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Episode 245a: Maria Sharapova Retires (with Tumaini Carayol)

February 26th, 2020 · Comments

After Maria Sharapova announced her retirement on Wednesday morning, Ben is joined by Tumaini Carayol of The Guardian for an emergency episode to discuss her career and its many highs, lows, and controversies.

After expressing some relief that she's stopped, we discuss what made Sharapova keep pushing on through the pain so long, and also what our early memories of her career were. We discuss her arrival as a star, and then the darkening of that when she tested positive for a newly-banned substance in early 2016, which complicated and muddled a career which was already likely on its downhill. 

We also share some of our favorite memories of Maria, and what made her such a tremendously satisfying antagonist on the tour--particularly for Serena Williams, whom she was a distant second behind in the end.

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Tags: tennis · wimbledon · sports · wta · serena williams · lindsay davenport · victoria azarenka · maria sharapova · australian open · andy murray · women's sports · doping · venus williams · ana ivanovic · andy roddick · bernard giudicelli · genie bouchard · anna kournikova · coco gauff · diabetes

Episode 238a: Top 10 Defining Male Players of the Decade

December 13th, 2019 · Comments

Ben and Courtney wrap up the decade of NCR with our lists of who were the most defining players of the decade, each picking 10 players (10 men, 10 women) who we think best tell the story of the last 10 years in tennis.

We start with the men, which was a much more straightforward exercise in some ways, but also still leaves plenty of room for debate.

Do you agree with our picks? Share your own top 10 (and an explanation, ideally) with us on social media or email!

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Tags: tennis · sports · rafael nadal · novak djokovic · stan wawrinka · juan martin del potro · andy murray · roger federer · nick kyrgios · kei nishikori · milos raonic · gael monfils · dominic thiem · grigor dimitrov · sascha zverev · john isner · marin cilic · ryan harrison · stefanos tsitsipas

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

Episode 230: Halep Takes the Wheel; Big 3 Roll

July 17th, 2019 · Comments

Back on Centre Court among the debris of the men's final, Ben and Courtney wrap up the Wimbledon that was.

You'll hear much, including: why the men's and women's draws need each other so; the Coco Gauff breakthrough; Halep's incredible run; another close-but-no-cigar for Serena; we love Barbora Strycova; the media vs Johanna Konta; the Big 3 cruising until the late rounds and then playing matches high on drama if chunky on quality, especially the riveting Djokovic-Federer final; the wage theft from Bernard Tomic; and the imperative for tennis to find a way to foreground mixed doubles.

Until next time, keep calm and Carrie on. 

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Tags: tennis · wimbledon · sports · atp · wta · rafael nadal · novak djokovic · serena williams · simona halep · andy murray · roger federer · nick kyrgios · women's sports · karolina pliskova · johanna konta · elina svitolina · jelena ostapenko · bernard tomic · hsieh su-wei · britain · ash barty · 2019 wimbledon · coco gauff · alison riske · barbora strycova · mixed doubles

Episode 229: A Wimbledon Preview From Centre Court

June 30th, 2019 · Comments

On their second try, Ben and Courtney recorded a Wimbledon preview from Centre Court, full of rehearsals for the big show which begins tomorrow (no, we don't mean Edmund-Munar).

First on the quarter of death in the women's draw, led by Ash Barty (whom Serena Williams was surprised and delighted to learn was #1) and including Serena, Kerber, Sharapova, Muguruza, and more.

Then we also talk dudes, including our hopes that the blockbuster Nadal-Kyrgios second round materializes.

And lots more.

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Tags: tennis · wimbledon · sports · wta · rafael nadal · novak djokovic · serena williams · victoria azarenka · maria sharapova · angelique kerber · andy murray · roger federer · nick kyrgios · women's sports · venus williams · sam querrey · karolina pliskova · dominic thiem · petra kvitova · grigor dimitrov · sascha zverev · johanna konta · kevin anderson · caroline garcia · hsieh su-wei · naomi osaka · britain · karen khachanov · stefanos tsitsipas · felix auger aliassime · petra martic · ash barty · amanda anisimova · felix auger-aliassime · 2019 wimbledon · coco gauff