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Produced out of the state of the art Tennis Channel Studios in Santa Monica, California, host Mitch Michals takes you inside the world of professional tennis with the past, present, and future of the sport. Featuring Tennis Channel broadcasters, players, and many others who eat, sleep & breathe tennis. Stay in the loop and in the know with Tennis Channel Inside-In.

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Produced out of the state of the art Tennis Channel Studios in Santa Monica, California, host Mitch Michals takes you inside the world of professional tennis with the past, present, and future of the sport. Featuring Tennis Channel broadcasters, players, and many others who eat, sleep & breathe tennis. Stay in the loop and in the know with Tennis Channel Inside-In.

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Blair Henley on Unlocking Player Personalities, Team USA's BJK Cup Win and Her Sitdown With Agassi + Pamela Maldonaldo on Nadal's Final Push and The Men's Roland Garros Contenders

4/18/2024
Emcee and on-court interviewer Blair Henley returns to the podcast to discuss her uncanny ability to unlock some of the best personalities in the game, from Danielle Collins to Emma Navarro. Henley recaps her weekend at the USA's Billie Jean King Cup triumph over Belgium, and explains what it was like to host a sitdown with legend Andre Agassi. She also dives into topics such as the short-short movement, Iga Swiatek's dominance on clay, and why a certain movie star is invited to her next broadcast assignment at the Savannah CHALLANGER. And then tennis betting analyst Pamela Maldonado joins to recap Rafael Nadal's return to the game, and what to make of his form after a loss in Barcelona to Alex De Minaur. Maldonado breaks down Nadal from every angle, and assesses the clay court landscape on the ATP after Stefanos Tsitsipas claimed the Monte Carlo title over Casper Ruud in the final. The wagering expert surveys the list of contenders on the men's side for Roland Garros, and analyzes whether Carlos Alcaraz, Novak Djokovic, Jannik Sinner or another player can go the distance in Paris. Hosted by Mitch Michals. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:22:23

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Leif Shiras & Jan-Michael Gambill on Shelton & Collins Rising, Djokovic's Next Move And The Monte Carlo Masters, An Interview With National League Pickleball Co-Founder/Star Player Beth Bellamy & Tim Stallard on Organizing The Ukraine/Romania BJK Cup Tie

4/11/2024
It's another dynamic episode of Inside-In, as the tennis calendar officially flips to clay season. Leif Shiras & Jan-Michael Gambill return to the podcast to recap the title runs in Charleston and Houston made by Danielle Collins & Ben Shelton, with the latter set to be the top ranked American man next week. The broadcasters break down all the action at the Masters 1000 event in Monte Carlo, with Novak Djokovic looking to jumpstart his Roland Garros title defense and Jannik Sinner looking better than ever. Shiras & Gambill also dive into the current struggles for Andrey Rublev, Daniil Medvedev's ability to come through in the clutch, and much more from the red dirt. Then Beth Bellamy, former USC singles national champion and current champions division pickleball star joins the podcast to discuss why her latest endeavor just might be her best one yet. Bellamy details her journey from tennis prodigy to WTA mainstay, and how she eventually got hooked on pickleball and became one of the game's best for her age. The co-founder of the National Pickleball League (NPL) discusses what's in store for the upcoming season, which provides elite level senior players with the opportunity to compete as part of a team. And lastly Tim Stallard, Executive Director of the Bush Tennis Center and a man with over three decades of experience as a professional and tournament organizer, joins the show the discuss how he took the reins in setting up this weekend's Billie Jean King Cup tie between Ukraine & Romania. Stallard details his relationship with Elina Svitolina and her foundation, and how they look to grow the game and make it more affordable for the youth. Ukraine & Romania are facing off for a spot in the BJK Cup finals this weekend at the Omni Resort in Amelia Island, Florida, and Stallard explains why you won't want to miss this matchup. Hosted by Mitch Michals. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:29:57

