Aug 12, 2018

Rogers Cup Wrap, Sascha Bajin Chat

Here in Cincinnati, we had the chance to sit down with Sascha Bajin, Naomi Osaka's coach and the former long-time hitting partner of Serena Williams. Sascha talks about his playful relationship with Naomi, his approach to coaching, and his recent social media tribulations. We're also recapping the Rogers Cup, which was highlighted by an incredible giant-killing run by Stefanos Tsitsipas and a superb women's final between Simona Halep and Sloane Stephens.


2:00 Catching up with Rogers Cup results: all about Stefanos

7:30 Denis & Sascha Z ruffle a few feathers - we attempt to move past the knee-jerk reaction
17:00 Rafa's run to the Rogers Cup title
19:30 Simona and Sloane put on a great show in Montreal women's final
26:00 Anything to say about the shot clock? Not really
29:00 Our conversation with Sascha Bajin, coach of Naomi Osaka
37:00 Sascha's trials and tribulations on social media: "I've been getting in so much trouble on Twitter"

Aug 6, 2018

Midsummer Mailbag

We are tackling listener questions little by little; you've given us so many great ones that we will have to space them out. But first, we try to provide some context into Serena Williams' repeated statements about doping tests: we look at the structure of the anti-doping system in tennis, Therapeutic Use Exemptions, and the uphill battle to arm everyone with comprehensive knowledge on the system. We also talk Andy Murray's emotional return, Kuznetsova and Vekic's accidental profundity, and Serena's no good very bad day at the office.


0:30 Like Alyssa Edwards and Andy Murray we're back back back again

1:55 Murray battles, cries, gives it all, but DC tournament director wants more
9:25 Serena has a very bad day against Jo Konta - what's next?
14:10 What's happened since Wimbledon? Fognini wins 2 titles, Thiem stays losing, Zverev defends DC title
17:10 Kuznetsova and Vekic remind us that playing tennis is about survival and sticking around for the good moments
21:00 Tackling Serena's comments on anti-doping in tennis - trying to get the whole story on USADA, ITF, WADA
29:00 Therapeutic Use Exemptions and the story that riled up Tennis Twitter - what are the ethical considerations in writing about stolen medical data?
36:45 Question from Sam (@top_tennis): how would you do doping tests if you had the power to shape the anti-doping system in tennis?
41:20 Who will complete the Career Slam first - Kerber, Muguruza, Kvitova, or Azarenka? (from Arun, @arknight12)
44:05 What are the top 5 places you'd recommend around the Rogers Cup venue or Toronto in general? (from Angie, @angs2014)
48:15 If y'all were single, would you go on Love Island? Which tennis players would you bring? (from Peter, @thaiguy84)
52:40 A truly scandalous FMK from Dr. Sholz (@SholzTalks10s)

Jul 16, 2018

Postcards From Wimbledon: Pleading The Fifth

Wimbledon is (mercifully) over, and we've got two players making their returns to the winner's circle after rather tumultuous 2017 campaigns. Novak Djokovic beat Rafael Nadal in a much-talked-about semifinal before taking out Kevin Anderson in the final. Meanwhile, Angelique Kerber became the second ever player (Venus) to beat Serena Williams twice in a Grand Slam final. We then parse through the major stories of week two at the All England Club, including Dominika Cibulkova's appearance in this episode's #SeeWhatHadHappenedWas.


01:52 Kerber reasserts her class with third Grand Slam title

06:46 Serena has a ways to go yet, but what a ride!

14:26 Nadalovic, Rafole, Djokodal? Whichever you prefer, it was a hell of a match

32:17 AELTC relying on tradition, honour and empire to explain away bad organization

38:23 Women's final (non)scheduling: the issue is about R-E-S-P-E-C-T

45:06 Dedicated to Jana: doubles rundown

48:07 #SeeWhatHadHappenedWas: Cibulkova gives ALL the bad looks

54:08 Rankings Watch: who's up and who's down after Wimbledon?

56:53 Chrissie Evert has had IT: she will name and shame

61:44 What will it take for the WTA to acknowledge its rich gay history and present?

64:44 #SaveHopmanCup

Jul 8, 2018

Wimbledon Week 1: Opportunities Earned

Maybe you've heard that Wimbledon 2018 has been full of shocking upsets, but just how shocking are they? Most of the early-round vanquishers have backed up their results with trips to the second week. In the words of tennis' poet laureate, Venus Williams, their places in the draw are not accidental, but "an opportunity earned." We comb through the draw, look at Federer's decision to leave Nike for Uniqlo, and take a look at Marion Bartoli and Nick Kyrgios' tiff. 


