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Tennis with an Accent is a podcast on tennis. Where we bring weekly conversations on all things tennis

Latest Episodes

Former Atp #4 Gene Mayer

Gene Mayer was a ATP pro who was ranked as high as #4 in the world in 1980. Mayer played in the era when American tennis was considered the standard of the men's game. He looks back at those times and battles with the likes of Bjorn Borg, John McEnroe and Ivan Lendl. Mayer also had a brother who played on the pro tour - Sandy Mayer. In a conversation full of anecdotes he recalls upon the times that he played his brother on the tour. Mayer gives his views on the state of the men's game in the US and why he thinks tennis wise we are a third world country at the moment. He also talks about being from Queens and the thrill to play tennis at the Garden and Flushing Meadows.

54 MIN2 w ago
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Former Atp #4 Gene Mayer

Wimbledon 2006 Retro Live Review

In this episode of the podcast I am rejoined by Mert Ertunga as we do a time travel episode and try to review Wimbledon 2006 men's edition in a retro live manner. The championships made the Fedal rivalry official as Nadal had won 6 of the 7 matches against Federer coming into this Wimbledon final. The match had lot of significance for Federer as he defended his prefered turf against his arch rival. Mert Ertunga weighs in on the important aspects of this match from each set. This also happened to be Andre Agassi's last championships. We discuss his Wimbledon career in depth and where does he rank with some of the modern greats of the game. Last but not the least the tour is seeing some new talent on the rise in the form of Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Marcos Baghdatis and Tomas Berdych. Along with the already established players like Andy Roddick and Lleyton Hewitt the tour is getting deeper in talent.

69 MINJUL 13
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Wimbledon 2006 Retro Live Review

Wimbledon Women's Open Era Revisited

Mert Ertunga returns to the Tennis With An Accent Podcast for a review of Wimbledon women's tennis history in the latter part of the 20th century. Mert chronicles women's tennis at Wimbledon from the start of the Open Era in 1968 through the 1990s, with a few additional notes about Venus Williams in the first decade of the 21st century. Playing styles, surface speeds, racquet technology, and other changes over the course of Wimbledon history are weighed and evaluated in this study of women's tennis at the All-England Club. The Martina Navratilova-Chris Evert rivalry is a natural centerpiece of this discussion, but don't forget about Margaret Court versus Billie Jean King in the early 1970s, or Steffi Graf versus multiple challengers in the 1990s. There's no Wimbledon this week, but there is plenty of Wimbledon history to look back on and discuss. Mert Ertunga provides the stories and contextual details on the latest Tennis With An Accent Podcast.

91 MINJUL 8
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Wimbledon Women's Open Era Revisited

Wimbledon Retro Style with Steve Flink

Steve Flink is a hall of famer and a tennis historian. His wimbledon coverage goes back to the early 70's. In this episode of the podcast he discusses many champions and their significant moments from the past. He also talks about some of the greats who did not win the championships but still left their stamp. The conversation is full of rich detail on some of the biggest names in the game. Major talking points include the unique ability of Borg to win on the grass from the baseline. Connors vs McEnroe 1982 final and Sampras Ivanisevic 1998 final get a worthy callout. Was Navratilova the greatest grass court player? Becker or McEnroe - who should have won more than 3 titles? How Sampras overcame a slow start at wimbledon in his early years also gets a detailed explanation among many other topics.

81 MINJUL 3
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Wimbledon Retro Style with Steve Flink

Rajeev Ram on Adria Tour, US Open and potential return of tour life

ATP pro Rajeev Ram reacts to the positive COVID-19 test results for Novak Djokovic, Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric, and Viktor Troicki. Rajeev explores the various complications connected to the possible staging of the U.S. Open and Roland Garros later this year. How will tennis players work out and prepare before taking the court for a match? Will they have to retrieve their own balls during a match? Will significant scheduling adjustments need to be made? Is it safe for a tennis player to make a trans-continental flight from the United States to France, or vice-versa? Is indoor tennis safe? Rajeev Ram also discusses the changed landscape relative to tennis governance. What are tennis players saying about any changes which need to be made in the sport? Should ranking points be handled differently? All that and more on the latest edition of the Tennis With An Accent Podcast.

34 MINJUN 24
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Rajeev Ram on Adria Tour, US Open and potential return of tour life

Daniel Dobre Podcast

Daniel Dobre is a former professional tennis player from Romania. Like many former players he has held may roles in his career in tennis - player, coach, running an academy to tournament director. However his most famous job has been as the coach of Simona Halep. Dobre has had three coaching stints with Halep and the last one was the most beneficial for both as it resulted in a Wimbledon title. Dobre talks about the life as a young tennis teen that needed to come out of the communist Romania and how hard it was to do it without a proper federation that could support its players. He also talks about Gunther Bosch's influence on his tennis coaching career. The conversation also pays a big tribute to the manager player tandem of Virginia Ruzici and Simona Halep. Last but not the least Dobre talks about his working relationship with Darren Cahill when the two men formed a coaching team to manage Halep's tennis.

