Dec 4, 2018

WTA Moments of 2018

We consider a WTA season that was by turns tumultuous and gratifying, full of tedious controversies and long-awaited breakouts. This episode takes on the major themes of 2018, the title winners, the comebacks and retirements, a few surprising events that almost faded from memory, and our #TBSMoments. Oh, and as if 2018 wasn't annoying enough, take our WTA Quiz alongside James.


02:00 Who won what? Parity was the name of the game

13:10 How'd we do on predictions? Well, there's a reason we don't usually make them

17:00 Moving on up (and down)

23:45 Matches that stood out ... most of them feature Simona

27:40 #RememberTheTime

35:55 Moments that had people mad this year: Miami crowd, Pliskova lumberjack, the endless Serena controversies, Peng gets snitched upon

51:15 Your favorite comebacks of the year, and a few farewells

56:30 Quick update on WTA streaming and Tennis Channel

58:05 James takes a quiz on the WTA season!

68:00 Our #TBSMoments: first up, funniest moment of the year

72:00 WTF Moment: the Plisko-chop

75:10 The You DID THAT Moment and Feel-Good Moment

Nov 21, 2018

Look At Us, We’re Going The Distance

Y'all know by now we're a pair of Mariah stans, and we are HERE for her new album. We chat briefly about her tightly spun new effort at the top of the show, before segueing into the tennis action. Zverev and Tsitsipas won the ATP & Next Gen Finals respectively, two banner results for the future of the ATP. The meat and potatoes of this episode is a convo about conflicts of interests in tennis, precipitated by an interview given by Julien Benneteau. We finish with a new segment called, "Yes or MESS," before bidding adieu to Aga Radwanska and Lucie Safarova.  


03:15 Going the distance: Zverev wins ATP Finals

13:47 Proceed with caution: On-court advertising boards

16:14 Thank you, next (gen): Tsitsipas runs the board in Milan

18:26 A No No: Federer & conflicts of interest

29:05 GTFO: We ain't buying it, Craig Tiley

40:00 Giving Me Life: Yes or MESS (New Segment!)

50:50 (No longer) With You: Coaching carousel continues

53:46 Portrait of a career: Farewell, Aga & Lucie

Nov 6, 2018

Khachanov Hatches In Paris

It seems like we've been talking about the next generation of ATP players a lot recently, and Karen Khachanov keeps that trend going with a massive first Masters 1000 title in Paris. Elsewhere, the WTA officially ends its season with Ash Barty hoisting the trophy in Zhuhai. Although he was unable to keep his win streak going, Djokovic leaves Paris with the #1 ranking secured into 2019. We talk a bit about the upcoming ATP & #NextGen Finals, before finishing the episode with more news in the ongoing tennis culture crisis of ballkid abuse.


00:32 Khachanov rides momentum to dream week in Paris

04:09 Federer shows up and shows out vs Nole

08:01 Hats off to Ash Barty and her beautiful game

20:33 Luksika Kumkhum winning out loud

24:57 Rafa shuts it down, has ankle surgery?

27:42 Nole secures year-end #1 for a 5th time

31:55 What next for the Saudi exhibition?

34:28 James goes to bat for Isner at ATP finals

37:48 The #NextGenFinals sowing some good seeds

50:04 Yet again: THESE ARE CHILDREN!

Oct 30, 2018

Undefeated, Undeniable, and Under Scrutiny

Elina Svitolina ran the table in Singapore to secure the biggest title of her career. Meanwhile, Sloane Stephens has shown -- to us and herself -- that her standing in the game cannot be denied. Other topics on offer this episode: Wozniacki reveals her arthritis diagnosis, Grigor's alarming hairline, the absurd Sampras "boring" debate, and the growing calls for Rafole to abandon their Saudi exhibition. Thanks as always for listening!


03:10 Svitolina reverses course, goes undefeated to win Singapore

09:55 Sloane makes herself undeniable

13:12 What next for Svitolina & the Year End Championships

20:05 9s across the board for Federer & other ATP results

29:01 Wozniacki's big, worrying news in Singapore  

31:50 Long story very short: Grisha, where your follicles at?!

