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Episode 302: Quiet, Please - Wimbledon 2021 Draw

June 26th, 2021 · Comments

Ben and Courtney reunite from eight time zones apart to discuss the men's and women's draws at Wimbledon, where the tours return after two years away.

We start with the men, where Novak Djokovic is a clear favorite. But the French Open taught us to be ready for surprises, right?

The women's side is, as typical, quite wide open. And like the men, there's some incomplete data for these players on grass which makes it all trickier than a slice from a carving station.

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Tags: tennis · wimbledon · sports · ernests gulbis · atp · wta · serena williams · victoria azarenka · angelique kerber · andy murray · roger federer · nick kyrgios · women's sports · venus williams · garbine muguruza · marcus willis · sam querrey · karolina pliskova · iga swiatek · petra kvitova · grigor dimitrov · johanna konta · denis shapovalov · elina svitolina · madison keys · elena vesnina · jelena ostapenko · kevin anderson · marin cilic · elise mertens · hsieh su-wei · diego schwartzman · britain · ons jabeur · karen khachanov · anastasia pavlyuchenkova · stefanos tsitsipas · chris evert · bianca andreescu · carla suarez navarro · marketa vondrousova · ash barty · felix auger-aliassime · alison riske · hubert hurkacz · daniil medvedev · jannik sinner · kristie ahn · matteo berrettini

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 217: Talking Dudes (With Ricky Dimon)

October 31st, 2018 · Comments

With Courtney covering the end of the women's season in Zhuhai, Ben is joined once again in Washington with friend of the show Ricky Dimon to talk about all things men's tennis. 

After a quick look back at the season as a whole, Ben and Ricky look ahead to London, which is coming down to a two-horse race between Kei Nishikori and John Isner. Which would make for a more intriguing participant?

Then, we look at the players from last year in London who came nowhere near qualifying this year, most notably Grigor Dimitrov and Jack Sock. On Sock especially, how did he manage to plummet so badly this year?

We then weigh in on the current debate over whether or not Pete Sampras was boring (or the boringest), and what makes a player boring. And then we discuss other superlatives by going over the ATP award nominees, and we imagine who would be on the ballot for antonymous awards (like least sportsmanlike).

We then eulogize retiring players like David Ferrer and Mikhail Youzhny, and raise a #FreeDimonator rallying cry.

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Tags: tennis · sports · ernests gulbis · atp · rafael nadal · novak djokovic · juan martin del potro · roger federer · kei nishikori · gael monfils · dominic thiem · alexander bublik · grigor dimitrov · sascha zverev · kevin anderson · john isner · marco cecchinato · jack sock · pete sampras · david ferrer

Episode 209: Strokes of Genius with Jon Wertheim (and Federer, Nadal…and Gulbis)

June 26th, 2018 · Comments

In advance of the release of the Strokes of Genius documentary, Ben is joined by friend of the show Jon Wertheim, who wrote the book, literally, on the 2008 Wimbledon final between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

We discuss what had made this match so exulted and immortal, what it takes to put together a production like this in the disjointed world of tennis, and how the match did (or didn't) change the course of tennis.

The show closes with a cameo by shoeless Ernests Gulbis, who has thoughts on being a second-class Wimbledon citizen as he competes in the qualifying draw at Roehampton.

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Tags: tennis · wimbledon · sports · ernests gulbis · rafael nadal · roger federer

Episode 206: Draw Me Like One of Your French Opens, 2018

May 25th, 2018 · Comments

Ben and Courtney rendezvous in Paris once again to discuss the women's and men's French Open draws, which set up two very interesting tournaments (or maybe one and a half?)

The women's side is full of intriguing and relevant match-ups throughout, especially the highly anticipated section with Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, and Karolina Pliskova. What can we expect from Garbine Muguruza? Can lightning strike twice for Jelena Ostapenko (or has she become a more stable generator?) And can Elina Svitolina reach her Slam potential.

On the men's side, Ben posits why the super lopsided draw is actually perfect for the tournament, as all the best players who aren't Nadal get to battle amongst themselves for a spot in the final. He also defends his advocacy for John Isner, and Courtney explains her new devotion to Lil' David Goffin.

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Tags: tennis · sports · ernests gulbis · atp · wta · rafael nadal · novak djokovic · serena williams · stan wawrinka · juan martin del potro · victoria azarenka · maria sharapova · simona halep · andy murray · caroline wozniacki · women's sports · venus williams · french open · garbine muguruza · karolina pliskova · gael monfils · dominic thiem · dominika cibulkova · petra kvitova · sascha zverev · denis shapovalov · elina svitolina · svetlana kuznetsova · roland garros · jelena ostapenko · bernard tomic · sloane stephens · john isner · caroline garcia · elise mertens · 2018 french open

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