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Episode 3
On Episode 3, Ben and Courtney recap last week’s tournament action in Dubai, Marseille, and Memphis and break down the Radwanska/Azarenka breakup. They also discuss the Dubai wildcard “ickyness” involving Marko Djokovic and Malek Jazeeri, flashback to Isner/Mahut 2010, we Take a Number, and finally get to dip into our Tweetbag to answer listener questions. Links mentioned on this week’s episode: How Courtney graded last week’s action. [SI.com] Victoria Azarenka’s comments about confidence. [SI.com] “Agnieszka Radwanska not pleased with Victoria Azarenka”. [SI.com] Courtney’s take on the Dubai wildcard decision. [SI.com] Ben’s summary on the Dubai wildcard decision, including details on Marko Djokovic. [NY Times] “Back on the Road, Jaziri Makes Tunisia Proud” [NY Times] Strokes of Genius, by Jon Wertheim. [Amazon.com] Nicolas Mahut in drag at Hopman Cup [Youtube]
Episode 88: Li Na, Behind the Wall
In this nearly Ben-less episode from Beijing, Courtney and Chinese reporter Liu Renjie (aka Joe) discuss the impact of Li Na's retirement, and just how much of a game-changer she was for tennis in China. How did her interactions with Chinese and western media differ? And what were the ways she changed China's perceptions of the world, and the world's perceptions of China, and China's perceptions of the world? Then as they wrap up Courtney and Joe fail to contain their jealousy for Ben's incomparable fashion sense and it's really pretty sad. As always, thank you for liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, and subscribing to and reviewing our show on iTunes! 
Episode 84: The Greatest Roadtrip 2: Check Your Tire Pressure
Ben and Courtney are back on the road driving across this great land, and discussing all the things in the rear view mirror of the past two weeks. Like Canada! What to make of the great runs by Venus and Tsonga? And Cincinnati! How about that Federer guy? And Caroline Wozniacki! And what on earth do we make of the redonk Ivanovic-Sharapova semifinal and all the drama that followed? Also, we discuss what the US Open will be like without Rafael Nadal, and do some game theory on the US Davis Cup team for a complete change. Enjoy!  As always, you can like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and subscribe to and review our show on iTunes or whatever your podcast app/platform of choice is! Til the streets make us feel brand new, and big lights will inspiya you...
Episode 80: We Are So Wimble-Done
After nine weeks at sea, Ben and Courtney are very grateful to be back on their home couches, soaking up Home Sweet America. But first, there's the matter of Wimbledon to wrap up! Petra Kvitova and Novak Djokovic won! Genie Bouchard and Roger Federer did not win! What does it all mean? And what on earth can we make of Serena's surreal doubles episode? We're not sure, but we try! As always, you can like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and subscribe to and review our show on iTunes or whatever your podcast app/platform of choice may be!
Episode 71: Andrea Petkovic (The Petkopalooza)
Ben and Courtney are super, super excited about this episode, you guys. We did an interview for the show with Andrea Petkovic after her second round match in Charleston, and it was predictably awesome. Then Petko kept winning and winning, so we kept seeing her at press the whole rest of the week, which ended with her walking away with the trophy. So we recap the week that was briefly, bring you our interview with her (which touches on handling losing, the differences between men's and women's players, tour gossip, and much, much more), and then bring you some highlights of her press conferences. If you like Andrea Petkovic (and obviously you do), then you'll love this episode (and certainly you will). As always, thanks for liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, and subscribing and reviewing on iTunes!  You, dear listeners, are way cooler than Coldplay. 
Episode 62: Tarnishing the Holidays
In Episode 62, Ben and Courtney continue to soldier through the off-season valiantly, kept warm through the bleak tennis-less winter by your questions. Which off-season coaching hires will have the biggest impacts on the 2014 season? Who is more likely to win a Slam next year, Maria Sharapova or Roger Federer? And does Federer's current slide diminish his legacy at all? We then take a number which allows us to explore the mismanaged world of tennis micro-finance, and then wrap it up with some of our music and reading suggestions for some very specific hypothetical person on your holiday shopping list.. We would never press send on your, dear listeners, so as always, thanks for following us on Twitter, liking our page on Facebook, and subscribing to us and reviewing us on iTunes!
