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YEVGENY KAFELNIKOV talks TENNIS with CRAIG SHAPIRO-URCS041

YEVGENY KAFELNIKOV talks TENNIS with CRAIG SHAPIRO-URCS041

Born and trained in Sochi, Russia, YEVGENY KAFELNIKOV turned pro just as The Soviet Union crumbled. In 1996, at 22 years old and armed with a murderous double-fisted backhand, he won both the French Open singles and doubles titles, making him the last man to ever do so.

In 1999 he had his best year on tour, winning the Australian Open and reaching #1 in the world.

He’s posted wins over Edberg, Becker, Agassi, Sampras, Kuerten and Safin and took home a Gold Medal from the 2000 Olympics. And with Li Na and Mary Pierce, Yevgeny is part of the newest class of inductees at The International Tennis Hall of Fame.

Yevgeny Kafelnikov tells the story of how a poor kid from the Soviet Union became one of the biggest earners in the history of tennis. He explains why he thinks the satellite tour is the best way to hone one’s craft. And he tells us why he thinks NONE of the promising new men on the tour are having any luck getting past the big 3.

Recorded July 21, 2019. Released for Patreon Patrons July 26, 2019. Released to Public August 20, 2019.

For other episodes with Tennis Hall of Famers, check out:

JIM COURIER

GIGI FERNANDEZ

NICK BOLLETTEIRI

MARK WOODFORDE

STEVE FLINK

MATS WILANDER

UNDER REVIEW is a podcast in which tennis insiders share unique stories and insightful perspective. For more information, please contact info@underreviewtennis.com

JARED DONALDSON talks TENNIS with CRAIG SHAPIRO_URCS040

JARED DONALDSON talks TENNIS with CRAIG SHAPIRO_URCS040

In 2018 Jared Donaldson was 21 years old and in the top 50. Then injury struck. Now, after a successful surgery and a year on the DL, he’s about to come back.

Jared has posted wins over Tsitsipas, Goffin, Raonic and Bautista Agut and he’s been across the net from nearly every man on the tour.

As a kid, Jared moved from Rhode Island to Argentina in order to improve his game on the red clay. While there, he practiced with top players like Diego Schwartzman and Guido Pella.

After a solid junior career, Jared was the only American to be part of the first Next Gen group that included Coric, Shapovalov, Khachenov and Medvedev.

Rhode Island’s Finest JARED DONALDSON tells the story of how he went from losing the finals of Kalamazoo all the way to the third round of the US Open main draw. He also offers a candid assessment of the up and coming men on the tour. And he offers a unique inside look into how players deal with injury on the tour.

Recorded June 4, 2019. Released August 12, 2019.

For more UNDER REVIEW episodes featuring active American Players:

URCS018_SHELBY ROGERS

URCS020_NICOLE GIBBS

URCS022_NOAH RUBIN

Jared Donaldson’s ATP page: https://www.atptour.com/en/players/jared-donaldson/dc58/overview

UNDER REVIEW is a podcast in which tennis insiders share unique stories and insightful perspective. For more information, please contact info@underreviewtennis.com

MATS WILANDER talks TENNIS with CRAIG SHAPIRO-URCS039

MATS WILANDER talks TENNIS with CRAIG SHAPIRO-URCS039

He won The French Open before he was old enough to drive. And over the next 7 years, MATS WILANDER won 7 Majors beating everyone from Vitas Gerulaitis to Ivan Lendl, Jimmy Connors to Jose Luis Clerc, and Boris Becker to John McEnroe. And if that wasn’t enough, his Swedish Davis Cup team won the cup three times.

Now he’s a commentator for Eurosport and runs the intensive tennis experience “Wilander on Wheels.”

In this episode, Hall of Famer and former world #1 MATS WILANDER tells us why hard courts open the field up even further on the ladies’ side. He explains why he thinks Roger Federer has a great chance to win the US Open this year. He shares 2 essential lessons he learned in Rome that brought him from being a junior to being a champion. And he tells us how a kid without a drivers license gets to Roland Garros in the middle of the night during an airline strike.

Recorded July 20, 2019. Released August 5, 2019.

