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Episode 289: Locked Inside, with Taro Daniel

January 19th, 2021 · Comments

The Australian Open lead-up has hit more snags than players expected, with 72 of them (and counting?) facing a hard lockdown that could keep them from leaving their hotel rooms at all for 14 days, presenting major challenges to their Grand Slam preparation.

To discuss that predicament, Ben is joined by one of the 72, ATP player Taro Daniel, who was on a flight from Doha where another passenger tested positive for coronavirus. Taro discusses the mental and physical challenges of being stuck in the room, what might be meaningfully gained by hitting against a mattress in the room, and how the organization of the event has been so far in his mind.

Taro also discusses topics including the PTPA, gaining perspective during the stoppage, and Naomi Osaka's perception in Japan.

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Tags: tennis · sports · atp · australia · australian open · kei nishikori · naomi osaka

Episode 286a: Remember When? 2020, Part 1

December 22nd, 2020 · Comments

What was it like to form memories in 2020? For Ben and Courtney, things were far more vivid when we were still able to travel, so this first half of our annual "Remember When" is heavy on January.

Have our thoughts on ATP Cup changed with the passage of time? And how about those donations to the Australian bushfire relief?

Where were we when we realized coronavirus was going to be serious? And how did our outlook on the year and our lives shift?

Part 2, which covers April to the present, out later this week! Happy Holidays!

Thank you again for the incredible support for NCR we've received this year on the NCR Patreon! If you'd like to join in as we bring you the best shows we can each week, check out our five tiers and see which might be right for you! And thank you to the many listeners who have already given their support! (And thank you to G.O.A.T. backers J O'D, Mike, Nicole Copeland, Anna Welinder, and Pam Shriver!)

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Tags: tennis · sports · atp · wta · novak djokovic · serena williams · australia · brisbane · australian open · roger federer · caroline wozniacki · women's sports · indian wells · garbine muguruza · journalism · sloane stephens · billie jean king · tennys sandgren · naomi osaka · ons jabeur · danielle collins · ash barty · barbora strycova

Episode 284: What’s Up Down Under: Australian Open 2021 Outlook

November 25th, 2020 · Comments

The 2020 tennis off-season has begun, but we don't have a very confident idea just how long it will be before the 2021 season begins, with the Australian Open having to navigate a complex landscape in a place that has stood out during the pandemic for its success.

To help explain the context of the conversation about holding a major event in COVID-free Melbourne, Ben is joined by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Tim Callanan to discuss the journey Melbourne and Victoria have been on, and the road ahead from here.

Is the Australian Open the reward Melbourne has earned, or a risk it can't afford? And can tennis players be trusted?

(Apologies for the intermittent crackling on Tim's connection; he's coming to us from quite a ways away.)

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Tags: tennis · sports · australia · australian open

Episode 243g: Australian Open - Novak Djokovic Eight ‘Em Up

February 6th, 2020 · Comments

Ben and Courtney wrap up the Australian Open with a look at the end of the men's event, which finished for the eighth time with Novak Djokovic as champion. He sure seems to be closing in on that G.O.A.T. count, huh?

Also, we discuss runner-up Dominic Thiem, who is establishing himself as the new Andy Murray, Sascha Zverev, who made a first Slam semifinal and generated a lot of donation talk, and Roger Federer, who toughed out a win over Tennys Sandgren and then gamely took court to face the music against Djokovic.

We also discuss Nick Kyrgios, the female officials who drew praise, and how the protesting of Margaret Court is being led by two retired players.

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Tags: tennis · sports · atp · rafael nadal · lgbt · australia · australian open · roger federer · nick kyrgios · 2020 Australian Open · dominic thiem · sascha zverev · margaret court · tennys sandgren · nick mccarvel · umpires · martina navratilova

Episode 243f: Australian Open - Sofia Kenin’s American Dream Come True

February 3rd, 2020 · Comments

Ben and Courtney wrap up the Australian Open starting with the women's side, in which Sofia Kenin leaves Melbourne as the unexpected champion.

How did she fly under the radar for so long? What does her story say about the immigrant experience in tennis? And what can we expect next from her?

We also discuss Garbine Muguruza's revival, Ash Barty's coping mechanism, and more from the second week of the Australian Open on the women's side.

Men's wrap show out soon! 

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Tags: tennis · sports · wta · australia · simona halep · australian open · women's sports · garbine muguruza · iga swiatek · 2020 Australian Open · journalism · petra kvitova · kim clijsters · johanna konta · ons jabeur · ash barty · amanda anisimova · sofia kenin

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