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Episode 221: Mary Carillo Returns

January 13th, 2019 · Comments

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In what we hope will become an annual tradition, Mary Carillo joins us once again as the Australian Open is about to begin, helping us set the table for what should be a tasty Slam.

Across a freewheeling chat that takes several sharp turns along a scenic route to Day 1 of the Australian Open, we discuss Andy Murray, Ash Barty, Hopman Cup, ATP Cup, Serena Williams, and our hopes for the 2019 season, which include records and breakthroughs. 

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Tags: tennis · sports · wta · rafael nadal · novak djokovic · serena williams · australia · brisbane · simona halep · australian open · angelique kerber · andy murray · roger federer · women's sports · andy roddick · madison keys · billie jean king · margaret court · mary carillo · hsieh su-wei · naomi osaka · casey dellacqua · david ferrer · karen khachanov · 2019 australian open

Episode 219c: Remember When? 2018, Part 3

December 30th, 2018 · Comments

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Our seventh season of NCR wraps up with the third part of our marathon "Remember When?" episode, covering everything from the North American hard courts until the end of the season, with some final musings as well.

From Stefanos Tsitsipas' emergence in Canada (and YouTube) to the trauma of the US Open women's final to the Nadal-Djokovic Saudi exhibition that never was, we have lots more to discuss before we're finally done.

And we end, of course, with our final raves of the year. See you in 2019!

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Tags: tennis · sports · atp · wta · rafael nadal · serena williams · us open · simona halep · andy murray · roger federer · women's sports · sascha zverev · elina svitolina · daria kasatkina · sloane stephens · marin cilic · naomi osaka · peter polansky · 2018 us open · gerard pique · alex de minaur · anastasia pavlyuchenkova

Episode 219b: Remember When? 2018, Part 2

December 29th, 2018 · Comments

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The second installment of "Remember When?" sees Ben and Courtney reminisce on the very eventful French Open, as well as Wimbledon, where we did not need 16 seeds and we assured you. Lots of stuff on Serena's catsuit, marathon matches, and an unexpected amount of schadenfreude. 

Even if it didn't come home, we're glad you have.

These episodes are less about the headline grabbing stories and more about the smaller moments that made the year feel how it felt, and we do hope you enjoy it as a tasty dessert at the end of a year-long meal. 

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Tags: tennis · wimbledon · sports · wta · rafael nadal · novak djokovic · serena williams · maria sharapova · simona halep · women's sports · french open · karolina pliskova · sascha zverev · elina svitolina · sloane stephens · kevin anderson · john isner · 2018 french open · marco cecchinato · diego schwartzman · 2018 wimbledon · nick mccarvel

Episode 218: A Season Ends; A Ninja Departs

December 3rd, 2018 · Comments

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Back together for the first time since New York, Ben and Courtney recap the fall season, revisiting Elina Svitoina and Sascha Zverev winning the year-end championships, Darren Cahill stopping his work with Simona Halep, the surge of Wang Qiang, and a bit more.

We then eulogize and celebrate the magnificent career of Agnieszka Radwanska, a player who found unique possibilities for how to play--and excel in--the sport like no other in this era. She's awesome, and we'll miss her a whole lot.

We close the main part of the show with a discussion of the general silence from the tennis media around the arrest of Justin Gimelstob on a felony battery charge in Los Angeles, and what the reaction can and needs to be.

Courtney closes out the show with a comprehensive gift guide for anyone in your life who might like a board game, which we do hope you'll find handy. 

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Tags: tennis · sports · simona halep · agnieszka radwanska · caroline wozniacki · women's sports · sascha zverev · elina svitolina · karen khachanov · justin gimelstob · wang qiang

Episode 217: Talking Dudes (With Ricky Dimon)

October 31st, 2018 · Comments

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With Courtney covering the end of the women's season in Zhuhai, Ben is joined once again in Washington with friend of the show Ricky Dimon to talk about all things men's tennis. 

After a quick look back at the season as a whole, Ben and Ricky look ahead to London, which is coming down to a two-horse race between Kei Nishikori and John Isner. Which would make for a more intriguing participant?

Then, we look at the players from last year in London who came nowhere near qualifying this year, most notably Grigor Dimitrov and Jack Sock. On Sock especially, how did he manage to plummet so badly this year?

We then weigh in on the current debate over whether or not Pete Sampras was boring (or the boringest), and what makes a player boring. And then we discuss other superlatives by going over the ATP award nominees, and we imagine who would be on the ballot for antonymous awards (like least sportsmanlike).

We then eulogize retiring players like David Ferrer and Mikhail Youzhny, and raise a #FreeDimonator rallying cry.

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Tags: tennis · sports · ernests gulbis · atp · rafael nadal · novak djokovic · juan martin del potro · roger federer · kei nishikori · gael monfils · dominic thiem · alexander bublik · grigor dimitrov · sascha zverev · kevin anderson · john isner · marco cecchinato · jack sock · pete sampras · david ferrer