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Episode 251a: NCR Book Club - “Venus Envy” by Jon Wertheim

April 1st, 2020 · Comments

Ben and Courtney are delighted to bring you the long-awaited first discussion of the NCR Book Club, chatting about one of our favorite tennis tomes: Venus Envy by Jon Wertheim, which covers the 2000 season on the WTA Tour

We discuss the colorful characters, what's changed in the sport in the last two decades, and how the book is a great snapshot of a moment on tour which is often sanitized or glossed over in modern narratives. Plus, a whole lot more.

We will have another episode on Venus Envy featuring author Jon Wertheim later this week. The NCR Book Club next continues on to our next selection: Hard Courts by John Feinstein.

After the book chat, Ben and Courtney debrief on life in our current quarantines. It's a weird time, y'all. 

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Tags: tennis · sports · wta · serena williams · lindsay davenport · maria sharapova · women's sports · venus williams · karolina pliskova · naomi osaka · anna kournikova · martina navratilova · monica seles · bianca andreescu · ash barty

Episode 242: Australian Open 2020 Draw Preview

January 17th, 2020 · Comments

Ben and Courtney dive into the first Grand Slam of the 2020s with some Big Decade Energy, breaking down the paths for the top women and men in Melbourne.

We start with the women, where Ash Barty is the top seed and hometown hope, and where many contenders clustered in the top half, particularly in the second quarter (Osaka, Serena, and an R1 between Venus and Gauff).

On the men's side, we like the paths for the top four, and appreciate the pruning of the plant to inspire new growth. Or something like that. 

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Tags: tennis · sports · atp · wta · rafael nadal · novak djokovic · serena williams · australia · maria sharapova · simona halep · australian open · roger federer · caroline wozniacki · nick kyrgios · women's sports · venus williams · garbine muguruza · karolina pliskova · dominic thiem · petra kvitova · grigor dimitrov · sascha zverev · denis shapovalov · elina svitolina · daria kasatkina · sloane stephens · kevin anderson · frances tiafoe · naomi osaka · diego schwartzman · anastasia pavlyuchenkova · stefanos tsitsipas · danielle collins · felix auger aliassime · marketa vondrousova · felix auger-aliassime · coco gauff · alison riske · hubert hurkacz · daniil medvedev · jannik sinner · matteo berrettini · fabio fognini · sofia kenin

Episode 241: Battles in Brisbane; Serena Wins a Title

January 12th, 2020 · Comments

Ben and Courtney wrap up the week that was in Brisbane, where a loaded women's field produced four in-form semifinalists (Karolina Pliskova, Madison Keys, Petra Kvitova, Naomi Osaka) who all look to be in great shape for Melbourne.

Also, who is currently the best player without a Grand Slam title? We think it's probably a Brisbane finalist, and we discuss.

We then shift to Serena Williams, who won her first title in three years in Auckland. The field there wasn't the toughest, but Serena still impressed, and may have gotten past an important mental block?

We wrap up with some closing thoughts on the first ATP Cup, featuring a win by Serbia and Novak Djokovic, and losses in the composure of many players. 

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Tags: tennis · sports · atp · wta · novak djokovic · serena williams · australia · brisbane · nick kyrgios · women's sports · karolina pliskova · petra kvitova · sascha zverev · madison keys · naomi osaka · danielle collins · bianca andreescu · ash barty · felix auger-aliassime · alison riske · barbora strycova

Episode 232: U.S. Open 2019 Preview

August 25th, 2019 · Comments

On the eve of the U.S. Open, Ben and Courtney sit down with the draws to figure out who is going to win this thing. It only feels worth going so far on the women's side, given the parity and upheaval on that tour lately, whereas our men's picks are mighty confident--including for newcomer to the top Daniil Medvedev.

We discuss Serena-Sharapova, Bianca Andreescu, Hubert Hurkacz's mock turtleneck, Jannik Sinner's roots, and much more.

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Tags: tennis · sports · atp · wta · rafael nadal · novak djokovic · serena williams · stan wawrinka · us open · maria sharapova · simona halep · roger federer · nick kyrgios · women's sports · timea bacsinszky · garbine muguruza · karolina pliskova · gael monfils · dominic thiem · petra kvitova · coco vandeweghe · grigor dimitrov · sascha zverev · johanna konta · denis shapovalov · svetlana kuznetsova · jelena ostapenko · aleksandra krunic · sloane stephens · hsieh su-wei · naomi osaka · karen khachanov · anastasia pavlyuchenkova · stefanos tsitsipas · bianca andreescu · carla suarez navarro · ash barty · felix auger-aliassime · coco gauff · 2019 us open · hubert hurkacz · daniil medvedev · jannik sinner · caty mcnally

Episode 230: Halep Takes the Wheel; Big 3 Roll

July 17th, 2019 · Comments

Back on Centre Court among the debris of the men's final, Ben and Courtney wrap up the Wimbledon that was.

You'll hear much, including: why the men's and women's draws need each other so; the Coco Gauff breakthrough; Halep's incredible run; another close-but-no-cigar for Serena; we love Barbora Strycova; the media vs Johanna Konta; the Big 3 cruising until the late rounds and then playing matches high on drama if chunky on quality, especially the riveting Djokovic-Federer final; the wage theft from Bernard Tomic; and the imperative for tennis to find a way to foreground mixed doubles.

Until next time, keep calm and Carrie on. 

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Tags: tennis · wimbledon · sports · atp · wta · rafael nadal · novak djokovic · serena williams · simona halep · andy murray · roger federer · nick kyrgios · women's sports · karolina pliskova · johanna konta · elina svitolina · jelena ostapenko · bernard tomic · hsieh su-wei · britain · ash barty · 2019 wimbledon · coco gauff · alison riske · barbora strycova · mixed doubles