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Two 21 year olds giving an ~ unfiltered ~ fan perspective on tennis on and off the court every week.

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Two 21 year olds giving an ~ unfiltered ~ fan perspective on tennis on and off the court every week.

    SInner wins Sofia, Linz catchup, ATP Finals preview, and Murray and Monfils go live on Twitch

    SInner wins Sofia, Linz catchup, ATP Finals preview, and Murray and Monfils go live on Twitch

    Two podcasts in one week? We know x

    We provide an update on new statements from Zverev and the ATP regarding Olya Sharypova's abuse allegations before getting into this week's tennis and previewing the final year at the o2. 

    It's the day Jamie's been waiting for as his favourite player ever Jannik Sinner wins his maiden ATP title in Sofia, we look back at this week in Sofia as well as Linz, previewing tomorrow's final between doubles partners Sabalenka and Mertens. Then it's onto the Nitto ATP Finals in its last year at the o2 Arena in London, we go through the groups and the very obvious group of death, predict who will make the semi finals and sort of predict who will win the entire thing. Also this week, Gael Monfils announced he would be live streaming with Andy Murray on Twitch to preview the ATP Finals themselves and stream every night after a day of play to discuss, so we talk about their preview stream and how nice it is to see active players creating easy and fun tennis content.

    • 34 min
    Allegations against Zverev and the lack of response; Paris Masters 1000 - Medvedev wins, Rafa struggles, and a new doubles team on the block

    Allegations against Zverev and the lack of response; Paris Masters 1000 - Medvedev wins, Rafa struggles, and a new doubles team on the block

    After a few weeks a way and a few recorded podcasts summing up the likes of Linz, Antwerp and St Petersburg that never saw the light of day, we’re back after another tournament held in Paris to round up the last week.

    We couldn’t start without addressing the allegations of domestic abuse detailed by Alexander Zverev’s ex-girlfriend Olga ‘Olya’ Sharypova, first on her Instagram and then in an interview with Racquet magazine ( racquetmag.com/2020/11/05/olyas-story/ ), Zverev’s disappointing response on Instagram and in his interviews this week in Paris, as well as the even more disappointing lack of response from the ATP and other powerful figures and organisations in the sport.

    In this week’s Masters 1000 in Paris, Daniil Medvedev won his third Masters and eighth title, Nadal had his best chance to finally win in Bercy but didn’t look himself even when he won tough three set battles against fellow Spaniards, Wawrinka admits that the end is near but proves he’s still one of the best by beating this year’s most decorated man Rublev, the final spots in London are secured by Rublev and Schwartzman, Auger-Aliassime and Hurkacz team up to win the doubles title - Felix’s first ATP title ever! And we look forward to Sofia, Linz and London with a few premature predictions for the season-ending tournament in the o2.

    If you’re affected by domestic abuse in the UK you can call the free, 24h National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247 or visit their website https://www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk/

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    • 33 min
    Roland Garros week two and finals! Nadal, Swiatek win; ending 2020 on 20-20; big three Slam domination and more

    Roland Garros week two and finals! Nadal, Swiatek win; ending 2020 on 20-20; big three Slam domination and more

    The French Open and the final Slam of the year (a month later than usual) might be over but we're having one last big chat about Grand Slam tennis for 2020. 

    Rafa Nadal wins his 13th Roland Garros and 20th Grand Slam, tying Roger Federer for the most all-time men's Major titles. Something he did with such dominance that none of us expected it, even though it is Rafa at the French. Iga Swiatek wins her first title ever, just a casual Grand Slam title during a pandemic. And neither of them dropped a set.

    We're talking about our RG20 winners and the finals incl the most high quality bagel ever, a couple of crazy five setters in Thiem / Schwartzman and Djokovic / Tsitsipas this week, the disappointment of Elina Svitolina not securing her first Major this week, the dominance of the big three at Slams and comparing the recent WTA Grand Slam winners compared to the recent ATP ones, how the recency in us watching tennis gives us a different perspective on women's Slam winners always being young and random, Jamie gushes about Jannik Sinner AGAIN, and we predict how many Grand Slam titles Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, and Serena will end on when they've all retired. Big statement.

