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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.




Halep & Nadal Win In Canada; Tsitsipas Comes Of Age; ATP Finals Venue Up For Tender; Davis Cup Vote To Take Place

With David away on holiday, The Telegraph’s Charlie Eccleshare joins Catherine on The Tennis Podcast to review the action from the Rogers Cup in Canada, where world No.1s Simona Halep and Rafael Nadal picked up the titles in Montreal and Toronto respectively. Halep battled past Stephens in a thrilling final. Can the pair now establish a genuine, lasting rivalry at the top of the game? And is it too early to call them the two clear favourites for the US Open? Nadal, meanwhile, withstood the...


Tears Flow As Murray Makes Hard Court Return; Dominant Zverev Wins Washington; Buzarnescu’s Long Road To First WTA Title; Jo Konta 6-1, 6-0 Serena Williams – What Happened?

Unsurprisingly, the eventful return of Andy Murray dominates discussion on this week’s Tennis Podcast. After Murray played and won his first hard court matches since March 2017 by advancing to the quarter-finals in Washington, David and Catherine are on hand to talk all about it. What did we learn about Murray? How well did he play? And why did he end up in tears after beating Marius Copil? The 3:02am finish might have had something to do with it… On that note, the scheduling issues in...


What’s Happened Since Wimbledon?; Challenger Tour Revamp; Serena’s Drug Testing Frustration; Djokovic Reveals Struggles In Open Letter; #TennisPodCastaways Winners Announced

Catherine and David are back with a bumper edition of The Tennis Podcast to reflect on everything that’s happened in the sport since Wimbledon. From Newport to Nanchang, all the noteworthy results and their implications are covered. Can Cecchinato or Fognini reach the ATP World Tour Finals? Who is 17-year-old Moscow titlist Olga Danilovic? And what’s the key to John Isner’s sustained success in Atlanta? Moreover, Britain’s Jay Clarke won the Binghamton Challenger. His prospects are...


Ask Catherine & David 4 – Nadal-Federer GOAT Debate; Should Women Play Best-of-Five Sets?; Does Tennis Need A Unified Governing Body?; Is Doubles In Crisis?

After producing 39 podcasts in 50 days during the French Open, the Fever-Tree Championships and Wimbledon, Catherine and David have handed over editorial control to the listeners for the latest show. In the fourth instalment this year of Ask Catherine & David, the hosts do their best to answer all the questions selected by executive producer Melanie Bose. What does Rafael Nadal need to achieve to become widely considered the GOAT? Would tennis be better off with a commissioner rather...


Wimbledon Day 13 - Djokovic Is Back In The Big-Time; Mental Health In Tennis Discussed

Novak Djokovic has been through some dark times over the past couple of years, but his 6-2, 6-2, 7-6 win over Kevin Anderson in the Wimbledon final proved that he is very much back in the big time. Afterwards, Tennis Podcast presenter David Law was joined by Charlie Eccleshare of the Telegraph to look back on a final that didn't get going until set three, and ultimately proved a step too far for Anderson. Just how good was Djokovic? Where does this leave him for the US Open in a few...


Wimbledon Day 12 - Kerber Beats Serena But Both Are The Story; Djokovic Is Back After Edging All-Time Classic With Nadal

With Royalty in attendance - the Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex - Angelique Kerber defeated Serena Williams to win the Wimbledon title, and Novak Djokovic overcame Rafael Nadal in an all-time classic to reach the men’s final. Afterwards, Catherine Whitaker was joined by Charlie Eccleshare of the Telegraph, and later David Law, to review the day. Why was Kerber such a comfortable winner over Williams? How will the final be reported in the pages of the Telegraph? And what next for both...


