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Tennis Accent Staff



Aaron Doster - USA TODAY Sports

The immortal Yogi Berra — who died four years ago at age 90 but will live for many more centuries in his impossible-to-forget quotes — left us with gems such as this one: “You can observe a lot by watching.”

In many ways, that sums up a fascinating podcast in which Saqib Ali of Tennis With An Accent talked with one of his professional idols growing up in India in the 1980s. Rohit Brijnath, who writes for the Straits Times of Singapore, has been one of the foremost Indian chroniclers of global tennis over the past four decades. He created a deeper love of tennis among his readers and elicits warm, happy feelings today among the many people who made his columns and reports a regular part of their media diet in the late 1980s and the 1990s.

He talked to Saqib for almost an hour in the latest edition of the Tennis With An Accent Podcast. He discussed the large presence of Boris Becker in the 1980s, the majesty of the 1992 Roland Garros women’s singles final between Monica Seles and Steffi Graf, Ivan Lendl’s obsession with Wimbledon in the 1980s… and the tension points of tennis in modern times, including the Big 3, the changes in playing styles, Nick Kyrgios, and so much more.

This is a trip down Memory Lane, but it is also a discussion of tennis identity, tennis preferences, and how young and aspiring tennis writers can better learn about the nuances of this sport. There is something for tennis fans of various ages in this podcast, presented by our partners at Radio Influence.

You can get more expansive show notes here and download the podcast at the bottom of the notes.

We encourage you to listen to the larger family of Radio Influence podcasts here.

The Tennis With An Accent staff produces roundtable articles and other articles with group input during the tennis season. Staff articles belong to the TWAA family of writers and contributors, as opposed to any individual commentator. Our staff produces roundtables every week of the tennis season, so that you will always know what the TWAA staff thinks about the important tennis topics of the times.

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