Tennis Days with Dave Gertler


sport psychology






January 2015
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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.

Direct download: AO15_Epiphanies_-_with_Pete_Ziebron.m4a
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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!

Direct download: David_Goffin_Chats_With_Tennis_Days.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 2:20pm AEST

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.

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Direct download: Interviews_with_Benneteau_and_Del_Po.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 6:48pm AEST

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.

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Direct download: Live_from_the_Brisbane_International.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 11:06pm AEST

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!

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Direct download: By_the_Numbers_with_Jared_Pine_-_Djo.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 10:30pm AEST

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.

Direct download: 2015_Begins_-_Brisbane_International.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 10:11pm AEST