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No Challenges Remaining Tennis Podcast

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No Challenges Remaining

No Challenges Remaining

No Challenges Remaining Tennis Podcast

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A podcast discussing the happenings in the wacky world of professional tennis. Hosted by Ben Rothenberg and Courtney Nguyen.

Latest Episodes

Episode 275b: Original 9 - Kristy Pigeon

On September 23, 1970, women's professional sports were changed forever by the bravery of nine tennis players who defied the sport's authorities and signed $1 contracts to become professionals with Gladys Heldman, setting in motion what would become the WTA Tour we know today as the world's most successful women's professional sport. Kristy Pigeon, one of these "Original 9," joins from her home in Idaho to discuss her life in the sport, the moment everything changed 50 years ago, and where the sport has gone since. It's a great, wide-ranging chat and we think you'll enjoy this one tremendously. Thank you again for the incredible support for NCR we've received in recent weeks NCR Patreon! If you'd like to join in, check out our five tiers and see which might be right for you! And thank you to the many listeners who have already given their support! (And thank you to G.O.A.T. backers J O'D, Mike, Christopher Bishop and Charles Cyna!) As always, thanks forfollowing uson Twitterandsubsc...

73 min2 d ago
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Episode 275b: Original 9 - Kristy Pigeon

Episode 275a: Original 9 - 50th Anniversary Approaches

On the week of a massive milestone anniversary in women's tennis history, Ben and Courtney set the table for a discussion of the Original 9, the group of women who broke away from the tennis establishment and risked their careers in order to make women's professional tennis into a viable sport on September 23, 1970. An interview with Kristy Pigeon, one of the nine, will be here on NCR soon, so Ben and Courtney wanted to set the stage a bit and explain what the Original 9 was, why they matter, and why their stories still resonate. Courtney has been doing lots of great stuff about the Original 9 over at WTA Insider, so go listen to Gladys Heldman, listen to Judy Dalton, or (re)visit NCR's chat with Julie Heldman. Thank you again for the incredible support for NCR we've received over the course of the 2020 U.S. Open on theNCR Patreon! If you'd like to join in, check out our five tiers and see which might be right for you! And thank you to the many listeners who have already given their...

23 min3 d ago
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Episode 275a: Original 9 - 50th Anniversary Approaches

Episode 274: In a Roomy Rome

Desperately missing Rome as we miss out on covering the Italian Open for the first time in many years, Enrico Maria Riva joins from on the grounds of the Foro Italico to discuss what it's like being at the most sensory and vibrant tournament that suddenly is all but empty. Enrico, who works in television graphics, also discusses that side of the tournament, what changes have been made to television production because of coronavirus, and the rise of Italy as a robust and promising contingent in men's tennis. Thank you again for the incredible support for NCR we've received over the course of the 2020 U.S. Open on theNCR Patreon! If you'd like to join in, check out our five tiers and see which might be right for you! And thank you to the many listeners who have already given their support! (And thank you to G.O.A.T. backers J O'D, Mike, and Charles Cyna!) As always, thanks forfollowing uson Twitterandsubscribing/reviewingon iTuneson iTunes or whatever your podcasting app/platform of c...

29 min4 d ago
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Episode 274: In a Roomy Rome

Episode 273o: 2020 U.S. Open Day 14 - Under Pressure, Thiem Outlasts Zverev

After a men's final that became a battle of nerves late, Dominic Thiem outlasted Sascha Zverev in a fifth set tiebreak to win the U.S. Open, his first Grand Slam title. Ben is joined on late notice by Reem Abulleil to discuss the scratchy final, in which Zverev started well but went back into his shell, which both players failed to serve out when they had the chance, and which became an exciting/excruciating battle of who could manage to eke across the finish line first. Was it a good match, even charitably? And if not, what does it mean as a coronation moment? And how does it set these guys up going forward? Thank you again for the incredible support for NCR we've received over the course of the 2020 U.S. Open on the NCR Patreon! If you'd like to join in, check out our five tiers and see which might be right for you! And thank you to the many listeners who have already given their support! (And thank you to G.O.A.T. backers J O'D, Mike, and Charles Cyna!) As always, thanks forfollo...

