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The Tennis Podcast

Presented by tennis commentator David Law and broadcaster Catherine Whitaker, The Tennis Podcast features big-name guests, interviews, journalists and plenty of chat about the sport.
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Aug 22, 2016

Angelique Kerber stood on the brink of World Number One, but ran into Karolina Pliskova playing at the very top of her game. 

Andy Murray faced something similar in Marin Cilic, who won his first Masters 1000 title. But despite the defeat, podcast presenters David Law and Catherine Whitaker reckon he is in perfect position ahead of next week’s US Open in New York. 

Grigor Dimitrov, the Tennis Podcast’s favourite player, started to look like his old self last week. Is he back?

And, as on-court coaching became a factor again last week in Cincinnati, we ask which matches might have changed history had on-court coaching been a factor.

The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with Telegraph Sport. 

Aug 15, 2016

It took Andy Murray and Juan Martin Del Potro four hours to determine the destination of the men's singles gold medal, and podcast presenters Catherine Whitaker and David Law looked nearly as weary as the two players after staying up all night to watch it. 

And, after a week of glorious sport, drama and emotion, Murray and Monica Puig left the biggest smiles, Juan Martin Del Potro a silver and hearts everywhere, and the rules of tennis came under the spotlight.

Is it time to remove the best-of-5-set format from the game altogether, or add it to the women's game as well? Should it come in halfway through a Slam, or just for the final? It's all discussed on the latest pod.

Puig's extraordinary win, Rafael Nadal's golden return and all of the other medal-winning tennis performances in Rio are discussed, as are the excellent lower level titles of Laura Robson and Dan Evans. 

The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with Telegraph Sport.

Aug 10, 2016

After the Olympic tennis in Rio lost the Williams sisters, Murray brothers, Novak Djokovic and the top seeds in men's doubles on the same night, and then Serena Williams fell in singles shortly after, Catherine Whitaker and David Law reconvene on the Tennis Podcast.

What is wrong with Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams? Could Juan Martin Del Potro now go all the way? What of Murray, Nadal, Konta, Kerber and the rest? It's all in there.

The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with The Telegraph. 

Aug 1, 2016

After Novak Djokovic wins an amazing 30th ATP Masters 1000 title, Catherine Whitaker - unaccompanied by David Law - talks us through an interesting week in Toronto which ended on a familiar note. As well as hearing from both finalists, we also hear from Stan Wawrinka on the shock news that Roger Federer will take no further part in the 2016 season, and from the man of the moment in Canada, 17 year-old Denis Shapovalov. 

Jul 25, 2016

Johanna Konta won the first WTA title of her career, and the biggest by any British woman in 30 years after defeating Venus Williams in a nerve-shredding three-set final in Stanford. 

Konta, who a year ago was ranked outside the World’s Top 100 and playing ITF tournaments, is now World No.14 and currently ninth in the race to the WTA finals in Singapore. According to The Tennis Podcast team, who convened after the final to discuss her rise, she is increasingly looking like a Top Ten player. 

Following her 6-4, 6-2 win over Dominika Cibulkova in the semifinal, Konta raced to a 7-5, 4-1, double-break lead over Williams, and looked to be cruising to the title. But she wobbled with the finish line in sight, and Williams roared back to take the set 7-5 and force a decider.

After regrouping at the end of set 2, Konta won the third 6-2 to become the first British woman since Sue Barker in 1977 to win the title. 

Podcast presenters David Law (BBC 5 Live) and Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport) watched the match and discuss the extraordinary transformation that Konta has undergone over the past year, and assess her chances of qualifying for the season-ending Tour finals.

They also cover the decision to allow Russian players to compete in the Olympic tennis event, the biggest win over Gael Monfils’ career, and the plethora of other tournaments played in a jam-packed week. 

Coaching changes by Marin Cilic and Grigor Dimitrov are also discussed, as is the rise of Dan Evans. 

The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with Telegraph Sport. 

Jul 18, 2016

After Andy Murray won Wimbledon he was straight on a plane to Serbia for the Davis Cup quarterfinals. But not to play.

This time it was another British player - Kyle Edmund, who was the hero. 

Catherine Whitaker and David Law convene to cover a cracking Davis Cup quarterfinal weekend in which both Croatia and the United States made history, but for rather different reasons.

And we enter the Poll Vault. Don't ask.

The Tennis Podcast has been produced in association with Telegraph Sport. 

Jul 10, 2016

 

Andy Murray won the second Wimbledon title of his career, and the Tennis Podcast team were astounded by his level of consistency throughout the final, and during the entire fortnight. 

Three closely fought sets against Milos Raonic were won in fine style, and David Law (BBC 5 Live), Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport) and Simon Briggs (Telegraph Tennis Correspondent) discussed his feat just as Murray himself walked by after the match.

And what next for Murray? We hear from Mark Philippoussis, who believes his best is yet to come, including the World No.1 ranking.

The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with Telegraph Sport.

Jul 9, 2016

Serena Williams has drawn level with Steffi Graf on 22 Grand Slam titles, and the Tennis Podcast team got together to pay tribute to her.

The Telegraph's Tennis Correspondent Simon Briggs joined BBC 5 Live commentator David Law and Eurosport presenter Catherine Whitaker to review a highly entertaining clash between Williams and Angelique Kerber, and speculate about how many major titles the American will end up with. 

After that it was on to the men's final, in which Andy Murray will try to win a second Wimbledon title, and Milos Raonic his first. Where will the match be won and lost? How many sets are we in for? And who will hold the trophy aloft at the end?

It's all discussed on the Tennis Podcast, which is produced in association with Telegraph Sport.

David Law will be part of the BBC 5 Live commentary team on the men's singles final, which takes place at 2pm on Sunday. 

Jul 8, 2016

Milos Raonic is into a Grand Slam final for the first time in his career. Andy Murray is there, too, and for the first time he will not have Roger Federer or Novak Djokovic standing in his way.

To review semifinals day and preview the final, we hear from the 1996 champion Richard Krajicek, who nearly worked with Raonic himself and shares many things in common. How has Raonic become a finalist? What are the keys to his success? And who will win when the Canadian faces Murray on Sunday?

Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport), David Law (BBC 5 Live) and Simon Briggs (The Telegraph) get together to share their thoughts on the men’s semifinals and final, and to preview the women’s final.

The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with Telegraph Sport.

Jul 7, 2016

Goran Ivanisevic was inconsolable the day after the man he coaches, Marin Cilic, lost out to Roger Federer after holding three match point, and the Croatian now believes Andy Murray will go on to win the title. 

In an interview with Tennis Podcast presenter and BBC 5 Live commentator David Law, Ivanisevic said this was the worst he had felt in nearly 20 years, since losing to Pete Sampras in the 1998 final.

He believes Federer against Raonic is now '50-50', that Murray will take care of Tomas Berdych, and that Murray will win his second Wimbledon. 

Law is joined by co-host Catherine Whitaker, Simon Briggs from the Telegraph, and special guest Russell Fuller, the BBC's Tennis Correspondent, to review the victories of Serena Williams over Elena Vesnina, and Angelique Kerber and Venus Williams. 

The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with The Telegraph.

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