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A highlight from AO Day 13 - Now THAT was a final; Courier previews Djokovic vs Tsitsipas
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A highlight from Aus. Open SFs - Rybakina rules, Tsitsipas triumphant and Djokovic's dad drama down under
"To become a double slam champion and sava Lanka secures her maiden major singles final. Kim Chris, today is the 20 7th of January and we are here to catch up. On the semifinals of the Australian open at tennis weekly headquarters, we now have our finalists set sepsis and Novak Djokovic are in the men's final and we have Elena rebekah and arena sabalenka in the ladies singles final. We've of course got some controversy to talk about with Novak Djokovic's dad, but before we get an all to all that, Chris, I've got to ask, I know I'm on ten cooks. I know Kim's on ten tips and I know all of our listeners are on ten Turks. We spoke about you going to the cinema at the start of our last episode. We had to record 15 minutes early. I really hope it was worth it. So was it? Well, I have to disappoint you that Joel. The subtitles were in Danish. I watched an English film which defeats the purpose of living in people and I wanted to be so do I Joel. We can both relate on that one, but it was very, very long and quite difficult to follow and it related to culinary experience. It's called the menu. So had an audience rating of 3.5 and a critics rating that's very high. So I think maybe I fell into the audience category there, but far too long and I'm sorry I made you start 15 minutes earlier. Was it longer or shorter than Novak Djokovic against Tommy Paul? That is the question. It's double the length. Well on that note. I feel like no one. No one gave him no one gave him a chance. Even when I gave him a chance and said Djokovic in four, you all laughed at me and told me that Tommy Paul bashing, I think we have to give him his duke. He got to a Grand Slam semifinal. He may never again. No, I mean, that's what that is harsh. It would have been interesting against the different opponent, but Novak Djokovic is the 9 times champion. It's the last person you want to play in an Australian open semifinal. He is just making all of his matches uninteresting at the moment in is he. Or at least his last three opponents de manor Rublev and now Paul, they've just really crumbled, haven't they? Wouldn't have stepped onto the court. Well, at one 5 one 5 though, I have to say he was one 5 down in the first set, got it back to 5 all, so there was at least a set of entertaining tennis today, where he didn't make it quite as straightforward, a little wobble. But then, you know, after that little wobble, he lost just three games and was significantly outclassed, Tommy Paul. My parents were texting me on the old WhatsApp saying, this is bad for tennis. This is bad for tennis. There's no competition. So yeah, it's not really sort of interesting, is it? Hopefully the final will be a bit closer. Oh, and hopefully a lot closer. We'll get on to that in a bit, but Djokovic does have quite a good record in Australian open 75. It was an obviously every time he gets there, he goes on to win the tournament, but actually Joel, you raise an interesting point before we started recording his last four semifinal cadence, have been, I would say not whom you would expect in a semifinal or have been significantly hampered, haven't they once Joker, which has got to this stage. Yeah, because obviously we have Tommy Paul this year, Aslan karatsev in 2021, Lucas Puig as well in 2019 and we had in between though. We had an injured knee injury roger Roger Federer. And no, I thought it was interesting because obviously you're a big rapper fan and I feel like there's a lot of tension and annoyance I think at some of the questioning the caliber and the quality of some of the semifinal opponents that Novak Djokovic has had over the years and whether that stat on semifinals and finals is perhaps inflated inflated by the lack of quality of opponents arguably that he's had to face. I mean, where do you, where do you stand on that in relation to kind of rapha and the opponents he's had to face, I feel in semifinals. Yeah, I mean, I think there's always instances where you just get the top seeds and someone's come through the drawer and they just sort of freeze when they didn't come up against the defending champion top seat, you know, one of the big three. It just doesn't make for very interesting or exciting match. It doesn't always happen like that, but certainly I think rappers had his fair share of less or lower ranked opponents at the last stages and yeah, it's unfortunate for neutrals or people who want a closer affair, but I think probably the big three have all benefited from that throughout their career, you know, whether it's a Roland Garros or AO so I don't think necessarily jokovic has had that more than maybe Raphael or any of the others. I think it kind of does the rounds. It's sort of part of how the drawers pan out sometimes, but yeah, it's just certainly the last four that Novak's had have been, yeah, not his most difficult matches. Let's just say that much. He was trying to make. I feel like he was trying to make it particularly in that first set, a difficult batch of him because, I mean, the stats at the end of it weren't actually that pretty, I think, for Novak Djokovic. I know we talk about his last few matches have all been straight sets have been very easy. But he produced quite a lot of unforced errors in that third set. Sorry, in that first set, made it interesting. Yes, it could have been much easier than it was. But yeah, it surprised me there was that blip there. I think he maybe got so he lost his concentration and as a result that the errors started to creep in. I know I think he was getting frustrated on court, but I guess that is the only sort of ray of light or positivity. I think you can take from the performance maybe going into the final that Djokovic maybe still has those lapses in concentration when he maybe thinks he's so he's so far ahead and it doesn't seem like it's possible for him to lose actually is at a moment where he is actually a bit vulnerable. It's got to give you some hope because the numbers as you say were not good in that first set. Just having a quick look, there were 12 winners to 24 unforced errors very uncharacteristic of Djokovic and Tommy Paul didn't play a good set either to get himself back into it. He had 8 winners to 19 unforced errors. So it's definitely a case that you will have chances. It well, there could be chances, I should say, not you will, because I think Alex dimini would beg to differ. There could be chances if Djokovic drops his level and also Tommy Paul didn't necessarily lift his level based on some of the stats from that first set. It was kind of both of them sort of going off the boil a bit. I think in obviously playing a bit more of a brownie a bit more of a tighter ship for Tommy Paul in that one. But again, I mean, if you took the scenario over 7 5 first, I think Tommy Paul would be relatively pleased that he made it competitive, but it's a shame that after that Djokovic just ran away with it and his numbers improved dramatically. I mean, one person we didn't see in this match was Djokovic's dad who had decided whether through his own choice or someone else's not to attend the match. And that was because after his previous rounds match, his win over Rublev, Djokovic's dad, surgeon, had been seen posing for photographs with Serbian fans who had Russian flags carrying a face of Vladimir Putin and the pro war symbols.
A highlight from AO Day 12 - Fantastic finals await; Djokovic deals with Dads controversy
"Well, it's 21 minutes past midnight here at tennis podcast towers and we are on the eve of the final weekend of the 2023 Australian open. We know who our men's singles finalists will be and it will be a 13th career meeting between Novak Djokovic and stefanos sit to pass for the second time in their meetings a major title will be on the line and for the first time the world number one ranking will also be on the line David's here. Yeah, that sounds great when you line it up like that. And even though it's so many meetings and yet one sided it doesn't feel that one sided going into this one. Hang on you're the guy that thinks rankings mean nothing anymore. I was expecting you to poo poo, my big setting. I remember I remember doing that during around the U.S. open last year when the same situation happened and a mat made the point well at least the winner does become world number one and you can't argue with that in terms of at least it being on the line. I still don't think it's that big a deal versus the Grand Slam tournament that is on the line. I think that that's, I mean, I think it's a massive deal to Stephan a sitter pass in his eyes. We've talked about that before, haven't we? Yeah, well, I remember the last time he had the possibility of reaching world number one was in Turin last year at the nito ATP finals and it was an outside shot he needed to win all of his matches and hoped that other results aligned for him. It felt highly improbable to me, but I still threw in a question about it on media day before the tournament and he made it abundantly clear that it was top of mind for him. And this is so much better that it's like this. Absolutely. This is how you want him to get there. Absolutely, Matthew, hello, Matt. Hello, yes. And I think I agree with you, David, that whoever wins on Sunday, the main thing will be either a first major title for sits a pass or a record equaling 22nd for Novak Djokovic, and then the number one will be will be a lovely bonus on top of that. And yet I think it will feel right that whoever gets number one is winning a slam in the process. I'm just hoping for a good match. Yeah, we could do it because we really could do with one. I think we've got two excellent finals on paper here. And I'm just really hoping that one of them takes off. I think both of them take off to be honest. I think we've had 14 matches in the singles since Monday without a deciding set. And look, you don't necessarily need a deciding set for a max to be great, but it helps. And come on, Australian open. Where are all the good matches? I know that sport and it makes you appreciate them all the more when they are good. But maybe the good matches Matt are on the public courts of Melbourne at 11 o'clock in the morning. Matt played with Briggs this morning. I did. No deciding sets needed there, either. Because brigs and I lost to the guardians to carry on and the press associations and the crooks. We lost badly. Simon said, please don't mention this on the podcast and of course we're bringing it up. And then I partnered Eleanor and we won. So Briggs was fixed was open too. I was one from two. I bring this up not to drag him, but because I've posted a picture, there is Briggs content on our Instagram, Matt took some footage of the Briggs game in order that people might submit their professional comparisons as we discussed last night, and they've been quite favorable. They have, yeah, Simon was playing well at this point. And Dominic team has come in, Dan Evans, come in. Basically a list of all the players with a single handed backhand. They've come in. I said Denis Shapovalov because there's a lot of moving parts. He's very busy. He's a very busy player. He is. Someone described him as sort of exhausting to watch, let alone play. They said, does he have three sets in the tank? Because he is moving a lot between shots. But I like Simon's game. If you'd like to check out Simon's game, head to our Instagram for that content and much else besides, if you'd like the opportunity to bump into Simon, then enter all competition that is being offered by our sponsors for the Australian open on location the premium hospitality and experience provided they're bringing us to the BNP Paribas open in Indian Wells for the first time and they could be bringing you to the Miami open presented by ital because they are offering one lucky newsletter subscriber from the UK or the U.S. a three night stay in an official mammy open tournament hotel Simon won't be there. He'll be in sort of in the Woods or something. Something on a sofa bed. So for bed, that's what he said so for bed. Two tickets for tickets for two guests to two full day and night Sessions with premium hospitality
Rybakina, Sabalenka to meet in Australian Open women's final
"Reigning Wimbledon champion Elena Rebecca has been two time former champion Victoria Azarenka to move into her first Australian open women's final and her second Grand Slam finale. The 23 year old closed out a 7 6 6 three win in an hour and 41 minutes, her big first servant powerful ground strokes in the end proving too much for the 33 year old Azarenka. Her reward is a title showdown with a 5th seat arena sabalenka, who played aggressively to end the surprising run of the unseated 30 year old magdalena her 7 6 6 two win securing her a first major final. I'm Graham agar.
