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Entries from November 2016

Episode 172: Stuffed With Gratitude

November 22nd, 2016 · Comments

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The tennis season, save for that pesky Davis Cup final, is finally over, and so Ben and Courtney digest it (before the heavier duty digestion of Thanksgiving) by discussing who the men's player of the year should be. Andy Murray is the year-end #1 after winning London, but there's a sturdy case to be made for Novak Djokovic, too.

Speaking of Thanksgiving, Ben and Courtney then serve themselves heaping helpings of thankfulness for things we treasure in tennis and beyond. It's a gravy boat of gratitude.

To close, Courtney likes a movie and Ben's rant...disappeared?

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Tags: tennis · sports · atp · novak djokovic · angelique kerber · andy murray · thanksgiving

Episode 171: Regime Change

November 12th, 2016 · Comments

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The world has undergone some changes since Ben and Courtney last spoke. Firstly, as this is a tennis show, we guess, we discuss new ATP #1 Andy Murray, what his ascendancy to the top of the rankings means for his career and legacy, and also how alarmed/confused we should be about Novak Djokovic's slide and his enlistment of an unorthodox spiritual advisor.

Also, we briefly wrap up Courtney's trip to Singapore, and the unlikely winner there, Dominika Cibulkova. 

Then, in an expanded rant/feelings segment, we talk about the new man soon to be atop the United States government, and our emotions about that. We have several. 

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Tags: tennis · sports · atp · novak djokovic · andy murray · dominika cibulkova

Episode 170: The Boys Are Back in Town

November 2nd, 2016 · Comments

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After a WTA-centric episode last time, Ben catches up on the ATP side of the equation this week with special guest Ricky Dimon, fresh off his running the Marine Corps Marathon this past weekend in Washington. After a brief contemplation of the round-robin format after another champion in Singapore went 1-2 in group play, we dive into how this unusual (and underwhelming?) season of men's tennis is wrapping up, especially in regard to the unexpected disappearance of Novak Djokovic. 


Will Murray pass Djokovic for #1 before year's end? And would an entirely different octet of players be better in London? Also, we discuss the race for the final few spots in London, and the trend of homogenized slow court speeds around the tour.


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Tags: tennis · sports · atp · novak djokovic · andy murray · dominic thiem