Tag: Roger Federer

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

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

NOAH RUBIN talks TENNIS with CRAIG SHAPIRO – URCS022

NOAH RUBIN talks TENNIS with CRAIG SHAPIRO – URCS022


NOAH RUBIN has beaten Frances Tiafoe, Taylor Fritz and John Isner.  As a junior he was #6 in the world and won Wimbledon. As a pro, he’s been as high as 125 in the world and while freak accidents have kept him from cracking the top 100, he soldiers on.

On this podcast, Noah Rubin offers his take on the pros and cons of college tennis, tells us about his BEHIND THE RACQUET project, and offers his solution to rampant cheating in juniors tennis.

For more on Noah’s BEHIND THE RACQUET: https://www.instagram.com/behindtheracquet/

For other episodes with current players on the tour, check out:

URCS020: NICOLE GIBBS

URCS018: SHELBY ROGERS

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