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Episode 187b: French Open Shuns Sharapova

May 16th, 2017 · Comments

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In a decision that had been anticipated for months, French Tennis Federation president Bernard Giudicelli surprised many by not granting Maria Sharapova any wild card--not even into qualifying--for Roland Garros, locking out the two-time champion there as she continues to work on rebuilding her ranking following her 15-month absence due to a positive test.

In this short episode, Ben discusses the style, cause, and correctness of the decision with two French tennis journalists: our beloved Carole Bouchard (NCR's France correspondant) and Vincent Cognet of L'Equipe.

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Tags: tennis · wimbledon · sports · wta · maria sharapova · women's sports · rome · french open · 2017 French Open · roland garros · bernard giudicelli

Episode 182a: Maria Sharapova: The Ice Woman Cometh

March 20th, 2017 · Comments

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With Maria Sharapova's ban set to end in just over a month, we've assembled an all-star lineup to discuss her impending return and the many questions it raises in this our fourth episode (here are 1, 2, and 3) about Sharapova's saga.

First, Ben speaks with Markus Günthardt, the tournament director of the Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart where Sharapova will be making her comeback on Wednesday, April 26. We discuss why this tournament has grown so popular with top players (the car-as-trophy model seems to work), how important Sharapova is to it, the decision to give her a wild card, and how the contentious Wednesday start was made possible.

Next, Ben reunites 75% of our March 2016 roundtable on Sharapova by bringing back in Sports Illustrated/Tennis Channel's Jon Wertheim and fabulous French freelancer Carole Bouchard to discuss all sorts of issues and questions raised by the Sharapova brouhaha, what has changed as the story has evolved over the last year, and what should be considered in the decisions about wild cards and whatever else in her comeback.

Then, to bring the decidedly different British perspective on this case and anti-doping rigidity in general, Ben chats with BBC tennis correspondent Russell Fuller about why reactions in attitudes in his country have been so different, and the ethical and logistical questions facing Wimbledon as it weighs whether or not to warmly welcome Sharapova with a main draw wild card.

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Tags: tennis · wimbledon · sports · wta · maria sharapova · andy murray · women's sports · doping · madrid · french open · ethics · stuttgart · porsche

Episode 164: US Open Preview State of Mind

August 27th, 2016 · Comments

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The year's final grand slam event is upon us, and Ben and Courtney are ready with their draws to break down the who and how of this US Open. 

There are surprising champions in Cincinnati to review (Marin Cilic and Karolina Pliskova) to mull over, shaky #1s to evaluate (Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams), and increasingly steady anchors at the bottom of each draw (Andy Murray and Angelique Kerber). So, who do we pick?

Lastly, Courtney sings.


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Tags: tennis · wimbledon · sports · wta · rafael nadal · novak djokovic · serena williams · stan wawrinka · us open · juan martin del potro · simona halep · angelique kerber · agnieszka radwanska · andy murray · nick kyrgios · women's sports · venus williams · sam querrey · milos raonic · monica puig · 2016 us open

Episode 160d: Wimbledon Volley 4: Serena and Murray Slay

July 10th, 2016 · Comments

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It was a Wimbledon with two worthy champions, Serena Williams and Andy Murray, and two worthy finalists in Angelique Kerber and Milos Raonic who delivered finals of varying levels of entertainingness. First on the women: how much was this win about Serena finally overcoming the Vinci shock, as Patrick Mouratoglou said? And how did Kerber change her legacy?

On the men, why did the final seem so flat and dull? Is this the start of bigger things from Murray, that might even include reaching No. 1 at some point? Also, how much will Federer rue the missed opportunity? 

Also, PB&J and ice. Both nice.


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Tags: tennis · wimbledon · sports · atp · wta · serena williams · angelique kerber · andy murray · women's sports · 2016 wimbledon · milos raonic

Episode 160b: Wimbledon Volley 2: Querrey Stuns Djokovic

July 2nd, 2016 · Comments

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On his way to a calendar slam that many considered as likely as not, Novak Djokovic ran into the indomitable Sam Querrey. Yes, that happened. Ben and Courtney discuss the stunning win, both from a perspective of Novak's understandable letdown and Querrey's unlikely casting in this role, despite his undeniable talent and weapons. 

Also, an update on the rest of rain-soaked play, and the all important questions of where it leaves our concert plans. 


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Tags: tennis · wimbledon · sports · novak djokovic · 2016 wimbledon · sam querrey