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A highlight from Paul Annacone: Coaching Past & Future Greats, Growing The Game, & The Importance of Proper Player Development

The Tennis.com Podcast

05:06 min | 11 hrs ago

A highlight from Paul Annacone: Coaching Past & Future Greats, Growing The Game, & The Importance of Proper Player Development

"Every time I see you, you give me crap about being on the podcast and was like, I'm just waiting on you to say yes. We worked it out, right? We worked it out. And now come out, my grandfather believed that one my son and daughter in law had a little baby girl a couple weeks ago, Carter, and I'm too young to be a grandfather, but I'm gonna roll with it. I'm gonna pretend like even older and more crotchety than I am. Well, and even closer to your daughter than I am to you and there you go. She's married. So you could be a grandfather again. I know. It's that time of life. So I'm going to embrace it. I'm going to embrace it. So what do we got today, man? What are we going to talk about? Well, first, I got to tell our listeners your background because I think people know you as the TC commentator. But you are sort of an aficionado, have dived into area area. So look, college player of the year in 1984, finished a year number 12 and 85, which we have not seen that happen in recent times where someone's, you know, NCAA champ. Of the indoors or number one play on college in the next year to top 12 in the world, coach Pete Sampras, Tim henman, Stan Wawrinka briefly, Sloane briefly, on team Fritz, always whispering in the background, whether he's in the box or not, managing director of USDA high performance program. Very famously coach Roger Federer for two years to a 7th Wimbledon title. And was one of the sort of first sort of minds involved in bringing place site to fruition, which is a very well-known tool used by junior tennis now analytics. So this is Paul listeners. We are very lucky to have you on. Thank you for joining. Thank you, my friend. I'm looking forward to it, and we don't get to see each other much. So let's have some fun. So I think about you, I had this short list, right? As a Midwest guy called whether climate guy had this list of people when people say, oh, you don't make it from a cold weather climate. You don't make it from the Midwest. You don't make it from New York. And then I started rattling off, you know, Jack sock from KC. James Blake from New York, Donald young, Taylor Townsend from Chicago. And then you New York guy, right? Went to school in Tennessee, one national indoors, top 12 player in the world, and just like a staple in tennis thing. What is your take on playing tenants in New York Times? Because I just say, we just hosted the boys level one 16s at my facility. And the best player tournament by far was from Rochester, New York. Still have the complaints we hear about indoor climates, not enough court time. Not enough hitting partners, not enough competition, you know, nobody to play with, but somehow still make it. What's your thought about making it from a cold weather climate and the move to Florida having been somebody that made it? Yeah, you know, it's interesting because it's different times back in the dark ages come out. I actually, I grew up in Europe, but I did go to Voltaire. I went to voluntary, I went to Nick's academy when I was 13, 14, two and a half, three and a half years, but now I grew up in New York on eastern Long Island, the nearest indoor club was 35 miles away. So that's a different, that's a different kettle of fish. You're driving 35 miles each way, and I had parents that both worked. I couldn't do it. I mean, I was playing twice a week, maybe once or twice a week, and so I had to go to ballet theories. Or a place like that. And I never would have made it without Nick. And without his program. But that being said, in today's day and age, with the amount of facilities and the amount of great coaches and a great resources that are around, if you're near a facility, there's no reason you can't do it. There's absolutely no reason with all the stuff with sports science, the programming that you can figure out and find out online, strengthen conditioning nutrition, all the support stuff that you need that just recently exists came into existence the last decade, decade and a half, there's no reason you can't do it. Sure, in warm weather climate, and it's much easier. It's more convenient, but there's no reason that you can't do it. To me, the biggest thing is to have smart people around you. And to have people that really know what they don't know. That's your parents and that's the people that are around you. They need to know what they don't know. And get people around them that do know and trust them and get the team around them so that they know how they should be trained, how much they should be training. What should they be doing off court? And then you can set up the group around your child that can maximize their talent, whatever that level is. So it absolutely can be done now, but get the right people around to help you. So when did you make the move? Were you top 20 in the country? You know, because I was 14, I might have been, yeah, I was probably top 20 in the country in the 14s and top 5 in the east or 6 in the east.

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A highlight from Tennis Weekly End of Season Quiz 2022

The Passing Shot Tennis Podcast

05:51 min | 1 d ago

A highlight from Tennis Weekly End of Season Quiz 2022

"Kim Chris today is the 28th of November and we are here to look back on the 2022 tennis season in true tennis weekly fashion with a quiz we're all here. I'm already nervous. I'm not gonna lie, I feel like my knowledge is gonna come very much under the microscope over the next hour or so. We're also gonna be talking Davis Cup as well very quickly because we don't have enough content for a catch up, but we need to shoehorn in Davis Cup because Canada after a 109 years are the world champions of tennis. That is a long time a 109 years a long time to wait considering when it rains it pours after everyone, the ATP cup earlier this year. So I doubt it will be another 109 to 8. It puts like Andy Murray winning Wimbledon after Fred Perry like very much into perspective, doesn't it? It does. I mean, that just seems so insignificant now compared to Canada finally winning the World Cup of tennis. But yeah, well done, Canada, about all our Canadian listeners are pretty happy right now. And I bet Casper Ruud fans are also happy because he has managed to get a win over in the high altitude of Quito. Yeah, well. Rafa doesn't like altitude, does he? I know. No. Blue clay. Caspar loves it. The altitude curse strikes again. Casper Ruud's offered an all expenses paid tour of South America at the moment. But yeah, he got a win as part of all of that. So good for him. And as for everyone else still fighting it out in the Davis Cup, it was Canada that came through to get their first ever title in the Davis Cup. We kind of predicted that they were one of the favorites. We said it could be an all English speaking final, and it was because they'd be Australia in that final. With or without Danny Nestor, I should probably add apologies listers. I don't know where that came from. I obviously meant that in similar names in similar players with similar names. Moving in 1970 7. I mean, he was such a significant player, wasn't he, Daniel Nestor is obviously hard for Joel to forget, but yeah, it was fascinating possible. And obviously, Felix auger Alice grew in the stuff for Canada as well. As Dennis Shapovalov, so quite comfortable really, wasn't it in the final two to rubbers to nil. And obviously they had reached the Davis Cup final three years ago, 2019. Lost to Spain. So it's nice that they've kind of finally been able to get over that finish line and as you said, they won the ATP cup earlier in the season. So they really are the number one men's tennis country at the moment, really. I mean, they're getting it done, aren't they? And they should be when you look at the prediction. I did say to Joel that it was the obvious one to go for. And I thought Australia were in for a good shout. And they put up a good showing, but when you have kind of two of the world's top 20 singles players and some pretty handy doubles players, Grand Slam champion plastic prosper, I mean, they're going to be tricky to beat. I mean, one Grand Slam champion that wasn't chosen, though, was the USA who didn't take Rajiv ram. Which caused some consternation and then their doubles team of Jack sock and I think was it Tommy Paul. They lost to Italy and Rajiv wasn't particularly very happy. If it wasn't a good decision, I don't think. It was an interesting one, wasn't it? Because he talked about Thanksgiving and he was like, how's everyone's Thanksgiving going? On the day that USA lost and it did feel like they missed a trick with not having Rajiv ram particularly given he'd won with Joe Salisbury in the previous week at the tour finals. Going undefeated. So it felt very surprising that he wasn't necessarily there. I understand that it's not always a case of always taking your highest ranked player, but I feel like missing out on a double specialist of the experience of someone like Rajiv ram, yeah, it really, I think ultimately led to USA's downfall when you come up against fornini and belleli, who are a very kind of strong doubles partnership. They pay a lot on the tour. They've been very successful on the tour, particularly I think this season, it was always going to come under the microscope if it came down to the doubles and it's like, where's your best doubles player? Oh, he's back in the United States. They can't get the doubles pairs, right? Can they? We have the same thing with team GB. I think Marty fish when he was asked about his decision for selection. Said that, you know, they've got some great doubles players like Jack and Francis are a phenomenal team and it's like, well, are they compared to Rajiv ram? You know, he's won Islam, as you say, end of season finals. It feels like the U.S. took far too many singles players with them. And not enough doubles players. And they've got enough talent on the team that if they need to rotate single players they can. But people underestimate how important that deciding doubles is and maybe they just thought they'd get it done in two, go through the whole tournament like that. I feel like double specialists are just underestimated and undervalued I feel in general by some by some nations. Yeah and team sports because people think I guess that the singles players can play both singles and doubles. The Dan Evans school of thought. But I think we've seen in the recent competitions that having players that play regularly on the doubles tour does make a big difference in those coach moments. I think just generally doubles is underestimated full stop and therefore perhaps the decision making is not always correct because they don't double just isn't generally given as much consideration, but obviously we know in team events it can be crucial.

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A highlight from Davis Cup Final - Champions at last; What about the future?

The Tennis Podcast

06:42 min | 3 d ago

A highlight from Davis Cup Final - Champions at last; What about the future?

"Newsletter for free in our podcast show notes right now. I don't know why anybody wouldn't have not signed up for that, but if you haven't sort it out. That's where you'll find all the details. David, how are you doing? I'm all right, yeah, I am all right. And he and George is a dog, by the way. And a very lovely Doug. I've seen the pictures of, so I must forward those to you because there really worth having a look at. What is he? Okay. What type of dog? Now you're pushing me into territory. I'm uncomfortable in. So a nice one, a fluffy one. Lovely. A nice fluffy one. Yeah, great. Hundred and 50 podcasts. It's quite a lot. Today is the day David not only that we record our 19th podcast in November so far. But he's also the day that Canada won the Davis Cup for the very first time in their history. Now folks, David is going to spend the remainder of this episode, pretending to be really pleased for Canada, but I'm here to tell you that he has spent most of the afternoon trolling Canada on our WhatsApp and a little bit on the Internet because David's beloved Croatia beat Canada at football today. And David wasn't very magnanimous about it. I mean, I was pleased for them in the Davis Cup. I didn't mind who weren't that to be honest. And I really enjoyed the scenes that we had, but yes, I have Croatian skin in the game, so I was very much enjoying that. Sort of turn of events. You're very much not happy with the Canadian football manager. No, no, because he said something pretty derogatory and disrespectful in the direction of Croatia pre match. And they stuffed four goals down his throat. So there we are. One all we'll call actually. Well, maybe that's what the, I don't think they can do it. That doesn't need you to cast dispersions on that URL, stop that thought where I started it. But Canada were fired up by something today, David, weren't they, too, and didn't go to the doubles, which is a shame for the neutral. I desperately wanted that final to go to the doubles as you said last night. The previous four times all had gone to the doubles and that had been that had been great for the competition, I think, but although Canada were very much the favorites on paper going into this one, I was quite surprised by how one sided it was quite frankly it was a bit of a route by Canada over Australia. The far superior team, two fantastic singles performances from Denis Shapovalov beating for Nazi Okinawa and Felix auger seen beating Alex domino both in straight set, both frankly, very comfortably. Now, we'll be reacting to all of that very soon. But first, before everybody tunes out, David and goes, oh, another show without Matt, not going to bother. We've got some map for you, folks. He's still not feeling great, but he is improving. He's going to be flying home tomorrow and he felt well enough today after the final to send us and you lovely listeners a voice note. So here is Matt reflecting on the final and the week as a whole. Hello, everyone. Matt here, sorry I've not been on the podcast in the last few days. I was, I was in the thick of the action here in malaga. I was really enjoying it, and then I got flu. So I had to spend the next few days in my hotel room. Probably probably karma for spending too much time on the podcast talking about my ocean view and walking around town in my shorts, but anyway, thanks to everyone who sent well wishes my way. I'll try to keep the short before I have a coughing fit or need to blow my nose or anything, but I just wanted to contribute a little something extra before I leave here. I've quite literally just finished watching the final between Canada and Australia. The highlights are still playing on my screen. And as always, I'm just struck by the huge amount of emotion on display at the end of these tyres, both both from the winning team and the losing team. It's always just a very emotional experience, one of the end of these ties. Well, I suppose it's a familiar feeling having just reached the final of the Billie Jean King cup as well and comes so close to winning that event. I think it was the first time that Australia had reached the final of both the Davis Cup and the Billie Jean King cup in the same year, since 1993. So an extraordinary effort from both those sides and both of them really contributed so much to each event. They both understand the rich history of the event. They're both so desperate to win it. And I enjoyed watching their teams and their efforts so much. I said about the Billie Jean King cup Australia team. I don't know how much better that team can get. It really feels like they're maximizing, whereas this Davis Cup team, well, there is a player who would add some quality if you were to throw them in. That's obviously Nick curious. But if you did that, do you lose some of what's made them so great. That spirit that putting aside of ego that all being on the same page and fighting for the same cause. I don't know, maybe curiosity is capable of all that, but that's a conundrum for next year. They were all play the Davis Cup finals next year. And the finals will be we'll be better for it because Australia always always bring a lot to this competition and yeah, just shout out to deminer and Thompson and hear it who've all been really, really great this week. Canada, well, congratulations, Canada. I was in I was in Madrid in 2019 when Canada reached there first, Davis Cup final.

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A highlight from Davis Cup Finals Day 5 - O Canada

The Tennis Podcast

07:50 min | 4 d ago

A highlight from Davis Cup Finals Day 5 - O Canada

"Your penultimate Davis Cup finals by Rakuten podcast. I'm Catherine David's here. Matt alas is not, so all the well wishes that we sent him on last night's pods. Rinse and repeat for Matt sent him your absolute best. He's okay. He's just feeling rough and not up to being on the podcast. And even if he claimed he was up to it, I wouldn't allow it. I've given him very, very strict instructions to do nothing but nap. So get well seen Matt, don't worry, David and I are here. We've watched it all. We have thoughts. We have opinions. We'll be looking back and we'll be looking ahead to the fact that we have an Australia versus Canada Davis Cup finals final to look forward to. And that is because today we saw Canada beat Italy by two rubbers to one. Now I think David that we both predicted a Canada victory on last night's board and yet I don't feel like I can claim any glory in that because none of it panned out how I thought it would at all maybe all jealousy and beating moss. That is a thing that I thought would happen. Everything else was a surprise today. Same here. Felix has lived up to billing and then some actually. He's really standing up and showing what he's made of in this competition. And it could be, it's quite interesting, you know, there was me talking about whether this might be mazzetti's moment to show what he's made of. Well, I think Felix mount overheard that somehow or got the gist that people might have been suspecting something like that because this is this feels a bit like him being Djokovic 12 years ago and taking the Davis Cup by the scruff of the neck and making it his and we'll see we'll see tomorrow whether he actually does that. But that can often be a launch pad and but you're right. To me coming into this week, the whole story was Canada have the two best singles players. Overall, okay, maybe not individually, you could make an argument for a berrettini who obviously hasn't had a chance to play singles. There are other players in the group that could be talked about, but to have two players of that level, you just felt as though they wouldn't have to play that much doubles. And yet here they are, they've already had to play two doubles and it be really tense and really stressful and they've done it the hard way. So no, I totally agree with you. I can't. It's happened. But it has not happened now I thought it would happen. Let's take it stage by stage. Because augere is seen beating musetti was the second of the three robbers and that victory and the manner of it, the straightforwardness of it by augere scene was made all the more impressive by the fact that it was must win. He went into that with Canada one love down and that was because Dennis Shapovalov lost 6 four in the third to Lorenzo sonego. This was a fun time, David, this match, wasn't it? I'm so glad it didn't start at 9 a.m. UK time. As I briefly announced to the world on last night's podcast, because I had a missed most of it. But as it was, I watched all of it, and I flippin loved it. It was, I mean, it was, it was quite a lot like sonic go against TFO, wasn't it? It was, it was showmanship. And it was kind of Shapovalov picking up where he left off from the doubles court a couple of days ago, wasn't it? It was casino tennis. It kind of felt like how long can each of these men sustain their respective purple patches for? You know, we know that playing this style of tennis is unsustainable for a whole match. So who can who can make it hold for the longest and in the most stressful situations? Yeah. Shepherd valor won the first 9 points of the match. And at that point you're thinking, okay, well, maybe we are going to get the scene that we kind of thought that we should be getting based on rankings based on record generally. But Davies cup often doesn't go like that anyway. Historically, and I also think that sonic is somebody that in this kind of environment you really underestimate at your peril and if you're an opponent, you enter his type of match at your peril. I think TFO and Chaparral of thought that this was there type of match, and that they were relish in the fact that they could put on a show. But I think so showed that in the right circumstances with a crowd behind him and because it's close to Italy and Italy have brought a lot of fans over, he was feeling at home out there and he was he was more more up for that than or at least more able to handle that than they were. He was just the better player and I noticed three hours and 15 minutes today. But he could have won that end straight sets too. And he's a fantastic ball striker. I'm in the first few games. I think Colin Fleming said that the big sonic go four hand was being out hit by a chapeau by some 15 kilometers an hour. And that was, and then there was another injection coming from sonego with that forehand because it's almost like his eyes light up at the idea of how you want to go to toe then. Let's do it. And he finished a lot of those rallies. And I think he buried a lot of his demons from this year because another stat that Colin gave was that of all the top 50 players he has the worst final set record this year, four one 15 loss, and there he was 5, two up in the second set tie break and a setup and he doesn't win that set, so to come back and win the thing. I didn't think he was coming back. From that. Plumbing, impressive that is. Minor deviation here, I do feel like I should put an apologize for the background noise, which is just Billie Jean having it. Having a good old time with a squirrel toy. She's just, she's just high on life, folks. There's no stopping her. So apologies for that. I feel like we are all you, me, the tennis world and his opponents this week are totally guilty of underestimating Lorenzo sonic ago and maybe with good reason because I'm looking at him thinking, why hearing and seeing more of you on the tour, we can work out. You are too good to not be more relevant than you are. I shouldn't be looking at you and always thinking about that run to the room, semifinals last year. You should have done something else of equal relevance since then. You're too good not to have. Well, I mean, obviously, the road has ended here for Italy, but I still think this could be a catalyst for him, time will tell. We'll see. But, you know, I underestimated underestimated him going into the match. I think probably my feeling before this tie was that the Canada wouldn't need to go to the doubles. I underestimated him during the match. I did not think he was coming back, David, from losing that second set, I really didn't. No, no, I didn't either.

