The Tennis Podcast

By David Law and Catherine Whitaker

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Luciano
 Feb 17, 2021

Ben C
 Nov 9, 2019
Gives me all I need to keep up with tennis events and analysis. Succession spoilers aside, an entertaining and informative podcast with 3 excellent hosts.

Anna
 Jun 19, 2019
if you enjoy tennis, TTP is a great way to keep up on a weekly basis (daily at the slams). catherine, david & matt knowledgeable + v funny! also discuss tennis issues - tennis governance, schedule, health, gender issues. highly recommend!

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Presented by David Law and Catherine Whitaker, and featuring Matt Roberts, The Tennis Podcast is a downloadable tennis audio show featuring weekly chat, big-name guests, and daily editions at the Grand Slam tournaments. It is crowdfunded every December by its listeners.


Episode Date
Aus Open Day 14 - Sublime Djokovic closes the gap
01:07:57

If Saturday was all about Naomi Osaka opening up a gap between herself and the rest of the field, then Sunday was all about Novak Djokovic closing the gap in the Grand Slam Race. After he beat Daniil Medvedev in a surprisingly one-sided final, his18th major title was the subject of our final podcast from the 2021 Australian Open. 

Why was the match not as close as we expected? Could Medvedev have done anything differently? Why did Djokovic 'need' this title? What might his schedule look like in the future as he worries less about his ranking? And how did Goran Ivanisevic stoke up the Grand Slam Race?

The Tennis Podcast is presented by Catherine Whitaker and David Law, and features Matt Roberts. It is produced weekly year-round, and daily during the Grand Slam tournaments.

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Feb 21, 2021
Aus Open Day 13 - Osaka joins Seles and Federer in the record books
00:56:38

On Saturday, Naomi Osaka beat Jennifer Brady 6-4, 6-3 to set herself apart. It was her 21st consecutive match win, her 4th Grand Slam title, and her 2nd Australian Open crown. Her 12-0 record at the quarter-finals and beyond in majors is unmatched by anyone else in the Open Era.

We look back on where the final was won and lost, reflect on Osaka’s journey to this point and her place in the game, consider her potential on grass and clay, and discuss what the future might hold for Brady. 

There’s also a preview of tomorrow's men’s final between Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev. How can you back against Djokovic in an Australian Open final? But why do we have a feeling for Medvedev? 

The Tennis Podcast is presented by Catherine Whitaker and David Law, and features Matt Roberts. It is produced weekly year-round, and daily during the Grand Slam tournaments.

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Feb 20, 2021
Aus Open Day 12 - Mount Medvedev too much for Tsitsipas
01:03:01

Just when Stefanos Tsitsipas thought he’d scaled his Everest by beating Rafael Nadal, he ran into Daniil Medvedev. The Russian picked apart Tsitsipas’ game for his 12th consecutive win over a Top-10 player to set up a final meeting with Novak Djokovic. 

In part one of this podcast we discuss the match, including the way the crowd influenced both players, the deceptive brilliance of Medvedev, whether Tsitsipas was fatigued, the simmering aggro, and Medvedev’s shot of the tournament contender. 

In part two, we speak to Simon Briggs to get his views on Medvedev’s appeal in the UK, to hear about his interview with Naomi Osaka’s fitness trainer, to discuss the news that the Australian Open is set to cost Tennis Australia $100m, and to ponder what’s next for the sport in these uncertain times. 

The Tennis Podcast is presented by Catherine Whitaker and David Law, and features Matt Roberts. It is produced weekly year-round, and daily during the Grand Slam tournaments.

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Feb 19, 2021
Aus Open Day 11 - Is this where Naomi Osaka takes over?
01:01:37

Day 11 of this Australian Open was a classic day of Grand Slam semi-final tennis, defined by tournament favourites underlining their credentials, an ageing great dealing with the heaviness of defeat, and two inexperienced players anxiously trying to defeat their nerves and each other to reach a first major final. It left us with lots to reflect on and lots to look forward to on the podcast.

  • Osaka shines bright - what makes her so special? 
  • Interpreting Serena’s wave goodbye 
  • Will Serena get to 24 and does it matter? (Featuring a small argument) 
  • Brady survives epic last game to reach first major final - can she trouble Osaka?
  • Djokovic hits peak form at the right time
  • What next for Aslan Karatsev? 
  • Medvedev vs. Tsitsipas preview 

The Tennis Podcast is presented by Catherine Whitaker and David Law, and features Matt Roberts. It is produced weekly year-round, and daily during the Grand Slam tournaments.

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Feb 18, 2021
Aus Open Day 10 - Tsitsipas conquers Nadal and Barty loses her way
01:03:36

What a day at the Australian Open: one that began with Ash Barty’s shock defeat to Karolina Muchova, and ended with Stefanos Tsitsipas' remarkable comeback against Rafael Nadal. We tried our best to put it all into words on the podcast. 

How did Tsitsipas turn the match around? What happened to Nadal in the third set tiebreak and beyond? Why was Barty vs. Muchova so weird? What role did the medical timeout play in the match? Will this defeat leave scar tissue for Barty? What does it mean that Jennifer Brady has backed up her US Open run? And how did Daniil Medvedev display his dominance over Andrey Rublev? 

The Tennis Podcast is presented by Catherine Whitaker and David Law, and features Matt Roberts. It is produced weekly year-round, and daily during the Grand Slam tournaments.

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Feb 17, 2021
Aus Open Day 9 - Serena-Osaka is ON
00:55:10
  • Osaka solves Hsieh conundrum with ease - how did she do it?
  • Karatsev reaches semis on Grand Slam debut.
  • Dimitrov devastated by back spasm. 
  • Vintage Serena beats Halep - will Osaka stop her? 
  • Serena and Rafa - an historic double? 
  • Djokovic manages injury, mood and Zverev. 
  • Crowds to return on Thursday? Fingers crossed.  


The Tennis Podcast is presented by Catherine Whitaker and David Law, and features Matt Roberts. It is produced weekly year-round, and daily during the Grand Slam tournaments.

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Feb 16, 2021
Aus Open Day 8 - A dud of a day but the pod’s great, honest
00:59:21

Day 8 didn’t live up to the heights of previous days, with no upsets and no epics. But with the quarter-final line-up complete, we still had lots to cover. 

Has Jennifer Brady’s rise given Jessica Pegula belief? Why was Rafael Nadal vs. Fabio Fognini so disappointing? Will Matteo Berrettini’s withdrawal help or hinder Stefanos Tsitsipas? And is the lack of crowds benefitting Ash Barty? 

The Tennis Podcast is presented by Catherine Whitaker and David Law, and features Matt Roberts. It is produced weekly year-round, and daily during the Grand Slam tournaments.

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Feb 15, 2021
Aus Open Day 7 - Slam finals galore in round 4; Thiem tonked
01:08:35

All eyes were on the blockbuster Naomi Osaka vs. Garbine Muguruza and Serena Williams vs. Aryna Sabalenka matches on Sunday, and they didn’t disappoint. 

How did Osaka manage to raise her game when she needed it most? Did Muguruza get tight at the finish? And where did Serena’s incredible movement and defence come from? 

We also discuss what makes Su-Wei Hsieh’s presence in the quarter-finals so exciting for the tournament and why Simona Halep seems to be in a really good place. 

In the men’s draw, Novak Djokovic took to the court and beat Milos Raonic for the 12th time. How much did his side strain affect his play? And how might he fare against Alexander Zverev next? 

Plus, how did Grigor Dimitrov beat Dominic Thiem so easily? And what happened for Aslan Karatsev to come from two sets down to beat Felix Auger-Aliassime? 

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Feb 14, 2021
Aus Open Day 6 - Silent, subdued, but intriguing
01:05:55

Saturday was the quietest day of this Australian Open so far, in all senses of the word. The fans were sorely missed and there wasn’t quite the same amount of drama or fun as previous days. But it was still a Grand Slam day, meaning there was still plenty for us to discuss, including:

  • Silent stadia - pros and cons
  • Nadal makes progress; Will Fognini stop him?
  • Berrettini wins, but bigger battles await
  • Tsitsipas enjoys a quiet life
  • What happened to Daniil Medvedev?
  • Just how good is Casper Ruud?
  • Barty braced for deep run. Who can stop her?
  • 'Jen' Brady, perhaps
  • The curious case of Karolina Pliskova

The Tennis Podcast is presented by Catherine Whitaker and David Law, and features Matt Roberts. It is produced weekly year-round, and daily during the Grand Slam tournaments.

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Feb 13, 2021
Aus Open Day 5 - Last night at the tennis
01:03:00

Well that was one of the most surreal nights of tennis we’ve ever seen. 

The announcement of a Victoria state lockdown from midnight in Melbourne put the attendance of fans at the Australian Open on a ticking clock and led to one of the most electric atmospheres imaginable for all five mesmerising sets of Nick Kyrgios vs. Dominic Thiem and then to a mass exodus of fans mid-way through Novak Djokovic’s match against Taylor Fritz. The rest of it, as Djokovic struggled on through injury to win in a decider, was played in eerie silence. We did our best to process it all on the podcast. 

It was also a day which saw Naomi Osaka, Serena Williams and Iga Swiatek set up blockbuster R4 matches against Garbine Muguruza, Aryna Sabalenka and Simona Halep respectively. Their performances are analysed, Su-Wei Hsieh’s post-match interview is praised, and we learn about Aslan Karatsev. 

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Feb 12, 2021
Aus Open Day 4 - Kenin conquered, Nadal heckled, Italian aggro
00:59:06

After the joy of Wednesday’s atmosphere at Melbourne Park, Day 4 at the Australian Open had a tough act to follow, but it certainly delivered drama.

Why was it not surprising that defending champion Sofia Kenin lost? How did Stefanos Tsitsipas find himself in a five set battle with Thanasi Kokkinakis? Should we be talking about Karolina Pliskova as a title contender? Is Jennifer Brady in the mix now? How did Rafael Nadal react to being given the middle finger by a fan? And what on earth was the post-match aggro between Fabio Fognini and Salvatore Caruso all about? 

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Feb 11, 2021
Aus Open Day 3 - The Day Tennis Came Home
01:16:57

Days of tennis don’t come much better than that. In a packed podcast, we cover: 

  • The joy of tennis with crowds
  • Kyrgios sending Melbourne Park into a frenzy 
  • Inspirational Venus carrying on despite injury, but losing to Errani 
  • Hsieh bamboozling Andreescu 
  • Tiafoe testing Djokovic on a hot and quick Rod Laver Arena
  • Fucsovics beating Wawrinka in fifth set tiebreak 
  • Halep coming back from the brink against Tomljanovic 
  • Osaka, Swiatek and Serena easing through 
  • Cirstea upsetting Kvitova 
  • Tank tops and tennis bodies - a new perspective

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Feb 10, 2021
Aus Open Day 2 - Brits abroad, Vika’s gone, Stef’s awkward interview
01:00:39

Even on a relatively quiet day at the Australian Open, there were still significant results and storylines which altered the feel of the tournament.

We discuss Sofia Kenin’s nerves, the ongoing talking point about how much hard quarantine is affecting players and impacting results, defeats for Maria Sakkari and Victoria Azarenka which have opened up their quarter, a 6-0 6-0 victory for Ash Barty, an injury for Jo Konta, how Rafael Nadal’s back held up in his straight-sets victory, Dan Evans’ disappointment at losing to Cameron Norrie, and Stefanos Tsitsipas' very awkward post-match interview. 

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Feb 09, 2021
Aus Open Day 1 - Bianca's back as WTA Avengers Assemble; Shapovalov-Sinner Epic
01:05:59

After an exhilarating opening day at the Australian Open - featuring dominant performance from the leading women’s contenders and culminating in a five-set epic under the lights - Catherine, David and Matt had plenty to discuss on the pod. 

In what ways did both Shapovalov and Sinner impress in their late night epic? How did Kyrgios respond to Djokovic’s comment that he doesn’t “respect” him off court? Who sent the biggest statement - Halep, Serena or Osaka? What did Kerber have to say about the impact of 14-day quarantine after her heavy defeat? Why did Gael Monfils get so emotional in his press conference? And how did it feel to watch Andreescu play and win a tennis match again? 

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Feb 08, 2021
Aus Open 2021 - Let's Do This!
01:03:05

There have been moments over the last few days, weeks and months when the chances of there even being an Australian Open in 2021 have felt slim. But one of the great feats of organisation has been pulled off, some bullets have been dodged, our fingers remain crossed, and play is set to get underway in a few hours. 

In this episode we wrap up the results from the six lead-in tournaments. What is Dan Evans’ ranking ceiling after he won his first ATP title? Why has Felix Auger-Aliassime not even won a set in his seven finals? Will Jannik Sinner be physically compromised after his efforts this week? In what way did Ash Barty send a statement to the rest of the tour in her victory over Garbine Muguruza? And is Andrey Rublev in the Australian Open mix? 

We also discuss the major talking points from the pre tournament press conferences, including what Novak Djokovic thinks of Nick Kyrgios, Iga Swiatek’s honesty about how she’s dealing with being a Grand Slam champion, updates on the fitness of Rafael Nadal and Simona Halep, and some feel-good stories from Francesca Jones. 

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Feb 07, 2021
Aus Open - Draw Dissection
01:08:06

After a 24-hour stoppage with everyone holding their breath, tennis returned again in Melbourne with all six Australian Open warm up tournaments now hurtling towards the finish line. 

In the first half of the show we discuss the possible motivation behind the large number of retirements and walkovers, assess how concerned we are about Simona Halep and Rafael Nadal’s physical state, marvel at Garbine Muguruza’s form, and cover Dan Evans’ run to the semi-final of the Murray River Open. 

Then, it’s time to break down the Australian Open draws. What makes the bottom half of the women’s draw so mouthwatering? And in what way does the men’s one look more balanced overall? 

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Feb 05, 2021
Tennis stops and fingers cross
01:04:31

A positive covid test from someone who had worked at the Australian Open quarantine hotel appeared to leave the tournament teetering on a cliff edge last night, with hundreds of players and staff forced to isolate again. After 24 hours of mass testing, however, Craig Tiley says the tournament will go ahead as planned. For now.

It’s a situation which has served as a reminder of the precariousness of Tennis Australia’s operation to stage the event and in this episode we talk all about it. 

We also reflect on what we’ve seen so far from the the lead-in tournaments. Who has impressed at the ATP Cup? How is Iga Swiatek adjusting to life as a Grand Slam champion? How do we feel about the latest Nick Kyrgios circus? And what makes Carlos Alcaraz so good? 

Finally, we respond to some of the feedback we’ve received about our decision to refer to the second stadium court at Melbourne Park as the Evonne Goolagong Arena. 

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Feb 04, 2021
So much tennis!
00:56:02

With six tournaments all taking place at Melbourne Park this week, we try to get our heads around it all and discuss what we’ve seen so far. How did Serena Williams look in her first match? What about Katie Boulter? What do we expect from Bianca Andreescu in her first tournament for 15 months? Why have the crowds not shown up yet? And will the ATP Cup provide good preparation for the Australian Open? 

We also reveal our plans to refer to the second stadium at Melbourne Park as the Evonne Goolagong Arena. 

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Feb 01, 2021
Aus Open Re-Lived: 2017 - Serena, Venus, Federer, Nadal and all that
02:03:28

In this episode we travel back four years to bask in the wonder that was the 2017 Australian Open. There was so much to cover (hence the length of this show) from shock defeats for Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic, exciting runs from Dan Evans and Jo Konta, the re-emergence of Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, controversy surrounding Nick Kyrgios, and ultimately a throwback finals weekend which saw Serena defeat Venus and Roger defeat Rafa. We react to clips from the daily pods, get Mary Carillo's take, and consider the lasting significance of the tournament.

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Jan 30, 2021
Aus Open Re-Lived: 1995 - The tears of Pete Sampras
01:12:47

In 1995, Pete Sampras was the world No.1, a five-time major winner, and the defending Australian Open champion. He was also a dominant and stoic figure, labelled by many as boring and representative of a sport in decline. 

All that changed early in the fifth set of Sampras’ quarter-final match against Jim Courier when, overcome with emotion as he thought of his friend and coach Tim Gullikson, who had flown home from Melbourne with serious health problems, Sampras began to weep uncontrollably. 

He somehow managed to ace his way through the tears and win the match, but it was an extraordinary moment, and one that altered the public’s perception of Sampras. 

Mary Carillo, who was commentating on the match for ESPN, tells the story from her vantage point, and David remembers how he felt at the time, as a huge Sampras fan watching it all unfold on TV. 

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Jan 28, 2021
Aus Open Re-Lived: 1988 - Kooyong to Flinders Park
01:11:35

These days the Australian Open sits alongside the other Grand Slam tournaments as one of the best and most prestigious tennis events in the world, but it wasn’t always that way. In this episode, we tell the story of its transformative move from Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club to Flinders Park in 1988.

