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The Tennis Podcast
David Law and Catherine Whitaker
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.
Sep 5, 2017
US Open Day 8 - Del Potro Comeback The Stuff Of Legend; Federer Next in 2009 Rematch; Nadal, Pliskova Cruise
Juan Martin del Potro produced one of the most extraordinary comebacks the US Open has ever seen on Monday night, and The Tennis Podcast team were there to witness it. Presenters Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport) and David Law (BBC 5 Live) looked back on the match which saw the Argentine go two sets to love behind after winning only three games, nearly retiring because of a virus, saving two match points, and then coming all the way back to win in the most pulsating manner imaginable. Del Potro will now face Federer in a rematch of their 2009 final. On paper, Federer’s straight sets win over Philip Kohlschreiber was no cause for concern, but he did depart the court at the end of the second set to have some brief treatment to his lower back, and Law and Whitaker witnessed his unusually late walk to speak to the media. ‘It was just a precaution. I’m not worried,” he said afterwards. Elsewhere, Rafael Nadal produced what Whitaker described as ‘a statement performance’ - a straight sets win over Alexander Dolgopolov - and will now meet exciting 19-year-old Andrey Rublev in the quarterfinals. On the women’s side, World No.1 Karolina Pliskova won in just 46 minutes against Jennifer Brady, and with a possible all-American semifinal line-up bubbling, Whitaker, on Eurosport duty, was invited into the player box to talk to the coach of Coco Vandeweghe - Pat Cash. He explained how Vandeweghe is producing so many impressive wins on her way to the quarterfinals. A new edition of The Tennis Podcast is available to download after play every day during the US Open. Presented by broadcasters Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport, BBC 5 Live) and David Law (BBC 5 Live, BT Sport), it is produced weekly throughout the year, and daily at the Grand Slam tournaments, in association with Telegraph Sport and Eurosport.
Sep 4, 2017
US Open Day 7 - Kvitova Stuns Muguruza To Meet Venus; Querrey New US No.1; Shapovalov Odyssey Ends; Will Nadal vs. Federer Happen?
Middle Sunday at Wimbledon is a day of rest, but not at the US Open, and not for The Tennis Podcast team. The rain frustrated for a while, but all the matches were played, with some stunning performances along the way. Petra Kvitova was awesome in her straight sets defeat of pre-tournament favourite Garbine Muguruza. Could she win the title less than a year after she was attacked with a knife in her own home? Venus Williams was also victorious and will be Kvitova’s next opponent. Sam Querrey followed Venus on to the court and hit an extraordinary 55 winners and only 8 unforced errors to thrash Mischa Zverev. One of Querrey, Kevin Anderson, Pablo Carreno Busta and Diego Schwartzman will compete for a place in their first Gran Slam final. Who will prevail? The US Open odyssey of exciting 18-year-old Denis Shapovalov came to an end when Carreno Busta edged him out in three tie-break sets. What’s next for the kid from Canada? And finally, will the Nadal vs. Federer semifinal match actually happen? A new edition of The Tennis Podcast is available to download after play every day during the US Open. Presented by broadcasters Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport, BBC 5 Live) and David Law (BBC 5 Live, BT Sport), it is produced weekly throughout the year, and daily at the Grand Slam tournaments, in association with Telegraph Sport and Eurosport.
Sep 3, 2017
US Open Day 6 - Big Names Survive; Fognini’s Disgrace; Worst Handshake Ever?
In what has otherwise become known as the Upset Open, the big names just about avoided defeat on Saturday, but The Tennis Podcast team had plenty to get their teeth into. How close did World No.1 Karolina Pliskova come to going out? Is her arm injury going to be a deciding factor in how far she goes? Much of the conversation in New York on Saturday centred around the behaviour of Fabio Fognini. The Italian had already been fined $24,000 by organisers after verbally abusing umpire Louise Engzell during his singles match, but word came through that he had been thrown out of the doubles as well. Podcast presenters Catherine Whitaker and David Law discuss the detail of the case, and have their say about what should be done about it. The Naomi Osaka vs. Jelena Ostapenko match that Catherine was so looking forward to isn’t going to happen, as both lost. Our presenters are still able to marvel at the no-look handshake Ostapenko dished out to Daria Kasatkina. They also look ahead to Sunday’s play, which is highlighted by the women’s singles matches between Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza and Petra Kvitova, and those involving Venus Williams and Maria Sharapova. And there’s the latest instalment of the fledgling career of 18-year-old Canadian Denis Shapovalov to discuss. A new edition of The Tennis Podcast is available to download after play every day during the US Open. Presented by broadcasters Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport, BBC 5 Live) and David Law (BBC 5 Live, BT Sport), it is produced weekly throughout the year, and daily at the Grand Slam tournaments, in association with Telegraph Sport and Eurosport.
Sep 2, 2017
US Open Day 5 - Lopez: ‘This Could Be The last Time I Face Federer’; Edmund unlucky as Shapovalov moves on; Muguruza, Venus, Sharapova Cruise;
Feliciano Lopez, like Mikhail Youzhny in the previous round, is one year younger than 36-year-old Roger Federer, and is also yet to beat the great man. He hopes, he tells The Tennis Podcast’s Catherine Whitaker on today’s show, that their 13th match will be the one where his luck changes. Denis Shapovalov is quickly becoming one of the main stories of the US Open in 2017, and The Tennis Podcast team can’t get enough of him. His progress was aided by the retirement mid-match of Kyle Edmund, but it also felt as if he was beginning to gain the upper hand anyway in his 3-6, 6-4. 6-3, 1-0 (ret) win. How good do the Tennis Podcast team think Shapovalov will go on to be? What are his strengths? And can he go all the way at the US Open? The 1987 Wimbledon champion Pat Cash joins Catherine on Eurosport to talk about his new charge, Coco Vandewegh. She faces Agnieszka Radwanska on Saturday. We hear what Cash has to say about Coco on The Tennis Podcast. A new edition of The Tennis Podcast will be available to download after play every day during the US Open. Presented by broadcasters Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport, BBC 5 Live) and David Law (BBC 5 Live, BT Sport), it is produced weekly throughout the year, and daily at the Grand Slam tournaments, in association with Telegraph Sport and Eurosport.
Sep 1, 2017
US Open Day 4 - Federer Survives; Youzhny Heartache; Toni Nadal and Carlos Moya Talk Rafa; Wilander Hails ‘Exciting’ Shapovalov
The US Open still holds out hope of a first meeting between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in New York, but as the Tennis Podcast team were reminded on Day 4, that clash is still some distance away. Both Federer and Nadal scraped into the third round, Federer winning a second successive five-set match against a man he had previously held a 16-0 record against, while Nadal toiled for three hours before quelling the challenge of Taro Daniel in four sets. What do Nadal’s uncle Toni and coach Carlos Moya think of the form of their man? Would they like to see a clash between Nadal and Federer. ‘No’, says Uncle Toni. The big match on Friday is the Arthur Ashe stadium clash between British No.2 Kyle Edmund and the teenage prodigy Denis Shapovalov. Ahead of the match, podcast presenter Catherine Whitaker spoke to former World No.1 Mats Wilander for Eurosport to see what he made of the young man. As you will hear, he was bowled over. A new edition of The Tennis Podcast will be available to download after play every day during the US Open. Presented by broadcasters Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport, BBC 5 Live) and David Law (BBC 5 Live, BT Sport), it is produced weekly throughout the year, and daily at the Grand Slam tournaments, in association with Telegraph Sport and Eurosport.
Aug 31, 2017
US Open Day 3 - Edmund, Shapovalov On US Open Collision Course; Zverev Comes Up Short In Slams Again
The Tennis Podcast team had their work cut out to sum up an extraordinary day in which 87 singles matches were played to catch up after the rain on Day 3, but Catherine Whitaker and David Law have done exactly that in their latest daily show from the US Open in New York. Kyle Edmund overcame American Steve Johnson in straight sets and now faces 18-year-old Denis Shapovalov in the 3rd round. That match will take place in the bottom half of the draw - which is increasingly looking like a land of opportunity with the loss of so many big names. The latest name to add to the list was 20-year-old Alexander Zverev of whom so much was expected. How much of a shock was his demise at the hands of Borna Coric? And does it raise question marks over his ability to deliver on the biggest stage? What did the podcast team make of the latest performance by Maria Sharapova, who fought her way into the third round with a 3-set win? And why did Nick Kyrgios fall short again? Is he ever going to work out how to fulfil his enormous potential? A new edition of The Tennis Podcast will be available to download after play every day during the US Open. Presented by broadcasters Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport, BBC 5 Live) and David Law (BBC 5 Live, BT Sport), it is produced weekly throughout the year, and daily at the Grand Slam tournaments, in association with Telegraph Sport and Eurosport.
Aug 30, 2017
US Open Day 2 - Kerber’s Reign Over; Meet Her Conqueror, Naomi Osaka; Federer Through, Just; Rain Ruins The Rest
The weather wrecked the vast majority of the scheduled matches at the US Open on Tuesday, but the roof on Arthur Ashe stadium enabled Japanese player Naomi Osaka to trounce defending champion Angelique Kerber, and Roger Federer to squeeze through in five against Francis Tiafoe. The Tennis Podcast team dodged the showers to reflect on a miserable 12 months for Kerber in which the role of World No.1 and defending Grand Slam champion has not always sat well. We meet her conqueror, 19-year-old Japanese player Naomi Osaka in an interview conducted by presenter David Law for BBC 5 Live. A player quite happy to answer left-field questions, she tells a knock-knock joke on air, explains why she gets nervous about running into people she ‘follows’ on Twitter, and how she reacted when she met her idol Serena Williams in the locker-room. Law and Catherine Whitaker reflect on the form of Rafael Nadal, who won through in straight sets, but endured a tough, testing first set against Dusan Lijovic. And a strange, five-set win for Federer over young American Frances Tiafoe is covered. Is Federer really fully fit? A new edition of The Tennis Podcast will be available to download after play every day during the US Open. Presented by broadcasters Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport, BBC 5 Live) and David Law (BBC 5 Live, BT Sport), it is produced weekly throughout the year, and daily at the Grand Slam tournaments, in association with Telegraph Sport and Eurosport.
Aug 29, 2017
US Open Day 1 - Sharapova Back With A Bang; Konta Crashes Out
Day one of the US Open was dominated by the women’s draw, with the big upset of British No.1 Johanna Konta and the stunning win of Maria Sharapova over Simona Halep. After a long, breathless day, the Tennis Podcast team of David Law (BBC 5 Live), Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport) and Simon Briggs (Telegraph tennis correspondent) got together to look back on it all. Did Sharapova surpass expectations, or was Halep disappointing? Will the Romanian ever actually reach World No.1 having come within touching distance on so many occasions? And can Sharapova back up this win by going on a run? For Konta, defeat at the hands of World No.78 Aleksandra Krunic, was a big blow. Where was the match won and lost? Is Konta starting to feel the pressure of being a Top Ten player with the associated expectations that come with that status? Elsewhere, there were impressive wins for the two British men in action - Kyle Edmund and Cameron Norrie. How far can they go? A new edition of The Tennis Podcast will be available to download after play every day during the US Open. Presented by broadcasters Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport, BBC 5 Live) and David Law (BBC 5 Live, BT Sport), it is produced weekly throughout the year, and daily at the Grand Slam tournaments, in association with Telegraph Sport and Eurosport.
Aug 27, 2017
US Open Preview - Murray Withdrawal Reaction; Injuries - Does Something Need To Change? Draw Preview, Predictions
A day before the US Open gets underway, and a day after Andy Murray announced his withdrawal, Tennis Podcast presenters Catherine Whitaker and David Law convened at Flushing Meadows to preview the year’s Grand Slam tournament. Was Murray right to make the call to withdraw? Should he have done so earlier? And should that be it for the year?Why are so many top players getting injured - all of last year’s Top 5 men? Is it coincidence or the sign of a more significant problem? And does tennis need to change radically as a result? Who do the team think will come through the men’s and women’s draws? And is Alexander Zverev getting a bit too big for his boots? A new edition of The Tennis Podcast will be available to download after play every day during the US Open. Presented by broadcasters Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport, BBC 5 Live) and David Law (BBC 5 Live, BT Sport), it is produced weekly throughout the year, and daily at the Grand Slam tournaments, in association with Telegraph Sport and Eurosport. New Tennis Podcast website - www.tennispodcast.net
Aug 20, 2017
Cincinnati - Dimitrov Delivers; Muguruza Hammers Halep; Nadal No.1 But Not US Open Favourite?
Grigor Dimitrov has made a career out of promising much but failing to deliver, while Garbine Muguruza follows Grand Slam breakthroughs with slumps. Until now. This week’s Tennis Podcast discusses their impressive victories in Cincinnati and wonders whether they could be the forerunners to even bigger wins at the US Open, which starts next week. With Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka and Kei Nishikori all out injured, and question marks over the fitness of Roger Federer and Andy Murray, is this Dimitrov’s time to shine? Could the man he beat in the final - Nick Kyrgios - make a run of his own? And wasn’t he supposed to be injured? Is Muguruza now a clear favourite for the women’s title? And what happened to Simona Halep in the final when she was just one match away from reaching World No.1? The podcast team also discuss the return of Rafael Nadal to World No.1, the US Open wild card given to Maria Sharapova, the likelihood of Andy Murray featuring in New York, and the sad case of Melanie Oudin. The Tennis Podcast is a downloadable tennis radio show, available on all platforms, including iPhones, iPads and Android phones and tablets. Presented by broadcasters Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport, BBC 5 Live) and David Law (BBC 5 Live, BT Sport), it is produced weekly throughout the year, and daily at the Grand Slam tournaments, in association with Telegraph Sport and Eurosport. Twitter - www.twitter.com/TennisPodcast Facebook - www.facebook.com/TheTennisPodcast Instagram - www.instagram.com/TheTennisPodcast
Aug 13, 2017
Montreal/Toronto - Are Alexander Zverev and Elina Svitolina US Open Favourites? How Bad Is Roger Federer’s Injury? The Big Nick Kyrgios Argument
Another week and another piece of evidence that both Alexander Zverev and Elina Svitolina are the real deal in tennis terms. Both Zverev and Svitolina won their fifth titles of 2017 in Montreal and Toronto respectively, and with the US Open just around the corner, the Tennis Podcast team are wondering whether they might reproduce those wins in the Big Apple? Zverev saw off Roger Federer in straight sets, inflicting only the third defeat of the year on the 19-time Grand Slam champion. But as well as Zverev played in his 6-3, 6-4 win, the talk between pod presenters Catherine Whitaker and David Law was as much about the apparent injury Federer was suffering from in the second set. How bad did it look? Should he pull out of Cincinnati? And will Nadal beat him to World No.1? Sviolina swept aside Caroline Wozniacki 6-4, 6-0, but has yet to reproduce her stunning WTA tour form at the Grand Slam tournaments. Will that change in New York? The podcast team also discuss the arrival of 18-yea…
1 hr 6 min
Aug 9, 2017
What’s Happened Since Wimbledon? With Djokovic, Wawrinka Out, Is This Zverev’s Time? Will Sharapova’s Body Allow Her To Return? The Bizarre Case Of Sara Errani.
Three weeks have passed since Wimbledon, two weeks since our last podcast, and a lot has happened. Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka won’t be in New York. David Law and Catherine Whitaker speculate about whether Roger Federer’s decision not to play again in 2016, followed by such spectacular 2017 results, might have influenced the length of lay-off taken by his two rivals. Former French Open finalist Sara Errani has tested positive for a banned substance and yet only been banned for two months. The podcast team discuss one of the more bizarre doping stories and verdicts. There’s discussion of the immensely open men’s and women’s draws heading into the US Open, and discussion about whether one of the American players might be able to take advantage. Particularly after Madison Keys and Coco Vandeweghe contested the first all-American women’s final not featuring one of the Williams sisters for 14 years. And could youngsters Alexander Zverev or Denis Shapavalov make major r…
Jul 24, 2017
The Roger Federer Story - A Tennis Podcast Special
We know about the 19 Grand Slam singles titles, the 302 weeks at World No.1, the incredible comeback to win an 8th Wimbledon title at the age of nearly 36. But where did it all start for Roger Federer? Where did he make his professional debut? What was he like as a teenager? Is it true that he had a bad temper? And were there really doubts about whether he would deliver on his talent? In a special edition of The Tennis Podcast, The Roger Federer Story is told through the eyes of BBC 5 Live commentator and Tennis Podcast presenter David Law, who met Federer for the first time the day before his professional debut as a 16-year-old in Gstaad, Switzerland in 1998. In his role as Communications Manager on the ATP World Tour, Law worked behind the scenes with Federer for four years, and remembers Federer’s growing pains as he went from boy to man with the eyes of the world waiting for him to fulfil his potential. We learn of his struggle to come to terms with the death of his first c…
1 hr 4 min
Jul 16, 2017
Wimbledon Day 13 - Is Roger Federer The Greatest Sports Person Ever?
After Roger Federer became the only man ever to win eight Grand Slam title singles titles and 19 Grand Slam crowns overall, The Tennis Podcast discussed where he sits in the pantheon of all-time greats - and not just in tennis. Is he better than Rod Laver, Bjorn Borg, and Rafael Nadal (who has a winning record against him)? Are his achievements superior to those of Muhammad Ali, Michael Jordan and Usain Bolt? Impossible questions to answer, perhaps, but that doesn’t stop David Law and the Telegraph’s Simon Briggs and Charlie Eccleshare from trying to on the podcast. The debate comes after Federer ruthlessly dispatched Marin Cilic, who’s movement was impeded by a bad blister, to win the title in straight sets. How much of Cilic’s capitulation was physical, and how much was mental and emotional, or did the former lead to the latter? We also review a mixed doubles title for Jamie Murray and Martina Hingis, the doubles successes of Marcelo Melo and Lukas Kubot, and Elena…
Jul 15, 2017
Wimbledon Day 12 - Garbine Muguruza - Champion; Venus Dream Dashed; Roger Federer vs. Marin Cilic Predictions
Garbine Muguruza dashed the dream of Venus Williams in the Wimbledon final and the Tennis Podcast team were as perplexed by the vast difference in quality between the two sets played as everyone else. Williams was arguably the better player in a first set that she lost 7-5, so why did she fade so considerably in set two? Where did that Muguruza performance come from? Should she and will she now go and hire Conchita Martinez as a full-time coach? And can she take her Wimbledon form into the rest of the year and dominate the sport? The men’s singles final could, in the view of Tennis Podcast presenter David Law, be an absolute classic. But only if Marin Cilic is fully fit, and mentally ready to take on Roger Federer in his back yard. What does co-host Catherine Whitaker think? Find out on the show. Both make their predictions, as does Telegraph tennis correspondent Simon Briggs. The Tennis Podcast is a downloadable tennis radio show which is produced in association with Telegra…
Jul 14, 2017
Wimbledon Day 11 - Federer vs. Cilic Final; Venus vs. Muguruza preview and predictions; Who is the most ‘adaptable’ tennis player ever?
Roger Federer will appear in his 11th Wimbledon final, his 29th Grand Slam singles final overall, and against a man that thrashed him in the US Open semifinal in 2014. Tennis Podcast presenters Catherine Whitaker and David Law are joined by Telegraph tennis correspondent Simon Briggs to look back on Federer’s tight three-set win over Tomas Berdych, and the Marin Cilic defeat of Sam Querrey. After six minutes of Briggs talking and typing as he tried to make his deadline, the Federer press conference was announced, and the podcast team went in to throw a few questions of their own at the great man, including … Does he still get nervous after all these years, and how does that manifest itself if so? And would he feel disappointed in the court scheduling (putting him on Centre Court every day) if he were Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic? Afterwards, Whitaker and Law looked at the women’s final, speaking to New York Times correspondent Christopher Clarey about the Williams family…
Jul 13, 2017
Wimbledon Day 10 - Venus Williams The Marvel Makes Wimbledon Final; Konta’s Dream Over For 2017; Federer/Berdych, Cilic/Querrey - Who Wins?
Jo Konta’s Wimbledon dream may have ended for 2017 but the journey of Venus Williams to the final is an extraordinary story, and one which The Tennis Podcast team review in the latest show. How has a woman of 37 been able to return to the final 17 years after her first title at the All England Club? Where did her match against Konta turn? And how will she get on against Garbine Muguruza in the final? For Konta it was a disappointing day. What happened after she held break point at 4 games all? Did the occasion get to her? And was it poor form that she didn’t wait for Williams before departing the stage? Muguruza’s win over Magdalena Rybarikova is assessed, the team look ahead to the men’s semifinals, and make their predictions for Roger Federer vs. Tomas Berdych and Marin Cilic vs. Sam Querrey. We also hear about podcast presenter David Law’s doorstep-interview with Venus’ mother Oracene on BBC 5 Live, how Law was captioned ‘David Lloyd - former British Tennis Playe…
Jul 12, 2017
Wimbledon Day 9 - Murray, Djokovic Crash In Quarters; Federer Flies; Cilic Edges Muller; Konta/Venus preview; Goran For Strictly Come Dancing?
Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic have won the last four Wimbledon men’s singles titles between them, but they both exited in a manner that prompted as many questions and answers. The Tennis Podcast team - led by presenters Catherine Whitaker and David Law, and joined by Charlie Eccleshare of the Telegraph - assembled to talk it through on the daily show. How injured was Murray, and did the injury decide the outcome of the match? Was Sam Querrey just too good? Should Murray take a significant time out of the game to heal? All discussed. How badly hurt was Djokovic to tap out of his match at 6-7, 0-2 down against Tomas Berdych? Is Djokovic about to ‘do a Roger Federer’ and take the rest of the year off? There’s a preview of the women’s semifinals, with predictions for the Johanna Konta vs. Venus Williams, and Garbine Muguruza vs. Magdalena Rybarikova matches. And the team discuss Goran Ivanisevic, who suggested on BBC Radio 5 Live that he might like to enter Strictly Co…
Jul 11, 2017
Wimbledon Day 8 - The meteorological apocalypse arrives at SW19 as the Konta whirlwind keeps on spinning
After a thrilling, (if a little soggy), women's quarter finals day, David & Catherine sought shelter in Southfields to digest an extraordinary battle between 'warriors' Jo Konta and Simona Halep, and an historic victory for sixth seed Konta. Plus, the collapse of Vandeweghe, the surge or Rybarikova, the resurgence of Muguruza and the Majestic Venus. Plus a slightly disgruntled Novak Djokovic, albeit a winning one.
Jul 10, 2017
Wimbledon Day 7 - Manic Monday: Huge Nadal Upset, Kerber No.1 Ranking Gone, British History Made, Djokovic Delayed
Manic Monday lived up to its name in every sense, with a massive upset, British history made, the World No.1 in the women’s game going out, and a will-they, won’t-they saga about moving Novak Djokovic on to Centre Court late at night. Afterwards, Telegraph tennis correspondent Simon Briggs joined Tennis Podcast presenters Catherine Whitaker and David Law, who are part of the BBC 5 Live team at Wimbledon, to review the day. What a story with Gilles Muller beating Rafael Nadal 15-13 in the 5th set. Did Muller win it, or Nadal lost it? Jo Konta and Andy Murray ensured a British man and woman reached the last 8 for the first time in 44 years. How did they play, and what did they say in the interview room afterwards? Angelique Kerber lost the World No.1 ranking, but not without an enormous fight against Garbine Muguruza in one of the matches of the tournament. But why was it out on Court No.2? Three-time champion Chris Evert reckons the inequality between male and female represent…
Jul 8, 2017
Wimbledon Day 6 - The Big Manic Monday Schedule Debate; Kerber, Wozniacki Survive; Federer, Djokovic Cruise;
On a day when many of the leading female players fought through scares to take their places in the last 16, and the top male stars cruised into week two of Wimbledon, the main topic of conversation on Saturday was ‘who will be scheduled where on Manic Monday?’ It’s a topic that was picked up immediately on The Tennis Podcast, with The Telegraph’s correspondent Simon Briggs joining presenters David Law and Catherine Whitaker. Four men’s matches on Monday (involving the so-called Big 4 of Andy Murray, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic) were scheduled on the two main show courts, versus two women’s matches. Is it right that these ‘marquee players’, as they are referred to, get top billing because they are the players ticket-holders are perceived to want to see most, or is a self-perpetuating problem? i.e. can the women’s game ever win the ‘market forces’ game if they are not given the biggest stage on which to show what they can do? In a separate arg…
Jul 7, 2017
Wimbledon Day 5 - Murray Wins Late-Night Classic; Azarenka Edges Watson; Konta Cruises; Nadal Looks Imperious
Andy Murray experienced the full Fabio Fognini effect in a Friday night thriller at Wimbledon, and came through it to tell the tale. Fognini hit an array of outrageous winners, some terrible errors, and challenged a vital call mid-rally when he had not challenges remaining. He was also warned for visible obscenities. Tennis Podcast presenters Catherine Whitaker and David Law took a break from their BBC Radio 5 Live broadcasting duties to sit in the crowd and soak it up. Afterwards, they convened to talk all about it to Telegraph tennis correspondent Simon Briggs. Was Murray sub-standard and a little fortunate to get through, or was this a vintage performance full of Murray grit? The Tennis Podcast team discuss and disagree. Heather Watson came close again, but not close enough, losing out in three sets to Victoria Azarenka. Could Azarenka now go all the way? One of the podcast team think so. Jo Konta cruised, however, reaching the last 16 of Wimbledon for the first time. Is she…
Jul 6, 2017
Wimbledon Day 4 - Pliskova beaten; Mattek Sands Horror; Konta Argument; Federer, Djokovic freewheel
The day after the pre-tournament favourite Petra Kvitova went out of Wimbledon she was followed onto the sidelines by her compatriot Karolina Pliskova. That means The Tennis Podcast team’s two picks for the women's title are not going to win the event, and so our predictions lie in tatters … Was Pliskova losing really that big a shock? What does that mean for Jo Konta? Is she, as some bookmakers have suggested, now the clear favourite for title? It’s a question that led to BBC Radio 5 Live colleagues and Tennis Podcast presenters Catherine Whitaker and David Law having a massive argument on the show. All other significant day 4 results are covered, including straightforward wins for Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. And finally, we wish Bethanie Mattek Sands a quick recovery after her awful fall at Wimbledon yesterday. The Tennis Podcast is a downloadable tennis radio show which is produced in association with Telegraph Sport and Eurosport. A new Tennis Podcast will be out…
Jul 5, 2017
Wimbledon Day 3 - Flying Ants; Courageous Konta; Ruthless Rafa; Handy Andy; #PredictionsGate
The Tennis Podcast team reckon Jo Konta entered the consciousness of more British people than at any time in her career thanks to her classic 10-8 final set win on Wimbledon’s Centre Court against Donna Vekic. An Australian Open semifinal, a title win in Miami and a Top 10 ranking were enough to get year-round tennis fans on-board, but Wimbledon is where stars are made and this was a perfect setting. How did Konta do it? Was it a Vekic capitulation, or did Konta wrestle the win away from her? Presenters Catherine Whitaker and David Law, who are part of the BBC 5 Live Wimbledon team, discuss. What did they make of the form of Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray, who were both straight sets winners? Flying ants, a Daniil Medvedev meltdown, and a big old argument about who should be on Centre Court on Friday are also part of the show, particular after Heather Watson set up a showdown with Victoria Azarenka. The prediction of Law that Petra Kvitova would win the women’s title is al…
Jul 4, 2017
Wimbledon Day 2 - Team Djokovic - An Insight; Injury pull-outs dominate discussion - are players wrong to play when hurt? Tomic walks dangerous line
The Day Two Tennis Podcast from Wimbledon is dominated by discussion of injury retirements and whether the Grand Slam tournaments need to change their rules to stop players taking to the court with physical problems to ensure they still get a £35,000 first-round loser cheque. The team quote Andy Murray from the US Open 2015. He seems to have the solution. Meanwhile, presenter David Law gives us an insight into new Team Novak Djokovic. The three-time champion practised with his new coaching team of Andre Agassi and former Wimbledon semifinalist Mario Ancic. Afterwards, they fist-bumped and before going their separate ways, Ancic spoke to Law about the set-up of the new team. Law and fellow BBC Radio 5 Live broadcaster Catherine Whitaker also discuss the comments of Bernard Tomic, who admitted after a straight sets defeat that he took an injury time-out to try to change the flow of his match and interrupt his opponent’s momentum. He also claimed to have ‘no motivation’ at Wim…
Jul 3, 2017
Wimbledon Day 1 - Wawrinka Falls, Murray Looks Fine (and discusses his love of Peppa Pig) and Konta, Kvitova Cruise
US Open champion Stan Wawrinka lost, Andy Murray’s hip looked fine, he revealed his penchant for watching Peppa Pig, and Jo Konta was calm personified in a first-round win. Those were the headline talking points on The Tennis Podcast after day one at Wimbledon. Presenters Catherine Whitaker and David Law, who are part of the BBC Radio 5 Live team at Wimbledon, convened to talk through a cracking opening day. Everyone was watching Murray’s movement closely, and he looked bemused by the interest after his straight sets win over Alexander Bublik. Rafael Nadal looked awesome against John Millman. Can Marin Cilic really see off both Murray and Nadal to reach the final, as Law has picked him to do in their pre-tournament predictions? Petra Kvitova had played only a couple of tournaments since returning from a knife attack in her home at the start of the year, yet she’s the favourite for the title with the bookmakers. How did she look on day one? And Whitaker and Law also di…
Jul 2, 2017
Wimbledon Preview - ‘The Big Four Are Still The Four To Beat’ - Roger Federer
Andy Murray has a sore hip, Novak Djokovic isn’t in the form of 12-18 months ago, Rafael Nadal hasn’t reached the Wimbledon quarters for six years and Roger Federer is closer to 40 years of age than 30. But according to Federer, on the pre-Wimbledon edition of The Tennis Podcast, the Big Four are still the players to beat in the men’s draw. “Andy, Rafa and Novak are the clear favourites to me,” Federer told podcast host Catherine Whitaker. “Andy is the champion and Rafa is coming off an unbelievable run at the French Open. He comes with a lot of confidence even if he doesn’t have the matches on grass. Novak is going to pick up his game. Once he gets rolling and into the second week things are going to look very different - both in terms of how you guys in the media look at him and in the locker room. The same thing for Andy. The last five months have been good ones for me, I feel healthy, which is where I wanted to be for Wimbledon. I’m very excited.” Whitaker als…
Jun 25, 2017
Queen's Day 7 - Feliciano Lopez: ‘It’s The Best Week Of My Life’; Marin Cilic 2nd favourite for Wimbledon; Murray/Soares on their title celebration technique
The final Tennis Podcast from the Aegon Championships at The Queen’s Club features the men of the hour, live. The champion Feliciano Lopez tells Catherine Whitaker and Gigi Salmon just what becoming the oldest man in the Open era means to him. “It’s the best week of my life,” says Lopez. “Not only to win at Queen’s but to beat those players (Stan Wawrinka, Tomas Berdych, Grigor Dimitrov and Marin Cilic in the final). It makes it so special. I take a lot of pride in being the oldest champion in the Open era. It’s a dream for me. This tournament is so special, and outside of the four Slams this is the tournament I wanted most to win.” After that, the vanquished Cilic joined the podcast to talk about the pain of losing 7-6 in the third after holding match point. In lighter moments, he revealed that his encouragement to himself during matches is to shout ‘Emperor’ in Croatian, that he didn’t mind Goran Ivanisevic calling him second favourite for the Wimbledon title…
Jun 24, 2017
Queen's/Halle Day 6 - Lopez Dream Stays Alive; Cilic - 3 Matches In A Day; Federer vs. Zverev in Halle final
The final of the Aegon Championships is upon us, and although it might lack the top 3 seeds Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka and Milos Raonic, who all lost on Tuesday, the Tennis Podcast team is predicting an emotional day. The previous final appearance of Feliciano Lopez, in 2014, ended in an agonising loss in a final set tie-break. That was after he had held match point, and it hurt the Spaniard more than just any other loss in his career. 'I’ve wanted to win this tournament so badly throughout my whole career," Lopez told Catherine Whitaker. "Now I have another chance," she saiid Marin Cilic has reached the final before, and won the tournament. The only problem is that nobody can remember any of the tennis in it. On that day, his opponent, David Nalbandian was disqualied for kicking a wooden sponsor box that injured the leg of a lines judge. Cilic is in for a very busy day. After the singles final he plays the conclusion of his doubles semifinal against Jamie Murray and Bruno...
