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Presented by Fabio Molle, The Functional Tennis Podcast is a downloadable audio show featuring weekly interviews with players, coaches, trainers, tennis parents and experts working at the highest level of tennis. This podcast uses the following third-party services for analysis: Chartable - https://chartable.com/privacy
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I am excited to have David Norrie on the show this week talking to guest host Dave O'Hare. David is the Dad of British number 1 and career-high ATP no.8 Cam Norrie. David chats about : The early days in New Zealand Building character Being a tennis parent is not easy Not specialising too early and more. I hope you enjoy the episode. Fabio This podc…
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Coaching great Brad Stine joins guest host Dave O'Hare on this week's episode. Brad Stine is the current coach of US Number 1 Tommy Paul and has worked with greats such as Jim Courier, Mardy Fish, Kevin Anderson and more. He chats about: The imposter syndrome as a young coach You can't Bullsh*t tennis players Be the best at teaching fundamentals St…
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The title says it all, Tennis is difficult. Guest host Dave O'Hare kicks off his first-ever episodes as a host with Freddie Nielsen. Freddie is a former pro from Denamk, a Wimbledon doubles champ and the current Danish Davis Cup Captain. It’s a great discussion with thoughts on compassion, anger, perfection, acceptance, competing, disagreeing and m…
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This week former guest Dave O’Hare is back on the show. Dave will be guest hosting a few episodes of the Functional Tennis Podcast and I ask him who he has lined up. We also chat about Empty locker rooms Been process driven The current ball situations His thoughts on making doubles better and more. I hope you enjoy the chat. Fabio This podcast is s…
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Today I chat with the current world number 1 junior Joel Schwarzler. Joel is from Austria with a South African mother and is transitioning to the pro tour. We chat about: Early days playing tennis Dislike of his parents watching his matches Austrian inspirations His coach, former pro Jurgen Melzer Junior versus pro tour His 1st ATP Point Advice for…
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I speak to 15-year-old Tyra Grant, a top 10 ITF Junior this week. We previously had her mam, Cinzia Giovinco on the show and her coach Tom Gutteridge. Tyra is a mature hard-hitting 15-year-old. We chat about What it feels like to be a top 10 junior What is hard work to her Living away from her family Her competitive nature Advice for other Juniors …
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In this episode, join me with Branko Avramovski the father of 12 year old rising star Damyan Avramovski (aka 'Nana') from Bulgaria. We talk things junior tennis from coaching, rackets and, tournament play. Hope you enjoy the episode, Fabio. This podcast is sponsored by ASICS. ASICS is a Japanese company founded in 1949 to give more people the oppor…
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Kicking off 2024 is Brandon Holt, a former All-American with a career-high ATP 180. Brandon has a huge US Open in 2022 getting through qualifiers and then taking down US Number 1 Taylor Fritz. Brandon is also the son of former Number 1 and 3 times slam champ Tracey Austin. We chat Easy decision to play college tennis Benefits of College tennis 2022…
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This week for our final episode of the year we have an in-depth chat with Pablo Andújar. Last week he was on the show along with Kenneth Carlsen advising junior players. Today there is more advice and stories throughout his career. I hope you enjoy the episode. Fabio This podcast is sponsored by ASICS. ASICS is a Japanese company founded in 1949 to…
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Last week I got to spend the week at the Tecnifibre junior training camp in Valencia. Tecnibifre brought 5 of their juniors running from 11-16 years of age along with their parents and coaches for a week-long training camp. Their objective for to push the players outside their comfort zone on and off the court as well as give them advice which will…
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This week on the podcast I speak with former world no. 65 and coach of Coco Gauff when she won the US Open title in 2023. We discuss: His pro career Decision to retire after a road accident Transition to coaching Working with Coco Gauff and Brad Gilbert Advice for junior players today I hope you enjoy! Fabio This podcast is sponsored by ASICS. ASIC…
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This week on the podcast I speak with former world no. 63 and NCAA Champion Bradley Klahn. We discuss: Advantages of college tennis How he dealt with multiple injuries on tour Deciding to end his pro career Transition from tennis to an office job How tennis prepares you for life ahead I hope you enjoy! Fabio This podcast is sponsored by ASICS. ASIC…