64 MINJUN 18
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Daniel Dobre Podcast

Roland Garros Classic

Matt Zemek and Mert Ertunga join Saqib Ali to relive some of the classic trends from the French Open. The conversation focuses on the type of game that is suited to succeed on the clay of Roland Garros. Mert breaks down the evolution of classic styles from a pure baseliner to attacking players. Seles vs Graf battles from the 90's are used as illustrations on how the playing trends kept evolving even from the baseline. The conversation covers some of the iconic finals like Lendl vs McEnroe, Evert vs Navratilova and also some of the underrated ones like Courier vs Bruguera. A lot of detail packed in here for a nostalgic tennis fan.

74 MINJUN 4
Comments
Roland Garros Classic

1991 French Open Retro Live Review

Mert Ertunga joins the podcast this week as we kick start our Roland Garros special series. In this week's episode we travel back in time and review the men's edition of the 1991 French open. We talk about Jim Courier's maiden major win over fellow american Andre Agassi. Stefan Edberg, Boris Becker and Ivan Lendl get worthy mentions as they were the top 3 ranked players during that time. The episode is created with lot of details surrounding that time and it's players with no knowledge of the future. Please tune in!

81 MINMAY 26
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1991 French Open Retro Live Review

Javier Palenque

Javier Palengue works as a global consultant in the corporate world. At heart Palenque is a tennis fan first. In this episode he shares his vision on how tennis can work post Covid19. In an extension to the Mark Jefferey conversation - Matt Zemek and Karen Helf drive this conversation to explore fiscal topics which are essential to the health of tennis. Does tennis need a bigger audience? Does tennis a commissioner? You may have heard these notions prior but Palenque comes out with new suggestions on these and many more topics. Tune in to learn more.

64 MINMAY 21
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Javier Palenque

Mark Jeffery on the broken structure of Tennis

Mark Jeffrey is a long time fan of tennis. He sits down with Karen Helf to address some of the big issues surrounding our sport. He has concerns whether tennis has the structure to bounce back post covid. He talks about the Power of seven, the upcoming tennis summit and more importantly how can we all help to preserve tennis. The conversation is an extension to Karen Helf's conversations with John Bolan and Sofia Shapatava. Tune in to hear Mark Jeffery's insights.

47 MINMAY 15
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Mark Jeffery on the broken structure of Tennis

Latest Episodes

Former Atp #4 Gene Mayer

Gene Mayer was a ATP pro who was ranked as high as #4 in the world in 1980. Mayer played in the era when American tennis was considered the standard of the men's game. He looks back at those times and battles with the likes of Bjorn Borg, John McEnroe and Ivan Lendl. Mayer also had a brother who played on the pro tour - Sandy Mayer. In a conversation full of anecdotes he recalls upon the times that he played his brother on the tour. Mayer gives his views on the state of the men's game in the US and why he thinks tennis wise we are a third world country at the moment. He also talks about being from Queens and the thrill to play tennis at the Garden and Flushing Meadows.

54 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Former Atp #4 Gene Mayer

Wimbledon 2006 Retro Live Review

In this episode of the podcast I am rejoined by Mert Ertunga as we do a time travel episode and try to review Wimbledon 2006 men's edition in a retro live manner. The championships made the Fedal rivalry official as Nadal had won 6 of the 7 matches against Federer coming into this Wimbledon final. The match had lot of significance for Federer as he defended his prefered turf against his arch rival. Mert Ertunga weighs in on the important aspects of this match from each set. This also happened to be Andre Agassi's last championships. We discuss his Wimbledon career in depth and where does he rank with some of the modern greats of the game. Last but not the least the tour is seeing some new talent on the rise in the form of Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Marcos Baghdatis and Tomas Berdych. Along with the already established players like Andy Roddick and Lleyton Hewitt the tour is getting deeper in talent.

69 MINJUL 13
Comments
Wimbledon 2006 Retro Live Review

Wimbledon Women's Open Era Revisited

Mert Ertunga returns to the Tennis With An Accent Podcast for a review of Wimbledon women's tennis history in the latter part of the 20th century. Mert chronicles women's tennis at Wimbledon from the start of the Open Era in 1968 through the 1990s, with a few additional notes about Venus Williams in the first decade of the 21st century. Playing styles, surface speeds, racquet technology, and other changes over the course of Wimbledon history are weighed and evaluated in this study of women's tennis at the All-England Club. The Martina Navratilova-Chris Evert rivalry is a natural centerpiece of this discussion, but don't forget about Margaret Court versus Billie Jean King in the early 1970s, or Steffi Graf versus multiple challengers in the 1990s. There's no Wimbledon this week, but there is plenty of Wimbledon history to look back on and discuss. Mert Ertunga provides the stories and contextual details on the latest Tennis With An Accent Podcast.

