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Aug 31, 2015

Will Serena clinch the Calendar Grand Slam? What now for injured Sharapova? And could Belinda Bencic cause an upset? And on the men's side, can Federer win a magical 18th Major? Will Djokovic seal his place among the greats? Could Murray muscle in on the action? Or will 'the walking headline' Nick Kyrgios take him out in the first round?

David Law is joined by The Telegraph's Tennis Correspondent Simon Briggs to preview the 2015 US Open!

Aug 24, 2015

With a week to go until the US Open, Roger Federer has joined Andy Murray in beating Novak Djokovic in a big final to throw the year’s final Grand Slam tournament wide open.

In the latest Tennis Podcast, produced in association with The Telegraph, presenter David Law talks to co-host Catherine Whitaker, who was courtside at the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati, about Federer’s latest age-defying feat.

After 17 years as a professional, he appeared to ‘invent’ new strokes in Cincinnati, while playing more aggressively at the net than at any other time in his career. Could this lead to an extraordinary 18th Grand Slam title in New York? We hear his post-match reaction as he explains why he is hitting his backhand better than ever, and how he decided to celebrate with his twin daughters.

Meanwhile, are these worrying moments for Djokovic fans? After the final, he explained how short of form he feels and therefore how well he did to reach the final at all. Catherine and David argue about the significance of his defeats heading into the year’s final major championship.

What of Andy Murray? Is his record of only one set won and 11 lost against Federer a concern? 

Elsewhere, Serena Williams is closing in on a calendar-year Grand Slam. After a week of apparent on-court nervousness and anxiety, how significant was her win over Simona Halep to win in Cincinnati? 

And, as news of Nick Kyrgios’ additional sanctions drops during the show, Catherine and David debate whether it is a suitable  punishment, and what the repercussions will be. 

The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with The Telegraph.

Aug 17, 2015
Andy Murray has beaten Novak Djokovic for the first time since the 2013 Wimbledon final to win the Rogers Cup in Montreal, and in an interview with Tennis Podcast presenter Catherine Whitaker immediately afterwards, he talked about the significance of the victory.
 
Had the two-year, eight-match losing streak against Djokovic had been preying on his mind?
 
Does the win give him belief that he can make it to World Number One?
 
And what was his reaction to the news that his coach Amelie Mauresmo gave birth to a baby boy on the morning that he won the final?
 
All of those questions are answered in this interview on the Tennis Podcast.
 
Whitaker and co-presenter David Law (BBC 5 Live) give their views about the significance of the win, review the performance of Belinda Bencic who beat six Grand Slam finalists and champions in a row to win the title in Toronto. Also discussed is the fall-out from the words uttered on court by Nick Kyrgios. 
 
The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with The Telegraph. 
Aug 16, 2015
The Tennis Podcast is back after a few weeks of holiday, and before we get into the fall-out from Nick Kyrgios and cover the latest from both the Tours, here’s an exclusive interview with the great Pete Sampras.
 
This week, Sampras has been in Knokke, Belgium playing in the Optima Open, one of the tournaments on the ATP Champions Tour. Today he meets Xavier Malisse in the final. Our reporter Stuart Fraser caught up with him to ask if he thinks Roger Federer can win another Grand Slam, whether Rafael Nadal can come again, and the rivalry between Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray. Plus, can he see Serena Williams wrapping up the calendar Slam in New York?
Jul 19, 2015

Davis Cup Sunday - Murray, Hewitt Set Up GB vs. Australia Semifinal Showdown; Leon Smith interview

 
Great Britain Davis Cup captain Leon Smith told The Tennis Podcast that Andy Murray is ‘a phenomenal competitive animal’ after he carried the nation to the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas semifinals for the first time since 1981.
 
Smith joined Tennis Podcast presenters David Law and Catherine Whitaker to reflect upon a tie that Britain won 3-1 against France. It set up a final four meeting with Australia, 18-20 September. 
 
“I’ve been trying to come up with the right words to describe Andy, but he is just a phenomenal competitive animal. It was unreal,” said Smith, after captaining the British team from the brink of relegation to Euro African Zone 3 in July 2010, to the semifinals of the World Group.
 
The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with the Telegraph, and supported by BNP Paribas, the bank for a changing world.
Jul 18, 2015
Greg Rusedski has told The Tennis Podcast that victory on Sunday over France would be the most important win for Britain’s Davis Cup team could lead to them lifting the Davis Cup outright given the teams left in the competition. 
 
Team GB are three sets away from reaching the semifinals of the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas semifinals for the first time in 34 years. Andy and Jamie Murray joined forces on Saturday to fight back from a set down and defeat Jo Wilfried Tsonga and Nicolas Mahut.
 
Andy Murray will now play his reverse singles at 12.30pm on Sunday against either Gilles Simon or Richard Gasquet. Victory would put Britain into a home semifinal against either Australia or Kazakhstan. The Kazakhs lead 2-1 going into the final day. 
 
The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with the Telegraph, and supported by BNP Paribas, the bank for a changing world.

 

Jul 17, 2015

After the first day of the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas quarterfinals on Friday, Great Britain and France stand 1-1 overnight, with the winner looking increasingly likely to face Kazakhstan, who took a shook 2-0 lead in Australia. 

Tennis Podcast presenters David Law and Catherine Whitaker sit next to the centre court at The Queen’s Club to reflect on a pulsating if largely predictable day one in London, and speculate over Saturday’s doubles pairings. 

Would a chat with France captain Arnaud Clement shed any light? Find out in the latest Tennis Podcast, produced in association with the Telegraph, and supported by BNP Paribas, the bank for a changing world.

 

Jul 16, 2015

With the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas quarterfinals about to get underway, The Tennis Podcast's David Law was invited inside the Great Britain team room to talk to captain Leon Smith, Andy and Jamie Murray, and James Ward and Dominic Inglot together, moments after the draw for their tie with France. 

What does the captain's job entail? Which Davis Cup memory stands out for Andy Murray from his childhood? And what are Jamie Murray and Dominic Inglot's thoughts after being picked for the doubles?

We also hear from the No.1 player in France, Gilles Simon, and David and Catherine Whitaker look ahead to all of the quarterfinals.

 

 

 

 

 

Jul 12, 2015
Novak Djokovic ended Roger Federer’s dreams of an 8th Wimbledon title for the second year in a row, and our Tennis Podcast team got back together for one last time at Wimbledon to talk about it.
 
Jim White of the Telegraph joined presenters David Law (BBC Radio 5 Live) and Catherine Whitaker (Live at Wimbledon) to discuss the turning points, the incredible 12-10 second set tie-break, and Djokovic’s position in the all-time list as a 9-time Grand Slam champion. 
 
The podcast team will return on Thursday for the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas tie between Great Britain and France at The Queen’s Club.  
 
The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with the Telegraph, and supported by BNP Paribas, the bank for a changing world.  

 

Jul 11, 2015
Serena Williams moved one Grand Slam title behind Steffi Graf in the all-time list after claiming her 21st major crown on Saturday. Can Roger Federer do something similar on Sunday?
 
Tennis Podcast presenters David Law (BBC Radio 5 Live) and Catherine Whitaker (Live at Wimbledon) are joined by Daniel Schofield of the Telegraph, and in an impromptu cameo, John Inverdale, to look back on Wiliams’ 6-4, 6-4 win over Garbine Muguruza in the Ladies Final, and ahead to the Men’s Final.
 
Can Federer win an 18th Slam at nearly 34 years of age? Will Djokovic repeat his of last year? Discussed.
 
The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with the Telegraph, and supported by BNP Paribas, the bank for a changing world.
 
 
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