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On this week's episode, host Jon Wertheim talks with Jake Agna, who spearheaded the effort to help rebuild the courts at the National Tennis Center in Cuba.

By Jon Wertheim
May 17, 2017

On the Beyond the Baseline Podcast, Sports Illustrated executive editor, Tennis Channel commentator and host Jon Wertheim takes fans between the lines with tennis commentary and exclusive interviews with the top players and newsmakers on the ATP and WTA tours.

On this week's episode, Wertheim talks with Jake Agna, director of Kids on the Ball, an American non-profit based in Vermont. Agna spearheaded the efforts to help rebuild the courts at the National Tennis Center in Havana, Cuba. After traveling to Cuba in April for an upcoming Tennis Channel piece on the rebuilding of tennis courts in Cuba—and the overall changing nature of the country—Wertheim talks with Agna about how he became involved in the process and how he raised money to travel to Havana to help the group of Americans who are rebuilding the courts.

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Agna discusses where tennis fits into the Cuban sports scene, which is historically dominated by baseball and boxing, where he thinks Cuban tennis is headed in terms of professionals in the ATP and WTA and more.

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