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Ben and Courtney are delighted to be back stateside, and delighted that Andy Murray’s child (it’s a girl!) arrived at a convenient time. Less delightful is the latest corruption scandal in tennis, and Ben is joined by Sean Ingle of the Guardian to discuss his report into the silent banning of two chair umpires for misconduct at the Futures level. Less ickily, Fed Cup happened this weekend, so we do a deep dive explainer-thing into what makes that competition tick, and how it gets messy with competing interests, ranking points, etc. Then, because we’re American sportswriters, we discuss Cam Newton and what all that means from a tennis lens. We’re also thrilled to introduce our two 2016 executive producers in this episode: Francisco Resendiz of 10sballs.com and Tal Woolley! As always, thanks for liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, and subscribing/reviewing on whatever your podcasting app/platform of choice may be.
In this edition of the podcast, we look back at Switzerland's success in Fed Cup and ask the question: Has anything changed since match-fixing allegations rocked tennis?
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After running the podcast single-handed for a fortnight of the Australian Open, David Law is rejoined by TV's Catherine Whitaker to share notes about what went on in Melbourne. Catherine reveals the tears that flowed in the Eurosport studios, her highlights and lowlights of the tournament, and her concern that it will take 'a Soderling moment' to provide a different Grand Slam male champion. A fabulous Fed Cup weekend is reviewed, but is there something we can do to make the thing more easily understood? We talk about Great Britain boasting six players in the singles Top 100 for the first time in three decades, and discuss Rafael Nadal, who has signed up to return to the Aegon Championships at The Queen's Club in June. The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with The Telegraph.
Ed and Steve return to run down all the happenings from the Happy Slam, including Djokovic's latest title and Serena's surprising stumble. Plus: Winners and losers from Down Under.
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Another Australian Open, another Novak Djokovic title. Ben and Courtney know the unsurprisingness of it all is unsurprising, because it’s becoming clear that Novak Djokovic is just in a league of his own. So, how will he do against a tougher opponent than any now on tour: history? And where does this tournament leave Andy Murray, besides once again cementing his trophy ceremony tearjerker crown? Then, we wrap up the tournament with a brief look at Petra Kvitova splitting with longtime coach David Kotyza, and who we’re going to be watching coming out of Australia. Thank you guys for hanging with us on this Australian Open spectacular! As always, thanks for liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, and subscribing/reviewing on whatever your podcasting app/platform of choice may be.
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Brodie and Juan Jose discuss the amazing Kerber upset and what she did well to win her first slam. They also discuss the impressive changes in Raonic’s game, Andy Murray’s endless self babbling and Djokovic’s continuing excellent form. Like the podcast? You can help support the podcast and the blog by contributing to the Patreon campaign. Subscribe on iTunes and Stitcher.
Welcome the TennisConnected Podcast for 2016! Parsa Samii and Nima Naderi return to review the Australian Open from Melbourne. After another dominating fortnight by Novak Djokovic and surprise winner Angie Kerber, we look at how each final was played and break down the matches. We also discuss what is needed by the “potential” challengers to disrupt Djokovic’s run to a Golden Slam in 2016. As always, you can alternatively listen to the #1 tennis PodCast via iTunes and never miss another episode. It is very easy and completely free.
Novak Djokovic made it Grand Slam title No.11 to draw level with Rod Laver and Bjorn Borg, and afterwards Simon Briggs of the Telegraph and Sports Illustrated's Jon Wertheim joined David Law to talk about it. It was straight sets for Djokovic over Murray, but not straightforward, and the trio discussed whether Boris Becker or Ivan Lendl were the biggest reasons for the shift in power in the Djokovic/Murray rivalry. Meanwhile, after Angelique Kerber made her dreams come true by winning her first major title, the podcast team assess the state of mind of Serena Williams. The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with The Telegraph.
