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A humorous and informative podcast discussing the happenings in the wacky world of professional tennis. Hosted by Ben Rothenberg and Courtney Nguyen.

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A humorous and informative podcast discussing the happenings in the wacky world of professional tennis. Hosted by Ben Rothenberg and Courtney Nguyen.

    Episode 311: Bridging the App Gap

    Episode 311: Bridging the App Gap

    On this episode, Ben chats with Lewis Simmons, creator of the TNNS Live app, who has helped fill the void left by the sudden disappearance of the simple but essential ATP-WTA live score mobile app last year, which left many tennis fans and followers marooned without the compass they'd used to navigate the tennis tours for about a decade.


    We discuss the chasm left by the old app's departure, trying to replicate its simplicity while adding various enhancements, and what the challenges were of making the app a success.


    Thank you again for the incredible support for NCR we've received on the NCR Patreon which has powered us into our TENTH(!) ad-free season! Please consider joining in as we bring you the best shows we can this year! And thank you to the many listeners who have already given their support! (And thank you to G.O.A.T. backers J O'D, Pam Shriver, and Nicole Copeland!)

    • 31 min
    Episode 310b: Medvedev Beats Djokovic for U.S. Open Title; the Grand Slam Is Hard

    Episode 310b: Medvedev Beats Djokovic for U.S. Open Title; the Grand Slam Is Hard

    Ben and Courtney begin "Boys' Time!" at the U.S. Open with a discussion of Novak Djokovic falling one match short of his historic bid for the Grand Slam (which means a specific thing, y'all). What signs were there that Djokovic was in trouble, looking back? And how does Djokovic, 34, move on from this?


    We then salute our new major champion and Troll King, Daniil Medvedev, who had established himself as an heir apparent in recent years and deservedly took the throne in New York. What makes him so much fun among the problematic ATP Top 5?


    We also discuss semifinalist Felix Auger-Aliassime, who still hasn't quite been convincing, the effervescent joy of Frances Tiafoe, the potential of Carlos Alcaraz, and the breakthrough run of Bob Van de Slap.


    We end by finally flushing the Flushing furor over bathroom breaks, and how both Andy Murray and Stefanos Tsitsipas reacted to it all in unideal ways.


    Thank you again for the incredible support for NCR we've received on the NCR Patreon which has powered us into our TENTH(!) ad-free season! Please consider joining in as we bring you the best shows we can this year! And thank you to the many listeners who have already given their support! (And thank you to G.O.A.T. backers J O'D, Pam Shriver, and Nicole Copeland!)

    • 1 hr 34 min
    Episode 310a: Emma Raducanu Wins U.S. Open; What, Like It‘s Hard?

    Episode 310a: Emma Raducanu Wins U.S. Open; What, Like It‘s Hard?

    Ben and Courtney dive right into the paradigm shifting, generational groundshaking moment that shocked the tennis world this week in New York: the photo of Maria Sharapova with the Williams Sisters at the Met Gala.


    After that, we turn our sights to the new star born in New York, Emma Raducanu, who won history as the first qualifier to win a Slam. What made her such a juggernaut on court? And how will her broad base of support in strong markets like Britain and China make her a force off court?


    We also discuss the thrilling underdog run of runner-up Leylah Fernandez, Barbora Krejcikova's still-remarkable year, Ash Barty's disappointing exit, and the first week MVP that was Sloane Stephens.


    We also have a long chat about Naomi Osaka, and how a break from tennis might be just what she needs to recalibrate and recontextualize her career.


    Thank you again for the incredible support for NCR we've received on the NCR Patreon which has powered us into our TENTH(!) ad-free season! Please consider joining in as we bring you the best shows we can this year! And thank you to the many listeners who have already given their support! (And thank you to G.O.A.T. backers J O'D, Pam Shriver, and Nicole Copeland!)

