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Sports Illustrated executive editor Jon Wertheim interviews the top players and newsmakers on the ATP and WTA tours.

Sports Illustrated executive editor Jon Wertheim interviews the top players and newsmakers on the ATP and WTA tours.
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Sports Illustrated executive editor Jon Wertheim interviews the top players and newsmakers on the ATP and WTA tours.

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@SInow

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English


Episodes

Rising American Danielle Collins

4/12/2018
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On this week's episode, host Jon Wertheim talks with Danielle Collins, who has surged into the top 50 in the WTA rankings. Wertheim and Collins discuss how she got into tennis, including her childhood and experiences with other sports, her college tennis career at the University of Virginia, why going to college and graduating with a degree was so important to her, the transition to the pro tour, the importance of mental health as a pro athlete and more.

Duration:00:39:22

Chris Nashawaty and the State of Tennis Movies

4/5/2018
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On this episode, host Jon Wertheim talks with Chris Nashawaty, a movie critic for Entertainment Weekly and author of the new book, Caddyshack: The Making of a Hollywood Cinderella Story, about the state of tennis movies. Wertheim and Nashawaty discuss some of the recent tennis films, such as Battle of the Sexes, and the upcoming Borg vs. McEnroe movie featuring Shia LaBeouf that releases on April 13. Nashawaty explains his initial thoughts and review of the movie, which tells the story of...

Duration:00:39:07

ITF President Dave Haggerty on Proposed Davis Cup Changes

3/8/2018
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From the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, host Jon Wertheim talks with ITF president David Haggerty on the proposed Davis Cup changes, including the reasons why the format needed to change; what the response has been from players, media and fans since the proposal was released; his thoughts on the new model and why it will appeal to nations, top players and more; logistics of the new event, including how many courts will be needed, what venues and cities could handle this type of event;...

Duration:00:28:14

WTA World No. 9 Petra Kvitova

3/1/2018
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On this week's episode, host Jon Wertheim talks with Petra Kvitova after she won her second consecutive title in 2018 at the Qatar Open in Doha. The 27-year-old Czech discusses her recent hot streak and the return to the top 10 in the WTA rankings, her continued comeback after the Dec. 2016 knife attack, what she still wants to improve on this season and much more.

Duration:00:31:44

2018 Hall of Fame Inductee Michael Stich

2/8/2018
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On this week's episode, host Jon Wertheim talks with Michael Stich about his election to the 2018 Hall of Fame, the voting and induction process, how Stich found out he was a 2018 inductee, the difference between the value of the "Hall of Fame" in the U.S. vs. Europe and other countries and more. Stich also looks back and reflects on his career, his current work with the Michael Stich Foundation, what he thinks of the current game and more.

Duration:00:31:42

Wrapping up the 2018 Australian Open

1/29/2018
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Host Jon Wertheim talks with SI.com tennis editor Jamie Lisanti about the 2018 Australian Open and the implications the results will have on the coming weeks of tennis. Topics include Roger Federer's 20th Grand Slam title; Caroline Wozniacki's breakthrough and first major title; Rafael Nadal's withdrawal and injury; the Australian Open app and website and how technology plays a big role in a major tournament's success; Tennys Sandgren and much more.

Duration:00:41:55

Mary Carillo on 2018 Australian Open, Margaret Court Interview

1/9/2018
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On this week's episode, host Jon Wertheim talks with Mary Carillo about her upcoming REAL SPORTS interview with Margaret Court and the 2018 Australian Open. Carillo details her four-day visit and interview with Court, including her ministry and the fact that—despite her Hall of Fame career, record Grand Slam singles titles, and namesake arena in Melbourne, the third largest at the Australian Open—there are people who believe her name should be stripped from the arena because of her views...

Duration:01:02:52

Universal Tennis Rating CEO Mark Leschly

1/5/2018
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Host Jon Wertheim talks with Leschly, a successful college tennis player at Harvard, a former ATP pro and member of the Danish Davis Cup team, about his new role as the principal owner of Universal Tennis Rating, which is an algorithm-based rating system between 1-16 that reflects level of play, based on competition, scores and recent matches. Leschly explains in detail what the ranking system is exactly, how it impacts professional, college and recreational players and coaches, how it...

Duration:00:39:07

Bob Bryan on Doubles Specialists, Twin Brother Mike

12/21/2017
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On this week's episode, host Jon Wertheim talks with doubles great Bob Bryan, who gives an update on how he will spend the last weeks of the season before heading to Melbourne for the Australian Open, how his relationship with his brother Mike has evolved and where it stands today, the state of the doubles specialist right now, 2018 predictions and more.

Duration:00:36:15

Andre Agassi on Novak Djokovic in 2018

11/9/2017
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On this week's episode, host Jon Wertheim talks with Andre Agassi about his coaching relationship with Novak Djokovic and what we should expect from their partnership in 2018, why he believes Djokovic is a special player, how much technology plays a role in the aging field in men's tennis and more. Agassi also looks back on his career and talks about whether or not he would be involved in tennis TV commentary in the future.

