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The Lucky Letcord Podcast

Hosted by Chris Oddo and Produced by Tennis Now and Tennis Express, the Lucky Letcord Podcast gives you in-depth analysis and insights from the ATP and WTA Tours.

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Lucky Letcord Podcast: Steve Flink on Kerber's Wimbledon Triumph and the Men's Final

Today on the Lucky Letcord Podcast the venerable Steve Flink joins us moments after Angelique Kerber's 6-3, 6-3 victory over Serena Williams in the Wimbledon Ladies' Singles final. We talk about the importance of Kerber's victory, how she got it done, and what went wrong for Serena as well as where she might go from here. We also preview Sunday's men's singles final, which features a rejuvanated Novak Djokovic and Kevin Anderson. Of course we debate the topic that has been on everybody's mind since Day 11 brought us a 6 hour, 36 minute semifinal that tossed the final weekend's scheduling into disarray. Should we or shouldn't we go to a fifth-set breaker at all majors? Steve weighs in on that and the bizarre twist to Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic's semifinal, which was played over two days and under a roof despite bright sunny skies on Saturday at Wimbledon. As, always, thanks for listening, and please, if you like the podcast, please take the time to rate and review us on iTunes. Thanks -- the management. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


15 Jul 2018

Rank #1

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Lucky Letcord Podcast: Steve Flink on the Incredible Longevity of Roger Federer

Tennis Hall of Famer Steve Flink joins the Lucky Letcord Podcast to talk about Federer's recent title run in Miami, and why he believes that 109 titles is well within reach for the Swiss. We also chat about Federer's potential on clay and how important it will be for him to stay healthy during this critical phase. We break down other great moments from Indian Wells and Miami as well: Bianca Andreescu could be headed for the Top 10 this year--here's why. Felix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov are two talented players with different approaches to the game. Which one has the brighter future or is it too early to know? Novak Djokovic didn't have his best month in March but Steve believes the World No.1 will be eager to show why he is one of the best on any surface this spring on the clay. WTA tennis is peaking at the moment, with all its depth and talent, but when we talk about Indian Wells and Miami we can talk about variety and intellect--this is how Ash Barty and Bianca Andreescu are helping to change the narrative on the WTA Tour. Follow Steve on Twitter at @sflinko and be sure to read his columns on Tennis.com. http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/list/steve-flink/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


2 Apr 2019

Rank #2

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Lucky Letcord Podcast: Aryna Sabalenka Loves the Fight

Today on the Lucky Letcord Podcast we are live at the BNP Paribas Open, staring down from Stadium 4 bleachers as Naomi Osaka and her team are the first once to commence practice. Just another day in tennis paradise... Join the lucky letcord for an exclusive interview with Aryna Sabalenka. The World No.9 reacts to her second-round victory over Ajla Tomljanovic and tells us why she is so darn good in third sets. She also talks about her chemistry with longtime coach Dmitry Tursunov, her memories of her epic encounter with Naomi Osaka at last year's U.S. Open and her excitement about this year's Fed Cup semis [but not about traveling to Australia for the tie in April]. After the jump we preview a busy day at Indian Wells and reflect on the Williams sisters, noting how we should never take the fact that the Williams sisters are playing Indian Wells for granted. There's also a quick look at Naomi Osaka's win over Kristina Mladenovic and a chat on the Felix Auger-Aliassime's epic win over Stefanos Tsitsipas. Thanks for joining us and don't forget to tell your friends about us if you like the show! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


10 Mar 2019

Rank #3

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Steve Flink on Novak Djokovic's Dramatic Wimbledon Triumph

Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep are the 2019 Wimbledon singles champions and Tennis Hall of Famer joins host Chris Oddo to talk about one of the more incredible Wimbledon finals we've ever seen. Djokovic wins it 7-6(5) 1-6 7-6(4) 4-6 13-12(3) and Steve gives his take on why the Serb was able to get over the hump and what special characteristics he possesses to make him a winner. Steve talks about what happened to Djokovic in his good moments and bad, and breaks down the two championship points that he saved to earn the title. We talk about the historical implications of the final, and what made it special. We talk about Federer's performance and what it represents. Then we switch gears and talk about Simona Halep's sparkling performance in Saturday's final and what her future might look like. Finally we touch on Serena Williams and whether or not she still has a shot to win more majors. Thanks for listening, and thanks to Steve Flink! !! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


