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Episode 293a: Australian Open 2021 - Round 1 Round-up

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Episode 293a: Australian Open 2021 - Round 1 Round-up

"The welcome to new challenges remaining as we wrap up the first round of the twenty twenty one australian open. I've been rothenberg joined by. Ncr's intrepid middle east correspondent reema below rim. Just before we started recording meyer. Sharieff of egypt won her first match at the french open against our favorite hardwood floors surface. Specialists khloe pat k. Can you tell us what was the exclamation you had. Yeah i said which is kind of like a combo of venus and like you go girl lake. Yeah baby weird egyptian slang. But yeah i am very excited. Obviously this is huge history made and yeah especially that it was on hardcourts. She's obviously more comfortable on clay and fast surface so i think this was big definitely big. She has winning Started yet are still underway against you. Von johanna konta bit. We're going to be much more big picture. That just a very quick wrap up of what's happened in the first two days to the australian open. What are your. What are your top line first impressions before i give you any sort of specific what what is your first overall impression of determined through two days. I think a lot of the players who whether they were in hard quarantine or whether they've been away for a long time someone like a curious or most players have done really well. I didn't necessarily see lots of ugly tennis. Maybe those were the matches that i watched. I think one of the people who i thought struggled a little bit with team team was pushed really hard by In the first set set and a half or two even throughout the whole match but other than that like i watched like sinner shop. Oh they were very very good. That was an incredible match for me. That was like the match of the day on day one. I don't watch too many of the women. Unfortunately because it was assigned men's matches snow. I saw jala who was very good. Obviously serena really really good. They finished really fast both Asaka playing chunk of a first-round. I thought that would have been harder. Novak was obviously flawless. He won like three one unto against charity. So yeah overall not that many surprises. Were you surprised by anybody. Well no not really. I mean it's not a surprise. I guess and we're gonna this'll be the first surv- segment of the player. Focus part of the show. Ground couple player interviews and stuff but as rank losing to Gula is the biggest results of terms of like big name relevant player going out but we had known that she was hard. Quarantine for two weeks in pula wasn't and so that was had a real shot in the match into had talked with episode. You'll hear from her and she knew that virtually she. She said she forgot it during the match. But knew it before the match realized after the match to But yes so. That was that was there. I think there's sort of. I think this first two rounds is from is can be kind of like shaking off the sort of like the unequal. Prep like type questions. And then once we get to the third second third round. Let's say conservatively. I think everything will very normal. Like if you made it. Through two rounds. There's no there's no baggage. There's no hiccups. It's not about what you were doing two weeks ago. At that point. I feel like it's true but i also think that looking at the results the rini mixed results. I cannot draw conclusions from these results and say like oh people weren't hardcore really bad someone like for example who was in hardcore unseen. Really good match against petkevich like it. I don't know there are several i. i can't i. I don't think it would be fair to draw conclusions. Honestly if you had shown me this draw twelve months ago during the twenty twenty australian open for a little bit more than twelve months ago during the twenty open and said this is the first two days of the two thousand twenty one australian open. It'd be like it looks plausible. Nothing that's like crazy. I mean nothing is particularly like. Wow something must be up here because scoreline happened to this person. I mean some of the things you know are continuing like goffin continues to struggle. That was the story from last year. Like lost in five to Lexi randall it's not horrible. Loss mafia got really emotional. He has spoken a lot about his struggles. He just can't for. Some reason is really struggling. Since the pandemic and i think that was such a. I don't know i. I've never seen gal fuel. Look that emotional or like sat like he's emotional but usually happy emotional. It was sad to see him that way but also he played a guy who by of all the people who have played. He played with the guy who was his practice partner for two weeks. So i think that it's i mean. I think this is going to talk about this show later. Which we'll get with jessica gould but like after all after the two weeks being there in it was hard quarantine or just on that room for five hours a day. It's still a very intense experience being there. Waiting anticipating your first match right. I do feel like it. Makes a lot of anxiety or stress of these moments heightened her people. You've had so much time to anticipate your first match and to wait for it. I make things a little bit more fraud in the other thing My biggest impression on the first two days suspended. The crowd has not been what we're used to at the australian open. I know that they obviously have limited attendance but its basic. It's it's barely. I believe that was seventeen thousand for day one which usually around the cap was set at thirty thousand. That's well well under the cap of what they were putting. I think that just makes the energy a little bit different and a little bit maybe tougher. Especially if you're on outer corp. Maltese was not on a main courtroom putting recovery. He's not going to get any somebody who feeds off crowd energy so if he's out on like an outer court that's pretty empty. He's he's he might feel even more flat not sort of pull through in. So i we'll see how that continues to play if it's a neutralizer what that's the main reactions just like it doesn't feel the same way. The ot slams didn't feel like themselves last year after the pandemic but this one we were sort of. I think it was billed. Morris like tennis back to normal a little bit and it hasn't been visually an audio The crowd is not the same plus if anything. I think the smaller courts are better. The outside courts are better because the big stadiums. It's very jarring to see these. Big statements emcee for big names in melbourne whereas the outside courts like some of them. Barely have any seating so people like with my artist match for example. She was on court six but they were just like. I don't know not many fans that's one of the very smallest courts. Yeah but i mean there's a lot of these so i don't know but i agree. I agree it's very weird to see to see those trillion open allowing fans and not having that many fans and stands. I'm sure there's an explanation for that I think one of the main things for that. From what i can. There's two factors. I think from talking to people in australia about this friends of mine down there. I think there's two things. The first one is the lack travel. Obviously this is a big part of it. I think something as looking at their stats. They put on passers more than half of australian open fans or ten dis. They say in like twenty twenty came from outside of melbourne. Like around fifty something percent so like above half not much happened about half so that includes elsewhere inventory but also a lot of people come from sydney and then obviously big decent Trump people Internationally too big bucket kind of trip. The australia for for a lot of people and pretty much. None of people are making the travel domestic travel to it's very fraught Occasion state border closures. When people are very reluctant to leave their home state. Go somewhere else in. Just not feeling the ease of travel in the second thing is that even now. A friend who lives in victoria could take the train to the tennis. Was saying that people just don't it. It feels like a big step you know going back to a big public event. You know after spending so much time like just like you feel a little bit apprehensive still about doing it and we'll see how that comes back. those are two things that tim will need to be. You know kind of as they were in order to feel like itself again will be easy. Travel domestic international and he will being eager and willing to get in big crowds again. And so maybe maybe this maybe this is just showing that even if the numbers are pretty much zero. They are in australia. That maybe those things. Don't aren't mike flipping a switch as quickly as maybe we thought. And the third thing. I mentioned that Lockable mentioned also said. This is taking place in february rather than january. Means that the school kids are back in school and don't have as much free time to be wandering around with grounds passes in such another thing from a different perspective is for the players. I was surprised when team not surprised. I didn't think about it. That way team was saying yesterday actually the players are now meeting to readjust playing in front of fans because he was like the beginning. It was very strange playing with fans and then there were just some fans in roland garros. And then there were no fans after that and then he was like in adelaide. There were four thousand people. And i was suddenly like. Oh wow like. I need to get used to this again so which i didn't even realize was thing so i'm wondering if and when stadiums do get back to the hopefully they will get back full capacity the at some point that must that will probably qualify requires some adjustment from the players. Also one life. I wanna give a shout to before wrapping up. Here just is gonna be pretty brief. The indresco is great to see her back. She looked very sharp and played against Who actually really good too. That was a very high quality match Entrusted wins it in three after coming back from down love. Forty three all in the In the third set she digs out of that hole in the winds that final set six three just her sort of like charisma and energy on court. I really missed. It's it's unique in it feels. It's very powerful presence out there and seeing her back looking relatively not. That rusty was pretty cool so good to see beyond convictions. One percent want to single out and she's in a fun section withdrawal against shapes away next in the winner of that one to play against venus. Or sarah ronnie the second i saw bianca court i was like oh my god. I missed the so much like she really does. Have that charisma. You're talking about you. You can't not watch like i was on a diff- i was working on something else but i had to put up on the like. She's just great to watch. And i really really really hope that she stays healthy. Absolutely fingers crossed for that fingers crossed for everyone down there to have a good time. Stay healthy enjoy. The tennis he re. We're now going to hear from Match mentioned victoria azarenka. Who made the us open. Final last year won the australian open twice lost in the first round seven. Five six four to jesse pa- gula and here is what azarenka had to say about the fun the tournament twice he aaron dumb and obviously he had such top preparation going in. I guess people wondering whether or not that that impacted on on how you perform i it. Of course it has impacted. We know somebody who was coming out hardcore In may be has been able to adjust. Well they'll be like oh maybe has an impact and somebody who lost early we'll sale of course every it's impacted like it will be hard to say like. Was that the best preparation for me. No but you know. Try to sit here and find an excuse because of quarantine and and this is just something. That as i said it is what it is. I'm disappointed that wasn't able to perform that. I knew i could That's a bit hard to accept today. because i knew i i could do. I know i can play better a lot better but i the same time. I feel that. I've tried everything i can to be able to be prepared but unfortunately it hasn't worked out for me left. What you did to prepare for the tournament getting released from the lockdown or even during the lockdown itself. How did you get yourself ready. The most creative way possible as against the wall in the sofa cushions and testing work. But i think the biggest impact For me personally has been not being able to have fresh air and that really to toll. They really took a toll um for for me to adjust the enter the same time. It's something like. I don't know how to prepare after two two two weeks quarantine to play in six days match or five days match. I don. I don't have a blueprint of how how to how to prepare. So it's all about like trying to figure it out. And i did not figure it out. Not not this time a tough loss for azarenka but it's a big win for jesse gwu's in a very solid number of them recently as she built herself into being very reliable hundred player creeping on the edge of the top fifty jesse. You deep longtime ansi. Our listeners may remember was a guest on the show way back in twenty thirteen. One of the i guess we ever had. She's missed a lot of time on tour cents cemeteries injuries and so she's still maybe as an unequality some people at but it's getting more and more. Now listen the good section that you ought to become even more known after this so we thought it'd be good to check up with jessica gula for her thoughts on the match quarantining and more. I don't know if you remember like eight years ago in charleston coroner did one with you. There at the at that tournament episode was looking at up before he came in. So i was waiting. It was like thirty three and now this episode to ninety three. So you've been around for a while on the on the tour do you. you're still of. It's the only twenty six but you feel like a veteran who has seen it all at this point or do you feel like a lot of this world is still feeling nudie. You know this is all still new. I was just talking to isla tomato since she was like. Gosh it's crazy. How young everyone is like you hear the year. They're born in your life. Oh my gosh. Like people used to say i was young. And she's like. I don't feel that old neither do i. I guess that's good. But no i don't i really don't i honestly like i mean you guys know. I had so many injuries where i was out for two years at a time when i was back in two years so i really don't feel like i don't feel like i'm the her in like a lot of these experiences are still new to me. I mean is the first time. I've won a first-round here in. Yeah i know. I've been playing pretty consistent the last couple of years having good results. But that's just. Because i stayed healthy so i yeah i don't really. This is all very new. I don't feel very old. Do you feel like your business all just like you said probably of your health that if you had had the good health before this trajectory was going to be there or are you unlocking things. That weren't there before. Also now i think i like. I'm a big believer in like everyone's journeys very different. And i think that i learned so many things when i was out for being hurt so i can't honestly say that if i was healthy i would have been as good to be honest. I probably don't think so. Maybe i would have made more runs or gone to high ranking but i think that i learned so much from You know the couple years here and there that i was out you know about my body fitness how to train better ways to train. You know what works for me. That maybe isn't the same as someone else. So i'm honestly think it's a good thing. I think it was meant to happen. So this is kinda mindset will not when you look at your things you're achieved. What is this win today over. A player like tour as ranko has won this tournament twice Where to sort of rank for you had you put this in context of this whole journey of yours. I mean i think it's definitely. I o obviously considering choosing the street. Quarantine wasn't feeling well. All factors still set aside. I mean i think that yes definitely one of my bigger wins just to beat her here. You know first round where she's played so well and she's coming off a good end of last year. She was really starting to play back like how she used to. So i think yeah. I think mentally it was. There was a lot of things to overcome today. may seem easier because she hasn't practicing or you know she was. She was feeling what the end. And that's all true. But i mean honestly to me. I think it's almost harder to win. Matches like that sometimes Mentally knowing okay. She has been practicing. Okay she's not feeling well you know and then you saw. She played pretty well there for a couple of games. 'cause she's kind of like you know screw whatever hitting balls so yeah as. I'm proud that i was able to overcome. You know stuff like that in dance is definitely one of the top if not the top. I don't know. I guess when one of the big talking points in the whole tournament today not match but a lot of the matches like how big an impact will be when there's a plant one player who was in hardcore team thing. It's a player who wasn't and there's a bunch of their matches that are like that unsurprisingly. Today how much were you thinking about that before the match in terms of if that adds confidence for you. That's pressure if it had you know you really shouldn't lose to someone who is in her quarantine or changed tactics. How does that knowing that difference. How does that affect you before. Match anecdotes during the match. I mean knowing her. I mean you know. She's going to go out there and buy an play. Well i mean she's a champion. She's not just because she didn't play for two weeks. Obviously yeah maybe movement reaction time a little bit. But i mean she's still gonna play. Well i mean she was playing well five to you know so. I honestly didn't really kind of forgot about it. Until after the match day. And i won and i kind of like realized. She wasn't heartburn team like it didn't really wasn't really in my mind. I think it was more harder dealing with it at the end of the second set when she clearly wasn't feeling well and then i kinda like maybe she's not used to the heat. Maybe you know like different things. I think it was more just need closing that match out. Because i had a match last week where i played sony canon and i was upset in four one playing pretty well and i didn't close it out and she ended up getting back in the match and then playing very very good third-set so there's a lot of things going on but yeah i think you just i mean it is what it is. I mean it it sucks. Obviously i wasn't in heartburn t. I know a lot of the girls. Were i know them. And they're like yeah. You know it sucked. But i think it's just you know you gotta deal with it and you're dealt so. I'm glad that i took advantage of it. If that you know did play into it and help me again. I'm glad that i took the opportunity to do that. Because i mean all in all she still wanted to be me. I wanted to be her. So it's kind of you know once you get out there whenever you want to win just also on that emotional sort of side to. I've just been wondering how magnified everything would feel in this first round because you've been there waiting for this match for so long term too but it's very much in the shadow of the grand slam. It's on the horizon so having to wait you know the two weeks in the hard or still pretty tough. Nineteen our quarantine. All for this. Like i imagine is a patient like wondering what your draw is going to be all sorts of stuff like how just like i would feel like everything would be really heightened. I don't know if it's experienced to does that. Seem like it's survive. The now i think stakes are higher. It was definitely heightened. I think just because everyone's been cooped up. Obviously we had the week before which i think really helped because it did kind of feel like we were already not playing the australian open but we were here like it was at the same site. We're doing the same things like so. I think that actually really helped. At least it helped me. But yeah of course. Everything feels heightened just knowing the quarantine you know the people that were stuck in this an all like all the stuff going on. I think everyone was definitely heightened and again the awesome things weren't fair compared to other players. But i mean there's nothing you can really do about it at certain at a certain point but yeah emotionally. It was a little tough. But i i was able to play last week and i think winning a couple of matches really helped. 'cause i was in abu dhabi and i lost a tough one first-round spilling so like it was almost two week. Quarantine quarantine time seemed a little bit more stressful than the week before. Just because i'm i'm gonna just got two matches before i got here because i think that definitely helped loosened me up is my i am not being show you for ten years and i'm just curious what mom biggest questions like what the vibe is like there because it looks different on tv. There's not a lot of crowds when we can see a court like what is what is it. You've been there before. Obviously like what is it. Was it feel like on the ground. And that's what. I'm most curious. It's definitely not as busy on the grounds doesn't you don't really have that energy that when you walk out there you kind of feel like everyone around you even on tv when you kind of watch like you know the pan out you're using all these people and there's not but i like playing on a obviously a bigger court and having a lot of people in a ton of people but it was enough to where when the cheering and stuff happened it did still seem loud so that was really the fun for me because you could definitely. I didn't really notice that much. With i mean i'm sure it looked more empty on tv but it really didn't feel like it. So that's been nice. But i think inside everything feels kind of the same but yeah when you kind of walk outside. It doesn't quite how the same energy by yeah. I mean it feels okay like going to the you know when you go to eat when you go downstairs when you're in the media room it all seems still pretty normal. I think but vince. Through the inner like guts like doing the same thing then. Yeah i know what you mean because like yeah when you walk outside or when you're watching on tv it it seems weird. It doesn't seem the same like all. This is your third weird slam. You would have played the now. Just how different. How different of each of these things. I in each will branch. But yeah what was your how would i. Would you describe differences. Feel like the us open to the french open and reached its own sort of definitely. The crowd. Here is definitely feels more alive than us. Open us open. It's a huge site and it just felt dead because there was nobody there so that did feel that felt weird especially because i played a bit of a like night match on ash and it was just dead. I was like this is so like awkward and so is he. This is definitely the best for sure because there's fans as far as like logistics go. Obviously we did the quarantine which is really tough but then we were able to. Now we can go out to dinner and we can do stuff. And you. Don't feel as kind of cooped up in the french. There was kind of fans there. But i didn't plan courts alike. It felt that there too and the weather was terrible. So that made that actually was what made it. So bad was it literally was raining and cold. I've played late every match in every match. It was just it was like it was horrible. Conditions are so bad. There's a lot of attention on mike the players quarantines complaint and some of that before the tournament and i was wondering if the vibe in the city when you've been out feels around the tennis than in years past if i don't know how you would quantify that how that might you might perceive that but dishes survive in melbourne 'field different a little bit like maybe not quite as busy I guess they just went back to work like last week. So i think it's. It's starting to see more busy when we first got here. We are obviously in our hotel rooms even looking outside like it seemed kinda dead but i guess they just went back to work kind of las week. School went back in session. I heard you. Yeah so i. It seems like it's getting busy when i'm staying kind of a busier area too. So yeah i mean it was busy like saturday and everyone's going out so yeah i mean that. Then it's been busy. I think it's starting seems like it's starting to get back a little bit normal. Is it going to be hard to go back to the us or wherever you're going to next after being the after being this sort of country that's you know to wear masks for things are open. How's that gonna feel. Do you think it's just nice. Not being in a bubble. When you go back i can go walking. Get coffee. I can go walk and do this and not even that. I'm outside that much but just to go out and do that. Like run to the store go to the whenever like go shopping. Go get your nails in down the street just like little things like that. Definitely make a big difference I'll probably play doh hard. You buy some sure will probably be in like somewhat of a bubble and then i lived in florida and they've like i know they've been pretty open but i also don't really do much when i'm home so it doesn't really like just home. I like call to practice. Go to the grocery store. I guess like that's about it like there's not really much going on so for me. It doesn't feel that bad when i'm home in florida and obviously the weather's nice to like we're not snowed in where we can't be outside to. You obviously have a lot more knowledge of other major pro sports with your family connections to what's going on an nfl nhl and wondering like you following all these different sports are handling in those. Those two sports have very different approaches reaction to everything going on during the quarantine. What do you think there are things that each other sports could learn from each other in terms of like other things that how the nfl's handling things that could be different. The nhl obvious for their playoffs. Had this whole different bubble setup. In canada you know could tennis emulate any of those things. Could they teach those sports over things or they are just a completely different world. that's not he gets. Just it's so different like like they're able the nfl to really keep a bubble around their facility because they have one facility practice facility their games they charter planes every time every team. So i mean you can always kinda like keep his bubble moving. I think it's so hard with tennessee. His internationally people flying in from different countries from different stuff. I however really do love the fact that like these big areas like new york city in melbourne or playing multiple events in one location. I really don't mind i even. Us open. I was totally fine. Playing cincinnati opened at the same. I if there's a way they could do that. Obviously that'd be great but You know it's so tough schedule. International travel depending on where the tournament is money obviously. Tv there's so many different factors in it. But i do love like that. They kept determine here the australian open than are having another term in the second week. I think that's a good idea that it hoped. Maybe more of the bigger tournaments could adapt you And i think there's don't mind being in one place like i don't think we mind it at all really so maybe something like that It's hard to compare it to the other to the other sports. It just seems so different to me just knowing like my parents and stuff. They're pretty under pretty strict protocols to nfl like getting tested literally like every other day and stuff like that so yeah i guess it's just different but hopefully we can kind of evolve as as this thing kind of carries over into this year. Which seems like it's going to be here for a while. So there's lots obviously still have a lot obviously can still do a lot more winning in melbourne. So you're nowhere near done there but already. Are you looking ahead to sort of i. Guess what you sort of alluded to it. They're like what's lying ahead. The uncertainty of the rest of this schedule does it make it feel different when you're at this tournament not knowing when how and what like the next grand slam event will be like necessarily think. We're looking at europe merle. All kind of talking like okay. This is starting to get a little weird leg with the uk strain. It's like okay wimbledon and the french again and the whole europe swing. I think i think will kind of maybe be the toughest thing to kind of happen just because you know the us hero. Obviously they had a lotta time to plan and they have these big facilities. They can hold all this stuff that like you know. We were even saying like being in london like everyone's days in the village like it's going to be so hard to bubble that and have people like staying in the city taking almost an hour to get to the gorth lake. Just there's all these uncertainties so even last year. I kind of felt like i was kind of like. I don't even know what i'm gonna play again like. I really wanna win. Because you really don't know. But i think you also kind of appreciate that that while we're even lucky to be back playing right now to be honest i mean there's so many people jobs everything struggling to even go on. Obviously i think it's great being able to watch words like even me like i watched way more football this year because there was nothing it was like something to look forward to and obviously our sports fanatics alike. I love looking forward to a sporting event coming back during this time but Yeah you definitely kind of have this appreciation like wildlife. You're going to go out there and compete and give draw because you really. There's you know there's a next week which is which is crazy but at the same time. We're so lucky to be here to be here playing. But hopefully they they set out a schedule and hopefully kind of stays how it is. We'll see i guess so. It's so week to week to thank you very much. Appreciate it thank you. Thank you jesse. The second player we're going to hear from is one of the players who had one of the most emphatic winds on tuesday in melbourne. That is another american ann lee. Who one in just forty seven minutes over the thirty first seed josh. Six two six zero therein platforms an lee of king of prussia near philadelphia. Although as you will find out at the end of this interview her philadelphia. Bona fides are perhaps a bit dubious. Thank you very much for coming. In and congratulations on your win today. That was super impressive. Headed you have you feel winning to against a seed grant slam. How did that feel. I mean every matches is another match. You try not to think you playing you know. But i'm really happy with the way. I competed out there and and charge safe his strong. And keep implementing my game. So i'm glad i was able to win that match you've been moving up the rankings. Quite a bit in the last year or so at a time when it's not easy to move up the rankings with how they've Frozen stuff. I think you basically cut your banking and half. You're like outside top one twenty. Now you're in top seventy still moving up. I mean how. How what is that been like. What's your attitude sort of this period. This unique time on the tour de. It's definitely a difficult time for everyone. And i think we all take in the situation differently. But i mean for me i just feel grateful to be able to play and compete and I think yeah. I mean i. Don't focus on rankings really ever Just kind of focus on process and getting better every day. And when i'm playing matches i tried to do i learned and and do the right thing. Klay the right way so i think that's just the main focus for me. I've been able to do that pretty well. In terms of your mental approach to this time are you still. You think is hungry as he would be normally. Are you giving cutting yourself a little more slack. Because it had difficult everything in the world is now or are you still full steam ahead or more moderated with your approach actually being a in like these weird times like having to be in lockdown and and not play for while have long preseason. It really makes me want to compete. And i think honestly. It's been helping me. Because i i find that i really want to enjoy every moment. I am on court because you know not being able to compete for a long time and it just it. It made me really happy to court. And i think that's one of my main focus is also just just enjoy being out there and every point kind of play with a purpose in 'cause you don't know if you're gonna be able to play tournament for or another while but i think Yeah for me. I just it it makes me enjoy more. So let's talk about this journey particularly in australia. Which maybe it's a microcosm of that exactly. You're talking about so you fly down guessing. La flight that had the positive test. Is that right. So what was your reaction against. When that news of the positive came out it was definitely the worst thing that could have happened. a bit unlucky in that situation but i mean there are the flights as well so other players were the same situation so It was really nice to make another draw. You know for all of us to keep it fair in a way but Yeah i mean it wasn't the greatest of news to here. But i mean there's nothing you can really do about it so i think for me like i just knew i was going to have to work really hard In my room and know. Try positive. And i only had like one breakdown japan. Yeah i stayed pretty Pretty calm and and try to work really hard and again like i was itching t now get out there on the court clay. But it wasn't something like you know. I was freaking out but what was a moment caused your breakdown and had to be tough yet. You're sort of a load in there with your thoughts for fourteen days. Only one sounds like a pretty good number on the double. Digits were easily understandable but only one is pretty good. It's what was it like mental myself. Yeah but it was. Just because i was i was trying to work out and it was almost like coming from preseason from working out like a ton you wanna just go play tennis. You know so. I felt like it was almost like i was just working our our out like over and over again but it was. Okay yeah. I mean after that i kind kinda just allow. It's it's again like you can't really do anything about it. So there's no reason to freak out earn complain. And so i think yeah. What was your hotel room workout routine like. So i would workout out. I would try to wake up pretty early. I found that. I like waking up early. Just you know get a little bit of an early start than everyone but so would work out at nine and i would kind of facetime my fitness coach and That i would work out again. I like two or three. And then before that i would try to shadow or hit against a mattress Take that maybe twice a day also workout twice today. Did you feel like you're really. I was wondering about the mattress hitting specifically with the players. Like how much do you actually feel like. You were gaining from that from the tennis level of of that kind of activity hidden against the mattress. It's definitely better than doing nothing. And i think that also like we would have meetings about updates and everything so i think in a way that also helped because it keeps your mind kind of active and thinking about tennis and sink. I also tried to watch a lot of matches every day. So i think even though i wasn't playing or anything i would keep my mind activated in kind of ready go where you're watching I watched some old ones. I watched i watched some of serena. I watched some yoga. I watch some henan some clijsters. Usually i would watch men's matches but the these women's Great and you know also try to watch myself a little bit. I come out of the blocks. I guess like you said there's this new event with made for the players in the corinthian. The grampian trophy event. Which had to be a big relief for you to feel like you're on level playing field with with folks at least for the first week. How exciting that draw to get to play and you were you. Were killing at once. You were in there. I mean Definitely it was nice to have kind of fairness i guess in being the same situation as The rest of the draw but yeah. It's just really happy to be able to play. And i think coming out of there i you know i had high speculations about attitude in what i wanted to do on court but you know there's nothing about oh really want to like. I have to win this match so it's never really about results obviously want to win. But i think for me. Just focusing on what i've been working on and and again like thinking about the long run. And the process is unique ending to that term obviously. Didn't wanna playing a final getting pretty. Close that that tough news for you. Were you happy about that decision. How how is that sort of any did wind up in the end sharing the holding of a trophy with the net. But how how is that that that finished to the terminal for you. I think again with me like kind of just you know it is what it is and i was actually really happy to get a break before my match new siding my body really appreciated that and you know like with the scheduling. It makes sense. I mean so whatever they decided like it was good but yeah i was happy to get that win and it was really fun against gender would have loved to play. But you know it's it's it was nice to share the trophy with continente so it was. It was a little bit of funny moment for sure. It's definitely unique in the record listed in the that trophy. But definitely unique crew for sure of so you wanna the battle of pennsylvania against against brady a before and i just for other parts of your sort of background. I spoke to jank jank before. You're in here and was very impressed by your game but also very excited to see you as a player who can speak mandarin on tour before the match. I know she's parents from china because she name already we can know is chinese and the way talk only to be a mentoring and that you place a while in the keep going in gluck for you on the she said. I'll thank you my inc. My chinese mandarin no sogo but still learn and yes. She's pretty nice nice girl and she played also helps she can keep going and the also really like her ten the tennis so i learned from the match so i think really nice nice. Nice nice player. What was that conversation like with you to I've quite nice little after the match. Yeah i didn't really know. We never really talked before. So i wasn't sure but She's very nice. I mean after the match we thanked each other for a great match and and she was basically like you play really well and and i told her that i need to practice my chinese because i was the first time i spoke in a while But yeah i was. It was really nice and You know that just shows that. I need to you know where i've been meaning to do that but it hasn't come out yet. It was really nice moment and you know hopefully can have another much. Have you interacted much with the chinese with the chinese players on tour. Because i think there's a decent contingent of them now wti level. There's a few. I think around my age or maybe a little longer but Yeah we do say hi and we talk and it is a nice moment and it's nice to have you know friends from them to the different. Did unique sir bridge you can be. There is between the two chinese english. Yeah i actually. i'm not. I remember seeing a post from two years ago i guess. Now from christiaan who posted a photo of the wimbledon final between you and in clare lou picture through surface every year is like a reminder that asian americans are breaking boundaries This was the final genuine one of his to asian-americans curse. What you think of that. In this sort of breakthroughs also that asian americans specifically are having ten tennis to which i remember final. Well yeah yeah. I don probably one of the best moments of my career. I mean first. Time there. And i i want to say aggressive. My favorite services to play on a so's really fun for me. And you know being so close to the pros and because it's still a junior tournament so it was fairly new to me Like seeing on the pros and i got federal multiple multiple picture. Every chance i got but Yeah it was really nice in. It's good to see. I still talk with clare. We're good friends. So i mean it's great and seeing the i mean i'm seeing more asian americans coming along so it's it's really cool. There was like ingredients. There was like a throw floaty backhand down the line winner you hit. The people said that looks like a chevron players watched a lot of her and her dad ankle couple. Couple of last questions You're from near philly and wondering seeing the videos your training offseason years one of you like running on the beach of one of like hopping a garage. I'm wondering if you have like when you're doing these things if you have like a rocky montage mentality in your head and if you've seen rocky the rockies or not but no okay third never seen i was told i shouldn't i definitely i mean it's such a famous movie it's classic so i definitely go on that But yeah i see. I've never seen one other philly question. May ask one either. But from courtney. Who when i pull. I was talking to you here. She wanted me to ask you how you feel about. Gritty gritty no is the flyers mascot gritty. No that's okay all right over to on philly or you're busy you've been doing other things it's no worries you can go look up and trying to person research apps and thank you very much appreciate it. Thank you to annely. Hope that she can grit out some wins in the future and thank you guys listening to new challenges eating who support the show during the australian open wherever else you can do so on our patriot. Patriot dot com slash. No challenges meaning want to thank our of sam-chan packers thank every episode. They are liz kennel. Jonathan weinbach mary. Carillo lia williams betty audrey wellens shlomo roy and of a lender susannah w johnston Tonio may cover and our goat backers. Mike co copeland pam. Shriver and j. o. The until next time. Keep running up those stairs folks by guys.

