An Irishman Abroad

Sam Barry: Episode 191

May 13, 2017

Sam Barry is one of Ireland’s finest tennis players and his journey to the top of his sport has been driven by raw hard work, self-discipline and family support. In fascinating detail, Sam explains how he has struggled with his own identity as a result of the level of anonymity in Irish tennis (5:00) and how anxiety and stress in his career once turned him to bitterness towards the game (19:00). 

As a professional in a sport where even those who are not superstars are subject to online abuse from gamblers (52:00), sharing a locker room with the likes of Nadal and Djokovic one minute before playing on run-down courts the next (42:00), at just 25 Sam is in the perfect position to discuss the financial burden of being within touching distance of the top of the world rankings and the determination that it takes to get there (45:00). From his rock bottom moment in Belarus (1:03:00) to the one thing about his playing that he would love to change (1:01:00), this episode is a true tale of perseverance and self-belief.

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