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Devang Desai (theScore) and Simon Bushell (The Sport Chronicle) dive into the headlines from the WTA and ATP Tour.

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    159. Davis Cup: Roger, Over and Out

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 19, 2022 62:35


    The King is dead this time! Long live the King. In a move that surprised no one yet still hurts, Roger Federer announced his retirement this week. Devang and Simon look back at our own personal favourite Fed moments before turning our attention to the reaction of the Tour. We close with Parting Shots as always including this new exciting small tournament called the Davis Cup. Yeah we'd never heard of it either.Come join the Patreon family for bonus content and ad-free episodes: https://www.patreon.com/openera Follow @OpenEraPod on Twitter! And say hello to @DesaiDevang and @SimonBushell2 while you're there.If merch is your thing, be sure to check out the store: https://bit.ly/merchera Or reach out to the show and say hey: podcast@openera.ca If you enjoyed today's show, please rate Open Era 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts.See you again next week for an all new episode of Open Era.

    158. US Open: Long Live the Queen

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 12, 2022 61:46


    The Queen is dead. Long live Queen Iga. Yes we summarize a truly absurd week in and outside of the tennis courts. We tackle both finals before turning our attention to the moments that will stick with us. Oh yea, Carlos Alcaraz made history too. Also, the winners at the US Open presented some truly incredible stories including a career Grand Slam in doubles. Mad week. Tennis forever.

    157. US Open: I'm Just Serena

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 5, 2022 67:58


    The end has finally arrived. Serena Williams has finally retired from the sport. We think? Maybe? Possibly?Devang and Simon unwrap her final tournament and assess what legacy she leaves behind. Next we turn our attention to our Draft picks. The hits, the misses, and most importantly the flops. Plus, Parting Shots is always full of fun and bizarre stories during a slam week!Come join the Patreon family for bonus content and ad-free episodes: https://www.patreon.com/openera Follow @OpenEraPod on Twitter! And say hello to @DesaiDevang and @SimonBushell2 while you're there.If merch is your thing, be sure to check out the store: https://bit.ly/merchera Or reach out to the show and say hey: podcast@openera.ca If you enjoyed today's show, please rate Open Era 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts.See you again next week for an all new episode of Open Era.

    156. US Open: Fantasy Draft

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 29, 2022 56:09


    With the first selection in the Open Era Fantasy Draft. We will not be selecting Novak Djokovic.Yes the gang return for another bash at selecting winners for this years US Open. Simon Bushell hosts and is joined by some new players as well as some existing favourites.Let the chaos begin. The first pick of the 2022 US Open Open Era Fantasy Draft is…Come join the Patreon family for bonus content and ad-free episodes: https://www.patreon.com/openera Follow @OpenEraPod on Twitter! And say hello to @DesaiDevang and @SimonBushell2 while you're there.If merch is your thing, be sure to check out the store: https://bit.ly/merchera Or reach out to the show and say hey: podcast@openera.ca If you enjoyed today's show, please rate Open Era 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts.See you again next week for an all new episode of Open Era.

    155. Cincinnati: Ohi-Woah or Ohi-No?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 22, 2022 69:00


    After his latest run in with the shadow court, Devang is missing in action this week. Instead, James Shank of Tick Tock Tennis joins Simon to get some things off the chest about the latest Masters 1000 event. Afterwards we do our best marketing efforts for some players ahead of the final major of the year and tackle some parting shots.Come join the Patreon family for bonus content and ad-free episodes: https://www.patreon.com/openera Follow @OpenEraPod on Twitter! And say hello to @DesaiDevang while you're there.If merch is your thing, be sure to check out the store: https://bit.ly/merchera Or reach out to the show and say hey: podcast@openera.ca If you enjoyed today's show, please rate Open Era 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts.See you again next week for an all new episode of Open Era.

    154. Canada: Evolving Away

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 15, 2022 63:31


    I think deep down we all knew this day was coming. Serena Williams announced her retirement plans this week. Devang and Simon chat about her legacy and what the farewell tour will look like. Plus there was Real Tennis™ which took place during the course of the week. The winners, the losers, the highs, the lows. We cover it all. Also Parting Shots. Everyone loves Parting Shots.Come join the Patreon family for bonus content and ad-free episodes: https://www.patreon.com/openera Follow @OpenEraPod on Twitter! And say hello to @DesaiDevang while you're there.If merch is your thing, be sure to check out the store: https://bit.ly/merchera Or reach out to the show and say hey: podcast@openera.ca If you enjoyed today's show, please rate Open Era 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts.See you again next week for an all new episode of Open Era.

    153. Deep Dive: Carlos Alcaraz

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 8, 2022 56:11


    Carlos Alcaraz keeps ticking things off the list. Youngest this, youngest that. First person since Nadal. First person since Djokovic. First person since Federer. Ever been curious how and where El Hurricane comes from?This week on Open Era we take a Deep Dive into the young life of the man from Murcia. What was his upbringing? What was his junior career like? How did he do at Challenger level?We'll answer those questions and more!Come join the Patreon family for bonus content and ad-free episodes: https://www.patreon.com/openera Follow @OpenEraPod on Twitter! And say hello to @DesaiDevang while you're there.If merch is your thing, be sure to check out the store: https://bit.ly/merchera Or reach out to the show and say hey: podcast@openera.ca If you enjoyed today's show, please rate Open Era 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts.See you again next week for an all new episode of Open Era.

