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Episode 188: Cautiously Sliding on Clay

May 23rd, 2017 · Comments

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In our first somewhat normal show together since the European clay swing began in earnest, Ben and Courtney catch up on what has happened in the past several weeks, from Stuttgart to Madrid to Rome.

Firstly, we assess the form and future of Maria Sharapova, the predominant protagonist of those tournaments, even if her runs ended early at the last two. Where does she go from here?

Also, we (again, sorry) wonder if there's any sense to be made of the women's side, and Courtney enjoys that caution actually seems to be the prevailing reaction to any forecasting of what might happen at the French Open.

On the men's side, how big a deal is Sascha Zverev's breakthrough title in Rome, and what should we expect from him from here? Again, we go with caution.

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Tags: tennis · sports · andrea petkovic · atp · wta · rafael nadal · novak djokovic · juan martin del potro · victoria azarenka · maria sharapova · simona halep · angelique kerber · andy murray · roger federer · women's sports · venus williams · madrid · french open · karolina pliskova · dominic thiem · petra kvitova · grigor dimitrov · sascha zverev · elina svitolina · stuttgart · 2017 French Open · roland garros

Episode 187b: French Open Shuns Sharapova

May 16th, 2017 · Comments

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In a decision that had been anticipated for months, French Tennis Federation president Bernard Giudicelli surprised many by not granting Maria Sharapova any wild card--not even into qualifying--for Roland Garros, locking out the two-time champion there as she continues to work on rebuilding her ranking following her 15-month absence due to a positive test.

In this short episode, Ben discusses the style, cause, and correctness of the decision with two French tennis journalists: our beloved Carole Bouchard (NCR's France correspondant) and Vincent Cognet of L'Equipe.

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Tags: tennis · wimbledon · sports · wta · maria sharapova · women's sports · rome · french open · 2017 French Open · roland garros · bernard giudicelli

Episode 186: Jamie Hampton

May 4th, 2017 · Comments

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We are delighted to be able to fulfill a wish of many of our listeners for years now by bringing on Jamie Hampton (a.k.a. Julie Hamilton) as a guest, who has been out of sight as she rehabs various injuries but not out of our minds of many listeners.

Ben and Jamie discuss her mindset as she copes with setbacks, the perspective she's gained on tour issues from being away, the current landscape of the tour, dealing with attention from traditional and social media, her more supportive stance on Maria Sharapova, her admiration of Serena and Venus Williams and the other players who inspire her.

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Tags: tennis · sports · wta · serena williams · maria sharapova · women's sports · venus williams

Episode 185: What to Expect When Serena’s Expecting

April 21st, 2017 · Comments

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With best wishes, Ben and Courtney convene after Serena Williams' announcement that she is expecting her first child this fall, and may already be as far as 20 weeks into her pregnancy.

Does this change how we look back on her title at the Australian Open in January, when she already would have been roughly two months pregnant? And what does this mean for the tour going forward? And what is the state of the women's field now? We don't quite agree on this one, as you'll quickly learn.

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Tags: tennis · sports · wta · serena williams · maria sharapova · women's sports · pregnancy

Episode 184: Resembling an Ensemble

April 10th, 2017 · Comments

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With a quarter of 2017 now complete, Ben and Courtney try to make sense of it all. But does it make sense, really?

Daria Kasatkina won Charleston in an all-teen final, which should be a big result. But what are results anyhow, when every player seems to have a roughly equal share of success and failure these days? Which characters and plotlines are really relevant? Does TV have the answers?

The men's side is a completely different coin, because one beloved old dude (Roger Federer) has stepped up to fill the void. But just what is that void without Federer being there as a shiny glaze on top of an otherwise questionable confection?

Lastly, we make predictions for the French Open, an amusingly hopeless endeavor. 

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Tags: tennis · sports · atp · wta · rafael nadal · novak djokovic · maria sharapova · simona halep · angelique kerber · agnieszka radwanska · roger federer · caroline wozniacki · nick kyrgios · women's sports · venus williams · charleston · garbine muguruza · karolina pliskova · sascha zverev · johanna konta · daria kasatkina