Thirty Love: Conversations About Tennis

By Carl Bialik

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Conversations about tennis, always under 30:00, with host Carl Bialik and guests.

Episode Date
Tim Wigmore On 'The Best'
27:43

Tim Wigmore, sports journalist for The Telegraph and co-author of The Best: How Elite Athletes are Made, joins Thirty Love host Carl Bialik to apply his sports-science insights to tennis: why younger siblings thrive in tennis and other sports, how Andre Agassi figured out how to beat Boris Becker, and how the pandemic upended 2020 for athletes and the people who write about them.

Have feedback, a suggestion for a Thirty Love guest, or anything else you want to say? Email Carl at bialik@pm.me

Music by Lee Rosevere: "Credit Roll" and "Glass Android."

Feb 05, 2021
Caitlin Thompson On Racquet, The Book
29:54

Racquet Magazine cofounder Caitlin Thompson, cohost of The Racquet Podcast and The Main Draw, joins Thirty Love host Carl Bialik to talk about the new book collecting the best of Racquet, how the pandemic did and didn't affect the latest issue of Racquet, and how to celebrate a fan-free US Open with friends, Racquet-style.

Previously on Thirty Love:

Caitlin Thompson On The Expanding Racquet Empire

Caitlin Thompson on Racquet Magazine's Sophomore Surge

Have feedback, a suggestion for a Thirty Love guest, or anything else you want to say? Email Carl at bialik@pm.me

Music by Lee Rosevere: "Credit Roll" and "Glass Android."

Aug 19, 2020
Ana Mitric On The Adria Tour And Novak Djokovic
29:46

Tennis enthusiast Ana Mitric, who refers to herself as a fake Serb and not quite a journalist, joins Thirty Love host Carl Bialik to talk about the tennis world's English-language bias and what the tennis media missed about Novak Djokovic and the ill-fated Adria Tour.  

Previously on Thirty Love:

Katrina Williams on Djokovic Fandom

Have feedback, a suggestion for a Thirty Love guest, or anything else you want to say? Email Carl at bialik@pm.me

Music by Lee Rosevere: "Credit Roll" and "Glass Android."

Jul 06, 2020
PlaySight's Rodney Rapson On Bringing Sport Back, Safely
37:09

Rodney Rapson, PlaySight's managing director for Europe & UK, joins Thirty Love host Carl Bialik to talk about the company's role in staging and televising the return of live pro tennis, how to write the rules on sports safety during a pandemic, and the way to host an event with the fewest possible people.

Trying something new: The episode has bonus content after the first 30 minutes. If you want to leave before we get to Minute 31, the first playing of the outro music is your cue. 

Previously on Thirty Love:

Ben Rothenberg On PlaySight

PlaySight's Chen Shachar On Helping Tennis Players To Know Themselves

Have feedback, a suggestion for a Thirty Love guest, or anything else you want to say? Email Carl at bialik@pm.me

Music by Lee Rosevere: "Credit Roll" and "Glass Android."

May 09, 2020
Writer Ben Rothenberg on Tennis Freelancing Without Tennis
28:54

Freelance tennis writer Ben Rothenberg, host of the No Challenges Remaining tennis podcast, rejoins Thirty Love host Carl Bialik to talk about the pandemic's effect on the tennis writing business, the seismic effect the tours' interruption could have on its power balance, and his first two acts if he became commissioner of tennis (Carl's idea).

Previously on Thirty Love:

Ben Rothenberg On PlaySight

Ben Rothenberg On Exposing The Darko Grncarov Myth

Ben Rothenberg On Former Phenom Monique Viele

Have a suggestion for a Thirty Love guest? Email Carl at bialik@pm.me

Music by Lee Rosevere: "Credit Roll" and "Glass Android."

May 04, 2020
Tennis Writer Matt Marolf On WTATP Commissioner Murray
29:53

Matt Marolf, writer for UbiTennis, rejoins his neighbor Carl Bialik—host of Thirty Love—from an appropriate social distance to talk about Roger Federer's tweeted support for a WTA-ATP merger, speculate wildly (OK, that's mostly Carl) about what drove the move and what might come next, and discuss which member(s) of tennis's Murray family would make the best boss of tennis. 

Have a suggestion for a Thirty Love guest? Email Carl at bialik@pm.me

Music by Lee Rosevere: "Credit Roll" and "Glass Android."

Apr 23, 2020
Alex Aksanov On Physical Therapy, On The Front Lines And At Home
28:57

Former college tennis player Alex Aksanov, now a coach and a physical therapist at a Brooklyn hospital, joins Thirty Love host Carl Bialik to talk about helping people with coronavirus recover their health and strength, exercises for the homebound tennis player without a net, and the joys and heartbreak of finding a tennis court to play on in New York City.

Have a suggestion for a Thirty Love guest? Email Carl at bialik@pm.me

Music by Lee Rosevere: "Credit Roll" and "Glass Android."

Apr 20, 2020
World TeamTennis CEO Carlos Silva On Restarting The Pro Game
29:49

Carlos Silva, the CEO of World TeamTennis, joins Thirty Love host Carl Bialik to talk about planning for the possible return of the pro game; the range of possibilities for what could constitute World TeamTennis in an age of physical distancing; and why this unusual season could be unusually American, or atypically global.

Have a suggestion for a Thirty Love guest? Email Carl at bialik@pm.me

Music by Lee Rosevere: "Credit Roll" and "Glass Android."

Apr 17, 2020
Under Review Tennis Podcast Host Craig Shapiro Embraces The Sport's Nostalgia
29:09

Craig Shapiro, host of the Under Review Tennis Podcast, joins Thirty Love podcast host Carl Bialik to talk about tennis organizations and players uniting during the virus-induced shutdown of sports, which classic matches to watch when there are no live ones, and how he's built and grown his 20-month-old show.

Have a suggestion for a Thirty Love guest? Email Carl at bialik@pm.me

Music by Lee Rosevere: "Credit Roll" and "Glass Android."

Apr 12, 2020
Tennis Writer Matt Marolf On Wimbledon's Cancellation, And What's Next
29:36

Matt Marolf, writer for UbiTennis, joins his neighbor Carl Bialik—host of Thirty Love—from an appropriate social distance to talk about Wimbledon's cancellation, the implications for the record books, and how tennis might come back—as a live sport, a spectator sport, and a participatory sport—before the tours are ready to return. 

Have a suggestion for a Thirty Love guest? Email Carl at bialik@pm.me

Music by Lee Rosevere: "Credit Roll" and "Glass Android."

Apr 02, 2020
Author Cecil Harris On A Very Big Year For The Williams Sisters
29:14

Cecil Harris, author of the books Different Strokes and Charging the Net about black tennis history, rejoins Thirty Love host Carl Bialik to talk about his sense that the Williams sisters will retire in 2020, why young African-American men aren't picking up tennis racquets, and where the Black Tennis Hall of Fame should make its home.

Have a suggestion for a Thirty Love guest? Email Carl at bialik@pm.me

Music by Lee Rosevere: "Credit Roll" and "Glass Android."

Mar 09, 2020
Dan Golden On The Price Of A College Tennis Team Spot
27:51

Dan Golden, senior editor at ProPublica and author of The Price of Admission, joins Thirty Love host Carl Bialik to talk about the ProPublica article he co-wrote entitled "An Unseen Victim of the College Admissions Scandal: The High School Tennis Champion Aced Out by a Billionaire Family"; all the ways college admission for sports can bypass merit; and who's harmed when wealthy parents buy spots on teams for their children.

Have a suggestion for a Thirty Love guest? Email Carl at bialik@pm.me

Music by Lee Rosevere: "Credit Roll" and "Glass Android."