Jun 23, 2017
Queen’s Day 5 - Dimitrov vs. Lopez - the sequel; special guest - Gilles Muller; Hear Dan Evans’ statement
While the world discussed the positive test of Dan Evans on Friday, Grigor Dimitrov, Feliciano Lopez, Marin Cilic and Gilles Muller were making their way to the semifinals of the Aegon Championships. In the latest Tennis Podcast, we hear the statement read by Evans after his positive test for cocaine. One of the semifinalist at Queen’s - Gilles Muller - joins presenters Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport) and Gigi Salmon (BBC) to celebrate National Luxembourg Day, talk about the first two titles of his career at the age of 23, and how his driving force to play through injuries had been to play in front of his two young sons. We also hear from Dimitrov, who is getting closer to the title he won three years ago, and Lopez, the man that he edged out in three tie-break sets three years ago.
Jun 22, 2017
Queen's Day 4 - Jonas Bjorkman on ‘President’ Marin Cilic; Meet Daniil Medvedev
Two years ago, Jonas Bjorkman was part of the Andy Murray coaching team. Now, he is a key cog in Team Marin Cilic, who is into the quarterfinals of the Aegon Championships at The Queen’s Club. In the latest daily Tennis Podcast from Queen’s, Bjorkman joins presenters Catherine Whitaker and Gigi Salmon to talk about life with the big Croatian, who won the US Open in 2014. For starters, they call him The President of the team, although Bjorkman jokes ‘actually he is more like a Dictator’, and that Cilic started a punishments process for any member of the team that is late for team dinners etc. “I was quite pleased,” said Bjorkman. “Marin was late twice this week.” Bjorkman also talks about Cilic’s chances of winning the Aegon Championships title again, having lifted the giant silver trophy in 2012. We also hear from Daniil Medvedev, one of the members of the ATP’s #NextGen group of 21-and-under players after reaching the last eight. Medvedev faces 2014 champion Gr…
Jun 21, 2017
Queen's Day 3 - Special guest Thanasi Kokkinakis on 200 post-match messages, Superhero powers and Glastonbury; Berdych edges new star Shapovalov; Dimitrov survives
Thanasi Kokkinakis takes on fellow #NextGen star Daniil Medvedev on centre court at the Aegon Championships today, and part of his pre-match preparation was to join Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport) and Gigi Salmon (BBC 5 Live) on the Tennis Podcast. How many text messages did he receive after his stunning win over Milos Raonic in the previous round? How stressful was it trying to close out a match of that magnitude after so long out? And most importantly, what superpower would he choose - invisibility, x-ray vision, or the ability to fly? Elsewhere, Tomas Berdych won the match of the tournament so far, edging out Denis Shapovalov, and Grigor Dimitrov overcame a set deficit against Julien Benneteau. The Tennis Podcast is a free, weekly, downloadable tennis audio show, with daily editions during the Grand Slam tournaments. It is produced in association with Telegraph Sport and Eurosport.
Jun 20, 2017
Queen's Day 2 - Top Three Seeds Tumble at the Aegon Championships as Murray, Raonic & Wawrinka all head for an early exit.
On a day of high-drama at the Aegon Championships as the top three seeds all fell, it was Andy Murray’s surprise defeat to Jordan Thompson that dominated the discussion on the Tennis Podcast. Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport) and Gigi Salmon (BBC) discuss the match in depth from a shell-shocked Queen’s Club. Would Murray of a year ago have won today? And should the World No.1 enter Eastbourne next week before he heads to Wimbledon to defend his title? There are more questions than answers right now. A disappointed Murray spoke to Gigi post-match. We hear that full interview. And what of Jordan Thompson? The Australian was a lucky loser replacement for Aljaz Bedene but he was far from an understudy. He played an impressively smart match, serving 12 aces, and deserves immense credit. Elsewhere, Stan Wawrinka lost to Feliciano Lopez. Catherine and Gigi agree that while it was an upset on paper, Lopez’s love for grass meant that many saw it...
Jun 19, 2017
Queen's Day 1 - Dimitrov, Tsonga Sail; Kyrgios Crocked; Shapovalov Soars; and John Bishop guests
The Queen’s Club was baked in sunshine as the Aegon Championships got underway, and The Tennis Podcast team of Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport) and Gigi Salmon (BBC) are on hand to review the day’s action. Billed as match of the day, Denis Shapovalov and Kyle Edmund didn’t disappoint, playing three sets of thrilling tennis in the late afternoon on Centre Court. Shapovalov in particular was impressive, building on his qualifying run to beat Edmund 6-4 in the third. Catherine could barely contain her excitement at his lefty single-handed backhand. We hear from the ATP #NextGen star. Elsewhere, there was disappointment for Nick Kyrgios. The Australian unfortunately had to retire mid-match against Donald Young but is still optimistic for Wimbledon. There were no other big name casualties on the opening day as Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Grigor Dimitrov and Tomas Berdych all looked good in straight-set wins. Looking ahead to day two, Andy Murray begins his title defence. His full pre-tourna…
Jun 18, 2017
Queen's Preview - Murrray, King Of Queen's, Returns; Dimitrov's Love Affair To Continue? Kyrgios Content
Clay has turned to grass, and in the first of the daily podcasts from the Aegon Championships, David Law (BBC 5 Live) and Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport) are together on a scorching hot day at The Queen’s Club to preview the tournament. One of the players Catherine spoke to on a busy day of media activity was Nick Kyrgios, who plays Donald Young on day one. The Australian is yet to win a match at The Queen’s Club, but as he told Catherine, he is in a very good place, physically and mentally, at the moment. Also on the schedule for Monday are Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Grigor Dimitrov. They will be the favourites in their matches, but the Tennis Podcast team believe both Adrian Mannarino and Ryan Harrison are capable of causing an upset. Monday’s headline match is last on Centre Court, between Denis Shapovalov and Kyle Edmund. They met in the Davis Cup in March with Shapovalov losing through disqualification - he hit a ball away in anger that smashed into the face of the chair umpir…
Jun 11, 2017
French Open Day 15 - La Decima For Nadal; What Happened And What Will Happen Next On Grass?
Rafael Nadal became the first man in history to win ten Grand Slam titles at a single event, and after completing La Decima at Roland Garros, Catherine Whitaker spoke to David Law about it on The Tennis Podcast. Where was the match won and lost? Is it fair to be disappointed in the performance of Stan Wawrinka? Or was Nadal just so good that a competitive contest was simply out of the question? Nadal will now travel to the Aegon Championships at The Queen's Club as he tries to transfer his form from clay to grass ahead of Wimbledon. Will his relatively easy passage through in Paris make him fresh enough to do what he did in 2008 when he won the Roland Garros-Queen's-Wimbledon treble? The podcast team also discuss the withdrawal of Maria Sharapova from Wimbledon qualies, and there's bad news for Dan Evans. The Tennis Podcast is a free, weekly downloadable tennis audio show, with daily editions during the Grand Slam tournaments at next week at The Queen's Club. The podcast is...
Jun 10, 2017
French Open Day 14 - Ostapenko the champion, but how good will she become?; ‘Would any sporting achievement top Nadal winning 10 French Opens? I don’t think so.’ - John McEnroe;
Jelena Ostapenko is the French Open champion, but was it a red-hot couple of weeks and ultimately a flash in the pan, or will she go on to win multiple Grand Slam titles? It provoked a fiery disagreement on the latest Tennis Podcast between presenters Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport) and David Law (BBC 5 Live). Ahead of the men’s final, John McEnroe joined Whitaker on Eurosport to sum up the magnitude of achievement if Nadal were to seize his 10th title on Sunday. “Nadal winning ten titles at the French Open would be at the top of all sporting achievements,” said McEnroe. “Guys like Phelps have had all those gold medals, and there are so many other great achievements, and Federer’s are up alongside him, but then you think, has anyone ever topped this? I don’t think so.” Does McEnroe think Wawrinka could spring an upset? “Stan has to hurt him early on, he is incredibly fit, and we have to make sure people realise how great a player Wawrinka has become. But this is th…
Jun 10, 2017
Chris Evert's Women's Final Preview
Jelena Ostapenko takes on Simona Halep in the final of the French Open. Few people know more about winning Grand Slam titles than Chris Evert, and she joined Tennis Podcast presenter Catherine Whitaker on Eurosport to preview the match. Where will the match be won and lost? What will it be like for Ostapenko to play in her first Grand Slam final at the age of 20? Evert knows - she met Margaret Court when she was just 18 years of age. How has Halep turned things around from some of her lows earlier in the year? And who is Evert picking to win? Listen to the interview in full on the Tennis Podcast. The French Open women's final starts at 3pm local, 2pm UK time time. It will be shown live on Eurosport and the Eurosport player. The Tennis Podcast is a free, weekly, downloadable tennis audio show, with daily editions during the Grand Slam tournaments. It is produced in association with Telegraph Sport and Eurosport.
Jun 9, 2017
French Open Day 13 - Murray brilliant, Wawrinka better; Halep vs. Ostapenko final preview
How could Andy Murray play that well and not win? That was the first thought of Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport) and David Law (BBC 5 Live) on the The Tennis Podcast, recorded shortly after the semifinals. The answer, they concluded, came from down the other end of the court, where Stan Wawrinka was firing his bullets for more than four hours. Where was the match won and lost? What did Murray think of his performance? - we hear from him. And what sort of chance do the podcast team give Wawrinka in the final against Rafael Nadal? Meanwhile, with the women’s final coming up on Saturday, what do they expect to happen? And what did Halep’s coach Darren Cahill say to Catherine when she asked him for an interview on Eurosport? Both finals will be broadcast on Eurosport and Eurosport player. The Tennis Podcast is a free, weekly, downloadable tennis audio show, with daily editions during the Grand Slam tournaments. It is produced in association with Telegraph Sport and...
Jun 8, 2017
French Open Day 12 - ‘Andy Murray now looks like the Andy Murray of last year’ - Boris Becker
Andy Murray is now playing like the man that reached World No.1 at the end of last year, according to Boris Becker. As Murray prepared to take on Stan Wawrinka in the French Open semifinals, Becker spoke to Tennis Podcast presenter Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport) to assess the British player’s improvement over the course of the tournament. “Andy Murray now looks like the Andy Murray of last year,” said Becker. Even after the match against (Juan Martin) Del Potro in the third round, he has looked like himself. I think Ivan Lendl arriving has made a real difference. It’s like Murray is unchaining himself from everything that has gone before earlier this year. He’s a champion, and champions know how to win. He’s No.1 for a reason, and with Wawrinka playing so well, this could be a classic between two titans.” Becker also previews the semifinal between Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem on the podcast, and Whitaker speaks to Eurosport commentator Chris Bradnam about the sup…
Jun 8, 2017
French Open Day 11 - What Next For Novak Djokovic? Murray, Stan, Nadal, Thiem Through; Pliskova or Halep New World No.1?
After a busy day in which all four of the men’s quarterfinals and two of the women’s quarters were played, the question on everyone’s lips was ‘what was wrong with Novak Djokovic’. Listeners to The Tennis Podcast will know that it has been a recurring conversation over the past 12 months, and if anything, this latest episode - a straight sets defeat to Dominic Thiem - was even more mystifying. So, what is wrong with Djokovic? Did he, as John McEnroe suggested in commentary on Eurosport, ‘tank’ in the third set? Or, are we damning Thiem with faint praise after registering his first ever win over the former World No.1? Either way, what should Djokovic do from here? The Tennis Podcast team also talk about Andy Murray’s hard-fought win over Kei Nishikori, and the size of the task he will face against an in-form Stan Wawrinka in the semifinals. Who do presenters Catherine Whitaker and David Law think will win that one? They also talk about Rafael Nadal’s serene progres…
Jun 6, 2017
French Open Day 10 - Ostapenko Stuns Wozniacki To Make Semis; Pat Cash: 'Ivan Lendl Is The Most Annoying Person I Have Met In The Locker Room In My Life'; 'Thiem Can Beat Djokovic In These Conditions'
On a largely frustrating, rain-sodden day in Paris, Jelena Ostapenko and Timea Bacsinszky were two of the only people at Roland Garros smiling at the end of the day. Unseeded teenager Ostapenko stunned former World No.1 Caroline Wozniacki in three sets, while Bacsinszky defeated home favourite Kristina Mladenovic. On the latest Tennis Podcast, Catherine Whitaker is joined by her Eurosport colleague, commentator Chris Bradnam, to review where the quarterfinals were won and lost. With the two of the men's quarterfinals held over to Wednesday because of the rain, meaning that all four are played on the same day, Catherine was joined by Pat Cash on Eurosport to chat all things tennis. Cash revealed that Andy Murray's coach Ivan Lendl was 'by far the most annoying person I have ever met in a locker room in my life', that Andre Agassi revealed to him that Novak Djokovic was still very much a work-in-progress, and that Dominic Thiem could take advantage against the defending champion in th…
Jun 6, 2017
French Open Day 9 - 'Agassi/Djokovic won't last' - Goran Ivanisevic; Andy Murray on his 'night and day' improvement; Quarterfinals previewed
‘Night and day’ said Andy Murray to Catherine Whitaker on Eurosport, when comparing his form before the French Open to the tennis he displayed in reaching the quarterfinals on Monday. That interview, reproduced here on The Tennis Podcast, gives an insight into his growing confidence, self belief, and relaxed state of mind. What does he expect to happen against Kei Nishikori in the next round? What do he and Ivan Lendl talk about in the locker room after matches? And is his daughter Sophia showing any signs of interest in tennis yet? He answers them all, with a twinkle in his eye that comes across even in audio form. On a busy day for Whitaker in Paris, she also tells us about a conversation she had with Goran Ivanisevic, on the day that he separated with Tomas Berdych. Ivanisevic told Whitaker the alliance between Novak Djokovic and Andre Agassi 'is not going to last'. The form of Stan Wawrinka is covered, as his that of his quarterfinal opponent Marin Cilic, and there’s a..…
Jun 4, 2017
French Open Day 8 - Muguruza Dethroned As Mladenovic Soars; Can Thiem Take Out Djokovic? Who Is Karen Khachanov?
Garbine Muguruza departed the French Open wagging her finger in anger at the local crowd. They didn't care. Kristina Mladenovic, or Kiki as she is known, reached the quarterfinals in a tumultuous atmosphere at Roland Garros, and afterwards the Tennis Podcast team assembled to talk about it. Were the crowd out of order or do players just need to accept and take it? Could Mladenovic go on from here and win the title? Elsewhere, the only man that looked anything like as impressive as Rafael Nadal on day 8 was Dominic Thiem. Could the Austrian find enough inspiration to take out Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals? On Monday, Andy Murray takes on young Russian Karen Khachanov in the last 16. Who is Khachanov? Presenters Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport) and David Law (BBC 5 Live) reveal all they know. The rest of the results on Sunday are reviewed on the show, with previews of Monday's matches thrown in. The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with Telegraph Sport and...
Jun 3, 2017
French Open Day 7 - Murray Shows No.1 Quality In Del Potro Win; Edmund Ousted in 5; Special Guest - Mats Wilander
As the French Open enters week two, Andy Murray has started to look like the World No.1 for the first time this year, according to the Telegraph's Tennis Podcast team. Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport) and the Telegraph's Tennis Correspondent Simon Briggs met up after Murray's straight sets defeat of Juan Martin del Potro to dissect his win, including a mind-boggling 85 minute first set. We hear from Murray, talking to Whitaker on Eurosport straight after the match, and Briggs proudly airs his down-the-line-drop-shot theory again, which was backed up throughout the contest. They discuss Kyle Edmund's narrow loss to Kevin Anderson, the progress of women's favourite Simona Halep, and the tension between French players Caroline Garcia and Alize Cornet, who face off in the last 16. We also hear from Mats Wilander, who joined Catherine Whitaker in the rain to fill some airtime on Eurosport, and ended up giving the most fascinating insight into the difference between Federer/Nadal and...
Jun 2, 2017
French Open Day 6 - Djokovic survives in 5; ‘Unbeatable’ Nadal Rolls; Murray vs. Del Potro: Previewed with GB and Argentina Davis Cup Captains
The French Open Day 6 edition of the Tennis Podcast started with Novak Djokovic two sets to one down. By the time it concluded, he had extricated himself from trouble. Presenter Catherine Whitaker was joined by Eurosport colleagues and commentary team Simon Reed and Frew McMillan as they stepped out of the commentary box following one of their shorter shifts - a 6-0, 6-1, 6-0 victory for Rafael Nadal over Nikoloz Basilashvili. ‘He looked unbeatable’ said McMillan, and Reed agreed. As well as reviewing that awesome performance, Whitaker, Reed and McMillan talked about Djokovic’s struggles against Diego Schwartzman and his alliance with Andre Agassi, as well as all the other week one storylines. Later in the show, we get the chance to hear the thoughts of the Great Britain Davis Cup captain Leon Smith, and his Argentine counterpart Daniel Orsanic ahead of Andy Murray vs. Juan Martin del Potro on Saturday. The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with Telegraph Sport and.…
Jun 1, 2017
French Open Day 5 - Murray Sets Up Del Potro Clash; Edmund Through; Time To Rename Margaret Court Arena?
It was still short of Andy Murray's vintage, Grand Slam title-winning best form, but he is into round three of the French Open, and according to Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport) and the Telegraph's tennis correspondent Simon Briggs, he has the perfect platform to build on. In the latest Tennis Podcast, Whitaker and Briggs discuss the contrasting routes through to the third round of Murray and Juan Martin del Potro, and speculate as to what might happen when they meet on Saturday. Del Potro's heartbreaking, retirement win over Nicolas Almagro, who departed the court in agony and floods of tears after injuring his knee, reminded everyone what a sporting man Del Potro is. The Argentine rushed to Almagro's aid and comforted him throughout. Kyle Edmund joined Murray in round three, and will now face Kevin Anderson, a surprise winner over Nick Kyrgios. Can Edmund keep his run going? And there's debate over Margaret Court's controversial comments about same-sex marriage, and the response...
May 31, 2017
French Open Day 4 - Devastated Johnson Captures Hearts In Paris; Djokovic Adopts Agassi Way; Wozniacki's double-bagel
Day four of the French Open started with everyone expecting to talk about Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Garbine Muguruza. It ended with the latest Tennis Podcast leading on Steve Johnson, the World No.26. While Nadal and Djokovic cruised to victory, Johnson dragged himself through four ageing sets against Borna Coric. Not that big a deal on the face of it, until you saw him on match point, falling to his knees and sobbing uncontrollably. A few weeks earlier, his father and mentor, Steve senior, had died suddenly at the age of 58. Podcast presenter Catherine Whitaker admitted to welling up watching him, and she wasn’t the only one. The wins of Nadal and Djokovic are also discussed, as is the surprising loss of Jo Wilfried Tsonga to Renzo Olivo. Could that open a door for Britain’s Kyle Edmund, who now plays Olivo in round 2 today? Two of the favourites for the women’s title, Muguruza and Svetlana Kuznetsova squeezed through in three sets, and Caroline Wozniacki dished out…
May 30, 2017
French Open Day 3 - Is Andy Murray Back? Konta, Zverev Fall; Special Guests - Victoria Azarenka, Mats Wilander
Andy Murray arrived in Paris with little form to speak of, under the weather, and by all accounts, tetchy. After losing the second set 6-4 against Andrey Kuznetsov, things were not looking up. According to Tennis Podcast presenters David Law and Catherine Whitaker, sets 3 and 4 of his first round win could end up being the turning point of his French Open. Perhaps even his year. He found renewed purpose, positive body language and incisive play. He looked more like the World No.1. The news was less positive for Johanna Konta, who lost from a set up, and Alexander Zverev, who couldn’t reproduce the form that landed him the Rome title. The podcast team assess their defeats, while also covering the win of Nick Kyrgios and the return of his good friend, Thanasi Kokkinakis. They also react to the storm over the actions of French tennis player Maxime Hamou towards Eurosport reporter Maly Thomas during an interview, behaviour described by the French Tennis Federation as ‘reprehensible…
May 29, 2017
French Open Day 2: Nadal, Djokovic - Convincing Wins, But Not Everyone’s Convinced
Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic started their campaigns at Roland Garros, but while both registered convincing looking straight set wins, not everyone was convinced by what they saw. On the Tennis Podcast, Catherine Whitaker was joined by two Eurosport colleagues - former World No.5 Jo Durie and commentator Chris Bradnam - to dissect day 2 at the French Open. How did the Djokovic / Andrew Agassi partnership seem like it was working? Was Agassi the coach sitting stony-faced like Ivan Lendl, or fidgeting and pumping his fist at his charge like John McEnroe? How did Nadal look as he started his quest for a tenth title in Paris? What was going on with one of the pre-tournament favourites in the women’s draw - Kristina Mladenovic - who became entangled in a 3-hour epic with Jennifer Brady? Looking ahead to Tuesday, how do Durie and Bradnam rate the chances of British pair Andy Murray and Johanna Konta, who both start their campaigns? It’s all discussed on the latest Tennis...
May 28, 2017
French Open Day 1 - Kvitova 'Wins French Open' On Opening Day; Kerber Out; Evans Toils
The Tennis Podcast - Kvitova ‘Wins French Open’ On Opening Day It was only the first day, but it already felt as though Petra Kvitova had won the French Open. Six months after being subjected to a terrifying knife attack in her own home, Kvitova returned to the court and won her first match at Roland Garros. Simon Briggs, the Telegraph’s Tennis Correspondent, appears on the latest Tennis Podcast and says that she was unquestionably the story of the opening day of the tournament. That’s on a day when the World No.1 Angelique Kerber suffered a humbling defeat at the hands of Ekaterina Makarova. The German seemed a shadow of the woman that won two major titles a year ago. What did Briggs and Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport) make of her defeat? Catherine Whitaker was courtside during the Dan Evans vs. Tommy Robredo match, and described the conditions as some of the most oppressive she had ever experienced, such was the heat. The pod team assess the performance of...
May 27, 2017
Roland Garros Preview; Predictions, Excitement and Intrigue Abound as Catherine and David look ahead to the 2017 French
A year ago, the weather was awful, Rafael Nadal pulled out just as he was about to get going, and Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray marched to a final meeting, while Garbine Muguruza ousted Serena Williams in the final. As the French Open prepares to get underway in 2017, things could not be more different. The weather is glorious, Nadal is the overwhelming favourite to land an extraordinary 10th title, and Djokovic and Murray are scratching around for form. Meanwhile, Muguruza is similarly short of her title-winning best from last year and Serena Williams is off the circuit for a while as she prepares to give birth to her first baby. The Tennis Podcast team are here to go through it all.
1 hr 4 min
May 21, 2017
Andre Agassi ‘Super Coach’ - What Will He Be Like?
Andre Agassi will return to the sport as its latest ‘Super Coach’, Maria Sharapova will play in Wimbledon qualifying and Victoria Azarenka will return to the sport seven months after having her baby boy, Leo. Just another week in on the global tennis tour. It all gave the Tennis Podcast team plenty to get their teeth into in the latest edition of the show, which is available to listen to now. What do we expect to happen when Agassi and Djokovic get together in Paris? Will it be a success? What will it be like when Sharapova plays Wimbledon qualifying? And how will will Victoria Azarenka get on when she returns? According to presenters Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport) and David Law (BBC 5 Live, BT Sport), there is a lot more to Azarenka than meets the eye. The break-out victory in Rome of Alexander Zverev is discussed, as is the win for Elina Svitolina, and the team try to work out what happened to Simona Halep in...
1 hr 9 min
May 16, 2017
The Punchy Podcast - Injury & wildcard misery for Sharapova; Nadal & Halep the ones to beat on clay; Murray, Djokovic woes continue; Federer out of Roland Garros
With nine days having passed since the last podcast was recorded, an awful lot has happened in the fast-moving tennis world, including the announcement that the FFT have denied Maria Sharapova a wildcard into either the main draw or the qualifying event at Roland Garros. Catherine & David pick apart the decision, the way it was announced and the way the tennis world has reacted to it, as well as discussing the 4000 other things that have happened in tennis this week including yet another clay court title for Rafael Nadal, and the decision by Roger Federer to skip the French Open and focus on Wimbledon.
1 hr 15 min
May 8, 2017
Agassi, Sampras, Wilander? Who Does Novak Djokovic Need As His Next Coach?
It was midway through recording of the latest Tennis Podcast that presenters Catherine Whitaker and David Law received a message from the Telegraph’s tennis correspondent Simon Briggs which detailed his story about Andre Agassi being a potential coach for Novak Djokovic. Djokovic had cleared out virtually all of his support team in one go last week, and the podcast’s attentions immediately turned to who might replace him. Could it be Pete Sampras, the 14-time Grand Slam champion that Djokovic idolised as a boy? Maybe Mats Wilander? Or perhaps a non-playing established coach? Or maybe he would just play without a coach for a while. Then, the Agassi story landed at Tennis Podcast HQ, and the debate intensified still further. The results of the past week are discussed, there’s a preview of Madrid, the appalling social media abuse of Gael Monfils is detailed, and the team give their impressions of Tie Break Tens, the new short format of the game that...
1 hr 3 min
May 3, 2017
Tennis Podcast Extra - Andy Murray
It’s been a rough few months with illness and injury, but Andy Murray believes that he has come in the clay court season in 2017 ‘in a better place’ than he did the 2016 in which he ended up reaching the French Open final. Murray joined Catherine Whitaker for Tennis Podcast Extra, and described his season so far, his hopes for the clay court season, and the challenge of staying at World No.1. The interview took place at The Queen’s Club - home of the Aegon Championships which Murray has won a record five times. What is he expecting from the grass court season? Why does Queen’s work for him so well as preparation for Wimbledon? And does he have anything planned for his 30th birthday later this month? Murray also talks about the progress of fellow British players Johanna Konta, Kyle Edmund and Dan Evans, as well as how he hopes to play Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal at some point this year. The Tennis Podcast is a...