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A highlight from Davis Cup Finals Day 4 - Australia ends 19 years of hurt

The Tennis Podcast

09:42 min | 5 d ago

A highlight from Davis Cup Finals Day 4 - Australia ends 19 years of hurt

"The tennis podcast following day four of the Davis Cup finals in malaga. I'm Catherine whisky, David Laurie is here. Hello, David. Hello. Hello. No pressure David, but you have got to be extra excellent tonight because we are once again without the star of the show, Matt Roberts. Good luck us. Getting good luck. We are, we sort of torn here between telling you that the show will not be depleted in any way and will be excellent and we'll make up for the absence of Matt, but also very much knowing that we are much depleted without Matt and he is much missed. He is still feeling under the weather, so we send him our best and I'm sure you do as well and we will do our very best to make up for his absence in full knowledge that we will not fully succeed in that task. But the tennis today, David, has gone a long way to do the work for us. Hasn't it? Because it all played out in pretty dramatic fashion today. We know our first Davis Cup finalists and it is team Australia and if you'll allow me to slap an explicit sticker on this podcast less than two minutes in to quote max per cell, there's nothing fucking like it, mate. That's exactly what he said. And to be honest, that was his first answer on international global television live. Because he was asked the question, how does this feel? And that's exactly what he said. And it did make me laugh because there wasn't time for the interviewer to even apologize in his behalf or anything. And actually, I just think you get to a point of delirium in a stadium like that, where you just think, well, that is an entirely appropriate reaction for what we've just witnessed. And I loved it. The celebration of just so euphoric and the players were swearing left right and center at each other in declaring their undying love for each other and how amazed they were at what they'd all achieved. But what this what this did in terms of the comeback, it just one up yesterday. It felt like the last three ties that we've had of all gone out of their way to one up each other with a deciding set and deciding doubles tie rubber in each one of those tyres. And this felt quite similar albeit not a Dennis Shapovalov hitting spree. This was different in the way the Australian team fought back in the doubles, but in terms of the fact that I felt very solid in my confidence that neither Canada nor Australia would end up winning when those double started. You know, yesterday I felt the same with quits and cravings being such a solid doubles partnership would never lost. And here you've got mech titch and pavich playing against, well, a kind of a new pair because it ended up being Thompson and Purcell. And they shocked me. They showed what Davis Cup can do, what a team, a team environment can do and what adrenaline and inspiration can influence things with and it's so intoxicating that that mixture of the unknown. Yeah, today was a good day for the Davis Cup. I would say, I mean, obviously if you're a Croatian tennis fan slash somebody that is picked Croatia to win the Davis Cup sorry Matt to kick you will need to help. But welcome to the club. We've got a full house now, a failure. Yeah. Yeah, less good, but just the neutral Davis Cup fans that want to see this tournament thrive. And look, you know, there are still caveats to this. I still don't love the way it's positioned in the season. I still have worries about the number of people that are watching this, you know, the better the day at the event, you know, we had a really great day today. We've had several great days. There is a part of me that goes, oh, but I'm not many people are watching this. You know, in order as many people are watching this as I want to be watching this and paying attention to it and seeing how good it is, you know, all those caveats still apply, but it was a great day for the Davis Cup. Today, I think, and you, I assume it was you, David, unless Matt from his slightly fevered state is still keeping a very tight control of our Twitter account, but you tweeted screenshots if the Australian team reactions and you know I saw it in real time and yet somehow this screenshots capture something so visceral about what that victory means to the Aussie team. I mean, there is a picture of Alex de menor that is like Mel Gibson in braveheart. It's true. It really is. It's. Pure emotion and I love to see it because, you know, that is what Davis Cup should be and the bond between him and letting Hewitt has made it all the more all the more everything. I think. But look, let's roll back a bit and take you chronologically. Step by step, how we got to that image of Alex, screaming out like Mel Gibson in braveheart. Let's start at the start of the day, which was a very, very reasonable hour. 4 p.m. local time David, 3 p.m. UK time, excellent time to start today's tennis. Today I had a nap before it even started. That's how it should be. People should have time to take naps, should they should they wish to. That is a perfect day's tennis. We started off, didn't we, David, with Bonita rich against the Nazi cook and Argus? And we speculated yesterday about whether it would be kokina is coming in. The top man on paper or whether it would be Jordan Thompson, who played in the tie in the opening round. And I don't think many eyebrows were raised about the fact that it was cock and Arcus. And I think maybe equally few eyebrows were raised about, the results, 6 four 6 three for born in torch. I don't think I can play badly or underperformed. I think Bonita rich performed and is a better tennis player at the moment than honestly who can argue. What do you think? I think that's right. I think charit is found himself in the last 6 months. I mean, obviously the most important thing is that he's able to rely on fitness and I know we still he still has question marks over day to day how his shoulder is going to feel when he wakes up. But he said in the post match interview that in many ways it's stronger than it's ever been because he's had to work on it so hard to build it up and protect the injured part of it. The part that was repaired paired by surgery. So as a result of all that and such studious work on his own serve, his serve is a reliable weapon when it's working well. You can't really do much with it. And the reason that they chose Cochran is two reasons that it was addressed in the press conference with him afterwards. That he didn't play on day one, Thompson was brought in, partly because Carter's was carrying a bit of an injury, just to twinge, but he said he felt a 100% today. There were no issues. And he was brought back in despite Thompson's win on day one. He was brought in Kaka nakas because of his power because they were hoping that his power could get to charge and to be fair to him he served 9 aces in the first set, and he still lost at 6 four. So the server was doing the job, church sent after the match. I was saying to my coach, I can't get near his serve. I can't read it. What do I do? And to the captain and but then he just started to get a read on it. And honestly, the moment he broke, it was to quote Catherine Whittaker 2013, a foregone conclusion. And that is loading. I'm all you've got today, David. I need to get you on side. Okay. And look, it is quite interesting to think of these two players who came along probably quite similar times in their careers, both of them have had horrible injuries. And yet at the moment, charge looks far more accomplished player of the two in singles. And so there they are one zero up. And based on our discussion last night, I think I would have agreed with you that I would have put chillage a very marginal favorite against Alex domino coming into this match. They played each other a year ago in the same event, two one was the head to head overall and chill it won that one in a very tight third set and it was diminished only ever singles rubber defeat in the Davis Cup to this point.

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A highlight from Davis Cup Finals Day 3 - US challenge ends, fallout begins; Canada storms back

The Tennis Podcast

06:25 min | 6 d ago

A highlight from Davis Cup Finals Day 3 - US challenge ends, fallout begins; Canada storms back

"Whatever day of the Davis Cup finals so far has felt quite dramatic. But I think today has probably won. Because both ties. I mean, first time we've had two ties in a day, both of them have been incredibly dramatic. And unfortunately, we don't have a full complement of podcasts for you to discuss them. We have Catherine and we have myself, David. And Matt would love to be here, but halfway through the second rubber of the day between Italy and the United States, he started to feel unwell. And let me tell you, from person experience when Catherine Whittaker tells you to leave work and go go to bed. Yeah, you want to do it. The irony of David telling Matt to go home. I was the first one off the spot. Look at yourself, Matt, sleep is so important. I was the first one to say it. It's just that it was only when Catherine said that it seemed to have an effect because he knows not to miss. But anyway, look, he's just under the weather. Hopefully he will be feeling great tomorrow. The thing with Matt is usually he responds to every single WhatsApp message in about four seconds max. And the fact that we haven't heard from him for about the last four hours means that Catherine and I are hoping that means he's fast asleep and therefore recovering at a rate of knots. Yes, proud of you, Matt. Yes. Get well soon, Matt. You are much missed. And I think we should take today in chronological order because it'll take some remember it because it's 13 hours since the USA against Italy actually started. In fact, 14 hours because we're an hour behind, aren't we? They started at ten. 9 a.m. UK time, David. And you were up for that were you? Nope. It's too early. Too early. Actually, we finished last night in the early hours. So yeah, I was up to take my kids to school and so I did see the opening balls of the match. And honestly, I feared the worst Catherine when I saw that schedule, you know, the amount of times we've seen matches, even at 11 o'clock or 12, but in places that are empty and cavernous and echoey and dispiriting, and this place was packed at 10 a.m. local time in malaga. I mean, I don't exactly know how, how they achieve that. I mean, I did hear that from the commentators that they'd bust in 50 schools worth of kids into the arena which holds, I think, 7 or 8000, something like that. And there was a heck of an Italian contingent in there making their voices heard. It was a brilliant atmosphere for a non home team at ten in the morning. I was not expecting that at all. I exactly, as you said, I feared the worst with that scheduling. I thought, well, if I can't be bothered to get out of bed and it's in my living room. I'm not sure what he's gonna bother in malaga. It was so fantastic in such a pleasant surprise and you know, if they did, if it was, I've absolutely no idea, but look, if it was a case of, you know, organizers looking down the ticket sales and going cracking, we're going to be empty for this Thursday morning USA city tyre. What are we going to do? Let's invite a load of schools down. Great. Cracking that is absolutely what you should do in that situation. And kids bring the vibes. My recently went to a late morning London Film Festival screening of the new Matilda adaptation, and it was mostly children. And my heart sunk a little bit when I was sort of queuing to get into the auditorium at London's south bank center with a bunch of 11 year olds I was thinking, oh my God. All I'm going to hear is, you know, I got all grumpy David. You'll be surprised here. I got grumpy. But actually, it was one of the most wonderful joyful experiences I've ever had. It was something very pure about it. And very in the moment, it was wonderful. And there were some of those vibes in malaga today. And it was all the more special that it was such a surprise. I think. Yeah, it was. And look, they weren't just locals because that was a passionate crowd from Italy. And it's closer than some of the countries would have to go, of course, it is. But even so, it felt like an Italy home tie to some degree. And there was some noise as well for the United States, but it was just, it was just a great and the beauty of it was that you started with a match between, I think if you handpicked two players to perform in front of a full house in the Davis Cup currently, I don't think you could get better than Lorenzo sonic and Francis tiafoe. They are just, they are showmen. They are people that live for the moment. They are, they were feeding off each other almost. I think that they were getting a kick out of almost performing in front of one another and seeing who could come up with the most absurd shot and celebrate it. The more the most in the most wild manner. And the results of that particular rubber. I mean, obviously in the end, Italy went on to win this whole thing to one. So they're through. We'll get on to the controversy that accompanied all that again. The double situation afterwards. But I mean, that was a shock result. Sonic has had a terrible year, really, and tiafoe has had a great year and it was 6 three 7 6. Yeah, and as already confessed, I did miss the very early stages of this match because it started too early.

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A highlight from Davis Cup Finals Day 2 - The ordeal of watching Marin Cilic; Matt grills Mardy Fish

The Tennis Podcast

04:38 min | Last week

A highlight from Davis Cup Finals Day 2 - The ordeal of watching Marin Cilic; Matt grills Mardy Fish

"Tennis podcast complete. I think with the first ever tennis ball sound effects within an intro and still keeping it within the ten seconds that I always insist upon. I'm very impressed Catherine. What do you think? Yes, I like it. I was sort of reluctant to it encourage others to do sound effects because I feel like that is a, I don't know. Slippery slope? Possibly a can of worms worms. We don't want to open. But in this very specific circumstance, lovely, very well done. They pulled it off. So, you know, fair enough, Mark. And thank you very much for being a friend of the tennis podcast. It intro level, you can introduce the show. We're not that draconian with our rules. But you know, we've got to keep some standards. And that was abused. So we have so much to talk about today. How come 24 hours go by? And we're doing daily shows and there's only one tie to talk about. And yet, it feels like an awful lot has happened over the last 24 hours, and I can tell that more by looking at your face than anybody, because you've been amongst it all the way through, and you do look like you've been through a bit of a bit of an ordeal. I've been through a Marin Cilic match, David, and therefore an ordeal is the perfect word. I felt like my whole life was hinging on marrying shit which is serve. And that is a very stressful agonizing place to be in. Because goodness, me, that was a pretty ridiculous tennis match that I just watched for three hours, 15 minutes. I mean, the good side of it was thrilling and spine tingling and mesmerizing and absorbing and all of those words that you would associate with a great, great tennis match, but there was another side and it was a little bit uncomfortable to watch at times because Marion Chevy got very, very tight. In fact, he started the match very tight and sort of continued being tight throughout the whole thing. And yet ended up getting the win. I'm sure we'll talk about the match in much more detail. But yes, that is, that is the reason why I am currently looking quite disheveled and tired. He's also a little bit Spanish. Remember, Davis. Oh yeah, that's right. So I feel a bit bad now because focus on the football mount. Focus on the football. You had a 7 zero win today, Matt, to go with your 6 two from England the other day. It's not too bad for too much. My teams are flying. It's time to pick a lane. No one's allowed that much. Yeah, see, I do feel a bit bad now because I was just gloating with my half Croatian kids about what went on a little earlier. And I just Matt didn't reply to that particular message, but anyway, yeah, so you know the score or you know the result Croatia beat Spain in Spain, putting them through to the semifinals where they'll face Australia on Friday. Matt also tracked down mardy fish as we challenged him to do so and he's put the ranchi ram question to him. That's coming up a little bit later in this edition of the tennis podcast. I assure you that's worth the wait. I've also been on the case of the max Purcell Matt ebden story and why they weren't playing tennis during the ATP finals. So I'll give you a bit of info on that a bit later. So many teasers tonight, David. Let's see if it lives up to all this. But let's talk about what's gone on tonight because you alluded to it. Let's start actually with that chillage public or in a buster match because whilst born a church set up the win and probably with the upset I don't know. I don't know whether that was an episode or not. I'll get your view on it in a minute. Chill it. I want to get your view on Marin Cilic. Catherine, because I was, I always find you are quite interesting Marin Cilic observer because let's be honest, he made his debut at queens the same year as you made your debut at queens in 2007. So I don't know why, but I always sort of think of you in the same breath. And yes, how can you describe it to me? Am I supposed to figure out whether I feel flattered by that or not? I think you should.

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A highlight from Davis Cup Finals Day 1 - Australia see off spirited Netherlands to reach semis

The Tennis Podcast

06:50 min | Last week

A highlight from Davis Cup Finals Day 1 - Australia see off spirited Netherlands to reach semis

"Well, thank you very much, Andy, from London who is no doubt complaining about the weather like Catherine was when she first arrived back because it is cold in the UK at the moment and it has been raining cats and dogs here in soggy soli hall. But Matt is in malaga, he doesn't care about any of that. He's been watching day one of the Davis Cup finals. Am I right, Matt is the sun still shining there? Yes, I went for a little stroll around town in my shorts this morning. So thank you very much, Andy. For introducing this show, you've got a fact to have a new about Andy. I do. I know that Andy is a reading fan. Oh. How do you know that? He told me in his email when he sent in his intro. I've always really surprised to discover that there are other reading fans in the world. Like it's not you don't find them very often. I've never met another one. I don't think. There are no celebrity reading fans or anything. Sylla black had a bit she was going out with John made ski, the owner at the time. So, you know, it was a proximity thing. It's not a glamour club to support. If there are any other reading fans out there and you are a celebrity. Well, there are David. It's not just me and Andy. Anyway, marvelous, Andy, thank you very much. And if you'd like to introduce the show, you can do so the link to become a friend of the tennis podcast at that level is in your show notes. We are here to talk about Davis Cup finals day one and it has been quite dramatic and quite emotional I'd forgotten how emotional these competitions get, which I really shouldn't do given that we had the beauty and king cup finals just a week ago. But my word did they go for it. Australian and Dutch team, Australia against Netherlands was the first of the four quarter finals and I have to be honest. Even though we've been talking about it in the last couple of shows, it's still didn't really strike me that the Netherlands, if they didn't win that second match, were out of the whole thing and going home. There was a moment where illegal in commentary just said, and by the way, don't forget, he's got to win this set or they're going home. And that suddenly put a totally different slant on everything and an urgency and a realization that what was a really good pocket of orange shirted fans who were going to have their weekended. If they didn't pull the fingers out and sure enough, it was over. But Australia won it two zero, but it was anything but two zero in terms of field Catherine. Well, I thought that that moment, David, that you just described in commentary, you know, it's pointed out the stakes of the upcoming set. That moment really put a nail in the coffin of round Robin tennis for me. In my head. And I know that, you know, there are moments in round Robin tennis where you think, oh, okay, this is why rob Robin is a good thing, but. The not having to worry about permutations, the ultimate stakes, the ultimate caring about what you were about to see. You can't beat it really. And I know there's no way to have the best of both worlds, but I love how high stakes it all felt today. It really felt loaded and sort of ripe for drama. From pretty early on today, I felt Matt, how did it feel to you being there? I completely agree. I think it was the best day that I've experienced at the new format of the Davis Cup finals and the new format of the belief in king cup finals. Without the host nation playing. And I say that because there was a really good atmosphere in the stadium helped by the fact that, as you said, there was this extremely large contingent of Dutch fans, courtside in their orange blazers and with their musical instruments and just determined to make a lot of noise. And I know that the Dutch federation had done a lot of work in trying to get Dutch people already in this community and malaga to go along, but also to get some tickets to students and the sort of fans who were prepared to have long days and spend a lot of time supporting. And it really worked because they created a Davis Cup atmosphere whenever a Dutch player won a point. They were on their feet. They were singing and it just elevated the day entirely. And it just gave it a really good feel. And I wasn't necessarily expecting that because I said on the Billie Jean King cup shows, I wasn't surprised by the crowds being low because I've done a few of these now, and that's been the situation. Whereas today I was surprised in a really positive way in a really good way because the crowds were great. And I completely agree about the high stakes as well. Both matches were tight, they were both won by the player who lost the opening set. And it was just too great battles, quality tennis, didn't go down to a deciding doubles, but I don't think anyone really felt shortchanged because they'd had really close singles matches and 6 hours of tennis. So yeah, it was a good day, I would say, for the new format of the Davis Cup. I can concur that the only person that was feeling shortchanged was the one who predicted that Netherlands would win the whole thing in today's newsletter about three hours before they're lost. That was me. Everybody? As you know, I also predicted that they would obviously win this particular tie in the doubles. So none of that happened. But then, you know, after a thousand plus episodes, you've become quite accustomed to that. What I want to the match that David predicted they would win did not even happen. Not ending 2020. It's not really a glorious end to 2022 for me. Matt

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A highlight from The Life of Super Agent with Marijn Bal, Vice President of IMG Tennis

The Tennis.com Podcast

01:42 min | Last week

A highlight from The Life of Super Agent with Marijn Bal, Vice President of IMG Tennis

"Vice president of IMG tennis Mariah ball, who came to us live from terrain at the ATP finals. He was there with his client Casper Ruud. We getting some conversation about the future of tennis, how they identify a talent who they invest in, what's it like? We talk about that was not all that's glitz and glamour that people see of being an agent. How does a lot of grunt work and how tennis is definitely an individual sport, but always a team game. Well, before we talk to Ryan, let's look at what happened at the ATP finals. We know Novak wasn't able to play Australian open and will soon be able to play it Australian open, even though he's not vaccinated. He was the freshest of the bunch. He looked like he put on ten pounds of muscle. He looked like to be the fittest of the bunch. And it really has the finals that he almost lost. You look at the match he played against Taylor Fritz. Could have lost that match. You look at the match he played against never Dale. And just in the end, he came through. Congratulations to Novak and to Casper rule. But one of the stories from the tournament I want to highlight is Taylor Fritz. You look at how Taylor Fritz to me is showing all the signs of next year being his best year ever. He took out Rafa Nadal, he lost a Casper ruled 7 6 and a third. He lost a Novak 6 and 6. After playing a full season, he didn't show any sign of fatigue, any sign of, you know what? I'm just over it. I'm ready to start my off season gone vacation. None of that. If this tournament is any indicator of what we're going to expect from him, I see him getting a Grand Slam in the next two years. Let's take a listen to what