Mar 05, 2020
ATP Player Jason Jung On Getting There
16:09

Taiwan men's tennis No. 1 Jason Jung, fresh off reaching his second straight New York Open quarterfinal, joins Thirty Love host Carl Bialik to talk about his aspiration to break into the top 100 and qualify for the Olympics, how close he came to never playing professional tennis, and why he used to blog more.

Have a suggestion for a Thirty Love guest? Email Carl at bialik@pm.me

Music by Lee Rosevere: "Credit Roll" and "Glass Android."

Feb 13, 2020
Author Peter Underwood On The Pro Era's Greats
26:55

Doctor, farmer, and peace activist Peter Underwood joins Thirty Love host Carl Bialik to talk about his book The Pros: The Forgotten Era Of Tennis. Underwood explains why tennis took so long to go professional, what motivated pros such as Jack Kramer and Rod Laver to endure tough conditions for small purses, and how today's top men would do as barnstormers.

Underwood works with the Medical Association for Prevention of War, the founder of ICAN (the International Campaign Against Nuclear Weapons) and the recipient of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize. His forthcoming book is a collection of poetry. He lives in Perth and runs a small farm in Denmark, West Australia.

Have a suggestion for a Thirty Love guest? Email Carl at bialik@pm.me

Music by Lee Rosevere: "Credit Roll" and "Glass Android."

Feb 10, 2020
Tennis Writer Ben Rothenberg On Former Phenom Monique Viele
29:49

Freelance tennis writer Ben Rothenberg, host of the No Challenges Remaining tennis podcast, rejoins Thirty Love host Carl Bialik to talk about his two-part series for Racquet about Monique Viele, who was hyped as the next big star in tennis but never won a tour-level match. Among the adults who helped make Viele a millionaire while possibly hurting her tennis prospects: Donald Trump.

Previously on Thirty Love:

Ben Rothenberg On PlaySight

Ben Rothenberg On Exposing The Darko Grncarov Myth

Have a suggestion for a Thirty Love guest? Email Carl at bialik@pm.me

Music by Lee Rosevere: "Credit Roll" and "Glass Android."

Dec 23, 2019
Filmmaker Theo Anthony On Hawk-Eye's Dispensing Of Justice And Entertainment
29:58

Filmmaker Theo Anthony, director of ESPN Films 30 for 30 Shorts documentary Subject to Review, joins Thirty Love host Carl Bialik to talk about the origin story of instant replay in sports, how cricket does it better, and why the 2018 World Tour Finals set the perfect stage for his film.

Have a suggestion for a Thirty Love guest? Email Carl at bialik@pm.me

Music by Lee Rosevere: "Credit Roll" and "Glass Android."

Dec 16, 2019
Ethan Lee On The Aphabreaker And Other Scoring-System Innovations
29:56

Guitar repair hero and tennis-racquet expert Ethan Lee rejoins Thirty Love host Carl Bialik to talk about Lee's idea for a new kind of tennis tiebreaker: the Aphabreaker, in which not every point is created equal. Lee explains how his innovation puts the serve in its rightful place and suggests ways tennis can embrace new formats to find the best ones it's never tried.

Have a suggestion for a Thirty Love guest? Email Carl at bialik@pm.me

Music by Lee Rosevere: "Credit Roll" and "Glass Android."

Dec 14, 2019
Novelist Benjamin Markovits On Life After A Professional Tennis Career
29:47

Novelist Benjamin Markovits rejoins Thirty Love host Carl Bialik to talk about his two books that touch on tennis: "A Weekend In New York" and its sequel, "Christmas in Austin." On the publication day of his latest book, and after a tennis match with his podcast host, Markovits describes how solitary an athlete's existence can be, whether in career or out, in a team sport or an individual one; how a retired tennis pro in the midst of a breakdown can make a lot of reasonable points; and how a career of competition can into an entire life viewed through the lens of competition.

Have a suggestion for a Thirty Love guest? Email Carl at bialik@pm.me

Music by Lee Rosevere: "Credit Roll" and "Glass Android."

Nov 08, 2019
Author Ann Leary On Tennis, Her Marriage, And Modern Love
29:41

Author Ann Leary, whose 2013 Modern Love essay in The New York Times "Rallying to Keep the Game Alive" was adapted for the Modern Love streaming series this year, joins Thirty Love host Carl Bialik to talk about how tennis has fit into her marriage to her husband (actor Denis Leary), why she has been using a one-handed backhand lately, and whether the tennis tradition can make way for alternative rules.

A recent New York Times interview with Leary about her essay

Leary on the Modern Love podcast

Have a suggestion for a Thirty Love guest? Email Carl at bialik@pm.me

Music by Lee Rosevere: "Credit Roll" and "Glass Android."

Nov 03, 2019
New Racketlon USA President Patrick Moran On The Table Tennis-Badminton-Squash-Tennis Hybrid Sport
29:40

Patrick Moran, who recently became the president of Racketlon USA, joins Thirty Love host Carl Bialik to talk about who joined tennis with three other racquet sports to form racketlon, how the sport has grown worldwide, which discipline is most prone to blowouts, and what makes racketlon so mentally tough.

Wall Street Journal video on racketlon

Have a suggestion for a Thirty Love guest? Email Carl at bialik@pm.me

Music by Lee Rosevere: "Credit Roll" and "Glass Android."

Oct 19, 2019
Julie Heldman On Tennis And Mental Illness, And Narrating Her Memoir's Audiobook
26:15

Former Top 5 player Julie Heldman rejoins Thirty Love host Carl Bialik to talk about what she learned while touring to promote her memoir "Driven: A Daughter's Odyssey," why she's glad she decided to include her struggle with mental illness in the book, how tennis has changed since she retired, and what it was like to narrate her story for the book's new audio edition.

Have a suggestion for a Thirty Love guest? Email Carl at bialik@pm.me

Music by Lee Rosevere: "Credit Roll" and "Glass Android."

Oct 14, 2019
Writer Alexander Tilney On What Squash And Tennis Can Teach Each Other
29:45

Alex Tilney, author of The Expectations, joins his longtime friend and occasional racquet-sports opponent Carl Bialik to talk about how squash figures in both his novel and an exclusive slice of American society, why substituting tennis for squash would have made for a very different tale, and what tennis and squash can learn from each other about keeping spectators entertained.

Have a suggestion for a Thirty Love guest? Email Carl at bialik@pm.me

Music by Lee Rosevere: "Credit Roll" and "Glass Android."

Sep 20, 2019
Jason Gay And Tom Perrotta Wrap The 2019 US Open
20:49

Wall Street Journal columnist Jason Gay and longtime tennis writer Tom Perrotta rejoin Thirty Love host Carl Bialik from the US Open to wrap the 2019 tournament: the epic men's final, Bianca Andreescu's earth-shaking win, the preeminence of women's tennis, and what it'll all look like in five years.

Listen to Jason Gay's prior appearances on Thirty Love: after the 2018 US Open, after the 2017 US Open, and in July 2017.

Listen to Tom Perrotta's prior appearances on Thirty Love: from the 2018 US Open, in October 2017, in July 2017, and in May 2017.

Have a suggestion for a Thirty Love guest? Email Carl at bialik@pm.me

Music by Lee Rosevere: "Credit Roll" and "Glass Android."

Sep 09, 2019
Amanda Herling And Morlene Chin On Their First Time Watching Live Tennis
29:54

Host Carl Bialik's friends Amanda Herling and Morlene Chin joined him on the last day of the 2019 US Open for their first live-tennis experience. They share their impressions, including a newfound love for doubles, immense appreciation for wheelchair tennis, and a preference for watching tennis from on high.

Have a suggestion for a Thirty Love guest, during the US Open or beyond? Email Carl at bialik@pm.me

Music by Lee Rosevere: "Credit Roll" and "Glass Android."

