The Tennis Podcast

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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

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

    10/06/2021 Duration: 50min

    Women’s semi-finals day at Roland Garros 2021 will live long in the memory, with Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova reaching a first Grand Slam final in her 52nd appearance and Barbora Krejcikova winning an absolute classic against Maria Sakkari. We discuss Krejcikova’s composure and mental resilience, her moonballling tactics, the extraordinary closing stages as match points came and went for both players, Hawkeye on clay, Krejcikova’s emotional tribute to late coach Jana Novotna, how the defeat will hit Sakkari, and the way in which Pavlyuchenkova continues to re-write her own story. Looking ahead to tomorrow men’s semi-finals, we discuss how much of a chance Novak Djokovic has against Rafael Nadal, and why more people aren’t talking about the fact that Nadal is two matches away from breaking Roger Federer’s men's Grand Slam record. 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 tournament

  • Roland Garros Day 11 - Nadal, Djokovic roar to final four; Fab stories galore in women’s semis

    10/06/2021 Duration: 48min

    How does Krejcikova summon the spirit of Novotna? What will Gauff learn from her defeat?How much of a factor was Swiatek’s injury in her defeat? Where has Sakkari’s run come from? In what way did Schwartzman bring the best out of Nadal? How did the presence of fans followed by the curfew impact the night session match? What caused Djokovic’s angry roar at the end?The Tennis Podcast is presented by Catherine Whitaker and David Law, and features Matt Roberts. It is produced weekly year-round, and daily during the Grand Slam tournaments. It is crowdfunded by listeners each December.SUPPORT THE TENNIS PODCASTWe crowdfund The Tennis Podcast every December, with shout-outs, mascots and chances to take us on at predictions. For a reminder when the next campaign goes live, put your e-mail address in here - http://eepurl.com/gwWILXOr, if you don’t want to wait and prefer to support us on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/TheTennisPodcastNEWSLETTERSign up to get our news, offers, pred

  • Roland Garros Day 10 - Tsitsipas shuts his **** up and wins

    09/06/2021 Duration: 45min

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

  • Roland Garros Day 9 - Djokovic Downs Magnetic Musetti; Can anyone stop Swiatek?

    07/06/2021 Duration: 52min

    Monday at Roland Garros saw the quarter-final line-up completed, impressive displays by title favourites Iga Swiatek and Rafael Nadal, a slew of straight-set matches, and one enthralling contest, which stood out above all the others, between Novak Djokovic and Lorenzo Musetti. What did we learn about Musetti? How did he manage to win the first two sets against Djokovic? Why did it all change so suddenly? And should Musetti have finished the match instead of retiring? Elsewhere, we talk about a surprising slump from Sloane Stephens, look ahead to an intriguing one between Barbora Krejcikova and Coco Gauff, discuss a welcome return to form for Diego Schwartzman, and bemoan the night session scheduling of Stefanos Tsitsipas vs. Alexander Zverev. The Tennis Podcast is presented by Catherine Whitaker and David Law, and features Matt Roberts. It is produced weekly year-round, and daily during the Grand Slam tournaments. It is crowdfunded by listeners each December.SUPPORT THE TENNIS PODCASTWe crowdfu

  • Roland Garros Day 8 - Serena sunk; Federer pulls out

    06/06/2021 Duration: 52min

    Could Roger Federer and Serena Williams have played their last ever matches at Roland Garros? That was the question on the Day 8 podcast after they both exited the tournament on Sunday, in drastically different circumstances. Did Federer do the right thing by withdrawing ahead of his 4th round match? And how did Elena Rybakina beat Serena?Elsewhere, there’s much excitement as Stefanos Tsitsipas and Daniil Medvedev set up their last eight clash and chat about a host of surprise women’s quarter-finalists. The Tennis Podcast is presented by Catherine Whitaker and David Law, and features Matt Roberts. It is produced weekly year-round, and daily during the Grand Slam tournaments. It is crowdfunded by listeners each December.SUPPORT THE TENNIS PODCASTWe crowdfund The Tennis Podcast every December, with shout-outs, mascots and chances to take us on at predictions. For a reminder when the next campaign goes live, put your e-mail address in here - http://eepurl.com/gwWILXOr, if you don’t want to wait an

  • Roland Garros Day 7 - Roger Federer did what?!

