Tennis Days with Dave Gertler


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Today's episode of tennis days was recorded when there were still 16 players left in the Wimbledon Ladies' draw.

Now there are only 2, and they are the exact 2 as would be that Pete Ziebron predicted at the start of the tournament.

Dave Gertler, on the other hand, gets all of his predictions wrong, but given the advantage of being the person who edits the show, has left most of them on the cutting room floor.

Enjoy tennis days and enjoy the rest of Wimbledon 2016.

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Now that Novak is gone...

We talk about Federer, his draw so far, and whether Steve Johnson may present some challenges for him. How dangerous is Federer looking, in general?

Did anyone enjoy this Wimbledon as much as Del Potro?

We discuss Murray - is he finally back at GS winning level and how much does Lendl help that? Is he the legitimate favourite now?

Lots of dangerous floaters left in Novak's quarter, and who are our picks for the final?


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@DaveGertler and @TennisAcumen answer your questions!

Thanks for listening to and supporting Tennis Days!

To ask us a question, provide feedback, or suggest something to chat about in a future episode, Tweet us at @TennDaysPodcast

Our next episode is scheduled for your 4th July celebrations, and will also kick off your Week 2 Wimbledon experience.

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Tennis Days Podcast is very excited to be back among the ranks of the living podcasts!

@Davegertler and @TennisAcumen wrap up the French Open for your ears.

Speaking of your ears, apologies for releasing an episode that won't sound as good as they are used to from this podcast.

What happened was... a cup of tea was spilt on the laptop that WAS the central focus of the Tennis Days podcast Studio, so a new laptop has been purchased.

BUT... some software hasn't been recovered, so new software is in the process of being learnt by the Tennis Days Production Team, PLUS music and other important Tennis Days audio files are yet to be recovered from aforementioned tea-infused laptop.

Hopefully, you'll still enjoy this chat, and stay tuned for more episodes, where the Tennis Days Production Machine will gradually rebuild itself to full strength.

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Excited to be bringing you another full-length episode of Tennis Days, with Pete Ziebron (@TennisAcumen) back on board to help us make sense of the post-Wimbledon sprawl of events on three different surfaces, and three different continents (If you include Australia a continent).
We discuss Wimbledon fall-out, Davis Cup excitement in Darwin, the capital of Australia's Northern Territory, as well as covering as best we can Nadal, Thiem and Paire's exploits on European clay.


As well as recapping those and other events, we delve into some rankings stats on the ATP, comparing current standings with those at the beginning of the year, before finally previewing next week's upcoming tournaments.
Thanks again for listening and subscribing to Tennis Days!
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Tennis Daily is your daily fix of tennis news, brought to you by @spacejumpsocial, a social media management company that I am starting, and will be updating podcast listeners about from time to time, in between lots and lots and lots of Tennis-related news and stories.


Twitter: @TennDaysPodcast or @davegertler

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Tennis Daily is your daily fix of tennis news, brought to you by @spacejumpsocial, a social media management company that I am starting, and will be updating podcast listeners about from time to time, in between lots and lots and lots of Tennis-related news and stories.


Hope you enjoy today's episode, where the focus is still on ATP events - Atlanta and Hamburg, with players like Nadal, Muller, Stepanek, Fognini, Robredo, Paire and Jack Sock getting some healthy air time.

Did you play tennis today? I didn't, but I went to the park with a racquet and ball and got my dog to do some nice long-distance fetching (50% success rate).


Twitter: @TennDaysPodcast or @davegertler, AND NOW AS WELL @spacejumpsocial


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Hi and welcome to the first episode of the Tennis Daily Series, which will be produced alongside the usual long-format Tennis Days Podcast, starting now during the US Open Series.

The idea of Tennis Daily is to give you the news on a regular basis, and keep you up to date via audio of all the major happenings on the WTA and ATP tours over this American summer!

I'll also be mentioning the development of a new side-business I am starting, helping people promote their podcasts. So please keep an ear out for ways to get involved in that, and spread the word to your friends and colleagues!

For now, thanks so much for listening, and keep in touch via twitter:

@TennDaysPodcast and @DaveGertler


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Enjoy the latest Tennis Days Podcast episode detailing the men's and women's Round of 16 matches at 2015 Wimbledon, and Pete Ziebron's (@TennisAcumen) predictions for semi-finals and finals!

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Matt Johnson joins Dave Gertler to discuss the first 3rd of Wimbledon 2015, and what lies ahead. Hot takes, even hotter takes, and popular culture references GALORE. 

Please subscribe on iTunes and leave a rating and review!


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Good morning, good Tennis Days Podcast people!


We are two days into The 2015 Wimbledon Championships, and, well, all is not rose for some (Bouchard? Bouchard? Anyone seen Bouchard?). Oy vey. Pete Ziebron (@tennisacumen) and Dave Gertler (@davegertler, @TennDaysPodcast) set you up for the two weeks ahead with a look at the draws, and a look at the first day's play, which had been undertaken at the hour in which we spoke!


