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Tennis Lifestyle Podcast

By Gianluca Sola
We talk tennis and....life. Because tennis is not only a sport but a way of life!
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E34 - "JL" John-Laffnie de Jager, Former South African Tennis Pro
Great chat with John-Laffnie De Jager! "JL" is a South African former professional tennis player. Had a career high singles of 313, but had great success as a doubles player with a career high of 11 and 7 titles. He also reached 4 grand slam doubles semi finals and 2 mixed doubles finals. JL achieved 4th place in the Sydney Olimpics in 2000 and qualified for the ATP Doubles Championship in 1999. He is a Grade A star GPTCA level coach, certified by the ATP; and captained the South African Davis Cup team. JL is involved in several projects and businesses: Founder: Matchpoint Tennis Foundation Owner: JL’s Tennis Academy in Pretoria Motivational speaker and mental conditioning coach for high performance athletes and teams including top rugby teams. JL was also the head coach of the UAE Royals (tennis team based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates that competed in the International Premier Tennis League) and is the head coach of the Springfield Lasers are a World Team Tennis franchise in the USA. He also talks about his involvement in the "Match for Africa", which his company organized; and talks about getting Federer, Nadal, Bill Gates and Trevor Noah involved and breaking the world record for attending a tennis match in the Cape Town Stadium! He also had a very interesting childhood growing up on a farm; and tells us the story of when he was born, his heart stopped and they had to give him an injection to get his heart going. Instead of injecting him in the thigh, they injected him in his butt and basically hit the main nerve going down his right leg, so he only had 10 percent use of his nerve in the right leg. The doctors told his parents that he only had a 12% chance of walking properly and he'd never be able to play any sport. His right leg is an inch-and-a-half shorter than his left leg, and he was in a cast until he was three years old! Enjoy the episode! Please follow and subscribe to my podcast, you will find it on most platforms. Website: https://anchor.fm/gianluca-sola Instagram: tennis_lifestyle_podcast Twitter: @GlSola Facebook: @TennisLifestylePodcast  Ciao, Gianluca
01:07:56
May 10, 2021
E33 - Boris Sobkin, Russian Tennis Hall of Famer and Legendary Coach
In this episode I interview Boris Sobkin who speaks to me from Moscow.  He talks about his career, his relationship with Mikhail Youzhny, the current state of Russian tennis and much more... Boris is a legendary coach and teacher of our sport. He is over 70 years of age and still busy coaching at the highest level. He has an enormous amount of experience and probably can talk about Russian tennis better than most people. He is currently working with Alexander Bublik and the Kazakhstan tennis federation. He is GPTCA A star level coach, and Russian President of the Global Professional Tennis Coaching Association Longtime (25 years) coach of Mikhail Youzhny (career high ranking ATP #8) who captured two Davis Cup titles with Russia, and won 10 ATP Tour singles titles. Also coached Laslo Djere, Evgeny Donskoy, Andrei Chesnokov, Stakhovsky to name a few... He has also been involved and worked out of the legendary Spartak Tennis Club in Moscow, which became a pipeline for producing professional tennis players including Andrei Chesnakov, Marat Safin, Dmitri Tursunov, Elena Dementieva, Dinara Safina, Anna Kournikova and Anastasia Myskina just to name a few of the most successful players. Honorary Coach of the Russian Tennis Federation (since 2002) Earned a doctorate at the Moscow University, Boris is a professor, doctor of science Member of the Russian Tennis Hall of Fame Enjoy the episode! Please follow and subscribe to my podcast, you will find it on most platforms. Website: https://anchor.fm/gianluca-sola Instagram: tennis_lifestyle_podcast Twitter: @GlSola Ciao, Gianluca
01:07:10
April 4, 2021
E32 - Salvador Navarro, Coach and US Open Champion with Flavia Penetta
Salvador Navarro is a GPTCA A* Level International Coach from Barcelona, Spain. His career highlights include: 2013, 2014, 2015: Flavia Pennetta's coach; won Fed Cup 2013 with Italy, reached semis at US Open 2013, won Indian Wells 2014 and US Open 2015 2011, 2012: Coached Tommy Robredo (winner of ATP Santiago de Chile and Casablanca) and Marc López (4 ATP doubles trophies, Davis Cup finalist with Spain in 2012, WTF London doubles champion) 2010: Coached Pablo Andujar, ATP Career High #32  2008, 2009: Coached Juan Carlos Ferrero, former ATP #1 2006, 2007: Coached Guillermo Garcia Lopez, ATP Career High #23 2005: Coached Santiago Ventura, ATP Career High #65 and Ruben Ramirez, ATP Career High #50 Apart from his incredibly successfull coaching career Salvador was also a professional tennis player for 10 years (best ranking in singles #156, in doubles #137) He now is the technical director of MASTER TENNIS BARCELONA Academy, which he operates with Óscar Hernandez; MASTER TENNIS BARCELONA is a high-performance center specialized in coaching players of all level and ages. It is an amazing facility which offers 20 tennis courts, with 4 GreenSets and 16 badida clay courts, a large high-performance gym, which includes a stretching, cycling and Pilates room, outdoor and indoor swimming pools, 10 paddle tennis courts, 2 soccer fields, 1 multisport court for fitness training, a bar and a restaurant. You can get more info on Salvador and his Academy at http://mastertennisbcn.com/ Twitter: @salvanavarro8 Enjoy the episode! Please follow and subscribe to my podcast, you will find it on most platforms. Website: https://anchor.fm/gianluca-sola Instagram: tennis_lifestyle_podcast Twitter: @GlSola Ciao, Gianluca