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This week on the podcast I speak with top ATP doubles coach, Rob Morgan. Rob has coached players at the last 4 Nitto ATP Finals and is currently the main coach of world number 8 and Wimbledon Champion Wesley Koolhof. We discuss: Rob's learnings over the past 4 years as a top doubles coach How he's improved as a coach in these past 4 years Importanc…
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This week on the podcast I speak with Andy Murray's long-term S & C Coach, Matt Little. Matt works with Andy Murray to this day, alongside work for the LTA and his online conditioning programme (Contact Matt on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram if you would like to work with him) We discuss: Being prepared to back up your decisions as a coach Regular …
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This week on the podcast I speak with 3 time International Tennis Photographer of the Year Clive Brunskill. Clive is one of the world’s best sports photographers who has been commissioned to shoot the likes of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, David Beckham along with other celebrities Hugh Jackman, Beyonce and Britney Spears. We discuss: D…
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This week on the podcast we have Matt Terczynski. Matt is a long time friend and permanent hitting partner of top 20 player Hubi Hurkacz. It was great speaking with Matt as he gives in depth insights into the life of a pro hitting partner, as well as some really useful advice for those players and parents who are starting out on their journey in el…
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This week on the podcast we have on another great tennis parent, Kalin Davidov. Kalin is the father of one of the world's best juniors Teo Davidov. Teo is an ambidextrous player. I was seriously impressed with Teo's skills and attitude when I saw him reach the semi finals of the IMG Future Stars event. We discuss: Kalin's background in pro sport co…
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This week on the podcast we speak to a functional movement specialist who works specifically in tennis. He's helped to develop the movement of reigning US Open Champion Coco Gauff. Jeff Drock has worked in the industry for nearly 20 years. Originally, Jeff played college tennis at the University of North Florida where was inducted into the Athletic…
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In this week's episode, we jump into speaking to one of the most experienced physical trainers in our sport. I was lucky enough to speak to Kieron Vorster, the current physical trainer of Dan Evans, Liam Broady and Sorana Cirstea. Kieron has previously worked with Tim Henman, he's been the South African Davis Cup Captain and he's lead the Strength …
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Today I speak with Patrick Harding, long-time performance coach for F1 driver Alex Albon. Patrick spends 31 weeks a year with Alex has been working with him for six years. Patrick looks after all aspects of Alex's physical and mental performance. Look out for some similarities with tennis. There's lots of them! In our chat, we cover ⬇️ Controlling …
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Today I speak with Gary Cahill, former Irish Davis Cup & Billie Jean King Cup (formerly Fed Cup) captain as well as a previous High-Performance Director for Tennis Ireland. Gary is now the Performance Director and founder of Prodigy Tennis which provides high-performance training programs to junior tennis players. Their mission is quite simple - to…
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Today I speak to Timea Babos, a former doubles world No.1 and 4-time Grand Slam champion, as well as a former top 25 singles player. At a young age of 30, Timea tells us how her motivation and love for the game is as high as ever as she tries to move back up the rankings after injury. Timea speaks about growing up in a tennis family in her home cou…
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Today I speak to Craig Boynton, the coach of Hubert Hurkacz. I was lucky to meet Craig last year at the IMG Future Stars event in Greece as Hubie was playing in the exhibition match and also stayed on to train for a few days. Going into chat I didn’t know too much about Craig and I was intrigued to find out more about his early tennis and coaching …
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Welcome to our 200th Episode. Today I chat with Former Australian Open winner and current coach of Sorana Cirstea, Thomas Johansson. Thomas gives us a look back at winning the Aus Open, what changed in his life afterwards, being forced to retire, his advice on the skills needed to be able to coach males and females, characteristics of top pros and …
