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Episode 225: Quartermarks and Coups

April 23rd, 2019 · Comments

Ben and Courtney catch up on the happenings on the tours over the past couple months, which has been dominated by the story of no one dominating. What's to explain the spread of unique winners on both tours? And is the real story, perhaps, the youth movement?

We discuss some of the more intriguing individual plotlines from this stretch as well, including Naomi Osaka splitting with her coach Sascha Bajin, how players like her will adjust to clay, Bianca Andreescu's mature breakout, and Denis Shapovalov's rapping and its reception.

Then onto the older guard, we talk about Roger Federer's relaxed, low-stakes mood going into clay, and if that could ever be possible for Serena Williams to enjoy in her career. Then we discuss the problematic fave status of John Isner, the coup of ATP chief executive Chris Kermode, the new-look Miami Open, and the slumping Daria Kasatkina. 

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Tags: tennis · sports · atp · wta · novak djokovic · serena williams · angelique kerber · roger federer · nick kyrgios · women's sports · venus williams · denis shapovalov · madison keys · daria kasatkina · john isner · naomi osaka · justin gimelstob · stefanos tsitsipas · bianca andreescu · felix auger aliassime

Episode 219b: Remember When? 2018, Part 2

December 29th, 2018 · Comments

The second installment of "Remember When?" sees Ben and Courtney reminisce on the very eventful French Open, as well as Wimbledon, where we did not need 16 seeds and we assured you. Lots of stuff on Serena's catsuit, marathon matches, and an unexpected amount of schadenfreude. 

Even if it didn't come home, we're glad you have.

These episodes are less about the headline grabbing stories and more about the smaller moments that made the year feel how it felt, and we do hope you enjoy it as a tasty dessert at the end of a year-long meal. 

As always, thanks for liking us on Facebook (leave comments on the episode thread! Engage with other listeners!), following us on Twitter (discuss this episode with hashtag #NCRRememberWhen!), and subscribing/reviewing on iTunes on iTunes or whatever your podcasting app/platform of choice may be!

Tags: tennis · wimbledon · sports · wta · rafael nadal · novak djokovic · serena williams · maria sharapova · simona halep · women's sports · french open · karolina pliskova · sascha zverev · elina svitolina · sloane stephens · kevin anderson · john isner · 2018 french open · marco cecchinato · diego schwartzman · 2018 wimbledon · nick mccarvel

Episode 219a: Remember When? 2018, Part 1

December 21st, 2018 · Comments

With a whole year behind them, Ben and Courtney have a whole lot to look back on, both fondly and...less fondly. 

And so, the fairly annual "Remember When?" episode is here, at least the first third of it on the first four or so months on the season. All sorts of wacky things happened in Australia, and the year stayed interesting throughout.

These episodes are less about the headline grabbing stories and more about the smaller moments that made the year feel how it felt, and we do hope you enjoy it as a tasty dessert at the end of a year-long meal. 

As always, thanks for liking us on Facebook (leave comments on the episode thread! Engage with other listeners!), following us on Twitter (discuss this episode with hashtag #NCRRememberWhen!), and subscribing/reviewing on iTunes on iTunes or whatever your podcasting app/platform of choice may be!

Tags: atp · wta · rafael nadal · serena williams · juan martin del potro · brisbane · maria sharapova · simona halep · australian open · angelique kerber · andy murray · roger federer · caroline wozniacki · nick kyrgios · women's sports · venus williams · kei nishikori · coco vandeweghe · grigor dimitrov · sascha zverev · elina svitolina · daria kasatkina · jelena ostapenko · sloane stephens · john isner · 2018 Australian Open · tennys sandgren · hsieh su-wei · ryan harrison · naomi osaka · jack sock

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 215: Laver Cup with Liz Clarke

September 26th, 2018 · Comments

With Courtney in China for a bit, Ben was delighted to meet up in D.C. with The Washington Post's Liz Clarke, who recently returned from Chicago where she covered the second Laver Cup, the novel new event which seems to defy expectations and definitions in tennis in first two successful editions.

Ben and Liz discuss her impressions of the event and how players and crowds have taken to it, what makes it work, the definition of "exhibition," and her take on the competing interests in men's tennis now.

Liz also shares her experience and wisdom on what makes tennis' struggles so uniquely frustrating and self-sabotaging (and please do go buy her great book on NASCAR if that bit piques your interest whatsoever).

And, of course, The Boss plays her out. 

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Tags: tennis · sports · wta · novak djokovic · roger federer · nick kyrgios · journalism · sascha zverev · kevin anderson · laver cup · john isner · usta