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Day 2: Superstars shine bright, Vika and Goffin among fallen seeds

The AO Show

17:00 min | 3 months ago

Day 2: Superstars shine bright, Vika and Goffin among fallen seeds

"Long jessica hello and welcome to the show for day two of straight in twenty twenty one. I'm john who've is bringing you. The big stories from melvin. Pock every day of the angel today on the show smooth sailing for the superstars. I wanted to go out there and almost take the sting. Contact the out of the match a little bit and and get it on macho as much as possible as some other seeds. Scott up was. I feeling prepared fully. No i felt like things. Were just not connecting hopper and puts a nail in the fon fon. I'll definitely remember it for for my whole career for my whole life on. The crowd was just unbelievable. Fuss over k results from day to and who the fans predicting to win the titles liberal cushy spanish and i love spine. The men's medvedev congress pasta. That's all ahead. On the. I o show just landing back just over the net co vinicius put. It long continued narrative of the match performance from ashleigh barty. The number one women's top seed ash body has achieved the ray grand slam fate of a double bagel in an opening round demolition of montenegrin. Don out there and almost take the sting contacted pepper out of the match a little bit and and get it on my terms as much as possible route from the get. Go and make it feel lock. She had a real mountain to climb. And i think that was probably the most pleasing i roll. Is that route from the start. I said at the time was able to run away with it. World number two rafael and the dog cruise to a straight sets. Win over serb laszlo jarrett three six four six one but the thirty four year old is unsure. He can outlast his opponents when pushed to five sets. My back is not perfect. As i said a couple of days ago every day. They're i am able to to go through probably there there are more chances to get better. And that's that's the thing now so There is always a chance to a chance to improve. And that's why. I'm blaming and fighting through to try to to get better and then give myself a chance so today is not great. I change the bid on my serve. That's what i tried to survive that conditions today four se dino medvedev was untroubled against canadian. Russia pospisil his fifteenth consecutive win making him a championship favourite. If people consider me as a favorite it's actually good job because I worked all my life to be one of the. Let's say top players in the world. So i'm happy that i'm parts of them right now but you know you need to win seven matches. I just won't one so i need to win. Six more against a strong bonds and fifth sade stefanos tsitsipas was cain for an early night cruising past frenchman. Shield simone six. One six two six one in a ticker of ninety minutes. It wasn't the toughest of the match. That are how the destroyed an open but in the back of my head. I know that and I'm going to take that as a as a as a good win because against the player who has Many years of experience in the door has achieved the little things so for sure. It doesn't go unnoticed. Oh yes jessica. Zoo up pulls off the upset over the two-time australian open champion victoria. Azarenka is the first big say to full in the women's drawer against the world number sixty one in her first straighten open main draw match twenty four year old padilla manufactured an impressive seven five six victory against the twelfth seed and know that my levels been there It was just going out. And knowing and believing that i could win. And i know it was tough there at the end. She obviously wasn't feeling well but sometimes that makes it even harder. So i just tried to keep my head down and not really too much about Two is playing the twenty twenty. Us open finalists concede. She was undone following two weeks in hard porn but insists. She made the most of her tough. Circumstances was i feeling prepared. Fully no But also going into grand slam tournaments like okay. I'll have to do the best. I can with what i have. That was intelligence day. I felt that. I've done that to the best of my ability today and also mentally But it's it didn't work out. It just was not I felt like things were just not connecting and Yeah it's disappointing fisher to build russian exiting the tournament without a second thought on her decision to play in melbourne. I don't reflect. i don't. I'm not gonna sit here and should i have come. Should i not come. it's a waste of time. i i came here. Whatever happened happened. I'm here today. I lost my match. Life goes on as a rank and not the lost women say to suffer premature. elimination petra. March was filled by qualify. All got danilovich seven five three six four while thirteen sade. Johanna konta retied with injury. After winning her first set against you've on day to has claimed another two top min said's with about good and davig on eliminated today. The spanish trophy sade was defeated. By moldovan number one rudder l. Bought in four sets while kafan was down by alexi. Pawprint the ozzy. Wild cod clawing his way. Back from two sets down and saving four match points in a dramatic fourth. Set to force a decider. Despite fatigue popper rode the momentum of the court three crowd to record the best win of his career by far. Yeah especially against who i played you know Top twenty player top ten player by level I'd also to win to save much points against him and embiid him and five when his known as life probably one of the guys on so to beat him. Five szeswith was really pleasing the first round losses fans worst result at the australian open since two thousand thirteen but pawprints first five-set win. He joined the short time ago on the show. Alexi a lot of great australian open environments had been forged on three and now you'll is alongside of them. How do you think that match will be remembered. in history's page Hopefully it'll be. It'll be remembered for a long time. You know it will definitely. I'll definitely remember it for for my whole career for my whole life honestly You know the fans. The crowd was just unbelievable You know. I don't think i would've would've would've won the match if it weren't for them. You know coming back from the brink of it They kept telling me to keep my head up to. They kept encouraging me. And i think that you're really really helped me. We saw what was happening of course on on the scoreboard. But what was happening inside. Your mind Especially in In the fourth set in the fourth of always tried to now well this year. I'm trying to stay a comma In tough situations. You know that something that i really put a little thought in preseason and building up an coming into the tournaments You know i try and keep myself as calm as possible in in in these moments and yet To save much points in in three of my first four matches of the year is kind of dot com coma. That calm state of mind is paying off and you first five-set weaning your career Think you mentioned in the press conference. The last time that happened. You're pretty saw afterwards. How do you recover. And how do you expect to pull up after after my muscles. I five setter the one that i didn't win Y'all couldn't walk for today's my legs really saw But you know. Hopefully i'll pull up pull up. All rights know dubs. That i go on and Yeah i'm just gonna do it possibly can to to recover for tomorrow You know. I've i've already done ice both up taking my recovery shake. I've seen my physique. And i'll have some more treatment done tomorrow to tonight and Hopefully they'll find tomorrow at a couple of meetings already with your next opponent. lloyd harris. What weapons does he have. And how have you changed since you lost me. you know he's got a huge serve And a big four hundred. You know. And i've i've changed everything about my game. I think i become more solar from the back. I'm serving better. High percentage My mentality is much much i'm stronger. I'm gone much fitter than than than i have in previous previous times. I feel i feel really good and really confident coming and going into the next match against him. Congratulations today. enjoy. All the spoils and good luck for your second round. Thank you thank you very much in other dietary results. Ozzy walcott chris. O'connell has upstaged german number. Two john leonard strove six seven six. Six one he's through to the second round for the second consecutive time grand slam following his performance at the us arpan. That's why play tennis grand slams and to get to win. I rounds of of grand slams. Just it's just awesome unbelievable. Feeling the pays most improved player. Andrei rubel of has continued. His unbeaten start to the year recording. A straight-sets victory over germany's unique hunt. A quick comeback really fast. And i started to control the much. Almost in the middle of the center was already controlling the much. So i'm really happy with this. And then till the end of the show was controlling the much soil in the end. I'm really happy that i could feeds the mice quite confident in straight straight-sets and that's what i need for the first match to get confidence to get this feeling to don't stay long on court to keep Through save energy caledonian growth has begun. Her campaign in scintillating fashion with a six four six love win over margarita. Gasparin the twenty two thousand finalist crediting. Her calm approach to lost. You is successful campaign in which she felt one win short. If title after that experience. I managed to to sail it with calmer and to just go and compete. Proudly half less expectations always like they're always so so pumped so i'm just no knowing myself a little bit better now and finding ways to compete to not let That energy and that desire to much desire get underway brody originally scheduled to play on day one with a now has tobacco performance tomorrow when she takes qualify luis milla samsonov. Who defeated spain's pullover dosa sophia cannon and mitch. He wasn't in the zion in her first match against australian wildcard madison english gripped by nerves. The defending champion was bothered by the osce. Wild cod in six five six four victory. yeah. I was obviously quite annoying the whole match. I felt like the first two points. I started off well and then wasn't able to close out the first game and obviously nerves happen but she obviously played really well you know. She's a tricky opponent in tricky players. So yeah it was quite hard on myself today and quite annoyed as you said kennan now. Faces kyle kennedy who overcame anastasia sylvester bar in less than an hour teenage sensation. Cocoa gov took on jill tuchman to set up around to rumble with illionis fit elena. Who took care of maria boost kava in straight-sets golf made headlines when she asked it now me asaka last year and has a mature approach to the next monster up. I mean she's a great player. No it's gonna be a tough match. But i'm going to embrace the opportunity and try to play while under the pressure. Kristina mladenovic is also threw off the battering maria sakari in three sets other winners today at least a mittens belinda bench. Caroliina pushpa sam. And dora governor and the men's karen of alex and and mattera bertini old safely through to the second round with the first round of matches done and dusted. We sent our reporter. Selene alexander to ask fans who they're tipping for the singles championships. What are you ellie predictions. What do you think's going to win the men's and who's going to win the woman and why you to be rich and white because i think the dow is injured and the women's i think it'd be body body would say we've been there yesterday and he wasn't real for the woman subotica. I think she's really good form and things she could. Graphic gonna win body thing that's going to be a lot of uncertainty judah the covid dude ups but probably calm guy poss- novak just experience here and he's record bruce spin hot debate and the women's. I'll go safe picking serena. She's well rested experience the crucial points because she spanish and i. I love spine for many reasons. The men's medvedev conquer pasta number from the will like you don't get there without being pretty damn good guy with the dow is just my favorite the other person while the ladies at least cohen. I because it's you know i'll be going novak djokovic and i'm going to go from niamey. Soccer's halas crowd favorite straddling coach and talk of each go body scholar hungry on advantage to us late body for the win yet body potty in one thousand nine. This is actually pretty good shape. He's paying moment. And i think it'd be surprised i would love to sing. Tao dow and down and women's. We have to go to do it. Ready to go so tom off. She's admiring spray to go. The dog and hollow jock itch heavy favorite women's body. Chris i can't go against it. What are you i can. What is the best thing you've seen today. Crow winning in four sets. We'll have beat lay politics catch again monk here. We just watched that. I say for that was that was pretty good now. Cheering for the aussies has to be. We just seem medved. His quite good so very impressive. Probably kana christopher kinda. What's big here very good with the weather. My favorite loss. Maria sakari lost so looking ahead. Today three novak djokovic headlines the action in a first time meeting with twenty nine teen quarterfinalist frances tiafoe. Australia's knee curious will be put to the test by twenty th seed. Google whom bear former world number. Eight markle previews the match anytime curious on the court. You always wanna get the popcorn ready and get comfortable on the couch. Because he's going to be entertaining and what to expect but definitely. I'd like to expect a fresh curiosity because he's been out hasn't played for literally over year almost Looked good in the first round. Six four six four six four win with the qualify lefty and he plays another lefty in a frenchman named number. Who's very talented is not one frenchman out. They who's not talented. These incredibly talented young twenty two year old Who's finding he's game on the tour. Having some some good wins and dangerous. This is not a matched that curious would like to take lightly He wants to get on the have quick start and kind of stay on spend the least amount of time on the quotas possible. It's grand slam champions galore. On the women's side with serena williams now me osaka bianca andrea and simona halep. Who takes on ozzy number two isleta. Mladenovic this is gonna be one. Hell up. I mean that kill is probably one of the fisa defeated skill on the tour. Compla- all day loves playing here at the strain open gets a lot of support and loves the humidity love these courts and has a lot of success here in the past and she's going to be one of my favorites to take out the title. But you know it's not gonna be easy match because Tom ianovich played a great match. I if in a in a first-round winning comfortably think six two. Six one issue is looking good and with home. Support out there. She's the one that's gonna nothing to lose. You can go out there. Swing away and play her game against jala. that's all from a dazzling day. Two of the australian. Join me again tomorrow. For all the big stories from date raise the second round gets underway in the meantime stout tonight for the latest news on open dot com. Don't forget to subscribe. And if you like what you hear. Plays right and review so more fans can enjoy the.

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Why Masks Are Effective; Passover And Easter Recipes

Here & Now

42:37 min | 1 year ago

Why Masks Are Effective; Passover And Easter Recipes

"From NPR and WB. You are entirely Moseley. I'm Robin Young. It's here and now. So do you have a mask on Friday the CDC call for everyone to wear one in public places to keep from spreading covert nineteen? I saw a woman wearing a coffee filter. Someone saw little white cardboard takeout container re purposed as a mask for president. Trump said. Only where one if you want. Jeremy Howard researcher at the University of San Francisco and co-founder of masks for all profoundly disagrees and Jeremy You know back in February. The surgeon general said masks aren't effective. We now know that was because of fears of a shortage for healthcare workers. You say you have fifty papers saying with the. Cdc is now saying Masks Work. Make your case. Yes so you can see what's happened here. There was a health policy decision that in order to protect the supply of mosques to healthcare workers that We would be told this convenient falsehood. Which is mosques? Don't work So there's a couple of problems with that the fist is. It's very obvious that they do work. Otherwise by would be asking people to provide them to hospitals So it kind of led to a really unfortunately a loss of trust pick healthcare bodies and you point us to countries that have you know really been able to can somewhat control cove. Nineteen Hong Kong South Korea Taiwan everyone whereas asks Taiwan. They're making ten million mosque today. They really invested in this. They have thirty million people five. Deaths compare that to New York now. Basks is not the only thing we should be doing. I think we should do everything that Taiwan's doing including great testing and contact tracing quarantine. But their economy is still distill. Going there. Restaurants Still Open. They haven't had a lockdown. They haven't had a lock down. So it's a recipe for success. Let's follow that recipe. We WanNa make sure we say we're not talking about the n ninety five masks at the health workers need we're talking about you say could be two layers of cotton from a t-shirt to end ninety five is is is what they called pay p. It's used to protect the wearer who might be doing a dangerous procedure that causes stuff to go everywhere That's not what we're asking you to us. We're asking you to what's source control. It means you might be infected. You might kill somebody without knowing it but if you cover your face at turns out that it actually blocks ninety nine percent of the droplets in droplets that carry the virus to somebody else's nose mouse or is in Hong Kong the Consumer Council there has A recommendation of making a simple mask with a paper towel rubber bands. So you can throw them away at the end of the day. There's lots of how to's online here in the US. How you can repurpose a Bandana? But why is it something? That's only protective for other people and not. It doesn't protect droplets from coming in all. It certainly does that as well. It's ninety nine percent effective. The ones going out because they're they're literally on your mouth or else the ones coming in they could be some smaller droplets that are kind of floating in the air as you breathe in they might suck in through the gaps at the other thing to notice is that the focus here is that we can actually stop this thing from spreading in the community. So that's why we need not just for you to wear a mask. Weighed Eight. Everybody in the community. Where a mosque? If we get eighty percent compliance that it seems very likely we can actually stop the virus in its tracks and to do that. We're actually going to need laws. There won't be enough to recommend dacians well and leadership from the government we have in Prague The Czech Republic people are you have masked trees these trees up and down the street where people make masks and hang them for other people to use if if they need them and by the way we've seen people out running biking. There seems to be thinking that if I am moving quickly down a path that somehow I don't need a mask. When would you recommend masks people? End Up infected with Iraq particularly in an enclosed space Nia someone with the virus within six eight so unless somebody's coughing on you and which case you shouldn't be out if you're coughing then somebody joking pasta. Few fade away not too much of an issue. So it's really in shops in public transport if you need to be you know within six feet of of of people while you're waiting in line and stuff like that really need a mask on Jeremy Howard research scientist at the University of San Francisco. Co-founder of masks for all again more at here. Now Dot Org Jimmy. We'd like to ask our listeners. As well please send us pictures of how you are. Masking yourself my favorite was half a grapefruit Jeremy Thank you so much. Thank you. Let's turn to New York now. Where today governor Andrew Cuomo said the number of new deaths from Colvin nineteen has been flat over the past few days more than forty seven hundred people have died in that state so far. Cuomo says the latest numbers may be a sign that the state is hitting the top of its curve north country. Public radio is Emily Russell is in upstate. New York north of New York City. Emily what was more. Let's start with the good news from the governor. I yeah so the good news is that the number of deaths has sort of flattened over the last few days still about six hundred New Yorkers have died just in the last twenty four hours but Cuomo says New York may be starting to plateau the number of people ending up in the hospital. Each day is dropping as is the number of people ending up in ventilators. So cuomo is saying that these are good signs but all this. Data's preliminary and Cuomo says he is worried that people might relax social distancing with this news he actually doubled down the fine today to a thousand dollars for people who break social distancing rules in New York. Well Will New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said. That's the only has enough medical supplies for the next couple of days. Governor Cuomo has said that he'll redistribute ventilators from hospitals and other parts of the state. Like where you are. What's the latest on that? Yeah so there's there's still really a big scramble right now particularly in New York City for every kind of medical supply from gloves and gowns to ventilators one of Cuomo's solutions to this is to turn upstate. He has proposed having the National Guard. Round up on US ventilators He's called for hospitals to hand over about twenty percent of their stock of ventilators and there has been pushed back to this. Some lawmakers saying this would leave their district's vulnerable Cuomo though says he just won't lose one life because the state didn't share resources among itself one victory for today. Is that New York City. Got a shipment of more than a half a million and ninety five masks from the Federal Government Mayor Bill. De Blasio says that should cover. The city's needs when it comes to masks for about a week and we only have a few seconds. How are things upstate? Yeah it's a big question right now. I'm in a pretty rural part of the state with a lot of seniors so pretty vulnerable population and covert nineteen is spreading here like it is across the country. Testing is still really limited though. So it's just not quite clear how fast it's spreading or where the hot spots are here in upstate New York. We know it's also spreading out to Long Island. We hear a lot about New York City but Long Island South View US. Become a hotspot as well so big state a big problems. North country public radio. Emily Russell Thank you thanks Robin. Let's turn to Asia now. Where Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Obey says? He will declare a state of emergency to bolster measures to fight the corona virus meantime and South Korea which has been praised for its early testing health officials. They are now expressing concern that the country is at risk of an explosion of new infections. Npr's Anthony Kuhn joins us from Seoul and Anthony. First of all. Let's talk about what's going on. In Japan. Prime Minister Obey has been under pressure to declare that state of emergency. What would that mean in? Will it make a difference? I think it'll mean eliminate limited amount of difference and the reason is that the government has no penalties to impose on people. It can only request that they stay at home By basically it's relying on voluntary compliance and in fact Local governments including Tokyo. Already telling people to stay home so I think a lot of it is symbolic I want to talk a little bit about South Korea where you are What's the latest there? What are health officials worried about right now? Health officials are worried about a second wave of infections. They're telling people don't be complacent. Don't let your guard down. Just because the numbers look good. They had less than fifty new cases. Today which is the lowest since February out of a total of more than ten thousand cases more than six thousand HIV recovered and been discharged. They've tested more than four hundred and sixty thousand and their mortality is under two percent which is really good. They're just afraid people are going to let down their guard and New cases going to skyrocket again. Yeah after all those measures were taken What is daily life like? Now I there where you are well in my neighborhood you go out and you see a lot of people in cafes in restaurants although not as many as usual as usual. A lot of kids are at home. Because there's no school Baseball season is on hold. I have to say I think people are going a bit. Stir crazy after many weeks Cooped up at home and the Cherry blossoms here are at their peak and so a lot of people are venturing out into the parks. And there's a lot more movement than before and other than that you know. The the common has just shattered by the emergency. Alerts the go out over people's cell phones telling them where the infected Kate where the new cases are You know it's really a clue into us on what we might see in the next few weeks. You know that idea folks being stir crazy but still have to having to take those measures that's right. I'm actually they. Were trying to transition to what they call. Sustainable social distancing in other words sort of easing up on the social distancing to find a way to get along to basically do their work and have their lives But settle in with the virus for the long term and they had to shelve those. Because they said we're they're just not there yet They're unable to force the caseload down even lower and so there's still still worried that if people let let their guard it'll it'll explode again that's NPR's Anthony Kuhn speaking with us from Seoul. South Korea Anthony. Thank you so much for this update. You're welcome. This message comes from here and now sponsor indeed when it comes to hiring. You don't have time to waste. You need help getting to your shortlist of qualified candidates fast. That's why you need indeed dot Com post. A job in minutes set up screener questions then zero in on qualified candidates using an intuitive online dashboard. And when you need to hire fast accelerate your results with sponsored jobs new users can try for free at indeed dot com slash here now terms conditions and quality standards apply offer valid through March. Thirty First Twenty Twenty and today the British Open Golf Championship was called off for the first time since World War Two. The tournament joins the long list of sporting events cancelled because of Cova nineteen last week the Wimbledon tennis tournament scheduled for July was also cancelled and we wanted to take a look at what these changes mean for athletes. Johanna Konta is the top professional women's tennis player in the UK ranked fourteenth in the world and she serves on the players counsel for the Women's Tennis Association. Welcome thank you for having me. I'm happy to be here. I WanNa ask you as a tennis player about Wimbledon What's your reaction to this cancellation? I guess it was. It was one of sadness but also expecting the decision. I think it. I think it's the right one. It is what it. Here's to tool the government guidelines. We have in place right now in the UK and and you know the top priority of of any event right now is to keep the not just the athletes safe but the fans and the people who work who make the event happen so obviously I didn't think it sinks in as much as it will once ended. Jim Beginning of July is here and unfortunately we're not playing at Wimbledon The French Open has also been rescheduled for late September. I'm just wondering what this means for the practical level for players. You're training timing all of those things I mean. I think obviously the majority of us don't have the opportunity to be playing right now. I know in the UK. All the clubs. An- national tennis center is closed. So you know it's it's tough because that is across and that is something we have to be able to be. Ready to then competes Creativity definitely tested to the Max and that's credit to my fitness trainer. And I can also myself. I've come up with some creative ways to try and get the kind of movements that I need to go through my buddy and train through my buddy also. I have no outside space here on the apartment in London in the city. So I'm making use of every square inch of my living room currently but I do consider myself in a fortunate position though as well. I mean I have access to a biker have access to some weights a lot of people are plays may not even have that so I feel very fortunate with that. The other big impact really a are the players earnings. Are you concerned about players? Lower down in the rankings. Maybe not as high as you who these cancellations of these tournaments are really going to cause them to struggle financially I mean one hundred percent I think right now everybody's hurting in the world and that's not specific to the tennis community. I mean it's it's really really unfortunate or really scary time and I think it's a scary time for everybody. But obviously people lower down in the rankings will will feel more acutely however think like with everybody right now for example here in the UK everyone is looking towards the government their local governments to be able to to see what financial relief they can be eligible foreign. And I think that's just as important because I mean we are contractors we are we are self employed And unfortunately we fall under the same rules as small business. And so it's just comes down to the fact that everybody's hurting right now re-lane so yeah no. It's it's a really sad situation. Yeah you mentioned Government help but do you think in some way organizations like the W. T. A. Could help players. Who are struggling. Is that something that tennis players have been talking about the ATP the ITF. They are all really working incredibly hard to be able to find a module with which is able to work to try and help play as especially the lower ranked players. However it's a nonprofit organization in the sense that it's also a member of the sociation and so it's very hard to help everybody and so we are all trying our best to really try and help the people that need it most. Have you been talking with other PL- tennis players or or what messages would you have for other ones who may be struggling at this time may even mentally as well as financially be struggling at this moment I will I mean obviously you with the play account. So we're we're in touch right now. Weekly and even the broader play AGGRIPA. There's a lot of. I guess upbeat messages on Instagram and on social platforms. So I think everyone is trying to really help each other and for me personally I think trying to be in the here and now is helped me a lot in in different ways and I think right now if I were to look too far ahead I think that gives me a little bit of anxiety even now for me. I'm just practicing trying to really make make the most out of the here and now yeah. Very good practice. That's Johanna Konta. She's the top professional women's player in the UK. You'll Hannah thank you so much for joining us. Thank you very much. Well Tanya as you know we are always in the here and now and for more we want to step back from the news of because This is also a season of transition. It's spring Then Passover begins on Wednesday Easter Sunday Ramadan. Later in the month and AMAC has made many of us rethink how we celebrate with food. Yeah that's right including here and now resident chef Kathy guns to joins us now from her home in Maine and Kathy you say that with the coming Passover and Easter celebrations. The key is to keep it simple also well in many ways So many of us are used to celebrating with friends and extended family. I was looking through some voter graphs at our Seder table which had twenty seats at it a few years ago this year it will just be my husband and myself at home but we are going to video chat with our two daughters in California and their partners and we are all going to make multiple soup. We are all going to have a glass of wine together and we will all light a candle and say a and read some of the Seder together. I think the most important thing right now is not to ignore the holidays. That even though there's all this stuff swirling that we really we are allowed to celebrate and we are allowed to keep rituals and traditions going. Yeah and I want to think about Easter for a moment. You know there's dishes that are the center of a lot of Easter traditions. But you have a recipe. You wanted to share for that as well I do. I have several. I mean traditionally people make a huge rose big leg of lamb or they roast a ham. I'm saying take a look for something smaller this year presumably. You won't have a crowd. I have a beautiful recipe for smoked ham or pre cooked ham. Where you make an orange and shallot glaze. It's kind of thick and Gooey. Ford ingredients that you throw on top of a ham and let it heat up and you keep it super simple but but still celebrate Tori just because you don't have a huge ham doesn't mean that it's not Easter and also there are a million and one ways to use leftover ham and lamb but also a beautiful plate of S- paragraphs to celebrate. Spring would be a very simple and beautiful way to celebrate holiday. Yeah Kathy You. You also have a couple of other recipes. That could work for any of the holidays I do. I have a salad that I absolutely love because it's colorful and it's bright and it just screams holiday you slice a few different types of citrus. Really whatever you can get. A Tangerine orange a blood orange and then some fresh fennel bulb very thinly sliced. And if you can find fresh mint scattered on and make a simple lemon mint vinaigrette. There's also deviled eggs for the holidays but for dessert in the Passover tradition. You're not to use flour or any kind of leavening so I always make Pavlova which is a meringue cake which you could use for Easter or Passover that uses lots of the Nila centered whipped cream. And any kind of fresh fruit. You can find or strawberries. These are simple recipes. That will really help. Spread a lot of cheer on a day when you might be missing being with family and friends sitting at the same table as you are. I can feel our website breaking issues. Because we're GONNA have all the recipes there and when you mentioned it's just so funny. I was an older neighbors home helping her the other day and on her counter Cathy. She had this really old recipe for torn from a newspaper. It was from a women's group in Arkansas and it was asparagus. Deviled ham not deviled ham deviled eggs and so these things are just so traditional. But this is a time when you know if you're you know standing outside in some areas of the country waiting six feet behind someone to get into a grocery store You may not be able to find some of these things true enough and you're just GONNA have to be open to as I've said before seeing what there is and making use of that I also really want to urge people whether they're celebrating Passover Easter and even if they're only seeing friends and family on their computer screen take off. Your sweatpants set the table. Beautiful China Light. The candle let it feel as quote normal as possible in this time. That is anything but normal. Yeah Yeah definite ways that we can make this as normal as possible in times when we're not thank you and there's egg skew. There's wait a minute and there's chocolate rabbits and there's you know Joe Skilley beans and all of those things We are going to have all of Kathy's rest recipes as we always do it here. Now Dot Org Kathy last couple tips for us I think just stay up. Stay healthy make something delicious. Even if it's only one special dish that is part of your tradition. It will warm your heart. Yeah we've been talking about celebrating Passover and Easter here now resin chef. Kathy gun set a time. We know people might not be able to get The things that they want and might not have the people nearby they want to have them with But as she mentioned there are recipes. You can make. We'll have all of them and links to other dishes at here now dot Org Kathy. Thank you and have a wonderful Transformational holiday thank you you too and if you are the owner of a small business or even a slightly bigger one listen up you might have spent your weekend trying to secure a loan under the payroll protection program. This is the three hundred and fifty billion dollar piece of Congress's two trillion dollar rescue package. It's supposed to make loans of up to ten million available to businesses with five hundred employees or less. Those loans are then forgivable if the company spends the money on things like employee salaries. But there have been some hiccups. Jill Schlesinger business analyst for CBS News. And host of Jill on money is here. Help John We know. The application process went live. Friday banks flooded tens of thousands of requests. You tell us how it's going well. Friday was a bad day. And we know that either financial institutions were unprepared or the government hadn't given them enough information or something. But there was a real hiccup on Friday. And you know. I think that what's very important here. Is that initially? You were encouraged to go to the bank with whom you had a prior relationship and then if that didn't work maybe go to another bank but then it seemed that there were other hurdles that were up and I heard from a lot of people was a frustrating day. I should also note that I reported this on face. The Nation yesterday and Senator Susan Collins. Who Co authored. This part of the Cares Act with Marco. Rubio called me and that was a shock to me but she wanted me to make sure that I said. Please don't be frustrated to the point. You you give up try try. These problems are getting ironed out. Well some of the things. We're understanding is if you have a relationship with your bank checking account credit card even know people The application process might be less painful. But if you don't you know banks are required to do things like criminal checks right and you know look. I don't blame the financial institutions because there are a number of rules that are established and they have to comply with those rules right. So they're not going to just say here's all the money. I do know that from a lot of people who sent me. Emails said that the application itself was pretty easy but they were just frustrated. That you hit the button that you thought was submitting it. You don't get anywhere the SBA does say that right now that there have been one hundred thousand approved loans the value at thirty billion dollars but then perspective. Yeah over the last few years. Sixty thousand loans of the kind of volume that. Sba has done well. And these loans are primarily for small businesses with five hundred employees or less and that is considered a small business. They are struggling. But there's an exception that allows hotel and restaurant chains to apply for loans from the same pot shake shack with nearly eight thousand employees. Five hundred million in revenue last year may apply is. They're concerned that that means the money's going to run out. Yes although I think that that if there were great success in other words if lots of businesses access this I do think this could be the one part of the cares act that could be re funded or more funds put towards it if funds do run out I should note that Wells Fargo also said that they were only of providing loans to existing customers with fewer than fifty employees. They Max out at ten billion nok wanted to because that was a federal rule because of the shenanigans they had with all those problems with opening accounts that were not verified at Wellsfargo Jill Schlesinger. Cbs News Analyst. Host of Jill on money. We're going to be covering this for quite a while and by the way shout out. Are you a small business owner? Have you tried getting a loan? What are the problems will take them up again with? Jill Jill thanks so much take care hospitals. We've been hearing are becoming overloaded with Corona virus patients and so many people with less critical symptoms are being advised to recover at home. We reached Dr Joseph Cabeza on skype. He's a pulmonary and critical care physician at the Cleveland Clinic to give some practical tips on how to care for a corona virus patient at home while also keeping yourself safe and I wondered if we should take heed from what hospital healthcare providers do when they come home. They stripped down. I sleep there. Were clothing to be washed and take a shower immediately. Being careful not to touch anything in the house until they do all of those things so I started by asking Dr Cabeza. Should we do the same things? When we enter our homes. Yes I mean. I think that precaution with a lot of healthcare providers are doing when they get all probably a little bit excessive But during a pandemic it's hard to fall taking any extra steps Really I think the key when we step back and understand the main modes of transmission here. It's really having a contaminated hand touching your eyes nose or mouth. Lots of provide a lot of my colleagues. I mean they're not even allowed to to sleep on the same floor as their family are being told to sleep in the basement. Okay so with with that idea in mind for regular Lehman folks who are at home give us some basic rules when you are at home and You possibly have an infected person or someone believed to be infected living in your home. So the most important thing is isolating that individual whether they are coded positive or if they're having symptoms suggestive of a viral infection. We should proceed as if they are infected and went able. They should have their own isolated bedroom and bathroom. Now that's not always possible at a in every living arrangement but isolation is the key when you have an infected person in the household. This is an important distinction. You say the bedroom and the bathroom. I actually have a friend who is exhibiting symptoms. But every night his wife sleeps in the same bed even though she's isolated outside during the day working in another room you say they should be separated throughout the day and the night yes short of the hand and face one of the major modes of disease transmission. Fifteen to thirty minutes of sustained contact near uninfected person is enough to transmit the disease so if apart all day you know that that's fine but if you're sharing the bedroom Data still enough to transmit it if your partner is infected. How should Someone handle their trash with gloves and masks for instance so the trash you know. Y- wastebasket should be lines with a bag and it should have a lid on it and same for a laundry basket as well. Those of course should be in the room of the affected a loved one. That caregiver should come in with gloves and mask. Anytime when entering that designated room Then dispose of the trash. You could place that bag in another bag before placing that in your common garbage. If it's feasible Could help minimize some contamination from getting outside of the designated areas in the house where the infected loved one they be? Are there any special rules for doing uninfected persons laundry so kind of a similar ideal dealing with laundry and waste gloves and mask for the caregiver? One bringing the laundry to the laundry room washing machine that you don't want to be shaking the laundry that theoretically could aerosolize some of the droplets in some of the virus. The way you'd wash any laundry is appropriate to to disinfect. That after that same trash you take off the gloves. Take off your mask from behind and then Wash Wash. Those hands Immediately if there are if you have access to things like a like an apron are especially a plastic apron those good service extra barriers from preventing any contamination from your own clothing so when available that that would be helpful and then you would remove that In Wash it yourself. Yeah and I guess the same rules apply then when you are preparing folks. Food or taking their utensils after an infected person has eaten. I want to ask you about something. That's a little bit harder. We're all in our homes. Now there are so many intergenerational arrangements where there are large families in one home together. It's a tricky situation. Especially if you have older family members in a home with a person who may have a covert nineteen or believed to have it. What are some ways that folks can protect everyone in the family knowing that realistically? Perhaps everyone can't be in a separate room. Yeah and especially in these intergenerational settings your tend to have at least one or two family members that are considered high risk Just from an age standpoint let alone from other CO morbidity diseases that make make them higher risk As well and you know when you have multiple family members you want one person to be designated as the caregiver. Everyone wants to help out when one of their own loved ones is sick But you really WANNA designated one one of the lower risk of members of the family to be that point person always stepping back and reminding that even if there's virus around or on counters kitchen or bathroom if it has to be shared if the surfaces are constantly white the common surfaces disinfected so counters doorknobs. And if your hands are always clean even if you slip up in a in touch your face it's going to be very hard to transmit The virus and become infected. And I think reminding everyone of that. That point is important because it empowers everyone in the family as it actually a lot of. It's their control As long as you're you're the infected loved one is isolated. You're not having that direct or sustained a contact. Yeah with strict hygiene is going to be very hard to get. Even the most at risk of family members infected two more questions. I have for you winch. Had someone who's infected go to the hospital. The main indication for going to the hospitals would be shortness of breath and that kind of is a general term. But if you find your winded just from walking from the bedroom to the bathroom I mean that's a good gauge. That might be short of breath because significant lung inflammation may be developing And you also may be short of breath because your oxygen level is too low you just. The lungs cannot absorb enough oxygen to meet the needs to do such a small tasks such as walking to the bathroom. That is really the most important thing. Because the way this virus can kill people is by that you know respiratory failure that lands on the ventilator the the earlier recognition of that the better. This is so important. What you're saying because we're hearing these terrifying stories of young adults with Cova who are doing things like sitting up in reading and playing video games but their oxygen levels are like they're on Mount Everest with no oxygen tank. So the warning sign that I'm hearing from you is that it's the shortness of breath more than anything else yeah shortness of breath is going to be the main thing. It's going to be very hard to have low oxygen levels not sufficient for your body's needs to not have any symptoms from it. Now there are small subset of patients who their main site maybe just turning blue their lips turning blue or their fingers turning blue that may be there marker or sign of low oxygen. And especially if you're if the patient somebody WHO's not very ambulatory to begin with They're not going to manifest shortness of breath potentially until late in the disease if they're not usually walking around That might be a little bit tougher. Tease those patients so blue lips blue fingertips those could be a sign of low oxygen in somebody who is not a short of breath. But certainly we find this pulmonary and critical care world. This is almost like a silent assassin. This this virus where it's been notorious. That patients can be very sick. Have very high oxygen requirements but look so well visually sitting in their bed in the hospital on high amounts of oxygen but very comfortably speaking Watching TV texting and talking on their phone and that does make it a bit scary but all these patients have felt some sort of shortness of breath. A prior to presenting To the hospital but this is what makes it a little bit unique from influenza which can cause a much more rapid appearance of severe respiratory failure very important information and useful tips. That's Dr Joseph Cabeza Pulmonary and critical care physician at the Cleveland Clinic. Thank you so much for taking this time. All my pleasure. Thanks for having me and we WANNA know from you. Are you taking care of someone who's sick with the virus? What precautions are you taking? So you don't get infected. We want to hear your stories. Go to here now dot. Org Do you know what it means to miss? New Orleans performed by the late Ellis Marsalis on his nineteen ninety two album heart of gold now New Orleans and the greater jazz world know what it means to miss him. The pianist educator Patriarch of the musical Marcellus family died last week at eighty five from cove. Nineteen he taught in New Orleans universities as well as his own center for music in the city's ninth ward. His students included jazz greats. Terence Blanchard Harry connick junior and his own sons including Wynton and Branford. We want to spend a little more time on. Ellis Marcellus his passing and saxophonist and bandleader Branford. Marcellus is here to help us do just that Branford so sorry in a what a big presence gone. How are you processing this The way my father would have its Bittersweet and time for reflection. Yeah well let's do just that. He taught all his kids. But not to make you the big stars you became. You want us to think a certain way and he used music to do that he would always chide me about not practicing and I say if I'm playing in an rb band. What is it that I actually have to practice? And they're not the hardest parts in the world and I did what I wanted to do. You never prevented me from doing it the way I wanted to do. And when I turned nineteen twenty my brain started drifting towards more complicated music which I think is the byproduct is constantly being exposed to complicated music talking about when he was like as a teacher very socratic. If I were to play something and say so. I was that he'd say well. How do you think it was? It's frustrating at first because you don't have the ability to hear the music properly nor do you have the ability to process the information. But what he was doing by doing it too we did. It was forcing us to think for ourselves. Whether the music we're playing was good Whether it wasn't good what made it good with? Didn't make it good. And it was years of that and the one thing that was great for him to help me understand that music just being a metaphor for life in your life all you can do at any given time as the best that you can do at that time and it is not a reflection on how you will be later and that was the best lesson that he could have given us for music and for our lives. We'll talk about your dad's influences. Charlie Parker thelonious monk. Release the album an open letter to thelonious in two thousand eight. He and his quartet played versions of among classics. Let's listen to a little straight no chaser BRANFORD. What's the thing you'd want to say about? Your Dad's playing. It was very soulful and he has this beautiful sound on the instrument. That when you listen to early recordings a lot of musicians had that sound because they will all playing dance music so you had to be able to project and he had that and he could swing like nobody's business you know. This is so recent. He was older but still wasn't a shock. I mean we knew like when he started coughing. The caretaker called US and said Yeah I think this is corona and all you had to do was look up the statistics for people his age and see that statistically everything was against him right at that point but when it actually happened it was such a blow. It was tough to blow. I mean today is the first day that I even feel halfway normal and I think about all of the people like at least a because of the nature of it. They allowed us to visit him one family member per day so I feel blessed. Well you know there are many people morning with you. Is I think you know I've had a word to send to you? A PAT metheny guitarist said to tell you he was the dad of all of Jazz. Kind of pet thanks PAT. I hope that helps that. So you're not alone you know. It's funny I think I am alone. You know much like a lot of the music that I like listening to mournful music it requires a certain level of reflection in isolation to me. I mean some people want to be around as many people as possible and I can understand that but I think that At some point you have to deal with your own feelings about. This is better than start that sooner rather than later for me. Can you think of a piece of your dad's that you'd like us to go out on? Well there's a song. He played on a record that he and I did together. Miss Otis regrets which is actually an interesting song because it's a song about a lynching and they said you know when you do you have any last words in her. Last words like Miss Otis regrets. She will not attend lunch today the way he played it. It's just beautiful. It's although it's just him? It's incredibly expensive. Though I think that would be a good one while we will in Branford I hear you saying that solitude is what you need so we really appreciate your speaking with us. Thank you so again so sorry no I appreciate. It is really a pleasure talking with you here. Now is a production of NPR WBZ. I'm Robin Young. I'm Tanya Moseley. This is here now.