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A highlight from Tour Catch-Up: Devastating Djokovic goes undefeated at Tour Finals, Aussie visas and Davis Cup dilemmas

The Passing Shot Tennis Podcast

06:13 min | Last week

A highlight from Tour Catch-Up: Devastating Djokovic goes undefeated at Tour Finals, Aussie visas and Davis Cup dilemmas

"Chris. Today is the 21st of November and we are here to catch up on the week in tennis at tennis weekly headquarters. Novak Djokovic is your ATP end of season tour champion in Turin, his first trophy there in 7 years. He now goes equal on the list with Roger Federer with 6 in total. We also had Joe Salisbury, Britain's own Joe Salisbury with Rajiv ram defeat mech dich and pavic in the doubles final and of course we've got the World Cup underway. That is the World Cup of tennis. Yes, the World Cup of football is on in Qatar, but we've got the World Cup of tennis starting very, very shortly in malaga, but we did have a tennis school line in the England match. Today, 6 two, it was. Very surprising. Yeah. Maybe there were tennis fans. A double break. Yeah, England won by a double break over Iran. Yeah, no, it's quite exciting. As one sort of tennis season comes to a close where we at least have another major sporting event to get into, although it does feel a bit weird that that's taking place in November. I find it weird that there's two world cups going on at the same time in different sports. I mean, I'm glad that you're considering the Davis Cup in malaga. I'm following through with that branding, that branding and marketing is really having an impact on me, so I'm happy to call it the World Cup of tennis. I'm sure Gerard Piqué would be to light it that you are. But yes, we do have that coming up, which is exciting. Although many players, many, many top top players not able to be there. Still going to be good. And we've had the tour finals last week, which will be getting on to in a bit. And so Visa news as well with Novak Djokovic. Is this a Novak Djokovic episode? Feel like it kind of is. Because we're going to talk about him quite a lot today. But you know, he's been absent from some of the major events of this season. So I feel like it's his time to have the focus on him this week. But let's talk about the last week. You know, that's what we're here for. We had a few funny things happening. What's your what's been your highlight of the week, both of you before we get on to the details, Chris, is there one thing that's really got you going this week? Well, I think for me, it has to be the fact that stephanos sits a pass went full Yelena oster penko and his post match press conference. This is about as dramatic as it gets between the top players on the ATP tour when he described Rublev as having few tools. And that's very reminiscent of comments that were made at Wimbledon after losing to Tom yovich by ostapenko said, if I'd played at least 50 percent, I would have beaten her. And it feels like it's kind of cut from the same cloth there. And the quotes were quite, I was quite shocked by this. I'm not saying it's a particular highlight, but I think for the dramatic scenes of this of saying he didn't feel threatened at all during the match. And it's a shame because he felt like a better player that he could do more with the ball today. He could be much more creative. He doesn't even need to say that because that's quite obvious. So scathing. It was, it was a pretty spicy interaction because Rublev then got told. He was next into press. And he said, it's a bit awkward. Well, his backhand is better than mine. My forehand is probably back then here is my service quicker than his. So I think he thought he had slightly more than a few tools. But I was quite shocked by that. I don't know what you think, is surpassing the end of season, but that 6 two final set was pretty convincing for someone with few tools. Well, I mean, Rublev got the win, you know, it was three sets. Yeah, 6 three 6 two in those last two sets. So, you know, you may have fewer tools, perhaps, but maybe you're using them better. So it's about that as well. So I think, yeah, that was, but if grumpiness from sits pass and rib level was the one going through into the semifinals from that group, along with it. He needs to go and look at his tools, maybe. Yeah, maybe that's a really good point, I think. Maybe it's a damning indictment of himself that he has all of these tools, but where have they been this year, you know? I do think it's interesting though. You talk about that Rublev few tools because I feel like the criticism of him in the past is that he does have a really, really good plan a but arguably does he have a plan B or a plan C or different varieties that maybe some of the other players around him in the rankings do have. And I think he's been sometimes I think unfairly yeah associated with this sort of being quite one dimensional kind of player from the baseline. But yeah, surprising to me, I think for cis pasta than just go out and say it, I think quite explicitly in a press conference. Even though I feel like there are some fans probably out there who may be agree with him, I mean some might, but he Rublev is an Olympic gold medalist in mixed doubles, so he's got a couple of tools in his game. And he plays regularly on the tour with catching up, doesn't he? So how long are we going to have the tools metaphor extend into next season? I feel like it can use it a few times. I feel not many tools in his shed. Should we use that? Or is toolbox, yeah. We can certainly get some leverage out of that. I mean, my highlight of the week was Rafa winning a map that doesn't take a lot. I thought it was going to be zero from three, but he managed to clinch a win over Casper Ruud into Casper. They stuck up a deal. That's true. Then that batch came up. It just reminded me of the French Open final and idolizes and grew up idolizing rapha and I thought, yeah, I thought that was a rapper, I don't know, for me it was a little bit of a give me for rapha maybe. He played pretty well in that one. Yeah, he did. He did a lot better than his first and second match to be fair. Yeah, I think it was definitely a highlight as well, because no one wants to see Rafa lose more matches than he's lost since what was it 2008 or something. So it wasn't looking to build on Kim, doesn't it?

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A highlight from Davis Cup Finals Preview - Matt's in Malaga!

The Tennis Podcast

06:59 min | Last week

A highlight from Davis Cup Finals Preview - Matt's in Malaga!

"Hi, I'm Megan rinks. And I'm Alyssa D Mott. And like every other person with access to a microphone, we started a podcast. On Mondays were released, don't blame me, which is an advice podcast where listeners call in and we share our thoughts on situations such as what to do if you're going to your boyfriend's family function and you haven't told him that you previously slept with both his twin brothers. I've been on Thursday as we release our podcast about am I wrong where we ethically glass about pop culture, politics, our lives, and your lives. Listeners, right, and we tell them if they're wrong or right in a situation, are you the hero or the villain? On Tuesdays and Fridays, we throw in a little something extra as well. Something something. We strive to create a community grounded and activism, mental health and inclusivity. Think of us as like your blunt, honest friends who give you advice that you need to hear, not what you want to hear. But we're also always rooting for your success. What we lack in credentials, we make up for in. Opinions. We do that in every episode too. We're professional and professional. So if you're looking for a new slate of podcasts to add to your routine, we're here for you. A cash free cash recommends. Hi, this is Billie Jean King. This is Marion Bartoli. I'm Matt vilander. This is Mary carillo. This is Pam shriver. This is Yannick Noah. This is Sean frost from Lower Manhattan in New York City, where I live with my husband, Kenny, and our one year old chihuahua Tito, and you're listening to the tennis podcast. Well, thank you very much, Sean. Who is introducing a show and also giving a little tease to the pet that he has, which isn't a mascot, but which now I want to see. I want to see Tito, Catherine. I wonder where the Sean can send Tito in just for our eyes. Pet mentions are always welcome within the confines of the intro, always? Yep. Absolutely. They just don't get in the newsletter, do they Matt? No, that's right, but the rule is, I think, if you mention a pet, you have to send in an accompanying photo. Then the rules. Because otherwise, we've just sat there wondering what Tito looks like. So anyway, Sean, thank you so much for introducing this edition of the tennis podcast. If you'd like to do the same, you can do so via friends the tennis podcast become a friend at that level. The link to become a friend is in the show notes of your podcast app right now. We are all assembling to talk about the Davis Cup finals by racket in which start tomorrow as we record on Monday evening, Matt is in malaga, Catherine has managed to get back from Turin on the grand total of three hour sleep Catherine and so far you seem in quite a good mood for that. Yeah, I tell you what you don't want when you've only had three hours sleep after ten incredibly intense days of work. It's a plane full of tennis people. Many of whom are lovely and great, but they're all looking at you like, do I recognize you? You look a little bit like someone I've seen on the telly just worse. I felt fantastic. Okay. Well, I haven't seen any tennis people today. I've just been in Solihull. They were all on the tempos ten from Turin to Gatwick. Ah, yes, that's right. And Matt had Jack sock yesterday and Catherine's had everybody else in tennis. So okay, Matt, tell us about malaga kind of tea minus one, the day before things get going. What was it like? What was it like when you opened your curtains? Because we were all very curious about your view last night when it was dark. Now you know what it's like, tell us. It didn't disappoint a gorgeous ocean view early sunrise. Yeah, it was really, really great. It set me up for the day. I should say now, please do bear with me, even though I'm in exactly the same spot I was in to record the podcast yesterday. My Internet appears to have got even worse in the last 24 hours, and I'm conscious I may be on a terrible delay on this zoom call. And I promise it isn't because I'm just streaming the fact that there are four Fulham players involved in a World Cup game tonight. I have turned the stream off for the purposes of this of this recording. The professional I'll let you know if Tim ream unexpectedly scores. Please do. More likely to be in the wrong goal. If that anyway, the look on Catherine's face when this is your view, Matt. Anyway, so it's been preview day. You've had chance to speak to a couple of the teams, I think, have come into a press conference today, the matches get underway tomorrow. It's not like Billie Jean King cup finals is it where you've got multiple matches every single day because frankly there are half the number of teams. That's right, yeah, they're easing us in and sort of keeping us at that pace for most of the event really because there's pretty much only one tie per day until we get to Thursday when there are two ties. But yeah, pretty quiet today on site, just press conferences with the Spanish team and the German team, which we can get into. I'm sure when we when we preview their ties, perhaps. But good to get a feel of the venue. It's the palacio de deportes Martine Carpenter. It's about 6 or 7 kilometers outside of the center of malaga. And I found out that it actually hosted a Davis Cup tie before the 2003 semifinal between Spain and Argentina, which went all the way to a 5th rubber and was won by Carlos moya there. So there's a sort of good, good Davis Cup vibes in the venue. It's about a 10,011 thousand seater, but it feels quite intimate because unlike the Emirates arena in Glasgow where. They weren't playing in the sort of max of the arena. So there were gaps at the sides. Here, it's seats all the way around. So it's filled in. And I think that will hopefully sort of keep the noise in and create quite a buzz. And everyone gets a little bit vague when asked about tickets and how many have been sold, but generally, I think the signs are quite good. I do think ticket sales have been pretty strong. And tomorrow, I know for a fact that the Netherlands who are playing tomorrow have brought over a lot of fans. So I'm expecting them to make quite a bit of noise and generate quite a bit of atmosphere. So hopefully from that side of things, it will be an improvement on the Billie Jean King cup and also on the other editions of this new Davis Cup finals.

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A highlight from ATP Finals final - Title No.6 for Djokovic, Bring on 2023!

The Tennis Podcast

07:00 min | Last week

A highlight from ATP Finals final - Title No.6 for Djokovic, Bring on 2023!

"Hi, this is Billie Jean King. This is Marion Bartoli. I'm Matt vilander. This is Mary carillo. This is Pam shriver. This is Yannick Noah. Hi. And I'm Ella. I'm the I'm the grandma tomorrow glenny. We love tennis. And we also love listening to the challenges podcast. Well, thank you very much Tamara and granddaughter's Polly and Ella, who have introduced one of our tennis podcasts before Catherine mata myself were just remembering that very fondly and to hear their lovely voices on our show again once more is a treat Catherine and it helps your 1130 recording time after a long old week. Yes, very cheering. So thank you very much for that lovely. Yeah, it has been a long all week. It's been really good. I've loved being out here into but the hours are quite punishing. It's the little gaps between its sessions that can confirm aren't long enough for a nap. But too long just to sort of fiddle around a bit on your phone for a while. Annoying periods of time. We're all I can think is basically now. Could be asleep now. And I think lack of vitamin D as well. There's actually been gorgeous weather insurance most of the week, and it's a very scenic place. Step out the front of the hotel. I have my 5 minutes in the outdoors while I'm waiting for the bus in the morning and you can see the mountains off in the not too, on the not too distant horizon. And it's beautiful and then I go inside and I don't see daylight again for another 14 hours. So get the violins out for me. Nothing a bit of vitamin D and sleep won't fix. Well, good news is she's heading back to London to get the most glorious weather imaginable in November. Vitamin D tablets, David. Yes. Oh yes, those two, which she's got me onto. They work a treat. So that's chewing. What about malaga, Matt? What's it like there? Well, I don't want to rub it in, but I'm hoping for some vitamin D I arrived in the dark, so I haven't had a great view of it yet, but apparently I have an ocean view room from this hotel. I can't see the ocean at the moment, but updates throughout the week. Yes, because we'll be with you every single day throughout the Davis Cup finals, which start in a couple of days time, Matt, is it media day tomorrow when you get all the press conferences and you go and rub shoulders with the teams and all that? It is, yes, Jack sock was on my flight today. So I know that he's here. What's he doing flying from London? I wondered the same. Maybe you have to connect, I guess, where does he live? Texas? That was a stab in the girl. If it wasn't clear. It could be that one. Maybe you can't fly direct. You can't be correct. He didn't look like he'd just come off a really long flight. He was far fresher than I would have been. But anyway, he's here and yes, because it's a knockout competition at the Davis Cup this year, some teams are starting Tuesday but the U.S. didn't start till Thursday. So he's got a, he's got a bit more time, I suppose, to get going. Do you remember that year that Jack sock qualified for the ATP finals? I do. The two memories I have of that, one is of him beating Kyle Edmund from some insane position when he was losing horrifically and somehow managed to win and I kind of felt like Kyle had never got over that. And then of him sort of allowing Roger Federer to smack a ball into his backside at the net during the tournament itself. And Federer mist. Oh. I think he headed into the net. Right. Wasn't that a slightly weird year at the ATP final? Was that was that the year with the cane she called Roger Federer match? No. That was the following year. Was that the worst match we've ever seen? My brother maintains it is the worst tennis match he has ever seen, yeah. I'm sure deep down, he was grateful for the free ticket, but. Headline was tennis I've ever seen, not worth a trip to East London. But there was also that same tournament, Kevin Anderson beat Kei Nishikori 6 love 6 one. Yes. Really? Yeah. I don't remember any of this. And it was truly just 27. 18, 18, 17 was the Jack sock year. Yes, okay. And 18 was the Kei Nishikori playing the worst tennis matches anyone's ever seen year. Right. So if you put this in 1997. Do you remember that year at the O two when every single match was straight sets all the way through the tournament because they'd have a half competitive first set and then somebody would just completely run out of steam and just get steamrolled. Yes, I seem to remember there was a year where that kept happening and then David Ferrer came in as an alternate and finally there was a three set match. That didn't mean anything. Basically. Yeah, that didn't mean anything. There were some ropey years at the O two. Four, we will come on to talk about that geography. They've had, I think, four final set tie breaks in the singles this year, which I think is a record. In fact, I know is a record. Which on the face of it looks looks really good. Doesn't it for the tournament in terms of getting the court speed right? I know you had a chat about this on the show a couple of nights ago on the night that I submitted my outside the toilets voice note. On paper, the scores, it has looked like good tennis in terms of court speed and competitiveness and not to grueling at the end of a season, players not dropping like flies.

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A highlight from ATP Finals semis - Is Ruud ready to derail Djokovic? Andrea Gaudenzi chat

The Tennis Podcast

07:24 min | Last week

A highlight from ATP Finals semis - Is Ruud ready to derail Djokovic? Andrea Gaudenzi chat

"Well, thank you very much Peter from New York, which is a city that I've already started talking to Matt about in the pre chat on this podcast because I'm already looking forward to booking the accommodation for there in what about ten months time. Because we've already done the Paris accommodation today because I just can't, I can't stop myself now. Now that I've started looking at places that we're going to go in 2023, I can't wait. So Peter, it's lovely to have you as a friend of the tennis podcast. It's lovely to have you introducing this show. If anybody else would like to introduce the show, the option is there for you to do so. Click on Friends of the tennis podcast and you show notes. And you can do exactly that. We are joined by Catherine Whitaker, in Turin, actually in person today, not on voice note, Catherine, it's been another long day. But you hear, and you've only got one more to go, how are you doing? Yes. Flagging, but. Down here. Plugging, but still standing. Indeed, although I suppose in some respects, Casper Ruud has done donate, don't you a bit of a favor tonight by absolutely racing through matters against Andre Rublev. Has he, though, because I don't know, I think adrenaline is worth more than an early night. And it was not an adrenalized evening. Suddenly. Yeah, I mean, I'm sure it was for Casper rude. He really was brilliant tonight, but goodness me, that was a bizarre second semifinal. He's one of those sort of matches that make you feel so foolish for the half an hour, big cell that you've just given it on national television. You didn't predict that Rublev would win on last night's podcast, Catherine. So, you know, let's keep this in perspective. I did on a private text, though. No, thanks for not asking that, but I was going to not mention that. Between the two of us. The question for both of you here, Katherine first. What percentage of what you saw tonight from Rublev in terms of a 6 two 6 four defeat was down to fatigue of yesterday, obviously Kasparov's had a lot more time to get ready for this thing. No, I don't think it was fatigue at all. Tell me if you disagree Matt or David. I think it was all mental tonight. Yeah. I think it was a classic illustration of how mental this game is. In fact, you know, caspar, brilliantly, until he gets close to the finish line, and then suddenly the world's most improbable comeback seems on. But only ever so briefly, because as soon as under a blob then starts to think, oh, hang on. I'm not down and out. Rude serves the match out to love. Yeah, he's too all these 40 15. And then there is a total and complete collapse. From Andre Rublev, goodness me went on a wild ride with the Italian crowd tonight. They cheered him to the rafters when he walked out because they really do love him here. I said that on my voice note last night, they've taken to him. He suits this crowd heart on the sleeve, rough around the edges, but you know, a moating every step of the way. And they're all gasping, it is forehand. There's something about the acoustics in the stadium, and obviously it's a quick court as well. Four hand is making a sound that no other shot this week has been has been making. I'm sure if Carlos alcaraz were here, then maybe some of his shots would be making the same sound, but that Andre Robert forehand is just been something on it that's made everybody gasp. So they've really taken to him and gave him a rapturous reception and then it all goes a bit quiet and awkward when he loses four games and four games in a row to lose that opening set 6 two and then he's full of down in the second set and he starting to get booed and then he breaks the caspar rude serve and suddenly they're chanting rue Blair ruble. It was a wild ride. Brief. But wild. That's the thing is that they managed to make something of even a pretty much damp squib like that. What was your reading of what you witnessed this evening, Matt? The same, really. I felt like Rublev was extremely disappointing. I really thought that he might build off yesterday and would go into this match with momentum in a way that rude had actually lost a bit of momentum because he had that weird dead rubber against Nadal and hadn't played a sort of live match since Tuesday. I felt there was a chance that Rublev would come out firing and rude would have to sort of work his way into it. But that just wasn't what happened at all. It was an okay start as Katherine said from Rublev, he was okay. He was too old. And then I think he lost, he lost 28 of the next 34 points, I think, in the middle of that match. It was just an absolute demolition. And I thought rude played really, really well. His backhand has got so much better, it just looks better. I always felt like he was too close to the ball and he was sort of scoop up on it and he wasn't able to drive through it, but he's really sorted that out and it's now a pretty good shot. It's not as good as his forehand, but it held up really well today. He's got a nice slice as well and I think we saw the best of Casper rude because he served well as he's been doing all week. But everything we said about Rublev yesterday and this whole tournament about how mentally resilient he's been and how he's stuck in matches just all evaporated today in about ten minutes and that was all that was needed for Casper Ruud to stretch his lead and yeah, I mean rude is now reached the final of three of the 5 biggest events of the year, which was definitely not something I don't think anyone saw coming. He didn't even play the Australian open because he was injured at God knows what he might have done there. And now it's just a question of whether he can actually go on and win one. It's not like his task gets an easier. He's played out as in the dal in those big finals. Now he gets Djokovic. I'm just thinking of Katherine's adrenaline and I think either match up against Djokovic doesn't feel like a very adrenaline worthy match, but I do think rude will have a better chance than Rublev of making it close because we saw in the group stages that Rublev doesn't seem to have what it takes at the moment to get anywhere near Djokovic. I think Djokovic was still win tomorrow, but rude feels fresh and he's playing well. It feels like he's ready for the challenge. Do you think Catherine is anywhere near ready mentally rude yet?

