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    Holy Spirit Activate: WTA Wrap

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 3, 2021 106:58


    Friends, we're finally at the end of our WTA season. So much of what we recapped didn't even feel like it happened in 2021. Kenin signing with Motorola but tweeting about it from her iPhone? 2021, really? Badosa and Kostyuk broadcasting from their Fox News bunker in Australia? Feels like forever ago. Nonetheless, we try to make sense of a truly unique year in tennis, in which the sport learned to live with the pandemic to varying degrees of success. We asked for help with our “Remember When” segment and boy, did y'all deliver. We finish with our mini-review of “King Richard” and then a taste test of Mariah Carey's venture into Irish creams: her latest stone cold smash hit wonder! Above all, we are so incredibly grateful for all your support and sticking with us through seven seasons. To the OG listeners, we can't even know what to say. To those who just joined us, it's a privilege we don't take lightly.    02:10 An update on our GoFundMe: We can't even know what to say 08:10 The princesses and the paupers: a super quarantine and one persistent mouse almost derail the Australian Open 17:20 Mugs, Sabalenka, Jabeur, Gauff, and Badosa steadily build their impressive seasons in the spring 25:55 Naomi Osaka's withdrawal from Roland Garros, plus … you thought Barbora Krejcikova was just a great doubles player?  35:15 Grass season: vets find success but Barty cements her #1 status 46:30 Still reeling from that wild US Open  56:00 Stats in review: A not-so-clear-cut POTY and year-end rankings  66:40 Remember when: tennis players can't control God, talk to Him  77:00 How'd we do on our breakout picks? 81:10 A dispiriting Peng Shuai update 87:55 It's time to finally make good on the calls for #TennisUnited 89:20 Our King Richard review: It OUTSOLD! 97:35 A nutty taste test: Black Irish Mimi edition


    We'll See

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 21, 2021 46:34

    First things first: we are officially announcing the launch of our GoFundMe campaign! Thank you to our listeners for the past 7 amazing years, and we're looking forward to great stuff to come. Since our last episode, the Peng Shuai story has received widespread coverage in US media, with Chinese state media offering some video clips as “proof” of Peng's well-being. The WTA has done a great job pushing the issue, but we wonder what's next if the WTA's demands are not met. We also celebrate the successful Guadalajara WTA Finals, spend a good 10 seconds on the ATP Finals, chat about WTA historiography and why they're so good at, and cover a few odds and ends about Australia and Federer.   01:50 GoFundMe - it's awkward to ask for money but here we go! 04:20 Peng Shuai situation -- Story blows up in US media; Chinese state media offers some seemingly orchestrated appearances. What's next? What can we do from here? 16:35 Muguruza's win caps off a fun and diverting WTA Finals in Guadalajara; much praise to her opponent, new #7 Anett Kontaveit 23:00 Ever notice that the legends of women's tennis are always around to promote the sport? Here's why (at least in our view) 32:50 ATP Finals: If a tree falls in a forest . . . anyway 38:50 Australian Open confirms vax stance and Novak demurs  42:15 Roger Federer updates his fans, and it's tough to hear

    A Sensible Flat

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2021 68:37

    Episode 245 features a potpourri of tennis happenings. We begin with a discussion of the harrowing Peng Shuai news and the response from tennis' governing bodies. After getting caught up on ALL the tennis since our last episode, we end with a bit of levity -- thanks to our generous listener, Kaitlyn -- our first ever live taste test on The Body Serve!  Oh, and we've also got the soft launch for our second ever GoFundMe for the podcast. Thanks to all of you for supporting us as we finish up season seven!    01:05 Launching our 2021 fundraising drive: help us fund the podcast  07:45 Peng Shuai makes a brave allegation, disappears from public view. What can (and should) tennis orgs do? 17:25 Novak shakes off his US Open vanquisher and secures year #7 as the best 21:30 BJK Cup: the perpetually aggrieved is re-aggrieved 29:50 WTA Finals - lay off the fashions, eh? 36:15 Our dream final spoiled in Stockholm 39:35 NextGen Finals - innovation for innovation's sake does actually work sometimes 52:40 We asked: What's one player tic or habit that annoys you (irrationally)? Boy, did you deliver  61:35 Taste test / ASMR session -- trying a holiday specialty from New Brunswick!

    Forgive Me Jannik For I Have Sinned

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2021 65:49

    We are well and truly in the final stretch of the 2021 season, rounding third and heading for home. The field for the WTA Finals in Guadalajara is set after Anett Kontaveit blitzed through Moscow and Transylvania. We chat extensively about Frances Tiafoe's great run in Vienna, but must wade into unholy waters filled with Jannik Sinner salt. Later, we've got updates but not really on the vaccine saga for the Australian Open, before finishing with a few detours into our own personal interests.   0:55 Anett Kontaveit decides not to lose anymore, snags final qualifying spot for WTA Finals 07:30 Frances Tiafoe's fantastic run to the Vienna final 10:00 Jannik says the show must NOT go on 24:20 Tiafoe has the x-factor and that's that on that 33:15 Andy keeps on truckin, Emma gets a few wins and more fans in Romania 37:10 It's all governmental infighting and leaked memos in Australia! And Benoit Paire says he doesn't care who misses out, it's Benoit Time  44:55 Where is Sofia Kenin? 51:15 Updates: Jared Donaldson; will Martina be on Real Housewives of Miami?!  56:35 Niche cricket and baseball content for the brave and curious

    The Straight Talk Express

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 72:07

    October's Very Own Indian Wells has concluded and we've got a surprising men's winner in Cam Norrie and a surprising-but-not-really-surprising women's champ in Paula Badosa. We take a ride on Reilly and Novak's Straight Talk Express, where truth (or some version of it) reigns. Some quick thoughts on the current role of the press, one holdover question from our mailbag, thoughts on TT's annual Hall of Fame nominations news cycle, and finally, the brief return of our Dramatic Reading segment.    2:25 Indian Wells a kingmaker / queenmaker? Let's look at the receipts 6:20 The men's side finally gets a taste of WTA-style unpredictability 13:30 Vika tries for IW #3, but Badosa takes the next step in her rapidly blossoming career 27:00 More Aussie vaccine news and what it means for Novak. An “inappropriate inquiry?” Be that as it may ...   35:20 Reilly Opelka has opinions. Not sure if you heard  42:20 British journalists pen an open letter on ending the “Zoom era” of pressers -- so what should the player-press relationship look like post-pandemic? 51:40 Mailbag question about player scheduling and the decisions that go into it 57:55 Dramatic Reading: Serena Williams on her bestie-frenemy  61:45 Tennis Hall of Fame nominees: reliably making tennis fans mad year after year

    Taking Steps

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 71:05

    Indian Wells is underway, in autumn, after a two-and-a-half-year hiatus, but the big story this week is the ATP's revelation that they've begun an investigation into the abuse allegations against Alexander Zverev. It's a year or so too late, but it's a big step nonetheless. That's the theme of this episode -- steps, mostly in the right direction, as small and plodding as they might be. We also talk about some recent results, persistent vaccine hesitancy among tennis players, the WTA's race to its new Finals site in Guadalajara, and the ATP's survey of players on their attitudes toward LGBTQ issues.    1:30 Cute results: Muguruza wins Chicago; both she and Jabeur get closer to the WTA Finals 9:25 Kim Clijsters' comeback continues 13:10 Ruud works on his hardcourt bona fides; Sinner wins title #4 in his young career 19:30 Previewing Indian Wells: where have all the top boys gone 26:50 The ATP announces that it has begun an investigation into the Olya Sharypova accusations -- why was Laver Cup not mentioned in the press release? Oh, and that injunction doesn't mean what AZ thinks it means  37:00 Mary Carillo's decision to quit her Laver Cup broadcasting gig -- why we need prominent people to take a stand 44:30 Aryna Sabalenka - positive for COVID, out of Indian Wells 47:10 Will the Australian Open be off-limits for the unvaccinated? 58:30 Remember that gay survey players mentioned at the US Open? Well, it happened!