    06/06/2021 Duration: 47min

    There aren’t many new experiences for Roger Federer in tennis these days, but playing and winning in an empty stadium at past midnight is certainly one of them. We discuss how on earth he managed to beat Dominik Koepfer, what the result said about his character, and how we ended up with this absurd night session scheduling. Elsewhere, there’s a look at Sloane Stephens' silky tennis, Coco Gauff’s professional progression, straightforward days for Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, and the sensational shotmaking of Lorenzo Musetti. The Tennis Podcast is presented by Catherine Whitaker and David Law, and features Matt Roberts. It is produced weekly year-round, and daily during the Grand Slam tournaments. It is crowdfunded by listeners each December.SUPPORT THE TENNIS PODCASTWe crowdfund The Tennis Podcast every December, with shout-outs, mascots and chances to take us on at predictions. For a reminder when the next campaign goes live, put your e-mail address in here - http://eepurl.com/gwWILXOr

  • Roland Garros Day 6 - Tsitsipas survives; Serena soars; Sabalenka slumps

    04/06/2021 Duration: 49min

    If you watched any of Day 6 at Roland Garros, chances are you had a bona fide Grand Slam experience, because it really did have a bit of everything. Catherine, David and Matt feasted on it and then talked all about it.Why did watching Aryna Sabalenka lose to Anastastia Pavlyuchenkova feel oh-so-familiar? How good did Serena Williams look in beating Danielle Collins? What will Stefanos Tsitsipas take from passing the John Isner test? Why was Paula Badosa vs Ana Bogdan one of the best matches of the tournament? Who is Alejandro Davidovich Fokina and why are his matches so fun? How come Daniil Medvedev is suddenly winning matches on clay?The Tennis Podcast is presented by Catherine Whitaker and David Law, and features Matt Roberts. It is produced weekly year-round, and daily during the Grand Slam tournaments. It is crowdfunded by listeners each December.SUPPORT THE TENNIS PODCASTWe crowdfund The Tennis Podcast every December, with shout-outs, mascots and chances to take us on at predicti

  • Roland Garros Day 5 - Barty out; Fiery Federer forces way through

    03/06/2021 Duration: 49min

    Catherine, David and Matt recorded tonight's podcast while watching Rafael Nadal beat Richard Gasquet for the 17th time in a row, on a day at Roland Garros which was rather marred by the exit through injury of Ash Barty. What happened to her? And how does her retirement affect the women's draw? Elsewhere, there's a look at how everyone's favourite Federer, grumpy Federer, beat Marin Cilic in four sets, reflections on sublime performances from Novak Djokovic and Iga Swiatek, growing excitement about how Sloane Stephens is looking, shock at Philipp Kohlschreiber's win over Aslan Karatsev, chatter about a big day for the teenage trio of Sinner, Musetti and Alcaraz, and a look ahead to a third round blockbuster between Coco Gauff and Jen Brady.The Tennis Podcast is presented by Catherine Whitaker and David Law, and features Matt Roberts. It is produced weekly year-round, and daily during the Grand Slam tournaments. It is crowdfunded by listeners each December.SUPPORT THE TENNIS PODCASTWe crowdfund The Tennis Podc

  • Roland Garros Day 4 - Serena steadies herself, and is Daniil Medvedev conquering clay?

    02/06/2021 Duration: 46min

    After finally making it through a tumultuous and protracted opening round, Day 4 at Roland Garros was all about the tennis, and it certainly delivered the goods. Catherine, David and Matt talked all about it.Vondrousova, Kasatkina, Badosa - will one of them reach the SFs? Has Sabalenka figured out how to win when she’s not at her best? How well is Serena playing? Can Tsitsipas handle the expectations? Is Medvedev conquering clay before our eyes? The Tennis Podcast is presented by Catherine Whitaker and David Law, and features Matt Roberts. It is produced weekly year-round, and daily during the Grand Slam tournaments. It is crowdfunded by listeners each December.SUPPORT THE TENNIS PODCASTWe crowdfund The Tennis Podcast every December, with shout-outs, mascots and chances to take us on at predictions. For a reminder when the next campaign goes live, put your e-mail address in here - http://eepurl.com/gwWILXOr, if you don’t want to wait and prefer to support us on Patreon -&nbs

  • Roland Garros Day 3 - Rublev falls, Carla bows out and Monfils makes us smile

    01/06/2021 Duration: 48min

    After a difficult, distressing few days, attentions returned to happier matters on the Day 3 pod.Monfils makes us all feel betterCarla Suarez Navarro’s French Open career is over, but she didn’t go quietlyRafa, Novak off and runningRublev & Auger-Aliassime out in a bad day for The MovementBarty's injury concernsBrady explains her split from coach GesererNaomi Osaka - A final word, for nowThe Tennis Podcast is presented by Catherine Whitaker and David Law, and features Matt Roberts. It is produced weekly year-round, and daily during the Grand Slam tournaments. It is crowdfunded by listeners each December.SUPPORT THE TENNIS PODCASTWe crowdfund The Tennis Podcast every December, with shout-outs, mascots and chances to take us on at predictions. For a reminder when the next campaign goes live, put your e-mail address in here - http://eepurl.com/gwWILXOr, if you don’t want to wait and prefer to support us on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/TheTennisPodcastNEWSLETTERSign up to get our news, offers,

