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May 30, 2016

After play was called off for the day because of bad weather on Monday, the Telegraph’s Tennis Correspondent Simon Briggs joined Catherine Whitaker to discuss week one and look ahead to week two.

Will the tournament get back on track, or is a third Monday in store? 

What does the future look like for Rafael Nadal after his shock withdrawal because of a wrist injury?

What will new super-coach John McEnroe bring to the career of Milos Raonic?

How is Andy Murray looking now that he has got his tournament back on track?

And who is Shelby Rogers, and how did she get to the quarterfinals?

Whitaker and Briggs wade through it all, before wading back to their respective hotels. 

The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with The Telegraph.

May 26, 2016

Andy Murray was one of the favourites for the title a week ago, but after two five-set epics against players ranked outside the world's Top 100, does he still have a chance of going all the way? Catherine Whitaker is joined by the Telegraph's Tennis Correspondent Simon Briggs to discuss an eventful first five days in Paris.

The Murray/Mauresmo situation is detailed, Murray's travails covered, and Briggs assesses whether the British player still needs to find a Super Coach or not.

And what of Djokovic, Nadal, Serena and Azarenka after first two rounds?

The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with The Telegraph.

 

 

 

 

 

May 20, 2016

The French Open for 2016 is upon us, the draws have been made, and Catherine Whitaker is in Paris for the fortnight. David Law isn't, but that doesn't stop them getting together to pour over the potential match-ups and make the usual batch of sweeping, and most likely ill conceived predictions.

We hear from Magnus Norman, coach to Stan Wawrinka, about how you beat Novak Djokovic in a Grand Slam tournament, from catherine about what Roland Garros is like (full of quiche, apparently) and from David about how the French Open caused him to fail his A-levels. 

The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with The Telegraph.

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May 16, 2016

Serena Williams had not won a tournament all year, until now, and after lifting the trophy in Rome for a fourth time, Martina Navratilova told The Tennis Podcast that she is still very much the favourite for the French Open title. 

The great Navratilova also thinks Novak Djokovic is still the one to beat on the men's side, even though Andy Murray's straight sets win over the Serb in the Rome final will have given hope to the rest.

Presenters Catherine Whitaker and David Law convened to discuss the week that was in Rome, the emergence of Madison Keys, and to debate who Murray's next coach will be.

It got a bit heated when the subject of Ivan Lendl came up.

The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with The Telegraph. 

 

May 9, 2016

Novak Djokovic beat Andy Murray for a 12th time in 13 meetings to banish memories of his early loss to Jiri Vesely in Monte Carlo, and our presenter David Law now believes that he will go on to finally land that elusive Roland Garros crown.

Law is joined by Catherine Whitaker from Madrid, who witness the Djokovic express close up in a final that became increasingly intriguing as it went on.

There’s also talk of Simona Halep’s title win, the returning Serena Williams in Rome, and a poll about who is now favourite for the women’s title at the French Open in a few weeks time. 

The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with The Telegraph. 

 

May 3, 2016

Four years of conversation between BBC 5 Live and BT Sportcommentator David Law and Eurosport Catherine Whitaker have led tothis point - the 200th edition of The Tennis Podcast.

In it, we hear Catherine cringe as a snippet of episodes 1 and 2are played out, Roger Federer’s explanation for why he has pulledout of Madrid and his assessment of his clay court career, anddebate about Grigor Dimitrov, who made headlines with a spectacularon-court meltdown in Istanbul. Where to next for the man that hasoccupied the airwaves so often on the Tennis Podcast?

There’s also Dan Evans discussion - he finally broke into theworld’s Top 100, and we mark, out of ten, how concerned we shouldbe about Federer’s recent injuries. 

The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with TelegraphSport.

 

Apr 24, 2016

Another week, another significant step for Rafael Nadal. His 49th clay court title, his ninth Barcelona crown (to go with his nine Monte Carlo and Roland Garros victories), and the ever-growing feeling that he is back to his best.

Catherine and David convene to reflect on his week, to talk about Angelique Kerber's win in Stuttgart, the rise of Laura Siegemund, and to remember the day that Roger Federer was given a cow to mark his first Wimbledon title.

 

There is also an exclusive interview with Jo Durie, former World No.5 and two-time Grand Slam semifinalist. She talks about what it's like to lead a French Open semifinal by a set a a break, how she once played Pictionary in the locker-room with Chris Evert & Martina Navratilova, and what she thinks Jo Konta's future will hold. 

The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with Telegraph Sport. 

Apr 17, 2016

After a three-year absence, Rafael Nadal is back in the winner's circle in Monte Carlo, making it title No.9 in the process.

After a week spent sunning herself in the principality, Catherine Whitaker describes the scenes she saw from courtside, and provides interview clips from Nadal, Monfils, Federer, Murray, and the conqueror of Novak Djokovic - Jiri Vesely. 

Talking with David Law, who was not in Monte Carlo, the pair discuss the significance of Nadal's win and Djokovic's defeat, review a stunning Fed Cup weekend, and play #WhatWasThePointInWinning in tribute to Vesely. 

The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with Telegraph Sport.

Apr 10, 2016

One of the longest-running and most glamorous tennis tournaments on the calendar is about to get underway in Monte Carlo. Catherine Whitaker is there, as are the best male players in the world. David Law isn’t (and boy is he letting everyone know about it…).

That hasn’t stopped them getting together for a Tennis Podcast, nor has it prevented David from telling a story about how he once shared an elevator with Federer, moments after the great man, then only a teenager, had lost 7-5 in the third. ‘Why do I always lose the close matches?’ Federer asked. Find out what David said in response.

Other Monte Carlo memories are discussed, the upcoming week is previewed, and we hear from Federer ahead of his return from surgery. Novak Djokovic also talks about his quest for that elusive first French Open, and Rafael Nadal explains how he thinks there is very little pressure when you keep on winning.

We also hear your tennis ‘bucket lists’, and whether you prefer red, blue or green clay. 

The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with Telegraph Sport.

 

Apr 4, 2016

Novak Djokovic completed his fourth Indian Wells / Miami double, won a record 28th Masters 1000 title, and prompted the question of whether there is anyone or anything that can stand between him and a Golden Grand Slam in 2016.

David Law and Catherine Whitaker convene to discuss who, when and where someone might get in his way after the World No.1 continued his global dominance. 

Victoria Azarenka also won her second successive big title, raising further questions over the form of Serena Williams. At 34, is this the beginning of the end for one of the greatest players of all time?

Also, what’s been wrong with Andy Murray over the past few weeks?

And with John Isner revealing that Roger Federer is a fan of the WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment), David remembers the late 90’s when Federer would do locker-room impersonations of American wrestling stars. 

The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with The Telegraph.

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