ATP Tennis Podcast Doubles Special: Salisbury On Winning The Hard Way

This week on the ATP Tennis Podcast... JOE SALISBURY ON WINNING WHEN NOT PLAYING WELL – “That’s always one of the things we’ve always said we’ve improved the most as a team in the last four years we’ve been playing together, that in the tough situations we always find a way. Even if we’re not playing our best, or we’re struggling or we feel our opponents are playing better, to win those matches.” DAVID O’HARE ON LOUIS CAYER – “He’s been such an important figure in terms of my tennis knowledge and coaching. He’s dubbed the doubles guru, but that does him a little bit of an injustice because he’s fanatical about tennis and his approach is a systematic approach. He’s really special, he’s like a tennis father to me and to be able to sit beside him during matches to pick his brain, ultimately, he has a great vision and I try to implement what he says on a daily basis.” HARRI HELIOVAARA ON THE IMPORTANCE OF CELEBRATING – “I’ve always loved competition and competition has the element of winning and losing, and of course winning is much better. Now that I’m older I know that it’s not going to last forever, so I’m going to enjoy every moment to the full and when you win matches you made a good job, so why wouldn’t you celebrate?” LLOYD GLASSPOOL ON THE SPRINGBOARD MOMENT OF GETTING INTO THE ROME MASTERS – “Looking back I think it had a massive impact on our year. It was our first real opportunity to play the top, top guys in a tournament that we’d never been in before. That was our first Masters 1000 because of our ranking and just being able to compete in that, we played the World No. 1 and beat the World No. 1, so it was just a confidence booster and realisation that we could be one of the best teams in the world.” MARCELO AREVALO ON WINNING ROLAND GARROS – “Being the first Salvadoran and Central American player to win a Grand Slam, it was a huge success for my country and for my region. I didn’t even know until later that I was the first one, I was just trying to win as many matches as possible. I had my goals clear and one of my main goals in life was to become a Grand Slam champion.” MICHAEL VENUS ON TRAVEL – “Once the pandemic hit, I didn’t see my family for six months. Then my wife was pregnant with our second child, and I was at home for the birth and then I left two weeks after and I didn’t see her for the first six months after that too, so it got to the point where we needed to see each other as a family. So, they started travelling towards the end of last year and they’ve been doing that ever since.” NIKOLA MEKTIC ON LOOKING FORWARD TO A GOOD 2023 – “I think mentally we have learned some things this year. The first year we didn’t have many setbacks and this year we had to adapt to some not-so-good results. I think in the end we pulled through, so I’m very optimistic for the next season.” - Podcast presented by Seb Lauzier - Interviews by Jill Craybas and Chris Bowers

ATP Tennis Podcast Doubles Special: Salisbury On Winning The Hard Way

This week on the ATP Tennis Podcast...

JOE SALISBURY ON WINNING WHEN NOT PLAYING WELL – “That’s always one of the things we’ve always said we’ve improved the most as a team in the last four years we’ve been playing together, that in the tough situations we always find a way. Even if we’re not playing our best, or we’re struggling or we feel our opponents are playing better, to win those matches.”

DAVID O’HARE ON LOUIS CAYER – “He’s been such an important figure in terms of my tennis knowledge and coaching. He’s dubbed the doubles guru, but that does him a little bit of an injustice because he’s fanatical about tennis and his approach is a systematic approach. He’s really special, he’s like a tennis father to me and to be able to sit beside him during matches to pick his brain, ultimately, he has a great vision and I try to implement what he says on a daily basis.”

HARRI HELIOVAARA ON THE IMPORTANCE OF CELEBRATING – “I’ve always loved competition and competition has the element of winning and losing, and of course winning is much better. Now that I’m older I know that it’s not going to last forever, so I’m going to enjoy every moment to the full and when you win matches you made a good job, so why wouldn’t you celebrate?”

LLOYD GLASSPOOL ON THE SPRINGBOARD MOMENT OF GETTING INTO THE ROME MASTERS – “Looking back I think it had a massive impact on our year. It was our first real opportunity to play the top, top guys in a tournament that we’d never been in before. That was our first Masters 1000 because of our ranking and just being able to compete in that, we played the World No. 1 and beat the World No. 1, so it was just a confidence booster and realisation that we could be one of the best teams in the world.”

MARCELO AREVALO ON WINNING ROLAND GARROS – “Being the first Salvadoran and Central American player to win a Grand Slam, it was a huge success for my country and for my region. I didn’t even know until later that I was the first one, I was just trying to win as many matches as possible. I had my goals clear and one of my main goals in life was to become a Grand Slam champion.”

MICHAEL VENUS ON TRAVEL – “Once the pandemic hit, I didn’t see my family for six months. Then my wife was pregnant with our second child, and I was at home for the birth and then I left two weeks after and I didn’t see her for the first six months after that too, so it got to the point where we needed to see each other as a family. So, they started travelling towards the end of last year and they’ve been doing that ever since.”

NIKOLA MEKTIC ON LOOKING FORWARD TO A GOOD 2023 – “I think mentally we have learned some things this year. The first year we didn’t have many setbacks and this year we had to adapt to some not-so-good results. I think in the end we pulled through, so I’m very optimistic for the next season.”

- Podcast presented by Seb Lauzier
- Interviews by Jill Craybas and Chris Bowers