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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 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 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

Episode 205: Rekindling Our Fuego

May 22nd, 2018 · Comments

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After an unintentionally long hiatus, Ben and Courtney are back together on the NCR airwaves from Paris, where they play a bit of catchup and try to set the table for the French Open ahead (with further draw dissection to come once it's out).

First, has much really changed compared to this time last year? What do we expect of Serena, and what do we make of the controversy which has arisen about her not being seeded for the tournament? Are seedings earned protections based on results, or projections of potential to win? And can Sascha Zverev finally do at Slams what he's done on tour?

That and more. Yeah, yeah, fire.

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Tags: tennis · sports · wta · rafael nadal · serena williams · simona halep · women's sports · french open · dominic thiem · sascha zverev · elina svitolina · eurovision · bernard giudicelli · jelena ostapenko · 2018 french open