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Episode 310a: Emma Raducanu Wins U.S. Open; What, Like It‘s Hard?

September 16th, 2021 · Comments

Ben and Courtney dive right into the paradigm shifting, generational groundshaking moment that shocked the tennis world this week in New York: the photo of Maria Sharapova with the Williams Sisters at the Met Gala.

After that, we turn our sights to the new star born in New York, Emma Raducanu, who won history as the first qualifier to win a Slam. What made her such a juggernaut on court? And how will her broad base of support in strong markets like Britain and China make her a force off court?

We also discuss the thrilling underdog run of runner-up Leylah Fernandez, Barbora Krejcikova's still-remarkable year, Ash Barty's disappointing exit, and the first week MVP that was Sloane Stephens.

We also have a long chat about Naomi Osaka, and how a break from tennis might be just what she needs to recalibrate and recontextualize her career.

Thank you again for the incredible support for NCR we've received on the NCR Patreon which has powered us into our TENTH(!) ad-free season! Please consider joining in as we bring you the best shows we can this year! 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, Pam Shriver, and Nicole Copeland!)

Tags: tennis · sports · wta · serena williams · us open · maria sharapova · women's sports · venus williams · media · karolina pliskova · iga swiatek · sloane stephens · naomi osaka · britain · bianca andreescu · ash barty · amanda anisimova

Episode 308: Live, From New York, It’s US Open Draw Show!

August 29th, 2021 · Comments

Reunited for their first in-person show together in more than 18 months, Ben and Courtney chat in New York on the eve of the U.S. Open about storylines from the men's and women's draws, including:

Who, if anyone, can derail Novak Djokovic? Why is Stefanos Tsitsipas a good draw for Andy Murray? What do we make of Barty's increasingly impressive reign at #1, and can Osaka or Andreescu contend without much match play? And what about all the top players who are missing?

Tangents on Venus Williams in Chicago, Jil Teichmann, and the surprising person whom Ben spoke to this week about a fast-rising qualifier.

Thank you again for the incredible support for NCR we've received on the NCR Patreon which has powered us into our TENTH(!) ad-free season! Please consider joining in as we bring you the best shows we can this year! 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, Pam Shriver, and Nicole Copeland!)

Tags: sports · atp · wta · novak djokovic · simona halep · angelique kerber · andy murray · nick kyrgios · women's sports · venus williams · karolina pliskova · iga swiatek · elina svitolina · sloane stephens · naomi osaka · karen khachanov · bianca andreescu · carla suarez navarro · ash barty · daniil medvedev · matteo berrettini

Episode 305: Ringing in the Olympic Tennis Draws (With Alex Gruskin)

July 22nd, 2021 · Comments

The Olympics are on the horizon at last in the Land of the Rising Sun, and so Ben is joined by Alex Gruskin of Cracked Racquets to break down the women's and men's singles draws for the fast-approaching Tokyo tennis turn-up.

On the women's side, is Ash Barty ready to be seen as a dominant clear favorite in women's tennis yet? Or could other surging players like Barbora Krejcikova or Aryna Sabalenka stop her before the final? And what should we expect from Naomi Osaka's return to competition under this intense spotlight?

On the men's side, can anyone stop Novak Djokovic but himself? And is it actually a sneakily straightforward time in the rest of men's tennis as well?

(We also did a companion Olympic episode of sorts to this over on Great Shot Pod, talking about more big picture Olympic tennis concerns.)

Thank you again for the incredible support for NCR we've received on the NCR Patreon which has powered us into our TENTH(!) ad-free season! Please consider joining in as we bring you the best shows we can this year! 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, Pam Shriver, and Nicole Copeland!)

Tags: tennis · atp · wta · novak djokovic · olympics · andy murray · women's sports · kei nishikori · garbine muguruza · karolina pliskova · iga swiatek · petra kvitova · sascha zverev · denis shapovalov · diego schwartzman · ons jabeur · anastasia pavlyuchenkova · stefanos tsitsipas · ash barty · felix auger-aliassime · hubert hurkacz · daniil medvedev

Episode 303c: Wimbledon, on the Last Middle Sunday

July 4th, 2021 · Comments

Ben and Courtney convene for the last of what has been a tradition: a Middle Sunday episode from Wimbledon. What do we make of this tradition being phased out?

And how about this first week at Wimbledon, which seemed to have found its footing as a great tournament after some early slips? We discuss our favorite moments so far, and how both the men and women are set up for the second week.

Also, Courtney prepares for her adventures in ghostbustin' as she tries to pick Casper Ruud out of a lineup...check that out over on our Patreon. 

Thank you again for the incredible support for NCR we've received on the NCR Patreon which has powered us into our TENTH(!) season! Please consider joining in as we bring you the best shows we can during the Wimbledon! 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, Pam Shriver, and Nicole Copeland!)

Tags: tennis · wimbledon · sports · atp · wta · novak djokovic · serena williams · angelique kerber · andy murray · roger federer · nick kyrgios · women's sports · venus williams · karolina pliskova · iga swiatek · ons jabeur · carla suarez navarro · ash barty · coco gauff · matteo berrettini

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.

Thank you again for the incredible support for NCR we've received on the NCR Patreon which has powered us into our TENTH(!) season! Please consider joining in as we bring you the best shows we can during the Wimbledon! 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, Pam Shriver, and Nicole Copeland!)

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

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