“That’s one of the things I learned right away is you have to be willing to go on the court every single day and get fired, and stick up for what you believe in."
This week's TENNIS.com Podcast guest is WTA and ATP coach Craig Kardon. With 30 years of experience on tour, Kardon has a lot of stories to share with podcast co-hosts Nina Pantic and Irina Falconi.
A former Top 300-ranked pro, Kardon got his pro coaching career started in the late 1980s helping none other than Martina Navratilova to her final Wimbledon title in 1990. He has since worked with Mary Pierce, Lindsay Davenport, Jennifer Capriati, Ana Ivanovic, Xavier Malisse, Alex Bogomolov, CoCo Vandeweghe and more. He has been a fixture in World TeamTennis for nearly 20 years, spending the last decade guiding the Billie Jean King-owned Philadelphia Freedoms.
Kardon shares how he got his first gig, and why coaches struggle to hold onto any sort of steady work on tour with the coaching carousel spitting out changes seemingly daily. He explains what has kept him in the game, how he manages life on tour and what he looks for when he's seeking out a new player to work with.