43 min1 w ago
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Episode 273o: 2020 U.S. Open Day 14 - Under Pressure, Thiem Outlasts Zverev

Episode 273n: 2020 U.S. Open Day 13 - Naomi Osaka's Statement Win

Naomi Osaka, making herself heard on court and off, won her third Grand Slam title on Saturday at the U.S. Open, coming back from 1-6, 0-2 down to beat Victoria Azarenka in the final. Ben and Courtney chat about the match, the incredibly impressive way Osaka has found her voice and her game, Victoria Azarenka's reemergence, who the current alpha is in women's tennis, and more. Also, Courtney gives some parting thoughts on her hopes for the men's final. Thank you again for the incredible support for NCR we've received in recent days! If you'd like to join fellow listeners in supporting our show as we work to crank out daily shows during the 2020 U.S. Open, we've launched anNCR Patreonwhere you can do just that! Check out our five tiers and see which might be right for you! And thank you to the many listeners who have already given their support! (And thank you to G.O.A.T. backers J O'D, Mike, and Charles Cyna!) As always, thanks forfollowing uson Twitterandsubscribing/reviewingon iTu...

77 min1 w ago
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Episode 273n: 2020 U.S. Open Day 13 - Naomi Osaka's Statement Win

Episode 273m: 2020 U.S. Open Day 12 - Zverev & Thiem are Last Men Standing

We've got another voice from inside the U.S. Open bubble, man-of-the-people Mike Cation, on NCR to discuss the men's semifinals, from which Sascha Zverev and Dominic Thiem advanced to the final. It wasn't always pretty, especially not for Zverev. What should we think when Zverev, a guy we're convinced can be great wins so unconvincingly? And where does this result leave men's tennis as it seeks new stars? Also, more on life inside the bubble, calling crowdless matches, and looking back at the men's event from an American perspective and otherwise. Thank you again for the incredible support for NCR we've received in recent days! If you'd like to join fellow listeners in supporting our show as we work to crank out daily shows during the 2020 U.S. Open, we've launched anNCR Patreonwhere you can do just that! Check out our five tiers and see which might be right for you! And thank you to the many listeners who have already given their support! (And thank you to G.O.A.T. backers J O'D, M...

56 min1 w ago
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Episode 273m: 2020 U.S. Open Day 12 - Zverev & Thiem are Last Men Standing

Episode 273l: U.S. Open Day 11 - Azarenka & Osaka Win Semifinal Showstoppers

The women put on an incredible display in their semifinal showcase on Thursday evening at the U.S. Open, with Victoria Azarenka beating Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka besting Jennifer Brady in two spectacular matches. Nick McCarvel, who was one of the 147 people watching Azarenka-Williams in Ashe (yes, he counted) joins Ben to discuss the experience, the matches, the two finalists set for a Saturday showdown, and what has been a surreal and memorable two weeks in the "ghost town" Grand Slam. Thank you again for the incredible support for NCR we've received in recent days! If you'd like to join fellow listeners in supporting our show as we work to crank out daily shows during the 2020 U.S. Open, we've launched anNCR Patreonwhere you can do just that! Check out our five tiers and see which might be right for you! And thank you to the many listeners who have already given their support! (And thank you to G.O.A.T. backers J O'D, Mike, and Charles Cyna!) As always, thanks forfollowing u...

57 min1 w ago
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Episode 273l: U.S. Open Day 11 - Azarenka & Osaka Win Semifinal Showstoppers

Episode 273k: 2020 U.S. Open Day 10 - Mary Carillo and the Final Fours

Mary Carillo, NCR's favorite, joins Ben and Courtney for a third time as the U.S. Open gets to the business end of the draws, as we are now down to four semifinalists for both the men and women. What has it been like calling this completely different tournament from on site at the Open? What have been the unexpected revelations of this new landscape and soundscape? Why does the Chinese restaurant want you to order the fries? We discuss all eight semifinalists in some detail: Jennifer Brady, Victoria Azarenka, Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka; Pablo Carreno Busta, Alexander Zverev, Daniil Medvedev, and Dominic Thiem. Thank you again for the incredible support for NCR we've received in recent days! If you'd like to join fellow listeners in supporting our show as we work to crank out daily shows during the 2020 U.S. Open, we've launched anNCR Patreonwhere you can do just that! Check out our five tiers and see which might be right for you! And thank you to the many listeners who have alread...

