Ready Play Tennis Podcast

Two tennis friends, Jason and Aldwin, serve up the latest tennis tea, dishing about the latest headlines on the ATP and WTA tours and more locally on the GLTA through their unique, sassy, and at times, shady lens.

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After falling in eight finals attempts, Felix finally pulls through in a big way, winning his first title in Rotterdam, taking out the likes of Rublev and Tsitsipas in the process. Building on his solid QF showing in Australia, will Aldwin's prediction for FAA of making his first slam final in 2022 come true?

The guys cover all the news of the week: Djokovic's big BBC interview, DelPo's likely final match in Buenos Aires (damn you Delbonis for them drop shots!), tennis (and George W.) come to Dallas, Opelka's hat code violation, Canada's brings its B-squad to Davis Cup, and Sakkari may need a sports psychologist.

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After a week of excitement in anticipation of the return of tennis' 'Gentle Giant', Juan Martin Del Potro brought us all back down to earth.

"...I think this is one of the most difficult messages I will ever deliver." he said. That news... his body, in particular his knee, has been a nightmare and his much anticipated return as a wildcard at the Argentina Open is actually more of a 'farewell'. 

The guys talk about the impact DelPo has had on the sport, his many accomplishments, and Jason talks the opportunity to share some of his favourite Del Potro stories.

Peng Shuai is back in the news... Aldwin's bad impression leads to a discussion of the control she seems to be under as the guys give further kudos to the continued firm messaging of the WTA Tour calling to meet and speak with Shuai privately. This story will continue.

Stories missed last week include: Sam Stosur retires from singles; King Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis win the doubles title; Kyrgios rips fellow Australian and one of the duo he defeated Max Purcell a new one. 

Winners from last week and the Canadian Gay Open (CGO) returns in May, as Aldwin and Jason eye their first doubles trophy!

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Aldwin is back as the guys break down a monumental Australian Open.

Ash Barty becomes the first Australian woman in 44 years to win her home slam (the third of her grand slam trophy of her career), winning it in dominate fashion. She becomes one of two active players to have won grand slams on all surfaces... the other is named Serena. 

On the men's side, Rafael Nadal achieves what no one saw coming ... returning from a foot injury, and with Novak out of the tournament, Rafa capitalizes to become the first of the "Big 3" to reach 21 grand slam titles, coming back from two sets down to defeat Daniil Medvedev. In a career filled with countless achievements, is this Rafa's greatest? 

The guys break down both the men's and women's events, including the continued rise of Danielle Collins, the success of players who took extended breaks in Keys and Anisimova, and reflect on the trials and crushed dreams of Daniil... thanks a lot AO fans!

Oh... and DelPo is making his return! 

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Jason recaps what has been a tremendous AO2022 and avoids watching the ladies semis early Thursday to give you a true semi-finals preview.

Canadian's were gutted by the loss of Felix Auger-Aliassime. After being in control to win the first two sets and having a match point in the fourth, Daniil would go on to do all the 'Daniil' things to take out FAA in an epic five setter. Despite the loss, we can certainly agree that a 'Felix' is rising and great things are in store for him in 2022.

Jason covers all the stories and great matches from the tournament thus far, including Shapo's run to the quarterfinals, his match with Nadal and the controversy surrounding it. 

For the ladies there's so many stories of note, including the growing dominance of Barty, surprise runs from Keys and Collins and the great play of Swiatek. Jason also covers what's might be in store next for Osaka, Fernandez and Raducanu.

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After the court room drama of the last two weeks, it's time to officially get ready for the season's first grand slam.

Jason gives you his picks for AO 2022. Who's in form, who's gonna make the moves, and who he thinks will take home the trophy. 

Who's in your QF brackets and who do you think has the best chance to take the title down under?

 

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Novak is official out of the AO2022, as the judge upheld the revocation of his visa. He was whisked to the airport and boarded a flight back to Dubai. While certainly the right decision for many, including the public in Australia, it no doubt leaves a hole in the draw and the tournament.

The saga has no doubt overshadowed some great action already underway in the Australia in the lead up to AO2022.

Jason breaks down the action on both the men's and women's side, including the wonderful story of Thanasi Kokkinakis taking his maiden title in his home town of Adelaide. He recaps wins from Monfils, Karatsev, and the continued resurgence of Andy Murray. 

For the women, Halep and Anisimova take titles in Melbourne, Barty reminds us why she's world #1, and Keys and Badosa capture titles in week two of warm up events.

Finally Jason shares his thoughts on what's going on with Emma Raducanu.

 

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Jason flies solo this episode as he recaps the latest in the ongoing saga with Novak Djokovic.

It remains to be seen whether Novak will actually compete for his 21st Grand Slam. What is clear is that the whole situation is a shit show that has drawn more eyes to tennis, but for the wrong reasons.

Jason reviews the timeline since Novak's visa revocation, the cringeworthy presser from his family in Serbia, the lukewarm apology for select transgressions from Novak, and questions how the vaccine regulations for countries that host ATP and WTA events might impact players like Novak who will stand firm in their refusal to be vaccinated. And the larger issue... how this might impact Novak's season and the rest of his career.

 

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Season Three kicks off with a recap of one of the biggest stories in the world. By now even non-tennis fans are aware of what's going on 'Down Under' with Novak Djokovic.

After months of speculation, the world #1 shared with his social media followers his impending departure to Melbourne to compete for his 21st grand slam title at the Australian Open with a medical exemption. Simply translated -- he would not be required to show proof of vaccination status.

But drama has since ensued upon his arrival. His visa denied, Novak currently sits in an 'Immigration Detention Hotel' while he waits adjudication  of his appeal on his visa denial set for Monday morning -- exactly one week from when he would commence his quest for slam #21. 

The guys recap the full timelines, the process for his medical exemption, the reaction of his detractors and fans, Novak's parents (who could both benefit from a muzzle).

Will Novak get in to Australia to compete at the AO? If so, will he extend grace to the people of Melbourne who have gone through a lot during COVID and explain what his medical exemption is all about? Aldwin and Jason give their takes on all that drama!

 

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2021 is coming to a close and the guys let loose for almost two hours to bring you their picks for the best (and worst) of an unforgettable tennis season. Category Is... some funny sh#%!

 

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