Below, you’ll see the 7 best tennis podcasts plus a growing list of other podcasts in our honorable mentions.
As the media landscape continues to shift, so too has the way we interact with tennis. Along with Tennis Twitter, tennis podcasts are another platform that have become a go-to resource to stay connected to the day-to-day tennis news and behind-the-scenes action on tour.
Why Listen to Tennis Podcasts?
Why podcasts? For one, they offer a unique look inside tennis that no other medium has been able to successfully replicate.
- Easy listening while multitasking? Can’t beat it.
- Player authenticity? More than you’ll get anywhere else.
- Healthy debates and “what if” discussions? Plenty.
- Occasional trash-talking and swear words? Bring it on.
- Interviews from outside-the-box tennis personalities? Full of them.
Podcasts humanize tennis players beyond the generic, overly scripted pre and post-match interview points we hear all too often…
“I’m just going to focus on my game” or “I couldn’t have done it without the crowd today.” 😴
Instead, tennis podcasts show you a glimpse into their personality as human beings, not overly media-trained robots.
Outside of player interviews, tennis podcasts can also help you gain a broader perspective into voices of tennis you don’t see or hear from on a regular basis – coaches, agents, hitting partners, tournament directors, chair umpires, sports psychologists, tennis writers, and tour employees, to name a few.
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Reviews of the 7 Best Tennis Podcasts
We’ll help you figure out where to start with our top podcast picks. Below we’ve reviewed each podcast, giving you topics, favorite episodes, who should listen, episode length, and much more.
#1 – The Tennis Podcast
“The OG” of tennis podcasts, The Tennis Podcast was the first to ignite the tennis podcast wave over a decade ago around 2012. This is the most professionally produced podcast with consistent episodes and the largest following in the tennis world. In 2022, they were even spotlighted on the front page of The New York Times. The podcast has grown so much in popularity that it has also become a trusted news source in the shifting media landscape.
What We Like: David, Catherine and Matt have a natural chemistry with one another and are the type of people you’d like to grab a beer with at the local pub. In addition to regular programming twice a week, they go above and beyond to bring you daily action from the majors no matter what time the matches finish up. For the die-hard listeners, become a Friend of the Tennis Podcast and you get access to even more premium content.
Who Should Listen: All tennis fans; if you only have one podcast…this is our pick. If you’re lucky, maybe you’ll make it on “the boat” (just ask Catherine’s dad).
Episode Length: 45 minutes – 1 hour
- Pam Shriver’s story about her relationship with her coach
- Tennis Re-Lived: Wimbledon 2001 with Goran Ivanesivic and Pat Rafter
- Marion Bartoli’s honest and vulnerable account of career and personal struggles
Don’t Miss: Daily Grand Slam episodes without fail, even in the late hours after a night session goes the distance. Matt Roberts always brings his A+ game on the podcast with “Matt’s Stats”. For the tennis history buffs who want to take a walk down memory lane, “Tennis Re-Lived” is an in-depth series they started during the pandemic that digs deeper into prominent storylines from the game’s past.
#2 – Rennae Stubbs Tennis Podcast
The Rennae Stubbs Tennis Podcast (formerly Racquet Magazine Podcast) brings a fresh approach to the podcast scene with its unapologetic and unfiltered look into the lives of tennis players both on and off the court. Rennae and good friend/co-host Caitlin Thompson offer a refreshingly honest and critical review of the game’s current storylines, the tennis media landscape, competing interests among our sport’s governing bodies, and other pressing issues facing tennis.
What We Like: No topic is off-limits. Rennae and Caitlin tell it like it is with frequent F-bombs and dirty laundry stories combined with thoughtful tennis takes on current issues and an impressive guest roster. Rennae’s commentating skills shine even brighter when she’s on the mic in the long-form podcast format.
Who Should Listen: Tennis fans interested in a mix of shop talk, humor, and behind the scenes stories.
Episode Length: 30 minutes – 1 hour
- “Winning Friends and Influencing People” – Rennae and Caitlin vent about the fractured nature of tennis and a need to improve the current state of tennis media.
