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A highlight from Dissecting Djokovics Reign, Cocos Title & the 2023 US Open With Craig OShannessy
"Welcome to the official tennis .com podcast featuring professional coach and community leader Kamau Murray. Welcome to the tennis .com podcast. I am your host Kamau Murray and we are here with one of our usual suspects. We always have to do our Masters 1000 Grand Slam wrap up with Mr. Data, Mr. Analytics, Mr. Guy in the bunker with his pen and pad, Craig O 'Shaughnessy. Craig, welcome to the show. Pleasure to be here. Pleasure to be here. I just got back from the US Open. I was there for two weeks. It felt like eight. It's the most draining slam of all. It was a good tournament, some great matches. It's tough, I think way tougher to be there for the duration than any other tournament that there is. 100%. You survive. And the matches, the tournament goes so late and the process to get to and from the site makes it just a haul, right? And it makes the day just long. At an hour and a half to the front and the back of your day, in addition to sitting there watching matches and this thing. Before we get to Coco Sabalenka, because that'll take up the whole show, right? You and I normally, we dibble and dabble on the girls and then we dive into the men's. I want to do the reverse. I want to dibble and dabble in the men's because I don't think anyone's surprised about what happened because if we start talking about Coco and Sabalenka now, it'll just be the whole hour. So when you look at a whole two weeks, right, and I was there for the first part of it, seeing the energy, talking to the players, touching, feeling them, seeing how them and themselves A, were enjoying the atmosphere, sometimes a little too much, B, managing the atmosphere or C, trying to just control their bubble within the atmosphere. And I think that process probably, those three sort of situations probably cost Francis a further run, right, kind of getting caught in the matrix, right, absorbing a lot of atmosphere. And then Ben, with the experience of his family, his dad, controlling the atmosphere, probably had a lot to do with his long run. But I think the match that I think had the biggest impact on the tournament was definitely Novak versus Jerry. Did you see the match? What did you think when Novak left the court, down sucess to love, goes to the bathroom and looks himself in the mirror, what happened? Yeah, when he left the court, you know, it was, he's down two sets to love, Jerry's controlling the back of the court with his backhand, his backhand was the best shot on the court in the first two sets. But to be honest, even then Novak goes in, he's still the favorite, still the favorite down two sets to love. He's done it before, you know, it's one of those things where can your opponent play three blinding good sets out of five? Maybe not, probably not, when Novak goes in, you know, you just kind of reset, look in the mirror. He did exactly the same thing against Tsitsipas at Roland Garros, came out and just mowed over him in the last three sets, mowed over Jerry in the last three sets. It was a carbon copy, it's like Novak looks in the mirror and goes, okay, we've got that out of the way. Whether it's a combination of Novak being a little tight, playing, you know, a fellow countryman, it's a combination of early rounds being a bit tight. It's a combination of the opponent just playing spectacular tennis, but you can see right from the start of that match, Novak wasn't, his A game did not turn up right at the beginning. He was pushing, he was prodding, he was spinning, you know, just watching him play a thousand matches, you look at him and say, well, he's not there yet. And even after two sets, he's not there. But you know, sometimes for players, when you get down, it can relax you. It's like, well, I can't fall any further down this hall, I'm two sets to love down. May as well relax, may as well chill out, may as well believe in myself, may as well hit the ball, and Novak's the master of that. So I'm not so, I'm not surprised by the final result. And I think overall, it really helped Novak to play such a quality match and have to overcome some adversity early on. So I agree with you, very pivotal match for the men's draw. Well, let me ask you this, because from a coach's standpoint, when I see, when I see that type of performance, my mind goes to, it wasn't ready to play, right? When I look at like Francis and Ben Shelton, it looked like Francis wasn't ready to play. When I'm sitting in a coach's box and my player goes down 3 -0 or 4 -1, and they're like, deer in the headlines, don't know what to do, it was like, what was not clear prior to the match? You've spent a lot of time with Novak, Novak's got one of the best teams out there, he's the most methodical and committed to his regimen. How does something like that happen to a player who's number one, Jerry is Serbian, right? So you knew who you were playing, right? How did you come out not ready to play? I mean, is there a chance that at this big of an event, at this point in the event that he just wasn't ready or wasn't clear on what to do or from being close and inside, what do you think? Yeah, I think if you look back to Novak's seven matches, I think he will have a slightly different explanation for how he started in all sevens. You get all your ducks in a row, you watch the video, you talk to the team, you get the game plan, but at the start, it was like Novak, in that match, he may walk out there and sometimes he feels the energy of the crowd and it excites him. Sometimes you feel the energy of the crowd and you may go away a little bit and then come back. But I thought that he was attempting to work his way into this match, to start off even to let his resume do the talking early, let the other guy go away, let the other guy spray balls and it didn't happen. It just didn't happen. So all of a sudden, the opponent's not missing a thing, the opponent's playing at a much higher level than Novak was and you're just not ready for that. He's not ready for that. You're going to play a match like that. In the course of a season where these guys are playing about 80 matches, you're going to have these subtleties with how the opponent's playing, how you're playing, are you really ready, are you working yourself into the match, are you coming out guns blazing? And it was just a bad combination of layers for Novak where Jerry threw the first punches, Novak's tasting blood, and it took him a couple of sets to recover, but there was never any doubt in my mind that he would still win that match. And I think that's the oddest thing. I think the odds makers, after being two sets, Novak was still the favorite and I was like, wow. That's probably the first time that I've seen that, I'm not a better, but the odds makers were still favoring Novak. So let me ask you this. Another pivotal match in the tournament, I think, was TFO Ben Shelton. Yeah, I was at that match. I think we all knew Ben Shelton could play. I thought it was very impressive, him beating Tommy Paul, right? One of the things, and I don't know the reason for this, is when he beat Tommy Paul, the crowd, obviously they had to choose, both Americans, Ben and Tommy, but when Ben beat Tommy, I was a little disappointed that the crowd was kind of quiet, right? But we don't have to hop on that, but I do want to point it out that the crowd was eerily quiet after the win of that. But with him and Francis, one of the things that concerned me about Francis was in that New York environment, with all the celebrities, with all the kind of like, and I mean, first of all, we got to keep it going. More non -tennis people, more non -tennis athletes, musicians, entertainers, artists showed up to the US Open this year than I can ever remember. And we need to do that for the sport to grow. But you still got a tournament to play, right? And this generation who loves that, loves the attention, will have to learn to balance how much is too much, how much gets me off kilter, and how much gets me off track. And I thought that the day before the Ben match, you saw Francis with Bieber. I thought that that was a little too much and perhaps maybe took for granted that Ben would shit his pants, and he didn't, right? You know what I mean? Because when you get to that point in the tournament, when you are the veteran, you kind of expect the young guy to give you a couple, like, ah, if I just play solid, he'll know who he is, and the shock factor will cause him to make a few unforced errors or some bad decisions, and it didn't happen. And to me, that goes in the book of, Francis didn't look ready to play, and I think he'll learn from this experience on managing the energy, managing his energy, for that late in the tournament. But I mean, Ben brought it. What was your take on Ben now when you look at the stats, when you look at the 149 mile an hour serve, what is your take on him now having seen him play six matches? Well, the Tommy Paul match was really good. I liked how he managed the ability to say, okay, this is a ball to pull the trigger on. I spoke with his dad at the start of the tournament, and I mentioned possibly our discussion that we've had in other ones is that I think Ben's maturity is going to come from figuring out when there's one more ball that needs to be hit. There's just one more ball. And I think maybe I talked to you about it last time, but it goes back to me to the 2000 Australian Open final. Agassi beats Kefalnikov in four sets. Agassi's one in the world, Kefalnikov's two. Agassi goes to the post -match interview. Bruce McAvaney is interviewing there, and they're watching some film, and Agassi's just going, you know, Kefalnikov moves well, he lights the ball up, the surface helps him, and he throws this line in there, he goes in the middle, he goes, and he's only looking to pull the trigger one time in the point. So he's a really tough opponent. And that just has always stuck with me. And that's what I said to Ben's dad is that Ben needs to just go, I could pull the trigger on this ball, but it's not quite the right one yet. I could pull the trigger on the next ball. Literally, you could pull the trigger on every ball he hits. But growth, his his maturity, his tennis development and tennis IQ is getting better because you're hitting a ball that makes the opponent uncomfortable, you're hitting a ball that can extract an error, and you don't always have to hit the winner. So Ben's development is going to be predicated on one more ball in the court and making a better decision on when to pull the trigger. And I thought he did a great job in the Tommy Paul match and a great job in the Francis Tiafone match of not pulling too early. And then he went and played Novak and just everything went to hell in a hand basket. And it didn't. But that was, you know, I was for the Tiafone match getting back to that. You know, I'm watching at the start and the first kind of 10 minutes, it looked kind of even, you know, good decisions, both sides, good points, both sides. Francis was so quick coming to the net. He does such a great job of, you know, hitting a ball and he's already leaning on it, you know, with his short little backswing on the backhand. And all of a sudden he's almost leaning over the net, spiking these volleys. I'm like, oh, my God, this guy has figured out, you know, the only person I saw that really blew me out of the water with that was McEnroe, John McEnroe. He looked like he went through a time warp, whereas it takes, you know, all of us 1 .5 seconds to move from the baseline inside into the service box. But he goes through this time warp that looks like 0 .2 of a second. He's like, how does he get in there that quickly? Francis showed me that early on. But then the focus, the concentration, the locked in, the decision making started to erode at around the 10 to 15 minute mark, and he never recovered from that. Yeah. So you get Ben has Novak in the semifinals. And I think that Novak, I mean, just has this ability to you know, it's what I was it's kind of what Coco did. I call it cumulative pressure. And it is. I'm going to run the ball down, I'm going to make you hit an extra ball, I'm going to make you play one more ball every point on your serve so that later you feel it. You may not feel it now, but later you feel it. And that was an example of what I call cumulative pressure that kind of got to Ben. Yeah. What was your take on what Novak did to Ben or vice versa, what Ben did not do that match that he did the previous matches? Yeah, good point. That was that was a really fun match to be at the energy, the atmosphere, you know, the old guard, the new guard. You're exactly right. There was, you know, on that court in twenty eighteen, I worked with Novak to defeat Del Potro. And a lot of the commentators, when you go back and go through that match, they're like, Del Potro is dropping 135, 138 and Novak's putting it back in his shoes. And the commentators are like, how in the world is he doing this? Well, there's only one way that you do that is that you study Del Potro's patterns and you know what to say. When Del Potro needs a point in the juice court, he's going to and when he doesn't need a point, he's going to go, why? Novak's sitting there on it. And I felt the same thing is that Ben's dropping heat on especially on first serves. And Novak is putting so many balls back in play that you're exactly right, that it just kept accumulating and accumulating. The other thing that really stood out to me. That I don't know why is that Ben sliced so many returns, just this slow, just not even like a Federer kind of knifing, dark slice, it's this blocking slow slice that's not as good as Wawrinka's. It's not within a meter of the baseline. It's there was once he's just too defensive. So he's putting no pressure, no pressure on Novak because because he overdid the slice. Now, all of a sudden, he's got to deal with so many serves coming back and then the decision making. Then he starts, you know, the fingers kind of on the trigger, then he starts pulling it too much. And then, you know, Novak knows why this kid is potentially a real problem for me. But I've already figured him out about 15 minutes in. He's not doing anything against my serve. I'm doing everything against his serve and putting times back. I'm just going to press cruise control and take a nap for the next 30 kilometers. Yeah. And I think that was probably the one mistake and probably a tactic that was misinterpreted was, hey, if on his serve, put pressure on because you get racket on every ball, not to bunt every ball. Right. Because Novak is the is the history, the best returner in history, but he's not the best server in history. And he I don't want to call it vulnerable, but you will have an opportunity or two against Novak on his serve in a five set match. And I thought, Ben, with as great of a service he had, with as big of a service he has, he didn't take enough risks on the return gains and he didn't play. Correct. And when I say aggressive, I don't mean like crazy out of this world, we're winners, but controlled aggression. There was no reason Novak serving a buck 21, a buck 22 for you to block the serve back. You can have plenty of time to take a full swing and at least send a message for the rest of his career that your serve doesn't bother me. Right. Part of being a young guy is how do I apply cumulative pressure that may not work this match, but in three or four matches from now in the next semi? Right. Because you still got to go through Novak that shows them I'm not bothered by your serve and you better be you will be bothered by my serve. Right. And I think that was sort of a missed opportunity for Ben to take some cuts at Novak serve. And I think that set the tone for the match that allowed Novak to kind of steam roll.