A highlight from AO Day 11 - Fierce final guaranteed; Pro Russia demonstrations dominate headlines
"Well, it's day 11 of the Australian open and our women's final lineup is set. It will be Wimbledon champion Elena against first time major finalist arena sabalenka. It is one minute past midnight and you find this in the media cafe myself Matt David and for the first time, this tournament, The Daily Telegraph Simon Briggs Sally Simon. Hello. I think I only come on when I'm previewing a Rubik in the final. Certainly the second one she's been in. I think last time I was accused of being a bit mean about it, 'cause I think I said that everyone's gonna be pulling for on jabber. But today I did really want Rebecca to win because I thought that the two players were the two players today who I thought had a potential to be like massive stars going forward for a while and she's one of them. So I was hoping she was going to come through. It's an interesting final in a lot of different ways. We've got a lot to talk about today. Haven't we? Simon. I'm now listening throughout the course of the Fortnite. You've heard your mentions. Oh, I've been well served with mentioned to be very delighted by that. Thank you. I got a hard time for Matt futterman today for not liking Blake Shelton to be clear, I have no particular feelings about Blake Shelton in his music. I do. I mean, yeah. On first glance, or first listen, it doesn't sound very good, but you know, I've not deep dive. But anyway, Matt fussman informs me that he's a big fan. He's, you know, he's at least okay. Yes, Matt likes him because he, quote, used to live in the south. As if it's a sort of prerequisite of living in the south. Yeah, exactly. It's a prerequisite of being a country singer. Indeed. Yeah. Yeah. Anyway. Anyway, and even listening over the course of the Fortnite Simon, so you'll know that we are sponsored this Australian open by on location, the premium hospitality and experience provider will you be an Indian Wells Simon? Unlikely, it's always a tricky week for the telegraph because it's coincides with the last round of the 6 nations. As well as Champions League football. So you can't get anything in the paper or on the website. We won't get to talk about Elena or back in playing in the Indian Wells final with us then, because we're going to be there. I guess she won't be in it, because Simon's not there. She should fund me. She's not interested in being if Simon's not there to hype it up. Well, we'll be there. Elaine, we're back in a will be. We begin to Miami, Simon. Yes, I've booked a place in Miami for some extortionate rate. I'm on a sofa bed. Well, that leads me
A highlight from Aus. Open QFs - Azarenka rolls back the years, Tsitsipas's near-miss DQ and Linette continues dream run
"Semifinals and Elena were back in her sets up a showdown with Victoria Azarenka. Kim Chris, today is the 25th of January and we are here to catch up. On the Australian open quarterfinals at tennis weekly headquarters, we now have our semifinalist set magdalena of all people is there. We've also got Novak Djokovic who has destroyed another player in the draw this time Andre Rublev whenever will he get to a Grand Slam semifinal and we've got a very tasty showdown between Victoria Azarenka and Elena that is the oldest grandson champion left in the ladies draw and the youngest Grand Slam champion left in the ladies draw. So very tantalizing match up there and guys, we are recording 15 minutes earlier today because Chris, you have explicitly explicitly messaged us on the group because you've got a cinema. You've got a cinema date this evening. I do indeed and I do apologize for the 15 minutes early that you did get here and then I still was not on time. I don't know about you Kim, but I am not I'm not happy about that. I can only assume you're going to watch some RT Danish film with English subtitles. I'm hoping I don't understand anything about it and that's how you can tell it's a good film in Denmark, I think. So I will happily provide a review next time and then maybe that will make up for the minutes that you had to start a bit early on this one. I just hope it's going to be a scandi crime drama bit of scandi noir because that's still I think it's that still popular those sorts of things. I'd like to think they are popular in Denmark, but very popular outside of Denmark, particularly in the home counties. Very popular. And on BBC four rather than on the big screen we see for, yes, of course. Well, we're not here to talk about BBC four. Oh we guys, unfortunately. Unless tennis goes on to BBC four at some point. At the moment, it's kind of on Netflix and discovery and whatnot. But let's talk about the call to finals because we are here to catch up before Chris goes to the cinema to talk about all the quarter final action from Melbourne. Let's start with the men, shall we? I feel like we should maybe just get one particular match out of the way because I mean, it was kind of done and dusted before everything was on the wall before they went out, wasn't it? If this was a film, the plot would be kind of rubbish, I think. And the match we're talking about is Novak Djokovic against Andre Rublev, which was just a bit of a one sided affair to say the least. Joel, do you want to kick us off? And give us your synopsis of the Djokovic Rublev encounter. Yeah, I mean, Joker it's really just picked up. I feel where he left off against Alex de minor, Andre Rublev. I don't think he really did much wrong to be honest. But Djokovic was just on another level and there were no real signs of injury. Yes his leg was taped up, but it didn't really inhibit his movement and yeah, he got the job done very, very, very convincingly, 6 one 6 two 6 four Rublev really kind of felt a bit sorry for him, but powerless, I think, to really kind of do anything. You could see him kind of getting increasingly frustrated as the match went on, and even though he had a few breakpoint opportunities, Djokovic really, I feel just coming into his own at the business end of the tournament. Yeah, he's really gone from strength to strength since the early rounds or we had question marks over his leg. This was just an absolute kind of obliteration. You know, he was I mean, I don't think it was helped by the fact that his opponent as competent and consistent and highly ranked as Rublev is, has never won a grandson called finals, and we were saying before that none of us thought he really had the weapons to sort of really challenge Djokovic. So I think the matchup was just sort of kind of terrible on all fronts for giving us a close encounter. And I was hoping Rublev could do a bit more, but everything he did was just nullified by Djokovic and his defense. With Rublev not having the kind of killer killer weapons, it was, it was really just, I guess, only one outcome, there was arguably more drama with fans and whatnot, wasn't there, Chris, there was some hecklers going on, some flag encounters which didn't go down too well. What did you make of all the sort of off court stuff that was going on, Chris in this match? Well, I think if there was any good intention to it, it was just because Rublev needed to distraction or Novak Djokovic to be distracted. At berk during any of the points, because as you say, it was a bit of a mass destruction in this sense. But you always get kind of at grand slams. You get these sorts of situations and it's always tricky for officials to know what to do. But it's not something everyone is saying and you kind of want to keep the conversation focused on on the tennis because I think we can all agree that with the banning of Russian players at Wimbledon it hasn't necessarily had the positive effect. That kind of Wimbledon was hoping for. So try and keep politics out of tennis would be my preference there. I mean, do you think it was interesting to hear from Victoria Azarenka, which will get on into the second half. Her talking about this need for heroes and villains in tennis and in kind of just general sport narrative in the news and as a result of that feeling that Novak Djokovic is this is this villain and that's why we're seeing some hecklers in the crowd. We've seen more on more than one occasion Djokovic talked to the umpire telling them to kind of hear what they're saying and get security on them, get them out of here. Do you feel like Djokovic is being unfairly kind of painted as a villain and we shouldn't really be kind of looking at it from that kind of standpoint. I think in Azarenka's words, she was like, a lot of people see us as kind of like superheroes. No, we're kind of humans and we just want to go about our kind of day job. Do you feel like it's unfair to see kind of Djokovic get these hecklers when he steps out onto the tennis court? I think it is. Unfair. I mean, if I'm doing my job, I don't want to have people like having a go at me. I want everyone to treat me with respect, regardless of what I may or may not have done or what's going on in the world. So I don't think it's really appropriate, whatever the setting, but Chris maybe you well, maybe you've got a different angle, I don't know. I think it's part of obviously what comes with celebrity is that you are unfortunately opened up to criticism, and I think that the villain sort of aspect of things, I don't think Nadal is necessarily painted out as a villain in those ways or federal or necessarily unless you kind of have something against get sportsmanship and kind of staying out of controversy. I think of some of the big names. There is slightly more there's more debate around Djokovic in terms of his intentions a certain times. I do think that when it comes to the point about the superheroes, it's actually quite ironic because WTA actually did do a whole superhero themed year of on
A highlight from AO Day 10 - Pam Shriver and the Joy of Coaching; Semifinals set
"Will day ten of the Australian open is in the book. Certainly in terms of singles, there are of course some sensations still out on the rod laver arena Olivia gide and Marcel poleman currently in sensational action. In the mixed doubles, we'll keep you posted on their progress against some player Louis Stefani and Raphael matos over the course of this podcast. They're losing. Soon to be out of date, tennis news. But in terms of singles, our full semifinal lineup is set. We're here at tennis podcast towers Melbourne at ten 33 p.m. a mere ten 33 p.m. David here. Hello. Hello. Matt's here. Hello. And Pam shriver is here. Hello. Hello, Pam. How are you doing? Great to be with you. I'm fine. It's been quite the Australian open. What a ten days you have had Pam. We don't know how to refer to Pam anymore, is pundit coach, podcaster, advocate, all these things, form a player champion. Yeah. So many words. My favorite moment of the tournament still is Pam correcting Matt on our WhatsApp group about the number of grand slams that she won. And I think David had me as just a U.S. open semifinal. That's okay. That's all right. And the thing is, I didn't even know it said it until I made it back. Okay. It was only in 1978. It's okay. And I said it to magden. So she's now thinking, oh no. Note to self Pam holds grudges. Yeah. Not for long. Your newest job title in amongst those that listed is coach, super coach, dare I say. In Donna vekic is team all the way to the quarterfinals today. Ran out of road against arena sub Blanca, two straight sets for sabalenka today's shield play in the semifinals. She'll play against magdalena. We'll talk about that much up in a minute. Matt and I watched this match from the press box, David watched it from best seats in a house in the 5 live commentary box. You watched it from the players box. I say Matt and I watched it from the press box. We were mostly watching you watch the match. What's she saying to the coach? You speaking to him in his ear. Before we give any thoughts on the match, what are yours? Well, first off, I mean, I hadn't lived through this kind of stress at a major since I played it. Many, many years ago. So it was phenomenal to be along for the ride to see the way Donna Rosie Cajun. First round, she had to sleep on a 5 one match tiebreak lead on the day two when we had the extreme heat, two rain delays. It was about midnight. She faced adversity in that first rounder was able to win it and the match tiebreak, I think, ten 7, more adversity against friba tova and correct me. I'd say the right pronunciation, please. Thank you. I love the way you do that. That was good. Okay. There was a lot of adversity in the fourth round match and in between San sorma and Perez Diaz, she played more solid. And then today, you know, on labor quarterfinals or only your second one, one of our big weapons didn't show up, which was the serve. And I've only seen her play in person as in her player box for two tournaments. It was the first time I'd seen her serve not be there. It was a little frustrating because now you can coach and Nick and I could not for the life of us figure out the keys that could help her unlock the problem. So there was more responsibility in the coaching box this year, which was fine. I'm all for it. But that was frustrating that we couldn't help her and she couldn't figure it out. But overall, what a great result, to be one of the last 5 women standing out of a 128. I thought it was an amazing effort. And no more impression was exactly the same in the rally. In the rallies, Donna was right there. It wasn't she was taken to really, I mean, the serve was completely decisive. I mean, arena sabalenka is so strong on so I've actually heard the numbers today for her percentage wise. I went back and looked at them after the match, they weren't that great for sabalenka, but it felt like every time she really needed the first serve, it was there. And it must be so disempowering for a player to have technically the one element of the game that is completely within your control. Dessert you like that. I can't imagine what that what that feels like. I'm looking at you, Matt, I don't know why. That sauce is backhand this week, Pam, which must be a similar feeling. He's trying to develop a backhand drop shot there after watching Donna all tournament. Yes. I need a new list, don't I? Because Donna vekic is backhand drop shot. Caught my eye in her previous matches, actually, and she used it quite a bit today again on the rod laver arena. I really enjoyed this match. I think the intensity of it, you know, both players came out and I thought playing really, really well. I think they both had 9 minute holds of serve right at the start of the first set, which just sort of showed how prepared for battle they were. I thought, and I think it was a 6 three first set, wasn't it? But never has a set felt less like a sort of 6 three. It was and the whole school line. I mean, 6 three 6 two, I think I left three or four three one or something like that to go and interview magdalena. But I looked at a stat line before I went and Donna had 14 break points to 13 of sabal and yet she's losing the match quite comprehensively on the scoreline is that what do you go back and debrief on? I know you spoke to us today, but what do you do? How much attention do you give a match like that in terms of the development for the future? Well, the debrief we had today was both a bit micro about just the quarterfinal today, but a lot of it was her whole effort down under, and the big effort she's putting in at this part of her career, the team she's put together. Yannick her physical trainer was incredible physical trainer and physical therapist really wrapped into one. Her primary coach, Nick Corvette, so the four of us sat down together and we just sort of assessed the entire Australian open, really, from that first match under graded adversity to getting through to the quarters for the only second time in her career to where we go from here. So we actually didn't we did talk about the specific shot that a bit about the serve and the frustration we found. We're still going to look into, was it something wrong with a toss? Was it the hit point? I mean, there was something clearly off because the timing, most of her faults were in the net, which to me, it looked like maybe the toss was a little further in front. It was dropping a little bit low. There certainly wasn't the same extension. You know, was it something visually about being on labor for the first time? In many years, even though she practiced there today, so we didn't really talk specifics about the match so much is about the big picture in keeping the momentum going forward.
