The fourth episode of Aces with Roger Lajoie and Tom Tebbutt aired on Sportsnet 590 The FAN on Thursday night, and it was another great hour filled with current tennis talk. Catch up by listening here and by reading our recap below.
Michael Chang, 1989 Roland-Garros champion & coach of Kei Nishikori
Chang became the youngest male player to win a Grand Slam singles title when he was crowned champion at Roland-Garros in 1989 and reached a career-high ranking of n0.2 in 1996. He was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. The American has been coaching Japanese star Kei Nishikori since 2014. Chang spoke to Tom about his fighting spirit on court, his approach to coaching Nishikori, and winning the Canadian Open in Toronto in 1990.
Petra Kvitova, two-time Wimbledon champion and current world no. 2
Kvitova is the defending Wimbledon champion after beating Bouchard in the final last year and is currently ranked no. 2 in the world. The Czech lefty spoke to Tom about her memories of winning the 2012 Rogers Cup presented by National Bank in Montreal and playing her best tennis at the All-England Club.
- Tom and Roger discuss the implementation of a longer grass court season and whether Genie is coming out of her funk just in time for Wimbledon.
- Tom and Roger talk about the Pan Am Games coming up in Toronto and what can be expected from the Canadian tennis team.
Trivia with Tom
Each episode Tom shares a trivia question that listeners can answer for the chance to win a prize. This week, the winner will win tickets to Monday night at Rogers Cup.
Another math question this week: The number of times Sampras won Wimbledon + the number of times Federer won Wimbledon minus the number of times Lendl won Wimbledon. What’s the number?
In this week’s episode, Tom answers questions about the absence of signature wins of Genie’s resume, Rafa’s seeding at Roland-Garros, Madison Keys’ potential, and who between Milos and Genie can stay in the Top 5 the longest.
Tune in Thursday, July 9 at 7 p.m. ET for the next episode of Aces! You can listen on your AM 590 dial or by visiting www.sportsnet.ca/590.