0:30 Week 1 summary: Everybody lost

5:10 Wozniacki's unkind words for Makarova are belied by Makarova's actual results
10:25 Many of the early-round giant-killers are still slaying!
16:00 Other women's draw stuff - Serena, Venus, Kerber, Simona, Hsieh
24:20 Our women's draw predictions
25:55 Men's draw: Mackenzie McDonald is giving US fans a different look
31:45 Gulbis is rebuilding his career the hard way, knocks out #4 Sascha Zverev in round 3
37:00 Other men's draw stuff and predictions
41:30 Federer with Uniqlo in massive 10-year contract
47:30 Marion Bartoli goes all the way in on Kyrgios & Monfils

Jun 30, 2018

Previewing the Nature Valley WimbleBowl

We're back to regularly scheduled programming with our Wimbledon preview. First, we go over the grass court news: the seeding question that dominated the news cycle, Kyrgios' water bottle explosion, Petra's excellence, and Boris Becker's heretofore unknown career in diplomacy. Then we break down the gentlemen's and ladies' draws. 


3:15 Nick Kyrgios pleasures a water bottle, owes 15,000 Euro; or: why we should stop criminalizing Nick

10:20 Odds and ends - Andy is back, Fed and Rafa trade no. 1, Petra Kvitova wins title no. 5
17:00 The Serena Williams seeding drama: here's how the Wimbledon seeding policy works
25:45 Draw preview - does Federer have any obstacles?
29:15 Nadal's fortunate draw avoids many of his bugaboos
36:50 Women's draw - Simona Halep's very tough quarter w/ Petra, Penko, Pova
45:55 Sloane is #4! A year after being #957
48:45 For some reason we really care about the #25 seed's draw

Jun 23, 2018

Pride Is Political: A Partial History of LGBTQ People in Tennis

We are proud to bring you our Pride Special, a partial and selective history of the LGBTQ people across tennis history who changed our sport forever. Some of the stories you'll know, others were news to us, but all of them challenged our view of history and opened our eyes to so many forms of resistance. Listen for stories about Baron Gottfried von Cramm, Helen Jacobs, Billie and Martina, Renee Richards, and many more. Happy Pride!

03:45 The early modern era: Big Bill Tilden
8:00 Helen Jacobs, shorts pioneer and one-half of a fascinating gay relationship in the 1930s
14:20 When queer love is criminal: Baron Gottfried von Cramm
22:00 Ted Tinling, the designer of women's tennis
27:00 Renee Richards changes everything
40:00 The summer of 1981: Billie Jean King & Martina's outings pose an existential threat to women's tennis
45:55 "In Defense of Billie Jean," by ally Chrissie Evert Lloyd
51:00 Martina: a perfect storm of Cold War hysteria, citizenship fears, and the "butch" female body
54:55 Amelie Mauresmo, who was never "in"
1:03:45 Gender trouble: the confounding clash of sex, sexuality, gender, and gender expression
1:11:30 Things we learned and closing thoughts
Reading List:
Big Bill Tilden - Frank Deford
Second Serve - Renee Richards
The Rivals - Johnette Howard
"Renee Richards Wants to be Left Alone," Michael Weinreb (Grantland)

Jun 11, 2018

La Primera y La Undécima: 1s Across the Board at French Open

Simona Halep and Rafael Nadal are your French Open champions. For Simona, it was her first time as last woman standing at a Slam, while Nadal hoisted the Coupe des Mousquetaires for an 11th time. After recapping both finals and notable matches since the quarterfinals, we tackle some of the outside-the-lines etceteras that popped up since our last episode. On tap:  Nadal's alleged equal pay remarks, the ubiquity of flossing, the laughable punishment meted out in the James Blake case, and using Margaret Court to raise the stakes for our current greats.


01:41 Simona turns the Titanic back around

11:05 Putting the many facets of Simona into context

15:55 Muguruza defollicles Maria & Madison has no answers for Sloane

20:02 Complicating Sloane's relationship with the media

24:46 Sloane gives a pitch perfect performance as runner-up

27:00 Nadal's third "La Undécima" & the anxiety of greatness

34:54 How did Dominic acquit himself in his first Slam final?

39:48 The massive elephant in the room: Nadal & equal pay in tennis

53:28 Assessing Novak's performance and loss to Cecchinato

58:11 Speaking of Cecchinato...thinking out loud about sports reporting

63:50 Doubles, juniors & flossing?!?! How do the kids all know how to do it?

70:53 ENOUGH of using Margaret Court to move the goalpost.

