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"roland garros" Discussed on No Challenges Remaining
"For a former director and a former WTA number one to say these things, I think, is incredibly damaging to women's tennis, potentially, and irresponsible, and I know was seen as a betrayal by a lot of women's tennis alumni and people who just care about women's tennis in general that she would do this. It's going to use ammunition by people who want to bring their own tenants to even amla Marissa says this. And again, I just wanted to answer that was an anticipated question that she was a little too off the cuff and too loose answering. And yeah, it was all just sort of regrettable from her. Yeah. And I just said, in my opinion, the big issue here is that the money grab of the night Sessions which are here in France are extremely exclusively by Amazon Prime, which have a big lucrative deal. And I think from 2021 to 2021 to 2023, so three years. And so then, but that's how it is the initial contract. Which in itself caused a lot of drama with the French Open is normally carried by a kind of state funded broadcaster, France televisions and the CEO or the prominent figure was very publicly disparaging of the French Open for kind of breaking with the contract with the night Sessions. And yeah, I just think that for us it's clear that none of the players want to play in those conditions move on conditions that it's cold. It's slow, it's not nice. This is one thing if a match goes on and you can put the lights on and you put the roof on or whatever and you play through it. But starting and so late as well like there were 8 45 starts not before 8 45. Mainly a little bit later. And the day would start at 12 instead of 11. So just the whole thing just, it stunk. It was not nice, way to watch that. It was cold. It's notably colder at night here. And maybe this is a bit of bad luck just how the weather went, but it was notably colder here than it was safe for Rome, night Sessions, which are perfectly fine. With my Sessions, obviously, in other terms, I will say India worlds, I think actually doesn't do the nice session either. I think those are not great and they can be cold sometimes. But yeah, it's just not a term that's been built for that Sessions and the way they're marking these tickets, you know, they were saying that you get the match of the day. And this is another big problem with the French Open. It's nice to just make it even worse is I have so many fans messaging meter in this tournament being like, I want to see the doll. When is he going to play his next match? Thank you. And you can't answer that with any confidence they're in the first week because he could play el chatrier, he could play a long one. He could play in a night sessions due to either one in three shot essentially, or maybe sometimes you can look at and people like me, I can often I'm better than chance of predicting these schedules, a lot of times I know who's played where what's likely to do stuff but still you're leaving fans guessing blindly in the dark for triple digit purchases in terms of Euro prices for these tickets. And I think it's really poor as a product which has to be doing that to fans. And the nice answer is just add to that. And also you're saying it's the match of the day. And then we can not put in the actual best match of the day on there. Like, I'm sorry. The best match of the day was on the fourth round day, was a 100% or not a 100%, but it was 85% Nadal Felix. What's the best match of the day? And the second one would have been Djokovic schwarzman. And they would mash up actually put on was alcaraz versus hatching off, which is not the best match of the day. And that's unfair to ticket buyers, your promise. And when we get one match, our promise matched today and don't get it. And the thing here is that those top players are all requesting that they don't play, and they want to play in the day. Djokovic played in long run, I think, twice. And the second time people were getting quite, you know, people, you know, that, you know, people were quite upset that they were putting the world number one on long run and then he came into prison. He was like, you know, a modular player here then by definition. No. So I just hope I honestly hope it goes away. There's so much cash in it. It's just a cash grab like you said. To open this new sort of gold mine of a whole new avenue of new ticket to sell. If they're going to do it, I wish they would change instead of 9 session time to be like evening session and make it be two matches. Men's and women's and just have it started at like 6 30 p.m. or something, but it's just not great. And the scheduling here, again, the whole thing, it's just so tough tennis product to not have people know when they're favorite players going to play until like 6 p.m. that I put before and you kind of have to buy tickets before that. My advice for future reference for this tournament. I told people this who did ask me in advance and I don't know if it worked or not for it. I work for at least one of them I know. So good for them. If you're in the situation for try to buy French up and take a specifically and does happen also in Australia and New York will try to buy day versus night session. You can't be a 100% sure when you're famous going to play, but even here, it's worse, I think. So this is third option and it's a little less logically, but if you really care about the specific player, whether you're in a dolphin, joke, which. Found text man, whatever it is, by both. And either go to both and it's expensive, but just sell the one that you don't want to wanting in the end. To play it safe, you have to buy both. And it's just frustrating in annoying. The tennis is your medial as a project. As a product to require that. So that's sort of a light session. I think they were widely very, very unpopular. And it's also when I was frustrated in sports and business things were like, it was a considered basically on top of everybody and also we don't think they're going in the way. So it's annoying. I'm not so levels there. Last thing to sort of wrap up, let's look ahead briefly Wimbledon. We'll do a show for the draw and Wimbledon. I'm sure. But where does the where are the Tories left? You get Sean tech, let's start with her. 35 match win streak. We don't know if she's going to play Berlin, which is entered in. People are.
"roland garros" Discussed on No Challenges Remaining
"But yeah, I mean, was this where we crazy to think Alcatraz was the favorite to make it out of this quarter? It came close. Yeah. I mean, I think it's fun that he was a favorite. I think that's not, you know, he also beats where even though obviously it's where I was comparing about scheduling. He beats her up, you know, in the last image. I do think the way people were just writing him in and the way even in some of the in the press conferences people would be like, so what's it going to be like for a nova? And was like, well, first of all, you know, he was like, well, I only have to face one of them. But yeah, it was a bit much. And I mean, the whole thing with the him playing the night matches and, you know, we barely even had a chance to properly speak with him because he didn't do tournament PRES and then he would just be finishing past his bedtime and doing like a few questions and makes sense. So there was that. And yeah, I think in the end, it's where I've absolutely loved it being in that position where in the past he was the guy who was hyped as the next big thing and, you know, everyone kind of putting their attention elsewhere. He wanted, he had something to prove. He had, well, he always has a chip on his shoulder. But the size of a planet. So he and yeah, he went in there, to be honest, I was like, that comfortably, in my opinion, the best way to imagine he's been in his life and he played really well against agarose I thought. Yeah. Yeah. And alcaraz was kind of off, you know, he spectacular, but a lot of what he does is crazy and high risk and, you know, when it's off, it's off, and he kind of poured himself back together in the end of the match, but then kind of held on and they're called bad misses railcars and that four set high break too. But I will say that, you know, he's 19 years old and he just made the work that he's 18 years old. 19 now. 19, sorry. Yeah. Long two weeks. He's 19 years old and he just made the court finals of the French Open. That's a good thing. He had a good tournament and he'll be able to build on that and learn and he backs himself and I think it's just another step in Carlos alcohol as well. So we get that nice Sessions. I'm going to talk about them in a second. I want to talk about one specific one first. Just briefly. A whole guru runa play against Casper Ruud in a Nordic night session battle of young Vikings, which was not to say which had a supposedly had a feel good factor to initially, you know, two scandinavians. Yeah. That's how it was built. These two boys from these countries with not the most spicy food delivered the spiciest match of the tournament. At least afterwards, runa is someone who has a big personality. I will say, and a lot of confidence and presence out there, he sits upon this tournament, which was really the first big surprise actually that he beats it to pass, and his father was a big fan to make the final on the bottom half and that really did kind of open things up. But yeah, what do you make of that match and there was this whole anyway, say it basically. So we're kind of demonstrative in being himself a lot during the match. The handshake afterwards and rude shakes his head disapprovingly afterwards and then says that after the match that Casper screamed. In his face and rue denies this and it's a whole back and forth thing and it's just, yeah. The parents going forward. The parent you're weighing in. Talk about needing rivalry. It's like ew, I think it's kind of fun to have a little Norway Denmark beef Swedish meatball between them. Yeah. Just for our. It was not entirely expected. And I was just like, I think Courtney actually mentioned this, just low stay strong. It's been a lot of trauma in tennis. There's been deportations and also, of course, there's something that was just completely wars. Was Chinese government, but this was low stakes. Exactly. And so it was enjoyable to kind of just chocolate that something silly and then just move on. I'd say like in terms of. I enjoy it like it's run. Yeah and another 19 year old in the course and the drop shots that creativity, the you know, he was playing like, you know, he's not nearly as spectacular as our crest. But he's kind of enjoyable player in his own way. Yeah. But and that's a big cabbage but with a capital letters here. The drama, man, this guy just brings everywhere he goes. I've never seen a player just in such short amount of time. So he played his 50th tormach during the tournament. And it's every other tournament, there's something going on, whether it's, you know, him shouting homophobic slurs or him. That did happen a couple years ago. That did happen. Last year. I think a challenge when he retired from a match because of some issue he had what he, I don't know. That's just drama. Everywhere. And I don't know. Particularly in this situation, I wasn't in the locker room. I don't know. I don't know, but when you put ruin and rude together and who is the people going to believe? It's quite clear cut there. And the drama is going to clearly be a source of entertainment, but also it's a lot in it. Okay, obviously don't support the homophobic mercy made last year. We've directed it myself. He was shouting for homophobic slurs at himself. Which is unusual. And then he apologized for it somewhat not ideally. And his mom weighed in too. Yeah. Anyway, that part aside, and I feel free to not put that aside if you want. But he has addressed that and that was when he still young and still bizarre behavior. Such a consistent generation just it's not homophobic relative to older ones, such as a weird thing to have happen. It should be noted just like he's older than Goku golf. Oh, that's true. Now that is true, we have nowhere near the material to cook up off of the inspiration to say. But he is like amusingly extra. I will say, and one of my favorite things about his presence is on his Twitter is this recent heaven he's developed on his tweets of putting siren emojis before his tweets to announce he had won that he did what he made the quarter finals or semi filings of Munich..
