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Episode 307: Tokyo Takes a Toll (With Tumaini Carayol)

August 2nd, 2021 · Comments

Our guy Tumaini Carayol joins from Tokyo, where he's covering the Olympics for The Guardian, for a discussion of the happenings in tennis and elsewhere at the Games.

What happened to Novak Djokovic, who was cruising toward a Golden Slam before suddenly crashing out with three defeats and a withdrawal in a nightmare 36 hour stretch? And how did Pablo Carreno Busta become the breakout achiever of the Olympic singles? And how about the big surprises in some doubles draws?

We also discuss Naomi Osaka, and the parallels between her, Simone Biles, and Serena Williams, and what happens to athletes when they're hyped as inevitably flawless queens.

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Tags: tennis · sports · wta · novak djokovic · serena williams · olympics · women's sports · elina svitolina · naomi osaka · karen khachanov

Episode 305: Ringing in the Olympic Tennis Draws (With Alex Gruskin)

July 22nd, 2021 · Comments

The Olympics are on the horizon at last in the Land of the Rising Sun, and so Ben is joined by Alex Gruskin of Cracked Racquets to break down the women's and men's singles draws for the fast-approaching Tokyo tennis turn-up.

On the women's side, is Ash Barty ready to be seen as a dominant clear favorite in women's tennis yet? Or could other surging players like Barbora Krejcikova or Aryna Sabalenka stop her before the final? And what should we expect from Naomi Osaka's return to competition under this intense spotlight?

On the men's side, can anyone stop Novak Djokovic but himself? And is it actually a sneakily straightforward time in the rest of men's tennis as well?

(We also did a companion Olympic episode of sorts to this over on Great Shot Pod, talking about more big picture Olympic tennis concerns.)

Thank you again for the incredible support for NCR we've received on the NCR Patreon which has powered us into our TENTH(!) ad-free season! Please consider joining in as we bring you the best shows we can this year! 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, Pam Shriver, and Nicole Copeland!)

Tags: tennis · atp · wta · novak djokovic · olympics · andy murray · women's sports · kei nishikori · garbine muguruza · karolina pliskova · iga swiatek · petra kvitova · sascha zverev · denis shapovalov · diego schwartzman · ons jabeur · anastasia pavlyuchenkova · stefanos tsitsipas · ash barty · felix auger-aliassime · hubert hurkacz · daniil medvedev

Episode 304: Barty, Djokovic Win Wimbledon; Olympic Exodus

July 13th, 2021 · Comments

Back stateside, Ben reconnects with Courtney to discuss the Wimbledon finals, which saw Ash Barty win her 2nd and Novak Djokovic win his 20th.

On Barty, what does her win say about the current conversation around mental health? And on Djokovic, is he destined to win a Calendar Golden Slam?

Also bits on Pliskova, Berrettini, and our thoughts on the increasingly large numbers of top players opting out of the Olympics (we don't love it!)

Thank you again for the incredible support for NCR we've received on the NCR Patreon which has powered us into our TENTH(!) ad-free season! Please consider joining in as we bring you the best shows we can this year! 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, Pam Shriver, and Nicole Copeland!)

Tags: tennis · wimbledon · sports · atp · wta · novak djokovic · olympics · women's sports · karolina pliskova · anna kournikova · ash barty · matteo berrettini

Episode 163: Golden Girl Monica Puig and More Rio Results

August 15th, 2016 · Comments

Olympic tennis produced one of its most stunning results with Monica Puig winning gold, and so Ben  nd Courtney are here to break that down, as well as all the other medals and losers in Rio. What does Monica's win show us about Olympic tennis, and what does it mean for her going forward? How delightful were the silver efforts of Juan Martin del Potro and Venus Williams? And why weren't many of the other results surprising? Also, is it fair to call Jack Sock a "doubles specialist"?

To tee up this week's tournament in Cincinnati, we chat with local sports reporter Shannon Russell, who has covered the tennis here for the Cincinnati Enquirer, and sheds light on what it's like being a one-week-a-year tennis reporter serving a tournament's local market.

Then in a wide-ranging rant extravaganza, Courtney talks about journalism (after John Oliver did) and Ben talks about plaques (but really Pokemon again).

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Tags: tennis · sports · wta · rafael nadal · serena williams · olympics · juan martin del potro · angelique kerber · andy murray · women's sports · kei nishikori · timea bacsinszky · monica puig

Episode 162a: Olympian Upset: Delpo Defeats Djokovic

August 8th, 2016 · Comments

After one round of action in Rio there are already some big tennis upsets in the books, so Ben and Courtney raced to their microphones to discuss. Firstly, Juan Martin del Potro stunned Novak Djokovic in straight sets, upending the tournament. This was shocking, even if it was a match to watch, and we explain why. Does Djokovic's reaction show the gravity of the Olympics? And how about those doubles upsets?

Also, our thoughts about other doings at the Olympics early on, from soccer heckling to gymnastics injuries, as well as our fat kid snacking proclivities.


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Tags: tennis · sports · wta · novak djokovic · olympics · juan martin del potro · agnieszka radwanska · women's sports

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