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Conversations about tennis, always under 30:00, with host Carl Bialik and guests.

Thirty Love: Conversations About Tennis Carl Bialik

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    • 4.3 • 31 Ratings

Conversations about tennis, always under 30:00, with host Carl Bialik and guests.

    Thirty Love at the 2022 U.S. Open: Matt Marolf Solves All of Tennis's Problems

    Thirty Love at the 2022 U.S. Open: Matt Marolf Solves All of Tennis's Problems

    Returning guest Matt Marolf, who writes match previews for big tournaments year-round, joins Thirty Love host Carl Bialik after they played a windy tennis match to wrap the 2022 U.S. Open, preview the rest of the season, and solve all of tennis's problems along the way: how a change to the scoring system could simplify the fan experience and prevent late finishes, what to do about faulty let calls, which singles runner-up will win their first major first, and what to watch for at Laver Cup and the WTA tour finals.
    Links:
    Matt Marolf on Twitter
    Thirty Love returned for a mini-season around the 2022 U.S. Open. Have feedback, a suggestion for a Thirty Love guest, or anything else you want to say? Email Carl at bialik@pm.me
    Music by Lee Rosevere: "Credit Roll" and "Glass Android."

    • 29 min
    Thirty Love at the 2022 U.S. Open: Jeff Sackmann on the Tennis 128

    Thirty Love at the 2022 U.S. Open: Jeff Sackmann on the Tennis 128

    Jeff Sackmann, proprietor of the stats and history site Tennis Abstract, joins Thirty Love host Carl Bialik to talk about the Tennis 128, Jeff's project to name and profile the 128 greatest tennis players from 1919 to the present. Carl and Jeff discuss the project's progress, whether players at the U.S. Open have a shot at better spots, and how Jeff will handle the response when he unveils his algorithm's ranking of the very best. 
    Links:
    The Tennis 128
    Tennis Abstract
    Jeff on Twitter (while he's still there, anyway)
    Thirty Love is back for a mini-season around the 2022 U.S. Open. Have feedback, a suggestion for a Thirty Love guest, or anything else you want to say? Email Carl at bialik@pm.me
    Music by Lee Rosevere: "Credit Roll" and "Glass Android."

    • 29 min
    Thirty Love at the 2022 U.S. Open: Caitlin Thompson on Racquet

    Thirty Love at the 2022 U.S. Open: Caitlin Thompson on Racquet

    Returning guest Caitlin Thompson, co-founder of Racquet, joins Thirty Love host Carl Bialik to catch up on what's new at her tennis media company: Racquet House, Ambush Tennis, and dealmaking. We also talk about junior wheelchair tennis at the U.S. Open, what makes something Racquet, and what she has learned about her audience.
    Links:
    Caitlin on Twitter Racquet on Twitter Racquet in Hellgate Racquet House Ambush Tennis 1976 Davis Cup final Thirty Love is back for a mini-season around the 2022 U.S. Open. Have feedback, a suggestion for a Thirty Love guest, or anything else you want to say? Email Carl at bialik@pm.me
    Music by Lee Rosevere: "Credit Roll" and "Glass Android."

    • 29 min
    Thirty Love at the 2022 U.S. Open: A day after Serena Williams's last match (?), with Jim Chairusmi

    Thirty Love at the 2022 U.S. Open: A day after Serena Williams's last match (?), with Jim Chairusmi

    Returning guest Jim Chairusmi, part of the Wall Street Journal's team covering the 2022 U.S. Open, joins Thirty Love host Carl Bialik the day after Serena Williams's loss in what she has said will be her final tournament, to talk about what's next for her and he sister Venus Williams. We also talk about what's left in the tournament and memories of Tom Perrotta.
    Thirty Love is back for a mini-season around the 2022 U.S. Open. Have feedback, a suggestion for a Thirty Love guest, or anything else you want to say? Email Carl at bialik@pm.me
    Music by Lee Rosevere: "Credit Roll" and "Glass Android."

    • 29 min
    Thirty Love at the 2022 U.S. Open: Serena Williams, with Giri Nathan, winner of the 2022 Tom Perrotta Prize for Tennis Journalism

    Thirty Love at the 2022 U.S. Open: Serena Williams, with Giri Nathan, winner of the 2022 Tom Perrotta Prize for Tennis Journalism

    Returning guest Giri Nathan, who writes about tennis for Defector and Racquet, joins Thirty Love host Carl Bialik the day after Serena Williams's loss in what she has said will be her final tournament, to talk about what he saw at her last match of this tournament. We also talk about whether there will ever be an event like her retirement at a future Open, and about Nathan being awarded the inaugural Tom Perrotta Prize for Tennis Journalism by the International Tennis Writers Association during this year's tournament.
    Thirty Love is back for a mini-season around the 2022 U.S. Open. Have feedback, a suggestion for a Thirty Love guest, or anything else you want to say? Email Carl at bialik@pm.me
    Music by Lee Rosevere: "Credit Roll" and "Glass Android."

    • 29 min
    Thirty Love at the 2022 U.S. Open: Tumaini Carayol on Serena and Venus Williams

    Thirty Love at the 2022 U.S. Open: Tumaini Carayol on Serena and Venus Williams

    Returning guest Tumaini Carayol, the Guardian's tennis correspondent, joins the show right after Serena and Venus Williams lost their first-round doubles match, and ahead of Serena Williams's third-round match in singles, to marvel at how thoroughly Serena and her retirement have dominated the tournament — and how realistic a long stay in the draw suddenly looks for the 23-time major singles champ. We also talk about the prospects of British men's hopes Jack Draper, Cam Norrie, and Andy Murray.
    Thirty Love is back for a mini-season around the 2022 U.S. Open. Have feedback, a suggestion for a Thirty Love guest, or anything else you want to say? Email Carl at bialik@pm.me
    Music by Lee Rosevere: "Credit Roll" and "Glass Android."

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
31 Ratings

31 Ratings

@IanKatzTennis ,

Insightful, Informative and Disciplined

Carl is a strong interviewer who keeps the conversation moving and gets a lot out of his guests. The hard-stop 30 minutes forces discipline and should be emulated by others.

Just me in Ohio ,

Just me in Ohio

A focused and insightful tennis podcast with some of the best people following the sport.

ESPN Monetization Team ,

Goes deep quickly

With the 30 minute cap the conversation goes deep quickly. It's also easy to keep up with for even casual tennis fans like me.

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