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TW Staff

Administrator
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We'd love to hear what questions you have for us!

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Crocodile

Legend
A general update of what concepts and technologies are coming with racquets and consensus on racquet trends with the pros including preferred head size, length, string patterns and RA.
Also would love to hear more from the companies themselves. It was good to hear from the Wison guys with the Clash, would love to hear what Volkl has to say for instance with their direction with their frames.
And a few people I speak to would like to know about what is happening to Pacific with their products.
Cheers
 

Sixpointone

Professional
Hi TW,

Off the top of my head I'd like to hear...

1) Podcasts on tennis books and perhaps their authors.
2) Underrated companies and people on tour whom customize and string racquets. How Warren Bosworth is not in the Tennis Hall of Fame amazes me.
3) An interview with Andy Gerst, whom I am sure you know used to do a podcast,on what he is up to. As he is a TW alumni that would be very cool.

As I have other thought's I'll post here. I listened to episode 1, and really enjoyed it. Bethanie is a bundle of positive energy. An awesome first guest!

Best,
John
 

yossarian

Rookie
Having tested out so many racquets and set ups over the years, have you all found yourselves becoming more picky over time, or less? I’m of the opinion that once you reach a certain level, you can essentially play well with pretty much anything, and that a lot of the stuff you find on the racquet forums here (people intensely denigrating/praising certain racquets, lusting after 20 year old racquets and pro stocks, customizing to no end to aftempt to find their perfect setup) is overcomplicating things. Of course, racquet choice can be extremely personal. Just look at Del Potro and his K Factors. Who better to shed some light on this than the playtesters?

An update on Andy would also be welcomed
 

TW Staff

Administrator
Hi TW,

Off the top of my head I'd like to hear...

1) Podcasts on tennis books and perhaps their authors.
2) Underrated companies and people on tour whom customize and string racquets. How Warren Bosworth is not in the Tennis Hall of Fame amazes me.
3) An interview with Andy Gerst, whom I am sure you know used to do a podcast,on what he is up to. As he is a TW alumni that would be very cool.

As I have other thought's I'll post here. I listened to episode 1, and really enjoyed it. Bethanie is a bundle of positive energy. An awesome first guest!

Best,
John
Stay tuned! Just booked an episode with Andy :) We will get you guys an update with him!

In the mean time, you might catch a glimpse of him at the US Open -- he's currently working with the USTA and some American ladies on tour.

Michelle, TW
 
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Sixpointone

Professional
Hi Michelle,

That sounds great! I'll be sure to listen, as well as post any other potential topics to cover in the future.

Best always,
John
 

TW Staff

Administrator
You guys asked for it, check out this week's episode featuring a chat with Andy!


ITUNES: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/talk-tennis/id1475845728?l
SPOTIFY: https://open.spotify.com/show/7aCFGNA2VnSOJus9qM2jrx
STITCHER: https://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=453304&refid=stpr
Tennis Warehouse: https://www.tennis-warehouse.com/podcast/

Michelle, TW
 

milk of amnesia

Professional
Hi Michelle,
Could you do a podcast featuring a junior player and his/her parents asking them what their days are like, how much time and money they've invested, what they realistically expect to get out of junior tennis, etc.?
Thanks!
 

McLovin

Legend
If possible, could you maybe give us a head's-up on the next topic/guest? This way we could put together some 'listener questions' for the hosts/guests?
 

MisterP

Hall of Fame
Hi Michelle,
Could you do a podcast featuring a junior player and his/her parents asking them what their days are like, how much time and money they've invested, what they realistically expect to get out of junior tennis, etc.?
Thanks!
Don't know if you ever saw this article or not. But, it's a real eye-opener. TLDR: It costs hundreds of thousands of dollars to develop a kid into a highly competitive tennis player, and they usually burn out and quit:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2015-08-28/costs-of-noah-rubin-becoming-the-world-s-631st-best-tennis-player

 

TW Staff

Administrator
Thanks for the feedback!

I'm very well aware of the costs and burn out of junior tennis (not sure if you heard the Weil Academy episode). I actually recorded a side chat when I was going to Weil...and maybe I should publish it, but it is me talking completely RAW as I drove to Weil for the first time in 20 years about how I am finally starting to be OK with the fact that my family not only spent A LOT of money on me and my tennis -- but time, energy and basically built their lives around it. My sister's childhood memories are of the tournaments we travelled to FOR ME (we were just in Vegas and she kept referencing how we used to go out there at least once a year because of tournaments and she got dragged along). I could really get into it if you want, there is definitely a bit of guilt in my life for never "making it" and I go into reasons why I never was meant for it anyway (my mental side being the main one) and talk about how when I played my first ITF someone wrote on the internet (probably on TT!) that I was one of the most talented players but "the fattest" player they've ever seen. I definitely didn't deal with that well in my early 20s. ;)
Between the mental side of it and the pressures and the money...yea, it's rough out there...I get it.

