The Tennis Podcast

Synopsis

Presented by David Law (BBC 5 Live and BT Sport) and Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport), The Tennis Podcast features big-name guests, interviews, journalists and plenty of chat about the sport.

Episodes

  • Episode 33 - Sue Barker: Martina will hate me for it, but the best player ever is... When tennis made you cry

    Episode 33 - Sue Barker: 'Martina will hate me for it, but the best player ever is...'; When tennis made you cry

    07/03/2013 Duration: 51min

    Who is the greatest female player of all time? Sue Barker has a strong opinion in part two of our interview with her, and it isn't Martina Navratilova. We also ask her about what it was like to interview a tearful Andy Murray on court at Wimbledon, and then ask you, our listeners, when tennis made you cry?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Episode 32 - Ross Hutchins Interview

    Episode 32 - Ross Hutchins Interview

    25/02/2013 Duration: 17min

    In December, British Davis Cup player Ross Hutchins was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma. Last week, he announced that he is putting on 'Rally Against Cancer' - a doubles exhibition featuring Andy Murray and Tim Henman on finals day at the Aegon Championships (Queen's Club) to raise money for the hospital treating him. In this edition, we talk to Ross about the plans for Rally Against Cancer, how he is now, and the support that he has had from fans, fellow players, and in many cases, total strangers.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Episode 31 - John McEnroe Special

    Episode 31 - John McEnroe Special

    20/02/2013 Duration: 46min

    John McEnroe turned 54 this week, he will start his 2013 ATP Champions Tour campaign in Delray Beach this week, and he is probably the most talked-about tennis player in history. In Episode 31, we talk exclusively to the man who divided opinion wherever he went, try to understand what makes him tick, and speak to Richard Evans - who wrote two books about McEnroe.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Episode 30 - Sue Barker On Wimbledon 1977 - It was the most harrowing, hurtful experience, The Return of Nadal, One Week Wonders

    Episode 30 - Sue Barker On Wimbledon 1977 - 'It was the most harrowing, hurtful experience', The Return of Nadal, One Week Wonders

    12/02/2013 Duration: 54min

    In 1977, Britain's Sue Barker stood on the brink of reaching the Wimbledon final for the first time. She had won the French Open the previous year, beaten her semifinal opponent on each of their meetings that year, and was already thinking about a potential final against Chris Evert or Virginia Wade. And then she lost. Now the presenter of BBC Television's Wimbledon coverage, Sue talks to the Tennis Podcast about an experience from which she says she never recovered.  In Episode 30, we also discuss the return of Rafael Nadal, and the rise of Horacio Zeballos, while trying to assess whether this is the start of his rise to the top, or the peak of his career.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Episode 29 - Rafas back! + Andy Murray interview!

    Episode 29 - Rafa's back! + Andy Murray interview!

    07/02/2013 Duration: 43min

    As Rafael Nadal takes to the court for the first time in seven months, Catherine and David discuss their first ever memories of the great man, and go through those of our listeners. And, in our big interview, Andy Murray ponders his start to 2013, looks forward to the grass court season, and welcomes back Nadal himself.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Episode 28 - Australian Open Mens Final Review and Fred Perry memories with special guest John Inverdale

    Episode 28 - Australian Open Men's Final Review and Fred Perry memories with special guest John Inverdale

    28/01/2013 Duration: 22min

    BBC broadcaster John Inverdale joins Catherine and David to discuss the mens' singles final and assess where it was won and lost. And, as a man who worked alongside the great Fred Perry on BBC Radio, John gives a unique insight into the last British man before Murray to win a Grand Slam singles title.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Australian Open Final Preview/Predictions - Djokovic vs. Murray Azarenka vs. Li Na Azarenka Injury Time-Out Talk

    Australian Open Final Preview/Predictions - Djokovic vs. Murray; Azarenka vs. Li Na; Azarenka Injury Time-Out Talk;

    26/01/2013 Duration: 10min

    Recorded a few hours before the women's final, Catherine and David look ahead to Victoria Azarenka vs. Li Na, and Novak Djokovic vs. Andy Murray. They also discuss whether Azarenka deserved the hard time she received from the watching world after the semifinals.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Episode 27 - Martina Hingis: How To Beat Serena Life As No.1 At 16 Following In Lendls Coaching Footsteps?

    Episode 27 - Martina Hingis: How To Beat Serena; Life As No.1 At 16; Following In Lendl's Coaching Footsteps?

