251 episodes

Tennis podcast featuring casual, semi-respectable conversations about the ATP & WTA.

The Body Serve The Body Serve Tennis Podcast

    • Sports
    • 4.7 • 29 Ratings

Tennis podcast featuring casual, semi-respectable conversations about the ATP & WTA.

    The Leaning Tower of Visa: Aus Open Preview

    The Leaning Tower of Visa: Aus Open Preview

    The 2022 Australian Open is around the corner and guess what is still dominating headlines: visa cancellation 2.0, appeal 2.0, and the various foibles and f- er, muck-ups of Djokovic and co. After discussing that for a moment, we focus on some of the excellent stories coming out of the Australian lead-up tourneys: Ash’s domination, Kokkinakis’ brilliant stretch, and statement wins from Andy, Madison, Amanda, Simona, and Elena R. We finish up with perhaps our most equivocal draw analysis ever, as Djokovic’s shadow looms large.


    02:00 Hawke strikes upon the hour: Immigration Minister cancels Djokovic’s visa, citing the “public interest”

    09:04 Djokovic’s various fumbles have made grace an impossibility here

    14:56 Week 1 Winners: Vets Rafa, Simona, Gael; plus Anisimova is back and Barty steamrolls

    26:17 Week 2 gives us a day to remember: Keys-Gauff, Murray lobs Opelka, and BathroomGate is decidedly not behind us

    33:23 Odds and ends: Bernie wins a bet by getting Covid; Rafa & Vee step in it; Reilly, dude … let it go

    43:40 Our breakout picks for 2022: no, I will not be explaining myself

    46:42 Women’s draw: that first quarter is rude and it ruined James’ dream final

    58:13 Men’s draw: an Australian judge will decide who fills the no. 1 slot. Could the men’s bottom half see a major breakout?

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Playing In Our Faces

    Playing In Our Faces

    The Australia v. Djokovic saga has dominated new cycles for the past week in and outside of the tennis world; it highlighted many of the anxieties and political squabbles of the COVID-19 pandemic, spurred infighting between various levels of Australian government, and most importantly, was completely avoidable. There is plenty of blame to go around here: to Djokovic, to his family’s increasingly bizarre statements, to the Prime Minister's cynical political maneuvers, and to the head of Tennis Australia, who committed an astonishing number of unforced errors. We give you a timeline and the cast of characters as we attempt to contextualize this debacle as best we can. 


    00:30 Setting the scene, and why we don’t do emergency episodes

    12:40 Jan 4-6: Today I’m heading Down Under with an exemption per-.... oop

    22:30 Jan 8: The zero-sum game resulting from the positive PCR test

    29:30 Jan 10: The hearing none of us understood

    37:05 The dramatis personae: starting with Craig Tiley and Tennis Australia

    40:20 The Victoria Government (and why state governments shouldn’t get immigration advice from a sporting organization)

    45:00 Prime Minister Scott Morrison scoring political points, or; “rules are rules” 

    49:25 Learning about Australia’s refugee crisis and draconian immigration policies

    58:00 Hubris, extremism, and strange bedfellows

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Party Like It’s 1999

    Party Like It’s 1999

    Many of us look back at 1999 as the dawning of the modern golden age of women’s tennis, a season that saw four different Slam champs, the abrupt exit of one GOAT, and the breakthrough of a new one. Lindsay, Martina, Venus, Serena, and Steffi battled for the biggest titles and crafted historic, enduring storylines at every major event of the year. There was a changing of the guard, sure, but the shift from one era to the next is never quite as cut-and-dry as it seems. Plus, of course, the memes -- or, in this era before memes -- the off-court controversies and clownery that we still talk about: BeadGate, the formal education argument; and more darkly, the homophobic insults thrown at Amelie Mauresmo and the persistent, racialized "muscles vs. brains" narrative. Let’s take a walk down memory lane and discuss a season of women’s tennis that quite literally changed the sport forever.


    03:10 Setting the scene: What is happening in women’s tennis and the culture at the fin de siècle? What does the teen pop explosion and Y2K have to do with tennis?

    08:10 The WTA’s struggles with investors and why anonymous “analysts” doubted the marketability of women’s tennis

    19:30 So what makes the ‘99 season so special?

    22:55 Themes of the season: the Williams sisters are coming, and not everybody’s happy about it

    29:55 Martina is #1, but the dominance is slipping

    37:40 Australian Open: Hingis three-peats, Mauresmo comes out, and we endure BeadGate

    55:25 Roland Garros: Graf wins final major in an almighty mess of a final

    62:50 Wimbledon: Lindsay ain’t just a hardcourt wonder

    69:45 Steffi calls time on one of the greatest careers in tennis history

    72:25 US Open: Serena bags the first Williams singles Slam, beating a befuddled Hingis in the final; plus, why the ‘formal education’ dust-up is even more instructive than we remembered

    83:50 The year-end rankings, some fun facts about the Slam season, and the signs of what’s to come

    • 1 hr 30 min
    Dire Strai(gh)ts: ATP Wrap

    Dire Strai(gh)ts: ATP Wrap

    In our season seven finale, we’re recapping this odd and transitional year on the ATP Tour, a year in which Novak Djokovic came very close to winning the first Grand Slam since 1969 and a bunch of youngsters shook the table of Big 3 hegemony. We take an honest look at our breakout predictions – not great, Bob – and reminisce about some truly wild (and some depressing) Remember When moments. Although there’s much levity, you know us – we’re not going to recap the ATP season without talking about the dark shadow cast by the ATP’s repeated fumbling of the Zverev & Basilashvili abuse allegations. 


