After an eventful couple weeks at Roland Garros, you must be missing the nonstop tennis action that saw Jelena Ostapenko and Rafael Nadal come out on top. Not to worry, Tom Tebbutt and Roger Lajoie have the cure for your midweek blues with another exciting episode of Aces. Here is a quick recap of the third episode which aired last night on Sportsnet the Fan590!
Tom Tebbutt has returned from his trip to beautiful Paris and brought back his insights on another successful Roland Garros tournament. Roger and Tom discussed the stand out performances on the clay courts and broke down the reasons why men’s tennis seems to be dominated by a select few.
Next up, the dynamic duo discussed the Canadian tennis outcomes from Roland Garros and upcoming expectations going into the grass court season:
Tom thinks Milos Raonic fans have nothing to worry about despite another early round exit at a grand slam tournament. Injuries were also a topic of discussion for Canada’s top tennis players. Genie has struggled to fend off an ankle injury that forced her to withdraw from the French Open and Raonic has been doing well to keep himself healthy and on the court. Both players relish the grass court season so Tom is expecting big things as Wimbledon approaches.
Milos and Genie are always relevant topics of discussion in Canadian tennis. However, did a new star emerge at Roland Garros? Francoise Abanda won her first grand slam match and looked good doing so! Tom discussed whether he thinks the No. 143 ranked player has what it takes to qualify for Wimbledon.
Canadian WTA Tour Supervisor Tony Cho returned to the show for his usual segment. This week, he discussed the logistics behind traveling as a tennis professional. He delved into how players and officials secure travel visas and their transport to and from venues. Tony also detailed some of the complications involved with players traveling with their racquets and the adjustments players have to make when equipment is lost in transit.
Speaking of rackets, check out this racquet-throwing exchange between Jelena Ostapenko, Naomi Broady and a ball boy. Watch for our very own Tony Cho who stepped in to mediate!
Tom’s guest this week was former touring tennis player and acclaimed Coach Paul Annacone. Annacone is a grass court specialist who had previously coached Roger Federer, Pete Sampras and Sloane Stephens. Tom served up questions about coaching and Annacone dished on the tweaks he helped great players like Sampras make to improve their grass court performance. He also discussed how the game has evolved since his playing days, the difference between the men’s and women’s tennis and what he thinks Nick Kyrgios has to do to turn his career around.
Paul sat down with Tom just days before announcing that he would be joining Stan Wawrinka’s coaching team:
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Each week Tom answers your tennis related questions! This week he was asked about his opinion on the effectiveness of coaching changes and the injuries to Madison Keys and CiCi Bellis. He was also asked what he thinks the hardest point is to return on the ATP circuit; his answer may surprise you!
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This week’s trivia question is on the 2017 Roland Garros champion, Rafael Nadal:
Rafa has three uncles: Retired soccer player, Miguel Angel Nadal and his coach Toni Nadal are two of them… True or false: his third uncle’s name is also Rafael Nadal?
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All “Aces” episodes are available online at http://www.sportsnet.ca/590/aces/ . The next episode will air on Monday, June 26 at 11pm on Sportsnet 590 the FAN.