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Episode 288: Remembering Tom Perrotta

January 15th, 2021 · Comments

The small world of tennis media lost one of its most beloved last week with the passing of Tom Perrotta, who had earned the love and admiration of practically everyone lucky enough to meet him.

Since it's going to be a while before we're all able to come together again to properly raise a glass in Tom's honor, Ben and Courtney decided to use this space to "gather" together somewhat virtually with a series of spoken remembrances from a dozen of the folks who knew Tom best from his professional life, mostly his fellow American media but also a couple of players on whom Tom's thoughtful coverage left an impression.

There's a mix of approaches and a mix of memories, but one thing runs true throughout: we all liked this guy a whole lot.

For more reflections on Tom, here are four recent tributes written by Steve Tignor, Jason Gay, Jon Wertheim, and Pete Bodo.

Rest in peace, friend.

Tags: tennis · sports · victoria azarenka · media · journalism · mary carillo · nick mccarvel

Episode 286b: Remember When? 2020, Part 2

December 27th, 2020 · Comments

Ben and Courtney wrap up their wrap-up of the uniquely weird year that was 2020 with this episode, which focuses on everything that happened after the pandemic first stopped the tours.

How do we look back on how tennis players handled the stoppage, both as players and as citizens? Is it fair to make generalizations?

And how did we feel about the tennis once it came back?

Also, Courtney is on Twitch, as she mentions several times.

Thank you again for the incredible support for NCR we've received this year on the NCR Patreon! If you'd like to join in as we bring you the best shows we can each week, 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, Nicole Copeland, Anna Welinder, and Pam Shriver!)

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 · us open · victoria azarenka · maria sharapova · simona halep · andy murray · nick kyrgios · women's sports · venus williams · rome · sam querrey · media · journalism · kim clijsters · grigor dimitrov · sascha zverev · roland garros · usta · naomi osaka · stefanos tsitsipas

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

Episode 273n: 2020 U.S. Open Day 13 - Naomi Osaka’s Statement Win

September 13th, 2020 · Comments

Naomi Osaka, making herself heard on court and off, won her third Grand Slam title on Saturday at the U.S. Open, coming back from 1-6, 0-2 down to beat Victoria Azarenka in the final.

Ben and Courtney chat about the match, the incredibly impressive way Osaka has found her voice and her game, Victoria Azarenka's reemergence, who the current alpha is in women's tennis, and more.

Also, Courtney gives some parting thoughts on her hopes for the men's final. 

Thank you again for the incredible support for NCR we've received in recent days!

If you'd like to join fellow listeners in supporting our show as we work to crank out daily shows during the 2020 U.S. Open, 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. backers J O'D, Mike, 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 · wta · serena williams · us open · victoria azarenka · simona halep · women's sports · rome · dominic thiem · sascha zverev · naomi osaka · bianca andreescu · ash barty

Episode 273l: U.S. Open Day 11 - Azarenka & Osaka Win Semifinal Showstoppers

September 11th, 2020 · Comments

The women put on an incredible display in their semifinal showcase on Thursday evening at the U.S. Open, with Victoria Azarenka beating Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka besting Jennifer Brady in two spectacular matches.

Nick McCarvel, who was one of the 147 people watching Azarenka-Williams in Ashe (yes, he counted) joins Ben to discuss the experience, the matches, the two finalists set for a Saturday showdown, and what has been a surreal and memorable two weeks in the "ghost town" Grand Slam.

Thank you again for the incredible support for NCR we've received in recent days!

If you'd like to join fellow listeners in supporting our show as we work to crank out daily shows during the 2020 U.S. Open, 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. backers J O'D, Mike, 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: wta · serena williams · us open · victoria azarenka · women's sports · usta · naomi osaka · nick mccarvel

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