14 Jul 2019

Rank #4

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Mike Bryan on Biohacking and the State of the Bryan Brothers

This week ATP legend Mike Bryan joins Chris Oddo to talk about his passion for biohacking and give us an update on how the Bryan Brothers are feeling ahead of the U.S. Open Series. We talk about Mike's evolution as an athlete and how biohacking now plays a key role in his ability to keep playing elite tennis at the age of 41. We talk about theraguns and Oura Rings (full disclosure: host had to look these up after the show!). Mike talks about his brother Bob's recovery from surgery and how he is beginning to embrace some of the concepts that Mike has been following for over a decade. Mike talks about that special cup of Bulletproof coffee that he likes to take on court with him for matches and how his fitness has benefited immensely from altering the ratio of court time to fitness time. We also chat about what it means to be back on tour after Bob's career-threating surgery and, of course, what the goals are moving forward, both for this season and beyond. Here are some of Mike's quotes: On the Bryan Brothers return to relevance in 2019:“We’re trying to ring out every last drop of potential out of these bodies."“We feel like we still have something to prove out there. We still feel like we’re in the conversation to win some of these big tournaments—we can compete and beat all the teams out there.” “We had no expectations coming into the year, now we’re expecting to win all these tournament that we enter, and we’re disappointed if we don’t.”On Mike's dedication to fitness and how it's a full-time job: “I’m sitting here in the living room, I have my two theraguns, I have my roller here, I have my roller stick, I have massage balls, I have a whole roomful of stuff.” “I’ll probably be biohacking my body until the day I die.” “I went gluten-free back in 2004, when it was unheard of. I’d go to restaurants and I’d ask ‘can I get this gluten-free’ and they wouldn’t even know what I was talking about.” “Every year I’ve felt a little bit better than the year before and it feels like I figured out something that I can hack.”On the future of the Bryan Brothers: “Once we don’t have smiles on our face and it becomes work, I don’t think we’re going to suit up and take the court.” “We don’t know if we’re going to play another Wimbledon or a US Open, so we’re walking into these places kind of wide-eyed and soaking it in a little bit more.” Thanks to Mike for joining and thanks to Bulletproof for helping us connect! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


24 Jul 2019

Rank #5

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Lucky Letcord Podcast: Pete Odgers on Bianca Andreescu and Dominic Thiem

This week on the Lucky Letcord Podcast tennis commentator Pete Odgers talks to us from the Miami Open where he will be commentating for the ATP over the next two weeks. Odgers discusses the breakout performance of Bianca Andreescu and what it was like to commentate on such a grand moment for tennis. He talks about the diverse game of the Canadian and how she was able to win the title from an experience veteran like Angelique Kerber. We also discuss what might come next for Andreescu and why Odgers thinks it is great news that she plans to take a few weeks off after Miami. Odgers also gives his take on the performance of Belinda Bencic and why he expects her to make the WTA Finals this season. And finally, we look at the number of first-time Masters 1000 champions on the men's side over the last three seasons, and wonder what it will take for these players to start breaking through and winning major titles. Finally, we conclude with a discussion of Dominic Thiem's performance and what it might portend for the Austrian going forward. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


20 Mar 2019

Rank #6

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14-Year-Old Sensation Coco Gauff on the Tennis Life

On today's edition of the Lucky Letcord Podcast we dial up 14-year-old Coco Gauff, who is currently off training at the Patrick Mouratoglou Tennis Academy, to discuss her new feature on Whistle Sports, called "No Days Off." Gauff is the reigning Roland Garros Girls' Singles champion, and she's the youngest to win that title in 25 years. She's also the youngest U.S. Open Girls' Singles finalist in history. We caught up with the Florida-born world traveler to discuss her blossoming career, what it's been like to compete at the pro level and how Patrick Mouratoglou and his academy have impacted her career. We also discuss her family and how they are helping her achieve her dreams, what she plans to for the rest of the year and how she feels about being labeled as the next Serena Williams so young. The interview begins at the 2:00 mark of the podcast. Before you listen, jump over to Whistle Sports and watch the seven-minute video for the series "No Days Off." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEhvQJ_OlDI Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


11 Oct 2018

Rank #7

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Lucky Letcord Podcast: US Open Day 5 Recap

Today on the Lucky Let we look at the similarities between the comebacks of Victoria Azarenka and Stan Wawrinka, who both fell today in straight sets. Of course we look back at Serena Williams victory over her sister Venus. We talk a bit about how Serena's Quarter of Death has now become, well, less deadly. We give a nod to Rafa and Sloane, the defending champs who both came through today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


1 Sep 2018

Rank #8

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What Have We Learned on Grass in 2019?