"roland garros" Discussed on No Challenges Remaining
"From injury and not really have been around for most of the streak. So to speak, Sakura are not playing her best. The one exception maybe she's been playing well that she didn't lose here first round. But she is someone who was actually kind of playing with her career best tennis during shout text streak and she wanted to Madrid the week that she found tech took off. But yeah, but most for the most part, like, you know, you see Osaka still not quite at full strength, or the regaining some form of some flashes, but even she was way off in Miami. Bianca andreescu is Sean flash's bed and quite gotten back to where we think and hope she can be. In terms of really being a shortlist elite contender, jump in and say about how I lost her bandage was to me what one of the most surprising not her losing to vintage, she was obviously one child's learning is a great player blah blah blah but just the way she lost the way. As well. 6 to 5. She was down in the second set and then got a break back to make the weight loss. Make it more respectable, but yeah, I hope so. Yeah, I know this one. And I would say on the termin two, like gibor was my pick to make the final this tournament, she lost first round to magdalena. And that was the disappointing result. But that was actually honestly the only result and I think that Bianca losing to bench a little bit less as well. What I'm saying for the tour is like shown tech was the only one of the top ten seats to make the fourth round even. And it wasn't actually shocking. If you look at the individual cases of each of those 9 other players and how they went out and actually both you and me I know it's not worth having an inspiration to both pick a socket and golf to make semis, like these were not shocks that there's actually if you're paying attention to the tour relatively understandable and maybe with the exception of shipper, but it was actually a pretty predictable tournament on the inside in a lot of ways. More than the men's. I said this when the semis were set, I actually picked three of the four women's semifinalists correctly and zero of the men, because I would have picked joke of a time when I picked alcaraz and they didn't make semis. I don't think it's a pass and he didn't make it. And I would have picked, I don't even know who I stood at center, I think, for the fourth quarter. But yeah, anyway, I think the iga is in a spot now where she's just way ahead of the pack and it's just a question of how much she can maintain that altitude with no one really on her heels. Does she get complacent? Can she keep up that hunger and that focus and that intensity we match and match out to keep being flawless streak, especially as it goes to probably her least comfortable surface on grass coming up? We'll see. Let's skip ahead to this part. Well, just one more thing I'll just say about, I think, you know, ideally, ego success and what she's doing should be, you know. Exactly. We've said this about bahta. That should happen, and I think there are there are some good players who can hang with her, undress you and Osaka being the main ones. And I don't know, I want to see this motivate them to get to that level and to be able to live. And also in general, for other players to see that it is possible to be consistent and to do this, we to when week after weekend to do it, not just the slams, but at every level of tournament. And so yeah, otherwise they're going to be left behind. And so this should be kind of a wake-up call. It was brought to you at the beginning of the year and I feel like with batis unique style. Maybe some players could kind of, I don't know, her doing so well was a bit less relatable than true. I should say she's kind of in her own way of freak of, you know, in terms of offensive ability, her athleticism of defensive ability, but this should be something that other players should be aspiring to or she's going to just keep on winning. And they don't have to deal with that. Yeah, we've seen it in tennis history for sure when someone gets way out whether it's Serena, whether it's maybe Justine and even circa 2007, who is a really, really dominant player as well. They had one of these long streaks that has passed here. So it's a market for people to emulate. And yes, the thing with party is she was just starting to get to that phase. And I think her Australian open really was her first kind of untouchable slam win. In some ways, that was her first taste of real dominance, and then she left pretty much right after that. So there wasn't really a chance for the tour to respond to her some way. What do you think if Barty was still playing? Would you have still run all the stuff she won? Or how do you think it would affect things? I think, personally, that the level that Sean tech has shown this year, it's better than bardi ever was. And the steadiness of it is very different than anything we had seen from Barty. Who I thought was always more inclined to wobble in matches than I see from Cheryl tech. I don't know how much is that recency bias, but I am more impressed by iga as a number one and a dominator than I was with the taste.
"roland garros" Discussed on The Tennis Podcast
"If you'd like to go and have a look, he reminds me a little bit of my childhood cat Marmite. He was a cutie. So thank you Cooper who've given me happy Marmite memories for the last two weeks. Other thank yous. There are many of them bear with us a bit folks. We have to say thank you to Hannah. Hannah Wilkes is just a she's incredible, isn't she? Yeah, she does have Twitter folks. If you're not on Twitter, you really want to get on it when she's contributing because she has us howling with laughter all day. Yeah. She's she's a bit special, Hannah, and we're sort of we're refreshing our own Twitter feed constantly to see what see what Hannah's been coming up with. Yes, I turn on notifications for our Twitter feed when Hannah's when Hannah is at the helm. So directly to my to my family. Sometimes otherwise I'd be just giving myself a notification from tweet I've sent. And pole vaults. Anyway, look, I know Twitter can be a horribly toxic space and we'll probably becoming more so over in future months if ownership changes hands. What cul de sac have I got myself down here but there are lovely pleasant irreverent funny corners of Twitter and Hannah Wilkes is one of them and we are delighted to have her with us on our team. I'm going to say a very, very big thank you to our personal mascots who somehow stick with us through thick and thin and for David and Darwin, it's very much thin. Darwin. I will do better. It will come around. For Matt and the dearly departed Gerald the cat, it's been awfully thick. We finally got to this part of the podcast. You've got 30 seconds Matt off you go. Very, very pleased to have won the predictions competition. Rafael Nadal in three sets. The obvious pick today got me over the line. Carter, I would like to explain that Matt talked me out of the pick that I really thought was going to happen which was Rafael Nadal in three obviously he persuaded me to go tactical and do a David law and it didn't pan out and also like to say thank you and hello as always to our executive producers and top blokes Chris Albert Lee and Kyle weingartner. And we have final shout outs Matt. Yes, we do. We have Claire Evans in Leeds. Hello Claire. Hello, Claire. Like Claire wood. Yeah. What other Claire's are there? Claire. Oh, that's a good one. Young, young American player. And Richard Evans, of course, esteemed esteemed journalist. Claire Evans is her name, David. Yes. Sort of. She'd probably have said Dan Evans, shouldn't I? It was well. The love child of Claire wood and Dan Evans. Thank you, Claire. Thanks, Claire. We've also got Catherine willerton in southport. Catherine, there's a disproportionate Catherine. I think Catherine willington has been in touch with us either on social media or an email and has been particularly nice. How will we spelling this Catherine? You would approve, put it that way. The proper way. Seeing an eye. Absolutely. Look, I don't maybe some judgmental of other Catherine. I think you've sounded judgmental yourself in the past. Look, it's a broad church. Brainwashed. There were just different places to sit in the church and Catherine willington is sitting right next to me on the front row. Awesome. And the final shout out today and you're going to like this is Robert Batista in Florida who says I'm not Roberto Bautista agu in disguise. That's amazing. This is going to be a relationship there. Somewhere. Not named after. It's like the fake Simon Briggs on Instagram. Yes, and the fake Jerry Barton. Yeah, we've got a fake zombie brig and a fake Joey Barton. And we got a real Joe Barton, just not that one. Which was quite a relief. There's a fake Simon Briggs. Yeah. We'll just messages us, isn't it? He's not claiming to be. The telegraph Simon brig he's just a man that has happened to be called Simon. Not a parody. No. No, okay. No. Anyway, hello to you. Hello to Robert no, it's Robert. Robert Bautista. No, no, Robert butter. But okay. All right, Robert. Hello, Robert. Lots of tennis Roberts. Bit like Robert Federer Roger Federer's dad. Wow. See? I pulled that one out tonight. On that absolutely bombshell note folks. I'm going to say a very big thank you to all of you for listening. Thank you to Friends of the pod. I know I've said this pretty much every day, but I can't say it enough, quite frankly, we have had the most wonderfully special two and a half weeks here in Paris, haven't we? The first time we've all shared an Airbnb together, of course, it's not the first Grand Slam we've all covered, but it feels like a first. Somehow it's really felt like a first day that I know for you it's been particularly special. Your first Roland Garros are first Roland Garros with you. Your first time at a tennis tournament after an absolutely horrible 8 months and it's been wonderful. To see you with Philippe chatrier. Yeah. And more importantly, Suzanne longland, your special place. I can't wait to see you next year..
"roland garros" Discussed on The Tennis Podcast
"A real possible route for hope. With absolutely no guarantees. And if it does work, it would work quickly, right? Because he's talking about instantly. Wimbledon being a possibility. It's totally noninvasive, pretty much. I mean, that day you wouldn't be able to go out and practice, but it's a noninvasive treatment. And it works pretty much instantly. Quite honestly, I was surprised that he hadn't tried it already. But then I get the impression that the condition is worsened so much more over the past few months, and there's no gaps in the tennis schedule, isn't he? I suppose he had a gap after a few miles, but he was rehabbing a broken rib, so. Yeah, he won this French Open with a numb foot. How on earth are we supposed to find words to explain that? To put that into any kind of context. It's unreal. It is unreal. And it's a French Open where he's 36 now. He had of oldest ever champion. We haven't even mentioned that. Yeah, he had to be the world number one. Novak Djokovic, which I think is important to this achievement, because there's no asterisk against this one. I know I know you both felt there's no asterisk against the last one, but there's not even a conversation about this one. And he's beaten the world number one. Fair and square. With a numb foot and then he's going to want the tournament. So moving to 22 with this. Massive statement victory, I think. He spoke to Maria Taylor on NBC. Straight after the winner on court, in fact, Maria is a listener. Hello, Maria. All right, Maria. And he was asked whether he'll be back at Roland Garros the next year. And he said, I can't confirm anything. I need to find a solution. I can't keep going the way that I'm going. And he had said to Franz TV that the lowest moment in the fortnight was after his victory over quarantine mute in the second round of night session match, of course. He said his medical team blocked the nerve in his foot to stop the pain, but he was in agony after that victory agony. He was so open in the English portion of his press conference, I didn't actually think that he revealed much more in the Spanish portion, but one thing he did say was that in 2016 here at Roland Garros, he effectively did the same thing with his wrist, which was causing him problems that season. And yet it didn't work that year because he had to pull out before he played Marcel granollers. I think it was in third round fourth round. I can't quite remember. So there was always the possibility that it wouldn't work this time on his foot either. And for him to, I think, take on that mental challenge, you know, besides just winning Roland Garros and coming up against four top ten players as he did and having to pay the Tennessee did. Fought up ten players as a record for him. Yeah, it is, yeah, consecutive matches against four top ten players to win this title. He also had the thought in the back of his mind that it could go at any time the foot, you know, it was a huge mental effort for him this tournament as well, I think, as well as physical obviously. It seems disrespectful to Rafael Nadal to talk about the Grand Slam race, because he doesn't care about it. And he's very clear about that. But we all do care. Do you believe him? I do. I do. I do. I really do. So do I. But I know people who don't, you see. No, I so believe him. I got the feeling with sort of slightly rolling his eyeballs at me when I said that. But I can't relate to it. I would be obsessed with the numbers. But he's not like me. His answer about it was so convincing, wasn't it? Because it was almost like he was sitting us down for a little talk. About how a 22 Grand Slam champion in his world thinks. I'm going to tell you a story everybody. Listen up. Her last story heard in a press conference was a bleak Daniel Medvedev story. Yeah. I mean, it felt like that. You didn't use those words. Obviously teasing. But he did feel like he was trying to just give us an insight into how his psyche works and why is the greatest in the moment athlete I've ever seen. In that, you know, don't think about records. I don't think about who, who's going to be the greatest, we've all achieved our dreams, roger Novak and me, what I care about is moments, passion for the sport. Memories. Memories, competing, this is what he's all about. And he just wants to have the chance he said. Sorry to cut you off. But I mean, the reason I believe him is because he's played his whole career like that. You know, that has been his approach every point every game, every set, every match, every year. He is where he is. He has never wavered from that attitude and he's got a career's worth of evidence as to why that. I'm sure is how he in his heart of hearts feels. And it makes me think of a discussion we were having with Mary carillo the other day about the Grand Slam race and those big three and the fact that Federer and Djokovic, I think, covered things from one another and from Rafael Nadal. I don't think Nadal covets anything from anyone. And that makes him, in many ways, we think of it being Federer and Nadal and then Djokovic being the third wheel in the scenario. But I think looked at it like that Federer and Djokovic have a lot more in common. I don't think the Grand Slam race keeps Federer up at night, but I also don't think he thinks like Rafael Nadal at all Nadal is different to those two and to anyone really that I can think of at the top of their game. Yeah, I've always thought that well not always, but it sort of crystallized for me really in the 2019 Wimbledon final Federer versus Djokovic. I always felt like Federer wanted or needed just that steel that Djokovic has in those biggest biggest matches. Think how many type matches Federer has lost against Nadal and Djokovic. And Djokovic wants or needs that love that Federer gets. That is a big part of it. Nadal has both of those things. He has the love and he has the big match game. And of course that's not to say Federer doesn't have a big match game, but just relative to those two, perhaps over the years. But their marriage has said yeah, but Nadal doesn't want or need those things from any other people. He just he just competes. He's just got his own attitude. And I think that hits an out on the head. He's his own driving force. And that might be why he ends up winning the race. Despite the fact that he's.
