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The only tennis podcast with a focus on doubles. We believe doubles should be more popular and get more coverage than it does, so we’re fixing that. Our goal is to help you become a better player with pro doubles tips and expert strategy. We interview ATP & WTA tour doubles players and top tennis coaches to help you improve your game.
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Paul McNamee is one of the best doubles players AND doubles coaches of all time. He has four men's doubles major titles, plus a Wimbledon mixed title. Today, he's best known for being the mastermind coach behind one of the best and most entertaining doubles players in today's game, Hsieh Su-wei.Paul joined me as the grass court season was just getting started. We chatted about his career, doubles strategy, and of course, Su-wei.How does Paul create a game plan for Hsieh with new doubles partn...
Angela Kulikov is a WTA doubles player with a career-high ranking of 57 in the world. She played college tennis at USC where she was the #1 doubles player in the country. She joins me from California as she rehabs an ankle injury.We discussed her wide array of hobbies including flag football, coaching tennis, and now, golf. She shares her path to becoming a professional tennis player and how she's dealt with injuries, using them to reset and propel her game forward.You'll learn:How Angela imp...
Greg Moran has coached tennis for over 45 years and specializes in the recreational player. He's a member of the Wilson Advisory Staff, the Cardio Tennis National Speaker's Team, and the USTA's Coach Developer program. He's also written several books and in this conversation we discuss his latest, The Truth About Tennis: The Definitive Guide for the Recreational Player (affiliate link).We discuss:Why most adult tennis players get stuck at the same level.The difference between 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, &...
Watching pro doubles can 100% help you improve your own game, regardless of your skill level. Here are 5 things to look for when watching ATP or WTA doubles live or on TV.In between the points.Formations and variety.Net position, movement, court coverage, & shot selection.Baseline...When they MISS!If you're not currently watching pro doubles, you can do so with Tennis Channel Plus and TennisTV in the US.READ: I Surveyed 1,292 Tennis Fans-----**Join the #1 Doubles Strategy Newsletter for C...
Over the past six months, I've closely studied net players at every level of tennis. One of the most difficult concepts to teach is where the your eyes should be at the net.This episode covers where to focus your eyes and what to look for when you're at the net. Almost no club-level players get this right because it goes against our natural tendency to follow the ball. But, if you understand when to look at the ball vs the opponents, you'll be able to read the ball earlier, force more errors,...
Murphy Jensen is the 1993 French Open doubles champion, tennis coach, cardiac arrest survivor, mental health advocate, keynote speaker, co-founder of WEconnect, TV host, and the most impactful guest we've ever had on the Doubles Only Podcast.This episode is not about doubles. It's far more important.Murphy suffered from depression and addiction while on tour, considered taking his own life, and was saved by a hotel manager. Decades later he fell on the tennis court and didn't breathe on his o...
Three lessons that will improve your mental game on the doubles court. There's obviously a huge difference between pro and club-level doubles players. While we can't emulate their 120 MPH serves, we can absorb their mindset.These three lessons from my new Masterclass have helped me more than any others over the last several years and I know they'll help you too.You don't have to win every point. Duh?!Be willing to make changes. Most club players never do.You're the 4th most important player o...
Doubles is a TEAM sport. You have to not only worry about playing well yourself but also need to know how to get the most out of your partner.This episode covers several things you can do to support your doubles partner so they play their best!Three conversations to have with your partner before the match starts.One thing that is proven to help teammates while playing tennis (and other sports).How to keep energy and confidence high.This will build your team chemistry for new and existing part...
This episode covers three new lessons I've learned recently while coaching a high school team. These players are around the USTA 3.0 to 4.0 level.How to think about attacking the strengths and weaknesses of your opponent.A tactic that worked for one of my doubles teams in windy conditions.How I structured approach plus volley drills, and why.Sign up for the Tennis Summit to see my presentation on Common Poaching Mistakes & How to Fix Them.-----**Join the #1 Doubles Strategy Newsletter for...
Horacio Zeballos and Marcel Granollers are one of the most accomplished doubles pairings of the last five years on the ATP Tour. I spoke with them in Miami after their second-round win.We discussed their 7-5 6-3 win which Horacio said was one of their "best matches this year." They faced two players whom they've faced many times, Mate Pavić and Marcelo Arévalo. We talk about how they handle facing players who they know so well and who know them, as well as the windy conditions.I also asked th...