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A highlight from ATP Finals - Group stages over, bring on the semis! Wimbledon changes all-white rule for women at last

The Tennis Podcast

09:26 min | Last week

A highlight from ATP Finals - Group stages over, bring on the semis! Wimbledon changes all-white rule for women at last

"Well, thank you very much, Steven, for introducing this edition of the tennis podcast even in Adelaide mat. Adelaide, whenever I think of that particular city, I always think of Leighton Hewitt winning his first ATP title in 1998 as a 16 year old beating Andre Agassi in the semifinals and Jason Stoltenberg, who would one day become his coach in the final. And Steven just has that kind of very relaxed kind of delivery that makes me think Australia and that's where we're going to be in a couple of months time. Thank you, Stephen. Not a lovely intro. Yeah, it's very soothing voice that Steven has. I wish I had a similar tennis anecdote to associate with Adelaide. I think of Alice to cook in the ashes, having a great having a great innings there for England once, but yeah, Australia always makes me think of tennis. Yeah. Well, and we can't wait to go. I've actually been looking at our Airbnb accommodation today online. Just to sort of drill outgoing. So yes, we've successfully been wetting our appetite for that. But at the moment, we're watching indoor tennis because this week has been the ATP finals in Turin in Italy and they are through the group stages. It's finally got their mat and we haven't done a podcast in quite a few days now since you got back from Glasgow. But it feels like it feels like a really long time. The group stages and in this particular tournament, they do go on for a bit and they pack it in. Am I right in saying that they used to have singles only at the ATP finals and the doubles was it held somewhere else or in a different week or something. I'm sure you can explain and they used to have three singles matches a day and the whole event would move a bit quicker. It's obviously been a real move to showcase doubles, I suppose, which is probably a good thing, really. But yeah, it does, it does mean that sometimes that round Robin phase can really can really drag a little bit. Yeah, yeah, well, if I think back to my days of working on the ATP circuit as a communications manager back in the 90s, which is the only tennis knowledge that I really have that's reliable, they used to, as you say, just have the singles and therefore they did away with the tram lines, just like the next gen finals recently and it's quite strange visual, I think, on the eye, but I also do like it. And what they would do with the doubles, I mean, I think, to be honest, it was year to year. They tried to have a doubles only kind of finals tournament. I remember, I think it was in Hartford in America, a few years. But it struggled. I think it struggled to stand on its own, and certainly when they put them together in London at the O2, I think that that was a great move. And I think that it really does work. Always worked in London because they got great crowds anyway, and they could use it as a kind of an appetizer for the main course of the singles. And people would come through the doors that come early and they'd often get immersed in a really great match, and I think it does work. So I like the format. I mean, you know, we've talked long and hard about round Robin tennis, the various irritations I have with it, but we obviously saw some of its merits last week in the Billie Jean King cup finals and the kind of drama that associated it there. But I think just generally as a week of tennis, this is where I really start to love it now that it goes knock out, but it has been a good week overall. I think. What do you think? Yeah, I think so. And second edition in Turin, it seems to have been really well attended again. There's a great buzz in that stadium, I think. And it's been quite surprising in a way. You know, if we look at the singles semifinal lineup, I might have picked two of them, but I certainly don't think I would have picked Andrei Rublev and I'm not sure I would have picked Casper Ruud either. I think Djokovic and Fritz were the ones that I thought were in form and play them well. So there's lots for us to get into, I think, as well. Yeah, there is. There is indeed. But before we do that, I think we need to hear from the person who is there. The tennis podcast, a member of the team, Catherine Whitaker, who is on site insurance, presenting the coverage of Amazon Prime Video in the UK doing a fantastic job as well. And she really wanted to be on this show tonight with us talking right now. But then Andre Rublev, when a leveled up at one set all and now it's well after midnight and she's got to be in again for 11 o'clock in the morning. So it's a really early wake-up call for Katherine. So she doesn't tend to join us in person or on the Zoom live in the next couple of days because we're going to have live shows for you tomorrow and on Sunday and then we're going to be daily all the way through the Davis Cup finals with Matt in malaga. But Katherine has sent us a voice note and it's a good one folks. So we're going to play that for you here. I did ask just before Catherine signed off for the night. Where were you when you recorded this just so that I can give the listeners some context? And she said, I was outside the toilets in the hotel. So I'd rather wish I had an ass, but anyway, that was where Catherine recorded this voice note giving her view of what she's seen and enjoyed over the past week. Hello folks, this is Catherine, reporting from Turin, or Torino. Where I have learned many Italian words this week, like. And splendida, it's been quite a week. We've just finished the round Robin stage of proceedings. And what have we got? We got Djokovic against Fritz in the semifinals, which was made far more interesting a prospect by the three hours and 11 minutes that Novak Djokovic expended on court today against Daniel Medvedev in what was to all intents and purposes, a dead rubber. Look, I am all here for players playing dead robbers like that dead robbers are pretty much the worst thing about round Robin tennis. In fact, not pretty much van Robbins or a really rubbish byproduct of round Robin tennis. And the way Raphael Nadal played his yesterday in Djokovic played his today is an absolute testament to both of them. But they reach in very different situations. Rafael Nadal had lost four matches on the bounds new that his season was ending, wanted to finish it on a high. And didn't have much to lose. Novak Djokovic has a very big semifinal to play. In less than 24 hours after he finished that match, he knew going on court that he would be the afternoon session match. The afternoon session semifinal because it's simply unfair to put the winner of the match that was played tonight. This is the past Rublev match on the earlier semifinal tomorrow. So yeah, I mean, very admirable effort from Djokovic. He was, I mean, the bloke was close to passing out on the court. His hand was physically shaking at the end of the second set that he lost him over there. And I was, you know, I had my ears in. I was holding the mic, had mayor pieces in holding the mic, just assuming that beer retirement. Or failing that a tank in the third set. And then there he is throwing himself around hobbling around the court, while Medvedev is failing to close it out. I think 5 four observed it and then suddenly Djokovic is winning it in a deciding set tiebreak and I found it thoroughly bizarre. I'm sure this will all go quickly out of date when he thrashes Taylor for its 6 two 6 one. But maybe you won't. Maybe you'll be knackered. I don't know. I certainly think Taylor Fritz has looked extremely smooth this week. I've been very impressed with him. I do think the court suits him extremely well. It's a bit of a service Paradise, he's back handers looks brilliant, just like it did in India miles and his forehand is still up to scrutiny pretty well as well. It was such a contrast for me, the match he played against Felix auger seemed last night. That one was a winner take all match for semifinal qualification from the green group and there's so much to admire about Felix or jalia theme and I so want to be a member of his fan club and in lots of ways I am, you know, what do you represent?

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A highlight from TW Meets Tournament Director Rebecca James, on what it takes to stage the World Cup of Tennis and how she handles tennis hot top: scheduling issues

The Passing Shot Tennis Podcast

01:36 min | Last week

A highlight from TW Meets Tournament Director Rebecca James, on what it takes to stage the World Cup of Tennis and how she handles tennis hot top: scheduling issues

"Thank you so much for taking the time out of your schedule to come onto the show here live in Glasgow for the BG king cup finals. First of all, I've got to ask, how are you feeling? How's it going? Are you excited? We've seen some fantastic tennis already. How's it going for you? I'm very excited. I think this event culmination of this year's competition, crowning the winners at the end of the week. Of the Beijing finals. It's an exciting week. It's exciting atmosphere amongst all of the nations that are here competing. And I think it's just something very special and you can always feel it kind of amongst the players, the camaraderie within their teams and competing for their nation. It's bigger than the individual player and it's something very special. And your role officially is tournament director. Can you just give our listeners a little bit of an insight into what that means? What does your routine look like during the tournament? What do you do in the build up to the tournament? How does it compare? So my role is tournament director is to make sure that the planning and delivery of the events goes to schedule. And hopefully a smoothly as possible. As well. So all of the operational areas of the event from the venue layout, the temporary overlay, the branding, the court setup, security, health and safety, everything that goes into putting an event like this on. As well as the workforce from

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A highlight from Craig O'Shannessy Live From The ATP Finals in Turin

The Tennis.com Podcast

04:58 min | 2 weeks ago

A highlight from Craig O'Shannessy Live From The ATP Finals in Turin

"Podcast I'm your host kemal Murray and we are coming off the week of building king cup where we've seen Switzerland. When BJK cut and you know, I must say, you know, fat car building king cup it comes two ways, right? A lot of players say they feel a lot of pressure when competing for their country. And others see a lot of pride and I think Melinda Michigan shown that given the Olympic win and give her a performance last week taken out every country's top player. She feels a lot of pride when playing for a country. I mean, I saw her live in the flesh. I was there watching her play Pliskova. And in the second set, it got really hairy, right? And we've seen sort of Ben chick sort of, you know, you'd be a little temperamental at times and go the other way, as he held it together for the sake of the team and for the sake of the country. So congratulations to Switzerland. This week, we have a chance to sit down with Craig o'shaughnessy, who is live on location at the needle ATP finals. And, you know, so far we've seen Rafa go down twice. Once the Taylor Fritz, 6 and one, and the other one to Felix auger Allison. We've seen this ball not have the same impact, not just because it's indoors. But just because he's still looks like he's still dealing with that injury. Craig was sitting courtside for this match. And you know, you just wonder, are we watching an end of our we've already seen roger announces as a retirement? And we've seen Rafa become very vulnerable. We saw what happened in Paris and yet again being on to an ATP finally did something. I don't think we've seen in the past ten years. But what does this open the door for Novak? Novak Djokovic of the group the person that's most comfortable playing this late into the season. And probably is the freshest this season as he's ever been having missed some tournaments due to not being vaccinated. His body seems fresh. He put on some muscle, he doesn't seem to be worn out from a long season. And now that Rafa is sort of out of contention to take the title, you have to wonder if there's no vax. Turn. And the only match that gets a little bit tricky is the match against Medvedev. He's probably looked at the field. I think the young players will really come up short later in the third set with Novak, but he never dev is the one that I think can force Novak to extend the points and hanging them in those long rally. So we're going to see what's happening. But yet again, we see Rafa so they're struggling again at the end of the season. Are we watching an end of an era? Or are we just seeing the young boys kind of figure it out and mature? Take a listen to what Craig goes on as he had to say live on location. Welcome to the tennis dot com podcast I am your host Kamala Murray and we are here with Craig on shaughnessy, who is live on location at the nito ATP finals. We've just saw Rafa Nadal lose twice to young up and coming players. So that's very interesting and then interesting, perhaps exciting for people who are fans of the tour and not necessarily strictly Nadal fans. And, you know, we'd love to just chat about what the environment is like there. Why we see some of these losses happening. We've seen Djokovic and Rafa and fed just sort of become very vulnerable over the past years. And we've seen a lot of young players sort of ascend this year, France is Tommy Paul, not because Sheila, you know, so what's going on there. So Craig, welcome to the show. It's an absolute pleasure to chat with you again. As you mentioned, I was at rapha's match against feelings for the last hour and 45. And came off the court come up watching it just a few minutes ago. So it's all very fresh. And Felix was amazing. If you want to start with that canal, I'd love to chat about that. And the Ascension of Felix is a big deal. You know, he is, he is a huge server. And I kind of live tweeted my way through the match. Partly to let people know what was going on, but partly from my own recollection is like, okay, what were the things that happened in this match? The first thing that stood out to me was in the warmup, rapha is crushing the ball in the baseline exchange. There's no just kind of nice and easy, nice and easy. He was widening on fire, Felix was on the back foot, just doing everything he could just to get the ball back in the court. And I'm like, wow, is this what rap is going to do? Because he has a history. If you've ever been to an event and walked the practice court and had the opportunity to watch Rafa on the practice court, he is annihilating the ball.

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A highlight from Tour Catch-Up: Switzerland sizzle in BJK Cup triumph, Turin gets underway and Wimbledon all-whites

The Passing Shot Tennis Podcast

07:34 min | 2 weeks ago

A highlight from Tour Catch-Up: Switzerland sizzle in BJK Cup triumph, Turin gets underway and Wimbledon all-whites

"Kim Chris today is the 14th of November and we are here to catch up. On the weekend tennis at tennis weekly headquarters, we have had finals, galore, at the moment, we have just had the Billie Jean King cup finals where Switzerland have been the victors. We have just got back myself and Chris, no jet lag to speak of on the on the short fight for me anyway from Glasgow back to London. We've also had the next gen finals, Brandon nakashima going undefeated throughout the event and we of course have the ATP end of season finals underway in Turin, but first of all, Kim, most importantly, we haven't even had a chance to speak about which started all long ago last Monday, the final between arena sabalenka and Caroline Garcia in Fort Worth, dare I say, is the renaissance complete. I know. Absolutely spectacular. I know we recorded literally a couple of hours before the final last week. And yeah, it's amazing that the renaissance is here. I mean, I don't know, where do we go from here now? Now that Carolyn goes renaissance two. The Australian is the renaissance. Is that Grand Slam title? Getting to world number one is the anti Murray prophecy gonna actually come true. It could do. She doesn't have many points to defend the start of next season and someone like shrimp would have a lot. So could mathematically could Garcia get to that point? I mean, Chris, what do you think? Are we sort of clutching it ridiculous straws here? Or we, do we have a point? You definitely have a point. I think after this season, it can go one of two ways, either she will go back to number 17 the world, or she will be maybe the undisputed number one, but she can do it in another tournament. Iraq and Grand Slam, renaissance two. It's pretty doable at this stage. I saw you note on our WhatsApp group, France have GB in next year's Billie Jean King cup qualifiers. So I'm not thinking about ground as I'm thinking about that tie and who Gary Caroline Garcia is going to play potentially in that tire is it going to be emirati Carney is going to be Harriet dart? Because for me, that's where the renaissance should be happening. I mean, that would be a good tie. It definitely will have a good crowd there because it's not far for the French to go. And I'd ask you, Kim, who are you going to support for that one? Oh. Well, I mean, I would support team GB because, you know, you might wear a beret. And I work bare any across all. Have some baguettes. Stereotyping at all, are we? But no, she is only the second French player to have won the WTA finals. Amelie mauresmo being the first 17 years ago, you know, she's yeah, I got the biggest title of her career, super super pleased for her. It has been a really remarkable season for her. And it's just, I hope it continues. And goes on further because yeah, just really fantastic. And yeah, I know obviously that was like at the start of the week. That was probably my highlight of the week. I have to say, but I know you guys have been busy up in Glasgow. I've been really excited getting your WhatsApp updates every day with all your fun and games from the media room. So do you have particular highlight from the last week from not just Glasgow, but I guess elsewhere on the tour as well. That is a great question. I think I'd have to go cheat the rules here and say it was pretty great when Turner's weekly got a shout out in the press room. So I think that was probably the highlight from Glasgow. I think when we talked about it. He went into meltdown almost. That was at the start of the week. And it was a little tear in my eye. I'm not going to lie. Yeah, and then I had to ask another question, so I had to regroup pretty quickly. From that moment, but that was obviously great fun. And then from the tennis week, it has to be something when I thought I was seeing sort of a case of deja vu, when I saw Belinda bencic, crouched over Jill teichmann recreating that infamous moment from Beijing in 2008 when Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka won gold. And I just thought it was just hilarious as a concept, but also how long has she been saving this up for was she saving it up in Tokyo in 2020 when they got the silver medal with Goldie bitch in that one. And she couldn't do that by herself when she won the singles gold, so clearly she's like Billie Jean King cup is my time and they knew exactly what to do. They both got the memo and I recommend you check that out because the Federer doing that was just hilarious but bench doing it a second time I think is even funnier potentially. I love that celebration. I think it's such an iconic iconic one and I remember when Federer and Stan did it at the Beijing Olympics and it was just, it was just so funny. So I'm really pleased that Switzerland brought that out of the can. I have to say. Well, I feel like what we need to see next is we need to see the trilogy completed maybe at the united cup and we have a male and a female player from Switzerland. Who would be on the floor like doing the maverick clothes and who do you think would be doing the camera pose on top? That is a tricky one, isn't it? I think that it can't be the same player as it always has to be different people. That's got to be the rule. So I think the bench will be out from that one and I'm not trying to think about who would be it from Switzerland. I can't remember who's on the team, but I would say different each time. So they can rotate it after each match win if they have them in wherever they're playing in Perth or somewhere in Australia. Well, with that, it might get a bit old, though, the more they do it, but I feel like it could be could be could become an iconic, not a dance move, but yeah, celebration move. Brian brothers bump, I think. Oh yes. I mean, we did see that actually, didn't we between who was it coco? At the end of their match, when they celebrated doubles victory, they did a little bump together, didn't they? They did indeed. So Joel, what's been your highlight of the week? Looking back over the last 7 days, I think it's been quite a lot actually, isn't there? Not just all your fun and Glasgow. Of course I would have been really thrilled to see Yelena oster penko back at Riga nails. Showing off her new nails, but also showing off an interesting hairstyle. I'm not sure if it's a permanent thing, but she's got this kind of braids look going on in her latest Instagram story, which again listers you should be checking out just for just to see if you think the braids look is a good look on Yelena hasta Panko. I mean, think back to Karolina political a few years ago when she tried out the braids look also pink I don't know if she's taken inspiration from there, but for me that was certainly an interesting yeah, interesting one from oster penko. But no, in all seriousness, what has been a highlight for me has been what I would say is kind of a really big storm in a teacup and this is the kind of ongoing Charles and tribulations of Novak Djokovic and his what he calls magic potion water bottle from the Paris masters where a video basically went viral of his physio mixing a drink and of course this just sent all of social media into meltdown about what it was was it what was it? What was being made because it looked very shady in a rucksack. You couldn't really see what was going on.