80 min2 w ago
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Episode 273k: 2020 U.S. Open Day 10 - Mary Carillo and the Final Fours

Episode 273j: 2020 U.S. Open Day 9 - Pam Shriver's Distance Learning

Pam Shriver is used to being on the very front lines of tennis reporting for ESPN, running around the grounds of tournaments, hunting down celebrities, coaches, drunk Scottish people on Henman Hill, or whoever else might have something worthwhile to say. In this very different 2020, Pam is at home during this U.S. Open, staying connected to the coverage from afar as she tries to balance work and family priorities amid this pandemic. Pam and Ben discuss the 2020 U.S. Open, how it's coming across on TV, the sudden opportunity in the men's draw, Djokovic's simmer, recent tennis politics flareups, and their shared love of the Baltimore Orioles. Thank you again for the incredible support for NCR we've received in recent days! If you'd like to join fellow listeners in supporting our show as we work to crank out daily shows during the 2020 U.S. Open, we've launched anNCR Patreonwhere you can do just that! Check out our five tiers and see which might be right for you! And thank you to the m...

32 min2 w ago
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Episode 273j: 2020 U.S. Open Day 9 - Pam Shriver's Distance Learning

Episode 273i: 2020 U.S. Open Day 8 - Quarterfinals!

With the U.S. Open reaching the quarterfinal stage, where the draws get considerably more manageable to process on a more granular basis, Courtney and Ben reconvene to reset the table for the feasts of tennis cooking for the men and women. The men's field is ordering off the kids menu, with the men's game tour finally guaranteed a new Grand Slam champion for the first time in six years. Who is best poised to take advantage of this? How will the new favorites, like Thiem and Zverev, deal with the pressure? On the women's side we discuss a field that includes the Americans Jennifer Brady and Shelby Rogers, the crafty Yulia Putintseva, the remarkable Tsvetana Pironkova, the regal Serena Williams, and the resurgent Victoria Azarenka. Also! We are uploading video of the recording of this episode to our Patreon as an experiment, if you want to see what it's like to watch NCR instead of just listening! Thank you again for the incredible support for NCR we've received in recent days! If you...

61 min2 w ago
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Episode 273i: 2020 U.S. Open Day 8 - Quarterfinals!

Latest Episodes

Episode 275b: Original 9 - Kristy Pigeon

On September 23, 1970, women's professional sports were changed forever by the bravery of nine tennis players who defied the sport's authorities and signed $1 contracts to become professionals with Gladys Heldman, setting in motion what would become the WTA Tour we know today as the world's most successful women's professional sport. Kristy Pigeon, one of these "Original 9," joins from her home in Idaho to discuss her life in the sport, the moment everything changed 50 years ago, and where the sport has gone since. It's a great, wide-ranging chat and we think you'll enjoy this one tremendously. Thank you again for the incredible support for NCR we've received in recent weeks NCR Patreon! If you'd like to join in, check out our five tiers and see which might be right for you! And thank you to the many listeners who have already given their support! (And thank you to G.O.A.T. backers J O'D, Mike, Christopher Bishop and Charles Cyna!) As always, thanks forfollowing uson Twitterandsubsc...

73 min2 d ago
Comments
Episode 275b: Original 9 - Kristy Pigeon

Episode 275a: Original 9 - 50th Anniversary Approaches

On the week of a massive milestone anniversary in women's tennis history, Ben and Courtney set the table for a discussion of the Original 9, the group of women who broke away from the tennis establishment and risked their careers in order to make women's professional tennis into a viable sport on September 23, 1970. An interview with Kristy Pigeon, one of the nine, will be here on NCR soon, so Ben and Courtney wanted to set the stage a bit and explain what the Original 9 was, why they matter, and why their stories still resonate. Courtney has been doing lots of great stuff about the Original 9 over at WTA Insider, so go listen to Gladys Heldman, listen to Judy Dalton, or (re)visit NCR's chat with Julie Heldman. Thank you again for the incredible support for NCR we've received over the course of the 2020 U.S. Open on theNCR Patreon! If you'd like to join in, check out our five tiers and see which might be right for you! And thank you to the many listeners who have already given their...