Sep 08, 2019
Deadspin's Laura Wagner On Bianca Andreescu, Nick Kyrgios, And The US Open
29:37

Laura Wagner, who covers tennis and sports media for Deadspin, joins Thirty Love host Carl Bialik from the US Open to talk about Bianca Andreescu's swagger, Nick Kyrgios's ennui, tennis's web of conflicts of interest, and how to make the sport more exciting.

Have a suggestion for a Thirty Love guest, during the US Open or beyond? Email Carl at bialik@pm.me

Music by Lee Rosevere: "Credit Roll" and "Glass Android."

Sep 06, 2019
Writer Kamakshi Tandon On Making Televised Tennis Beautiful
29:31

Kamakshi Tandon, who is covering the US Open for tennis.com, rejoins Thirty Love host Carl Bialik from the Open to talk about the rise of tennis emotions, positive and negative; what social media has done for tennis and what it can still do; and how to make the sport a better TV product.

Listen to Kamakshi's 2018 appearance on Thirty Love.

Have a suggestion for a Thirty Love guest, during the US Open or beyond? Email Carl at bialik@pm.me

Music by Lee Rosevere: "Credit Roll" and "Glass Android."

Sep 03, 2019
US Open Bookstore Coordinator Rose Hobson On 27 Years Of Volunteering
27:15

Rose Hobson, coordinator of volunteers for the US Open bookstore, joins Thirty Love host Carl Bialik from the US Open to talk about her favorite tennis book, her own tennis game, how the Open has changed, and the volunteer life at the tournament.

Have a suggestion for a Thirty Love guest, during the US Open or beyond? Email Carl at bialik@pm.me

Music by Lee Rosevere: "Credit Roll" and "Glass Android."

Sep 02, 2019
The Guardian's Tumaini Carayol On Serena Williams, Coco Gauff, And The US Open's First Week
29:57

Tumaini Carayol, a sportswriter for The Guardian, rejoins Thirty Love host Carl Bialik from the US Open to talk about Serena Williams's candor after her fourth-round win, Coco Gauff's precociousness and penchant for doubles, and the young men's stars' heel turns.

Have a suggestion for a Thirty Love guest, during the US Open or beyond? Email Carl at bialik@pm.me

Music by Lee Rosevere: "Credit Roll" and "Glass Android."

Sep 01, 2019
The Wall Street Journal's Jim Chairusmi On Tennis Innovation
29:45

Jim Chairusmi, who writes and edits sports articles at The Wall Street Journal, rejoins Thirty Love host Carl Bialik from the US Open to share ideas for how to expand the sport, from tiebreaks at 4-4 to reaching the platonic ideal of two-hour matches to 3-on-1 against Novak Djokovic. He also makes his title picks.

Have a suggestion for a Thirty Love guest, during the US Open or beyond? Email Carl at bialik@pm.me

Music by Lee Rosevere: "Credit Roll" and "Glass Android."

Sep 01, 2019
Glenn Gilliam On Althea Gibson And Her Legacy
29:57

Glenn Gilliam, executive director of strategic partnerships for the documentary film "Althea," joins Thirty Love host Carl Bialik at the US Open to talk about the new Althea Gibson sculpture on the grounds, how Gibson compares to Serena Williams, and what's holding tennis back from being more representative of the world around it today.

Have a suggestion for a Thirty Love guest, during the US Open or beyond? Email Carl at bialik@pm.me

Music by Lee Rosevere: "Credit Roll" and "Glass Android."

Aug 29, 2019
Writer Liz Weil On Profiling Venus Williams
28:22

Liz Weil, writer-at-large for the New York Times Magazine under the byline Elizabeth Weil, joins Thirty Love host Carl Bialik to talk about Weil's profile of Venus Williams for the Times Magazine, covering tennis as an outsider, whether there would have been Venus without Serena, and what's next for Venus.

Have a suggestion for a Thirty Love guest, during the US Open or beyond? Email Carl at bialik@pm.me

Music by Lee Rosevere: "Credit Roll" and "Glass Android."

Aug 29, 2019
Elite Tennis Travel's Adriana Isaza-Mohring On Finding Tennis Havens Worldwide
23:47

Adriana Isaza-Mohring, founder of the New York City-based Elite Tennis Travel company, joins Thirty Love host Carl Bialik at the US Open to talk about what the "elite" in the name means, why Havana has been such a hit with her customers, and her own playing career's very different travel style.

Have a suggestion for a Thirty Love guest, during the US Open or beyond? Email Carl at bialik@pm.me

Music by Lee Rosevere: "Credit Roll" and "Glass Android."

Aug 28, 2019
Artist Eric Goulder On His Althea Gibson Sculpture At The US Open
18:46

Eric Goulder, the artist who conceived of and created the new Althea Gibson sculpture at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center unveiled on the first day of main-draw play at the 2019 US Open, joins Thirty Love host Carl Bialik to talk about what he learned about Gibson during the creative process, why he normally doesn't like sports sculptures, and how he hopes technology will make his artwork a living and evolving creation.

Music by Lee Rosevere: "Credit Roll" and "Glass Android."

Aug 27, 2019
ESPN's Don Van Natta Jr. On Serena Williams, Carlos Ramos, And The 2018 US Open Women's Final
30:00

Don Van Natta Jr., host and executive producer of the new ESPN show Backstory, joins Thirty Love host Carl Bialik to talk about the debut episode of his new show, on the 2018 US Open women's final. Won by Naomi Osaka over Serena Williams, the match was overshadowed by chair umpire Carlos Ramos's officiating and Williams's reaction. Van Natta and Bialik talk about the controversy's impact on tennis, why new footage adds to the case that Williams received the barred coaching instruction, and what happened when Williams and Ramos met privately immediately after the match's conclusion.

Listen to Don's 2017 appearance on Thirty Love.

Music by Lee Rosevere: "Credit Roll" and "Glass Android."

Aug 26, 2019
Tennis Journalist Reem Abulleil On Finding Every Player's Stories
29:28

Tennis journalist Reem Abulleil joins Thirty Love host Carl Bialik from the US Open to talk about the struggle to find stories in qualifying, the unique approach the US Open takes to qualies, why she finds it essential to be on site even when travel logistics pose a burden, why she launched a Patreon, and how she finds stories in every interview she conducts with players.

Listen to Reem's 2017 appearance on Thirty Love.

Music by Lee Rosevere: "Credit Roll" and "Glass Android."

Aug 22, 2019
Economist Ian Fillmore On Technological Disruption In Tennis
28:54

Economist Ian Fillmore of Washington University joins Thirty Love host Carl Bialik to talk about his recent co-authored study on how racquet change disrupted tennis, gave rise to faulty predictions, and lifted a young generation of stars. 

Music by Lee Rosevere: "Credit Roll" and "Glass Android."

Aug 12, 2019
Sportswriter Joe Posnanski on the Djokovic-Federer Wimbledon Final
29:18

Sportswriter Joe Posnanski joins Thirty Love host Carl Bialik to talk about his recent essay reflecting on Novak Djokovic's defeat of Roger Federer in the Wimbledon final, why his view on the greatest-of-all-time debate has evolved, how much he'd like to cover tennis full-time, and what it was like getting beaten by Joe McEnroe.

Music by Lee Rosevere: "Credit Roll" and "Glass Android."

 

Jul 22, 2019
Novelist Benjamin Markovits On The Solitary Lives Of Tennis Pros And Writers
29:01

Novelist Benjamin Markovits joins Thirty Love host Carl Bialik to talk about his two books that touch on tennis: "A Weekend In New York" and its forthcoming sequel, "Christmas in Austin." Markovits explains how his professional basketball career turned him off from team sports, shares his favorites from the tennis memoirs he read to prepare for writing about the game, and reflects on the agony of having a number next to your name that defines your place in your profession and the world.

Music by Lee Rosevere.

