November 4, 2018
It's been a long time coming for Tommy Paul. The 21 year old picked up his first Challenger title in dominant fashion on Sunday in Charlottesville, going Lucky Loser to final without losing a set in the main draw. That included wins over Noah Rubin, Ivo Karlovic, Bradley Klahn, and then Peter Polansky in the final.
It puts him in the running for the USTA Australian Open Wild Card, although he's well behind Jack Sock for now. And it almost guarantees him a trip to Australia for qualies.
While we've still got to sit down to discuss some random topics (including Pumpkin), this was a good start.
More next week!
October 19, 2018
Recorded last week before his tournament in Fairfield, California, hear from the 21 year old about his massive year, marred only by a bout with mono during the summer. We talk about the NBA, his social media absence, why he wants out of the Challengers ASAP, and yes, Tommy Paul's beloved Pumpkin.
More coming from Charlottesville, including, hopefully, the talk we promised with Tommy Paul.
October 15, 2018
It's been a long time coming for Bjorn Fratangelo. The 25 year old pride of Plum, Pennsylvania picked up his first title in 2 1/2 years in Fairfield, California today. In the New Balance Winner's Circle, we talked about the depths to which he had sunk over the summer, and how he found a new balance with tennis and life.
Oh...and you'll also hear why I called him "Beautiful Bjorn" during today's broadcast.
October 7, 2018
The big hitting 21 year old from Cape Town is back in the New Balance's Winner's Circle, after taking his second career Challenger title in Stockton, California. His confidence is on a new level. Hear why, and what his win means for South African tennis.
October 2, 2018
5 surgeries in two years.
And yet James Duckworth is back, and progressing back toward the top 100, with one Challenger title, and a semifinal last week in Tiburon.
The Cary champion tells us about what he did off the court during that time, the perspective he gained, and maybe the low moment in this comeback.
We chat over some lowly American coffee, and as always, the company was delightful.
October 1, 2018
Hear from newly minted Wells Fargo Tiburon Challenger Champion Michael Mmoh, the newest member of the ATP's Top 100. Back to back titles in Columbus and Tiburon get him there for the first time in his career.
We play compare and contrast:
1) His new and old coaches (Alex Waske and Glenn Weiner)
2) His style of play now vs. 2016
3) and the style of play over the last two weeks.
Hear from Mike inside the New Balance Tennis Winner's Circle.
August 12, 2018
We go inside the New Balance Winner's Circle today with Thanasi Kokkinakis, who ended a 3 year injury-prolonged Trophy drought with a win at the Nordic Naturals Challenger. He talks about how his body is holding up, his immediate plans for Vancouver and the Open, and how he hopes to sustain success for the finishing months of 2018.
August 9, 2018
Finally got a chance to sit down with Dan Evans, aka Evo, to talk a little bit about his life three months back in to his comeback.
Hear his thoughts on how he's been treated by the media, his relationship with his former coach Mark Hilton, and how things have gone on court since his return.
August 5, 2018
We go inside the New Balance Winner's Circle with Lloyd Harris, winner of the Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships in Lexington, Kentucky
July 29, 2018
Hear from Binghamton Champion Jay Clarke on why he's the 4th British champion at this tournament in the last 13 years, following Murray, Edmund, and Norrie.