A highlight from Craig O'Shannessy on Alcaraz Vs. Djokovic And The Lead Up to the US Open
"And then Iga, right, as we're heading to the U .S. Open swing. So Craig, thanks for joining us. It's my pleasure. I always love talking tennis with you. We kind of find that that nice ground where we where we dig in, not too deep, but we dig in and chat about some really amazing things that matter to winning and losing. So always a pleasure. Yeah, man, let me tell you, this has been interesting because we saw Al Perez barely be able to complete the match in French Open. Yeah. Then we see him come back and beat Novak in Wimbledon. Honestly, And. in dramatic fashion, I feel like, you know, Novak had his shots, but he didn't have many shots, you know, many chances to win, I should say, right. He had a little glimpse in the second, but he didn't really have many chance. So I'm curious to know what you think was so different about, you know, in the match between the French Open final and the Wimbledon final. Yeah, I was I was lucky enough I took my son with me. We spent the entire two weeks at Roland Garros watching everything. Then we went I took my son to Northern Italy. We did three weeks of camp up there with the Italian Federation and then two weeks at Wimbledon. So we watched a lot of tennis together. Let's start at Roland Garros, where he cramped after a couple of sets. You know, the moment got to him and, you know, we've got to remember he's still a young kid. He's he's accelerating at a pace we've probably never seen, maybe Rafa. He's doing amazing things, but he just wound himself up and made the match and the moment and the result bigger than it needed to be. And, you know, we've all been in that situation where you go out there and you want it so bad, but the nerves create tension in your muscles. And after a couple of sets, he seized up because, you know, the nerves got to him because of the tension got to him. And that was it. So unfortunately, that happened. But he learned from that. Winning queens was everything for him because that got him to a place on grass where he felt comfortable. So that that week there at Queens with probably five or six matches that he played was instrumental, really, really important. And then when we go to the Wimbledon final, he comes out flat. He comes out. Things aren't good. He goes down. I think five love. Not playing poorly. Novak was certainly on. Novak was up for that. Not playing poorly, but certainly not what we expected. And then hangs around in the second, hangs around, gets the crowd behind him, play some pretty good tennis, gets it to a breaker, is down breakpoint. And they get, you know, excuse me, down setpoint. They get into a regular kind of rally. The ball goes over, comes back. Novak's got a backhand. He'll make 21 ,000 times out of 21 ,001. And he hits this routine backhand. Alcreus hit this slightly deep ball. He took a step back. There's no problems. It hits the tape. I zeroed in. I took that in Darfish. I zeroed in. You know, if the net court is kind of here and it hits, it hits in the middle. And if it's half an inch higher, it dribbles up and goes over.
"roland garros" Discussed on The Tennis.com Podcast
"Find a way and, and, um, get some momentum going into the rest of the tournament. Yeah. I mean, I remember 2018 was slow on Miami first round plan, Monica Nicholas keep and like down the set and like two breaks and then that's amazing. Yeah. Yeah. You get injured and then slow in Miami, you know what I mean? Then she goes on and plays the same champions in a row and beats all of them, but almost lost to Nicholas. Right. So like, in my mind, that's what I mean, you know, it's like, it almost didn't happen. You know what I mean? And sometimes in the first round, so congratulations. So now you're number one in the world and you think about doubles players and you all have the opportunity, like know that right to have very long careers. Right. Cause it's theoretically, it's not as taxing on your body. Although I will say you guys practice way more than singles players. I've been like, we always joke, like, damn, they were just practicing this morning. And now they're doing it for the third, like, Sarah Tani or Nick, Nick Monroe. So like three, four times a day, I'm like, you're like practice morning play. You know what I mean? Would you do have, and I think that those players love it, right? You see the guys that are grinding on doubles tour, check, right? You guys love it, but you have the opportunity to play a long time. So at 32, you look at the Brian brothers, you still probably got 10 more years. And that is what, what the plan? Yeah. I mean, I think now with how everyone's doing a better job with, with nutrition and physical and having physios and, and taking care of your body better, you can play longer. And no doubt about that, even on the single side, as, as, I mean, Roger obviously proved, and Nova continues to prove with his, you know, with his play, but. You know, I think a lot of it now is mental burnout.
"roland garros" Discussed on The Tennis.com Podcast
"And that's a goal from the time that you're, you know, ranked 500, not necessarily just when you get to the top 10 or whatever it may be. But, like I said, you do spend a lot of time with these people so you know you're, you're with them all the time, I mean more than your wife or whatever it is and you know that that can get difficult at times and when you're losing every week. Except for a couple, you do have to deal with those losses and you're the way you prepare for practice the way you prepare for matches the way you move on from those losses in transition surfaces and, you know, you're, I mean just a little thing from the kind of restaurants you like to eat to the way that you like to structure your training weeks, you know, and off time and if you like to get to tournaments early or not, or if you like to play the European swinging at the North American swinging or whatever it may be there's so many variables there that come into play with partners where you're making a decision together, and that's difficult sometimes you know you you butt heads and don't get along, so I think that's a big part of it. I think, you know, one of the reasons Yvonne and I click well is one of the tennis aspect I mean Yvonne's obviously one of the best returners of all time and, and just an incredible career. But, you know, I think we both like to play aggressive style we both like to come forward we both like to move a lot of the net and play aggressive doubles. So we click in that regard, I think our mentalities of how we approach practice and when things don't go well we both like to work harder. And we both err on the side of doing too much always. And that's always been kind of a weakness of mine so you know I think we see that in that regard, and then our teams get along as well. You know, so it's worked out well for us that we've kind of connected in that in that fashion and that's honestly a lot rare than you would imagine, when you get into the, you just think oh you know anybody's and it's all good, but after a couple years of playing you know with with someone and you know your it's your livelihood you know you're trying to pay the bills and feed your family and stuff so you know the those little decisions become bigger when when all that stuff gets on the table, you know, so it's difficult. So, last year French Open final three match points. And, you know, obviously, you don't get a lot of opportunities to get to the final the Grand Slam, where the draw lines up the matches line up. You don't get food points you don't get sick. I mean, you know what I mean like it just right so many things have to come together to go there are you probably were down match points and other matches. Right, double fault or choke volley or whatever it is right. Yeah. How did you recover or what do you think cost you those three points right because some of it like, you know, we just got too tight. There's our first time. We just got tight right blue return, or we panic and cross to her too soon. You know what I mean. Yeah, the state like, what is it like to be their Grand Slam final and in doubles. Should I go should I stay. I'm just gonna go right you know what was the thought process that you think cost you to match. Yeah, I mean, that's just it I think the longer I play, the more you realize, like you said how scarce those opportunities are in it does come around very often and it's so hard to play good two weeks and like say stay healthy two weeks and everything can go right for two weeks to get to that moment.
"roland garros" Discussed on The Tennis.com Podcast
"But when doubles title is still could be a gamble. You know, it's like, and do I try it. So what, what was your thought process and leaving school, try and hand it to her because you got to 94 in the world as a singles player. Right. So, who's who looked at you and said, you can make it right that IMG give you a check, sometimes IMG makes you feel like you can make it or like I can come and be like, you know, we'll give you an advance of X amount of dollars, and that's a good indication like oh well I probably can make it otherwise they wouldn't be giving me the money. What made you think that you can make it what did you just say you know I'm sure give it a try and always go back and get a job. Sure, yeah. Yeah, I definitely didn't didn't get that check. You know, I think, as a young kid, it was always my goal to play professional tennis and be on the tour. So I always had that kind of belief that, or at least that that's what I wanted to do. And I thought, you know, at a young age that I could I had, you know, a few points before I went to school and maybe send me to future and so I thought I could, you know, make a run at it at least and it was always a goal mine to play it wasn't really like an option like I wouldn't give it a shot. So, you know, when I decided to go to school and not turn pro initially. Like I mentioned, you know, because you get into McKinley having all the experience they had on the pro tour. That's one of the main reasons I went there was to be able to transition my skill set from juniors to college to pro. And so it was always a goal mine to play after so you know playing throughout school we always play pro tournaments in the summer and it had a little bit of success they're winning some matches and futures and challenges.
"roland garros" Discussed on The Tennis.com Podcast
"A row he'd be like that's it, you know, that's it we fixed it we found the answer. And, you know, so you give me really for a couple of days that you found it until you, until you had a bad set or so and then you, and then you had to reset but yeah he's such a positive guy and an incredible speaker I mean really, we had some, some talks with him that he'd get you fired up to run through a wall and there's not that many people in my life that I've met that have that impact on on everybody when they meet them the first time. Oh yeah, I think that was his goal, his goal was like, when I meet somebody went to be the could be the only time I want to be the most memorable experience possible. Remember this day that kind of thing so he was definitely a motivator, and really an innovator in this sport. So, you know, obviously when you think about tennis schools, you know, coming out and playing all the junior slams you probably had a lot of options. How did you choose Texas A &M. And what was the second option. Yeah, well growing up in Florida. I've always been a massive Gators fan, University of Florida, which means I can't stand Florida State, naturally but I've always been a huge gator fan growing up that was, you know, a dream of mine when I was younger to play there I had all the football stuff my whole room was Gators. So yeah, I was looking at several different schools and the University of Florida was obviously one of them. And, and then that ended up being my second choice but Coach Denton and Coach McKinley at A &M. You know, spent a lot of time coming to visit and watch the matches and convinced me to come take a visit out there, which I'd heard of Texas A &M but I really didn't know much about it except I played one ITF tournament there.
French Open's No. 2 seed, Daniil Medvedev, loses to 172nd-ranked qualifier, Thiago Seyboth Wild
"Second seeded daniil Medvedev has lost in the first round of the French Open in 5 sets to an opponent who is ranked 172nd and was playing only his second match in the main draw of any Grand Slam tournament. Thiago sabot wield is a 23 year old from Brazil who needed to go through qualifying rounds at Roland Garros just to earn a spot in the men's bracket. He looked very much like he belonged on court Philippe chatrier on Tuesday, hitting big forehands and keeping his nerves down the stretch to win 766-726-6364. I'm geffen coolbaugh.