    152. Open Era Deep Dive: Suzanne Lenglen

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 1, 2022 52:30


    On a special edition of Open Era, Simon and Devang welcome illustrator Tom Humberstone to chat about his incredible upcoming graphic novel ‘Suzanne: The Jazz Age Goddess of Tennis.' Tom takes us through the career and life of Suzanne Lenglen, one of the game's true trailblazers. Among many topics, they discuss Lenglen's lasting impact on the sport today, and why her story is required reading. ‘Suzanne' ships in September 2022. Pre-order your copy at Avery Hill Publishing. https://averyhillpublishing.bigcartel.com/product/pre-order-suzanne-the-jazz-age-goddess-of-tennisCome join the Patreon family for bonus content and ad-free episodes: https://www.patreon.com/openera Follow @OpenEraPod on Twitter! And say hello to @DesaiDevang while you're there.If merch is your thing, be sure to check out the store: https://bit.ly/merchera Or reach out to the show and say hey: podcast@openera.ca If you enjoyed today's show, please rate Open Era 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts.See you again next week for an all new episode of Open Era.

    Replay: Jennifer Capriati, Tennis Survivor

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 25, 2022 52:26


    Graf, Navratilova, Seles, Serena, Hingis...Jennifer Capriati not only competed with the game's greats, she beat them. It was an unconventional path. From youth prodigy to tennis survivor, Capriati put herself back in slam contention in 2003 when she met Justine Henin in an all-time classic semifinal under the lights at Arthur Ashe.Come join the Patreon family for bonus content and ad-free episodes: https://www.patreon.com/openera Follow @OpenEraPod on Twitter! And say hello to @DesaiDevang while you're there.If merch is your thing, be sure to check out the store: https://bit.ly/merchera Or reach out to the show and say hey: podcast@openera.ca If you enjoyed today's show, please rate Open Era 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts.See you again next week for an all new episode of Open Era.

    151. Newport: Open Era Hall of Fame

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 18, 2022 62:09


    Yeah, You could be the greatest You can be the best You can be the king kong banging on your chest You could beat the world You could beat the war You could talk to God, go banging on his door Or something like that. Either way, this week we catch you up with all the stuff we missed before turning our attention to the small matter of who will be standing in the Open Era HALL OF FAAAAMMMME!Follow @OpenEra on Twitter! While you're there say hello to @DesaiDevang and Simon, who finally joined @SimonBushell2If merch is your thing, be sure to check out the store: http://bit.ly/merchera Or reach out to the show and say hey: podcast@openera.ca If you enjoyed today's show, please rate Open Era 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts.

    150. Wimbledon: Why Ons Matters

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 11, 2022 55:46


    We have a brand new champion on the WTA. Elena Rybakina won the Venus Rosewater Dish in a somewhat surprising turn of events.Ons Jabeur also turned heads this week for her trailblazing prowess.Also, yawn…Novak Djokovic wins again. We are half joking. It's an amazing achievement but it is a bit dull innit?Parting shots also takes aim at the rest of the week at SW19 including various protests which founds their ways into the hallowed halls of the All England Club.Follow @OpenEra on Twitter! While you're there say hello to @DesaiDevang and Simon, who finally joined @SimonBushell2If merch is your thing, be sure to check out the store: http://bit.ly/merchera Or reach out to the show and say hey: podcast@openera.ca If you enjoyed today's show, please rate Open Era 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts.

    149. Wimbledon: Big Bully Brand

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 4, 2022 64:02


    What a week. On a mid-slam edition of Open Era, Simon and Devang gather to discuss the buzz around the grounds at Henman Hill. An incredible ceremony, smaller crowds and Covid make their mark, while Serena's comeback ends quickly and Fantasy Draft results are mocked. Then, it's our turn to direct Netflix's latest episode of ‘Tennis To Survive' (a working title) - what are the storylines worth tracking so far at Wimbledon. Djokovic, Kyrgios, Tsitsipas…take your pick. Finally, it's parting shots followed by 2 challenges remaining. Hope you enjoy another jam packed Open Era!

    148. Wimbledon: Fantasy Draft

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 27, 2022 59:16


    It is time for the Open Era Wimbledon Fantasy Draft. Here to make their selections are some friends of the show and members of our Patreon Community. We are thrilled to be joined by Owen, Pog, James, Josh, Luke, and Priyanka.So join Dev and Simon as we dive into the madness of Draft day!Follow @OpenEra on Twitter! While you're there say hello to @DesaiDevang and Simon, who finally joined @SimonBushell2If merch is your thing, be sure to check out the store: http://bit.ly/merchera Or reach out to the show and say hey: podcast@openera.ca If you enjoyed today's show, please rate Open Era 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts.

    147. London: Kiss My Grass

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 20, 2022 64:11


    We'reee baccck. Some big things have happened since the last time Simon and Devang gathered to talk tennis.The gang dives into Serena's comeback, Nadal's Wimbledon outlook, Nick Kyrgios, Andy Murray and plenty more as they cover the headlines from a massive few days. Then, the Open Era time machine is used to take a look at Wimbledons of the past as we get ready for the 2022 edition. As always, we conclude with Parting Shots and Two Challenges Remaining. Hope you enjoy it!Follow @OpenEra on Twitter! While you're there say hello to @DesaiDevang and Simon, who finally joined @SimonBushell2If merch is your thing, be sure to check out the store: http://bit.ly/merchera Or reach out to the show and say hey: podcast@openera.ca If you enjoyed today's show, please rate Open Era 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts.

