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Presented by tennis commentator David Law and featuring Catherine Whitaker, in each episode the The Tennis Podcast features an in-depth interview with a big-name player, a top journalist or influential administrator, and plenty of chat about the sport.

Presented by tennis commentator David Law and featuring Catherine Whitaker, in each episode the The Tennis Podcast features an in-depth interview with a big-name player, a top journalist or influential administrator, and plenty of chat about the sport.
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Presented by tennis commentator David Law and featuring Catherine Whitaker, in each episode the The Tennis Podcast features an in-depth interview with a big-name player, a top journalist or influential administrator, and plenty of chat about the sport.

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English


Episodes

Queen’s Day 2 - Murray Edged But Encouraged; Kyrgios Copes; Stan The Gift-Buyer

6/19/2018
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Three hundred and forty one day days had passed since Andy Murray last took to a competitive match court, and few people would have expected him to play as well as he did at the Fever-Tree Championships on Tuesday. The five-time champion fought, scrapped and dragged himself to within each of the finish-line, but Kyrgios found a way through in the end. Afterwards, Catherine Whitaker and Gigi Salmon convened next to a covered Centre Court to assess how Murray looked, and whether Kyrgios...

Duration:00:32:38

Queen's Day 1 - Nick Kyrgios On Andy Murray; Dimitrov's Royal Meeting; Dan Evans Speaks At Last

6/18/2018
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Day one of the Fever-Tree Championships at The Queen’s Club saw some cracking tennis, no big shocks, and the arrival of Nick Kyrgios. Ahead of Kyrgios vs. Andy Murray, Catherine Whitaker spoke to the Australian to find out how he’s feeling, where his game and health are at, and how he planned to get a first win over a man he freely admits is ‘a mate’. We also hear from Dan Evans on his return to the game after suspension, and Grigor Dimitrov tells Gigi Salmon about his visit to see the...

Duration:00:32:19

Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic on their turmoil without tennis, and desire to return

6/17/2018
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Andy Murray is back! After almost a year side-lined by injury, he will make his competitive return at The Queen’s Club against Nick Kyrgios on Tuesday. In the first of daily podcasts from the Fever-Tree Championships, Murray’s last-minute decision to play dominates discussion. In an incredibly honest interview, Murray opens up to Catherine about his difficult year and his prospects for the future. How has his relationships with the sport changed? How low did he feel during the long months...

Duration:00:31:59

30 minutes with Lleyton Hewitt - Tennis Addiction, Facing Rafa on Clay and Why Davis Cup Must Not Change

6/17/2018
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Ahead of his return to The Queen's Club for doubles in the Fever-Tree Championships, Lleyton Hewitt sat down with David Law and Charlie Eccleshare of the Telegraph for half an hour to talk about why he can't and doesn't want to give the sport up, what it was like facing a man arguably even more intense than him - Rafael Nadal on Clay, and why he thinks the plans to try to change the Davis Cup must be stopped.

Duration:00:28:53

French Open Day 15 – Nadal Reigns Supreme At Roland Garros For The 11th Time

6/10/2018
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Rafael Nadal is the French Open champion. Sound familiar? On the Tennis Podcast, Catherine and David look back on the way Nadal overcame Dominic Thiem and a bout of cramp to win at Roland Garros for the eleventh time. The scoreline shows that Nadal won 6-4, 6-3, 6-2. Does that reflect harshly on Thiem? Could he have done anything differently? And has his run to the final justified his decision to play such a packed schedule? As for Nadal, he came through a closely-fought first set and...

Duration:00:31:40

French Open Day 14 - Simon Halep – Grand Slam Champion At Last; Can Thiem Topple Nadal?

6/9/2018
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Simona Halep is a Grand Slam champion at last. Having lost her previous three finals, Halep finally ended her drought by battling past Sloane Stephens in a captivating contest at Roland Garros. On the Tennis Podcast, Catherine and David pay tribute to her resilience. Trailing by a set and a break to Stephens, who was looking close to unbeatable, it felt like Halep would fall short once again. So how did she turn it around? Did the quality of Stephens' tennis actually help Halep to play...

Duration:00:28:48

French Open Day 13 – Special Guest – Mary Carillo Is Back To Preview Halep vs. Stephens; Nadal And Thiem Set Up Final Showdown.

