Prominent journalists and highly visible publications have no problem getting access to the best tennis players in the world at the tournaments which comprise each tennis season. For the grassroots bloggers at niche or small-scale publications who are fortunate enough to get inside the ropes at various tennis tournaments, the process of getting a meaningful amount of time with top tennis players can be much more complicated. Enter Alex Theodoridis.
Alex — of Tennisportalen in Sweden — covers tennis tournaments in Sweden (such as the Stockholm Open every October) and the majors, such as the Australian Open, which he has covered the last several years.
On the most recent Tennis With An Accent Podcast, Alex joined host Saqib Ali for a half-hour conversation which reviewed the Monte Carlo Masters, but which also dealt with the subject of how to get more access to players at tournaments from the vantage point of a grassroots journalist. How can a grassroots journalist maximize his or her time at a tennis tournament and develop effective solutions, making the kinds of maneuvers one needs to make when not bearing the prestige of The Times Of London or the New York Times?
Also in this podcast, Alex Theodoridis discusses Stefanos Tsitsipas’s first ATP Tour title, won in Stockholm last autumn when Alex was there to cover it. Theodoridis also discusses Swedish tennis, spending a few minutes on Rebecca Peterson, who won a set against Serena Williams earlier this year in Miami before losing in three.
Follow Alex on Twitter at @AlexTheodorid1s — that’s his last name, Theodoridis, with a number “1” replacing the final “i” in the name.
Follow Tennisportalen at the Twitter handle of the same name, and on the web here.
We have some exciting guests planned for the Tennis With An Accent Podcast in May, the month in which Roland Garros begins. Follow us at @accent_tennis.