Jun 4, 2018

Much Ado About Mother: The Catsuit’s Out of the Bag

The quarterfinals of the 2018 French Open are set, and we are back with episode 125 to recap how we got here. Serena Williams dominated week one discussion with her catsuit, and her play, before having to withdraw ahead of a fourth round meeting with Maria Sharapova. Some folks had stuff to say about her attire, and we've got something to say about that. We cover the usual mid-slam topics: upsets, genuine surprises, feel-good stories, amusements, and various atrocities.  


02:02 Mother is back, causing ALL the conversation

05:30 The catsuit's out of the bag

15:34 Serena has to withdraw ahead of the Sharapova match

21:15 Girl, BYE: Bill Simons and Karolina Pliskova edition

29:08 WTA upsets, surprises, and  upcoming quarterfinals

39:56 So, let's talk about Sloane

46:55 Marco Trungelliti's road race with destiny

48:12 Cecchinato's surprise and Jack Sock's abominable display

51:08 ATP upsets, disappointments, and other etceteras

53:54 The folly of John Isner

55:34 Grigor and Goffin disappoint, Nole holds court, and QF previews

64:55 Serena's moment of levity/immense pettiness

May 25, 2018

Songs In C-lay Major: Roland Garros Preview

The denouement of the clay season is upon us with the dawning of the French Open. We're back to preview the year's second major with the help of some of our listeners. We solicited questions specific to Roland Garros, and you all came through big time; we structure our draw analysis through your thoughtful offerings. After parsing through the draws, we finish with a few thoughts on the protected seeding drama that erupted again this week.


02:26 Women's draw dark horses

09:34 Muguruza or Ostapenko: who will fare better?

13:57 Players who'll benefit/suffer most from lack of on-court coaching

16:40 Is this the beginning of the end for Aga?

20:00 Other women's draw observations

30:18 Men's dark horses

34:45 Who will be Nadal's fiercest competition?

37:10 The Big 4 as super coaches

42:18 FMK Frenchies edition: Pouille, Chardy, and PHH

44:26 Other men's draw observations

52:06 Wading into the protected seeding WTA issue again


Recommended reading: A Maternity Leave Policy for the WTA by @BadToss

May 21, 2018

Royal Weekend in Rome

Rafa Nadal rights the ship on clay with a gritty win over Sascha Zverev, and Svitolina defends her Rome title with far less drama. We also cover Francoise Abanda's charges of racial discrimination, Sascha Zverev's stunning hot streak, Djokovic's resurgence, and we spend a good while on our See What Had Happened Was: Karolina Pliskova's shocking tantrum in Rome.


1:40 Il Re della terra battuta: Rafa wins 8th Rome title

4:45 Sascha Zverev's game is steadily improving (except the volley) - expect him to change his fortunes at majors
10:00 Djokodal 51 - great signs for a resurgent Novak
15:20 Elina Svitolina defends Rome title, winning 8 straight finals
19:30 The Sharapova-Halep semifinal was - well, it was something
26:50 Canadian no. 1 Francoise Abanda addresses racism in tennis
34:00 #SeeWhatHadHappenedWas: Karolina Pliskova melts down, smashes umpire's chair
40:55 What would be the reaction had someone else done this? (Take your pick)
45:00 The umpire was wrong, Karolina was wrong, but only one of them acted with aggression and malice

May 16, 2018

One Clay At A Time

The show is back from a two-week hiatus to discuss more clay court tennis! Rafa Nadal got to a record 50 consecutive sets won before bowing out to Dominic Thiem, who in turn bowed out to Zverev two matches later in the Madrid final. Petra Kvitova continued her awe-inspiring run with a third title in Madrid, this after taking the title in Prague the week before. We rag on Shapovalov and Patrick Mouratoglou, take a deep dive into Cornet's ITF ruling, then finish up with a few tennis etceteras.  


01:28 #Thirev is a thing? The Bel-Ami Madrid final

07:11 A few clay tangents and musings

10:40 Phallic with a real sense of danger

14:49 The most positive Sharapova segment we've ever done

17:21 Petra won't stop winning, and other WTA standouts

25:00 Taking the piss out of Shapovalov and his "haters"

32:00 Serena is playing Roland Garros? Lord God Patrick says so

35:39 The Cornet case: did they make every reasonable effort?

49:40 Results we missed, injury updates, and Vinci's farewell

May 1, 2018

46 Problems But A Set Ain’t One

Rafael Nadal continued his clay dominance with a second El Undécimo, this time in Barelona. We begin episode 121 with a look at some of the stats within his streak of 46 consecutive sets won on clay. Our #SeeWhatHadHappenedWas features Grigor Dimitrov's "as a man" moment in Barcelona, and we highlight (if you can call it that) some of the coaches who chimed in on social media last week. The episode wraps with a look at Serena's profile in the New York Times, and a Riverdale Daddy FMK.