"roland garros" Discussed on The Tennis Podcast
"So great. So, so great. Great stories on both sides. Yeah, very much here for that. Long lens sees the men's legends final. Who would like to know who's in that? Yes, please. Sebastian Grosjean and Cedric peer lean. Against arno klement and fabrice santoro, they're all they're all French. Is that a fix? That's outrageous. Yeah. Yeah, a decade on the champions tour teaches you that there is they would never consider such a thing. The women's legends final today was won by Flavia Pennetta and Francesca schiavone over gisele delco and Gabriela Sabatini. What is going to happen? In the men's singles final tomorrow. I found the down is going to win. Not rude baby as Billie Jean King put it in her press conference today, which was one of the highlights of the day. Are you so great, wasn't it? Before the press conference officially began this, we all started our day with Billie Jean King press conference, which it's a shame that every day can't start that way quite frankly. She's sitting down and she's getting self settled and getting herself a glass of water and stuff and she's just greeting everyone and someone says, how are you doing? And she goes, I'm good. And then there's a pause and she goes, living large. And yeah. Wouldn't answer to that question. Regardless of how grumpy I am on any given day, whenever anyone asks how I am, I'm just going to say, living large. So one more day to go. Nadal for a 14th title, says David. Mat agrees. Yeah, I do agree. Maybe this is for tomorrow, but the idea of Rafael Nadal having as many Roland Garros titles as Pete Sampras has Grand Slam titles. Blows my tiny mind. Unbelievable, the fact that we might watch that tomorrow, it blows my tinier mind, Matt, and all due respect to Kasper aid. I wish him well. But it's a tough day. It's a tough task. Have you seen the picture of 2013 Casper Ruud at the French Open final watching my fun at all, lift the trophy? He's in a green G lay. I think we'll be seeing that picture a lot more tomorrow as well. Sort of him supporting that out he supporting the dollar. Absolutely. Yeah. And also, just quickly, in Toni Nadal news, he gave a quote in Spanish today. I can't quite remember who, too, Matt, but he said, in another extremely subtle dig at Felix George said, if it can't be an adult, Casper Ruud is the next best thing. We're in the French Open. Phoenix isn't in the final. But if it can't be Nadal in the final, it can only be the person he's playing in the final. Anyway. Poor Felix. Rude baby, rude. I'm cozy Billie Jean King, David. I haven't just lost my mind. And he's not rude. Yes I did. There was so many incredible one liners and brilliant eye rolls that just gave me life in that press conference. By the way, Catherine, called my mom. Gave her a call. She answered. Yeah, I was slightly concerned it was in the doghouse. Somewhat. And especially when I sent her a lovely jolly message saying, I hope you've enjoyed all the jubilee celebrations and the tennis. And then I got no answer for about two hours. And then I got a note back saying, thanks for slagging me off on the podcast for a few thousand people to hear. I'll remember in future not to answer the phone to anyone when you are here. To which I was. It sounds like mission accomplished for you, David, the message has got through. However, I would like to say that when I called, she says, actually, I didn't know when I was listening to the podcast. It was when I saw that post on Instagram that suggested that you were slagging me off and I suddenly thought, is he? Actually, apparently she signed up on Facebook in some way, she doesn't really know how and they replicate over to there. So she calls a sight of it. But apparently, after much groveling, I appear to have been forgiven. So sorry, mom, you're the best. My mom, when we were trying desperately to get to 10,000 followers, my mom sent me a message going. I've joined Instagram, so I've helped. My mom, she thinks she got us over the line. I think she did, so. Every person counts. Good work, Ross. One more of these pods to go folks. It's been it's been a wild, old, brilliant ride here at the French Open and we can't wait for tomorrow. We have Cooper, our lovely mascot for one more day. Thank you, Cooper, for you've just been most excellent. Just being involved. We have our mascots. I've got Carter, David's got Darwin. Has the dearly departed Gerald the cat. Billie Jean has Billie Jean King and Alana class. We have our executive producers and top blokes Chris Albert Lee and Kyle weingartner. Matt, we have shoutouts. We do, or more specifically, just one shout out today, because it's very special one. It is two Martina from Marion, which, first of all, great tennis names. Excellent. And this is a surprise for Martina from Marion. They are getting married today. So they've probably already got married, in fact. Oh. Congratulations. They're in Mainz in Germany, Marion was a massive tennis fan in Germany when she was younger during the Boris Becker, Steffi Graf years, kind of fell out of tennis for a bit until 5 years ago when she met Martina, who got her back into tennis, they said, on their first date, they talked about graft versus Hingis at Roland Garros in 1999. So this is a surprise little extra wedding present for Martina from Marion. Absolutely love that. Isn't it wonderful? Many, many congratulations to you both. I know the shout outs for Martina, but marrying you having one too. Yeah. Love that. Let us know if you and your partner have both have tennis names. That's a that's a new road for us to go down, isn't it? Yeah. Okay. Hang on. How good does the player have to be for it to be considered a tennis name? That's a good question. Because we try to find a tennis name for every single one. Yeah,.
"roland garros" Discussed on The Tennis Podcast
"It was their 59th meeting as he pointed out, David, the headset does not fit on one page, and it was Hannah was asking something on our WhatsApp group earlier on today about their head to head and David just sent screenshots to the photos of the head to head. I haven't got time, Hannah. Draw through all two pages of music. Too long. Exactly. Exactly. Did we see what that stands for? I've been wondering for years. Did we see anything different or unexpected tactically tonight from either of them? Or do we know what we're getting from these two and you might get a slightly different riff on it, but it's basically this is how these matches are played against one another. Did anybody try anything different tonight? I find it very hard to tell in kind of in the moment you just so wrapped up by the emotion of it all. I felt like Djokovic wasn't using the drop shot as much as he did in the 2020 final. For example, I was just talking about the sort of history of their rivalry, something that dal said in the Spanish portion of his press conference tonight was that he felt this was the second time he'd really been the underdog against Novak Djokovic at Roland Garros. And the other one was the 20 15 quarterfinal, which coincidentally I was also apt. That was when I came to Roland Garros as a fan. And Djokovic destroyed Nadal that day. It really did, you know, he beat him handily and it was jarring to see Nadal lose that way on the court Philippe chatrier. And we talk about the incredible things Nadal is doing this year alone, 2022. But to me, it's also completely remarkable that we are 7 years on from that match. Where Nadal looked a shadow of himself and he is playing tennis like this. I think we can talk about the sort of individual tactics of a match. But Nadal has not reinvented himself as a tennis player over the last 7 years, but he's added to his game. He's improved his game. He's figured out a way to get the best out of himself while he's in his 30s. And to me, that is remarkable. If you'd said to me on that day, 7 years ago that in 7 years time, you would see the doll beat Djokovic in the same round at Roland Garros. I would have thought that's not possible because Nadal's career looked almost done. You know, he was so handily beaten that confidence crisis at that point. He was. Absolutely. And I was talking about how I listened to episode one of the podcasts the other day. And at that point, Nadal had got 6 rowing Garros titles, and now he's got 13. But actually, the one thing that was different today that I don't recall ever seeing and admittedly I'm watching this from the 5th floor of court Philip Schneider. So I'm a long way away, but my sense was that there was 8 needle between those two in that fourth set. And they were circling marks at each other in the were going up and inspecting them more and I just, it wasn't a warm embrace at the end of the day. I was going to say that. But for players that have met 59 times and who will be defined one by one another in many ways, once their careers are done and in the history books, and that could have been their last ever meeting, it wasn't a warm embrace. When there was so much at stake tonight, because Nadal's in a race against time here, he hasn't got long left, really, as he. Even to my eyes, he hasn't got long left. And I know you both went in the press currency and can tell me about the impressions you got from that, but I saw them in when they were coming out in the corridor. And they never even met eyes, and they were right next to each other. There was not even acknowledgment of each other. And I just got the sense that they were aware of the stakes. They know where they stand in history now, this really is at a premium. And also, I think back to the Australian open this year, Nadal's comments about Djokovic, I felt at the time, I think I said it on the podcast. There will always be respect between them, absolutely, but I felt in Australia like Nadal distant distanced himself a bit from Djokovic. He just said, I don't agree with how he's handled this. And yeah, I wasn't sure how to put it. I wasn't sure. It wasn't aggro. It wasn't. Needles are great. But needles are great word. There was a slightly simmering tension. And I felt in the press conferences, they weren't throwing praise at each other. You know, there was, again, there's immense respect. There's absolutely, that's always going to be there, but I agree, I do think that was a bit of a difference tonight. A few more topics to cover on this match before we move on to other very, very dramatic events of the day in Paris, the crowd. You're a very good gauge of crowds, I think David obviously it was a pro Raphael Nadal crowd. I think pretty much whoever he'd be playing, it would be maybe if he was against a French man, although even against Corinth and mute the other night, it was maybe 50 50. Did it ever cross the line into disrespectful for you? Well, it was difficult to tell, but there were things happening that Djokovic was clearly getting wound up by and there were a couple of points he won where he would win them and then almost turn immediately to a section of the support, who he assumed thinks were getting unnecessarily an over the top behind Nadal. And in my commentary, I said, he's turned to them and he said, come on, and I'll take you all on..