May 1, 2017
Sharapova’s Return - How Was It For You? La Decima No.2 (of 3?) For Rafa; Who Is The Drop Shot Dragon?
Maria Sharapova is back. Many are happy to see her, many less so, but her return can not be ignored, and it’s the central theme on this week’s Tennis Podcast. How will she reflect on her run to the semifinals? Did she strike the notes in her post-match press conference? And is she a French Open contender? The team also look at the continuing form of Rafael Nadal, who followed up his 10th title in Monte Carlo with a second La Decima in Barcelona. Can anyone stop him from making it three in Roland Garros next month? A certain Roger Federer, perhaps? As the tennis world awaits the return of Victoria Azarenka, and eventually, perhaps, Serena Williams after pregnancy, we hear from Kim Clijsters on what it was like for her to come back to win Grand Slam titles after becoming a mother. The wins of Laura Siegemund in Stuttgart, and Lucas Pouille in Budapest are also covered, the team preview a star-studded line-up for the third Tie Break Tens tournament which takes place in Madrid on T…
1 hr 12 min
Apr 28, 2017
Tennis Podcast Extra: Nick Kyrgios - Coming Of Age; Kyrgios and Lleyton Hewitt interviews
In the first Tennis Podcast Extra, we focus on Nick Kyrgios, hearing from the man himself about what makes him tick, the ‘dark place’ he found himself in after the Australian Open, and how he got himself out of it to beat everyone except Roger Federer. We also hear from his Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt, who gives an insight into how to get the best out of Kyrgios, his potential, and the man that he knows behind the scenes. The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with Telegraph Sport and Eurosport.
Apr 24, 2017
Nastase’s Disgrace, Sharapova’s Return
Results of tennis matches take a back-seat on this week’s Tennis Podcast after the behaviour of Ilie Nastase over the weekend and the return of Maria Sharapova imminent following a 15-month suspension for a failed drugs test. The former French Open champion and BBC presenter Sue Barker joins Tennis Podcast hosts Catherine Whitaker and David Law to expresses her shock and disappointment at Nastase’s ‘unforgivable’ behaviour. The Telegraph’s Tennis Correspondent Simon Briggs is a guest from Bucharest en route to Stuttgart in Germany, where Sharapova’s comeback will commence. Briggs details the ‘edginess’ felt by himself and the rest of the British media when the Nastase Fed Cup furore began to bubble over, and what to expect around the Sharapova story over the coming week. Pod presenters Whitaker and Law have their say about a deeply uncomfortable few days which culminated in Nastase being banned from ITF events pending an investigation, and the bizarre comments of Sha…
1 hr 11 min
Apr 18, 2017
Monte Carlo - Djokovic, Murray, Nadal or 'Another'?; Fed Cup - Do Great Britain Stand A Chance?; Tennis Grunting - What, if anything, should be done?
The year's first big clay court event is upon us and there are more unknowns than perhaps any edition of the Monte Carlo Masters over the last decade. The Tennis Podcast team are here to pick through it all. Is Andy Murray's elbow in a sufficient state for a proper clay court campaign? Is Novak Djokovic ready to rediscover his true form, or will he come unstuck again like he did against Jiri Vesely a year ago? And what of Rafael Nadal? After a strong start to the year, albeit in the slipstream of Roger Federer (who plans to put his feet up for the next six weeks), is the Spaniard in the right frame of mind to win a 10th Monte Carlo crown? Presenters Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport) and David Law (BBC 5 Live, BT Sport) discuss the possibilities over a pint in the pub. There's also a preview of Britain's attempt to beat Romania, in Romania, in the Fed Cup World Group 2 Play-offs. Can Jo Konta, Heather Watson and co pull off a big upset? We also review last week's tournaments, celebra…
1 hr 8 min
Apr 10, 2017
Davis Cup - The Djokovic Catalyst? Kyrgios Comes Good Again; Kasatkina’s First Title; The Mary Carillo-Steve Simon Interview
After a Davis Cup weekend in which Lleyton Hewitt got the very best out of Australia, France’s strength in depth quelled Great Britain and Novak Djokovic played his first tie in more than a year, the Tennis Podcast team assembled to discuss the results. Is Nick Kyrgios’ recent excellence now just ‘a thing’? Could Britain have done any more? And will Djokovic returning to the Davis Cup fold be the catalyst for renewed form on the singles circuit? The podcast team also discuss the first title won by 19-year-old Russian Daria Kasatkina, the somewhat less-than-gracious runners-up speech of her opponent Jelena Ostapenko, and the subsequent tweet of Elena Vesnina, who wasn’t impressed. On-court coaching again comes up, as does player ‘grunting’ in a review of Mary Carillo’s interview with WTA CEO Steve Simon on the Tennis Channel. The Tennis Podcast is a weekly, downloadable tennis audio show presented by Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport) and David Law (BBC 5 Live, BT Sport)…
1 hr 7 min
Apr 3, 2017
Jo Konta: Champion, Role-Model, Future No.1? Incredible Federer - Three Titles And Out, For Now; Kyrgios Comes-Of-Age.
In becoming the first British woman to lift the Miami Open trophy, Jo Konta scored the nation’s most notable win by a female tennis player since Virginia Wade won Wimbledon in 1977, and reached World No.7 in the process. In the view of the Tennis Podcast team, this is only the beginning for Konta. On the latest show, presenters Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport) and David Law (BBC 5 Live, BT Sport) agreed that she is a going to be a powerful, influential, positive role-model. But how far can she go on the court? They debate her prospects, considering whether Grand Slam titles and perhaps even the World No.1 ranking are possibilities. Roger Federer, meanwhile, keeps winning, aged 35 and a half. Australian Open, Indian Wells, Miami and out, for now, as he revealed he won’t play again until the French Open. How is he doing this? Would he win if he played the 2006 version of himself? And could he even win the French Open? The man he squeezed past in the semifinals, Nick Kyrgios, appears…
1 hr 3 min
Mar 27, 2017
Miami underway, Murray and Djokovic hurt, and what should tennis do with on-court coaching?
As Miami got underway and concern grew for the health of Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic, the subject of on-court coaching came under the spotlight, and the Tennis Podcast team are debating it in this week’s show. Is it time for the men’s game to follow the lead of the women’s game and allow a mic’d up Ivan Lendl on to the court to tell Murray what’s what? Is it a ‘bad look’ for the sport, as many commentators have deemed it, for only female players to be seen asking for help on court? Should it be taken out of the sport altogether, or should tennis go much further and allow coaching from the stands between points? It’s all discussed in the latest Tennis Podcast. The health of Murray and Djokovic is discussed, the chances of Simona Halep, Jo Konta and the various other runners and riders in Miami are covered, and one of the show’s presenters reveals details of a scarcely credible tennis victory. There is also reaction to the latest Nick Kyrgios Twitter Q & A. The…
1 hr 6 min
Mar 20, 2017
‘Federer will finish 2017 as the World No.1’; Vesnina Makes The Heart Sing In Indian Wells; Why is 30 the new 20?
Roger Federer, who will turn 36 in August, will finish 2017 as the World’s No.1 male tennis player if he stays healthy. That’s the view of David Law, the BBC 5 Live and BT Sport tennis commentator and one of the presenters of The Tennis Podcast, which is produced in association with Telegraph Sport. Federer added the Indian Wells title to his win at the Australian Open in Melbourne in January, and Law said on the new edition of the podcast that, with the physical and form issues being experienced by Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic currently, added to the freshness and brilliance being exhibited by Federer, the Swiss player overhauling everyone by the end of the year. Elsewhere, Law and co-host Catherine Whitaker, a tennis presenter for Eurosport, wonder why so many of the players in the latter stages of big tournaments tend to be over 30 these days, including the excellent Elena Vesnina, who won the women’s title 15 months after finishing 2015 outside the world’s Top 100. Th…
Mar 13, 2017
Indian Wells Quarter Of Death; Why Can't Andy Murray Crack It? Wozniacki / Sharapova Fall-Out; Who Is Kayla Day?
Andy Murray said he had never seen anything like it. Tennis Twitter almost broke. That’s what happened when the BNP Paribas Open draw in Indian Wells pitched Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Juan Martin Del Potro into the same quarter of the draw, along with precocious talents Alex Zverev and Nick Kyrgios. But who will come through it? Kyrgios faces Zverev, and Djokovic meets Del Potro tonight. The winner of those matches will clash in round 4. And then the winner of that is likely to meet the winner of Federer and Nadal. That’s just to reach the semis. On this week’s Tennis Podcast, Eurosport presenter Catherine Whitaker and BBC 5 Live and BT Sport commentator David Law make their predictions. There’s also discussion about Murray’s early demise in the Californian desert for the fourth time in seven years. What is his problem in Indian Wells? The comments of Caroline Wozniacki about Maria Sharapova’s wild card for Stuttgart, and her wild cards in general,…
1 hr 2 min
Mar 6, 2017
Murray Back And Bouncing; Kyrgios - Will He Ever Crack It? Sam Querrey - Where Did That Come From? Roger Federer - What Happened? #MyChildhoodTennisMemory
The big guns returned to action in Dubai and Acapulco with varying degrees of success, and Catherine and David convened to discuss a jam-packed week on The Tennis Podcast. Andy Murray scooped the title in Dubai, but only after winning a 30-minute, 38-point tie-break. He looked like his old self, according to the Tennis Podcast team. Nick Kyrgios scored one of the biggest wins of his career over Novak Djokovic, making it a hat-trick of wins over Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in his first matches against them. But he promptly lost to Sam Querrey. A fierce argument ensues between Catherine and David about whether he will ever crack it at Grand Slam level. On the subject of Querrey, it wasn’t just a win over Kyrgios. He knocked out seasoned players galore with victories over David Goffin, Dominic Thiem and then Rafael Nadal in the final. Where did that run of form come from, and can he build on it? Roger Federer returned, but it wasn’t one of his better weeks, as he lost…
Feb 27, 2017
Federer - 3 More Years? Did Murray Overtrain? Why Is Djokovic Playing Acapulco?
The Australian Open champion Roger Federer, the World No.1 Andy Murray, and the man who has dominated the men’s tennis world for years, Novak Djokovic, return to action this week, and all are discussed at length in the new Tennis Podcast. Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport) and David Law (BBC 5 Live, BT Sport) convene to discuss whether they think the headlines about Federer committing to playing for a further three years will be realised, whether Andy Murray might, in the words of the Telegraph’s Simon Briggs, have overtrained and given himself shingles, and why Djokovic has taken a late wild card into Acapulco. Looking back at a packed week on the tennis calendar, the team cover the rise of David Goffin and Elina Svitolina, two relatively unheralded figures, who broke into the world’s Top Ten over the past week. Will they become forces at the Grand Slam tournaments? The podcast looks at Donald Young, so long a relative underachiever, who has a suddenly notable but highly unusual…
1 hr 6 min
Feb 20, 2017
Karolina Pliskova - No.1 Material? Surprising Winners - Harrison, Dolgopolov, Tsonga; What Next For Juan Martin Del Potro?
Karolina Pliskova has only lost one match all year, winning the title in Doha last week to add to her Brisbane victory and Fed Cup success. She reached the final of the US Open last September, beating Venus and Serena Williams along the way. So, is Pliskova the next new Grand Slam champion and World No.1 on the WTA Tour? In the latest Tennis Podcast, recorded in London Marylebone station, David Law (BBC 5 Live and BT Sport) and Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport) made their predictions, as did legions of the show’s listeners. On the men’s side, there were three surprising winners - Jo Wilfried Tsonga lifting his first trophy in two years (Rotterdam), Alexandr Dolgopolov his first for 5 years (Buenos Aires), and a tearful Ryan Harrison won the first title of his career (Memphis). The return of Juan Martin Del Potro to play his first tennis of the year is discussed, and the team also debate the fact that Serena Williams, Caroline Wozniacki and Eugenie Bouchard appeared in Sports Illus…
Feb 13, 2017
Britain Final Through In Fed Cup; Dimitrov Delight In Sofia; Maria Sharapova - Should Wimbledon Give Her A Wild Card?
It was Fed Cup week, and Britain were celebrating progress, despite it going down to the wire. Captain Anne Keothavong joins David Law and Catherine Whitaker to describe the emotions she was going through and how she made her big doubles decision. Elsewhere, Czech Republic kept on rolling, and will now face USA, who were trying to deal with controversy having played a World War 2 version of the German national anthem. On the men’s tour, there were three very different winners in Grigor Dimitrov, Alex Zverev and Victor Estrella-Burgos. All three are discussed in the latest Tennis Podcast. And we debate the subject of Maria Sharapova and wild cards. Madrid have announced that they are awarding her one, but what will Wimbledon do if she doesn’t have the ranking points to qualify automatically? The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with Telegraph Sport.
1 hr 12 min
Feb 6, 2017
Shapovalov - Should Tennis Have Stiffer Sanctions? Davis Cup Review; Rafael Nadal - What Happened Next?
An otherwise thrilling Davis Cup weekend ended in numbed silence after 17-year-old Denis Shapovalov smashed a ball away in frustration which crashed into the eye of chair umpire Arnaud Gabas. He was instantly defaulted, sending Great Britain through, and Canada out of the competition. A few hours after the incident, Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport), freshly back from Melbourne and wrapped in a comical coat to protect against the weather, and David Law (BBC 5 Live) met at London Marylebone station to discuss what had happened. Should Shapovalov have been dealt a harsher punishment? Is a lengthy ban in order? Or was it just an accident and everyone should leave him alone? That and all of the other Davis Cup ties are covered, as is a big win for Kiki Mladenovic, and the Fed Cup is previewed. Plus, David gives the inside track on what Rafael Nadal did next after his Australian Open final defeat (they shared a plane). The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with Telegraph Sport.
Jan 29, 2017
Australian Open Day 14 - Federer's 18th: His Greatest Achievement?
Fittingly, it went five sets, and they saved the best for last. Roger Federer produced a period of other-worldly tennis to win his 18th Grand Slam title against his biggest rival of all. Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport) and David Law (BBC 5 Live) concur that it amounts to the greatest of all of his victories. In a Tennis Podcast recorded moments afterwards, they explain why. Over the course of the 30-minute show, they discuss where the match was won and lost, what happened to Nadal after going a break up in the fifth, and Mats Wilander drops by to give his verdict. We also hear from Rene Stauffer, journalist from Tages Anzeiger in Switzerland. Stauffer has covered Federer since he was junior and is uniquely placed to sum up the victory. The Tennis Podcast in Australia was produced in association with Telegraph Sport and Eurosport. The weekly show will return soon.
Jan 28, 2017
Australian Open Day 13 - Serena Williams Makes History; Roger vs. Rafa - Previewed with John McEnroe and Boris Becker
Serena Williams made history by winning a 23rd Grand Slam singles title, and then the tennis world's attention turned to Roger Federer vs. Rafael Nadal. In the Day 13 Tennis Podcast from the Australian Open, Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport) and David Law (BBC 5 Live) convened to look back and ahead. What was the match like between Serena and Venus? How big an achievement is a 23rd Slam? Will she break Margaret Court's number of 24? And how long will she continue to play? As we look ahead to Rafael Nadal vs. Roger Federer, Catherine interviews John McEnroe, David speaks to Boris Becker, and we hear from Federer, interviewed by Mats Wilander for Eurosport. A Tennis Podcast, produced in association with Telegraph Sport and Eurosport, will be available to download after the men's singles final on Sunday.
Jan 27, 2017
Australian Open Day 12 - Federer vs. Nadal. It's On. Dimitrov Has Arrived; Serena vs. Venus - The Preview
Nine years since the one and only time that Serena Williams played Venus Williams, and Roger Federer met Rafael Nadal in the same Grand Slam tournament, it will happen against this weekend. After Nadal somehow subdued the brave, magical tennis of Grigor Dimitrov in a five-set, near five-hour epic on Friday night, Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport), David Law (BBC 5 Live) and Simon Briggs (Telegraph) got together on the Tennis Podcast to try to make sense of it all. Where was the match won and lost? How devastated was Dimitrov in his post-match interview? And what physical state will Nadal be in by the time he makes the final? Plus, with less than 24 hours to go until the Venus Williams vs. Serena Williams final on Saturday, who do the team think will come out on top? Will Venus win the title for the first time, in her 37th year? Or will Serena break the record she shares with Steffi Graf for Grand Slam title No.23? It’s all discussed in the Tennis Podcast. A new Tennis Podcast is ava…
Jan 26, 2017
Australian Open Day 11 - Williams Sisters To Meet, Same Place, 14 Years On; Federer Into Final; Dani Vallverdu Interview
In 2003, Tennis Podcast presenter David Law covered his first Australian Open for BBC Radio 5 Live. He had brown hair, not the grey of today. Andre Agassi won the men’s title. Roger Federer had yet to win a major event and was regarded as an underachieving prodigy who might never fulfil his talent. And hardly anyone had ever heard of Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic, who were effectively still children. In the women’s final, Serena Williams beat Venus Williams. Fourteen years later, they will meet in the final again. After witnessing their journey through the semifinals, and then the victory of Federer over Stan Wawrinka, Law and Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport) convened to discuss a momentous day on the Tennis Podcast. We also hear from Dani Vallverdu, the coach of Grigor Dimitrov, who will take on Rafael Nadal in the second semifinal on Friday, about how they got together and the difference he has been able to make. There will be daily editions of The Tennis Podca…
Jan 25, 2017
Australian Open Day 10 - Finally Grigor; Rafa’s Renaissance; Serena Slams Konta; Lucic-Baroni: ‘This Moment Has Made My Life’
Grand Slam tennis tournaments always throw up a special moment or two, a decent storyline, and usually a fitting crescendo. But the Australian Open is different. Everywhere you turn there are stories. Yesterday, Roger Federer and Venus Williams, aged 35 and 36 respectively, advanced to the final four. Today it was the turn of Rafael Nadal, who hasn’t reached a Grand Slam semifinal in more than two years, Serena Williams, who is 35 years of age and chasing 23 Grand Slam titles, Grigor Dimitrov, who finally looks like coming of age, and the best of the lot - Mirjana Lucic-Baroni - who reached a semifinal 18 years after her first. 'This moment has made my life,' she said. With all of that in mind, Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport) and David Law (BBC 5 Live) didn’t really know where to start, so they asked Mark Petchey what he makes of it all instead. Can Federer win title No.18? Will Nadal stop him in the final again? Is Stan Wawrinka going to ruin everyone’s party the way he can?…
Jan 24, 2017
Australian Open Day 9 - Andy Roddick: ‘A Federer vs. Nadal final would be the most important Australian Open match ever’; Martina Navratilova on Konta vs. Serena; Chris Clarey on everything
On a day that Roger Federer moved one match away from the final of the Australian Open, and Rafael Nadal is still there, Andy Roddick joined The Tennis Podcast to declare that a meeting between the two in the final could be ‘the most historically significant match ever’. Roddick, inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in an on-court ceremony, told podcast presenter Catherine Whitaker (in Melbourne for Eurosport) that it could be an earth-shifting moment for the sport if it happens. He also talks Milos Raonic, Serena and Venus Williams, and who he thinks will win the two titles. The podcast team are also joined by Christopher Clarey, who has covered tennis for the New York Times for more than 20 years. Clarey talks about his impressions of the greats and their resurgence, and the rise of Coco Vandeweghe, who will face Venus Williams in the semis. They also preview Serena Williams vs. Johanna Konta, with Martina Navratilova giving her views on the match to David Law (B…
Jan 23, 2017
Australian Open Day 8 - Serena, Venus, Nadal, Federer Rage Against The Dying Of The Light; The Lucic-Baroni Story; and will Dan Evans make his flight?
It’s 2017 but it feels like 2007. The Williams sisters Serena and Venus are in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open on course to meet in the final, and Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will also clash if they win two more tennis matches each. While Nadal put Gael Monfils away in four sets to set up a last 8 clash with the highest remaining seed Milos Raonic, Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport) and David Law (BBC 5 Live) sat in the Melbourne press room to discuss day 8 at the Australian Open on The Tennis Podcast. What did they think of the defending champion Angelique Kerber’s late-night loss on Sunday? How does the form of Jo Konta compare to Serena Williams, who she will face in the quarterfinals? And who is Mirijana Lucic-Baroni, who has also made the last 8? How much of a surprise is it to see Federer playing tennis like this after six months out of the game? We ask Goran Ivanisevic and Michael Chang. And is he going to go all the way here? There’s also some frustration with…
Jan 22, 2017
Australian Open day 7 - Murray Out In Stunning Upset; Zverev, Wilander Reaction; Federer, Venus Roll On; Evans Run Ends
In a display of serve-volleying and chip-charging that had John McEnroe and Pat Cash drooling, Misha Zverev dumped Andy Murray out of the Australian Open in the last 16. Catherine Whitaker and David Law recorded the Day 7 Tennis Podcast in front of the Australian Open big screen during the final set of Roger Federer vs. Kei Nishikori, but it was the loss of Murray that was the headline news. How did Zverev do it? They discuss it, we hear from Mats Wilander, and the man himself. What, if anything, was wrong with Andy Murray? Federer finally found a way past Nishikori, and must be fancying his chances after the demise of Murray and Djokovic. First though, he needs to stop Zverev in the quarterfinals. Dan Evans’ Australian odyssey came to an end, and on the women’s side, Venus Williams kept on rolling, as did David’s pick for the title - Garbine Muguruza. And, in a moment that earned David's respect, Catherine tried a Brummie accent ... There will be daily editions of The Tenn…
Jan 21, 2017
Australian Open Day 6 - Nadal Outlasts Zverev; Konta Destroys Wozniack; Brummie Murray Prepares For Battle
Two generations collided when Rafael Nadal met Alex Zverev on Saturday, and afterwards David Law (BBC 5 Live), Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport) and Simon Briggs (Telegraph Sport) convened to discuss it. Given that Zverev won a seemingly pivotal 37-stroke rally, why did he fade afterwards? Is Nadal back to his best? How far can he go? And what does the future hold for the prodigiously talented teen Zverev? It’s all discussed. Meanwhile, Britain’s Jo Konta thrashed a supposedly in-form, former World No.1 in Caroline Wozniacki 6-3, 6-1. How far can she go? Could she beat Serena Williams if they meet in the quarterfinals? We hear from her. Catherine is also joined by the former Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli to discuss the latest situation in the women’s draw. And the day before Andy Murray takes on Mischa Zverev, Alexander’s elder brother, and then the ‘Brummie Murray’ Dan Evans (as David has nicknamed him) meets Jo Wilfried Tsonga, we wonder whether the British pair can m…
Jan 20, 2017
Australian Open Day 5 - Federer Flies; Evans Soars; Carlos Moya Interview
On day 5 of the Australian Open, Dan Evans reached the second week of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in his career and Roger Federer produced an imperious reminder of the player that dominated the sport 10 years ago. Afterwards, Catherine Whitaker and David Law convened in the Eurosport green room to discuss it on the Tennis Podcast, and had the unexpected bonus of a chat with a multiple Grand Slam singles champion. We hear from Evans after his win, and the Great Britain Davis Cup captain Leon Smith about his chances against Jo Wilfried Tsonga. And, ahead of the Rafael Nadal vs. Alex Zverev round three clash, David talks at length to Carlos Moya, who joined Nadal's coaching team at the end of last year. There will be daily editions of The Tennis Podcast throughout the Australian Open, produced in association with Telegraph Sport and Eurosport.
Jan 19, 2017
Australian Open Day 4 - Djokovic Dealt Seismic Shock By Istomin; Mouratoglou - Serena Is Still The Best; Nadal Looking Good
Boris Becker, Novak Djokovic’s now former coach, and Mats Wilander, a seven-time Grand Slam title winner, sat in the Eurosport studios, watching the Australian Open demise of the six-time champion. In the Tennis Podcast, following a tumultuous day 4 and one of the biggest upsets in the tournament’s history, presenter Catherine Whitaker, who is part of the Eurosport team, joins David Law and details how the pair reacted to Djokovic’s defeat. Beaten in five sets over nearly five hours by Dennis Istomin, it was Djokovic’s earliest loss in a Grand Slam tournament for nearly nine years. Istomin played the match of his life, but even so, why has Djokovic lost his edge? The Tennis Podcast team try to make sense of it all. The losses of Agnieszka Radwanska and British pair Kyle Edmund and Heather Watson are also discussed, as is the win of Jo Konta, who the team agree is looking more convincing by the day. We also hear from Eurosport pundit and the coach of Serena Williams - Patric…
Jan 18, 2017
Australian Open Day 3 - Evans’ Biggest Win; Murray’s ankle concern; Kyrgios’ curious collapse
It started as one of the dullest Grand Slam days in recent memory but ended as one of the most thrilling. In a pulsating evening session, Britain’s Dan Evans won the match of his life by beating Marin Cilic in four sets. At the same time, Nick Kyrgios was beaten in five sets by Andreas Seppi, an exact role reversal from two years ago when Seppi had the two-set lead and Kyrgios responded to win. And just for good measure, Andy Murray turned his ankle while handily ahead against Andrey Rublev. In the day 3 Tennis Podcast from the Australian Open, Simon Briggs (Telegraph Sport) and Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport) join David Law (BBC 5 Live) to assess the Evans win, consider how serious the Murray ankle injury is, and argue about Kyrgios. We hear from both Evans and Murray, and Catherine reveals how the first thing Murray said to her on the court after beating Rublev was ‘did Dan win?’. The team also preview day 4, with three more British players in action, and the return of Seren…
Jan 17, 2017
Australian Open Day 2 - ‘Djokovic Passes Verdasco Test; 5 Brits in Rd 2; Murray on Lendl, No.1
A couple of weeks ago, Novak Djokovic fought through five match points to beat Fernando Verdasco and reach the Doha final. There was no such drama this time, and although it was far from vintage Djokovic, he did more than enough to go through to round two. In the Telegraph’s Tennis Podcast on day two of the Australian Open, presenters Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport) and David Law (BBC 5 Live) assess Djokovic’s form, and also try to establish what Boris Becker meant when he said the World Number 2 had not worked hard enough late last year. They asked both Djokovic and Becker for clarity, and you can hear those exchanges here. Five British players have reached the second round at the Australian Open for the first time in 30 years (1987), and the team react to the wins of Heather Watson, Jo Konta and Kyle Edmund on day 2. All of the other big stories on day 2 are reviewed and we also look ahead to Andy Murray’s second round match against Andrey Rublev on Wednesday. Catherine’s…
Jan 16, 2017
Australian Open Day 1 - Federer Returns (we have a cool Federer anecdote), Murray toils, Halep crashes, Wawrinka survives
Roger Federer is back after six months away, and Catherine Whitaker has a pretty cool anecdote about what she saw moments before the 17-time Grand Slam champion took to the court against Jurgen Melzer. As for the match, how did he play in his four-set win? What are his prospects for the rest of the tournament? And how did Federer think Andy Murray would be influenced by coming into a Grand Slam tournament for the first time as the World No.1? We hear from him on The Tennis Podcast. Murray won in straight sets, but not comfortably, and there were narrow squeaks for Kei Nishikori and Stan Wawrinka. The latter was a break down in the fifth, and drew gasps from the crowd when he nailed a forehand into a defenceless Martin Klizan at the net. Did he deliberately hit his opponent? David Law, who was commentating for BBC radio, gives his view. On the women’s side of the draw, Simona Halep is out and World No.1 Angelique Kerber looked a little vulnerable. Catherine and David assess what th…
Jan 13, 2017
Australian Open Preview - The Draw!
The Australian Open draw has been made, the Tennis Podcast’s Kickstarter targets have been met, and Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport), David Law (BBC 5 Live) and Simon Briggs (Telegraph) have convened to plot the next two weeks for Andy Murray, Roger Federer, Serena Williams and the rest. Which of the leading players can be most happy with their draws? Murray, who could face Federer in the quarters, or Novak Djokovic, who has Fernando Verdasco for his opener? Wawrinka, who could meet Nick Kyrgios in round 4, or Nadal who might meet Alex Zverev in the third round? On the women’s side, why is everyone so concerned about top seed Angelique Kerber? What does Serena’s route to the final look like? And what did Jo Konta do to deserve her horror draw? It’s all discussed in the latest Tennis Podcast, which is produced in association with Telegraph Sport, and during the Australian Open, Eurosport.