"roland garros" Discussed on The Tennis Podcast
"Fine print also in our show notes are details of how to become a friend of the Tennis Podcast by becoming a friend you'll gain access to our four Musketeers Tennis Relived special that we recorded yesterday and all of our archived of Tennis Relived and bonus episodes we'll be doing plenty more of them over the weeks and months to come including a French Open review show which feels so far away right now but of course will be upon us before we know it we have our mascots I've got Zenier I've got Maisie Maisie I tell you we are at the crossroads of greatness right I'm telling you Art of Feast carries our hopes in his hands and we believe he's just got to surrender low to get past and Darwin's regretting all of his life choices Matt yeah yeah we have our top folks particularly uh who did he pick? Jill Teichmann top folks sorry Jill top folks she's your shooting star top folks top folks and executive producers Jamie, Hannah and Drew and we have actually I was moderately distracted earlier on in this episode by a photo of Billie Jean coming through Billie Jean who is sponsored by Billie Jean King and Alana Kloss she's enjoying the sunshine back home I doubt that we have shout outs I was just about to apologize to everybody who's been unfortunate enough to have their shout outs on the snoozy pod but fire away Matt those people are Kate Darling in Oregon all right Kate all right Kate like um Kate Makarova also known as a Katerina but Kate was on her Instagram I can have that how do you know that? I've been on Katerina Makarova's Instagram that's incredible Katie McNally there are tennis Kates come on we always have this we always end up Katie Swan, Katie Bolter Katie O 'Brien played Venus Williams on Centre Court I think I've still won thank you Kate I'm sorry we couldn't do better for you we've also got Marianne Brooks who is from Cape Cod, Massachusetts Cape Cod Cape Cod makes me think of the film Splash yes with Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah yeah oh Matt any ideas? he doesn't he doesn't he doesn't know never heard of it I don't know the film and I haven't got any tennis Mariannes I'm afraid Marianne though thank you so much thank you Marianne and finally we've got Pamela Kennedy another Pamela Pamela is from Edinburgh and she says it's always Pamela never Pam so unfortunately I can't pretend the we love you Pam is for me and not Pam Shriver however we love you Pamela yeah Pam has been referred to in very recent history as Pamela she has Pamela Howard Shriver yeah how did that come up? you're in great company Pamela I can't remember why we started Pamela Anderson was always a Pamela wasn't she? we did I feel like you're both having very separate conversations right now I'm just trying to present I'm trying to juggle both of them I'm trying to present a podcast here in David's running riot sorry it's the art of feast thing I'm giddy look congratulations to you listener if you've made it to the end of this we've got 15 more of these to come and we will make efforts for them to be better that is our solemn promise to you thanks for listening and we'll speak to you soon bye
"roland garros" Discussed on The Tennis Podcast
"Made me think of the line from the last episode David that Kendall delivered in his I'm doing this because we've established that we've lost all our listeners already when we advertise this as a snoozy pod so indulge me when Kendall said in his off the cuff speech about his father Logan Roy he said he was comfortable in every there wasn't a room in the world he wasn't comfortable in and that it was an incredible line of dialogue at the time and it just got so to the heart of something about a person and that is how I feel about Carlos Alcaraz I feel like he could be you know in a dive tapas bar in Madrid with his granddad if he has a I don't know anything about his granddad or he could be you know he talked about playing golf today didn't he he could be on a swanky golf course or he could be you know Nadal style fishing in Mallorca or he can be Mr. Showbiz on the biggest tennis court in the world and playing to the crowd or he can be you know signing every autograph for a baying group of fans or you know politely saying good night to us who he doesn't know on his way out of Indian Wells I don't think I've ever seen him look uncomfortable in any room or any setting No I can't either and it will be interesting to see whether he can maintain that as the years go by because it can get wearing for most of these guys eventually it becomes a lot and actually I think that was always a feature of Federer and Nadal is how lightly they carried all of that and well let's be honest he has his role models there right there he's lived his life with them in full view and on TV and also now in person and so maybe we are seeing the generation the generational effect of what went before He did I don't know sow the seed for potential doubles partnership with Rafa Nadal at the Olympics next year it was in English and in Spanish It was one of those where there was an accredited journalist asking very good questions but he was I think working for the Olympics obviously the Olympics is going to be in Paris next year and his job was to go in and ask players about the Olympics which not everybody really wants you know his job is to ask players would you prefer to win the Olympics than a grand slam which on the eve of a grand slam is a bit of a tough sell but he did his job very well and he got a great answer out of Alcaraz about would you be interested in playing Olympic doubles with Nadal next year I can't believe I hadn't thought of that it's a great idea now it's all I can think about as well as the succession finale it would have been a good story if he'd have said no but I thought he'd go well yes you know always he's a great player always great to share the court with him but who knows but he went his eyes lit up and he went oh my goodness that would be a dream and we're all thinking yeah for us too yeah make it so and that concludes media day yeah snoozing not a sign of things to come from the tournament we've got high hopes for the tournament folks it's going to be good in terms of matches that are being played on Sunday we've got Sabalenko -Kostyuk I mentioned that Zachary Mukova is on Sunday isn't it and Corne Giorgi those are the three women's matches that jumped out at me who are the men kicking things off Sinner I think plays Sunday no no Rublev and Tsitsipas are the highest ranked men to be playing right yeah and then it'll continue on Monday they tend to dynamic content to end on right in the snoozy pod sweet spot I've picked out a few names from qualifying yes please made it through take it away I think the story of qualifying really is Luca Pui when did we last talk about Luca Pui a long time ago probably losing the semi -final against Djokovic at Australian Open or maybe a Davis Cup line you have absolutely ticked the boxes David he said that he hasn't felt such good feelings on the tennis court since that 2019 Australian Open semi -final and he said he hasn't experienced such a good atmosphere since France won the Davis Cup in 2017 and he's given some interviews over the last few weeks talking about how tough it's been he's been battling depression he's battling been alcoholism drinking on his own in the middle of the night crying in hotel rooms he's been at a really low ebb he's dropped down to 670 in the world and anyway he's been the story of qualifying because he's made it through we could hear some of the noise while we were recording yesterday and eventually he won that match and yeah it's a great story he hadn't won a match on the ATP Tour all year he'd just been playing challenges really and he had a three win four loss record so it's kind of come from nowhere and yeah such a talented player who just lost his way so it's a big deal I think but he's made it through qualifying Jerry Sheng is through now 18 years old he Fabian beats Marashan along the way who's the guy who beat Alcaraz? that name will be in our end of year quiz won't it? or an answer to our end of year quiz and Elias Ema beats Yannick Hanfmann who was another one who had done well in Rome but has not made it into the Roland -Garros draw Ema has ended up qualifying and Aslan Karatsev who feels like the most dangerous qualifier he didn't drop a set he's made it through as well on the women's side Mira Andrava is probably the name that pops out had that great run in Madrid and she beat the top seed in qualifying Camila Osorio great match yesterday very impressive win for her to come through qualifying also Taylor Townsend Elizabeth Mandlick Fiona Brenda Ferro Fruvertova joining her sister in the draw and we watched Clara Towson make it through as well so lots of notable names yeah exciting stuff this edition of
"roland garros" Discussed on The Tennis Podcast
"I mean look she's in a tough section of the draw anyway even if she came in saying the things that we wanted to hear about the forehand I'm not necessarily sure I'd be doing big things with her in my draw but she didn't say anything today that changed how I was feeling about my Koko Goff predictions Ange de Beurre was next into the room and it was a very pleasant time as it always is with Ange de Beurre lots of just comfort with being in that room lots of personality and twinkle in the eye didn't feel like there was anything hugely noteworthy that she said she gave me a great line didn't she about I asked her about you know losing pretty much before the tournament had started here last year first match on Chatrier on the Sunday and she and by that point the list had come out with Sunday's matches and she wasn't wasn't on it and she said I hate playing on Sundays here I always lose she said I was very relieved I wouldn't be surprised if she had requested not to play on that Sunday so that was a good strong line but anything else? I guess I was just struck by how different it was to last year where we felt like we knew what to expect from de Beurre we felt like she was going to play well she came in to the tournament in such good form having won Madrid and reached the final in Rome and then yeah all the air went out of the balloon and she scheduled first up on Sunday and loses here it feels totally different like I don't really know what to expect from de Beurre or what I you know she said her injury is better which is encouraging she played so well in Charleston which wasn't that long ago and hasn't been hasn't been good since is that real clay David? Charleston yeah past the law test relative to Roland Garros, no I actually agree with that if Roland Garros is unanimously well nothing's going to be the Roland Garros standard is it I mean then it's Rome after that it's a problem with which I'm a broken record it's the problem with the women's lead -up events they don't have Barcelona they don't have Monte Carlo and Estoril a lack of clay court tournaments that really replicate the conditions interestingly Daniel Medvedev who was next into the room and I had my hand up for a question and it was going to be you know Daniel it was outrageously wet and cold in Rome last week brackets I'm still not over it and it could not be more different in Paris this week does does that that make you falter in sort of your confidence in how it can translate does it make it feel like just break the continuum I suppose but before I had the chance to answer my question he started talking about how heavy the balls are this year which is something that he's been generally speaking complaining about because he believes that over the course of the year I mean because he believes it's leading to more injuries particularly in the shoulder and elbow area and he might well be right about that but he was saying actually the heaviness of the balls here he's hit twice on Chaturier so far made it feel more like Rome and he said in years gone by that would have been a nightmare for me I would have thought well I'd like it to be like Madrid please or you know as unclay as possible but why are you surprised David you were in the room yeah no I was but for some reason I didn't pick up on that line about the similarities to Rome because of the balls I mean I was still thinking about this answer to my question before that and about the confidence levels immediately after that first practice session because that was the running theme throughout Rome was that David it was in answer to this that he said the stuff that I just said oh okay maybe I wasn't concentrating that hard you got a great answer out of him anyway carry on but it just you know that was such a and I opened to the way he was talking his chances up midway through the tournament and then he goes and wins it and he definitely seems in a good frame of mind here again but he did say maybe I don't feel quite as good as I did there my favorite moment of the Medvedev press conference was when he was listing all of the great players that he'd beaten in Rome on clay and he was like Zverev, Sitsipas, Runa and he paused and he went Bernabeu for Pata Marais and then he threw Emil Roussevoury in there he got a set off Alcaraz which was very Reggie he was winning for a minute it was yeah it was great there was a bit of a burn for what Andrei Rublev there was a very brutal question to him about what Andrei Rublev wore to his daughter's christening basically what was he playing at yeah and bless Daniel Medvedev he was like what are you talking about Andrei was dressed fine he said he made such an effort yeah he said was wearing a t -shirt stuck up for him yeah it was nice it was a sweet moment those two are cute Alcaraz was last in the press conference room I was otherwise occupied by Artifice on the screen David skipped the number one in his potential pitch pick for the title I trusted you two so tell me tell me well I'll refer to you Matt because you listened to the Spanish portion as well as English yeah this was a bit of a snoozy one I have to say I think again it was probably Matt Fusserman's question that that sort of sparked my main thought about this and it was how I don't really worry about Alcaraz in terms of adapting to new situations and the new situation here is number one seed at Grand Slam for the first time and you know with Rafael Nadal not here there's so much more attention on him particularly in Spain and I don't know he just has a way of that all sitting quite lightly on him or it's seeming to sit quite lightly on him him still be able to go out and express himself on the tennis court and play electrifying tennis I don't think about all that baggage going on in his life I just think about him as a tennis player and yeah it made me realize I haven't been thinking about that with Alcaraz I'm just focused on sort of tennis aspects whereas for other players you know we're talking about sits of past there's so much else going on that I factor in to how they will perform whereas Alcaraz I don't and yet he's so young he's number one he's got huge attention just seems to be handling it yeah it was the question as much as the answer actually which gave me a lot because I think that's exactly what you're saying it made me realize something about Alcaraz or you know piece some things together in my mind and it made me sorry for this for a moment man obviously my brain is in a very successiony place because it's the finale on Sunday but it