But with that, I can say I have successfully created a career in the industry and have worked in many facets of tennis since I was 18 and love that to this day, I absolutely love this sport and it is a huge passion of mine.

I also am not sure if I would have done it any other way...so not sure I'm the one to tell anyone to give up on their dreams. One of the BIGGEST lessons I've learned is that DREAMS CAN CHANGE. And they do. And sometimes it is for the better.

P.S. Noah Rubin will be our guest not next week, but the week after. That one is already recorded.

P.P.S. We will have some Playtesters on a couple episodes coming up -- so submit any questions you might have NOW! We'll be talking about ATP Masters and the NextGen FInals

And I will try and give you a head's up on future guests, however, sometimes a recording happens without much notice, or we don't want to spill the beans on someone we are recording with if their episode doesn't air right away...

Michelle, TW
 

milk of amnesia

Professional
Hi Michelle,

Yes, I listened to the Weil Academy episode, which I found very interesting. It got me thinking about what is it like to be in junior tennis now competing all the time; whose idea was it anyway - the parents' or the player's and do they expect their kid to go pro, get a scholarship to a D1 university, or is it just personal development? If it's a really sensitive topic, then on the one hand I don't want to stress you out, but on the other hand, that's just more reason for other people (parents) to hear your perspective so they treat their own kids fairly, don't stress out the family, or neglect their other children.

If it helps any, when Genie Bouchard was at the top of her game someone did an interview with Beatrice asking her if she felt neglected or resented all the attention that Genie got from her parents during the years that they were dragging her around to Genies tournaments. Beatrice said she knew that Genie was the competitive one and that Genie's success provided her with the opportunity to travel all over the place without having to deal with all the pressure and hard work that Genie had to deal with. So while the reason your family traveled all over the place was for you, it's not as if they couldn't get anything out of it for themselves too.
 

galain

Hall of Fame
Michelle

your story sounds like it would make for an amazing podcast interview if you're comfortable enough sharing it. That'd be fascinating listening. Tennis is a sport that demands committment from the whole family. I know Pat Rafter's situation was very similar and he has more than a few siblings.
 

hurworld

Hall of Fame
Michelle

your story sounds like it would make for an amazing podcast interview if you're comfortable enough sharing it. That'd be fascinating listening. Tennis is a sport that demands committment from the whole family. I know Pat Rafter's situation was very similar and he has more than a few siblings.
That's a great idea. Would love to hear all the play testers' tennis journeys, and interesting stories along the way.
 

TW Staff

Administrator
Want to start answering some of YOUR questions at the beginning of every episode!

Ask us anything about tennis! Whether it is strategy, coaching, competing, racquets, shoes, string, pros, travel, training, diet, drills, etc. -- we will do our best to answer them and have your question featured on an episode!

Ask away :)

Michelle, TW
 
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galain

Hall of Fame
Our questions about you Michelle? That'd be awesome if you did.

I'll start. Where did your tennis life 'come from'? Was it always your chosen sport, or did you have tennis parents who wanted a high level player?
How did your push toward upper level tennis affect your relationship with your family (your parents mainly)?
And did you ever start to hate the game?

I'm not expecting answers to all of these - whatever you're comfortable with is great -thank you for being open to doing this!
 

TW Staff

Administrator
Our questions about you Michelle? That'd be awesome if you did.

I'll start. Where did your tennis life 'come from'? Was it always your chosen sport, or did you have tennis parents who wanted a high level player?
How did your push toward upper level tennis affect your relationship with your family (your parents mainly)?
And did you ever start to hate the game?

I'm not expecting answers to all of these - whatever you're comfortable with is great -thank you for being open to doing this!
Nope not about me :) But sure, you can ask those too and I'll do my best to answer!

Any questions you have about tennis or products or anything in general!

Michelle, TW
 

c-had

Rookie
Here's a question for you guys (probably just for those of you based in the USA):

What are your thoughts on playing in UTR events vs. USTA events? I've generally stuck to USTA events, but am debating about trying out UTR.
 

Automatix

Hall of Fame
Q 1; How much influence does TW have on what Prince racquet releases look like - specs, pjs, addressing issues and so on.
Q 2: Does Prince Japan co-operate with Prince USA? Completely separate entities with own R&D departments or ... ?

Ad.1 I think I speak for many here who are mostly* very happy with route taken by Prince - mainly Phantom frames but Beast frames had a good following as well, I think.