35:44 To play or not to play: A Saudi saga

47:41 The boring Sampras debate and considering him as tragic figure

53:08 Tennis Jesus shows Verdasco how to apologize

58:42 How NOT to do a Naomi Osaka costume: NO BLACKFACE

Oct 16, 2018

Just Djoking: Novak’s Purple Patch Continues

The 2018 tennis season is getting ready to pull into its final station, and we've got tales from a few of its last few stops. Nole's purple patch and Borna's full package headline the action in Shanghai. We also assess the state of the ATP's burgeoning #NextGen stars and posit who is poised to emerge as the real deals. It was a very successful Asian swing for some of the game's top Asian players; perhaps we are seeing tennis' heavy investment in Asia pay some dividends? Finally, enjoy a few TV recommendations and brace yourself for Jonathan's almighty rant on something he reaaaally dislikes.


00:32 Nole extends his purple patch in Shanghai

07:20 A circular, probably not-so-fair take on Zverev

14:55 Who of the #NextGen is MOST ready?

23:16 But, back to Borna Coric....he's got all of the packages

24:46 So, who's been doing the winning the last two weeks?

34:54 Where were you when I needed you?

37:37 The Asian players came to play during the Asian Swing

40:34 Etcs: Fighter girl Simona, Aga's apartments & poor Delpo

48:38 Things we like & one thing Jonathan REALLY dislikes

Oct 2, 2018

So Disrespectful: Please Remember My Name

We've recharged our batteries after the draining U.S. Open just in time to catch up with the tennis happenings on the Asian Swing. Aryna Sabalenka continues her march to the top of women's tennis with her big win in Wuhan. We ruminate on what people mean when talking about being "the next Serena," before finally wading into the Davis Cup changes. Hopefully you'll find a bit of levity towards the end of the episode as we stick up for Sloane, torch Verdasco, and speculate on what makes Indian Wells such a fertile WTA stomping ground.  


01:52 The Sabalenka train picks up serious steam

05:05 Tursunov provides great insights as Aryna's coach

13:28 What does it mean to be "the next Serena?"

19:31 Catching up on the winners since we've been gone

28:26 Davis Cup semis & new format

34:15 A healthy dose of skepticism at the Davis Cup changes

45:31 A big big tangent on policing black women in America

60:24 "F@#*ing bitch tried to hit me!"

66:49 Dear Fernando, they are LITERALLY children

68:58 A quick word on Naomi Osaka

Sep 10, 2018

US Open Wrap: Multiple Things Are True *Oprah Shrug Gif*

There are so many things to talk about from the U.S. Open women's final, but chief among these is that Naomi Osaka bossed her way to a maiden Grand Slam title. We talk about just how awesome Naomi and her game were this past fortnight, before wading into the mess that was the drama in the championship match. We implore listeners to consider multiple things we think are true of this situation, instead of painting this as a black and white issue. We belatedly finish with Novak's 14th - and oh so impressive - Slam title, before revisiting the Pliskova saga and how it could have been avoided.


02:53 Naomi Osaka's star is born

10:33 So, we get to the final...

14:57 Looking at what happened with empathy

23:30 To coach or not to coach

29:42 Why questioning Serena's integrity cuts so deep

35:15 Rules are rules except when they're not

42:34 Serena claims unequal treatment, was it the right time?

46:14 What does it take for people to see blackness at play?

54:28 Where Serena and her team went wrong

66:32 Multiple things are true: to recap

70:40 Novak wins #14 and ATP etceteras

79:28 The Pliskova mess and how we could have avoided it

Sep 1, 2018

(You Make Me Feel Like) The US Open Is Burning, Literally

The late, great Aretha Franklin -- a huge tennis fan -- provides the theme for our episode today, as we tackle the unusually wild first week of the US Open. First, we talk about the actual tennis, the upsets, and the 30th Williams-Williams showdown. Then, we tackle the mountain of extracurricular storylines: Alize Cornet's accidental (pending?) revolution, the fashions, Serena's tutu; and an extended meditation on Kyrgios, our expectations of athletes, and how Nick's personality seems to compel people to overstep their professional bounds. We finish with a very personal tribute to the Queen of Soul.


