The Tennis Podcast

By David Law, Catherine Whitaker, Matt Roberts

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Reviews: 5


 Jan 17, 2023

Daniel
 Jun 2, 2022
Great tennis coverage, but insufferable rants on unconscious bias, equity versus equality, etc. They can't restrain their egos in inserting their political views into the coverage, so it can be hard to listen to.

Luciano
 Feb 17, 2021

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

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

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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.


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Episode Date
AO Day 14 - Djokovic Feeling 22
1:10:37

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.


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Jan 29, 2023
AO Day 13 - Now THAT was a final; Courier previews Djokovic vs Tsitsipas
1:02:45

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 tours4tennis.com/podcast


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Jan 28, 2023
AO Day 12 - Fantastic finals await; Djokovic deals with Dad’s controversy
1:00:30

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 lucky Tennis Podcast Newsletter subscriber! For full details, go to tours4tennis.com/podcast


Become a Friend of the Tennis Podcast 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.

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Jan 27, 2023
AO Day 11 - Fierce final guaranteed; Pro Russia demonstrations dominate headlines
58:48

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!*

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/podcast


Become a Friend of the Tennis Podcast 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.

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Jan 26, 2023
AO Day 10 - Pam Shriver and the Joy of Coaching; Semifinals set
1:05:58

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 tours4tennis.com/podcast


Become a Friend of the Tennis Podcast 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.

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Jan 25, 2023
AO Day 9 - Victoria Azarenka ten years later
1:03:20

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 presented by Itau, in March to give away to one lucky Tennis Podcast Newsletter subscriber! For full details, go to tours4tennis.com/podcast


Become a Friend of the Tennis Podcast 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.

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Jan 24, 2023
AO Day 8 - The real Novak Djokovic is here - good luck everyone
1:00:20

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 tours4tennis.com/podcast


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Jan 23, 2023
AO Day 7 - Swiatek feels weight of World No.1
1:08:03

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 tours4tennis.com/podcast


Become a Friend of the Tennis Podcast 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.

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Jan 22, 2023
AO Day 6 - Murray leaves his mark on Melbourne; Sabalenka vs. Bencic? Yes please!
1:03:40

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. 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 Newsletter subscriber! For full details, go to tours4tennis.com/podcast


Become a Friend of the Tennis Podcast 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.

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Jan 21, 2023
AO Day 5 - Seeds wasteland, Korda's coming, cracking matches ahead
1:00:32

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 set
  • Pegula drops two games, Swiatek drops one
  • Keys crumbles against Azarenka
  • Korda delivers a big statement to beat Medvedev
  • Tiafoe and Shapovalov fall short of Murray-esque comebacks
  • Did 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 tours4tennis.com/podcast


Become a Friend of the Tennis Podcast 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.

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Jan 20, 2023
AO Day 4 - Magic, Madness, Andy Murray
1:06:53

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.


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Become a Friend of the Tennis Podcast 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.

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Jan 19, 2023
AO Day 3 -The Sadness of Rafael Nadal; Is RaduCoco the future? Yes Please
1:04:04

It was a day of rain delays and high emotion at Melbourne Park. Catherine and Matt discuss:


  • More Melbourne pain for Nadal
  • Auger-Aliassime comes from two sets down
  • Discovering Diana Schnaider
  • Gauff-Raducanu ignites after a slow start
  • No Swiatek-Andreescu - why can’t we have nice things?
  • Watch out for Elena Rybakina


*WIN A 3-NIGHT STAY AT THE MIAMI OPEN!*

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Become a Friend of the Tennis Podcast 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.

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Jan 18, 2023
AO Day 2 - Andy Murray ain’t f***ing done yet
55:48

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 Location

The 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 Steve Furgal’s International Tennis Tours, which has been providing world-class tennis holidays for nearly 50 years. They are the Official Tour Operator of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, and provide incredible travel packages to the 4 Grand Slam tournaments, and many other big tennis events during the year. Check out what they have to offer.

It also means we will be able to provide Friends of The Tennis Podcast with a 5% discount on Steve Furgal’s International Tennis Tours packages in 2023! Friends can contact us - friends@tennispodcast.net - to receive the discount code.  


Become a Friend of the Tennis Podcast 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.

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Jan 17, 2023
AO Day 1 - WTA Avengers ascend; Nadal needs more; Crushed Kyrgios out
1:02:05

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 PLEASE
  • Andreescu is happening and Catherine is excited
  • Injury scare for Collins…and lots of drama
  • Draper learns the hard way about facing Nadal
  • Kyrgios calls a press conference and withdraws
  • Catherine rants about faff…again
  • Auger-Aliassime overcomes a terrible start to beat Pospisil
  • Swiatek passes tricky Neimeier test


Welcome On Location

The 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 Steve Furgal’s International Tennis Tours, which has been providing world-class tennis holidays for nearly 50 years. They are the Official Tour Operator of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, and provide incredible travel packages to the 4 Grand Slam tournaments, and many other big tennis events during the year. Check out what they have to offer.

It also means we will be able to provide Friends of The Tennis Podcast with a 5% discount on Steve Furgal’s International Tennis Tours packages in 2023! Friends can contact us - friends@tennispodcast.net - to receive the discount code.  


Become a Friend of the Tennis Podcast 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.

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Jan 16, 2023
AO Preview - Media Day, and a Big Announcement
1:32:08

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 Location

The 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 Steve Furgal’s International Tennis Tours, which has been providing world-class tennis holidays for nearly 50 years. They are the Official Tour Operator of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, and provide incredible travel packages to the 4 Grand Slam tournaments, and many other big tennis events during the year. Check out what they have to offer.

