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Entries from November 2019

Episode 236c: Reviewing New Davis Cup (with Eleanor Crooks)

November 26th, 2019 · Comments

To wrap up the highs and lows of the radically revamped Davis Cup Finals event which just wrapped in Madrid, Ben is joined by Eleanor Crooks of PA to get impressions from on the ground at the new "World Cup of Tennis" from a veteran reporter of the format.

How did expectations match realities? Which constituencies were most and least happy? What most needs addressing? And how does the relative success of Davis Cup change the pressure on ATP Cup, which is the next event on the men's tennis calendar?

Also, a bit of bonus talk about the new Andy Murray documentary, which comes out later this week. 

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Tags: atp · davis cup

Episode 236b: Farewells and Fair Blocks

November 25th, 2019 · Comments

Ben and Courtney continue their end-of-season show by looking at the various, disparate newsmakings of retired WTA stars Margaret Court (what should Tennis Australia do?) and Kim Clijsters (what should we expect of her comeback?).

Also discussed are the careers of the departing Dominika Cibulkova and Tomas Berdych, Courtney's handshake with Andy Murray, Hawkeye replacing line judges, and the first comparison you've ever heard between Jannik Sinner and Lizzo.

Also we discuss our worst experience with a person on tour, and our criteria for blocking on Twitter.

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Tags: dominika cibulkova · margaret court · jannik sinner

Episode 236a: Tsitsipas is King in England; WTAsia Wrap

November 18th, 2019 · Comments

After far too long apart, Ben and Courtney reunited to record a sprawling conversation as the tennis season nears its end, and here's the first half.

We start with Stefanos Tsitsipas triumphing at the ATP Finals in London, which sure offered evidence of a changing of a guard if we're ever ready to be ready to accept that. What makes Tsitsipas so unique? And is Thiem now a threat everywhere?

We also dig into the discussions around the visibility and yet privacy of Sascha Zverev's health, and how it should be covered going forward. Also, Davis Cup is here in a whole new way. 

We then shift to Courtney's trip through WTAsia, which featured long-awaited match-ups of breakout stars. We also discuss rising phenoms Sofia Kenin and Coco Gauff.

Our first attempt at timestamps! 

0:58 Tsitsipas

14:16 Looking back at last episode's crucial error.

25:37 Zverev health discussions

41:40 Davis Cup

48:55 WTAsia with Barty, Bianca, and Osaka

1:07:07 Kenin

1:11:05 Coco Gauff

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Tags: tennis · rafael nadal · novak djokovic · roger federer · davis cup · dominic thiem · sascha zverev · naomi osaka · stefanos tsitsipas · bianca andreescu · ash barty · amanda anisimova · coco gauff · alison riske · matteo berrettini · diabetes · sofia kenin

Episode 235: Dude Tennis With Ricky Dimon

November 2nd, 2019 · Comments

In an annual NCR tradition, Ben is joined in DC by marathoner Ricky Dimon for a lookback at the ATP season that was. 

2019 offered a lot of the same in terms of Big 3 dominance--will the one who finishes with the most Slams automatically win G.O.A.T. debates? Though in 2019 there were also meaningful breakthroughs...right? And will Andy Murray be able to contend again soon?

We also look at the overflowing cupboard of cups in men's tennis, which now bulges with Laver Cup, new Davis Cup, and ATP Cup. Is there possibly an appetite for them all? And is it fair that ATP Cup awards points, unlike the other two?

Lastly, we go over a possible ballot for the ATP awards this year--as well as their inverses.

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Tags: tennis · sports · ernests gulbis · atp · rafael nadal · novak djokovic · andy murray · roger federer · davis cup · nick kyrgios · dominic thiem · alexander bublik · sascha zverev · laver cup · hsieh su-wei · diego schwartzman · jack sock · stefanos tsitsipas · felix auger-aliassime · daniil medvedev · matteo berrettini · kyle edmund · fabio fognini