45:51
March 24, 2021
E31 - Fernando Segal, World Famous Tennis Developer and Expert
In this must listen episode, I speak to Fernando Segal. Fernando is an Argentinian International development tennis specialist and builder. He is also a master coach. He is a very influential figure in the tennis world and has over 45 years experience in coaching, producing tennis programs, tennis clinics and camps, coaches’ courses, teams, events and promoting his vision about how to play. He has written 11 books and has directed national development programs for federations and tennis projects in many countries including Argentina, Mexico, Brazil and USA. Hundreds of coaches are following his thoughts and tennis material.  He is the GPTCA (Global Professional Tennis Coach Association) President of Argentina, Mexico and Chile. Owner and operator of Segal Institute. ATP/WTA players who have developed with his programs include Paula Ormaechea, Victoria Rodriguez, Ana Sofia Sanchez, Lucas Gomez, Guillermo Coria, David Nalbandian, Andres Schneiter and Cara Black just to name a few... Between the 25-28 March his organization, Segal Institute, together with the Global Professional Tennis Coaches Association (GPTCA) Certified by ATP is organizing the 1st World Tennis Conference for high performance tennis coaches and tennis people.  This is an first - and an amazing virtual conference! Its purpose is to have intensive and online presentations about fundamental and key aspects of the development of Highly Competitive Worldwide Tennis Players and processes.  There will be More than 56 main and Official Speakers (many famous names including Toni Nadal, Boris Becker and Nick Bollettieri!) all speaking about successful cases, experiences, keys aspects to recommend, creation of quality development tennis processes, how to master your tennis coach career and much more, all focused on high performance tennis, players and projects! You can find out more about the conference and about Fernando at: https://worldtennisconference.com/ https://www.fernandosegal.com/ Enjoy the episode! Please follow and subscribe to my podcast, you will find it on most platforms. Website: https://anchor.fm/gianluca-sola Instagram: tennis_lifestyle_podcast Twitter: @GlSola Ciao, Gianluca
01:10:10
March 11, 2021
E30 - Bogdan Obradovic, Legendary Serbian Coach and Djokovic Mentor
In this episode I have the privilege to interview legendary Serbian coach Bogdan Obradovic. It is a must listen! Bogdan is a really interesting personality, very outspoken and opinionated. He had many interesting things to say on Serbian tennis, Davis Cup success, Novak Djokovic and discussed many other topics including his passion for guitar and Alan Ford comics! Bogdan is one of the few GPTCA - A star level coaches (global professional tennis coach association); he is also the Serbian President of GPTCA. He was the head coach of the Serbia Davis Cup team from 2007 to 2017 and led the team to its first ever victory in 2010.  Obradović has also been a member of the National Assembly of Serbia since 2016. He has worked with many top ATP Serbian players including Janko Tipsarevic, Novak Djokovic, Boris Pasanski and Nenad Zimonjic. He was Novak Djokovics coach in his junior years between the critical age of 10 and 20 years old and he was also his mentor. He has his own tennis academy in Belgrade, Serbia (https://www.bogdanobradovic-tennisacademy.com/) Enjoy the episode! Please follow and subscribe to my podcast, you will find it on most platforms. Website: https://anchor.fm/gianluca-sola Instagram: tennis_lifestyle_podcast Twitter: @GlSola Ciao, Gianluca
01:15:50
March 4, 2021
E29 - Egon Samaai, Top SA Junior, US College Player and Coach
In this episode I chat to Egon Samaai who I recently ran into during a tournament in Stellenbosch, South Africa. Egon talks to us about his tennis journey and amazing experiences and achievements! Egon was a top South African junior tennis player from Paarl, Western Cape, South Africa. He achieved highest national ranking of #1 in u/16 and u/18 and captained South African National Schools team with tours to England and Scotland. He was a National doubles champion in Matric College. After high school, Egon received a scholarship to play tennis and study at Liberty University in Virginia (Liberty Flames D1 college), USA. Egon compiled 74 singles victories in his four-year career at Liberty, which is tied for the most in program history. He also racked up 76 doubles triumphs (No. 3 in Flames' history) and was named to the Big South All-Conference Doubles team in both 2013 and 2014. As a senior, the Cape Town, South Africa, native served as a team captain and captured a singles crown at the Wake Forest Invitational. During his junior campaign, Samaai was tabbed Big South Player of the Week three times and earned ECAC Men's Tennis Player of the Week honors once. Egon made an immediate impact during his first two years at Liberty. He was declared a Big South flight winner at the No. 1 doubles position as a freshman and was the Big South No. 1 doubles leader with teammate Dillon Segur as a sophomore. After his successful playing career for the Flames from 2012-16, Egon served as a volunteer assistant for the team in spring 2017. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Sport Management from Liberty in 2016, and pursed a Master of Science degree in Sport Management while coaching the team for a further 2 years. Currently Egon is coaching at the Cliff Drysdale Tennis Academy in Miami, Florida. Samaai also interestingly comes from South African tennis royalty. His grandfather, David Samaai, was a SA tennis legend from Paarl. Under the Apartheid regime he was not allowed to enter tournaments in South Africa, like the South African Championships, but he could play tournaments abroad although he had to fund his own trips. He participated in the Wimbledon Championships in 1949, 1951, 1954 and 1960, the first non-white South African to do so. Currently there is an ITF Grade A tournament in Cape Town named after him. This year will also see the release of "Davy Samaai, The People's Champion", a book on Egons grandfather and written by Michael le Cordeur. Enjoy the episode! Please follow and subscribe to my podcast, you will find it on most platforms. Website: https://anchor.fm/gianluca-sola Instagram: tennis_lifestyle_podcast Twitter: @GlSola Ciao, Gianluca
52:41
February 12, 2021
E28 - Piet "Pietie" Norval, Olimpic Doubles Silver Medalist
In this episode I chat to Pietie Norval. Pietie is a former tennis player from South Africa, who turned professional in 1988. The right-hander represented his native country in the doubles competition at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, where he partnered Wayne Ferreira. The pair won the silver medal, after losing the final to Boris Becker and Michael Stich from Germany. Norval reached his highest singles ATP-ranking on 19 June 1989, when he became the no. 125 of the world in singles. He was also very successful in doubles winning 14 career titles (Career record 329–300), and obtaining a doubles highest ranking of 16 (16 January 1995). He won the year end championship finals partnering Donald Johnson in 2000; and many other tournaments including 2 ATP Master Series. He also reached the quarter finals of all of the Grand Slams mens doubles and a semi at Wimbledon, and won the French Open mixed doubles in 1999. In the podcast Pietie talks about his tennis journey, his career in singles and doubles; we also discuss the current state of tennis in South Africa, why South Africa produced so many talented doubles players in the past, the slowing and standardizing of all the court speeds and the difficulties of junior tennis players in South Africa.  Don't miss the mega rapid fire quiz at the end of the podcast! Enjoy the episode! Please follow and subscribe to my podcast, you will find it on most platforms. Website: https://anchor.fm/gianluca-sola Instagram: tennis_lifestyle_podcast Twitter: @GlSola Ciao, Gianluca
01:01:09
January 27, 2021
E27 - Marcia Grey, "Yoga For Tennis"
In this Episode I interview Marcia Grey. Marcia talks about her ebook "Yoga for Tennis" which she co-wrote with Phillip Kim. Phillip Kim, also known as "PK" kindly put me in touch with Marcia. He is a USTA Tennis Professional, Tennis Pro at the Langham Huntington Hotel and Director of Tennis, City of Azusa, California. He also has his own Tennis Blog : www.lovesetmatch.net and podcast called TennisPAL Chronicles Podcast. Marcia, on the other hand, is a Certified Yoga Instructor, ACE Certified Fitness Trainer and an ACE Certified Group Exercise Instructor. She talks about her ebook, her many experiences in the fitness world and specifically all the benefits of Yoga on the body of a tennis player. She plays tennis 4,5 times a week and loves everything to do with excercise, gym and fitness. Following is an introduction of Marcia Grey which you will find on her ebook "Yoga For Tennis": I started my physical training career in Hampton Roads (Norfolk/Virginia Beach) which is home to the world's largest Navy base. I became an ACE CPT (certified personal trainer), ACE GEI (group exercise instructor), and then a US Navy Fitness Trainer. I certified as a TRX Trainer and Pre-Natal Fitness Trainer, all of which allowed me to better serve the large population of military servicemen and women, their families, retirees, and Dept. of Defense civilians. I can honestly say I absolutely loved my job! I have had great opportunities to work with people from all over the world, help military members stay mission ready, and assisted moms on their pregnancy journeys with fitness programs geared toward their specific needs. I regularly led large ship commands up to 100 people in their Physical Readiness Test either indoors at the Navy gyms, on the flight deck of US Navy ships, or