Pat Cash, who lost back-to-back five-set finals in 1987 and 1988 talks us through it all, including what Kooyong was like as a venue, why his 1987 defeat to Stefan Edberg feels like the one that got away in his career, why a move to the new site was both necessary and a roaring success, the effect of the new surface known as Rebound Ace, and the epic back and forth he had with Mats Wilander in the classic 1988 final. 

We also hear from Pam Shriver - who won the women’s doubles title with Martina Navratilova in both years - about her experience. 

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Jan 26, 2021
Aus Open Re-Lived: Evonne Goolagong
01:15:22

With contributions from Billie Jean King, Mary Carillo, Pam Shriver and Pat Cash, we tell Evonne Goolagong’s story, including her upbringing in New South Wales and the discrimination she faced, her early discovery of tennis, her poetic style of play, her Grand Slam successes throughout the 1970s, her crowning achievement by winning Wimbledon as a mother, her charity work for indigenous Australians, and her influence on Ash Barty. 

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Jan 25, 2021
Billie Jean King - The Reaction; And what’s next for us
00:55:19

Catherine is joined by David and Matt to react to her big interview with Billie Jean King. Picking up on some of the points raised by Billie Jean, we discuss the way she makes us feel when she talks about tennis, the way she forces us to challenge our preconceptions, the emphasis she puts on the importance of knowing your history, the lessons she can teach us about not alienating your audience, the place of team events in tennis, and the majors vs. slams debate.

We also share our plans for Australian Open Re-Lived week and beyond. 

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Jan 21, 2021
Billie Jean King - The Interview
01:45:39

This episode is a conversation between Catherine Whitaker and Billie Jean King. 

Through stories about the Battle of the Sexes, the Original 9, the awarding of equal prize money at the US Open in 1973, her time spent with Bud Collins, and knowing Althea Gibson, Billie Jean connects the past with the present, explaining why it’s so important to know your tennis history and how it impacts the modern game. 

Now 77-years-old, Billie Jean’s love for tennis and her desire for it to be as good as it possibly can be shine through. She makes the case for there to be more team events, recognises some elements which are holding the sport back, but ultimately provides an optimistic message about tennis’ future, buoyed by the direction leaders such as Naomi Osaka and Coco Gauff are taking it. 

There are moments of intense introspection, too, as she talks candidly about her struggle to be her authentic self, her regrets, the challenges of competing at the top level in your late 30s, what it means to ‘stay in the room’, and the responsibility that comes with having her name on the Billie Jean King Cup. 


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Jan 18, 2021
Melbourne Mayhem - An Emergency Podcast
00:58:00

Positive covid cases, more than 70 players facing two weeks stuck inside without any practice, and mice in hotel rooms…it all calls for an emergency pod. 

Catherine and David convene to discuss the situation in Melbourne. How has it all got out of control so quickly? What is Tennis Australia’s role now? How much sympathy do we feel for the players in all of this? And does it change who should be considered the Australian Open favourite? 

We also speak to Pam Shriver about how she thinks she would have found the strict quarantine, how she might have tried to keep sharp and fit in that situation, how it might affect the men and women differently, what measures or format changes could be implemented by the tournament, and the inequality of the separate quarantine in Adelaide for top players. 

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Jan 17, 2021
Murray misery, Sabalenka soars, and a few feel-good stories
00:58:21

The first titles of the 2021 season have been won and players are now flocking to Australia for two weeks of quarantine. But not everything is going according to plan, with Andy Murray isolating at home after testing positive for covid-19 and Tennys Sandgren boarding his flight to Melbourne despite returning a positive test. We react to those two bits of news and discuss where it leaves the Australian Open. 

Wrapping up this week’s results, we ask whether Aryna Sabalenka can translate her dominance on the WTA Tour to the Australian Open, whether Alex de Minaur is in the mix, and who has more potential out of Delray Beach finalists Sebastian Korda and Hubert Hurkacz? 

Finally, we explain our enjoyment of Australian Open qualifying and tell the uplifting story of British qualifier Francesca Jones. 

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Jan 14, 2021
Tennis everywhere, and Ons Jabeur - trailblazer, inspiration, contender?
01:05:09

We’re only halfway through the first week of the new season but there’s already plenty for us to cover, including the fine form shown by Maria Sakkari and Aryna Sabalenka in Abu Dhabi, a curious collapse from Sofia Kenin, news of a separate Australian Open quarantine in Adelaide for top players, David Ferrer and Alexander Zverev’s split, Dayana Yastremska's provisional suspension after a positive doping test, our apologies to Gippslanders, and Matt’s 2021 player to watch.

Plus, David speaks to Ons Jabeur about how she finds bubble life, her goals for the season and the pride she feels representing Arab women in tennis. 

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Jan 11, 2021
Tennis is back!
00:59:28

In this episode we navigate Billie Jean’s mischief to cover the matches we’ve seen and the storylines that have arisen in Abu Dhabi so far, more news about the Melbourne swing prior to the Australian Open, and confirmation of some WTA quarantine practice pairings. 

We also pay tribute to Bob Brett and Tom Perrotta, who the tennis world sadly lost this week. 

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Jan 07, 2021
Tennis Aggro 2
01:26:34

We’re starting the new year with a bumper edition of the pod to conclude our countdown of the best ever moments of tennis aggro. The Top 5 looks like this: 

5 - Andy Murray, “Shut up!” & “Everyone hates you” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yo_E_azZOoc & https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-XiZF08DY8

4 - Jeff Tarango defaults himself at Wimbledon - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GzQ2-EwgdXQ

3 - Broady/Ostapenko Auckland 2016 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPhiBazkhMU

2 - Mirka & Wawrinka, “crybaby” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JROFhZOf1_M

1- Medvedev, Miami 2018 vs Tsitsipas & 2019 US Open - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDX6K7t-JcE & https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JzLthGcTKE & https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=861XVx0ge2k & https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CQYJlU5_Ew

Enjoy!

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Jan 04, 2021
Tennis Aggro 1
00:58:40

The moment has arrived. After 780 episodes, the time has finally come to dedicate a couple of pods to some of the best ever moments of tennis aggro. In part one of our countdown: 

10 - Serena/Jankovic, Dubai 2014: http://youtu.be/rZCOCPbIPKc

9 - Errani/Cornet, “Why you say vamos?”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLRV7QCs5L0&ab_channel=nobodycares

8 - Kim Sears, Parental Advisory Explicit Content: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qivF3oIZJUo&ab_channel=AustralianOpenTV

7 - Roddick/Djokovic, US Open 2008: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLkZ4GMBOHM&ab_channel=kreaturekodeyellow

6- John McEnroe, Stockholm 1984: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hmkv5a4gkQw&ab_channel=KunalSingh

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Dec 31, 2020
Federer, Murray and Sliding Doors 3
01:14:34

Our third and final instalment of Sliding Doors tennis sees us talk about a medley of moments which have shaped Roger Federer’s career, the period Serena Williams missed after stepping on glass in 2010, and a world in which Billie Jean King didn’t win the Battle of the Sexes. 

We also discuss the news that Federer will miss the Australian Open and that Andy Murray will start his 2021 season in Delray Beach. 

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Dec 28, 2020
Sliding Doors - Part 2
01:01:28

We’re back with a Christmas Eve special to discuss more Sliding Doors moments from tennis history. Would Tim Henman have won Wimbledon in 2001 if it hadn’t rained during his semi-final against Goran Ivanisevic? Could Juan Martin del Potro have turned the Big 4 into a Big 5 if his career hadn’t been interrupted by injuries? And how would tennis have been different if the conditions - especially at Wimbledon - hadn’t been slowed down in the early 2000s? 

We also say hello to Billie Jean and discuss the latest rumours of Australian Open quarantine practice pairings. 

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Dec 24, 2020
Sliding Doors - Part 1
01:05:37

This week we’re taking an in-depth look at some Sliding Doors moments in tennis history. In part one, how would Rafael Nadal’s rivalry with Roger Federer have been different if Nadal had been a natural right-hander? Would Martina Hingis have won the calendar Grand Slam if she hadn’t fallen off a horse prior to Roland Garros in 1997? And how might Monica Seles’ career have unfolded if she hadn’t been stabbed by a deranged Steffi Graf fan in 1993? More to come on Thursday. 

We also discuss the release of the WTA calendar for the start of 2021, react to rumours of the first Australian Open quarantine practice pairings, and pay tribute to Gordon Forbes and Dennis Ralston. 

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Dec 21, 2020
Lost in Time - Part 2
01:14:26

In the second half of our ‘Lost in Time’ series, we focus on the opportunism and sudden decline of Juan Carlos Ferrero, the way in which Hana Mandlikova’s achievements were swallowed up by the era defined by Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova, the gold-medal winner Miloslav Mecir who bamboozled other top players, and how the tennis media did Dinara Safina - and the women’s game - a disservice by making light of her near misses in Grand Slams. 

There’s also reaction to the release of the ATP calendar for the start of 2021 and the confirmation that the Australian Open will take place in February. 

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Dec 17, 2020
Lost in Time - Part 1
01:01:07

This week we’re celebrating former players who have been, in one way or another, ‘lost in time’ or under-appreciated. 

In part one, we discuss Manuel Orantes’ clay court dominance in the 1970s, Mark Edmondson’s Australian Open victory while ranked 212th, how Mary Pierce’s abusive father overshadowed her three peaks, the way in which Arantxa Sanchez Vicario did a lot more than finish in second place all the time, and Wendy Turnbull’s decade of consistency. 

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Dec 14, 2020
Running the ATP - Chris Kermode
00:59:46

In this episode, we speak to Chris Kermode to look back on his time as ATP CEO, discuss what he did and still hoped to achieve in the job, reflect on the reasons for his departure, and consider the issues tennis is facing during the covid-19 pandemic. 

Approx Time Stamps: 

Start to 7:45 - Catherine, David and Matt catch up

7:45 to 38:10 - Chris Kermode interview

38:10 to end - Reaction 

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Dec 10, 2020
Our 2020 awards, and a bit of news
01:32:37

The time has come for our final look back on 2020 as we hand out our annual awards. Categories include player, match, uplifting moment, peak weird moment, pandemic faux pas, most missed, shock, and podcast moment. You can expect tributes to Naomi Osaka, Sofia Kenin, Dominic Thiem, Coco Gauff, Rafael Nadal and women’s semi-final night at the US Open, as well as takedowns of the Adria Tour, Night Train and the ‘Ultimate’ ‘Tennis’ ‘Showdown’. 

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Dec 07, 2020
Annus Horribilis Re-Lived - Part 2
01:16:31

Part two of our 2020 review begins with a reflection on our Tennis Re-Lived episodes covering the Olympics, Althea Gibson and Arthur Ashe. What stood out? And what did we learn? 

We then move on to the return of tour tennis in August by looking back on how we felt at the time and how it would end up differing from our expectations. 

Next, we go over the main storylines from the US Open - including the way in which Naomi Osaka combined on court winning with activism, an uplifting night of women’s semi-finals, and Novak Djokovic’s default.

Finally, there’s a review of Roland Garros, which was defined by its weirdness, Rafael Nadal’s 13 title there, and Iga Swiatek’s unexpected dominance. 

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Dec 03, 2020
Annus Horribilis Re-Lived - Part 1
01:16:51

We realise that re-living 2020 probably isn’t high on your list of priorities, but we can promise that this week’s podcasts are not all doom and gloom as we look back on this strange but momentous tennis year and the way we covered it as a podcast. 

In this episode, with the help of clips from throughout the year, we reminisce about the Australian Open, the warning signs in February and March that covid-19 was spreading, the sudden shutdown of the world, and the launch of our Tennis Re-Lived series. 

We will be back on Thursday with part two, covering the return of tennis. 

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Nov 30, 2020
Inside the ‘brutal experience’ of Australian quarantine, with John Millman
01:04:33

In this bonus edition of the pod, John Millman speaks to David and Catherine from his hotel room in Sydney where he’s quarantining for 14 days following the end of the season and his return to Australia. 

John talks candidly about his experience of travelling the ATP Tour throughout the pandemic, the mental toll of being in quarantine without even being allowed to open a window, his role on the ATP player council, his views on the PTPA, and the possible scenarios for next year’s Australian Open, including a delayed start time and negotiations to allow players to train in a bio-secure bubble while they undertake two weeks of quarantine.

At the end of the pod, Catherine, David and Matt react to what Millman has said as well as Andy Murray’s recent comments about his optimism for the future. 

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Nov 26, 2020
ATP Finals Day 8 - Medvedev does it his way as event leaves London
01:06:05

Daniil Medvedev has never followed the crowd, and the manner in which he brought the curtain down on London’s 12-year hosting of the ATP Finals suggested he isn’t about to start now.

In an eighth and final edition of The Tennis Podcast from The O2 this week, Catherine Whitaker, David Law and Matt Roberts talk about the final between Medvedev and Dominic Thiem, what went on afterwards, what the results this week might mean for the future, the doubles final, and the memories that the pod team will treasure from the London era of the ATP Finals.

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Nov 23, 2020
ATP Finals Day 7 - Nadal vs. Djokovic becomes Thiem vs. Medvedev; Catherine’s meme moment
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Novak Djokovic led Dominic Thiem 4-0 in a deciding set tie-break, Rafael Nadal served for the match against Daniil Medvedev, and Thiem will now face Medvedev in the final.

What happened and why? Catherine Whitaker, David Law and Matt Roberts try to work it out.

The heartbreak of Joe Salisbury is covered, as are concerns over the Australian Open. And then there’s the moment that Catherine Whitaker became a meme. 

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Nov 22, 2020
ATP Finals Day 6 - Semis: Djokovic vs. Thiem, Nadal vs. Medvedev. Yes please.
00:47:51

If the pod team could have chosen the semi-final line-up at the start of the tournament, it’s likely these four names would have featured. 

But who will come out on top? After much deliberation, Catherine Whitaker, David Law and Matt Roberts make their picks. They also cover some important press conferences involving Djokovic and Alexander Zverev, relate some weird, wonderful, heartbreaking and downright awkward doubles news, and receive and react to a tweet from Pam Shriver. 

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Nov 21, 2020
ATP Finals Day 5 - Rafa remains, bubble struggle and what’s that hair?
00:52:06

Rafael Nadal has never won the ATP Finals. Not yet, anyway. After a three-set tussle with Stefanos Tsitsipas, we assessed his performance, considered the way in which he causes Tsitsipas problems, and then reported on the Greek’s press conference in which he described the mental challenges posed by ‘bubble life’.

The drudgery of dead rubbers gets the treatment, the chopping and changing of doubles teams is discussed, Joe Salisbury is lauded, and Catherine gives David and Matt a mid-pod shock.

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Nov 20, 2020
ATP Finals Day 4 - Medvedev Makes Statement
00:51:45

A match hyped to the hilt ended more abruptly than expected, and Catherine Whitaker, David Law and Matt Roberts were able to talk about Daniil Medvedev vs. Novak Djokovic soon afterwards. Where was the match won and lost? How come Djokovic lost seven games in a row? And does this make Medvedev the favourite for the title?

The podcast trio discuss all of that, and also cover Alexander Zverev vs. Diego Schwartzman, while giving the lowdown on what Medvedev said about the Zverev domestic abuse allegations in his post-match interview. There’s also David losing at basketball to an 8-year-old, his introduction to Queen’s Gambit, and a preview of Stefanos Tsitsipas vs. Rafael Nadal, while we also update listeners on Djokovic’s comments about the Professional Tennis Players Association and the ATP Player Council. 

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Nov 19, 2020
ATP Finals Day 3 - Thiem-Nadal instant classic, and trouble brewing for tennis in Australia
00:51:20

On-court, lack of fans aside, today was a joy to behold for the tennis world. Dominic Thiem and Rafael Nadal fought out an instant classic, and then Stefanos Tsitsispas and Andrey Rublev went at it in the evening. 

Off the court though, there are concerns for the viability of the Australian Open. 

In the latest daily edition of The Tennis Podcast, Catherine Whitaker joins from inside the O2 Arena bubble to describe the feeling of being courtside for such a great tussle, and discusses with co-hosts David Law and Matt Roberts where it stands in the matches of the year, and how concerned we should be about the news from Australia. 

