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Episode 243g: Australian Open - Novak Djokovic Eight ‘Em Up

February 6th, 2020 · Comments

Ben and Courtney wrap up the Australian Open with a look at the end of the men's event, which finished for the eighth time with Novak Djokovic as champion. He sure seems to be closing in on that G.O.A.T. count, huh?

Also, we discuss runner-up Dominic Thiem, who is establishing himself as the new Andy Murray, Sascha Zverev, who made a first Slam semifinal and generated a lot of donation talk, and Roger Federer, who toughed out a win over Tennys Sandgren and then gamely took court to face the music against Djokovic.

We also discuss Nick Kyrgios, the female officials who drew praise, and how the protesting of Margaret Court is being led by two retired players.

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Tags: tennis · sports · atp · rafael nadal · lgbt · australia · australian open · roger federer · nick kyrgios · 2020 Australian Open · dominic thiem · sascha zverev · margaret court · tennys sandgren · nick mccarvel · umpires · martina navratilova

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 238a: Top 10 Defining Male Players of the Decade

December 13th, 2019 · Comments

Ben and Courtney wrap up the decade of NCR with our lists of who were the most defining players of the decade, each picking 10 players (10 men, 10 women) who we think best tell the story of the last 10 years in tennis.

We start with the men, which was a much more straightforward exercise in some ways, but also still leaves plenty of room for debate.

Do you agree with our picks? Share your own top 10 (and an explanation, ideally) with us on social media or email!

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Tags: tennis · sports · rafael nadal · novak djokovic · stan wawrinka · juan martin del potro · andy murray · roger federer · nick kyrgios · kei nishikori · milos raonic · gael monfils · dominic thiem · grigor dimitrov · sascha zverev · john isner · marin cilic · ryan harrison · stefanos tsitsipas

Episode 236a: Tsitsipas is King in England; WTAsia Wrap

November 18th, 2019 · Comments

After far too long apart, Ben and Courtney reunited to record a sprawling conversation as the tennis season nears its end, and here's the first half.

We start with Stefanos Tsitsipas triumphing at the ATP Finals in London, which sure offered evidence of a changing of a guard if we're ever ready to be ready to accept that. What makes Tsitsipas so unique? And is Thiem now a threat everywhere?

We also dig into the discussions around the visibility and yet privacy of Sascha Zverev's health, and how it should be covered going forward. Also, Davis Cup is here in a whole new way. 

We then shift to Courtney's trip through WTAsia, which featured long-awaited match-ups of breakout stars. We also discuss rising phenoms Sofia Kenin and Coco Gauff.

Our first attempt at timestamps! 

0:58 Tsitsipas

14:16 Looking back at last episode's crucial error.

25:37 Zverev health discussions

41:40 Davis Cup

48:55 WTAsia with Barty, Bianca, and Osaka

1:07:07 Kenin

1:11:05 Coco Gauff

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Tags: tennis · rafael nadal · novak djokovic · roger federer · davis cup · dominic thiem · sascha zverev · naomi osaka · stefanos tsitsipas · bianca andreescu · ash barty · amanda anisimova · coco gauff · alison riske · matteo berrettini · diabetes · sofia kenin

Episode 235: Dude Tennis With Ricky Dimon

November 2nd, 2019 · Comments

In an annual NCR tradition, Ben is joined in DC by marathoner Ricky Dimon for a lookback at the ATP season that was. 

2019 offered a lot of the same in terms of Big 3 dominance--will the one who finishes with the most Slams automatically win G.O.A.T. debates? Though in 2019 there were also meaningful breakthroughs...right? And will Andy Murray be able to contend again soon?

We also look at the overflowing cupboard of cups in men's tennis, which now bulges with Laver Cup, new Davis Cup, and ATP Cup. Is there possibly an appetite for them all? And is it fair that ATP Cup awards points, unlike the other two?

Lastly, we go over a possible ballot for the ATP awards this year--as well as their inverses.

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Tags: tennis · sports · ernests gulbis · atp · rafael nadal · novak djokovic · andy murray · roger federer · davis cup · nick kyrgios · dominic thiem · alexander bublik · sascha zverev · laver cup · hsieh su-wei · diego schwartzman · jack sock · stefanos tsitsipas · felix auger-aliassime · daniil medvedev · matteo berrettini · kyle edmund · fabio fognini