"roland garros" Discussed on The Tennis Podcast
"Well, it is nearly 3 o'clock in the morning and we have all just watched Rafael Nadal do something truly extraordinary. Which is a phrase that I and others have said far more than we should ever have been able to say over the course of the last 20 years. But tennis finishing one 30 in the morning and Rafael Nadal doing superhuman things are no longer have never been particularly unusual events and yet we should not take them for granted. We should not take what we are seeing tonight for granted, David Lawrence. No, no, we shouldn't. And I've still struggling to get over the fact that he's here at all and competing properly after what I saw at the end in Rome. That looked too far, gone. And injury or problem, a physical impediment for him to be able to perform like this. Well, that was made to look stupid. It wasn't it. And I think most people felt like that coming into this tournament. I don't know too many people who thought he had a realistic chance. Given given how he looked, but then he worked his way through those early rounds. He's withstood the FedEx Oceania scene match, which he didn't look very good in really for parts of that. But tonight, the way he came out and just took it to Djokovic and just decided, I'm going for it. And I thought he was trying to win it quick and like he did two years ago. A year and a half ago in the October match that they played and it was very similar, wasn't it to 6 two three love just pummeling Djokovic and he was shortening the points and flattening it out and absolutely blistering shots left right and center. But it was almost more surprising what happened after that. How we won when he didn't win that second set. I can't get my head around that. Matt, when we watched Rafael Nadal win the Australian open in January of this year, just doing the completely unthinkable. I mean, a reaching that final in the first place having been in absolutely no formal fitness before the tournament, but doing what he did in that final coming from two sets to love down to win it. We decided we would we would never again back against Rafael Nadal that we would forever think anything was possible. And yet two months later, this felt impossible, didn't it? I know he hasn't won the tournament yet. And he may not, but he feels a little bit like he has in some ways. Yeah. We're idiots. We're fools. Matt did you think like we thought? Because you're usually the one who says, no, no, it's Nadal at Roland Garros. I always say that. Except I didn't say it this year. And that is despite seeing what I saw in Australia as Catherine says, I was so taken by how much pain he was in in Rome. As you said, just a couple of weeks ago and I didn't think this was possible. You then throw in the fact he's playing, playing Djokovic at night. I don't know what we were so worried about. I mean, and again, it's a case of honestly doubting him because I would have had probably the same feelings going into the 2020 final that you mentioned, David. And he came out in this one like he came out in that one, as you said. Just a blistering start. Absolutely vintage Nadal for the first hour. While there was still blue sky above the stadium, he was incredible. And then honestly, the sky turned black. It turned dark. And there was 45 minutes, 50 minutes there. When it all barely won games, as Djokovic fought back in that second set and I did think, okay, maybe these are the conditions slowing down. Maybe this is all favoring Djokovic. He was starting to time his returns and starting to dictate with the forehand and I started to think, okay, Nadal's incredible, but this is the match I was expecting, Novak Djokovic, being able to handle him. And then the start of the third set happened and the doll goes up a double break and I just didn't see that happening at all and then the latter half of the match was the Nadal we've seen this year in 2022. Him doing things which I no longer thought were possible for him to do and yet he keeps doing them. He's extraordinary. It was the third set that was the biggest surprise of the match to me. Their last two meetings at this tournament Nadal has made strong powerful starts in both here last year, and of course he went on to lose that epic match to Djokovic and in 2020 when he went on to continue what he did in the opening set and roll over Novak Djokovic frankly in that October final. So yes, although it was quite startling, seeing him do that given everything we've said about his form coming in here. And I think Djokovic looked quite startled, we've seen it before, Djokovic coming back in the second set. We've seen that before. Rafael Nadal just squashing that momentum that Djokovic had gained in that second set. And as you said, making it look like the tide is his turn here, especially with the weather changing. That was just an extraordinary feat of tennis and of match management, which is such an unsexy term, isn't it? But it's relevant there. Yeah, Nadal Nadal made it sexy tonight somehow, didn't he? He went to double break up in all three of those opening sets..
"roland garros" Discussed on The Tennis Podcast
"And you know, I know somebody else is throwing a racket into a nearly hitter cameraman but actually didn't and got away with it. Novak Djokovic of course did hit a line judge with the ball and that's what ended up. I think if you'd have missed the line judge, even though it was reckless, he'd have got away with it. But the problem is that players are just instinctively doing this stuff and I'm sure the fact that there are few repercussions to it is part of the reason that they're instinct goes to doing it. Do we need to adjust the rules? So it's not about outcome, which ultimately is a matter of luck, isn't it? The point is that you're doing something reckless with your racket where you don't know where it could go. You're relying on luck for it not to injure somebody. Yes, I think so. I had a look back at the U.S. open statement from when Novak Djokovic did get defaulted a couple of years ago and the words they used were reckless intentional and negligent disregard for the consequences. And I think beggars racket bounce was all of those things to be honest. I think she didn't even really look where it went. Did she? She was busy getting her next racket out of her bag. Obviously she didn't mean we'll want it to hit somebody. Nobody's suggesting that, but negligent reckless, all of those things. Quite upset at the end. And I suspect. I mean, you'd have to be pretty hard at heart, not to be. I don't know exactly what the lion should be in terms of the rule, because I don't necessarily feel like the moment the racket leaves your hand, you should be defaulted. But I do think that if your racket bounces and goes into the crowd like that, you're risking somebody's health and that can't happen. Amazingly, over on court 14, arena southern managed not to break any rackets. Who is the ultimate racket smash inducer? I think I just can't imagine the frustration of playing Madison Bengal. Everyone's thinking, why am I not winning this? Why am I not winning this easier? Madison Brady. Why is she winning points? I mean, it's amazing. She's the closest thing to the club player. Yes. Wind you up because you think I'm better than this player? Yeah, and she's such a provocateur for big hitters. And I relate to its so hard. You know, the Dolly second serve that you're heart leaps out and goes, I'm going to hit this as hard as I can. It's right in my heading zone. You can see it searing for a winner before you've even made contact with the ball and obviously it hits the back fence. And it was very much that it was a, it was a high level club match over on court 14. And I really don't think she's going to win this tournament, but I'm really impressed that sabalenka is getting these wins quite frankly. She would have been another person that had she lost in round one or round two, we'd have all gone. A bit of a surprise at shrugged and moved on. Yes, if you told me that only three of the top ten seeds made it through to round three, I would have thought, well, sabalenka would have been one of the ones who didn't make it through. It's actually so form a confidence, the general state of her game at the moment. But, you know, kind of like we said in Australia, at any time she's able to win without that. You know, sort of a game. I think it's kind of impressive from her. Mary carillo was out there watching on court 14. She came in to watch it on her day off. That is how much that woman loves tennis. Go, Mary. She informs us that the first point of the match was a double fold from Marina said a sublingual. The perseverance of arena subway can we call it? Yeah. In Australia. Over in the men's drone, think any real upsets today as we record at the moment. I know stephanos sits at passes embroiled in something, we will be talking about that later, folks. He's 5 all in the fourth set as we come to Annie's he's having not a fun time. I would say again. I think as we all declared on last night's podcast, we'd never heard of before yesterday. So look, if kola researchers required before part two, we will do the required research and we'll bring you up to date with that. But as we stand at the moment, no massive upsets unless you count Jill Simone getting his retirement ceremony canceled again. He's only gotten beaten Steve Johnson. Yeah, and he was straight left out with shields. Not surprised after he was here at about 1201 a.m. the other night when he was trying to keep his French Open life. Do you think they'll come a point where they just go, well, you're not getting your retirement ceremony, then you can keep bloody winning. You can get it if you win the title. You had your chance. And he plays Marin Cilic in the third round. Combine age of about 80. And he always beats man. Yeah. He's got, I think he won 6 of their 7 matches. Yeah. Quirky head to head fun. Wow. You see the army? No. You'll see more in round round in the second week of the French Open, absolute law. Big on geo Simone. Daniel Medvedev came through in three sets against laz le gerat a real clay court match. This I'm impressed with the way Medvedev is just so accepting of the challenges of clay. He said he said he didn't feel like he played as well as he did in his opening match. He said he felt like he hit a heavier ball in the opening match and maybe he'll need to do that in the next round he plays Miami gets manovich who beat Alexander bublik earlier on today. We didn't see any of that match, but pod fan friended the pod Steven that we all met earlier on today and had flown over from California to watch Andre bublik. He didn't fly over to me. He informs us that public tanked away that third set with countless under arms. I'm sad that I missed it the moment ever said, yeah, he said, look, overall, overall he's happy. He's very, you know, he's, I don't think any of us have him in our quarter 5. He could go all the way, couldn't he? He could go all the way. I mean, look at Sisyphus, who would have thought sisa pass would be 5 all in the fourth set against a player. I honestly had not heard of before this week. Yeah, and I remember kind of the same thing happening with Medvedev last year at Roland Garros in that we had absolutely no expectations of him coming in because he spent the entire clay court season. Saying a rubbish. Rubbish is on clay and how much he hates the clay and writing it on all the camera lenses..
"roland garros" Discussed on The Tennis Podcast
"At the start of the third set, absolutely. These are the rhythms of a 5 set match. There are lulls. Nobody is at full peltzer throughout the 5 setter let alone somebody with his level of experience, but there is no surge at the start of the fourth. Let alone at the start of the show. He did a bit of a Rory McIlroy and picked it up by throwing a bit of a spur to him and then it was too late. Yeah, at least he's won four majors already. We can ask Mary tomorrow, can you grow fangs? Does Lorenzo mazzetti have fangs? I mean, no. Sorry, Mary. The capacity to grow. Happily chatter over with you, but we know the answer. Yeah, I don't have much more to add. I think you've said it well. It's done with this. You said it well and Lorenzo musetti. I thought the end of the first set was a bit worrying from a sitter past point of view in that it was very similar to what we saw against Google Dimitrov at in Rome where he was ahead and suddenly his game just deserted him and mazetti took advantage. He did it to a lesser extent against action of in Rome as well. I don't know what it is. It's like a confidence, a slight lack of killer instinct. I don't know, but obviously he turned the match around impressively, but I think just look at that first set and think, that's we've seen that before recently from sit to pass. He needs to cut that out of his game if he's going to win this title I think against the very best players. But it was an impressive turnaround. He didn't panic. And it would have been easy to panic first round such a good opportunity, yeah, I thought he managed it well from that point on, but the first set was a bit concerning. So he sits a pass on his much shortly before 1 a.m.. I think shortly after 1 a.m. Simon triumphed in 5 sets as well, not not early enough, though, to get himself a retirement presentation. Or actually, hang on. He's got them off the hook, hasn't he? He sees what he's gone and won. We had an alert. At about midnight saying, you'll see most retiring presentation has been canceled. Regard regardless of the result tonight. I was going to say maybe they knew something we don't know that he's going to get the win. Which had he lost and not had his Roland Garros retirement presentation. Would have been rather sad given that he had to participate in somebody else's retirement presentation. Today, yes. Because today was an emotional one, folks, wasn't it? We saw the last ever professional match of the ever popular Jo Wilfried tsonga and look, he hasn't been a force in tennis for quite some time, has he, he's physically looked to a shadow of himself. He had the diagnosis with sickle cell disease a few years ago, he hasn't been a force for some time, but he's still been a presence somehow in the game and he deserved. He deserved to send off and boy did Roland Garros deliver. Well, first and foremost, he delivered because for a very long time he gave the background inside Philippe sherry a match, a real match. You got to commentate David on that first set, which sounded absolutely electric against Casper Ruud. Yeah, it wasn't me who said it. It was one of you or Hannah, that he was giving Philip chatrier, his greatest hits in the space of those first two sets. Reminding us who he used to be as a tennis player. And that is a marauding swashbuckling, incredibly powerful athletic, great touch human being on the tennis court who could just take the racket out of an opponent's hands. I mean, Casper Ruud doesn't mess about. He's got a pretty violent for end of his own. Sometimes you've been knocked back on his heels by the sheer brute force of the skies. Shot making. And it was just so emotional in that stadium, the way the crowd reacted to him. And yeah, the stuff at the end, it was perfect, really. I think it was one of the best. I know it went on a bit, but I didn't mind, actually. It was one of the best post Korea moments that I've witnessed. And he called it, I think the best moment of his career, which is quite something. One of the best moments of my career actually came before the episode of this is your life delivered by Roland Garros. After the match and that was the singing of la marseillaise. By the crowd, I mean, it has been somewhat colored by what immediately followed it, which was a quite bizarre series of events, but will always have that moment. I've now heard Matt Singh along to the la Marseilles. It's for lyrics. Yes, it is one of the things I can do is sing the chorus of the marseillaise and I'm not going to do it now. I tried folks. But yeah, I just felt like I had to join in in that moment. We were actually in a sort of studio, weren't we when it started and we ran out to be able to hear the full effect of it. And it was spine tingling. And then I've never. So it was a set of piece, no, two sets to one rather to Casper Ruud, and it looked all but done, didn't it? Physical shadow with even himself at the start of started the match alone his former peak self..