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A highlight from BJK Cup Finals Day 6 - Switzerland at last; ATP Finals underway

The Tennis Podcast

06:28 min | 2 weeks ago

A highlight from BJK Cup Finals Day 6 - Switzerland at last; ATP Finals underway

"Switzerland have put last year behind them once and for all because they are the champions of the belief in king cup for the first time in their history. And it was 1919 8 when Martina Hingis tried to do it and she was at the absolute peak of her powers and she couldn't get over the line with patty Schneider in that fund against Spain. A year ago it was rush hour and all the recriminations and controversy about that final and matte prodding them in the press conference and causing all sorts of trouble. He's been back in the press conference today. We'll hear about that in a little while. But Matt's in the end, that tie worked out pretty much exactly as you thought it would last night. Two zero in Switzerland's favor, no need to go to the doubles. Drafted in just as you thought. So are you inside? Head or what? I'm starting to think I might be. I mean, I have spent a very long time in his company over this week in various press conferences when he's remembered to come to them. But yeah, a very different feel to last year. And I think Switzerland are worthy worthy winners. They have not lost a live match in this tournament. The only the only match they lost was a doubles when they had already secured their qualification. Heinz Gunther has got his team selection spot on every time, chopping and changing between teichmann and goldy bitch and obviously then Belinda bencic in the number one singles position just so incredibly reliable playing incredibly well. And therefore, they didn't need the doubles. And yeah, I did think that Heinz Gunther would go with teichmann today, given the head to head with Sanders and the fact that it was in this competition last year. And just about it was, it was the right decision because that was where the drama was today. That first match, bang chicks won very, very easily, but that first match was extremely tense and just Switzerland got over the line. You seemed in conversations as that much was going on as they you always expected that that would be the end result. Even when Sanders leveled at one set all. I mean, I was amazed by the fight, not how hard she forward to Sanders, but the fact that she just wouldn't go away even when she was clearly hampered. Clearly impeded by something an injury. And, you know, she looked as though there was no real way of getting back into it. But she just hung around, didn't she? She was a set in a breakdown. I'm sure tyman got a bit edgy as well. But then what happened to Sanders game that I don't recall happening a year ago and I didn't see it until this point was she just started swinging and just going for a shot and she started to hurt teichman and it was a great battle in the end and the third set. Yeah, it did kind of always feel in the end that it would go Switzerland's way, but I loved watching these two lefties go toe to toe very similar looking games. Somebody with a lot more technical know how than myself would know how similar their games actually are. But to the eye, there were very similar and I really enjoyed the patterns that we got to see because you don't see a lot of left handers up against each other from the baseline that looks similar like those two did. And it was a great match. Great. I think there was a good crowd in for this one. It looked like certainly from the TV pictures. I was looking at and I think people will go home with a lot of memories of that match. Yes, I think so. It was pretty much the biggest crowd of the week. I believe, and it was a really good contest, as you said. I did always think teichmann was going to win. And the reason I felt that was partly because Sanders was hampered. She was injured. So I always thought that there was something there for teichman to be able to exploit. But mainly for Sanders to be able to get back into the match. She had to, as you said, peak for such a long time, it seemed like from a set in the breakdown. And she managed it to win the second set, but it always felt like sustaining that, which wasn't quite her natural game, as you said. It was even more aggressive than she normally is. You know, she likes to come forward, but she was really teeing off from the baseline, which isn't necessarily her game. I just always felt like that would be really hard to sustain. And it had been such a huge effort just to get the match level again that pushing on even further and winning the third just always felt like it would be tough. And I think the matchup kind of suits take if they're both playing okay because I think tyman wants those baseline rallies that you describe. She's got a bit more spin on her shots. She's able to push type men post Sanders off the baseline and I think that was why Heinz Gunther went with that pick because it's a pretty good matchup for teichmann if she doesn't get tight, which she did in the second set. And kind of allowed Sanders back into it as well as Sanders did to get into it. So I was full of admiration for Sanders for making that a match because for a long time it looked like it was going to be over in straight sets and then I was full of teichmann for fighting through those nerves. Fighting through a player who was playing really well and ending up on the winning team. It was a really exciting match. Yeah, I enjoyed watching both type men and bench trying to deal with the inevitable nerves and the thoughts that would have been raging through their heads about what was possible here if they could just win these last few points. I love seeing what title, big cup pressure does to attend his player. And obviously it's even more heightened because of what happened a year ago to these very players and missing out and being so disappointed. And so angry as well. And wanting to put the record straight and have their name on that trophy. And

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A highlight from BJK Cup Finals Day 5 - Heartbreak and hope as final is set; Matt meets Billie Jean King

The Tennis Podcast

03:52 min | 2 weeks ago

A highlight from BJK Cup Finals Day 5 - Heartbreak and hope as final is set; Matt meets Billie Jean King

"Podcast. Peter is a friend of the tennis podcast at the intro level if you'd like to introduce a show you can do exactly that by becoming a friend at that level. And yes, from lovely Queensland in Australia on a day that Australia have had the most wonderful day reaching the final of the Billie Jean King cup finals by Cambridge and here Matt and I are late into the evening on Saturday and it's been another thoroughly uplifting day I think in terms of competition and storylines and all the things that you want from an event like this. I mean, look, there's some very sad people today upset at the fact that Great Britain didn't win, for instance, because they came so close. Disappointment also for the Czech Republic beaten by Switzerland. But my overriding feeling is that there were worthy winners there in Australia and Switzerland and both teams that have had such disappointment in this competition at the final hurdle a last couple of times that they've played it or at least two runners up in a row. Now one of them is going to get crowned. One of them is going to get destroyed again. The beauty of sport, I suppose, isn't it? And who better to be speaking to about the beauty of sports than one of the all time greats and an icon of the sport and the woman whose name is on the trophy. Billie Jean King. That too, Matt's been speaking to today. It's amazing. And I've listened to the interview folks. I've listened to all 15 minutes of it. I loved every minute of it, and you're going to get to hear it towards the end of this tennis podcast. Matt, the person that got to speak to Billie Jean King, how are you? Very well. Thank you, David. Yes, it's been quite a day. Both an extremely emotional tie this morning, which obviously led into the afternoon between Britain and Australia. And then about 15 minutes I had between that and going to speak to Billie Jean King. So sort of day that I can't really get my head around to be honest, but a very, very fun one. And feeling very lucky that I got to do all those things today. Well, Australia again scraped Britain. Let's start there. I mean, we've talking about what an early start it was last night, but it did not take long to get thumping with an atmosphere, did it? And we got the end results that I kind of expected in terms of it all that we all expected in terms of it going to the decider. I mean, I don't think even we thought that it could get quite as dramatic as it ended up doing in the doubles. We thought it would go to the doubles, but it went there in a route that I certainly was not expecting. I was not expecting Heather Watson to lose to storm Sanders. When we recorded last night, I have to say I did a pretty quick about face when I finished the recording because I was as though I'd forgotten how good Sanders had been and how good she seems to be in this competition and all the other evidence I've got of Heather Watson playing her best stuff when she's kind of not really expected to and when she is expected to maybe struggling a little bit. And then I certainly didn't expect Harriet dart to then equalize things by beating all the time the anomic who looks like the class act on paper in the singles. So it got to where you wanted it to be, but Matt that was not my expectation is how we would get there. I completely agree. I was not that surprised by the overall result. And I wasn't that surprised by the fact that the doubles was really close. I didn't think there would be that much between the two teams. But I think we said yesterday that it felt like an absolute must win for Heather Watson because we all expected Isla Tom yanovich to beat Harriet dart.

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A highlight from TW Diaries  BJK Cup Day #4  USA crash out, Suisse set for semi-finals and GB attempt to make history!

The Passing Shot Tennis Podcast

06:46 min | 2 weeks ago

A highlight from TW Diaries BJK Cup Day #4 USA crash out, Suisse set for semi-finals and GB attempt to make history!

"Disappointing really because I think this one had top billing and a lot of people thought the Canada might be the team that would come through it. But Bianca started so strongly and then kind of just lost it, lost a group quite a bit. So that was a surprising result. And I think we did potentially think that bench would take the second singles of the number one players, but we thought that last time would be live, but unfortunately it wasn't. So not quite the time we hoped for, but Switzerland had definitely shown there. They mean business. Absolutely. I mean, Switzerland talked about in a press conference afterwards, the consistency that they've shown because they reached the semifinals last year in Prague. The final last year. Exactly. And now they're back in the semifinals this year. So to show that they've got a very strong team and even though we thought, you know, they were going to be very dependent on Titan and Ben chic playing the singles. Even bringing Goya bitch in that first match, she was fantastic. I think for the first set, she also stopped that kind of mini fight back in the third set from andreescu, but it just shows actually changed my perception a little bit thinking, well, there's just a two person team really. Actually, they can call on other players in their squad to help get the job done. Yeah, I mean, absolutely. We asked the question whether they were planning on to rotate their team or not. And what we found out was that they said they were and they have. I didn't think that Gotti bits are shown much form coming into the week. But when Bianca was asked about how great track record against Jill teichmann, it probably that match upset Swiss alarm bells ringing because clearly they made the right decision by putting goalie bitch in because that's a very different sort of player, a very different board you're going to get back in, having lost twice to Bianca already, teichmann probably wasn't the best player to put into that and having had that epic over three hours, having some rest and then taking to the court for a bit of a doubles refresher later leaves them all probably feeling pretty fresh, heading into semifinals. Yeah, it was an impressive victory from God you bitch. I mean, I was a little bit disappointed with on dressing. I'm sure she would be as well, given how she started. I think she was serving well. She was winning lots of points on her first serve, but as soon as that percentage dropped in that second set, yeah, it sort of went away from her a little bit and she gave herself too much to do in that third set. I think andreescu was four love down and we noticed on rescue had a medical timeout at what was it, one game away from defeat with goly bitch serving and what he said to each other bitch is not going to like that and when that mini fight back did start and I was sort of wondering is golly bitch can you get more irritated and frustrated that that medical timeout happened when it did before her serving, which arguably it looked a little bit like it put her off during the match, but yeah, all credit to her being able to ultimately get it done in the end and I think andreescu will be frustrated that she gave herself too much to do in that third set that ultimately two breaks wasn't enough to recover. Yeah, and I think we spoke to Bianca impress after her first match when and she talked about aspirations of 2023 getting back into the top ten. And it looks like she's kind of problem solving on court, but she's not executing her game as she used to. I think still there's moments of brilliance, but I think it's something where it is going to take some time and Bianca in 2019 wouldn't be losing these matches. She'd find a way to win. And I think that kind of demonstrates where her level is out heading into next year that there are moments of brilliance, but I do think the two time matches he's played here haven't necessarily demonstrated the best of what we can see from her. Her second serve was pretty handy today. So that's something to take from it, but overall I do think it is a disappointing result for her in this respect. Agreed. And I think she's obviously coachless at the moment. She's having interviews. So certainly I think having someone in her corner who's going to help her, I think, give her direction, give her game plan of what to do during the matches, I think, would certainly help next season. But to me, what was also kind of surprising in terms of the results, because within the second time, we had Ben chic versus Fernández. Now Fernández was coming off her last sequels batch with a double vagal against Travis sand and all of a sudden within what was it? 20, 25 minutes. She was on the receiving end of a bagel against blizzard bench. Who would have thought, I don't think anyone would have given the fact that she had too much as in 90 minutes that just the day before and then she was bagel herself. So I'm hoping that this doesn't kind of bring any alarm bells for Heather Watson if she plays tomorrow, having taken a bagel from Diaz that keeping it going is obviously pretty difficult, but I think these two have a bit of history in terms of their match ups. I know that Fernández has beaten her in this competition before and also beat her in running Garros. So I think bench had a bit of a point to prove having won their last match, but I think she wanted to make the point in a team competition like this because that was against her 17 year old Fernández at the time. So she really did start quickly and a very, very valiant fight back from Fernández breaking back when benches were serving for it. And if you lose a statistics love, I mean picking it up, picking yourself up and being able to play in that second set and to deliver a competitive set is something to be happy with, but obviously benches was playing too well today because that sort of result, the loss of 5 games in this matchup is something that no one would have really had predicted before. No, I think the Canadian fans were in a state of shell shock really after that first set when Fernández won her first game in that second set. Yeah, there was sort of big whooping, big hollering, trying to get her kind of motivated and ged up. And I do think, you know, Fernández has shown that she's got a great test of character and strength and even if she is in a really difficult situation, she is able to kind of fight. She doesn't just give in. That easily. And we certainly saw that a lot more in the second set. But I think yeah, looking at the numbers, I think she'll be disappointed with her first serve and how it was handled quite easily, I think, by Ben chic bench was getting a lot of returns in and seemingly at times was just breaking the Fernández servant will. So, you know, for me, I think there's obviously improvements at the both individual players can make for Canada. And I think looking at it, I think what's so, I guess, disappointing from a Canadian perspective is how easily they won the how they won the doubles. You know, you felt like that was an advantage for them.

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A highlight from BJK Cup Finals Day 4 - Captains go big not home as Swiss & Czechs reach semis

The Tennis Podcast

08:57 min | 2 weeks ago

A highlight from BJK Cup Finals Day 4 - Captains go big not home as Swiss & Czechs reach semis

"Rico from moriar and you're listening to David Catherine and Matt on the tennis podcast. Well, thank you very much pello in Montreal, which is something I never thought I'd say in my life. But that is Montreal in a better accent than I can say it in. And we are not in Montreal, but we are in three very different locations at the moment. I'm in solly hall, Matt is in Glasgow as he has been all week. And Catherine is in. Where are you, Catherine? Torino Turin. Hey, fantastic. And what could be more Italian than being in a hotel that is situated inside what used to be the Fiat factory? That is very for a Fiat factory. I don't know whether a country has more than one. Factory. But yes, that's where I am. In fact, on the top of the building, I'm in is where the famous carpark scene in the Italian job was filmed. So I really am having a quintessentially Italian experience. Oh, well, that's marvelous. You've done your research as well on your locale, which I like. I mean, they mention it to you when you're checking in at the hotel. Brilliant. Okay. Well, thank you so much. For introducing this edition of the tennis podcast fellow is one of our Friends of the show. If you'd like to introduce a show, you can do so by becoming a friend at the intro level. And we've got loads of notes to talk about today because the semifinals have been set up once and for all in Glasgow. I would say a little bit surprisingly in terms of what's ended up happening, Catherine's been at media day in Turin. So yeah, we've got plenty to get our teeth into. Matt, we were, we were drunk on Billie Jean King cup this time last night. I feel a little less tipsy tonight, to be honest, because the matches didn't really do what I thought they'd do. What we've had in terms of results is Switzerland winning against Canada. We've had Czech Republic winning against United States. I think on their own those are not too massive shocks, even though their opponents are very strong on paper. I just thought that they would be classic ties. And they weren't. I agree with you, David. I feel a little bit short changed from today. I thought we would get at least one deciding doubles rubber, maybe even two, because as you said, they're quite even teams. I don't think any result would have been all that shocking. But actually perhaps the most shocking thing was the fact that one or two of the matches were much more one sided than I expected. And I think the most interesting part of the day was probably that we had some really big calls from the captains, which ended up coming off, you know, I saw some of the teams named on paper and thought, oh, okay, that's an interesting decision from the captain, not sure I would have done that. And it absolutely worked out for both Heinz Gunther, the Swiss captain and Peter pala the Jack captain. Yeah, well, let's start in turn show. We take the Switzerland against Canada ty first. And that selection you're referring to is Victoria goli bitch, isn't it? Who's played against Bianca andreescu? And the reason that's notable assume is because she's replaced Jill teichmann, who we know has thrived in this competition last year. That's right. And played and won two matches just a couple of days ago for Switzerland. And I was expecting Heinz Gunther to be a little bit smug and very pleased with himself for getting that one right when I asked him in the press conference at the end of the day. And he was a little bit. He said in the French portion of the press conference that he had made that decision on Monday. That it was his plan all along that he would split Jill Titan and Victoria galle bitch in the singles in the groups because he wanted both of them playing. He trusts them both and he thought Jill tankman would match up better with Italy and Victoria gulley, which would make shop better against Bianca andreescu and Canada. And I have to say that absolutely was the case because goldia bitch didn't start very well against andreescu. She was really struggling on serve and andreescu was teeing off being really powerful behind that serve and a lot of good returns and kind of overwhelming and therefore for the first half an hour or so. I thought, oh, Heinz gun heart has got this wrong. This is not working. But I have to say in the second and third sets you saw why he picked goli beach because she was able to disrupt and rescue with her variety. And she played absolutely brilliant tennis in the second and third sets, got your bitch. And rescue became a little bit of an error machine. And I think a lot of that was because of how well gully beach was playing. And also, she just brought a lot more energy in those second and third sets. I spoke to her afterwards and she was really flat at the start of the match, and she said, yeah, that's a problem I have that I get in my own head and then I just become really passive, really nervous and actually that's why I like this competition having a coach on the sidelines so I can talk to teammates. It's much better to talk through my problems and what I'm experiencing and let it out. And I can become quite energetic and aggressive. And that's what we saw. And that's more what I expected from andreescu. I felt like she would be the one bringing the energy and the vibes to the match. But actually, it was, it was gully bitch and for the majority of that match, the second and third sets. She was the better player. That was a surprise to me. But it was, it was also a clash. Now that we have Catherine on the part, I can say this. I don't know whether we've brought this up yet, but it was a clash between the backhand list and the intensity list, because Catherine's Catherine's working on one and intensity list, which I'm sure she can describe in much better detail than I can, but I'm pretty sure ban can rescue is top of it. Yes, I've been I've been wondering lately whether intensities, the right word, because there's more to it than just intensity. I think there's a bit of sas involved as well. It's quite possible that a word doesn't exist in the English language. To correctly, yeah, that's a factor, but it's possible that, look, I'm working on a pithy title. But just like Matt's list, I can not describe to you the criteria, but you just know. It's a feeling. It's a feeling. And Bianca andreescu's on it, elysee cornay is on it. Who else is on it, Matt? Leila Fernández was a TBC. She was, she was a potential next entrant, but I'm not sure today is done her any favors. I think Danielle Collins might have been a TB. Danielle Collins. Today's been a bad day for my list, hasn't it? It's been a better day for your list than it has been for my list. Yeah, although coco Goff is on my list. You need a Putin saver lost to 7 6 and the third the other day. What's going on? In fact, this has been a disastrous time for my list. Look, I'll work on the title and I'll get back to you. And they need to work on their game. Yes, more importantly, big day for the back hand list, though Matt. Oh, really big day. And actually, it dawned on me that perhaps one of the reasons I keep getting drawn to the Swiss team is because they make up two fifths of the backhand list because not only have we got goalie bits with her single hand and we've got bang chicks and her backhand is astonishingly good and we saw it today against against later Fernández and yeah, big, big day for the backhand list and for the first time I've asked the backend list player about their own backhand. How did that go? She wasn't as enthusiastic about her and backhand as I was. That was Victoria galia beach who I asked. I literally said I love your backend.