We'll be back for more Wimble-dos and Wimble-don'ts in a week's time!

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Welcome back and thanks for downloading Tennis Days! Our latest episode features a return to the tennis courts via the lush grass of Europe and Great Britain, now that both the clay season and the NBA finals (I'm looking at you, previous episode) are behind us!

@TennisAcumen joins @Davegertler to discuss the action from the grass season so far. Angelique Kerber, Viktor Troicki, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, as well as Aussies Kokkinakis, Kyrgios, Tomic and Groth all met their match against seasoned Europeans like Stan Wawrinka, Gilles Simon.

Dave also reveals some exciting news about his life toward the end of the show!

Thanks again for your continued support - please recommend the show to anyone who you think might like it, leave a rating and review on iTunes, and follow @TennDaysPodcast for latest updates!

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Basketball - particularly the NBA playoffs and finals between the Cavaliers and Warriors, has been captivating enough for myself and @davegrunstein to decide to take our legendary basketball chats to the mainstream.


So we've crashed into normal programming to bring you this special episode of Tennis Days, mainly about basketball. Hope you enjoy, and rest assured, we will be back to talk about tennis next week.

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A singular and historic performance by Stan Wawrinka when it mattered most has rocked and shocked the tennis world when well-nigh everyone (including your humble podcast host) was expecting the dominance of Novak Djokovic to make his first French Open title (3rd final) a formality after he took out Rafael Nadal in straights in the quarters.


But this wasn't to be. Pete Ziebron ( and @davegertler do our best to cover the landscape of Week 2 at the 2015 French Open, including the men's and women's finals and our main takeaways from what was a very interesting slam.


Tennis Days will be taking a week off after this episode, but will be back to cover the start of grass season and to preview Wimbledon.



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With so many players, matches and stories to cover, Pete Ziebron and I decided to bring Tennis Days Listeners a turbo-charged super-extensive discussion of the first week's ongoings at the French Open.


Along with the impressive runs of some Australian and American men, we also look at how the draws have panned out for some of the favourites, as well as some who were favoured to lose early.


Before projecting some of next week's matches from the Round of 16 onwards, Pete and Dave discuss some of the less than optimal coverage of tennis that Australians have been enduring during this slam.

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As mentioned in previous episodes, it's high time indeed for the second slam of the year to come along and answer all our questions, as well as give everyone lots to talk about, which the 2015 Roland Garros men's and women's draws most certainly have.

I'm joined today by Pete Ziebron (@tennisacumen) for some detailed breaking down of these draw. Join us for some interesting banter and predictions on the eve of the 2015 French Open.

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Welcome back and thank you for tuning in to the latest episode of Tennis Days.


There has been much movement on both tours at the upper echelons of the games. Join us as we try and deconstruct some of it for you.


Thanks for continuing to subscribe to Tennis Days!

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We missed you guys! Thanks for sticking with us, and we've recorded a super ridiculously long episode for you all to sink your teeth into.


Hope you're enjoying the sea of red clay that we're in the middle of round this  time of year. I know Matt and I certainly are. We cover pretty much every topic we can think of under the red hot sun, plus a few topics that we didn't think of - we still talked about those, whilst actively not thinking.


We make some picks for Madrid, and for the rest of the season, and we plan on touching base for another phat episode some time during Roma.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:49am AEST's Pete Ziebron spent three days at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells and, having been a long-time visitor of the tournament often referred to as the '5th slam' gives me his insight into the matches he watched, and the overall vibes he picked up around the grounds.

We discuss the standout performances of Bernard Tomic, Thanasi Kokkinakis (whose showdown Pete was able to witness first hand), Milos Raonic, Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Flavia Pennetta, Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova.

Follow Pete Ziebron on twitter @tennisacumen, myself @davegertler or the podcast @TennDaysPodcast. If you want to be a good friend of the podcast please subscribe on iTunes, and leave a rating and/or review!

Thanks for tuning in!


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Excited about World Tennis Day? So are we!

Excited about Australia's Davis Cup performance? So are we!

Excited about Indian Wells? Yes we can! (It just felt right).


Matt Johnson (@matte_johnson) joins the Tennis Days Podcast, now back after a one-month post-AO hangover - or, as Matt calls it, we were HungAOver!


We dissect the WTA Indian Wells Draw, as well as dipping into a few other interesting tidbits from around the tour.


Hope you enjoy World Tennis Day!

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It's been a fantastic Australian Open, and a very revealing grand slam in general. Along with the drama off and around the court, we've had some spectacular tennis, and some incredibly meaningful results.

I'm joined by Pete Ziebron (@tennisacumen) to go over in great detail what we've learnt and what we've observed about Nick Kyrgios, Madison Keys, Stan Wawrinka, Vika Azarenka, Tomas Berdych and the Big Four. 

We also make our finals predictions.