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US Open Day 5 - Christopher Clarey on The Coco Gauff Story, Serenas Chase For 24, Nick Kyrgios Behaviour & Damian Steiners Sacking

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US Open Day 5 - Christopher Clarey on The Coco Gauff Story, Serenas Chase For 24, Nick Kyrgios Behaviour & Damian Steiners Sacking

"Hi i'm john mcenroe's board. This is martina navratilova. I'm mats wilander. This is mary carillo. I'm sandra lleyton hewitt. I'm andy murray and you're listening to the tennis china's podcast whereas absolute pleasure to welcome on the tennis podcast today on a day when the results have gone fairly straightforwardly for most of the big names roger federer found his gear and beat down evans straightforwardly. Johanna konta was in great form. Serena williams was back but we're going to do something a little differently today in particularly throwing it forward award to some of the the fantastic storylines that we still have at the u._s. I've been here somebody we've had on the show before and somebody who's always a real treat to have on his chris clarry from the the new york times. Hello chris david our it's lovely to have you with us as it always is on. I've been trying to get you on all week because one after another your columns keep perking my interest interest whether whether it's talking about the umpire damian steiner who we we covered briefly last night and nas nutshell about how he's been fired to you all the american stories. Let's let's start with the positives the the exciting new stories me. You've been around long enough to see fifteen year. Olds seventeen eighteen year olds come through before but i know when we were talking yesterday you said your your concentration cocoa golf. What what do you make of what you're saying. Yes cocoa and serena to be honest but yeah. It's definitely a taken over <hes> the general sports fans interests our country if you're watching e._s._p._n. And we're about to our the national football league season over here <hes> baseball season's in full swing. There's room for cocoa yeah on these broadcasts these general sports broadcasts. That's pretty unusual. If you're not a real message major major star tennis like a like a sereno or not even a thera so it's taken a different dimension here and my editors for example. I can tell you a very very interested in your story and not just sports editors. I think she's hits a lot of buttons in our society and she has a certain freshness about her authenticity and a charisma on the court adding we can all i'll see and at the same time you have to ask yourself questions as you say having covered the sports so long and are we doing too much projecting. Are we too far into the future. It's much of our business these days about what's going to happen. What just happened so i'm trying to resist that as journalists and look at it and and kind of in the round and use that experience of having having covered the capitol and having seen players come along through the years who <hes> had difficulty with the sudden attention and absorbing it had some physical problems were that lately than probably the psychological aspect with people like laura robson cici bellis in our country having great success in their mid teens and having problems breaking down even beyond gone rescued ashir hear wonderful player obviously a little bit older her body's breaking down on her to she could still do very well here but nothing those things are all factors to take into account and try to tone down your writing tone down your coverage but boy. She has something she has the x. Factor i think she's a real born competitor and you can just sense the crowd when they watcher during the stadiums beat it wimbledon or did hear something going on. That's pretty rare in tennis where it leads to we'll see david yeah. It's it's a very good point. You might come. I mean we're we're shows that we do love to project. We love to do it in hopefully in a fun way but i am aware of that of the an and that's not to say that what we he says gonna make that much difference but as a as a whole i it's so easy to almost want to outdo each of <hes> for making a big statement about what somebody might achieve and what they might do a sound bites and and this is a child. We're talking about do you. Do you send some you uh as you say you. You've covered caveats. You've covered the others. What do you think of what you see as a as a human being in terms of how she's dealing with this situation. Well you know the question. I get is a sports writer more than any other. Question is what's blank really lake. You know we'll what's roger federally leg or with serena williams real lake or what's and back in the day. You know what's monica seller like. I'm not sure i know what my neighbors really liked. So you have to really be careful. I think in this business to try to jump to too many conclusions about that what i can see on the outside side because i see there seems to be really careful. Plan in place. I think teammate <hes> which started by federal and tony got sick which has a young agent allesandro working with <hes> cocoa. Now seems to be a intelligent approach to this a long-term approach. I talked to her parents. I hear a lot of good things <hes> i hear i'm talking about the importance of her having family base they say here about her father corey telling me that he studied all the prodigies looked at their progressions and looked at their own <hes> practice practice schedules when he could try to understand a way to avoid injuries says a lot of really smart thinking gone now if she goes out tomorrow night in arthur ash stadium at seven p._m. Mm and plays what she's quite capable of doing. Having watched her plays a great match. Somehow beats naomi osaka the world number one and defending champion then this is going to take on a whole different dimension and then it's going to require a lot of really really strong personalities and a lot of really really <hes> strong plans to resist temptation. Let it get carried away with itself. So that's i know in a way i'm just hoping that they've laid a strong platform here because this thing has a chance to really go galloping into the horizon pretty fast. How would you compare it in terms of interest levels to those players that you've seen in the past. I remember when jennifer kathy came along obviously when the williams sisters came mm-hmm along but then i even think back ten years ago when melania dan was was the player being talked about obviously she was a little older but in terms of the way the appetite it tight for coca mania as it was branded wimbledon and do do see this this level of is it compatible to anything. I think there's two things that are kind of counter current. Stay right now. I'd say one is tennis in our society in the u._s. At least it's not as big as it was. <hes> i think when <hes> in the eighties and nineties still had a higher place in the hierarchy of sports in america and when serena and venus came along that story was so compelling laying on the platform of ever navratilova and all those players so there was ready to be really taken to a high level now the other side of it is that we're in a social media age where where things get amplified very quickly and it's very easy when somebody breaks out of a sport to suddenly have the situation where the whole society can get behind it in a hurry quickly and react so those two do things are kind of working against each other but i think this is probably comparable to serena and venus in the early stages in terms of the level of interest and i was out there on the court today court five and then doubles levels and just she's already on a first name basis with the crowd cocoa cocoa cocoa cocoa. Katie mcnally's pretty good too but cocoa has this ability and i think the fact that serena and venus are still active still very much in the in the picture in terms of their tennis and coca comes along. It's a logical connection to make coco's talked about the fact she beat venus wimbledon and all those things play together so i think it has very much potential to be that kind of story but then again that word potential is used a little too often in my taste in in my in my opinion in this in sports in general and i imagine another cautionary tale that we were reminded of last night is that of tyler townsend who was a prodigious junior who who is an african american teenager that came along and now he's twenty three still outside the world's top one hundred just a wonderfully exciting game. We were talking about last last night and i was talking last night. How would wish had gone to the press conference yesterday i i've since watched it back fifteen minutes of taylor townsend talking about the journey that she's he's been on and it sounds like she's had some pretty times over the last six years aside. Yeah i mean it's a it's a tough sport because obviously what things are going yeah well all the sponsors in the agents and the <hes> waiting for the next big thing. Are there for you when they sense. That's going to be your situation because go the other direction. There's always somebody else in line somewhere else and it can get pretty quiet in a hurry. It's probably that quiet time. It's the hardest time after all the commotion but i guess in my case i think about things like yeah. We talk about capriati all the time definitely some tough moments ultimately. That was a success story. I mean she wondered grand slam. She got the number one. She worked through problems. I don't know where she's at now and i don't want to speculate but i think it should be seen really as in many cases that triumph of the human spirit in tennis turned some more like nicole vita silva for example who very similar age to <hes> cocoa when she came along and the talent was there amazing athlete great ball striker powerful serving all those things and then personal issues injuries other things came along and she never fulfill the potential that she clearly had so. Maybe that's probably a better example. Somebody gets comparable there. So tennis is offered. You both examples over the years and then their players like steffi graf raff monica seles who breakthrough in thirteen fourteen fifteen years old and and they make or chrissy ever was a huge story back in the print media day. You know here in nineteen seventy four with the u._s. open when she <hes> got to the semifinals at age sixteen and eighteen grand slam titles so can go both ways. I just think it's very important to let dan then tried to experience these things in real time and that constantly pepper them with questions. About what are you gonna do next. What's it all mean. She's fifteen yeah and on the subject serena williams and to a lesser extent venus but thinking that syrian is in this tournament. They've been doing this for twenty years and you know we've talked. Tithing over. The years is a media picking out individuals. No i've done it in the early stages about the other interest they had in life and and we often talked about it. Almost there's a negative and you know the whether they're fully focused on tennis accenture accenture and yet here they are twenty years later still performing homing still able to be massively relevant within the sport and i i would think that that is part of the thinking is well. Isn't it in terms of you know. I mean coca gulf for instance. She's going to be who she is. Not just somebody's templates your think. It's a very smart comment data. I agree with you hundred percent and i think you know serena and venus <music> <hes> as counter-current as they were at the time. I think they've set a new <hes> standard think they've shattered a lot of preconceptions that existed in tennessee before i think they will help the cocoa goths and the next generations it began a fair shake along the way and give people will give them a little bit more leeway in terms of how they approach this process. You know there's not they're not any givens lots so as you can do it. I think serena and venus have proven that and you better believe that a lot of these young americans particular that are coming up have looked at that family the williams family and taking those lessons to heart. We're going to do a bit of projection now because serena williams being chasing twenty four for a long time now three grandsons finals have come and gone and she hasn't won on them do you i saw today. She was fantastic against carolina maneuver from what i saw didn't come down on the whole match but i thought she she really likes actually hit her stride and she was ready now to to play her tennis. Whether it's good enough we'll say but do you do you sense that she's in any way in a better a place in a better position to get to that number twenty four now than she perhaps was that some of these other opportunities you know i think so <hes> i'm not gonna project to do it but i like where she's at right now. For a couple of reasons issues truly healthy and something else comes along on the tournament that could easily happen to her at the stage of her career where the knee he problem pops up again or her back goes out but what i'm seeing on the court even though she lost the first set against katie mcnally of the night a little bit tight said she's moving so well all books fitter and she's able i think to <hes> commerce down now get her composure going but also she doesn't. She knows she has the basically that she didn't have earlier in the season and maybe even last year as well <hes> and i think when she's moving well and gets in position to make those contact points while the ball just flies off iraq is still and she's serving very well to hitting think some high percentages <hes> and that's a high percentage hitting you know high <hes> high speed serves gotta be able to kind of generate it when she wants it with dr now so i see a lot of good things but honestly david. I don't think we're gonna know how she's gonna do until we get to a final again. That's been stumbling block. I think she's ok. Switzerland great says this last two years since her comeback and she gets into that final final match and it all kind of commutes hits her again and her opponents. I think recognize some vulnerability and they played better so i think that conversation almost has to be had in the middle eleven. Whatever fine overseeing or play yeah because that's the thing is is the moment it's part of part of it is the opponent to but it's we've gotta find fascinating week or so ahead. She looked so good at wimbledon. We all away. She played in against in the semi final and the way she played here at the u._s. Open heading into that final last cheer. Things looked like they were in place for her again and then it didn't it didn't work for her in the final so i'm just going to wait and see but i think she's come a long way from where she's been. I'm back in april and may with their game the french open she wasn't in shape look very shaky and now we're seeing player looks a lot more like serena williams we all <hes>. What do you think of the game at the moment on the women's side. Generally i mean to my mind. I think it's a really exciting place because you've got. I mean you've got people that are twenty years twenty plus years separated and there's competing on the court i mean venus williams is nearly three times the age of coco dolf it does it need to cocoa gulf so at the moment in order to to pick up the mantle that eventually intially serena is gonna leave because as you say the sport is i was surprised actually when i when i heard how down the pecking order tennessee is on on the in the scheme of things here in the states i i was i was reading a i think it was chris fowler from from e._s._p._n. Who's who does college. Football us is other big job and he. I remember ahead a podcast with him. He was explaining just how big college football is and how far down the i mean. He loves tennessee hennessy. He knows it's it's it's got its own ecosystem in the grand scheme of things. I didn't realize how far down the pecking order tennessee's no. I think it is it's it's definitely lost ground and <hes> you know what's sustaining it is <hes> is core audience which is aging not rapidly just like all of us david aging in your by year and i think that's the way it's going here yeah and see look around at some tournaments and you see a you know an affluent but but older population of people i think the t._v. Audiences are not that big and diminished since the golden years of the eighties and the nineties so that is a concern and someone like cocoa new personality with the kind of game game if she has a translates across <hes> you know demographics across to a new generation of of sports fans for sure it's important. Does it have to be her. No i think you have to have personalities like that. People can latch onto and say okay. I have an interest here. I'm gonna watch this person no matter who she's playing and she's playing serena williams or naomi osaka who broke through here last this year because of all that happened in the tournament last year with serena and all that all the better i think women's tennis is in a fascinating place right now but i'm inside side the game just like you are so i'm loving the fact that you're seeing all these new talents emerging. I'm loving the racing all court tennis. Come back in a big way with players like bharti and undress scoop and and we'll just yesterday with taylor townsend and match against hallam for me. It's all all good stuff but to break through to the the casual fan of sports. He transcended personalities and dan. You need what was lacking so often. In the serena williams era and that's rivalries people want to watch a personality but above all they wanna see personality somebody else they can recognize and ooh i wanna watch cocoa gov play bianca and rescue the twentieth time what a great rivalry it is and that's why the men's game has been so transcendent not a whole lot of death. Maybe in terms of people winning these titles down the down the pathway but those four guys the murray's the fetters adults jovovich playing off each other for ten years epic matches watches. Those great billion game could need some of that incredible rivalries really on the men's side. How do you see that race. At the moment you've got. I mean it is it couldn't be more beautiful could in two thousand eighteen hundred dollars sixteen for jackovitch. He's the youngest of the three say he's coming up on the rails value. You census got at least a couple of french opens that he could still win. How do you feel will end up. It's fascinating. I think the otter and novak's paper in some ways from my point of view if he stays healthy to <hes> to get up there with roger by the end and who knows the rafa can do but i think the x. factor is if somebody emerges who can suddenly go oh boom. You are winning anymore. It's us the new generation is going to do it. That's the x factor when that happens is it will happen and if that other person or other two players can come in. I don't see it being bailey seemed tomorrow but player a player like that can come in and suddenly say hey guys your time isn't isn't here anymore and that stops all all the momentum that gets fascinating because then you get that intra inter generational rivalry going on which is a wonderful thing in this <hes> this djokovic shoulder issues that he's had him and we're we're would you to see him tonight. As we speak to you we're coming between sessions and it is going to be very interesting and it was. I watched back the press collins chocolate. Which did i've read a couple of the lines at from the serbian jonas as well. It sounds pretty great pretty earliest something that he's pretty anxious about in terms of the context of this particular tournament is left shoulder issue issue that said we've seen him have issues before and wants. The worry of them has gone and he can play pain-free. He's been he's been okay but i mean i'm gonna come back at the end of the show the the order play tonight because i want to give in update about how he looked if he did indeed take to the court but it's it is a concern for the moment because everything was going so swimmingly well of course it is also now i mean novak djokovic smart gag high level of intelligence and he also knows now that he played through with his elbow <hes> two three years ago and he shouldn't have that was a mistake. He's admitted as much so. I think this time if it happens again i think he's going going to realize they're gonna need to address it quickly because he saw how it all worked out the last time i went into business a two year slump and he was not really a able to play it as best. I think he knows that's. Let's required one to compete at the highest level and to to stay fresh in his head so there is a real problem. I don't see him just letting linger and fight through it. I think he'll try to address it. We <hes> we we've been talking set over the course of the week trying to figure out a time that you and i could talk and one of the columns that you you said you were writing was about nick curious and about the things he said obviously the things he's done and i guess the way tennis approaching him how do you how do you concludes where we are now. Do you think that tennis's dealing with him in the right way. You know you look at the actions that have been taken by the a._t._p. And the some of the fines and then the suspension back back in <hes> you know seventeen after the incident in shanghai. There's been some disciplined gun coming his way he's been he's been dealt with in some fashion. What gets me is is. This is a pattern of behavior here to go into the statutes of the a._t._p. In terms of what major offenses are one of the things that you can't sanction on is a pattern of behavior and that undeniable in my view that we're seeing a pattern of bad behavior disrespectful behavior against the rules. I don't mind if he breaks the codes as much when he breaks the rules and i don't see any improvement and i think what happens cincinnati really can't happen again and that's where we start going after empires to that in that manner disrupting the matches in that manner and i think it also eliminates fans even though they're attracted by him as well so obviously you gotta follow the lettering and the wording in the rulebook but for me i see a pattern here. He retracted his statements about the being pretty corrupt. If there was just an average situation <hes> you cut them some slack there. It's not an average situation. He's been spouting about these do things for a long time. It's also part of the pattern. I know they're trying to look at it as a separate incident in terms of their discipline or two cases open against him but the one that's compelling to me is the first case opened after cincinnati cincinnati and one of the ways you can thank somebody for a major offense is for a pattern of behavior a pattern of going into the rules and as undeniably there so that's why i lobby lobby to my column that it's time to suspend again unless they have to be for a year. Maybe even six months but he needs to have a solid sanction here to send the message. That doesn't stand stanton yeah. It's interesting isn't it because we are of a certain age. <hes> i went out to that court. Yesterday and people were just. I couldn't wait to see him grand coal. You couldn't get on it. You could not get a saint and there are there are people that just think that maybe we should look at tennessee senator from way others trash talking in other sports. We have sledging in cricket personally i. I don't feel like that in phil when he what he said to fergus murphy is not on <hes> and i i i would guess that if you if you didn't serve you've challenged him in a public forum. I reckon if you just spoke to him. Quietly would probably admit that that that that's not because i don't think he's a bad human being personally <hes> but yeah i think i think you've got to be careful that you don't end up treats he. He confines of double standards. I think you've got to be careful. You don't give him double standards on the other the other foot because of his level of attraction yeah. I think that's right. I think there's a lot of resistance to <hes> going too far. Everybody can see the appeal that he has and i'm not saying you should not the life data nick by any means i actually would be in favor of allowing rackets to be broken on court as long as there's no danger to anybody in the stands or the officials never really bothered me that much but i like my kids to do it no but there there's something in tennessee could use i think loosening but in terms of abusing officials in terms of attacking the integrity of the officials and the integrity of the game totally disrupting your opponent's which happens an awful lot in his matches those are things i think i need to be improved upon and i don't see him learning the lesson through fines. I don't see them learning the lesson through negative media coverage i think it requires the one thing that really has teeth in this game and that's being suspended from the sport for a little while but i think he was pretty good after what happened in shanghai for a while but i've seen deterioration and slippage in the last few months and i just don't think it's a good look for the sport at to send a strong signal now <hes> <hes>. It's going to be interesting to see how he handles the rest of this u._s._o. Because he's got a heck of an opportunity he does no he does. As i wrote the other day i mean this is an extreme example but it's very possible that nick nick could go very deep in the u._s. Open the file maybe even in crazy situation with his level of ability win the u._s. open and then go to the labor cup in two weeks and be part where the whole effort darren be front and center and then be suspended for three months as he and my view rightfully should be. Is that a good look for sport. I don't think so so if that's not a good look for the sport what what did you do. I mean do you do you. Do you have to announce now that he's suspended or afterward so i know what they are doing it quickly because these things take time to get both sides of the story and they didn't want to distract nick in the middle of the u._s. Open but it's a bad look cincinnati is going to be far in the rear view mirror by time. This finally gets adjudicated a good chance. They won't go nick favor but it's going to seem like it's after the fact and it already does here. We are in the u._s. Open he could be front and center in these coming days with this thing hanging over his head in my view they should have expedited enacted on more quickly. I understand why they didn't do it but i think he might have been a mistake final points since <hes> damian steiner you you broke the story of the family. He had been fired from his role at the a._t._p. <hes> an experienced umpire are an empire hoot reached the top the pinnacle by refereeing umpiring the wimbledon men's singles final serpentine twelve in the fifth set between roger federer novak djokovic jackovich's way and it doesn't really get any better than that from a from an empire hang perspective and within weeks he he's lost his job <hes> it was as a result of a list of interviews he did. I believe in in argentina. Where do you stand on the look. I mean it's almost shakespearian the whole thing. It's like a literary device. I mean you get this opportunity. You've earned on twenty years of work. I thought he does a super job. In that match was tremendous. Match was in no way <hes> a distraction that he was only a professional and added value. You know a lot of the players really respected and yet by virtue of having that opportunity that laid the the seeds of his own sort of destruction in a way too strong a word but you know what i mean in terms of his own <hes> lost his job of the a._t._p. And if it hadn't happened if you hadn't been that good the opportunity to those interviews using to have that exposure never would have happened and i could see in argentina knowing how passionate that country is an how patriotic they are. It's one of ours in the chair. I'm in the chair for this massive match boys in his grade and you know in a way is probably just being polite answering all these requests but he's also a veteran and i know that the rules are clear on this and i think he knows after the carlos situation last year was serena when carlos didn't give a single interview was told he couldn't and reminded that he couldn't empire unrolls a small one so damian steiner should have known better and he should have known better not to do twenty plus interviews and talk about things like potential rule changes in the sport and how roger or novak might have been feeling now. The question comes should that rubio's jakonen as it is. The other question is should he be given a warning. I can't answer that. I don't know all the material they had all the information. It does seem pretty harsh at he should've been punished with some way for sure but ultimately my reaction. I was criticized for this. After i wrote the column was i thought it was almost more sad than anything else yeah it is i mean i don't care whether you fail. It's too harsh or too lenient it. Is i mean it's a shame because the sport loses uses a really really good umpire. He loses his livelihood or at least a big part of it and has to do something else. If it is a shame that that that happened one way or the other it is but ultimately ah impartiality is is really the most important thing for a chair umpire and going out there in public thought now this is argentina. It's spanish rush. No one's gonna see this stuff. I'm just doing my my home. Colleagues favor software world works anymore. It all gets around and you cannot affect your impression of impartiality is so important and yet. I think that's why they ended up firing him because they felt like it was irreparably. Damaged chris has a usual. It's been lovely. Thanks ever so much for joining us. Thanks for having me on. We haven't been blown away. Davis blowing pretty hard out here in halfway through a chat here sitting outside in the media garden. Suddenly this gust of wind has come. We're holding onto things on a on a table here. It's gonna make things very interesting for tonight's evening session madison keys against severe cannon then novak djokovic on the shedule joe against dennis. I'm gonna come back on at the end of all of that and let you know what's going on. Well several <music> hours later one o'clock in the morning to be precise local time i find myself on the bus going back from flushing meadows. It's about a twenty minute thirty minute drive back into manhattan where <hes> where we stay for the few short hours before a day six will start at the u._s. Open <hes> and we've had the evening session and novak djokovic did indeed play a half say was down for a while he <hes> he was used apprentice at five o'clock. <hes> lisa's what we understood. He didn't show the same again at six o'clock. No sign and then eventually he arrived just after seven o'clock the evening session standing around then jovic against dennis cutler was second on and it was a pretty gentlewoman <hes> jovic actually exchanged some words with somebody somebody in the back of the cord somebody who's watching through the fence the back and difficult to tonight exactly what was said but i i think somebody riled old djokovic up <hes> and actually after he'd beaten dennis cutler in straight-sets he he did say that that person doesn't know but he he really helped me <hes> and it was noticeable out on the court. The jackovitch was was a lot more demonstrative. A lot more animated a lot more aggressive with his body body language he he was. He looked irritated at times but boy. Did he play well. I felt like he was hitting the ball. Pretty much coach full on me was moving exceptionally well. He didn't have any obvious treatments when he was on court unlike a couple of nights ago so <hes> <hes> good signs from an evac joke of perspective what was interesting though is pretty much refused to talk about the condition. He arrived onto the court and did the prematch free matching the view in the tunnel when tom rinaldi of e._s._p._n. Who who asked him initially <hes>. We've seen all the stuff for the shoulder a couple tonight's show. How are you now and <hes> djokovic said. I don't want to talk about that now. Talk about that afterwards and <hes> to tell me followed up and he said yeah but how are you and how is the shoulder. Andy and novak just said i'm here. Let's play and he walked onto the talk and <hes> yeah like i say played pretty well no obvious signs of discomfort but he will now play stanford rinker in the last sixteen and i would say as i mentioned chris area that that's not a great draw have in the fourth round a guy who's beating him twice by bulldozing off the courts <hes> if djokovic is anything short of full fitness jockey riches a full fit fully fits in playing his best tennis even verve rinker isn't gonna basin because jackovich's pitches simply a better blair overall <hes> but there are question marks so we'll find out what we in a couple of days time we all signed had an even even more fascinating encounter on the louis armstrong court where donald medvedev v c took on the santa lopez. I i didn't see all of what went on in this mismatch <hes> but towards the end of the first set the the crowd suddenly be behind that sound a lotta pesident for some reason caridi took against dano medvedev. I'm not one hundred percent sure what went on what is what he was doing but i i do know that he was pictured showing them the finger on the side of his face <hes> the other side of the empire a he. He showed them the middle finger. I mean you know i do find it quite funny yeah. I probably shouldn't have it in one way. I mean it's you could you could say it's a poor behavior but i quite like the fact that he's prepared to just give the crowd some back because they were giving him already hard time <hes> and then the mattress brilliant lopez superb it was <hes> it was a four seven victory three of third-set tie-break incidentally <hes> the lopez had chances in medvedev eventually went to enforce sense at the end he was interviewed on the court and i've seen this sort of thing before medved every once he gets the red mist he got back. There's no i mean an i'd like set on the past and the tennis tennis this podcast my dealings with dow medvedev is the he's a charming guy off the call when he's calm and away from the the heat of battle but they they pushed him over the edge or he pushed himself the edge and when he was interviewed he said to the crowd and he was laughing it up. They were booing him from all sides science and he said you know what guys this doing your energy the you'll give me right. Now is what made me win the match. I was cramping yesterday today. I was in a terrible way and because of you right here all this booing this is what made me win the match and then <hes> and then invited the the interview to ask him another question just so that he can say you know. I think all this what you're doing right. Now is giving me enough energy to win my next five matches <hes> well. Here's a i mean and then my favorite was when the interview then gave him the tennis ball state into the crowd which is <hes> which was quite a funny contrast trusts given the <hes> the atmosphere that was going on at the time so anyway denno medvedev is through to the fourth round of <hes> the u._s. open and he could face jackovitch image in the quarter-finals chuck rich compete for rinca <hes>. I mentioned roger federer. Fantastic formally today thrashed. Don evans caught on the joe. Konta was in great form serena williams who's played her best match of the week so far well especially sharp over win was was maybe better but she really look good to serena williams and <hes> yeah we look ahead to tomorrow. We've got a full order play <hes> and the evening session. She just is box office. It's wonderful on paper. It's coca gulf against nine. Asaka followed by nick curious against andre rube love other. 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Episode 277a: 2020 French Open Day 1 - The British Are...Leaving

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Episode 277a: 2020 French Open Day 1 - The British Are...Leaving

