Joel Girling | Host
From his parents’ couch to Henman Hill, Joel has been following a furry little yellow ball for the best part of three decades. His passion for tennis started as a youngster and developed into a 15 year junior career before working for British Tennis at the NTC post university. Most recently, Joel became a ‘career fan slammer’ in Jan 2018 at the Aus Open having completed his journey to all four Grand Slams.
His favourite players are Andy Murray and Garbine Muguruza and considers his career highlight (so far) to be watching Murray win his first major at the 2012 US Open in Flushing Meadow.
Kim Mackenzie | Co-host
Kim has been avidly following the tennis circuit since 2006, when a young Mallorcan made her realise tennis existed beyond Wimbledon. Since then, she has attended tournaments across the globe and is a self-proclaimed Wimbledon Queue expert after years of setting up camp.
Her favourite tournaments to attend are the Australian Open, Monte Carlo Masters and Wimbledon. Aside from supporting the King of Clay, Kim has a somewhat royal connection to tennis, having played on the tennis courts in the gardens of Buckingham Palace, and unexpectedly meeting Prince Albert at the Monte Carlo Masters back in 2013!
The Passing Shot | 2018 - present
The Passing Shot started as a series of video diary entries by Joel at the Aus Open 2018. Each day, he would find a quiet spot and talk to himself about the day that had just unfolded into his microphone.
In the following month, Joel thought long and hard about what fans want most when it comes to tennis. And came to the conclusion, everyone talks about everything on court but not so much off it – even though this was where the most insightful news and gossip could be found.
In his eyes, tennis was a part of the tour and what goes on tour – on court and off court – needed to be discussed in a fan friendly format.
And the rest they say is, game set match The Passing Shot.
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