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The Tennis Podcast

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

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Annus Horribilis Re-Lived - Part 1

November 30, 2020 18:40 - 1 hour - 70.4 MB

We realise that re-living 2020 probably isn’t high on your list of priorities, but we can promise that this week’s podcasts are not all doom and gloom as we look back on this strange but momentous tennis year and the way we covered it as a podcast.  In this episode, with the help of clips from throughout the year, we reminisce about the Australian Open, the warning signs in February and March that covid-19 was spreading, the sudden shutdown of the world, and the launch of our Tennis Re-Live...

Inside the ‘brutal experience’ of Australian quarantine, with John Millman

November 26, 2020 18:23 - 1 hour - 59.1 MB

In this bonus edition of the pod, John Millman speaks to David and Catherine from his hotel room in Sydney where he’s quarantining for 14 days following the end of the season and his return to Australia.  John talks candidly about his experience of travelling the ATP Tour throughout the pandemic, the mental toll of being in quarantine without even being allowed to open a window, his role on the ATP player council, his views on the PTPA, and the possible scenarios for next year’s Australian ...

ATP Finals Day 8 - Medvedev does it his way as event leaves London

November 23, 2020 04:16 - 1 hour - 60.5 MB

Daniil Medvedev has never followed the crowd, and the manner in which he brought the curtain down on London’s 12-year hosting of the ATP Finals suggested he isn’t about to start now. In an eighth and final edition of The Tennis Podcast from The O2 this week, Catherine Whitaker, David Law and Matt Roberts talk about the final between Medvedev and Dominic Thiem, what went on afterwards, what the results this week might mean for the future, the doubles final, and the memories that the pod team...

ATP Finals Day 7 - Nadal vs. Djokovic becomes Thiem vs. Medvedev; Catherine’s meme moment

November 22, 2020 04:09 - 57 minutes - 52.3 MB

Novak Djokovic led Dominic Thiem 4-0 in a deciding set tie-break, Rafael Nadal served for the match against Daniil Medvedev, and Thiem will now face Medvedev in the final. What happened and why? Catherine Whitaker, David Law and Matt Roberts try to work it out. The heartbreak of Joe Salisbury is covered, as are concerns over the Australian Open. And then there’s the moment that Catherine Whitaker became a meme.  The Tennis Podcast is produced weekly year-round, and daily during the Grand ...

ATP Finals Day 6 - Semis: Djokovic vs. Thiem, Nadal vs. Medvedev. Yes please.

November 21, 2020 02:24 - 47 minutes - 43.8 MB

If the pod team could have chosen the semi-final line-up at the start of the tournament, it’s likely these four names would have featured.  But who will come out on top? After much deliberation, Catherine Whitaker, David Law and Matt Roberts make their picks. They also cover some important press conferences involving Djokovic and Alexander Zverev, relate some weird, wonderful, heartbreaking and downright awkward doubles news, and receive and react to a tweet from Pam Shriver.  The Tennis P...

ATP Finals Day 5 - Rafa remains, bubble struggle and what’s that hair?

November 20, 2020 02:58 - 52 minutes - 47.7 MB

Rafael Nadal has never won the ATP Finals. Not yet, anyway. After a three-set tussle with Stefanos Tsitsipas, we assessed his performance, considered the way in which he causes Tsitsipas problems, and then reported on the Greek’s press conference in which he described the mental challenges posed by ‘bubble life’. The drudgery of dead rubbers gets the treatment, the chopping and changing of doubles teams is discussed, Joe Salisbury is lauded, and Catherine gives David and Matt a mid-pod shoc...

ATP Finals Day 4 - Medvedev Makes Statement

November 19, 2020 02:42 - 51 minutes - 47.4 MB

A match hyped to the hilt ended more abruptly than expected, and Catherine Whitaker, David Law and Matt Roberts were able to talk about Daniil Medvedev vs. Novak Djokovic soon afterwards. Where was the match won and lost? How come Djokovic lost seven games in a row? And does this make Medvedev the favourite for the title? The podcast trio discuss all of that, and also cover Alexander Zverev vs. Diego Schwartzman, while giving the lowdown on what Medvedev said about the Zverev domestic abuse...

