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Entries from August 2016

Episode 164: US Open Preview State of Mind

August 27th, 2016 · Comments

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The year's final grand slam event is upon us, and Ben and Courtney are ready with their draws to break down the who and how of this US Open. 

There are surprising champions in Cincinnati to review (Marin Cilic and Karolina Pliskova) to mull over, shaky #1s to evaluate (Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams), and increasingly steady anchors at the bottom of each draw (Andy Murray and Angelique Kerber). So, who do we pick?

Lastly, Courtney sings.


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Tags: tennis · wimbledon · sports · wta · rafael nadal · novak djokovic · serena williams · stan wawrinka · us open · juan martin del potro · simona halep · angelique kerber · agnieszka radwanska · andy murray · nick kyrgios · women's sports · venus williams · sam querrey · milos raonic · monica puig · 2016 us open

Episode 163: Golden Girl Monica Puig and More Rio Results

August 15th, 2016 · Comments

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Olympic tennis produced one of its most stunning results with Monica Puig winning gold, and so Ben  nd Courtney are here to break that down, as well as all the other medals and losers in Rio. What does Monica's win show us about Olympic tennis, and what does it mean for her going forward? How delightful were the silver efforts of Juan Martin del Potro and Venus Williams? And why weren't many of the other results surprising? Also, is it fair to call Jack Sock a "doubles specialist"?

To tee up this week's tournament in Cincinnati, we chat with local sports reporter Shannon Russell, who has covered the tennis here for the Cincinnati Enquirer, and sheds light on what it's like being a one-week-a-year tennis reporter serving a tournament's local market.

Then in a wide-ranging rant extravaganza, Courtney talks about journalism (after John Oliver did) and Ben talks about plaques (but really Pokemon again).

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Tags: tennis · sports · wta · rafael nadal · serena williams · olympics · juan martin del potro · angelique kerber · andy murray · women's sports · kei nishikori · timea bacsinszky · monica puig

Episode 162a: Olympian Upset: Delpo Defeats Djokovic

August 8th, 2016 · Comments

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After one round of action in Rio there are already some big tennis upsets in the books, so Ben and Courtney raced to their microphones to discuss. Firstly, Juan Martin del Potro stunned Novak Djokovic in straight sets, upending the tournament. This was shocking, even if it was a match to watch, and we explain why. Does Djokovic's reaction show the gravity of the Olympics? And how about those doubles upsets?

Also, our thoughts about other doings at the Olympics early on, from soccer heckling to gymnastics injuries, as well as our fat kid snacking proclivities.


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Tags: tennis · sports · wta · novak djokovic · olympics · juan martin del potro · agnieszka radwanska · women's sports