* - no extended Phantoms :p ;)
 

zipplock

Professional
Maybe a podcast on "spin" racquets? Seems like there was about a 5-year window where everything was spin. I played Wilson Steam 99S until recently, switched to Yonex VCP 97. If those 2 racquets had a baby I'd adopt it :D
 

TW Staff

Administrator
Here's a question for you guys (probably just for those of you based in the USA):

What are your thoughts on playing in UTR events vs. USTA events? I've generally stuck to USTA events, but am debating about trying out UTR.
Stay tuned! I answered this one in this week's episode ;)

Keep the questions coming!

Michelle, TW
 

TW Staff

Administrator
We will have a hydration expert and sports scientist on an upcoming episode of the Talk Tennis Podcast!

Ask all of your hydration questions below and I will do my best to get them answered!

Michelle, TW
 

BHold81

Semi-Pro
I would love to hear about a couple of things......

1. Michelle, I've been watching reviews for a long time, and have definitely noticed your fitness transformation. Good job, and you look great! What did you change lifestyle and diet-wise?

2. What are some of your favorite lower priced shoe offerings? I burn through them pretty fast, and it gets pricey.
 

Tennise

New User
What are the top 3 things that you think are not commonly understood by tennis equipment customers that you think would help them make more satisfying purchases?
 

onehandbh

Legend
Does TW get demands from customers to make sure and/or put pressure on the tennis clothing & equipment companies' supply chain to have fair working conditions in their factories?

As arguably the largest online retailer for tennis, it would seem that TW would have some leverage to do this.

 

TW Staff

Administrator
Awesome, keep 'em coming! :)

We will be recording a couple BNP Podcast episodes as well! So ASK US ANYTHING BNP PARIBAS related and we will do our best to answer your questions -- whether it is a question about the grounds or how to see your favorite player up close or how the TW tent works or what racquets to demo on our demo court -- ask away!

Thanks!
Michelle, TW
 

SpinToWin

Talk Tennis Guru
Haven’t gone through all of the episodes, so I’m not sure if this exists, but one on recognising typical tennis injuries (both upper and lower body) and how best to deal with them in the short and long run would be quite helpful to many I think. Would fit quite well with a guide on what to do to prevent getting them of course (in the way of warmup, prep, etc.). So an interview with a sports physician(?) or something like that, ideally, I guess :) I myself would be especially interested in what kind of gear they’d suggest for injury prevention, I have basically nothing tennis-specific aside from a flexbar.
 

hurworld

Hall of Fame
Would love to hear an interview with a former grand slam ball boy / ball girl and how the experience has helped in his/her game. We all know the famous one from Basel...

On a side note, absolutely floored by how good Bethanie Mattek-Sands's strokes in the TW video on her customised Pure Aero. Not saying TW play testers are bad at all, but the ball speed difference is quite apparent when shown in the same video. Such is the gulf between pros and rec players.
 

galain

Hall of Fame
I'm not sure how far you'll get with this or if it's even podcast worthy, but is anyone there at TW aware of any tennis companies that are 'greening' up? Or if there have been any innovations in sustainable materials for technology? If you think about it, tennis is a pretty environmentally unfriendly sport. Plastic strings that get cut out and changed frequently, I'm sure the balls aren't all that great, tournaments handing out plastic water bottles like they're nothing, racquets coming back from the stringers in plastic bags.....I'm just curious whether this is any kind of theme or topic in the tennis world and if there has been anyone actually looking at alternatives.
 

AndrewD

Legend
TW,

What I think would be really helpful (if not in the podcast, maybe as a video - or both) is a guide for transitioning to extended length frames. We've seen Mark and Chris do it and also I think Troy and Andy, so there's a good connection to the playtest team. You could run through their rationale for choosing an extended length frame, why they opted for one particular frame over the other choices, modifications they needed to make (and why), to technique, game style (including shots they elected to hit), string choice (was it different to their old set-up - tension, type, etc) and what their overall experience has been (positive and negative - did it result in a change to their game style and/or the type of shots they elected to hit - what did they gain vs lose). Plus thoughts around court positioning especially on the return of serve (did they find they needed to change that/ did they find a new ideal position to accommodate the different dimensions) and maybe even tips to maximise the advantages of the extended length frame.

I think it'd be a good resource for those of us who are considering making the switch and you include it as a link on all of the extended length frames you sell.

AndrewD
 
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atatu

Hall of Fame
Can you guys do a podcast with Craig O'Shaughnessy ? Mostly I want someone to ask him if he stole Chris's look or vice versa...
 

Ash Tennis

Semi-Pro
I like the beyond the play test podcast. You should do a lot more of them. The head pro tour 2.0 podcast was my favorite!
 

Tennis sprew

Hall of Fame
Would an episode/discussion about a show’s stack(foam) height and court feel be a good discussion? I love learning about people’s thoughts and opinions about how high a shoe is off the ground and how it affects performance.
 

TW Staff

Administrator
Someone had asked to have a mental coach on -- any specific questions you want answered?!

Thanks!

Michelle, TW
 
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