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Serve and Return Podcast: Tennis, Racquet Sports & More

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Hosted by Chris Trieste the Serve and Return podcast will explore a wide range of topics and issues in and around tennis. Our guests will include coaches, athletes, authors, industry leaders and fans. At times, we will delve into racquet sports such as Pickleball and POP Tennis - email -

Hosted by Chris Trieste the Serve and Return podcast will explore a wide range of topics and issues in and around tennis. Our guests will include coaches, athletes, authors, industry leaders and fans. At times, we will delve into racquet sports such as Pickleball and POP Tennis - email -


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Hosted by Chris Trieste the Serve and Return podcast will explore a wide range of topics and issues in and around tennis. Our guests will include coaches, athletes, authors, industry leaders and fans. At times, we will delve into racquet sports such as Pickleball and POP Tennis - email -






Carlos Silva - CEO of World Team Tennis (WTT).

Super discussion with Carlos Silva, the dynamic CEO of World Team Tennis. Included in our talk: - Carlos Silva's background and his path to his current position. - All about World Team Tennis - innovation; high-energy, competitive tennis; fun, shorter format; men and women singles, doubles and mixed. - The exciting and highly successful 2020 WTT season held in a one-location bubble at The Greenbrier, W. Va. - The flexibility, COVID precautions, and decision-making process necessary to...


Randy Walker - Managing Partner at New Chapter Media; Tournament Director for Mardy Fish Children's Foundation; Former USTA Press Officer for US Davis Cup and US Olympic teams.

Randy Walker and I have a great discussion about tennis topics including: -Tennis growth during the pandemic. -Book publishing as managing partner of New Chapter Media and working with Bud Collins, Roger Federer, Rod Laver, Steve Flink, etc. -Serving as press officer for the USTA for Davis Cup teams from the mid-90s into the 2000s and for the US Olympic teams in '96, '00, '04 where he interacted with legends such as Billie Jean King, Lindsay Davenport, Monica Seles, Andre Agassi, Andy...


Dan Santorum - CEO of the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) and Professional Pickleball Registry (PPR) - two industry leading, premier coaching certification organizations.

Episode 16 - Dan Santorum is the CEO of the PTR and PPR as well as the newly formed Professional Platform Tennis Registry (PPTR). Dan has been inducted into serveral tennis industry halls of fame and has conducted coaching clinics in all 50 states in the USA as well as on 6 continents around the world. Our discussion is wide ranging and includes the following topics & more: - Tennis is primed for a mini-boom and is an ideal sport during the coronavirus crisis. - The newly formed...


Robert Weintraub - Author of newly released & captivating Alice Marble biography - The Divine Miss Marble: A Life of Tennis, Fame, and Mystery.

Episode 15 - Robert Weintraub and I talk about his new book - The Divine Miss Marble: A Life of Tennis, Fame, and Mystery. Alice Marble was a championship tennis player, winner of 18 Grand Slam titles including 5 singles titles. Marble got her tennis start on the public courts of San Francisco at Golden Gate Park while also excelling in other sports such as baseball where she was a "mascot" for the San Francisco Seals of the Pacific Coast League and then a standout on the boys high school...


Luke Jensen - Coach of NY Empire and VP of Awesome for World Tennis Tennis as well as ESPN Analyst and 1993 French Open Doubles Champion with Murphy Jensen.

Episode 14 - Luke is not only the coach of World Team Tennis' NY Empire but he also holds the title of Vice President of Awesome! for the WTT...and Luke Jensen was awesome as the guest of episode #14! Luke Jensen is always entertaining and full of energy and on this podcast Luke tells a number of great stories as we talk about topics that include the following: - Luke's transition from Director of Tennis with the West Side Tennis Club to his roles with World Team Tennis as coach of the NY...


Nicole Hobson - Professional Pickleball Registry (PPR) - Director of Member Services & Pickleball Industry Leader.

Episode 13 - Super episode with Nicole Hobson - Member Services Director for the Professional Pickleball Registry (PPR). The PPR is the official coaching certification partner of the USA Pickleball Association (USAPA). Nicole is one of the industry leaders spearheading the growth of Pickleball and the certification of the sport's coaches. Nicole and I cover a lot of territory in this episode including: - The development and growth of the PPR and its relationship with the Professional...


Bill Patton - Elite Tennis Coach & Author of Visual Training for Tennis, The Athlete-Centered Coach, The Art of Coaching H.S Tennis and much more.

Episode 12 - Loved talking to Bill Patton - Head Tennis Professional, High School Coach and Author of numerous books including: Visual Training for Tennis, The Athlete-Centered Coach, and The Art of Coaching High School Tennis Bill and I talk about many great topics involving not only tennis but also coaching all sports with an "athlete-centered approach." Discussion includes: - Visual training for tennis by: reducing anxiety for new students, putting students at ease; finding success...


Craig Shapiro - Host of the Craig Shapiro Tennis Podcast - & Veteran Tennis Insider and former Racquet Tech for Andre Agassi.

Episode 11 - Great discussion with Craig Shapiro - Host of the Craig Shapiro Tennis Podcast. Craig is a tennis influencer and insider who earlier in his career travelled the pro tour with Andre Agassi and Brad Gilbert while serving as a racquet stringer and technician. Following his time on the tour, Craig transitioned into TV production working on the Inside the NFL, Wimbledon and championship boxing for HBO Sports as well as working on the documentaries for the Tennis Channel. Now, Craig...


Nate Gross - Inventor of Spec Tennis - Northern California Tennis Teaching Professional and former Division I tennis player at Idaho St.