2:00 Something they can feel: New York brings the heat!

14:45 Ever changing times: early round upsets

20:10 Sisters are doing it for themselves: Williams Bowl XXX

25:40 Respect: the appalling Cornet code violation

32:15 Don't play that song: Catsuit correlation and causation

35:55 Great gowns, beautiful gowns: US Open fashions

42:35 Chain of fools: the men are at it again (Lahyani, Murray-Verdasco drama)

52:10 You better think: Chris Fowler needs some help

1:01:15 We say a little prayer that these boys leave Tsitsipas alone

1:07:50 Sail on silver girl: Our Aretha Franklin tribute 

Aug 25, 2018

The Good, the Bad, and the Tragic: US Open Preview f/ David Taylor and Kamau Murray

We sat down with the coaches of last year's US Open finalists, David Taylor (Keys) and Kamau Murray (Stephens). These very different coaches share their thoughts on navigating player personalities and what they see as the most important roles of a tennis coach. But first, we analyze the US Open draws: the stacked women's first quarter, which could see a Venus-Serena third round and a Simona-Serena fourth, but with much uncertainty for all. On the men's side, Nadal gets an easy-ish one, while Djokovic looms for Federer (or vice versa) in the quarters. We also take on FFT President Giudicelli's comments on Serena's catsuit, and why boycotting is not top of mind for us.


2:10 The tragic: the women's first quarter, which features 5 current or former no. 1s plus Kuznetsova

12:45 The good: Madison Keys' draw
21:15 Also good: defending champ Nadal gets a soft draw to the semis
32:50 The bad (depending on your position): Djokovic and Federer drawn to play in the quarters
38:10 Peng Shuai gets dinged by the Tennis Integrity Unit, Lendl joins the Zverev camp
42:50 French Federation president Giudicelli bans Serena's catsuit: the cultural battleground that is the black female body
51:30 Is this the least wide-open women's draw in a while?
56:20 Our interviews with David Taylor and Kamau Murray, coaches of last year's US Open finalists Madison Keys and Sloane Stephens
1:04:40 Kamau Murray's radical honesty

Aug 20, 2018

Kiki-ing Down The Door In Cincy

The bad news: our time in Cincinnati has come to an end. The good news: we're back with another episode to recap an event that produced a stellar title run by Kiki Bertens and a full-circle performance from Novak Djokovic. After recapping the finals, we rehash some of the notable matches we saw over the past week and regale you with some stories/observations from around the grounds. We also pondered a few questions: is Stan back? Is Milos being usurped and replaced in Canadian media? Do fans really care about Nick Kyrgios' "antics?"


2:30 Kiki Bertens takes out four top 10 players to win Cincinnati

11:30 Simona Halep and Darren Cahill audio: looking at Simona's evolution as a player and Darren's as a coach

17:00 Serena-Petra in Round 2 ... the tantalizing rivalry that never really was

24:00 Djokovic beats Federer to complete his Masters set: MasterBlaster

31:35 Other men's matches: Stanley vs. Roger, battle of Canadian no. 1s, Milos Raonic and Denis Shapovalov

36:45 The undeniable star power of Nick Kyrgios

41:55 Thanks to USTA Midwest for the USTA Pride Event at the Western & Southern Open

44:00 Stories from around the grounds: ball thievery, Alexis Ohanian flying under the radar, watching Coric & Fuscovics

52:35 Marin Cilic provides your moment of zen

Aug 15, 2018

Getting the Conversation Started: Creating a Safe Space to Come Out in Men’s Tennis

You might have read what Roger Federer had to say about why there hasn't been an openly gay male tennis player in on the ATP Tour. Now, hear his words, along with those of Kevin Anderson, as both speak on what can be a tricky and challenging issue. Plus, our chat with Nick McCarvel about the upcoming event he's hosting (in partnership with No Challenges Remaining) to kick-start the conversation of "being queer and out in pro tennis," featuring the out retired player Brian Vahaly.


1:00 Talking about LGBTQ issues in tennis - why now?

