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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 340: Wimbledon 2022 Draw Preview

June 24th, 2022 · Comments

Ben and Tumaini Carayol are back together again at Wimbledon for another look ahead at a Grand Slam draw, looking at the men's field, the women's field, and a concerning hole on the side of Court 14. 

After a general look at the draw balance--and the intrigue missing from the field because of the ban of Russian and Belarusian players--Ben and Tumaini dig into the men's draw, in which balance emerged despite some misleading seedings, with Hubert Hurkacz and Matteo Berrettini landing in separate quarters from fellow contenders Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.

On the women's side, we discuss Serena Williams' unexpected return and her prospects, Ons Jabeur's comfort in this world, Bianca Andreescu reasserting her gifts, and Iga Swiatek's chances of extending her streak of dominance. Also, justice for Julia Pegula. 

Thanks for listening, as always! 

Tags: wimbledon · sports · atp · wta · rafael nadal · novak djokovic · serena williams · andy murray · nick kyrgios · women's sports · karolina pliskova · iga swiatek · petra kvitova · alexander bublik · grigor dimitrov · denis shapovalov · jelena ostapenko · john isner · marin cilic · frances tiafoe · diego schwartzman · britain · ons jabeur · stefanos tsitsipas · danielle collins · bianca andreescu · felix auger aliassime · felix auger-aliassime · coco gauff · hubert hurkacz · matteo berrettini

Episode 337: Draw Me Like One of Your French Opens, 2022

May 20th, 2022 · Comments

We are delighted to return to you, and to return to Paris, and to return our favorite annual episode title!

Ben and Tumaini Carayol start this French Open draw show with a bit first on the big news of the day, which was the ATP and WTA deciding to withhold ranking points from this year's Wimbledon Championships because of the tournament banning Russian and Belarusian players. What effect will this have on the tournament, the players, and the outlook for the #1 ranking in men's tennis?

We then break down the French Open draws, starting with the women and prohibitive favorite Iga Swiatek. Who or what can stop her from cruising onward to her second French Open title? We also discuss two of the most compelling floaters, Naomi Osaka and Bianca Andreescu.

On the men's side, we discuss the top-heavy draw, how the three-horse race of Djokovic, Nadal, and Alcaraz has set up, and who can take advantages of the openings on the bottom half.

Thank y'all for listening! Bonsoiree! 

Tags: tennis · wimbledon · atp · wta · rafael nadal · novak djokovic · serena williams · simona halep · angelique kerber · women's sports · rome · french open · iga swiatek · dominic thiem · daria kasatkina · roland garros · jelena ostapenko · naomi osaka · bianca andreescu · daniil medvedev · jannik sinner

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