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Episode 183: Shade in the Desert

March 24th, 2017 · Comments

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Wrapping up the happenings in Indian Wells, Ben and Courtney cover the popular champs and the odd ways their matches were pitted against each other. First, is the surprising win of Elena Vesnina reflective of a current landscape of opportunity in women's tennis? And where might this title lead her? And for Roger Federer, how much is about him surging and how much is about the others atop men's tennis receding?

What to make of the impatient foot-tapping during men's tennis-centered folk during the three-set women's final? And how does how the "Group of Death" played out reflect on all of Djokovic, Kyrgios, and Nadal? And what does it say about U.S. tennis coverage that it took us this long to mention Jack Sock?

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Tags: tennis · sports · wta · rafael nadal · novak djokovic · angelique kerber · andy murray · roger federer · nick kyrgios · women's sports · indian wells · elena vesnina · svetlana kuznetsova

Episode 182a: Maria Sharapova: The Ice Woman Cometh

March 20th, 2017 · Comments

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With Maria Sharapova's ban set to end in just over a month, we've assembled an all-star lineup to discuss her impending return and the many questions it raises in this our fourth episode (here are 1, 2, and 3) about Sharapova's saga.

First, Ben speaks with Markus Günthardt, the tournament director of the Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart where Sharapova will be making her comeback on Wednesday, April 26. We discuss why this tournament has grown so popular with top players (the car-as-trophy model seems to work), how important Sharapova is to it, the decision to give her a wild card, and how the contentious Wednesday start was made possible.

Next, Ben reunites 75% of our March 2016 roundtable on Sharapova by bringing back in Sports Illustrated/Tennis Channel's Jon Wertheim and fabulous French freelancer Carole Bouchard to discuss all sorts of issues and questions raised by the Sharapova brouhaha, what has changed as the story has evolved over the last year, and what should be considered in the decisions about wild cards and whatever else in her comeback.

Then, to bring the decidedly different British perspective on this case and anti-doping rigidity in general, Ben chats with BBC tennis correspondent Russell Fuller about why reactions in attitudes in his country have been so different, and the ethical and logistical questions facing Wimbledon as it weighs whether or not to warmly welcome Sharapova with a main draw wild card.

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Tags: tennis · wimbledon · sports · wta · maria sharapova · andy murray · women's sports · doping · madrid · french open · ethics · stuttgart · porsche

Episode 180: Getting Turned Around

February 18th, 2017 · Comments

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It's been a slowish month of tennis, anthem nightmares notwithstanding, so Ben and Courtney turn to the ever-reliable mailbag to fill out most of this week's show.

With the popularity of the Australian Open, should hard court tournament directors adjust their court speeds accordingly? What are fair expectations for Maria Sharapova's return to tour in a couple months? And why don't people talk more about women's matches in the greatest matches of all time conversations? 

Also, because we love you, we do Take a Number. And because the world hates us in return, it's crazy high. 

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Tags: tennis · sports · andrea petkovic · atp · wta · maria sharapova · fed cup · women's sports

Episode 177f: Australian Open Day 10-12: Dream Finals

January 27th, 2017 · Comments

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Tennis got everything it ever wanted! ...right?

Ben and Courtney break down the double-dip dream dates of the unexpected vintage Venus-Serena and Federer-Nadal finals that this Australian Open will conclude with. How did the matches go that got these four stars here, how will the finals themselves go, and how should we feel about them? Also, all the props in the world to Mirjana Lucic-Baroni.

Is some tampering of expectations in order for the finals? Probably. But still, let's revel in this moment. We're excited, you're excited, and we're excited that you're excited. It's all very exciting

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Tags: tennis · sports · atp · wta · rafael nadal · serena williams · stan wawrinka · australia · australian open · roger federer · women's sports · 2017 Australian Open · coco vandeweghe · grigor dimitrov

Episode 177e: Australian Open Day 8-9: Growing Old, Moving Up

January 24th, 2017 · Comments

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With the Aussie Open halfway between quarterfinals and semifinals, Ben is rejoined by Courtney to assess all the fun. Has this Slam been satisfying? Depends on if you're into role reversal, really. The men have been wild and the women have been mild, but it should be setting up for great finishes on both tours, we hope!

Speaking of saving the best for last, this sport is aging like a fine wine and Ben and Courtney just want to drink it all up. And we also raise a glass to Mike Cation, normally the voice of the US challenger circuit, who made his Slam debut here in Melbourne. His enthusiasm for our world is contagious, and we hope you're infected in all the best ways.

Also, CoCo, Venus, and more. Cancel the noise and tune in. 

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Tags: tennis · sports · wta · serena williams · angelique kerber · roger federer · women's sports · garbine muguruza · karolina pliskova · 2017 Australian Open · coco vandeweghe · grigor dimitrov · andy roddick · johanna konta