Catherine Whitaker and David Law love tennis, talking about it, arguing about it, and making predictions about it. And that is essentially what The Tennis Podcast is - a conversation between two people about a sport they love, but a conversation that everyone can listen to.
Produced weekly throughout the year, and daily during Grand Slam tennis tournaments, The Tennis Podcast gets Catherine and David together to talk about what has happened, what will happen, and what might happen in the sport. It is then made into a show that can be downloaded on to iPhones, Android phones, tablets and computers for fans to listen to.
There is no fancy studio. Catherine and David will record anywhere, any time. Pubs, the Putney Exchange shopping centre, David’s parents’ dining room, and during a race for a US Open bus, have all formed backdrops for their conversations.
In its first week, about 25 people listened to the show. (It was, and remains, available to download on all smartphones, tablets and computers in our archive.
More than five years and 300 podcasts later, David and Catherine are still going strong, with more than 11,000 people listening in on a weekly basis.
The cast-list of special guests and interviewees has helped. Andy Murray, Martina Navratilova, John McEnroe and Andy Roddick have all appeared. On one occasion, David found himself interviewing Murray, comedian Jack Whitehall and Liam from One Direction together, and another time Jose Mourinho described how he shed tears when Murray won Wimbledon.
Daily editions during Grand Slam tournaments have taken the podcast inside the iTunes Top 10, and at Wimbledon 2017 the final Tennis Podcast of the fortnight was downloaded more than 20,000 times.
Ahead of the 2017 season, Tennis Podcast listeners chipped in more than £15,000 to help keep the show going for another year.
Telegraph Sport and Eurosport became partners, and promote it on their social media channels. BNP Paribas, IBM, La Manga Club and Racquet Magazine have all sponsored the podcast in various ways.