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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cloud over many players in the top half of the men’s draw, including Del Potro, who since we recorded this chat, has withdrawn due to continuing wrist complaint.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

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