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A highlight from AO Day 7 - Nadal knows Denis can be a menace; Major Keys is back
"Well, thank you very much to Rebecca monk from E link for your lovely intro there, ealing not far from my neck of the Woods. And eating Broadway on the Twilight paddington line, which my dad used to commute to work on, so thank you, Rebecca, and welcome to our day 7 Australian open podcast. It's been a day of two sessions, I think today we've had the day session which was upsets galore really know sort of seismic headline grabbing enormous upset, but quite a lot of low key big upsets. And then we've had the evening session, which is, well, actually, full disclosure hasn't quite ended yet. It's temp past 11 in the evening Melbourne time which makes it temp past midday Sully whole time. And Mateo bertini public Corona busta are still on court bertini has a two set still of lead, but it snip and tuck all the way. He could easily take the scenic route here. So we'll keep you updated so you get that out of date tennis news, but assuming the baritone does come through that the evening session has gone according to script. If not been slightly disappointing, and I'm referring to Barty against over when I say that and we will come on to talk about that in a little while, but I think we should talk about the day session first because I wasn't really expecting any of what of what ended up happening in the day session today really a lot of it took me massively by surprise. I think the only result that didn't surprise me was critique of a beating Azarenka but the school line of that still massively surprised me how one sided it was for critique of how was it one of those days Matt when the upsets ended up being infectious? What was going on at Melbourne park today? It was a bit weird, actually, wasn't it? And I must say those first two matches on the rod laver arena powered by our services medicine keys and bar borough critique versus Victoria Azarenka straight up. We're pretty disappointing as contests. I had really high hopes for them. I probably thought both would go through sets. If we take them one at a time, I thought keys, but also was out first and when you get a score line like that, I think it was 6 three 6 one to Madison keys. There has to be two things going on and absolutely medicine keys was awesome. You know, really, really brilliant. Just carried on the way she's been playing all year, really. Teeing off on her shots, a game looked sort of perfectly calibrated. It was powerful, but contained, she had 25 winners come the end of the match. She hit 7 clean winners on return in the first set off by losses served just really dominated on that shot and I think put a lot of pressure on, but also who wrapped up the double fault system actually went on. She was excellent and it was fun to watch Madison keys be like that. But at the same time, but also was way off. You know, she hit the wall, I think, frankly, today she didn't have it in her leg. She didn't have it in her serve. And yes, she did quite well to make the start of the second set competitive, but as soon as she went down another break, it was all over. And it was a disappointing contest, really. Yeah, it was quite jarring to see her struggle physically that much, I think, and maybe in the fullness of time, we'll find out that there was something going on that we don't currently know about, but on current information she was just kind of spent out there from all the tennis of winning the Sydney title and in particular that three setter against Marco Koch duke a couple of days ago played in the blazing heat of the day. You know, she referenced that. I was very surprised I asked her about the heat that she was playing in once again today. And I was expecting her to look at me, look at me funny and say, you know, I'm a Spaniard. I'm fine with the heat thanks, and I'm, you know, she's clearly an incredible athlete in physical specimen and she actually said, yeah, she did struggle in the heat today. And I was really surprised by that. You know, she goodness me. She looked exhausted. She looked gone in the post much press conference. And with the benefit of hindsight, she looked the same after the cost duke, much two days ago, I just thought that two days would be enough for her to recover, but yes, she said she said the heat got to her and you know at that point I'm thinking goodness me is she perhaps not quite as fit as I as I thought she was, but then Maria's Zachary who definitely is fit came in and after her defeat to Jessica pegula, which we'll talk about in a little while, and she also said she struggled in the heat today. So I think if Maria's Zachary is saying it's a challenge, then probably it could get to anyone, but it didn't get to Madison keys, who's just loving life and a really uplifting story we've sort of had smatterings of quotes coming out for her from her, you know, after she won the Adelaide title last week about her new perspective on the sport and where that's come from and you know she elaborated on that a bit today that I had the chance to ask her a few questions in the press conference and you know she said she had previously been feeling like the internal pressure she was placing on herself felt like a literal weight on her chest, and a dark cloud hanging around her, she said she was suffering from anxiety, not sleeping, and she said she was not fun to be around. And she referenced, you know, a stern talking to that somebody gave her the kind of, you know, shook her around and made her think I've got to start doing something something different here and you know she says the difference is I found a way to just enjoy tennis and a love tennis and you love to hear that David. Yeah, you do. And I do feel for her in that way and it's not that dissimilar to what we've heard from Naomi Osaka, isn't it earlier this week about trying to override that system and not get into the whole line supposed to be this? And I'm supposed to be ranked this, and I'm supposed to win this and all the rest of it. And Madison keys has had that since she came along as a teenager. I remember commentating on her when she was 18 years of age in the eastbourne final alongside Martina Navratilova, who was just blowing with how exciting a player she was and she beat Angelique Kerber that day and everybody was predicting this woman is going to be world number one.
A highlight from Aus. Open Catch-Up: Round 3 - Osaka gets ousted; Cool Hand Cilic; Berrettini-Alcaraz classic; Felix thrashing; Collins, Cornet & Comebacks
"Lee today is the 23rd of January and we are here to catch up on round three of the Australian open at passing shot headquarters. How are you doing Lee? Because you are filling in for Kim, Kim is in a muddy field somewhere in southwest London, doing a fun run. I hope she's doing well. She probably is doing a lot better than me. I probably would have been out of breath ten seconds, ten seconds in, but yeah, it's good to have you back on. Me too, yeah, no, it's really good to be here and thanks for giving me the speed dial as soon as she said fun run. I had you on speed dog. Yeah, no, all the best to her. But yeah, I would not be doing that this morning. But yeah, no, I've been okay. Trying to follow as much as the Australian of the Australian open as I can. I don't know about you, but I found it difficult fitting it in around work and sleep. It's not easy. But yeah. Yeah, I'm the same. I'm sort of trying to juggle as I'm sure many of our list is trying to juggle it with work at the moment. I've got like a million screens in my bedroom by working from home situation. I've got like my main screen and then the right side I've got my tablet with the tennis on. So I always have my head just naturally I think just turns to the right so I couldn't watch it a little bit of the tennis was yeah I'm doing work. But yeah, it's been it's been an interesting I think last couple of days, obviously we are into round four today and we're catching up on primarily day 5 and day 6 and I mean let's talk about one of the biggest shocks I think on day 6, which was Andre Rublev losing to Marin Cilic in four sets, Cilic winning 7 5 7 6 three 6 6 three against the 5th seed. I mean, that was that for me was very impressive win for chillage because when he went two sets up, I just had flashbacks to Wimbledon last year. I think he went two sets up against Daniel Medvedev, lost in 5 and when he did lose that fourth set, I did wonder, our alarm bells ringing that, is he thinking back to that batch at Wimbledon because he's very experienced seasoned pro, great expertise also in grand Sam's gone very deep before, but yeah, very, very, very decent win from him. Yeah, I think he likes the Australian open. I remember him doing well. A few years ago, I think it was 2018 when he reached the final. He beat Khaled Edmond on the way, didn't he? Who has having a great run as well that year. Yeah, it's a tournament he likes. He's obviously making the most of it. I think he does these you probably just preseason very well and in preparation for it as well. So yeah, I've been quite impressed by around Chile. He is someone who has been around for a long time. 33 years old now. I'm impressed he hasn't faded. I was sort of expecting him to sort of wind down, maybe get the odds, you know, title here and there like a two 50, or maybe a maybe even a 500. But yeah, it's great to see him in back into the forefront into the second week of a Grand Slam because he's such a he's such a, I think he's one of the nice guys and you know I think you look back on his career and you do think he is one of those players that if the big three hadn't existed at the same time as him, then perhaps I think we would be calling him a multi a multi Grand Slam champion. And I think a lot of people can think a lot of people respect that and the fact that he's plugged away, he's still going and you know, he's still could do the business. Andrew Rupert has been paying some great tennis this week, but he bought a very high level and was able to kind of see it through to the end, which I think is what he will be most impressed by given, as I said, that match he had against Medvedev at Wimbledon. What I really liked was he was very aggressive on the return of serve against Rublev, which I just didn't think Rublev settle. And yeah, that mental strength in that four set meant that yeah, it was very good to see him close it out because I think in other situations he would have perhaps just let it unravel. He would have again seen himself losing in 5 sets. I mean, you can tell that you really enjoy still playing as well. He has tremendous support whenever he plays. He's one of those players where it doesn't matter, like you say, if you weren't for the big three, he'd probably be right up there at the top. And he gets support from all around the world. A bit like del Potro gets support from all around the world as well. They put him in that bracket. Yeah, and the support that he's had in Melbourne this week from locals has been from the Croatian fans that live in Melbourne has been really incredible for him. So I think he feeds off that a bit as well. And I think he does kind of properly save his best for the grand slams as well because that's probably what he enjoys the most. So yeah, it's really good to see Marin Cilic. So shameful Andrea Rublev to lose that in the third round, but I suppose someone's going to lose that, haven't they? It's a way to draw race. I've seen very black go quite deep in this tournament, but to be fair, you know, have you probably not had Chile Chi in his quarter, you probably would have
A highlight from Episode 324: Australian Open - The Slam After the Storm
"On no challenges remaining here with our Intrepid Spain and sub Saharan Africa correspondent to Monte Carrey all too many. Talk about things that have happened in week one of the tournament as ika strong tech walks by behind you. We are here round three is wrapping up basically a week one rap show. Would have been your sort of big picture impressions before we get into details about what the first week is felt like here. It has felt like for the first time, draws on momentum women's that are both quite open, which is a different feeling without the original being in the menstrual changes it a lot. But at the same time, the players in the men's other players that you'd expect to be at the forefront of all continue to perform and be the favorite still. I just think it's worth mentioning Djokovic briefly at the top. Obviously, this was such a predominating story for the first half of the month, really, but I do think that because of the timing of the decision, the current was able a pretty clean break from the story. I mean, really, I don't know there was a significant us personally. It just in terms of our energy levels. Yes, and there was a joke of a hangover on some level, but I don't think more widely for the players certainly and for the competition, I haven't sent it really being a predominant storyline. The number of other media requests I'm getting to do to talk about stuff dropped off precipitously and we saw like was there anything going to be any juice in the story coming in when people keep talking about it? Players were over it quickly. I think media is quite over equipped on some level. It has me and mere techno that you're still in the drawing has a quote that's gotten used about wanting to avenge jokovic here. Obviously Serbian and he's in the top line of the jaws. They've made it more convenient story. But no, I think that it's been pretty, I think we've really, as a tournament, not that you're just gonna have to turn it, but has turned a page. That is to say, not what Craig Tyler said about, well, we've addressed this and moved on. That's complete nonsense. Not tennis Australia. There's no question. But I think from a cure, what we're here to do with these two weeks, I think, and the world has moved on. Yeah. I'd say it's despite the timing of what happened because it was the eve of the tournament that it finally got resolved. And I just say it. He was out of the country before the term started. Yeah, yeah, sure. But it's just a close thing, so I was wondering. But I'm also in regards to the players like during the media day. They were kind of asked about
A highlight from AO Open 6 - The perseverance of Aryna Sabalenka, Marin Cilic lives and meet Maxime Cressy
