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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.




Unstoppable Djokovic Wins Shanghai; Delpo Devastation; Davis Cup Mess Continues

Novak Djokovic looks as if he has stepped in a time machine and taken us all back to 2015, such is the level of tennis he is producing in the second half of 2018. In the latest Tennis Podcast, Catherine Whitaker and David Law get together to look back on Djokovic's victory in Shanghai, where he didn't lose a set and never looked likely to. Who, when, where and how is anyone going to stop him? Or will his level inevitably drop? The man he beat in the final - Borna Coric - has made major...


Kyle Edmund Continues Search For First ATP Title; Medvedev & Basilashvili Shine In The Far East; Dominant Wozniacki Wins Beijing

Inspired by a certain Tennis Podcast presenter’s loss from match point up, David and Catherine begin this week’s show by discussing the phenomenon of ‘choking’ in sport. What causes it? And what’s the biggest choke in tennis history? In Beijing this week, Kyle Edmund didn’t choke, but he did miss a big opportunity to win his first ATP title. How important is it that he overcomes this hurdle sooner rather than later? Two men who have got the title-winning bug, however, are Daniil Medvedev...


The Political State of Tennis; Sabalenka Storms to Wuhan Title; Tomic Back in the Winner’s Circle

2018 has been a turbulent year for tennis, with warring factions and uncertainty over where the sport is heading. In this week’s podcast, Simon Briggs joins David and Catherine to discuss the political state of the sport. How optimistic can we be that the governing bodies will eventually find a solution that works best for tennis rather just their own agendas? Will the sport produce a Davis Cup that works as well as golf’s Ryder Cup? And what will happen about on-court coaching? Briggs...


Osaka backs up US Open victory; Pliskova & Thiem win hard court titles; Lahyani suspended by ATP; Murray to shut down season after Beijing; Laver Cup – what does the future hold?

There’s a lot to cover on the new Tennis Podcast. For the second week in a row, David and Catherine begin by talking about the form of Naomi Osaka. The Japanese reached the final in Tokyo to back up her US Open title. Why was that so impressive? And just how well did Karolina Pliskova have to play to beat her? Elsewhere, Andy Murray has decided that he will shut down his 2018 season after Shenzhen and Beijing in order to focus on being in the best possible shape for Australia. David and...


Naomi Osaka’s Lap Of Honour – How Will She Cope With Being US Open Champion?; France & Croatia To Contest Last Davis Cup Final In Its Traditional Format

The US Open may be over, but Naomi Osaka’s new life is just getting started. While her victory in New York was overshadowed, she’s capitalised brilliantly on the moment by signing an endorsement deal with Nissan and appearing on The Ellen Show. On The Tennis Podcast, Catherine and David wonder how Osaka will handle her newfound status as a Grand Slam champion. What are some of the challenges she will face? Elsewhere, this past weekend saw the first Davis Cup action since the vote to revamp...


A View From The Chair - Enric Molina On Carlos Ramos vs. Serena Williams; USTA/WTA Reaction; What Should Have Happened

Enric Molina has umpired four Grand Slam singles finals, four Davis Cup finals and two Olympic finals. So what when through his mind when he saw the events of the weekend at the US Open, with former colleague Carlos Ramos warning Serena Williams three times, docking her a point and then a game, and the subsequent reactions from former players and governing bodies? Molina joins David Law on The Tennis Podcast to give his view on the decisions taken by Ramos, whether anything could have been...


US Open Day 14 – Dominant Djokovic Beats Del Potro To Win 14th Grand Slam Title; Fallout Continues From Women’s Final – Was Sexism At Play?

Novak Djokovic is the US Open champion for the third time, beating Juan Martin del Potro 6-3, 7-6, 6-3. On The Tennis Podcast, David and Catherine discuss his brilliant performance. Does the straight-sets scoreline do Del Potro a disservice? Was he a little too cautious early on? Did the slow conditions play a part? How crucial was that epic 20-minute game? Djokovic is now level with Pete Sampras on 14 Grand Slams titles. It suddenly looks possible that he might bridge the gap to Nadal and...


US Open Day 13 – Spellbinding Naomi Osaka Wins First Grand Slam Title; Serena Sees Red In Controversy-Filled Final

At the end of a mind-blowing day, and one of the most controversy-filled Grand Slams finals in history, David and Catherine sit down to run through the events in full. With emotions running high, the theme of the discussion is the need for nuance. Can we accept Serena as a highly-inspirational role model who is also capable of quite unedifying behaviour? And were all three code violations justified? Not for the first time this tournament, the incident brought the role of the umpire into...


US Open Day 12 - Nadal Injury Prevents Del Potro Classic; Is Tennis Becoming Too Physical?; Sublime Djokovic Looks Back To His Very Best

The US Open men’s semi-finals did not deliver the competitiveness they promised – partly due to Rafael Nadal’s knee, partly due to Novak Djokovic’s brilliance. On The Tennis Podcast, on his birthday, David is joined separately by Simon Briggs of Telegraph Sport and Catherine to talk about it all. Nadal’s knee meant he had to retire when trailing Juan Martin del Potro by two sets. Is it a coincidence that he’s had to pull out of both hard court slams in 2018? How will he manage his body...


US Open Day 11 - Net-Rushing Serena Storms Into Final; Osaka Overcomes Keys; Men’s Semi-Finals Previewed

The women’s final is set: Serena Williams will face Naomi Osaka on Saturday. On The Tennis Podcast, David and Catherine discuss how both players got there. Serena beat Anastasija Sevastova 6-3, 6-0. What made this such a formidable performance? David was struck by Serena's net game. Has she ever been forward more? And was it a pre-planned tactic or a mid-match adjustment? Is there a difference between “needing” and “wanting” Grand Slam titles? Catherine wonders whether, with Olympia now in...