1 hr 4 min
Jan 8, 2017
Djokovic/Murray - Now Where Does The Balance Lie? Dimitrov Back From The Wilderness; David's Early Aus Open Prediction
One of the most pulsating first weeks of the tennis season that we can remember concluded with Novak Djokovic edging Andy Murray in the Doha final. What does that do to the balance of power with Murray the World No.1 but Djokovic a six-time Australian Open champion? In Brisbane, Grigor Dimitrov returned from the wilderness to beat three Top-10 players and win his first title in two and a half years. Is he back for good or is this just a token reminder of what might have been? Karolina Pliskova won the women’s event in Brisbane, and that tournament prompted our presenter David Law to make a big, early pick for the Australian Open women’s title. And it isn’t Pliskova. We discuss which rivalry makes for the best matches, and David has a spectacular rant about how Stan Wawrinka never gets picked by anyone to win anything. So does this mean he’s picking him? The Tennis Podcast is presented by David Law (BBC 5 Live, BT Sport) and Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport), and produced in a…
Jan 4, 2017
2017 Season Preview; Nigel Sears On Sir Andy Murray, Ana Ivanovic Retirement, Anne Keothavong Fed Cup Captain
Tennis Podcast listeners successfully funded the weekly show to continue in 2017, and so we are back! Catherine and David convene to discuss the seven tournaments that have started the new year with a bang, to talk about Andy Murray’s knighthood, to make their 2017 tennis wishes, and to delve into the Poll Vault. Nigel Sears, former coach of Ana Ivanovic and Daniella Hantuchova, and Murray’s father-in-law, tells us who he will be looking out for on the WTA circuit in 2017. He also gives us his thoughts on the retirement of Ivanovic, how he thinks Anne Keothavong will fair as Great Britain Fed Cup captain, and whether he will be addressing Murray as ‘Sir Andy’. The Tennis Podcast is presented by Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport) and David Law (BBC 5 Live, BT Sport) and produced in association with Telegraph Sport. The podcast’s crowdfunding Kickstarter will end on January 14th at Noon UK time. If it reaches £15,000, the team will produce 45 daily podcasts at the Grand Slam t…
1 hr 5 min
Dec 29, 2016
Kvitova Horror, Ivanovic Retirement, Coaching Carousel and Federer Is Back
After taking a break for a month, The Tennis Podcast is back for one last episode in 2016, and there is a lot for Catherine and David to cover. The awful knife attack suffered by Petra Kvitova, the retirement of Ana Ivanovic, and the Australian Open withdrawals of Juan Martin Del Potro and Madison Keys kick off the show. The coaching carousel has been spinning like a Rafael Nadal forehand, and Nadal’s new alliance with Carlos Moya is one of the main topics discussed. What to make of the separation of Novak Djokovic and Boris Becker, and Jo Konta and Esteban Carril? And what will Richard Krajicek bring to Milos Raonic? We also talk about Roger Federer’s return, his periscoped practice session, and Andy Murray winning Sports Personality of the Year for a third time. And finally, don’t forget that The Tennis Podcast is running a crowdfunding Kickstarter to try to keep the show going in 2017. Please go to Kickstarter.com and search Tennis Podcast if you would like to contribute.…
Dec 1, 2016
The Tennis Podcast 2017
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Nov 28, 2016
Davis Cup Ecstasy For Argentina; 2016 Awards
One of the most memorable Davis Cup finals in history, a 0-2 comeback from the one and only Juan Martin Del Potro, and a first triumph in Argentina's history. Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport) and David Law (BBC 5 Live, BT Sport) spend half of The Tennis Podcast talking about all of that, and the other half debating who warrants the Tennis Podcast 2016 Awards. Who is the player of the year? What was the biggest shock of 2016? Who had the biggest breakthrough? And who lays dubious claim to Meltdown of the Year? Those and many more are discussed on the penultimate Tennis Podcast of 2016. The Tennis Podcast is a weekly, downloadable tennis radio show which is produced in association with Telegraph Sport.
Nov 24, 2016
Davis Cup Final Preview - Argentina Seek To End Excruciating Wait; Karlovic Seeks Fairytale Finishd Episode
Argentina have been trying to win the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas for more than a hundred years, and after four failed final attempts, they will be hoping that this is their year. Ahead of their final against Croatia in Zagreb, the Tennis Podcast team of David Law and Catherine Whitaker get together to discuss their chances, the late selection of 37-year-old Ivo Karlovic - the oldest man to have played singles in a final since the 20's, and the journey of Juan Martin Del Potro. Who will win? It's discussed, with predictions from presenters and listeners. And before signing off, they reminisce about great Davis Cup finals from the past. This edition of The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with Telegraph Sport and sponsored by The Davis Cup by BNP Paribas. www.daviscup.com
Nov 20, 2016
Murray Conquers Nemesis Djokovic To Seal World No.1 Ranking For 2016
After Novak Djokovic dominated the first half of the year, and Andy Murray the second, the two met in the final match of the ATP season, with the World No.1 ranking at stake. Murray triumphed, and afterwards Catherine Whitaker and David Law talked it over inside The 02 on the Tennis Podcast. Where was the match won and lost? How did Murray dig out that performance when he must have been running on fumes? What happened to Djokovic after he had looked so good 24 hours earlier against Kei Nishikori? Will his coaching relationship with Boris Becker and Marian Vajda continue in 2017? It's all discussed on the latest Tennis Podcast, which is produced in association with Telegraph Sport. eg65pxp6
Nov 10, 2016
ATP Finals Preview - Murray's Horror Draw; Djokovic To Rediscover Form? Federer's Awards. Again.
Andy Murray arrives to the 02 Arena as the favourite to win the title for the first time, but he's been handed a horror draw. With a couple of days until the event starts, Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport) and David Law (BBC 5 Live, BT Sport) get together to discuss the chances of Murray winning, Djokovic returning to form, and someone else upsetting all the odds. Catherine pretty much goes with the obvious, but David has gone out on a limb. What do our listeners say in Poll Vault? We also hear about what David thinks of the ATP's latest round of awards, including the stick he took for commenting on the sportsmanship of the year gong. And if Catherine and David could have any coach in the world to guide their own feeble talents, who would they choose? The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with Telegraph Sport. eg65pxp6
Nov 6, 2016
Andy Murray: World No. 1
In his 12th year as a tennis professional, after winning multiple Grand Slam titles, the Davis Cup and two Olympic gold medals, Andy Murray has finally forced his way past Novak Djokovic to top the world rankings. A few hours after Murray underlined his new status by winning in Paris Bercy, David Law and Catherine Whitaker got together to reflect on a monumental achievement. What turned Murray into serial contender to the No. 1 player in the world? How big an impact did his coaching team of Ivan Lendl and Jamie Delgado have? Is there any asterisk next to Murray given the injuries to Federer and Nadal, and the decline of Djokovic’s form? And what of the future? Are we now at the start of an Andy Murray ‘era’? It’s all discussed, as is the current form and demeanour of Djokovic, heading into the ATP World Tour Finals at the 02 next week. The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with Telegraph Sport.
1 hr 3 min
Oct 31, 2016
WTA Finals - Cibulkova Strikes Gold; Andy Murray Closes On No.1; Chris Evert Interview
Dominika Cibulkova told the Tennis Podcast that winning the WTA Finals was the ‘happiest day of my life’, and the pod team convened afterwards to discuss it. With David in Dubai airport on route back from Singapore, and Catherine in the UK, they chatted about a week of thrilling matches in which there were a number of surprises. Plus, as Andy Murray continues to close on World Number One, Catherine and David discuss whether he will he get there before the end of the year. There’s also a big interview with the great Chris Evert. She tells David about her surprise at Angelique Kerber reaching World No.1, how impressed she’s been with Jo Konta, and how many more Slams she thinks Serena Williams will win. Asked about her relationship with Martina Navratilova, she gives a special insight into what it was like being the only two players left in the locker-room at the end of tournaments. The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with Telegraph Sport.
Oct 24, 2016
WTA Finals Preview - Kerber, Halep, Muguruza, Keys all join us; Tie Break Tens; Andy Murray on World No 1
A star studded line up of players from the WTA Finals (and Andy Murray) join David (who is in Singapore) and Catherine (who has just got back from Vienna
Oct 17, 2016
Sharapova Decision, Kyrgios Suspension, Serena Pull-out, Djokovic Burnout, No.1 Murray (?)
Since Catherine Whitaker and David Law last convened on the Tennis Podcast, Maria Sharapova’s sentence has been reduced by nine months, Andy Murray has won 20 sets out of 20 to move to within sight of World No.1, and Novak Djokovic has continued to struggle. On the day we recorded this edition, Serena Williams withdrew from the WTA Finals because of her ongoing shoulder issues, and Nick Kyrgios was fined and suspended for ’tanking’ in Shanghai, with that suspension being reduced to 3 weeks provided he sees a sports psychologist. So, there was plenty to talk about. The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with Telegraph Sport.
Oct 10, 2016
Marcus Willis - 'I don't want to be remembered for losing second round at Wimbledon'.
He was the talk of Wimbledon for the first few days. The man who nearly quit the sport until his girlfriend told him not to, who entered pre-qualifying, won six matches, and made it into the main draw before bowing out to Roger Federer in round two. But as Marcus Willis tells David Law on the Tennis Podcast, he doesn't want to remembered for losing in the second round at Wimbledon. The journey to achieve more starts here, with masses of off-court training, a qualifying wild card at the Erste Bank Open 500 in Vienna, and an invitation to compete for a winner-take-all cheque of $250,000 against Andy Murray, Jo Wilfried Tsonga, Dominic Thiem, Tommy Haas and Goran Ivanisevic. The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with Telegraph Sport.
Oct 2, 2016
Wuhan Review & Beijing Preview; Road to Singapore/London Maths & Permutations
David & Catherine meet at a new London eaterie to discuss a barnstorming week in Wuhan for Petra Kvitova and how it affects the Race to Singapore, which is really hotting up. As well as an update on the podcast's newly assigned mascot (Rosie the dog), the Tennis Podcast team also review another #NextGen title on the ATP Tour and analyse Novak Djokovic's withdrawal from Beijing.
Sep 26, 2016
Osaka, Zverev - Future No.1's; The Davis Cup Debate; A Surprising Guest
Two weeks since the US Open podcasts and Catherine Whitaker has finally returned, joining up with David Law to review debut career titles for Alex Zverev and Lucas Pouille, a run to the final in Tokyo by Naomi Osaka, and to preview Wuhan. Catherine comes out firing, predicting that both Osaka and Zverev will be World No.1's. There's much Osaka/Zverev insight and excitement, much bewilderment at Dominic Thiem continuing to play every week, and a big debate about the proposed changes to the Davis Cup. The show also features a very surprising guest. So surprising, the presenters knew nothing about it until the guest appeared on the show. The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with Telegraph Sport.
Sep 21, 2016
Introducing The Tennis Podcast
The Tennis Podcast is a downloadable tennis radio show presented by BBC Radio 5 Live and BT Sport tennis commentator David Law and Eurosport presenter Catherine Whitaker. This is a 2 minute flavour to introduce you to the sound of the show, the type of guests you will hear and the reason that David refuses to play Catherine at tennis. The Tennis Podcast is a weekly show throughout the year, with daily editions during Grand Slam tournaments and other big events. Since its launch in May 2012, more than 250 episodes have been produced, and the show has been downloaded more than 2 million times.
Sep 18, 2016
Davis Cup Semis - Argentina Break British Hearts; Face Croatia In Final
Juan Martin Del Potro came close to hanging up his tennis racquet for good 18 months ago. In Glasgow he did what no man had ever done before - beating Andy Murray on home territory in the Davis Cup, as Argentina eventually knocked out the defending champions Great Britain. After his win over Murray, he spoke to BBC 5 Live commentator and Tennis Podcast presenter David Law about the experience. And, moments after Leonardo Mayer sealed victory with a win over Dan Evans, Law joined Murray’s former coach Miles Mclagan to discuss where the tie had been won and lost, o consider how long Murray might need away from the game to return energised, and to look ahead to the Davis Cup final between Argentina and Croatia. The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with Telegraph Sport.
Sep 11, 2016
US Open Day 14 - Sensational Stan Wins Slam No.3; Djokovic's Body Fails Him In Final
After two gruelling weeks in which Stan Wawrinka stood a point from defeat against Britain's Dan Evans, and spent more than 20 hours on the court, it was Novak Djokovic's body that ultimately broke down in the final. A pulsating four-set tussle was won by Wawrinka - his third Grand Slam title - and afterwards the Telegraph's Tennis Podcast team got together to work out where it went right for Stan, and wrong for Novak. Eurosport presenter Catherine Whitaker and BBC 5 Live commentator David Law discussed the comments of Mats Wilander, in which the seven-time Grand Slam title winner said peak Wawrinka is the most exciting player in the world. And they wondered what has gone wrong with the body of Djokovic over the past few months since he won the French Open. Has he just overdone it over the past couple of years? The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with Telegraph Sport.
Sep 10, 2016
US Open Day 13 - Kerber Wins US Open In Classic; Jamie Murray/Bruno Soares Doubles Champions; Catherine/David Wage War With New York Bus Driver
Eight months ago, Angelique Kerber was match point down in the first round of the Australian Open. Eight months on, having saved that match point, she is the Australian Open and US Open champion, the World No.1, a Wimbledon runner-up, and an Olympic silver-medalist. After a classic 3-set tussle between Kerber and Karolina Pliskova, the Tennis Podcast’s team of Eurosport presenter Catherine Whitaker, BBC Radio 5 Live commentator David Law and Telegraph tennis correspondent Simon Briggs caught up to review it all while racing for the bus back to Manhattan. How has Kerber gone from solid Top Ten player to World No.1 inside a year? What next for Pliskova after her impressive wins over Venus and Serena Williams, and narrow defeat in the final? And who will win the men’s final between Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka? The podcast team debate it all, and review a second Grand Slam doubles title in 2016 for Jamie Murray. The men’s singles final will be broadcast live on...
Sep 9, 2016
US Open Day 12 - Djokovic vs. Wawrinka final; What on earth was Gael Monfils Doing? 250th Episode, 2 Millionth Download;
Novak Djokovic will take on Stan Wawrinka in the final of the US Open on Sunday, but the main question that needed answering on the Tennis Podcast on Friday night was: what on earth was Gael Monfils doing? Playing in his first Grand Slam semifinal for eight years, and with a 0-12 record against Djokovic, Monfils appeared to adopt ‘Rope-a-dope’ tactics, trying to mess Djokovic around to a point where he might lose his form. It didn’t work. Accusations of ‘tanking’ - not trying - were levelled from various quarters, but Monfils fiercely denied them. So what did happen? Presenters Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport) and David Law (BBC 5 Live) describe the extent of the humidity felt in New York during the semifinals, and try to imagine what it would be like to play in. During the podcast, Wawrinka walks past and he looks every inch the seasoned Grand Slam finalist after reaching the third of his career. He is yet to lose one. This is the 250th edition of The Tennis Podcast, which…
Sep 9, 2016
US Open Day 11 - Angelique Kerber - World No.1; Serena Shocked And Crocked; Pliskova Breaks Through
With a single double-fault, Serena Williams handed Karolina Pliskova a passage through to her first Grand Slam final, the World No.1 ranking to Angelique Kerber, and dashed her own chances of going ahead of Steffi Graf in the all-time list of Grand Slam title holders. Afterwards, David Law (BBC 5 Live) and Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport) got together on the daily US Open Telegraph Tennis Podcast to discuss a couple of hours that shifted the tennis world on its axis. Where was the Williams-Pliskova match won and lost? What caused Williams to double-fault at match point? Could her nerve be going? How big a factor was the knee injury that she revealed afterwards. Was it poor form to mention it? All discussed on the Tennis Podcast, as well as an assessment of the rise of Kerber, and a preview and predictions of the men’s semifinals. The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with Telegraph Sport.
Sep 8, 2016
US Open Day 10 - Murray Falls To Nishikori; Del Potro Dream Over; Serena Wins Classic
Catherine Whitaker pre-warned that Kei Nishikori and Michael Chang had been plotting the downfall of Andy Murray on the practice court, and they got what they wanted in the US Open quarterfinals. Murray had lost over five sets only twice in 8 years - both of them to Novak Djokovic - but for once he dipped into his enormous reserves and found nothing there. Afterwards, Catherine and David Law got together to discuss the match, Murray’s struggle to deal with some of the distractions on the court, and the possible reasons. They also cover the wins of Karolina Pliskova and Serena Williams, as the semifinals approach. The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with Telegraph Sport.
Sep 6, 2016
US Open Day 9 - Wozniacki Sets Up Kerber Semi; Djokovic Through To Semis After 2 Complete Matches; Monfils 15 for 15
Caroline Wozniacki has looked anything but a Grand Slam finalist this year, but her excellent form has continued at the US Open and she will clash with Angelique Kerber on Thursday. Catherine Whitaker and David Law took to the 5 Live commentary box to talk about it, and to preview Andy Murray's quarterfinal with Kei Nishikori. Catherine reveals some insight from a Nishikori/Chang practice session, and how Ivan Lendl threw them off the court, and then David reflects on a night-session that was all a bit of damp squib. Novak Djokovic reached the semifinals of the US Open after his third opponent of the fortnight failed to finish. The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with Telegraph Sport.
Sep 5, 2016
US Open Day 8 - Murray Destroys Dimitrov; Del Potro Fairytale Continues; Venus Loses Heartbreaker
24 hours after Novak Djokovic sent out a statement of intent with a straight sets humbling of Kyle Edmund, Andy Murray responded with one of the most ruthless wins of his career against Grigor Dimitrov. David Law commentated for BBC 5 Live on Murray’s 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 win, Catherine Whitaker interviewed Murray on-court straight afterwards for Eurosport, and then Law and Whitaker got together to compare notes on The Tennis Podcast. Having reached 23 successive last 16 rounds at Grand Slams, was this Murray’s best performance ever at that stage of a major tournament? Will he and Djokovic be able to recreate those performances over the next few days to meet in the final on Sunday? What of Murray’s quarterfinal opponent Kei Nishikori? How did he look against the giant serving of Ivo Karlovic? And what of sentimental favourites Venus Williams and Juan Martin Del Potro? How did they get on? The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with Telegraph Sport.
Sep 5, 2016
US Open Day 7 - Is Djokovic Back To His Best? Nadal Falls To Pouille In Instant Classic; Konta Hits The Wall
Was it Novak Djokovic returning to his all-conquering self, or Kyle Edmund struggling to cope with the occasion that led to a fairly lopsided scoreline in their last 16 US Open clash? In the Telegraph’s latest Tennis Podcast, David Law (BBC 5 Live) and Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport) don’t entirely see eye to eye on the subject. Jo Konta had a difficult day in the fourth round, losing in straight sets to Anastasia Sevastova. Did she just hit the wall or was it a huge missed opportunity? More disagreements ensue. Rafael Nadal’s US Open came to an end at the hands at Lucas Pouille of France. Who? The Tennis Podcast team explain, and describe how he took his chance, while also remembering a Nadal forehand that might give the Spaniard nightmares. The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with Telegraph Sport.
Sep 4, 2016
US Open Day 6 - Excellent Evans Inconsolable; Stan Suffers But Survives; Serena, Venus Soar; Murray Labours
One point away from the biggest win of his life, third round prize money already in his pocket, and finally fulfilling his obvious promise, Dan Evans was the talk of the town in New York on Saturday, even though he did eventually go down. Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport), David Law (BBC 5 Live) and Simon Briggs (Telegraph) assembled for their daily Tennis Podcast chat at Flushing Meadows, to review the day, and the 25 year old from Birmingham was the man they started with. Where did his match with Stan Wawrinka turn? How would he take the defeat, and what about his future? It’s all discussed on the latest show, and we hear from Evans himself, talking about the moment his attitude changed for the better off the court when he was ranked 772 in the world. The podcast team also review the performances of the Williams sisters in reaching the last 16, the trials and tribulations of Andy Murray in edging out Paolo Lorenzi of Italy, and they look ahead to a stunning Sunday. Jo Konta...
Sep 3, 2016
US Open Day 5 - Two Brits Into Last 16 - Neither Called Murray; Rafa’s Tweener; Keys’ Comeback
Andy Murray has spent 11 years reaching the second week of Grand Slam tournaments, but he has never had the company of a fellow British singles player. That is about to change, assuming Murray makes it through against Paolo Lorenzi today. The Tennis Podcast team convened to discuss the performance from Kyle Edmund, who showed maturity and mental strength to go with his power and precision from the baseline. The British player beat John Isner 7-6 in the fourth set. Could he even trouble the World Number One Novak Djokovic in the last 16? Is Djokovic a little undercooked after his last two opponents withdrew because of injury? Or is Edmund going to be schooled by one of the greatest tennis players of all time? Tennis Podcast presenters Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport) and David Law (BBC 5 Live) give their views on the latest show. They also discuss the extraordinary through-the-legs lob that Rafael Nadal hit to set up match point in his round three match, the comeback win of Madison...
Sep 2, 2016
US Open Day 4 - The Challenge Facing Novak Djokovic, by Mats Wilander; Murray, Roof Get A Work-out; Evans Makes It 3
The roof was given a thorough work-out after the mother of all rain storms on Thursday, and Andy Murray passed his own stern examination in match that was closer than the straight-sets score suggested. The Tennis Podcast convened to discuss his progress, marvel at a fantastic win for Dan Evans and narrow defeat for Naomi Broadway, and to work out whether the additional ambient noise with the roof on Arthur Ashe Stadium is likely to become an issue. We also hear an interview that Tennis Podcast presenter David Law did with Mats Wilander for BBC Radio 5 Live. In it, Wilander recalls when he won three Grand Slams in a year in 1988, and how and why he was unable to repeat the feat the following year. The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with Telegraph Sport.
Sep 1, 2016
US Open Day 3 - ROOF; Konta Collapses But Still Wins; Raonic, Muguruza fall
Wednesday 31st August, 2016 will go down the first day that the roof was employed inside the Arthur Ashe Stadium at the US Open, as The Tennis Podcast acknowledges in another of our daily shows. But while the roof made a little piece of history during the Nadal vs. Seppi match, drama came elsewhere. Britain’s Jo Konta collapsed to the ground at the end of the second set of her match with Tsvetana Pironkova and still came through, Milos Raonic also suffered physically and lost, and the poor form of Garbine Muguruza continued - she went out in the night session. So what happened to Konta? Catherine Whitaker gives an insight into just how debilitating the on-court weather was. The team then attend Konta’s press conference and deliver further details about what led to her ill-health, before assessing her chances of recovery ahead of her match with Belinda Bencic. The notable wins of Kyle Edmund, Rafael Nadal and Caroline Wozniacki are also covered. The Tennis Podcast is...
Aug 31, 2016
US Open Day 2 - Serena, Murray Live Up To Favourites Tag; Venus Survives; Broady Edges Robson
In the eyes of many, the two favourites for the singles title played during the evening session on Tuesday, with first Serena Williams and then Andy Murray taking to the court. In our day 2 Tennis Podcast, recorded moments after Murray’s late-night win, Catherine Whitaker and David Law convened to review the day’s play. Were there any shaky moments for Murray, and how did Serena handle the former Australian Open semifinalist Ekaterina Makanrova? Why were British players Naomi Broady and Laura Robson irritated with one another during their clash, and what did day 2 winner Dan Evans say about why his mum doesn’t watch him play? Find out in the latest show. There were also the inevitably highs and lows of the first Nick Kyrgios match to discuss, a preview of Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal’s respective matches, and a look ahead to the Brits in action on day 3. The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with Telegraph Sport.
Aug 30, 2016
US Open Day 1 - Djokovic Some Way Short Of Title Winning Shape, Form; Konta, Edmund Score Good Wins; Isner Breaks Tiafoe's Heart
Novak Djokovic does not look like the US Open champion right now. So say the Tennis Podcast team after watching the World No.1 struggle and splutter past Jerzy Janowicz, the talented, powerful but erratic Pole, in round one. Coming in having admitted to a wrist injury, Djokovic won 6-3, 5-7, 6-2, 6-2, undergoing a lengthy massage to his other arm after just three games. It led to podcast presenters David Law and Catherine Whitaker concluding that, unless his injury problems clear, it’s difficult to imagine him holding the trophy at the end of the tournament. The podcast also covers the impressive wins of Britain’s Kyle Edmund over the 13th seed Richard Gasquet, and Jo Konta against Bethanie Mattek Sands, and preview the second day, with six more British players in action. The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with Telegraph Sport.
Aug 27, 2016
US Open Preview - Murray, Djokovic, Serena, Kerber, Robson, Roof
David Law (BBC Radio 5 Live) and Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport) are in New York for the Us Open, and they are joined by Simon Briggs of the Telegraph for a preview Tennis Podcast. The main news story is the fact that rain will never again interrupt a final thanks to the biggest roof in tennis. But there are plenty more to keep us going. The fitness of top seeds Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams is a big question mark. And what frame of mind are they both in? Will Andy Murray and Angelique Kerber, as the next highest seeds, be there to pick up any pieces? Or are we in for a big shock? What about Laura Robson’s return, and the fact that there are eight British players in the draw? What’s your favourite night session memory? The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with Telegraph Sport.
Aug 22, 2016
Cincinnati - Kerber Comes Up One Match Short; Cilic Conquers Murray But Brit In Perfect Pre-US Open Shape; On-Court Coaching Time Machine
Angelique Kerber stood on the brink of World Number One, but ran into Karolina Pliskova playing at the very top of her game. Andy Murray faced something similar in Marin Cilic, who won his first Masters 1000 title. But despite the defeat, podcast presenters David Law and Catherine Whitaker reckon he is in perfect position ahead of next week’s US Open in New York. Grigor Dimitrov, the Tennis Podcast’s favourite player, started to look like his old self last week. Is he back? And, as on-court coaching became a factor again last week in Cincinnati, we ask which matches might have changed history had on-court coaching been a factor. The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with Telegraph Sport.
Aug 15, 2016
Olympics - Murray, Puig, Del Potro, Nadal Win Medals And Hearts In Rio
It took Andy Murray and Juan Martin Del Potro four hours to determine the destination of the men's singles gold medal, and podcast presenters Catherine Whitaker and David Law looked nearly as weary as the two players after staying up all night to watch it. And, after a week of glorious sport, drama and emotion, Murray and Monica Puig left the biggest smiles, Juan Martin Del Potro a silver and hearts everywhere, and the rules of tennis came under the spotlight. Is it time to remove the best-of-5-set format from the game altogether, or add it to the women's game as well? Should it come in halfway through a Slam, or just for the final? It's all discussed on the latest pod. Puig's extraordinary win, Rafael Nadal's golden return and all of the other medal-winning tennis performances in Rio are discussed, as are the excellent lower level titles of Laura Robson and Dan Evans. The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with Telegraph Sport.
Aug 10, 2016
Olympics Mayhem; Del Potro Joy; Djokovic, Serena Struggling; Federer - Is This It?
After the Olympic tennis in Rio lost the Williams sisters, Murray brothers, Novak Djokovic and the top seeds in men's doubles on the same night, and then Serena Williams fell in singles shortly after, Catherine Whitaker and David Law reconvene on the Tennis Podcast. What is wrong with Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams? Could Juan Martin Del Potro now go all the way? What of Murray, Nadal, Konta, Kerber and the rest? It's all in there. The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with The Telegraph.
Jul 31, 2016
Toronto - Djokovic 'Slump' Over: A Catherine Whitaker Monologue With Special Guest Stars
After Novak Djokovic wins an amazing 30th ATP Masters 1000 title, Catherine Whitaker - unaccompanied by David Law - talks us through an interesting week in Toronto which ended on a familiar note. As well as hearing from both finalists, we also hear from Stan Wawrinka on the shock news that Roger Federer will take no further part in the 2016 season, and from the man of the moment in Canada, 17 year-old Denis Shapovalov.
Jul 24, 2016
Konta Wins First WTA Title; Monfils' Biggest Victory; Cilic, Dimitrov Coaching News; Poll Vault Gone For Good?
Johanna Konta won the first WTA title of her career, and the biggest by any British woman in 30 years after defeating Venus Williams in a nerve-shredding three-set final in Stanford. Konta, who a year ago was ranked outside the World’s Top 100 and playing ITF tournaments, is now World No.14 and currently ninth in the race to the WTA finals in Singapore. According to The Tennis Podcast team, who convened after the final to discuss her rise, she is increasingly looking like a Top Ten player. Following her 6-4, 6-2 win over Dominika Cibulkova in the semifinal, Konta raced to a 7-5, 4-1, double-break lead over Williams, and looked to be cruising to the title. But she wobbled with the finish line in sight, and Williams roared back to take the set 7-5 and force a decider. After regrouping at the end of set 2, Konta won the third 6-2 to become the first British woman since Sue Barker in 1977 to win the title. Podcast presenters David Law (BBC 5 Live) and Catherine Whitaker...
Jul 18, 2016
Davis Cup Quarters - Edmund Soars, Croatia Creates History, US Crashes; Poll Vault Launches
After Andy Murray won Wimbledon he was straight on a plane to Serbia for the Davis Cup quarterfinals. But not to play. This time it was another British player - Kyle Edmund, who was the hero. Catherine Whitaker and David Law convene to cover a cracking Davis Cup quarterfinal weekend in which both Croatia and the United States made history, but for rather different reasons. And we enter the Poll Vault. Don't ask. The Tennis Podcast has been produced in association with Telegraph Sport.
