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The Tennis Podcast

English, Racket sports, 1 seasons, 1212 episodes, 4 days 10 hours 6 minutes
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Catherine Whitaker, David Law and Matt Roberts talk tennis weekly throughout the year and daily during the Grand Slam tournaments. Friends of The Tennis Podcast have access to exclusive Q & A's, new editions of Tennis Re-Lived and more bonus contents. To become a Friend - https://bit.ly/FriendOfTheTennisPodcast. See acast.com/privacy (https://acast.com/privacy) for privacy and opt-out information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy (https://acast.com/privacy) for more information.
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Swiatek, Sinner roll on, but what's up with Alcaraz?

Catherine, David and Matt are together to look back on an eventful week, headlined by Iga Swiatek's third straight title in Doha. We discuss the significance of her victory over Elena Rybakina in Doha, an extraordinary week for Karolina Pliskova as she dashed from Cluj, and the latest instalment of Victoria Azarenka beating Jelena Ostapenko which came with delicious handshake aggro. On the men's side, there's chat about Jannik Sinner backing up his Australian Open title, Alex de Minaur's improvements, a first title for Facundo Diaz Acosta in Buenos Aires, current concern levels for Carlos Alcaraz and Frances Tiafoe, and the dying art of the one-handed backhand. Finally, shout out to Reuben Greeph for this episode's outro...a Tennis Podcast classic. OUR LINKS:Become a Friend of the Tennis Podcast to help us to produce the show year
19/02/20241 hour 8 minutes 52 seconds
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Rybakina returns, Humbert delivers and what is Holger Rune doing?

Catherine, David and Matt start with an eventful week in Abu Dhabi which saw Elena Rybakina lift her second trophy of the season, Daria Kasatkina impress, and injury concern for Ons Jabeur. Elsewhere there’s chat about Karolina Pliskova’s first title in four years, Ugo Humbert delivering on his immense talent by winning in Marseille, Tommy Paul’s title run in Dallas, and an all-qualifier final in Cordoba. There’s also a disqualification in UTS, coaching news for Holger Rune and Jessica Pegula, and a look ahead to this week as the tennis keeps coming. OUR LINKS:Become a Friend of the Tennis Podcast to help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout 2024, including Tennis Re-Lived and Grand Slam review shows, as well as monthly live shows on YouTube. Sign u
12/02/20241 hour 3 minutes 39 seconds
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David's back! And tennis never went away

We’re home from Melbourne, David is feeling better, and we’re here to talk about the tennis that’s happened since the Australian Open. There’s chat about Jelena Ostapenko’s incredible consistency in 2024, Diana Shnaider and her bandana, Alexander Bublik's unlikely record-setting week in Montpellier, the latest round of Davis Cup Qualifiers, Holger Rune’s quick split with Severin Luthi, and a tweet from Andy Murray which caused a storm. OUR LINKS:Become a Friend of the Tennis Podcast to help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout 2024, including Tennis Re-Lived and Grand Slam review shows, as well as monthly live shows on YouTube. Sign up to receive our Newsletter (daily a
05/02/20241 hour 4 minutes 49 seconds
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AO Day 15 - Sinner seizes maiden slam

Jannik Sinner is a Grand Slam champion! He came back from two sets down to beat Daniil Medvedev in a fascinating Australian Open final. Catherine and Matt discuss how Sinner did it, what another loss from two sets up means for Medvedev, the role Medvedev's path to the final played in his performance, the way Sinner has proved us wrong, and what lies ahead for him in the short and long term. There's also chat about Su Wei Hsieh and Elise Mertens winning the women's doubles title and some final reflections on what's been a thrilling but challenging tournament to cover. ON LOCATION:We are proud to be sponsored by On Location, the premium hospitality and experience provider, throughout the Australian Open.On Location has fantastic ticket, hospitality and travel packages available for the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, the Miami Open, the Madrid O
28/01/202451 minutes 18 seconds
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AO Day 14 - Aryna's Aussie Double

Aryna Sabalenka has won her second straight Australian Open title, defeating Zheng Qinwen 6-3 6-2 in the final. It wasn't a classic contest, but Catherine and Matt talk through where it was won and lost, the joy Sabalenka felt in her moment of victory, whether Sabalenka can back this up and win at other slams, and how Zheng's game can still develop. There's also a preview of the men's final and a round up of all the wheelchair and junior results. ON LOCATION:We are proud to be sponsored by On Location, the premium hospitality and experience provider, throughout the Australian Open.On Location has fantastic ticket, hospitality and travel packages available for the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, the Miami Open, the Madrid Open, Roland-Garros, Wimbledon, the US Open and Laver Cup.And we have a 10% Discount for Tennis Podcast listeners on
27/01/202449 minutes 10 seconds
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AO Day 13 - Sinner stuns Djokovic; Daniil delivers Karma

Sometimes a day of tennis comes along and blows you away, and Friday at the Australian Open was one of those days. First, Jannik Sinner did the impossible and beat Novak Djokovic on the Rod Laver Arena in a semi-final, with Djokovic playing one of the worst matches of his Grand Slam career. Then, Daniil Medvedev produced his second comeback from two sets down this tournament to send Alexander Zverev packing at midnight. Catherine, David and Matt talk about the matches, the press conference and what it all means. ON LOCATION:We are proud to be sponsored by On Location, the premium hospitality and experience provider, throughout the Australian Open.On Location has fantastic ticket, hospitality and travel packages available for the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, the Miami Open, the Madrid Open, Roland-Garros, Wimbledon, the US Open and Lave
26/01/20241 hour 3 minutes 8 seconds
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AO Day 12 - Shriver's semifinal verdict

On women's semi-final night we were joined by the one and only Pam Shriver to talk about wins for Aryna Sabalenka and Zheng Qinwen. There's chat about why Gauff-Sabalenka is such a good match up, the differences between this match and their US Open final, and how Zheng might handle her first major final. We also round up a fun day of doubles and look ahead to the men's semis. ON LOCATION:We are proud to be sponsored by On Location, the premium hospitality and experience provider, throughout the Australian Open.On Location has fantastic ticket, hospitality and travel packages available for the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, the Miami Open, the Madrid Open, Roland-Garros, Wimbledon, the US Open and Laver Cup.And we have a 10% Discount for Tennis Podcast listeners on 2024 Roland-Garros Official VIP Ticket Packages courtesy of Steve Furgal
25/01/20241 hour 1 minute 14 seconds
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AO Day 11 - Alcaraz ousted; Qinwen Zheng surges to semis

Shortly after watching Carlos Alcaraz lose to Alexander Zverev from courtside, Catherine, David and Matt convene at TP Towers to discuss what on earth happened. There's chat about Zverev's incredible serving, the way Alcaraz was off his game, and what might have caused such a below par performance. Zverev's semi-final with Daniil Medvedev is previewed, Dayana Yastremska's run to the semis as a qualifier is analysed, and there's lots of admiration for the way Zheng Qinwen has handled the pressure this tournament. ON LOCATION:We are proud to be sponsored by On Location, the premium hospitality and experience provider, throughout the Australian Open.On Location has fantastic ticket, hospitality and travel packages available for the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, the Miami Open, the Madrid Open, Roland-Garros, Wimbledon, the US Open and Laver Cup
24/01/20241 hour 5 minutes 34 seconds
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AO Day 10 - Dream semis set

On another crazy day at Melbourne Park, Catherine, David and Matt bring you a two-part podcast to discuss how Coco Gauff vs Aryna Sabalenka and Novak Djokovic vs Jannik Sinner were set up. There’s chat about how we felt watching Gauff’s error-ridden performance, the way in which Djokovic’s managed the conditions, Sabalenka’s continued dominance, Sinner’s surge to condemn Andrey Rublev to a 10th straight slam QF defeat, and how the organisers were saved from a ridiculously late finish, even if 1:21am is still far too late.ON LOCATION:We are proud to be sponsored by On Location, the premium hospitality and experience provider, throughout the Australian Open.On Location has fantastic ticket, hospitality and travel packages available for the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, the Miami Open, the Madrid Open, Roland-Garros, Wimbledon, the US Open
23/01/20241 hour 1 minute 22 seconds
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AO Day 9 - More mayhem

The quarter-final line-ups are set and the two draws could scarcely be more different. In the women's draw, the top half became an even bigger land of opportunity as Victoria Azarenka was beaten by Dayana Yastremska, and Elina Svitolina had to retire against Linda Noskova. On the pod, David reveals his best Noskova anecdote, and we also discuss how Zheng Qinwen might handle the pressure of being the favourite to reach the final. Meanwhile in the men's draw, Carlos Alcaraz dazzled on court but couldn't name a woman, Alexander Zverev won his second fifth set tiebreak of the event against the new and improved Cameron Norrie, and Daniil Medvedev put on a return of serve masterclass in a fantastic on court interview with Jim Courier. ON LOCATION:We are proud to be sponsored by On Location, the premium hospitality and experience provider, throughout t
22/01/202455 minutes 51 seconds
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AO Day 8 - Aussie agony; Awesome Aryna

After a number of big upsets in the past few days, Sunday at the Australian Open saw the top seeds mostly deliver statement performances. Catherine, David and Matt chat about Andrey Rublev's impressive surge to beat Alex de Minaur, triple bagel watch briefly being on as Novak Djokovic dismissed Adrian Mannarino, the current state of Stefanos Tsitsipas' career after he lost to Taylor Fritz, and how Jannik Sinner emphatically beat Karen Khachanov. In the women's draw, Aryna Sabalenka and Coco Gauff look to be on a collision course, but can Barbora Krejcikova or Marta Kostyuk cause a surprise?ON LOCATION: We are proud to be sponsored by On Location, the premium hospitality and experience provider, throughout the Australian Open.On Location has fantastic ticket, hospitality and travel packages available for the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, the Miami
21/01/20241 hour 9 minutes 15 seconds
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AO Day 7 - Swiatek Shocked

A quiet day turned into one of the most significant of the tournament as Iga Swiatek was beaten by Linda Noskova, throwing the top half of the women’s draw wide open. It left Catherine, David and Matt reeling and trying to make sense of it all on the podcast, recorded at Melbourne Park with some beers and some G&amp;Ts.&nbsp;On LocationWe are proud to be sponsored by&nbsp;On Location, the premium hospitality and experience provider, throughout the Australian Open.And for the first time ever, On Location will be the Official Hospitality Provider of The Olympic and Paralympic Games Paris 2024.That means that you can gain unparalleled access to the Olympic Games when they take place in Paris from Friday 26th July to Sunday 11th August 2024.Packages can be purchased&nbsp;<a href="https://bit.ly/OlympicGamesParis2024" rel="noopener noreferre
20/01/20241 hour 7 minutes 24 seconds
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AO Day 6 - Tequila and dreams

After the mayhem of Day 5, the Australian Open chilled out a bit on Friday with lots of one-sided matches to start the day, but it came alive as Mirra Andreeva and Adrian Mannarino mounted incredible comebacks. Those two players were - perhaps unexpectedly - the focus of the pod as Catherine, David and Matt recorded back at TP Towers in Melbourne.&nbsp;We also talk Taylor Fritz and Stefanos Tsitsipas, excitement for Aryna Sabalenka vs Amanda Anisimova, Jannik Sinner's impressive first week, Coco Gauff's class, and Novak Djokovic clicking into gear. On LocationWe are proud to be sponsored by&nbsp;On Location, the premium hospitality and experience provider, throughout the Australian Open.And for the first time ever, On Location will be the Official Hospitality Provider of The Olympic and Paralympic Games Paris 2024.That means that you can gain
19/01/20241 hour 2 minutes 46 seconds
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AO Day 5 - Carnage

The Australian Open delivered one of the most extraordinary Grand Slam days on Thursday as Elena Rybakina was beaten 22-20 in a deciding set tiebreak by Anna Blinkova, Jessica Pegula lost to Clara Burel, Iga Swiatek somehow survived against Danielle Collins, Holger Rune was upset by Arthur Cazaux, and Daniil Medvedev was left playing on the Rod Laver at gone 3am. Catherine, David and Matt get stuck into the wonder and absurdity of it all. On LocationWe are proud to be sponsored by&nbsp;On Location, the premium hospitality and experience provider, throughout the Australian Open.And for the first time ever, On Location will be the Official Hospitality Provider of The Olympic and Paralympic Games Paris 2024.That means that you can gain unparalleled access to the Olympic Games when they take place in Paris from Friday 26th July to Sunday 11th Augu
18/01/20241 hour 5 minutes 8 seconds
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AO Day 4 - Andreeva arrives; Djokovic pushed again

Catherine, David and Matt discuss the main stories from Day 4 at the Australian Open, which saw Novak Djokovic once again lose a set, Mirra Andreeva thrash her idol Ons Jabeur 6-0 6-2, Tomas Machac live up to our bit of calling him the best player in the world, Storm Hunter crown herself Sensation of the Day, Caroline Garcia lose to Magdelena Frech, and Ben Shelton and Stefanos Tsitsipas pushed to four sets. We also pay tribute to our colleague, Mike Dickson, who we will miss enormously. On LocationWe are proud to be sponsored by&nbsp;On Location, the premium hospitality and experience provider, throughout the Australian Open.And for the first time ever, On Location will be the Official Hospitality Provider of The Olympic and Paralympic Games Paris 2024.That means that you can gain unparalleled access to the Olympic Games when they take
17/01/202456 minutes 26 seconds
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AO Day 3 - Big guns weather early storms

The first round is finally over! Catherine, David and Matt look back on day three which saw Iga Swiatek come through a tough test against Sofia Kenin, Carlos Alcaraz and Elena Rybakina headline the night session, Jack Draper win his first ever five set match and then vomit into a bin, and Emma Raducanu making a winning Grand Slam return. There's also discussion about ATP players 'no commenting' questions about Alexander Zverev being elected to the ATP player council and news that Rafael Nadal has become an ambassador for the Saudi Tennis Federation. On LocationWe are proud to be sponsored by&nbsp;On Location, the premium hospitality and experience provider, throughout the Australian Open.And for the first time ever, On Location will be the Official Hospitality Provider of The Olympic and Paralympic Games Paris 2024.That means that you can gain
16/01/20241 hour 4 minutes 7 seconds
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AO Day 2 - Osaka gets Garcia-ed, Grim reality greets Murray

Monday at the Australian Open ended with Catherine, David and Matt together at Tennis Podcast Towers in Melbourne, watching Felix Auger-Aliassime and Dominic Thiem slug it out over five hours and five sets, with the final stages captured on the pod.&nbsp;There's also chat about Caroline Garcia's flawless performance to beat Naomi Osaka, new service motions for Coco Gauff and Stefanos Tsitsipas, a heavy defeat for Wimbledon champion Marketa Vondrousova, and a flat display from Andy Murray which inevitably prompted retirement talk. On LocationWe are proud to be sponsored by&nbsp;On Location, the premium hospitality and experience provider, throughout the Australian Open.And for the first time ever, On Location will be the Official Hospitality Provider of The Olympic and Paralympic Games Paris 2024.That means that you can gain unparalleled access
15/01/20241 hour 2 minutes 33 seconds
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AO Day 1 - Djokovic pushed like never before; The Backhand is back

On the first ever Sunday start at the Australian Open, Novak Djokovic was pushed to four hours by 18-year-old Dino Prizmic. On the pod, Catherine, David and Matt discuss what made Prizmic's performance so impressive, why Djokovic was full of praise for him, and what effect this might have on Djokovic for the rest of the tournament. The length of that match meant that Aryna Sabalenka didn't step onto court until 11:33pm to a largely empty stadium, meaning the special moment of her return as defending champion was spoiled. She delivered a statement performance though. Elsewhere there's chat about Taylor Fritz and Andrey Rublev surviving five set scares, the return of Amanda Anisimova, mixed success for Australian sensations, Jannik Sinner's rusty first match of the year, Maria Sakkari's new racquet, and much more. On LocationWe are proud to be sponsored by <a href="https://bit.ly/OlympicGamesParis2024" rel="noopener noreferre
14/01/20241 hour 5 minutes 35 seconds
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Australian Open Media Day & Preview - Live from Melbourne!

Join Catherine, David and Matt live in Melbourne to look back on media day and ahead to day one of the Australian Open. There's chat about Iga Swiatek's mindset, our excitement to see Naomi Osaka, Coco Gauff's first major as a Grand Slam champion, a real mix of encouragement and worry for Emma Raducanu, whether Jannik Sinner can carry his blistering end of season form into 2024, and how long Daniil Medvedev's 'new year, new me' energy will last. On LocationWe are proud to be sponsored by&nbsp;On Location, the premium hospitality and experience provider throughout the Australian Open.And, for the first time in history, official Paris 2024 Travel Packages from On Location are available on
13/01/20241 hour 11 minutes 2 seconds
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Australian Open - Draw Day!

Catherine, David and Matt are together in Melbourne after the Australian Open draws have been made to talk through all the headlines, including Iga Swiatek’s loaded section, Naomi Osaka facing Caroline Garcia in the first round, and Jannik Sinner landing in Novak Djokovic’s half.&nbsp;On LocationWe are proud to be sponsored by On Location, the premium hospitality and experience provider throughout the Australian Open.And, for the first time in history, official Paris 2024 Travel Packages from On Location are available online, making it easy for you to enjoy the thrill of the Olympic Games and the wonder of Paris like never before.Your Olympic Games adventure comes with guaranteed
11/01/20241 hour 4 minutes 28 seconds
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Germany wins, Rybakina & Gauff hit form, and Grigor’s looking dangerous

After a dramatic day of tennis, Catherine, David and Matt discuss all the winners and losers from the opening week of the season. There's chat about Germany's extraordinary victory at the United Cup, our thoughts and feelings about the second edition of that event, Alex de Minaur's Top 10 debut, Elena Rybakina's dominant display to thrash Aryna Sabalenka in Brisbane, a first title since 2017 for Grigor Dimitrov, and Rafael Nadal's withdrawal from the Australian Open. We also cover Coco Gauff's victory in Auckland, the current state of television coverage of tennis in the UK, and, of course, Catherine's trip to see the quokkas. ON LOCATIONOn Location, the premium hospitality and experience provider, is once again sponsoring The Tennis Podcast this year!And for the first time ever, On Location will be the Official Hospitality Provider of The Olympic and Paralympic Games Paris 2024.That means that you can gain unparalleled access to the
07/01/20241 hour 15 minutes 1 second
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2024! Catherine in Perth, Osaka & Nadal Return, Snake Scare

The 2024 tennis season is here and Catherine is in Perth to tell David and Matt all about the United Cup so far. There’s chat about the vibe and feel of the tournament, the format changes this year, some technique tweaks for Iga Swiatek, great wins for Katie Boulter and Zheng Qinwen, and why mixed doubles is so much fun.Elsewhere, Naomi Osaka made her comeback in Brisbane and got us all excited by the way she was playing, Rafael Nadal is preparing for his return which will be against Dominic Thiem who has already survived a mid match interruption by a venomous snake,&nbsp;and Amanda Anisimova is back too.&nbsp;ON LOCATIONWe are delighted to announce in our first show of 2024, that On Location, the premium hospitality and experience provider, will once again be sponsoring The Tennis Podcast this year!And for the first time ever, On Location will be the Official Hospitality Provider of The Olympic and Paralympic Games Paris 2024.
01/01/20241 hour 18 minutes 32 seconds
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Off-court updates, news and a 2024 preview

Even in the off season, tennis has produced enough talking points for Catherine, David and Matt to come together for one final pod in 2023.&nbsp;There’s chat about what the restructuring at the WTA might mean as Steve Simon relinquishes his role as chief executive to become executive chairman, Simona Halep distancing herself from Patrick Mouratoglou ahead of her appeal date in February, victory for Jack Draper at the Ultimate Tennis Showdown in London, David vs Nick Kyrgios on Twitter/X, news that Juan Carlos Ferrero won’t be travelling to Australia with Carlos Alcaraz as he recovers from knee surgery, and lots of excitement for the start of the new season.&nbsp;OUR LINKS:Become a&nbsp;Friend of the Tennis Podcast&nbsp;to help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout 2024, including Tennis Re-Liv
20/12/20231 hour 3 minutes 14 seconds
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2023 In Review

It’s time for Catherine, David and Matt to reflect on the 2023 tennis season, with the help of voice notes from Pam Shriver, Mary Carillo, Matt Futterman, Chris Clarey, Hannah Wilks, and Dan Evans. We cover the moments we will remember most from 2023, our biggest surprises and disappointments, and our hopes and fears for the future.&nbsp;OUR LINKS:Become a&nbsp;Friend of the Tennis Podcast&nbsp;to help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout 2023, including Tennis Re-Lived, listener questions pods, and Grand Slam review shows.Sign up to receive our&nbsp;Newsletter&nbsp;(daily at Slams and weekly the rest of the year, featuring Matt’s Stat, mascot photos, predictions, and more)Follow us on&nbsp;<
11/12/20231 hour 41 minutes 45 seconds
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Next Gen, Politics and 2024

The tennis off season is officially here! In part one of the pod, Catherine, David and Matt wrap up the ATP Next Gen Finals where we learned a lot about Hamad Medjedovic. There’s also the annual rant about the scoring system, excitement for the return of Rafael Nadal in Brisbane, and news that Zheng Qinwen is going to be coached by Pere Riba again. Plus, we’re very excited to reveal our own big plans for 2024!&nbsp;In part two, we speak to Matt Futterman of The Athletic about his story that the Grand Slams are plotting a deal for a ‘premier tour’ that would revolutionise the sport. Matt goes into detail about how it might work and what it would mean for different parties, the roles of Saudi Arabia and the PTPA in all this, and how likely it is to actually happen.&nbsp;OUR LINKS:Become a&nbsp;<a href="https://bit.ly/F
04/12/20231 hour 24 minutes 54 seconds
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Davis Cup Finals Day 6 - Sinner Leads Italy to Stunning Victory

Italy are the Davis Cup Champions after an emphatic 2-0 victory over Australia in Sunday's final. Have these past few weeks proven that Jannik Sinner is ready for Grand Slam glory? Can Italy build a Davis Cup dynasty with this generation of players? And after two consecutive final defeats, who can step up to support Alex De Minaur? All that is discussed in depth, plus our annual review and debate about the competition's format and future. Challenge round, anyone?OUR LINKS:Become a&nbsp;Friend of the Tennis Podcast&nbsp;to help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout 2023, including Tennis Re-Lived, listener questions pods, and Grand Slam review shows.Sign up to receive our&nbsp;Newsletter&nbsp;(daily at Sl
27/11/20231 hour 5 minutes 18 seconds
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Davis Cup Finals Day 5 - Italy in the final as Sinner beats Djokovic...twice!

Saturday in Malaga was a quite extraordinary day as Jannik Sinner did the seemingly impossible, beating Novak Djokovic from match points down in singles and then returning to court to beat him in doubles too, sending Italy through to the Davis Cup Final. Catherine is in Malaga with Matt to discuss how on earth he pulled it off and what it might mean for Sunday's final against Australia. OUR LINKS:Become a&nbsp;Friend of the Tennis Podcast&nbsp;to help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout 2023, including Tennis Re-Lived, listener questions pods, and Grand Slam review shows.Sign up to receive our&nbsp;Newsletter&nbsp;(daily at Slams and weekly the rest of the year, featuring Matt’s Stat, mascot photos
25/11/202347 minutes 25 seconds
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Davis Cup Finals Day 4 - Finland fun is over but Aussies bring the vibes

The Finland funtime has officially been brought to an end by Lleyton Hewitt and his ruthless band of Aussies. Catherine, David &amp; Matt are all together to discuss talisman De Minaur and David's new favourite player Alexei Popyrin. Will Hewitt make changes for the final? And who will that final be against, Italy or Serbia? OUR LINKS:Become a&nbsp;Friend of the Tennis Podcast&nbsp;to help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout 2023, including Tennis Re-Lived, listener questions pods, and Grand Slam review shows.Sign up to receive our&nbsp;Newsletter&nbsp;(daily at Slams and weekly the rest of the year, featuring Matt’s Stat, mascot photos, predictions, and more)Follow us on&nbsp;<a href="https://x
24/11/202351 minutes 30 seconds
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Davis Cup Finals Day 3 - Djokovic & Sinner set up semi final showdown

It was double duty for Matt on Thursday as both remaining quarter finals were played in at the Davis Cup Finals. They saw victories for Italy and for Serbia, meaning that Malaga is on for a repeat of the ATP Finals final of just four days ago, between Jannik Sinner &amp; Novak Djokovic, the two highest ranked singles players at the tournament. Plus there's a look ahead to more FINLAND FUN ahead of their semi final clash with Australia. OUR LINKS:Become a&nbsp;Friend of the Tennis Podcast&nbsp;to help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout 2023, including Tennis Re-Lived, listener questions pods, and Grand Slam review shows.Sign up to receive our&nbsp;Newsletter&nbsp;(daily at Slams and weekly the rest of
24/11/202347 minutes 52 seconds
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Davis Cup Finals Day 2 - De Minaur magic sparks Aussie fightback

Czechia were just a game away from a Davis Cup semi final... enter Alex De Minaur and the sort of comeback that he describes as 'part of his identity'. And enter Matt and Catherine to discuss it all; a second day of decisive doubles, an evening of misery for Jiri Lehecka and the grown up approach of Team Australia to a competition they both resent and commit themselves to entirely. Plus there's a look ahead to the mouth watering GB vs Serbia tie, and some bonus Finland chat because, well, we love them. OUR LINKS:Become a&nbsp;Friend of the Tennis Podcast&nbsp;to help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout 2023, including Tennis Re-Lived, listener questions pods, and Grand Slam review shows.Sign up to receive our&nbsp;<a href="https://bit.ly/TennisPodcastNewsletter" rel="noopener noreferrer" target=
23/11/202346 minutes 28 seconds
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Davis Cup Finals Day 1 - FINLAND!

A delirious Matt and David review an extraordinary opening day in the Davis Cup finals between defending champs Canada and debutants Finland, and look ahead to Day 2.OUR LINKS:Become a&nbsp;Friend of the Tennis Podcast&nbsp;to help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts, including Tennis Re-Lived, listener questions pods, and Grand Slam review shows.Sign up to receive our&nbsp;Newsletter&nbsp;(daily at Slams and weekly the rest of the year, featuring Matt’s Stat, mascot photos, predictions, and more)Follow us on&nbsp;TwitterFollow us on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.instagram.com/thetennispodcast" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank
22/11/202344 minutes 28 seconds
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Davis Cup Finals Preview - Champions, Contenders ... Finland!

Matt is in Malaga and he attended every press conference going as he soaked up the atmosphere ahead of the Davis Cup Finals, which start on Tuesday. Who are the favourites, how are the defending champions looking, and tell us everything you know about Finland! Just some of the questions put Matt's way by Catherine and David in our preview show. We will be with you every night this week. OUR LINKS:Become a&nbsp;Friend of the Tennis Podcast&nbsp;to help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts, including Tennis Re-Lived, listener questions pods, and Grand Slam review shows.Sign up to receive our&nbsp;Newsletter&nbsp;(daily at Slams and weekly the rest of the year, featuring Matt’s Stat, mascot photos, predictions, a
20/11/202355 minutes 40 seconds
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ATP Finals - Djokovic dunks on Sinner & Alcaraz for record 7th title

Novak Djokovic did it again, and routined both Jannik Sinner and Carlos Alcaraz along the way. It brought a close to both the ATP Finals, and Amazon Prime Video's coverage of the sport in the UK, so Catherine went straight from the presenter's mic to the podcast mic to talk to David and Matt about the last couple of days. We also cover the doubles final, and hear from Matt about what Malaga is like. Pods will be nightly throughout the Davis Cup Finals.Ravi's Story - Today's podcast was introduced by 9-year-old Ravi Adelekan, a pod fan who was diagnosed with a brain tumour two years ago. He has raised nearly £90,000 for The Brain Tumour Charity and brainstrust and his dream is that other children will not have to suffer the sort of surgery he endured. Please check out Ravi's Story on his website, listen to his version of A Million Dreams, and donate to his fundraising if you are
20/11/202344 minutes 38 seconds
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ATP Finals - Sinner's the star so far; spectacular semi-final Saturday awaits

The ATP Finals semi-finals are set and they are mouthwatering: Daniil Medvedev will face Jannik Sinner (and the Turin crowd) before Novak Djokovic takes on Carlos Alcaraz. Catherine is in Turin and she joins David and Matt to talk all about the atmosphere, some round robin related awkwardness, the way Sinner has been the star of the show so far, whether Djokovic will have more of an edge this weekend, Alcaraz's clear improvement throughout the week, and Medvedev's fine form. There's also coverage of Stefanos Tsitsipas' retirement through injury, Andrey Rublev's continued self-abuse on court, and a chase for year-end No.1 in the doubles. OUR LINKS:Become a&nbsp;Friend of the Tennis Podcast&nbsp;to help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts, including Tennis Re-Lived, listener questions pods, and Grand Sla
17/11/202355 minutes 26 seconds
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BJK Cup Finals Day 6 - Canada wins! Matt discusses Saudi Arabia with Billie Jean King

A momentous day for Canada who are Billie Jean King Cup champions for the first time. Afterwards, Matt in Seville, Catherine in Turin and David in Solihull caught up to talk about what happened, and look ahead to the future for their star players Leylah Fernandez and Marina Stakusic. Also on the show, Matt had a moving, important conversation with Billie Jean King about tennis going to Saudi Arabia, and changes that could and should be made to the BJK Cup in the future. Plus, Catherine told us about Day 1 at the ATP Finals.&nbsp;OUR LINKS:Become a&nbsp;Friend of the Tennis Podcast&nbsp;to help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts, including Tennis Re-Lived, listener questions pods, and Grand Slam review shows.Sign up to receive our&nbsp;<a href="https://bit.ly/TennisPodcastNewsletter" rel="noopener nore
13/11/20231 hour 18 minutes 31 seconds
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BJK Cup Finals Day 5 - Leylah Fernandez. That’s the title.

There have been some truly great individual performances in team competition over the years, but surely none better than what Leylah Fernandez produced on Saturday. On the pod, Catherine, David and Matt dissect her wins over Marketa Vondrousova, and the team of Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova in doubles. Plus, they preview Canada’s final against Italy, which promises to be interesting. Could Canada spring a selection surprise?Follow the Billie Jean King Cup Finals on the official website.OUR LINKS:Become a&nbsp;Friend of the Tennis Podcast&nbsp;to help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts, including Tennis Re-Lived, listener questions pods, and Grand Slam review shows.Sign up to re
12/11/202345 minutes 52 seconds
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BJK Cup Finals Day 4 - Czechia keep on coming; Semifinal preview, and an ATP Finals look ahead

We got a glorious winner-take-all match in USA vs. Czechia, and Catherine, David and Matt revelled in the matches, drama and talking points. Why did USA make a late change to their doubles team? Was it the right call? And what makes Czechia so special in this competition? The semifinals of the Billie Jean King Cup are both previewed, and we also look ahead to the ATP Finals, which starts on Sunday.&nbsp;Follow the Billie Jean King Cup Finals on the official website.OUR LINKS:Become a&nbsp;Friend of the Tennis Podcast&nbsp;to help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts, including Tennis Re-Lived, listener questions pods, and Grand Slam review shows.Sign up to receive our&nbsp;<a href="https://bit.ly/TennisPodcastNe
11/11/202357 minutes 27 seconds
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BJK Cup Finals Day 3 - Matt investigates the mystery of Rybakina's absence; Italy, Canada book semi spots; David drops a bomb from the Lost Law Years

With just one day of the group stages to go, two teams have already qualified for the semi finals, and from the looks of their form so far, both Canada and Italy will take some beating. Kazakhstan struggled without Elena Rybakina, but why was she mysteriously absent? Matt has the scoop. Plus there's a smattering of David Law gems, including a soap box rant about round robin tennis, and an epic anecdote about his would-be life as a reality TV star.Follow the Billie Jean King Cup Finals on the official website.OUR LINKS:Become a&nbsp;Friend of the Tennis Podcast&nbsp;to help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout 2023, including Tennis Re-Lived, listener questions pods, and Grand Slam review shows.<
10/11/202347 minutes 10 seconds
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BJK Cup Final Day 2; The Leylah Fernandez show is back!

Led by an inspired Leylah Fernandez, Canada made a winning start to their campaign for a first ever BJK Cup title, but at the expense of hosts Spain. Is the Canadian on her way to capturing the form that took her to the US Open final in 2021? Plus David eats his words about (previously) good draw Jasmine Paolini and Matt tells more tales from the lunch room.OUR LINKS:Become a&nbsp;Friend of the Tennis Podcast&nbsp;to help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout 2023, including Tennis Re-Lived, listener questions pods, and Grand Slam review shows.Sign up to receive our&nbsp;Newsletter&nbsp;(daily at Slams and weekly the rest of the year, featuring Matt’s Stat, mascot photos, predictions, and more)Fol
09/11/202353 minutes 30 seconds
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BJK Cup Final Day 1 - Slovenia & Czechia storm to opening day wins, plus your daily update on Matt's lunch

Day One of the Billie Jean King Cup finals is in the books and it saw a David and Goliath victory for Slovenia, and a strong start for 11 time former Champions Czechia. Plus Matt tells the tale of how Storm Hunter came straight from a plane to the tennis court, winning her match but losing her luggage. Follow the Billie Jean King Cup Finals on the official website.OUR LINKS:Become a&nbsp;Friend of the Tennis Podcast&nbsp;to help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout 2023, including Tennis Re-Lived, listener questions pods, and Grand Slam review shows.Sign up to receive our&nbsp;Newsletter&nbsp;(d
08/11/202346 minutes 50 seconds
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Sublime Swiatek cruises amidst the chaos

As a bumpy week in Cancun reaches its conclusion, Catherine and David discuss Iga Swiatek's statement performance in the final and her triumphant return to World Number One. Plus, is this the end of the road for beleaguered WTA CEO Steve Simon?OUR LINKS:Become a&nbsp;Friend of the Tennis Podcast&nbsp;to help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout 2023, including Tennis Re-Lived, listener questions pods, and Grand Slam review shows.Sign up to receive our&nbsp;Newsletter&nbsp;(daily at Slams and weekly the rest of the year, featuring Matt’s Stat, mascot photos, predictions, and more)Follow us on&nbsp;TwitterFol
07/11/202344 minutes 48 seconds
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BJK Cup Final Preview with Matt's tales from Seville; Djokovic dominates devastated Dimitrov

The Billie Jean King Cup Finals have rolled into Seville and so has Matt Roberts. It's the eve of the finals and Matt has been interviewing players, with some dramatic and amusing results.Plus we digest another dominant week in Paris for seven time Champ Novak Djokovic, and the devastation he inflicted on Grigor Dimitrov in the final. Follow the Billie Jean King Cup Finals on the official website.&nbsp;&nbsp;Become a&nbsp;Friend of the Tennis Podcast&nbsp;to help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout 2023, including Tennis Re-Lived, listener questions pods, and Grand Slam review shows.Sign up to receive our&nbsp;News
06/11/20231 hour 12 minutes 44 seconds
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Cancun chaos reaches crescendo

The group stages of the WTA Finals are over and Catherine and Matt are together to discuss the No.1 being on the line between Iga Swiatek and Aryna Sabalenka, a semi-final to savour between doubles partners Jessica Pegula and Coco Gauff, the way in which the tournament has been affected by incredibly windy conditions, and the players voicing their frustration.&nbsp;OUR LINKS:Become a&nbsp;Friend of the Tennis Podcast&nbsp;to help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout 2023, including Tennis Re-Lived, listener questions pods, and Grand Slam review shows.Sign up to receive our&nbsp;Newsletter&nbsp;(daily at Slams and weekly the rest of the year, featuring Matt’s Stat, mascot photos, predictions, and mor
04/11/202346 minutes 17 seconds
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WTA Finals underway, but the players aren't happy

The WTA Finals in Cancun have begun, but the build up to the event was marred by strong player criticism about the venue, with limited practice time and a Centre Court which was only just ready for action. Catherine and Matt are joined by special guest Pam Shriver to discuss how and why this happened, the current state of the WTA, and the possible future of this event.On the court, Karolina Muchova's withdrawal was felt as replacement Maria Sakkari was thrashed by Aryna Sabalenka, and Jessica Pegula beat Elena Rybakina in straight sets. There's analysis of those matches, predictions for the week ahead, and investigations into why Iga Swiatek was the only player wearing red for the official photo. Elsewhere, there's praise for Zhuhai champion Beatriz Haddad Maia and finalist Zheng Qinwen, lots of admiration for Jannik Sinner's form after his title in Vienna, and joy at seeing Felix Auger-Aliassime get out of his slump. We also cover Jenson Brooksby's suspension, a big s
30/10/20231 hour 19 minutes 22 seconds
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Shelton shows he's got the goods

In this episode the focus is on Ben Shelton winning his first ATP Tour title in Tokyo. Catherine, David and Matt discuss his apparent freshness at this time of the year, his tactical variation, and his 2023 season as a whole.&nbsp;There’s also chat about titles for Gael Monfils, Alexander Bublik and Katerina Siniakova, the wide open Race to Turin, a breakthrough week for Shintaro Mochizuki in Tokyo, some quotes from Emma Raducanu about her comeback and her approach to coaches, injury concern for Carlos Alcaraz, and news of our trip to Shrewsbury.&nbsp;DAVIS CUP FINALS PRIZE DRAW: We have another Prize Draw for&nbsp;Friends&nbsp;of The&nbsp;Tennis&nbsp;Podcast&nbsp;to win a Davis Cup Finals experience! The winner will receive:2 x tickets for the semifinal matc
23/10/20231 hour 7 minutes 8 seconds
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Hurkacz, Rublev rip it up in Shanghai; The best show in tennis is back

After 12 long days, Shanghai is finally over, and it was won by Hubert Hurkacz over Andrey Rublev in the final. Catherine, David and Matt chat about both players and get stuck into all the other major talking points from the week, including Grigor Dimitrov’s victory over Carlos Alcaraz.&nbsp;On the women’s side, there’s chat about a special victory for Jessica Pegula in Seoul, a thrilling final in Hong Kong which was won by Leylah Fernandez, and Zheng Qinwen’s impressive run of form continuing in Zhengzhou, where she won the title and then did some karaoke. Elsewhere, there’s news of the cancellation of the ATP event in Tel Aviv, the decision to keep Cincinnati in Cincinnati, a potential Holger Rune-Boris Becker partnership, and an update from Rafael Nadal about his fitness.&nbsp;BJK CUP FINALS:&nbsp;Some of the world’s best tennis players will meet in Seville at the Billie Jean King Cup by Gainbridge Finals from 7-12 November. Ticket
16/10/20231 hour 5 minutes 17 seconds
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Iga is back, Melbourne is longer, and Shanghai is still going

Catherine, David and Matt are back to talk about Iga Swiatek’s title run in Beijing where she cut out the unforced errors, re-established her dominance over Coco Gauff, and looked free and unburdened on court. On the men’s side, Jannik Sinner went from vomiting in a bin against Grigor Dimitrov to beating Carlos Alcaraz and Daniil Medvedev in back-to-back matches. Just how impressive were both Swiatek and Sinner?&nbsp;There’s also discussion about the main storylines from Shanghai so far, the Australian Open becoming a 15-day event, the completion of the WTA Finals line-up, and Stefanos Tsitsipas splitting with Mark Philippoussis.&nbsp;BJK CUP FINALS:&nbsp;Some of the world’s best tennis players will meet in Seville at the Billie Jean King Cup by Gainbridge Finals from 7-12 November. Tickets for the showpiece finale of the women’s World Cup of Tennis are on sale now – book your place in the stands today! <a href="https://www.billiejeankingcup
09/10/20231 hour 3 minutes 46 seconds
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Winning!

Catherine, David and Matt are thoroughly confused by the current tennis scheduling, but there’s chat about a first hard court title for Ons Jabeur, Veronika Kudermetova’s brilliant week in Tokyo, the abuse players receive on social media, poor crowds at many of the matches in China, Alexander Zverev’s good run of form, and Wim Fissette leaving Zheng Qinwen to work with Naomi Osaka again.&nbsp;Plus, if you’ll allow us, a few minutes of smugness to talk about our victory at the British Podcast Awards!&nbsp;VISIT THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN IN STYLEThe Tennis Podcast during the US Open was brought to you in association with AO Travel, who can take care of your flights, premium accommodation, tournament tickets and behind-the-scenes experiences. They can now offer access to the all-new AO Travel Lounge, which overlooks Rod Laver Arena and Grand Slam Oval and is exclusively available for AO Travel Guests.&nbsp;<a href="https://ausopentravel.com/?utm_source=tenn
02/10/20231 hour 1 minute 53 seconds
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Sakkari succeeds, Rybakina complains, and Laver Cup - meh.

Catherine, David and Matt convene to discuss a week which saw Maria Sakkari win the biggest title of her career in Guadalajara, the return of tennis to China, and victory for Team World in the Laver Cup in Vancouver where existentialism was a Monfilsism. VISIT THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN IN STYLEThe Tennis Podcast during the US Open was brought to you in association with AO Travel, who can take care of your flights, premium accommodation, tournament tickets and behind-the-scenes experiences. They can now offer access to the all-new AO Travel Lounge, which overlooks Rod Laver Arena and Grand Slam Oval and is exclusively available for AO Travel Guests. Check out what AO Travel has to offer. If you’re a Friend of The Tennis Podcast, we can provide you with a $500AUD discount code, so just write to
25/09/20231 hour 58 seconds
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The Simona Halep case and the Davis Cup

The US Open and Grand Slam season may be over for another year, but the tennis news keeps coming, with Simona Halep receiving a four-year ban following breaches of the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme.&nbsp;Catherine, David and Matt react to the 126-page report published by the International Tennis Integrity Agency.&nbsp;Elsewhere, there’s chat about a week of Davis Cup action which saw the very best of the what the competition has to offer as Great Britain beat France in a thrilling tie in Manchester, but also threw up big existential questions about the event’s future, with lots of ties played in front of poor crowds and the elimination of Spain meaning that there will be no host nation at the Finals in November.&nbsp;WIN THE TENNIS TRIP OF A LIFETIME!As you’ll know if you’ve been listening to
18/09/20231 hour 42 seconds
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US Open Day 14 - Djokovic the undisputed

Novak Djokovic is a 24 time Grand Slam winner and Catherine, David and Matt have to find new words to say about one of the sport's greatest ever champions. Reflecting on his victory over Daniil Medvedev in straight sets on Sunday night, there's analysis of Djokovic serve and volley tactic, the stubbornness of Medvedev, an extraordinary 1h44m second set where Medvedev had his chances, the resilience of Djokovic, and what to expect from him next season when goals like Calendar Slam and Olympic Gold must be on his mind. COME WATCH THE TENNIS PODCAST - LIVE!Catherine, David and Matt will be in Shrewsbury during the W100 tennis event on Wednesday 18th October for a Live edition of The Tennis Podcast, and tickets are on sale now. WIN THE TENNIS TRIP OF A LIFETIME! A
11/09/20231 hour 6 minutes 15 seconds
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US Open Day 13 - It’s Coco Time

Coco Gauff is the US Open champion, coming from a set down to beat Aryna Sabalenka in Saturday's final. Catherine, David and Matt discuss the quality of the match, the way in which Gauff brought it back, Sabalenka's lack of a plan B, the special atmosphere inside Arthur Ashe Stadium, Gauff's enlightening press conference, and what it might all mean for the future. Join us live on YouTube at 2pm New York time before the men's final on Sunday! Win The Tennis Trip of a Lifetime!As you’ll know if you’ve been listening to our US Open podcasts, The Tennis Podcast throughout this fortnight is brought to you in partnership with AO Travel, who operate the travel programme for the first grand slam of the calendar year, the Australian Open.AO Travel can take care of your flights, premium accom
10/09/202359 minutes 54 seconds
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US Open Day 12 - Daniil the disruptor; Djokovic hangs up on Shelton

Novak Djokovic will face Daniil Medvedev in Sunday's men's final after Djokovic beat Ben Shelton in straight sets and Medvedev stunned Carlos Alcaraz in an incredible night session match on Friday. Catherine, David and Matt discuss how Medvedev solved his match-up problem with Alcaraz, the sweet spot aggro as Djokovic copied Shelton's celebration, and what to expect on Sunday. There's also a round up of all the doubles and wheelchair results as well as a preview of the women's final between Coco Gauff and Aryna Sabalenka. Win The Tennis Trip of a Lifetime!As you’ll know if you’ve been listening to our US Open podcasts, The Tennis Podcast throughout this fortnight is brought to you in partnership with AO Travel, who operate the travel programme for the first grand slam of the calendar year, the Australian Open.AO Travel can take care of your flights, premium accommodation, tournament tickets and behind-the-scenes experiences, including the al
09/09/20231 hour 3 minutes 44 seconds
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US Open Day 11 - Bad, Bizarre, Brilliant: Women’s semis reviewed; Men’s semis preview

Women's semi-final night at the US Open has delivered guaranteed drama in recent years, and Thursday night was no exception. Catherine, David and Matt discuss Aryna Sabalenka's mental resilience to come back from 0-6 down to win despite all her Grand Slam baggage, whether Madison Keys will have any regrets despite a great performance, how Coco Gauff vs Karolina Muchova went from horror show to absolute thriller, and the climate protest which interrupted play for more than 45 minutes. Our men's semi final preview includes a lovely chat between David and Bryan Shelton, father of Ben. Win The Tennis Trip of a Lifetime!As you’ll know if you’ve been listening to our US Open podcasts, The Tennis Podcast throughout this fortnight is brought to you in partnership with AO Travel, who operate the travel programme for the first grand slam of the calendar year, the Australian Open.AO Travel can take care of your flights, premium accommodation, tourname
08/09/20231 hour 3 minutes 35 seconds
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US Open Day 10 - Semifinals set, and previewed

With all four of Wednesday's quarter-finals finishing in straight sets, it wasn't exactly a classic day, but it has set up a slate of exciting semi-finals. In part one, Catherine, David and Matt get stuck into Aryna Sabalenka's dominant victory over Zheng Qinwen and her consistency at slams, Daniil Medvedev's defeat of Andrey Rublev in brutal conditions and what the sport is confronting with rising temperatures, and the return of Naomi Osaka to the US Open as she spoke on a panel about mental health in sport. In the night session, Madison Keys took care of Marketa Vondrousova. Is this her time? And what should we make of Alcaraz's straight-sets win but below par performance against Alexander Zverev?Looking ahead to the semis, who has a better chance of reaching the final - Medvedev or Ben Shelton? And where might Coco Gauff vs Karolina Muchova be won and lost? Win The Tennis Trip of a Lifetime!As you’ll know if you’ve been lis
07/09/20231 hour 4 minutes 11 seconds
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US Open Day 9 - The Shelton Show meets Novak The Great; Gauff vs. Muchova - Yes Please!