ATP Finals Day 3 - Thiem-Nadal instant classic, and trouble brewing for tennis in Australia

November 18, 2020 02:53 - 51 minutes - 47 MB

On-court, lack of fans aside, today was a joy to behold for the tennis world. Dominic Thiem and Rafael Nadal fought out an instant classic, and then Stefanos Tsitsispas and Andrey Rublev went at it in the evening.  Off the court though, there are concerns for the viability of the Australian Open.  In the latest daily edition of The Tennis Podcast, Catherine Whitaker joins from inside the O2 Arena bubble to describe the feeling of being courtside for such a great tussle, and discusses with ...

ATP Finals Day 2 - A review and a Roger Federer row

November 17, 2020 03:05 - 48 minutes - 44.2 MB

Let's be honest, Day 2 at the ATP Finals was not exactly a thriller, and it got us talking about the worst matches we can remember from the O2 era and whether or not it's fair to call this year's edition the 'Zombie Finals'', a term coined by Simon Briggs. On the court, there were straight-set wins for Novak Djokovic over Diego Schwartzman and Daniil Medvedev over Alexander Zverev. We discuss the bad match-up for Schwartzman, Djokovic's ability to open his shoulders and play expansive tennis...

ATP Finals Day 1 - Thiem vs. Tsitsipas reprised, but this time it’s different

November 16, 2020 02:02 - 42 minutes - 38.9 MB

The opening singles match of the 2020 ATP Finals was a repeat of last year's closer between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Dominic Thiem, a fact which served only to emphasise the differences and remind us of what we're missing. On the podcast, Catherine describes the bittersweet feeling of what it was like to be inside the O2 arena without fans as London hosts the event for the last time. Still, the tennis was high-quality and we discuss how Thiem managed to get his revenge, the way his game has d...

Silence broken, ATP Finals preview, Catherine in the bubble

November 14, 2020 00:01 - 57 minutes - 52.8 MB

In this episode we look ahead to the ATP Finals – the final event of this strange tennis season and the final time it will be staged in London. Catherine details her experience inside the O2 bubble so far, as well as the dental emergency which almost scuppered her plans. We also analyse the two singles groups, discuss what we learned on media day, and make some predictions. Just how motivated will Djokovic be to win the title? Is Nadal better suited to indoor tennis than ever? Does Medvedev...

Zverev, Paris and uncomfortable silence

November 09, 2020 19:24 - 1 hour - 56.9 MB

On-court action unfortunately takes a back seat on the podcast this week as we discuss in depth the allegations from Olya Sharypova that her ex-boyfriend, Alexander Zverev, physically and emotionally abused her during their relationship. We lay out the new allegations from Sharypova detailed in her interview with Racquet Magazine, present Zverev’s responses throughout the week to questions about the accusations, and talk through Jon Wertheim’s extensive take on the issue. We also examine t...

More listener questions – Federer in bronze, Felix or Denis, the best/worst of each Slam

November 05, 2020 17:44 - 1 hour - 63.1 MB

Catherine, David and Matt are back to answer more listener questions. In the mailbag this week: ·      Who will win a Grand Slam title first – Denis Shapovalov or Felix Auger-Aliassime? ·      Who will be the next first time Grand Slam champion in the women’s game? ·      Is Roger Federer in danger of the bronze medal when it comes to who is best out of The Big 3? ·      What are we most excited about, in the tennis world, next year? ·      Can Dominic Thiem win Roland Garros before Raf...

Vienna, Nur-Sultan, and Djokovic or Sampras - whose No.1 record is better?

November 02, 2020 16:00 - 1 hour - 60.9 MB

Our focus this week is on Vienna after Andrey Rublev won his 5th title of the season there. Does Rublev’s consistency at ATP 500 level make him a contender for men’s player of the year? The other big talking points involved Novak Djokovic who clinched the year-end No.1 ranking for the sixth time, equalling Pete Sampras’ record, before losing 6-2, 6-1 against the impressive Lorenzo Sonego. What happened? What did we make of Djokovic’s post-match comments? Should his year-end finish as No....