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One of my absolute favourite players on the tour, of whom we've still not seen nearly enough since he broke out onto the scene with some big showings at slams in 2012, David Goffin has been well and truly on the comeback trail lately, having been officially recognised by the ATP for his efforts as such in 2014.

Currently at his career-high ranking of 22, he came into the Apia International as the 2nd seed, but both he and top seed Fabio Fognini lost in their first matches, and have both had less than ideal starts to 2015.

Hope you enjoy this brief chat I had with my much-better-tennis-playing namesake in the Players' Lounge at the Apia International in early Jan. More episodes coming soon!

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A brand new episode of Tennis Days for you! While I was covering the Apia International in Sydney, I had a chance to take my voice recorder into some interviews with some of our favourite players, and ask them meaningful questions about their career, and how they see things. 

We're looking forward to offering up this audio over the next series of episodes, and we really hope you like them too.

In this episode, there's a focus on Julien Benneteau and also Juan Martin del Potro, who - while Matt Johnson and I were in the middle of recording our chat - pulled out of the 2015 Australian Open.

So we end the episode with Delpo's first press conference in Sydney, his first tournament back after 10 months. He is asked, and talks a lot about his wrist.

Many more cool eps on the way. Please subscribe on iTunes - where we'd love you to help us out by rating and reviewing the show - as well as Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and... well, just the Internet, I guess.

As well as reviews helping Tennis Days be more searchable, we're actually really genuinely after feedback, so feel free to be as honest as you like!

For updates:

The show @TennDaysPodcast

Me @davegertler

Matt @Matte_johnson


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Matt Johnson (@matte_johnson) has been embedded in Pat Rafter Arena and the outside courts of the Queensland Tennis Centre over the past week, soaking up all the tennissy goodness that we’ve been following from all over the world. Great to get his thoughts on the tournament leading into the men’s final.

Please subscribe to Tennis Days on iTunes or your favourite podcasting app! Tweet us at @davegertler, @TennDaysPodcast or leave a review on iTunes if you have any feedback.

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Jared Pine from joins me today from La Verne, California, to talk about the latest post on his stats-focussed, and very engaging blog. Jared is a student of mathematics and a writer by trade, and he spends a lot of time watching, thinking and writing about tennis. He shares his tweets at @jaredpine and on his blog which is a more complex play on words than it sounds initially - he explains it in our chat, which I'm hoping is the first of many!

Thank you for listening, subscribing in iTunes, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and/or the podcatcher of your taste. If you have been enjoying these episodes lately, please tweet me @davegertler, or the podcast @TennDaysPodcast

..Or, if you REALLY want to help us out, go to the Tennis iTunes Store page and leave a rating and a review here:

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2015 has begun with a buzz (of the caffeinated variety if you happen to be Serena Williams at Perth's Hopman Cup) but @davegertler is talking today with's Pete Ziebron (@tennisacumen) about what's going down in Brisbane at the Brisbane International where some the world's best are starting their Australian Open series. Things are about to get real when on Tuesday, we see top seeds Roger Federer, Maria Sharapova, Ana Ivanovic, Milos Raonic and Kei Nishikori begin to play their second-round matches. At the same time, both draws are absolutely stacked with great players from all over the world, including many Aussie stars.


Enjoy the first episode of Tennis Days for 2015, and don't forget to subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher or TuneIn Radio.

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Well, the off season has been short, and if you blinked, you probably missed it. But not as much as we all missed tennis in this IPTL era. @matte_johnson and @davegertler nonetheless try and bring it to you as straight down the line as we can, making some interesting tennis- (and otherwise-) related New Year's resolutions along the way, also discussing the Brisbane International, which Matt will be attending (and live tweeting from!).


We at Tennis Days thank you so, so much for joining us on our 2014 ride, and we can't wait to keep bringing you more and more of the good stuff over 2015. Good luck with your resolutions and we wish you the absolute best for the New Year, with many tennis days ahead.

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Phoenix's very own Pete Ziebron joined has joined us on the Tennis Days Podcast for a chat about the Martina Navratilova/Aga Radwanska coaching hire, as well as other news going round on the coaching carousel during this off-season.


Pete has had a wealth of experiences in the tennis world, and shares his insights with us on the current game, and also makes a few interesting predictions about movers and shakers in the coming year.


Pete's website is a great reseource of insider tennis analysis and perspective, and you can also follow Pete on Twitter at @TennisAcumen.


Because of the events in my home town Sydney, there has been a delay of about a week between the recording and the release of this episode. It's worth mentioning that in that time, Tomas Berdych, whose coaching situation Pete and I discuss, has hired Danny Vallverdu and Azuz Simcich.

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As we round out Season 2 of Tennis Days, we have another awesome episode outlining two of the big tennis events from last week - The Davis Cup Final, and the Newcombe Medal awards night in Melbourne.

We opened up our seismic can of fish about these events on the night before the results were known, and the intrigue, mystery and suspense was in full flow.

