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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.






What to Expect at the 2019 French Open

On this week's epsiode, host Jon Wertheim and Jamie Lisanti break down the 2019 French Open men's and women's draws and preview the second Grand Slam tournament of the season. With Simona Halep and Rafael Nadal returning to defend their titles, Wertheim and Lisanti discuss the possibility of Halep winning her second major title and Nadal winning an incredible 12th title on the clay in Paris. Ahead of the tournament's start on Sunday, Wertheim and Lisanti also discuss the best first round...


Tommy Paul and Tim Mayotte

On this week's episode, host Jon Wertheim talks with 22-year-old American Tommy Paul, who won the USTA wildcard entry into the main draw of the 2019 French Open, about what it means for his career; how he has dealt with injuries and develop his maturity; why he loves playing on the clay; and much more. On the second part of the podcast, former player Tim Mayotte talks about why he wanted to run for the ATP Board of Directors position vacated by Justin Gimelstob; some of the issues he sees;...


20-Year-Old American Sofia Kenin

On this week's episode, host Jon Wertheim talks with 20-year-old rising American, Sofia "Sonya" Kenin, from Madrid. Now ranked No. 37 on the WTA Tour, Kenin talks with Wertheim about her quick transition from the juniors to the pros; her 2017 U.S. Open third round match against her idol, Maria Sharapova, under the lights on Arthur Ashe; how that match helped her make the decision to turn professional; why she likes having her father as her coach; and much more.


Rennae Stubbs: Early French Open Predictions

On this week's episode, host Jon Wertheim talks Rennae Stubbs about the clay court tournament results so far and her early thoughts on the French Open predictions. Will Rafael Nadal be the favorite once again at Roland Garros, or will he see a tougher challenge from other players looking to dethrone the King of Clay? And how will Roger Federer play into the equation as he returns to the dirt for the first time since a quarterfinals finish in 2015? On the women's side, is Simona Halep the...


Entrepreneur, Philanthropist and Tennis Advocate Mark Ein

On this week's episode, host Jon Wertheim talks with Washington Kastles owner, investor, entrepreneur and philanthropist, Mark Ein. As a longtime fan and player of the sport, Ein discusses how he was introduced to tennis as a child and how his experiences as a ballkid growing up have influenced some of his business ventures as an adult. As the owner of the Washington Justice, a professional Overwatch esports team, Ein talks about what tennis can learn from the world of esports and how it...


World No. 3 Petra Kvitova on the 2019 Season

On this week's episode, World No. 3 Petra Kvitova joins the podcast in between practices in Prague, Czech Republic, to talk about her runner-up finish at the Australian Open, taking a break in mid-April, her 2019 season goals, her thoughts on Tiger Woods and his Masters victory and more. Host Jon Wertheim and Jamie Lisanti also discuss some tennis headlines and the Mailbag question of the week: What are the best tennis accounts to follow on social media?


David Epstein on Roger vs. Tiger and Generalization vs. Specialization

Ahead of the release of his new book, Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World, out on May 28, 2019, David Epstein joins the podcast to discuss the opening chapter on Roger Federer vs. Tiger Woods. Wertheim and Epstein dive deep into the sports science of generalization vs. specialization, specifically in terms of Federer in tennis and Woods in golf and how Federer grew up playing a variety of sports, from skiing to wrestling to swimming and more, while Woods was surrounded by...


Felix Auger-Aliassime and Miami Open Wrap-Up

On this week's episode, host Jon Wertheim talks with rising Canadian star Felix Auger-Aliassime and recaps with Miami Open with Andrea Leand. Now up to No. 33, the 18-year-old Auger-Aliassime discusses his rise in the rankings, his goals for the future, why family is important to him, his relationship with fellow young Canadians Denis Shapovalov and Bianca Andreescu and much more. On the second half of the podcast, Andrea Leand recaps the pros and cons of the "new" Miami Open tournament...


James Blake on the New-Look Miami Open

After being named the Miami Open tournament director in January 2018, James Blake joins the podcast to talk about the tournament's move from Key Biscayne to its new location at the home stadium of the Miami Dolphins. Blake talks about what his role entails; what fans should expect from the new location and tournament; whether the rivarly between Indian Wells and Miami has now resumed; how he is managing the various requests from players; his thoughts on the results from Indian Wells; and...


Checking in from Indian Wells

From the grounds at Indian Wells, Jon Wertheim checks in with Jamie Lisanti to discuss the top storylines and results from the BNP Paribas Open, including: Naomi Osaka, her performance so far and her recent comments on Twitter about becoming a role model for young tennis players around the world; Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal's comments on the announcement that ATP president Chris Kermode will not continue as ATP president beyond his current contract, which expires at the end of 2019; and...