Episode 52A: Au Revoir, Marion Bartoli
Episode 52A marks just the second time that Ben and Courtney have rushed into the NCR Studios for an "emergency episode," this time necessitated by the shockingly sudden retirement announcement of Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli Wednesday night in Mason, Ohio. We have all sorts of opinions and feelings on the announcement, and on the woman herself. Hear how we found out, surrounded by stunned French players, and also hear first-hand how Marion spoke about her career just two days before the stunning stop of her career. As always, thanks for liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, and leaving us reviews on iTunes! À bientôt, Marion. 
Episode 53: Jelena Jankovic and the Greatest Roadtrip in Sports
On Episode 53, a roadshow, Ben and Courtney look back in the rearview mirror at happenings in Cincinnati, and forward to what it all means for the U.S. Open. What made Maria Sharapova dump Jimmy Connors after just one match? How is Serena Williams' friendliness toward Victoria Azarenka affecting their matches? Is the Federer-Nadal rivalry we saw glimpses of Cincinnati inherently better than the Djokovic-Murray rivalry ever can be? And has John Isner set himself up as the savior American tennis needs? As if all that wasn't enough, we sit down with the lovely Jelena Jankovic to discuss staying glamorous on tour. We can't give too much away, but she uses the words "very sexy" "dandruff" "hygiene" and "ingrown toenail." Enjoy. As always, thanks for liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, and leaving us reviews on iTunes! 
Episode 54: It's Gonna Be a U.S. Open Preview!
Live, from New York, it's Episode 54 of No Challenges Remaining! From their Manhattan studio, Ben and Courtney discuss all things 2013 U.S. Open. What do we make of the withdrawal of Maria Sharapova Sugarpova Shoulderpova? Is Serena Williams' year a bust if she doesn't win a second Grand Slam? And is Serena-Sloane actually in some ways the best rivalry in the game today? Other topics include Nadal's dominance and health, Djokovic's diplomacy, Hingis' underwhelming comeback, Ivanovic's Twitter debut, Cohen-Majeric, players we pick to make surprise runs, and the joke that is the third quarter of the men's draw. Lastly, we both feel the need to talk to an adult about what Miley Cyrus did to us, and how underwhelming the comeback of the great *NSYNC was. God must've spent a little more time on you, dear listeners, because you are awesome.  As always, thanks for liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, and leaving us reviews on iTunes! 
Episode 48: Rennae Stubbs
In a sweaty, summery Episode 48, Ben and Courtney beat the heat with the help of some surprising news and special guests. First, we discuss the recent spins of the coaching carousel, specifically how Maria Sharapova wound up working with Jimmy Connors, as well as what the solutions might be for struggling players ranging from Caroline Wozniacki to Ryan Harrison. We then discuss the unclear comeback of Martina Hingis, and then the certain comeback of Alisa Kleybanova, with the help of some words from Kleybanova herself as well as her World TeamTennis teammate Andy Roddick. We then spend the second half of the show chatting with Rennae Stubbs, a six-time Grand Slam champion in doubles who now seems to work for at least that many different TV channels, sharing her wit and tennis wisdom with the world. We discuss all sorts of topics, ranging from the current state of the game physically and socially, the prevalence and treatment of gays and lesbians on the tour, and the difficulty of making the ultimate decision to finally walk away from the sport. It is good times, and you will enjoy it. As always, thanks for liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, and leaving us reviews on iTunes! You guys are hotter than July.