For more on the top American Junior who came up at the same time as Mats, check out Jimmy Arias on Under Review: URCS037 – JIMMY ARIAS

For more on one of the pros Mats had to get past to win the French, check out Heinz Gunthardt on Under Review:

URCS023 – HEINZ GUNTHARDT

For more UNDER REVIEW episodes featuring Tennis Hall of Famers, check out:

URCS024-JIM COURIER

URCS028 – GIGI FERNANDEZ

URCS029-NICK BOLLETTEIRI

URCS030-MARK WOODFORDE

URCS038-STEVE FLINK

For more on Wilander On Wheels: https://www.wilanderonwheels.com/

UNDER REVIEW is a podcast in which tennis insiders share unique stories and insightful perspective. For more information, please contact info@underreviewtennis.com

URCS Supporter Special Episode: YEVGENY KAFELNIKOV talks TENNIS with CRAIG SHAPIRO

URCS Supporter Special Episode: YEVGENY KAFELNIKOV talks TENNIS with CRAIG SHAPIRO

On July 20th 2019, YEVGENY KAFELNIKOV was inducted into The International Tennis Hall of Fame. The following day, Craig met up with him for a quick 5 sets.

Born and trained in Sochi, Russia, KAFELNIKOV turned pro just as The Soviet Union crumbled. In 1996, at 22 years old and armed with a murderous double-fisted backhand, he won both the French Open singles and doubles titles, making him the last man to ever do so.

In 1999 he had his best year on tour, winning the Australian Open and reaching #1 in the world.

He’s posted wins over Edberg, Becker, Agassi, Sampras, Kuerten and Safin and took home a Gold Medal from the 2000 Olympics.

Newest HALL OF FAMER Yevgeny Kafelnikov tells the story of how a poor kid from the Soviet Union became one of the biggest earners in the history of tennis. He explains why he thinks the satellite tour is the best way to hone one’s craft. And he tells us why he thinks NONE of the promising new men on the tour are having any luck getting past the big 3.

AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY FOR OUR PATREON PATRONS at https://www.patreon.com/Underreviewtennis

Recorded July 21, 2019. Released for Patreon Patrons July 26, 2019.

For other episodes with Tennis Hall of Famers, check out:

URCS024-JIM COURIER

URCS028 – GIGI FERNANDEZ

URCS029-NICK BOLLETTEIRI

URCS030-MARK WOODFORDE

URCS038-STEVE FLINK

UNDER REVIEW is a podcast in which tennis insiders share unique stories and insightful perspective. For more information, please contact info@underreviewtennis.com

STEVE FLINK talks TENNIS with CRAIG SHAPIRO-URCS038

STEVE FLINK talks TENNIS with CRAIG SHAPIRO-URCS038

Tennis Journalist STEVE FLINK is one of a handful of members of the media who have been inducted into The Tennis Hall of Fame.

Since attending Wimbledon at 12 years old, Steve has had a front seat to The Open Era. By his count, he’s been to over 140 Grand Slams since 1965. As a writer, he’s penned several books on the history of tennis and contributed to World Tennis MagazineTennis Week and Tennis.com. He’s offered commentary for ESPN and CBS Radio and been a statistician for all the major networks. And he is one of the foremost experts on Pete Sampras, currently completing a book on the legendary player.

On this episode, Steve offers an inside look into the machinations of the press room and the life of a veteran tennis journalist. He explains why he thinks Sampras’ dominance may have been a curse to his legacy. And he tells us what he thinks is the greatest tennis story of the modern era.

Recorded July 20, 2019. Released July 23, 2019.

For more UNDER REVIEW episodes featuring Tennis Hall of Famers, check out:

URCS024-JIM COURIER

URCS028 – GIGI FERNANDEZ

URCS029-NICK BOLLETTEIRI

URCS030-MARK WOODFORDE

For more on Steve, check out his website at: https://www.steveflink.com

To read the article Steve filed on The Hall of Fame weekend, check out: http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2019/07/hall-fame-welcomes-li-na-mary-pierce-yevgeny-kafelnikov/83718/

To see all of Steve’s articles for tennis.com check out: http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/list/steve-flink/

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UNDER REVIEW is a podcast in which tennis insiders share unique stories and insightful perspective. For more information, please contact info@underreviewtennis.com

 

 

 

JIMMY ARIAS talks TENNIS with CRAIG SHAPIRO-URCS037

JIMMY ARIAS talks TENNIS with CRAIG SHAPIRO-URCS037

JIMMY ARIAS was the first pupil of Nick Bolletteiri to crack the top 10. At the age of 12 he was winning money in tournaments. At 16 he had turned pro. He got to #5 in the world, won the Italian Open and semi’d The US Open. Amongst his wins, he counts Boris Becker, Jose Luis Clerc, Yannicjk Noah and Ivan Lendl.

