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Episode 301a: French Open Day 8: Federer and Serena Age Out

June 6th, 2021 · Comments

It was a day of easy parallels at Roland Garros, with 39-year-olds Roger Federer and Serena Williams both bowing out, albeit in different fashions.

Federer withdrew from the French Open hours after his late-night win over Dominik Koepfer, having gotten the match practice he wanted before the grass season where he plans to peak. Serena played, but was outplayed by Elena Rybakina, who handed in a pretty straightforward straight-set win. How does that less intentional exit set her up for grass?

To discuss the role of aging, and the young guns left in both the men's and women's draws, we're joined by NCR's Youth Correspondent Alex Gruskin of Cracked Racquets who has all sorts of takes and stats on your Davidovich Fokinas, Musettis and whatnots. 

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

Tags: tennis · sports · atp · wta · rafael nadal · novak djokovic · serena williams · roger federer · women's sports · french open · iga swiatek · sascha zverev · roland garros · anastasia pavlyuchenkova · stefanos tsitsipas · felix auger aliassime · felix auger-aliassime · daniil medvedev · jannik sinner

Episode 299j: French Open Day 5: RG Recap: Barty Bows Out; Bob Van De Slap

June 3rd, 2021 · Comments

Ben and Courtney reunite to look back on the first two rounds that have been completed at Roland Garros in the men's and women's draws.

We start with the men, but the big story from Day 5 was undoubtedly the injury of Ash Barty, which forced the 2019 champion out of the tournament. What were the signs this was coming?

Is Iga Swiatek reaching Nadalesque levels of dominance and inevitability already? What are commentators going to do about Botic van de Zandschulp?

Thank you again for the incredible support for NCR we've received on the NCR Patreon which has powered us into our TENTH(!) season! If you'd like to join in as we bring you the best shows we can during the French Open, and march toward Episode 300 and 300 followers, 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, Pam Shriver, and Nicole Copeland!)

Tags: tennis · atp · wta · rafael nadal · novak djokovic · serena williams · women's sports · french open · karolina pliskova · iga swiatek · daria kasatkina · sloane stephens · elise mertens · anastasia pavlyuchenkova · danielle collins · ash barty · coco gauff · daniil medvedev · jannik sinner · sofia kenin

Episode 299e: Draw Me Like One of Your French Opens, 2021

May 29th, 2021 · Comments

It's our favorite annual episode title! Ben and Courtney dive deep into the draws of Roland Garros to cover themselves in tidbits and terre battue about this draw.

Defending champions Rafael Nadal and Iga Swiatek hit together on Saturday; how likely was it that Nadal was going to know anything about possible Swiatek first round opponents? We explore.

On the women we go into folks including Barty, Swiatek, Kenin, Pliskova, Stephens, Muguruza, Sabalenka, Serena, Andreescu, and Osaka, while the men's side is more a conversation about how loaded the top half is around Rafael Nadal, and the opportunities it presents for the lads on the bottom.

Thank you again for the incredible support for NCR we've received on the NCR Patreon which has powered us into our TENTH(!) season! If you'd like to join in as we bring you the best shows we can during the French Open, 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, Pam Shriver, and Nicole Copeland!)

Tags: sports · atp · wta · rafael nadal · novak djokovic · serena williams · juan martin del potro · victoria azarenka · roger federer · women's sports · garbine muguruza · karolina pliskova · iga swiatek · dominic thiem · petra kvitova · alexander bublik · grigor dimitrov · johanna konta · elena vesnina · daria kasatkina · roland garros · jelena ostapenko · sloane stephens · john isner · marin cilic · naomi osaka · stefanos tsitsipas · danielle collins · lucas pouille · bianca andreescu · carla suarez navarro · petra martic · ash barty · coco gauff · hubert hurkacz · daniil medvedev · jannik sinner · matteo berrettini · sofia kenin

Episode 299c: NCRvision Spotlight: Dan Bern

May 20th, 2021 · Comments

It's that wonderful time of year, for the first time in two years: Eurovision!

At NCR, Eurovision means NCRvision, our celebration of the intersection of tennis and music--main show here; results show here--where we've found this episode's troubadour.

Dan Bern, the singer-songwriter whose song "Isner and Mahut" closed out NCRvision, joins Ben to chat and play a live concert of several of his original songs inspired by tennis players of the past and present.

It's a show like none we've ever done before on NCR, and we do hope you enjoy it.

If you want to hear more from Dan, he has newly bundled 15 of his original tennis songs together on his Bandcamp for you to check out.

Thank you again for the incredible support for NCR we've received on the NCR Patreon which has powered us into our TENTH(!) season! If you'd like to join in as we bring you the best shows we can each week, 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, Pam Shriver, and Nicole Copeland!)

Tags: tennis · sports · rafael nadal · novak djokovic · andy murray · roger federer · nick kyrgios · french open · eurovision · john isner · jannik sinner

Episode 299a: Barcelona, Barty, Belgrade and Boseman (in Brooklyn)

April 27th, 2021 · Comments

Live from Brooklyn, Ben is rejoined by Andrew Eccles of The Spin to discuss a busy April weekend of tennis (and the Oscars).

WTA #1 Ash Barty solidified her hold on the top spot with a title on the indoor clay of Stuttgart; should she be considered the favorite for the French Open, where she won two years ago? And does Aryna Sabalenka get treated fairly by the commentariat?

Rafael Nadal and Stefanos Tsitsipas played a very, very long match that ultimately wasn't the sort of torch pass it might have been; or was it?

Also, Berrettini and our reactions on the surprises of the startlingly shuffled Oscars.

Thank you again for the incredible support for NCR we've received on the NCR Patreon which has powered us into our TENTH(!) season! If you'd like to join in as we bring you the best shows we can each week, 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, Pam Shriver, Chris Bishop, and Nicole Copeland!)

Tags: tennis · sports · atp · wta · rafael nadal · women's sports · french open · stuttgart · stefanos tsitsipas · ash barty

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