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Episode 346: Men of the Year (With Ricky Dimon)

November 1st, 2022 · Comments

Ben is stepping back briefly from book writing hiatus on the occasion of being joined by Ricky Dimon of The Grandstand for a look back at the year that was in men's tennis, and how it's setting up for the finals. We talk about each of the top eight guys, and also Novak Djokovic, whose Wimbledon title will leapfrog him into the field in Turin.

It's been an odd, transitional year in men's tennis, and it's not clear quite where anything is heading in the near future, so we decide it's a good time to make predictions. 

Thank you for listening to NCR, we've missed you and we'll be back more often soon!

Tags: tennis · sports · atp

Episode 345: Swiatek, Alcaraz Reach New Heights at US Open

September 14th, 2022 · Comments

Ben and Tumaini Carayol reconvene a bit after the U.S. Open to reflect on the tournament that was, with two winners who capped off great seasons with their first titles in New York. And they've only just begun?

First, Iga Swiatek won on the women's side, overcoming a doubt-filled lead-up and solidifying her position as a bona fide star in the sport. What impressed us most about this win, and where does she go from here? Also thoughts on Jabeur, Pegula, and, of course, the fantastic farewell of Serena Williams.

Then on the men's side we discuss Carlos Alcaraz's ascendancy to the top, the "oatmeal stallion" that is Casper Ruud, the long-awaited breakthrough of a player like Frances Tiafoe, the missed opportunity by Nick Kyrgios, and more!

Thanks for listening!

Tags: tennis · sports · atp · wta · us open · nick kyrgios · iga swiatek · frances tiafoe · ons jabeur · danielle collins

Episode 344: U.S. Open Draw Show 2022!

August 28th, 2022 · Comments

Ben and Tumaini Carayol are courtside at the U.S. Open to give you the outlook on how the year's last Grand Slam and Serena Williams' last tournament is shaking up.

We start with the women, where we discuss Iga Swiatek cooling off from her lava-hot spring swing, her complaints about the balls, the Azarenka-Kostyuk situation, Emma Raducanu, Osaka-Collins, and more. 

We finish, of course, with a discussion of Serena, and what her last singles matches could look like.

On the men's side, it seems like a very open draw due to notable absences, except for that Rafael Nadal guy who seems to win every time he's overlooked this year.

Tags: tennis · sports · andrea petkovic · atp · wta · rafael nadal · serena williams · us open · victoria azarenka · simona halep · andy murray · taylor fritz · nick kyrgios · women's sports · venus williams · garbine muguruza · karolina pliskova · iga swiatek · dominic thiem · petra kvitova · madison keys · daria kasatkina · jelena ostapenko · sloane stephens · elise mertens · naomi osaka · stefanos tsitsipas · danielle collins · bianca andreescu · ash barty · daniil medvedev · jannik sinner · matteo berrettini

Episode 341: Walking Around Wimbledon’s Century

June 26th, 2022 · Comments

On the 100th birthday of Centre Court, Ben is joined by Alexandra Willis, the director of communications and marketing for Wimbledon, and the two of them take a walk into Centre Court's most hallowed places.

Along the way, we discuss Wimbledon's continuing balancing between retaining history and progressing to the present, plans of growth ahead, and the circumstances and consequences of the ban of Russian and Belarusian players this year.

Spice up your ears and enjoy!


Tags: tennis · wimbledon · sports · wta · britain

Episode 338: Swiatek and Nadal Roll Roland Garros

June 5th, 2022 · Comments

Ben and Tumaini Carayol meet back up just hours after the men's final at Roland Garros to discuss Rafael Nadal's record extending 14th title here and Iga Swiatek's streak extending 35th win and second French Open title.

We start with Swiatek, who has just been so dominant. Is the field anywhere close to her now? What will it take for a challenger to emerge? And what to make of the strong run by teen phenom Coco Gauff to the final?

Then we switch to the men--how to reconcile Nadal's dominance and his injury malaise? How much longer do we think he has left? And what will Djokovic regret about letting this one slip?

We wrap up with a look at why night sessions were not ready for prime time in Paris, and what to look for as the grass is green on the other side of the English Channel.

Thanks for listening, folks!

Tags: tennis · sports · rafael nadal · novak djokovic · french open · iga swiatek · roland garros · coco gauff

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