Episode 10 - Not just anybody can create a new guest on this episode, Nate Gross, did just that. Nate is a former college tennis player from Idaho St. and a California tennis teaching professional who created the sport of Spec Tennis. Spec Tennis is a racquet sport played on a pickleball court that blends aspects of traditional tennis with POP Tennis. Spec tennis can be a "gateway" to tennis or can be played competitively as a recreational or tournament level sport in its own...


Steve Flink - Author of Pete Sampras: Greatness Revisited, writer for and member of International Tennis Hall of Fame.

Episode 9 - Steve Flink and I chat about tennis from getting his start in tennis with Bud Collins to his upcoming book, Pete Sampras: Greatness Revisited as well as a whole lot of tennis in between. - The greats of the pre-Open era and the champs of the Open era from Ashe to Smith to King and then Connors and Evert. - Billie Jean King, Margaret Court, Bobby Riggs and the two Battle of the Sexes matches. - Steve Flink's previous book - The Greatest Matches of All Time and historic...


Joel Drucker - Prolific writer for Tennis Channel, and historian for the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

Episode 8 - Joel Drucker and I discuss tennis from the 1970s to the present day. Major topics of discussion include: - Tennis now, the recent UTR events and the upcoming(?) US Open. - Roger Federer, Serena Williams, the Olympics and the near future. - How the surfaces and playing styles have changed and become more similar in recent years: and how that has aided accumulation of Grand Slam title totals for today's greatest players. - Can you really compare players from different eras? -...


Amy Lundy - Tennis journalist for and and Director of Film for Tennis Congress.

Episode 7 - Amy Lundy and I discuss her background as a journalist and tennis player and we touch upon a wide-range of issues concerning the sport of tennis including: - Tennis in the pandemic age and the near future. - Golf's highly-rated charity event and is tennis missing an opportunity. - Live tennis, the US Open and World Team Tennis. - The serve and volley style of play: What happened to it and can this style of play return? - The Tennis Congress. - Amy's favorite tennis...


Peter Underwood - Author of The Pros: The Forgotten Era of Tennis - talking tennis from the pre-Open era of Bill Tilden, Bobby Riggs, Jack Kramer, Pancho Gonzales & Australians Hoad, Emerson, Rosewall & Laver.

Episode 6 - Interview with Australian writer Peter Underwood, author of The Pros: The Forgotten Era of Tennis. Peter and I discuss the pre-Open era when professional tennis players were prohibited from playing in tennis' high profile events such as the Grand Slam tournaments (Australian, French, Wimbledon, US Championships) and Davis Cup. During this era, these tournaments were reserved only for "amateurs" players who made money from "under the table" payments and minor sponsorships. From...


Wally Green - Celebrity | Pro Table Tennis Player, Coach, and Co-Founder of SPIN New York 23 - Table Tennis Themed Cafe in Manhattan. Wally has many fascinating stories making him the coolest figure in table tennis.

Episode 5 features Wally Green, a celebrity /pro table tennis player, coach, and co-founder of SPIN New York 23, a table tennis themed cafe on 23rd and Park Avenue in Manhattan. Wally talks to me about his rise from growing up under very challenging circumstances in a Brooklyn housing project to discovering table tennis at the age of 19 and subsequently training in Germany at a specialized school for table tennis players & then training with the highest level pro players of that nation. We...


Cecil Harris - Author of Different Strokes: Serena, Venus and The Unfinished Black Tennis Revolution - veteran sports journalist talks about great players, the economics of tennis, and much more.

On this 4th episode of the Serve and Return Podcast, author and veteran sports journalist Cecil Harris talks about great black tennis players, the business of tennis, and why more young black males have not been inspired by the success of Serena and Venus Williams, James Blake, and Arthur Ashe. Players and subjects discussed include: - Althea Gibson and her ground-breaking success at the US Championships - NYC ticket tape parade held in Althea Gibson's honor - Arthur Ashe's triumph over...


Olga Harvey - Women's Sports Foundation Executive & member of USTA Eastern Board of Directors promotes tennis and advocates for the underrepresented in sports.

On episode 3, I talk to Olga Harvey about how she progressed from growing up in Moscow, Russia to studying and playing tennis at Cornell University to later working for New York Junior Tennis & Learning and then the Women's Sports Foundation. An enthusiastic tennis player and advocate for the underrepresented in athletics, Olga Harvey serves on the USTA Eastern Board of Directors and as a member of the Diversity & Inclusion National Committee. In this episode hear more form this Cornell...


Mitch Kutner - President of International POP Tennis Association - talks about the past, present, and future of POP Tennis and why it is such a great sport.

Welcome to Episode 2 featuring our guest Mitch Kutner, president of the International POP Tennis Association. On this episode we talk about the rich history of POP Tennis, the major rebranding of Paddle Tennis to POP Tennis in 2015-2016, and why POP Tennis is a great sport for those who are transitioning into tennis, transitioning away from tennis, and for those who just love POP Tennis and find that it becomes their favorite sport. POP Tennis has a few variations of play but at the...


Tom Battaglia - FDU-Florham M & W Tennis Coach / Director of Maplewood Club and Crestmont Indoor talks college tennis, US Open, Net Generation and more.

Welcome to Episode 1, featuring our guest Tom Battaglia. Tom is the head men's and women's tennis coach at FDU-Florham, Owner/Director of Crestmont Indoor Tennis Club, and Director of Tennis at The Maplewood Club. Tom is a USPTA Elite Professional and USTA Zonals and National Coach. On this episode we talk about how in high school Tom transitioned from wrestling to tennis, how and why he entered college tennis coaching in addition his club teaching and ownership. We also talk about what...


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Hosted by Chris Trieste the Serve and Return podcast will explore a wide range of topics and issues in and around tennis. Our guests will include coaches, athletes, authors, industry leaders and fans. At times, we will delve into racquet sports such as Pickleball and Pop Tennis.