A highlight from AO Day 9 - Victoria Azarenka ten years later
"Melbourne, where you find myself Matt and David at 1153 p.m. and our first two semifinals at this Australian open have been set. It'll be Victoria Azarenka. The two time former champion against Elena were back in her and it'll be Karen heshen of up against stefanos sits a pass who we have just watched pledged to build schools for children in the first world country of Australia. Not a direction, I expected the evening to go, but there we are. Good on you, Steph, what else? Yeah, I mean, it's definitely a nice thought. He's definitely seen a slogan somewhere that Victoria is the state of education. And he was saying some stuff to Jim Carrey just now on the court after his whenever you're in the hetch guy. It's been a Dave straight set of victories. Yeah. Well, and to retirement, we didn't even quite get to four straight sets victories. The very first retirement of the tournament and if you're interested in that fact, more on it in the newsletter. I'm looking forward to the newsletter now. Because an extension of that stat is featured in today's today's newsletter and Matt did a lot of pursuing of the story for this that. Yes, I really love it when something slightly weird happens during a day because that's always inspiration for a step. The hardest thing about the stat is thinking of the idea. But yesterday we had or was it two days ago almost triple bagels and today we had lost his mind on that day. If you consider, I think we've produced in the last 12 months around a hundred or so newsletters. That's a lot of stats because there's a starting everyone. Yeah, and the stat about this being the first retirement tournament is that's doing the rounds people people know that people are tweeting it, but Matt's got that's got more. Players. Layers. Now we're talking. Other reasons to subscribe to the newsletter include the
A highlight from Aus. Open R4 - Swiatek stunned, Djokovic devastation and Rublev's tiebreak turnaround
"Kim Chris, today is the 23rd of January and we are here to catch up on round four of the Australian open at tennis weekly headquarters. We have had some big shocks on the lady side, iges flee on tech, the top seed coco golf and Caroline Garcia have all crashed out the prophecy is not coming true for now. We had a fantastic match as well. We've Rublev coming through match points down against holger runner and Novak Djokovic magically his leg, wow, his leg looks a lot better in a destructive performance of Alex de manor in three sets. So as always, lots and lots to get our teeth into, but I've got to confess, first of all, Kim, in our last episode, I thought you were in Bruges and I told our listeners, you were there when the reality was, you were somewhere else in the UK. I know, I feel quite deceptive, but I was just doing some later grams on insta and you achieved. I was away. I'm sure feel cheated as well. What a scam? Oh. No. Great. I mean, I can get you some English chocolate, but not like they have in Bruges. But next time, I will, when I'm genuinely on holiday, I will get you both something to make up for it. Is this what you do? You just want to give this sort of portrayal that you're somewhere like ignite and exotic in the world when the reality is in croydon shopping center or something. Yeah, that's it. I was actually employed in shopping center which is why I hold weekend. I fit in my past on Sunday. To be, right? Well, I bet croydon shopping centers are loving this episode of their listening. Everyone visit croydon, yeah. No, I was occupied. I wasn't incredibly and I wasn't I was around the London region. Doing some nice things. So I wasn't able to join you, but hopefully everyone's pleased to hear them back, even though I didn't go to Belgium. All the weekend. But this isn't a podcast about my trips or not trips. As much as we might like to talk about them. Let's talk about the fourth round at the Australian open because and I've actually feel like I could do some Belgian shocks to make up for the fact that Caroline Garcia is out. Sad times. Yeah, the prophecy. So much for you. Sad times for you, I would say, I'm all aboard the magdalena or should I say the magda goat net train? All the way through to the quarterfinals. Well, you did call this Joel because you whatsapps us the night before saying, are we all going to wake up to a goat net victory, and that is exactly what we did. 7 6 6 four, it was straight sets to magda Lynette. She's never been into the fourth round of a Grand Slam before. So she's into new territory, but sorry, to the quarterfinal, I should say, getting lost in my rounds because I missed the last catch up. But she's made her way through by beating obviously Garcia the fourth seed. She also has beaten the 16th and the 19th seed. So she is well on her way through and you know, she was down in that first set, a double break. And she sort of managed to turn it around, get that to my break 6 four, serving really, really well. And she just, yeah, fantastic for her. You know, going into this stage for the first time. But Chris, I kind of feel like Joel doesn't really care about Garcia, but I feel like you're more sympathetic to her. Where did Caroline go wrong in this match? And what was it that Lynette was doing so well to get this victory? I am definitely on the Garcia train of the two. I think we want to see her, as we say, fulfill the prophecy. We want to see her do well. But it's one of those matches where if Garcia serve doesn't get going, it does get an awful lot more difficult for her and she only made 49% of her serves in this one. And she only won 39% of points behind her second serve. So the numbers were not great and when it came to the unforced error winner count, she had 6 more unforced errors whereas Lynette actually had 11 more winners than unforced errors. So it just feels like Garcia was a bit off and the net was playing very, very tidy tennis. So a shame for Garcia, but we want to see people win matches, not lose matches, and it felt like the net was able to do that. Yeah, and it's great for her. She does have a couple of top ten victories in her career. This is her fourth, I think. And actually three of them have been against top 5 opponents. It's great for Poland as well, isn't it? Because English film tech and Hubert her cash probably the two, you probably say the two leading lights in Polish tennis at the moment in the singles. Of both gone out, but who would have thought that, you know, magdalena would be the last person standing in Melbourne. But you're saying you did think that Joel, you're trying to claim full credit for this, I believe. I know. She is actually the unsung hero of Polish tennis. Well, who needs to show up when you've now got magdalena? Well, exactly. Exactly. I know. And also, I was reading. I don't know if you guys saw this, but she has put up for auction a dinner with her as part of a I think a Polish charity benefits dinner, which I think is going on in a few weeks time. And I had to go on to see the bid to see where it was at based on her quarterfinal run and whether it had gone into its price at skyrocketed. So any guesses, do you think, for, I think it was at a dinner, a dinner, a meal, a sit down chat with a probably over a three tour experience. Not like the Ritz or nobu, but maybe like a pole. Yeah, I mean, Polish beets are expressed. Okay, got it. So expressing Poland, I wonder. I don't know.
A highlight from AO Day 8 - The real Novak Djokovic is here - good luck everyone
"A cast powers the world's best podcast. Here's a show that we recommend. Let's imagine you work for the U.S. government in Havana, Cuba, and you experience this inexplicable episode. There was an incredible pressure and pain in my head and my ears. Many of your colleagues are experiencing the exact same thing, and nobody in the U.S. government seems to know what it is or what's causing it. I'm adamant is. And I'm John Lee Anderson. From vice world news, this is Havana syndrome, wherever you get your podcasts. Hey cast helps creators launch, grow, and monetize their podcasts everywhere. A gas dot com. Hi, this is Billie Jean King. This is Marion Bartoli. I'm Matt vilander. This is Mary carillo. This is Pam shriver. This is Yannick Noah and you're listening to the tennis podcast. We'll greetings from garden square Melbourne park just in front of the rod laver arena the time is ten 18 p.m., the fountain is trickling behind me, the big screen is still going because there is doubles action, 25% of it featuring a sensation on the rod laver arena but singles action is finished for the night. And the reason we are here so early or so not quite as late as usual is because Novak Djokovic, the 9 time champion, has just beaten not sensation Alex domino for the loss of just 5 games. Two of those games were getting him to two all. And from to all Novak Djokovic just went into a different mode, a quite terrifying mode. I mean, he's just described it as his best match of the year. I mean by some distance he was fearsome tonight. It was pretty much a perfect performance, David. Do you watch the whole thing from the best seat in the House on the baseline at times just a few feet away from the 9 time champion? How good was he? Yeah, that's as good as tennis gets. In my estimation. I've seen it a few times from Djokovic in that commentary box actually. My mind goes back to him playing Roger Federer in a much hyped semifinal about 7 years ago. And, you know, I was part of the hype, you know, Federer Djokovic, all the rest of it, but it was when Djokovic was at his absolute peak in the first of his big peaks. Or maybe second of his big peaks, I suppose you'd say that 40 something match running 2011 or 12 or whenever it was as part of that. But he came out and he just destroyed Federer for two sets for about the loss of three games. And it was just as though he'd come out not just to win, but to just destroy and send a message. And tonight, for whatever reason, maybe it's just how he felt, being in the zone, maybe there was more to it. He came out to seek and destroy his opponent. And even in those first four games, that's what he was trying to do. I could see it in his eyes, I could see the way he was striking the body wasn't trying to rally. He was trying to knock demon or off the court. And demeanor to his credit, Ike made a very foolish decision to put on Twitter that demeanor has made a fantastic start because he's at two games all and he's living with this because that's what he was doing. Well on reflection, winning two games was blooming fantastic. I thought he was brilliant for the first four games that timid or and then I think he won two of the next 17. And so I looked stupid, but I don't care because that's what I saw at the time and then I saw Djokovic just settle. He'd got an angry look
Korda, 1998 Australian Open champ Petr's son, in 1st Slam QF
"22 year old Sebastian corder has reached his first major quarterfinal that after toughing at an Australian open 5 step win of the ten seater pole umbert a gadget finally securing a ten points to 7 in a super tie breaker. In X takes on the Russian Karen catch enough, fellow American Jessica bagula also reached the final 8 that after straight setting barbaric French akova. But the upsets continued, and the women's top seed Irish van tech and the 17 cocoa goth became the latest, both making fourth round exits, golf out hit by the Latvian, Yelena oster penco. I'm Graham agar's.