    Replay: Goran Wins ‘The People's Final'

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 13, 2022 58:54


    10,000 tennis fans packed Centre Court on a Monday to watch two men battle for a prize that had eluded them in the past. Patrick Rafter had come close in 2000, losing to Pete Sampras in the final. Goran Ivanišević's date with destiny at Wimbledon was a long time coming. He had lost in the final three times prior to that July day in 2001, where a legion of rabid Aussie fans and Goran devotees gathered for an unforgettable afternoon.Follow @OpenEra on Twitter! While you're there say hello to @DesaiDevang and Simon, who finally joined @SimonBushell2If merch is your thing, be sure to check out the store: http://bit.ly/merchera Or reach out to the show and say hey: podcast@openera.ca If you enjoyed today's show, please rate Open Era 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts.

    146. French Open: 22 (Rafa's Version)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 6, 2022 65:05


    Well, they did it again. We expected Iga Swiatek and Rafael Nadal to win, right? Well if you didn't I've got bad news for you. On a special Roland Garros wrap of the pod, Vivek Jacob joins Devang to break down both finals, bring our best and worst takes to the floor regarding the highs and lows of the 2022 French Open and conclude, as always, with Parting Shots. Enjoy!Follow @OpenEra on Twitter! While you're there say hello to @DesaiDevang and Simon, who finally joined @SimonBushell2If merch is your thing, be sure to check out the store: http://bit.ly/merchera Or reach out to the show and say hey: podcast@openera.ca If you enjoyed today's show, please rate Open Era 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts.

    145. French Open: Adroit, Salubrious and Withering

    Play Episode Listen Later May 30, 2022 66:48


    Dev and Simon dive headfirst into some nonsense this week as we play a word description game to tackle the first week at Roland Garros. Next we ask a simple question. What are 3 things we loved and 3 things we hated from the French capital so far. Finally, our attention turns to parting shots which feature the biggest L of the season so far and a dog named Willow.Follow @OpenEra on Twitter! While you're there say hello to @DesaiDevang and Simon, who finally joined @SimonBushell2If merch is your thing, be sure to check out the store: http://bit.ly/merchera Or reach out to the show and say hey: podcast@openera.ca If you enjoyed today's show, please rate Open Era 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts.

    144. French Open: The Empire Strikes Back

    Play Episode Listen Later May 23, 2022 71:24


    I think we all knew it was heading here deep down.The ATP, WTA, and ITF planted a tennis racket in the sand this week by removing rankings points from Wimbledon.Dev and Simon are joined by James Shank of TickTok Tennis to digest some show court sized news.Plus, the debut of the Open Era Draft and Parting Shots revists Sets and the City. The tennis season powers on!Follow @OpenEra on Twitter! While you're there say hello to @DesaiDevang and Simon, who finally joined @SimonBushell2If merch is your thing, be sure to check out the store: http://bit.ly/merchera Or reach out to the show and say hey: podcast@openera.ca If you enjoyed today's show, please rate Open Era 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts.

    143. Rome: Show Me the Money

    Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2022 64:51


    In case you didn't know tennis still has a sexist pay disparity problem. That again reared its ugly head during the week in Rome.Plus Devang and Simon tackle the Rafa injury, the Wimbledon points situation and dive into some Open Era Marketing for which players you should be buying and selling heading to the French Open. #isnerman foreverFollow @OpenEra on Twitter! While you're there say hello to @DesaiDevang and Simon, who finally joined @SimonBushell2If merch is your thing, be sure to check out the store: http://bit.ly/merchera Or reach out to the show and say hey: podcast@openera.ca If you enjoyed today's show, please rate Open Era 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts.

    142. Madrid: The Shadow Court

    Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2022 61:36


    With Devang away, Simon welcomes in a few guests to help examine a few intriguing topics. First the wonderful Michelle Katami of the BBC World Service to talk about rising star Angella Okutoyi. It's a fascinating look into the young Kenyan's journey and where she hopes to go next. Next, we are thrilled to be joined by Claire and Scott from the Murray Musings Podcast. Obviously we talk about Andy (durr) but we also dive into their thoughts on Madrid and the season in general. It's a banger! Enjoy.Follow @OpenEra on Twitter! While you're there say hello to @DesaiDevang and Simon, who finally joined @SimonBushell2If merch is your thing, be sure to check out the store: http://bit.ly/merchera Or reach out to the show and say hey: podcast@openera.ca If you enjoyed today's show, please rate Open Era 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts.

    141. Madrid: What's in the Box?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 2, 2022 68:15


    It's a BIG show this week as Devang and Simon welcome Tennis Now writer Chris Oddo to chat about everything Madrid, including the Rafa-Novak-Alcaraz section and the fate of the ‘other guys' in the ATP. Also: Boris Becker goes to jail, the Wimbledon ban draws Nadal's ire, and Bianca Andreescu's comeback hits full gear. In parting shots, we examine what Naomi Osaka meant by her comments regarding the ATP and ‘excitement' and talk about Elon Musk's Twitter takeover.Follow @OpenEra on Twitter! While you're there say hello to @DesaiDevang and Simon, who finally joined @SimonBushell2If merch is your thing, be sure to check out the store: http://bit.ly/merchera Or reach out to the show and say hey: podcast@openera.ca If you enjoyed today's show, please rate Open Era 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts.