6:25 Roger Federer speaks on the possibility of a male player coming out on the ATP Tour

14:20 Kevin Anderson expands on his previously stated support for LGBT athletes, and why he was compelled to speak in the first place

18:00 What are some of the barriers for an ATP player coming out?

24:50 Our chat with Nick McCarvel, host of the upcoming Open Playbook event with Brian Vahaly in NYC


Open Playbook: Being Queer and Out in Pro Tennis - at Housing Works Bookstore, Soho, NY on August 23

Event benefits Housing Works and New York Junior Tennis & Learning

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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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

Nov 8, 2017

Get That S%&$ Outta Here

We were compelled to record episode 102 by the heinous and embarrassing draw ceremony at the Next Gen Finals in Milan. But it gave us the opportunity to recap Julia Goerges' stunning run in Zhuhai and Jack Sock's top 10 debut and first Masters. The title of this episode comes straight from CoCo's mouth, while trailing Goerges in the Zhuhai final. Finally, James takes a quiz on the WTA season - did you do better than he did?


1:00 The reason we’re here: ATP Next Gen draw ceremony fiasco

9:15 Our new fav past time: ragging on Zverev
12:00 Sorry ATP, this wasn't a one-off, this is who you are
14:00 Julia Goerges puts exclamation on stellar year
18:30 Complicating and complimenting Colleen?
26:50 Paris Masters recap: put a Sock in it
30:30 Krajinovic trumps Isner/Querrey; Julien’s fairytale
32:40 Rafa scores year-end #1 for 4th time
36:45 ATP Finals draws revealed
39:30 James gets quizzed on the WTA season


Nov 1, 2017

Woz Wallops WTA Finals Field

101 episodes in and we're still finding lots to talk about. We praise Caroline Wozniacki for her career-best performance as she beats the best and wins Singapore. Plus, we discuss Venus' season, and the knocks on her for her press conference performances, sorting through some resentments and biases on all sides. We also take on Hingis' shocking retirement, Guy Forget shading the eff out of Roger Federer, and end with an impassioned #SeeWhatHadHappenedWas on Kevin Spacey.  


1:30 Getting into Singapore: surface slowness, round robin intrigue

9:35 Showing some respect to Caroline Wozniacki, who stomped the field with aggression, movement, forehands and backhands
17:30 A final thought on Venus' resurgent and ever less stubborn game
22:35 Venus' press conferences: is something up with her?
28:40 Who EXACTLY is WTA player of the year? Who knows ...
36:15 Comparing the WTA top 10 year-over-year
39:45 The complex, enduring, and great Martina Hingis retires at no. 1
44:00 Paris Masters tournament director Guy Forget drags Federer in the press
50:10 Men's et ceteras: Tsonga notches big wins but loses Vienna final; Fed wins 8th hometown title; the men's player of the year debate marches on
54:35 A few thoughts on Zhuhai
56:30 #SeeWhatHadHappenedWas So Kevin Spacey wants to be part of the community now?

Oct 24, 2017

TBS 100: Having a Gay Ole Time

We're proud to share our 100th episode with you; we weren't always sure we'd get here. We skip the latest tennis news in favor of an extended listener mailbag, made possible by all of your clever and interesting questions. We chat about: the surprising absence of an out gay male player, some guesses as to why tennis is so popular among LGBTQ fans, our dream tournaments to cover and players to interview, our favorite curse words, and we ruminate a little on our purpose and mission as a podcast. We finish up with a review of Battle of the Sexes, and our genuine awe at what Billie Jean and the Original Nine accomplished.


:30 We made it to 100!!!

2:00 TBS Mailbag - answering your very smart questions
4:45 What's the theme of this podcast? What do we do? A Body Serve mission statement of sorts.
7:05 An extended segment on the potential of an out gay male tennis player - where are they, and what are the barriers?
15:20 A related question: What about tennis is so appealing to LGBTQ people?
22:10 Counting on SholzTalk10s for another F-Marry-Kill
35:50 Our favorite moments/episodes from the podcast
38:30 Friends ask us personal questions! Thanks Meg and Agnes.
48:55 Monica and Maria in Puerto Rico
52:40 Elina Svitolina, the latest victim of Rena's Army
57:50 We finally saw Battle of the Sexes, and liked it!
1:05:00 The birth of women's tennis, still framed by the spectacle of the Battle of the Sexes; also Shit Chrissie says & the wicked Margaret Court
1:10:20 The WTA needs to record and promote its history

Oct 17, 2017

TBS A to Z

Welcome to episode 99 of The Body Serve, one episode away from an unlikely milestone. Thank you to listener @SholzTalks10s for his unwitting inspiration for the structure of this episode: we run through the tennis happenings from A-Z, serving up our usual flavours of tea, opinion, results, and levity. Hop on board The Body Serve train for one of our favourite episodes yet.


