Do tennis and jazz improvisation share similarities? Yes! So says Grammy-nominated jazz pianist and composer Fred Hersch in an excellent and illuminating coversation with Sports Illustrated executive editor and host Jon Wertheim. On Sport's Illustrated's "Beyond the Baseline" podcast,
Wertheim and Hersch also talk about Roger Federer, Serena Williams and other players and how their free-flowing play, footwork and ability to create shots can be both advantageous and detrimental to their games. Hersch also discusses the role of silence and pauses and gender in both music and tennis, what tennis fans and players can learn from a jazz pianist and composer and more.
Well worth a listen!