right on the beach. While at the Navy base, an opportunity arose to start a yoga program for the Navy community so I jumped at the chance. I completed my 200 hour CYT (certified yoga teacher) and taught initially on base for three years then branched out to the surrounding community where I teach now at a yoga studio in Virginia Beach. I love how yoga is such a beneficial addition to any fitness routine. I specifically like to work on improving the shoulder girdle and hip rotation with my students. It is beneficial for everyone but particularly for tennis players who use shoulder and hip turns in their strokes. It is also beneficial for mobility, for serve, and for open hips in footwork. I invite my students to explore their body's movement while leading them in a fun and creative class. In my spare time, you will find me on the tennis court. My fave surface is a hard court in the scorching high East Coast summer humidity. I like to play indoors. My French Bulldog Louie is a tennis fan and loves to retrieve the balls for me while running around on the court. If you would like to get in touch with Marcia or PK and order their ebook or just find out more and ask any questions, following are their contact details: Marcia Gray seattlemgray@gmail.com Instagram : @seattlemgray Phillip Kim aces@lovesetmatch.net Social Media : @lovesetmatch Tennis Blog : www.lovesetmatch.net Enjoy the episode! Please follow and subscribe to my podcast, you will find it on most platforms. Website: https://anchor.fm/gianluca-sola Instagram: tennis_lifestyle_podcast Twitter: @GlSola Ciao, Gianluca
01:02:47
January 20, 2021
E26 - Strings with Jens Barthelmes
In this Episode I chat again with Jens Barthelmes! Jens gives us a few updates on the world of tennis strings; he also talks and gives advice on what string type and set up is better for players with certain game styles. He talks about strings, string companies, trends in the stringing world and also about his exciting new project which he will launch in 2021, and much more! Jens is the founder of stringforum.net. He has extensive knowledge in the field of tennis strings, stringing machines and racquets Stringforum.net is a platform for tennis players who string their own racquets and want to share their experiences with other stringers. Besides the popular discussion board; the high amount of tennis string ratings and stringing machine reviews are the central aspects of this website. In addition, Stringforum.net offers extensive information about tennis strings, stringing machines and racquet stringing. Interviews, user polls and reports complete this site and make it a valuable place for tennis players to visit. Enjoy the episode! Please follow and subscribe to my podcast, you will find it on most platforms. Website: https://anchor.fm/gianluca-sola Instagram: tennis_lifestyle_podcast Twitter: @GlSola Ciao, Gianluca
59:13
December 12, 2020
E25 - Jofre Porta, Maverick Coach of Mallorca
In this episode, I have the honor to chat with Jofre Porta, a true legend in the tennis world. Jofre is the owner and operator of Global Tennis Team, an international tennis academy in Mallorca, Spain. It is considered one of the best tennis schools in the world and I have had the privilege to experience it twice with my family! You will be greeted with the words: "welcome to hell". It is a small but highly professional set up run by Jofre and his amazing wife Afiza. Here he has developed and puts into practice his coaching system called GlobalSystem which is quite unconventional but very effective. Coach, educator, and philosopher, Porta is low key but as highly respected as other Spanish legends such as Toni Nadal, Lluis Bruguera or Pato Alvarez. He is a key figure in Spanish tennis. Porta has coached and toured with two #1 players in the world: Carlos Moyá, whom he was with just over ten years (from a small kid to #1 Atp) and Rafal Nadal whom (together with Toni Nadal) he trained for eight years. He has also coached several other top players and many top juniors. Other interesting work/experiences that Jofre has been involved in include: Worked for the Spanish Tennis Federation Nike adviser for two years Master's degree of Tennis at the International University of Valencia Worked as a sports commentator Collaborated and advised many companies, organizations Done many talks, presentations and conferences around the world You can find out more about Jofre and follow him and his academy at: www.globaltennisteam.com Instagram: globaltennisteam Enjoy the episode! Please follow / subscribe to my podcast, you will find it on most platforms. Website: https://anchor.fm/gianluca-sola Instagram: tennis_lifestyle_podcast Twitter: @GlSola Ciao, Gianluca
01:25:15
November 25, 2020
E24 - "Settling the Score" with Sebastian Gamba