It also means we will be able to provide Friends of The Tennis Podcast with a 5% discount on Steve Furgal’s International Tennis Tours packages in 2023! Friends can contact us - friends@tennispodcast.net - to receive the discount code.  


Become a Friend of the Tennis Podcast 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.

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Jan 15, 2023
Welcome To Melbourne! AO Draws Dissected
1:07:20

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.


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Jan 12, 2023
Live from the Departures Lounge - United Cup, Djokovic, and Melbourne here we come
1:02:51

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.

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Jan 08, 2023
The United Cup - our verdict; Who looks good, who doesn’t?
1:05:58

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. 

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. 


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Jan 02, 2023
Coaching carousel, exhibitions and 2023 hype
1:05:52

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.


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Dec 21, 2022
Plans!
7:30

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Dec 08, 2022
Davis Cup Final - Champions at last; What about the future?
1:00:25

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!


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Nov 27, 2022
Davis Cup Finals Day 5 - O Canada
51:22

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.


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Nov 27, 2022
Davis Cup Finals Day 4 - Australia ends 19 years of hurt
49:38

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. 


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.


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Nov 26, 2022
Davis Cup Finals Day 3 - US challenge ends, fallout begins; Canada storms back
44:01

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?


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Nov 25, 2022
Davis Cup Finals Day 2 - The ordeal of watching Marin Cilic; Matt grills Mardy Fish
46:31

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.


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Nov 24, 2022
Davis Cup Finals Day 1 - Australia see off spirited Netherlands to reach semis
47:28

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.


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Nov 23, 2022
Davis Cup Finals Preview - Matt's in Malaga!
41:46

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.

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Nov 21, 2022
ATP Finals final - Title No.6 for Djokovic, Bring on 2023!
55:40
  • Djokovic draws level with Federer on 6 titles
  • Why 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 last


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Nov 21, 2022
ATP Finals semis - Is Ruud ready to derail Djokovic? Andrea Gaudenzi chat
46:06

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. 

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? 

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. 


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Nov 20, 2022
ATP Finals - Group stages over, bring on the semis! Wimbledon changes all-white rule for women at last
59:07

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.


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Nov 19, 2022
BJK Cup Finals Day 6 - Switzerland at last; ATP Finals underway
1:00:52

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. 

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. 

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. 

We also review the event generally and discuss how it might improve in the future. 

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? 


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Nov 14, 2022
BJK Cup Finals Day 5 - Heartbreak and hope as final is set; Matt meets Billie Jean King
51:18

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. 

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. 

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.


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Nov 13, 2022
BJK Cup Finals Day 4 - Captains go big not home as Swiss & Czechs reach semis
57:52

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? 

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.


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Nov 12, 2022
BJK Cup Finals Day 3 - Great Britain stun Spain to reach semis; Showdowns set for Friday
48:15

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.


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Nov 11, 2022
BJK Cup Finals Day 2 - Epics galore but McCoco get the memo
43:15

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.


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Nov 10, 2022
BJK Cup Finals Day 1 - Tomljanovic takes centre stage; WTA Finals - Garcia wins big
54:46

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. 

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. 

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? 


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Nov 09, 2022
BJK Cup Finals Preview - Nations ready to rumble in Glasgow, and Matt is there
43:37

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.

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Nov 07, 2022
Paris - Rune arrives, but what's next for him and Djokovic? WTA Finals final set
1:04:38

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.


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Nov 07, 2022
WTA Finals Group Stages - Swiatek and Sakkari soar; Pegula and Gauff hit the wall
54:48

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). 

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. 

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? 

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 a week of disappointing crowds in Fort Worth. 


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Nov 06, 2022
WTA Finals Preview with Pam Shriver! Plus, is this a new Auger-Aliassime?
1:09:51

The WTA Finals are here and who better to preview the tournament than 10-time WTA Finals doubles champion Pam Shriver?! 

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? 

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. 

There’s also time for a quick Paris preview, chat about some WTA coaching changes, and for Pam to roast David. 


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Oct 31, 2022
Reaction to Halep's suspension; Pegula's big breakthrough; Andreescu & Thiem set for a big 2023?
1:02:25

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.


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Oct 24, 2022
San Diego, Gijon, Florence...and ‘Pickleball’
1:06:51

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. 

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. 

Come for all of that. Stay for a spectacular rant from David about Pickleball. 


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Oct 17, 2022
Krejcikova beats Swiatek in a final!!! Do we have a rivalry at last???
1:03:24

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? 

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. 


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Oct 10, 2022
Matt’s back, events everywhere, let’s go!
1:00:36

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. 

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? 

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!!!


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Oct 03, 2022
The tears of Federer & Nadal; Laver Cup, Davis Cup review
1:01:27

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.

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Sep 26, 2022
Federer's final press conference
36:19

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.

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Sep 21, 2022
Ivan Ljubicic: Coaching, playing and knowing Roger Federer
35:09

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.

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Sep 20, 2022
Goodbye Roger Federer
42:46

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.


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Sep 15, 2022
US Open Day 14: Carlos Alcaraz - the present and the future
1:00:07

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.


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Sep 12, 2022
US Open Day 13 - Swiatek, Jabeur light up New York; Alcarez vs. Ruud - who wins?
41:20

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.


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Sep 11, 2022
US Open Day 12 - Alcaraz vs Ruud with World No.1 on the line
54:42

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.


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Sep 10, 2022
US Open Day 11 - Swiatek & Jabeur set up fitting finale
36:13

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. And in this episode we review semi-final wins for Iga Swiatek and Ons Jabeur.