Angelique Kerber stunned Serena Williams in three sets to become the 2016 Australian Open champion, and Ben and Courtney are here to take you through how it happened. Why did Serena keep crashing the net with no success? How will this change how Kerber is seen and what she can do in her career? How does Serena recover from this? Will this finally get women’s tennis naysayers to shut up for a bit? Hear from us, as well as Kerber, Serena, Torben Beltz, and Patrick Mouratoglou. As always, thanks for liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, and subscribing/reviewing on whatever your podcasting app/platform of choice may be!
Ahead of the Australian Open men's final between Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, the BBC Radio 5 Live commentary team get together to assess the chances of Murray in his fifth attempt at winning the title. In the final he faces the ultimate challenge, the 'Everest' of tennis, in the form of Novak Djokovic. Goran Ivanisevic talks to the pod team to explain why it is such a nightmare trying to coach against him. In his opinion, Djokovic can break all records. The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with Telegraph Sport.
The Australian Open final is set and it’s the fourth time Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray are going to be squaring off on a Sunday night in Melbourne. It’s a lot. Are Ben and Courtney excited aboutt his match-up? We’re…not sure. But we dutifully break down the striking semifinals, including Novak Djokovic’s incredible early mastery of Roger Federer and then Andy Murray’s escape against a Milos Raonic whose body betrayed him (but sure was snappily dressed!). Lastly, we acknowledge how the strain on Kim Sears might put economic strain on the Australian economy. As always, thanks for liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, and subscribing/reviewing on whatever your podcasting app/platform of choice may be!
It took 5 sets and more than 4 hours, but Andy Murray finally set up another final against Novak Djokovic after defeating Milos Raonic at the Australian Open, and the Tennis Podcast team got together afterwards to discuss it. The Telegraph’s Chief Sports Feature Writer Oliver Brown joined Tennis Correspondent Simon Briggs and BBC 5 Live commentator David Law to talk about how Murray came back from two sets to one, marvel at the tennis shown by Raonic, and wonder whether there’s any way Murray can beat Djokovic in the final. Plus, with Serena Williams aiming to match the exploits of Steffi Graf by winning a 22nd Grand Slam, they assess the chances of Graf’s compatriot Angelique Kerber in keeping Williams at bay. The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with The Telegraph.
We’re wrapping up just the women’s semifinals from Melbourne today (chat on both men’s semifinals coming to you tomorrow), and Ben and Courtney are pretty happy with the final we got. Serena was crazy good against Radwanska, and you’ll hear about it from *both* coaches involved, Tomasz Wiktorowski and Patrick Mouratoglou. Serena will face Angelique Kerber in the final, so we hear from both Angie and veteran German reporter Doris Henkel about the state of German tennis and other such bossly goodies. Will this final be a good one? We think/hope so. As always, thanks for liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, and subscribing/reviewing on whatever your podcasting app/platform of choice may be!
Novak Djokovic was Boris Becker-like in his presence in the Australian Open semifinals on Thursday night, and despite a spirited Roger Federer fightback, it was Djokovic who reached yet another Grand Slam final. David Law is joined by Telegraph Sport's Simon Briggs to talk it through, before going on to discuss the journey of Johanna Konta, which finally came to an end at the Australian Open in the semifinals. Plus, Serena Williams was a destructive as ever. And, with Andy Murray due to take on Milos Raonic of Canada, we hear from Murray's coach of last year - Jonas Bjorkman - and Carlos Moya, the man guiding Raonic in 2016. The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with The Telegraph.
One of the biggest ever upsets that involved a win by the higher-ranked player! Angelique Kerber beat hot pick Victoria Azarenka today in Melbourne, and so Ben is joined (on Courtney’s day off) by two awesome fellas: Nick McCarvel and Matt Trollope, freelance writer for Tennis Australia and elsewhere. Just how was Kerber able to turn around her 0-6 record against Azarenka? Hear from her coach Torben Beltz. Also, Vika was not happy. And we also hear from the impressive but quoteful Johanna Konta, a stunning semifinalist here. Lastly, we make our picks for Thursday’s three semifinals. As always, thanks for liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, and subscribing/reviewing on whatever your podcasting app/platform of choice may be!