"roland garros" Discussed on The Tennis Podcast
"It'll come to us as soon as we start recording. It's the pressure of trying to get it. You know that all these angry messages we've got about Alison risk. Yes, there's someone out there. People are screaming at their iPods. Thank you very much, Justin. Sorry, we've let you down. They literally just stopped making iPods. Yeah, the other day. Oh well. Anyway, final shout out is Josh beam from Kansas City Missouri and Josh says that he's attended the U.S. open at Wimbledon and the Australian open. He booked to go to Roland Garros in May 2020. Obviously couldn't go and when he wrote this, this would have been, at the start of the year, he was hoping to go to the Frank open. This summer. So he may be among us. He may be among us now. So, Josh, if you are, let us know. Let us know and come and say hello. Absolutely. I mean, obviously there are many tennis joshes, Josh eagle. Yeah. That's right. Thanks, Josh. I thought that would be the first of us all contributing our own joshes. I didn't think it was. Again, like all American athletes are called Josh or Justin. Come on. Have you got more obviously to help us out? No, all I can think of is Joshua Jackson, who's just an actor. Well, Josh, thanks very much. And yeah, do so. So the fact that Kansas City isn't in Kansas. Those are my thoughts, Josh. Thank you ever so much for your support. Thank you for listening to the tennis podcast. If you want to become a friend, Friends of the port are the reason we are here in Roland Garros if you want to become a friend, the link is in our show notes if you want to subscribe to the newsletter if you inexplicably haven't already then subscribe to the newsletter folks.
"roland garros" Discussed on The Tennis Podcast
"Great to see. We love we love a full flow Dan Evans. And just on the Wimbledon subjects asked him about that and he said, the little bit there. They're all play. Oh, and no nonsense brummy. We love it. Tomorrow, what's happening at Roland Garros tomorrow at least a corne opens up Felicia, then it's Casper rude against songa. Song is last French Open, of course. They potentially his last match get out your tissues. Then paladin dosa against Fiona Ferro, one of Matt's former fam dujour, he's dropped her, dropped her like a hot potato. And then the night session to run out and shatter a Lorenzo musetti against Stefano sit to pass at Daniel Medvedev always entertaining on clay, opens up long Len then we've got quite a lot of resumptions tomorrow. So Harris and Gasquet have to come back out because obviously they're rained off today. Taylor Townsend against Caroline Garcia that should be fun Townsend coming back from maternity leave Matt earmarked Gaston against domino. On long then tomorrow is one he would like to watch Saba lenker in action. What else have we got? We've got Simona Halep over on Simon Mathieu. Oster Panko opening up caught 14. Andre Rublev, Hugo and bear, lots of French players still to play Yannick sinner is over on court 7. So that's tomorrow. Yes, it is still the first round. There is still a whole day of first round Roland Garros tennis to come. And should we just have a word, the final word of today? Yes. For Angelique Kerber. It's on, folks, it's on. It is so on. And I don't even care if it's on, because the memory she gave today will stay with me because I was at the top of that stadium near our commentary box and suddenly there was this raw coming from another part of the complex. And it was court 6, which is pretty small, relatively speaking, but it's got about 5 rows of spectators, but they were making themselves heard, and it was just like the Kerber Cyrus cerebellar tormo match at Wimbledon last year where everybody feels privileged and just as though they've won the lottery to be in the crowd watching her. I really care if it's on, and all I'm going to say is she saved too much points today, and she also saved too much points in her first round against misaki doi. Before going on to win the 2016 Australian open. Okay. I'd be surprised if it's on, but I'd love a parallel like that. But delighted. And if it was. Angelique Kerber fighting like that is one of the best things in tennis. We got a glimpse of it at Wimbledon last year when we thought we would never see it again. And I never thought I would see it on clay ever again. And she's backed up, winning a title last week, less than 48 hours later, playing like this again. She's 34 now and she was moon balling. She did an incredible drop shot to save one of the match points, the crowd were chanting her name. That was amazing. And she was embracing it all. I felt like she was having fun with all of that. And yeah, it was a great, great sight. She makes good matches. But that is just a fact, long May that continue. We have our mascots, well, we have our mascot singular. Our Roland Garros 2022 mascot Cooper the cat features in our predictions graphic, which you can see on Instagram if you'd like to see them see them drop like flies over the course of the next 13 days. So thank you lovely Cooper for being a Roland Garros mascot. We have our own individual mascots. I have Carter and Carter, we triumphed with Bianca andreescu today, although it was looking a bit ropey for a few moments there, but coco inspired and us to the win. David scored for Darwin today with Corinth and mute Matt has an anxious overnight weight to see whether Tommy Paul comes through for him, that match was rained off and Matt's mascot is the dearly departed Gerald the cat. Billie Jean, who I've been cheating on today with coco, obviously sponsored by Billie Jean King and Alana klos. Chris Albert Lee and Kyle weingartner are our top blokes and executive producers, and we have shoutouts. We have O had flider man from Israel living in Sydney. Wow. That's cool. And O had has the same birthday as Novak Djokovic, 22nd of May, just yesterday. So I love that he knows it. I have the same birthday as Novak Djokovic or did he just say my birthday is a 22nd of May and you have deduced that that's the same as Novak Djokovic. He told us that was his fun fact. Love it. Well done. David shares a birthday with tennis people. Oh no, you nearly share a birthday with tennis people. Tim henman and Greg bruski are 6th of September. I'm the 7th. They are. Close. I had thanks for being our friend. Yes, thank you very much. We also have Justin Sears from Brooklyn, New York. Like Justin Thomas that just won the PGA Championship. Indeed, but a better one. Thank you, Justin. Oh, you know, all the many tennis Justin's. Yeah. Yeah, we went. We might mention that one. Thanks, Justin. I have to be some good ones, don't they? Come on. Is it really Tennessee name, isn't it? Like all American sportspeople are called Justin..
"roland garros" Discussed on The Tennis Podcast
"Will you find myself David and Matt, the tennis podcast team in the spot where the bull ring used to be here at Roland Garros David is well grinning from ear to ear quite frankly as he has been throughout day one of the French Open 2022. Look, the bullring was a lovely court, wasn't it? I don't know. I'd love to know. It was a lovely court. It was brilliant. It was atmospheric. I'm very pleased though that there's some wide open space now where the bull ring used to be because that's something that this site has always missed. Yeah, to use a football analogy, given we've actually been watching quite a lot of football today, lots of tennis as well, but we did get a bit distracted by the football. I feel like the bull ring was good as some park. Lots of soul. A little bit falling down. Yes. You missed it. If you took one pillar away the whole thing would collapse. Not quite fit for purpose anymore. Yes. Right, okay. Yes, but look, there's a lovely grassy Knoll over David's left shoulder, there's coach Philippe chatrier over David's right shoulder and there's a lot of closed food stands over both of my shoulders because it's around about 5 past 9 on day one of the French Open. There are a few spits and spots of matches still going that the majority of the day's business has been done. And well, the days of the sort of slightly slow stuttering Sunday starts to the French Open seem to be over because they rather hit the ground running. This year, didn't they? There was a. Strange atmosphere on loss on the first match of the day on Philippe chatrier today. It was, it was all over extremely weird, I thought. Yeah, I think it started weird because it was empty pretty much when the players walked out and that's because it was scheduled at 11 o'clock in the morning and whilst Rasmus in the Emily Murray's most story that we recorded yesterday is according to Marion Bartoli that we spoke to on that show trying to change all that and get people in their seats earlier, particularly those low down seats that all the high spenders have, you know, it was too empty and it was and it was a shame in that way, but then for her to go up a set given all that's been happening in her career in the last few months and lose like that, albeit to a player who was playing seriously well and rising to the challenge in magdalena as kind of picked by math on I don't know whether the resort was picked but certainly the form. First stop nodding Matt, that is generous from Davis. Do you bought that up there? Because I was going to be awkward for me to bring it up because I really didn't pick it. But I also do want a bit of credit so you're holding it to lose. I've picked magda Lynette to lose. I just said it. Over and over again, kept saying, she's a bit tricky. Tricky custom. Tricky customer. She beat on as he said David from a set down three 6 7 6 7 5. I've written here and catastroph. For 45 worked out of our 69 predictors that is 67% of the people in our predictions competition us included will me and Martin included that had an in the final 96% of our predictors had her in the quarterfinals. It's nice to have company is what I would say. Yeah. I felt that after the match and jabber had lost and was out of the tournament, you know, kind of before it's already even started. I was left with a bit of a strange feeling because that was a big shock. You know, she'd won 17 matches on clay, the Madrid champion, the Rome finalist. She was absolutely in great form and lots of people as those numbers point out. We're picking her to go far. And yet, I found it quite difficult to process the sort of impact that it was having on the tournament. And I just think it didn't, and this may sound ridiculous to some people, but to me, it didn't feel like a tournament contender had gone out. No. You know, when a big shock happens and you feel it all around the grounds and there's a sort of buzz that accompanies a big shock like that. It wasn't quite like that. And I don't know whether that's because maybe some people here aren't as familiar with on gibo as maybe they could be or should be perhaps, but they also think it says just how dominant English film tech feels in my mind. And that feels like the only result in the women's draw. Schon tech losing early, which would just send everyone mad and thinking, oh my God, this tournament's been blown wide open kind of thing. I think it has thrown that bottom half open, of course, because so many of us talked about would go deep. But I don't know, it just didn't have the feeling of arguably the second favorite for the tournament going out because she's such a distant second favorite, perhaps. I thought the timing of it was part of that situation as well. I just don't think, you know, on a lazy Sunday in Paris, people were prepared for the second favorite to crash out in the first match of the day. I just don't think people tune in here. No, they're not, and kicked things off by saying, people don't think of this son. I think people do still think of this Sunday start as a bit of an accoutrement, you know? It's a nice extra day for the fans. But we don't actually expect anything sort of tournament changing to happen on these opening days. I don't think do we maybe a moderate sized upset just to wet the taste. You feel like the appetite a bit, but they've set it up almost to, yeah..
