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Episode 177a: Australian Open Day 1-2: Petko and the Children

January 17th, 2017 · Comments

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The Australian Open is underway, and Ben and Courtney are surviving, so far! Simona Halep was an early casualty, however, so we discuss her limping into the sunset in the tournament's opening hours. Also we hear from longtime NCR stalwart Andrea Petkovic's first round press conference. She's a fun one, yo.

The biggest narrative on the men's side so far has been the cavalcade of gangly teens slowly but surely taking over, so we talk about them with some special attention to Sasha Bublik, who Ben is convinced you will have strong opinions about...someday. 

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Tags: tennis · sports · andrea petkovic · atp · wta · simona halep · australian open · women's sports · 2017 Australian Open · alexander bublik

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 165c: U.S. Open - Halfway Home

September 4th, 2016 · Comments

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With pudding and beer in hand, Ben and Courtney wrap up their main thoughts from a first week of the U.S. Open that mostly went without major disruption. Raonic, Kyrgios, Cilic and Muguruza being out is surprising, as is Caroline Wozniacki and Anastasija Sevastova being in. But mostly, it's business as expected, which should set up for a grand second week. We hope. 

Also, there's a roof and it makes things louder.


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Tags: tennis · sports · rafael nadal · novak djokovic · serena williams · stan wawrinka · us open · juan martin del potro · simona halep · andy murray · caroline wozniacki · nick kyrgios · garbine muguruza · milos raonic · 2016 us open

Episode 164: US Open Preview State of Mind

August 27th, 2016 · Comments

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The year's final grand slam event is upon us, and Ben and Courtney are ready with their draws to break down the who and how of this US Open. 

There are surprising champions in Cincinnati to review (Marin Cilic and Karolina Pliskova) to mull over, shaky #1s to evaluate (Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams), and increasingly steady anchors at the bottom of each draw (Andy Murray and Angelique Kerber). So, who do we pick?

Lastly, Courtney sings.


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Tags: tennis · wimbledon · sports · wta · rafael nadal · novak djokovic · serena williams · stan wawrinka · us open · juan martin del potro · simona halep · angelique kerber · agnieszka radwanska · andy murray · nick kyrgios · women's sports · venus williams · sam querrey · milos raonic · monica puig · 2016 us open

Episode 159: Wimbledon 2016 Draw Preview Super-Duperness!

June 25th, 2016 · Comments

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The grass is ready for Wimbledon, and so are Ben and Courtney for this draw preview show! First, the dudes. Who are the stumbling blocks for Novak Djokovic as he aims for a *fifth* straight Grand Slam title? Is Federer ready to be a threat? How are Dominic Thiem's chances of sustaining momentum? And what did the Brits, bar Murray, do to deserve such brutal draws?

For the ladies, it's Serena vs the field, once again. But there's plenty of room for that to be an incredibly compelling match-up, with tough seeds looming for Serena at the tournament's midway point. Who makes it out of the loadedly grassophilic second quarter? And can Garbine Muguruza reach another final? Or could a Venus or Madison Keys stand in her way?

Also, Brexit.


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Tags: tennis · wimbledon · sports · andrea petkovic · atp · wta · novak djokovic · serena williams · stan wawrinka · simona halep · agnieszka radwanska · andy murray · roger federer · caroline wozniacki · women's sports · venus williams · garbine muguruza · 2016 wimbledon