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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.




20 Years Following Federer - The Oldest No.1 Tennis Player Ever

Roger Federer has spent more than half of his life as a professional tennis player, becoming in the eyes of most people, and according to most stats, the best male player ever to pick up a racquet. After becoming the oldest person to reach World No.1 since the rankings began, two men that have covered every one of Federer’s 20 years playing the sport got together on the latest Tennis Podcast to reminisce and assess his latest feat. Presenter David Law (BBC 5 Live) asks guest Christopher...


Ask Catherine & David - Who are the most ‘difficult’ players? What are the best tournaments to cover? How should players handle social media?

We have thrown the next two editions of The Tennis Podcast over to our listeners to fire their questions at hosts Catherine Whitaker and David Law. This week, with Guest Editor Jim Boyle in the chair to choose the questions and throw in a couple of his own, Catherine and David are put on the spot to reveal the players that are the most challenging to interview, which tournaments are the best to cover and why, and what they would give as advice to players about how best to handle social...


Davis Cup - Spain Beat GB But A New British Star Is Born; Just How Good Is Captain Leon Smith? Is This Courier’s Year? Djokovic’s ‘Small Medical Intervention’

Great Britain might have gone out 3-1 in the first round of the Davis Cup to Spain, but the talk of The Tennis Podcast was the performance of Cameron Norrie, who beat Roberto Bautista Agut and pushed Albert Ramos Vinolas all the way. Just who is this 22 year-old who had never previously played a professional clay court match before he discomfited two players that had been brought up on the surface? Can he take this form into his ATP World Tour career? And has he shown that college tennis...


Aus Open Day 14 - 20 Slams For Federer; Tears And Cheers As 36-year-old Overcomes Cilic In 5

Roger Federer made it an extraordinary 20 Grand Slam singles titles with a 5-set win over Marin Cilic in the Australian Open final, and as he embarked on a celebration tour of television studio interviews, Catherine Whitaker and David Law try to make sense of his achievement on The Tennis Podcast. Federer cried crocodile tears in his on-court victory speech, and the team discuss why he might have been so overcome with emotion. They also analyse the match and the claustrophobic and heat...


Aus Open Day 13 - Wozniacki Dream Comes True; Halep’s Hopes Shattered Again After Classic; Federer vs. Cilic Preview

As Caroline Wozniacki walked by from television studio to television studio after claiming her long-awaited first Grand Slam title, Catherine Whitaker and David Law tried to do justice on The Tennis Podcast to an epic three-set tussle which had numerous storylines dripping with emotion. Where was the match won and lost? How did Wozniacki react after finally making her dream come true? And will Simona Halep ever get over the finish line in a Slam final herself? The asterisk of ‘never won...


Aus Open Day 12 - Boris Becker on Federer vs. Cilic, Halep vs. Wozniacki and how peak Becker would have done against Federer; Mary Carillo on everything

Moments after Hyeon Chung pulled out of his Australian Open semifinal because of blisters, ensuring Roger Federer would reach a 30th Grand Slam singles final, Boris Becker joined Catherine Whitaker and David Law on the Tennis Podcast to look ahead to Sunday’s clash with Marin Cilic. The two-time champion also previews the women’s final between Caroline Wozniacki and Simona Halep, explains why he left the stadium immediately after match point in the 1991 final, and predicts how a peak...


Aus Open Day 11 - Halep Wins Instant Classic To Set Up Winner-Take-All Clash With Wozniacki; Edmund Journey Ends; Federer vs. Chung preview

Moment after Kyle Edmund’s Australian Open odyssey ended at the hands of Marin Cilic, Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport), David Law (BBC 5 Live) and Simon Briggs (Telegraph) got together in the media cafe to talk over where the match was won and lost. Could he have done anything differently? How big a factor was the injury he apparently sustained? And will Cilic be able to go all the way in the final? Earlier in the day, Simona Halep saved match points for a second time in a week to reach...


Aus Open Day 10 - Chung vs. Federer, Halep vs. Kerber In Semis; Edmund Prepares For Biggest Day Of His Life; Tennys Takes Aim

All of the four quarterfinals played on Wednesday were won in straight sets, but each had its own story, and the resulting semifinals are mouth-watering, according to the Tennis Podcast team. Hyeon Chung is one of the stories of the tournament and he backed up his straight sets win over Novak Djokovic by overcoming a very difference challenge - being the favourite to win against the World No. 97, Tennys Sandgren. It made Chung the first Korean ever to reach the semifinals of a Grand Slam...


Aus Open Day 9 - Kyle Edmund: Grand Slam Semifinalist; Injured Nadal Downed By Cilic; Mertens Makes Semis; Catherine Whitaker’s BEST DAY EVER!

In 2010, Andy Murray went through to the semifinals of the Australian Open for the first time when Rafael Nadal retired with injury. His opponent in the final four was Marin Cilic. He then met Roger Federer in the final. Eight years on, Nadal retired with injury from a Grand Slam match for only the second time in his career. It was also at the Australian Open, and the result is that a British player will once again be playing against Marin Cilic for a place in the final, and Roger Federer...


Aus Open Day 8 - Djokovic Downed By Awesome Chung - What Next For Novak? Kerber / Keys To Clash; Anyone For Tennys?