    TBS Mailbag: We Were JUST Talking About You

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2021 82:03

    This week we outsourced the agenda-building to you, our listeners, and you provided a set of fascinating and tough questions. Come take a break from the weekly grind of current tennis events. We've got a modest proposal for how to choose new tennis TV commentators, plus we talk about areas of the game we might consider changing and why the age eligibility rule is important. By popular demand, we open with the momentous Williams-Sharapova reunion at the Met Gala and the photos that broke the tennis internet for a day or two.      01:35 Vee, Ree, and Masha at the Met Gala: WHAT?! 08:05 Laver Cup's blocking spree as social media strategy 13:20 Is the game missing something without challenges? Did automated line calling sap some drama from matches?  20:30 Between Serena and Novak, whose legacy is most affected by missing out on the Grand Slam? 26:50 A question on the teen breakthroughs at the US Open and the WTA's age eligibility rule 34:15 A memorable FMK - Met Gala Baes 44:10 You all had a lot of thoughts and questions about tennis commentators, as usual! 62:55 A perennial question: where are all the gays in men's tennis? Do they just not exist? 69:10 A question that threatened the peace in our household: the Whitney-Mariah duet 75:00 Happy 24th anniversary to an album that sounds even better with age: Butterfly

    Hatched and Snatched: US Open Wrap

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2021 74:50

    Will history see this US Open as a watershed moment? On the women's side, is this just the most extreme example of a years-long trend of youngsters managing the moment and storming to victory? On the men's side, many felt Novak Djokovic was inevitably marching to a Calendar Year Grand Slam. But, whether it was due to fatigue from his long matches, the unfathomable weight of the moment, or Daniil Medvedev's mental and physical fortitude, the Grand Slam remains unfulfilled since 1988 (or 1969). Regardless of its place in history, this year's Open gave us storylines for the ages: the coronation of a longtime hardcourt menace and two young superstars to add to the WTA's already formidable roster.   02:15 Emma Raducanu & Leylah Fernandez stun the world  09:10 Raducanu's win -- while unprecedented due to ranking and number of matches won -- is actually the rule rather than the exception on the WTA these past few years. Are the kids just built differently these days? 28:35 It turns out it's really, really hard to win the Grand Slam 33:45 Daniil Medvedev has been the solid #2 hard court player for a few years, and today he came with a game plan and incredible poise 49:00 Doubles: Stosur wins 8th Slam title; Krawczyk won ¾ of a Grand Slam this year; Salisbury doubles in men's and mixed  52:05 Other stories: Zverev story gets more mainstream media attention 58:00 Coaching during matches - it happens, so what should they do about it? 62:50 The Players Lounge: the Racquet magazine-produced roundtable on mental health

    Oh Yeah, They‘re All Scammers

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2021 67:12

    It was a first week for the US Open history books, full of entertaining matches and high-profile breakthroughs. Youngsters Fernandez, Raducanu, and Alcaraz notch huge wins, qualifier van de Zandschulp reaches the quarterfinals, and the undeniable stars Tiafoe & Auger-Aliassime face off in a blockbuster fourth round. BathroomGate threatened to overshadow the entire week, as fans and mainstream reporters became gamesmanship detectives and amateur clock-watchers. Oh yeah, and Djokovic is still on the hunt for the Grand Slam.    0:35 Week one -- well, day one even -- exceeded all expectations 9:20 #HatchingandSnatching update: Fernandez, Alcaraz, Raducanu 17:40 Women's fourth rounds - plus a tangent on the Krejcikova-Muguruza controversy 26:40 Men's fourth rounds: the Tiafoe-Auger-Aliassime match was a blast 32:35 Zverev finally has to answer to the Sharypova abuse allegations, he deflects to BathroomGate, and the broadcasters comply 39:30 Accusations of scammery follow Tsitsipas all week, and to be honest they have merit; or, “you can be mad about two things at the same time” 54:05 US Open Pride Day sees various players wear rainbow gear and otherwise show support 58:05 Sloane Stephens was one of the best stories of the first week

    Withdrawal Symptoms: US Open Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 27, 2021 104:01

    The year's final Grand Slam is upon us, and for the first time since the 90s, we won't see a Williams sister, Nadal, or Federer at the US Open. In two weeks, we'll know if Djokovic has completed the historic Calendar Year Grand Slam against a group of young challengers (Novak and the Seven Trees?). We also discuss the recent publication of part two of the Olya Sharypova story and why the ATP and tennis broadcasters will have a harder time ignoring it this time around. Plus: Barty surging in time for NY, Stef's laughably bad vaccine stance, and some lucky loser drama in Winston-Salem.    1:15 Reflections on Cincinnati FOMO 7:00 Wrapping up the Canada results: Giorgi stuns the field and Medvedev beats Opelka 10:50 Cincinnati: Barty allows no doubt about who's #1 21:30 Also happening last week: *that* Naomi presser, Yastremska gets called something mean, Lepchenko popped for a doping violation 33:00 Cincinnati men's draw: the less said the better 38:20 The Tsitsipas Family's wild and reckless vaccine takes 44:35 A lucky loser fracas at Winston-Salem  47:15 Draw analysis: starting with the women. So … how about that third quarter? 70:55 Men's draw: is there anyone here who will beat Novak in best-of-five? 85:10 Part two of Ben Rothenberg's story on the Zverev allegations -- why he said/she said is a dog whistle and why tennis might finally be forced to reckon with this 98:30 Another historic week in women's sprinting! From your faithful tennis / Jamaican track correspondents

    Bot On A Hot Tin Roof

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 15, 2021 50:25

    Tennis' second pandemic summer gets us a bit closer to “normal,” but the absence of many of the biggest stars leaves room for other players to create compelling narratives. Danielle Collins runs off 12 matches in a row, Reilly Opelka transcends servebotism and outfoxes Tsitsipas in Toronto, and Karolina Pliskova resuscitates a career that many (us?) were calling over the hill. We also talk about some egregious stunts (ciao, Fabio & Mo), the WTA Race to [somewhere?], and the post-Big 3 landscape.    0:35 Rafa and the glaring absence of the Old Guard this summer - what's next? Does the Next Gen *have to* snatch the tour from the Big 3 or no? 9:10 Results in Cluj-Napoca & DC: Petkovic back in top 70, Sherif becomes first Egyptian woman in WTA final, Sinner & a few lesser known American men show out in DC 12:15 Danielle Collins wins a second title and more fans - why does Collins inspire such charged cultural conversations? 22:20 Montreal: Pliskova, Giorgi, Collins-Pegula, Jabeur 30:00 Reilly Opelka makes the case for himself 36:25 Pure stunts from the ATP's king of stunts. Lasciami in pace, Fabio! 41:15 A brief retrospective on a Whitney & Mariah moment 45:15 Final thoughts on the blazingly fast women's 200m and then we'll leave you alone

    Set Fire To Their Tears

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2021 75:26

    Just to get it out of the way: we're not the biggest fans of Olympic tennis. Nevertheless, the Games brought up some interesting stories, old and new -- the fairy-tale endings that failed to happen for Novak and Naomi, the "mental health" conversation (or the seeing-athletes-as-human-beings conversation) that is changing sports discourse around the world, and the men's gold medal that wasn't. We've also got some thoughts on Naomi's Netflix docuseries, the extremely busy post-Wimbledon non-Olympics tennis calendar, and the blazingly fast women's 100m final.     2:15 Naomi lights the torch! There's a metaphor in there somewhere 7:10 Bencic is finally in "the talk," in her words 10:00 So, about the men's gold medalist and the allegations that are finally gaining traction outside of Tennis Twitter 17:45 Djokovic's Golden hopes end as a racquet is javelined into the stands 27:30 Final thoughts on Olympic tennis and 'prestige' 32:00 Simone Biles kicks off a conversation/uproar similar to Naomi -- the ground is shifting on how we talk about athletes, mental/physical health, and self-sacrifice 42:00 Post-Wimbledon events: Collins wins first title, Ruud vultures the entire summer clay season 47:05 Bertens & Bacsinszky bid farewell 50:00 Meet me at the altar in your Off White dress - GEMS Life is married! 54:10 Thoughts on Naomi's Netflix special 61:54 Our resident Jamaican track and field fan recaps the women's 100m race, which lived up to very high expectations 

