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

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

    Waiting to Exhale

    Waiting to Exhale

    Iga Swiatek further cements her position as the highly feared queen of Roland Garros and Carlos Alcaraz completes a “Surface Slam” amid injury problems and less than ideal preparation. The years-long ordeal surrounding domestic violence allegations and criminal charges against Zverev has been resolved, at least legally, but the tennis community will continue to reckon with its comprehensive failure in their handling of it. We’ve also got doubles news, WTA CEO announcement, and more takeaways from the tournament like umpire headcams (did they get headcam premium pay?).  
    2:50 Alcaraz wins his first French title, that other guy loses another Slam final up 2 sets to 1
    8:05 Zverev assault case has been settled
    13:40 The sport has utterly failed in its handling of domestic violence 
    22:15 Carlos & Jannik in ascendance, Novak out with meniscus tear 
    32:55 Iga thoroughly dominates the field post-Naomi 
    41:20 Coco Gauff wins her first Slam doubles title - and Siniakova her 8th!
    45:45 WTA announces a new CEO 
    47:00 Tournament et ceteras: first up, the umpire head cams
    49:05 The Djokovic/Jockovic vowel shift 
    53:30 Danielle Collins addresses the incredulity about her impending retirement
    61:10 PTPA announces additional funds raised for its commercial arm, Winners Alliance

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Teetotaled at Roland Garros

    Teetotaled at Roland Garros

    It’s been a rainy slog through the first week of Roland Garros. The weather has wreaked chaos on scheduling, the tournament banned alcohol on Philippe Chatrier because the fans didn’t know how to act, and the night session has no women (but who would want it anyway?). We analyze the draw as it stands and take you through the highlights and lowlights: Rafa may or may not have played his last match here, Swiatek-Osaka put on a clinic, Djokovic’s fire got lit at 2am on a Sunday, and Dimitrov completed his collection of Slam quarterfinals. 
    1:55 Did Rafa play his last match at Roland Garros? Not 100%
    7:05 Zverev goes to court for intimate partner violence, his colleagues remain (at best) indifferent
    12:35 Musetti awakens the Djokovic beast
    21:15 Rublev is upset as his on-court behavior gets worse 
    27:00 Looking ahead to the men’s quarters
    32:20 Iga & Naomi throw in a classic, Naomi’s performance inspires optimism
    42:35 Upsets: Sakkari, Collins, Ostapenko
    46:50 Looking ahead to the women’s quarters
    60:25 Rybakina vs the press: the brief journey from drama to indifference
    68:00 Nonstop rain + weird scheduling = misery
    72:50 Roland Garros enters its Prohibition era

    • 1 hr 21 min
    We Are In Paris

    We Are In Paris

    Roland Garros approaches, and the women's draw has a heavy favorite in Iga Swiatek plus a few major contenders. In contrast, the men's tour seems in a temporary state of disarray, as Djokovic enters without momentum and Sinner and Alcaraz are dealing with injuries. What's worse, the 14-time champion, the (possibly) retiring Rafa Nadal, draws a man who starts his domestic violence trial days after their match. As usual, no predictions here but lots of chatter about this clay season and who's primed to show out. And what's a major without a little wild card drama? 
    0:50 Wild card drama is constant but a good chance to talk about maternity leave policy
    9:00 Rafa draws That Guy
    13:15 Men’s draw analysis: what to expect from Djokovic and the walking wounded?
    21:20 Men’s draw: the tricky third quarter
    28:05 Women's draw: it's Iga's world 
    35:40 Women’s draw bottom half: opportunity knocks
    47:00 Fedal goes mountaineering 

    • 55 min


    Halfway through Rome and it’s all peritonsillar abscesses and water bottles knocking down GOATs and Italian stars retiring and fleeing their home country amidst myriad legal problems. You know, the usual. 
    0:35 Andrey does not have angina
    3:25 Djokovic gets hit in the head by a falling water bottle
    9:45 Camila Giorgi retired and lamming it
    18:55 Rafa says there’s a tiny, tiny chance this isn’t the end
    23:35 Qinwen says no to drama
    25:30 More retirement talk: Dominic and Diego
    31:45 So how does one qualify for the Olympics?
    38:35 How will we know if the extended Masters tournaments are successful?

    • 43 min
    Doing The Best I Can With What I GOT

    Doing The Best I Can With What I GOT

    Madrid stretched nearly two weeks and few of the top men survived without injury. Felix Auger-Aliassime landed in the final after three walkovers/retirements but it was a very ill Andrey Rublev who snatched the title. Iga Swiatek won Madrid for the first time (be scared). Aryna Sabalenka and Ons Jabeur provided lots of food for thought -- in very different ways -- on women’s sports and continuing inequities. Plus, we’re bringing you our thoughts on Luca Guadagnino’s long awaited queer tennis drama Challengers (aka the crowning of Zendaya as a true movie star), and we answer some listener questions!
    1:40 Women save the day (after Aryna steps in it)
    14:30 More of Madrid women’s draw shining bright
    18:25 Ons Jabeur makes a statement about women’s sports + Feliciano Lopez’s change of tone
    25:30 Never stay for your farewell ceremony
    30:00 Shirtgate: the height of idgaf-ness 
    36:35 Men’s draw ravaged by injuries but Andrey overcomes
    45:55 Cornet is retiring, Tsitsidosa is breaking up
    47:50 Our thoughts on Challengers
    65:15 What’s the first thing you’d change if you were in charge of the WTA/ATP merger?
    73:45 Players who’ve taken us on journeys of like and dislike (or apathy or indifference or standom, etc.) … 

    • 1 hr 30 min
    Whatever Happens

    Whatever Happens

    It’s time to play catch-up with the early results of the European clay swing: Tsitsipas wins his 3rd Monte Carlo title, Casper takes revenge the following week in Barcelona, and Elena Rybakina slays Iga in Stuttgart for her third title of the year. We also talk about Rafa’s return to tennis in Barcelona and Holger Rune’s commitment to remaining messy on social media even after signing with IMG. In off-court stuff: Muguruza retires, the WTA announces their year-end championships in Saudi Arabia, Keith Lee comes to Toronto (yes, there are one or two sneaks). We finish the episode with our thoughts on Beyoncé's Cowboy Carter, the “country” record that smashes genre and takes us to school. 
    2:50 Stef takes his 3rd MC title + a Holger Rune dramatic reading 
    9:05 What happen-ed in Barcelona happen-ed: Rafa’s return, Casper’s triumph
    18:55 Rybakina drives off with Stuttgart title (or will once she gets her license)  
    22:25 Sloane back in the winner’s circle
    27:30 Live your life: Garbiñe Muguruza ends her HoF career
    32:55 Saudi Arabia announcement + becoming an LGBTQ poster child  
    39:45 Pop culture et ceteras: Challengers, Keith Lee in Toronto, Mariah in Vegas
    54:20 Cowboy Carter!

    • 1 hr 13 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
238 Ratings

238 Ratings

WorstExperienceEver2019!!$&@ ,

Come for the smart tennis takes, stay for the humor

James and Jonathan are always cracking me up + I totally appreciate their observations on tournaments and players. Best tennis podcast tbh. I regularly check to see if a new episode has dropped

Ciao for now! ,

Ciao for now!

The Charleston episode was fantastic - from the history, food, player sightings to seating recommendations- everything. Bravo!

SpottedinNYC ,

Tennis with great context

If you’re looking for a fun tennis podcast, this is the one. Jonathan and James cover current tennis happenings of course, but I also love the forays into tennis history, politics around the sport and the intricacies around doping cases. And once in a while, a dramatic reading. Definitely worth your time!

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