"roland garros" Discussed on The Tennis Podcast
"Well she was rubbish here she's never been good at the French Open she was good in Madrid she's been good in Stuttgart was she good in Stuttgart so Rome wasn't real clay Madrid wasn't real clay no Rome's real clay she's been good in Stuttgart in the past yeah okay she said she feels like she's physically better on clay she feels like her physicality in her game has improved and that will help her on the clay I feel like we need a scale I feel like some players have tried to describe their relationship with clay Mevotev very much friend zoned clay didn't he in Rome saying he doesn't love it he's just friends with it now Dan Evans today said that he and clay have been sleeping in different beds oh yes hang on I see what you're doing here Matt and I love it this could really spice up the snoozy pod let's workshop this so Sabalenka's relationship with clay she's circling it and denying it warily chirpsing look you brought it up Matt I think it's more is it more threatening they're liking one another on Instagram no I think she's out to I don't think she wants to oh it's she's not I've got my eye on you she's seen it across a bar and she's gone yeah see you around the back for a fight or so a fight I don't know what to say okay okay we're workshopping live right let's move on to Coco Goff and see where this goes what do we think about where Coco Goff is was she a little bit subdued she was thoughtful in there she's open very about where she is in her life the stage of life that she's at and she talks you through it to explain that she's growing up and she's matured again in a year's time and it's quite interesting that with her always the elephant in the room is who's going to ask the question about the forehand and I was preparing myself to ask it in a way that once the person who did ask it asked it put it to her I realized my question was going to be rubbish by comparison because it was Mary Carillo who asked the question about the forehand and she put it so perfectly and so directly in a way that none of us could pull off it was perfection wasn't it and there was a lot in her answer to it wasn't it she said well the question was do you know what the bugs are in your forehand and when you're on the practice court how much time are you spending on your strengths versus your weaknesses in an hour what percentage do you spend on your strengths and she said look we know from the Australian Open don't we that she is trying to diminish in her mind how big an issue the forehand is she's trying to not let it not get the yips on it you can get into a vicious mental cycle with this but obviously that doesn't address what we understand is a significant technical issue it just kind of in theory it stems the flow it stops it running out of control but she said the forehand is something I have to improve on but on clay especially I feel like it's one of my weapons and then she also made the very astute interesting point I hadn't thought of is at least I have the advantage of knowing where opponents are going to play me she said basically saying I know everyone's talking about my forehand but Ossa said it didn't she you know what she said afterwards obviously the trick is to play to the forehand the problem is it works and the forehand is completely vulnerable to break down and she said I thought this was quite a telling line at the end of the answer she said I feel pretty confident regardless of how others view my game yeah it's she must either really believe that or have to be doing a real job on herself to not be a nervous wreck about it because it's not just a weak shot relatively speaking it is a liability of a shot it is where you go and she can't cope and the thing is in tennis the liability is usually also the weapon that's kind of how it very often goes isn't it the thing that can be your greatest weapon is also the thing that's most liable to break down not always you can have you know sort of I was going to go Caspar Reed's backhand but maybe that's a bit hard it's a reliable shot it just doesn't do any damage does it but I think pointing to its capacity to do damage in this case perhaps sort of misses the point but I do understand why she's doing these mental gymnastics equally yeah and from the matches I've watched of Goff on clay this year it has simply not been a weapon I would say that was probably true last year where you know let's not forget she reached the final here last year and she said it was a weapon in terms of jumping up and you know it really sort of took off from the clay and I think that was absolutely true last year that has not been the case in the matches I've watched this year it's just broken down it's just coughed up unforced errors and she actually mentioned that she felt the last match she played her backhand was the issue and I still think that stems from the forehand because there's no confidence in the forehand and that bleeds into the rest of her game I think and she didn't address the direct nature of Mary's question do you know what the bug is you know she didn't say that which you know fine she's absolutely entitled to say what she feels comfortable saying and wants to say but I don't know if she does know the answer to that question certainly
"roland garros" Discussed on The Tennis Podcast
"Knows a women's footballer called Alicia Layman who plays for Aston Villa there's been some sort of social media interaction between the two of them and hey I'm an Aston Villa fan I think that's what's happened to be fair I declared myself a Seattle Seahawks fan out of thin air yeah but you then did the look maybe Tsitsipas has done the read I was really hoping someone would say you know what do you think about John McGinn or something but didn't look for a later press conference should they have played Cameron Archibald how will you cope with European football next season yeah look we'll pop it on the to -do list to really grill Stefanos Tsitsipas on his Aston Villa fandom next in was Igor Świątek defending champion world number one first question was about the difference for her between how she feels on the eve of the tournament this year to last year given that the rivalries that have developed for her over the course of you know the first five months four and a half months no five and a half months of this year and the challenges that she's been posed by Świątek and Sabalenka and she said that has given her an extra kick of motivation I think is how she described it she didn't know until that press conference until Russell Fuller at the BBC told her she could lose her number one ranking that was very funny that was a good moment wasn't it I very much enjoyed the evolution of that question throughout the day for Russell because he went in with it to Igor Świątek and said this is a tournament where you could lose your number one ranking and she clearly didn't know so it was a funny moment and Russell sort of said oh sorry I didn't mean to sort of startle you with that fact when he put the question to Sabalenka a little bit later he said oh where are you of the rankings I thought it was really great that's what we do in this trade on the on the thigh injury the leg injury that she sustained in Rome I thought mixed messages what did you say she said she's still recovering but I know I'll be ready for my first round match and I thought well if 10 days on you're still recovering how can you absolutely know that in three days you'll be completely fine I interpreted it as I'm not going to be perfect for my first round match but I'm so much better than everybody else yeah I mean yeah she beats people by the time I need to have two legs I will have two legs yeah I thought the same yeah because we did hear some reports that on on the practice court you know she's been hitting well but not doing an awful lot of moving but I think I had the exact same reaction initially I was like huh that's a bit weird how do you know that you're going to be fine she's going to be fine enough I think in her mind for the first round she she was asked by Yannick Schneider it was the German journalist about the app and she said it's a great idea and she gave some pretty thoughtful thoughts god that's ironic what an unthoughtful thought that phrase was anyway she gave some thoughts about you know she said look I I am of the generation where you know it's not a choice to use social media this is how we communicate and how we how we build relationships and how we move through the world and it's really sad that the thing that's supposed to make us make us happy also brings so much trouble and difficulty and she thought it was a great idea she also mentioned in that answer she sort of broadened it broadened it out to talk to talk about general improvements at Roland Garros this year and she said there are more places for the players to nap which you know bully for them but my campaign for media nap pods has been off the ground for some time yeah without any recognition scandal yeah I'm I'm with you I'm right there with you Katherine on this crusade thank you you know perhaps English fiontech snaps are more important sorry also players are not spending 12 to 14 hours on site they're bloody not David unless they're really bad and sort of knowing when to arrive for their match but they need to you know suddenly have energy don't they so you know so do we matches run on and you know let's move on to Sabalenca well just a final point on on the English fiontech it was an interesting question from Matt Futterman picking up on something that we've commented on in terms of that rivalry of particularly I think English fiontech against Arena Sabalenca where it has felt like there's a bit of an edge to that match and you know Matt made the point impossible to ignore what's happening in the world and the war in Ukraine and how outspoken fiontech has been in her support of Ukraine coming up against a Belarusian in Sabalenca is that tension being brought to the court I thought was a really interesting question and and her answer did make me think because she said no you know she tries not to make matches personal and she's just focused on what she's doing and I suppose that is true one of the one of the elements to English fiontech is how sort of ruthless she is against everyone I remember her playing one of her friends until Kai Yuvan I think it might have been here at the French Open last year she absolutely crushed her six love in about 15 minutes in the first set and she sort of brings that energy to every match that she possibly can so it did make me reflect a little bit and think perhaps it's more that sort of tension in that match is perhaps more the other way perhaps it's Sabalenca really sort of wanting to beat fiontech but yeah but if they do play again I'm certainly going to be be thinking about that answer from from English fiontech or Sabalenca who was next interpress was sort of asked about tensions with opponents from a slightly more literal angle wasn't she because she faces Marta Kostiuk first round and Marta Kostiuk has been one of the most outspoken Ukrainian players on her belief that Russians and Belarusians should not be playing on tour and various other things like greater support that should be offered to Ukrainian players I don't think anybody expects there to be a handshake in this match that we know will take place on Sunday they haven't released an order of play but they've told us which matches will be happening on Sunday and Sabalenca Kostiuk is one of them and she was the answer kind of went on a journey didn't it Matt to this one Yes I feel like Sabalenca it's hard because you want players to be authentic and real and react in the moment to questions I almost feel like she needs a bit of a stock answer so she knows what she's going to say in response to questions about the war which very legitimately will keep coming up and at one point she made the point it's absolutely fine I totally get it if Marta Kostiuk doesn't like me you know I understand that I don't feel anything bad towards her she said if I could I would stop the war she said that again which is a phrase that she's used before but then she sort of keeps talking and ends up saying things like sport and politics shouldn't mix and I find that to be a disappointing thing to say you know a sort of lack of awareness really but yeah I think it's hard that she has to handle those questions of course but I suppose I'm just a bit surprised that she doesn't just sort of shut them down a little bit a little bit more which Medvedev has learned how to do maybe he's a little more comfortable in those settings and he's a very comfortable public speaker generally isn't he one other thing that Shlontek said about the Savalanka rivalry and Rebakan rivalry it's just we don't really have a relationship at all we just it's there's no band blood between us or we respect each other but that's it we don't know each other is effectively what you're saying and there is which is kind of unusual I think in the locker room in recent years there's been a lot of palliness yeah too much well I do quite like the fact that these three are just going toe to toe and they meet each other when they get out there and the rest of it is well all business yeah and P .S. Rebakan was supposed to come into press today she didn't show up and we're none the wiser about why or when we might see her unless she came in after we left and that was right at the end of the media session no because we're on the WhatsApp group oh yes of course we are I forgot that yeah but know about it some of us have been on the WhatsApp group since Monday have you already muted the WhatsApp group no I haven't I just I mute you don't have notifications on generally I do not want any notification popping up and telling me somebody wants to say something even us yeah I look when I'm good yeah which is three o 'clock in the morning okay exactly she said she feels Sabalenka like a better player on clay than she's ever been before well she was rubbish before yep
"roland garros" Discussed on The Tennis Podcast