Episode 55b: U.S. Open and Shut (Part 2)
Episode 55b, fittingly, picks up where Episode 55a left off! Ben and Courtney continue discussing the U.S. Open, starting off with Roger Federer's thoroughly depressing tournament. Then comes Richard Gasquet, who finally made it back deep into a Slam. Lastly it's John Isner, and we chat about both the much discussed crowd at his loss to Gael Monfils as well as his (and Tim Smyczek's!) third round exits. Then we go rapid fire through your questions, covering all the ones we had received by recording time as efficiently as we could. Lastly, Courtney left the tournament early and didn't get a hoodie, and she is not happy about that. But we are happy about you, dear listeners!  As always, thanks for liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, and leaving us reviews on iTunes! You never leave us out of gas.
Episode 70: Madison Keys (and Miami)
Episode 70 is a big, big, big one, and you'll like it quite a bit! Live from Charleston, Ben and Courtney discuss the tournament that was in Miami, and what it means for both Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams to have emerged from Key Biscayne victorious. Also, how do those two tournaments stack up against each other? We then flash forward to Charleston, and (through some studio magic) discuss Serena's surprising first round loss to 78th-ranked Jana Cepelova. Lastly, we are joined by our first guest of 2014, Madison Keys, who discusses dancing with Andrea Petkovic and life as an Eisenbuddy. As always, thanks for liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, and subscribing and reviewing on iTunes!  You, our listeners, deserve all the tiaras.
Episode 28
In Episode 28, Ben and Courtney discuss the week that was in what has been a surprisingly jam-packed February for tennis.  We also discuss the busy week for Rebecca Marino, and Ben's coverage of her story, and follow that with an acknowledgment that Jelena Jankovic hauled her cookies and her entourage to Colombia. We then take questions about why the Memphis field was so poor, if the Putintseva parade has lost its pizzazz, and who will be the next first time Slam winner.  Finally we take a number and rant about stuff.  Zero Dark Thirty may not have won Best Picture, but *you* win Best Listener, friend.
Episode 65: Aussie Ana Sinks Serena
In Episode 65, Ben and Courtney return to the airwaves (internetwaves?) live from Melbourne once again, this time to sort through the rubble of another injury-laced exit from Melbourne by Serena Williams, this time at the unlikely hands of Ana Ivanovic. What does the win mean for Ana? And what does the loss mean for Serena? What do we make of the way Serena (and her coach Patrick Mouratoglou) handled her injury? And how does her exit change the landscape of the women's draw? Could Li Na actually be considered a viable favorite? The men haven't done much, but Bernard Tomic, who only played one set in Melbourne, is always one to get a conversation going. Thanks for waking up with us, dear listeners! As always, thanks for following us on Twitter, liking us on Facebook, and subscribing and reviewing on iTunes!
Episode 17
When we last left our heroes Ben and Courtney's cup overfloweth with the U.S. Open.  The chalice has been considerably drier in Asia thus far, but our dear listeners quenched our thirst with a deluge of questions which we answered for the majority of the show.  We also resurrected our "Take a Number" segment, and when we didn't like the first number we did it again because we are grown-ups and we make the rules.
Episode 49: Questioners, Federers, Numbers, and Ikers
In Episode 49, Ben and Courtney take lots of questions about all sorts of topics in tennis, like what we make of Federer being put out to pasture on post-Wimbledon clay, and if he should look that gift cow in the mouth? Also what livestock would be best for the rest of the Big 4? And what to make of the barnyard fun that is World TeamTennis? And who has had the better career, Samantha Stosur or Caroline Wozniacki? And how would Ben fair on a tennis court against Colin Kaepernick, Alex Morgan, and Michael Phelps? We also "take a number," because we were feeling pretty retro. (Note that we recorded this episode before news of the controversial Viktor Troicki suspension broke late Thursday, so we'll be sure to cover that in Episode 50). Thanks again for listening, and as always thanks for liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, and leaving us reviews on iTunes! The only blurred lines we see when we look at you, dear listeners, are because our eyes are wet with tears of joy.
