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

    The Inroads (and Outroads?) of the 2022 WTA Season

    The Inroads (and Outroads?) of the 2022 WTA Season

    The 2022 WTA season had everything: a 37-match win streak, the retirements of the current #1 (abrupt) and the GOAT (expected), a Wimbledon with no ranking points, and a major drug suspension. Iga Swiatek’s dominance didn’t leave much room for her competitors, but other highlights included Ons Jabeur’s steady rise to world #2 and two Slam runner-up finishes, Caroline Garcia’s singles renaissance and WTA Finals title, and utter doubles dominance from Krejcikova/Siniakova. We’ve also got some juicy listener-generated “things you loved/hated” content and the kind of typically bizarre moments that keep us coming back every year. 
     
    Plus, we’ve just launched our GoFundMe - please read a bit about we do and donate if you can!   
     
    0:30 Announcing our GoFundMe 2022 and reiterating our mission
    6:05 Three key moments: Ash’s Australian win + retirement, Iga’s win streak, and Serena’s evolution
    11:00 The other major stories: the instability at the top for everyone but Iga, Simona Halep’s remarkably odd year, and the total breakdown of COVID protocols
    18:40 Starting the year with Barty as the undisputed #1
    25:20 Ash’s retirement coincides with the start of Iga’s 37-match win streak 
    34:45 Grass season: Serena dominates the conversation from Eastbourne to the US Open; Rybakina wins the points-less Wimbledon 
    42:00 Summer hardcourt stretch: our own return to live tennis; Halep & Garcia grab titles but Swiatek restores order in New York
    54:55 Discussing the WTA year-end award nominees
    60:45 Our own picks for 2022 breakout players - how’d we do?
    63:25 Remember when? A broken necklace, a broken doubles team, and Ostapenko's ... everything
    72:45 Things you loved about WTA tennis in 2022
    81:50 Things you loathed in 2022: no points at Wimbledon, no more business buns
    85:55 The WTA’s finances: Hologic sponsorship and a potential deal with private equity 

    • 1 hr 37 min
    Muchas Garcías

    Muchas Garcías

    The WTA regular season comes to a close with comeback kid Caroline Garcia grabbing her biggest career title, dispatching Iga-vanquisher Aryna Sabalenka in a boom-boom final. We discuss the last-minute nature of the event and the tough financial and ethical positions the WTA continues to occupy in light of the China situation. On the men’s side, Holger Rune caps a momentous autumn swing that brings him from #33 to the brink of the ATP Finals, but not without a lecture from daddy. Elsewhere in bad behavior, the FFT disowns Moutet, Reilly earns lifelong haters, and Kyrgios settles a silly (disclaimer: this is James’ opinion; please don’t sue) defamation suit. 
     
    0:45 Garcia’s Finals title and Sabalenka’s upset of #1 Swiatek add unexpected layers to this WTA season
    8:35 Some props for Sakkari, Kasatkina, and doubles champ and singles-almost-made-it Kudermetova
    17:30 Lots of commentary about attendance and the choice of venue – what the WTA has been up against vs. what is of their own making
    28:55 Holger beats Djokovic, ends Felix’s win streak, and becomes first alternate for Torino
    33:30 Magic potions and goofy huddles; it’s not actually a ‘thing’ but it’s no surprise that people think it’s a thing!
    39:00 WTA CEO Steve Simon’s strange and conflict-heavy statements on the ongoing Halep doping situation
    41:10 James’ tormentor Gilles Simon finally retires
    47:45 Et ceteras: Moutet loses the bag; WTA institutes coaching program to attract and develop female coaches; safeguarding against abuse in tennis
    57:00 Reilly thinks telling people to vote is cringe and that tennis used to be free of politics … ok hun
    63:50 The biggest merch sale of the year: The Body Serve’s RedBubble Store

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Félix Aviation Administration

    Félix Aviation Administration

    Canadian King Félix Auger-Aliassime. As Rihanna said, let’s start there. Félix has turned around his final-round performances to the tune of three straight titles, beating world #1 Alcaraz twice in the past few weeks. Elsewhere, in Texaaaas, the world’s best women have a blast dressing up but will soon look to take on the dominant force of Iga Swiatek at the WTA Finals. We’re also covering Rune’s on-court and online hissy fits, previewing Paris and the ATP Final scenarios, and getting the Iga starfish case off the docket to make room for worse offenders. 
     
