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Carl Bialik and Jeff Sackmann talk tennis with an analytical bent.
 
Showcasing 5 Live Sport’s one-off specials, featuring in-depth interviews and coverage with the biggest names from the world of sport.
 
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WTA Insider Podcast
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The official podcast of the Women's Tennis Association, hosted by Courtney Nguyen, Senior Writer, WTA Insider. Bringing fans closer to the WTA with weekly analysis and interviews with players, broadcasters, and the men and women behind the scenes who drive women's tennis.
 
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Cheeky Volley
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Cheeky Volley is a tennis and culture podcast.Cheeky Volley is hosted and produced by Kabir Mehta and Alexander Levine, who met playing tennis in college.Kabir's intimate knowledge of the sport is filtered through his childhood in Miami, where each year he ball-boyed for the world’s top-ranked men and women at the Miami Open—Federer, Serena, Roddick, Agassi to name a few.Alex will dive deep into the recesses of Kabir's extensive tennis knowledge and offer a few opinions of his own developed ...
 
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A Mug's Game
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Sports betting podcast with a view to finding good value bets and getting one over on the big, bad bookies.Listen for in-depth sports talk and tips on GAA, soccer, tennis and more.
 
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Break Point
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Join Val Febbo, Joel Fruci, Josh Campbell and Ryan Tennison as they chat about the wide world of tennis every week. On this podcast, you will hear the best tennis news, most recent results, rankings and upcoming tournaments, as well as everything in between. So sit back, relax and tune in to one of the best tennis podcasts that you'll hear.
 
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Double Break
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The tennis podcast by Jacopo Lo Monaco and Vanni Gibertini, the duo that hopefully gives you a double-break advantage in understanding the game from the inside.
 
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Tanya Arnold is joined by Salford's Mark Flanagan, Saints prop Kyle Amor and Leeds's Jamie Jones Buchanan to preview this year's Grand Final between St Helens and Salford Red Devils at Old Trafford.By BBC Radio 5 live.
 
Naomi Osaka extended her win-streak to 10 consecutive matches since the US Open, defeating World No.1 Ashleigh Barty 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 to win the China Open. The title is Osaka's third of the season and fifth of her career, paving the way for a resurgent fall as the reigning Australian Open champion eyes her final event at the Shiseido WTA Finals S ...…
 
Aryna Sabalenka successfully defended her Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open title, defeating Alison Riske 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 to win her second title of the season and move her undefeated record in Wuhan to 12-0. Sabalenka joins the podcast to discuss the lessons learned from her rocky sophomore season, what she wished she knew on January 1st of this season, ...…
 
Former No.1 and four-time major champion Kim Clijsters joins the WTA Insider Podcast to discuss her decision to return to the tour over eight years since retiring in 2012. A popular player in the locker room and fan-favorite all over the globe, the 36-year-old Belgian reflects on her path back to competitive tennis, what she defines as success, ...…
 
Jeff and Carl review the memorable US Open men's final, featuring a resurgent Daniil Medvedev and a resilient Rafael Nadal, both of whom emptied their tactical toolboxes in Sunday's five-hour marathon. We cover Nadal's path to the all-time grand slam lead, whether Medvedev can become the tallest #1 of all time, and whether fellow first-time sem ...…
 
19-year-old Bianca Andreescu made Canadian history at the 2019 US Open, becoming the first Canadian singles Slam champion ever with her 6-3, 7-5 win over Serena Williams in the final. After starting the season ranked No.152m, Andreescu will rise to No.5 in the WTA Rankings on Monday and zoom up the Porsche Race to Shenzhen at No.4. Andreescu jo ...…
 
In this special podcast, Andrew Benson sits down with Renault driver Daniel Ricciardo following the tragic death of Anthoine Hubert last weekend. Four days on, he delves deep into what it takes for a racing driver to confront his fears and race on in such difficult circumstances. We also hear from four-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel on wh ...…
 
In our first interview, we call up Stefan Bojic, who is renowned across the tennis world for his improvisations on the court. By creatively choreographing free style manipulations of the tennis ball and trick shots, Stefan has gained respect from the best players in the world, including Novak Djokovic, Dominic Thiem, Damir Džumhur, and many oth ...…
 
Cheeky Volley turns 1-year old as we look forward to US Open 2019. The air is a bit colder this time around, a stark change from last summer’s oppressive heat and the infamous small black fan; do the impending fall breezes suggest a changing of the guard? Indeed, Medvedev has ruthlessly cut down ATP giants all summer long. However, time and aga ...…
 
Jeff and Carl start by previewing the new Tennis Abstract player pages, which you can expect to see roll out over the next few days. Look forward to tons of new stats, plus new ways of looking at traditional numbers. Most of the episode is devoted to our US Open preview. We consider much Novak Djokovic's chances are hurt by the draw, in particu ...…
 
VAR are three letters that have divided footie fans this season.So is it changing the game for better or worse?5 Live's Geoff Lloyd and Clare McDonnell put listeners' questions to Neil Swarbrick, who has been implementing it for the Premier League.By BBC Radio 5 live.
 