6/8/2018
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The one and only Mary Carillo is back! After debuting on The Tennis Podcast at last year’s US Open, Carillo is at her storytelling best as she joins Catherine from Roland Garros to preview Satuday’s women’s final between Simona Halep and Sloane Stephens. Carillo is the first to admit that this year’s French Open hasn’t caught fire. But that doesn’t dampen her enthusiasm for the women’s final. Will it live up to expectations? Find out why Carillo’s nerves are jangling for Halep, how...

Duration:00:38:32

French Open Day 12 - Halep vs. Stephens: A Final Clash Of Brilliant Players & Different Personalities; How Much Is Nadal Feeling The Pressure?; Weather Crucial As Weekend Approaches.

6/7/2018
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Simona Halep has lost all three of her Grand Slam finals. Will she make it fourth time lucky on Saturday at Roland Garros when she faces Sloane Stephens? On the Tennis Podcast, Catherine and David discuss how both players got there, marvelling at the way in which they handled their big-hitting opponents with relative ease in Thursday’s semi-finals. Halep put up an impenetrable wall to defeat Garbiñe Muguruza in surprisingly straightforward fashion. Why was it not the blockbuster we were...

Duration:00:31:32

French Open Day 11 – Halep & Muguruza Set Up Semi-Final With No.1 Ranking On The Line; Schwartzman Shines Before Rain Saves Nadal

6/6/2018
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David and Catherine convene on The Tennis Podcast to discuss another rain-hit day at Roland Garros. Before play was suspended prematurely, a huge upset was brewing on Court Philippe Chatrier when the free-swinging Diego Schwartzman took the first set against Rafael Nadal. That’s right. Nadal lost a set. On clay. At Roland Garros. It ended his streak of 38 consecutive sets won on the Parisian clay. Schwartzman also led by a break in the second set and David and Catherine are full of...

Duration:00:27:31

French Open Day 10 – Marco Cecchinato In Dreamland; Live Reaction To Djokovic’s Downbeat Press Conference, Keys & Stephens Set Up Semi-Final Clash; Murray Progress Update

6/5/2018
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The match of the tournament came a day later than expected at Roland Garros. Just 24 hours after the Serena-Sharapova non-event, World No.72 Marco Cecchinato stunned Novak Djokovic in an exhilarating encounter, and one that will be remembered for a pulsating fourth-set tiebreak that transfixed everyone watching. Catherine Whitaker is joined on The Tennis Podcast by The Telegraph’s tennis correspondent Simon Briggs in the immediate aftermath. Speaking from inside the press centre at...

Duration:00:25:21

French Open Day 9 - Serena vs. Sharapova Off, and Everyone's Gutted; Kasatkina Finishes Job; Schwartzmann's Stunning Fightback

6/4/2018
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It was the match everyone wanted to see. But in the end, it didn't happen. Catherine and David come together on The Tennis Podcast to discuss a day of immense frustration at Roland Garros after Serena Williams was forced to withdraw before taking to the court against Maria Sharapova due to a right pectoral injury. Were there warning signs from Serena’s doubles match yesterday? Should Serena have even played doubles? And when was the last time the tennis world was so disappointed because...

Duration:00:27:59

French Open Day 8 – Christopher Clarey Previews Serena vs Sharapova Showdown; Is Sascha Zverev Running Out Of Lives?; Bad Light Stops Play In Bizarre Fashion

6/3/2018
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Cancel your plans, Serena vs Sharapova is happening. After days of speculation, Catherine and David are giddy with excitement on the latest Tennis Podcast. But will the match live up to expectations? To preview a showdown of such magnitude, Catherine speaks to the perfect guest – esteemed New York Times writer Christopher Clarey. He’s the man who first described this match-up as an ‘un-rivalry’, but does he think Sharapova is primed to score her first victory against Serena since...

Duration:00:33:14

French Open Day 7 – Fognini Beats Edmund in Five-Set Ordeal; Nadal Dominates Gasquet; Scheduling Controversy; Awesome Sharapova Thrashes Pliskova

6/2/2018
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Kyle Edmund is out of the French Open. His five-set loss to Fabio Fognini brought an end to the British challenge at Roland Garros for another year. David and Catherine assemble on The Tennis Podcast to talk about it. Edmund vs. Fognini had looked thrilling on paper, but it ultimately failed to catch fire. Why was it such an ordeal? Why was Edmund unable to nullify the Fognini threat? And how much of a missed opportunity was this for the British No.1? Meanwhile, there was a familiar...

