28 Burst results for "Ben Rothenberg"
"ben rothenberg" Discussed on The Body Serve
"But i don't. I really don't have any regrets. Really don't i've i've lived exactly how wanted to. I've tried my hardest every single time. I didn't win the matches. Maybe i should have always wind. Or but i really gained a mile so that for me. Hello everybody welcome back to the body. Serve jonathan and james at this point as of this recording there is one last run of thirty two third round match going on. Yeah we're cheating a little bit. We're recording on saturday and will probably release the episode on sunday. But thank you. All england club for continuing your tradition of no tennis on sunday. It gives us a nice break The fifth set between tillage and of has just started. And this does not look good for merrin chile before we get into that Welcome to our wimbledon mid slam recap. We're going to skip the dawdling because they're so much to get through. I don't even know where to start. Are we telling the truth. This time we always say that. And then we doddle nonetheless. Well there there you dawdling. A lot of things have happened in the first week of wimbledon. It'll make four. I think it will help with the pace of the episode because we can just kinda bullet point our way through. And i'd say there. They were more upsets on the women's side than on the men's side yet and some of these. We talked about the possibility of when we did. The draw analysis and others were a bit out of left field. One that i think people saw was a possibility was sloan beating petric viva in the first round. I don't know that. I called it but it's not getting call it no or like well don't look pass slow right. It's not entirely shocking. But it is still i mean. Petra is a two-time wimbledon champion. It's a draw. Buster is what is sloan. Beat her six. Three six four straight sets before going on to lose to samson ovo in the third round. One of almost a handful of women who have parlayed their warm-up prowess into second week runs wimbledon and right and the way simpson over is winning these matches for some people. She feels unbeatable. You know and a lot of players do look like that in the first week and then they're beaten of course but she prulev before taking out stevens. She's in really as good a form as anyone. At the moment kenan lost a bengal in Forty five minutes and she hit forty one errors and there was a lot of talk about this match. The loss was so quick and looked so bad. That ben rothenberg created a stat to explain what happened in. Just how bad it was. It was the rate of unforced errors Meaning they stole many errors per minute. Yes she hit. It was almost one per minute. Forty one errors over forty five minutes. How does this happen. I mean you could almost see it if she were a huge ball. Bashar like sometimes when saba linka goes haywire. You see a huge number of errors. But what the hell will what happens is that. She's one of the fastest players on tour. She doesn't often take a lot of time between points. And once that train is off the rails it just it's crushing downhill. Yeah a wrangle is a very. She's a very annoying player. If you're not playing well but this have to say in this. Fashion was unforeseen. Look she's been going through a lot of ups and downs in the last year or so. This is an unfortunate down for her but for me the most the most surprising part of this result given the context that we were made aware of just how bad it was. She still wants six games right. Losing forty five minutes. You hit forty one errors. You play this historically bad match but he still win. Six games like that's crazy. There wasn't a double bagel. No i mean a function of grass and how quickly things go on grass and how quickly in herself please but still bianca under q loss to elysee cornell. On the first day six two six one gournay who's had a bunch of success at this tournament but who then went on to lose in the next round right undressed. You looks out of sorts. At the moment at the very least she was able to play a bunch of tournaments without injuries so that is one positive she can take from this experience. Spend alina loses in the second round to magdalena and belinda. Bench loses in the first round to keva. Yeah.
"ben rothenberg" Discussed on The Mini-Break
"Thousand nine hundred lexington. Victory ben rothenberg afterwards cease to fifteen goes yanic centers in my ear. So you've had that they knew i think it was. I thought i thought i saw him. Beat my own angie's right. What wasn't the mon- feace. Well i thought he won lexington and then at the end of twenty nine thousand nine he like beat on feasts at one of those indoor to fifty s and early that he got a wildcard into actually beating zeti in a wildcard playoff for arom wildcard people setting the final In two thousand nineteen and then he beat steve johnson and a three center in the first round on combo trolley in in rome and That's where i i. I fell for him. He looked like a young jodie foster any hit the ball like crazy and i immediately immediately smitten with his game and making throughout of losing second term to sit sauce. We beat a year later in rome. And then i saw him more close in the best match consensus batch master best match of twenty nine thousand nine which was the first round woman. Qualifying alex bolt bolt center absolutely match of the year. Easily decade. can't be the best match in my opinion. But wow that's that's loud wrong with their past that for your sake. That was spectacular that he wins lexington beating bolt again in the final. And then yeah he. He does himself and wince next gen was his big break through the end of that year in milan and winds convinced to destroying people. Don't but you're saying you're feeling that move steady magic you've been on the band. Yeah no i saw. I saw me said he was to show ago remember the order he wanted to. He wanted to in two zero two ago. He beat amelia now because there was one point nine the order right so it was a twenty thousand nine. Then quarter was twenty twenty which order they go. in africa. i think quarter was eighteen. According eighteen zeti nineteen okay. Yeah i remember when. I broke both winning. I wrote about emilio nava who he lost to. Who lost his missouri in a great final. Third-set tie-break fantastic out. One was maybe the best match of the junior best matched the junior year. Very possibly that. Mazzetti naba manama kicking around in qualities than miami. Hopefully he can yeah. It's a mental good. Some big big joy of his He was really fun. Interview in in In australia yeah but he was on obviously was junior number one so it's not like impressively early really but i watch that that boys file in australia and in the pre shop for him there and yeah and he's he's been somebody who has pulled off the big enough results to actually move up through this really glacial frozen ranking system to break top hundred which is not easy to do really got over achieve to do that so I like his jaw for sure. That's actually a great offer. Him mow pair. Garin are maybe chile yet. That's nice very nice. Question is how his legs. The question is howard legs. How do they hold up. Because three top ten wins last week eric. Not top ten in tiny more but the three wins. He had over dimitrov over schwartzman. And there's one more and then seven six in the third over tee off. Oh that was the third one last week that was really impressive. Plays the whole lot already and yes. Yeah and it's a fun match to there's a lot of athleticism on that court but he's an interesting when you can have him..
"ben rothenberg" Discussed on The Mini-Break
"Mean this is not lined up. What tomjanovich putin save mertens and maybe applica- cova or song ary and then maybe And rescue or canon or brady maruta in the semis. That's not an easy draw. So no i mean. I yeah kind of player to beat for sure until proven otherwise but and number one online which might really motivate her if she went to the tournament Embrace bardy doesn't make the final. She gets number one. Maybe couple other configurations in there as well Nothing would make me happier than ashleigh. Barty just slapping people in the face metaphorically by making the final being like oh. You didn't deserve this watch. I'm happy to see as much as i again. Respect everybody's rights to go. Stay home and be safe. During the pandemic god the putting yourself on the line here again and playing more tennis and i wish i wish i kind of wish that her compatriot curious had done the same in miami duckie. No he's there especially given who is not in the draw in miami there's it's a very low percentage chance in rats who would have been absolutely but he would have been in the mixed one hundred percent with that in mind. That's perfect. segue our final topic. I swear. Let's talk just briefly about the men's show. We talked about at the top medvedev zero. Ct rube love clearly. Entered this event in the best form of everyone not named azlan car. It says in the of course given carrots have now up to number twenty seven in the world. I believe he ceded here this week in the field and in fact you look for a car itself. He is in fact number seventeen seed. he's going to face the winner of jack draper and mikhail kukushkin round one. Of course i mentioned your top four seeds. Those four next jenner's or i don't know if we even consider them next gen at this point but they are the headlines. Of course you've got a bunch of other interesting players in the field that you know. Is this time ugo. Unbear- makes the run. He's played a lot of good tennis of late. Can he make a quarter-finalist semi final. What to do with all the americans in the draw. Do we like fritz. Palca tiafoe as much as we'd like cordis still if that's the general feeling out there. There's a lot of quarter love going around in american men's tennis circles then. What are the things you'd be watching most closely from this men's masters one thousand. I like allies upside. The big. he's improving asked me. He's a good good pick. Well his draws not amazing because he plays in the finney who gets albert. Who's not. I think it's got l. Bot i write albuquerque ryan and then but then fanini and then out says a tough We'll section there'd make possible fourth round so maybe not the best time to make a a dream run at least not unfolding from already. Obviously in the draw. For for savvy korda. Yeah are are you on the move steady bandwagon so listeners know so this this is why i ask because it listeners of this podcast should know through in through from the get-go you have been the ultimate center stand. Yeah of course you started the center. Bandwagon team redheads. We stick together. We could check tape. You did tears. Twenty nine.
"ben rothenberg" Discussed on The Mini-Break
"I don't i don't know that more talk has any direct connection to marseille adp. Maybe i'm not sure i don't know about that but anyway Yeah certainly a regional figure. And even if it's just the nepotism like. I'm sure it's worth it again. A wildcard is for the tournament's discretion. They are trying to bring lies actually tournament. No one has ever deserved wildcard anywhere. Yeah one hundred percent except for andy. Murray anywhere he goes. But that's compensation sure. Yeah exac pretty much but pretty much anyways rank as it pertains to the rankings. Yes as it pertains to the rankings. Okay a lot of hoopla made about you know players not being able to jump. Accordingly took lorenzo musetti and atp five hundred semi final round of sixteen at a master's challenge title challenge your final just to get to number ninety four in the world. I tweeted out earlier this morning. I think the number right now to get into. And i heard this from a bunch of players and i think you can go here brioni for an interview we did in. Cleveland talked about this specifically. He's like two years ago about five hundred points to get into the top one hundred right now it takes eight hundred points about i think right now it's number one. Hundred is at seven fifty six or something crazy like that given you know you talked about the lack of challenger opportunities. I'm glad you corrected me. Cleveland was the first american challenger. Thankfully there have been places like italy and talia turkey that have been able to host a couple of challenges in a row. But you know it's really hard to get to eight hundred point if you're not already a top one hundred player. That's my concern with the rain completely within anything at the top you agree. Yeah i mean toumani tweeted this today about say i treated it. I check the time stamps. Now i'm just kidding. When when zverev made his comments. About which i understand. I understand their frustration that He has been talking about being parked at a ranking like he has been stuck at exactly seven for the longest time right. He's been like mr number seven. I don't think he's moved at. Aw i'd have to look at ranking activity ring history. Whatever to be sure. But i think he's if he has moved asthma more than one spot in the last more than a year..
"ben rothenberg" Discussed on The Mini-Break
"She can win. The french sheets won wimbledon before when the french were and us opened up in a bad term for her was not been a great hermit for but she's complaint on hard courts so no reason to think that she she can't do well in either. Yes totally in the mix for for that but you just never know. There's there's so much data moments tennis. there's no and there's also to so few players and realizing it's really only sokha at this point. In a little bit of serena who really conservative impose their will make you feel like they're totally in control of match at a grand slam right when they're at their best. And maybe a little bit azarenka points to be i. it's tough stops. Nothing's kit nothing's guaranteed she could not wanna say this year and still play pretty well but Yeah she's actually to watch and finnick settings. Yeah you're interrupt impress sheets. She's very. You know grounded and collected and clear minded in clear eyed about what. She's doing what she wants to do. So she's been very impressive. That sense there are three players. And here's won't be long winded. This time there are three players via tennis. Abstract leaderboards who are top. Ten in both serving and return win percentage It's ashleigh barty. it's patrick uva and it's being muka ruth and honestly those three players feel about right and so yeah. I mean it's her combination of length or combination of power combination of speed. She can do a little bit of everything we've seen her wind slams on non hardcourt events and the fact that she's played this well on the hardcourts as well. She's just the wildcard who can do a little bit of everything and presents a tough match-up to any opponent. Yeah she's been spectacular. I guess to attach to this. Because this is going to be something i wanted to ask you about. Where do you stand on the rankings debate. We're not getting into the wildcards debate. Because i think we've had that discussion before and it's like look tournaments are going to do. They're going to do and like the wild card system while flow. it is what it is. Yeah we don't we don't have to get into that. i'm happy. I'm happy to briefly address. Those not really drinking's. But i have. I have zero problem with with tournaments. Giving your petrosa especially tournament like what was that marseille but the country has tons of fifties in france and a grand slam federation. There's no shortage opportunities for young french male players to get looks at tournaments. So i'm not doing for any of them for not getting a wildcard there and petro's is a young player who's based in that region and and he becomes one of the most talked about players in the trial which is the whole point of a wildcard. Right is sort of draw attention to the tournament. Tim us to make your job. More interesting compelling and there were people even at match wasn't really easily able. I don't think or media anywhere Which is kind of a flop on the point of getting a kind of stunts while gardening not putting it on tv court. That part's not great but During his short match if twitter was pretty pretty blades with that..
"ben rothenberg" Discussed on The Mini-Break
"Joining us on the podcast once again today. A returning champion may be. Vive returning champion here on our crack record shows. Of course that's the only butter. I am going to serve him up. You may know his work as a writer for the new york times as an editor for racket magazine. You may even know. His podcast not is remaining. I know him as the man with the lovely red locks. Ben rothenberg ben. Welcome back to the show. How are you doing ardley believe. That's the only buttering up you're going to do during the show cross. You are the buttery oppose in the in the best ways like a biscuit. So it's a it's always nice to be here. No it is always a pleasure to see you. i will say. I was on the ground in cleveland. I had multiple. People accused me of being your guy they were like. Hey you're rothenberg's guy right. I don't know what that means what who said this. What what do they mean by..