Markovits's website: http://www.benjaminmarkovits.com/

Jul 18, 2019
Author Judy Aydelott On Lifetimes Full Of Tennis
29:57

Author Judy Aydelott joins Thirty Love host Carl Bialik to share stories from her book "Sport of a Lifetime: Enduring Personal Stories From Tennis," including Betty Eisenstein, Gardnar Mulloy, and Fred Kovaleski; recalls how she found tennis, along with her future husband; and explains that married partners don't always make for good tennis partners.

Music by Lee Rosevere.

"Sport of a Lifetime" on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Sport-Lifetime-Enduring-Personal-Stories/dp/1937559645

Jun 03, 2019
Photographer Stephan Würth on His Tennis Book and Fandom
23:46

Photographer Stephan Würth joins Thirty Love host Carl Bialik—on the court and in the studio—to talk about his new book "Tennis Fan," published by Damiani; his favorite and least favorite tournaments; and what it was like hitting with the Williams sisters.

Music by Lee Rosevere.

Würth's website: http://www.stephanwurth.com/

Würth on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/stephanwurth/

Apr 12, 2019
Hall of Famer Rosie Casals on the Original Nine and Her Tennis Foundation
22:46

Tennis Hall of Famer Rosie Casals joins Thirty Love host Carl Bialik to recall her role in the Original Nine, the pioneering group who helped create modern women's professional tennis; reflect on why she doesn't see herself among today's pros; and describe how she's spreading tennis in California's Coachella Valley beyond the glamour of the Indian Wells tennis tournament.

Music by Lee Rosevere.

Casals on the Tennis Hall of Fame website: https://www.tennisfame.com/hall-of-famers/inductees/rosie-casals

Casals on Twitter: https://twitter.com/rosiecasals?lang=en

Love & Love Tennis Foundation: https://lovelovetennisfoundation.wordpress.com/

Apr 10, 2019
Doubles Team Kevin Krawietz And Andreas Mies On Reaching Their First ATP Final
29:23

The German doubles team of Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies join Thirty Love host Carl Bialik from the New York Open to talk about reaching their first ATP final, whether they really are a doubles team, and the Germany-to-Auburn recruiting pipeline.

Music by Lee Rosevere.

Kevin on Twitter: https://twitter.com/KrawietzKevin

Andreas on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AndreasMies

Feb 16, 2019
Tennys Sandgren On Life After The 2018 Australian Open
24:14

American tennis pro Tennys Sandgren joins Thirty Love host Carl Bialik from the New York Open to talk about his tendency to go deep or go home at tournaments, where his deep run at the 2018 Australian Open came from, the pressure to defend ranking points, whether he has regrets about his Twitter activity that sparked outrage during his 2018 run in Melbourne, his return to Twitter, and one issue on which he supports regulation.

Music by Lee Rosevere.

Tennys on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TennysSandgren

New York Times coverage of Sandgren at the 2018 Australian Open: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/24/sports/tennis/hyeon-chung-australian-open-tennys-sandgren.html https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/22/sports/tennis/australian-open-tennys-sandgren.html

Feb 10, 2019
AceSpace Founder And CEO Chris Sabaitis On The Court-Booking System Of The Future
21:25

Chris Sabaitis—founder and CEO of AceSpace, a court-booking and partner-finding system—joins Thirty Love host Carl Bialik from the New York Open to talk about the sport's fractured, often low-tech way of allocating courts; the strategies he used as a traveling junior to find hitting partners; and the time he played on the court that had been used many times by a young Andy Roddick.

Music by Lee Rosevere.

AceSpace: http://www.acespacecourts.com/

Sabaitis on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ChrisSabaitis

AceSpace on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AceSpaceCourts

Feb 09, 2019
Simon Denman On Predicting The Next Shot Of Federer, Nadal, And Djokovic
25:23

Simon Denman, a senior research fellow with Queensland University of Technology's Speech, Audio, Image and Video Technology Laboratory, joins Thirty Love host Carl Bialik to talk about his team's research into using neural networks to predict the next shots of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic. Denman also spoke about getting and working with Hawk-Eye data, using his methodology to help power virtual-reality tennis, and how far we are from robots playing the proper tennis game of serve-and-volley.

Music by Lee Rosevere.

The paper: https://arxiv.org/abs/1901.05123

A press release about the paper: https://www.qut.edu.au/research/article?id=139429&fbclid=IwAR3TbssTO-HzQlQLSSW5yBKyfLDJAfl1LjrMDseITxuGU0NifCyvBiQYiZM

Feb 08, 2019
Helen R. Russell On 75 Years Of Billie Jean King
26:44

Helen R. Russell, co-curator of the New-York Historical Society's exhibit, "Billie Jean King: The Road to 75," joins Thirty Love host Carl Bialik to talk about choosing more than 75 photos for the exhibit, her own tennis background, and King's New York ties.

Music by Lee Rosevere.

The exhibit, which exhibit runs through Jan. 30, 2019: https://www.nyhistory.org/exhibitions/billie-jean-king-road-75

The Billie Jean King Archive: https://www.nyhistory.org/womens-history/exhibitions/Billie-Jean-King

It Can Hyphen Here: Why the New-York Historical Society Includes a Hyphen (h/t Sam Anzaroot): http://blog.nyhistory.org/it-can-hyphen-here-why-the-new-york-historical-society-includes-a-hyphen/

 

Jan 28, 2019
Haitham Eletrabi and Lincoln Wang on Their Tennis Ballrobot
24:44

Two Tennibot executives—Haitham Eletrabi, CEO and founder; and Xianglin (Lincoln) Wang, CTO—join Thirty Love host Carl Bialik to talk about how their love of playing tennis and unlove of fetching tennis balls led to the creation of their robotic ball gatherer, what makes Tennibot more advanced than a Roomba, and how else robotics could fit into tennis and other sports.

Music by Lee Rosevere.

Tennibot's website: http://tennibot.com/

Tennibot on Twitter: https://twitter.com/tennibot

Tennibot in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=weUs4cW9360

Jan 17, 2019
Stephanie Kovalchik and Graeme Spence on Player DNA
29:38

Stephanie Kovalchik and Graeme Spence—data scientists with the Game Insight Group (GIG), formed by Tennis Australia in partnership with Victoria University—join Thirty Love host Carl Bialik to break down Player DNA, their new system for analyzing what makes tennis players great.

Kovalchik and Spence explain why the time was right for this form of analysis, why Roger Federer can be fast without great foot speed, and how their new ways of measuring injury risks will make it into TV broadcasts during this year's Australian Open.

Music by Lee Rosevere.

More on Player DNA: https://tennismash.com/2019/01/02/player-dna-technical-tactical-physical-mental/

GIG on Twitter: https://twitter.com/tennisausgig

Kovalchik on Twitter: https://twitter.com/StatsOnTheT

Spence on Twitter: https://twitter.com/graemetspence

Jan 10, 2019
Writer Rowan Ricardo Phillips On His Year Of Close-Reading The ATP Tour
29:52

With the 2019 season upon us, Thirty Love takes a close look at the…2017 season. Writer Rowan Ricardo Phillips watched every ATP match he could and transformed his experience into the book The Circuit: A Tennis Odyssey. He joins Thirty Love host Carl Bialik to describe the experience of studying the tour so closely, how he knew he had a book's worth of material, and what made 2017 special.

Music by Lee Rosevere.

Rowan's website: http://www.rowanricardophillips.com/

Rowan on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RowanRicardo

Dec 30, 2018
Thirty30 Tennis Creator Mark Milne On Reinvigorating The Sport's Format
29:48

Mark Milne, an engineer in Arbroath, Scotland, joins Thirty Love host Carl Bialik to talk about why he thinks starting tennis games at 30-all makes for a faster and more exciting format; what Judy Murray and the ITF make of his idea; why he prefers his format to the one being used in Milan at the Next Gen ATP Finals, and why he doesn't just start games at deuce.