"The. You're and welcome to day. One of the French Open on the challenge isn't running I am Ben Rothenberg by Mommy me to money carrio of the Guardian from uncle tear and Espana money. Thank you for being here hello. At some point, you have to give me a title. I, agree I know I was thinking about that actually before you came on Sarim is Middle East correspondent I was GONNA offer you British correspondent I. Don't think he'd want that I. Think he wants Spanish correspondents punishing sub Saharan African move. That's what works that were expansion sub Saharan African. Okay. That's that's like SSI. That's good correspondent for NPR Monaco thanks for being on here presenting those groups. So well, we are here though to talk largely in this episode about the British contingent who has evolved into the marquee matches of the day today at the French Open, this was the first day of the French Open but as a joke restarting, it was more or less the last day of the British French Open with the three main British people. Talked about this tournament Joe Content Andy Murray and Dan Evans you WANNA throw him in here being seated and the top man all going out all two big players though none of them like that they lost went over three is not shocking. Maybe the ways that incontinent Murray went out a little surprising, but we can get into that with talk first about vodka in Murray which was sort of circled men's first round match of the tournament to three time Grand Slam chance playing against each other and this match. Andy held serve to start, and then it was not close and then then he got broken three times, Rhode Lucifer SIP by triple break six one and then lost the next two sets six, three and six to go down in one of his most lopsided defeats ever. I don't know if people were expecting Marie to win this match but I saw a lot of like the Vinca in four type picks. So for Andy to only win five game or six games overall the super surprise surprise me. If I wouldn't be in in a way I didn't think I mean for one of varying color quite shop. Hotel just how. Choppy is because of how easy it was and obviously no I I thought it would be titled By. Then you look at how Murray lost is lost two matches to Felix. Oh. Open to meet US Ron Niche in Cincinnati off the to win psych he was kind of blown off the core, all of them in in order those matches you he looked quiet subdued and common wasn't able to kind of fully bring himself his best out. So in that sense as once it started to unfold, I don't think it was that much of a surprise when you consider how he'd lost previously and I guess we'll talk more about like why that was the case. What what was your sense what remained in terms of how he left previously finish that thought just just how? He wasn't able to stay with either. Around itch and how they kind of just bulldozed him and it wasn't close a tall and. You know the reasons that you know as he noted in his press conference, he was I. Think he was physically he didn't have much at the US Open. But I mean I don't know I think it's quite notable that. Those three losses have been. So one sided and he hasn't been able to put his impart is game tool and other. I think why is obviously because he hasn't played so much over the past. Eighteen months or whatever. And I think he still needs more to play more matches. He still needs to you know find their rhythm again, he still needs to figure out what stout playworks to hit for him with his new metal, hip. And I think there's a law in the air and so when you go on the court against these great players and they stopped to play well. It can go things can move quite quickly. Yeah. Let's flash a couple of clips from Andy's press today output the answers back to back here. The first question is basically about I think what you too can someone who is always a super grind easy. You know physical physical player when he was reaching number one in the world now that he's more. Physically compromised Kanye adapt style play to do something else should be more preservation preservation of his physicality was getting away from his tennis identity. Second question is about If you can get back to his best tennis to hear our Andy's here, those two questions and answers on a obviously, it's very early stages in terms of playing grand slams again in singles. But the way you're talking just know. Would it be fair to say that you might even have to saw reevaluate the way you play at the age of? Three. Against fairly high ranking opponents over the best of five sets. Something I have. For sure but it's like. I mean it's a difficult one because. The way the. The way that I play like if you consider what when I play my best tennis or when I played my best tennis. you know I know I know what that looks like and you know it's not going around blasting balls and serving and volleying and stuff. You know that that is how I play the game. If I do, let's say you know you start, serve, volleying and returning and coming into the net and things like that. it has to be successful. You know otherwise it's it's getting the balance right? You know when when you're when you're out there playing. To totally change the way you play the game is hard. It's hard to do that, and even since I came back from the injury. You know. Like if you take the matches played like an Asia for example, and then look at Antwerp. where I feel like I played obviously because I wanted to run I, would say, but where I played my best tennis. I was hitting my background like four or five miles an hour faster there than I was in the Asia trip You didn't change the way. I was playing I just took my backhand on a little bit more and played the same way and it was it was successful. So. It's more about getting the most of my you know Mike Game. I don't think it's GonNa be that easy for me to change this stage in my career even though it's something I have considered an attack. But when I play my best tennis, that's You know being an offensive baseliner and that's what I need to make sure I was doing. But like tonight if you serve at thirty eight percent. And you miss time a bunch of second serve returns. It's hard to hard to play that way so. Yeah. I. Need to need to play. Beth starts a lot of meat to to play the right way I think. When you consider what you just said about the way you're playing and even have thoughts about changing your game analysis with full respect. Do you think you can get back to the best tennis that you've ever played? To those levels. I mean from from a physical perspective again I mean. I wouldn't expect to physically be the same as what I was before. I. Had the operation but in terms of like. You know ball striking and. You. Know in terms of my strokes and stuff I mean I don't see why there's no reason. That I shouldn't be able to do that from a technical perspective There's been matches played since I came back where the ball. You know well and there was. I. No. No it wasn't the best match at Tignes but like. Verve. was. A, couple of points away from winning the US Open and. One against him the week before and You know. It's going to be difficult for me to play the same levels did before it was. Thirty three now and I was ranked number one in the world. So it's difficult with all the issues that I've had Yeah I'll keep going. Let's. Let's see. Let's see what the next few months holds and I reckon I won't play match like a between now and the end of the year there was also a comment I guess was made on Eurosport by Mass Philander, which got some attention as quoted by. George. belshaw. On twitter read the quote will entertainment solve says that I guess taking wildcards in his thirties was quote the biggest mistake I made in my career. Then he adds I think Eddie Marines to stop thinking himself at start thinking about who he was have a right to be out there taking wildcards from the young players. My answer to this is. Before I say, yes, he has taken wildcards away from young players. I will say the general concept of. A champion has an expiration date is true. Right? God. Knows us about Lleyton Hewitt back. You know eight years ago when Lleyton Hewitt got a calendar, Golden Slam of wildcards into four slams in the Olympics like who was was just especially taking up all his Australia reciprocal cars which devoted to a specific group whatever like no like that was bad layton when he wasn't contending meaningful anymore and ask the top hundred for years. But Andy, you know one eight hundred final over Everett less than a year ago Andy. beat. Sasha's of in Cincinnati who then went on to make the US Open final income within a couple of points of. Winning it. So I a positive spin I don't think that it's at all. Time, for India, to be forced into retirement and not taking at that's I. think that's very premature. Upping think just a silly opinion I mean to quote Danny where do at he said I think that's absolutely pathetic from Madison I mean I am actually I'd say, I'm actually quite a wildcard extremists I. You know even if he murray wasn't performing well, I mean he's a he's a three times don champion for more than one and. If he wants to play more. Whatever you know nobody's entitled to wildcards and. And particularly, and we I'm so you like agree that it particularly at slums and at tournaments with big associations, those players are getting tons of work anyway. So if Murray takes if mark is taking a walk that would be reserved for some French player ranked two hundred while they're gonna get a wild card. In the next event you know in in Paris. Masters qualifying on the next one and girls or the next so I don't know I'm. Like the same thing was like people were saying a similar thing with Kim classes that she was like coming back in a some. Some people she was taken from them I don't I just. So what if a player has to actually play a lower event or play qualifying I'm happy to see them taking away some people if you get what I get that fully and I also I mean in terms of your wildcard things I think it has to be I reached a saturation point Lleyton Hewitt 'cause he'd been of motives career for. Five years. I'm he retired act seven times oh my gosh she had. He keeps coming back He got holiday nominated last week, which is deserves he should get it hall of fame for sure but also still like I don't stop them from taking more doubles wildcards or anything anytime soon, a what I was thinking about wildcards also I mean I kind of feel that way even about wanted people think of as being. The most. Controversial which I guess there's some of the ones that go to one recent one is the one for Mario Sokha the catalog attention in Miami year when she was but she basically got Because she's Niamey. Sister was the was ninety, nine percent of the reason however, like I wrote a story about her plane that tournament that match because it was an interesting attraction I'm the world over one sister play the tournament of the Miami Herald did the same a a bunch of coverage and to the extent that while the term just want to get attention for themselves gather interest in the tournament that was very smart choice for. Wildcard than putting Mario sock in that wildcard, she formed very credibly imagine think of it's like on three and four against seaway was perfectly she was she was plenty good and played above her ranking and showed him for sisters pension for being better on big stages in just struggling at smaller. But yeah, and you know same even goes for whatever Marco Jovovich has gotten wildcards into five hundred, eighty, one, hundred Dubai and things like that. So. You know these things happen in tennis and I I just don't think and I also love mentioned this on the drought according but I also love that they freed up and didn't give the reciprocal wildcards this year at the slams because. and. So suck badly. Yes. So the fact that there wasn't the guaranteed American Aussie Wildcard and they can give a discretionary to Andy Murray I think is fantastic. So happy they gave them to him. Happy to give him a of who wouldn't normally get one French Open probably these are these are all good things so And you know and he's Andy frigging Murray. He's like everyone loves him and I don't know what he did to Piss off mats wilander mess. Linda just being a cranky today but you know. This was something that that I just don't think should bother. Anybody yeah, and he lost so a big deal like he got. Sometimes you get beat down sometime and you're playing Stan who's a champion? Is Event not that long ago and who loves these conditions? WHO's like ultimate serve like hard hitter guy can hit through like slow conditions in general power and pace. This was a bad match for anybody anything. Everyone's just sort of as you're watching we really underestimated how good Stan might be right now stan, grant that did lose last week to moves Eddie. So we didn't come with a lot of confidence but anyway. But it's just it's just a really bizarre thing to say about someone who has an eight Mike who has a tattoo on his ranking? Who? Want. To win the two weeks. So Pete's Vera. And beat wrinkle in that title, win. So it just, it doesn't make sense and also, I, mean I as I agree with what you said like we should probably be more honest about why while causa given it's not as for performance and to help people, you know tournaments reserve like the right to have walked out. So you know they can bring people in who help you know who bring attention to the draw whether it's. You, the local workout or a star whatever. I don't agree as I. said I like in a lot of cases that I don't care for them. But I mean this it's it's not a thing. This is missing. The arguing. So we will you that match their thoughts on Stan Stan has a tough draw the tournament stand next faces, dominant Kupfer for who's but really well lately may quarters in Rome and then he could face OJ Elliott seem in the third round in could face dominic team fourth-round. So pretty brutal draw and then and then my kind of low key pick to. Do really well here, possibly Diego in the in the in the quarters or or Maltese. So tough offer offering conducting for can in these conditions can he? Let's just go big? Can He beat a all? In the bottom half. Know the thing with like Lincoln until you talked before that I, mean obviously the whole big thing around the Mari Reverend match was three years ago they played and had an epic center and they both kind of broke their bodies and his taken Saddam to come back and. You know while Murray still coming back reverend CAS been very gradually. He returned to the top twenties seems to be finding its footing. He's Made like he made the Australian Open I. Think he made three quarters in the last like eighteen months since Roland Garros Australian Open. So like he's get you know beat obviously talk which was ended he of it, and so he's been just building and building, and so I mean, yes, I think it's realistic to think that he could. Do something again since he's beating top five players slams kind of. Why. Not In these as he said, these conditions, these conditions clearly likes them. And he has the power in the way of shelter hit through them together. Big British name out today quick shot at the Dan Evans lost in five wild sets to cancer corey despite winning to breadsticks at. Five. Six four in the death early, which is not everyone i. think everyone would pay corey in that match not not to Klay Lovers there for sure. But NISHIKORI not surprised winner but the other one I want to Johanna Konta who was on thanks. To the match on it went very fast. So they weren't overlapping for that long actually but content loses six, three, six, three, two, Cocoa Goff continent made the semifinals in last year playing her semifinal intimacy on court. Simone. Matt. Of about eighty people was I was there terrible and disgraceful? Anyway contact gets to keep those points because the new rank systems, you keep the seven, hundred, nine points on her making. Sure cushions this loss significantly in terms of. Disappointment in not having a raking the effect and things like that. But this match was one that golf seem pretty in control of I. Felt like despite serving wobbles from cocoa how did you? How did you see match? Agree I. Mean I think that the conditions definitely sued to govern you I. Mean We're both in God press conference and like I I also about how she approached it because you know she she just gave. She gave Canot Pace. She was throwing in slices. She just you know we know how quick and cheap kind of just. She rested on Defense as she often dozen made her hit through her she couldn't she lost and stopping really good and smarten Sin Great Match Golf considering as he said, she said seven troubles and she come into this. I think she lost four dollars, five matches. was kind of a for the first trump no troubles. But the first you know quote unquote slump in her exactly string of law citizen difficulties and they're like really good players anyway. Yeah. No she's had to deal with that and she's come out in being a top ten season. As one goes I mean it's crazy like people were disappointed that Coca Gov lost the first round of the US Open honest album who's made like a semi final two other quarters in her last like four appearances that tournament with the top ranked ahead of her in the top thirty player and same thing goes when she lost his Sakari when she lost. Of People in so the expectations for her really high but then again, she doesn't mind this goes out beats KONTA in straits and you're not really surprised either busy know how good she can get what you said about her the the junk balling she could do. Like she is such a great. Tactical competitor like she wins ugly a lot of. which is which, yeah honestly, which isn't really interesting sort of. Trait for a young player because usually that something you think of being a veteran kind of thing to do right to know how to win when you're not at your best sort of make your opponent, not play their best whatever it may be terms and ugly win. The cocoa has that kind of competitive spirit in Gif that she's such a good brawler. Yes. There are times and certainly she developed as a player you would like to see her step out blow people off the court she gets to be know hiring player and playing players who are. Not playing down people's level at say, but you take care of business straightforward. But for this point, like pat being able to go out there and to play three plan, see your plan de game to beat a semi-finalist player contests caliber. Super Super Impressive as she she said like. She she was informed slices in the much and she said that she wasn't really her plan, but she saw that contract didn't like it. So she did it and that's the kind of like news and just intelligencer. It everyone has. A really I think it's amuses me a lot because obviously her big breakthrough was against containers and there's all those comparisons that people make because of that because Coco. The Williams sisters, her idols, and also because chip like s bureau share an end. So funny how different like she is to them as a tennis player in how kind of that? She's like doubling governors doubling down kind of style and very happy to explore how she can trouble opponents and make their life Tau rather than just glossing through them so. I don't think to to see how she's developing. As herself and not trying to be anyone else I think court courtney I mean being herself a Corny to make a comparison to hurt in the last in the draw show I think a little bit to Sloan Stevens interesting. She can play very different gears but I think that Coco is more over competitor. Sloan and just. More clearly relishes. The fight and the problem solving whereas slum seem the ranch rift more languidly in and out of of gears and yes. So Gotha super impressive. Here's a couple clips on Cook Golf about winning matches being sixteen. Cuckoo congratulations monitoring for you obviously been on tour little more than a year. Now obviously been an unusual year but is do you still surprise yourself being sixteen beating last year's semi-finalists in straight-sets is still signed that you kind of go. WHOA. That's pretty big deal or are you kind of get used to this whole when he mashes slams thing by now? I mean I really didn't I really didn't I was really thinking about that on the court, but I mean every matches. A great. Win I. Don't I don't really take anything for granted because. I'm just happy to be playing. So I don't think maybe winning slams matches a slam into something I'm used to especially this in my first main draw Roland Garros. But when I'm on the court I guess I can act like amused to it but when I'm off the core, I'm still just really happy to be here Honestly my dad told me something in the warm up. He was just telling me he was just like a you're living your dreams. So just enjoy and have fun I mean his goal was to become an NBA player and he didn't make it. So he told. Me Like you're living your dream in that everybody gets to do that. So just have fun on the court and I really changed my perspective because I was really nervous going into the match and that kind of calm down and I just like it's just a tennis match and I'm doing a like some things that people wish they. They can do. So I, I just just go out there and enjoy those are the cubs from golf. I have to say I knew we're GonNa talk about this match I wanted to conduct press anyway the as a member of the British press reported on your. Part of your title of being the NC are Spain and South Saharan. Africa correspondent. What. What what do you make of the missing between content and the the British press because it strikes me as being just such. A. So scrutiny for everyone involved. She was she was unofficially. So a transcript in other. About like a few things on one of them was whether she had a love hate relationship with the British plex and she just like we're stuck with each other. And Yeah I mean, it's tough because like I get you know as as journalists Geno, it's great when an an athlete is open and honest and like specific as well about some things whether it, what they're doing in the match like what went wrong whether they played you know whether they played badly award. Content. Light I don't know she she you know she has her kind of approach and her. The way she. Mentality and she kind of Project Clinton will will you WanNa say something when I was just GonNa say there's this running theme in her press conference of if a clip here of basically the most tense exchange today and where the British press always wants to want to admit that she's done something bad or wrong and she refuses or she does not give them what they're looking for, and it's this constant. They want her to say a certain line in the script and she refuses to Said Mine and whether or not it's the line is true or not. So here's Today's version of it. The Mac Lebron question. High job you. You're so consistent in the slams last year and obviously this, this is a crazy year for everybody. But how would you some of your Grand Slam record this year? Well I lost first round of the Australian second round of the first round of the French say. That's how that went. Yes I mean is there an explanation for that? Thank you lost three times to players outside the top fifty in those three matches is England's any particular concern view that now? This is what we should expect all. I'd like to thank not I'm doing my best to do better, but that's just the way it happened this year. It's too hot. Georgia's so on the theme of your results it Grand Slams that she remained Don Evans is. He was very open and saying. Yeah has results for her to be honest is just. Take a very different approach. I. Wonder. Maybe, you're not to tell US book. Privately, would you be disappointed with maybe a performances at major tournaments that here? I mean, I come to the tournaments to do well. To go deep into second week to to hopefully one day when one that's that's why I show up to every moment that I play. So I don't think any player including. Myself will sit here after an early round, Ross a early round loss and be pleased with the results. So now I'm not I'm not pleased I would like to do better but. I'm not exactly going to hate myself. and. We obviously saw this last year Wimbledon was constituted was famously tense exchange you with her and a reporter there is. It's obviously it's very different from the way that Andy has developed talking to the press to obviously Andy's ability to deal with the principles. He has is notable and he's an outlier probably British sports. But what do you think that someone who knows this landscape better than I do sometimes, you want at these to be kind of concrete and They don't have to like entitled to you know she doesn't want to say even. The Soviet with Andy I think it's I. Mean I think it's still that's not always perfect and you know he can be tense with him and. You know he he's I think in general Andy is just more kind of Edano like if you ask him a question, he'll think about it and he'll on Sir how he feels you know just. What he thinks and with. Content because I imagine because she I, she's been born in the process while like you know she doesn't she has kind of a more a wall of armor guests Nancy. and. So that that's a different thing but still. still thank you I. Think I think Annie's Andes more rare Athens, and I put any kind of similar category to like an Asaka stop you who is bluntly honest and really does seem to listen to questions and think about them and give answers compared to got a lot of players that can name the other category. Your does even probably more your Serena's even more your I don't know who else lost the players in their sort. Who Think who give answers center more about up their own sort of narrative or trying to keep things on their terms? Right. Track their sense of control over how their talked about how they talk about themselves and everything who? With KONTA. One of the things is like if you ask a question. And she showed like disagree with the premise of the question even if like two seconds later, she basically kind of saying exactly what you of you know again, it's it's the whole kind of controlling and but that can be definitely that can be frustrating. But again you know. So it's frustrating by the same time like I mean it's what she in. Her Press Conference Deacon She's more than entitled to. D- Think Lester thing on this I think for me at least let's with more. Do you think that this sort of? That tension is it all? Part of her tenseness in nerves ask slam do you think? Mr Personality and there's no changing it. Maybe it's how she can do. Best. But we have seen her you know make a lot of deep rund slams say without making a final which she has probably after having a career that no one is good as it was for a long time to be clear really elevator career but since then she's kind of. A little bit of a ceiling results wise Do you think that a more sort of? Open Wall Hebrew interested. Yeah. Uninhibited Approach Cook could could sort of lead to flow. It could get messy in ways. We don't know you don't know what's behind the floodgates really. But yeah, it just also, we have seen Joe have lots of sort of. Nervous incidents on court. I mean I think on one gets also just I mean I don't know how by. His personality like. I Don. I mean. You may have seen it, but in the of the Brits. You know those hoping where have I don't know how much you watched over but by the end of kind of that whole week of the team competition of British players. You know everyone was kind of. Everyone had boy into it aside from contract she was she had gone about her business, and then by the end of the tournament they they bought a Kabul cutter of Contra unwarlike like joking about it got quiet I. think she was in very like happy about it and like the android was asked about it this week and he was like a probably going to have to say a few words and. Apologize for like just make sure things cool and. Things absurd. I think she quite a bit of a loner in a way and just like she sheets, it's not natural for to just share. By the time I also think she's It's also just how she's been told to. You know she she projects this per mentality and how she feels she should act. Then that's how replicate under and I mean. Like fair play like. Cheap been in the top fire. She's reached semi-finals clearly work. So I I I don't know if I wouldn't know if she somehow more uninhibited that suddenly ever. The season's GonNa break no I it's. It's hard. It's one of those things where it's like talking about any top successful athlete like you critique so much obviously doing very, very well. Could they do better? Sure but like are they doing better than everybody else? Yes. Definitely. So That's that's kind of that's kind of the tension with contracts because. The these things happening in after you know she reached the semifinals of the French Open which no one thought. She was GonNa do now like she she like she really could have won the slam last year was had such a good. That's where the tension comes or again Wimbledon I mean thousand at different NFL like the fog last reached a quarter-final maybe. With. Lost a bit. But like again, you know that She's doing great while she was doing great last year anyways. So That's another layer of attention. Yes. So that's the main marquee matches want to talk about today on day one any other impressions from what it's like covering this French Open we're both covenants remotely from home. You're at least in more friendly time zone this time. Not I wake up at five am today which I'm sure was horrible for you is was on our role as someone who you see me sleep set. Any thoughts on this tournament in what it's like watching a cold Sam where no one looks happy. It's it's very strange. It's I mean obviously the first thing that happened with often our Internet Victoria as Lincoln and urban inconvenience where much of the after. They slipped and. then. Everyone was code and it was rainy and I don't know it's it's just weird Lia. The thing that struck out with just the fact that we got to set seven PM and. We weren't thinking about light. That was really that was gang. That's big. Your that is a big change happened the lights that said overdue sort of thing. For, sure I think it was a woman say was shoddy whose estimate at this semester where would have seen this but he said that this slam. This year this slam especially maybe it wasn't him somebody somebody French believe Ciardi said the it starting to feel much more like a job now than like than playing a game and like. About this about this tournament I, think he's around time anyway. Like you really have to suck out up right. You're not like going out there and delighting the Frenchman telling all your friends from around Paris come and see you you like grinding being stuck hotel. Even if you have a apartment or something you know near rolling, garrison. A lot of French players do all the creature comforts sort of gone in your sort of just having to take more of this, and a lot of people can say you know Oh poor little rich boys blah blah. Whatever girls whoever's complaining about different conditions and that's another thing that's lander said complaining about as Rinku today but. I sympathize with that this it does `specially coming. So soon after the last slam, it does end up being the conditions being awful in the players being dressed you know. Like they're going uncensored Tundra dig like for. It just doesn't feel like recreational. It just feels like it feels complete not not very tennis this field. A on that subject the quote from Debica Fan, which you can put in the audio. I might have it. Let's see. Can I guess one other question when you look at all of twenty twenty, what has been the most difficult thing for you this year for me the the motivation I would say you. It's. You feel like gained a worried all the time. You know it's before every tournament you know you don't know. If they would be like if the wrong test. Will be positive negative and. It's the same for your staff every week it's different rules. Every city is different how to govern with the staff and also in your your private life also, it can be just not easy. So. So the most difficult for me, it's like to stay to be. To be like fresh mentally on the court and to save energy to to give everything on the court. That's why I think today was the toughest part is just that that was a little bit empty and. And no no energy today. He. He just he lost badly to Jenex today like those a stretch in the middle of the match. He lost eleven straight games. It was horrible and afterwards he was disliked he was always like what's the toughest thing about this year and he said It's just been motivation. Anxiety about. Having to not knowing if you're going to be positive or negative, all of different rule changes. I. Think suddenly I was thinking by what what this will do to. The mental mental health not anything drastic. Does, these kind of these regulations and stuff how does this affect plants and certainly both played them I mean even as a journalist covering this a home in animal diets. It's it's the grind, right? I mean I just said like getting up at five am. It's very much grinds and two weeks after the US Open. No. Because only our jobs aren't particular, well paid or anything. Ever at being journalists sports. But at least normally the you know the perk of it is the sort of the the traveling getting to be their experiences things you take away that part of it yet mental health side the equation gets rougher and actually Carlos Moya talk of an interview. I think with ATP I believe in Spanish Rafa Plaza with basically translation of it saying the most important thing they focused on Rafa was more than his fitness woods or tennis was his head and just getting his head ready and they were very much listening to his. You know he wasn't feeling up for doing something at least especially in the early months when there was no return date, they were not pushing things feeling. Okay. Sure giving his you know, here's what he says someday, get priority who's head to play when he was feeling comfortable. We were playing five minutes other for an hour other. So that, that was the priority, the beginning, we didn't have a clear day to come back. As soon as we had a return date, we demanded more and a plan to follow and when he had a date to play his arrived to that well with doubts but the well and yes. That's to Rafa at all that. That's well saying that. These tough times and yeah and again, I'm just in with marina everybody like in Konta just you know. None really trying to rip any sort of player for going out there in. mind. Whatever kind of egg if if Debbie Golf angles out there loses Levin Shirt. Games to extender So, be it like that's really only hurts him like. Or if you are angry better or something who's a WHO lost money that that's on, you trying to bet on Pandemic Dana's. Anyway. Thank you for coming on here. Any other last thoughts before I let you go. We'll. We'll see if we have Britain the second round. We have to Cam Norie and tennis twitter fave Liam Broady, both in court tomorrow. And we will see. Them when they're they, both have pretty good draws actually we're going to break down British strong. Cam No replace. Daniel ally Galon a what lucky loser. Daniil Galon Funds. act. On him like the French Open. Galon. Or effort I don't know how. Along Different Yeah on Galon tried to remember that day the trickle day when lady drove back to get the. At the French Open apparently ally Golan had tried that morning to get in to sign in for lucky loser. But he is like they wouldn't take his credential. He said a qualified wouldn't let him in, but he had tried to get into the tournament office that Dade. Have Gotten it because he was there was actually trying, but he couldn't get in. That's what Robert Farrow told me that. Isn't it the Colombian so Vs Goliath and Liam broady theory vassily are the British matches and to me. Thank you as always and thank you through our will pay trump. 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Wimbledon Day 6 - Evans Agony; Konta Comes Good; #SerAndy Is Here

The Tennis Podcast

39:19 min | 2 years ago

Wimbledon Day 6 - Evans Agony; Konta Comes Good; #SerAndy Is Here

"Hi i'm john mcenroe dombi on board this is martina navratilova max blander rancor enlighten you i'm andy murray and you're listening to the podcast he went to one of his you have meted that we didn't know it was recalled all right i'll just go hundred workers who david lewis pressure code which means we get together for all six daily puts us at wimbledon twenty nineteen myself cassar much getting my orbits david little place sat opposite sent me the reason you're hearing me percent missing his case david little looks an obsolete shell of a mind i mean i've seen david little little like a shell of a mind many a time a lost twelve years but i've never seen him with tonight and done it's states have sort of despair in the settlement leafy mom leaving it's a good reason isn't it david yeah yeah it's all good course it's holding the good brumby calls of three hours and fifty six minutes or thereabouts a commentary on john evans 'em going i breakup in all five sets and losing three of some a ultimately in absolute ethic encore number one six four in the fares under the lights it had everything is just i mean i feel for him i do feel for him and he i'm sure right now he he'll be just decompressing and talking about it with his his coach the nfl guy about it yeah maybe not but you'll have to scott in the press conference which will be ready tough he'll be doing that now but i would hope that he will come away from it at least remembering some of the good bad and the good bits where he played opposite of abusively two six four four two he he was frankly making sean says look forward and read onstage 'em they're the good bet sermon evans dispatch if all day he hungarian hungarian he survived the course pretty much i lost in and the atmosphere is pretty much unlike anything i've ever experienced before it's the first time oversee are being unquote number one with a refund you up by sarah's well you managed to sneak which i think is from starstruck months go like a relationship going with the women manning the depressed seats in quote one oh that's what she was doing the same i felt like a a third we'll good kinda catchy or you know so yeah you're in that i mean they closed the roof of two sets so because it was after eight o'clock at night sabres it's the gloomiest nights of the of the tone does not mean looking up above us now it's gray clouds and it's getting dark and there's no way they could play that full says he'll be guaranteed to play that full set as it was sort of closed the roof they brought applies flies backout what it was still really dark and then somebody said oh southern lights on any also and i was expecting this sort of gradual flick how about knows somebody press the button and it went away suddenly all place just lets up like some fireworks display and and we had the fifth set and the noise that it created in that in that stadium with eleven thousand people all keeping the noise in and win evans run forgot one drop shut it ended up on his face and then he he and then you had so so go to the back of the corn stalks within the crowd up himself and saying come on get behind me now i know i'm not british come on the play and then evans when he finally rose to say i've only heard noise out a couple of times in my whole career i don't know how he must have felt so i don't know whether he'll ever be able to reflect on it and take pleasure from it but it was such a special moment yeah and the manner in which he lost his pretty devastating while the match point with incredible wasn't it becomes even getting bullied around the colts in august commentating on bbc radio and i i saw the bowl drop a little short and then sosa type one step inside the baseline and you you you get ready for the end of the match and i said he's got a for him now to finish this and he put at costco and suddenly evans appeared hit another four on down the line and i said it he's turning the tables i don't know how he's doing this sosa pops up a little bullet just about cleared the net evans run it down and basically run into the bowl and didn't clear evidence but it's it's so difficult the delicate show at the end of a full sprint and he tried to do a little drop shaw and just wouldn't he barely made contact with the and i just think he's he's so when you went back to do it but i mean nothing in romans yeah he managed to converge the short in the he's depressed and maybe despite the sort of the the fillet through the tendency rockets own net hands on that head on that one beautiful smith movement and then strikes in terms of his opponents fruit bigger brace and then immediately as quick as i've never seen anyone will close quote and i generally speaking that's considered not very close he moved to to leave the cool no way if you're opponents 'em but i think he's gonna cry i think he's a get a breakdown down and didn't wanna do it in front of the movies people who'd been resting nights on him for the post for hours we saw the press seats it all all the position just behind bankas m seats that i think all the sort of secondary play a guest seats they not quite player books eligible basically i think we've sat behind a roast downs mates they will have the same heckled sleepless nights that's the head they doing in saudi how well they they they any doing one heck of a look across this article it's well known that it's a bit championships bulla new heck on a co worker that's next on that i mean they they will yeah i gotta get my and then just in front of them there was a pocket of vocal portuguese that we're fellows reeling amongst it and oh my goodness but i breathing every single night and that was the beauty of it i mean you oversee getting a different preventative going to what i was i i was called level where i come introductions it it's even better coming through books and center court because if if there wasn't a glass window and the way i could lean out of the introduction untapped them the lineup on the shoulder you're that close and but i remember with a couple of points towards the end where which evans one when he won the place just runs and people jumped to the fate of punching yeah and and then they were looking around those high find hiding random people they've never miss they will do in the off the whole kaikal not even a short flight holck ico's when in diamonds his favor people were sharing inside won the tournament it wasn't spine tingling atmosphere indefinable quality is making you can and donovan's has it as much as anybody in flat rock and think of people like i didn't bring her husband i know how anything and it's even more heightened under the roof when the atmosphere is kept to you and i are you gonna his anx to yeah i never see where he's being in his career and i started a couple of nights ago you know where where it comes from the kids you he's he's giving me absolutely nothing you mean reason the cat whatsoever older or looking at it again the ground and this is where you look at mitchell who you know i'm gonna fuck up may make exceptions the pressure much make exceptions the hardwood let's let's hope so anyway well thank you yeah he's he's he's got no right to have a suit cameras much he i mean he's got right times catch something but the extent to which he makes you care is something that is up simone mice i mean if we rarely does a kind of just have to say how good size of was because i we did not see the run a full games coming but he put together from six full full to down and and how fast is around the corner and heat wave from the there is just sort of you know run of the mill baseline and to show us the most devastating mover and hitter tennis balls and running all over the place he went to the net about fifty times in the match and one the phone because of the first hour donovan simply had too much game for didn't use it was just they looked better tennis player down evans but susa worked his way into an i've always felt like he's a tremendous maximize like he's got he's sort of wrong everything out of his career and i think i think until recently about thirty percent of his grand slam losses have come against djokovic shomari use the get these really tough to do is get around third round orient and just play ritual mary not get any further but he started to i think this year he's made a couple around falls now and yeah he he was tough and not fit sat down evans was struggling through in a little bit and he's a baseline of it but he's aggressive susa 'cause he's always looking to users for and as much as you possibly can attendance upset about sort of grunting sort of allow the susa grunted down evans tied to ground nfc crown even louder it was it was it was great from not saying sisa david saying say impact cashews committed leasing south idle for hours come in china i listened to the man himself say his own name beforehand and it was soza so there we are just about the tension to on a topic of conversation from this to say from a business perspective very many things that result today does is make the judge's decision easier in terms of older play sunday sunday 'cause i so the dog and seven such good i send to say who eat bumping veteran joke which onto quote and warm because in my mind it was an obsolete sets and tv you have concerns about how the gulf on sunday school but i've just seen you would replace just landed and they start to a season ago and ends with cetera berry teeny with comes a convincing the sandwiched in between okay no expecting knows nobody was expecting but based on women's history of the scheduling on among dies and they don't get you to women's marches on center cold at the yeah it's it's held up is the best stay in tennis and in many ways is 'em but that means they never never goes we need to check in terms of never ever but suddenly eleven years and they've never done it and eleven years so but anyway say say to sisa salsa i'm pretty sure it's not it's house sorry poser so because if you listen to women so himself are so good at roger overturned but it stars right then soza you're not plays adult who i am skittles and i i don't wanna get anywhere near it but i wanna piss him off and i don't wanna see that needs to change him in a show up by he is face and and make sure is and i mean i i do feel like his draw just played him into form and heightened sense is rightfully off and he thrashed joe wilford song today and some good didn't look like you used look but my goodness the dow looks just on it and then also from what everybody's saying the code is slow so anything that renting yeah he he says he thinks the same yeah you'd have to i have its own guy was just struck by the lack of hype an intriguing that match compared to they know doll cario match the other day i was wondering what that what told us did it just tell us the curiosity is pure box office somewhere or his interest in his master's or was it a indication of how much some guy has sons run entertain a threat austrailian tv a when ways i don't know whatever network he's covering the then i think it might be folks in australia but i ended up short might be channel nine he destroyed by the feeding it folks 'em when we've cario over bossy and they were on simultaneously today's game they shake cario savor the cure logan's hoon adele rice well with ellen saint talk instrument harney they they they briefly clashed a regular i have to say i could understand that because curious and the dow was an incredible occasion match 'em and policies was a fairly straightforward one minute wasn't the same degree of medication but we generally generally tv tendons the guy who is paid i think is the best name he thinks the best joel rose and quality of much generally are being curious anyway that is incredible lineup of of of yeah it was but he did it coolest a lot of false in in australia the dm come straight in finding out about it because the listening to five live our lives and in the from the cricket at old trafford trust which she's australia today andrews and australian reporter covering it and he he brought up in fact he was off by jones and i've earned his resenting on five live today how big a deal i suppose he is how she is and her story how significant is coming across in australia and he said oh she's they they biggest so she said she's a big deal then they'll see cricket team at the moment we score which is a matter of through on of he then went on to say there's a lot of consternation the nation when curious shiny the hub anyway i digress 'em adult plays drought so so so so so the 'em what else do we have to stick with the men's so the thing is crowded room goes schooler crash rosary the results were looking paulie averages cetera to very easy sets cetera followed by bikes that but it's hard to say felt like a very easy set somehow somehow result never in doubt we we're pleased pleasant i wasn't on it with a tennis is plus on district for he had a break point five wdbo in the in the first set didn't take it and then i think federal and the next five games and had a million stories in it so many times whether it's it's lower run play against hiring by a dozen tight the big john and then hiring ply runs away with it federa veterans full hammers great today his back cameras it'll be iffy see i thought one to keep on 'cause he's got beret team's gonna say you i i haven't really seen a loss of nursing do you feel the bertini can hurt federa if if he plays really well in federal is in any way off he could tim show he has weapons and beret teenage quite come out quite punchy instead i know i have the weapons to win that match against federa who is a big suv sort of way peaceful end which is which she hits hauled i do think federal wet and but i think that fetters first test this this tournament will be monday against better teeny teeny who came to five sets again schwartzman today save three points jego short him in state is not the denver champions yeah we we we went a little bit of a team podcast meal last night and a un diego schwartzman decided to join us i mean we know him yeah he had no idea who we were older we we were we were very reassuring and you end up in an argentine steakhouse and a millionaire and telling these vitamins there in there as well say someone with a limited options and presumably good tasting steak dinner much good today the the senate is allow states to getting food outfits that you should have more vital david little when the be low just steak on the menu with no sauce a slab of naked meet yeah also it's raining so far so good you really second they announced the public to be expelled from the premises it started raining so not only is it done would guys have been locked it's raining and we're sitting here with another fifteen minutes i don't miss the trade heart of downtown donovan's is lost off the roller movin were sticking sticking with the men's side of the george katie she corey if anything actually have to say preferably in adult aside because i say terrified and the nice professor it impressive performance of the day tennis wise company came from all three of us on that she went three down again steve jones and lovely moment to the stop them pass said gentlemen please don't throw you reckon into the ground in a you know we don't have damaged the cut the grass coats here and dustin johnson just guys you might as well do right now to me kind of she doesn't smash record's about right in front of a guard also then right but in my head produced the most excellent videos kanus you cool ray machines rocket and i've ever seen is majestic right yeah i think we want anytime he's ever done but there are a lot of little gentle one study johnson do you research so yeah but he's a good guy guy but i mean from three level like i say you're playing nicely never eat on one one sets and i think about eight against mission corey before and from that initial corey was just playing rolls royce tennis he he timing everything is moving around the courts as it is like steve johnson playing well mystical blame white that certainly good news when he's playing like and what was that you were a front finished corey would strike since slump yeah this is literally a recordbreaking filling in michigan or is it kind of goes implying grand slams for over ten years old my life yeah even thing yet this is the first time he's made it to round full wade's three straight sets win when you down includes overtime ovo cova he's had a couple occasions where he has a retirement will cover this is the first time he's one nine sets out of knowing and the mind it will be taking five sets owner is nicole pushkin he got the better of yemen it's strokes in four sets i'd say that's a big win cynical michigan i i i'm sprouts through dangerous later and it was a match that had a very unfortunate it's still pay she goes a very long delay in the match because a hey a sixty year roads females spectator collapsed while watching and had to receive immediate medical attention and fortunately she was resuscitated and taken to hospital and i think okay but it was it was a scary moment unquote twelve and you never know how that's gonna affect the matches well and in the world keep it together i think it was in the locker room it had to be completely over that you'll get ends were cleared evacuated yeah it was a serious incident say that is is initiate coolray kush gained a to b vitamins because all of the folks are much is ultimately paid on money monday wills old navy today had a moment didn't hear she said he was put on coal fourteen wasn't there and he said only cheating quite in the i mean if he were rushing around the coat peacock style and the ponies southern italian 'em shut boom would come and he said sin disparaging things about eyeing about being lynched you know we don't put it on the continent except that but then the boom the place which is it's that easy follow through apologizes anybody who's a firm classic if anyone was offended apology which i mean to be fat if you're offended by soppy if and amy threatening to boom wimbledon i think probably but he's been curious press conference but he is serving that to suspend so is ban given is suspect is suspended sentence given given what he said usa open yeah that's a good point a couple of years ago so he is smaller than i lose so much thirty nine or whatever or remember mercurial sort of a bit of a suspended sentence money watch shark fin ease out tennis sign grin david wasn't expected lewin's people ten assigned grit and larry first place in the quarterfinals reserve he's touring not stroll among the single market where ethics committee on the table pretty much involving two people yeah it's it's just i mean it's not that good a guy you know afterward spent several hours of tennis a just because of that reason i say which said look i know it's great and everything but there were certain matches maybe pervaded temporary beat today matt helped me out i wasn't i wasn't following it with his play a metal maps could have been john woman who is on the boat oh my go john millman is rivaling my dance they captaincy if they don't say comes up around coach to coach captain coach skip the yeah i would say i didn't even bother asking my dad about john millman it's amazing yeah why is he so in it is because he's certainly reliable he'd be great company you know you wouldn't need to tell them why no one needs telling ones like he'd eat eat the left dave is you know i've seen night preciousness who i've got it goes skills is well isn't an entire entire not with a gummy snake in his mouth jamaican do source of income go i'm gonna lead gross other words they don't do just remind anybody comes from earth to what we're talking about what is the birds debate is my dad's a mystical magical a hypothetical fights 'em which he is the skipper of a it's a it's a it's a rug it put me like a thirteen foot you'll type situation you're not hungry owners first night i did i did i mean these people he would he would have in his crazy right it's just like indefinable called save making you can this is indefinable quality of being david which could create worthy america really wants to be on her she's written to assert there's been there's there's been an outbreak of 'em argument on the which was that great he's married where they get savannah party we're all in different ways fights he gave mary tarnished okay yeah the woman i need which could find me saving it wasn't it wasn't a ring six someone left a hot chief and do quite dumped ran up the folks it's not raining heading out sitting outside i'm wearing suits and no jacket nobody's gonna brother only doing random dennis broadcasts that's how much we love you any of the results in the men's side not from today nice so we're gonna we're gonna head on the query sanguine bum show everyone on a women's tournament show starts at and said go with the asheville see absolutely just mom mom realizing how he adults it was eight squeaky bum is she gonna get game situation for a while that because we'll remember australian open my she felt get a game against maria sharapova a couple of feels like a spot you could play doubles teams on the road of the yeah yeah she's not good it was cool he's gonna be there when i was thinking about it i i saw only serena if only serena playing playing well could be subsidized serena played pretty well against syria guard and they would meet you and the coaches yeah trevor much away from meeting so they go just today a lot of people were saying it was the best match since australia i think i think she was more explosive against as they're encouraging while she hit more witness but she is she is clean stashed in many unforced errors cuts on nashville's you here's on quote to on the mound for the way providing for the second time i'm gonna look at the shuttle and i'm gonna do some research research about comparisons views and numbers and stuff 'cause obviously my initial reaction is the university sent me a dog it jeremiah by reached here's just a just the just in the nick of time that was absolutely perfect so yeah i will i will hold off on my full run buckle yourselves infirm unday fi coming send dokes semblance of dogs 'em what else if we had says says serene i what's what basis arena i thought she was seven ten 'em on i think she's gonna be cave with any being seven out of ten am in round number three you're a i think she's pretty good bested and she was in mount st austria yeah yeah 'em and she hasn't got facing the cover manafort's costs are yeah dope sick apply but you probably take that by the way i am a wedding that wasn't only outsing on center court today and we we or unquote number one the but 'em we will be talking about surrounding and that is official by the way it is hashtag serenity we come to david i concede itching trumping credit for that we're all gonna talk about surrounding don't you worry but first we must talk about you kinda come to she was amazing amazing absolutely amazing go sit in a break time not playing well i was shot in the tally on pause so i could have the five coming she david it was my boss today in they base and i thought her analysis if that was really interesting ready ready interesting i'm mark caesar shot selection letting come sit down and it seems to stuffed it kinda stuck in the mud no stepping up to the ball enough she's not a fan of the judge decides she wants to see her nine times out of ten hissing over that that by cans and i tend to where i think i think this life is and then it was and it can be a weapon but it could also be exposed and sloan stevens is exposing it today but i absolutely loaded franchising victories it was unreal triumph of the whole mentality and i must say that she and david is that'd be a loaf of french coach should create a stranger to meet these funds is the reason he shouldn't it doesn't compete in my heart wrenching to the w should be divvied yeah sorry sorry to meet with him i had a lovely shots in paris despite the fact that his books in this trembling through i am but yeah the whole the whole 'em mentality they've created is one of the responsibilities on you you you get the credit you get the blame you have older responsibility for you do that you have type two autonomy tony an agency the you'll future on a ton of school and she took it upon his shoulders and she she figured it out and it's a figure sloan stevens who is back determining playing very well i'm figuring out is not something we might have associated with come to suddenly in the last eighteen months so i mean it was fun shaping lost yeah she left us renting idiot peaching saver out on the the now deceased bull ring cool attendance i've actually knocked down but certainly wouldn't be seeing it again it's raining holders are left out this week the much of which we famously had a did she called the british press so it was busted gate yeah in amongst that puts coming i think what led to to lash out against the british press who she is all about her inability to think of a plan b and she said it's not in an inability it's unwillingness she said i know my game i know it works and there's no point in trying anything else pretty much it was yeah that was her own and this is just a completely different concepts we're completely different approach content but she stuck with it is the two today and she even in early in the second set when she still could have lost even though playing well she just stuck to a gun and continue to play well and eventually it like stevens just blinks first and in her level dropped off at stevens must be absolutely sick of the coast guard of all time yeah i i'm not sure i never met before this is one of these funky funky because i went ahead and it says in the seven when ending beat serena in the courses if like three of the four slams i think it was like she you just get on a roll again some players concept will now face twotime time champion patrick convicted but he wasn't newly that became free wimbledon i would always pay cut to convince of a city where we all have and we will today theater gone for she's she's telling us their own still still has it wasn't wimbledon she wouldn't be things you got ninety four and a k this this this i'm gonna leave patchwork of it's very light and she's gonna flip english into in australia is well remember when i didn't pick up real strain harming picked up from both wimbledon i'm sorry she okay she faced unseated like that today beef is six three six to the the manner of it with the champions type before she knows it's not about hurts about choose choose wrapping up rallies within three of four shots of a witness i just don't i don't and i will say this that and the break down the net and she consulted had no i just thought you know it's not gonna help you know they they don't care what type of capitalizing denault ninety nine nights in beijing you know for me i love that we should do that i think we've got about three minutes left folks before our equipment explodes and right so so let's let's get support hang on the point is district the beat buttons buttons strings yeah i to collect addiction and i desperately need or thinking run run run the risk of a double his own to spill in the gulf which shy the baltics telling the doubles as well right here is to it could still be driven double lopez wins over doubles recordings strips virgil moving on some risk go be a upset the blender bench says a lovely but i don't see where everything you'd expect it to be and i'm really pleased by this in west because everybody's talked about for a long time in this girl school especially this but she never quite had a big run when she felt like she could it's on grocery burger and it is a it's happened this year andrews set in a breakdown to defecate that much which once on i think it was cool one in the the christians refinancing day say who would have been the secondary wouldn't and then he's mittens beat the chosen one which i know is you're correct production but we're not counting it because i know we all we all kind of upset okay let's get to the meat of it hashtag surrounding it happened it was amazing they won i can't quite remember they beat me and help me out my girl she she she she doesn't are in the it was pretty cool women will turn cooler it is many any photography's i've ever seen since some of the food tastes they're gonna come out in the papers tomorrow if that again it'd be olsen begins the way they were interacting together was amazing some of the points were amazing that reaction see i haven't had a press conference by so the the eleven into they did off to its in murray was talking about the base being younger siblings in that thing is sort of funding element clean them 'cause they're off who's who's in charge and they're like well without hanta we both younger siblings about used to being bumped around when we talk about how surround became about we can allegedly yeah three david david definitely invented that yeah definitely put that on twitter before penny dropped with anybody else did you know an andy murray tonight has verify that is official hashtag both be best mixed doubles partnership this ever happens you're welcome stakes randy 'em on to play playing the next one is so relevant isn't it i mean the art or get a win for the tournament yeah well murray's our the men's doubles yeah that is interesting because it only so right didn't get the seat is he signed up to play with serena it's like okay this is this is the real world and suddenly the big remembering that moment at queens bound murray revealed that he was playing the barron electron the ring suddenly you know everyone's obviously self and this is a story in gonna writes about this will keep going so the next four weeks this big maria best story in on the scene is suing the came along maria battery of drops down the rankings and out to the tournament and those sort of self doubt in partnership murray and they didn't know which side supply and they swapped made much playing on the juice and that side but none of that would serena katrina says i have one rule i play the forehand side mary's a home on the back from small you're not yet a rock hill formally raquel cups jane cr with abigail span is the targets on i don't know whether it's come from you because i remember i remember fees gain weight should've told by come from why on space it might two cups giants play where right till yeah go chase it turns out it was the same person and we get on the ground 'cause it's raining really hard just put just will not point mountain notes not one lover early rory yeah i'm running the show he's got stopped their recount rita anymore you'll run i say be the sort of slightly nice thing about marina bad losing all winning the laser anything is it it cements just how special marine layer puzzles somehow you're like what if the week that will the rest of the team in and the fact that that was everything we thought it was at the time and we sort of just build david by the hype in the production maria maria next year well well cannot get besa jamie concept mary andy we focused on singles by the in brussels and maria maria from so anyway keep learning to win in my mind is to play together parts go got this light is that lightning or they testing testing climbing higher we wanna say regular lightning right then a magic one day you own it so mundane things said about i may just just throw you merge to draw speakers one all right then why not leave us a review night's golden blurry ever the oh they will try and come back monday we haven't been washed away i mean we might still be here is we've quite possibly below those eight women in am harvey's with eight such a full moon looking house on the roadway so is the six of what's it gonna be thirteen at wimbledon dedi put coasting teammate enjoying them we're enjoying bringing them to you david stick but now i'm gonna be much of the premises we're joined by uber joined getting nicely to a and seven more next week starting on monday monday tune association with the telegraph we getting some breaks on 'em will get married credible and hopefully with the why is must go rigs activities by tennis come as david says so you may then if he's mentioned