Madison Keys blasted 245 winners, including 45 in her 7-5, 7-6(5) win over Svetlana Kuznetsova to win the Western & Southern Open and return to the Top 10. The 24-year-old defeated four Slam champions - Garbiñe Muguruza, Simona Halep, Venus Williams, and Kuznetsova - en route to her 5th title of her career and 2nd of the season. Keys joins the ...…
 
Jeff and Carl resume last week's conversation about Daniil Medvedev's tactical choices, now that he took down Novak Djokovic with big second serving en route to his first Masters title. We also consider whether Medvedev's generation is more aggressive than the ones that came before, notwithstanding the Russian's predilection for 30-stroke ralli ...…
 
One of the biggest shocks in England's World Cup squad named by Eddie Jones this week was the inclusion of Gloucester scrum-half Willi Heinz – we hear his reaction to being selected. We ask if New Zealand are still favourites for the World Cup following their heavy defeat by Australia and how will Wales cope without injured fly-half Gareth Ansc ...…
 
Analysis and tips for the 2019/20 Premier League and Championship.By A Mug's Game.
 
Jeff and Carl dig into the unique tactical approach of fast-rising Daniil Medvedev, who reached the Montreal final last week but failed to make a dent against Rafael Nadal. We consider the importance of point-finishing skills, the declining role of surface speed, as well as Bianca Andreescu's sudden return to the top of the women's field.…
 
As the home nations gear up for their first World Cup warm-up matches, Matt Dawson, Sonja McLaughlin, Martyn Williams and Chris Jones try to work out which of the northern hemisphere sides has the best chance to win the Webb Ellis trophy. And we’ll go down under to work out why New Zealand’s air of invincibility might be slightly diminishing.…
 
Jeff and Carl discuss the awkward position of World Team Tennis, which is loaded with stars but has a hard time succeeding outside the structure of the tennis tours. On court, they look at the spectacular serving performance of sub-six-foot Alex de Minaur, another disappointing loss for Alexander Zverev, and a shock comeback from Cedrik-Marcel ...…
 
The following audio monologue was sent from Srđan Djokovic to his son after the 2019 Wimbledon Final. This content is obviously a satire.
 
Jeff is joined by guest co-host Jeff McFarland this week, and the two Jeffs take an analytical dive into the tennis institution, looking at who deserves to be there, who doesn't, and how we ought to decide. We also discuss Jeff M's work on various ways to quantify career accomplishments.
 
This episode is comprised of the following segments: Part 1: Set-by-set recap (1:42) Part 2: Interview with a mate who attended the match! (26:18) Part 3: Regarding all-time greatest matches, where does this stack up? (51:43) Part 4: A post-match letter from Novak’s father (Srđan Djokovic) to Novak, titled “A Letter to My Son” (1:15:09)…
 
Joe Root's nan, kids react to the Super Over and a fan's desperate search to find a live stream in Cambodia... 5 Live's Rachel Burden hears your reaction to the Cricket World Cup.By BBC Radio 5 live.
 
Jeff and Carl attack the five-hour Djokovic-Federer men's final from all sorts of angles, including Novak's excellence on key points, Fed's surprisingly decent backhand, and the first, awkward tiebreak at 12 games all. We also question how much of the lopsided women's final result could be attributed to Halep peaking, and how much to an off-day ...…
 
Simona Halep played the match of her life to defeat Serena Williams 6-2, 6-2 to win 2019 Wimbledon. The World No.7, who will rise to No.4 on Monday, dropped just one set over the fortnight to become the first Romanian to win the Wimbledon singles title, her second major title in the last two years. Hear Halep address reporters after her big win ...…
 
The Wimbledon final is set, and Kabir has already made sure his strawberries are ripe and his cream is whipped. Alex, Asher, Kabir, and special guest Dave Pratt recap the 40th edition of Federer vs. Nadal, and preview Djokovic vs. Roberto “Robbie Batts / Bobby Bacala” Bautista Agut. We look back at the road to the semis and finals for the big t ...…
 
Former World No.2 Andrea Jaeger joins the podcast at Wimbledon after the launch of her Little Star Foundations Global Art Competition, to discuss how she grappled with the platform her early success gave her and offers advice for current athletes on how to give back to the communities the sport touches on a weekly basis. Jaeger also weighs in o ...…
 
