TW Podcast: Ask Us Anything

TW Staff

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We'd love to hear what questions you have for us and what you want to hear on future episodes!

Let us know here and we will do our best to answer them in future episodes!

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Crocodile

Hall of Fame
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

New User
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!


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Michelle, TW
 
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
 
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
We have a couple episodes coming up with some playtesters, so can take some time to dive a bit deeper into their stories and even individual episodes on them!

Also, I will be speaking with someone from Babolat this week -- so if you have any questions, send them my way or email podcast@tennis-warehouse.com (his specialty is shoes and bags vs. racquets just a heads up -- but will take all the questions you have anyway).

And will be speaking to the CEO of World Team Tennis -- if you have any questions relating that topic -- let me know!

Thanks for all the ideas and feedback -- keep it coming!

Michelle, TW
 
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