    Hateration, Holleration In This Wimblery

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 13, 2021 66:17

    The first Wimbledon since 2019 ends with Ash Barty and Novak Djokovic leaving London victorious, both clear #1s at very different stages of their careers. Pliskova should be mighty proud of her tournament, and Berrettini reaches a new height in a very promising career. So how long will Djokovic dominate? What will the next generation have to say about it? All that plus doubles, PTPA stuff, Olympics conjecture, and how the ATP can hold onto those eyeballs Berrettini brought in.    1:25 Introducing our newest line of merch, the Bandwidth Collection 3:00 Ash Barty wins Wimbledon 50 years after her mentor, Evonne Goolagong; cements no. 1 status whether you like it or not 11:50 A great semifinal lineup: former winner Kerber, perennial top 10-er (until recently) Pliskova, and Sabalenka's big breakthrough 16:20 Djokovic has 3/4 of the Calendar Year Slam, Berrettini acquits himself well in final 28:10 Berrettini and Hurkacz bring new eyes to the sport, but the youngsters still have work to do 34:05 Doubles: Mektic/Pavic are back from Covid; Krawcyzk gets the Channel Slam; Hsieh/Mertens save match points to win 38:15 Et ceteras: Roger, Felix, Raducanu, PTPA update 47:00 So who exactly is going to the Olympics? 55:05 We finally get the trailer for Naomi Osaka's Netflix documentary

    Slippy Cup

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 4, 2021 78:34


    It was a wet, wild, and slipp(er)y first week at Wimbledon, which felled a 7-time champion within minutes and saw some electrifying home country heroes show out for their local fans. The faves in the men's draw have sauntered into week two, while a few top clay performers have continued their good form on the women's side. Special shout-outs to Ons Jabeur's stannable barfing moment, the more-fun-than-is-reasonable Venus Williams-Nick Kyrgios mixed doubles pairing, and great stuff from Shapo, Gauff, Samsonova, and more.    1:20 Upsets of Petra, Kenin, Andreescu, Tsitsipas (hey Frances!) -- were they *surprises* or just upsets? 9:10 Surprises: who is quietly sliding into the second week? Garin, Ivashka, Hurkacz, Khachanov 13:40 The women's round of 16 matches and how we got there; Jabeur vs Swiatek is the one we're looking forward to 25:00 Men's round of 16: the three faves -- Djokovic, Fed, and Berrettini -- are still here 33:35 So about the grass ... Mannarino and Serena slip on Centre Court and pull out within an hour of each other. How many slips are too many? 42:55 Andy Murray's electrifying Centre Court matches - it's great theatre  47:15 The critique of Coco Gauff's court assignments  52:40 Favorite moment of week one: Venus-Nick mixed doubles, it was great while it lasted 58:55 Ostapenko's very eventful second and third rounds 66:35 Et ceteras: good on Fowler & Gilbert for talking honestly about Zverev & Basilashvili; Alexandra, what are you doing? 74:45 Thanks to everyone who bought Body Serve merch!


    It's A Bop, It's A Jam, It's A Banger

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 26, 2021 78:58

    Before we get to the Wimbledon preview, we're proud to debut our first line of Body Serve merch: t-shirts, magnets, stickers, mugs, hoodies and more, all adorned with Tom Humberstone's exclusive Body Serve artwork. Back to tennis -- Wimbledon is upon us, as we move back to the traditional two-week gap between Roland Garros and the grass major. We'll walk you through the draws and the grass results, highlighting top recent performances from Jabeur, Berrettini, and Kerber, plus Sonego's musical and athletic prowess. And to wrap, a few queer et ceteras for #PrideMonth.    0:35 Introducing The Body Serve's online store!  5:30 Grass results from this week: resurgent Ostapenko, Kerber, Giorgi, and Querrey; plus Dasha, Petra, and Daniil 18:20 Halle, Birmingham, Queen's, Berlin -- Jabeur wins first title, is the first Arab woman to do a lot of things in tennis 26:55 Men's draw: it's Novak and then a big drop-off -- who else is a contender? 41:00 Women's draw - a lot more early-round intrigue, lots of question marks in the first quarter 46:50 Women's third quarter presents a huge opportunity for somebody 51:20 Yastremska's sexcuse worked! The suspension is over 54:30 PTPA has resurfaced with an executive director, new branding, and an advisory board 65:20 #Pride et ceteras: Carl Nassib; Love, Victor; women's 100m; and a story!

    Are Your Clay Sensations Nourished?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 15, 2021 62:11

    Are your clay sensations nourished? Ours certainly are NOT, but we hope to summon the requisite energies to bring you this French Open recap. Barbora Krejčíková and Novak Djokovic are your 2021 Roland Garros singles champions, both surprise winners in their own rights, but also two champions that make varying degrees of sense. Krejčíková became the fourth active WTA player to win Slams in all three disciplines (Venus, Serena, and Stosur), while Djokovic captured his 19th Slam title, a stone's throw from Nadal and Federer's record of 20.   01:20 Krejčíková beats Pavlyuchenkova for her first Slam singles title 05:45 Questionable (line) decisions, sportsmanship, and giving the benefit of the doubt 15:00 How did we get to this women's final?  21:15 Rafole, hyperbole, and the context of that semifinal 33:35 Novak's gonna Novak, and that Novak is on a higher plain 42:30 The grass season started *during* Roland Garros this year  44:30 Is coaching allowed during matches? If you're a commentator who is also related to the player, yes 49:15 Taylor Townsend writes an illuminating piece for The Players' Tribune

    Right In Front Of My Salad?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 8, 2021 61:19

    Has the 2021 French Open felt a bit . . . strange? Clouded? Cursed, even? (Yes) But aside from the weirdness floating above the tennis, we've actually got a fascinating lineup of quarterfinals in both the men's and women's draws. The men have more familiar faces, but the women's side sees the success of a bunch of great performers during this clay season, including several first-time Slam quarterfinalists and the defending champion. In the interest of efficiency, in this episode we wrap week one, talk about the prevalence of betting culture on Tennis Channel, the virtue of a good apology, and how The Good Place and Roland Garros intersected in a most humorous way.    03:15 Quarters are set on both draws: how did we get here? 06:10 Men's draw: a historic Slam for Italian men, Medvedev king of trolls, plus the usual suspects 13:55 Federer's withdrawal and Musetti's retirement -- honest to a fault 25:30 Women's draw: huge upsets; great stuff from Pavlyuchenkova, Gauff, Zidansek, Sakkari, and more 39:10 Et ceteras - betting is even more entrenched at Tennis Channel, Sizikova arrested for match fixing ... any irony there or nah 46:05 Rune proves that the cover-up -- err, non-apology -- is often worse than the crime. All this during Pride Month?! 54:20 Danielle Collins' great narrative arc and Jameela's valued tennis opinions

    Does This Apply To Me?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 3, 2021 58:53

    Since our last episode, the conversation around Naomi Osaka's withdrawal from press conferences grew so loud that it led to an actual withdrawal: her decision to pull out of Roland Garros completely to preserve her mental well being. The past few days have presented so many important questions -- especially around mental health, mental strength and the "bootstraps" mentality, race, gender, and the role of the press in tennis -- that we felt it warranted another stand-alone episode. Let's leave the mess in WhatsApp and instead have a real conversation about what we can do better and why tennis' first reaction was punitive rather than empathetic.   0:30 Catching up on the events of the past few days: a media frenzy that culminated in Naomi's withdrawal from Roland Garros 12:05 Naomi's statement and the French Federation's response - how did we get here, and how can we do better? 17:30 "Press conferences are part of the job description" - well, since you mentioned tennis being a workplace ... 24:30 Should the Player's Councils and the PTPA be vocal about this? 28:45 Many reporters took Naomi's initial statement as a personal or professional attack -- where is the reflexivity? 38:40 The demand for a disclosure from Naomi - the act of "confession" 42:30 What has this situation taught us about how society and sport view mental health awareness? 50:30 The unavoidable question of race and gender, and how Black athletes are expected to entertain without complaint

    Pressed: Roland Garros Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later May 29, 2021 76:25

    Naomi Osaka is a paradigm shifter, regardless of whether you agree with her decisions. We spend a good chunk of our Roland Garros preview thinking through Naomi's decision to skip press and how it affords the sport an opportunity to rethink how it conducts journalism and creates news. Why did it inflame such impassioned responses? What does the press conference accomplish? What are the alternatives? Amidst all this, we have the year's second Grand Slam to preview, which will happen among the most "normal" conditions we've seen since the pandemic began. Rafa, Ash, and Iga are faves, but they're not the only ones with a fighting chance.   0:45 Naomi Osaka's bombshell: she won't be doing press conferences at Roland Garros 8:30 "It's part of the job" - but why? Is this an opportunity to rethink how tennis does journalism? 20:25 What we don't want to see: personal axe-grinding against "the press" in general 35:10 Some ideas on how to rethink tennis journalism 39:50 Roland Garros men's draw preview! 55:25 Women's draw: two clear favorites and a lot of great performers right behind them 64:15 Women's bottom half -- especially the fourth quarter -- is ripe for a dark horse breakthrough

    And What!!!

    Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2021 84:45

    Nadal logged another decima, at Rome this time, which turned out to be one of the most exciting Masters tournaments in recent memory. While Nadal-Djokovic went the distance, Iga Swiatek dropped not even a game against Karolina Pliskova, The Unbothered. We chat about questions surrounding Sabalenka's views; Roger Federer's comments on the Zverev case and why it's emblematic of a much larger problem, or the system working as intended; and the latest intrigue from the ongoing Yastremska doping circus.      0:00 I can't control God. Talk to him.  2:10 Swiatek blanks 2019 winner Pliskova; Karolina gives a master class on being unbothered 9:35 Rain and retirements; plus Coco, Martic, Simona, and Ash 20:40 "Il Next Gen siamo noi" - Nadal/Djokovic #57 32:30 Sonego; Reilly's Venus Effect; these dangerous Rome courts -- this is what labour unions are for 41:40 Williamses in Parma, Federer in Geneva, and packed draws everywhere 48:45 Addressing the murmurs about Sabalenka's political allegiances 55:20 The Yastremska story gets even weirder .. and "riskier"  60:40 About those Federer comments on Z*erev ... we can and should expect more 73:05 Shapo drops 3 new songs! 76:30 Things we like/dislike - why is Jonathan coming for me?

    The Unattractive Inside Open

    Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2021 69:50

    We're haters, fine, but Madrid is just not the tournament for us. We get an unappealing winner on the men's side but a first-time clay titlist in Aryna Sabalenka, peaking just in time for Roland Garros. Elsewhere, the ATP loosens -- nay, practically obliterates -- its bubble restrictions ahead of RG. In major coaching news, Sofia Kenin parts ways with her dad. And finally, James takes another quiz. Does he redeem his putrid performance from last week? You be the judge.   1:55 Madrid. It happens every year but we don't have to like it 4:40 The repeated failure of the ATP to say or do anything of substance on domestic violence (great at deleting Instagram comments though) 15:45 Aryna Sabalenka wins first clay title in Stuttgart rematch 21:55 And now we are in Rome: Djokovic and Serena return 32:50 The ATP bursts its bubble, vaccine or not! 38:25 American men's tennis declares its independence from the top 30; Pavs gives a revealing interview; short shorts are the moment 49:25 Kenin & Garcia split from their coach-dads 53:55 James takes another quiz! 

    Nicely Plump

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2021 74:40

    Struggling to keep up with all the tennis? So are we. Join us on this struggle bus episode where we go over the results since our last episode, leading up to Ash Barty and Rafa Nadal's wins this past week. If you haven't seen the Kasatkina interview/doc with sports.ru, it's truly a must-see tennis event. After we flog Fabio and Benoit, James takes a quiz where we end up flogging the U.S. men too. Hurrah.   2:30 Nadal wins 12th Barcelona crown, but it was far from guaranteed 5:30 Is Tsitsipas the ‘second favorite’ after Nadal? Don’t count out Djokovic 11:25 The Djokovic -- er, Serbia Open 19:55 Ash Barty makes it hard on her detractors 24:50 Monte Carlo: Rublev slays the giant and Tsitsipas breaks through 33:10 Madrid women’s draw 36:40 Kasatkina interview: Russian TV does not play! 42:10 Fabio, the boy who cried lupo; and French Federation to Benoit: we do not require your services, thank you 46:15 Other odds and ends: Yastremska update, Rena+Zina 50:50 James takes a rankings quiz! (This is much more fun than it sounds)

    It Stays Between Us, But ...

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 14, 2021 70:27

    This episode is really two separate shows put together, but we trust there is something in it for everyone. In the first part, we recap the results of last week, again imploring more kindness towards tennis players who are going through it, while in the next breath calling for the heads of those who act a fool. We also touch on the news coming out of Monte Carlo and again question the Covid protocols under which tennis is currently being played, and what can be done about it. The second part of the episode deals with the continued push to litigate the participation of trans women and girls in sport and the undoubted harm it will cause to trans youth if enacted. We dive deep into the legal argument, how this relates to professional sports, and why we hope this particularly awful moment for trans kids forces a reckoning for our community.    4:35 Kudermetova wins her first career title in Charleston 7:00 Sloane lets us know the full 100 of what's been going on 13:10 Cagliari, Marbella, and Bógota 16:20 Medvedev tests positive for Covid in Monte Carlo and the fallout 22:05 Is a vaccine passport feasible for tennis right now? 28:15 Cornet's hilarity ahead of French Open news 31:30 The influx of anti-trans legislation and how it relates to tennis 41:15 Let’s talk about the Civil Rights Act Title VII & IX to be specific), Bostock v. Clayton County, and how the Women’s Sport Working Group seeks to influence legislation 54:30 The hypothetical ‘menace’ of trans women participating in sports

    The Messiest Person You Know Is A Man

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 5, 2021 61:16

    On court, tennis welcomed its first Polish Masters 1000 champ, Hubi Hurkacz; and the reigning #1 Ash Barty knocked down a slew of hardcourt contenders to defend her Miami crown. Off court (or on court if you're Pospisil), the contentious debate on player representation and tennis governance reared its head. What does the PTPA want? How is tennis' current governance structure an impediment to real change? Plus, we were treated to something we've all been waiting for, tennis players' misinformed opinions on vaccines!     1:20 Miami Nice: Barty defends Miami title. Now why is everyone still so pressed about the #1 ranking? 14:05 Andreescu is back and all eyes are on her 20:00 Hurkacz def. Sinner, becomes first Pole to win a Masters 1000 26:05 Vasek Pospisil melts down completely on court, threatens to sue ... so what the hell happened at this infamous ATP meeting? 30:30 Players demand a #playersvoice but they have one ... what are they going to do with it; the impasse caused by tennis' governing structure 43:55 Not another vaccine debate ... 53:20 The stopped clock principle and why sometimes you can cooperate with people you don't like 55:45 Odds and ends: most importantly, GEMS Life is back and they're getting MARRIED

    A Journey Which I Didn't Enjoy Ultimately

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 17, 2021 61:17

    Mari Osaka gives us our title this week, with her wonderfully straightforward retirement post that reminds us that we're allowed to stop doing things we don't enjoy. We're covering the tennis results strewn across four continents: Muguruza capitalizing on her huge momentum in 2021, Medvedev rising to #2, Fed's return, and some great runs by players considered to be doubles specialists. The odds and ends segment lets James go on about some of his favorite topics: tennis governance, the ATP's arcane and mysteriously enforced rules, collaboration between tennis orgs, and disqualifications. We finish up with a things we like/dislike segment with no dislikes! (Some love for Below Deck, Borgen, and Grammy performances)    0:30 An exercise in making a clean break 3:00 Persona non grata wins Doha, plus a refresher on how the ATP has refused to handle domestic violence; but in better news, Fed is back! 9:40 Bubble Life is just not for everybody 16:20 Garbi's imminent breakthrough is no longer imminent as she wins the Dubai 1000 25:30 The traveling Ryan Murphy acting troupe of women's tennis 27:20 Daniil wins Marseille; Tsonga is back; Stefanos somehow makes the Petros wild card debate even worse 31:25 Guadalajara (Sorribes Tormo!) and the Santiago Dove Men+Care Ivory Palmolive Dawn Dish Soap Open (dale, Cris!) 36:35 T7 Working Group - you know we love tennis governance news 40:55 Damir Dzumhur defaulted in Acapulco and it wasn't pretty 45:25 Odds and ends: AZ kvetches about rankings, Kim delays return again, the Murray family & Tay Townsend have babies! 52:40 Things we like! (No dislikes this week)