Listener questions special - travel tales, worst 5-set matches and what should Wimbledon change?

October 29, 2020 22:23 - 1 hour - 55.4 MB

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

Cologne 2, Ostrava !!! And should Hawkeye stay or go?

October 26, 2020 21:19 - 1 hour - 62.2 MB

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

Andy's agony, Cologne 1, St Petersburg and the longest ceremony

October 19, 2020 18:35 - 1 hour - 65.1 MB

With the dust having settled on Roland Garros, the tennis season stutters on, and Catherine, David and Matt are back to talk about everything that was weird and wonderful in Cologne 1 and St Petersburg, including dogs on sun loungers, a live band at changeovers, and a 40-minute Eurovision-style closing ceremony. How motivated are we to watch non-Grand Slam tennis at the moment? What’s going wrong for Felix Auger-Aliassime in finals? How concerned should we be about Andy Murray’s latest setb...

Roland Garros Day 15 - When 20-20 made us smile

October 11, 2020 20:05 - 55 minutes - 50.6 MB

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

Roland Garros Day 14 - Iga Swiatek Superstar, Ted Robinson, Nadal vs. Djokovic predictions

October 10, 2020 21:20 - 1 hour - 64.4 MB

Tennis has a new star after Iga Swiatek completed a record-breaking run to her first Grand Slam title at Roland Garros, beating Sofia Kenin in the same dominant fashion she'd seen off the rest of the field. Catherine, David and Matt review the match, salute Swiatek, consider the wider significance of the result, and look ahead to Rafael Nadal vs. Novak Djokovic on Sunday. David also speaks to legendary sports broadcaster Ted Robinson about his time covering tennis during the pandemic. 0.00...

Roland Garros Day 13 - Nadal vs Djokovic is on! But it nearly wasn't.

October 10, 2020 00:19 - 52 minutes - 48 MB

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

Roland Garros Day 12 - Mary Carillo!

October 08, 2020 23:50 - 1 hour - 58.2 MB

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

Roland Garros Day 11 - Tennis, Diego and David

October 08, 2020 00:31 - 59 minutes - 54.7 MB

Where was all the aggro in Kenin vs. Collins? How did Tsitsipas turn the match around against Rublev? How concerning is Djokovic’s neck problem? And who will reach the women’s final? Those were the big questions for Catherine, David and Matt to discuss after a Wednesday at Roland Garros which didn’t quite live up to the heights of previous days. But, with David on the whisky, there was no shortage of fun to be had on the podcast. So, come for the tennis chat, stay for David’s anecdote...

Roland Garros Day 10 - Records, roars and routine wins

October 07, 2020 00:45 - 56 minutes - 51.8 MB

There are no night sessions at this year’s French Open, but that didn’t stop play on Day 10 finishing at 1:25am in Paris after an epic match between Diego Schwartzman and Dominic Thiem provided the “embouteillage” which Catherine predicted. On the podcast, Catherine, David and Matt (1.00) discuss how Schwartzman’s nerves vs Thiem’s physical struggles made the match dramatic, the significance of Schwartzman’s victory, and whether or not Jannik Sinner provided Rafael Nadal with the test he re...

Roland Garros Day 9 - Powerplays, rematches and whisky

October 05, 2020 23:14 - 56 minutes - 51.9 MB

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

Roland Garros Day 8 - Now that’s a Grand Slam day, but what was Zverev thinking?

October 04, 2020 22:20 - 56 minutes - 51.7 MB

Electric matches, comebacks, breakthrough performances, and a heavy dose of controversy: Sunday at Roland Garros felt like a proper Grand Slam day. Catherine, David and Matt got stuck into it all on the podcast. Why did Zverev play despite displaying covid symptoms? Does the responsibility to prevent that from happening lie with Zverev or the tournament? Just how good was Iga Swiatek's performance to beat Simona Halep? Has Dominic Thiem hit the wall? Will Jannik Sinner be able to trouble Raf...