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Nov 18, 2020
ATP Finals Day 2 - A review and a Roger Federer row
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Let's be honest, Day 2 at the ATP Finals was not exactly a thriller, and it got us talking about the worst matches we can remember from the O2 era and whether or not it's fair to call this year's edition the 'Zombie Finals'', a term coined by Simon Briggs. On the court, there were straight-set wins for Novak Djokovic over Diego Schwartzman and Daniil Medvedev over Alexander Zverev. We discuss the bad match-up for Schwartzman, Djokovic's ability to open his shoulders and play expansive tennis, his tentative plans for the Australian swing in January, Zverev's serving woes, and Medvedev's underarm serve. Then, David and Matt flesh out a disagreement they were having on Whatsapp over whether or not Roger Federer's volleys can ever be described as 'OK'. Catherine sits back and lets it all be.

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Nov 17, 2020
ATP Finals Day 1 - Thiem vs. Tsitsipas reprised, but this time it’s different
00:42:26

The opening singles match of the 2020 ATP Finals was a repeat of last year's closer between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Dominic Thiem, a fact which served only to emphasise the differences and remind us of what we're missing. On the podcast, Catherine describes the bittersweet feeling of what it was like to be inside the O2 arena without fans as London hosts the event for the last time.

Still, the tennis was high-quality and we discuss how Thiem managed to get his revenge, the way his game has developed on a hard court, the moment of 'silliness' which cost Tsitsipas dearly, and why it might be a tough defeat to take for the Greek. Elsewhere, we analyse Rafael Nadal's 6-3, 6-4 victory over Andrey Rublev. In what way was there a gulf in class? Are there limits to Rublev's game? Finally, we cover some of the many interesting stories in the doubles event this week, a first ATP title for Jannik Sinner, and a victory in Linz for Aryna Sabalenka in the final WTA tournament of the season.

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Nov 16, 2020
Silence broken, ATP Finals preview, Catherine in the bubble
00:57:42

In this episode we look ahead to the ATP Finals – the final event of this strange tennis season and the final time it will be staged in London. Catherine details her experience inside the O2 bubble so far, as well as the dental emergency which almost scuppered her plans. We also analyse the two singles groups, discuss what we learned on media day, and make some predictions.

Just how motivated will Djokovic be to win the title? Is Nadal better suited to indoor tennis than ever? Does Medvedev have a point to prove? Can Rublev raise his game against the top players? Will Schwartzman do more than make up the numbers? And how are Thiem and Tsitsipas’ injuries?

We also react to the latest developments involving the allegations against Alexander Zverev, including some new comments from him in his press conference and a long overdue statement from the ATP.

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Nov 14, 2020
Zverev, Paris and uncomfortable silence
01:02:11

On-court action unfortunately takes a back seat on the podcast this week as we discuss in depth the allegations from Olya Sharypova that her ex-boyfriend, Alexander Zverev, physically and emotionally abused her during their relationship.

We lay out the new allegations from Sharypova detailed in her interview with Racquet Magazine, present Zverev’s responses throughout the week to questions about the accusations, and talk through Jon Wertheim’s extensive take on the issue.

We also examine the way in which Zverev’s refusal to comment beyond his initial statement has been disappointing, how the ATP’s silence is making matters worse, what the phrase ‘Believe Women’ means and demands of us, and the way this incident is affecting how we feel about the sport right now.

In the second half of the episode, we chat about Daniil Medvedev’s victory in Paris, the completion of the ATP Finals line-up, the climax of the WTA season in Linz, Tennis Australia’s potential plans for an extended swing Down Under in 2021, and Nick Kyrgios’ openness about his struggle with depression.

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Nov 09, 2020
More listener questions – Federer in bronze, Felix or Denis, the best/worst of each Slam
01:08:56

Catherine, David and Matt are back to answer more listener questions. In the mailbag this week:

·      Who will win a Grand Slam title first – Denis Shapovalov or Felix Auger-Aliassime?

·      Who will be the next first time Grand Slam champion in the women’s game?

·      Is Roger Federer in danger of the bronze medal when it comes to who is best out of The Big 3?

·      What are we most excited about, in the tennis world, next year?

·      Can Dominic Thiem win Roland Garros before Rafael Nadal retires?

·      And what’s the best and worst aspect of each Grand Slam?

We also celebrate the two-year anniversary of Matt’s full debut on The Tennis Podcast by re-living the moment. 

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Nov 05, 2020
Vienna, Nur-Sultan, and Djokovic or Sampras - whose No.1 record is better?
01:06:30

Our focus this week is on Vienna after Andrey Rublev won his 5th title of the season there. Does Rublev’s consistency at ATP 500 level make him a contender for men’s player of the year?

The other big talking points involved Novak Djokovic who clinched the year-end No.1 ranking for the sixth time, equalling Pete Sampras’ record, before losing 6-2, 6-1 against the impressive Lorenzo Sonego.

What happened? What did we make of Djokovic’s post-match comments? Should his year-end finish as No.1 come with an asterisk in 2020? And how does finishing No.1 six times in 10 years compare to Sampras’ achievement of six consecutive No.1 finishes? David digs deep into his memory bank to recall Sampras’ quest in 1998.

Elsewhere, we discuss John Millman’s first ATP title in Nur-Sultan and look ahead to the Paris Masters. 

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Nov 02, 2020
Listener questions special - travel tales, worst 5-set matches and what should Wimbledon change?
01:00:31

In the first of two pods over the next week answering listener questions, we discuss who is the best at tennis out of Catherine, David and Matt, whether there should be a free-for-all tournament without seeds, our worst travel disasters, who might be a good coach to take Stefanos Tsitsipas to the next level, the Wimbledon traditions we would ditch, how social media has increased tribal fan support in tennis, and the worst five set matches we’ve watched. 

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Oct 29, 2020
Cologne 2, Ostrava !!! And should Hawkeye stay or go?
01:07:52

We discuss whether we learned anything new about Aryna Sabalenka and Alexander Zverev after their victories in Ostrava(!!!) and Cologne(2), the possible reasons why Sabalenka hasn’t translated tour success to the Grand Slams, how high the ceiling could be for Antwerp champion Ugo Humbert, and, after David’s discussion on Twitter with Denis Shapovalov, whether tennis is better off with or without Hawkeye. Should entertainment be the number one priority? Could there be a compromise by reducing the number of challenges per match? And how have Andy Roddick’s views on the topic evolved since his playing days?

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Oct 26, 2020
Andy's agony, Cologne 1, St Petersburg and the longest ceremony
01:11:03

With the dust having settled on Roland Garros, the tennis season stutters on, and Catherine, David and Matt are back to talk about everything that was weird and wonderful in Cologne 1 and St Petersburg, including dogs on sun loungers, a live band at changeovers, and a 40-minute Eurovision-style closing ceremony.

How motivated are we to watch non-Grand Slam tennis at the moment? What’s going wrong for Felix Auger-Aliassime in finals? How concerned should we be about Andy Murray’s latest setback? Why was Andrey Rublev so emotional after his title victory? And why has Carlos Alcaraz caught our attention on the challenger tour?  

There’s also discussion about the way in which Sam Querrey jeopardised the tour by fleeing St Petersburg following his positive covid test, Daria Gavrilova and Ellen Perez’s documentation of their time in quarantine in Australia, and a shake-up on the ATP player council.

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Oct 19, 2020
Roland Garros Day 15 - When 20-20 made us smile
00:55:13

Rafael Nadal has won Roland Garros for a 13th time, equaling Roger Federer's record for the most Grand Slam men's singles titles, after crushing his other great rival, Novak Djokovic, 6-0, 6-2, 7-5. We discuss whether Nadal's incredible level surprised Djokovic, the astute tactical performance that Nadal put in, Djokovic's persistent use of the drop shot, what Nadal's relatively understated celebration revealed about him, whether this is Nadal's greatest ever victory at Roland Garros, and where this result leaves the Grand Slam race.

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Oct 11, 2020
Roland Garros Day 14 - Iga Swiatek Superstar, Ted Robinson, Nadal vs. Djokovic predictions
01:10:17

Tennis has a new star after Iga Swiatek completed a record-breaking run to her first Grand Slam title at Roland Garros, beating Sofia Kenin in the same dominant fashion she'd seen off the rest of the field. Catherine, David and Matt review the match, salute Swiatek, consider the wider significance of the result, and look ahead to Rafael Nadal vs. Novak Djokovic on Sunday. David also speaks to legendary sports broadcaster Ted Robinson about his time covering tennis during the pandemic.

0.00 - 30.00: Swiatek title review

30.00 - 60.00: Ted Robinson comparing the New York and Paris on-site experience and talking Nadal, Djokovic, Federer

60.00 - end: Nadal vs. Djokovic preview and results round up

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Oct 10, 2020
Roland Garros Day 13 - Nadal vs Djokovic is on! But it nearly wasn't.
00:52:24

The most abnormal of Grand Slam tennis seasons will end with something very normal: the 56th instalment of Rafael Nadal vs. Novak Djokovic in the Roland Garros final. On the podcast, Catherine, David and Matt discuss how both players made it there. How well did Nadal have to play against Diego Schwartzman? Did he get nervous towards the end? What happened for Tsitsipas to mount his comeback? Who will have the edge on Sunday? And who will Federer be supporting?! There’s also a preview of the women’s final between Iga Swiatek vs. Sofia Kenin and a rundown of results from the doubles, wheelchair and junior events. 

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Oct 10, 2020
Roland Garros Day 12 - Mary Carillo!
01:03:31

The only possible way to follow yesterday’s Four Whisky Law podcast was to invite the one and only Mary Carillo on for a chat. She joined to share her views on women's finalists Sofia Kenin and Iga Swiatek, preview Friday's men's semi-finals, and discuss her experience of this year's Roland Garros. In the second half of the show, Catherine, David and Matt react to Mary's thoughts, get stuck into the reasons behind Swiatek's sudden ascension, consider Kenin's trademarks on court, and make the case for why Stefanos Tsitsipas has a chance of upsetting Novak Djokovic.

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Oct 08, 2020
Roland Garros Day 11 - Tennis, Diego and David
00:59:46

Where was all the aggro in Kenin vs. Collins?

How did Tsitsipas turn the match around against Rublev?

How concerning is Djokovic’s neck problem?

And who will reach the women’s final?

Those were the big questions for Catherine, David and Matt to discuss after a Wednesday at Roland Garros which didn’t quite live up to the heights of previous days. But, with David on the whisky, there was no shortage of fun to be had on the podcast. So, come for the tennis chat, stay for David’s anecdote about playing football with Diego Maradona.

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Oct 08, 2020
Roland Garros Day 10 - Records, roars and routine wins
00:56:33

There are no night sessions at this year’s French Open, but that didn’t stop play on Day 10 finishing at 1:25am in Paris after an epic match between Diego Schwartzman and Dominic Thiem provided the “embouteillage” which Catherine predicted.

On the podcast, Catherine, David and Matt (1.00) discuss how Schwartzman’s nerves vs Thiem’s physical struggles made the match dramatic, the significance of Schwartzman’s victory, and whether or not Jannik Sinner provided Rafael Nadal with the test he required (21.00).

It was also a fascinating day in the women’s event, with Nadia Podoroska (47.00) 4breaking through and ending Elina Svitolina’s hopes of a first major, Danielle Collins (32.00) showing everyone what she’s all about with a feisty victory over Ons Jabeur, and Iga Swiatek (27.00) backing up her big win by ending Martina Trevisan’s run. All three results are covered in depth.

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Oct 07, 2020
Roland Garros Day 9 - Powerplays, rematches and whisky
00:56:40

After a very wet day at Roland Garros, we discuss the wins and performances of Australian Open champions Novak Djokovic and Sofia Kenin, the poignancy felt by seeing Petra Kvitova tear up and Grigor Dimitrov lose to Stefanos Tsitsipas, the ingredients missing from Karen Khachanov, the Hamburg final re-match that's set between Tsitsipas and Andrey Rublev, the extraordinary moment Kenin's dad went to sit next to Fiona Ferro's coach, Laura Siegemund's food intake during her victory, and who the favourite is in the women's draw.

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Oct 05, 2020
Roland Garros Day 8 - Now that’s a Grand Slam day, but what was Zverev thinking?
00:56:26

Electric matches, comebacks, breakthrough performances, and a heavy dose of controversy: Sunday at Roland Garros felt like a proper Grand Slam day. Catherine, David and Matt got stuck into it all on the podcast. Why did Zverev play despite displaying covid symptoms? Does the responsibility to prevent that from happening lie with Zverev or the tournament? Just how good was Iga Swiatek's performance to beat Simona Halep? Has Dominic Thiem hit the wall? Will Jannik Sinner be able to trouble Rafael Nadal? And is it now or never for Elina Svitolina?

The Tennis Podcast is presented by Catherine Whitaker and David Law, and features Matt Roberts. It is produced weekly year-round, and daily during the Grand Slam tournaments. It is crowdfunded by listeners each December.

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Oct 04, 2020
Roland Garros Day 7 - Briggs, the bubble and the banquet
00:52:16

Simon Briggs, quarantining at home in the UK after returning from Roland Garros, joins Catherine, David and Matt to share his experience of being in Paris, his thoughts on the event so far, how he sees the tournament progressing next week, and the reasons behind Britain’s doubles success.

We also discuss the main results from Saturday which introduced us to Daniel Altmaier, saw another good win for Fiona Ferro, and more smooth progress for Novak Djokovic.

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Oct 03, 2020
Roland Garros Day 6 – Fifty shades of grey and the odd bit of blue
01:02:59

As the rain poured down at Roland Garros on Day 6, some matches failed to deliver on the hype, while others brought unexpected drama and two French players provided rays of sunshine. Catherine, David and Matt discussed it all on the podcast.

  • Roof and unadvertised night sessions keep tournament on track (0-4 mins)
  • Wawrinka – OUT, Thiem vs Wawrinka – OFF, Hugo Gaston – BONJOUR! (4-19 mins)
  • Does Nadal need to be tested? Korda up next. (19-29 mins)
  • Inspired Garcia beats Mertens in front of an actual crowd! (29-37 mins)
  • Halep 6-0, 6-1 Anisimova – what happened? Swiatek on the rise. (37-46 mins)
  • Martina Trevisan opens up about her anorexia struggle (46-50 mins)
  • Saturday’s slightly underwhelming order of play (50-60 mins)
  • The longest tiebreak in Roland Garros history (60 mins – end)

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Oct 02, 2020
Roland Garros Day 5 - Ostapenko reborn; Shapovalov combusts; Pas de bulle à Paris
00:54:58

It took until Day 5, but David has finally got a prediction correct! We rejoice about that, discuss a day which didn't exactly catch fire in terms of epic matches but did deliver numerous talking points, and hear from an angry Denis Shapovalov about the non-existent Roland Garros 'bubble'.

  • Return of Ostapenko, fall of Pliskova (0.00)
  • Fiona Ferro - David’s new fave (11.00)
  • Sofia Kenin - an anxious watch, but still going (17.00)
  • Garbine Muguruza looking solid (22.30)
  • Denis Shapovalov - angry and out after 5 hours vs. Roberto Carballes Baena, and 5 minutes vs. Matt Roberts (25.30)
  • Does Shapovalov have a point about the French Open's covid measures? (33.00)
  • Novak Djokovic - still serene. Who can hurt him before the final? (43.00) 
  • Tsitsipas chat - (48.00)
  • Day 6 schedule looks flames (53.00)

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Oct 01, 2020
Roland Garros Day 4 - Sonic Boom, Serena Out and Aggro Galore
00:59:16

Just when we thought the 2020 French Open couldn’t get any weirder, Day 4 began with a Sonic Boom over Paris as a fighter plane broke the sound barrier, and this was followed by Serena Williams withdrawing from the tournament with an Achilles injury. 

Elsewhere, we discuss Anna Karolina Schmiedlova's story after she beat Victoria Azarenka, the drama and fallout between Sara Errani and Kiki Bertens, impressive wins for Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem and Stan Wawrinka, and yet another five-setter for Alexander Zverev at a Grand Slam.

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Sep 30, 2020
Roland Garros Day 3 - New stars emerge, others come-of-age, some are as good as ever
01:07:05

On Day 3 of this mysterious French Open, there were plenty of reasons for it to feel more like a normal Grand Slam: epic matches, new stars emerging, familiar names winning, and results which left predictions in tatters. But Catherine, David and Matt still have a nagging sense that something isn't quite right.

  • Jelena Ostapenko. Remember her? (0-4 mins)
  • Clara Tauson breaks Brady’s heart (and more importantly, David’s) (5-9 mins)
  • Who is Clara Tauson, anyway? (9-12 minutes)
  • Danielle Collins - that’s how to deal with underarm serves (12-14 mins)
  • Sloane Stephens, Karolina Pliskova, Sofia Kenin (14-31 mins)
  • No Brits left in singles (31-33 mins)
  • Double-bounces - should you call them on yourself? (33-40 mins)
  • Imperious Djokovic (43-44 mins)
  • Tsitsipas, Rublev come-of-age-in-best-of-5 (44-54 mins)
  • Is it any less weird yet? (54-61 mins)
  • Spider-gate (61 mins to end)

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Sep 29, 2020
Roland Garros Day 2 - Familiar sights, but things feel different
00:57:18

Some familiar faces took to the court on day two, but that didn’t stop things feeling weird. Catherine, David and Matt convened to look back on those that won, those that lost, and where we go from here. 