    Can't Stop Won't Stop Don't Spit

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 8, 2021 57:53


    Covid be damned, tennis has been around the world in February and March. We saw youngsters Clara Tauson and Juan Manuel Cerúndolo make unlikely title runs, Petra win her 28th, and Andrey Rublev snatch every ATP500 in sight. Come for the tennis, stay for our thoughts on rankings math, wild cards, the Kodak kit, and spitting during a pandemic.    1:45 Petra wins 28th(!) title, beating Garbiñe at Doha 7:55 Rotterdam: Ruby d. Fucsovics to win 4th consecutive 500 title; Kei (Sir Penguin) on the come-up; Meddy oh so close to #2 ranking 14:00 Andy Murray on retirement chatter: “Why would I stop?” 16:00 18-year-old Dane Clara Tauson announces herself at Lyon 21:20 Los hermanos Cerúndolo; Benoit Paire leaves his droplets and tanks 30:55 Odds and ends - starting with Djokovic’s rankings record 33:40 James tries to explain the AP Calculus-level rankings changes (ok, not really that complicated); what effects do these rankings adjustments have on players? 42:05 Wading into the wild card debate again 47:00 Kokkinakis opens up on mental health; Bernardes & Federer are back, Willis is out; Sorana Cirstea says remember the Alamo and forget your mask


    The Time Is Nao

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 22, 2021 83:13

    The 2021 Australian Open is in the books! After months of speculation over whether the tournament would even happen, Naomi Osaka and Novak Djokovic are the last two players standing, holding old friends Daphne and Norman. We take you through the latter rounds of both singles draws before tackling a couple of the bigger issues for us this tournament: gambling taking over the tennis coverage and Hawkeye Live being force fed to us. If you’re still with us by this point, we run through a few odds and ends, from G.E.M.S. Life’s break to some of our fashion hits and misses!    2:00 Women’s final: Naomi d. Jenny(fer) Brady for Slam #4 15:00 Women’s quarters and semis: it’s a lot of commentator emotion for a perfectly legitimate medical timeout; Naomi d. Serena 27:30 Men’s final: Djokovic wins #18, beating Medvedev in a not-great final (well, great for Novak) 30:55 Men’s quarters and semis: Grigor, why??? Plus Tsitsipas gets another breakthrough, qualifier Karatsev makes the semis  36:00 The injury, the bizarre trophy presentation, the endless drama 42:45 Doubles! Mertens/Sabalenka win & take the #1 ranking; Krejcikova and Ram each make 2 finals 45:35 I got issues: Gambling and tennis media; Hawkeye Live - why are commentators 100% in the bag for it? 59:00 Odds and ends - Sofia’s appendectomy won’t get in her way  65:25 Alexis, T*riac, locals, and the S*ndgren show  74:45 Fashions: Nike finally does it! Beautiful gowns!

    I Love This S#@! I Love It

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 14, 2021 76:56

    It's the midpoint of the 2021 Australian Open, and we're cooking with gas now. The early rounds were rough on the hard quarantiners, with Azarenka, Andreescu, Kerber, Stephens, and Sakkari all going out. Defending champ Sonia Kenin followed. But we've gotten some electrifying tennis along the way. We'll take you through the Thiem-Kyrgios classic and the nonstop Kyrgios discourse, Félix winning the battle of Canadians, Novak and Rafa's injury issues, and the boatload of riveting matchups on the women's side. No predictions here, just appreciation.    3:50 Women's top half - what the hell happened to Karolina Pliskova? 13:40 Kaia Kanepi wreaks her usual havoc, taking out defending champion Sofia Kenin 21:25 The hard quarantiners have a tough go if it 22:45 If you see Hsieh Su-Wei on the other side of the court, be afraid 31:30 The rest of the women's bottom half is on another level - fit and fighting Serena & Sabalenka, Mugu-Osaka match-up, Swiatek-Halep rematch 41:55 Djokovic d. Fritz - Taylor's carriage turns into a pumpkin, Novak's health a question 51:15 Dominic and Nick give us a classic - and the Kyrgios commentariat is back 60:40 Felix's fleet feet; welcome back, Thanasi 69:20 One bossy fan tries to give Rafa the hook

    Ogre-Alla-Ass-sim-Oh Forget It: AO Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 6, 2021 88:11

    Alright, y’all ready? After so much drama leading into the 2021 Australian Open -- from questions surrounding whether it should happen in the first place to the complaints from players about the conditions under which it was happening -- we’ve finally made it to St. Melbourne’s gate, ready for play to begin on Monday. This past week saw SIX tournaments strewn across Melbourne Park as players sought to get as much preparation as possible after breaking out of quarantine. We cover what’s happened in those events as of this recording, the reactions to play being halted on Friday as the players went back into quarantine for a day, and then finish with a look at how the draws unfolded. Wow, we didn’t even get to just how much of a MESS the draw ceremony was. Whew. Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines.   02:01 Recapping this weird week in warm-up tourneys 09:17 Assessing Venus’ game and what it’s like to be a Vee-liever 17:09 Is there a player you hate when they’re playing your fav?  19:13 Rena getting in formation? 23:35 We almost got a lockdown part 2; why you mad about a super tiebreak? 32:44 Encroaching upon a stadium near you: ATP Cup 36:28 Dayanavision part 37 41:41 A bit delayed but we offer our breakout picks for 2021! 46:10 Sifting through the ATP draws 58:50 The women’s draw is locked and LOADED

    Proceed With Caution

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 31, 2021 61:56

    The 14-day quarantine has lifted . . . tennis players in Melbourne and Adelaide are leaving their rooms and playing in maskless stadiums, thanks to months of sacrifice by Australians and much politicking by Tennis Australia. Throughout the 2-week quarantine, the tone and level of complaining softened (for the most part), but it was not without intrigue. We chat about Novak Djokovic's list of requests to TA on behalf of quarantined players and why the universal roasting he received was, well -- maybe a little much? We're also talking about Nadal's comments on quarantine; the Adelaide exhibition; (grudgingly) the Margaret Court carousel; and what's next.    1:20 Checking back in on the quarantiners: fact-checker Artem Sitak; plus Badosa, Tomic & Vanessa, RBA 13:45 So . . . about Adelaide 18:10 Craig Tiley says the quiet part out loud & Rafa offers an imperfect but impassioned forest-for-the-trees perspective 24:00 Peter Bodo blasts Tiley for his "imperial ambitions" and the clear inequalities between the top players and the Melbourne quarantiners 29:05 Looking at Novak Djokovic's requests (suggestions? asks?) on behalf of the Melbourne players 36:35 Margaret Court's honor from the Australian government is met with vocal criticism -- is the tide turning? 40:45 Yastremska's appeal to ITF is denied - but the Court of Arbitration for Sport will hear her doping appeal right away! 44:00 Team8 and Zverev part ways; AZ gets softball interview with BILD; AZ's crisis PR manager (and former employee of BILD) acts out on Twitter again 47:05 Et ceteras: Twitter MVP Chanda Rubin clears a troll 52:35 Adelaide exhibition: Novak disappears and reappears, the Serena-Naomi kiki, and Thiem & Nadal hitting but not giggling 54:40 Actual tennis is starting, like now! 