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Sep 09, 2022
US Open Day 10 - Alcaraz vs Sinner - greatest match ever?
1:03:12

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. We get stuck into it all on the podcast.


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Sep 08, 2022
US Open Day 9 - First semis set; Alcaraz-Sinner - is this the rivalry?
53:45

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.


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Sep 07, 2022
US Open Day 8 - Time for Tiafoe as Nadal falls short
54:42

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. 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.


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Sep 06, 2022
US Open Day 7 - Kyrgios masters Medvedev; New York loves Coco
59:50

The great tennis just keeps coming at this US Open. 

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. 

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.


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Sep 05, 2022
US Open Day 6 - The morning after Serena's exit, final set tiebreaks, Azarenka speaks out
1:00:21

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. 

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.


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Sep 04, 2022
US Open Day 5 - Serena says goodbye in style
52:11

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.


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Sep 03, 2022
US Open Day 4 - Nadal’s search for form goes on
1:05:18

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. 


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Sep 02, 2022
US Open Day 3 - Serena shines to beat Kontaveit. Can she win the whole tournament?
55:57

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? 

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.


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Sep 01, 2022
US Open Day 2 - Raducanu: a fairytale ends, a career begins
56:25

This US Open keeps on delivering. To wrap up Day 2, David and Matt discuss: 

  • How Emma Raducanu is looking to the future after her title defence ended against Alize Cornet 
  • Venus Williams’ moment in the spotlight on Ashe Stadium 
  • Iga Swiatek and Sloane Stephens setting up a second round blockbuster 
  • Why Andrea Petkovic will be much missed from the sport 
  • The incredible level produced by Danielle Collins and Naomi Osaka 
  • Rafael Nadal’s comeback victory over the impressive Rinky Hijikata 
  • Hard-fought five set wins for Jannik Sinner, Borna Coric and Lorenzo Musetti 
  • Benoit Paire’s lack of effort in defeat against Cameron Norrie 
  • Two fun sets between Carlos Alcaraz and Sebastian Baez 


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Aug 31, 2022
US Open Day 1 - Serena's not done yet; upsets galore
59:12

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.

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Aug 30, 2022
US Open Preview - Media Day, Qualifying, The Serena Show
1:05:25

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. 

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. 


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Aug 28, 2022
Welcome To New York
45:33

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? 

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Aug 25, 2022
Cincinnati - Coric & Garcia champions, but who is in The Mix for the US Open?
58:28

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.

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Aug 22, 2022
Cincinnati update - the quest for the title, form, and rest
58:29

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. 

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Aug 18, 2022
Canada - Halep & Carreno Busta champions, but what does it mean for The Mix? Coco Gauff is doubles No.1
1:00:54

Simona Halep is back where she belongs - winning big titles and inside the World’s Top 10. 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. 

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. 

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. 

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Aug 15, 2022
Farewell Serena
1:01:41

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. 

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. 

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. 

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Aug 11, 2022
‘Free’ Kasatkina wins San Jose; Is Kyrgios in the US Open mix? Canada Preview
58:33

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. 

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? 

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. 

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Aug 08, 2022
Garcia stops Swiatek; Sinner's edge over Alcaraz continues; Raducanu & Tursunov team up
1:01:09

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. 

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.

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Aug 01, 2022
We’re back! And a lot has happened since Wimbledon.
1:22:14

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! 

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. 

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Jul 25, 2022
Wimbledon Day 14 - Djokovic joins Sampras on seven but now heads into the unknown
57:25

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.

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Jul 10, 2022
Wimbledon Day 13 - Rybakina reigns supreme; Jabeur's time will come
54:44

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.

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Jul 09, 2022
Wimbledon Day 12 - Djokovic vs Kyrgios is on; Jabeur's Journey
1:03:05

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 wins for Alfie Hewett.

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Jul 08, 2022
Wimbledon Day 11 - Jabeur, Rybakina break new ground; Nadal's agony
59:17

This is a podcast in two halves! 

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? 

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. 

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Jul 07, 2022
Wimbledon Day 10 - How did Nadal do THAT?; Is Halep the title favourite?
54:04

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!

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Jul 07, 2022
Wimbledon Day 9 - Titanic Tuesday, comebacks and hugs
51:12

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?

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Jul 05, 2022
Wimbledon Day 8 - Calm Kyrgios, Halep comes home, Nadal countdown
54:35

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. 

In what way was Nick Kyrgios a changed man? How did Cristian Garin complete the first two sets to love comeback of the tournament against Alex de Minaur? And how will Taylor Fritz and Rafael 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.

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Jul 04, 2022
Wimbledon Day 7 - Sunday fun day, Draws open up for Djokovic and Jabeur, a Federer surprise
55:56

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?

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Jul 04, 2022
Wimbledon Day 6 - Swiatek's streak snapped; The Kyrgios-Tsitsipas circus
1:09:56

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. 

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Jul 03, 2022
Wimbledon Day 5 - Djokovic & Alcaraz on a collision course; Kerber & Sakkari out; Norrie & Watson break new ground
55:06

The tennis finished early on Friday which meant that for the first time since the tournament began we got to record on site! 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.

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Jul 01, 2022
Wimbledon Day 4 - Nadal and Swiatek survive despite struggles; Kyrgios conversation grows
1:01:03

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.

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Jun 30, 2022
Wimbledon Day 3 - Raducanu & Murray beaten, wide open draws, fortune cookies
1:02:59

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. 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. 

