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Episode 184: Resembling an Ensemble

April 10th, 2017 · Comments

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With a quarter of 2017 now complete, Ben and Courtney try to make sense of it all. But does it make sense, really?

Daria Kasatkina won Charleston in an all-teen final, which should be a big result. But what are results anyhow, when every player seems to have a roughly equal share of success and failure these days? Which characters and plotlines are really relevant? Does TV have the answers?

The men's side is a completely different coin, because one beloved old dude (Roger Federer) has stepped up to fill the void. But just what is that void without Federer being there as a shiny glaze on top of an otherwise questionable confection?

Lastly, we make predictions for the French Open, an amusingly hopeless endeavor. 

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Tags: tennis · sports · atp · wta · rafael nadal · novak djokovic · maria sharapova · simona halep · angelique kerber · agnieszka radwanska · roger federer · caroline wozniacki · nick kyrgios · women's sports · venus williams · charleston · garbine muguruza · karolina pliskova · sascha zverev · johanna konta · daria kasatkina

Episode 183: Shade in the Desert

March 24th, 2017 · Comments

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Wrapping up the happenings in Indian Wells, Ben and Courtney cover the popular champs and the odd ways their matches were pitted against each other. First, is the surprising win of Elena Vesnina reflective of a current landscape of opportunity in women's tennis? And where might this title lead her? And for Roger Federer, how much is about him surging and how much is about the others atop men's tennis receding?

What to make of the impatient foot-tapping during men's tennis-centered folk during the three-set women's final? And how does how the "Group of Death" played out reflect on all of Djokovic, Kyrgios, and Nadal? And what does it say about U.S. tennis coverage that it took us this long to mention Jack Sock?

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Tags: tennis · sports · wta · rafael nadal · novak djokovic · angelique kerber · andy murray · roger federer · nick kyrgios · women's sports · indian wells · elena vesnina · svetlana kuznetsova

Episode 179: Making a Racquet

February 8th, 2017 · Comments

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There was an eye-catching ending to Davis Cup this weekend, so Ben and Courtney open by discussing Denis Shapovalov's howitzer into the face of chair umpire Arnaud Gabas, and all the various conversations it starts. Should tennis players drastically rein in their tantrums? Should rules change? Or would an overreaction clamp down on a sport that needs big personalities?

Then, Ben chats with the founders of the gorgeous Racquet magazine, Caitlin Thompson and David Shaftel, about starting up their quarterly publication, and the ways they want to further intertwine tennis and beauty through their work. If you're interested in the world of print and prestige quarterlies and whatnot, this is the chat for you. 

Then, football makes Courtney sad.

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Tags: tennis · sports · novak djokovic · andy murray · davis cup · nick kyrgios · denis shapovalov

Episode 178: Waking From Australian Dreams

February 4th, 2017 · Comments

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Back home from their Australian adventures, and with time to process the "dream finals" of the Australian Open, Ben and Courtney rouse and reflect on what to make of the Serena-Venus and Federer-Nadal finals, and what they say about the current state of tennis, both for the players involved and the weekend's presumed losers (i.e. Angelique Kerber, Murray-Djokovic matches, etc). 

Also, how does the relative spreading of wealth in the WTA compare to the oligarchy of men's tennis? And are these results ideal for the respective tours?

Lastly, we talk about movies, and we have strong feelings about current and recent Oscar darlings. 

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Tags: tennis · sports · atp · rafael nadal · novak djokovic · serena williams · australia · australian open · angelique kerber · roger federer · women's sports · venus williams · 2017 Australian Open · grigor dimitrov

Episode 177c: Australian Open Day 4: Djokovic Derails

January 19th, 2017 · Comments

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Day 4 was a day of upsets in Melbourne. No. 3 Agnieszka Radwanska got blitzed by Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (as Courtney flagged), but the biggest story was six-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic stunningly falling in five sets to 117th-ranked wildcard Denis Istomin.

To assess Novak's slide, as well as other perceptions of him in Serbia and the wider world, Ben chats with Belgrade-based Saša Ozmo, a journalist for Sport Klub Srbija. How did this slide start for Novak, and what are reasonable expectations for him going forward? 

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Tags: tennis · sports · atp · novak djokovic · australia · australian open · 2017 Australian Open · serbia