"Enjoy enjoy the press conference the most I do find Tsitsipas press conferences awkward he definitely finds taking questions from me awkward I'm just going to stop trying he didn't give a very long answer to it uh but I learned a lot I learned a lot that is certainly not encouraging me to pop him in my predictions anywhere arguably Matt was that more revealing because he said so little to the question that Catherine asked completely I think his answer said everything and I'm not I don't know if he's realized how much it says what was your question again so he had uh the the first question was from you wasn't it and it was about Mark Philopousis this was the first uh time he'd spoken to the press since the news came out that that Philopousis wasn't going to be with team Tsitsipas anymore and it was Mark Philopousis that announced that news wasn't it I don't think anything had come out from from Tsitsipas on it and he gave a really really fascinating answer to you David very considered very considered I mean I think it should be an answer that's alarming to Tsitsipas fans personally I didn't find it very encouraging answer but it was very open and considered the gist of it was that he because I wanted to find out who'd made that decision Philopousis had announced it but who made the decision he described the parting as mutual as so many people do but then he made it very clear really that it was his decision that's how that's how it sounded and that he finds it stressful to have too many voices on the practice court and his in team and he was very keen to praise Mark Philopousis and to express his affection for him and his admiration for him but at the same time he didn't want him in his team anymore is what he was saying and he needed just one voice and presumably that's his dad it seemed to be unequivocal it seemed to go without saying that that voice has to be Apostolos yeah that was the elephant in the room he said it was mentally draining to have so many different voices around him and I was nodding along to that I was like yes it does seem very mentally draining to be Stephanos Tsitsipas on court because I've watched it and you look mentally drained but of course the element that he didn't say was has he not considered that one voice being someone other than his dad because it feels like his dad is the most mentally draining element and of course what happened in Rome where I actually think we talked about this on the podcast where he was playing Medvedev and it seemed like he told his mum to leave the box he also told her to stop speaking in Russian and speak in Greek so that Daniil Medvedev couldn't understand the advice and the comments it was basically a sort of they were having a domestic while Stephanos Tsitsipas was playing a very high profile match and you've got these stills of Tsitsipas sitting there on the bench with his father behind him you know sort of chuntering away and his mother sort of distance from the group and it was just a sort of sad family scene while Tsitsipas is trying to win a match and of course there's an element of tragedy to all of it really because I'm sure his parents have the best of intentions they want the best for him but it really feels like at the moment they're holding him back and no one seems to quite be able to see that within the family it seems yeah it was really embarrassing what happened in Rome I really felt for him it was yeah there's no better word it was extremely embarrassing it made you wince I felt so sorry for him because yeah of course their intentions are honorable in terms of you know wanting the best for their child but without question you can't watch that and not think they're getting in the way you know the Tsitsipas family circus is getting in the way he's still a darn good tennis player but he is not achieving what he thought he would be achieving at this stage of his career he's not I don't think he's a better player than when he reached the final here two years ago I think if he has made some technical improvements that aren't quite visible to my eye then I think they're cancelled out by not having the sparkiness of and freshness of the youth that he used to have I'm not suggesting he's old but the youth but he's been around for a while he's been around for a while and he's taken some tough losses and yeah so my question to him following up on his answer to you David saying well you've said that you know the reason for things ending with Mark Fullipousis is that the situation had become emotionally draining for you another situation that was clearly emotionally draining or no I didn't put words in his mouth I said was what transpired in Rome with your players box I didn't reference his family I mean obviously we're talking about his family but I you know I didn't want to make it as sort of pointed is that you know that situation with your players box what happened in that semi -final was that emotionally draining and isn't it is it something you think you can prevent happening in the future and he said I have no comment and Matt's just on the same phase that he did at the time when he was sitting next to me yeah and it just moved on from there and the rest of his press comments was interesting his reluctance his refusal to engage with that subject I'm not that surprised about I suppose given what he'd said to me about his decision generally but he in saying what he said he said a lot yeah there's ways of non -engaging aren't there and tennis players have some very wordy ways of politely not engaging don't they and I didn't necessarily expect him to say god yeah my mom is such a pain in the arse she's really holding me back and I wish she and my dad would bog off it's tough it's really tough to see an obvious way out of this situation there was also to end well there was also a line in the press conference where he said he feels like he's at a stage in his life now where he either needs more friends or wants to spend time with friends and in the past it had all been tennis tennis tennis and he sort of neglected making friends really when he was younger and it feels as though now it's almost like tennis isn't giving him everything that he thought it would always give him and now he sort of hasn't developed that other area of his life and he seemed a little bit lost to be honest yeah it's sad because it needs a bit of Unai Emery on the sidelines yes it took me a little while to get get what you were saying there because your mind doesn't instantly go to Stefanos Tsitsipas massive Aston Villa fan no no well it will from now on David has told you Aston Villa manager will be delighted to find out that Stefanos Tsitsipas is indeed a massive Aston Villa fan at which point I rolled my eyes because I hate Aston Villa do we believe he's a big Aston Villa fan no what I think is happening here is that he knows a women's footballer called Alicia Layman who plays for Aston Villa there's been some sort 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"roland garros" Discussed on The Tennis Podcast
"Who is more likely to win their first round? Gail Monfils or Alina Svitolina? Svitolina. I don't even know who Monfils is playing. But I remember we murmured to one another yesterday about Monfils losing to whoever he's got in the first round. Yeah I just... Sebastian Baez. Yeah that's a good clay court player. There is... Now if he were playing against Daniel Medvedev he's somebody I think who the type that would cause Medvedev problems as a proper clay quarter. You know somebody who really rips the ball with loads of topspin. Just confirming that the stat that I came out with was indeed absolutely false. Well depending on how we're interpreting things it's her first tour level match wins since coming back. But she did reach the semi -final of the WTA 125k event in Saint -Malo that was won by Sloane Stevens. She lost to Sloane Stevens in the semi -finals. There we go. I think you deserve to be let off the hook. Thank you very much David. I appreciate that. So on to media day. Seeing as Ange de Beurre has had a mention let's start with the women. Well let's start with fronting up and saying not an epic media day? No. No it's been a bit flat really. Bit snoozy. Bit snoozy. I thought so. Who did it start with today? Who was the first one in? Caroline Garcia. Yeah. I would put her in the snoozy bracket I'm afraid. What do we put it down to? Is it just you know sometimes they're going to be better than others and we shouldn't look too much into this or is there something missing? Is there is it just you know we're all getting used to an Adal -less French Open and that's going to feel weird? I mean what is it? It's about 10 players that came in to the main interview room to speak to the assembled media we're not entirely sure what the the rules are on when you have to come in and what ranking you have to be at least I'm not entirely sure because and then you get to ask individually don't you? If there's somebody who's not on the list you can ask for them and hopefully they'll be given brought in as well but I think yeah last year was certainly a really good media day I remember and this one maybe there aren't that many stories to get our teeth into really really sort of through the spine of the sport sometimes you get that one talking point that really gets everybody going there aren't that many of those I thought Sid's the past was good and we'll come on to them individually but he was the highlight for me of the ones that I went into I mean I remember press conferences in the past where Naomi Osaka was in and as you say and Adal was really interesting last year even coming into the tournament and he's obviously just not not here this time so it wasn't great today possibly a combination of factors and for those of you that are still listening well done you really are the die -hard fans presumably most of our listeners tuned out over the course of David's onto there people probably telling us this will be a snoozy podcast the snoozy podcast that's what we'll call it actually sometimes people do say I love listening to your podcast to fall asleep and I never know how to take that is that the greatest compliment possible or actually a huge insult? I'm going to take that as a compliment whether or not it's intended yeah so we started off with Caroline Garcia mostly in French few questions in English then in terms of the well I suppose we don't we don't have to do this in Men's and Women's we could go chronological go whichever order you like anyone anyone have anything to say about Garcia because that is our starting point if we're going chronological the only thing is one of the sort of threads of of the media day and Garcia was asked about it was this app that the French Tennis Federation have invested in to sort of help protect players against online hate it's an app with a sort of AI I don't know what the word is we're still learning I think it's a plug -in for your social media apps which filters filters out hate messages yeah the AI is trained or has learned to detect hate messages and filter them out yeah I don't know how how good the the tech is it's obviously good that they're satisfied it's good enough to serve this function yeah that was a running theme throughout the day wasn't it Coco Goff was was asked about that and I mean she she seems to have her own systems in place just habitually as to how to handle things because she said you know I I will get messages to my social platforms every single day of my life every hour of my life she said and I have to make sure I know what I want to look at and what I don't the other thing Caroline Garcia was asked about was the handling of of the internal pressure she puts on herself and not not putting too much stock in everything you know and and she said that remains a work in progress she she was honest about that she has not figured out completely how are supposed to play without it meaning the world all the time and it's one of those really big challenges for an athlete I think that you're so desperately want to achieve and we want them to care and to achieve and yet in order to do that a lot of the time they've got to find a way to release that valve and not have that pressure yeah it was interesting she did a lot of she was really playing down the questions about how disappointing her year has been since winning the WTA finals wasn't she she was very much like that's the ups and downs of tennis that sport and I don't know whether that's a good attitude or bad attitude I guess it depends on on the player and the personality there's a part of me that wants to shake her and go no Caroline you don't understand how good you are you shouldn't be happy with the year you've had so far you are so good but there's another part of me that knows that it is a completely unpredictable sport she's been around the block enough times to know that you can't just click your fingers and produce your best form and there is no point getting head up about not being able to produce the tennis that she did in Fort Worth week in week out again I suspect some boring balance of both those things some snoozy balance of both those things is true but yeah it was interesting how not quite dismissive but how relaxed she was about her year I thought I'm sure there are coping mechanisms aren't they and I didn't quite get a chance to ask her my question which would have been about how different it feels coming into this tournament compared to every other tournament of the year what does it do to her as she steps out onto that court I mean I've seen her have some results here but it's pretty fraught watching her play here it has been in the past anyway it doesn't look fun for her does it it does not look like she's able to enjoy everything that comes with it and they make a fuss of her here don't they I mean like she is treated as a massive star here she's the fifth seed yeah and she's like on the billboards isn't she next to Nadal who's not here obviously on one hand I was thinking gosh she's getting all these questions in French about can you enroll on Garros and you know dreamy about winning Roland Garros and I'm thinking I hadn't even considered putting her in the you know I haven't gone through the draw who knows what will happen but she wasn't occurring to me big picture in my predictions and I thought if this was Wimbledon and we had a fifth seed that sure as heck would be the line of questioning from the Brits and it would be the storyline I think she might well be in my runners because there are so many fewer players yeah and because she just looks I think the game suits her better I would have thought on grass I'm definitely not prepared to make mid -range Carolyn Garcia predictions wise I'll let you off on that one Matt although you are participating in a podcast where you will have to express some opinions that that could age badly that's the game that we're in we do Stefanos Tsitsipas was next into the room and I agree with you David this was the one where I learnt the most I
"roland garros" Discussed on The Tennis Podcast