In this episode I speak to Sebastian Gamba who is the producer of "Guillermo Vilas: Settling the Score", a 2020 Netflix documentary/movie. Sebastián Gamba is a producer, known for Francisco, El Jesuita (2015), El Representante de Dios (2011) and ¿De quién es el portaligas? (2007). We talk about his new documentary which focuses on Guillermo Vilas, the great Argentine tennis champion and Eduardo Puppo, an Argentine journalist who strives to prove that his countryman, Guillermo Villas, was wrongly denied the No.1 world ranking in the 1970s. There is great footage (and interviews) of Vilas, past tournaments, his coach Ion Tiriac and many famous tennis players including Rodger Federer, Nadal, Borg, Laver and so on... It is an amazing tennis story which also talks about life, passion, and above all friendship. I highly recommend it! Eᴅᴜᴀʀᴅᴏ Pᴜᴘᴘᴏ: Twitter: @puppotenis Instagram: epuppo GUILLERMO VILAS: Instagram: vilasguillermook Enjoy the episode! Please follow and subscribe to my podcast, you will find it on most platforms. Website: https://anchor.fm/gianluca-sola Instagram: tennis_lifestyle_podcast Twitter: @GlSola Ciao, Gianluca
37:07
November 4, 2020
E23 - Locker Room Power with David Sammel
David Sammel is a professional tennis coach, sports consultant and writer. He is the author of the bestselling book, ‘Locker Room Power: Building An Athlete’ Mind’, and founder of Mindset College. He is also Head Coach for TeamBath, a former professional tennis player, ex-president of the British Tennis Coaches Association and an accredited ATP Tour coach with over 30 years’ experience coaching international players. David has coached dozens of professional players and international junior champions. He has been prolific in British tennis, coaching amongst others Jamie Delgado, Arvind Parmar, Andrew Richardson, Martin Lee, Barry Cowan, Miles MacLagan and current players Liam Broady and Samantha Murray. Players from other countries include Wesley Moodie, Chris Haggard and Marius Barnard. As well as coaching, he regularly writes articles on sports psychology and coaching, also delivers consultancy services, mindset workshops and presentations to high level sports teams including tennis, rugby, football, cricket, athletics and basketball. He has undertaken consultancy work for England Rugby and high level football clubs including Chelsea, Fulham, Hull and Bolton Wanderers. Mindset College is my brand new online coaching program, that will teach you the skills you need to build a strong mindset, and how to use that mindset to succeed as a professional athlete or coach, as well as in your everyday life. In the interview we talk about a few of the most important topics in Locker Room Power including competitiveness, enthusiasm and weapons. We also talk about his tennis journey and do the mega rapid fire quiz as well! You can purchase David's book on Amazon and you can find out more about him and his services on the following websites and social media accounts: https://davidsammel.com https://lockerroompower.com https://www.mindsetcollege.co.uk https://premium.chat/MindsetCollege Instagram: david_sammel; lockerroompower Twitter: @DaveSammel; @lockerroompower Enjoy the episode! Please follow and subscribe to my podcast, you will find it on most platforms. Website: https://anchor.fm/gianluca-sola Instagram: tennis_lifestyle_podcast Twitter: @GlSola Ciao Gianluca
01:24:06
October 15, 2020
E22 - Lance Pierre Du Toit, journey from junior to ITF World Tennis Tour
Lance is a former tennis player from Somerset West, Cape Town, South Africa. He chats to me about his tennis journey from junior player to playing tournaments in the ITF World Tennis Tour. We discuss the challenges but also positive lessons of this journey; and the various obstacles that a young player may face in this process. Lance talks to us very openly and gives great advice on this process especially for our young South African tennis players. He also answers our mega rapid fire questions towards the end of the interview and tells us of his future projects! Enjoy the episode! Please follow and subscribe to my podcast, you will find it on most platforms. Website: https://anchor.fm/gianluca-sola Instagram: tennis_lifestyle_podcast Twitter: @GlSola Ciao Gianluca
56:31
October 8, 2020
E21 - French Open 2020, inside the Open with Yari Bernardo
Quick chat with my friend Yari Bernardo. He is at the French Open 2020 in Paris were he is coaching Marcelo Arevalo. He gives us a feeling and idea of what it is like to be participating in this very unique and unusual Roland Garros! Enjoy the episode! Please follow and subscribe to my podcast, you will find it on most platforms Website: https://anchor.fm/gianluca-sola Instagram: tennis_lifestyle_podcast Twitter: @GlSola Ciao Gianluca
20:60
October 1, 2020
E20 - "The most beautiful tennis court in the world" with Agostino Piccolo
In this Episode I talk to Agostino Piccolo, the director of sales and marketing of the hotel Il San Pietro di Positano. We talk about the hotel's tennis court which is considered by many to be the most beautiful and scenic court in the world! It has won many awards and is repeatedly mentioned in articles, magazines and will pop up if you do a simple google search as well! The hotel is located in Positano, Amalfi Coast, just south of Naples in Italy.  It is an amazing 5 star hotel and is part of the Relais & Châteaux association. You can view the hotel and its court on their website: www.ilsanpietro.com or instagram: ilsanpietrodipositano Their Instagram account is updated regularly and always has some fantastic pictures! Agostino talks to me about the Hotel, its facilities, the tennis court and stories related to the court. Enjoy the episode! Please follow and subscribe to my podcast, you will find it on most platforms Website: https://anchor.fm/gianluca-sola Instagram: tennis_lifestyle_podcast Twitter: @GlSola Ciao Gianluca