Jul 10, 2016
Wimbledon Day 14 - Murray Wins Title No.2; Philippoussis Says No.1 Ranking Reachable
Andy Murray won the second Wimbledon title of his career, and the Tennis Podcast team were astounded by his level of consistency throughout the final, and during the entire fortnight. Three closely fought sets against Milos Raonic were won in fine style, and David Law (BBC 5 Live), Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport) and Simon Briggs (Telegraph Tennis Correspondent) discussed his feat just as Murray himself walked by after the match. And what next for Murray? We hear from Mark Philippoussis, who believes his best is yet to come, including the World No.1 ranking. The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with Telegraph Sport.
Jul 9, 2016
Wimbledon Day 13 - Serena Seals Slam 22 At Last! Murray vs. Raonic - The Preview
Serena Williams has drawn level with Steffi Graf on 22 Grand Slam titles, and the Tennis Podcast team got together to pay tribute to her. The Telegraph's Tennis Correspondent Simon Briggs joined BBC 5 Live commentator David Law and Eurosport presenter Catherine Whitaker to review a highly entertaining clash between Williams and Angelique Kerber, and speculate about how many major titles the American will end up with. After that it was on to the men's final, in which Andy Murray will try to win a second Wimbledon title, and Milos Raonic his first. Where will the match be won and lost? How many sets are we in for? And who will hold the trophy aloft at the end? It's all discussed on the Tennis Podcast, which is produced in association with Telegraph Sport. David Law will be part of the BBC 5 Live commentary team on the men's singles final, which takes place at 2pm on Sunday.
Jul 8, 2016
Wimbledon Day 12 - Murray To Meet Raonic In Final - Richard Krajicek’s View
Milos Raonic is into a Grand Slam final for the first time in his career. Andy Murray is there, too, and for the first time he will not have Roger Federer or Novak Djokovic standing in his way. To review semifinals day and preview the final, we hear from the 1996 champion Richard Krajicek, who nearly worked with Raonic himself and shares many things in common. How has Raonic become a finalist? What are the keys to his success? And who will win when the Canadian faces Murray on Sunday? Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport), David Law (BBC 5 Live) and Simon Briggs (The Telegraph) get together to share their thoughts on the men’s semifinals and final, and to preview the women’s final. The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with Telegraph Sport.
Jul 7, 2016
Wimbledon Day 11 - Heartbroken Goran Picks Murray For The Title; Serena vs. Kerber The Rematch
Goran Ivanisevic was inconsolable the day after the man he coaches, Marin Cilic, lost out to Roger Federer after holding three match point, and the Croatian now believes Andy Murray will go on to win the title. In an interview with Tennis Podcast presenter and BBC 5 Live commentator David Law, Ivanisevic said this was the worst he had felt in nearly 20 years, since losing to Pete Sampras in the 1998 final. He believes Federer against Raonic is now '50-50', that Murray will take care of Tomas Berdych, and that Murray will win his second Wimbledon. Law is joined by co-host Catherine Whitaker, Simon Briggs from the Telegraph, and special guest Russell Fuller, the BBC's Tennis Correspondent, to review the victories of Serena Williams over Elena Vesnina, and Angelique Kerber and Venus Williams. The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with The Telegraph.
Jul 6, 2016
Wimbledon Day 10 - Greatest Quarterfinal Day Ever? Federer, Murray Survive
Have we just witnessed the greatest Wimbledon quarterfinals day in history? First Roger Federer recovered from two sets to love down against Marin Cilic to win in the fifth, and then Andy Murray held on in the face of a stunning fightback from Jo Wilfried Tsonga to triumph, also in five. Afterwards, The Tennis Podcast team - Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport) and David Law (BBC 5 Live) - were joined by The Telegraph's Chief Sports Feature Writer Oliver Brown to weigh up whether we've ever seen anything better, pick apart how Federer did it, and what makes Murray the pit-bull competitor that he is. The team preview the men's semifinals, and look ahead to the women's semis, which take place on Thursday. The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with Telegraph Sport.
Jul 5, 2016
Wimbledon Day 9 - Venus / Serena - History Beckons; Jeff Tarango Picks Tsonga To Cause Murray Problems
Venus and Serena Williams rolled on to the Wimbledon semifinals, aged 36 and 34 respectively, to keep alive the chance of a history-making all-Williams final. Catherine, David and Simon Briggs (Telegraph) are joined by former ATP pro and BBC 5 Live commentator Jeff Tarango to discuss their extraordinary stories, assess their chances against Angelique Kerber and Elena Vesnina respectively, and to look ahead to the men's quarterfinals on Wednesday. The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with The Telegraph
Jul 4, 2016
Wimbledon Day 8 - Murray Masters Kyrgios; All-Williams Final Is ON! Alastair Eykyn Guests
The supposed 'blockbuster clash' between Andy Murray and Nick Kyrgios turned into a bit of a damp squib as Murray dismissed the Australian's challenge in less than a couple of hours to reach the quarterfinals. Was it all Murray brilliance that led to the straight sets win, or did Kyrgios let himself down? All discussed on the Tennis Podcast. Long-time BBC 5 Live tennis commentator Alastair Eykyn joins Telegraph tennis correspondent Simon Briggs and podcast presenters David Law and Catherine Whitaker to discuss a day known as 'manic Monday' because of the number of high profile matches played in one day. They review a comeback win for Milos Raonic, the excellence of Roger Federer and the potential for an all-Williams women's final at Wimbledon. The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with Telegraph Sport.
Jul 3, 2016
Wimbledon Peoples' Sunday - Has Kyrgios Come Of Age? Murray Next
Nick Kyrgios finished the job against Feliciano Lopez on Sunday to set up a blockbuster clash in the last 16 on Monday, and afterwards it felt as if he is finally coming of age. Kyrgios was imperious in blunting the serve-volley game of Lopez, and then ditched his normally combative, tetchy demeanour in the post-match press conference to inform, entertain and amuse the assembled media. Telegraph Tennis Correspondent Simon Briggs joined Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport) and David Law (BBC 5 Live) to discuss his performance, both on court and in the press conference, and to assess how they think Kyrgios vs. Murray will go. The progress of Serena Williams is also covered, with the draws dissected ahead of Manic Monday, when all of the last 16 matches in both singles draws will be played. The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with Telegraph Sport.
Jul 2, 2016
Wimbledon Day 6 - Djokovic Dethroned; Calendar Slam Hopes End
After a seismic Saturday at Wimbledon, the defending champion and three-time winner, Novak Djokovic was dethroned after a four-set defeat against Sam Querrey of the United States. Four Grand Slam tournaments in a row and two legs of the calendar Slam down, to see Djokovic lose in the first week of a major tournament sent shock waves through the tennis world. The Telegraph's Tennis Correspondent Simon Briggs joined Catherine Whitaker and David Law to wade through it all, discuss the size of the shock, and the possible reasons for it. Plus, what does this now mean for Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Milos Raonic? Who will end up benefiting most? The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with Telegraph Sport.
Jul 1, 2016
Wimbledon Day 5 - Djokovic 2 Down But Not Out; Todd Woodbridge: 'That Was Kyrgios' Strongest Mental Performance Yet'
Novak Djokovic is in big trouble - down two sets to love against the big-hitting American Sam Querrey - and in the opinion of BBC 5 Live commentator Philip Studd, who was sitting just a few feet from the World No.1 as he struggled, the end is nigh for the Serbian at Wimbledon when they resume. A dramatic fifth day, in which rain again intervened, is reviewed by presenters David Law and Catherine Whitaker, as well as Charlie Eccleshare from the Telegraph, who was writing about the heroic return of Juan Martin Del Potro. The Argentine courageously overcame Stan Wawrinka in what had been, until Djokovic started to struggle, a major shock. Nine-time Wimbledon doubles champion Todd Woodbridge also joins the show to describe the five-set victory of Nick Kyrgios over Dustin Brown as 'the strongest mental performance of his career'. But how does Woodbridge thing Kyrgios would do if he met Andy Murray in the fourth round? The Tennis Podcast is a free, downloadable tennis radio show which...
Jun 30, 2016
Wimbledon Day 4 - Muguruza Crashes; Upsets Galore; Clare Balding Guests
After two days of rain, Wimbledon enjoyed a festival of matches while playing catch-up, and the seeds were falling all over the place on Thursday. Garbine Muguruza went from French Open champion to second round loser at Wimbledon in the space of a few weeks in the biggest upset of the tournament so far. To talk about everything, Catherine Whitaker and David Law are joined by BBC television presenter Clare Balding, who has spent more than two decades covering Wimbledon. The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with Telegraph Sport.
Jun 29, 2016
Wimbledon Day 3 - Willis Wins Wimbledon Hearts; Federer Prevails; Djokovic Cruises, Konta Canters
Hearts were won on Centre Court on day 3, but for once, not by seven-time champion Roger Federer. His opponent Marcus Willis, ranked 772 in the world, only won seven games, but the combination of his wide-eyed, cheeky-chappie, smiley reaction to getting his Centre Court opportunity was a breath of fresh of air. Catherine Whitaker and David Law are joined by the Telegraph's Charlie Eccleshare and BBC 5 Live's Philip Studd to discuss it all. Plus, how did Novak Djokovic look? What about the other Brits - Konta, Evans and Watson? And find out what happened when David bumped into umpires Mohamed lahyani and Carlos Barnardes. The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with Telegraph Sport. We will have new shows every night during Wimbledon.
Jun 28, 2016
Wimbledon Day 2 - Serena, Murray off and running; Jonathan Overend guests
Rain intervened on Day 2 at Wimbledon, but not before Serena Williams and Andy Murray began their latest quests for the respective titles. To discuss their progress, the Stan Wawrinka vs. Taylor Fritz match, and to preview the latest instalment of the Marcus Willis fairytale, Catherine Whitaker and David Law are joined by Simon Briggs of the Telegraph and Jonathan Overend from BBC TV. The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with Telegraph Sport.
Jun 27, 2016
Wimbledon Day 1 - Marcus Willis Wonderland; Federer Next
Marcus Willis - British No.23, World No.772 and winner of $64 so far in 2016, faces one of the greatest tennis players ever to pick up a racquet - Roger Federer - in the second round of Wimbledon, and The Tennis Podcast team couldn’t wait to talk about it. Gigi Salmon tells us what it was like to be in amongst the Court 17 crowd, describing the Willis victory scenes for BBC Radio 5 Live. Annabel Croft drops by to share the stories she’s heard about Willis, and to reveal that Garbine Muguruza is a heck of a cook. And presenters David Law and Catherine Whitaker review the rest of eventful opening day in which James Ward performed creditably against Novak Djokovic, Dan Evans won well, and Federer found a way past Guido Pella, eventually. The team also preview day 2 at Wimbledon, when Andy Murray will face Liam Broady, Serena Williams makes her bow, and an ‘aggro-fest’ is expected between Nick Kyrgios and Radek Stepanek. The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with...
Jun 26, 2016
Wimbledon 2016 - Preview; Draws; Djokovic, Murray, Federer, Serena, Muguruza, Brits
Wimbledon is here, the draws are out and The Tennis Podcast team is here to preview the fortnight. Catherine Whitaker and David Law are joined by Simon Briggs, the Telegraph’s Tennis Correspondent, and all three concur on who they see winning the Wimbledon title on the men’s side, with a few disagreements along the way. On the women’s side, no-one seems to agree on anything. There’s the fairytale run of Marcus Willis, ranked No.775, who has won through 6 matches to make the main draw, and 15 British players in total. The team agree that things are moving in the right direction. The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with Telegraph Sport. We will have shows every day during Wimbledon.
Jun 19, 2016
Queen's Day 7 - Andy Murray Makes History With Title No.5; Ivan Lendl; Rick Astley
Andy Murray made history on Sunday with a stunning fightback win against Milos Raonic to become the first five-time winner of the Aegon Championships at The Queen's Club. Catherine Whitaker and Gigi Salmon were there to review it all for the Tennis Podcast. They spoke to Murray's coach Ivan Lendl straight afterwards, and the No.1 Album artist Rick Astley, who was in the crowd to watch. The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with The Telegraph.
Jun 18, 2016
Queen's Day 6 - Simon Briggs Joins Catherine & Gigi to Preview Murray vs Raonic & Lendl vs McEnroe
Following the semi final victories of Andy Murray and Milos Raonic, Telegraph Tennis Correspondent Simon Briggs joins Catherine Whitaker and Gigi Salmon to look ahead to the pair's first ever grass court meeting in the final of the 2016 Aegon Championships. Not only will we see Murray bidding for a record breaking fifth Queen's title and Raonic bidding for a precious first, but we'll also see Ivan Lendl vs John McEnroe in the coach's box for the very first time. The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with The Telegraph.
Jun 17, 2016
Queen's Day 5 - McEnroe, Becker, Hewitt, Emerson Guest As Murray Edges Edmund
It was one of the most special days in the history of the Aegon Championships on Friday, with four of the tournament's eight four-time champions present to receive replica trophies in front of a packed Centre Court crowd. Roy Emerson, John McEnroe, Boris Becker and Lleyton Hewitt all talked to The Tennis Podcast about their memories, and McEnroe gives his early impressions about coaching, which he appears to have taken to well. There's also a preview of the semifinals, which pit Andy Murray against Marin Cilic, and Milos Raonic vs. Bernard Tomic. The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with The Telegraph.
Jun 16, 2016
Queen's Day 4 - Leon Smith Previews Murray vs. Edmund; Bernard Tomic; Kelsey Anderson - Tennis Wife On Tour; Nick Matthew - Squash vs. Tennis
As the Aegon Championships at The Queen’s Club prepares for its first all-British quarterfinal in the Open era, The Tennis Podcast welcomes Davis Cup captain Leon Smith onto the show. Does Kyle Edmund stand a chance against Andy Murray? They faced off in a first-to-ten-point tie-break at an event called Tie Break Tens at the Royal Albert Hall in December. Edmund won it 10-7, and Smith feels he has a puncher’s chance. Presenters Catherine Whitaker and Gigi Salmon also speak to Bernard Tomic, Kevin Anderson’s wife, Kelsey, and Nick Matthew - the only British man to win a Squash world title. *The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with The Telegraph.*
Jun 15, 2016
Queen's Day 3 - Peter Fleming On John McEnroe The Coach; Jamie Murray; And Jeremy Clarkson - Tennis Fan
What will John McEnroe be like as a coach? We ask Peter Fleming. The tall, blonde-haired American won four Wimbledon doubles titles alongside McEnroe over a five-year period between 1979 and 1984, and knows him better than just about anyone. Fleming is a special guest on the Tennis Podcast from the Aegon Championships. We also hear from Jamie Murray - World No.1 doubles players - and former Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson, who reveals why he loves tennis so much. The Tennis Podcast at The Queen's Club is presented by Catherine Whitaker and Gigi Salmon, and is produced in association with The Telegraph.
Jun 15, 2016
Queen's Day 2 - Lendl Returns; Goran Gives Rain Advice; Chelsea Goalkeeper On The Show
Ivan Lendl arrived to resume his coaching role with Andy Murray after a two year absence, and the British Number One edged his way past Nicolas Mahut. On the Tennis Podcast, recorded at the Aegon Championships, Catherine Whitaker and Gigi Salmon convened to exchange stories from the side of the practice court where Murray and Lendl got the old band back together. Special guest Goran Ivanisevic joined the show to explain how to cope during rain delays - after all, this is the man that won a three-day Wimbledon semifinal against Tim Henman. We also hear from the Chelsea goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, who was supporting his good friend, Stan Wawrinka. The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with The Telegraph.
Jun 13, 2016
Queen's Day 1 - Krajicek On The Coaching Role He Craved; Raonic Plays 'Which Art Gallery?'; Dimitrov's Love Affair With Queen's
It was a frustrating, rain-interrupted day at The Aegon Championships, but that hasn't stopped The Tennis Podcast team hunting down the biggest names for a chat. It's 20 years since Richard Krajicek won the Wimbledon title, but as well as looking annoyingly young at 44, he's also thrilled to be back on the road, this time as a coach. As he tells Catherine Whitaker, he has craved a coaching role for more than a decade, and now he has the chance to make an impact on grass with Stan Wawrinka. Milos Raonic Plays 'Which Art Gallery?' with Gigi Salmon, and Grigor Dimitrov explains the reasons for his love affair with The Queen's Club. The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with The Telegraph.
Jun 12, 2016
Queen's Preview - Andy Murray On Lendl, Cooking & A Good Night Out; DAVID BECKHAM INTERVIEW!
As clay turned to grass, Andy Murray turned to Ivan Lendl, the man that helped him to his Wimbledon, US Open and Olympic titles. In the first of our podcasts from the Aegon Championships at The Queen's Club, we talk to Murray about his reasons for reuniting with the former World Number One. Murray also tells us about his cooking skills, and what listeners should do for a good night out in London. Oh, and David Beckham joins us to tell us about his tennis-playing son, and how he embarrassed he felt when he walked in on an interview with Kyle Edmund.
Jun 11, 2016
Maria Sharapova podcast
A two-year suspension, a 33-page document, and a tennis world in shock. That was the result of a hearing into Maria Sharapova's failed doping test. Here's an emergency Tennis Podcast that discusses it.
Jun 6, 2016
French Open - Djokovic Makes History, How Many More Will He Win? Muguruza Comes Of Age; Serena - Still On For The Record?
He’s only the third man to hold all four Grand Slam titles at the same time, just two behind Rafael Nadal on 14, and five behind Roger Federer on 17, but where will Novak Djokovic end up when his career finally comes to a close? In a Tennis Podcast to review the men’s and women’s French Open finals, we flash back to when presenter David Law interviewed Federer in August 2010, while the great man was the same age as Djokovic is now (29), and on 16 Grand Slam titles. Law asked Federer if he would be satisfied with another three major titles over the five years that followed. Hear what Federer had to say. So, where was Djokovic’s final against Andy Murray won and lost? And how big an impact has his coaching team, led by Boris Becker, had? All discussed on the latest podcast. The rise of Garbine Muguruza to Grand Slam champion is also covered, as is the pursuit of 22 major titles by Serena Williams. Will she finally get over the line at Wimbledon? Co-host Catherine Whitaker goe…
Jun 3, 2016
French Open Finals - Serena vs. Muguruza; Djokovic vs. Murray
Andy Murray is trying to be the first British man in 81 years to win the French Open, Djokovic will try to complete a career Grand Slam on Sunday, Garbine Muguruza is after her first ever major title, and Serena Williams is trying to tie Steffi Graf on 22. The only prediction anyone can make with confidence is that tennis is in for an emotional weekend. After a day packed with semifinals, tennis broadcasters Catherine Whitaker and David Law convened for a Tennis Podcast which reviewed a scintillating performance from Murray to knock out defending champion Stan Wawrinka, and assess his chances in the final. We hear from Grand Slam champions Mats Wilander and Thomas Johansson, and Wimbledon runner-up Mark Philippoussis about what they see as the keys to victory for Murray against Djokovic. In the women’s final, the physical condition of Serena Williams is discussed - she was revealed to have an ‘adductor injury’ after her semifinal win over Kiki Bertens. And we talk about her..…
1 hr 6 min
May 30, 2016
French Open - Week 2 Starts With Washout; John McEnroe - Super Coach; What Now For Nadal? Djokovic, Murray
After play was called off for the day because of bad weather on Monday, the Telegraph’s Tennis Correspondent Simon Briggs joined Catherine Whitaker to discuss week one and look ahead to week two. Will the tournament get back on track, or is a third Monday in store? What does the future look like for Rafael Nadal after his shock withdrawal because of a wrist injury? What will new super-coach John McEnroe bring to the career of Milos Raonic? How is Andy Murray looking now that he has got his tournament back on track? And who is Shelby Rogers, and how did she get to the quarterfinals? Whitaker and Briggs wade through it all, before wading back to their respective hotels. *The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with The Telegraph.*
May 26, 2016
French Open - Marathon Man Murray Discussed; First Two Rounds Reviewed
Andy Murray was one of the favourites for the title a week ago, but after two five-set epics against players ranked outside the world's Top 100, does he still have a chance of going all the way? Catherine Whitaker is joined by the Telegraph's Tennis Correspondent Simon Briggs to discuss an eventful first five days in Paris. The Murray/Mauresmo situation is detailed, Murray's travails covered, and Briggs assesses whether the British player still needs to find a Super Coach or not. And what of Djokovic, Nadal, Serena and Azarenka after first two rounds? *The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with The Telegraph.*
May 20, 2016
French Open - The Draws! Magnus Norman - How To Beat Novak Djokovic; David Law: 'The French Open Cost Me My A-Levels'
The French Open for 2016 is upon us, the draws have been made, and Catherine Whitaker is in Paris for the fortnight. David Law isn't, but that doesn't stop them getting together to pour over the potential match-ups and make the usual batch of sweeping, and most likely ill conceived predictions. We hear from Magnus Norman, coach to Stan Wawrinka, about how you beat Novak Djokovic in a Grand Slam tournament, from catherine about what Roland Garros is like (full of quiche, apparently) and from David about how the French Open caused him to fail his A-levels. The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with The Telegraph. This preview edition of the Tennis Podcast is sponsored by *Racquet Magazine*, a new, print-only, quarterly tennis magazine which 'does justice to the game we love—from tennis' buccaneering past to its modern global culture'. Find out more: https://goo.gl/d6cgAH.
May 16, 2016
Rome - Murray Masters Djokovic; Martina Navratilova Interview: 'Serena and Djokovic Still The Ones To Beat'; Who To Coach Andy?
Serena Williams had not won a tournament all year, until now, and after lifting the trophy in Rome for a fourth time, Martina Navratilova told The Tennis Podcast that she is still very much the favourite for the French Open title. The great Navratilova also thinks Novak Djokovic is still the one to beat on the men's side, even though Andy Murray's straight sets win over the Serb in the Rome final will have given hope to the rest. Presenters Catherine Whitaker and David Law convened to discuss the week that was in Rome, the emergence of Madison Keys, and to debate who Murray's next coach will be. It got a bit heated when the subject of Ivan Lendl came up. *The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with The Telegraph. *
May 9, 2016
Madrid - 'This Is The Year Novak Djokovic Wins The French Open'
Novak Djokovic beat Andy Murray for a 12th time in 13 meetings to banish memories of his early loss to Jiri Vesely in Monte Carlo, and our presenter David Law now believes that he will go on to finally land that elusive Roland Garros crown. Law is joined by Catherine Whitaker from Madrid, who witness the Djokovic express close up in a final that became increasingly intriguing as it went on. There’s also talk of Simona Halep’s title win, the returning Serena Williams in Rome, and a poll about who is now favourite for the women’s title at the French Open in a few weeks time. *The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with The Telegraph. *
May 2, 2016
Four years of conversation between BBC 5 Live and BT Sportcommentator David Law and Eurosport Catherine Whitaker have led tothis point - the 200th edition of The Tennis Podcast. In it, we hear Catherine cringe as a snippet of episodes 1 and 2are played out, Roger Federer’s explanation for why he has pulledout of Madrid and his assessment of his clay court career, anddebate about Grigor Dimitrov, who made headlines with a spectacularon-court meltdown in Istanbul. Where to next for the man that hasoccupied the airwaves so often on the Tennis Podcast? There’s also Dan Evans discussion - he finally broke into theworld’s Top 100, and we mark, out of ten, how concerned we shouldbe about Federer’s recent injuries. *The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with TelegraphSport.* * *
Apr 24, 2016
Barcelona, Stuttgart - Nadal Roll Continues; Kerber - Leicester City Of Tennis; Jo Durie
Another week, another significant step for Rafael Nadal. His 49th clay court title, his ninth Barcelona crown (to go with his nine Monte Carlo and Roland Garros victories), and the ever-growing feeling that he is back to his best. Catherine and David convene to reflect on his week, to talk about Angelique Kerber's win in Stuttgart, the rise of Laura Siegemund, and to remember the day that Roger Federer was given a cow to mark his first Wimbledon title. There is also an exclusive interview with Jo Durie, former World No.5 and two-time Grand Slam semifinalist. She talks about what it's like to lead a French Open semifinal by a set a a break, how she once played Pictionary in the locker-room with Chris Evert & Martina Navratilova, and what she thinks Jo Konta's future will hold. *The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with Telegraph Sport. *
1 hr 12 min
Apr 17, 2016
Monte Carlo - Nadal Is Back!
After a three-year absence, Rafael Nadal is back in the winner's circle in Monte Carlo, making it title No.9 in the process. After a week spent sunning herself in the principality, Catherine Whitaker describes the scenes she saw from courtside, and provides interview clips from Nadal, Monfils, Federer, Murray, and the conqueror of Novak Djokovic - Jiri Vesely. Talking with David Law, who was not in Monte Carlo, the pair discuss the significance of Nadal's win and Djokovic's defeat, review a stunning Fed Cup weekend, and play #WhatWasThePointInWinning in tribute to Vesely. The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with Telegraph Sport.
Apr 10, 2016
Monte Carlo - Federer looked at me and said 'How come I lose all the close matches?'
One of the longest-running and most glamorous tennis tournaments on the calendar is about to get underway in Monte Carlo. Catherine Whitaker is there, as are the best male players in the world. David Law isn’t (and boy is he letting everyone know about it…). That hasn’t stopped them getting together for a Tennis Podcast, nor has it prevented David from telling a story about how he once shared an elevator with Federer, moments after the great man, then only a teenager, had lost 7-5 in the third. ‘Why do I always lose the close matches?’ Federer asked. Find out what David said in response. Other Monte Carlo memories are discussed, the upcoming week is previewed, and we hear from Federer ahead of his return from surgery. Novak Djokovic also talks about his quest for that elusive first French Open, and Rafael Nadal explains how he thinks there is very little pressure when you keep on winning. We also hear your tennis ‘bucket lists’, and whether you prefer red, blue or gree…
Apr 4, 2016
Miami - Who Can Stop A Djokovic 'Golden Slam'?; Serena - Beginning Of The End?; Federer's Love Of WWE
Novak Djokovic completed his fourth Indian Wells / Miami double, won a record 28th Masters 1000 title, and prompted the question of whether there is anyone or anything that can stand between him and a Golden Grand Slam in 2016. David Law and Catherine Whitaker convene to discuss who, when and where someone might get in his way after the World No.1 continued his global dominance. Victoria Azarenka also won her second successive big title, raising further questions over the form of Serena Williams. At 34, is this the beginning of the end for one of the greatest players of all time? Also, what’s been wrong with Andy Murray over the past few weeks? And with John Isner revealing that Roger Federer is a fan of the WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment), David remembers the late 90’s when Federer would do locker-room impersonations of American wrestling stars. The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with The Telegraph.
Mar 28, 2016
Jamie Murray No.1; Miami Memories; Your Rubbish Predictions
Four years ago, Jamie Murray had more doubles partners than months in a year, couldn’t reach the final of a futures tournament in Loughborough and looked as if he was going to retire. Now, he’s the World No.1 In the latest Tennis Podcast, Catherine Whitaker and David Law discuss his huge, history-making achievement, and that of Jo Konta and Heather Watson reaching the last 16 in Miami. There’s a recap of the events that have followed since Novak Djokovic sparked an equal prize money debate a week ago, discussion of a rare occurrence - Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer withdrawing from a tournament through ill health, and memories of Miami, which used to be called the 5th Slam. And listeners and presenters come together for a cathartic admission of their most rubbish tennis predictions, including ‘I picked Ryan Harrison for Top 10’, ‘I said Roger Federer would retire in 2008’, and ‘I thought Novak Djokovic would be a one-slam wonder’. Oops. The Tennis Podcast is produ…
Mar 20, 2016
Indian Wells - Djokovic Sparks Equal Prize Money Debate After Winning Title; Raymond Moore Comments Reaction; Azarenka Beats Serena; Jez Green Interview
On a day when we expected to be headlining with Azarenka’s win over Serena Williams, instead all the talk was of Indian Wells Tournament Director Raymond Moore’s astonishing comments about the women’s game, and a response from Novak Djokovic that reopened the equal prize money debate. David Law and Catherine Whitaker review what was said by whom, and react to it. Does Djokovic have a point? Is it time the debate was put to bed by making tennis equal pay for equal play? Or is it just too depressing for words that equality isn’t simply seen as the right thing in 2016? The wins of Azarenka and Djokovic are also discussed, as is the resurgence of Rafael Nadal. In an exclusive interview, we also talk to Jez Green, the man that helped to make Andy Murray the physical juggernaut he is today, and who is now in charge of the fitness of 18-year-old German prodigy Alexander Zverev. *The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with The Telegraph.*
Mar 14, 2016
Interview - ATP Boss Chris Kermode; Sharapova latest; Venus' Indian Wells Return
It’s been a turbulent couple of months for the boss of men’s tennis - ATP Executive Chairman and President Chris Kermode, who is a guest on this week’s Tennis Podcast, which is produced in association with the Telegraph. An investigative report into suspicious betting patterns by the BBC and Buzzfeed led to allegations of match-fixing on the eve of the Australian Open in January, an independent review was hastily called by Kermode and the other governing bodies to look at make-up, funding and performance of the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU), and then the sport’s anti-doping process was thrown into the spotlight last week following Maria Sharapova’s revelation about a positive drug-test. In a wide-ranging, 30-minute interview, Kermode, who has just been re-elected for a further three years, tells David Law about how the independent review into the TIU will work, how players are kept up-to-date with changes to the anti-doping banned list, and how the sport needs to educate the…
1 hr 10 min
Mar 7, 2016
Maria Sharapova Bombshell; Murray & Djokovic on Davis Cup Collision Course; Bud Collins - A Tribute
She was expected to announce her retirement, but instead Maria Sharapova revealed even more shocking news in a Los Angeles press conference - she had tested positive for the banned substance meldonium, which she said she had been taking for ten years for a health condition, but which had been added to the banned list at the start of 2016. In the latest Tennis Podcast, you can hear Sharapova's statement in full, and presenters David Law and Catherine Whitaker discuss the implications for Sharapova and the sport. Also, with Andy Murray finally subduing Kei Nishikori after 4 hours and 54 minutes, and Novak Djokovic coming back from two sets to one down in Belgrade, the pair could be on a collision course in the Davis Cup quarterfinals in July. Is Murray's decision to prioritise the Davis Cup a sign that the media has been under-appreciating the completion all along? And will Djokovic put his hand up for the quarterfinals in this jam-packed Olympic year? Finally, the Tennis...
