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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

Episode 234: Tennis Politics with Vasek Pospisil

October 18th, 2019 · Comments

We're back with an interview from a bit ago with Vasek Pospisil, who has been using his spot on the ATP Player Council to lead a crusade for greater representation and compensation for players.

Ben and Vasek talk about those issues, as well as conflicts of interest, Justin Gimelstob, Chris Kermode, relations with the WTA player leadership, and more.

If you're interested in tennis politics, this is the episode for you.

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Tags: tennis · sports · atp · chris kermode · vasek pospisil

Episode 233: Bianca, Rafa Win a U.S. Open for the Millennium

September 10th, 2019 · Comments

The U.S. Open was one to remember for runs by champion Bianca Andreescu and runner-up Daniil Medvedev, whom Ben and Courtney explore on this wrap show from a very good tournament.

Rafael Nadal won his 19th Grand Slam, somehow becoming the best U.S. Open player of the decade. And Serena Williams lost a fourth straight Grand Slam final, bafflingly. We discuss both of those happenings, plus men's semifinalists Grigor Dimitrov and Matteo Berrettini, as well as women's fourth rounders Naomi Osaka, Taylor Townsend, and Kristie Ahn. 

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Tags: tennis · sports · wta · rafael nadal · serena williams · us open · roger federer · women's sports · alexander bublik · grigor dimitrov · naomi osaka · bianca andreescu · coco gauff · barbora strycova · 2019 us open · daniil medvedev · caty mcnally · kristie ahn · taylor townsend · matteo berrettini

Episode 232: U.S. Open 2019 Preview

August 25th, 2019 · Comments

On the eve of the U.S. Open, Ben and Courtney sit down with the draws to figure out who is going to win this thing. It only feels worth going so far on the women's side, given the parity and upheaval on that tour lately, whereas our men's picks are mighty confident--including for newcomer to the top Daniil Medvedev.

We discuss Serena-Sharapova, Bianca Andreescu, Hubert Hurkacz's mock turtleneck, Jannik Sinner's roots, and much more.

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Tags: tennis · sports · atp · wta · rafael nadal · novak djokovic · serena williams · stan wawrinka · us open · maria sharapova · simona halep · roger federer · nick kyrgios · women's sports · timea bacsinszky · garbine muguruza · karolina pliskova · gael monfils · dominic thiem · petra kvitova · coco vandeweghe · grigor dimitrov · sascha zverev · johanna konta · denis shapovalov · svetlana kuznetsova · jelena ostapenko · aleksandra krunic · sloane stephens · hsieh su-wei · naomi osaka · karen khachanov · anastasia pavlyuchenkova · stefanos tsitsipas · bianca andreescu · carla suarez navarro · ash barty · felix auger-aliassime · coco gauff · 2019 us open · hubert hurkacz · daniil medvedev · jannik sinner · caty mcnally

Episode 231: On Stopping

August 15th, 2019 · Comments

With careers lasting longer than ever in professional tennis nowadays, how does one end? 

To discuss that, Ben welcomes Tim Smyczek back to NCR. With the US Open not awarding Tim a wild card into the tournament this year, he found out a couple days ago that he had played the final match of his pro career.

Tim didn't reach the highs of many players you'd be more familiar with, but his experience is both reflective of more players who give professional tennis a shot, and also a success story. And one, as you'll learn, that he is happy to close the book on.

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Tags: tennis · sports · rafael nadal · tim smyczek