Tennis podcast featuring casual, semi-respectable conversations about the ATP & WTA.
The Messiest Person You Know Is A Man
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
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
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
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
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
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
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