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Episode 220: 2019 Australian Open Draw Show

January 12th, 2019 · Comments

As they begin Season 8(!) of NCR, Ben and Courtney dive into the men's and women's draws of the Australian Open, which look well set up for the usual suspects on the men's side, and for just about anybody on the women's side. So, business as usual! 

We will have more for you soon (including Courtney's many feelings about Sir Andrew Barron Murray), but for now enjoy this look ahead at what should be a fun two weeks in Melbourne. 

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Tags: atp · wta · rafael nadal · novak djokovic · serena williams · stan wawrinka · victoria azarenka · maria sharapova · simona halep · australian open · angelique kerber · andy murray · roger federer · caroline wozniacki · nick kyrgios · women's sports · venus williams · kei nishikori · milos raonic · karolina pliskova · petra kvitova · sascha zverev · elina svitolina · madison keys · bernard tomic · kevin anderson · marin cilic · tennys sandgren · elise mertens · genie bouchard · naomi osaka · karen khachanov · 2019 australian open

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. 

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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 212: U.S. Open 2018 Draw Preview Spectacular

August 25th, 2018 · Comments

It's been a minute, but Ben and Courtney are back together to tee up the 2018 U.S. Open draw and do a little catching up on things we missed or covered in our lost post-Wimbledon episode.

First, the draws, which feature Serena Williams being dealt a gauntlet of her sister and Simona Halep, clearly the best player of the year. How do we assess the many threats in that quarter? And who else is well positioned to go deep?

On the men's side, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic seem like co-favorites, but how do their paths compare?

Also, we still agree about best-of-five, and now Andy Murray sees it our way. And one of us is more excited than the other about #poLLanskycaLLendarsLLam

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Tags: tennis · sports · wta · rafael nadal · novak djokovic · serena williams · stan wawrinka · us open · juan martin del potro · victoria azarenka · maria sharapova · simona halep · angelique kerber · andy murray · roger federer · caroline wozniacki · nick kyrgios · women's sports · venus williams · kei nishikori · garbine muguruza · sam querrey · karolina pliskova · dominic thiem · dominika cibulkova · petra kvitova · sascha zverev · madison keys · svetlana kuznetsova · bernard giudicelli · sloane stephens · kevin anderson · john isner · marin cilic · elise mertens · genie bouchard · usta · ryan harrison · peter polansky · 2018 us open

Episode 189: Draw Me Like One of Your French Opens, 2017

May 27th, 2017 · Comments

It's Slamming time again! Ben and Courtney break down the French Open draws for both the men's and women's.

On the women's side, where there are many favorites to choose from, who got the best and worst draws? And whose great draws and good recent forms could lead them to a second consecutive semifinal (or better)? There are multiple correct answers to that one.

On the men's side, could this be a tournament to get Murray or Djokovic back on track? Or is Rafael Nadal just too far ahead of the pack?

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Tags: tennis · sports · ernests gulbis · jelena jankovic · atp · wta · rafael nadal · novak djokovic · stan wawrinka · juan martin del potro · simona halep · angelique kerber · agnieszka radwanska · andy murray · caroline wozniacki · nick kyrgios · women's sports · venus williams · kei nishikori · timea bacsinszky · french open · garbine muguruza · sam querrey · milos raonic · monica puig · karolina pliskova · gael monfils · dominic thiem · dominika cibulkova · petra kvitova · coco vandeweghe · grigor dimitrov · sascha zverev · johanna konta · elina svitolina · madison keys · elena vesnina · svetlana kuznetsova · daria kasatkina · 2017 French Open · roland garros