The final episode of Aces of Sportsnet’s the FAN 590 aired on Monday night, as the end to an incredible summer season of tennis draws closer. Hosts Roger Lajoie and Tom Tebbutt talked US Open action and shared their thoughts on how the incredible summer of tennis has played out. If you missed it, you can catch that and all previous episodes of ‘Aces’ at http://www.sportsnet.ca/590/aces.
The Canadian Davis Cup captain and coach of rising teen talent Denis Shapovalov joined Tom as this week’s guest. Among the many points of discussion, Laurendeau shared his early memories of meeting and working with a young Shapovalov, as well as the successful summer his pupil has had. Laurendeau also gave his prediction on how he, in his prime playing days, would have faced off against Shapovalov. He also spoke about Canada’s upcoming Davis Cup tie versus India in September and how the team will fight to keep their place in the upper-echelon of prestigious World Group competition.
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The summer of Shapovalov: Rog and Tom broke down Shapovalov’s captivating performances in 2017, impressions of the 18-year-old so far at Flushing Meadows, and previewed his upcoming second-round match against France’s Jo-Wilfred Tsonga (spoiler: Tom’s bet is on a Centre Court showdown!)
The future is now: The pair discussed the rise of the NextGen stars, and whether reigning Rogers Cup chammpion Alexander Zverev has what it takes to add his first Grand Slam trophy to his already-impressive collection.
Fan favourite and gold badge tennis official Tony Cho joined Tom to discuss some of the inner workings of professional tennis. With his unique insight and impressive experience of reffing tennis tournaments around the globe, Tony shared his take to some of today’s most pressing questions. Remember that infamous scream from the crowd during match point of Johanna Konta’s Wimbledon match up against Simona Halep? Tony broke down the partisan crowd rule and exactly when it applies, he also delved into doubles etiquette, and gave insight on warm-up (and re-warm-up) protocol after a rain delay.
Each week listeners have the ability to write in to pick Tom’s brain on a wide-range of tennis related subjects. This week, Tom talks about the series of high-profile injuries/absences in 2017, potential adjustments to the schedule, and which court he believes will become the second show court at the US Open.
The grand prize of a Wilson Burn racquet was also awarded during Monday’s episode. If you’ve answered any of Tom’s trivia questions this season, be sure to tune in and see if you were the lucky winner!
Catch up on past episodes of ACES at www.sportsnet.ca/590.