US Open Day 10 - Osaka & Nishikori Create History For Japan; Keys & Djokovic Win In Strange Night Session; Women’s Semi-Finals Previewed

For the first time in the Open Era there will be a Japanese man and woman in the semi-finals of a Grand Slam after contrasting wins for Naomi Osaka and Kei Nishikori. Osaka was brilliant again, cruising past an out-of-sorts Lesia Tsurenko. Is she playing the best tennis of anyone in the draw? Nishikori then reeled in Marin Cilic to win in five sets. Was he inspired by Osaka’s victory? Not for the first time, Cilic suffered an alarmingly sudden loss of form and became very agitated. Why...


US Open Day 9 - Nadal Wins Late-Night Epic Against Thiem; Sevastova Bamboozles Stephens; Serena Eases Past Pliskova; Is There An Irresistible Force Behind Del Potro?

For the second night in a row, the end of The Tennis Podcast had to be recorded at past 2am in New York. That’s because Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem played a marathon match long into the night, with Nadal prevailing in a thrilling deciding set tiebreak. This was tennis at its absolute best, say David and Catherine, and also a brilliant advert for fifth set tiebreaks. Nadal will now face Del Potro in a repeat of last year’s semi-final. Del Potro beat Isner in a match that played out as...


US Open Day 8 – Federer Suffers Shock Defeat To Millman; Sharapova Loses 100% Night Session Record; Osaka, Keys & Djokovic Progress

This is a Tennis Podcast in two parts. First of all, David and Catherine recorded almost half an hour of chat about the day session, reflecting on wins for Naomi Osaka, Madison Keys and Novak Djokovic, and looking ahead to the quarter-finals. Then the night session happened. And all hell broke loose. At 2:15am, David and Simon Briggs tried to pick up the pieces following Roger Federer’s shock defeat to John Millman. Federer hit 76 unforced errors, made 10 double faults and landed less...


US Open Day 7 - Sublime Stephens Puts Down A Marker; Serena Impresses Again; Nadal Tested By Brilliant Basilashvili

With no obvious headline on Day 7 at the US Open, David and Catherine start the Tennis Podcast by purring over the form of Sloane Stephens and trying to pin down what makes her such a sublime player. They agree she has a sixth sense, but is she unstoppable at her best? It certainly felt like it against Elise Mertens. Another good performance from Serena is discussed. How well did she do to weather the second set onslaught from Kaia Kanepi? Will the quietly impressive Karolina Pliskova...


US Open Day 6 - Federer Puts On A Show Against Kyrgios; Kerber, Zverev Lose On Day Of Upsets

Federer vs. Kyrgios may not have lived up to our lofty expectations, but it still delivered a number of talking points for Catherine and David on The Tennis Podcast. It was neither a total capitulation nor a fully-engaged performance from Kyrgios. Why does Catherine believe it was a step backwards? Will he finally get a coach? Federer, meanwhile, produced a shot of genius. You must have seen it. Where does it rank in his long list of memorable moments? Elsewhere, it was a day laden with...


US Open Day 5 – Serena Sends Message; Khachanov Arrives, Nadal Survives; Federer vs. Kyrgios Preview

After all the off-court drama of the past few days, the excitement on day five at the US Open was to be found on the court. David is joined separately by Simon Briggs and Catherine to talk about it all. Serena vs. Venus was a remarkable occasion, as expected, but Serena’s brilliance made it a one-sided contest. Has she sent a message to the rest of the field? The match of the day was undoubtedly the four-hour epic between Karen Khachanov and Rafael Nadal. Is it time to raise our...


US Open Day 4 - Lahyani/Kyrgios Controversy Dominates Discussion; Best Third Round Line-up Ever?

Not for the first time, a Nick Kyrgios match dominates discussion on The Tennis Podcast. This time, however, Kyrgios is ceding much of the spotlight to umpire Mohamed Lahyani, whose decision to get down from his chair and apparently give Kyrgios a pep talk has caused a lot of controversy. David and Catherine give their reaction to the incident and its aftermath. Was Lahyani trying to cajole and counsel Kyrgios? Did he overstep the mark? What would be an appropriate sanction for Lahyani? And...


US Open Day 3 - Murray Out, But Not Without A Fight; Stephens Survives Scare; Serena & Venus To Meet In Third Round

Andy Murray is out of the US Open. But not without a fight. Not without looking much like his old self in a four-set defeat to Fernando Verdasco. After another scorching day in New York, Catherine joins David on The Tennis Podcast to discuss the match in detail. What made this the most encouraging performance of Murray’s comeback so far? What did Murray say in his press conference? How well did Verdasco do to hold his nerve in that thrilling final game? In the women’s draw, defending...


US Open Day 2 – New York Becomes Sweltering Furnace; Djokovic Battles Through; Konta Beaten By Garcia

On a day of extreme heat and humidity at the US Open, when merely breathing was a challenge, Simon Briggs of Telegraph Sport joins David to salute all the players that managed to actually play high-level tennis in such brutal conditions. The decision of the tournament organisers to invoke the heat rule, including one for the men, is praised. But should play have been cancelled altogether? Novak Djokovic was one of a number of players to be seriously affected by the weather, but he battled...


US Open Day 1 – Halep Crashes Out, Murray Makes Winning Return, Daniela Hantuchova Guests

Former World No.5 turned Amazon Prime Video UK pundit Daniela Hantuchova joins David and Catherine to review an eventful opening day at the US Open. For the first time in the tournament’s history, the women’s top seed lost in the first round. Where did it all go wrong for Simona Halep against Kaia Kanepi? Why was there no real fightback? Has she become over-reliant on Darren Cahill? Hantuchova thinks she might still need time to recover from the high of winning at Roland Garros. From a...