"Hi, this is Billie Jean King. This is Marion Bartoli. I'm Matt Svillander. This is Mary Carrillo. This is Pam Shriver. This is Yannick Noah, and you're listening to the Tennis Podcast. Well, welcome back to Paris, everyone, and to Tennis Podcast Towers Paris, where you find myself, David, and Matt. And we've been doing very French things, David, haven't we? Yeah, I had bourguignon last night. We've been drinking wine. We've been watching a young French hope that I predicted would win Leon, and he's into the final. It's all happening. Yeah, it might be time to finalise what we call French players doing well in France. Mousquetaire. It is Mousquetaire. It has to be Mousquetaire. Well, we've been watching a Mousquetaire. I was ready to potentially start calling this a crowning for Artifice in Leon because he hadn't actually had to win too many matches to get through to the semi -finals. He had a default, and then he had a withdrawal. Suddenly he's in the semis, but I feel like he's earned his stripes in that semi -final because he quite literally had to win the match twice. Yeah, it's made up for his route through. like It was that match you and I played against one another at the Royal Albert Hall, David. 2014. Except it wasn't an umpire insisting that we continue playing. It was David himself. Did you fall on your back in celebration? No, and you know what? If you're going to do a cancelled celebration, Clay is the absolute worst surface to do that on because poor old Artifice had to play the remainder of the match, pick himself up, play a match tiebreak, deciding to set tiebreak with the physical evidence of his lost win all over his body. It was quite an extraordinary sight, wasn't it? And I don't know, not on its own, but moments like that could be the making of him. Yeah, could be. I mean, I think that sounds quite premature, but at the same time, it was a heck of a feat to do that. You're telling me I'm being premature about Artifice. We're recording this podcast late because you insisted on watching it. David was live streaming the match as we walked back from Erlong Arrows. We had to sort of help him across the road because he had his face in his phone watching tennis TV. It's normal behaviour. But I mean, I do think it's a great sign. I do agree with you. If you can play that well and literally celebrate on your back and endow winning French Open style and then be told, no, no, the ball was out, you're going to start again. And not the ball was out, you're replaying the point. Your ball was out, I'm giving the point to Brandon Nakashima and it's now back to Deuce. It's not much point anymore. I was hugely impressed that he picked himself up from that. I mean, me of now would not recover from that, let alone me aged 18, 18 or 19. To be fair, Catherine, you did recover from the replayed point in 2014 at the Royal Albert Hall and you did beat me. Yeah, quality of opposition is a factor there though, isn't it? It's a bit harsh. Actually, it's not. It's entirely accurate. I did roll one into the bottom of the net to hand you the victory. It was great. It was absolutely great. Look, so that's Artifice through to the final in Lyon where he will face Francisco Cirundolo who absolutely thrashed Cameron Norrie earlier on today. Norrie appeared not to be looking quite right physically so we'll see when he arrives in Paris what's going on with him. So that's the Lyon final. There's also tournaments going on in Geneva where Caspar Rude let me down. He's lost to Nicholas Jarry. Nicholas Jarry has backed that up. He's beaten Alexander Zverev. No way, really? 7663 and he now faces Grigor Dimitrov who apparently, and this blew my mind when David told me this, is playing his first final for over five years since Rotterdam 2018. What has Grigor Dimitrov been doing? I should add I haven't verified that. I have. You have? Yeah. So I was right all along. Oh good. As I said when David declared this stat, when we do Grigor Dimitrov relived during the next pandemic, Matt won't have to do any research because it's all in the old David Law mind palace, isn't it? It's 90s level knowledge. So that's the final that's set up in Geneva. I'm going through this now because I feel like the next time we record a podcast will be day one of Roland Garros and there'll be so much to mention. We'll tell you who won these various tournaments but I doubt we'll have opportunity to do much more than that. We have the tournament happening on the WTA event in Rabat, Morocco. The final there is Julia Grabher against Lucia Bronzetti. Bronzetti is the first round opponent of Onze -Jabur at Roland Garros. Interesting, I'm more on Onze -Jabur shortly because she was one of the players that came through media day today which would be the bulk of our discussion for this podcast. Julia Grabher I commentated on during the Australian Open earlier this year, losing to Annette Contervate and I wasn't impressed by her but I could see that she had a game that was purely designed to work on clay and nowhere else. She is coached by Gunther Breznik, of course formerly of Thomas Muster and Dominic Thiem and he crafts these incredible physical specimens and she sure is one of those. So Julia Grabher and Lucia Bronzetti in the Rabat final and in Strasbourg we have Alina Svitolina. Oh wow. Against Anna Blinkova in the final. What a story that is. And Alina Svitolina recently off maternity leave. We haven't seen her play since. I mean when did she come? She made her return in Charleston and I saw her in the French Open draw yesterday. I'm not sure she'd won a match before Strasbourg but she certainly made her return in Charleston. So that's an incredible story. She was a wild card. She beat Clara Burel in the semi -final and she'll play in the final tomorrow. So we'll... And Matt are you just verifying that stat that I just... No I was just looking up her French Open draw. Oh yeah. She's got Trevi Sam in the first round. Tricky. Definitely tricky. Who is more likely to win their first round? Gail Monfils or Alina Svitolina? Svitolina. I don't even know who Monfils is playing. But I
Post-Serena, women's tennis heads to French Open led by Big 3 of Swiatek, Sabalenka, Rybakina
"All of the questions about who would step up once Serena Williams walked away from the tennis store seemed to be getting answered with three names. Arena sabalenka and Elena rabaka. As the start of the French Open approaches on Sunday, defending champions via tech is ranked number one, sabalenka is number two and is number four. A 21 year old from Poland is the reigning champion at Roland Garros and the U.S. open. A 25 year old from Belarus won the Australian open this January by beating Rebecca in the final and won Wimbledon last July. I'm geffen cool Bach.
FRENCH OPEN 2023: Alcaraz, Djokovic on same half of draw; Swiatek-Gauff could be in quarterfinals
"Carlos alcaraz and the man he just replaced atop the rankings 22 time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic were placed in the same half of the French Open field in Thursday's draw and could face each other in the semifinals. The 20 year old alcaraz is seated number one at a Grand Slam tournament for the first time and was automatically placed in the top section of the bracket, Djokovic is seated number three. 14 time champion Rafael Nadal will be missing for the first time since he made his debut at the clay court major in 2005, play begin Sunday at Roland Garros. I'm geffen coolbaugh.
"roland garros" Discussed on The Tennis Podcast
"And hello particularly to Denise from Chicago who's introduced this edition of the tennis podcast and he's pointed out that Martin and avatar who Catherine spent some time with this week won 12 WTA titles in Chicago. Imagine that. I mean, I didn't even know there was a tournament in Chicago, but apparently the world's Martinez won it 12 times because if there's been a tournament, she's no doubt won it several. And Martina was presented with the golden racket award by the Italian tennis federation this week, lovely moment just before The Rain started again. And yes, Stefan edberg also won an award last week, but two in Rome. So there's been lots of awards and they've kind of managed to get some of the tennis played eventually as well. But very big thank you to Denise for introducing this edition of the tennis podcast and Chicago very much the city I would one day like to visit. Catherine is still just about in Rome in the lounge and is that sunshine I can see out of your window next to your Catherine. Yeah, it doesn't look like Rome because in my experience Rome looks wet and cold and gray and it's flipping glorious outside of the window. Sitting next to at the moment. So I don't know what this room is. But I don't recognize it. From the last week of my experience, yet to interestingly, just on the golden racket award that Martina was awarded yesterday and I'm very glad she was and it was an incredibly touching moment that we covered on prime and Martina gave her speech in Italian, which was incredible. I was there behind the scenes with her when she was scripting it and rehearsing it and she was checking with daniela hantuchova, who's a fluent Italian speaker that it would all made sense and it sounded right and I just loved the effort and the diligence and the care that she put into that. And I don't mean to piss on all of that, but she actually didn't win. It's like pretty much the only tournament that Martina never won. I did not know that. Yeah. Yeah, I mean, it doesn't mean she's not worthy of a golden racket and the brief for the award is in recognition of a tree achievements in Rome and in the wider tennis world. So it goes without saying that Martina is a no brainer of a recipient, but ironically it is one of the only global titles that she'd never won. Matt and I, meanwhile, have been sunning ourselves in the glorious British Isles. I mean, it has been nonstop sunshine, hasn't it, man. For the tape, Katherine is giving us the middle finger. I've got no humor about it, David. You've read the room badly there. Okay. I got rained on sideways yesterday, David. Sideways. Sideways rain. Paris though. Have you seen the forecast for Paris? No. Living have done nothing but look at weather forecasts for elsewhere this week. It looks glorious in Paris. Yes please. Yes. How excellent. Happy Roland Garros week, I suppose I should say. I've gone quite early and I've already signed up to the media WhatsApp group, which I was excited to do, but day one and I'm realizing it's a mistake because I've already had several notifications this morning that players such as Dan added is in the Suzanne longen mix zone and I a don't know who Dan added is and be nowhere near the Suzanne long then mix zone. So I've had to mute that chat already. Okay. I am comfort long ago. Well, yes, as we come to you, it is Monday. We are heading to Paris on Wednesday evening just in time for the draw hopefully this year. On Thursday, we were trying to get there in time for the draw last year as well. You may remember on a Euro star, which involved in the end, got a bit of alcohol as we managed to get through the hours. And then the traffic jam, and Catherine didn't have too much of a sense of a human back. That is either as I recall. But anyway, well, we'll have lots and lots of enjoyment at Roland Garros this time to look forward to. And before we get on to talking about what's gone on in Rome,
"roland garros" Discussed on The Tennis.com Podcast
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"roland garros" Discussed on The Tennis.com Podcast
"And I think, you know, there's been less chatter by the second serve and about the yips. Our careers is sort of taking all the air out the room. And I think zverev is in like a weird space where it's having good results, not under the radar, but can it going at his own pace? Nobody's like grabbing them and shaking them and like, oh, you know, I think he's in a good space. And when I see people win slams, it's all about the tone and the temperament. And I feel like our careers has got too much hype now to make it pass the fourth round. 'cause everybody know you comments, so I'm ready for you, right? And I think he's had more time on TV, so more time for people to scout and watch. And I think it's very visit like a nice, sweet spot ways playing well enough. But still like fourth or 5th in terms of maybe even 6 or 7, you still anticipate outbreak, Djokovic, Novak. She still got some people and it's like, yeah, you know, and I think that's, you kinda gotta have a quiet environment to make it through two weeks. So that don't be surprised. You wouldn't shock me. I think stephanos is a better player at Roland Garros. Since Vera biz, so if they played there, I think since he bought wins that match and I mean, I could see a guy like Casper rude beating zverev there. The draw will determine a lot. I think it'd be really hard for Sarah to be Djokovic three to 5 there. But listen, he's got the game. The second surf has been and continues to be a bit of an issue. So 5th set, what happens, right? Do we get what we got at the U.S. open against Dominic team? And by the way, the fact that none of us on the planet are talking about Dominic team and I know he lost another first round. He doesn't want to match all year. It breaks my heart. Like this guy was, you know, top three in the world, two time finalists there, major.
"roland garros" Discussed on The Tennis.com Podcast
"Was. Right? Or you look at Miami. Only two thirds of what the other person. So that's the thing. She's not the tennis player has got to start to monitor. When you talk about load management, low management is taking a week off. Low measurement is, don't blow the 401k. So how many, how many of the top ten or top 20 do what Eva does? All of them. I'm trying to play every point? Yes. Her? One. One. I mean, I mean, you see, you see people all the time. You get down 45 on a return game and you let them hold. Right? That's okay. But it does keep you on the court. The game longer. No, absolutely. Absolutely. So you can fight for these next two, they want to double follow or something like that, right? Or you can let them have this game and have to play a whole nother game, right? Or the score, the pressure, the nerves kicking in because it's for maybe that brake disappears later in the set. You know what I mean? So I think that very few people are doing that, right? And I think that is her edge, and that's why it looks like her matches go fast. And it looks like she doesn't hit the ball big, right? But it looks like she's playing fast. Because she's playing every point. And she's on and off so quick. And I think that if there's one lesson that I think both tours can take from her, is to play everyone. Rafa mentality, right? She always talks about looking up to Rafa. And that's her hero, you know, and that's how she wants to be. That's Rafa. So I do see that in Carlos alcaraz, that same sort of mentality of not taking points off. But it's so rare canal on either tour to have that mentality. I mean, and Roth was just built that way. I mean, he didn't even retire in his match that, you know, Jim Crow was saying he should retire in his match on the commentary because he is hurt and he needs to get well to Roland Garros, but he's just not wired that way. He's not going to retire. He's going to play every point. He's going to play every .1 100% because that's just who he is and that's why he has 21 majors and that's why he's arguably the greatest of all time and that's why iga is doing what she's doing because it's that same mentality that you're right, you know, there's like one here and one there, maybe two. Right. And if you look at vero, right? It's very, I mean, when you look at his performance early in slams, particularly at a friend. I remember two years ago at the French, he was down two sets to nothing..