00:35 46 problems but a set ain't one

04:39 Tsitsipas on the come up and disappointing Domi

10:27 Pliskova halts Vandeclay's Stuttgart surge

18:00 #SeeWhatHadHappenedWas: Grigor as a power top?

25:42 Coaches chiming in all over the place

29:02 Simona, THOSE Romanian men, and the responsibility of #1

35:02 Townsend and Eubanks doing big things

37:15 Taking stock of Maria, 12 months back from suspension

47:04 Serena's profile in the NYT

56:02 FMK: Riverdale Daddy Edition

Apr 24, 2018

Seeing Red: A Step Too Far

After an injury-riddled start to 2018, Rafael Nadal returned to his best in Monte Carlo. The King Of Clay won the tournament for the 11th time, while Novak Djokovic made signs of progress in an encouraging three match stretch. Some tennis folks have gone "a step too far" and we give our takes on Jared Donaldson, the continued disregard for player safety, and Caroline Wozniacki's foot-in-mouth syndrome. We finish the episode with a typical pop culture diversion via a Grown-ish/Riverdale FMK.


03:53 Rafa masters Monte Carlo for the 11th time

10:56 Clay Kei is back and we're here for it

12:02 Other Monte Carlo assessments

17:24 The "inevitability" of Rafa on clay & not getting his due

23:06 A step too far: Jared Donaldson loses control

30:39 When tournaments give zero fucks about player safety

37:28 Fed Cup: Sloane secures the bag...and the tie

44:34 Many steps too far: Who are you, Darko Grncarov?!

48:08 Wozniacki still (rightfully) mad about Miami, steps in it

60:44 FMK - Grown-ish and Riverdale edition


@Hypotemuse wrote a piece on John Isner and why it's OK to push back on his politics. Give it a read!


Apr 15, 2018

Spring Mash-Up: Divas, Davis Cup, Dellacqua

Before the clay season kicks into gear, we're bringing you a mixed bag of topics: Madison Brengle alleging mistreatment at the hands of the WTA and anti-doping authorities; the controversy over the Davis Cup proposal seems to be heating up; Aussie favorite Casey Dellacqua retires from tennis; and we discuss the ways players create branded images and connect with fans outside of the traditional press. Stay tuned for our new segment on divas, the first of which celebrates our fave Mariah Carey.


4:15 Players' self-presentation through social media - how the relationship with traditional media has changed

13:20 Madison Brengle files suit against the WTA and ITF over anti-doping practices
24:05 ITF chief hits back over Davis Cup proposal amidst rumors of player discontent (h/t @markalannixon)
28:30 Does the Davis Cup overhaul pass the eye test? Just who will benefit?
33:00 Farewell to Casey Dellacqua, who retired from tennis this week
36:30 Jonathan takes a quiz on clay court tennis - take the quiz at home!
48:45 Our new segment Diva: our foundational diva, Mariah Carey, and her brave statement this week on her bipolar disorder

Apr 9, 2018

Charleston Wrap: Reunited, And It Feels So Good

Jonathan is back in Toronto after his trip to Charleston for the Volvo Car Open, and reunites with James to bring you #118. On deck for this episode: the WTA's uphill battle for equal footing with the ATP, a reflection on Naomi Osaka and her openness, Cornet's conundrum, the Davis Cup echo chamber, and #ThingsWeLike.


01:26 Tying up some Charleston odds and ends

05:37 The WTA's constant struggle for a piece of the pie

11:05 Naomi's sense of wonder and vulnerability

24:30 Bertens wins in Charleston, Muguruza secures her bag

28:01 Strike three: Cornet's whereabouts

34:36 Davis Cup weekend and James' misstep

39:52 The entrenched opinions surrounding proposed DC changes

48:01 Capital Tennis' out-of-nowhere statement on Tennys Sandgren

54:13 Shoutout to Carol, TBS listener Jonathan met in Charleston!

56:30 Things we like: Jesus Christ Superstar and Love, Simon

Apr 4, 2018

Setting The Record Straight In Charleston

Episode 117 comes to you again from Charleston and Toronto. This time, Bri (@4thetennis) joins the show from the Volvo Car Open to "set the record straight" on all things Sloane and offer her insights on a potpourri of tennis topics. You will also hear from a handful of WTA players in a segment featuring audio from the players' All Access Hour in Charleston, before James makes his appearance to close the show with part two of our listener mailbag. This episode is a bit unorthodox, but we hope you enjoy! 


