Today on the Lucky Letcord Podcast sponsored by Tennis Express, Chris Oddo and Richard Pagliaro talk about the major topics in tennis as we head out of the Asian swing.
1. How good is Daniil Medvedev and what will he have left for the ATP Finals? Also, has the Russian single handedly cracked the door to the BIG THREE open so that the rest of the next generation can swoop in and start making hay?
2. Who is the WTA's player of the year, and could what happens in Shenzhen change that?
3. What's the deal with Serena and why is she not interested in ensuring that she qualifies for Shenzhen. Is there a strategy there?
4. Coco Gauff is a massive story, but how much Coco-mania is too much Coco-mania?
This week ATP legend Mike Bryan joins Chris Oddo to talk about his passion for biohacking and give us an update on how the Bryan Brothers are feeling ahead of the U.S. Open Series.
We talk about Mike's evolution as an athlete and how biohacking now plays a key role in his ability to keep playing elite tennis at the age of 41.
We talk about theraguns and Oura Rings (full disclosure: host had to look these up after the show!).
Mike talks about his brother Bob's recovery from surgery and how he is beginning to embrace some of the concepts that Mike has been following for over a decade.
Mike talks about that special cup of Bulletproof coffee that he likes to take on court with him for matches and how his fitness has benefited immensely from altering the ratio of court time to fitness time.
We also chat about what it means to be back on tour after Bob's career-threating surgery and, of course, what the goals are moving forward, both for this season and beyond.
Here are some of Mike's quotes:
On the Bryan Brothers return to relevance in 2019:
“We’re trying to ring out every last drop of potential out of these bodies."
“We feel like we still have something to prove out there. We still feel like we’re in the conversation to win some of these big tournaments—we can compete and beat all the teams out there.”
“We had no expectations coming into the year, now we’re expecting to win all these tournament that we enter, and we’re disappointed if we don’t.”
On Mike's dedication to fitness and how it's a full-time job:
“I’m sitting here in the living room, I have my two theraguns, I have my roller here, I have my roller stick, I have massage balls, I have a whole roomful of stuff.”
“I’ll probably be biohacking my body until the day I die.”
“I went gluten-free back in 2004, when it was unheard of. I’d go to restaurants and I’d ask ‘can I get this gluten-free’ and they wouldn’t even know what I was talking about.”
“Every year I’ve felt a little bit better than the year before and it feels like I figured out something that I can hack.”
On the future of the Bryan Brothers:
“Once we don’t have smiles on our face and it becomes work, I don’t think we’re going to suit up and take the court.”
“We don’t know if we’re going to play another Wimbledon or a US Open, so we’re walking into these places kind of wide-eyed and soaking it in a little bit more.”
Thanks to Mike for joining and thanks to Bulletproof for helping us connect!
Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep are the 2019 Wimbledon singles champions and Tennis Hall of Famer joins host Chris Oddo to talk about one of the more incredible Wimbledon finals we've ever seen.
Djokovic wins it 7-6(5) 1-6 7-6(4) 4-6 13-12(3) and Steve gives his take on why the Serb was able to get over the hump and what special characteristics he possesses to make him a winner.
Steve talks about what happened to Djokovic in his good moments and bad, and breaks down the two championship points that he saved to earn the title.
We talk about the historical implications of the final, and what made it special.
We talk about Federer's performance and what it represents.
Then we switch gears and talk about Simona Halep's sparkling performance in Saturday's final and what her future might look like.
Finally we touch on Serena Williams and whether or not she still has a shot to win more majors.
Thanks for listening, and thanks to Steve Flink! !!
Today on the Lucky Letcord Podcast tennis Hall of Famer Steve Flink joins the podcast and gives his initial reaction to Roger Federer's victory over Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon.
We also discuss Novak Djokovic's victory over Roberto Bautista Agut and look ahead to Sunday's Wimbledon men's final, which is the third Wimbledon final between Djokovic and Federer.
Next we pivot and talk about Saturday's women's final, keeping our eye on the form of Serena Williams and Simona Halep.
What would the win mean to Serena if she can get it?
And how about Halep?
Thanks for listening and thanks to Steve Flink for joining?
