A Farewell From The Tennis Nerds!

It is a bittersweet moment for The Tennis Nerds! After over three years of being engulfed in tennis coverage, the time has come for the next step in my career.

For those that may not know, this site as well as all social media accounts were founded by myself, Joey Hanf. As a recent graduate from Ithaca College, I have spent much of this year applying, interviewing and weighing work options. I am very excited to announce that I have accepted an offer and will be starting very soon with Cliff Drysdale Management in the Marketing department. Many of you will know Cliff Drysdale, who is a former elite pro and now tennis analyst and commentator on ESPN. I am very excited about the opportunities ahead, and am very thankful to be working inside the tennis industry; something I’m truly passionate about.

The Tennis Nerds began as a simple blog with little direction, but soon began to take off and give me some of the best experiences of my life. In the podcast embedded above, I talk about how everything began, what I learned and finally look back on my favorite moments. I also give an important thanks to many who have helped me get to where I am now.

Thanks to everyone who has followed and read my content over the last few years, whether it be on this website, twitter or elsewhere. Your engagement and shared passion for tennis is what made this outlet so meaningful. As always, if you want to get in contact with me, follow me on twitter (@TheTennisNerds) or shoot me an email: joey.hanf@gmail.com.

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The Tweener Podcast, Episode 6: Marc Stein, Maria Sharapova and Nick Kyrgios

After a two week layoff, Joey and Zach are BACK with a massive episode 6 of The Tweener Podcast. The show is headlined by a great interview with Marc Stein, an NBA Reporter and popular media personality for ESPN. Stein is a massive tennis fan who shares his perspective on the sport. We compare pro tennis and basketball players, talk Davis Cup and much much more. Later, Joey and Zach talk about Maria Sharapova testing positive for PEDs and what it means for doping in tennis as a whole. We also touch on the Nick Kyrgios drama before discussing our Indian Wells fan competition. As always we’d like to thank Stick It Wear?! for their sponsorship and hope everybody enters so they have a chance to win a free shirt!

Podcast Shortcuts

00:00 — Introduction (Solid music this week, no?)

01:30 — Tweener of the week

03:25 — Marc Stein, NBA Reporter for ESPN/Tennis Nerd

27:05 — Nick Kyrgios/Australian Davis Cup Team Drama

30:45 — Maria Sharapova PED Talk

43:53 — Indian Wells Stick It Wear?! Competition

Tweener of The Week 

Stick It Wear?! Competition Details

Indian Wells, men or women. Enter by commenting below or tweeting @TheTennisNerds. Must have picks in by Saturday(3/9) morning!

Pick 1 Winner(can be anybody)

Pick 1 Sleeper (anybody seeded below #10)

Pick 1 Dark Horse (anybody unseeded)

Joey’s picks: Wawrinka, Klizan, Del Potro

Zach’s picks: Djokovic, Monfils, Fritz

The Tweener Podcast, Episode 5: College Tennis Special

In Episode 5 of The Tweener Podcast, we have a special college tennis focus! After the tweener of the week, they are joined by Bobby Knight of College Tennis Today to discuss many aspects of the sport, including last week’s National Indoors tournament. Why should you be more interested in college tennis? Well, listen to Joey and Zach tell you why! Finally, we announce the winner of our second Stick It Wear?! competition.

Podcast Shortcuts

(WILL BE UPDATED SHORTLY)

Tweener of The Week

 

The Tweener Podcast: Episode 4

It’s episode 4 of The Tweener Podcast, and Joey and Zach are back at it following a week off post-Australian Open. Tweener of the week is followed by an interesting debate regarding Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. We then try out a create-your-own player game based on nationality. Finally, we introduce the 2nd installment of our Stick It Wear?! competition, this time taking place in Rio de Janeiro. Enter your picks before main draw play begins to have a chance at a free t shirt! Read below for all details on how to enter.

Podcast Shortcuts

 

00:00–Introduction (It’s funny this week)

01:53–Tweener of the Week

03:42–Discussing this poll
 Shirt of The Week: “The Man”
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The Tweener Podcast: Episode 3

It’s Episode 3 and we are wrapping it all up from the Australian Open. We give out our tweener of the week and talk about our lasting impressions from the year’s first grand slam. Featured this week is a discussion with Ben Rothenberg, a New York Times contributing writer who has been working hard in Melbourne. We talk about the culture that surrounds the tennis media. Finally we announce the first winner of our Stick It Wear?! Competition and give a sneak peak into next week. As always, all feedback is encouraged and appreciated!

Podcast Shortcuts

Intro–00:00
Tweener of the Week–01:19
Ben Rothenberg Opening–03:05
BR: Match Fixing–04:20
BR: Media Reaction–08:58
BR: Tennis Media Culture+Conflicts of Interest–12:20
BR: Big Brother Cams in Australia–21:49
Australian Open Look Back–23:55
Stick It Wear Shirt Winner Announced–31:30

Tweener Of The Week


(Tweener of the week honorable mention)
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Stick It Wear Shirt of The Week

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Australian Open Competition Winner: Kevin Craig

The Tweener Podcast, Episode 2

In episode 2 of The Tweener Podcast, Joey and Zach are joined by Mike Cation. Cation is the play-by-play commentator on the USTA Pro Circuit. We discuss at length the issue that is rocking tennis; match fixing. We also talk to Mike about the upcoming year on the challenger tour, focusing on the young Americans. Finally, Zach and I give a little week 2 preview for the Australian Open. As always we would like to thank Stick It Wear?! for partnering with us. Make sure to check out their shirts!

Podcast Shortcuts 

01:35 — Tweener of the Week

05:10 — Mike Cation Interview Begins: Match Fixing

25:20 — Talking Maui and Young Americans

40:52 — Australian Open Second Week Preview

Tweener of the Week 

Stick It Wear?! Shirt of the Week

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The Tweener Podcast, Episode 1

We are very excited to introduce the first episode of The Tweener Podcast! Joey and Zach introduce themselves, present the tweener of the week, and talk about the direction of the podcast before previewing the Australian Open. Finally, we introduce our listener competition, sponsored by Stick It Wear?! Make sure to listen through for more precise details on how to enter.

 

Podcast shortcuts

Tweener of the week– 00:52

Who are we? Podcast direction– 02:35

Australian Open Draw Discussion– 07:45

Americans In The Draw– 29:16

First Round Match to Watch– 41:55

The Tweener Pick ‘Em Game, Sponsored by Stick It Wear?!– 44:54

Tweener of the week

Pick ‘Em Game Rules

(MUST ENTER BEFORE PLAY BEGINS ON Tuesday, January 19)

10$ budget, must pick three players, one of which is outside the top 5. You can spend a maximum of $5 on one player. You are picking the winner of the tournament. We are using Bet 365 odds, and again, this all just for fun, we are not betting real money. To enter, check out the odds below and make your picks by commenting on this post or tweeting us @TheTennisNerds.

(To break ties, whoever had the best second pick in their portfolio will win the shirt)

SHIRT OF THE WEEK 

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Odds

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