Roland Garros Day 7 - Briggs, the bubble and the banquet

October 03, 2020 23:17 - 52 minutes - 47.9 MB

Simon Briggs, quarantining at home in the UK after returning from Roland Garros, joins Catherine, David and Matt to share his experience of being in Paris, his thoughts on the event so far, how he sees the tournament progressing next week, and the reasons behind Britain’s doubles success. We also discuss the main results from Saturday which introduced us to Daniel Altmaier, saw another good win for Fiona Ferro, and more smooth progress for Novak Djokovic. The Tennis Podcast is presented by...

Roland Garros Day 6 – Fifty shades of grey and the odd bit of blue

October 02, 2020 21:38 - 1 hour - 57.7 MB

As the rain poured down at Roland Garros on Day 6, some matches failed to deliver on the hype, while others brought unexpected drama and two French players provided rays of sunshine. Catherine, David and Matt discussed it all on the podcast. Roof and unadvertised night sessions keep tournament on track (0-4 mins) Wawrinka – OUT, Thiem vs Wawrinka – OFF, Hugo Gaston – BONJOUR! (4-19 mins) Does Nadal need to be tested? Korda up next. (19-29 mins) Inspired Garcia beats Mertens in front of a...

Roland Garros Day 5 - Ostapenko reborn; Shapovalov combusts; Pas de bulle à Paris

October 01, 2020 22:25 - 54 minutes - 50.3 MB

It took until Day 5, but David has finally got a prediction correct! We rejoice about that, discuss a day which didn't exactly catch fire in terms of epic matches but did deliver numerous talking points, and hear from an angry Denis Shapovalov about the non-existent Roland Garros 'bubble'. Return of Ostapenko, fall of Pliskova (0.00) Fiona Ferro - David’s new fave (11.00) Sofia Kenin - an anxious watch, but still going (17.00) Garbine Muguruza looking solid (22.30) Denis Shapovalov - an...

Roland Garros Day 4 - Sonic Boom, Serena Out and Aggro Galore

September 30, 2020 23:41 - 59 minutes - 54.3 MB

Just when we thought the 2020 French Open couldn’t get any weirder, Day 4 began with a Sonic Boom over Paris as a fighter plane broke the sound barrier, and this was followed by Serena Williams withdrawing from the tournament with an Achilles injury.  Elsewhere, we discuss Anna Karolina Schmiedlova's story after she beat Victoria Azarenka, the drama and fallout between Sara Errani and Kiki Bertens, impressive wins for Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem and Stan Wawrinka, and yet another five-sette...

Roland Garros Day 3 - New stars emerge, others come-of-age, some are as good as ever

September 29, 2020 23:57 - 1 hour - 61.4 MB

On Day 3 of this mysterious French Open, there were plenty of reasons for it to feel more like a normal Grand Slam: epic matches, new stars emerging, familiar names winning, and results which left predictions in tatters. But Catherine, David and Matt still have a nagging sense that something isn't quite right. Jelena Ostapenko. Remember her? (0-4 mins) Clara Tauson breaks Brady’s heart (and more importantly, David’s) (5-9 mins) Who is Clara Tauson, anyway? (9-12 minutes) Danielle Collins...

Roland Garros Day 2 - Familiar sights, but things feel different

September 29, 2020 01:20 - 57 minutes - 52.5 MB

Some familiar faces took to the court on day two, but that didn’t stop things feeling weird. Catherine, David and Matt convened to look back on those that won, those that lost, and where we go from here.  Nadal is back, but how did he look? (4.00 - 12.00) Serena soared, eventually. Her prospects discussed. (12.30 - 16.20) Medvedev out, again. Will he ever conquer clay? (21.00 - 25.00) Thiem looks the business, but his draw is tough. Help or hindrance? (27.30 - 31.00) Svitolina, Bertens,...

