Monthly Archives: September 2018

Inside the Tour with Nina and Irina — An interview with living legend Rod Laver

It’s not every day you get to speak with one of the greatest players in the history of the sport. The podcast’s Nina Pantic met with Rod Laver in Chicago the day before the second annual Laver Cup took place (13:55).

Laver talks about the honor of being the namesake for the event (14:43), who he thinks the GOAT is (16:25), will someone win a calendar-year Grand Slam again (16:45), who his favorite player was (18:10) , his relationship with Roger Federer (18:51) and his greatest memories from winning all four Slams in 1969 (20:24).

Hosts Pantic and Irina Falconi also share what it was like to watch the Laver Cup action live in Chicago (00:40), break down the 2018 Laver Cup format (1:28), discuss the definition of an exhibition (6:46) and share insight into “Coach Federer” (10:20).


Beyond the Baseline, with Jon Wertheim — Canadian Doubles Specialist Daniel Nestor

Just a few days after playing the final match of his career at Davis Cup, Canadian doubles specialist Daniel Nestor joins Jon Wertheim to discuss his why he made the decision earlier this year to retire in September, what he thinks about the average age of tennis players getting older in today’s game, his thoughts on Canada’s up-and-coming players Denis Shapovalov and Felix Auger-Aliassime, his opinion on the new Davis Cup format, his thoughts on Novak Djokovic’s resurgence this summer and more. The 46-year-old also talks about what’s next for him after his tennis career.

Inside the Tour with Nina and Irina — Catching up with former world No. 8 Mark Philippoussis

Former world No. 8 Mark Philippoussis joins the podcast to give his thoughts on life after tennis, his latest work with the clothing company Jacques, rising young Australians, playing Roger Federer in the ’03 Wimbledon final, the new Davis Cup changes, his passion for surfing and a lot more.


Mark shares how he got involved with his latest project, a tennis collection capsule with the clothing brand Jacques.


What was his transition to post-playing life like? Mark says he basically retired at the age of 28 in 2004. Multiple knee surgeries ultimately ended his career early.


He shares his proudest moment of his career: winning two Davis Cup crowns for Australia (in 1999 and 2003). He also talks about his 2003 Wimbledon final loss to Roger Federer.


Let’s talk Davis Cup. Mark is vehemently against the changes that will be in place for 2019.


Who is he most excited about coming up the ranks from his home country?


Mark and his wife Silvana are both from Melbourne, where they’re moving back to next year. He shares what his family life is like these days.


The retired tennis star has a huge passion for surfing, but how good is he?

Inside the Tour with Nina and Irina — Special guest Bethanie Mattek-Sands completes comeback with US Open title

A wild and unpredictable US Open just wrapped leaving many in disbelief over how the women’s final ended between Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka. Your Inside the Tour hosts Nina Pantic and Irina Falconi give their take on the controversy involving Serena and chair umpire Carlos Ramos.

In any case, Serena is back inside the Top 20, while the men’s champion, Novak Djokovic has solidified his return to the Top 3. Comebacks complete, to say the least. One more US Open champion has completed her own comeback: Bethanie Mattek-Sands. She won the mixed doubles crown with Jamie Murray for her eighth major and her first since her horrific knee injury at Wimbledon last year.

The 33-year-old talks about her philosophies on dealing with injuries, how she stays positive, her relationship with Wimbledon, how long she sees herself playing and more.

Beyond the Baseline, with Jon Wertheim — Serena Williams, umpire Carlos Ramos and the 2018 US Open women’s final

In a special edition episode from the US Open, host Jon Wertheim discusses the controversial US Open women’s final between Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka on Saturday, including the superb play from 20-year-old Osaka, the actions of umpire Carlos Ramos and their thoughts on what actually played out during the second set of the final, how the situation escalated, how Ramos could have handled the situation differently and much more.

Inside the Tour with Nina and Irina — Special guest Daniela Hantuchova

“It’s beautiful when you close one door how many new ones open up.”

Recently retired former world No. 5 Daniela Hantuchova joins the podcast while in New York for the US Open. She’s transitioned quickly from her retirement last summer to a broadcast and reporting career. The 34-year-old’s newest project is Downtown Dani, a series with Tennis Channel where she talks fashion, food and off-court trends with the tour’s biggest stars. The two-time US Open quarterfinalist also shares her experiences from her career including her love for Indian Wells (where she won twice), winning the Fed Cup title for Slovakia in 2002, her best US Open match and winning a career mixed doubles Grand Slam.