23 min3 d ago
Comments
Episode 275a: Original 9 - 50th Anniversary Approaches

Episode 274: In a Roomy Rome

Desperately missing Rome as we miss out on covering the Italian Open for the first time in many years, Enrico Maria Riva joins from on the grounds of the Foro Italico to discuss what it's like being at the most sensory and vibrant tournament that suddenly is all but empty. Enrico, who works in television graphics, also discusses that side of the tournament, what changes have been made to television production because of coronavirus, and the rise of Italy as a robust and promising contingent in men's tennis. Thank you again for the incredible support for NCR we've received over the course of the 2020 U.S. Open on theNCR Patreon! If you'd like to join in, check out our five tiers and see which might be right for you! And thank you to the many listeners who have already given their support! (And thank you to G.O.A.T. backers J O'D, Mike, and Charles Cyna!) As always, thanks forfollowing uson Twitterandsubscribing/reviewingon iTuneson iTunes or whatever your podcasting app/platform of c...

29 min4 d ago
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Episode 274: In a Roomy Rome

Episode 273o: 2020 U.S. Open Day 14 - Under Pressure, Thiem Outlasts Zverev

After a men's final that became a battle of nerves late, Dominic Thiem outlasted Sascha Zverev in a fifth set tiebreak to win the U.S. Open, his first Grand Slam title. Ben is joined on late notice by Reem Abulleil to discuss the scratchy final, in which Zverev started well but went back into his shell, which both players failed to serve out when they had the chance, and which became an exciting/excruciating battle of who could manage to eke across the finish line first. Was it a good match, even charitably? And if not, what does it mean as a coronation moment? And how does it set these guys up going forward? Thank you again for the incredible support for NCR we've received over the course of the 2020 U.S. Open on the NCR Patreon! If you'd like to join in, check out our five tiers and see which might be right for you! And thank you to the many listeners who have already given their support! (And thank you to G.O.A.T. backers J O'D, Mike, and Charles Cyna!) As always, thanks forfollo...

43 min1 w ago
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Episode 273o: 2020 U.S. Open Day 14 - Under Pressure, Thiem Outlasts Zverev

Episode 273n: 2020 U.S. Open Day 13 - Naomi Osaka's Statement Win

Naomi Osaka, making herself heard on court and off, won her third Grand Slam title on Saturday at the U.S. Open, coming back from 1-6, 0-2 down to beat Victoria Azarenka in the final. Ben and Courtney chat about the match, the incredibly impressive way Osaka has found her voice and her game, Victoria Azarenka's reemergence, who the current alpha is in women's tennis, and more. Also, Courtney gives some parting thoughts on her hopes for the men's final. Thank you again for the incredible support for NCR we've received in recent days! If you'd like to join fellow listeners in supporting our show as we work to crank out daily shows during the 2020 U.S. Open, we've launched anNCR Patreonwhere you can do just that! Check out our five tiers and see which might be right for you! And thank you to the many listeners who have already given their support! (And thank you to G.O.A.T. backers J O'D, Mike, and Charles Cyna!) As always, thanks forfollowing uson Twitterandsubscribing/reviewingon iTu...

77 min1 w ago
Comments
Episode 273n: 2020 U.S. Open Day 13 - Naomi Osaka's Statement Win

Episode 273m: 2020 U.S. Open Day 12 - Zverev & Thiem are Last Men Standing

We've got another voice from inside the U.S. Open bubble, man-of-the-people Mike Cation, on NCR to discuss the men's semifinals, from which Sascha Zverev and Dominic Thiem advanced to the final. It wasn't always pretty, especially not for Zverev. What should we think when Zverev, a guy we're convinced can be great wins so unconvincingly? And where does this result leave men's tennis as it seeks new stars? Also, more on life inside the bubble, calling crowdless matches, and looking back at the men's event from an American perspective and otherwise. Thank you again for the incredible support for NCR we've received in recent days! If you'd like to join fellow listeners in supporting our show as we work to crank out daily shows during the 2020 U.S. Open, we've launched anNCR Patreonwhere you can do just that! Check out our five tiers and see which might be right for you! And thank you to the many listeners who have already given their support! (And thank you to G.O.A.T. backers J O'D, M...

