Monthly Archives: March 2019

Inside the Tour with Nina and Irina — Shelby Rogers ready for tour return in Charleston

“There’s no real moment where you’re 100 percent sure you’re ready to play again. You just kind of have to jump back in and go for it.”

Shelby Rogers joins Nina Pantic and Irina Falconi on the Podcast this week. The American is ready for her return to the tour at her hometown event, the Volvo Car Open in Charleston. The former world No. 48 has been out for just over a year after undergoing left knee surgery, and explains the ordeal she went through and how the new protected ranking rules are helping her (02:53). She was ranked No. 78 when she played her last match in the first round of Indian Wells in 2018.

Time away from the tour hasn’t been all bad though as the 26-year-old got to live a normal life and embraced online school with Indiana University East (06:23). While she was injured, Rogers also tried her hand at working for the Tennis Channel as a commentator, interviewer and host (08:04).

It’s Rogers’ first significant injury, so she shares what she learned and what goes into plotting a comeback schedule, which may include a return to Roland Garros (14:31).

We take a break from the serious stuff to dig up her falsely edited Wikipedia page from years ago which claimed she lost several toes in a car accident and credited power lifting for her comeback (17:33).

Back to business—she explains how her life changed after she reached the quarterfinals of Roland Garros in 2016, including entry into the Elite 8 Club (19:41). And now that she’s had experience working in working for media, she tells us how her perspective has changed (21:36).

Beyond the Baseline, with Jon Wertheim — James Blake on the new-look Miami Open

After being named the Miami Open tournament director in January 2018, James Blake joins the Beyond the Baseline podcast to talk about the tournament’s move from Key Biscayne to its new location at the home stadium of the Miami Dolphins. Blake talks about what his role entails; what fans should expect from the new location and tournament; whether the rivarly between Indian Wells and Miami has now resumed; how he is managing the various requests from players; his thoughts on the results from Indian Wells; and much more.

Inside the Tour with Nina and Irina — Judy Murray on building a legacy for Andy and Jamie

“You need to prepare for a legacy. You can’t just say, ‘Oh they stopped playing. We need a legacy.’” Podcast hosts Nina Pantic and Irina Falconi are thrilled to have Judy Murray on this week. Though best known as the mother and former coach of Andy and Jamie Murray, the Scot has her own vibrant story to tell as she continues to do everything she can to promote tennis in Scotland and around the world.

Her book Knowing the Score came out in 2017, telling the story of her life and how she raised two future world No. 1s in a country that had no tennis infrastructure in place (1:10). She describes how tennis back home has changed over the past few decades, pushed largely along by the success of her sons—who have nine Grand Slams between them and were No. 1 at the same time at the end of 2016 (07:18).

With Andy’s return to competition uncertain, and Jamie turning 33 last month, Judy wants to establish their legacy before their playing days are over so tennis can grow larger back home (11:21). She didn’t realize the powerful impact Andy could have on the sport until he won Wimbledon in 2013, when she says everything changed (14:41).

Like everyone, Judy wants to see more coaches in tennis, particularly women, but there are many challenges including the way many think a coaching career is a failed playing one (16:55). She gives her advice to anyone looking to get into coaching (23:12), and tries to answer why there aren’t many women coaches or hitting partners (25:10).

She has her hands in many different projects including Miss Hits for girls ages 5-8, Tennis on the Road to bring tennis all over Scotland, Tennis Everywhere to encourage everyone to play even if they don’t have a court, her new role with WTT’s Philadelphia Freedoms and what she says is her main focus right now: opening a tennis and athletics center just outside of Dunblane (32:00).

And of course, we had to ask: how is Andy doing after undergoing hip replacement surgery and how hard has the injury struggle been on him, and the entire family (45:15)?

Beyond the Baseline, with Jon Wertheim — Checking in from Indian Wells

From the grounds at Indian Wells, Jon Wertheim checks in with Jamie Lisanti to discuss the top storylines and results from the BNP Paribas Open, including: Naomi Osaka’s recent comments on Twitter about becoming a role model for young tennis players around the world; Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s comments on the announcement that ATP president Chris Kermode will not continue as ATP president beyond his current contract, which expires at the end of 2019; and much more.

Beyond the Baseline, with Jon Wertheim — Kevin Anderson on sustainability in tennis

From his home in Florida, Kevin Anderson joins the Beyond the Baseline podcast to talk with Jon Wertheim about his ongoing recovery from an elbow injury, how he’s managing his time and when he is expected to return to tournament. Following up on his guest appearance in the Mailbag, Anderson also talks about tennis’ sustainability efforts and his suggestions for how the sport can improve parts of the game to help the environment. Anderson and Wertheim also talk about the Rafael Nadal–Nick Kyrgios match and more.