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Episode 345: Swiatek, Alcaraz Reach New Heights at US Open

September 14th, 2022 · Comments

Ben and Tumaini Carayol reconvene a bit after the U.S. Open to reflect on the tournament that was, with two winners who capped off great seasons with their first titles in New York. And they've only just begun?

First, Iga Swiatek won on the women's side, overcoming a doubt-filled lead-up and solidifying her position as a bona fide star in the sport. What impressed us most about this win, and where does she go from here? Also thoughts on Jabeur, Pegula, and, of course, the fantastic farewell of Serena Williams.

Then on the men's side we discuss Carlos Alcaraz's ascendancy to the top, the "oatmeal stallion" that is Casper Ruud, the long-awaited breakthrough of a player like Frances Tiafoe, the missed opportunity by Nick Kyrgios, and more!

Thanks for listening!

Tags: tennis · sports · atp · wta · us open · nick kyrgios · iga swiatek · frances tiafoe · ons jabeur · danielle collins

Episode 340: Wimbledon 2022 Draw Preview

June 24th, 2022 · Comments

Ben and Tumaini Carayol are back together again at Wimbledon for another look ahead at a Grand Slam draw, looking at the men's field, the women's field, and a concerning hole on the side of Court 14. 

After a general look at the draw balance--and the intrigue missing from the field because of the ban of Russian and Belarusian players--Ben and Tumaini dig into the men's draw, in which balance emerged despite some misleading seedings, with Hubert Hurkacz and Matteo Berrettini landing in separate quarters from fellow contenders Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.

On the women's side, we discuss Serena Williams' unexpected return and her prospects, Ons Jabeur's comfort in this world, Bianca Andreescu reasserting her gifts, and Iga Swiatek's chances of extending her streak of dominance. Also, justice for Julia Pegula. 

Thanks for listening, as always! 

Tags: wimbledon · sports · atp · wta · rafael nadal · novak djokovic · serena williams · andy murray · nick kyrgios · women's sports · karolina pliskova · iga swiatek · petra kvitova · alexander bublik · grigor dimitrov · denis shapovalov · jelena ostapenko · john isner · marin cilic · frances tiafoe · diego schwartzman · britain · ons jabeur · stefanos tsitsipas · danielle collins · bianca andreescu · felix auger aliassime · felix auger-aliassime · coco gauff · hubert hurkacz · matteo berrettini

Episode 310b: Medvedev Beats Djokovic for U.S. Open Title; the Grand Slam Is Hard

September 18th, 2021 · Comments

Ben and Courtney begin "Boys' Time!" at the U.S. Open with a discussion of Novak Djokovic falling one match short of his historic bid for the Grand Slam (which means a specific thing, y'all). What signs were there that Djokovic was in trouble, looking back? And how does Djokovic, 34, move on from this?

We then salute our new major champion and Troll King, Daniil Medvedev, who had established himself as an heir apparent in recent years and deservedly took the throne in New York. What makes him so much fun among the problematic ATP Top 5?

We also discuss semifinalist Felix Auger-Aliassime, who still hasn't quite been convincing, the effervescent joy of Frances Tiafoe, the potential of Carlos Alcaraz, and the breakthrough run of Bob Van de Slap.

We end by finally flushing the Flushing furor over bathroom breaks, and how both Andy Murray and Stefanos Tsitsipas reacted to it all in unideal ways.

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Tags: tennis · sports · atp · novak djokovic · us open · andy murray · frances tiafoe · stefanos tsitsipas · felix auger-aliassime · daniil medvedev

Episode 273h: 2020 U.S. Open Day 7 - Djokovic Defaulted; NextGen Get Slam Chance

September 7th, 2020 · Comments

We made a mega mid-Slam episode for today's shocking developments, as No. 1 Novak Djokovic, the prohibitive favorite, was defaulted from the U.S. Open in the first set of his fourth round match after striking a lineswoman in the throat with a ball.

Courtney and Ben are joined by Reem Abulleil to discuss this moment, what it says about Djokovic and the rules of tennis, and where it leaves Djokovic and the tournament going forward.

Then in the second half of the show, Ben is joined by Alex Gruskin of the Cracked Racquets media empire to discuss the fact that we're suddenly guaranteed a new Grand Slam champion in men's tennis, something we haven't had for six years. Which of the young guys seems ready to take this mantle? And how do these unusual circumstances color the moment?

Thank you again for the incredible support for NCR we've received in recent days!

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Tags: tennis · sports · atp · novak djokovic · us open · dominic thiem · sascha zverev · denis shapovalov · usta · frances tiafoe · felix auger-aliassime · daniil medvedev

Episode 258: Voices Emerge (with Tumaini Carayol)

June 5th, 2020 · Comments

Ben and Courtney are joined by The Guardian's Tumaini Carayol to discuss his reporting on Naomi Osaka and Coco Gauff, two young stars who have emerged as leading voices among players as America is gripped by protests following the murder of George Floyd.

How are these two women using their voices? What sort of shift might this represent in the public persona of Osaka, particularly? Are there any drawbacks to athletes speaking out? And how might the stoppage change social awareness in the sport?

If you'd like to support our show, particularly as our normal work has disappeared along with the sport, we've launched an NCR Patreon where you can do just that! 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. backer J O'D!) 

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Tags: tennis · sports · sloane stephens · john isner · social media · frances tiafoe · naomi osaka · coco gauff

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