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Episode 273i: 2020 U.S. Open Day 8 - Quarterfinals!

September 8th, 2020 · Comments

With the U.S. Open reaching the quarterfinal stage, where the draws get considerably more manageable to process on a more granular basis, Courtney and Ben reconvene to reset the table for the feasts of tennis cooking for the men and women.

The men's field is ordering off the kids menu, with the men's game tour finally guaranteed a new Grand Slam champion for the first time in six years. Who is best poised to take advantage of this? How will the new favorites, like Thiem and Zverev, deal with the pressure?

On the women's side we discuss a field that includes the Americans Jennifer Brady and Shelby Rogers, the crafty Yulia Putintseva, the remarkable Tsvetana Pironkova, the regal Serena Williams, and the resurgent Victoria Azarenka.

Also! We are uploading video of the recording of this episode to our Patreon as an experiment, if you want to see what it's like to watch NCR instead of just listening!

Thank you again for the incredible support for NCR we've received in recent days!

If you'd like to join fellow listeners in supporting our show as we work to crank out daily shows during the 2020 U.S. Open, 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. backers J O'D, Mike, and Charles Cyna!)

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Tags: tennis · sports · atp · wta · serena williams · us open · victoria azarenka · women's sports · dominic thiem · sascha zverev · denis shapovalov · elise mertens · naomi osaka · alex de minaur · felix auger-aliassime · daniil medvedev

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 245a: Maria Sharapova Retires (with Tumaini Carayol)

February 26th, 2020 · Comments

After Maria Sharapova announced her retirement on Wednesday morning, Ben is joined by Tumaini Carayol of The Guardian for an emergency episode to discuss her career and its many highs, lows, and controversies.

After expressing some relief that she's stopped, we discuss what made Sharapova keep pushing on through the pain so long, and also what our early memories of her career were. We discuss her arrival as a star, and then the darkening of that when she tested positive for a newly-banned substance in early 2016, which complicated and muddled a career which was already likely on its downhill. 

We also share some of our favorite memories of Maria, and what made her such a tremendously satisfying antagonist on the tour--particularly for Serena Williams, whom she was a distant second behind in the end.

If you'd like to support our show, 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 who have already given their support! (And thank you to G.O.A.T. backer J O'D!) 

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Tags: tennis · wimbledon · sports · wta · serena williams · lindsay davenport · victoria azarenka · maria sharapova · australian open · andy murray · women's sports · doping · venus williams · ana ivanovic · andy roddick · bernard giudicelli · genie bouchard · anna kournikova · coco gauff · diabetes

Episode 238b: Top 10 Defining Female Players of the Decade

December 24th, 2019 · Comments

Ben and Courtney wrap up the decade with our choices for the 10 most defining players of the 2010s in women's tennis.

Tough decisions had to be made! Just counting women with 2+ Slams in the 2010s already gets you to 10, and what fun is that? So to be representative and interesting, we had to make some tough, tough snubs along the way.

Agree? Disagree! Please share your own lists!

Thank you for joining us all decade long and into 2020! Happy New Year!

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Tags: tennis · sports · andrea petkovic · wta · serena williams · victoria azarenka · maria sharapova · simona halep · angelique kerber · agnieszka radwanska · caroline wozniacki · women's sports · garbine muguruza · petra kvitova · jelena ostapenko · genie bouchard · naomi osaka

Episode 229: A Wimbledon Preview From Centre Court

June 30th, 2019 · Comments

On their second try, Ben and Courtney recorded a Wimbledon preview from Centre Court, full of rehearsals for the big show which begins tomorrow (no, we don't mean Edmund-Munar).

First on the quarter of death in the women's draw, led by Ash Barty (whom Serena Williams was surprised and delighted to learn was #1) and including Serena, Kerber, Sharapova, Muguruza, and more.

Then we also talk dudes, including our hopes that the blockbuster Nadal-Kyrgios second round materializes.

And lots more.

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Tags: tennis · wimbledon · sports · wta · rafael nadal · novak djokovic · serena williams · victoria azarenka · maria sharapova · angelique kerber · andy murray · roger federer · nick kyrgios · women's sports · venus williams · sam querrey · karolina pliskova · dominic thiem · petra kvitova · grigor dimitrov · sascha zverev · johanna konta · kevin anderson · caroline garcia · hsieh su-wei · naomi osaka · britain · karen khachanov · stefanos tsitsipas · felix auger aliassime · petra martic · ash barty · amanda anisimova · felix auger-aliassime · 2019 wimbledon · coco gauff

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