Matt had also just emerged from writing this fantastic preview about the Newcombe Medal, which perhaps foreshadowed the result much more effectively than my prediction. Matt actually attended the Newcombe Medal the following night, so was there to witness the result first-hand.

Audio from the Necombe Medal comes from Tennis Australia's YouTube Channel's live broadcast of the event.

Thanks so much for listening, subscribing, rating and/or reviewing the podcast on iTunes and/or Stitcher. Follow us on Twitter @matte_johnson @davegertler or just @TennDaysPodcast

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On the eve of the semifinal stage of the ATP Barclay's World Tour Finals in November, I had the pleasure of chatting to British tennis journalist James Peeling from, a thorough and rich source of match reports, previews and feature articles, usually with more of a WTA than ATP focus, but as necessitated by the end of the WTA season, James' focus has shifted well and truly onto the ATP Finals.

James is a wealth of knowledge on Czech players Lucie Safarova and Petra Kvitova, and he shares his enthusiasm about them with me (which is totally preaching to the converted, but I still enjoyed hearing about it!)

Enjoy the latest episode of the Tennis Days Podcast, and don't forget to subscribe on iTunes, and if you like, rate and review the podcast, as well as follow James on Twitter at @MooTennisBlog!

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Tennis Days is not a comedy podcast, nonetheless there may be sections of this episode including predictions about the Barclay's World Tour Finals - which at the time of recording was a day away from commencing - which have you laughing out loud, considering the way things have gone for certain players.

@Matte_Johnson and @Davegertler put their predictions out there, and also talk a little about the significance of the Djokovic/Federer battle for year-end No.1.

Matt talks about a charity fund-raiser he is doing, and for more info about that, click here.

Thanks so much for listening to the podcast, we'd love to hear from you on twitter, or email with your feedback or suggestions.

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Thanks for listening and subscribing to the Tennis Days Podcast. Regular co-host Matt Johnson will be back next episode when we preview the World Tour Finals in London. For updates on coming episodes, follow @TennDaysPodcast on twitter.
I decided to use this little podcast-producing window of opportunity to showcase some great player interviews that I did while I was in the US a few months ago.

Hope you enjoy the 'Sam Grothcast'.
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Thanks again for listening to Tennis Days. In case you're hard-pressed for time and can't discover all the content in this 47-minute episode right now, you can skip to 30:30 to hear an Apia International press conference, speakers inluding Craig Gabriel, Alistair MacDonald and Nick Kyrgios.

We have a nice, big chunky Tennis Days Podcast for you to sink your teeth into this week. @Matte_johnson and @Davegertler discuss what we have learned from the WTA Finals, including standout performances from Wozniacki, Halep and Serena.

In an episode littered with meaningful tangents, I share with Matt one of my famous metaphors where I compare tennis with the natural phenomena of waves crashing onto a beach. Matt has trouble with this metaphor, as he is from Melbourne, where beaches with waves are not so common.

Before leaving you with some audio of a recent Nick Kyrgios press conference in Sydney (which also features intro speeches from Apia International Media Manager @crosscourt1, Tournament Director @MacDonald_Ali, and ABC journalist @Jen_Browning) Matt looks into his crystal ball and gives us a prediction of how the WTA Finals will conclude. Was he correct?

For more updates on the Tennis Days Podcast, we have recently created a dedicated account and we'd love you to follow @TennDaysPodcast as well as subscribe to this podcast on iTunes and/or Stitcher.

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If you don’t find ‘year-end championships’ interesting or relevant, you need to listen to this podcast. As the WTA Finals embark on their first year hosted by Singapore, one by one the players have arrived in the island nation state to settle the business that was the 2014 WTA season. Four slams, four different winners, Serena looking dodgy until the business end of the season, Sharapova and Williams yet to face each other in a final this year.

With a little sub-feud opening up between Sharapova and Ivanovic, and bullying relationship seeming to be developing between Petra Kvitova (Wimbledon) and Eugenie Bouchard (Three slam semis and one final), un-controversial world No.3 Simona Halep barely rates a mention, yet she’s due for another statement tournament. Will this be it? And who’s this Agnieszka Radwanska that everyone keeps talking about? Well, she’s not been outside the world’s top 6 since February 2012 – surely she’s in there with a chance as well, right?

Furthermore, we have the renewedly relevant Ana Ivanovic joining the ranks of the final 8 for the first time since 2008, as Matt points out, while I declare that she, along with the universally respected and admired (I’ve been converted) Caroline Wozniacki, are playing Singapore with house money.

Finally, this podcast was recorded a week before players started to arrive in Singapore, when Serena’s health left her playing status very much in the air, but thankfully since then, things seem to have cleared up, so the big question remains – can anyone? Anyone? Especially now that Li Na has retired and Azarenka has officially slumped - get past Serena Williams at the WTA Finals?