"roland garros" Discussed on The Tennis Podcast
"Carter, our die is cast. I'm going to deliver for you this week, Darwin. You and me. Executive producers, Chris Albert Lee and Kyle weing Gartner. And we have shoutouts, Matt. We have Kate summerfield from London. Okay. A lot like Kate's cake Somerville. Sorry, I've totally read that wrong. KT summerfield. Oh, still quite a lot like Kate. Somerville. All right, Katie. We had a summer field the other day. Yes, because you made a Kevin summerfield joke. That's right. Former Albion striker that's West Point job in my football team. They're not very good. He was even worse. And I've made a skin care, not even joke, so. Anyone you like, Katie summerfield? Yes. Thank you, Katie, for your support. Katie volley nuts. Circadian tennis Katie. Thank you very much. Katie boulter. Casey Swann. Katie swan. I'm feeling under pressure to come. No, we've got three. Great. Thank you, Katie. We have Eric Chu from West Sacramento in California. Like Eric bhutta rock guys. Yeah. High up at the U.S. open these days and used to be part of a team name that he called stretch and booty. Him and Jeremy Murray back in the mid 2000s. That's looking at me as like, was I alive? I love it when you suddenly remember something that you've not thought about for about 15 years. It's a great moment. Thank you, Eric. For your support, we're Sacramento sounds lovely. Yeah. Cheers, Eric. And last but my no means least, we have Carrie Kaplan, who is Darwin's owner. Get on your carry. I don't carry. Carries in New York and she adds that she played tennis for the first time at 38 and is now just obsessed with it and all the family is too. That's brilliant. That's really great. See, Darwin's owner. Love it. Thank you Carrie and thank you for bringing Darwin into our lives as well. Do get in touch and let us know how you think David is performing for your beloved pet. Pox out of ten are welcome. She intends to sponsor someone else next year. Carrie, thank you. Thank you to all our Friends of the tennis podcast. We're so tough to be here. We're so chuffed to be making these pods. We'll be back with another daily pod on Sunday, day one of Roland Garros 2022 and of course the Amelie mauresmo story. For Friends of the pod coming to you tomorrow will speak to you too..
"roland garros" Discussed on The Tennis Podcast
"Right then, I think that's your draw dissected, obviously, you know, we're going to be talking it to death over the course of the next few days. We'll be coming to you tomorrow after media day, all the big names coming in, all the big names, will be drilling them. Grilling them, not drilling them. Folks. Again, blame the eurostar. I have to say despite the Euro star what happened out on the era that happened is let's take that approach. Nice to be doing a Grand Slam preview and not watching a court hearing. As we four or 5 months ago, literally we landed in Australia and it was like, right. Caught hearing. Yes. Yes, we did our first grocery shop on the eve of the tournament. We had to stop in the street, drop our bags because deported. So if traumatic eurostar drama is as bad as it gets, then we're doing all right. And I've tempted to fight again. No, look, we absolutely can't wait for this Grand Slam to get underway David in particular. In fact, I'm going to send him to bed now because he's been too pumped all day. And he needs to lie down. It is wonderful to be here. It really is. Thank you to Friends of the tennis podcast for enabling us to be here. If you'd like to become a friend, if you're not already, then the link is in our show notes, please, please do that. If you fancy it, sign up to the newsletter if you haven't already. They will be daily throughout Roland Garros. And for the duration, we have a very special mascot brought to you by longtime listeners and many time emailers drew and David. Hello Joan David, we love you. Thank you for bringing Cooper into our lives. David and drew adopted Cooper from the Madison the Madison Wisconsin humane society in 2013 and moved to Chicago in 2015, Cooper enjoys sunny naps and begging for wet food. 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I'm going to quit the podcast. Right. On that note, folks, it's great to have you company for this friendship and we can't wait. We of course have our usual mascots. I've got Carter. Don't worry, Carter, we're not picking powder but dosa. David's got Darwin. Matt has got Gerald the cat May he rest in peace. We have our executive producers, Chris Albert Lee and Kyle, we are doing shoutouts Matt or should we save shout outs for tomorrow? We can do some. Let's have some rolling gas shouting. We have Joel burger in New Mexico. All right, Joel. My brother spent a year in New Mexico. Oh, did he? Yeah, in Albuquerque. In fact, I can be more specific. Oh. Right, yeah. Yeah, lift an Albuquerque for you. I think it was. It was an event for you. It was a wild time. Yeah. Hello, Joel. Thank you very much for your support. Yeah. Trying to imagine math your brother having a wild time in New Mexico is like trying to imagine the lost law he is. Is it? Wow. It doesn't compute with what I know now. Oh, stamp standby once we finish recording, I'll show you the photo he used for his Jerry Springer application circa 2005. His wife. Next shaft. Jerry Springer application. Really? Yeah. What was he doing on that? He didn't go on Jerry's. It was just it was all a joke. But I think he did. We told me he applied. Anyway. My brother didn't go on Jerry Springer folks. He's an entirely normal conventional what can I say that won't make him hate me? Great brother. Hi, math. Thanks for listening. Hi, Joel. Thanks for your support. We have Steve Duffy from Walton on Thames. We know Steve, don't we? There must be Steven Duffy. Gets in touch with this on Twitter. Yes. Yes. I mean, it's possible there's two. But anyway, we love you both. We sure do. And Stephen? Steve loves Medvedev and muguruza. Oh. It could be a tricky round on Garros, I think. Imagine if they got won the double. That shouldn't be as far fetched as it is. And it sounds preposterous. Just imagine the points I'd get. Yeah. So I went with them too. Yep. Thank you, Steve. And hello. And finally, we have Jonas who is in Iraq, although Jonas is Swedish. Oh wow. All the onus is. Mister Bjorn. I thought they were more when I said all the owners. I now can't think of any more. You've over promised. Jonas Olson? To be honest, we only need the two. This owners in Johannesburg. That'll do. Thank you very much, ianus. It is great to have your support, I'm sure you'll agree. It's probably best that we wrap up this book. Delirious. It's been a long day. Yeah, let's get this show off the road. Thanks for listening, folks. We'll be back tomorrow. We can't wait..
"roland garros" Discussed on The Tennis Podcast
"A possibility that whilst yes, she flew out of the blocks with that win. I wonder whether she caught herself just assuming that this is how things will be now. I'm not trying to say she was complacent, but when you've got having great results and she's got such a good game and when you're believing in yourself and then you probably just expect it to happen and then she had that loss at the Australian open. Heavy last disappointing defeat and I think that that can probably that can rock players sometimes. It can stop them in the tracks and make them wonder well, oh, okay. Well, it's not as easy as maybe I thought it was going to be. Who knows might have even been looking ahead to the next round or something like that, you know, who she might end up playing further down the road. I think you can then start to worry as a player. You can start to be aware of your ranking which is only ever gone up in the last 18 months because when you're low down, it's easier to go up. And now she suddenly hasn't got very far to go. Now she's suddenly being written about, talked about as somebody who we think and lots and lots of people are writing and thinking is going to reach the final. And win one of these things. That's a lot of pressure. So who knows whether that might be a factor? Apologies Paola, for all the pressure. Yeah. I won't be picking you for this tournament. So she's nailed on folks. So top half, you've got shonte obviously all of your eyes instantly go to sponge, but doss is in there as well. Matt's mentioned some mental hallett Jessica bagula is in the top quarter in the second quarter, but is the highest seed in there. We also got arena sabalenka, who I forgot to even look out for. In the draw which considering she was so firmly in the mix last year after winning, winning Madrid is quite a tumble. What's strikes me above all else looking at this draw is how few players feel like they're in really good form. You've got, well, because she'll do the one everything. You've got Barty who's retired, and she was winning everything at the start. Now you've got Schwann tech, dominating the circuit, and you've got a bit of on stripper. Who else? There's a bit of a period of shock happening in women's tennis. Nobody expected this with eager film tech. I think she will pull others up with her. But I think there's a bit of a period of readjustment here and the tools in a bit of shock. It feels to me. Yeah, I think we're so used to looking at these women's drawers at majors in particular and thinking, yeah, she's got a chance. She's got a chance. She's got a chance. But names that we would ordinarily think that about for whatever reason, maybe not thinking that this time, you know, just critique of we've not seen her for so long. She is in this drawer. She practiced today at Roland Garros. She's the second seed, which is the defending champion, she's got a new clothing sponsor at last. She won't be in the same kit that she's been wearing for the last year. But I'm not looking at her thinking, I'm confident she's going to make a round. You've also got muguruza in terrible form, a losing record this year, David and I watched her disintegrate really against trevisan in Rabat just a couple of days ago. The game is all over the place. We were sitting on Catherine sofa while you were out. Nigh on hiding behind the sofa, watching this, this result. Guadalajara wasn't that long ago. She was a setup, wasn't she? She was in charge of setting a break and then it just wow. She couldn't put balls in the court, really. Gosh. And if you think the previous tournament she'd had that set to with Putin's saver and she kind of came out in the wrong end of that one as well. See also an cultivate by the way who's in that bottom half of the draw, where is her form? Curse of having a great end of season. I've done this before, but the player who stands out to me in the bottom half of the draw other than non steber, who you would kind of expect to be coming through that. I mean, that section, her. Well, I've deliberately left that quarter to last because it's delicious. I think in the other quarter in the bottom quarter of the entire women's draw, I'm looking at coco golf. Personally, and I've done this before and she's not produced. But I think she played pretty well. Last week in Rome, she had a couple of good wins and I just look at the players you mentioned, critique of it has no form because we don't know where she is. It has no form at all. Mertens has been injured conservate not been playing with it. I like your type there. Azarenka, I guess. Had a good performance against siobhan Texas partner who's in 6 46 one. Breezed past Jill teichmann David. Yeah, she's a good player. You're right, she could be one. But I'm going coco got off on it. It's certainly a good draw for coco golf without question. There is there is an opportunity there. Absolutely. In fact, that's the whole quarter of the draw with the most opportunity because the big names, the seeds that have fallen in there, have no form to their name whatsoever. So the third quarter of the draw, the top of the bottom, folks. This is where it's at. This is where the magic is happening, folks. You've got on the top of it. You've got Maria sackry at the bottom of it. In theory, I suppose their favorites to meet in the quarterfinal, which would be, of course, a rematch of their last Zachary would probably call it harrowing encounter in Rome last week. When she didn't hold match points, did she, but she was a certain 5 two. 6 one 5 6 one 5 two and just tightened up fell apart just uttered disaster for Maria thackeray, but standing in the way of that potential rematch, you've got the following names Petra kvitova, Angelique Kerber, emirati Carney, Belinda bencic, Leila Fernández, Amanda anissa mova and Naomi Osaka. And Bianca andreescu. Oh, did I oh, it's because she's not embalmed. Sorry. Only the seeds are in bold. Carolina much of that is also in there. Yeah, it's really happening in this section of the draw. I love it. I feel for the players that are in that section. I mean, you've got in a list of about 8 names. You've got rady Carney bencic and rescue Fernández. She's in there as well, which should be a thing, but isn't really anymore. Of course, the pick of all of it is a first round meeting between Amanda Anderson and Naomi Osaka, in which I would call anissa move a heavy favorite. Yeah, me too. Far greater confidence on clay. She's already beaten a cycle on a hard court this year. So what must you take from that going into a match on clay? I felt really good about anissa over coming into this French Open. I would have really thought she would have a strong tournament. It is a tough draw because she's the strong favorite against the sarka, but saccharine is in there. All these names we've mentioned just to try and get to the quarterfinals..