A highlight from AO Day 7 - Swiatek feels weight of World No.1
"Folks and greetings from tennis podcast towers Melbourne where it's one 39 a.m. and tennis is happening. Of course it is. It's what we do. Here we are again in the middle of the night. Oh, hooray for Matt and hurray for the troopers that are Victoria as a ranker and jus Lin. They are the stuff they still have a way to go. Azarenka leading to one in the deciding set. She lost the first to jus. She took the second 6 one although it felt like a far closer set than 6 one and there are locked in battle in the third as orange has the brake, but it feels like it has a way to go. I predict a post 2 a.m. finish. Yeah, so then that's a fair bit. Okay. I think we've made our point about that. I think scheduling scheduling will come up again later in the show. I just want Azarenka to be asked about it on court is what I want and I want her to tell us what she really feels about being asked to go onto the court at 1133 p.m.. Because she is somebody that's not afraid to say things. Yeah. Yeah. And maybe she will, I don't know whether they'll be a press conference after this match. I don't know how many journalists will have stayed. There aren't any Belarusian journalists on site, so you're relying on international journalists, and I don't know whether anybody would stay for this, but it'll be interesting to see and will keep you posted. In future pods will let you know who wins this match, even though you'll know by the time you're listening, that is what we do here on the tennis podcast. What a service we provide. It has been a day. At the tennis, hasn't it? We lost eager field tech from the women's draw today, the world number one, the dominant world number one, the reigning two time Grand Slam champion, and we lost her in straight sets to Elena back in a 6 four 6 four. This was the first match of the day, well, the second match of the day on the rod laver arena a bit followed on from a and actually hilarious legends match. Yeah, in which the bob and Mike Bryan, who look more ripped than they did when they were on the tour. What a rather overdoing it against. They didn't get the memo about legends tennis. Absolutely destroying Mark full of booze as a mark back markers back daddy's. I don't really weird moment where I thought that the bryans were back. Because legends doubles teams don't normally make any sense. You know, it's normally, for example, Marcus baghdatis and Marc for the process. And you think, oh, well, that's obviously the legends. I saw the brians, and I was like, huh? What have I missed? You advocating that they split up and go with other partners and then face each other. That'd be good. Good watch. They might need to do that in order to prevent them from winning the tournament awkwardly easily because they didn't get the memo for sure today, but it was highly amusing. They were finished before 1230, which was the not before start time. And we're back in a we were in our seats for first ball. Oh, yeah, that was fun. The three of us. The first time the three of us sat in the press seats and watched an entire match together this tournament and we picked a good and I would have loved a third set, but it was a great great two set seeing Schmidt fine. I know you find watching her cruise very, very compelling compelling. And I do enjoy it, but I always want to watch a battle more than I want to watch anybody cruise and watching a player is dominant ischial tech trying battle and find solutions which she was unable to do. I found that very, very compelling. And actually she, that was something she talked about after the match sort of inability to problem solve and we'll come on to that. But Elena were back in her clinical, clean, beautiful ball striking, composed, she had it all. Today. I know the conditions suit her. I know we didn't think this would be if you'd said before the tournament is going to win, losing the oil perhaps before the drawing is going to lead in the fourth round. You think, wow, gosh, heck of an upset, but in fact, it was you that I think after the first round catching a glimpse of Elena were back in a just started to have eyes on this potential match up in the possibility of an upset, but even so, Elena are back in it today. Wow. Oh, she was awesome. And as you said, the conditions suit her, but you still have to go out there and perform in those conditions. And she just laid down a marker in the very first game, didn't she? By breaking, breaking she found tech serve just catching hold of some massive returns of both her forehand and her backend and. I don't know. I mean, I felt like she had opportunities there for sure, like I don't think it was a given that Rebecca was going to win that match just because she was playing well in good conditions. I did feel like there was maybe more that she film tech could have done. She might have some regrets about that, probably that second set in particular where she was ahead. But even so, just the task of facing the conditions just looks really uncomfortable, you know, she's got a massive serve. She's got massive returns.
A highlight from Aus. Open R3 - Korda cruises as Meddy suffers, Collins comes a cropper and Sam Stosur (finally) retires
"The 22nd of January and we are here to catch up on round three of the Australian open at tennis weekly HQ. We are recording on Sunday morning here. It is a very frosty one in the UK and we've already had some round four results spoiler alert, egis field tech and coco golf are out, but as I said, we are going to be focusing on all the round three results from Friday and Saturday. We'll be back tomorrow, double quick time for our round four catch up. We've had so much drama, I feel over the last couple of days, Chris Daniel Medvedev is out. Australian open finalist from last year will both Australian open finalists from last year because Daniel Collins is out as well. And of course, Sam Stosur has now officially retired singles, doubles, mixed doubles, whatever the event, Sam Stosur is never allegedly never coming back onto a tennis court ever ever again. She brought the curtains down on her career. Can we believe it this time? That was my question. I think she said this before and when you get into specifics of I'm retiring from singles in these types of tournaments or I'll retire from mixed doubles and then I think she took a wild card in singles in Strasbourg, having retired from single. So I think it's a bit like Serena evolving away from tennis, but I don't think sounds so stupid will evolve away from tennis. While I thought the tears were very real this time, so I will tears. I think she's rubber stamped it. I will see you on the legends court probably in this slam. She might end up playing that event. Well, exactly exactly. But yes, Sam Stosur has officially for now played her last match and we've got a lot of drama to kind of talk about Kim is in Bruges at the moment. So it's just going to be me and Chris to talk about round three. And we've obviously got to start Chris with day 6. Andy Murray, Roberto Bautista agut, RBA coming through in four sets, 6 one 6 7 6 three 6 four Andy Murray after what about 15 hours or so on a tennis court is out of the Australian open Dan Evans also lost as well to Andre Rublev. I mean, what did you make of the Andy Murray RBA match? Because we both watched it. For me, he was like the energizer bunny, again, I just did not understand where he finds. That energy and that belief when given what's happened to much time he spent on court against bertini and then cocking Atkinson's second round regardless of it being a defeat were you impressed with the levels that Murray was able to bring to the court. Yeah, I think I was very worried after that first set. It was not competitive. He was not able to move that well. And it felt like he was turning up in a bit like obviously it's not quite the same, but after that, John is now Nicholas mahu match, where Isner then went out, love love and one or something like that. He was clearly exhausted from the effort. It also gave me flashbacks to because I was looking at their head to head and I remembered last year, RBA defeated Murray like love and won in, I think it was in Dubai. And it was probably one of his worst performances of the season. Probably his career to be honest. And as you said, after that first set, I was also a little bit worried in terms of is this school I'm going to be look a little bit silly. Yeah, I mean, same. And then I think when he went down very convincingly in the second set down the break for four two, and looked like it was kind of game over. In that sense, and that he was playing the match. He wanted to be professional. He was going to get it done, but obviously he was very physically inhibited during that match. So it's obviously a big shame. We put in a great effort. The thing that I did find quite interesting was that because Andy needed to try and keep the point a bit shorter, it was great to see him go for his backhand a bit more. That backhand down the line. He was free swinging, wasn't he? Way more free swinging, and that's something that with the hip operation, obviously. The hardest shot to hit really is to get your body in that position to take that pull down the line. But he had to. And so I think it's something where maybe there is a slight lesson from this in terms of striking that balance between not playing yourself out of a tournament, but also kind of thinking about not just the match in front of you, but also the tournament as a whole. But unbelievable, Australian open is just a shame. He deserves way more than 45 ranking points for this. He deserves. I don't know. Boost him up the rankings by about 50 places because what he showed is just unbelievable for anyone who's ever ever even considered a hip operation. Maybe we should both get one job. We might be better at we might be better at tennis. Maybe I'll be better on a tennis court with, yeah, with a metal hip. I mean, where do you think this leaves Murray in terms of the rest of the season? Grand slams going forward. Do you feel kind of more optimistic? I think he said in his post match press conference that he feels that his Grand Slam performances have exceeded his own expectations. He feels like he puts in a really, really good showing when we get to the best of 5 set format. What do you think his next goal should be for this season? Yeah, I think that's a great question because I've always well since he's kind of come back from obviously having the operation, it's something when you watch him play where you feel like he is very frustrated with the fact that he can't do what he was able to do in a tennis court. And he sat in this Australian open that he just loved playing tennis and he might not look like he's always happy out there, but he really genuinely is loving it and it's the happiest moments that he has. And so I think for me, I'd love to see a bit more of that come through and I think it's not about the results necessarily. Obviously it's a big deal getting his ranking up because it means he can play and some of these better tournaments but the nature of the tour is that it is
A highlight from AO Day 6 - Murray leaves his mark on Melbourne; Sabalenka vs. Bencic? Yes please!
