#162: Mark ´Beef´ Taylor – Supporting Ash Barty

May 17, 2022

Mark ¨Beef¨ Taylor is the Head S&C Coach at Tennis Australia based out of Brisbane. He is better known as fitness coach to former WTA world number 1 Ash Barty, before she shocked the tennis world by quitting the game aged 25…

#161: Dalma Gálfi – Breaking into the world´s top 100

May 10, 2022

Dalma Gálfi is a former World junior number 1 and Junior Grand Slam champion. Dalma had a strong start to her Pro career, quickly rising up the WTA rankings to 136 in the world aged just 19. After a challenging 4 years, the …

#160: Jofre Porta - Effort is not a Sacrifice

May 3, 2022

Jofre Porta is one of a handful of tennis coaches who can say they´ve worked with two world number 1 players from a young age. The Spanish coach helped guide Carlos Moya from juniors to top of the ATP rankings, and also work…

#159: Josh Sapwell - Tennis Was Easy

April 12, 2022

At 14, Josh Sapwell was tipped to be the next Andy Murray. Having won National and European events as a junior, he became the U14 Junior World Champion in 2010, winning the prestigious Orange Bowl event in Miami. Josh was on…

#158: Dr Mark Kovacs - The Serve Doctor

April 5, 2022

In today´s episode we´re unpacking the biomechanics of the serve with Dr Mark Kovacs. Known as the number one serve doctor in the world, Dr Mark Kovacs has held a number of roles in elite sport including performance p hysiol…

#157: Dave Pilgrim - Does Tennis need the Betting Industry?

March 29, 2022

This episode aims to shine a light on a very different area of tennis: betting and gambling. Tennis is one of the most popular sports to bet on, but match fixing is also an ongoing issue. Dave Pilgrim has over 20 years of ex…

#156: Matt Reid - Australia´s Unofficial Tennis Mentor

March 22, 2022

In today´s episode we speak to Australian tennis player Matt Reid. Matt has partnered some of the biggest names in Australian tennis during his career, including Nick Kyrgios, Lleyton Hewitt and Bernard Tomic. He has a caree…

Coaches

#155: Alistair Higham - Match Flow Momentum

March 15, 2022

“It feels like he´s got the momentum right now¨ “There´s been a big shift in momentum in this set¨ “Everything seems to be going against her¨ We hear phrases like these a lot when we watch tennis, and we can feel them when w…

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

March 8, 2022

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 …

Former Players

#153: Ukraine´s Sergiy Stakhovsky on fighting for his country

March 1, 2022

Just a few weeks ago, Ukrainian tennis player Sergiy Stakhovsky was playing the final match of his career at the Australian Open. After nearly 20 years on the tour, the 36-year-old announced his retirement in January, ready …

Coaches

#152: Piotr Sierzputowski – The Modern Day Coach

Feb. 22, 2022

In today´s episode we speak to Piotr Sierzputowski, the former coach of top 5 WTA player Iga Swiatek. Piotr was Iga´s coach from age 15 to 20, guiding her from top junior to a career high of 4 in the WTA rankings. Iga became…

Former Players Coaches

#151: Dan Smethurst - ATP Player to WTA Coach

Feb. 15, 2022

Dan Smethurst is a British tennis coach and former player who most recently worked with top WTA player Johanna Konta. A talented youngster, Dan was world junior number 29 before playing on the ITF and ATP Challenger Tour, re…

Former Players

#150: Mardy Fish on Living with Anxiety

Feb. 8, 2022

It´s our 150th episode of Control the Controllables! And for a special episode, we have a special guest as we speak to former US number 1 and current Davis Cup Captain Mardy Fish. Mardy won 14 singles and doubles titles and …

ATP WTA Grand Slams

#149: Australian Open 2022 Review

Jan. 31, 2022

We won´t be forgetting the 2022 Australian Open for a while! It´s been one for the history books, with Rafael Nadal winning his 21st Grand Slam thanks to an epic five-set victory over Daniil Medvedev. Ash Barty became the fi…

ATP Coaches

#148: Stanford Evans Boster - One voice, two weapons!

Jan. 25, 2022

Stanford Evans Boster is a South African who has made USA his home, and American Tennis is lucky to have him. He is the current coach to Junior World Number 4, Victor Lilov who made the final of the Boys Singles at Junior Wi…

ATP WTA Grand Slams Former Players

#147: Australian Open 2022 Preview

Jan. 17, 2022

With the first Grand Slam of 2022 underway, we´ve brought our panel of former pros back together to preview the Australian Open. What a few weeks it’s been, tennis has been global news with the Novak Djokovic visa saga, and …

Episode 146: 2021 Highlights!

Dec. 29, 2021

In today´s episode, Dan sits down with Vicki to chat through their favourite moments and key learnings from 2021 on Control the Controllables. Listen to some of the most inspirational stories from this years guests, and find…

WTA Current Pro Players

Episode 145: Sonay Kartal - Focusing on her own path

Dec. 14, 2021

In this week´s episode we get to know up-and-coming British player Sonay Kartal. Sonay, 20, has had an impressive 2021. After coming back from injury earlier in the year, she won the UK Pro League Masters event. She also won…

ATP Current Pro Players Doubles

Episode 144: Rohan Bopanna - First-time Grand Slam Champion at 37

Dec. 7, 2021

Indian tennis player Rohan Bopanna has achieved so much in his playing career. A Grand Slam champion, he has also reached multiple Grand Slam finals, and reached number 3 in the world in doubles. On top of this, he is alread…

Coaches Coach Education

Episode 143: Keith Reynolds - Are we selling the game of tennis the right way?

Nov. 30, 2021

Keith Reynolds is a British tennis coach who has experienced the sport at all levels. He is the co-owner and founder of The Watchorn Tennis Club in Derbyshire which has produced 29 National Champions. He´s also coached many …

WTA Grand Slams Current Pro Players LTA

Episode 142: Francesca Jones - Northern Grit

Nov. 16, 2021

Francesca Jones is a British tennis player who is currently ranked 153 in the world. Originally from Bradford, the 21-year-old moved to Spain at age 10 to train at the Sanchez Casal Tennis Academy. She reached number 31 in t…

Former Players Coaches Junior Tennis LTA

Episode 141: Lucie Ahl - No Challenge Too Big

Nov. 9, 2021

Lucie Ahl is a former British number 1 and WTA 161 singles player. She competed numerous times at Grand Slams and has a 100% record at the Fed Cup representing Great Britain. Life after playing tennis professionally has take…

ATP Current Pro Players Doubles US College

Episode 140: Rajeev Ram - Multiple Grand Slam Champion

Nov. 2, 2021

Rajeev Ram is a multiple Grand Slam Champion and the current World number 4 mens doubles player. The 37-year-old American has won the Australian Open mixed doubles twice with Barbora Krejčíková. He´s reached 3 Grand Slam men…

Former Players Coaches Tennis Academy Commentators

Episode 139: Jimmy Arias - The forehand that changed tennis

Oct. 26, 2021

Jimmy Arias is a former world number 5. At the age of 15, he became the youngest person to achieve a world ranking, and went onto win 5 ATP singles titles and the 1981 French Open Mixed Doubles. During his career he has had …