Cue Spaghetti Western gun-slinging scene suspense music, we are all in.


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Going by their 2014 rivalry, Matt "ships" Federer as the winner of his Shanghai Rolex Masters semi-final against Novak Djokovic, who hasn't lost in Asia since 1913. Matt also discusses the freakishly close head-to-head rivarly being hotly contested between these two future Hall of Famers. Concluding it's Federer's 'turn' to win, Matt and I both nonetheless (oh so wrongly) predict Djokovic to come through as victor.

Dave breaks some "news" about Venus Williams and Feliciano Lopez (completely unrelated to each other) gleaned from observations he made at airports in America. Matt, equipped with perceptive journalistic idea, extrapolates what he can from Dave's observations.

Finally, to make up for my terrible prediction that Federer would get beat by Djokovic in the Shanghai semi, I'm adding some audio at the end from a press conference in Cincinnati, where Federer answered a goofy question I asked him, in great non-goofy detail. Hopefully, this will make Federer fans out there hate me less for predicting he would lose. Federer went on to win Cincinnati, his first Masters 1000 title since 2012. See??! He is amazing! Now through to a final against Gilles Simon, a player against whom Federer's record is ominous, he seems likely to take another M1000 before the year is up.



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Welcome to a mini episode of the Tennis Days Podcast.

Just a quick snippet from a longer conversation I had with Matt Johnson (@matte_johnson) over Skype. With the Asian Swing heading towards its climax in Shanghai, Matt and I focussed mainly on the ATP events in Beijing and Tokyo, as well as analysing the draw of the Rolex Masters 1000 which is currently taking place.

We hope to bring you that full episode over the next few days, but in the meantime, here's a juicy part of our convo where we focus on some of the life lessons we can take away from Julien Benneteau's painful tenth consecutive loss in the final of an ATP event, which took place at the hands of Kei Nishikori in Malaysia two weeks ago.

Hope you enjoy and stay tuned for the full episode coming soon, follow me @davegertler for updates, and thanks for listening!

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Welcome back to the Tennis Days Podcast, where Matt Johnson and I reunite for the first time since before the US Open Series began. Finding our feet as your favourite Australian tennis-based podcast once again, we hope you bear with us as we discuss mainly WTA results and trends at the top of the game, as seen over the last couple of months. I also bring in some of the experiences I have had recently as credentialed media at US tennis tournaments. Please stay tuned for more regular episodes of Tennis Days coming up in the next few months leading up to the WTA and ATP end-of-year events and then, of course, the Australian Open swing in December/January.

Also chopped in at the end of the episode is a bit of audio from a press conference in Cincinnati with Ana Ivanovic where she talks about the match that she'd just finished up against Maria Sharapova, quite a controversial moment that Matt and I talk about in the podcast. The journalists that you hear asking Ivanovic questions, in order of appearance, are Courtney Nguyen (@FortyDeuceTwits), Pete Ziebron (@tennisacumen), Tommy Keeler (@tkjpassingshots) and Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg).

Here's a video of Sharapova that I filmed, which we also discuss in the podcast.


Thanks again for downloading the podcast, be sure to follow me at @davegertler on twitter, and Matt at @matte_johnson, subscribe to the podcast and tell your tennis-crazy mates about it! Thanks.

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Hi Folks! Thanks for tuning in to the first episode of Tennis Days that's been recorded from a remote location. And by remote, I mean, the greatest city in the world, New York City. Yo!

But while the world has been flipped upside down, the time difference between North America and Southern Australia has only become more conducive to well-balanced podcast chat that spans the hemispheres of the tennis world.

In other words, it's @matte_johnson and @davegertler bringing thoughts to your ears about very important tennis matches happening at a very important time in the tennis world, Wimbledon, across a backdrop of generational change. Or is it?

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Before the Wimbledon draw ceremony took place, the 32 seeds in both the men’s and women’s tournaments were announced. But! Before the seeds were announced, @matte_johnson applied the ‘Wimbledon fomula’ to the ATP players going into this 3rd grand slam of 2014, and co-hosted an episode of Tennis Days with @davegertler where he talked about his findings, which can be read at


This also sparked a wider discussion about the state of the tour at this midway point of the 2014 tennis season. Hope you enjoy the tennis days podcast and continue to tune in as Dave posts episodes from the road, while covering the US Open Series for Tennis Panorama News.

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After we signed off on the French Open Finals part of our chat, Nick stayed on the line to tell me his thoughts on the Big Four, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray.

Thanks for tuning in, subscribing and following me on twitter @davegertler – any feedback of show-related questions can be emailed to

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:48pm AEST

Today’s guest on the Tennis Days Podcast is American tennis writer, and college player, Nick Nemeroff. Nick (@NNemeroff) writes for Tennis View Magazine, which has been one of the premier tennis publications in the print world since 2008.