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Jun 30, 2022
Wimbledon Day 2 - Serena's last stand on Centre Court?
59:19

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!

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Jun 29, 2022
Wimbledon Day 1 - Raducanu's sparkling Centre Court debut; David's predictions nightmare
1:01:09

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:

- 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 

- Alcaraz wins five set thriller 

- Hurkacz loses bizarre match to Davidovich Fokina

- Lowest first day attendance since 2007


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Jun 28, 2022
Wimbledon Preview - Draws, media day, and a jaw-dropping prediction
1:05:40

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?

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Jun 26, 2022
Serena's back! And who's in the Wimbledon Mix?
58:39

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? 

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. 

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.


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Jun 20, 2022
Grass! Raducanu & Murray worry, Berrettini back, and who is Tim Van Rijthoven?
1:02:14

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.

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Jun 12, 2022
Roland Garros Day 15 - Rafa's feeling 22, but what about the future?
1:03:41

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?

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Jun 05, 2022
Roland Garros Day 14 - Awesome Iga Takes title No.2
53:50

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.


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Jun 04, 2022
Roland Garros Day 13 - Agony, ecstasy, history - Nadal vs. Ruud in final
1:00:04

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.

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Jun 03, 2022
Roland Garros Day 12 - Swiatek and Gauff set up sizzling final; When Catherine met Amelie
1:07:17

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.

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Jun 02, 2022
Roland Garros Day 11 - Semis set; Mauresmo's disappointing remarks
59:01

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.

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Jun 02, 2022
Roland Garros Day 10 - Will it be #22 and out for extraordinary Rafael Nadal?
56:41

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.

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Jun 01, 2022
Roland Garros Day 9 - Shocks shake Paris as Swiatek survives; Nadal-Djokovic at NIGHT
59:32

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?

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May 30, 2022
Roland Garros Day 8 - Nadal vs. Djokovic - It's On! WTA Avengers assemble
1:00:06

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.

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May 29, 2022
Roland Garros Day 7 - Medvedev makes his move; Swiatek shows she's human
55:33

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.

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May 28, 2022
Roland Garros Day 6 - Alcaraz accelerates; Fernandez finds US Open form
1:00:11

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.

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May 27, 2022
Here's to 10 years, with Mary Carillo!
50:23

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! 

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. 

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May 27, 2022
Roland Garros Day 5 - Swiatek's Boulangerie; Tsitsipas survives...again
57:06

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.


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May 26, 2022
Roland Garros Day 4 - Escape for Alcaraz; Give Raducanu time
1:00:03

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.

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May 25, 2022
Roland Garros Day 3 - Tsitsipas survives and Tsonga brings down the curtain
52:21

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?

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May 25, 2022
Roland Garros Day 2 - Big names cruise; Krejcikova out; Naomi no to Wimbledon?
1:04:29

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.


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May 23, 2022
Roland Garros Day 1 - Ons ousted; Thiem's troubles; Alcaraz - one down, six to go?
52:32

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?

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May 22, 2022
Wimbledon stripped of ranking points & Inside Roland Garros Media Day
1:04:08

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.

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May 20, 2022
Roland Garros - The draws!
42:52

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. 

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?

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May 19, 2022
Rome: Swiatek and Djokovic dominate - who can stop them in Paris?
1:02:09

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?

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May 16, 2022
Rome - Stars find form, David rants and Wimbledon-Tours stand-off intensifies
1:08:29

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.

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May 12, 2022
Madrid - Alcaraz wins and sends a message; Jabeur blazes a trail
1:03:35

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.


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May 09, 2022
Madrid - Nadal vs. Alcaraz is on; Ons Jabeur steps up; Disappointing scheduling
58:39

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.

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May 05, 2022
Madrid - Big names fall but Raducanu, Andreescu & Halep impress; Boris Becker jailed
57:08

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.


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May 01, 2022
Our reaction to Pam Shriver’s story, Wimbledon’s ban, and a big week of tennis
1:31:16

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. 

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, Istanbul


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Apr 25, 2022
WTA CEO Steve Simon - Pam Shriver’s story, Wimbledon’s ban on Russian & Belarusian players, Peng Shuai, 5 sets at slams
44:07

With so many geopolitical events affecting tennis, it’s a timely moment for Catherine to speak at length to WTA CEO Steve Simon. 

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. 

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.


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Apr 21, 2022
Pam Shriver’s Story: Me, my coach, and the dangers of crossing boundaries
45:50

This is Pam Shriver’s story. 

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. 

Pam tells the story from the beginning, describing how it affected her tennis career and her personal life for many years. 

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. 



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Apr 20, 2022
Tsitsipas reigns in Monte Carlo again; Raducanu's first steps on clay; Bianca's back - an interview with Andreescu
1:08:20

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.

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Apr 18, 2022
CLAY! And recording a pod in person
1:06:17

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.

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Apr 11, 2022
Miami - Swiatek, Alcaraz and the start of their takeover?
1:00:16

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? 

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Apr 04, 2022
Miami - Who can stop Swiatek and Alcaraz?
1:05:05

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.

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Mar 31, 2022
Miami - World No.1 Iga Swiatek; Murray-Lendl 3.0; Is Kyrgioptimism back?
1:02:27

With Miami well underway, Catherine, David and Matt discuss the main talking points so far, including:

  • Iga Swiatek's ascension to World No.1
  • Naomi Osaka's good form and the possible reasons for it
  • The emergence of 16-year-old Linda Fruhvirtova
  • A regrettable moment from Victoria Azarenka
  • Sparkling tennis from Nick Kyrgios
  • Jenson Brooksby's racquet throw and whether the ATP needs to clamp down and give harsher punishments
  • Andy Murray's first match in front of Ivan Lendl for five years against Daniil Medvedev
  • Disappointing defeats for Felix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov

We 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.