  • Roland Garros Day 2 - Osaka withdraws and tennis reels; Federer returns

    31/05/2021 Duration: 51min

    As the Paris curfew came into effect, day two of Roland Garros ended in a silence which reflected the sad and somber mood after Naomi Osaka’s withdrawal. On the podcast, we begin by talking about that, wishing Osaka well, and wondering how it all came to this. Turning our attention to the tennis, we discuss the lovely vibes between Iga Swiatek and Kaja Juvan, a strong start for Serena Williams, an important win in a fun match for Sofia Kenin, an early exit for an under-prepared Bianca Andreescu, the disappointing lack of shenanigans between Medvedev and Bublik, Medvedev’s insights about how covid affected him, an escape for Jannik Sinner against Pierre-Hugues Herbert, and Roger Federer’s winning return to Grand Slam play after 487 days. The Tennis Podcast is presented by Catherine Whitaker and David Law, and features Matt Roberts. It is produced weekly year-round, and daily during the Grand Slam tournaments. It is crowdfunded by listeners each December.SUPPORT THE TENNIS PODCASTWe crowdfund The

  • Roland Garros Day 1 - Slams escalate Osaka row; Thiem falls

    30/05/2021 Duration: 49min

    A lot happened on the opening day of Roland Garros 2021, but it was still a day where the headlines were dominated by Naomi Osaka. We discuss Osaka’s victory over Patricia Maria Tig, her on court interview, and the joint statement released by the Grand Slams warning that she could face expulsion if her media boycott continues. Was such an escalation necessary? And how could this all end up? Elsewhere, we analyse Dominic Thiem’s loss from two sets up against Pablo Andujar and ponder what’s going on with him, react to more disappointment at a major for Dan Evans, and cover an impressive win for Victoria Azarenka over fellow two-time major champion Svetlana Kuznetsova. And lots more, including some tales from the press room. The Tennis Podcast is presented by Catherine Whitaker and David Law, and features Matt Roberts. It is produced weekly year-round, and daily during the Grand Slam tournaments. It is crowdfunded by listeners each December.SUPPORT THE TENNIS PODCASTWe crowdfund The Tennis Podcast ever

  • Roland Garros preview and all about Naomi Osaka

    29/05/2021 Duration: 01h03min

    The draws are out, most of the top players have spoken to the media, and the opening day of Roland Garros 2021 is almost here. We discuss the significance of Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer all being in the same half of the draw, the pressure on Stefanos Tsitsipas to reach the final, the mouthwatering first-round clash between Alexander Bublik and Daniil Medvedev, the main contenders in the women’s draw, and what to expect on the opening day. But the build-up has of course been overshadowed by Naomi Osaka’s decision not to speak to the press during the tournament. We analyse her statement, give our reaction to her decision, and discuss how other players have responded. The Tennis Podcast is presented by Catherine Whitaker and David Law, and features Matt Roberts. It is produced weekly year-round, and daily during the Grand Slam tournaments. It is crowdfunded by listeners each December.SUPPORT THE TENNIS PODCASTWe crowdfund The Tennis Podcast every December, with shout-outs, masco

  • Roland Garros Re-Lived: Jim Courier - from Agassi’s shadow to global dominance

    27/05/2021 Duration: 01h23min

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

  • Tsitsipas soars, Coco cracks Top 25, and what’s up with Thiem?

    24/05/2021 Duration: 57min

    With Roland Garros around the corner, Catherine, David and Matt discuss the biggest stories from last week’s tune-up tournaments, including setbacks for Roger Federer, Serena Williams and Dominic Thiem in their preparation, a second career title for Coco Gauff, and victories for Stefanos Tsitsipas and Casper Ruud which underline their French Open credentials. There’s also discussion of Denis Shapovalov’s unfortunate withdrawal from Roland Garros, news that Indian Wells will be held in October, and reaction to Federer’s comments about the allegations against Alexander Zverev. The Tennis Podcast is presented by Catherine Whitaker and David Law, and features Matt Roberts. It is produced weekly year-round, and daily during the Grand Slam tournaments. It is crowdfunded by listeners each December.Coming soon: Roland Garros Re-Lived: Jim Courier and daily French Open podcasts. SUPPORT THE TENNIS PODCASTWe crowdfund The Tennis Podcast every December, with shout-outs, mascots and chances to take us on a

  • Roland Garros Re-Lived: Suzanne Lenglen

    21/05/2021 Duration: 01h29min

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

  • Rome - 10 for Nadal, History for Swiatek, Catherine meets Cobra Kai

    17/05/2021 Duration: 58min

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

  • Rome - Serena, Osaka scramble for form; Nadal fights back from brink

    13/05/2021 Duration: 59min

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

  • Madrid - Sabalenka, Zverev take titles

    10/05/2021 Duration: 58min

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

  • Can Barty Stop Sabalenka? Thiem Returns, Ruud Arrives

    07/05/2021 Duration: 56min

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

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