Today on the Lucky Letcord Podcast Tennis Now editor Richard Pagliaro joins to discuss the first two weeks of grass-court season. How amazing was Andy Murray's doubles performance at Queen's club and wasn't it cool how 37-year-old Feliciano Lopez stole the show? What are Ash Barty's chances at Wimbledon now that she's riding hot with a 12-match winning streak and is the WTA's new No.1? Who will spend more weeks at No.1 when it's all said and done, Naomi Osaka or Ash Barty? We know 20-year-old Sofia Kenin is one heck of a fighter, but there must be more to her game than just that, right? Father timeless Roger Federer won his 10th Halle title and looked pretty solid in the process. What is it that makes him so special on the grass? Felix-Auger Aliassime may have Stefanos Tsitsipas' number but that does not mean the Greek isn't a threat to go deep at Wimbledon. Come for the chatter, stay for the passion (or vice versa!)Thanks to all for listening, and thanks to our sponsors, Tennis Express. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


24 Jun 2019

Rank #9

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Lucky Letcord Podcast: The Sky Is Not Falling on Naomi Osaka

This week on the Lucky Letcord Podcast Richard Pagliaro joins to talk about Naomi Osaka's stunning split with coach Sascha Bajin. He believes that the sky is not falling for the World No.1. We also discuss the impressive title run of Gael Monfils at Rotterdam while also making a point not to overlook the notable performances put in by Stan Wawrinka and Kei Nishikori. We take a peek at the latin swing and admit that we are both mightily impressed by Marco Cecchinato's clay-court game. And we wonder how good American Reilly Opelka might become as we discuss his breakthrough title at the New York Open. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


20 Feb 2019

Rank #10

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Jimmy Arias on IMG Tennis Prospects and His Magic Moments on Tour

Today on the Lucky Letcord Podcast former World No.5 Jimmy Arias stops by to talk about his gig as the Director of Tennis at IMG Tennis. Currently at Wimbledon to oversee the academie's tennis prospects, Arias had comments about some of this year's top juniors at Wimbledon--notably American, Martin Damm and Japan's Shintaro Mochizuki, who are both in the Boys' Girls Singles semi-finals. Arias talks about the challenge that the young kids face and we hit upon the many aspects of his career that have enabled him to be an excellent mentor for young aspiring pro tennis players. Arias talks about his days as a tennis prodigy and the two biggest mistakes of his career, which were made at a very young age. We talk about Arias' favorite moments on tour--his win over Yannick Noah in the 1984 U.S. Open semi-finals and his run to the quarter-finals when he eventually faced John McEnroe. And finally, Arias gives his take on the Nadal v Federer rivalry at Wimbledon and what surprises him the most about the Big 3's continued domination of men's tennis. Thanks for listening and thanks to Jimmy Arias! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


11 Jul 2019

Rank #11

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Tsitsipas and Edmund Win Maiden Titles and The Future Looks Bright

This week on the Lucky Letcord Podcast Tennis Now's Editor joins Chris Oddo to talk about an amazing week in tennis. We actually didn't plan to do a podcast this week, but so many amazing achievements went down we felt it was only right. We discuss: 1. The incredible titles of Stefanos Tsitsipas, Kyle Edmund and Karen Khachanov and what that means for each going forward? 2. What are the upsides of the aforementioned players and which player will reach the Top 10 first? 3.Which of the three will be No.1, if any? 4. We also discuss the first four Days of the WTA Finals and take a crack at picking a winner. Don't laugh, we don't claim to be smart. 5. We finish with a discussion of Daria Kasatkina. She's won a big title in Moscow and now resides in the Top 10--can she go higher and is she ready to win a Slam NOW? THANKS FOR LISTENING! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


24 Oct 2018

Rank #12

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Lucky Letcord Podcast: US Open Day 7 Recap

