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Episode 272: 2020 U.S. Open Draw Breakdown!

August 30th, 2020 · Comments

Ben and Courtney break down the U.S. Open draw amid a tournament build-up which feels very different to that of a normal Grand Slam, particularly as we aren't even in New York this week. 

We discuss the women's draw first, where 2018 champ Naomi Osaka impressed on and off the court during "Cincinnati" but comes in carrying a hamstring injury. What to make of Serena's form since the shutdown? Can Kim Clijsters make an impact? Also, Dayana Yastremska is very much.

On the men's side, after a helpful pronunciation guide to the new "PTPA," we discuss Novak Djokovic, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Reilly Opelka, Daniil Medvedev, Milos Raonic, Bobby Bautista, and more. Also, hear Courtney's thoughts about night trains! 

This is the first of many, many shows we have planned for the U.S. Open, so stay tuned!

If you'd like to support our show during this odd, disruptive year, 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. backer J O'D!)

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: sports · atp · wta · novak djokovic · serena williams · us open · victoria azarenka · angelique kerber · andy murray · women's sports · venus williams · garbine muguruza · milos raonic · karolina pliskova · dominic thiem · petra kvitova · kim clijsters · alexander bublik · sascha zverev · johanna konta · madison keys · sloane stephens · john isner · marin cilic · tennys sandgren · elise mertens · usta · sports law · ryan harrison · naomi osaka · diego schwartzman · ons jabeur · stefanos tsitsipas · marketa vondrousova · petra martic · felix auger-aliassime · coco gauff · alison riske · tim smyczek · hubert hurkacz · daniil medvedev · kristie ahn · matteo berrettini · vasek pospisil · sofia kenin

Episode 270: Courtney’s Back! (And So Is Tennis)

August 20th, 2020 · Comments

For the first time in two-months-but-feels-like-much-longer, Courtney returns to an NCR episode! She graces us with her presence as we discuss tennis getting back underway in earnest now with a few weeks of the WTA Tour behind us and the New York swing of "Cincinnati" and the U.S. Open rapidly approaching.

What do we make of the challenge of covering the sport remotely? Who has stood out in the on-court action we've seen so far from the women? Will this U.S. Open be "asterisked," and what does an asterisk even mean? And what do we expect and want from players in the New York bubble?

Also, Courtney discusses her burgeoning career as a Twitcher.

If you'd like to support our show, particularly as our normal work has disappeared along with the sport, 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. backer J O'D!)

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 · serena williams · us open · simona halep · women's sports · venus williams · milos raonic · media · journalism · sascha zverev · roland garros · communication · sloane stephens · billie jean king · social media · usta · naomi osaka · marco cecchinato · chris evert · hubert hurkacz

Episode 268: Louisa Thomas on the Fractured World of Tennis

August 14th, 2020 · Comments

The New Yorker's Louisa Thomas is back with us to discuss the comprehensive piece she published about the state of tennis in these tumultuous last five months, "The Fractured World of Tennis Amid a Prolonged Pandemic."

Louisa and Ben discuss the notion of self-centeredness and tennis and how players are trained by people to potentially hurt those same people, how tennis' structure reflects both its strengths and weaknesses, the fast-approaching U.S. Open, and much more, including, inevitably, Nick Kyrgios.

It's a wide-ranging story and a wide-ranging chat, and we think you'll enjoy it.

Also, please go get Louisa's new book, Losers, for yourself and/or everyone you know! 

If you'd like to support our show, particularly as our normal work has disappeared along with the sport, 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. backer J O'D!)

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 · serena williams · stan wawrinka · us open · nick kyrgios · women's sports · media · karolina pliskova · journalism · ethics · sascha zverev · johanna konta · sloane stephens · usta · danielle collins · coco gauff · mixed doubles

Episode 258: Voices Emerge (with Tumaini Carayol)

June 5th, 2020 · Comments

Ben and Courtney are joined by The Guardian's Tumaini Carayol to discuss his reporting on Naomi Osaka and Coco Gauff, two young stars who have emerged as leading voices among players as America is gripped by protests following the murder of George Floyd.

How are these two women using their voices? What sort of shift might this represent in the public persona of Osaka, particularly? Are there any drawbacks to athletes speaking out? And how might the stoppage change social awareness in the sport?

If you'd like to support our show, particularly as our normal work has disappeared along with the sport, 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. backer J O'D!) 

As always, thanks for liking us on Facebook (leave comments on the episode thread! Engage with other listeners!), following us on Twitter (discuss this episode with hashtag #NCR258!), and subscribing/reviewing on iTunes on iTunes or whatever your podcasting app/platform of choice may be.

Tags: tennis · sports · sloane stephens · john isner · social media · frances tiafoe · naomi osaka · coco gauff

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. 

As always, thanks for liking us on Facebook (leave comments on the episode thread! Engage with other listeners!), following us on Twitter (discuss this episode with hashtag #NCR242!), 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 · 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

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