March 8, 2022

#154: Barbara Schett-Eagle – Game, Schett & Match

#154: Barbara Schett-Eagle – Game, Schett & Match

Today is International Women´s Day and what better way to mark it than hearing from one of the most recognisable faces and voices in tennis.

Barbara Schett-Eagle reached a career high of number 7 in the world in singles and 8 in doubles, making her the highest ranked Austrian female tennis player of all time.

She retired from tennis at the 2005 Australian Open, moving straight into presenting and commentating for Eurosport at Roland Garros that same year.

Barbara is probably most well known for Game, Set Mats, the daily live show that she hosts with Mats Wilander at all four Grand Slams.

In today´s episode, Barbara chats to Dan about her tennis career, her smooth transition into broadcasting, and marrying her former Wimbledon mixed doubles partner!

Episode Highlights:-

  • How working with a sports psychologist to cope with negative thoughts helped her break into the top 10 in the world.
  • What it was like being on the end of Steffi Graf´s slice!
  • How her physical and mental preparation for reporting on Grand Slams is similar to when she was playing at them.
  • The importance of goal setting and how she still sets herself targets now.
  • Her memories of winning the Wimbledon Invitational with Jana Novotna.

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