  • Nadal is back, but how did he look? (4.00 - 12.00)
  • Serena soared, eventually. Her prospects discussed. (12.30 - 16.20)
  • Medvedev out, again. Will he ever conquer clay? (21.00 - 25.00)
  • Thiem looks the business, but his draw is tough. Help or hindrance? (27.30 - 31.00)
  • Svitolina, Bertens, Muguruza - who will come through? (35.00 - 40.00)
  • Giustino vs. Motet - 6 hours and 5 minutes of lovely chaos (45.30 - 47.00)
  • Kyrgios slams Wilander in defence of Murray. Yawn (47.00)
  • The definitive Marco Cecchinato pronunciation (49.00)

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Sep 29, 2020
Roland Garros Day 1 - It's all just so weird
00:59:20

The opening day of the French Open somehow managed to make 2020 just that little bit weirder, with the cold and blustery autumnal conditions dominating discussion and impacting matches. It meant there was plenty for Catherine, David and Matt to cover, including Victoria Azarenka’s stand, Stan Wawrinka’s destruction of Andy Murray, Mats Wilander’s comments about Murray, defeats for Jo Konta and Dan Evans, and much more. 

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Sep 27, 2020
Roland Garros Preview, ‘Drip’ Review
01:04:06

A few months later than usual, but the French Open is here and the draws have been made.

We reflect on the significance of the headline match between Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka, discuss Jo Konta’s chances against Coco Gauff, break down a tough route for Stefanos Tsitsipas, consider a wide-open bottom half of the women’s draw, and debate whether Rafael Nadal can be viewed as more of a favourite than Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem.

We also review “Drip” by Denis Shapovalov and Corentin Moutet, salute Liam Broady for qualifying at Roland Garros, discuss Casper Ruud’s impressive form in 2020, look ahead to the Laver Cup at London’s O2 arena in 2022, analyse the ramifications of Simon Briggs’ story in The Telegraph about the dramatic decrease in drug testing during lockdown, and revisit our discussion about a non-gendered word to describe Alexander Zverev.

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Sep 25, 2020
Rome - Halep, Djokovic deliver; Is Rafa ready?
01:15:31

Despite having scarcely recovered from the US Open, Catherine, David and Matt are back to reflect on the week in Rome, which created plenty of talking points ahead of Roland Garros.

How did Djokovic look en route to the title in his first matches since his US Open default? Why did Diego Schwartzman and Denis Shapovalov both catch the eye? In what way is this year's French Open looking like a slightly different proposition for a rusty Rafael Nadal? How much of a favourite is Simona Halep? Is Victoria Azarenka a legitimate contender in Paris? And why is everyone suddenly talking about Lorenzo Musetti?

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Sep 22, 2020
US Open Day 14 - Thiem at last; Zverev devastated
00:59:37

Dominic Thiem is finally a Grand Slam champion, but he had to do it the hard way, becoming the first man in US Open history to mount a comeback from two sets to love down in the final, triumphing in a deciding set tiebreak against Alexander Zverev.

On the podcast, we try to get our heads around what happened. Why did Thiem start so slowly? In what way did Zverev's gameplan impress early on? How did the match turn around? What did it feel like to see both players confront nerves in that excruciating decider? How scarred will Zverev be by this defeat? And what will the result do to Thiem?

We also round up the day's wheelchair matches and reflect on the tournament as a whole.

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Sep 14, 2020
US Open Day 13 - Naomi Osaka - Champion; Catherine's capers
00:49:53

Naomi Osaka has won her third Grand Slam title and second US Open, defeating Victoria Azarenka 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the final. We discuss her growing significance in the sport, how she turned the match around, the perfection of her post-match celebration, the line which summed up her activism, and her future in the sport. Catherine also reveals why she missed yesterday's podcast (a story not to be missed) and we look ahead to the men's final. How much of a chance does Alexander Zverev have and what does he need to do to beat Dominic Thiem?

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Sep 13, 2020
US Open Day 12 – Zverev, Thiem, and MARY CARILLO!
00:47:25

The men’s US Open final is set: Alexander Zverev vs Dominic Thiem. In the first half of the pod we discuss how they both got there in two contrasting semi-final matches. 

In part two, the great Mary Carillo, who was in the stadium for the women’s semi-finals, speaks to David about why it was one of the greatest nights of tennis she can remember. She also looks ahead to the final, gives an insight into what it’s like to be on site at this most extraordinary of US Opens, and explains why it feels so special for her.

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Sep 12, 2020
US Open Day 11 - Wonder Women
00:48:35

On the day when tennis celebrated the trailblazing Original 9, it felt right that Naomi Osaka, Jennifer Brady, Victoria Azarenka and Serena Williams produced one of the greatest semi-final nights of all time. We break down both matches and discuss the breathtaking quality of Osaka vs Brady, Osaka's final game nerves, Serena's blistering start, Azarenka's extraordinary comeback and how this defeat for Serena compares to her recent setbacks in her quest for No.24.

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Sep 11, 2020
US Open Day 10 - Serena Williams vs. Victoria Azarenka. Yes please.
00:47:47

A new chapter will be written in one of tennis' most interesting rivalries when Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka face off in Thursday's semi-finals. In this episode we discuss Azarenka's demolition of Elise Mertens, the way we're having to consider her as a real force in the game once again, her different mindset, Serena's problem solving against Tsvetana Pironkova, and the way both players will relish the challenge. On the men's side, Daniil Medvedev beat Andrey Rublev in a match which was memorable for Rublev's banana abuse and Medvedev's sudden fitness struggles at the end of the match.

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Sep 10, 2020
US Open Day 9 - Brady transformation complete, Osaka next; Zverev squeezes through
00:49:33

On the first day of quarter-final matches at the US Open, we discuss Jennifer Brady's dominance so far this tournament, her transformation as a tennis player, how she might match up against Naomi Osaka in the semi-finals, and the way in which Osaka's development as a person is helping her tennis. On the men's side, we reflect on the ordeal that was Zverev vs. Coric, debate whether or not it was compelling, and try to figure out the reasons for his erratic serving.

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Sep 09, 2020
US Open Day 8 - Serena Survives; Thiem's Time?
00:55:46

Monday felt like the morning after the night before, with the shockwaves from Novak Djokovic's default still being felt at the 2020 US Open. We begin this episode with further reaction to that incident before moving on to the tennis. We discuss Serena Willams' fightback against Maria Sakkari, Dominic Thiem's statement performance, a reality check for Felix Auger-Aliassime, and the unexpected head-to-heads in Tuesday's quarter-final matches. There's also discussion about Roland Garros' plans to have spectators and the news that world number one Ash Barty will not travel to defend her title.

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Sep 08, 2020
US Open Day 7 - Djokovic Defaulted. Our Reaction.
00:52:16

In one of the biggest stories in Grand Slam history, Novak Djokovic's unbeaten streak came to a dramatic end on Sunday as he was defaulted from the US Open for hitting a line judge with a ball.

We discuss the incident, place it in the context of his career, react to his statement, consider his decision not to attend a post-match press conference, and debate who the new favourite is in the men's draw. Catherine also talks about what it was like to be presenting live TV coverage at the time of Djokovic's default.

There's also chat about impressive wins for Jennifer Brady and Shelby Rogers, and a preview of Day 8 which includes Serena vs. Sakkari and Thiem vs. Auger-Aliassime.

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0.00 - 30.00 - Djokovic default reaction 

30.00 to end - Everything else.

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Sep 07, 2020
US Open Day 6 - Serena’s statement; Felix takes flight; Tsitsipas - What happened!?
01:06:51

Our 100th episode of the year re-capping another eventful day at the US Open. Approximate episode time stamps:

0-22 minutes - Tsitsipas: What happened!?

22-34 minutes - Serena’s statement win

35 - 50 minutes - Felix takes flight

50-57 minutes - Women's mix chat

57 minutes to the end - Mladenovic/Babos withdrawn from doubles

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Sep 06, 2020
US Open Day 5 - Brits booted, Shapo’s escape, and the curious case of Adrian Mannarino
00:52:29

We begin by discussing Felix Auger-Aliassime's victory over Andy Murray in yesterday's night session. How much was the one-sided result down to Auger-Aliassime's brilliance and how much was it because of Murray's depleted physical condition? Moving on to Friday's action, there's chat about disappointing defeats for Cameron Norrie and Dan Evans, Naomi Osaka's stressful victory over Marta Kostyuk, Denis Shapovalov's escape against Taylor Fritz, and the bizarre delay to Adrian Mannarino vs Alexander Zverev. We also revisit the opposite of "on the boat" and look ahead to tomorrow's schedule, highlighted by Serena Williams vs Sloane Stephens.

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Sep 05, 2020
US Open Day 4 – Today felt like a Grand Slam
00:47:13

Thursday at the US Open was a day of thrilling matches, significant upsets, and interesting storylines. In other words, it felt like a proper Grand Slam day.

We discuss Tsvetana Pironkova’s return to tennis and victory against Garbine Muguruza, Sorana Cirstea’s stunning performance to knock out Jo Konta, Grigor Dimitrov’s concerning physical collapse against Marton Fucsovics, and the chaotic but entertaining match between Dan Evans and Corentin Moutet. 

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Sep 04, 2020
US Open Day 3 - Top seed Pliskova sent packing; Kiki kicks off; Djokovic survives lost set
00:42:45

After 29 of the 32 seeds reached round two in the women's singles event, Wednesday saw many of them tumble, including Karolina Pliskova. We try to figure out, yet again, why her recent Grand Slam record is so poor. We also chat about Kiki Mladenovic's loss from 6-1 5-1 up, discuss her colourful comments about the restrictions placed upon her following her contact with Benoit Paire, and analyse Kyle Edmund's mid-match deflation against Novak Djokovic.

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0.00 - 15.00 Zverev and Mladenovic

20 minutes - Garcia vs. Pliskova

30 minutes - Novak Djokovic vs. Kyle Edmund

40 minutes - Thursday preview

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Sep 03, 2020
US Open Day 2 - How did Andy Murray win that?
00:46:57

He was down two sets to love. He was down a break in the third. He was down match point. And he was down a break in the decider. But Andy Murray still managed to beat Yoshito Nishioka on Tuesday at the US Open in his first Grand Slam singles match since the 2019 Australian Open.

We discuss how he did it, the reason for his slow start, and how he's holding up physically.

We also cover Jo Konta's mood and form after her defeat of compatriot Heather Watson, Serena Williams' opener, an epic between Karen Khachanov and Jannik Sinner, and much more.

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Sep 02, 2020
US Open Day 1 - Covid concerns; Brits advance; Murray ready to return
00:50:57

A two-part podcast covering the main talking points from Day 1 of this weird and wonderful US Open. 

Timecodes:

3.00 - 8.40 Cameron Norrie vs. Diego Schwartzman

8.40 - 10.30 Alexander Zverev

10.30 - 12.40 Stefanos Tsitsipas and towels

13.00 - Coco Gauff vs. Anastasia Sevastova

17.00 - Other results

22.00 - Benoit Paire and tests

30.00 - Kyle Edmund

32.00 - Novak Djokovic

39.00 - Andy Murray

45.00 - Jo Konta vs. Heather Watson

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Sep 01, 2020
US Open Preview, Predictions, PTPA, Politics
01:12:48

No shortage of talking points as we discuss the formation of the Professional Tennis Players’ Association with Simon Briggs, Naomi Osaka’s stand against racism, titles for Novak Djokovic and Victoria Azarenka at the Western and Southern Open, a wide-open women’s draw at the US Open, the Bryan Brothers’ retirement, and the sad news that legendary commentator David Mercer has died.

What do the players hope to achieve with the PTPA? Why set it up now? Where does it go from here? How does Djokovic keep winning despite his off court distractions? Is Azarenka now in the US Open mix? And what about Milos Raonic? 

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Aug 30, 2020
Tennis Re-Lived: Arthur Ashe
01:45:57

Following on from our most recent edition of Tennis Re-Lived on the life of Althea Gibson, in this episode we turn our attention to Arthur Ashe.

We cover his formative years growing up in Virginia under the Jim Crow laws, his development as an amateur tennis player while at college, his Grand Slam titles, his fights for civil rights and social justice, his passing from AIDS, and his enduring legacy.

Along the way, James Blake reveals how he indirectly credits Ashe with getting him into tennis, Leslie Allen talks about what it was like at Dr Johnson’s training facility for African-American players, Steve Flink analyses Ashe’s 1968 US Open victory and what made him so exciting to watch, Richard Evans discusses Ashe’s tactical masterclass against Jimmy Connors in the 1975 Wimbledon final , John McEnroe describes his special relationship with Ashe, Mary Carillo tells some of her favourite stories involving Arthur to explain what he was like, and Chanda Rubin reflects on his impact in tennis.

After looking closely at Ashe’s activism, including how he took on the issue of apartheid and the way he was criticised in some quarters for not being militant enough, we also reflect on Naomi Osaka’s decision not to play her match on Thursday at the Western & Southern Open, a move which led to tennis taking a stand against racial inequality by suspending play for a day. In what way was Osaka acting in the spirit of Ashe? And has the tide turned enough for athletes to now be rewarded for speaking out?

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Aug 28, 2020
Tennis Re-Lived: Althea Gibson
01:32:56

In this special edition of Tennis Re-Lived, we examine the life, career and legacy of Althea Gibson, the first black player to compete in and win Grand Slam titles.

We cover her early life growing up in Harlem, her development as a tennis player under the guidance of Dr Eaton and Dr Johnson, Alice Marble’s influential letter challenging the USLTA’s whites-only culture, Gibson’s dramatic first appearance at the US Nationals at Forest Hills in 1950, her friendship and doubles partnership with Angela Buxton, her US Open and Wimbledon titles in 1957 and 1958, the way tennis turned its back on her, and the desperately sad final few decades of her life as she lived in poverty.

We also speak to people who knew her to get a sense of what she was like. Tennis historian Steve Flink tells us what made her such a good player, journalist Richard Evans remembers taking her to the Wimbledon ball, Mary Carillo recounts the first time she met Gibson and the WTA’s emergency meeting to raise funds for her, Zina Garrison looks back on her final encounter with Gibson, and Leslie Allen talks in depth about her experience of being a black person in tennis.

What was it like following in Gibson’s footsteps and constantly being compared to her? How did racism in tennis manifest itself during her career? And how did Allen feel at the unveiling of Gibson’s statue at last year’s US Open?

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Aug 26, 2020
'Cincinnati' preview; Lindsay Davenport interview
01:34:00

ATP Tour tennis is back with the first big, combined women's and men's tournament since the pandemic struck down Indian Wells in March. With the 'Cincinnati' draw made, Catherine, David and Matt assembled once more to discuss the highlights, catch up on latest news, and also release our big interview with Lindsay Davenport (from 38.00).

Is the WTA draw now more star-studded than the men's draw, despite the withdrawals?

What did we think of Novak Djokovic's interview with Chris Clarey in the New York Times (linked below)?

And thoughts are exchanged about Denis Shapovalov's rap video.

Later, Davenport talks about tennis in front of no fans, her own career, and the greatness of Serena and Venus Williams.

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Next week, we will produce two big special editions, focusing on first Althea Gibson, and then Arthur Ashe.

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Aug 21, 2020
Lexington, Prague and Life inside the US Open bubble
01:14:43

Tennis’ return went up a notch last week with many of the biggest names competing in Lexington and Prague.

We discuss the way in which champions Jennifer Brady and Simona Halep picked up where they left off six months ago, describe how it felt seeing top level tennis at a small club in Kentucky, assess Serena Williams’ form, marvel at Venus Williams’ remodelled service motion, and analyse yet another step forward for Coco Gauff.  

David also speaks to Dan Evans about life inside the US Open bubble. What do players have to do when they arrive? What’s the hotel like? And how confident is he that players will follow the protocols?

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Aug 17, 2020
Actual tennis tournaments; 'Federer should avoid my retirement mistake’ - Edberg
00:58:10

On this week’s episode, with actual tennis from Palermo to look back on and the Kentucky-Prague double-header to preview, we find ourselves in unfamiliar, but very welcome, territory.

We react live to Fiona Ferro’s victory in Palermo, and discuss what the players have been saying in their pre-tournament press conferences, including Serena Williams on her caution over the virus, Coco Gauff on how she’s used her platform to tackle issues of social justice, Jo Konta on her American road trip, and Eugenie Bouchard on the possibility of a fresh start.