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Ask Catherine & David 7  Does playing doubles help or hinder your singles? Who are the most underrated players? Will Edmund have a better career than Henman?

The Tennis Podcast

45:10 min | 2 years ago

Ask Catherine & David 7 Does playing doubles help or hinder your singles? Who are the most underrated players? Will Edmund have a better career than Henman?

"Hi, I'm John McEnroe's board. This is Martina Navratilova Mats Wilander. I'm Sandra rinca. I'm Lleyton Hewitt. I'm Marie this is James narratives, and you're listening to the tennis podcast. It's another listener's question special here on the tennis podcast this one brought to you by James Meredith. Another of our guest editors who back to the hilt in our Kickstarter campaign to keep the tennis podcast going for another year and in so doing he has given us the chance to produce weekly show strat twenty nineteen daily additions at every grand slam, and we're going to do as many more as we can on top of those as well myself, David law alongside not physically alongside but joined by the wonders of modern technology, Catherine where together heyday David spiritually alongside g yes. Yes. And we're here folks to answer your questions to answer James questions. He selected the best of those that you put in on social media as well. And let's just get cracking showy with James's first question, which is will playing doubles help or hinder the chances of Stephanus sits pass winning either major or a masters one thousand title. This year. He's he's played that event in he would Wesley cool half, the one that you found absolutely hilarious because of their their post match on-court speech in which Stephanus forgot to thank his partner. And they've now said that they're gonna play seven events seven masters one thousand events this year together think what do you think I think it's great? And I think more should do it. I mean. Not will necessarily work for everybody. But I think it will work for an awful lot more people than currently doing it. Having said that a load of the next gen plays. Do seem more inclined to play spotted doubles than the generation before them with the exception may be if of needle Chapa valves doing it playing with the been playing with row hundred upon in that something that his coach has been actively encouraging. I think it makes most sense most is one thousand level particularly the longer events like in the MOS and Miami where still bestest reset tennis. But you have a lot of days off and Daniela Hantuchova saying she used to hate having days off at the the bigger bigger longer events because she felt like she lost her rhythm. And that was why she played so much doubles. So I'd be surprised if we saw them play a lotta. Doubles at grand slam level. And I realize without being best of five sets that. That poses different challenges. But most is level may be the other tournament. I think biolog- greater casino winning is winning that winning feeling a Kate might be slightly reduced if you're getting it on the the double school, but it still winning and it still confidence and these things that you can't magic out of thin air. And and I don't think it's any accident that was saying quite a lot of an increased level of variety from the younger guys, certainly any creased willingness to introduce variety into the game. And I think that's that's great news. Absolutely. Great news Chiappa valve is he's determined to to play with variety. Now when he started doing that he's his follies weren't up too much determined to keep doing it and keep learning. Keep learn. Running the sort of instincts of being the net. And you know, he's still not federal yet. But he's he's improving has improved a lot and doubles playing loaded. Doubles will only any help that Moore should also be said that Roger Federer was not Roger Federer when he first started out in terms of his comfort at the net. Remember federal if you look back old videos of when he played Wimbledon in one thousand nine two thousand two thousand one you watch the match against Sampras he serves volleys first and second serve every single time. Does Roger Federer back then because that's what you do. Right. That was before they slowed the courts down that spy before Lleyton, Hewitt's, David Nalbandian reached the final. He it was only latterly that he started staying back because he started to realize that he could win that way. And obviously if you go back ten years before that Jim Courier started staying the back after. Second serves because on dragons he had won Wimbledon by staying back in returning incredibly well in career, also go to the final. But and so I tell you point today, I think that Chiappa valves volleys will improve. I think sit surpass appears am unload to get to into the technicalities because I simply don't understand the well enough because I'm not an expert, but since the past seems to have a comfort level at the net. Already an an assertive intent to get to the net. So these are all good fats. I think you're right. I think doubles will definitely improve those. I think they are a great point about the responsibility for the variety that we're now seeing or contributing towards it my concern over over this is that there are a few players who played singles and doubles in in recent years. You mentioned Daniella is one of them. I also think you could question whether it is cost them, and whether the whether it's worn them out, whether if you actually looked at the. The result side-by-side now, you don't have a comparison level to sail. Well, that plast stops playing doubles necessarily started playing better singles, although Caroline Garcia. I think had her best singles results, she got. She won the finals when she wasn't playing doubles. You may remember she gave it up for a while. But I love the idea of it. I love the idea. Whenever torts Joe jury or Martina Navratilova role. Joe mackinaw or any of these players. They always talk about how doubles was the best practice. They could have had. And they all think that everybody should do it. I don't know. How sustainability is if you want to be the very best singles player that you can be. I'm just not sure. Well, just us John Mike, and I think different pens. I think it depends with you adjust your practice accordingly. Daniela Daniela does have regrets in terms of overtraining and the stain ability of the eventual sustainability of her career in injury management and stuff, but she doesn't pin any event on the doubles. I think she I'm hoping we'll be to get a really in depth interview with she has so much to say, it's it's mesmerizing. But she she I've never heard her attribute any of it to the doubles, perhaps adjusting her training Nevels around the doubles. She talks about how she thinks. She's she over overtrained during portions of our career to to make up for a lack of self belief. But I've not heard her once I wish I'd played less doubles for trimbe. I will I will put it to her directly. When when we get that into the. But be very surprised if she put it down to doubles until I'm sure she wouldn't put it down to doubles. I'm I wouldn't be surprised at all. If if you're caught right about that. But I wonder whether she just doesn't know because you can't know can you you can't know how your alternative universe smart of panned out if you had done it differently. But but what I think you can say and the strongly about this that doubles aids your mental health. Yes. Absolutely. Absolutely. And I think that's an overlooked factor for many reasons, partly that mental health isn't nearly talked about enough, I think that's changing slowly. But absolutely. It's a lonely unforgiving sport. And adding some sort of team elements shed responsibility for for a lot of people a lot of plays must be an immense relief. James's second question will call Edmund have a better career than Tim Henman. And he qualifies better saying, I'm thinking nine things such as consistent top ten ranking which another college men's had yet best results in the slams and total tournaments one call into rich the strain open semi finals last year. And I think he got a thirteen in the world. I think is his highest federal Henman got number four in the world. And I think by the parameters that James himself is set there. I would say, no. By slightly different parameters. Possibly. Yes. I think Kyle Edmund might end up having a better worn off or a couple of standout results. You know? I think it's conceivable that he could reach grand slam final. Would've had a better career. Then if he reaches a grandfather which him. James's set which is consistent top ten ranking on. I think the Kyle Edmund will have the consistent top ten ranking that Tim Henman hunt. He does say best results in the slams those. Well, he does. But does he mean single stunt headman using credibly consistent? I don't see collared mint has this explosive game, which I think will can can an might well be married in his results. Hanneman had a a very different style of game. Still still extremely watchable in its own way. Yeah. I depends by the two about consistency. You and I interviewed Tim him here on the tennis podcast coming up to five years ago now and of twenty fourteen and one of the questions I asked him was. Manchu it should just one the US open and yet he'd never got to another. I think he'd reach one of the grand slam semifinal Australian Open to that point. He's done a lot more Cincinnati's rates will the final Australian Open funnel. Then I said to him you had six grand slam semis. You four in the world. Would you switch with Narran Chile for? He's had. I went in the US open not doing all these other things that you've done, and he forgotten what he said he said in a heartbeat. Yes. It is. Yeah. And and I think that that is where I would stand on this this situation. I mean, I don't know about if Chile should lost in the final wonder what Tim were sent to that. We didn't ask. So we don't know. But I think you're right. I think that Edmund could reach a grand slam final. I think he could do it on clay. I think it would be really interesting to see whether we could could manage that one year. Maybe when ref on the Dow bows out, and we're in that we're sort of gap because he's got another six years seven years this laughed at least injury health permitting. And he's got such a big game on clay. It could happen his career like game that forget career reach three of those finals one two of them. So yeah. I think I roll Hammond will end up having had the better career because I'm not one hundred percent sold on on had been reaching that grandson final and ask things stand. Certainly Hemmings got the better career. I do feel that Edmund pretty much will maximize his ability, which I think all you can ask in the end, isn't it? Yes. By saying that we have sort of wormed out of answering the question go on answer them. I'll say, no, no. Yeah. I think no. And I don't to decode dunks entirely agree. I don't think I let me finish his career with regrets just as I don't think. Tim Henman finished his career with with regrets. He knows that. He makes Mayes d-. But I think if I had to commit now I'd say no, not quite reach is that final grandson finals. You would you consider that a better career? Tim evans. I didn't want to go back in Austin. The question about if Marin Chile should lost in the final. We'll we'll find him. What about if he if he wins if Edmund wins Islam is an open shut case you as well L eight eight shut Funes Islam without question. Yeah. Me too. Okay. Fine. Right. We go around says out that we're just gonna go find Tim Henman now. Right. We'll do that in a few weeks. Of course, has it. Davis Cup when his medal. Yeah. But he didn't come today but eagle to stunned on the stage. Could have done that. I couldn't get into. Despite my brilliant performances of light against the hill. Simon rained off today. Catherine just a thought. So who in your view James asks is the most underrated player on the men's tall and the women's toll who's the most underrated plan? If you wanted mind cause if you have thanked go ahead and give me some thinking time. Oh, who's the most? Underrated plath. I mean, probably Kevin Anderson. I would saw Ken who I mean, the guy is reached look all these people that we keep banging on about over the years of the tennis podcast like Griego detro- than. I mean, honestly, you know, you know on this, David. So we have over the years. I'm we and he's he's reached a couple of grand some semi semifinals. It's not like it's been a terrible career. It's been a good career. But it hasn't been the career weeks. -pected him to have an likewise the career. Kevin Anderson has had is not the career. I think we would have thought he would have had to grand slam singles finals, I think is is a significant achievement over and above what I would have ever expected them. What I ever said to anybody that he would do. Kgo eight bit d think that means he might have been underrated back then. But now he's getting the rating he warrants isn't he no because still think he he is not in the conversation. We when did we ever put him in the final when we out predictions for grand slam? I can't remember doing it. I always have him in the semi finals or cool to find his he's always I never pick him to lose early. No. But we didn't pick him to reach either of those two finals, did we? Anywhere close. Okay. Yeah. Yeah. Who wasn't the other way that I was that? I was saying about in the women's game that we never pick said income didn't. Yeah. Please. Give similarity never gets mentioned. She's another one. And I'm not sure actually, I I don't think she is underrated. Because I think actually a time she's underachieved is I think that this still a lot more in her to come. So don't feel the same about her. I think she should she's reached one grand slam singles final with her game. She said moreso than anybody on the circuit year after year. I think she should have done more. Great great. So they are both underrated in different ways. No, no. She's an underachiever. He's an overachiever at. No. That's not fair either. Yes, things I think so. Yeah. I think I think he is. Underrated. And I think that she is. Yeah. I don't think she's under rice bec-. I mean, she doesn't get mentioned that much. But that's because she keeps letting south down. I think relative to what she's capable. Yeah. I'd agree with that. I would say on the women's side. I think slightly under right? It actually is Julie Kerber if you can send us she's won three grand slam singles titles and still don't think she is put at the forefront of our conversation. I don't think we would have her to to to win neither slums whereas Simona Halep who's one one. I've put her in the final number times. Interesting inches. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. I'm not. Agreeing with any of this sold. What's women in addressing down anybody else's seven PM in cove? Trying to think if there's anybody else who's underrated in this list of top twenty women down. I'm going down the sets of both rankings. I mean. Those are definitely the Tufa Maria. Yeah. Yeah. Maybe cookie buttons is about underrated because she six in the world. And again, she's she's not talked about that much. We talk about her affectionately. But we don't talk about that often as as a threat e- could say man, Chile cheese. Underrated as well. Tim to win the twenty Tina Sapien reach the Australian Open final loss. Jero reached the Wimbledon final the before. No one. I think maybe maybe the Wimbledon final people did pick. But yeah, I think no. I think you're right. I I mean, I actually the funny thing is when he was when he was really talented, including by me as the Wimbledon champion of twenty eighteen he lost to ghetto pallor that has got skate down as the worst was loss mansion his career by by a. I mean by country mile that has to be the only time he's gone into a big tournament. Yeah. Expected to produce. And that suggests that he couldn't handle it as his he is. I think he's relatives ranking the worst from Girona. In the men's game at the moment. It seems he gets behind in the score. I think right gonna see Myron Chile play. And she let tennis and then he gets a head and and the littoral wobbles start happening. Tennis podcast. What you think the most underrated player on the men's and women's tools, and also what you think about Edmund or Henman who's the better career? So who will finish the year ranked higher out of you Hannah concert all involved in James's question. Go on James. I have to say that is a cool curve. A question. Will to tonight. You know, Konta right now is ranked forty five in the world. I think Don Evans is right about eighty six something like that. Let's just say if I can get that. Exactly. But yeah. Forty five in the world for Konta. She's kind of level doubts. The next couple of years. She's yeah. I think forty five in a while in the world is is about right for Konta. Maybe she can. Get a tiny bit higher than that and maintain it consistently. But I think she's reached an equilibrium. She was talked ten for two years. Yeah. But I mean don't release show Guan slam finalist. You know, these things do happen. Donovan's is just check is eighty nine in the world. Well, I think Dan Evans will make top fifty. By the end of the year before his drug span. He was forty one in the world is a career high. I think you'll get back the so with talking. Oh, goodness. May I think it's going to be nipping talk? Yeah. I think I might be as well. Just I do because I think they'll both be in the forties. How about that? Yeah. But you gotta say one way or the other Dan Evans, Mike, I may to. Yeah. I think Evans might even bright forty actually I think I think he could be in the thirties by the end of the. So. Going out on a limb here James that's not what you think tennis podcast. Absolutely no Birmingham-based by in. We'll sit in my own. Right. It turns out he doesn't even live in Solihull anymore. David he lives in like, Woosh or something. Jolting him. He's a he's a turncoat disgraceful. So looking back over the Cheltenham the races horses. No. Yeah else. They no wonder likes it. Looking back over the last twenty years have been any junior number one ranked players on the men's and women's sides that you expect to achieve more than they did stroke have to date on the WTI tools. Oh my goodness. The so many last twenty is unfortunately, there are so many. Yeah. I mean, it's just it's. The. There is just a. There's a graveyard isn't that? Geniune number one graveyards trying to look for a nicer way of saying it. But yes. Do you want to still don't know? Whether I don't even know nor ups never made it to world number one junior. He moved to backer. David. Yeah. He was mentioned on a on a podcast couple of weeks ago. It was name. He was in relation to John is no picking up the pieces after the seventy sixty eight scoreline. Back is famous full being. With the chiropractor for the next two months card is baron kiss. Oh, gosh. Yes. He is not my favorite because I want to share the call with him from one to put to to hotel in Montreal shed tournament. Transportation we picked up together. It was we went travelling together don't remiss to stop. But you know, we were going the same direction same times, they also food shower call, and we we both happily said, yes. And the driver. While we were going happily along her way all along the I was in the Bank recall. This was in the front, and the driver said to recall this Brian caso is she'll go friend and he replied, oh, hell, no. So yeah, not my favorite. He can happily live in the graveyard. Not literally. The junior the geniune number one graveyards in the same year. That record us baron case was year engineer, born earth, hilar advance guy was the sister of Ignatieva who and she won Wimbledon juniors that year, in fact, red van going. Yeah, she has had a career of sorts on the main tour, and she I know she had terrible injuries as well. I mean, that's the other thing you have to bear in mind, but some plays the games just don't translate. I mean, look at the one in the next year. Now, I'm gonna really simple with this not one let she we're con who I believe Akon somebody. I believe that maths wrote about in his blog about juniors during the Australian Open, and she was the player, the Laura Robson beat in the Wimbledon junior final in two thousand eight and if you can I still think fourteen year old lower ups, and and the plant ended up breaking through and beating Leonardo. Kim classes the US I've been not being relevant today at the top of the game. Or in the fifty even the top hundred is is just one of the great disappointments in sadnesses that I have watching having follow tennis of the last ten years. I mean, I I really light lower. I've got to know a little bit by commentating with her. And but it all that aside just the sheer the loss. The sport has had to endure of her talents. Not being realized mostly because of that horrible wrist injury that she had which just took took a career out ready derail to completely. But it's it's so sad. I think to to see plas- that not coming through. But look at the other players on the other side on the men's side knows years. Have you ever heard of young son Corre or Daniel Berta or why Daniel Berta from Sweden name must've been so excited Sweden because a wilderness time? They've had in tennis the the halcyon days the eighteen. Sebastian Gomez reversal Colella. Who's known for being the first player to beat Novak Djokovic in twenty sixty in in in Monte-Carlo when we doubt about four months the by then. And he finally managed to beat Jackovitch. But he's he's struggled to really make strides in the very top echelons of the game is very obvious. They're twenty thirteen Irena Kramer, Ceva women side go, so you're which Cici Bellis in the same year is Andris Andri Andre rube love twenty fourteen I know she's had some results, but she struggled a little bit to transfer. She. Well, it's going to be the the twenty seventeen year end junior bones were axel gala on desperate come through. Because I think tennis really needs a champion cooled axel. He on the basis of the little flag. I'm looking at is from Argentina and Whitney see who I've heard a fair bit about. In fact, I think she was a recipient of a wildcard in Miami say they're the two who we might be expecting if they all gonna break three to start hearing about coming up. But yeah, previously was me. She catch man of it. Of course, had a good breakthrough in Indian Wells on the men saw it. So. Yeah, I mean, unfortunately is just absolutely no guarantee whatsoever. If anything is sort of. Potentially the opposite. It's you know, has the potential to be bit of a poison chalice what it certainly cannot pressure concert on. And I do think that quite a few of these do feel Laura Robson was one of them. I it's it's a lot to take on radio this expectation interest in none of those apart from very none of the ones that we talk about today finished end of year number one in that we talked about in recent weeks, like OJ Alice C or Chiappa valve or Demel. I believe Chiappa follow certainly was number one. But you didn't finish year end number one. Yeah. I mean, I I suppose there is the kind of. The balance between the more success. They have is junior the less junior tennis. They play they start playing senior vents ineffable that genie ranking suffers a bit. But didn't how much that was at play. Also. Serena ravinus for an example in ref on the Dow to who didn't Obama had junior careers toll. They just went straight onto to the toll. You know? And then on the other side you've got federal with a with a year end. If certainly was union. Both Wimbledon singles doubles Sameer in say. Yeah, it's it's always interesting to follow the progress of these players, but there's absolutely no guarantees whatsoever. That the the number ones will become relevant even the upper echelons of the of the men's and women's games social media questions that have come in picked out by James Meredith. Phil boomy knowing who has asked the best male and female players that never wanna slam of all time. Oh, Marcelo Rios would be mine. Not Cellario Sierra. The guy was a genius. If you watch some some players games look a little bit old hat now. And you watch them, and I realized it's not that long ago that the real played. But it's yeah, you're going back twenty years when he was when he was world number one. He he he dominated in one thousand nine hundred eighty beat. He won any wells and Miami same year and Batangas in the final Miami. And it was such a shock to the locals that was and he went on then to win Monte Carlo and Rome, I mean, this is the sort of stuff he was doing and ran into call us at the French Open. Having already been in the strain open findings Pettit corden ninety eight and he was such an enormous favorite going into that ninety eight French Open. And was never the same again after that. But Thailand wise left-handed incredible ability Anglesey could do it all he had everything. And he wasn't all just he was just such a natural player, but an attitude. Did he had an awful attitude, and he was a nightmare today with I love today. I mean, I didn't think wherever going to get a a deep meaningful sit down with Masato rails. But I'd love to know. Really? Honestly, whether he has regrets Sner him quite a bit on the champions tour in latter years, which is quite interesting because how add some serious run ins would real steering ATP days in the night in the late nineties when he was world number one. Everybody wanted to taught him because he was world number him because he was supposed to talk to people being the world number one. And he had absolutely no interest in talking to anybody part of that was because he was hated in the locker room by many. I think I think some of the well that's in the South American plaza Spanish blast some of them some of them liked him. But he did not like any of the English speaking natives, the Australians Americans Brits didn't get on with any of us. Tim Henman got on right within which is quite funny. But I recall Sports Illustrated running the story called the most hated manitain is on the front page, but a pitcher Marcelo Rios, and and that was even made things even worse in terms of the shutters going up, and and then when I when I met him later on about eight years later when he'd retired and joined the champions tall, I'm gonna come sation the locker room and a few players in the same. Who is the toughest plaza deal with and was in the room. And I said him, and he was really upset about it. He was you know, what you mean me? I said, well, yeah. Yeah. You up sitting nightmare. You still are. But you, but you know, you worse, then and. It was as though he didn't realize. But. As a talent just off the scale in terms of how good he was. And to think that he didn't win a grand slam is is another terrible waste of ability. Really? But also think it it shows how difficult it is to win a slam because it's different. It's best to five sets and curiosities is kind of similar in that way. He's doing a lot less with his career generally than than real estate. But it's different to try to just handle those situations. Yeah. The the other names that always get thrown out there. David Nalbandian on they Miroslav mature as well. I might have to defer to you for for memories. But he feels like he's a forgotten man of tennis mares, well, beautiful to watch in terms of movements the cold in the big cats, and he just used to float around the court didn't have enormous power. But just great accuracy. But again, the very highest level at the slams just I mean, look, the the quality was up against Edberg Becker, lend late was tough. But it was surprising back then that he didn't reach your grandson final pieces. Philipoussis would be right up. They for me, given given what he was capable of power hats, his power was other worldly back then and the anyone on the women saw this really springing Elena Dementieva a nice. Issues on the serve, but I'm retired very young. Like dinars? Anchorage plays that got to finals but didn't win. We've now since had Halpin wasn't Yankee winning. Of course. That's that's ensured that they're not on that list. But yeah, I'd I I would really I think I think Philipoussis and curious are the the curious model. They didn't he's the owning bulletin board. Never twin a slam on the men's side. Now, abandon is a very good one too. Because he had a number wins against federal for instance, which you know, you don't do that without knowing what you do on the courts, and he did that on hardcourts as well. Dan Connolly says do you think that Serena will only be out to win her next slam when she addresses what happened the 2018 US open properly and accept some blame for it publicly down as one of our predictions backers as well on Kickstarter, Dan, Dan, Dan, Dan. Politicians? They wasteful on deaf. Is core group crazy rush off on your poetry. Great question. I would love for the answer to be. Yes. I would I would love for for that to be what's holding her back in for the trajectory to be the Serena comes to terms with her. Culpability? She's the only person to blame for what transpired the various aspects of it, but comes to terms with the her portion of the culpability, you know, pull Joyce's for as always said, I'm tightly fine with with us. I knock did did selling did selling bottom ready. Sorry. I'd be quite happy to move on from that. I don't need suing Williams to be a perfect human being. But I don't think that's the case. I think I look I think nice we know tool. I think there's a lot about her which is pretty unknowable to us, and we are really feeling away in in the dog sort of guessing at how mind works, but I didn't think sadly, it's troubling her. And I don't think it is what's holding her back from from winning post comeback slam. What do you think are completely? Concur are done to. Ball this that I think she thinks she's in the rights and pretty much into story. And is it holding back now not a toll? I think she is one of the greatest champions sports has ever known. And I think that she is able to to block out certainly post an event lie that everything I the she rolled her ankle against Carolina push Gila in that. In Australian Open when she was really winning come to. And she was she was refusing to blame that. But that's why she ended up tile spinning the way. She did in my opinion. And and I think that if she can get a self right physically. I don't anything stop getting those extra coupla she wants to break the record. So no, I don't I don't think I don't think that has any issues, and I agree with you. I think it's a shame that she hasn't seen fit to address it and expect some cope ability in it. But that's that's my view. That's her view. She's entitled to it. So let's do it. Right. Isn't it? And finally often chosen by James Meredith. I guess that it's is it Palmer is all the groupie. It's at be h Snirmov says should the tennis unnecess- a necessary in Palmer in disguise should the tennis hall of fame start accepting nominations for great coaches, given the current emphasis on it. Look, I. I don't quite get the tennis hall of fame. And I think that's a cave. First and foremost, a hall of fame is is really American concept. So it doesn't surprise me that I don't quite get it in the way that an American might. I I'm fine with it existing. I can see what what it means to to certain people when the when they're inducted, you know, it was under can Kim closes inducted. Not longer wasn't a in the both the speeches were were wonderful, really emotional. And I think that's great. I don't I don't quite understand. Why you know, you've got you've got to go on some titles, whatever you reform about number one. Just that makes you, you know, spiritually, a whatever a hall of Famer means why do you have why does that have to be a sort of unscientific nomination and election process fee to be considered official? Louis a hall of Famer. And why why is it why is there not more set parameters? Why is it to nomination and election process in showed if you've if achieved certain things, he will whatever it means to be a hall of fame. That's what I didn't quite understand about it. And that does those personalities start to come into it. You know, I don't really know the answers to any of these things. But then. But then I didn't think it's aimed at me because I'm a I'm a cynical British person. I think the famous aimed, you know, optimistic Americans that like having ceremonies stuff and good luck to them it. They're all lots of people in tennis that it means a lot to is significant and I wouldn't for moment. Want to take that away from them? It's not doing any harm to anyone that it exists and told Martin's the president of it isn't an he comes and gives a speech every year at the international tennis writers drinks event. They have on the eve of the USA of newest speaks really, well but biotech, and we feel bad that I'm sort of stood there thinking, I don't quite get this, especially as they give you free International Tennis Hall of fame t show on your way out which I wear proudly. But yeah, I just I mean, yes, you'll let coaches in sort of a little bit. Neither handle the to me. I'm generally of a similar mentality. Same background in terms of being British and not really understanding them. Because we we don't really have them culturally here as much as much or if at all as as they do in America in which they have in all sports, it appears I've I have to say I'm warming to it more than I was. And I think part of that is because of the efforts that are made to to engage with us the media that international tennis writers do that you mentioned Todd Martin coming and speaking so passionately about it talking to Andy Roddick when he was in that conversation as well, it meant so much to him and the concept of it really meant a lot to him. And I use him I suppose as a bit of a barometer for from. Begins in a way, just because I I I like in an respect him. And and he is able to sl- slightly translate. Meaning for me little on certain things that are somewhat alien to me, I'm hoping to go I'd like to go to the International Tennis Hall of fame in Newport at some place. In the summit, actually, whether I don't know. By all accounts. It is wonderful. And if I were ever in that part of the world, I would make an effort to go as well. And not so cynically pouts it that I would walk around at just open mouth. I'm sure, but look I take your point some board. And I don't really get it either. But there's nothing that much to get. It's a celebration of people, isn't it and an chievements and and important figures in a game. So it's a positive generally in that regards. But yeah, why not have coaches in his well, I think the coaching these days is that it's just become so transitory in recent years, the so much change the really great coaches that I love watching are the ones that. Synonymous with apply. Ready? I suppose I think when I think it would have to be port hole. The international coaching hall of fame in the same who well at the moment. The have the have broadcasters one or a contributors one of which broadcasters such as Steve Flink and America, Laura, I think was up for it. Mary really hasn't won. It. She hasn't invalidate used. The whole news. Actually, I'm gonna just. Giggles. Jim Barrett to we love assignments, the British former player and commentator. I thought Mary Carillo was in it. But I, but I just don't come that. I'm not I'm not board. What's the point? Yeah. Says you can tell where tennis podcast biased here. Nice. She's objectively. But in well, she is I agree. I agree the best. So right. Well, that's about it for another. What is your giggles? It says Mary Carillo inducted into sports broadcasting hall of fame in December of twenty eight. So. Last. Yeah, that's a different one. That's one. It's one of three women in about out to about eighty or something the same thing is that it's not same thing set. She got gene Scott award from the International Tennis Hall of fame. Yes. That's they give out one of those Anita ain't they another. Very very well received and well deserved award. So yeah. Just give awards to Mary Carillo. Thanks, then we're quite happy. 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Rome - Pliskova and Nadal Take Titles; Djokovic, Konta ... Kyrgios