    140. Stuttgart: Tennis Pitches

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 25, 2022 68:46


    Carlos Swiatek. Iga Alcaraz.You can see what we're trying to do here..Hopefully. This week's Open Era is full of Iga and Carlos talk as we unveil the brand new Open Era Seal Of Quality™ to grade the thousands of tennis matches we watch over the days, weeks, months and (oh god) years. But before that, Simon and Devang discuss the major news off the court this week, as Wimbledon confirmed it will ban players from Russia and Belarus at this year's tournament. Is this just,why did Wimbledon do this unilaterally, and what precedent will this set are some of the questions we attempt to tackle. To close, parting shots features all the usual nonsense you've come to expect, plus some 420 stuff. Enjoy!Follow @OpenEra on Twitter! While you're there say hello to @DesaiDevang and Simon, who finally joined @SimonBushell2If merch is your thing, be sure to check out the store: http://bit.ly/merchera Or reach out to the show and say hey: podcast@openera.ca If you enjoyed today's show, please rate Open Era 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts.

    139. Monte Carlo: An A+++++ Podcast

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 18, 2022 66:58


    The ATP arrives at the home tournament for the majority of the top 100… We round up Monte Carlo with our top 5 favourite matches of the week. In women's tennis it was a big week for acronyms as the WTA stars played in the BJK Cup. Can LAF steer C A N A D A to victory? Plus the usual nonsense of parting shots!Follow @OpenEra on Twitter! While you're there say hello to @DesaiDevang and Simon, who finally joined @SimonBushell2If merch is your thing, be sure to check out the store: http://bit.ly/merchera Or reach out to the show and say hey: podcast@openera.ca If you enjoyed today's show, please rate Open Era 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts.

    138. Monte Carlo: Not Goodbye, See You Later

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 11, 2022 57:12


    Another week brings more retirement news from pro tennis as yes… time is still undefeated. On this week's Open Era, commentator Ravi Ubha joins Devang to discuss Jo-Wilfried Tsonga's impending retirement from tennis. They discuss his biggest moments and why that final breakthrough at a major never came. Then, Tennis and Bagels' Vansh Vermani joins to recap the bombshell coaching news of the week: Patrick Mouratoglu is leaving the Serena Williams coaching team to link up with Simona Halep. What does it mean for both players as the WTA enters a new phase? All of that, plus the American clay warriors of Houston, new ATP ‘punishment' for bad behaviour, Bianca Andreescu's comeback and much more! Follow @OpenEra on Twitter! While you're there say hello to @DesaiDevang and Simon, who finally joined @SimonBushell2If merch is your thing, be sure to check out the store: http://bit.ly/merchera Or reach out to the show and say hey: podcast@openera.ca If you enjoyed today's show, please rate Open Era 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts.

    137. Miami: Things Just Got Interesting

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 4, 2022 64:32


    Devang and Simon are joined by friend of the show and all around Tennis guru Owen Lewis to dissect an actual good week of tennis!Literally everyone who reached the latter stages in Miami seemed like decent human beings. Unbelievable!We dive into Swiatek and Osaka's final before turning our attention to the Spanish phenom Carlos Alcaraz. Plus we have a special shout out for Hubbie Hurkacz's shorts. Come join the Patreon family for bonus content, access to the exclusive discord server and ad free episodes: https://www.patreon.com/openeraFollow @OpenEra on Twitter! While you're there say hello to @DesaiDevang and Simon, who finally joined @SimonBushell2If merch is your thing, be sure to check out the store: http://bit.ly/merchera Or reach out to the show and say hey: podcast@openera.ca If you enjoyed today's show, please rate Open Era 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts.

    136. Miami: Ash Barty's Retirement Party

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 28, 2022 65:51


    At 25, Ashleigh Barty is calling it a day. On this week's Open Era, Simon and Devang devote the majority of the show to this week's bombshell news: Ash Barty stepping away from tennis as the World No. 1. We talk about her legacy on the court, the way she carries herself off of it and the path other players may follow.Also this week, it's Iga Swiatek's world now, JJ Wolf hits the shot of the decade, and our parting shots, including the latest from the Miami Open. Come join the Patreon family for bonus content, access to the exclusive discord server and ad free episodes: https://www.patreon.com/openeraFollow @OpenEra on Twitter! While you're there say hello to @DesaiDevang and Simon, who finally joined @SimonBushell2If merch is your thing, be sure to check out the store: http://bit.ly/merchera Or reach out to the show and say hey: podcast@openera.ca If you enjoyed today's show, please rate Open Era 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts.

    135. Indian Wells: Changing of the Guard

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 21, 2022 59:40


    We all live in Taylor Fritz and Iga Swiatek's World. The future of tennis has arrived!Kinda, sorta joking but it was a remarkable week at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Devang and Simon head into the Open Era Bar to digest a few drinks along with some spicy opinions. Plus there was some chat about Patrick Mouratoglou which is always enjoyable!Come join the Patreon family for bonus content, access to the exclusive discord server and ad free episodes: https://www.patreon.com/openeraFollow @OpenEra on Twitter! While you're there say hello to @DesaiDevang and Simon, who finally joined @SimonBushell2If merch is your thing, be sure to check out the store: http://bit.ly/merchera Or reach out to the show and say hey: podcast@openera.ca If you enjoyed today's show, please rate Open Era 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts.

