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KEN SOLOMON talks TENNIS with CRAIG SHAPIRO-URCS032

KEN SOLOMON talks TENNIS with CRAIG SHAPIRO-URCS032

President and CEO of Tennis Channel, KEN SOLOMON discusses his illustrious TV career, the meteoric rise of TC and more.

From a college internship at Paramount Studios in the 1980s, Ken Solomon quickly started selling syndication to tertiary US markets. From there, among other things, he helped launched FX and build Fox into a TV powerhouse. He was there at the beginning of Dreamworks and became The President of Universal TV. 

Since 2006, he’s been the President and CEO of Tennis Channel, helping usher the network into the digital age and making it THE Network for Tennis in America. And beyond that, one of the fastest growing networks in the country.

He never posted wins over Stan Smith, Arthur Ashe, Raul Ramirez or Jose Higueras, but he ball-boyed for them all. He never scored points off Martina Navritolova or Jim Courier but he runs the network they provide commentary on.

KEN SOLOMON breaks down his rise from performing magic tricks in borrowed loafers to helming the fastest growing network on TV. He tells us what its like to collaborate and compete with networks like ESPN. And he tells us why he’s confident we will be seeing the lost Djokovic tapes sometime in the future.

The Emmy Award Winning Tennis Channel Film, STROKES OF GENIUS can be found on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/strokes-of-genius/id1404175109

Other UNDER REVIEW episodes with interviews from TC commentators: James Blake, Jim Courier, Mary Carillo, 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

 

ROMAN PROKES talks TENNIS with CRAIG SHAPIRO – URCS031

ROMAN PROKES talks TENNIS with CRAIG SHAPIRO – URCS031

ROMAN PROKES is a master racquet technician who has fashioned racquets for countless professionals as well as amateurs. Andre Agassi devoted a page in his biography to him. 

From Agassi to McEnroe to Djokovic, Prokes has not only altered their racquets but helped to transform their games. He molds grips, weights frames and rearranges stringing patterns. All in an effort to maximize the potential of the player.

He has shops in New York and Florida and travels with the US Davis Cup team. He also works closely with the USTA in Lake Nona.

On this episode, ROMAN PROKES tells us what current trends he’s seeing in tennis technology, what America required of him when he came over from Czechoslovakia and what specifically he did to Novak Djokovic’s racquet that put him back at #1.

Roman can be found at  http://www.rpnytennis.com

To read about Roman in The Wall Street Journal: https://www.wsj.com/articles/SB118791933825807508

To read about Roman in Andre Agassi’s Autobiography OPEN: https://www.amazon.com/Open-Autobiography-Andre-Agassi/dp/0307388409

To hear episodes of UNDER REVIEW with players who have used Roman’s services, click below:

UNDER REVIEW ep 5: Tommy Haas

UNDER REVIEW ep 23: Jim Courier  

UNDER REVIEW is a podcast in which tennis insiders share unique stories and insightful perspective.

For more information, please contact info@underreviewtennis.com

MARK WOODFORDE talks TENNIS with CRAIG SHAPIRO – URCS030

MARK WOODFORDE talks TENNIS with CRAIG SHAPIRO – URCS030

Australian tennis legend MARK WOODFORDE was a force to be reckoned with in singles and an absolute legend in doubles. 

In singles, he semi-finaled The Australian, beat McEnroe, Chang and Ivanisovic and was #19 in the world.

In doubles, he got to #1 in the world, winning 12 majors; his first with John McEnroe and the rest with longtime partner – and other part of “The Woodies” – Todd Woodbridge.

Gold Medalist. Davis Cup Winner. Australian Hall-of-Famer.

MARK WOODFORDE explains why John McEnroe was the real genius behind the formation of “The Woodies;“ shares his thoughts on the wide and dynamic field of current Australians players; and explains why his doubles partner through 61 titles will no longer speak with him.

For more UNDER REVIEW episodes with a heavy focus on Australian Tennis, check out coach Sarah Stone and Australian Open winner Brian Teacher.

UNDER REVIEW is a podcast in which tennis insiders share unique stories and insightful perspective.

For more information, please contact info@underreviewtennis.com

NICK BOLLETTIERI talks TENNIS with CRAIG SHAPIRO-URCS029

NICK BOLLETTIERI talks TENNIS with CRAIG SHAPIRO-URCS029

Visionary Tennis Coach NICK BOLLETIERI is an institution in the sport. His academy was the most successful tennis boarding school in the history of tennis. And the players he’s coached have won a combined 185 major titles. Which makes Nick one of the most successful coaches of all time.

Amongst the players he’s coached are Andre Agassi, Jim Courier, Monica Seles, Tommy Haas, Boris Becker, Anna Kournikova, Maria Sharapova, Kei Nishikori & The Williams sisters.

Beyond his accomplishments on the court, Nick’s written numerous books. He travels the world giving motivational speeches. And he’s the subject of the Showtime Documentary LOVE MEANS ZERO.

On this podcast, Nick discusses how how he built his coaching empire; he discloses which of his former students he thinks had the most raw talent; and he tells us why he thinks Novak Djokovic is the tennis player for the times.

For more about Visionary Tennis Coach Nick Bollettieri and The IMG ACADEMY: https://www.imgacademy.com/about-img-academy

UNDER REVIEW is a podcast in which tennis insiders share unique stories and insightful perspective.

