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Tennis podcast featuring casual, semi-respectable conversations about the ATP & WTA.

The Body Serve The Body Serve Tennis Podcast

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    • 4.6, 24 Ratings

Tennis podcast featuring casual, semi-respectable conversations about the ATP & WTA.

    TBS Live: The Remix

    TBS Live: The Remix

    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? 

    • 1 hr 21 min
    For the Quarantainment

    For the Quarantainment

    The Body Serve is back with a tennis-free episode meant to entertain you during these trying times. We've broken this rather long episode into three parts: 1) trending topics, in which we take up a few non-COVID-related topics that have grabbed our interest recently; 2) TV talk, which is just us having fun talking about the long list of TV series we've been watching; and finally, 3) Body Serve and Soul, our first crack at an audio advice column, answering five questions submitted by listeners. Sending everyone our best wishes and strength while we all do our best to make it through this mess.
     
    Part One: Trending Topics
    2:45 Do you remember how messed up Tyra's shows were? Twitter does
    10:20 A conversation about "cancel culture," how powerful it is, and who actually deserves it
    22:30 Verzuz battles: who would we pick?
    29:15 What is going on with Karens and Chads across America?!
    Part Two: TV Talk - *Warning: spoilers ahead for Hollywood and How to Get Away With Murder (the other series are mostly safe from spoilers)
    35:00 Hollywood on Netflix
    40:00 Shows we enjoy: We're Here, Normal People, Little Fires Everywhere
    51:20 Real Housewives of Atlanta does its first online reunion
    55:40 Insecure looks at a friendship in decline
    61:40 RuPaul's Drag Race
    67:00 The Good Fight, Upload, Never Have I Ever, and the finale of How To Get Away With Murder
    Part Three: Body Serve and Soul, our advice column 
    79:40 We answer listener questions on relationships, love, social media, and quarantine issues

    • 1 hr 52 min
    TBS Live!

    TBS Live!

    This week, we attempted our very first live show on Zoom. We recorded a live TBS episode covering the bizarre news of the past week or so (think vaccines, mergers, missteps), and followed that up with some games and live Q&A. Thanks to the folks who joined in, contributed to the live chat, and submitted questions. If you weren't able to make it, here's the entire session along with a quick intro. 
    0:30 Intro - the fandoms had quite a week, huh?
    8:30 TBS Live: starting with Roger Federer's bombshell tweet on ATP/WTA merger
    18:30 Billie Jean weighs in: "The WTA on its own was always Plan B"
    26:05 Novak's no good very bad week
    37:00 ND clarified: I said what I said
    40:00 Tennis powers announce a $6 million player support fund
    49:15 A live F-Marry-Kill from @SholzTalks10s
    53:00 Name the Tennis Player
    55:20 A live mailbag from the Zoom live chat - starting with best player social media accounts
    59:30 Who benefits the most and least from the suspension of tennis?
    75:30 Flukiest Slam champ of the century? 

    • 1 hr 35 min
    Hidden Figures in Tennis

    Hidden Figures in Tennis

    While tennis remains on hiatus, we're diving back into the history of tennis by highlighting some fascinating players you may not be familiar with. We look at: Ora Washington, one of the premier women athletes of the 20th century, ignored and overlooked even in her own sport; Richard Russell, Jamaican tennis icon; Ruia Morrison, the Maori trailblazer finally getting her due in her 80s; and the Amritraj tennis family, major stars in India, but who we wanted to learn more about.
     
    0:30 Another Body Serve special presentation - what choice do we have?
    3:00 Ora Washington, of whom Arthur Ashe said in 1988, "she may have been the best female athlete ever"
    13:20 While dominating tennis, Washington decides to dominate basketball as well
    19:30 Richard Russell puts Jamaican tennis on the map
    37:50 Ruia Morrison, pioneering Maori tennis star
    46:30 The Amritraj family, Indian sporting dynasty

    • 58 min
    Wiggle It Like Zina

    Wiggle It Like Zina

    What do you know about Zina Garrison? We undertook this episode because we knew we didn’t know enough. Zina Garrison is often seen as a bridge between Althea Gibson and the Williams sisters, a trailblazer along with Lori McNeil; but, we want to spend some time highlighting her own accomplished career and electrifying game. We look at Garrison’s unique story and ask what it tells us about tennis history and where we are now. With the benefit of hindsight, how do we view Zina differently in 2020 than journalists did in 1985? How do we situate her achievements? And why doesn’t the tennis world -- including us, up until a few days ago -- know more about Zina Garrison?
     
    0:30 What we hope to accomplish with this episode and what our reservations are
    6:10 Zina’s resume - gold medal, 14 titles, Wimbledon runner-up
    10:10 Zina’s origins - Houston, Texas baby
    14:00 What did her game look like? The speed, volleys, slice, overhead, and the wiggle
    22:15 Wimbledon 1990, a run for the ages: Zina beats Sukova, Seles, Graf and garners a million in endorsements
    35:15 You can’t tell Zina Garrison’s story without Ora Washington, Althea Gibson, and of course, Lori McNeil
    43:00 How Zina was covered by the 1980s/90s sports media: poverty, insularity, and underachievement
    53:40 What was it like to be a black woman in the 1980s WTA?
    60:45 Zina’s post-career philanthropy and activism: the Zina Garrison Academy welcomes tens of thousands of kids, free of charge
    72:00 Reflecting on what we learned, and Garrison’s place in the game

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Stay the F#@* at Home

    Stay the F#@* at Home

    These are strange times for the world and for tennis. We look at the rolling cancellations, the narrowing possibility that tennis will be played at all this year, and the consequences for players, tournaments, and fans. James takes you through the complicated governing bodies of tennis - hopefully he's not the only one who enjoys it. Does anyone have a responsibility to support out-of-work players? We say yes, but who is in the position to help? We finish up with some fun: bored players getting creative on social media, things we like, and what's in the pipeline for us.
     
    1:55 USTA says get off the tennis court
    4:30 Wimbledon is officially cancelled in 2020, players see an opportunity for self-promotion
    17:25 What are the chances we see any more tennis in 2020? What could be the impact of cancelling the 2020 season?
    29:00 How can players support themselves during the shutdown? Sofia Shapatava’s petition
    34:30 Let’s learn! The complicated organization structure of tennis
    41:00 The national federations, governing bodies, media partners, sponsors, tournament owners. Who, if anyone, is responsible -- and who is able -- to support tennis players during this crisis?
    53:20 Lightening the mood: players cut up on social media
    67:00 The Thiem/Bresnik feud, Tatishvili retires
    70:40 Thing we like & what’s next for The Body Serve

    • 1 hr 18 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

wonder3333 ,

Best tennis podcast!

Discovered this pod via No Challenges Remaining & am loving the entire archive. These 2 guys are highly intelligent & funny. Articulate, always interesting & have loads of salty opinions. THE BEST in tennis.

fan from Can ,

Always makes me laugh!

I love this podcast because it always makes me laugh and entertains me. However, it also brings something serious to the table: a nuanced social commentary that goes far beyond what most sports podcast give you. Keep up the good work!

Tee from Canada ,

Tennis stars! Divas! Tea!

I like the seamless transitions from tennis to pop culture and to politics even. Jon and James are very thoughtful and articulate, even when they talk about tennis twitter mess. If you want a podcast from a (fair) fan's perspective, and not just about rankings and results, this is probably the best one. Episode 100 was super interesting and helped me understand my own tennis fandom, thank you!

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