In part one, Catherine, David and Matt are joined by Pam Shriver, in between her shifts on ESPN, to talk mainly about Coco Gauff reaching the semi-finals.&nbsp;Pam was courtside for her match against Jelena Ostapenko and shared all her insights, including a chat about scheduling biases and inequalities at major tournaments.&nbsp;Elsewhere, there’s great excitement about the prospect of Gauff meeting Karolina Muchova in the semis, analysis of Novak Djokovic’s victory over Taylor Fritz, and chat about Ben Shelton beating Frances Tiafoe in primetime on Ashe. How does Shelton make David feel young? And what caused Tiafoe to be so flat?&nbsp;Win The Tennis Trip of a Lifetime!As you’ll know if you’ve been listening to our US Open podcasts, The Tennis Podcast throughout this fortnight is brought to you in partnership with AO Travel, who operate the travel programme for the first grand slam of the calendar year, the Australian Open.AO Travel
06/09/20231 hour 3 minutes 45 seconds
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US Open Day 8 - Heat causes havoc as big names fall

After Iga Swiatek’s exit on Sunday, the tournament had a different feel on Monday, and all the more so when Jessica Pegula and Ons Jabeur followed her out of the tournament.&nbsp;Catherine, David and Matt discuss that, review great performances from Zheng Qinwen and Madison Keys, take stock of Pegula’s career, and review the men’s matches which included Carlos Alcaraz putting on a show and Alexander Zverev winning a gruelling battle with Jannik Sinner as the humidity took its toll on both players.&nbsp;Win The Tennis Trip of a Lifetime!As you’ll know if you’ve been listening to our US Open podcasts, The Tennis Podcast throughout this fortnight is brought to you in partnership with AO Travel, who operate the travel programme for the first grand slam of the calendar year, the Australian Open.AO Travel can take care of your flights, premium accommodation, tournament tickets and behind-the-scenes experiences, including the all-new AO Trav
05/09/20231 hour 4 minutes 4 seconds
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US Open Day 7 - Swiatek shocked, Sabalenka seizes No.1 and is an ATP/WTA Merger coming?

Day 7 at the US Open ushered in a brave new world, in so many ways, for Catherine, David and Matt to discuss. Iga Swiatek will lose her number one ranking after her three set defeat to Jelena Ostapenko, a new women's US Open champion is guaranteed, three American men are into the quarter-finals for the first time since 2005, and Simon Briggs joins to tell us about a possible ATP-WTA merger. Win The Tennis Trip of a Lifetime!As you’ll know if you’ve been listening to our US Open podcasts, The Tennis Podcast throughout this fortnight is brought to you in partnership with AO Travel, who operate the travel programme for the first grand slam of the calendar year, the Australian Open.AO Travel can take care of your flights, premium accommodation, tournament tickets and behind-the-scenes experiences, including the all-new AO Travel Lounge, which overlooks Rod Laver Arena and Grand Slam Oval and is exclusively available for AO Travel Guests.T
04/09/20231 hour 13 minutes 52 seconds
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US Open Day 6 - Electric Alcaraz and the darkness of Ons

It was another glorious day in New York which started with Carlos Alcaraz putting on a show, finished with Daniil Medvedev and Pam Shriver gifting us an all-time great on court interview, and featured big wins for the likes of Jessica Pegula, Ons Jabeur and Jannik Sinner.&nbsp;Catherine, David and Matt talk through all of that, as well as Jack Draper's best Grand Slam result, more misplaced belief in Grigor Dimitrov, and another bad day for Cameron Norrie. Win The Tennis Trip of a Lifetime!As you’ll know if you’ve been listening to our US Open podcasts, The Tennis Podcast throughout this fortnight is brought to you in partnership with AO Travel, who operate the travel programme for the first grand slam of the calendar year, the Australian Open.AO Travel can take care of your flights, premium accommodation, tournament tickets and behind-the-scenes experiences, including the all-new AO Travel Lounge, which overlooks Rod Laver Arena and Grand S
03/09/20231 hour 5 minutes 50 seconds
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US Open Day 5 - American pack hunters; Djokovic survives but Rybakina doesn't

It was a great day for Americans at the US Open as Ben Shelton, Frances Tiafoe, Tommy Paul, Taylor Fritz and Coco Gauff all made it through to the second week. Catherine, David and Matt discuss their victories as well as Iga Swiatek’s ruthlessness, another big win for Caroline Wozniacki, Daniil Medvedev’s spectacular aggro and trolling from the night before, defeat for Elena Rybakina, and a late night scare for Novak Djokovic.&nbsp;Win The Tennis Trip of a Lifetime!As you’ll know if you’ve been listening to our US Open podcasts, The Tennis Podcast throughout this fortnight is brought to you in partnership with AO Travel, who operate the travel programme for the first grand slam of the calendar year, the Australian Open.AO Travel can take care of your flights, premium accommodation, tournament tickets and behind-the-scenes experiences, including the all-new AO Travel Lounge, which overlooks Rod Laver Arena and Grand Slam Oval and is exclusive
02/09/20231 hour 5 minutes 5 seconds
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US Open Day 4 - Joy, despair: Wawrinka, Murray span the range

On day four of the US Open, 38-year-old Stan Wawrinka got the big match moment he was looking for, but 36-year-old Andy Murray did not. Catherine, David and Matt discuss those two matches and dig deep into Andy Murray's post match interviews in which he questioned his future. Elsewhere, there's chat about Jack Draper beating Hubert Hurkacz, Jessica Pegula and Elina Svitolina setting up an enticing third round match, the end of John Isner's career, and Carlos Alcaraz bringing some much-needed fun to the night session. Win The Tennis Trip of a Lifetime!As you’ll know if you’ve been listening to our US Open podcasts, The Tennis Podcast throughout this fortnight is brought to you in partnership with AO Travel, who operate the travel programme for the first grand slam of the calendar year, the Australian Open.AO Travel can take care of your flights, premium accommodation, tournament tickets and behind-the-scenes experiences, including the all-new
01/09/202358 minutes 9 seconds
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US Open Day 3 - Americans advance; Wozniacki rolls back years

Catherine, David and Matt discuss all the major storylines from Day 3 at the US Open, including Dominic Stricker's defeat of Stefanos Tsitsipas, the sad and sudden retirement of Dominic Thiem, impressive victories for Frances Tiafoe, Tommy Paul and Taylor Fritz, a five-set loss for last year's finalist Casper Ruud, the best moment yet of Caroline Wozniacki's comeback, a big win for Taylor Townsend over Beatriz Haddad Maia, and wins for Coco Gauff and Elise Mertens to set up a third round encounter. AO TRAVEL: Our US Open dailies this year are brought to you in partnership with AO Travel, who provide the Australian Open experience the easy way. With AO Travel, you can create your own package of the best tickets, accommodation and premium experiences such as dining, behind-the-scenes tours, and even a Rod Laver Arena Walk-on Experience. New this year is the AO Travel Lounge, where you can wine, dine and relax between matches. Plus, we have a $500AUD
31/08/20231 hour 6 minutes 44 seconds
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US Open Day 2 - Was that the worst Ashe day ever?

There's no point pretending otherwise: Tuesday on the Arthur Ashe Stadium was a complete dud, with two extremely one-sided matches in the day session and two awkward ones at night, including a retirement. But there was still plenty for Catherine, David and Matt to discuss elsewhere, including a perfect day for the Brits, the first use of VAR in tennis which failed spectacularly, Ons Jabeur winning despite being ill, another rough defeat for Caroline Garcia, a comeback victory for Hubert Hurkacz, and a first Grand Slam match win for Arthur Fils. AO TRAVEL:Our friends at AO Travel are proud to unveil one of the hottest new experiences for the Australian Open in 2024 with the all-new AO Travel Lounge. Overlooking Rod Laver Arena and Grand Slam Oval, the AO Travel Lounge is the best of the best. Wine, dine, and enjoy the entertainment of this premium, air-conditioned event space just for you and fellow AO Travel guests to enjoy all day. With astonishin
30/08/20231 hour 3 minutes 5 seconds
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US Open Day 1 - Coco survives the circus; Rune relegated to the boondocks

Day one of the US Open had a bit of everything - dominant displays from Iga Swiatek and Novak Djokovic, upsets as Maria Sakkari and Holger Rune were beaten, sweet spot aggro between Coco Gauff and Laura Siegemund, a first Grand Slam win in almost three years for Dominic Thiem, and a powerful ceremony with Billie Jean King and Michelle Obama to celebrate 50 years of equal prize money. Catherine, David and Matt discuss it all. AO TRAVEL:Our US Open dailies this year are brought to you in partnership with AO Travel, who provide the Australian Open experience the easy way. With AO Travel, you can create your own package of the best tickets, accommodation and premium experiences such as dining, access to the all-new AO Travel Lounge, behind-the-scenes tours, and even a Rod Laver Arena Walk-on Experience. Go to AusOpenTravel.com for further details. Friends of The Tennis Podcast can enjoy a $500AUD discount on all Premium Lounge packages. Contact us at
29/08/20231 hour 3 minutes 24 seconds
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US Open - Tales from the Interview Room

Shortly after attending media day, Catherine, David and Matt gather to reflect on what the players had to say ahead of the final Grand Slam tournament of the season.&nbsp;There’s chat about Jessica Pegula’s need to elevate at slams, lots of players dodging questions about Saudi Arabia, Coco Gauff’s relationship with new coach Brad Gilbert, Marketa Vondrousova’s experience so far at her first major since becoming Wimbledon champion, the way in which Carlos Alcaraz and Novak Djokovic are dominating all discussion in men’s tennis, and much more.&nbsp;AO TRAVEL:Our US Open dailies this year are brought to you in partnership with AO Travel, who provide the Australian Open experience the easy way. With AO Travel, you can create your own package of the best tickets, accommodation and premium experiences such as dining, access to the all-new AO Travel Lounge, behind-the-scenes tours, and even a Rod Laver Arena Walk-on Experience. Go to AusOpenTravel.com fo
26/08/20231 hour 15 minutes 41 seconds
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US Open - The Draws!

Catherine, David and Matt are all in New York to discuss the US Open draws which were revealed - disappointingly - on Thursday. There's lots of excitement about Iga Swiatek and Coco Gauff being in the same quarter, as well as Carlos Alcaraz and Jannik Sinner, plus chat about a dream draw for Novak Djokovic, a tough one for Stefanos Tsitsipas, and speculation about how the likes of Jessica Pegula, Marketa Vondrousova, Ons Jabeur and Aryna Sabalenka might get on. OUR LINKS:Become a&nbsp;Friend of the Tennis Podcast&nbsp;to help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout 2023, including Tennis Re-Lived, listener questions pods, and Grand Slam review shows.Sign up to receive our&nbsp;Newsletter&nbsp;(daily at
25/08/20231 hour 2 minutes 59 seconds
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Cincinnati - Drunk on Djokovic - Alcaraz; Crazy for Coco

With Catherine and Matt in the departures lounge at Heathrow before their flight to New York, this podcast with David was recorded hours after that Novak Djokovic vs. Carlos Alcaraz Cincinnati final, and Coco Gauff's first WTA 1000 win. They were giddy. Enjoy. OUR LINKS:Become a&nbsp;Friend of the Tennis Podcast&nbsp;to help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout 2023, including Tennis Re-Lived, listener questions pods, and Grand Slam review shows.Sign up to receive our&nbsp;Newsletter&nbsp;(daily at Slams and weekly the rest of the year, featuring Matt’s Stat, mascot photos, predictions, and more)Follow us on&nbsp;Twitter
21/08/20231 hour 6 minutes 59 seconds
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Mid-Cincinnati chat

Catherine, David and Matt catch up halfway through Cincinnati to discuss what’s happened so far. It’s been a tournament which has seen lots of upsets on the men’s side while most of the big names remain in the hunt in the women’s draw.&nbsp;OUR LINKS:Become a&nbsp;Friend of the Tennis Podcast&nbsp;to help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout 2023, including Tennis Re-Lived, listener questions pods, and Grand Slam review shows.Sign up to receive our&nbsp;Newsletter&nbsp;(daily at Slams and weekly the rest of the year, featuring Matt’s Stat, mascot photos, predictions, and more)Follow us on&nbsp;Twitter</p
17/08/20231 hour 7 minutes 20 seconds
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Canada - Pegula, Sinner make statements, but what do they mean?

Jessica Pegula and Jannik Sinner are the Canada champions and David is back from holiday to talk it all through with Catherine and Matt. In what way did the rain and scheduling affect the women's event? How did Pegula show off just how good of a player she is to overcome Coco Gauff and Iga Swiatek (and Cotton Eye Joe)? And are both players in the US Open Mix or not? Elsewhere, there's chat about what this week means for Carlos Alcaraz, Alex de Minaur and Liudmila Samsonova, a quick look ahead to Cincinnati, and tribute to the retiring Greg Sharko. OUR LINKS:Become a&nbsp;Friend of the Tennis Podcast&nbsp;to help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout 2023, including Tennis Re-Lived, listener questions pods, and Grand Slam review shows.Sign up to receive our&nbsp;<a href="https://bit.ly/TennisPo
14/08/20231 hour 11 minutes 54 seconds
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Montreal & Toronto - Throwbacks, upsets, and a mixed bag for Canada

The first few days of Canada have delivered so many good storylines for Catherine and Matt to discuss. There's chat about the returns of Jennifer Brady and Caroline Wozniacki, big wins for Gael Monfils and Andy Murray, and special moments for Milos Raonic and Leylah Fernandez in front of their home crowd. There's also some clarity from Stefanos Tsitsipas about his coaching situation, yet another loss for Felix Auger-Aliassime, and lots of excitement about the Last 16 line-ups. OUR LINKS:Become a&nbsp;Friend of the Tennis Podcast&nbsp;to help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout 2023, including Tennis Re-Lived, listener questions pods, and Grand Slam review shows.Sign up to receive our&nbsp;Newsletter</a
10/08/20231 hour 1 minute 52 seconds
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Gauff and Evans win big in Washington; Thiem takes a big step forward

A fun week of tennis in Washington DC ended with Coco Gauff and Dan Evans as the champions, with both players winning the biggest titles of their career. Catherine and Matt discuss the stress-free experience of watching Gauff as her forehand help up well, her new coaching set up, whether Maria Sakkari needs a change despite finally winning a semi-final, the highlight reel tennis of Evans, and where this triumph of his has come from after a desperate run of form since April. There's also chat about Dominic Thiem reaching the final in Kitzbuhel, Stefanos Tsitsipas continuing his dominance over Alex de Minaur to win the title in Los Cabos, and the welcome return of the one week Masters 1000 event in Canada this week. OUR LINKS:Become a&nbsp;Friend of the Tennis Podcast&nbsp;to help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus pod
07/08/202359 minutes 7 seconds
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What's happened since Wimbledon?

Catherine, David and Matt are back together for the first time since Wimbledon to look back on what’s happened over the last couple of weeks.&nbsp;That’s chat about the return of Hopman Cup, a first title at home for Iga Swiatek, exciting tennis from Arthur Fils and Noma Noha Akugue in Hamburg, an emotional loss for Stan Wawrinka against the impressive Alexei Popyrin in Umag, and a strong start on US hard courts for Taylor Fritz.&nbsp;There’s also plenty of news to cover, including Mikael Ymer’s 18 month suspension for missing a doping test, new allegations against Alexander Zverev, an incident involving Zhang Shuai and Amarissa Toth in Budapest, and withdrawals from Ons Jabeur and Novak Djokovic in Canada.&nbsp;OUR LINKS:Become a&nbsp;Friend of the Tennis Podcast&nbsp;to help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access
31/07/20231 hour 17 minutes 36 seconds
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Max Eisenbud - Agent to Sharapova, Raducanu, Li Na

Max Eisenbud has spent the last 20 years as an IMG agent to tennis stars Maria Sharapova, Emma Raducanu and Li Na. In this hour-long interview, he tells us about what makes a good agent, how his life changed when Maria Sharapova became part of it, dealing with tennis parents, and why he doesn't expect to see Emma Raducanu change her approach to hiring coaches. OUR LINKS:Become a&nbsp;Friend of the Tennis Podcast&nbsp;to help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout 2023, including Tennis Re-Lived, listener questions pods, and Grand Slam review shows.Sign up to receive our&nbsp;Newsletter&nbsp;(daily at Slams and weekly the rest of the year, featuring Matt’s Stat, mascot photos, predictions, and more)</p
24/07/202359 minutes 42 seconds
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Live from Wimbledon Day 14 - Alcaraz achieves the ultimate

Catherine, David and Matt react to Carlos Alcaraz's epic five-set victory over Novak Djokovic. There's analysis of each set and the way in which Alcaraz managed to win so many of the big moments, lots of general excitement about how great it was, and chat about what it means for both Alcaraz and Djokovic in the future. OUR LINKS:Become a&nbsp;Friend of the Tennis Podcast&nbsp;to help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout 2023, including Tennis Re-Lived, listener questions pods, and Grand Slam review shows.Sign up to receive our&nbsp;Newsletter&nbsp;(daily at Slams and weekly the rest of the year, featuring Matt’s Stat, mascot photos, predictions, and more)Follow us on&nbsp;<a href="https://twi
16/07/20231 hour 24 minutes 38 seconds
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Live from Wimbledon Day 13 - Vondrousova's moment, but will it happen for Jabeur?

Catherine, David and Matt look back on the women's final as Marketa Vondrousova beat Ons Jabeur 6-4 6-4 to become a Wimbledon and Grand Slam champion for the first time. There's chat about how Jabeur's nerves took hold of her and prevented her playing her best tennis, whether she will ever win a major title, the way in which Vondrousova played a smart match and became a nightmare opponent for Jabeur, what this title might do for Vondrousova's career, and much more. Elsewhere, we round up the results from the wheelchair, doubles and junior tournaments, and preview the men's final between Novak Djokovic and Carlos Alcaraz. OUR LINKS:Become a&nbsp;Friend of the Tennis Podcast&nbsp;to help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout 2023, including Tennis Re-Lived, listener questions pods, and Grand Sla
15/07/202357 minutes 36 seconds
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Live from Wimbledon Day 12 - Djokovic. Alcaraz. It’s on.

The men's semi-finals did not live up to expectations, with straight sets wins for Novak Djokovic over Jannik Sinner and Carlos Alcaraz over Daniil Medvedev, but they have set up a mouth-watering final. On the pod, Catherine, David and Matt are joined by BBC commentator Andrew Cotter to talk through it all. There's chat about why Sinner came less close to winning this year against Djokovic, the way Djokovic is using his aura and enjoying his status in the sport, the hindrance call against Djokovic, Medvedev's poor tactics, and the Alcaraz improvement over the last twelve months. All that plus a preview of the women's final between Ons Jabeur and Marketa Vondrousova, and plenty of dog chat with Andrew. OUR LINKS:Become a&nbsp;Friend of the Tennis Podcast&nbsp;to help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts through
14/07/202358 minutes 1 second
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Live from Wimbledon Day 11 - Is this Ons Jabeur's time?

The one and only Pam Shriver joins Catherine, David and Matt to review the women's semi-finals. How did Ons Jabeur turn the match around against Aryna Sabalenka? Does Sabalenka have some semi-final scar tissue? And how will Jabeur cope against Marketa Vondrousova in the final? All that plus a preview of the men's semi-finals on Friday. OUR LINKS:Become a&nbsp;Friend of the Tennis Podcast&nbsp;to help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout 2023, including Tennis Re-Lived, listener questions pods, and Grand Slam review shows.Sign up to receive our&nbsp;Newsletter&nbsp;(daily at Slams and weekly the rest of the year, featuring Matt’s Stat, mascot photos, predictions, and more)Follow us on&nbsp;<a
13/07/20231 hour 4 minutes 16 seconds
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Live from Wimbledon Day 10 - Jabeur's revenge tour; Alcaraz vs Medvedev is on

The singles semi-final line-ups are set, with Ons Jabeur vs Aryna Sabalenka and Carlos Alcaraz vs Daniil Medvedev completing the set. Catherine, David and Matt are joined by Charlie Eccleshare of The Athletic to discuss Wednesday's matches. Was that the best tennis Jabeur has ever played? What made David so sure that Jabeur would win? And will Jabeur be able to do to Sabalenka what she did to Rybakina? On the men's side there's chat about how Medvedev turned the match around, what Christopher Eubanks might do next, and the way in which Alcaraz showed his class against Holger Rune.OUR LINKS:Become a&nbsp;Friend of the Tennis Podcast&nbsp;to help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout 2023, including Tennis Re-Lived, listener questions pods, and Grand Slam review shows.Sign up to receive our&nbsp
12/07/20231 hour 56 seconds
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Live from Wimbledon Day 9 - New Svitolina rolls on; Djokovic tells kids ‘It ain’t happening’

Two of the singles semi-finals at Wimbledon are set: Elina Svitolina vs Marketa Vondrousova and Novak Djokovic vs Jannik Sinner. On the podcast, Catherine, David and Matt are joined by Simon Briggs of The Telegraph to talk about Tuesday's quarter-finals. How did Svitolina show again that she's transformed as a player? How much traction is her story getting in the UK press? What happened to Swiatek's forehand? And how much regret will Jessica Pegula have about losing a 4-1 lead in the final set as she tried to reach her first Grand Slam semi-final? On the men's side, there's chat about Novak Djokovic's adaptability, a good performance from Andrey Rublev that wasn't enough, whether Jannik Sinner can go one better than his strong showing last year against Djokovic, and much excitement for Carlos Alcaraz vs Holger Rune. OUR LINKS:Become a&nbsp;Frie
11/07/202359 minutes 30 seconds
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Live from Wimbledon Day 8 - Jabeur ignites, Djokovic defiant, Alcaraz-Rune: YES PLEASE

While the women shone on Sunday, it was the men's matches which stood out on Monday. Catherine, David and Matt discuss Carlos Alcaraz and Holger Rune's comebacks over Matteo Berrettini and Grigor Dimitrov as they set up a tantalising semi-final, the way in which Christopher Eubanks has started to feel like he belongs on the Grand Slam stage, and where this defeat leaves Stefanos Tsitsipas. In the women's draw, there's chat about an inexplicable performance by Petra Kvitova, excitement for the 2022 final repeat between Ons Jabeur and Elena Rybakina, and a breakdown of how Madison Keys came back to beat Mirra Andreeva in three sets. OUR LINKS:Become a&nbsp;Friend of the Tennis Podcast&nbsp;to help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout 2023, including Tennis Re-Lived, listener questions pods, and Grand
10/07/20231 hour 7 minutes 24 seconds
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Live from Wimbledon Day 7 - Women's Tennis Takeover; Djokovic delayed overnight

It was a day of high drama in the women's draw so Catherine, David and Matt begin by talking about the simultaneous epics that played out on Centre Court. How did Elina Svitolina come back to defeat Victoria Azarenka for the first time? How has she changed as a tennis player since coming back to the tour? What made this one of the best moments of Svitolina's life? What can tennis do about the booing that keeps happening when there's no handshake? And how did Iga Swiatek save match points to beat Belinda Bencic?Elsewhere, there's chat about Marketa Vondrousova's win in the Czech-off, Mirra Andreeva's growth since Roland Garros, Jessica Pegula reaching another Grand Slam quarter-final, a stunning shot by Andrey Rublev to help him beat Alexander Bublik, a despondent Frances Tiafoe after his loss to Grigor Dimitrov, injury for Denis Shapovalov, a choke by Hubert Hurkacz in two tiebreaks against Novak Djokovic, and scheduling issues on Centre Court. OUR LINKS:</
10/07/20231 hour 12 minutes 39 seconds
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Live from Wimbledon Day 6 - Favourites thrive and David goes big on Berrettini

Catherine, David and Matt are back to discuss the biggest talking points from Day 6 at Wimbledon. There’s chat about Ons Jabeur’s comeback against Bianca Andreescu, her upcoming match against Petra Kvitova, the form of Beatriz Haddad Maia and Madison Keys, a disastrous underarm serve by Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, a thriller between Carlos Alcaraz and Nicolas Jarry, and the doubles antics of Casper Ruud and Stefanos Tsitsipas. Plus, mid, pod, David goes very big on Matteo Berrettini after watching him beat Alexander Zverev. OUR LINKS:Become a&nbsp;Friend of the Tennis Podcast&nbsp;to help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout 2023, including Tennis Re-Lived, listener questions pods, and Grand Slam review shows.Sign up to receive our&nbsp;<a href="https://bit.ly/TennisPodcastNewsletter" rel="n
08/07/20231 hour 1 minute 30 seconds
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Live from Wimbledon Day 5 - British hearts broken; Sabalenka survives

Friday was the day Wimbledon got back on track, with late night wins for Novak Djokovic and Marie Bouzkova ensuring that the schedule will now neatly return to having different halves of the draw on different days. Hallelujah. At the end of it all, Catherine, David and Matt reviewed Novak Djokovic's efficiency, the hurt Andy Murray felt after losing in five sets to Stefanos Tsitsipas, Matteo Berrettini rediscovering his form, a career best moment for Christopher Eubanks, Iga Swiatek and Aryna Sabalenka winning despite not being at their best, the prospect of Ons Jabeur vs Bianca Andreescu on Centre Court tomorrow, the longest tiebreak in women's Grand Slam history, and big wins for Elina Svitolina and Victoria Azarenka. OUR LINKS:Become a&nbsp;Friend of the Tennis Podcast&nbsp;to help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bon
07/07/20231 hour 11 minutes 33 seconds
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Live from Wimbledon Day 4 - Tears, comebacks and corking matches

Moments after Andy Murray's match with Stefanos Tsitsipas was suspended with Murray leading two sets to one, Catherine, David and Matt went live to discuss the day's play. Just how high was the level in that match? Will Murray's groin/hip be ok? And what will happen when they resume tomorrow? Elsewhere, there's chat about the best win of Liam Broady's career, Casper Ruud's attitude to grass, a selection of stunning women's matches including Donna Vekic's comeback against Sloane Stephens, and the unfortunate return of the Karolina Muchova curse, OUR LINKS:Become a&nbsp;Friend of the Tennis Podcast&nbsp;to help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout 2023, including Tennis Re-Lived, listener questions pods, and Grand Slam review shows.Sign up to receive our&nbsp;<a href="https://bit.ly/TennisPodc
06/07/20231 hour 3 minutes 40 seconds
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Live from Wimbledon Day 3 - Seeds survive, and Tsitsipas vs Murray is ON

We didn't quite get through the scheduled 87 matches because of more rain, but the tournament finally got moving on Wednesday, and Catherine, David and Matt review the best of it. There's chat about Petra Kvitova surviving, Stefanos Tsitsipas feeling empty after his win over Dominic Thiem, Frances Tiafoe talking up his prospects, Daniil Medvedev being on his best behaviour, Marta Kostyuk getting her first Top 10 win over Maria Sakkari, and much more. OUR LINKS:Become a&nbsp;Friend of the Tennis Podcast&nbsp;to help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout 2023, including Tennis Re-Lived, listener questions pods, and Grand Slam review shows.Sign up to receive our&nbsp;Newsletter&nbsp;(daily at Slams and
05/07/20231 hour 6 minutes 3 seconds
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Live from Wimbledon Day 2 - Rybakina, Roger and rain return

Persistent rain meant that only 8 matches were finished on Tuesday and that Catherine, David and Matt needed to shelter from the rain for the Day 2 pod. There's chat about Roger Federer's return to Wimbledon, a nervy start from Elena Rybakina, lots of great shot-making from Carlos Alcaraz and Ons Jabeur, an efficient win and a new service motion for Andy Murray, Aryna Sabalenka's first match back after the Russia and Belarus ban, and a look ahead to Day 3 with an eye-watering 87 singles matches on the schedule. OUR LINKS:Become a&nbsp;Friend of the Tennis Podcast&nbsp;to help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout 2023, including Tennis Re-Lived, listener questions pods, and Grand Slam review shows.Sign up to receive our&nbsp;<a href="https://bit.ly/TennisPodcastNewsletter" rel="noopener norefe
04/07/202358 minutes 33 seconds
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Live from Wimbledon Day 1 - Kenin vs. Gauff ignites strange first day

Day 1 of Wimbledon is in the books, and after a slow start due to rain, the day came to life as Sofia Kenin rediscovered her 2020 Australian Open form to beat Coco Gauff in a thrilling, high-quality three-setter. Catherine, David and Matt discuss that, the state of Gauff's game, Venus Williams' special return to Centre Court which ended in unfortunate fashion, victories for Iga Swiatek and Novak Djokovic which were interrupted by rain, tough days for Dan Evans, Denis Shapovalov and Felix Auger-Aliassime, and long queues to get in. OUR LINKS:Become a&nbsp;Friend of the Tennis Podcast&nbsp;to help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout 2023, including Tennis Re-Lived, listener questions pods, and Grand Slam review shows.Sign up to receive our&nbsp;<a href="https://bit.ly/TennisPodcastNewsletter"
03/07/20231 hour 3 minutes 22 seconds
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Live from Wimbledon - Media Day

Lots of the big name players have been into the Wimbledon interview room, and Catherine, David and Matt are here to tell you all about it. There's chat about a Venus Williams scoop courtesy of David, Iga Swiatek's approach to improving on grass, Aryna Sabalenka's decision not to talk politics this tournament, how Ons Jabeur is feeling being back at Wimbledon after reaching the final, some (minor) shade from Coco Gauff towards Sofia Kenin, a very confident and very relaxed looking Novak Djokovic, how Andy Murray plans to use his experience this fortnight, and the players' response to questions about possible Saudi Arabian investment in tennis. OUR LINKS:Become a&nbsp;Friend of the Tennis Podcast&nbsp;to help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout 2023, including Tennis Re-Lived, listener questions pods
01/07/20231 hour 3 minutes 26 seconds
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Live from Wimbledon - The Draws!

Catherine, David and Matt are sheltering from the rain at Wimbledon to discuss the draws and preview the tournament. There's chat about great draws for Iga Swiatek and Novak Djokovic, the gasp that went around the room as Venus Williams drew Elina Svitolina, and a fun section involving Andy Murray, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Dominic Thiem. OUR LINKS:Become a&nbsp;Friend of the Tennis Podcast&nbsp;to help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout 2023, including Tennis Re-Lived, listener questions pods, and Grand Slam review shows.Sign up to receive our&nbsp;Newsletter&nbsp;(daily at Slams and weekly the rest of the year, featuring Matt’s Stat, mascot photos, predictions, and more)Follow us on&nbsp;<a
30/06/20231 hour 3 minutes 8 seconds
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Grass court Carlos, Peaking Petra and The Tennis Podcast - Live at Wimbledon

Carlos Alcaraz is the new Queen’s champion, Petra Kvitova and Jelena Ostapenko are Wimbledon contenders after their titles in Berlin and Birmingham, and Venus Williams has won a match on tour aged 43.&nbsp;Catherine, David and Matt discuss all of that, as well as a title out of nowhere for Alexander Bublik in Halle, news of Anett Kontaveit’s retirement, and potential Saudi investment in tennis.&nbsp;There's also our reaction to our own bit of news, that the pod will be streamed Live from Wimbledon each night throughout The Championships in an exciting new partnership with the All England Club. You can read the full story here - https://www.thetennispodcast.net/blog/2023/6/26/the-tennis-podcast-to-be-streamed-live-from-wimbledonOUR LINKS:Become a&nbsp;<a href="https://bit.ly/Frien
26/06/20231 hour 6 minutes 24 seconds
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GRASS!

Clay has turned to grass and Catherine, David and Matt are back to discuss the stories of the swing so far. Catherine has been at Queen's for media day and she relates what Ben Shelton, Carlos Alcaraz and Holger Rune had to say, Andy Murray is on a 10-match winning streak at Challenger level, Frances Tiafoe has become a Top 10 player for the first time, and British women had a great week in Nottingham, right when they needed it. OUR LINKS:Become a&nbsp;Friend of the Tennis Podcast&nbsp;to help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout 2023, including Tennis Re-Lived, listener questions pods, and Grand Slam review shows.Sign up to receive our&nbsp;Newsletter&nbsp;(daily at Slams and weekly the rest of the
18/06/20231 hour 4 minutes 57 seconds
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Roland Garros Day 15 - Djokovic overtakes Nadal at last; Mauresmo talks

Novak Djokovic stands alone at the top of men's tennis after winning his 23rd major title at Roland Garros. Catherine, David and Matt discuss his 7-6 6-3 7-5 victory over Casper Ruud, his first set nerves, his extraordinary tiebreak record, the significance of the moment and how happy he seemed, and how motivated he is to keep winning. Elsewhere, we finally get to speak to Amelie Mauresmo about the night sessions and scheduling. ON LOCATION:The Tennis Podcast throughout Roland Garros is brought to you in association with On Location, the premium hospitality and experience provider.On Location is the official Tour Operator for the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells in March, and we can tell you that their packages, via Steve Furgal’s International Tennis Tours, are now on sale for Indian Wells.If you would like to go to Indian Wells in style, and experience one of the most spectacular settings to watch professional tennis, staying in 4 o
11/06/20231 hour 21 minutes 56 seconds
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Roland Garros Day 14 - Iga in a classic; Djokovic-Ruud preview

Iga Swiatek is a three time French Open champion and a four time major winner after beating Karolina Muchova 6-2 5-7 6-4. Catherine, David and Matt discuss what it was like to finally see Swiatek in a third set at Roland Garros, the way Muchova turned the match into a classic after being 6-2 3-0 down, and what might be next for both players. There's also a preview of the men's final between Novak Djokovic and Casper Ruud, the latest on "Tsitsidosa", and a round up of all the other results. ON LOCATION:The Tennis Podcast throughout Roland Garros is brought to you in association with On Location, the premium hospitality and experience provider.On Location is the official Tour Operator for the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells in March, and we can tell you that their packages, via Steve Furgal’s International Tennis Tours, are now on sale for Indian Wells.If you would like to go to Indian Wells in style, and experience one of the most spe
10/06/20231 hour 10 minutes 9 seconds
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Roland Garros Day 13 - In the end, it was just … cramp

For two sets, Carlos Alcaraz vs Novak Djokovic was the match we hoped it would be, but then Alcaraz started full body cramping and was unable to really move or compete in sets three and four. Catherine, David and Matt discuss the feeling of deflation, analyse how Djokovic stamped his authority in the first set before Alcaraz hit back, and describe what went wrong for Alcaraz at the start of the third. What did Alcaraz have to say about what happened? And in what way did the aura and presence of Djokovic himself cause Alcaraz to cramp?&nbsp;We also discuss Casper Ruud’s thrashing of Alexander Zverev. Just how impressive was Ruud? Why did we underestimate him yet again coming into this tournament? And what was up with Zverev?&nbsp;There’s also a preview of tomorrow’s schedule, including the women’s final between Iga Swiatek and Karolina Muchova.&nbsp;ON LOCATION:The Tennis Podcast throughout Roland Garros is brought to you in associatio
09/06/202356 minutes 20 seconds
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Roland Garros Day 12 - Semis reviewed, Alcaraz-Djokovic previewed with Mary Carillo

At the end of a special women's semi-finals day, the one and only Mary Carillo joined us on the pod. We talked about how much of a joy it is to watch Karolina Muchova play tennis, the way Aryna Sabalenka let it slip in the closing stages, how Iga Swiatek dug deep to see off the challenge of Beatriz Haddad Maia, and who we think will win out of Novak Djokovic and Carlos Alcaraz on Friday. WIN WITH WILSON!We have teamed up with Wilson, providers of the official ball at Roland Garros, to give away fantastic packs of Roland Garros limited edition products to two Tennis Podcast listeners!The prize packages will include:1 Roland Garros Bag for 9 racquets1 Roland Garros Edition racquet (either a Blade 98 or Clash 100)1 pack of Luxilon Roland Garros String 2 cans of Roland Garros Clay Court balls.To be in with a chance of winning this amazing pack of Wilson gear, ENTER&nbsp;<a href="https://forms.w
08/06/20231 hour 4 minutes 19 seconds
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Roland Garros Day 11 - Semifinals set!

The semi-final line-ups are set at Roland Garros. Catherine, David and Matt discuss how Beatriz Haddad Maia fought back against Ons Jabeur, why Jabeur should have regrets about the second set, Coco Gauff’s new tactic against Iga Swiatek, a completely bizarre match between Casper Ruud and Holger Rune, and how Alexander Zverev has made it back into the final four a year on from his horrific ankle injury.&nbsp;ON LOCATION:The Tennis Podcast throughout Roland Garros is brought to you in association with On Location, the premium hospitality and experience provider.On Location is the official Tour Operator for the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells in March, and we can tell you that their packages, via Steve Furgal’s International Tennis Tours, are now on sale for Indian Wells.If you would like to go to Indian Wells in style, and experience one of the most spectacular settings to watch professional tennis, staying in 4 or 5 star accommodation
07/06/202351 minutes 47 seconds
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Roland Garros Day 10 - Alcaraz vs. Djokovic is ON; The sadness of Sabalenka vs. Svitolina

Clear your schedules: Novak Djokovic vs Carlos Alcaraz is finally happening. They will meet in the French Open semi-finals on Friday and the hype begins now. Catherine, David and Matt discuss how they both got there with stellar performances on Tuesday, as Djokovic came back to beat Karen Khachanov before Alcaraz thrashed Stefanos Tsitsipas in the night session. On the women's side, we talk about Karolina Muchova and Aryna Sabalenka reaching the semi-finals as well as Sabalenka's return to the press conference room. ON LOCATION:The Tennis Podcast throughout Roland Garros is brought to you in association with On Location, the premium hospitality and experience provider.On Location is the official Tour Operator for the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells in March, and we can tell you that their packages, via Steve Furgal’s International Tennis Tours, are now on sale for Indian Wells.If you would like to go to Indian Wells in style, and exp
06/06/20231 hour 2 minutes 52 seconds
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Roland Garros Day 9 - Rune arrives in 5; Swiatek-Gauff is on; We ❤️ Tim Puetz

There's loads for Catherine, David and Matt to discuss: Alexander Zverev crushing Grigor Dimitrov and his chances of reaching the final, a fifth set tiebreak win for Holger Rune over Francisco Cerundolo and the opportunity to face Casper Ruud again, Beatriz Haddad Maia winning the longest match of the year, another Coco Gauff-Iga Swiatek match being set up, and a lovely press conference involving Miyu Kato and Tim Puetz. ON LOCATION:The Tennis Podcast throughout Roland Garros is brought to you in association with On Location, the premium hospitality and experience provider.On Location is the official Tour Operator for the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells in March, and we can tell you that their packages, via Steve Furgal’s International Tennis Tours, are now on sale for Indian Wells.If you would like to go to Indian Wells in style, and experience one of the most spectacular settings to watch professional tennis, staying in 4 or 5 star
05/06/20231 hour 3 minutes 13 seconds
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Roland Garros Day 8 - Sabalenka, Stephens star at night; Djokovic vs. Alcaraz - it’s getting closer

At the end of a great night session match between Aryna Sabalenka and Sloane Stephens, Catherine, David and Matt discuss whether this was Sabalenka demonstrating how much of a title contender she is, debate how well Stephens played, explain why it mattered that this match was good, and react to the fact that Sabalenka once again did not do a press conference. Elsewhere, there's excitement about how close we now are to Novak Djokovic vs Carlos Alcaraz, an assessment of how they looked and the performance of Lorenzo Musetti, and much joy at the unexpected quarter-final runs of Elina Svitolina and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. ON LOCATION:The Tennis Podcast throughout Roland Garros is brought to you in association with On Location, the premium hospitality and experience provider.On Location is the official Tour Operator for the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells in March, and we can tell you that their packages, via Steve Furgal’s Internation
04/06/20231 hour 5 minutes 45 seconds
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Roland Garros Day 7 - Rybakina run ruined by illness; A week of opportunity awaits

It wasn't a vintage day at Roland Garros - Elena Rybakina's sad withdrawal rather set the tone for a day filled with defeats for lots of fun players and plenty of one-sided matches. But Catherine, David and Matt still had lots to discuss, including Iga Swiatek's form after her 6-0 6-0 victory, how Coco Gauff showed her maturity to beat Mirra Andreeva, breakthrough wins for Beatriz Haddad Maia and Nicolas Jarry, Taylor Fritz being booed onto court, Ons Jabeur finishing in style against Olga Danilovic, missed opportunities for Frances Tiafoe, and much more. ON LOCATION:This edition of The Tennis Podcast is brought to you in association with On Location, the premium hospitality and experience provider. On Location took us to Indian Wells in March so we can vouch for the brilliant experiences they provide at tennis tournaments. They provide packages via Steve Furgal’s International Tennis Tours to all of the four Grand Slam tournaments, including the U
03/06/202357 minutes 45 seconds
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Roland Garros Day 6 - Sabalenka swerves media, sets up Stephens blockbuster

At the end of Day 6 at Roland Garros, Catherine, David and Matt cover the longest straight sets match of Novak Djokovic's career against Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, Carlos Alcaraz's thrashing of Denis Shapovalov in the night session, a tantalising last 16 match between Aryna Sabalenka and Sloane Stephens, Sabalenka's decision to skip her press conference and how it was handled by the tournament, defeats for Andrey Rublev and Jessica Pegula, and the joy of having Elina Svitolina, Karolina Muchova and Daria Kasatkina still in the draw.WIN WITH WILSON!We have teamed up with Wilson, providers of the official ball at Roland Garros, to give away fantastic packs of Roland Garros limited edition products to two Tennis Podcast listeners!The prize packages will include:1 Roland Garros Bag for 9 racquets 1 Roland Garros Edition racquet (either a Blade 98 or Clash 100) 1 pack of Luxilon Roland Garros String 2 cans of Roland Garros Clay Court bal
02/06/20231 hour 3 minutes 58 seconds
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Roland Garros Day 5 - Sinner shocked, Swiatek & Rybakina roll, Fritz finds inner Medvedev

The drama just keeps coming at Roland Garros. On the Day 5 pod, Catherine, David and Matt discuss Daniel Altmaier’s incredible win over Jannik Sinner, Mirra Andreeva and Coco Gauff setting up a tantalising R3 encounter, the form of Iga Swiatek and Elena Rybakina, Taylor Fritz making himself public enemy number one, and much more.ON LOCATION:This edition of The Tennis Podcast is brought to you in association with On Location, the premium hospitality and experience provider. On Location took us to Indian Wells in March so we can vouch for the brilliant experiences they provide at tennis tournaments. They provide packages via Steve Furgal’s International Tennis Tours to all of the four Grand Slam tournaments, including the US Open, which is on sale now, with fantastic seats, hospitality and hotel packages available for the year’s final major event at Flushing Meadows in New York. Go to&nbsp;<a href="http://onlocationexp.com/TTP" rel="noopener noreferr
01/06/20231 hour 3 minutes 18 seconds
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Roland Garros Day 4 - Rough day for France as Alcaraz-Djokovic draws closer

There was a ‘morning after the night before’ feeling to Wednesday at Roland Garros, with the reverberations from Gael Monfils’ epic late night win still being felt around the grounds. But such is the pace of these Grand Slam tournaments, new stories quickly formed on Day 4. Catherine, David and Matt discuss Novak Djokovic's victory over Marton Fucsovics which included an epic first set, defeat for Caroline Garcia as she got tight against Anna Blinkova, a five set victory for Thanasi Kokkinakis against Stan Wawrinka, a delightful match between Daria Kasatkina and Marketa Vondrousova, more tension in an Aryna Sabalenka press conference, a mid-match lapse from Carlos Alcaraz, Gael Monfils' withdrawal, and a big upset in the women's doubles as Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova lost their first match at a slam since 2021. ON LOCATION:This edition of The Tennis Podcast is brought to you in association with On Location, the premium hospital
31/05/202358 minutes 1 second
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Roland Garros Day 3 - Thrillers on court, discomfort off it

Tuesday at Roland Garros was a lot: Gael Monfils somehow came back from 0-4 down in the final set while cramping, Rome champion Daniil Medvedev was beaten by Thiago Seyboth Wild in five dramatic sets, and Bianca Andreescu came surging back to defeat Victoria Azarenka in a thriller. Catherine, David and Matt cover all of that, as well as the domestic violence charge facing Seyboth Wild, wins for Iga Swiatek, Coco Gauff and Ons Jabeur, and a first round loss for Barbora Krejcikova. ON LOCATION:This edition of The Tennis Podcast is brought to you in association with On Location, the premium hospitality and experience provider. On Location took us to Indian Wells in March so we can vouch for the brilliant experiences they provide at tennis tournaments. They provide packages via Steve Furgal’s International Tennis Tours to all of the four Grand Slam tournaments, including the US Open, which is on sale now, with fantastic seats, hospitality and hotel pac
30/05/202354 minutes 28 seconds
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Roland Garros Day 2 - Geopolitics, throwbacks and sadness

Novak Djokovic won his opening round match at Roland Garros on Monday without too much fuss, but he sparked a potential political row after writing the phrase ‘Kosovo is the heart of Serbia’ in the customary post-match camera signing. We discuss what he was referring to, why it's a controversial statement, and the rest of what he had to say in the Serbian part of his press conference. Elsewhere, Catherine, David and Matt discuss throwback wins for Sloane Stephens, Stan Wawrinka and Elina Svitolina, as well as sad times for Felix Auger-Aliassime, Jack Draper and Dominic Thiem. There’s also exhilaration at Carlos Alcaraz’s performance and exasperation (again) at the night session scheduling.&nbsp;WIN WITH WILSON!We have teamed up with Wilson, providers of the official ball at Roland Garros, to give away fantastic packs of Roland Garros limited edition products to two Tennis Podcast listeners!The prize packages will include:1 Rola
29/05/202358 minutes 49 seconds
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Roland Garros Day 1 - Sabalenka/Kostyuk tension escalates; Pouille’s redemption

There's no longer such as thing as a slow Sunday start at Roland Garros. Catherine, David and Matt discuss Lucas Pouille's comeback continuing, the tension on court and in the press conference room between Aryna Sabalenka and Marta Kostyuk, Karolina Muchova's "upset" win over Maria Sakkari, a survival act by Stefanos Tsitsipas against Jiri Vesely, lots of fun from Constant Lestienne, and meeting Arthur Fils in the interview room. ON LOCATION:This edition of The Tennis Podcast is brought to you in association with On Location, the premium hospitality and experience provider. On Location took us to Indian Wells in March so we can vouch for the brilliant experiences they provide at tennis tournaments. They provide packages via Steve Furgal’s International Tennis Tours to all of the four Grand Slam tournaments, including the US Open, which is on sale now, with fantastic seats, hospitality and hotel packages available for the year’s final major event at
28/05/202357 minutes 14 seconds
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Roland Garros - Tales from the interview room

Shortly after attending media day at Roland Garros, Catherine, David and Matt react to what the players had to say. There's chat about Stefanos Tsitsipas' coaching set up, Coco Gauff's forehand, Iga Swiatek's health, Aryna Sabalenka and Daniil Medvedev's developing relationships with clay, the way Carlos Alcaraz is taking everything in his stride, and much more. ON LOCATION:This edition of The Tennis Podcast is brought to you in association with On Location, the premium hospitality and experience provider. On Location took us to Indian Wells in March so we can vouch for the brilliant experiences they provide at tennis tournaments. They provide packages via Steve Furgal’s International Tennis Tours to all of the four Grand Slam tournaments, including the US Open, which is on sale now, with fantastic seats, hospitality and hotel packages available for the year’s final major event at Flushing Meadows in New York. Go to&nbsp;<a href="http://onlocatione
26/05/20231 hour 2 minutes 14 seconds
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Welcome to Paris!