"ben rothenberg" Discussed on The Mini-Break
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Zverev, Paris and uncomfortable silence
"Hello and welcome to the tennis booker sporty from a slightly happy place than are lost. Tennis podcast the world is a slightly happier place because dogs are to return to the white house champ and major two german shepherds at one of them arrest key. The white house's i ever rescue dog momentus occasion. They will be. They will be moving in january. Happy days are in more than that. A reason. i mean that's enough on. Its own aside from everything else. What sort of history is there of dogs in the white house. Deny all up until two sixteen a beautiful illustrious history of of dogs in the white house the obamas had a couple of remember. Bill clinton had a think a black lab. Dogs in the white house is very much a thing or have been until until twenty. Sixteen that Bruce springsteen of course pointed out in one of his Bits of campaign materials but yet and major to two german shepherds. They look lovely and they are. They are very Welcome addition to well democracy. Yes that is the big news of the weekend. So yeah that's what's been happening in the world. How are you feeling. E still glued to see an matt you have. You filled the void in your life. Are you still following the as yet incomplete arizona. Count by the minute. no. I'm not actually i have. I have detach myself from cnn. Since saturday or sunday. I finally let go. I feel like. I've made of made some friends there though. I'll probably be checking in on them every now and again. Over the next four years. I think i really did admire their coverage and forecasting and it really did make me feel a lot more informed about the election than i've ever been had been before so yes i feel like i owe them some sort of commitment in the future but just it's been quite nice for the last twenty four hours to have let go because literally it on the entire time and it was fortunate because it meant i did see the moment that they called it. I think they were the first ones. And i know a lot of people that had it on for four straight days and then kind of miss the actual moment. My sister was complaining about that. But i i did have it on in the background. I fell asleep with cnn. On phychi consecutive nights and i dreamt about john king on both of those nights so that is the twilight zone vortex that while i was just sort of in the room with him while he was doing while he was doing his touchscreen analysis just sort of there and and part of it which was great great. I hope john king that you. You're having a lovely long sleep if you're listening which i'm sure you're very alicia. We've listened enough to him. Yes exactly it would only be polite now. Well let what's happening. There was also tennis unfolding in paris tournament. Won by in three sets yesterday in the final over alexander zverev. We are going to be talking about that and other significant results from paris. this week. We're going to be looking ahead to lince the final remaining tobita tournament of the year which is just getting underway as we record on monday and also the tournament in severe this week on the tool breaking news. Rough on adult did not enter. Qualifying in severe novak djokovic is the confirmed year end number one for six time but unfortunately we we have to start off with something that is sort of a bigger more significant story than than all of that and a very very unpleasant one we. We've covered it Briefly appear until now in our previous podcasts and as we said i think on thursday we were expecting this big interview done by ben rothenberg as it turns out in bracket magazine one of the publications that he contributes to not the new york times as we were expected but in in rocket magazine. A a big interview and account from olea sharapova. The former girlfriend of parents finalist alexander zverev who has made allegations of physical and emotional abuse against alexander zverev. The this was a very very indepth account that she gave ben rothenberg in racket magazine. They spent two hours together at a family. Friend's house in new jersey family friend of Of sharp over. I would urge you to read the piece so that you can hear her story feel self and make up your minds about how you feel about it but it certainly incredibly harrowing and saddening account. It's very very difficult to read. She details Allegations of abuse taking place at the twenty nineteen. Us open at the labor cup in one thousand nine hundred and live in a number of incidents she alleges at serves home in monaco. Over the course of that year. She doesn't go into detail about the end of their relationship. She said that's something she may or may not tell a delay date but she talks about having her head hit against the wall about being smothered with a pillow. She talks about taking making an attempt on her own life during this period. It's an incredibly distressing account. And it's one that has been put to alexander zverev over the course of the week in paris. He obviously released that instagram statement. A week ago at the time. That sharapova initially made the allegations on her instagram we. We read out verbs statements at the time but since this more detailed account from sharapova came out of his been been given the opportunity to to comment further on off his first round win over michigan. Catch mana vich in paris. He was. I think this was on wednesday. He was asked. I wanted to find out. How do you manage to stay focused with your tennis court with everything that you've been having to deal with off the court. He said very well. I'm here to play tennis. See now i've been doing well the last few weeks since the comeback of the season. I want to continue doing that as you said. There is oversee a little bit of things going on. There is some very good news. I think yeah. I'm happy to be here and playing tennis
"ben rothenberg" Discussed on The Body Serve
"And he will not let bone. This is the absolute worst way to go about especially when you have been negligent. mind-blasting. Players. Are Free to ice out whomever they like because very is free to answer the question. However, he wants what I don't get is like this army of fans for not just him before everybody any top player has his group of fans who will cheer when they're mean to a reporter or yelling at an empire or dismissive to a question like. There's so much energy expended on people who don't need it like people who are not persecuted. They're not put upon right like this insistence on treating your favorite player as a child who's helpless I hit the ways where is defended from Rothenberg you'd think that he was not at the tour that he was not lucky to not have tested positive that he was not the one who was dancing shirtless that he was not the one doing all these things. And also let's not forget Alexander's has been quite frankly and I've witnessed it addiction press too many different people. Many different people over that over the years. So like miss me and that's with this. And a lot of this controversy yesterday was read within the context of a tweet by Ben Rothenberg that a lot of us found. Offensive. I still think it's a small sect and that's the problem for me. Nine up people find this offensive in the first like six or so replies to the tweet had nothing to do with the use of Alpha better. So. Read it. Don't three, six, three, five Sasha's very has five winners through two sets. I. Just don't get it y'all Wasser on such an Alpha plays like such a Beta, right. So to me when I see Alpha and Beta I, think it's very gender normative. I think displays a real toxic masculinity and it's pseudoscientific right? It's used to inflict Homophobia in folks straight and gay, but it's It's some of the worst bits of of toxic Moscow Angie of like. Macho sports culture that clearly we are not into I mean it's something we've talked about on the show a lot but then other folks were saying like hey, Ben, this isn't cool because this is used in a lot of different ways within like far conspiracy communities the red pill people I don't really know a whole lot about those communities because I avoided like the plague but. You can see the tethering between the two. Yeah. There's a relationship between the two. It's just used in a similar but different way, right? It's all meant to emasculate and maybe he didn't mean it that way but he was rightfully called out for that tweet and so people were saying well in the context of that when somebody talks about you like that, why would you answer his question? So that I mean it just complicates the whole conversation yesterday because I was tweeted the match, the Alpha Beta thing needs to stop an absolutely needs to stop by everybody. Has No place in sports did you know that the concept of an Alpha Wolf like an Alpha male is actually based on a mistake like an error in observing wolves are it's so interesting? The Alpha is actually just the patriarch. It's not like the one who thought everybody in one. Think about that. So stop it with Alpha, cock, SIMP-. Beta all that shit like it's all from the same cloth to me. So, just to recap the final four matches on the men's side, the quarterfinal matchups which will have happened likely by the time you listen to this episode unless you jump on it with the quickness. Novak Djokovic versus Pablo. Cutting Eurostar, Andrea Rube love versus Stephanos citybus Diego Schwartzman versus dominant team, and then finally wrapping a doll versus. Center knowing the woman side the final eight we have ego. Strean took Martino Don. Lino Nadia Borowska Sophia Kenan Pedrick covetable and Laura Zygmunt. We're also awaiting the winner of Unser and Danielle Collins with the reigning power today the tournament directors the F. T. They decided to play cutting your booster and Ottmar. Instead of Shebir Collins instead, conjurer will play I up tomorrow on the show tree and they will then potentially help to play back to back to back in our French Open preview. I had said on the women's side that I'd be looking for a first time three time Grand Slam winner. At the French Open, the candidates would have been someone how the big favorite to win the tournament. Mugo petric approval. So that's Essentially, correct less potentially but correct. Stoker and Petra is the only one left in the draw Simona HALEP. Yesterday was completely dismantled by Egos counter. Actually, just going back as rankle was also a candidate to win. Anyway but we came into the tournament with a clear favourite. More so than we've seen in quite a while in Simona, Halla, who had a seventeen match win streak going back to Dubai had won two titles. This summer was looking. You know there's no such thing as a sure thing in tennis especially in women's tennis but. As much as anyone looked like a pretty good bet to win her and going into the round of sixteen. She looked great shadow to st tenure because he tweeted. This. Foreboding tweet for Sedona how two nights ago he said last year someone a hollow bodied. He didn't say body but you know someone how bodied Schanberg Anisimov mobile than bodied someone how this year Simona. Destroyed Anisimov. Oh, and then the premise of the tweet was and we have Simona sphere antic tomorrow and what did we get? We got a complete. throttling. I mean it was a total decimation. Thirty winners in a that barely lasted an hour. Yeah. I mean Egos aggression was too much for Simona. The Cross court forehand the inside out forehand everything was working her serve. It was just It was comprehensive right tech didn't face any breakpoints. Simone did not have any answers at any point through the match and it's not like she didn't fight. She was there trying and she just didn't really have any anything to give her another big upset Martinez Trevisan? Beats Kiki Burton's in the round of sixteen in straight-sets. Yeah. What I love about a lot of these breakout players on the women's side. And some on the men's side, as well as that, they really had to go through it. They didn't benefit from these shocking losses. They actually inflicted those losses and in the case of trump is on, she battled anorexia earlier in her life and career to hiatus from tennis, and now his back just having life-affirming success. Yeah. I mean, she's twenty six years old. She's not a young player she came in ranked one, hundred, fifty, nine, she had to qualify beating. Vickery Muhammad and Astra Sharma, and then when she gets to the main draw beats Georgie, Cocoa Gov number, twenty Maria soccer e, and finally the number five key burdens who over the past few years has been one of the very best players on the surface somebody who's been expected to go very deep at the French Open was a bit unfortunate with injury.
"ben rothenberg" Discussed on No Challenges Remaining
"They still let people who can't come home who are stuck overseas after they closed their borders. So making the world, the Earth move for a Pandemic Slam I. They love their sports but I just don't see it happening in. Australia maybe something crazy happens like they hold the Australian Open Indian Wells or something or they hold it in March and they give everyone a delayed offseason and because. Time is key right there. There's more time to make vaccine more time to distribute it more time to do all of these different things in the French Open Wimbledon have the benefit of time. Now, if you're asking me to make a bat guaranteed you the twenty twenty, one US Open happens like if they're going to do with this year, there are a thousand percent doing it next year I think it's a good take though I have no issue with that. Take it. All I. THINK THAT'S Sad but that's probably correct. Now, my follow up to that would be I guess this is the last take. If they hold the domestic slam in Australia and curious wins. The men's version does he advertised himself as now a men's grand slam champion. Oh interesting. I'M GONNA say no no. I think. So no because he's all but asterix and everybody else achievements right like you saying you know it's ridiculous. It's just underinformed very poorly formed like corinna boost to take more blaming me for having mentioned doesn't mean the IRA. had never said a creative who was like clay only player would not have as a terrible take. No I don't I don't think so I agree with you. But hopefully, hopefully, we get to see all these players back onto or hopefully we would see all these you know slams get to take place. But I, it's a sad final take. But I don't disagree with it being acquainted like I've heard mentioned him in his term he's still. But he? He. Is the most invisible guy and I think he likes it that way though. I actually have no idea didn't have a choice. PCB You know me. All right I am down with C. are and all of your other various abbreviations you have. I think since we last recorded I finally subscribed to your Patriot, which gives me all the pockets in one feed and there are so many like you are so CR- Olympic. How many pockets are you doing today? So it's at least two a day we've got the GOP ace of the day where we make our picks for all the matches we do the mini break where we recap all the action if. You listeners can't tell I like to talk and you know there are so many fun voices to hear from in the tennis world Ben Rothenberg being one of them a multi time appear on the show in fact I think I did do the list out and I think you are number four right now behind just behind three others but you're working your way up the list I. It doesn't Count Cause one I guess you're technically the number three because one of them now works for CR the other Matt's. Yeah, exactly. So number three overall bravo to you but you know who's not on that list cordoning warp. Yeah. Still still no appearances all use as Corny. Again, it's your friend Alex your want soon to be friend Alex Very, very fond of your work. You've killed it at the front you just you really killed it through your career Bravo to you..
