156 episodes

A weekly podcast trying to make sense - tactical, ethical, emotional sense - of the tennis world. James Gray is a journalist and broadcaster for i newspaper and inews.co.uk, George Bellshaw is a tennis writer with more appearances at majors than disgruntled former doubles partners (just), and Calvin Betton is a respected tennis coach who knows just about everyone worth knowing in British tennis.

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Love Tennis Podcast Love Tennis Podcast

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    • 3.6 • 78 Ratings

A weekly podcast trying to make sense - tactical, ethical, emotional sense - of the tennis world. James Gray is a journalist and broadcaster for i newspaper and inews.co.uk, George Bellshaw is a tennis writer with more appearances at majors than disgruntled former doubles partners (just), and Calvin Betton is a respected tennis coach who knows just about everyone worth knowing in British tennis.

Find us on the Sport Social website:
https://podcast.sport-social.co.uk/podcast/love-tennis/

    Kyrgios wins another (doubles) title, Raducanu gets another coach and Novak targets 30 grand slams

    Kyrgios wins another (doubles) title, Raducanu gets another coach and Novak targets 30 grand slams

    Nick Kyrgios withdrew from the singles in Atlanta with a knee problem but did then win the doubles alongside Thanasi Kokkinakis, the Australian Open winning pair

    Alex de Minaur wins the singles title, beating Jenson Brooksby in the final

    Jannik Sinner beats Carlos Alcaraz again to claim his first ATP title on clay - how many times are we going to see that match-up in their careers?

    Also titles for Roberto Bautista Agut, Caroline Garcia and Marie Bouzkova

    Goran Ivanisevic says Novak Djokovic is targeting 30 grand slams, but has he worked out the visa implications?

    Serena Williams has been playing the part of hitting partner to Venus in Washington, but do either of them have that long left?

    Emma Raducanu has a new coach - on trial - in Dmitry Tursunov, although he is not available for the whole US swing. Needless to say, we have opinions... but he has at least got her playing doubles, it seems.

    Kyle Edmund is back! He beat Yosuke Watanuki 6-4 7-6(8) to claim a first victory at ATP level since US Open 2020


    AND FINALLY

    Ash Barty got married. Nice one Ash.

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    • 1 hr 15 min
    How Federer’s racquet change helped him conquer Nadal, the Big Four unite and Venus Williams picks her dream dinner guests

    How Federer’s racquet change helped him conquer Nadal, the Big Four unite and Venus Williams picks her dream dinner guests

    With James Gray on holiday, Calvin Betton and George Bellshaw discuss all the latest news from the tennis world, including:

    Novak Djokovic joins the Laver Cup but will having the Big Four on the same squad turn it into a global event?

    What does Roger Federer's choice of racquet tell us about his career? 

    Dominic Thiem makes a semi-final, he's not had a chance to defend his 2020 US Open title yet...

    Lorenzo Musetti goes for underarm serve on match point in the semi-finals but still wins and goes on to beat Carlos Alcaraz to the title, while the Spaniard becomes the second-youngest since 2000 (after Rafa Nadal) to reach the top five in the world

    Casper Ruud beats Matteo Berrettini to the title in Gstaad

    Irina-Camelia Begu triumphs in Palermo

    Bernarda Pera shocks Anett Kontaveit to claim victory in Hamburg

    Andrea Gaudenzi discusses a grass court Masters and hints it will lean towards Germany

    Elina Svitolina criticises governing bodies for lack of support over Ukraine war while Iga Swiatek holds a high-profile fundraiser and vows keep focus on it

    AND FINALLY... Venus Williams’ dream tennis dinner party...


