The Craig Shapiro Tennis Podcast

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  • 9. José Higueras Talks Tennis with Craig Shapiro

    The former world #6 José Higueras won 16 titles on the pro tour, semi'd the French twice, and upon retirement coached a massive amount of players to huge success. José coached Michael Chang to his French Open title in 1989, and then was with Jim Courier fort his 4 majors and ascendance to the #1 ranking. In 2008 after they won the US Open, he left Roger Federer to join Patrick McEnroe at the USTA, as head coach of player development. He and Patrick instituted what they called THE PHILOSOPHY, a huge amount of players and coaches benefitted from their direction and we discussed this.Just last week José penned an open letter expressing deep concern for American tennis as a result of extreme budget cuts within the USTA and we discussed his letter in length. Recorded March 30 Released April 1The Craig Shapiro Tennis Podcast is Powered By is the Official Fan Club Platform of the Podcast

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  • 8. Giri Nathan Talks Mushrooms and The Sunshine Double with Craig Shapiro

    Giri Nathan of Defector and The Second Serve chatted with me via Zoom, we both were in Indian Wells and we discussed all of the on and off court hot button topics, including Novak's odd departure from tournament, the Rybakina propensity to pull out of tournaments, the Sabalenka Situation, the PIF incursion in to tennis, as well as the Halep re-emergence onto the WTA Tour. We talked about the good form of Sakkari as well the strong play of Kostyuk. Recorded and Released 3.20.24The Craig Shapiro Tennis Podcast is Powered By is the official fan club platform of the podcast.
  • 7. Patrick McEnroe Talks Tennis with Craig Shapiro

    Patrick McEnroe the Stanford Cardinal and the former World #28 in addition to being a broadcaster for ESPN is now the president of The International Tennis Hall of Fame. We had a tremendous chat here in the desert, and covered all of the hot button topics of the day, including the Saudi and Emirates incursion into our sport, The future of The Netflix Slam and Agassi's reemergence, the demise of the USTA player development budget, and the future of the Hall of Fame. Recorded 3.11 Released 3.14The Craig Shapiro Tennis Podcast is Powered by is the official fan club app of the podcast.
  • 6. Jim Courier Talks BNP PARIBAS OPEN with Craig Shapiro

    The 4 TimeMajor Champion, World #1 The Hall of Famer Jim Courier and I chopped it up on the Tennis Channel patio in what has become an annual event, discussing the BNP Paribas Open and all the hot button topics of the day including the Netflix Exhibition, the demise of BREAK POINT, Rafa's last stand, and the difficulties both Frances Tiafoe and Jess Pegula are having. Recorded and Released 3.11.24The Craig Shapiro Tennis Podcast is Powered By is the official Fan club app of the show.
  • 5. All American Jonny Levine Talks Tennis with Craig Shapiro

    Jonny Levine has lived an incredible life in tennis. In the early 80s he reached the finals of the Kalamazoo National 18s and was a 2 time All American at Texas. He appears to have the distinction of being the first player to beat Andre Agassi in a professional tournament, and he reached the quarters of the French and US Open doubles in 1988 with the lightning bolt serving Eric Korita, and we discussed it all. He is now the owner of The Arizona Tennis Classic which is played at The Phoenix Country Club next week (March 11-17), and because of his location and spot on the calendar boasts the strongest men challenger draw in the world, with the cutoff currently at 70. Recorded 3.4 Released 3.5The Craig Shapiro Tennis Podcast is Powered by DiadoraSubscribe to our weekly newsletter
  • 4. WTA World #103 Maria Timofeeva Talks Tennis with Craig Shapiro

    Maria Timofeeva, known to all as Masha, was born in Moscow in 2003, learned tennis at the famous tennis school Spartak and In 2017 she won the prestigious under 14 tournament L'Petit As, and from then was on a trajectory to become a professional. In the summer of 2023 her ranking shot from 250 to 120 after winning Budapest as a lucky loser, and then this past January she entered the 2024 Australian Open qualies ranked 170 in the world, and then proceeded to win 6 matches, including wins over Cornet, Wozniacki, and Haddad-Maia to reach the round of 16. She left Australia ranked 100. We talked about what it was like to be a Russian player on tour, and what her journey has been like. It was fascinating to talk to a young woman with such a unique story. Recorded 2.29 Released 3.2The Craig Shapiro Tennis Podcast is Powered By DiadoraSign up for the weekly newsletter.
  • 3. Tennis Mom Extraordinaire Aneke Rune Talks Tennis with Craig Shapiro

    As it pertains to her son, the world #7 Holger Rune. she is always in the mix. For me, she is the preeminent tennis mom in our game, dressed in black head to toe, conspicuously cool in the player's box. Aneke Rune and I had a wonderful chat, we discussed her son's trials and tribulations at length, including the former and current coaching situation, the importance of his team as well as their connection to the Mouratoglou Academy, and the challenges of being a mom on tour. The former ballerina in the Royal Danish Ballet joined me from her home in Charlotteslund, Denmark and was remarkably forthcoming and honest and didn't shy away from any of the tough questions.Recorded 2.5 Released 2.6The Craig Shapiro Tennis Podcast is Powered By DiadoraSubscribe to Our Newsletter