Finally, after Roger Federer celebrated his 39th birthday last week, we get insight from Stefan Edberg about why he's advised Roger Federer not to retire in the same way he did. 

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Aug 10, 2020
Olympics Re-Lived: 2016 Rio
01:28:15

Rio 2016 was a particularly emotional and memorable Olympics for tennis, with Andy Murray defending his gold medal, Juan Martin del Potro entering people’s hearts, and shock defeats for Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic.

But it was Monica Puig’s run which best encapsulated the spirit of the Games. Catherine talks to her about how it felt to win Puerto Rico’s first ever gold medal.

As our journey through tennis’ history at the Olympics arrives at its final destination, we also speak to Christopher Clarey and Mary Carillo about their favourite memories and experiences of covering the Games.

Finally, we reflect on tennis’ place in the Olympics and consider the impact of Tokyo’s postponement.

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Aug 08, 2020
Olympics Re-Lived - 2012 London
01:08:46

The London Olympics will never be forgotten by our Tennis Podcast team, for the opening ceremony, the incredible athletic feats, all of it happening on their doorsteps, and David's inability to watch any of it.

Andy Murray and Serena Williams were the champions, their gold medal winning runs are discussed, and David talks to Laura Robson, who won a medal alongside Murray.

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Aug 07, 2020
Olympics Re-Lived: 2008 Beijing
01:06:10

The Beijing Olympics are perhaps best remembered for the world-beating achievements of Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps, but it was also an unforgettable Games for tennis.

We discuss Russia’s clean sweep of the women’s singles medals, how much a gold meant to Elena Dementieva, the way China embraced tennis, the lasting influence of the Beijing Games on the sport, how much Roger Federer values his doubles gold, and Rafael Nadal’s ascension to World No.1.

There was also an epic semi-final between James Blake and Fernando Gonzalez featuring a moment of controversy over whether or not Gonzalez’s racquet had touched the ball. On the podcast, Blake explains exactly why it made him angry, and Gonzalez gives his version of events.

Blake also discusses his one and only victory over Roger Federer and reveals how difficult it was to bounce back from a loss and play the bronze medal match.

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Aug 06, 2020
No US Open for Nadal; Olympics Re-Lived: 2004 Athens
01:18:20

We begin this episode by discussing the news that Rafael Nadal has opted not to defend his US Open title due to health risks before moving on to re-live the 2004 Olympics in Athens.

It was a Games which saw Justine Henin-Hardenne win gold, Roger Federer stunned by Tomas Berdych, and double gold for Chile as Nicolas Massu won singles and doubles, alongside Fernando Gonzalez.

We hear from both men at length about their magical week together and what it meant to their country.

The men’s singles silver medallist, Mardy Fish, also opens up about the heartbreak of missing out on gold, what he was feeling while standing on the podium with silver, and why the scar tissue from that experience meant he never played again at the Olympics.

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Aug 05, 2020
Tennis is back; James Blake discusses the challenges
01:31:43

Tennis is back. But there are still question marks about the sport’s short-term future.

In the first half of this episode we discuss the return of the WTA Tour in Palermo and the mood surrounding the US Open before wrapping up the results from the various exhibition events. 

Then, we hear from former World No.4 and current Miami Open tournament director James Blake (starting 43:26).

He takes us through what happened during the week in March when Miami was cancelled and explains why he’s struggling to envisage the US Open going well.

He also praises the way in which Naomi Osaka and Coco Gauff have used their platform for good during the last few months and declares why he thinks more unity between the WTA and ATP would benefit tennis.

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Aug 03, 2020
Olympics Re-Lived: 2000 Sydney
00:57:45

The 2000 Sydney Olympics were a happier time. Steve Redgrave won his 5th gold for Great Britain and Cathy Freeman became a symbol of national reconciliation for Australia.

In this episode, we look back on a tennis event which also delivered compelling storylines, including double gold for Venus Williams to cap an extraordinary summer and a 4th place finish for a young Roger Federer.

We also hear from men’s singles gold medallist Yevgeny Kafelnikov (starting 23m 27s) about his epic final against Tommy Haas, his experiences in the village, why his gold medal has defined his legacy in Russia, and how he compares it to his Grand Slam titles.

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Aug 02, 2020
Olympics Re-Lived: 1996 Atlanta
00:57:36

David was at university, Catherine was 10 and Matt was a baby.

The 1996 Atlanta Olympics saw Michael Johnson dominate, Britain struggle, and some wonderful tennis stories unfold.

In this edition of the podcast we talk to four medallists who had very different stories. From the bittersweet feelings of Gigi Fernandez, to the disbelief of Lindsay Davenport, and a life goal achieved for Leander Paes.

Gigi Fernandez (gold in doubles) - 11m 38s

Lindsay Davenport (gold in singles) - 23m 17s

Sergi Bruguera (silver in singles) - 30m 55s

Leander Paes (bronze in singles) - 37m 01s


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Aug 01, 2020
Olympics Re-Lived: 1988 Seoul and 1992 Barcelona
01:47:46

This is the first of several podcasts telling the story of modern tennis at the Olympic Games.

We start with 1988 Seoul and 1992 Barcelona, events that produced so many memorable moments.

If you want to go straight to Barcelona, it begins at 50m.20s.

We have spoken to five medallists for this podcast.

1988 Seoul 

Zina Garrison (bronze in singles, gold in doubles) - 19m 55s

Tim Mayotte (silver in singles) - 38m 36s

1992 Barcelona

Marc Rosset (gold in singles) - 1h 02m 04s

Michael Stich (gold in doubles) - 1h 11m 28s

Gigi Fernandez (gold in doubles) - 1h 25m 50s

NOTE - This episode is longer than we intended it to be, so we may split them up for the future!

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Jul 30, 2020
Listener Qu's - Covid-19 and the future of tennis
01:13:06

We're back! And we're answering your questions, as selected by listeners Drew and David, who backed our crowdfunding Kickstarter so generously. Here are the questions:

• Is it the players’ responsibility to do what’s safe for themselves, or is it the tournament’s responsibility to guarantee safety regarding covid-19? (4:30)

• Is the Western & Southern Open too ‘intense’ for the first sanctioned event of the restarted ATP Tour? (10:30)

• If we were players, would we be happy to travel to New York for the US Open? (15:30)

• How fundamental is tennis’ scoring system to the DNA of the game? (27:00) 

• What do we think about the use of artificial crowd noise for behind-closed-doors matches? (32:28)

• Will covid-19 hasten the progress of all electronic line calling, or will there be an emotional appeal to return to the norm when restrictions ease? (37:40)

• Should Thiem prioritise the US Open or Roland Garros? (39:10)

• Was talk of more ATP-WTA unity just a flash in the pan? (42:54)

• Who should be the commissioner of tennis? (50:17)

• How do we view Madison Keys’ potential to win Grand Slam titles? (53:25)

• And will there be a flood of retirements following Tokyo 2021 or after the full regular season of tennis? (59:52)

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Jul 27, 2020
Yannick Noah Interview
01:23:39

The 1983 French Open champion, Yannick Noah, is our guest this week.

In an exclusive and extensive interview with David Law, Noah tells stories in his inimitable style about the influence Arthur Ashe had on his career, the time they played doubles together, the dream he had before the Roland Garros final, the words he exchanged with his father after beating Mats Wilander to win the title, why he could never crack Wimbledon, what it was like playing in the same era as legends like John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors and Ivan Lendl, and the emotions evoked by winning the Davis Cup.

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Jul 20, 2020
Wimbledon Re-Lived 2015: Plucky Watson, Serena’s Escape
01:05:37

The biggest scare Serena Williams faced en route to winning the Wimbledon title in 2015 came from an unlikely source, as Heather Watson pushed her right to the brink in a third-round match which encapsulated the idea of a plucky Brit.

The occasion was also memorable for the raucous atmosphere, and we discuss the elements of that which we felt crossed the line, along with how Serena managed to fight through and why Watson has not gone on to back up that performance at the Grand Slams.  

There’s also a big tangent about Henmania and a rundown of the latest news, including Wimbledon’s decision to pay players and officials, the announcements from the ATP and the WTA about ranking points, and the ever-changing likelihood of the US Open going ahead. 

So, come for all of that, and stay right until the end for some unmissable cameos and naughty behaviour from Magnus…

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Jul 12, 2020
Wimbledon Re-Lived 2013: Andy’s Title, Judy’s Journey
01:33:34

In the penultimate episode of Wimbledon Re-Lived, we take ourselves back to July 7th 2013 when Andy Murray became the first British man to win Wimbledon since 1936 by beating Novak Djokovic 6-4, 7-5, 6-4.

In what way had the British public come to embrace Murray before the 2013 final? What impact had Ivan Lendl had on Murray’s game and his rivalry with Djokovic? How much of a factor was the weight of Britain’s 77-year drought for Murray? Why did Djokovic put in a flat performance? And what was everyone feeling during that final game?

We also speak at length to Judy Murray about the journey that led to the 2013 Wimbledon final and her experiences of that day. Judy talks about how the 2012 Olympics helped Murray to get over his Wimbledon final defeat to Federer, the stress of sitting in the player box at Wimbledon, the scrutiny she faced for her role in Murray’s career, the champion’s dinner, and how Murray’s victory in 2016 compared.

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Jul 11, 2020
Wimbledon Re-Lived 2008: Rafael Nadal - King of grass
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Finding new words to do justice to the 2008 men’s final at Wimbledon between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer is not easy, but that’s our task on this episode as we look back on the match regarded by many as the greatest in tennis history.

There’s talk about the sense before the match that it could finally be Nadal’s time, Federer’s missed opportunities in the first two sets, the way in which their match-up favoured Nadal, Federer’s fitful forehand, why the epic fourth set tiebreak echoed Borg-McEnroe, Nadal’s ability to recover in the fifth set as darkness fell, and the graciousness between the two camps.

We also hear from Mary Carillo who explains why the match lives up to the hype, Larry Stefanki about how Nadal had adapted his game to help him thrive on grass in 2008, Nadal’s PR manager, Benito Perez-Barbadillo, on how Nadal was feeling during the fifth set rain delay, and Chris Clarey to sum up the rivalry and relationship between Nadal and Federer.

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Jul 10, 2020
Wimbledon Re-Lived 2005: Venus Williams - Game Changer
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Venus Williams’ 4-6, 7-6, 9-7 victory over Lindsay Davenport in 2005 is the longest women’s final in Wimbledon history, and possibly the greatest.

We discuss the sustained excellence from both players, the joy of watching Venus in her prime, the way she fought for equal prize money the night before the final, and how her uninhibited and jubilant celebration revealed a side to her which we don’t usually see.

Davenport also describes the particular challenge of facing Venus on grass, the point the match slipped away from her in the deciding set, and how she was able to appreciate how good the match was even while playing it.

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Jul 09, 2020
Wimbledon Re-Lived 2004: The making of an unrivalry
01:09:55

When Maria Sharapova beat Serena Williams in the 2004 Wimbledon final, few could have predicted the path their rivalry would take over the next fifteen years.

In this episode, we discuss why Sharapova’s run aged 17 wasn’t completely out of the blue and the way in which Serena was slightly under prepared, and Mary Carillo explains what impressed her most about Sharapova’s performance on that day and why she felt Serena was surprised by Sharapova’s level.

Then, we look more closely at the development of the Serena-Sharapova “unrivalry”, including an analysis of the language Sharapova used to frame herself against Serena in her autobiography.

Finally, Sharapova’s coach of seven years, Michael Joyce, gives an insight into the Maria he knows, the pressure she was under after winning Wimbledon aged 17, and why he thinks Serena came to dominate their matches.

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Jul 08, 2020
Wimbledon Re-Lived 2001: Goran vs. Rafter, in their own words
01:07:42

The 2001 men’s Wimbledon final, which saw wildcard and three-time runner-up Goran Ivanisevic win his first title against Pat Rafter on People’s Monday, is one of the most famous matches in tennis history.

So, for this episode, we wanted to get a range of perspectives on this much-told story.

Ivan Ljubicic explains the significance of Ivanisevic’s victory for people in Croatia, Charlie Eccleshare talks about the experience of being in the crowd, Ivanisevic tells us (colourfully) why he thinks the final game is the worst in Grand Slam history, and Rafter opens up about the match from his point of view, including how much the loss hurt him and the relationship he now has with Goran.

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Jul 07, 2020
Wimbledon Re-Lived 2001: Federer Comes Of Age
01:03:30

The only ever meeting between Pete Sampras and Roger Federer came at Wimbledon in 2001, when Sampras was a 7-time champion in the twilight of his career, and Federer was an emerging talent who hadn’t yet fulfilled his potential.

Looking back now, it can be seen as a changing of the guard moment, with Federer prevailing in five sets. Is that how it was covered at the time? In what way did Federer grow as a tennis player on that day? And why did it take him another two years to win his first Grand Slam title?

We speak to Paul Annacone, who was on Sampras’ team at the time and would go on to coach Federer a decade later, about how aware he and Pete were of the challenge a young Federer might pose on that day, and how they felt during the match. Annacone also tells a story about when he took Federer and Sampras out for dinner together many years later.

Finally, David recalls his trip to Switzerland towards the end of 2001 to profile Federer. The article he wrote is up now on our website – https://www.thetennispodcast.net/blog/2020/7/6/federer-comes-of-age-2001

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Jul 06, 2020
Wimbledon Re-Lived 1997 - Martina Hingis: Sixteen, Sassy, Sensational
00:57:08

In 1997, Martina Hingis beat Jana Novotna to become the youngest Wimbledon winner in the Open Era, aged 16. She also put together one of the best seasons in tennis history, winning all but one of her Grand Slam matches.

Are her achievements from that year underrated? How were her sassy comments and confidence received at the time? In what way did she sometimes get herself in trouble with remarks about fellow players? What made her such a joy to watch? And why did she not go on to dominate for years despite a couple of comebacks?

Mary Carillo and Lindsay Davenport give perspective on how the power revolution in women’s tennis caught up with Hingis, and Martina herself explains why she thinks players are no longer having the success she had as a teenager.

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Jul 05, 2020
Wimbledon Re-Lived 1993-98: The Jana Novotna Story
01:02:35

Nobody has ever had a connection with Wimbledon like Jana Novotna. In this episode, with the help of the storytelling of Mary Carillo and Chris Clarey, and the insights of Hana Mandlikova, the long-time coach and friend of Novotna, we cover the full emotional arc of her career and life.

There’s discussion of Novotna’s choke in the 1993 final against Steffi Graf, the iconic image of her crying on the shoulder of the Duchess of Kent afterwards, her second Wimbledon final loss to Martina Hingis in 1997, her long-awaited moment of triumph against Nathalie Tauziat a year later, and the legacy she left after her death in 2017.

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Jul 04, 2020
Wimbledon Re-Lived 1992: Andre from the baseline
01:00:52

Nobody expected Andre Agassi’s first Grand Slam title to come on grass at Wimbledon, a tournament he’d boycotted for a few years.

But Agassi always did things his own way, and when he won the tournament in 1992, he did it from the baseline, beating former champions Boris Becker and John McEnroe en route to the final, before overcoming the massive serve of Goran Ivanisevic in five sets.

Why was Agassi’s story such a big deal? What had happened in his first three Grand Slam finals for him to have developed a reputation for style over substance? And in what way was his return his biggest weapon against Ivanisevic in the final?

Larry Stefanki, who was coaching McEnroe at the time, contextualises Agassi’s feat and explains how he managed to beat so many classic grass courters. Chris Clarey of the New York Times, meanwhile, talks about what it was like to cover Agassi in the early 90s. 

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Jul 03, 2020
Wimbledon Re-Lived 1991: Sabatini’s moment, Graf’s title
00:59:08

Going into Wimbledon in 1991, Steffi Graf’s supremacy was under threat. She hadn’t won a Grand Slam title for 18 months, she’d lost her No.1 ranking to Monica Seles, her father’s scandalous private life meant she was being hounded by the tabloids, and Gabriela Sabatini had emerged as a real rival.

But Graf rose above everything, dominating the draw before winning a classic final 8-6 in the third set against Sabatini.

How did Seles’ withdrawal pave the way for Graf? In what way did Sabatini revolutionise her game during her run to the 1990 US Open title to try to combat Graf? What made Graf such a formidable player? And does her career get the credit it deserves?

Finally, we hear from Christopher Clarey and Mary Carillo about why they loved watching Sabatini play and the reasons why they think she only won one Grand Slam title.

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Jul 02, 2020
Wimbledon Re-Lived 1985: Boris Becker, Just 17
00:59:45

In 1985, a strawberry-blonde, unseeded, 17-year-old German named Boris Becker won Wimbledon, beating Kevin Curren in the final, and suddenly tennis had a new star.

