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Episode 273k: 2020 U.S. Open Day 10 - Mary Carillo and the Final Fours

September 10th, 2020 · Comments

Mary Carillo, NCR's favorite, joins Ben and Courtney for a third time as the U.S. Open gets to the business end of the draws, as we are now down to four semifinalists for both the men and women.

What has it been like calling this completely different tournament from on site at the Open? What have been the unexpected revelations of this new landscape and soundscape? Why does the Chinese restaurant want you to order the fries?

We discuss all eight semifinalists in some detail: Jennifer Brady, Victoria Azarenka, Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka; Pablo Carreno Busta, Alexander Zverev, Daniil Medvedev, and Dominic Thiem.

Thank you again for the incredible support for NCR we've received in recent days!

If you'd like to join fellow listeners in supporting our show as we work to crank out daily shows during the 2020 U.S. Open, we've launched an NCR Patreon where you can do just that! Check out our five tiers and see which might be right for you! 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, and Charles Cyna!)

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Tags: tennis · sports · wta · serena williams · us open · victoria azarenka · maria sharapova · roger federer · caroline wozniacki · women's sports · dominic thiem · dominika cibulkova · alexander bublik · sascha zverev · denis shapovalov · naomi osaka · david ferrer · alex de minaur · stefanos tsitsipas · daniil medvedev

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. 

If you'd like to support our show, particularly as our normal work has ceased, we've launched an NCR Patreon where you can do just that! Check out our five tiers and see which might be right for you! And thank you to the many listeners who have already given their support! (And thank you to G.O.A.T. backer J O'D!) 

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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 245a: Maria Sharapova Retires (with Tumaini Carayol)

February 26th, 2020 · Comments

After Maria Sharapova announced her retirement on Wednesday morning, Ben is joined by Tumaini Carayol of The Guardian for an emergency episode to discuss her career and its many highs, lows, and controversies.

After expressing some relief that she's stopped, we discuss what made Sharapova keep pushing on through the pain so long, and also what our early memories of her career were. We discuss her arrival as a star, and then the darkening of that when she tested positive for a newly-banned substance in early 2016, which complicated and muddled a career which was already likely on its downhill. 

We also share some of our favorite memories of Maria, and what made her such a tremendously satisfying antagonist on the tour--particularly for Serena Williams, whom she was a distant second behind in the end.

If you'd like to support our show, we've launched an NCR Patreon where you can do just that! Check out our five tiers and see which might be right for you! And thank you to the many who have already given their support! (And thank you to G.O.A.T. backer J O'D!) 

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Tags: tennis · wimbledon · sports · wta · serena williams · lindsay davenport · victoria azarenka · maria sharapova · australian open · andy murray · women's sports · doping · venus williams · ana ivanovic · andy roddick · bernard giudicelli · genie bouchard · anna kournikova · coco gauff · diabetes

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 239: Barbora Strycova

January 6th, 2020 · Comments

Kicking off our *NINTH* season, NCR is thrilled to be joined by one of our favorite people on tour, Barbora Strycova.

From the grounds of the Brisbane International, Ben and Courtney chat with Barbora about her life in tennis and her unique game, as well as topics ranging from fashion to figure skating. Also, hear why Maria Sharapova was jealous of her when they were teenagers, and how she explains her enigmatic doubles partner Hsieh Su-wei. 

As Australia has been our home every January for nine years now, we wish everyone here the best through the terrible fires, and encourage you to donate to fire relief efforts if you're able.

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Tags: tennis · wimbledon · sports · andrea petkovic · wta · maria sharapova · women's sports · dominika cibulkova · hsieh su-wei · barbora strycova

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