For more information, please contact info@underreviewtennis.com

GIGI FERNANDEZ talks TENNIS with CRAIG SHAPIRO-URCS028

GIGI FERNANDEZ talks TENNIS with CRAIG SHAPIRO-URCS028

GIGI FERNANDEZ got to #17 in the world in singles. And in doubles, she was the #1 player throughout most of the 90s. She won 71 WTA Titles including 17 Majors. And took home 2 gold medals from the Pan American Games and 2 from the Olympics.

Hall of Famer GIGI FERNANDEZ tells us how she used early video technology to perfect her game; how one of the most successful doubles teams in the history of tennis came to be, and why Monica Puig is not the first Puerto Rican to win an Olympic Gold.

More info on Gigi and access to her online clinics can be found at… http://www.gigifernandeztennis.com/

UNDER REVIEW is a podcast in which tennis insiders share unique stories and insightful perspective.

For more information, please contact info@underreviewtennis.com

JAMES BLAKE talks TENNIS with CRAIG SHAPIRO – URCS027

JAMES BLAKE talks TENNIS with CRAIG SHAPIRO – URCS027

He beat Agassi, Safin, Hewitt, Nadal and Federer; quarter-finaled  The Australian and The US Open; and was part of the last winning American Davis Cup Team.

Tennis Channel broadcaster and Miami Open Tournament Director JAMES BLAKE speaks to the challenges of putting on a brand new world class tournament;  tells us why he’s reserving judgement on the Gimelstob situation; and explains how got to #4 in the world in the face of extreme adversity.

For more on The Miami Open: https://www.miamiopen.com/

For more on The Invesco Series: https://www.invescoseries.com/

UNDER REVIEW is a podcast in which tennis insiders share unique stories and insightful perspective.

For more information, please contact info@underreviewtennis.com

GORDON UEHLING talks TENNIS with CRAIG SHAPIRO – URCS026

GORDON UEHLING talks TENNIS with CRAIG SHAPIRO – URCS026

He trained with Jose Higueras. He’s a member of Novak Djokovic’s inner circle. And he sits in The Champion’s Box at the BNP Paribas Open. He’s invested in the future of tennis like few others and chances are you’ve never heard of this guy. And we’re pretty sure he likes it that way… If he didn’t, his Court Sense Coaching System would be called the Uehling coaching system.

GORDON UEHLING tells us why he’s all in on UTR, how he met a 15 year old Novak Djokovic and how a dynamic high tech training program covering everything from spirit to gait will help players succeed in the next decade.

UNDER REVIEW is a podcast in which tennis insiders share unique stories and insightful perspective.

For more information, please contact info@underreviewtennis.com

MARY CARILLO talks TENNIS with CRAIG SHAPIRO – URCS025

MARY CARILLO talks TENNIS with CRAIG SHAPIRO – URCS025

MARY CARILLO grew up with John McEnroe and learned to play under the tutelage of Tony Palafox and Harry Hopman.

In singles she made it to #33 in the world. And at the 1977 French Open she partnered with McEnroe, winning the Mixed Doubles and sharing Mac’s first major championship. But she’s probably best known for her poignant journalism and insightful, witty commentary.   Sport’s Illustrated’s “Best Sports Analyst of the Decade” and Peabody Award Winner, MARY CARILLO tells us how a bar bill pushed her into pro tennis,  why next year’s Olympics are must-see-TV, and why she thinks that everything anyone says about Nick Kyrgios is probably true. 

UNDER REVIEW is a podcast in which tennis insiders share unique stories and insightful perspective.

For more information, please contact info@underreviewtennis.com

JIM COURIER talks TENNIS with CRAIG SHAPIRO- URCS024

JIM COURIER talks TENNIS with CRAIG SHAPIRO- URCS024

He won The Australian Open and Roland Garros… twice. He came up with Agassi, Sampras and Chang and together they created a flashpoint in American’s Men’s Tennis that dominated the sport for a decade. Since hanging up his racquet, he’s been all over the tennis world: Captaining the American Davis Cup for 8 years; Broadcasting and Commentating for Tennis Channel, ITV, USA, NBC, TNT and Channels 7 and 9;  and  running the highly successful Invesco Series.  Former world #1, JIM COURIER offers insight on what’s happening on the tour, tells us what it’s like to be the best tennis player in the world at 21, and let’s us know his biggest regret as Davis Cup captain.

For more on Jim Courier, check out:

URCS Episode 29 with tennis coach NICK BOLLETTIERI

and

URCS Episode 12 with Nike Global Marketing director IAN HAMILTON

UNDER REVIEW is a podcast in which tennis insiders share unique stories and insightful perspective.

For more information, please contact info@underreviewtennis.com

HEINZ GUNTHARDT talks TENNIS with CRAIG SHAPIRO – URCS023

HEINZ GUNTHARDT talks TENNIS with CRAIG SHAPIRO – URCS023

He beat Gerulaitis, Amritraj and Lendl and is a member of the Final 8 Club of Roland Garros, Wimbledon & The US Open. In doubles, he won four majors and as a coach he worked with Ivanovic, Dokic, Capriati & spent 7 years with Steffi Graf seeing her through 12 major wins. Now he broadcasts for Swiss TV. Former world #22, HEINZ GUNTHARDT breaks down a championship backhand; tells us how Swiss TV is basically Roger Federer TV; and explains how a well paced shoe-tying lead to the most famous love connection in tennis.

UNDER REVIEW is a PODCAST in which tennis insiders share unique stories and insightful perspectives from the world of tennis.

For more information, please contact info@underreviewtennis.com