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Episode 210: Wimbledon Draw 2018

June 30th, 2018 · Comments

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Together in the Wimbledon Village, Ben and Courtney break down the women's and men's Wimbledon draws. 

First, the women, where much handwringing ended with Serena Williams getting the #25 seed. Fair? We discuss. And how do things look for the favorites? And why are those in the know so stoked about Sabalenka-Niculescu. 

On the men's side, is it interesting until clear favorite Roger Federer loses? You may find out our opinion on that, though Ben does his darnedest to offer factoids throughout. 

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Tags: tennis · wimbledon · sports · wta · women's sports · 2018 wimbledon

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 208: Eleanor Preston

June 24th, 2018 · Comments

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Ben and Courtney go back to their curtain-pulling roots to bring you the wisdom of Eleanor Preston, who works as Media Manager at the Nature Valley Classic where B+C were this week, as well as other various roles in sporting events around the globe.

We discuss credentialing (one of the things we're asked about most), press conferences, diversity in media, and much more. We then finish with a very brief wrap of what's happened on the grass so far.

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Tags: tennis · sports · journalism · birmingham · britain

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