6:30 A-C: Agassi still on-board the Nole train, British media hysteria, and Cilic enters top 4

12:00 D-F: Dan Evans’ cocaine ban, Errani emerges from pasta-gate, and Fedal XXXVIII

23:10 G-I: Grisha presses Rafa again, parsing through Hong Kong, and Belinda’s back from injury

27:50 J-L: Jo Konta’s class & the British affinity for cakes, Kremlin Cup, and Linz results

34:15 M-O: Maria wins Tianjin, Nadal excels in Asia, and we are OVER the Fedal fandom outrage

40:15 P: Fabio’s peanuts

47:45 Q: Jonathan takes a Quiz

59:10 R-U: Roselyne Bachelot faces the music, Shanghai doing THE MOST, feeding the trolls, and unlucky delPo

1:06:30 V-X: Osaka’s dream win vs Queen Vee, WTA #1 race, and we’re Xcited for episode 100!!!

1:11:30 Y&Z: Fedal year-end #1 talk and Zhuhai is on the come up

Oct 10, 2017

Can We Talk About Caroline Garcia?

Simona Halep is your new no. 1, Caroline Garcia collected a whole heap of points in Beijing and Wuhan, and Rafael Nadal wins another tournament on hardcourts. In short, tennis' fall season is lit. We also wade against the Nick Kyrgios clickbait and look at the other happenings in the Asian swing.  


1:30 We need to talk about Caroline, and we say I told you so (sorry, that's really obnoxious)

9:00 A very uncharitable comparison, and the Sharapova Curse
14:00 Johanna Konta fighting for her Singapore spot, two years in a row
18:50 Simona Halep is the WTA's 25th no. 1 player! And the 5th of 2017
24:20 Rafa wins Beijing for his 6th title
26:00 We gotta talk about Nick, but without psychoanalyzing him (big up to the NK Foundation!)
33:00 Back to Rafa: Mr. Federer reminds us that Rafa isn't a one-surface wonder
36:40 Odds and ends: Goffin doubles in Asia, Venus is back, Hingis/Chan keep win 9th title of 2017
41:00 QUIZ: guessing WTA players' ages ... play along with James!
49:00 Things we like/dislike, and it's not food this time

Sep 28, 2017

Roger’s Cup & Other Tennis Etcs

So what did you all think of Laver Cup? We share our thoughts on the inaugural event: the Fedal hysteria, Roger's ownership stakes, the "exhibition" argument, and the lopsided nature of the teams. Meanwhile the Asian swing is picking up steam, with Wozniacki defending in Tokyo for her first title of 2017 from seven finals. We update you on James Blake's ongoing battle with the NYPD before closing with a few etceteras, namely a bunch of things we like/dislike.


01:17 What was Laver Cup (exhibition or nah) and should we care?

06:34 Roger's Cup

09:54 Men-only problem? What would a women’s (or joint) event look like?

14:47 Roger and Rafa continue to carry a fortunate ATP & men's tennis

17:30 A very strange fairytale analogy & no sympathy for Berdych

29:05 Wozniacki finally crosses the finish line, defends in Tokyo

30:25 Kerber making it through the rain?

33:33 Other winners: Ostapenko wins, James thirsts for Dzumhur & tears flow in Metz

39:23: Singapore udpate: everybody's qualified all of a sudden

44:02 James updates us on James Blake's ongoing battle with the NYPD

47:12 Things we like/dislike: a bunch of TV (surprise) & a pedestrian rant.