Today on the Lucky Letcord Podcast former World No.5 Jimmy Arias stops by to talk about his gig as the Director of Tennis at IMG Tennis.
Currently at Wimbledon to oversee the academie's tennis prospects, Arias had comments about some of this year's top juniors at Wimbledon--notably American, Martin Damm and Japan's Shintaro Mochizuki, who are both in the Boys' Girls Singles semi-finals.
Arias talks about the challenge that the young kids face and we hit upon the many aspects of his career that have enabled him to be an excellent mentor for young aspiring pro tennis players.
Arias talks about his days as a tennis prodigy and the two biggest mistakes of his career, which were made at a very young age.
We talk about Arias' favorite moments on tour--his win over Yannick Noah in the 1984 U.S. Open semi-finals and his run to the quarter-finals when he eventually faced John McEnroe.
And finally, Arias gives his take on the Nadal v Federer rivalry at Wimbledon and what surprises him the most about the Big 3's continued domination of men's tennis.
Thanks for listening and thanks to Jimmy Arias!
Today on the Lucky Letcord Podcast BBC Commentator Pete Odgers joins host Chris Oddo to break down Wednesday's men's quarter-finals.
Odgers talks about his Wimbledon experience and his top moments of week one.
We look carefully at the men's singles quarterfinals and wonder which member of the Big 3 is the most likely to fall prey to upset at SW19.
We discuss the dearth of serve-and-volley tennis currently being played at Wimbledon and wonder WHY?
Pete gives his take on the sudden rise of 15-year-old Coco Gauff and why it's best to proceed with caution when it comes to Gauff and other top WTA teenagers.
Thanks for listening and special thanks to Pete Odgers. Be sure to tune into the BBC to hear him commentating the action during the second week of Wimbledon!
Today on the Lucky Letcord Podcast Mert Ertunga of Tennis with an Accent and Tenis Dunyasi and Ros Satar of Britwatch Sports join host Chris Oddo to break down week on of Wimbledon and look ahead to Manic Monday and further down the road to week two.
Mert says that Kei Nishikori has pulled the biggest upset of week one.
Ros and Mert break down the Konta Kvitova showdown that is set for Monday.
We all reflect on 15-year-old sensation and wonder what she can do against Simona Halep.
We also discuss the rock-solid start of Ash Barty and drool over a projected quarterfinal between the Aussie and Serena Williams.
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Today on the Lucky Letcord Podcast the venerable tennis Hall of Famer Steve Flink joins Chris Oddo to break down the match of Day 4: Rafael Nadal v Nick Kyrgios.
Steve talks about how it's a shame that Kyrgios doesn't have a higher ranking and that they should never be meeting in the second round.
But he admits that it is a mouthwatering clash and gives his reasons why Nadal should have success.
He also reflects back on Kyrgios' biggest wins against Nadal--at Wimbledon in 2014 and at Acapulco earlier this season.
We also talk about the other Big 3 members--Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer--and Steve explains why he is tipping Djokovic for a fifth Wimbledon title and thinking that Nadal might take out Federer if the pair end up meeting in the semis.
Thanks to Steve Flink for joining and sharing his insights, and thanks to all for listening!
Today on the Lucky Letcord Podcast former World No.25, Wimbledon doubles champion and singles quarter-finalist joins Chris Oddo to talk about his comeback, the rise of Felix Auger-Aliassime and Canadian tennis and, of course, ATP Politics.
As a member of the ATP's Player Council Pospisil hopes to affect change for the players of his generation and the next.
We break down what it was like being in that much-publicized seven-hour meeting on Friday.
We talk about how he shares a vision with Novak Djokovic, and how he sees the World No.1's role as ATP president.
We talk about the difficulties that the players face as they try to negotiate a fairer share of the revenue pie, and how he sees future negotiations shaping up.
Thanks to Vasek for his time! And thanks to all for listening!
Today on the Lucky Letcord Podcast, Mert Ertunga of Tennis with an Accent an Tenis Dunyasi stops by to break down the quarter of death on the women's side.
We also take a deep dive into the qualies at Wimbledon and discuss what this event is like for players and spectators.