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TFP 030: 15 Tennis Pros Answer:

TFP 030: 15 Tennis Pros Answer: “How Can Our Audience Improve Their Tennis Games?”

On today’s episode, 15 professional tennis players answer the question: “How can our audience improve their tennis games?” I placed their answers in this episode and commented on their responses.

The idea for this unique episode came to me when I attended Podcast Movement 2016 in Chicago last month. One of the presenters, Pat Flynn, gave us a list of cool podcast episode ideas. One of these was to ask a bunch of experts one question, and include them all on an episode.

This is a brilliant idea, so when I was part of the media at the 2016 Citi Open, I ended just about all of my twenty or so interviews with ATP and WTA pros by asking what the key is to improving our tennis games.

It is inspiring to hear what the best tennis players in the world think we should be focusing on to take our games to the next level. I hope you enjoy this unique podcast episode format!

On this episode, you will hear answers from the following ATP and WTA tour professionals:

  • Alexander Dolgopolov (#58 ATP)
  • Alexander Peya (#25 ATP)
  • Alla Kudryatseva (#155 WTA)
  • Borna Coric (#40 ATP)
  • Camila Giorgi (#66)
  • Edouard Roger-Vasselin (#13 ATP)
  • Ivo Karlovic (#23 ATP)
  • James Duckworth (#199 ATP)
  • Jessica Pegula  (#139 WTA)
  • Jordan Thompson (#92 ATP)
  • Lauren Davis (#105 WTA)
  • Mackenzie “Mackie” McDonald (#412)
  • Malek Jaziri (#53 ATP)
  • Yen-Hsun “Rendy” Lu (#72)
  • Yuichi Sugita (#83)

I hope you like this episode! Let me know what you think about it in the comments section below! I appreciate your feedback!

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Links Mentioned in This Episode

SMART Goal Setting for Tennis Players (includes free downloadable SMART Goal guide!)

30 College Tennis Coaches Reveal Character Traits of Successful Student-Athletes

10 Reasons to Hire a Tennis Coach

Episode 11 – Allistair McCaw

5 Reasons to Practice Your Tennis Serve

Tennis Files Youtube Channel

Winning Ugly – Brad Gilbert (affiliate link – if you click this and make a purchase, I make a small commission. Thanks either way!)

Episode 7 – Treat Huey

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For Alla Kudryavtseva, There’s No Better Place Than Center Court

There are few more enjoyable things in life for Alla Kudryavtseva than playing elite opponents on the biggest stages.  By virtue of winning her second qualifying match on Sunday, Kudryavtseva got her wish, earning the right to play the top seed, Samantha Stosur, on center court at the 2016 Citi Open.

The heat in Washington D.C. has been brutal to the players thus far, and Kudryavtseva was one of many who nearly wilted in its wrath. The Russian, once ranked as high as #56 in the world in 2010, edged out her first round opponent, American Danielle Lao, in three sets on Saturday.

In the second set, Kudryavtseva’s mobility took a dive because of the heat, and to many fans, it seemed like she was on her way out of the tournament. But Kudryavtseva summoned her experience as a former top 100 player to race to an insurmountable 5-0 lead in the third set against Lao, before closing out the match, 7-5, 3-6, 6-3.

“The conditions here are tough. It’s really really tough. It got the best of me in the first match.”

On Sunday, the Moscow-born tennis pro won a more straightforward match against Shilin Xu of China, 6-3, 6-4, for a birth in the Citi Open main draw.

But perhaps equally as stressful as her first two matches in DC, was the fact that Kudryavtseva lost her cell phone this weekend.  Fortunately, thanks to the good karma that the Russian has been accruing over the years, she was reunited with her phone after a few hours.

“I tend to lose things often. But I think I have good karma, and I never take what belongs to others. So it tends to come back to me. The lost wallets, the lost credits cards, the lost IDs. I lost my phone in the gym. I was confident that I left it in my bag. I harassed the stringers but they didn’t have it. Then I went to player services to ask for tickets for my friends and there it was, in its red case.”

Kudryavtseva may have lost her cell phone, but she knows that she needs to call upon a great performance to avoid a loss against Stosur.

“I’ve never played Stosur before [in singles]. I will definitely have to come up with some good returns. She has some amazing serves. She is obviously very good on hard courts and I don’t expect an easy match. I hope to give her a good battle, let’s be honest. But I am optimistic.”

The Russian pro, now ranked 165 on the WTA tour, had a taste of the big stage at Wimbledon. Kudryavtseva and fellow World Team Tennis teammate Scott Lipsky reached the quarterfinals of the mixed doubles draw at the All-England Club.

“We thought it would be fun to play Wimbledon with Scott Lipsky in preparation for World Team Tennis. We had a couple good wins. It gave me a little bit of confidence. We lost to the eventual champions.”

But Kudryavtseva’s main goal is a top-60 ranking and playing bigger matches on more center stages.

“I like to play on big courts against good players, and it’s been a while since I was there for singles. So I am going to just go in there and enjoy it. I look forward to it.”

Kudryavtseva is planning on returning to her form in 2010 and continuing to strive for big matches against the top women in tennis.

“I had a bad spell for a couple of years. I need to stay positive, work hard, and believe in myself. And I need to play more singles tournaments. I have incorporated more challengers this year. I had a really good run in Strasbourg, and I beat a couple top 100 players, including Alize Cornet.”

Kudryavtseva is going into her match on Monday afternoon against Stosur with the type of attitude that is essential to surviving and thriving on the tour.

“As long as I keep positive, I think I can turn it around and get back to where I want to be.”

TFP 015: Sophie Chang Tennis Prodigy

TFP 015: Tennis Prodigy Sophie Chang on Turning Pro and Rising from the Valley

Today’s guest is rising WTA tennis pro Sophie Chang.  At only 18 years of age, Sophie reached career high rankings of #569 in singles and #283 in doubles this week.

Sophie is very well-spoken, intelligent, and mature beyond her years. We discussed how she went from not winning a match for an entire year when she first started competing to becoming a top-ranked junior and then a professional tennis player. Sophie also talked to me about her training, diet, and how she deals with the ups and downs on the USTA Pro Circuit.

I found out about Sophie when several of my friends shared clips of her playing and training on social media. I also realized that Sophie is originally from Maryland, my home state, and immediately knew that I wanted her to be a guest on The Tennis Files Podcast!

On this episode, you will learn:

  • How Sophie’s support system helped her become an elite tennis player
  • What obstacles Sophie has faced and how she has overcome them
  • A typical day of training on the pro tour
  • How Sophie uses meditation to help her performance
  • Differences between the men’s and women’s game
  • The mindset that you need to have to succeed on the pro tour
  • Sophie’s favorite tennis drill
  • How to deal with the ups and downs on the pro tour
  • Why it is difficult to stay financially afloat as a pro
  • How Sophie prepares for her tennis matches

and more.

Sophie is an amazing talent and I expect to see great things from her in the future! There is a ton of great information in this episode that you can use to improve your mindset, training, and your tennis game.

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Links Mentioned in This Episode

Sophie’s Social Media Pages – FacebookTwitterInstagram

Results Personal Training Harford County

Sofibella Wear

Dragon Promotions

The Building Blocks of Tennis Success eBook

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