Music by Lee Rosevere.

Thirty30 Tennis's website: https://www.thirty30tennis.com/ 

Nov 05, 2018
Julie Heldman On Her Tennis Memoir
27:58

Former Top 5 player Julie Heldman joins Thirty Love host Carl Bialik to talk about her memoir "Driven: A Daughter's Odyssey," what she thought of the film "Battle of the Sexes," and how she emerged from 15 years lost to mental illness to write her first book.

Music by Lee Rosevere.

Heldman on Twitter: https://twitter.com/junkballjul

"Driven": https://www.drivenadaughtersodyssey.com/

Oct 22, 2018
Marc Stein On The NBA-Tennis Connection, Israeli Tennis, And Coaching At The US Open
27:56

Marc Stein, NBA reporter for The New York Times, joins Thirty Love host Carl Bialik to talk about how a wax statue changed his tennis fandom forever, why so many tennis pros travel through Dallas, and what it's been like shadowing Julia Glushko and coaching Benjamin Becker at the US Open.

Music by Lee Rosevere.

Stein on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheSteinLine

Stein on Glushko: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/27/sports/julia-glushko.html

Stein on Becker: http://www.espn.com/blog/marc-stein/post/_/id/4538/nba-tennis-words-collide-in-unforgettable-coaching-cameo

Oct 04, 2018
Jenni Dinger On Laver Cup
28:39

Lifelong tennis fan Jenni Dinger, a professor of entrepreneurship in Boston, joins Thirty Love host Carl Bialik to review Laver Cup's second edition, in Chicago last weekend: Fed fans, Novak struggles, hot merch, and Jack Sock demonstrating the value of an elite doubles player.

Music by Lee Rosevere.

Dinger on Twitter: https://twitter.com/jendinger/

Sep 25, 2018
Wall Street Journal Columnist Jason Gay On Djokovic, Del Potro, Osaka, And Williams
29:43

Wall Street Journal sports columnist Jason Gay joins Thirty Love host Carl Bialik—for the 14th episode from the 2018 US Open, on the 14th day of the Open—to break down the men's and women's finals, and the USTA's game of whack a mole with the weather.

Music by Lee Rosevere.

Jason on Twitter: https://twitter.com/jasongay

Jason's articles for the WSJ: http://www.wsj.com/news/author/6268

Sep 10, 2018
The Hindu's Preethi Ramamoorthy On US Open Finals Weekend
27:06

Preethi Ramamoorthy, who is covering the US Open for India's The Hindu newspaper, joins Thirty Love host Carl Bialik to talk about Naomi Osaka's grace and good humor after winning a controversial women's final, the Djokovic-del Potro men's final, and the state of Indian tennis.

Music by Lee Rosevere.

Preethi's articles for The Hindu: https://www.thehindu.com/profile/author/Preethi-Ramamoorthy-5011/

Sep 09, 2018
GQ's Chloé Cooper Jones And Kevin Nguyen ‏On Naomi Osaka And Juan Martín del Potro
29:51

Chloé Cooper Jones, the freelance writer who covers tennis for GQ; and her editor Kevin Nguyen join Thirty Love host Carl Bialik just after Naomi Osaka defeated Serena Williams for the US Open title to talk about the 20-year-old's big win, the umpiring controversy that threatened to overshadow it, and the long and painful road of Juan Martín del Potro to the men's final against Novak Djokovic.

Chloé on Twitter: https://twitter.com/CCooperJones

Kevin on Twitter: https://twitter.com/knguyen

Chloé's del Potro profile: https://www.gq.com/story/juan-martin-del-potro-strikes-back

Kevin's Osaka profile: https://www.gq.com/story/naomi-osaka-is-the-coolest-thing-in-tennis

Sep 08, 2018
The Makers Of The Ashe '68 Documentary Project On Arthur Ashe's Legacy
29:57

Four of the people behind the Ashe '68 documentary project—creator and producer Rex Miller, co-documentary director Woody Richman, VR director Brad Lichtenstein, and exhibition producer and designer Bill Sullivan—join Thirty Love host Carl Bialik from the US Open to talk about Ashe's legacy, finding footage of the 1968 US Open champ, and re-creating the Forest Hills setting for Ashe's championship match on the 2018 US Open grounds.

Music by Lee Rosevere.

The film's official site: https://www.ashe68.com/

Sep 07, 2018
Tennis Writer Kamakshi Tandon On Keeping Tennis Extreme
29:44

Kamakshi Tandon, who writes about tennis for tennis.com and other publications, joins Thirty Love host Carl Bialik to talk about an extreme US Open, the men's semis, and the future of Davis Cup and other fledgling team events.

Music by Lee Rosevere.

Kamakshi on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Kamakshi_Tandon

Kamakshi on Tennis.com: http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/list/kamakshi-tandon/

Sep 07, 2018
Wall Street Journal's Tom Perrotta On The Best Match Of The US Open
29:28

Tom Perrotta, who writes about tennis for The Wall Street Journal, joins Thirty Love host Carl Bialik to talk about Rafael Nadal's five-set defeat of Dominic Thiem, Rafa's unusual tactic that's catching on, and Serena Williams's bid for her 24th Slam title.

Music by Lee Rosevere.

Perrotta on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TomPerrotta

Perrotta on Nadal's tactic: https://www.wsj.com/articles/why-rafael-nadal-returns-serve-from-the-back-wall-1536153459

Sep 05, 2018
USTA's Ashley Marshall On Billie Jean King And The First Match Of The First US Open
20:25

Ashley Marshall, the USTA's assistant managing editor, joins Thirty Love host Carl Bialik to talk about his article on the first US Open's first match, pitting Billie Jean King against a dentist; his deep dive into umpire scorecards for 50 facts about Roger Federer at the Open; and juniors to watch in the second week of the Open.

Music by Lee Rosevere.

Marshall on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AMarshallSport

"The dentist who filled in at the first US Open": https://www.usopen.org/en_US/news/articles/2018-08-15/the_day_billie_jean_king_played_a_dentist.html

"50 Roger Federer facts for 50 years of the US Open": https://www.usopen.org/en_US/news/articles/2018-08-28/50_roger_federer_facts_for_50_years_of_the_us_open.html

Sep 03, 2018
Bloomberg Opinion's Joe Nocera On Tennis From The Uncheap Seats
22:55

Joe Nocera, Bloomberg Opinion columnist and co-author of "Indentured: The Inside Story of the Rebellion Against the NCAA," joins Thirty Love host Carl Bialik from a suite at the US Open to talk about the economics of attending big-time tennis events, the hardest thing to explain to a child who's starting to watch tennis, and why Federer : Nadal :: Jordan : LeBron.

Music by Lee Rosevere.

Nocera on Twitter: https://twitter.com/opinion_joe

Nocera's Bloomberg columns: https://www.bloomberg.com/view/contributors/AB5jPpvf5C4/joe-nocera

Sep 02, 2018
Tennis Writer Simon Cambers On The Game's Next Superstars
28:20

Freelancer Simon Cambers joins Thirty Love host Carl Bialik to talk about Alex de Minaur, Naomi Osaka, and other promising young players; the state of British tennis; and the prospect of fifth-set tiebreakers at every Grand Slam.

Music by Lee Rosevere.

Cambers on Twitter: https://twitter.com/scambers73

Sep 02, 2018
Deadspin's Giri Nathan On Federer-Kyrgios And Serena Williams
29:20

Giri Nathan, who writes about tennis for Deadspin, joins Thirty Love host Carl Bialik to break down Roger Federer's beatdown of Nick Kyrgios, assess Serena Williams's chances of winning her seventh US Open title and appreciate the unusual game of Diego Sebastian Schwartzman.