Episode 99d: Serena, Queen of the Desert
It's all about Serena. It always has been. On this week's episode, Ben and Courtney dissect Serena Williams' return to Indian Wells after 13 years. How was she received (pretty well!)? How did she handle the scrutiny (pretty darn well!)? How did she handle questions about her split with Sascha Bajin (well....)? We also talk about Sloane Stephens (Queen of the Block), Rafael Nadal (King of the Rant), and the kids from Australia, (Kings of...Australia, I guess).We finish it off by praying to heaven that we don't die in our tiny car. But if the last song we hear on earth is "Your Love", we would be a-ok with that!As always, thanks for liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, and subscribing/reviewing on iTunes or whatever your podcasting platform of choice may be! Episode 100 is coming soon, we promise. Tennis is all about being able to adapt to changing circumstances at a moment's notice. Your patience will be rewarded!
Episode 99c: Indian Well Here Goes Nothing
In a quicker, one-take episode, Ben and Courtney blow through the Davis Cup results from the past weekend. How do we, as Americans, digest a second straight humbling at the unheralded hands of James Ward? And what do we make of the rest of the results this weekend from around the world? Then we turn our sights toward our current desert locale, and break down the men's and women's draws at Indian Wells. Love may hurt, but you guys always make us feel just super. As always, thanks for liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, and subscribing/reviewing on iTunes or whatever your podcasting platform of choice may be! Related polling/reading/viewing for this week: We'd love it if you filled out our listener feedback survey! 
Episode 107: French Open Midi-Tations
Midway through the French Open, Ben and Courtney get together to discuss the French Open so far, including Roger Federer's selfie scare, Stan Wawrinka's official website outrage, Rafael Nadal's umpire requests, Venus Williams' press conference no-show, Serena-Azarenka, Halep loss, and more! We slay, we drag, we rant, we rave, and we think you'll enjoy! As always, thanks for liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, and subscribing/reviewing on iTunes or whatever your podcasting platform of choice may be! 
Episode 113: Stuck in the Wimbledon Middle Sunday With You
Ben and Courtney are together on Wimbledon's Middle Sunday to break down the first week of the tournament, which was a solid balance of upsets and setting up interesting second week matchups. We start with the women, including Serena Williams' escape against Heather Watson, Petra Kvitova's loss to Jelena Jankovic, and the opportunity-laden bottom half as well as the Serena-Venus fourth rounder. Then the men, including Nadal-Brown, what we think of think-piece inspirer Nick Kyrgios, and more! Lastly Ben rants about cake (shocking this hasn't happened before) and Courtney rants about women's soccer (this happens all the time). As always, thanks for liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, and subscribing/reviewing on iTunes or whatever your podcasting platform of choice may be!
Episode 101: Novak Leads Pack; No-Shake Payback
After the glories of Episode 100, Ben and Courtney continued to ride this triple-digit high into a surprisingly eventful next week, where Novak Djokovic again clubbed them all, and Genie Bouchard again snubbed an extended hand. Just how good is Novak, and what needs to happen for him to be a star that transcends beyond tennis? And in Fed Cup, why did Germany set itself up to fail, and what should be made of refusing a handshake? We also discuss the ATP crackdown on GIFs, and you can probably guess where we fall on that one. As always, thanks for liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, and subscribing/reviewing on iTunes or whatever your podcasting platform of choice may be! 
Episode 138: Wobbly Stars and Fierce Pearce
It's our Season 5 premiere! Ben and Courtney are back together in person for the first time since the U.S. Open, and they're ready to tackle the 2016 season. But are any of the top WTA players? With injuries to three of the top-five already, it sure doesn't seem like it. But one player who does seem ready is Victoria Azarenka (9min40sec), who you'll hear from at her first Brisbane press conference.After a reflection on the demise of BerdycH&M (17min), we're delighted to be joined by one of our favorite Aussies, Linda Pearce of The Age in Melbourne (21 min), who shares some of her adventures in Australian tennis. We try to hide our jealousy over the incredibly colorful tapestry of characters she has to work with. We fail. With less than two weeks to go in our Kickstarter campaign, we're over 500% of our initial base goal, which is astoundingly awesome. We've rolled out a few new rewards, and a stretch goal for $17,000 (live Periscopes every day of the Australian Open!) so if you want to get in on it before it's too late you can do so here.As always, thanks for liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, and subscribing/reviewing on iTunes or whatever your podcasting platform of choice may be!