    Thanks for your support this year and every year – see you in 2022! 


    04:00 In Australia, Russians make history and Djokovic wins his 9th

    14:00 The spring gives us a sign of what’s to come (Rublev, Karatsev, Hurkacz, Sinner) plus a quick chat on PTPA progress this year

    20:55 Clay season: Tsitsipas announces himself as a favorite for Roland Garros alongside Nadal & Djokovic

    22:35 Novak screams and hollers his way to the Roland Garros title, beats Tsitsipas from 2 sets down 

    27:20 Grass season: Djokovic’s Wimbledon win seemed kinda … easy? Golden Slam Watch is on

    41:40 US Open: BathroomGate went on way too long; breakouts galore; Medvedev kills the dream

    46:15 Fall season: Norrie wins IW, Frances captures our attention, Russia bookends its year with a dominant Davis Cup win

    49:00 Let’s look at the receipts: titles and rankings 

    52:50 How’d we do on our breakout picks?

    55:15 Remember When? Hecklers, innocent bathroom breaks, the code-cracking racquet launch, YawnGate, and the unfortunate trend of ATP players using homophobic slurs

    65:05 The ATP’s Integrity Problem

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Holy Spirit Activate: WTA Wrap

    Holy Spirit Activate: WTA Wrap

    Friends, we’re finally at the end of our WTA season. So much of what we recapped didn’t even feel like it happened in 2021. Kenin signing with Motorola but tweeting about it from her iPhone? 2021, really? Badosa and Kostyuk broadcasting from their Fox News bunker in Australia? Feels like forever ago. Nonetheless, we try to make sense of a truly unique year in tennis, in which the sport learned to live with the pandemic to varying degrees of success. We asked for help with our “Remember When” segment and boy, did y’all deliver. We finish with our mini-review of “King Richard” and then a taste test of Mariah Carey’s venture into Irish creams: her latest stone cold smash hit wonder!

    Above all, we are so incredibly grateful for all your support and sticking with us through seven seasons. To the OG listeners, we can’t even know what to say. To those who just joined us, it’s a privilege we don’t take lightly. 


    02:10 An update on our GoFundMe: We can’t even know what to say

    08:10 The princesses and the paupers: a super quarantine and one persistent mouse almost derail the Australian Open

    17:20 Mugs, Sabalenka, Jabeur, Gauff, and Badosa steadily build their impressive seasons in the spring

    25:55 Naomi Osaka’s withdrawal from Roland Garros, plus … you thought Barbora Krejcikova was just a great doubles player? 

    35:15 Grass season: vets find success but Barty cements her #1 status

    46:30 Still reeling from that wild US Open 

    56:00 Stats in review: A not-so-clear-cut POTY and year-end rankings 

    66:40 Remember when: tennis players can’t control God, talk to Him 

    77:00 How’d we do on our breakout picks?

    81:10 A dispiriting Peng Shuai update

    87:55 It’s time to finally make good on the calls for #TennisUnited

    89:20 Our King Richard review: It OUTSOLD!

    97:35 A nutty taste test: Black Irish Mimi edition

    • 1 hr 46 min
    We’ll See

    We’ll See

    First things first: we are officially announcing the launch of our GoFundMe campaign! Thank you to our listeners for the past 7 amazing years, and we’re looking forward to great stuff to come. Since our last episode, the Peng Shuai story has received widespread coverage in US media, with Chinese state media offering some video clips as “proof” of Peng’s well-being. The WTA has done a great job pushing the issue, but we wonder what's next if the WTA's demands are not met. We also celebrate the successful Guadalajara WTA Finals, spend a good 10 seconds on the ATP Finals, chat about WTA historiography and why they’re so good at, and cover a few odds and ends about Australia and Federer.


    01:50 GoFundMe - it’s awkward to ask for money but here we go!

    04:20 Peng Shuai situation -- Story blows up in US media; Chinese state media offers some seemingly orchestrated appearances. What’s next? What can we do from here?

    16:35 Muguruza’s win caps off a fun and diverting WTA Finals in Guadalajara; much praise to her opponent, new #7 Anett Kontaveit

    23:00 Ever notice that the legends of women’s tennis are always around to promote the sport? Here’s why (at least in our view)

    32:50 ATP Finals: If a tree falls in a forest . . . anyway

    38:50 Australian Open confirms vax stance and Novak demurs 

    42:15 Roger Federer updates his fans, and it’s tough to hear

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
29 Ratings

29 Ratings

dementievakitten ,

Yasss Kweenz

Spot on best tennis politics in the biz 👍🏻

Amandla_Ashanti ,

Thoroughly enjoy the Body Serve Podcast!

I randomly came across the Body Serve podcast late last year, binged the older episodes within the span of a couple of months, and have been a loyal listener since! The dramatic readings are too funny, the research episodes are enlightening, and off course the normal tennis episodes are simply amazing! The two hosts James and Jonathan, definitely have pedigree! I hope to see you both grow within the tennis world!

_Nicky__ ,

Love the podcast

Just wanted to say that I really enjoy the podcast! I have been listening to some older episodes during the pandemic and have been enjoying them just as much as normal episodes when there is actually tennis on. I love your humour and jokes, you guys make me laugh so much. Thanks for making this podcast :)

Top Podcasts In Sports

Denan Kemp
The Ringer & Bill Simmons
The Guardian
BBC Radio 5 live

You Might Also Like

No Challenges Remaining Tennis Podcast
David Law and Catherine Whitaker
ATP Media
Patrick McEnroe
Tennish/Tennis Channel Podcast Network
Mike Cation & Noah Rubin/Tennis Channel Podcast Network