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Episode 214b: Shutting the U.S. Open, Part 2: Everything Else

September 15th, 2018 · Comments

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After spending the last episode on Naomi Osaka and what happened in her final against Serena Williams, Ben and Courtney move on to the rest of the U.S. Open.

Well, after an explanation of what "Pique" is, a bit more on Serena: what do we make of her not being the closer she once was deep in Slams?

Then, other topics include: the heat and the slow courts, the impact of moments when non-tennis media becomes interested in the sport, women's top-10 fleeing Slams early, champion Novak Djokovic, runner-up Juan Martin del Potro, and Mo Lahyani's absurd intervention into the Kyrgios-Herbert match. 

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Tags: tennis · sports · atp · wta · rafael nadal · novak djokovic · serena williams · us open · juan martin del potro · simona halep · andy murray · roger federer · nick kyrgios · women's sports · madison keys · usta · umpires · gerard pique

Episode 212: U.S. Open 2018 Draw Preview Spectacular

August 25th, 2018 · Comments

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It's been a minute, but Ben and Courtney are back together to tee up the 2018 U.S. Open draw and do a little catching up on things we missed or covered in our lost post-Wimbledon episode.

First, the draws, which feature Serena Williams being dealt a gauntlet of her sister and Simona Halep, clearly the best player of the year. How do we assess the many threats in that quarter? And who else is well positioned to go deep?

On the men's side, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic seem like co-favorites, but how do their paths compare?

Also, we still agree about best-of-five, and now Andy Murray sees it our way. And one of us is more excited than the other about #poLLanskycaLLendarsLLam

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Tags: tennis · sports · wta · rafael nadal · novak djokovic · serena williams · stan wawrinka · us open · juan martin del potro · victoria azarenka · maria sharapova · simona halep · angelique kerber · andy murray · roger federer · caroline wozniacki · nick kyrgios · women's sports · venus williams · kei nishikori · garbine muguruza · sam querrey · karolina pliskova · dominic thiem · dominika cibulkova · petra kvitova · sascha zverev · madison keys · svetlana kuznetsova · bernard giudicelli · sloane stephens · kevin anderson · john isner · marin cilic · elise mertens · genie bouchard · usta · ryan harrison · peter polansky · 2018 us open

Episode 209: Strokes of Genius with Jon Wertheim (and Federer, Nadal…and Gulbis)

June 26th, 2018 · Comments

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In advance of the release of the Strokes of Genius documentary, Ben is joined by friend of the show Jon Wertheim, who wrote the book, literally, on the 2008 Wimbledon final between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

We discuss what had made this match so exulted and immortal, what it takes to put together a production like this in the disjointed world of tennis, and how the match did (or didn't) change the course of tennis.

The show closes with a cameo by shoeless Ernests Gulbis, who has thoughts on being a second-class Wimbledon citizen as he competes in the qualifying draw at Roehampton.

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Tags: tennis · wimbledon · sports · ernests gulbis · rafael nadal · roger federer

Episode 207: Nadal’s 11th, Halep’s 1st

June 18th, 2018 · Comments

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Together in Birmingham, Ben and Courtney look back on the French Open, which ended with creative destruction.

But before the "demolition party," there was Rafael Nadal's as-planned crushing of Dominic Thiem. How do we appreciate dominance while not being bored by the inevitable? What progress did Thiem show by reaching his first final? And why should no one be overly impressed by Sascha Zverev's run to the quarterfinals?

On the women's side, what does Simona Halep's break through say about her previous struggles? What has made Sloane Stephens into a perennial contender? And how do we assess Serena's grass prospects?

Then, lots and lots of rants. 

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Tags: tennis · wimbledon · sports · andrea petkovic · atp · wta · rafael nadal · novak djokovic · serena williams · juan martin del potro · maria sharapova · simona halep · roger federer · women's sports · french open · garbine muguruza · media · karolina pliskova · dominic thiem · sascha zverev · sloane stephens · marin cilic · 2018 french open · marco cecchinato · diego schwartzman

Episode 206: Draw Me Like One of Your French Opens, 2018

May 25th, 2018 · Comments

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Ben and Courtney rendezvous in Paris once again to discuss the women's and men's French Open draws, which set up two very interesting tournaments (or maybe one and a half?)

The women's side is full of intriguing and relevant match-ups throughout, especially the highly anticipated section with Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, and Karolina Pliskova. What can we expect from Garbine Muguruza? Can lightning strike twice for Jelena Ostapenko (or has she become a more stable generator?) And can Elina Svitolina reach her Slam potential.

On the men's side, Ben posits why the super lopsided draw is actually perfect for the tournament, as all the best players who aren't Nadal get to battle amongst themselves for a spot in the final. He also defends his advocacy for John Isner, and Courtney explains her new devotion to Lil' David Goffin.

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Tags: tennis · sports · ernests gulbis · atp · wta · rafael nadal · novak djokovic · serena williams · stan wawrinka · juan martin del potro · victoria azarenka · maria sharapova · simona halep · andy murray · caroline wozniacki · women's sports · venus williams · french open · garbine muguruza · karolina pliskova · gael monfils · dominic thiem · dominika cibulkova · petra kvitova · sascha zverev · denis shapovalov · elina svitolina · svetlana kuznetsova · roland garros · jelena ostapenko · bernard tomic · sloane stephens · john isner · caroline garcia · elise mertens · 2018 french open