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Jannik Sinner and Danielle Collins Rise Above The Competition In Miami, + The Transition To The Clay With Tennis Now's Chris Oddo

4/4/2024
Tennis Now journalist Chris Oddo joins the podcast to recap the 2024 Miami Open, which saw Jannik Sinner and Danielle Collins hoist the trophies when all was said and done. Oddo discusses the sustained brilliance being shown on and off the court by Sinner, and analyzes the career resurgence by Miami finalist Grigor Dimitrov. He also examines the frustrations that plagued Daniil Medvedev & Alexander Zverev, and looks at the highly-entertaining rivarly between Sinner and Carlos Alcaraz. And then Oddo dives into the women's draw, which saw the improbable title run of Danielle Collins. He recaps Collins' level and ferocious competitiveness, and explains how the American is handling the emotions of her final season on tour. The writer also dives into the start of clay season, officially underway in Charleston, Houston and several cities around the world. Hosted by Mitch Michals. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:42:53

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John Lloyd on Alcaraz's Joy, Djokovic's Coaching Change and Murray's Fight, Monica Puig breaks down the WTA action in Miami + Brett Connors Talks Championship Weekend Odds

3/28/2024
It's a huge Miami Open episode of the podcast this week, starting off with former British #1 John Lloyd discussing how Carlos Alcaraz is clicking on all cylindars in Miami. Lloyd assesses Jannik Sinner's game, Andy Murray's unforunate injury luck, and explains why Daniil Medvedev is uniquely entertaining. And Lloyd also dives into Novak Djokovic's decision to part ways with coach Goran Ivanisevic, and what the 24-time major champion's next move might be. Then Monica Puig returns to the show to break down Iga Swiatek's early loss in Miami, and why this could be a real chance for American Danielle Collins. Puig dives into all the contenders in Miami from Elena Rybakina to Victoria Azarenka, and explains why Jessica Pegula is ready to build on her success in 2024. And Puig shares some personal stories from playing an exhibition in her native Puerto Rico with Venus Williams, to completing a 70.3 Ironman triatholon just this month. And the show finishes off with the debut of the gambling corner with Brett Connors, Tennis Channel Producer and podcast host. Connors dives into the odds and betting lines of this weekend's action in Miami, and predicts what could be in store with another showdown looming between Alcaraz & Sinner. Hosted by Mitch Michals. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:26:48

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Jill Craybas Talks Titles At Indian Wells For Swiatek & Alcaraz, Sakkari's Rebound And Medvedev's Uniqueness + A Chat With RacquetX Co-Founder Robyn Duda

3/21/2024
Indian Wells is in the books, and broadcaster Jill Craybas joins the podcast to recap all the action from Tennis Paradise. Craybas analyzes how Iga Swiatek dismantled the field for her second title, and how Carlos Alcaraz did the same on the men's side to defend his trophy as well. The former pro also discusses why Maria Sakkari & Marta Kostyuk are on the up-and-up, what makes Daniil Medvedev's game so uniquely special, and what to expect in the Miami Open, as the tennis world begins the second leg of the Sunshine Double. And entrepeneur Robyn Duda joins the show to discuss her latest project, RacquetX, a world-class festival connecting the globe's racquet sports. Duda explains how this exciting endeavor came to be, and why there are tremendous opportunities for investors and participants alike to grow in the rising tide of this racquet sports movement. RacquetX takes place March 24-26 in Miami, and Duda outlines what to expect from the star-studded event in this interview. Hosted by Mitch Michals Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:59:39

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Amy Lundy On Djokovic's Shocking Defeat, Alcaraz & Sinner Thriving And Much More From Indian Wells + Christina McHale Talks Being An Olympian & Facing Serena At Wimbledon