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Rome - Pliskova and Nadal Take Titles; Djokovic, Konta ... Kyrgios

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And we're, we're here we've got the tally on which Catherine will be old in a minute. Then she we present in the aftermath of the Novak Djokovic against Rafael the Dow Rome final, which is currently taking place. We're midway through the second set as we come to you after this startling bagel set forever on the down in the first set we'll get onto all that in a little while. But I've just come over from BT sport where I've been coming, tighten the women's final and women's tournament all wait long which has resulted in a title for count in a place giver over you Hannah concert. And to be honest, either one of those players, the just not players, I expected to see in the vinyl, maybe we should've expected to seek only in the Bush tonight. I mean, not sure anybody even after to the final in Rabat expected to C, J Konta. They're probably not even Jake onto she said winning that semifinal against KiKi buttons was the, the biggest results she's heard since winning Miami. Back in twenty seven. No since reaching the Wimbledon semifinal, seven twenty seventeen. That was those with the I mean that was peak. Joe Konta wasn't it? So that shows the significance of every team that final. But maybe we should have been thinking of plush giver, but we're doing talks about. And that was the point being made is why is counting applicable. I think it was in our questions announces show. And we were talking about who's the best the most underrated player who's the best plan to wanna slam that kind of thing she has not wanna slam yet. She's overseer incredibly talented player. But for whatever reason she isn't a player I ever pick to to win a slam. She's reached to reach two final, and she never kinda comes to the friends of my mind, I would say, much more. So now given the season she is having that I think he's now six out of eight tournaments where she reached the quarterfinals or better. This is the first time certainly in about three years where she's really put it together consistently. And she looks like a player who does not want to leave a stone unturned in her career. He yeah. I, I think will be isn't. I've always thought is quite consistent may. Maybe the numbers date back that up, I will always pick her to reach a quarter resent me. I'll just never usually pick her to win a slam. I think I had her in my Wimbledon final couple of years ago where she's never done any way. She's never. I mean, I think maybe that's why she's a little bit overlooked because I feel like she, she should she should have had results at Wimbledon should be. She should have been a massive feature at Wimbledon the last five years. Juice doesn't been fourth-round was her best she'd ever done. She'd never gonna be home beyond the second round of Wimbledon until last year. I mean John is, isn't had similar echo. Didn't he before before last year? Obviously when he. Swell to give. But I mean that's not an experienced anyone wants to relive is it? Cullman sheep eighth. And fortunately, no no styles might match his. Kevin Anderson against John is I mean look either one of those two players against either one of the two that we watching right now. It's just that much up was was deathly. I've always thought an happened to. Always think that with actually, you know you kinda push cover against Simona Halep for instance or someone like that. And I like those sort of matchups, but for her to have not gone beyond the second round for several years. Wimbledon is just a strange kind of stat given the, the surf she had she is served again. More aces than anybody in the world this year in the women's game talking down about cross today in Coventry. She just says she has almost the perfect service motion. There is not one little kink in that serve, and I don't get how you, you don't produce on grass with that kind of game. She's reached the semi final at the French Open, but she's never gone beyond the last sixteen at Wimbledon, the only thing I wonder is whether a bit like Richard Krajicek, who also didn't get past the third round for years. And then suddenly one thing, maybe it's just gonna. She's going to suddenly Wimbledon. Didn't he say bought he was going to win? Darvin actually picks push have picked party to win a slam this year. Well as, as I think we're raking enroll turf now but you've got to pick one of the three then. Well, yes, no. She's got win one of the three another step for EJ contest, never wanna match the French Open his way it, isn't it? I was looking at the four years in a row. Now the last one was Unia Putin save as she lost to the level. Live. That was a messy tussle. She had that very tough one against chassis way, which I think she had a tie-break to win it in the second set and didn't, and then ended up losing that Denise rally Tova. She lost in the first round having qualified that was her first Goto in two thousand fifteen I ain't got into the main draw cut, remember she lost to the other one of the four, but this year, she's now one more clay court matches than all the three years, previously combined. And how much is it down to set Cup? I think a lot because confidence is everything for contour isn't it? I mean she's got one game plan. And when it's on it's great, it's so gutsy in and it can be a bit route one but it's, it's there's no holds barred is shameless drilling of a tennis ball. And, you know, I think she's she's come under fire for not having a plan. B-b-but but her respond to that is always, I know what my strengths are. I know what I'm good at that the when I'm on it's good enough to be most plays in the world is just, you know, she's, she's been on a bit less over the last twelve to eighteen months, and she has before, but with that style of if played low margin style of play confidences is everything. We know you know, sort of personality wise, we talked about her being sort of an introvert in the past, and I think the getting us off in the right frame of mind doesn't come as naturally as it does some other place own experience like the Fed Cup. I think is just enormous. What was happening there issues having to win despite things not going well. And I, I think that that's donor the world good. I think it also shows what a fighter she is. She will not give it in until the very last ball and, and she has. Her ways of dealing, and compartmentalizing every single point. And, and that's over the years. The British media, we've slightly chuckled, her talk of processes, but it makes total sense. Really doesn't it to just strip down the reality of your day job into the bits that you can control every single time you do anything, rather than worrying about big picture stuff that those processes contribute towards it doesn't come naturally to she's not raff on the dog. She doesn't wake up in the morning filling in zone for tennis match. See, she has to trick her mind. She has to have tools to get herself in the right head space for a tennis match in those tools. Don't make forget interview for the but if they get to the Rome final thing that she has been during this week, which I haven't really seen as much of the Fed Cup as well. The number of dropshots she was hitting against Marquette wondrous over who is a bit of a job shirt, dragon. Yeah. Earn Albert Portas? She's been going to his school. She she hit one every shots every single rally against Derek, it candidate wonder service, you can't match. It was a wonderful match was played on the pier translate court, which is the third main quarter in Rome. I think that they should use it way more for night matches the place was packed people were chanting von service safety issue that they don't, I would imagine. I mean, this is a small core to us to be the centre court many years ago until they bought built. Leaving individual seats is just sort of marbled bench style seat and couldn't emerald it is. No Dow federal Jackovitch on those courts. I don't think with put Fanini sits a pass on. Roy. Got into that in a minute, but just on on the subject of the drop shots that Konta was hitting against Vondra Sova. It was. I just find it really interesting that she got in there. I you know, his a woman who were expected to hit countless dropshots in concert got in there first. And she, she Nelly amid a really good job of it. And, and so I think she has added to the game. And I just think she needs to win one match as French Open. And then with, with a half decent draws she could really make a run. It's going to be seated now. Isn't she up June twenty six in the world result of this week? So what about push give out? Do you feel like she was saying that he's in the mix? We've in that make Matt what have you done? I feel like she drops from the poll this week GT creation of the mix. Yes, we removed one of the ingredients. So the podcast mix, she. Said that she didn't feel like she played that well and she was in the final, and then suddenly in the final. She started to serve in the first century had ninety percent. I serves in with that serve. But the big factor. I think that is different to me. She was kind of joint coached last year. Wasn't she by Renee stubs in country? Martin has now. It's just not in as who whenever she comes onto the call. You end up feeling invigorated as a spectator, little let alone a player. She was saying, actually, in her press conference yesterday that I think Ben Rothenberg asked him is, is him later. More heavily hitter is the other sheer amount of question. The sheer number of questions or bits of information you get given by Martinez. Is it possible to take all of it in, and she said, honestly, I kind of take the bits I feel, I need so I do listen to it all. It's not like I'm ignoring I'm listening to it all, but there is a lot, and I just I just want certain bits of it. I want to hear it all. And then choose, and but as in the main thing is she doesn't allow push cover to let down does not. She went a set down to, to really feisty competitors, and severe cannon and Victoria, Raza. Rancor. I mean you have to play well to turn that around against those two and mentally she was there the whole time and I feel as though she's got obviously huge respect for Martin. Is one this title four times south before. And she just feels good. When she comes down to the core if feels right? She knows that she's getting the right information from a person that has been there done it. And the vibe is really good one full reign titles their four in a row between two thousand and sorry, nine hundred ninety three and ninety six I think of her can cheat mountain as Wimbledon champion, but well that was the outlier really she was a clay court specialist with a loopy game and somehow managed to beat much in the final with some of the best returns you've ever seen. So I think one of the other factors that will be very interesting. The French Open is Martinez. Can't come on the court and will she be able to do it on her own same? Same as KiKi buttons and Raymond slaughter. I think because of Slough to Sluiter honestly, I've this week alone of called him as louder. Slow eater. Greater Greg says Slough tower and bless him. There's lots of great things about Greg gerski contribution to the tennis broadcasting world, but name pronunciations is rarely one of them say, if Greg, thanks louder. I'm going Sluiter. We'll slow eater core holding our fleet slow eater. I'm confidently going to okay. I'm going to get in touch with him. I don't namedrop here. Is it namedrop? And if you dream namedrop, Raymond, is it named dropping to say, I'm going to contact Raymond slaughter? Be by your phone. I'm coming. Yes, I because I love that too. He I just want him to. I mean, I want him in my thing, just to be available to guide me through life is a lovely lovely, like he's just got away about him as knees, lovely, aura. Amd heck of lot with good tactical input as well. But. Yeah. That's that is, is it. I mean, I, I love that extra element of intrigue. The it's. On on the men's side, you have the fact that it's best to five. That elevates, the challenge of a grand slam above what they do. We can we can't. Well, this is something I think elevates, the challenge and adds a new dimension to it on the women's side. Who does burning the better the coach, the more you depend on them? Still disappointing that, you, you end up with this situation of it not being available at the slams, because then you remove that, and I don't know that just bothers me. Yeah. I mean, said it before I'll say, again consistency. If we think coaching is on. Catchy is a good thing. And I by and large day. Then let's do it across the board every tournament men's and women's, let's do it. None of our cross likes it, by the way, she doesn't like sly. Jerry head to head on the franchisor. I won't hit eight say most people do most people were ex plays plays. But the, the other thing that Annabelle really spoke strongly about was injury timeouts because Petrovka ver- in a match against Maria Sakari, who was fantastic this week. She got to the semifinals, once at all three love to Sakari Kavita, the had an injury time out for cough issue. And she did retire game later is clear injury done. There was any attempt by converter bend. The rules order stop momentum. Don't that's not her in my at least my view of. But it did stop the momentum. And there was an eight minute break the Sakari hat to deal with and. About said, I feel that you're either fit to play or you're not, and should be now injury. Timeouts. I don't agree. I see where she's coming from. I think the current role did we have at the moment is, is you're right? Just doesn't feel right that does it. But I mean, presumably the diagnosis took five because you're not allowed more than three minutes for the actual time out, but you without unlimited time for diagnosis the injury that is the problem. And I mean, if you change that, then you, you, we've got health and safety issues on hand seventy because you cannot possibly Russia medical diagnosis. No, do you want to, but equally on the other hand, I didn't wanna see a match stopped for a blister, and in a completely debilitating yet entirely and quickly treatable issue, but surely, you can treat your own blister. Be probably need more than the sit down to do it. So whether you do it yourself or not, you still again to, to some extent disrupt the momentum of the match. And if you're going to do that, why not get it done by a professional because then you'll get in help from outside, and it takes. Ecoboost. She. Get racket strong maybe should just spill out to use the, the sit down and nothing else. So that you can't disrupt your opponents time ballista repair against the clock. You're never a ballistic, log is next to the shot, I think's a Caramba ZDC my point the totally, you know, I don't want to say a great match, but I think by the empire, I'm sorry. Ashburn was unable to, to get her socks back on in time after pulling a blister plaster. We're going to have to cancel. I think it might have been Joe who said, well, maybe what you what should happen is you have. You lose points if you going over certain time, lots, you know. Just so that a player who is having treatment has to have some consequences in terms of time if they department there is a limit on the time for the treatment that exact rule exists. It's the diagnosis is time limit is unlimited. And then you're putting the pressure on the medical professional and that's not fair. E e I don't think we get into a situation where we're putting pressures on physios. Doctors russia. Are we never all this? When we were playing. Yeah. But I mean, that's, that's the, you know, the good old days, but it's Brexit comparisons. As an isn't it great that we saying the longevity of plays extended now strew let us know what you think that tennis podcast on Twitter, senators, an Email website, contact form, is there you can Email us at tennis podcasts dot net. So yeah, it it's an interesting talking point. And, and one suspense that will run along forever. Think it's worthy of some discussion. I mean yeah, it's so uncertain typic- to talk about failed but you're absolutely right. It didn't feel right? And there are adjustments be made. We're looking at a shot clock on the side of the court during this Rome, men's final at the moment. We're looking at I read today, that the French Open will only allow one bathroom break for, for players per set at the French Open things like that, you know, which is that men's? And women's, I'm not sure. Actually, I can't remember but anyway, I would potentially issues with that on the women's sign. I'm not sure to have we, we will seek clarification. We will maybe Ramos, louder knows about that. Whatever his name is. So the rest of the week in Rome, we saw victory once again chin marketer von dress over who, who got her second win of the year over Simona Halep. And she just dropped shot at her into oblivion. Plus Alip was incredibly complimentary about how good wonder saver was on the stretch out wide to either four hundred backhand, she hadn't -bility to slice on the defense. I was so impressed with this woman, she's nineteen years of age of none of that was not a bad for a couple of years. She had a big result. The US open last year. Didn't she car remember to slam by David echo? But what she did she beat Konta last year at Indian Wells, and she has got to forty four in the world. She she wouldn't, you know, she won her a title in her second professional event, as a seventeen year old, but this was the first time that I've really watched closely, she's the left hand. And senior on play. It just felt like you really get to see her full repertoire and to play against Erica. Kane A, who's a kind of similar player isn't she very expensive and, and extravagant spins and paints pictures, and it was just a beautiful sight to watch this woman in action and really natural tennis player. She KiKi buttons goodness. Alleging see. The third night less she around sixteen and lost out to leashes soaring. Well, I think she's going places vendor server based on what I saw this week. I I really think she is a serious player like just a natural tennis player and she's got a bit of a serve on as well. Which you looked like a Dali of a serve by comparison. I loved the Annabelle and commentary, described her job. You're seeing is just is best wind up. Was because against because again, it literally. Finishing with the top show, which is does wind you up. So that was very good. The rest of the week. I mean I mentioned how because I kind of feel like we look at her as the French Open favourite and yet. Well, kinky buttons lost to Joe contra semi's. I mean who is the French Open favorites? Who is it? I still get help just. Yeah. Howlett but it's definitely the field. Obviously, he's probably more than any other individual. Interesting. I mean a soccer pulled out focus funded with a hand injury slightly bizarre injury that she she woke up. She said, shiver up, you find the day before woke up that morning and a thumb was numb plane willows. And she, yes, she is playing. You said at the start of the air, it'll be interesting to see her on clay, because that's not where her best results have come and yet. She's won the last two slams. They had this. If you didn't follow it, this week, they had the most biblical rain you've ever seen in your life on Wednesday, which I think ended up being the first wash out in the tournament's history. The did not get a ball hit. It didn't mean that on Thursday. You had fifty odd matches being played. You had the Dow federal Jackovitch all playing on the second court all have interplay twice in a day. And Asaka was beating good plants in. She is able to transfer her game a little bit like concert was doing today, which also please does these plays if they're good enough. They can transfer the hardcore games onto clay, which, which I find very interesting. Yeah. It seems so. It seems so much more possible that now than than it did ten fifteen years gave the concept of if clay court specialists, I think is slightly fading. I mean it was only a year ago, I thought, if KiKi buttons is a clinical specialist and she's, you know, he's clearly not, she's Michelle success on gross law student. She Christine Garin. Proclaim co specially all about. Well, we're gonna keep a BDI and finally, can you think of a some need called appropriately specialists in the women's game? Maybe call us far as Navarro a little bit. But she's also reached the Miami say, career finalist last year, the did she do that last year in you commented on it. David didn't he Madison keys really bizarre match on the Friday night where no one was paying any attention? Tell you word for it. Maybe it wasn't a quarterback, you definitely commentate on it without oppo Annabelle was appalled that maybe a qualifying offer through the event. If it was a Friday, then it was either the semifinal or. Like it's sunny has had results on other services you. You're quite right. And, and yet the, the concept of it is not what it used to be. There are not many Sergio garrison frankly, but then, you know, you look back we've just been talking about cheetah Martinez back in the day, you would not have got a player that you described Moore's clay-court specialists in country to modernise and yet he won Wimbledon chain. Likewise, wrath on the dome back in the day, the time that he went is first Wimbledon. You would still have described him as clay-court'specialist. Fit at nine knots, fittingly, please take it back for even set it should do Joe and saying, if I can identify one that somebody could Elizaveta Caccia Reta who I've never heard of before, but could could well be clay-court, especially sorry, Irani. Tell you what older Carlos fires narrow did reach the quarterfinals of years opened last year. Well back, good work for the new. She. Anyway. Yes, it's all happening. So the other one the other player, I feel like we should talk about not a clay-court, especially is Serena Williams, who made her long-awaited comeback. She'd only last time she played with Miami. And she, she played Rebecca pizza Nash she played here. She beater and played pretty well. And then and she told us quite interested in the about her the kind of health kick that she's on, at the moment to keep herself in, in the best shape, she can be in, and then satellite he was forced to withdraw ahead of her match with her sister, Venus. I think it's the ongoing knee injury. Isn't it? Ongoing Nina is literally the, the, the terminology that was used in, in the statement. I didn't know what to say because I just have no idea was raining Williams is. I mean what can we say? We've seen we've seen plenty Rebecca Peterson. What, what conclusions I can draw on that basis? She certainly she arrived in Rome radio early didn't she? She seemed to be. Begging off per Sereno yet, this is where my claycourt season begins. She loves Rome, doesn't she is where she met her husband, and then it was just this big damp, squib. So I Don I well, I really, really hope she can just find enough fitness to play properly, again because the ball striking is there. That's the, the really frustrating thing. It's all there just needs like these top mayo players in particularly. I think of the Dow just needs them to be fit in order to, to keep on producing it. He still thinks she'll break Margaret court's record. Yes. Do I think there will? There will be a period where she can get that fitness. Right. I the ball striking is so good. And when she's playing playing well she's moving well enough. It's just yes, I do day. What do you think? Yeah. I think she'll get one more. Okay. Well, let's wait until the end of this match showy and then we can talk about what happened. Yes, you did. Live out of data update. It's currently six love Maddow five four jock of its juice. So this week's edition of the tennis podcast is brought to you in association with sonar who have centers, Catherine the Sonos beam this speaker, that Tatchio television, and so you can feel like you within a tennis match. It's, it's amazing. They've also sent to Matt his tally doesn't work look at his face. He's not that you haven't even got Italian. No. No David servicing storm, watching the tennis, is we, it is good map. It is is worth waiting. Five heard. Face. If you choose tin with troop leg, right? You can go anywhere in your room and it will make you feel like you're Anna tennis tournament from any seat, and he can control it from your phone, or with voice commands viral exit which for the people of a Lazier persuasion. Maybe like myself, it's notch. Perfect for gonna look send dot com. So rough on the Dow is the Rome champion. He went on to win it in three sets despite the fact that Novak Djokovic, somehow managed to win that second set though coronet how you join us now Catherine were together. I myself David law in a calm, we are heading back to sunny, Putney over the Putney exchange where Catherine lives where I'm staying at a local hotel, and yes. Well, what do we make of all that? We've just witnessed because we've had a six love set. We referenced it briefly in passing cancer in, but that is quite a shock on paper. But is it shocking reality given the difference in their preparation for this particular match in their turnaround time after their semi finals? Well, I guess not. I mean, I've just come affair with a number of pardon pundits, Greg says gives them smitten studio commentators out there on site in Roman. All of them seem to see the, the, the narrative that much as jock vigils was tied to, to really challenge Nidal, and it was named ship will that enabled him to, to take that second set. And that was, I agree. That was that seemed to be the case to his first line in speech, which I was having someone translate in, in my ear which then hunter rela- on the air. You shouldn't have told us are cover. We were all thinking Kush speaking, I wasn't fooling anyone and then flipping dull steps there and start speaking Italians have to do the same thing. Again night. The first thing he said was I'm not going to talk about being tires there by talking about being tired. Or at least mentioning being tired. And yet, I mean he was he was tired. He was he was doing everything he could to, to try and keep pointers. That showed spas will use the Netto. He was job shutting persistently despite having the zero percent return rate. He would he started moon bowling midway through the first set, which was extraordinarily news out of ideas. But. The me that raises the question of okay. Yes, he played a lot more tennis. I think the disparity of about three hours in the amount of tennis there that each played since Friday and jock. Richard had the less beneficial shed chilling. He played his semifinal late at night on Saturday. Finished about ten thirty local time, I think, so. But seventeen hour turnaround before the final, plus a one A M finish against Oprah Tra. Plus I am finish against poetry the night before. Yes. All of that is punishing in it, and it, it wasn't a level playing field. However. I was a bit surprised by how naked Jovic was. I mean, this is the marathon man. This is the guy that beaten a doll in six hours, in the Australian Open finding in twenty twelve off to having had a, a five hour battle with Andy Murray, the round before a k you get a day off in between mounds it slams bidding also it's over best of five it slams, they've been they've been doing. They've been winning these most titles with Marsden battles and minimal recovery. Time for for ten to fifteen years. So. Yeah. Nidal was with helped along by the budget vich being seemingly exhausted today. But I it, it does put a, a spec of doubt in my mind about where joke, which is at physically, if he does get embroiled in a in a long match, which he could well, d a role, I would think it the bigger concern is probably the more cumulative effect of several matches of that ilk because let's not forget he had two successive three-set matches against patrol finishes at one in the morning comes out plays another three-set match pretty pretty energetic matches against dago Schwartzman. Then he's got a face the greatest co player of all time, many times, have we seen that scenario jump of itches come out and you're inside gravity motor slow starts the but I, I would say she he's still defied gravity, but he did it in the second set because Boris Becker. Tweeted at the end of the final. His only chance really is to make a good start on this surface against Ned Al. And he didn't. He didn't make stop the Dow worth saying how well he played an, an I I'm not sure if it wasn't a studio. Maybe all of you just acknowledging the way he was going down the lines relentlessly wasn't just trading cross-court with, with jockey itch, he was doing in a way and Dowell to junk of each one what he does to him. Yeah. That's a really good point and, and not allowing Jakovich sits take the ball as early as he would like you is pushing him back in back in back you've serving. Well, I think that's something that that's been a bit errand in recent weeks and the. The, the satisfaction, and the joy on his face when he won. I've, I feel it. That's one of the most significant titles for him outside of the slams in recent years, really do that he just was beside himself with joy, couldn't stop smiling. Hold it in. I think you need as there was a statler Nick last guy, the news the longest title drought in something like since two thousand and four. Yeah, what a stats and the. Just he needed to know that he could win again, at the very highest level, just even the greatest need a reminder that their form. Is there going into the big one and what we all want to now I suppose given what happened. The Australian Open have big a deal. Is it to do it against Georgia vich? He didn't wanna play that game. He wanted to talk about how he needed to know that his game was there. And then the rest well while you're over your game is really that unless it's been tested against the best. Yeah, I feel like Fairmont it is actually he he's not the sought to play the game. But I think it's significant because it was such a chastening defeat to jock itch he needed to know that he could hurt him. I heard today agree. Yeah he did hurt him. I think that defeat. We'll sting a bit. I think leaky still Jucker. It's you're still going into the French Open with a tight laundries motley each one, one title, but. Generally all other things being equal. Roy Moore is a bigger indicator, Roland. Garros Geeta similarity in conditions than is Madrid. Yeah. I would I I've always typically thought that this way has been so strange with all an maybe even the rain is a is a good indicator as well, because you have sometimes to deal with those conditions in Paris. But it made it so soft, it seemed in the clay surface, didn't feel that. True this week in uh. There was a lot of slipping around. There was a lot of broken courts Jackovitch last night, you can Schwartzman was asking for the, the court to be swept at every change of ends. We're not just at the end of the sets. He wasn't happy tool with, with the state of the court, I can only seem that the that the extent of the rain is a factor federal wasn't happy was at grouchy fed against Buna church. He still won came from t- much points down to be born a charge, but he was doing a Lord complaining they use complaining about the sleepiness of the lines. I guess, because they were watering, the quarter lot. I think he's not used to Klay Tortona super. This red stuff, but he, he withdrew from his his match against sit surpass just on the Djokovic Nadal situation here. Does it shift your view more generally, therefore, you said it gives you a speck of doubt over the form of jock itch going into the French Open, does it. I think you still had the Dallas the favourite anyway, didn't you did? Yes. And joke which is still my second favorite. So. Like guess nothing has changed other than I just feel a little bit more confident in those t- things are still feel that the rich will win the, the French Open because I don't feel that he will have a situation like he's had today. The won't be any backdrop to look back on and think, oh, that's that's where he got exhausted. I have lost from from a very low base. I have lost confidence in your predictions today. They David I mean, the after the second set of the final, he said to me Joklik can steam older now your career. With such steely confidence almost have me believing it. Well, I, I can't forget the Australian over final, and I still feel from a level playing field that jockey rich is level is higher than the Dow's overall if you take all the surfaces into to account and his record against him. What is it now? Twenty eight twenty six he's been more dominant. More recently. And he said, I and that's where that came from now. I got it completely wrong. Folks, what I would say, I, I did sort of think when he lost the first set six love, I didn't think that was automatically it as well. Yeah. The tweet that thankfully. And then and then after Jovic Matz, I can say David David garner is phone pointed to that Twee instead as good on that. Katherine is decided to just even it up here on the podcast. Fair enough. I just I still think that Jacob ritual be different at the at the French Open. I didn't they could they're going to be talking to Said's. Yes, I still think will go. Them in the final, and it'll go away five. Sounds like you think it will get all the way to loud. Dues emma. We haven't looked at him progressive zoo. She can translate complete Italian speeches to the numbers. So what about the rest of the way before we got there's a couple more points on, on the men's store and oversee. We got curious to talk about by did want to talk about kinky Medina vich who has made it through to what was it the, the quarterfinals this week? She one two when once an incredible matches along the way to to get to from a qualifying position. She beats kind of, like Garcia. She was really excellent this week. And she's coached by sash Abidin now who oversee had great success with Caroline Wozniacki was part of teams during a Williams for for a long time. And then the most impactful of all, or at least the headline grab forever body is that he joined team Naomi Asaka. She went and won. Two grand slam titles became world, number one, and then Saxton so. The reasons for which we, we we've never known completely. We aren't you know, what was put out publicly but he does seem to have an impact on the players. He coaches in terms of the results they get. Yeah. Well, I mean, I don't take anything away from him as a coach is that treacle Charikar detailed speech itself, but spiv an easy win with KiKi. Madonna vich isn't it? Because she's a former top ten player that has been in the singles wilderness. But worshiping singles wilderness does she in don't sixty four in the world right now. We would be debating this the other day, -mongst ourselves weren't we with Martin? I think we speculated that it was just sort of lack of desire, sort of a just a, a contentment a contentment with life. A lack of need to, to, to do what's required to to be consistent top ten player. But is it was such a? I drop off. I mean too surely, too to I'm not saying, Sasha will necessarily get her back in into issue at each you'll turn a benign, and she, but I'd say to get her to, to, to being a top twenty five player again is a is an easy win your I with all. She is she's a really good player when she's on. But anyway, that's, that's one last a little bit that I that I've got to mention in the first part of the show, Stephanie, sits the best continues to do well, although that was a pretty chastening defeat from from Nadal, and there was a, a comments at the end of your coverage tonight by Sam Smith. Just reminding us of the chasm is still there between the very best players in the world that have been dominating. What was it? What was that STAN about ten years ago and the quarterfinals in Rome, and there was still the same him this year? Five of the eight men's could finalists in Rome with the same as they were in two thousand nine and actually. Two of the matches were the same. That was a grad, Matt staff. Djokovic, and del PO and dull and Vida's both of those accords finals from two thousand nine and that was a guard stat, and it was an absolute corker world. And Sam Smith said that the still such a distance when they look at these two players today and over the last couple of days, they realize how far they've still got to go sit surpass apart because he is the one stunning to bridge it. But I mean I, I was struck by that one. I watched Chiappa valve play jock vich on. I was the first of junk Rich's team matches on on Thursday. I just I just thought was he doing him blank? He's just he just so evidently had no chance at all at any stage of that match. That was not a moment where I usually with those young place that that is so talented. And have none of the baggage and have nothing to lose. You think maybe just? Maybe maybe they'll be some exciting here and I just didn't feel about for even a split second. And that's the problem. That's a problem. I think they've the, the top players are improving so just improving as young player isn't enough, because you're not closing the gap, you've got to be improving leaps and bounds. And some, some of them are doing that, and they're most of them is still extremely young, and we shouldn't quite be hitting the panic button for them. But there are one or two that I've previously been very excited about that. I now have a little bit of come on just soya so, yeah, just don't be a Demetrio. Oh. Trump's done. Yeah. Quote, he's saying David's in the qualifying in Geneva is he really here's a he's playing call easing into the qualities go on Griego. That's the way to do it. Sal, I go unlike to these thing it. But that's a sorry, state of affairs were does rocket, isn't it? When you realize eighteen months ago, he was winning the ATP finals says it all of how far he's fallen Nick curious. Where do we start he gonna have to promote a rival podcast because it was the no challenges remaining podcast presented a coup, but they did by presented by Ben Rothenberg had a bit of a to and fro with an curiosity of the last couple of years on Twitter, quite tiny out sound Twitter that, that, that exchange he ended up getting an interview in Rome with curious which was warts, and all, I think it is fair to say it's all, but not. Just his wards people won't aid. I mean, I think the, the slightly unfortunate thing is that there were some absolutely fascinating self. Analysis in their reflections and insight into who he is. And the way he sees all sorts of things that is the sort of first half an hour. And then at the end he basically slagged off half a dozen people and told us white lightning so that made some significant headlines, particularly his his comments about Novak Djokovic and on the dial in front of it. Lasko the followers. All right. Yes. Very commercial way. I mean I Silvana going into it wasn't lesser here. He does he does. And then the following day he went out onto the court against casper rude did a good win in the first round against Danielle Medvedev had curiosity been talking about this started play in the way. Undreamt seven the first point you out and he was really proud of that he told Francis he would do it, and then he did it and he won the points. He's very happy. And then he played casper rude. It was pretty. Nothing in well, the not much was happening in the first set wasn't gonna very well, then the second set. He didn't just go fund see this on my own course Ray of lost the first that he stuck with it played himself into the match. She was fired up. The crowd were loving. It was brilliant these into it level. The mar- I sent the tennis because what's upgrade going. I simply can't believe as per his comments on charges. Meaning I can't believe that he just flat out doesn't enjoy tennis, because that was the site of a man, enjoying himself, who's showing off to the crowd. They will absolutely love in that and all the rest of it, and then on our chat, you said, hold on. He's just smashed his racket into the ground. He's just flung a chair across the court, he shaking hands and he's walking off, and he, he simultaneously retired and got defaulted Gerry Armstrong coming out onto the court, curious actually shook hands, but with his opponent, the empire and Gerry Armstrong, and then walked off it was notable for me, how quickly Gerry Armstrong appeared courtside almost as if it been Lloyd. Cering we in expectation of something eventful, jerem, strong, who was responsible for defaulting John McEnroe in hundred ninety one of the Australian Open. He was in the chair at the time. And now he's referring, he can smell crisis. There's not too many situations. Jerry hasn't come across his career. It seemed to be sparked by somebody in the crowd who curious ended up having a row with and then he got given a points penalty than a game penalty. Then he went really he lost it. And the chair went flying. And we've had headlines for twenty four hours and more since then the usual kind of analysis of whether that makes him bad for the game. Good for the game should he be fine suspended. He got ended up getting I think, title of about fifty five thousand fine, if you count the prize money didn't get paid. Males had to get his own hotel sort of thing, fifty five thousand years. I think it was the total of the fine. If you can't everything the three, lots of seven thousand fines for his various point penalties game penalties, etc. The ATP deemed that his actions neither injuries to the tournament nor brought the game into disrepute because those are the two circumstances under which they can impose subsequent sort of after the fact, extra penalties and the, the incident in Shanghai. Couple years ago was deemed not to be something that this would add onto it was it was a separate offense back then he'd had think an eight week suspension, and he was told he had to get some sports psychology sessions and this was a separate incident. So that, that's where we ended up with Roger Federer said afterwards. What did he do? Ensurer chair was not anything that required. Any special treatment, he said the, the fines and the various things we've just described where noth- casper? Rue the opponent. It said there's a lot of people think he should be suspended for six months. Plenty of people defended him. Plenty of people attacked him. What do you think? Suit. You think all of those things at once? I think that what we did with the interview, I or the do they go hand in hand, we dealing with them all they related event possible the, the interview and the things he said. Could have almost prompted what he ended up doing because the backlash because he absolutely knew he was going to get backlash. There was a moment in that into you. And I think he's agent it sounded to me like he's agent tried to intervene. And you heard him say may have come this, I'm pressing, I think it was just it was just as he was starting to go, gophers, fellow Pleasanton. He was just about to lay into to Novak Djokovic. And there was sort of a pause, and then he had him saying Todd Woodbridge said today on channel nine that he, he thinks that there is a direct relationship, and that he puts so much pressure on himself by giving the amount of candor in his interview that he did that he can't handle it then in the situation when it gets tense on the court and it caused him to blow which which was very interesting in itself. I thought I don't think that's impossible nothing. That is possible. According fact, with curiosity so impossible to identify because frankly. I'm not sure any of this can even. Go. Anyway, any kind of meaningful way to, to understanding him in the work workings of his Brian. I mean in terms of the interview. There were there was the some things he said is he say was wonderfully self reflective in charming and interesting. And as much as they might have been annoying. The very fact that he was so wear of them makes makes it sorta charming. It's like he is not enough room to achieve something. Any main Sunday, too, if he can, if he can look cool is doing it. Cool seems to ensure saly ultimate aim. Do look in the mirror, and I think is this a front emerges. Am I put in this on? Oh, no. It was the, the fatalism and the, the determine ISM of his attitude to life, which made me quite sad. He sort of said. Yeah, this is how I am an saying really real self-awareness in his description of himself, and how he is in his deficiencies in his flaws. But he just accepts as and says, I can't change him. This is how I am because he can Cousy can you just have to, to want date like that about yourself. If it's not making you happy, which is what he's saying. I'm not happy doing this, then identified the things that are making, you unhappy the things about beginning awfully deep here. But that, that fatalism. Made me really sad. I agree with you on many levels. I still listen to him and watch, what's happening with him and think, well, but is that his control? Is he wired in a way that can take control of it at all at I'm not sure? Night, not currently I'm not really sure he can can seek help to, to reward if you if you fully understand, you know, there are ways to rewire. He is. Yeah. He's, he's, he's approach to life at the moment is one of self sabotage and sadism, and I agree with you doesn't know any other way, but there are there is. There is help available. He does need hope. And I, I think he's. He's unhappy. You'd I, I didn't think somebody that's happy. The way that, that we saw listening to the props to ban forget in the interview, and etc. Some people say, oh, I'd, I don't think we should be praising an interview lied. I, I see it on, on a couple levels. I think it's it was fascinating to listen to. I do feel a bit uncomfortable with elements of it. And that's not as our wouldn't it on the interview had I had the chance I probably would the. There are elements to it, though that made me uncomfortable. And I, I, I actually got in touch with somebody, the ATP to ask is, is there any sort of kind of fitne- fitness test mentally the plaza required to go through before they take to the courts and join the tall, and it was pointed out to me, the, you know, there is support out there and the. Well, I think there is an I mean don't forget when he had what he had previously. He he was given access to a psychiatrist psychologist which. Is available. I think the reason on the standing that mental health is increasing something that people are aware of within the game and need to be on or not. I'm not sure it sufficient, I certainly wouldn't say there's a totally blind eye to it. The point that was made to is how can you help? Somebody doesn't want to be helped. That's very difficult. I do see the problem there. What do you do you saying, sorry you can't come on the call? We don't we don't think you'll inefficient state to its who makes that call. Very difficult. Yeah. I don't I don't know. Deny identity answers. I'd I. And a set an interview that he deliberately surrounds himself with people that don't challenge him. You know that, that for all for all the right reasons, because they care about him etcetera, etcetera. They, they enable him enablers. They're not then not people that are going to walk out the door if he behaves badly award. Hold on. I know one of them who are now tries to get him to, to do the right things, etc. But I don't think there are those sort of ultimatums. No they, but they care about him. That's the thing they won't him to be okay. And, and, and it's. Maybe we maybe just have to be accepted as, as he is. And initiate, the isn't a soda warm size tennis player fits all. And if you bright the roles you get fined, you get this, that the other, and there is the other side. There's a lot of people were noticed in the sport. I feel so conflicted about all of it. I really do. And say much of the reaction to lacks any kind of nuance that, that's what way this made. Some people will say, oh, so ridiculous. That everyone's coming down on a net curious like a ton of bricks this just let him do his thing. And some people will say this is absolutely appalling needs to be banned from the game for for a year. Absolutely. No sympathy with him whatsoever. It's. Binary response to Nick is simply not possible sword. 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French Open Day 8 - Wawrinka vs. Tsitsipas - all-time classic; Konta continues stunning run; Thiem shows teeth after press room run-in

