Co-host Vasek Pospisil was at home in more ways than one in the seventh episode of Tennis United, which was released Friday on the ATP Tour’s Facebook page.
That’s because this episode is full of Canadians, from stars on the ATP Tour and WTA Tour to legends from other sports: Wayne Gretzky and Steve Nash.
Co-host Bethanie Mattek-Sands moderated a group chat consisting of Pospisil, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Milos Raonic, Bianca Andreescu and Eugenie Bouchard. They discussed everything from who has the best hair to their favourite music genres. Later in the show, the quintet played a fun game of “Never Have I Ever”, in which Raonic reflects on his days as a rapid racquet stringer.
“When I was in my prime, I could get sub-30!” Raonic said.
Gretzky and Nash are legends in the hockey and basketball worlds, respectively. Both are big tennis fans, and they opened up about their favourite players to watch and their favourite rivalries. Gretzky thought back to his days playing golf with John McEnroe.
“Johnny Mac and I played golf and we all get frustrated, we all curse. I don’t throw clubs, but the odd guy will throw a club. But even on the golf course, nobody could throw a golf club and curse like Johnny Mac,” Gretzkey said, cracking a laugh before recalling his favourite rivalry. “For me, it was always watching a Borg-McEnroe match. I just thought it was pretty unique.”
Canadian doubles star Gabriela Dabrowski also joined this episode, discussing how she’s kept busy during quarantine, her golf game, and more.