Catherine, David and Matt have arrived in Paris and attended the Roland Garros draw ceremony! What do we make of Carlos Alcaraz and Novak Djokovic being in the same half? Has David changed his mind about Daniil Medvedev not being in The Mix? What are the most eye-catching round matches of the women's draw? Is this a good draw or a bad draw for Aryna Sabalenka? And much more. ON LOCATION:This edition of The Tennis Podcast is brought to you in association with On Location, the premium hospitality and experience provider. On Location took us to Indian Wells in March so we can vouch for the brilliant experiences they provide at tennis tournaments. They provide packages via Steve Furgal’s International Tennis Tours to all of the four Grand Slam tournaments, including the US Open, which is on sale now, with fantastic seats, hospitality and hotel packages available for the year’s final major event at Flushing Meadows in New York. Go to&nbsp;<a href="http:
25/05/202353 minutes 38 seconds
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Rome - Medvedev, Rybakina reign in rain; Halep charged again; Roland Garros Mix chat

Another week in tennis, another tournament where the women were treated as second class citizens. This time, the singles final didn’t start until 11pm and the doubles final took place on a non-televised court. There were some reasons for this - rain being the obvious one - but Catherine, David and Matt discuss why this shouldn’t be acceptable. &nbsp;There’s also chat about Anhelina Kalinina’s great week before her unfortunate retirement in the final through injury, debate about whether Rome champions Elena Rybakina and Daniil Medvedev are in The Mix for Roland Garros, and much enjoyment from Medvedev’s dance/twist/whatever that was after he beat Stefanos Tsitsipas.&nbsp;Elsewhere, we discuss the fact that Simona Halep has been charged with a second and separate doping offence, and we look ahead to the French Open as qualifying gets underway.&nbsp;ON LOCATION:This edition of The Tennis Podcast is brought to you in association with On L
22/05/20231 hour 7 minutes 35 seconds
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Rafael Nadal reflections as the end nears; Rome - stories galore

It's been quite a day in tennis as Rafael Nadal held a press conference to announce that he will be missing Roland Garros while he takes an extended break from the sport in an attempt to recover from the injury he sustained at the Australian Open. He also said that he plans to retire after the 2024 season. In this show we react to that news, discuss the reasons behind his decisions, ponder what his farewell tour may be like, and offer some reflections on one of the greatest players this sport has ever seen.We also go through the main talking points from the last few days in Rome - Carlos Alcaraz's shock defeat to Fabian Marozsan, aggro unexpectedly involving Cameron Norrie, Holger Rune's brilliance to beat Novak Djokovic, Iga Swiatek's injury, and a thrilling run of form from Jelena Ostapenko. What does it all mean for Roland Garros?Finally, David speaks to Christopher Clarey, who, after 30 years, is leaving The New York Times to become a full-time author.<s
19/05/20231 hour 28 minutes 58 seconds
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Rome - Inequalities, early results and is Pietrangeli the best court in the world?

While Rome has been underway for a few days now, we pick off this episode where we left off, by discussing the fallout from the women’s doubles final ceremony in Madrid where the players were not allowed to speak.&nbsp;Four days after the event, the tournament finally apologised, but not before Jessica Pegula had had more to say and a piece by Matt Futterman in the New York Times had drawn attention to the large scale inequalities faced by women in tennis.&nbsp;Catherine, David and Matt discuss all of that before getting on to the main headlines from Rome so far, including the wonder of Court Pietrangeli, total dominance from Iga Swiatek, a surprise defeat for Aryna Sabalenka against Sofia Kenin, impressive performances by Marketa Vondrousova which have left us wondering if she’s happ
14/05/20231 hour 6 minutes 35 seconds
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Madrid - Sabalenka, Alcaraz win again; Women's doubles finalists censored!?

It was a thrilling finals weekend in Madrid with Aryna Sabalenka getting revenge on Iga Swiatek before Carlos Alcaraz survived a great performance by Jan-Lennard Struff to defend his title. Catherine is back home and she joins David and Matt to review it all. Is Sabalenka-Swiatek now a legitimate rivalry? Will Sabalenka be able to take this form to Rome and Roland Garros? And did Struff provide a blueprint for facing Alcaraz?Sadly, the great tennis was somewhat overshadowed by the fact that the women's doubles finalists - Victoria Azarenka, Beatriz Haddad Maia, Jessica Pegula &amp; Coco Gauff - were not allowed to give speeches on court. What happened? Why did it happen? What might it have to do with #cakegate? Why have the tournament not put out an official explanation? And in what way did this incident feed into the idea that the WTA players don't receive equal treatment in Madrid? Elsewhere, we cover Andy Murray winning a Challenger title in Aix-en-Provence, Rafael
08/05/20231 hour 5 minutes 29 seconds
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Madrid - Rivalry time, Raducanu’s agony and ‘Model Ball Girls’ must stop

Iga Swiatek will face Aryna Sabalenka's in Saturday's Madrid final which means the rivalry we've all wanted is officially happening. David, Catherine (in Madrid) and Matt talk through how both players have got there, Swiatek's intensity and focus this week, and the way in which Sabalenka is embracing the prospect of a rematch with the world number one. On the men's side, we look ahead to the Carlos Alcaraz vs Borna Coric and Aslan Karatsev vs Jan-Lennard Struff semi-finals. Yes, you read that correctly, Karatsev and Struff have made it all the way to the last four. We chat about how this run has come out of nowhere for Karatsev, the way in which Struff went toe-to-toe with a jaded-looking Stefanos Tsitsipas, and how much their qualifying match will affect Friday's semi. Elsewhere, we react to the news that Emma Raducanu will be out of action for several months while she recovers from hand and ankle surgery, and we discuss why it's time for Madrid to stop having model ball girls. </
05/05/20231 hour 3 minutes 26 seconds
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Madrid - Aggro, action and agony everywhere

With Madrid well underway, Catherine, David and Matt catch up to discuss everything that's happened so far. There's chat about an impressive win for Maria Sakkari over the improving-but-not-there-yet Paula Badosa, more forehand woes for Coco Gauff, Mayar Sherif becoming the first Egyptian to reach a WTA 1000 quarter-final, and the thrilling run of 15/16 year old Mirra Andreeva to the fourth round. On the men's side, Holger Rune brought the aggro (of course), Dominic Thiem came so close to beating Stefanos Tsitsipas, we all had a fun time watching Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, and Carlos Alcaraz has ignited after a slow start. ON LOCATION:This edition of The Tennis Podcast is brought to you in association with On Location, the premium hospitality and experience provider. On Location took us to Indian Wells last month so we can vouch for the brilliant experiences they provide at tennis tournaments. They provide packages via Steve Furgal’s Internationa
01/05/20231 hour 14 minutes 56 seconds
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Barcelona/Alcaraz = Stuttgart/Swiatek in everything but prize money

There was a feeling of déjà vu this week as Iga Swiatek in Stuttgart, Carlos Alcaraz in Barcelona and Holger Rune in Munich all defended their titles. In what way was this a big statement from Swiatek? Just how dominant was Alcaraz against Stefanos Tsitsipas? And how did Botic van de Zandschulp let it slip in the Munich final? Catherine, David and Matt discuss all of that, as well as a hard-earned title for Dusan Lajovic in Banja Luka, a worrying injury update from Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic’s withdrawal from Madrid. There’s also time for a couple of rants - one about the unequal prize money on the ATP and WTA Tours, and the other on the new 12-day Masters 1000 events.&nbsp;ON LOCATION:This edition of The Tennis Podcast is brought to you in association with On Location, the premium hospitality and experience provider. On Location took us to Indian Wells last month so we can vouch for the brilliant experiences they provide at tennis tournament
24/04/20231 hour 4 minutes 4 seconds
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Monte Carlo - Andrey at last; Aggro galore

The week in Monte Carlo belonged to Andrey Rublev and it belonged to aggro. In this episode we discuss Rublev finally winning his first Masters 1000 title, why it was so deserved, and what it might mean for his career, and we savour the way in which Taylor Fritz, Daniil Medvedev and Holger Rune all provided aggro that was right in the sweet spot. There's also a round up of all the Billie Jean King Cup qualifiers and a worrying fitness update from Rafael Nadal. ON LOCATIONThis edition of The Tennis Podcast is sponsored by On location, the premium experience and hospitality provider. On Location sent us to the BNP PARIBAS Open in Indian Wells on one of Steve Furgal’s International Tennis Tours packages to produce lots of new podcasts. To see what they have to offer for Indian Wells, Miami and all of the Grand Slam tournaments, check out their&nbsp;<a href="https://tours4tennis.com/events?utm_source=Podcast&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=202
17/04/20231 hour 4 minutes 45 seconds
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WTA lifts China suspension - our reaction; Monte Carlo latest; News, Results round-up

Their WTA's suspension of business in China in reaction to the allegations and silencing of Peng Shuai lasted 16 months. In this podcast, recorded a few days later than usual due to Matt's ill health, covers our reaction to that WTA announcement. We also update on Monte Carlo, including a loss for Novak Djokovic and the re-emergence of clay-court Medvedev.ON LOCATIONThis edition of The Tennis Podcast is sponsored by On location, the premium experience and hospitality provider. On Location sent us to the BNP PARIBAS Open in Indian Wells on one of Steve Furgal’s International Tennis Tours packages to produce lots of new podcasts. To see what they have to offer for Indian Wells, Miami and all of the Grand Slam tournaments, check out their&nbsp;travel packages.LINKS<
14/04/20231 hour 17 minutes 53 seconds
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An Update

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10/04/20232 minutes 23 seconds
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Miami - Medvedev, Kvitova clean up; Wimbledon decision reaction

The last few days in Miami did not go as expected, with both Carlos Alcaraz and Elena Rybakina unable to complete the Sunshine Double. Instead, Petra Kvitova rolled back the years and Daniil Medvedev showed why he's a specialist in hard courts. David, Catherine and Matt are together to discuss an uplifting week from Kvitova, whether fatigue played a role in Rybakina's final performance, the latest epic instalment of the Sinner vs Alcaraz rivalry, why the match up against Medvedev is such a bad one for Sinner, and the physical prowess of Medvedev to do so much winning over the last two months. There's also our reaction to Wimbledon's decision to lift the ban on Russian and Belarusian players. ON LOCATIONThis edition of The Tennis Podcast is sponsored by On location, the premium experience and hospitality provider. On Location sent us to the BNP PARIBAS Open in Indian Wells on one of Steve Furgal’s International Tennis Tours packages to produce lots
03/04/20231 hour 11 minutes 34 seconds
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Miami - Alcaraz, Rybakina keep rolling; Wimbledon lifts ban on Russians/Belarusians

With Carlos Alcaraz and Elena Rybakina both still on course for the Sunshine Double, we catch up on the last few days of action in Miami. David and Matt go through the biggest stories, from the run of Christopher Eubanks, some comments by Stefanos Tsitsipas that got everyone checking the ATP rulebook, and the Indian Summer of Sorana Cirstea's career, while Catherine sends voice notes about her impressions from on site in Miami. David also covers the news that Wimbledon has lifted its ban on Russian and Belarusian players for the 2023 Championships. ON LOCATIONThis edition of The Tennis Podcast is sponsored by On location, the premium experience and hospitality provider. On Location sent us to the BNP PARIBAS Open in Indian Wells on one of Steve Furgal’s International Tennis Tours packages to produce lots of new podcasts. To see what they have to offer for Indian Wells, Miami and all of the Grand Slam tournaments, check out their&nbsp;<a href="https
31/03/20231 hour 13 minutes 2 seconds
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Magic, Madness, Miami Time

Catherine, David and Matt reconvene for the first time since Indian Wells to chat about everything which has happened in the last week, from playing tennis with Pam Shriver, going to Las Vegas to see Taylor Swift, and of course lots of great matches in Miami. We cover the form of Indian Wells champions Carlos Alcaraz and Elena Rybakina, dispiriting losses for Casper Ruud and Matteo Berrettini, another bad day for Coco Gauff’s forehand, Barbora Krejcikova’s desire to be part of a WTA Big 4, and much more, including a change of management agency for Andy Murray. ON LOCATIONThis edition of The Tennis Podcast is sponsored by On location, the premium experience and hospitality provider. On Location sent us to the BNP PARIBAS Open in Indian Wells on one of Steve Furgal’s International Tennis Tours packages to produce lots of new podcasts. To see what they have to offer for Indian Wells, Miami and all of the Grand Slam tournaments, check out their&nbsp;<a
27/03/20231 hour 5 minutes 53 seconds
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Indian Wells - Rybakina’s Revenge; Alcarazmatazz

Elena Rybakina and Carlos Alcaraz are the 2023 Indian Wells champions. Rybakina got her first victory over Aryna Sabalenka to get some semblance of revenge for the Australian Open final, while Alcaraz destroyed Daniil Medvedev.&nbsp;On one final pod from Indian Wells, Catherine, David and Matt discuss the incredible first set between Rybakina and Sabalenka, the return of Sabalenka’s double faults, what Rybakina’s victory means for the WTA Tour, the tactical elements which helped Alcaraz to dominate Medvedev, our desperation to see Alcaraz go up against Novak Djokovic, and much more.&nbsp;ROLAND GARROS TICKET OFFERWe have a 15% discount for Tennis Podcast listeners to buy Roland Garros tickets and hospitality packages, courtesy of Steve Furgal’s International Tennis Tours.Just go to&nbsp;<a href="https://tours4tennis.com/podcast/ttp?utm_source=TTPnewsletter&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=15LOVE_PROMO_03162023" rel="noopener noreferrer"
20/03/202354 minutes 38 seconds
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Indian Wells - Medvedev to meet 'the famous' Carlos Alcaraz

Daniil Medvedev will take on the famous Carlos Alcaraz in a mouth-watering men's final at Indian Wells on Sunday. Catherine, David and Matt discuss how both players made it, chat about what might happen when they meet for only the second time, and preview the blockbuster women's final between Aryna Sabalenka and Elena Rybakina. ROLAND GARROS TICKET OFFERWe have a 15% discount for Tennis Podcast listeners to buy Roland Garros tickets and hospitality packages, courtesy of Steve Furgal’s International Tennis Tours.Just go to&nbsp;tours4tennis.com/podcast&nbsp;click the banner for the Roland-Garros promotion and enter our special discount code for Tennis Podcast listeners when you check out, which is 15LOVE15LOVE Coupon Code is only valid o
19/03/202349 minutes 2 seconds
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Indian Wells - Rybakina vs. Sabalenka, The Rematch; Alcaraz is at 60% of his potential - Ferrero

The Indian Wells final will be a repeat of the epic Australian Open final between Aryna Sabalenka and Elena Rybakina. Sabalenka's victory over Maria Sakkari was no surprise, but Rybakina's 6-2 6-2 demolition of Iga Swiatek certainly was. Catherine, David and Matt analyse what went wrong for Swiatek and why that match-up causes her so many problems. Ahead of the men's semis, the next instalment of #DoorsteppedByDavid sees him speak to Juan Carlos Ferrero for more insight into Carlos Alcaraz's career. ROLAND GARROS TICKET OFFERWe have a 15% discount for Tennis Podcast listeners to buy Roland Garros tickets and hospitality packages, courtesy of Steve Furgal’s International Tennis Tours.Just go to&nbsp;tours4tennis.com/podcast&nbsp;click the banner for the Roland-Garros
18/03/20231 hour 24 seconds
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Indian Wells - Dream semis set; David doorsteps Darren Cahill

A stunning semi-final line-up at Indian Wells is set: Iga Swiatek vs Elena Rybakina, Aryna Sabalenka vs Maria Sakkari, Daniil Medvedev vs Frances Tiafoe, and Carlos Alcaraz vs Jannik Sinner. No notes. But lots of analysis from Catherine, David and Matt about how they all got there and what might happen.ROLAND GARROS TICKET OFFERWe have a 15% discount for Tennis Podcast listeners to buy Roland Garros tickets and hospitality packages, courtesy of Steve Furgal’s International Tennis Tours.Just go to tours4tennis.com/podcast click the banner for the Roland-Garros promotion and enter our special discount code for Tennis Podcast listeners when you check out, which is 15LOVE“15LOVE Coupon Code is only valid on purchases for eligible 2023 R
17/03/20231 hour 15 minutes 5 seconds
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Indian Wells - Tuesday teems with titanic tussles

Can you tell we like alliteration? Catherine, David and Matt look back on a day of Last 16 action at Indian Wells. There’s chat about Iga Swiatek’s ruthlessness, an epic match between Petra Kvitova and Jessica Pegula, yet another three set victory for Maria Sakkari, Coco Gauff’s fighting spirit, how Daniil Medvedev survived an ankle roll to beat Alexander Zverev, the sparkling form of Cameron Norrie and Taylor Fritz, aggro between Stan Wawrinka and Holger Rune, and a late night win for Felix Auger-Aliassime over Tommy Paul.&nbsp;ON LOCATIONThis edition of The Tennis Podcast is sponsored by On location, the premium experience and hospitality provider. On Location will be sending us to the BNP PARIBAS Open in Indian Wells on one of Steve Furgal’s International Tennis Tours packages to produce lots of new podcasts. To see what they have to offer for Indian Wells, Miami and all of the Grand Slam tournaments, check out their&nbsp;<a href="https://tours4
15/03/20231 hour 8 minutes 16 seconds
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Meeting Medvedev

Daniil Medvedev joins Catherine, David and Matt on the pod to talk through his third round match at Indian Wells, his view on the slow courts, the men's backhand list, and much more. We also chat Alcaraz, Murray, Shelton, Jabeur, Pegula, Raducanu and Swiatek. ON LOCATIONThis edition of The Tennis Podcast is sponsored by On location, the premium experience and hospitality provider. On Location will be sending us to the BNP PARIBAS Open in Indian Wells on one of Steve Furgal’s International Tennis Tours packages to produce lots of new podcasts. To see what they have to offer for Indian Wells, Miami and all of the Grand Slam tournaments, check out their&nbsp;travel packages.LINKSBecome a&nbsp;<a href="https://bit.ly/FriendOfTheTennisPodcast" rel="noo
13/03/20231 hour 7 minutes 50 seconds
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Indian Wells - Murray gives Thiem, Berrettini, Raducanu reason to hope

A couple of days into the Indian Wells action, Catherine, David and Matt catch up on what they've seen so far, including defeats for Stefanos Tsitsipas, Matteo Berrettini, Denis Shapovalov and Dominic Thiem, and wins for Andy Murray, Emma Raducanu and Maria Sakkari. ON LOCATIONThis edition of The Tennis Podcast is sponsored by On location, the premium experience and hospitality provider. On Location will be sending us to the BNP PARIBAS Open in Indian Wells on one of Steve Furgal’s International Tennis Tours packages to produce lots of new podcasts. To see what they have to offer for Indian Wells, Miami and all of the Grand Slam tournaments, check out their&nbsp;travel packages.LINKSBecome a&nbsp;<a href="https://bit.ly/FriendOfTheTennisPodcast" r
11/03/20231 hour 1 minute 42 seconds
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We're at Indian Wells!

Welcome to Indian Wells! Catherine, David and Matt have made it to Palm Springs and the place they call Tennis Paradise for the first combined Masters 1000 event of the year. In this show we talk about our experience so far, discuss all the main talking points from media day, and catch up on the results from last week. There's chat about Aryna Sabalenka's joy at being a Slam champion, Stefanos Tsitsipas' injury worries, whether Iga Swiatek has been winning too easily, Denis Shapovalov's essay about wanting to ender the gender gap in tennis, a title for Donna Vekic in Monterrey, and much more. ON LOCATIONThis edition of The Tennis Podcast is sponsored by On location, the premium experience and hospitality provider. On Location will be sending us to the BNP PARIBAS Open in Indian Wells on one of Steve Furgal’s International Tennis Tours packages to produce lots of new podcasts. To see what they have to offer for Indian Wells, Miami and all of the Gra
09/03/20231 hour 14 minutes 51 seconds
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Medvedev maintains fab form; De Minaur the last man standing in Acapulco

Daniil Medvedev can’t stop winning. After he won his third title in as many weeks in Dubai, beating Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals and Andrey Rublev in the final, Catherine, David and Matt react to his scintillating form and amusing speech at the trophy ceremony as he took the opportunity to troll Stefanos Tsitsipas.&nbsp;Elsewhere, the gruelling conditions were the big talking point in Acapulco as Holger Rune experienced full body cramps and Taylor Fritz vomited on court. Eventually, Alex de Minaur prevailed, winning the biggest title of his career and continuing his upward trajectory.&nbsp;There’s also chat about Donna Vekic and Caroline Garcia’s runs to the final in Monterrey, the growing issue of different tournaments using different balls, and why the Netflix cameras are following Tommy Paul.&nbsp;ON LOCATIONThis edition of The Tennis Podcast is sponsored by On location, the premium experience and hospitality provider. On Loca
05/03/20231 hour 2 minutes 47 seconds
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Krejcikova - Iga's kryptonite?; Alcaraz injured again; More Murray marathons

It seemed for a while like this week’s show might be a rinse and repeat job from last week when we talked about Daniil Medvedev, Iga Swiatek and Carlos Alcaraz all winning titles. In the end, Medvedev managed to repeat the feat, but Swiatek and Alcaraz were stopped by Barbora Krejcikova and Cameron Norrie in Dubai and Rio respectively, giving Catherine, David and Matt lots to discuss.&nbsp;Why does Krejcikova seem to have Swiatek’s number? In what way did Alcaraz’s injury make the Rio final compelling? How concerning is that injury? What does this victory tell us about Norrie? And just how much is Andy Murray enjoying saving all these match points?&nbsp;There’s also a look ahead to everything that’s happening this week and a big rant about the clash which saw the WTA Dubai and ATP Doha finals scheduled at exactly the same time on Saturday.&nbsp;ON LOCATIONThis edition of The Tennis Podcast is sponsored by On location, the premium expe
27/02/20231 hour 6 minutes 53 seconds
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Imperious Iga and the return of the famous Carlos Alcaraz

While last week’s pod introduced us to a lot of new names, this week was all about the established stars as Iga Swiatek, Daniil Medvedev, Carlos Alcaraz and Taylor Fritz won titles. Catherine, David and Matt discuss all of that as well as more struggles for Dominic Thiem, Novak Djokovic earning the most weeks ever as World No.1, and the incredible story of Matija Pecotic in Delray Beach.&nbsp;ON LOCATIONThis edition of The Tennis Podcast is sponsored by On location, the premium experience and hospitality provider. On Location will be sending us to the BNP PARIBAS Open in Indian Wells on one of Steve Furgal’s International Tennis Tours packages to produce lots of new podcasts. To check out their packages to Indian Wells, Miami and all of the Grand Slam tournaments, go to&nbsp;tours4tennis.com/podcastLINKSBecome a&nbsp;<a href="h
21/02/20231 hour 10 minutes 15 seconds
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What's happened since Melbourne?

New blood is the talk of the pod this week. Alycia Parks, Wu Yibing and Artur Fils are at embryonic stages of their careers, but goodness me they are exciting. We talk about why, cover all of the main results and news stories that have taken place since The Australian Open, and get pumped for what is to come. ON LOCATIONThis edition of The Tennis Podcast is sponsored by On location, the premium experience and hospitality provider. On Location will be sending us to the BNP PARIBAS Open in Indian Wells on one of Steve Furgal’s International Tennis Tours packages to produce lots of new podcasts. To check out their packages to Indian Wells, Miami and all of the Grand Slam tournaments, go to&nbsp;tours4tennis.com/podcastLINKSBecome a&nbsp;Fri
13/02/20231 hour 10 minutes 19 seconds
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AO Day 14 - Djokovic Feeling 22

Novak Djokovic is a 10-time Australian Open winner and 22-time Grand Slam champion after beating Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets on Sunday. Catherine, David and Matt discuss the match, why we were a bit disappointed by Tsitsipas' performance, the enormously emotional reaction from Djokovic when he won, what this means for the Grand Slam Race, and much more. *WIN A 3-NIGHT STAY AT THE MIAMI OPEN!*On Location, our Australian Open sponsor, has given us one of Steve Furgal’s International Tennis Tours packages to the Miami Open presented by Itau, in March to give away to one lucky Tennis Podcast Newsletter subscriber! For full details, go to&nbsp;tours4tennis.com/podcastBecome a&nbsp;Friend of the Tennis Podcast&nbsp;to help us to produce the show year-roun
29/01/20231 hour 10 minutes 37 seconds
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AO Day 13 - Now THAT was a final; Courier previews Djokovic vs Tsitsipas

Wow. We wanted a great final and we got a spectacular one as Aryna Sabalenka came from a set down to beat Elena Rybakina and win her first Grand Slam title. Catherine, David and Matt gather in Garden Square to react to the match, discuss Sabalenka's journey to this point, and consider what it might mean for her career. There's also live reaction to the Sensations - Rinky Hijikata and Jason Kubler - winning the men's doubles title, a round up of all the results including wheelchair matches and juniors, before a segment with Jim Courier to preview Novak Djokovic vs Stefanos Tsitsipas. Our full chat with Jim is available exclusively for Friends of The Tennis Podcast. *WIN A 3-NIGHT STAY AT THE MIAMI OPEN!*On Location, our Australian Open sponsor, has given us one of Steve Furgal’s International Tennis Tours packages to the Miami Open presented by Itau, in March to give away to one lucky Tennis Podcast Newsletter subscriber! For full details, go to&nbs
28/01/20231 hour 2 minutes 45 seconds
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AO Day 12 - Fantastic finals await; Djokovic deals with Dad’s controversy

Catherine, David and Matt react to the men's semi-finals which saw Stefanos Tsitsipas beat Karen Khachanov to reach a first Australian Open final and Novak Djokovic beat Tommy Paul to reach a tenth. We discuss the way in which Djokovic still won without his best tennis, how he dealt in press with the controversy surrounding his father and how he made his position clear on the war, the spectacular sight that was Tsitsipas' forehand, and how much their history against one another will affect the outcome on Sunday. We also look ahead to the women's final between Elena Rybakina and Aryna Sabalenka. How on earth are we supposed to predict what might happen between two such in form players? And what could make the difference? *WIN A 3-NIGHT STAY AT THE MIAMI OPEN!*On Location, our Australian Open sponsor, has given us one of Steve Furgal’s International Tennis Tours packages to the Miami Open presented by Itau, in March to give away to one
27/01/20231 hour 30 seconds
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AO Day 11 - Fierce final guaranteed; Pro Russia demonstrations dominate headlines

Get ready for power in the women's final on Saturday after Elena Rybakina and Aryna Sabalenka set up what promises to be a fearsome showdown on Saturday. How did Rybakina win the first set against Victoria Azarenka despite her first serve going missing? Just how impressive was Sabalenka to overcome her Grand Slam semi-final scar tissue? And how will they match up against each other in the final? Elsewhere, with tennis crossing over into geopolitics in the last 24 hours, after Novak Djokovic's father was filmed posing for photos with Vladimir Putin supporters, Simon Briggs joins Catherine, David and Matt to talk about what Djokovic's response might be and whether players have a responsibility to denounce those scenes. Finally, there's good news for the Australian sensations in doubles, we look ahead to Friday's men's semi-finals, and we celebrate the Original 9 after they were honoured on Thursday. *WIN A 3-NIGHT STAY AT THE MIAMI OPEN!*</stron
26/01/202358 minutes 48 seconds
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AO Day 10 - Pam Shriver and the Joy of Coaching; Semifinals set

As the semi-final line-ups were complete, we were thrilled to welcome Pam Shriver onto the show to talk all about her experience coaching Donna Vekic at this year's Australian Open. Pam opens up about why she's enjoyed the fortnight so much, what she sees as Vekic's potential, how she prepared Vekic for her quarter-final against Aryna Sabalenka, and what happened to Vekic's serve in that match. We also talk about Magda Linette's breakthrough, why Andrey Rublev's match against Novak Djokovic was disappointing, and whether Tommy Paul can fare better against the nine-time champion in the semis. *WIN A 3-NIGHT STAY AT THE MIAMI OPEN!*On Location, our Australian Open sponsor, has given us one of Steve Furgal’s International Tennis Tours packages to the Miami Open presented by Itau, in March to give away to one lucky Tennis Podcast Newsletter subscriber! For full details, go to&nbsp;<a href="http://tours4tennis.com/podcast" rel="noopener noreferrer" targ
25/01/20231 hour 5 minutes 58 seconds
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AO Day 9 - Victoria Azarenka ten years later

It wasn't a vintage day at the Australian Open with three straight sets matches and one retirement, but there was a vintage performance by Victoria Azarenka as she beat Jessica Pegula 6-4 6-1 to reach the semi-finals in Melbourne for the first time since her title run in 2013. Catherine, David and Matt talk all about that, as well as her extraordinary press conference in which she opened up about the fears and anxiety she experienced last year. There's also our take on what went wrong for Jessica Pegula and where it leaves her, and another fearsome display by Elena Rybakina. Is she now the favourite for the title? On the men's side, there's chat about the scintillating form of Stefanos Tsitsipas and how Karen Khachanov has quietly turned himself into a Grand Slam specialist.*WIN A 3-NIGHT STAY AT THE MIAMI OPEN!*On Location, our Australian Open sponsor, has given us one of Steve Furgal’s International Tennis Tours packages to the Miami Open present
24/01/20231 hour 3 minutes 20 seconds
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AO Day 8 - The real Novak Djokovic is here - good luck everyone

Moments after Novak Djokovic produced a masterclass and gave us all an early night, we headed to Garden Square to record the Day 8 pod. We discuss just how good that performance was from Djokovic and what it might mean for the rest of the tournament, Andrey Rublev's nail-biting victory over Holger Rune and what it told us about both players, and our interactions with Ben Shelton and why we think he's such good news for the sport. In the women's draw, we focus on Aryna Sabalenka's statement performance to beat Belinda Bencic, the way in which Magda Linette exposed Caroline Garcia's lack of a Plan B, and more success for the Donna Vekic-Pam Shriver partnership. *WIN A 3-NIGHT STAY AT THE MIAMI OPEN!*On Location, our Australian Open sponsor, has given us one of Steve Furgal’s International Tennis Tours packages to the Miami Open presented by Itau, in March to give away to one lucky Tennis Podcast Newsletter subscriber! For full details, go to&nbsp;<a
23/01/20231 hour 20 seconds
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AO Day 7 - Swiatek feels weight of World No.1

Our day began with watching Elena Rybakina beating Iga Swiatek on the Rod Laver, a result which set the tone for a dramatic day as Coco Gauff and Felix Auger-Aliassime were also beaten, while Sebastian Korda and Stefanos Tsitsipas survived five setters. Catherine, David and Matt get stuck into it all on the podcast. *WIN A 3-NIGHT STAY AT THE MIAMI OPEN!*On Location, our Australian Open sponsor, has given us one of Steve Furgal’s International Tennis Tours packages to the Miami Open presented by Itau, in March to give away to one lucky Tennis Podcast Newsletter subscriber! For full details, go to&nbsp;tours4tennis.com/podcastBecome a&nbsp;Friend of the Tennis Podcast&nbsp;to help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to
22/01/20231 hour 8 minutes 3 seconds
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AO Day 6 - Murray leaves his mark on Melbourne; Sabalenka vs. Bencic? Yes please!

When we came to Melbourne for the Australian Open, we did not expect to be talking so much about Andy Murray, but once again he was the main story on Day 6, even in defeat. With his match against Roberto Bautista Agut only lasting 3h30m, we finally got the chance to record on site in Garden Square with a beer in hand and tennis noises in the background.&nbsp;There's also discussion about the state of Novak Djokovic's hamstring, the elite form of Andrey Rublev, Caroline Garcia surviving a tricky match against Laura Siegemund, the blockbuster fourth round match between Belinda Bencic and Aryna Sabalenka, and why we're disappointed that Iga Swiatek vs Elena Rybakina is not Prime Time in the night session. *WIN A 3-NIGHT STAY AT THE MIAMI OPEN!*On Location, our Australian Open sponsor, has given us one of Steve Furgal’s International Tennis Tours packages to the Miami Open presented by Itau, in March to give away to one lucky Tennis Podcast Ne
21/01/20231 hour 3 minutes 40 seconds
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AO Day 5 - Seeds wasteland, Korda's coming, cracking matches ahead

The day began with an Andy Murray induced hangover, but it picked up by the night session leaving Catherine, David and Matt plenty to discuss: Women’s fourth round blockbusters setPegula drops two games, Swiatek drops oneKeys crumbles against AzarenkaKorda delivers a big statement to beat MedvedevTiafoe and Shapovalov fall short of Murray-esque comebacksDid Norrie overplay before the Australian Open?What’s different about Tsitsipas this tournament?*WIN A 3-NIGHT STAY AT THE MIAMI OPEN!*On Location, our Australian Open sponsor, has given us one of Steve Furgal’s International Tennis Tours packages to the Miami Open presented by Itau, in March to give away to one lucky Tennis Podcast Newsletter subscriber! For full details, go to&nbsp;tours4tennis.com/podcastBecome a&nbsp;<a
20/01/20231 hour 32 seconds
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AO Day 4 - Magic, Madness, Andy Murray

The whole feel of the Australian Open changed on Thursday as big names and high seeds were beaten, leaving sections of both draws wide open and setting us up for a potentially wild second week.And then as the day morphed into the night, Andy Murray played the longest and most ridiculous match of his career, coming back from two sets down and clinching victory at 4:05am.Catherine, David and Matt tried to put all of that into words on the podcast.*WIN A 3-NIGHT STAY AT THE MIAMI OPEN!*On Location, our Australian Open sponsor, has given us one of Steve Furgal’s International Tennis Tours packages to the Miami Open presented by Itau, in March to give away to one lucky Tennis Podcast Newsletter subscriber! For full details, go to&nbsp;tours4tennis.com/podcastBecome a&nbsp;<a href="https://bit.ly/FriendOfTheTennisPodcast" rel="noopener norefer
19/01/20231 hour 6 minutes 53 seconds
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AO Day 3 -The Sadness of Rafael Nadal; Is RaduCoco the future? Yes Please

It was a day of rain delays and high emotion at Melbourne Park. Catherine and Matt discuss: More Melbourne pain for NadalAuger-Aliassime comes from two sets downDiscovering Diana SchnaiderGauff-Raducanu ignites after a slow startNo Swiatek-Andreescu - why can’t we have nice things?Watch out for Elena Rybakina*WIN A 3-NIGHT STAY AT THE MIAMI OPEN!*On Location, our Australian Open sponsor, has given us one of Steve Furgal’s International Tennis Tours packages to the Miami Open presented by Itau, in March to give away to one lucky Tennis Podcast Newsletter subscriber! For full details, go to tours4tennis.com/podcastBecome a&nbsp;Friend of the Tennis Podcast&nbsp;to help us to prod
18/01/20231 hour 4 minutes 4 seconds
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AO Day 2 - Andy Murray ain’t f***ing done yet

Day two at the Australian Open was all about one man and his metal hip as Andy Murray beat Matteo Berrettini in an epic match that went all the way to a fifth set tiebreak. We talk a lot about where this level of performance from Murray has come from, why it was so moving to see it, and THAT miss on match point by Berrettini. Elsewhere, Novak Djokovic made a strong return to Melbourne, there were dispiriting losses for Garbine Muguruza and Dominic Thiem, much of the day was disrupted by extreme weather, and we're a bit worried about Ons Jabeur even though she won through. Welcome On LocationThe Tennis Podcast is sponsored by On Location, the premium hospitality and experience provider, throughout the Australian Open, and they are bringing us to the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells in March!On Location owns&nbsp;<a href="https://tours4tennis.com/events?utm_source=Podcast&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=2023SponsorshipStage1" rel="noo
17/01/202355 minutes 48 seconds
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AO Day 1 - WTA Avengers ascend; Nadal needs more; Crushed Kyrgios out

Day 1 of the 2023 Grand Slam season is in the books at the Australian Open - Catherine, David and Matt talk it all through. Raducanu vs Gauff in round two….YES PLEASEAndreescu is happening and Catherine is excitedInjury scare for Collins…and lots of dramaDraper learns the hard way about facing NadalKyrgios calls a press conference and withdrawsCatherine rants about faff…againAuger-Aliassime overcomes a terrible start to beat PospisilSwiatek passes tricky Neimeier testWelcome On LocationThe Tennis Podcast is sponsored by On Location, the premium hospitality and experience provider, throughout the Australian Open, and they are bringing us to the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells in March!On Location owns&nbsp;<a href="https://tours4tennis.com/events?utm_source=Podcast&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=2023SponsorshipStage1" rel="noopener noreferrer" t
16/01/20231 hour 2 minutes 5 seconds
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AO Preview - Media Day, and a Big Announcement

Catherine, David and Matt react to the best lines to come out of media day at the Australian Open. In what way did Rafael Nadal make us feel more confident about his prospects? How did Novak Djokovic seem on his return to Melbourne? What's on Ons Jabeur's lock screen this time? What does Iga Swiatek consider to be her biggest strengths? And lots more. We also cover the results from qualifying, Adelaide 2 and Auckland before discussing the pretty seismic news that the ITF has ended its Davis Cup partnership with Kosmos. Welcome On LocationThe Tennis Podcast is sponsored by On Location, the premium hospitality and experience provider, throughout the Australian Open, and they are bringing us to the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells in March!On Location owns&nbsp;Steve Furgal’
15/01/20231 hour 32 minutes 8 seconds
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Welcome To Melbourne! AO Draws Dissected

For the first time in three years, Catherine, David and Matt are all together in Melbourne for the Australian Open. And after Thursday's draw, the excitement has only grown for the year's first major. We talk through those draws, speculate about what might happen over the next two weeks, and cover the biggest storylines from this week so far, including Naomi Osaka's announcement that she is pregnant. Become a&nbsp;Friend of the Tennis Podcast&nbsp;to help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout 2023, including Tennis Re-Lived, listener questions pods, and Grand Slam review shows.Sign up to receive our&nbsp;Newsletter&nbsp;(daily at Slams and weekly the rest of the year, featuring Matt’s Stat, mascot photos, predictions, and m
12/01/20231 hour 7 minutes 20 seconds
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Live from the Departures Lounge - United Cup, Djokovic, and Melbourne here we come

With seconds to spare before boarding the plane to fly to Melbourne, Catherine and Matt join David from the London Gatwick Departures Lounge to look back on the United Cup, the week of Novak Djokovic and everything else that went on in the tennis world over the last 7 days. FRIENDSAt 12.01am tonight (Monday 9th January), a special edition of The Tennis Podcast reviewing Break Point, the Netflix tennis documentary, will be published for Friends of the Tennis Podcast. Friends help us to produce the podcast year-round and ensure we can travel to Melbourne, Paris and New York to record daily shows. Subscribers receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout the year (26 of them during 2022), including Tennis Re-Lived, Listener Q &amp; A podcasts, and Grand Slam reviews.&nbsp;Last week, we told the story of the 1996 AO triumph for Monica Seles less than 3 y
08/01/20231 hour 2 minutes 51 seconds
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The United Cup - our verdict; Who looks good, who doesn’t?

Happy new year! With the 2023 tennis season very much underway, Catherine, David and Matt get stuck into the United Cup. What have we made of the event generally? Is there a way to guarantee more live mixed doubles matches? And which players have impressed? We talk Iga Swiatek, Paula Badosa, Taylor Fritz, Cameron Norrie and Rafael Nadal.&nbsp;Elsewhere, Holger Rune and Felix Auger-Aliassime failed to pick up where they left off in 2022, Bianca Andreescu mounted an extraordinary comeback to beat Garbine Muguruza in Adelaide, and 42-year-old Venus Williams won her opening match in Auckland.&nbsp;Become a&nbsp;Friend of the Tennis Podcast&nbsp;to help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout 2023, including Tennis Re-Lived, listener questions pods, and Grand Slam review shows.Sign up to receive our&nbsp;<a href="htt
02/01/20231 hour 5 minutes 58 seconds
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Coaching carousel, exhibitions and 2023 hype

It's our final Tennis Podcast of 2022, and Catherine and Matt joined David at his home in Solihull for the occasion! We talk about coaching changes, the ever diminishing off-season and generally hype up 2023. Become a Friend of the Tennis Podcast&nbsp;to help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout 2023, including Tennis Re-Lived, listener questions pods, and Grand Slam review shows. Sign up to receive our&nbsp;Newsletter&nbsp;(daily at Slams and weekly the rest of the year, featuring Matt’s Stat, mascot photos, predictions, and more)Follow us on&nbsp;TwitterFollow us on<a href="https://open.acast.com/www.instagram.com/thet
21/12/20221 hour 5 minutes 52 seconds
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Plans!