1:00 Welcome our guest, General of the #SloaneHive, Bri! (@4thetennis)

2:45 Bri makes sure we put some respeck on Sloane's name
9:00 Talking Rafa's return, the state of Novak 
17:20 On the ground in Charleston: Genie, Tortellini Queen, Stosur, college grads in women's tennis
28:00 Press goodies:  Konta, Garcia, Keys; and Osaka talks Big Sascha
35:20 Listener Q&A: why hasn't WTA Rising Stars taken off like ATP NextGen? (@_clarkeshannon)
43:15 What would you change about tennis? (@gaygroundzero)
46:00 Who are your favorite (and least fav) tennis commentators? (also @gaygroundzero)
49:15 Where is the line when it comes to poking fun at your least favorite players? (@SholzTalks10s)
53:30 Will Sharapova return to the top 10 or is she done? (@michaelomusic)
56:50 What will it take for Novak to fix himself? (@TylerGreenDC)


Apr 1, 2018

S Is For Salty: Miami Open Review

Episode 116 features two distinct halves: James & Jonathan tackle two listener suggestions at the top of the episode, then Chad (@ccsmooth13) returns to the show alongside Jonathan in Charleston to chat about some of the things he saw in Miami last week. 


:45 James getting his airtime before Jonathan left for Charleston

2:40 In the case of Thanasi vs. Fernando, you are not the father (ATP guys being rude in Miami)
14:30 Caroline Wozniacki levels huge accusations against Miami spectators and tournament staff (topic suggestion from @AnnaMarseille)
18:30 Tournament director James Blake's much-maligned statement
26:30 Jonathan and my usurper, Chad (@ccsmooth13), in Charleston
28:25 Chad talks about being on the ground in Miami: Mmoh, Eubanks, Tiafoe
30:35 What does your 'S' stand for?
31:45 Chad's insights on Serena and Venus' play in Miami
38:15 Our guest's opinion on "pushers" are his own and do not necessarily reflect the positions of this podcast
40:40 Sloane Stephens def. the steadily maturing Alona Ostapenko - a win for WTA "Rising Stars"  

Mar 21, 2018

Um, Hi, I’m Naomi Osaka: Indian Wells Recap

We begin episode 115 with a breakdown of Serena's return to professional tennis and her 3rd round loss to Venus, before segueing into a  celebration of Naomi Osaka's star-making performance to take the title. Juan Martín del Potro is your men's champion; he defeats Federer in the final to solidify his position as nemesis of the world #1. Among the other topics on offer: Sharapova's current dilemma, more McEnroe mess, the Miami wild card debate, and we wade into new mothers returning to the WTA Tour. We then finish with a few thoughts on 9-1-1, RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars, and Black Panther.


03:14 Serena is back! We take stock of where her game is at

12:33 Um, her name is Naomi Osaka...YA HEARD?!

21:02 Kasatkina put in one hell of a week

24:41 Asking the right questions: Venus in press

31:47 Nole makes an unsteady return

37:34 Contextualizing Pissy Federer

44:55 Sharapova's burden to validate pre-meldonium career

47:30 These f*@%ing McEnroe brothers

55:20 Wading into the Miami wild card drama

58:56 Discussing a WTA maternity leave policy

63:06 The wild 9-1-1, fraudulent RPDR All Stars, & smart Black Panther

Mar 6, 2018

TBS Pop Culture Bonanza

At long last, we come to you with our long-promised pop culture episode. After Sunday night's Oscars, now seems like a good time to burden you with our thoughts on three of the most nominated films: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri, The Shape of Water, and Call Me By Your Name. We segue into TV and tackle a couple of the medium's latest trends, before talking your ears off about some of the shows we absolutely love, some we think are woefully underrated, and (tragically) a handful that we think are overrated. Thank you for indulging us with this diversion from the tennis, but be assured we will be back to our regular programming for episode 115!


02:35 Three Billboards: a lack of specificity, relatability, and context

12:45 The Shape of Water: an unexpected delight

15:40 CMBYN: a tale of (gay) first love, loss, and subtext

32:07 Relishing the myriad voices telling their stories on TV these days

37:28 Nostalgia and the remake phenomenon

42:26 Where the Golden Girls remake at?! More older folks on TV, plz!

47:24 Some of our fav shows this year

54:49 Riverdale: Is this show horrible or amazing?

60:11 In appreciation of The (Trailblazing) Fosters

63:06 A few overrated and underrated our opinions

Feb 28, 2018

Genie’s Trial and Davis Cup Tribulations

We take a more moderate view (by our standards) of this week's big news: an ITF proposal that would revolutionize Davis Cup, and Genie Bouchard's victory over the USTA in federal court. Along the way, we make time for first-time titlist Frances Tiafoe, a young American cut from an altogether different cloth than his compatriots; Svitolina, who defended her title in Dubai; and Diego Schwartzman, the loveable Argentine who's just broken into the top 20.