    • 34 min
    Roland Garros week one round up - Simona, Serena, and a sonic boom; Nadal, Djokovic, or Thiem; upsets and rise of the lower ranked players

    Roland Garros week one round up - Simona, Serena, and a sonic boom; Nadal, Djokovic, or Thiem; upsets and rise of the lower ranked players

    We're back with a round up of the first week and some pre-QF observations and predictions at Roland Garros. If you've missed anything from the first, second, third, or even half of the fourth rounds we've prioritised the biggest and best stories of week one (and a bit) at the French Open. These are your absolute need-to-know, TLDR (or didn't watch) essentials. Didn't have time to watch every match? These are the only ones we remembered from week one, ie the ones who were worth us watching. Don't really follow tennis? Learn the basics and best bits of RG20 to impress people with your niche knowledge.

    Simona Halep is one of many top players and former Grand Slam champions knocked out, and it may be the biggest upset yet because has there been a clearer favourite for a Major on the women's side in recent years than Simo here? With other big names like Bertens, Muguruza and Pliskova gone, is Elina Svitolina taking the pressure in her stride and making the most of the draw to win her first Slam? Murray / Wawrinka and Thiem /CIlic were the most anticipated first rounds and they flopped. We were then robbed of a Thiem / Wawrinka fourth round after French wildcard Gaston beat Stan but he went on to produce an equally entertaining match against Domi and almost beat him.  Who are the lower ranked qualifiers and wild cards making a name for themselves here and causing big upsets? Sebastian Korda is a fanboy (and stole our cat name idea) but is this a theme in how the young ATP players approach the big three compared to young WTA stars approaching Serena? Jamie gushes about Jannik Sinner for a few mins and we wonder if he'll be the guy to finally test Rafa. And how much have the conditions, the cold, and the new balls really impacted play so far? Also re-evaluating our picks for the men's and women's winners and throwing in new names. 

    • 27 min
    Roland Garros 2020 First Round draw review! French Open preview and predictions

    Roland Garros 2020 First Round draw review! French Open preview and predictions

    We're back to look at the Roland Garros 2020 draw for both the ATP and WTA, with some massive talking points ahead of the 124th French Open.

    Djokovic and Nadal both have easy first round matches, with the Spaniard complaining about the conditions and the new balls used - will he be able to make it 13 titles in Paris? US Open Champion Dominic Thiem was drawn on the same half as Rafa and has a tough route to the final, potentially facing 4 former US Open winners on the way. We also discuss the nostalgia-fuelled clash between Wawrinka and Murray - the rematch of their 2017 classic - and fellow Brit Johanna Konta's chances against Coco Gauff. There's also the Venus, Serena, Vika triangle, Svitolina's chances after her Strasbourg victory on Saturday, and our final predictions - with 4 different names for the first time!

    • 30 min
    Rome round up! Djokovic's record Masters, Simona the French Open fave, is Rafa ready?

    Rome round up! Djokovic's record Masters, Simona the French Open fave, is Rafa ready?

    We're back again to discuss the past week in Rome with the ATP and WTA tournament taking place there in the lead up to Roland Garros.

    Djokovic wins his record 36th Masters title after being pushed by his opponents all week and still coming out on top, Halep finally wins Rome on her third attempt after Pliskova retires but how much of a favourite is Simona for the French now? Also talking about Schwartzman's impressive run and win over Nadal, whether Rafa will be hindered by a lack of match play before his favourite Slam of the year, Shapovalov's top ten debut, Azarenka's quick turnaround from the US Open, Musetti and Koepfer making an impact, and another set of Roland Garros predictions before the draw is made ahead of our official preview show at the end of the week.

    • 29 min

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