by Will Boucek

July 2, 2020   
Nicole Melichar

Below is an interview with Nicole Melichar.

Nicole won the Wimbledon 2018 mixed doubles title. She also was a finalist in women’s doubles that same year. Nicole has been ranked as high as #12 in the world and is currently the #19 ranked WTA doubles player. She has one title so far in 2020.

In this conversation, we talk about:

  • 1:28 – Hear what Nicole has been up to since the shutdown.
  • 2:44 – Nicole’s schedule for the rest of 2020.
  • 3:47 – The vibe on tour about whether or not to have US Open after the Adria tour failure, including Nicole’s thoughts on the smaller doubles draw.
  • 8:25 – Nicole walks us through her 2020 so far.
  • 11:17 – How Nicole got into tennis and eventually focused on doubles.
  • 16:54 – Nicole’s biggest strength as a doubles player and how she uses it.
  • 18:22 – How she thinks about serve strategy for doubles.
  • 21:46 – Using different serving formations.
  • 25:27 – Nicole’s biggest weaknesses on the doubles court and how she’s dealt with them.
  • 28:44 – What Nicole uses for meditation.
  • 29:11 – How she chooses a doubles partner and what style is best for her.
  • 32:10 – What she does to game plan against a specific opponent.
  • 33:17 – What she does after matches and tournaments to improve.
  • 34:11 – What a typical practice looks like.
  • 37:26 – Her favorite doubles drills.
  • 39:16 – Nicole’s prematch routine for an afternoon match.
  • 42:44 – The difference between practices during vs between tournaments.
  • 42:05 – Favorite tennis & non-tennis books, tournament, and pre-match meal.
  • 47:43 – Her favorite (funny) tennis story.
  • and a lot more…

Video of the Interview with Nicole Melichar

Here is the 51 minute conversation with Nicole.

Interview Notes

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Will Boucek is the Founder & CEO of The Tennis Tribe. He has played and coached tennis for over two decades. Will is a strategy analyst for ATP & WTA tour players and coaches. He also tests the latest tennis racquets, shoes, & other gear from Wilson, Babolat, Head, Prince, and other tennis brands. He currently lives in Fort Worth, Texas where he plays USTA leagues & tournaments.

  • Loved this interview! Great questions and a very engaging conversation. You need to join our group at Newk’s in October (if it’s open). Great job Will!

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