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Mar 27, 2022
Ash Barty Retires - She did it her way
44:53

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?

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Mar 23, 2022
Indian Wells - Fritz's fangs; Nadal’s streak ends but Swiatek’s goes on
1:02:21

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.

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Mar 21, 2022
Indian Wells - Who will be the champions? Final set tiebreaks at slams - our reaction
1:04:15

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.

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Mar 17, 2022
Indian Wells - Stories everywhere, Kyrgios vs. Ruud at last, Catherine’s on-site view
1:09:01

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. 

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. 


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Mar 14, 2022
Svitolina, Yastremska play for Ukraine like never before, WTA’s win, Djokovic & Murray’s big coaching news
1:03:47

The tennis news keeps coming, meaning Catherine, David and Matt have a lot to discuss, including: 

  • The WTA’s new title sponsor - Hologic - and how it came about from the tour’s stance on Peng Shuai and China
  • The inspirational run of Dayana Yastremska in Lyon just days after she fled Ukraine with her younger sister
  • The governing bodies’ swift action to stop Russian and Belarusian players from competing under their national flag following a statement from Elina Svitolina
  • An absorbing Monterrey final between Leylah Fernandez and Camila Osorio in which both players displayed their best selves
  • A round up of all the results from this weekend’s Davis Cup Qualifiers 
  • Djokovic and Vajda split…again, Murray and Lendl get back together…again
  • Ash Barty and Dominic Thiem to miss Indian Wells and Miami 
  • An update on Roger Federer’s rehab and comeback plans


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Mar 07, 2022
Russia's invasion of Ukraine - what it means for tennis; Medvedev reaches No.1; Zverev’s disgrace
1:01:09

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. 

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. 

There’s also discussion about what would be an appropriate punishment for Alexander Zverev after his actions in Acapulco. 

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Feb 28, 2022
Djokovic returns; Ostapenko peaks; Alcaraz rising
58:08

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? 

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? 

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. 

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Feb 21, 2022
Auger-Aliassime Unleashed; Ruud & Kontaveit Keep Winning; Farewell Delpo
1:01:40

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. 

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. 

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Feb 14, 2022
AO Day 14 - Rafael Nadal completes ultimate comeback to lead Grand Slam race
1:19:17

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 lost
  • What it looked, felt and sounded like in the stadium throughout
  • What Nadal said to Catherine afterwards
  • How upset Medvedev was in his post-match press conference, and why
  • Were the crowd out of order?
  • Why Nadal's win was so utterly extraordinary
  • Whether an asterisk should accompany his win given what happened with Djokovic

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Jan 30, 2022
AO Day 13 - Joy unconfined for Ash Barty and Australia
1:01:27

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 slam
  • The significance of Dellacqua & Goolagong to Barty
  • Barty’s chance to dominate women’s tennis
  • Reflections on Collins’ tournament
  • Special K’s beat the M&M’s
  • Nadal vs Medvedev preview

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Jan 29, 2022
AO Day 12 - The incredible Rafael Nadal; Medvedev blocks path to 21, again
52:52

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, deeply
  • Ash Barty vs. Danielle - Predictions

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Jan 28, 2022
AO Day 11 - History beckons for Barty; Who will make the men's final?
53:52

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?

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Jan 27, 2022
AO Day 10 - Semifinals set, potential for aggro
55:49

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 enough
  • Should 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 wins
  • Women's semifinal preview

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Jan 26, 2022
AO Day 9 - Nadal + Shapovalov, Monfils + Berrettini = Epics
1:01:08

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 Krejcikova
  • Barty slices her way to the semis
  • Doubles round up and thoughts on the “Special K” show

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Jan 25, 2022
AO Day 8 - "It's never too late to try again"
1:01:55

Catherine, David and Matt catch up as the quarter-final line-ups are completed at the Australian Open:

  • The inaugural AO Pride Day
  • Tsitsipas-Fritz epic
  • Why Sinner isn’t boring
  • Cressy disrupts Medvedev
  • Cornet the quarter-finalist at last
  • Sabalenka’s lives run out


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Jan 24, 2022
AO Day 7 - Nadal knows Denis can be a menace; Major Keys is back
1:01:14

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?

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Jan 23, 2022
AO Day 6 - The perseverance of Aryna Sabalenka, Marin Cilic lives and meet Maxime Cressy
53:14

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.

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Jan 22, 2022
AO Day 5 - Epics galore light up Melbourne
1:00:58

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.

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Jan 21, 2022
AO Day 4 - Medvedev vs. Kygrios, Raducanu, Murray and big upsets
1:01:58

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.

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Jan 20, 2022
AO Day 3 - 'Yes please' matches everywhere
1:01:44

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. 

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Jan 19, 2022
AO Day 2 - Raducanu’s US form returns as Murray completes incredible comeback
51:31

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. 

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. 

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Jan 18, 2022
AO Day 1 - Nadal, Badosa, Barty soothe our souls
59:36

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.

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Jan 17, 2022
Djokovic deported - our reaction; AO Preview
1:25:01

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.

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Jan 16, 2022
Djokovic visa cancelled again - what now? Catherine and Matt in Melbourne!
56:20

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.

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Jan 14, 2022
Djokovic released but uncertainty remains; and let’s talk about tennis
1:05:09

The Novak Djokovic saga, which is dominating headlines around the world, rumbles on. 