Mar 1, 2016
Andy Murray On Fatherhood, 10 Years At The Top, And Plans To Play Into His Mid-30's
*Andy Murray On Fatherhood, 10 Years At The Top, And Plans To Play Into His Mid-30's* Andy Murray has just become a father, celebrated ten years since his first ATP title, and now returns to work to start the defence of the Davis Cup, which Britain won in November. In an exclusive interview, Murray talks to Catherine Whitaker on the Tennis Podcast about his relief at arriving home from Australia in time for the birth of his daughter, Sophia, his hour on the phone with coach and fellow new-parent Amelie Mauresmo, and his memories of that first ATP title in San Jose. As he explains, it was his first trip anywhere with Kim Sears, the woman that would become his wife. How did it feel to see his brother Jamie win a Grand Slam doubles title? How will he organise his year with the Olympics to consider? And how long does he see himself playing for? Murray answers them all in this week’s show. Presenters Catherine Whitaker, David Law and Stephen Farrow, Aegon Championships...
Feb 22, 2016
Comebacks Special - Agassi, Seles, Capriati ... Borg
Inspired by the returning Juan Martin del Potro, BBC 5 Live and BT Sport commentator David Law, and Eurosport presenter Catherine Whitaker discuss the most memorable tennis comebacks of all time - those that turned out well, and those that didn't Hear about Seles returning from being stabbed. Agassi's response to plummeting to 141 in the world. Capriati being irrelevant in the game for 5 years and returning to win Slams. Clijsters having a baby and then winning big. And many more. The Tennis Podcast is produce in association with Telegraph Sport.
Feb 15, 2016
Will Federer or Nadal Ever Win Another Major Title? Kerber - Is This The Start Or The End Of Her Slam Success? Gerald Williams - A Tribute
Roger Federer has won more Grand Slam singles titles (17), and spent more weeks as World No.1 than anyone in history. Rafael Nadal has won 14 major wins, including 9 French Open crowns, and Olympic singles gold. But is that it? Will either win another major title in their careers? The Tennis Podcast team (BBC 5 Live and BT Sport commentator David Law, and Eurosport commentator Catherine Whitaker) convened to debate the issue and ask for listener’s opinions in a poll. The results were not what they expected. Also, will Angelique Kerber back up her Australian Open title with further big wins? Which is more likely - a single Andy Murray major title in 2016, or a Novak Djokovic golden Grand Slam (Olympic gold and all four Grand Slam singles titles?). Both are debated in the latest episode. The podcast team also welcomes veteran broadcaster and writer Richard Evans on to the show to pay tribute to the late tennis, commentator Gerald Williams. The Tennis Podcast is produced...
Feb 9, 2016
Aus Open highlights, lowlights; Fed Cup fever; SIX Top 100 GB players
After running the podcast single-handed for a fortnight of the Australian Open, David Law is rejoined by TV's Catherine Whitaker to share notes about what went on in Melbourne. Catherine reveals the tears that flowed in the Eurosport studios, her highlights and lowlights of the tournament, and her concern that it will take 'a Soderling moment' to provide a different Grand Slam male champion. A fabulous Fed Cup weekend is reviewed, but is there something we can do to make the thing more easily understood? We talk about Great Britain boasting six players in the singles Top 100 for the first time in three decades, and discuss Rafael Nadal, who has signed up to return to the Aegon Championships at The Queen's Club in June. The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with The Telegraph.
Jan 31, 2016
Aus Open Finals - Djokovic Joins Laver, Borg; Serena Shocked By Kerber; Jamie Murray Ends 82-year wait
Novak Djokovic made it Grand Slam title No.11 to draw level with Rod Laver and Bjorn Borg, and afterwards Simon Briggs of the Telegraph and Sports Illustrated's Jon Wertheim joined David Law to talk about it. It was straight sets for Djokovic over Murray, but not straightforward, and the trio discussed whether Boris Becker or Ivan Lendl were the biggest reasons for the shift in power in the Djokovic/Murray rivalry. Meanwhile, after Angelique Kerber made her dreams come true by winning her first major title, the podcast team assess the state of mind of Serena Williams. *The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with The Telegraph. *
Jan 30, 2016
Aus Open Men's Final Preview - Goran Ivanisevic: 'Djokovic Could Break Every Record'; BBC 5 Live Team Make The Case For Murray
Ahead of the Australian Open men's final between Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, the BBC Radio 5 Live commentary team get together to assess the chances of Murray in his fifth attempt at winning the title. In the final he faces the ultimate challenge, the 'Everest' of tennis, in the form of Novak Djokovic. Goran Ivanisevic talks to the pod team to explain why it is such a nightmare trying to coach against him. In his opinion, Djokovic can break all records. The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with Telegraph Sport.
Jan 29, 2016
Aus Open Day 12 - Murray Outlasts Raonic; Can He Scale Mount Djokovic? Serena Set To Match Steffi
It took 5 sets and more than 4 hours, but Andy Murray finally set up another final against Novak Djokovic after defeating Milos Raonic at the Australian Open, and the Tennis Podcast team got together afterwards to discuss it. The Telegraph’s Chief Sports Feature Writer Oliver Brown joined Tennis Correspondent Simon Briggs and BBC 5 Live commentator David Law to talk about how Murray came back from two sets to one, marvel at the tennis shown by Raonic, and wonder whether there’s any way Murray can beat Djokovic in the final. Plus, with Serena Williams aiming to match the exploits of Steffi Graf by winning a 22nd Grand Slam, they assess the chances of Graf’s compatriot Angelique Kerber in keeping Williams at bay. *The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with The Telegraph.*
Jan 28, 2016
Australian Open Day 11 - Djokovic's Best Ever Performance? Konta Journey Ends; Serena Marches On
Novak Djokovic was Boris Becker-like in his presence in the Australian Open semifinals on Thursday night, and despite a spirited Roger Federer fightback, it was Djokovic who reached yet another Grand Slam final. David Law is joined by Telegraph Sport's Simon Briggs to talk it through, before going on to discuss the journey of Johanna Konta, which finally came to an end at the Australian Open in the semifinals. Plus, Serena Williams was a destructive as ever. And, with Andy Murray due to take on Milos Raonic of Canada, we hear from Murray's coach of last year - Jonas Bjorkman - and Carlos Moya, the man guiding Raonic in 2016. The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with The Telegraph.
Jan 26, 2016
Aus Open Day 9 - Federer vs. Djokovic 45 Is Coming! Serena Swats Sharapova Aside; Azarenka - Chris Clarey's Take
Everything went to form on day nine at the Australian Open, with victory for Serena over Sharapova, and wins for Federer and Djokovic. It all means that a dream semifinal between Federer and Djokovic - the 45th match between them - will take place on Thursday. Who will win? David Law and special guest Chris Clarey of the New York Times break it down, and the conclusion might surprise you. And what about Victoria Azarenka? Blazing through the draw, the Belorussian is the second best player in the world we think, but can she beat Serena? And what is she really like? Chris Clarey lets us know.
Jan 24, 2016
Australian Open Day 7 - Woodbridge on Tomic, Kyrgios; Corretja on Moya/Raonic; Durie on Konta
After a stressful middle Saturday, in which the coach of Ana Ivanovic (Nigel Sears) was taken ill but since discharged from hospital, his son-in-law Andy Murray can look ahead to a fourth round clash with Bernard Tomic. We speak to Todd Woodbridge about Tomic - what makes him tick? What does he need to do to break the Top Ten? Woodbridge tells us. And what about Nick Kyrgios? We get a view from the great Australian doubles player on that, too. Meanwhile, another fourth round blockbuster is Stan Wawrinka vs. Milos Raonic. We talk to Alex Corretja about Raonic's new coach, Carlos Moya. And with Jo Konta on the brink of reaching a first Grand Slam quarterfinal, we hear from the last British woman to do it - Jo Durie.
Jan 21, 2016
Australian Open Day 4 - Darren Cahill on Lleyton Hewitt - 'Australia's Greatest Davis Cup Player Ever'; Colin Fleming talks Andy Murray, fatherhood and doubles chemistry
After an emotional night when Lleyton Hewitt's 20-year career came to an end, his first coach Darren Cahill joins BBC 5 Live tennis commentator David Law on the Tennis Podcast to discuss his fabulous career. Cahill remembers the 12-year-old that turned up at his door 'dressed in Agassi gear' and says that he was already a pro, even at that age. Memories of Hewitt's greatest achievements are discussed, what he was like to coach, and what Cahill thinks we can expect of Hewitt the coach. Craig Willis, the Australian Open's on-court announcer, is another special guest, as is Great Britain doubles player Colin Fleming, who lets us know what Andy Murray is in for in trying to be a tennis playing father.
Jan 19, 2016
Australian Open - Pat Rafter: "Hewitt Is The Greatest Battler Ever"; Leon Smith Talks Nadal's Defeat and British Success; Simon Briggs Reviews the suspected match-fixing stories
After Monday’s allegations of suspected match-fixing, Telegraph Sport’s Simon Briggs joins Tennis Podcast presenter David Law (BBC 5 Live) to give his view on the situation, review a day in which Johanna Konta beat Venus Williams, and Andy Murray cruised through in style against Alex Zverev. Pat Rafter, a two-time Australian Open champion, also joins the show to reminisce about Lleyton Hewitt, who is playing in his final tournament. And Great Britain Davis Cup captain Leon Smith reviews a day in which Rafael Nadal and Simona Halep both crashed out.
Jan 16, 2016
Australian Open preview - 'Andy Murray Has The Perfect Draw'; Marcos Baghdatis 10 Years On; Bye Bye Lleyton
The Australian Open draw is out, and so is The Tennis Podcast, dissecting and previewing what is to come over the next fortnight. Catherine Whitaker is in the UK to present the tournament’s Highlights Show on Eurosport, David Law is in Melbourne for BBC Radio 5 Live, and so is the Telegraph’s correspondent Simon Briggs. Andy Murray was drawn in the opposite half of the draw to Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, meaning he can only face one of them. According to Simon Briggs, Murray has the ideal draw. It’s not just an opinion, Briggs has crunched the numbers. ‘Mathematically, Murray has the perfect draw,” Briggs tells The Tennis Podcast. “He is scheduled play lowest possible seed in all four rounds leading up to the final (R3 - No.32 Joao Sousa, R4 - No.16 Bernard Tomic, QF - No.8 David Ferrer, SF - No.4 Stan Wawrinka). The odds of that happening are 256-1. He had some rough draws last year, but if he doesn’t do well this time we certainly can not blame the draw - he…
Jan 12, 2016
Australian Open Run-up - Djokovic Dominant; Rafa Rocked; Raonic Ready; Vintage Vika
With Catherine back from Doha, and David about to set off to Melbourne, the Putney Exchange shopping centre once again plays host to half an hour of chat about the latest goings-on in the tennis world. When Novak Djokovic thrashed Rafael Nadal in Doha, Catherine didn't know where to look. When Victoria Azarenka rolled back the years in Brisbane, did she become the favourite for the title? And was the win of Milos Raonic over Roger Federer a taste of things to come? It's all discussed here on The Tennis Podcast, in association with The Telegraph. Meanwhile, Andy Murray signs up to play in the Aegon Championships at Queen's Club, where he will go for a record fifth title.
Jan 4, 2016
2016 Preview; Kyle Edmund interview: Training with Murray, new goals, and not celebrating his birthday
In the first Tennis Podcast of 2016, Catherine Whitaker is in Doha (for BeIn Sports), David Law is in London (for BT Sport) and they both come together to preview the new season. Will Andy Murray ever be World No.1? Will Agnieszka Radwanska ever win a Grand Slam title? And what next for Kyle Edmund, who made such a splash in the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas final, and then won Tie Break Tens. Catherine speaks to him to find out. The awarding of SI Sports Person of the Year to Serena Williams is also discussed, as is the off-season coaching carousel.
Dec 14, 2015
Tennis Podcast Awards 2015 - With Alan Mills
After 12 months of tennis, 85 episodes of The Tennis Podcast, and some incredible highlights, the 2015 season has come to a close. In our final show of the year, Catherine and David debate the 2015 Tennis Podcast Awards, with the final verdict from special guest Alan Mills - the Wimbledon Referee of 23 years. Who is the Player of the Year, The Most Improved, and who had the most spectacular hairstyle (good or bad)? Merry Christmas one and all, thanks for listening, and have a happy new year!
Dec 5, 2015
John McEnroe - Smiling More Can Help Murray Beat Djokovic
Tennis Legend John McEnroe speaks exclusively to the Tennis Podcast about Andy Murray's Davis Cup win, 2016 hopes and why he believes one of the secrets to beating Djokovic is to smile more.
Dec 3, 2015
Jamie Murray - Davis Cup glory, best year yet, and a new partner for 2016
In the bowels of the iconic Royal Albert Hall Jamie Murray settles in for an exclusive chat with The Tennis Podcast. Has the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas win sunk in yet? How nervous was he during that doubles rubber? And what are his plans for the off-season ahead of teaming with Bruno Soares? This is the only place to find out. The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with The Telegraph.
Nov 29, 2015
Davis Cup Final Day Three - 79 Years Of Hurt Are Over; Britain Are Champions
Great Britain has won the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas, completing a journey from the brink of Division 4 - Euro Africa Zone 3 - to lifting the cup in the space of just five years. Telegraph Tennis Correspondent Simon Briggs joins David Law review the final, talk about its significance for the legacy and future of Andy Murray, and Jeremy Bates - the first man ever to pick Andy Murray for a Davis Cup team - remembers what Murray was like in that very firs tie.
Nov 28, 2015
Davis Cup Final Day Two - Henri Leconte & Chris Bradnam
Great Britain is one Andy Murray victory away from winning a first Davis Cup by BNP Paribas in 79 years, and after a thrilling doubles rubber, David is joined by Eurosport commentator Chris Bradnam and Davis Cup winner Henri Leconte to review day two. Leconte, meanwhile remembers how he helped France to victory over the United States in 1991. Barely able to walk, he was coaxed off his chair by Yannick Noah, and trained himself into fighting condition to down Pete Sampras.
Nov 27, 2015
Davis Cup Final Day One - Guests Simon Reed & Colin Fleming
After an intriguing first two rubbers of the Davis Cup final between Belgium and GB, David is joined by Eurosport commentator Simon Reed, and pundit Colin Fleming to dissect the ins and outs of day one, including a standout two sets from Kyle Edmund. The trio analyse Edmund's performance, as well as Andy Murray's efforts against Ruben Bemelmens to level the tie at 1-1. Plus the trio look ahead to Saturday's all-important doubles rubber.
Nov 26, 2015
Davis Cup Final Preview - Andy Murray 'Pumped'; Goffin Ready; Edmund To Make Debut In Final
After a week of uncertainty, the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas final is all set to take place in Ghent, Belgium, and The Tennis Podcast brings you the lowdown from courtside on the day that the draw was made. Joining presenter David Law were the Telegraph’s Tennis Correspondent Simon Briggs and British Eurosport presenter Rob Curling to discuss the news that Kyle Edmund will make his debut (IN THE FINAL!), and Andy Murray will open against the unheralded Ruben Bemelmans. What has the atmosphere been like in Belgium with all that has been going on? What are the strategies behind the team selections, and who will win? We also hear from a ‘pumped’ Murray, and Paul Hutchins - the captain of the team when Britain last reached the final in 1978. The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with Telegraph Sport and supported by BNP Paribas, the bank for a changing world. www.wearetennis.com
Nov 22, 2015
ATP World Tour Finals Review; Novak Djokovic & One of the Best Ever Tennis Seasons
Amid the dismantling of the O2 Arena tennis court, David & Catherine meet to digest a fascinating World Tour Finals ending in the 'Groundhog Day scenario' of an emphatic Novak Djokovic victory. So has this been the most dominant ever tennis season from one individual? And will the Serb remain as dominant in 2016? Plus we discuss a breakthrough week for Rafael Nadal, and look ahead to the Davis Cup Final, the staging of which is currently mired in doubt and fear due to the terror alert in the Belgian capital.
Nov 13, 2015
ATP World Tour Finals Preview, Predictions, Gossip; Tim Henman Is Going To The Davis Cup Final, As a Fan!
The draw has been made, the groups are set, and the ATP World Tour Finals are about to get underway. So, it’s time for a pre-tournament Tennis Podcast to talk it over. David Law and Catherine Whitaker pick their semifinalists, finalists and champion. And in an interview conducted with Tim Henman a few weeks ago, we discover that the great man will be at the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas final, as a fan!
Nov 10, 2015
John McEnroe Predicts GB Victory; Big Four Becomes Big One; Venus Back In Top Ten
With the tennis of Novak Djokovic once again suggesting that the 'Big Four' has become a 'Big One', Andy Murray now takes to the clay to try to balance preparation for the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas final with a need to concentrate on the ATP World Tour Finals at the 02. Phew! John McEnroe tells us about 1978, when he played his first Davis Cup singles rubbers in the final against Great Britain. He also predicts victory for Britain this time. Meanwhile, Catherine and David reveal their tennis wish for 2016. It involves Venus Williams.
Nov 2, 2015
Jedi Radwanska Wins WTA Finals; Federer Conquers Nadal In Basel; American Teens; Off-season Debate
Agnieszka Radwanska is the champion of the 2015 WTA Finals in Singapore, Roger Federer edged Rafael Nadal in the 34th instalment of their rivalry, and Andy Murray has confirmed that he intends to play the ATP World Tour Finals at the 02 Arena. Catherine and David get together to talk it over, and we also hear about a new teenage generation of American players who have a nation expecting. Oh, and Catherine is furious with someone. The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with The Telegraph.
Oct 25, 2015
Marat Safin - Breaking Racquets, Facing Federer, Hall of Fame reaction, Life In Parliament; WTA Finals Preview
Marat Safin is an exclusive guest on the Tennis Podcast this week. The two-time Grand Slam champion talks to our reporter David Lewy at the Kia Motor Champions Cup about facing Federer, his major titles, and the racquets he smashed along the the way. He also gives an insight into his new life in Parliament and explains why he feels Grand Slam titles were harder to win in the era in which he played. Meanwhile, Catherine Whitaker is in Singapore for the WTA Finals and talks to David Law about the vibe ahead of the year-end event.
Oct 19, 2015
Dominant Djokovic - Appreciated but not universally adored. Yet...
After a week where Novak Djokovic won yet another Masters Series title in Shanghai and cemented his place even more firmly as the most dominant player on the ATP World Tour, David & Catherine meet (you guessed it, in the Putney Exchange shopping centre) to discuss his stranglehold over the rest. Is he getting better? How do you stop him? And why he isn’t held in the same esteem as previously dominant players, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal? Other topics from the world of tennis this week include Nick Kyrgios, who is edging closer to triggering a ban after incurring another fine in Shanghai, plus David & Catherine’s thoughts on which, if any, of the current crop of ‘young guns’ is best equipped to pose a future challenge to Djokovic.
Oct 12, 2015
Coaching Andy Murray, by Alex Corretja; Nadal - Has Djokovic Found The Kryptonite?; Muguruza - Slam Winner In 2016
After Novak Djokovic defeated Rafael Nadal for the seventh time in eight meetings, Catherine Whitaker and David Law discuss whether Nadal will ever be a dominant force again. Also in Beijing, Garbine Muguruza emerged triumphant in the WTA Premier Mandatory tournament. Will she win a Grand Slam title in 2016? And, in a week when Catherine was 'swanning around Mallorca' on the ATP Champions Tour, the result was an exclusive interview with Alex Corretja in which he described what it was like to coach Andy Murray. He also reminisces about his first practice session with a 16-year-old Rafael Nadal.
Oct 5, 2015
Serena's Season Ends; Venus Vaults Into Singapore Reckoning; 'Konta Can Be Top 20 By Wimbledon' - Keothavong
After yet more breakthroughs for the new British Number One and World No.49 Jo Konta, fellow BT Sport commentator Anne Keothavong tells David Law that she thinks Konta could make it into the World's Top 20 by Wimbledon 2016. Plus David & Catherine Whitaker debate the future of Serena Williams - how deep an impact will her US Open loss to Vinci prove to have? - and the amazing success of her sister and newly crowned Wuhan Open Champion Venus. All that, plus plenty more talking points, including whether Andy Murray deserves his inclusion in 'The Big 4', and debate over whether Grigor Dimitrov will ever fulfil his potential.
Sep 28, 2015
Andy Murray's Dilemma; The Asian Swing Begins; Time Machine Tennis of a Different Kind
What are the most unbelievable things that have happened in tennis in the last 11 years? And what will happen over the next 11? All discussed by David & a gravelly-voiced Catherine as well as Andy Murray's bold revelation that he may miss the ATP World Tour Finals in order to prepare for the Davis Cup final.
Sep 20, 2015
Davis Cup - Britain into Final For first Time Since 1978; Away To Belgium
Great Britain is into a Davis Cup final for the first time since 1978, and the Tennis Podcast reviews a week in which Andy Murray shouldered his nation’s fortunes successfully, yet again. Telegraph Tennis Correspondent Simon Briggs joins Tennis Podcast presenters David Law (BBC Radio 5 Live) and Catherine Whitaker to talk about Murray’s exploits, carried out, as we discover on the show, with a bad back. Lleyton Hewitt’s glorious Davis Cup playing career also came to an end in Glasgow, and he reflects on 17 years at the top of the sport, while also paying tribute to Murray. Finally, Leon Smith talks exclusively to The Tennis Podcast and says that Dan Evans, Kyle Edmund and James Ward now have to ‘prove why I should pick you’ for the final against Belgium, in Belgium, 27-29 November. Belgium are into their first final since 1904. The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with The Telegraph, and supported by BNP Paribas, the bank for a changing world.
Sep 19, 2015
Davis Cup Saturday - ‘One of the most memorable days in British tennis history’ - Annabel Croft
The Murray brothers’ five-set win over Sam Groth and Lleyton Hewitt was ‘one of the most memorable days in British tennis history’, according to British Eurosport pundit Annabel Croft. With Great Britain standing one Andy Murray match win away from a Davis Cup by BNP Paribas final for the first time since 1978, Croft joined David Law (BBC 5 Live) and Catherine Whitaker on the Tennis Podcast to talk about an epic doubles encounter. "I've never experienced an atmosphere in my life like the one in this arena today,” said Croft. “It’s one of the most memorable days in British tennis history and Judy Murray said to me in New York that winning the Davis Cup is one of Andy’s major ambitions." Sitting courtside in Glasgow as Bernard Tomic was put through his paces on Saturday evening, the Tennis Podcast team speculated about whether any changes to the team are likely. ‘‘It is just such a conundrum for the Aussies over who to pick,” said Croft. "From what…
Sep 18, 2015
Davis Cup - Greg Rusedski Backs Britain To Reach Final; Both Semifinals Level Overnight
Former British Davis Cup player Greg Rusedski has backed Britain to go on from their 1-1 overnight scoreline to reach the final of the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas for the first time in 37 years. In a guest appearance on Tennis Podcast, Rusedski told presenters David Law and Catherine Whitaker that Andy Murray is looking better than ever, and believes he will play in Saturday’s doubles and carry Britain to victory on Sunday, Captains Leon Smith and Wally Masur give their verdicts on day one, with Masur confirming the identity of his doubles pairing. The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with The Telegraph and supported by BNP Paribas, the bank for a changing world. Greg Rusedski is a pundit for British Eurosport.
Sep 17, 2015
Davis Cup Semifinal Previews - Exclusive 'Know Your Team' Interviews; Dan Evans Selection Reaction; Predictions
Great Britain are about to play Australia in the host nation’s first Davis Cup by BNP Paribas semifinal for 34 years, and as well as previewing the tie in Glasgow, The Tennis Podcast has spoken exclusively to both teams to find out more about them. For instance, which of them would get on best at Strictly Come Dancing? Who knows their capital cities? And who spends the most time in front of the mirror? As you will hear, the team members on the respective teams do not always agree… Fun and games aside, the talk of the town, and the podcast, was that of Captain Leon Smith’s decision to choose Dan Evans as the No.2 singles player in place of James Ward and Kyle Edmund, who are both higher ranked. How big of a risk is it? Will it be a mistake or a masterstroke? The Telegraph’s Tennis Correspondent Simon Briggs talks it through with presenters David Law and Catherine Whitaker, and we hear the reasons given by Leon Smith, and the verdict of Andy Murray. Predictions fo…
Sep 14, 2015
US Open - Djokovic ‘Could Catch’ Federer; Flavia's Fitting Finale
The newly crown US Open champion Novak Djokovic is capable of winning more Grand Slam titles than Roger Federer, according to the Telegraph’s Tennis Correspondent Simon Briggs. In a Tennis Podcast recorded just moments after Djokovic’s victory in the final of the US Open - his tenth major title - Briggs told presenter David Law (who commentated on the match for BBC Radio 5 Live) that ‘it is not impossible’ for Djokovic to reach and surpass Federer’s current total of 17. In the podcast, Briggs, Law and Catherine Whitaker of Eurosport also discuss the women’s final - the victory and subsequent retirement announcement of Flavia Pennetta.
Sep 11, 2015
US Open - Serena Slammed - The Biggest Tennis Upset Ever? Italian Delight; Federer vs. Djokovic 42; Murray (Not That One) Final Preview
Serena Williams’ dream of becoming the first tennis player to win a calendar-year Grand Slam in 27 years was dashed by Roberta Vinci, who had never previously taken a set from her, never gone beyond a major quarterfinal, and lost more tennis matches than she had won in 2015 prior to the US Open. Afterwards, the Telegraph’s Tennis Correspondent Simon Briggs joined BBC Radio 5 Live commentator David Law on the Tennis Podcast to try to make sense of it all, and answer the question ‘was this the biggest tennis upset ever?’. Earlier, Flavia Pennetta set up an all-Italian final, and so the Tennis Podcast spoke to Vincenzo Martucci, veteran tennis writer of 37 years for Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport. In his final year in the job, he suddenly found himself covering the biggest story of his career. There’s a preview of a mouth-watering men’s singles final on Sunday - the 42nd edition of Roger Federer vs. Novak Djokovic (the head-to-head is 21-20), and Jamie M…
Sep 10, 2015
US Open - Goran Ivanisevic, Mark Philippoussis Preview Fantastic Friday
After a frustrating day of rain at the US Open on Thursday, the silver lining is Fantastic Friday, with all four of the men’s and women’s semifinals played on the same day. The Tennis Podcast’s David Law (BBC Radio 5 Live) and Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport) get together to look forward to the action, with special guests Mark Philippoussis - the 1998 US Open runner-up, and Goran Ivanisevic - coach of defending champion Marin Cilic. Philippoussis looks back on when he was the first ever opponent of Roger Federer in a Grand Slam tournament 12 years ago, assessing his incredible longevity, while Ivanisevic talks about the chances of his man Cilic against Novak Djokovic. And back by popular demand (or, if we’re honest, in spite of no demand whatsover), Catherine and David give their predictions for the four semifinals.
Sep 7, 2015
US Open - Murray Out; Venus vs. Serena Preview; Konta’s Dream Run Ends
A run of 18 straight Grand Slam quarterfinals came to an end for Andy Murray as Kevin Anderson reached the last 8 of a major tournament for the first time in his career. What did the Telegraph’s tennis correspondent Simon Briggs make of it? He joined the Tennis Podcast’s David Law (a BBC 5 Live commentator) and Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport) to reflect on Murray’s exit, discuss the main reasons for it, and whether it will prove a silver lining for Britain’s hopes in next week’s Davis Cup by BNP Paribas semifinal against Australia in Glasgow. In a strange turn of events, Britain’s Johanna Konta went out just 20 minutes earlier, but her run was reason for celebration according to our Tennis Podcast team. And what of Venus against Serena Williams in the quarterfinals. Can Venus cause a sensational upset by ending her sister’s calendar Grand Slam dream? Who will the crowd pull for? Catherine, David and Simon preview that and reflect on the rest of a tournament which…
Sep 4, 2015
US Open - Murray Back From Brink; Konta Comes Of Age; Should 5-Set Format Continue?
