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No Challenges Remaining
A podcast discussing the weekly happenings in the wacky world of professional tennis. Hosted by Ben Rothenberg and Courtney Nguyen.
Essential Tennis Podcast - Instruction, Lessons, Tips
Welcome to the very first tennis instruction audio podcast on the iTunes! For over 200 episodes tennis professional Ian Westermann has been answering questions for listeners all over the world with one goal in mind: making you a better tennis player. What topics are covered? Over the years no stone has been left unturned as Ian covers such topics as creating topspin, singles strategy, doubles strategy, mental toughness, stroke technique for the serve, forehand and backhand, fitness and condi ...
Tennis Psychology Podcast
Improve Your Inner Game of Tennis With Powerful Mental Game of Tennis Strategies with Mental Game Expert Dr. Patrick Cohn of
Tennis Podcast with Jon Wertheim
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There are SO many ways to measure your improvement (or lack thereof) as a tennis player: all time wins/losses, individual points and matches, quality of practice, beating certain players, the list goes on. The good news is there is a single most accurate way to track your progress that MOST players aren't even using! Here's how to incorporate i ...…
Essential Tennis Podcast - Instruction, Lessons, Tips
How do the top pros in the world accelerate SO fast at their forehands over and over without getting tired? They use the correct parts of their body, in the correct order, and they’re exceptionally well trained! This episode of the Essential Tennis Podcast will dive into all three elements that lead to world class acceleration so you can copy t ...…
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Steve and Ed are back after a bit of summer vacation to discuss the biggest stories in the sport.By (
Long-time friend of the show Lindsay Gibbs joins Ben this week to discuss the intersection of all sorts of societal issues--which she covers in her work as the sports reporter for Think Progress--specifically as they apply to the world of tennis, which has plenty of layers of equality and inequality, both visible and invisible. There's lots of ...…
Essential Tennis Podcast - Instruction, Lessons, Tips
Part 2 of 2 in a series focused on how to develop real, lasting tennis technique improvements that become unconscious habits! This episode of the Essential Tennis Podcast picks up where the last one left off by diving head first into progressions: why they’re so vital, how you should use them, and a long list of ideas that you can use the very ...…
Wimbledon 2017 is done with two great champions in Garbine Muguruza and Roger Federer...but why does it still feel unsatisfying? On the letdowns that defined the second week of this tournament too often. Ben and Courtney talk about what their wins mean, why scheduling remains a crucial variable for both, and other various stories from the under ...…
In Venus Williams vs. Garbine Muguruza and Roger Federer vs. Marin Cilic we have two Wimbledon finals with much in common. Ed McGrogan looks back at how the fortnight's final four got here, and what we can expect over the weekend.By (
The semis are set—and there are certainly some surprises. Ed McGrogan discusses Andy Murray's shortcomings, Simona Halep's exit and CoCo Vandeweghe's flop, and then focuses on the survivors.By (
Wimbledon's fourth-round extravaganza lived up to its nickname, with some great early women's matches, including Garbine Muguruza's win over top seed Angelique Kerber, and a number of five-setters on the men's side.By (
Second week already? I was just in the middle of a dream (about flying ants, probably). With four rounds of Wimbledon in the books, Ben and Courtney chat about what has happened and what will at a Wimbledon that hadn't been super eventful, really, until Manic Monday clarified some things. What do we make of Angelique Kerber, who will depart the ...…
The first Monday of Wimbledon is hotly anticipated, but the second Monday may be even better. Ed McGrogan breaks down all 16 fourth-round matches in an extended Tennis in 10 Podcast.By (
An entertaining day of play at the All England Club has given us some tantalizing fourth-round matches, including Azarenka vs. Halep and Ostapenko vs. Svitolina. Ed McGrogan recaps Friday and looks ahead to what's next in SW19.By (
After a satisfying feast for fans on Day 1, Wimbledon served up a rare dud on Tuesday. We discuss one of the sport's biggest problems—retirements—and go through the mostly drama-free matches that went to a full conclusion.By (
Opening day at the All England Club gave us much to discuss, which Ed McGrogan does in under 10 minutes.By (
One of tennis' most anticipated days is here: opening day at the All England Club. Ed McGrogan breaks down Monday's must-see matches, and the tournament as a whole.By (
In this week's tennis psychology podcast, mental game of tennis expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn discusses: How can you help young tennis players when they get upset on the court? This is a common complaint that we get from sports parents… Kids struggle mentally then they are losing or missing shots. Give your athletes the skills to improve composure i ...…