"So we're at the halfway stage of the 2022 Australian open, not in terms of days, but I think philosophically, we consider end of round three precipice around four as the halfway stage of any Grand Slam. And that is where we find ourselves our last 16 lineups in the singles are completed. We've all just watched Marin Cilic, unexpectedly roll back the years and kill the movement, David. I didn't think of all the movement killers out there. I didn't think Marin Cilic had it had it in him quite honestly and he's really shown us something. I think I can't claim to have watched every Marin Cilic match that he's ever played. But that's his pumped as I've seen him. Tonight. I agree. I think he was feeling euphoric. Partly because he probably has felt over the last 12 months like you've just said that probably that's gone now that that sort of match, that sort of win, that sort of stage might not happen anymore. I do think there were some flickers last year he started to play well in the last few months of the year and although he had some really tough losses in the Davis Cup. He actually played really good tennis at times. He just was playing against really good players. And in the previous round, I can't remember who he beat in the previous round, but there were those wonderful scenes where he was celebrating with the Croatian fans, who they often come out in force and he just got the sense that he was making the most of the time that he's got left in his career. And he's, you know, he's getting on a bit now, but he doesn't look old. He still looks physically quite well. He still looks fair. He still looks as though he doesn't get injured that easily. But he's just. He looks the same as he has for the last decade. Yeah, he does. It seems like there is still something left in the tank that the biggest concern he had and what was very interesting. I didn't see the first two sets, but Martha mclagan and Simon redo. I love listening to in commentary. They just quietly assess his performance and just said he's not allowing himself to get nervous in rallies because he's not involving himself in rallies. He's just teeing off on second serves from Rublev and Rublev as hating it. And the only time he got vulnerable was when he went up a break in the third set, and then suddenly he's got it all to lose for the first time in the night and I think we all feared for him at that point and he lost the city lost four games in row with a blink of an eye, but he got himself together again. Yeah, suddenly there were an extra few ticks added to his service routine at that point in the match and we were all really fearing for him. But Andre Rublev doesn't have another gear, does he? He doesn't have anything to go to doesn't I mean I know it's almost a cliche now, isn't it with Andre Rublev saying he does it? He's got a great plan a, but he doesn't have a plan B and I think knowing that for somebody with the experience of Marin Cilic, knowing that, look, if I can just find my game again, that's enough. I know that that's enough. He's not going to throw anything different at me. That must be quite a sort of reassuring place to be, especially for someone if my own church is experienced. And that's probably the biggest upset of the day today, Marin Cilic. Against Andre Rublev, the 5th seed, there was there was some silly talk on Twitter about whether Marin Cilic is in the mix. And I'd like to dampen that down right away because there is nobody. Nobody out there. Even now, after beating ribble, that wouldn't be surprised. If Marin Cilic won this title, I know he's reached the final before, and now he's a Grand Slam champion. I don't care. Everyone would be surprised and he's not in the mix. Correct, official ruling, not in the mix, move on. These people don't understand the mix. That's the truth. Yes. I mean, we don't really either, but we know for sure that she's not in it. Yeah. I mean look, his tennis, if he plays like he did tonight, every step of the way, he can be he can give anybody a good match. That is what I would say. I mean, I think I just don't see how he would outlast a Medvedev, for instance, and I think probably vero would be too good at the same thing that he's trying to do to beat him as well. But you can't you can't expect Marin Cilic to be able to keep that level up all the way through. I think that that's why he wouldn't be for me. But his next opponent, I think he's got a real chance against. Felix alya simi do. Why do you think that David? Well, you watch Felix auger seem just pummeled and evidence. A lot of people thought that much would be close. I did see that Catherine, but the thing is, I think that was a lot closer than it looks. It was 6 four 6 one 6 one, which doesn't. It sounds horrendously one sided. But if you actually take the first two sets in isolation, they both have three brake points in the first two sets. It's just that Evans took zero out of three, and Australia seemed took three out of three. And in the first set, it was 5 four when Felix broke. And until that point, I think Evans had been probably the better player. He'd been knocking on the door. He looked, it looked like his back and slice was starting to make Aussie miss more than score. And then instead of breaking FedEx when he had the chance, he got broken at 5 four, so he'd had his chances. They went. He had two break points to one of those seams in the first set. And then even the second set he went three love down, and yet he still was in all those games. There were juice games, all those sorts of things. And then suddenly it was like Evans
A highlight from AO Day 5 - Epics galore light up Melbourne
"Well, it's one 30 in the morning, Melbourne time, which makes it two 30 in the afternoon solly whole time. It has been quite a day at the Australian open quite a day of tennis. We've got so much to tell you about, but it doesn't even finish it as a relative. And I drew mannarino are currently two sets to one in favor of the French man. Those three sets have taken three hours and 35 minutes and you just know it's going to 5. And this isn't even particularly abnormal for tennis, the fact that it's happening at one 30 in the morning is not even a talking point yet. I think that I think there has to get past 2 a.m. for the whole wider tennis happen in the middle of the night discussion to even get out of the blocks. So keep going, Adrian, and Aslan, he's in a bit of trouble, is Aslan karatsev two sets to one down and he looks absolutely spent. This has been grueling stuff as has Matt Robert stayed today as I said. It's one 30 in the morning. You've been up for how many hours Matt? Well, you've put me on the spot with maths, and I don't have the brain power to do it. I've been up since about 8 a.m. because I decided to play tennis, this morning. He's got the tennis bug folks. That's a good 17 hours there, Matt. There we go. And to borrow and adapt and the dal ism, I no longer have any energy left in my pocket. That sort of enthusiastic face from 24 hours ago saying, oh, I'm going to be playing tennis since 7 hours. This changed somewhat. It's the circus of life, David. How did you get on? Tennis? Split sets with my good friend Matt, who works for the ATP. We always seem to split sets and then we both retired due to heat. He drew a tennis match, folks. A double count at. Yeah. While you were there, sorry, folks. We will get on talking about the actual top level tennis that happened in Melbourne today. But first, the amateur stuff, you witnessed Simon brig playing tennis Matt, tell us about that, reviews, please. I did. I witnessed it and shared it with the world. I checked with him that he was okay to be filmed and put on our Instagram and of course he said yes. He loves it. And I'll tell you what, pretty impressive is Simon brig. People are commenting on the footwork. The footwork is what struck me. I have to say, he's got he's got these little Federer ballet steps going on, David. Maybe I'll avoid him. Yeah, he's got good footwork. He stands quite far behind the baseline, and he was playing someone really good. I think he was pushed back. Single handed backhand, nice slice and a grunt. Quite sharp of alov, the single hand is sort of falling backwards a little bit but very flourishing and stylish. That was fun. That's pretty generous, I would say Catherine from what I saw on the video. But, you know, okay. Hey, the folks of Instagram are lapping it up. And Simon sent me an email to say thanks for the plug. And just like he's going to get sponsorship deals off the back of it. As if like, Nike have been on the phone. Thanks. Could happen. Right then, well that was the first match of the day. And in a draw. Well, there were a lot of other batches of the day that very well could have ended in the draw were it not for what was the name of the chap that invented the tie break? Oh, that's a good question. Yeah, it's a three, it's a three word name. Anyway, while Matt looks that up, I'll give you a brief summary of the day, which has been epic, absolutely epic. I'm not von van. Jimmy van Allen. That's the guy Jimmy van Allen. It's a great name. He could be a chat show host, couldn't he? Because he's called Jimmy and they all love. Well, Jimmy Jimmy van Allen, you know, they literally are all called Jimmy. Yeah. Yes. Two of them. Van Allen. He's been a long day folks and a very good damn reluctant to go with the word epic too soon. But today has felt pretty epic I have today. I have to say three times today I have felt like I've seen what is certainly going to end up being the match of the day and twice it has been superseded and hey, adria mannarino and Aslan karatsev are making a bid to supersede that again. It's one of those days where I just don't know where to start. The first, the first match of the day that I thought would be the match of the day was Paolo be dossa against Marta Costa, which was played in the most intense grueling heat of the day today. It was the it was the second match on the second court, and it was won by beloved 6 two 5 7 6 four. There was it was one of those where you just knew the handshake or the hug as it turned out to be was going to be something pretty intense because you know it was like two people that had been to war on opposite sides and a truce had been called because they couldn't take any more. There were question marks throughout. I think over the dosas serving, she's wearing that strapping on her on her right shoulder, but I mean her ground strokes are so good, I feel I feel like, you know, even if I serve is a little bit underpowered, maybe she could still win the tournament. I know I have a horse in the race here at the dosa shaped horse, but even though she was taken to the brink today by Marco Koch, I'm still very convinced by her Matt. Absolutely, I think you should probably be more convinced to be honest because she was really tested today. Marta kostyuk showed what she can do. She has such an exciting game explosive ground strokes really dynamic movement and she put it all out on the court and really tested other today.
Anisimova upsets defending champion Osaka at Australian Open
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A highlight from Aus. Open Catch-Up: Round 2 - Raducanu rumbled; Medvedev masters crowd; Murray falters; Muguruza + Kontaveit crash out; Where has Sabalenka's serve gone?
"Today is the 20th of January and we are here to catch up on round two of the Australian open at passing shot headquarters. As British fans, I think it's been around to forget a day to forget we've had all the Brits for who went on court, lose, which is fairly disappointing. And yeah, it was a bit of a rubbish start to the day, I think. How was your boarding? Yeah, it was a bit disappointing, waking up, finding out that Andy was two sets down to a guy who we kind of all thought that he would be pretty comfortable again and perhaps he did as well. And that was part of the problem I don't know. And then once that particular avenue of hope had been stomped out, we had emerged and her blisters and yeah, they kind of got in the way of her progress in this tournament. It was a very nasty blister on her on her hand and despite her best efforts and her fighting through getting that second set. It just wasn't. It was a step too far, I think. Considering she couldn't really serve or hit a forehand. So you know, not all negative, but yeah, quite disappointing for the British players. Dan Evans, however, did have a guest a fairly decent day didn't even have to play his match. He got through on a walk over because Arthur rinda connect had an injury. So Evans is through to face Felix in the third round, but yeah, Andy and Emma are no longer and yeah, I mean, let's stop, shall we with let's start with Andy Murray because he was up against Taro Daniel. I think he's about a 120th in the world. And actually, this is the first time that Andy has lost to a player that lowly ranked at a Grand Slam. So I think he's very disappointed in how he played and the nature of the defeat especially. Yeah, I mean, we were now foolishly thinking that this was a match where he could get on court, get off court with minimal fuss. We spoken about how much court time he has needed in just a match at Grand Slam recently he's not really had any straight set matches and we all thought that this was a possibility for him to get straight set matching before potentially facing Yannick sinner in round three. That obviously was not to be, and it was a disappointing performance, I think, for Murray. You know, he didn't put it on fatigue and the fact that he played a warm up tournament in Sydney got to the final and then had a really long match against bassville in the first round. He didn't put it down to fatigue and it just makes it I think all the more disappointing. And I think when he kind of reflects on this defeat, I think he thinks about the fact that he's not going to get many of these opportunities grand Sam's anymore. And this is what makes I think these defeats so, so painful and as fans watching as well. So hard to swallow because this was a very much a big opportunity for him and to lose in straight sets and have many opportunities and not take them. He only converted two of 11 break points there were lots of unforced errors in his game. I think he racked up 49 in total. It was a level that I think it just took us by surprise, really, because we know Andy Murray, we know him at the Australian open as a 5 time runner up and I just don't think that performance and I don't think any of the spectators going to watch that match would have looked at what he was he was doing on court and said, that was a performance befitting of a person who's been to the final 5 times in his career. Yeah, I think just the failure to get any of those 11 break points except for two of them. That is not a good percentage. You're getting those chances and just not taking them. I mean, Daniel was good at snuffing out quite a few of those. And I was very impressed actually with Daniel what I saw of him in that match. I hadn't really watched him play before. And I think afterwards, he said he mentioned that he had beaten Novak Djokovic in Indian Wells in 2018 and I thought I do not remember that at all. But yeah, just Google that. And it did happen. It was a three setter. I think that was when Djokovic was coming back from the elbow injury, but I mean, he was coming in, I think, with full of confidence and perhaps I was underestimating that because he came through, I think, qualifying without dropping a set, he didn't drop a set as well in his first round match. So he's obviously been playing some very, very, very good tennis. And I think that that time he's had at Melbourne park getting used to the courts getting used to the conditions. I think has helped him. And it's helped him at the right moment. He's played. He's played a guy who he's probably looked up to certainly in the rankings over probably the majority of his career. And he's been aware that he has had to raise raise his game for it, but at the same time, I think he was talking about getting to match no thinking. I don't think about you're facing Andy Murray, just treat it like any other match. And I think having previous performances, including going through qualifying, I think really helped him be in that right frame of mind to start quickly, get going and really unsettle Murray. And I think from that first set really, it was I feel like quite at times I feel like feel quite ominous. It felt like Murray was quite flat and at the same time Daniel was, yeah, very much up for it. Yeah, I agree. I think he relished this opportunity and he's made the most of it. And I think, actually, he did play rougher, I think, back at the U.S. open in 2017 took cassette off Rafa, which again, I didn't remember. You reminded me of that prior to this this evening. So a player that typically hasn't had many moments on a big core or big stage. So yeah, you do have to, I guess it's like his 15 minutes of fame almost, isn't it as well? You have to welcome that into it's nice when a journeyman like Daniel does have that moment. So it's nice for him as annoying and frustrating and disappointing as it is for Andy. It's really interesting because this match was going on similar time that Emma rado was going on and you talk about that 15 minutes of fame and I do think these players when they come up against Andy Murray three time Grand Slam champion emirati teenage sensation just won the U.S. open. They want to make they want to make the most of that opportunity. To get there to get their brand of tennis out to get their name across. And as a result, I do think there's that little extra motivation for them to go and achieve a level of tennis that they may not have reached before and I think for Taro Daniel, he, again, for him that this win will be right up there with that one against Novak Djokovic in Indian Wells back in 2018. And I think he's actually said he felt he played better tennis today. The kind of tennis, I would like to aspire or keep like this is my level and keep building on that. That's the kind of goal I have is what he was saying. And always going to be the struggle I think for Andy when he comes up against
Nick Curios, Medvedev And Daniel Medvedev discussed on The Tennis Podcast