"ben rothenberg" Discussed on No Challenges Remaining
"Welcome to no challenges on Day five of the twenty twenty French Open. I am Ben Rothenberg joined by a guest, his NCR debut during the US Open. Now it is the French Open. He's back. You know him you love him. Alex Ruskin is here out here in the league segment of the show this time because Novak Djokovic just get defaulted today so. It's a little bit but you are here. How you doing how the first five days the French Open Ben for you if anyone is going to bump me, I would like it to be to Monte. Carol. So that's totally cool I. got it. Yeah. No because I think that was who's on the opening segment last time it was courtney last time. Oh, again to people more than willing to be bumped by. But Yeah I appreciate you having me as always you may not know this my birthday on Tuesday. So this feels like an early birthday gift. So thank you Yeah, I mean the French Open has been everything I expected it to be the chaos the drama pettiness I didn't expect the sonic boom maybe that was the one explosion I had not anticipated but outside of that, it's been a really fun start for me. How about you? What? What have you thought through five days? First of all, how old are you turning on your birthday twenty-five which feels significant. Oh my God. Yeah that's a quarter quarter century mark. Good. Not Bad. You can rent a car at twenty five right is that the thing is twenty five or twenty, six at twenty five and I got a lecture from my dad who like, Oh, I'm going to send you a cake like that's very kind of you because the best part of birthdays for him as he gets to buy the cake for the family, I no longer live in Michigan so I know. He's missing out on that experience of, but he goes yeah and any ladies in Your Life Alex I'm not getting any younger and I'm still looking for grandkids dad you still have kids like don't don't tell me. You're looking for grandkids. You still have children who need your affection me being one of them. So ease back a little bit but yet twenty, five I am looking forward to it one more year on their healthcare. Hopefully it goes. Well, there s another factor obamacare. So, you heard it there. Alex during twenty five and is single and looking anyone listening who gets impressed. Also get the chance to win them over in a second with these takes were GONNA do before that overall general takes on the French Open itself on-court. You mentioned the boom obviously, there's been a boom of new. Blood in this tournament thirteen guys who've never before made the third round of a slammer in the third round of this slams with thirteen out of thirty two are newcomers which feels like a really big number I don't have run off the staff, but it's to be way above average and then I think between the men and women seventeen of the third rounders are. As, top hundred. So some relatively unexpected names in for sure you're you know Daniel he galon you're rolling who else here you're Norbert Gumbo she is not new, but he's unexpected. Your Hugo gas stones are Federica Corey as your Pedro Martinez Your Korda's Trevelyan I mean these are not like top line guys who are in a round where the radically could have just been seeds. Yeah I completely agree with you. This teases to one of my takes we have coming up on the women's side. Tease for now but a hold. But on the men's side, you look at the names who have come through. It's guys like Sebastian Korda guys like Pedro Martinez portfolio. Cato Monteiro who used to be one of the top juniors in the world and yeah, he's twenty six I think twenty seven ish now but he's finding his way on tour. Of course there's the case of a guy like Kevin Anderson where it's a comeback from injury a case like Roberto car-based Bena who's just always thrived on the dirt, and so you know it may not be a name you expected, but it's not completely shocking. There's always one two unseeded players but to your point a lot of when I look at this and I always come back to this the generational shift it's. Happening in front of our eyes I don't think Yanic centered. Your guy has dropped a set yet right into coming into this third round and it's an it's expected. It's yeah. He's played his role. You know he there's points during his match against Benjamin Bonsai when he would look across the court and be like, you don't deserve to be there like I should be playing Rafa right now. Let me just get through this. So I get a step closer to that and it's justified almost I mean so many of these players playing so well on the men's side and I keep alluding to generational. Shift is happening right yesterday or two days ago I. Don't know when people are listening to this Casper route versus Tommy Paul. You know that was too young players to in time Paul former junior French Open champion Casper Rude, we've seen the success he's had on the dirt hopefully that's a matchup we get repeatedly you throw in a Checcinato who's good for a run. I guess now every four years but overall it, it's the youthfulness of this group that has me so encouraged a couple other women themes you mentioned the women but other name throw in here but Dosa Clara Burrell Leyla. Any Fernandez, all newcomers to this round. So bunch of an Arena Barra, also I've ever seen play have not seen her do I'm GonNa sneak in a plug. Here we do our gs ace of the day are.
Louisa Thomas on the Fractured World of Tennis
"Welcome to no challenges remaining I'm Ben Rothenberg, and I'm thrilled to be joined once again on the show this year by Louisa Thomas of the New Yorker Louisa thank you for being back. We were both in DC when we last recorded, I think in February or so in my apartment. Right, early days of the pandemic I know in the early March even like right when things we saw it on horizon. Now I don't even have that apartment. And you're living in DC more full-time now and life has changed a lot and we're currently doing this from the same city different parts of DC. On Zoom. So Louisa thank you for being one of these calls. I. Will Look Forward to most today of my probably seven eight him calls today. So you have this piece of today in the New Yorker which I know you've been working on for a long time it's a very comprehensive peace about basically everything's happened since we last podcast did and also on I will thank you again for this throughout the show. But you also kind enough to come on a roundtable show. We did after the press conference that day which I want having to scrap because I waited like forty eight hours and a lot of things would you describe the peace happened which changed the tennis world typically in that time namely that Adria tour that derailing so I'm curious for you. What you were as you were trying to process tennis, they don't even too much about tennis during this time period. So as you were trying to synthesize in process tennis in everything happening Dennis for the last five months, just describe the challenge that of of trying to figure out where to start what to include, how to how to make it. All make sense as a as a writer writing for missing largely a non tennis audience. I mean I I feel like the piece looks very different than what I had originally envisioned. I mean it's sort of the story of near the pandemic for me, what I what I originally imagined. In my life was going to look like. Back in March is not at all the case you know in in March I thought, Oh, I'm gonNA write a piece about. You know about these different parts of the tennis ecosystem and how they're you know how they exist during the during the pandemic because during the shutdown because I had, you know obviously as sunset, the Tennessee is a very kind of fragmented sporting a lot of ways that the experience of a top player is not at all like the experience the double specialists, which is not at all the experience of a lower ranked player, which is not at all experienced a coach or an empire or Y- that there's A. Great Diversity of experiences. So I was originally going to do this kind of like daisy chain vignette anecdotal piece. Which I did these little portraits of people in my original idea had been to situate each each person at at Indian Wells when they learned that the tournament had been canceled and that was the piece I said about to right and actually that was the piece I originally did right? I mean this piece has gone undergone like many many many pro. You know the interest in that and I was sort of pretty happy with that approach and I think that actually one of the underlying ideas of the piece is that there is this kind of. This there's like I said this fragmentation and that was definitely reflected in that piece as well. But what happened was that like actually things started happening And what you're describing in terms of like US recording podcast and then immediately having to scrap it because you know just things change. So fast that was actually the experience of this piece as well. We were set to we were talking about running at the end of. May. Kind of in anticipation of some news of tennis coming back or not coming back or anything then. And then the protests happened and obviously the gravity of that I mean there was none of that in the piece of point. Obviously. So the gravity of that need us think well, maybe we should you know hold off for a couple of days. This is not like A. Timely piece, it can run whenever. So let's let's wait until. Maybe also think about incorporating some of tennis's response and things like that. And then you know so I kind of that piece ready. Ready to go with that, and then the US Open announced or levers like rumors about the announcement. So I was like. Well, let's hold off for that and then. You know kind of reworking at each at each stage like rewriting it and reworking and talking to more people, and you know doing a little more reporting and also just rethinking more and more about what this like this process is said about tennis and so yeah, I, mean, this piece took on many massive revisions not just because of the quality of writing any piece undergoes a lot of work. But this one I felt like I kept having to scrap it and start again because something would happen and. The thing. That was heartening though was that there was never something that made me I mean there's always something I was learning from things along the way, but there was never something that made me think I'm completely wrong. Just. Completely off, it did become less and less about kind of individual actors and more and more about how tennis kind of sets up people to be individual actors.
Knowing When to Call It Off with Mark Ein
"Welcome to new challenges. Remaining Ben Rothenberg I am happy to be joined although under unhappy circumstances third time this year enjoyed that mark. Who is the owner of the city open tournament in Washington Marksman on the show twice before this year and Talked in April about how it was likely that the tournament possible the term it could be the first one back on the calendar and what that would mean we talked in June about that. Plants are going ahead, and but then unfortunately just yesterday mark you announced that the city open will not be held in two thousand, twenty, canceling the event for the year. COMMISERATIONS. I, often, then, secondly, how how did you? Come to this decision. What sort of changed between? Now and when we when we last spoken. Yeah well always always good to be with you. Enjoy the conversation and a chance to talk through some of the. Some of the behind the scenes parts of the tennis world that I think a lot of people. Don't don't understand or get to get to get insights on. On Yeah when you and I talked, we were really excited. We were extremely cramped for them. we had made already outlawed of things were in place, and the remaining tasks that needed to get resolved or or obstacles to be overcome were all that we felt comfortable. We were GONNA be able to achieve all of those And we're heading down that path. Everything was going well, and then I would say about two weeks ago. Of everything took a U-TURN You know in the end the main reason we have to decide yesterday's. The this tournament was GonNa. Start today it was gonNA start this weekend. You couldn't host because international players at the moment can't get into America without a quarantine, and they can't get back to Europe after so You kind of have to decide. Are you GonNa? Can you know what's the chance that all gets resolved in the next three weeks and our chest obviously before three weeks? If people have to get here and that was the biggest. Factor but they said starting a couple of weeks ago, things just started heading in the wrong direction at the beginning of July, the European Union imposed. Travel restrictions on people coming from the United States. Virtually all the countries there have those travel restrictions pry in some level, made it harder for us to get the waiver for people coming here although I, I do think I think there is a reasonably good chance that those things ultimately got resolved in time for the US Open but not for us. And then it was just a series of other things. Obviously, the trend in the virus was heading in a very good place back then, and and it's obviously in a lot of America has reversed course Washington remains actually city that is in really good shape, so it's good here, but the fact that it's bad elsewhere. is problematic, and then you're disturbance, just a lot of stuff from show. We'll get into the conversation, but we lost our our bubble hotel because all their reservations for the two months after ours ended up getting canceled and. And say we can't just open for you. And then shut down till November, so now they said they were going to be shut down until November, and and they actually think it'll actually be January February before it makes them stop in. And then we went to another bubble hotel that was going to be really good to that was really excited and four days later they called US exactly the same thing, and said we're we're an and they were they couldn't. Both of them couldn't have been more sorry. They could have been more excited But just all these exogenous external events. Had An impact on them, which had an impact on Austin. It was just one thing after another, so the short version is as. We looked at the chances of being able to may have everything come together. It was was a tall order, and it really is better to make these decisions to give everyone some. Some. Time to plan you know players. I already know players were. Coming off vacation this week, the start training they all need to make their travel plans. Sponsors needed to activate. Hawkeye into the United States to get media, people people. Just it's a you know. All these tournaments are little mini, ecosystems, and just too many people were counting on it, and really sadly and disappointingly we ACCO- decide not to go forward again to some of the details of different things in a second, but I i. I'm just curious. I earned the last show you talked about sort of your general optimism in your entrepreneurial optimism and your I think. You have a very much a you know. Do added a lot of things. How hard does that make and just? Personality wise as your has businessman, your business style to to stop to sort of admit defeat on some level that this just isn't gonNA. Be Possible this year. It's the hardest part of it. Dan I literally I. It is, it cuts against every single instinct bone in my body like this is not an e. you know I wanted things I take pride in I. You know work with so many great people over the years I think the one thing I've known for is like the guy never gives up till the bitter end. And there's a lot of times people often say just give up. Just give up. It's fine. It's not meant to be. It's not I'm like no, we've got we've got a got to. Succeed, we have to get over the finish line and It's interesting because this is a very rare unique experience. I can't think of another time that it's happened, but Ben before this decision we I pulled all of our stakeholders. Everyone and people were supportive. They were they were cheering. For US people wanted the event to happen, but there wasn't a single one who went presented with the facts thought we should do something different. And so I thought maybe I'll try strategy life for once. I'll tell you how it goes right now. I feel so good. Is Not. The Way I've lived my life. But I I actually do I'm very at peace with it, our team and again I you know it's me talking, but there is a team of people. I think we're all really sad and disappointed, but we're all at peace and kill like we made the right decision.
