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Mid-Aussie Open Chat: Scandal & Upsets

We're attempting a rare mid-Slam podcast; we're chatting about the tennis and some bigger issues floating around tennis this week: match fixing, bad commentary, and Hewitt's retirement. 1:30 We wade into the match-fixing scandal10:30 Unloading on ESPN for preempting Serena Williams for "journalism"14:15 Poll results: your least favorite commentators, male and female15:15 Your winner, the awful Justin Gimelstob (and that NY Times puff piece)32:00 Bad news first: Venus & Rafa upset35:00 The (overcooked?) brouhaha over Venus skipping her press conference41:00 Mouratoglou weighs in on Rafa's game44:30 Having fun despite the carnage47:00 How are the pre-tournament faves doing? (SW, Aga, & Igloo domination)55:00 The top men have a great first week: breaking down the quarters58:30 Talking through the Lleyton Hewitt retrospective #ThisWeekInTennis: Week One of 2016 Australian Open 


23 Jan 2016

Rank #1

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Mid-French Open Chat: Vamos Another Day

Presenting episode 45: simultaneously mourning Rafa's withdrawal and basking in Venus' run to the fourth round. We also talk the Murresmo split, Lepchenko's silent ban, Cornet's drama, McEnroe's new pupil, the round of 16 matchups, and give our dream finals. Oh, and we begin the show with a recap of seeing Beyonce at her #FormationWorldTour. 1:00 First, we went to see Beyonce!8:30 Rafa's withdrawal14:20 Varvara Lepchenko serves a silent ban for failed drug test17:30 #SeeWhatHadHappenedWas: Cornet is far too much24:00 Andy Murray's split with Mauresmo & his 5-set matches27:30 Serena's snapchat & the Williams Invitational34:45 You say zebra, I say hideous39:00 Raonic hires John McEnroe46:15 Stacked doubles draws48:45 Breaking down the women's Round of 1653:30 Venus def. Cornet in 3rd round, sans drama59:30 Bacsinszky, Kuznetsova, Muguruza, Stosur, etc.1:04:00 We share our dream finalists1:05:00 Men's Round of 16: Djokovic, Thiem, Stan, Nishikori, Gasquet, Murray1:11:00 Dream men's finalists Episode brought to you by Racquet Magazine: a new tennis quarterly. Learn about the project here. Don't forget to check out the Racquet Mag's Instagram page. 

1hr 13mins

29 May 2016

Rank #2

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US Open Wrap: Multiple Things Are True *Oprah Shrug Gif*

There are so many things to talk about from the U.S. Open women's final, but chief among these is that Naomi Osaka bossed her way to a maiden Grand Slam title. We talk about just how awesome Naomi and her game were this past fortnight, before wading into the mess that was the drama in the championship match. We implore listeners to consider multiple things we think are true of this situation, instead of painting this as a black and white issue. We belatedly finish with Novak's 14th - and oh so impressive - Slam title, before revisiting the Pliskova saga and how it could have been avoided. 02:53 Naomi Osaka's star is born 10:33 So, we get to the final... 14:57 Looking at what happened with empathy 23:30 To coach or not to coach 29:42 Why questioning Serena's integrity cuts so deep 35:15 Rules are rules except when they're not 42:34 Serena claims unequal treatment, was it the right time? 46:14 What does it take for people to see blackness at play? 54:28 Where Serena and her team went wrong 66:32 Multiple things are true: to recap 70:40 Novak wins #14 and ATP etceteras 79:28 The Pliskova mess and how we could have avoided it

1hr 27mins

10 Sep 2018

Rank #3

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Rolly G Recap: Serena Turns 20 & Stan Brings His Best

We're recapping the wild, bizarro, and ultimately rewarding 2015 Roland Garros: - Celebrating the extraterrestrial accomplishments of Serena Williams, and her unrepentant, flawed, and pioneering Serena-ness.- We marvel at Stan Wawrinka's power, backhand, and competitive will.- We tout our wisdom in avoiding predictions.- In #SeeWhatHadHappenedWas, we give our perspective on the Tara Moore Twitter Catastrophe. Consequential? Not really. It's tea, though.- Learn what to bring to a verbal knife fight with Jonathan.