Music by Lee Rosevere.

Nathan on Twitter: https://twitter.com/girinathan

Nathan on Deadspin: https://kinja.com/girinathan

Sep 01, 2018
Stephanie Neppl (@StephintheUS) On The Traveling Fan's Life
28:49

Stephanie Neppl, the day after arriving in the US Open for a last-minute Labor Day weekend of tennis, joins Thirty Love host Carl Bialik to share tips on attending the Open, lament the accessibility of tennis stadiums, and marvel in the continued splendor of Serena Williams and Venus Williams.

Music by Lee Rosevere.

Neppl on Twitter: https://twitter.com/stephintheus

Neppl's tennis blog: http://ihaveatennisaddiction.blogspot.com/

Sep 01, 2018
US Open Spokesman Chris Widmaier On The New Armstrong Stadium
17:23

Chris Widmaier, the USTA's managing director of corporate communications, joins Thirty Love host Carl Bialik to assess the new Armstrong stadium's debut, explain how the tournament has been handling the extreme heat, and reflect on how one moment from one side-court match can go international.

Music by Lee Rosevere.

Aug 31, 2018
Universal Tennis Rating Chief Tennis Officer Stephen Amritraj On Underrated US Open Contenders
24:12

Universal Tennis Rating’s Stephen Amritraj, former pro and possessor of the unusual title of Chief Tennis Officer, joins Thirty Love host Carl Bialik to talk about which US Open players UTR rates higher than the official rankings do, why he thinks U.S. tennis has weakened, and why more grass-court tennis would be good for the game.

Music by Lee Rosevere.

Amritraj on Twitter: https://twitter.com/stephenamritraj

UTR announces hiring of Amritraj: https://blog.universaltennis.com/2018/04/27/meet-stephen-amritraj-utrs-chief-tennis-officer/

Aug 30, 2018
Wall Street Journal Tennis Editor Jim Chairusmi On Innovation At The US Open
27:51

Jim Chairusmi, who edits The Wall Street Journal’s tennis coverage, joins Thirty Love host Carl Bialik to talk about Nick Kyrgios’s entertainment value, why Jim picks Petra Kvitova to win the Open, and what he makes of the tournament’s new Armstrong Stadium.

Music by Lee Rosevere.

Jim on Twitter: https://twitter.com/jimchair

Aug 29, 2018
Slovenian Davis Cup Captain Miha Mlakar On Tennis Analytics
29:59

Former pro Miha Mlakar, who now works as both a data scientist and as captain of Slovenia's Davis Cup team, joins Thirty Love host Carl Bialik to talk about his career, his attempts to bring together his twin passions of data science and tennis, and Davis Cup reforms.

Music by Lee Rosevere.

Miha on Twitter: https://twitter.com/majki37 

Aug 20, 2018
Matt Zemek Of Tennis With An Accent On Turning Down The Heat
29:59

Tennis writer Matt Zemek joins Thirty Love host Carl Bialik to talk about how to make the tennis schedule a little cooler, how to understand a player's scheduling choices, and what he and the Tennis with an Accent team hope to achieve with their independent online coverage of the sport.

Music by Lee Rosevere.

Matt on Twitter: https://twitter.com/mzemek

Tennis with an Accent: https://tennisaccent.com/

Cool Down Tennis: http://www.tennisabstract.com/blog/2017/04/05/cool-down-tennis/

Jul 31, 2018
Jeff McFarland Of First Ball In On Wimbledon
29:21

Jeff McFarland, a Jacksonville lawyer who writes about tennis and tennis analytics at his Tumblr called First Ball In, joins Thirty Love host Carl Bialik to talk about Novak Djokovic's triumphant return, Angelique Kerber's first Wimbledon title, and how he calculates Popcorn Scores to identify must-watch matches.

Produced and edited by Jorge Estrada, with music by Lee Rosevere.

First Ball In: http://fbitennis.tumblr.com/

McFarland on Twitter: https://twitter.com/FBITennis

Jul 15, 2018
Not Up Blogger Ian Katz On Simona And Rafa
29:56

Career journalist and passionate tennis fan Ian Katz, who blogs about the sport at Not Up, joins host Thirty Love to recap the French Open triumphs of Simona Halep and Rafael Nadal, look ahead to the rest of the season, and trace the roots of his tennis biases.

Produced and edited by Jorge Estrada, with music by Lee Rosevere.

Not Up blog: https://notup.blog/

Katz on Twitter: https://twitter.com/iankatztennis

Jun 11, 2018
Rafa Fans Angie Marek and Nicholas Zeitlin
29:22

On Rafael Nadal's 32nd birthday, Angie Marek and Nicholas Zeitlin join Thirty Love host Carl Bialik to talk about their Rafa fandom, how it blossomed a decade ago, and what they expect from Nadal in the second week of the French Open.

Produced and edited by Jorge Estrada, with music by Lee Rosevere.

Jun 04, 2018
Phil Dimon On Making His Professional Tennis Debut At Age 37
29:41

Phil Dimon, former Williams College player and spokesman for the U.S. Embassy in Uganda, joins Thirty Love host Carl Bialik to explain how he made his professional tennis debut in Kampala.

Phil on Twitter: https://twitter.com/PhilDimon

Phil's brother Ricky's preview of Phil's futures main-draw debut: http://tenngrand.com/2018/04/30/uganda-futures-preview-bojanovic-vs-dimon/

May 29, 2018
Chris Clarey Previews The French Open
29:22

New York Times tennis writer Christopher Clarey joins Thirty Love host Carl Bialik to preview the French Open, reflect on what makes the tournament unique and challenging, and explain why he loves tennis too much to cover it full time.

Produced and edited by Jorge Estrada, with music by Lee Rosevere.

Clarey on Twitter: https://twitter.com/christophclarey

Clarey on Serena Williams: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/27/sports/tennis/serena-williams.html

Clarey on Roger Federer: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/20/sports/tennis/roger-federer-laver-cup-chicago.html

May 24, 2018
The Intercept's Glenn Greenwald On His Forthcoming Documentary About Martina Navratilova
29:41

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald (accompanied by his 24 dogs) joins Thirty Love host Carl Bialik to preview the documentary he's producing about Martina Navratilova, the social justice pioneer and dominant tennis champ who was his childhood idol.

Glenn on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ggreenwald

Variety on the film: http://variety.com/2018/film/news/martina-navratilova-documentary-reese-witherspoon-1202811524/

May 15, 2018
Tactical Tennis's Glen Hill On The Sport's Smarter Future
29:59

Glen Hill, the engineer and tennis coach, joins Thirty Love host Carl Bialik to talk about how even the very best players are far from their best selves, and how better tactics can help.

Tactical Tennis, Glen's site with Jacob Meyer: http://www.tacticaltennis.com

Glen on Twitter: https://twitter.com/GlenSHill

May 14, 2018
Caitlin Thompson On The Expanding Racquet Empire
29:57

Racquet Magazine cofounder Caitlin Thompson, also cohost of The Main Draw podcast, tells Thirty Love host Carl Bialik about exciting news that takes Racquet beyond the magazine biz, and what it's like to hit with six-time Grand Slam champ Rennae Stubbs.

Produced and edited by Jorge Estrada, with music by Lee Rosevere.

Caitlin on Twitter: https://twitter.com/caitlin_thomps
Racquet: https://racquetmag.com/
The Main Draw: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-main-draw/id1002026920?mt=2

May 09, 2018
Ethan Lee On The Tools Of Tennis
29:57

Guitar repair hero and tennis-racquet expert Ethan Lee joins Thirty Love to educate host Carl Bialik on the tools of the tennis trade, and how racquets make the woman or man. Content warning: By the end of the episode, you'll want to buy a new racquet or three, and you'll want Ethan at your side when you do.