    • 1 hr 37 min
    Episode 309: Mardy Fish‘s Breaking Point

    Episode 309: Mardy Fish‘s Breaking Point

    Ben and Courtney both took the time during this U.S. Open to watch the new Netflix documentary "Untold: Breaking Point" about Mardy Fish and his struggles with anxiety and mental health during the end of his elite tennis career. We both loved it, and heartily recommend it to you as a very timely watch for many reasons.


    Mardy joins Ben for a discussion about various things raised by the documentary and his career, including media sensitivity, American tennis, and more.


    Thank you again for the incredible support for NCR we've received on the NCR Patreon which has powered us into our TENTH(!) ad-free season! Please consider joining in as we bring you the best shows we can this year! And thank you to the many listeners who have already given their support! (And thank you to G.O.A.T. backers J O'D, Pam Shriver, and Nicole Copeland!)

    • 30 min
    Episode 308: Live, From New York, It's US Open Draw Show!

    Episode 308: Live, From New York, It's US Open Draw Show!

    Reunited for their first in-person show together in more than 18 months, Ben and Courtney chat in New York on the eve of the U.S. Open about storylines from the men's and women's draws, including:


    Who, if anyone, can derail Novak Djokovic? Why is Stefanos Tsitsipas a good draw for Andy Murray? What do we make of Barty's increasingly impressive reign at #1, and can Osaka or Andreescu contend without much match play? And what about all the top players who are missing?


    Tangents on Venus Williams in Chicago, Jil Teichmann, and the surprising person whom Ben spoke to this week about a fast-rising qualifier.


    Thank you again for the incredible support for NCR we've received on the NCR Patreon which has powered us into our TENTH(!) ad-free season! Please consider joining in as we bring you the best shows we can this year! And thank you to the many listeners who have already given their support! (And thank you to G.O.A.T. backers J O'D, Pam Shriver, and Nicole Copeland!)

    • 2 hr 13 min
    Episode 307: Tokyo Takes a Toll (With Tumaini Carayol)

    Episode 307: Tokyo Takes a Toll (With Tumaini Carayol)

    Our guy Tumaini Carayol joins from Tokyo, where he's covering the Olympics for The Guardian, for a discussion of the happenings in tennis and elsewhere at the Games.


    What happened to Novak Djokovic, who was cruising toward a Golden Slam before suddenly crashing out with three defeats and a withdrawal in a nightmare 36 hour stretch? And how did Pablo Carreno Busta become the breakout achiever of the Olympic singles? And how about the big surprises in some doubles draws?


    We also discuss Naomi Osaka, and the parallels between her, Simone Biles, and Serena Williams, and what happens to athletes when they're hyped as inevitably flawless queens.


    Thank you again for the incredible support for NCR we've received on the NCR Patreon which has powered us into our TENTH(!) ad-free season! Please consider joining in as we bring you the best shows we can this year! And thank you to the many listeners who have already given their support! (And thank you to G.O.A.T. backers J O'D, Pam Shriver, and Nicole Copeland!)

    • 1 hr 10 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
312 Ratings

312 Ratings

Susan Saunders Zarin ,

At its best

When Ben and Courtney are co-hosting, they have a natural rapport and similar pop culture tastes that it makes for a fun listen. I always like hearing their takes on the tour as a pair because they clearly respect each other enough to intelligently disagree and present compelling counter arguments. Unfortunately a lot of times the show is Ben and a guest, which doesn’t always work as well because he has a tendency to talk over the guest. He’ll ask a question then proceed to answer it himself. Let the guest speak, Benjamin! It’s less of an issue when Courtney is the co-host. 5 out of 5 for the Ben/Courtney episodes, 3.5 out of 5 for the guest eps which can be hit (Mary Carillo, Reem, Tumaini) or miss (Ricky Dimon, Alex Gruskin).

Ryan09090909 ,

Vapid hyenas

Do yourself a favor and find a more substantive podcast, preferably one not hosted by libelous corporate media operatives.

Chebe974 ,

Worst Sports Podcast I’ve listened to

This show is awful. Comes off big time as amateur hour. Also way too much political and social garbage. Sports are an escape for most and this is anything but

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