1hr 5mins

8 Jun 2015

Rank #4

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US Open Recap: Djokovic At 10, Stakhovsky's Gaydar & Fish's Farewell

Episode 24 marks the end of our Grand Slam season. Here's Part 2 of our US Open recap: 1:30 The men's tournament: maybe a bit boring?3:15 Retirements, the heat, cashing that 1st round check9:00 Mardy Fish's farewell; his courage turns sports cliches on their head16:30 James Blake and the NYPD23:00 Apology does not equal justice25:00 Stakhovsky update: statements from ATP Players' Council & Sergiy himself28:30 The inadequacy of "be-who-you-are" politics31:45 Stako's gaydar and locker room hijinks37:00 Talking actual tennis: a tough tournament for our faves38:30 Fabio Fognini def. Rafael Nadal43:45 Men's QFs; hear Jonathan's (unfair?) disdain for Gasquet46:30 Tsonga's untapped potential, again51:00 Men's final - SABR drama and Jonathan lets loose on Boris57:00 Letting go of resenting Federer59:45 James on why he can't love Roger, and why he does love Serena1:03:00 Late-era Roger vs. Sampras1:06:30 Djokovic's dominance and the nasty NY crowd1:08:00 Putting the GOAT debate to bed for now Reading list: Mardy Fish in The Players Tribune Stakhovsky, USA Today Stakhovsky, New York Times

1hr 13mins

14 Sep 2015

Rank #5

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Hitting The Fan

Episode 78 is our attempt to make sense of the strange happenings of the past week: the Nastase-fueled nightmare at the Romania vs. GB Fed Cup tie; Max Eisenbud's petty and rude comments; Serena's pregnancy and Patrick Mouratoglou's response; and Rafael Nadal's history-making 10th Monte Carlo title. This episode also features an interview with the engaging and hilarious Caitlin Thompson, publisher of Racquet Magazine and co-host of The Main Draw podcast. Caitlin and James talk about Maria, journalism, Racquet's new issue, and the philosophy that drives the magazine. Stick around for Caitlin's take on the Serena/Beyonce vs. Maria/T-Swift analogy. 0:45 So, uh, did something happen this weekend?4:30 How are we feeling about Serena's pregnancy now? Are we ok?10:30 Fed Cup results: USA def. Czech, Belarus def. Suisse12:40 Romania-GB Fed Cup nightmare19:30 Geopolitics & nationalism in Fed Cup33:15 Max Eisenbud, what a mess - but does anyone believe that Max doesn't speak for Maria? - "You are the company you keep"43:30 Rafa Nadal wins La Decima at Monte Carlo, and it's practically an afterthought46:50 Cedric Mourier royally screws Goffin, everyone blames Rafa55:30 James' interview with Racquet magazine publisher Caitlin Thompson - we talk tennis aesthetics, Maria as capitalist, and the new issue 01:05:00 Caitlin talks sports journalism and the perils of preserving access01:23:30 Where/how to get Racquet magazine

1hr 31mins

24 Apr 2017

Rank #6

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Roland Garros Preview: Breaking Down The Draws and Introducing Racquet Magazine

Episode 44 is our Roland Garros preview. We start with the men's side, which got a whole lot more interesting a few weeks ago, with Rafa's resurgence, Andy's rebirth on clay, and Novak suffering a few setbacks. Next, enjoy our chat with Caitlin Thompson, co-founder of the new print-only Racquet Magazine and co-host of The Main Draw podcast. Stay tuned for info on how to subscribe or donate to Racquet's Kickstarter. Finally, we talk about the women's draw and, honestly, your guess is as good as ours.   1:30 Honoring Roger Federer's streak of 65 straight majors4:45 Is Rafa's draw "shockingly horrible," as James thinks?7:00 We can agree, though, that Novak's is a cakewalk11:30 Debating the merits of playing the week before a major15:30 Men's bottom half: wtf25:00 Our chat with Caitlin Thompson30:00 Previewing Racquet Magazine & why you should be as excited as we are!50:30 How to subscribe, donate, and get some awesome gifts54:15 Previewing the women's draw - starting with Serena, as always57:00 Is Azarenka really the second favorite?1:00:00 Checking in with Venus, Timea, Kerber, Madison1:06:15 Women's bottom half: your guess is as good as mine Racquet Magazine Kickstarter #ThisWeekInTennis: ATP Preview #ThisWeekInTennis: WTA Preview