Kevin Anderson on Sustainability in Tennis

From his home in Florida, Kevin Anderson joins the podcast to talk about his ongoing recovery from an elbow injury, how he's managing his time and when he is expected to return to tournament. Following up on his guest appearance in the Mailbag, Anderson also talks about tennis' sustainability efforts and his suggestions for how the sport can improve parts of the game to help the environment. Anderson and Wertheim also talk about the Rafael Nadal–Nick Kyrgios match and more.


Former Player, Daily Show Correspondent Michael Kosta

A former ATP player with a career-high ranking of No. 864, Daily Show correspondent and comedian Michael Kosta joins the podcast to talk about his tennis and comedy careers. Kosta discusses his transition from playing Challenger events on the tennis tour to pursuing a career in comedy. Kosta talks about why he made the decision to switch career paths; the comparisons between tennis and comedy; and how he worked his way up to appearances on shows such as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and...


Rowan Ricardo Phillips on the Year in Tennis in 2017

On this week's episode, poet and writer Rowan Ricardo Phillips joins the podcast to talk about his Nov. 2018 book, The Circuit: A Tennis Odyssey, which chronicles 2017 as seen through the unique prism of its historic tennis season. Wertheim and Phillips discuss his inspiration behind the book, what he learned about tennis and himself through examining this particular season, how tennis touches the world in many ways and much more.


Pam Shriver's Proposal for the USTA

A few weeks after the Australian Open, Pam Shriver joins the podcast to discuss the latest tennis news and an outside-the-box proposal for the USTA to augment its place in the sports world and bolster American tennis. After Gordon Smith announced his plans to step down as CEO and executive director of the USTA at the end of the year, Wertheim and Shriver believe that there is an opportunity to reassess and rethink the way the organization is operated. What started as a fun conversation...


What Did We Learn from the 2019 Australian Open?

After returning from Melbourne, host Jon Wertheim joins Jamie Lisanti in the studio to discuss the results and top storylines from the 2019 Australian Open, including what the victories mean for Osaka and Djokovic; candid moments with Stefanos Tsitsipas; reactions to Danielle Collins and her controversial "swagger" on the court; the quirky personality of Osaka; the impact of Andy Murray's retirement announcement and how it may have been blown out of proportion; and much more.


Martin Blackman on the State of American Tennis

From the grounds of the Australian Open during the second week of the tournament, Wertheim sits down with USTA general manager of player development Martin Blackman to discuss the breakout performances and disappointing results from the American contingent in Melbourne, including the remarkable run of Danielle Collins and the impressive showing from Frances Tiafoe. Blackman talks about how he (and the USTA) define and measure success for American tennis; the new installation of Mardy Fish as...


Chris Evert on 2019 Australian Open, Mental Health

At the start of the 2019 season ahead of the Australian Open, Chris Evert joins the podcast and gives an update on her own life, including what it was like to attend the funeral of George H.W. Bush in December; her thoughts on mental health issues and her own personal experience with depression and anxiety; how she has re-established herself as a commentator and voice in the tennis community after her career and more. Also on the podcast, Wertheim and Evert discuss the 2019 Australian Open...


Discussing the 2019 ITF Transition Tour with Geoff Grant

Geoff Grant joins the podcast to discuss the details of the new ITF 2019 transition tour, which is a part of a major restructuring of professional tennis. Grant and Wertheim discuss how the creation of the transition tour—which includes a new worldwide tournament structure between the ITF, ATP and WTA and is expected to reduce the number of professional players with ATP and WTA rankings from 3,000 players to approximately 750 men and 750 women—will impact tennis, at the professional, college...


Mike Bryan on Twin Brother Bob's Comeback, 2019 Season

On this week's episode, Mike Bryan joins the podcast to talk about his successful six-month partnership with Jack Sock, which saw him win doubles titles at Indian Wells, Wimbledon, the U.S. Open and the ATP Finals, what he had to do to adjust to a new doubles partner, how he would feel if he were sidelined and watched his twin brother Bob succeed with a new partner and more. After a hip injury and subsequent surgery forced Bob to miss the majority of the 2018 season, Mike discusses his...


Mary Carillo Talks 2019, New Davis Cup

After hosting the 2018 National Dog Show over Thanksgiving weekend, Mary Carillo joins the podcast to answer reader questions and discuss various topics, including her opinion on the fall season and why her interest tends to fall off during the final months of the year; what she expects from women's tennis in 2019, including the chances of Serena Williams winning a major, Caroline Wozniacki's future, Naomi Osaka's response after winning her first major and more. Carillo also talks about...