Entries from November 2013
November 22nd, 2013 ·
In Episode 61, Ben and Courtney briefly discuss the wildly underwhelming Davis Cup final, then start diving into your questions! You wanted to know lots about the cautionary tale known as Janko Tipsarevic--which top players on both the ATP and WTA are most likely to mirror his slide in 2014? Then we discuss Agnieszka Radwanska, and how elegantly she is masked. Then a hypothetical: could present-day Serena beat present-day John McEnroe? We then take a number which amuses Courtney greatly, and wrap it up with a stroll down memory lane. Let's talk it out like yeah, you guys! As always, thanks for following us on Twitter, liking our page on Facebook, and subscribing to us and reviewing us on iTunes!
November 16th, 2013 ·
For the first time in over a month, Ben and Courtney are finally back together in the NCR Studios for a full episode! There is a whole lot to catch up on, obviously. First, how did Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams change their statuses in the game compared to the rest of the field? And just how much ground did Rafael Nadal and Victoria Azarenka lose, respectively? We also share tales from the road, a winding swing that took the two of us to far-off locales like Shanghai, Stockholm, Istanbul, Paris, and London. What do we make of each of those places and how their cultures embrace tennis? And what is the current state of the tennis media, broadly speaking? It can be hard out here for a tennis writer, but life is easy when we have listeners as awesome as all y'all. As always, thanks for following us on Twitter, liking our page on Facebook, and subscribing to us and reviewing us on iTunes!
November 12th, 2013 ·
Ben and Courtney tried recording Episode 59 together, but the Internet connection between France and England proved prohibitively terrible, so Ben was left to forage alone in the Parisian desert. But he found an oasis of lovely ladies to talk to there, beginning with Carole Bouchard of L'Equipe. Ben and Carole discuss French tennis, why French fans like booing so much, and why Twitter has proved so wonderful for tennis fans around the globe. Ben then welcomes in Julie C. Rabe and Linda Christensen, the stenographers who travel the world transcribing the press conferences of all your favorite tennis players (as well as your least favorites). Who are the easiest and toughest players to handle? And how is life on the road from their unique podium-side vantage point? Courtney will be back next time, but in the meantime enjoy Episode 59! And as always, thanks for liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, and subcribing to us and leaving us reviews on iTunes!