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A highlight from TW Diaries  BJK Cup Day #3  GB do the impossible, Fernandez fires a double bagel and scheduling woes for Belgium and Italy

The Passing Shot Tennis Podcast

06:31 min | 2 weeks ago

A highlight from TW Diaries BJK Cup Day #3 GB do the impossible, Fernandez fires a double bagel and scheduling woes for Belgium and Italy

"Cup day three catch up. Do the impossible. Leila Fernández opens her bakery and talk of tough scheduling, dominates the press room. Chris, today is the 11th of November and we are here to catch up on day three of the Billie Jean King cup finals in Glasgow at tennis weekly headquarters. It has been a very eventful a historic date even for Great Britain yesterday, fantastic day of tennis and who would have thought it ending up in GB's first appearance in the semifinals of the Billie Jean King cup, fed cup, whatever you want to call it, since 1981, did you really think that was gonna happen? I would say no, and I'd also like to start this episode by issuing a public apology to Harriet dart. For questioning whether she should be playing against part of a dose of exclusion she should be and we will completely wrong. But one area we were slightly right on was that Heather Watson was a great number two. So did I think it would happen? No, did I think we could edge the win with a second singles in the doubles? Yes. For me, all the answers were no. I was like, you know, Heather Watson coming in. I mean, she was injured. She was telling us in press conference. She was injured like a couple of weeks ago. So I was a little bit kind of nervous there. Harriet dart against pido. I mean, it's got to be said. Played shockingly. I don't really understand how within 24 hours the tennis she was playing against right back in her to the tennis she was dishing out against Harriet dart. For me, the difference was just completely night and day. Yeah, it really was. I think with pido says she has talked about how she does struggle sometimes with the mental side of the game and I think yesterday when she did a press conference after that result against Kazakhstan, she said she was very relieved that Diaz had put them one mill up and obviously this was a very different situation where it was theirs to lose and potentially that pressure didn't necessarily translate in a great way for her on the court, but take nothing away from her it dart. She took the board on early and went bedo so was playing one in points, but dosa was not winning those points. Harriet dart was coming up with something special that was really at the top of her level. But I do think looking at the match yesterday was not the same port of bedo so that we saw and it begs the question as to why she's able to perform against some of the top players but really can't bring her best game against players that as Harriet darts set herself should be easily beating her. I was quite shocked, but I mean amazed by the level from Harriet. And you know, it was a situation for me, it was quite interesting because it really was backs against the wall stuff. I think Anki offer von muso's exact terms after the tie and going into it knowing what you need to do, three nil whitewash. Yeah, not very easy and we talk about the singles and Harriet dart putting on great performance. We also had Heather Watson come in for Katie Porter. We still don't really know if that was tactical or if that was due to injury injury concerns, but you could just see how much fun and how how much enjoyment I think a pleasure that Heather Watson takes from playing for her country because she came out like she met business and Paris Diaz I'll be blessed that she had no idea. She had no answer to what Heather was frying at her. Yeah, I think it was very different Heather as we saw her walk onto the court. She was really up for it. She was relaxed. She was smiling. It wasn't sort of the same Heather that is almost focused and wants it to the point of not being able to play some of her best tennis sometimes on the biggest stages at Wimbledon. So I think this match was super impressive because she was not at all inhibited by the moment or the pressure what she had to do. She was just up for the challenge. She went for it and she did not blame. And I think we've all seen from Heather in the past that sometimes she's not the best closer of matches and has a superb set and then can't get it done. In this one, it just got better. I was waiting for that moment to happen and it didn't arrive. It didn't. It really didn't. She just motored through it. And yeah, she loved every second out there, she said, and it showed on the court. Exactly. And I think for her, this will definitely go down as probably one of the moments of her season. You know, she's had a few highs of thinking about that great run at Wimbledon and she said in press conference afterwards. She didn't feel like it's necessarily been reflected in her ranking, the successes she's had this season. And I think this matchup against Paris dias. We were watching it watching it live. Again, it just shows to me like, it's not really much difference when you get further down the rankings, I think, between a player light cruises do you see? I think it's ranked inside the top hundred around 70 80 in the world versus a Heather Watson who's ranked just outside the top hundred. It really shows I think that, you know, you don't necessarily have to take rankings into account with these matches because the tie, the atmosphere, the pressure can all have an impact in a way that we used to look at it on paper and you might think, yeah, that person starts his favorite. Well, Heather Watson proved that wrong. And then Harriet dart proved that wrong as well. I mean, completely. And I think everyone spoke about it impressed that it doesn't matter what your ranking is. It's about getting that win, the W next to your name for your country. And how inspired people are and how people really relish the opportunity of playing for their country. And add in a home tie and add in a bonus feature here after the Russian teddy's federation, obviously, was removed from the competition, having lost way back in April over in Prague in the Czech Republic. Three two to being in the semifinals. I mean, it's an unbelievable story. We're like a lucky loser on the tour. We have those. We do have those stories sometimes come around on the tour when lucky losers go out in qualifying and then end up winning the whole tournament and it really feels like at the baby GP is in that lucky loser sort of spot, aren't they? Because as you said, they lost in qualifying. They were granted a reprieve given their hosting the event. And they're absolutely making the most of it. We're on borrowed time and we're playing like it, you know, I think it's everything is a bonus. And I was going to say podcast favorite of Barnett and Nichols. I mean, they are loving every second. They didn't play, obviously, in that match in April.

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A highlight from BJK Cup Finals Day 3 - Great Britain stun Spain to reach semis; Showdowns set for Friday

The Tennis Podcast

05:59 min | 2 weeks ago

A highlight from BJK Cup Finals Day 3 - Great Britain stun Spain to reach semis; Showdowns set for Friday

"Honesty, I thought the chances of us talking about a British victory in any of the ties at all was pretty remote. Let alone what has just happened and transpired in Glasgow. Hello everybody. This is David and Matt here on the tennis podcast. Katherine was going to join us as well from Turin. She's arrived there today. There have been some shenanigans along the way with her journey as they usually is in a room was fallen apart upon arrival and there was a man trying to fix the roof in the place to stop it overheating and goodness knows what and eventually we had this epic night of tennis and now Catherine couldn't come on because it got too late and she's got to go and do media day first thing in the morning. So Catherine's not here. She will be at some point over the next few days. But Matt, we have enough to be getting our teeth into. Even without Catherine here to join us because Great Britain have reached the semifinals of the Biden king cup for the first time since the event was called the federation cup in 1981, and they've done it, and they needed to do it by beating Spain in all three rubbers in the tie today. Which honestly is an outlandish idea at the start of the day. And even after Heather Watson won her first singles rubber and Harriet dart went to a break of serve up against palo bossa who's one of the best players in the world, it's still seemed pretty unlikely at best. And yet Britain has done that. I mean, tell me what the atmosphere and the reaction in your circles, you're in the media room a lot. You're around the place. You're in Glasgow. You've been in the stadium, what has it been like today? When I can bring you some very immediate reaction from Simon Briggs, who I passed on the way to come and record this podcast with you, David, and he said that we're in inside out underwear, territory, because he has got to rearrange his trip because he's staying on for the Brits. He wasn't expecting to be here on Saturday, and he's going to have to be because, yeah, Britain are into the semifinals. So that's your Simon update. Otherwise, I think it, to me, it felt a little bit like those days you get at a Grand Slam sometimes where results seem to catch, you know? And you get one upset and then on another court, you get another one. And there's just a slightly strange feeling in the air. And it was like that. It was like a chain reaction of unexpected results, one after the other. And I think each result gave the player that followed the belief that they could do it as well. You know, I think all the players have been crediting Heather Watson for getting things started for Britain and he was brilliant. That was unlikely. And then you had Harriet dart. And that was even more unlikely. And then you had the doubles team of Alicia Barnett and Olivia Nichols, who, quite frankly, not a lot of people knew who they were 5 or 6 days ago. And now they're the absolute stars of this competition with what they've done tonight. And that was extremely unlikely as well. So a pretty surreal day, a pretty random day, not one that I predicted at all or thought would happen, but also of a fun day. I would sort of quantify a bit like a big cup upset in football, which is always kind of a bit funny as well. I think everyone's everyone's thought that this is quite amusing in a way. It's not sort of spectacular and blowing your mind. It's just, it's just quite fun, isn't it that Britain of managed to do this? Yeah, we all feel a bit drunk on it. And haven't touched a drop personally, but Matt has represented the team here, he's got his bottle of beer in hand, first day there's been alcohol in the press room. I mean, you know, there's no coincidence there is there. Simon Briggs of the telegraph is in an inside out underwear territory. I mean, this is this is tennis podcast sweet spot right here, folks. This is what we like. I mean, the last time Great Britain reached this stage of this competition, the two singles players were Virginia wade and Sue Barker. I mean, that should put it into perspective for you in Subaru can manage to win her singles, then they combined in the doubles to beat the same opponents as they've got here in 2022 Australia. That was in the semifinals then. It's going to be the semifinals again here. And along the way in that run, the British team beat a USSR team which contained stefanos sits a passes mom. Oh, fantastic. Here's me going over the Wikipedia page 20 minutes ago before Matt gets on the Zoom thinking, oh, you know, I'm going to impress Matt here. I'm going to have some stats and knowledge already by the time he gets here. I only comes in unleash as that one. I have to say that is not my original. That is courtesy of Nick Emerson of the ITF in the press room here. Okay. He came up with that one. But I thought it was good. Worthy of sharing. Yeah, it may certainly is. Yeah, well, look, let's go back over the day and those matches that you've had. And I think I should say as well in reference to that run from 1981. I was looking over that. I mean, that was in Tokyo. And I'm not exactly sure how many rounds there were, but there were a lot of teams in that competition and it was straight knockout. And you know, I've spent the last few days and frankly, the last few years of my life whinging about round Robin, haven't I met.

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A highlight from TW Diaries  BJK Cup Day #2  USA edge Poland, Badosa keeps British hopes alive and Joel asks Danielle Collins about her on court frustrations

The Passing Shot Tennis Podcast

03:28 min | 2 weeks ago

A highlight from TW Diaries BJK Cup Day #2 USA edge Poland, Badosa keeps British hopes alive and Joel asks Danielle Collins about her on court frustrations

"Of the dosa keto GB hopes alive. Gets a late night win. A jolt faces off against Daniel Collins in the press room. Chris, today is the 10th of November and we are here to catch up on day two of the blue Jean King cup finals in Glasgow at tennis weekly headquarters. We had a bit of a late night last night. We're going to put that all down to Elizabeth Koch hereto and Jill Titan who had a three and a half hour match in the day session, which meant we were there till the bitter end. What was it, 1 a.m.? We didn't get back here till. I think it was the 1 a.m. or the one 30 bus. So we were debating, do we record? Do we not? Do we wait till the morning and we just, as big tennis fans as we are, we were running on fumes weren't we? We were indeed. I think the enthusiasm that we would have had if we'd have done it this morning would be quite different to late last night at the 2 a.m. club. I am just really thankful the DJ was playing out some absolute bangers. She was working overtime. She had some mixes. She was not just plugging in her iPod, so that is definitely something that we were impressed by. Yeah, it was yeah, it was great. And yeah, it was a long, it was a long shift, and I mean, it's to be expected, I think, it would be the blue Jean King up. We were there last year, we went late last year, and we've gone late this year, and both the night session ties. They had to go the distance and they went very, very late into the night. I mean, just looking at the ties we had yesterday, including the day session, we had Switzerland versus Italy with Switzerland coming out as three zero victors, Slovakia defeating Belgium two one and then in the night session we had Spain defeating Kazakhstan three nil USA defeating Poland to one. Now I want to start with USA Poland because this was the only match of the day and it's been the only match of the tournament so far that actually went to a deciding doubles rubber and you could tell the kind of it was a really important situation because cocoa got came in was swapped with Taylor Townsend to play with mcnally. Obviously they have a great great partnership and it showed on the court, but yeah, it was a very, you know, it was a very tense situation, despite their literally being like 60, 70 or people in the arena. Yeah, it was very tense. I think there's been a lot of hype around the U.S. team coming into this. It's a very different team from last year. Last year, Daniel Collins was ranked in the 20s to 30s and she was the number one player and this time on the original lineup with pagola, included. She was the number four player. So she's actually the number three player here, which is quite surprising. So she played second singles, and that went to a final set tiebreak, and then Lynette managed to edge keys. So if a couple of points had gone the other way, the U.S. could have lost or potentially lost to Poland without ego, to be on tech. I mean, magdalena for Poland is a very tough customer and we were talking throughout this tie about USA and certainly I think they've got one of the stronger doubles teams if they do play gough and mcnally but you have to think that they're singles line up is where

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A highlight from BJK Cup Day 2 - Epics galore but McCoco get the memo

The Tennis Podcast

05:34 min | 3 weeks ago

A highlight from BJK Cup Day 2 - Epics galore but McCoco get the memo

"20 past mid 19 Glasgow, and Matt is still inside the arena because tennis is doing what it tends to do. Every now and again. And it is carrying on well after midnight. Albeit coco golf and Katie mcnally do appear to have got the memo of wrapping things up sharpish. Their opponents aren't too pleased about that because they're in a deciding rubber and desperate to bring victory to Poland. But coco Goff and Katie mcnally are flying at the moment as we talk to you right now Matt Roberts and myself map. I mean, first of all, when did you walk into the stadium for the first time today? Yesterday. Of course. The 9 30 a.m., I was here. Okay. So that means that you've been there for how long, 15 hours, is that? Yeah, something like that. Okay, too long. Healthy shift. Still here. Yeah. But what that does mean folks is that day two of the Billie Jean King cup finals by gain bridge have been pretty dramatic today. And my goodness, Matt has had three deciding set tiebreaks to cover today. Haven't you? I mean, that's why it's ended up well after midnight. The starting early enough for started at ten in the morning. There's still drama later on because of that really surprising set of circumstances. Yes, it's that classic tennis thing where the better the matches are and the more dramatic the matches are. The later everything ends up becoming and the more absurd it ends up feeling. When you've got 6 matches on one court during a day, it is simply too many. We know this, tennis. We really do know this. We've had lots of examples of it in the past. We had it just a couple of weeks ago in Paris when they ended up finishing at 3 a.m. with 6 matches scheduled on one chord. But yeah, so the absurd element aside, it has been a really good day of actual tennis. And as you said, three deciding set tie breaks and as you all know, as listeners to this podcast will know, my rule is that I have to be there for a deciding set tiebreak. So I had three of them today, which was great, and they were all exciting. They were all dramatic and I enjoyed them a lot. But yeah, tennis B tennis thing. Yeah. Did you actually go and sort of seek out the final set tiebreak? I've got this image of you just sort of interrupting a press conference and saying to somebody at the top table, sorry. I've just discovered that the final set tiebreak going on, I'll see you tomorrow. I've got to go. I really wish it were like that. I mean, it's not totally unlike that. There was one that I was covering anyway, so I was there, and then the other two, yeah, once I saw that it was reaching a final set tiebreak, I headed over to the court and, you know, I didn't have to interrupt a conversation with a tennis player, but I did leave what I was doing. And go out to the court because, you know, there must see moments. Yeah. They are, and actually, we'll start with Switzerland against Italy, which took place many, many, many hours ago. And actually was won by Switzerland three zero, which is making me feel pretty good about my prediction now, suddenly Matt. You know, this is pretty, pretty promising from a Swiss point of view. Obviously, you've got history with the Swiss team hind gun tart led and Jill teichmann piping up mid answer of somebody else and bell in the bench getting irritable and Matt's just sort of generally probing and prodding and trying to get them to talk. And successfully so. So we've got all that from last year's final and it also, you know, there was another installment a couple of days ago in the preview press conferences. So this was three zero for Switzerland against Italy. And yet that does not tell the story, does it? Because Jill Tyson today, she had it her work cut out. She got the win, but goodness me. She was put through it. Absolutely. Three zero, but all the matches had some really tough moments and in particular the first one between Jill teichmann and ELISA better Kochi areto. Whose name I have enjoyed saying today, I'm probably saying it wrong, but I enjoyed saying it nonetheless. But my rule on these things is just do it in an accent and do it with a bit of theater. Go for it. And you can like most Brits tend to, and you can maybe get away with it. Well, that was a really interesting match. And actually, it was extremely dramatic, and it sort of was really important, I think, because had had Italy ended up winning it, it could have got even more complicated for Switzerland, but in the end type and one sort of set the team on their way. But I was writing a max report for this and it was one of those where I had to have lots of different versions on the go because you just

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A highlight from BJK Cup Finals Day 1 - Tomljanovic takes centre stage; WTA Finals - Garcia wins big

The Tennis Podcast

07:51 min | 3 weeks ago

A highlight from BJK Cup Finals Day 1 - Tomljanovic takes centre stage; WTA Finals - Garcia wins big

