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Entries from May 2016

Episode 155c: French Open Petit, Trois: Into the Second Week

May 28th, 2016 · Comments

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As the first week of the French Open wraps up, Ben and Courtney bring in a legendary tennis Tweeter to guest on each side of the tournament. First, discussing women's happenings, it's Tumaini Carayol! How well is this women's draw holding together to pay off in a great second week (answer: very), and should Alize Lim's outfit have saved her from some doubles fine (answer: why not?)  On the men's side, it's Ricky Dimon! He shares his thought on the cavernous second quarter, Djokovic's improved prospects, scalding crepes, and more. 


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Tags: tennis · sports · 2016 French Open

Episode 155b: French Open Petit, Deux: Adios, Rafa (With Marta Mateo)

May 27th, 2016 · Comments

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Our first mini show from the French Open wrapped up an uneventful first five days. On Friday there was news, and it was bad news: Rafael Nadal withdrew with a left wrist injury. 

To discuss and contemplate what this means for Nadal short-term and long-term, Ben is joined by the wonderful Marta Mateo of La Vanguardia, who discusses Rafa, the aging of the Armada, and the shift in focus to the two women who might become the new faces of women's tennis.


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Tags: tennis · sports · rafael nadal · olympics · 2016 French Open

Episode 155a: French Open Petit, Un: Maria, Osaka, Gulbis

May 26th, 2016 · Comments

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It hasn't been a very eventful French Open yet (not necessarily a bad thing), so here after the first two rounds have finished we bring you a few morsels from the press room.

From Thursday evening, hear Tatjana Maria's indignation at the behavior of her opponent Alize Cornet in their dramatic second round clash. Then, hear Florida-raised Naomi Osaka attempt to speak to her country's press in Japanese with mixed results. Lastly, some snippets from the ever thoughtful Ernests Gulbis, who is on a surprise rebound into the third round.


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Tags: tennis · sports · ernests gulbis · 2016 French Open

Episode 154: Draw Me Like One of Your French Opens, Part Deux

May 21st, 2016 · Comments

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Not much music this time, but Ben and Courtney try to hit all the right notes in this breakdown of the French Open draws (after a quick review of the Rome action), including some predictions. On the men's side, if it takes a team effort to beat Novak Djokovic, then who can contribute to that? And what are the chances like for his rivals Nadal, Wawrinka, and Murray?

On the women's side, does Serena's path become complicated by Azarenka? Is a rematch of last year's semifinal likely? And just how bankable is Begu, suddenly?


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Tags: tennis · sports · atp · wta · rafael nadal · novak djokovic · serena williams · stan wawrinka · simona halep · agnieszka radwanska · andy murray · women's sports · timea bacsinszky · 2016 French Open · french open

Episode 153a: The NCRvision Song Contest!

May 13th, 2016 · Comments

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We are beyond excited to bring you the NCRvision Song Contest, a celebration of and competition for the best songs inspired by tennis in the world! Ben and cohosts Carole Bouchard and Rene Denfeld walk you through the 26 songs which reached the final and are hoping for your votes. The ballot is here. Any questions, please ask!

Here's the running order, full of twists and turns and bops and jams.
  1. Binge - "Vamos Rafa"
  2. Robin Ward - "Wimbledon"
  3. We Are the Physics - "Goran Ivanisevic"
  4. Stagecoach - "Evonne"
  5. Ivo Karlovic (Feat. Novak Djokovic) - "Moja droga je tenis"
  6. Gino's Eyeball - "Kournikova"
  7. Drew McCulloch - "Andy Murray"
  8. City of Angels - "The Tennis Song"
  9. We Got the Power! - "Wozniacki"
  10. Jenna Maroney - "Tennis Night in America"
  11. Wyclef Jean - "Venus (I'm Ready)"
  12. The Party Man Network - "Milos Raonic PSA Song"
  13. dyadyaBOB - "Sam vs OVAs"
  14. Far In Jim - "Hey There Andy Murray"
  15. Jamie Foxx - "Can I Be Your Tennis Ball? (+Remix)"
  16. Bryan Bros Band (Feat. Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray) - "Autograph"
  17. DJ Grand Slam (Feat. King Roger) - "Success Comes Back"
  18. Phranc - "M-A-R-T-I-N-A"
  19. Rich White Ladies - "Wimbledon"
  20. Rock Salt & Nails - "Volley Highway"
  21. Serena Williams - "I Win"
  22. Hugh Laurie - "I'm in Love With Steffi Graf"
  23. Kieran Butler - "Allez Tsonga"
  24. Beatenberg - "Rafael"
  25. Umberto Carli - "Like Maria Sharapova"
  26. Dan Bern - "Isner & Mahut"
Once you've listened to them all, go vote

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