3/14/2024
The 2024 Indian Wells event has been jaw-dropping, and Amy Lundy appears on the show to recap all the drama in the desert. Lundy dives into Novak Djokovic's shocking upset loss to Lucky Loser Luca Nardi, Carlos Alcaraz & Jannik Sinner dismantling the opposition, and how Gael Monfils has been able to turn back the hands of time. The journalist and podcast host also explains why Iga Swiatek is so successful when playing in these conditions, how Coco Gauff has turned a corner, and what impresses her the most about Caroline Wozniacki's comeback. Lundy even gives her thoughts on Simona Halep's return to the court and Rafael Nadal's next move. And then former top 25 player Christina McHale joins the podcast to discuss her tennis career from start to finish, a career that began in Hong Kong as a child and led to a lengthy run in the pro game. McHale chats about how special it was to represent the USA in the Olympics, the experience of facing Serena Williams at Wimbledon, and how she was at peace saying goodbye to the game. And the American shares her thoughts on the current state of the WTA, and what she's up to since retiring. Hosted by Mitch Michals. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:12:49

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Paula Badosa On Being A Fighter, Her Tennis Journey And Life In The Spotlight + Kenny Ducey On Titles For Humbert & De Minaur And A Preview Of Indian Wells

3/7/2024
2021 Indian Wells champion and former World #2 Paula Badosa joins Inside-In for a wide-ranging conversation about her journey to tennis stardom, and how she is still committed to her craft. Badosa discusses why she dedicated herself to the sport at an early age, and how she stays focused on each day despite the rigors of professional tennis. The Spainard explains how she developed a close friendship with fellow WTA player Aryna Sabalenka, how she developed a reputation as a fighter on the court, and why managing her schedule and health is the toughest task in her job. Badosa also dives into her realtionship with fellow tennis superstar Stefanos Tsitsipas, and her favorite hobbies when she gets some down time. And then Kenny Ducey comes on the podcast to recap last week's tournaments, which saw Ugo Humbert, Alex De Minaur & Katie Boulter claim titles. Ducey breaks down the decision default Andrey Rublev from his match in Dubai, Simona Halep winning the appeal to her suspension, and what the men's & women's draws look like at Indian Wells as the event begins. Hosted by Mitch Michals. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:11:35

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Andrea Petkovic on the Swiatek/Sabalenka Battle, Murray's Final Stretch & The Action in Acapulco + Jimmy Arias Discusses The ATP Youth Movement, Medvedev's Return & Pegula's Next Move

2/29/2024
The incomperable Andrea Petkovic returns to Inside-In to recap her time working as a commentator in Austalia, and why Aryna Sabalenka is built to keep winning. Petkovic dives into all topics including Iga Swiatek's risky move to revamp her serve, Jasmine Paolini's shocking 1000 title in Dubai, and what she thinks about Andy Murray's announcement that his playing career will most likely wrap up this summer. She's a budding writer, active commentator, and is on the quest to learn Spanish. You never know what you're going to get from Andrea Petkovic! And then Jimmy Arias returns to the show to discuss the ATP Youth movements, with teenagers Alex Michelsen, Jakub Mensik & Joao Fonseca putting the tennis world on notice. Arias also analyzes Daniil Medvedev's return in Dubai, Jessica Pegula's next move, and whether Sebastian Korda can go on a run. Hosted by Mitch Michals. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:17:22

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Abigail Johnson's Rise As a Broadcaster and Analysis of Raducanu, Swiatek & The Tennis Landscape + Nico Pereira on Sinner's Perfect Start to 2024 and The Golden Swing