"Well, thank you, Ashley, for introducing our tennis podcast from day one of the Billie Jean King cup finals in Glasgow where Matt is sitting illuminated by his computer screen and hopefully some other lighting and like yesterday. Right next to court number one. In Glasgow. Matt. Yes, or to be more specific, the sir Chris hoy velodrome, which for the purpose of this event is caught one. It's quite an interesting viewing experience. You're kind of long way from the court as a spectator because there's literally a cycling track between you and the court, which I had to climb up to get to the seats. I'm currently in. But it'll be interesting to see it in use for the first time tomorrow. It's a bit like the indoor equivalent of the London Stadium, the West Ham football stadium where there's and others, of course, around the world, where you've got the athletics track. Separating the football pitch from the stands, you'll have gathered that Catherine Whittaker's here. And I can't vouch for a mood because right now Catherine you're doing what? I'm watching reading lose away to Watford. It gave that I was actually supposed to be at, but the universe intervened to prevent me from having to see this with my own eyes. I've just learned to our reserve keeper is. Right. It's called dean. Okay, dean. Come on. Play a blinder, Catherine's reliant on you. People kneel down and bring you on the reserve keeper because the other one's got some sort of concussion. It doesn't say it's not good omens, but anyway, we'll get used to focus on reading number one. Joe lumley. Okay. Joanna lumley. Dennis podcast listeners learning. Okay, well we've got a WTA finals final to review. I was find that quite a strange little combination of words to say. But anyway, I've said it with the Caroline Garcia winning the title for me. So well done Caroline. Because that was the most important thing. We'll talk about that later. We'll talk about day one in Glasgow because the events underway, only two matches, only two ties played today, it really gets going tomorrow, doesn't it in terms of lots and lots of stuff going on all at the same time. But Matt, the matches, there was me banging on about how good it is to have deciding Thai doubles rubbers and we haven't had any of those today, have we? We haven't know. I feel like part of my responsibility here is to hype this event a little bit. But I must say today was no better than fine. There were some enjoyable matches, but there were not the cracking ties that we were hoping for. And as you said, the fact that neither tyre went down to the deciding doubles was a little bit of a disappointment. Of course, all the captains very much say what they're supposed to say in that in a round Robin format, the doubles does still matter because there is a difference between three zero and two one. So it's possible that in a few days time, we might look back on the fact that Slovakia managed to win the doubles rubber today and make that tie only a two one loss rather than rather than a three zero loss. But I think for most people, those final doubles matches at two to zero, do feel a little bit dead. So it's been, it's been a shame that we didn't get a deciding one today. Fortunately there's still time. I now understand Catherine, why a few months ago, I can't remember what it was in relation to, but you asked my opinion on something and I said, it's fine. And you were nonplussed with my use of the word, and now I understand why. Well, I think you saying something's fine, it's different to Matt saying something's fine. Using something's fine means, oh my God, the world's ending. Is you're the hype man. But for Matt, that just means, yep, fine. Better days ahead. Okay. And actually, I think that that does sum up the feeling after day, one of this particular event, because like I said, there's only been two ties today. There's a lot more to come. At some point, we're going to get that deciding rubber in the doubles where everybody just goes, these team competitions are the best. We just haven't had that today, but we have had some very good tenants. Let's talk about them in order, shall we? Because first of all, we had Australia against Slovakia and the Billie Jean King cup finals was opened Matt with Victoria Khmer. But she lost are the words you're looking for. Yeah. To storm Sanders, who in itself is a name that I always want to celebrate because it's just, it just sounds really cool. What does storm Sanders like as a player? Well, just on her name, she's getting married next week, and if she takes her husband, husband's name, she will be storm hunter. Oh my word, that's even better. It's not better than the storm Saunders. It's pretty good. Come on, storm hunter. He should take her name. What's his first name? Don't know, doesn't matter. I just like the names. I very much take your point. But 6 four 6 three. Or they could go Sanders hunter. They're good, yeah? I don't know. You talk amongst yourselves, I'll work on an amalgam. For you, and I'll let you know. Okay, thanks, Catherine. What will the matches like today? Because you had storm Sanders beating Victoria Kurt, and then you had isle tell me a bitch really thrashing and are currently in his middle of a 6 one 6 two. And it's actually, it feels like a bit of a continuation of Tom Lyanna which is year generally because she's played really well. Were there any moments in certainly the first match which made you think that that might go Kuzma's way, Matt, not that you were cheering for her or anything? No, those days are in the past. She was up a break. Victoria Cosmo, she started well. She went up four three in that first set and that was the turning point really because storm sand is then really up to game and broke back, held and then broke again to take the first set and storm sunder is a player who I associate with this event because it was improv last year where she beat the Lee's mertens and had the best win of her career there and did a really good job for Australia stepping in for Tom yovich because Tommy novich got ill 12 months ago and couldn't end up playing. And yeah, it was quite a nice thing, I think, that she got picked to play that match, even though she isn't the second highest ranked Australian here in singles, but Alicia molik really trusts her, I think. And she's got quite a nice game Sanders. It's quite a compact, lefty game. She crouches very low, hits the ball early. And she really won a lot of the baseline rallies because mova and was far, the better player, I felt. And very much deserved to win. And I think last year I really felt like maybe the Billie Jean King cup finals would be a bit of a springboard for her to go on and improve her singles ranking. And honestly, that hasn't happened. She's actually ranked far lower in singles now than she was this time last year, but what she has done is become a great doubles player. She won the U.S. open mixed doubles title this year.

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A highlight from USA Olympic Head Coach David Nainkin on Developing America's Next Generation

The Tennis.com Podcast

05:03 min | 3 weeks ago

A highlight from USA Olympic Head Coach David Nainkin on Developing America's Next Generation

"I'm your host Kamala Murray, and we are here with one of the most instrumental guys in Americans, men's tennis. He's a USTA national coach, cultivated 2020 Olympic team during the COVID Olympics. He and I coach the player. We all know and love, Sloane Stephens. He's coach Marty fish. Query touched just about everybody on the men's side. We're here with the legend, David Lincoln, David. Thanks for coming to the show. Well, thanks for having me, come on. Pleasure. So when I look at you, I first got to know you when I was training in Carson doing the off season. And you'd be on the other side training with the guys and we'd see the guys just shuffle in and out, right? And I remember initially thinking, wow, that looks like a lot of fun. You know, you got guys ballot out playing points where the women sort of kept to themselves, right? They kind of have their own sort of routine and not necessarily this good old boys kind of club where we're hanging out working out. I was like, man, that looks like some fun stuff one day. So tell us, would you also coached on the women's side? So tell us about the opportunity you've had to work with and touch almost all American men. Well, I started with the USDA in 2004 as a national coach was given a great opportunity and also that was on the men's side and typically with the training center west ad in LA. We've just been lucky to have great weather and a lot of players and I remember starting with Sam Querrey, I think when he is probably the first young pro, called a transitional pro we started working with that lived in Los Angeles. He is from Thousand Oaks, started driving down when he was in high school. You know, we had so many guys that were younger, you know, Marcus girona's 14 mighty fish moved here from LA when he got married to his wife, Stacey, we had Stevie Johnson in college at USC Bradley clan coming down from Stanford, Jared donelson had moved back from Argentina. And just to name a few. So we had great energy with guys Jack sock gave it a brief stone. You know, all the guys at least tried it, LA is not for everybody, but the people that stayed here made, you know, I think the more you can get a lot of players together, competition is a big part of my philosophy and beating each other up and then along came Taylor Fritz and he is 15 years old and I think Taylor's benefited greatly from being around Marty fish and query and Steve Johnson and Bradley Khan. He was 16 years old playing all these guys a lot of practice sets and I think it added to his real steep growth initially that first year in 2015. When he rose to 53 out of the world in about 7 months, look, anytime I think any training center can have the more players you can have, the better is obviously going to have the courts and that's well staffed. I mean all the players could bring their private coaches to work with and whatever kind of resources we could provide them and we still try and continue to do that. So you look at like these waves, right? Like with Felix and Chi pavlov and Ron is, you know, we saw a few years ago, Canada had a wave. And even on the women's side, they've got and rescue. And Fernández, right? And Bouchard, they sort of have these waves. And I think now we are starting. We've seen Italy have their men's wave right now. I mean, just tons of great players, right? But I think we're starting to see those young players who were able to benefit from the Stevie J from the Mike Russell from Mark being around Marty. Like Frances, Taylor, Tommy Paul, Jerome, right? We're starting to see that sort of emergence. So number one, how does that work? Because I look at Italy now, and I'm looking like, okay, what did they do? To sort of have this crop of young men all kind of burst at the same time. You know, was it like, we're going to do DNA tests, right? And all the parents are going to be former soccer players and parents, you know, moms will be 5, ten, 5, 11. How do we systematically create waves of players like we're starting to see? Well, it starts with identification at a young age with our wave of U.S. players now. It was no secret. We saw these guys in a big group of players when they were 13 years old, 13, 14, when we started doing a lot of camps were there and so in the case of Italy, if you look at their you can just look at their tournament structure and whether they had the players and a big group of them at 1516, I think it's a snowball effect of having tournaments, play as they got some great coaches.

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A highlight from Tour Catch-Up: Incredible Rune rules Paris, Sabalenkas Swiatek stunner and BJK Cup begins

The Passing Shot Tennis Podcast

07:34 min | 3 weeks ago

A highlight from Tour Catch-Up: Incredible Rune rules Paris, Sabalenkas Swiatek stunner and BJK Cup begins

"On today's tour catcher, Olga green captures his maiden masters title sabalenka stunned sphincter in Texas and a Billie Jean King cup finals get underway, Glasgow. Came Chris. Today is the 7th of November and we are here to catch up on the weekend tennis at tennis weekly headquarters. We have had our final masters event of the season on the ATP tour, a fantastic whole run, a fantastic final even against Novak Djokovic coming away with his first ever masters title. We've also had a stunning upset with arena sabalenka defeating Yugoslavia in the semifinals in Fort Worth to set up a final a Monday final with Caroline Garcia. We've got all the finals to come Billie Jean King cup finals are underway tomorrow in Glasgow. We've got the next gen finals as well and the ATP end of season finals. And also the Davis Cup finals, the finals finals finals, but Kim, most importantly for you, the renaissance, the renaissance is back. I can't believe I'm saying it, but the renaissance is back. One win away from the full on renaissance. Oh no. I'm annoyed the final is, well, a, why is the final on a Monday? That's wild. It's in the middle of our night, which is slightly annoying. But yeah, I'm not really sure what they thought Texas tennis fans were wanting to do on a Monday in November, but apparently it did go to day before Billie Jean King cup finals. I mean, all those fans and players going to just rush off from one continent to the other. So was that they were trying to make it as hard as possible, right? For them to get, let's just make it really difficult. But you guys are there, which is the most important thing. You two are in Glasgow. That is very true. We're in Glasgow, we're in separate rooms recording because we can't figure out how to do it. Chris has chosen like the bougiest Airbnb that I left him to his own devices. I'll sort of worried what he was going to pick, but unbelievably, it's turned out quite nice. It always turns out nicely. Yes, Kim, next time. It looks lovely. Almost too nice. Almost too nice for me, I think. That's a problem, or maybe. Have you found? If Kim was here, you know. I have not yet, but maybe after recording, we might venture out into Glasgow city center to see to see the delights of Glasgow nightlife can behold before all the tennis kind of gets going tomorrow. But yes, meet and Chris are here. We're very excited. Tennis tomorrow. We're going to be in the thick of it. Media accreditation in the media room. Going to be asking some questions as well. We've actually been deliberated today. Haven't we Chris about who do we want to speak to? What are we going to say because there was just so much to talk about, isn't there? Oh, there's so much to talk about. And I think we might be, and I'm going to try and find this out by speaking to the different people who are there from media. If we're the only people who attended last year's Billie Jean King I feel like that massive street Cred there massively special statement every question I ask will start with. We were in Prague. Last year in Prague, exactly just to really make it clear that we are not only media credited, but we are Billie Jean cup accredited. And that makes the difference. There's only been two Billie Jean King cup 7 two two. We're part of the legacy of the Billie Jean King cup finals. Which is still tongue twister. I hate saying it every time because it just takes just feels like such a mouthful, but yeah, I mean, it's great to be here. I mean, do you know what was quite funny was I landed earlier today and there was like an official, there was a guy with a sign at arrivals that said official transport for Billie Jean King cup, but I didn't feel like fancy enough, so I just ended up getting the bus into the center, but also Joel it did say ego should be on tech on that sign or bubble or Krishna. That was there. It could be the new coach, yeah. Oh, well, I mean, I'm glad that you're on glass gets. This whole week is hopefully going to be a highlight for you both. But tell me, we've had a whole week to discuss, which is why we're here today. Do you either of you have any particular highlights from the last week in the world of tennis? Any fun bits that you particularly liked the look or the sound of. My highlight personally was nothing to do with the events I rattled off a few minutes ago, but it was actually in Shrewsbury. And ITF women's event, Katie Bolton was playing. And Katie Porter's partner, Alex de manor, who I think lost the night before in Paris, decided to take a quick trip. I'm assuming the eurostar over the channel, and yeah, went to Shrewsbury to watch Katie ball to play I feel like he was, he was very kind of undercover. I mean, there were many fans there, but I was great to see that little dedication there just to kind of put that loss to one side, hop over and go and support your partner on tour. Are you saying he threw the match to support her? Because it sounds like when did he work? I'd much rather be in Shrewsbury than Paris, come on. What if there was a rail strike, Alex? Well, exactly. They all got called off, didn't they? The rail strikes, but do you think he would get recognized in Shrewsbury? Town center? No. Four. I feel like. I'm just wondering what train he got after he got to like saint pancras. Maybe, well, I'm not sure. Is he in Glasgow? He could be in Glasgow. We'll see. As we continue to track the movements. You could ask Alex to maybe well maybe we need to ask to Katie balti, what train what train did Alex Dumont or get to go see you in Shrewsbury? Keep a focus on women's tennis. Should I tell you what my highlight was? Please, I love a challenger and I love ranking points. I spend most of my time on the live ATP race. Website. And I found this fascinating because I was ready to celebrate a hoga runes top ten finish of the year. And then I found out that it actually might not be the case because after Paris, he only holds a 6 point advantage over her cap, but he has 35 points from the Poe challenger where he had a semifinal in 2021, so unless he makes it into the field of ATP finals, it's not going to be the top ten finish that I was celebrating, but I just love the fact when you get Bianca andreescu at the same thing when she won the U.S. open and stood at challenger points on her record in the same thing happened to alcaraz this year. And you just think when people rise up so quickly, it puts into perspective just how much they've done, but for 6 points, I think you need to play another challenger event if he doesn't make it into the field. I think ATP finals, that's my suggestion if you're listing holger. See you at the ilkley challenger on the grass court season next 6 points I reckon you can get it there.

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A highlight from BJK Cup Finals Preview - Nations ready to rumble in Glasgow, and Matt is there

The Tennis Podcast

06:18 min | 3 weeks ago

A highlight from BJK Cup Finals Preview - Nations ready to rumble in Glasgow, and Matt is there

"And welcome to the Billie Jean King cup by gain bridge finals where Matt Roberts is in Glasgow. Matt, how are you? I've made it. I'm very well thank you. I'm a little bit on edge at the moment because I feel like I'm in a place where I maybe shouldn't be. I am fine. I've been told that I can record here, but I'm sort of expecting someone to come in at any moment and kick me out, because I'm in the press conference room, which is where I've spent the majority of today. And yeah, it's just sort of feels like it should be off limits, but apparently it isn't, and I'm here. Right. Yeah, because we should say tennis podcast listeners, this is our second go at recording this particular show. We didn't get past, well, we didn't even press record because just when we were about to Matt was stationed inside the stadium, he showed me the camera view that he had from the very back seat in the stadium overlooking the court that they're going to be playing on over the next week at Billie Jean King cup finals. And then just as we were about to record, some music started up. And this was following what? Was going on with the British team, Matt? It was an initiation ceremony for Olivia Nichols and Alicia Barnett, who are pretty unfamiliar names, but they've been they've been called up by anchor von to play doubles here in Glasgow if required. And yeah, it's their first appearance in the religion king cup, so they had to do an initiation. They were introduced by Heather Watson, and then they did some kind of rap. I can't put any more detail on it than that. I'm pretty sure Catherine would have been absolutely scathing of it. But it happened. And then, as you said, I thought that was over. I thought we would then have a window to record. Because I'd scouted out that as a good recording spot throughout the day and then of course all these interruptions came. But I thought we had a window, but no, because they started practicing tomorrow's opening ceremony and started playing a chameleon, which, from culture class, which might not have been the great background track for this podcast. Check me out with the 1980s musical references. Okay, well, I'm sorry listeners that we weren't able to bring you exclusively the initiation ceremony on the choir. It's Matt failed you. So we've only got it for you, anecdotally. You're not missing much. Okay. All right, well, what we're going to do is preview the Billie Jean King cup finals, which are going to go on until what? Sunday, play starts tomorrow, Tuesday. So it's a lot to cram in all the teams are in town. We have had one withdrawal I saw from America. We were sort of speculating on it, Catherine, and myself this morning when we were recording our Paris review show and looking back on the WTA finals semis, and you and I were talking about it yesterday, Jessica pegula, and coco golf, of course, playing all of those matches going zero 9 over in Fort Worth, and then facing the prospect of coming over to Glasgow. Well, coco Goff has made it, but Jessica bagula hasn't. And I'm not hugely surprised. And I do feel for her because I'm sure she would love to have been there. But what are they doing now, Matt, America? Right, yeah, so pagola is absolutely gutted that she can't be here. She was part of the team that helped America get to these finals. She played in the qualifiers back in April. I think it was pretty obvious though to anyone who watched her in Fort Worth that it was going to be a it was going to be tough for her to get here. So she isn't playing and she's been replaced by Katie mcnally, who has been in good form, just won a title at one of the lower levels. And she's actually arriving tomorrow morning. So coco Goff is already here, as you said, she just landed. She didn't make it in time for the press conferences today. But she is in Glasgow and mcnally arrives tomorrow to make up the USA 5 along with Taylor Townsend, Danielle Collins, and Madison keys. And yeah, it's a big talking point. There's quite a lot of British press here and from the big newspapers and they were asking those questions in the press conference. You've been hit hardest by the close proximity of the two events. What are you going to do to try and cope with it? And Kathy ronaldi, the U.S. captain, used the words, banged up to describe how she thinks coco Goff will arrive. It's completely an unideal situation, but I think everyone's hoping that the sort of adrenaline of a team event and the strength and depth that the U.S. have anyway will help coco Goff be able to hopefully play some part in this event, which will be her debut in the competition. Yeah. Well, it does add something. So I mean, look, it's a shame for Jessica bagula, but it's an interesting variable because they are probably one of the strongest teams in the competition, aren't they? And this now damages them a little bit, their hopes and it makes for a really compelling week ahead and the matches that we've got to look forward to and we're going to preview as much of it as we can. Matt's been in all the press conferences today. This event is being played inside the same stadium that they hosted the Davis Cup semifinals I think back in 2015 against Australia for Great Britain when Britain had their run to the Davis Cup victory. And it was also used a few weeks ago this place? Yeah, that's right. It was used for the Davis Cup qualifiers that took place just after the U.S. open where it actually lost, didn't they to the USA and the Netherlands, meaning they won't be in malaga for the Davis Cup finals. Yes, everyone keeps sort of assuming that I've been here before because it's a very Tennessee venue.