Joe Salisbury and Rajeev Ram are 3-time reigning US Open Champions. I spoke with them in Miami after their second round 7-5 7-6 victory over Stefanos Tsitsipas and Thanassi Kokkinakis.Adam Ross from Florida Tennis joined me for this interview.We asked the US Open champs about the match, including a specific tactic they kept going to that I picked up on. They talked about team chemistry and if they think it helps them early in the season, and how to play doubles vs singles players.You'll hear ...
Elise Mertens is the 2nd ranked doubles player on the WTA tour. She has four major titles including the 2024 Australian Open.I spoke with Elise in Miami after her 1st round victory. We talk about that match, practicing for singles vs doubles, and how she and Hsieh Su-wei adjust to different opponents.Elise also shares why focusing on your good points can help you in pressure moments and a few thoughts on marketing for doubles.-----**Join the #1 Doubles Strategy Newsletter for Club Tennis Play...
Wesley Koolhof and Nikola Mektić have been one of the best doubles teams on the ATP Tour in 2024. They've won three titles so far, including Indian Wells, and I spoke with them in Miami after their first-round win.We talked about the match, their 10-point tiebreaker success, how they handle pressure & nerves (they each deal with it differently), and Wesley's goals for his last year on tour.Also, please fill out the Pro Doubles Survey!-----**Join the #1 Doubles Strategy Newsletter for Club...
Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Sofia (Sonya) Kenin won the 2024 Miami Open. I spoke with them after their 2nd round victory in Miami for about 10 minutes.Bethanie & Sonya deliver some fantastic doubles strategy tips throughout this conversation, so listen carefully.We discuss:Their first two victories, including what adjustments they had to make.How they structure their doubles practices.Who calls plays during service games & how do they communicate during the match?You'll also hear why Be...
Rohan Bopanna won the Australian Open earlier this year, reached #1 in the world, and turned 44 years old on March 4th.I spoke with Rohan at the Miami Open after his round 1 victory. He and his partner, Matt Ebden, won that match in a third set after dropping the first. We discuss adjustments he made to turn it around.I also asked Rohan how he spent his offseason after losing in the US Open final and finishing strong to end 2023. How did he come back better in 2024 at 43 years old?At the end,...
Gaby Dabrowski and Erin Routliffe are the 4th and 5th ranked doubles players on the WTA Tour. They won the 2023 US Open and have been on the show several times previously.Previous Episodes:Gaby Dabrowski InterviewErin Routliffe InterviewIn this short post-match interview from Miami, we discuss their 6-4 6-4 round of 16 victory.How they won a high percentage of 2nd serve points - 76%. Great lesson here!What they do on off days in Miami.Why Erin got frustrated in the 2nd set and what they did a...
World #1, Austin Krajicek, joins the show for the second time. We recorded from the hotel lobby in Miami where Austin had a few days off due to weather.Listen to my previous interview with Austin here: https://www.thetennistribe.com/austin-krajicek-interview/We discuss how he spent his off days, book recommendations, hotel choices in Miami, the no-ad/10-point breaker format, and his 2024 season so far. Austin and his partner, Ivan Dodig, have made one final this year but have had some very cl...
This conversation with Australian Open Champion, Matt Ebden, focuses on the state of professional doubles and where it might go over the next several years.Helping to make pro doubles more popular is one of my passions and missions for Tennis Tribe and this podcast, so I was excited to chat with Matt about this topic.Matt is the 3rd ranked doubles player on the ATP tour, a 3-time grand slam champion, and reached a career-high of #39 in singles. He is also on the ATP Player's Council and invol...
Nicole Melichar-Martinez and Ellen Perez are the number 7 & 8 ranked doubles players in the world. They recently made the finals at the WTA 1000 in Dubai and followed it up with a WTA 500 victory in San Diego.This conversation with them and their coach, Carlos Martinez, took place a day after their round 1 win at Indian Wells. We chat about that victory and their season so far.I asked them:What they've learned about each other over the last two years as a doubles pairing.What Carlos has i...
Tereza Mihalíková is the 56th-ranked doubles player on the WTA Tour. Tennis Tribe writer, Hanlon Walsh, and I spoke with her at the ATX Open where she partnered with Yanina Wickmayer during her off day.This is a short conversation where we ask about her win vs Sloane Stephens & Peyton Stearns, 4-6 6-2 10-2. Tereza played a near-perfect tiebreaker and was super active at the net. We discussed the match up against two "singles players" and how it differs from playing doubles players.We also...
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