In what way did Becker bring levels of power and athleticism which hadn’t been seen before on a tennis court? And how did people react to his arrival on the world stage?

We hear from Johan Kriek, the man who predicted Becker’s victory at Wimbledon after losing to him at Queen’s two weeks earlier, and Curren discusses his own run which saw him beat John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors without losing a set, before underestimating Becker’s big-match mentality in the final.

Becker went on to have a lot more success at Wimbledon, including a hat-trick of finals against Stefan Edberg. The Swede tells us about their rivalry.

Finally, we look at how fame changed Becker’s life forever, and not always for the better.  

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Jul 01, 2020
Wimbledon Re-Lived 1980: Borg vs. McEnroe
01:03:04

The 1980 Wimbledon men’s final between Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe is one of the most famous tennis matches of all time, and it lived up to expectations as we re-watched it ahead of our second Wimbledon Re-Lived show.

How was McEnroe viewed by British tennis fans at the time? How did his behaviour change when he played Borg? And in what way does this match carry a cultural influence which transcends tennis?

The apex of the match was the epic fourth set tiebreak, won by McEnroe 18-16 as the level of tennis reached dizzying heights and the momentum swung back-and-forth. What was it like to play? Did McEnroe feel afterwards like he would go on to win the match? And how on earth did Borg recover for the deciding set? We hear from both men.

Finally, Mary Carillo explains why it’s the best match she’s ever watched, reveals the extraordinary scene she witnessed as she flew home on the same plane as the McEnroe family, and sets up a discussion about the reasons why the Borg-McEnroe rivalry continues to shine such a bright light across the sport, despite its brevity.

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Jun 30, 2020
Wimbledon Re-Lived 1978-90: Martina - The Greatest Champion
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With nine singles titles to her name, Martina Navratilova is the most successful player in Wimbledon history. In this episode, we focus on the first of her wins – in 1978 against Chris Evert – and the last of them – in 1990 against Zina Garrison.

In between analysing those matches, there’s discussion about the leaner years at the start of Navratilova’s career, her rivalry with Evert, the way she developed athletically into the sport’s most dominant figure, her special connection with Wimbledon, and the longevity of her career.

We also get Evert’s view on the 1978 final and hear Navratilova’s own reflections on her career. 

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Jun 29, 2020
New Nadir - Djokovic Has Coronavirus
00:37:05

The fallout from the Adria Tour continued on Tuesday as world number one and event organiser Novak Djokovic tested positive for covid-19. The Telegraph’s Simon Briggs joins Catherine Whitaker and David Law to talk through the situation.

Djokovic’s second statement of the day was better than his first, but which questions remain unanswered? Is Djokovic’s position as president of the ATP player council still tenable? How much damage has he done to tennis and to his own reputation? And where will this story go from here?

There’s also a quick chat about how Andy Murray looked on his return to tennis at the Battle of the Brits. 

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Jun 24, 2020
Covid crisis on the Adria Tour – what were they thinking?
01:04:10

With Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric and Viktor Troicki all testing positive for covid-19 after playing the Adria Tour, we discuss the inevitability and seriousness of the situation, Novak Djokovic’s role and responsibility in all this, and the possible implications for the sport.

There’s also a preview of this week’s Battle of the Brits event and we hear from Andy Murray about last year’s run to the doubles titles at Queen’s with Feliciano Lopez.

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Jun 22, 2020
Tennis to return, but not as we know it
01:21:35

Tennis is on its way back, but not as we know it. 

The US Open, the French Open and many other big events in-between have been scheduled, and not everyone is happy about it.

Catherine, David and Matt review the announcement, discuss the various issues it raises, and speculate about how many of the world’s leading players will opt out of competing in any of the events. 

Last weekend’s exhibition events - the Adria Tour and the ‘Ultimate Tennis Showdown’ also get the Tennis Podcast treatment. 

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Jun 17, 2020
Chris Evert - Oral History
00:57:39

Following Catherine’s interview with Chris Evert, we take the chance to tell the story of the 18-time Grand Slam champion in full.

We discuss her most extraordinary records and achievements, consider her influence and legacy in the sport, ponder the reasons why she might be under-appreciated, reflect on her comments about the struggle of developing as a person while playing professional tennis, and look at the way she uses her platform for good.

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Jun 14, 2020
Chris Evert Interview
01:03:28

Catherine speaks to 18-time Grand Slam singles champion Chris Evert about her extraordinary tennis career.

Evert reflects on how her childhood shaped the rest of her life, the early years of the WTA Tour, the challenge of being a well-adjusted human being as well as a great champion, her rivalry with Martina Navratilova and the way they were each portrayed by the media, the achievements she's most proud of, and her period of self-discovery following retirement.

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Jun 11, 2020
Roland Garros Re-Lived 2018: Halep lays Grand Slam ghosts to rest
00:51:25

When Simona Halep beat Sloane Stephens in the 2018 Roland Garros final, the tennis world could breathe a sigh of relief. Finally, she was a Grand Slam champion.

We discuss her previous three final losses, analyse a memorable match against Stephens, and reflect on how she lived with that victory during the months that followed.

In a fascinating interview, her coach, Darren Cahill, reveals the switch he made to his usual pre-match pep talk before the final, the tactical change that helped Halep turn the match around in the second set, the weight of expectation on Halep, and the reception and adoration she received when she returned to Romania with the trophy.

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Jun 07, 2020
Roland Garros Re-Lived 2015/16: When Stan became the Man and Novak completed the Slam
00:48:39

Novak Djokovic’s quest to win Roland Garros and complete his career Grand Slam is the focus of this episode as we look back on his near miss against Stan Wawrinka in the 2015 final and his moment of triumph over Andy Murray a year later.

How can Wawrinka trouble Djokovic like nobody else? What was memorable about the ovation Djokovic received after that final? How did he bounce back from such a painful defeat? Was Murray’s fatigue a factor in the 2016 final? And how significant is it that Djokovic, by holding all four slams at once, accomplished something that Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have never done?

We also speak to Marian Vajda, Djokovic’s long-time coach and confidant, who tells us about the way in which Nadal’s dominance gradually eroded Djokovic’s love of clay, the emotions Novak experienced after finally beating Nadal but then losing to Wawrinka in 2015, whether he ever doubted that Djokovic would win at Roland Garros, and the stress Djokovic felt before facing Murray in 2016.

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Jun 06, 2020
Roland Garros Re-Lived 2009: When Rafa lost and Roger won
00:56:47

The 2009 French Open is best remembered for Rafael Nadal’s first loss at Roland Garros and for Roger Federer’s only title there. The man at the centre of both storylines, Robin Soderling, joins us for an exclusive interview.

Soderling talks about how he stepped on court against Nadal with belief that he could win despite losing 6-1, 6-0 to him in Rome a few weeks earlier, how he respected but didn’t worship Nadal, what it felt like to be the first man to beat him in Paris, and the way in which Federer was a more difficult opponent for him in the final.

Was Nadal struggling with an injury that year? Would Federer have ever won Roland Garros if Soderling hadn’t beaten Nadal? How did he nervously get over the line? And what is Soderling’s place in tennis history? He opens up about his struggles with glandular fever, his attempts to come back, and the equal parts sadness and relief he felt when he finally decided to retire.

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Jun 05, 2020
Roland Garros Re-Lived 2005: Rafael Nadal – The Dominance Begins
00:48:50

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer first met in a Grand Slam in the semi-finals of the 2005 French Open when the tone for their rivalry on clay, and Nadal’s dominance at Roland Garros, was set. Nadal won in four sets and then won the title two days later against Mariano Puerta.

In what way did Federer have the tennis world transfixed during this period? Did that cause people to underestimate Nadal in their matches? And what were the keys to victory for Nadal?

Mary Carillo explains what made the Nadal-Federer match-up so one-sided in the early days and reveals how she felt covering their many duels in Paris. 

Finally, after Christopher Clarey puts Nadal’s record of 12 French Open titles into context, we reflect on his extraordinary achievements at Roland Garros.

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Jun 04, 2020
Roland Garros Re-Lived 2003: Henin and Clijsters – it’s complicated
00:50:22

Justine Henin won the first of her four Roland Garros titles in 2003, beating Serena Williams in a controversial semi-final and Kim Clijsters in a one-sided final.

With the help of Mary Carillo, we look back on those rivalries which shaped Henin’s career as well as her very strong record at the French Open during the mid-2000s.

What made Henin such a threat to Serena? Did Henin and Clijsters like each other? What caused their rivalry to be a bit weird? How did it evolve? And why did Henin have such a special connection with Roland Garros?

Finally, we hear from Henin herself who talks about the importance of rivalries and the way in which they made her a better player.

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Jun 03, 2020
Roland Garros Re-Lived 2002: The Serena Slam Begins
00:52:18

The 2002 French Open final is etched into tennis history as the only meeting between Serena and Venus Williams at Roland Garros and the start of their run of four consecutive Grand Slam finals against each other which ended with Serena winning her first Serena Slam.

How did the sisters take the sport to new heights during this period? What did Venus’ reaction to defeat reveal about her character and her relationship with Serena? And how have their careers shined a light on race issues in tennis?

We also hear from Mary Carillo and Christopher Clarey who talk more about how their sibling rivalry played out on court, the way in which Serena embraced clay more than Venus, and whether or not they enjoyed watching the Williams sisters face off.

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Jun 02, 2020
Roland Garros Re-Lived 2001: Jennifer Capriati – the crowning, and the cautionary tale
00:43:01

The 2001 French Open saw Jennifer Capriati beat Kim Clijsters 12-10 in the final set to win her second Grand Slam title, but this was just a small part of Capriati’s story, one we tell in full on this podcast with the help of Tom Gullikson (her former coach), Lindsay Davenport (her compatriot) and Mary Carillo (someone who tracked her career closely).

We cover Capriati’s prodigious talent and breakthrough results, her downward spiral and the events which turned her into a cautionary tale, her resurgence and Grand Slam wins, and the way in which she is still troubled today.

Reflecting on her run to the Roland Garros title, we discuss the symbolism of Capriati’s semi-final victory over Martina Hingis and the dramatic but error-ridden nature of the final against Clijsters.

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Jun 01, 2020
Roland Garros Re-Lived 1999: Agassi At Last
00:52:12

Not many people expected Andre Agassi to win the French Open, especially not in 1999, and certainly not when he fell two sets down in the final against Andrei Medvedev.

But then he produced one of the greatest comebacks of all time, recovering to beat Medvedev and complete the coveted career Grand Slam.

In this episode we talk through the events which led Agassi to that point. What had happened in his previous two French Open finals? Why did he used to skip Wimbledon and the Australian Open? And how did he get his career back on track after dropping to No.141 in the world?

We hear from Brad Gilbert, Agassi’s coach at Roland Garros in 1999, who explains why Agassi’s participation at that year’s French Open was in doubt, how he came through a tough draw, and what he said to him during the rain delay.

Andrei Medvedev, meanwhile, gives his version of events, and Chris Clarey of the New York Times tells us how Agassi’s Roland Garros title set in motion the most dominant spell of his career. 

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May 31, 2020
Roland Garros Re-Lived 1999: Graf vs. Hingis - Ecstasy, Agony, Aggro
00:49:32

Martina Hingis never won the French Open, but the 1999 final was definitely the one that got away as she let slip a comfortable lead against Steffi Graf in a classic match filled with aggro.

How did Hingis stir things up before the match with her comments about Graf? What incidents turned the crowd against Hingis and caused her to get a point penalty? And in what way were the scenes at the end of the match - as Hingis returned to the court in tears comforted by her mother - so pathos heavy?

We hear from Mary Carillo about why she loved watching Hingis play and why she always assumed that the Swiss would win Roland Garros one day.

As for Graf, this turned out to be her last Grand Slam title, and she retired shortly afterwards. Her coach, Heinz Günthardt, talks candidly about the match and reveals the exact moment Graf knew her time in the sport was up.

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May 30, 2020
Roland Garros Re-Lived 1997: Allez Guga! Allez Guga!
00:47:13

Almost nobody had heard of Gustavo Kuerten when he entered Roland Garros in 1997, but everyone knew who he was when he walked away as the champion. So, how did he do it?

Kuerten tells us about the moment he first felt the love of the French fans, his difficult matches against Thomas Muster and Yevgeny Kafelnikov en route to the final, and just how much tennis still means to him.

We also hear from Sergi Bruguera, the runner-up that year, about what it was like to play against Kuerten and his memories of the final.

Then, New York Times journalist Christopher Clarey explains the buzz around Kuerten’s story that fortnight and why the 1997 French Open is one of his all-time favourites as a reporter.

Finally, we celebrate Kuerten’s career and his lasting impact on the sport.

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May 29, 2020
Roland Garros Re-Lived 1992: Seles vs. Graf - The greatest final but a bittersweet rivalry
00:43:16

Monica Seles’ 6-2, 3-6, 10-8 victory over Steffi Graf in 1992 is widely considered to be the best Roland Garros final of all time.

Catherine, David and Matt explain how they felt while watching it and discuss some of the reasons why it was so special.

We also hear from Graf’s coach at the time, Heinz Günthardt, who offers insight into why Seles caused Graf so many problems, especially on clay.

New York Times journalist Christopher Clarey explains where the match ranks among the best he’s ever witnessed, and discusses the tragic interruption to their rivalry when Seles was stabbed in 1993.

How did that incident change Seles as a person forever? In what way did it bind Graf and Seles together in a unique way? And how did it alter the course of tennis history?

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May 28, 2020
Roland Garros Re-Lived 1989: Michael Chang makes history
00:46:50

When Michael Chang beat Stefan Edberg in the 1989 French Open final, he became the youngest man ever to win a Grand Slam title, but it’s his fourth-round match against Ivan Lendl which is most famous.

Chang was trailing by two sets to love, but several moonballs, numerous bouts of cramp, and even an underarm serve later, he’d won the match and turned it into the stuff of legend. 

In an exclusive interview, Chang discusses his tactics to turn the match around, the way he got booed during the tournament after mentioning his faith, his relationship with Lendl, and how he coped during the tournament despite hearing news of the Tiananmen Square Massacre.

We also analyse Chang’s performance in the final, hear from Edberg about how he let that match slip and how gutted he was to lose it, and look at Chang’s place in tennis history.

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May 27, 2020
Roland Garros Re-Lived 1985: Chris Evert vs. Martina Navratilova – The Rivalry
00:48:30

Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova met 80 times in total, and their 1985 French Open final, won 7-5 in the third set by Evert, was one of their best ever matches.

In an exclusive interview, Evert explains why she will be inextricably bound in history with Navratilova, the way they were portrayed as opposites, the reasons Navratilova was the favourite ahead of their 1985 Roland Garros final, why this victory stands out as her greatest, and the way it lengthened her career.

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May 26, 2020
Roland Garros Re-Lived 1984: The match that haunts McEnroe
00:45:58

John McEnroe never won the French Open. But he should have done in 1984. Instead, he lost a two-set lead in the final against Ivan Lendl. So, what happened?

Having re-watched the whole match, Catherine, David and Matt give their analysis. In what way did McEnroe allow himself to get distracted? Did he choke? How did Lendl mount his comeback? And what did this match do for both of their careers?

We also hear from Mary Carillo who recounts why it hurt McEnroe so much to lose specifically to Lendl, the way he’s still affected by the missed opportunity whenever he arrives at Roland Garros, and the poignant conversation that took place between the McEnroe brothers after the match.

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May 25, 2020
Roland Garros Re-Lived 1983: Yannick Noah and the power of dreams
00:42:13

Who better to tell the story of Yannick Noah’s historic victory at the French Open in 1983 than the man himself?

In an enthralling, exclusive interview, Noah takes us through it all, including the extra work he put in during the build-up to Roland Garros that year, his nerve-wracking victory over Ivan Lendl, the relief he felt when Jimmy Connors lost, the dream he had before the final, the words he exchanged with his father after beating Mats Wilander to win the title, and why he could never replicate those feelings elsewhere.

Afterwards, we discuss our own Yannick Noah memories, his game style on clay, and his enduring cultural importance in France.

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May 24, 2020
Rome Re-Lived: Sabatini’s stylish dominance; Nadal and Federer’s 2006 classic
01:16:03

We begin this week’s Tennis Re-Lived in 1992 when Gabriela Sabatini won her fourth title in Rome, beating Monica Seles in her prime in the final.

How come Sabatini had such a special connection with Rome? In what way did she manage to make Seles’ game seem a bit limited in that match? And why have Sabatini’s achievements faded from tennis conversation?

Then, we go back to 2006 to cover Rafael Nadal’s epic five set win over Roger Federer. In what way was Nadal kryptonite for Federer in this period? How has he developed his game since then? And might victory for Federer have changed the course of his rivalry with Nadal on clay?