1:00 An exercise in moderation

4:00 Davis Cupheaval
14:50 Does this proposal address the main concerns about Davis Cup?
26:50 L'Affaire Bouchard finally comes to a close: the USTA brings a flimsy little case to court
31:00 Genie's team threw everything at the wall, and some of it stuck
39:15 Bad news: Rafa pulls out of Acapulco
40:30 Good news: Althea Gibson honored, Dabrowski enters top 10
41:40 Results: Big Foe gets his first ATP title!


Feb 21, 2018

Petra With A 3, Fed Back At 1, & Ryan’s Reckoning

In our peaches and cream episode (112), we've got a (still) blazing Petra, Federer becoming the oldest ever ATP #1, some Wozniacki messiness, and a discussion of the latest Harrison saga. Wow, that might have been the most succinct description of an episode we've ever done. Steep your tea, browse through the timestamps below, and enjoy our latest!


01:30 Petra with a 3! Kvitova wills her way back to the top 10

08:42 Gramps is back at #1; what's standing in his way?

16:22 New York Open: not a stone groove smash hit wonder

21:08 Caroline likes to get her lawyering on, but she hasn't studied for the bar

31:16 Any number of women can do what's not being done on the ATP right now

36:25 Tempering expectations for Serena's return

43:25 Harrison's latest: a whole lot we STILL don't matter what they tell us

50:40 The Harrison interview on "Beyond The Baseline"

63:41 Darko is back, is very long-winded, and it's an almighty mess

Feb 13, 2018

Fed Cup Of Tea

We're back after a two-week hiatus! In this episode, we've enlisted Chad (@CCSMOOTH13) to help us with Serena's return at Fed Cup and Venus' two wins to clinch the tie. We run down some of the tennis action we missed on both tours before Mr. Smooth gives us his birds-eye view of the happenings in Asheville. We finish with a discussion of the wild Darko Grncarov story and what it says about the state of the ATP, its negligence, and male tennis players in general. Be sure to check out Chad's Instagram for his fabulous Fed Cup pics!


04:23 A blazing two week stretch for Petra, and Kiki's back!

06:36 Barty's going to be partnering WHO?

08:55 A brief recap of some of the ATP results

10:53 Davis Cup etcs: Zverev, Cam Norrie, and French depth

15:15 Chad joins us to chit chat about Fed Cup & Darko

24:26 Chad talks to Isha, Alexis, and Jill

34:30 Assessing Venus' game and the BIG doubles surprise

40:53 Chad the Darko Truther, and Aunt Jill goes awf

54:10 Why the idea of Darko took hold, filling an empathy gap on the ATP Tour

Jan 29, 2018

Caro’s Glow Up & Tennys’ Blow Up

We are, at long last, at the end of the 2018 Australian Open. We're here to cover Caro's glow up and Tenny Sandgren's blow up. Wozniacki finally shed the label of "best to have never won a Slam," and returns to world #1 after winning the tournament. As for Sandgren, we try to address some of the issues that have lingered with us after the American's alt-right Twitter feed upended the majority of the tournament. In between, we salute Simona Halep and Angelique Kerber for their heroics, and tip our hats to Roger Federer on his 20th career Slam title.  


03:23 Caroline Wozniacki gets to the end of her rainbow

12:30 HOW did Simona do what she did?

23:25 The match of the tournament: Halep vs Kerber

28:11 James' progress report on finding a new player to stan for

30:04 There was a men's tournament as well? Hat tip to Rog

38:02 What does this event say about the state of the ATP?

43:16 Shoutouts to Hyeon Chung and Kyle Edmund, plus the doubles winners!

53:44 A discussion on the Tennys Sandgren saga

72:41 Serena and Martina step in and steer the ship back on course

85:00 Say what? John McEnroe did something useful? Plus, sport IS political

Jan 21, 2018

The Unhappy Slam: Mid-Aussie Open Report

We're checking in at the midpoint of the 2018 Australian Open, an altogether different experience than last year. The topic of most interest to us is Novak Djokovic's alleged call for a players' union at the recent ATP all-player meeting, and the questions this raises for the sport. We grapple with the coverage that openly ridiculed Djokovic's actions, the potential ways that a union can change tennis for the better, and the inevitable gender politics embedded in the discussion. But first, we recap some of the biggest moments of the first week, including Naomi Osaka's big night, the Halep-Davis marathon, Tsonga's thrilling 5-setter against Shapovalov, and Kerber's convincing beatdown of Maria Sharapova.