Ben and Courtney found Day 9’s action entirely underwhelming, with every favorite winning in straight sets with relative ease. So after a brief chat on Serena-Maria, we shift to the coolest story of the tournament: Zhang Shuai, and just why her run is so delightfully life affirming. Then, we talk about being made unwitting reality show stars by the tournament, whose “AO Live” feeds are intruding on what had been considered sheltered spaces in the heart of this tournament. It’s a bit much. Then, Courtney delights in discography geography, and Ben doesn’t need your thoughts on his orders, thank you very much. As always, thanks for liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, and subscribing/reviewing on whatever your podcasting app/platform of choice may be!
Everything went to form on day nine at the Australian Open, with victory for Serena over Sharapova, and wins for Federer and Djokovic. It all means that a dream semifinal between Federer and Djokovic - the 45th match between them - will take place on Thursday. Who will win? David Law and special guest Chris Clarey of the New York Times break it down, and the conclusion might surprise you. And what about Victoria Azarenka? Blazing through the draw, the Belorussian is the second best player in the world we think, but can she beat Serena? And what is she really like? Chris Clarey lets us know.
With their 21st meeting tomorrow, Ben and Courtney take a stroll down the very noisy memory lane that is the Serena Williams-Maria Sharapova rivalry (yes, it’s a rivalry, you guys). After hearing from Day 8 winners Milos Raonic and Johanna Konta, we gear up for the marquee women’s quarterfinal with some archive audio of past Melbourne meetings, and then hear about the tactical side of their match-up from tactician Craig O’Shannessy, who has worked as a consultant with Team Sharapova on trying to solve the Serena riddle. As always, thanks for liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, and subscribing/reviewing on iTunes or whatever your podcasting platform of choice may be!
Brodie and Juan Jose convene for a Week 1 of the Australian Open megasode. They focus in on the crazy Djokovic/Simon marathon, the ATP drama around Federer and Tomic and the WTA’s intriguing young players and subsequent draw implosion. Finally, Juan Jose shares what he learned from his interview of Boris Becker for his piece at Rolling Stone. Like the podcast? You can help support the podcast and the blog by contributing to the Patreon campaign. Subscribe on iTunes and Stitcher. Soundcloud link coming, too!
Welcome the first TennisConnected Podcast for 2016! Parsa Samii and Nima Naderi return to review week one action at the Australian Open and look forward to week two. We also discuss the ongoing match-fixing controversy, Rafa Nadal’s continued decline, Novak Djokovic’s 100 unforced errors against Gilles Simon and how the fields look on both the men’s and women’s draws as we inch closer to the final weekend. As always, you can alternatively listen to the #1 tennis PodCast via iTunes and never miss another episode. It is very easy and completely free.
It’s the second week, and Ben and Courtney can now talk about lots of important matches as the tournament reaches its pointy end. Gosh, Serena’s good, isn’t she? Maria’s playing well, too, but does it matter? Then, what the heck was all that Djokovic-Simon nonsense? Does the performance cast any doubt over the overwhelming favorite’s chances here? And what do the calm and steady performances of Radwanska and Suarez Navarro teach us about veteranliness? Also, stop spitting near Courtney you gross person. As always, thanks for liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, and subscribing/reviewing on iTunes or whatever your podcasting platform of choice may be!
After a stressful middle Saturday, in which the coach of Ana Ivanovic (Nigel Sears) was taken ill but since discharged from hospital, his son-in-law Andy Murray can look ahead to a fourth round clash with Bernard Tomic. We speak to Todd Woodbridge about Tomic - what makes him tick? What does he need to do to break the Top Ten? Woodbridge tells us. And what about Nick Kyrgios? We get a view from the great Australian doubles player on that, too. Meanwhile, another fourth round blockbuster is Stan Wawrinka vs. Milos Raonic. We talk to Alex Corretja about Raonic's new coach, Carlos Moya. And with Jo Konta on the brink of reaching a first Grand Slam quarterfinal, we hear from the last British woman to do it - Jo Durie.