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. 

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. 

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Jan 10, 2022
Djokovic detained in Australia
37:21

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.

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Jan 06, 2022
2022 Season Preview
1:00:03

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. 

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. 

We also take some listener predictions for 2022 and reveal our new mascots for the year.

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Jan 03, 2022
Listener Qu's 2 - Final sets at Slams, Tournament must-visits, Rule changes
53:05

In our final episode of the year, Catherine, David and Matt answered more listener questions.

  • Rank the Slams for their final set solutions
  • Most 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?


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Dec 27, 2021
Listener Qu's 1 - Can Nadal still top Djokovic? 2022 Top 5 Rankings; Underarm serves - the future
58:45

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? 
  • 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)? 

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Dec 20, 2021
2021 Review part 2: Raducanu Re-Lived; Djokovic, Barty, Medvedev memories
1:37:29

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. 

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. 

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Dec 16, 2021
2021 Review part 1: Serena’s wave, Re-thinking Naomi Osaka, Djokovic domination
1:04:56

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: 

  • The chaos and uncertainty around the Australian Open 
  • How great it felt to have fans back 
  • Serena’s wave goodbye and tearful press conference in Melbourne 
  • Discovering Barbora Krejcikova as a singles player 
  • The time Vasek Pospisil ranted about Andrea Gaudenzi during a match in Miami 
  • The way Ash Barty and Aryna Sabalenka formed a rivalry throughout the Spring 
  • Looking back on Naomi Osaka’s decision not to do press at Roland Garros 
  • Whether we should have seen Rafael Nadal’s struggles coming 
  • How Novak Djokovic added to his greatness at the French Open 

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Dec 13, 2021
Introducing Friends of The Tennis Podcast
16:30

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. 


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Dec 08, 2021
Davis Cup - Russia’s trophy; What we thought of the event; Confusion reigns over next year
46:58

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. 

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Dec 06, 2021
Davis Cup - The Daniil Medvedev Show, Croatia vs Russia Final
35:38

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. Plus, Iga Swiatek splitting with her coach and tribute to Darlene Hard.

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Dec 04, 2021
Davis Cup - Djokovic downed by Mektic/Pavic as Croatia reach final
30:31

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 future
  • Mektic & Pavic are the difference makers once again. Singles players vs doubles teams. 
  • Do Germany stand a chance vs Russia? Can Rublev bury his demons? And why is Medvedev a man on a mission?

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Dec 04, 2021
Peng Shuai and a line in the sand; Davis Cup semis set; Jo Konta retires
48:55

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? 

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. 

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Dec 03, 2021
Davis Cup Finals - Croatia and Germany win doubles deciders to reach semis
43:21

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. 

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. 

There’s also discussion about Serbia making it through the Groups (just!) and Kazakhstan’s impressive Davis Cup record over the last decade. 

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Nov 30, 2021
Davis Cup Finals - Group Stages done, bring on the knockouts
43:16

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. 

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. 

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Nov 29, 2021
Davis Cup Finals preview - Matt's in Madrid!
55:29

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.

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Nov 24, 2021
ATP Finals - Zverev's title - what happens next? Peng Shuai latest, and some news from us
55:28

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.

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Nov 22, 2021
ATP Finals - Medvedev’s yawn, Ruud’s rise, Djokovic vs. Zverev preview
39:56

David and Matt bring you the latest in the story involving Peng Shuai’s disappearance and discuss the main talking points from Turin as the ATP Finals group stage comes to a close. 

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? 

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Nov 19, 2021
Peng Shuai fears grow; WTA Finals bliss for Muguruza…and Catherine
52:53

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. 

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. 

Elsewhere, David and Matt talk all about Garbine Muguruza winning the WTA Finals. How did she beat Anett Kontaveit in the final? 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? 

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. 

Finally, we react to a detailed update from Roger Federer about his knee injury.  

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Nov 18, 2021
Semi-finals set in Guadalajara; Turin feels a lot like London
50:51

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. 

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? 

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. 

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Nov 16, 2021
WTA Finals - Badosa & Sabalenka soar, Swiatek out but still a winner; Where is Peng Shuai?
46:06

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.

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Nov 14, 2021
WTA Finals so far, altitude, ATP Finals preview and a misunderstanding
49:50

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. 

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. 

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Nov 12, 2021
Paris - Djokovic goes where no man has gone before
56:32

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.

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Nov 08, 2021
BJK Cup Final - Russia wins, Aggro galore and Matt meets Billie Jean King!
1:02:05

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. 

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.

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Nov 07, 2021
BJK Cup Finals Day 5 - Stage set for Russia-Switzerland showdown
36:11

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. 

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Nov 06, 2021
BJK Cup Finals Day 4 - Semis set after more surprises
30:59

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. 

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Nov 05, 2021
BJK Cup Finals Day 3 - USA & Russia reach semi-finals; Pavlyuchenkova interview
29:48

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. 

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Nov 03, 2021
BJK Cup Finals Day 2 - Kuzmova 2-1 USA; Gavrilova returns as Australia stun Belgium
40:27

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. 

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. 

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Nov 03, 2021
BJK Cup Finals Day 1 - Czech’s Prevail, but what’s up with Krejcikova? Canada upset France
34:04

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. 

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Nov 02, 2021
BJK Cup - Matt’s in Prague! Kontaveit qualifies for WTA Finals; Turbo Tiafoe
58:59

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?

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Oct 31, 2021
Listener questions - WTA teenage talent, ATP lost boys, tennis with one serve
1:01:39

Catherine, David and Matt tackle another set of listener questions, guest edited by Dave Courteen. 