Jeff and Carl recap the first week of Wimbledon, with a focus on the oustanding debut of 15-year-old Cori Gauff. We also talk Kyrgios-Nadal, Murray-Serena doubles, the possibly slower surface, and Raonic the decent returner. We also offer forecasts for each of the 16 fourth-round matches, along with Elo- and market-based predictions for each one.…
 
The grass is always greener at Wimbledon. As the tennis world gets ready for the crown jewel of Grand Slam tennis, Cheeky Volley sits down to preview the fortnight on grass. Our first episode covering the tournament focuses on intriguing first round matchups and maps out the championship trajectories for the big three and Next Gen hopefuls. Sei ...…
 
Jeff and Carl do a deep dive into whether there is still a place for serve-and-volley tennis in today's game, especially for the most dominant servers. They cover the highlights of several events the week before Wimbledon, starting with the big Pliskova-Kerber WTA final and the all-American ATP title match in Eastbourne, and weigh how this week ...…
 
Preview of Wimbledon 2019.By A Mug's Game.
 
Jeff and Carl resume a discussion about the potential value of unlimited in-match coaching, and check in on Andy Murray's surprisingly successful doubles comeback. They also do some Wimbledon forecasting, picking Novak Djokovic and new WTA No. 1 Ashleigh Barty as the favorites, amid crowded fields of marginal contenders.…
 
Jeff and Carl wonder about how clay-court breakthrough star Matteo Berrettini transferred his winning ways to grass, with a debut title on that surface in Stuttgart. We also wander through a long list of other topics, including Andy Murray's return to the doubles court, the Herbert-Mahut split, the multi-surface improvisation in Nottingham, and ...…
 
Sure, he's great but is he great for the game? Nadal and the Men's French Open Final thoughts!By Cainim Truax.
 
Jeff and Carl celebrate the breakthrough of Ashleigh Barty by discussing what sets her game apart, what might be working for her on clay, and what her future holds. We mark Rafael Nadal's 12th Roland Garros title with a (futile) search for tennis achievements that compare to Rafa's French Open dominance. Finally, we consider whether the best te ...…
 
Ashleigh Barty's first overseas trip from Australia took her to Paris 10 years ago as a 13-year-old. Now, the 23-year-old, who will rise to No.2 in the rankings on Monday, is the 2019 French Open champion. Barty became the first Australian woman to win a major since Samantha Stosur at the 2011 US Open and is set to become the highest-ranked Aus ...…
 
Women's Final thoughts! And on the last few days of the French Open!By Cainim Truax.
 
In the 39th iteration of Federer vs. Nadal, will Roger beat Rafa for the first time at Roland Garros, or will Nadal yet again prove invincible on the terre battue?
 
Jeff and Carl come up with a bonus episode to preview the men's and women's semi-finals at Roland Garros. We discuss the unending parade of upsets that has provided us a women's final four without a single grand slam finalist, as well as the star-studded men's quartet, including the first Federer-Nadal encounter on clay in six years.…
 
Tennis thoughts from Kentucky! Quarterfinal picks!By Cainim Truax.
 
Jeff and Carl go through the quarter-final lineups for both men and women at this year's French Open. Nadal remains a favorite, Halep faces another newbie, and we offer uncertain forecasts for the lot. We also discuss the spectator experience at Roland Garros, including what sets the tournament apart from the other grand slams.…
 
Every 3rd Round match that hasn't started! My picks!By Cainim Truax.
 
Real quick Wednesday thoughts. Get well soon Kiki!By Cainim Truax.
 
The Tennis Channel: A first impressions review. Plus what matches excite me on day 3 of Roland Garros!By Cainim Truax.
 
Balancing tennis fanship with a busy life. Plus thoughts on French Open matches so far!By Cainim Truax.
 
French Open Preview #4 Men's Bottom Half! Picks other than Nadal!By Cainim Truax.
 
Preview of Roland-Garros 2019.By A Mug's Game.
 
French Open Preview #4 Men's Bottom Half! Picks other than Nadal!By Cainim Truax.
 
French Open Preview #3 Women's bottom Half! Which Kiki will reign supreme?By Cainim Truax.
 
Eleanor Oldroyd presents a women in sport special edition of the Sports Panel as part of the BBC's #ChangeTheGame season. She's joined on the top table by athletics legend Dame Kelly Holmes, Para-triathlon star Lauren Steadman, England Netball head coach Tracey Neville, sports minister Mims Davies MP and the BBC's Director of Sport Barbara Slat ...…
 
French Open Preview #2 Men's Top Half! Djokovic? DelPo? Thiem? Fritz?By Cainim Truax.
 
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