Can Tennis Stars Be Trusted to Act Responsibly? (With Reem Abulleil)
"Welcome to no challenges remaining Ben Rothenberg delighted to be joined yet again during this corona virus hiatus from the tour by NPR's middle. East correspondent remodel rim. Thanks for being back on the show once again. Thanks for having me I like this. We're spending a lotta time together. It's honestly I been one of the Nice things about life in core is like spending a lot. We're like a lot more time with friends. I think overall to add at the time, and it's time spent like talking. Even seeing if you count Zuma's seeing friends and you know even those no in person contact and I miss that miss all the normal things like there have been. That side of it's been been nice. I will say yeah, same here. Tennis was affected as last show we did which are also on when we did a show a student to. All about for breaking news reaction to Ingrain Dmitrov tested positive for the coronavirus after playing the Adria tour, and that was believed ten days ago from recording. That was on a Sunday that next Monday, we found out that other players born storage fit your choice gate also tested positive day after that we found out that Novak Djokovic she would spearhead the tour. It was his baby. He was the face of it. He had also tested positive along with his wife. Elaina and then a few days after that Gorny Beneath Mitch, who was the director of the Dr leg of the tour in Croatia, the second stop out of what I think was going to be five originally on the tour. Had also tested positive after previously testing negative twice in his first two tests, so let's start there. be the epilogue to our last episode. What did your reaction to Adria tour change at all? Between the trump positive tests which I think we knew could be the first of many and seeing these other big players in including world number-one Djokovic also test positive, and I will before authority also. We have no idea how many other people stand staff organizers media. Media, Whoever hotel workers, whoever at the around the Asia tour also tested positive? So what are your thoughts for the further fall out of I think as soon as I heard about born Torridge, which was the second that we found out about an we also heard about Gregoire's coach. Novak's physio. Those were like the first four I figured. It's not surprising if almost. Almost everybody else got it because there was just so much close contact between them. The whole time they play doubles together. They party together. They did so like it's. It's not surprising so by the time. Yeah, like after after the second wave of tests, I felt like I expected the pretty much everyone positive so actually I was more surprised at the negatives tests. Tests than the alternative ones, but I think the the biggest thing that stands out obviously for me. In terms of the different thing is that Goran tested negative twice and then tested positive, so that kind of gave us more Obviously, we know that that can happen, but the fact that everyone who was kind of defending the tour. Everyone who is getting? Everyone. Who thinks that oh? If I'm negative? I can go play another tournament. Someone like another term all that stuff that kind of with Goran testing positive. I guess it was A. Kind of a cautionary tale for everybody else guys happened with Goran I think I think it is a really useful real world example honestly. We know about this incubation timely theoretically, but hearing someone like around been a little bit stride into the beginning. He was the one who is announcing it on court. Instead Darwin the tournament was stopping there or when the event was stopping in Chicago. Tournament when the event was. Stop there, saying Hey, don't blame me, I. Don't have coronavirus. It's not you know I didn't do it. Essentially it was. Sort of said somewhat ingest on court at when he was sentenced. Georgia Jovovich, that's the cancellation and see him. Yeah, that's positive. Eventually the show like yes, we know intellectually seeing a real world. Example of someone had not delayed time. Yeah, it does does make realize. Hey, you really. That's why we're doing. The fourteen days stay inside where people are doing that. When they possibly exposed or other things to make sure they don't have it incubating and yeah. THAT GETS TO DONALD team a start with him. I think there's. Say That team. The team comes up from. Adria tour and goes to play the UPS. Just the ultimate showdown event held the more Academy in France. And he gets tested upon arriving. There tested multiple times there from what he was saying in. He makes a joke that he's the interviews. The his most negative guy on tour which some people thought was in poor taste. Honestly have demonstra problem with understood it. If you've been had blood drawn six times in a week if you're allowed to make a joke about it. It, but at the same time I don't know. He's playing and I wish he was not playing. I. Just don't think it's worth the risk for having candidate playing tennis. If I was holding tennis admit that had previously booked dominic team I would say sorry, but we're gonNA. Cancel your appearance of the tournament. We don't want anyone who's been clearly exposed to the. gorgias stick corona virus cauldron. That was Adria tour to come here I. think that just negative within the window is not enough to show that you're not possibly caring and or contagious we we've done that now. Seeing team, go from the the ups to pull out of that to go to various other events and he. He's scheduled to play Austria an accident going to go play in Germany after that I. it just seems like he's just trying his. He's really working overtime. Trying to be patient zero as possible.
A Tennis Star Catches COVID-19
"Welcome the no challenges remaining. It is Sunday. June twenty first twenty, twenty I am Ben Rothenberg I was working on posting are editing an episode that I recorded a couple days ago with buddies and frequent guests, this show remobilize into all and Louisa Thomas also this episode for the beginning of it. round table talking about the open their plans etcetera etcetera. Then a couple less than an hour ago, there was a posted popped up. I think I dream and remained Toumani. Join me again hello. Hello. Irene was the first one is. If I saw a post, this poster came up on your instagram feed, and can you describe what you saw instagram? Basically posted a photo of himself with a mask, announcing that he is back in Monaco and tested positive for covid nineteen an he apologized for possibly endangering others so yeah, it was him basically disclosing that he has positive, and as we know agree, gorgeous got back from Croatia where he was playing in the Adria tour and a couple of days before that he was playing in Belgrade as well, so he's playing Novak store, and yeah, and we mentioned that obviously on the podcast we recorded two days ago. I it it should be noted that we've seen many patriots of Griego over the past couple of weeks. But that's the first pitcher. We've seen what I'm wearing a mosque. Stu Point to money no I think. Yeah, so this is sort of tenses. Thing hopefully it get to a Rudy Gobert moment in tennis where Gregoire realized I have nothing fallen close attention, paying close attention to the Adria tour, but grew on court yesterday a Saturday in Croatia playing a match inside our Croatia as part of this Adria series traveling around the Balkans he was in. Serbia and we talked about this. A bunch on the show and I think I will probably still. Post the show recorded before, but I feel like this will change the tenor of its I want to post these. Get this one up I throw show that we are connected to reality more than maybe the other episode from two days ago because I think as Louisa, early people say on the show like. In these times a lock change short period of time, this is obviously a big moment for tennis. One that I think it's fair to say that we all feared was very possible with looking at Adria series, which is exhibition event sort of started by Novak Djokovic determined director. Quote Unquote was Georgia Djokovic of ex brother. It was being held in Belgrade and a few other planned stops around the Balkans They just actually after the news of Dmitrov positive test. They just can't sold the final match of today's session in. Montenegro which was supposed to host next weekend had already said thanks, but no thanks to Adria tour canceled their leg of the event. We sort of imagined Asia tour, which was an event. Whichever one you twenty? How about you described? He described what what we saw because he posted a bunch of photos. From recent days what Adrian Tour Bend like the got people concerned something this. Business was sending. The optics are not good. Let's put it charitably that way. Yes essentially what we've seen is What is a very regular event in very abnormal times you know? Whether it's you look on twitter on on streams on on Youtube big crowds in the stadium at Novak's Club scene players. And hands and invading each other's personal space and Interacting with fans you've seen videos of. Them are on the out in a club stripping together. and. Will these images that would be normal in normal times, but these aren't normal times, and it makes you cringe a bit. And so there there there's been tons of criticism and. Of course. Rich kind of. Received a lot of criticism for an we actually spoke. To US ball. And he said kind of that. He's aware of the criticism from the West. But you know what while things may be bad in the UK or the, us, it's not. It's not the same in Serbia. And, yeah, and for that reason you know people have been kind of reacting to that and reacting badly, and that's kind of where we. Can I add? They also had a kids day. That had a lot of kids. We've seen the photo of that as well and they've had a football match, and they've had a basketball match in Croatia. They went to a concert with Donovan John August the new version others the other day, and the thing is you have players who came from countries. Who aren't Serbia and Croatia in that? You have you have players someone like Gregoire? Who flew from the states, then winces Bulgaria, possibly also to Monaco. You also have such as Vera. Vera who's traveling from different places Sasha's also saddlebrook for quite a big portion of the quarantine time you have people traveling from different places, and they got off the plane, and you see the video of them getting off the plane and immediately hugging Novak, and immediately being welcomed people into walking around the no masks I don't understand how you can get a flight and already know that that person that person didn't have time to get tested, so that already was
"Welcome to new challenges remaining I am. Ben Rothenberg I'm lead on this show to be joined by Patrick Moore. The founder of the Motagua Academy coach of Serena Williams and more recently, the creator of the ultimate tennis showdown UTSA, which is one of the events springing up during this crooner virus stoppage that continues on the tours, so Patrick is here to talk about his new ups products, but also a couple other things large more largely in the sport in general to talk about emotion, antennas change in tennis room for growth in tennis as well as some of the more recent news around proposals around the US Open where limit players only having one entourage member with them onsite per player, and also how his charged Serena Williams is handling this stoppage in tour. Among other things hope you enjoy this. I've wanted to have patrick on for a long time so I'm glad to get him today here. He is help you enjoy. Very said V joined here by Patrick more talk to talk about the ultimate tennis showdown ups which you've started up. Thanks for being here for civil and I'm curious. Just this idea you had for. UTSA is this something that you had an idea for before? Or is this purely been sort of a Brainchild of this of the stop time on on tour. is both. I've been thinking about it for a long time because I aware that the average age of the fan of tennis is getting older where at sixty one years old now and it's getting older every year so. This sense, quite a lot of messages to us the first mets. A message is that. The core fans of tennis have very loyal to tennis. The started to love is probably in the seventies and eighties steel here for two years old fifty years afterwards shows that. Tennis is very addictive. It's it's a great sport, so we keep our fence, but it says also that we're not renewing our fund base so we not getting New People on board especially not. Not many young people so I thought that Dennis needed something else I'm not saying that. The ATP W have to change and the. Grand Slam something. He's great also to tradition I think they're also doing a good job at. Making their fence happy because they're still here for fifty years after, but I think it's important also to get New People on board to To to to grow the fan base of tennis, and especially to to renew its so I think for that. We need a second second league. That is more modern. That is different that proposes A. Product you can do. It doesn't sound good for sport, but it is a product because it's. Not Product a product that. That is more that. Faster more dynamic, more interactive, more modern. And that's what's better. The younger generations already interested in marketing for that can see you guys having a lot of fun with this or just taking it I want to say less seriously, but you know the the the nicknames for players that come out like. The Greek God and you know we the French flair and Matteo. Bertini the hammer like these are not things that you would have seen Wimbledon do. Had this been normal tour year right now and so I. I guess I'm curious. You're somebody who I think you know from seeing your. Thoughts on different things and you're somebody who gets thanks tennis should be. Has Room to be a lot looser, right? A lot less tied to tradition into being serious all the time potentially Zephyr. Yes but I'm a tennis fan since four years old. I gave everything I had for tennis and an often is also the way it is. So I understand that the core fans don't want change. I think steal the could be some slight changes, but. But. Basically I like tennis. The way it is is just that We don't take ourselves seriously. We WanNA. Have Fun we WANNA. Enjoy won't for me. sports is has to be all these. It has to be fun. It has to be emotional. It has to be interactive and especially in our world in twenty twenty, the will change so much and the way consumers. Watch sports and video in general. Has Changed so much in the last years I think it's important to propose a different way to Turkistan is for that reason. If we want to get you, get you offense on board. That's the only way and we have to consider also that the offer is so much bigger than what he what it used to be. The is now you have so many different sports. You have gaming. Older Serres. There are so many different. Options, so if your product is slow complicated or you need to invest three hours, minimum or two and a half hours. You have no chance to get the young people so I. Think it's very complimentary. I think both leaks can really live will next to each other and feed each other. Actually
"ben rothenberg" Discussed on No Challenges Remaining
"My name is Tim Mohammed Irony and you have no challenges. Welcome to new challenges remaining. I am Ben Rothenberg. I'm coming to you. On May Sixteenth of Twenty Twenty the day on which the Twenty Twenty Eurovision Song Contest. Final was supposed to be held in. Rotterdam in the arena. Unfortunately it was not do the ongoing corona virus. So I thought I would reshare share with you guys the NC our salute to eurovision the NCAA visions song contest originally posted in two thousand sixteen to celebrate the intersection of tennis and music. And have some voting to go with it and we do have the results of those votes and part of the reason. I'm reassuring this episode is to give a refresher on the field before the votes are counted. Where they've already been counted before the votes are reveals later this month in the NCAA division result show? Which I've been working on for years. It's got a lot of layers to it can be pretty cool. Got A lot of guests a lot of fun features and I think you're really gonNA love it so without further ado here is a reoccurring of the NCR our Vision Song Contest episode from Twenty Sixteen. Hope you guys enjoy it by guys. Welcome to the NCR Vision Song Contest. I'm your host Ben Rothlisberger so unbelievably excited to bring you this wonderful moment of tennis and music coming together based on the Eurovision Song contest which is an amazing thing started in nineteen fifty six before the Eurovision Song contest. There were two world wars after it. None so your vision is what really brought peace to this planet and we can all be so thankful co host. Try Not to laugh. Carol Bouchard representing France here. That's and again and Rene Denzel representing Germany slashing Sweden Today And we are our guys. Don't we are very excited about all three of us be here? We worked together on narrowing down the field that we now have done. Twenty six hour which might sound like a lot heartbreaking but at some point some of the losses tough. But it's at one point we were over seventy so it's been a lot of work and the ones who have made it this far. Congratulations it really is and we. It's an honor just to be here. I can say humbly for.