Duration:00:29:04

French Open Day 6 – Svitolina Slips Up Again; Zverev Hangs On; The Compelling Case Of Novak Djokovic; Edmund vs Fognini Preview

6/1/2018
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David and Catherine are back together on The Tennis Podcast to discuss yet another intriguing day at Roland Garros. The biggest story is the defeat of Elina Svitolina. The No.4 seed was among the favourites for the title, but once again she failed to transfer her fantastic tour form to a Grand Slam. Why does this keep happening? Svitolina was beaten by the unheralded Mihaela Buzărnescu of Romania whose remarkable ranking rise – from outside the Top-400 to inside the Top-40 in the space...

Duration:00:27:02

French Open Day 5 - Williams Summons The Real Serena; Mixed Fortunes For Brits; Does Anyone Truly Believe They Can Beat Nadal?; Biggest Shocks In French Open History

5/31/2018
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Serena Williams stole the show on Day 5 at Roland Garros, roaring back to defeat Ashleigh Barty in a vintage display. Shortly afterwards, The Telegraph’s Charlie Eccleshare joined David Law on The Tennis Podcast to reflect on the drama. Trailing by a set and a break, Serena looked out of sorts. But then she started playing like the Serena we all know so well, summoning her ferocious intensity and imposing her aura to turn the match around. Just how well did she play in those last two...

Duration:00:30:14

French Open Day 4 – Zverev Makes Significant Step; Dimitrov & Nishikori Survive Scares; Who Is The Favourite For The Women’s Title?

5/30/2018
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It was an action-packed Wednesday at Roland Garros, with thrilling matches everywhere you looked. On the Tennis Podcast, David and Catherine begin by assessing the comeback victories of Sascha Zverev, Grigor Dimitrov and Kei Nishikori. In particular, was Zverev’s win today a significant step in his bid to end his Grand Slam curse? David thinks it might be. And Catherine explains how Zverev has been showing off his lighter side while speaking to the media. Elsewhere, what caused Jared...

Duration:00:29:57

French Open Day 3 - Serena Wins on Return; Edmund Impresses; Outfits Analysed; Sock's Shocking Behaviour; Briggs Backs Norrie To Spring Upset

5/29/2018
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The story on everyone’s lips on Day 3 at Roland Garros was the return of Serena Williams. The American beat Kristyna Pliskova 7-6, 6-4 to win her first Grand Slam match since giving birth. Catherine is joined by Simon Briggs, tennis correspondent for The Telegraph, to talk all about it. How well did Serena play? How will she cope with the tactical nous of Ashleigh Barty in the next round? And what was the story behind the catsuit she wore on court? Speaking of fashion, Simon thinks Kyle...

Duration:00:21:27

French Open Day 2 – Lucky Loser Trungelliti Captures Hearts; British Bullishness; Nadal Frustrated; Serena Ready To Return

5/28/2018
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Despite some late drama, the Sunday start at Roland Garros had felt a little flat. Fortunately, that all changed on day two and there was plenty for David (at a wildlife centre) and Catherine (at the tennis) to talk about. While a number of big names may have taken to the court, it was the World No.190 Marco Trungelliti who stole the headlines. The lucky loser’s 9-hour road trip from Barcelona, which caught the imagination of everyone at Roland Garros, got the Hollywood finale it deserved...

Duration:00:31:46

French Open Day 1 - Defending Champion Ostapenko Out; Konta's Woes Continue; Does a Sunday Start Work?

5/27/2018
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As The Tennis Podcast turned six-years-old, Catherine & David celebrated by discussing the opening day of action at Roland Garros. But there was no cause for Johanna Konta to celebrate. The British No.1 lost in the first round at the French Open for the fourth consecutive year, beaten by Yulia Putintseva. Catherine gives us the lowdown on the talking points from Konta’s post-match press conference, which at one stage turned a little more feisty than usual. With these disappointing losses...

Duration:00:26:41

French Open Preview - Catherine Courtside With Serena Williams; Draw Dissection; And What On Earth Is Dominic Thiem Doing?

5/26/2018
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As the French Open prepares to get underway at Roland Garros in Paris, Catherine Whitaker sits courtside as Serena Williams goes through her preparation for the year’s second Grand Slam tournament. What did Simona Halep and Jelena Ostapenko have to say ahead of Roland Garros? Catherine has been talking to them. Who is scheduled to meet Rafael Nadal as he tries to win his 11th French Open title? Catherine and David look at his likely route. And what on earth is Dominic Thiem doing...

Duration:00:30:48