Thanks for tuning in, subscribing and following me on twitter @davegertler – any feedback of show-related questions can be emailed to

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:57pm AEST

Here's a bonus episode of Tennis Days. @matte_johnson and @davegertler furrowed our collective brows about matches that took place in week 1 on Roland Garros, before working ourselves into a rather comical lather (see later episodes)

Rather than lump it all into one huge podcast episode, it's being released in mini episodes like this one, where we discuss some of the trends developing in women's tennis, inspired by Muguruzan-scale upsets that typified Week 1.

To contact us about anything show-related, email:

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:36pm AEST

Welcome to the first French Open edition of the Tennis Days Podcast. Last week, Roland Garros saw an unprecedented series of upsets by young and upcoming women, over their more established elite opponents.


Matt Johnson and I discuss the overall significance of these upsets, as well as a healthy, under-the-radar grand slam performance by Sam Stosur, the last remaining Australian in the singles competition.


Stay tuned for parts two and three of our RG chat, as we get a bit silly, and show the comedic effect that Grand Slam sleep deprivation can have.



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Category:general -- posted at: 9:43am AEST

Last week, Matt Johnson and I caught up to break down and analyse all the action from Madrid, with an eye on the Italian Open which is taking place this week.

Here's part 2 of that chat - we discuss big performers at Madrid Sharapova, Stosur, Matosevic, and Simona Halep.

Also do my best to bring you an update of the latest action from Rome.

Please enjoy this podcast, and if you like it, tell a friend about it. Podcasts are awesome, man!


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Category:general -- posted at: 7:24pm AEST

Tennis Days Podcast Episode 21 is live, fun-sized, available and at your service.

We’ve got some highly relevant discussion of some of the incredibly dynamic players that have been in action this week in Madrid. We discuss Dominic Thiem’s upset of the year over world No.3 Wawrinka, the deteriorating mindset of your Fogninis in contrast to the galvanising professionalism of players like Grigor Dimitrov, and, one of the surprise packages of Madrid, Ernests Gulbis, who was the survivor of the ‘Badass Corner’ of the men’s draw.

We at Tennis Days hope you enjoy this fun-sized package of podcast, and look forward to bringing you another one in the next few days. Follow @matte_johnson and @davegertler on twitter,  and BE OUR FRIENDS!!!

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:17am AEST

Are you having a tennis day?

We try to make every episode of the Tennis Days Podcast a record that people in 10 - or even 100 years - might listen to and still find relevant. But that doesn’t stop benchmark 20th episode from being an unapologetic live commentary on the world of tennis, interspersed with breaking news events as they happen in Monte Carlo and from around the Fed Cup.

As well as tournaments, we focus in on individual players like Roger Federer, Milor Raonic, Stanislas Wawrinka, Jamie Hampton, Dominika Cibulkova and David Ferrer.

This episode also has record numbers of fun facts towards the end, is embellished with more (of my original) music than ever before, and Matt Johnson and I putting each other on the spot a record number of times about our cutting-edge tennis insights.

Thanks so much for listening, and subscribing on iTunes and Stitcher to the Tennis Days Podcast, as well as following @davegertler and @matte_johnson PLUS liking us at







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Category:general -- posted at: 11:17am AEST

Thanks for tuning in to the latest episode of Tennis Days.

This week features a chat between Matt Johnson and I, as we cover a comprehensive cross-section of the tennis world’s news, starting of course with tennis Twitter's April Fools' antics.

Topics discussed include Serena Williams' early loss at Charleston, and the effect this will have on the rest of the Family Circle Cup.

We also examine recent reports following the ITF's publishing of drug testing figures across the tennis world. 

After a quick preview of this weekend's Davis Cup quarterfinals, Matt and I begin our discussion of who we think are the players to look out for on clay this year, starting with the women, to be continued with the men next episode, The Crystal Ball of Clay, Part II, coming soon.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:12pm AEST

This week, we bring you a chat that was recorded literally during the quarterfinals of the Sony Open combined event in Miami. Delpo is out of action until further notice after successful wrist surgery, Lendl is no longer coaching Murray, but still seems to be 'in his corner'.

Bernard Tomic has just broken a record for speediest loss ever in ATP history, after playing Jarko Nieminen in the first round. We discuss that in context of Lleyton Hewitt's achievement the very same day of reaching 600 career wins, which is second only to Nadal and Federer amongst active players.

Casey Dellacqua continues to acquit herself well against the world's best at the highest level, and Matt tells me a little about how he tracks not just WTA and ATP rankings, but the provisional rankings as well, and we mention the websites that can give you that info.


7:50 Bad news bears. Murray, Tomic, Delpo, Monfils.

22:40 Good news Casey, and how Matt tracks provisional rankings.

32:00 Lleyton's 600 achievement.

35:00 Nishikori/Federer as it's happening (as we record). Federer's resurgence.