91 MINJUL 8
Comments
Wimbledon Women's Open Era Revisited

Wimbledon Retro Style with Steve Flink

Steve Flink is a hall of famer and a tennis historian. His wimbledon coverage goes back to the early 70's. In this episode of the podcast he discusses many champions and their significant moments from the past. He also talks about some of the greats who did not win the championships but still left their stamp. The conversation is full of rich detail on some of the biggest names in the game. Major talking points include the unique ability of Borg to win on the grass from the baseline. Connors vs McEnroe 1982 final and Sampras Ivanisevic 1998 final get a worthy callout. Was Navratilova the greatest grass court player? Becker or McEnroe - who should have won more than 3 titles? How Sampras overcame a slow start at wimbledon in his early years also gets a detailed explanation among many other topics.

81 MINJUL 3
Comments
Wimbledon Retro Style with Steve Flink

Rajeev Ram on Adria Tour, US Open and potential return of tour life

ATP pro Rajeev Ram reacts to the positive COVID-19 test results for Novak Djokovic, Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric, and Viktor Troicki. Rajeev explores the various complications connected to the possible staging of the U.S. Open and Roland Garros later this year. How will tennis players work out and prepare before taking the court for a match? Will they have to retrieve their own balls during a match? Will significant scheduling adjustments need to be made? Is it safe for a tennis player to make a trans-continental flight from the United States to France, or vice-versa? Is indoor tennis safe? Rajeev Ram also discusses the changed landscape relative to tennis governance. What are tennis players saying about any changes which need to be made in the sport? Should ranking points be handled differently? All that and more on the latest edition of the Tennis With An Accent Podcast.

34 MINJUN 24
Comments
Rajeev Ram on Adria Tour, US Open and potential return of tour life

Daniel Dobre Podcast

Daniel Dobre is a former professional tennis player from Romania. Like many former players he has held may roles in his career in tennis - player, coach, running an academy to tournament director. However his most famous job has been as the coach of Simona Halep. Dobre has had three coaching stints with Halep and the last one was the most beneficial for both as it resulted in a Wimbledon title. Dobre talks about the life as a young tennis teen that needed to come out of the communist Romania and how hard it was to do it without a proper federation that could support its players. He also talks about Gunther Bosch's influence on his tennis coaching career. The conversation also pays a big tribute to the manager player tandem of Virginia Ruzici and Simona Halep. Last but not the least Dobre talks about his working relationship with Darren Cahill when the two men formed a coaching team to manage Halep's tennis.

64 MINJUN 18
Comments
Daniel Dobre Podcast

Roland Garros Classic

Matt Zemek and Mert Ertunga join Saqib Ali to relive some of the classic trends from the French Open. The conversation focuses on the type of game that is suited to succeed on the clay of Roland Garros. Mert breaks down the evolution of classic styles from a pure baseliner to attacking players. Seles vs Graf battles from the 90's are used as illustrations on how the playing trends kept evolving even from the baseline. The conversation covers some of the iconic finals like Lendl vs McEnroe, Evert vs Navratilova and also some of the underrated ones like Courier vs Bruguera. A lot of detail packed in here for a nostalgic tennis fan.

74 MINJUN 4
Comments
Roland Garros Classic

1991 French Open Retro Live Review

Mert Ertunga joins the podcast this week as we kick start our Roland Garros special series. In this week's episode we travel back in time and review the men's edition of the 1991 French open. We talk about Jim Courier's maiden major win over fellow american Andre Agassi. Stefan Edberg, Boris Becker and Ivan Lendl get worthy mentions as they were the top 3 ranked players during that time. The episode is created with lot of details surrounding that time and it's players with no knowledge of the future. Please tune in!

81 MINMAY 26
Comments
1991 French Open Retro Live Review

Javier Palenque

Javier Palengue works as a global consultant in the corporate world. At heart Palenque is a tennis fan first. In this episode he shares his vision on how tennis can work post Covid19. In an extension to the Mark Jefferey conversation - Matt Zemek and Karen Helf drive this conversation to explore fiscal topics which are essential to the health of tennis. Does tennis need a bigger audience? Does tennis a commissioner? You may have heard these notions prior but Palenque comes out with new suggestions on these and many more topics. Tune in to learn more.

64 MINMAY 21
Comments
Javier Palenque

Mark Jeffery on the broken structure of Tennis

Mark Jeffrey is a long time fan of tennis. He sits down with Karen Helf to address some of the big issues surrounding our sport. He has concerns whether tennis has the structure to bounce back post covid. He talks about the Power of seven, the upcoming tennis summit and more importantly how can we all help to preserve tennis. The conversation is an extension to Karen Helf's conversations with John Bolan and Sofia Shapatava. Tune in to hear Mark Jeffery's insights.

47 MINMAY 15
Comments
Mark Jeffery on the broken structure of Tennis
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