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It’s been a while since we had a top S&C trainer on the podcast so I’m excited to chat with Dalibor Sirola, the current S&C coach of Sasha Zverev. As well as working with Sascha, Dalibor is the head of S&C at the Piatti Tennis Centre. He has previously worked with Ljubic, Seppit, Milos, Jannik Sinner, Born Coric and Sharapova. We chat about his rol…
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Today I have a quick catchup with Queens Finalist and Current ATP number 17 Alex De Minaur. Alex was visiting the Asics House of Tennis located near Wimbledon carrying out some sponsor work and I got to quickly ask him a few questions in between his work. He tells me what high performance is for him, where the extra pop has come from in his serve t…
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This week I speak to renowned former chair umpire Carlos Ramos. Carlos has umpired over 5000 matches in a career of over 30 years. We chat about what life was like as an umpire on the road, umpiring all 4 slam finals and the Olympic finals. We also get into the umpire code of conduct, keeping focused in long matches, what he learned in umpiring ove…
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Today is the 5th and final part of our 5 part Asics mini-series which I recorded at the Asics house in Paris. And I chat with Marina Caiazzo, a global sports marketing expert. Marina is a former player who trained at the Bollitieri Academy with the likes of Tommy Haas and Anna Kournikova. Marina worked directly for Asics for 11 years and recently s…
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Today is the 4th part of our 5-part Asics mini-series which I recorded while at the Asics house in Paris. And I chat to Borna Coric. Borna has recently had shoulder injuries but he is now back stronger than ever and looking extremely fit. I ask him about a characteristic that defines him, his non-negotiables, advice for parents and his advice on ho…
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Today is the 3rd part of our 5 part Asics mini-series which I recorded while at the Asics house in Paris and I talk to Olympic champion Belinda Bencic. Belinda chats about her characteristic on the court, aiming for perfection but not expecting it, how to be 1% better every day and some advice for tennis parents. Hope you enjoy Fabio Have you seen …
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Today I chat with 25-year-old Slovak Alex Molcan. Alex is currently ranked in the top 80 and has a career-high of 36. He’s coached by Novak Djokovic’s former coach Marion Vadja (listen to Marian In episode 90). Alex tells us his main characteristic on the court, the importance of focus and intensity on the practice court as well as the need to chil…
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Today I chat with an Asics athlete Rohan Bopanna. Rohan was one of our first-ever guests on the podcast 4 years ago, he’s one of the nicest guys, on the tour (that I’ve met) and this year at 43 years of age he has re-entered the top 10 with some great wins throughout the year with his partner Matt Ebden. Rohan tells me has no cartilage in his knees…
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This week I caught up with Rene Zandbergen. Rene has worked with our podcast sponsor Asics for 22 years helping develop shoes and working alongside the world's best athletes to help continually improve the Asics range of shoes. We talk about: His 22 years at Asics so far Working with Novak to develop his latest shoes, the Court FF3 The differences …
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This week on the podcast, I meet parent and coach Cinzia Giovinco. I met Cinzia during my week at the IMG Future Stars event in Athens, Greece. Cinzia is the parent to 11-year-old Tyson who was competing at the event. She is also the mother to US Billie Jean Cup player Tyra Grant. In our conversation, Cinzia explains how she manages to balance the …
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This week is a bit different to our usual weekly interviews. Recently I was away at the IMG Future Stars which features some of the best under 12's in the world. With an idea from a previous guest I decided to document what I find makes these great tennis kids so good. I was there for a full week and it wasn't a usual tournament where the players a…
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This week on the podcast, I speak to top tour coach Mark Gellard. In our conversation, Mark explains why players need to coach themselves during the game as well as give a strong defence for on-the-court coaching. We also chat about Mark’s work with Magda Linette and I ask him what the difference is between a top 100 player and a top twenty player.…
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This week on the podcast, I meet Amanda Jane Napier Owens - a leading sports and performance psychologist. In our conversation, we talk about how early we should introduce pressure into the training of tennis juniors, and how we go about doing this. I ask Amanda how to get players fired up before a big game and if this really improves performance. …