2/22/2024
Inside-In is back with a one-two punch this week, as Nico Pereira returns to the podcast to discuss another title win for Jannik Sinner in Rotterdam. Pereira analyzes Sinner's maturity at this stage of his career, how Alex De Minaur has leveled up, and why Taylor Fritz is as confident as ever after winning the Delray Beach Open title. And Pereira discusses all the action in Latina America at the "Golden Swing" clay court events, and explains why it's so vital to have these events in this region of the world. And then Abigail Johnson, one of the rising broadcasting voices in tennis media joins the show to discuss how she found her passion and worked her way up into being a preimer commentator of the sport. Johnson details her journey from tennis fan to working professional, and explains why she perfers calling matches on the radio to other mediums. The British native dives into her experiences interviewing legends of the sport such as Novak Djokovic & Ashleigh Barty, and points out how Emma Raducanu can reset her career this season. Johnson also breaks down the current tennis landscape, with Iga Swiatek pacing the women's game yet again, while Carlos Alcaraz and Novak Djokovic chase Sinner after the year's first major. Hosted by Mitch Michals. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:21:42

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Mark Petchey Talks WTA Storylines, Naomi Osaka's Return & Andy Murray's Love Of the Game + Chris Bowers On Hall of Fame Chats and His Biographies of Federer & Djokovic

2/15/2024
We've got all the tennis you can handle on this week's episode of Inside-In, as esteemed commentator Mark Petchey returns to the podcast to recap title victories for Tommy Paul & Ugo Humbert on the ATP. Petchey also explains what propelled Elena Rybakina to a second title in 2024, why Naomi Osaka is already back at a high level, and the comfort that Iga Swiatek has in the Middle East events. And you won't want to miss Petchey's strong feelings on why Carlos Alcaraz has no need to panic, and why Andy Murray has earned the right to play as long as he desires. And then journalist and commentator Chris Bowers makes his Inside-In debut, discussing how his love affair with the sport of tennis began and why the history of the game should be revered and studied. Bowers details what he learned from writing biographies on Novak Djokovic & Roger Federer, his thoughts on the game in it's current form, and his experience as the host of "TennisWorthy" a podcast presented by the International Hall of Fame. It's an enlightening chat with a man who's covered the game for over 30 years, and considers himself a citizen of the world. Hosted by Mitch Michals. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:09:53

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Bradley Klahn Recaps His Tennis Finale, Rune's Next Move & The College Tennis Boom + Renowned Coach Eric Riley on Coaching, Life, and Advice For Today's Stars

2/8/2024
Bradley Klahn returns to the show to discuss the finale of his playing career, as he hung up his racket after playing the Stanford Challenger last August. Klahn recaps how he came to that decision, finding structure again as a commentator and financial professional, and shares some of the memories from his career that make him smile. The current TC commentator also dives into a ton of current topics in the tennis world, such as Alexander Bublik's improbable title, Holger Rune ending his relationship with coach Boris Becker, and the boom of college tennis players at the professional level. And then distinguished coach Eric Riley joins the podcast for the first time, discussing his career working some of the game's great since the early 90s. Riley explains how he fell in love with the sport after watching Arthur Ashe play, finding his footing as a coach, and how he developed successful partnerships with players such as Pam Shriver & Lisa Raymond as he coached them. He also explains why Jessica Pegula's next coaching hire is very crucial, and what advice he would give Ben Shelton & Coco Gauff as they ascend to the top of the game. Hosted by Mitch Michals. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:24:28

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Robbie Koenig on Sinner's Triumph In Melbourne, Sabalenka Going Back-To-Back, and More From the 2024 Australian Open

2/1/2024
The most dynamic broadcaster in the game returns to Inside-In, as Robbie Koenig recaps the 2024 Australian Open. Koenig analyzes how Jannik Sinner went the distance and claimed his first career major, and he breaks down how the Italian rallied from two sets down in the final by staying in the fight. He also evaluates the strong showing by Daniil Medvedev in Melbourne, and discusses where Novak Djokovic goes from here after a disappointing performance in the semifinals. One of the most popular commentators in tennis, Koenig also explains how Aryna Sabalenka mastered her emotions and elevated her game to repeat as the champion down under, and why he's still buying stock in finalist Qinwen Zheng. And Koenig also has an interesting perspective on Sinner's speech after the final as it pertains to tennis parents. Hosted by Mitch Michals. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:47:15