"Well, hello and welcome to day 6 of the Australian open and I can actually say welcome to day 6 of the Australian open because I think for the first time this week we are recording or at least starting recording before midnight it is 1144 p.m. and you find us myself David and Matt in garden square with the trickle of the fountain in the background, the sound of the big screen and the final stages of what looked like the final stages of Magdalene against ekaterina alexandrova that the final match of the dome rod laver arena linnet leads by a set in a double brake serving four one 40 love in the second set, that'd be a heck of a win for magdalena to make it to the fourth round of Islam. I think for the first time that is magdalena knowledge of the top of my head, don't at me, but I think that that is the case. This is, this is a very nice place to be. It's wonderful. The temperature is just right, isn't it as well? I mean, I put my coat on after I came out of the commentary box and I've taken it off again. Just before midnight because it's not too hot, not too cold. We've got a few beers on the go here. We've got some crisps. This is the seagulls that are above us. It's great. I think what I'm going to be able to secure this evening is my first mosquito bites. I was actually thinking yesterday, wow, it's been nearly two weeks, and I'm yet to be savage by mosquitos, but I feel like, you know, the little gang up on me tonight. So that's something to look forward to, but there's nowhere we'd rather be and there is a lot to talk about and once again, we're going to lead with Andy Murray because it's the last time this tournament that we'll be able to do that. And I think he's been the story of the first week, quite frankly, I know that Australians will perhaps see it differently and possibly we're seeing this through a British lens, but I think it's just through a sporting story lens. I think he this week has given us so much. I really, really do across the three matches that he's played tonight. It was a full set defeat to Roberto Bautista agu. And I think actually some of what he did tonight even being competitive in that match,
A highlight from AO Day 5 - Seeds wasteland, Korda's coming, cracking matches ahead
"Well greetings from tennis podcast towers Melbourne where you find myself David and Matt on the sofa at a mere 33 minutes past midnight. It's an early night. We've finally done it. Of course, tennis hasn't finished for the day. Don't be ridiculous. It actually might be quite far from finished for the day because as we come to you on the second court at Melbourne park Maria thackeray, the 6th seed, one of only two Netflix participants still standing. Trails by a set to Julian, the 28 year old from China. She is, of course, coming back, she's three one up in the second set. As soon as she goes behind in the score, she mounts a comeback. It looks like it's probably going to a third. Who knows what will happen? We'll keep you posted, but if today has been anything to go by, what she might do is come back, but not all the way back. Yeah. I feel like that's been a theme. I feel like there have been a lot of people that saw what Andy Murray did last night. Sorry, this morning, and thought, I'll have a bit of that. But they're not quite Andy Murray. Yeah, I thought this is infectious. And he's inspired a few here, and they'll all have those images of Murray in their minds when they're two sets to love down. And I think they may well have done. But I think it just shows how hard it is. It's hard enough to do what Denis Shapovalov did, for instance, getting back to two cents or, but then you've climbed one of the mountains, and then you've got a climb another one, and it's different in the 5th. It's so different. Yes, we had Denis Shapovalov try it. Francis TFO try it. Yannick sinner did manage to come back from two sets to love down today. His first time doing that. And then there was an almost come back from Danielle Collins, wasn't there, she won a set, but couldn't finish it off. So yeah, that very much has been a theme, but I felt like I needed those sort of half comebacks in a way. I know that it sort of did end up dragging out the evening session, but to me, that's what got me back into tennis after my Andy Murray hangover because yes, there was a 5 minute period where it was like someone had run a jolt of electricity through Matt because it had been a slightly sluggish day. That's generous. Let's be honest. What topics other than tennis we could talk about in the vodka? The thing is even if you rewind further to how the day unfolded in the apartment, I mean, obviously we got to bed at 7 a.m. and then when you were up and about, everybody seemed in a great buzz in when we finally got up in the early afternoon and then Matt hit the wall. I did. I was prepared to almost have today is a bit of a write off, but then, yeah, that bolt of electricity was watching three matches simultaneously. It was sort of first day vibes all over again and they were all at such a crucial moment called a Medvedev. Her valor and TFO hack. I just found it absolutely exhilarating. I didn't know where to look. There were players fluffing chances, there were players taking their chances. It was just great there, and I feel like it's got me back into the tournament. It was my muguruza kvitova from the U.S. open, which got me back into it after the Serena story had finished and so I'm thankful for all those players. I'm re-engaged in the Australian open. I love watching Matt with his screens. It's one of my favorite Grand Slam things. I'm going to let you choose which of those matches we talk about first. And while you choose because I've put you on the spot there, I'm going to remind you all that this podcast and all our podcasts throughout the Australian open are sponsored by on location. The premium hospitality and experience provider that bringing us to Indian Wells for the first time there's a lot of big plays already thinking about Indian Wells and thinking that can't come around soon enough I saw a very sad post from Mateo bertini. The other day, a Carlos alcaraz, his posted a training photo today. I'm hoping, I'm hoping for Indian Wells for him. Oh, that'd be good. Wouldn't it? He's grown his hair out, David. I notice that. He looks younger, doesn't he? I always look at his hair as a sort of marker in some way. And I like it when he does the shaved head thing. But I'm already thinking about in the world. Although he's training on clay, so. Yes. Do you know what happened? A bloom and hope he's going to be in Indian Wells. We will be in Indian Wells will all be there together for the first time. We're obviously all actually on location or offering a 5% discount offer to all Friends of the tennis podcast for all Steve fogel's international tennis tours throughout 2023. They've given us one of their Steve Vogel's international tennis stores packages to the Miami open presented by ital. That's in March. Obviously, after India miles the second part of that sunshine double and that will go to one lucky tennis podcast newsletter subscriber in the U.S. or the UK and that subscriber will win
How to watch the 2023 Australian Open tennis tournament
"To catch up on round two of the Australian open at tennis weekly headquarters. It is, well, it is 7 7 24 local time in the evening in the UK and remarkably, we have only just had a couple of hours to breathe really after I really, really long day of tennis that finished what post 4 a.m. local time in Melbourne thanks to Andy Murray and Tennessee kokina and before we just get into that. I mean, I've just asked a question how were your productivity levels today? I was quite distracted. I have to say, and I
A highlight from AO Day 4 - Magic, Madness, Andy Murray
"Well, folks, it is 5 O 5 a.m. here at tennis podcast towers Melbourne and precisely one hour ago Andy Murray wrapped up a 5 set victory 7 5 in the 5th over the nasi kokkinakis. The 11th victory of his career from two sets to love down. The longest match of his career at 5 hours and 45 minutes. You are going to have to bear with us on this podcast because we are still processing. We may still be processing for the rest of our lives. We're also very aware that lot cells besides this match happened of note today at Melbourne park and we will try and cover all of it, but we also need to give this match and this story the time that it warrants because I am and I don't say this lightly and I'm very conscious I have said this on the podcast before and recency buys in all of it but having said that I am going to say it I have never seen anything like that before and I'm going to say one more thing yet again he's got a metal hip with anybody like to go first. With trying to sum up how they're feeling, what they've seen. How they ever might recover from tonight. This morning no hands up in the room. The thing is, what you've just read out, that there are some things there that hadn't even occurred to me that it was the 11th time he's come back from two Tesla love down. And that is now the outright record, the outright all time record. Nobody has done that more than him, and he knew it. He knew it. That was the thing. Did he mention that the interview? I loved that so much that he knew that. That says everything about Andy Murray, doesn't it? He's a tennis junkie. So he matters his stats. It matters to him, and it is the perfect and he marry stat, really. I love that he owns that because, you know, coming back from two sets down is about all of the traits that make Andy Mary Andy Murray and the big one in particular as he said, also in that on-call interview was that great big heart of his. Yeah, and that line was followed by a penis gag a quite funny penis gag at about ten past four in the morning. I mean, he knows his audience. He knows his words. He had listened to 5 hours and 45 minutes of drunk Australians shouting variations of cock at him. And he made a penis gag in the encore interview. That ladies and gentlemen is Andy Murray. See, I didn't know any of this was going on because I was busy trying to get down into the dungeons and the corridors to try and interview him afterwards, but I didn't hear these gems. Interviews taking place in car parks. And I've watched the on court interview, I didn't see it live because I like you, David was trying to make my way to the dungeon, but I've watched it back. I was there for the post match car park huddle that took place, and those two interviews could not have been more different. And the two interviews sum up the two talking points from this. The story, the comeback, the romanticism of it all, that's one story, and we want to talk about that. The other story is why on earth is tennis happening is elite sport happening. Is anything other than sleeping happening at 4 o'clock in the morning? When it's entirely preventable and entirely predictable, it happens all the time. Tennis shrugs it off when it finishes it 2 a.m. it's only when it finishes at 4 a.m. that people speak out about it and Andy Murray knew that that was the moment that he had people's attention and that he could speak unequivocally about the issue and we're going to talk about it as well tonight for his long as we can. We didn't even get close to the latest ever finish at the Australian open. That's how insane Tennessee is. Let's talk about the match first, okay? Let's talk about the match. How on earth did the quality improve as the match went on? And the hour got later and. The physicality diminished the resources, the physical resources diminished. How did the tennis get better? I don't know if I have an answer to that very good question. What I do know is that it was Andy Murray really that got better because Koch and akis I underestimated him to be honest, having watched him in the Davis Cup last year, I was kind of left a bit cold by his tennis. Like I didn't I didn't know he was still so explosive and so capable of just bringing it and rising to an occasion, which are all things we've sort of associated with him in the past, but we just haven't seen that much of in his career recently. He obviously came into this tournament in good form, having performed really well in Adelaide and he was on it right from the start of this match. Striping forehands hitting his backhand down the line really well and Murray in contrast was nowhere near the player he was against mater bertini. He looked at you. Yeah, he was in a bad mood. He looked stiff and like he needed to warm up. Literally. And there were frigging cold. There were murmurs of Taro Daniel going around the press box. And of course, that refers to Mary's performance here last year in the second round where he lost the Taro Daniel, having just played a 5 setter against Nicholas basileus villi. It felt sort of eerily familiar. We'd had this great high, but can he back it up physically, tennis wise. It looked like no, to be honest, for a couple of sets there. And then, gosh, the third set, I mean, I think the whole match will live long in the memory, but the way marry turned it round in the third set was extraordinary. There was one rally in particular, which was at two love to kokina kis. He was two sets and the breakup, kokina, and Murray retrieved four smashes from coca, won the point, and then just put his finger to his ear and said to the crowd, come on then. Where's your noise now? Where's your noise now? And he was back in the match from that moment on. It was incredible to witness him just fight like that. From such a such an impossible position, you know, not only two sets of love down and do love down, but off the back of a 5 hour match just a couple of days ago with the metal hip as we must always keep stressing. I just don't understand the reserves that he has to find that in him, but he does. And he fought his way back in the third set. And then the match just morphed into this sort of Supernatural tennis match. By the end, and I can't believe I'm about to say this in the 5th and 6th hours. It was vintage Andy Murray. It really was. The way he was retrieving. And defending and hanging rallies and turning defense into attack and hitting the beefy forehand that you know lendl, despite the fact that he won't outwardly emote one bit. I saw him heavily exhale at one point and that was a big moment. You know, those four hands that you know lenders inwardly fist pumping about. It was vintage Andy Murray. In the 5th and 6th hours. I felt and I don't understand. How he was doing that at the end. And not at the beginning, I know adrenaline, I know, genuinely, I think, physically warming up when you're old and stiff and arthritic, getting warm, is a big thing. I can vouch for that, but that's what pat cash in the commentary box that who is alongside me was talking about. He said, when you've played a match like he played against Mateo bertini, one of the problems is you do get stiff. And for the first set and a half, he looked in a terrible mood. And he looked as though he was surprised by what Cochrane was doing to him. He was surprised that it wasn't there. The level wasn't there. And he did just warm up. He found his way into the match at the end of the second set when he went two sets of love down.
