About Control the Controllables

The Control the Controllables podcast was set up during the first COVID-19 lockdown in 2020.

Looking for ways to keep his full-time players energised, Dan Kiernan, Director of SotoTennis Academy in Spain, started hosting Instagram Lives and Zoom interviews with pro players. 

The Academy players and parents were receiving such amazing insights from the Pros, Dan decided to bring these chats to a wider audience.

He created the podcast to entertain, educate and energise the tennis community through the difficult periods of lockdowns and quarantines.

Since then the podcast has continued to grow, and in 2021 it won ´Best Tennis Podcast´ at the Sports Podcast Awards!

Our guests have included pro tennis players including world number 1 Iga Swiatek, Holger Rune & Daria Kasatkina, top coaches like Nick Bolletieri and Louis Cayer, parents, commentators and others involved in High Performance Tennis and elite sports.

From Grand Slam Champions to those at grass roots level , from sports journalists to backroom staff, our aim is to truly to get under the bonnet of the sport that we love at all levels. 

About the Host

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Daniel Kiernan

Show Host

Dan Kiernan is the owner and Director of SotoTennis Academy in Spain and a former British #1 Doubles Player. He captained the men´s tennis team at Louisiana State University before playing on the Professional Tour for 3 years, competing at Wimbledon in 2004 & 2005.

In 2010 Dan relocated from the UK to Spain to open SotoTennis Academy, which has become one of the most renowned tennis academies in Europe. When he´s not on court, he can be found interviewing big names in the tennis world for the Control the Controllables Podcast or running around after his 3 children!

Dan has more than 20 years of coaching experience through all levels of the game including:
-2019 Wimbledon Mixed Doubles Quarter Finalist Evan Hoyt
-2012 Juniors Boys Australian Open Champions, Josh-Ward Hibbert and Liam Broady,
-Junior Grand Slams Players
-WTA/ATP Players including WTA tournament winners and a top 100 WTA Player