1hr 13mins

21 May 2016

Rank #7

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One Clay At A Time

The show is back from a two-week hiatus to discuss more clay court tennis! Rafa Nadal got to a record 50 consecutive sets won before bowing out to Dominic Thiem, who in turn bowed out to Zverev two matches later in the Madrid final. Petra Kvitova continued her awe-inspiring run with a third title in Madrid, this after taking the title in Prague the week before. We rag on Shapovalov and Patrick Mouratoglou, take a deep dive into Cornet's ITF ruling, then finish up with a few tennis etceteras.   01:28 #Thirev is a thing? The Bel-Ami Madrid final 07:11 A few clay tangents and musings 10:40 Phallic with a real sense of danger 14:49 The most positive Sharapova segment we've ever done 17:21 Petra won't stop winning, and other WTA standouts 25:00 Taking the piss out of Shapovalov and his "haters" 32:00 Serena is playing Roland Garros? Lord God Patrick says so 35:39 The Cornet case: did they make every reasonable effort? 49:40 Results we missed, injury updates, and Vinci's farewell

1hr 1min

16 May 2018

Rank #8

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Aussie Open Recap: GOATs March Through Melbourne

It's episode 68, and we're recapping the entertaining and nostalgic 2017 Australian Open, which saw several of the all-time greats compete in the finals. 35-year-olds Serena Williams and Roger Federer won the titles and tightened their grasp on the GOAT title, despite what Margaret Court wants to say.  4:15 Women's final: Serena def Venus to get #237:45 A household divided (ours, not the Williams')9:20 Venus doing God's work by taking out CoCo18:10 Venus is not just a ceremonial figure, she's a contender22:45 GOAT talk reignited - Margaret Court is salt personified.29:45 Et ceteras: rankings watch, Konta's run, Lucic-Baroni's return to a Grand Slam semi33:20 Men's final: Fedal is back, and Roger had a new game plan42:15 Federer's weird comments about his medical timeout48:30 Did we miss Novak and Andy?55:10 Mattek-Sands/Safarova and Peers/Kontinen win doubles titles56:15 One last Williams topic: Alexis debuts as fiance


31 Jan 2017

Rank #9

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Rome Recap

In episode 43, we attempt to digest ALL that happened in Rome last week. First things first, Serena's back with a big win. Andy Murray finally beats Novak again in a big final, with assists from Rafa and Kei. Were you as perplexed by Djokovic's erratic behaviour all week as we were? We try and get to the bottom of it during our extended "Rant" which also includes discussions of Tomic, the Aussie Olympic fiasco, and Grigor's meltdown in Istanbul. As usual, the episode is timestamped for your listening convenience. 2:12  -  Serena Williams, "back right smack dab in the middle of everything."6:43  -  Keys a future #1, so says Serena 12:50 - A yet improved Rafa, sifting through the positives18:20 - Andrew Murray, Baron of Clay20:40 - Murresmo call it quits22:18 - Getting to the bottom of Novak's erratic week in Rome42:30 - Tomic, Kyrgios & the Kitty Litter of Aussie Olympics47:12 - Grigor's abomination 52:20 - Coco's coach tells her to "quit being a pansy" #GoReadABook58:07 - Flavia's Farewell61:11 - Venus back in the top 10?  #ThisWeekInTennis

1hr 5mins

16 May 2016

Rank #10

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La Décima: 10 Reflections From Rolly G

