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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.




Sharapova & Federer are Champions in China; Nadal Number One but Still in Federer's Shadow?

The Putney Exchange is the setting, David and Catherine are the presenters and Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are the topics of discussion... where have we heard that before? Plus the duo discuss Maria Sharapova's return to title-winning ways in Tianjin, and the respective races to London and Singapore.

Duration: 00:52:54

Halep the Latest New No 1 & Garcia the Conqueror; Plus Kyrgios/Nadal Live & the Dan Evans Judgment Discussed.

Back on pigeon-watch at Waterloo station, Catherine & David arrive fresh from commentary duties to discuss the brand new WTA Number One Simona Halep and the awesome woman that beat her to lift the Beijing title, Caroline Garcia. They also give live updates on a match that has already happened (Nadal vs Kyrgios), discuss the ITF judgment handed down to Dan Evans and look ahead to the return of Roger Federer in Shanghai.

Duration: 00:43:24

The Asian Swing Continues & The Big Movie Review - Wuhan, TashKent, Shenzen & Chengdu Reviewed as is 'The Best Tennis Movie Ever' Borg vs McEnroe

Catherine & David reunite at Waterloo station to review the second week of the year's Asian swing, with breakout results for Ash Barty, Caroline Garcia and 33 year-old Vera Zvonareva. Also discussed; a first title in three years for David Goffin, more injury heartbreak for Marcos Baghdatis and a worrying trend of losses for Singapore-chasing Jo Konta. PLUS a first ever film review section as both Catherine & David give their verdicts on new release 'Borg vs McEnroe'.

Duration: 00:48:29

Laver Cup Verdict - New Ryder Cup Or Just Another Exhibition? Race To Singapore, Davis Cup update; Catherine's new forehand

A couple of weeks off after the US Open, and the Tennis Podcast team are back with a bang to assess the Laver Cup, which took place over the weekend. What did everyone think of it? Is it tennis’ answer to the Ryder Cup, or can it only ever be an exhibition event? We hear from the Telegraph’s Simon Briggs, who was in Prague to watch it in person, and Catherine Whitaker and David Law are back together to give their impressions. Was the event scripted to provide a Federer vs. Kyrgios...

Duration: 01:04:48

US Open Day 14 - Nadal Clinches 16th Grand Slam title; How Many Will He Get? Hingis Makes It 25 Not Out

Rafael Nadal ensured the old guard collected the entire Grand Slam title haul in 2017 by winning the US Open, and afterwards the Tennis Podcast team wondered how many more he might pocket. Where was the final against Kevin Anderson won and lost? Compared to the Nadal of the past, how well is he playing right now? And can tennis expect a golden period with the return of Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic in January? Finally, how good is Martina Hingis at doubles? The Tennis Podcast is...

Duration: 00:20:26

US Open Day 13 - Sloane Stephens - Grand Slam Champion; Jamie Murray/Martina Hingis Triumph; Nadal vs. Anderson Preview

Sloane Stephens completed one of the most remarkable injury comebacks in recent memory to win her first Grand Slam title, and the Tennis Podcast convened to talk about it. Stephens beat compatriot Madison Keys 6-3, 6-0 in a contest as one-sided as it sounds. So why was the scoreline so lopsided? Was Stephens that good, Keys that bad, or a combination of the two? How did Stephens recover from surgery and a ranking of nearly 1,000 to win the US Open inside a year? And will she go on to win...

Duration: 00:19:39

US Open Day 12 - Nadal, Anderson Fire Back To Meet In Final; Stephens vs. Keys - A women’s singles final preview

Rafael Nadal will contest his 23rd Grand Slam final and Kevin Anderson his first when they clash in the climax to the US Open on Sunday, and The Tennis Podcast team convened after their semifinals to look ahead. Presenter David Law was joined by Telegraph tennis correspondent Simon Briggs and former Top 50 player Jeff Tarango to talk about the point at which Nadal gained the upper hand against Juan Martin del Potro. Was Nadal's comeback all about him, or was Del Potro's fatigue a...

Duration: 00:22:13

US Open Day 11 - Stephens Stuns Venus Williams; Faces Keys In final; Special Guest Mats Wilander previews Men’s semifinals

Tennis will have a new Grand Slam champion after two of the most exciting, talented young players in the sport reached the US Open women’s final. Sloane Stephens overcame Venus Williams in a deciding set - one of the best sets of the year, and then Madison Keys hammered Coco Vandeweghe 6-1, 6-2. So what did The Tennis Podcast team make of it all? Former Top 50 player Jill Craybas joins presenter David Law to assess where the matches were won and lost. Has the 11-month injury and surgery...

Duration: 00:26:32

US Open Day 10 - Del Potro Dashes New York's Federer vs. Nadal Dream; An American Will Win The Women's Title - Guaranteed

Juan Martin del Potro partied like it was 2009 to beat Roger Federer in the US Open semifinals and deny New York the Nadal vs. Federer clash it craved. Afterwards, Telegraph Tennis Correspondent Simon Briggs joined Tennis Podcast presenter David Law to talk about where it all went right for the Argentine and wrong for the five-time champion. Federer squandered four set points in the third set tie-break with the match tied at one set all. Did he choke? Given Del Potro had nearly...

Duration: 00:31:38

US Open Day 9 - Special Guest - Mary Carillo previews Federer vs. Delpo and more; Venus Wins Kvitova Classic; Meets Sloane Stephens In Semis

As the US Open nears a first ever New York clash between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, the Tennis Podcast team are joined by award-winning American commentator Mary Carillo to talk about the tournament so far, and preview what is to come. As a New Yorker, who has worked for decades for CBS, NBC and now The Tennis Channel, covering countless Grand Slam tennis tournaments and 13 Summer and Winter Olympic games, Carillo gives her verdict on why her city loves comeback king Juan Martin del...

Duration: 00:27:46

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...

Duration: 00:23:37

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...

Duration: 00:16:46

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...

Duration: 00:22:34

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...

Duration: 00:30:27

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...

Duration: 00:27:50

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...

Duration: 00:21:31

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,...

Duration: 00:25:57

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...

Duration: 00:21:13

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...

Duration: 00:34:30

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...

Duration: 00:46:36

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