Novak Djokovic found himself ‘playing in front of a mirror’ according to The Tennis Podcast team, as he was knocked out of the Australian Open by Hyeon Chung at the fourth round stage. Chung out-Djokovic’d Djokovic, pounding whiplash groundstrokes, hitting lines, reaching seemingly irretrievable balls in a blur of speed, and doing the splits when forced out wide. After winning 7-6, 7-5, 7-6 Chung was given a standing ovation inside the Rod Laver Arena. On the podcast, concern turned to...


Aus Open Day 7 - Dimitrov Downs Kyrgios In Classic; Faces Edmund In Quarters; Nadal, Cilic Toil; Wozniacki Cruises

Grigor Dimitrov vs. Nick Kyrgios was ‘instant classic’ material, and only made better from a British perspective in that the winner plays Kyle Edmund, who is into his first Grand Slam quarterfinal. On the Tennis Podcast afterwards, David Law said the match between Dimitrov and Kyrgios was a ‘win-win’ for tennis, but not everyone agrees. Did Kyrgios cross the line with his ranting in the direction of his support team? Or is it time to cut him some slack and celebrate a brilliant...


Heroic Halep Wins Epic; Kerber Crushes Sharapova Challenge; Zverev, Delpo Fall; Naomi Broady Guests As Jetlagged Murray Engages On Twitter

Simona Halep produced an incredible feat of fitness and fire to save three match points and win 15-13 in the final set against Lauren Davis, and afterwards The Tennis Podcast team got together to marvel at it. They were joined by British No.3 Naomi Broady, and while chatting, Andy Murray began a jetlag fuelled Q & A session on Twitter. So, Broady told Catherine Whitaker and David Law about the Andy Murray she knows, and also gave a backstage insight into Nick Kyrgios. Later, Whitaker and...


Aus Open Day 5 - Kyrgios Comes Good; Edmund Handles Heat; Ostapenko Out

On a day when temperatures exceeded 40 degrees for a second day in a row, the last thing Kyle Edmund would have wanted was a 5-set, near 4-hour match, but that’s what he got, and he came through it. Catherine Whitaker was the first person to speak to him afterwards, for Eurosport, and Simon Briggs sat watching him for the full duration. They give the lowdown on what he went through to reach the last 16 of the Australian Open, and what they make of his chances against Andreas Seppi...


Aus Open Day 4 - Big Names Wilt in Brutal Heat

As temperatures exceed 40 degrees celcius on day four of the Australian Open, Catherine & David question why on earth the heat policy wasn't invoked, and indeed whether there should even be a heat policy (some merciless people seem to think there shouldn't!). They also analyse those that survived the withering conditions - including a warrior-like Novak Djokovic, who 'out-bluffed' Gael Monfils in the heat of the day - and those that didn't, including third seed Garbina Muguruza, seventh...


Aus Open Day 3 - Alex Corretja Guests as Wozniacki, Tsonga & Dimitrov Survive Stern Tests

Recorded live from the Eurosport Green Room during Grigor Dimitrov's epic five setter with American Mackenzie McDonald, former World No 2 Alex Corretja shares his thoughts on all things Australian Open, including heat waves, big match pressure and who he thinks will win the men's and women's titles. He also joins David & Catherine in talking through the dramatic events of the day, including second seed Caroline Wozniacki snatching victory from the jaws of defeat and a 'highly stressful'...


Aus Open Day 2 - Novak Djokovic Is Back With A Bang But What Did He Say About That Player Meeting?

Aus Open Day 2 - Novak Djokovic Is Back With A Bang But What Did He Say About That Player Meeting? Novak Djokovic was front and centre on Tuesday, both on and off the court, as he played a competitive tennis match for the first time since Wimbledon and then addressed reports about his role in the Player Meeting on Friday. In the latest Tennis Podcast, we hear his post-match press conference in which he denied talking about a potential boycott, insisted he had been misrepresented in...


Djokovic Intervention Dominates Day One Chat; Stephens, Williams Tumble; Edmund Scores Career-Best Win

On an opening day when big names were beaten and all of them American, and Kyle Edmund scored arguably the most important victory of his career, the main topic of conversation at the Australian Open was about Novak Djokovic’s player meeting intervention.


Roger's Mind Games, Stan & Novak’s Return, Billie Jean’s Stand - Tales From The Australian Open Interview Room

Catherine Whitaker and David Law are here to tell you all the tales from the interview room ahead of the Australian Open. From Roger Federer's mind games to Stan Wawrinka's tough times, to Billie Jean King's stand against the Margaret Court Arena.


Aus Open Draws Dissected; Sharapova’s Involvement Questioned; Serena’s Struggle Revealede

With the first Grand Slam tournament of 2018 upon us, Catherine Whitaker and David Law are in Melbourne, and were joined by Telegraph Tennis Correspondent to dissect the draws of the Australian Open. Who has the best road to the final? What are the outstanding first round matches? And who is likely to clash in the last 16 and onwards? The team talk it through. The fitness of Novak Djokovic is discussed, as his difficult draw. Aside from the potential match-ups, one of the main tournament...


Andy Murray Goes Under The Knife; Kyrgios Wins In Australia; Serena Won't Make Melbourne; Simon Briggs, Nigel Sears Guest

Andy Murray has taken the plunge and gone under the knife after his frustrated attempts to come back from a hip injury. David Law, deserted by an ill Catherine Whitaker, gives his verdict on whether Murray has made the right call, and what happens next. He is also joined by Telegraph Tennis Correspondent Simon Briggs to talk about Murray and other main stories ahead of the Australian, and leading coach Nigel Sears to run through the long list of players on the WTA Tour competing for major...


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