Djokovic Defeats Tsitsipas in Five Sets to Claim 19th Grand Slam Title
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Barbora Krejcikova Wins French Open, Completing Wild Tournament
"Cried takeover has won her first Grand Slam title by beating anesthesia Pavlyuchenkova 612664 and the French Open final. This was only the fifth major tournament in singles Fork, Radicova. The 25 year old from the Czech Republic is the third unseated women's champion in the last five years at Roland Garros. Let's get a check of the forecast from the
"roland garros" Discussed on The Tennis Podcast
"To recovery. I'm thrilled to have gotten three matches under my belt. There is no greater feeling than being back on the court and the f. t. continued roland garros. Tournament is sorry about the withdrawal of roger. federer. He put up an incredible fight last night. We were all delighted to see your back in paris where he played three high level matches. We wish him all the best for the rest of the seasons at key for j. tournament writer. Can you imagine a statement like that about anybody. Else's withdraw rule. I mean possibly serena williams. You'd hope rafael nadal. But it's extraordinary to get a comment from the tournament director after after an injury withdrawal from tournament. So it wasn't that unexpected. After roger federer's press conference last night that happened after we recorded cost for the second time editor. Patrick not quite prepared to stay. Open wait for us. Tula denver veterans press conference. But he did hint that he would make a decision today based on how he felt of to waking up from three and a half hour battle. What would we like to do with a stronger. Federa and his withdrawal of serena williams and her loss i think federa in this instance And actually i don't think is unusual for tournament directed comment about an injured player. I've written press release is quoting the tournament director queens many times when people have withdrawn. But that's always been with an injury. Specific acute just happened in jury stops them playing in the next round as as far as i can recall. At least i mean look occasionally. There have been differences to that. Somebody sites fatigue particularly at a at a tournament is lower level tournament that a grand slam. What's unheard of. As far as i can tell is a player during a grand slam withdrawing from that grand slam not acutely injured with a new injury in order to preserve themselves for another grand slam. That's on the horizon. I don't really recall anything quite like this. The have been some situations. I think where players have made it clear. Look my main focus is the one in the distance. Because that's the one more light to do well at But to preemptively withdrawal precaution. I think is is highly unusual to the point of being pretty much unprecedented as far as i can't think of any and look it's got people talking a i didn't say the press current i didn't hear it. I don't exactly what was said. I've read the quotes and they they did sort of take you back a little bit. Not that it's a surprise. He's feeling like that. Because i i completely get you know he's had eighteen months. He's thirty nine years of age. He does now long is left in those knees and he really wants to have one big run and his best chances. At wimbledon it makes total sense in terms of logic. But is it right is that is not the right thing to be doing when it's a grand slam tournament you've just handed and you've just bayton this guy and it was fantastic last night and he did a great job and he showed all grit and determination to get through and then you end up finding out the next day out. Well that's it then now he. He didn't hurt himself in that match. But he's pulling any way. And i think that that's quite hard for some people to stomach really. Even patrick mcenroe. I saw. Who's who's a pretty major evangelist for roger federalized. Many many many people are including self amongst it. Big fan of the demand is a person and as a player of course. But it's it does gye you. It does john. You and i think maybe the problem is. I don't want players to lie. And i wanted to to be to be transparent. And he was transparent us night he just said the truth and so i can't knock him for that and the logical. So is there for for the decisions taken and yet. So i think in the end i end up thinking well. He it is different. For him and serena for instance to everybody else maybe you could doubt in that category Who's done everything that he's done and he's the age the years and it's clearly the end in sight fair enough is is what i end up thinking about it but it's it is a slightly awkward failing Yeah i feel very uncomfortable about it. Because i i feel very muddy abound to. I don't have a sort of twitter tweet. Length worthy the the ikin either easily. Summarize on it i. i absolutely think it's thin for federer and selfishly somebody that loves and is invested in sport. It's very very clear whether you would categorize yourself as roger federer fan or not the longevity of federal in this sport is is in its interest the long the more we can eek out. If if ephedrine this applies to serena williams equally for me. The better for the sport. I i want him to be able to challenge wimbledon. I want him to be able to to be a factor for the rest of the season to be contributing to the profile on the wash ability of tennis and without question with a view to all of those factors. I think this is the right decision but that doesn't make it right now. I don't know whether this is right or wrong. I know that bending the having one rule for one person on one roof and other doesn't seem right but equally. he's thirty nine years old. This is unprecedented. you know. i know. We had jimmy connors thirty nine usa in but what. He's doing what he's trying to do. At thirty nine his status in the sport everything is unprecedented so there is an argument that he's completely earned special consideration.
Grand Slam Committee Takes Much Different Tone With Naomi Osaka Statement
"We saw this statement drop midway through the often enough further joint statement from the four grand slams on the naomi osaka affair they on behalf of the grand slams. We wish to often asaka support and assistance in any way possible as she takes time away from the court she is an exception and luckily we look forward to return assume she deems appropriate mental health is a very challenging issue which deserves upmost attention. It is both complex and personal as what affects one individual does not necessarily another. We commend namie for sharing in her own words. The pressures and anxiety. She's feeling and we empathize with the unique precious tennis players. My face while plays well being has always been a priority to the grand slams our intention together with the wpa. The atp and the f. is to advance mental health and wellbeing three further actions. Today's community we will continue to improve the player experience at all tournaments including relates media. Change she come through the lens of maintaining a fair playing field. Regardless of ranking status sport requires rules and regulations to ensure that no player has an unfair advantage over another we intend to work alongside the place the tools the media and the broader tennis communities you create meaningful improvements as grand slams. We aim to create the stage for the players to achieve highest accolades in our sport.
Roland Garros Day 2: Osaka Withdraws and Tennis Reels
"Naomi osaka. We had a statement from her couple of hours ago. Now we recording this just after nine pm. uk time a statement right as follows everyone. This isn't a situation. I ever imagined or intended. When i posted a few days ago. I think now the best thing for the tournament the other players and my well being is that i withdraw so that everyone can get back to focusing on the tennis going on in paris. I never wanted to be a distraction. And i accept that my timing was also ideal and my message could have been clearer. More importantly trivialize mental health. Use the term lightly. The truth is that. I have suffered long bouts of depression since the us open in two thousand eighteen. And i've had a really hard time coping with that. Anyone that knows me knows i'm introverted. And anyone that is see me. The tournaments will notice. That wearing often headphones is that helps. Dole's dole my social anxiety. The tennis price is always been kind to me. And i apologize. I want to apologize especially tool the cool journalists. Who i may have hurt. I am not a natural public speaker and get huge ways. Anxiety brought before speak to the world's media get really nervous and find it stressful to always tried to engage and give you the best as i can so here in paris i was already feeling vulnerable and anxious so i thought it was better to exercise self care and skip the press conferences. I announced it. Print wli. Because i do feel like the rules are quite outdated imports and i wanted to highlight that. I wrote privately to the tournament apologizing and saying that. I'd be more than happy to speak with them after the tournament as the slams are intense. I'm going to take some time away from the court now but when the time is right. I really want to work with the tour to discuss ways. We can make things better for the players press and found anyways. Hope you're doing well and staying safe love you guys. I'll see when i see.
Osaka Won't Talk To Press At French Open, Citing Mental Health Concerns
"Body of tennis, the Women's Tennis Association, said that they would welcome dialogue today with the one of the best players on the tour, the world's number two player. Naomi Osaka. She made a decision Tom to boycott the news conference at Roland Garros for the French Open, and she's saying the nature of the questions negatively effects. Her mental well being. And so she understands his fines like you get fined. They have rules. You have two players could be fined up to 20 grand for skipping a media conference and she's cool with it. She said. She's okay with any sanction. Um, you know, she's she's you know, she made $55 million over the last year. So he's doing okay? Yeah, she's doing okay. Um, and she's used her platform in the past, You know, to highlight issues that are important to her. She's talked about police violence. She's talked about racial and inequality. Um, And she basically says I'm not going to the her argument is is that the questions are often times the same questions that she's been asked many times in the past. And bottom line is the questions, make her uncomfortable and make her doubt herself. And she finished up her comments by saying, I'm not going to subject myself to people that doubt me. And there's been.
French Open: Rafael Nadal beats Novak Djokovic to win 13th Roland Garros title
"To win this year's French Open. This is an adult twentieth Grand Slam title this Tyson with Roger Federer for the most of all time on the men's side. Match with Jovovich was a landslide yesterday as well. Afterwards, even Jovic. Said Nidal played a perfect match on the women's side unlikely winner came out on top nineteen year old Egos. Phone Tech is ranked fifty fourth and she took home the trophy, her first tour level title she beat the number four seed and the reigning Australian Open champion. YELP is now labeling
Nadal routs Djokovic for 13th French Open, record-equalling 20th Grand Slam
"In tennis this today, Rafael Nadal straight sets win her over Novak Djokovic's to win the French Open men's title that added to his own record of 13 victories at Roland Garros. And matched his longtime rival Roger Federer. By winning his 20th Grand Slam,
The greatness of Rafael Nadal
"We talk about tennis. She was about this final and put it on pitting off having to actually summer. The achievement of rough on the dull winning thirteen, French Open, and winning this French. Open in particular and doing it in the way that he did because. It. So astonishing I'm struggling to process. Frankly, yes. Apologies in advance for hyperbole and use of superlatives, but if you can't use them now when rough on the is now hundred and two girls and has won his thirteenth title when when can use MS utter the extraordinary? What is the chief today, and of course, this is an achievement that is actually fifteen sixteen years in the making it is it is unbelievable. Walk Needle is able to do both in tennis number one, but also just at this tournament, one of his best ever career performances David today. I would say so this was Up there with what he did to federal in two, thousand eight when federal and a handful of games arguably even better I think because federal struggled that day I think the conditions were less suited to today on paper at least I would have thought compared to a high bouncing day in June, and of course, he's you know he's twelve years older I mean, let's not forget. He's thirty four that's that shouldn't be. Put. To one side because you know he's got a lot of miles in those legs lot of kilometers and it's it's just mind boggling that he can physically do it for star I think it bore a lot of similarities to what Jackovitch did to him in the Australian Open file of twenty months ago, which was Jock itch referenced in Oh Sorry Nadal referenced in his post match comments it had that same feel inasmuch as when we were discussing this yesterday and we were building up to it all week long the one eventuality are could not see is one of these destroying the other one that's just could not see I mean, which is again just another example of how good predictions I am. But it was. A performance that I wasn't expecting of that level and that that feels unfetter I found the down after what he's done over the last twelve years but. He lifted himself to a level. We certainly haven't seen at this tournament. And it was this fortnight anyway it wasn't. It wasn't just. Fortunate needlework open happen to be having Berlin day today is it wasn't just what one of these things the way the cookie crumbles he change things in his approach today he was an I believe the stats ended up bearing this out in terms of name body was quitting. On your coverage David about the net clearance on his kind being significantly. Lower today than in previous matches indicating how much more aggressive he was being on that I mean I think on both wings in particular on that on that can side he was. Firmly the aggressor out there in an joke which was on the back foot right from the word go and. He looked. Bewildered by the level throughout, imagine, imagine playing really good tennis and being the world number one. And having lost six love. I just can't I can't imagine how awful that feels. You know I texted you guys. At the end of that first set and I said. Other than serving a bit better. I. Don't know what he can do. I don't think it's a question of just raise the level a bit and that'll be okay. What can he possibly do? Yeah and he's been in his press conference Djokovic and use the word surprised by Nidal's level. I don't think he sold this coming from the doll based on what we've seen from the doll these two weeks. Yes. Nidal's been great. He's the final without dropping a set, but it's clearly not been absolutely top top level in the dull and I'm not sure your conviction was expecting the performance that we saw from the Dell today he was caught off Guard surprise bewildered and that that. is so much credit. As you said to walk in the door was doing he was the aggressor. He was taking every opportunity to hit his forehand down the line and standing up on the baseline and kind of taking the drop shot away from Jackovitch. I'm sure we'll talk more about that but just little subtle changes in his game that he made the just made this huge overall difference and with the intent that he paid with it was it was overwhelming for Novak Djokovic Channon. was kind of reminded of a little quote I read from turning adult recently who often the Schwartzman team match said a lot of people compare team to my nephew. But I, don't think that's a fair comparison. This was in Spanish. This was in the Spanish newspaper El Pice and he was saying that team is a great player, but he doesn't have the options in his game that Nadal has and. The different ways to be able to beat you I. Think this goes back to what we were talking about on a podcast recently when David you said the fact that these players are always adding things today game, the dull Djokovic and Federer, and the Dallas got so many different ways he can beat you. He can change what he does and he did that today and I think it surprised Yovich and It shouldn't be surprising to me, but at the end to us, but it kind of was surprising to see the dull change tactically against your that that rivalry has been so familiar in my head of what that looks like in terms of the patterns of the rallies and this one was different out there nobles the those tactical awareness today was was as good as anything I've ever seen from him. I think
Iga Swiatek makes history with French Open win
"History was made at Roland Garros this morning, IGA Chiffon Tech was Rates That's winter over Sofia Kenin to win the French Open women's title. She is the first Polish player, woman or man to win a grand slam and chiffon tech and unseated 19 year old. Never lost a set in the tournament and sit on NBC after the match, so happy and so, But my family was here finally, and I don't know it's just overwhelming for me. It's crazy years ago, I won junior grand summoned right now. On this year, It feels like such a such a short time. So Yeah, I'm just over warm. Her American opponent, Sofia Kenin, 16, and one in Grand Slam matches until this morning, but a leg issue in the second set hurt her chances at a comeback.
