Tag: Davis Cup

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

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/

To purchase THE GREATEST MATCHES OF ALL TIME: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0942257936/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_taft_p1_i0

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

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

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

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

MARDY FISH talks TENNIS with CRAIG SHAPIRO – URCS021

MARDY FISH talks TENNIS with CRAIG SHAPIRO – URCS021

He posted wins over world #1s like Agassi, Federer, Murray, Del Potro and Nadal. To name a few. He grew up with Andy Roddick and got to #7 in the world. Recently, he was recently named captain of the US DAVIS CUP TEAM. 

US Davis Cup Captain MARDY FISH tells us why he’s excited about the new format of the Davis Cup, what it’s like to be across the net from Rafa and Djoker, how he dealt with crippling anxiety and why sometimes he feels like he was created in a bar.

For more on THE DAVIS CUP: https://www.daviscup.com/

UNDER REVIEW WITH CRAIG SHAPIRO is a Tennis Podcast where insiders from the sport share unique perspectives, inside stories and break down what is happening now in Tennis.

For more information, please contact info@underreviewtennis.com

PRAKASH AMRITRAJ talks TENNIS with CRAIG SHAPIRO – URCS010

PRAKASH AMRITRAJ talks TENNIS with CRAIG SHAPIRO – URCS010

He grew up on the pro-tour watching his father, the legendary Vijay Amritraj play Borg, Lendl, McEnroe. He was a top ranked junior; winning Kalamazoo and the NCAAs for USC. He beat Dmitrov and Safin as a pro and represented India in the Davis Cup. Now he’s a businessman, actor and the newest broadcaster for TENNIS CHANNEL.

PRAKASH AMRITRAJ offers insight into what’s happening on the tour, what’s in store for Tennis Channel and what its like to get sliced and diced by Fabrice Santoro.

UNDER REVIEW WITH CRAIG SHAPIRO is a Tennis Podcast where insiders from the sport share unique perspectives, inside stories and break down what is happening now in Tennis.

For more information, please contact info@underreviewtennis.com