Today at LLC Pod we break down Day 7. Empty Promises from Nick Kyrgioswhat needs to be done? How about Alexander Zverev and Elina Svitolina, what do they need to do to breakthrough? How good is Dominic Thiem on hardcourts now and will it be good enough to compete with three-time USOpen champ Nadal? Sloane Stephens title defense = on track in NYC Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


3 Sep 2018

Rank #13

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The Lucky Let Cord Podcast Wimbledon Manic Monday Preview with Steve Flink

In today's edition of the Lucky Letcord Podcast sponsored by Tennis Express we preview Wimbledon's manic Monday with the venerable Steve Flink. Steve was inducted into the International Hall of Fame in 2017 for his intrepid work as a tennis journalism and he is attending Wimbledon for the 42nd consecutive year. Topics discussed: The chaotic first week on the women's side, in which an unprecedented number of seeds failed to reach the second week. The rise of Serena Williams, through the chaos. The intrigue on the bottom half of the men's singles draw where Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro are all jockeying for position to reach the final. We also hear from: Daria Kasatkina on her amazing success returning serve in week one. Kasatkina also weighs in on the seeds scattering (hint: she doesn't care)Karen Khachanov talks about how he adapts his game for grass as he prepares to face Novak Djokovic in the round of 16. Jelena Ostapenko talks about bouncing back from a difficult Roland Garros. As always, thanks for listening, and please rate and review us on iTunes if you have a moment--it would mean a lot to us. Thanks! -- the management. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


9 Jul 2018

Rank #14

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Lucky Letcord Podcast: Ode to Hopman Cup and Happy New Year!

In today's edition of the Lucy Letcord Podcast we ring in the new year by getting pumped up for the 2019 Australian Open! Richard Pagliaro, Tennis Now's Editor joins the show to talk about several burning topics including: 1. Naomi Osaka's tennis and Naomi Osaka's mind2. Aryna Sabalenka's brilliant run in Shenzhen 3. Speaking of Osaka and Sabalenka, which player is going to have the better season? 4. The women's game is deep, but which players standout among the early favorites for Slam glory in Melbourne (hint: Kerber)5. Novak Djokovic is the Aussie Open favorite, but do we think less of his chances after he suffered a loss to Roberto Bautista Agut in Doha? 6. Roger Federer was brilliant at Hopman Cup and he's also a six-time champion in Melbourne. What are his chances of taking the title? 7. Kei Nishikori finally cracked the duck in Brisbane by snapping his three year title drought--does this make him a legit contender in Melbourne. 8. Hopman Cup was once again the perfect way to ring in the tennis new year -- so why then we ask does IT HAVE TO GO AWAY? We discuss its fate, and possible alternatives... Thanks for listening, please subscribe, rate and review on iTunes, and HAPPY NEW YEAR! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


8 Jan 2019

Rank #15

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Lucky Letcord Podcast: Former World No.29 Sarah Pitkowski on the Roland Garros Experience

Today on the Lucky Letcord Podcast we hear from former French star Sarah Pitkowski. Sarah is currently covering the tournament for RMC Sports in France. She dropped by to chat about what it was like playing Roland Garros from a Frenchwoman's perspective. We talked about the disappointing performance from Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic, and what might be the factors holding this talented duo back. We professed our love for the revamped Roland Garros site and expressed our common feeling that Court Simonne-Mathieu is a dream. Sarah tells us what it was like to face WTA legends Martina Hingis, Serena Williams, Steffi Graf and Amelie Mauresmo. We also talk about Gael Monfils and the state of French tennis overall. Before the interview we hear from Iga Swiatek and Anastasija Sevastova, two players that have made great success in week one in Paris. Thanks for listening and enjoy the tennis! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


2 Jun 2019

Rank #16

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Lucky Letcord Podcast: Olivier Jeunehomme on Justine Henin Tennis Academy and the Future of Dayana Yastremska

