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Episode 216: Julie Heldman

October 11th, 2018 · Comments

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On the heels of the release of her new book, "Driven: A Daughter's Odyssey," Ben speaks with Julie Heldman about her journey and the legacy of her mother, Hall-of-Famer Gladys Heldman.

Heldman, one of the "Original 9," details the formative days of professional women's tennis and the factors that helped it off the ground. We discuss her mother's role, Billie Jean King's role, and how the story is remembered today.

We also discuss the sport today and her struggles with mental health, which were worsened by often cruel treatment by her mother.

It's a compelling read and you should check it out, for sure.

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Tags: tennis · sports · wta · serena williams · women's sports · billie jean king · gladys heldman · julie heldman

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 211: Open Playbook (LGBT in Tennis, Feat. Nick McCarvel, Brian Vahaly, Casey Dellacqua)

August 24th, 2018 · Comments

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NCR was THRILLED to be able to partner with friend of the show Nick McCarvel for his "Open Playbook: Being Queer & Out in Pro Tennis" event on the Thursday before the U.S. Open at the Housing Works Bookstore in SoHo.

After a quick intro chat between Ben and Nick, you'll here Nick host a panel featuring out gay former players Brian Vahaly and Casey Dellacqua, who share their different journeys of coming out and the acceptance (or lack thereof) they felt along the way. 

It was a super fun night with cocktails (Martini Navratilova, anyone?) and drag queens and laughs, but also a unique chance to explore the LGBT experience in pro tennis, and we at NCR are thrilled to be able to bring it to those of you who were not in attendance (and it was great to meet the many listeners who were!)

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Tags: tennis · sports · atp · wta · us open · lgbt · nick mccarvel · brian vahaly · casey dellacqua · gay