A quick pod to let you know that we’re re-launching Friends of The Tennis Podcast for 2023 - our subscription service that gives you access to bonus podcasts such as Tennis Re-Lived and Grand Slam review shows, the opportunity to enter our competitions, and the chance to involved by getting yourself a shout-out or an intro, taking us on at predictions, becoming a guest editor, or having your pet as a mascot.Become a Friend of The Tennis Podcast. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
08/12/20227 minutes 30 seconds
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Davis Cup Final - Champions at last; What about the future?

It was the first Davis Cup final without a European team in it for 32 years, and both Canada and Australia had produced heroics this week to get there.Catherine and David convened after the tie to talk about where it was won and lost, what was said in the press conferences, and to hear a contribution from the much-missed Matt!Become a Friend of the Tennis Podcast&nbsp;to help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout the year, including Tennis Re-Lived, listener questions, and Grand Slam review shows.Sign up to receive our&nbsp;Newsletter&nbsp;(daily at Slams and weekly the rest of the year, featuring Matt’s Stat, mascot photos, predictions, and more)Follow us on&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/TennisPodcast" re
27/11/20221 hour 25 seconds
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Davis Cup Finals Day 5 - O Canada

Canada have set up a Davis Cup final clash with Australia after a thrilling semi final victory over Italy. David and Catherine dissect all the day's drama, including some very eyebrow raising doubles picks by both teams. Exactly how desolate were the Italians, and is it fair that the Canadians are in the competition at all? Plus a look ahead to a mouth watering final. Friends of the Tennis Podcast&nbsp;help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout the year, including Tennis Re-Lived, listener questions, and Grand Slam review shows.&nbsp;Become a FriendSign up to receive our&nbsp;Newsletter&nbsp;(daily at Slams and wee
27/11/202251 minutes 22 seconds
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Davis Cup Finals Day 4 - Australia ends 19 years of hurt

Australia have reached a first Davis Cup Final since 2003, thanks to the heroics of Braveheart/Alex de Minaur and the unexpected doubles pairing of Jordan Thompson and Max Purcell.&nbsp;Who will they face in the final, and who will Italy and Canada put in to battle? Plus the fallout from Ram-gate rumbles on on Tommy Paul's twitter account. Become a&nbsp;Friend of the Tennis Podcast&nbsp;to help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout the year, including Tennis Re-Lived, listener questions, and Grand Slam review shows.Sign up to receive our&nbsp;Newsletter&nbsp;(daily at Slams and weekly the rest of the year, featuring Matt’s Stat, mascot photos, predictions, and more)Follow us on&nbsp;<a href="https://twitte
26/11/202249 minutes 38 seconds
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Davis Cup Finals Day 3 - US challenge ends, fallout begins; Canada storms back

The United States and Canada experienced very different endings to their Davis Cup by Rakuten quarterfinals, and Catherine and David are here to discuss all of the many storylines that emanated.Surely now Mardy Fish accepts he made the wrong call about Rajeev Ram. Or does he? Where did Italy win the tie? And how did Denis Shapovalov go through such a spectacular metamorphosis from set 1 to sets 2 and 3?Become a Friend of the Tennis Podcast&nbsp;to help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout the year, including Tennis Re-Lived, listener questions, and Grand Slam review shows.Sign up to receive our&nbsp;Newsletter&nbsp;(daily at Slams and weekly the rest of the year, featuring Matt’s Stat, mascot photos, predictions, an
25/11/202244 minutes 1 second
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Davis Cup Finals Day 2 - The ordeal of watching Marin Cilic; Matt grills Mardy Fish

There is nothing quite like watching Marin Cilic, both in a positive and a negative sense. Catherine, Matt and David describe the latest instalment of the experience after Croatia's Davis Cup quarterfinal against Spain in Malaga.Plus Matt catches up with USA captain and Mardy Fish to ask him the question we've been so curious about: why did he not pick Rajeev Ram for doubles??There's also a Thursday, and David some detective work about the absence of Wimbledon champs Max Purcell and Matt Ebden from the ATP Finals.Become a Friend of the Tennis Podcast&nbsp;to help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout the year, including Tennis Re-Lived, listener questions, and Grand Slam review shows.Sign up to receive our&nbsp;Ne
24/11/202246 minutes 31 seconds
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Davis Cup Finals Day 1 - Australia see off spirited Netherlands to reach semis

Australia have beaten Netherlands 2-0 to reach the Davis Cup semi-finals. Catherine, David and Matt discuss comeback wins for both Jordan Thompson and Alex de Minaur, Lleyton Hewitt as a captain, the good atmosphere for the tie in Malaga, and what might happen tomorrow between Spain and Croatia. Tickets&nbsp;for the Davis Cup FinalsFriends of the Tennis Podcast&nbsp;help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout the year, including Tennis Re-Lived, listener questions, and Grand Slam review shows.&nbsp;Become a FriendSign up to receive our&nbsp;<a href="https://bit.ly/TennisPodcastNewsletter" rel="noopener noreferr
23/11/202247 minutes 28 seconds
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Davis Cup Finals Preview - Matt's in Malaga!

Matt's in Malaga for the Davis Cup by Rakuten Finals. What's it like?Running through the teams, and what to expect.Day 1 Predictions.Tickets for the Davis Cup FinalsFriends of the Tennis Podcast&nbsp;help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout the year, including Tennis Re-Lived, listener questions, and Grand Slam review shows.&nbsp;Become a FriendSign up to receive our&nbsp;Newsletter&nbsp;(daily at Slams and weekly the rest of the year, featuring Matt’s Stat, mascot photos, predictions, and more)&nbsp;
21/11/202241 minutes 46 seconds
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ATP Finals final - Title No.6 for Djokovic, Bring on 2023!

Djokovic draws level with Federer on 6 titlesWhy were sets 1 and 2 so different?Does Ruud need to stop being so nice?What happens when this Djokovic comes up against the pack of cubs in ’23?Salisbury/Ram land title at lastFriends of the Tennis Podcast&nbsp;help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout the year, including Tennis Re-Lived, listener questions, and Grand Slam review shows.&nbsp;Become a FriendSign up to receive our&nbsp;Newsletter&nbsp;(daily at Slams and weekly the rest of the year, featuring Matt’s Stat, mascot photos, predictions, and more)&nbsp;Follow us o
21/11/202255 minutes 40 seconds
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ATP Finals semis - Is Ruud ready to derail Djokovic? Andrea Gaudenzi chat

Novak Djokovic and Casper Ruud will face off in the final match of the 2022 ATP season after Djokovic’s narrow victory over Taylor Fritz and Ruud’s thumping of Andrey Rublev.&nbsp;How well did Djokovic play against Fritz? Could Fritz have done more? What happened to Rublev’s newfound mental resilience? How much has Ruud improved as a player? And does he have the belief to beat Djokovic?&nbsp;With Catherine joining David and Matt from Turin, we also chat about the doubles semi-finals as well as Catherine’s interview with Andrea Gaudenzi who had an encouraging message about ATP and WTA unity.&nbsp;Friends of the Tennis Podcast&nbsp;help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout the year, including Tennis Re-Lived, listener questions, and Grand Slam review shows.&nbsp;Become a FriendSign up to receive our&nbsp
20/11/202246 minutes 6 seconds
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ATP Finals - Group stages over, bring on the semis! Wimbledon changes all-white rule for women at last

With the semi-final line-up set at the ATP Finals, we hear from Catherine in Turin, discuss the biggest storylines so far, and look ahead to the weekend's action. What's impressed us most about Andrey Rublev at this tournament? In what way has Novak Djokovic looked a level above the rest of the field? Will his 3+ hours on court on Friday cost him against Taylor Fritz? Why did we expect more from Felix Auger-Aliassime? And how do we reflect on Daniil Medvedev's season? All that plus reaction to Stefanos Tsitsipas' salty press conference, David dares to question Rafael Nadal on Twitter, and we discuss the news that Wimbledon have announced a change to their white clothing rule, meaning that female tennis players will be permitted to wear dark coloured undershorts.Friends of the Tennis Podcast&nbsp;help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access
19/11/202259 minutes 7 seconds
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BJK Cup Finals Day 6 - Switzerland at last; ATP Finals underway

Twelve months on from the heartbreak of Prague, Switzerland are the Billie Jean King Cup champions for the first time ever after beating Australia in the final in Glasgow.&nbsp;David and Matt react to wins for Jil Teichmann and Belinda Bencic, discuss the celebrations, and go inside the press conference room as Matt came full circle with a very happy (and tipsy) Swiss team.&nbsp;There’s also admiration for Storm Sanders’ efforts, discussion about how Australia can turn themselves into champions, and curiosity over whether Bencic can carry her team competition form into the slams.&nbsp;We also review the event generally and discuss how it might improve in the future.&nbsp;Over in Turin at the ATP Finals, was Felix Auger-Aliassime disappointing in his loss to Casper Ruud? And should we be encouraged by Rafael Nadal’s first set form or worried about how he faded against Taylor Fritz?&nbsp;<a href="https://bit.ly/FriendOfTheTennisPodcast" rel="noop
14/11/20221 hour 52 seconds
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BJK Cup Finals Day 5 - Heartbreak and hope as final is set; Matt meets Billie Jean King

The two most recent runners-up, Switzerland and Australia, will play the Billie Jean King Cup Final on Sunday after another absorbing day of action in Glasgow.&nbsp;David and Matt discuss the way in which Storm Sanders and Harriet Dart stepped up for their teams, whether they can take this form onto the tour, a curious team selection from the Czechs, and why Sunday’s final matters so much to both teams.&nbsp;Elsewhere, to top off a great day, Matt speaks to Billie Jean King about her time in Glasgow, her hopes for this event, Coco Gauff, and the tennis calendar.Want to go watch the Bille Jean King Cup Finals this week in Glasgow?&nbsp;Tickets&nbsp;are available now.Friends of the Tennis Podcast&nbsp;help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exc
13/11/202251 minutes 18 seconds
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BJK Cup Finals Day 4 - Captains go big not home as Swiss & Czechs reach semis

Switzerland vs Canada and Czech Republic vs USA did not quite produce the spectacular showdowns we were expecting, but there’s still lots for David, Catherine and Matt to discuss, including some bold team selections by the captains, a good day for Matt’s backhand list, the state of Coco Gauff’s forehand, why Bianca Andreescu isn’t the same player as the one who won the US Open in 2019, and a preview of the semi-finals between GB-Australia and Switzerland-Czech Republic. Can Britain do it again?&nbsp;Plus, with Catherine in Turin for the ATP Finals, we also hear about her experience at media day and find out what the players have been saying.Want to go watch the Bille Jean King Cup Finals this week in Glasgow?&nbsp;Tickets&nbsp;are available now.Friends of the Tenni
12/11/202257 minutes 52 seconds
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BJK Cup Finals Day 3 - Great Britain stun Spain to reach semis; Showdowns set for Friday

It was a surreal day in Glasgow as Great Britain won all three matches in straight sets to defeat Spain and reach the semi-finals of the Billie Jean King Cup for the first time since 1981. David and Matt discuss how it happened, from Heather Watson's superb performance to get things going, to Harriet Dart upsetting Paula Badosa, to the relatively unknown duo of Alicia Barnett and Olivia Nicholls combining to win the decisive point. Elsewhere, there's chat about Australia booking their last four spot by beating Belgium, Canada and Czech Republic getting their campaigns going, and lots of excitement for tomorrow's ties.Want to go watch the Bille Jean King Cup Finals this week in Glasgow?&nbsp;Tickets&nbsp;are available now.Friends of the Tennis Podcast help us to produc
11/11/202248 minutes 15 seconds
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BJK Cup Finals Day 2 - Epics galore but McCoco get the memo

Well we got the epic matches we were craving at the Billie Jean King Cup Finals, but at the cost of a post-midnight finish in Glasgow.David and Matt chat about deciding set tiebreak wins for Jil Teichmann, Nuria Parrizas Diaz and Danielle Collins, a welcome return to form for Paula Badosa, a disappointing display from Madison Keys, and an emphatic victory for Coco Gauff and Caty McNally, AKA McCoco.We also hear Matt's chat with a cheery Belinda Bencic and Teichmann, we touch on the United Cup releasing its player field, and there's news of David vs Reilly Opelka on Twitter.Want to go watch the Bille Jean King Cup Finals this week in Glasgow?&nbsp;Tickets&nbsp;are available now.Friends of the Tennis Podcast help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout the year, including Tennis Re-Lived, listener
10/11/202243 minutes 15 seconds
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BJK Cup Finals Day 1 - Tomljanovic takes centre stage; WTA Finals - Garcia wins big

Day 1 of the Billie Jean King Cup Finals from Glasgow is in the books and David, Catherine and Matt are all together to talk through Kazakhstan’s victory over Great Britain and Australia’s win against Slovakia.&nbsp;How did Rybakina and Putintseva display their quality over Dart and Boulter? How far can Australia go in this event? And why do we think people will come to love Ajla Tomljanovic when they see her on the Netflix series next year? We hear from Tomljanovic in conversation with Matt after her singles victory on Tuesday.&nbsp;Elsewhere, we review the final day of action in Fort Worth as Caroline Garcia beat Aryna Sabalenka to win the WTA Finals. What made it such a great match? And can Garcia carry this form into 2023?&nbsp;Want to go watch the Bille Jean King Cup Finals this week in Glasgow?&nbsp;Tickets&nbsp;are available now.Friends of t
09/11/202254 minutes 46 seconds
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BJK Cup Finals Preview - Nations ready to rumble in Glasgow, and Matt is there

The Billie Jean King Cup Finals by Gainbridge are here, or in Glasgow to be more precise. There for us is Matt, who spent the day in and out of preview press conferences talking to the teams, captains and players.That meant being reunited with the Swiss team, who Matt interrogated after a controversial loss in the final last year. We hear all of the gossip and chat from behind the scenes, despite the lights going out on Matt mid-pod, and try to work out who is most likely to come through each group.Want to go watch the Bille Jean King Cup Finals this week in Glasgow? Tickets are available now. Friends of the Tennis Podcast help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout the year, including Tennis Re-Lived, listener questions, and Grand Slam review shows.&nbsp;<a href="https://bit.ly/F
07/11/202243 minutes 37 seconds
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Paris - Rune arrives, but what's next for him and Djokovic? WTA Finals final set

We knew Holger Rune was good, but did we know he was this good?What happened to Novak Djokovic in the final, and what can we expect from them both going forwards?Stefanos Tsitsipas has left the 'sweet-spot' behind. So now what?The WTA Finals final is set, but will Catherine (Sabaelnka) or David (Garcia) win?Plus, lots of news to catch up on.Friends of the Tennis Podcast help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout the year, including Tennis Re-Lived, listener questions, and Grand Slam review shows.&nbsp;Become a FriendSign up to receive our&nbsp;Newsletter&nbsp;(daily at Slams and weekly the rest of the year, featuring Matt’s Stat, mascot photos, predictions, and more)&nbsp;F
07/11/20221 hour 4 minutes 38 seconds
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WTA Finals Group Stages - Swiatek and Sakkari soar; Pegula and Gauff hit the wall

With the WTA Finals having reached the last four stage, David and Matt come together to wrap up the Round Robin action which saw some surprising results (Maria Sakkari finding her best form) and some unsurprising ones (Iga Swiatek serving up bagels).&nbsp;There’s chat about Sakkari playing with freedom again, Swiatek dominating everyone, a gripping and dramatic match between Caroline Garcia and Daria Kasatkina with semi-final qualification on the line, and the fact that Jessica Pegula and Coco Gauff combined for a 0-9 win-loss record across singles and doubles.&nbsp;Did they just hit the wall? How will this week affect USA in the Billie Jean King Cup Finals next week? And do Pegula and Gauff need to reconsider the amount of doubles they play next year?&nbsp;We also preview the semi-finals and discuss the tricky situation which the WTA finds itself in regarding a host venue for this event after&nbsp;a week of disappointing crowds in Fort Worth.&nbsp;</
06/11/202254 minutes 48 seconds
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WTA Finals Preview with Pam Shriver! Plus, is this a new Auger-Aliassime?

The WTA Finals are here and who better to preview the tournament than 10-time WTA Finals doubles champion Pam Shriver?!&nbsp;Pam joins Catherine and Matt to discuss what to expect from the next week in Fort Worth. What will the conditions be like and who will they favour? Can anyone stop Iga Swiatek? Can Coco Gauff make some headway in her rivalry with Swiatek? Does Ons Jabeur have something to prove? And how is Pam feeling about having a doubles group named after her?&nbsp;We also talk about Daniil Medvedev rediscovering his best form, a hat-trick of titles for Felix Auger-Aliassime and what it all means, the official launch of the United Cup, and how the landscape is looking regarding safeguarding on the WTA Tour, six months on from Pam’s interview with Catherine on the podcast.&nbsp;There’s also time for a quick Paris preview, chat about some WTA coaching changes, and for Pam to roast David.&nbsp;Friends of the Tennis Podcast help us to
31/10/20221 hour 9 minutes 51 seconds
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Reaction to Halep's suspension; Pegula's big breakthrough; Andreescu & Thiem set for a big 2023?

The tennis world was shocked this week by the news that Simona Halep has been provisionally suspended after testing positive for a banned substance at the US Open. We start this week's podcast by reacting to that news and how it fits into a turbulent year for Halep.Elsewhere, with David away on holiday, Catherine and Matt discuss Jessica Pegula seizing her moment in Guadalajara, the completion of the WTA Finals lineup, and a great week for Gen Z on the ATP Tour with Holger Rune, Lorenzo Musetti and Felix Auger-Aliassime all winning titles impressively. There's also excitement about the progress of both Bianca Andreescu and Dominic Thiem, a review of a chaotic week in Napoli, and a look ahead to this week's events in Vienna and Basel. Friends of the Tennis Podcast help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout the year, including Tennis Re-Lived, listener questions, and Grand Slam review shows.&nbsp;<a h
24/10/20221 hour 2 minutes 25 seconds
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San Diego, Gijon, Florence...and ‘Pickleball’

For the eighth time this season we’re talking about an Iga Swiatek title this week after she beat Donna Vekic to win in not-so-sunny San Diego. Catherine, David and Matt discuss the impressive nature of her run and her dominance over what should be her closest rivals.&nbsp;There’s also chat about Andrey Rublev doing what he does best by winning the ATP 250 in Gijon, Felix Auger-Aliassime improving his finals record in Florence, the hunt for WTA Finals qualification as the tour moves to Guadalajara, Emma Raducanu’s decision to work with fitness trainer Jez Green, the shambolic events in Naples which have led to the ATP event there being delayed, and the sad news that British player Tanysha Dissanayake has had to retire from the sport at the age of 21 because of Long Covid.&nbsp;Come for all of that. Stay for a spectacular rant from David about Pickleball.&nbsp;Friends of the Tennis Podcast help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclus
17/10/20221 hour 6 minutes 51 seconds
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Krejcikova beats Swiatek in a final!!! Do we have a rivalry at last???

Ostrava!!! is fast becoming one of our favourite tournaments of the year and last week it lived up to its exclamation marks with an epic final between Barbora Krejcikova and Iga Swiatek.How did Krejcikova manage to do what no else could this year and beat Swiatek in a final? Where has this surge in form come from? And could Krejcikova and Swiatek develop a compelling WTA rivalry?&nbsp;Elsewhere, Catherine, David and Matt chat about Caty McNally and Alycia Parks teaming up to win the Ostrava!!! doubles title, Ons Jabeur’s mini run in Monastir, Novak Djokovic’s winning streak and ATP Finals qualification, the state of Stefanos Tsitsipas’ game, Daniil Medvedev’s sudden retirement in Astana, and Taylor Fritz’s run to the title in Tokyo which started with covid quarantine in Seoul.&nbsp;Friends of the Tennis Podcast help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout the year, including Tennis Re-Lived, li
10/10/20221 hour 3 minutes 24 seconds
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Matt’s back, events everywhere, let’s go!

For the first time in three weeks, Catherine, David and Matt are together to record a podcast, this one to look back on an interesting week which saw some new champions and some new events.&nbsp;In what way is Mayar Sherif already building on Ons Jabeur’s legacy? Will Maria Sakkari ever overcome her tightness on court? What makes Yoshihito Nishioka so awkward to play against (especially for Dan Evans)? Has Barbora Krejcikova rediscovered her best form? How is Novak Djokovic able to play so well after such a long break from competition? And who is Sofia champion Marc Andrea Huesler?&nbsp;We also talk about Iga Swiatek’s decision to withdraw from the Billie Jean King Cup Finals, how Jabeur has helped bring about a new event in Tunisia, and strong fields this week in Astana and Ostrava!!!Friends of the Tennis Podcast help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout the year, including Tennis Re-Lived,
03/10/20221 hour 36 seconds
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The tears of Federer & Nadal; Laver Cup, Davis Cup review

We nearly called this the 'ILL PODCAST' because we're all a bit under the weather. However, that's not very enticing is it, and not producing a show was never an option. So Catherine and David (get well soon, Matt) came together to talk about the extraordinarily emotional scenes at Laver Cup, with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in tears. They also discussed the results of the week, how important they are, and reviewed the week's Tour events, and the Davis Cup group stages from the week before.For Friends of The Tennis Podcast, three new podcasts (David's Diary, our US Open 2022 review and a Q &amp; A podcast with listeners) are now available, along with another 20 others. Become a Friend to access those bonus podcasts and to support The Tennis Podcast generally.Sign up to receive our weekly <a href="https://bit.ly/TennisPodcastNewsletter" rel="noopener noreferrer" tar
26/09/20221 hour 1 minute 27 seconds
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Federer's final press conference

The world's media assembled in London to talk to Roger Federer one final time in his professional playing career. David Law was among them. This is what Federer had to say. Catherine and Matt will be back with David on Monday.For Friends of The Tennis Podcast, three new podcasts (David's Diary, our US Open 2022 review and a Q &amp; A podcast with listeners) are now available. Become a Friend to access those bonus podcasts and to support The Tennis Podcast.Sign up to receive our weekly Newsletter (and daily at Slams), which features Matt's Stat and our predictions.Follow us on Twitter.Follow us on <a href="https://open.acast.com/www.instragram.com/the
21/09/202236 minutes 19 seconds
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Ivan Ljubicic: Coaching, playing and knowing Roger Federer

Ivan Ljubicic began coaching Roger Federer in 2016, and did not speak to the media about Federer for the next 6 years. Now, after Federer announced his retirement last week, Ljubicic opens up to David Law about the moments that led to the Swiss deciding it was time to end his career, what happened when Federer asked him to join his coaching team in 2016, the highs and lows that followed, and what it was like to play against him.For Friends of The Tennis Podcast, two new podcasts (David's Diary and our US Open 2022 review) are now available, and a Q &amp; A podcast between listeners and Catherine, David and Matt will be uploaded today. Become a Friend to access those bonus podcasts and to support our production more generally.Sign up to receive our weekly Newsletter (and dail
20/09/202235 minutes 9 seconds
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Goodbye Roger Federer

Roger Federer has announced his professional retirement. A career spanning 24 years, Federer began in Gstaad, Switzerland in July 1998, a tournament attended by our own David Law. David details some of his memories, talks to Telegraph Tennis Correspondent Simon Briggs about covering Federer, and we hear from Catherine Whitaker and Matt Roberts, who send in their thoughts and memories via voice note.If you would like to hear more about Roger Federer, go back to our special episode recorded in July 2017 called simply, The Roger Federer Story.For more from The Tennis Podcast team, including 21 bonus podcasts, and to support our production, Become a Friend. Sign up to our <a href="https://bit.ly/TennisPodcastN
15/09/202242 minutes 46 seconds
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US Open Day 14: Carlos Alcaraz - the present and the future

There were special scenes on Sunday night in New York as Carlos Alcaraz beat Casper Ruud to become the youngest US Open men's champion since Pete Sampras in 1990 and the youngest ATP World No.1 ever. Catherine, David and Matt were in the stadium to witness it and they discuss the match and the significance of the moment on the podcast. What made it such an enjoyable match? How did Alcaraz make up for any fatigue he was feeling? And will Ruud have regrets? Throwing it ahead, are we entering the Alcaraz era? What will Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and the Next Gen challengers be thinking as they watch Alcaraz win this title? And how much better can Alcaraz still get? There's also chat about the women's doubles final, the inspirational Taylor Townsend, and all the day's wheelchair results. WIN A TRIP TO THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN:Our US Open dailies this year are brought to you in association with AO Travel, who provide the Australian Open exper
12/09/20221 hour 7 seconds
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US Open Day 13 - Swiatek, Jabeur light up New York; Alcarez vs. Ruud - who wins?

Apologies for the delay. We have been experiencing issues with our Tennis Podcast platform provider, which is why your podcast has not been available.Iga Świątek is the toughest final challenge in tennis. Ons Jabeur rose to that challenge. Catherine, Matt and David, in a car ride and on the streets of New York, look at where the match was won and lost and what it might mean for the future. They also run over the other results on Day 13 and look ahead to the men's singles final.If you would like to enter our competition to have a chance to win a trip to the Australian Open in January (courtesy of AO Travel), Become a Friend of The Tennis Podcast. You will also get access to more than 20 bonus podcasts. Hosted on Acast. See <a
11/09/202241 minutes 20 seconds
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US Open Day 12 - Alcaraz vs Ruud with World No.1 on the line

Casper Ruud and Carlos Alcaraz will face off on Sunday with the winner becoming US Open champion and the new World No.1. It could hardly get more tantalising. In this podcast, we chat about how they both got there, with Ruud winning a 55-shot rally and surviving a mini Karen Khachanov fightback, and Alcaraz once again going the distance late at night to beat an inspired Frances Tiafoe. How well did Ruud handle the match and the pressure of being the favourite? And what made Alcaraz vs Tiafoe such a special occasion? We also discuss the men's doubles final, review some of the biggest stories from the wheelchair events, and preview tomorrow's women's final between Iga Swiatek and Ons Jabeur. WIN A TRIP TO THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN:Our US Open dailies this year are brought to you in association with AO Travel, who provide the Australian Open experience the easy way. With AO Travel you can create your own package of flights, the best tickets, accommodation a
10/09/202254 minutes 42 seconds
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US Open Day 11 - Swiatek & Jabeur set up fitting finale

With the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, it was been a strange, unsettling day at the US Open. Sporting coverage on BBC Radio was replaced with rolling news and obituary programming, meaning David didn’t commentate on the tennis. Catherine wasn’t required to present Prime Video’s coverage and a moment’s silence was held on court ahead of the women’s semi-finals. We discussed what to do with the podcast and decided to continue production - we are a tennis podcast on-site at the US Open, with a global audience of tennis fans. We understand and respect that some of our listeners will not want to listen to us at this time, but we want to continue as normal for those that do. So on we go.&nbsp;And in this episode we review semi-final wins for Iga Swiatek and Ons Jabeur.WIN A TRIP TO THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN:Our US Open dailies this year are brought to you in association with AO Travel, who provide the Australian Open experience the easy way
09/09/202236 minutes 13 seconds
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US Open Day 10 - Alcaraz vs Sinner - greatest match ever?

Wednesday was a good day. It was David’s birthday, Catherine and Matt met Lin Manuel Miranda, Frances Tiafoe brought the good vibes to Flushing Meadows by becoming the first American man to reach the US Open semi-finals since 2006, Iga Swiatek and Aryna Sabalenka set up a mouthwatering semi-final, and Carlos Alcaraz and Jannik Sinner played a match for the ages, a quite simply bonkers match, showing that the future of tennis is oh so bright.&nbsp;We get stuck into it all on the podcast. WIN A TRIP TO THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN:Our US Open dailies this year are brought to you in association with AO Travel, who provide the Australian Open experience the easy way. With AO Travel you can create your own package of flights, the best tickets, accommodation and premium experiences such as wine-tasting, behind-the-scenes tours, and even a Rod Laver Arena Walk-on Experience. Go to&nbsp;A
08/09/20221 hour 3 minutes 12 seconds
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US Open Day 9 - First semis set; Alcaraz-Sinner - is this the rivalry?

On the first quarter-final day at the US Open, we cover Caroline Garcia’s incredible form to beat home favourite Coco Gauff, Ons Jabeur’s up and down victory over Ajla Tomljanovic, Matteo Berrettini’s poor performance and whether that match changes how we feel about him and Casper Ruud, a surprising but brilliant five set victory for Karen Khachanov over Nick Kyrgios, and much excitement for the latest chapter in the Carlos Alcaraz vs Jannik Sinner rivalry. WIN A TRIP TO THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN:Our US Open dailies this year are brought to you in association with AO Travel, who provide the Australian Open experience the easy way. With AO Travel you can create your own package of flights, the best tickets, accommodation and premium experiences such as wine-tasting, behind-the-scenes tours, and even a Rod Laver Arena Walk-on Experience. Go to&nbsp;AusOpenTravel.com&nbsp;for
07/09/202253 minutes 45 seconds
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US Open Day 8 - Time for Tiafoe as Nadal falls short

It took until 5th September, but Rafael Nadal has finally lost a Grand Slam match in 2022. He was beaten in sensational fashion by Frances Tiafoe, a result which blows the men’s draw wide open and sets up a fascinating second week.&nbsp;On the podcast, we cover what went wrong for Nadal, whether we should have seen it coming, what makes Tiafoe so great to watch, and what this means for his career. Elsewhere, we discuss a rare disappointing day for Cameron Norrie, an unconvincing victory for Iga Swiatek, a typical Jessica Pegula performance to beat Petra Kvitova, a crazy Aryna Sabalenka stat, Casper Ruud's number one shot, and some farcical roof scenes. WIN A TRIP TO THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN:Our US Open dailies this year are brought to you in association with AO Travel, who provide the Australian Open experience the easy way. With AO Travel you can create your own package of flights, the best tickets, accommodation and premium experiences such as wine-ta
06/09/202254 minutes 42 seconds
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US Open Day 7 - Kyrgios masters Medvedev; New York loves Coco

The great tennis just keeps coming at this US Open.&nbsp;In part one, Catherine, David and Matt discuss Coco Gauff's special connection with the New York crowd and the way she’s been afforded time to grow her game and become a Grand Slam contender, the formidable form of Caroline Garcia, a five set win for Matteo Berrettini over the always fun Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, some minor aggro between Corentin Moutet and Casper Ruud, and Matt revises The Backhand List.&nbsp;In the night session, did we see the best performance of Nick Kyrgios’ career? Why did he not know a very basic tennis rule? And what happened to Medvedev? Plus, as David and Matt head home on the media shuttle bus, there’s chat about Ajla Tomljanovic impressively backing up her Serena victory.WIN A TRIP TO THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN:Our US Open dailies this year are brought to you in association with AO Travel, who provide the Australian Open experience the easy way. With AO
05/09/202259 minutes 50 seconds
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US Open Day 6 - The morning after Serena's exit, final set tiebreaks, Azarenka speaks out

There was a morning after feeling to Day 6 at the US Open following Serena Williams’ defeat on Friday night. But it actually didn’t take long for great matches to start happening again, bringing new life to the tournament and giving us plenty to talk about on the podcast. After a night off, Catherine re-joined David and Matt for all of her Serena vs Tomljanovic takes plus lots of chat about Saturday’s action.&nbsp;We reflect some more on Serena's legacy before talking about final set tiebreak victories for Petra Kvitova and Andrey Rublev, their beaten opponents Garbine Muguruza and Denis Shapovalov, a surging Frances Tiafoe, an 18th consecutive win for Rafael Nadal against Richard Gasquet, and whether Marin Cilic can trouble Carlos Alcaraz. There's also discussion about some incredibly important words from Victoria Azarenka on the issue of safeguarding against abusive coaches and relationships on the WTA Tour. WIN A TRIP TO THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN:
04/09/20221 hour 21 seconds
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US Open Day 5 - Serena says goodbye in style

Serena Williams' tennis career is over. On an extraordinary night in New York, David and Matt react to her fitting final match against Ajla Tomljanovic and the emotions it provoked. There's also chat about Andy Murray's defeat to Matteo Berrettini, Coco Gauff's statement performance to beat Madison Keys, and great wins for Casper Ruud and Ons Jabeur. WIN A TRIP TO THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN:Our US Open dailies this year are brought to you in association with AO Travel, who provide the Australian Open experience the easy way. With AO Travel you can create your own package of flights, the best tickets, accommodation and premium experiences such as wine-tasting, behind-the-scenes tours, and even a Rod Laver Arena Walk-on Experience. Go to&nbsp;AusOpenTravel.com&nbsp;for further details.We are also running a competition in conjunction with AO Travel for one lucky Friend o
03/09/202252 minutes 11 seconds
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US Open Day 4 - Nadal’s search for form goes on

We talk about whether Iga Swiatek is hitting her stride, who are looking like the biggest contenders in the women’s draw, Paula Badosa’s struggles, an uncomfortable encounter between Marta Kostyuk and Victoria Azarenka, four British men making it through to the third round and the competition between them, how Jenson Brooksby got on Borna Coric’s nerves, one final act from Serena and Venus Williams in doubles, and a very weird match between Rafael Nadal and Fabio Fognini.&nbsp;WIN A TRIP TO THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN:Our US Open dailies this year are brought to you in association with AO Travel, who provide the Australian Open experience the easy way. With AO Travel you can create your own package of flights, the best tickets, accommodation and premium experiences such as wine-tasting, behind-the-scenes tours, and even a Rod Laver Arena Walk-on Experience. Go to&nbsp;AusOpenTrav
02/09/20221 hour 5 minutes 18 seconds
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US Open Day 3 - Serena shines to beat Kontaveit. Can she win the whole tournament?

Serena Williams has got us all dreaming. After she played some vintage tennis to beat World No.2 Anett Kontaveit, Catherine, David and Matt discuss whether she can go on to win the entire tournament. How is Serena's run making us feel? What was better about today's performance compared to Monday's? And will there be anyone who can cope with the crowd and the sheer enormity of the occasion to actually beat her?&nbsp;We also talk about Jack Draper's routine victory over Felix Auger-Aliassime, Coco Gauff and Madison Keys setting up a third round blockbuster, Andy Murray's improved form and his prospects against Matteo Berrettini, and much more. WIN A TRIP TO THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN:Our US Open dailies this year are brought to you in association with AO Travel, who provide the Australian Open experience the easy way. With AO Travel you can create your own package of flights, the best tickets, accommodation and premium experiences such as wine-tastin
01/09/202255 minutes 57 seconds
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US Open Day 2 - Raducanu: a fairytale ends, a career begins

This US Open keeps on delivering. To wrap up Day 2, David and Matt discuss:&nbsp;How Emma Raducanu is looking to the future after her title defence ended against Alize Cornet&nbsp;Venus Williams’ moment in the spotlight on Ashe Stadium&nbsp;Iga Swiatek and Sloane Stephens setting up a second round blockbuster&nbsp;Why Andrea Petkovic will be much missed from the sport&nbsp;The incredible level produced by Danielle Collins and Naomi Osaka&nbsp;Rafael Nadal’s comeback victory over the impressive Rinky Hijikata&nbsp;Hard-fought five set wins for Jannik Sinner, Borna Coric and Lorenzo Musetti&nbsp;Benoit Paire’s lack of effort in defeat against Cameron Norrie&nbsp;Two fun sets between Carlos Alcaraz and Sebastian Baez&nbsp;WIN A TRIP TO THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN:Our US Open dailies this year are brought to you in association with AO Travel, who provide the Austra
31/08/202256 minutes 25 seconds
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US Open Day 1 - Serena's not done yet; upsets galore

We may have had the Serena celebration, but we haven't had her final match. Not yet. At the end of an extraordinary evening - which saw Serena honoured on court before, during and after her victory over Danka Kovinic - David, Catherine and Matt try to sum it all up. Why was it better to stage Serena's ceremony tonight rather than after a loss? How much better did her game look than in Cincinnati? And can she now go on a run? Elsewhere, it was a day of upsets with Simona Halep, Daria Kasatkina, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Taylor Fritz all beaten. We talk about those shocks, Andy Murray's first straight sets win at a slam since 2017, why Ons Jabeur is under the radar here, whether we found Dominic Thiem's loss to Pablo Carreno Busta worrying or encouraging, and why Bianca Andreescu needs to do some grovelling to Nike. WIN A TRIP TO THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN:Our US Open dailies this year are brought to you in association with AO Travel, who provide the Austra
30/08/202259 minutes 12 seconds
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US Open Preview - Media Day, Qualifying, The Serena Show

On the eve of the US Open, David, Catherine and Matt are together on site to reflect on what the players said on media day, to react to the news that Serena and Venus Williams are playing doubles together, to highlight some of the best stories from qualifying, and to preview Monday’s action.&nbsp;We discuss lots of the players' tributes to Serena, whether Iga Swiatek is going to thrive or not in New York, Rafael Nadal’s fitness, Naomi Osaka’s form, some punchy comments from Elena Rybakina and Taylor Fritz, Emma Raducanu’s return as defending champion, the incredible Brandon Holt story, and much more.&nbsp;WIN A TRIP TO THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN:Our US Open dailies this year are brought to you in association with AO Travel, who provide the Australian Open experience the easy way. With AO Travel you can create your own package of flights, the best tickets, accommodation and premium experiences such as wine-tasting, behind-the-scenes tours, and even
28/08/20221 hour 5 minutes 25 seconds
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Welcome To New York

After three years away, The Tennis Podcast is back in New York for the US Open! David, Catherine and Matt soak up some of the sights and sounds of Manhattan, react to Novak Djokovic's withdrawal, and discuss some of the biggest headlines from the draws. What are the chances of a fitting send off for Serena Williams? How does Emma Raducanu start her title defence? And is Rafael Nadal in the better half of the draw compared to Daniil Medvedev?&nbsp;FRIENDS OF THE TENNIS PODCAST:&nbsp;Friends help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout the year, including Tennis Re-Lived, listener questions, and Grand Slam review shows. Two episodes of US Open Re-Lived - The Tracy Austin Story and Jimmy Connors 1991 - will be recorded and released this week. Become a Friend -&nbsp;https://bit.ly/FriendOfTheTennisPodcast<
25/08/202245 minutes 33 seconds
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Cincinnati - Coric & Garcia champions, but who is in The Mix for the US Open?

We could be in for a wild US Open. That’s our big takeaway following Cincinnati where Borna Coric and Caroline Garcia won the titles. In our final show before leaving for New York we talk about Coric’s sudden return to form, a mysterious but encouraging week for Stefanos Tsitsipas, who the US Open favourite is between Rafael Nadal and Daniil Medvedev, whether Caroline Garcia is in The Mix after her incredible run of form continued, and where the likes of Emma Raducanu, Madison Keys, Jessica Pegula and Petra Kvitova fit in to conversations about US Open contenders.FRIENDS OF THE TENNIS PODCAST:&nbsp;Friends help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout the year, including Tennis Re-Lived, listener questions, and Grand Slam review shows. Two episodes of US Open Re-Lived - The Tracy Austin Story and Jimmy Connors 1991 - will be recorded and released this week. Become a Friend -&nbsp;<a href="https://bit.
22/08/202258 minutes 28 seconds
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Cincinnati update - the quest for the title, form, and rest

Catherine, David and Matt get together for a catch up at the halfway point in Cincinnati. There’s chat about the gruelling turnaround after Canada, some high profile withdrawals from the women’s draw, why Serena Williams vs Emma Raducanu wasn’t the memorable occasion we expected, Raducanu’s improved form, Iga Swiatek’s criticism of the balls, struggles for Naomi Osaka, the emergence of Ben Shelton, Rafael Nadal’s defeat to Borna Coric, and Andy Murray’s cramping issues.&nbsp;FRIENDS OF THE TENNIS PODCAST:&nbsp;Friends help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout the year, including Tennis Re-Lived, listener questions, and Grand Slam review shows. Become a Friend -&nbsp;https://bit.ly/FriendOfTheTennisPodcastRead our profile in The New York Times -&nbsp;<a href="https://www.nytimes.c
18/08/202258 minutes 29 seconds
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Canada - Halep & Carreno Busta champions, but what does it mean for The Mix? Coco Gauff is doubles No.1

Simona Halep is back where she belongs - winning big titles and inside the World’s Top 10.&nbsp;How did she win in Toronto without always playing her best tennis? In what way has Patrick Mouratoglou helped her this season? And can she keep it going in New York? Catherine, David and Matt talk it all through at the end of a thrilling week.&nbsp;Elsewhere from Toronto, there’s chat about Beatriz Haddad Maia doing big things, Iga Swiatek’s dip in form, and Coco Gauff becoming doubles World No.1. Over in Montreal, Pablo Carreno Busta beat Hubert Hurkacz to win the biggest title of his career, and he looked absolutely delighted about it. We talk about how he defied our expectations this week, what his victory means for the men’s US Open Mix, and a strong showing from Dan Evans.&nbsp;And the tennis just keeps coming! With Cincinnati already upon us, there’s a battle for the men’s No.1 spot and huge excitement for Serena Williams vs. Emma Raducanu.&nbsp;FRIENDS
15/08/20221 hour 54 seconds
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Farewell Serena

Serena Williams has published an article in Vogue announcing that she is “evolving away” from tennis, with the upcoming US Open expected to be her final tournament. It will bring to an end one of the greatest sporting careers of all time.&nbsp;In the first part of this podcast, Catherine, David and Matt react to the news, discuss the effect it will have on tennis, and offer some reflections on Serena’s career.&nbsp;We then get into the biggest stories from Canada so far, including encouraging signs and dramatic matches for Bianca Andreescu, Coco Gauff’s toughness, and defeats for Carlos Alcaraz, Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas which have left the men’s draw wide open.&nbsp;FRIENDS OF THE TENNIS PODCAST:&nbsp;Friends help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout the year, including Tennis Re-Lived, listener questions, and Grand Slam review shows. Become a Friend -&nbsp;<a href="htt
11/08/20221 hour 1 minute 41 seconds
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‘Free’ Kasatkina wins San Jose; Is Kyrgios in the US Open mix? Canada Preview

With the US Open series in full swing, Catherine, David and Matt review title runs for Daria Kasatkina, Nick Kyrgios, Liudmila Samsonova and Daniil Medvedev.&nbsp;In what way did Kasatkina use her game to pick apart some big hitters? Does this title for Kyrgios in DC feel different to his one in 2019? How significant is it that Medvedev has ended his losing streak in finals? And what can we read into so many Russians doing well after their Wimbledon ban?&nbsp;There’s also chat about Shelby Rogers, Elias Ymer, Coco Gauff’s win over Naomi Osaka, the breakthrough of Elizabeth Mandlik, the Washington heat, and Rafael Nadal’s withdrawal from Montreal.&nbsp;FRIENDS OF THE TENNIS PODCAST:&nbsp;Friends help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout the year, including Tennis Re-Lived, listener questions, and Grand Slam review shows. Become a Friend -&nbsp;<a href="https://bit.ly/FriendOfTheTennis
08/08/202258 minutes 33 seconds
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Garcia stops Swiatek; Sinner's edge over Alcaraz continues; Raducanu & Tursunov team up

David’s back! Fresh from his holiday, he joins Catherine and Matt to talk all about the last week in tennis, headlined by Caroline Garcia’s victory over Iga Swiatek and subsequent title in Warsaw, as well as Jannik Sinner’s victory in Umag.&nbsp;Has Garcia provided the rest of the tour with a blueprint for how to beat Swiatek? How much longer might she be able to keep up this red hot form? And what’s giving Sinner the edge in his rivalry with Carlos Alcaraz?There’s also chat about titles for Marie Bouzkova and Alex de Minaur, some aggro between Jenson Brooksby and Frances Tiafoe, Emma Raducanu’s decision to work with Dmitry Tursunov, and a preview of the week ahead as the hard court swing heats up in San Jose and Washington. FRIENDS OF THE TENNIS PODCAST:&nbsp;Friends help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout the year, including Tennis Re-Lived, listener questions, and Grand Slam rev
01/08/20221 hour 1 minute 9 seconds
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We’re back! And a lot has happened since Wimbledon.