    Is It Worth It?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 17, 2021 76:17

    It remains to be seen if Tennis Australia's logistical balancing act to host the Australian Open will be worth it, but here we are. Amidst the tightest safety protocols yet, a nation grudgingly welcomes hundreds of tennis personnel into its borders, who promptly kvetch about the (free) food, the (free) accommodations, and the quarantine rules. Not all has changed, though: top players get special treatment and American men continue to embarrass us at home and across the globe. Buckle up: pandemic tennis enters year two, with (some) lessons learned.   4:00 Tennis Australia launches vast logistical plan in action - Tennys Sandgren tries to undermine it in about five minutes 11:15 Players begin to arrive in Melbourne on chartered flights, two flights must isolate for 14 days, complaints ensue 25:35 Here is a picture of my terrible food, in my free hotel, during my free trip, during a pandemic, in which I will earn a minimum of $100,000 even if I lose 29:05 The actual legitimate complaint: the potential inequity between the elite players in Adelaide and the rest in Melbourne 34:50 Notable qualifiers 42:35 Tennis results already: Sabalenka is on 15-match win streak; Hurkacz wins Delray Beach but is overshadowed by anti-mask grandstanding 53:30 Dayana Yastremska provisionally banned for an anabolic steroid. Ma'am, give us a week off from the drama? 61:20 Sam Querrey has resurfaced! 67:15 Another person who craves attention - Ion Tiriac (and tennis' continued failure to stand up to misogyny and racism)

    Finding Stefanie

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 9, 2021 98:02

    To open our 7th season, we dive into the career of Stefanie Maria Graf, one of the game's most decorated champions and still, somehow, one of its most elusive. Graf's staggering achievements -- beyond the iconic Golden Slam -- are in some ways poorly understood and lost to recent history, likely because she has so determinedly removed herself from the tennis world. Instead of seeing her just as Monica's rival or the goalpost to pass for Grand Slam glory, we look to understand Graf's career as it was, in its own time. What didn't we get about Steffi Graf? What about her game made her the best? Who were her important rivals outside of Monica? What was the state of women's tennis when she arrived, and how did she leave it? What's clear: Steffi was a whole lot more than just "German precision."   0:25 Intro and taking aim at the myths and misunderstandings 10:30 So, about those career stats . . . 13:00 Graf as child prodigy - staggering early seasons in 1985-87 18:15 What was the WTA like when Steffi arrived? The Chrissie-Martina duopoly, burnt out child stars, the next Czech generation 23:20 Gaby and Steffi: "glamour" vs "automation" 29:35 Steffi's peerless game: how was her dominance perceived in its day? (1988-89) 36:50 Becker, Graf, German identity, and the question of patriotism: let's talk about history for a minute 48:00 Peter Graf, a dominating and difficult father, but at times a "shield" 53:05 Monica Seles asks the question again and again, and Monica's removal from the game asks even more 65:00 The rest of the 1990s: more Slams, myriad injuries, and the humiliation of a private life becoming tabloid fodder 73:05 What is Steffi's legacy as a player, and as a member of the once highly political WTA? 79:55 Rivalries: Gaby is the dark horse 82:52 Steffi's iconic matches -- too many to mention, but here are a few

    The Ending of That Was Iffy: 2020 ATP Wrap

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 11, 2020 76:23

    Episode 215 is our season 6 finale and the ATP companion piece to our WTA Wrap. In this episode, we spend some time discussing the on-court highlights, like Djokovic's stellar start, Nadal's 20th Slam, and Thiem's US Open crowning. But, the pandemic threw tennis for a loop; while women players went mostly quiet, several men engaged in bizarre and selfish behavior, peddling conspiracy theories, spreading pseudoscience, and flouting safety protocols and plain common sense. This year, the off-court noise demands as complete a retelling as the tennis itself. All that and James takes a quiz on the ATP season! Thanks for joining us for a sixth season of The Body Serve, and take care of yourselves.    01:30 James takes a quiz on the ATP 2020 season 12:19 The ATP Cup? Remember that? James is still not a fan 18:27 Revisiting the Djokovic default at the USO 24:47 That USO final and comparing it to Novotna’s ‘98 Wimbledon 27:41 Nadal achieves yet more history at Roland Garros 32:00 What else stood out to us inside the lines this year? 35:35 The Zverev family has A LOT of curious things to say 43:32 Djokovic kicks off the 2020 covidiocy 47:32 Thiem dodges Covid-19 while traipsing all over the globe 56:35 We’ve got to stop treating grown men as stuffed animals  65:08 An update on Bernard Tomic’s fingers 67:15 Keeping ourselves honest: revisiting our breakout picks for 2020 70:19 A reflection on what we did this year and crowdfunding the show

    Smile Because It's Over: 2020 WTA Wrap

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 6, 2020 74:28

    It's now a cliché to say that the events of 2020 are unprecedented, and that we feel unstuck from time itself, but early 2020 does seem of a different era. After a packed January and February, which saw a new Slam winner and two high-profile retirements, the COVID-19 pandemic threw our lives (and the tennis season) into disarray. How tennis responded tells us a lot about the sport: at times remarkably agile and resilient, and at other times inequitable, clunky, and slow. Some players shone on the court, others took the year off, and at the end of the year, there's merit in simply getting through.   4:30 January: Tennis' reaction to the Australian wildfires offers a glimpse at the sport's inequities and its inconsistent reactions to a crisis -- who suffers? 11:30 Also in January: Pliskova wins Brisbane, Asia Muhammad kicks off one of the few feel-good stories of 2020, Sofia Kenin stuns the Australian field 18:55 A scattered February, as usual: Kim's comeback, Rybakina's great start, Sharapova retirement 27:15 March changes everything - Indian Wells the first domino to fall 31:30 What was the WTA up to during the pandemic break? 42:40 Women's tennis returns in August: Brady and Azarenka break out 46:50 US Open goes forward in a sort-of-bubble: Osaka's win seemed fated 51:20 Roland Garros follows 3 weeks later and gets a shocking winner 57:25 October & November . . . not much happening 60:40 WTA unveils a huge rebrand, reclassifies tournaments and debuts new logo 69:10 Keeping ourselves honest: how were our predictions for 2020?

    sTaY sTrOnG, guys

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 27, 2020 72:02

    Since we last came to you, Daniil Medvedev continued his impressive end-of-season run to capture the ATP Finals in London. We take you through the paces of the final hosting of that event at the O2 Arena. After recapping the actual tennis on court, we pick up where we left off last episode with Alexander Zverev and the domestic assault allegations made against him. This time we’ve got an actual response (or lack thereof) from the ATP, a further statement from Zverev himself, and another misstep from Novak Djokovic. Have you been wondering what Bernard Tomic has been up to? Well, we’ve got answers!    01:29 Medvedev bookends Davydenko’s opening win at the O2 Arena 07:03 Dominic Thiem falls short in London, but he is all the way THERE 14:31 James’ optimism that this would have been Rafa’s year 19:05 Sabalenka, like Medvedev, doubles up to end the WTA season 21:31 The latest, ever changing developments with the 2021 Australian Open 29:44 Vasek Pospisil and Novak Djokovic resurface with the PTPA 40:00 Wading back into the Zverev waters  54:54 sTaY sTrOnG, guys 58:29 Gimelstob resurfaces with a little help from his friends 64:19 Bernard Tomic is up to what? A SCAM!

    The Sound of the ATP's Silence

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 13, 2020 53:07

    We're delving into the serious allegations of domestic abuse against Alexander Zverev. Many in tennis -- including Sascha himself -- are invested in painting this as Zverev "overcoming adversity" on his way to growing up, diminishing and erasing Olya Sharypova's story. The ATP has failed to send a clear message; indeed, they have not sent any message at all. We ask: why is tennis so inept at handling situations like this? Why hasn't the ATP followed the NFL and developed a robust domestic violence policy? What happens when we as a community treat intimate partner violence as a private matter?   01:12 Where this story begins  09:32 Why do we believe women?  16:08 Zverev's glib, narcissistic response to the allegations 21:59 The appalling social media fails from big tennis orgs 29:10 The ATP's deliberate failure to meet the moment 42:40 For example: where is your internal investigation?! 46:06 Zverev's management, Team 8, asleep at the wheel

    Yes or Mess: A Pop Culture Experience

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 7, 2020 86:15


    Grab a cocktail and dive into the pop culture garbage our tattered brains have been thinking about these past few weeks. 2020 has demanded we seek out diversions when possible, and we've got you on that front: 90 Day Fiance, Mariah's memoir and her lost tracks album The Rarities, TV we've been loving, and the week-long election coverage that birthed a million crushes on the #chartthrob Steve Kornacki. Every topic is either a yes or mess - some are both!  1:30 The US election! Are you tired yet? 14:55 Thirsting for the cable news map guys -- we've got a big batch for ya 19:10 Nene Leakes' new venture 25:25 The Hocus Pocus reunion - this movie is perfectly crafted for millennial gays 28:55 2020 has been Mariah Season all year -- highlights of the memoir 42:00 The Rarities, an album of Mariah's b-sides and unreleased tracks 51:50 90 Day Fiance: The Other Way -- still exploitative but, like, exploitative lite 59:00 TikTok: minstrelsy, WAPs, and a welcome Fleetwood revival 1:09:40 There is a lot of injustice in the world, but nothing worse than Chris Pratt being selected as the least of the four Chrises 1:14:30 TV report: watch The Queen's Gambit, Grand Army, and the Dolly Parton Netflix doc!


