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Episode 89: Of Great Walls of Fire and Rising Stars

October 13th, 2014

Reunited from opposite sides of the Great (Fire)wall of China, Ben and Courtney recap the happenings of the last several weeks. What has Courtney made of the tournaments she's seen in China? What will it take for tennis to survive and thrive there? And what of the ailments of Serena and Rafa? Is caution or bravery the right prescription? Also, what of the Spanish sexism toward their new Davis Cup captain? And who are these WTA "Rising Stars" and why did they get picked? Your votes for us with your ears are always appreciated, and as always thank you for liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, and subscribing to and reviewing our show on iTunes

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Episode 88: Li Na, Behind the Wall

October 2nd, 2014

In this nearly Ben-less episode from Beijing, Courtney and Chinese reporter Liu Renjie (aka Joe) discuss the impact of Li Na's retirement, and just how much of a game-changer she was for tennis in China. How did her interactions with Chinese and western media differ? And what were the ways she changed China's perceptions of the world, and the world's perceptions of China, and China's perceptions of the world? Then as they wrap up Courtney and Joe fail to contain their jealousy for Ben's incomparable fashion sense and it's really pretty sad. As always, thank you for liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, and subscribing to and reviewing our show on iTunes

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Episode 87: Li Na Flies Away

September 20th, 2014

Upon reading Li Na's retirement announcement, Ben and Courtney stepped into the NCR Studios from opposite sides of the world to reflect on the legacy left by her hall-of-fame career. What impact did she have on the sport? Was she a one-off, or is there a genuine tidal wave of Asian talent coming behind her? Can the WTA's push into Asia be viable without her? For as talented as she was, might she have actually been an underachiever? And what will we miss most about this awesomely badass lady? To help you through the grieving process, try liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, and subscribing to and reviewing our show on iTunes

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Episode 86: U.S. Open is A-O.K.

September 12th, 2014

The U.S. Open is over, and it was a combination of yeah-that's-about-right and wait-what-really-is that possible?. We discuss the incredibly unexpected Marin Cilic-Kei Nishikori final, and what impact it will have on the men's game, and what it says about the health of the game's future. We then discuss the women's side, which saw Serena do the obvious for a change, and Wozniacki return to relevance. Also, we discuss the improvement of the U.S. Open grounds, and the decline of American tennis as it pertains to the exit of Patrick McEnroe from his USTA post. No matter if you're American or not, thanks for liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, and subscribing to and reviewing our show on iTunes! We like you guys more than a Barnett Cup semifinal.

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Episode 85: U.S. Open for Business

August 25th, 2014

Live from New York, Ben and Courtney are very ready to kick off the last Grand Slam of the year! What do we make of the women's and men's draws? Who are the hurdles for the top players, and who do we think will be prevailing at the end? We agree, but do you agree with us? Along the way, we discuss soft quarters, the struggles of Andy Murray, Ryan Harrison's legitimately terrible luck, and more! Also, we discuss Arcade Fire at length because let's be honest that's what you came for. As always, thanks for liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, and subscribing to and reviewing our show on iTunes! As much as we want sedation, you guys give us elation. Thanks for listening!

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