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    • 1 hr 19 min
    Kasatkina reveals she has a girlfriend and discusses Russian taboo, Hewitt makes the HoF and Maxime Cressy changes the way we think about tennis

    Kasatkina reveals she has a girlfriend and discusses Russian taboo, Hewitt makes the HoF and Maxime Cressy changes the way we think about tennis

    James Gray, George Bellshaw and Calvin Betton dig into the biggest issues of the week in tennis.
    1:35 - Daria Kasatkina reveals she is dating a woman, and her concerns about the taboo over same-sex relationships in Russia. The Russian No 1 also said she wanted "war to end", a significant statement both for its anti-war sentiment and even for defining the invasion of Ukraine as a war, something the Russian regime continues to call a "special military operation".
    14:53 - Lleyton Hewitt is inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame at Newport, giving an emotional speech in which he said he never expected to be a HoFer, that is was something for his idols. How did the Australian make it so far? And what about that Wimbledon win in 2002?
    23:55 - Maxime Cressy wins the title at Newport, serve-and-volleying his way to victory over Alexander Bublik. What is his ceiling? He will now probably be seeded at the US Open, which could make him a tricky early-round opponent for someone. And Calvin's got another theory about the return of S&V in modern tennis...
    38:45 - Serena Williams reveals her plans for the summer will take her to Toronto and Washington before New York. How much work does she need to put in to be competitive at the US Open?
    45:18 - Inside the secret world of tennis umpires, a Guardian long read.
    LINKS
    Daria Kasatkina puts it better than we ever could: https://www.news.com.au/sport/sports-life/tennis-world-showers-daria-kasatkina-with-love-after-star-comes-out-as-gay/news-story/8b0b38bfb57cce0876552a94e2b9e976
    Read William Ralston's brilliant piece on umpires here: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2022/jul/07/tennis-umpires-secret-world-you-cant-be-the-players-friend
    A cricket umpire puts Stuart Broad in his place: https://twitter.com/ClubRespectTeam/status/1546611539523751939
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Wimbledon review: What next for Djokovic vs Nadal vs Federer, Rybakina or Kyrgios the bigger breakthrough

    Wimbledon review: What next for Djokovic vs Nadal vs Federer, Rybakina or Kyrgios the bigger breakthrough

    We've got a full set! George Bellshaw, Calvin Betton and James Gray all manage to get on the same podcast to look back at two weeks of Wimbledon and forward to the hard court season.
    We asked:

    Should Novak Djokovic still be confident of beating Rafa Nadal's all-time slam record?

    Is Roger Federer still the GOAT on grass?

    Would any of them beat John McEnroe?

    Is Elena Rybakina a bigger breakthrough than Nick Kyrgios?

    Will Ons Jabeur ever win a grand slam?

    Does James need to change his fantasy tennis system? (Answer: always)

    Was Wimbledon 2022 a success?

    Why is Andy Murray STILL playing on grass?

    Dominic Thiem is BACK?!


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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Wimbledon, Day 14: Djokovic the champion, Kyrgios proves himself and goodbye to Sue Barker

    Wimbledon, Day 14: Djokovic the champion, Kyrgios proves himself and goodbye to Sue Barker

    Thank you so much for listening to all the podlets over Wimbledon. It has been our record fortnight, with thousands of you tuning in to listen. We really, REALLY appreciate it, even if you don't always agree with us. That's why we're here, in the end, to stir the pot a bit!
    Anyway, weekly pods will be back after Wimbledon - and if you want to play me at Matchpoint Tennis Championships, just drop me a DM...
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    • 43 min
    Wimbledon, Day 13: Men's final preview, Russia claim Rybakina's victory and Jabeur promises she will win a slam

    Wimbledon, Day 13: Men's final preview, Russia claim Rybakina's victory and Jabeur promises she will win a slam

    Thank you so much for listening to all the podlets over Wimbledon. It has been our record fortnight, with thousands of you tuning in to listen. We really, REALLY appreciate it, even if you don't always agree with us. That's why we're here, in the end, to stir the pot a bit!
    Anyway, weekly pods will be back after Wimbledon - and if you want to play me at Matchpoint Tennis Championships, just drop me a DM...
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    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

3.6 out of 5
78 Ratings

78 Ratings

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George’s voice is amazing

These guys are so informative and fun - they make me laugh so much!

Calvin is amazingly knowledgeable and bold. James sounds the nicest guy and he’s a great host - he brings the whole show together. Great host.

Totally great show, keep going guys!

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Good Alternative

When you’re a bit bored of the other (more mainstream) tennis based podcast this is a fantastic alternative. There’s less dog chat and edgier, less virtuous opinions - it’s not what everyone wants but I find it a refreshing listen. When the coach is on he adds first hand insight you don’t get elsewhere.

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George is very funny

Love this podcast - all three of them are fan but George really makes me laugh!

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