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Gill Gross Previews Sinner/Djokovic and Medvedev/Zverev as the 2024 Australian Open Concludes

1/25/2024
TC Broadcaster and host of "Monday Match Analysis" Gill Gross returns to the podcast to discuss the 2024 Australian Open as it reaches it's epic conclusions, with the two exciting men's semifinals on tap. Gross gauges Novak Djokovic's level as he aims for an 11th title in Melbourne, and explains how Jannik Sinner has improved all areas of his game as he looks to dethrone the champ. He also dives into how Alexander Zverev was able to pull of the upset over Carlos Alcaraz, and who holds the physical edge between the German and Daniil Medvedev. Gross also recaps Aryna Sabalenka's impressive win over Coco Gauff in the women's semifinals, and highlights her improved mental focus as she attempts to win a 2nd straight title down under. In addition, Gross analyzes how Qinwen Zheng has made an improbable run to the final, before previewing this epic encounter in Australia. Hosted by Mitch Michals. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:40:27

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Jon Wertheim on a Gauff/Sabalenka Showdown Looming, Fritz's Breakthrough and Alcaraz Flying Under The Radar As The 2024 Australian Open Rolls Along

1/21/2024
60 Minutes correspondent and Tennis Channel's esteemed journalist Jon Wertheim returns to the podcast to recap the exciting first week of the Australian Open, and to look ahead at some epic matches in Melbourne. Wertheim discusses his interview with Novak Djokovic last month in Serbia, and explains why the Serbian is still at the peak of his powers down under. He also chats about American Taylor Fritz' breakthrough major win, Jannik Sinner aiming for the top spot, and why Carlos Alcaraz might be flying under the radar at the year's first major. And on the women's side, Wertheim dives into the carnage at the top of the bracket, headlined by #1 seed Iga Swiatek's shocking upset loss to Linda Noskova. Wertheim foreshadows a potential showdown between Coco Gauff & Aryna Sabalenka, and explains what a second career major would mean for each. It's another fun podcast with one of the premier journalists in sports. Hosted by Mitch Michals. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:40:50

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Djokovic Gets Testy, Andreeva Arrives, & Sinner Surges as The Australian Open Heats Up With Barstool Hubbs

1/17/2024
The Australian Open heats up, and Barstool Hubbs returns to Inside-In to discuss a wild first few days in Melbourne. Hubbs discusses why it's never a good idea to antagonize Novak Djokovic, why Ben Shelton remains a force to be reckoned with, and what went wrong for Frances Tiafoe as he goes out in his second match. He also dives into the dominant performance by Mirra Andreeva as she handled Ons Jabeur, and whether the 16-year-old can be a threat to defending champ Aryna Sabalenka. The guys dive into all the action and storylines down under, including Andrey Rublev's temperament, Jannik Sinner's renewed confidence, and whether Coco Gauff is a shoe-in for deep runs at every single major. And Hubbs forecasts whether Carlos Alcaraz, Daniil Medvedev or Holger Rune will be the one to reach the final in the bottom of the men's draw. Hosted by Mitch Michals. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:47:15

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Rublev & Fritz Survive, Djokovic Digs Deep, and Anisimova Returns to The Winner's Circle as the Australian Open Begins with Matt Futterman

1/14/2024
The 2024 Australian Open is underway, and journalist Matt Futterman returns to the podcast to dive into all the early action. The lead tennis writer at "The Athletic" discusses all the on-site storylines from Melbourne, and recaps Novak Djokovic's well-earned win over 18-year-old qualifier Dino Prizmic. Futterman also recaps how Andrey Rublev were able to survive their opening matches, Frances Tiafoe looking crisp in round one, and Amanda Anisimova returning to her winning ways down under. And Coco Gauff's continued improvement as an elite player. Hosted by Mitch Michals. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:38:45

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CoCo Vandeweghe's Tennis Odyssey and Blossoming Commentary Career + Mark Knowles on Nadal's Injury, U.S. Men On The Rise and the Australian Summer