"Well, what a day it has been day four of the Australian open Matt and I have just got back after 13 hours on site covering a an extraordinary day of tennis. We were both up before the matches even started yesterday was a success, our body clocks are back on track. We were up early enough even to watch the channel line build up to the day's play. Which means pre 10 a.m. David, we were up early enough to watch or I watched a feature entitled anatomy of an upset. Detailing exactly how curios was going to pull off the impossible and Medvedev on the rod laver arena this evening. It did an age brilliantly folks. No, I mean, upsets was the theme of the day, just not that one. Yeah, anatomy of an upset, David. It was a detailed forensic analysis of how Nick curios plays his best against the best players in the world and he's fresh because he hasn't played any tennis in 8 months and my take on the match and I didn't watch as much of it as you, David, because there was a lot going on this evening Matt and I won the second court watching emirati plenty more of that later, don't worry. My take on Medvedev curios, though, and you can tell me if I'm wrong, is that actually curious? Did play is best. Yeah. His best is just scraping a set against Daniel Medvedev. Yeah, and I don't think we'll ever know. I suspect we'll never know throughout his career now, whether he's got another level in him, which might come of dedication and regular training and having a coach. Those are levels that I think Nick curios just career will never provide for us to tell us whether that would have been possible. But with what he's got right now, I think he did all of the things that in years gone by we would have said, I hope we see this from the curiosity. He came out. He was firing, he was dialed in. He was loosening himself up with a few off pace shots. He was digging into rallies. He was pushing Medvedev, and he even did something I wasn't expecting, which was to win the third set after losing the first two. Didn't expect that because I felt that that showed some real determination and mental strength to carry on and persist even though two sets of down. He made he made a comeback and he made it exciting in the crowd were into it and they were trying to get under Medvedev's skin into some degree they achieved that and there was some incredible highlight moments and my son who was off school today wasn't feeling very well, but my word if he did look like he did at midway through this match when we said he didn't have to get a school, he'd have been going to school because he was jumping up and down and mimicking curios and loving all of his tricks and all these sort of things. I thought curious did really well, but what was most telling, and I didn't get to see his press comments personally, but I did hear him motion to his support team and just say, I can't do any more than I'm doing. I've just hit. I'm hitting two 20. If I hit two 40, he just sort of motions and just strokes it back as though it's nothing. I'm throwing the kitchen sink at Medvedev. He writes Medvedev so highly. That much is clear. And frankly, he's got every right to. Beth hardcore player in the world Nick curios called cor Bebe after the match. I mean, that is kind of his style, isn't it? That's what Nick curios does after losses. He says the guys lost to is the best player in the world. But Daniel Medvedev very well might be the best player in the world at this particular moment. Obviously, according to the rankings and the rankings don't lie over the last 12 months, Novak Djokovic has been the best player in the world. Rather ironically, the most circus Y agro tastic moment of the whole match came from Daniel Medvedev. In the post much interview, I waited four minutes, folks before I got on to the med that I post match interview. I hope we can all agree that I've been extremely restrained. But talk us through it. Help me relive the glory that was Medvedev, courier, everything that ensued. Well, we were on the second chord, weren't we in to get from the second corp back to the press center. You quite conveniently have to walk past the rod laver arena. And we saw that it was 5 to Medvedev in the fourth set. He was closing in on victory. And we under now, didn't we? Whether it was worth going in to see the end because it presumably was just going to be there for a game or two. But then we remembered Medvedev and the potential for interview ago. And we made some good decisions today. That was the best decision we made all day to get in the stadium to witness that I'm trying to remember how it went Jim Courier asked him quite a open first question, didn't he? Something not quite remember what the question was, but it was just sort of general thoughts on the match and how you enjoyed it. Yeah, it was boilerplate first question. And Medvedev went dead eyed stare, stone cold one liner answer. I enjoyed it. I'm glad that I won. And it was a moment of
A highlight from AO Day 3 - 'Yes please' matches are everywhere
"Well, it's just past 11 p.m. Melbourne time as Matt and I come to you from our Airbnb. We've treated ourselves to an early night. We are at home, watching game or feast and Alexander by blick in a quite extraordinary match for reasons that I wasn't quite expecting. We'll come on to talk about that in a little while. David's in solly hole. It is a mere 6 minutes past midday for David. So how are you feeling, David? We're trying to rescue your body clock really aren't we here? That's the reason for the early night. Yes, last night Matt and I got to bed about four 35. I mean, it's just the morning, isn't it? We went to bed about four 35 o'clock in the morning after recording the pod and waiting for the editing and just sort of generally sitting around and recovering from the buzz of the day and it's quite hard to go to bed immediately after a Grand Slam day. You need some time to completely do it anyway. Anyway, the result of it all is at the time that I woke up today, Paolo berci had already won on the rod laver arena. And I wasn't even out of bed genuinely. And that is partly because I slept until nearly 1 p.m. and it is partly because extremely quickly in the first match of the day. Yes, she did. She picked up where she left off against Tom yanovich, obviously one 6 love set in the second set against the Australian and then did the same to Martina trevisan in the first set today. I think it was a much more assured performance from the start, really, there were some doubts weren't there about, but also in that in that first match, she looked a bit uncomfortable. He'd just come from Sydney, she needed to get through that first round. And she did obviously in straight sets, but it was just more confident from the start today. And she gave a really nice line afterwards about how emotional it was for her to be back on the rod laver arena first time for her in two years. And she said it felt so nice and so different because the last time she paid on that core, she was on it because she was facing Petra kvitova and they played there because of kvitova. She was the seed. Now two years on the situation is totally reversed for her and she is the one getting the headline courts being showcased on the biggest stadium at this tournament because of her seating. And she said that was just a really nice, nice moment to mark her of all the progress she's made over the last couple of years. And you're both going to be hearing, well, YouTube both and the listeners. You're going to be hearing yes please a lot from me in this podcast because there's a lot of matches that have been set up in over the course of the last couple of days because we've lost we've lost a smattering of people, you know, we've had a few upsets. We lost you but her catch today, coco golf Layla Fernandez, but no one big is gone a pop. For the world number one being deported. In the men's tournament. But since that minor drama, we haven't lost any massive names and it means that we are, we are headed towards some really cracking match ups and my first year of the day is for be dossa against cost duke in the third round, costume who Matt David you'll notice is not mentioned yet this tournament, but it was only, I think we're approaching the one year anniversary of kosice being your new Cosmo. I think it's washed your hands of her. His grin kind of says everything, really, doesn't it? I never went as specific and as big with cost duke. So I've sort of found it hard. Exactly. I've sort of found it hard to take much credit. Also, there's not been much to take credit for, frankly. This could be it. Will it be it? Do you know, do you know what I think I said was that she would improve her ranking or something like that in 2021, which she did do? Sort of nailed it. And actually, I'm not the only one who rates smarter cost yoke because powder bass herself says whenever someone asks me who's going to be the next big thing who I think is the next exciting player that also says I always say cost yoke. Because of her game, her potential. So I think by the very, very aware of the threat that does pose and I agree with you, that's around three that I'm looking forward to. They're both such great athletes. I think they could be really, really exciting rallies in that one. David is Barty Georgie, which is what we'll be getting in round three after they both won today. Is that a yes please? Or is that just is she playing too well? For anybody other than, you know, let's say sarca if they end up meeting in the fourth round, which would desperately hoping that they will is party playing too well to be troubled by anyone that's not, you know, top 5 ish. I don't go into it thinking yes please. I sort of,
A highlight from Aus. Open Catch-Up: Round 1 - Djokovic deported; 'Slam' Raducanu shines; Kyrgios & The 'Suuui'; Murray's comeback epic and Alex de Minaur loses a shoe
"Kim today is the 18th of January and we are here to catch up on round one at the Australian open at passing shot headquarters. How are you doing? We have finally finally got some live tennis, some live Grand Slam tennis to talk about. We don't have to think about law courts and deportations any longer. We can actually focus on the live tennis. Exactly. We've gone from one court to another. I mean, on Saturday night, I was thinking, should I stay up and watch the court case? And when I did tune in, it was all very legal mumbo jumbo and I thought now I really should be going to bed. It's like 1 a.m. but now I'm wanting to stay up all night and watch the actual tennis and forcing myself to get some sleep. But yeah, it's been good. We've had some we've had some tennis. We've had some good tennis. I'm glad the Djokovic saga has ended for now. Obviously, there's still ongoing issues and speculation. But he has left the country. He went back to Serbia. I'm sure tennis Australia and everyone breathed slight sigh of relief, they're kind of not completely off the hook, but for now, that sort of been nipped in the bottle a little bit, hasn't it? Yeah, it feels like now we can get on the tennis. We don't have to think about it anymore. And I know you were particularly excited because when Djokovic wasn't in the drawer, obviously a lucky loser got his spot and who was that lucky lose it? It was one of the passing short favorites, one of your favorites, Salvatore Caruso, possibly the luckiest, lucky loser spot ever in a Grand Slam getting that number one coveted number one seeding position. I mean, he did make he didn't make much of it, let's be honest, lost in straight sets, I think, to kept out of it, but yeah, it must have been a well with the motion zig. Djokovic get deported, Caruso getting a wild card, and then to be honest, he had already gone out before I had actually realized that he was back in the draw. Blink and you miss it. A big figure pop close question for the end of the year, like who benefited, but it was a bit of a debacle, because on that Sunday, you know, in Australia, obviously, they were all waiting for the schedule. They didn't know when they would be playing or if Caruso would even be in the draw not he was probably thinking, you know, make up you behind and give us a verdict because we need to know what we're doing. So probably didn't help. Maybe his preparation or I don't know, but I'm sure Djokovic won't be thinking too much about the impact of everything on cariso. I mean, let's just touch on that hearing, obviously, the federal court upheld the cancellation of Novak Djokovic's Visa by the immigration minister Alex hawke. So Djokovic has gone. I mean, as the law has it, he's currently banned from entry for three years into Australia, which would mean that he couldn't arrive back until the 2025 Australian open when he would be, I think, around 38 years of age. However, I think there's a lot of consensus that he can apply next year to have that particular element of this decision revoked if there's grounds that he's not going to, I guess, cause a threat to public health anymore. So it may not come to that. But I think what's come to light since then as well is that a lot of speculation around what the French Open are now doing that they may have to have a vaccine requirement as well. I think this weekend just gone the French parliament approved a law that requires vaccination for people going to things like sports arenas. So that would probably make the French Open follow the same path as the AO, but that hasn't, I think, fully being confirmed. But that's going to throw Djokovic into a right old quadri because he's either going to have to be vaccinated or try and get in on another sort of exemption. Good heavens we may have this whole saga again. Yeah, I really hope to be honest, I really hope there aren't any exemptions because I just think it just clouds any sort of it just adds so much confusion, I think, to kind of the situation. And I think everyone, I think what we've learned from this whole debacle that's happened over the last few weeks is that we just want we just want clarity. We want simple we want no gray areas and I think when you look at the next grand sand with the French Open, I think those tournament organizers will be looking back at the Australian open as a blueprint of how not to handle the vaccine debate and think that obviously the simplest way of making it really clear for everyone so that players can understand what they can do and what they stand to miss out on is, yeah, just say if you want to play Roland Garros, you must be vaccinated. There are going to be no exemptions. And be interesting to see how that develops over the next few months. Novak Djokovic to decide. I mean, he's back in Serbia at the moment. I guess trying to plan the rest of this season. But that must feel very up in the air at the moment, given the fact that he is unvaccinated. What does that enable him to do? We could very much feasibly be in a situation where because of this, there might be in a weird way like two tours operated in the sense of there'll be one that is open to people who are vaccinated. And that is the majority of people. You know, out of the top hundred, I think it accounts for 97%, I think figure I saw on Twitter the other day. But for those other three, that tour might be kind of completely different. And for Novak Djokovic, that might mean that grand slams are off off the table if you choose to remain unvaccinated. And when you're in a race against Roger Federer and Raphael Nadal at 20 a piece at the moment in your career, with time ticking, that's not a situation you want to be in, is it? Well, surely Djokovic is one remaining goal is yet to win that Grand Slam race. So grand slams are the only tournaments he really cares about. And surely his need and his hunger and his love to be the greatest statistically in terms of number of slam titles one, exceeds his antipathy towards a vaccine. I mean, I kind of feel that eventually he's going to have to get the vaccine unless his feelings about vaccinations are so strong that they come above his desire to make sporting history. I guess that's going to be something he might have to wail way up in the next couple of months. It's going to be interesting. It just feels like we're just going to have to wait and he will need to get he will need to get vaccinated in order to in order to compete at the very top in order to compete at the grand slams at the rest of the year. He will need to be vaccinated and it will come down to, I think, what does he believe in? His belief in his values. As an individual, his right, or, is it that the pursuit of performance and I want to be the greatest tennis player of all time and therefore I need as many grand sand titles as possible because as these kind of tip by, that's an opportunity missed.
