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Episode 217: Talking Dudes (With Ricky Dimon)

October 31st, 2018 · Comments

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With Courtney covering the end of the women's season in Zhuhai, Ben is joined once again in Washington with friend of the show Ricky Dimon to talk about all things men's tennis. 

After a quick look back at the season as a whole, Ben and Ricky look ahead to London, which is coming down to a two-horse race between Kei Nishikori and John Isner. Which would make for a more intriguing participant?

Then, we look at the players from last year in London who came nowhere near qualifying this year, most notably Grigor Dimitrov and Jack Sock. On Sock especially, how did he manage to plummet so badly this year?

We then weigh in on the current debate over whether or not Pete Sampras was boring (or the boringest), and what makes a player boring. And then we discuss other superlatives by going over the ATP award nominees, and we imagine who would be on the ballot for antonymous awards (like least sportsmanlike).

We then eulogize retiring players like David Ferrer and Mikhail Youzhny, and raise a #FreeDimonator rallying cry.

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Tags: tennis · sports · ernests gulbis · atp · rafael nadal · novak djokovic · juan martin del potro · roger federer · kei nishikori · gael monfils · dominic thiem · alexander bublik · grigor dimitrov · sascha zverev · kevin anderson · john isner · marco cecchinato · jack sock · pete sampras · david ferrer

Episode 215: Laver Cup with Liz Clarke

September 26th, 2018 · Comments

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With Courtney in China for a bit, Ben was delighted to meet up in D.C. with The Washington Post's Liz Clarke, who recently returned from Chicago where she covered the second Laver Cup, the novel new event which seems to defy expectations and definitions in tennis in first two successful editions.

Ben and Liz discuss her impressions of the event and how players and crowds have taken to it, what makes it work, the definition of "exhibition," and her take on the competing interests in men's tennis now.

Liz also shares her experience and wisdom on what makes tennis' struggles so uniquely frustrating and self-sabotaging (and please do go buy her great book on NASCAR if that bit piques your interest whatsoever).

And, of course, The Boss plays her out. 

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Tags: tennis · sports · wta · novak djokovic · roger federer · nick kyrgios · journalism · sascha zverev · kevin anderson · laver cup · john isner · usta

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