Monthly Archives: May 2019

Inside the Tour with Nina and Irina — Gigi Fernandez on transitioning to the real world

“Back then, 33 seemed like I was ancient. I did not know what I was going to do and it was a really difficult transition. I struggled a lot for a lot of years trying to do different things that were not in the tennis world. Finally, I just decided to come back to what I knew and where my passions lie, which is tennis.”

The Podcast Inside the Tour hears from 17-time Grand Slam doubles champion Gigi Fernandez. Fernandez is the owner of two Olympic gold medals and a whopping 69 total doubles crowns.

She retired at the age of 33 when she was No. 1 in the world, and dived headlong into business, where life was a lot tougher than she expected. After a few starts and stops, she came back to tennis and launched where she shares her knowledge of doubles with the world through the Gigi Method—strategies adapted from her own game style to suit recreational players.

The 55-year-old talks candidly about her attempts to leave her tennis identity behind, and how golf and motherhood helped her through a rough transition period. She also shares her business failures, her relationship with Puerto Rico, her surprising favorite memory from winning six Roland Garros titles and a lot more.

Inside the Tour with Nina and Irina — WTT CEO Carlos Silva on innovating the game

“If you can’t make a little bit of noise, you’re going to be forgotten. I didn’t join WTT to be forgotten, I joined so that I could help take the 40+ years that it’s been around and now grow it into the next era.”

World TeamTennis (WTT) CEO Carlos Silva joins the podcast this week to talk with Inside the Tour co-hosts Nina Pantic and Irina Falconi. Silva came to WTT in January after four years as League President of the Professional Fighters League (PFL) and CEO of World Series of Fighting (WSOF).

Silva has a background deeply rooted in tennis having played for Boston College as well as having had a taste of professional tennis. He’s fronting the 44th season of WTT which starts on July 14 and ends with the final in Las Vegas on August 3. There will be two new teams this year thanks in part to Silva’s experience in entertainment sports: the Orlando Storm and Las Vegas Rollers.

The season promises to be a great one with the likes of Venus Williams, Mike and Bob Bryan, Frances Tiafoe, Nick Kyrgios, John Isner and Madison Keys all signed to one of the eight teams. Silva speaks on some of the greatest challenges of the innovative league, how he got to his position, what he’s looking to do as CEO, how tennis is changing and a lot more.