28:23
September 24, 2020
E19 - Ettore Zito, Coach of Bethanie Mattek-Sands
I chat to Ettore Zito who is at the Italian Open in Rome coaching Bethanie Mattek-Sands who is playing doubles with Sofia Kenin. Ettore talks about his tennis journey from being an excellent junior in Sicily playing with Salvatore Caruso and Marco Cecchinato to playing college tennis at Middle Tennessee State University, getting a masters at Grand Canyon University while being the assistant coach to their tennis teams; to currently coaching Bethanie Mattek-Sands, former world #1 doubles, olimpic gold medalist and multiple grand slam winner. He also talks about the Rome Masters 1000 tournament, the atmosphere and situation with Covid. You can follow Ettore Zito on Instagram: ettore_zito Ciao Gianluca Please follow my podcast, you will find it on most platforms Website: https://anchor.fm/gianluca-sola Instagram: tennis_lifestyle_podcast Twitter: @GlSola
01:15:18
September 17, 2020
E18 - US Open Week 1 Report & Special Guest "The Coach"
I discuss the first week of the US Open and try and give a few predictions!  In Part 2 I have a  comedy segment with "The Coach" (minute 17).  The Coach is a professional tennis coach from Toronto, Canada. He gives us his opinions on the first week and also talks about the incredible run of the Canadians in the tournament; he also, unfortunately, raps to Shapovalov's new rap single and gives us his totally wrong predictions. If you enjoy The Coach like me, please follow him on Instagram: thecoach_1968 and he also has a youtube channel: youtu.be/YY54c7VcC8s Ciao Gianluca Please follow my podcast, you will find it on most platforms Website: https://anchor.fm/gianluca-sola Instagram: tennis_lifestyle_podcast Twitter: @GlSola
53:24
September 6, 2020
E17 - Wayne Montgomery, From South Africa to the Georgia Bulldogs
Wayne Montgomery was an exceptional Junior tennis player and US College Division 1 player from South Africa. He reached an ITF Junior ranking of 7, and played all the big junior tournaments including the Slams. During these junior years he also played against a who's who list of currant top ATP players and played doubles with some very famous names like Nick Kyrgios. Following his junior career, Wayne joined the Georgia Bulldogs at the University of Georgia in the USA. The Georgia Bulldogs are one of the best and historically an excellent college division 1 team. He played all 4 years in position 1 or 2. During his 4 years he received many awards and honors and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Risk Management & Insurance, Legal Studies. Wayne's talks about his incredible junior and college tennis journey. I think he gives excellent advice (especially for South Africans) and insights to any junior who is considering playing junior ITFs and/or considering becoming a professional tennis player or joining a College in the USA. Ciao Gianluca Please follow my podcast, you will find it on most platforms Website: https://anchor.fm/gianluca-sola Instagram: tennis_lifestyle_podcast Twitter: @GlSola
01:09:54
September 3, 2020
E16 - Nick Margiasso, Head Tennis Coach at NJCU
Great chat with Nick Margiasso. Nick talks about his tennis journey, starting a new tennis program from scratch at NJCU and much more. He talks about college tennis in the US and gives great advice and insights into the college experience. Nick also coached Division II University of the Sciences in Philadelphia where he led the Devils' men's and women's tennis programs as head coach. He guided USciences women's program to the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference semifinals and an eight-win season in his abbreviated first year and the Devils' No. 1 singles player was ranked No. 17 in the region in Division II. The Devils' produced the most conference wins in school history. Meanwhile, the men's program ended their COVID-19 shortened season by beating the first Division I team in program history, Mount Saint Mary's. He also was the assistant coach for the Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD) men's and women's teams during the 2018-19 campaign. In his lone season, the women's team was ranked as high as No. 5 in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and reached the quarterfinals of the National Tournament. He coached the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) NAIA National Women's Rookie of the Year—Priya Sukkanha—who went undefeated and earned as high as the No. 3 ranking in the country.  The Bees' women's program finished the season with a 12-4 ledger and reached the NAIA Women's Tennis National Championship Quarterfinals. Margiasso also led New York City's prestigious The Nightingale-Bamford School to an undefeated season, culminating with the New York City Championship, in 2017-18. For six years (2011-17) he owned and operated NM4PR Tennis & Media, handling short coaching stints and media services for pro and junior tennis players, including ATP Tour pros Nick Kyrgios, Ryan Harrison, Chris Eubanks and former No. 1 U.S. Junior player Trent Bryde. He has also handled public relations for the ATP, the BB&T Atlanta Open and USTA and helped with the launching of the KidzTennis teaching franchise. Nick briefly played professionally on the ITF Pro Circuit in 2009; and he has also coached at the famed IMG Academy and the USTA Regional Training Site in Norcross, Ga. Ciao Gianluca Please follow my podcast, you will find it on most platforms Website: https://anchor.fm/gianluca-sola Instagram: tennis_lifestyle_podcast Twitter: @GlSola