It's been a minute but we're back for the first time since Wimbledon to catch up on everything which has happened over the last couple of weeks. With David away on holiday, Catherine and Matt are joined by friend of the pod Charlie Eccleshare for a long overdue appearance!&nbsp;In a packed show, we discuss the strangeness of the post-Wimbledon period in tennis, titles for Lorenzo Musetti, Bernarda Pera and Casper Ruud, the return to form of Dominic Thiem and Anett Kontaveit, our early US Open favourites, Naomi Osaka's split with Wim Fissette, Serena Williams' intention to play a full schedule ahead of New York, the cancellation of the ATP China swing, the extraordinary honesty from Daria Kasatkina and Andrey Rublev in their interview with Russian journalist Vitya Kravchenko, and the ATP's partnership with You Can Play, an organisation committed to furthering LGBTQ+ inclusion in sport.&nbsp;BECOME A FRIEND OF THE TENNIS PODCAST&nbsp;Friends of Th
25/07/20221 hour 22 minutes 14 seconds
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Wimbledon Day 14 - Djokovic joins Sampras on seven but now heads into the unknown

After Novak Djokovic defeated Nick Kyrgios in a great four-set final, Catherine, David and Matt got together for one last Wimbledon 2022 pod. We discussed where the final was won and lost, the press conferences, what the future might hold for both players, the significance of Wimbledon as a tournament for Djokovic, and the Grand Slam Race. There's also a round up of the doubles and juniors results as well as chat about Shingo Kunieda completing the career Golden Slam and heartbreak for Alfie Hewett. BECOME A FRIEND OF THE TENNIS PODCAST&nbsp;Friends of The Tennis Podcast help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout the year, including Tennis Re-Lived, listener questions, and Grand Slam review shows. We've got David's Diary, our Wimbledon 2022 Review, and a couple of Q&amp;A episodes coming soon. Become a Friend -&nbsp;<a href="https://bit.ly/FriendOfTheTennisPodcast" rel="noopener noreferrer"
10/07/202257 minutes 25 seconds
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Wimbledon Day 13 - Rybakina reigns supreme; Jabeur's time will come

Elena Rybakina is a Wimbledon champion, coming from a set down to defeat Ons Jabeur in an exciting final on Saturday. How did Rybakina overcome her nerves to turn the match around? What could Jabeur have done differently? And will both players win slams in the future? Catherine, David and Matt go through it all while reviewing the match. There's also chat about the questioning Rybakina received on her lack of celebration and the fact she was born in Moscow, Jabeur's upbeat press conference, and her incredible connection with the fans. We also preview the men's final between Nick Kyrgios and Novak Djokovic and run through more of today's results, including the girls' final and lots of wheelchair action. BECOME A FRIEND OF THE TENNIS PODCAST&nbsp;Friends of The Tennis Podcast help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout the year, including Tennis Re-Lived, listener questions, and Grand Sl
09/07/202254 minutes 44 seconds
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Wimbledon Day 12 - Djokovic vs Kyrgios is on; Jabeur's Journey

Novak Djokovic will face Nick Kyrgios in the Wimbledon men's final after Djokovic's four set victory over Cameron Norrie on Friday. Why does Djokovic keep having slow starts? How did he turn the match around? Where might Sunday's final be won and lost? And in what ways was Kyrgios' pre final press conference his most candid and interesting of the tournament? These are all questions for Catherine, David and Matt on the pod. To preview the women's final, we hear from Reem Abulleil, a journalist who has followed Ons Jabeur's career more closely than anyone. She tells us about Jabeur's journey to this point, how she's evolved as a player and as a person into a Grand Slam contender, and why Jabeur's run is resonating so strongly in the Arab world. Looking ahead to the match, can Jabeur nullify the Rybakina power? And who will deal with the occasion better? Finally, we wrap up all the other results and talk about a big day for wheelchair tennis, headlined by a couple of epic
08/07/20221 hour 3 minutes 5 seconds
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Wimbledon Day 11 - Jabeur, Rybakina break new ground; Nadal's agony

This is a podcast in two halves!&nbsp;In the first part, David and Matt react to Rafael Nadal’s withdrawal from Wimbledon, the bombshell news which broke at around 7pm on Thursday. How did the story unfold throughout the day? And what reasons did Nadal give for his decision?&nbsp;Earlier, Catherine, David and Matt were joined by Simon Briggs to talk about Ons Jabeur and Elena Rybakina reaching the women’s final. We covered their semi-final performances, the Jabeur story and why it’s so important, and the thorny issue of nationality in tennis and why it’s a big talking point with Rybakina, who was born in Moscow, now in with a big chance of lifting the trophy.&nbsp;BECOME A FRIEND OF THE TENNIS PODCAST&nbsp;Friends of The Tennis Podcast help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout the year, including Tennis Re-Lived, listener questions, and Grand Slam review shows. Last week, two new epi
07/07/202259 minutes 17 seconds
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Wimbledon Day 10 - How did Nadal do THAT?; Is Halep the title favourite?

A few hours after Rafael Nadal's extraordinary victory over Taylor Fritz in a fifth set tiebreak, Catherine, David and Matt react to all the drama. How did he manage his ab injury to still win the match? Should Fritz have done better? And will Nadal even be able to play his semi-final? Elsewhere, we discuss Nick Kyrgios' tennis and the way he responded to questions about being his court summons. In the women's draw, is Simona Halep now the favourite for the title after another Centre Court masterclass against Amanda Anisimova? Or will Elena Rybakina's power be too much even for her? We also talk about Novak Djokovic's winning streak on Centre Court, drama as Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury demanded for Hawkeye to be turned off, tomorrow's order of play, and our curry with Billie Jean King!BECOME A FRIEND OF THE TENNIS PODCAST&nbsp;Friends of The Tennis Podcast help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podc
07/07/202254 minutes 4 seconds
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Wimbledon Day 9 - Titanic Tuesday, comebacks and hugs

It was a day of high emotions and comebacks with all four quarter-finals being won by the player who lost the opening set, meaning that we had plenty to get stuck into as we recorded in fading light at Wimbledon. Why did Djokovic's comeback against Sinner feel inevitable? In what way did Norrie connect with the Wimbledon fans today? What made the hug between Niemeier and Maria so special? And how did Jabeur take charge in her victory over Bouzkova? BECOME A FRIEND OF THE TENNIS PODCAST&nbsp;Friends of The Tennis Podcast help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout the year, including Tennis Re-Lived, listener questions, and Grand Slam review shows. Last week, two new episodes of Wimbledon Re-Lived were released.&nbsp;Become a Friend -&nbsp;https://bit.ly/FriendOfTheTennisPodcastRea
05/07/202251 minutes 12 seconds
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Wimbledon Day 8 - Calm Kyrgios, Halep comes home, Nadal countdown

On what used to be Magic Monday, everything felt a lot calmer and more manageable at Wimbledon today, meaning we had time to do our favourite thing and record on site. But there was no shortage of talking points as the quarter-final line-ups were completed.&nbsp;In what way was Nick Kyrgios a changed man?&nbsp;How did Cristian Garin complete the first two sets to love comeback of the tournament against Alex de Minaur?&nbsp;And how will Taylor Fritz and Rafael&nbsp;Nadal match up in their quarter-final? In the women's draw, we talk about Simona Halep’s incredible performance in her first match back on Centre Court since winning the title in 2019, her quarter-final with Amanda Anisimova, Ajla Tomljanovic’s emotions, and the issue of Elena Rybakina representing Kazakhstan but being born in Moscow. BECOME A FRIEND OF THE TENNIS PODCAST&nbsp;Friends of The Tennis Podcast help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to b
04/07/202254 minutes 35 seconds
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Wimbledon Day 7 - Sunday fun day, Draws open up for Djokovic and Jabeur, a Federer surprise

There's always a keen sense of history at Wimbledon, but even more so today as former champions - from Angela Mortimer to Roger Federer - all gathered to celebrate 100 years of Centre Court. Catherine, David and Matt talk about the special parade of champions and review all the matches which took place on Middle Sunday. How did Jannik Sinner beat Carlos Alcaraz and can they form a rivalry? Just how good is Novak Djokovic's form? Is Ons Jabeur in David's Mix yet? And how big is this opportunity for Tatjana Maria, Jule Neimeier, David Goffin and Cameron Norrie? BECOME A FRIEND OF THE TENNIS PODCAST&nbsp;Friends of The Tennis Podcast help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout the year, including Tennis Re-Lived, listener questions, and Grand Slam review shows. Last week, two new episodes of Wimbledon Re-Lived were released.&nbsp;Become a Friend -&nbsp;<a href="https://bit.ly/FriendOfTheTennisPodcast"
04/07/202255 minutes 56 seconds
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Wimbledon Day 6 - Swiatek's streak snapped; The Kyrgios-Tsitsipas circus

For our 1000th episode we got to talk about a lot of aggro between Nick Kyrgios and Stefanos Tsitsipas, a shock defeat for the World No.1 Iga Swiatek, and Amanda Anisimova backhands. The tennis gods must have been looking down on us.&nbsp;BECOME A FRIEND OF THE TENNIS PODCAST&nbsp;Friends of The Tennis Podcast help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout the year, including Tennis Re-Lived, listener questions, and Grand Slam review shows. Last week, two new episodes of Wimbledon Re-Lived were released.&nbsp;Become a Friend -&nbsp;https://bit.ly/FriendOfTheTennisPodcastRead us in The New York Times -&nbsp;https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/28/sports/tennis/t
03/07/20221 hour 9 minutes 56 seconds
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Wimbledon Day 5 - Djokovic & Alcaraz on a collision course; Kerber & Sakkari out; Norrie & Watson break new ground

The tennis finished early on Friday which meant that for the first time since the tournament began we got to record on site!&nbsp;But there was no shortage of stories and we get stuck into statement performances from Novak Djokovic, Carlos Alcaraz and Ons Jabeur, British success in the form of Cameron Norrie and Heather Watson, notable wins for Frances Tiafoe and Jelena Ostapenko, and mini upsets with defeats for Angelique Kerber and Maria Sakkari. BECOME A FRIEND OF THE TENNIS PODCAST&nbsp;Friends of The Tennis Podcast help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout the year, including Tennis Re-Lived, listener questions, and Grand Slam review shows. Last week, two new episodes of Wimbledon Re-Lived were released.&nbsp;Become a Friend -&nbsp;https://bit.ly/FriendOfTheTennisPodcastRead us in Th
01/07/202255 minutes 6 seconds
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Wimbledon Day 4 - Nadal and Swiatek survive despite struggles; Kyrgios conversation grows

It was another eventful day at Wimbledon, with wins for Katie Boulter and Liam Broady standing out from a British perspective. Catherine, David and Matt talk about why they were pretty big deals and get stuck in to all of the other big talking points. Is Nick Kyrgios in The Mix? When will Iga Swiatek and Rafael Nadal start playing better? And how is round three shaping up? We also talk about the form of Petra Kvitova, leftover aggro from Harmony Tan and Tamara Korpatsch, and the Wimbledon roof policy. BECOME A FRIEND OF THE TENNIS PODCAST&nbsp;Friends of The Tennis Podcast help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout the year, including Tennis Re-Lived, listener questions, and Grand Slam review shows. Last week, two new episodes of Wimbledon Re-Lived were released.&nbsp;Become a Friend -&nbsp;https://bit.ly/Fr
30/06/20221 hour 1 minute 3 seconds
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Wimbledon Day 3 - Raducanu & Murray beaten, wide open draws, fortune cookies

There was a morning after the night before feel to Day 3 at Wimbledon. Rain delayed the start of play by a couple of hours and when it eventually did begin, defeats for Emma Raducanu and Andy Murray dampened home spirits.&nbsp;In a podcast which goes in many directions, Catherine, David and Matt discuss those results and the press conferences which followed, as well as the rest of the day’s stories, including a much better performance from Novak Djokovic, Anett Kontaveit’s covid struggles, Garbine Muguruza’s total lack of confidence, the wide open section in the men’s draw, and unmissable aggro involving doubles partners Tamara Korpatsch and Harmony Tan.&nbsp;BECOME A FRIEND OF THE TENNIS PODCAST&nbsp;Friends of The Tennis Podcast help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout the year, including Tennis Re-Lived, listener questions, and Grand Slam review shows. Last week, two new episodes of Wimbledon
30/06/20221 hour 2 minutes 59 seconds
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Wimbledon Day 2 - Serena's last stand on Centre Court?

It was a day which began with Matteo Berrettini’s withdrawal after testing positive for covid-19, and ended with Serena Williams’ departing Centre Court possibly for the last time after a dramatic loss to Harmony Tan, meaning it was a day of big emotions all round. As the clock ticked past midnight, Catherine, David and Matt tried to process it all. How did it feel to watch Serena again? And what might she do next? We also talked about battling wins for Rafael Nadal, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Coco Gauff, Nick Kyrgios’ press conference, Iga Swiatek opening Centre Court and our New York Times appearance!BECOME A FRIEND OF THE TENNIS PODCAST&nbsp;Friends of The Tennis Podcast help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout the year, including Tennis Re-Lived, listener questions, and Grand Slam review shows. Last week, two new episodes of Wimbledon Re-Lived were released.&nbsp;Become a Friend -&nbsp;<a href="h
29/06/202259 minutes 19 seconds
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Wimbledon Day 1 - Raducanu's sparkling Centre Court debut; David's predictions nightmare

Day one at Wimbledon began slowly with rain suspending play for a few hours, but soon came to life with Emma Raducanu and Andy Murray on Centre, a couple of epic five setters with big implications for the men's draw, and David's finalist prediction coming crashing down. Catherine, David and Matt got together at Tennis Podcast Towers to talk it all through: -&nbsp;Jabeur puts Roland Garros behind her- Haddad Maia defeated, David despairs- Raducanu embraces Centre Court debut- Djokovic wins but doesn’t look quite right- Murray's underarm serve&nbsp;- Alcaraz wins five set thriller&nbsp;- Hurkacz loses bizarre match to Davidovich Fokina- Lowest first day attendance since 2007BECOME A FRIEND OF THE TENNIS PODCAST&nbsp;Friends of The Tennis Podcast help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout the year, including Tennis Re-Lived, listener questio
28/06/20221 hour 1 minute 9 seconds
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Wimbledon Preview - Draws, media day, and a jaw-dropping prediction

Catherine, David and Matt are back together, sitting on a bench above Court 18, to look ahead to Wimbledon 2022. With less than one day to go until the tournament starts, we look through the draws, discuss what the players said on media day, and scrutinise David's predictions. Why does Simona Halep not have the honour of opening Centre Court on Tuesday? What do we expect from Serena Williams this fortnight? Has Ons Jabeur put what happened at Roland Garros behind her? How quickly will Rafael Nadal find his feet on the grass? Who is the biggest threat to Novak Djokovic in the top half? And what's the latest with Andy Murray and Emma Raducanu's injuries? BECOME A FRIEND OF THE TENNIS PODCAST&nbsp;Friends of The Tennis Podcast help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout the year, including Tennis Re-Lived, listener questions, and Grand Slam review shows. This week, two new episodes of Wimbledon
26/06/20221 hour 5 minutes 40 seconds
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Serena's back! And who's in the Wimbledon Mix?

Serena Williams is back! Catherine, David and Matt react to the news that she’s playing doubles in Eastbourne before heading to Wimbledon for singles. How did we feel when she announced her return? And how might she fare at Wimbledon?&nbsp;More good news followed this week when Rafael Nadal announced that his radio frequency ablation therapy had gone well and that he plans to play Wimbledon, but Naomi Osaka’s withdrawal and doubts over the fitness of Andy Murray and Emma Raducanu did dampen spirits.&nbsp;We cover all of that, review title-winning weeks for Matteo Berrettini, Hubert Hurkacz, Ons Jabeur and Beatriz Haddad Maia, and debate who is in the Wimbledon Mix.BECOME A FRIEND OF THE TENNIS PODCAST&nbsp;Friends of The Tennis Podcast help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout the year, including Tennis Re-Lived, listener questions, and Grand Slam review shows. This week, two new
20/06/202258 minutes 39 seconds
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Grass! Raducanu & Murray worry, Berrettini back, and who is Tim Van Rijthoven?

We're back from Paris and the grass court season is upon us! David, Catherine and Matt discuss the sudden surface switch, Catherine's experience of media day at Queen's, the winning return of Matteo Berrettini in Stuttgart, the brilliant form of Andy Murray followed by a concerning injury, the pressures on Emma Raducanu, and Tim Van Rijthoven's fairytale run in 's-Hertogenbosch. BECOME A FRIEND OF THE TENNIS PODCAST&nbsp;Friends of The Tennis Podcast help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout the year, including Tennis Re-Lived, listener questions, and Grand Slam review shows.&nbsp;Become a Friend -&nbsp;https://bit.ly/FriendOfTheTennisPodcastSign up to our newsletter&nbsp;-&nbsp;https://bit
12/06/20221 hour 2 minutes 14 seconds
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Roland Garros Day 15 - Rafa's feeling 22, but what about the future?

It's hard to know what to say about the extraordinary Rafael Nadal winning a 14th Roland Garros title and a 22nd Grand Slam title, but Catherine, David and Matt try their best to put his achievement into words. How did Casper Ruud provide the perfect match up for Nadal? Did Ruud's idolisation of Nadal affect the match? In what way did the match not quite feel fitting for the occasion? What does Nadal plan to do now to treat his foot? And will he end up winning the Grand Slam race? BECOME A FRIEND OF THE TENNIS PODCAST&nbsp;Friends of The Tennis Podcast help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout the year, including Tennis Re-Lived, listener questions, and Grand Slam review shows.&nbsp;The two new episodes of Roland Garros Re-Lived, covering Mats Wilander's win in 1982 and The Amelie Mauresmo Story, are up now. Become a Friend -&nbsp;<a href="https://bit.ly/FriendOfTheTennisPodcast" rel="noopener nor
05/06/20221 hour 3 minutes 41 seconds
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Roland Garros Day 14 - Awesome Iga Takes title No.2

Iga Swiatek is the Roland Garros champion for a second time, beating Coco Gauff 6-1 6-3 to win her 35th consecutive match. After watching it together in the stadium, Catherine, David and Matt discuss how Swiatek asserted her dominance, whether Gauff was nervous, how on earth someone might beat Swiatek in this form, the two press conferences, Swiatek's prospects at Wimbledon, and much more. BECOME A FRIEND OF THE TENNIS PODCAST&nbsp;Friends of The Tennis Podcast help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout the year, including Tennis Re-Lived, listener questions, and Grand Slam review shows.&nbsp;The two new episodes of Roland Garros Re-Lived, covering Mats Wilander's win in 1982 and The Amelie Mauresmo Story, are up now. Become a Friend -&nbsp;https://bit.ly/FriendOfTheTennisPodcastSign u
04/06/202253 minutes 50 seconds
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Roland Garros Day 13 - Agony, ecstasy, history - Nadal vs. Ruud in final

It was a weird day at Roland Garros, with Alexander Zverev's injury curtailing the first semi-final and a protestor interrupting the second. Catherine, David and Matt discuss where the matches were won and lost, how the conditions impacted Zverev vs. Nadal, the emotional toll this tournament is taking on Nadal, what happened to Marin Cilic as he faded, and why reaching a first slam final is a big deal for Casper Ruud. BECOME A FRIEND OF THE TENNIS PODCAST&nbsp;Friends of The Tennis Podcast help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout the year, including Tennis Re-Lived, listener questions, and Grand Slam review shows.&nbsp;The two new episodes of Roland Garros Re-Lived, covering Mats Wilander's win in 1982 and The Amelie Mauresmo Story, are up now. Become a Friend -&nbsp;https://bit.ly/FriendOfTheTennisPodcast
03/06/20221 hour 4 seconds
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Roland Garros Day 12 - Swiatek and Gauff set up sizzling final; When Catherine met Amelie

After Coco Gauff and Iga Swiatek set up a dream women's final, Catherine, David and Matt are joined by Pam Shriver to review the semi-finals, to discuss the careers of Gauff and Swiatek to date and the possibility of a new rivalry blossoming, and to look ahead to Saturday's final. How has Gauff developed over the last few years? And how does Swiatek compare to other dominant World No.1s? We also chat about the men's semi-finals and the spectacular Casper Ruud-Holger Rune aggro before moving on to Catherine's chat with Amelie Mauresmo about the night session scheduling and issue of how female players have been treated at this tournament. BECOME A FRIEND OF THE TENNIS PODCAST&nbsp;Friends of The Tennis Podcast help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout the year, including Tennis Re-Lived, listener questions, and Grand Slam review shows.&nbsp;The two new episodes of Roland Garros Re-Lived, cove
02/06/20221 hour 7 minutes 17 seconds
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Roland Garros Day 11 - Semis set; Mauresmo's disappointing remarks

With everyone still recovering from the very late finish to Rafael Nadal vs Novak Djokovic, Wednesday dawned with Amelie Mauresmo’s press conference, and Catherine was there to ask her about why the scheduling has favoured men’s matches over women’s matches this tournament. Mauresmo's comments - that it’s because men’s tennis is more appealing - cast a big shadow over the day’s play and we talked about why they were so damaging and disappointing on the pod. Elsewhere, we discuss Iga Swiatek's form, whether Jessica Pegula can do even better than Grand Slam quarter-finals, how Daria Kasatkina and Casper Ruud both broke new ground, and Marin Cilic's continued resurgence. BECOME A FRIEND OF THE TENNIS PODCAST&nbsp;Friends of The Tennis Podcast help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout the year, including Tennis Re-Lived, listener questions, and Grand Slam review shows.&nbsp;The two new episodes
02/06/202259 minutes 1 second
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Roland Garros Day 10 - Will it be #22 and out for extraordinary Rafael Nadal?

We've known for years that you should never count out Rafael Nadal. And yet we keep doing it! After his epic four set victory over Novak Djokovic at Roland Garros, Catherine, David and Matt gather in the middle of the night to talk about how he did it and what it all means. There's chat about Nadal's fast start, Djokovic's recovery, the way Nadal looked physically stronger, the role of the crowd, the tension between the two players, and Nadal's press conference where he stressed once again that he could be playing his final Roland Garros. Elsewhere, what happened to Carlos Alcaraz today? Was this the best Grand Slam performance of Zverev's career? And in what way has tennis left us feeling uncomfortable when talking about Zverev? In the women's draw, we discuss how Martina Trevisan overcame Leylah Fernandez's spirited fightback and how mature Coco Gauff looked in her victory over Sloane Stephens. BECOME A FRIEND OF THE TENNIS PODCAST&nbsp;<p
01/06/202256 minutes 41 seconds
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Roland Garros Day 9 - Shocks shake Paris as Swiatek survives; Nadal-Djokovic at NIGHT

Monday was the day when the bottom half of the men's draw blew wide open, with Stefanos Tsitsipas and Daniil Medvedev both losing to inspired performances from Holger Rune and Marin Cilic. Is that the best Cilic has played since the 2014 US Open? How did Tsitsipas assess the match in his press conference? And who is favourite to come through the bottom half? In the women's draw, we talk about an epic first set between Iga Swiatek and Qinwen Zheng, the importance of Zheng openly talking about her period pains, the ever reliable Jessica Pegula, and the scintillating form of Daria Kasatkina. Finally, there's a preview of Rafael Nadal vs. Novak Djokovic LIX. Why has it been scheduled at night? And how might the conditions affect the match? BECOME A FRIEND OF THE TENNIS PODCAST&nbsp;Friends of The Tennis Podcast help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout the year, including Tennis Re-Liv
30/05/202259 minutes 32 seconds
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Roland Garros Day 8 - Nadal vs. Djokovic - It's On! WTA Avengers assemble

We asked the tennis gods for better matches, and they delivered, with Rafael Nadal defeating Felix Auger-Aliassime in five sets on Sunday. How come it never ceases to be amazing to watch Nadal win like this at Roland Garros? Will he recover in time for Djokovic? And is Felix getting closer? Elsewhere, Catherine, David and Matt are stunned by the level of Carlos Alcaraz and assess his quarter-final against Alexander Zverev. In the women's draw, is Coco Gauff ready to go all the way? How did Leylah Fernandez expose Amanda Anisimova's weaknesses? And is Sloane Stephens back to her best? Oh, and Roger Federer's got a dog. BECOME A FRIEND OF THE TENNIS PODCAST&nbsp;Friends of The Tennis Podcast help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout the year, including Tennis Re-Lived, listener questions, and Grand Slam review shows.&nbsp;The two new episodes of Roland Garros Re-Lived, covering Mats Wilander'
29/05/20221 hour 6 seconds
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Roland Garros Day 7 - Medvedev makes his move; Swiatek shows she's human

How do you perk up a dull day at Roland Garros? You get Simon Briggs on the pod! He joined Catherine, David and Matt to talk through Iga Swiatek's worst performance in a while and why Qinwen Zheng could trouble her in the next round, the excellent form of Daniil Medvedev, a bad day for French players on Chatrier, Paula Badosa's injury, a much-needed easy win for Stefanos Tsitsipas, and growing excitement for a potential Novak Djokovic vs Rafael Nadal quarter-final. While Simon was with us, he also told us about how much he has to write about Emma Raducanu and the latest news he's hearing about Wimbledon's Russia ban.BECOME A FRIEND OF THE TENNIS PODCAST&nbsp;Friends of The Tennis Podcast help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout the year, including Tennis Re-Lived, listener questions, and Grand Slam review shows.&nbsp;The two new episodes of Roland Garros Re-Lived, covering Mats Wilander's win in
28/05/202255 minutes 33 seconds
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Roland Garros Day 6 - Alcaraz accelerates; Fernandez finds US Open form

For our second pod of the day, Catherine, David and Matt are together to talk through everything which happened at Roland Garros. There's chat about Carlos Alcaraz's statement performance against Sebastian Korda, how the scheduling might affect the potential quarter-final between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic which moved a step nearer, big wins for fan favourites Leylah Fernandez and Jil Teichmann, a sad end to Amanda Anisimova vs Karolina Muchova, and tempered excitement about Sloane Stephens' form. BECOME A FRIEND OF THE TENNIS PODCAST&nbsp;Friends of The Tennis Podcast help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout the year, including Tennis Re-Lived, listener questions, and Grand Slam review shows.&nbsp;The two new episodes of Roland Garros Re-Lived, covering Mats Wilander's win in 1982 and The Amelie Mauresmo Story, are up now. Become a Friend -&nbsp;<a href="https://bit.ly/FriendOfTheTennisPodc
27/05/20221 hour 11 seconds
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Here's to 10 years, with Mary Carillo!

On 27th May 2012, Catherine and David recorded the first edition of The Tennis Podcast in David’s parent’s house. Ten years later, we’ve come a long way, and we marked the occasion by recording a bonus podcast from on site at Roland Garros with our favourite guest, Mary Carillo!&nbsp;Mary tells us some stories from her visits to Paris over the years and we can get stuck into some of the biggest issues facing tennis today.&nbsp;BECOME A FRIEND OF THE TENNIS PODCAST&nbsp;Friends of The Tennis Podcast help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout the year, including Tennis Re-Lived, listener questions, and Grand Slam review shows.&nbsp;The two new episodes of Roland Garros Re-Lived, covering Mats Wilander's win in 1982 and The Amelie Mauresmo Story, are up now. Become a Friend -&nbsp;https://bit.ly/FriendOf
27/05/202250 minutes 23 seconds
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Roland Garros Day 5 - Swiatek's Boulangerie; Tsitsipas survives...again

After the drama of Wednesday, it was a bit of a slow news day at Roland Garros today, but Catherine, David and Matt made up for it by recording most of the pod on site with some beers. We talk about discovering Leolia JeanJean, Iga Swiatek's ruthlessness, a confidence boost for Paula Badosa, the aggro on display between Jelena Ostapenko and Alize Cornet in the best night session so far, and Stefanos Tsitsipas' sketchy form.BECOME A FRIEND OF THE TENNIS PODCAST&nbsp;Friends of The Tennis Podcast help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout the year, including Tennis Re-Lived, listener questions, and Grand Slam review shows.&nbsp;The two new episodes of Roland Garros Re-Lived, covering Mats Wilander's win in 1982 and The Amelie Mauresmo Story, are up now. Become a Friend -&nbsp;https://bit.ly/FriendOfTheTenn
26/05/202257 minutes 6 seconds
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Roland Garros Day 4 - Escape for Alcaraz; Give Raducanu time

Wednesday was the day this Roland Garros came alive, with Carlos Alcaraz and Alexander Zverev both being forced to save match point in their five-set victories, and the women’s draw losing Maria Sakkari, all in the space of a few hours. How come Alcaraz ended up having to save match point? And will this match make him more or less likely to win the tournament? Catherine, David and Matt also talk about Emma Raducanu's defeat and the coverage of it, how Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are shaping up, and who might come through the wide open bottom half in the women's draw. BECOME A FRIEND OF THE TENNIS PODCAST&nbsp;Friends of The Tennis Podcast help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout the year, including Tennis Re-Lived, listener questions, and Grand Slam review shows.&nbsp;The two new episodes of Roland Garros Re-Lived, covering Mats Wilander's win in 1982 and The Amelie Mauresmo Story, are up now
25/05/20221 hour 3 seconds
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Roland Garros Day 3 - Tsitsipas survives and Tsonga brings down the curtain

Day three at Roland Garros belonged to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Catherine, David and Matt discuss how he briefly rolled back the years against Casper Ruud before the moving scenes of his injury and retirement ceremony. How will he be remembered in tennis? Elsewhere, why can’t Lorenzo Musetti win from two sets up? How much fun was Hugo Gaston vs Alex de Minaur? Are the night sessions at Roland Garros working? And how disappointing is it that most players' views on Wimbledon are entirely self-interested? BECOME A FRIEND OF THE TENNIS PODCAST&nbsp;Friends of The Tennis Podcast help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout the year, including Tennis Re-Lived, listener questions, and Grand Slam review shows.&nbsp;The two new episodes of Roland Garros Re-Lived, covering Mats Wilander's win in 1982 and The Amelie Mauresmo Story, are up now. Become a Friend -&nbsp;<a href="https://bit.ly/FriendOfTheTennisPodcast"
25/05/202252 minutes 21 seconds
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Roland Garros Day 2 - Big names cruise; Krejcikova out; Naomi no to Wimbledon?

On a wet day at Roland Garros, Rafael Nadal, Iga Swiatek and Novak Djokovic all cruised through their matches, while Naomi Osaka was beaten by Amanda Anisimova before saying that she might not play Wimbledon due to the lack of ranking points. Catherine, David and Matt talk through all of that, as well as comeback victories for Emma Raducanu and Bianca Andreescu, a round one exit for defending champion Barbora Krejcikova, the special Angelique Kerber scenes, and all of the player reaction to the Wimbledon-Tours stand off. BECOME A FRIEND OF THE TENNIS PODCAST&nbsp;Friends of The Tennis Podcast help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout the year, including Tennis Re-Lived, listener questions, and Grand Slam review shows.&nbsp;The two new episodes of Roland Garros Re-Lived, covering Mats Wilander's win in 1982 and The Amelie Mauresmo Story, are up now. Become a Friend -&nbsp;<a href="https://bit.
23/05/20221 hour 4 minutes 29 seconds
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Roland Garros Day 1 - Ons ousted; Thiem's troubles; Alcaraz - one down, six to go?

So much for a leisurely Sunday start to Roland Garros. Catherine, David and Matt convene at the end of a day which saw Ons Jabeur upset by Magda Linette in the first match of the tournament on Court Philippe-Chatrier. What happened to Jabeur? What was the feeling like around the grounds when she lost? And will this defeat have lasting effects as she heads to Wimbledon? Elsewhere, we talk about unsurprising but sad defeats for Garbine Muguruza and Dominic Thiem, Felix Auger-Aliassime's fightback, a rusty performance but a routine win from Carlos Alcaraz, the way Coco Gauff's draw has opened up, David's first French Open experience, and an anti-climactic result for Alejandro Davidovich Fokina. Looking ahead to tomorrow, why is Naomi Osaka vs Amanda Anisimova scheduled on Lenglen at 11am? BECOME A FRIEND OF THE TENNIS PODCAST&nbsp;Friends of The Tennis Podcast help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts througho
22/05/202252 minutes 32 seconds
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Wimbledon stripped of ranking points & Inside Roland Garros Media Day

We begin by discussing the fact that the ATP, WTA and ITF have decided to strip Wimbledon of ranking points over its decision to ban Russian and Belarusian players. What are the main factors behind this decision? What other options were available to them? Will this lead to further stand offs between the tours and the Grand Slams? And why have the ATP and WTA not stripped tour events of ranking points too? We then switch to talking about the headlines from an excellent media day at Roland Garros, which Catherine, David and Matt all attended. Perhaps the highlight was the way in which the leading WTA players - Naomi Osaka, Iga Swiatek, Ons Jabeur and Paula Badosa - all opened up, revealing so much about how they're feeling. On the men's side, Novak Djokovic's game face and Rafael Nadal's humour got our attention. BECOME A FRIEND OF THE TENNIS PODCAST&nbsp;Friends of The Tennis Podcast help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive a
20/05/20221 hour 4 minutes 8 seconds
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Roland Garros - The draws!

We made it to Paris! Despite Eurostar’s best efforts to thwart our journey, Catherine, David and Matt are on site all together at a Grand Slam for the first time since January 2020, and we’re very excited about that.&nbsp;After detailing our journey, we get stuck into the draws. How do we feel about Djokovic, Alcaraz and Nadal all being in the same half? Who will capitalise in the other half? Who could stand in Iga Swiatek’s way? And who will emerge from the bottom half headlined by Naomi Osaka vs Amanda Anisimova? BECOME A FRIEND OF THE TENNIS PODCAST&nbsp;Friends of The Tennis Podcast help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout the year, including Tennis Re-Lived, listener questions, and Grand Slam review shows.&nbsp;This week, we’ve recorded and released an episode of Roland Garros Re-Lived about Mats Wilander's victory in 1982, and there’s still another one to come about the career of Ame
19/05/202242 minutes 52 seconds
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Rome: Swiatek and Djokovic dominate - who can stop them in Paris?

Catherine, David and Matt review the last few days in Rome, which saw Iga Swiatek and Novak Djokovic sweep all before them. Will Swiatek be on her own in a mix of one at Roland Garros? What about Ons Jabeur? Did Djokovic find exactly what he needed to be ready for the French Open? How much of a concern is Rafael Nadal's foot pain? And how do we rate Stefanos Tsitsipas' chances in Paris? BECOME A FRIEND OF THE TENNIS PODCAST&nbsp;Friends of The Tennis Podcast help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout the year, including Tennis Re-Lived, listener questions, and Grand Slam review shows.&nbsp;This week, we'll be recording and releasing two episodes of Roland Garros Re-Lived, one about Mats Wilander's victory in 1982 and one about the career of Amelie Mauresmo. Become a Friend -&nbsp;https://bit.ly/FriendOfTheTe
16/05/20221 hour 2 minutes 9 seconds
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Rome - Stars find form, David rants and Wimbledon-Tours stand-off intensifies

Together at Tennis Podcast Towers, Catherine, David and Matt catch up to discuss the biggest stories from the first few days of Rome. There's much excitement about Swiatek vs Andreescu, aggro from Danielle Collins and Yulia Putintseva, and some of the leading men finding form. Elsewhere, we continue our criticism of the unequal prize money and look at how the ATP and WTA might take ranking points away from Wimbledon following the decision to ban Russian and Belarusian players. BECOME A FRIEND OF THE TENNIS PODCAST&nbsp;Friends of The Tennis Podcast help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout the year.&nbsp;So far in 2022, we’ve produced two episodes of Australian Open Re-Lived, an Australian Open review show, three listener Q&amp;A's, and a special 100-minute show dedicated to the career of Juan Martin del Potro. Coming soon: Roland Garros Re-Lived. Become a Friend -&nbsp;<a href="https://bit.ly/Fri
12/05/20221 hour 8 minutes 29 seconds
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Madrid - Alcaraz wins and sends a message; Jabeur blazes a trail

On finals weekend in Madrid, Carlos Alcaraz beat Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev back-to-back-to-back and Ons Jabeur became the first Arab woman to lift a WTA 1000 title, leaving us with two stunning stories to discuss. Catherine joins David and Matt to reveal what it was like to be there and watch it all from up close. Which of Alcaraz's wins was the most impressive? How will Nadal and Djokovic respond to his challenge going into Roland Garros? How does Jabeur embrace being a pioneer? And is she in The Mix for the French Open? We also talk in depth about numerous scheduling issues, including why Zverev was right to complain about playing so late, but also why the women had it much worse, with the not before start time for the final between Jabeur and Jessica Pegula particularly unacceptable. Moving on to Rome, we call out the shameful discrepancy in prize money for the men and women. BECOME A FRIEND OF THE TENNIS PODCAST&nbs
09/05/20221 hour 3 minutes 35 seconds
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Madrid - Nadal vs. Alcaraz is on; Ons Jabeur steps up; Disappointing scheduling

David and Matt get stuck into the main talking point from the last few days in Madrid. What's different about Ons Jabeur this week? Why will so many people be happy if she wins the title? And what's going on with the scheduling which made Jessica Pegula and Jil Teichmann walk out to a practically empty stadium for their semi-final? On the men's side, disappointment about Andy Murray's withdrawal ahead of facing Novak Djokovic is made up for by excitement about Carlos Alcaraz vs Rafael Nadal. We discuss all four players, as well as a much-needed strong performance from Felix Auger-Aliassime, and Andrey Rublev's stress on court. We also pay tribute to former US Open and Wimbledon finalist Kevin Anderson who announced his retirement this week. BECOME A FRIEND OF THE TENNIS PODCAST&nbsp;Friends of The Tennis Podcast help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout the year.&nbsp;So far in 2022, we’ve
05/05/202258 minutes 39 seconds
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Madrid - Big names fall but Raducanu, Andreescu & Halep impress; Boris Becker jailed

Madrid is well underway, Catherine is there for Amazon Prime Video, and David and Matt talk about the big stories so far. How did Simona Halep beat Paula Badosa so easily? What do we make of Emma Raducanu's decision to split with Torben Beltz? And how do we judge Naomi Osaka on clay after one win and one defeat? On the men's side, there's chat about an exciting half of the draw featuring the returning Rafael Nadal as well as Novak Djokovic and Carlos Alcaraz. We also discuss a thrilling week from Frances Tiafoe in Estoril and maiden titles for Sebastian Baez and Holger Rune. Finally, we speak about the downfall of Boris Becker after he was sent to prison on charges related to his insolvency. BECOME A FRIEND OF THE TENNIS PODCAST&nbsp;Friends of The Tennis Podcast help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout the year.&nbsp;So far in 2022, we’ve produced two episodes of Australian Open Re-Lived, an
01/05/202257 minutes 8 seconds
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Our reaction to Pam Shriver’s story, Wimbledon’s ban, and a big week of tennis

It’s been an extraordinary week in the world of tennis, and this is our chance to react to it.0 mins - 28 mins: Pam Shriver joins us to reflect on the story she told us last week, how she’s since learned that she was also a victim of physical abuse, and what next steps should be for tennis to improve its safeguarding measures.&nbsp;28 mins - 53 mins: Pam stays with us to react to the decision of Wimbledon to ban Russian and Belarusian athletes.54 mins to 91 mins: Stuttgart, Barcelona, Belgrade, IstanbulBECOME A FRIEND OF THE TENNIS PODCAST&nbsp;Friends of The Tennis Podcast help us to produce the show year-round, and receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout the year.&nbsp;So far in 2022, we’ve produced two episodes of Australian Open Re-Lived, an Australian Open review show, three listener Q&amp;A's, and a special 100-minute show dedicated to the career of Juan Mar
25/04/20221 hour 31 minutes 16 seconds
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WTA CEO Steve Simon - Pam Shriver’s story, Wimbledon’s ban on Russian & Belarusian players, Peng Shuai, 5 sets at slams

With so many geopolitical events affecting tennis, it’s a timely moment for Catherine to speak at length to WTA CEO Steve Simon.&nbsp;Following yesterday’s interview with Pam Shriver, and the decision of Wimbledon and the LTA to ban Russian and Belarusian players, Catherine starts by asking him about those urgent issues.&nbsp;Later, there’s discussion about the WTA’s decision to pull out of China, Tennis United, the latest on Peng Shuai, new title sponsor Hologic, on court coaching, and the best of 3 vs best of 5 debate at Grand Slams.Sign up to our newsletter&nbsp;-&nbsp;https://bit.ly/TennisPodcastNewsletterFollow us on:Instagram&nbsp;-&nbsp;www.instagram/thetennispodcastTwitter&nbsp;
21/04/202244 minutes 7 seconds
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Pam Shriver’s Story: Me, my coach, and the dangers of crossing boundaries

This is Pam Shriver’s story.&nbsp;In an interview with Catherine, she reveals publicly for the first time that she had an inappropriate and damaging relationship with her much older coach, which began when she was 17 and lasted for over five years.&nbsp;Pam tells the story from the beginning, describing how it affected her tennis career and her personal life for many years.&nbsp;She is doing this to try to help young athletes, coaches and the governing bodies to recognise and understand the importance of boundaries, and the dangers of crossing them.&nbsp; Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
20/04/202245 minutes 50 seconds
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Tsitsipas reigns in Monte Carlo again; Raducanu's first steps on clay; Bianca's back - an interview with Andreescu

With the clay court season in full swing, Catherine and Matt talk through the main headlines from an exciting week in Monte Carlo, including how Stefanos Tsitsipas' game suits clay so much, what makes Alejandro Davidovich Fokina so fun to watch, and why there's pressure on Novak Djokovic to win matches over the next few weeks after his early exit. There's also a round up of what happened in the Billie Jean King Cup, including poignant scenes at the tie between United States and Ukraine, as well as Emma Raducanu's pro level debut on clay. Looking ahead to this week, there's lots of excitement about Stuttgart, not least because Bianca Andreescu is back. Hear her talk to Catherine about why she's chosen now to return, why she felt she needed a break last year, her love of clay, and of course how she keeps in touch with Coco when she's on the road. Sign up to our newsletter&nbsp;-&nbsp;<a href="https://bit.ly/TennisPodcastNewsletter" rel="noopener n
18/04/20221 hour 8 minutes 20 seconds
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CLAY! And recording a pod in person

It's time for clay court tennis! Hooray! And Catherine and Matt are chatting in person! Hooray x 2!Charleston, Houston, Monte Carlo and much more discussed.Sign up to our newsletter&nbsp;-&nbsp;https://bit.ly/TennisPodcastNewsletterFollow us on:Instagram&nbsp;-&nbsp;www.instagram/thetennispodcastTwitter&nbsp;-&nbsp;www.twitter.com/tennispodcastFRIENDS OF THE TENNIS PODCAST&nbsp;Friends of The Tennis Podcast receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout the year and help to keep the weekly podcast and the Grand Slam dailies free-to-all.&nbsp;We will have two listener q
11/04/20221 hour 6 minutes 17 seconds
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Miami - Swiatek, Alcaraz and the start of their takeover?

It turns out nobody could stop Iga Swiatek and Carlos Alcaraz in Miami. Catherine, David and Matt discuss how they won the titles and the significance of their victories. In what way is Swiatek’s confidence manifesting itself right now? Does Swiatek-Osaka have potential to become a true rivalry? And how is Alcaraz changing the sport?&nbsp;Sign up to our newsletter&nbsp;-&nbsp;https://bit.ly/TennisPodcastNewsletterFollow us on:Instagram&nbsp;-&nbsp;www.instagram/thetennispodcastTwitter&nbsp;-&nbsp;www.twitter.com/tennispodcastFRIENDS OF THE TENNIS PODCAST&nbsp;Friends of The T
04/04/20221 hour 16 seconds
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Miami - Who can stop Swiatek and Alcaraz?

As Miami moves towards finals weekend, will the titles be heading to Iga Swiatek and Carlos Alcaraz? Their fearsome form is the subject of much discussion between Catherine, David and Matt who also can't help getting excited about the prospect of seeing Swiatek vs Osaka AND Alcaraz vs Medvedev in the coming days. Elsewhere, there's chat about Alexander Zverev's disappointing season so far, the extraordinary run of Francisco Cerundolo, Nick Kyrgios' treatment of umpire Carlos Bernardes, the consistent Jessica Pegula and the inconsistent Belinda Bencic, how to pronounce 'Linda Fruhvirtova', the comebacks of Stan Wawrinka and Dominic Thiem, and Joe Salisbury's rise to World No.1. We also pay tribute to Richard Moore, the journalist, author and co-founder of The Cycling Podcast, who died on Monday. The Tennis Podcast would not be what it is today without Richard's generous help over the years. Sign up to our newsletter&nbsp;-&nbsp;<a href="https://b
31/03/20221 hour 5 minutes 5 seconds
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Miami - World No.1 Iga Swiatek; Murray-Lendl 3.0; Is Kyrgioptimism back?