Storylines from Roland Garros 2020
"Everyone John, we're up here in this week's sports illustrated tennis podcast late Wednesday night we have reached the round of four. We've reached the semi. Draws so Jamie and I will talk some tennis from Roland Garros and. We would try to keep it sufficiently general. So the school be absolutely by the time you're listening Jamie how are you? I'm good. How are you from a little little cold but no complaints it's been spin. French Open like no other, it's been an interesting interesting time so far but you know the the good news is Kobe hasn't really become the story, and if we're talking about the chilly weather and not a global pandemic, that's a win in itself. In here, we are at the business end of our second major in four weeks. You're cold or office cold. I think some other players are cold I think joke just cold I've seen a lot of PARKAS. I actually double check the weather temperature today because I said, how cold is it? Really there people are inferred jackets and you know Winter Winter Parkas I think some people look like they're going skiing. Is it really that cold I? Mean you're you have survived many New York winters what's going on? Oh boy I'll say a few things. One of them is that whatever the temperature is it is that an accurate indicator is has that sort of British chill where you're. Just coal to the bones. You know I mean obviously for for athletes it's it's different. You're running around your your body's warming up than stopping as rob pointed out I think some of this is just what people are accustomed to. There's a part of me that doesn't mind it. You know we we played tennis in extreme conditions or extreme heat must failure I think it probably speaks well of the sport that same players that win when it's one hundred twenty degrees or winning when it's forty nine degrees. I would say that I think this has had a bit of an impact, not so much on the level of play but I don't think the caliber of play has dropped because everybody is. Dressed like they're going skiing I think it hasn't changed the mood in the vibe and we've got Novakova did and it's it's just funny how these tournament sort of change as they progress but there there is not been as far as i. can tell a whole lot of Kobe fear doesn't seem to be much of the talk it doesn't come up much in press conferences. Does, players like Daniel Collins shoot it down, but it's been if this is not the French Open that people are used to and I thought at the US Open the apparel manufacturers missed a golden opportunity not to do more with the surface area of these masks. Why not put a? Cough alligator or Nike swoosh mask, and here it's time to show off the winter gear in the Lacoste and Nike. And Adidas Park aware because as soon as the vitamins you've seen like as soon as the players. Get done leaving the court they as a record it Patrick of did it they all put on Ski Jack So It's been a twist on the tournament but again I mean. For the last six months you and I have been talking about. Bubbles and pandemics, and how are we going to get athletes from all over the world? Into into a common spot. And the fact that the talk has been a lot about. Tennis and conditions and scheduling and doubles and singles in wide open draws. And not about players tested positive I think is a good sign. For sure. I wanted to ask you I was reading and piece by CPS ignore and he he said that you know it was about the handshakes in about, of course, how they're really not happening anymore the racket touch. is now has now replaced it, and so I actually thought twenty because in the past few matches, we've actually seen some players after you know after the match in in the t match, he did it and there was some others where you know. They go to the night in a do this very strange hesitant high five or maybe there is a little bit of an embrace and course you sit there and you cringe and you say, oh no, they're touching each other amino they're so close I talk about Kobe and all this What is Of the players talked about the handshake what about you just watching? On my end I feel like You know a lot of after really great matches long matches. It's nice to see two opponents kind of embrace each other or just kind of you know pat each other on the back for for a hard-fought match and we don't see that what what are your thoughts on on just the lack of handshakes in this cova time. Yeah. You see handshakes like if you have. I have this thing where like I'll watch an old movie your you'll cringe and say, no social distance, oh. Yes. This was a bill before March of twenty twenty. So, yeah you see these these. Sort of belly paths or the even the on the shoulder at the you know the net you know I, mean I always loved the handshake I recited would've tennis is nice quirks. You spend hours battling with this opponent, and then the very first person you bake human contact with is that same opponent When Ron Swanson say about handshakes after the for dry and. In three seconds or something like that it's it's great. Now I mean the racket tap is a little bit strange in some players are are not even doing that other players are as as you know, there are have been a couple of exceptions. Dominant team seems to be a a serial offender which probably ultimately speaks well of him and it has has actually gone gone the hand I. He did what after the US Open finally did there were some some contact against Schwartzman I. Don't know I feel at some level you've been. You've been hitting a sweaty tennis ball back and forth for three hours at your opponent is touch. you know none of us are perfectly convicted and our Kobe protocol and the same person who watches groceries is. Also holding the poll on the subway. Think I think we all have a inconsistencies. I have to think if you've been using the same tennis ball as as another opponent and your bodily fluid is getting on that same tennis ball I don't know if you brush palms at the net for a second to is that really so bad but yeah. I mean there are a lot of sort of jarring little twists I mean the lack of a crowd I think has been especially acute here in France especially when French players have taken the court because often the the fans try to impose themselves on the match here Dan. Is it really happening? it'll be interesting to see what stays in what doesn't I mean if I never see another ball kid and all towel again, that's that's probably a good thing It's very strange doing a courtside interviewed a math. It'll be interesting to see I mean I think we're already sort of looking to twenty twenty, one I suspect there will be him shakes at the twenty twenty one Australian Open because the players will of quarantine for two weeks and essentially what what I'm wants the players were there. And test negative in are in this this quarantine situations that they they don't even have to wear masks
French Open Update
"David Lewis just taken a most enormous swig. If he's fifty five percent alcohol gloss of whiskey that he's drinking fit tonight's podcast I David just down. I'm going to have an excellent. Now, this one's going to be my twenty five year old Erin from US sisters whiskey show. Can't wait what percentage is that. Doesn't say. Strong. If it doesn't even say. One of the questions on my. Wanted the submitted questions on my instead. The INSTAGRAM INSTAGRAM DOT COM Cuban a this evening. Which I didn't which which I elected not answer although it wasn't my list of potential to answer I just happened not was he drinks to most alcohol as if you met and David. Come kind of like a dog ears elements. The amount I drink. You drink in terms of the offense has. On us is. Massively multiplied in May yes, I did I would probably say me because Matt lives with his parents, which is isn't necessarily party vibes. These boys as we as we speak Davies pouring himself another whiskey. So I didn't instagram INSTAGRAM DOT COM QNA that was fun and some tennis happened. Today and we have a we have all semifinalists. It feels like that sort of just happened. That were the last four stage. I mean, obviously, it hasn't been doing this for seven days but. He kind of feels suddenly like where the the very sharp ended the tournament somehow that is actually. What makes you re remember the this is a grand slam because that always happens every grandson doesn't it the first few days with so many matches to follow in your eyes are everywhere and and you dice are extremely long. They feel like they're going on forever and then you get half and you think well, it's still another nine days to go whatever, and then the next thing you know there's only four days left, which is where we are right now and that comes upon you very quickly and here we are yeah, I mean we've got four days we've got just semifinals and finals to guy. And I'm. I'm reading joined the tournaments, aval enjoyed loads of the matches and. There is a lot still that really. Wet Smile. I. I'm it's been so long since I've been consumed by how we did it all is. I'm just I'm now I'm now anxious about next week when the Guam tennis happening fills lake I've lived in a universe. Grand Slam tennis for so long now obviously, they were the two weeks in between the US Open in the French. But. Even, then I mean that was just a recovery time with the promise of the French. Around the corner and Yeah suddenly we're going to be descended plunged back into the the the battle days a few months ago on Monday in. Yeah it. Far Slums. This year In terms of when you think of the dailies relived shows that as well. We'll think of something the point is that it really feels like like how you should feel when you reaching the business end of and it's really pleasing that it that it feels. That way. You're agree. Yeah pumped pumped an pumped I'm slightly concerned about just how down Catherine was just that was that was a thought I hadn't processed yet, but you're right. It does feel like that and I'm now I'm now also concerned about next week but. Today was slightly we'll have each other and David's secrets of whiskey say we'll be fine. And my sister's got her own shop. As goods that I mean you have to pay for it. Usually the I seem to have got these ones free. Yeah, the twenty five olds recommend that. Of? The war, the twenty, five year old whiskey that I'm. Erin. Yeah. The Tennis Mats Talk About Tennis What happened today? How did you find it what? I think we've been. So you St- in the last few days to some really great days. Today was slightly less good. I would say, overall. I. Mean. The first three matches I think combined took about as long as the team Schwartzman match did yesterday's it's just a very different pace to the day. But what I would say is that all the winners were probably the ones we would have expected to win just about they're probably the favorites and they've set up to very exciting semifinals of come from these matches. So as much as today didn't always hold my interest for the entire day in terms of the competitiveness of the matches I think they've set us up for a couple of very, very exciting semifinals
Serena Williams withdraws from French Open with Achilles injury
"I think this was the best day at the French Open so far and the one where I thought about the witness the least. There was a good combination of really excellent matches and drama, and also an an unfortunate story of a big story line which was Serena Williams withdrawing from the tournament which happened moments after the sonic boom. Eerie how how close those two massive events were to each other and it was very hectic hectic time I. Think Actually Serena Williams's withdrawal was announced while we didn't know what the sonic boom walls. So it was it it was very unsettling period of the day that was probably the weirdest period of the day. But after that I would say it was a it was a fairly normal and eventful an interesting day of Grand Slam tennis. Rumors started to circulate pretty pretty much as soon as play had started about Serena Williams Joel and I'm sure would have been. One of these things have been more people and journalists. Onsite M Maybe proper word would have got out early than than it did was the. Circulating and actually pretty soon after that Serena Williams came to press. And told everybody Yep I am I. Am we from the much due to the Achilles injury that she hits kind of played down after her after I much against Christiaan It was obviously the injury she sustained in the US Open semifinal against Victoria as rancor, and again after that defeat, in New York, she had really played it down and said that wasn't why wasn't why I lost today,
French Open, Unlike US Open, to Allow Fans at its Tournament
"Of the French Open unveiled a plan today to allow a limited number of Spectators at Roland Garros despite a growing number of covert 19 cases in Paris. Right now the French Open begins September 27th after being postponed from May because of the pandemic.