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A highlight from Paris - Rune arrives, but what's next for him and Djokovic? WTA Finals final set

The Tennis Podcast

06:31 min | 3 weeks ago

A highlight from Paris - Rune arrives, but what's next for him and Djokovic? WTA Finals final set

"Well with that, but this time it's Catherine and me. We haven't done this for a while, Catherine. No Matt. With good reason. That's like the bad old days, guys. You're in for a treat. It sure is. We have an agenda, but it's not like normal. I've managed to create two opportunities for two podcasts in a day today. And we're up really early, which is a bit harsh on Katherine, given she was presenting coverage for Amazon Prime Video of Paris until quite late last night. But the beauty of it all is, is there's just so much to talk about. That's why we're doing two podcasts today because Matt is now in Glasgow at the Billie Jean King cup finals where it's going to be interview day and preview material that he's going to be getting. So we're going to come back on later here and I to to preview that event. But we have so much to cover even in the last 24 hours since Matt and I will ask with you covering the WTA finals group stages. We've had semifinals of that that Catherine and I will get on to, but we haven't had a chance to properly review Paris yet to Catherine and it has been an extraordinary week really. You get one week like that that I came into not necessarily thinking that much would materialize and yet it feels like we have a couple of seriously big storylines that will now carry on into next year. Obviously the champion being holger, that is not a scenario I envisaged at the answer to you. It absolutely not absolutely not. We knew about the talent of Olga runner, didn't we? Former junior number one, you know, we've known about his attitude for a long time, I think the first time I watched him play a match, was that first round against Djokovic at the U.S. open last year when he was threatening for a while, wasn't he, but it had that it really had that feel of it if someone that comes out pumped up, threatens the top player for a set and then fades away and to my memory, that is what ended up happening. And that was during the period of runner's career. I mean, albeit as an 18 year old, but he had a reputation for cramping, didn't he for being physically not there for the cause. Well, I know we've only been watching him play best of three set tennis for the last few weeks, so there is still a caveat here. I'm not sure I've ever revised my opinion of a player so quickly and so drastically as I have of Volga Reno over the course of the last week, maybe a little bit more than a week, the run in Basel last week made me sit up and take notice, but what is it about him? He is so good. That's what it is about him. I mean, the far wiser people than me that I was working with over the weekend said he's technically perfect. I did not realize he had this kind of power. You know, you look at him and it doesn't quite make sense where the power comes from because he's quite sort of sinewy he's almost like a sort of Federico courier. Oh my gosh, I've gone for the wrong courier. My God. You're gonna go for Guillermo, won't you? You've gone for the problem. Mate, that's how that's how young and in touch. Federica has loving that reference. It isn't he? He doesn't get his name snuck in very often, does he? I was thinking Guillermo. I mean, he's 6 at two, which I think is pretty much the optimum height for a tennis player, but still. Some of the stats that were coming out about his shot speeds, David. I mean, his average second serve speed is a 110 mph. His average back can speed in the quarterfinal against Felix auger scene was what 30 km/h faster than Felix that stat is bananas. Yeah, I've never heard anything quite like that before in the backhand side. I don't think of anybody. Unless you're comparing somebody with a really dodgy backhand to somebody who's got married safin's back at. And it did almost make you think, well, is that right? If they got that right, but I mean, these were tennis TV stats that were being flashed up on the screen and nobody's querying them. Nobody's walking that back at all. And everybody is simultaneously talking about, as you say, the technically perfect production of that backhand. And that and the damage that he seems to do, and then you look at the players he's played against. Over the course of the week, obviously culminating with Novak Djokovic and realizing that he's actually got the better of these players. These great players of the current era on that particular side. I mean, obviously you're overall he's won the whole thing. But I mean, he's beaten Stan Wawrinka in the first round. Who's got a better back and over the years than San varenka. He's beaten Hubert her catch, who's often talked about as having a great backhand. Okay, Andre Rublev is regarded as more forehand heavy player, but Carlos alcaraz. Felix Australia seam and then Novak Djokovic, that that is a run that even though you know it when you read those names out again, it still takes you aback, doesn't it? Because that has never happened before. No, no one's ever beaten 5 top ten players in a row before and throws down a wrinkle into the mix as well a three time Grand Slam champion. Against whom he had to save three match points I might add. And you get a ticking off at the end. A baby publicly, which is. That might have made a lot of players go into the shell a little bit and be embarrassed. Maybe it helped? Maybe it helped because I didn't watch every minute of every match, but I watched a lot of him this week and he was more grown up than he was against Stan Wawrinka and than he was in a couple of matches, I saw him play in Basel last week. I mean, I feel like I've watched him get significantly better over the course of two weeks. He is a quick learner. He is, he's got that urgency that Carlos alcaraz has. I don't want to wait till I'm 21 or 22 and do things in the appropriate time.

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A highlight from WTA Finals Group Stages - Swiatek and Sakkari soar; Pegula and Gauff hit the wall

The Tennis Podcast

08:47 min | 3 weeks ago

A highlight from WTA Finals Group Stages - Swiatek and Sakkari soar; Pegula and Gauff hit the wall

"You very much Kat in Florida, no doubt sunny Florida, which is very much the opposite to what it is here in Sully hall, Matt Roberts, as I return to the tennis podcast effort after a week or more, certainly more than I supposed to have in sunny split in Croatia, which was delightful, blurring, what have you been doing with the weather since I last was on this podcast? The news I was watching last night said that we've had a months worth of rain in 5 days and it sure feels like it. And tonight tonight I'm going to Glasgow. So I could be in for more. Oh dear. Yeah, I'll be the plus side to that listeners is that it means you're going to be getting daily tennis podcasts throughout the duration of the Billie Jean King cup finals, which is where Matt is going to report for us. Yeah, the downside is that you don't really see daylight very often. Even if you're outside. Anyway, we do love Glasgow as well. We've covered many a Davis Cup tie there. And you haven't been before, have you, Matt? I've never been to Scotland. Wow. I didn't quite know how that's happened, but it has, but I'm making up for it tonight. He's been to Australia. He's going to go to Australia again next month. We've just booked about two months time now, isn't it? We've just booked the tickets all three of us with booked our Airbnb, we're trying to apply for a Visa so that they, you know, say, okay, you can come in. But yes, the tennis podcast is planned to be out in force at the Australian open. And cat in Florida do listen to us throughout. Everybody else hurt you enjoying the tennis podcast. These two have been doing a Sterling job in my absence. And we have so many podcasts coming your way. We have so much to talk about, quite frankly, because there is an enormous amount of tennis congested into this period of November, isn't there? And we're with you today, ostensibly to talk about the group stages that have just been completed of the WTA finals. Of course, we've got Paris going on at the moment as well, where today, Novak Djokovic will take on holger una of Denmark and Catherine's presenting that for Amazon Prime Video in the UK, so she's going to be back with us tomorrow morning is the plan so we'll properly review the week in Paris on tomorrow's podcast and we'll also be able to look back on the semifinals of the WTO finals as well. Mat will be up in Glasgow. I'll tell you what, it's a massive old jigsaw. This is that we're putting together to work out what we're talking about when, with whom and when. So yeah, I think this is the earliest pod recording that we've ever done. Pre 9 o'clock on a Sunday morning, just to fit it all in. I mean, we have recorded it 8 30 before, but normally, you know, we haven't been to bed yet. That's normally after the U.S. open day. Yes. So yes, morning recordings, evening recordings, trying to fill it all in around the huge amount of tennis, which is happening. Yeah, now there may be a listeners among you who are thinking, well, hold on. I'm fairly sure that David you and Scott up at 4 a.m. whilst Catherine was in a different time zone in order to record a podcast. Yes, I did. That was pre Matt Roberts, folks, because yesterday was hashtag Matt Roberts day, which is a day that Matt, slightly cringe is about. And a day that Catherine and I invented to celebrate exactly four years since we first handed Matt, a microphone and said, talk, tell us about Karen hatching of and his exploits in Paris. Yes, you're right. I do cringe on that day, but it is. It is very lovely. People always say lots of lovely things, but it does seem that no matter the tennis takes, I might have, you know, the thoughts I give on the sport, I dedicate many, many hours of my life to it seems that the one thing our listeners will remember above everything else was when I sang Layla. Yes, that's it. And I've seen a few token 'cause I mentioned that too. That too. Anyway, it's lovely to have you with us, Matt, as it always is, you are the man. And let's talk about the WTA finals, which have been, well, really interesting on a number of levels and the semifinal lineup is also really, really fascinating, and it isn't the semifinal lineup. I would have expected. And I think the reason for that is the emergence of Maria thackeray and the form she is put together over the last week. Two groups of four players, the Nancy Ritchie group, the Tracey Austin group. And saccharin went three and out in her group and she did an interview with Euro sports website. And there's so much rich content to this article I do recommend you having a read of it because I think it gives an insight into the depths that Maria thackeray plummeted to over the last 6 or 8 months, really. The reasons she gives for it and how she's kind of digging herself out of it and how she sees herself improving and prospering from here. I mean, just to give you a little idea of the run she's had, she's beaten three players over the last week, arena sabalenka on stripper, Jessica pegula, and so it's now going to be Zachary and Sam balinka through from that group. It's going to be saccharin up against Caroline Garcia of France. It's going to be English film tech against Serena sabal Anka. That's semifinal lineup. But this article about Zachary talks about how she got to a ranking inside the world's top 5 for the first time, and basically Matt, I think it freaked her out. It made us think I'm supposed to be a certain way. This means, I don't know whether I have to change, but certainly. Cost her her freedom out on the court. Is that how it came across to you? It is, yeah, I think that's exactly right. I think she has been pretty open about struggling to deal with being that top player and increased expectation and increased spotlight. That word you use freedom has really, I think, characterized her tennis this week. In Fort Worth, it's so funny, isn't it confidence? Is something that you just can not really measure, but you can see it and feel it and she's been a player devoid of confidence all season. And now she suddenly seems a bit loose a bit freer on the court. I read an interview where she said that she actually had a conversation with her coach Tom hill after San Diego and they discussed shedding the season down there and then and not even playing Guadalajara and trying to get into WTA finals and Tom hill apparently said to her look, take a few days before you make that decision and I just think maybe perhaps during that line, she's just played the end of this season now with a bit less, a bit less pressure on her and yeah, still, despite how good she was in Guadalajara, I talked about it with Catherine on the podcast the other week. She didn't play very well in the final there. You know, against against Jessica bagula. So it felt like as positive as that week was, there was still a sort of negative finish. I wasn't confident really about her coming in to this tournament. I certainly didn't have her down to be the first one through to the semifinals on my bingo card for the week. That was a real shock to me that she just came out playing so well and it's been great. I think the conditions suit her and yeah, I think maybe it was an advantage for her that her very first match in the group was against pagola who she just played in Guadalajara and it was almost like she could have learned from that match and could take something from it and just start this tournament on the front foot and she's just, you know, picked up there in every Mac she's played. It's been really good to see actually because I like Zachary a lot and when she's playing well, I think she's a great watch because she's so intense and she's kind of unlike anyone else out there and yeah, it's been the saccharine that we've seen in the past this week it's been good. Yeah and she's been doing it as a FrontRunner in these matches as well. There's not been the wobbles really and she's been getting into important moments. So maybe she's cracked something this week and

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A highlight from Journalist Simon Cambers Discusses His Book, "The Roger Federer Effect"

The Tennis.com Podcast

04:51 min | Last month

A highlight from Journalist Simon Cambers Discusses His Book, "The Roger Federer Effect"

"With a very famous writer, a writer who is worked for many networks, many publications, but has taken on the risk of writing a book about probably the greatest male tennis player to ever play the game. And the reason why it's a risk is because when you think about this person and I'm going to wait to say the name, it can become a monotonous book. It could be chapter one through 30 are all about how great this person was. And how perfect this person was. And how he was made to play tennis. So it's a huge risk writing about somebody like that because they're really, it's not a lot of diversity in the story, right? Not a lot of villainous soda stories. And I'll take. And that person is Roger Federer. So we want to welcome Simon chambers to the show, Simon. Welcome. Thank you very much for having me. So, you know, when I think of roger, most people have only great things to say about them. And I'll start with a personal story. And I think that, you know, in my ear, I grew up in Chicago and the greatest athlete. Chris basketball player of all time. Arguably still to this day is Michael Jordan. And I was old enough to party in clubs. The same time he partied in clubs. And when he entered the room, he had this glow about him. It was a money glow. I mean, the scans perfect, the clothes are perfect. Nothing was off the rack. It's like he walked through the club and the Red Sea parted. Nobody dared to ask for a photo or asked for an autograph. It was like, let the man buy and don't say a word. And Rogers probably the only tennis player that I've been around that I've seen have that impact on every other person on the ground. And I remember 2018, I was caught in Sloane Stephens. She made it to the finals of Roland Garros. Month later, we're in Wimbledon, Saturday before the tournament, and all the media is there and walking down sort of the tunnel that connects Wimbledon to orangi. Yeah. And Rogers walking my way and I'm thinking of my mom like, do I say anything? Do I speak? Do I wait to see if he speaks? And he speaks, what do I say? Do I say what I want to say I had what's up, bro? Or hey, how's it going? Or, hey, how you doing? What do you say? And I said, you know what? Let me just not speak. And I kept walking, I get about three feet from me. He looks at me and says, hey come out. Well done. Tough one. Tough one and Roland Garros, but well done. And I was like, oh, thanks, bro. All right, and it was just a, it was so shocking that he could have easily put his head down and walked past me. B, he knew my name, C, he connected my name on my face with what had happened a month ago to provide contact, and when I look at your book and I read some of the chapters, all the stories are about how he made someone feel. And so I think that in that moment, he made me feel like I was part of the club and relevant, right? And important in that moment. So that's my Roger Federer story. So how do you write a book with all the stories are going to be something close to that? Yeah, it's a very good question. It's not easy to, you know, it was one of the when I was talking to friends about writing it. And I should say that I co wrote this book with Simon grass, who's a Swiss journalist who's covered Federer for the whole of his life. And knows him probably much better than I do. But when I was talking to friends about it, they were just saying, just make sure it's not too schmaltzy too nice. You know, we want to see a bit of the other side of Federer too. And we were trying to tell his story. We are trying to tell his story in a slightly different way. You know, looking through the eyes of those whose lives he impacted. Now, obviously, because of who he is, he impacted a lot of people's lives positively. But I think there are enough little bits in each of the chapters for each of the people where they sort of broach subjects that weren't necessarily Rogers greatest moment. But there tends to be on the other side of that. He comes out of it, still looking pretty good. Everyone knows that, you know, it's like you're talking about Michael Jordan. Now we've all seen the last dance and we know that Jordan was not the nicest guy in the world. You know, there was a lot more to him than we know. Or that we knew at the time. With roger, you know, somebody I can't remember who it was, but described him as the absolute king of the backhanded continent.

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A highlight from Episode 346: Men of the Year (With Ricky Dimon)

No Challenges Remaining

06:08 min | Last month

A highlight from Episode 346: Men of the Year (With Ricky Dimon)

"No challenges remaining. I'm Ben Rothenberg here in D.C.. We have not done a lot of shows recently on CRF and working on finishing up my book manuscript. I just spent a lot of work and a lot of time. We've met some big stories that have happened in the past couple of months. Roger Federer, who are listeners, may have been familiar with announcements retired from tennis, played his last match at the laver cup, and then the more shocking news and that was the Simona Formula One testing positive for a banned substance and provisionally banned. I will talk about that and we will get to those stories later on, but the occasion for this episode have been coming out of hiatus for a bit is that my buddy Ricky diamond and CRs Atlanta correspondent is here. Having just run the Marine Corps marathon for the fourth time. The 5th time up in D.C. Ricky, congratulations, and you got your best time and you finally beat the elusive time of Caroline wozniacki. Yes, yeah, my goal was first to beat my previous best, which was three hours and 29 minutes, and ideally to also be accurate, which was three hours and 26 minutes. And I did run three hours and 25 minutes yesterday, so. The tough market took her a bunch of tries to do what was the accident. It took a while. And also the fact that she did it while also in the middle of a professional tendencies is quite impressive. It was pretty happy with my time. Definitely not. Her time was pretty remarkable as the Boston qualifying time part timer. Obviously, it's still an elite athlete. So good base, and known for being fast, but still marathons are a different beat, so congratulations on conquering those beasts. Listeners a long time listeners will remember we've done a bunch of shows during your annual trips to D.C. and this is the first one a couple of years because of the pandemic and there hadn't been a marathon for a few years. Near the end of the men's season, looking back at the men's Tennessee's and that was, and we're just going to kind of the field for the tour finals, which are in turn and keep going to say London there were a lot of so long. I have to catch myself every time. But for turn, it's mostly set. Basically, unless there's like a dream run embarrassing to the title by Fritz or her catch in one of them sneaks in, we know who it's going to be basically. And so why don't you just talk about the season and go through those guys, but I guess if there's anything bigger picture before we get into the and obviously a lot of the stories do connect to those guys who are in the field and turn. They're now sort of big picture stories of what you're going to what you think 2022 should be remembered for in medicine. Well, I think obviously Djokovic, I mean, not being able to play Australia, not being able to play the U.S. open and not getting 2000 points from winning Wimbledon. He was the biggest story at three of the slams, even though two of them he didn't play. So I think obviously an adult one, two slams in 2022, but I feel like, you know, probably what happened with Djokovic will probably be most remembered about this year. That's the thing. Yeah, and I'm glad you said it that way because people give me a craft for talking about Djokovic too much on Twitter or whatever. And I don't think that I do. Because he's been he's the most relevant guy and like his unfortunately his vaccination status has been a defining storyline and defining factor for Ben tennis in 2022. That's it. And we'll get to him because he's one of the 7 players who is currently in the field. We can actually start with him. Maybe that's easy to do. We're talking about him already. Djokovic, I'm pretty convinced because I still think he is just the best player in terms of just the ball in a tournament on a especially on a hardcore, even at clay court honestly, a lot of times or graphs for that matter. I think he's, I think he's usually the best. And yeah, I think that if he had gotten vaccinated and had to be a non issue, he almost certainly would be currently in my mind the total the all time slam leader, I think he'd be ahead of Rafa. It could have even won different open for all in them because even though he won Rome, his clay season was so screwy. He still had a pretty stop and start clay season, and that matching against Rafael was just weird in Paris. I mean, I think U.S. open and Novak's a little more complicated because he's actually really hasn't won that many times. There's only one three U.S. opens in his crew, which is well behind his strike rate at Wimbledon and Australia. So not taking for granted, he definitely would have won the U.S. open, which was a lot of people saying he might. Yeah, but he also could have won another Cincinnati. You know, he could have won a Canada, Indian Wells, Miami. He lost, it makes a lot of tournaments this year. And so I do think he's still the best player. I think you have to kind of start with this storyline that I wish wasn't as relevant as it is, but it just really it really is. And I don't think you can ignore it. At the very least he would be, you have to figure he would be tied because Australia was basically a two slam swing because Nadal won it and Jack mentioned played. He was would have been in the od favorite. So like, right there, that's 21 21. And then he would have had a decent chance at the U.S. open. And Wimbledon too. So he got the 21 rules. If you want Australia and Wimbledon too. Yeah. Yeah, so he would be up 22, 21. One Australian. Yeah, I mean, that's what it is. And do you think that we still don't totally know, which is a status of your 2023, which again, it's annoying the storyline continues. So Djokovic can apply for reinstatement for from his Australian deportation. There's a new government there. We'll see if they want to key to being an issue or not. I'll show you how to remove its requirement for travelers to be vaccinated to enter the country that happened a couple months ago. They just have this three year deportation through your band from the country from its deportation order. He can reapply. I kind of think of the reapply. I think he will reapply, I think he'll get in. But it's not a given who knows how much sort of ill will there is still towards him. And the reasons for which he was booted ultimately, which changed, ultimately, around sort of like public health grounds that he was sort of negative influence on the society for spreading and promoting anti vax notions was justification of the government in the end, so that really hasn't probably changed his status on that front. I don't know. So yeah, again, I'm annoyed by this story that's such a big story, but it is the story of the year and many times.

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