After all the pain, surgery and rehab Andy Murray has amazed us again with his remarkable triumph in Antwerp. Absorbing what he and his team have been through and now done is the only place to start this week’s conversation...
MILES MACLAGAN, the former British player, now coach and commentator, joins BM to reflect on a remarkable week of grass-court tennis in the lead-up to Wimbledon, including the exploits of Andy Murray and Feliciano Lopez at Queen's, Roger Federer winning Halle for a 10th time and Ash Barty becoming the new women's world No.1 following her triumph in Birmingham.
As we head into the ATP 500 tournament at Queen’s BC sets the scene by interviewing tournament director Stephen Farrow before we chat about the main topics of the past week and what’s to come on both tours
We look back at Rafa’s latest triumph on Chatrier, the challenge Thiem put up this time and where things stand, not just heading now onto grass but in the challenge between Federer, Nadal & Djokovic to win the most majors.
Midway through Roland Garros an interview with the Australian doubles legend and ITF Board Member MARK WOODFORDE who talks about Ash Barty, Nick Kyrgios, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Stefanos Tsitsipas, doubles and the Davis Cup.
We're in Paris for the second major of the season and look back on a dramatic first day in the stylish new Simonne Mathieu show court, plus a very welcome and straightforward return for former champion Roger Federer, four years after his last appearance at Roland Garros.
Former world No.4 Greg Rusedski guests on the podcast to discuss the main stories of the week including Novak Djokovic's return to form in Madrid, the rise of Stefanos Tsitsipas comparing the Greek's backhand with Dominic Thiem's, Kiki Bertens claiming the biggest title of her career, plus the British hopes heading into Rome and where things stand going into an important week for the ATP Board and Player Council.
Two special guests this week: recently retired Gilles Muller, now Luxembourg's Davis Cup captain, in conversation with BM - and former British Davis Cup player Arvind Parmar chatting to BC. Topics include #Thiem #Rafa #Ferrer #Berretini and #ATPFinals switching to Turin.
From the individual brilliance of Fabio Fognini in Monte Carlo to some outstanding team performances in the Fed Cup, commentators Nick Lester and Naomi Cavaday give us their expert views on the dramas they've just witnessed.
Heading into the Easter weekend's Fed Cup playoff against Kazakhstan at the Copper Box Arena in London, The 2 Barrys talk to Great Britain's captain Anne Keothavong about her team's recent successes in Bath and their hopes of finally gaining promotion into World Group II.
This week a wide-ranging chat with doubles specialist JAMIE MURRAY, a man who's not only won numerous major titles, reached the top of the world rankings and been a Davis Cup champion, but also represents his peers on the ATP Player Council. He also talks to us about Andy's hopes for a comeback and ensuring there will be a legacy when the brothers eventually do retire.
Some brief thoughts on Miami titles for Roger Federer, the Bryan brothers & Ash Barty before and in-depth chat with the inspirational wheelchair star Alfie Hewett, already a multiple major winner aged only 21.
As Bianca Andreescu and Dominic Thiem celebrate their stunning successes in Indian Wells, tennis journalist and broadcaster Nick McCarvel joins us from California to review events in 'tennis paradise'. We also have an interview with Geoff Thompson MBE, a former karate World Champion, founder of the Youth Charter charity and long-time tennis fan who talks about trying to help and develop young talent in today's challenging world.
In addition to some remarkable performances in the latest ATP and WTA tournaments, we discuss the controversial new ITF World Tennis Tour - the pathway for emerging players into professional tennis - with contributions from Dan Kiernan, Evan Hoyt and Mark Petchey.
Tennis correspondents Mike Dickson (Daily Mail) and Stuart Fraser (The Times) join The 2 Barrys to discuss the season so far, many of the main issues currently preoccupying the sport and covering tennis in the digital age.
Along with our thoughts on the Fed Cup we have a fascinating interview with former World No.5 Julie Heldman, one of the Original 9 who, led by her pioneering mother Gladys, paved the way for the WTA Tour. Their very difficult mother / daughter relationship behind the scenes is the basis of an extraordinary memoir Julie has now written entitled Driven: A Daughter's Odyssey.
This week's #TennisTakeaway not only includes discussion about the weekend's Davis Cup Qualifiers but also features an interview with former Davis Cup player and now GB Fed Cup coach Colin Fleming heading into the team's first appearance at home for 26 years!
After the great triumphs of #Djokovic and #Osaka tennis broadcasters Barry Millns and Barry Cowan review the year's first grand slam in conversation live from Melbourne with former British No.1 Annabel Croft and the Australian commentator Peter Marcato...
Tennis broadcasters Barry Cowan and Barry Millns are joined from Melbourne by former pro Jill Craybas to discuss a dramatic first week at the Australian Open and an in-depth interview with Dave Miley who'll be challenging David Haggerty for the ITF presidency later this year.
Heading into the Australian Open, tennis broadcasters Barry Cowan and Barry Millns enter a new dimension with the launch of their Tennis Takeaway podcast which will include in-depth interviews with high profile figures in the sport, plus those from other fields who are also BIG tennis fans.
Wimbledon chairman Philip Brook is the first to feature as he moves into his final year in the role, while on the day that Sir Andy Murray sadly announced his plans to retire, Australian commentator Peter Marcato joins in the discussion direct from Melbourne as the two Barrys pay tribute to one of Britain’s greatest ever sports stars.