With Miami well underway, Catherine, David and Matt discuss the main talking points so far, including: Iga Swiatek's ascension to World No.1Naomi Osaka's good form and the possible reasons for itThe emergence of 16-year-old Linda FruhvirtovaA regrettable moment from Victoria AzarenkaSparkling tennis from Nick KyrgiosJenson Brooksby's racquet throw and whether the ATP needs to clamp down and give harsher punishmentsAndy Murray's first match in front of Ivan Lendl for five years against Daniil MedvedevDisappointing defeats for Felix Auger-Aliassime and Denis ShapovalovWe also hear from The Telegraph's Simon Briggs, who's in Miami, about how the Hard Rock Stadium compares to Crandon Park as well as the ATP's plan to expand the number of 12-day Masters 1000 events. Sign up to our newsletter&nbsp;-&nbsp;<a href="https://bit.ly/TennisPodcastNewsletter" rel="noopener noreferrer"
27/03/20221 hour 2 minutes 27 seconds
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Ash Barty Retires - She did it her way

Ash Barty - the reigning Wimbledon and Australian Open champion, and World No.1 for the last 114 weeks - has announced her retirement. In this emergency edition of the podcast, David, Catherine and Matt react to the news. How much of a surprise is it? Is it possible to feel happy for Barty but sad for tennis at the same time? In what way is this different from the last time Barty stepped away from the sport? How has the tennis world responded to the news? Might she be back at some point in the future? And how will her retirement impact the sport? We also cover the news that Rafael Nadal will be out for 4-6 weeks with a stress fracture to his left rib. What does this do for his Roland Garros chances? Sign up to our newsletter&nbsp;-&nbsp;https://bit.ly/TennisPodcastNewsletterFollow us on:Instagram&nbsp;-&nbsp;<a href="http
23/03/202244 minutes 53 seconds
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Indian Wells - Fritz's fangs; Nadal’s streak ends but Swiatek’s goes on

Before flying home from California, Catherine joins David and Matt to discuss everything which went on during an eventful (and windy) finals few days at Indian Wells. There's chat about what's different for Iga Swiatek in 2022, how much progress Maria Sakkari made this tournament, whether Taylor Fritz has developed fangs in front of our eyes, and how Rafael Nadal vs Carlos Alcaraz lived up to expectations. Sign up to our newsletter&nbsp;-&nbsp;https://bit.ly/TennisPodcastNewsletterFollow us on:Instagram&nbsp;-&nbsp;www.instagram/thetennispodcastTwitter&nbsp;-&nbsp;www.twitter.com/tennispodcastFRIEN
21/03/20221 hour 2 minutes 21 seconds
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Indian Wells - Who will be the champions? Final set tiebreaks at slams - our reaction

David and Matt catch up to discuss how the Indian Wells draws are shaping up and who might win the titles from here. How much of an issue is Nadal's foot? Is Alcaraz ready to win big? And what made Halep and Swiatek's quarter-final victories so one sided? We also hear from Catherine with more of her impressions from on site and we react to the news that all four Grand Slam tournaments will be implementing final set 10-point tiebreaks. Sign up to our newsletter&nbsp;-&nbsp;https://bit.ly/TennisPodcastNewsletterFollow us on:Instagram&nbsp;-&nbsp;www.instagram/thetennispodcastTwitter&nbsp;-&nbsp;www.twitter.com/tennispo
17/03/20221 hour 4 minutes 15 seconds
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Indian Wells - Stories everywhere, Kyrgios vs. Ruud at last, Catherine’s on-site view

Less than a week into Indian Wells and there’s already loads for David and Matt - with some thoughts and impressions from Catherine on site - to discuss.&nbsp;We talk about why it was understandable that Naomi Osaka got upset after being heckled, whether or not Sebastian Korda choked against Rafael Nadal, encouraging signs for Emma Raducanu, surprise defeats for Felix Auger-Aliassime and Garbine Muguruza, the disrespect shown to defending champion Cameron Norrie, the ultra aggressive tennis of Tommy Paul to defeat Alexander Zverev, Novak Djokovic’s very late withdrawal, why we’re excited for Nick Kyrgios vs Casper Ruud, and some powerful words from Marta Kostyuk.&nbsp;Sign up to our newsletter&nbsp;-&nbsp;https://bit.ly/TennisPodcastNewsletterFollow us on:Instagram&nbsp;-&nbsp;<a href="https://open.acast.com/www.instagram/th
14/03/20221 hour 9 minutes 1 second
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Svitolina, Yastremska play for Ukraine like never before, WTA’s win, Djokovic & Murray’s big coaching news

The tennis news keeps coming, meaning Catherine, David and Matt have a lot to discuss, including:&nbsp;The WTA’s new title sponsor - Hologic -&nbsp;and how it came about from the tour’s stance on Peng Shuai and ChinaThe inspirational run of Dayana Yastremska in Lyon just days after she fled Ukraine with her younger sisterThe governing bodies’ swift action to stop Russian and Belarusian players from competing under their national flag following a statement from Elina SvitolinaAn absorbing Monterrey final between Leylah Fernandez and Camila Osorio in which both players displayed their best selvesA round up of all the results from this weekend’s Davis Cup Qualifiers&nbsp;Djokovic and Vajda split…again, Murray and Lendl get back together…againAsh Barty and Dominic Thiem to miss Indian Wells and Miami&nbsp;An update on Roger Federer’s rehab and comeback plansSign up to our newslette
07/03/20221 hour 3 minutes 47 seconds
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Russia's invasion of Ukraine - what it means for tennis; Medvedev reaches No.1; Zverev’s disgrace

We begin this week’s episode by talking about how tennis is affected by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. What have Russian and Ukrainian players be saying on social media? Should Russia be banned from team competitions in the sport? And should that ban extend to Russian players competing on tour? It’s a complex situation without any easy answers.&nbsp;Elsewhere, Catherine, David and Matt react to Daniil Medvedev becoming World No.1, titles for Andrey Rublev and Rafael Nadal in Dubai and Acapulco, a big win for Jiri Vesely over Novak Djokovic, and a ruthless week from Iga Swiatek in Doha.&nbsp;There’s also discussion about what would be an appropriate punishment for Alexander Zverev after his actions in Acapulco.&nbsp;Sign up to our newsletter&nbsp;-&nbsp;https://bit.ly/TennisPodcastNewsletterFollow us on:Instagram&nbsp;-&nbs
28/02/20221 hour 1 minute 9 seconds
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Djokovic returns; Ostapenko peaks; Alcaraz rising

Novak Djokovic is back. How did he look in his first match of the year against Lorenzo Musetti in Dubai? And what did we make of his interview with Amol Rajan of the BBC?&nbsp;Elsewhere, we talk about Jelena Ostapenko’s destructive week in Dubai and whether or not she can keep it going, Cameron Norrie’s impressive title run in Delray Beach, and Carlos Alcaraz winning in Rio. Is he in the mix for Roland Garros?&nbsp;There’s also news of yet another format change for the Davis Cup, Jannik Sinner switching up his entire coaching team, and tribute to the late Jimmy Moore who was referee at Queen’s for 42 years.&nbsp;Sign up to our newsletter&nbsp;-&nbsp;https://bit.ly/TennisPodcastNewsletterFollow us on:Instagram&nbsp;-&nbsp;<a href="https://open.acast.com/www.instagram/thetennispodcast" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_bla
21/02/202258 minutes 8 seconds
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Auger-Aliassime Unleashed; Ruud & Kontaveit Keep Winning; Farewell Delpo

Felix Auger-Aliassime has done it! In his ninth ATP final, he finally won his first title in Rotterdam, and Catherine, David and Matt begin this episode by discussing what it means for him now and in the future.&nbsp;There’s also chat about Anett Kontaveit and Casper Ruud continuing their respective winning streaks indoors and on clay, Maria Sakkari’s tendency to get tight in big moments, and the emotional scenes in Buenos Aires as Juan Martin Del Potro played what seemed like the last match of his career. Finally, we cover Reilly Opelka’s title in Dallas and the success of that event, the disparity between the number of WTA and ATP tournaments in 2022 so far, and the WTA’s response to Peng Shuai’s interview with L’Equipe.&nbsp;Sign up to our newsletter&nbsp;-&nbsp;https://bit.ly/TennisPodcastNewsletterFollow us on:Instagram</stro
14/02/20221 hour 1 minute 40 seconds
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AO Day 14 - Rafael Nadal completes ultimate comeback to lead Grand Slam race

Catherine, David and Matt react to the news that Rafael Nadal leads the Grand Slam race for the first time. Catherine and Matt were courtside throughout, in the interview room straight after and you will hear: Where the match was won and lostWhat it looked, felt and sounded like in the stadium throughoutWhat Nadal said to Catherine afterwardsHow upset Medvedev was in his post-match press conference, and whyWere the crowd out of order?Why Nadal's win was so utterly extraordinaryWhether an asterisk should accompany his win given what happened with DjokovicSign up to our newsletter&nbsp;-&nbsp;https://bit.ly/TennisPodcastNewsletterFollow us on:Instagram&nbsp;-&nbsp;<a href="https://open.acast.com/www.instagram/thetennispodcast" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank
30/01/20221 hour 19 minutes 17 seconds
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AO Day 13 - Joy unconfined for Ash Barty and Australia

Ash Barty became the first Australian to win the singles title at her home Grand Slam in Melbourne for the first time in 44 years. Catherine and Matt were there, and joined David to review it all. A special night as Barty wins her home slamThe significance of Dellacqua &amp; Goolagong to BartyBarty’s chance to dominate women’s tennisReflections on Collins’ tournamentSpecial K’s beat the M&amp;M’sNadal vs Medvedev previewSign up to our newsletter&nbsp;-&nbsp;https://bit.ly/TennisPodcastNewsletterFollow us on:Instagram&nbsp;-&nbsp;www.instagram/thetennispodcastTwitter&nbsp;-&nbsp;<a href="https://open.acast.com/www.twitter.com/tennispodcast" re
29/01/20221 hour 1 minute 27 seconds
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AO Day 12 - The incredible Rafael Nadal; Medvedev blocks path to 21, again

Two crackling men's semifinals to look back at for Catherine, David and Matt, and two sensational singles finals to look forward to.How good was Rafael Nadal?How concerning is it that he faded?Will Matteo Berrettini have regrets?Where was Medvedev vs. Tsitsipas won and lost?Aggro analysed, deeplyAsh Barty vs. Danielle - PredictionsSign up to our newsletter&nbsp;-&nbsp;https://bit.ly/TennisPodcastNewsletterFollow us on:Instagram&nbsp;-&nbsp;www.instagram/thetennispodcastTwitter&nbsp;-&nbsp;www.twitter.com/tennispodcastFRI
28/01/202252 minutes 52 seconds
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AO Day 11 - History beckons for Barty; Who will make the men's final?

After the Ash Barty vs. Madison Keys and Danielle Collins vs. Iga Swiatek semifinals, Catherine, David and Matt convened to consider the following:Is Collins the toughest final opponent for Barty?How do you counter the Barty slice?Are Kyrgios and Kokkinakis revolutionising doubles?How did the baton pass from Alcott to Schroder?Are the men’s semi-finals certain to be epic?Who will win them?Sign up to our newsletter&nbsp;-&nbsp;https://bit.ly/TennisPodcastNewsletterFollow us on:Instagram&nbsp;-&nbsp;www.instagram/thetennispodcastTwitter&nbsp;-&nbsp;<a href="https://open.acast.com/www.twitter.com/tennispodcast" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="
27/01/202253 minutes 52 seconds
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AO Day 10 - Semifinals set, potential for aggro

The semifinals are set for the Australian, and the pod team of Catherine Whitaker and Matt Roberts in Melbourne, and David Law in Solihull, had plenty to talk about.The best yet from Felix Auger-Aliassime, but not quite enoughShould the Canadian have regrets, or did Daniil Medvedev take it from him?What does this mean for the pair of them going forwards?Where has THAT Stefanos Tsitsipas been?Will we get aggro in the semifinals?Swiatek and Collins prevail - a review of their quarterfinal winsWomen's semifinal previewSign up to our newsletter&nbsp;-&nbsp;https://bit.ly/TennisPodcastNewsletterFollow us on:Instagram&nbsp;-&nbsp;www.instagram/thetennispodcast</p
26/01/202255 minutes 49 seconds
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AO Day 9 - Nadal + Shapovalov, Monfils + Berrettini = Epics

Catherine, David and Matt watched a lot of tennis, and then talked about the following:Can a tennis player change his/her DNA?Where was Nadal vs. Shapovalov and Monfils vs. Berrettini won and lost?Keys handles the heat vs KrejcikovaBarty slices her way to the semisDoubles round up and thoughts on the “Special K” showSign up to our newsletter&nbsp;-&nbsp;https://bit.ly/TennisPodcastNewsletterFollow us on: Instagram&nbsp;-&nbsp;www.instagram/thetennispodcastTwitter&nbsp;-&nbsp;www.twitter.com/tennispodcastFRIENDS OF THE TENNIS PODC
25/01/20221 hour 1 minute 8 seconds
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AO Day 8 - "It's never too late to try again"

Catherine, David and Matt catch up as the quarter-final line-ups are completed at the Australian Open: The inaugural AO Pride DayTsitsipas-Fritz epicWhy Sinner isn’t boringCressy disrupts MedvedevCornet the quarter-finalist at lastSabalenka’s lives run outSign up to our newsletter&nbsp;-&nbsp;https://bit.ly/TennisPodcastNewsletterFollow us on: Instagram&nbsp;-&nbsp;www.instagram/thetennispodcastTwitter&nbsp;-&nbsp;www.twitter.com/tennispodcastFRIENDS OF THE TENNIS PODCAST&nbsp;
24/01/20221 hour 1 minute 55 seconds
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AO Day 7 - Nadal knows Denis can be a menace; Major Keys is back

Most people had Alexander Zverev in the men's singles final, not least Alexander Zverev. Denis Shapovalov was not one of them. So how did he do it? Catherine, David and Matt all watched it and have takes, and David spoke to Shapovalov's new coach Jamie Delgado to find out more. Catherine got a fascinating answer from Rafael Nadal in his press conference (you can hear that in this podcast), and are Madison Keys and Gael Monfils playing the finest tennis of their careers?Sign up to our:Newsletter - https://bit.ly/TennisPodcastNewsletterInstagram - www.instagram/thetennispodcastTwitter - www.twitter.com/
23/01/20221 hour 1 minute 14 seconds
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AO Day 6 - The perseverance of Aryna Sabalenka, Marin Cilic lives and meet Maxime Cressy

Maxime Cressy and Aryna Sabalenka excellent on court on Saturday, and they were arguably even better in the interview room afterwards. Catherine and Matt went to meet them both. The chat with Cressy is in today's pod, and Matt's grilling of Sabalenka can be found in today's newsletter (link to receive it below). There's also chat about Marin Cilic vs. Andrey Rublev, Clara Tauson vs. Danielle Collins and much more. Sign up to our:Newsletter - https://bit.ly/TennisPodcastNewsletterInstagram - www.instagram/thetennispodcastTwitter - www.twitter.com/tennispodcastFRIENDS OF THE TENNIS PO
22/01/202253 minutes 14 seconds
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AO Day 5 - Epics galore light up Melbourne

It was one epic crowd-pleaser after another on Friday at the Australian Open, and Catherine Whitaker and Matt Roberts were courtside for everything on a hot and steamy day in Melbourne. Paul Badosa vs. Marta Kotyuk, Carlos Alcaraz vs. Matteo Berrettini and Naomi Osaka vs. Amanda Anisimova are all covered in our Day 5 podcast. Sign up to our:Newsletter - https://bit.ly/TennisPodcastNewsletterInstagram - www.instagram/thetennispodcastTwitter - www.twitter.com/tennispodcastFRIENDS OF THE TENNIS PODCAST&nbsp;There are three new podcasts about the Austral
21/01/20221 hour 58 seconds
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AO Day 4 - Medvedev vs. Kygrios, Raducanu, Murray and big upsets

What a day! From Kyrgios vs. Medvedev, to Emma Raducanu, Andy Murray and upsets galore, Catherine and Matt were anywhere and everywhere at Melbourne Park to take it all in. Then they got together with David to talk about it. Sign up to our:Newsletter - https://bit.ly/TennisPodcastNewsletterInstagram - www.instagram/thetennispodcastTwitter - www.twitter.com/tennispodcastFRIENDS OF THE TENNIS PODCAST&nbsp;There are three new podcasts about the Australian Open waiting for all Friends of The Tennis Podcast - The Li Na story, the extraordinary Thomas Johansson year, and M
20/01/20221 hour 1 minute 58 seconds
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AO Day 3 - 'Yes please' matches everywhere

The words ‘Yes please’ are uttered several times in this edition of The Tennis Podcast, such are the third round matches that Day 3 at the Australian Open has set up. Catherine and Matt convened in Melbourne with David in Solihull to go through all of it.&nbsp;Sign up to our:Newsletter - https://bit.ly/TennisPodcastNewsletterInstagram - www.instagram/thetennispodcastTwitter - www.twitter.com/tennispodcastFRIENDS OF THE TENNIS PODCAST&nbsp;There are three new podcasts about the Australian Open waiting for all Friends of The Tennis Podcast - The Li Na story, the extraordinary Thomas Johansson year, and My First Au
19/01/20221 hour 1 minute 44 seconds
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AO Day 2 - Raducanu’s US form returns as Murray completes incredible comeback

Catherine, David and Matt are together to talk through the biggest stories from Day 2, which was headlined by Emma Raducanu’s win over Sloane Stephens and Andy Murray’s victorious return to the John Cain Arena after THAT retirement video three years ago.&nbsp;Elsewhere, there’s chat about the Nick Kyrgios show and our feeling towards it, Liam Broady’s rainbow laces, a shock defeat for Leylah Fernandez, Aryna Sabalenka’s serving yips, a battle for Felix Aguer-Aliassime, and an emotional win for Sam Stosur which extended her singles career.&nbsp;FRIENDS OF THE TENNIS PODCAST&nbsp;There are three new podcasts about the Australian Open waiting for all Friends of The Tennis Podcast - The Li Na story, the extraordinary Thomas Johansson year, and My First Australian Open. Friends receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout the year and help to keep the weekly podcast and the Grand Slam Dailies free-to-all.&nbsp;Become a Friend -&nbsp;<a href=
18/01/202251 minutes 31 seconds
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AO Day 1 - Nadal, Badosa, Barty soothe our souls

Day one was unspectacular, but somewhat soothing. Afterwards, Catherine, David and Matt convened to figure out why it felt flat. How much of it was due to lingering fallout from all of the Novak Djokovic drama? And how much of it was the simple lack of compelling matches? Even so, there were plenty of interesting stories to discuss, including Coco Gauff’s shock defeat to Qiang Wang, mixed fortunes for recent champions Madison Keys, Aslan Karatsev and Thanasi Kokkinakis, winning returns for Rafael Nadal and Naomi Osaka, a physical transformation from Carlos Alcaraz, a fourth straight defeat for Cameron Norrie, ruthless efficiency from Ash Barty, and narrow wins for Amanda Anisimova and Matteo Berrettini.FRIENDS OF THE TENNIS PODCAST&nbsp;There are three new podcasts about the Australian Open waiting for all Friends of The Tennis Podcast - The Li Na story, the extraordinary Thomas Johansson year, and My First Australian Open. Friends receive exclusive ac
17/01/202259 minutes 36 seconds
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Djokovic deported - our reaction; AO Preview

Novak Djokovic will not compete at the 2022 Australian Open after losing his appeal in the Federal Court and being deported from Australia. How did it all come to this? And what effect will it have on the tournament? In terms of actual tennis, Catherine, David and Matt look through the draws, pick out some interesting storylines, decide who's in and who's out of The Mix, and reveal what went on during media day on Saturday. FRIENDS OF THE TENNIS PODCAST&nbsp;All Friends of The Tennis Podcast will receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout the year and help to keep the weekly podcast and the Grand Slam Dailies free-to-all.&nbsp;Become a Friend -&nbsp;https://bit.ly/FriendOfTheTennisPodcast Hosted on Acast. See <a style='color:grey;' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https:/
16/01/20221 hour 25 minutes 1 second
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Djokovic visa cancelled again - what now? Catherine and Matt in Melbourne!

With 3 days until the start of the Australian Open, we still do not know if Novak Djokovic will be cleared to play.On Friday, he had his visa cancelled again, and again he appealed. Catherine and Matt were in Melbourne, with David in Solihull, UK, when the verdict dropped, and they bring us up-to-date, tell us about ramifications and the Melbourne Park setup, and talk about the latest tennis action on the court. FRIENDS OF THE TENNIS PODCAST&nbsp;All Friends of The Tennis Podcast will receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout the year and help to keep the weekly podcast and the Grand Slam Dailies free-to-all.&nbsp;Become a Friend -&nbsp;https://bit.ly/FriendOfTheTennisPodcast Hosted on Acast. See <a style='color:grey;' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/p
14/01/202256 minutes 20 seconds
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Djokovic released but uncertainty remains; and let’s talk about tennis

The Novak Djokovic saga, which is dominating headlines around the world, rumbles on.&nbsp;Catherine, David and Matt discuss all the latest developments, including how he won his court court, the unanswered questions which remain surrounding the timing of his positive covid test, the Djokovic family press conference, Craig Tiley’s first public appearance in a while, and how everything might affect Djokovic on court at the Australian Open, if he plays.&nbsp;Elsewhere, it was an excellent opening week of the season on the court, and we cover the happiness of Naomi Osaka and Simona Halep, the dominance of Ash Barty, the new partnership between Amanda Anisimova and Darren Cahill, a winning return for Rafael Nadal, David’s love (not too strong a word) for Maxime Cressy, a trophy for Gael Monfils, and whether Canada’s ATP Cup victory counts as a first title for Felix Auger-Aliassime.&nbsp;FRIENDS OF THE TENNIS PODCAST&nbsp;All Friends of The Ten
10/01/20221 hour 5 minutes 9 seconds
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Djokovic detained in Australia

Catherine and Matt are joined by Simon Briggs to discuss the events which led to Novak Djokovic being detained in an immigration hotel while waiting a decision on his deportation from Australia, the way in which nobody comes out of this situation looking good, how the saga might develop, and what it says about Djokovic that this has happened to him.FRIENDS OF THE TENNIS PODCAST&nbsp;All Friends of The Tennis Podcast will receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout the year and help to keep the weekly podcast and the Grand Slam Dailies free-to-all.&nbsp;Become a Friend -&nbsp;https://bit.ly/FriendOfTheTennisPodcast Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
06/01/202237 minutes 21 seconds
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2022 Season Preview

Tennis is back! In the first pod of 2022, Catherine, David and Matt discuss how they’re feeling about the ATP Cup, analyse performances from Daniil Medvedev, Alex de Minaur and Stefanos Tsitsipas, take a deep dive into Tsitsipas’ tweets, and ponder how much can be read into ATP Cup results ahead of the Australian Open.&nbsp;On the women’s side, there’s talk about the season ahead for Leylah Fernandez, why it’s nice to see Naomi Osaka and Simona Halep back, and early results from Adelaide.&nbsp;We also take some listener predictions for 2022 and reveal our new mascots for the year.FRIENDS OF THE TENNIS PODCAST&nbsp;All Friends of The Tennis Podcast will receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout the year and help to keep the weekly podcast and the Grand Slam Dailies free-to-all.&nbsp;Become a Friend -&nbsp;https://bit.ly/FriendOfTh
03/01/20221 hour 3 seconds
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Listener Qu's 2 - Final sets at Slams, Tournament must-visits, Rule changes

In our final episode of the year, Catherine, David and Matt answered more listener questions.Rank the Slams for their final set solutionsMost significant matches you have commentated on/presented?Which 250, 500 and 1000 tournaments should be visited?What hobbies do Catherine, David and Matt have?Which tennis rule would you change?Which countries would rule in a combined men's and women's team event?FRIENDS OF THE TENNIS PODCAST&nbsp;All Friends of The Tennis Podcast will receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout the year and help to keep the weekly podcast and the Grand Slam Dailies free-to-all.&nbsp;Become a Friend -&nbsp;https://bit.ly/FriendOfTheTennisPodcast Hosted on Acast. See <a style='color:grey;' target=
27/12/202153 minutes 5 seconds
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Listener Qu's 1 - Can Nadal still top Djokovic? 2022 Top 5 Rankings; Underarm serves - the future

In our penultimate episode of the year, Catherine, David and Matt get stuck into answering some listener questions. How plausible is it that Nadal finishes with more majors than Djokovic?&nbsp;Is the underarm serve here to stay?In what way could the Laver Cup be re-designed?Who will be ranked in the Top 5 at the end of 2022?What goes into being a radio commentator (David) and a TV presenter (Catherine)?&nbsp;FRIEND OF THE TENNIS PODCAST&nbsp;We’ve launched a subscription service called Friends of The Tennis Podcast.&nbsp;All Friends will receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout the year and will help to keep the weekly podcast and the Grand Slam Dailies free-to-all.&nbsp;You can become a Friend here -&nbsp;https://bit.ly/FriendOfTheTennisPodcast<p style='color:
20/12/202158 minutes 45 seconds
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2021 Review part 2: Raducanu Re-Lived; Djokovic, Barty, Medvedev memories

In part two of our review of 2021, we re-live the journey we all went on with Emma Raducanu this year, from watching her breakthrough at Wimbledon to seeing her lift the US Open trophy in September.&nbsp;Elsewhere, there’s chat about Ash Barty’s dream coming true, what made the US Open so special, and the lasting significance of that US Open final on Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev.David also shares a very personal story about his year.&nbsp;FRIEND OF THE TENNIS PODCAST&nbsp;We’ve launched a subscription service called Friends of The Tennis Podcast.&nbsp;All Friends will receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout the year and will help to keep the weekly podcast and the Grand Slam Dailies free-to-all.&nbsp;You can become a Friend here -&nbsp;https://bit.ly/FriendOfTheTennisPodcast<p style='color:grey; f
16/12/20211 hour 37 minutes 29 seconds
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2021 Review part 1: Serena’s wave, Re-thinking Naomi Osaka, Djokovic domination

In part one of our review of 2021, Catherine, David and Matt review the first two Grand Slams of the year and some of the major events in between, including:&nbsp;The chaos and uncertainty around the Australian Open&nbsp;How great it felt to have fans back&nbsp;Serena’s wave goodbye and tearful press conference in Melbourne&nbsp;Discovering Barbora Krejcikova as a singles player&nbsp;The time Vasek Pospisil ranted about Andrea Gaudenzi during a match in Miami&nbsp;The way Ash Barty and Aryna Sabalenka formed a rivalry throughout the Spring&nbsp;Looking back on Naomi Osaka’s decision not to do press at Roland Garros&nbsp;Whether we should have seen Rafael Nadal’s struggles coming&nbsp;How Novak Djokovic added to his greatness at the French Open&nbsp;FRIEND OF THE TENNIS PODCAST&nbsp;We’ve launched a subscription service called Friends of The Tennis Podcast.&nbsp;</
13/12/20211 hour 4 minutes 56 seconds
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Introducing Friends of The Tennis Podcast

Catherine, David and Matt are here to tell you all about the launch of our new subscription service called Friends of The Tennis Podcast. Find out what you can expect from becoming a Friend, how it will work, and why we think it’s the right move for the future of the podcast.&nbsp;BECOME A FRIEND OF THE TENNIS PODCAST - https://bit.ly/FriendOfTheTennisPodcast Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
08/12/202116 minutes 30 seconds
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Davis Cup - Russia’s trophy; What we thought of the event; Confusion reigns over next year

Catherine, David and Matt discuss Russia’s Davis Cup Final victory over Croatia, the winning performances of Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev, the celebrations, the event as a whole, and why questions remain unanswered about its future.&nbsp;BECOME A FRIEND OF THE TENNIS PODCASTRather than running another Kickstarter, we will launch a subscription service called Friends of The Tennis Podcast to help us keep the show on the road in 2022. All 'Friends' will receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout the year, as well as helping to keep the weekly podcast and the Grand Slam Dailies free-to-all. To receive details when we go live on December 8th, please put your e-mail in here -&nbsp;http://eepurl.com/gwWILX.NEWSLETTERSign up to get our news, offers, predictions and Matt’s Stat -&nbsp;<a href="http://eepurl.com/gbmzRX" rel="noopener n
06/12/202146 minutes 58 seconds
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Davis Cup - The Daniil Medvedev Show, Croatia vs Russia Final

Russia reached the Davis Cup Final and while the actual tennis on Saturday wasn’t particularly compelling, Daniil Medvedev provided all the drama we needed. Catherine, David and Matt discuss Medvedev provoking the crowd, his fascinating press conference, Rublev’s ruthlessness, more reflections on Novak Djokovic’s exit, and how much of a chance Croatia stands against Russia in the final.&nbsp;Plus, Iga Swiatek splitting with her coach and tribute to Darlene Hard. BECOME A FRIEND OF THE TENNIS PODCASTRather than running another Kickstarter, we will launch a subscription service called Friends of The Tennis Podcast to help us keep the show on the road in 2022. All 'Friends' will receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout the year, as well as helping to keep the weekly podcast and the Grand Slam Dailies free-to-all. To receive details when we go live on December 8th, please put your e-mail in here -&nbsp;<a href="http://eepurl.com/gwWILX" rel="n
04/12/202135 minutes 38 seconds
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Davis Cup - Djokovic downed by Mektic/Pavic as Croatia reach final

Catherine and David look back on Friday's action at the Davis Cup Finals. Gojo shows resilience to be his country’s hero once again. But why was Lajovic selected?Was Troicki right to blame Lajovic for the team’s defeat?Djokovic calls for a Serbian specialist doubles team to help them to Davis Cup glory in the futureMektic &amp; Pavic are the difference makers once again. Singles players vs doubles teams.&nbsp;Do Germany stand a chance vs Russia? Can Rublev bury his demons? And why is Medvedev a man on a mission?BECOME A FRIEND OF THE TENNIS PODCASTRather than running another Kickstarter, we will launch a subscription service called Friends of The Tennis Podcast to help us keep the show on the road in 2022. All 'Friends' will receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout the year, as well as helping to keep the weekly podcast and the Grand Slam Dailies free-to-all. To receive details when we
04/12/202130 minutes 31 seconds
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Peng Shuai and a line in the sand; Davis Cup semis set; Jo Konta retires

Catherine, David and Matt begin this episode by discussing the WTA’s decision to suspend tournaments in China as Peng Shuai’s situation remains unresolved. What sort of message does it send? And what’s been the response of the ATP and the ITF?&nbsp;Onto the Davis Cup Finals, we cover how Serbia and the Russian Tennis Federation booked their spots in the last four, including heroics from Mikhail Kukushkin for Kazakhstan, impressive displays from Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev, and a nervy performance from Andrey Rublev.&nbsp;BECOME A FRIEND OF THE TENNIS PODCASTRather than running another Kickstarter, we will launch a subscription service called Friends of The Tennis Podcast to help us keep the show on the road in 2022. All 'Friends' will receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout the year, as well as helping to keep the weekly podcast and the Grand Slam Dailies free-to-all. To receive details when we go live on December 8th, pleas
03/12/202148 minutes 55 seconds
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Davis Cup Finals - Croatia and Germany win doubles deciders to reach semis

One of the best things about Davis Cup has always been decisive doubles matches so you can imagine our excitement when the first two quarter-finals - Italy vs Croatia and Germany vs Great Britain - both came down to the doubles.&nbsp;Catherine, David and Matt recap both ties in full, including Borna Gojo’s heroics, Marin Cilic’s nerves, Mektic and Pavic’s reliability, and lots of missed opportunities for Great Britain.&nbsp;There’s also discussion about Serbia making it through the Groups (just!) and Kazakhstan’s impressive Davis Cup record over the last decade.&nbsp;BECOME A FRIEND OF THE TENNIS PODCASTRather than running another Kickstarter, we will launch a subscription service called Friends of The Tennis Podcast to help us keep the show on the road in 2022. All 'Friends' will receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout the year, as well as helping to keep the weekly podcast and the Grand Slam Dailies free-to-all. To receive
30/11/202143 minutes 21 seconds
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Davis Cup Finals - Group Stages done, bring on the knockouts

Catherine, David and Matt convene to discuss the biggest stories from the 2021 Davis Cup Finals so far. Who’s through to the quarter-finals? And who’s out? Those prove to be trickier questions to answer than expected with Group Stage qualification scenarios driving us mad.&nbsp;Despite the mathematics, there’s been plenty of good tennis to cover, including Feliciano Lopez rolling back the years against Andrey Rublev, Alexander Bublik channelling his inner Daniil Medvedev, Tomas Machac impressing for Czech Republic, Jannik Sinner and Lorenzo Sonego stepping up for Italy, and Croatia coming good on David’s prediction.&nbsp;BECOME A FRIEND OF THE TENNIS PODCASTRather than running another Kickstarter, we will launch a subscription service called Friends of The Tennis Podcast to help us keep the show on the road in 2022. All 'Friends' will receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout the year, as well as helping to keep the weekly podcast an
29/11/202143 minutes 16 seconds
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Davis Cup Finals preview - Matt's in Madrid!

The Davis Cup Finals by Rakuten are about to get underway, and Matt is in Madrid to give us the lowdown. Who are the favourites, what are the best matches to look forward to, and who has David predicted will win this time? There's also discussion of the Simon Briggs report in which he says the event is going to move to Abu Dhabi in a five year deal. BECOME A FRIEND OF THE TENNIS PODCASTRather than running another Kickstarter, we will launch a subscription service called Friends of The Tennis Podcast to help us keep the show on the road in 2022. All 'Friends' will receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout the year, as well as helping to keep the weekly podcast and the Grand Slam Dailies free-to-all. To receive details when we go live on December 8th, please put your e-mail in here -&nbsp;http://eepurl.com/gwWILX.DAVIS CUP FINALS 15% OFF TICKET CO
24/11/202155 minutes 29 seconds
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ATP Finals - Zverev's title - what happens next? Peng Shuai latest, and some news from us

Alexander Zverev won a second ATP Finals title. He was excellent, and we examine his on-court performances in detail. We also provide an update on the ATP's internal investigation into domestic abuse allegations against him. Plus, there's the doubles final, the latest on Peng Shuai, rule changes for next year, and we introduce Friends of The Tennis Podcast.BECOME A FRIEND OF THE TENNIS PODCASTRather than running another Kickstarter, we will launch a subscription service called Friends of The Tennis Podcast to help us keep the show on the road in 2022. All 'Friends' will receive exclusive access to bonus podcasts throughout the year, as well as helping to keep the weekly podcast and the Grand Slam Dailies free-to-all. To receive details when we go live on December 8th, please put your e-mail in here -&nbsp;http://eepurl.com/gwWILX.DAVIS CUP FINALS 15% OFF TIC
22/11/202155 minutes 28 seconds
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ATP Finals - Medvedev’s yawn, Ruud’s rise, Djokovic vs. Zverev preview

David and Matt bring you the latest in the story involving Peng Shuai’s disappearance and discuss the main talking points from&nbsp;Turin as the ATP Finals group stage comes to a close.&nbsp;In what way was Daniil Medvedev vs. Jannik Sinner the best dead rubber of all time? Why did Medvedev’s fake yawn provoke such a reaction? Why does David like Casper Ruud so much? How did Ruud get the better of Andrey Rublev for the first time? What insights did Ruud give in his post match press conference? And how might Novak Djokovic vs. Alexander Zverev unfold?&nbsp;The Tennis Podcast is produced year-round, with daily editions during the Grand Slam tournaments. We are on-course to produce more than 150 podcasts for the second year running.SUPPORT THE TENNIS PODCASTWe crowdfund The Tennis Podcast every December, with shout-outs, mascots and chances to take us on at predictions. For a reminder when the next campaign goes live, put your e-mail address
19/11/202139 minutes 56 seconds
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Peng Shuai fears grow; WTA Finals bliss for Muguruza…and Catherine

We begin this episode by discussing the latest developments surrounding Peng Shuai who has not been heard from since she made sexual assault allegations against a top Chinese government official two weeks ago.&nbsp;Steve Simon, chairman of the WTA, has continued to take a strong stance by casting doubt on an email released by Chinese state media attributed to Peng Shuai and saying that there remains a lot of concern for her safety.&nbsp;Elsewhere, David and Matt talk all about Garbine Muguruza winning the WTA Finals. How did she beat Anett Kontaveit in the final?&nbsp;In what way did Guadalajara bring out the best in her? What made her so emotional in victory? And what does this title mean in the context of her career?&nbsp;There’s also more chat about the ATP Finals, including the performances of Jannik Sinner and Cameron Norrie as alternates, Novak Djokovic’s contentment, and whether Andrey Rublev needs a Plan B.&nbsp;Finally, we react to a detailed upd
18/11/202152 minutes 53 seconds
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Semi-finals set in Guadalajara; Turin feels a lot like London

It’s down to the final four at the WTA Finals in Guadalajara. David and Matt discuss how perfect it feels for Paula Badosa to be facing Garbine Muguruza in the semis, the way in which Maria Sakkari’s physical prowess should enable her to recover from her gruelling win over Aryna Sabalenka, and whether Anett Kontaveit’s momentum has been snapped at just the wrong time.&nbsp;Over in Turin, the ATP Finals are underway. Why does it look and feel so similar to London? Will Matteo Berrettini have to withdraw? How is the court speed impacting matches? And in what way did a nap inspire Andrey Rublev?&nbsp;We also give an update on Peng Shuai, react to the WTA’s statement on the matter, and consider where this leaves the WTA and the future of its relationship with China.&nbsp;The Tennis Podcast is produced year-round, with daily editions during the Grand Slam tournaments. We are on-course to produce more than 150 podcasts for the second year running.LOVEAL
16/11/202150 minutes 51 seconds
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WTA Finals - Badosa & Sabalenka soar, Swiatek out but still a winner; Where is Peng Shuai?

The WTA Finals in Guadalajara have come to life, with Garbine Muguruza keeping her hopes alive, Paula Badosa battling past Maria Sakkari, and Aryna Sabalenka using the crowd's energy and support to summon her best tennis. David and Matt talk about it all and we hear from Iga Swiatek who spoke openly in her press conference about how PMS affected her in the first match. There's also a review of Tommy Paul's victory over Denis Shapovalov in Stockholm, more excitement about Carlos Alcaraz after he won the Next Gen Finals, and a shocking and disturbing report from China where Peng Shuai has not been heard from since accusing the country's former vice premier of sexual abuse.The Tennis Podcast is produced year-round, with daily editions during the Grand Slam tournaments. We are on-course to produce more than 150 podcasts for the second year running.SUPPORT THE TENNIS PODCASTWe crowdfund The Tennis Podcast every December, with shout-outs, masco
14/11/202146 minutes 6 seconds
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WTA Finals so far, altitude, ATP Finals preview and a misunderstanding

With everyone having played their first match at the WTA Finals, Catherine, David and Matt discuss the main talking points so far, including the epic contest between Garbine Muguruza and Karolina Pliskova, the strong performances from Paula Badosa and Maria Sakkari, Iga Swiatek’s sadness at her own display, and Anett Kontaveit continuing her awesome form. There’s also discussion about the conditions in Guadalajara, an argument about the court colour, and confusion about the sponsor.&nbsp;Elsewhere, we chat about Andy Murray’s season ending in Stockholm, Emma Raducanu’s decision to work with Torben Beltz, the new second week schedule at the Australian Open, and the ATP Finals draw.&nbsp;The Tennis Podcast is produced year-round, with daily editions during the Grand Slam tournaments. We are on-course to produce more than 150 podcasts for the second year running.SUPPORT THE TENNIS PODCASTWe crowdfund The Tennis Podcast every December,
12/11/202149 minutes 50 seconds
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Paris - Djokovic goes where no man has gone before

Catherine Whitaker is back alongside David Law to talk about another extraordinary achievement from Novak Djokovic - ending a year as the World No.1 male for a record 7th time. They cover the stress of his semifinal and serenity and joy of his final against Daniil Medvedev. Plus, there's chat about the crowd, Hugo Gaston, and what the week might mean for the Djokovic vs. Medvedev rivalry.With a busy week ahead, there's also debate about the new rules at the Next Gen finals, and Catherine gives her take about the recent Billie Jean King Cup controversy.The Tennis Podcast is produced year-round, with daily editions during the Grand Slam tournaments. We are on-course to produce more than 150 podcasts for the second year running. SUPPORT THE TENNIS PODCASTWe crowdfund The Tennis Podcast every December, with shout-outs, mascots and chances to take us on at predictions. For a reminder when the next campaign goes live, put your e-mail add
08/11/202156 minutes 32 seconds
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BJK Cup Final - Russia wins, Aggro galore and Matt meets Billie Jean King!

