US Open 2018 Preview - Media Day Reaction; Draws Discussed; Predictions; Greg Rusedski & Annabel Croft Cameos

Spirits are high on the new Tennis Podcast with David and Catherine back together on Fifth Avenue to preview the US Open.

David may have just stepped off the plane, but Catherine has been in New York for a couple of days. In that time, she’s seen the brand-new Louis Armstrong Stadium, soaked up the joy of Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day and spoken to a number of players at the “Superbowl style” media day, including Andy Murray. What state of mind is he in? And how far can he realistically go this fortnight?

On paper, Novak Djokovic has the draw from heaven, while Federer’s is a bit of a nightmare. Will we see them face off in the quarter-finals?

We will also get our first look at the new partnership between Ivan Lendl and Alexander Zverev. Will Lendl be the difference-maker? 

On the women’s side, can Stephens pull off the rare feat (unless you’re Serena Williams) of defending her title? And how will Halep cope without the on-court coaching of Darren Cahill?

Angelique Kerber, meanwhile, is looking relaxed. Can she win back-to-back Grand Slams?

There’s also the possibility of Serena vs. Venus in the third round. But David and Catherine both think it might not happen.

Elsewhere, there are some bold predictions and a couple of cameo appearances from two former British No.1s…

David and Catherine will be back with daily shows throughout the US Open fortnight. 

The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with the Telegraph and sponsored by Amazon Prime Video, the new home of the US Open in the UK. 

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