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Episode 331: Indian Wells - Fritz Breaks Through; Swiatek Soars

March 21st, 2022 · Comments

Just back from the desert, Ben chats with David Avakian about the weeks that were at Indian Wells, with culminated in a surprise triumph for Taylor Fritz over Rafael Nadal, and an increasingly expected victory for Iga Swiatek, over Maria Sakkari.

For the men, we discuss Fritz and where American men's tennis is at globally right now, what lies ahead for Nadal and the field, Kyrgios' strong run and awkward finish, Norrie's banishment to Stadium 5.

On the women's side, we discuss Swiatek emerging as a dominant force on the tour and the room she might have to go even higher, if Sakkari can push higher, and some other breakout performances from the week.

Oh, and Holland's Got Tallon, in case you missed it.

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Tags: tennis · wta · rafael nadal · taylor fritz · nick kyrgios · women's sports · indian wells · iga swiatek

Episode 328: Our Woman in Dubai (with Reem Abulleil)

February 20th, 2022 · Comments

Ben is joined by NCR's intrepid Middle East and North Africa correspondent Reem Abulleil to discuss the tennis happening in Dubai this month, where she enjoyed more access to players than she has been able to get at any time before since the pandemic began.

Reem discusses the women's week that was in Dubai, starting with her interview with Danielle Collins and Collins' mentor, and then Jelena Ostapenko storming through a loaded field.

We then discuss the week ahead in the men's draw, and what questions might still remain as Novak Djokovic returns to the tour (and interviews). 

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Tags: tennis · sports · wta · novak djokovic · dubai · women's sports · jelena ostapenko · danielle collins

Episode 326: Australian Open - Nadal and Barty’s Fairytale Endings

February 4th, 2022 · Comments

The stormy lead-up to the Australian Open ended with two great resplendent victories, with Ash Barty becoming the first Aussie champ in Melbourne in four decades, and Rafael Nadal winning just his second Australian Open to win a record 21st Grand Slam men's singles title.

On Barty, we discuss her win, the catharsis after a lack of tension, parallels to Andy Murray, and how the field could try to disrupt her dominance. We also discuss runner-up Danielle Collins, who breaks into the Top 10 after a run of self-driven power tennis.

We then move to the men's side, where Nadal's win was seen as obvious from the outside but as a longshot inside the sport. What does this remarkable comeback win mean for him and the sport? Was Medvedev right to be aggrieved at the crowd? And what should be done to police mid-match coaching after seeing the Tsitsipas sting operation in the semifinals?

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Tags: tennis · sports · atp · wta · rafael nadal · australian open · women's sports · stefanos tsitsipas · danielle collins · ash barty · daniil medvedev

Episode 324: Australian Open - The Slam After the Storm

January 22nd, 2022 · Comments

Now that the Djokovic debacle has ended and the tennis has begun, Ben and Tumaini Carayol wrap up the big stories of the first week of the Australian Open.

What did we see from Naomi Osaka in how she won and in how she handled defeat? How did Emma Raducanu manage to slice her way into Romanian hearts? Can anyone stop Barty and Medvedev?

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Tags: tennis · sports · atp · wta · australian open · naomi osaka

Episode 322: 2022 Australian Open Draw Preview

January 16th, 2022 · Comments

Ben and Courtney(!) know that a whole lot else has been going on in the world of tennis, but now that Novak Djokovic is on a plane out of Australia (which wasn't yet settled when we recorded), the coast is clear to talk about the draws ahead for the year's first Grand Slam.

How is Ash Barty's ambition clearer than before, and will that eagerly awaited match with Naomi Osaka happen? How do last year's surprise success stories look early on this year?

Also, Ben's been imagining a specific surprise champion on the men's side, and we send some love to friends in the tennis world.  

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Tags: tennis · sports · atp · wta · australia · australian open · women's sports · grigor dimitrov · ash barty

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