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Episode 91: atp DOT wtf DOT com SLASH crybaby

November 18th, 2014

In the last time they'll see each other in 2014 (insert wistful emoticon trying to keep a brave face), Ben and Courtney sat down in London to discuss the WTF-ness of the WTFs, which started out super boring, then had incredible drama in the middle, then lacked a finish altogether. What a delicious jambalaya of emotions we're processing! Firstly, why were the matches in London so uncompetitive and dull? Could it be the worst tournament ever and is that a fair metric? Second, what to make of Roger Federer's withdrawal and its possible impact on the Davis Cup final? And lastly, what about the weird pissiness of the semifinals, namely Djokovic vs. The World and later Stan Wawrinka vs. Mirka Federer? Dots have never been so pointed, you guys. Lastly, we preview the Davis Cup final between France and Switzerland and rant and rave about British stuff! As always, thanks for liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, and reviewing and subscribing on iTunes

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Episode 90: Endings and a New Beginning

November 6th, 2014

With a rollicking new intro to get the ball rolling, Ben and Courtney are in Europe and Asia respectively, and looking at how the years are wrapping up on both tours. What to make of Singapore, where the WTA came for the first time? How does Serena's season look in retrospect, and should Halep have eliminated her from the tournament? Who has had a better season, Serena or Djokovic? Why is the tour Federer-centric, and how is London shaping up? And what about Caroline Wozniacki's marathon? Also, we discuss Matthew Syed's tired arguments about why female athletes don't deserve equal pay. As always, thanks for liking us on Facebook, following on Twitter, and subscribing and reviewing on iTunes! You can use your phone to film this show if you want, we won't mind. 
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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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