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The Lucky Letcord Podcast
46 minutes | Jul 23, 2021
The Eternal Flame: Tokyo Olympics Tennis Preview
Today on the Lucky Letcord Podcast Richard Pagliaro joins Chris Oddo to talk all thing Olympic tennis.We break down both draws and look at the key storylines on the eve of the Olympic tennis event.A deep discussion of Naomi Osaka and the pressures she faces as she takes her place as the No.2 seed.A look into Novak Djokovic's quest for the Golden Slam, a step-by-step look at his draw, and some thoughts on where he may be mentally, physically and spiritually in Tokyo.The Olympics as a springboard - which players stand to gain from a good performance in Tokyo?The difficulties - will the lack of fans and the bubble dampen our enthusiasm? We think not. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
58 minutes | Jul 7, 2021
Is that the end of Roger Federer at Wimbledon?
In this edition of the Lucky Letcord Podcast, Richard Pagliaro and Erik Gudris join host Chris Oddo to break down the upcoming semifinals on the men's and women's side.Of course, we start with an in-depth discussion of Roger Federer's loss to Hubert Hurkacz in the quarterfinals and wonder what his future might hold.We also look at some of the players who put up breathtaking performances at Wimbleodon despite not reaching the semis, such as Ons Jabeur, Sebastian Korda, Taylor Fritz, Felix Auger-Aliassime and more.Near the end we discuss the amazing run of Novak Djokovic and give our thoughts on whether or not we think the World No.1 can make it through and capture the Calendar Slam. What about the Golden Slam??? (we talk about that, too).Come for the Federer talk, stay for the discussion of four mouthwatering semifinals, featuring incredible matchups...Djokovic v ShapovalovBerrettini v HurkaczBarty v KerberSabalenka v Pliskova Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
59 minutes | Jun 3, 2021
Osaka, of course, but also TENNIS at Roland-Garros!
Today on the Lucky Letcord Podcast, Richard Pagliaro, Erik Gudris and Chris Oddo break down the first five days of Roland-Garros and look ahead to the third round.You heard that right! The third round is set on both the men's and women's side? What did we learn? Who is in the best shape? Who have we lost along the way?How will the Naomi Osaka controversy reshape the way tennis players interact with the press at tournaments? What could have been done to make the situation turn out better this week in Paris?This, that AND SO MUCH MORE! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
49 minutes | May 18, 2021
Statement Time for Nadal and Swiatek: Breaking Down Rome
Today on the Lucky Letcord Podcast Richard Pagliaro joins the show to break down the happenings at the Internazional BNL d'Italia in Rome, where Rafael Nadal and Iga Swiatek came away with the titles.We also discuss...The rise of Novak Djokovic and what his performance means for his Roland-Garros hopes.Who has a better shot of going deep in Paris, Stefanos Tsitsipas or Dominic Thiem?If Nadal and Djokovic did not exist, who would be the men's favorite at Roland-Garros?What's up with Serena, and why going to Parma was the perfect decision.Why Coco Gauff is going to be a good one on the clay.Will Osaka and Medvedev ever find form on the clay, and which one will win more matches in Paris?And so much more... THANKS FOR LISTENING! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
37 minutes | Apr 20, 2021
Thiem's Ennui: Will Dominic Thiem Get His Mind Right by Roland-Garros?
Richard Pagliaro joins Chris Oddo to break down what we saw in Monte-Carlo and talk about Dominic Thiem's revealing interview in Der Standard.The conversation about Thiem starts at 15:08! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
24 minutes | Apr 16, 2021
Nadal Shocked! Djokovic Shocked! What's going on at Monte-Carlo this week?
Richard Pagliaro, Tennis Now editor, joined host Chris Oddo moments after Andrey Rublev completed his stunning upset of Rafael Nadal at Monte-Carlo. We talk about the match, the implications for both players, and then dive into Dan Evans' upset of Novak Djokovic and what it might mean for Djokovic. Thanks for listening! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18 minutes | Mar 12, 2021
Federer is Back! How did Roger play and what will his future hold in 2021?