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This week on Functional Tennis, I meet coach and former player Gianluigi Quinzi. In our conversation, Gianluigi describes how mentally challenges, the media attention and pressure impacted the early part of his career. We also talk about Gianluigi’s work in the Piatti Tennis Center and I ask Gianluigi how difficult the transition from junior to pro…
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This week on the podcast, I speak to Tallon Griekspoor. Tallon is a Dutch pro tennis player who has just reached a career high ATP singles ranking of world No. 36. In our conversation, Tallon explains why the competitiveness he had with his brothers helped develop him into the player he is today. I also ask Tallon about his challenger performances …
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This week on the podcast, I meet Human Movement & Sport Performance Specialist - Andrea Bracaglia. In our conversation, we talk about Andrea’s involvement in football and how he moved into the world of tennis. We chat about how andrea worls with his athletes, and Andrea explains why player development should come before short term success & results…
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This week on the podcast, I meet one of the top juniors from 2022 who has just recently turned pro - Jakub Mensik. In our conversation, Jakub tells us all about his famous 2022 Australian Open boys' singles final and what is was like to train with Novak Djokovic. I also ask Jakub about how he’s dealing with all the media attention and what the jump…
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This week on Functional Tennis, I meet Dr. Dario Novak. In our conversation, Dario details what Donna Vekić and Borna Coric were like as juniors. I ask Dario about his work with Stan Wawrinka and Elena Rybakina. We also speak extensively about Dario’s research into what makes a tennis great. Hope you enjoy it, Fabio Have you seen the Functional Ten…
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This week on the podcast, I meet Belgian coach Olivier Grignard. In our conversation, Olivier tells me how his tennis story began. Olivier also tells me about his coaching role in china, we discuss some of the cultural differences between juniors in Europe and juniors in Asia, and much much more. Hope you enjoy it Fabio Carlos Rodriguez episode: ht…
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This week on the podcast, I meet the current Lead National Coach with USTA Player Development - Johnny Parkes. In our conversation, Johnny explains why playing a young Nikoloz Basilashvili was a bit of a reality check. We also talk about Johnny’s role in the US setup, and what his biggest challenge was in his early coaching days. Hope you enjoy it …
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This week on Functional Tennis, I meet former Northern Ireland player and now coach - Peter Bothwell. Peter was the first man from Northern Ireland to have an ATP world ranking in singles or doubles. He played in the Irish Davis Cup and he also won the Irish Open in 2018. In our conversation, Peter tells me about how his journey in tennis began, he…
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This week on Functional Tennis, I meet legendary coach - Rick Macci for a fantastic chat. In our conversation, Rick details his experience training Venus and Serena Williams when they were kids. Rick also shares the moment he was told they were making the film about the Williams sisters and their father King Richard - and what he felt like being po…
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This week on Functional Tennis, I meet the former world no.3, Ivan Ljubičić. In our chat, Ivan opens up about the challenging circumstances he experienced growing up and how this lead to his tennis career, Ivan also tells me about the amazing academy he started in Losinj, Croatia, and what its like to coach Roger Federer. Hope you enjoy it Fabio Ha…
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On today’s episode, I meet online with Bill Eckstrom - CEO and founder of Ecsell Institute, the parent company of Ecsell Sports. In our chat, we discuss Bill fascinating new TedX Talk: “A New Way To Win: Re-defining the Student-Athlete Experience,” that puts forward the idea that the key to developing elite teams, in both sport & beyond, may be mor…
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This week on Functional Tennis, I meet physical therapist and now founder of Tennis Tour Agency - Matteo Tinelli. Matteo was ATP-ranked back in 2017 and has since moved on into becoming a therapist for players and starting the Tennis Tour Agency. The TTA is an organisation that wants to make tennis more financially accessible for young players, and…
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