Ben and Courtney are full of Wimbledon joy as they inhale the vaunted fumes of Centre Court, where the 2017 tournament will soon start. They start breaking down the men's draw by discussing Sasha Bublik, the highly-entertaining Russian-turned-Kazakh who lucked into a spot playing Andy Murray in R1. You'll hear some of his pre-tournament press, ...…
Essential Tennis Podcast - Instruction, Lessons, Tips
There are so many different technique elements that you COULD focus on in your game, how can you possible decide which to make a priority? What’s the best way to systematically improve your skills without getting sidetracked or wasting time? This episode of the Essential Tennis Podcast lays out the step by step process that Ian Westermann uses ...…
No Challenges Remaining
We are delighted to finally be able to fulfill one of our most frequent listener requests: an interview with a chair umpire! Felix Torralba, a gold badge chair umpire who worked full-time with WTA and has also worked around the world of tennis on all corners of the globe, recently retired from officiating to take a full-time position at the Mal ...…
Grass, tennis' most unpredictable surface, is a fitting battleground for what may be a chaotic Wimbledon. Steve Tignor and Ed McGrogan give their thoughts on the game after Roland Garros.By (
Ben and Courtney have a lot to catch up on after the French Open. Well, maybe a little bit less on the men's side, where a fairly lackluster men's tournament ended in obvious fashion--albeit in style! Rafael Nadal is really good, but we knew that. Elsewhere in the men's game, things look much better for Andy Murray and much worse for Novak Djok ...…
What more can be said about Rafa at Roland Garros? Ed McGrogan tries his best, in less than 10 minutes.By (
Just 20 years old, the Latvian struck 54 winners and staged a major comeback on one of the sport's grandest stages to win her first title—and it's a big one. Ed McGrogan breaks it down in under 10 minutes.By (
Will we get a great men's final? Ed McGrogan considers the match-up between Rafa, the in-form nine-time champion, and Stan, the forever dangerous underdog. Plus: stay until the end of the podcast for a special guest appearance.By (
Thursday's semifinals have given us a fascinating final to consider at Roland Garros.By (
Novak Djokovic's reign as Roland Garros champion came to a shocking end, Simona Halep mounted a stunning comeback, and my must-see quarterfinal was a cover-your-eyes dud. It was a busy and pivotal day in Paris, which Ed McGrogan recaps in under 10 minutesBy (
Only two matches were completed on a rainy Tuesday at Roland Garros, but both were significant. Ed McGrogan discusses Timea Bacsinszky's return to the French Open semifinals and Jelena Ostapenko's latest victory over Caroline Wozniacki.By (
The quarterfinals are set at Roland Garros. Cilic vs. Wawrinka; Halep vs. Svitolina; Garcia vs. Pliskova—which players do you think will emerge? Ed McGrogan gives his thoughts on today's report.By (
There will be a first-time Grand Slam champion at this year's French Open. And that's a good thing. Ed McGrogan breaks down a women's draw brimming with opportunity, and the latest runs of red-clay success by Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.By (
Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka were two of Saturday's big winners—not only did they win against potentially troublesome opponents, but they got their matches in before rain halted play for good. In addition, France is guaranteed a quarterfinalist thanks toBy (
From Novak Djokovic's five-set scare to some extremely competitive women's matches, the first day of third-round play delivered the entertainment value we've come to expect from the Slams. Ed McGrogan recaps a great Day 6—all in under 10 minutes.By (
We're into the third round at Roland Garros, where Andy Murray and Juan Martin del Potro will collide. Both men were tested on Day 5, as were three Top 10 seeds on the women's side. Ed McGrogan runs it down, and looks ahead on Friday's play, in under 10 mBy (
Garbine Muguruza and Venus Williams didn't come into the French Open with much momentum, but a decimated draw has given their title chances a boost. We discuss their second-round wins, Wednesday's other notable results and look ahead to Day 5—all in lessBy (
Aside from Jo-Wilfried Tsonga's tightrope walk against Renzo Olivo, the first round of play is over—and not a moment too soon. We look ahead to the second round of play in Paris and bid adieu to Alexander Zverev, whose stay at Roland Garros was a brief onBy (
Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal rolled in their Roland Garros openers, leaving the Memorial Day drama to Americans Jennifer Brady and Donald Young. Ed McGrogan breaks down the day of play in Paris in under 10 minutes.By (
On this special podcast—pojdcast?—Ed McGrogan runs down Petra Kvitova's feel-good victory, Angelique Kerber's desultory defeat and the rest of the opening day's happenings at Roland Garros. All in under 10 minutes.By (