Today on the Lucky Letcord Podcast Richard Paglario joins Chris Oddo to break down the performance of Roger Federer in his first week back on tour since January 2020.How did Roger perform, and how did the Swiss pull up physically?What does it mean that he has pulled out of Dubai and where will we see him next? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
35 minutes | Mar 8, 2021
Novak Djokovic 311 weeks at No.1 and Roger Federer Returning
Tennis Now editor Richard Pagliaro joins Chris Oddo to break down the two biggest stories of the day - Novak Djokovic's 311th week at No.1 and Roger Federer's return in Doha. We then continue, because why not?, to break down last week's finals which include: Clara Tauson's magnificent performance in Lyon Andrey Rublev's run in RotterdamPetra Kvitova's commanding victory over Garbine Muguruza in Doha and Diego Schwartzman's title run at Buenos Aires. Thanks, and enjoy! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9 minutes | Mar 5, 2021
Love Holds: Get to Know Clara Tauson, the 18-year-old Dane who is Crushing it in Lyon
Today on love holds, a subpod of the #LuckyLetcordPodcast, Chris Oddo focuses on Dane Clara Tauson, the talented teenager who is having a breakout week in Lyon.We talk about:Tauson's father, an ex ice hockey star in Denmark and her longtime coach.Tauson's new coach, Olivier Jeunehomme, and the work they have been doing.Tauson's love of tennis and how she is a walking tennis WikipediaTauson's wickedly aggressive game and how it looks good on any surface.Thanks for listening! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6 minutes | Mar 2, 2021
Love Hold: Iga Swiatek, Tour de Force + Cerundolo Fairytale
Today host Chris Oddo wraps up the week that was with a quick peek at the performances of Iga Swiatek, Juan Manuel Cerundolo and Alexei Popyrin. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5 minutes | Feb 26, 2021
Love Holds: Coco Gauff is climbing after a strong week in Adelaide
Today we try out a new short format - called Love Holds! Coco Gauff on the rise and new career-high ranking Alejandro Davidovich Fokina -- what a talent! Iga Swiatek showing the consistency she seeks. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
29 minutes | Feb 24, 2021
History made! Analyzing the Aussie Open Success of Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka
Richard Pagliaro and Erik Gudris join the Lucky Letcord Podcast to take stock of this year's Australian Open champions.We look at Djokovic's tremendous success in Australia, and in general, and wonder if the Serb might be the one to top Margaret Court's Grand Slam record when it is all said and done.We discuss the fantastic performance of Naomi Osaka in Grand Slam finals. What does her success say about her long-term future in the sport?We wonder what went wrong for Daniil Medvedev in the final? What specifically did Djokovic do so well and what could Medvedev do to improve on his performance?And plenty more! Thanks to Erik and Richard for joining and thanks to all for listening! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
44 minutes | Feb 19, 2021
Previewing the 2021 Australian Open Finals!
Richard Pagliaro and Erik Gudris join Chris Oddo to break down an exciting weekend of finals in Melbourne. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
42 minutes | Feb 7, 2021
Breaking Down the Australian Open Draws with Richard Pagliaro
In this episode of the Lucky Letcord Podcast, Richard Pagliaro joins Chris Oddo to break down the men's and women's singles draws at the Australian Open. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21 minutes | Jan 22, 2021
Whitney Osuigwe on finding her happy zone ahead of Australian Open 2021
Today on the Lucky Letcord Podcast American Whitney Osuigwe joins host Chris Oddo from quarantine at the Australian Open where she is preparing for her fifth main draw appearance at a Slam.The American, who qualified for Australia by reeling off three wins in Dubai, talks about her evolving approach to tennis and how she has overcome the expectations and pressures that come with being the world's top junior and a Roland Garros Girls Singles champion (2017).We chat with Osuigwe about the unsung hero of her family, her mom!We learn what it's like to be in quarantine and how she keeps busy, both on the court and in her room, in Melbourne (6:45)We talk about what it's like to be in such an athletic family (9:45)We discuss Osuigwe's love of the clay and why she plays so well on that surface (11:00)We discuss one of Whitney's favorite players and biggest inspirations, Victoria Azarenka (14:30)And, perhaps most important, we talk about how Osuigwe is learning how to deal with the difficult mental challenges that a young player faces on the WTA Tour (8:15 - 9:45) (13:15).Thanks to Whitney for joining and thanks to y'all for listening!Follow Whitney:WTAYouTubeInstagramTwitter Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
36 minutes | Jan 19, 2021
Hard Quarantine: Time for Tennis to Read the Room
Richard Pagliaro and Erik Gudris join host Chris Oddo to discuss a wild weekend in tennis.What happened? Well the crap hit the fan in Melbourne as not one, not two but THREE planes produced Covid-19 positive tests, meaning that 72 players and about 200 people in total have gone into HARD quarantine.We discuss the fallout.Did Tennis Australia properly prepare the players for a worst case scenario?How are these players going to survive this and come out of quarantine at the end of January? Will they be handicapped in a big way against the rest of the field?What is the situation like in Adelaide, where Novak Djokovic and other elite players are doing a much "softer" version of quarantine? How is that even fair and is this perceived and real inequity about to take center stage now that the quarantine news in Melbourne is all sorted out?With a lot of time on their hands players have been pushing the creative envelope on social media -- who are some of our favorite posters? We name names.We do our best to bring you all up to speed with what players are saying, thinking and feeling, and of course, how the Australian people are reacting to the madness -- and why they are tired of hearing the players whine!Enjoy and thanks for listening! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
54 minutes | Jan 15, 2021
2021, Like Tennys Sandgren, is Taking Off!