Wimbledon Day 11 - Djokovic, Nadal Held Overnight After Classic; Anderson Outlasts Isner, Reaches Final And Asks For Rule Change; Serena vs. Kerber Preview

A memorable, bizarre, pulsating day at Wimbledon ended with Kevin Anderson in the men’s singles final after a 6 hour 36 minute epic, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal needing to come back out to continue battle on Saturday with Djokovic ahead 2 sets to 1, and a women’s final likely to be delayed as a result. In total darkness after the 11pm curfew had brought play to a halt, Catherine Whitaker, David Law and Simon Briggs got together to review matters. Is it time for a final set tie-break...


Wimbledon Day 10 - Mary Carillo! Serena Returns To Rightful Place; Faces Kerber In 2016 Repeat; Djokovic or Nadal?

After two one-sided women’s semifinals at Wimbledon, the prospect of a Serena Williams vs. Angelique Kerber final is mouthwatering, and who better to talk about it, and everything else, than Mary Carillo. The Tennis Podcast’s favourite guest joins Catherine Whitaker and David Law on the broadcast roof to cover matches galore, look ahead to Novak Djokovic vs. Rafael Nadal, and tell us an anecdote involving Roger Federer’s kids! The Tennis Podcast is produced daily throughout Wimbledon,...


Wimbledon Day 9 - Federer Falls To Anderson; Nadal Wins Del Potro Epic; Djokovic Delivers; Big John’s Big Moment

A day that began with Roger Federer looking serene ended with him out of the tournament, Rafael Nadal fighting through at the last, and David Law speaking to a couple of special guests - BBC commentators Vassos Alexander and Russell Fuller - to try to cover it all on The Tennis Podcast. Federer was felled by Kevin Anderson, who saved match point and came back from two sets to love down to overcome Federer in 5. Was it a question of sensational play from the South African, or did Federer...


Wimbledon Day 8 - Kerber & Kasatkina Dazzle on Centre; Serena Battles through; Federer relegated to Court One

After a women's quarter finals day that did not disappoint, David & Catherine are left to dissect four quarter final matches, and four deserving semi finalists. David picks Serena as the title favourite while Catherine thinks Angelique Kerber is the one to watch, and what about Jelena Ostapenko, a woman who is capable of hitting any opponent clean off the court. And although not a winner on Tuesday, Daria Kasatkina sure did seize the opportunity to show the Centre Court crowd what she's...


Wimbledon Day 7 - Manic Monday scheduling under the spotlight; Federer, Nadal & Djokovic through but who will play on Centre Court on Wednesday?

As the annual tennis festival that is 'Manic Monday' comes and goes, David & Catherine meet in their usual spot on the broadcast roof to analyse not only the matches themselves, but also their scheduling. Six men's and three women's matches on the three main show courts, and Djokovic relegated to Court One once again while Federer enjoys his usual Centre Court procession - is it fair? And if not, does it even matter so long as the paying public are happy? And what of the women's round of...


Wimbledon Day 6 - Tired Halep Crashes Out; Djokovic Rises from the ashes to end British Hopes

As the first week of Wimbledon 2018 draws to a close, Catherine & David meet on the broadcast centre roof overlooking the grounds to discuss yet another shock defeat in the women's draw, that of top seed and French Open Champion Simona Halep to perennial Grand Slam giant-killer Su-Wei Hseih. They also discuss the rest of the day's women's results which included wins for 'tennis magicians' Daria Kasatkina and Belinda Bencic, and another jaw-dropping performance by on-fire Jelena...


Wimbledon Day 5 - Venus & Keys lose while Serena marches on; Federer breaks yet more records; Special Guest BBC's Phil Studd

After a day that drew to a close with just two of the women's top ten seeds left standing, Catherine & David are joined by BBC commentator Phil Studd to dissect a horrific defeat for Madison Keys to the world no 120, and a battling defeat for five-time Champion Venus Williams to the no-longer-a-clay-court-specialist Kiki Bertens. Oh, and while we're on the subject of Venus.. what's up with her court assignments in recent years? The Tennis Podcast team delve into the debate. While seeds...


