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TalkAboutTennis
01-28-2008, 10:28 AM
TAT is pleased to announce another edition of TAT Pro Talk.

Our newest addition to TAT Pro Talk is former player and current tennis broadcaster Katrina Adams.

A little bit about Katrina from the Tennis Channel website:

Katrina Adams Bio from Tennis Channel (http://www.thetennischannel.com/programs/talent/Katrina_Adams.aspx)

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"Katrina Adams is part of the on-air broadcasting team at The Tennis Channel. Since joining the network in 2003, she has been the lead analyst for coverage of the International Tennis Federation's Fed Cup competition. Her duties have also extended to analysis during live Women's Tennis Association (WTA) Tour coverage and hosting the "Fed Cup Preview" show.

A professional tennis player from 1988 to 1999, Adams captured 20 WTA Tour doubles titles and one ITF singles crown during her career. Her career-high world rankings included No. 8 in doubles and No. 67 in singles in 1989.

Adams segued into broadcasting and coaching following her career as a player. Her television career began as a commentator for BET's coverage of the United Negro College Fund Celebrity Golf and Tennis Challenge from 1998-2001. She also provided analysis on the international feeds of the 1999 Pilot Pen and Lipton Championships and ESPN's coverage of the 1999 Bausch and Lomb Championships. Further, she has been interviewed for such programs as "ESPN Sports Century" and Lifetime's "Intimate Portrait." In the coaching arena, from 1999–2002, Adams served as a national tennis coach for the United States Tennis Association (USTA), coaching and mentoring junior and professional tennis players in all aspects of their careers. During that time, she also served as a member of the USTA Player Development Committee (1999) and the USTA Executive Committee (1998-99). In 2005, Adams was elected to the USTA Board of Directors as a Director at Large.

Off the courts, Adams has helped provide strategic direction for the WTA Tour and professional women players worldwide, serving four one-year terms as a player representative on the WTA Tour Board of Directors and participating in the integration of the WTA Tour, ITF and Players Association. She also served five two-year terms on the WTA Tour Players Association Board of Directors, in the posts of vice president and treasurer, serving as chairperson of the Anti-Doping Committee, and receiving the WTA Tour Player Service Award in 1996 and 1997.

Born and raised in Chicago, Adams started playing tennis at the age of six, in the public parks and recreation program sponsored by the Martin Luther King Jr. Boys Club. She earned an athletic scholarship to Northwestern University, where she studied communications and became the 1986 ITCA Rookie of the Year and 1987 NCAA doubles champion en route to garnering two-time NCAA All-America honors. In 1998, she was inducted into the Northwestern University Hall of Fame. She currently lives in Bradenton, Fla."


In addition to her many endeavors, she serves as Executive Director of the Harlem Junior Tennis and Education Program. TAT recently featured their fundrasing event.


TAT wishes to thank Katrina Adams for agreeing to participate.

Please list your questions for Katrina in this thread. We'll leave the thread open for 1 week, and then submit the best questions to Katrina.

patrick
01-28-2008, 10:38 AM
Since Maria Sharapova won the 2008 AO, do you think she and Justine Henin will complete the career Slam? If so, when?

GVGirl
01-28-2008, 05:02 PM
Bumping

bea26
01-28-2008, 05:22 PM
How well do you think Monica Seles would do in Miami? Or J-Cap anywhere? Are there any former faves you think could make a real dent in the tour today?

Charlie02123
01-28-2008, 10:51 PM
As someone who has been on many sides of the tour:

what do you recommend for a rabid tennis fan who is interested in their career being related to tennis?

Charlie02123
01-28-2008, 10:51 PM
What was your most memorable match on tour?

Charlie02123
01-28-2008, 10:51 PM
Who are your favorite players on tour today?

Jay
01-28-2008, 10:52 PM
As someone who has been on many sides of the tour:

what do you recommend for a rabid tennis fan who is interested in their career being related to tennis?

I hope this question gets picked to be sent to her. I really really want to know her answer to this question, too:cheesy:

mmmm8
01-29-2008, 04:58 AM
After working there for awhile, what, if anything, would you change about the Tennis Channel if you were the CEO?

dryrunguy
01-29-2008, 12:22 PM
So many emerging tennis stars from other countries trained on U.S. soil and called upon U.S.-based coaching resources to develop top-flight games. Meanwhile, as you know, the future of American tennis looks pretty bleak. If Donald Young doesn't pan out, we're in a serious lurch. What lessons can U.S. tennis officials (and others) learn from the player development programs of other countries?

