The Tom Haslam Podcast

By Tom Haslam

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Hear stories of people from inside the world of sport and further afield. As we discover the struggles they faced to get where they are today and the advice they have for people who want to head in the same direction.

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S1, Ep7: Ema Burgic Bucko - The Problem With Playing It Safe

Today Tom is joined by former European Junior number 1, Ema Burgic Bucko

Ema has one of the most fascinating Tennis stories we’ve ever had the pleasure of listening to. From conquering the European Tennis stage at the age of 16, to when she began struggling with injuries and the regret she has of playing it safe by going to college in America.

Ema is refreshingly honest and holds nothing back as she tells the story of how a huge build of stress and pressure, led to her suffering from depression.

Now Ema runs a successful business out in Florida and is inspiring more and more players to pick up a tennis racket.

It’s an inspiring chat that I really hope will push to pursue whatever it is you want to do, so please, enjoy!

You can contact Ema via her instagram @tenniswithema and as always if you would like to get in touch with me, email: or message me on Instagram @tomhaslamtennis

Aug 08, 2022
S1, Ep6: J-Y Aubone - How To Take A Player Inside The ATP Top 20

Today on the podcast Tom was joined by JY Aubone.

JY not only took himself to 450 in the world, but in more recent years was a part of the team that took Reilly Opelka outside the top 100 and into the top 20

It’s a fascinating insight into just how you go about doing that with a player, and how you can implement similar strategies to help grow your game, no matter what age or level you’re at

With so much valuable knowledge you can go away and implement into your game straight away, this is a must listen!

If you’d like to get in touch with myself or JY regarding anything discussed throughout the podcast then you can do via or JY @aubonetennis

Jul 24, 2022
S1, Ep5: Stefan Sterland Markovic - Creating your own playbook

On this week’s episode, Tom sits down with former player, turned coach, Stefan Sterland Markovic.

Stef shares his experiences of playing on the junior and professional circuit and the many lessons he has learnt along the way.

As a junior Stef had wins over some recognisable names, including: Dominic Thiem & Lucas Pouille.

Now, Stef uses all that experience to help guide players as part of his full time performance academy, ‘elite performance tennis’.

Stef shares some incredible nuggets of information that are easy for you to go away and instil in your own game to give you success on the match court.

If you want to get in touch with Stef you can do so:

Or through their instagram: @eliteperformancetennis

If you want to get in touch regarding anything to do with the show, then please feel free, my email is:

Apr 20, 2022
S1, Ep4: Dylan Gee: What's the worst that can happen...

On today’s episode Tom talks with Dylan Gee.

You might know Dylan from his Instagram account @tenniswithdylan and the episode should help you to connect the dots with who Dylan really is; he talks about his time in America, experiences from playing on the ITF Tour and now his coaching career.

His enthusiasm for the game shines through and he has some brilliant words of advice for players of all ages and abilities; namely, when presented with an opportunity, do it!

You can find Dylan on Instagram, @tenniswithdylan or if you have any questions around the podcast at all, please email:

Mar 27, 2022
S1, Ep3: Tom Kisiel - Why Competition is key

This week Tom was joined by Loughborough University Head Coach, Tom Kisiel.

Loughborough is the most prestigious sporting University in the UK having won the national University Championships every single year, since it started.

Tom’s job is to drive the University tennis team forward and they have seen much success since Tom took on the role, just over 6 years ago; with multiple success stories of players going on to attain world rankings and establish themselves on the pro tour.

Tom talks about the value of competition and why players don’t need to pressure themselves to be the finished article by 18, there’s still a long way to go in your development.

If you would like to get in touch with Tom Kisiel about anything Loughborough, email him at:

If you would like to get in touch with Tom regarding anything to do with the show, email:

Mar 20, 2022
S1, Ep2: Olivia Nicholls - Lessons learnt from time spent with Andy Murray

This week Tom was joined by old University team mate and now doubles world number 129, Olivia Nicholls.

Liv humbly tells the story of how she went to Uni with no intention of becoming a professional tennis player… Last week she reached her maiden WTA Doubles final event.

She speaks honestly about how there was more to life than tennis up until going to University and even recalls a time she went to watch her beloved Norwich City rather than play at an ITF Juniors event.

Liv has marched up the rankings in recent months and it’s absolutely no surprise to hear why, when you listen to her speak about her routine and the knowledge she soaked up whilst spending time with Andy Murray.

An absolute must listen for aspirational young tennis players and anyone who is looking to push there game on to the next level.

If you’d like to get in touch with me regarding anything discussed in the podcast or to send in any questions of your own, then please do so by emailing:

Mar 13, 2022
S1, Ep1: How to become a confident tennis player, with James Buswell

Tom’s old University Tennis coach, James. Shares the story of how he has become the Head of the Singapore national youth tennis.

From time spent with Roger Federer’s coach, Ivan ljubicic. To how you can become a confident tennis player and play matches the same way that you train; we delved deep into all aspects of tennis and how you can get the most out of your game.

This podcast is an absolute must listen for any tennis players, parents or fans.

If you could relate to what we discussed in today’s episode, then Tom’s matchplay strategy guide would probably be useful for you. To download it, simply follow this link:

If you’d like to get in touch with me regarding anything discussed in the podcast or to send in any questions of your own, then please do so by emailing:

Mar 02, 2022