37:00 Women's quarters and semis. Matt and I agree to disagree.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:51am AEST

After a review of the Indian Wells finals, Matt Johnson and I discuss the men’s and women’s Miami draw and the question of whether Murray (who since recording has ended his coaching relationship with Ivan Lendl) has any chance of defending his Miami title. Other discussion points:

  • The injury cloud over many players in the top half of the men’s draw, including Del Potro, who since we recorded this chat, has withdrawn due to continuing wrist complaint.
  • Becker leaves town, Novak gets his first title of the year. I get my feelings out about how Boris needs to ‘leave Novak alone!’
  • Flavia Pennetta and Fabio Fognini raise the hopes for the future of Italian tennis.
  • We discuss a question posed by Marc McGowan on twitter – is there a shift in the pecking order at the top of the Australian women’s game?

Show Breakdown:

0:00 Indian Wells Women’s final

9:45 – IW Men’s final

17:40 – Miami Women’s Draw top half

35:50 – Women’s and Men’s Draw Bottom half


52:20 – Men’s Draw top  half


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Category:general -- posted at: 10:59am AEST

Last week before losing my voice, I had a chat with Matt Johnson (@matte_johnson) where we had a thorough look into the Indian Wells draws as they stood after only one day of main draw play.

Even though a lot of the players we discuss have exited the tournament at this (round of 16/quarterfinals stage) a lot of them are still in, and the chat is highly relevant to the storylines that are making 2014 a rivetting year to be following the ATP and WTA tours.


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Category:general -- posted at: 6:25pm AEST

Tennis Days is back with an interview with the Professional Tennis Registry's (PTR) recently crowned Female Player of the Year, Liz Kobak, fresh from the organisation's International Symposium, held in February at Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

Liz's fantastic rendition of the Star Spangled Banner is also included after the chat, as is a quick preview of Episode 16, where I'll chat with Matt Johnson about Indian Wells.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:06pm AEST

In this episode, I'm lucky enough to bring you a chat that I had with published author and clinical psychologist, Steven Laurent.

This first was timely in that Steve's first book on anger management, The Anger Fallacy, is about to be launched on 22nd March in Glebe, Sydney.

To contact Steve, or find out about the book or its launch, go to

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Category:sport psychology -- posted at: 7:25pm AEST

Tennis Days episode no.13 is a continuation of what Matt Johnson aptly describes as ‘a very thorough investigation’ into some of the predicted storylines of the ATP 500/WTA International event in Acapulco, as well as straight ATP 500 action in Dubai.


We pick up where we left off in Part 1, at a point where Matt and I were chatting about the plight of Australia’s top male players, we discuss the notable absence of Stan Wawrinka from Indian Wells leadup events, and the chances of top seeds Dominika Cibulkova and Eugenie Bouchard at Acapulco, before delving deeper into the WTA qualifying rounds which at the time were still going on, discussing Aussie Ash Barty’s chances of making the main draw (which she did manage to). I also make a controversial and somewhat mean-spirited statement about not wanting rising WTA star Ajla Tomljanovic to win too many matches, lest I have to keep having to spell her name.


After some discussion about the young guns - Grigor Dimitrov, Milos Raonic and Jerzy Janowicz, we conclude our thorough investigation with some predictions about who will win. 


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Category:general -- posted at: 12:19pm AEST

Matt Johnson is a Melbourne-based sports multimedia producer, photographer and photo editor, who keeps an extremely close eye on the goings on of the ATP and WTA tour week-to-week.

I had the pleasure of chatting to Matt about upcoming tournaments in Acapulco and Dubai, which see a return to action of some of the cream of the ATP crop, namely Roger Federer, Juan Martin Del Potro and Novak Djokovic, as well as appearances from the reliable David Ferrer, and a (hopefully) resurgent Andy Murray. 

Though the aim was a draw breakdown, we couldn’t help but go off on a few tangents, and in the end, we recorded a chat of just over two hours.

Here’s part 1 of that chat. Part 2 coming soon.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:42pm AEST

Tennis Days Podcast episode 11 features another in-depth chat with Victorian-based tennis journalist James Crabtree (@jamesacrabtree) fresh from his involvement in media activities during the Australian Open, and equipped with a great anecdote (accompanied by fantastic impersonation) of his interview with David Ferrer.

Leading into my chat with James I’ve thrown together a recap of the last few days’ activity on the ATP and WTA tours, with the backdrop, as per usual, of some of my original instrumental studio recordings!

So pop those earbuds in and go for a walk, do your washing, or fire up the Bluetooth and go for a drive. Either way, make sure you have yourself a Tennis Day.

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:10pm AEST

Chief journalist of Marc McGowan, and I, continue our chat from Episode 9 about top contenders for the Australian Davis Cup team, the change in dymanic since Kyrgios and Kokkinakis came on the scene - and the influence that may have over Bernard Tomic - plus we share some more thoughts about tennis journalism, including our experience as part of the tennis twitter universe...the twennisverse?

As always, thanks so much for listening and subscribing on iTunes, and please email me at if you have any feedback or things you'd like to be discussed in future episodes!

