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Episode 299a: Barcelona, Barty, Belgrade and Boseman (in Brooklyn)

April 27th, 2021 · Comments

Live from Brooklyn, Ben is rejoined by Andrew Eccles of The Spin to discuss a busy April weekend of tennis (and the Oscars).

WTA #1 Ash Barty solidified her hold on the top spot with a title on the indoor clay of Stuttgart; should she be considered the favorite for the French Open, where she won two years ago? And does Aryna Sabalenka get treated fairly by the commentariat?

Rafael Nadal and Stefanos Tsitsipas played a very, very long match that ultimately wasn't the sort of torch pass it might have been; or was it?

Also, Berrettini and our reactions on the surprises of the startlingly shuffled Oscars.

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Tags: tennis · sports · atp · wta · rafael nadal · women's sports · french open · stuttgart · stefanos tsitsipas · ash barty

Episode 297: The Broken Economics of Tennis

March 30th, 2021 · Comments

Think tennis could work better? So does pretty much everyone who works in tennis.

Ben is joined by David Yaffe-Bellany of Bloomberg News, author of a recent piece exploring the long tradition of dysfunction and underperforming within the business side of tennis.

What are the roots of the disorganization and the animosity? What are possible fixes to the sports poor earnings and its short payroll? What do we know about the still largely undefined PTPA and the role it could play?

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Tags: tennis · sports · atp · wta · novak djokovic · women's sports · gender · communication · sports law · vasek pospisil

Episode 295: Muguruza Wins; Federer Returns; Djokovic Reigns

March 13th, 2021 · Comments

It was a newsy week in tennis, and Ben is joined by our MENA correspondent Reem Abulleil to discuss it all.

Garbiñe Muguruza won her first title in two years at WTA Dubai, and seems to be building meaningful momentum as a top player week-in, week-out. What impact could that have on the tour?

Roger Federer returned to competition at ATP Doha for his first matches in more than a year; what is he still targeting?

And speaking of targets, Novak Djokovic hit one of his big ones, reaching 311 weeks at #1. How does that impact the dreaded GOAT debates?

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Tags: tennis · sports · atp · wta · novak djokovic · roger federer · dubai · women's sports · garbine muguruza · doha

Episode 293h: Australian Open 2021 - Naomi Osaka Wins Her Fourth (and Counting…)

February 20th, 2021 · Comments

With a second Australian Open title and fourth Grand Slam win overall, Naomi Osaka is into what feels like the beginning of the resume-padding phase of her already illustrious career.

Ben and Courtney discuss Osaka's impressive run in Melbourne that ended with a win over Jennifer Brady, where she goes from here (particularly on clay), and the current state of the top of women's tennis.

We also discuss the quirks of Jennifer Brady, our feelings about fully automated officiating, the charisma of Bianca Andreescu and Daniil Medvedev, and whether or not BlacKkKlansman was a good movie.

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Tags: tennis · sports · wta · australia · australian open · women's sports · naomi osaka · bianca andreescu · alison riske · daniil medvedev

Episode 293g: Australian Open 2021 - Finals Set: Osaka-Brady, Djokovic-Medvedev

February 19th, 2021 · Comments

Both the men's and women's finals are set at the Australian Open, and we're thinking they'll be pretty good!

Reem Abulleil joins Ben to discuss the semifinals that were and the finals that they set up, starting with Jennifer Brady backing up her U.S. Open run to book another blockbuster match against Naomi Osaka. Also, what do we make of Serena's exit from Melbourne, which many perceived as a possible farewell?

Then we discuss the men, and how we both think Daniil Medvedev has a real shot of ending Novak Djokovic's undefeated streak in Australian Open finals. 

Thank you again for the incredible support for NCR we've received on the NCR Patreon which has powered us into our TENTH(!) season! If you'd like to join in as we bring you the best shows we can each week, 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, Pam Shriver, and Nicole Copeland!)

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: tennis · wta · novak djokovic · serena williams · australian open · women's sports · naomi osaka · stefanos tsitsipas · daniil medvedev

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