On this episode of Between Two Beers we talk to Marcus Daniell.
Marcus is one of New Zealand’s best tennis players. He’s an Olympic bronze medallist, who's won 5 ATP titles, made quarterfinal appearances at both Wimbledon and the Australian Open and has won over $1 million in prizemoney across his career.
This episode is kind of split into two parts. The first half tells the story of Marcus, the incredible man-child who cut his path to the top of the tennis world and all the trials and tribulations along the way. And the second half focuses on the incredible work he’s been doing off the court.
In January 2021, Marcus pledged to give at least 10% of his annual winnings to effective organisations for the rest of his life. Since then he’s recruited 130 athletes across 35 sports and 30 countries to follow his lead.
Last year he won the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award, formerly won by Nelson Mandela, Andre Agassi, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic as an acknowledgment of the incredible work he’s been doing in the charity space.
Marcus is an exceptionally sharp operator. This chat goes into some super insightful areas and every answer is thoughtful and considered. He’s got a huge future off the court when he decides to hang up the raquet. You’ll enjoy this one.
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2:02: Marcus Daniell a two-day Hambassador, the Harvard of the South Pacific, and a humble wife brag
7:54: A Wikipedia check in and golf chat
12:19: Worshipping at the Chapel of Bullshit
22:56: Rubbing shoulders with the biggest names in tennis
27:06: Beating senior men at the age of 10
30:03: Super high-achieving siblings
32:31: Full engagement
36:05: Football v tennis
40:14: Moving to Slovakia at 17
45:22: Turning pro and moving into doubles
54:56: Life on the tennis tour
57:47: Bronze at the Tokyo Olympic Games
1:06:28: Effective Alturism and High Impact Athletes (HIA)
1:11:37: The growth of HIA
1:19:12 Winning the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award
1:21:28: Choosing the right charities
1:26:26: Cultivating the belief system
1:30:49: Balancing a pro tennis career and managing a charity
1:32:11: Considerations for retirement and post tennis career options
1:37:52: Last words from Steven, Seamus and Marcus