"ben rothenberg" Discussed on No Challenges Remaining
"Welcome to new challenges remaining. I'm Ben Rothenberg as millions of folks around the world enter their third month of adjusting to working remotely I thought this might be a good time to share the experiences of what it's like to work remotely in tennis when tennis is a sport that sts professionally which doesn't really currently and much of the world feed commentary on the tennis matches you watch at home is delivered from a world away from the courts where the matches are taking place and one of the Veterans of this craft is. Ravi who also works on site at tournaments as a freelance reporter. So foot both the close the distant kind of work in Tennessee. So Ravi will describe here what. It's like working in broadcasting rotely at lifestyle of being distant from the courts and the challenges of creating atmosphere. A place that you're nowhere near so hopefully you will find this interesting. Maybe a little bit resident in these times of distance working that we're all living in and general distance. This interview was recorded near the end of this year's Australian. Open as you'll be able to tell but hopefully it has some some meaning residents or something in our lives. Today here is Ravi. I'm thrilled to be joined on this episode by my friend Robbie who is aware of many different hats in the tennis world. He is this week at the Australian Open. As we record this on my I'll and the pressroom and I'll made of mine as we walked back and forth press conferences and whatever else and share reactions to whatever missed overheads and such happened at once. He's one of those voices in unison gasping and signing and also a voice that I hear actually on the TV and watching at home as a frequent world feed commentator tennis Ravi. Thank you for being here. Ben My pleasure. Thank you for people who maybe more or less with you. Just how did you get into tennis? I in your life. How did you for make the jump into doing it as a career? In my life I grew up in Canada so It surprises me that I actually got into tennis. Because as you know. It's a big hockey country at my earliest memories at home when I was a little kid. Four or five watching the US Open in the background was on TV. Washington handle who? I think. He's my idol. When it comes to sportsman was younger so it started from that Played my whole life. Love playing very regularly and then got into it You know my profession and when I moved to London I was in the early two thousands. I is really a writer and thereafter going into the booth and doing You know share a picture of of commentating and TV work also. So how'd so the writing we've got a lot of show or other writing side of its. I'm more curious about how you make that. Jump how you go from being on the page. What was your first time being behind a microphone? I remember it well. It was a two thousand nine. I was asked to do a Davis Cup tie between Russia and Russia and Romania And so I did that s skew. Kinda thing. Yeah it was actually victor. S Q in McCall usually my first match. Oh I remember well and I think it was because they were looking for people who who just new tennis and covered tennis and as somebody who grew up broadcasting also. I was reported in Montreal where I grew up doing TV. I think they knew that. And they just stick. Okay let's Let's bring him in on something I wanted to do. So it really started from my point. According I've done a lot of tennis radio. Color Commentary. Saddam that different from doing TV. But I'm curious what as you got more into? Tv having been a writer having been a reporter. What skills are translated into what once? Don't translate what he to learn on that new in this new role well it For example the attention to detail that you have in imprinted writing. I think that's very helpful when it comes to being in the booth you know when digging up statistics knowing where to look and knowing how to get them to look for the inside stuff rather than just the basic statistics. I saw you antennas abstract on your computer just nine. Yeah for sure a great website. That's that's something that I bring with me. On the print side things that are different You know you know went to jump jump in and out to in went to Q. Out I'd also just broadcasting is a different is a different also voice. Really when you're as to when you're talking somebody like as we're chatting but now it's it's a different voice you put on. You also have to learn. Went to kind of hit your spots when it comes to nailing down for example phrases after a particular matches. Done you WanNa with a big extra It's not exactly the lead on when it's so important for peace pace but it's kind of the big finish in broadcasting so that there are little things like that they're different is that. I think you become more accustomed to as you do more shoe and actually imprint. They really don't emphasize most editors or papers or publications don emphasize ending so much. Onto a real sign off they most articles fade out or some editors sort of cut from the bottom which is frustrating when that happens because the idea try to put endings on Surrey generally. Bs that when did. When did it become a more full-time thing for you? And how did sort of adding work in that particular line? Is it same as other freelance work or is it different? Yeah no it's pretty much since the I would say two thousand thirteen fourteen and I I would say it's become more of doing that Rather than writing than before it was kind of opposite. He's been more of the writing than the broadcast. I always say since two thousand and thirteen and fourteen. I've lucky enough to to do a lot and it's something I love doing. I mean I sat on the air sometimes tournaments that you know. It's such an honor privileged to be doing it because as a tennis fan my whole life you know. Don't consider it a job. I'm very lucky doing something I really really love. And that's all really can ask for you. Mentioned sort of how the attention to detail in the writing can help the TV. Tv helped the writing effort to go the other direction too. Well helps in the sense that I get to watch a lot of tennis I believe and so I think I have a pretty good grasp of the players so it helps to foster ideas because you know for example. I'll give you an example I was watching an accommodated a master on the Brazilian player. A couple of years ago Eliane Pereira And I was digging up homework doing research for her master when she was playing at home. And I just read Interesting stuff about her. How she grew up in really extreme poverty you know. She didn't have a bathroom in her house. She had her bathroom in kind of the back garden. And so I thought well that'd be nice idea to do a longer feature a long story on inside that Saranda presumably written for the time. Remember that So it does help I mean and I think Ben as you know the more you homework you do on any subject on any play you realize that every player has a great story or has a story to tell I think that's the lesson that I learned. I try to bring them in the booth especially at times when a match is getting out of hand when it's not it's not as dramatic in oak at six one five two or six one three love. Matt out of Control. I think you want to sprinkle in those nuggets Talk about other stuff rather than you know the rallies techniques stuff. Yeah that was GONNA be one of my questions. What do you do to prep for a match especially? Let's say it's a give you two examples that say there's one that you're doing a final in its ASAKA versus talent or something. Which would be very familiar with. And then also if it's you know I think he did this. Shenzhen Final Speaker of the WPA World Rebecca versus Alexandra or two players who are much less known to each of those cases. Where would you try to do You know I've been at it doesn't it doesn't shift for me. I put the same amount of time for whether it's a first round with lesser players or or big final. I try to do the basic stuff I which is What they've done in the week cups good stats What they've done at that tournament the activity that tournament would have good stats to you. For example I'll give you an example so a couple of years ago Mona bartell won the Thailand. Prague I did that event Start to finish. She was a qualifier. I was looking scores in the qualifying and I recognized. There might have been a match. You know where she could have faced matchpoint just looking by the score. I think it was. She lost the first set and the second set was other seven six seven five hundred favor so is always interested. What happened and I matched was there. Matchpoint turned out. It was there was a match point. I said it on the air than you know. People of picked up on it. She ended up winning the tournament. So I think that don't stuff like that resonates with the audience. That it really. It really brings it to life. I'm nine build story. I mean those story. I mean Mona bartending. The prog Takes much more significance when you throw on the fact that he saved a match point in qualifying right. So that's the stuff that I that I look at the very good websites out there where you can see score point by point so you know exactly what's happening you know that But in terms of going back the prep same thing. You know what? What are the data tournament activity for example? In years past you can dig up some good themes for examples. Lana of a was taking on Madison keys so I also look at the heads and the previous two times. They face off the metastatic last year. Who's had leads in the first set on one of the point and ended up losing no sets and the same thing happened last year when they faced off so you you put that kind of behind you and you bring it up if it happens again and it did happen again. So it's a theme that was picked up on and then after doing kind of the basics I would say I really look for the Nice Features and and your act dotes whether idols growing up. Just stuff. That the I think is nice sprinkling what? I'm just curious Nerd PREP plenty. What is your view that notebook? Laptop you PRONUNCIA computer and what I do is i. I say all my matches on the computer. Prep so for example. The next time they play I'll just put it into my system and then I'll look at all cut and paste background stuff. The background stuff. Update the background. Stop and then. I'll updated to basically see what they've done at that tournament in the Current Day. And then you get notes from. Torah also noticed mature also. I'll read that as well. Yeah when you're going into the booth for a day. What is the your London to sort of talk through an entire day from when you get assigned to what happened to get there For doing the remote commentary for world feed. And where in? Just talk about where that is not Heathrow. Yeah most most feeds Are Done in In London the men's side and the women's side women's side actually moving to Leeds So we're doing that leads this time around so a typical day You know just get up and it depends on the match. Start right because Different time zones different different countries. All nine o'clock ten o'clock the morning all the time. It's it's a little bit different so I'll give you an example of Shenzhen. You mentioned that I did that. Earlier on those were getting up Getting up anywhere from one thirty. Am to around four am in the morning. I am to change your.
Calling Tennis Remotely, with Ravi Ubha
"Welcome to new challenges remaining. I'm Ben Rothenberg as millions of folks around the world enter their third month of adjusting to working remotely I thought this might be a good time to share the experiences of what it's like to work remotely in tennis when tennis is a sport that sts professionally which doesn't really currently and much of the world feed commentary on the tennis matches you watch at home is delivered from a world away from the courts where the matches are taking place and one of the Veterans of this craft is. Ravi who also works on site at tournaments as a freelance reporter. So foot both the close the distant kind of work in Tennessee. So Ravi will describe here what. It's like working in broadcasting rotely at lifestyle of being distant from the courts and the challenges of creating atmosphere. A place that you're nowhere near so hopefully you will find this interesting. Maybe a little bit resident in these times of distance working that we're all living in and general distance. This interview was recorded near the end of this year's Australian. Open as you'll be able to tell but hopefully it has some some meaning residents or something in our lives. Today here is Ravi. I'm thrilled to be joined on this episode by my friend Robbie who is aware of many different hats in the tennis world. He is this week at the Australian Open. As we record this on my I'll and the pressroom and I'll made of mine as we walked back and forth press conferences and whatever else and share reactions to whatever missed overheads and such happened at once. He's one of those voices in unison gasping and signing and also a voice that I hear actually on the TV and watching at home as a frequent world feed commentator tennis Ravi. Thank you for being here. Ben My pleasure. Thank you for people who maybe more or less with you. Just how did you get into tennis? I in your life. How did you for make the jump into doing it as a career? In my life I grew up in Canada so It surprises me that I actually got into tennis. Because as you know. It's a big hockey country at my earliest memories at home when I was a little kid. Four or five watching the US Open in the background was on TV. Washington handle who? I think. He's my idol. When it comes to sportsman was younger so it started from that Played my whole life. Love playing very regularly and then got into it You know my profession and when I moved to London I was in the early two thousands. I is really a writer and thereafter going into the booth and doing You know share a picture of of commentating and TV work also. So how'd so the writing we've got a lot of show or other writing side of its. I'm more curious about how you make that. Jump how you go from being on the page. What was your first time being behind a microphone? I remember it well. It was a two thousand nine. I was asked to do a Davis Cup tie between Russia and Russia and Romania And so I did that s skew. Kinda thing. Yeah it was actually victor. S Q in McCall usually my first match. Oh I remember well and I think it was because they were looking for people who who just new tennis and covered tennis and as somebody who grew up broadcasting also. I was reported in Montreal where I grew up doing TV. I think they knew that. And they just stick. Okay let's Let's bring him in on something I wanted to do. So it really started from my point. According I've done a lot of tennis radio. Color Commentary. Saddam that different from doing TV. But I'm curious what as you got more into? Tv having been a writer having been a reporter. What skills are translated into what once? Don't translate what he to learn on that new in this new role well it For example the attention to detail that you have in imprinted writing. I think that's very helpful when it comes to being in the booth you know when digging up statistics knowing where to look and knowing how to get them to look for the inside stuff rather than just the basic statistics. I saw you antennas abstract on your computer just nine. Yeah for sure a great website. That's that's something that I bring with me. On the print side things that are different You know you know went to jump jump in and out to in went to Q. Out I'd also just broadcasting is a different is a different also voice. Really when you're as to when you're talking somebody like as we're chatting but now it's it's a different voice you put on. You also have to learn. Went to kind of hit your spots when it comes to nailing down for example phrases after a particular matches. Done you WanNa with a big extra It's not exactly the lead on when it's so important for peace pace but it's kind of the big finish in broadcasting so that there are little things like that they're different is that. I think you become more accustomed to as you do more shoe and actually imprint. They really don't emphasize most editors or papers or publications don emphasize ending so much. Onto a real sign off they most articles fade out or some editors sort of cut from the bottom which is frustrating when that happens because the idea try to put endings on Surrey generally. Bs that when did. When did it become a more full-time thing for you? And how did sort of adding work in that particular line? Is it same as other freelance work or is it different? Yeah no it's pretty much since the I would say two thousand thirteen fourteen and I I would say it's become more of doing that Rather than writing than before it was kind of opposite. He's been more of the writing than the broadcast. I always say since two thousand and thirteen and fourteen. I've lucky enough to to do a lot and it's something I love doing. I mean I sat on the air sometimes tournaments that you know. It's such an honor privileged to be doing it because as a tennis fan my whole life you know. Don't consider it a job. I'm very lucky doing something I really really love. And that's all really can ask for you. Mentioned sort of how the attention to detail in the writing can help the TV. Tv helped the writing effort to go the other direction too. Well helps in the sense that I get to watch a lot of tennis I believe and so I think I have a pretty good grasp of the players so it helps to foster ideas because you know for example. I'll give you an example I was watching an accommodated a master on the Brazilian player. A couple of years ago Eliane Pereira And I was digging up homework doing research for her master when she was playing at home. And I just read Interesting stuff about her. How she grew up in really extreme poverty you know. She didn't have a bathroom in her house. She had her bathroom in kind of the back garden. And so I thought well that'd be nice idea to do a longer feature a long story on inside that Saranda presumably written for the time. Remember that So it does help I mean and I think Ben as you know the more you homework you do on any subject on any play you realize that every player has a great story or has a story to tell I think that's the lesson that I learned. I try to bring them in the booth especially at times when a match is getting out of hand when it's not it's not as dramatic in oak at six one five two or six one three love. Matt out of Control. I think you want to sprinkle in those nuggets Talk about other stuff rather than you know the rallies techniques stuff.