Ethan on Twitter: https://twitter.com/theofreedom

May 08, 2018
Court 16's Anthony Evrard On Mixing Technological Innovation With Tennis Tradition
28:31

Court 16 founder Anthony Evrard joins Thirty Love host Carl Bialik to talk about his innovative pair of tennis clubs in New York City, the deep tennis roots in his family, and how to balance the new and beloved old in a sport rich with tradition.

Produced and edited by Jorge Estrada, with music by Lee Rosevere.

Court 16's story: https://www.court16.com/about/our-tennis-story

Court 16 LIC: https://www.court16.com/tennis-clubs/long-island-city-queens/

May 03, 2018
Cliff Richey On His Tennis Career And His Second Career Raising Awareness About Depression
28:41

Cliff Richey -- the former No. 1 U.S. man, two-time Davis Cup champ, and equivalent of ATP No. 1 before there was such a thing -- joins Thirty Love host Carl Bialik to talk about his career, how he struggled with depression during and after playing, and how he's hoping to help raise awareness about depression, how to treat it, and how to reduce the stigma surrounding it. Produced and edited by Jorge Estrada, with music by Lee Rosevere.

Richey's two co-authored books on depression:
https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=dp_byline_sr_book_1?ie=UTF8&text=Cliff+Richey&search-alias=books&field-author=Cliff+Richey&sort=relevancerank

Joel Drucker's profile of Richey:
http://www.espn.com/sports/tennis/columns/story?columnist=drucker_joel&id=5162663

More on depression and its harms:
https://www.vox.com/2014/8/12/5993075/depression-suicide-13-facts

Mar 05, 2018
Cecil Harris on Black Tennis History
28:41

Cecil Harris, author of "Charging the Net" and two other sports books, joins Thirty Love host Carl Bialik to talk about his forthcoming book on black tennis players, "Different Strokes," why he thinks 2018 might be the Williams sisters' last year on tour, and which young black players he thinks show the most promise.

Produced and edited by Jorge Estrada, with music by Lee Rosevere.

Harris on Twitter: https://twitter.com/allmyyankees

Feb 26, 2018
Rohit Brijnath On Roger Federer, Simona Halep, And Tennis Books
29:24

Rohit Brijnath, sports columnist for the Straits Times of Singapore, joins Thirty Love host Carl Bialik to talk about Roger Federer's return to the No. 1 ranking, what it was like to play against Simona Halep, why he thinks the best book about Federer will be written years after the world No. 1 retires, and which frequent Thirty Love guest he hopes will write it.

Produced and edited by Jorge Estrada, with music by Lee Rosevere.

Brijnath on Twitter: https://twitter.com/rohitdbrijnath
Brijnath's Straits Times articles:
http://www.straitstimes.com/authors/rohit-brijnath
Brijnath's Livemint articles:
http://www.livemint.com/Search/Link/Keyword/Rohit%20Brijnath
Brijnath on Federer's Australian Open title:
http://www.straitstimes.com/sport/tennis/federer-confirms-there-is-no-limit-in-sport
Brijnath on playing against Halep:
http://www.straitstimes.com/sport/tennis/to-play-against-halep-is-to-get-a-glimpse-of-her-greatness
Brijnath's column on his tennis partner, "The man across the net":
http://www.livemint.com/Leisure/17lijhUGz4odkWX94hMvnI/The-man-across-the-net.html

 
Feb 19, 2018
Radu Albot, Moldova's Top Tennis Player, On His Big Week At The New York Open
15:49

Radu Albot, two days after scoring his first career Top 20 win over John Isner, joins Thirty Love host Carl Bialik at the New York Open to talk about Moldovan tennis (there are three hard courts in the country; he's heard of "Playing the Moldovans at Tennis"), the biggest win of his career, and why he loves playing events with on-site hotels.

Produced and edited by Jorge Estrada, with music by Lee Rosevere.

Albot on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RaduAlbot

"Playing the Moldovans at Tennis": https://www.amazon.com/Playing-Moldovans-Tennis-Tony-Hawks/dp/0312305184

Feb 17, 2018
New York Open Tournament Director Josh Ripple On The Event's Debut
29:17

Josh Ripple, tournament director of the New York Open and executive vice president of GF Sports, joins Thirty Love host Carl Bialik from Nassau Coliseum to recount how the event moved from Memphis to Long Island, describe the dance of signing players and sponsors for a new event, and recall what it was like to see one of the biggest stories from the event unfold: Donald Young accusing fellow American Ryan Harrison of making a racist remark on court.

Produced and edited by Jorge Estrada, with music by Lee Rosevere.

Ripple on Twitter: https://twitter.com/joshrip

New York Open: http://newyorkopen.com/

More on the Young-Harrison story: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/16/sports/tennis/donald-young-racism-ryan-harrison.html

Feb 17, 2018
Doubles Star Max Mirnyi On His Former Partner, Roger Federer, And His Favorite Partner
28:21

Former doubles world No. 1 Max Mirnyi, age 40, joins Thirty Love host Carl Bialik from the New York Open to talk about Roger Federer's return to world No. 1 in singles and what it was like playing doubles with, and splitting up with, Federer; Mirnyi's favorite partner (they only played one tournament together, losing in the final) and the partner who got away; and how rules changes have made it possible for doubles stars to excel into their 40s.

Produced and edited by Jorge Estrada, with music by Lee Rosevere.

Mirnyi on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/maxmirnyi/ 

Feb 17, 2018
Nick Bollettieri On Coaching Ten No. 1s And The Next ATP No. 1: Roger Federer
14:07

Longtime tennis coach Nick Bollettieri, who has coached 10 players who have reached world No. 1 in singles, joins host Carl Bialik from the New York Open to talk about "Love Means Zero," the new documentary about his life; Roger Federer's return to No. 1; and why the best coaches speak differently to every player.

Produced and edited by Jorge Estrada, with music by Lee Rosevere.

Clip of "Love Means Zero": http://www.sho.com/video/58002/love-means-zero-clip

 

Feb 17, 2018
Ben Rothenberg On Exposing The Darko Grncarov Myth
29:56

Tennis freelance writer Ben Rothenberg, Thirty Love's first-ever guest, rejoins host Carl Bialik to discuss the story behind Rothenberg's investigation into Darko Grncarov, the socially progressive professional tennis player who everyone loved until he turned out not to be a professional tennis player.

Produced and edited by Jorge Estrada, with music by Lee Rosevere.

Rothenberg's article on Grncarov: https://slate.com/culture/2018/02/how-darko-grncarov-tricked-serena-williams-and-the-bbc.html

Rothenberg on Twitter: https://twitter.com/BenRothenberg

Rothenberg's 2014 article on Neil Harman: http://www.slate.com/articles/sports/sports/2014/07/neil_harman_plagiarism_the_all_england_club_discovered_journalistic_malfeasance.html

Carl's 2017 article featuring video of his match against Ben: http://www.tennisabstract.com/blog/2017/04/07/little-data-big-potential/

Feb 13, 2018
Kimberly Woodard On The Return Of Serena Williams, Tennis Fandom, And Tennys Sandgren
29:25

Kimberly Woodard, a longtime tennis fan, joins Thirty Love host Carl Bialik to talk about the return of Serena Williams after more than a year away from tennis, how tennis fandom has gotten better, and what she'd ask Tennys Sandgren.

Produced and edited by Jorge Estrada, with music by Lee Rosevere.

Kimberly on Twitter: https://twitter.com/BeingKimmie

Her favorite tennis magazine: https://racquetmag.com/

Feb 12, 2018
Tennis Writer Andrew Burton On Roger Federer Fandom And Online Tennis Discourse
29:45

Andrew Burton, former blogger for Tennis.com and The Changeover, joins Thirty Love host Carl Bialik to talk about how he fell for Federer, how he tries to bridge the divide between rival fanbases, and the difficulty of changing adults' minds.