1/11/2024
We're just days away from the start of the 2024 Australian Open, and Inside-In has got you covered. Mark Knowles returns to the show to discuss Rafael Nadal's unfortunate injury, Novak Djokovic managing his body, a return to title-town for Grigor Dimitrov. Knowles also dishes on Iga Swiatek's place atop the WTA, Coco Gauff's next step in 2024, and which American men can break through down under. And then CoCo Vandeweghe sits down in-studio to discuss her 15-year tennis career, and why finishing up playing doubles with Danielle Collins in San Diego led to a beautiful new friendship. Vandeweghe also explains why representing Team USA in the Billie Jean King Cup was so important to her, the transition to the broadcast booth, and which WTA players will have success this season. As candid as always, Coco Vandeweghe even pulls back the curtain on which hobby she's looking to pick up now that she's done playing, and why family friend Bill Walton was such a gem of a person! Hosted by Mitch Michals. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:08:08

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Jason Goodall on Nadal & Osaka's Returns as 2024 Kicks Off + Coaching Legend Jose Higueras on Working with Federer, Courier and Creating A Culture at The USTA

1/4/2024
The 2024 season is officially underway, and TC broadcaster Jason Goodall returns to discuss the top storylines as the players return to action. Goodall reacts to the top form Rafael Nadal is in after a year away from the game, and what to expect from the Spaniard going forward. Goodall also dives into Novak Djokovic's upset loss & potential wrist injury, Naomi Osaka's level as she makes her comeback, and the state of the women's game going into the year's first major. Goodall also explains just how special it was to call that thrilling Cincinnati men's final last year between Djokovic & Carlos Alcaraz. And then one of the premier coaches in the history of the sport, Jose Higueras joins for an interview about his career working and shaping some of the greats in the game. Higueras details how he got started in coaching, what it was like to work with players like Michael Chang & Jim Courier as they won majors, and why he's the most proud of his run as the head of The USTA's Elite Player Development Program. The coach discusses what he learned working with Roger Federer, his thoughts on coaching being legal during matches, and what his philosophy is for teaching the game to his students. Hosted by Mitch Michals. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:09:15

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The Best of Tennis Channel Inside-In Part 2: Opelka, Eubanks, Petkovic, Puig, Rogers and Krajicek

12/28/2023
It's the best of Tennis Channel Inside-In, Part 2, highlighting some of our favorite moments in an outstanding year covering tennis on the podcast. This episode features several current and recently retired players sharing stories and insight about the game they love. 2023 was a spectacular year for tennis, and we're delighted to showcase some of our outstanding content on the podcast. Hosted by Mitch Michals. Reilly Opelka - (0:43-14:01) Monica Puig - (14:20-27:01) Andrea Petkovic - (27:31-42:35) Austin Krajicek - (43:04-54:23) Shelby Rogers - (54:52-1:05:24) Chris Eubanks - (1:05:52-1:21:00) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:25:22

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The Best Of Tennis Channel Inside-In Part 1: Courier, Davenport, Wertheim, Shriver and More

12/21/2023
Welcome to the Best of Tennis Channel Inside-In, Part 1. We highlight some of our favorite moments in an outstanding year covering tennis on the podcast. It was a year in which Novak Djokovic won three majors, Carlos Alcaraz triumphed at Wimbledon, Coco Gauff claimed the US Open, and Iga Swiatek battled with Aryna Sabalenka all season for the #1 ranking. Listen to some of the best experts in the sport recap all the drama in 2023. Jon Wertheim - (0:54-14:41) Lindsay Davenport - (15:11-27:15) Robbie Koenig - (27:52-38:50) Jim Courier - (39:20-48:26) Greg Rusedski - (48:51-57:02) Pam Shriver - (57:25-1:07:24) Patrick McEnroe - (1:07:57-1:19:00) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:23:30