Roland Garros Day 1 - It's all just so weird

September 27, 2020 22:13 - 59 minutes - 54.3 MB

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

Roland Garros Preview, ‘Drip’ Review

September 25, 2020 15:39 - 1 hour - 58.7 MB

A few months later than usual, but the French Open is here and the draws have been made. We reflect on the significance of the headline match between Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka, discuss Jo Konta’s chances against Coco Gauff, break down a tough route for Stefanos Tsitsipas, consider a wide-open bottom half of the women’s draw, and debate whether Rafael Nadal can be viewed as more of a favourite than Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem. We also review “Drip” by Denis Shapovalov and Corentin ...

Rome - Halep, Djokovic deliver; Is Rafa ready?

September 22, 2020 00:41 - 1 hour - 69.2 MB

Despite having scarcely recovered from the US Open, Catherine, David and Matt are back to reflect on the week in Rome, which created plenty of talking points ahead of Roland Garros. How did Djokovic look en route to the title in his first matches since his US Open default? Why did Diego Schwartzman and Denis Shapovalov both catch the eye? In what way is this year's French Open looking like a slightly different proposition for a rusty Rafael Nadal? How much of a favourite is Simona Halep? Is...

US Open Day 14 - Thiem at last; Zverev devastated

September 14, 2020 07:00 - 59 minutes - 54.6 MB

Dominic Thiem is finally a Grand Slam champion, but he had to do it the hard way, becoming the first man in US Open history to mount a comeback from two sets to love down in the final, triumphing in a deciding set tiebreak against Alexander Zverev. On the podcast, we try to get our heads around what happened. Why did Thiem start so slowly? In what way did Zverev's gameplan impress early on? How did the match turn around? What did it feel like to see both players confront nerves in that excr...

US Open Day 13 - Naomi Osaka - Champion; Catherine's capers

September 13, 2020 04:21 - 49 minutes - 45.7 MB

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

US Open Day 12 – Zverev, Thiem, and MARY CARILLO!

September 12, 2020 05:12 - 47 minutes - 43.4 MB

The men’s US Open final is set: Alexander Zverev vs Dominic Thiem. In the first half of the pod we discuss how they both got there in two contrasting semi-final matches.  In part two, the great Mary Carillo, who was in the stadium for the women’s semi-finals, speaks to David about why it was one of the greatest nights of tennis she can remember. She also looks ahead to the final, gives an insight into what it’s like to be on site at this most extraordinary of US Opens, and explains why it f...

US Open Day 11 - Wonder Women

September 11, 2020 07:46 - 48 minutes - 44.5 MB

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

US Open Day 10 - Serena Williams vs. Victoria Azarenka. Yes please.

September 10, 2020 04:10 - 47 minutes - 43.8 MB

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

US Open Day 9 - Brady transformation complete, Osaka next; Zverev squeezes through

September 09, 2020 05:24 - 49 minutes - 45.4 MB

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

US Open Day 8 - Serena Survives; Thiem's Time?

September 08, 2020 03:13 - 55 minutes - 57.5 MB

Monday felt like the morning after the night before, with the shockwaves from Novak Djokovic's default still being felt at the 2020 US Open. We begin this episode with further reaction to that incident before moving on to the tennis. We discuss Serena Willams' fightback against Maria Sakkari, Dominic Thiem's statement performance, a reality check for Felix Auger-Aliassime, and the unexpected head-to-heads in Tuesday's quarter-final matches. There's also discussion about Roland Garros' plans ...

US Open Day 7 - Djokovic Defaulted. Our Reaction.

September 07, 2020 04:15 - 52 minutes - 47.9 MB

In one of the biggest stories in Grand Slam history, Novak Djokovic's unbeaten streak came to a dramatic end on Sunday as he was defaulted from the US Open for hitting a line judge with a ball. We discuss the incident, place it in the context of his career, react to his statement, consider his decision not to attend a post-match press conference, and debate who the new favourite is in the men's draw. Catherine also talks about what it was like to be presenting live TV coverage at the time o...

US Open Day 6 - Serena’s statement; Felix takes flight; Tsitsipas - What happened!?

September 06, 2020 04:28 - 1 hour - 61.2 MB

Our 100th episode of the year re-capping another eventful day at the US Open. Approximate episode time stamps: 0-22 minutes - Tsitsipas: What happened!? 22-34 minutes - Serena’s statement win 35 - 50 minutes - Felix takes flight 50-57 minutes - Women's mix chat 57 minutes to the end - Mladenovic/Babos withdrawn from doubles 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 ...