Russia won the Billie Jean King Cup and Matt had himself quite a day.A last minute selection change from Russia did not go down well with Switzerland, and Matt was in the middle of one of the more tense press conferences we’ve witnessed. Hear it all on this edition of The Tennis Podcast.&nbsp;And if that’s not enough, Matt sat down with Billie Jean King for a chat on the pod about her memories of this event, her time as captain, and her experience in Prague. Finally, we reflect on the significance of Russia's victory and give our impressions of the week as a whole. SUPPORT THE TENNIS PODCASTWe crowdfund The Tennis Podcast every December, with shout-outs, mascots and chances to take us on at predictions. For a reminder when the next campaign goes live, put your e-mail address in here -&nbsp;http://eepurl.com/gwWILXOr, if you don’t want to wait an
07/11/20211 hour 2 minutes 5 seconds
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BJK Cup Finals Day 5 - Stage set for Russia-Switzerland showdown

Russia and Switzerland booked their places in the final of the Billie Jean King Cup in contrasting fashion on Friday. Russia had to work extremely hard to beat USA, with Liudmila Samsonova starring in singles and doubles. Switzerland, meanwhile, were comfortable winners over Australia. David and Matt talk about both ties, react to press conference clips from Danielle Collins, Jil Teichmann and Heinz Günthardt, and preview tomorrow’s final.&nbsp;To subscribe and watch a stream of the action for €7.99 -&nbsp;https://video.billiejeankingcup.comThe Tennis Podcast will be with you nightly throughout the week.SUPPORT THE TENNIS PODCASTWe crowdfund The Tennis Podcast every December, with shout-outs, mascots and chances to take us on at predictions. For a reminder when the next campaign goes live, put your e-mail address in here -&nbsp;<a href="http://eep
06/11/202136 minutes 11 seconds
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BJK Cup Finals Day 4 - Semis set after more surprises

Switzerland will face Australia in the semi-finals of the Billie Jean King Cup after a day of surprises in Prague. How much was Switzerland’s win down to their brilliance versus Czech Republic underperforming? In what way was Belinda Bencic the MVP of the tie? And how much does Australia’s team spirit help them on court? David and Matt discuss all of that, react to Ajla Tomljanovic’s press conference, and preview the mouth-watering semi-final between USA and Russia.&nbsp;To subscribe and watch a stream of the action for €7.99 -&nbsp;https://video.billiejeankingcup.comThe Tennis Podcast will be with you nightly throughout the week.SUPPORT THE TENNIS PODCASTWe crowdfund The Tennis Podcast every December, with shout-outs, mascots and chances to take us on at predictions. For a reminder when the next campaign goes live, put your e-mail address in here
05/11/202130 minutes 59 seconds
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BJK Cup Finals Day 3 - USA & Russia reach semi-finals; Pavlyuchenkova interview

It seems the USA team said “and I took that personally” after losing to Slovakia. On Wednesday, they qualified for the semi-finals by beating Spain, with Danielle Collins thumping Sara Sorribes Tormo 6-1 6-0. David and Matt react to that awesome performance and discuss what Sloane Stephens had to say in press after her victory. Elsewhere, hear Matt’s chat with Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova after she beat Alize Cornet in a thrilling match to secure a semi-final spot for the Russian Tennis Federation.&nbsp;To subscribe and watch a stream of the action for €7.99 -&nbsp;https://video.billiejeankingcup.comThe Tennis Podcast will be with you nightly throughout the week.SUPPORT THE TENNIS PODCASTWe crowdfund The Tennis Podcast every December, with shout-outs, mascots and chances to take us on at predictions. For a reminder when the next campaign goes live, pu
03/11/202129 minutes 48 seconds
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BJK Cup Finals Day 2 - Kuzmova 2-1 USA; Gavrilova returns as Australia stun Belgium

It was a day of upsets in Prague as Viktoria Kuzmova (remember her?!) led Slovakia to a thrilling win over USA and Daria Gavrilova, playing her first match for 10 months, set Australia on the path to victory against Belgium.&nbsp;David and Matt talk about a nail-biting decisive doubles match, react to Gavrilova’s press conference in which she talked openly about the tough year she’s had, and admire Belinda Bencic’s performance against Angelique Kerber.&nbsp;To subscribe and watch a stream of the action for €7.99 -&nbsp;https://video.billiejeankingcup.comThe Tennis Podcast will be with you nightly throughout the week.SUPPORT THE TENNIS PODCASTWe crowdfund The Tennis Podcast every December, with shout-outs, mascots and chances to take us on at predictions. For a reminder when the next campaign goes live, put your e-mail address in here -&nbsp
03/11/202140 minutes 27 seconds
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BJK Cup Finals Day 1 - Czech’s Prevail, but what’s up with Krejcikova? Canada upset France

The pressure was on the Czech Republic, and Barbora Krejcikova in particular, to produce in front of a passionate home crowd on Day 1 of the Billie Jean King Cup in Prague. Matt Roberts was there to witness it all, and afterwards he joined David Law to talk about the upsets, injuries and inspired play that lit up The O2 Arena on Monday.&nbsp;To subscribe and watch a stream of the action for €7.99 -&nbsp;https://video.billiejeankingcup.comThe Tennis Podcast will be with you nightly throughout the week.SUPPORT THE TENNIS PODCASTWe crowdfund The Tennis Podcast every December, with shout-outs, mascots and chances to take us on at predictions. For a reminder when the next campaign goes live, put your e-mail address in here -&nbsp;http://eepurl.com/gwWILXOr, if you d
02/11/202134 minutes 4 seconds
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BJK Cup - Matt’s in Prague! Kontaveit qualifies for WTA Finals; Turbo Tiafoe

Matt is in Prague for the Billie Jean King Cup Finals, and Catherine and David are jealous.Find out what he asked in a weekend of press conferences, which group he sees as the Group of Death, and what the vibe is like on the ground.Elsewhere, Catherine assesses Emma Raducanu’s week, reveals her feelings about Halloween and the clocks going back, the form of Frances Tiafoe gets bigged up, and Anett Kontaveit's incredible run to reach the WTA Finals is discussed. Finally, remember Marin Cilic? SUPPORT THE TENNIS PODCASTWe crowdfund The Tennis Podcast every December, with shout-outs, mascots and chances to take us on at predictions. For a reminder when the next campaign goes live, put your e-mail address in here -&nbsp;http://eepurl.com/gwWILXOr, if you don’t want to wait and prefer to support us on Patreon -&nbsp;<a href="https://www.patreon.com/TheTenni
31/10/202158 minutes 59 seconds
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Listener questions - WTA teenage talent, ATP lost boys, tennis with one serve

Catherine, David and Matt tackle another set of listener questions, guest edited by Dave Courteen.&nbsp;How will Raducanu’s US Open victory affect her career in the long run? Has the ship sailed for the Dimitrov-Nishikori-Raonic generation? In what order will Swiatek, Fernandez, Gauff and Raducanu be ranked at the end of 2022? Who will be the next first-time major winners? What would tennis be like if there were only one serve? Has electronic line calling been a positive or negative addition to the sport? What are some of the best matches to have featured both players playing well at the same time? And which player could use a Matt?&nbsp;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.SUPPORT THE TENNIS PODCASTWe crowdfund The Tennis Podcast every December, with shout-o
25/10/20211 hour 1 minute 39 seconds
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Indian Wells - Badosa vs. Azarenka - Match of the year? Norrie knows no limits

Paula Badosa and Cameron Norrie are the 2021 Indian Wells champions! Catherine, David and Matt discuss why the women’s final was a contender for match of the year, whether Badosa can use this victory as a springboard for further success, how #shoegate returned to bother Norrie before the biggest match of his life, the Nadal-like qualities to Norrie’s approach to tennis, and whether or not he will qualify for the ATP Finals in Turin. We also review Citizen Ashe and King Richard which were screened at the London Film Festival last week. Spoiler: we liked them.&nbsp;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.SUPPORT THE TENNIS PODCASTWe crowdfund The Tennis Podcast every December, with shout-outs, mascots and chances to take us on at predictions. For
18/10/20211 hour 32 seconds
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Indian Wells - Medvedev melts down to open door for Dimitrov; Jabeur breaks new ground, or does she?

Catherine, David and Matt discuss the biggest moments from the last few days at Indian Wells, including premature congratulations to Ons Jabeur for reaching the Top 10, Jelena Ostapenko making her way into the semi-finals impressively, Daniil Medvedev’s collapse from 6-4 4-1 up against Grigor Dimitrov, a return to form for Alex de Minaur, more encouraging signs for Andy Murray (even if he doesn’t think so), Reilly Opelka’s no-holds-barred interview, and much more.&nbsp;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.SUPPORT THE TENNIS PODCASTWe crowdfund The Tennis Podcast every December, with shout-outs, mascots and chances to take us on at predictions. For a reminder when the next campaign goes live, put your e-mail address in here -&nbsp;<a href="http://eepurl.com/gwWILX" r
14/10/202157 minutes 5 seconds
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Indian Wells - Murray magic; What next for Emma Raducanu?

With Indian Wells in full swing, Catherine, David and Matt talk about some of the biggest stories so far, including Andy Murray’s fantastic three-set win over Carlos Alcaraz, Leylah Fernandez picking up where she left off in New York, and Iga Swiatek donating her prize money to a nonprofit mental health organisation.&nbsp;In the U.K. much of the coverage has been centred on Emma Raducanu’s defeat to Aliaksandra Sasnovich. We discuss the match and why we’re not going to read too much into the result before David speaks to Simon Briggs of The Telegraph about what it’s been like at Indian Wells, the responsibility he feels when writing about Raducanu, and how her coaching situation might be resolved.&nbsp;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.SUPPORT THE TENNIS PODCAST<
11/10/202159 minutes 44 seconds
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Indian Wells Preview; Zverev investigation latest; and where is Andy Murray's wedding ring?

Indian Wells is back! As the tours return to Tennis Paradise, Catherine, David and Matt are together in the same room to talk through the draws, the pre tournament press conferences, the fact that Emma Raducanu is the favourite for the title, how big The Mix is on the men's side, and drama involving Andy Murray's shoes. Before all of that, we also discuss Monday's announcement that the ATP has launched an internal investigation into the abuse accusations against Alexander Zverev. 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.SUPPORT THE TENNIS PODCASTWe crowdfund The Tennis Podcast every December, with shout-outs, mascots and chances to take us on at predictions. For a reminder when the next campaign goes live, put your e-mail address in here -&nbsp;<a href="http://ee
07/10/202143 minutes 50 seconds
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San Diego, Chicago - Yes please!

With new tournaments in San Diego and Chicago proving a big hit, Catherine, David and Matt are together to talk through the last week in tennis.&nbsp;How far can Casper Ruud go over the next few years? In what way does Cameron Norrie keep impressing? Did we learn anything new about Jannik Sinner after he successfully defended his title in Sofia? What’s made Chicago champion Garbine Muguruza so enjoyable to watch in 2021?&nbsp;And how did Alison van Uytvanck keep up her 100% record in finals?&nbsp;Elsewhere, there’s discussion about the large British media contingent travelling to Indian Wells as Emma Raducanu plays her first match as US Open champion, as well as the news that a vaccine mandate may be required for players at the upcoming Australian Open.&nbsp;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 e
04/10/202158 minutes 41 seconds
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Laver Cup, Raducanu’s coach capers and OSTRAVA!!!

For the first time in a couple of weeks, Catherine, David and Matt are all together to review what was a pretty busy week in tennis, headlined by the fourth edition of The Laver Cup.&nbsp;We discuss Europe’s dominance, what we continue to like and dislike about the event, how it might be improved, and Mary Carillo’s decision to step down from her Laver Cup role due to the event’s handling of Alexander Zverev and the accusations against him.&nbsp;Elsewhere, there’s chat about Annett Kontaveit’s victory over Maria Sakkari in Ostrava!!!, the way in which Andy Murray viewed his week in Metz differently to everyone else, Hubert Hurkacz’s rise into the ATP Finals qualification spots, a massive moment in the career of Liam Broady, and Emma Raducanu’s announcement that she is looking for a new coach.&nbsp;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 tourn
27/09/202154 minutes 56 seconds
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Raducanu, Djokovic/Medvedev and the US Open, one week on - David Law's Takes!

One week on from the most extraordinary Grand Slam tennis tournament in recent memory, David Law returns to give his takes!What did he think of Emma Raducanu’s win, what has he made of the media coverage one week on, and what should we expect in the future?&nbsp;Joined by Catherine Whitaker with Matt Roberts is on holiday, David is grilled about the men’s final between Daniil Medvedev and Novak Djokovic, the latest win by Clara Tauson, and the discord over Laver Cup.&nbsp;The Tennis Podcast is presented by Catherine Whitaker and David Law, and features Matt Roberts. More than 150 editions of the show are produced year-round, with weekly coverage and daily pods during Grand Slam tournaments.SUPPORT THE TENNIS PODCASTWe crowdfund The Tennis Podcast every December, with shout-outs, mascots and chances to take us on at predictions. For a reminder when the next campaign goes live, put your e-mail address in here -&nbsp;<a href="http
20/09/202151 minutes 5 seconds
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US Open Day 14 - Medvedev poops on Djokovic's Grand Slam party

Rod Laver in 1969 is STILL the last man to complete the calendar Grand Slam after Novak Djokovic fell one match short by losing in straight sets to Daniil Medvedev in the US Open final.Catherine and Matt talk about Djokovic's sub-par performance and the possible reasons for it, the extraordinary moment he received the support of the crowd and what that meant to him, the ways in which Medvedev played a fantastic match, and the story behind his legendary celebration.Elsewhere, there's chat about what this defeat could mean for the future, discussion about Dylan Alcott and Diede De Groot completing their Golden Slams, a review of the women's doubles final, and final reflections on an unforgettable tournament.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.SUPPORT THE TENNIS PODCAST
13/09/202150 minutes 40 seconds
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US Open Day 13 - Raducanu is the champion; Djokovic vs Medvedev Preview

Emma Raducanu is the US Open champion. At 18, on just her second Grand Slam appearance, she qualified and went all the way to the title without dropping a set. There's never been anything else like it in tennis.At the end of an incredible night, Catherine and Matt react to her 6-4 6-3 win over Leylah Fernandez, the high-quality tennis on display, the feeling of joy it elicited, the extraordinary post-match speech by Fernandez, and why it's a moment beyond compare.Looking ahead to the men's final, is Daniil Medvedev ready to win his first major title? And will The Grand Slam being on the line make Novak Djokovic unstoppable?We also run through all the results and stories from the doubles and wheelchair events.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.SUPPORT THE TENN
12/09/202147 minutes 54 seconds
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US Open Day 12 - Djokovic: 27 down, 1 to go; Raducanu vs. Fernandez Preview

Novak Djokovic is on the verge of history; after beating Alexander Zverev in five sets, he stands just one match win away from completing The Grand Slam. His opponent will be Daniil Medvedev who easily beat Felix Auger-Aliassime in the other semi-final. On the back end of the pod, we take stock of the Canadian's career, discuss how well Djokovic was forced to play, and consider how on earth Medvedev might stop him in the final.To start the show, Catherine, David and Matt are back together to preview the women's final between Emma Raducanu and Leylah Fernandez. What's the coverage going to be like in the UK? And what will happen when Fernandez's fight comes up against Raducanu's ruthlessness?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.TO READWashington Post opin
11/09/202146 minutes 11 seconds
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US Open Day 11 - Raducanu. Fernandez. WHAT IS HAPPENING?

The teenage dream will extend all the way to the US Open final after Leylah Fernandez and Emma Raducanu booked their places in Saturday's showpiece event. At the end of an extraordinary women's semi-final night, David and Matt try to convey what they saw and how they felt. How much was Aryna Sabalenka her own worst enemy? What did Fernandez do to cause Sabalenka's downfall? In what way did Raducanu neutralise Maria Sakkari's physical presence? And how did the Brit maintain her composure throughout the second set?There's also a rundown of the records they're setting, lots of shock about surreal it all is, and a look ahead to the men's semi-finals on Friday.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.SUPPORT THE TENNIS PODCASTWe crowdfund The Tennis Podcast every Dece
10/09/202142 minutes 17 seconds
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US Open Day 10 - Raducanu makes history; Djokovic's quest continues

Emma Raducanu is into the semi-finals of the US Open. It sounds unbelievable, but it's happening. David and Matt try to make sense of it all with a discussion of how she beat Belinda Bencic and the hype surrounding her run. How might she fare against Maria Sakkari after her victory over Karolina Pliskova? Will we see an all-teenage final or will Aryna Sabalenka have too much for Leylah Fernandez?On the men's side, there's chat about how Lloyd Harris missed his chance against Alexander Zverev as well as the extraordinary comeback ability of Novak Djokovic.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.SUPPORT THE TENNIS PODCASTWe crowdfund The Tennis Podcast every December, with shout-outs, mascots and chances to take us on at predictions. For a reminder when the next c
09/09/202134 minutes 30 seconds
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US Open Day 9 - David is back! Fernandez keeps shining

David is back! Feeling better after a few days away, he chats to Matt about all the stories from the last 24 hours, including Maria Sakkari's thrilling win over Bianca Andreescu, a weird victory for Daniil Medvedev against Botic van de Zandschulp, and the continuation of Leylah Fernandez's magical run. There's also a look ahead to Emma Raducanu's quarter-final against Belinda Bencic and a mid-pod surprise involving Catherine. 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.SUPPORT THE TENNIS PODCASTWe crowdfund The Tennis Podcast every December, with shout-outs, mascots and chances to take us on at predictions. For a reminder when the next campaign goes live, put your e-mail address in here -&nbsp;htt
08/09/202145 minutes 2 seconds
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US Open Day 8 - Is Emma Raducanu in the mix?

Recorded while watching Jenson Brooksby throw everything at Novak Djokovic during the night session, Catherine and Matt wrap up yet another excellent day at the 2021 US Open, headlined by Emma Raducanu reaching the quarter-finals. We discuss how she overcame her nerves, the way in which she belongs on the big stage, and whether or not she's 'in the mix'. And if she's not, who is?Elsewhere, there's praise for Matteo Berrettini, recaps of Belinda Bencic vs Iga Swiatek and Alexander Zverev vs Jannik Sinner, a look ahead to tomorrow's order of play, and a look back on aggro between Garbine Muguruza and Barbora Krejcikova as well as a deeply impressive performance from Felix Auger-Aliassime against Frances Tiafoe. We also Dial-a-David!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.SUPPORT
07/09/202149 minutes 15 seconds
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US Open Day 7 - Leylah gets New York on its feet

Halfway through this US Open and it just keeps getting better and better. Catherine and Matt chat about how defeat for Ash Barty changes the complexion of the draw, the way Leylah Fernandez out-Kerbered Angelique Kerber&nbsp;and took the New York crowd with her, how Spain is covering Carlos Alcaraz, Daniil Medvedev's masterclass against Dan Evans, the way Elina Svitolina stepped up to beat Simona Halep, and a big moment for Botic van de Zandschulp.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.SUPPORT THE TENNIS PODCASTWe crowdfund The Tennis Podcast every December, with shout-outs, mascots and chances to take us on at predictions. For a reminder when the next campaign goes live, put your e-mail address in here -&nbsp;<a href="http://eepurl.com/gwWILX" rel="noopener noreferre
06/09/202151 minutes 15 seconds
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US Open Day 6 - The sensational slam continues

Just when you think this US Open has peaked, it throws up yet more drama. Catherine and Matt discuss Naomi Osaka's defeat and emotional press conference, an extraordinary performance from Emma Raducanu, the way in which Novak Djokovic was tested more than usual by Kei Nishikori, a ruthless and efficient victory for Bianca Andreescu, and five set wins Frances Tiafoe and Jannik Sinner. 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.SUPPORT THE TENNIS PODCASTWe crowdfund The Tennis Podcast every December, with shout-outs, mascots and chances to take us on at predictions. For a reminder when the next campaign goes live, put your e-mail address in here -&nbsp;http://eepurl.com/gwWILXOr, if you
05/09/202151 minutes 42 seconds
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US Open Day 5 - Match of the tournament x6

Quite simply, that was one of the best ever days of Grand Slam tennis. Surely. Catherine and Matt recap Carlos Alcaraz's stunning performance to beat Stefanos Tsitsipas, the way the crowd turned on Tsitsipas, Simona Halep's victory over Elena Rybakina which included an epic tiebreak, a significant step in the career of Dan Evans, the continued reawakening of Angelique Kerber, and the chilled energy of Garbine Muguruza which is producing big results in New York for the first time.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.SUPPORT THE TENNIS PODCASTWe crowdfund The Tennis Podcast every December, with shout-outs, mascots and chances to take us on at predictions. For a reminder when the next campaign goes live, put your e-mail address in here -&nbsp;<a href="http://eepurl.com
04/09/202155 minutes 43 seconds
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US Open Day 4 - Raducanu rules; Relay tennis; ATP Players on Pride Day

Catherine, David and Matt react to Wednesday night's storm, a dazzling display from Emma Raducanu, smooth progress for Angelique Kerber and Ash Barty, a fun win for Matteo Berrettini over Corentin Moutet, and the Movement-stopping powers of Andreas Seppi. We also invent a game called Relay Tennis.Finally, there's discussion about the responses from top male players to a question from Matt, on Pride Day at the US Open, about the lack of openly gay players on the ATP Tour. What's the next step for players after declaring their support? And what are the details of the ATP's LGBT+ research survey?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.SUPPORT THE TENNIS PODCASTWe crowdfund The Tennis Podcast every December, with shout-outs, mascots and chances to take us on at pred
03/09/202151 minutes 54 seconds
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US Open Day 3 - WTA Avengers Assembling

Catherine, David and Matt discuss Pride Day at the US Open, Sloane Stephens schooling Coco Gauff, the discrepancy in quality and intrigue between the R3 women's line-up and the R3 men's line-up, statement wins for Garbine Muguruza, Simona Halep and Daniil Medvedev, confusion over the difference between booing and Rune-ing in Novak Djokovic's first win, and Bianca Andreescu's thrill ride of a round one victory.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.SUPPORT THE TENNIS PODCASTWe crowdfund The Tennis Podcast every December, with shout-outs, mascots and chances to take us on at predictions. For a reminder when the next campaign goes live, put your e-mail address in here -&nbsp;http://eepurl.com/gw
02/09/202151 minutes
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US Open Day 2 - More toilet chat; Barty, Raducanu roar through

Day 2 started with a tweet as Andy Murray threw some more shade at Stefanos Tsitsipas. It prompted yet more discussion about bathroom breaks in tennis and that's where Catherine, David and Matt begin this episode. Elsewhere, we talk about Emma Raducanu's impressive performance on her US Open debut, a test passed for Ash Barty in her opening match, and a couple of enthralling fifth set tiebreaks.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.SUPPORT THE TENNIS PODCASTWe crowdfund The Tennis Podcast every December, with shout-outs, mascots and chances to take us on at predictions. For a reminder when the next campaign goes live, put your e-mail address in here -&nbsp;http://eepurl.com/gwWILX
01/09/202145 minutes 59 seconds
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US Open Day 1 - Total Andy Murray

Day one felt like the US Open again and Andy Murray looked like Andy Murray again.&nbsp;Those were the big takeaways for Catherine, David and Matt on the first nightly podcast from this year’s tournament at the end of a day packed with drama, epic matches, and even some aggro.How did it feel different watching Murray this time compared to other recent matches? Should he have won? And why has he “lost respect” for Stefanos Tsitsipas after the Greek’s lengthy bathroom break?&nbsp;Elsewhere, we discuss how Sloane Stephens vs Madison Keys exceeded expectations, gritty performances from Garbine Muguruza, Angelique Kerber and Coco Gauff, and a big win for Simona Halep.&nbsp;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.SUPPORT THE TENNIS PODCASTWe crowdfun
31/08/202140 minutes 7 seconds
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US Open Preview - All eyes on Djokovic; Osaka's search for meaning

With Catherine and Matt together at Tennis Podcast Towers, and David in Salford, we discuss qualifying success for Britain's women, how Novak Djokovic is embracing the challenge of his Grand Slam pursuit, whether Andy Murray has a chance against Stefanos Tsitsipas, what to expect from Naomi Osaka, and why Sloane Stephens vs. Madison Keys in round 1 makes us a bit sad.There's also reaction to Alexander Zverev's press conference after more allegations of domestic abuse from his ex-girlfriend Olga Sharypova and to the growing issue of vaccine hesitancy among players.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.TO READOlga Sharypova says her ex-boyfriend, tennis star Alexander Zverev, abused her. Why hasn’t the tour addressed it? - <a href="https://slate.com/culture/2021
29/08/202155 minutes 20 seconds
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US Open Re-Lived: 2015 - When Vinci beat Serena

“History was thwarted not with a spectacular act of violence, but with a half volley. Roberta Vinci tiptoed near the net and barely brushed the ball with her racket, depositing it gently on Serena's side of the court, where it bounced multiple times and died a quiet death.”&nbsp;That was Sports Illustrated’s take on the final act of one of tennis’ biggest ever where-were-you-when moments as Roberta Vinci ended Serena Williams’ quest for the Grand Slam at the US Open in 2015.&nbsp;In this episode, we remind ourselves of how Serena had dominated since turning 30, look back at her title runs at the first three majors of 2015, explain the story of her emotional return to Indian Wells that year, reminisce about the hype in New York as she went for history, and analyse how it all went wrong in the semi-finals.&nbsp;What were the signs that Serena was stressed? How did Vinci turn the match around? And could Serena have done anything differently?&nbsp;The Tennis
27/08/20211 hour 11 minutes 32 seconds
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US Open Re-Lived: Marat Safin 2000

“In a performance so casual it was chilling, Safin announced himself as the game's next big thing by dismantling the best player ever.”&nbsp;Those were the words of S.L. Price in Sports Illustrated after 20-year-old Marat Safin beat Pete Sampras to win the US Open in 2000, a story we tell on this edition of Tennis Re-Lived.&nbsp;Why did Chris Clarey think Safin would be a future World No.1 from the moment he saw him? What did Yevgeny Kafelnikov think of Safin when they first met at the Davis Cup? Why was Safin the ideal guy to be front and centre of the ATP’s ‘New Balls Please’ campaign? And how did a coaching change in April 2000 help Safin to rediscover his best form after a glut of bad results at the start of the year?&nbsp;Turning to New York, how much of a contender was Safin going into the tournament? In what way did he struggle in the opening rounds? And why did he need to borrow some socks from Jeff Tarango?&nbsp;We hear from Mary Carillo in the c
25/08/20211 hour 27 minutes 2 seconds
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Making of The Master - Roger Federer, by Chris Clarey

This episode is a discussion with esteemed New York Times journalist and friend of the pod Chris Clarey about his new biography of Roger Federer, titled ‘The Master’.&nbsp;Chris speaks to David about the process of writing the book and what he learned along the way, the several exclusives he’s had with Federer over the years, the 82 interviews he conducted specifically for the book, why the likes of Mirka Federer, Peter Carter and Pierre Paganini have been fundamental to Federer’s success, how Federer has changed over the years, and how his rivalries with Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have shaped him.&nbsp;We also get Chris to do a quick-fire Federer round and afterwards David chats to Matt about his impressions of the book.&nbsp;You can buy a copy of The Master, here - <a href="https://www.amazon.co.uk/Master-Brilliant-Career-Roger-Federer/dp/1529342058/ref=sr_1_1?crid=ABL1O2T8YDE5&amp;dchild=1&amp;keywords=the+master+christopher+clarey&amp;qid=1629812297&amp
24/08/202159 minutes 40 seconds
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Cincinnati - Barty getting even better; Zverev zoning

Ash Barty and Alexander Zverev are the Cincinnati champions, Jil Teichmann and Andrey Rublev had impressive runs to the final, and it was a big week for new types of aggro. Catherine, David and Matt discuss all of that, as well as the pay gap between the ATP and WTA events, Rafael Nadal's announcement that he will miss the rest of the season, and the Chicago final between Clara Tauson and Emma Raducanu.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.SUPPORT THE TENNIS PODCASTWe crowdfund The Tennis Podcast every December, with shout-outs, mascots and chances to take us on at predictions. For a reminder when the next campaign goes live, put your e-mail address in here -&nbsp;http://eepurl.com/gwWILX</a
23/08/20211 hour 1 minute 16 seconds
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Osaka Returns - to the court and the interview room

Catherine, David and Matt catch up to discuss everything which has happened in Cincinnati so far this week, including Naomi Osaka’s win over Coco Gauff, her two press conferences, encouraging signs for Andy Murray, a women’s tournament full of great matches, and the news that Dominic Thiem will be out for the rest of the season.&nbsp;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.SUPPORT THE TENNIS PODCASTWe crowdfund The Tennis Podcast every December, with shout-outs, mascots and chances to take us on at predictions. For a reminder when the next campaign goes live, put your e-mail address in here -&nbsp;http://eepurl.com/gwWILXOr, if you don’t want to wait and prefer to support us on Patr
19/08/202158 minutes 47 seconds
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Federer - Is this the end? Canada - Giorgi, Medvedev take titles

As Roger Federer announced that he will be having a third surgery on his knee, saying there is just a “glimmer of hope” of returning to the tour, Catherine, David and Matt reflect on what feels like the end for one of the greatest ever tennis careers.&nbsp;In Canada, there was an unexpected title for Camila Giorgi and a statement title for Daniil Medvedev. Where has this new level of tennis from Giorgi come from? Does Karolina Pliskova have a finals problem? Is either player in the ‘mix’ for the US Open? And what makes Medvedev the biggest threat to Novak Djokovic’s calendar Grand Slam pursuit?&nbsp;There’s also chat about the weeks of Ons Jabeur, Bianca Andreescu, Reilly Opelka and Stefanos Tsitsipas.&nbsp;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.SUPPORT THE TENNIS PODCA
16/08/202156 minutes 47 seconds
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Canada update - Who’s hot, who’s not and things look rough for Rafa

While there have been some excellent matches in Toronto and Montreal, we begin by discussing the unfortunate news that none of the Big 3 nor Serena Williams will play again before the US Open, after Rafael Nadal’s ongoing foot problem has forced him to return home and Serena’s leg injury from Wimbledon will prevent her from playing Cincinnati next week. Will New York be last chance saloon?&nbsp;Turning our attention to the week’s tennis, Catherine, David and Matt talk about how nice it is to see Bianca Andreescu and Simona Halep back on court, review a bittersweet week for Johanna Konta, make some big Coco Gauff predictions, explain why Aryna Sabalenka continues to impress, try to figure out why Maria Sakkari keeps losing close matches, and dissect what went wrong for Felix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov.&nbsp;There’s also a tangential debate about whether there’s too much faff in tennis and what - if anything - can be done about it.&nbsp;The Tennis Podcas
13/08/202155 minutes 20 seconds
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Nadal is back, Djokovic/Federer are not, and is Danielle Collins in the mix?

Catherine, David and Matt catch up to discuss all the main talking points from the start of the North American hard court swing.&nbsp;Does Novak Djokovic’s decision to skip Cincinnati feel like the right one?&nbsp;What does Roger Federer’s withdrawal from the US Open lead-in events suggest about the state of his knee?&nbsp;How did Rafael Nadal seem on his return in Washington and how much of a concern is his foot injury?&nbsp;Why is Andy Murray singling out Jenson Brooksby as an exciting prospect?&nbsp;What are the big storylines to watch out for in Canada?&nbsp;How much could Bianca Andreescu do with a strong showing this week?&nbsp;Why was it a big deal that Jannik Sinner won the title in Washington?&nbsp;In what way is Danielle Collins a new player and is she in the US Open mix?&nbsp;The Tennis Podcast is presented by Catherine Whitaker and David Law, and features Matt Roberts. It is produced
10/08/202159 minutes 54 seconds
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Olympics - Final medals won; Ruud's achievement

So that’s it for tennis at the Tokyo Olympics. In one final podcast, Catherine, David and Matt look back on the last day of action with the gold medals going to the Czech Republic, Germany and Russia.&nbsp;How is Barbora Krejcikova managing to juggle singles and doubles so successfully? What made the Russian team at this Olympics such good value? In what way did Alexandr Zverev play pretty much the perfect match to win gold against Karen Khachanov? What did Mary Carillo and Darren Cahill say about the allegations against Zverev during their commentary for American TV? And what will we remember about tennis at these Olympics?&nbsp;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.SUPPORT THE TENNIS PODCASTWe crowdfund The Tennis Podcast every December, with shout-outs, mas
02/08/202147 minutes 40 seconds
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Olympics nirvana for Bencic, Svitolina, Carreno Busta; Djokovic loses and leaves

The tennis on Saturday felt more like the Olympics we know and love, with amazing scenes as Belinda Bencic, Elina Svitolina and Pablo Carreno Busta were overcome with emotion after winning medals. Catherine, David and Matt talk through it all.&nbsp;Will this be a springboard for Bencic or could this be the pinnacle of her career? Does Elena Rybakina have a problem with closing out matches? What is it about Carreno Busta’s game which gets under Novak Djokovic’s skin? Should Djokovic have played his mixed doubles match? Will his defeats this week make him more vulnerable at the US Open? And in what way did Laura Pigossi and Luisa Stefani’s bronze for Brazil embody the Olympic spirit?&nbsp;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.SUPPORT THE TENNIS PODCASTWe crowdfu
31/07/202150 minutes
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Olympics - Djokovic's Dream Dies

There will be no Golden Slam for Novak Djokovic in 2021 after he was stunned by Alexander Zverev in the semi-finals in Tokyo. What on earth happened to him when he was leading by a set and a break? And what could this defeat mean for his pursuit of the calendar Grand Slam in New York?&nbsp;Elsewhere, Catherine, David and Matt discuss Karen Khachanov being guaranteed a medal and what it means for his career, a deserved gold for Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic over their Croatian compatriots, a second defeat of the day for Djokovic in mixed doubles, and tomorrow’s schedule which includes the gold medal match between Marketa Vondrousova and Belinda Bencic.&nbsp;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.SUPPORT THE TENNIS PODCASTWe crowdfund The Tennis Podcast every Dece
30/07/202143 minutes 27 seconds
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The Weird Olympics - where are all the good matches?

Is it just us or has the tennis event at these Olympics been a bit of a disappointment so far? We try to figure out why we’re feeling like that before discussing the main stories since Monday, including Naomi Osaka’s defeat, the change to scheduling which came too late for Paula Badosa, Novak Djokovic’s imperious performance against Kei Nishikori, defeat for Andy Murray and Joe Salisbury, Liam Broady’s fine efforts, great runs to the gold medal match from Marketa Vondrousova and Belinda Bencic, and the start of the mixed doubles tournament.&nbsp;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.SUPPORT THE TENNIS PODCASTWe crowdfund The Tennis Podcast every December, with shout-outs, mascots and chances to take us on at predictions. For a reminder when the next campaign goes live, put your e-mai
29/07/202149 minutes 17 seconds
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Osaka’s Olympics - The Story So Far

With the whole world watching, Naomi Osaka re-emerged into the spotlight, lit the cauldron, and opened the Tokyo Olympic Games in a powerful and significant moment for tennis. Catherine, David and Matt talk all about that, as well as her excellent performances so far, the way in which the conditions are impacting matches, Ash Barty's defeat to Sara Sorribes Tormo, Iga Swiatek's tears, Novak Djokovic's popularity in the athlete's village, Andy Murray's withdrawal from the singles and victory in the doubles, a crazy first round win for Marin Cilic, and much more.Away from the Olympics, there's chat about debut titles for Cameron Norrie, Carlos Alcaraz and Danielle Collins, and yet another great week on clay for Casper Ruud.We will have daily podcasts from Thursday through Sunday to cover the quarter-final, semi-final and medal matches from Tokyo.The Tennis Podcast is presented by Catherine Whitaker and David Law, and features Matt Roberts. It is produced weekly ye
26/07/202158 minutes 44 seconds
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Olympics Draws! More listener questions

The Tokyo Olympics - at long last - are almost here! Catherine, David and Matt talk through the draws before answering more listener questions.&nbsp;Should Richard Williams and Oracene Price be inducted into the Hall of Fame?&nbsp;When did we fall in love with tennis?&nbsp;How does watching tennis for a job differ to watching as a fan?&nbsp;Which significant results from recent tennis history would we change?&nbsp;Will Andrey Rublev win a major? And who might be the next Aslan Karatsev?&nbsp;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.SUPPORT THE TENNIS PODCASTWe crowdfund The Tennis Podcast every December, with shout-outs, mascots and chances to take us on at predictions. For a reminder when the next campaign goes live, put your e-mail address in here -&nbsp;<a href="h
22/07/202159 minutes 41 seconds
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A wedding, Olympics build-up, listener questions answered

We’re back! Catherine, David and Matt run through what’s happened since Wimbledon - including the G.E.M.S Life wedding, some fantastic Hall of Fame inductions, Timea Bacsinszky's retirement, more drop outs from the Olympics, and yet another title for Barbora Krejcikova - before moving on to answering listener questions, guest edited by Kickstarter backer Lynn Charles.&nbsp;Was there ever such a thing as a Big 4? What’s the biggest thing that people outside of tennis don’t understand about tennis? Which shot would we like to inherit from a pro? What’s happened to Dominic Thiem this year? Which women would benefit from playing best-of-five? And who will be the next woman to win a maiden major title?&nbsp;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.SUPPORT THE TENNIS PODCAST<
19/07/202159 minutes 16 seconds
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Wimbledon Day 13 - Djokovic draws level at last

The moment has arrived - Novak Djokovic has tied Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on twenty Grand Slam titles. He did it by winning his sixth Wimbledon crown, coming back from a set down to defeat Matteo Berrettini. On the podcast, Catherine, David and Matt are together one last time at Wimbledon to discuss how he managed it, his comments about his Olympics participation being in doubt, the way in which Goran Ivanisevic is hyping up the calendar Grand Slam, and the general significance of the achievement.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.SUPPORT THE TENNIS PODCASTWe crowdfund The Tennis Podcast every December, with shout-outs, mascots and chances to take us on at predictions. For a reminder when the next campaign goes live, put your e-mail address in here -&nbsp;<a hre
12/07/202147 minutes 12 seconds
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Wimbledon Day 12 - Ash Barty's dream comes true

After Ash Barty achieved her childhood dream of winning Wimbledon, following in the footsteps on her mentor Evonne Goolagong, Catherine, David and Matt convened to discuss the significance of such a special moment. What did she do to beat Karolina Pliskova? How did Pliskova recover from her terrible start? What did Pliskova prove to everyone this fortnight? How has Barty transformed her mindset over the past few years? And what's next for her?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.SUPPORT THE TENNIS PODCASTWe crowdfund The Tennis Podcast every December, with shout-outs, mascots and chances to take us on at predictions. For a reminder when the next campaign goes live, put your e-mail address in here -&nbsp;<a href="http://eepurl.com/gwWILX" rel="noopener noreferrer" ta
10/07/202152 minutes 11 seconds
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Wimbledon Day 11 - Djokovic, Berrettini ready to rumble; Barty vs. Pliskova preview

Friday at Wimbledon saw Matteo Berrettini beat Hubert Hurkacz to reach his first Grand Slam final and Novak Djokovic beat Denis Shapovalov to reach his 30th. Why did Hurkacz freeze? How has Berrettini coped with the pressure on him so well? What is it about his game that's so effective on grass? In what way does it feel like Shapovalov made a step forward despite the loss? How did Djokovic manage the match expertly? And what can we expect on Sunday? Those are all questions for Catherine, David and Matt before they look ahead to the women's final between Ash Barty and 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. It is crowdfunded by listeners each December.SUPPORT THE TENNIS PODCASTWe crowdfund The Tennis Podcast every December, with shout-outs, mascots and chances to take us on at predi
09/07/202150 minutes 53 seconds
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Wimbledon Day 10 - Pliskova, Barty ready to party; Who wins the men’s semis?

After a couple of excellent women's semi-finals, Catherine, David and Matt are joined by Pam Shriver to talk all about them. How did Ash Barty put on a tactical masterclass to stop Angelique Kerber? In what way does Barty seem more comfortable than ever in her own skin? Where has this run from Karolina Pliskova come from? How has her movement on grass improved? And will Aryna Sabalenka have any regrets?Looking ahead to tomorrow, who will have the edge between Matteo Berrettini and Hubert Hurkacz? And will Denis Shapovalov be able to make Novak Djokovic uncomfortable? 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.SUPPORT THE TENNIS PODCASTWe crowdfund The Tennis Podcast every December, with shout-outs, mascots and chances to take us on at predictions. For a reminder wh
08/07/202154 minutes 37 seconds
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Wimbledon Day 9 - Semis set, and what now for Roger Federer?

Catherine, David and Matt's mood, after watching England reach the Euros final, did not match the mood at Wimbledon, as Roger Federer lost in straight sets to Hubert Hurkacz. What happened? How did Federer explain the result in his press conference? And will we see him again at Wimbledon?Elsewhere, there's chat about Matteo Berrettini living up to expectations, Novak Djokovic doing all he needed to against Marton Fucsovics, and Denis Shapovalov's breakthrough five-set win over Karen Khachanov.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.SUPPORT THE TENNIS PODCASTWe crowdfund The Tennis Podcast every December, with shout-outs, mascots and chances to take us on at predictions. For a reminder when the next campaign goes live, put your e-mail address in here -&nbsp;<a hr
07/07/202146 minutes 40 seconds
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Wimbledon Day 8 - Sabalenka, Barty, Kerber and Pliskova to shine in semis

Women's quarter-final day never quite caught fire, but there were some stellar performances from Aryna Sabalenka, Karolina Pliskova, Angelique Kerber and Ash Barty, and it's set up two tantalising semi-finals on Thursday.Catherine, David and Matt discuss all of that, Hubert Hurkacz's upset of Daniil Medvedev, and the reaction to Emma Raducanu's statement.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.SUPPORT THE TENNIS PODCASTWe crowdfund The Tennis Podcast every December, with shout-outs, mascots and chances to take us on at predictions. For a reminder when the next campaign goes live, put your e-mail address in here -&nbsp;http://eepurl.com/gwWILXOr, if you don’t want to wait and
06/07/202145 minutes 16 seconds
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Wimbledon Day 7 - Just a final Manic Monday

The last ever Manic Monday was a day of breakthroughs, with 11 players reaching their first quarter-final at Wimbledon, among them Ons Jabeur, Aryna Sabalenka, Ash Barty, Karolina Pliskova, Denis Shapovalov, and Felix Auger-Aliassime.&nbsp;Catherine, David and Matt chat about all of those significant wins, but not before discussing the sad end to Emma Raducanu’s run, who was forced to retire against Ajla Tomljanovic due to breathing difficulties.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.SUPPORT THE TENNIS PODCASTWe crowdfund The Tennis Podcast every December, with shout-outs, mascots and chances to take us on at predictions. For a reminder when the next campaign goes live, put your e-mail address in here -&nbsp;<a href="http://eepurl.com/gwWILX" rel="noopener nore
06/07/202156 minutes 35 seconds
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Wimbledon Day 6 - Emma Raducanu. Remember the name

Recorded after spending the evening with Billie Jean King(!) and Ilana Kloss(!) while watching England progress to the semi-finals of the Euros(!), Catherine, David and Matt take in another sensational day at Wimbledon, headlined by Emma Raducanu's dazzling display to reach the Last 16. What makes her special? Just how surprising is this run? And can she go further?Elsewhere, there's chat about Roger Federer winning in four sets against Cameron Norrie, much excitement over the aggro between Jelena Ostapenko and Ajla Tomljanovic, and plenty of anticipation for Coco Gauff vs. Angelique Kerber.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.SUPPORT THE TENNIS PODCASTWe crowdfund The Tennis Podcast every December, with shout-outs, mascots and chances to take us on at predic
04/07/202149 minutes 33 seconds
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Wimbledon Day 5 - Jabeur, Korda & Shapovalov Take Centre Stage; VeNick Win on Debut

Making your debut on Centre Court at Wimbledon can be an intimidating experience, but Ons Jabeur, Sebastian Korda and Denis Shapovalov all relished it in different ways on Friday to reach the second week.How did Jabeur compose herself after vomiting underneath the Royal Box? Where does Korda get his calm temperament from? Can Shapovalov back up his win over Andy Murray against Roberto Bautista Agut in the next round? In what way did Murray's quite downbeat press conference change our perspective on his match today? And will we see him at Wimbledon again?Elsewhere, we say 'look out' for Liudmila Samsonova and 'hooray' for Venus Williams and Nick Kyrgios playing and winning mixed doubles together.he 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.SUPPORT THE TENNIS PODCAST</p
02/07/202147 minutes 18 seconds
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Wimbledon Day 4 - Match of the tournament, Raducanu arrives, Federer finds form

Why was Angelique Kerber vs. Sara Sorribes Tormo the match of the tournament?How did Richard Gasquet play Roger Federer into form?Matteo Berrettini and Felix Auger-Aliassime come through testsEmma Raducanu arrives with stunning winDial-a-Dan - let’s talk about Nick KyrgiosThe 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.SUPPORT THE TENNIS PODCASTWe crowdfund The Tennis Podcast every December, with shout-outs, mascots and chances to take us on at predictions. For a reminder when the next campaign goes live, put your e-mail address in here -&nbsp;http://eepurl.com/gwWILXOr, if you don’t want to wait and prefer to support us on Patreon -&nbsp;<a hr
01/07/202150 minutes 9 seconds
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Wimbledon Day 3 - Andy Murray: It was all for this

Andy Murray is still playing tennis for moments like his five-set victory over Oscar Otte on Centre Court. How did he manage it? How did he make us feel? And what chance will he have against Denis Shapovalov in the next round? Those were the questions for Catherine, David and Matt at the end of a thrilling night. There's also chat about what Aryna Sabalenka proved in her three-set win over Katie Boulter, Bianca Andreescu's honesty about how hard she's finding bubble life, an impressive win for Matteo Berrettini, and how happy Nick Kyrgios seems.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.SUPPORT THE TENNIS PODCASTWe crowdfund The Tennis Podcast every December, with shout-outs, mascots and chances to take us on at predictions. For a reminder when the next campaign go
30/06/202149 minutes 35 seconds
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Wimbledon Day 2 - The Sadness of Serena Williams

Tuesday at Wimbledon elicited so many emotions - excitement as Nick Kyrgios returned to tennis, tension as Roger Federer got a lucky escape, uplifting joy as Carla Suarez Navarro got the send off she deserved, and overwhelming sadness as Serena Williams was forced to retire after just a few games. Afterwards, Catherine, David and Matt convened at Tennis Podcast Towers to take it all in. 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.SUPPORT THE TENNIS PODCASTWe crowdfund The Tennis Podcast every December, with shout-outs, mascots and chances to take us on at predictions. For a reminder when the next campaign goes live, put your e-mail address in here -&nbsp;http://eepurl.com/gwWILXOr, if y
30/06/202150 minutes 25 seconds
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Wimbledon Day 1 - The Return of Andy Murray; The Return of Wimbledon

Wimbledon is back! After a rain-interrupted first few hours, the day and tournament suddenly sprung to life as Jack Draper won the opening set against Novak Djokovic, Sloane Stephens and Frances Tiafoe upset Petra Kvitova and Stefanos Tsitsipas, and Andy Murray eventually and agonisingly got the better of Nikoloz Basilashvili.On the podcast, Catherine, David and Matt discuss all of those matches, reflect on what it was like to be on site as Wimbledon returned, and despair at a terrible day for predictions.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.SUPPORT THE TENNIS PODCASTWe crowdfund The Tennis Podcast every December, with shout-outs, mascots and chances to take us on at predictions. For a reminder when the next campaign goes live, put your e-mail address in here -&nbsp;<a href="
29/06/202150 minutes 6 seconds
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Wimbledon Preview - Djokovic, Serena, Barty, Federer, Murray, and Dial-a-Dan Evans

After two years, it’s back! Wimbledon and us, here with daily pods. We work our way through the draws, assess the prospects of Serena Williams, Ash Barty, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, and introduce our new feature - Dial-a-Dan Evans! We also react to the jarring news that Jo Konta is out after a close contact in her team tested positive for COVID-19.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.SUPPORT THE TENNIS PODCASTWe crowdfund The Tennis Podcast every December, with shout-outs, mascots and chances to take us on at predictions. For a reminder when the next campaign goes live, put your e-mail address in here -&nbsp;http://eepurl.com/gwWILXOr, if you don’t want to wai
27/06/202159 minutes 3 seconds
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Wimbledon Re-Lived: Journey to Equal Prize Money