How to Begin to Restart, with Mark Ein
"Welcome to no challenges remaining. I am Ben Rothenberg on this week's show. I am joined by Mark On. Who was the owner of the city open tennis tournament on the ATP and W T tour which is held annually in Rookery Park in Washington DC is a terminus Ben at the same venue for fifty years as a big standing tradition in the summer tennis calendar in the United States and it's also potentially the next tennis term on the calendar with a bunch of determines before it having been canceled is only April but already we know that there will be no European clay court season at least pre Wimbledon and all the grass season has gone so Washington suddenly stands in April as the next big landmark on the tennis horizon with being the first big combined? Atp WTI tournament still on the schedule currently so with that in mind? We talk mark about what it's been like this while is uncertainty different contingencies. That are being talked about in the tenth world and hopefully you'll find this conversation illuminating in these strange murky times. Here's mark very happy to be joined on the show today by mark on who is. The owner of the city opened the Washington tennis tournament Washington. Summer tennis tradition I believe is your slogan eighteen. Wto tours the annual stuff every late July early August although this year obviously there's a lot of uncertainty in the air so mark. Thank you very much for being on here and chatting in this in this weird moment. We're having appreciate it. Always always great to chat. And and Ben. That's more than a slogan it is. It's true no it's true. It is washing summer tennis tradition. I one of the first times I went to the city opened which was send the League Mason Tennis Classic Back in the Ninety S. I want actually WANNA radio contests for tickets for some. I forget what the Trivia question was by some trivia question and they asked me which days I wanted tickets forge session for. They gave me like all possible sessions and I picked the final Michael. Chang wanted that year and remember that so I remember that one and I might started mine. Vomit tournament is a ball kid when I was twelve years old. So for Eddie dibbs and Harold Solomon engage. All short guys like myself a shot. I thought that they might actually be on the court someday. But that didn't happen to turn this into Eddie. Dibbs podcast briefly. I believe I believe he was the one that came up with the term Bagel that sort of his lasting like they were they were the Bagel brothers. Eddie dibbs Herald Sun Herald was from Silver Spring Maryland. Down the street so there's Great Danes as Gray Days. So you own the tournaments. Since last year the term it was in danger of moving out of DC and it was for sale in you bought it and kept it in DC. Which I many others are grateful for. I'm just curious how. How is your first year owning attorney? What was that first experience? Like as you've been in tennis for a long time and other other serves two roles but was that experience like and I guess looking forward a little bit. What kind of stuff we are looking forward to for for twenty twenty. I'm it was. It was fantastic and we really had is a great fifty year old man. It's the fifth biggest tournament the United States one of only the only ATP five hundred in the United States and one of only five combined events and You know it was a really terrific event but we had this vision for how we can take to to totally new level and so even though we got it we literally only got control of it. In March I thank so it was a real sprint to get it ready. You know I think we did we really. I think revolutionized the event can complete change in the site. The Food and beverage the player experience. Everything we really wanted to touch. Every single component of the event our motto was that we would never say. We're doing something because that's the way it was done in the past where we're going to try to thank. Outta do things differently and you know. The results were incredible. We broke every record. The tournaments ever had everything shattered them on and what was really great. Was that when we started the week? It look good but it didn't look like it was going to break records that people came to the site and went to the new food area and tried the food people like Jose. Andres and people locally. We had the best ice cream plays July. The best coffee plays the best burger plays. Moei came and did stuff of through word of mouth it. Just people started coming incoming. We ended up selling out seven of the eleven sessions. And I think what it just showed to me. Was that tennis as we know from events like Indian Wells and the US Open and a whole lot of events when it's done well a high level people respond tenants fans common. They love it but then other people come. I think that was really rewarding to just see this great reaction and our team work really hard and so it's really gratifying. And then yeah we didn't I mean we we were. We are planning on building on last year. We have a whole set of new food and beverage partners new seating areas a whole bunch of stuff that we were about to launch the campaign to talk to people about in Indian Wells and obviously that was the first event to be cancelled and we also put a pause on our marketing efforts. It seems like in the current state of the world. That's not the most important thing but whenever we pick it up hopefully this year or whenever it is we're going to build on last year and just keep building and growing and We have really high really high goals for that sort of the moment. I think that everybody in tennis will point to is sort of when things got real and the corona virus situation for tennis getting cancelled which has happened very shortly before that terminus supposed to start the day before quality started. What was your reaction to that news and I guess had you had already been on your radar from from the city open perspective before then or was that really the wake up call moment. I think that was kind of I mean. There is a series of you. Know a series of things happen that heightened your sensitivity to it But that was maybe the tablets to saying. Oh Wow this is different back as soon as it happened. I texted one of my best friend who happens to own an NBA team. And I sent him a note and I said this isn't just for. Tennessee is big for all of sports. Because you know at that point no one had cancelled any. It wasn't just the percentage of that. It was the first major sporting event to be full. And Yeah and here. We are today. So yeah that whole time and and you know Indian Wells really is a mecca for everyone in the tennis world the whole global tennis community flocks there every year. And it's almost five hundred thousand kids almost big as the French Open or close to beg so some of that size and scale gets cancelled. It's opened a lot of people's lives up to the issue. We're dealing with what once you're once. You're that sort of alert happens. Then I guess. Obviously all the children's center immediately after that our media on standby like Miami Charleston. Houston but for you what. What was your thought process on how I'm watching? The ripples of this work their way through the calendar. You know it's so interesting ban. I mean that was not even I guess it was just about a month ago and you just today. We know so much more 'cause we're all quasi obsessed with every little detail of this if you can put yourself back to where we were a month ago. We had no idea about tests vaccines and treatments and social distancing. I don't think that at the time we necessarily at all thought. Oh this is gonNA endanger the prospects of hosting. The city opened obviously enters. Your mind was totally unknown. What we were dealing with a month ago and obviously all know so much more today but back then we thought. Maybe it's a possibility but we definitely didn't think that it was a foregone conclusion. What does this last month? Ben Like for you. What is it like sort of from this event? Obviously everyone's lives period. You're staying indoors like everybody else. I'm sure but what is your just from the from the Tennis City Open Van Vantage Point? What is it been like for this month or so? Yeah I mean look. The first thing that I focused on was just make sure my family is safe and healthy and that we were set up in a way so that everyone in the family would be okay. That was the first thing and then frankly bend the the next thing I had to focus on. Is that we have you know we own our own a lot of a bunch of companies and I really wanted to make sure that and it was clear this was going to be a rough economic time and so I wanted to make sure the people who work in those companies were in good shape as possible and I'm really proud that as of today we haven't had zero layoffs furloughs salary reduction just because we've been laser focused on figuring out how to. Mirol in pretty good shape and had resources but also just really protecting the people who work in those companies was my next priority so even I'm not going to the office. I'm working. I think I work pretty hard and I'm working harder now than ever just trying to do that. And then you know and then there is a lot of work around planning for the city open and it's different because it's not in front of us. Obviously I wanted to make sure the team that works on. It is safe so we were very early and having people work from home. And now we're just scenario planning bandit some you know. There's really four scenarios one is the event goes off as usual To is is that it goes off without fans which is the topic of a Lotta conversation in a lot of sports. Three is a hybrid where it goes off but there are some fans an enforce. Obviously it's cancelled and You know we're doing everything we can to problem solve and be creative to find a way that we can do it somehow but it only is going to happen if we can assure that it's safe for people And so just a huge amount of work going into China. Figure that out.
Tennis insider Sally Bradfield on her new book 'Not Quite 30-love'
"To no challenges raining. I am Ben. Rothenberg joined by my dear friend. Courtney I courtney and we are also joined by Sally Brad Field a longtime tennis communications official and the author of a New Book. Not Quite thirty love. Sally. Thank you for being ought. Thanks for having me. I'm thrilled. So your book. Let me just read the blurb. I think it's a good blurb novel Euro semi-autobiographical say something we'd like to believe that some days more than others semi can be covers a wide range graphical synopsis of the book the Blurb twenty-eight-year-old Katie. Cook Lancer Dream job. In the world professional tennis it was like being invited to the Academy Awards except they were all wearing brand attracts his Katie and Sydney to be not quite measuring up and make the move to follow her child obsession with professional tennis running away to join the circus of a world and finding work as a publicist racing around the globe. Faster than it can tiki tour creating Internet scandals wherever she goes. Katie is seduced by the appearance of Glamour and our weakness for bad boys. She falls one of trouble. Champions and starts trending relationship with an arch-enemy placing social media bombs in her way and hashtags. Haunting Katie. And her sleep. She navigates her way through a series of social media and love crises. Katie has some decisions to make. Does she want a hero or a career? Well she ended up happily ever after. What does that even mean? One thing is for sure. She'll never schedule an instagram post again. Hashtag girls can be heroes to stories written by insider and has been described as the devil wears product meets the exciting world professional tennis. Thank you for funding these things together. I'm excited I'm curious if you just give us a bio on yourself yet your tennis how you got into the sport before being in a professional and then once you've made it your your job. Yeah I was always obsessed with Tennessee's young girl. I had a very large crush on John. Mcenroe's I exactly the first drops of the book which were much more autobiographical had humanist But he got ripped out for the. Don't sue aspect of the game. They still have that first draft and I do. I do the right amount of money. Probably the Louis exactly exactly exactly at one point. We will do actual autobiography rather than thinly. Valves Dennis yes so sort of my my career of set a ninety six billion tennis but before eleven love with John McEnroe. Tennis was wonderful so I was doing real world jobs. I had a degree in marketing. Doing some marketing jobs Unfulfilled obvious is really boring. Fifty doing this crap and then was up one night watching Wimbledon with the Australian Times on the middle of the night watching watching love. And I'm interested in anything actually interested in these these copy of real job. He can't really working tennis for job. Scholley and show you guys have had signed that real job. And then that's how I started talking to people and following Lukine tross a who was a WHO and who and what contacted staff go to a job as an assistant the Sydney tournament it was the Pacers international which was really just about eating ice cream. Pink cream you started working on the tour then as a as a communications that was just looking for a tournament and a little bit of that and then eventually got my wife and got off at a job. Wti side out of that at the beginning of this century thousand new millennium new New Korean. Your life all that stuff sound starring. I our member saying to a bunch of people who've been working on the two of ages Michael Michael five-star hotels and you're GonNa have locker room service. And why? How could anyone ever big this? And they were like just white you ways we could you get sick of this and then I found out a nonstop sort of hamster wheel type situation very off day. Traveling Circus Right. You go and you sit you go to. It's such a weird rhythm rate because I traveled with the tour and pretty much tour of a fairly full schedule and yeah I like from the outside in every. How could you not love this when you get to watch tennis all day? You get to say at the Hilton here. The Mary out there the intercontinental here. The four seasons in Saint Petersburg get private cars get fed. All Braille true. Isn't it all true that that's not? That's not true but I'm curious to save you. When did it start to turn to be like? I mean. This is still a job though? I remember sitting in an airport on a wider Dubai. And that was it was well cost ten years into my time traveling fulltime with WTI and being straight in a lot. More since. I had to give living in Australia. Who Five you'd have two weeks off my take on like kill me. Now look on high intake dies of trying to get the lay off to come back. I remember seeing in an airport and wanting to cry because I was like I didn't WanNa be online new and then strangely enough coverage. I had the brand manager job for the promised me I will do. Minimal travel what ally that will come
"ben rothenberg" Discussed on The Body Serve
"That's also maybe like clay is not fast but on a hardcourt. He doesn't want to one of these sticky slow ass hardcore but also explain why he hasn't been able to win an Australian Open since two thousand nine in part because the semifinals and the finals are played at night. Just putting that out there but my my point in all of this is a this is this should not be news to folks at this point. Right on the women's side we have ash bardy the number one seed alive and she'll play number eighteen risk Number twenty two facing Patrick Vieira. Who again has quietly made her way through the draw with very few hiccups. Cocoa Gov and number fourteen Sony Canon and entrepreneur a number twenty seven one shown. I think the best case scenario for this tournament would be to have Ash Bharti win. What better scenario than to have her in this very What should I say? Precarious time with the natural disaster with the bushfires and her being one of the faces of it being the number one seed being her being so beloved being the face of the tournament to be able to do it and there aren't that many players of her caliber left in her way. Patrick a bit of a potential in the semifinals and then on the bottom. There's Simona halep still there. And there's a who is back and Kerber who has researched. I'll former champion ear kerber but six of the top ten seats are already gone right but bardy herself has rejected that whole sentimentality thing about an Australian winning. She said nobody cares. Basically nobody cares if an Australian wins. Here she cares about how people in her country are doing about like more important things than tennis. Which I really I liked pushing back. That whole like New Orleans Saints Winning Super Bowl thing. Do you know what I mean like that sort of triumph in disaster because athletes are in a privileged position. I'm saying for the tournament I didn't say for the people. Okay on the bottom. Half there we have contemplate facing Yvonne. Let's pause for a moment and talk about She on tech learn how to say her name. Because you're going to need to know she did a a little tutorial for you on the WTA twitter and listen Polish really hard and if you're a native English speaker it is incumbent upon us to at least attempt at least a good college try to say somebody's name right. We may miss but we can try. And when you say you mean folks who take on themselves to have the pulpit of a podcast that covers ten. Yes people who are people who are covering tennis on television if you are in the business of calling tennis players names if you are being paid to do so if you're being crowd funded to do so then. It is incumbent on you to make make an effort to pronounce names properly and my God. It's not be facetious. And flippant about. It's just a matter of respect like we. We may not get it right. One hundred percent of the time but we're trying at least is not pretentious to have a player. Want her name pronounce correctly. If you didn't get the CLUES NOT TRYING TO BE SHADY. But this is a critique of a segment that appeared on the tennis podcast recently that I have to take issue with because she on tech wanting her name pronounce correctly is not a objectionable. It is It's not pretentious. We can at least a make make an attempt. I have no intention of trying to colonize this woman's name. Her tutorial was also not obtuse. I thought it was. I thought it was very clear. And it becomes a matter of making an earnest effort to be in the vicinity the conversations. Very weird to me. You don't have to be right. I'm sure we're still not doing it right as we sit here on our pulpit but no but at least attempt to be in that were not steadfastly pronouncing it wrong on purpose. That's the difference. Sorry so the other so the round of sixteen and somewhat help number four versus number sixteen at least mertens help I mean Hell Cohen. This thing to like the bottom half is so wild to me really. The rest of the women's draw in general is is a huge huge question mark and honestly. I know that we sometimes find find ourselves in these situations where it's Oh my God anybody but that person and I don't think we have anybody here who fits that bill. A lot of people who've paid their dues a lot of people with immense talent and I be. I be okay with anybody. Winning Mu Bertha versus number nine Burton's McGrath is unseeded but like we and a lot of people have identified her as somebody who could win this thing and if she did it wouldn't be Shocking