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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.

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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 239: Barbora Strycova

January 6th, 2020 · Comments

Kicking off our *NINTH* season, NCR is thrilled to be joined by one of our favorite people on tour, Barbora Strycova.

From the grounds of the Brisbane International, Ben and Courtney chat with Barbora about her life in tennis and her unique game, as well as topics ranging from fashion to figure skating. Also, hear why Maria Sharapova was jealous of her when they were teenagers, and how she explains her enigmatic doubles partner Hsieh Su-wei. 

As Australia has been our home every January for nine years now, we wish everyone here the best through the terrible fires, and encourage you to donate to fire relief efforts if you're able.

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Tags: tennis · wimbledon · sports · andrea petkovic · wta · maria sharapova · women's sports · dominika cibulkova · hsieh su-wei · barbora strycova

Episode 230: Halep Takes the Wheel; Big 3 Roll

July 17th, 2019 · Comments

Back on Centre Court among the debris of the men's final, Ben and Courtney wrap up the Wimbledon that was.

You'll hear much, including: why the men's and women's draws need each other so; the Coco Gauff breakthrough; Halep's incredible run; another close-but-no-cigar for Serena; we love Barbora Strycova; the media vs Johanna Konta; the Big 3 cruising until the late rounds and then playing matches high on drama if chunky on quality, especially the riveting Djokovic-Federer final; the wage theft from Bernard Tomic; and the imperative for tennis to find a way to foreground mixed doubles.

Until next time, keep calm and Carrie on. 

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Tags: tennis · wimbledon · sports · atp · wta · rafael nadal · novak djokovic · serena williams · simona halep · andy murray · roger federer · nick kyrgios · women's sports · karolina pliskova · johanna konta · elina svitolina · jelena ostapenko · bernard tomic · hsieh su-wei · britain · ash barty · 2019 wimbledon · coco gauff · alison riske · barbora strycova · mixed doubles

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

Episode 226: Nick Kyrgios

May 15th, 2019 · Comments

In our first player interview in a while, Ben sits down in Rome with Nick Kyrgios, who provides his remarkably unfiltered views on himself and others in tennis.

After a stupid saga of Twitter encounters, Ben and Nick's in-person chat offers infinitely more than 280 perspectives from one of the games most fascinating, complex, and divisive characters. You'll agree with parts, you'll disagree with parts, but mostly, hopefully, you'll be surprised by his honesty, for better or worse.

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Tags: tennis · wimbledon · sports · atp · wta · rafael nadal · novak djokovic · stan wawrinka · australia · angelique kerber · andy murray · roger federer · nick kyrgios · rome · bernard tomic · sloane stephens · frances tiafoe · stefanos tsitsipas · felix auger aliassime · carla suarez navarro · fernando verdasco