Sep 12, 2017

Sloane Storms NY & El Decimosexto de Rafa

Welcome to episode 96 and our U.S. Open recap. By now you know that Sloane Stephens and Rafael Nadal are your singles champions. It still doesn't seem real, but we try to get to the bottom of a truly inspired performance by Sloane in New York. Nadal put aside a shaky start to the tournament to find some of his best tennis, finishing with a sublime exhibiton against Kevin Anderson in the final for his 16th Slam title. We revisit some of the more memorable moments and performances from the tournament, and induct our second ever member of The Body Serve Hall of Fame. We finish with another trip to the Maria well, this time to call out the racist BS from the Serena chapter of her book.


01:18 Jonathan apologizes to Venus fans and to Sloane

03:20 How exactly did Sloane do ALL THAT?!?!

11:21 Sloane evolves before our eyes, pitch perfect on and off the court

16:52 Venus and Petra are THE TRUTH; they deliver the goods again!

22:50 El Decimosexto de Rafa: proving the doubters wrong yet again

29:06 All the credit in the world to Kevin Anderson

34:33 Relitigating the start of 2013 and "I Made You"

44:36 Doubles Standards: time to up the ante

49:43 TBS Hall of Fame: Arigato, Kimiko

54:10 Parsing through the post-Open rankings

60:58 Alicia "Tornado" Black: GO FUND HER!!!

63:08 Sashay away, Tom Rinaldi!

66:54 Maria is truly unstoppable...with the MESS! We have had it.

Sep 4, 2017

US Op-ocalypse 2017: A Mid-Major Chat Featuring Rene Denfeld

Despite the missing stars, the 2017 US Open has offered no scarcity of big stories: Sharapova's return, Peak Petra defeating Muguruza, Venus' continued good form at majors, and the excitement around Denis Shapovalov. We're so excited to welcome back the insightful Rene Denfeld to the show. The Tennis Twitter-lebrity is covering the US Open for the first time as a journalist, and he shares his thoughts on Sharapova, Fognini, the draws, and what it's like to be there.


:35 What a day: James just got Twitter famous, Venus won, and Maria lost

8:00 The great women's round of 16s
11:00 Unpacking Sharapova - the scheduling, the "shade," the reception; or as James calls it, "a feeling of grossness"
21:45 Roger and Rafa's rocky starts to the tournament
26:15 The wild men's bottom half - Querrey, Anderson, PCB or Schwartzman in a major final
29:00 The Shapovalov hype!
33:00 #SeeWhatHadHappenedWas Fabio does Fabio. There's a reason that fogna means sewer
38:00 The problem with "I'm only here for the handshake"
42:10 The wonderful Rene Denfeld is back on the pod, straight from Queens
50:40 Talking with Rene about the weird men's draw, Shapo, Rafa's slow starts
1:00:30 What's it like to be on camera as a reporter? (Rene gets gif-ed)
1:03:50 Did you know? Rene was responsible for Naomi Osaka's excellent 'mesothelioma' monologue
1:08:30 Rene's favorite moments so far

Aug 26, 2017

US Open Preview: Where My Boys At?

The last major of the year is here, and lots of top players are not *sob*. We're completely foregoing draw analysis this time around, instead asking broader questions and talking about players who we hope make a splash. Is it fair to call the women's tournament "wide open?" Did Andy owe it to anyone to pull out earlier? Will James ever learn not to pick Tsonga?


:30 Back in Toronto! We saw Mariah & Lionel!

8:20 Where are the mens? Andy adds himself to the disabled list
14:00 What's with the pressitude about Andy's timing?
18:00 Halep & Shapovalov ... err, Sharapova will meet in the first round
22:00 Troubling the "wide open" draws discussion
24:30 Looking at the big performers at non-Slam events (Svitolina & Zverev) and how they will perform at the Open
31:00 You can lead James to water but you can't make him drink (there must be a thirst joke in here somewhere)
32:45 The players with momentum: Dimitrov, Kyrgios, Muguruza
38:45 Who do we hope to see break through?
49:50 Things we dislike: the USTA loves to talk about itself; and how will the flag-waving be received this year?
52:45 Things we like: that Nike shoot with the les Canadiens!

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