The podcast’s Nina Pantic caught up with world No. 9 Kevin Anderson in Chicago ahead of the Laver Cup (which Team Europe would win over Team World). The 32-year-old talks about choosing to go to the University of Illinois (00:50), his website RealLifeTennis.com (02:30), why he thinks his best tennis is still ahead of him (03:21), Novak Djokovic’s comeback (4:24) and what it’s like to spend time with Rod Laver (06:00).
Co-hosts Pantic and Irina Falconi discuss the aging trend on the ATP tour and ask: What is old anyway (07:45)? They talk about the pressure for young teens to choose to go pro or go to college (08:49), how Irina ended up leaving Georgia Tech early for the WTA tour (11:17) and the stress of the sport’s unforgiving calendar and how it leaves little room for celebrations (17:20). Irina also shares why she’s taking a break from the pro tour (25:12).