or or embarrassing or whatever because of her incredible talent. Shall we move onto the press? Shit show yes there have been. There have been some winners this week. One of my faves. I have developed a real affinity for Isleta launch this week because of how she played and also how she has maneuvered through through being a public figure she is. Well liked in Italy now because she is the Romans girlfriend. She's covered a lot more than she would be. Normally sorry I the. We're going to fix that because the Roman doesn't work. It doesn't work okay. She is dating Matteo and no. He's been bowed right. But you know this is why a lot of Italian journalists know her and she'll pop up in an Italian newspapers and stuff but she was asked by Waldo will not even asked. It was like the preface to a question. This may be the second time. You're playing a slam as a fiance to a player and she says fiancee. What kind of word is that? I think feed on Zata Z. Italian word but an English fiance and I'm not his fiancee. He then says how should I call your girlfriend and she says I guess Isla would be great too. Are you know what? And that's that on that but again we find ourselves having to deal with these situations at Baldo is doing and I will quote the right Latrice Royale and say the level of unprofessionalism is far too much. I thought you were going to say good. God girl get a grip. The at so many are applicable journalists. This week are determined to fan the flames to this. Not all and Curios feud that doesn't really exist if it does exist. It is completely one sided. Because Nick likes to poke in job and he likes to mock raw fas. Idiosyncrasies his ticks on court. And it's just it's not cute like I think we've established that we don't mind a little mess but when mess is completely mean-spirited it's it's not that funny I just don't like it also. I descend unprovoked. I don't understand how it becomes the immediate Goto so quickly in high-stakes pressure situations like didn't that Matt right without thinking he's mocking the doll doing the hair behind ears. And then picking the bill because he was called for a time violation. I understand yeah I get the no. I'm not telling you I'm I'm agreeing. That that's ridiculous and then similar does the same thing. Simone doesn't need any help to be an asshole like he doesn't need any encouragement and then the umpire was laughing. I don't I don't know who made a joke for a utilize at as the emperor. I don't know what's funny amend Nissim Oval in her press conference after she was just upset in. This tournament was asked about her father and then she had to leave the press room in tears. This was bad because the question was asked and then it was pushed. There was a follow up. And that's what really set her off and apparently the journalists who asked it was extremely apologetic and embarrassed as she should be but it was just a just a bizarre situation. These are not politicians. These are tennis players. Somebody asked rough yesterday quote. Do you like Nick. Do you get on with him. Guys you gotta be. You have got to be kidding me. You GotTa do better than this. What what could I would say that. I can't even be bothered by this because I find it so uninteresting at this point the Nick Rafa dynamic is not interesting. No this might be a good time for dramatic reading. This one was actually kind of delightful. This isn't a a failure on the job. This is a funny conversation. Ben Rothenberg did a good job of asking Serena Williams a question or line of questioning that it unearthed stuff. That we've been wanting to know from Serena. We do not believe Sereno when she when she responded to him. But it's something that's been kind of left to speculation for the last few years. So do I get to be Serena or you do not the fun of the last time I was been when we did a benthic really. Yeah I had to be although you speak Italian. But he was speaking English I've already practiced fine. I don't know what to tell you. Okay you mentioned not playing match since September. You haven't played any post you as open tournaments since two thousand fourteen really two thousand fourteen. Yes No. I don't believe that I need evidence. It's right no it means you're pretty committed to the schedule time flies. What has a new sort of mode? Ben Like for you. Does it help shortening your season on your own. How does that set you up? Here may be more rust but fresher. I know to be honest. I actually did plan on playing the championships I had no idea was going to qualify. Thank God I didn't. I was so happy I didn't qualify. I was training through it. Oh Man I gotta be ready so I would have played but didn't qualify. So that's the only thing. Yes so it's not on purpose every airplane and playing Beijing. It just doesn't happen every year. I tried to qualify for the championships. Thankfully I didn't last year. I'm telling you I promise it's by chance you won the championship three times in a row. I love going. I love supporting it. It's a great tournament so it's literally by chance. Is it at all gold this year? It's always a goal for me to make the championships. That's always my goal. The slams the championships those are something. That's super important to me. I have to say Benghazi through an entire sequence of questioning without freezing question as I'm curious style. Sorry then I know. Wenbin asked the question in press because it has I'm curious yes and the exchanges between them are not always that pleasant. No Serena was in the mood that day. I like the brazenness to lie like that is just. It's wild. Nobody can do that like Serena. Her fans mill. It's by chance that she hasn't played in the fall since two thousand fourteen girl. If you want to play Beijing like you said you would have played at least once. I do think there may be some truth to her possibly playing the championships if she back into the tour. I think that's possible okay. You're not going to say that. That was horrible. I mean she made literally no effort to qualify. But you don't not play. There's a lot of negatives there you don't end up not playing Beijing. Five years in a row by happenstance it does look intentional to shutdown season after the. Us Open which is fine. If that's your choice I was just truck that she was so insistent that it was purely accidental she is just one of a kind she weaves tales she weaves tales some query earlier in the week said that he will not be playing the Olympics and this is in keeping with is ner and some of the other American men who kind of scoff and make. It seem kind of Asinine that they would want to play. The Olympics John is ner takes Atlanta money instead of playing the Olympics Dogmas. He probably gets a big appearance feet. He says he would rather win. A Master's Indian Wells. Miami. I don't know about Rome or something like that though like God. Lison Sam's always trying to go for that. Ugly American stereotype is just a goal that he frequently reaches. Why wouldn't you WANNA win your own but listen these are the guys who as trumpers? Well we don't. We don't know that for certain as speculation. Sam has speculated trumpers or at least people who have aligned themselves with the role of Patriot. Yep Yeah Yeah that's fair. There is no greater role. Historically in Sport Davis Cup. Maybe in tennis. I'll give him that. Which has more tradition in dense but historically in sport? There's no greater patriotic role for one to play than to represent once country at the Olympic Games. So this disconnect I find to be Akin with a touch of xenophobia which we see manifested in this whole. Alwin something just not. Romer some yet. I win an American master is like one of the most venerable tournaments in tennis history. Jonah's Nur going to a country with impeccable cuisine and saying he can't find McDonald's or.
"Sports betting as Kenny learn the hardway is about out having as much information as possible before you bet or having friends who will share information with you go on so tennis sports bettors unlike Kenny. We have found this way to maximize the information they get do under the secret y-yeah you physically go to the match. Oh like be there live in person right right because if you're at home watching on TV there's a delay wait for like the umpire to press the button to get the score in but if you were there live you know before everybody else and so gamblers actually hire people to go to matches. They're called court ciders and I heard about them from this tennis journalist Ben Rothenberg. If you're courtside or you go to a tennis match you sit sit there and you push a button each time so I went to the point. If player a wins the point you press one button to player. B wins the point. You press another button. So are you telling me that it is somebody's job job to fly around the world and watch tennis matches and unlike press a button on their phone. That's a that is a job. Somebody could have right. You're in Monaco one week here in Madrid the next week come moths or what are we doing. Radio Okay so ben says there is a downside to this job. which is that tennis officials? Do not like anything that has to do with gambling. Is it feel icky as they make this kind of slippery slope argument where today maybe you're just sending scores tomorrow. Maybe you're like offering a player a bribe to take take a dive why that seems like quite a quite a slope but okay so what is developed is this kind of cat and mouse game right on one side. You've got the court. CIDERS sitting in the stands ends drying to send their updates on the other side. You've got the the officials from the tennis tournament trying to stop them. So at any given tournament match there will be people who are called spotters who are surveying the crowd walking around taking looks looking at their book of faces that people thin apprehended or who are known court ciders and matching people up so ben was at this tournament in Charleston and he actually saw one of these court ciders getting taken out by the security guard though and they sort of pinned him to the ground and I noticed that he had a wig wig that had fallen off his wig. We're kind of a WIG. was that was like a long hair. He said it was just like some cheap halloween week. It was obviously like Lens. It came off CERTA. The JIG was up ten system odd characters but even by those standards that was that was pretty strange. What is interesting to me about. What's going on. Here used to be the way you made money. If you're a tennis association was you sold Broadcasting Rights Yeah but then a few years ago they figured out hey we can sell the score the data rate we can sell forty fifteen forty thirty deuce right. We can sell that on to gambling websites to news sites okay A. and if I'm running a gambling website I'm obligated to do that otherwise my thing isn't going to work exactly but the court siders then are in direct competition with that stream of data there pirating the data the tennis organization would argue right then. It's a strange thing from a more free speech point of view honestly and here's a legal question. I mean I'm at a match and talking to you on the foam at the match and say Hey Nidal's up to one in the first set. I can't imagine that I'm breaking any rule by doing that. But the tennis this data rights police would say that you were in fact they say it right on the ticket if you go to the US Open the fine print on your ticket said something about how you are not allowed to transmit information for gambling purposes if they catch you court citing they kick you out. If you come back they will charge you with trespassing. His name is a casino that kicks people after counting cards. Counting Card is not against the law but it is against the House rules the Casino and tennis tournaments have that same kind of casino ethos that's when it comes to court
Daniil Medvedev claims first Masters title in Cincinatti
"The world's best men's tennis player at least at this moment is deal medvedev going into last week. The twenty-three-year-old russian had made two consecutive tournament finals here in washington d._c. And then in montreal then this past week in cincinnati he we used huge first and second serves and really solid for hands back ends to beat world number-one electric in the semi finals and divvied viewed goffin in the final to win the biggest title of his career and move up to a career-high number five in the world behind only jovic rafael nidal roger federer and dominic team stephens hero. The eighth ranked stefanos citybus. Thank you is owen foreign his career against gets medvedev seats apostol ben rothenberg last week than medvedev plays sloppy adding. It's good sloppy. He can make you miss without your understanding how you just missed you. Miss shots that you don't mess. That's deep kind of. I watched medvedev in d._c. So i have a good sense of how well the dude is playing but i it didn't know before i saw a pretty oblique tweet on sunday. Is that three years ago medvedev was defaulted from a match on the second tier challenger tour. You're in a match which was played on clay and savannah georgia medvedev. Who was then ranked number. Two hundred sixty in the world was playing donald young young as a black american can player in the first at the chair umpire. A black woman in sandy franch went down to the court to check the ball mark on shot medvedev hit. There was close to the sideline. She called the ball out giving young the point which led medvedev mark. I know that you are friends. I am sure about it. After the game was over french called over tournament supervisor advisor medvedev was quickly defaulted for what the united states tennis association later referred to as questioning the impartiality of the umpire based on her race. There is unfortunately precedent for that incident in two thousand one. Australian lleyton hewitt claimed that a black line judge at the u._s. Open was calling foot-faults on him to to favor hewitt's black opponent american james blake. I've only been foot-faulted of one end. Look at him. Look at him. Look at him. Mate hugh had said look at him. I and you will tell me what the similarity is. Get him off. The court. Look at what he's done. Hewitt was not penalized during a match or afterwards the u._s. Us open tournament director brian earley who you may remember as the guy who came on the court during last year's yes open final when serena williams demanded to speak to the terminent director during her her conflict with chair umpire carlos ramos early ruled that there was no violation of quote grand slam code of conduct and that quote the evidence events was inconclusive as to the intent of mr hewitt's remarks to the chair umpire q._a. for his part said i come from a multicultural country. I'm not racial any way at all. Though hewitt didn't get sanctioned. John mcenroe called his on-court statement unforgivable. It has indeed followed hewitt for his whole career areo still hear people mention it when hewitt's name comes up medvedev's words have gotten less attention because they came in a minor league event probably also because he wasn't yet well known when it happened as far as i know medvedev has never commented on this <hes> the incident did get brought up in two thousand seventeen when at wimbledon medvedev eh opened his wallet and started throwing coins at the base of the umpire's chair to make a not so subtle point about the empires bias alleged bias towards his opponent it
"ben rothenberg" Discussed on Slate's Hang Up and Listen
"I think you nailed it right on the head in in terms of just the toughness that I think continues to surprise us. I mean, I've been interviewing Naomi's since she was sixteen years old. And she's always been saw. Spoken very introverted, very shy and just kind of very interior with just everything about her just doesn't give much away. So you end up projecting and you ended up just trying to fill the void. And the mystery that that surrounds her and just in the way that she comports herself. Personally, it's very easy to think that she's too soft in a lot of ways that she didn't have that tenacity that was needed to pull off what she's done now in the last two slams, especially in the circumstances in which she's done it. And it continues to surprise me. But I do remember a moment after she won the US open. And the next day I interviewed her, and I just happened to be standing, you know, with her agents and her team, and we just kind of all were saying, you know, maybe this kid is actually a lot stronger than we give her credit for because what she had to deal with in New York. She will never have the Bill with everything like that. Again, her personality really is in Deering. But now that she's one these two slams back to back at some point athletes. Become real big superstars and have. That thirty happened for her, right? But they have to be public facing. And there's going to be a ton more attention and media and outward stuff that she's going to have to be a public figure is she is her team are they working on this? I mean is this something that's important to them and to her or is this just the sort of organic process of someone growing up. It's curious because she does enjoy the interview process. She likes being presented with questions that maybe she hasn't thought about before. And it just makes her think and kind of. I guess discover herself in real time in a lotta ways. So that part of it is okay. I think it's just the energy that is required. You know to kind of do all that. And she is on the verge of global superstardom. I have no doubt she'll be number one on the Forbes list within two or three years in terms of the highest earning female athletes in the world took you Olympics or coming up. So there's going to be a lot of demands in her, you know, sponsorship portfolio is only growing and these are massive brands, these aren't, you know, little podunk brands here there Nisshin A N A, you know, all of those. So how she handles that his key. But her family is so good at grounding her, and I think that she has the proper perspective with respect to it all which is I just wanna be a tennis player. I'd never got into this to be famous. So she knows that she has to win matches in order, the backup all the other stuff. She definitely does seem to have a sense of humor in interviews to right. I mean, maybe it doesn't come through. And she's standing on the court in front of Helms with people and. An interview projected to millions watching. But Ben Rothenberg had a piece in the times back in two thousand sixteen when she was sixteen years old court news podcast partner. The great bend. I know him. Well, and you may have even been there for this interview where she responded to a question about what she what she wanted to accomplish. And see said to be the very best like no one ever was. And then when there was no recognition from Ben or whoever else was in the room. She said, let's Pokemon quote. So funny. Oh, she's a Larry. I mean, she's made. She's dropped meek mill references in in press conferences with respect to knock getting wanting to get pasted by the same opponent back to back. She's, you know, drops his pop culture references gaming references in her press conferences, all the time. She's very funny very self deprecating. And you're right, it it never comes across in her her on-court trophy ceremonies to be fair. She's only won three titles. She doesn't have a lot of experience in those as of as of right now. But the, but that'll come, and I think that with her there's just something very natural and very authentic with what she brings to.
