French Open Champion and Croatian Fed Cup Captain IVA MAJOLI is a consistent force in the tennis world. As a child, she travelled from wartime Croatia to Bradenton Florida in order to hone her craft at the Bollettieri Academy. As a pro, she quarter-finaled the Australian Open AND Wimbledon and got to #4 in the world. And in 1997, at the age of 20 she shocked the tennis world by stopping Martina Hingis in the finals of the only major Hingis lost that year. She’s posted wins over Davenport, Martinez, Seles, and Sabatini and many more. And now along with her captaining the Croatian Fed Cup team, she is on the WTA board, is a co-tournament director and is fast becoming a tennis mom.
On this episode, IVA MAJOLI explains what happens to the mentality of the draw when the #1 seed looses in an early round. Especially when that #1 is an unbeatable Steffi Graf. She also breaks down her unique relationship with Donna Vekic. And she lets us know what she thinks of the WTA limiting the play of young players like Coco Gauff.
Recorded September 4, 2019. Released October 16, 2019.
And for an episode with the coach himself, check out: NICK BOLLETTIERI
To watch highlights of Iva’s epic win over Martina Hingis, check out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=be87AjJQ-dw
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