US Open Day 5 - Brits booted, Shapo’s escape, and the curious case of Adrian Mannarino

September 05, 2020 03:34 - 52 minutes - 48.1 MB

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

US Open Day 4 – Today felt like a Grand Slam

September 04, 2020 04:05 - 47 minutes - 43.2 MB

Thursday at the US Open was a day of thrilling matches, significant upsets, and interesting storylines. In other words, it felt like a proper Grand Slam day. We discuss Tsvetana Pironkova’s return to tennis and victory against Garbine Muguruza, Sorana Cirstea’s stunning performance to knock out Jo Konta, Grigor Dimitrov’s concerning physical collapse against Marton Fucsovics, and the chaotic but entertaining match between Dan Evans and Corentin Moutet.  The Tennis Podcast is presented by ...

US Open Day 3 - Top seed Pliskova sent packing; Kiki kicks off; Djokovic survives lost set

September 03, 2020 02:56 - 42 minutes - 39.2 MB

After 29 of the 32 seeds reached round two in the women's singles event, Wednesday saw many of them tumble, including Karolina Pliskova. We try to figure out, yet again, why her recent Grand Slam record is so poor. We also chat about Kiki Mladenovic's loss from 6-1 5-1 up, discuss her colourful comments about the restrictions placed upon her following her contact with Benoit Paire, and analyse Kyle Edmund's mid-match deflation against Novak Djokovic. Approximate episode time stamps: 0.00 -...

US Open Day 2 - How did Andy Murray win that?

September 02, 2020 03:15 - 46 minutes - 43 MB

He was down two sets to love. He was down a break in the third. He was down match point. And he was down a break in the decider. But Andy Murray still managed to beat Yoshito Nishioka on Tuesday at the US Open in his first Grand Slam singles match since the 2019 Australian Open. We discuss how he did it, the reason for his slow start, and how he's holding up physically. We also cover Jo Konta's mood and form after her defeat of compatriot Heather Watson, Serena Williams' opener, an epic be...

US Open Day 1 - Covid concerns; Brits advance; Murray ready to return

September 01, 2020 03:53 - 50 minutes - 46.7 MB

A two-part podcast covering the main talking points from Day 1 of this weird and wonderful US Open.  Timecodes: 3.00 - 8.40 Cameron Norrie vs. Diego Schwartzman 8.40 - 10.30 Alexander Zverev 10.30 - 12.40 Stefanos Tsitsipas and towels 13.00 - Coco Gauff vs. Anastasia Sevastova 17.00 - Other results 22.00 - Benoit Paire and tests 30.00 - Kyle Edmund 32.00 - Novak Djokovic 39.00 - Andy Murray 45.00 - Jo Konta vs. Heather Watson The Tennis Podcast is presented by Catherine Whitaker ...

US Open Preview, Predictions, PTPA, Politics

August 30, 2020 23:39 - 1 hour - 100 MB

No shortage of talking points as we discuss the formation of the Professional Tennis Players’ Association with Simon Briggs, Naomi Osaka’s stand against racism, titles for Novak Djokovic and Victoria Azarenka at the Western and Southern Open, a wide-open women’s draw at the US Open, the Bryan Brothers’ retirement, and the sad news that legendary commentator David Mercer has died. What do the players hope to achieve with the PTPA? Why set it up now? Where does it go from here? How does Djoko...

Tennis Re-Lived: Arthur Ashe

August 28, 2020 20:46 - 1 hour - 97 MB

Following on from our most recent edition of Tennis Re-Lived on the life of Althea Gibson, in this episode we turn our attention to Arthur Ashe. We cover his formative years growing up in Virginia under the Jim Crow laws, his development as an amateur tennis player while at college, his Grand Slam titles, his fights for civil rights and social justice, his passing from AIDS, and his enduring legacy. Along the way, James Blake reveals how he indirectly credits Ashe with getting him into ten...

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