A highlight from AO Day 3 -The Sadness of Rafael Nadal; Is RaduCoco the future? Yes Please
"We are here tennis of course is still being played and unfortunately David law is detained commentating on one of the three matches that are still on court at Melbourne park as of about 9 30 p.m. Matt. There were ten scheduled matches that hadn't even started. It's been quite a day. It has. I think it's extra weird when it's rainy at the Australian open compared to the other grand slams. You sort of expect it at the other slams. I mean, I know that we expect changeable weather when we come to Melbourne, but even so it's weird when it's rainy here because, you know, it's great, they have three roofs. I think we're going with that now as the plural of roof. So tennis can continue, but so many of them actually just have not been able to get going. They had to cancel all the doubles today, which was meant to start. And we got to sort of early evening and suddenly there was just an avalanche of matches coming our way on the outside courts and we were sitting among the British press pack who were anxiously waiting to see whether Cameron norrie would remain on the schedule or be bumped over to tomorrow perhaps and I don't know whether it's good news or bad news, but the news came that he was moving to court 13, I think, and was on the schedule today. And a lot of British journalists were therefore here for the night, David among them. Yeah, he is commentating on cam nori and a man who he describes as a mad genius. Constantine. Mad genius that's apparently been driving cam nori absolutely bananas. He is currently two sets to one up, though, is so good luck. David. By the time he hears this, hopefully it'll all be a distant memory, but goodness me. Tennis is tennis is absolutely ridiculous. It is not even going to be remarkable. That the three matches are going on at this time of night and goodness knows what time they'll finish. I mean, that is just tennis all over. Exactly as you say, Matt, it had the feeling today of a day that would be a little bit weird that maybe would feature some upsets. And I think that's just because overcast drizzly cold weather does not suit Australia, something weird was in the air from the very start and we have had some drama. We've had some upsets. We're going to talk about that, get into all of it in just a moment's time, but first, a little bit of exciting sort of additional news. You'll know by now, of course, if you've been listening to us this week that the tennis podcast during the Australian open is sponsored by on location, the premium hospitality and experience provider. They are bringing us to the BNP Paribas open in Indian Wells for the first time altogether in March. And you'll also know that we have a 5% discount code on offer to all Friends of the tennis podcast on Steve fogel's international tennis tours throughout the 2023 tennis season. We also, though, have some additional exciting news for any of you that are in the UK or U.S. residents of either of those countries. On location has given us one of Steve fogel's international tennis tools packages to the Miami open presented by ital and described by me yesterday as the back end of the sunshine double donkey and I stand by it. It's a beautiful donkey. And that package is to be given away to one lucky tennis podcast newsletter subscriber. The winning newsletter subscriber drawn at random from those that enter will win the following. A three night stay at the official Miami open tournament hotel for two guests and you get to see tennis players, generally at those hotels. I hate that. But that would be appealing for something. It would be very appealing for some people there's nothing worse than seeing talent Greeks poor at breakfast, but for some people that will be a hoot. Tickets to two days and two night Sessions of matches at the Miami open and premium hospitality inclusive of food beer and wine and I really do appreciate the specificity in that aspect of the package and you get daily round trip
A highlight from Boris Kodjoe: From the Tennis Courts to Hollywood
"Have conversations about as players and coaches wanting players rankings and seedings to reflect their ability and Matteo baritone got a lesson in just that. Having to play Andy Murray in the first round of the Australian open and losing in 5 sets to a former Grand Slam champion Hall of Famer and for God's sake at night in the UK. And so again, I think along with Matteo, the world is what is once all of these players who are former grants named champions, who are really, really great athletes like a Cheerios, right? Seeds and rankings to reflect their ability so they don't blow up or draw because that quarter of the drawer Matteo was. It certainly blown up now. A big congratulations to Chris Eubanks on first round victory as well. And on the women's side, we spoke last week about Jessica pegula, you know, looking the strongest one, looking like the strongest woman in the united cup. And again, in our first round having a 55 minute victory, over on top opponent, and so I think she's looking strong and today I will buy a limb and say, she is my pick for the Australian open. Now that this week's guest, we always talk about how tennis provides opportunities to folks. And now we've got a world famous actor who opens up a flex on how acting was his plan B and that opportunity was only afforded to him because of an opportunity given to him by Virginia, kind of what university. In tennis scholarship and travel from Germany to the U.S., we've got Boris kojo this week post. Take a listen. Welcome to the tennis dot com podcast. I'm your host kemal Murray and we are here with an actor. Somebody that nobody most people don't know. Acting was his fallback. Tennis was just the plan a. He's the star of soul food, love and basketball. I was a Hollywood and now station 19. But he was a four year Letterman at BCU, 9 to school history and singles wins, time for third and doubles wins. Let's welcome to the show Boris kojo Boris. Thanks for coming out. Come on. Thank you, brother. Good to see you. Thanks for having me. The first time we met, we were at the Quinta. And charity had been the key to you hitting on center court and I was walking through to practice courts. And I was like, who's that big ass dude? Oh my God. I was like, it looks like Boris, but I thought he hooped. You know? It really was like, not as far as he played. I was like, okay, that's cool. Even as deep as I am in the sport, I didn't know, you know, stepped up to 7 years ago. I didn't know that you were a tennis player. So tell me about and not even that. When I think about you as an actor, and we think about idris album, right? It's clear from his accent. He was not born in America and was, you know, raid overseas. But your accent doesn't resemble a Dominic team off the German accent at all. But tell me a little bit about your upbringing how you found tennis. Yeah, well, I grew up in born and raised in Germany. And my mom's German, my dad is from Ghana where West Africa. And so I found the sports through my dad, actually. It was a big tennis player in my uncle played. Davis Cup for Ghana. So he put a tennis racket in my hand when I was two, three years old. And that's how I was introduced to the sport. And I started pretty early and then found other sports soccer basketball. When you grow up in Germany, you know, soccer is first and then the rest follows. So we played all sports, which I think is something that kids are missing here when they focus on one sport too early. And then when I was 1450 and I decided it was going to be tennis. And I grew up in the academy system in Germany, played at Lyman, which is the academy that Boris Becker grew up in Steffi Graf. And a couple of the big Germans. And was really good junior in the world and traveled around, played all the ITF tournaments in Europe. And I got injured when I was about 17, 18, I had this lower back injury that stemmed from a pre consistent pre consisting condition that I had, which is called stenosis, which is when you're spinal canal is really narrow. So it continuously pinches your sciatic nerve. Which is a tremendous pain that you have every day. And the more you play it, the more severe those pains get. And back then, surgery wasn't an option. It was, they gave me like a 50 50 chance of being able to play and so it was a hard decision for me after dedicating your life to that point to the sport and having all these dreams and ambitions and goals. And so they're having a step back. It took me about a year and a half to get over that. But I had a chance to come to the states and play some college tennis. I had a great coach by the name of Paul coston. Who was a Swede, who sort of helped me with the cultural transition.
A highlight from Aus. Open R1 - Djokovic's raucous return, Swiatek survives scare and Metal-hip Murray at it again
"Chris. Today is the 17th of January and we are here to catch up on round one of the Australian open at tennis weekly headquarters. Well, I say round one, it's more like 80% of round one because the weather did get in the way today. The weather in Melbourne was acting very, very strange. We had the heat rule come into effect. We also had rain, but I know Chris is ecstatic about this because it does mean that Sloane Stephens has made it to day three of the first Grand Slam of the season. What a result, Sloan, in today three, she's still yet to lose a game or a set at this tournament. Perfection. Even Nadal's lost a set so far. I know. I know. Wow, thank heavens for the weather gods helping helping your girl slow down there. But I remember though when I was at the air, I had a similar thing, you know, the intense heat and then The Rain and it's just, you know, it stops playing for various reasons and it just means a very long day at the tennis and maybe a lot of action or not so much and things moving indoors and whatnot. It went very, very late on today, a little bit of controversy actually about the order of play. Kristen flipkens was not particularly happy on social media, the schedule did not come out, did it at the end of the day. I can understand the organizers probably having to do a lot to cram in round mod matches alongside round two matches, but yeah, it was a very, very long day today, had some great matches, match of the tournament so far, of course, Andy Murray versus Matteo berrettini. We had Novak Djokovic as well back at the Australian open after all of the hoo ha from last year which we're going to cover and we've of course got all the action from day one, rady Kano, coco gough, also looking to headline day three and we're going to be revealing our collector set picks as well. So there's a lot to cram in in this episode, but before we begin, we're going to be talking about breakpoint. I feel like we're going to be talking about breakpoint for forever, and this is probably the second time second time so far this season. Because Kim, you have already finished it. I haven't even started it. David Goffin doesn't even care about it based on some of the quotes I've been reading. And Chris, I don't even know where you are at. Where are you at with it? I think I've watched four episodes because we did get excited WhatsApp from Kim saying there's more rapper in episode 5, but I've not seen much rougher yet. Hang on, what has changed since we last spoke? Because I'm pretty confident on like our first catch up, you just said, I'm not interested and I'm not going to watch it because it's not aimed at someone like me. Yes, well Bianca andreescu to reach it. She quite liked it. And I thought if Bianca likes it, maybe I'll like it. I thought, you know, if I'm going to be that person who is sort of saying things about something that they haven't seen yet, I may as well watch it and then double down on what I've said. So that's the approach I've taken. I agree. And a lot of my Friends were saying that the first episode was curios heavy and I thought, oh, do I really want to watch this now? But he does kind of, it's very much the first episode is on him, the maverick they call it, and then they focus on different individuals going forwards. Episode 5 is my favorite rapper at the French Open, but the emphasis is really on Casper Ruud and Felix in that episode. But I think David Goffin doesn't like it. He said he's not really interested in seeing curios hanging out with his girlfriend. I think he's got a fair point. But he said it's not, you know, it's not interesting for people who live on the tennis tour. But I mean, no offense Goffin, it's not aimed at people who live on the tourists aimed at fans and new fans. So I think people at home will find it mostly quite interesting. I think there's a really good bit in there from Paolo Veda talking about her depression and her struggles with mental health, which I wasn't really that aware of. And I saw I think it does make me as a fan. See some of the players in a new light gives more contact. So I've generally enjoyed it. I'm looking forward to the next 5 parts. Well, that is good, I think I'm going to stick with it. I think I can understand golf and points. I think the first one was a bit the curios redemption arc and his girlfriend being it was quite interesting because I had only been dating for two months at the time this was shot. They're still together, so that does put a different lens on things in terms of her being there for his doubles Grand Slam win. But overall, I think it, you know, it's telling a story it's showing you a different side of some of the players. And maybe my advice for David Goffin would be to watch the driver. Maybe he said try try before you don't knock it before you tried it, maybe. Maybe he should think about that, but maybe start episode 5. Exactly. I mean, you spoke about Nick kyrgios. Now, again, in our preview episode, we were talking about the practice match, the practice showdown, Nick curios versus Novak Djokovic, our Nick kiros out of the Australian open. So listeners, this is probably the most Nick curious we're going to be talking about over the next couple of weeks. I know some of you probably will rejoice at that fact. But we have developed a couple of theories haven't we at tennis weekly HD with regards to that practice match and the fact that curios with drew due to I think a knee injury, trying to put two and two together. I mean, I want to call you Sherlock Holmes Chris, but what's your, what's your theory? What's your hypothesis? I'm putting two and two together and getting 12, but hey, these are my theories. I think that potentially they knew that curios was not likely to play the tournament. And this was a chance for a headline match where there wouldn't be that pressure or the risk of him injuring himself further because they did play short sets to four in that match. I also think that potentially,
A highlight from AO Day 2 - Andy Murray aint f***ing done yet
"As we come to you from tennis podcast towers Melbourne, tennis, of course, being tennis is still happening at Melbourne park and that might be the case for, well, who knows how many hours to come and Lexi popper in the latest Australian sensation is currently doing battle on the John Cain arena Novak Djokovic is currently set to the good on the rod laver arena and Casper Ruud looks well well on the way to victory on the second court and if any of those matches develop into big stories, including the Australian sensation, alexey popper and not quite sure what he would have to do to steal the international headlines, but channel 9 over here is certainly very into what he's up to at the moment. But of course, if any of those develop into big headlines, we will be recording an addendum to this podcast, don't worry. We won't leave you hanging, but we have one very big story that is dominated day two of the Australian open, myself, David, and I'll be talking about that in just a moment's time.