- Daria Abramowicz – inside the mind of Iga Swiatek’s sports psychologist
- Venus Williams – where else can you hear V open up like this on a 1-hour podcast?
- Andy Roddick – always a great interview who is brutally honest and self-aware
Don’t Miss: Guest appearances from fan favorite and friend of the pod, Andrea Pektovic, are always a must listen.
#3 – TENNIS.COM Podcast
What We Like: Kamau is a natural conversationalist with a great sense of humor who keeps it real with his guests. His professional coaching background gives him a unique perspective as a podcast host that you don’t often hear in tennis media. It also helps provide an added layer of trust when interviewing players who might be more skeptical to open up in front of traditional media.
Who Should Listen: Tennis fans of all levels plus those interested in hearing from a variety of professionals working in the tennis industry.
Episode Length: 45 minutes – 1 hour
- Coco Vandeweghe, who is refreshingly honest as you would expect
- Bryan Shelton on raising Ben Shelton and his NCAA coaching history
- Michael Joyce on his experience coaching the WTA greats
Don’t Miss: Kamau’s regular interviews with Craig O’Shannessy are always a hit for those interested in tennis analytics and hearing insight from one of the best tennis minds in the sport right now.
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#4 – Doubles Only Tennis Podcast
A product of The Tennis Tribe (okay…maybe we’re a little biased), this is the only tennis podcast devoted exclusively to doubles. The Doubles Only Tennis Podcast features a mix of content ranging from solo-casts breaking down doubles strategy to interviews with top WTA and ATP doubles players, coaches, media, and other tennis leaders discussing current storylines on tour and how we can grow the doubles game.
Host: Will Boucek
What We Like: In each interview, Will asks his guests their ideas and recommendations on how to make professional doubles more popular. The answers consist of a few common themes, including more TV coverage and stronger marketing efforts.
Who Should Listen: Recreational doubles players and tennis doubles fans
Episode Length: 20 minutes – 1 hour
- Danielle Collins on the mental health benefits of doubles for her game
- Pam Shriver on current state of doubles and ways to grow doubles
- Eric Butorac: 18-time ATP doubles champion
- Gigi Fernandez: 17-time grand slam doubles champion
- 16 Experts on How to Grow Doubles
Don’t Miss: Will’s solo podcast episodes take a deep dive into doubles strategy and are a must-listen for doubles players of all levels who want to improve their game.
#5 – Mini-Break Tennis Podcast
Another pod under the umbrella of Tennis Channel Podcast Network, The Mini-Break brings you daily tennis action from the pro tour along with a power roster of guest experts from the WTA (David Kane), ATP (Gill Gross), and Challenger Tour (Damian Kust). Maybe it’s time to bring in a doubles guest expert next?
Host: Alex Gruskin
What We Like: There’s never a dull moment when Alex gets behind the mic, whether he’s convincing David Kane to be his official co-host, jotting off a list of impressive stats, or going on a tangent about his personal life. Gruskin is well-versed on both tours and gives equal exposure to the ATP and WTA.
Who Should Listen: Tennis nerds who follow the tour closely
Episode Length: 20 minutes – 1 hour
- Daily episodes from grand slams and other big tournaments
- David Kane on the best players in 2023 thus far
- Comparing the careers of Andy Roddick vs. Stan Wawrinka
- WTA No. 5 GOAT debate between Monica Seles, Venus Williams, and Justine Henin.
Don’t Miss: For the U.S. tennis fans, Gruskin keeps a thorough pulse on the changing tides and current crop of top American players on the ATP and WTA.
#6 – Fantastic Tennis Podcast
There’s no podcast host out there who brings the energy more than Jon Guerrica. Each of his player interviews are equally “fantastic” with well-researched and well-written interview intros that never fail to impress each of his podcast guests.
Host: Jon Guerrica
What We Like: Jon has a unique way of making his guests feel right at home with deep dive conversations that cover a wide range of both on and off-court topics. He’s also a big doubles fan and has had many current and former top doubles players on his show.
Who Should Listen: All tennis fans are welcome, but WTA fans spanning the last few decades will find this podcast home.
Episode Length: 45 minutes – 1.5 hours
- Andrea Petkovic – enough said, right?
