On this week's episode of the SI Tennis Beyond the Baseline Podcast, Sports Illustrated executive editor and host Jon Wertheim talks with Dirk Nowitzki.
The week after the U.S. Open in New York, Wertheim is joined by the Dallas Mavericks' power forward, who is an avid tennis fan and player when he's not on the courts in the NBA. Wertheim and Nowitzki discuss how his interest in tennis began, his favorite players, what it's like to play with Andy Roddick and other former pros and more. Nowitzki also talks about his inaugual tennis tournament, The Dirk Nowitzki Pro Celebrity Tennis Classic, on Sept. 18, where he'll return to his "first love" to play with Roddick, Ben Stiller and more to benefit the Dirk Nowitzki Foundation.
Also on the podcast, Wertheim and Nowitzki discuss the upcoming NBA season and his role with the Mavericks.
Check back on SI.com next week for another episode of Beyond the Baseline.