Tennis With An Accent: TWAA Contributor Briana Foust

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Last week, the Tennis With An Accent Podcast provided an in-depth look at a specific aspect of professional tennis: the complicated and tangled world of the challenger circuit and junior tennis.

This week, the TWAA Podcast acquires very different dimensions. In a serious but relaxed conversation, host Saqib Ali welcomes TWAA contributor Briana Foust back to the show to discuss both the WTA and ATP Tours.

Briana provides insights on more than a dozen players as the tennis world catches its breath before moving to Indian Wells and Miami.

Briana offers assessments of the past week’s tour champions and runners-up:

— Dubai WTA champion Belinda Bencic and runner-up Petra Kvitova 

— Marseille ATP champion Stefanos Tsitsipas and runner-up Mikhail Kukushkin

— Rio ATP champion Laslo Djere and runner-up Felix Auger Aliassime

Briana compares Bencic’s 2019 Dubai title to her 2015 run in Toronto. She asks a key question about Kvitova’s evolution. She points to the significance of Tsitsipas’s title while also evaluating the Greek’s YouTube TV channel and social media prowess. Briana renders a verdict on Kukushkin’s week in France while also offering a brief note on Frenchman Ugo Humbert. Bri comments on the remarkable stories authored by Djere and Auger Aliassime in Rio, part of a surprising, beautiful and emotional week in South America.

The conversation continues with notes on Karen Khachanov and the reasons tennis players change racquets. Bri also comments on Alexander Zverev, Nick Kyrgios, Denis Shapovalov, Rafael Nadal’s decision to play in Acapulco, Roger Federer’s pursuit of title No. 100, Jimmy Connors’ 100th title and the prize money of the early 1980s, plus Reilly Opelka.

Righties and lefties. Servers and baseliners. Attacking players and counterpunchers. Success stories and mysteries. Young dynamos and older icons. There is something for everyone on the new Tennis With An Accent podcast with Briana Foust. 

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