26 February 2015

Passing Shots: new WTA-focused radio show

A few years ago I attended the Western & Southern Open in Mason, Ohio and was credentialed media at the time due to my work with Tennis Auckland.

During my week there I met Pete Ziebron, who runs a tennis site called Tennis Acumen. I enjoyed chatting with Pete about all things tennis. (Give him a follow on Twitter here.)

Fast forward a few years, and Pete and I have just started a new WTA-focused tennis radio show called "Passing Shots" on the ProTenn Radio Network! I can talk tennis for hours/days/weeks at at time so I was pleased when Pete asked me to co-host the women's show. He's been doing an ATP tennis radio show for more than a year (this airs Mondays at 9pm CT/10pm ET).

Pete and I are just three episodes in, and the show actually airs live on the ProTenn Radio Network website so we'll be taking calls now that we have a few shows under our belt.

In addition to talking extensively about on and off-court happenings in women's tennis, we will also have current/former players and coaches on the show. 

We did our first interview last week with Maria Sanchez, a three-time ITA All-American from USC who competed at last week's Surprise, AZ event. Upcoming guests will include Franรงoise Abanda, Jill Craybas, Rosie Casals and more - we're excited to speak with more players and will encourage tennis fans to call in with questions for our guests or Pete and me.
Abanda will appear on an upcoming episode

So, stay tuned - I'll tweet out the link to listen in live each week, and the show can also be accessed anytime on the Pro Tennis Radio Network website. New episodes are usually posted on the site within half an hour of the live broadcast.

I'm excited to be part of a great new radio show focused on women's tennis, which I love so much. 
I encourage you to tune in Thursdays at 7pm CT/8pm ET on the site and do call in if you have questions or disagree with anything we're saying!

10 February 2015

Next stop: Indian Wells

Happy 2015, albeit a bit belated. I've finally got my body clock back to normal after the Australian Open. A few 6am bedtimes left their mark, but that's grand slam tennis for you...

A year ago, I was busy planning my first trip to the Miami Open. I spent an amazing 9 days (see my blog post here) at the tennis with my tennis-loving mom. Overall, we loved our time in Key Biscayne.

Fast forward a year, and I'm back planning another tennis trip, this time Indian Wells awaits!

Having lived overseas for most of my professional working life, I'm still making up all those years I spent living outside the US.  I'm slowly making it to most of the American tourneys alongside my goal of making it to one new tournament each year. In 2012, I went to Cincinnati. In 2013, I made my debuts at Charleston, Washington, DC and Newport. Last year, it was Miami.

So 2015 will be the year I've decided to head to Indian Wells. I can't wait to finally see what everyone raves about each year. I'll be there from the 10-20th of March and it will also be my first-ever visit to Palm Springs.

There are endless reasons to be excited - the setting looks incredible, and the hot desert air will be a nice welcome whilst the Midwest is still cold and snowy. But most of all, I've heard the crowds just love tennis and I can't wait to hear them welcome back Serena Williams. The world #1 announced last week that she'd be returning to the tourney for the first time since 2001. It's not a coincidence I booked my flight later that day!

If you've been to Indian Wells and have some tips for a first-timer, please share. I know many tennis fans will be onsite, so if you want to meet up and say hi, hit me up via Twitter.

The countdown is ON!