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Episode 277i: 2020 French Open Day 9 - Quarterfinal Previews (With Reem Abulleil)

October 5th, 2020 · Comments

Reem Abulleil, queen of content for Roland Garros, joins Ben to look ahead to the quarterfinal slates in Paris which are (almost) complete.

On the women's side, how will Elina Svitolina handle the pressure? Will momentum help qualifiers? 

On the men's side, could Jannik Sinner pull off a huge surprise against Nadal, or should Diego Schwartzman pull off a smaller one over Thiem?

Thank you again for the incredible support for NCR we've received in recent weeks on the NCR Patreon! If you'd like to join in as we strive to bring you the best French Open content we can from across the Atlantic, 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, Christopher Bishop, Charles Cyna, and Nicole Copeland!)

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Tags: tennis · sports · atp · wta · rafael nadal · novak djokovic · women's sports · french open · dominic thiem · elina svitolina · roland garros · diego schwartzman · ons jabeur · sofia kenin

Episode 277g: 2020 French Open Day 7 - Different Faces, Different Voices

October 3rd, 2020 · Comments

Ben and Courtney reunite to discuss the first week of the French Open, which ended with Danielle Collins beating Garbine Muguruza in one of the bigger surprises so far.

Collins joins many other unexpected names (Daniel Altmaier, anyone?) in the second week of a tournament that could go some very different directions in the next few days.

We discuss how it's felt to cover the tournament that's a world away in many ways, and also get into what it's been like to have a new ear on tennis than usual, as we're home like most viewers, digesting tennis through the coverage on ESPN and Tennis Channel. What do we make about the way issues in the sport (like Hawkeye on clay, notably) are talked about, and what does that say about tennis coverage?

It all makes us very grateful for our independence, let's say that.

Thank you again for the incredible support for NCR we've received in recent weeks on the NCR Patreon! If you'd like to join in as we strive to bring you the best French Open content we can from across the Atlantic, 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, Christopher Bishop, Charles Cyna, and Nicole Copeland!)

As always, thanks for following us on Twitter and subscribing/reviewing on iTunes on iTunes or whatever your podcasting app/platform of choice may be.

Tags: tennis · sports · atp · wta · rafael nadal · novak djokovic · stan wawrinka · simona halep · women's sports · french open · garbine muguruza · media · roland garros · umpires · danielle collins

Episode 277e: 2020 French Open Day 5 - Hot Take-Off (with Alex Gruskin)

October 1st, 2020 · Comments

With two rounds of the French Open now done, it's time to make some bold calls.

Ben is rejoined by Alex Gruskin of the Cracked Racquets media empire to make some bold calls and predictions about the short-term (Roland Garros) and long-term outlook of tennis.

From Jelena Ostapenko to Sofia Kenin to Sascha Zverev to Serena Williams to Jannik Sinner, we've got all the hot takes you could ever want...and then some. 

Thank you again for the incredible support for NCR we've received in recent weeks on the NCR Patreon! If you'd like to join in as we strive to bring you the best French Open content we can from across the Atlantic, 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, Christopher Bishop, Charles Cyna, and Nicole Copeland!)

As always, thanks for following us on Twitter and subscribing/reviewing on iTunes on iTunes or whatever your podcasting app/platform of choice may be.

Tags: tennis · atp · wta · rafael nadal · novak djokovic · serena williams · stan wawrinka · simona halep · taylor fritz · nick kyrgios · women's sports · french open · milos raonic · dominic thiem · petra kvitova · sascha zverev · denis shapovalov · roland garros · jelena ostapenko · marco cecchinato · diego schwartzman · stefanos tsitsipas · felix auger-aliassime · jannik sinner · sofia kenin

Episode 276: Draw Me Like One of Your French Opens, 2020

September 25th, 2020 · Comments

Another Slam approaches at a time of year which has never held a Slam before, so Ben and Courtney try to gather their physical and mental strength to take on what is shaping up to be an incredibly challenging Slam in many ways.

We start with the women, where Simona Halep is a clear favorite, but parity abounds also in women's tennis, as always. Garbine Muguruza appears set for success, and Serena and Azarenka are also intriguing in a Slam which may reward power more than the average French Open.

On the men's side we discuss Novak Djokovic's status as favorite, and detour into topics such as the complaints of players who are testing positive, the "struggles" of Stefanos Tsitsipas, the height of Diego Schwartzman, the wonders of Sasha Bubbles, and more.

Also, we discuss what we'll miss most about Paris. 

Thank you again for the incredible support for NCR we've received in recent weeks on the NCR Patreon! If you'd like to join in as we strive to bring you the best French Open content we can from across the Atlantic, 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, Christopher Bishop and Charles Cyna!)

As always, thanks for following us on Twitter and subscribing/reviewing on iTunes on iTunes or whatever your podcasting app/platform of choice may be.

Tags: tennis · sports · atp · wta · rafael nadal · novak djokovic · serena williams · stan wawrinka · victoria azarenka · simona halep · agnieszka radwanska · women's sports · kei nishikori · 2016 French Open · french open · garbine muguruza · milos raonic · karolina pliskova · gael monfils · dominic thiem · dominika cibulkova · petra kvitova · alexander bublik · sascha zverev · johanna konta · denis shapovalov · elina svitolina · madison keys · daria kasatkina · roland garros · sloane stephens · john isner · marin cilic · caroline garcia · tennys sandgren · elise mertens · hsieh su-wei · genie bouchard · marco cecchinato · diego schwartzman · ons jabeur · stefanos tsitsipas · danielle collins · marketa vondrousova · petra martic · amanda anisimova · coco gauff · hubert hurkacz · daniil medvedev · fabio fognini · sofia kenin

Episode 273h: 2020 U.S. Open Day 7 - Djokovic Defaulted; NextGen Get Slam Chance

September 7th, 2020 · Comments

We made a mega mid-Slam episode for today's shocking developments, as No. 1 Novak Djokovic, the prohibitive favorite, was defaulted from the U.S. Open in the first set of his fourth round match after striking a lineswoman in the throat with a ball.

Courtney and Ben are joined by Reem Abulleil to discuss this moment, what it says about Djokovic and the rules of tennis, and where it leaves Djokovic and the tournament going forward.

Then in the second half of the show, Ben is joined by Alex Gruskin of the Cracked Racquets media empire to discuss the fact that we're suddenly guaranteed a new Grand Slam champion in men's tennis, something we haven't had for six years. Which of the young guys seems ready to take this mantle? And how do these unusual circumstances color the moment?

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!)

As always, thanks for following us on Twitter and subscribing/reviewing on iTunes on iTunes or whatever your podcasting app/platform of choice may be.

Tags: tennis · sports · atp · novak djokovic · us open · dominic thiem · sascha zverev · denis shapovalov · usta · frances tiafoe · felix auger-aliassime · daniil medvedev

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