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? 

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Oct 25, 2021
Indian Wells - Badosa vs. Azarenka - Match of the year? Norrie knows no limits
1:00:32

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. 

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Oct 18, 2021
Indian Wells - Medvedev melts down to open door for Dimitrov; Jabeur breaks new ground, or does she?
57:05

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. 

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Oct 14, 2021
Indian Wells - Murray magic; What next for Emma Raducanu?
59:44

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. 

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. 

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Oct 11, 2021
Indian Wells Preview; Zverev investigation latest; and where is Andy Murray's wedding ring?
43:50

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.

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Oct 07, 2021
San Diego, Chicago - Yes please!
58:41

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. 

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? And how did Alison van Uytvanck keep up her 100% record in finals? 

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. 

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Oct 04, 2021
Laver Cup, Raducanu’s coach capers and OSTRAVA!!!
54:56

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. 

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. 

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. 

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Sep 27, 2021
Raducanu, Djokovic/Medvedev and the US Open, one week on - David Law's Takes!
51:05

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? 

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. 

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Sep 20, 2021
US Open Day 14 - Medvedev poops on Djokovic's Grand Slam party
50:40

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.

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Sep 13, 2021
US Open Day 13 - Raducanu is the champion; Djokovic vs Medvedev Preview
47:54

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.

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Sep 12, 2021
US Open Day 12 - Djokovic: 27 down, 1 to go; Raducanu vs. Fernandez Preview
46:11

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?

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TO READ

  1. Washington Post opinion piece arguing that the ATP has a duty to act when a player is accused of abuse - https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2021/09/10/zverev-allegations-due-process/
  2. Strong comments from Milos Raonic who says he is 'embarrassed & disappointed' in the response of the ATP & other governing bodies to the Zverev situation - https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-news/alexander-zverev-abuse-allegations-milos-raonic-1223938/

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Sep 11, 2021
US Open Day 11 - Raducanu. Fernandez. WHAT IS HAPPENING?
42:17

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.

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Sep 10, 2021
US Open Day 10 - Raducanu makes history; Djokovic's quest continues
34:30

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.

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Sep 09, 2021
US Open Day 9 - David is back! Fernandez keeps shining
45:02

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.

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Sep 08, 2021
US Open Day 8 - Is Emma Raducanu in the mix?
49:15

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!

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Sep 07, 2021
US Open Day 7 - Leylah gets New York on its feet
51:15

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 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.

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Sep 06, 2021
US Open Day 6 - The sensational slam continues
51:42

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.

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Sep 05, 2021
US Open Day 5 - Match of the tournament x6
55:43

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.

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Sep 04, 2021
US Open Day 4 - Raducanu rules; Relay tennis; ATP Players on Pride Day
51:54

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?

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Sep 03, 2021
US Open Day 3 - WTA Avengers Assembling
51:00

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.

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Sep 02, 2021
US Open Day 2 - More toilet chat; Barty, Raducanu roar through
45:59

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.

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Sep 01, 2021
US Open Day 1 - Total Andy Murray
40:07

Day one felt like the US Open again and Andy Murray looked like Andy Murray again. 

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? 

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. 

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Aug 31, 2021
US Open Preview - All eyes on Djokovic; Osaka's search for meaning
55:20

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.

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TO READ

Olga Sharypova says her ex-boyfriend, tennis star Alexander Zverev, abused her. Why hasn’t the tour addressed it? - https://slate.com/culture/2021/08/alexander-zverev-domestic-abuse-allegations-olga-sharypova.html

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Aug 29, 2021
US Open Re-Lived: 2015 - When Vinci beat Serena
1:11:32

“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.” 

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. 

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. 

What were the signs that Serena was stressed? How did Vinci turn the match around? And could Serena have done anything differently? 

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Aug 27, 2021
US Open Re-Lived: Marat Safin 2000
1:27:02

“In a performance so casual it was chilling, Safin announced himself as the game's next big thing by dismantling the best player ever.” 

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. 

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? 

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? 

We hear from Mary Carillo in the commentary box about what made Safin’s performance in the final so special and Paul Annacone in the coaching box about the moment he knew Sampras had a problem. 

Afterwards, we reflect on what happened next in Safin’s career, with Marat himself explaining the pressure he felt to win a second Grand Slam title, which eventually came in Australia in 2005, and the injuries which ended his career. 

Should Safin be considered an underachiever? And in what way did he leave his mark on the sport beyond his results? 

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Aug 25, 2021
Making of The Master - Roger Federer, by Chris Clarey
59:40

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’. 

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. 

We also get Chris to do a quick-fire Federer round and afterwards David chats to Matt about his impressions of the book. 

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Aug 24, 2021
Cincinnati - Barty getting even better; Zverev zoning
1:01:16

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.

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Aug 23, 2021
Osaka Returns - to the court and the interview room
58:47

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. 

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Aug 19, 2021
Federer - Is this the end? Canada - Giorgi, Medvedev take titles
56:47

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. 

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? 

There’s also chat about the weeks of Ons Jabeur, Bianca Andreescu, Reilly Opelka and Stefanos Tsitsipas. 

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Aug 16, 2021
Canada update - Who’s hot, who’s not and things look rough for Rafa
55:20

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? 

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. 

There’s also a tangential debate about whether there’s too much faff in tennis and what - if anything - can be done about it. 

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Aug 13, 2021
Nadal is back, Djokovic/Federer are not, and is Danielle Collins in the mix?
59:54

Catherine, David and Matt catch up to discuss all the main talking points from the start of the North American hard court swing. 