As Ben and Courtney wrap the third round, we’re joined by a first-rate guest: Donna Kelso, a walkie-talkie-rockin’ supervisor for the WTA and Grand Slams. We discuss how the awesome Aussie rose through the ranks of tennis to be a roaming ruler of the tour, after having chair umpired several Australian Open finals. When stuff goes down in tennis, who you gonna call? Donna Kelso! We talk grunting=hindrance?, medical timeouts, and all sorts of other neato stuff. As always, thanks for liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, and subscribing/reviewing on iTunes or whatever your podcasting platform of choice may be!
On Day 4, Ben and Courtney send off Lleyton Hewitt at long last with the help of Australian tennis writer Will Swanton. Is his legacy being overglossied in these moments? Then, we delight in the major debut of underground sensation Naomi Osaka, and talk about her complicated Japanese identity as well as her subversive humor. You’ll like this girl. If you were an NCR backer who got a reward on Kickstarter, please fill out those backers’ surveys ASAP! And thanks again! As always, thanks for liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, and subscribing/reviewing on iTunes or whatever your podcasting platform of choice may be!
After an emotional night when Lleyton Hewitt's 20-year career came to an end, his first coach Darren Cahill joins BBC 5 Live tennis commentator David Law on the Tennis Podcast to discuss his fabulous career. Cahill remembers the 12-year-old that turned up at his door 'dressed in Agassi gear' and says that he was already a pro, even at that age. Memories of Hewitt's greatest achievements are discussed, what he was like to coach, and what Cahill thinks we can expect of Hewitt the coach. Craig Willis, the Australian Open's on-court announcer, is another special guest, as is Great Britain doubles player Colin Fleming, who lets us know what Andy Murray is in for in trying to be a tennis playing father.
A quick hit from a largely quiet Day 3 of the Australian Open sees Ben and Courtney discussing the moments in a late press conference of Novak Djokovic, when he was confronted with a report in an Italian newspaper that accuses him of not trying his hardest to win once in 2007. Even if the accusation is true, does it mean anything? We have our doubts. And it has nothing to do, almost certainly, with the match fixing stuff that continues to overshadow the tournament. If you were an NCR Kickstarter backer, thank you again and please fill our the backer surveys we’ve sent out via email ASAP so we can get you your rewards! As always, thanks for liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, and subscribing/reviewing on iTunes or whatever your podcasting platform of choice may be!
In our Australian Open Day 2 episode, Ben and Courtney talk about three upset losses that cropped up on the day: Venus Williams (who you won’t hear from, as she bailed on press again), Rafael Nadal (who was optimistic overall in the face of getting blown away by power with increasing frequency), and Simona Halep, whose loss to Zhang Shuai (who you hear from) revealed an incredibly emotional, humanizing moment for tennis. Seriously, it was pretty cool. Oh, and our Kickstarter campaign is over, and 596 of you raised $22,050 to support NCR this year. We’re blown away as all heck. As always, thanks for liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, and subscribing/reviewing on iTunes or whatever your podcasting platform of choice may be!
After Monday’s allegations of suspected match-fixing, Telegraph Sport’s Simon Briggs joins Tennis Podcast presenter David Law (BBC 5 Live) to give his view on the situation, review a day in which Johanna Konta beat Venus Williams, and Andy Murray cruised through in style against Alex Zverev. Pat Rafter, a two-time Australian Open champion, also joins the show to reminisce about Lleyton Hewitt, who is playing in his final tournament. And Great Britain Davis Cup captain Leon Smith reviews a day in which Rafael Nadal and Simona Halep both crashed out.