- Jen Brady – never a dull moment with this likable American talent
- Lisa Raymond – for the dubs fans out there
Don’t Miss: Jon typically has a co-host join him to kick off each episode who is either a fan of the player he is interviewing or knowledgeable on the podcast show topic. I enjoyed joining Jon for the doubles intros to kick off his interviews with Ellen Perez and Nicole Melichar-Martinez earlier this year.
#7 – Craig Shapiro Tennis Podcast
A former longtime stringer on the pro tour, Craig has put together an impressive list of podcast guests and isn’t afraid to ask the tough tennis questions that his listeners (and the tennis world) want to know.
Host: Craig Shapiro
What We Like: No question is off limits with one of the strongest podcast guest lists you’ll find and a “five-set format” that helps break down interview content with a mix of on-and-off-court topics.
Who Should Listen: A show for “tennis insiders” who are interested in behind the scenes stories and pressing issues facing today’s game.
Episode Length: 45 minutes – 1 hour
- Reilly Opelka and his strong opinion against pro doubles
- Rajeev Ram on getting snubbed from the U.S. Davis Cup lineup
- Naomi Osaka’s agent Stuart Duguid talks tennis and business
Don’t Miss: For those who used to be avid Beyond the Baseline listeners before Sports Illustrated scrapped the podcast, here’s a chance to hear Jon Wertheim back on the mic during his interview with Craig.
Honorable Mentions: Other Tennis Podcasts to Follow
Here’s a long list of other popular tennis pods that we also listen to and/or would like to start listening to more often.
- For “Tennis Hipsters”
- No Challenges Remaining – Another “OG” of the tennis podcast world, NCR has lost steam over the years due to various commitments by former co-hosts Ben Rothenberg and Courtney Nyugen. However, Ben occasionally invites journalists Tumaini Carayol and Reem Abulleil on the show to discuss grand slam highlights and breaking news in tennis.
- The Body Serve – Hosts and partners Jonathan and James offer a unique look inside tennis covering tennis action and social issues impacting our sport with their own unique takes. They aren’t afraid to tackle issues that other podcasts won’t address. For Serena fans, don’t miss their in-depth review show assessing her career and legacy.
- For Recreational Players
- Control the Controllables – host Dan Kiernan talks with pro tennis players, coaches, parents, and others involved in High Performance Tennis.
- Tennis Files Podcast – strategies, training methods, mental attitudes, and techniques with the top minds in tennis produced by host Mehrban Iranshad. Check out Will Boucek’s interview with Mehrban on doubles strategy here.
- For ATP Tennis Fans
- Three – A Tennis Show – Host Gill Gross chats with tennis journalists Joel Drucker and Amy Lundy, and to dissect the evolution of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic (“The Big 3”).
- ATP Tennis Radio – Jill Craybas takes us behind the scenes of the ATP with a mix of player and coach interviews breaking down current storylines and life on tour.
- For WTA Tennis Fans
- WTA Insider – post-championship interviews from WTA players by tennis media veteran Courtney Nyugen.
- For Canadian Tennis Fans
- Match Point Canada – Mike McIntyre and Ben Lewis bring you tour news and storylines with a spotlight on Canadian tennis. Their coverage each year at the National Bank Open in Toronto and Montreal is always top-notch.
- For College Tennis Fans
- Cracked Interviews – The go-to podcast for college tennis fans and advocates, also under the Tennis Channel Podcast umbrella.
- For General Tennis Fans
- Tennis Channel Inside-In – Host Mitch Michals interviews experts inside the Tennis Channel team and other industry veterans.
- Behind the Racquet – Strong advocates for mental health, co-hosts Mike Cation and Noah Rubin frequently discuss this crucial aspect of tennis (and life) that doesn’t get enough attention. Check out guest episodes hosted by ATP player Chris Eubanks and an interview with Andrew Harris about his career and the stigma of being a “doubles specialist.”
- Holding Court – If you enjoy Patrick McEnroe’s commentary, you’ll enjoy him interviewing a variety of tennis and sports experts on “the hardest hitting podcast in tennis.