  • Does Novak Djokovic’s decision to skip Cincinnati feel like the right one? 
  • What does Roger Federer’s withdrawal from the US Open lead-in events suggest about the state of his knee? 
  • How did Rafael Nadal seem on his return in Washington and how much of a concern is his foot injury? 
  • Why is Andy Murray singling out Jenson Brooksby as an exciting prospect? 
  • What are the big storylines to watch out for in Canada? 
  • How much could Bianca Andreescu do with a strong showing this week? 
  • Why was it a big deal that Jannik Sinner won the title in Washington? 
  • In what way is Danielle Collins a new player and is she in the US Open mix? 

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Aug 10, 2021
Olympics - Final medals won; Ruud's achievement
47:40

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. 

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? 

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Aug 02, 2021
Olympics nirvana for Bencic, Svitolina, Carreno Busta; Djokovic loses and leaves
50:00

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. 

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? 

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Jul 31, 2021
Olympics - Djokovic's Dream Dies
43:27

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? 

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. 

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Jul 30, 2021
The Weird Olympics - where are all the good matches?
49:17

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. 

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Jul 29, 2021
Osaka’s Olympics - The Story So Far
58:44

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.

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Jul 26, 2021
Olympics Draws! More listener questions
59:41

The Tokyo Olympics - at long last - are almost here! Catherine, David and Matt talk through the draws before answering more listener questions. 

Should Richard Williams and Oracene Price be inducted into the Hall of Fame? When did we fall in love with tennis? How does watching tennis for a job differ to watching as a fan? Which significant results from recent tennis history would we change? Will Andrey Rublev win a major? And who might be the next Aslan Karatsev? 

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Jul 22, 2021
A wedding, Olympics build-up, listener questions answered
59:16

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. 

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? 

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Jul 19, 2021
Wimbledon Day 13 - Djokovic draws level at last
47:12

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.

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Jul 12, 2021
Wimbledon Day 12 - Ash Barty's dream comes true
52:11

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?

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Jul 10, 2021
Wimbledon Day 11 - Djokovic, Berrettini ready to rumble; Barty vs. Pliskova preview
50:53

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.

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Jul 09, 2021
Wimbledon Day 10 - Pliskova, Barty ready to party; Who wins the men’s semis?
54:37

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?

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Jul 08, 2021
Wimbledon Day 9 - Semis set, and what now for Roger Federer?
46:40

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.

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Jul 07, 2021
Wimbledon Day 8 - Sabalenka, Barty, Kerber and Pliskova to shine in semis
45:16

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.

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Jul 06, 2021
Wimbledon Day 7 - Just a final Manic Monday
56:35

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. 

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.

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Jul 06, 2021
Wimbledon Day 6 - Emma Raducanu. Remember the name
49:33

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.

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Jul 04, 2021
Wimbledon Day 5 - Jabeur, Korda & Shapovalov Take Centre Stage; VeNick Win on Debut
47:18

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.

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Jul 02, 2021
Wimbledon Day 4 - Match of the tournament, Raducanu arrives, Federer finds form
50:09
  • 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 tests
  • Emma Raducanu arrives with stunning win
  • Dial-a-Dan - let’s talk about Nick Kyrgios

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Jul 01, 2021
Wimbledon Day 3 - Andy Murray: It was all for this
49:35

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.

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Jun 30, 2021
Wimbledon Day 2 - The Sadness of Serena Williams
50:25

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.

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Jun 30, 2021
Wimbledon Day 1 - The Return of Andy Murray; The Return of Wimbledon
50:06

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.

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Jun 29, 2021
Wimbledon Preview - Djokovic, Serena, Barty, Federer, Murray, and Dial-a-Dan Evans
59:03

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.

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Jun 27, 2021
Wimbledon Re-Lived: Journey to Equal Prize Money
1:16:15

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. 

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Jun 25, 2021
Wimbledon Re-Lived: 1973 - The Boycott
1:16:45

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? 

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. 

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.

Some resources: 

When SW19 turned to the picket line, by Frank Keating - https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2003/jun/23/tennis.wimbledon200311

The Rankings that changed Tennis, by James Buddell - https://www.atptour.com/en/news/heritage-1973-atp-rankings-celebration-part-i

Boycott or not, Jan Kodes’ 1973 Wimbledon triumph was for real, by Steve Flink - https://www.tennis.com/news/articles/player-boycott-or-not-jan-kodes-1973-wimbledon-triumph-was-for-real

A BLOOMIN’ WINNER, by Joe Jares - https://vault.si.com/vault/1973/07/16/a-bloomin-winner

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Jun 24, 2021
Live from Queen's - Winners, Losers and Stories Galore
1:02:45

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. 

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. 

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Jun 21, 2021
Roland Garros Day 15 - Double Slam For Djokovic! Tennis Podcast Reunited
44:19

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? 
  • What’s Djokovic’s most impressive statistic? 
  • Can he win the golden calendar Slam? 
  • How will this loss affect Tsitsipas? 
  • And might it help him in the long run? 

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Jun 13, 2021
Roland Garros Day 14 - Krejcikova wins hearts and title
42:45

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. 

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? 

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Jun 12, 2021
Roland Garros Day 13 - Djokovic climbs tennis Everest; Greatest set ever? Tsitsipas in the final
45:04

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. 

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? 

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? 

Looking ahead to Barbora Krejcikova vs. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the women’s final, we give our predictions. 

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Jun 12, 2021
Roland Garros Day 12 - Krejcikova makes us cry; Nadal vs. Djokovic 58 preview