Rafael Nadal motored through the French Open field to claim his 10th title at Roland Garros, or La Décima. While his latest French triumph was expected, the same cannot be said for Jelena Ostapenko, who rifled winners past her opponents at will to grab the Suzanne Lenglen trophy. Join us as we relive the most memorable and newsworthy moments from championship weekend at the year's second Slam. 02:20 La Décima, the men's final, and Rafa's annihilation of the field 19:22 Fearless Ostapenko did THAT! 28:20 Halep's missed opportunities on court and off 37:00 Nole lost at sea? We don't have any answers 40:50 Concerned about Dominic Thiem or nah? 43:48 WTA etceteras: Cash aboard the CoCo train, French drama, & Maria is out 51:04 ATP etceteras: Murray's "shock and awe" performance, Stan readies for Wimbledon 54:16 Our most expansive segment on doubles ever? We take some Canadian pride in Dabrowski 60:59 Watching the rankings, the various roads and races 66:38 Test your Nadal knowledge alongside James!

1hr 14mins

13 Jun 2017

Rank #11

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Setting The Record Straight In Charleston

Episode 117 comes to you again from Charleston and Toronto. This time, Bri (@4thetennis) joins the show from the Volvo Car Open to "set the record straight" on all things Sloane and offer her insights on a potpourri of tennis topics. You will also hear from a handful of WTA players in a segment featuring audio from the players' All Access Hour in Charleston, before James makes his appearance to close the show with part two of our listener mailbag. This episode is a bit unorthodox, but we hope you enjoy!  1:00 Welcome our guest, General of the #SloaneHive, Bri! (@4thetennis)2:45 Bri makes sure we put some respeck on Sloane's name9:00 Talking Rafa's return, the state of Novak 17:20 On the ground in Charleston: Genie, Tortellini Queen, Stosur, college grads in women's tennis28:00 Press goodies:  Konta, Garcia, Keys; and Osaka talks Big Sascha35:20 Listener Q&A: why hasn't WTA Rising Stars taken off like ATP NextGen? (@_clarkeshannon)43:15 What would you change about tennis? (@gaygroundzero)46:00 Who are your favorite (and least fav) tennis commentators? (also @gaygroundzero)49:15 Where is the line when it comes to poking fun at your least favorite players? (@SholzTalks10s)53:30 Will Sharapova return to the top 10 or is she done? (@michaelomusic)56:50 What will it take for Novak to fix himself? (@TylerGreenDC)

1hr 1min

4 Apr 2018

Rank #12

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Petra With A 3, Fed Back At 1, & Ryan's Reckoning

In our peaches and cream episode (112), we've got a (still) blazing Petra, Federer becoming the oldest ever ATP #1, some Wozniacki messiness, and a discussion of the latest Harrison saga. Wow, that might have been the most succinct description of an episode we've ever done. Steep your tea, browse through the timestamps below, and enjoy our latest! 01:30 Petra with a 3! Kvitova wills her way back to the top 10 08:42 Gramps is back at #1; what's standing in his way? 16:22 New York Open: not a stone groove smash hit wonder 21:08 Caroline likes to get her lawyering on, but she hasn't studied for the bar 31:16 Any number of women can do what's not being done on the ATP right now 36:25 Tempering expectations for Serena's return 43:25 Harrison's latest: a whole lot we STILL don't know...no matter what they tell us 50:40 The Harrison interview on "Beyond The Baseline" 63:41 Darko is back, is very long-winded, and it's an almighty mess

1hr 7mins

21 Feb 2018

Rank #13

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Deja Vu All Over Again

2:00 James revisits Djokovic's comments and follow-up10:30 Roger Federer tries to add some nuance, and fails14:00 Warring fandoms and how we interpret players' words17:00 Tennis Twitter's Manic Monday: Nicole Gibbs stands up24:00 Andy Murray drops in to read Stakhovsky down30:00 Neil Harman stops by for no reason33:00 Going to bat for Andy Murray, currently the only ATP advocate for women38:45 The trouble with allies/having a daughter makes you a feminist?46:00 Hashing out the major arguments for/against equal prize money, briefly50:00 Higher-faster-stronger is not the only measure of athleticism55:30 Our case for the moral argument in favor of equal prize money57:30 In praise of Billie Jean King1:01:00 BJK and Chrissie Evert share great anecdotes about the 70s1:06:00 Why are the men not focusing on pay disparity on the ATP? Instead, they prefer to blame women.1:11:00 Big ups! Gibbs, BJK, Andy, and more Manic Monday