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:33pm AEST

Genuine fans and supporters of Australian tennis will enjoy this conversation with Marc McGowan of 

Marc goes into detail about his recent experiences at Burnie, Launceston and West Lakes events, and expands on his thoughts about players like Matt Barton, Jordan Thompson, Olivia Rogowska and Naiktha Bains.

These are the guys and girls who sweat it out on the backcourts of the Australian Pro Tour, competing in 15-50K events over the Australian summer, and throughout the year. Their stories don’t get covered by mainstream media, which is where Marc, chief journalist at Aceland’s, mission statement begins – to help us follow the trajectories of these talented young athletes who play in the less known and celebrated echelons of the tennis world.



Check out this episode and subscribe to the Tennis Days Podcast

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Category:sport -- posted at: 12:08pm AEST

This week’s episode of the Tennis Days Podcast is a quick one, but definitely worth checking out. Liz Kobak and Dave break down the finals of the Australian Open, and the stories leading up to the first grand slam of the year having two first-time champions.

I also give a quick run-down of Davis Cup action that's taken place so far in Jan/Feb.

Check it out, be sure to click 'subscribe' on iTunes.

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Category:sport -- posted at: 12:16am AEST

As the first grand slam of 2014 was sharpening towards an exciting crescendo, I had the opportunity to talk to former WTA player and multimedia journalist Liz Kobak, via Skype from her New York home.

Liz told me about some of her experiences competing at junior grand slams all over the world, with her generation of women's players, who include Sara Errani, Sabine Lisicki and Dominika Cibulkova. We also talked about some of the results and prediction we have for the rest of the 2014 Australian Open.

Enjoy Episode 7 - the first of 2014.

Photo credit: Andrew Brucker

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Category:sport -- posted at: 11:09am AEST

The latest episode of the Tennis Days Podcast features a section of an interview I did with Marc McGowan, the man behind, a website that follows closely the news and progress of up-and-coming Australian tennis players who are flying under the radar of the mainstream media, yet who still actually perform at an elite level, travelling around the country and the world accrueing ranking points that place them amongst the top 1,000 tenis players in the world, or thereabouts – no mean feat.

Like a lot of tennis fans out there, Marc is starting to get excited about the prospects of some young Aussie players who appear to be breaking through to the upper echelons of the game – players like Jordan Thompson, 19, Maddison Inglis, 15, and Akira Santillan, 16.

Marc and I also chat about some of the ethics and nuances of being a sports journalist and maintaining good relations with players, at the same time as being a straight shooter and providing comprehensive match reports and interviews.

Enjoy episode 6 of the Tennis Days Podcast!

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:28am AEST

Return of the Fed, recap on Tokyo and Beijing ATP results, starring Delpo, Raonic, Nadal and Djokovic. James Crabtree and I also make some interesting observations on who's made big movements up and down the ranking in the last 12 months. All with the backdrop of us discussing our own tennis careers, and what our goals should be in the next year.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:57am AEST

With Tokyo 3rd round being played, as well as 2nd round of Bangkok and KL, the tour is moving faster than I can keep up with, considering this episode is an intro recorded several days ago to what was supposed to be three seperate interviews for this fourth episode of the podcast. Unfortunately, due to technical and scheduling factors, these interviews have to be left out of this ep. What remains is a little taste of how things were looking a few days ago now. One for the archives! Enjoy. (It's very short)

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:30am AEST

'Tis the eve of the Men's Final in New York, and all are poised to be educated as to who is the best tennis player in the world. Surely, with the 1 and 2 seeds remaining, this match will be definitive on a whole lot of levels...does Nole have what it takes to fend off the Matador, the Beast, Rafa Nadal? Or is Rafa now the best player in the world?

Take a listen to James Crabtree and me, chatting about the pro tennis tour, as well as spinning some ripping yarns about our own recent experiences on the court (or at least mine) in this new-look version of the Tennis Days Podcast, coming at you with some new tunes (my originals) recently recorded in a very good recording studio in Sydney (more of this music to be revealed in future episodes).

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:07pm AEST

Hi and welcome (and thanks for listen) to the 2nd episode of TDP. This week - the US Open is on the verge of beginning. We have three Aussies in action on Day1, plus Federer AND Nadal both playing different opponents on Arthur Ashe. On the women's side we have Venus and Aga Radwanska kicking things off on Ashe. And it's only the FIRST DAY! James A. Crabtree and I chat about some of our predictions for the men's draw. Stay tuned over the course of this Slam for more TDP eps! ENJOY!

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:54pm AEST

Welcome to Tennis Days with Dave Gertler, a regular podcast that attempts to tackle the big happenings on the ATP and WTA tour. This week I'm joined by co-host James A. Crabtree via Skype from Melbourne, and we chat about Federer's racquet choices, Raonic's rise to the top 10, and big wins by James Blake and David Goffin.

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:21pm AEST