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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

Episode 301d: French Open Day 11 - Women Open Up, Top Men March Onward (With Pam Shriver)

June 9th, 2021 · Comments

What semblance of stability there had been in the women's draw disappeared with Iga Swiatek's loss on Wednesday to Maria Sakkari, making it four first-time Slam semifinalists in the final four of the French Open.

Hall of Famer Pam Shriver joins Ben to discuss the women's draw, and the high-quality tennis that has led to an unlikely semifinal slate which also includes Barbora Krejcikova, who defeated Coco Gauff earlier on Wednesday.

We also discuss the chalk on the men's draw, where sure things Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal advanced through four-setters to set up yet another big time meeting in the semifinals. How will that big showdown in the semifinals influence the final?

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 French Open! 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 · sports · atp · rafael nadal · novak djokovic · iga swiatek · roland garros · anastasia pavlyuchenkova

Episode 301a: French Open Day 8: Federer and Serena Age Out

June 6th, 2021 · Comments

It was a day of easy parallels at Roland Garros, with 39-year-olds Roger Federer and Serena Williams both bowing out, albeit in different fashions.

Federer withdrew from the French Open hours after his late-night win over Dominik Koepfer, having gotten the match practice he wanted before the grass season where he plans to peak. Serena played, but was outplayed by Elena Rybakina, who handed in a pretty straightforward straight-set win. How does that less intentional exit set her up for grass?

To discuss the role of aging, and the young guns left in both the men's and women's draws, we're joined by NCR's Youth Correspondent Alex Gruskin of Cracked Racquets who has all sorts of takes and stats on your Davidovich Fokinas, Musettis and whatnots. 

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 French Open! 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 · sports · atp · wta · rafael nadal · novak djokovic · serena williams · roger federer · women's sports · french open · iga swiatek · sascha zverev · roland garros · anastasia pavlyuchenkova · stefanos tsitsipas · felix auger aliassime · felix auger-aliassime · daniil medvedev · jannik sinner

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