Currently, Jimmy broadcasts for Tennis Channel and is Head of Tennis at the IMG Academy (formerly The Bolletteiri Academy) in Bradenton Florida.

On this episode, Buffalo New York’s finest, JIMMY ARIAS breaks down the past fortnight at Wimbledon including a technical analysis of the epic final between Roger and Novak. He also offers his thoughts on the meteoric rise of Wimbledon Junior Champion (and IMG Academy student), SHINTARO MOCHIZUKI. He breaks down the pros and cons of the celebrity coach. And reveals the origin of his revolutionary signature forehand.

Recorded July 14, 2019. Released July 17, 2019.

For more on IMG ACADEMY – https://www.imgacademy.com/

For other episodes with former Bolletteiri Academy students, check out:

URCS006-TOMMY HAAS

URCS016-PAUL ANNACONE

URCS024-JIM COURIER

URCS035-ANNE WHITE

URCS036-ANDRE SA

For an episode with Nick Bolletteiri himself, check out:

URCS028-NICK BOLLETTEIRI

UNDER REVIEW is a podcast in which tennis insiders share unique stories and insightful perspective. For more information, please contact info@underreviewtennis.com

ANDRE SA talks TENNIS with CRAIG SHAPIRO_URCS036

ANDRE SA talks TENNIS with CRAIG SHAPIRO_URCS036

ANDRÉ SÁ is one of the most likable guys on the tour. And that’s probably why Tennis Australia recently named the Brazilian head of player liasons. Before that, he had the same job with the ITF. And before that, he had an impressive professional career, beating Mark Phillipousis, Andy Roddick and Feliciano Lopez and is part of the illustrious final 8 club at Wimbledon.

He spent 5 years at the Bollettieri Academy, coming up with the likes of Tommy Haas and Max Mirnyi. And as a doubles player, he won 11 titles and a gold medal at the Pan American Games.

On this episode, Brazilian stalwart, ANDRÉ SÁ explains what next year’s “Summer Down Under” will look like. He tells us what got the cab drivers in Brazil to realize that a tennis racquet was not just a small guitar. And he tells the story of what it was like to challenge Great Britain’s greatest hope on center court of Wimbledon.

Recorded March, 2019. Released July 1, 2019.

For more on Tennis Australia, check out https://www.tennis.com.au/

For other episodes with former Bolletteiri Academy students, check out:

URCS006-TOMMY HAAS

URCS016-PAUL ANNACONE

URCS024-JIM COURIER

URCS035-ANNE WHITE

For our episode with TIM HENMAN check out: URCS011_HENMAN

UNDER REVIEW is a podcast in which tennis insiders share unique stories and insightful perspective. For more information, please contact info@underreviewtennis.com

ANNE WHITE talks TENNIS with CRAIG SHAPIRO-URCS035

ANNE WHITE talks TENNIS with CRAIG SHAPIRO-URCS035

ANNE WHITE has had an expansive life in tennis. As a pro, she beat Goolagong on grass, Mandlíková on hard and Hanika on clay. And at one time, she was #19 in the world. In doubles, Anne got inside the top 10, partnering with Chris Evert and Betsy Nagleson. But she might be best known for wearing a white lycra bodysuit at Wimbledon. This was in 1985, 30 years before Serena’s controversial catsuit.

White grew up in Charleston, West Virginia and her tennis talents became obvious early on. As a Junior she won The Orange Bowl and was one of the first students at The Bolletteiri Academy. She played 2 years at USC where she blew the competition out of the water. Undefeated, she also got to #30 in the world as an amateur.