01:13:60
August 21, 2020
E15 - Yari Bernardo, ATP Coach
Yari is an old classmate from Italy.  He has been involved in tennis all his life. He is currently the coach of Marcelo Arevalo (top ATP doubles player), Davis Cup Captain of El Salvador, and is the owner and founder of Yari Bernardo Tennis School, Milan, Italy. Yari has had some amazing tennis experiences and in this podcast he talks to us about some of them and how they have impacted his life. These are just a few of the highlights of Yari's tennis journey: Collaborating with the legendary coach Nick Bollettieri Coach on the ATP Tour and Junior Circuit Currently coach of Marcelo Arevalo (El Salvador) 2008-2013: Travelling coach of former ATP #9 and 2004 Olympic Gold medalist in singles and doubles, Nicolas Massu (Chile), on the ATP Tour European season Former ATP player and Davis Cup player El Salvador Davis Cup team member 1991, 1992: Practice partner of the great Bjorn Borg under the supervision of Nick Bollettieri at his tennis academy in Italy, while Bjorn was making his comeback to professional tennis Ranked top 50 on the ITF junior world ranking. Ciao Gianluca Please follow my podcast, you will find it on most platforms Website: https://anchor.fm/gianluca-sola Instagram: tennis_lifestyle_podcast Twitter: @GlSola
01:18:31
August 13, 2020
E14 - Nathan Martin, Professional Tennis Fitness Trainer
Great chat with Nathan Martin, one of the best tennis fitness trainers in the world!  For more information about his services and his method please visit his website at www.tennisfitness.com and you can also follow him on Instagram at tennisfitnessau This is from their website: Nathan and Giselle Martin have been at the forefront of worldwide, tennis fitness innovation and tennis fitness training for the past 16 years. They have helped players of all levels – from Wimbledon champions to social hitters and school kids – reach their potential through improved physical performance, injury reduction and ongoing education. The ‘Martin Method’, a brand name in the world of tennis fitness trainers, takes the experience and knowledge gleaned from working with athletes like Lleyton Hewitt, Sam Stosur, Martina Navratilova, Jennifer Capriati, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Monica Seles and applies it to all players of all standards. It’s a complete tennis fitness program, stretching from warm up and cool down routines to speed, agility, power, tennis footwork and much more. Nathan and Giselle have trained five world number one players and are based in Bondi, Sydney. Ciao Gianluca Please like my podcast, you will find it on most platforms Website: https://anchor.fm/gianluca-sola Instagram: tennis_lifestyle_podcast Twitter: @GlSola
01:11:54
August 6, 2020
E13 - Sola's Solo Report
Quick episode update...news, opinions etc... Ciao Gianluca Please follow my podcast, you will find it on most platforms Website: https://anchor.fm/gianluca-sola Instagram: tennis_lifestyle_podcast Twitter: @GlSola
21:54
July 31, 2020
E12 - Tomaz Mencinger, professional tennis coach from feeltennis.net
Tomaz Mencinger is a professional tennis coach currently living in Slovenia and offering private lessons to passionate players of all levels. He is also the founder of feeltennis.net; tennismindgame.com and has an amazing Youtube Channel called Feel Tennis Instruction. Loved talking to him, he has a lot of experience and some very interesting views and opinions. Check out the quick fire at the end of the interview! Ciao Gianluca Please follow my podcast, you will find it on most platforms Website: https://anchor.fm/gianluca-sola Instagram: tennis_lifestyle_podcast Twitter: @GlSola
01:10:37
July 23, 2020
E11 - Oana Georgeta Simion, #1 Ranked ITF Womens World Tennis Tour
In this episode I Interview Oana Georgeta Simion, #1 Ranked ITF Womens World Tennis Tour. Oana is currently playing Serie B Womens League tennis in Italy. She talks to us about her tennis path, upbringing in Romania, future plans and practising with Simona Halep. She had an incredible 2019 where she won 4 ITFs and was runner up in several others. We also have my famous quick fire questions in the second part of the interview. Oana comes across as a very friendly person who has a genuine love of tennis and the tour. Ciao Gianluca Please follow my podcast, you will find it on most platforms Website: https://anchor.fm/gianluca-sola Instagram: tennis_lifestyle_podcast Twitter: @GlSola
01:06:40
July 16, 2020
E10 - Emmanuel Damian, The Tennis Foodie
 In this episode, I talk to Emmanuel Damian. Emmanuel  is the founder of thetennisfoodie.com, a website and blog about tennis, food and travel.  Ciao Gianluca Please follow and like my podcast, you will find it on most platforms. Website: https://anchor.fm/gianluca-sola Instagram: tennis_lifestyle_podcast Twitter: @GlSola