Instead of previewing the entire draw, Brodie and Bri (@4thetennis) just talk about which sections look the most interesting, and what they’re looking forward to as long as some good ole predictions. Subscribe on iTunes and Stitcher. Soundcloud link coming, too! If you like it, leave us a rating and a review, and you can support the podcast by contributing to the Patreon campaign.
Through your Kickstarter support, we know you wanted more NCR in 2016, so Ben and Courtney are giving you more NCR in 2016! We’ll be doing daily(ish) episodes from the 2016 Australian Open, and golly was Day 1 a doozy! After reviewing some results (you’ll hear from winners Petra Kvitova and coach Patrick Mouratoglou, as well as losers Sloane Stephens and super sore loser Benoit Paire), we dive into the story that hijacked the day: the BBC/Buzzfeed reports on match fixing and Tennis Integrity Unit shortcomings. You’ll hear from ATP head Chris Kermode as well as TIU’s Nigel Willerton in their press conference, then Novak Djokovic. Lastly, Ben and Courtney are joined by British journalist Simon Cambers, who has covered the TIU closer than most anyone. Is this really the bombshell it’s being made out to be? We discuss. As of posting this there are only *HOURS* to go in our massively delighting Kickstarter campaign (over $20,000!!!), so if you haven’t yet and might want to, go do it rig ...
The Australian Open draw is out, and so is The Tennis Podcast, dissecting and previewing what is to come over the next fortnight. Catherine Whitaker is in the UK to present the tournament’s Highlights Show on Eurosport, David Law is in Melbourne for BBC Radio 5 Live, and so is the Telegraph’s correspondent Simon Briggs. Andy Murray was drawn in the opposite half of the draw to Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, meaning he can only face one of them. According to Simon Briggs, Murray has the ideal draw. It’s not just an opinion, Briggs has crunched the numbers. ‘Mathematically, Murray has the perfect draw,” Briggs tells The Tennis Podcast. “He is scheduled play lowest possible seed in all four rounds leading up to the final (R3 - No.32 Joao Sousa, R4 - No.16 Bernard Tomic, QF - No.8 David Ferrer, SF - No.4 Stan Wawrinka). The odds of that happening are 256-1. He had some rough draws last year, but if he doesn’t do well this time we certainly can not blame the draw - he’s got the dream ...
Welcome the first TennisConnected Podcast for 2016! Parsa Samii and Nima Naderi open this year show with a preview of the first Grand Slam of the season in Australia. While Novak Djokovic is the dominant favourite to win his sixth title at the event, we look at the potential contenders that could upend the Serb. We also discuss hampered women’s field and if Serena Williams will walk away with Major No. 22 after the tournament. As always, you can alternatively listen to the #1 tennis PodCast via iTunes and never miss another episode. It is very easy and completely free.
The draws for the 2016 Australian Open are out, and Ben and Courtney are here to be as sage as possible through what are generally two pretty inspiring, even draws. Does Serena face any players who might be able to derail her, maybe as soon as the first round? And what about Victoria Azarenka, who has looked so good so far and seemed to land in an ideal spot? After more chat on the ladies, can anyone even consider the possibility that Novak Djokovic might lose? And is Bernard Tomic’s draw really so good as to justify his Sydney shenanigans. All that, plus Courtney slowly gets caught up on Homeland and Ben is all for vaguely catchy but decidedly clunky propaganda. There are only a couple of days left in our Kickstarter campaign, so reading this is likely your last chance to be reminded to donate to the NCR cause if you haven’t yet and would still like to. Your support has been overwhelming so far (and good lord, the postcard haul will be massive), but if you happen to be a straggler ...
Hitting with lower level players can feel like a waste of time, so why bother? Believe it or not even "worse" players have something valuable to offer – in this episode I'll tell you why.
Steve Tignor and Ed McGrogan recap a busy opening weekend of tennis, including Milos Raonic's attention-grabbing win over Roget Federer, Victoria Azarenka's blitzkrieg in Brisbane, and the unstoppable Novak Djokovic.