1:00 Did anyone else feel that dark cloud above?
6:50 The heat rule: a quick meteorology lesson from an unqualified teacher
16:00 The bad news portion - Venus-Bencic
20:50 Naomi Osaka stuns in every way against Ash Barty
27:45 Other notable matches: Tsonga def. Shapo, Simona def. Davis 15-13 in the third; Woz, Wawrinka, Goffin, Zverev-Chung
38:30 Kerber is well and truly back, rolls Sharapova to the tune of 6-1 6-3
42:50 When you miss one big and important thing about the LAMP Tennys Sandgren (Last American Male Player?) - check out this and this from @BadToss
45:45 Umpires have HAD IT
50:05 Favorite and least favorite kits: Tsonga's Adidas shorts deserve a trophy of their own
54:30 Diving into Novak Djokovic's alleged call for unionization: the poor coverage, the potential for real change in tennis, the many questions that need to be asked

Jan 13, 2018

Change Your Draws: Australian Open Preview

We're doing a close look at both draws, but first: the Australian Open draw ceremony and the accompanying commentary has given us much to talk about, a mere four days after our last episode. We wonder if Billie Jean King's fierce dedication to the survival of women's tennis sometimes clouds her vision, with her recent disavowal of Margaret Court Arena after lobbying for its naming only 15 years ago. We probe the questions of representation, boycotts, and the utility of demanding that players -- rather than institutions -- be held accountable for implicitly supporting Margaret Court's destructive behavior.


01:45  The draw ceremony, or "draw reveal party" - What the hell?

07:00  Tennis continues to make itself look amateurish w/r/t anti-doping and celebrity worship
14:50  Billie Jean King defending women's tennis at all costs: what to do when we believe our heroes to be wrong
23:10  What does it accomplish to ask players about whether they'd play on Margaret Court Arena?
32:20  What we're really here for! Starting with the women's draw
35:00  Simona Halep and Garbine Muguruza's difficult paths
43:05  A different look at Venus-Bencic
49:15  "She is the top-ranked white US tennis player" - Jonathan, why are you like this
52:10  Men's draw: addressing the Easy Draw Truthers
56:20  Why must mon cher Tsonga be made to suffer?
58:35  Thiem, Djokovic, Wawrinka, both Zverevs, and Monfils in the same quarter
01:08:30  "The Emancipation of ReRe": the Vogue story, health updates, her status as BJK's successor



Jan 10, 2018

Bespoke, Bothered, and Bewildered

TBS is back, back again to discuss the SEVEN titlists from week one of the 2018 season. Among the topics discussed: the myriad winners, Kerber's presumed resurgence, the state of Venus' game, Bartoli's revealing interview, Bellucci's "silent ban," Pat Cash acting like trash, and the Australian Open's decision to have Sharapova fill in for Serena at the draw ceremony. Afterwards, James takes a quiz on some WTA records, before we finish with a discussion of #TimesUp and the Golden Globes.


03:17 The first batch of winners in 2018: Simona, sans sponsor, wins Shenzhen to stay #1

16:55 Kyrgios' impressive title run in Brisbane and Alt-Ryan's true colours

22:50 The first runaway narrative of the young season: Kerber is back

28:28 Vickery and de Minaur break through Auckland and Brisbane

32:07 Bartoli gives us insight into her comeback

36:41 Bespoke vitamins y'all. BESPOKE VITAMINS!!!

49:13 #SeeWhatHadHappenedWas -> Pat Cash Trash

50:50 Sharapova appointed to fill in for Serena -> how many fucks do we have to give?

54:58 A RafAndy update: hips and arms

63:13 Quiz time -> how do you measure up to James' knowledge of WTA records?

73:03 #TimesUp and a discussion of the activism at the Golden Globes


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WATCH: Harrison's obscene outburst in Brisbane against Yannick Hanfmann (0:14)

READ: Bartoli's interview with L'Equipe in French or translated into English by Tennis Translations

Jan 4, 2018

Found Our Tea

Happy New Year, y'all! We open 2018 and Season 4 of The Body Serve with a preview of the brand new tennis season. First up, we're partnering with Health IQ and encourage you to check them out to get a special rate on life insurance for health conscious folks (you!). We offer our insights on things to look for on both tours in 2018: monitoring the myriad injuries, breakout and comeback candidates, and the coaching carousel. We finish up with some piping hot tea, and be sure to stay right until the end of the show because we have a "moment of zen" instead of our usual outro.


04:05 Plans for the future of TBS, experimenting with the medium

07:55 Previewing the injured men: fingers crossed for Andeh

11:44 Assessing some of the reasons for the spate of injuries

15:15 What measures can the tours take to address this issue?