    22/01/2013 Duration: 52min

    With the Australian Open in its second week, we speak to the great Martina Hingis, who reached the final six times in a row. Can anyone stop Serena Williams? What would she advise a player to do against Williams? And what is her opinion of some of the up-and-coming stars? Are the age rules right these days given that Hingis was the World No.1 at 16 and retired at 22? What does she think of Andy Murray, and the impact of Ivan Lendl, and would she ever like to take a similar coaching role? All questions answered. After the five-set classic between Stanislas Wawrinka and Novak Djokovic, we also ask you whether it’s time for a 5th set tie-break in the final set of all Grand Slam tournaments.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Australian Open Extra 2 - Federer, Djokovic, Murray - Whos looking best? Jankovic vs. Ivanovic / Venus vs. Sharapova predictions, Pink shoelace thoughts

    Australian Open Extra 2 - Federer, Djokovic, Murray - Who's looking best? Jankovic vs. Ivanovic / Venus vs. Sharapova predictions, Pink shoelace thoughts

    17/01/2013 Duration: 11min

    The second round is complete (almost), the third round line-up is just about set, and Catherine and David are here to talk it through. Inevitable arguments take place about who is looking the best out of Federer, Djokovic and Murray, Catherine puts her neck on the line with ivanovic vs. Jankovivc and Venus vs. Sharapova, and the subject of Federer's pink shoelaces is discussed. In some depth.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Australian Open Extra 1 - Top Seeds Cruise, Sloane and Laura On The Rise, And Sad News From The ATP

    Australian Open Extra 1 - Top Seeds Cruise, Sloane and Laura On The Rise, And Sad News From The ATP

    15/01/2013 Duration: 19min

    In our first Australian Open Extra, Catherine and David are joined by Sunday Times Tennis Correspondent Barry Flatman to talk through the first couple of days of action in Melbourne. Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Roger Federer cruised through, Serena Williams had a scare when she twisted an ankle, and her protege Sloane Stephens and Laura Robson both continued their rise with comfortable wins. On Tuesday, the tennis world received some very sad news about the Executive Chairman and President of the ATP, Brad Drewett, who is stepping down from his role because of ill health.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Episode 26 - Australian Open Special Big Interview - The Bryan Brothers (including the punch-up in the car)

    Episode 26 - Australian Open Special; Big Interview - The Bryan Brothers (including the punch-up in the car)

    13/01/2013 Duration: 41min

    The Australian Open Is here and David and Catherine are in Melbourne ready to go. We take a look at the draws, David tries to changes his predictions, much to Catherine's disgust, and you tell us your favourite Australian Open memories. In our big interview with the Bryan Brothers, we hear about their punch-up in the back of a car, the $5,000 guitar that got smashed in the process, and their thoughts on a combined singles and doubles ranking.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Episode 25 - Ivan Lendl Special - What Makes Him Tick?

    Episode 25 - Ivan Lendl Special - What Makes Him Tick?

    07/01/2013 Duration: 45min

    Ivan Lendl sits impassively in Andy Murray's corner, never smiling, rarely reacting. What is he thinking? Why did he want to coach Murray in the first place? And what was it like to be his opponent? In Episode 25, the Tennis Podcast tries to work out what makes the former World No.1 tick. We hear from Lendl, his long-time agent Jerry Solomon, the man that first introduced him to Murray - Darren Cahill, and Mats Wilander - who stood across the net from Lendl on 22 occasions. Meanwhile, after Catherine and David put their necks on the line with predictions for the season, this week's it's your turn with numerous Twitter contributions read out on the show.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Episode 24 - 2013 Preview/Predictions, Heather Watson Interview, Mats Wilanders Watson View, Should Andy Murray Be Sir Andy?

    Episode 24 - 2013 Preview/Predictions, Heather Watson Interview, Mats Wilander's Watson View, Should Andy Murray Be Sir Andy?

    31/12/2012 Duration: 50min

    2013 is upon us and that means a new tennis season! David and Catherine preview and predict what will happen in the new year, interview the British No.1 Heather Watson, and get the thoughts of Mats Wilander on what Watson needs to do to make it to the top without a killer shot. He thinks she can make a Grand Slam quarterfinal. Also, should Andy Murray have been given a Knighthood rather than an OBE? Some very strong opinions are aired!   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Episode 23 - The Final Podcast of 2012, featuring Andrew Castle, Thomas Enqvist, Jeremy Bates, David and Catherine, In The Locker Room

    Episode 23 - The Final Podcast of 2012, featuring Andrew Castle, Thomas Enqvist, Jeremy Bates, David and Catherine, In The Locker Room