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May 18, 2020
Your questions answered – tennis without crowds, Thiem vs. Ibbou & the big doubles debate
01:11:50

We take listener questions on a range of topics, including what can be done to make tennis behind closed doors more enjoyable, Innes Ibbou’s rebuttal to Dominic Thiem’s comments about lower ranked players, results from the past that we’d like to change, the best and worst coaching appointments, and whether doubles should be made more prominent.

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May 14, 2020
Madrid Re-Lived - When Clay Turned Blue; Maria Sharapova: Clay Court Specialist
01:14:21

Catherine, David and Matt return with another episode of Tennis Re-Lived, this time looking back on a couple of classic finals and storylines from Madrid.

In 2012, the clay turned blue, and Janko Tipsarevic explains what it was really like to play on, who it favoured, how it affected Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, why it was ditched, and the reason it was slippery.

Plus, in what way was the final a microcosm of Tomas Berdych’s career? And how did Federer find his feet when others struggled?

The 2014 women’s final between Maria Sharapova and Simona Halep turned out to be a prelude of the Roland Garros final that year, serving as an indication of Sharapova’s progress on clay. What was behind her mid-career transformation on the surface? Sven Groeneveld, her coach at the time, tells us.

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May 11, 2020
Worst of the Big 3
01:38:02

Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are the three best male players of all time, but they haven’t always been so great...

In the final episode of our ‘worst of’ series (for now), we reflect on those rare moments when they struggled on court, including their respective slumps in 2013, 2015 and 2017.

Plus, what happened to Federer at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics? How did he lose to Guillermo Cañas in back-to-back tournaments in 2007? Why did Nadal’s Wimbledon results go downhill from 2012 onwards? How much does it matter that he’s never won the ATP Finals? Why did Djokovic retire from so many matches early in his career? And what on earth was going on with his serve under Todd Martin?

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May 08, 2020
Worst Grand Slam finals ever
01:41:59

Our countdown of the Top 10 worst Grand Slam finals of all time, including a weekend of double disappointment in 1983, the only 6-0 6-0 in Open Era history, a couple of Wimbledon finals which prompted change, and a controversial mid-match retirement.

‘Worst of’ fortnight will conclude on Thursday when we discuss the low points in the careers of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. 

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May 04, 2020
Worst Tennis Podcast predictions ever - part 2
01:09:43

If you enjoyed part one of our worst ever predictions podcast, then you’re going to love part two.

Our self-imposed humiliation intensifies as we re-play a couple of clips to make Catherine cringe, go deep on David’s wildly changeable views on Nick Kyrgios, and laugh at Matt picking Victoria Kuzmova to do big things.

Plus, in a segment on our wildly inaccurate ranking projections, find out which player, who has never been ranked inside the Top 100, David thought would be Top 20 by 2020.

‘Worst of’ fortnight will continue on Monday when we rank the worst Grand Slam finals of all time. 

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Apr 30, 2020
Worst Tennis Podcast predictions ever - part 1
00:59:19

This week we are venturing nervously into the archives to dissect and discuss our worst ever predictions.

Part one includes a couple of clangers involving Serena Williams, examples of our overly optimistic outlook on Grigor Dimitrov, and jinxing the big Roger Federer vs. Rafael Nadal match that everyone wanted to see at the US Open.

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Apr 27, 2020
Pam Shriver - US Open finalist aged 16, winning Olympic Gold, and partnering Martina Navratilova
00:51:15

Catherine speaks to former world No.3 and 22-time Grand Slam doubles champion Pam Shriver, covering the start of her partnership with Martina Navratilova and their many successes together, her memories of the historic 1986 Fed Cup Final, her gold medal winning run with Zina Garrison in Seoul, what it was like to reach the US Open final as a 16-year-old, and her thoughts on when tennis might return.

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Apr 24, 2020
Federer: WTA/ATP Should Merge - our reaction; John Millman nearly retired, then beat Federer - our interview
00:55:07

We hadn’t planned to record a podcast today, but then Roger Federer tweeted about merging the ATP and WTA, and we were suddenly in emergency podcast territory.

Why has it taken until now, during a global pandemic and 50 years after Billie Jean King first proposed the idea, for some of the top men to get behind it? How likely is it to actually happen? And what are the potential stumbling blocks?

In the second half of the show, David speaks to John Millman about his life without tennis, the need to support lower-ranked players financially during the coronavirus pandemic, his career-defining matches against Roger Federer, and, of course, his credentials to make it onto The Tennis Podcast boat.

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Apr 22, 2020
Fed Cup & Monte Carlo Re-Lived: Navratilova’s Homecoming, Muster’s Controversial Comeback
01:21:41

The second instalment of Tennis Re-Lived sees us travel back to the 1980s and 90s.

First, we tell the story of Martina Navratilova’s return to her homeland in 1986 when she represented the USA against Czechoslovakia in the Fed Cup Final. Why was this such an important moment in her life? How was she received by the people in Prague? And just how good was her tennis in the decisive match against Hana Mandlikova?

Matt unearths some stories from the week and Catherine speaks to Pam Shriver, Navratilova’s doubles partner, for a firsthand account. Pam describes the experience of being there and explains how Navratilova managed to control her emotions.

Then, we delve into David’s well of memories to cover Thomas Muster’s epic comeback victory against Boris Becker in the 1995 Monte Carlo Final. There’s chat about Muster’s dominance on clay during that period, his semi-final against Andrea Gaudenzi which left him hospitalised, and Becker’s controversial post match press conference in which he cast doubt over Muster’s methods of recovery.

Plus, there’s an update on the ATP player relief fund proposed by Novak Djokovic, and the planned exhibitions across Europe.

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Apr 20, 2020
Perfect tennis dinner companions, will ATP-WTA unity last, and is it ok to support Tennys Sandgren?
01:00:32

We’re back with another Q&A edition of The Tennis Podcast, answering listener questions about our dream tennis dinner party, the Grand Slam credentials of Alex de Minaur and Nick Kyrgios, how long the unity between the ATP and the WTA might last, and whether it’s okay to support Tennys Sandgren despite his past Twitter support for the far right.

Plus, an update on the cancellation of Montreal, a chat about the tennis players we most resemble, and a massive argument. ­­­

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Apr 16, 2020
Big 3 downsides, Blue clay, and is Kyrgios on the boat? A listener questions special
00:56:42

In a Q&A edition which goes off in various directions, we cover topics such as the players we wish we had seen live, the downsides of the Big 3 dominance, how the prolonged break to tennis might affect certain players differently, whether or not Nick Kyrgios is on the boat, and our predictions from the start of the year about what we *thought* would happen in 2020.

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Apr 13, 2020
What happens when tennis stops?
01:14:13

Catherine Whitaker and David Law set out to examine the way in which covid-19 is impacting tennis players and events.

Hear from World No.211 Liam Broady on how he’s coping without tennis as well as the physical, mental and financial challenges he’s facing, LTA chief executive Scott Lloyd on the support package provided to British tennis players, World No.375 Sofia Shapatava on her petition seeking financial assistance from the ITF, and Queen’s tournament director Stephen Farrow on what goes on behind the scenes when a tennis event is cancelled.   

Plus, what have the sport’s governing bodies said in their latest statements? And could the US Open take place without fans?

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Apr 09, 2020
Miami Re-Lived: Venus vs. Serena 1999; Murray vs. Ferrer 2013
01:07:05

To launch Tennis Re-Lived, Catherine, David and Matt look back on two classic Miami finals, starting with the first ever final between the Williams sisters in 1999. What was most noticeable about Venus and Serena’s respective games and personalities at the time? How was women’s tennis talked about in this era? And in what way was Richard Williams front and centre?

Turning to Murray and Ferrer’s epic in 2013, how did the match become so dramatic after a ropey start? Has there been a more shocking sight in tennis in recent memory than Ferrer cramping? And in what way did this match set the tone for their seasons? 

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Apr 06, 2020
Wimbledon cancelled; Grass court season shelved - Our reaction
00:36:47

We knew it was coming, and yet it still felt shocking, and it still hurt. 

After Wimbledon announced its 134th edition would not take place, and the rest of the grass court season was abandoned because of the Coronavirus, Catherine Whitaker, David Law and Matt Roberts were joined on The Tennis Podcast by Simon Briggs, the Tennis Correspondent of The Telegraph. 

Was there any alternative? What sort of impact will the cancellations have on the tennis world, and those working within it? And when can the sport realistically return?

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Apr 01, 2020
Olympics Postponed; Mary Carillo Q&A - Part 2!
01:03:24

We begin this week’s show by discussing the one-year postponement of the Tokyo Olympics and launching Tennis Re-Lived. That's followed by part two of our Q&A with Mary Carillo as she talks more about her own career – including her memories of the French Open mixed doubles title she won with John McEnroe and the worst match she’s ever commentated on.

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Mar 30, 2020
Q&A with Mary Carillo - Part 1!
00:58:15

Mary Carillo joins Catherine, David and Matt from Florida to catch up and answer some listener questions.

In part one, she talks about how the enforced break due to Coronavirus could affect different players, whether a champion's mentality can be learned, and how Coco Gauff's career might unfold compared to other teenage stars.

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Mar 23, 2020
The French Open in…September?
00:44:24

The French Open in…September?

Catherine, David and Matt are back for a bonus mid-week pod to discuss all the fallout from Roland Garros going rogue in the wake of Coronavirus and re-positioning itself in the calendar for this year.

What are the political implications of such a move? Will this actually bring tennis’ fractious governing bodies together? Could it lead to long-term change? And what’s the likelihood of it going ahead like this?

There’s also news of David’s AMA on Reddit, Matt quotes Star Wars, and Catherine provides important updates on bra wearing, suitcase unpacking, and karaoke.

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Mar 19, 2020
The Tennis Podcast Goes On
00:54:47

Catherine, David and Matt talk about the dramatic developments since Indian Wells’ cancellation, the absence and importance of sport in our lives, the impact this break could have when tennis eventually returns, and which players they would choose to self-isolate with.  

Plus, Dan Evans and Bethanie Mattek-Sands give insight into what it was like on site at Indian Wells last week, the communication they’ve had from the tours about Coronavirus, how this suspension will impact players, and what they’re doing to balance unexpected free time with training.

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Mar 17, 2020
Indian Wells Cancelled
00:48:10

Catherine was supposed to be flying to Indian Wells today, but instead she’s chatting to David and Matt all about the fact that the tournament has been cancelled because of Coronavirus. Discussion includes what to make of the decision, how it affects livelihoods in tennis, and the way the situation could potentially escalate to affect more tournaments,

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Mar 09, 2020
Invincible Djokovic - can he go 2020 unbeaten?
01:05:48

Catherine, David and Matt are together again to review another busy week in the packed February schedule, one which saw Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal seamlessly return to the tour and win titles, Heather Watson and Dan Evans impress, and the emergence of more teenage stars.

What's changed in 2020 for Djokovic to be able to dominate the tour once again? Was it appropriate for Tsitsipas' mum to attend his press conference in Dubai and what does it say about their relationship? And what did we learn about Leylah Fernandez and Thiago Seyboth Wild?

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Mar 02, 2020
Maria Sharapova Retires - Our Reaction, With Chris Clarey
00:44:50

Maria Sharapova, who beat Serena Williams to win Wimbledon aged 17, completed the career Grand Slam, and then failed an anti-doping test, has retired.

In a special edition of The Tennis Podcast, Catherine Whitaker and David Law are joined by the man that broke the news of her retirement, Chris Clarey of the New York Times, to react to the announcement.

Why did she stop now? How will her career be remembered? Could she have done more? Is she legacy tainted by the positive test? And what will she do next? All answered on the show.

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Feb 27, 2020
Federer Sidelined by Surgery - Curse or Blessing? Plus Rybakina's Rise & Halep's Heroics
01:01:17

Catherine, David and Matt catch up to discuss a busy week which saw Roger Federer announce knee surgery, Kim Clijsters impress in her first match for seven years, Simona Halep beat Elena Rybakina in a thriller in Dubai, and Dominic Thiem struggle in Rio. 

Could Federer’s enforced break actually be a blessing in disguise when it comes to Wimbledon and the Olympics this summer? What makes Rybakina special? And who is 16-year-old Carlos Alcaraz who won a match in Rio?

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Feb 24, 2020
Catching up since Melbourne - Fed Cup, Clijsters’ Comeback, Monfils’ Momentum
01:13:12

Catherine, David and Matt are back together for the first time since the Australian Open with plenty to catch up on, including an exciting Fed Cup weekend, titles for Kiki Bertens, Gael Monfils and Kyle Edmund, and the impending return of Kim Clijsters. 

How important is it that home and away ties continue to exist in Fed Cup? Why did Jo Konta not commit to it? And will Monfils build on this form at bigger events? 

There’s also a chance to look back on our interview with Marion Bartoli, discuss some Fed Cup outfit fiascos, and collectively cringe at some social media #content involving Edmund.

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Feb 17, 2020
Marion Bartoli – Winning Wimbledon, Overcoming Anorexia, Coaching Ostapenko
00:57:20

Before leaving Melbourne, Catherine Whitaker and David Law spent an hour in the company of Marion Bartoli. What followed was, we believe, one of the most powerful and important podcasts we’ve ever done.

Topics include how Bartoli came to play double-handed on both sides, the way tennis affected her relationship with her father and brother growing up, why she felt like a failure after losing the 2007 Wimbledon final, what it felt like to finally win Wimbledon in 2013, her sudden retirement from the sport, the dark place she was in while suffering from anorexia, how she overcame it, the current state of the WTA Tour, whether Serena Williams will overtake the Grand Slam record, and coaching Jelena Ostapenko.

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Feb 10, 2020
Aus Open Day 14 - Djokovic Denies Thiem for Slam 17
00:58:02

Catherine, David and Matt bring you one final Tennis Podcast from the 2020 Australian Open after Novak Djokovic beat Dominic Thiem in five sets to win an 8th title in Melbourne and a 17th Grand Slam overall. 

There’s chat about Djokovic’s fast start, the way in which the crowd and Thiem started to rattle him, his time violations, his mid-match lull, and his fifth set resurgence. 

Can he catch Nadal and Federer this year? How will the Olympics affect the Grand Slam race this season? And in what way is Thiem becoming like Andy Murray?

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Feb 02, 2020
Aus Open Day 13 - Kick Ass Kenin Crowned Champ
00:51:49

Sofia Kenin is a Grand Slam champion. How did she fight back against Muguruza? What boat-worthy character traits does she have? And how will she build on this victory? Catherine, David and Matt discuss all that and more before looking ahead to Thiem vs. Djokovic.

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Feb 01, 2020
Aus Open Day 12 - Thiem vs. Djokovic Final Set; Kenin vs. Muguruza Preview
00:50:55

After Dominic Thiem beat Alexander Zverev to reach his first Grand Slam final on a hard court, Catherine, David and Matt were joined by The Telegraph’s Simon Briggs to talk all about it. How did Thiem adjust mentally and tactically from the Nadal match? Why did Zverev not play more aggressively? And in what way can Thiem trouble Djokovic? 

Looking ahead to the women’s final, there’s discussion about why Sofia Kenin hasn’t received much hype, how her career might develop after this run, and Garbine Muguruza’s pre-season Kilimanjaro excursion. 

Finally, stay for an all-time great anecdote from Simon.

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Jan 31, 2020
Aus Open Day 11 - Did Barty Blow It?
00:43:25

The women’s final will be Sofia Kenin vs. Garbiñe Muguruza. How did that happen? Catherine, David and Matt discuss at the end of a scorching hot day in Melbourne. 

How much of an impact did the conditions have on the women’s semi-finals? In what way were they similar matches? Did Ash Barty choke against Kenin? How much will this defeat have hurt her? And who will have the edge in the final? 

In the night session, a hampered Roger Federer did take to the court against Novak Djokovic, but was comfortably beaten in straight sets. How did Federer’s fast start briefly distract Djokovic? Why did Djokovic not finish him off more ruthlessly? And who would pose more threat to Djokovic in the final - Thiem or Zverev?

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Jan 30, 2020
Aus Open Day 10 - Thiem's Time Has Come
00:52:05

Dominic Thiem did it. He proved Catherine, David and Matt right (for once) by beating Rafael Nadal in four pulsating sets. How significant does it feel that he beat Nadal at his own game? What made Nadal look agitated? And can Thiem peak again for the rest of this tournament? 

There’s also chat about Alexander Zverev reaching his first Grand Slam semi-final with victory over Stan Wawrinka, and the way he’s turned his serve into a weapon again, approached this year’s Australian Open with lower expectations, and kept faith in his father as his coach. 

Finally, Simona Halep and Garbiñe Muguruza set up an exciting semi-final match. Is Halep playing as well as ever? And in what way is Muguruza on lockdown mode in her press conferences?