Today on the Lucky Letcord Podcast, Chris Oddo is joined by his colleagues at Tennis Now, Richard Pagliaro and Erik Gudris. The trio breaks down a superb opening week of tennis and looks forward to the upcoming Australian Open. Here are the topics we dive into: Tennys Sandgren tests positive for Covid but still flies to Melbourne, what's up with that? An elite quarantine in Adelaide, featuring Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka and others. Is it fair and what was Tennis Australia's motivation to throw this wrinkle into the plan? How friggin good was Aryna Sabalenka at Abu Dhabi and what does it say about her potential in 2021? Should we all be jumping on the Sebastian Korda bandwago pronto, or is prudence the better option? Erik and Richard give their take on what there is to like about Sebastian Korda and Chris mentions the intangibles, which could be why he is ahead of his peers at the young age of 20. Christian Harrison played amazing tennis, but it kind of got swallowed up by the fact that he's not into wearing masks. We discuss what happened with the American in Delray Beach, praise his amazing performance, and Chris admits that he is torn between loving Harrison and not loving the anti-mask. Erik leads a break down of some of the many interesting names that managed to qualify this year at the Australian Open. You'll love this discussion. Last but not least -- Why did Dayana Yastremska, who has been provisionally suspended, jump on plane to Melbourne? Enjoy the show and thanks for listening! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
71 minutes | Dec 7, 2020
The 2020 Awards Show with Richard Pagliaro and Chris Oddo
Today on the lucky letcord podcast Tennis Now editor Richard Pagliaro joins Chris Oddo to look back at the 2020 tennis season that was. We break down some of the more interesting award categories, make our choices and back them up.WTA Player of the YearATP/ WTA Most improvedATP/ WTA Newcomer of the yearMost Inspiring PlayersMost disappointing seasonJoin us as we run down the greatest hits from one of the strangest tennis seasons on record... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
84 minutes | Nov 23, 2020
Richard Pagliaro on Daniil Medvedev's Triumph at the 2020 Nitto ATP Finals
Today Tennis Now editor Richard Pagliaro joins the podcast to talk about the 2020 Nitto ATP Finals.Richard and Chris Oddo break down a brilliant final week of the 2020 season, starting of course with champion Daniil Medvedev, who became the first player to topple the ATP's top 3-ranked players in Nitto ATP Finals history. How freaking good is this guy and is he headed for even better things in 2021?Next we discuss about Dominic Thiem and make the case for the Austrian becoming the ATP's 27th No.1.Of course there is a discussion on Novak Djokovic and what a strange trip his 2020 season was. By his lofty standards it sure could have been better but still you can't knock year-end No.1 and a major title.More on Rafael Nadal, a long discussion on Stefanos Tsitsipas and a chat about Andrey Rublev and Diego Schwartzman's debut in London follow.Thanks Richard for your time, and thanks everybody for listening! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
81 minutes | Nov 18, 2020
Mert Ertunga on the Most Improved Players of 2020
Today Mert Ertunga joins host Chris Oddo to break down some of the more significant improvements that we witnessed in 2020.Mert is a former Davis Cup player and Captain for Turkey, and also a former NCAA coach at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He has a keen eye for the intricacies of the sport and offers many insights on players who made strides in 2020.Players discussed:Jennifer BradyOns JabeurFiona FerroIga SwiatekElena RybakinaNadia PodoroskaDenis ShapovalovAndrey RublevUgo HumbertJannik SinnerFollow Mert's blog at http://www.mertovstennisdesk.com/ and follow him on Twitter here: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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