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Entries from September 2017

Episode 199: Laver Cup (With Reem Abulleil)

September 26th, 2017 · Comments

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As she returns from covering the inaugural Laver Cup, NCR's Middle East correspondant Reem Abulleil chats with Ben about the new competition, which proved to be stunningly successful and compelling despite being an exhibition made out of thin air by Roger Federer's marketing team.

What did Laver Cup get so right in its first try? Why were players so invested in it? And how can the stale and neglected Davis Cup learn from it to adapt for this changing tennis landscape?

Reem is the hero of our times.

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Tags: tennis · sports · atp · rafael nadal · roger federer · davis cup · nick kyrgios · sam querrey · dominic thiem · denis shapovalov · laver cup · john isner · marin cilic

Episode 198b: U.S. Open - Rafa, Sloane, Battle of the Sexes, Unstoppable

September 11th, 2017 · Comments

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The 2017 U.S. Open wrapped up with an unsurprising men's champ in Rafael Nadal and a very surprising women's champ in Sloane Stephens. How did we get there? We discuss.

What do we make of how the draw broke in Rafa's favor? And how was Kevin Anderson the one able to seize the opportunity on the bottom half? 

On the women's side, how did Sloane Stephens go from not being able to walk to playing her best tennis ever so quickly? What's next for her? Also, how should the other Americans in the final four--Madison Keys, CoCo Vandeweghe, Venus Williams--feel about their tournaments? And what sort of #1 will Garbine Muguruza be after unseating Karolina Pliskova?

And snaps to the USTA for one heckuva tournament.

Also, we discuss the new tennis movie Battle of the Sexes, as well as Maria Sharapova's new memoir "Unstoppable."

Mentioned on this episode: Chloe Cooper Jones' GQ piece on Dominic Thiem and Kelsey Anderson talking taxes on NCR.

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Tags: tennis · wimbledon · sports · atp · wta · rafael nadal · serena williams · us open · lindsay davenport · juan martin del potro · maria sharapova · roger federer · women's sports · venus williams · garbine muguruza · sam querrey · karolina pliskova · petra kvitova · coco vandeweghe · grigor dimitrov · sascha zverev · elina svitolina · madison keys · 2017 us open · sloane stephens · billie jean king · kevin anderson · pablo carreno busta