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Episode 99e: Déjà Vu All Over Again

March 25th, 2015

After a 12-hour ride from Misaki Doi, Ben and Courtney are in the Bay Area, ready to look back on the desert. What to make of the surreally familiar withdrawal of Serena Williams? How was it handled, and how was it a fitting conclusion to her appearance? What does the mean win for Simona Halep? On the men's side, is Djokovic-Federer the sport's greatest rivalry? We also talk about a guy who is only the greatest at doping offenses, Wayne Odesnik. Then we look ahead to Miami, and Courtney gets all excited about X-Files. Again. Deja vu, you guys. As always, thanks for liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, and subscribing/reviewing on iTunes or whatever your podcasting platform of choice may be! 


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Episode 99d: Serena, Queen of the Desert

March 18th, 2015

It's all about Serena. It always has been. On this week's episode, Ben and Courtney dissect Serena Williams' return to Indian Wells after 13 years. How was she received (pretty well!)? How did she handle the scrutiny (pretty darn well!)? How did she handle questions about her split with Sascha Bajin (well....)? We also talk about Sloane Stephens (Queen of the Block), Rafael Nadal (King of the Rant), and the kids from Australia, (Kings of...Australia, I guess).

We finish it off by praying to heaven that we don't die in our tiny car. But if the last song we hear on earth is "Your Love", we would be a-ok with that!

As always, thanks for liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, and subscribing/reviewing on iTunes or whatever your podcasting platform of choice may be! 

Episode 100 is coming soon, we promise. Tennis is all about being able to adapt to changing circumstances at a moment's notice. Your patience will be rewarded!
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Episode 99c: Indian Well Here Goes Nothing

March 11th, 2015

In a quicker, one-take episode, Ben and Courtney blow through the Davis Cup results from the past weekend. How do we, as Americans, digest a second straight humbling at the unheralded hands of James Ward? And what do we make of the rest of the results this weekend from around the world? Then we turn our sights toward our current desert locale, and break down the men's and women's draws at Indian Wells. Love may hurt, but you guys always make us feel just super. As always, thanks for liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, and subscribing/reviewing on iTunes or whatever your podcasting platform of choice may be! 

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Episode 99b: Pam Shriver

March 3rd, 2015

As they inch toward triple digits, Ben and Courtney reflect on the week that was, and the sudden, undeniable relevance of Dav id Ferrer, who has won back-to-back 500 titles, and Courtney shares some of her conversation with Ferrer from Rio. We then discuss the importance of Roger Federer's winning record over Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal's run through the soft Buenos Aires field, and Victoria Azarenka's reemergence as she lost to Lucie Safarova in Doha. Then, most excitingly, they welcome hall of famer Pam Shriver onto the show for a great, wide-ranging conversation about tennis past, present, and future, and the many different roles she's had in the sport as a player, leader, and broadcaster. It's awesome stuff, and you'll love it. And as they close out the show, Ben rants snappily and Courtney sets a raving record. As always, thanks for liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, and subscribing/reviewing on iTunes or whatever your podcasting platform of choice may be! 

Related polling/reading/viewing for this week: 
  • We'd love it if you filled out our listener feedback survey
  • Ryan Harrison (and others) on Denys Molchanov and match fixing in Ben's piece for Slate.
  • The ladies of Broad City sit down with the gals of Sleater-Kinney for NPR (video)
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Episode 99a: A Rio ‘Round the Island

February 24th, 2015

As they hurtle toward triple digits, Ben and Courtney stall on opposite sides of the equator this week, and discuss Courtney's adventures in Brazil. What is tennis in Rio like, and what do we make of Rafael Nadal's latest drama? Over in Dubai, how big a win was it for Simona Halep? We then award a Slay Badge and Dragged Condolence(?) to the players who had the best and worst weeks. Then we welcome in guests Victoria Chiesa and David Kane, founders of The Tennis Island, to discuss all sorts of tennisy thing. And, lastly, Courtney rants and Ben raves. As always, thanks for liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, and subscribing/reviewing on iTunes or whatever your podcasting platform of choice may be! 


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