56 min1 w ago
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Episode 273m: 2020 U.S. Open Day 12 - Zverev & Thiem are Last Men Standing

Episode 273l: U.S. Open Day 11 - Azarenka & Osaka Win Semifinal Showstoppers

The women put on an incredible display in their semifinal showcase on Thursday evening at the U.S. Open, with Victoria Azarenka beating Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka besting Jennifer Brady in two spectacular matches. Nick McCarvel, who was one of the 147 people watching Azarenka-Williams in Ashe (yes, he counted) joins Ben to discuss the experience, the matches, the two finalists set for a Saturday showdown, and what has been a surreal and memorable two weeks in the "ghost town" Grand Slam. Thank you again for the incredible support for NCR we've received in recent days! If you'd like to join fellow listeners in supporting our show as we work to crank out daily shows during the 2020 U.S. Open, we've launched anNCR Patreonwhere you can do just that! Check out our five tiers and see which might be right for you! And thank you to the many listeners who have already given their support! (And thank you to G.O.A.T. backers J O'D, Mike, and Charles Cyna!) As always, thanks forfollowing u...

57 min1 w ago
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Episode 273l: U.S. Open Day 11 - Azarenka & Osaka Win Semifinal Showstoppers

Episode 273k: 2020 U.S. Open Day 10 - Mary Carillo and the Final Fours

Mary Carillo, NCR's favorite, joins Ben and Courtney for a third time as the U.S. Open gets to the business end of the draws, as we are now down to four semifinalists for both the men and women. What has it been like calling this completely different tournament from on site at the Open? What have been the unexpected revelations of this new landscape and soundscape? Why does the Chinese restaurant want you to order the fries? We discuss all eight semifinalists in some detail: Jennifer Brady, Victoria Azarenka, Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka; Pablo Carreno Busta, Alexander Zverev, Daniil Medvedev, and Dominic Thiem. Thank you again for the incredible support for NCR we've received in recent days! If you'd like to join fellow listeners in supporting our show as we work to crank out daily shows during the 2020 U.S. Open, we've launched anNCR Patreonwhere you can do just that! Check out our five tiers and see which might be right for you! And thank you to the many listeners who have alread...

80 min2 w ago
Comments
Episode 273k: 2020 U.S. Open Day 10 - Mary Carillo and the Final Fours

Episode 273j: 2020 U.S. Open Day 9 - Pam Shriver's Distance Learning

Pam Shriver is used to being on the very front lines of tennis reporting for ESPN, running around the grounds of tournaments, hunting down celebrities, coaches, drunk Scottish people on Henman Hill, or whoever else might have something worthwhile to say. In this very different 2020, Pam is at home during this U.S. Open, staying connected to the coverage from afar as she tries to balance work and family priorities amid this pandemic. Pam and Ben discuss the 2020 U.S. Open, how it's coming across on TV, the sudden opportunity in the men's draw, Djokovic's simmer, recent tennis politics flareups, and their shared love of the Baltimore Orioles. Thank you again for the incredible support for NCR we've received in recent days! If you'd like to join fellow listeners in supporting our show as we work to crank out daily shows during the 2020 U.S. Open, we've launched anNCR Patreonwhere you can do just that! Check out our five tiers and see which might be right for you! And thank you to the m...

32 min2 w ago
Comments
Episode 273j: 2020 U.S. Open Day 9 - Pam Shriver's Distance Learning

Episode 273i: 2020 U.S. Open Day 8 - Quarterfinals!

With the U.S. Open reaching the quarterfinal stage, where the draws get considerably more manageable to process on a more granular basis, Courtney and Ben reconvene to reset the table for the feasts of tennis cooking for the men and women. The men's field is ordering off the kids menu, with the men's game tour finally guaranteed a new Grand Slam champion for the first time in six years. Who is best poised to take advantage of this? How will the new favorites, like Thiem and Zverev, deal with the pressure? On the women's side we discuss a field that includes the Americans Jennifer Brady and Shelby Rogers, the crafty Yulia Putintseva, the remarkable Tsvetana Pironkova, the regal Serena Williams, and the resurgent Victoria Azarenka. Also! We are uploading video of the recording of this episode to our Patreon as an experiment, if you want to see what it's like to watch NCR instead of just listening! Thank you again for the incredible support for NCR we've received in recent days! If you...

61 min2 w ago
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Episode 273i: 2020 U.S. Open Day 8 - Quarterfinals!
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