Last Word On Tennis Podcast #3: Australian Open Update

The final stages of the first Grand Slam of the year are upon us. Some pre-tournament predictions have fallen by the wayside and some are still alive. The Last Word On Tennis podcast team get together to discuss the happenings at Melbourne Park and to predict the final stages of the Men’s and Women’s Draw.

Serena Williams falls early

The team discuss Williams’ exit and what this means for the quest for 24. Other surprisingly early exits are examined too, including Naomi Osaka, Denis Shapovalov and Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Quarterfinal Action Reviewed

Some of the quarterfinals have been played and the team talk about Roger Federer’s escape, Ashleigh Barty’s party and Sofia Kenin’s progress to her first-ever Grand Slam semifinal. Novak Djokovic settles his quarterfinal live in the middle of the recording too!

Predictions for the remaining Quarterfinals

Gavin, Damian and Andy give their verdicts on the remaining quarterfinals. From this, a full roadmap is drawn of who makes it to the finals and which two players will become Australian Open Champions.

Quiz, Study Advice, and Staying-Up Late Advice

Of course, there is another quiz, this time the experts begin to flounder under the pressure. Also, find some excellent advice on how to stay up during the Australian Open and whether or not to study English and Politics at University.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. I am surprised there is nothing written of the great Leander Paes, playing his final Australian Open. It all began for him here back in 1989. NINETEEN EIGHTY NINE, he played jrs and I believe won his first title winning the jrs in 1990. He is perhaps the most relevant tennis player, alive. His US Open win with Radek Stepanek remains the happiest moment of my 50 plus years of watching tennis. Yes, he is also the most fun to watch. I have never asked for an autograph or picture from an athlete. At Newport last year, I had to give it a go. Leander was thanking everyone who greeted him for supporting tennis. He could not have been nicer when he took a picture with me. I feel honored. While Federer always finds excuses for a loss, Leander has always told it straight up and always with a smile. I hope he stays in the game to coach or in any capacity, hopefully large. There is no better ambassador for the game. I hope he plays Newport this year. I shall make sure I thank him for all the joy he has brought.

    • We had a brief mention of Leander’s plan to retire in one of the previous episodes of the pod. But you’re right, he certainly deserves an article of his own. I’m sure we’ll have someone on that when it’s closer to his actual retirement date.

      Oh and I do hope you’ll catch him in Newport, he’s a great ambassador of the game!

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