A highlight from Tennis.com Podcast 1/18/22: Pat Cash
"And this week, we have seen some drama unfold in Australia. We've seen the Victorian government do the unthinkable. And actually revoke Novak Djokovic's Visa, deny him the appeal the morning of his first round match 'cause manovich plays a replacement, wins the first round and now finds himself in the second round of a slam with a couple $100,000 in his pocket. We've seen over the past couple of years, special rules for special players, extra credentials, avoid quarantine, et cetera, et cetera, and you just had to think that yet again, we'd see Novak Djokovic, given the fact that he's a top player. He carries him in sport for now, while Federer is out and Rafa Djokovic have this robbery going. That's really exciting. You have to figure out figure it will come out in his favor, and it and I am personally shocked. This week's episode is very fitting. We interview an Aussie legend pat cash, who was famous for winning Wimbledon, climbing into the player box to thank his team. And really starting what is now a champions tradition at a Grand Slam or any event at this moment where you climb to the player's box and thank your team. They now have cameras and players box. This is becoming one of the main storylines of a Grand Slam finals who help them get there. It started with pat cash. Another tradition. The bandana thrown in the stands. We now see Grigor Dimitrov, Rublev anticipate, all do the same thing, take the bandana off. I wonder if they know where it came from. And we actually get a chance to preview the first round match. He's got a new player coin Wang, who had a tough first round and coco golf. And we preview to Emma write a condo Sloane Stephens match. You don't want to miss this one. Pat cash always honest always entertaining. Take a listen and enjoy.
A highlight from AO Day 2 - Raducanus US form returns as Murray completes incredible comeback
"Well, thank you very much to Sarah in our intro there from across the pond in Boston, Massachusetts I've been to Boston, have you been to Boston? I have been to Boston. David have you been to Boston? I have three out of three. Wow. It's very nice. It is too. It is, I loved Boston. Yeah, really loved Boston. Right then, let's talk about tennis. It's day two of the Australian open or it was day two of the Australian open. It's now one 28 a.m. in Melbourne, which makes it too 28 p.m. in the UK. That was some quick maths for me. Wasn't it? We've no time to waste for you today on cat news because we didn't see Robin. Much to my face. I'm going to buy cat treats tomorrow. That's my actual plan. Matt and I wandered down the street at 1 o'clock in the morning in Melbourne, literally cat calling moments ago. So that is how our evening is panned out before that I will share more play tennis live in the flesh. For the very first time. And I was a good luck charm for it. She won her first ever Australian open match. She won her first ever non straight sets, Grand Slam match. She's beaten a Grand Slam champion for the first time a three set match over Sloane Stephens. I almost don't want to read out the school because most of it is so misleading. I think the first at school is a fair reflection, radically won it 6 love. She was brilliant, so Stevens was not brilliant. Then she lost the second set 6 two, an incredibly tight and competitive set, as was the third, which emirati Kanye won 6 games to one. It sounds rubbish. It sounds you strum skirt Pringle esque. But Matt, who was there with me courtside on the second court in Melbourne for most of it, I think you'd agree. It was anything, but it was it was electrifying. It was uplifting. It was, it was brilliant. Yeah, a completely misrepresentative scoreline. Both players, I think, really showed us a lot, the waste saint Stephens came back from that pretty disastrous opening set to be honest. She found fight she found a reason to compete in the match and at times played some sparkling tennis of her own. And Emma Reddick showed us emirati in a Grand Slam, which is what we're coming to expect from her now with Wimbledon and the U.S. open and now this just such a different intensity to her performance compared to what we saw just a week ago in Sydney. I've never seen that such a contrast in intensity. In a play, it was like it was like a different human being to me. I mean, there's a moral economy in grand slams. And as is sort of becoming a cliche now with our emerald economy discussions, we're talking small data sample here. We don't have much to go on. But Emma rado at grand slams is completely different. It's zero and ten in terms of its intensity contrast. Yeah, and we've seen players with an intensity contrast from the tour to the slams before. But as you say, in emerald I can't use short career so far. It's amplified for her, even compared to other players. It is so, so stark. The Grand Slam version is the best version of herself. I don't think she was at her U.S. open level tonight. I think partly that was due to maybe the conditions. It not being as quick as it was in New York. I think she did find it difficult to hit through Sloane Stephen. She did it a lot. But it's cold. I'm really going to try and not complain too much about how cold I was today. But that felt like a legit moment to mention how cold it was today in Melbourne. Yeah, so conditions caught speed Stevens amazing defense, which camera icon in mentioned in her on court interview. That was something she probably hasn't experienced before. I don't know about you, but sometimes when I watch a tennis match live, I like to focus on one player. Mainly I just watch the ball, but sometimes I like to hone in on one player. And since Stevens had never read a car new, I found myself wanting to hone in on both of them because Emeril econ is footwork since we did our tennis relief show on Leonard, which is available for Friends of the tennis podcast, where we mentioned that emirati has sort of copied Lena's footwork. I found myself thinking about that. And the way she positions herself the way she gets herself around the court is so interesting. And then you've got so Stevens down the other end who epitomizes brilliant movement and sort of wonderful court coverage, I suppose. So I found myself drawn to both of them for their movement and the way they sort of tactically opened up the core. And I think that was probably the thing which stood out the most for me for radically today because because she couldn't fully hit her Stevens all the time. She did have to resort to some loop here shots on the backhand and some slice occasionally as well. And hadn't quite seen that from her before it did feel like I learned a little bit more about amaretto Kano and that's we're still in such an exciting phase of her career that we're still able to learn so much every single time she takes to the court and I think she feels similarly about her own game and her own career as well. It was uplifting as well to see all of that. Yeah, it wasn't consistently brilliant. The match. I mean, there were a lot of errors in it. I think a lot more from Stevens, but quite a few from radically particularly in that second that second set. But when it was good, it was so good. It was just compellingly good and David my favorite thing about it was emerald and I this is like saying Gerald the cat should be able to just say Rudy Carney, but somehow I say it like it's like it's all one name. There are some footballers you have to say dele Alli have to say it's James. Yes. We get into Noah, aren't we? So even though you kind of have to oh yeah, it's got two names. My favorite thing about it was her celebration. She celebrated in the moment of victory
Andy Murray wins in Australia for 1st time since 2017
"U. U. S. S. open open champion champion and and I I read read it it kind kind of of has has made made a a successful successful start start to to help help Australian Australian Open Open campaign campaign outlasting outlasting Sloane Sloane Stephens Stephens six six up up to to six six six six one one easy easy wins wins as as expected expected for for the the men's men's second second seed seed dental dental but but the the death death and and the the women's women's number number three three go go up up in in your your local local routes routes up up Maxime Maxime Cressy Cressy reached reached the the second second round round after after an an upset upset fine fine said said when when that that however however coming coming at at the the expense expense of of twenty twenty second second seeded seeded fellow fellow American American John John Isner Isner Christie Christie is is joined joined in in the the men's men's second second round round by by fellow fellow Americans Americans Frances Frances tiafoe tiafoe Taylor Taylor Fritz Fritz and and Steve Steve Johnson Johnson and and by by Danielle Danielle Collins Collins in in the the women's women's on on ground ground like like us us
A highlight from AO Day 1 - Nadal, Badosa, Barty soothe our souls
"Well hello and thanks very much to friend of the pod Sid Alan Simpson in our intro there from Illinois as is a lovely mascot Charlie from Chicago. We've got another mascot, the recording of this day one, Australian open podcast was somewhat delayed because I have found a new hashtag tennis podcast pet. And folks, it's a cat, I found a local cat to adopt. I love her so much. Everyone thinks I've gone mad. David Matt are looking at me with trepidation at the moment. They're like what's happened to her, but I found a three legged cat with no tail and I love her and I want to bring her home. The tennis podcast towers. Anyway, stay one, or it was day one of the Australian open. Do you always start again, David, is it too? No. No, it's excellent. What are you going to find tomorrow? The same cash. She's going to wait for us on that pavement. I'm telling you. She was so delighted to see me and Matt coming her way at Harper's midnight on a Monday. Day ones of slams are long affairs, aren't they? And they can you can end up a bit delirious. Yeah, she had the look of someone who was just a little bit disappointed with day one at the Australian open. It was fine, but she was looking for something to perk up her day. And I think that's that's the look that Matt and I had about us as well. And it was just a match made in heaven. We were all able to perk up one another's days. It was fine, wasn't it today, David? It was absolutely fine. We were all pleased to be focusing on the tennis. There was a little bit of Djokovic reverb, but it did feel like a Tennessee day. It just wasn't a brilliant day. Yeah, I mean, I'll leave you to tell me what it was like being there because from afar, obviously me being in the UK and watching on TV and I sort of watched from, I guess about 4 p.m. in the afternoon, local time. So mister first few hours the day. But I thought it was a dud quite honestly when I woke up and watched the evening session, I thought, cracking on what's happening, not much is happening, is it? There's no epic matches that there's only one British who's played and he lost in about an hour and a bit. That was Cameron norrie, and we get onto that later. But I mean, you know, I was underwhelmed, really, and then I started to hear and read about some of your experiences of being there of just sort of interactions with players and things you'd hit heard and seen, and I realized at that point, what a great thing is that you are there, because actually it was a much more interesting day than I realized. That's how it came across to me anyway. Yeah, I think I had a better day being on site than I would have had if I'd just been watching on the telly. It was really nice being back at a slam for the first time in a couple of years. Back with my interactive screen in the media center, which is my preferred way of following the opening few days of a Grand Slam. That loves an interactive screen folks. I do. And just to be able to go to press conferences and so many players obviously playing on day one of Islam that you can pick and choose who you get to speak to, which is nice. But I agree, there wasn't a really excellent match which the whole day was centered around. And brought a load of atmosphere to the ground. It was a little bit dead. I thought throughout. And we were trying to figure out what the reason for that might be. And frankly, they could be several reasons. They could be a little bit of Djokovic, leftover feeling. There could be the fact that they've reduced the ticket capacity on these days. There could be some general hesitancy about COVID and all Macron at the moment. I think perhaps all of these things played into it, but it wasn't buzzy. They weren't. They weren't brilliant vibes in the grounds, but it was fine. Yeah, that felt felt the case throughout the afternoon. And I personally I was waiting for ten article in arches to step out onto court number three, which is sort of so central in the grounds. It's right next to garden square. It's right next to where everyone comes in and where everyone leaves. So if you're considering leaving the ground you could have your head turned by some atmos on that court and it is both atmospheric and intimate but also large enough to have an impact on the whole vibe of the grounds. And that match was I mean it was a disappointment of the day that much apologies to January came from who was brilliant and absolutely deserved his win. But yeah, it's an arsenical kanakis can light up a quarter crowd, a tournament a day, and it could not have been more of a dod that much. He just wasn't there. He was a ghost on the court. He said himself, he just didn't necessarily look like lack of physical energy although I'm sure there was an element to that. He was just completely flat. He had no emotional energy to give to that much winning Adelaide was the summit for him and he felt it felt like he was sort of cycling down to a holiday today. It was really bizarre, actually, and then it hadn't did a really good job of just not letting him get a foothold foothold in the match, not letting him get any momentum, get the crowd on his side. He just dampened it every time it threatened to burst through. But it felt like the day to me had been building up to that. And then it just never came and it just felt a bit like right then. There were other things that could have set the day on fire, but didn't quite. I don't want to lay all the blame at cooking. And I saw some quotes from him that obviously he's gutted with that. You know, he came in in such good form. There was the prospect of Nadal, waiting in round two, but at the same time, I don't think he would swap. What he experienced in Adelaide? No, maybe that's the problem. Maybe that is the problem. Exactly. I remember we had a similar discussion last year around Dan Evans, who won a title just before the Australian open and then lost in the first round. Name that title. David. Murray. I was going to go great ocean road. It was though it was the Murray one. Yes. Yarrow valley classic? I think that was a WTA event, David. I think Matt's right, I think there was sort of really tenuous gags about it. Yeah. But I think in that situation, you know, obviously, Evans was really pleased to get his first title. But at the same time, he was missing a slam run. And I think he was really, really gutted to then lose in the first round. So I think for kokkinakis, getting that title in his hometown was so so important he can still look back on this Australia swing with some pride that he did a good thing. It's a quick turnaround, isn't it? I mean, I was just thinking, you know, it's what 36 hours and he's back out there and he's gotta try and get himself amped up. And the guy played well, as you said, I mean, it was tough. I mean, I think it's quite different conditions as well between Adelaide and Melbourne. It's something that coco Goff was asked about today in her post match press conference. She was probably the biggest name in the women's draw to fall today. She lost in straight sets to Chong one quite one sidedly actually. It was a, it was a really bizarre performance from Coca-Cola. Got previous at this event. She, of course, beat Serena Williams here. A couple of years ago on the famous day of two podcasts. Remember it well. But she's not done anything recently.
