.S. Open draw. Tennis Channel columnist Steve Flink joins to talk about Monica Puig and Juan Martin del Potro's chances of backing up their Olympic success and debate the chances of Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 27, 2016
Tennis Now Podcast: Wrapping up Cincinnati with Special Guest Erik Gudris
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In this edition of the Tennis Now Tennis Podcast we talk about the race to No. 1 in the WTA, plus Karolina Pliskova, Marin Cilic and more. Tennis Now contributor Erik Gudris joins us to debate. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 23, 2016
Prime Sports Tennis: Aug. 18 podcast with Richard Pagliaro of "Tennis Now"
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Richard Pagliaro, managing editor at TennisNow.com, and former U.S. Olympian Andrea Leand review the gold-medal runs of Andy Murray, who outdueled a resurgent Juan Martin del Potro in the final, and surprising Monica Puig. They also look at this week’s WTA event in Cincinnati, where Angelique Kerber can displace Serena Williams atop the rankings. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 18, 2016
2016 Olympic Tennis Rehash
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This week on the Tennis Now Podcast we relive the glory of an unbelievably compelling week of tennis in Rio. We tip our caps to those who didn't medal and pay homage to some of the greatest achievements of the Games. Tennis Now Richard Pagliaro joins the podcast to talk about the implications of Andy Murray's back-to-back Gold medals plus the raw emotions of an Olympics that featured inspiring performance from Monica Puig, Rafael Nadal, Juan Martin del Potro and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 17, 2016
Tennis Now's Tennis Podcast-Rio Olympic Podcast Aug 10 with Chris Oddo and Richard Pagliaro.
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Tennis Now's Tennis Podcast- Rio Olympic Podcast Aug 10. A new podcast with Host Chris Oddo and Richard Pagliaro Tennis guru's. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 11, 2016