"roland garros" Discussed on The Tennis Podcast
"It is an interesting one because I think so many people do like to build towards a particular final and have the biggest two names. I loved it last year, having that in the dowel Djokovic semifinal. I love all that. So and it didn't disappoint. For me, I'd much rather have them all in there together. And if sits a pass gets to the final, it's still a great narrative, isn't it? Back to back finals, can he get over the line this time? Yeah. Yeah, absolutely. Oh, by the way, kind of destroy attention to a first round of just saying as well. Denis Shapovalov against holger runner. Oh yeah. That's quite an interesting one. That's a very sort of. It's been a day. Help me with the analogy here. I want to sort of you're going to say next gen against no. I definitely wasn't going to say next gen. It's a very sort of backwards baseball cappy. Kind of a vibe that is actually. Flashy, yeah. Confirmed to me today that Denis Shapovalov and Jamie Delgado know longer working together, which I have to say, I find surprising. It was Dennis's decision. And I'm surprised by it. I think that Jamie Delgado having worked with Andy Murray and seeing what it takes was exactly the sort of message giver that Chaparral of needed, somebody to lay out what's required. And yeah, I mean, I'm reading that Chevrolet now coached by his fellow Canadian who I think is also an active player, Peter Polanski. And I just find it surprising. Maybe it'll be a stroke of genius, but I'd rather suspend that. That's very player manager, rude Hurley, isn't it? Except that root of it was very good. And that may be piece of landscape will be an amazing coach. I have no idea, but I'd be more surprised than if Jamie Delgado was in charge. Yeah, surprise surprised me as well. I was surprised not to see Jamie Delgado with him in Madrid, but assumed it was a temporary thing. I suppose it's possible that Shapovalov took what he wanted from Delgado in terms of the pointers of how to be a professional at the very top level, which of course Delgado would know from his many years with Andy Murray and that's what he wanted him for more than the sort of day to day tactical management or technical management who knows, but and maybe Peter pansky is a great technician and tactician. Time will tell. Two of the quick first round is that I picked out one was in proper throwback news, because Gilles Simon against public arena buster. I mean, it's like they've decided to put that one out there for Simon's final Grand Slam and say, I'll tell you what. Live in the past. And then there's also Joe Wilfried tsonga, who's playing his final French Open final tournament, isn't it? And he's playing against Casper Ruud in the first round. So yeah, GLC is final French Open in tsonga, his final final tournament altogether. They're both coming into media day tomorrow, which we will be attending in full force. There's no trains that can get in the way of that. Again, David, don't tempt fate. I wouldn't put it past you, very sorry to find a way to ruin tomorrow as well. I've never been here before, so I don't know where I'm going. You better take me the ride. It's not far away, David. It's a delightful stroll down the road. We found ourselves an absolutely glorious little Airbnb and we're extremely pleased to be here. So yeah, we start off in earnest tomorrow with media day and starting off media day in earnest will be eager film tech coming to face the press at midday, and I think she's, you know, I bet she's on time, but she's bang on time. Top tennis players world number ones, they're so rarely on time, are they? But I just, I just feel really confident that she will be. I hope she is. Now you said that. Because I would think the same. And I'll be really pleased if she is. I've never been in a press conference with yugoslavian tech. I don't think. So I'm looking forward to Santa. What's her draw like Matt? Well, I would probably have said that there's no such thing as a bad drawer. Really, in this tournament, I couldn't really envisage one to be honest because she's just been so dominant. What I would say is there are a couple of players who she could meet in the third round in the lyudmila samsonova, who obviously poster hard and Stuttgart. Has the Samsung of a trophy, the plate for getting a set of films. The only one who's managed to in the last 43 sets, that's in the third round, and then a potential fourth round against either Simone Halep, who is obviously incredibly experienced on clay, who has beaten, she filmed tech at Roland Garros before, or Yelena penko, who is obviously a former champion and also the last player to beat. She on tech. Was that Dubai? That was Dubai. Obviously. When it was to penco was on just such a tear. Yeah, and that's the thing. She's barely won a match since. Very different conditions. Dubai versus rail on Garros. I'm still absolutely backing sponge in these matches if they happen. But there are a couple of names there who, if you were creating the worst possible path for on tech, you might have thrown in Samsung oster penko Halep. So I don't think it's easy, but I also don't think it's hard because she's just that good. You haven't mentioned any of the other sort of top seeds there. Where is the dosa, for example, where is I know bob Bora cricket is such a question mark because she hasn't played, but she is the defending champion. Whereas she fallen in the drawer. So in Sri Lanka's half. So that's a potential semifinal. That feels like a long way for velocity to get. I don't understand what's happening with the dossa at the moment. I really, as far as I can tell, I mean, look, it's not going horribly. She's not losing first round. But when you've picked her to win every tournament. When every tournament, it feels pretty horrible. I picked it when every tournament because I watched her in Sydney. She was a mate, she was so good. Well, I've picked her at least twice as well. And it's just, as I say, it's not a disaster. She's not falling apart, and that's almost, if she were having a disaster, I would think, oh, there's obviously something going on. Whether it's physical or personal or whatever it is, there's obviously something up with her. It is not bad enough. Fitness necessarily to be attributable to anything in particular, maybe she's just not playing as well this season. I don't know. We could do with trying to ask her that. If she can, if she can put her finger on it, if she's got any Intel to share on that. Why aren't you delivering on my predictions parallel? Yeah. Let's cut to the importance of it..
Djokovic Defeats Tsitsipas in Five Sets to Claim 19th Grand Slam Title
"And Novak Djokovic now has 19 Grand Slam titles. The Serbian putting an incredible performance yesterday to come from two sets down to beast, the final CityPass and when the French Open at Roland Garros It was the Greek player 60 passes First Grand Slam final. He was so close to winning it, but what happened started playing really shorts. I felt like my rhythm was self. I really wish I couldn't understand why things like this happened and evolved. But I was trying to figure it out during my game. It was difficult to come up with something. It's It's very unfortunate dream. Very sad and in the same way because it was it was a good opportunity. I was doing good. I was feeling good not to be four CityPass in Paris as we mentioned that is now. 19 Grand Slams for Novak Djokovic. He's just one behind Roger Federer. And Rafael Nadal now who both have 20
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
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.
"Folks and welcome to the tennis podcast and very special edition of the tennis podcast and back by popular demand brackets by David Law ov- tennis relived. We told you. It would be coming back. Of course, it was coming back. Don't worry. We know that actual live tennis is happening this tennis lived and. Second. One prior to the US Open is not in place of talking about live tennis. And related things it is an addition and a very special and necessary edition as well. This one will be focusing on the life, the career, the legacy of Alpha Gibson, and our next one will be focusing on the very same of thrash respectively the first african-american women and men to win Grand Slam titles in NFL Gibson's case the first African. American. Person To, be, admitted, to play. Professional tennis an extraordinary women in extraordinarily. Important figure in tennis history and one that. Hasn't been sufficiently remembered or given her Jews always over the is so. We're hoping to write that in a very tiny tiny way today certainly been. An extraordinary learning experience for us to to get to know these t plays an the significance in tennis history say thank you David for your enthusiasm. For tennis relived. Point Yeah it's very different what we're doing today and what we're doing with the Arthur Ashe podcast as well. When we were doing the Roland Garros relived Wimbledon the Olympics, they were all about events or matches or moments in time specific moments in time when we came up to realizing that the US Open for stop was going to happen and we really don't have two weeks worth of shows to fill much as I'd love to come up with twenty wonderful matches and memories which no doubt we will get to in the. List of Twelve Pete Sampras much is that he submitted for the short lift. US Open relived and fifteen Jimmy Connors matches. Including all seven from all from. Sorry. All five from nine hundred, ninety one. But When we came to to look at this and we started to try to think well, what what should we do I personally suddenly realize the the gaping chasm mind knowledge in my reading of the Games history and I think particularly Alpha Gibson I feel ashamed not to know what I now know and what we want to do with this show. Is Tell, the stories that we've discovered and to properly tell the history as best as we can. I. Think we all knew that line first black woman to play the US Open and win Grand Slam titles but I'd never properly engaged with that line or really understood what that actually. Meant or considered what she actually had to overcome to become that because tennis was this elitist sport at a racially segregated time in America. So it's an extraordinary thing that tennis was used as AVIK BY A. Gibson and now thrash. To advance the black race and I'd never really. Never really thought about that before how how, what, a, what a strength of character and what a special talent it took to be able to achieve as a black person in in that white world and it's just been. Just been happening really to have read and sort of spent time. In their lives over the last few over the last few days and weeks doing this research and and it felt very necessary and timely as well.
A Pandemic Dahhhling, Do You Know What That Means?!