    Das ist mein Haus

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2020 46:52

    Alexander Zverev will be building his latest house in Cologne, Germany after nabbing back-to-back titles at the same event. The German's twin triumphs headline this abridged episode recapping the tennis events of the last two weeks. Aryna Sabalenka joined the fun with double titles of her own in Ostrava. After rolling through the results, we say "YES" or "MESS" to other tennis happenings off the court.    5:10 Zverev wins Cologne eins und zwei - why are there two? (we'll tell you) 16:30 Sabalenka tears through the Ostrava singles and doubles draws 19:50 Humbert wins Antwerp, Khachanov gives Lumberjack 2.0 24:40 Ruby joins the top 10 - the Harry Styles of tennis (or at least the Niall Horan) 28:55 What's the deal with the Race to London? Do the rankings make sense? 34:20 From Russia With Haste: Sam Querrey flees the Four Seasons under cover of night 38:55 Other yeses and messes: Basilashvili's domestic abuse case becomes a cultural touchstone in Georgia; auf wiedersehen, Julia; auf wiedersehen, Boris (for a different reason)

    I Want Your Sets

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2020 88:16


    The 2020 Fall French Open is in the history books! Iga Swiatek and Rafael Nadal swept through their respective fields on their ways to historic title runs in Paris. For Nadal, it was his 13th time lifting the Coupe des Mousquetaires, while Swiatek blitzed her way to a first Slam title, both efforts coming without the loss of a set. We go through most of the matches from week two that led to the weekend’s coronations, push back against the idea that the younger men are just “happy to be there,” and try to get to the bottom of why so many folks do not like Sofia Kenin. We finish the 2020 Grand Slam season with a dramatic reading of a captivating Danielle Collins moment.   4:00 Rafa wins his 13th at Roland Garros without losing a set 19:15 Fedal and the record books 26:00 Next Gen isn't breaking through quite yet, but not for lack of trying 37:25 Fly Like an Iga: the 19-year-old Swiatek stuns the women's draw 46:10 Flourishing without the benefit of wild cards 52:20 Why is Sonya Kenin so polarizing? 68:05 Mladenovic/Babos overcome coronadversity to win doubles; Jelena Djokovic and Neil Harman, partners in grievance; will FoxTenn Real Bounce be the solution? 81:50 Dramatic Reading: in which no grace was given


    Kick Rocks, Eat Dirt

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2020 72:31

    Welcome to our mid-Roland Garros 2020 dispatch. Those sounds you may have heard over the last few days were those of players often being loud and wrong. We’ve got a fairly predictable final eight on the men’s side, while the women’s draw has turned out some truly shocking yet inspiring results. We dive into the latest Zverev mess, Novak’s quip, Hawkeye misinformation, Sara’s cursing, retiring players before they’re ready, and finish with a rant on calling Naomi’s man her “rapper boyfriend.” Who’s deserving of being told to kick rocks and eat dirt?   5:00 A lot of surprises in the men's draw, but the quarterfinals are still pretty standard 10:30 Sooo many first-time third rounders on the men's side 14:40 Zverev has a fever. Oh? 27:50 Women's draw: Swiatek destroys the clear tournament favorite, among many surprises 32:30 Errani loses the match and her mind as Bertens cramps 44:00 Damn, it's tough to be an umpire these days: the HawkEye saga 56:20 Keep your saliva in your mouth; keep your dad in his seat 59:40 Et ceteras: don't retire players before they're ready 65:20 Why are we still telling players how to schedule and whom to date, during a pandemic?

    Drip It Like It's Hot

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 26, 2020 61:43

    Roland Garros 2020 is upon us, en automne, barely two weeks after the US Open and perhaps against better judgment. But what happen-ed happen-ed and here we are in Paris. The cool, damp conditions will likely produce grinding and unpredictable tennis, which has made predictions futile. The best predictor is how players have fared so far during the restarted season. In addition to the draw preview, we've got a few Covid updates, several messes to check in on, and a Dramatic Reading full of Canadian Content.   0:30 Against all odds, Roland Garros is happening 4:50 Men's draw preview: who will benefit from these tough conditions? Rafa gets Thiem, Djoko gets Tsitsipas/Meddy/Berrettini 19:00 We both failed probability but no, Virginia, the draw's not rigged 28:20 Women's draw preview: for the first time in a while, there's a clear favorite (but her road's not easy) 37:20 Women's bottom half - what to expect of Pliskova's health? Will someone other than Simona win her third Slam here? 42:15 Covid updates: spectator limit reduced to 1000 per day; Paire is in, but Verdasco is out 47:10 Buckle up for lots of commentator talk about weather and new balls 52:50 An enduring, recurring mess by Boris Becker 55:35 Dramatic Reading, a tribute to the trap king of Vaughan, Ontario, Canada

    Bubble Wrap: Women Save The Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2020 86:38

    It wasn’t that long ago that we didn’t think we would -- or should -- have any tennis for the rest of 2020. Now, here we are recapping the final week of a fanless U.S. Open. Naomi Osaka and Dominic Thiem are your champions, a third Slam triumph for Naomi and a first at last for someone not named Federer, Djokovic, or Nadal. We cover the matches of week two leading up to the finals, as well as so much of the commentary and discourse surrounding the tournament. Sadly, and maddeningly, the commentariat simply did not meet the moment. All this and more on our Bubble Wrap!   02:02 Mariah saves the day: Jonathan has a word for the haters 10:20 The road to the women's final 20:38 Naomi Osaka wins her 3rd Slam title, against a reborn Vika 30:27 Naomi starts a conversation, the commentators have no clue how to talk about it 46:08 The sloppy path to the men's final? 52:07 The "low quality" of the men's matches doesn't exist in a vacuum 59:54 What to make of the men's final   65:18 Moments that made us cringe 78:14 Moments of levity: things we enjoyed from the fortnight 81:59 Dramatic Reading: Serena (out of nowhere) shades tf out of ______.

    Double Bubble, Toil, and Trouble

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2020 74:21

    We knew it would be an unusual first week of the US Open. It started with Benoit Paire's positive test, and continued with the double bubble regulations and warring health departments. We got non-stop drama surrounding Kiki Mladenovic's singles loss and last-minute ejection from the doubles draw. But no one was prepared for the default of the undefeated #1 seed Novak Djokovic after hitting a line judge with a ball. Nostalgic for five-set collapses and parent-coach-player psychodramas? Oh, we still have those too.   0:30 Djokovic defaulted in the 4th round 9:15 Highlights of the men's first week: Felix grows up, Tsitsipas melts down 18:00 Three Canadian men in the second week of a Slam, a first! 26:00 Women's side: Rogers and Brady stun, Pironkova parachutes in to torture your faves, and Vika gets that Vika mojo back 41:20 Some thoughts on Sloane-Serena 49:45 Benoit and the original 10 - a double bubble and a not-quite-double bubble 53:40 Kiki does not love the US Open 59:10 Inconsistency, jurisdiction issues, and a lack of transparency 70:10 Thoughts on Djokovic's statement  

    Be Careful Who You Association With

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2020 90:31

    This week saw many major stories come and go until one stuck: the breaking away of Novak Djokovic and others from the ATP Player Council to start a separate player association (not a union btw). Before that, we saw Naomi Osaka's solitary act of resistance stop the tennis world in its tracks; a strange and troubling end to Sakkari-Serena; the rebirth of Victoria Azarenka; and the rebranding of Milos Raonic as widely beloved. Oh yeah, and the US Open preview.   2:30 American sports react to the shooting of Jacob Blake 9:15 Naomi Osaka announces that she won't play her Cincinnati semifinal to draw attention to BLM 16:30 "Shut up and dribble" doesn't work in tennis, especially women's tennis 20:50 Meanwhile, the Western & Southern Open is happening under strange circumstances - Vika's resurgence 24:45 Milos Raonic: new hair, new thighs, new me 28:20 The bizarre end to Serena Williams-Maria Sakkari 33:50 The girl who cried wolf 39:15 Friday night news dump: Djokovic and others break away from the ATP Player Council to form the Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA) 53:30 Federer, Nadal, et al send a letter with some ... concerns (and some very good questions) 63:20 So what about women tennis players? #TennisUnited am I right 71:00 Oh, the US Open is happening in like two days? 