From 1968, when Billie Jean King was paid less than half of what Rod Laver received for winning Wimbledon, to 2007 when the champions finally received the same prize money, this podcast charts a long, extraordinary journey. We hear from BJK herself about the moves she made to get to where we are, from former WTA CEO Larry Scott, who helped take the final steps in the quest for equality, and about the enormous influence of Venus Williams, who stood up repeatedly for what she believed in.&nbsp;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.SUPPORT THE TENNIS PODCASTWe crowdfund The Tennis Podcast every December, with shout-outs, mascots and chances to take us on at predictions. For a reminder when the next campaign goes live, put your e-mail address in here -&nbsp;<a href="http
25/06/20211 hour 16 minutes 15 seconds
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Wimbledon Re-Lived: 1973 - The Boycott

In this Wimbledon edition of Tennis Re-Lived we tell the story of the 1973 boycott year, when more than 80 men withdrew from the tournament to protest the suspension of Yugoslavia’s number one player Nikola Pilic, opening the door for Jan Kodes to win the title.Journalist Richard Evans talks us through the political background which led to the boycott, Cliff Drysdale, who was ATP President at the time, explains why the players felt they had to unite, and Billie Jean King reveals why the women weren’t involved.Turning our attention to the actual tennis, what must it have been like to be one of the 50 lucky losers in the draw? In what way did Bjorn Borg and Jimmy Connors become unexpected stars of the event? And how did Kodes end up lifting the trophy?&nbsp;Finally, we consider the current political climate in tennis and ponder whether a boycott could be on the cards once again as the PTPA grows.&nbsp;The Tennis Podcast is presented by Catherine Whitaker an
24/06/20211 hour 16 minutes 45 seconds
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Live from Queen's - Winners, Losers and Stories Galore

Catherine, David and Matt convened in the media centre at Queen’s to discuss all the major storylines from the cinch Championships, including Matteo Berrettini’s title-winning week and prospects at Wimbledon, Cameron Norrie’s immense improvement in 2021, how Andy Murray looked in his first matches for several months, and Jack Draper’s breakthrough wins.&nbsp;Elsewhere, there’s chat about Ugo Humbert’s triumph in Halle, what defeat to Felix Auger-Aliassime might mean for Roger Federer, and the significance of a long-awaited maiden title for Ons Jabeur.&nbsp;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.SUPPORT THE TENNIS PODCASTWe crowdfund The Tennis Podcast every December, with shout-outs, mascots and chances to take us on at predictions. For a reminder when the next
21/06/20211 hour 2 minutes 45 seconds
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Roland Garros Day 15 - Double Slam For Djokovic! Tennis Podcast Reunited

After 467 days apart, Catherine, David and Matt finally got to record a podcast together in person. In it, we talked about Novak Djokovic winning his 19th Grand Slam title and completing his second lap around the majors.How did Djokovic come back from two sets down?In what way has Djokovic taken a massive leap in the GOAT race?&nbsp;What’s Djokovic’s most impressive statistic?&nbsp;Can he win the golden calendar Slam?&nbsp;How will this loss affect Tsitsipas?&nbsp;And might it help him in the long run?&nbsp;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.SUPPORT THE TENNIS PODCASTWe crowdfund The Tennis Podcast every December, with shout-outs, mascots and chances to take us on at predictions. For a reminder when th
13/06/202144 minutes 19 seconds
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Roland Garros Day 14 - Krejcikova wins hearts and title

On a day of high emotions in Paris, Barbora Krejcikova entered the hearts of the tennis world by becoming a Grand Slam champion for the first time, while Pierre Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut won their second Roland Garros title in front of an adoring home crowd.&nbsp;What makes Krejcikova such a likeable champion? How did she beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the final? And what can we expect from her in the future?&nbsp;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.SUPPORT THE TENNIS PODCASTWe crowdfund The Tennis Podcast every December, with shout-outs, mascots and chances to take us on at predictions. For a reminder when the next campaign goes live, put your e-mail address in here -&nbsp;<a href="http://eepurl.com/gwWILX" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"
12/06/202142 minutes 45 seconds
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Roland Garros Day 13 - Djokovic climbs tennis Everest; Greatest set ever? Tsitsipas in the final

When Andy Roddick says it’s one of the greatest matches he’s ever seen, Andy Murray describes it as ‘perfect’, and Cher weighs in, you know a tennis match has been a bit special.&nbsp;After Novak Djokovic did the impossible - again! - and beat Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros, Catherine, David and Matt tried to make sense of it all. How did he do it? What was up with Nadal? And was the third set the best set of tennis ever?&nbsp;There’s also chat about Stefanos Tsitsipas’ emotional victory over Alexander Zverev to reach his first Grand Slam final. Why did he go off the boil in sets three and four? And does he stand a chance against Djokovic on Sunday?&nbsp;Looking ahead to Barbora Krejcikova vs. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the women’s final, we give our predictions.&nbsp;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 crowdfund
12/06/202145 minutes 4 seconds
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Roland Garros Day 12 - Krejcikova makes us cry; Nadal vs. Djokovic 58 preview

Women’s semi-finals day at Roland Garros 2021 will live long in the memory, with Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova reaching a first Grand Slam final in her 52nd appearance and Barbora Krejcikova winning an absolute classic against Maria Sakkari.&nbsp;We discuss Krejcikova’s composure and mental resilience, her moonballling tactics, the extraordinary closing stages as match points came and went for both players, Hawkeye on clay, Krejcikova’s emotional tribute to late coach Jana Novotna, how the defeat will hit Sakkari, and the way in which Pavlyuchenkova continues to re-write her own story.&nbsp;Looking ahead to tomorrow men’s semi-finals, we discuss how much of a chance Novak Djokovic has against Rafael Nadal, and why more people aren’t talking about the fact that Nadal is two matches away from breaking Roger Federer’s men's Grand Slam record.&nbsp;The Tennis Podcast is presented by Catherine Whitaker and David Law, and features Matt Roberts. It is produced weekly year-r
10/06/202150 minutes 59 seconds
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Roland Garros Day 11 - Nadal, Djokovic roar to final four; Fab stories galore in women’s semis

How does Krejcikova summon the spirit of Novotna?&nbsp;What will Gauff learn from her defeat?How much of a factor was Swiatek’s injury in her defeat?&nbsp;Where has Sakkari’s run come from?&nbsp;In what way did Schwartzman bring the best out of Nadal?&nbsp;How did the presence of fans followed by the curfew impact the night session match?&nbsp;What caused Djokovic’s angry roar at the end?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.SUPPORT THE TENNIS PODCASTWe crowdfund The Tennis Podcast every December, with shout-outs, mascots and chances to take us on at predictions. For a reminder when the next campaign goes live, put your e-mail address in here -&nbsp;<a href="http://eepurl.com/gwWILX" rel="noopener noref
10/06/202148 minutes 52 seconds
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Roland Garros Day 10 - Tsitsipas shuts his **** up and wins

Tuesday at Roland Garros was enthralling, beginning with new names doing battle in unfamiliar territory and ending with old enemies duking it out under the lights. Afterwards, Catherine, David and Matt talked it through.&nbsp;Where was all the aggro between Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas? How did the clay help Tsitsipas? And how much of a chance will Zverev have against Tsitsipas in this form in the semi-finals?&nbsp;In the women’s draw, the quarter-finals delivered so much drama and yielded breakthrough victories for Tamara Zidansek and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. How much did nerves affect Paula Badosa? In what way did Zidansek handle the occasion better? And just how significant is it that Pavlyuchenkova has altered her own story by finally winning a Grand Slam quarter-final at the eighth attempt?&nbsp;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 Gr
09/06/202145 minutes 7 seconds
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Roland Garros Day 9 - Djokovic Downs Magnetic Musetti; Can anyone stop Swiatek?

Monday at Roland Garros saw the quarter-final line-up completed, impressive displays by title favourites Iga Swiatek and Rafael Nadal, a slew of straight-set matches, and one enthralling contest, which stood out above all the others, between Novak Djokovic and Lorenzo Musetti.&nbsp;What did we learn about Musetti? How did he manage to win the first two sets against Djokovic? Why did it all change so suddenly? And should Musetti have finished the match instead of retiring?&nbsp;Elsewhere, we talk about a surprising slump from Sloane Stephens, look ahead to an intriguing one between Barbora Krejcikova and Coco Gauff, discuss a welcome return to form for Diego Schwartzman, and bemoan the night session scheduling of Stefanos Tsitsipas vs. Alexander Zverev.&nbsp;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 ea
07/06/202152 minutes 10 seconds
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Roland Garros Day 8 - Serena sunk; Federer pulls out

Could Roger Federer and Serena Williams have played their last ever matches at Roland Garros? That was the question on the Day 8 podcast after they both exited the tournament on Sunday, in drastically different circumstances.&nbsp;Did Federer do the right thing by withdrawing ahead of his 4th round match? And how did Elena Rybakina beat Serena?Elsewhere, there’s much excitement as Stefanos Tsitsipas and Daniil Medvedev set up their last eight clash and chat about a host of surprise women’s quarter-finalists.&nbsp;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.SUPPORT THE TENNIS PODCASTWe crowdfund The Tennis Podcast every December, with shout-outs, mascots and chances to take us on at predictions. For a reminder when the next campaign goes live, put your e-mail
06/06/202152 minutes 6 seconds
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Roland Garros Day 7 - Roger Federer did what?!

There aren’t many new experiences for Roger Federer in tennis these days, but playing and winning in an empty stadium at past midnight is certainly one of them.&nbsp;We discuss how on earth he managed to beat Dominik Koepfer, what the result said about his character, and how we ended up with this absurd night session scheduling.&nbsp;Elsewhere, there’s a look at Sloane Stephens' silky tennis, Coco Gauff’s professional progression, straightforward days for Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, and the sensational shotmaking of Lorenzo Musetti.&nbsp;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.SUPPORT THE TENNIS PODCASTWe crowdfund The Tennis Podcast every December, with shout-outs, mascots and chances to take us on at predictions. For a reminder when the next campai
06/06/202147 minutes 28 seconds
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Roland Garros Day 6 - Tsitsipas survives; Serena soars; Sabalenka slumps

If you watched any of Day 6 at Roland Garros, chances are you had a bona fide Grand Slam experience, because it really did have a bit of everything. Catherine, David and Matt feasted on it and then talked all about it.Why did watching Aryna Sabalenka lose to Anastastia Pavlyuchenkova feel oh-so-familiar?&nbsp;How good did Serena Williams look in beating Danielle Collins?&nbsp;What will Stefanos Tsitsipas take from passing the John Isner test?&nbsp;Why was Paula Badosa vs Ana Bogdan one of the best matches of the tournament?&nbsp;Who is Alejandro Davidovich Fokina and why are his matches so fun?&nbsp;How come Daniil Medvedev is suddenly winning matches on clay?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.SUPPORT THE TENNIS PODCA
04/06/202149 minutes 41 seconds
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Roland Garros Day 5 - Barty out; Fiery Federer forces way through

Catherine, David and Matt recorded tonight's podcast while watching Rafael Nadal beat Richard Gasquet for the 17th time in a row, on a day at Roland Garros which was rather marred by the exit through injury of Ash Barty. What happened to her? And how does her retirement affect the women's draw? Elsewhere, there's a look at how everyone's favourite Federer, grumpy Federer, beat Marin Cilic in four sets, reflections on sublime performances from Novak Djokovic and Iga Swiatek, growing excitement about how Sloane Stephens is looking, shock at Philipp Kohlschreiber's win over Aslan Karatsev, chatter about a big day for the teenage trio of Sinner, Musetti and Alcaraz, and a look ahead to a third round blockbuster between Coco Gauff and Jen Brady.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.SUPPO
03/06/202149 minutes 6 seconds
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Roland Garros Day 4 - Serena steadies herself, and is Daniil Medvedev conquering clay?

After finally making it through a tumultuous and protracted opening round, Day 4 at Roland Garros was all about the tennis, and it certainly delivered the goods.&nbsp;Catherine, David and Matt talked all about it.Vondrousova, Kasatkina, Badosa - will one of them reach the SFs?&nbsp;Has Sabalenka figured out how to win when she’s not at her best?&nbsp;How well is Serena playing?&nbsp;Can Tsitsipas handle the expectations?&nbsp;Is Medvedev conquering clay before our eyes?&nbsp;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.SUPPORT THE TENNIS PODCASTWe crowdfund The Tennis Podcast every December, with shout-outs, mascots and chances to take us on at predictions. For a reminder when the next campaign goes live, put your e-mail
02/06/202146 minutes 44 seconds
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Roland Garros Day 3 - Rublev falls, Carla bows out and Monfils makes us smile

After a difficult, distressing few days, attentions returned to happier matters on the Day 3 pod.Monfils makes us all feel betterCarla Suarez Navarro’s French Open career is over, but she didn’t go quietlyRafa, Novak off and runningRublev &amp; Auger-Aliassime out in a bad day for The MovementBarty's injury concernsBrady explains her split from coach GesererNaomi Osaka - A final word, for nowThe 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.SUPPORT THE TENNIS PODCASTWe crowdfund The Tennis Podcast every December, with shout-outs, mascots and chances to take us on at predictions. For a reminder when the next campaign goes live, put your e-mail address in here -&nbsp;<a href="http://eepurl.com/gwWILX" rel="noo
01/06/202148 minutes 49 seconds
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Roland Garros Day 2 - Osaka withdraws and tennis reels; Federer returns

As the Paris curfew came into effect, day two of Roland Garros ended in a silence which reflected the sad and somber mood after Naomi Osaka’s withdrawal.&nbsp;On the podcast, we begin by talking about that, wishing Osaka well, and wondering how it all came to this.&nbsp;Turning our attention to the tennis, we discuss the lovely vibes between Iga Swiatek and Kaja Juvan, a strong start for Serena Williams, an important win in a fun match for Sofia Kenin, an early exit for an under-prepared Bianca Andreescu, the disappointing lack of shenanigans between Medvedev and Bublik, Medvedev’s insights about how covid affected him, an escape for Jannik Sinner against Pierre-Hugues Herbert, and Roger Federer’s winning return to Grand Slam play after 487 days.&nbsp;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 Dec
31/05/202151 minutes 51 seconds
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Roland Garros Day 1 - Slams escalate Osaka row; Thiem falls

A lot happened on the opening day of Roland Garros 2021, but it was still a day where the headlines were dominated by Naomi Osaka.&nbsp;We discuss Osaka’s victory over Patricia Maria Tig, her on court interview, and the joint statement released by the Grand Slams warning that she could face expulsion if her media boycott continues. Was such an escalation necessary? And how could this all end up?&nbsp;Elsewhere, we analyse Dominic Thiem’s loss from two sets up against Pablo Andujar and ponder what’s going on with him, react to more disappointment at a major for Dan Evans, and cover an impressive win for Victoria Azarenka over fellow two-time major champion Svetlana Kuznetsova. And lots more, including some tales from the press room. 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.<strong
30/05/202149 minutes 12 seconds
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Roland Garros preview and all about Naomi Osaka

The draws are out, most of the top players have spoken to the media, and the opening day of Roland Garros 2021 is almost here.&nbsp;We discuss the significance of Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer all being in the same half of the draw, the pressure on Stefanos Tsitsipas to reach the final, the mouthwatering first-round clash between Alexander Bublik and Daniil Medvedev, the main contenders in the women’s draw, and what to expect on the opening day.&nbsp;But the build-up has of course been overshadowed by Naomi Osaka’s decision not to speak to the press during the tournament. We analyse her statement, give our reaction to her decision, and discuss how other players have responded.&nbsp;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.SUPPORT THE TENNIS PODCAST</stron
29/05/20211 hour 3 minutes 24 seconds
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Roland Garros Re-Lived: Jim Courier - from Agassi’s shadow to global dominance

When Jim Courier beat Andre Agassi in the 1991 French Open final, it wasn’t just his first Grand Slam title, it wasn’t just a win which would set him on his way to dominating the sport for the next two years, it was also a sweet moment of retribution against an old roommate from the Nick Bollettieri Academy who had been tipped for greatness ahead of him.&nbsp;On this episode, with the help of Mary Carillo and Courier’s coaches at the time, Jose Higueras and Brad Stine, we tell that story.&nbsp;What was life like at the Bollettieri Academy? Why was Agassi favoured over Courier? How did Higueras and Stine develop Courier’s game to turn him into a champion? What happened for Stine to confront Courier in a car park in Rome prior to Roland Garros? In what way did Stine’s one-year-old daughter play a part in helping Courier win a five-setter in round three? And how did Courier’s tactical switch during a rain delay change the course of the final?&nbsp;We also discuss t
27/05/20211 hour 23 minutes 46 seconds
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Tsitsipas soars, Coco cracks Top 25, and what’s up with Thiem?

With Roland Garros around the corner, Catherine, David and Matt discuss the biggest stories from last week’s tune-up tournaments, including setbacks for Roger Federer, Serena Williams and Dominic Thiem in their preparation, a second career title for Coco Gauff, and victories for Stefanos Tsitsipas and Casper Ruud which underline their French Open credentials.&nbsp;There’s also discussion of Denis Shapovalov’s unfortunate withdrawal from Roland Garros, news that Indian Wells will be held in October, and reaction to Federer’s comments about the allegations against Alexander Zverev.&nbsp;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.Coming soon: Roland Garros Re-Lived: Jim Courier and daily French Open podcasts.&nbsp;SUPPORT THE TENNIS PODCASTWe crowdfund The Tenn
24/05/202157 minutes 33 seconds
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Roland Garros Re-Lived: Suzanne Lenglen

In this episode of Tennis Re-Lived we venture back one hundred years to cover the remarkable career and life of tennis’ first superstar, Suzanne Lenglen, whose name now adorns the second show court at Roland Garros.&nbsp;We talk about her upbringing by an overbearing father, how the war both delayed her career and created a world which was ready for her, the extraordinary records she achieved in amateur tennis, her boundary breaking fashion choices, the reasons why she was so famous, her controversial decision to turn professional, and her lasting legacy in tennis.&nbsp;Along the way we cover some of the landmark moments of her career, including her memorable first and last appearances at Wimbledon, her ill-fated trip to America in 1921, and her match of the century against Helen Wills in 1926.&nbsp;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 tou
21/05/20211 hour 29 minutes 26 seconds
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Rome - 10 for Nadal, History for Swiatek, Catherine meets Cobra Kai

The current Roland Garros champions - Rafael Nadal and Iga Swiatek - reigned in Rome last week. But they took different routes to the title.&nbsp;Catherine, David and Matt react to Swiatek double bagelling Karolina Pliskova and Nadal earning a tight three set win in his 57th meeting with Novak Djokovic.&nbsp;How much of the 6-0 6-0 scoreline was about Swiatek being amazing and how much was it down to Pliskova’s performance? Where does Swiatek’s ruthlessness come from? Why was Djokovic vs. Tsitsipas so wonderful? How should Djokovic feel about his week in Rome? Is Nadal in perfect shape for Roland Garros? And how has the Nadal-Djokovic rivalry evolved on clay over the past few years?&nbsp;There’s also a look ahead to next week which sees Serena Williams in Parma and Roger Federer’s return in Geneva, an update on Andy Murray, and a huge tangent about Cobra Kai after Lorenzo Sonego gets a mention.&nbsp;The Tennis Podcast is presented by Catherine Whitaker an
17/05/202158 minutes 22 seconds
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Rome - Serena, Osaka scramble for form; Nadal fights back from brink

With time running out ahead of Roland Garros, the Rome draws have been packed to the rafters with big names. Not all of them are in form. We talk about our first sighting on clay of Serena Williams, our impressions of Naomi Osaka, a big week so far for Coco Gauff, what we made of Rafael Nadal extracting himself from the jaws of defeat, and why Daniil Medvedev continues to entertain us massively.The Tennis Podcast is presented by Catherine Whitaker and David Law, and features Matt Roberts. It publishes on Mondays and Thursdays, and daily during Grand Slam tournaments.SUPPORT THE TENNIS PODCASTWe crowdfund The Tennis Podcast every December, with shout-outs, mascots and chances to take us on at predictions. For a reminder when the next campaign goes live, put your e-mail address in here -&nbsp;http://eepurl.com/gwWILXOr, if you don’t want to wait and prefer to s
13/05/202159 minutes 5 seconds
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Madrid - Sabalenka, Zverev take titles

The last few weeks have seen the blossoming of a new rivalry in women’s tennis and the latest meeting between Ash Barty and Aryna Sabalenka didn’t disappoint.&nbsp;Catherine, David and Matt discuss how Sabalenka won the opening set of the Madrid final 6-0, the impressive way she competed in the decider, and whether or not this victory changes her prospects at Roland Garros.&nbsp;We then turn our attention to the men’s event. Is Matteo Berrettini a better player than we’d realised? Why did we enjoy watching him compete so much in Madrid? Does Dominic Thiem have enough time to get ready for Roland Garros? And what should we make of Rafael Nadal’s week?&nbsp;Finally, we analyse the title-winning tennis of Alexander Zverev and reflect on how we should cover him when the allegations against him continue to make us feel uncomfortable.&nbsp;The Tennis Podcast is presented by Catherine Whitaker and David Law, and features Matt Roberts. It publishes on Mondays and
10/05/202158 minutes 19 seconds
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Can Barty Stop Sabalenka? Thiem Returns, Ruud Arrives

Ash Barty is World No.1 and with good reason. Aryna Sabalenka is sweeping quality players aside as if they’re nothing. So what will happen when they clash in the Madrid final on Saturday? Catherine, David and Matt assemble ahead of the business end of the tournament, give their picks, and look at the other big storylines from the men's event in the Spanish capital.&nbsp;The Tennis Podcast is presented by Catherine Whitaker and David Law, and features Matt Roberts. It publishes on Mondays and Thursdays, and daily during Grand Slam tournaments.SUPPORT THE TENNIS PODCASTWe crowdfund The Tennis Podcast every December, with shout-outs, mascots and chances to take us on at predictions. For a reminder when the next campaign goes live, put your e-mail address in here -&nbsp;http://eepurl.com/gwWILXOr, if you don’t want to wait and prefer to support us on Patreon -&nb
07/05/202156 minutes 25 seconds
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Ash Barty - Roland Garros boss; Will Naomi Osaka crack clay?

Madrid is bubbling away and Catherine finishes a day of presenting Amazon Prime Video tv coverage of the event by joining David and Matt to pick the bones out of the stories so far.&nbsp;What happened when Ash Barty faced Iga Swiatek?&nbsp;Why has Naomi Osaka yet to transfer her hard court form to clay, and will she in the future?&nbsp;Karolina Muchova - what makes her so dangerous?Dan Evans - maximiser.The Tennis Podcast is presented by Catherine Whitaker and David Law, and features Matt Roberts. It is produced on Mondays and Thursdays, and daily during Grand Slam tournaments.SUPPORT THE TENNIS PODCASTWe crowdfund The Tennis Podcast every December, with shout-outs, mascots and chances to take us on at predictions. For a reminder when the next campaign goes live, put your e-mail address in here -&nbsp;http://eepurl.com/gwWILX
04/05/202151 minutes 29 seconds
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Madrid underway, My Perfect Team Event and who should Andy Murray coach?

In this fragmented week for tennis - with WTA Madrid getting underway while ATP events take place in Estoril and Munich - we’ve split today’s podcast into two halves.&nbsp;We begin by covering the incredible WTA draw in Madrid, Novak Djokovic’s withdrawal, the return to form for Kevin Anderson and Marin Cilic, and news that there will be play on Middle Sunday at Wimbledon from 2022 onwards.&nbsp;Then, in part two, we tackle questions, guest edited by listener and Kickstarter backer Eli Kronenberg, on the biggest threats to tennis as we know it, what a World Cup of tennis could look like, whether the increasing longevity of players will be the new norm, TV camera angles, the potential for a grass court Masters 1000 event, players who would provide for a good coaching opportunity for Andy Murray, and the Grand Slam prospects of Jannik Sinner, Alexander Zverev, Aryna Sabalenka and Jen Brady.&nbsp;The Tennis Podcast is presented by Catherine Whitaker and David Law,
29/04/20211 hour 1 minute 31 seconds
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Barcelona, Belgrade, Barty bonanza

Catherine, David and Matt discuss an exhilarating finals weekend of clay-court tennis across Europe.&nbsp;Has Aryna Sabalenka conquered clay now after her run to the Stuttgart final? What is Ash Barty’s best surface? How did Aslan Karatsev save 23 break points against Novak Djokovic in Belgrade? In what way has Matteo Berrettini been a forgotten man? Can Stefanos Tsitsipas take belief and confidence from his performance against Rafael Nadal in Barcelona? Why did victory mean so much to Nadal? And how did Sorana Cirstea win her first title in 13 years? &nbsp;There’s also news of Bianca Andreescu’s withdrawal from Madrid due to covid and the impressive results of Jenson Brooksby on the ATP Challenger Tour.&nbsp;The Tennis Podcast is presented by Catherine Whitaker and David Law, and features Matt Roberts. It is produced on Mondays and Thursdays, and daily during Grand Slam tournaments.SUPPORT THE TENNIS PODCASTWe crowdfund The Tennis
26/04/202157 minutes 22 seconds
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Rafa's road to Roland Garros starts here

With ATP and WTA 500 tournaments in full swing in Barcelona and Stuttgart, Catherine, David and Matt react to the action so far, including what Felix Auger-Aliassime’s win over Denis Shapovalov tells us about both players, a lovely moment between Frances Tiafoe and Carlos Alcaraz, Fabio Fognini’s disqualification, aggro between Dan Evans and Corentin Moutet, another anxious performance from Rafael Nadal, a cracker between Maria Sakkari and Petra Kvitova, Ash Barty’s first steps on red clay since winning Roland Garros and a first Top 10 win of the season for Anett Kontaveit against Sofia Kenin.&nbsp;The Tennis Podcast is presented by Catherine Whitaker and David Law, and features Matt Roberts. It is produced on Mondays and Thursdays, and daily during Grand Slam tournaments.SUPPORT THE TENNIS PODCASTWe crowdfund The Tennis Podcast every December, with shout-outs, mascots and chances to take us on at predictions. For a reminder on December 1st -&nb
22/04/202156 minutes 17 seconds
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Monte Carlo - A new step for Stefanos; Charleston 2 - A whole new world for Astra

After Stefanos Tsitsipas easily beat Dan Evans and Andrey Rublev on finals weekend in Monte Carlo to claim the title, Catherine, David and Matt talk it all through.&nbsp;Why does Tsitsipas’ game transfer so well to clay? How significant was it that he won a Masters 1000 event for the first time? What did we learn about Rublev this week? And what should we make of Rafael Nadal’s first tournament back on his favourite surface?&nbsp;We also cover a career best week for Astra Sharma at Charleston 2, discuss Ons Jabeur’s ongoing quest for a first WTA title, round up the results from the Billie Jean King Cup Play-offs and react to news that Roger Federer will play on clay in Geneva and at Roland Garros this season.&nbsp;The Tennis Podcast is presented by Catherine Whitaker and David Law, and features Matt Roberts. It is produced on Mondays and Thursdays, and daily during Grand Slam tournaments.SUPPORT THE TENNIS PODCASTWe crowdfund The T
19/04/202157 minutes 51 seconds
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Dirtball Dan Downs Djokovic

After Dan Evans stunned Novak Djokovic in Monte Carlo for the biggest win of his career, we thought we’d better record a podcast.&nbsp;How much was Evans’ victory down to his inspired play and how much was it due to Djokovic being below par? Can we read anything into this defeat for Djokovic? Where has Evans’ clay court form come from? And in what way is his new approach on the surface similar to the one taken by Tim Henman when he reached the French Open semi-finals in 2004?&nbsp;Elsewhere, we discuss Stefanos Tsitsipas’ unpleasant rant at an umpire, dominant victories for Rafael Nadal, an inauspicious start to life with Toni Nadal for Felix Auger-Aliassime, progress for 15-year-old Linda Fruhvirtova in Charleston, and Wimbledon’s expansion plans.&nbsp;The Tennis Podcast is presented by Catherine Whitaker and David Law, and features Matt Roberts. It is produced on Mondays and Thursdays, and daily during Grand Slam tournaments.SUPPORT THE TENNIS P
15/04/202147 minutes 43 seconds
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Clay court love affair rekindled; Quest for equality continues

Catherine emerges from a day talking to Billie Jean King, Victoria Azarenka, Chanda Rubin, Caroline Weir and Annika Sorenstam on the ITF’s global forum on gender equality to share her experience with David and Matt. If you would like to watch the forum, you can -&nbsp;https://youtu.be/YFnEdyIIycE.After that, Catherine, David and Matt discussed the start of the springtime clay court season, why they love it, and the early storylines. They also pick over the appointment of Toni Nadal by Felix Augur-Aliassime.&nbsp;The Tennis Podcast is presented by Catherine Whitaker and David Law, and features Matt Roberts. It is produced on Mondays and Thursdays, and daily during Grand Slam tournaments.SUPPORT THE TENNIS PODCASTWe crowdfund The Tennis Podcast every December, with shout-outs, mascots and chances to take us on at predictions. For a reminder on December 1st
12/04/202158 minutes 19 seconds
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Esther Vergeer - Undefeated

Our guest this week is wheelchair tennis legend Esther Vergeer. One of the sport’s greatest ever champions, Vergeer spoke to Catherine about how turning to sport helped her after she became paralysed from the waist down as a child, why she embraced using a mental coach throughout her career, what it’s like psychologically to be on a 470-match winning streak, the time she almost lost at the Beijing Paralympics, designing her own wheelchair, how she feels about the word “inspirational” to describe disabled athletes, and her hopes for more integration in the future.&nbsp;The Tennis Podcast is presented by Catherine Whitaker and David Law, and features Matt Roberts. It is produced on Mondays and Thursdays, and daily during the Grand Slam tournaments.SUPPORT THE TENNIS PODCASTWe crowdfund The Tennis Podcast every December, with shout-outs, mascots and chances to take us on at predictions. For a reminder on December 1st -&nbsp;<a href="http://eepurl.c
08/04/20211 hour 3 minutes 6 seconds
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Hurkacz hits new heights, Miami twice for Barty, and let’s talk about doubles

The final few days in Miami gave Catherine Whitaker, David Law and Matt Roberts much to discuss.&nbsp;In what way did Ash Barty make a statement by defending her title? How much did we miss out on by not seeing a fully fit Bianca Andreescu in the final? Were we surprised by the level of tennis Hubert Hurkacz produced to win his maiden Masters 1000 title? What’s special about Jannik Sinner’s approach to tennis? And did we sit the limit to Andrey Rublev’s game?&nbsp;We also get stuck into the week’s doubles results, examine some of the reasons why we don’t talk more about doubles, cover the latest happy development in G.E.M.S life, and touch on the uncertainty surrounding Roland Garros next month.&nbsp;The Tennis Podcast is presented by Catherine Whitaker and David Law, and features Matt Roberts. It is produced on Mondays and Thursdays, and daily during the Grand Slam tournaments.SUPPORT THE TENNIS PODCASTWe crowdfund The Tennis Podc
05/04/202159 minutes 15 seconds
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Barty makes moves in Miami

As the Miami Open reaches the closing stages, Catherine Whitaker and David Law catch up to discuss the tournament’s major storylines from the second week so far:&nbsp;Why are David and Catherine surprised by how excited they are about Sebastian Korda’s potential?&nbsp;How does Roberto Bautista Agut cause Daniil Medvedev problems every time they face off?&nbsp;Was Stefanos Tsitsipas correct when he called his defeat to Hubert Hurkacz a ‘self explosion’?&nbsp;Why is Jannik Sinner Catherine’s candidate to be the future metronomic winner of titles?&nbsp;How well has Ash Barty been playing en route to her second straight Miami final?&nbsp;Could the moment Maria Sakkari saved six match points against Jessica Pegula be a turning point in her career?&nbsp;What on earth happened for Naomi Osaka to lose a 6-0 set as well as her 23-match winning streak?&nbsp;And how has Dan Evans made his way into the doubles final?&nbs
02/04/202158 minutes 41 seconds
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WTA Avengers light up Miami; Medvedev survives cramp; #PlayersVoice discussed

A few days into the Miami Open and we don’t know where to look because there are so many fantastic matches and storylines. Catherine stepped out of the Prime Video studio for a while to join David and Matt to cover the wins for Bianca Andreescu, Ash Barty and Ons Jabeur, as well as a cramping Daniil Medvedev, a resurgent Frances Tiafoe and young Fin, Emil Ruusuvuori.We also cover the latest reaction to Vasek Pospisil’s on-court rant, from several players under the hashtag #PlayersVoice.The Tennis Podcast is presented by Catherine Whitaker and David Law, and features Matt Roberts. It is produced on Mondays and Thursdays, and daily during the Grand Slam tournaments.SUPPORT THE TENNIS PODCASTWe crowdfund The Tennis Podcast every December, with shout-outs, mascots and chances to take us on at predictions. For a reminder on December 1st -&nbsp;http://eepurl.com/gwWILX
29/03/202157 minutes 24 seconds
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Miami underway, Pospisil melts down, more Murray & Delpo misery

Catherine is presenting live TV coverage of the Miami Open on Prime Video, but that isn’t enough to stop podcast production, and we had plenty to get our teeth into, including the comeback of Ana Konjuh, confidence-boosting wins for Sloane Stephens and Katie Boulter, and Jack Draper's unfortunate retirement. Elsewhere, we dissect the explosive comments of Vasek Pospisil in the direction of ATP Chairman Andrea Gaudenzi, cover Andy Murray and Juan Martin del Potro's latest injury set-backs, and talk about the man responsible for creating the Miami Open more than 3 decades ago.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.SUPPORT THE TENNIS PODCASTWe are crowdfunded for 2021 but if you’d like to receive a reminder e-mail in December when our next campaign goes live, then you can sign up here -&nbsp;<a href="http://eepurl.c
25/03/202154 minutes 41 seconds
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Karatsev conquers all, Kasatkina comes back, and what’s that brewing in Miami?

Catherine, David and Matt round off the results from last week’s slate of tournaments, including debut titles for Aslan Karatsev and Leylah Fernandez, yet another semi-final defeat for Denis Shapovalov, more fireworks from Lorenzo Musetti in Acapulco, a mid-match earthquake, a tense victory for Alexander Zverev over Stefanos Tsitsipas, and the continued resurgence of Daria Kasatkina in St Petersburg.&nbsp;This week, the players (minus Serena Williams and the Big 3) are heading to Miami for the first combined 1000 event of the season. We discuss the withdrawals, the growing number of men’s voices expressing discontent about the current state of tennis, rumours that the PTPA might be planning some sort of action, and Catherine’s interview with Andy Murray for Prime Video.&nbsp;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.SUPPORT
22/03/20211 hour 2 minutes 4 seconds
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Sorry Jeremy, Thiem's troubles and is Karatsev in the kitchen?

In this mid-week pod, we compare the ceilings of Jannik Sinner, Andrey Rublev and Denis Shapovalov, apologise to Jeremy Chardy, discuss what’s going wrong for Dominic Thiem at the moment, revel in a big week so far for Lorenzo Musetti in Acapulco, and note the big Russian presence in the St Petersburg quarter-finals.&nbsp;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.SUPPORT THE TENNIS PODCASTWe are crowdfunded for 2021 but if you’d like to receive a reminder e-mail in December when our next campaign goes live, then you can sign up here -&nbsp;http://eepurl.com/gwWILXNEWSLETTERSign up to get our news, offers, predictions and Matt’s Stat -&nbsp;<a href="http://eepurl.com/gbmzRX" rel="noopener noreferrer" target
18/03/202156 minutes 8 seconds
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Muguruza’s moment, Herbert’s hair and introducing Barbora Krejcikova

Garbiñe Muguruza has finally turned her fantastic form into a title with victory in Dubai. In what way was she feeling the pressure of ending her title drought? How much of a role has Conchita Martínez played in her improved consistency? And how might her season develop from here?&nbsp;As for the woman she beat in the final, Barbora Krejčíková, David explains why we’ve mistakenly considered her to be exclusively a doubles player up until now, the advice she received from her former coach Jana Novotna, and the way her singles results have improved since tennis re-started last summer.&nbsp;Elsewhere, we discuss the way in which lengthy bathroom breaks in women’s tennis are talked about and whether there needs to be a rule change, we cover a 10th career title for new World No.2 Daniil Medvedev in Marseille, and we dive deep into the playing style, career and hair of Pierre-Hugues Herbert&nbsp;The Tennis Podcast is presented by Catherine Whitaker and David Law, and
15/03/20211 hour 19 seconds
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Federer's back, briefly

Roger Federer returned to action after 405 days and two knee surgeries with a 3-set win over Dan Evans before a 3-set loss to Nikoloz Basilashvili in Doha.&nbsp;Catherine, David and Matt discuss how it felt to watch him play again, what we made of his two performances, whether we were surprised or in any way alarmed by how quickly he faded physically, and our immediate reaction to his decision to skip Dubai next week.&nbsp;Elsewhere, who has more potential out of Fritz and Shapovalov? How has Rublev reached the semi-finals in Doha without even playing a match? How good was Muguruza to beat Sabalenka for the second week running? And what happened to Pegula against Mertens?&nbsp;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.SUPPORT THE TENNIS PODCASTWe are crowdfunded for 2021 but if you’d like to receive a
12/03/20211 hour 3 minutes 57 seconds
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Roger returns - what to expect; Djokovic makes history; Here comes Clara

Roger Federer is back! In this episode, Catherine, David and Matt react to his pre tournament press conference in Doha as he prepares for his first match since January 2020.&nbsp;Did he consider retirement while he was out injured? How confident is he that the knee will hold up? What are his main goals for the season? And is he still motivated by the Grand Slam race?We also cover the main stories from last week, including another step forward for Andrey Rublev, a first victory on home soil for Diego Schwartzman, a dominant week for Petra Kvitova, and a first title for the talented Clara Tauson.&nbsp;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.SUPPORT THE TENNIS PODCASTWe are crowdfunded for 2021 but if you’d like to receive a reminder e-mail in December when our next campaign goes live, then you can sign
08/03/20211 hour 1 minute 46 seconds
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Inside the mind of Andy Murray

We discuss what we’ve seen so far this week in Doha and Rotterdam, including a barnstormer between Garbine Muguruza and Aryna Sabalenka, progress for Kei Nishikori, the end of Stefanos Tsitsipas’ losing streak in doubles, and Andy Murray’s 7-5, 6-2 defeat against Andrey Rublev.&nbsp;Hear part of Murray’s fascinating post match press conference in which he explains why he was disappointed in his performance and why he will continue to demand a lot of himself.&nbsp;There’s also news of Marcus Willis’ retirement and the discovery of Juan Manuel Cerúndolo.&nbsp;Then, we move on to answering more listener questions. In best-of-five set matches, should there be a games-won threshold that the losing player must reach after two sets to trigger five sets? Is there such a thing as a straight-sets classic? What is our best prediction of what Federer can achieve when he returns? And if we could choose any current players to face off on any court on any surface, who would we pick?&
04/03/20211 hour 2 minutes 56 seconds
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Listener questions - Key stats, dream mixed doubles and the Lost Law Years

We’re back! Catherine and David catch up and discuss what’s been happening since the Australian Open, including Andy Murray’s comeback in Montpellier, titles for Iga Swiatek and David Goffin, the latest Hall of Fame nominations, and tweets from John Isner about the ATP being a ‘broken system’.&nbsp;Then, in part two, we dive into some listener questions, chosen by guest editor Simon Pearce. Is percentage of second serves won the most underrated but critical statistic in tennis? Who would be involved in our ultimate mixed doubles match? What role did tennis play in rescuing David from the Lost Law Years? Should the tours be regionalised post pandemic to make the sport more economically viable? And should women play best-of-five sets at majors?&nbsp;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.SUPPORT THE TENNIS PODCAST<
01/03/20211 hour 1 minute 51 seconds
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Aus Open Day 14 - Sublime Djokovic closes the gap

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.&nbsp;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.&nbsp;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.SUPPORT THE TENNIS PODCASTWe are crowdfunded for 2021 but if you’d like to receive a reminder e-mail in December when our next campaign goes live, then you can si
21/02/20211 hour 7 minutes 57 seconds
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Aus Open Day 13 - Osaka joins Seles and Federer in the record books

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.&nbsp;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.&nbsp;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?&nbsp;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.NEWSLETTERSign up to get our news, offers, predictions and Matt’s St
20/02/202156 minutes 38 seconds
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Aus Open Day 12 - Mount Medvedev too much for Tsitsipas

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.&nbsp;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.&nbsp;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.&nbsp;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 to
19/02/20211 hour 3 minutes 1 second
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Aus Open Day 11 - Is this where Naomi Osaka takes over?

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?&nbsp;Interpreting Serena’s wave goodbye&nbsp;Will Serena get to 24 and does it matter? (Featuring a small argument)&nbsp;Brady survives epic last game to reach first major final - can she trouble Osaka?Djokovic hits peak form at the right timeWhat next for Aslan Karatsev?&nbsp;Medvedev vs. Tsitsipas preview&nbsp;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
18/02/20211 hour 1 minute 37 seconds
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Aus Open Day 10 - Tsitsipas conquers Nadal and Barty loses her way

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.&nbsp;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?&nbsp;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.NEWSLETTERSign up to get our news, offers, predictions and Matt’s Stat -&nbsp;
17/02/20211 hour 3 minutes 36 seconds
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Aus Open Day 9 - Serena-Osaka is ON

Osaka solves Hsieh conundrum with ease - how did she do it?Karatsev reaches semis on Grand Slam debut.Dimitrov devastated by back spasm.&nbsp;Vintage Serena beats Halep - will Osaka stop her?&nbsp;Serena and Rafa - an historic double?&nbsp;Djokovic manages injury, mood and Zverev.&nbsp;Crowds to return on Thursday? Fingers crossed.&nbsp;&nbsp;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.NEWSLETTERSign up to get our news, offers, predictions and Matt’s Stat - http://eepurl.com/gbmzRXEMAILWe hope that the podcast helps to provide some form of escape during these challenging times. If you ever feel like writing to us, our e-mail is open – <a href="https://create.acast.co
16/02/202155 minutes 10 seconds
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Aus Open Day 8 - A dud of a day but the pod’s great, honest

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.&nbsp;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?&nbsp;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.NEWSLETTERSign up to get our news, offers, predictions and Matt’s Stat - http://eepurl.com/gbmzRXEMAILWe hope that the podcast helps to provide some form of escape during these challenging times. If you ever feel like writing to us, our e-mail is open – <a href="[email protected]" rel="noopener n
15/02/202159 minutes 21 seconds
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Aus Open Day 7 - Slam finals galore in round 4; Thiem tonked

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.&nbsp;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?&nbsp;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.&nbsp;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?&nbsp;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?&nbsp;The Tennis Podcast is presented by Catherine Whitaker and David Law, and features Matt Roberts. It is produc
14/02/20211 hour 8 minutes 35 seconds
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Aus Open Day 6 - Silent, subdued, but intriguing

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.&nbsp;But it was still a Grand Slam day, meaning there was still plenty for us to discuss, including:Silent stadia - pros and consNadal makes progress; Will Fognini stop him?Berrettini wins, but bigger battles awaitTsitsipas enjoys a quiet lifeWhat happened to Daniil Medvedev?Just how good is Casper Ruud?Barty braced for deep run. Who can stop her?'Jen' Brady, perhapsThe curious case of Karolina PliskovaThe 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.*NEWSLETTER*Sign up to get our news, offers, predictions and Matt’s Stat -&nbsp;<a href="http://eep
13/02/20211 hour 5 minutes 55 seconds
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Aus Open Day 5 - Last night at the tennis

Well that was one of the most surreal nights of tennis we’ve ever seen.&nbsp;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.&nbsp;We did our best to process it all on the podcast.&nbsp;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.&nbsp;The Tennis Podcast is presented by Catherine Whitaker and David Law, and fea
12/02/20211 hour 3 minutes
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Aus Open Day 4 - Kenin conquered, Nadal heckled, Italian aggro

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?&nbsp;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.*NEWSLETTER*Sign up to get our news, offers, predictions and Matt’s Stat -&nbsp;http://eepurl.com/gbmzRX*EM
11/02/202159 minutes 6 seconds
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Aus Open Day 3 - The Day Tennis Came Home

Days of tennis don’t come much better than that. In a packed podcast, we cover:&nbsp;The joy of tennis with crowdsKyrgios sending Melbourne Park into a frenzy&nbsp;Inspirational Venus carrying on despite injury, but losing to Errani&nbsp;Hsieh bamboozling Andreescu&nbsp;Tiafoe testing Djokovic on a hot and quick Rod Laver ArenaFucsovics beating Wawrinka in fifth set tiebreak&nbsp;Halep coming back from the brink against Tomljano