    16/12/2012 Duration: 30min

    The final podcast of 2012 sees David and Catherine chatting for half an hour with Andrew Castle, Jeremy Bates and Thomas Enqvist - inside the locker room at the Royal Albert Hall, home of the Statoil Masters Tennis. What does Andrew Castle remember about the day he put up a sign which read 'say no to the poll tax' during a final against Bates? Who do we all think will win the Australian Open? And which player from outside the Top 4 will be the next to win a Grand Slam title?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Episode 22 - Mats Wilander part 2 - Greatest Rival, Commentary Approach, That Olympics Comment

    Episode 22 - Mats Wilander part 2 - Greatest Rival, Commentary Approach, 'That' Olympics Comment

    30/11/2012 Duration: 10min

    In part 2 of our special interview with former World No.1 Mats Wilander, he talks about the two greatest rivals of his career, why he doesn't mind upsetting people when he commentates, and what he meant when he said 'the Olympic Games are just another stamp in my passport'.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Episode 21 - Mats Wilander Interview: Following Borg, 3 Slams In A Year, The Car Park Press Conference Davis Cup Final review

    Episode 21 - Mats Wilander Interview: Following Borg, 3 Slams In A Year, The Car Park Press Conference; Davis Cup Final review

    22/11/2012 Duration: 25min

    In part one of our exclusive interview with former World No.1 Mats Wilander, Catherine asks him what it was like to be the next Swedish player after Bjorn Borg, whether he felt invincible in 1988 when he won three Grand Slam titles, and his memories of the famous Car Park Press Conference which led to the start of the ATP World Tour. We also review the Davis Cup final and reveal some special Novak Djokovic news.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Episode 20 - Which Novak Djokovic season was better? 2011 or 2012?

    Episode 20 - Which Novak Djokovic season was better? 2011 or 2012?

    14/11/2012 Duration: 29min

    After topping the World Rankings for the second year in a row amidst personal problems and against some of the greatest tennis players of all time, Novak Djokovic assesses whether 2011 or 2012 was the more impressive year. David and Catherine also weigh into the debate, with differing opinions that result in a full-scale argument. We also hear from Roger Federer on his year, and review the ATP World Tour Finals at the 02 Arena. And finally, who won David and Catherine's prediction competition? Do they even know?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Episode 19 - Barclays ATP World Tour Finals Preview and Predictions

    Episode 19 - Barclays ATP World Tour Finals Preview and Predictions

    04/11/2012 Duration: 31min

    The draw for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at the 02 Arena in London has been made, and Catherine and David are ready to battle it out for prediction supremacy. We stuck them in separate rooms, gave them the draw and got them to fill it out. Find out which Top 3 player David thinks won't even make the semifinals, and which outsider Catherine has in the final. Tell us who you think will win @TennisPodcast on Twitter and you could win a signed programme from the Statoil Masters Tennis at the Royal Albert Hall.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Episode 18 - Bjorn Borg: Losing the 1980 Wimbledon Final Tie-Break Was The Worst Moment Of My Life

    Episode 18 - Bjorn Borg: 'Losing the 1980 Wimbledon Final Tie-Break Was The Worst Moment Of My Life'

    01/11/2012 Duration: 30min

    Thirty two years may have passed since Bjorn Borg beat John McEnroe in the 1980 Wimbledon final, but the Swede still thinks about that fourth set tie-break which he lost 18-16. As he tells us in an incredibly revealing and moving interview, it was the worst moment of his entire life. Fortunately for him, 'the best moment of his life' would follow an hour later. Borg and McEnroe talk us through that incredible match, and we discuss our other favourite tie-breaks from over the years. The WTA finals are reviewed, and we wonder what method Roger Federer will eventually choose to bow out of the sport.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Episode 17 - A Bow To The Bryans, What To Do With Doubles  Creating The Perfect Player

    Episode 17 - A Bow To The Bryans, What To Do With Doubles & Creating The Perfect Player

    23/10/2012 Duration: 45min

    In a week when Bob and Mike Bryan finished a year ranked No.1 for a record 8th year, we pay homage to them, but ask whether they should get more recognition. What should tennis do to give doubles more media exposure and television/radio airtime? Should major changes be made to the doubles form of the game? Plenty of thoughts are offered by you, our listeners. Elsewhere, we review a cracking week on the ATP and WTA Tours, and build the perfect player with the help of Carlos Moya, Mark Philippoussis and Gaston Gaudio.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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