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Episode 199a: The Rises and Falls of Fall

October 18th, 2017 · Comments

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With the field set for Singapore, Ben and Courtney look back at the fall that was, including the sudden surge of Caroline Garcia to defy the odds and grab a spot among the elite eight.

On the men's side, Roger beat Rafa yet again--that means he's the best player of the year, right? And who gets our player of the year votes on the women's side? And how can we assess the field of play when it's all so tightly packed together on the women's side and when almost no men seem to be playing all that well?

Lastly, would the WTA benefit from a Milan-style showcase for its youngest stars? Or is that event, alternately, detrimental for the men?

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Tags: tennis · sports · atp · rafael nadal · simona halep · angelique kerber · agnieszka radwanska · roger federer · women's sports · garbine muguruza · sascha zverev · johanna konta · elina svitolina · jelena ostapenko · marin cilic · caroline garcia

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

Episode 197: U.S. Open Preview!

August 28th, 2017 · Comments

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It's our U.S. Open preview show! Ben and Courtney catch up on the happenings of the hardcourt season, and make all the tough picks as we breakdown the women's and men's draws in New York this year.

With Andy Murray's withdrawal the last of five from the ATP top 11, how should we feel about the men's field? And just how open is the women's draw, really, with eight women who can reach #1?

Lots of fun tangents, as per.

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Tags: tennis · sports · jelena jankovic · atp · wta · rafael nadal · us open · juan martin del potro · maria sharapova · simona halep · angelique kerber · agnieszka radwanska · andy murray · roger federer · caroline wozniacki · nick kyrgios · women's sports · venus williams · garbine muguruza · sam querrey · monica puig · karolina pliskova · petra kvitova · grigor dimitrov · sascha zverev · johanna konta · elina svitolina · madison keys · svetlana kuznetsova · jelena ostapenko · 2017 us open

Episode 192: Wimbledon 2017 Preview (From Centre Court!)

July 1st, 2017 · Comments

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Ben and Courtney are full of Wimbledon joy as they inhale the vaunted fumes of Centre Court, where the 2017 tournament will soon start. 

They start breaking down the men's draw by discussing Sasha Bublik, the highly-entertaining Russian-turned-Kazakh who lucked into a spot playing Andy Murray in R1. You'll hear some of his pre-tournament press, then we break down the paths of the top-four seeds, who happen to be the Big 4 again. We both agree on who's tournament this is to lose, which doesn't always happen.

On the women's side, we discuss Angelique Kerber's possible steps in the right direction, Karolina Pliskova's pole position to #1, and Petra Kvitova's improbable (but logical) role as the favorite to win this event in just her third tournament back.

Also, lots of other shenanigans, including a dog. God save Queen. 

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Tags: tennis · wimbledon · sports · atp · wta · rafael nadal · novak djokovic · stan wawrinka · victoria azarenka · simona halep · angelique kerber · agnieszka radwanska · andy murray · roger federer · caroline wozniacki · women's sports · venus williams · garbine muguruza · milos raonic · karolina pliskova · petra kvitova · alexander bublik · coco vandeweghe · johanna konta · elina svitolina

Episode 190: French Fortune Favors Brave (and Guy Who Won Nine Times Before)

June 19th, 2017 · Comments

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Ben and Courtney have a lot to catch up on after the French Open. Well, maybe a little bit less on the men's side, where a fairly lackluster men's tournament ended in obvious fashion--albeit in style! Rafael Nadal is really good, but we knew that.

Elsewhere in the men's game, things look much better for Andy Murray and much worse for Novak Djokovic. What should Novak do to give himself a chance to be competitive again?

On the women's side, it was perhaps an even wilder one than expected, with Jelena Ostapenko coming out of almost nowhere to stunningly win the French Open. What, if anything, can we project about where she goes from here? And how disappointed should Simona Halep be about losing the final?

Elsewhere, how will Karolina Pliskova roll on to a possible #1 ranking? How did Kiki Mladenovic steal the show? And what might Elina Svitolina and Caroline Wozniacki have in common?

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Tags: tennis · sports · wta · rafael nadal · novak djokovic · stan wawrinka · simona halep · angelique kerber · andy murray · caroline wozniacki · women's sports · timea bacsinszky · french open · garbine muguruza · karolina pliskova · dominic thiem · elina svitolina · svetlana kuznetsova · 2017 French Open