1hr 16mins

25 Mar 2016

Rank #14

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19 Jewels In Her Crown

In episode 4, we recap the Aussie Open:- Serena gets 19, Maria tries but fails to overcome the coughing SW. - Madison Keys slams her way to the semis.- Venus re-emerges as a contender?- What, if anything, does Rafa's showing in Australia mean for his quest for 10 in Paris?- Jennifer Capriati's twitter woes and the horror of watching your heroes become human.- Andy Murray the mental case? Andy succumbs to Novak's bizarre dramatics.- Hingis wins first slam since 2002, Mladenovic is unimpressed.


3 Feb 2015

Rank #15

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La Primera y La Undécima: 1s Across the Board at French Open

Simona Halep and Rafael Nadal are your French Open champions. For Simona, it was her first time as last woman standing at a Slam, while Nadal hoisted the Coupe des Mousquetaires for an 11th time. After recapping both finals and notable matches since the quarterfinals, we tackle some of the outside-the-lines etceteras that popped up since our last episode. On tap:  Nadal's alleged equal pay remarks, the ubiquity of flossing, the laughable punishment meted out in the James Blake case, and using Margaret Court to raise the stakes for our current greats. 01:41 Simona turns the Titanic back around 11:05 Putting the many facets of Simona into context 15:55 Muguruza defollicles Maria & Madison has no answers for Sloane 20:02 Complicating Sloane's relationship with the media 24:46 Sloane gives a pitch perfect performance as runner-up 27:00 Nadal's third "La Undécima" & the anxiety of greatness 34:54 How did Dominic acquit himself in his first Slam final? 39:48 The massive elephant in the room: Nadal & equal pay in tennis 53:28 Assessing Novak's performance and loss to Cecchinato 58:11 Speaking of Cecchinato...thinking out loud about sports reporting 63:50 Doubles, juniors & flossing?!?! How do the kids all know how to do it? 70:53 ENOUGH of using Margaret Court to move the goalpost.

1hr 16mins

11 Jun 2018

Rank #16

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Pride Is Political: A Partial History of LGBTQ People in Tennis

We are proud to bring you our Pride Special, a partial and selective history of the LGBTQ people across tennis history who changed our sport forever. Some of the stories you'll know, others were news to us, but all of them challenged our view of history and opened our eyes to so many forms of resistance. Listen for stories about Baron Gottfried von Cramm, Helen Jacobs, Billie and Martina, Renee Richards, and many more. Happy Pride! 03:45 The early modern era: Big Bill Tilden8:00 Helen Jacobs, shorts pioneer and one-half of a fascinating gay relationship in the 1930s14:20 When queer love is criminal: Baron Gottfried von Cramm22:00 Ted Tinling, the designer of women's tennis27:00 Renee Richards changes everything40:00 The summer of 1981: Billie Jean King & Martina's outings pose an existential threat to women's tennis45:55 "In Defense of Billie Jean," by ally Chrissie Evert Lloyd51:00 Martina: a perfect storm of Cold War hysteria, citizenship fears, and the "butch" female body54:55 Amelie Mauresmo, who was never "in"1:03:45 Gender trouble: the confounding clash of sex, sexuality, gender, and gender expression1:11:30 Things we learned and closing thoughts Reading List:Big Bill Tilden - Frank DefordSecond Serve - Renee RichardsThe Rivals - Johnette Howard"Amelie Mauresmo's Muscles: The Lesbian Heroic in Women's Professional Tennis" - Pamela J. Forman and Darcy C. Plymire"Renee Richards Wants to be Left Alone," Michael Weinreb (Grantland)"Renee Richards' 'Second Serve' is a Book About Two Remarkable People," Jeremiah Tax (Sports Illustrated)"Life, Death, Tennis and the Nazis: Gottfried von Cramm, The Man That Wimbledon Forgot," Will Mage (Vice Sports UK)