54:54
July 11, 2020
E09 - Jens Barthelmes, Founder of Stringforum.net
In this episode I have a great chat with Jens Barthelmes.  Jens is the founder of stringforum.net. He has extensive knowledge in the field of tennis strings, stringing machines and racquets; we discuss strings and much more and Jens also gives us some useful tips and interesting stories. We also talk about his personal life and include some fun quick fire questions in the second part of this interview. Stringforum.net is a platform for tennis players who string their own racquets and want to share their experiences with other stringers. Besides the popular discussion board; the high amount of tennis string ratings and stringing machine reviews are the central aspects of this website. In addition, Stringforum.net offers extensive information about tennis strings, stringing machines and racquet stringing. Interviews, user polls and reports complete this site and make it a valuable place for tennis players to visit. Ciao Gianluca Please follow and like my podcast, you will find it on most platforms. Website: https://anchor.fm/gianluca-sola Instagram: tennis_lifestyle_podcast Twitter: @GlSola
01:17:57
June 26, 2020
E08 - Todd Widom from TW Tennis
In this episode I interview Todd Widom. TW Tennis, LLC is owned and operated by Todd Widom and concentrates in private tennis coaching, massage, and bodywork. Todd Widom works privately with junior tennis players who strive to become collegiate or professional tennis players. Todd Widom is based in Broward County, Florida. TW Tennis is South Florida’s top small group/private tennis training geared exclusively for the high performance junior, collegiate or professional tennis player. Todd has some great insight and advice to parents, coaches and juniors, and explains what to focus on in order to take your tennis to the next level. Ciao Gianluca Please follow and like my podcast, you will find it on most platforms. Website: https://anchor.fm/gianluca-sola Instagram: tennis_lifestyle_podcast Twitter: @GlSola
01:25:13
June 22, 2020
E07 - Sola's Solo Report
US Open is going to happen...and other ATP/WTA tournaments...update and opinion on new tennis formats... Ciao Gianluca Please follow and like my podcast, you will find it on most platforms. Website: https://anchor.fm/gianluca-sola Instagram: tennis_lifestyle_podcast Twitter: @GlSola
22:05
June 17, 2020
E06 - Sola's Solo Report
In this episode, I briefly discuss what changes can be done in the tennis format in order to attract a younger audience. Ciao Gianluca Please follow and like my podcast, you will find it on most platforms. Website: https://anchor.fm/gianluca-sola Instagram: tennis_lifestyle_podcast Twitter: @GlSola
23:45
June 12, 2020
E05 - Lisa Stone from Parenting Aces, Part 2
In this episode I interview Lisa Stone. She is the creator and host of the podcast Parenting Aces. The aim of ParentingAces is to help educate junior and college tennis parents (and coaches) as they navigate the murky waters of junior tennis development, competition, and college recruiting. You can also find more information on www.parentingaces.com; and most social media including Youtube, Facebook, Twitter etc... Ciao Gianluca Please follow and like my podcast, you will find it on most platforms. Website: https://anchor.fm/gianluca-sola Instagram: tennis_lifestyle_podcast Twitter: @GlSola
40:58
June 6, 2020
E04 - Lisa Stone from Parenting Aces, Part 1
In this episode I interview Lisa Stone. She is the creator and host of the podcast Parenting Aces. The aim of ParentingAces is to help educate junior and college tennis parents (and coaches) as they navigate the murky waters of junior tennis development, competition, and college recruiting. You can also find more information on www.parentingaces.com; and most social media including Youtube, Facebook, Twitter etc... Ciao Gianluca Please follow and like my podcast, you will find it on most platforms. Website: https://anchor.fm/gianluca-sola Instagram: tennis_lifestyle_podcast Twitter: @GlSola
39:32
June 6, 2020
E03 - Sola's Solo Report
This episode is a brief update. I also talk about Podcasts I like to listen to. Ciao Gianluca Please follow and like my podcast, you will find it on most platforms. Website: https://anchor.fm/gianluca-sola Instagram: tennis_lifestyle_podcast Twitter: @GlSola
33:45
June 2, 2020
E02 - Tennis, Covid 19 & Interview with Leonardo Sola
In this second episode I talk about the impact of the corona virus and follow with an interview with Leonardo Sola. Ciao Gianluca Please follow and like my podcast, you will find it on most platforms. Website: https://anchor.fm/gianluca-sola Instagram: tennis_lifestyle_podcast Twitter: @GlSola
37:39
March 16, 2020
E01 - Intro, News & Interview with Sebastiano Sola
First episode of hopefully many to come! In this episode I Introduce myself, talk about the recent tennis news and do my first interview with the one and only Sebastiano Sola......my son. Ciao Gianluca Please follow and like my podcast, you will find it on most platforms. Website: https://anchor.fm/gianluca-sola Instagram: tennis_lifestyle_podcast Twitter: @GlSola
45:38
March 6, 2020
March 1, 2020
00:37
March 1, 2020