After Andy Murray and Johanna Konta reached the last 32 of the US Open in 3-hour + epics, The Tennis Podcast discussed their post-match moods, which could hardly have been more different. While Konta celebrated the best win of her career - over the Wimbledon runner-up Garbine Muguruza - Murray went two sets down before roaring back to beat Adrian Mannarino in 5 in draining humidity. Telegraph tennis correspondent Simon Briggs joined presenters David Law (BBC Radio 5 Live) and Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport) to reflect on the British victories, discuss how Murray looked ‘a shell of himself’ in Catherine’s post-match interview, and how Konta seems like a different player to the one that has languished well outside the Top 100 for years. Will Murray bounce back to go all the way? Can Konta cause another shock against the 18th seed Andrea Petkovic? And how have the big names looked in the first few days? The Tennis Podcast discusses it all. The Tennis Podcast is produc…
Aug 31, 2015
US Open Preview - Serena's Slam Quest; Bencic Banana Skin; Murray vs. Kyrgios; The Problem With Federer
Will Serena clinch the Calendar Grand Slam? What now for injured Sharapova? And could Belinda Bencic cause an upset? And on the men's side, can Federer win a magical 18th Major? Will Djokovic seal his place among the greats? Could Murray muscle in on the action? Or will 'the walking headline' Nick Kyrgios take him out in the first round? David Law is joined by The Telegraph's Tennis Correspondent Simon Briggs to preview the 2015 US Open!
Aug 24, 2015
Cincinnati - Federer Invents New Shots On Way To Title; Djokovic Struggles; Serena Soars; Kyrgio Sanctions Reaction
With a week to go until the US Open, Roger Federer has joined Andy Murray in beating Novak Djokovic in a big final to throw the year’s final Grand Slam tournament wide open. In the latest Tennis Podcast, produced in association with The Telegraph, presenter David Law talks to co-host Catherine Whitaker, who was courtside at the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati, about Federer’s latest age-defying feat. After 17 years as a professional, he appeared to ‘invent’ new strokes in Cincinnati, while playing more aggressively at the net than at any other time in his career. Could this lead to an extraordinary 18th Grand Slam title in New York? We hear his post-match reaction as he explains why he is hitting his backhand better than ever, and how he decided to celebrate with his twin daughters. Meanwhile, are these worrying moments for Djokovic fans? After the final, he explained how short of form he feels and therefore how well he did to reach the final at all. Catherine and Da…
Aug 17, 2015
Andy Murray - Beating Novak Djokovic; Belinda Bencic Arrives; Nick Kyrgios Fall-out
Andy Murray has beaten Novak Djokovic for the first time since the 2013 Wimbledon final to win the Rogers Cup in Montreal, and in an interview with Tennis Podcast presenter Catherine Whitaker immediately afterwards, he talked about the significance of the victory. Had the two-year, eight-match losing streak against Djokovic had been preying on his mind? Does the win give him belief that he can make it to World Number One? And what was his reaction to the news that his coach Amelie Mauresmo gave birth to a baby boy on the morning that he won the final? All of those questions are answered in this interview on the Tennis Podcast. Whitaker and co-presenter David Law (BBC 5 Live) give their views about the significance of the win, review the performance of Belinda Bencic who beat six Grand Slam finalists and champions in a row to win the title in Toronto. Also discussed is the fall-out from the words uttered on court by Nick Kyrgios. The Tennis Podcast is produced in a…
Aug 16, 2015
Pete Sampras Interview - Talking Roger, Rafa, Novak, Andy, Serena
The Tennis Podcast is back after a few weeks of holiday, and before we get into the fall-out from Nick Kyrgios and cover the latest from both the Tours, here’s an exclusive interview with the great Pete Sampras. This week, Sampras has been in Knokke, Belgium playing in the Optima Open, one of the tournaments on the ATP Champions Tour. Today he meets Xavier Malisse in the final. Our reporter Stuart Fraser caught up with him to ask if he thinks Roger Federer can win another Grand Slam, whether Rafael Nadal can come again, and the rivalry between Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray. Plus, can he see Serena Williams wrapping up the calendar Slam in New York?
Jul 19, 2015
Davis Cup Sunday - Murray, Hewitt Set Up GB vs. Australia Semifinal Showdown; Leon Smith interview
*Davis Cup Sunday - Murray, Hewitt Set Up GB vs. Australia Semifinal Showdown; Leon Smith interview* Great Britain Davis Cup captain Leon Smith told The Tennis Podcast that Andy Murray is ‘a phenomenal competitive animal’ after he carried the nation to the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas semifinals for the first time since 1981. Smith joined Tennis Podcast presenters David Law and Catherine Whitaker to reflect upon a tie that Britain won 3-1 against France. It set up a final four meeting with Australia, 18-20 September. “I’ve been trying to come up with the right words to describe Andy, but he is just a phenomenal competitive animal. It was unreal,” said Smith, after captaining the British team from the brink of relegation to Euro African Zone 3 in July 2010, to the semifinals of the World Group. *The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with the Telegraph, and supported by BNP Paribas, the bank for a changing world.*
Jul 18, 2015
Davis Cup Saturday - Murray Brothers Carry Britain To Brink Of Semis; Australia Hit Back; Belgium, Argentina Through
Greg Rusedski has told The Tennis Podcast that victory on Sunday over France would be the most important win for Britain’s Davis Cup team could lead to them lifting the Davis Cup outright given the teams left in the competition. Team GB are three sets away from reaching the semifinals of the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas semifinals for the first time in 34 years. Andy and Jamie Murray joined forces on Saturday to fight back from a set down and defeat Jo Wilfried Tsonga and Nicolas Mahut. Andy Murray will now play his reverse singles at 12.30pm on Sunday against either Gilles Simon or Richard Gasquet. Victory would put Britain into a home semifinal against either Australia or Kazakhstan. The Kazakhs lead 2-1 going into the final day. *The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with the Telegraph, and supported by BNP Paribas, the bank for a changing world.* * *
Jul 17, 2015
Davis Cup Friday - Murray, Simon Make It GB 1-1 France Overnight; Australia In Trouble; Arnaud Clement Interview; Singing
After the first day of the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas quarterfinals on Friday, Great Britain and France stand 1-1 overnight, with the winner looking increasingly likely to face Kazakhstan, who took a shook 2-0 lead in Australia. Tennis Podcast presenters David Law and Catherine Whitaker sit next to the centre court at The Queen’s Club to reflect on a pulsating if largely predictable day one in London, and speculate over Saturday’s doubles pairings. Would a chat with France captain Arnaud Clement shed any light? Find out in the latest *Tennis Podcast, produced in association with the Telegraph, and supported by BNP Paribas, the bank for a changing world.* * *
Jul 16, 2015
Davis Cup preview - Inside GB Team Room; Gilles Simon 1-1; Quarterfinal Preview
With the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas quarterfinals about to get underway, The Tennis Podcast's David Law was invited inside the Great Britain team room to talk to captain Leon Smith, Andy and Jamie Murray, and James Ward and Dominic Inglot together, moments after the draw for their tie with France. What does the captain's job entail? Which Davis Cup memory stands out for Andy Murray from his childhood? And what are Jamie Murray and Dominic Inglot's thoughts after being picked for the doubles? We also hear from the No.1 player in France, Gilles Simon, and David and Catherine Whitaker look ahead to all of the quarterfinals.
Jul 12, 2015
Wimbledon Day 13 - Djokovic Downs Federer For Wimbledon No.3
Novak Djokovic ended Roger Federer’s dreams of an 8th Wimbledon title for the second year in a row, and our Tennis Podcast team got back together for one last time at Wimbledon to talk about it. Jim White of the Telegraph joined presenters David Law (BBC Radio 5 Live) and Catherine Whitaker (Live at Wimbledon) to discuss the turning points, the incredible 12-10 second set tie-break, and Djokovic’s position in the all-time list as a 9-time Grand Slam champion. The podcast team will return on Thursday for the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas tie between Great Britain and France at The Queen’s Club. *The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with the Telegraph, and supported by BNP Paribas, the bank for a changing world. * * *
Jul 11, 2015
Wimbledon Day 12 - Serena’s 21st Slam; Federer vs. Djokovic preview
Serena Williams moved one Grand Slam title behind Steffi Graf in the all-time list after claiming her 21st major crown on Saturday. Can Roger Federer do something similar on Sunday? Tennis Podcast presenters David Law (BBC Radio 5 Live) and Catherine Whitaker (Live at Wimbledon) are joined by Daniel Schofield of the Telegraph, and in an impromptu cameo, John Inverdale, to look back on Wiliams’ 6-4, 6-4 win over Garbine Muguruza in the Ladies Final, and ahead to the Men’s Final. Can Federer win an 18th Slam at nearly 34 years of age? Will Djokovic repeat his of last year? Discussed. *The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with the Telegraph, and supported by BNP Paribas, the bank for a changing world.* * *
Jul 10, 2015
Wimbledon Day 11 - Flawless Federer Floors Murray; Meets Djokovic In Sunday’s Final; Serena Williams vs. Garbine Muguruza final preview
Just a few days short of his 34th birthday, Roger Federer delivered one of the greatest performances that the Wimbledon Centre Court has ever seen to defeat Andy Murray in straight sets and set up a final with Novak Djokovic. Tennis Podcast presenters David Law (BBC Radio 5 Live) and Catherine Whitaker (Live at Wimbledon) lifted their jaws off the floor long enough to talk it through, and were joined after print deadlines had been satisfied by the Telegraph’s Tennis Correspondent Simon Briggs. Has Federer ever looked better? Is there anything Murray could have done differently? Early thoughts about the final? The women’s final between Serena Williams and Garbine Muguruza is also previewed as the last weekend of The Championships approaches. *The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with the Telegraph, and supported by BNP Paribas, the bank for a changing world.*
Jul 9, 2015
Wimbledon Day 10 - Serena Smashes Sharapova; Muguruza’s First Final; Murray vs. Federer, Djokovic vs. Gasquet Preview
Serena Williams vs. Maria Sharapova has produced the same result for more than a a decade and the semifinals of Wimbledon in 2015 were no exception. Joining David Law (BBC Radio 5 Live) and Catherine Whitaker (Live at Wimbledon) on the Tennis Podcast to talk about that, and Garbine Muguruza’s fabulous run to the final, is Telegraph Tennis Correspondent Simon Briggs. On Friday, Andy Murray faces Roger Federer for a place in the final, and Simon gives an insight into what the Telegraph will be doing to preview the match, the thoughts of Greg Rusedski, and who they all think will win. Novak Djokovic vs. Richard Gasquet is also previewed. *The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with the Telegraph, and supported by BNP Paribas, the bank for a changing world.*
Jul 8, 2015
Wimbledon Day 9 - Murray, Federer To Clash; Gasquet Shocks Stan To Meet Djokovic; Serena vs. Sharapova, Muguruza vs. Radwanksa preview
Andy Murray will face Roger Federer in a blockbuster semifinal on Friday after straight sets wins on Wednesday, and Tennis Podcast presenter David Law (BBC Radio 5 Live) returns from his sick-bed to talk about it with Catherine Whitaker and the Telegraph’s Jim White. Which of them looks the most impressive? Which of their previous 23 matches (Federer leads 12-11) is most relevant? Who will win? All questions asked and answered in the latest show. Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic will take on Richard Gasquet, who surprisingly overcame Stan Wawrinka 11-9 in the decider. In Thursday’s women’s semifinals, Serena Williams takes on Maria Sharapova after Garbine Muguruza has met Agnieszka Radwanska. Catherine, David and Jim preview them all. *The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with the Telegraph, and supported by BNP Paribas, the bank for a changing world.*
Jul 7, 2015
Wimbledon Day 8 - Will we have a new Big 4 in the men’s semis? Serena, Sharapova on collision course
After a thrilling set of women’s quarterfinals on Tuesday, Catherine Whitaker (Live at Wimbledon) is joined by the Telegraph’s Tennis Correspondent Simon Briggs to review them all, and look ahead to Maria Sharapova vs. Serena Williams and Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Garbine Muguruza. Simon also teases Greg Rusedski’s Telegraph column which reveals the former British No.1 thinks Stan Wawrinka will reach the semifinals to set up a ‘new’ Big 4. All of the men’s quarterfinals are previewed. *The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with the Telegraph, and supported by BNP Paribas, the bank for a changing world.*
Jul 6, 2015
Wimbledon Day 7 - Murray overcomes big Ivo, Kyrgios, Berdych fall, Serena downs Venus, Djokovic/Anderson come back tomorrow
As Andy Murray overcame Ivo The Giant, another giant (our presenter David Law) was also brought down to earth - by food poisoning. That left Catherine Whitaker and Telegraph Tennis Correspondent Simon Briggs to look back on Manic Monday, with all of the last 16 matches completed. Novak Djokovic and Kevin Anderson will have to come back tomorrow after levelling at two sets all, Tomas Berdych crashed out, and Serena overcame Venus in straightforward fashion. And there’s yet more Nick Kyrgios discussion … *The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with the Telegraph, and supported by BNP Paribas, the bank for a changing world.*
Jul 5, 2015
Mats Wilander interview - 'Serena Williams Will Do The Calendar Slam'; 'Nick Kyrgios Can Do What Becker Did'; Heather Watson Has Top Ten Potential'
On middle Sunday we bring you a special bonus Tennis Podcast in association with the Telegraph and supported by BNP Paribas - an exclusive 1-1 interview with Mats Wilander. Speaking with Catherine Whitaker, Wilander says that Serena Williams will, in his view, win the calendar-year Grand Slam, that Nick Kyrgios is fully capable of winning Wimbledon this year, and that Heather Watson is 'Top Ten material'. He also raves about the form of Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Roger Federer and suggests we are in for a blockbuster week 2 of Wimbledon.
Jul 4, 2015
Wimbledon Day 6 - Champ Kvitova out; Brown back down to earth, James Ward heartbreak and Murray/Federer lose a set but make week 2
The defending champion Petra Kvitova has gone, and The Tennis Podcast team - David Law (BBC Radio 5 Live), Catherine Whitaker (Live at Wimbledon) and the Telegraph’s Charlie Eccleshare get together to talk about what went wrong. Plus, Dustin Brown’s hopes were ended, James Ward suffered a brave defeat, and Andy Murray and Roger Federer both lost sets. Is there anything to worry about? With middle-Sunday beckoning, Catherine gives a sneak preview of her exclusive interview with Mats Wilander, which will be in Sunday night’s podcast, and David gets all his predictions wrong. *The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with the Telegraph, and supported by BNP Paribas, the bank for a changing world.*
Jul 3, 2015
Wimbledon Day 5 - Watson’s Wimbledon Heartbreak As Serena Escapes; Venus Next; Dimitrov Downed; Kyrgios Moves On
After Heather Watson’s riveting, pulsating battle with Serena Williams, David Law (BBC Radio 5 Live) swapped the commentary box for the Tennis Podcast microphone to talk to Catherine Whitaker and the Telegraph’s Charlie Eccleshare about an incredible day at Wimbledon. David lets us know what Watson’s crestfallen coach Diego Veronelli and GB Fed Cup captain Judy Murray said to hin on 5 Live straight afterwards, and Catherine relays everything seven-time Grand Slam champion Mats Wilander, who she watched it with, said to about the match. The Venus vs. Serena Williams clash is previewed, the loss of Grigor Dimitrov and the win for Nick Kyrgios discussed, and the podcast team look ahead to Saturday while asking ‘is the all-white rule too strict?' The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with the Telegraph, and supported by BNP Paribas, the bank for a changing world.
Jul 2, 2015
Wimbledon Day 4 - Dustin Brown shocks Nadal; Ward, Murray, Federer through, Nick Kyrgios - brat or brilliant?
Dustin Brown recorded the biggest upset of the 2015 Wimbledon Championships so far, or did he? He was the fourth player ranked outside the world’s Top 100 in four years to knock Rafael Nadal out of the tournament. But this was still Nadal, twice a champion. Telegraph Tennis Correspondent Simon Briggs joinsTennis Podcast presenters Catherine Whitaker and David Law to look back on the spectacular performance of the dreadlocked German, and ask ‘what went wrong for Nadal?’ Elsewhere, Murray and Federer cruised through, with the Swiss throwing in a through the legs lob winner, and James Ward reached the third round for the first time. In our big debate, we discuss Nick Kyrgios, and ask ‘Brat or Brilliant?’ The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with The Telegraph, and supported by BNP Paribas, the bank for a changing world. www.wearetennis.com
Jul 1, 2015
Wimbledon Day 3 - Watson wins, Novak, Stan stroll, Nishikori, Ivanovic out; Plus, is Andy Murray Britain’s best sportsperson?
A couple of big names fell on Wednesday, with Nishikori withdrawing and Ivanovic going out, but Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka cruised through. But, as the Telegraph’s Jim White joins The Tennis Podcast presenters David Law (BBC 5 Live) and Catherine Whitaker (Live at Wimbledon), the talk of the town is Heather Watson, who reached the third round, and now faces Serena Williams … The team also preview Thursday’s order of play, and discuss where Andy Murray sits among all time British sporting champions. The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with The Telegraph, and supported by BNP Paribas, the bank for a changing world. www.wearetennis.com
Jun 30, 2015
Wimbledon Day 2 - Federer, Nadal, Kvitova cruise; Murray toils; Halep, Bouchard crash; Brits thrive
On a day when Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray made their 2015 Wimbledon bows, the Telegraph’s Chief Sports Feature Writer Oliver Brown joins Tennis Podcast presenters David Law (BBC 5 Live) and Catherine Whitaker (Live At Wimbledon) to talk about it all. Petra Kvitova won in half an hour to start her title defence, but the woman she beat in last year’s final, Eugenie Bouchard, and the third seed Simona Halep, both fell. It was also a fantastic day for British tennis, with Heather Watson saving match points to advance, four British men reaching round two for the first time since 2006, and Laura Robson playing creditably on her return from an 18 month injury. The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with the Telegraph, and supported by BNP Paribas, the bank for a changing world. www.wearetennis.com
Jun 29, 2015
Wimbledon Day 1 - Hewitt Says Goodbye, Djokovic Strolls, Broady Breaks Through,
On a day when Lleyton Hewitt’s glorious Wimbledon singles career came to an end, Novak Djokovic cruised into round two and Stan Wawrinka also advanced. Aside from Hewitt’s 11-9 fifth set defeat to Jarkko Nieminen, one of the stories of the day was the comeback of Liam Broady from two sets to love down. Jonathan Liew of the Telegraph joins Catherine Whitaker and David Law to talk it through and look ahead to day 2. The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with the Telegraph and supported by BNP Paribas, the bank for a changing world. www.wearetennis.com
Jun 28, 2015
Wimbledon preview - Draws dissected, predictions, Top 50 Wimbledon players ever
As Wimbledon prepares to get underway, Tennis Podcast presenters David Law and Catherine Whitaker are joined by the Telegraph’s Tennis Correspondent Simon Briggs to dissect the singles draws. All three put their necks on the line with a string of predictions, Simon is grilled about his choices in the Telegraph website’s Top 50 men and women Wimbledon players ever, and David reminisces about his first queueing experience exactly 20 years ago. The Tennis Podcast is supported by BNP Paribas, the Bank for a changing world. It is brought to you in association with the Telegraph.
Jun 21, 2015
Queen's Day 7 - Murray makes it four; Leon Smith backs him for Wimbledon
After Andy Murray won a record equalling fourth Aegon Championships title, David Law and Catherine Whitaker get together one final time at The Queen's Club....until the Davis Cup. Murray talks to Catherine live on centre court about his title win while David joins British Davis Cup captain Leon Smith in the Player Lounge. According to Smith, Murray is the favourite for Wimbledon having begun to use his variety aggressively. He also gives the lowdown on the Great Britain against France Davis Cup tie. Meanwhile, Lleyton Hewitt is the legend of today and Viktor Troicki takes The Moet Moment challenge.
Jun 20, 2015
Queen’s Day 6 - Jose Mourinho on the tears he shed when Murray won Wimbledon
On a rain interrupted semi finals day at the Aegon Championships, David had the chance to chat to Chelsea Manager Jose Mourinho about his relationship with Rafael Nadal, what football can learn from tennis and the tears he shed when Andy Murray won Wimbledon. He also talks about why he likes tennis, how he would like to spend time with Murray to compare notes on their respective sports, and how he could never cope with being a tennis coach - unable to give team-talks during a match. Also in this epsiode, David and Catherine debate which of them is the bigger tennis fan (nerd) and Murray's former coach Miles Maclagan gives us his insight into how he will approach the prospect of playing two matches in one day.
Jun 19, 2015
Queen's Day 5 - Toni Nadal Exclusive Interview; Murray Into Semis
On a day when Andy Murray came back from a set down to defeat Gilles Muller, we hear from the British Number One about how he did it. Meanwhile, Catherine Whitaker asks Gilles Simon who has the best serve in the world, and how he blunted the Milos Raonic delivery. Toni Nadal gives an exclusive interview in which he talks about his nephew's quest for confidence, and how he will enter Wimbledon pain-free for the first time in years. And Catherine and David Law are joined by one of the longest-running members of the media team at the Aegon Championships - Mr Robin Daniels - who worked with John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors at the peak of their powers. The Aegon Championships Tennis Podcast is brought to you in association with the Telegraph.
Jun 18, 2015
Queen's Day 4 - Murray Into Quarters, Dimitrov Denied and David & Catherine chat to Team Muller
On another day of high drama at the Aegon Championships, David and Catherine are joined by special guest David Lewy to discuss the defeat of defending champion Grigor Dimitrov and the progress of three-time champion Andy Murray. Also in today's episode, Jamie Delgado and Gilles Muller join us to talk about Delgado's super-coach status.
Jun 17, 2015
Queen's Day 3 - Another giant is slayed (Wawrinka) plus David chats to Annabel Croft, Kevin Anderson, Dom Inglot And Team Raonic
Following Stan Wawrinka's shock defeat on day three of the Aegon Championships, David Law chats to the victor, Kevin Anderson. Plus Ivan Ljubicic tells us about working working with Milos Raonic and Annabel Croft drops in to pick over the bones of another drama-filled day at the Queen's Club. And of course, David challenges Catherine to beat the listeners with her (awful) predictions.
Jun 16, 2015
Queen's Day 2 - Nadal Falls, Judy Murray Interview, Andy Murray vs. Jack Whitehall vs. Liam Payne
What did Andy Murray think when he saw comedian Jack Whitehall and Liam Payne of One Direction play tennis? Find out in the latest Aegon Championships Tennis Podcast. After another corking day of tennis at the Aegon Championships, David Law joins Catherine Whitaker and Simon Briggs from the Telegraph to talk it over. Judy Murray drops by to talk about her first ever experience of going into a player lounge, how Amelie Mauresmo has Andy Murray using his variet again, and whether she would be prepared to dance with Jonas Bjorkman!
Jun 15, 2015
Queen's Day 1 - Jonas Bjorkman Exclusive, Rafa Returns, Lleyton Leaves With His Head Held High
Epic matches, thrilling comebacks and the return of one of the greatest and most popular tennis players of all time. That was day one at the Aegon Championships, a day when Lleyton Hewitt was forced to call time on his Queen’s Club singles career. We review Monday’s action in the company of Andy Murray’s former coach Miles Maclagan, talk exclusively to one of his current coaches, Jonas Bjorkman, and Catherine Whitaker speaks to Rafael Nadal and Stan Wawrinka. Four-time champion Roy Emerson is celebrated in Legends of Queen’s, John Isner takes part in Moet Moments - our 60-second tennis quiz - and another listener challenges Catherine to predict the results on day 2.
Jun 14, 2015
Queen's Preview - Hewitt Prepares For Final Bow, Dimitrov's Defence; Kyrgios And The Bizarre Impulse Buy
In a special series of daily shows, the Aegon Championships Tennis Podcast in association with the Telegraph includes chat about the on-court action, interviews with the biggest stars and special tributes to the tournament’s legends (today, Rod Laver). In the podcast - a free, downloadable, tennis radio show - Lleyton Hewitt looks ahead to competing at The Queen’s Club for the final time, Andy Murray talks coaching set-ups, and Nick Kyrgios tells us about a bizarre impulse buy.
Jun 8, 2015
Stan the Man - French Open Review plus Special Grass Court Preview
David & Catherine meet at the immaculate grass courts of the Queen's Club to review a sensational conclusion to Roland Garros 2015 and to look ahead eagerly to the grass court season. Plus a special interview with Graham Kimpton - head groundskeeper at the Queen's Club - and Clive Brunskill - lead tennis photographer at Getty images.
1 hr 1 min
Jun 1, 2015
Arantxa Sanchez Vicario - Backing Rafa For No.10, Her 4-3 Record vs. Serena, Favourite Career Memories, WTA Finals Ambassador
Arantxa Sanchez Vicario won the Roland Garros title three time, including her incredible victory as a 17-year-old in 1989. The Spaniard joins Catherine Whitaker to talk about her new role as a WTA Finals Ambassador, the Legends Classic she will play against Martina Navratilova in Singapore, and to look ahead to week two of the 2015 French Open. Will Rafa Nadal win a 10th title? Yes, she says. How did she amass a 4-3 career record against Serena Williams? Arantxa explains all. And what were her memories of that incredible first win in Paris?
May 23, 2015
French Open 2015 Preview - The Draw! Nadal vs. Djokovic Quarterfinal! What’s Mauresmo Really Like? Special Guest - Carol Bouchard
The draw has been made for the French Open, and Catherine Whitaker is joined in the media cafe in Roland Garros by esteemed French journalist Carol Bouchard. What to make of a quarterfinal that could pit Djokovic against Nadal? What does that mean for the winner, for Federer, for Murray, for everyone!? What is Amelie Mauresmo really like? Carol gives us the lowdown. And who does she think will come out on top in the GB vs. France Davis Cup tie?
May 18, 2015
Martina Navratilova - French Open preview, the Chris Evert rivalry, and Martina vs. Serena - what would have happened?
The great Martina Navratilova joins David to talk about her childhood memories, her rivalry with Chris Evert, and her thoughts on the game today. Who does she think will come out on top in the upcoming French Open? Which of the young guns most excites her? Can Serena Williams surpass Steffi Graf Grand Slams singles titles won? And Serena vs. Martina - what would have happened? Plus, Rafael Nadal's battle with nerves, Novak Djokovic's dominance, and Andy Murray's opportunity. Finally, Catherine Whitaker returns from our European clay court swing with a spring in her step and plenty of thoughts, opinions and dodgy predictions.
May 11, 2015
Madrid Review - Is Murray 2nd Favourite For The French Open?
After a stunning final victory for Andy Murray over Rafael Nadal in Madrid, Catherine Whitaker is joined courtside by tennis journalist Alix Ramsay to discuss his performance and assess Greg Rusedski’s view that he is now second favourite for the French Open. And what of Nadal? Plus, a Rome preview, including the return of Novak Djokovic.
May 4, 2015
Who Is The Greatest - Federer 2006, Nadal 2010 or Djokovic 2015? Special Guest - Paul Hutchins
Given Novak Djokovic's 2015 heorics, just whose era over the last year has been the greatest? Was it Federer in 2006? Nadal in 2010? Or does Djokovic today beat them both? Catherine and David debate the issue passionately. Our special guest is the last man to captain Great Britain to the Davis Cup final - Paul Hutchins, who recalls the final in which John McEnroe played his first ever Davis Cup rubber, how he got the best out of the Lloyd brothers, and what he thinks Dan Maskell might have made of tennis today.
1 hr 11 min
Apr 27, 2015
Rafael Nadal - When does a crisis become a crisis?
Following his early loss to Fabio Fognini in Barcelona, David and Catherine debate the French Open prospects of Rafael Nada, and discuss the potential threat of 'Agassi-like' Kei Nishikori. On the women's side, topics include the 'sophomore freefall' of Genie Bouchard and the split between Agnieszka Radwanska and Martina Navratilova.
1 hr 5 min
Apr 19, 2015
Monte Carlo - Djokovic Underlines Favourite Status; Special Guest Robbie Koenig
Recorded courtside in Monte Carlo just minutes after the final, Catherine Whitaker is joined by World Feed television commentator and former player Robbie Koenig to review another title for Novak Djokovic. Can anyone beat him, and if so, by whom, how, when and where? Where is Rafa Nadal in his progress towards and intended tenth French Open title, and what of the other runners and riders?
