Having planned, once again, to broadcast everyday through this year’s Grand Slam tournaments, The Tennis Podcast bounced back with retrospective content filling the Roland Garros shaped void for fans of the court, taking the listener away into more simpler less Covid-y times to cover some of the most memorable moments at the French Open.
Now, in the weeks in which we should be revelling in Wimbledon, hosts Catherine Whitaker, Matt Roberts, and experienced old-hand David Law talk tennis and take us through the ages, covering some of the most colourful characters to have graced the sport and delving into iconic runs, games, and fallouts from the All Grass Courts.
Though running times are flexible (to Law’s humorous ire on occasion) depending on the subject, there may be occasions when you load up your player of choice and feel an hour and a half long podcast discussing such topics like if/when Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Roger Federer were ‘bad’ (note the air marks) may be a bit of a slog of Isner v Mahut proportions, but far from it. Contrasting opinions and experiences aplenty with a wealth of witnessing from courtside, when passion is supported so aptly by knowledge it’s a pleasure to engage with.
The podcast has been running for more than eight years and well over 700 episodes, is produced weekly throughout the year, and should be daily during all four Grand Slam tournaments. However the majors aren’t the sole focus, with attention duly given to the global circuit and tennis on tour, as well as reviews of breaking news that shake the sport. The production of the show is crowdfunded by its listeners, having been supported with four successful Kickstarter campaigns.
Recent interviews have included all-time great Chrissie Evert, Marcos Baghdatis, and the hypnotic dulcet tones of Yannick Noah, the last Frenchman to win the French Open, as well as giving due credit to maybe the more overlooked players, such as Robin Söderling, the man who knocked out Nadal on clay but have to contend with the crowd against him when he faced Federer in the final. And of course, if you needed any more persuasion, fancy listening to how Jose Mourinho cried when Andy Murray won Wimbledon.?
With a terrific tennis triptych of Whitaker, Roberts, and Law, prickly partners in crime, this podcast is all ace, king and joker of the court. Game, set, match.