The Tennis Abstract Podcast
By Jeff Sackmann
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Carl Bialik and Jeff Sackmann talk tennis with an analytical bent.
||CleanEp 40: Fed Cup, the ATP Tour Finals, and a Sandbox Full of Rule Changes||Federer and Djokovic duke it out in London, while the youngsters contested different formats last week.||11/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 39: Khachanov's Paris Title, and WTA Finals in Review||A new face on the men's tour, and a best-yet title for Elina Svitolina.||11/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 38: A Look at the WTA Finals Field in Singapore||Even with Simona and Serena on the sidelines, there's plenty of interest at the season-ending championships.||10/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 37: Djokovic and Halep Pad Their Career Totals||Another Masters title for Djokovic, and another ranking milestone for Halep.||10/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 36: Knights of the Federer Roundtable||Federer is still widely considered to be the greatest of all time, but the conversation is getting more complicated.||10/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 35: Here Comes Aryna Sabalenka||The WTA's new star lifted another trophy last week, and she increasingly looks like the strongest player in a fractured field.||9/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 34: Laver Cup and the Changing Tennis Landscape||Our take on a star-studded event that doesn't fit the usual definition of a tennis tournament.||9/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 33: Farewell, Davis Cup World Group Playoffs||A report from Austria, and an explainer on the new Davis Cup format.||9/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 32: US Open Recap||Djokovic is back, Osaka dominated the field, and Jack Sock is still good at doubles.||9/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 31: US Open Week Two||Only sixteen players are left, and Federer isn't one of them.||9/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 30: US Open Week One||Halep's out, Serena's cruising, and Federer's got a rocky road ahead.||8/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 29: A New Davis Cup and a Career Golden Masters||A new look for the tennis calendar, while familiar names keep winning.||8/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 28: Tsitsipas, Sloane, and the Serve Clock||A week of high-level Masters and Premier tennis in Canada||8/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 27: Roland Garros Preview||It's Rafa's (11th) title to lose, but the women's field is wide open.||5/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 26: Reasons for Optimism||Things are looking up for Djokovic, Sharapova, Svitolina and Zverev.||5/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 25: Number Ones, Present and Future||Titles aren't everything, and they can even be misleading.||5/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 24: Figuring Out Who Figures Out Clay||The dirt is more complicated than you think.||5/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 23: Rafa, Las Undecimas, and The Shot Clock||The only thing that can stop Rafa now is the shot clock.||4/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 22: Davis Cup, Present and Future||Rafa's back, Russia crashed, and the ITF is about to do something unwise.||4/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 21: Talking About Talking About Tactics||Alex De Minaur is young, smart, and fast, and he gave us a lot to talk about.||3/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 20: Five Tournaments, Lots of Decisions||With two weeks of tennis all over the globe, players have some choices to make.||2/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 19: Comeback Stories||All those players who were out? They're coming back.||2/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 18: A New Season Attacks||The 2018 tennis season is here, and we can't help you make sense of it.||1/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 17: US Open in Review||The ranking tables are in disarray, and we're here to help.||9/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 16: The Second Half of our Second Week Chat||Rublev, Shapovalov, and the big names we're missing.||9/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 15: We're Back!||Two months of tennis in one pod episode.||9/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 14: Wimbledon Preview||Everything to watch for at Wimbledon this year.||6/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 13: Kvitova vs Barty, Serena vs McEnroe, and Federer vs The Field||How the Wimbledon draw is shaping up, and what to think about McEnroe's comments about Serena.||6/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 12: Fed's Match Points, Vika's Return, and Wimbledon's Seeding Formula||Grass is back, and tennis's most unpredictable surface gives us a lot to talk about.||6/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 11: The French Open in Review||The King of Clay wins another crown, and the WTA gets a new superstar||6/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 10: On and Off Script at Roland Garros||Rafa and Simona live up to early billing, but the rest of the field has been filled with surprises.||6/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 9: Roland Garros Preview and the Value of Surface-Specific Forecasts||Nadal goes after his 10th French Open title, and research proves that the women's title is up for grabs.||5/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 8: Zverev's Title, Emerging WTA Favorites, and a New Match Format||A youngster finally wins a big ATP event, Elina Svitolina steps up, and the stage is set for the French Open.||5/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 7: Champion Simona, King Rafa, and Memories of Pico||Halep defends her title, Nadal remains unbeaten, and Juan Monaco calls it a career.||5/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 6: Djokovic Goes Coachless and Sharapova Looks Dangerous in a Patchy Madrid Field||Madrid is wide open, with WTA seeds falling in the first round and Djokovic raising even more questions about his future.||5/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5: Sharapova in Stuttgart, Nadal in Barcelona, and a Dose of Doubles||This week's topics: Sharapova, Siegemund, Nadal, wild cards, drop shots, and doubles.||5/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4: La Decima, a Wild Fed Cup Weekend, and Sharapova's Return||This week's topics: Nadal and the underwhelming competition, Ilie Nastase overshadowing some memorable Fed Cup tennis, and a changing of the guard on the WTA tour.||4/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3: Champions Young and Old||This week's topics: Surprise WTA titlists, forking paths from youth success, and a Monte Carlo preview||4/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2: Doubles, Wild Cards, and the Role of Megastars||Doubles analytics gets top billing this week, followed by Maria Sharapova and plenty of dreaming about restructuring the sport.||4/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1: Indian Wells, Miami, and the Renewal of Federer-Nadal||Carl and Jeff cover the events of the March Sunshine Double, and dig into the nitty gritty of the Roger-Rafa matchup.||4/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Quite simply, as good a tennis podcast as you can possibly hope to find anywhere. Jeff is outstanding and conducts great discussions.
Moderate to Severe Tennis Addict
I really like these guys. They know tennis and get into details about the sport and the tours and analytics that one would never pick up one in hundreds of hours of tennis television watching. It's also a good day when I see a new episode in my feed. I do wish the sound levels were mixed better, i.e., when it switches from one speaker to the other the volume shifts appreciably. Minor quibble.
Luscious, mouth-watering, velvety #analysis!
I am subscribed to maybe fifteen or so tennis podcasts, and each fulfills a role in the firmament. These guys are super clean and focused, and even though their ridiculously well-informed 'opinions' are prone to error, cloudiness, and bias just as much as anymortal who follows tennis obsessively and minutely, at least they are aware of the imperfections of their data driven #analysis and tend to revert to their mean, which is the best tennis podcasting bang for the by-the-minute buck. Concise. Pithy. Crisp. I like many other tennis podcasts for opposite placing on the spectrum of time/'value' so don't take my word for it, take home a copy of The Tennis Abstract Podcast today!