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Episode 277n: 2020 French Open Day 14 - Iga Swiatek Wins Big

October 10th, 2020 · Comments

Ranked outside the Top 50, Iga Swiatek completed one of the most dominant title runs in Grand Slam history on Saturday, beating Sofia Kenin in the French Open final.

Ben and Courtney discuss what makes Swiatek special, her stigma-breaking embrace of sports psychology, and the unique way in which her peers glow about her. 

What other title runs could compare to this one? We also discuss Sofia Kenin's Player-of-the-Year-worthy 2020 season, and Courtney's hopes for tomorrow's Nadal-Djokovic final.

Thank you again for the incredible support for NCR we've received in recent weeks on the NCR Patreon! If you'd like to join in as we strive to bring you the best French Open content we can from across the Atlantic, check out our five tiers and see which might be right for you! And thank you to the many listeners who have already given their support! (And thank you to G.O.A.T. backers J O'D, Mike, Charles Cyna, and Nicole Copeland!)

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Tags: rafael nadal · novak djokovic · simona halep · french open · iga swiatek · roland garros · sofia kenin

Episode 277h: 2020 French Open Day 8 - Halep Falls; Zverev Ails

October 4th, 2020 · Comments

Sunday at Roland Garros saw the exit of overwhelming favorite, Simona Halep, and another disappointment from frequently-underwhelming pandemic citizen Sascha Zverev.

Tumaini Carayol is here to discuss both of those events and more. What can Halep's loss be chalked up to? Is it now Elina Svitolina's half of the draw to lose? And on the men's side, we discuss Jannik Sinner's impressively consistent four-set win over Sascha Zverev, and then Zverev's decision to play and stay in the tournament despite symptoms which almost certainly should have forced him out. Who is to blame in this scenario?

Plus a brief look ahead to Monday's slate, and an ode to turtlenecks.

Thank you again for the incredible support for NCR we've received in recent weeks on the NCR Patreon! If you'd like to join in as we strive to bring you the best French Open content we can from across the Atlantic, check out our five tiers and see which might be right for you! And thank you to the many listeners who have already given their support! (And thank you to G.O.A.T. backers J O'D, Mike, Christopher Bishop, Charles Cyna, and Nicole Copeland!)

As always, thanks for following us on Twitter and subscribing/reviewing on iTunes on iTunes or whatever your podcasting app/platform of choice may be.

Tags: tennis · sports · atp · wta · rafael nadal · simona halep · women's sports · french open · dominic thiem · sascha zverev · elina svitolina · roland garros · jannik sinner

Episode 277g: 2020 French Open Day 7 - Different Faces, Different Voices

October 3rd, 2020 · Comments

Ben and Courtney reunite to discuss the first week of the French Open, which ended with Danielle Collins beating Garbine Muguruza in one of the bigger surprises so far.

Collins joins many other unexpected names (Daniel Altmaier, anyone?) in the second week of a tournament that could go some very different directions in the next few days.

We discuss how it's felt to cover the tournament that's a world away in many ways, and also get into what it's been like to have a new ear on tennis than usual, as we're home like most viewers, digesting tennis through the coverage on ESPN and Tennis Channel. What do we make about the way issues in the sport (like Hawkeye on clay, notably) are talked about, and what does that say about tennis coverage?

It all makes us very grateful for our independence, let's say that.

Thank you again for the incredible support for NCR we've received in recent weeks on the NCR Patreon! If you'd like to join in as we strive to bring you the best French Open content we can from across the Atlantic, check out our five tiers and see which might be right for you! And thank you to the many listeners who have already given their support! (And thank you to G.O.A.T. backers J O'D, Mike, Christopher Bishop, Charles Cyna, and Nicole Copeland!)

As always, thanks for following us on Twitter and subscribing/reviewing on iTunes on iTunes or whatever your podcasting app/platform of choice may be.

Tags: tennis · sports · atp · wta · rafael nadal · novak djokovic · stan wawrinka · simona halep · women's sports · french open · garbine muguruza · media · roland garros · umpires · danielle collins

Episode 277e: 2020 French Open Day 5 - Hot Take-Off (with Alex Gruskin)

October 1st, 2020 · Comments

With two rounds of the French Open now done, it's time to make some bold calls.

Ben is rejoined by Alex Gruskin of the Cracked Racquets media empire to make some bold calls and predictions about the short-term (Roland Garros) and long-term outlook of tennis.

From Jelena Ostapenko to Sofia Kenin to Sascha Zverev to Serena Williams to Jannik Sinner, we've got all the hot takes you could ever want...and then some. 

Thank you again for the incredible support for NCR we've received in recent weeks on the NCR Patreon! If you'd like to join in as we strive to bring you the best French Open content we can from across the Atlantic, check out our five tiers and see which might be right for you! And thank you to the many listeners who have already given their support! (And thank you to G.O.A.T. backers J O'D, Mike, Christopher Bishop, Charles Cyna, and Nicole Copeland!)

As always, thanks for following us on Twitter and subscribing/reviewing on iTunes on iTunes or whatever your podcasting app/platform of choice may be.

Tags: tennis · atp · wta · rafael nadal · novak djokovic · serena williams · stan wawrinka · simona halep · taylor fritz · nick kyrgios · women's sports · french open · milos raonic · dominic thiem · petra kvitova · sascha zverev · denis shapovalov · roland garros · jelena ostapenko · marco cecchinato · diego schwartzman · stefanos tsitsipas · felix auger-aliassime · jannik sinner · sofia kenin

Episode 276: Draw Me Like One of Your French Opens, 2020

September 25th, 2020 · Comments

Another Slam approaches at a time of year which has never held a Slam before, so Ben and Courtney try to gather their physical and mental strength to take on what is shaping up to be an incredibly challenging Slam in many ways.

We start with the women, where Simona Halep is a clear favorite, but parity abounds also in women's tennis, as always. Garbine Muguruza appears set for success, and Serena and Azarenka are also intriguing in a Slam which may reward power more than the average French Open.

On the men's side we discuss Novak Djokovic's status as favorite, and detour into topics such as the complaints of players who are testing positive, the "struggles" of Stefanos Tsitsipas, the height of Diego Schwartzman, the wonders of Sasha Bubbles, and more.

Also, we discuss what we'll miss most about Paris. 

Thank you again for the incredible support for NCR we've received in recent weeks on the NCR Patreon! If you'd like to join in as we strive to bring you the best French Open content we can from across the Atlantic, check out our five tiers and see which might be right for you! And thank you to the many listeners who have already given their support! (And thank you to G.O.A.T. backers J O'D, Mike, Christopher Bishop and Charles Cyna!)

As always, thanks for following us on Twitter and subscribing/reviewing on iTunes on iTunes or whatever your podcasting app/platform of choice may be.

Tags: tennis · sports · atp · wta · rafael nadal · novak djokovic · serena williams · stan wawrinka · victoria azarenka · simona halep · agnieszka radwanska · women's sports · kei nishikori · 2016 French Open · french open · garbine muguruza · milos raonic · karolina pliskova · gael monfils · dominic thiem · dominika cibulkova · petra kvitova · alexander bublik · sascha zverev · johanna konta · denis shapovalov · elina svitolina · madison keys · daria kasatkina · roland garros · sloane stephens · john isner · marin cilic · caroline garcia · tennys sandgren · elise mertens · hsieh su-wei · genie bouchard · marco cecchinato · diego schwartzman · ons jabeur · stefanos tsitsipas · danielle collins · marketa vondrousova · petra martic · amanda anisimova · coco gauff · hubert hurkacz · daniil medvedev · fabio fognini · sofia kenin

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