Wimbledon Day 4 - McEnroe, Henman Assess Edmund vs. Djokovic; Muguruza, Cilic, Konta Crash Out; Special Guest - BBC’s Iain Carter

A stunning day of upsets at Wimbledon saw defending champion Garbine Muguruza go out, podcast-pick Marin Cilic fall, and Jo Konta defeated, and The Tennis Podcast has an equally dramatic line-up of guests to round it all up. John McEnroe and Tim Henman talk to The Tennis Podcast about Kyle Edmund’s win over Bradley Klahn and look ahead to Edmund vs. Novak Djokovic in round 3. Could Edmund score a stunning win? The BBC’s Iain Carter joins presenter David Law to reflect on the losses of...


Wimbledon Day 3 - Whinging Wozniacki’s Parting Shot At Makarova; Federer, Serena Stroll; Brits Get Ready To Rumble

After the English footballing euphoria of Tuesday night, day 3 at Wimbledon occupied national centre stage and the main talking point on The Tennis Podcast was the demise of one of the top seeds. While Serena Williams and Roger Federer strolled to victory on Centre Court, Caroline Wozniacki endured a torrid time on Court One, crashing out at the hands of Ekaterina Makaraova. Afterwards, Wozniacki was in somewhat uncharitable mood towards her opponent and doesn’t think she will go much...


Wimbledon Day 2 - Kvitova Falls; Nadal Cruises; Konta, Edmund Move On

The second day of the Wimbledon Championships saw popular pick for the title - Petra Kvitova go spinning out at the first round stage. Afterwards, Catherine Whitaker and David Law got together to talk about what happened to the Czech, what they thought of the performances of Rafael Nadal, Johanna Konta and Kyle Edmund, and what constitutes an ‘introvert’. The Tennis Podcast will be daily throughout Wimbledon, presented by David Law and Catherine Whitaker. It is produced in associated...


Wimbledon Day 1 - Serena’s Return; Stan The Man Is Back! Sloane Slumps; Federer’s Sartorial Statement

On the day that Serena Williams returned to Wimbledon for the first time in a couple of years and won her first round, Stan Wawrinka scored the biggest win of his career since returning from knee surgery. Wawrinka overcame Grigor Dimitrov in exhilarating fashion on Centre Court, commentated on for BBC 5 Live by David Law. Afterwards, he and Catherine Whitaker met up to mull over the day’s action, including a shocking loss for Sloane Stephens, they talk about the clothing label change of...


Wimbledon Preview - Nadal vs. Federer 10 years on - will it happen? Serena Williams back: What should we expect? Oh no, Andy Murray

What looked like being the calm before the storm on the day before The Championships, erupted into life a day early with Andy Murray’s sudden withdrawal. The news is crow-barred into the preview pod after its initial recording, with more considered attention given to who might win the men’s and women’s singles titles. David Law is joined by Simon Briggs from the Telegraph, who thinks that Roger Federer fans are going to be disappointed this time around. So who will dethrone the mighty...


Queen's Day 7 - Cilic Banishes Demons; Djokovic Devastated; Who Is Wimbledon Favourite Now?

A year ago, Marin Cilic cut a disconsolate figure as he lost the final against Feliciano Lopez from match point down. A year on, it was his turn to save match point against Novak Djokovic before winning through in the longest match in the history of the Fever-Tree Championships at The Queen's Club. Afterwards, Cilic spoke to David Law, and, sitting overlooking centre court, Law and Catherine Whitaker debriefed over the match they had just witnessed. What happened to Djokovic - was it a...


Queen's Day 6 - Djokovic vs. Cilic Final - we speak to both; Marian Vajda - why he came back to coach Djokovic

Novak Djokovic is into an ATP final for the first time since he returned from a serious elbow injury, and afterwards he spoke to The Tennis Podcast. He is up against Marin Cilic in the title-decider for the Fever-Tree Championships. The Croatian also joined Gigi Salmon to chat on the pod. Elsewhere, we hear from Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett during the ever first wheelchair exhibition tournament at Queen's, and from Novak Djokovic's coach Marian Vajda, who explains why he returned to his...