    01:45 Félix with 13 straight wins! Momentum is a hell of a drug
    06:15 Holger’s temper tantrum(s)
    14:00 Medvedev steadies the ship in Vienna, Shapo on a consistent run
    16:00 ATP Finals qualifications: Wimbledon is the tournament that is and isn’t
    23:30 The WTA women dress up and have a blast … stop with the amateur fashion critiques unless you’re being nice!
    29:25 James takes a shot at WTA social media marketing and Jonathan is way more fair 
    35:50 Is anyone beating Iga?
    41:00 United Cup, what’s it all about?
    47:00 Case dismissed: Iga addressed the handwaving and yes, we must move on
    49:00 Coaching carousel: Garcia’s coach splits with literary flair and Stan & Magnus are back together
    52:20 What’s next for TBS

    • 58 min
    The October Surprise

    The October Surprise

    Just when we thought we could go away for a spell without anything crazy happening, the ghost of an ugly hotel carpet threw things into disarray with Simona Halep testing positive for a banned substance. We begin the episode by wading through these doping waters, before catching up on the 7,000 tournaments since we last dropped an episode. Just take a look at the timestamps for the remainder of the docket: a lot of MESS before we finish with a salute to two all-timers who left an indelible mark on this fraught world we live in 
     

    01:55 Simona Halep tests positive for a banned substance
    17:44 Catching up on the results
    23:36 When are the authorities going to arrest Belinda Bencic?
    28:45 WTA Finals qualifiers and James’ obsession with the Napoli mess
    36:40 An update on one of the handful of ATP players accused of domestic violence
    38:16 Coaching carousel: Tursunov’s self-serving MESS
    44:10 Does pickleball want the sloppy seconds of tennis?
    52:12 TENNIS BABIES!!!
    55:00 Our top three Mariah studio albums
    58:24 In memoriam: Queer icons Dame Angela Lansbury & Leslie Jordan 

    • 1 hr 4 min
    25 Languages But Is Arabic One?

    25 Languages But Is Arabic One?

    This is a hodgepodge episode, catching up with the recent tournament results across four continents, including Tunisia’s first WTA event, Djokovic’s clearing of the Next and CurrentGen, and Tiafoe’s continuing run of good form. We spend a good amount of time on Ostrava - the destined-to-be-a-classic final, Iga’s status as an activist #1, and Krejcikova’s return as a top singles player. All that plus some news about the Kyrgios case, WTA Final qualification scenarios, and a WTA coming-out (Happy National Coming Out Day!). 
     
    1:00 So who’s been winning all these tournaments around the world?
    5:45 Novak clobbers an incredibly stacked ATP 500 draw 
    10:35 Fritz wins Tokyo, he and Tiafoe reach career high rankings
    15:45 Thanks to Ons Jabeur and IMG, WTA tennis comes to Tunisia!
    19:35 Ostrava has become a real autumn highlight - Krejcikova and Swiatek deliver a classic
    25:40 Why do some see Iga as the complainer-in-chief?
    33:30 Kiki Mladenovic knows her brand!
    35:25 Kyrgios’ lawyers will ask his case to be dismissed on mental health grounds
    40:35 Et ceteras: RaducanuOUT, Podoroska *out*, tour finals qualification

    • 49 min
    Question: Tell Me What You Think About ...

    Question: Tell Me What You Think About ...

    Thanks to you, our listeners, we’re back with a special mailbag episode, answering your questions about any and everything. You asked about tennis, of course – lots of questions lingering from Laver Cup and Roger’s retirement, and about the states of various players’ games on the women’s tour – but you also allowed us to be self-indulgent and talk about what we’re watching and listening to, our favorite breads and cheeses (a new one!), and our nerdiest qualities. 
     
    1:40 Rapid-fire from @SamsBiceps: Federer matches, Beyonce, desserts, and Oscar best actress predix
    13:50 Daria Saville’s IG post after her injury: interesting insight or just too much honesty?
    18:15 What’s up with Naomi? Will she be back in form next year?
    24:00 Dream WTA Team World - Team Europe lineups (and we added thoughts about what a dream Laver Cup should set out to accomplish
    32:15 What are we watching/listening to/reading lately? It’s been a great year for horror fans
    41:35 Pair any five tennis players with a Mariah track, which would then be their theme song (hey, Grigor) 
    46:25 Us as commentators: what’s our green room rider? How will you diplomatically call out your colleagues for bad takes? 
    53:15 What is the nerdiest non-tennis thing about each of us? Well, there’s a lot
    59:10 If one of the Big 3 never played tennis, how many majors would the other two have won?
    65:00 Our favorite breads and cheeses! Amazing question!
    69:20 An FMK from our most reliable contributor 
    71:40 What is happening with Garbine? And some thoughts on a coach’s role
    78:45 Our own tennis playing styles

    • 1 hr 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
208 Ratings

208 Ratings

BDHenley ,

SO Good

The Body Serve is the perfect combo of tennis information, opinions and humor. Not only are James and Jon well-informed tennis observers, but the way they seamlessly bounce off one another from one topic to the next is the epitome of easy listening. Highly recommend.

Gram brain ,

Rafa

Enjoy your ramblings, but would listen just to hear Rafa say, “Thank you very much” at the end. 😍

Tiamaria4 ,

These guys are great!

I had listened to a couple episodes a while ago, but wasn’t a regular listener. I don’t know what changed, but now I’m hooked, and it’s the podcast I’m happiest to see with an update. I love all the tennis talk, the willingness to admit that they don’t know everything or maybe got something wrong, and the non-tennis discussions. I love their dynamic as a couple; there’s just enough bickering, while the love and respect shines through.

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