A highlight from Episode 323: Djokovics Deportation Debacle is Done
"Welcome to no challenges remaining. I've been Rothenberg. I'm very excited to have one of our most popular guests ever by far back on the show very quickly after his star turn, couple shows ago, Paul of the age is here Paul thank you on behalf of all the listeners that we were hearing for, first of all, for your help on the first show and making sense of this complicated Novak Djokovic saga, which we now think is at its end. Finally, to catch up with you here today on Monday. If I took a bitch is on a plane or on several planes on its way out of Australia to somewhere in Europe. Thank you for being on here. How are you, how are you doing? And how is your feeling now that we've reached a pretty clear finish line in the story, a resolution? I just can't believe it took this long since we last spoke to actually get to a resolution. I thought every day after he first got released from court, I thought the government would announce that day that he was being the second time, but they dragged on for a whole week. I think partly because they wanted to get their legal case incredibly strong, but also because I think they wanted to give him as little amount of time to challenge over the weekend before he actually played on Monday as possible. But unfortunately, that drags out and made it a much longer process for you and I am feeling good, but I know you have to still cover two weeks of tennis whereas I'm just going to use my ground pass media past to go and watch a lot of tennis and write nothing. So I'm feeling pretty good. How are you? I guess that I'm tired of a little bit daunted by the fact that I have a whole new starting line for another marathon Grand Slam coverage coming right up, but glad you'll be there. Hopefully we can run into each other on site. That'd be good. We left off with our first show with Novak Djokovic in his initial detention. When he was being held the park hotel, awaiting his appeal hearing. Djokovic, I think the surprise of a decent number of people who I was talking to before the hearing won that initial appeal hearing on procedural grounds, it was very much about the process of it rather than about if his exemption should or should not have been valid, which is what the reason he got stopped at the airport was initially. Can you just sort of back up to that to that date on the Monday and a week ago? And talk through how Djokovic got a essentially get out of jail card and was able to be free after that. Yeah, I think there was a misunderstanding about what that initial case was. And I think the media probably and I probably apply to part invading that misunderstanding because it was, I think the media pitched it as a big Djokovic win. It was seen as a final marker and that he would be free after that. But in reality, he didn't win the case on the merits of the actual reason for his phase of being rivard to actually won as you just said on a very technical procedural fairness in the migration act and in many migration cases. They're often decided on very technical matters of whether the person who's being deported or being detained or whatever is actually taken through the process in a very, very regimented way and given procedural fairness at every point. There was a border force officer who told Djokovic at about 6 a.m., I think that he would get until 8 30 a.m. to call his lawyers and call tennis Australia and do all these other things that he claimed would be able to bring out more documents or more evidence to substantiate his exemption. And then at about 7 30, that same office that came back in and effectively said to him an hour is not going to help you. You've got you don't have the sufficient documentation. So let's just get this over and done with now. The government, the federal government internally is, has been really, really angry at that border force official because if they did give Djokovic the right amount of time and gave them to like 30 to do all those things, he probably would have never got that second hearing. And he probably would have been sent home on that Monday and this whole thing would have been cut short by about half the time. So that border official who mucked up during that morning really drag this out and created the wake long saga and then on the second case, the government in what Djokovic's lawyers called a quite remarkable shift entirely changed their argument and they dropped all the questions about the exemption and about the travel declaration and all of those technical fact based potential misdemeanors on Djokovic's part. And they use this entirely new, much more subjective argument that he is a risk to public health, the rest of the good order of society based on his vaccine skepticism and how that might foment anti vaccine views, which I think government still has a lot of questions to answer about why that became their argument. Maybe we'll get to that later. Yeah, I definitely get to that later. Djokovic wins this initial hearing on procedural grounds. Then what kind of gets me then confuses me is that he was then free to go. He was then able to go to the Australian open got there that evening practice was able to stay at his normal accommodation around the city was back on court several times during this. But he still doesn't meet the government's entry requirements in terms of being unvaccinated. And so that's what I didn't understand is why he was essentially given this reprieve why he wasn't retained fairly immediately. If he's someone who is only in the country because of a technicality essentially, or a procedural ground, but his pen and paperwork still wasn't there.
A highlight from Episode 322: 2022 Australian Open Draw Preview
"Live from Melbourne, no challenges raining. I've been Rothenberg. Here if we round into our 11th season of no challenges remaining, we have the Australian open draws are out. There is a tournament actually happening in Australia, although it does really feel like a two week saga is ending on a Sunday to find out if Novak Djokovic is going to win or lose. So it kind of does feel like we already did a whole slam in a lot of ways down here, but we have it too slam to talk about. 255 other players not gotten much ang lately so we're going to talk about them and oh my gosh, look who I found you guys. It's great to win. Good to see you. Good to see you too, Benji. How are you? Happy new year. Happy new year, been a while, loving you back. I love that basically like it's just podcast palooza. NCR podcast dropped. I'm supposed to have a champs corner drop in and then now I'm like, everybody's like, no, it was actually really fine when you were not doing any podcasts for months. No. I'm sure that I'm sure we're going to get the iTunes reviews, and I apologize in advance, but here I am. If you like and say, please leave nice and to interviews. We don't say that very much. And so we just get mean ones. That's true. That's a very good point. Yeah. Like a little bit of new year's love would be nice. Yeah, as we start our 30th, it's not 30th. I was looking at 36.4 seed, not 11 C 11th a year, I'm tired. It's been a very long two weeks. We got a lot of stuff to go through on these draws. Let's see how we do. Let's start with the women, because they have been overshadowed this week for aforementioned reasons ashleigh Barty. Number one seed. Good player. Just one Adelaide. First week of the year, singles and doubles, and then pulled out of Sydney, give yourself more rest. She very much seems like she's ready to peek at this moment. She's got some good swag. There was some distinct ash swag and I was in her press today. We're the only person asking questions actually in the room while the rest of virtual. But yeah, but Barty looks ready, ready to party, and I got to say I think her first week draw is good and then and then obviously there's the big blockbuster. But what do you make of ash come into the Thermo Courtney? Yeah, I think that she looked incredibly good in Adelaide. I did not expect for her to look that sharp. Not that I didn't expect her to win. But I didn't she was amazing. I mean, after being down a set and a break to coco Goff in her first match, basically didn't lose her for the rest of the tournament. 35 consecutive service holds wasn't broken in three consecutive matches, only face two break points for the remainder of the tournament. After the golf match, it was pretty nuts. And getting good wins, especially back to back against scientech and ribocco, who played great, both of them played great and they got routine by ash party and Adelaide. That was pretty stunning. And I have to credit this observation to Alex McPherson who pointed out that he was very heartened or I guess he's more encouraged for Barty's chances at Melbourne park because she pulled out of Sydney, that, you know, like when you are a hometown player, especially ash in Australia, you play every single week, right? I mean, this is your Aussie summer. You play every tournament that you can play. And in this and normally ash does that. She always gets to know in part quite late because she plays that week right before, whether it was at a later Sydney. And this time she opted out. And she didn't opt out because citing an injury, she didn't opt out. She opted out official reason was change of schedule. And this was ash Barty putting herself first. This was her saying like, I get it. I'm kinda supposed to jump through all the hoops and do the whole Aussie summer thing, but for me to do what actually you guys want me to do, which is when the Australian open, like this is what I'm doing. And that was different. It feels more killer instinct than usual. Yes. Scheduling works for her. And targeted. Yeah. Like, you know, I mean, I think that especially now, having pocketed Wimbledon, having been year at number one, three consecutive years. I think she's going to be like 5th on the all time list of consecutive weeks at number one by the end of the Australian open. Which is kind of crazy if you think about it. I mean, the players ahead of her, Steffi, who have streaks that are longer than hers or like stuffy Serena Martina and Chris. That it's ash. I was acknowledging some weirdness in her streak. Of course. Yes. A 100%. A 100%. But it's still, it's still pretty impressive. But but yeah, she looks great. She looks relaxed. She looks really fit. I mean, physically, she looks she looks more defined than she did to all of last season. And yeah, I agree. First week should be a writer. Not ideal. Qualifier to draw in the first round. As a qualifier, obviously anybody overall to no. I mean, this should be, this should be fine for Barty. And then, yeah, I mean, I think a lot of people pretty much everybody other than Belinda bencic or Nissan mova. Or your strum sky is root is like wanting to see Osaka party around a 16. I think you're like even Brenda's probably rooting for that. Yeah. So Maddie brandle likes to pour herself a Shiraz. And so we get all in. Let's actually pause on that moment because the first time I'm actually going to see a strict immediately cracks me up. Throwback to a great time at the 2020 U.S. open. I completely forgot that that match was that match yet. A sleeper hit of a match. Anyone who watched it? I loved it. It was so good. And it was the match we're famously Madison brandle. One very routinely actually just dismantling Diana shrimp's gut. And then when the stands with her buddy arena rodeo nova and what was Sutter's creek? Yeah, said her home. Chug the bottle of Sutter home courtside. Wonderful. I'm not entirely sure that's okay to do, but it was done, and it was very amusing. As the kids say, she understood the assignment. Matty branko. Matty always does. She always does. Let's be real. Madison rango always understands the assignment. She always brings the pitch perfect. Energy to whatever moment. So obviously what we're alluding to in this section is the possibility of circles right away, mid draw ceremony was already like, oh wow, possibility fourth round Naomi Osaka against ash Barty, defending champion that's number one. Pretty much the two best players of this kind of last few years really have not played each other very much at all.
A highlight from Djokovic deported - our reaction; AO Preview
"Well, thank you very much to rob seifi, friend of the tennis podcast in our entry there from Chicago as is our lovely mascot for the Australian open Charlie of whom there will be more news plenty more news trust me at the end of the show because this is our first official Australian open daily show. It's the preview show. And it starts with the news that it's done. It's over Novak Djokovic is out of the Australian open and as we come to you at tempo 7 in the evening, Melbourne time, tempo state in the morning, Sully hill time, Djokovic is awaiting deportation from the country back to presumably his home in Serbia. And that is because his appeal against the decision of immigration minister Alex hawke, who I still don't follow on Twitter. And I doubt will certainly hope that they'll be calls for me to do so in the future. Has been upheld by the federal court of Australia three, three judge panel made the unanimous decision that there was no legal error in Alex hawke's decision to cancel Novak Djokovic's Visa and therefore that decision stands were it not for the timeline and the deadline on the affair and the fact that Novak Djokovic, when the order of play came out of 4 p.m. this evening was scheduled to play on the rod laver arena tomorrow evening on the first day of the tournament where it not for the deadline, there would be recourse to appeal to the high court of Australia, but that simply wouldn't be possible in time. And in fact, lots of people thought this appeal wouldn't be possible in time, but of course they made special allowances and scheduled it over the weekend. But it's over, it's done, I'm going to get the reaction of Matt to not having to be a court reporter anymore. We'll get the reaction of David as well, but also the reaction of Novak Djokovic because he has released a statement, he says, I will now be taking some time to rest and recuperate before making any further comments beyond this. I'm extremely disappointed with the ruling. Sorry, but the ruling to dismiss my application for judicial review of the decision to cancel my Visa, which means I can not stay in Australia and participate in the Australian open. I respect the court's ruling and I'll cooperate with the relevant authorities in relation to my departure from Australia. I'm uncomfortable that the focus of the past weeks has been on me and I hope that we can all now focus on the game and tournament I love. I would like to wish the players tournament officials staff volunteers and found all the best for the tournament finally I would like to thank my family friends team supporters fans and my fellow serbians for your continued support. You've all been a great source of strength to me. So never say never, especially with the Novak Djokovic saga. But at least the matter is ended and you don't have to be a court reporter anymore. Yes, what is it they say about new mothers should be asleep when their baby is asleep, we sort of followed the procedure of the hearing today. We adjourn for lunch when they adjourn for lunch and we sat here through the whole thing, understanding some of it, very thankful to the excellent reporting of Karen Sweeney and Paul sacal. I think have been really on top of the whole thing really over the last two weeks. We've certainly relied on their reporting a lot. The low point of the day was when the call to journal to reach its reach its decision and the cricket had its dinner break. And there was we were bereft. There was no entertainment at all. Because legal proceedings in Australia is what we've come to take as entertainment over the past few days. Yes, absolutely. But I think everyone was tired of this, won't they? And that was certainly the mood among lots of the players in the press conferences on media day on Saturday. That was certainly our mood. Yeah. I mean, I don't think we can draw a line under it because it's going to be it's going to rumble on, surely the story Djokovic has said he's going to make further comments at some point. It's still going to cast a big, big shadow over this tournament over the next two weeks. And I still think Joker has a lot of questions to answer. But at least it's done before the tournament and we can slightly move on now. Yeah, David, is that you're feeling? How do you stand on it all? Yeah, I think it will rumble and I think the tournament has a lot of questions to answer. Let's not forget that they said that he'd got an exemption to play in the Australian open to come into the country and whatever you think about it, that was a cock up because you know this is has been an embarrassment for the last two weeks for the Australian governments as well. It's been embarrassing for Novak Djokovic detained in a detention center. It's been embarrassing for the tournament to couldn't do the draw couldn't post the order of play rather today until nearly 5 p.m. on a Sunday Night. And all the players are waiting to find out what's going on and Novak Djokovic was still on the order of players the last match on court on the rod laver arena on Monday night the night before, and yet we didn't know whether he was going to be allowed to because they hadn't decided on this case yet. So that came in shortly afterwards and it's just sad. All of it's really sad. I don't I do feel relieved that it's kind of over and that things will start to return to some sort of normality, probably in a couple of days time I would have thought once the tournament once it's clear he's back I would imagine it probably go to Monaco actually, which is where he's based a lot of the time these days. And things will start to return to some sort of normality. It will start to focus on the tennis, but it'll be a few days time, but it's sad it's terrible that it's come to this when you consider that he could have just had the vaccine and I know he doesn't want to, but he should have had it. And if he wasn't going to have it, he shouldn't be allowed to play unless he had some acute condition that is absolutely beyond dispute of being able to have the vaccine because of it. And that wasn't the case. It was two. It was two wishy washy
A highlight from Djokovic visa cancelled again - what now? Catherine and Matt in Melbourne!
"And it is midday. Solly whole time where we find David law and all of us have spent our spend our evenings slash morning, watching the work, the live stream of the Australian federal court and family federal circuit and family court of Australia. Which is not entertainment that I can highly recommend. But it has led us here to bring you news of the developments in the saga of Novak Djokovic. We had the news around about 6 p.m. tonight, which I'm sure is already extremely old news by the time that you're listening to this. We've kind of accepted the fact that whatever time we record these podcasts that they will be out of date to a certain extent by the time you listen to them, we're doing our very best to keep up with events and keep you up to date as well. But things are so fast moving. That there is a limit on what we can do. Look, we had the news at 6 p.m. Friday evening Melbourne time that immigration minister Alex hawke, who was suggested to me as a follow on Twitter today. Which I politely declined. I really feel like Alex hawks roll in my life is probably going to be over after this week. Sure hope so. Yeah, it'll be a tennis podcast 2022 quiz question. Who is Alex Paul? And you would think that being in Melbourne, we would be perfectly positioned and able to ready to receive the news of Novak Djokovic having his Visa canceled again. We could not have been less ready. We were on the pavement walking up a hill with very heavy shopping bags in the baking son. Complaining about the heat. I've contemplating ordering an Uber to take us about 6 blocks, which folks is what we ended up doing. So it's 6 p.m. Matt and I have sweating on a pavement. And we received the news, the immigration minister, Alex hawk, who I have decided not to follow on Twitter. Had made the decision to cancel Novak Djokovic's Visa quote on health and good order grounds on the basis that it was in the public interest to do so. Prime minister Scott Morrison followed up with a statement. He said Australians have made a lot of sacrifices during this pandemic and they rightly expect the result of those sacrifices to be protected. This is what the minister is doing in taking this action today. The timeline around that announcement and this is courtesy of Andrew Brown of the Australian Associated Press was at 5 35 p.m., Novak Djokovic's legal team was verbally told of the decision. At 5 52 p.m., the statement from Alex hawke's office on the Visa cancellation was released and at 6 O 3 p.m., the legal team were given the decision in writing. And all of the other notes I have made on this are already out of date because I made them a couple of hours ago, which was before the latest hearing between judge Kelly, who I'm sure will be suggested to me as a Twitter follow very soon. Novak Djokovic is legal team and the Australian government's legal team or the Australian border forces legal team or Australia officials minister officials of Australia and that hearing was to try and schedule to try and lodge and scheduled an appeal. And we understand after sitting and wading through two hours of pretty tedious legal charge jargon. We understand that the outcome is that Novak Djokovic will not be taken into detention tonight at 8 a.m. he will spend the morning with his lawyers before reporting for an interview with the Australian border force. And he will be taken into detention a detention hotel like he was in up until a couple of days ago, he will be taken back to one of those until Sunday when he will his appeal will be heard in the federal court. So this has been heard in the federal circuit court and the next hearing will be heard in the federal federal court, which is the next level of court. This is the legal podcast. We hope you're enjoying it. Yeah, look, obviously, we're pretty shaky grounds when it comes to talking about the legal stuff. But basically, as we come to you, the situation is that Novak Djokovic is Visa has been canceled. He's appealing that decision. And the appeal will be heard on Sunday before the start of the Australian open. There are a number of possible scenarios. There are a number of possible implications this could have on the draw for the Australian open. I mean, we could be in a situation where the world number one, the 9 time champion, the defending champion, is deported from the country mid tournament. I mean, does anybody hands up here Matt and David want to try and summarize what a wild, wild world? We are living in right now. Well, we bumped into Christopher clary today of The New York Times and he reminded us because I feel like we need reminding of the last Grand Slam which happened, which was the U.S. open and all of the positive vibes that were around that tournament. And the feel good stories that tennis provided. And let's not forget, Novak Djokovic himself was a big part of that on finals night and the reception he received. That was a big story at that tournament. This, the next Grand Slam could not be more different. I mean, I don't think anyone is okay, some people are but the tennis just feels so secondary at the moment. I mean, it's not really, it's not really part of the conversation around the Australian open, the tennis that's going to be happening. It is all about Novak Djokovic and
A highlight from Aus. Open Catch-Up: Singles Draw Previews - Djokovic circus continues, Murray makes Sydney semis and Barty-Osaka land same quarter; CAS picks announced!
"In, but deportation decision looms. Ash bharti lands in the same quarter as Naomi Osaka, and Andy Murray makes the semis in Sydney. Kim, today is the 13th of January and we are here to catch up on the Australian open drawers. They are here, we can talk about the Novak Djokovic is in for now. We'll see how that develops, but how are you doing at the moment? I'm okay, Joel, I'm just waiting on not tend to, because that's bit dramatic, but I'm just waiting checking Twitter all the time pretty news. I'm waiting for the alert to come up on my phone. I genuinely thought I was going to wake up this morning. Look at my phone and there'd be a BBC breaking news bulletin around what the situation is with Novak Djokovic. I did see a funny thing on Twitter, which was one of those the year 2050 and we're still waiting for Alex hawke to make his decision on the Novak's Visa. It does feel I kind of feel though with each passing day, it becomes less likely that it's going to be revoked because you know he's in the drawer. He's been trading tournament's going to start on Monday. It's going to be a bit weird if he does suddenly depart because that draw is going to be blown wide open at the top and have knock on knock on effects. But I feel like it's probably, I don't know, unlikely. Although, you know, there have been developments with regards to the timeline of events in December surrounding that positive test result, which is Novak has had to kind of come out with a statement to explain his actions. What do you make of everything that's kind of gone down since we last spoke? Yeah. He's owned up to that being COVID positive, having that lakeith interview whilst knowingly it seems having a positive COVID test, which is obviously not a good look. I mean, it's a good thing in a sense that he is kind of fessed up to it. And admitted, actually, that was an error in judgment. But it still feels like there's a lot of stories to unravel here, it sounds like we've got kind of the Serbia now getting involved around his activities there. He was obviously photographed in Spain and there's talk around there around, you know, should he have been allowed into the country and obviously we've got the ongoing stuff in Australia so it feels like it's not just Novak Djokovic versus Australia. It's Novak Djokovic versus Australia. It's Novak Djokovic versus Spain. It's Novak Djokovic versus Serbia. It's just Novak Djokovic versus the world. He probably feels like at the moment. And I guess the most pressing issue is is Australia. Will he be able to play in Melbourne? I think everyone is kind of surprised. It's got to this point, and we still don't know. I mean, we I'm assuming we're going to be hearing a decision by the end of the working week in Australia on Friday from Alex hawke. I don't know if he's he wanted to see the draw first before making a decision. But yeah, we still don't know. And if nothing has changed, for Novak Djokovic, that means just getting on with his business and trying to prepare for a tournament in prepare to win another grandstand because that will be the top thing on his agenda and if that statement does come out and it says sorry Novak, we're going to deport you, you can not play, it will be interesting to see what his response is because the impression we get is that he's going to launch an appeal. So again, I don't know if time length comes into it with that happen over the weekend. Could he play for a little bit? And then the announcement from that appeal comes in. There's still so many different ramifications that potentially could play out. Yeah, and I do feel like tennis Australia will be really hoping that there is nothing like that where someone's participation in the tournament is in question even after it's begun. And they probably just want this whole scandal to end. But you know, it is partly they're doing and you have to accept these things if you're going to have somewhat dodgy activities and you know it's come to light now and he's got to answer for it. I mean, I still think he came out and said that he did that PCR test because although he'd done a rapid lateral flow test, which was negative and he felt fine because he'd been at a basketball game where a lot of people tested positive. He was being extra extra safe to have the actual PCR test, which in my mind, if you're being extra safe, that shows that you're quite cautious around COVID, in which case you wouldn't go about your business and attend various events whilst you're waiting for the result of that test. So I feel his explanation was very much at odds with regarding those particular characters and behaviors. And we also I think come to have known Novak Djokovic as someone who embodies being an absolute kind of physical specimen, you know, we know he's a guy who's very athletic, you know, takes care of his body. And he's had very much about his wellness and food and diet and all of those sorts of things. And despite that, you know, as I said, he's made these judgments that feel at odds with I feel like his philosophy on life in terms of taking care and protecting my body. You know, if he was kind of going through, I think, with that philosophy that I think he has embodied through his career and we've seen that on a tennis court, given the matches the exertions that he's put his body through and one, you'd feel like if he was showing that kind of philosophy, he would have said right. I've tested positive.
A highlight from Tennis.com Podcast 1/12/22: The Inspirational Alex Hunt
"And this week we have a pleasure of speaking to somebody that is a true inspiration and hero back in his hometown of New Zealand. His name is Alex hunt. He was a kid who's during his mother's pregnancy. The umbilical cord got wrapped around his left arm, which prevented his hand from fully developing. But that didn't let his dream of becoming a tennis player stop him at all. He went on to play college tennis, has ATP points and his one matches on the ATP tour, Don and Guam. He's a true inspiration to us all, and I hope you enjoy. But first, let's talk about what's unfolding down here in Melbourne. You've got Novak Djokovic going toe to toe with the Australian government trying to fight for his ability to play this year's Australian open. You've got the decision. Right now, resting solely in the hands of the helmet. And let's think about the implications of that. We've got Novak, Rafa, fed all time for 20. Novak gets this. He'll be in the lead. All the bonuses and all the money that comes with being the all time Grand Slam holder record holder. But if Novak is unable to play. And Rafa gets this one. You also have to assume Rafa is a lock for the French Open. And going in the Wimbledon, where Rodgers gonna return, you've got Rafa. We could have Rafa with 22 grand slams, and Novak were 20 in February 20. And now roger brought into the mix and Wimbledon. So a lot of historical implications here on the line for man's tennis. That lie almost solely with the health minister in Australia. It's a lot of pressure to make that decision. Now let's talk about the women's side. We saw ash body when in Adelaide, will this year be an ash party party? Will this be the first time in 44 years that an Australian woman can win the Australian open? We've seen how when all these win this event, they are immortalized. They get stadiums named natural. Ken rosewall. Rod laver, Margaret court, is this ash bar this year? Can she handle the pressure? We see another sports where there's a home court advantage. But in tennis, a lot of times that pressure associated with playing at home could be the home court disadvantage. Is she ready for that? Let's see. Enjoy my conversation with Alex hunt. We'll see you next week. Welcome to the tennis dot com podcast. I'm your host Kamala Murray and today we have one of the most inspirational people in town. A person that was born with the this advantage, but through that physical disadvantage, really got a mental overall the tennis players and you know as an inspiration to everyone who knows the everyone in that part of the world, we're here with the legend. Alex hunt. Welcome to the show, bro. Yeah, thanks for having me. Nice to meet you as well. Yeah. So, besides the U.S. open, Australian open is like my favorite. You know what I mean? That part of the region is so much American influence, besides the time difference, which is a bitch. I mean, that is like rough. It feels like home. You know what I mean? You're trying on a TV in a hotel, NBA games are still going on. Football games are still going on. Like you can kind of like live in American life if you're up at 3 a.m.. You know, the venue is like in a residential neighborhood where you could almost walk from the hotel or walk from, you know, some of the residential areas to it. And the way that you all promote your tennis players is a lot like how Americans promote their basketball players. And, you know, I miss it. Not in quarantine times. I don't miss it. But I miss it now. So tell me what it's like being from that region, right? Being from New Zealand, tell me what the summer of tennis is like being from there. Yeah, it's cool, it's cool for us, I guess, as well, because we get to follow along on the TV and everything. Maybe we don't quite get the same atmosphere in the buzz. But we have our ASP tournament here when COVID isn't a thing. And it was always cool going up there as a kid or having Melbourne, not too far away from New Zealand. So yeah, it's always a special time of the year and watching the summer
A highlight from Djokovic released but uncertainty remains; and lets talk about tennis
"Well, folks, it is 5 p.m. UK time on Monday evening. And as we come to myself, David and Matt, Novak Djokovic, the world number one and defending Australian open champion is a free man. More on that. In a moment, first of all, a quick thank you to Amy. Who heard that in our intro, Amy hell felt? I think I've said that, right? And she has also submitted the supplementary photo of her lovely dog clancy, which is not mandatory for people doing intros, but it is heavily encouraged if you do have a very cute dog clancy has a very Billie Jean esque vibe about her, so I very much appreciate that. So thank you, Amy. Back to the matter at hand, which eventually will be actual tennis. We will I promise talk about actual tennis at some stage on this podcast, but we do have to start with Novak Djokovic and the saga. I know saga isn't a big enough word, but for the moment we'll call it a saga, as I say, as we come to you now he is a free man. It is obviously overnight in Melbourne. We understand that the immigration minister Alex hawke has confirmed he is considering still canceling Novak Djokovic's Visa. He didn't do that on Monday evening Melbourne time following the court hearing where Novak Djokovic and his lawyers were successful in overturning the decision to deport him that was made mid last week. But the immigration minister does still hold the power to cancel his Visa as we come to you, Novak Djokovic has hit at Melbourne park. He's posted a picture of himself hitting with his team, I think on the Margaret court arena. We've had a pretty banana press conference from the Djokovic family which we were told that Djokovic was going to appear at via video link we didn't actually hear from Djokovic himself. So what we've had is social media posts from him. Hey, this podcast could be out of date by the time you're listening to it quite frankly. But we're doing our best to keep up with events and keep you up to date. I'm sure I've missed out loads there, David, because the drama has just come so thick and fast over the past few days. Yeah. Trying to find the right time. The right day and the right time of day to record these podcasts is really challenging because we have to actually edit it and put it up and all the rest of it. And as you say, things just get overtaken so quickly. The hearing started 11 p.m. last night our time. And I decided to go to bed. And when I woke up at about 5 30 a.m., it was still nowhere near finished and a little insight into the lives and careers of people who do a different sort of reporting role from court hearings and all sorts of other things that, frankly, we don't have to do most of the time. It's just a tennis match. Might go on for 5 hours and you've got lots to talk about and then it's all very exciting. Thank goodness because court hearings it turns out are extremely boring. Yeah, I was very happy to just rely on a few tweets to bring me up to date this morning and then throughout the morning when eventually and quite suddenly it seemed to me the verdict came through that the judge and he'd said during what more could this man have done were a couple of his really strong words. And he pretty quickly brought the whole thing to a close. Procedurally, he just wasn't satisfied that things had been handled right. I believe, although other issues were discussed at the hearing, you know, when Novak Djokovic tested positive for COVID-19 circumstances surrounding that, the documentation will come on come on to all of that. But I understand and this is from Karen Sweeney from the Australian Associated Press, one of a few journalists and reporters in Australia, including Paul sakal for the age as well. They've been doing just a fantastic job of reporting this extremely fast moving story. I think she was glued to her desk for 14 hours yesterday. She reported that it was a procedural error by the border force that actually ended up being an issue in that proceeding. Novak Djokovic was told at 5 20 a.m. on the night that he was detained at the border that he could have until 8 30 a.m. to respond to what was being put to him. And it's 6 14 a.m., he was asked for his comment at 7 29 a.m. the decision was made to cancel his Visa he was told of that decision at 7 42 a.m. judge Kelly in the hearing on Monday said that if Djokovic had been given until 8 30 a.m. he could have consulted others about the decision and crucially people like tennis Australia, for example, who are heavily implicated, of course, in the whole situation. So as much as there is so much more to this case than that procedural error, as is so often the case in legal proceedings, it has come down to that procedural error. Now what will be being debated by Alex hawke, the immigration minister will be nothing to do with that. It'll be the validity of Novak Djokovic's claim to this exemption and Matt, oh my goodness me it doesn't feel like that long ago that you and I recorded that emergency podcast with Simon and yet we know so much more now than we did at the time of recording. I look back on the young freshly hatched baby chicks that we were at the time of recording and how naive we were, how little in fact we did know. Yeah, well, I think crucially, we have had confirmation for the first time via the transcript, which was released between Novak Djokovic and the border control. Novak Djokovic saying in his own words, I am not vaccinated. I mean, we were pretty sure that was the case, and obviously had his medical exemption, so we so we knew that. But that was the first time I think we've seen Jakob say that. And of course there are all sorts of questions which remain, which aren't actually to do with the hearing necessarily, but they remain photographic to aunt so I believe over the coming days about his positive test, which we found out he had a PCR positive test on the 16th of December. Those then lots of posts on social media of him making public engagements on the 17th of December and also a photo shoot, I believe, with a keep on the 18th of December a couple of days later. So while he would have been positive for COVID-19, that has not been explained what he was doing at those events.
A highlight from Tour Catch-Up: Novak Djokovic and the never-ending circus Down Under; Tennis gets back underway!
"In Adelaide. And Rafael Nadal makes it title 89 in Melbourne. Kim today is the 10th of January and we are here to catch up on the week in tennis at passing shot headquarters. But before we do that, how are you doing? How has the off season been for you? I know it's been incredibly short for all tennis fans out there including well, including ourselves was your do you have a good Christmas break? Christmas feels like quite a long time ago now, Joel, not going to lie because this new season has started with quite a bang. You know, tennis has become prime time news, which I have to say I didn't think that would actually really happen. And so Christmas seems quite a long time ago, but I'm really, I'm very much looking forward to AO and now we've got all the warm up events underway and obviously lots to discuss today. But I trust you had a nice nice week off as well. Two weeks off three weeks however long it's been now. Yes, I did. I got some tennis themed Christmas presents as well. I got a Wimbledon mouse mat, which I'm now using at work, which is great. But yeah, it's been quite chilled. It's been a bit hectic as well. Lots of Friends getting in touch with me who I wouldn't have put them down as tennis fans, but yeah, since the drama of Novak Djokovic and well, Djokovic versus Australia, it feels like, yeah, tennis has been global news. It has been on the back pages. It has been on the front pages. And again, it just adds up to that. That thing that we all know as tennis fans is that tennis never sleeps, does it Kim it? Regardless of the off season is always something to talk about and 2022 is just started with a big, big dose of controversy it seems. It has and we will be getting on to that in just a second. But before we, before we properly start Joel, we just wanted to say to everyone listening, we hope you also had a nice break over the festive season and we are happy. Happy that we're back. And thank you to everyone who has so far supported our crowdfund as well. Just want to say a big, big thank you. We've been overwhelmed with the amount of support that we've had and the donations coming in through that. So thank you massively to everyone who's contributed. There is still time if you haven't, we will remind everyone later as well. But just wanted to say thank you before we start. But yeah, like you just said, Joel has been a bit of a mess, but also very interesting. As a tennis fan, as a general sports fan as well, I don't really know where to start, but because I'm sure pretty much everyone listening will have been following what's going on. So we probably don't need to explain all the background so much. But the early hours of this morning, you know, when we all woke up, we found out that Novak has been released from where he was being held at the park hotel in Melbourne. He's now free to go about his business. He's been seen practicing on rod laver arena. You know, he's very much there in it to play the tournament and win it. Still subject to a possibility of the immigration minister, I think, you know, overriding the judge's decision in the hearing. There is still possibility that he could exercise his powers. In which case, I think if that happened, I think that would be a final decision. He has the power to ignore the judge and just kind of take an overriding decision. I don't know if Djokovic appear again. Kim, if that happened, he would get the Serbian mob on the streets of Melbourne would be would be after it would be because that would be we're waiting to see on that decision. But yeah, it's very interesting if he decides to exercise that right. I feel that Australia unlikely to go for that because we've seen in the streets of Melbourne, quite a bit of Ferrari, Novak's fans have been sort of pepper sprayed by police. They were chasing a car down the street because they thought that was the car that contained Novak. I think actually it was perhaps a member of his team. It wasn't actually Novak, but the police obviously felt that the fans were, I don't know. They didn't want them around, so they were pepper spray them. I don't really know because I wasn't, you know, we're not there. We're not on the ground. So it's hard to comment when you're just kind of presented with some footage and a reporter. But it's publicly speaking. It's obviously caused a massive scandal and you know we've seen obviously all the fans camped out outside where Novak was being held Serbian flags, chanting is his name lighting candles all these scenes that we've never expected that we would be seeing and obviously in Serbia in Belgrade. They were obviously having a sort of mass gathering, his family were, you know, have been holding lots of public speaking events they held a press conference today. The thing that I never thought I would actually see Joe and this kind of took it to the next level yesterday was when Nigel Farage rocked up in Serbia. I guess he'd been invited by by the Djokovic traveler or he'd somehow managed to wangle his way in support of Novak and I think we all saw that Andy Murray tweet basically putting Nigel Farage down and calling out the massive irony in the fact that forages suddenly speaking out trying to keep someone in a country whereas normally he's trying to keep people out. Absolutely bizarre. I mean, the whole Novak Djokovic family, you know, voicing speaking up and obviously in support or Djokovic has been has taken it I feel like to the next level. It feels like his dad's calling on absolutely anyone and everyone to get behind Novak and support him. But yeah, it's been it's just been one massive circus and it's been a circus, I think that everyone is forming an opinion of seeing it being played out, whether that's in Australia, whether that's in Serbia. It's just a crazy hectic situation and it's already a hectic start to the season. We've had what 6 tournaments there's been lots of different tennis going on. ATP cup team tennis. But this is kind of trumped it all. And there are lots of talking points from different angles. You can look at this story and obviously Novak Djokovic is someone who is unvaccinated.