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French Open Day 8 - Wawrinka vs. Tsitsipas - all-time classic; Konta continues stunning run; Thiem shows teeth after press room run-in

"Hello, everybody. This week's addition of tennis podcast is brought to you in association with sewn us who produce those incredible speakers. And we've been sent one Catherine where to get him wing. Sonus beam is my second already have one regular sewn awesome. This is it's, it's an addition to my Sonos family. Very welcome one makes you feel that your tennis tournaments sit in your chair Phil at the balls are whistling buyer. They've also sent one to Matt but his. Bring him into the conversation. But with wasting go words good, have it. Sonus dot com. If you'd like to have let. Hi, I'm John McEnroe board. This is Martina Navratilova. I'm Mats Wilander. I'm Sandra Rinker enlighten, you? I'm Andy Murray. And you're listening to the tennis podcast. Hello. And welcome to the tennis podcast on day eight of the French Open. Our eight daily podcast from rolling arrows twenty nine hundred Catherine rates go alongside Matt Roberts on what has been one of those days in tennis, which makes me feel sorry for the people that don't follow this sport. Because it has been intoxicating Matt absolutely intoxicating. And yes, there has been other very good tennis. And we will talk about that other very good tennis. But mostly we're intoxicated, still by the memory of verve Rinker against it's a pass were drunk on it, where drunk on more for in Quebec cans, sit surpasses Couric. And just one of the most mind bending, extraordinary matches that we've certainly. I feel like I've ever had the privilege to witness. I think you feel the same and one that is just too ready. Been fantastic. Frank chopin. And this has just completely bored. It's alive. It was everything we hoped. It would be a more just a stunning stunning met negative possible spin on the billions that much. They was obviously found member of the Wittig family. And those were the words from my father, it feels that was the final enroll Garros two thousand nineteen is over. Well, I get his point because I, I know we're guilty fooling into the Champions League semi final Trump here, but I fail to see how that can be talked in the men's tournament possibly a full cross owner, Dr against the full throttle your conviction, the final would everything on the line. But it does. Throwing in that. It does feel like that be. Like Madonna, Jackovitch going to get to the fine. But everyone else is going to have all the fountain. We're going to be talking about everyone else until the final because. The Donyo conviction. Not having these epic matches and the happening. Ho swear tree, it for anybody that, that isn't up to speed. It was a just a quite mesmerizing much. I set goes to Rinker second-set, which might and I wish together from the press season. We thought, well, this much is peaked. Second-set goes to sit to pass that have really to embrace it to Pasco the early break then have Rinker was a break in front, sits bus, eventually takes it takes the third, sits apostates the Ford fourth and despite having the lion share of the break points in the fifth. It is different that takes it. Eight games to six a bit of a role reversal fits a pass to what happened against federal in the Australia knife, and which is oversee federal had all the bright points, but it was to pass the took his chances and you not long from the city of press conference way, I think he said it was quite. Affecting, you know, the, the horror deeply affecting he, he wondered in a shell of a man took his place on the seats and slumped in it sits surpass, and couldn't even bring himself to move forward to the mic. He sat with his head in his hands, pretty much throughout sort of whispered muttered, a few words and some paper, comparing it to the press conference. He gave after lost to dog at your strain open, which was also deeply affecting press conference, but in a totally different way because then it was confusion. He didn't understand how he hadn't beaten the that day. Today. It was regret more than anything because he, he is voice trailed off when he kept mentioning the bike coins, so many break points so many break points. And he said, for some reason, I was expecting someone else to play full fullness break points. I wasn't I wasn't there on the break points. I let ring could do what he wanted to fill that regret. Slightly. I think he definitely had more chances in the fifth set. Bring Kate was was on his racket a few times, and he s- particularly as four him which she just pushed Y a couple of times. But equally, I think you just you have to hand it to, incur, who as much as sit supposed seems to think he let play great tennis on those break points, I really think offering stepped up and just went into a mode where he didn't miss and yet you still played forcefully. And that is. Russia difficult combination to overcome as an opponent. Yeah. I mean. As as, as my brother texted me, too. I mean, I'm looking back this text came through four fifteen pm. So that would have been. The five hours and nine minutes. He said, we're rank has the biggest bowls on the toll by an order of magnitude, and I replied agree with the sentiment, but I'd prefer MU gender neutral expression thereof, but he's why his name is absolutely right. And probably second in line is sits pass. I mean. I was I mean, going back in time hugely to the first set he double-faulted to hand the set of a Rinker, and I, I didn't think he was the Connie. I mean I know anyone is capable move some movements. But I didn't think he was a double full on pressure moments kind of a guy. I really, I really have always perceived him somebody that just plays exactly the same, regardless of the moment, but it shows that he always does feel it. And that makes it all the more extraordinary that he was on the edge on, on ROY on that precipice for, for all of the second set for periods of the third set. I mean okay on the precipice for most of the match. It was midway through that second set that he received the, the code violation for violently slamming bottles of water into the ground and the actually, I think he smashed three into the ground and then he got up and went to the fridge, and we also he was doing a full Bank data's except with bottles and the and the crowd started going. Ooh. And then he just took a sip from it and that was the only disappointing women in the whole match. What else did we have? We had him shouting at his dad in the stands imploring him to leave. The core zombie. As Hannah works put so will in the on Twitter, he went instead of full PG Andy Murray, fronting the box. Messi was possibly swearing in. Lick. I mean, we were resented behind into the right of postal sit surpasses could sort of feel the waves of vitriol, coming from Stephanos. And if if you coach wasn't your dad, there's no way you'd be getting away with that. I have never wanted to speak Greek as much as I did at the end of that match because the precedes in long length to get to them, you have to kind of go under the coat, and we went to the murder, and I said to this was like a place that we shouldn't allow to be like a place where the players should be actually, as I left the calls, there was a postal sits pass, leaving McCaw. And I just love to know what he was saying because mine separatation of it was he was analyzing the match in great depth talking to sits passes, brother and just saying, you know, lots of Greek words, breakpoint, lots of great words forehand. And what was his demeanor? He was intense really. I mean it was it was like he'd lived every single moment of that mansion, he was just playing over and over in his mind and clearly met up with Stephanus afterwards and have been in floods, it tastes, you could tell in that press conference. He said, it's been a long time since since I cried, but. It didn't say this is a long time in the life of a twenty year old does he mean does he mean, since that nadeau much the Australian Open? I think it's a good thing that sits surpasses this affected by it. I think I love that he's her. I mean that's notified to show. Afraid to show it. I think that's that's something that makes ending it makes him. Stand out amongst the other young players. I think. I think. Absolutely. There's no attempt to be cool knows no attempt to pretend that. There's anything more important women in that moment, than than winning the tennis match, I think, for me just. Enough to watch his performance against Federer Melvin. And now this one but the experience of what we're seeing in play. It was so different. Both times in Melbourne. It was like how is this guy doing this surely, it has to end some point and here I was expecting him to play, well, the whole match, and he's made that transition from someone who you think? Wow, this is a break FU to this guy is an established world class player. And he's made it in months, and it's incredible to witness. And I'm not sure there's how many people could have gone to with STAN Wawrinka today for five hours and nine minutes. Nine minutes Nidal obviously, we think that's probably the, the biggest stumbling block of his own. Physical condition. Although I mean he's defied the loser gravity physicality wise in the post. Covering. I mean, we tweeted a comment from for months Philander in, in the US book common should be saying, think it was going into the fifth set that he thought stomach Rinker looked literally weary in the to pass the physical edge. And I'm I'm lose to ever disagree with that. But I was looking at him thinking, that's yourself. Stanford. Wrinkle luke's. Yeah. They call him t's over reason stronger is the match goes on. And I didn't I didn't think he was looking weary recovery though. Isn't it? It's. I heard about him in the next match against federal against federa who just breezed through. I was searching for the perfect gift. I wanted one federal just sort of with his feet up on the sofa basically. Not much. In loving it. Wouldn't he he's appropriate tennis fan fetters, and he would have loved it for what it was, and he'd have left, it knowing that he had to play weary win? I think at the moment that he won his match against Liam Meiring gave his uncle interview of rinca was a set to the good against it surpassed. Little did they know how much that was yet to run. But. Federal is also I think, thinking is on go interview about the prospect of playing sit surpass and he said a funny he did a funny, didn't he? He said he wants to win right? He said he wants to have Rinker to win. But then he he, he was asked about his memories of playing for Rinker in twenty fifteen which is cool. Is the last time he played here in lost rinca? In the quarter-finals, and he said, I've got many horrible memories, if that much, lots of back cans, going post me and terrible shorts terrible terrible terrible, Reverend cajoled, but I said to you early does in the second set, Matt, that is awful kit that STAN is wearing and he said to me, STAN wins lambs impact kit. Exactly. But. Wall to road, he's gonna have to go. I mean no one is to my knowledge. No one has ever beaten federal in the Dow Jo- kovic back to back to back. I mean definitely in a slam that that hasn't happened. Oh I just I just cannot see him doing leasing. Pleasington dole in the semi's. Yeah. I just think the freshness will help Fedor, and we would who federal would have rather, played, and think did we come to the conclusion. Stan because sit surpasses even head a little bit. I think federal is kind of in stance had just by being Federer. Although all of stands wins against federal have come on clay. So, I think it is it is a bit of a level in a way that on how or across he'd be favoring federal big time, David, by the love that the crowds here have fish stamper, brink arrives expecting maybe a slight favoring Stanford rancor but sits pastures wins tennis fans over wherever he goes in the key had a, he had a crawl vocal, but it was overwhelmingly. Support for for Veronica. And most I was the match progress they grew and this is partly due to how well Veronica conducted, the whole performance because sits pass was doing all his tricks, and he does do tricks. He does he does borderline stuff. He pushes it the going to change his racket. Very slowly. Not looking like he's in any particular hurry, goes to changes racket, and he does it before his opponents about to serve, and also it was very fitting that the match ended all know, extraordinary get from wherever Inca back cans of chip on the line, and sit surpass, we weren't sure whether we had a play on it or not. But it didn't play. And he just immediately went over and points to amount that was out, and then the puck over and said it was in and a lot of times in this season. I've seen it surpass just point to the role mom throughout the whole hog swing. I just noticed how you always has no challenges left. He he seems to be really poor reading which one is the ball in Cressey admitted that that was definitely in. It didn't seem that there was any doubt. Let his mom. He said it was in the Shuki Hawkeye slams clay cools that much finished on a moment of completely impossible drama. Of course it did. I mean he hasn't seen the, the it was break point. I think either four or five will break points on verve, rinca serve the rally ends in a in an attempt to die volley from sits a pass. I mean, active kid of plugged, any point there. But that's the one that the is still being replayed, in my mind over and over the Franken, just he sits pass kind of stitch himself up with the crowd, and then Poundstone it and orchestrated all to his own advantage. He was he was so aware of the tempo of that match when it was right to call on the crowd. And when they were just going to simply respond to his tennis. And there were, there was a game when he broke, I think it was in the second set to get back on servants evokes from forty and he did it by each point, just gradually getting the crowd more and more on his side. It was just conducting them and the way points to his head. I just fall in love with him. When he does I just love that and he gets he doesn't he he, he makes. Make c k k and since those as well. But where does it in a different way? And just just as active and more effective for this Franks crowd. And unfortunately, we only go to questions in the on court interview from him, and that was, of course you we're getting the instant emotional reaction to questions because they're still low the match to come unquote, much still being played. I think Kennedy Korean bed more pair of split sets over long, then that much from very unlikely to get finished tonight. But he was he was choked up if not, actively crying throughout these questions and very emotional and thankful for the support received. And I think really. There's two parts to Reverend Cohen. He wants to win this tool Amon, but there is also a sense that he is just reasonably happy to be back here from an surgery, which could have could have ended his career eighteen months ago, eighteen months ago. I cannot believe that, that was the same guy that I was today that I watch. Murray at Eastbourne LA Sierra I. Cannot bend my mind around that fact, it's it was some believe it's been search building process for him? And and is classic is he would have seen federal comeback from his knee, injury and windows open straight away? Little. Nothing. It was nothing. I know. But it just is a classic case of always being in federal shadow, if you like and Rinkos really had to work. An his place back in these spots. And he is not going to give them out without a huge fight. Do you think that he is not going to have enough left in the tank to be federal because the template for beating federal slams recently? It's been make it physical make it long. Particularly things being equal. We say that's a great plan for stone. But maybe not after five hours nine minutes and at thirty four years of age, maybe not I think he might have to go with what he did here at the French Open when he beat her in two thousand fifteen and play three perfect sets and try and take him out in three knockout punch, exactly. But that is so difficult to do. However. We shouldn't we maybe we shouldn't be doubting stands, physical capability. It'd be so swashbuckling isn't it couldn't it because I think federal is going to want to keep the point shorts and not get dragged into a long battle. Maybe a fair amount of serve, and volley and I was really amazed by how well sit surpassed with ordering 'cause power, he seems to be able to really handle it not not having to resort to hitting slices. He can he can hit it back with topspin for me. I think we'll bring able to rush veteran more than he was able to rush sit surpass and we might see federal throw in a few more a bit more slice. But I think it's just credit credit to sits pass that he was able to live with that sort of. Groundstrokes and be fascinating to see where the federal can we think, is in a couple of days time, we're going to have a bit of a tough task on the hands, because the have Rinker against Federer and reminders if anybody needed reminding that there is a huge chance that this could be federal laws friendship. And I, I really don't think he's playing play next year because the Olympics and. In two French Opens time. He'll be very nearly forty. So the big Jones, big towns, that'd be as lost much at the French Open deep that or eleven time champion Rafael adul- up against a Frenchman. I mean again Big Ben will pay one set told against Kane is she Corey, but doll against a Frenchie. We'll federal against rancor. I mean, what are you just put them both on Longmen just to keep it fair? Yeah. I really don't know what they'll do. I need a would surprise me being chat trae. I can make a case for both. But I personally would federal over and contra spoiler. Doll won in straight sets sixty six three six three over one Londonderry told me. Yes, I, I again, I didn't see a bowl of that match because at least knows that he's right handed doing better than. I don't know. Yeah. He does. It's a blown highlight. So see tips on nothing fashion. It's not ninety ninety eight but I, I get the feeling actually competed really well today, it was a it's ketones reasonably lengthy straight-set defeat, but that's because of all, the, the trouser. Yeah. That's because it will the fat thing. Yeah. He's a he's a grind on clay. He was just network beaten at all today and, and didn't didn't meeting. So this week's edition of the tennis podcast is brought to you in association with us, who have centers Casteran the Sonos beam this speaker that tax evasion, and so you can feel like you within a tennis match. It's, it's amazing. They've also sent one to Matt. His television work look at his face. He's not I haven't even got Italian. David. Storm watching the tennis is V. It is good man. It is, is worth waiting five. Yeah. If you choose tin with troop lake right? You can go anywhere in your room and it will make you feel like you're Anna tennis tournament from any seat, and he can control it from your phone, or with voice commands viral exit which the people of a Lazier persuasion. Maybe like myself, it's topnotch perfect for gonna look send us dot com. We had the women's other than Stevens Migori, which was won by Stevens in, I mean, I, I don't think Morita had a nightmare Stevens with just better today. Six four six three that much. Unfortunately, overshadowed by the, by the dramatic final set of sit surpass and verve rancor, which is a real shame deserved greater spotlight. But anything would have been in the shadow of that much at the time, say Sloan Stevens, she will play Britain's Joe Konta. He went through in straight-sets six two, six four it was a it was a very convincing very, very convincing win. I've done evacuees to become the first British woman through to the quarterfinals here in Paris. Since Joe Joey did that in one thousand nine hundred three and not start will we will again, if she wins, again because Jerry reached the semifinals that year, but I mean, it's not out of nowhere for Joe conto because she was a finalist, and Raymond before that. Finalist in Rabat, but it's still a bit out of nowhere because she'd never wanna French Open match in the main draw. Yes. She's still on for the reverse of the Penco, isn't she? Winning no matches stranger things have happened. I mean, stranger things happen to you. Yeah. Think that's a good point. You make about how it isn't. It wasn't toe to the totally unexpected because she had Keiko four coming in here. And I just think conscious how career if you look at her best results slams, they've all come when she had a good build-up, she's she's all about that confidence. And just getting on a roll. And so I felt down obselete opposite of slain Stevens. Realize, no rolling whatsoever. Yet when she put a match, but come to Jen to twenty and fifteen really strongly started twenty sixteen reach Australian, Open semifinals 2017, she'd Miami weeks. Nothing him and then went on to the semi finals at Wimbledon and twenty nine thousand nine I think it really started with the Fed Cup, then shadow good clay court swing. And now she's in the quarterfinals. Hey, I think I think that's so important for come to Yukon. You would never pick joke onto of random good result. It's all about the process and building and getting confidence. And it's always just so alien could I call tennis, too, but I think she's always said, it's just because I haven't been confident about time of the season a now is to make sense. It's like, well, she's, she's got great groundstrokes that works on any colds and she's just added she's improved of movement, a lot, and she's added a little subtlety to. A game malleability about what games work on clay being slightly debunked to bet. I mean. Caroliina prescriber that doesn't like clay court game Petrie fitsville that was TD traditional clay cool game. But. The rules. Yeah. It's not like that anymore. We end up with Stevens possibly in the final, who you would say, all Klay causes. But. Plenty of people who on natural clay causes can play on this surface and our wellness surface. Pick Stevens is the favourite for that. But then you look at the head Ted and see that Jones has beaten slain Stevens twice this year, including in Roy Makaay weeks ago, which is huge surely mentally and mentally is, is everything for joy, Konta, having brought knowing they, she competes thunder Stevens on the kite, coal. She she has facts that she, you know, she can do that. I still take Stephen. Sling Stevens as I said yesterday, when they seem sakes plays the best, I take her against anyone, so. Yeah. I, I think maybe come to might have preferred to play Moog Ruth of matchup wise. But I, I think she'll give Stevenson go and she is a fishery one hundred percent in the mix. Eight players now that fool the rule in the mix. Indeed brilliant. Mckendry Chev is in the mix Petra mortgage is in the mix, we can have a drop shot off in that quarter final. Do you think pet from us is in the mic? I know she's. I'm in the mix thinking, if there's one player who's not in the mix, I think, say. As a gang of seven hand there in the mix, and patrimony teaches playing scrabble in the corner, runaround possibly, I just I mean I thought she was good today to to get paused canopies difficult player to painted a slam. But I worry about the gears. I'm I'm not sure she's got kids to go into a lot of players left and Mr. ought to have, including fund Russa gays. I mean Sylvester looked like a ghost of a woman, the rest of a wimp lay in the bed of the tournament, too. I think it has to be said the worst. She she was really. It was dying. It was she was really pulled today. She couldn't she couldn't find the court it felt to me like she couldn't handle fund Russo's bowl like it was coming onto a strings. And she wasn't able to control it. Often that much in my head. She was quite a still a tool, so to stunt, US type person and she was teeny tiny, teeny tiny, she, she came into press, and I asked to you just seem so composed, and so comfortable for a teenager. How you doing this? And she said, Well, I I had my difficult year lost. When she was eighty two. Have one in her life sweet. She's still what about sixty matches but he didn't I. To come. She does seem so unaffected by being in a grand slam. I'll sixteen quarterfinal. It's light. She didn't today. She doesn't she? She doesn't have the ups and downs that you expect the emotional ups and bell. I'm trying to make drops out. Dragon takeoff kitchen boundary volume aced, I almost put that to her in, in my place much into be, but decided it would be little bit unfair because she was so sort of in the Heyzer, the movement, sort of pitching nickname. Poor thing. I mean, she even born when Portas was thing anyway, I ducked, Matt. So. Carry allows to have has anyone ever said that you hit too many drugs, and she just laughed and said, no such thing thing. Is incidentally, the fact that he is locked in battle with them were probably means or dreams of initial coriander rooms of a dying with the Parisian light this evening. He well he's going to have to do it. When he's thrashing my own evidently, Jason saving it for the right money anytime he's going to do is when he's leading and against Nidal pretty much now, never situation, you'll be tool in the fisa you'll start cramping. And you'll just under of mazing say tomorrow shedule is just loading on my. It's not too bad. We still it was a fake canon Sony, Kenan both of them against say to the court against Ashkenazi. Baker match that I think battling fully by joke which against St. than team against fees. And then Hallett and spit. The women have the graveyard slots, again, on the main courts and. We don't have time to go into in detail. But it's kind of yes. I mean we praise the the equity the schilling earlier in the week. And yes, it's to women's to men's and sort of in the headline in the headline, sensitive sense of the words, there is parody but we all know there are recognized good slots and recognized fads loss on this court semi night that slows to and three of the good ones is one in four of the bad ones, and the women have been in one in full to today. And tomorrow were they an. Yeah. Yesterday's woke is Serena played played it for yesterday. So definitely. See one of the men's much she's going really long not we had today and therefore taking all the eyeballs of the whatever the fourth women's matches on really absolutely team. Mom feace. I mean if that's the straits than. Date night, tennis agreed. Yeah. Speaking of which unfinished business, Dominic team haven't me because he's done a thing. It was yesterday evening. He was giving his press conference just as gonna finished and it was answering was going straight. Suppress. We heard that didn't we as we will. Building, and it was reported initially. We now notes be accurately that Serena demand, this team to be kicked out of the press conference. I've spoken to people today, and that is that is not what happened. Serena Williams wanted to do press conference wants to do press straight away and, or she's going to leave now that's the part where you could potentially criticize Serena, because she is not unusual for top. Let's go straight. Suppress but threatening to leave and not to press, put the organizers hair in snotty, tricky situation because team was already giving his press conference in the main room. Now Serena would have been happy to go into room to, but it was Jovic did last year when he looks to check it out. But it was determined that it wasn't suitable enough times if size and also what I found out today. There was also an interview going on in room two at the same time it was at the back. So if you just looking on the monitor the screen, it would have looked like it was empty, but it was actually an in an interview going on. So if you're going if she was going to have to do press, she was going to have to interrupt someone. And it was a very difficult situation for people for the organizers to be because if one hundred impress journalists would have been very cross about that as well. She would have left, she would it on, because, frankly, define what is, I think Mike Smith of ten thousand dollars. Define isn't enough. I mean Venus Williams has been skipping press conferences and taking the fine for years. So I mean. Yeah, she that wasn't an MTA threat. She would've left she was taken that fine and everybody would have been disappointed. So I, I really sympathize with the organizers, yes, they could have somebody could have stood up to that could have happened somebody from the you could could have done that. But I can't honestly say that I would have been able to do that. So I'm loath to, to come down too hard on these the probably one able to. And, and I think the intentions were to try and ensure that, that everyone go to speak to Serena Williams, which fundamentally was the most important thing. However, it was rubbish Dominic war. It doesn't feel right. And I liked seeing him again. Get peeved about it. Debating whether that was a good thing that he go joke. Federal. Did you see federal made found that the way? It was the most sort of straightforward Germanic way, anyone could possibly have said. Well, maybe I leave to, and, and it was kind of out of character for team to get that irate about it and but he really thought about it. I e sort of sat there and thought connect count do this. Can I really annoy and I really want to leave in this feels really rubbish? But I'm not sure that I get I'm gonna to do it. I'm I'm leaving. But my take on it was well, if he was in a really good place, mentally, and comfortable with his game, and please the waves playing Woody of go cross about it. I think he would have been perfectly perfectly entitled to, and I wouldn't have blamed him at all. But he is the kind of guy who I wouldn't expect together across about it. So the thing I did wonder whether distress China is bit stressed about the way he's playing. Interpreted differently? He thinks it's, it's great to see Dominic team expressing himself. More nuts to sign of sort of gray to comfort his with his status within the game. I think there's an argument for that, but I do think come down on your side, that it's so answer character. We saw stressing out and rhyme. Didn't we about the shed and he lost early there? About a week at work. I would get cross about something that I normally wouldn't get cross about. Maybe we saw that all maybe it was just a situation that really just wanted him out. Dominic team might lose tomorrow. I think his possible partly because I my face was injured coming into this tournament, we don't really save them to be. And he's actually had a really good year on face consistently goods. And yes, he keeps winning in straight sets here, which team hasn't been during the day is rounded off on shot tomorrow by Hallett fitter. I'm going go watch the attack that I think you could step to fall but experience with the steps thus far have been very good long land is cine Akhavan against keys, then Feeney's vary. That's the men's much of the day from your they hatching of they'll portray that's good, too. And then Anisimov over and Bolsover I'd rather take it for long tomorrow in two days in a row. Doubles is happening to we will cover the doubles when it gets closer to the business end of things because my lost in the doubles today, so we're going to stay clear much still getting over it. Bench lost to answering Abbasi. What a what? Use said to me, there's a weakening come that cool. Then you made the point it was a, a store studied caught. Let's face it and. Quite a good, doubles plaid. Yeah. As when combating place, does it in Jiang? The Australian Open champions. I was on my moments of the year. Actually Australian Open notice today. Another women's doubles result was that of Stepan co and her partner whose name of, of my head. I can't remember but they beat shea and streets cover, which is just a fun pairing as well. And Shane streets, brilliant Ostapenko is now getting some wins other than just seven in the singles title. Hey, she's getting some in doubles as well. We've been the tennis book. We've been the tennis book. With the telegraph. With our executive. Jesus tennis bulls dot com with Rio with a why. It's been a, a quite glorious night of tennis. Dave tennis, hope five hours, nine minutes of tennis, and more to boots as well. But that particular match since a passenger Rinker will live long in both of our memories apologies. If you notice it to pass over Rinker fan and you've been bored for philology portions of this podcast. We've dedicated most of it to that much. But it really was one for the ages, I think, and it's been a great joy for us to be here for it and cover it for you. The tennis 'focusness, we hope you enjoyed it enjoying all of our daily podcast from this quite sensational. French open. We've got seven more of them to come. Mahnaz day tomorrow. Coin crushed about since mentally, ready, so right? Because David whiskey says the French Opens over now so you're not going to be missing anything. See tomorrow.

