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Episode 177d: Australian Open Day 5-7: Zverevving Up for the Second Week

January 22nd, 2017 · Comments

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The surprises continue on Day 7 of the Australian Open, where both #1s lost Sunday. Angelique Kerber went out to CoCo Vandeweghe (not a huge shock) and Andy Murray went out to Mischa Zverev (a huge shock). 

First, to talk about both Zverev brothers and some German tennis in general, Ben (alone today as Courtney is out sick) talks to Petra Philippsen, a German freelancer.

Then, with the draws collapsing around them, Ben brings on Japan's Aki Uchida and Melbourne's Matt Trollope for an Asia-Pacific perspective on how the second week might shake out. There's a lot to reassess, a lot to rejigger, and a lot to cope with. And a lot to predict! 

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Tags: tennis · sports · atp · wta · rafael nadal · angelique kerber · andy murray · roger federer · women's sports · venus williams · kei nishikori · garbine muguruza · milos raonic · karolina pliskova · dominic thiem · 2017 Australian Open · mischa zverev · coco vandeweghe · grigor dimitrov · sascha zverev

Episode 176: Australian Open Draw Show

January 15th, 2017 · Comments

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Together again in Melbourne, Ben and Courtney dive right into the women's and men's draws of the 2017 Australian Open, rolling in some thoughts on the season so far along the way. 

It's somewhat business as usual, with so many women relevant and so few men, but there's one particular woman who both Ben and Courtney are super geeked for. Can she break out and win her first Slam? How much or little should we read into early season stumbles by the other top women? And on the men's side, can anyone disrupt the Murray-Djokovic order? And are Roger and/or Rafa ready for runs?

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Tags: tennis · sports · atp · wta · rafael nadal · novak djokovic · serena williams · stan wawrinka · australia · simona halep · australian open · angelique kerber · andy murray · roger federer · nick kyrgios · women's sports · venus williams · kei nishikori · garbine muguruza · milos raonic · karolina pliskova · dominic thiem · 2017 Australian Open

Episode 165e: U.S. Open - Finals Reckoning

September 10th, 2016 · Comments

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The finals of the U.S. Open are upon us, and so Ben and Courtney discuss what we can look for and how we got here. On the men's side (for which we are joined by the emerald of our eyeLeigh Walsh), we start with a contemplation of Gael Monfils, and the tactics (tanking?) that drew so much ire in his semifinal performance against Djokovic. Speaking of Djokovic, everybody seems to think he's going to lose to Stan Wawrinka. Why?

On the women's side, we discuss Serena Williams' straight-set loss to Karolina Pliskova, and Angelique Kerber's subsequent ascendancy to #1, as well as who is better equipped to win that final.


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Tags: tennis · sports · novak djokovic · serena williams · stan wawrinka · us open · angelique kerber · andy murray · women's sports · kei nishikori · 2016 us open · karolina pliskova · gael monfils

Episode 163: Golden Girl Monica Puig and More Rio Results

August 15th, 2016 · Comments

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Olympic tennis produced one of its most stunning results with Monica Puig winning gold, and so Ben  nd Courtney are here to break that down, as well as all the other medals and losers in Rio. What does Monica's win show us about Olympic tennis, and what does it mean for her going forward? How delightful were the silver efforts of Juan Martin del Potro and Venus Williams? And why weren't many of the other results surprising? Also, is it fair to call Jack Sock a "doubles specialist"?

To tee up this week's tournament in Cincinnati, we chat with local sports reporter Shannon Russell, who has covered the tennis here for the Cincinnati Enquirer, and sheds light on what it's like being a one-week-a-year tennis reporter serving a tournament's local market.

Then in a wide-ranging rant extravaganza, Courtney talks about journalism (after John Oliver did) and Ben talks about plaques (but really Pokemon again).

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Tags: tennis · sports · wta · rafael nadal · serena williams · olympics · juan martin del potro · angelique kerber · andy murray · women's sports · kei nishikori · timea bacsinszky · monica puig

Episode 151: You Can’t Do That on Television

April 27th, 2016 · Comments

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In their last pre-Europe show, Ben and Courtney discuss the things you probably shouldn't do on television, like Roselyne Bachelot's accusations about Rafael Nadal that just drew a defamation lawsuit. But is there any good way to talk about illicit performance enhancement speculation, a question raised by Andy Murray voicing his vague suspicions? Also, Serena Williams and her throne joined Beyonce in Lemonade, which was way neato. Then we take questions on WTA surprises (including the delightful Cagla Buyukakcay, Nishikori stagnation and Djokovic-Nadal. 

As mentioned, here's Irina Falconi's fundraising effort for earthquake relief in Ecuador.

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Tags: tennis · sports · rafael nadal · novak djokovic · serena williams · andy murray · kei nishikori