    The Long Island Project

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 22, 2020 72:08

    Tennis has resumed in the US and Europe as the pandemic rages on. We catch up on a few weeks' worth of news, including: recent title winners Brady, Ferro, and Halep; early life in the Cincy/NY "bubble"; the non-sensical ramblings of vaccine skeptics and conspiracy theorists; and that Novak interview. We close with a tribute to two titans of 20th century tennis, who contributed even more off-court than they did on: Bob Ryland and Angela Buxton.    1:40 WTA site adds pronunciation guide - let’s try again,fail again, fail better 3:40 Tennis returns in Palermo, then Prague - Ferro is your first title winner of the resumed 2020 season 7:45 Lexington’s Top Seed Open gets a field they didn’t expect; thoughts on Venus’ new game, plus Coco, Serena, Vika, Jil, Ons, and Jenn 22:30 First-time titlist Jennifer Brady sweeps her side of the draw 25:00 Welcome to the bubble    37:55 The NYT interview with Djokovic - ehrm, um, how do we put this  46:15 Virologists and physicians are great and all - but let’s listen to vaccine-skeptic conspiracy theorists instead; also known as Occam’s Checkered Head Band 56:45 US Open:who’s in, who’s out 60:45 How are the rankings going to work this year? 63:15 Tributes to the late, great Bob Ryland and Angela Buxton

    What's The Point Of The WTA If We Don't Stick Together?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 31, 2020 109:09

    We are back from hiatus to bring you an episode that we have been working on for months, one that serves as a continuation of our previous dive into Pre-Open Era tennis. With tennis players now able to earn a living while also competing against the best at all the tournaments, we follow the development of the WTA Tour after its inception, the persistent struggles for equality over the decades, and the players who played major roles in making it happen.   04:02 Why do this episode now? 07:21 Cultural context for equal prize money and conditions under which movement arose 20:25 Tennis at the onset of the Open Era & the emergence of the women’s tour 37:51 Chris Evert emerges at the exact right time for women’s tennis 43:43 The WTA takes off; the women take Wimbledon to task 57:42 What were the arguments back then surrounding equal pay? 71:08 Ebbs and flows in the 80s and 90s, but the fight continues 83:00 Wimbledon’s decades-long petty misogyny against EPM 97:20 Our cautions and takeaways from this episode

    When Zina Speaks, You Listen

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 7, 2020 47:17


    We've just had the pleasure of chatting with the legendary Zina Garrison, gold medalist in Seoul, 3-time major mixed doubles champ, and the 1990 Wimbledon runner-up. Zina chats about her origins in tennis, shares her experience as a black woman in a very white sport, and takes us through some of the highlights of a great career. As Zina herself says, "Zina doesn't say much but when she does . . . " -- well, you listen.   4:10 Our chat with Lady Z 8:50 Zina takes us through her introduction to tennis, the first all-black WTA final (with Lori McNeil), and getting a kick out of her own record against Martina Navratilova  18:00 That Monica Seles flowers incident (lol) and beating Chris Evert in her final match 22:00 Zina's 1990 Wimbledon run, 30 years later 26:00 "Now people can't say those things didn't happen" - how Black Lives Matter has shone a light on inequality in tennis 34:10 Althea Gibson as more than just an icon 38:00 So ... about the wiggle 41:00 The game since Zina retired - who's she watching now?


    The Doughnut Chronicles

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 2, 2020 60:15

    Well folks, this is not how we envisioned bringing up our double century, but here we are! Truly, we never imagined still being here, and we owe you everything for your support in making it happen. Now, the ATP men remain a hot mess, and it’s the latest round of shenanigans that bring us to your ears today. We're bringing you our thoughts on the Adria Tour Covid collapse (crazy that it feels like old news now), plus Zverev’s very public dumbassery and the doughnut chronicles between an out-of-pocket Boris Becker and his target, Nick Kyrgios.    4:00 A brief diversion to celebrate our double century, on cricket legend Brian Lara 7:00 Adria Tour results in several players testing positive for COVID-19 19:40 Fandom has made this conversation all but impossible 30:15 Blame game between players, coaches, Djokovic's dad, heads of state 32:30 Dominic Thiem, king of obliviousness 34:45 Alexander Zverev spotted acting the fool, stans jump ship 42:25 We're in trouble because managing this pandemic requires people caring about others 48:15 A dramatic reading of The Doughnut Chronicles, starring Boris Becker and Nick Kyrgios

    A Pandemic Dahhhling, Do You Know What That Means?!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 20, 2020 83:10


    So ... anything interesting happen lately? This week, tennis has swiftly put itself back together again, introducing an ambitious summer/fall schedule that includes the US Open, Roland Garros, and smaller tournaments on three continents, with nary a week of rest in between. We discuss the risks, the stakeholder concerns, and the simple WTF of the US Open's bombastic announcement. Because it's Pride month, we also address the sorry state of content coming from the tennis institutions and how it can be done better.   2:30 US Open is going full steam ahead  11:50 USTA trusts players to be "judicious" and careful about public safety ... where is the evidence tho 22:30 Novak Djokovic continues to take L after L after L  30:00 Revised WTA and ATP schedules: Quarantine? Never heard of her 40:30 Revisiting the 2018 US Open trophy ceremony- does it read differently now? 57:10 Venus Williams turns 40! Also, what is Tennis Majors? 60:35 Tennis United and the general failure of tennis orgs to confront LGBTQ issues and racism


    I Hope That Fish Eats You

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 11, 2020 83:53


    The past few weeks have felt like a watershed moment in confronting anti-black racism across the US & the world. Tennis is not impervious to this. Players like Naomi Osaka, Coco Gauff, and Sloane Stephens have stepped forward as key leaders and activists in a moment when this sport truly needs them. Beyond tennis, we talk about the larger movement for transformative justice and the destruction of systemic racism in the U.S. The non-tennis stuff begins around the 1-hour mark.   2:40 A timeline: how did we get to the present moment? 6:45 How has tennis responded? Naomi & Coco assert themselves 15:50 Venus, Serena, and faith; Frances Tiafoe, Sloane Stephens, Sachia Vickery, Taylor Townsend 27:00 We expect a lot of black players - but what about non-black players? What say the Big 4? 36:45 Look over there! The Art of Distraction by Lisa Raymond and her side Kiick; Chanda Rubin sets her Twitter fingers to stun  44:30 An example of how to move toward allyship: is Chris Evert becoming the Jane Fonda of tennis? 48:55 What to make of Alexis Ohanian relinquishing his seat on the Reddit Board? 54:45 Our comment on Courtney Nguyen's apology for past use of transphobic language 63:50 The non-tennis section of the episode - how the current anti-racist movement is a reaction to centuries of structural & state-enforced racism in the US 70:35 What does "defund the police" mean? Well, a few different things


    TBS Live: The Remix

    Play Episode Listen Later May 25, 2020 81:47

    Welcome to our second ever Zoom session - The Remix, where we take listener questions, talk about Dominic Thiem's unfortunate comments and clarifications on those comments, and the larger inequities built into professional tennis. There's not much actual tennis news to talk about, so kick back and enjoy a much more relaxed Body Serve chat. 2:15 Catching up with player social media exploits: Venus, Naomi & Stef, Nick & Andy 7:25 The Dominic Thiem controversy - how to support lower-ranked players and how to answer this question better 11:15 The Ines Ibbou video response sheds light on the inequalities built into international tennis 18:30 This is bigger than Dominic! Bootstraps individualism and tennis' flawed governance 29:15 The WTA/ATP have announced how they will distribute player relief money 33:55 Merger updates 46:40 Please indulge us while we play a "newlywed game," guessing each other's favorite stuff & more 64:00 Live questions - which results would you reverse? Will tennis resume before a vaccine is available? 

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