The Craig Shapiro Tennis Podcast
BIG SASCHA TALKS TENNIS WITH CRAIG SHAPIRO
Sascha Bajin grew up in Munich, Germany and for 8 years, beginning in 2008, was ever present on tour as a member of the Serena Williams team, and he was with Serena as her hitting partner while she won 11 major titles. He was the hitting partner for Vika Azarenka, Caroline Wozniaki, and Sloane Stephens. He rose to coaching prominence prominence as the coach of Naomi Osaka when she blasted on the scene, defeating Serena at the 2018 US Open. He was dismissed immediately after Naomi won the 2019 Australian Open. Since Naomi he has coached Kiki Mladenovic, Dayana Yastremska, and was just dismissed by Karolina Pliskova. We discussed it all.
Recorded 7.20 and Released 7.22
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16. Laura Siegemund Talks Tennis With Craig Shapiro01:22:17Laura Siegemund has lived an incredible life in tennis. She was born in Filderstadt, Germany and was identified as talent by the German federation at a young age, culminating with a big win at the 2000 Orange Bowl where she won the twelves. With a coach that eschewed the traditional path of playing junior events, from the age of 13 until she was 24 she played in pro tournaments, losing matches, until it became too frustrating, too emotionally hard. And that's where the story becomes amazing. The former World #27 and the current #5 doubles player in the world discussed her incredible path, her controversial 1st round match at the US Open vs Coco Gauff, her experience at the WTA Finals, as well as her opinions about the WTA. She was earnest and plain speaking and we had a great chat. Recorded 11.20 Released 11.29The Craig Shapiro Tennis Podcast is Powered By Diadora. Today's show is also brought to you by Vacation® - creators of the legendary Ball Boy Scented Candle, made exclusively with Prince® Tennis. Use my code "SHAPIRO" for 15% off the Vacation® Ball Boy Scented Candle.
15. Mark Knowles Discusses the Machinations of The ATP with Craig Shapiro32:59The Bahamian with the tight blond curls Mark Knowles has lived an amazing life in tennis. He was identified by Nick Bollettieri when he was 10 years old and was given a scholarship to join the action in Bradenton, Florida. He played at UCLA, and the turned pro in 1992, he reached the top 100 in singles, but it was in doubles where he distinguished himself, reaching world #1, winning 3 majors and 55 tournaments over the course of a 20 year career. Now a broadcaster and the elected player representative on the ATP board, Mark provided a birds eye view of the hot button topics facing men's tennis, and we discussed it all. The Craig Shapiro Tennis Podcast is Powered by DiadoraToday’s episode is also sponsored by Baha Mar Resorts as the fourth annual Baha Mar Cup ishappening in The Bahamas Friday, December 8 through Sunday, December 10. .Recorded 11.21 Released 11/22
14. Karue Sell of MY TENNIS HQ Talks Tennis with Craig Shapiro01:04:45He's the closest thing to tennis' version of a street ball legend. Elite Brazilian junior, goes 78-12 at UCLA playing 4,5,and 6, then sort of waits to try playing pro tennis, and supplements tennis teaching income by playing and winning men's local "money" tournaments. His backhand return becomes legendary, everyone says he's so smooth it's incredible. He gets to top 400 and stops. Then he becomes Naomi Osaka's hitting partner, creates a popular Youtube Channel and brand and now is trying to make it on the tour again. He's Karue Sell and we had a great chat. Recorded 11/2 Released !!/12 on location at UCLA The Craig Shapiro Tennis Podcast is Powered by Diadora
13. Corentin Moutet Talks Tennis with Craig Shapiro52:37In his first match at the 2023 Australian Open, the left handed Frenchman Corentin Moutet snapped the sheath that holds the ligaments in his right wrist, and went on to play with a one handed backhand for the entire year. It was an odd year to say the least as he had surgery and continued to compete at the highest level with a one hander instead of taking the protected ranking and letting the right wrist heal. We discussed this wild year, his mercurial nature as well as what it has been like to grow up in French Tennis, and he explained the significance of being tossed out of the FTF. Per usual we discussed all of the hot button topics of the day. It was a serious, tremendous chat. Recorded 10.26 Released 11.2The Craig Shapiro Tennis Podcast is Powered By Diadora