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After the first week of tennis, Ben and Courtney look around to see how things have started in the 2016 season of tennis. As carnage accumulates, things sure look good for Brisbane champions Victoria Azarenka and Milos Raonic, don’t they? You’ll hear from both of them (and Azarenka’s coach Wim Fissette), as well as runner-up Roger Federer. Elsewhere, gosh was Novak Djokovic able to do unspeakable things to Rafael Nadal in that Doha final. Has anyone ever been such a clear favorite heading into a Grand Slam? And has anything ever been as overblown as the reaction to Jack Sock conceding a first serve in a friendly farewell tour exhibition match? We discuss all that and more. There is now less than a week to go in our Kickstarter campaign, so if you want to support us and get any of our neato rewards before it’s too late, don’t delay! Your support has been super amazing already, and we can’t thank you all enough. If you haven’t yet and still want to, you can find out more here. As alw ...
With Catherine back from Doha, and David about to set off to Melbourne, the Putney Exchange shopping centre once again plays host to half an hour of chat about the latest goings-on in the tennis world. When Novak Djokovic thrashed Rafael Nadal in Doha, Catherine didn't know where to look. When Victoria Azarenka rolled back the years in Brisbane, did she become the favourite for the title? And was the win of Milos Raonic over Roger Federer a taste of things to come? It's all discussed here on The Tennis Podcast, in association with The Telegraph. Meanwhile, Andy Murray signs up to play in the Aegon Championships at Queen's Club, where he will go for a record fifth title.
Tennis stumbles at the start with a rash of injuries and withdrawals. Ed McGrogan and Steve Tignor discuss the carnage as well as the Miami Open, which could be on the move.
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It’s our Season 5 premiere! Ben and Courtney are back together in person for the first time since the U.S. Open, and they’re ready to tackle the 2016 season. But are any of the top WTA players? With injuries to three of the top-five already, it sure doesn’t seem like it. But one player who does seem ready is Victoria Azarenka (9min40sec), who you’ll hear from at her first Brisbane press conference. After a reflection on the demise of BerdycH&M (17min), we’re delighted to be joined by one of our favorite Aussies, Linda Pearce of The Age in Melbourne (21 min), who shares some of her adventures in Australian tennis. We try to hide our jealousy over the incredibly colorful tapestry of characters she has to work with. We fail. With less than two weeks to go in our Kickstarter campaign, we’re over 500% of our initial base goal, which is astoundingly awesome. We’ve rolled out a few new rewards, and a stretch goal for $17,000 (live Periscopes every day of the Australian Open!) so if you wa ...
In the first Tennis Podcast of 2016, Catherine Whitaker is in Doha (for BeIn Sports), David Law is in London (for BT Sport) and they both come together to preview the new season. Will Andy Murray ever be World No.1? Will Agnieszka Radwanska ever win a Grand Slam title? And what next for Kyle Edmund, who made such a splash in the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas final, and then won Tie Break Tens. Catherine speaks to him to find out. The awarding of SI Sports Person of the Year to Serena Williams is also discussed, as is the off-season coaching carousel.
In their 2015 season finale, Ben and Courtney look back at the year that was in tennis. After discussing the retirement and legacy of Robin Soderling this past week, we flip through back the calendar to piece together the year that was through a chronological game of #RememberWhen. From Serena ordering coffee on court to champagne nearly de-eyeing Novak Djokovic, it was a year whimsy and wild moments that quenched our thirst all year long. Tweet us your own #RememberWhen moments to @NCR_Tennis! In a combined, lengthy rant/rave, Ben and Courtney get spoilery on their latest obsession, the Netflix documentary series Making a Murderer. So, don’t listen to that if you haven’t finished (or started) the show yet. With less than three weeks to go in our Kickstarter campaign, we’re an incredible $10,000 over our initial base goal! You guys are awesome! There’s still many cool rewards on offer (including our new #ImJustHereForThePostcards set of four) and lots of time for more of you to joi ...
