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Episode 263: Can Tennis Stars Be Trusted to Act Responsibly? (With Reem Abulleil)

July 3rd, 2020 · Comments

The fall out from the Adria Tour coronavirus cluster took an unexpected trip to the dance floor within a week later, with video surfacing of Alexander Zverev partying in Monte Carlo just days after being repeatedly exposed to the disease (and promising to follow health protocols) enraging people around the sport in tennis and severely damaging trust in tennis players.

To discuss the ramifications, and the notions of a code of conduct, Ben is joined by NCR's Middle East correspondent Reem Abulleil (please do support her Patreon as well!) to talk about what the tours can and can't do, the corrosive effects of selfishness in tennis, and more. 

Should tennis continue on without putting super rigid restrictions on personnel behavior in place? And if tennis has to do so much in a pandemic that it stops being fun, should it just stop all together? Big, bleak conversations are had here, but we also had a lot of fun.

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Tags: tennis · wimbledon · sports · atp · wta · novak djokovic · us open · nick kyrgios · charleston · french open · media · journalism · dominic thiem · grigor dimitrov · sascha zverev · madison keys · marin cilic · social media · usta · sports law · naomi osaka · ons jabeur · sofia kenin

Episode 262: A Tennis Star Catches COVID-19…Now What?

June 21st, 2020 · Comments

Between the recording and posting of an episode about the U.S. Open going forward, a big tennis news item dropped on Sunday: Grigor Dimitrov announced that he had tested positive for COVID-19 after participating in the Adria Tour events, making this the most high-profile known incidence of coronavirus in tennis yet and casting a pall over the sport's plans to go forward with tour events soon.

Ben is kindly rejoined by Reem Abulleil and Tumaini Carayol to have another discussion of what the Dimitrov test result means for the sport, both in terms of lessons to be learned from what went wrong at the Adria Tour (seems like a lot!) and what it might mean for events like the U.S. Open which had optimistically planned on forging ahead.

Can be players be trusted to behave responsibly enough to keep a fragile thread of optimistic hope intact?

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Tags: tennis · sports · novak djokovic · us open · grigor dimitrov · usta

Episode 261: Tennis Plans An American Summer Return (with Mark Ein)

June 17th, 2020 · Comments

The U.S.T.A. confirmed today that it plans to hold the U.S. Open in its regular dates, albeit without fans and with players and their teams kept in a isolated bubble. The Western & Southern Open will also be played, but at the U.S. Open venue rather than in Ohio.

But before those, the first tournament back on the ATP Tour will be the Citi Open in Washington DC. To talk about what it's taken to get there, and what comes next for the tournament, Ben is rejoined by tournament owner Mark Ein to discuss how his tournament is preparing, what challenges lie ahead, and what an event could look like this summer.

If you'd like to support our show, particularly as our normal work has disappeared along with the sport, we've launched an NCR Patreon where you can do just that! 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. backer J O'D!) 

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Tags: tennis · sports · atp · wta · serena williams · us open · usta

Episode 233: Bianca, Rafa Win a U.S. Open for the Millennium

September 10th, 2019 · Comments

The U.S. Open was one to remember for runs by champion Bianca Andreescu and runner-up Daniil Medvedev, whom Ben and Courtney explore on this wrap show from a very good tournament.

Rafael Nadal won his 19th Grand Slam, somehow becoming the best U.S. Open player of the decade. And Serena Williams lost a fourth straight Grand Slam final, bafflingly. We discuss both of those happenings, plus men's semifinalists Grigor Dimitrov and Matteo Berrettini, as well as women's fourth rounders Naomi Osaka, Taylor Townsend, and Kristie Ahn. 

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Tags: tennis · sports · wta · rafael nadal · serena williams · us open · roger federer · women's sports · alexander bublik · grigor dimitrov · naomi osaka · bianca andreescu · coco gauff · barbora strycova · 2019 us open · daniil medvedev · caty mcnally · kristie ahn · taylor townsend · matteo berrettini

Episode 232: U.S. Open 2019 Preview

August 25th, 2019 · Comments

On the eve of the U.S. Open, Ben and Courtney sit down with the draws to figure out who is going to win this thing. It only feels worth going so far on the women's side, given the parity and upheaval on that tour lately, whereas our men's picks are mighty confident--including for newcomer to the top Daniil Medvedev.

We discuss Serena-Sharapova, Bianca Andreescu, Hubert Hurkacz's mock turtleneck, Jannik Sinner's roots, and much more.

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Tags: tennis · sports · atp · wta · rafael nadal · novak djokovic · serena williams · stan wawrinka · us open · maria sharapova · simona halep · roger federer · nick kyrgios · women's sports · timea bacsinszky · garbine muguruza · karolina pliskova · gael monfils · dominic thiem · petra kvitova · coco vandeweghe · grigor dimitrov · sascha zverev · johanna konta · denis shapovalov · svetlana kuznetsova · jelena ostapenko · aleksandra krunic · sloane stephens · hsieh su-wei · naomi osaka · karen khachanov · anastasia pavlyuchenkova · stefanos tsitsipas · bianca andreescu · carla suarez navarro · ash barty · felix auger-aliassime · coco gauff · 2019 us open · hubert hurkacz · daniil medvedev · jannik sinner · caty mcnally