Currently, she is the director of the illustrious Beverly Hills Tennis Club. And recently, she produced the Emmy Award nominated documentary LOVE MEANS ZERO.

On this episode, White shares her insight on the tour including what she thinks Madison Keys needs to do to win a major. She tells us how she got the Bolletteiri documentary off the ground. And she reveals the story of how her famous bodysuit made its way to Wimbledon.  

Recorded June 1, 2019. Released June 23, 2019.

For more on Anne, check out her website – https://annewhitetennis.com/

For more on the Showtime documentary LOVE MEANS ZERO – https://www.lovemeanszero.com/

To hear from Nick Bolletteiri himself, check out his episode on UNDER REVIEW: URCS028-BOLLETTEIRI

And for episodes with other students of Bolletteiri, check out: URCS006-TOMMY HAAS, URCS016-PAUL ANNACONE, URCS024-JIM COURIER, URCS036-ANDRE SA

To hear the Under Review Episode with Anne’s former boyfriend and Nike Tennis Guru IAN HAMILTON: URCS013-HAMILTON

To hear another episode with a story of a Wimbledon Couture Choice, check out URCS009-TREY WALTKE

To hear another episode involving the principal’s office at Wimbledon, check out URCS003-JEFF TARANGO

UNDER REVIEW is a podcast in which tennis insiders share unique stories and insightful perspective. For more information, please contact info@underreviewtennis.com

BRAD GILBERT talks TENNIS with CRAIG SHAPIRO_URCS034

BRAD GILBERT talks TENNIS with CRAIG SHAPIRO_URCS034

BRAD GILBERT is back with unique insight and inside stories.

On this episode, Brad shares his thoughts on what he saw at Roland Garros this year. He also offers insight into what to look for in the upcoming grass court season. And he tells us what he said to Andre Agassi 20 years ago that propelled him to his first and only French Open Championship.

Recorded June 09, 2019. Released June 11, 2019.

GILBERT is a former world #4 tennis player, coach to several world #1s and Tennis Broadcaster for ESPN.

For other episodes with Brad:

URCS002: Brad Gilbert – US OPEN 2018 Preview

URCS015: Brad Gilbert –  2018 Wrap Up

UNDER REVIEW is a podcast in which tennis insiders share unique stories and insightful perspective. For more information, please contact info@underreviewtennis.com

 

PATRICK MOURATOGLOU talks TENNIS with CRAIG SHAPIRO-URCS033

PATRICK MOURATOGLOU talks TENNIS with CRAIG SHAPIRO-URCS033

PATRICK MOURATOGLOU is steadily becoming one of the major players in tennis.

Best known as Serena William’s coach since 2012, Mouratoglou is also a TV broadcaster and the head of one of the most renown tennis academies in Europe.

He got into the tennis coaching business with the legendary Australian coach Bob Brett. Since the late 90’s, he’s been instrumental in developing players like… Paul Henri Mathieu… Sergi Stakhovsky… Laura Robson… Marcos Baghdatis… & Grigor Dimitrov.

The Mouratoglou Academy has steadily become a destination for top caliber juniors and professionals. And during the clay court season, The Academy is a French refuge for the pros, allowing for them to both decompress and bone-up in preparation for Roland Garros.

One of his initiatives, Team Mouratoglou singles out rising stars for exclusive training. Thus far, Team Mouratoglou has included Coco Gauff, Jason Tseng, Alexei Popyrin, Rudolf Mollecker and Stefano Tsitsipas.  

PATRICK MOURATOGLOU explains his approach to coaching and explains why he never uses a contract. He reveals which Frenchman he thinks has the best chance of winning the French Open. And he offers insight into what he thinks might be behind some of the latest coaching shake ups on the women’s tour.  

To learn more about the Mouratoglou Academy: https://www.mouratoglou.com/en/

To learn more about Patrick, check out his book here… https://www.amazon.com/Coach-Patrick-Mouratoglou/dp/1908724757

For other episodes of UNDER REVIEW with world-class coaches, click on the name below:

NICK BOLLETTIERI

PAUL ANNACONE

UNDER REVIEW is a podcast in which tennis insiders share unique stories and insightful perspective. For more information, please contact info@underreviewtennis.com