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Episode 296: The Voids to Fill

March 19th, 2021 · Comments

As the tours spend another week in the Middle East, the region's tennis queen Reem Abulleil joins NCR once more from (nearly) on-site in Dubai.

First, Reem shares her impressions of having been on site at a tournament this week for the first time in more than a year, at ATP Dubai. How different does the empty bubble atmosphere resonate in person?

Then we discuss Aslan Karatsev, who keeps winning and soaring up the rankings at an incredibly steep rate, all while we really haven't learned much about him or understood what's transformed his career so dramatically. Where might we find answers?

Then we look toward the Miami Open, where there has already been an exodus of top men's talent, making it the first Big 3-less Masters draw since 2004. What can be done to prevent such things? Do tournaments deserve loyalty from their stars in hard times? You'll hear a bit of Denis Shapovalov in this part.

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Tags: tennis · sports · atp · rafael nadal · novak djokovic · roger federer · dubai · denis shapovalov

Episode 295: Muguruza Wins; Federer Returns; Djokovic Reigns

March 13th, 2021 · Comments

It was a newsy week in tennis, and Ben is joined by our MENA correspondent Reem Abulleil to discuss it all.

Garbiñe Muguruza won her first title in two years at WTA Dubai, and seems to be building meaningful momentum as a top player week-in, week-out. What impact could that have on the tour?

Roger Federer returned to competition at ATP Doha for his first matches in more than a year; what is he still targeting?

And speaking of targets, Novak Djokovic hit one of his big ones, reaching 311 weeks at #1. How does that impact the dreaded GOAT debates?

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Tags: tennis · sports · atp · wta · novak djokovic · roger federer · dubai · women's sports · garbine muguruza · doha

Episode 290: The Complaint Department (with Reem Abulleil)

January 22nd, 2021 · Comments

With conditions tougher than many players had expected for the mandatory quarantine period in Melbourne, and with gripes about how unevenly players have been treated, there were plenty of complaints to be heard from players, and then even louder complaints from the Australian public about those complaints.

Ben and Reem Abulleil discuss what's been going on in Melbourne, whether or not players are entitled to being upset, the perception from the public, the Melbourne-Adelaide divide.

And, most existentially, whether doing all of this, with everything it takes and how much can go wrong, was a bad idea from the jump.

Thank you again for the incredible support for NCR we've received on the NCR Patreon which has powered us into our TENTH(!) season! 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, Pam Shriver, and Nicole Copeland!)

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Tags: tennis · sports · atp · novak djokovic · australia · australian open · dubai · media · dominic thiem · bernard tomic · john isner · social media

Episode 181: Gulf Claps with Reem Abulleil

March 3rd, 2017 · Comments

With the tours spending three weeks in the region, there's no better time to check in with NCR's Middle East correspondent, Reem Abulleil, for a quick catch-up on the doings over there. After a rough go of things last year, Caroline Wozniacki made good, despite some rain on her parades. And what to make of Elina Svitolina, who has stealthily piled up some very impressive scalps?

Also, Roger Federer's stunning loss to Evgeny Donskoy and Andy Murray dropping trou. 

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Tags: tennis · sports · atp · andy murray · roger federer · dubai · caroline wozniacki · women's sports · doha · elina svitolina

Episode 144: Overpromised, Underdelivered

February 24th, 2016 · Comments

This week, Ben and Courtney come to realize that things just aren't what they used to be. Like Rafael Nadal's tennis, which Courtney bore witness to this week in Rio, where he again looked mortal on clay. Also, Caroline Wozniacki's reliability, since she fell out of the top 20 for the first time in nearly eight years. And even with Nick Kyrgios winning his first title, is there a stable foundation to build on for him? We're then joined by Reem Abulleil of Sport 360 in Dubai to talk about the tournament there, which was rocked by WTA withdrawals and upsets. Reem is cool. Then we talk about Ash Barty, comeback kid. Rantily, Courtney doesn't like getting asked if she bought things but does like getting things she didn't buy, and Ben is amused in a muscovial way. 


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And here is that Lizzo & Caroline Smith track that Courtney adores. 

Tags: tennis · sports · atp · wta · rafael nadal · dubai · caroline wozniacki · nick kyrgios

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