Tennis is back; James Blake discusses the challenges

Tennis is back. But there are still question marks about the sport’s short-term future.

In the first half of this episode we discuss the return of the WTA Tour in Palermo and the mood surrounding the US Open before wrapping up the results from the various exhibition events. 

Then, we hear from former World No.4 and current Miami Open tournament director James Blake (starting 43:26).

He takes us through what happened during the week in March when Miami was cancelled and explains why he’s struggling to envisage the US Open going well.

He also praises the way in which Naomi Osaka and Coco Gauff have used their platform for good during the last few months and declares why he thinks more unity between the WTA and ATP would benefit tennis.

The Tennis Podcast is presented by Catherine Whitaker and David Law, and features Matt Roberts. It is produced weekly year-round, and daily during the Grand Slam tournaments. It is crowdfunded by listeners each December.


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