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Episode 270: Courtney’s Back! (And So Is Tennis)

August 20th, 2020 · Comments

For the first time in two-months-but-feels-like-much-longer, Courtney returns to an NCR episode! She graces us with her presence as we discuss tennis getting back underway in earnest now with a few weeks of the WTA Tour behind us and the New York swing of "Cincinnati" and the U.S. Open rapidly approaching.

What do we make of the challenge of covering the sport remotely? Who has stood out in the on-court action we've seen so far from the women? Will this U.S. Open be "asterisked," and what does an asterisk even mean? And what do we expect and want from players in the New York bubble?

Also, Courtney discusses her burgeoning career as a Twitcher.

If you'd like to support our show, particularly as our normal work has disappeared along with the sport, we've launched an NCR Patreon where you can do just that! 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. backer J O'D!)

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Tags: tennis · sports · atp · wta · rafael nadal · serena williams · us open · simona halep · women's sports · venus williams · milos raonic · media · journalism · sascha zverev · roland garros · communication · sloane stephens · billie jean king · social media · usta · naomi osaka · marco cecchinato · chris evert · hubert hurkacz

Episode 224: The 10 Most Important Women in Tennis History

February 12th, 2019 · Comments

Taking a conversation that began on Twitter and building it into the longest episode they've ever done on one topic, Ben and Courtney wend their way through the history of women's tennis to discuss which players shaped it the most, from the beginning to the present to the future.

There are consensus picks and contentious picks, but whether you agree or disagree with our assessments, we hope you enjoy this lengthy look at who and what made women's tennis the force it is today, and the many different ways in which both positive and negative impact and importance can be measured and assessed. 

It's all subjective, but it's a great subject, and we hope you enjoy it as much as we did. 

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Tags: tennis · li na · sports · wta · serena williams · maria sharapova · women's sports · venus williams · billie jean king · margaret court · naomi osaka · gladys heldman · pete sampras · suzanne lenglen · anna kournikova · chris evert · martina navratilova · althea gibson · monica seles · steffi graf · renee richards · helen wills moody

Episode 221: Mary Carillo Returns

January 13th, 2019 · Comments

In what we hope will become an annual tradition, Mary Carillo joins us once again as the Australian Open is about to begin, helping us set the table for what should be a tasty Slam.

Across a freewheeling chat that takes several sharp turns along a scenic route to Day 1 of the Australian Open, we discuss Andy Murray, Ash Barty, Hopman Cup, ATP Cup, Serena Williams, and our hopes for the 2019 season, which include records and breakthroughs. 

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Tags: tennis · sports · wta · rafael nadal · novak djokovic · serena williams · australia · brisbane · simona halep · australian open · angelique kerber · andy murray · roger federer · women's sports · andy roddick · madison keys · billie jean king · margaret court · mary carillo · hsieh su-wei · naomi osaka · casey dellacqua · david ferrer · karen khachanov · 2019 australian open

Episode 216: Julie Heldman

October 11th, 2018 · Comments

On the heels of the release of her new book, "Driven: A Daughter's Odyssey," Ben speaks with Julie Heldman about her journey and the legacy of her mother, Hall-of-Famer Gladys Heldman.

Heldman, one of the "Original 9," details the formative days of professional women's tennis and the factors that helped it off the ground. We discuss her mother's role, Billie Jean King's role, and how the story is remembered today.

We also discuss the sport today and her struggles with mental health, which were worsened by often cruel treatment by her mother.

It's a compelling read and you should check it out, for sure.

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Tags: tennis · sports · wta · serena williams · women's sports · billie jean king · gladys heldman · julie heldman

Episode 200: Mary Carillo

January 14th, 2018 · Comments

Ben and Courtney are delighted to see their ersatz odometer click over to 200 with their dear friend Mary Carillo at the Australian Open (the 200th Grand Slam of the Open Era, no less!). She's our kind of people. 

Mary, in Melbourne for Tennis Channel, is also in the midst of reporting for HBO's Real Sports about the controversy surrounding the Australian Open's Margaret Court Arena, which has faced calls for a name change or boycott as its namesake, the Grand Slam champ-turned-pastor Margaret Court has continued to escalate her crusade against gay and transgender people, including children.

We discuss many of the sides of this complex issue, the perspectives of Martina Navratilova and Billie Jean King, as well as how BJK serve-and-volleyed Tennis Australia before the tournament began.

We end with Mary's enduring love for tennis, as well as her iconic moment regarding another racquet sport: badminton.

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Tags: tennis · sports · wta · lgbt · australia · australian open · andy murray · women's sports · gender · journalism · billie jean king · 2018 Australian Open · margaret court · mary carillo

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