    134. Indian Wells: Open Era Freedom Convoy

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 14, 2022 62:13


    With The Batman hitting big screens this week we wanted to welcome back our very own Robert Pattinson to Open Era. That's right, Devang returns this week to chat with Simon about Novak Djokovic's entry into Indian Wells and the (lack of) punishment for Alexander Zverev. Plus we unveil the very first Open Era Watercooler segment before getting stuck into another action packed parting shots. Come join the Patreon family for bonus content, access to the exclusive discord server and ad free episodes: https://www.patreon.com/openeraFollow @OpenEra on Twitter! While you're there say hello to @DesaiDevang and Simon, who finally joined @SimonBushell2If merch is your thing, be sure to check out the store: http://bit.ly/merchera Or reach out to the show and say hey: podcast@openera.ca If you enjoyed today's show, please rate Open Era 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts.

    133. Lyon: No War Please!

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 7, 2022 65:34


    Simon is joined by James Shank of Tick Tok Tennis to discuss another bumper week in the Tennis world. As conflict rages on in the Ukraine, the ATP and WTA decide to suspend tournaments in Russia. Would they have done this without the threat of a strike? We'll do our best to tackle that very dodgy question. The WTA actually had tournaments! Praise the lord! We unpack a full schedule before looking at a high profile doping case. Parting shots goes from a Maria Sakkari cover shoot to Holger Rune quotes. You won't want to miss this one. Btw, the Davis Cup also happened…but you don't care about that. Come join the Patreon family for bonus content, access to the exclusive discord server and ad free episodes: https://www.patreon.com/openeraFollow @OpenEra on Twitter! While you're there say hello to @DesaiDevang and Simon, who finally joined @SimonBushell2If merch is your thing, be sure to check out the store: http://bit.ly/merchera Or reach out to the show and say hey: podcast@openera.ca If you enjoyed today's show, please rate Open Era 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts.

    132. Acapulco: It All Falls Down

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 28, 2022 65:46


    On this week's Open Era, friend of the show Vivek Jacob joins Simon and Devang to cover a heavy week.As players on the ATP and WTA react to Russia's invasion in Ukraine, the guys consider what's next while discussing the men's decision to go to China later this year. Alexander Zverev made headlines (once again) for the worst reasons, Daniil Medvedev reached #1, and Rafael Nadal made it 15-0. Meanwhile Iga Swiatek made a hell of a statement in Doha. All that, plus our parting shots coming up in a jam packed Open Era. Hope you enjoy it.Come join the Patreon family for bonus content, access to the exclusive discord server and ad free episodes: https://www.patreon.com/openeraFollow @OpenEra on Twitter! While you're there say hello to @DesaiDevang and Simon, who finally joined @SimonBushell2If merch is your thing, be sure to check out the store: http://bit.ly/merchera Or reach out to the show and say hey: podcast@openera.ca If you enjoyed today's show, please rate Open Era 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts.

    131. Dubai: A Delicious Mess

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 21, 2022 61:54


    Too much tennis. On this week's Open Era, Simon and Devang dive into the 800 tournaments that took place this week. Big wins for Andrey Rublev and Jelena Ostapenko lead the guys to zoom out a bit and see where the two players are heading in 2022. Of course, there was the Novak Djokovic interview with the BBC as well. How bad was it and what did we learn?Finally in Parting Shots, it's the Jannik Sinner coachmegddon aftermath, some choice words for tax havens, and the curious case of Alex De Minaur. Hope you enjoy the show! Come join the Patreon family for bonus content, access to the exclusive discord server and ad free episodes: https://www.patreon.com/openeraFollow @OpenEra on Twitter! While you're there say hello to @DesaiDevang and Simon, who finally joined @SimonBushell2If merch is your thing, be sure to check out the store: http://bit.ly/merchera Or reach out to the show and say hey: podcast@openera.ca If you enjoyed today's show, please rate Open Era 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts.

    130. Rotterdam: Felix's First

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 14, 2022 66:42


    Something had to give.Stefanos Tsitsipas hadn't won an ATP 500 final. Felix Auger Aliassime hadn't won…a final. On this week's Open Era, Simon and Devang discuss FAA doing the damn thing in Rotterdam. Plus, a titanic final in St.Petersburg saw Anett Kontaveit outlast Maria Sakkari. Also, some Del Potro thoughts including Buenos Aires' ranking among the best tournaments in the world. In Parting Shots, it's a grab bag of fun, including listener questions, Morgan Riddle's TikTok, Jannik Sinner coaching drama, and much more!Come join the Patreon family for bonus content, access to the exclusive discord server and ad free episodes: https://www.patreon.com/openeraFollow @OpenEra on Twitter! While you're there say hello to @DesaiDevang and Simon, who finally joined @SimonBushell2If merch is your thing, be sure to check out the store: http://bit.ly/merchera Or reach out to the show and say hey: podcast@openera.ca If you enjoyed today's show, please rate Open Era 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts.