A highlight from AO Day 1 - WTA Avengers ascend; Nadal needs more; Crushed Kyrgios out
"Brand that many of you may already be familiar with, Steve fogels, international tennis tools. They've been associated with tennis for so so long and they will be sending us to Indian Wells in just a few short weeks time it's the first time the three of us will have been there as a team and it means that my sort of segue between periods in winter sun will be very, very smooth, which given how lovely a day it was in Melbourne today is excellent news. So that's what's next on the travel agenda for the tennis podcast after the Australian open and we are bloomin excited about it. Now, the Australian open, it got underway in earnest at 1114 P no, 1114 a.m. there was not that much. It was fascinating. I'm just going to have a serious. I'm going to start this with just a little bit of a rant. Most of the podcast will be upbeat positivity, but I would just like to take this moment to have a wee rant. Gone. Because we were in we were in bright early this morning. We were like kids on the first day of school that had brought their teacher an apple. Yeah. We all sat down at our desks. We're ranged everything, Matt said, oh, do you want me to go and get you work? I'm going to go to where the notes are, do you want a copy of the notes, copy the draw, copy the order of play? Yes, Matt, I'll have all of that all laid out on the desk. We've got our water bottles filled up. We're raring to go. It's ten 59 a.m.. The anticipation is building. Oh, it's 1103 a.m.. There are no tennis players on court. There's 1104 a.m.. Where are the tennis plays? Finally, some tennis players meander out at 1104. First ball struck on the 1573 arena where emirati Carney was playing, we will talk about the match. Folks. Just bear with me. It's got to get this out of the way. Was it 11 14 a.m.? At 1130 a.m., they had little sit down. They came out at 1104. They had a knock up, and you all sit down. What is, I love this sport, but what's it playing? I don't understand that. I didn't even know that had happened. I don't know what I was doing. But no, but it's normal. It's normal. I was in the coffee queue, remember? I was getting coffees in. We were actually there before the fans today. We were so keen, but that is ridiculous. And there's no need for that. But when you tennis fans are excited, you tune in, a lot of people in the UK will have stayed up till midnight to watch first ball of the Australian open 15 minutes of sleep. When you've got to work the next day, that's a big deal. I just think it's disrespectful to the fans in the audience and everything. Anyway, that's done. Great start to the part well done. On location, I think, what have we sponsored? Yeah, good point. Yeah. Great. Okay, onto the tennis as promised. And I'm going to do this chronologically because the first slot of the day on so many courts today was where the excitement was. There was excitement spotted smattered throughout the day, but for just don't know where to put your eyes, eyes bugging out of your head as Matt put it earlier on today. First match of the day was the place to be. The following players slash matches were all on at the same time, emirati carne, Bianca andreescu, Danielle Collins, Jessica B gula, coco. A Mandarin over against Marta Costa, they were all on at the same time and it was wonderful, but also a bit much, that is three fifths of the backhand list. Right there. All on 11 a.m. I literally didn't know where to look. Which three? Coco gough, emira Kano, and Amanda and this I'm over. And Danielle Collins is a contender to get on the list. So it was great, but it was too much. I'm going to be quite punchy with this section of the show because I want to be able to mention all of those aforementioned plays because I think they're all worth mentioning. I'm going to start with emirati Carney, who got going at 1114 a.m.. She beat tomorrow patch today in straight sets, 6 three 6 two. Now, tomorrow patch has never won a Grand Slam match is most famous for aggro with harmony tan. I do get that. I do get you can only judge someone so much when with all due respect, the standard of opposition is what it is, but and I believe she's ranked one place higher than ever at a car new at the moment. There we go. And I think this was the best Grand Slam match I've seen emirati carni play since her U.S. open win. Wow. High praise. I think. And I was just, I was very pleasantly surprised. I was pleasantly surprised with how she was moving. I think there were one or two signs of I don't know whether discomfort or uncertainty would be the right word. I think caution. Caution. Yeah. But my goodness, did she strike the ball in a flowing manner in a manner that tells you she wasn't second guessing herself. That's what punctuated and was the signature element to her U.S. open run. I think the thing is she was so played in by then that everything just came naturally. And the last year and a bit hasn't felt like that. And then suddenly today there were moments where she just looked happy on the tennis court and goodness me, she's such a good player and it's a reminder of how good she is. Yeah, look, I'm by no means saying. She's going to win this tournament while she's anywhere near the level or the groove that she was in for that U.S. open win. But it had a flavor of that about it, which none of her Grand Slam matches last year did have. They were all, they were all very, very different, some of them in fun ways. We had a lot of fun watching emirati here last year. It didn't we met in that sort of problem solving match that she played with the blisters and everything. And yeah, it's been interesting, but today I felt like, okay, this is the emirati Carney that we've gotten to know when look the run will probably come to an end in the next round. We'll come on to discuss that in a moment, but I don't think that matters, I think there is so much good from the performance today, the way she was taking the ball early, seeing her return from inside the baseline. That was reminiscent of the U.S. open run heading through the forehand. I increasingly think the forehand with emirati Carney was a real barometer of how comfortable and how free she's feeling on the court. And that was a phrase she used impress after the match. She said she's playing with freedom and she didn't say I haven't been doing that for the last year or so. But it felt somewhat implicit to me and there were scenes of her, you know, she hung around on the court and signed all the autographs and tickle the selfie she had to take a really creepy selfie with a homemade mask of her own face. Which I would totally ball cap, but she went for it with a smile on her face and it was it was great to see. Great scenes out on the 1573 arena and it means that in two days time we will have emirati Carney against cocoa gough. First time they've ever played. Yes, please. First, yes, please of the tournament, I think, for that one. Rivalry alert. Anyone? Doesn't take as much. At anyone? I mean, here for it. That's a rivalry that would illuminate the sport if it could. Come to fruition and be a regular occurrence. And they both seemed very excited about playing each other. I felt, you know, they both knew that that was the draw. They were both very aware of it that it was happening that they'd set it up. Golf today I thought was interesting.