Apr 13, 2015
Beating Agassi, Wimbledon Heartbreak, and Why Djokovic Is Nailed On For The French Open - Special Guest Jeremy Bates
Jeremy Bates beat Andre Agassi, John McEnroe and Boris Becker during his career, but he's never experienced anything like the ten days of Wimbledon in 1992. In an in-depth chat with David Law, Bates describes the trance he was in after missing out on match point for a place in the Wimbledon quarterfinals, the circus that followed, and why Andy Murray's tennis will benefit from him being married. Bates also talks about tennis today, and expresses his view about who will win the French Open. "Djokovic all the way."
Apr 6, 2015
Miami Review (well, sort of) & the Big On-Court Coaching Debate
David takes time out of his busy commentary schedule to join Catherine for a discussion of all things Miami Open, including the brilliance of Serena Williams & Novak Djokovic, the rise of Carla Suarez Navarro & signs of progress for Andy Murray. PLUS we debate the merits of on court coaching, and give Catherine plenty of grief for her terrible predictions.
Mar 30, 2015
Michael Downey - The four year plan for British Tennis
The man in charge of British Tennis, LTA CEO Michael Downey, exclusively talks to David & Catherine about his blueprint for progress - 'it starts with participation and ends with participation' - GB Davis Cup success & the importance of Andy Murray.
Mar 23, 2015
Indian Wells Review, Miami Preview & a Big Announcement from Rafa
David & Catherine meet up in their favourite Putney coffee shop to pick over the bones of two sensational Indian Wells finals and look ahead to the Miami Open. Who is the best player in the world over three sets, is Novak Djokovic made of elastic, and isn't it time we started talking about Timea Bacsinszky? Plus, we discuss Rafa's decision to return to the AEGON Championships and the Queen's Club in June.
Mar 16, 2015
Indian Wells - Serena's Return, Heather Watson's Big Win, Greatest Ever Event Comebacks
David & Catherine reunite in their favourite Putney shopping centre to discuss all the action from Indian Wells, including Serena Williams' hugely anticipated return, other great tennis comebacks & the biggest win of Heather Watson's career so far.
Mar 8, 2015
Davis Cup Reflections After GB Downs USA Again - with Miles Maclagan & Simon Briggs (Episode 92)
Miles Maclagan and Telegraph Tennis Correspondent Simon Briggs join David Law in Glasgow to talk about Great Britain's win over the United States to reach the quarterfinals of the Davis Cup World Group. Will Britain beat France? Where will it be played? Can Andy Murray have a big clay court season? Will Laura Robson return to her best?
Mar 2, 2015
Nigel Sears - Serena Williams Is The Best Ever; Life As A Coach; GB vs. USA Davis Cup Preview
As the middle-east swing of tournaments culminated, top Tour coach Nigel Sears, who now commentates for BT Sport, joined David Law to talk about the greatest female tennis players of all time, life as a tour coach, and to preview upcoming Davis Cup tie between GB and USA.
Feb 23, 2015
Brad Gilbert - Winning Ugly, Coaching Andre, Nicknames and a New No.1 (Episode 90)
The author of Winning Ugly, and one of the greatest coaches the game has ever known - Brad Gilbert - joined Catherine Whitaker at the ATP Champions Tour event in Delray Beach to talk about coaching against Federer and Sampras, joining forces with Agassi, and how he comes up with those nicknames. Add to that, a prediction for a New No.1 in the world, his thoughts on Kyrgios, Kokkinakis, Zverev et al, and some advice for David Law ...
Feb 16, 2015
James Blake - Federer, Murray, Life After Tennis, Youth Development (Episode 89)
After making his debut on the ATP Champions Tour in Delray Beach, James Blake joined Catherine Whitaker to talk about what it was like to face a peak Roger Federer, his expectations for Andy Murray, his own life since retiring from the sport, and what he believes is the best way to develop young tennis players.
Feb 10, 2015
Lleyton Hewitt special (Episode 88)
Lleyton Hewitt is planning to play just three more tournaments, aside from Davis Cup, before retiring at the 2016 Australian Open. On the day that the Aegon Championships at The Queen's Club announced that Hewitt has been guaranteed a wild card for an event he has won four times, we are joined by Tournament Director Stephen Farrow to look back on Hewitt's glorious career.
Feb 1, 2015
Djokovic Outlasts Murray For 8th Grand Slam Title (Episode 87)
After two weeks of tumultuous tennis, Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams stood head and shoulders above the rest. David Law and Gigi Salmon look back.
Jan 31, 2015
Serena Williams - 19 Slams! Chris Fowler (ESPN) Joins To Review A Dramatic Aus Open Women's Final (Episode 86)
Within minutes of Serena Williams' 19th Grand Slam title, David joined ESPN tennis commentator Chris Fowler to review a dramatic final, discuss Serena's impact in the United States, and to talk about his job. Meanwhile, Catherine and David argue about the quality of the match and look ahead to Murray vs. Djokovic.
Jan 30, 2015
Serena Williams vs. Maria Sharapova; What are they really like? Novak/Stan review (Episode 85)
What are Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova really like? On the eve of their Australian Open final clash, we put that question to Chris Clarey of the New York Times - a man that has spent many hours in their company. We get Chris to give us his predictions, review Stan Wawrinka vs. Novak Djokovic and look ahead to Andy Murray vs. Djokovic.
Jan 29, 2015
Angry Murray Into Aus Open Final; Berdych Beaten; Mauresmo Move Vindicated? (Episode 84)
Andy Murray is into his first Grand Slam final since winning Wimbledon, but wow, it was tense, tetchy, and tasty in the semifinals. After a confrontation with Thomas Berdych which featured, exchanges and eye-balling, Catherine Whitaker, who interviewed Murray straight afterwards, and David Law, who commentated on the match, got together to talk it through.
Jan 27, 2015
Goran Guests As Murray Conquers Kyrgios, Berdych Batters Nadal In Aus Open (Episode 83)
Goran Ivanisevic was a special guest on a day that Andy Murray subdued 19-year-old Nick Kyrgios to reach the semifinals of the Australian Open. With Rafael Nadal bowing out to Thomas Berdych, Catherine, David and Gigi Salmon, there was plenty to talk about.
Jan 25, 2015
Murray Downs Dimitrov; Kyrgios Awaits In Aus Open QF (Episode 82)
Andy Murray withstood a barrage of brilliance from Grigor Dimitrov to reach the Australian Open quarterfinals, where Nick Kyrgios awaits. Afterwards, Catherine and David talked through their experiences of the match from rather different vantage points. Both awestruck, obviously.
Jan 23, 2015
Federer Gone! Shockwaves at the Australian Open Tennis (Episode 81)
Two days after Rafael Nadal survived by the skin of his teeth, Roger Federer, his great rival, came undone. Catherine and David emerge from a shocked media room to talk it through. And what does this mean for Murray, Kyrgios, Dimitrov and the rest?
Jan 22, 2015
Nadal - Wow! Aus Open Rd 2 Review (Episode 80)
The day after Rafael Nadal squeezed through 7-5 in the 5th against Tim Smyzcek at the Australian Open, Catherine, David and Sunday Times Tennis Correspondent Barry Flatman chewed the fat in our round 2 review.
Jan 20, 2015
Aus Open Rd 1 Review, with Leon Smith; Murray Update; GB vs. USA date; Nadal-gate; (Episode 79)
Leon Smith, the GB Davis Cup captain, joins David Law and Catherine Whitaker to talk about the British players performances in Australia, give some Andy Murray insight and look ahead to GB vs. USA in the Davis Cup World Group first round. There is also the inevitable inquest into the first round performance of Rafael Nadal, and more specifically the woeful predictions of everyone except David.
Jan 17, 2015
Australian Open Tennis - No way Nadal? Finally Federer? Maybe Murray? Definitely Djokovic.... (Episode 78)
The Australian Open 2015 is here and with two days to go, David is joined by the returning Catherine and BBC 5 Live commentator Gigi Salmon to talk through the draws, make final predictions, upset alerts, and surprise picks. A certain Rafael Nadal debate really required its own show.
Jan 5, 2015
2015 Preview & Predictions, with Anne Keothavong (Episode 77)
Inside the BT Sport commentary box on the second day of the new tennis season, Anne Keothavong joins David Law to talk about what might happen in the year ahead, to anwer your questions and to discuss your big 2015 predictions!
Jan 1, 2015
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Dec 7, 2014
Statoil Masters Day 5 - ELTON JOHN!
After a fabulous week of tennis and entertainment, and terrible tennis from David Law, the final day saw Fernando Gonzalez against Andy Roddick, and an incredible spectacle with Elton John and Billie Jean King in town.
Dec 6, 2014
Statoil Masters Tennis Day 4 - TIM HENMAN!
Ater narrowly losing out to Fernando Gonzalez at the Royal Albert Hall, Tim Henman joined the Tennis Podcast team to talk about the honorary Wimbledon membership given to Andy Roddick, whether he ever misses the sport, and whether he would swap careers with Marin Cilic.
Dec 5, 2014
Statoil Masters Day 3 - ANDY RODDICK!
After Andy Roddick made a victorious debut at the Statoil Masters by beating Sergi Bruguera, he joined the Tennis Podcast crew for a chat about having tea with Tim Henman at Wimbledon, how he overcame that 16-14 loss to Roger Federer in 2009, and why Hawkeye MUST GO!
Dec 4, 2014
Statoil Masters Day 2 - JOHN MCENROE!
After his three set, 11-9 in the decider victory over Pat Cash on day 2 of the Statoil Masters Tennis, John McEnroe joined Catherine and David on the Tennis Podcast to talk Royal Albert Hall, Kyrgios and Kozlov, and Dimitrov for the 2015 Wimbledon title!
Dec 3, 2014
Statoil Masters Day 1 - Pat Cash, 1987, Appendicitis and playing a 15-year-old Rafael Nadal
In the second of our special series of podcasts from the Statoil Masters Tennis at the Royal Albert Hall, Pat Cash talks about the emotional exhaustion he felt the night after winning Wimbledon, the appendicitis he had a year earlier, and his clash with a 15-year-old Rafael Nadal.
Dec 2, 2014
Statoil Masters Tennis Special - Where were you in December 1997?
From inside the Royal Albert Hall, as a tennis court is built before their very eyes for the Statoil Masters which starts tomorrow, Catherine and David are joined by team member Dave Lewy to reminisce about where they were and what they were doing in December 1997, when the Masters Tennis was born.
Nov 24, 2014
Episode 76 - Davis Cup - Federer GOAT confirmation? What Next For Stan? Djokovic Calendar Slam in 2015?
The morning after the Davis Cup final, Catherine and David talk Federer greatness, the future of Stan, whether we should miss on-court aggravation, and whether Novak Djokovic can win all four Slams in 2015. And what are you most looking forward to in 2015?
Nov 17, 2014
Episode 75 - The Great 02 Review; Stan/Rog/Mirka - What happened?
After a week strangely devoid of drama on the court, a fair dollop was provided off it as the ATP World Tour Finals for 2014 concluded. Catherine and David talk it through.
Nov 6, 2014
Episode 74 - 02 Preview; ATP Finals Memories; Statoil Masters Draw/Schedule
The draw and the order of play are out, and Catherine and David get stuck in to talk ATP World Tour Finals, their preview, predictions and favourite memories of the event.
Oct 24, 2014
Episode 73 - WTA, ATP Finals, and Who's Next?
With the WTA Finals nearing a conclusion, and the race to the ATP Finals reaching fever pitch, Catherine and David hunker down in the Royal Albert Hall cafe to talk it through. Plus, they ask, who's going to come through and win big next?
Sep 21, 2014
Episode 72- - US Open review; Lendl bigs up Super Coaches; Li Na retires
35 minutes of US Open reflection, chat about Li Na's retirement, and Ivan Lendl tells it how he sees it regarding the super coaches.
Sep 2, 2014
Episode 71 - US Open half-term; Djokovic vs. Murray preview; Predictions-gate
A week ago, Catherine and David confidently picked their semifinalists, and one-by-one, Bernard Tomic, Agnieszka Radwanska and Sloane Stephen et al let them dow. In a half-term US Open podcast, they pick the bones out of their embarrassment and throw some more predictions in for good measure. Murray/Djokovic preview and plenty more.
Aug 27, 2014
Episode 70 - US Open 2014 Preview - An Extraordinary Prediction
After two months of hibernation, technical problems and general laziness, Catherine and David are back with a bumper episode to preview a US Open that has already started. Slack. But, with the benefit of two days, the predictions, you would assume, are sharper than ever. Wrong. Prepared to be shocked.
1 hr 16 min
Jul 6, 2014
Episode 69 - Wimbledon 2014 - Djokovic Edges Federer; Kvitova On Fire; 5-Set Women's Finals?
One of the great men's singles finals, one of the great women's final performances, and a big row over best-of-five sets at Slams. Catherine and David review Wimbledon.
Jul 3, 2014
Episode 68 - Wimbledon semifinal preview; Federer? Djokovic? Dimitrov? Raonic?
As Catherine moves two correct results away from a perfect final prediction, the Tennis Podcast is in danger of self-combusting given the form of Grigor Dimitrov. Can he really beat Novak Djokovic? And will he play his Dad in the final?
Jun 28, 2014
Episode 67 - Wimbledon Half-Term. Who Looks best?
Prepare for the Roger Federer of Wimbledon week 2's. Catherine and David are. As we take a breather on middle Sunday, listen to their half-term chat.
Jun 22, 2014
Episode 66 - Wimbledon.
From inside the Centre Court less than 24 hours before the start of the Wimbledon 2014, Catherine and David pick their finalists for both men's and women's singles, and talk through a mouthwatering draw.
Jun 15, 2014
Episode 65 - Dimitrov's Done It! Rally For Bally, and Andy Murray on Mauresmo and Wimbledon
Grigor Dimitrov has charmed The Queen's Club for years, but today he became its champion. After holding aloft the famous trophy, Catherine and David assessed his prospects in the Tennis Podcast. Then the Rally For Bally took centre stage, with Victoria Azarenka showing the world just what a lovely, funny girl she is. And we throw in an interview with Andy Murray for good measure.
Jun 6, 2014
Episode 64 - Is Nadal vs. Djokovic The Greatest Rivalry Ever?
A couple of hours after Rafael Nadal overwhelmed Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic beat Ernests Gulbis in the French Open finals, Catherine and David got together to predict winners for the finals, and ponder whether Nadal vs. Djokovic is the greatest rivalry of all time.
May 20, 2014
Episode 63 - Is Nadal Still French Open Favourite?
After a bit of a break, Catherine and David are back to talk through the clay court season, assess who is now the favourite for the French Open after Novak Djokovic beat Rafael Nadal in Rome, and to look ahead to the grass court season.
Mar 21, 2014
Episode 62 - Murray & Lendl Split; Wilander on Super Coaches; Federer / Edberg Love-in
Two days after Andy Murray and Ivan Lendl announced that they were going their separate ways, the Tennis Podcast returns to pick over the bones. Catherine and David give their theories about what happened and choose their preferred replacement. Bob Brett? Larry Stefanki? John McEnroe? And we speak to Mats Wilander, who coached Grand Slam champion Marat Safin, and knows what it is like.
1 hr 3 min
Jan 26, 2014
Episode 61 - Stan's The Man; Rough On Rafa; Li Na - What A Speech!
The Australian Open for 2014 is at an end, and we have a new Grand Slam tennis champion with victory for Stanislas Wawrinka over an injured Rafael Nadal. Catherine and David ask if the crowd were out of order to boo Rafa, and revel in Stan's performance and Li Na's victory speech.
Jan 23, 2014
Episode 60 - Nadal vs. Federer Preview/Predictions; Stanimal; Li Na or Cibulkova?
On the eve of another Rafael Nadal vs. Roger Federer Grand Slam semifinal, Catherine and David mull over the possibilities and come to a conclusion about who will win. They also discuss the incredible rise of Stanimal, and the women's final between Li Na and Dominika Cibulkova.
Jan 22, 2014
Magnus Norman interview
As Stanislas Wawrinka defeats Novak Djokovic in a stunning run at the Australian Open, we talk to his coach Magnus Norman, who Mats Wilander called 'the best coach in the world'. Norman explains why he advises ex-players to coach kids first, and what he thinks Wawrinka will do next.
Jan 16, 2014
Episode 59 - Emergency Tennis Podcast 2 - Del Potro how could you?
We all had a little chuckle when David's pick for the women's semifinals, Petra Kvitova, lost in round one, but when his pick for the men's title, Juan Martin Del Potro, lost in the second, it prompted a full-force guffaw, and an inquest. While we were at it, we looked at the third round match-ups and beyond.
Jan 14, 2014
Episode 58 - An Emergency Tennis Podcast
With David having picked Petra Kvitova to reach the semifinals (she lost first round), and Juan Martin Del Potro (his pick for the title) losing the first set of his first round match, an emergency Tennis Podcast episode was swiftly convened on day three of the Australian Open.
Jan 12, 2014
Episode 57 - Australian Open preview; Legendary coach chat; Will David stick with Del Potro?
As the year's first Grand Slam title begins in Melbourne, Catherine and David look ahead to who will be the runners and riders that matter. What do they think of the legends coming back into the sport to coach the top players? Who will have the greatest impact? And is David still sticking with Juan Martin Del Potro to win the title?
1 hr 14 min
Dec 7, 2013
Episode 56 - Back-stage at the Royal Albert Hall with Annabel Croft and a half-naked Goran Ivanisevic
You thought the tennis season drew to a close with the Davis Cup final, but no, it all ends at the Statoil Masters Tennis at the Royal Albert Hall in London. There, Catherine and David chatted to Annabel Croft, and Goran Ivanisevic - as he lay half-naked on the treatment table.
Nov 13, 2013
Radek Stepanek: 'I whispered to my parents, this moment is for you'
Radek Stepanek achieved his dream by winning the Davis Cup in 2012 and hopes to help the Czech Republic successfully defend it this week. What does he remember about the moment he won? The first 30 seconds, he tells us, nothing at all! In an interview with David Law a month afterwards, Stepanek explains his horror at realising he forgot to shake his opponent's hand immediately afterwards.
Nov 10, 2013
Episode 55 - Special Guests at the 02 - Nadal, Federer, Djokovic and friends
After Rafael Nadal defeated Roger Federer, Catherine and David got together to discuss the other semifinal and look ahead to the final. Oh, and to talk to every man in the draw, and a couple of other tennis stars.
Nov 3, 2013
Episode 54 - ATP World Tour Finals Preview/Predictions; Fed Cup Final - Where Were The Russians?
After an early discussion about who would be the World No.1 player in the rain (obviously), David and Catherine get down to the serious business of predicting who will come through the ATP World Tour Finals at the 02 Arena in London. There's also chat about the Fed Cup final, which saw a depleted Russia trounced by Italy. So where were the Top 10 Russian players?
Oct 27, 2013
Episode 53 - The Big Del Potro Prediction; Serena - How Long Can She Keep This Up?
As the Great Storm hits the UK, David and Catherine hunker down for a chat about Serena Williams' victory at the WTA Championships, the sight of Dimitrov playing Federer, and a massive prediction made at 30 seconds notice.
Oct 20, 2013
Episode 52 - Could Martina Navratilova coach Laura Robson? Andy Murray's back, OBE or Drugs Test, and Federer - by the man that beat him in his first final.
Laura Robson needs a coach. Martina Navratilova wants to be a coach. Is it a perfect match? Andy Murray is out for the season. Will he ever reach No.1? Roger Federer can't hit a barn door at the moment. Should he retire? And what was he like when he was young? We speak to the man that he grew up idolising, and who beat Federer in his first final.
Sep 14, 2013
Episode 51 - Will Serena and Rafa break Steffi and Roger's records? Mario Ancic interview
In Episode 51, Catherine and David review and the US Open and debate whether Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal will break the records of Steffi Graf and Roger Federer. And we hear from Mario Ancic, whose career was cut short, but who is making a good life for himself outside of tennis.
Sep 8, 2013
Episode 50 - US Open Finals preview with John Lloyd, Jill Craybas and the BBC Radio team
On the eve of the US Open finals between Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka, and Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, we enter the BBC Radio commentary box to get the views on what will happen from a woman that has beaten Serena - Jill Craybas, an Australian Open runner-up John Lloyd, the BBC's Tennis Correspondent Russell Fuller, and BBC producer Steve Jones.
Sep 4, 2013
Serena Williams - Shooting For History
With Serena Williams into the latter stages of the US Open, here's an interview in which she told David Law what's driving her, what goes on inside her mind ('the mind of a maniac', as she calls it), and how much the history books feature in her goals. Does she dream about tennis? Does she wake up with aches and pains? Find out, in our interview.
Sep 1, 2013
Episode 49 - US Open half-term report; Dan Evans; Federer vs. Nadal?
With one week gone, Catherine and David get stuck in to the US Open, review the exploits of Dan Evans and look ahead to that possible Federer vs Nadal showdown.
Aug 25, 2013
Episode 48 - US Open Preview/Predictions; Bartoli; Sugarpova; Connors; Nadal
After choosing a short sabbatical over retirement, the Tennis Podcast is back to preview the US Open, throw in some more dodgy title predictions, and to pick through Marion Bartoli's decision to hang up her racquet, Maria Sharapova's interesting month, and the incredible form of Rafael Nadal.
Jul 8, 2013
Episode 47 - Andy Murray Wins Wimbledon
The day after a British man won Wimbledon for the first time in 77 years, Catherine Whitaker and David Law got together to talk about it. Oh, and yes, Catherine was asked about the 'foregone conclusion' that she said would be Serena Williams' run to the title!
Jun 29, 2013
Episode 46 - Wimbledon Half-Term Report
After the most extraordinary first week of a Grand Slam tournament in history, Catherine and David pick the bones out of it, argue about whether there is even the remotest chance that Serena Williams might lose, and nearly get into a very heated equal prize-money debate.
Jun 23, 2013
Episode 45 - Nick Bollettieri Interview, Wimbledon Preview, Best-of-3 at all Slams?
On the eve of Wimbledon, David and Catherine look at the draws, New York Times and NCR Tennis Podcast presenter Ben Rothenberg rows with us about whether Grand Slam tournament matches should all be best of three sets, and the great Nick Bollettieri talks about his incredible life in tennis.
Jun 9, 2013
Episode 44 - Rafa's 8th; Tim Henman Interview
After Rafael Nadal defeated David Ferrer to win his eighth French Open title, a record for any player at a single Grand Slam tournament, David was desperate to gloat about getting his prediction right. Catherine stands her ground as usual in Episode 44, and they both throw their hats into the ring to predict how many Slam titles Nadal and women's champion Serena Williams will end up with. Our big interview this week is with Tim Henman, who hails Andy Murray, talks about his greatest moment as a tennis player, and how long he thinks Roger Federer will go on for.
Jun 6, 2013
Episode 43 - Rafa or Novak? A semifinal argument; Bob Brett part 2 - Taming Goran Ivanisevic
On the eve of the men's French Open semifinals, and the much-awaited clash between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, Catherine and David continue their disagreement about who will win. And, in the second part of our interview with Bob Brett, the great coach talks about life trying to tame Goran Ivanisevic.
May 24, 2013
Episode 42 - Serena Williams Interview; French Open Draw Dissection; Our Birthday
In Episode 42, we celebrate our first birthday with an interview with Serena Williams. The World No.1 tells us what is driving her to continue into her 30's, whether she ever feels aches and pains in the morning, and how driven she is to overtake Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova in the history books. We also preview the French Open, dissecting the draw of the second Grand Slam tournament of 2013.
May 21, 2013
Episode 41 - Bob Brett: Inside The World Of Boris Becker; Rome Review
In the first part of our in-depth, exclusive interview with the great coach Bob Brett, the Australian tells us all about the three and a half years that he spent coaching Boris Becker between 1987 and 1991. He explains how he tried to get the best out of Becker at a time when Ion Tiriac didn't think Brett was the the right man for the job, how he risked the wrath of Boris by telling some home-truths in a rain-break, and how emotion overcame him when Becker reached No.1 in the world. Brett starts by telling us about the legendary Australian Open Davis Cup captain Harry Hopman, who was Brett's mentor. Before all of that, Catherine and David continue to argue about who will win the French Open, and reflect on Rome.
May 14, 2013
Episode 40 - David Felgate: The Henman Years; Madrid Review; Roland Garros Predictions
In Episode 40, we feature an exclusive, in-depth, emotional interview with the long-time coach of Tim Henman - David Felgate. What was it like when Henman went from spindly 17-year-old outsider to Wimbledon semifinal Top 5 contender? How tough was it when the relationship came to an end after almost nine years? And how did Felgate deal with watching, from the BBC Radio 5 Live commentary box, as Henman so nearly reached the final of Wimbledon in 2001? All of that, and a full review of Madrid, where Rafa's good form continued, but it wasn't enough to win over Catherine.
1 hr 8 min
May 8, 2013
Episode 39 - Meet Donna Vekic; Coach David Felgate's view; And Who Is The Player Of The Year So Far?
We are into the fifth month of the year, and David is already nominating someone for player of the year so far - here's a clue, he's not in the Top 4. We also meet the youngest woman in the Top 100 - Donna Vekic - and talk to her coach, David Felgate.
Apr 23, 2013
Episode 38 - Grigor Dimitrov - Is This It? Djokovic Ends Nadal's Decade Of Domination; Fed Cup - Anyone Understand The Format?
The headline story from Monte Carlo was the defeat of Rafael Nadal for the first time in the Principality for a decade, but almost as many people left talking about Grigor Dimitrov as they did Novak Djokovic. It was the 22 year old Bulgarian that pushed Nadal all the way in the quarterfinals, before Djokovic finished the job in the final. Is the Tennis Podcast's favourite player finally coming of age? We speak to him about the challenge of facing Andy Murray in Miami, his new coaching set-up, and why he plays so much doubles. We also review Monte Carlo, and try to work out how the Fed Cup works.
Apr 15, 2013
Episode 37 - 'Tsonga Can Grab a Slam' - Roger Rasheed; Roger Federer or Tiger Woods?; Why Is Isner Better On Clay? Classic Clay Court Clashes;
The tennis circuit moves from hard court to clay this week and we find ourselves asking a number of questions. Why is 6'9" John Isner better on clay than grass? What is the greatest clay court match you ever saw? Whose achievements are better - Tiger Woods or Roger Federer? And we interview Roger Rasheed about his new charge, Jo Wilfried Tsonga, who he says can 'grab a Grand Slam'
1 hr 4 min
Apr 9, 2013
Episode 36 - Britain makes Davis Cup history; Bethanie Mattek-Sands interviewed; And do Tennis clothes matter?
After Great Britain won a Davis Cup match from two rubbers down for the first time in 83 years, David and Catherine spend the first 13 minutes of Episode 36 trying to make sense of it all. The rest of the Davis Cup matches are covered, Serena wins another title and we interview Bethanie Mattek-Sands about clothes, career plans and the fact that David didn't think he would like her. Meanwhile, Catherine struggles to muster an enthusiasm for the talking point of the week - 'Which tennis clothes did you always want to have and why?'. Arguments ensue.
Apr 1, 2013
Episode 35 - March Miami Murray Madness; Tommy Haas interview; Talking with Team Robmond
The morning after the cramp-inducing classic between Andy Murray and David Ferrer in the Sony Open, David and Catherine talk over the Miami Masters tennis tournament. We also have an in-depth interview with the incredible Tommy Haas, who turns 35 this week, and to Team Robmond - Laura Robson and Lisa Raymond - who reveal that they plan to team up at Wimbledon.
Mar 21, 2013
Episode 34 - Rafa Reigns; Miami Beckons; Meet Sloane Stephens; Time Machine Tennis
If there were any doubts that Rafael Nadal is back, they were banished in Indian Wells and we review his exploits in Episode 34. Miami is previewed, we speak to Sloane Stephens, and play Time Machine Tennis!
Mar 6, 2013
Episode 33 - Sue Barker: 'Martina will hate me for it, but the best player ever is...'; When tennis made you cry
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?
1 hr 2 min
Feb 24, 2013
Episode 32 - Ross Hutchins Interview
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.
Feb 20, 2013
Episode 31 - John McEnroe Special
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.
Feb 11, 2013
Episode 30 - Sue Barker On Wimbledon 1977 - 'It was the most harrowing, hurtful experience', The Return of Nadal, One Week Wonders
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.
1 hr 4 min
Feb 6, 2013
Episode 29 - Rafa's back! + Andy Murray interview!
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.
Jan 28, 2013
Episode 28 - Australian Open Men's Final Review and Fred Perry memories with special guest John Inverdale
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.
Jan 26, 2013
Australian Open Final Preview/Predictions - Djokovic vs. Murray; Azarenka vs. Li Na; Azarenka Injury Time-Out Talk;
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.
Jan 22, 2013
Episode 27 - Martina Hingis: How To Beat Serena; Life As No.1 At 16; Following In Lendl's Coaching Footsteps?
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.
1 hr 2 min
Jan 17, 2013
Australian Open Extra 2 - Federer, Djokovic, Murray - Who's looking best? Jankovic vs. Ivanovic / Venus vs. Sharapova predictions, Pink shoelace thoughts
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.
Jan 15, 2013