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‘Talking Tennis Southern Style’ Podcast Launched

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The USTA Southern Section has launched a podcast called “Talking Tennis Southern Style.” The debut episode features USTA Vice President and NCAA Chief Medical Officer Dr. Brian Hainline.

During his interview, Hainline focused on shepherding sports through the COVID-19 pandemic, playing tennis safely, collegiate sports, and the health benefits of tennis. Hainline is serving on the USTA and ITF pandemic task forces.

The USTA Southern podcast is scheduled for new episodes every other Thursday and can be downloaded on all major podcast download sites. Episodes are archived and are available for listening at TalkingTennisSouthernStyle.com. The podcast highlights a junior player and volunteer along with information on how tennis can improve your fitness and health.

Veteran TV and radio sports personality Sam Crenshaw serves as host. The longtime weekend sports anchor of 11Alive, the local NBC affiliate, Crenshaw currently hosts weekend morning shows on 92.9 The Game. He also works as a reporter/commentator for ATL26, Atlanta TV channel, along with GPB and Georgia State sports broadcasts.

Brian HainlineUSTA Southern President & CEO Bonnie Vandegrift said, “We are very excited to launch our podcast and are especially fortunate to have Dr. Brian Hainline on our first episode. His comments about our current situation shows that Talking Tennis Southern Style will focus on current events along with an overview of tennis in USTA Southern.”

Committee member Kyle Blackburn, of Knoxville, Tenn., is the podcast’s audio engineer. USTA Southern Director, Communications Ron Cioffi serves as executive producer.