    129. Pune: A Gentle Giant Gently Retires

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 7, 2022 69:39


    Say it ain't so, Juan Martin.On this week's Open Era, Simon and Devang tackle the sad news out of Buenos Aires, where Juan Martin Del Potro announced his upcoming tournaments in the Golden Swing will likely be his last.Friend of the show Priyanka Dobson joins to talk about the state of Tennis television coverage in the United States and beyond.Finally, on parting shots, it's Real Tennis, Andy Murray skipping clay and Rafael Nadal getting into NFTs (we predicted this) plus plenty more.Tune in, will ya? Come join the Patreon family for bonus content, access to the exclusive discord server and ad free episodes: https://www.patreon.com/openeraFollow @OpenEra on Twitter! While you're there say hello to @DesaiDevang and Simon, who finally joined @SimonBushell2If merch is your thing, be sure to check out the store: http://bit.ly/merchera Or reach out to the show and say hey: podcast@openera.ca If you enjoyed today's show, please rate Open Era 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts.

    128. Melbourne: Blackjack

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 31, 2022 69:36


    History in Melbourne. Rafael Nadal and Ash Barty did something remarkable this past weekend and we're still catching our collective breath. On today's show, Devang and Simon dive into the epic (but bad?) men's final and discuss the Barty Party in Australia. We're also into NFTs now…don't worry, we can explain. In parting shots, it's Special Ks, fines for some, bullshit for others plus plenty more. Join us on the championship edition of Open Era! Come join the Patreon family for bonus content, access to the exclusive discord server and ad free episodes: https://www.patreon.com/openeraFollow @OpenEra on Twitter! While you're there say hello to @DesaiDevang and Simon, who finally joined @SimonBushell2If merch is your thing, be sure to check out the store: http://bit.ly/merchera Or reach out to the show and say hey: podcast@openera.ca If you enjoyed today's show, please rate Open Era 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts.

    127. Melbourne: A Netflix Worthy Moment

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 24, 2022 71:35


    Well, what have we learned so far in Melbourne? On this week's Open Era, Simon and Devang tackle broadcast issues in the U.S, John McEnroe and Cliff Drysdale yelling at clouds, and the first ‘Netflix moments' of the year. Then, they review the losses we've seen, rating the performances of Osaka, Zverev, Gauff, and Raducanu before casting an eye towards the final week.To close, it's parting shots, which feature Ash Barty in Vogue and our dismay at the fashion at the Australian Open. It stinks! But this week's show does not. Come join the Patreon family for bonus content, access to the exclusive discord server and ad free episodes: https://www.patreon.com/openeraFollow @OpenEra on Twitter! While you're there say hello to @DesaiDevang and Simon, who finally joined @SimonBushell2If merch is your thing, be sure to check out the store: http://bit.ly/merchera Or reach out to the show and say hey: podcast@openera.ca If you enjoyed today's show, please rate Open Era 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts.

    126. Melbourne: World Class Calves

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 17, 2022 67:32


    Novak Djokovic has been deported, but there's a tournament to be played. In the latest Open Era, Simon and Devang touch on Novak's removal from Australia before breaking down the Real Tennis ahead, including some bonkers predictions with the 2022 Australian Open already underway. Plus, parting shots include sad news regarding Juan Martin Del Potro, Andy Murray turning down Saudi Arabia, and our thoughts on the Tennis Netflix series (please don't be bad, docuseries!). It's a big show, hope you enjoy it. Come join the Patreon family for bonus content, access to the exclusive discord server and ad free episodes: https://www.patreon.com/openeraFollow @OpenEra on Twitter! While you're there say hello to @DesaiDevang and Simon, who finally joined @SimonBushell2If merch is your thing, be sure to check out the store: http://bit.ly/merchera Or reach out to the show and say hey: podcast@openera.ca If you enjoyed today's show, please rate Open Era 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts.

    125. Melbourne: Diplomatic Dumbassery

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 10, 2022 65:28


    What an incredibly stupid week that was. Novak Djokovic may or may not be allowed to play in the Australian Open, and that somehow doesn't feel like the biggest takeaway from a story that captured the attention of the wider world. Oh yea, the tennis bits: Canada wins the truly not fake ATP Cup, Halep, Monfils, and Nadal provide some normalc, and Simon and Devang reach deep for some big 2022 predictions. There's a lot to get to. Join us, will ya? Come join the Patreon family for bonus content, access to the exclusive discord server and ad free episodes: https://www.patreon.com/openeraFollow @OpenEra on Twitter! While you're there say hello to @DesaiDevang and Simon, who finally joined @SimonBushell2If merch is your thing, be sure to check out the store: http://bit.ly/merchera Or reach out to the show and say hey: podcast@openera.ca If you enjoyed today's show, please rate Open Era 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts.

    124. Adelaide: Back to Life, Back to Quarantine

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 3, 2022 70:39


    We're back! Simon and Devang ring in the new year with takes on Novak's will he or won't he Aussie Open drama plus a rapid fire on all the tennis news we missed over the holidays. Plus, parting shots and a heartfelt message to you, our wonderful listeners. Thanks for sticking with us. Come join the Patreon family for bonus content, access to the exclusive discord server and ad free episodes: https://www.patreon.com/openeraFollow @OpenEra on Twitter! While you're there say hello to @DesaiDevang and Simon, who finally joined @SimonBushell2If merch is your thing, be sure to check out the store: http://bit.ly/merchera Or reach out to the show and say hey: podcast@openera.ca If you enjoyed today's show, please rate Open Era 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts.