1hr 19mins

23 Jun 2018

Rank #17

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Mid-Wimbledon Check-up: Head On Doorframe

Welcome to our mid-Wimbledon show where we recap all the tennis from week one at SW19. We begin with the tennis stories capturing most of the headlines: Rafa's lawsuit against Bachelot is moving forward, "bad boys" Tomic, Medvedev, and Kyrgios generate lots of ink in the British rags, and Venus is exonerated! We also take a few digs at Rena's Army, the AELTC, and Taylor Fritz, before finishing up with the actual tennis, culminating with Manic Monday action. 03:04 Tomic's truth tea & HEAD's BS moralizing 11:32 Medvedev's racist past & boorish Wimbledon behaviour 16:03 Girl, BYE: Palm Beach Gardens Police Department   23:28 Girl, BYE: The All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club 31:20 Wading into the Kyrgios gossip rag nonsense 34:35 Upsets: Stan, Pliskova, and Ferrer beating Gasquet? 38:06 Why is Rena's Army so relentlessly messy, mean-spirited and dark-sided? 40:12 The Fritz "Daddy of the Year" PR video 47:10 So how did those WTA 11-15 seeds fare in week one? 51:51 Manic Monday recap 61:35 Rafa bumps his head, Muller bumps him out of Wimbledon

1hr 17mins

11 Jul 2017

Rank #18

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Mid-Roland Garros Report: All Tea and No Comment

Welcome to our week one recap of the 2017 French Open. We kick things off with a look back at some of the big (albeit few) upsets, as well as the biggest surprises left in both singles draws. Rafa and Novak remain on course for a crackerjack semifinal, while Andy and Stan motor along under the radar on the other half of the men's draw. As for the women, your guess is still as good as ours. We talk about Kiki Mladenovic's possible role as villain on the WTA, before following up on our discussion from last time on the real villain at the moment, Margaret Court. 02:12 Kicking things off with the upsets: throwing Zverev in James' face 06:20 Can we talk about the tarp thing? James goes off 07:51 Petko goes to bat for Angie 10:20 Any bigger surprise than Caroline Wozniacki? 17:02 Women's Draw: your guess is still as good as ours 20:32 Talking the Venus-Timea matchup 28:22 Kiki refuses to lose but how much can she have left? 32:26 Men's Draw: marching right along to another Rafole humdinger? 42:42 Good sportsmanship/humanity the big motif of week one? 47:15 Is Kiki a villain? Is she the villain tennis needs? Does tennis need one? 50:15 Forza, Muguruza! 53:45 Margaret Court is definitely a villain 59:55 Why you say "no comment?"

1hr 7mins

5 Jun 2017

Rank #19

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Season 2 Finale: Tennis Is Messy AF

Episode 63 marks the finale of our second season. We spend a good chunk of time thanking some of our supporters by name. (Please forgive us if we missed you - it wasn't intentional!) We have lots of fun chit-chatting about the petty, messy, trying, and frivolous moments in tennis this past year. We also take you back to a once-controversial subject in tennis: the Williams sisters' hair, and its role as a signifier of their outsider status.  3:15 Rundown of 2016's messy af moments in tennis, starting with Gibbs-Stakhovsky-Murray9:15 Ryan Harrison is doing the most to provoke Tennis Twitter11:45 A sidebar on politics and why we shan't be tolerating alt-right tennis players14:30 Tomic and Kyrgios' complicated relationship20:00 Who's suing whom22:45 Other insane things: Wimbledon poisoning and a murder trial26:15 Tomic politely asks a fan for a cup to go with his teabag(ging)28:00 Discussing Jonathan's WTA Grand Slam Rankings39:00 James takes a quiz about 2016 title winners43:35 Our 2017 Breakout Players48:30 #SeeWhatHadHappenedWas - Venus Williams loses some beads at the '99 Australian Open, tennis loses its shit (thanks to @StephInTheUS and her YouTube channel)1:02:00 We thank our supporters on the air - your support has made this podcast possible!

1hr 18mins

12 Dec 2016

Rank #20