27:42 An American James can get behind & anything is Pospisil

36:05 The Queen is coming: Serena gets back on court

41:36 Challenging James to expand his favs list

45:08 Comeback candidates on the WTA Tour & going to bat for Bartoli

52:26 Venus & Serena's influence in changing the lifespan of a tennis player's career

55:35 Who's gonna bust out and eff up our lives this year?

58:29 Taking a ride on the coaching carousel

62:53 The sunken place: Kiki stole our man AND is working with Tipspieceofshit?!

66:06 Say my name, say my Shapolovorolorov

69:21 Mariah finding her tea & the vile Cohen & Cooper combo

77:52 Fuck them, but we're trash too: our new year's resolutions

Dec 17, 2017

It’s a Wrap For You, Boys: ATP Year in Review

We're finally getting around to wrapping up the year in men's tennis, a year marked by both the resurgence of throwback stars Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer and the Big Four loosening its grip on the top. Again, we asked our listeners to answer a few questions about the ATP season. We shout you out while adding our own insights on a year that may well mark a transition in the long stable ATP Tour. 


1:30 Where's the beef this year? What the hell happened?

7:00 The ATP is facing new challenges this year, as a bunch of big stars burned out
11:30 What were y'all's favorite non-Fedal Slam moment of the year? Winner is Del Potro def. Thiem, US Open Round of 16
21:30 Players like Goffin stepped up to (partially) fill the void left by Murray, Djokovic, Wawrinka
26:10 Reckoning with Shapovalov's nicknames
30:15 What truly surprised you this year? 
31:05 Laver Cup "disrupts" the market - apologies for the tech bro vocabulary
38:40 Indulging your most petty and dark-sided self, what infuriated you in 2017? This is very on-brand for the Body Serve in 2017
39:45 Our pronunciation of gif, apparently
47:30 Men who need to do better next year; aka Men Are Trash
55:00 Discussing the ATP Awards - hashing out issues with sporting awards in general

Dec 5, 2017

Ribbon With A Bow On It

We’re back to put a bow on the 2017 WTA season with a little help from our listeners. Instead of doing a tournament-to-tournament recap, we’re going more macro and framing the season through four main questions: favourite moment, favourite breakout season, favourite tournament, and clutch performance of the year. Note we didn’t say “best,” and so there’s truly something for everyone in a season which saw so many different players help script a memorable year.


01:25 Kudos to the many players who put their hand up

10:44 Fielding our listeners' fav moments

12:45 The many trials, and triumphs of Venus Williams

16:16 Getting messy to kick things off

28:06 Mugu’s finger wag kick starting her swag

30:27 Sharapova: a highlight for some, tiresome for others

33:59 Sloane channels Whitney's "One Moment In Time"

37:40 Fav breakout season: a case for Olympia Williams-Ohanian

39:11 A plug, a scolding, and a Jersey Shore detour

44:52 Australian Open is the fav tournament in a landslide

46:59 All hail a host of clutch performers

50:15 Godspeed: farewell to this year’s retirees

53:58 The WTA year-end leaders & award winners revisited

62:55 The best revenge is your paper, Venus is the damn MVP


Nov 21, 2017

Say It Ain’t So

The tennis world received a punch to the gut with news of Jana Novotna's passing; Jonathan tells us how he will remember one of his all-time favourite players. We run through the year-end tennis news: Dimitrov winning the ATP Finals, CoCo's performance at the Fed Cup final, a pair of high-profile coaching breakups, a love match, and Stepanek's retirement. We also marvel at Serena's wedding, the YES vote winning in Australia, and the burgeoning Dimidal friendship, before ending the show with a pair of things that really ticked us off and one that we absolutely adore.


00:45 Remembering the one-of-a-kind Jana Novotna

15:23 Grigor Dimitrov is your year-end champ and new world #3

29:40 Colleen helps the U.S. to Fed Cup glory, is gracious as always

33:34 Cleansing the palate with Serena's wedding

37:36 Cheers, Australia! Loves trumps hate down under

40:10 The Body Serve motto

41:41 The Dimidal phenomenon: we are HERE for it

45:40 Rafa's verdick & Bencic continues her climb

47:40 Splitsville: Caro & Sascha, Murray & Lendl

52:15 Stepanek joins Hingis in retirement; Thiem/Mladenovic confirm love match

55:18 #SeeWhatHadHappendWas: Richard Ingham Evans

61:05 Xtina attempts to climb Mount Whitney

63:53 Thing we dislike: the abhorrent JAMES CORDEN

66:10 Thing we love: the delightful SKAM

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