    123. The Open Era Holiday Spectacular!

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 27, 2021 32:31


    As we all sit here, bathed in the afterglow of the holiday spirit, I wonder how we'll all remember 2021 in Tennis?Yes we almost saw history on the ATP side with a certain world number 1 coming ever so close to tennis immortality. Yes, we saw an unheralded British teenager do something which had never been done in professional tennis and romp to a first Grand Slam title. But lost between all of these grand narratives were to stories which stick with us on an individual level. Because sports, for all their flaws, are personal.It's the drawing of the blanket closer to you as you watch a favourite player try and serve out a match. It's the flurry of messages on your favourite platform with friends when a story breaks, and it's the elation and heartbreak of a result which leaves you numb in a way only sport can produce. This week on Open Era, we revisit the 2021 season through those small moments. For every Grand Slam victory is one beer too many to commiserate a failed result. To help me along that journey I reached out to a few guests and supporters of this show. Come join the Patreon family for bonus content, access to the exclusive discord server and ad free episodes: https://www.patreon.com/openeraFollow @OpenEra on Twitter! While you're there say hello to @DesaiDevang and Simon, who finally joined @SimonBushell2If merch is your thing, be sure to check out the store: http://bit.ly/merchera Or reach out to the show and say hey: podcast@openera.ca If you enjoyed today's show, please rate Open Era 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts.

    Replay: Juan Martin del Potro Digs Deep in Rio

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 20, 2021 40:03


    Men's tennis at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics was turned upside down by Juan Martin del Potro. The Tower of Tandil stunned world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the first round. Del Potro, recovering from a wrist injury, would meet Rafael Nadal in the semifinal and remind us why the lanky Argentinian was such a unique talent. Come join the Patreon family for bonus content, access to the exclusive discord server and ad free episodes: https://www.patreon.com/openeraFollow @OpenEra on Twitter! While you're there say hello to @DesaiDevang and Simon, who finally joined @SimonBushell2If merch is your thing, be sure to check out the store: http://bit.ly/merchera Or reach out to the show and say hey: podcast@openera.ca If you enjoyed today's show, please rate Open Era 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts.

    122. Just How Green Is Tennis?

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2021 45:25


    In early November, the ATP became a signatory of the United Nations Sports for Climate Action. This announcement came off the back of the COP 26 summit which took place in Glasgow, wherein world leaders were challenged to accelerate sustainability and climate related actions on a global scale.The ATP produced a document which outlined the commitments it had made along with the key commitments within the United Nations agreements. Herein the ATP adopted the framework which committed to two specific targets. Achieving a 50% reduction in greenhouse gases by 2030 and Net Zero emissions by 2040. Realistically how achievable are these goals that are set out by the ATP? Can tennis continue to operate in its current globalised format against the backdrop of natural disasters and unfettered consumption? And can growth continue to exist in sports across the board?To help answer those questions this week I was joined by Sam Bliss, a graduate fellow at the Gund Institute for the Environment at the University of Vermont.Come join the Patreon family for bonus content, access to the exclusive discord server and ad free episodes: https://www.patreon.com/openeraFollow @OpenEra on Twitter! While you're there say hello to @DesaiDevang and Simon, who finally joined @SimonBushell2If merch is your thing, be sure to check out the store: http://bit.ly/merchera Or reach out to the show and say hey: podcast@openera.ca If you enjoyed today's show, please rate Open Era 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts.

    121. Madrid: The WTA's Bold Stand

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 6, 2021 66:49


    It's over. It's done. Yes Mr Frodo, the tennis season is over now.We finally did it. We made it to the end of the 2021 campaign and what better way to wrap things up than by having on Patreon extraordinar Priyanka Dobson. We dig into the WTA's huge stand against China before tackling the Davis Cup Final and the ATP award nominees.All that before the final Parting Shots of the year. Still can't believe this season is done…Come join the Patreon family for bonus content, access to the exclusive discord server and ad free episodes: https://www.patreon.com/openeraFollow @OpenEra on Twitter! While you're there say hello to @DesaiDevang and Simon, who finally joined @SimonBushell2If merch is your thing, be sure to check out the store: http://bit.ly/merchera Or reach out to the show and say hey: podcast@openera.ca If you enjoyed today's show, please rate Open Era 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts.

    120. Madrid: RIP Davis Cup

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2021 60:00


    It's time for the Davis Cup everyone!Crickets…In other news, the Peng Shuai case continues to rumble on with some surprising turns and Toilet-Gate reaches it's conclusion on the ATP Tour.Plus we take a look at the rather racey magazine cover of Danii Medvedev and dig into the WTA Awards nominees.In order to cover such an eclectic mix this week we are joined by Crina Mustafa, Digital Host at The Parleh.Come join the Patreon family for bonus content, access to the exclusive discord server and ad free episodes: https://www.patreon.com/openeraFollow @OpenEra on Twitter! While you're there say hello to @DesaiDevang and Simon, who finally joined @SimonBushell2If merch is your thing, be sure to check out the store: http://bit.ly/merchera Or reach out to the show and say hey: podcast@openera.ca If you enjoyed today's show, please rate Open Era 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts.