"Hello everybody welcome back to the body. Serve Jonathan and I'm James. His I told you had a bit of a surprise for you at the start. Those, Where we're watching the great, we've got one episode left and it's filled with Hazaras. That is the catchphrase. We are in the middle of pride month, and before we get into the show, a special shot and thanks to Tom Humber stone who has been or designer over the years for? Various artwork that you may see associated with the body serve, and he's given the body serve a pride makeover, so we've updated all of our various socials and websites, and you can have a look at what he did there. We think it's just swell, so thank you talk so there's been a lot of news this week. Tennis's not exactly back in full swing, but it is apparently coming soon. The plans are in place for the US Open Roland Garros and for the WPA of pretty full fall. Schedule this to happen in one day. Basically. You wake up before i. do so when I got up. We'll tell you when that was or when that typically is. Knows a lot for me to catch up on. It took a while took like full day very like I had a a grasp of what was going on, and what it felt like to me, was one domino started, and then everybody was like damn. Yes, so the USDA teased a little bit earlier in the week that they were primed to go ahead than a big announcement was coming pending government approval we had heard rumors about the zoom calls this huge. ATP Zoom Com that no Ruben was talking about on the behind the rocket podcast, criticizing Novak Djokovic for allegedly not being there, so we knew there were is nothing alleged about to. He was not okay. The whole point university I don't WanNa get spread cheated. You know everybody's got to be charted once in a while. The so there were there were murmurs throughout the week, but. Wednesday at ten am. The US Open holds a press conference in the empty and cavernous. Arthur ash stadium. Stacey Allaster is there? They have a few other folks on court physician. Mc I forgot who that was. Sorry. My reporting skills are just not up to snuff over the the tennis break, but it was very much a public relations event. There were a lot of sport reporters on zoom. So after the the press conference happened, or after the main presentation happened, there were individual questions by. Reporters who they showed on zoom, and when we found out that there wouldn't be media physically on site. We got the sense that this, too was a trial run for what the media access will be at the actual tournament where presumably players will be interviewed via zoom. Right, so the big announcement as I'm sure you've already heard that the US Open will go ahead. As planned in the the same part of the calendar in New, York City at Billie Jean, King National Tennis Centre with no spectators, and with a lot of health provision in place, but listen I'm still surprised that they're going full steam ahead. I'm still extremely skeptical and especially what we're seeing now in. Clemson University for example. was. At twenty three members of the football team tested positive for COVID. The exploding numbers and Florida Arizona California baseball has affected right now. Golf is affected right now pretty much every sport that you've seen. Attempts to restart has been affected in one way or another in tennis. Not going to be immune to that and we'll get to why. We think that that's the case based on what's been going on overseas. Break so I? Guess I'm getting ahead of myself. Let's just go through the actual news first, and then we can comment on it as part of this abbreviated summer schedule, or there will be the Washington D. C.. C. Tournament, the city open held in DC, starting August fourteenth for the men I. Don't think we have heard about the possibility of a winds tournament yet, but I believe it's being discussed because it's typically joint event, right, it's not currently in the WTO calendar, but apparently that is still open, then the western and southern open. That is normally in Cincinnati will be held in New York City the week before the US Open. And then the US Open and because Cincinnati is moving to new. York. That means that there will be no qualifying. For the US Open because typically the week leading into the Grand Slam in New, York, city. It's this. It's this week long. Qualifying Extravaganza pretty much and so with Cincinnati playing that there's no room for qualifying
The sports world is beginning to reopen
"The city open will be back in DC for the fifty second consecutive summer and it will be played in Rock Creek park press conference coming up this morning it will be pushed back two weeks that will begin on August thirteenth now the following week the Cincinnati open will be a new York leading up to the U. S. open on August thirty first press conference this morning for the U. S. open and Serena Williams says she will participate in the U. S. open so that is big news also Roland Garros the French Open being pushed back a little bit as well to the end of September beginning September twenty eighth the premier league resumes today after a one hundred day hiatus no fans beginning today they hope that fans back into September and champions league news Lisbon will host this season's champions league final August twenty third after confirmation this morning at the final stages of the competition will be held in the Portuguese capital rather than Istanbul as
Halep lays Grand Slam ghosts to rest
"Hello and welcome to our fifteenth and final edition of Roland Garros relived Catherine feeling when I say that. Wistful. I'M GONNA I'm GonNa stop missing the past sort of like A. Double again I will. Note that is. Are You you're right I'm all right I can believe it's the fifteen. Well when I came up with the idea, let's just keep doing the daily podcast. Slams that we promised we would at the start of the, even though there's no tennis by watching lots of action, the past I thought it'd be easy. Turns out then we got lots of ideas about how to do it. Including interviewing everybody, we possibly could find relevant to each match, and that's what we've done again today. for Simona halep against Sloan Stevens 2018 final, and we've got down K. Hilas special guest coach to Simona Halep, and yes, it's been a long and tiring journey to get through today fifteen of these podcasts. We've enjoyed it immensely. I think it's fair to say. So let's get cracking with this one. This match has a lot to it. Doesn't it the whole saga because? Simona. Is it three Grand Slam. She already played. At the to that point and not. Finals yeah, yeah. She played the two, thousand, fourteen and final, and lost in three to Sharapova. She'd played the two thousand, seventeen, French Open final and lost in three Ostapenko, and she played the twenty eighteen Australian Open. Final just a few months before they send those to Wozniacki all three senators. She played well in all of them. She had a lead in all of them and lost all of them. And it was becoming a real. Saga actually. Can help get over the, line. 2018, you say. You want some facts about two thousand eighteen. We. Well, it's not long ago, so you can probably remember most of this Prince Harry and Meghan markle married. Thing right I hosted a semi. Gathering in the garden, did you did you was on the invitation? To, clarify with a few friends and family that I wasn't like a rabid royalist, and it was just an excuse to make some cake and sausage rolls. The I remember seeing the pictures. Wasn't invited that. We can handle it. aretha Franklin and Stephen Hawkins' both died toys. R.. US went bankrupt. Not Quite sure why that to my list, but it is. I'm not sure nothing either. Toys R. US went bankrupt and student Matt's became Grad Matt became Matt. Two thousand eighteen was a big. And formation. Toys R. US, they might. How do you feel about that? No I think it was pressed. Until Lo que, but so I was reading it. I won't saw. Phillips scattered toys R. US In writing when I was about five. States have good stories. Did you speak for? Him! I remember being very excited because it was circuit in the gopher. Time, I was at my dad. That's a long time ago yet. Longtime Gay and I think it was. Joseph in mazing technical latrine time as well right Matt, wasn't even Baby Matt at this point. He's never even heard of these people. You don't know Gordon the gopher is Dima. No. Right so. Just, minded ninety correction. You didn't mention that freedom got promoted into anti eighteen. Thank you for pointing that out. Rather than to. And it didn't last long. It's as relevant as toys R. US, thank you I so. Yes, so we have this final on our hands between SMYRNA HALEP and Sloan seems and it was one that. I was I was looking forward to. A tennis match in. It's just in its own right of these two players battling it out because I thought it could be a really good final. And, should he? I think it ended up exceeding all of those expectations and You're quite right Catherine when you talk about the number of finals, the the salmon halibut already been in, and it was similar to play as we think of that. We've already covered here in this running relived series like even lendl trying to win. A A I slam Andy Murray course. It took him a few guys. Goran Ivanisevic but Simona Halla. Yeah, she already had three. She'd had Darren K Hill by his side for awhile by this point, so let's hear from him about the journey that led to this moments. Together for about three us before she played that particular foreign against flown in two thousand and nineteen and I guess the memory of what happened in two thousand, seventeen, against Ostapenko, as well was brought in the full fun of Amazon so for her to go out and do what she did. And now they say that both of you most destinations. You can't get there unless you go to refund pain a tough road and that was kind of the journey that some had had even before I came along. She might the final. Open and lost Marie shower. Piping, a great match on six four on the third added chances in that one, and then to lose to paint code and then the Knicks Jay come back, an inbetween that of course remember the final that she applied at the open against the Yankee which was another great match, and just even getting to the final at the Australian Open was itself, so I I think that helped a lot. She learned a lot from that particular tournament, and when she got to the final at a French. Against Launch, he had a little extra confidence and belief in a self to finally get it done.
The Serena Slam Begins
"Tenth Edition of Roland Garros Relieved here with you on the tennis podcast, and it features all Williams. Sisters final from two thousand and two Venus Against Serena and we have just watched it, and it was the start of Serena Williams dominating and. It was it's been fascinating. We've watched little moments from all of their next three Grand Slam finals that would follow straight away as well, and it's just one of the great stories of tennis. The there's ever happened. Really the the Williams Sisters Story and it never ceases to intrigue me just to watch how they try to deal with the moments how to deal with the situation that they're in. And we're here to relive it with you on the tennis podcast Katherine how you doing I'm. Okay the same thanks David. In the same spot out there's. Nothing changes. In the same position as well. I'm so glad I bought my new office chair before. Episodes basically been here for. Ten straight days and Now. Beds right next door to it. Yes I two thousand and two. In two thousand two. What were you doing in two thousand and two things picks up on the family photo album front, Catherine O. F T. Year and I remember study leave coinciding exactly with the French Open. Which? Recouping Great. To treat. Filed for juggled manage that Juggling Act potentially better than you did in the lost years. I'm saying I didn't want to repeat any of my qualifications exactly ten years on from when from what I completely failed mine at. Two, thousand and two, you were six. Yeah, not too much to report really. Just getting on with it properties. Getting on. Roy David vs your this must have been your first years of freelance. Yeah left the ATP by this time, and I was going off to tournaments on my Just trying to wet for anybody you'd have me and yes I remember covering Rome shortly before this French. Open that. We're talking about right now. member covering Serena in interviewing hair and yeah is it was an interesting time? To be covering the sports in that way. And I. What's My I in that year for BBC Radio Five Live? So yeah, it was the start of a very different chapter. For me! And Yeah. There's so much going on in the tennis world. There was this crossover Rivera's, wasn't it? Because we we we still saying these head to head rivalries, but this one became more and more prevalent with every passing tournaments, and just to give you an idea of what else was going on in the world at that time in two thousand to the Queen Mother died. The all spoons premiered on MTV. Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka. Government signed ceasefire ending nineteen years of civil war. And fifty percent of the UK population by now have Internet access. That one's for you Catherine thirty. Keep it partridge. What would I need to save for it? NOT TO BE PARTRIDGE? I was just thinking before you said the Internet thing always thinking Oh. This is on tricky today. Of taking a step up. and. Go my favorite bit. Getting used to it. So tennis wise. At this point, we have moved on a year from yesterday. Show when Jennifer Capriati when the French Open title, the rest of that year was dominated by Venus Williams. Who Won Wimbledon and the US Open beating Serena in the final? What has happened so far in two thousand and two Matt Well Jennifer kept `priority has defended her Australian Open title a tournament which Serena had to miss through injury and Venus Williams loss of the first ever to Monica salish. still whenever I see that Monica was still going strong in two thousand and two. That always kind of amazes me. Yes? Then they get on the hull courts and Serena really starts dominating. She doesn't actually she doesn't actually lose. A match competed national hard court in two thousand and two to start the season both sisters. Boycott Indian Wells for the first time following the racists incident in two thousand and one. That's a boycott that would go on until Twenty fifteen for Serena Twenty sixteen for Venus. And, then Serena gets her first tore level where against Venus in the Miami semifinals, six two six two and then announces a South was one of the favorites full the French, open by winning Rome beating Justyna non Jennifer Cat `priority so. That definitely you know. Venus is obviously dominated the before Serena's now really becoming a force Worth I'm actually wrote that they were threatening to tiger is. I think that being in terms of what tiger woods was doing. Ingolf at that stage just become such a dominant force and they were the they were. They were the driving force in the game. They were the biggest stoves, the biggest stories getting the biggest crowds and actually align i. read his that. Talks of combining the tools though bit like we've been talking about recently with this with this merger idea, but it was very much. Kind of the pay and coaching the Women's tool to relocate Ponte Vedra where they had their head offices and. Thinking that, it made sense for the ATP. Jomo thumbs alliant. Is that boils down to this on AC- went be around for much longer, and no other male player comes close to the international stardom of the Williams sisters. Why not try to get in on the action?