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Jan 29, 2020
Aus Open Day 9 - Federer's Melbourne Miracle and Barty's Bigtime Revenge
00:50:29

Novak Djokovic’s straightforward victory over Milos Raonic in the night session meant a rare early(ish) finish for Catherine, David and Matt. But it was a day with plenty of drama as Roger Federer saved 7 match points to beat Tennys Sandgren. How did he do it? And what state will he be in for his semi-final? 

Elsewhere, there’s discussion about Ash Barty avenging last year’s quarter-final defeat to Petra Kvitova. In what way did it show how much she’s improved? Will she have her work cut out against Sofia Kenin? And what’s going on with the scheduling that’s seeing women’s matches not get the prime time night session slots? 

Finally, there’s news of Martina Navratilova and John McEnroe’s protest against Margaret Court’s name appearing on the second stadium at Melbourne Park, and Tennis Australia’s response to it.

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Jan 28, 2020
Aus Open Day 8 - Nadal Edges New Kyrgios; Goran Goes In-Depth On Djokovic
01:05:29

Another night at this year’s Australian Open, another Nick Kyrgios match that had everyone engrossed. This time, he lost against Rafael Nadal in a pulsating four-set contest, but he showed a commitment we’d never seen from him before. Afterwards, Catherine, David and Matt sat down with some beers to digest the match. 

There’s also chat about Dominic Thiem’s reasons for splitting with Thomas Muster, the awesome sight of Stan Wawrinka in full flight, Garbiñe Muguruza’s ambition, Alexander Zverev’s renewed confidence, and the bizarre scheduling on Ash Barty vs. Petra Kvitova. 

Plus, David speaks to Goran Ivanisevic for a revealing insight into his role within Novak Djokovic’s team. 

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Jan 27, 2020
Aus Open Day 7 - Barty Survives Riske; Wilander - Change Ain’t Coming Yet
00:57:14

Ash Barty has had her problems with Alison Riske, but she scraped past her nemesis to keep hopes of a home title alive. 

Afterwards, while Roger Federer faced Marton Fucsovics, David and Matt went round to Catherine’s apartment to watch the last match of the day, drink beer and eat snacks galore. Then they recorded the Day 7 pod to look back on the day. How far can Federer go? What aggro went on between Fabio Fognini and Tennys Sandgren? And who will win between Alexander Zverev and Andrey Rublev.

Plus, Mats Wilander spoke to David to assess the state of the men’s game.

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Jan 26, 2020
Aus Open Day 6 – Kyrgios’ Finest Hour; Pliskova’s Grand Slam Curse; Muguruza’s Revival
00:48:04

After Friday’s drama at the Australian Open, there was a sense of déjà vu on Saturday with more top seeds going out and another engrossing fifth set tiebreak to end the night, only this time with Nick Kyrgios involved. Catherine, David and Matt sat down to talk it all through. What made Kyrgios’ victory over Khachanov feel like the best and most important of his career? Why does Pliskova keep failing at Grand Slams? And are we witnessing Muguruza’s rejuvenation?

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Jan 25, 2020
Aus Open Night 5 - Yet More Drama; Gauff Stuns Osaka; Federer Somehow Survives
00:50:31

On a day of snowballing drama, Catherine, David and Matt got together again for a second podcast to capture the excitement of a night session which saw defending champion Naomi Osaka beaten by Coco Gauff, Stefanos Tsitsipas shown up by Milos Raonic, and Roger Federer pushed to the brink by John Millman in a match ending with the first ever fifth set tiebreak on the Rod Laver Arena. It left everyone wondering: has there ever been a better day of tennis?

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Jan 24, 2020
EMERGENCY POD - Serena Out; Wozniacki Retires
00:28:38

An extraordinarily dramatic Friday afternoon in Melbourne which saw Serena Williams beaten by Qiang Wang and Caroline Wozniacki sent into retirement by Ons Jabeur called for an emergency edition of The Tennis Podcast. So, Catherine, David and Matt gathered amid the Garden Square hubbub to try to make sense of it all. What happened to Serena? Where does this leave her quest to win No.24? And what did Wozniacki's emotion say about her?

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Jan 24, 2020
Aus Open Day 4 - Late Night Epics; Kyrgios Keeps It Together; Dust Stops Play
00:41:59

It felt like the 2020 Australian Open came to life on Thursday evening as a series of matches turned into epics under the lights. Afterwards, Catherine, David and Matt met up to talk about them, as well as everything else they'd seen on a breathless day. Why are Kyrgioptimism levels higher than ever before after his victory over Simon? Why did dust force play to stop? And how has Cici Bellis defied her injuries?

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Jan 23, 2020
Aus Open Day 3 - Wozniacki Won't Retire; Federer vs. Millman - The Rematch
00:46:11

Caroline Wozniacki will retire from tennis over the next two weeks. But not today. Her comeback win against Dayana Yastremska is discussed on the latest daily pod from the Australian Open, as is another triumph for Coco Gauff, serene progress for the big names, and the prospect of Roger Federer vs. John Millman - the rematch.

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Jan 22, 2020
Aus Open Day 2 – 88 matches and the return of Kyrgioptimism
00:45:51

At the end of a day when 88 matches were played at the Australian Open, Catherine, David and Matt were all in desperate need of a beer as they recorded the latest Tennis Podcast from inside the media centre.  

They discuss Tiafoe’s encouraging performance in defeat against Medvedev, plenty of British misfortune, whether probation suits Kyrgios and if he will be able to beat Simon, a match which felt like the end of the road for Sharapova, and results which have left predictions in tatters. 

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Jan 21, 2020
Aus Open Day 1 - Catherine! And Serena, Federer, Djokovic, Osaka ...
00:47:33

As the clock struck midnight and David and Matt prepared to record the pod after day one of the Australian Open, Catherine arrived! Together, they discussed the straightforward days for Serena Williams, Roger Federer and Naomi Osaka, a weirdly scrappy evening session featuring Ash Barty and Novak Djokovic, and a backwards step for Denis Shapovalov.

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Jan 20, 2020
Aus Open – Draw Dissection and Predictions
00:56:50

David and Matt sit down to dissect the draws and make their predictions for the 2020 Australian Open, with a few surprising choices and disagreements along the way. Will Serena Williams finally claim No.24? And is this the moment that the Big 3’s Grand Slam dominance will be broken? 

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Jan 19, 2020
Aus Open - Inside the Interview Room
00:57:20

David and Matt take you inside the press room at the Australian Open where they spent media day asking questions and getting a sense of how the top players are feeling. 

There’s news of how Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal spoke to tournament officials about the air pollution, Daniil Medvedev’s admission that last year’s run could have been a hot streak, Caroline Wozniacki’s reflections on her career, and Naomi Osaka’s desire to have a rival. 

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Jan 18, 2020
Aus Open - The draw, the vibe, but where's Catherine?
00:40:38

David and Matt have made it to Melbourne! For now, with Catherine still in the U.K. as she recovers from her eye infection, they are joined by The Telegraph’s Simon Briggs to discuss the controversial build-up to this year’s Australian Open. Simon has been down under for a few weeks, and he gives the lowdown on how he thinks the ATP Cup might affect players, the criticism faced by Tennis Australia as qualifying went ahead in spite of the poor air quality, the main talking points from Thursday's draw ceremony, and the injuries affecting a number of British players.

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Jan 17, 2020
Serena's Significant Win; Djokovic Off To A Flier
01:03:04

David is back together with Catherine and Matt to discuss a busy opening week of the 2020 season. The significance of Serena Williams’ title in Auckland is assessed, caution is urged after Karolina Pliskova’s triumph in Brisbane, ­­­there are debates about the real meaning of Serbia’s ATP Cup victory and the possible solution to tennis’ team event conundrum, and a row ensues about Novak Djokovic’s status as the Australian Open favourite. 

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Jan 13, 2020
ATP Cup - Yes or No?
01:05:58

A new decade, a new tennis season, and the new ATP Cup. In our first episode of 2020, Catherine Whitaker and Matt Roberts discuss what they've made of the first few days of the tournament, how it compares to the revamped Davis Cup, whether it's what tennis needs, and some of the notable results so far. There's also a look at some of the main stories from the off season and a preview of the new WTA season.

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Jan 06, 2020
Marcos Baghdatis Interview
00:48:12

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Marcos Baghdatis opens up to David Law on a range of topics, including:

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Dec 16, 2019
2019 Awards Show
00:56:16

Shortly after our live show at The Queen’s Club, Catherine, David and Matt recorded the final regular edition of The Tennis Podcast in 2019 to reflect on the night and hand out our awards for the season. The categories were:

·      Player of the year (08:32)

·      Team of the year (13:18)

·      Match of the year (18:35)

·      Disappointment of the year (21:57)

·      Story of the year (26:46)

·      Did that really happen moment of the year (34:08)

·      Tennis shoots itself in the foot moment of the year (39:26)

·      Moment I watched on repeat of the year (43:13)

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Dec 09, 2019
The Tennis Podcast - Looking Back, Looking Forwards
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Why do we like podcasting? What were our highlights of producing 130 of them in 2019? And why are we crowdfunding again?

We - Catherine, David and Matt - get together over a beer to tell you on a special mini-pod. 

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Dec 02, 2019
Davis Cup Finals Day 7 - Spain Wins; Pique's Perspective; Haggerty Grilled; Clarey's View
01:25:44

Davis Cup Finals Day 7 - Nadal, Bautista Agut Win For Spain; Pique Perspective; Haggerty Grilled; Chris Clarey View 

Rafael Nadal did what Rafael Nadal does - perform heroically, and win for himself and his nation.

What Roberto Bautista Agut did was arguably even more impressive - suiting up for Spain just three days after his father had died, and putting his nation 1-0 up.

Catherine Whitaker, David Law, and Matt Roberts on the ground come together to review another extraordinary couple of days.

We hear from Gerard Pique, the superstar footballer who is now running the Davis Cup, Matt grills ITF President David Haggerty about the first edition of the new event and what is to come, and he gets the ever-fascinating views of Christopher Clarey, the Tennis Correspondent for the New York Times. 

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Nov 25, 2019
Davis Cup Finals Day 6 - Superman Nadal vs. GB, Canada and the world
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Rafael Nadal is the closest thing in tennis to Superman. And on Saturday, he continued to take on the world, beating Great Britain almost single-handedly and setting up a final against Canada.

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Nov 24, 2019
Davis Cup Finals Day 5 - This Is What We Came For. This Is What We Want.
00:45:28

This is the day that Gerard Pique would have been dreaming about when he invested in the Davis Cup and turned it into a single week finals with 18 teams.

Despair for Serbia, joy for Russia, Spain and Great Britain, with some of the most emotional scenes of the year, on and off the court.

Afterwards, Catherine Whitaker (Amazon Prime tv presenter), David Law (BBC Radio commentator), and Matt Roberts got together as usual to share their experiences of a spellbinding day.

We hear the best (or worst, depending on viewpoint) of Serbia's press conference after the loss to Russia.Serbia had held three match point, and their players were inconsolable.

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Nov 23, 2019
Davis Cup Finals Day 4 - Matt Meets Novak; Canada Makes Semis
00:37:39

Early night for Matt Roberts, who got to bed at 2am after running out of the Magic Box before it shut. Once home, he told us why Nick Kyrgios didn't play for Australia against Canada, what it was like hanging out with the Canadian ultras, and what he asked Novak Djokovic. Matt, Catherine Whitaker and David Law reviewed the rest of the day in Madrid.

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Nov 22, 2019
Davis Cup Finals Day 3 - Miffed Murray Wins; Canadian Controversy
00:49:04

With tennis still going on at 2am in Madrid, Catherine Whitaker, David Law and Matt Roberts discussed the return to the Davis Cup of Andy Murray. It wasn't all plain sailing, and he had plenty to say afterwards. Novak Djokovic wasn't short of a word or two either. We hear from the both on The Tennis Podcast.

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Nov 21, 2019
Davis Cup Finals Day 2 - Midnight mayhem, but a proper atmosphere
00:33:59

The old Davis Cup atmosphere is alive and well if today is anything to go by in Madrid, even if only when the home nation plays. Spain vs. Russia was electric, and at the time of recording - well after midnight - it was still going on.

Why did it go on so late? How was Rafael Nadal playing? And what was the deal with Canada allowing the USA a walkover in their doubles rubber?

Matt Roberts was still in Madrid as the clock neared 1am, and talked to David Law about an interesting day.

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Nov 20, 2019
Davis Cup Finals Day 1 - So, what was it like?
00:33:36

Davis Cup, but not as we know it, began on Monday. So, what was it like? Matt Roberts was on the ground in Madrid and spoke to Catherine Whitaker and David Law on the pod afterwards.

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Nov 19, 2019
ATP Finals Day 8 - "Tsit-si-pas" wins London hearts ; New era for Davis Cup in Madrid
00:47:43

Stefanos Tsitsipas is the ATP Finals champion and the future of men’s tennis looks bright.

With the tennis court at the O2 being dismantled around them, Catherine Whitaker and David Law discuss Tsitsipas’ thrilling final set tiebreak victory over Dominic Thiem. Where was the match won and lost? What makes people fall in love with Tsitsipas? How confident can we be that both players will deliver more of the same next year? And what made this such a memorable tournament?

Then, David catches up with Matt Roberts in Madrid ahead of the Davis Cup Finals. There’s chat about what to expect next week as a new era dawns, and insight from Novak Djokovic, Lleyton Hewitt and Leon Smith on media day.

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Nov 18, 2019
ATP Finals Day 7 - Tsitsipas vs. Thiem In Dream Final
00:39:08

Stefanos Tsitsipas downed Roger Federer in straight sets despite setting up a third of the break points that they great man conjured, and squandered. So what happened? Catherine Whitaker and David Law talk it through.

The Greek will now face Dominic Thiem in what looks like being one of the most interesting matches of the year.

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Nov 17, 2019
ATP Finals Day 6 - No.1 Nadal Departs With Head Held High
00:32:01

Rafael Nadal played his best tennis of the ATP Finals, celebrated ending the year as World No.1, but still failed to reach the semifinals.

Afterwards, Catherine Whitaker, David Law and Matt Roberts discussed his extraordinary year, and his reaction afterwards.

They also covered Alexander Zverev's win over Daniil Medvedev and previewed the semifinals.

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Nov 15, 2019
ATP Finals Day 5 - Roger's Revenge
00:36:21

Roger Federer put his Novak Djokovic demons to bed for a night and handed Rafael Nadal the year-end No.1 at the ATP Finals on Thursday.

Afterwards, Catherine Whitaker, David Law and Matt Roberts went to the bar to talk about it.

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Nov 15, 2019
ATP Finals Day 4 - Nadal-Medvedev: Comeback or Choke? Tsitsipas Delivers, Zverev Disappoints
00:42:29

Rafael Nadal trailed Daniil Medvedev 1-5 in the third set, and won. What on earth happened? Catherine Whitaker, David Law and Matt Roberts convened with Simon Briggs of The Telegraph to try to work it out.

How good was Stefanos Tsitsipas? And how bad was Alexander Zverev?

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Nov 13, 2019
ATP Finals Day 3 - Thiem Downs Djokovic In Classic; Andy Murray Interview!
00:49:52

Dominic Thiem vs. Novak Djokovic was one of the best matches The O2 has ever seen. Catherine Whitaker, Matt Roberts, David Law and special guest Charlie Eccleshare were suitably thrilled on the pod.

Plus, we talk to Andy Murray about fatherhood for the first time, the Davis Cup finals, what would constitute success in 2020, and how he doesn't want to end up like Ivan Lendl.

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Nov 13, 2019
ATP Finals Day 2 - Zverev, Tsitsipas Savour Landmark Wins
00:40:06

Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas started Monday with 0-5 records against Rafael Nadal and Daniil Medvedev, but ended it with significant victories.

Afterwards, Catherine Whitaker, David Law and Matt Roberts got together to talk about what happened, the delirious interviews they attended, and what they think will happen next for the young Next Gen stars.

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Nov 11, 2019
ATP Finals Day 1 - Thiem Takes Out Federer; Djokovic Batters Berrettini; Who is Jannik Sinner?
00:42:18

The Tennis Podcast crew were pleading with Dominic Thiem to show up on day one of the ATP Finals, and he did so with bells on. The Austrian defeated Roger Federer in the night session, and Catherine Whitaker, David Law and Matt Roberts convened afterwards to talk about what went on. 

Novak Djokovic beating Matteo Berretti wasn’t a great surprise, but the manner of it was chastening. What happened? The pod team discuss. 

And in the aftermath of an 18-year-old winning the Next Gen Finals, we try to work out what makes Jannik Sinner special. 

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Nov 10, 2019