It's Slamming time again! Ben and Courtney break down the French Open draws for both the men's and women's. On the women's side, where there are many favorites to choose from, who got the best and worst draws? And whose great draws and good recent forms could lead them to a second consecutive semifinal (or better)? There are multiple correct an ...…
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With Serena out—and, for now, Maria, Vika and Petra on the outside—there's more uncertainty in the women's game than ever. We take a deep dive into the WTA to assess the landscape, determine French Open favorites and predict the tour's future.By (
In our first somewhat normal show together since the European clay swing began in earnest, Ben and Courtney catch up on what has happened in the past several weeks, from Stuttgart to Madrid to Rome. Firstly, we assess the form and future of Maria Sharapova, the predominant protagonist of those tournaments, even if her runs ended early at the la ...…
In this week's tennis psychology podcast, mental game of tennis expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn discusses: How can you help a tennis player let go of bad shots? First, you need to identify what is causing the frustration. Hitting a bad shot is not frustrating in and of itself. You’re reaction to bad shots makes them frustrating. Think of the mistake a ...…
In a decision that had been anticipated for months, French Tennis Federation president Bernard Giudicelli surprised many by not granting Maria Sharapova any wild card--not even into qualifying--for Roland Garros, locking out the two-time champion there as she continues to work on rebuilding her ranking following her 15-month absence due to a po ...…
It's Eurovision season again, and it's NCRvision season again! One year after we launched the NCRvision Song Contest, we're happy to be able to bring it back to you to gear up from the results show, which will be coming in a few days. It's possible that some of these amazing songs have faded from your memory (or that you missed them altogether) ...…
No Challenges Remaining
We are delighted to be able to fulfill a wish of many of our listeners for years now by bringing on Jamie Hampton (a.k.a. Julie Hamilton) as a guest, who has been out of sight as she rehabs various injuries but not out of our minds of many listeners. Ben and Jamie discuss her mindset as she copes with setbacks, the perspective she's gained on t ...…
Essential Tennis Podcast - Instruction, Lessons, Tips
Ian describes how in the minds of tennis players up can actually be DOWN! This story comes straight from the court while working with one of his recent private students in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In this episode of the Essential Tennis Podcast you’ll learn why awareness is so crucial to improvement and what you can do to improve your own.…
In this week's tennis psychology podcast, mental game of tennis expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn discusses: Why do some tennis players sabotage themselves when leading a match or set and eventually end up losing in a 3rd set tie breaker? First, you need to identify the problem: What is the challenge? Sometimes when players are up, they start to play sa ...…
Essential Tennis Podcast - Instruction, Lessons, Tips
There’s a prevalent attitude among some tennis teachers and players that good technique should happen “naturally” if you just let it. Unfortunately in most cases nothing could be further from the truth! Find out why this is a myth and what you should be focusing on to make lasting, meaningful improvements to your game in this episode of the Ess ...…
With best wishes, Ben and Courtney convene after Serena Williams' announcement that she is expecting her first child this fall, and may already be as far as 20 weeks into her pregnancy. Does this change how we look back on her title at the Australian Open in January, when she already would have been roughly two months pregnant? And what does th ...…
A group of Americans recently traveled to Cuba for the first work project in decades: repairing dilapidated tennis courts at the National Tennis Center in Havana. Having traveled the globe for feature reporting for Sports Illustrated, Wertheim explains hBy (
Essential Tennis Podcast - Instruction, Lessons, Tips
Every day countless tennis players fool themselves into thinking they’re better than they actually are… and that their opponents are worse than in reality! Don’t fall for that trap. In this episode of the Essential Tennis Podcast you’ll learn which elements of tennis matter, and which are irrelevant, earning you ZERO “bonus points”.…
No Challenges Remaining
With a quarter of 2017 now complete, Ben and Courtney try to make sense of it all. But does it make sense, really? Daria Kasatkina won Charleston in an all-teen final, which should be a big result. But what are results anyhow, when every player seems to have a roughly equal share of success and failure these days? Which characters and plotlines ...…
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