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Episode 164: US Open Preview State of Mind

August 27th, 2016 · Comments

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The year's final grand slam event is upon us, and Ben and Courtney are ready with their draws to break down the who and how of this US Open. 

There are surprising champions in Cincinnati to review (Marin Cilic and Karolina Pliskova) to mull over, shaky #1s to evaluate (Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams), and increasingly steady anchors at the bottom of each draw (Andy Murray and Angelique Kerber). So, who do we pick?

Lastly, Courtney sings.


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Tags: tennis · wimbledon · sports · wta · rafael nadal · novak djokovic · serena williams · stan wawrinka · us open · juan martin del potro · simona halep · angelique kerber · agnieszka radwanska · andy murray · nick kyrgios · women's sports · venus williams · sam querrey · milos raonic · monica puig · 2016 us open

Episode 160d: Wimbledon Volley 4: Serena and Murray Slay

July 10th, 2016 · Comments

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It was a Wimbledon with two worthy champions, Serena Williams and Andy Murray, and two worthy finalists in Angelique Kerber and Milos Raonic who delivered finals of varying levels of entertainingness. First on the women: how much was this win about Serena finally overcoming the Vinci shock, as Patrick Mouratoglou said? And how did Kerber change her legacy?

On the men, why did the final seem so flat and dull? Is this the start of bigger things from Murray, that might even include reaching No. 1 at some point? Also, how much will Federer rue the missed opportunity? 

Also, PB&J and ice. Both nice.


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Tags: tennis · wimbledon · sports · atp · wta · serena williams · angelique kerber · andy murray · women's sports · 2016 wimbledon · milos raonic

Episode 160b: Wimbledon Volley 2: Querrey Stuns Djokovic

July 2nd, 2016 · Comments

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On his way to a calendar slam that many considered as likely as not, Novak Djokovic ran into the indomitable Sam Querrey. Yes, that happened. Ben and Courtney discuss the stunning win, both from a perspective of Novak's understandable letdown and Querrey's unlikely casting in this role, despite his undeniable talent and weapons. 

Also, an update on the rest of rain-soaked play, and the all important questions of where it leaves our concert plans. 


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Tags: tennis · wimbledon · sports · novak djokovic · 2016 wimbledon · sam querrey

Episode 160a: Wimbledon Volley 1: Marcus Willis (Cartman)

June 29th, 2016 · Comments

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It's been a rainy start to Wimbledon, but there isn't deja vu to the Paris misery just yet, in large part because of the delightful story of #772 Marcus Willis, who won seven matches to win a trophy of sorts: a chance to face Roger Federer on Centre Court. It was the best sort of sports story, and it brightened an already rainy first week.

To talk about the remarkable rise of the man known as "Cartman," we hear from Willis himself, his girlfriend Jennifer Bate, and commentator Mike Cation, who incredulously called Cartman's infamous "RC Coke and a Snickers" breakthrough in Knoxville.


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Tags: tennis · wimbledon · sports · roger federer · 2016 wimbledon · marcus willis

Episode 159: Wimbledon 2016 Draw Preview Super-Duperness!

June 25th, 2016 · Comments

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The grass is ready for Wimbledon, and so are Ben and Courtney for this draw preview show! First, the dudes. Who are the stumbling blocks for Novak Djokovic as he aims for a *fifth* straight Grand Slam title? Is Federer ready to be a threat? How are Dominic Thiem's chances of sustaining momentum? And what did the Brits, bar Murray, do to deserve such brutal draws?

For the ladies, it's Serena vs the field, once again. But there's plenty of room for that to be an incredibly compelling match-up, with tough seeds looming for Serena at the tournament's midway point. Who makes it out of the loadedly grassophilic second quarter? And can Garbine Muguruza reach another final? Or could a Venus or Madison Keys stand in her way?

Also, Brexit.


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Tags: tennis · wimbledon · sports · andrea petkovic · atp · wta · novak djokovic · serena williams · stan wawrinka · simona halep · agnieszka radwanska · andy murray · roger federer · caroline wozniacki · women's sports · venus williams · garbine muguruza · 2016 wimbledon