    119. Turin: #WHEREISPENGSHUAI

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 62:34


    Well that was quite a week. We thought that this time of year in the tennis calendar was supposed to be quiet. We weren't quite ready and prepared for tennis to turn into the epicentre of a geo-political incident, which may have incredibly far-reaching impacts on relations between global superpowers. All of that in the same week that the world tour finals took place along with us getting to the slow dancing in a burning room stage of Roger Federer's retirement. To help us tackle all of that plus a whole other whack of other stuff in parting shots is the good folks from the Tennis and Bagels Podcast. They are Vansh Vermani and Owen Lewis.Come join the Patreon family for bonus content, access to the exclusive discord server and ad free episodes: https://www.patreon.com/openeraFollow @OpenEra on Twitter! While you're there say hello to @DesaiDevang and Simon, who finally joined @SimonBushell2If merch is your thing, be sure to check out the store: http://bit.ly/merchera Or reach out to the show and say hey: podcast@openera.ca If you enjoyed today's show, please rate Open Era 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts.

    118. Guadalajara: Finals (Open Era's Version)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2021 68:55


    It's a time of the year we know all too well. We've reached the Tour Finals on the WTA side and it's had some cracking matches so far. With Devang off sick, Simon is joined by Luke Peristy to chat about a bumper crop of tennis as we reach the exciting conclusion to the tennis calendar for 2021. Also, there was some really questionable fashion from this week right? You know we couldn't resist talking about the hits and misses. Come join the Patreon tour for bonus content, access to the exclusive discord server and ad free episodes: https://www.patreon.com/openera Follow @OpenEra on Twitter! While you're there say hello to @DesaiDevang and @SimonBushell2If merch is your thing, be sure to check out the store: https://bit.ly/merchera Or reach out to the show and say hey: podcast@openera.ca If you enjoyed today's show, please rate Open Era 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts.

    117. Paris: Where Is the Camera Pointing?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2021 62:28


    It's been an utterly wild week in professional sports. From the NHL's shameful attempted cover up to the Phoenix Suns to Aaron Rodgers and finally to yet another case of sexual assault in tennis. We discuss where tennis fits in the sporting landscape against the backdrop of these new allegations. Oh yeah and Novak Djokovic won a record 37th Masters title and sealed a record 7th year-end World No. 1. All of that plus our parting shots on a jam packed Open Era! Come join the Patreon tour for bonus content, access to the exclusive discord server and ad free episodes: https://www.patreon.com/openera Follow @OpenEra on Twitter! While you're there say hello to @DesaiDevang and @SimonBushell2If merch is your thing, be sure to check out the store: https://bit.ly/merchera Or reach out to the show and say hey: podcast@openera.ca If you enjoyed today's show, please rate Open Era 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts.

    116. Transylvania: Dracula's First Serve

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2021 52:07


    Happy Halloween! On a special spooky edition of the show, Simon and Devang dive into the Sinner-Tiafoe drama in Vienna and explore Frances' ceiling going forward. Also, Anett Kontaveit continued her stunning Fall run with a dominant win over Simona Halep in Cluj. Marin Cilic warmed our hearts by managing to turn back the clock in St.Petersburg. All that, our Parting Shots, and a special Halloween Edition of ‘The Pun Gun' on this week's show! Come join the Patreon tour for bonus content, access to the exclusive discord server and ad free episodes: https://www.patreon.com/openera Follow @OpenEra on Twitter! While you're there say hello to @DesaiDevang and @SimonBushell2If merch is your thing, be sure to check out the store: https://bit.ly/merchera Or reach out to the show and say hey: podcast@openera.ca If you enjoyed today's show, please rate Open Era 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts.

    115. Antwerp: Inappropriate Questions

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 59:08


    We all knew this was coming eventually... a Novak Djokovic quote about Vaccinations. Devang and Simon unpack the world number 1's interview before turning our attention to a surprisingly busy week of tour tennis. Lastly, in our parting shots we discuss Roger Federer having a tram named after him in Basel. Yes that did actually happen. Come join the Patreon tour for bonus content, access to the exclusive discord server and ad free episodes: https://www.patreon.com/openera Follow @OpenEra on Twitter! While you're there say hello to @DesaiDevang and @SimonBushell2If merch is your thing, be sure to check out the store: https://bit.ly/merchera Or reach out to the show and say hey: podcast@openera.ca If you enjoyed today's show, please rate Open Era 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts.

    114. Indian Wells: It's About Family

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 67:48


    At the end of a truly bizarre Indian Wells, we saw two shocking finals, but for different reasons. In a brand new Open Era, Simon and Devang dive into the latest headlines around Tennis, including new realities discovered in the ‘Big 3-less' Californian desert, Victoria Azarenka's inspiring run, and Paula Badosa's arrival. Also, Killa Cam'Ron N.O.R.E is the men's UK No.1(!!). Plus, Dev's sister Urmi joins the show to talk about the ridiculous Badosa/Vika final and her own tennis journey. It's a fun one! Come join the Patreon tour for bonus content, access to the exclusive discord server and ad free episodes: https://www.patreon.com/openera Follow @OpenEra on Twitter! While you're there say hello to @DesaiDevang and @SimonBushell2If merch is your thing, be sure to check out the store: https://bit.ly/merchera Or reach out to the show and say hey: podcast@openera.ca If you enjoyed today's show, please rate Open Era 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts.