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The Tennis Podcast

Catherine Whitaker, David Law and Matt Roberts talk tennis weekly throughout the year and daily during the Grand Slam tournaments. Friends of The Tennis Podcast have access to exclusive Q & A's, new editions of Tennis Re-Lived and more bonus contents. To become a Friend - https://bit.ly/FriendOfTheTennisPodcast.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Indian Wells - Djokovic Sparks Equal Prize Money Debate After Winning Title; Raymond Moore Comments Reaction; Azarenka Beats Serena; Jez Green Interview

On a day when we expected to be headlining with Azarenka’s win over Serena Williams, instead all the talk was of Indian Wells Tournament Director Raymond Moore’s astonishing comments about the women’s game, and a response from Novak Djokovic that reopened the equal prize money debate.David Law and Catherine Whitaker review what was said by whom, and react to it. Does Djokovic have a point? Is it time the debate was put to bed by making tennis equal pay for equal play? Or is it just too depressing for words that equality isn’t simply seen as the right thing in 2016?The wins of Azarenka and Djokovic are also discussed, as is the resurgence of Rafael Nadal. In an exclusive interview, we also talk to Jez Green, the man that helped to make Andy Murray the physical juggernaut he is today, and who is now in charge of the fitness of 18-year-old German prodigy Alexander Zverev. The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with The Telegraph. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

42mins

21 Mar 2016

Rank #1

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Olympics Mayhem; Del Potro Joy; Djokovic, Serena Struggling; Federer - Is This It?

After the Olympic tennis in Rio lost the Williams sisters, Murray brothers, Novak Djokovic and the top seeds in men's doubles on the same night, and then Serena Williams fell in singles shortly after, Catherine Whitaker and David Law reconvene on the Tennis Podcast. What is wrong with Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams? Could Juan Martin Del Potro now go all the way? What of Murray, Nadal, Konta, Kerber and the rest? It's all in there. The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with The Telegraph.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

43mins

10 Aug 2016

Rank #2

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Federer Sidelined by Surgery - Curse or Blessing? Plus Rybakina's Rise & Halep's Heroics

Catherine, David and Matt catch up to discuss a busy week which saw Roger Federer announce knee surgery, Kim Clijsters impress in her first match for seven years, Simona Halep beat Elena Rybakina in a thriller in Dubai, and Dominic Thiem struggle in Rio. Could Federer’s enforced break actually be a blessing in disguise when it comes to Wimbledon and the Olympics this summer? What makes Rybakina special? And who is 16-year-old Carlos Alcaraz who won a match in Rio?* NEWSLETTER *Sign up to get our news, predictions and Matt’s Stat. Daily at the Grand Slams and weekly throughout the rest of the year - http://eepurl.com/gbmzRX* REDDIT *We have a sub-reddit page! It's a growing online community with over 700 members where listeners can chat about the show and all things tennis. Join in - https://www.reddit.com/r/thetennispodcast/ * SOCIAL MEDIA *Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/thetennispodcast/Twitter - https://www.instagram.com/thetennispodcast/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 1min

24 Feb 2020

Rank #3

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French Open - Week 2 Starts With Washout; John McEnroe - Super Coach; What Now For Nadal? Djokovic, Murray

After play was called off for the day because of bad weather on Monday, the Telegraph’s Tennis Correspondent Simon Briggs joined Catherine Whitaker to discuss week one and look ahead to week two. Will the tournament get back on track, or is a third Monday in store?  What does the future look like for Rafael Nadal after his shock withdrawal because of a wrist injury? What will new super-coach John McEnroe bring to the career of Milos Raonic? How is Andy Murray looking now that he has got his tournament back on track? And who is Shelby Rogers, and how did she get to the quarterfinals? Whitaker and Briggs wade through it all, before wading back to their respective hotels.  The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with The Telegraph. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

25mins

30 May 2016

Rank #4

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US Open Day 5 - Lopez: ‘This Could Be The last Time I Face Federer’; Edmund unlucky as Shapovalov moves on; Muguruza, Venus, Sharapova Cruise;

Feliciano Lopez, like Mikhail Youzhny in the previous round, is one year younger than 36-year-old Roger Federer, and is also yet to beat the great man. He hopes, he tells The Tennis Podcast’s Catherine Whitaker on today’s show, that their 13th match will be the one where his luck changes.Denis Shapovalov is quickly becoming one of the main stories of the US Open in 2017, and The Tennis Podcast team can’t get enough of him.His progress was aided by the retirement mid-match of Kyle Edmund, but it also felt as if he was beginning to gain the upper hand anyway in his 3-6, 6-4. 6-3, 1-0 (ret) win. How good do the Tennis Podcast team think Shapovalov will go on to be? What are his strengths? And can he go all the way at the US Open?The 1987 Wimbledon champion Pat Cash joins Catherine on Eurosport to talk about his new charge, Coco Vandewegh. She faces Agnieszka Radwanska on Saturday. We hear what Cash has to say about Coco on The Tennis Podcast. A new edition of The Tennis Podcast will be available to download after play every day during the US Open. Presented by broadcasters Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport, BBC 5 Live) and David Law (BBC 5 Live, BT Sport), it is produced weekly throughout the year, and daily at the Grand Slam tournaments, in association with Telegraph Sport and Eurosport.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

30mins

2 Sep 2017

Rank #5

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Wimbledon Day 13 - Djokovic Edges Classic; Federer Devastated; Gap Closes

Novak Djokovic is the Wimbledon champion again, but Roger Federer will feel like it was one that got away.Two match points came and went, so what happened, how, why and when? The Tennis Podcast team convened one final time to dissect a match that finished 13-12 in the fifth set. It also has far-reaching consequences for in the Grand Slam title race between Federer, Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. So what next?The Tennis Podcast is produced weekly throughout the year, daily at the Slams (US Open next) and features Catherine Whitaker, David Law and Matt Roberts. It is published in association with Telegraph Sport. To receive our free e-mail newsletter ... http://po.st/TTP_NewsletterTo receive a December 1st reminder when our campaign to crowdfund the 2020 podcast gets underway, sign up here - http://po.st/SupportTheTennisPodcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

50mins

14 Jul 2019

Rank #6

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ATP Cup - Yes or No?

A new decade, a new tennis season, and the new ATP Cup. In our first episode of 2020, Catherine Whitaker and Matt Roberts discuss what they've made of the first few days of the tournament, how it compares to the revamped Davis Cup, whether it's what tennis needs, and some of the notable results so far. There's also a look at some of the main stories from the off season and a preview of the new WTA season. *** KICKSTARTER *** Thanks to everyone who has backed us so far. If you enjoy the show and want to help us reach our crowdfunding goal for 2020, you can support The Tennis Podcast here - http://po.st/TP_Kickstarter2020 *** NEWSLETTER *** Sign up to get our news, predictions and Matt’s Stat. Daily at the Grand Slams and weekly throughout the rest of the year - http://po.st/TTP_Newsletter *** SOCIAL MEDIA *** Instagram - http://po.st/TTP_Instagram Twitter - http://po.st/TTP_Twitter Facebook - http://po.st/TTP_Facebook See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 6mins

6 Jan 2020

Rank #7

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The Rafael Nadal Story - A Tennis Podcast Special

Roland Garros 2019 is just a few days away. Rafael Nadal will be aiming for his 12th title in Paris. It’s mind-boggling to even contemplate. But how did we get here? Starting from the very beginning, Catherine Whitaker, David Law and Matt Roberts take you through the story of Rafael Nadal’s career. With stats and anecdotes, they cover his emergence as a teenage sensation, his clay-court dominance, his hold over Roger Federer, his ability to adapt to grass and hard courts, his rivalry with Novak Djokovic, his injury trouble, and his longevity. Along the way they try to answer some key questions. How important was Uncle Toni’s decision to encourage him to play left-handed? Is the 2008 Wimbledon final the greatest match of all time? What makes Nadal so special compared to his biggest rivals? And will he win more Grand Slams in the future? The Tennis Podcast is produced weekly throughout the year and daily at the Grand Slam tournaments, in association with Telegraph Sport. *** Follow us on social media *** Instagram - http://po.st/TTP_Instagram Twitter - http://po.st/TTP_Twitter Facebook - http://po.st/TTP_Facebook *** We will be producing daily newsletters throughout Roland Garros *** Sign up - http://po.st/TTP_Newsletter See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 16mins

22 May 2019

Rank #8

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Australian Open Day 14 - Federer's 18th: His Greatest Achievement?

Fittingly, it went five sets, and they saved the best for last. Roger Federer produced a period of other-worldly tennis to win his 18th Grand Slam title against his biggest rival of all.Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport) and David Law (BBC 5 Live) concur that it amounts to the greatest of all of his victories. In a Tennis Podcast recorded moments afterwards, they explain why.Over the course of the 30-minute show, they discuss where the match was won and lost, what happened to Nadal after going a break up in the fifth, and Mats Wilander drops by to give his verdict.We also hear from Rene Stauffer, journalist from Tages Anzeiger in Switzerland. Stauffer has covered Federer since he was junior and is uniquely placed to sum up the victory. The Tennis Podcast in Australia was produced in association with Telegraph Sport and Eurosport. The weekly show will return soon. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

30mins

29 Jan 2017

Rank #9

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Queen's Preview - Andy Murray On Lendl, Cooking & A Good Night Out; DAVID BECKHAM INTERVIEW!

As clay turned to grass, Andy Murray turned to Ivan Lendl, the man that helped him to his Wimbledon, US Open and Olympic titles.  In the first of our podcasts from the Aegon Championships at The Queen's Club, we talk to Murray about his reasons for reuniting with the former World Number One. Murray also tells us about his cooking skills, and what listeners should do for a good night out in London. Oh, and David Beckham joins us to tell us about his tennis-playing son, and how he embarrassed he felt when he walked in on an interview with Kyle Edmund.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

25mins

12 Jun 2016

Rank #10

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Madrid Madness underway; Why Doesn't Portugal Have More Tennis Champions? Just How Good Could Monica Seles Have Been?

After a week when the Munich, Estoril and Prague titles were all won by home favourites, attention now turns to Madrid, which is a veritable who’s who of the best, healthy tennis players in the world. Catherine Whitaker, sitting in a car park, and David Law in a window-less room, go through a draw that has thrown up some corkers. The wins of Alexander Zverev in Munich, Petra Kvitova in Prague and Joao Sousa in Estoril are covered, and David wants to know why Portugal, where Sousa’s triumph was celebrated, has produced so few top players over the years.The awful stabbing of Monica Seles is remembered, 25 years on. Just how good could she have been if that had not happened?Seles features in many listeners’ memories of the best matches of the 1990s.The Tennis Podcast is produced weekly throughout the year and daily during the Grand Slam tournaments, in association with Telegraph Sport and Eurosport. It is presented by Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport) and David Law (BBC 5 Live, BT Sport).  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

50mins

7 May 2018

Rank #11

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Aus Open Day 2 – 88 matches and the return of Kyrgioptimism

At the end of a day when 88 matches were played at the Australian Open, Catherine, David and Matt were all in desperate need of a beer as they recorded the latest Tennis Podcast from inside the media centre.  They discuss Tiafoe’s encouraging performance in defeat against Medvedev, plenty of British misfortune, whether probation suits Kyrgios and if he will be able to beat Simon, a match which felt like the end of the road for Sharapova, and results which have left predictions in tatters. * NEWSLETTER *Sign up to get our news, predictions and Matt’s Stat. Daily at the Grand Slams and weekly throughout the rest of the year - http://eepurl.com/gbmzRX* REDDIT *We have a sub-reddit page! It's a growing online community for listeners to chat about the show and all things tennis. Join in the fun - https://www.reddit.com/r/thetennispodcast/* SOCIAL MEDIA *Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/thetennispodcast/Twitter - https://www.instagram.com/thetennispodcast/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

45mins

21 Jan 2020

Rank #12

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Wimbledon Day 4 - Nadal Downs Kyrgios In Crackling, Compelling Classic; Kerber Crashes; Brits Battle On

We try to keep the daily shows at Grand Slams to 30 minutes, but after 18 minutes went by talking about Rafael Nadal vs. Nick Kyrgios, we decided we needed to go over a bit …A quite extraordinary day of action on numerous courts saw three British players reach the third round, the defending champion Angelique Kerber go out, and one of the most pulsating, crackling matches in years on Centre Court.Won’t waste any more of your time. Just listen to it.And sign up to our daily newsletter - http://po.st/TTP_NewsletterThe Tennis Podcast is produced daily at the Grand Slams, weekly throughout the year, in association with Telegraph Sport. We are funded by our listeners via Kickstarter, every December.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

44mins

4 Jul 2019

Rank #13

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French Open Day 8 - Muguruza Dethroned As Mladenovic Soars; Can Thiem Take Out Djokovic? Who Is Karen Khachanov?

Garbine Muguruza departed the French Open wagging her finger in anger at the local crowd. They didn't care. Kristina Mladenovic, or Kiki as she is known, reached the quarterfinals in a tumultuous atmosphere at Roland Garros, and afterwards the Tennis Podcast team assembled to talk about it.Were the crowd out of order or do players just need to accept and take it? Could Mladenovic go on from here and win the title?Elsewhere, the only man that looked anything like as impressive as Rafael Nadal on day 8 was Dominic Thiem. Could the Austrian find enough inspiration to take out Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals?On Monday, Andy Murray takes on young Russian Karen Khachanov in the last 16. Who is Khachanov? Presenters Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport) and David Law (BBC 5 Live) reveal all they know.The rest of the results on Sunday are reviewed on the show, with previews of Monday's matches thrown in. The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with Telegraph Sport and... See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

32mins

4 Jun 2017

Rank #14

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Kvitova & Zverev Triumph at Altitude, only one marches on Rome; Mary Carillo's take on Djokovic's strife; Plus Pronunciation Corner

Sheltering just metres from Craven Cottage and an army of angry Derby County football fans, David & Catherine digest the extraordinary and contrasting title wins in Madrid for Alex Zverev and Petra Kvitova. Who of the two will go further at Roland Garros? And why did David not think to ask that question as a poll vault?Plus there's analysis of Nadal's (not so) shock defeat to Dominic Thiem, and chat about the (not quite) biggest win of Kyle Edmund's career over Novak Djokovic. And speaking of Djokovic.. Mary Carillo gives her astoundingly excellent thoughts about what's going on with him and why, all via the medium of Whatsapp.All that as well as a Serena Williams comeback update, pronunciation corner, and a rare mention for Tom Okker. The Tennis Podcast is produced weekly throughout the year and daily during the Grand Slam tournaments, in association with Telegraph Sport. It is presented by Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport) and David Law (BBC 5 Live, BT Sport).  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

54mins

14 May 2018

Rank #15

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US Open Day 6 - Big Names Survive; Fognini’s Disgrace; Worst Handshake Ever?

In what has otherwise become known as the Upset Open, the big names just about avoided defeat on Saturday, but The Tennis Podcast team had plenty to get their teeth into.How close did World No.1 Karolina Pliskova come to going out? Is her arm injury going to be a deciding factor in how far she goes?Much of the conversation in New York on Saturday centred around the behaviour of Fabio Fognini. The Italian had already been fined $24,000 by organisers after verbally abusing umpire Louise Engzell during his singles match, but word came through that he had been thrown out of the doubles as well. Podcast presenters Catherine Whitaker and David Law discuss the detail of the case, and have their say about what should be done about it.The Naomi Osaka vs. Jelena Ostapenko match that Catherine was so looking forward to isn’t going to happen, as both lost. Our presenters are still able to marvel at the no-look handshake Ostapenko dished out to Daria Kasatkina. They also look ahead to Sunday’s play, which is highlighted by the women’s singles matches between Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza and Petra Kvitova, and those involving Venus Williams and Maria Sharapova. And there’s the latest instalment of the fledgling career of 18-year-old Canadian Denis Shapovalov to discuss.A new edition of The Tennis Podcast is available to download after play every day during the US Open. Presented by broadcasters Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport, BBC 5 Live) and David Law (BBC 5 Live, BT Sport), it is produced weekly throughout the year, and daily at the Grand Slam tournaments, in association with Telegraph Sport and Eurosport.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

22mins

3 Sep 2017

Rank #16

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Monte Carlo - Djokovic, Murray, Nadal or 'Another'?; Fed Cup - Do Great Britain Stand A Chance?; Tennis Grunting - What, if anything, should be done?

The year's first big clay court event is upon us and there are more unknowns than perhaps any edition of the Monte Carlo Masters over the last decade. The Tennis Podcast team are here to pick through it all. Is Andy Murray's elbow in a sufficient state for a proper clay court campaign?Is Novak Djokovic ready to rediscover his true form, or will he come unstuck again like he did against Jiri Vesely a year ago?And what of Rafael Nadal? After a strong start to the year, albeit in the slipstream of Roger Federer (who plans to put his feet up for the next six weeks), is the Spaniard in the right frame of mind to win a 10th Monte Carlo crown?Presenters Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport) and David Law (BBC 5 Live, BT Sport) discuss the possibilities over a pint in the pub.There's also a preview of Britain's attempt to beat Romania, in Romania, in the Fed Cup World Group 2 Play-offs. Can Jo Konta, Heather Watson and co pull off a big upset?We also review last week's tournaments, celebrating a new... See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

58mins

18 Apr 2017

Rank #17

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Davis Cup Finals Day 3 - Miffed Murray Wins; Canadian Controversy

With tennis still going on at 2am in Madrid, Catherine Whitaker, David Law and Matt Roberts discussed the return to the Davis Cup of Andy Murray. It wasn't all plain sailing, and he had plenty to say afterwards. Novak Djokovic wasn't short of a word or two either. We hear from the both on The Tennis Podcast. The Tennis Podcast is produced weekly throughout the year, daily during the Grand Slam tournaments, the WTA and ATP Finals, and the Fed Cup and Davis Cup finals. ***LINKS***: Davis Cup Finals tickets code - Get 15% off, on us, by going to DavisCupFinals.com and putting in the code TTPDavisCupFinals. Tennis Podcast Live - If you would like to enter the ballot for tickets to Tennis Podcast Live at The Queen's Club in London on Monday 2nd December (6.30pm), send in your details here - tennispodcastevents@gmail.com. Tickets will cost £20 each. Newsletter - Weekly predictions, Matt’s Stat and Memory Lane are coming your way if you sign up free, here - http://po.st/TTP_Newsletter Support The Tennis Podcast - Help keep The Tennis Podcast going and growing. Sign up for a reminder about our 2020 crowdfunding campaign on December 2nd, when we launch - http://po.st/SupportTheTennisPodcast Leave us an iTunes review please! http://po.st/TTP_iTunes Send us an Email - https://www.thetennispodcast.net/contact ***SOCIAL MEDIA***: Twitter - http://po.st/TTP_Twitter Instagram - http://po.st/TTP_Instagram See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

49mins

21 Nov 2019

Rank #18

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French Open Day 13 - Nadal thrashes Federer; Konta misses chance; Barty breaks new ground; Djokovic vs. Thiem Suspended;

Day 13 at Roland Garros saw unpredictability and excitement in the women’s draw, the top men’s seeds playing well, rain and wind affecting conditions, and some baffling scheduling decisions. In short, it was in keeping with the themes of this year’s tournament. Catherine, David and Matt are together on the podcast to talk it all through. In the women’s semi-finals, did Jo Konta choke against Marketa Vondrousova? What did Konta have to say about her match being scheduled on Court Simonne-Mathieu? And how did Ash Barty eventually beat Amanda Anisimova in a rollercoaster match? The marquee match of the day was Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal, so why was the stadium so empty at the start? And how did Nadal use the conditions to his advantage? By contrast, why does the wind irritate Djokovic so much? Why was the match stopped early despite there being at least another hour of playable conditions? And will Thiem be able to handle the mental challenge of coming back tomorrow to finish off? Finally, looking ahead to the women’s final, will Vondrousova’s lack of experience on Chatrier harm her chances against Barty? And is it acceptable that they have been given a Not Before start time? The Tennis Podcast will be produced daily throughout Roland Garros, The Fever-Tree Championships and Wimbledon. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

52mins

7 Jun 2019

Rank #19

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Andy Murray: "I'm pain-free and want to come back" - Bonus Podcast

Andy Murray has spoken to the media, including The Tennis Podcast, for the first time since undergoing hip resurfacing surgery at the end of January, opening up about the details of the operation, his rehabilitation programme, his improved quality of life now that he’s pain-free, and how he still hopes to make a competitive return. This bonus edition of the podcast, recorded at The Queen’s Club, is the only place to hear Murray’s comments in full. Afterwards, David Law and Simon Briggs of Telegraph Sport give their reaction. What persuaded Murray to choose Sarah Muirhead-Allwood as his surgeon? What new things have we learned about his current condition? How different was Murray’s frame of mind compared to when we last saw him in Australia? And what’s the likelihood that we see him back on court in the future? Simon also gives an update on the political situation at the ATP ahead of a council meeting at Indian Wells that will see players discuss the possible ejection of president Chris Kermode. The Tennis Podcast is produced weekly throughout the year and daily at the Grand Slam tournaments, thanks to our Kickstarter backers, in association with Telegraph Sport.  SOCIAL MEDIA Instagram - http://po.st/TTP_InstagramTwitter - http://po.st/TTP_TwitterFacebook - http://po.st/TTP_Facebook WEEKLY NEWSLETTER Sign up - http://po.st/TTP_Newsletter See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

41mins

6 Mar 2019

Rank #20