Australian judge reinstates tennis star Djokovic's visa
"A a judge judge has has reinstated reinstated Djokovic Djokovic she's she's visa visa which which was was canceled canceled after after his his arrival arrival last last week week because because officials officials decided decided he he didn't didn't meet meet the the criteria criteria for for an an exemption exemption to to an an entry entry requirement requirement all all non non citizens citizens be be fully fully vaccinated vaccinated the the judge judge also also ordered ordered the the government government to to immediately immediately release release talk talk of of which which my my Milton Milton quarantine quarantine hotel hotel where where he he spent spent the the last last four four nights nights but but a a government government minister minister has has told told the the judge judge after after the the ruling ruling the the immigration immigration minister minister would would consider consider whether whether to to cancel cancel Djokovic Djokovic she's she's visa visa again again I'm I'm Charles Charles to to this this month month
A highlight from Episode 321: Deciphering Details of Djokovics Deportation Drama
"Remaining. I'm Ben Rothenberg, as you've probably heard since our last episode about Novak Djokovic being granted an exemption into the Australian open things have gotten considerably hairier for him in this story and to make sense of all of it to untangle all the various tendrils of historian very delighted to be joined by Paul sakal, who is the Victoria political reporter for the age, the big local paper here in Melbourne, Paul, thank you for joining today. Thanks very much for having me ban on a podcast that once a year when I become a tennis fan and he's trying to open I like to listen to myself. Oh good. I'm glad to hear a long time lister occasional listener first time caller. It's always good. So I guess Novak Djokovic obviously we did our last show and if you heard that, but you didn't need to, when he got on his plane, basically was getting on his plane and coming and sort of about the anger that there was in Australia towards this announcement that he had gotten an exemption. When he got to the airport in telomere in the airport in Melbourne, things got considerably more complicated for him. That's all happened overnight while I was asleep, and I woke up trying to make sense of everything that was happening here and hearing he was being held at the airport and seeing photoshops of the Tom Hanks movie the terminal with Novak's face in them and things like that. What happened in the short version or longer version will obviously go into lots of details in different threads of this in this episode. But what happened to make things different than Novak Djokovic anticipated? They would be in tennis Australian anticipated. They would be upon its arrival. I think in terms of understanding the dynamics when he arrived, it's probably best to start at the point of his Instagram post, which was the night before. So there have been weeks and weeks of speculation as to whether he'd arrive and the consensus view inside both the Victorian and the federal government was that he probably would not gain the exemption from tennis Australia and the Victorian panels that initially gave him the exemption to play at the tournament and particularly in the federal government who had no real oversight over any of those processes. They were very surprised when they saw his Instagram post announcing that he had an exemption by the Victorian government panel, the Victorian health department, which the Victorian government, which oversees the Victorian based Australian open to sub national government and also the Australia tennis Australia panel. Once that Instagram post was made, I think it was that would have been Tuesday night. The home affairs minister of the federal government Karen Andrews put out a unusual statement where she said that the federal government would be applying its border rules regardless of the individual and regardless of any exemption that some organizational panel or state government had given an individual because those exemptions have no status when someone is arriving in the border. To gain a Visa and to come in if you're an unvaccinated person into Australia, you need to prove to Australian border force officials who are clearly run by the federal government employed by the federal government that you have that you have a valid reason for a vaccine exemption. Just a few hours before that statement, the prime minister in a press conference was asked if he was okay with the fact that the Victorian government might have granted Novak an exemption. He said that was a matter for the Victorian government. And if any state government had given a player an exemption, it was their exemption to handle and normal processes will be gone through, but an exemption is an exemption, and if someone has a valid reason, then they'll come in. But that radically shifted as the day went on when we saw this really hard line statement from the home affairs minister, which indicated that the government was going to take a hard line on Novak when he arrived. Then about, I think it would have been about 5 or 6 hours later after the standard from the home affairs minister on the night, Novak arrived. About 11 o'clock, the acting sports minister of Victoria put out a very unusual tweet, which got a lot of journalists freaking out, saying that the Victorian government has rejected a request from federal authorities to effectively sponsor Novak's Visa. That prompted me in a few others who were still up at that time of night. It was probably 1130 to put in some inquiries about exactly what that request from the federal government was and what the process was for Novak entering the country because we knew it was about the time when he was landing. So this seemed the same big moment that we needed to jump on. We were then told that at about 8 o'clock, so three or four hours before Novak arrived. Federal officials called Victorian officials. And there are different recollections of exactly what they said. But broadly, they ask questions about his Visa and they ask questions about his vaccine exemption that the Victorian government had given him to play at the tennis. And I wondered on what basis it was given and what evidence there was to support it. They asked the Victorian government to provide more evidence for his vaccine exemption. The Victorian government said, we have no role in supporting his Vasa. The Victorian government, I believe, because they didn't want to cut political blowback for saving to assist Novak in his entry because that would have been a politically difficult thing for them to do. They backed away and did this tweet and said, if you want to let him into the country, that's in your court. I put it on the federal officials to make their own call. So when he arrived, it was clear that really the Victorian government had in some way abandoned him. They weren't going to come in and vouch for him and put their name to his face up, which would have given the federal government and ability to kind of put blame on the Victorian government for allowing me allowing him in. And when he arrived about 1130, he was immediately whisked away into a small room just beside the main part of the airport. His coach got an exhibition and another member of his team were taken elsewhere. They were claims that he's mobile phone was taken off him although those claims were later refuted by border officials. And in the hours after 1130 p.m., they asked a series of questions about what documentation he had to prove that he had had a COVID infection in the past 6 months and who which doctors supported it and which other medical authorities or whatever were back in his claim.
A highlight from Djokovic detained in Australia
"Friend who the tennis podcast, he might be surprised mark to be hearing his intro so soon because we weren't scheduled to be coming to you with this supplementary emergency podcast, but you might have noticed that things have been happening in the tennis world in just sort of the world over the past 48 hours. Seismic seismic things, as we come to now, Novak Djokovic is currently being detained in a government hotel in Melbourne scheduled to be deported pending an injunction hearing filed by his lawyers which is scheduled for Monday morning Melbourne time. I'm sure a lot of you will know some all a few of the details of what's unfolded over the last 48 hours. I'm going to try and talk you through all the important aspects of it because we want to get the facts right. I'll also try not to bore you as far as possible. We've got Matt on the show. We've also got Simon Briggs, Novak Djokovic and tennis politics correspondent. So we're very well furnished for this emergency podcast so last we discussed Novak Djokovic and his potential participation in this Australian open which we've known for a while would have a mandatory vaccination policy was he was being cagey about the whole affair. We know that he has had publicly anti vax stances in the past. He wouldn't be drawn though on whether he would be vaccinated and would be participating in this Australian open. Well, all of that speculation was put to bed around ten 15 a.m. UK time on the 4th of January. So two days ago, as we record, Novak Djokovic posted a photo of himself on Instagram at an airport with his luggage and the very, very jolly caption read happy new year everybody, wishing you all health, love and happiness in every present moment and may you feel love and respect towards all beings on this wonderful planet. I've spent fantastic quality time with my loved ones over the break. And today I'm heading down under with an exemption permission. Let's go 2022. So we have a winner for tweets that haven't aged well. 2022. So that happened. That was very quickly followed by a statement from tennis Australia, confirming what he had said, which was that he would be coming and playing the Australian open and that to independent panels had granted what he called this exemption permission. The medical exemption to travel to the Australian open to Australia despite being unvaccinated, the Victorian government also released a statement confirming its collaboration with tennis Australia on the issue of medical exemptions. So Djokovic is in the air. We think on a private jet, having a lovely old time binge watching episodes of whatever Novak Djokovic might binge watch will come to you for an opinion on that in a bit, Simon. But Matt, quite a lot happens while Novak Djokovic is in the air binge watching insert TV show here. Yes, I was sort of going through the timeline of it all and an extraordinary amount happened while he was in the air. I think first and foremost and most importantly, news of his exemption permission prompted an angry response from a lot of people in Australia. It was covered in all the morning shows, channel 7, the sunrise program. There was a reporter on there saying there's a large degree of cynicism here, what tennis Australia has to do is tell us what this medical exemption is and how it came about. The people of Victoria deserved to know and another report on that show said it's making a mockery of all the rules and we were seeing this opinion repeated across social media as well. Craig Tyler made one of his exhausted looking TV appearances on The Today Show. Doesn't he just want to retire? Surely. When he said that they'd received 26 applications for medical exemptions, including from some support team members and that many were rejected, he told reporters only a handful were accepted. And he wouldn't comment specifically on Djokovic's case, of course, but he did stress throughout the interview on The Today Show that having COVID in the last 6 months was grounds for an exemption. Now, while that was going on, we then had comments from the Australian home affairs minister Karen Andrews, and she suggested that the federal government could overturn Djokovic's exemption to entry Australia. I can't believe how many Australian politicians names I know. It's more than I ever thought I'd know. Yes, I sort of think that they're all something to do with tennis because I only ever see them when the Australian open is in crisis. Her statement said the Victoria government and tennis Australia may permit a non vaccinated player to compete at the Australian open. But it is the Commonwealth government that will enforce our requirements at the Australian border. If an arriving individual is not vaccinated, they must provide acceptable proof that they can not be vaccinated for medical reasons to be able to access the same travel arrangements as fully vaccinated travelers. Australian border force will continue to ensure that those who arrive at the border comply with our strict border requirements. So this was the first real sign that Djokovic might have some trouble once he lands in Melbourne. And this was then extended by the comments from the prime minister who said that Djokovic would need to provide acceptable proof and he said during a press conference, we await his presentation and what evidence he provides us. If that evidence is insufficient, he won't be treated any differently to anyone else and he'll be on the next plane home. And then the age who's done a lot of reporting on this over the past few days, they report that Djokovic's team had submitted an application for the wrong type of Visa, which would potentially lead to an issue at the border, then spoiler alert, there is an issue at the border. He lands, it's close to midnight, Melbourne time becomes very clear that there's an issue to do with the evidence supporting that exemption rather than the Visa the Visa thing seems to have been a red herring again the age report that Djokovic is being quizzed at the airport in a separate room about the basis for his exemption that it may not suffice under border laws and that goes on all night. He's detained there for 6 hours, Novak Djokovic's father, releases a pretty manic statement, accusing the Australian border controls of holding his son captive saying if they don't let him go in half an hour will gather on the street. Gordon even is a bitch, Djokovic's coach releases his own rather jolly Instagram post about what a surprising trip to Australia. It's been so far. He says, not the most usual trip down under. We get the Serbian president weighing in. He says he's just got off the phone with Novak Djokovic unsurprisingly. He's not happy with the whole situation. Then finally, at 8 10 a.m. local time in Melbourne on Wednesday, reporter Paul sakal of the age in Melbourne says Novak Djokovic's Visa has been canceled. He's been told to leave the country today, two sources confirmed to the age, his lawyers are in the process of appealing. He's not demonstrated to border force sufficient evidence for his exemption, prime minister Scott Morrison confirms that his Visa has been canceled. 7 news then start reporting that tennis Australia health officials admit the expert panel examining Novak's exemption did not look at origin or veracity of health documents supporting it, Djokovic his lawyers launched an appeal that was adjourned until Monday when there will be a full hearing until then, as I told you about 8 minutes ago, Novak Djokovic will be detained.