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Episode 284: What’s Up Down Under: Australian Open 2021 Outlook

November 25th, 2020 · Comments

The 2020 tennis off-season has begun, but we don't have a very confident idea just how long it will be before the 2021 season begins, with the Australian Open having to navigate a complex landscape in a place that has stood out during the pandemic for its success.

To help explain the context of the conversation about holding a major event in COVID-free Melbourne, Ben is joined by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Tim Callanan to discuss the journey Melbourne and Victoria have been on, and the road ahead from here.

Is the Australian Open the reward Melbourne has earned, or a risk it can't afford? And can tennis players be trusted?

(Apologies for the intermittent crackling on Tim's connection; he's coming to us from quite a ways away.)

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Tags: tennis · sports · australia · australian open

Episode 282: Catching Up (With Courtney!)

November 13th, 2020 · Comments

Ben and Courtney are back for their first episode together since the French Open! While not particularly enthused by the offerings on tour currently, they have lots to discuss all the same, including Courtney's journey as a Twitch streamer, the unlikelihood of traveling to Australia next year, the shifts in the apparel landscape, and more!

Also for you OGs, we bring back Take a Number! Fun!

And then for considerably less fun, we discuss the silence in the face of the allegations by Olga Sharypova against Alexander Zverev (recorded before the ATP's pretty meh statement on Friday), and breakdown why the concept of "innocent until proven guilty" doesn't hold much relevance to how this case should be discussed.

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, Charles Cyna, and Nicole Copeland!)

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Tags: tennis · sports · atp · wta · australian open · women's sports · venus williams · media · iga swiatek · journalism · ethics · sascha zverev · sports law

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 243g: Australian Open - Novak Djokovic Eight ‘Em Up

February 6th, 2020 · Comments

Ben and Courtney wrap up the Australian Open with a look at the end of the men's event, which finished for the eighth time with Novak Djokovic as champion. He sure seems to be closing in on that G.O.A.T. count, huh?

Also, we discuss runner-up Dominic Thiem, who is establishing himself as the new Andy Murray, Sascha Zverev, who made a first Slam semifinal and generated a lot of donation talk, and Roger Federer, who toughed out a win over Tennys Sandgren and then gamely took court to face the music against Djokovic.

We also discuss Nick Kyrgios, the female officials who drew praise, and how the protesting of Margaret Court is being led by two retired players.

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Tags: tennis · sports · atp · rafael nadal · lgbt · australia · australian open · roger federer · nick kyrgios · 2020 Australian Open · dominic thiem · sascha zverev · margaret court · tennys sandgren · nick mccarvel · umpires · martina navratilova

Episode 243f: Australian Open - Sofia Kenin’s American Dream Come True

February 3rd, 2020 · Comments

Ben and Courtney wrap up the Australian Open starting with the women's side, in which Sofia Kenin leaves Melbourne as the unexpected champion.

How did she fly under the radar for so long? What does her story say about the immigrant experience in tennis? And what can we expect next from her?

We also discuss Garbine Muguruza's revival, Ash Barty's coping mechanism, and more from the second week of the Australian Open on the women's side.

Men's wrap show out soon! 

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Tags: tennis · sports · wta · australia · simona halep · australian open · women's sports · garbine muguruza · iga swiatek · 2020 Australian Open · journalism · petra kvitova · kim clijsters · johanna konta · ons jabeur · ash barty · amanda anisimova · sofia kenin

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