Produced and edited by Jorge Estrada, with music by Lee Rosevere.

Andrew on Twitter: https://twitter.com/burtonad

Feb 05, 2018
'Balls' Co-Director Ianthe Demos On Re-Creating The Battle Of The Sexes On Stage
28:56

Ianthe Demos -- co-director of the off-Broadway play "Balls" about the 1973 exhibition match between 55-year-old Bobby Riggs and 29-year old Billie Jean King and co-artistic director of One Year Lease theater company -- joins Thirty Love host Carl Bialik to talk about the very different film on the same topic, the theatricality of tennis, and the influence on the play of the 2016 election.

Produced and edited by Jorge Estrada, with music by Lee Rosevere.

More on "Balls," playing at 59E59 Theaters through Feb. 25:
http://www.59e59.org/moreinfo.php?showid=307

Jan 31, 2018
Tumaini Carayol On The Australian Open And The Future Of Tennis
28:48

U.K.-based freelance tennis writer Tumaini Carayol joins Thirty Love host Carl Bialik from Melbourne to talk about the return of Angelique Kerber, with an edge; Roger Federer's butterflies; and the great tennis experiments of 2017-18.

Produced and edited by Jorge Estrada, with music by Lee Rosevere.

Tumaini on Twitter: https://twitter.com/tumcarayol

Tumaini in the Ringer on the future of tennis: https://www.theringer.com/2018/1/27/16936458/tennis-modernization-rule-changes-australian-open-2018

Jan 28, 2018
Louisa Thomas, Newyorker.com Tennis Writer, On The Australian Open
28:36

Louisa Thomas, who writes about tennis for newyorker.com, rejoins Thirty Love host Carl Bialik to talk about Roger Federer's 20th major title, Caroline Wozniacki's first, and the matches that will stay with her from 2018's first major.

Produced and edited by Jorge Estrada, with music by Lee Rosevere.

Louisa on Twitter: https://twitter.com/louisahthomas

Louisa's archive on newyorker.com: http://www.newyorker.com/contributors/louisa-thomas

 

Jan 28, 2018
The USTA's Eric Butorac On The Australian Open And Player Politics
29:28

Retired U.S. doubles standout Eric Butorac, now director of player relations for the USTA, joins Thirty Love host Carl Bialik to preview the final rounds of the Australian Open and reminisce about his own run to the 2014 men's doubles final; talk Tennys Sandren, U.S. player politics, and the idea of player unionization; and recount how much Roger Federer cared about doubles rules and prize money when he served on the ATP Player Council, plus the story of the fan who mistook Federer for a guy who has hit more aces than he has.

Produced and edited by Jorge Estrada, with music by Lee Rosevere.

Eric on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ebutorac

Jan 25, 2018
Mackenzie McDonald On Going Five With Grigor
28:24

U.S. tennis pro Mackenzie ("Mackie") McDonald joins host Carl Bialik to talk about his five-set Australian Open thriller against Grigor Dimitrov; what he learned from his first coach,Rosie Bareis; what he gained by playing college tennis; and what he thinks of Tennys Sandgren, the surprise Australian Open quarterfinalist who beat McDonald four times last year. (Though this political science major says he never talks politics.)

Produced and edited by Jorge Estrada, with music by Lee Rosevere.

Mackie on Twitter: https://twitter.com/mackiemacster

2012 ZooTennis interview with McDonald: http://tenniskalamazoo.blogspot.com/2012/10/mackenzie-mcdonald-commits-to-ucla.html

 

Jan 24, 2018
Anita Stahl On Gender Inequality In Tennis
29:58

Anita Stahl, a freelance tennis writer and photographer and a PhD candidate at the University of California, Santa Barbara, studying women's tennis, tells Thirty Love host Carl Bialik what she learned after spending eight hours analyzing the gender inequity in 321 Australian Open Instagram posts, why a player union is a good idea but Novak Djokovic might not be the best champion of the idea, and what the debate over renaming Margaret Court Arena is missing. Produced and edited by Jorge Estrada, with music by Lee Rosevere.

Anita on Twitter: https://twitter.com/anitastahl
Anita's website: http://anitastahl.com/

 
Jan 22, 2018
Tennis Australia Data Scientist Stephanie Kovalchik On The Australian Open
29:44

Stephanie Kovalchik, senior data scientist with Tennis Australia's Game Insight Group, joins Thirty Love Host Carl Bialik to explain why a first-time Slam champ is so much more likely in the women's draw of the Australian Open than in the men's draw, and to invite entries to the other big January tennis tournament: to crack the code of what makes an error forced or unforced, using the biggest-ever public release of Hawk-Eye data.

Thirty Love is produced and edited by Jorge Estrada, with music by Lee Rosevere.

Stephanie on Twitter: https://twitter.com/StatsOnTheT

Her women's and men's Australian Open forecasts: http://on-the-t.com/2018/01/13/ao-womens-draw/ http://on-the-t.com/2018/01/12/ao-mens-draw/

Tennis hackathon (contest ends Jan. 23): https://www.crowdanalytix.com/contests/from-ao-to-ai--predicting-how-points-end-in-tennis

Jan 14, 2018
PlaySight's Chen Shachar On Helping Tennis Players To Know Themselves
29:43

Chen Shachar, CEO and cofounder of the sports video and technology company PlaySight, tells host Carl Bialik about how video is revolutionizing tennis training and performance in the same way it did the Israeli Air Force: by showing people who they really are and what they really did.

Thirty Love is produced and edited by Jorge Estrada, with music by Lee Rosevere.

Chen on Twitter: https://twitter.com/chenshachar

PlaySight on Twitter: https://twitter.com/PlaySight

Playsight's website: https://playsight.com/

Carl's 2017 article on PlaySight: http://www.tennisabstract.com/blog/2017/04/07/little-data-big-potential/

Jan 07, 2018
Universal Tennis CEO Mark Leschly On Rating All The World's Tennis Players
29:56

Former tennis pro Mark Leschly, the new CEO of Universal Tennis, joins Thirty Love host Carl Bialik to talk about the company's goal of rating all the world's tennis players, pro and amateur, on a single scale: theUniversal Tennis Rating.

Thirty Love is produced and edited by Jorge Estrada, with music by Lee Rosevere.

MyUTR.com: https://myutr.com/

Mark becomes CEO: http://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/Universal-Tennis-Builds-Momentum-for-UTR-Announces-New-CEO-Ownership-and-Partners-1012439637

Jan 03, 2018
Mary Carillo on Serena Williams, Andy Murray, and Margaret Court
29:45

Former tennis pro and longtime tennis TV commentator Mary Carillo joins Thirty Love host Carl Bialik to talk about Serena Williams's return to tennis, the thoughtful Sir Andy Murray, and Carillo's upcoming HBO Sports segment on Margaret Court, the tennis champ who is now a pastor outspoken against gay rights.

Thirty Love is produced and edited by Jorge Estrada, with music by Lee Rosevere.

Weekly Standard interview with Carillo: http://www.weeklystandard.com/the-mary-carillo-interview-tennis-storytelling-and-dad/article/2010379

Dec 30, 2017
Peter-Gil Sheridan on 'The Rafa Play'
29:49

Playwright Peter-Gil Sheridan joins Thirty Love host Carl Bialik to talk about his NYC play inspired by a fantastical version of Rafael Nadal, why tennis is so theatrical, and why he never would have written 'The Roger Play.' Thirty Love is produced and edited by Jorge Estrada, with music by Lee Rosevere.

'The Rafa Play' in The New York Times, by previous Thirty Love guest Ben Rothenberg: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/14/sports/tennis/the-rafa-play-nadal.html

Dec 23, 2017