12. Former World #18 Amos Mansdorf Discusses the War and Tennis with Craig Shapiro01:00:38Amos Mansdorf grew up outside of Tel Aviv, a 2nd generation Israeli, as his grandparents migrated to Israel in the 20's. In 1987 he got to 18 in the world, the highest ranking ever for an Israeli, and had an awesome career, beating Hall of Famers Connors, Becker, and Muster to name a few. He appeared in 16 finals and won 6 titles.Amos joined me from his home in Tel aviv where just hours earlier the sirens were sounded and missiles flew overhead, as Israel is at war. We discussed the situation at length, and then were able to successfully segue to tennis. It was an important and exceptional conversation.Recorded 10.24 Released 10.26The Craig Shapiro Tennis Podcast is Powered By Diadora
11. British Stalwart Dan Evans Talks Tennis With Craig Shapiro01:07:00There's just nothing better than taking a deep dive with a player that has been through the fire, and Dan Evans fits that bill. In August Dan came out of a six match losing streak and won his second ATP tournament in Washington DC, defeating Frances Tiafoe and Grigor Dimitrov en route to the championship that got him to his career high ranking of 21 in the world. The flashy shotmaker followed up the DC win with a virtuoso performance in a losing effort to Carlitos Alcaraz in the 3rd round of the US Open, wowing the crowd and Carlitos, himself. Just a couple weeks later he put the British Davis Cup Team on his back coming off the mat twice to lead his team to victory over France in one of the moist electrifying scenes we've seen all year. It was a triumphant moment for a player that had been banned from the tour for a failed drug test six years ago, in the prime of his career- and we discussed it all. Recorded 10.16 Released 10.18The Craig Shapiro Tennis Podcast is Powered By Diadora
10. Argentine Leyenda Jose Luis Clerc Talks Tennis with Craig Shapiro31:17Jose Luis Clerc represented Argentina on their Davis Cup Team from 1976-1989, alongside Guillermo Vilas for most of those years, and did battle with McEnroe, Wilander, Connors and Lendl to name a few. He got to 4 in the world in 1981 after going on a 25 match win streak, and then went on a 28 match win streak in. 82. He won 25 tournaments on tour and reached the semis of Roland Garros in 81 and 82. Hew is now the broadcaster for South America, we linked at the US Open and had a great chat. We discussed a myriad of topics, the 5 set format was a tremendous asset, and I loved every second of our chat. The Craig Shapiro Tennis Podcast is Powered by Diadora. Use my code APPROVED at Holabird Sports to receive 15% off on all Diadora performance tennis shoes.Recorded 8.30 Released 9.18
9. Indian Legend Anand Amritraj Talks Tennis With Craig Shapiro28:03Along with his brothers Vijay, Anand Amritraj is Indian Tennis Royalty and is considered to be amongst the first Indians to compete on the elite level. He posted a win over John McEnroe on grass, and won 7 titles. In doubles he won 12 titles and reached the semis of Wimbledon and the quarters of the US Open. He was on the 1974 and 1987 Davis Cup Teams that both reached the finals, and his participation catapulted him into a lifetime of stardom.With his flowing feathered white hair and his colorful wardrobe, Anand is one of the flashiest dressers the sport has ever seen, is on the cover of Racquet Magazine, and we talked about it all.Recorded 8.28 at the US Open and Released 9.9The Craig Shapiro Tennis Podcast is powered by Diadora
8. Israeli Davis Cupper Gilad Bloom Talks Tennis With Craig Shapiro42:34Gilad Bloom has lived an incredible life in tennis.He grew up outside of Tel Aviv, Israel, and was an elite junior. He carried the torch for Israel's National Team in both the Davis Cup and The Olympics from 1984-1995, and posted wins over many great players including Jimmy Connors, Marcelo Rios, and Peter Korda.In 1990 he made a run to the 4th round of The US OPEN, and got to his best ranking, 61. We talked a lot about The US Open, and why its atmosphere is so unique. We talked about how he likes to watch tennis on the side courts and see what is happening on the practice court, as there are a lot of lessons for everyone.He has resided in New York City since 2000 and has a boutique tennis program and a rock band.Recorded 8.24 Released 9.1The Craig Shapiro Tennis Podcast is Powered by Diadora