A highlight from AO Preview - Media Day, and a Big Announcement
"They prolific proliferate with every Grand Slam that we do because our pumped Ness proliferates with every Grand Slam that we come to. You find us at tennis podcast towers Melbourne take two. We're out here for so long, we couldn't find accommodations that could accommodate us for the full three weeks. So we've had to split it into two stages and this morning we performed the big move as it shall ever be known and we're here is the most important thing. We made it. We made it. We needed two cars. We needed a sort of tag team effort. And I think we remembered most things. Yes. I actually left a bank of crisps. Two bags of Christmas in the cupboard, it's been a long day, anyway. And we're now in Richmond in Melbourne, and it's become clear why Richmond's a favorite of Catherine's, because the amount of dogs in Richmond is pretty extraordinary. David and I went for brunch today and I basically David to a sort of dog crash. Genuinely, by accident that it was so great. Not completely convinced by your argument because it was, it was absolutely lovely, to be honest, to be surrounded by so many dogs, so Richmond, so far you have my thumbs up. Was it the Danielle Collins recommended? I actually knew about it just anyway. Yeah. It was known about before Danielle Collins got there. But I mean, it was dog central and there was a moment which David captured on camera head to our Instagram if you'd like to see it folks where two bernese mountain dogs paraded past me and it was heaven. It was like Elton John had walked past. It was, it was extraordinary. Now, before we get into previewing the Australian open, which is what we'll be doing very shortly indeed because it was media day yesterday and the three of us went to every single press conference going. I think we missed tomorrow cool patch. There was a clash we couldn't get to tomorrow patch folks. Feels in hindsight like a blow in a mistake, really. We've come all this way. We spent all this money and we failed to go to the big tomorrow patch press conference, but anyway. And particularly given the joy she gave us at Wimbledon. I mean, now but our joy was her misery though, so I'm not sure she does. I mean, I did have a question for her. How does she feel about being in the main draw of the Australian open when harmony tan isn't? Probably would have got quite a good answer. Some people might not remember the story, just a very brief recap of what happened between them. They were doubles partners, they were playing together at Wimbledon, harmony tan, unexpected to everybody, harmony tan included, did very well in singles, of course, not Serena Williams. Out of the singles and backed up that win reached the fourth round, I think harmony tan. Pulled out of the doubles and tomorrow call patch. Understandably agreed about that, but didn't handle that with grace and dignity. Didn't keep it to herself. She didn't keep it to herself. Two separate Instagram posts about it and the closing line of one of them was, well, if you can't play the next day after a match that goes three hours, you can't play professional. You can't play professional. Epic. But don't worry face we did go to every other press conference yesterday and there was some cracking lines from them. I feel like we really did learn a lot. So we'll get on to that in just a few minutes time. But first, we have news. Genuinely extremely exciting news. We've been wanting to announce this for a while and we finally can. The tennis podcast has a sponsor for our Australian open coverage and that sponsor is on location, the premium hospitality and experience provider. On location owns Steve fogel's international tennis tours, which is a brand I'm sure that will be known to a lot
A highlight from Episode 348: Australian Open Draw Show, 2023
"Welcome to no challenges in raining. On the eve of the Australian open 2023, I'm Ben Rothenberg joined by NCR's Spain and sub Saharan Africa correspondent to Monica all just back from sub Saharan Africa. How is it checking in on your beat? It was great. I feel like I've gained a lot more expertise and it will be invaluable over the podcast and the next year. Thanks for thanks for having me. I'm happy to be back. So I was going to ask, did you see any Tennyson Gambia perchance? Is there any sign of it? I played some tennis. They have one so they have one tennis club in Gambia and then another tennis court in a hotel or something. People, it doesn't exist. We barely exist in Gambia. But so yeah, I played with a tennis pitch there. He was like, no one knows this sport here. People, you know, the people I met and spoke to barely, even barely knew people. They vaguely knew of like Nadal or the guy that actually one of my friends didn't even know if I had to work. So that's the state of pennies in Gambia. Hopefully it will change. Well, once they get to watch Netflix's breakpoint, they'll be all over it. So I'm not really going to make a lot of the people I met there just make them watch and just to see what they think. Yeah, so that was the previous episode we did. Let's cover this briefly. Recording this on the 13th of January, which is today that breakpoint dropped to the wider public. We did a whole review episode with rema boel about it. And the last episode if you haven't seen that yet or heard that yet, but now maybe if you want to if you're waiting until after the show comes out, didn't want spoilers reasonable and you want to go back and listen to it. It's there now after you watch whatever you want it. But it's about a year in Melbourne at the Australian open and I'm curious what the kind of buzz is around the show there like how much has this been a topic of conversation and how are people reacting to it? Both in other terms of other media and maybe other people in the sport who you've spoken to about it. I mean, it's always been a big topic among media. I've discussed it with a lot of the colleagues and I think it was really happens, but it seems like there has actually been kind of a consensus and an agreement and I think most people must journalists seem to have kind of a similar views about the docu series. For me, just that it was very good at showing why tenants are so difficult and the kind of struggle struggles that players go through, which is actually, I think, valuable because people don't I think a lot of people don't really see that or understand that and think it's quite an easy, easy sport for rich upper class people pampered players whereas difficult. But with at least for me just it doesn't really one of the craziest seasons sits on it since I've been covering the school. It doesn't at least the first half didn't really interact with the wider world beyond the players. We saw that kind of that tiny world and their worlds are particularly tiny and tennis where there are only focusing on themselves and one much time and all of that stuff. Well, it didn't really kind of show the broad tennis ball, which I think that that's the most appealing part about Dennis. And just I'd say to actually today the day we're speaking on Saturday, it's a media day. So be interesting to hear from some players a couple of players are supposed to some just weren't really that interested. Harriet dart, the Brit was she was like, I probably won't watch it. I watched enough time. I'm not really interested. Whereas you had like hoga rune showing up at they had a kind of red carpet like hooked up party for Netflix where all the players showed up and then you had like ogre in showing up on the red carpet even though he's not in it. So yeah, it would be interesting to see who is interested who is at the moment it's unclear whether there will be another season that I'm not filming anything right now they're not following any new players around them but it'll be interesting to see if that appeals to other players and if there's another season that builds all the players if more people are put onto it. Yeah, that's interesting. That was one of the main questions and maybe this will show up later. I don't know. Have you heard officially they're not going to do any filming at the Australian open for example? More officially I've heard that and it's certainly not that the presence of Netflix cameras was very evident during last season. And they're not around right now to what's either we'll see. Yeah, so it's going out to the wider public. I've been encouraged other people I'm curious to hear from listeners and also from even just secondhand. If listeners who are listening to this show probably big tennis fans or at least interested in tennis on some sort of vaguely granular level to listening to a draw show, if they talk about it with their non Friends non tennis fan friends and family who watch it what they think because I think it really is about trying to convert people to it and that's something I ream and I said on the show and I think you're sort of hinting at too in terms of the reaction of tennis journalists like we're way too close to it. It's not for us because there's very, very little that's new or interesting to us in the show, which is I think a failure of the show on some level honestly even if it is not aimed at us so there wasn't something there weren't more surprises in it. More candid moments that we wouldn't be just like yeah, just more sort of more interesting moments and that's the other thing that's interesting about the show in terms of how they made it and that it really expect is like they filmed so much. So for example, and I will get to the draw soon, but like Taylor Fritz, for example, they only show him during Indian Wells, but they were filming him all through Australia all through whatever other tournaments he was at that they were at including Miami which there's no Miami episode at all. And so for me, I just think it's, I find it tough. I would probably have as a viewer, I think, the very episodic nature of it as a show how it structured where you're starting from scratch every single episode. And granted, we're only getting half a season, so maybe it's incomplete, and we know that some of these characters like curios like shiver for sure will come back and feature in second half episodes. But yeah, but it's going to be, for me, and Tommy on a bitch, actually it's going to be big for us. We're just going to have a whole Serena episode I assume. Of being Serena's
A highlight from Aus. Open preview - Rafa gets Dangerous Draper, Djokokvic draw delight and Osaka's absence explained
"Chris, today is the 12th of January and we are here to catch up. On the Australian open draws at tennis weekly HQ. The drawers happened this morning, Thursday morning. We were waking up. We were looking at all the potential fallout from the drawers round one looking at all the projected pathways for Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, all very, very exciting. I mean, how are we feeling with Melbourne coming interview so quickly? And so early on, in the season, I feel like obviously it happens every year, but it sort of takes me by surprise a little bit. Well, after having had a brief look at the drawers earlier, my initial thoughts were, how is Djokovic's marketing team going to factor in the ten into his name? You know how they make it like the clever kind of they format it so that one of the letters becomes a one and one of them becomes a zero. I'm just trying to work out what letters are going to be used for the one and the zero. Is this how resigned you are to Novak Djokovic just steamrolling the tournament. I mean, I know the drawers came out and I know there's been a lot of chat which we're going to get into about his draw being very, very favorable. At least on paper, has it just sort of given you this mindset that potentially the men's draw. This is just, this is just going to be the Djokovic revenge show in Melbourne. He could well win without losing a set, which will be a complete turnaround on his Australian open of 2022. I don't know, it's hard to say, but I think it's definitely his to lose, shall we say? I don't want to be all negative in terms of Rafa's chances, but I've got to be realistic. I think if it does happen, my bet is on the Novak. I think the one would be in the capitalized N at the end and the O would be the zero for the tenth. If it does happen, if it does happen, that's what I'm going for. Okay. I'll tell you what I'm going to predict that Djokovic will lose to curios in the practice match and then not drop a set. That's most likely I think because I feel like we've had two rounds. Oh my, I feel like I haven't heard enough about practice matches over the last couple of days. I don't know what it is, but I don't know if any of our listers feel this, but it feels like practice matches is like the in Vogue phrase at the moment in the build up to grand Sam's, which I didn't feel like we ever really kind of spoke about before. And these matches always sort of happened, but it feels like now they're becoming a lot more of a thing with reading a lot more into the results. And as you said, for that curiosity Djokovic match, which will show you touched on in our first catch up, they're becoming more of a marketing thing that was already there, and now it's becoming an even greater thing. I mean, why hold a tournament when you can just sell out your practice matches? So a lot less effort and the practice you can schedule, you want to play. Don't even have to win around. But this is for charity, have we established after us? Oh, perfect. Because we were a bit skeptical if it wasn't. I mean, I've got to be honest. And I hold my hand up here, 'cause I was very kind of scathing of this, but it sounds like there's an audience because it's sold out within 58 minutes, which I find an I find that unbelievable because this is not even part of the Grand Slam. It's for me like a sideshow. It's a kind of PR vehicle for me for this breakpoint, Netflix documentary coming out. But for it to sell out in 58 minutes, it just shows, I guess there is demand out there for these sort of practice matches that I feel like us tennis fans. I would have said, I would have probably laughed at if you had suggested that to me, like a year ago. I guess they might as well capitalize on the interests and the demand if it's raising funds that are going to be put to good use. So I'm all for charity. Fundraising. But yeah, I guess it's a way of introducing maybe audiences to tennis who maybe they wouldn't think to go to the actual tournament, but they might be up for a bit of a fun, non serious match on a Friday evening. So I think there's positives. I do wonder if the Netflix show producers or anything, do you think they sort of had a subtle it's a good launch, isn't it? Influence in this? Yeah, I'm gonna be quite curious to know about that, but. I'm gonna see if this become curious to see if this becomes a thing, a trend even throughout the season. I can't imagine Wimbledon doing something like this, but I could imagine the U.S. open doing something like this. Yeah, I think it's AO and the U.S. that would be inclined to do it. But we'll have to wait and see on Wimbledon. There's many things that we would not allow and haven't historically. So it'll be going somewhere if they innovated too much in one year. But let's have a look at the actual draw, shall we? Because we've alluded to the fact that Djokovic has a somewhat favorable draw as you diplomatically said, Joel. One player who doesn't have a favorable drawer, particularly, depending on how you look at it, is Rafa Nadal, who is the defending champion and the top seed. He's been drawn in the first round, Jack Draper, who sort of see for many British listeners and fans would be very aware of. Even if you're not British, you know, Jack Draper has been making inroads, steadily climbing the rankings, definitely a young player to watch. He's doing well in Adelaide this week. In good form. So many people are tipping this as a very, very difficult title defense for rapha in his first match. Chris, who do you think is going to get this one? I know you've put a poll up on our social media and I think people are quite divided about this one. People are very divided. The people said with 53% Nadal would take it, but at times it's 51 versus 49. So 53 to Nadal for the victory 47 to Jack Drake, but I should have given an option for not sure because I think a lot of us would be on the fence there if we could be. But for me, I think it depends on a couple of things. I think it's a big leap, isn't it for Jack? He's had some great results. At some sort of great performances at majors. Nadal, the defending champion, the number one seed, Australian open. That is a really big moment. And I think it's one of those times when the experience of an adult, I think we'll get him through it. Across those 5 sets, there will be moments when you're going to have a mental wobble. And the doll is going to keep going as long as he physically can. And I think in those moments, I think you'll really make his experience pay dividends. Yeah, I have to say over 5 sets, I'd give rap for the edge, but I do think it could well go 5 sets. If it was like a master's event level, you know, and it was just best of three. I'd be more inclined to go for Draper, but I really depends on rapha's fitness and he's obviously had those two matches at the united cup, which he sort of lost in three each time. So we'll have to say, maybe Draper might, you know, sometimes players start off the year well, and then when it gets into the slam, it doesn't quite transcend, but yeah, Joel, do you have any comments on rappers draw? I mean, if you get through Draper, he could well have like nakashima in the second round.