Today on the Letcord Podcast we are visited by Olivier Jeunehomme, current coach of Dayana Yastremska and longtime coach at the Justine Henin Tennis Academy. After starting his career with the Belgian Tennis Federation, Jeunehomme worked as a part of Henin's team along with Carlos Rodriguez, before he joined the Belgian legend at the Justine Henin Tennis Academy. He coached Irina Kromacheva and Sofya Zhuk prior to beginning his partnership with 19-year-old Yastremska last year. All of his players have had tremendous success, and Yastremska has blossomed in the time that Jeunehomme has worked with her, winning her first three WTA titles and rising to 32 in the world. We chat with Jeunehomme about his beginnings in tennis, how he started working with Henin and his partnership with Yastremska. We discuss the future of Yastremska, who is currently the second-highest ranked teenager in tennis, and what they have established as goals for the grass season as well as the rest of 2019 and 2020. You can learn more about Olivier here: https://www.wtatennis.com/coaches/olivier-jeunehommeAnd for more about the Justine Henin Tennis Academy go here: http://www.justineheninacademy.com/home3.asp?ClubID=132&LG=EN Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


3 Jun 2019

Rank #17

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Steve Flink on Nadal v Kyrgios Wimbledon Blockbuster

Today on the Lucky Letcord Podcast the venerable tennis Hall of Famer Steve Flink joins Chris Oddo to break down the match of Day 4: Rafael Nadal v Nick Kyrgios.Steve talks about how it's a shame that Kyrgios doesn't have a higher ranking and that they should never be meeting in the second round.But he admits that it is a mouthwatering clash and gives his reasons why Nadal should have success.He also reflects back on Kyrgios' biggest wins against Nadal--at Wimbledon in 2014 and at Acapulco earlier this season.We also talk about the other Big 3 members--Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer--and Steve explains why he is tipping Djokovic for a fifth Wimbledon title and thinking that Nadal might take out Federer if the pair end up meeting in the semis.Thanks to Steve Flink for joining and sharing his insights, and thanks to all for listening! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


4 Jul 2019

Rank #18

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Nick Lester on the ATP 2019 Season and the Decade that Was

In today's edition of the Lucky Letcord Podcast we announce our move to the Tennis Channel Podcast Network, which has us stoked to bring you better and bolder podcasts!We celebrate by talking with longtime ATP commentator Nick Lester, who joins and talks to host Chris Oddo about several topics. How mind-blowing was the decade and how can we sum it up in words? Nick has answers to this question and he also has a prediction for the 2020 Grand Slam season that you won't want to miss...Will the Big 3's remarkable streak of major titles won be halted by an surging upstart? Tune in and find out.Nick also speaks about other topics, such as the rise of Dominic Thiem. Will he be the man to crack the code and snag a major in 2020? What about Stefanos Tsitsipas and Daniil Medvedev? Do they have what it takes?We also discuss Davis Cup and look back at the pros and cons of this year's event and what it changes could be in store...We also have a chat about Andy Murray. What does he mean to his country and what does he mean to tennis? And how gory was the scene in "Resurfacing" where he gets a ball hammered into his hip joint?We digress. Thanks to Nick Lester for joining. He is truly one of the bosses of commentary and if you've been listening you know what we are talking about--we don't need to tell you. For the others, get hip and tune into Nick's work. He's as passionate as they come about this sport.Thanks to our sponsors, Tennis Express! They are an incredibly devoted group that lives and dies for the sport.Lastly, our social:Twitter: https://twitter.com/Tennis_NowTennisnow.com: http://www.tennisnow.com/Home.aspxFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/tennisnow/iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-lucky-letcord-podcast/id1141129184Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/2Gp7fldUc5oL8kZjzW9tdI Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


4 Dec 2019

Rank #19

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BBC Commentator Pete Odgers Previews Wimbledon Men's Quarter-Finals

Today on the Lucky Letcord Podcast BBC Commentator Pete Odgers joins host Chris Oddo to break down Wednesday's men's quarter-finals. Odgers talks about his Wimbledon experience and his top moments of week one. We look carefully at the men's singles quarterfinals and wonder which member of the Big 3 is the most likely to fall prey to upset at SW19. We discuss the dearth of serve-and-volley tennis currently being played at Wimbledon and wonder WHY? Pete gives his take on the sudden rise of 15-year-old Coco Gauff and why it's best to proceed with caution when it comes to Gauff and other top WTA teenagers. Thanks for listening and special thanks to Pete Odgers. Be sure to tune into the BBC to hear him commentating the action during the second week of Wimbledon! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


9 Jul 2019

Rank #20