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Episode 154: Draw Me Like One of Your French Opens, Part Deux

May 21st, 2016

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Not much music this time, but Ben and Courtney try to hit all the right notes in this breakdown of the French Open draws (after a quick review of the Rome action), including some predictions. On the men's side, if it takes a team effort to beat Novak Djokovic, then who can contribute to that? And what are the chances like for his rivals Nadal, Wawrinka, and Murray?

On the women's side, does Serena's path become complicated by Azarenka? Is a rematch of last year's semifinal likely? And just how bankable is Begu, suddenly?


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Episode 153a: The NCRvision Song Contest!

May 13th, 2016

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We are beyond excited to bring you the NCRvision Song Contest, a celebration of and competition for the best songs inspired by tennis in the world! Ben and cohosts Carole Bouchard and Rene Denfeld walk you through the 26 songs which reached the final and are hoping for your votes. The ballot is here. Any questions, please ask!

Here's the running order, full of twists and turns and bops and jams.
  1. Binge - "Vamos Rafa"
  2. Robin Ward - "Wimbledon"
  3. We Are the Physics - "Goran Ivanisevic"
  4. Stagecoach - "Evonne"
  5. Ivo Karlovic (Feat. Novak Djokovic) - "Moja droga je tenis"
  6. Gino's Eyeball - "Kournikova"
  7. Drew McCulloch - "Andy Murray"
  8. City of Angels - "The Tennis Song"
  9. We Got the Power! - "Wozniacki"
  10. Jenna Maroney - "Tennis Night in America"
  11. Wyclef Jean - "Venus (I'm Ready)"
  12. The Party Man Network - "Milos Raonic PSA Song"
  13. dyadyaBOB - "Sam vs OVAs"
  14. Far In Jim - "Hey There Andy Murray"
  15. Jamie Foxx - "Can I Be Your Tennis Ball? (+Remix)"
  16. Bryan Bros Band (Feat. Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray) - "Autograph"
  17. DJ Grand Slam (Feat. King Roger) - "Success Comes Back"
  18. Phranc - "M-A-R-T-I-N-A"
  19. Rich White Ladies - "Wimbledon"
  20. Rock Salt & Nails - "Volley Highway"
  21. Serena Williams - "I Win"
  22. Hugh Laurie - "I'm in Love With Steffi Graf"
  23. Kieran Butler - "Allez Tsonga"
  24. Beatenberg - "Rafael"
  25. Umberto Carli - "Like Maria Sharapova"
  26. Dan Bern - "Isner & Mahut"
Once you've listened to them all, go vote

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Episode 153: Madrid, Murresmo, Mozzarella

May 10th, 2016

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On the eve of glorious NCRvision, Ben and Courtney debrief briefly on the week that was in Madrid, where Simona Halep put herself back in the conversation by winning yet another wide-open WTA tournament. What does a Paris shortlist look like? Probably not very short. On the men's side, Novak Djokovic wins his 29th Masters, Rafael Nadal dropped off, and Andy Murray ended his two-year partnership with Amelie Mauresmo. Should Murresmo be remembered as a success? We say yes.


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Episode 152: In Madrid with Timea Bacsinszky

May 3rd, 2016

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Ben and Courtney are covering the Mutua Madrid Open for the first time, and are surprised by some things and not by others. We also discuss the schedule management concerns cropping up this week as they pertain to grassophiles Roger Federer and Venus Williams, as well as the general topics of the Olympics drawing closer on the horizon.

Then, we sit down with the ever delightful and insightful Timea Bacsinszky, to talk about how her perspective and pressures and role on the tour have changed as she has flown up the rankings. She's a fun listen, as always.

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Episode 151: You Can’t Do That on Television

April 27th, 2016

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In their last pre-Europe show, Ben and Courtney discuss the things you probably shouldn't do on television, like Roselyne Bachelot's accusations about Rafael Nadal that just drew a defamation lawsuit. But is there any good way to talk about illicit performance enhancement speculation, a question raised by Andy Murray voicing his vague suspicions? Also, Serena Williams and her throne joined Beyonce in Lemonade, which was way neato. Then we take questions on WTA surprises (including the delightful Cagla Buyukakcay, Nishikori stagnation and Djokovic-Nadal. 

As mentioned, here's Irina Falconi's fundraising effort for earthquake relief in Ecuador.

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