Duration:00:25:47

21-year-old American Jared Donaldson

10/26/2017
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On this week's episode, host Jon Wertheim talks with World No. 50 Donaldson, who just this week qualified for the ATP Next-Gen Finals in Milan. Wertheim and Donaldson discuss how he is feeling at this point in the season ahead of the last event of the year, how he preformed in comparison to his goals this season, his roots, how he got into playing tennis, whether or not he regrets skipping out of going to college to turn pro and more.

Duration:00:39:54

Rajeev Ram on ATP Tour life, doubles

10/12/2017
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On this week's episode, host Jon Wertheim talks with Rajeev Ram from the Shanghai Masters in China about his 2017 season, background and tennis career. Ram, 33, discusses why he decided to stop playing singles to focus on doubles; what it's like traveling the world as a tennis player; how he handles life on tour, including the ups and downs of the different environments and player treatment and at various events around the world; what a doubles team relationship is like, on and off the...

Duration:00:34:40

WTA Insider senior writer Courtney Nguyen on tennis in Asia

10/5/2017
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On this week's episode, host Jon Wertheim talks with WTA Insider senior writer Courtney Nguyen from the China Open in Beijing about the fall season in Asia and tennis' move into this market. The pair discusses globalization, what tennis is like in Asia, how it compares and contrasts to tennis tournaments in Europe and the United States, how players adapt and adjust to the culture and way of life in Asian countries, what the fall swing is like for players who represent Asian countries,...

Duration:00:42:26

Laver Cup co-founder Tony Godsick, USTA chief executive Stacey Allaster

9/28/2017
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On this week's episode, host Jon Wertheim talks tennis innovations with Roger Federer's agent, Tony Godsick, president and CEO of Team8 Global, and Stacey Allaster, chief executive of the USTA. Godsick talks about Laver Cup, its place in the tennis landscape, the origin story and how the event came to be, why Federer wanted to honor Rod Laver and more. In the second part of the podcast, Allaster discusses mid-match coaching and makes her defense as to why the innovation will help the game,...

Duration:00:57:57

Billie Jean King, Emma Stone and the Battle of the Sexes Directors

9/21/2017
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On this week's episode, Wertheim talks all things Battle of the Sexes, the new movie out Sept. 22 that depicts the true story of the 1973 match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. First, Wertheim chats with BJK and Emma Stone, who portrays the 29-year-old King in the film. King and Stone discuss their dynamic, what went into Stone's research for her role and more. King also talks about the significance of the film, 44 years after the Battle of the Sexes match took place. In the...

Duration:00:53:43

Dirk Nowitzki on tennis roots, charity event

9/14/2017
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On this week's episode, host Jon Wertheim talks with Dallas Mavericks big man Dirk Nowitzki, who will is a future NBA Hall of Famer but also a huge tennis fan who grew up playing the sport in Germany. The 39-year-old Nowitzki discusses what his offseason has been like this summer, how it compares to that of a professional tennis player; longevity in sports, particularly in terms of his own career and with players such as Roger Federer and Serena Williams; how he started playing tennis as a...

Duration:00:27:50

Paul Annacone from the 2017 U.S. Open

9/7/2017
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On this week's episode, Wertheim talks with Paul Annacone from the 2017 U.S. Open about Roger Federer's loss to Juan Martin del Potro on Wednesday night, including how he think's Federer will recover, what happened in the match, what were the missed opportunities against del Potro, why del Potro's forehand is the biggest weapon on the men's tour and more. Annacone and Wertheim also talk about the del Potro matchup against Rafael Nadal in the semifinals, Nadal's coaching situation, Sloane...

Duration:00:30:58

Checking in from Week One at the 2017 U.S. Open

9/1/2017
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On this week's episode, host Jon Wertheim and SI.com tennis producer Jamie Lisanti check in from the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows. After nearly a week of U.S. Open matches, Wertheim and Lisanti discuss the storylines of the tournament so far, including Maria Sharapova's return, the early-round struggles of men's favorites Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, the wide-open men's draw after a slew of upsets in the first few rounds, the battle for the World No. 1,...

Duration:00:22:11

20-year-old American Tommy Paul

8/24/2017
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On this week's episode, host Jon Wertheim talks with 20-year-old American rising star Tommy Paul, ahead of the 2017 U.S. Open, where he will be in the main draw as a wildcard. After turning in a strong summer of results and jumping up from No. 400 in the rankings to No. 159, Paul talks with Wertheim about what has clicked for him in the last few months, his expectations in New York, where he grew up, how he started playing tennis, his experience with Roger Federer at Indian Wells and more.

Duration:00:28:14

Rod Laver on inaugural Laver Cup

8/17/2017
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On this week's episode, host Jon Wertheim talks with Rod Laver about the upcoming and inaugural Laver Cup, a Ryder Cup-style event which will be held two weeks after the U.S. Open in September in Prague. Wertheim talks with Laver about what it is like for him to attend majors, particularly Wimbledon, after playing at them years ago; about how Laver Cup came to be, including how Roger Federer approached him about it; and how he found out the new competition was going to be called Laver Cup,...

Duration:00:24:31

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