Episode 236a: Tsitsipas is King in England; WTAsia Wrap
After far too long apart, Ben and Courtney reunited to record a sprawling conversation as the tennis season nears its end, and here's the first half. We start with Stefanos Tsitsipas triumphing at the ATP Finals in London, which sure offered evidence of a changing of a guard if we're ever ready to be ready to accept that. What makes Tsitsipas so unique? And is Thiem now a threat everywhere? We also dig into the discussions around the visibility and yet privacy of Sascha Zverev's health, and how it should be covered going forward. Also, Davis Cup is here in a whole new way.  We then shift to Courtney's trip through WTAsia, which featured long-awaited match-ups of breakout stars. We also discuss rising phenoms Sofia Kenin and Coco Gauff. Our first attempt at timestamps!  0:58 Tsitsipas 14:16 Looking back at last episode's crucial error. 25:37 Zverev health discussions 41:40 Davis Cup 48:55 WTAsia with Barty, Bianca, and Osaka 1:07:07 Kenin 1:11:05 Coco GauffAs always, thanks for liking  us on Facebook (leave comments on the episode thread! Engage with other listeners!), following us on Twitter (discuss this episode with hashtag #NCR236a!), and subscribing/reviewing on iTunes on iTunes or whatever your podcasting app/platform of choice may be.
Episode 169: Steve Simon (and the Streams)
With the WTA season wrapping up in Singapore this week, there's no better time to check in with women's tennis boss Steve Simon, who is finishing up his first full year as the tour's chief executive. It's been a turbulent year in tennis, at times, but Simon also made waves of his own this fall by expressing interest in revamping the tennis scoring system to shorten singles matches, including eliminating third sets in lieu of super tiebreaks. Speaking to Ben by phone from Singapore on semifinal Saturday, Simon discusses that as well as other various tour quandaries, including what, if anything, the WTA has planned to cover for its exodus from the ATP Media controled streaming platform, TennisTV, starting in 2017. Speaking of streaming, we then shift to an issue that more affects the journalistic side of the equation: the live streaming of press conferences. After a snippet of the Steve Simon's State of the WTA address via the WTA Insider podcast, We bat around the topic in a roundtable with two NCR favorite guests, Reem Abulleil and Simon Cambers. And as always, thanks for liking us on Facebook  (leave comments on the episode thread!), following us on Twitter (discuss this episode with hashtag #NCR169!), and subscribing/reviewing on iTunes or whatever your podcasting app/platform of choice may be. (This episode title is not a band name...yet.)
Episode 165f: U.S. Open - Kerber, Wawrinka Win; We Punch Out
Recording late the night after the U.S. Open concluded, Ben and Courtney are low on energy (and occasionally coherence) but high on thoughts about the tennis that transpired, and the two parallel champions who emerged in Angelique Kerber and Stan Wawrinka. Can their every(wo)manness inspire the rest of the tour? And will Kerber be able to hang onto the #1 spot for the rest of the year, or can Serena Williams be counted on to make her reign a short one? Also, we discuss why we are (both, now) so over best-of-five and why tennis would be smart to phase it out. Also, the highs and lows of the Slam season in retrospect, plus Yakko, Wakko, and Dot. And as always, thanks for liking us on Facebook (leave comments on the episode thread!), following us on Twitter (discuss this episode with hashtag #NCR165e!), and subscribing/reviewing on iTunes or whatever your podcasting app/platform of choice may be.
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Podcast Details
Started
Feb 19th, 2012
Latest Episode
Dec 4th, 2019
Release Period
Weekly
No. of Episodes
297
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About 1 hour
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