Joel | Host & Founder
From his parents’ couch to Henman Hill, Joel has been following a furry little yellow ball for the best part of three decades. That started on the small road outside his family home as a young boy rallying with his mum and trusty Wilson Hammer and from then on he was hooked. What followed was a 15 year career on the Home Counties tennis circuit and lessons every Saturday at his local club before moving up to Scotland for studies at the University of Edinburgh. Four years later and he came back home and wound up working for the Lawn Tennis Association at the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton in the Wimbledon Ballot team for 2013. Joel decided to change tracks from the LTA at the end of the year and moved into advertising where he currently works whilst maintaining The Passing Shot as a side-hustle.
In January 2018, he became a ‘career fan slammer’ with a special trip to the Australian Open in Melbourne making his journey to all four Grand Slams complete. His favourite players are Andy Murray and Garbine Muguruza and considers his own career highlight (so far) to be watching Murray win his first major at the 2012 US Open in Flushing Meadow against Novak Djokovic. His favourite Grand Slam is the Australian Open and was there (along with Kim!) for Kyle Edmund’s extraordinary run to the semi-finals back in 2018. Most recently, his tennis exploits has seen him cheering on Team GB at the revamped Davis Cup finals in Madrid.
Kim | 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!
HISTORY OF THE PODCAST
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 – much to the confusion and bemusement of spectators passing by.
In the following month, Joel thought long and hard about what was missing from the tennis media landscape. Amongst all the ex-pros, tennis journalists and traditional media that he had grown up with watching on telly and listening on radio, he realised that the view of the common fan was under-represented.
That’s when he turned to Kim about putting on a tennis show by fans, for fans in the middle of 2018. From then on, together they created the basis of what would become The Passing Shot.
As 2019 rolled around, Joel & Kim began to increase their coverage with round by round coverage of Grand Slams as well as ‘Extra Slice’ episodes and keeping listeners up-to-date more frequently on social media.
Moving into the 2020 season, The Passing Shot underwent a visual face-lift amongst other things, and the team is ready to go for the new season!
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