"ben rothenberg" Discussed on The Tennis Podcast
"Therefore, you don't. I'm sure there is I have to say that is not a strategy of deployed yet. But now you've put the seed in my mind, oh. Well. I mean, if there's a time to play Steven's that I much if the season is absolutely the one she's foam a lot to lose the first round than she is to lose a cool to final. Really win over Stevens. It would set comes about really nicely on wise. And she's tool in the off-season. Then if you saw his speech to the Oxford Union, David. But she's she's been more candid than she's ever been before about the burn out the mental van out that she experienced off the pitting the heights that she did a year and a half or so ago. Well, no share with a with a number of the British writers as well. After that speech that she she she she had a lunch with them and taught again, they're quite candidly about the coaching relationship. She has with STA Mitri zella, hav, isn't it? And that he was trying to get her to just take more responsibility for own game. But she seemed to be as you say so taking more responsibility for her own life and Horon career arc within the person the chance years, which is somebody that yet does have some some ability, and as we all do, but she starting to really understand her limits. And as you say she she admitted she she'd gone over them gone pass them. Yeah. And I think that's I deny that feels significant for me in Jake cleanser, I've talked about her before is if feeling like she needed to almost hit Natasha yourself in order to to become the play that she did become. For that period. And you will miss want to see his bagel to to to do what she did in a more conscious. Self-aware state. Do I sound like Novak Djokovic? She she needs to get in touch with her higher, vibration. It's it's all. Yeah. But I I mean looks like a horrible drool which Joe conference is had more than her fair share of since she dropped out seeded positions into ornaments sheep. Boy has she felt the shop. And I think it was Ben Rothenberg that tweeted a list of a draws over the past six month her first round drawers, and it's all been Ostapenko. Serena Sloan Stevens, I think she's had a couple of times. A few of the absolute nightmares in the bed. Anyway, I think I think I think it could be a really good rule for J concert. It was a stew Fraser, incidentally, who tweeted that run of. Sorry. That's right from the times. And it was also got the name wrong. It's Dmitri Zevulun not Zeljka evolve. Does that make sense? Yes. Okay. I just I just thought if I got that name, right? So Google did and an era came up. So I actually looked together. And it turns out spelt it wrong and pronounced it wrong. The same old nothing is new in two thousand nine hundred folks, we are still pronouncing names wrong, sunny, I am the so it's going to be very interesting Bruce been that to me is the most interesting of all the tournaments in this first week of the year. It just typically is I think being a men's and women's tournament always strong. I just love Brisbane love watching that ornament. Doha is on his well jock of it. She's their team catching off Pune is where Chile withdrawn with a knee injury. Which do think is significant. I mean hope he's going to be okay. But that's that's not something that would happen unless it was. A real problem. I wouldn't thaw Anderson is the top seed, they're Auckland has wasn't yacky as the top seed and as a rinca against Venus Williams, round one. And this is this is where you get some seriously interesting, I trans- because of these older players and injured players who end up lowering. Yeah. As a rank Reagan's Venus. I rams..
"ben rothenberg" Discussed on Slate's Hang Up and Listen
"Matches and all tournaments, including grand slams this makes for some extremely long marathon matches at grand slams Wimbledon this year, tall dudes who struggle to break their opponents, or John is ner and Kevin Anderson played for six and a half hours until the match finally ended in the fifth set at twenty six, twenty four eight years ago is ner and equal. MO who played a match that lasted eleven hours over several days with a fifth set that ended at seventy sixty eight. There's increasingly agreement that these marathon five-set matches or too long. They ruined the players for their next match. They mess up tournament schedules. They turn would be tennis fans off from the game cetera, and that the solution to this is to institute a fifth set tiebreak at all of the grand slams right now, the fifth tiebreak is only in place at the US open, but I think the problem isn't the lack of tiebreak in the fifth set it is that the even get to a fifth set by matches can easily last longer than five hours even. Just to get to seven, six, it's too long and it's bad for the players. It's bad for the game with the only upside being some twisted emphasis on like manliness and stamina. I think the fact that men and women play different length matches a few times a year. Anyhow, is pretty silly and outdated. So the idea that grand slam should make the men's matches best of three starting to pick up steam. Caitlin. Thomson mentioned this idea on this podcast last month after Wimbledon tennis journalist, Ben Rothenberg has repeatedly made the case for ending best five on Twitter. Also in March of this year, Billie Jean King made her case for it from the players perspective. She said, personally, I don't want the men playing five sets anymore. I think it takes too much out of them. One time the players played in the Australian Open. Final took six hours. They can hardly walk off the court. I guarantee you that this took a year off their careers, so that might have been an exaggeration, the Europe, the careers, but there's definitely an argument for quality over quantity. Tennis has evolved rackets are better players hit harder. Dish. Inning is better and the rallies just last much longer than they used to. Some of the game is changing and tennis should change with it and get rid of five sets at grand slams. The really fascinating I I agree with you, but the really fascinating thing here is that pretty much all endeavors that I can think of in which the men have, you know, had whether it's a longer length of match or a longer distance the way that a quality has been reached as that, you know now we'll have women run the marathon because we no longer think that they're like uteruses will fall out if they run twenty six miles or like the twenty twenty Olympics Katie. La- Decky is now going to be able to swim the fifteen hundred meter freestyle, which for some dumb reason. AK sexism, there was no fifteen hundred meters for women. It was only for men, but this is an example. And I think you know, you make a good argument that the way to get a quality for the men to do less right. Also just logistically if the women were also playing five sets at grand slams tournaments would have to last like what, at least a week longer. Will anyone think of the poor tournament organizers Vinson? What do you have for us? What is your George rose barklay? I would like to talk about NBA players in August. There's this cliche these days that the NBA is a twelve month league that after the finals in June, you get the draft, you get free agency in July, and then you slide ride into training camps and and all of a sudden in October, it's the season, but it's not true. It's an eleventh month league. And in August these guys seem tremendously board. I'm sure that you know in their lives outside of when we see them, they're watching tape of last year. They're working on jump shots and post up moves and things that enhance their game there in the the the, the weight room, some of them John wall by the way seems to have been in the weight room. There's a picture of him and he looks like me. The most gratifying thing I've ever seen, but in there's this odd ritual that's only kind of become visible visible to us through social media..
"ben rothenberg" Discussed on The Adam Carolla Show
"Brian. I know I don't like any. I don't care what he's referring to just be able to say that. I just think in my, here's what I think. I think you should be able to say, gorilla like rela warfare. I think you should be able to say gorilla like silverback a real. As long as you say for white people, black people, people, women doesn't matters like yes, rushing like a gorilla. I don't want you thinking what colors, everyone and what's everyone going to think about everything all the time. I my my Martin Luther, King blind sort of thing. Is you just talk how you would talk and about a tennis thing. Now, if you show me a never ending real of this guy, simply calling black players using guerrilla. We just black players and never white players. Then we, then we got a call him into the office and go, why does this incidence? You know? But if we don't short of that, he's just calling a game and they do have guerrilla warfare tactics. Right? So I now, here's my point. Doug Adler is the analysis and the guy's name is somebody from the New York Times, a freelance writer from New York Times by the name, Ben pussy. Rothen Berg go by that. I added the pussy. Oh, he's the one who decided to take it upon himself, tweet this out, get it to ESPN and then get this guy file this. The part that raises me is this part where we are now, we are now at the mercy and imprisoned by stupid people like the smart people who knows what guerrilla tactics means. Now is a prisoner of the dump people who don't know what it means. He's calling her gorilla well, and that's exactly how it's spelled in this tweet. Yes, exactly. Ben, the don't people don't know of now imprisoned. All smart people. Ben, the pussy Rothenberg wrote. This is some appalling stuff. I also love. Okay. Ben, your fucking hero because you're palled everyone. Else's watching a game, but we're all we're all just junior college educations. We don't have Ivy league education like you, so we're not easily. We're just awash masses and we all want our guns and WalMart and bibles, but you you're operating different level hero ban. This is some appalling stuff. You fucked up then horrifying that the Williams sisters remain subjected to, I should say a subjected to it still in two thousand seventeen. Yes, because we all know that. The Williams sisters have to go to enter through the back of the restaurant. They have to stay in a separate part of the hotel that can't get out of the car and go with the rest of who's made more money in tennis than the Williams sisters over the last decade and a half and who's who's better regarded who wins more SP's, who's who's who's who looked up to more Williams. Nobody Ben Rothenberg might have show so this. Yeah, that's that's a hero. All you have to do. If you're yes, p-n is stand up and go. All right. Look more on. This is tennis term that's used on occasion to describe a tactic in tennis, and he used it here and he's used it in the past on a variety of players from variety of nations and nationalities, and go back to whatever you do, what he says, you're not imprison any longer. They buckled they fired him does. We're all imprisoned role prison because to sh- bags like Ben Rothenberg. And yeah, go back to what you do, which is watching Teletubbies and looking for homophobic, Nazi, ask overtones, and some of the red in the pink. Simplicity to any professional right now for self-preservation it I'm not saying it's an overarching idealistic world setup, but I am saying, hey, if you're an announcer, you gotta you gotta figure out a way to just avoid this whole crap and do I do when fishing, but until our comedians until. Ben die. No until know until there's until the people until the people running businesses inside a more corporate environment where art and perhaps rock and roll isn't. But in a more corporate environment like sports announcing you got your bosses have to have your back. How about when they have your back? This ends? How about like heroes, like ban just fucking keep their shit to themselves instead of finding racism wherever they can't others..