As they deck the halls, Ben and Courtney fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la over Roger Federer’s 2016 schedule, which throws out the mold and the clay. Should more players follow his lead and pick and choose more selectively from the all-you-can-eat buffet that is the tennis calendar? Then, we wrap and stick under the tree what you’ve all been asking NCR Santa for: Take a Number, and lots of it. After a few rounds of lucky numbers, we then soup it up and hold our second annual Secret Santa for the ATP and WTA top 10s (with a couple substitutions). Then Ben raves and Courtney raves and raves and rants and raves some more. Because it’s Christmas, and we should all be cheery cashiers Robin Hood-ing when we can. With less than four weeks to go in our campaign, we thank you for continuing to make our Kickstarter campaign such a success so far! We’re already blown away by the totals (over $11,000 as of publishing this episode!) but would love to see a higher percentage of our audience chip in, e ...
Who better than 1996 gold medalist Lindsay Davenport to join Ben and Courtney to talk about the Olympics? Well, Lindsay is awesome on anything and everything, but for this Olympics-themed episode as we’re on the eve of an Olympic year, Lindsay shares her memories from her various Olympic efforts, her thoughts on how the Olympics have grown in stature within tennis, and the show-and-tell duties that they never tell you about when you’re on the podium. Ben and Courtney also discuss various other Olympic issues, including their disruptiveness in the calendar, qualifying rules, and which mixed doubles teams we #RioShip. And again, we thank you for continuing to make our Kickstarter campaign such a success so far! We’re already blown away by the totals, but would love to see more of you become backers at any level, no matter how small. Support and gain access to exclusive backers-only content here. As always, thanks for liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, and subscribing/rev ...
In a rare emergency episode that is for an indisputably positive reason (neigh-sayers aside), Ben and Courtney discuss Serena Williams being honored by Sports Illustrated as their Sportsperson of the Year for 2015, becoming the first woman to win the award outright in over 30 years, and the first tennis player in over 20 years. To discuss how Serena clinched the honor, we’re joined by Sports Illustrated’s executive editor Jon Wertheim (host of SI’s reinvigorated tennis podcast Beyond the Baseline), who dives into the process of picking the Sportsperson as well as what it’s been like to have his entire career overlap so closely with Serena’s. We finish by thanking you guys for the beyond amazing start to our Kickstarter campaign, with you guys more than doubling our base goal in less than a week. You guys are the best, and have opened lots of exciting possibilities for what the show can do next year. It’s still going for another five weeks, so if you’d like to join in and get access ...
After 12 months of tennis, 85 episodes of The Tennis Podcast, and some incredible highlights, the 2015 season has come to a close. In our final show of the year, Catherine and David debate the 2015 Tennis Podcast Awards, with the final verdict from special guest Alan Mills - the Wimbledon Referee of 23 years. Who is the Player of the Year, The Most Improved, and who had the most spectacular hairstyle (good or bad)? Merry Christmas one and all, thanks for listening, and have a happy new year!
As the off-season starts to get comfortable (and shorter, sadly), Ben and Courtney dive into the mailbag once again to discuss a whole bushel of topics. Is IPTL worth paying attention to for tennis fans? And is it a good proposition for the players who play it, including the lethargic Serena Williams? We also discuss our Hall of Fame ballots, and the legacies of nominees Justine Henin, Marat Safin, and Helena Sukova. Also in questions, we discuss what fair 2016 expectations are for Serena and Djokovic, LGBT issues in tennis, and Andrea Petkovic’s doubts about her tennis motivations and what they can teach us all. Also, in an effort to continue growing and improving, we officially launch our Kickstarter campaign to help support NCR in 2016! You can donate and learn more about our Kickstarter campaign here. Check it out, and thanks in advance for considering us! As always, thanks for liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, and subscribing/reviewing on iTunes or whatever your ...