April 6, 2021

Episode 110: Tom Gullikson - Captain Gully

Episode 110: Tom Gullikson - Captain Gully

If you´re a fan of McEnroe, Borg, Sampras, Agassi or Courier, this is a must-listen episode! 

Tom Gullikson reached as high as 34 in the world in singles and 4 in doubles. He is a 2-time Grand Slam finalist, winning the Mixed Doubles at the US Open in 1983. Also known as Gully, Tom was the US Davis Cup Captain between 1994 and 1999, leading the US team of Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, Jim Courier and Michael Chang to victory in 1995.

As Team USA's coach, Tom also helped Agassi win a gold medal at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.

Tom talks to Dan about his playing and coaching career, including what is was like being the other side of the net when John McEnroe yelled "You cannot be serious¨ for the first time at Wimbledon!

He also speaks about his twin brother Tim´s influence on Pete Sampras´career and the impact of Tim´s death in 1996 to brain cancer.

Here are some of Toms best stories.....

  • [21:33] Tom speaks about his twin brother Tim´s relationship with Pete Sampras, and Pete´s incredible gesture on the day of Tims funeral.
  • [25:42] Tom relives reaching the final of the Wimbledon Mens Doubles with Tim in 1983
  • [30:03] Tom describes the week   the Australian Open in 1995, when Pete Sampras broke down crying court against Jim Courier after learning of Tim´s diagnosis with brain cancer. 
  • [48:40] Tom tells Dan how he managed all the different characters and personalities in the winning US Davis Cup Team during his 6 years as Captain.
  • [1:01:19] Tom describes his experiences playing Bjorn Borg
  • [1:06:25] Tom tells all on that infamous You cannot be serious! moment in the match against John McEnroe at Wimbledon! 

Follow Tom on Twitter:@captaingully

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