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Entries from July 2013

Episode 49: Questioners, Federers, Numbers, and Ikers

July 26th, 2013 · Comments

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In Episode 49, Ben and Courtney take lots of questions about all sorts of topics in tennis, like what we make of Federer being put out to pasture on post-Wimbledon clay, and if he should look that gift cow in the mouth? Also what livestock would be best for the rest of the Big 4? And what to make of the barnyard fun that is World TeamTennis? And who has had the better career, Samantha Stosur or Caroline Wozniacki? And how would Ben fair on a tennis court against Colin Kaepernick, Alex Morgan, and Michael Phelps? We also "take a number," because we were feeling pretty retro.
(Note that we recorded this episode before news of the controversial Viktor Troicki suspension broke late Thursday, so we'll be sure to cover that in Episode 50).
Thanks again for listening, and as always thanks for liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, and leaving us reviews on iTunes! The only blurred lines we see when we look at you, dear listeners, are because our eyes are wet with tears of joy.

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Episode 48: Rennae Stubbs

July 18th, 2013 · Comments

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In a sweaty, summery Episode 48, Ben and Courtney beat the heat with the help of some surprising news and special guests. First, we discuss the recent spins of the coaching carousel, specifically how Maria Sharapova wound up working with Jimmy Connors, as well as what the solutions might be for struggling players ranging from Caroline Wozniacki to Ryan Harrison. We then discuss the unclear comeback of Martina Hingis, and then the certain comeback of Alisa Kleybanova, with the help of some words from Kleybanova herself as well as her World TeamTennis teammate Andy Roddick. We then spend the second half of the show chatting with Rennae Stubbs, a six-time Grand Slam champion in doubles who now seems to work for at least that many different TV channels, sharing her wit and tennis wisdom with the world. We discuss all sorts of topics, ranging from the current state of the game physically and socially, the prevalence and treatment of gays and lesbians on the tour, and the difficulty of making the ultimate decision to finally walk away from the sport. It is good times, and you will enjoy it. As always, thanks for liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, and leaving us reviews on iTunes! You guys are hotter than July.

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Episode 47: A Drought Dies, A Butterfly Is Born

July 12th, 2013 · Comments

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In this wondrous Wimbledon wrap episode, Ben and Courtney have lots of thoughts on the two new champions. First, Andy Murray: what does his win mean for Britain, and how does that reflect on Britain? And what did his match against Djokovic say about the state of the men's game? And how will he move forward as a favorite, no longer a lovable loser-type? Then, Marion Bartoli: how did that happen? And how will her win change her career, and even the tour as a whole? Because we are givers, and people who have spoken to Marion Bartoli on several occasions, we give you two interviews we have done with Marion, the first by Courtney this year in Eastbourne, the second by Ben last year in Perth. Please do practice your swings as you listen, dear listeners. And as always, thanks for liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, and leaving us reviews on iTunes!

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Episode 46: Wimbledon Goes Boom Boom

July 2nd, 2013 · Comments

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After Ben and Courtney last spoke to you on calamitous "Black Wednesday," not much had happened at Wimbledon, until midday Monday when the top of the women's draw went boom (boom). Sabine Lisicki's upset of Serena Williams was a huge surprise, but what does it mean for Serena? And what do Ben and Courtney make of Lisicki, as far as what lies behind that oft-cited smile? We also talk about the British media circus, especially as it surrounds Laura Robson, and what we make of the differences in the American and British press corps. Lastly we discuss the upcoming ESPN documentary "Venus Vs.," and what sort of ideas we have for other tennis documentaries. We'd certainly watch a movie about our listeners, obviously, because you guys are awesome. As always, thanks for liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, and leaving us reviews on iTunes!

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