Moose
01-29-2008, 12:40 PM
You debuted at Wimbledon in '88, getting to the 4th Round (and taking a set off Chrissie) in singles and the Semis in doubles. Was that your favorite career memory? And is it difficult returning year after year to an event like Wimbledon when you can never reach the same result?

rabbit
01-29-2008, 01:04 PM
Do you think we will see someday a well-organized liaison for channeling good college tennis players into the professional tours?

GVGirl
02-04-2008, 02:30 PM
Bumping, last call for questions.

patrick
02-04-2008, 02:42 PM
Since the USA clinched their tie today against Germany led by Harkleroad, who do you think Zina and Mary Jo will play against Russia?

Tscott415
02-04-2008, 02:55 PM
The WTA is going through a time of relentless power hitting with a few odd ones out such as Chakvetadze and Henin. Do you think a female that played like Nadal on the mens tour would be successful or would she be unable to cope with the powerful ball striking?

Tscott415
02-04-2008, 02:56 PM
It is becoming well known how the grass at WImbledon has become increasingly slower. Do you think this is a benefit or detriment for the tour and if so what should be done to change things?

oohsalmon
02-04-2008, 03:10 PM
How do you feel about Zuzana Ondraskova's chances to make it back into the top 100?

Do you think play-by-play from a remote location (like Versus did for the YEC) is acceptable?

nelslus
02-04-2008, 03:15 PM
How do you feel about Zuzana Ondraskova's chances to make it back into the top 100?

Do you think play-by-play from a remote location (like Versus did for the YEC) is acceptable?

Didn't take ya long to break your own No-Zuzu Talk rule, eh, Salmon?!?!? Now you've doomed her to a career in Alexandra Stevensonland. Hope that you're proud of yourself, mister.

oohsalmon
02-04-2008, 03:15 PM
Didn't take ya long to break your own No-Zuzu Talk rule, eh, Salmon?!?!? Now you've doomed her to a career in Alexandra Stevensonland. Hope that you're proud of yourself, mister.

I said I would talk about her only when absolutely relevant. Which to Katrina Adams, she is.

nelslus
02-04-2008, 03:21 PM
From one former NU alumni to another.....While there have been doubles specialists for a pretty long time now- it is obviously much more lucrative to be a top doubles player these days.

Especially as you clearly had the most success in doubles- do you think that you would have focused more on being a doubles specialist if you were joining the tour these days? Would it have been a big deal for you to win a Doubles slam title?

Also- are you at all still involved with NU tennis and/or other NU programs?

Jack
02-04-2008, 03:25 PM
I said I would talk about her only when absolutely relevant. Which to Katrina Adams, she is.

Katrina: "Susannah whoisthisnow? Don't know her."

Q1. As someone who was more successful at doubles, what do you think the tour needs to do to bring more of the top players back to doubles? (Or will they ever be able to?)

Q2. Who were your favorite doubles players, and why?

Q3. Why did you have such a good H2H vs. Patty Fendick? ;)

Scotty
02-04-2008, 03:42 PM
What's the hardest part of calling a match as a commentator?

What is/are your favorite part(s) of being a broadcaster?

mmmm8
02-04-2008, 03:51 PM
Sticking with the doubles - the ATP has launched "Doubles Rules" and is doing something to raise the popularity of doubles. The WTA, to my knowledge, has expressed support of doubles but has no coherent doubles marketing program. Are you aware of any plans for such, and if it were up to you, what would you to increase the popularity of doubles?

mmmm8
02-04-2008, 03:52 PM
Do you think play-by-play from a remote location (like Versus did for the YEC) is acceptable?

Huh?

oohsalmon
02-04-2008, 03:57 PM
Huh?

Tracy Austin and whatever guy that was didn't go to Madrid, but were doing their commentating from somewhere in the USA.

Both my questions suck apparently :(

:cheesy:

mmmm8
02-04-2008, 03:59 PM
Tracy Austin and whatever guy that was didn't go to Madrid, but were doing their commentating from somewhere in the USA.

Both my questions suck apparently :(

:cheesy:

It's done a lot, salmon, including by Tennis Channel sometimes

oohsalmon
02-04-2008, 04:02 PM
It's done a lot, salmon, including by Tennis Channel sometimes

Oh I know it's frequent.

My question: Does it suck?

GVGirl
02-07-2008, 04:48 AM
Many thanks for your questions. TAT will forward them to her and post her answers in the not-to-distant future.