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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.

Direct download: New_Years_Resolutions_with_Matt_John.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 3:31pm AEST

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 TennisAcumen.com 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.

Direct download: Pete_Ziebron_Interview_1.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 10:56am AEST

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

Direct download: DavisCupFinal_NewcombeAwards_Seismic.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 8:34am AEST

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 mootennis.com, 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!

Direct download: James_Peeling_Moo_Tennis.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 9:21pm AEST

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 davegertler@yahoo.com with your feedback or suggestions.

Direct download: ATP_Finals_2014_Preview.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 10:06am AEST

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'.
 
Direct download: Grothcast.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 7:35pm AEST

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.

Direct download: WTA_Finals_Wrap_Kyrgios_Audio.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 7:54am AEST

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.

 

Direct download: WTA_Finals_Intrigue.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 8:56pm AEST

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.

 

 

Direct download: Shanghai_Semis_Fed_Chat.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 10:07am AEST

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!

Direct download: Ser2Ep2.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 9:44am AEST

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.

Direct download: Series_2_Episode_1.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 10:22am AEST

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?

Direct download: Wimbledon_Finals_New_Yawk.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 2:42pm AEST

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 http://theminibreak.wordpress.com/2014/06/16/tentative-wimbledon-mens-seedings/

 

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.

Direct download: Pre_Wimbledon_Matt_Johnson_Chat.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 6:38pm AEST

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 davegertler@yahoo.com

Direct download: Nick_Nemeroff_Big_Four.m4a
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 davegertler@yahoo.com

Direct download: Nick_Nemeroff_French_Open_Finals_Pre.m4a
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: davegertler@yahoo.com

Direct download: Mini_Episode_-_Bouchard_Muguruza_an.m4a
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.

 

 

Direct download: Tennis_Days_Episode_23.m4a
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!

 

Direct download: Dont_Stare_Directly_Into_The_Clay.m4a
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!!!

Direct download: Tennis_Days_Episode_21.m4a
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 Facebook.com/TennisDays

 

 

 

 

 

 

Direct download: Episode_20_-_Monte_Carlo_Fed_Cup_.m4a
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.

Direct download: The_Crystal_Ball_of_Clay.m4a
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.

RUNNING ORDER: 

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.

Direct download: Miami_Mid_Term_Chat.m4a
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

 

Direct download: Indian_Wells_Finals_Wrap_and_Miami_D.m4a
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.

 

Direct download: Episode_16_Full_Audio.m4a
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.

Direct download: Episode_15_Complete.m4a
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 angerfallacy.com

Direct download: Steve_Ableton_Sesh_Edit.m4a
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. 

 

Direct download: Episode_13_Matt_Johnson_Part_2.m4a
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.

Direct download: Episode_11_TDP.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 6:10pm AEST

Chief journalist of Acelandtennis.com.au 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 davegertler@yahoo.com if you have any feedback or things you'd like to be discussed in future episodes!

Direct download: Episode10_Final.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 10:33pm AEST

Genuine fans and supporters of Australian tennis will enjoy this conversation with Marc McGowan of Acelandtennis.com.au 


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

Direct download: Episode_9_Final.m4a
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

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