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Episode 189: Draw Me Like One of Your French Opens, 2017

May 27th, 2017 · Comments

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It's Slamming time again! Ben and Courtney break down the French Open draws for both the men's and women's.

On the women's side, where there are many favorites to choose from, who got the best and worst draws? And whose great draws and good recent forms could lead them to a second consecutive semifinal (or better)? There are multiple correct answers to that one.

On the men's side, could this be a tournament to get Murray or Djokovic back on track? Or is Rafael Nadal just too far ahead of the pack?

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Tags: tennis · sports · ernests gulbis · jelena jankovic · atp · wta · rafael nadal · novak djokovic · stan wawrinka · juan martin del potro · simona halep · angelique kerber · agnieszka radwanska · andy murray · caroline wozniacki · nick kyrgios · women's sports · venus williams · kei nishikori · timea bacsinszky · french open · garbine muguruza · sam querrey · milos raonic · monica puig · karolina pliskova · gael monfils · dominic thiem · dominika cibulkova · petra kvitova · coco vandeweghe · grigor dimitrov · sascha zverev · johanna konta · elina svitolina · madison keys · elena vesnina · svetlana kuznetsova · daria kasatkina · 2017 French Open · roland garros

Episode 188: Cautiously Sliding on Clay

May 23rd, 2017 · Comments

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In our first somewhat normal show together since the European clay swing began in earnest, Ben and Courtney catch up on what has happened in the past several weeks, from Stuttgart to Madrid to Rome.

Firstly, we assess the form and future of Maria Sharapova, the predominant protagonist of those tournaments, even if her runs ended early at the last two. Where does she go from here?

Also, we (again, sorry) wonder if there's any sense to be made of the women's side, and Courtney enjoys that caution actually seems to be the prevailing reaction to any forecasting of what might happen at the French Open.

On the men's side, how big a deal is Sascha Zverev's breakthrough title in Rome, and what should we expect from him from here? Again, we go with caution.

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Tags: tennis · sports · andrea petkovic · atp · wta · rafael nadal · novak djokovic · juan martin del potro · victoria azarenka · maria sharapova · simona halep · angelique kerber · andy murray · roger federer · women's sports · venus williams · madrid · french open · karolina pliskova · dominic thiem · petra kvitova · grigor dimitrov · sascha zverev · elina svitolina · stuttgart · 2017 French Open · roland garros

Episode 187b: French Open Shuns Sharapova

May 16th, 2017 · Comments

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In a decision that had been anticipated for months, French Tennis Federation president Bernard Giudicelli surprised many by not granting Maria Sharapova any wild card--not even into qualifying--for Roland Garros, locking out the two-time champion there as she continues to work on rebuilding her ranking following her 15-month absence due to a positive test.

In this short episode, Ben discusses the style, cause, and correctness of the decision with two French tennis journalists: our beloved Carole Bouchard (NCR's France correspondant) and Vincent Cognet of L'Equipe.

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Tags: tennis · wimbledon · sports · wta · maria sharapova · women's sports · rome · french open · 2017 French Open · roland garros · bernard giudicelli

Episode 182a: Maria Sharapova: The Ice Woman Cometh

March 20th, 2017 · Comments

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With Maria Sharapova's ban set to end in just over a month, we've assembled an all-star lineup to discuss her impending return and the many questions it raises in this our fourth episode (here are 1, 2, and 3) about Sharapova's saga.

First, Ben speaks with Markus Günthardt, the tournament director of the Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart where Sharapova will be making her comeback on Wednesday, April 26. We discuss why this tournament has grown so popular with top players (the car-as-trophy model seems to work), how important Sharapova is to it, the decision to give her a wild card, and how the contentious Wednesday start was made possible.

Next, Ben reunites 75% of our March 2016 roundtable on Sharapova by bringing back in Sports Illustrated/Tennis Channel's Jon Wertheim and fabulous French freelancer Carole Bouchard to discuss all sorts of issues and questions raised by the Sharapova brouhaha, what has changed as the story has evolved over the last year, and what should be considered in the decisions about wild cards and whatever else in her comeback.

Then, to bring the decidedly different British perspective on this case and anti-doping rigidity in general, Ben chats with BBC tennis correspondent Russell Fuller about why reactions in attitudes in his country have been so different, and the ethical and logistical questions facing Wimbledon as it weighs whether or not to warmly welcome Sharapova with a main draw wild card.

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Tags: tennis · wimbledon · sports · wta · maria sharapova · andy murray · women's sports · doping · madrid · french open · ethics · stuttgart · porsche

Episode 154: Draw Me Like One of Your French Opens, Part Deux

May 21st, 2016 · Comments

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Not much music this time, but Ben and Courtney try to hit all the right notes in this breakdown of the French Open draws (after a quick review of the Rome action), including some predictions. On the men's side, if it takes a team effort to beat Novak Djokovic, then who can contribute to that? And what are the chances like for his rivals Nadal, Wawrinka, and Murray?

On the women's side, does Serena's path become complicated by Azarenka? Is a rematch of last year's semifinal likely? And just how bankable is Begu, suddenly?


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Tags: tennis · sports · atp · wta · rafael nadal · novak djokovic · serena williams · stan wawrinka · simona halep · agnieszka radwanska · andy murray · women's sports · timea bacsinszky · 2016 French Open · french open