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Drip It Like It's Hot

The Body Serve

1:01:43 hr | 8 months ago

Drip It Like It's Hot

"But I don't I really don't have any regrets really don't. I've I've lived exactly wanted to. I've tried my hardest every single time win the matches maybe I should always wind or. But I really get a mile so that he is. Hello everybody. Welcome back to the body serve I'm Jonathan and I'm James and to seven finds us in the unusual position of previewing fringe open at the end of September. Autumn. In Paris rain fog coldness humidity, it's going to be a blast listen. This is a very quick turnaround from the US. Open. We didn't even do an episode at the end of last week because who can keep up with these tournaments. They've squeezed into weeks of clay tournaments before the French Open a lot of people can we just guessed not Madrid? I did mention the last week that Madrid was happening after. Rome. They say the correction should be louder than the. Mistake and I mean a blue through that about two seconds. So the correction is here and it is now longer than the error. Well. When we first getting feedback and folks like very nicely. Very nice. Very nicely saying. Madrid's actually not happening. You're like, how did you let that get to air? Like dude was your half of the episodes edited I caught it live clearly in have the bandwidth for them maybe it just wasn't listening to you. But as you Madrid did not happen. No great loss really. But now we are Roland Garros starts on Sunday. This is the spot in the calendar, the general vicinity of the calendar the. Bernard, you tell the French. Open plopped themselves at the start of this whole covert fiasco. When we wondering willy be having any tennis this year, the French Open announced they took the choice upon themselves to just decide where you're going to have this tournament in the fall. Regardless, not gonNA collaborate with the three slams, not going to talk to the F.. Not, GonNa have any consideration for the tournaments that would have been scheduled around this time. This is our time we're not gonNA talk to Roger About Lever Cup either I. Know they're here and France is having sadly a resurgence of covid cases. And Paris is not in a good spot to be hosting this tournament we'll get to that a little bit later on all. That is the backdrop and the context for getting in to a preview episode, which Y'all want to hear about the draws it is the bane of our existence. As tennis podcasters, but we do it for Y'all. This is how we show you our love. Really let me tell you. This is the end of a long day after a long week in the words of Tina Turner we're going to give it to you nice and rough. And fast. Well then we'll start with the men's draw. We'll start with a few of the players who are not in Paris who won't be making the trip ashby not like she did for the US Open will not be traveling from Australia. She won't be playing she in the interim one acute little golf. Tournament A club championship Naomi Osaka's currently hating Bianca Undress Q. is again like she's been for the entirety of the last calendar year out of action hoping to Rehab herself to be back in full force next year Belinda bench a last minute withdrawal right before the ceremony. So that's four of the top ten not in Paris but for the most part we're seeing far fewer. Absences than we did at the US Open Yep on the women's side actually on both sides, it feels like an absolutely loaded draw obviously on the men's the highest profile withdrawals, Roger Federer who has taken off the rest of the year apart from Federer you'd have to go all the way down into the twenties to find another men's player who's not at this event. Meals around each Paulo shortly before the draw in curious is not making the trip Kalama does not there Joel Freed Sanga. We knew he wasn't going to be there for a while for an end of her desk. We'll get to that toward the end of the episode, Luca Queen, and that's really that's really it from the top one, hundred men. So by and large, this is this is a regular field for Grand Slam on both. Sides Save for a few of the couple of of the top woman Bianca wasn't going to be there anyway most likely. So why don't we start with the men's draw I think it's important to note right away that this event more. So than most is right for upsets ripe for all kinds of shenanigans as you like to say, we gorie and trickery. Gary wiggins jittery trickery tomfoolery all of that stuff you're gonNA have unusual klay conditions. It's going to be a wet Paris. It's GonNa be a cold Paris, their brand new tennis balls a difference of tennis balls using at this event switching from Babylon to Wilson and much of the talk leading into this event has been about how that change in conjunction with the weather conditions, what that will mean for the players and the actual tennis. We'll see. So we are of the opinion that you should expect anything at this. You should probably prepare for some ugly tennis some long match training points. For me in advance of the draw, the most interesting thing to look out for was weird as dominant team fall because if you're Novak or your Russia, you do not want face dominant team before the final and so team falls in Rafah's half the bottom half. Jovovich has I. don't want to say easy but it's not a crazy difficult draw I think we should retire calling draws. Fair enough because if you're looking at your faves draw, it's a minefield and if you're looking at your foes draw, it's a playground that's just the way it's always shake out and on top of that, we know that what we think to be minefields they often explode in ways that you don't think and Clare's a pad. Yeah. So I want to just talk about what it. means. So on a macro level, the the top four who landed in which is half is Dino Medvedyev. Who by the way has a not a good record on clay. Video unclear is not who you would think he is, but he is very optimistic that these weird conditions will help his more flat hitting style on clay. So we shall see stuff not passes the other top eight seed here. He's down at the bottom he's currently in the Humbert semifinals, correct Yup and I mean we have there are a lot of very intriguing first round matchups here gutting Kohlschreiber Kohlschreiber as one of the. Most. I'm going to stop you there at the risk of bullying you. I, think you're about to say the exact same thing that you said about. At the US Open draw. Listeners go back is that Kohlschreiber is one of the last people to beat. Jovic early in a slam already, that's different at the round of sixteen here at Roland Garros in like two thousand, nine or something it was a long time ago that is different from what? You remember what you said about my ideas open I did and I got bullied then as. We started is out of control. We've got I mean for Jovovich fans and Jovovich haters alike Roberto Bautista has an outsized presence whenever he's in Jovic area right people feel that about Tista is the most dangerous player perhaps in history, it's a bit exaggerated Pacific for Novak yes because. Out East, Oakwood has caused problems. We know that other players simply have not been able to. Especially on hardcourts though, but we've got BAUTISA here who opens against GASQUET FRANCIS AFO versus number thirty seeds strove John Millman playing publicly new booster that could go five point nine, six cents. Yes. Be here for about ten hours Pospisil Bertini possible civil has game is less effective on clay, but he's writing a High Bertini. A seven seed that could open up a big hole there for for someone to take an opportunity medvedyev plays future rich in the first round less than ideal. I'd say yeah. But Fudge of which I guess as someone who would benefit from. A big hitters shots not penetrating on the slow kind of sticky court Dennis. TROPPO Vilo. Doctor shows on twitter. So hilariously coined and nobody really interacted quality stuff opens against French stalwart zeal CMO seem Moi he still out here that's the top half first matches to look for as far as we're concerned let's go as far as the run of sixteens because it's typically where we cope with our mid tournament episode when it comes to these slams yes. Let's not we're not GONNA do predictions as to WHO's going to win. We're just gonNa tell you what that looks like. Novak according to the seeds would play current Huchon honnef in the run of sixteen or could you stand getting? Who was today? A bemused bewitched bewildered. And most of all bothered very much bothered by an underhand underarm serve by Alexander Public The argument was that was not fair because I was not ready, which is patently false. It is fair and in my opinion a little bit trashy but it is fair. It's within the rules you hate the I do and I'm tired like we have taken the official position that well within the rules and it's a good tactic which I don't disagree with either. Or this musk has course and tennis in General I. Think. To Bury. Tenuously, you've agreed to that really because. Sure like it's it's a good tactic i. just think it's kind of tacky listen I worked through my issues with them the buttoned up puritanical nature of my cricket upbringing. Challenge you to the same with your conception of tennis I think it's because I'm naturally a contrarian. So now that everybody is like, Oh, it's a great strategy headed out. Now I want to be against it. It's just it's just more never inclination you're never and also I don't understand why commentators and journalists are obsessed with return positioning. It's like the only tactical thing that certain commentators talk about it's the only thing they. Notice and then they they fixate like do I care where dominant team stands to return serve I don't I, really don't and only talk about it when it's hurting it during the US Open it was spoken about constantly as he won over and over and over like why is it interesting I'm going to write an essay one day about how it's bound up in masculinity but I haven't gotten there. I haven't connected the dots yet. You mean. Going, me right now a magnifying glass to find some of those dots. All right back to the draw. In the the round of sixteen, we could see BAUTISITA versus Bertini Bautisa if he won could face Novak in the quarterfinals so that would be the matchup that. Back detractors are like licking their lips about which I think would be foolhardy cly. Novak is easily in the last ten years. The second best player in clay the let ten. Stomach team has been chipping away at. The. Last few years he could say he is number two now carly based on the last couple years. But cumulatively over the last ten years Novak Jovic squarely number two behind Rafa Clay and when you consider the gulf between Roberto's performance on play compared to hard courts, I, don't see this as a big threat the where would if it were hardcourts? We saw that this was a potentialities at the US Open that did not happen. It's a long road before we get to that. Now, Novak is the Rome champion from last week he was never truly called upon to play his best tennis, and this is this is how you become. Novak Djokovic. You don't have to play your best tennis to summon what you need to wet at critical moments in matches, and that see that to me is scarier than dominating the field. You know the conditions weren't great. He probably wasn't feeling his best and we saw it at the US Open he wasn't playing his best he was struggling with the net. But he's the kind of player who like that doesn't really matter like form coming in that said, these are the types of conditions you throw in a bit of wind with the cold with the rain. You know perhaps the roof isn't closed maybe he thinks the roof should be closed, but it won't be closed their lot of outside factors weather and otherwise dot could weave their way into his psyche and shift is wiggle but. And the non tennis media will be watching him for any behavioral misstep because he got a code violation for profanity. Tennis Media Yes be because now his profile has expanded further because of this default from Roland. Garros. The the Non Traditional tennis media is picking up on. The little things that he does and sort of is taking it out of context because it was a news story. So recently, in the second quarter here in the round of sixteen, we could see Medvedev and Ruby. We could below that we could see Dennis Chappel music verses, seat CPOS. So that does a loaded quarter of youngsters on the come up and players who played well at the US Open. Something we've seen upon resumption is that we should trust what we've seen in the lead up on surfaces to these big events. Those generally speaking who played well leading up to the US Open played well at the US Open. Those who've played well on clear leading up to the French Open, we should probably expect them to play well as it turns out. Then shop of all of is one of the only ones on either tour who've done both making the semifinals of Rome coming very close to making that final before Diogo Schwartzman nabbed him nipped him. TRIPTON. Trapped him at the end of that Matt. Yeah A Ruby is in the semifinals of Hamburg ditsy boss currently to depose. In a quick turnaround from the deduction at the US Open, we won't know if he's put that behind him until he finds himself in the situation again, good for him. Potentially a good opportunity to get right back out there less than a month to sort of get that taste of otherwise you'd have sat there with it throughout the entire offseason leading into Australia. Now if he's able to to get this monkey off his back that had such a short visit. Sport visit this was not a long-term day. Then, he can start the Europe fresh and this narrative won't have to follow him. Really. So in the semi finals, the seeds would be Novak versus Medvedev or city bus number five I would look out for. Each who has played great tennis over the past few weeks who has to play Stephanos in the third round. So that could be test of whether that monkey is office back. I do WanNa Shadow. Liam. Brady who qualified for the French Open for the first time in his career and claps on the court on his back. Really really happy about it. He's GonNa get to play your vessel in the first round. So that is what's the first half the top half of the men's draw. We have three more halves total to do. We are trying to fly through this episode as quickly as I told you Nice on rough. So Mafias blue. Book, is an intriguing first round to me boob like who hoodwinked guarding with an underhanded serve today and who likes to do this. Now, he gets to stunt everybody on a fringe open show court. The right we have just below that we have Emilio Gomez from Ecuador who qualified he is the son of nineteen ninety Roland Garros Champion Andres. Gomez, that is cool. We have There's another son of Grand Slam winner Mr Sebastian quarter we have Mr. Drip Drop Cohen Dante. I only mentioned it because of because of drip down the pointing to say. Drip drop from from empire season. He was actually a pretty cool song drip drip drip drip drip. Are you saying that? The show music song is not a good. We'll we'll get. We'll let you all. It has some interesting lyrics. And gives us some insight into potential other careers that Dennis might have wanted to pursue. Had He not become successful tennis player? He's talking ad. nauseam about race car driving. It's a metaphor tapping on the gas and then making a pass, you wouldn't understand because you're not an emcee. Apparently. So it you asked me if it was good, I? Think he was inciteful. This bottom half is. HEADLINED BY THE POTENTIAL DULL team semifinal but there's a lot of other interesting stuff going on here. Stan Wawrinka. An Andy Murray, or drawn to face each other in the first round, which is absolutely crazy. It's crazy and you kind of fed into this ever growing narrative on tennis twitter in particular that these draws are fixed it. Or not I don't feel like you believe that. But some of the things that you write jokingly kind of. Our run parallel to that or I see. Do you know what I see what you mean like? Serena Drawing Christie. For the second major in a row. But like why would anyone fix that to happen? Do you know what I mean like the the draw fixing argument is a self fulfilling prophecy because you can sort of find a narrative to fit your conclusion that draws are things it doesn't. It's not like the evidence creates your conclusion you start with the belief and then you find things to confirm him. It's. How conspiracy theory operates, it's also not outlandish in certain parts of the draw where certain players can only fall based on their ranking. Very controlled now with thirty jucy needs and where they can all fall. So to think of it on a macro level and say, well, what are the odds of this one person lending in this one spot doesn't really work like like To be totally Frank I, don't know because I failed my probability tests. All of them I hated I hate him of ability made no sense to me like if you draw what's the odds that you draw a jack of hearts and then a spade a I don't know I don't know how to find out. So don't ask us about what are the odds However Stan Wawrinka in any Murray will play in the first round and Andy. Himself has said, listen this is the match that wrecked my my hip this was this was. The, end of the road. Yeah. For his in two thousand seventeen that semifinal against Dan before Rafah waxed Stan in the final and get this. The winner between these two oldies has to play dominant culture who is on a roll who's playing way better than his ranking suggests that's it's not great for either of those guys. You won't say Mazzetti in this field but this what eighteen year old Italian has made big splashes in this young abbreviated clay season beating Stan right in Rome in the first round I believe yet Mazzetti next to beat Nishikori and then lost to dominate. Kupfer was here potentially facing winco or Murray in the second round every tournament like this there folks who perhaps a little bit unheralded who are coming in on a streak and folks immediately looked to them as the dark Horse Cup for a guy at this tournament yet, and I would add someone like Casper road to that list as well Nishioka Oj Elliot's. Could be an interesting first round. Polka sock could be an interesting match to skip shielded team. Chile is a former Grand Slam winner. Of course, one can never discount him. It's not dominic, maybe ideal first round but I think it's more about the name at this precise moment in time rather than what the matchup is going to look like I'll be interested to see if these heavy conditions. Forced Dominic to try and blast through the stratosphere even more than he normally does right. And will his shoulder survive? Rough amid a comment in his. French Open press that he's kind of worried about these conditions about the safety. Of. These conditions with respect to injury with the balls being so heavy and the overcast conditions and the cold and. That is not something that we should look I. Think Yeah. You See Marco checking auto here who qualified and you know Tennessee's rough right checking out a was a semi finalist two years ago at this tournament beating. Novak. Job. Rich and you'll see a similar thing on the women's side Sarah Irani, had to qualify and I mean. Her career has taken a a massive victory and she sort of clawing her way back but she was the runner up here in two thousand, twelve to Maria Sharapova. She has seven clay titles to her name and. It is it is rough even for players who have had great success but see for CECCHINATO doesn't WanNA match at the Grand Slam since that run at the French Open. Ben. Wa pair is the number twenty, three seed and he is tired. He's sick and tired while literally sick he went previously Yup I'm now tired the tantrums have gotten a little bit much ben what has been a lot of people's hipster fave and tennis for Awhile. There's there's literally nothing in tennis that annoys me more than tennis hipster fandom. It is so tiresome I think there's room for all types of fandom. Trying to be the diplomat here because there could be a lot of people listening who who really liked wall but ben Wa has been throwing a lot of tantrum reasonably he's annoyed with the protocols with the isolation all that and like okay. But nobody is forcing you to be here. All of this. It's a lot just to lose in the first round. Do. You remember when trixie mental said, this is a lot of emotion for safe. That's what this is. Just turn it down. JAHIC SINNER FACES W go fan in the first round that is rough. These young Italian guys are out here. They have a bright future we could be seeing the back of the phony era. So soon, it may have already and this this generation of Italian men will probably outshine his generation by quite a bit. Absolutely that would be my guess and I do. Lake. Prompted often to talk about the really the Italian. Women's Dream Team that won fed cup titles that that Panetta's Schiavone Vinci. Iran. Iranian era, which was such a boon for Italian tennis and so I appreciate that a lot of these young men talk about how they grew up watching these women plenty. It's cool center seems to have his head screwed on real good not trying to get to ahead of himself. Dan Evans versus Corey Poor Que. He's really had a rough go of it. He said coverted he's not playing his best. This is just sort of rebuilding time. That's that's a tough out in the first round. Round of sixteen fees would play. Schwartzman, Veronica should he get there? Should he get past Andy Murray should he get past Nishioka or opium assume in the third round he would play dominant team in the fourth round. So that quarter movies Schwartzman verve Rinku team. Cute. It's cute right it's very you Schwartzman the runner up in Rome Casper Rude could be dumped teams third round opponents I know you said we don't WanNa do what draws easy draws but team has not been given a cupcake here. It's tough. It has a lot of dangerous Klay floaters the team Chila thing if donald teams playing even fifty percent of his best unclear, that's not a thing but I'm talking about Casper Rude. Possibly Stan. Diego Schwartzman in the quarterfinals just saying it's not impossible but it's it could have been much easier. He's a US Open champion. He's a big boy with lots of air miles lots of frequent flyer miles. He can handle it fourth quarter Alexander. Zverev is a we don't even mention his name yet number six seed could face gopher or yanic center or centre or pair. Technically he just made a joke that he's losing in the first round. The seed drawn to face Rafa in the Ronald Sixteen is Fabio for. But. It also could be Jonah's ner. I've seen a lot of buffalo fans big Matt about his draw I mean it is what it is Rafa on a regular French Open surface under regular conditions probably won't be to his fans probably would be too worried about this setup. Yup. You get to the semi finals you have to expect to at least play somebody tough and it might be team. That's what you get. It's not the end of the world right? If you get them the semifinals as often a dull at the French Open, you're ready. You're there and bribe are you willing are wanting to make a winner on the men's side? No I'm not making a single prediction not one. No. Why because I mean, there's so many unknowns in this tournament, it remains to be seen if it will even finish. Women's draw I think for the first time in a while the number one seed is the presumptive favorite. You've jinxed her and you just jinxed her. For the first time in a while we have a clear favourite at a grand slam tournament someone a hollow, just one Rome. She's on a big winning streak. You have made the argument that Naomi Osaka would have been a big favourite in this position. Well, she wasn't number one a runaway favourite for the US Open Art. She was injured coming right to it that for wrench into that this one Simona had cute run of the mill boom boom boom. I am that woman at the Rome tournament taking care of business. As they say, winning her twenty second career title, she's a two time slam champion. and think if I were to make one prediction about this tournament, not necessarily that Simona will win but I think we are set up to have somebody winder third slam title. At this event Oh enforce second slamming a row could be Simona could be vico might not be. Petro. What about Mabuza winning her third that would be the other one. I think they're that trio of mobile with a as a Ranko and Simona come in as the trio of favorites for this tournament I would say outside of that inner circle Selena could see this as an opportunity to win her first. She's currently in the Strasbourg final we could also see. Key batons doing really well, she's promised to go deep at the French. Open before she's very accomplished on clay, you could also see somebody like Yulia put save a do really. Well, we talked about the the whig and the trickery and the GIG ARY and Tomfoolery this is right a personality. All that said someone held up as the number one seed she is a tough quarter. There are some real threats in their Vandross, UvA could be. Round of sixteen opponent. Vandross UVA. Who? Please beat in the semifinals of Rome but she is the runner up of girls last year lucy to ASH BHARTI NEC move into third round Joe type in the. Second. Round. And then not to mention the other side of that quarter Johanna. Konta who was the runner up in Rome last year the semifinalist enrolling girls last year Kiki Bertens's you mentioned. succouring as well. Yes. Very intriguing first rounds in this quarter as well and listened like where do not discount split Lennox Nitsa even though she opens against. Pablo Chunk Janko better twenty, eight seed. She didn't come to North America. She is a former champion of wrong girls in two thousand nine I believe she is I mean she's the energizer bunny like one can never count her out. She's had so many career resurgences. Some other first round matches I'm looking at is ESPN's tech versus Vandross Uva Johanna Konta versus coke off like I just mentioned all of contests clay credentials, but she has to open up against this force of nature. What what are you doing here? You skipped right over Diana's go Dario Governor Logo what are you doing? Okay. Governor Lova. tweeted something to the effect. I was just saying yesterday watch I'M GONNA draw. D. Y.. And it was tweeted in a way where you got her meaning that this mess of a tennis player is not someone she wants to be in the vicinity of and that's who she gets like these girls don't like her. It appears that way. You know we are the world I believe the children are the future black white yellow, all the colors of the rainbow. Yes. Terms go is now without her colorblind partner in crime social buying. and. We shall see how she fares at this event. She's a bit of an easy target right now she is. If too many players start getting up on her, I'm going to start leaning toward the opposite end because it's going to feel a little bit mean Tom lawlor soccer in the first round either way a likable. Player with star quality has to go in the very first round and contemplated plays Carolyn Garcia Garcia unseeded at the French Open to expect Garcia to make a deep run at the French Open. Historically that has not been something you can call upon however this is where Andy Murray I crowned Garcia as a future number one. Anna Caroliina Schmead Lovo plays Venus Williams in the first round. Now, this is not the big high-profile. Oh, my god Venus draw the number three seed in the first round scenario. But this is the player who was beaten Venus in the first round of the French Open before and on the two one to two one head to head record against her and the last two times they played schmead low has one and both times Venus won the first. So we. I'd I don't WanNa? Say we I WANNA say I at this point do not have high hopes for even for Venus at this tournament I admire her fortitude and try heartedness stick to it ness. Yes. She's been in Europe longer than most of these folks who played the US Open partly because she lost in the first of the US Open. Like she's been putting in the work cold conditions, heavy conditions. I can't see this being a recipe for success. For Venus I've seen a lot of unions fans so relieved that she's not facing even the first round if Venus gets that match look who's there in the second round. Victorian Could play as Aranka for the third time in what six weeks in Kentucky Venus played vk their blitzer that precipitated because rise back into the top fifteen. Of the. Tour you say blitz, we could say, bless. They played again in Rome and Vico One vico was up big in that first set on Venus kept clawing back clawing back eventually. Got It to a tie-break and. It's frustrating I'm sure for Venus because she's giving herself chances she's not playing poorly she didn't play poorly at the US. Open shouldn't be morally in Rome but there is there's a limit to what she can bring over a long period of time in these matches and when you get behind early, it becomes that much more difficult bright for her at this point like she's. Despite the record over the past few weeks, she's not playing badly is just that's so many women are playing really well, she played well against Serena when she lost to Serena and Kentucky. Some other players who are in this half of the Draw Jeannie Bouchard has. I mean she was dumb dumps right? She was her ranking was on the three hundreds. She couldn't even get at qualifying in some of these WTI tournaments. She got a wildcard here because of what she's been doing over the past few weeks. She's one of the only non French players to get a wildcard her and Setanta on Cova based on how she performed at the US Open. A genie has a shot to win a few matches. Shout to renew China's Zoa from Mexico, who's the first Mexican woman to play in a grand slam main draw since two thousand. I believe she first. Came tour attention in Monterey. The and that was this year. Those. Crowns do remember those crowds when she was winning those matches. Like. We said Serena Williams drew Christiaan again for the second consecutive major round of Sixteen Howlett plays when Roosevelt. KONTA. Should she get there because there's a lot to get through there would play Kiki Patterns Selena would play Martin's as Ranka should she get through Kovic in the first round? Schmead Lavar Venus in the second round likely Britain's UVA in the third round should play Serena in the fourth round. Fiddling is going to be tough for anyone on these courts. In these conditions she is the Rome champion twice over and she's made to quarterfinals here at Roland Garros the last half the fourth half of these men's Bolaise Draws Aka the bottom half the but I'm answering the women's drove is headlined by carrying applicable who retired in the Rome final didn't have much to give in that room final against Simona Halep we know that she can play well on clay I just don't know that this is the right set up for her with the cold weather with the. Likely slower conditions. Yeah. I mean she's going to really have to grind if she wants to do well, she won't Rome last year like she knows how to play on clay she plays well on the faster class should guard as well. We shall see her condition in Rome wasn't great. The injury is concerning this close to a grand slam. So it's really hard to know what to expect. This is just a different kind of clay. Yeah. We have to accept that Oh yeah someone co at the top of that bottom half she would play mobile with in the run of sixteens Rebecca would play cannon in the round of Sixteen Kavita with either keys or Kerber and Petro. Marta Jr.. WHO. Is To my mind? Always a dark horse on clay wherever she goes even though she's the number thirteen seed, she's one to watch and then carrying applicable March police cover. To round out the draw in the round of sixteen. first-round matches to look at Supper Lenka. Just Gula I've watched that Monica Niculescu Daniel Collins. Collins being potentially annoyed at some of the wizardry on-court. There could be. A fair few yells from Danielle on that court yet he beano versus cost Yuck. Now he be no reached the semifinals in Strasbourg. This week cost yoke is a young player who frustrated the hell out of Naomi Osaka at the US Open this year. There were two matches on the women's draw that I wrote L. L. Beside the first round the first one being. Dr Gavrilova. Against Diana's trump's go and the second one is Lauro Sigmund against Christina Madonna Vich. Mostly for the mess potential. Will Ya? That's that's what else are we here for Ziege amount of course, is coming off of a doubles victory at the US Open Yuli Gorgas versus and risk you say, of course like people are supposed to remember what people are supposed to remember that. Somebody is is somebody tweet. Why did I just Google the winner of the US Open. On the men's side as like, yeah. Why did you like well, who was it and there's like shit? And it took me like five to ten seconds. This is so condensed. What's going on in Tennis Who can pay attention? No disrespect to doubles. So for me, I'm looking out for Medusa. Rebecca. Now, who's in the final Strasbourg right now. But who could face Fiona Ferro in the second round Barrow feel is poised for big breakout at a Grand Slam tournament because of her success this year Sophia Canon has. You know floundering may be too rough of a word during pandemic year but has not found her best tennis recently something to watch with this event. How much of an impact will it make on the French players not having that many fans there. I mean for a lot of the French players, they seem to suffer with fans there. It could be a beneficial who knows. Know Pinko gets Madison Brandon the first round. We should've mentioned facing Pletikosa in the first round is Meyer Sharieff the first Egyptian woman to play in a grand slam main draw and with her qualifying when became the first Egyptian woman to win all match at all added Grand Slam tournament. From this half you're definitely looking at to my mind Magor with A. Salvo Linko. Rebecca. No. March. That's why I'm looking at but it could be somebody could have a huge opportunity in that fourth quarter could be someone like an Kerber could be somebody like dare we say it slow Stevens. Yup Shirt. It's bound to happen at some point. Yeah Right. I think. So I would love to see a reserve from Yelena. Pinko. At this event. I. Know I said I wasn't GonNa talk about tough draws but I saw Mugabe the tweet something about. Her, life was currently. And she was doing all kinds of ridiculous physical activity and she looked ready a F- in that video and then you look at the Straw and then you see that she potentially gets COSMO or Christina disco in the second row and then Jennifer Brady in the third round and then Sup Lincoln the fourth room it's not ideal. That's draws. Let's talk about some of the other themes that are hovering around the statement. As you mentioned earlier, the cove nine hundred numbers and France are not great. They're experiencing another wave and we could be headed there encountered assume. The French Open wanted to have what twenty something, thousand funds per day at this event and that was just. Outrageous by any standard. Right Eve- even if the country was handling it really well in the case numbers are down. That was a lot. Then it was ten thousand than it was five thousand. Now it's one thousand, the Prime Minister of France came out and said I. he said mistakenly, you can only have one thousand people on grounds including staff. At any given. Time. He corrected himself and said actually I. Meant you can have your staff plus one thousand spectators because then it becomes a question of how do we run this event with just a thousand people on site right every day to run a singles event on both sides to run doubles events. To have media accredited to have. Concessions people well, because if you're inviting spectators, those are probably open bulk at. You have extra sanitation workers because of covid nineteen. From such incredible optimism to panic. Within the space of a couple of hours and then it come we come to find out that okay. You can have your staff plus one, thousand, five. Yeah I just I can't imagine these decisions being taken three days before the tournament starts. What have you? You're one of those people who had tickets. It's it's too crazy. Well, that's a risk that you take. If you are tennis ticket to this grand. Slam. You took that risk yet I feel no way in saying that and also we know living through this pandemic. No. For what six months that things change you're doing great one day, and then fourteen days down the road hits the fan. It is not a linear. Progression. UPS and downs. There's a reason why we're seeing lots of graphs with lots of squiggly weeklies and a lot of that is dependent on on the citizenry on the government's response and behavior during this pandemic and twenty thousand was not in keeping with keeping down the curve it wasn't no. It's hard for us to know what it's like being in this bubble or bubble noah. Rubin had a lot of complaints that he erred on his podcast. Some players said, well, that's actually not the case I've been tested a bunch of times. It seems pretty strict around here so. It's hard to know what exactly is going on. So I don't want to launch any criticism there because they have physicians in officials advising them. The Benoit's para thing is a really good example of. People who aren't experts kind of going off and saying, well, that sounds unsafe and then physicians telling you will actually it makes sense and it's not crazy that he would be allowed to play. It's an interesting thing and like we're learning new things every day those those of us lay people you know. So bete-noire tested positive again for Kovin he tested positive last month and he subsequently tested negative a few times. So you know he got the disease while. Ago He has tested positive again because apparently you still shed viral Rene for awhile and you may test positive but that doesn't mean you're contagious. So the tournament doctor said, you know he went through his isolation period, he's no longer contagious. That's why he can play. Okay. Got It. All that tells me is that if I'm somebody like Ash Party, I'm so content with my millions with my family with my new dogs with my golfing excursions sting my asshole. In. Australia. Right. Now for none of Dusko just came out today and said Hey I was disqualified from Roland Garros. I. Had Covert and August I've tested negative several times since just tested positive here in Paris and was thrown out immediately. So what I don't know because I haven't really seen the official. Response from the tournament, we've only seen vernaculars version. How is this situation different from pair if for Dusko did test positive Nagas does this mean he's no longer contagious. So why was he ejected right away I don't know. So it's not criticism. It's just a question at the US Open we cut the narratives of Moms, that was an enduring narrative we also got the no spectator stuff. What is it like to play at night in front of Nobody On our thrash. In the absence of so many other things at these makeshift grand slams with so many external factors affecting what's going on court the commentary is going to latch on as they always do but even more. So No to things. This much is clear. The thing that we are going to hear about nonstop Ad Nauseam specifically as long as rough on the does in the draw a the conditions different Hauer, the balls affecting play compared to previous years. How is the colour temperature? The playing under the roof because it's going to be rainy is going to be rainy it's going to be cold. The balls are going to be heavier our all these things going to affect play and a lot of folks are focused on Nadal himself specifically because we know historically that his perfect date when somebody asks you, what's your ideal date? Oh, it's a walk in the beach. It's the. It's an eighty degree day. No humidity no wind a lightly dusted Philippe surgery where his ball can get as many revolutions as possible and bounce. As high in whichever direction he so chooses. Right. But that's rough is ideal. This change in equipment and condition now brings into question. Will we see anything remotely close to Peak Rafa on clay? And that that's going to be a narrative for the. Week at least of this tournament and should it get to the back end where Russia has to play team or Jovic the way we conceive of those matchups previously may not be. What we see in effect this time around, it's just a different beast, this tournament, a tennis players, and all elite athletes are superstitious and they're sensitive to minor changes and climate equipment balls. All these things RUFFA tends to focus in on the ball like if you know of tournament changes the ball, he's the first one to notice, and he's the first one to vocalise about it. He's not happy about this ball change Wilson. So Wilson is going to get a lot of. Pr Over these next two weeks and it may not be good. It's not like rough a call a press conference to announce his displeasure no, his ability. Obviously, he was asked about it. Yes. Roth is going to his thoughts on it. It directly affects them as far as he's concerned. What's going to happen is that folks are going to have trouble generating pace. We saw some of this in Rome last week it was not pretty tennis. The courts in Rome were chopped up a bit to begin with. Well, that's sort of standard it was. There were some trashy courts enroll. So we just hope that this doesn't present too much terrible tennis, but we expect it. To be frank, we got a question from Dennis. Asking if the one dollars contract only happened, know who the current players would comprise the nine. Who would be the be jake equivalent. This question comes against the backdrop of the celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the original line. This past week Wendy's nine players signed contracts with Gladys Heldman in effect creating the Virginia Slims tour, which would later morph into the WTI tour the birth of women's tennis. In this modern era, it's an interesting question because there are a few women's players who have been politically active for a while but I feel it's difficult to answer because that historical moment. So to produce the people who are necessary for that change, right? Like Billie. Jean King exists in that era in the way that this period this this time kinda necessarily created. Naomi Osaka's activism specifically in support of the Black Lives Matter Movement and combatting racism, in America because for for a lot of women, tennis players, it probably feels like the job is done. As far as tennis goes right their. Concerns May. Be. Bigger than tennis. And I think it's much easier in twenty twenty to be individualistic be inward-looking. There are I feel more impediments to collective organizing if you're a successful professional athlete. Basically, you have money and you have privilege to make those things a feel necessary. I. Think it's important to to focus on what you said it. It's too hard for me to. To conceptualize who these players would be with respect to starting a women's tour because we have a women's tour. But we we don't really know who would step up until it becomes necessary to step up and you know the people who have been vocal about things bigger than tennis cocoa. Venus and Serena. Mayo Naomi Vico Sloan visa visit with choices candidates Christiaan but I would Nicole Gibbs I think what we're seeing is that working a lot of North American players right I would look a little bit deeper in the rankings and see who are the players who would truly benefit from a more equitable. Sharing out a bit of Levity to end the episode firstly, miss repeated mess recurring mess a sequel that we did not need starring Nick Curious and Boris Becker Boris Becker, who as always is impervious to his impending. Financial doom current financial doom, impending litigation, potential prison time. What have you truly the only person who needs attention more than curious is Boris Becker. So Boris ordered some attention and he got it. He Nick Uriel posted a picture of himself. On tennis courts with the caption different breed on instagram and Boris totally unprovoked comments. In your dreams like Boris Becker is fifty, two years old fifty two he's a fifty two year old man why this is what happens when young men are never forced to grow up Apparently. One would presume. Boris has kind of an obsession with Nick Euros. He finds it very offensive that nick goes after fellow tennis players. And feels that these things should be dealt with privately. What I don't understand is you have all these personal crises in your life your public reputation within tennis could exist separately and apart from that, and you could still be that person who is revered who can ride the coattails of his legendary career and still occupy the penthouse. Of Men's tennis history. and. You're just and yet you just want to burn everything down burn everything down to the ground he he could have stature like Stephan Edberg who has a very similar resume who played at the same time and who's been kind of minding his business Boris's in the news constantly talking about Novak revealing things that probably should have been private going after the curious lusting after Marianna value on TV. It's just nonstop. It's disgusting comments. About. His comments about billable were disgusting because not only is he doing all this other stuff's for attention, but he's being a disgusting pig as a commented. I don't know if you needed to know all that I don't know if we needed to talk about that. But it's something that happened. And it's on the record that brings us to our dramatic reading a dentist troppled Olov released on all platforms, his new single drip featuring call Tom date. A according to Cohen it's pronounced Herenton Matz. This is the follow up the second single from the debut album after. The night train. Just nitric just I dream law. So we are going to read you the lyrics Dennis's verse is way too long I, I'm sorry I couldn't sit here and transcribe a two minute long bursts. So have we decided whether Dennis is taking himself seriously or if he's taking the Piss, this is no the serious. This Zeros. Indeed serious I will say if we go from what he did with Blur Henley on-court, that was just a couple years ago to go from there to here that is that's quite developed. It's an improvement I will say where all of that fits on the scale from trash to good. He's still aways away from good. Put it that way I mean as far like on the scale of Toronto rap. You, Drake obviously is the is the emperor you have at the bottom. You have Tori lanes who shot an icon, and then you have Dennis somewhere somewhere in the middle coming for drake's crown I don't know how drake crown in the first place I don't think emblematic of greatness but that's a discussion fortnight another day. So, here we go. Yeah you know I got that trip down drip down made another mill with that drip down trip down get another kill with that trip down drip dome. GotTa, leave my crib with that drip drip? Drip? Pull up in a new whip every other week dress. So fly everybody know me phone blowing up the Press WanNa meet fuck that man I was about to leave. They said, I'm rated. How far could they see took a vision test couldn't pass line three talk so much shit. They forgot how? Thought I told the world don't mess with the g going so fast. Pilot can't crash. I just sit back. And countless cash I just hit gas yet. All I do is pass Nyman delete Competition where you at try to lock the doors, didn't know I had the key. Scared of a wolf. DidN'T WANNA. Let me freight. To do what they say every day I said fuck it. Start to do it my way. Got Me running out the gate Oh. Gee. Now they scream my name unbeat everything I do is on fleet be across the globe in a week if you still want to hate feel free. Yeah. You know I got drip down to dawn. Morte. Eight him up. He, like he really did like he's actually kind of good. Well. We don't know corner. Those lyrics are in French while they just they just sound his his flow with buckets flow as I don't know what the I mean I just don't understand why this is a featuring. For multi I don't understand like he is the better one. This is lake when Connie was recorded monster and invited Nicki Menaj to absolutely body Jay Z. Rick Ross and Kanye West listen phone blowing up the press. WanNa meet. Foot the men I was about to leave. You know it's not all seamless I don't understand this part. The phone is blowing up because he just oh, he just WanNa match I guess so his phone is blowing up on like The press wants to meet death Oh this is like insider tennis perspective and fuck that man I was about to leave but he still there he goes to the press conference. So this is fronting because he's a good boy this is fronting. He. Also did some incredible rhyming with C. Three P. and G.. See that there's a rhyme scheme this poetry I don't understand the line talk so much shit. They forgot how to P. I think there was some like the dishes and together was like putting number one and two together in one sentence it was was a choice. Yeah. Okay. Listen to it on spotify called drip. The artist is Chateau Music Dennis troppled Volvo man no that. Chappel. Music is like his actual name and so they can follow this as wrapping. At, least song on the platforms yeah. So anyway, listen if this guy wants to have fun how fun but the moment it, it starts to take itself too seriously than you're asking us to take it seriously as well, and then we just got to be about it I. Mean Tennis Player should have outside interest we dealt with Serena's acting career come on. Wow. Anyway. Welcome Roland Garros Twenty Twenty try to behave yourself, my name is Jonathan. You can find me on twitter at tennis underscore John, and I'm James, at Elliot Jamar to els to tease we are at the body serve on twitter and instagram invite us on spotify apple podcasts all your favorite podcast apps. Please feel free to leave us a review. It helps a kind of boost the profile of the podcast and we appreciate it. Thanks for listening till next time. Thank you very much.

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Australian Open Day 3 - Evan Earns Ultimate Compliment From Federer; Anderson's Loss, Dimitrov's Gain? 67 Aces And He Still Didn't Win

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Australian Open Day 3 - Evan Earns Ultimate Compliment From Federer; Anderson's Loss, Dimitrov's Gain? 67 Aces And He Still Didn't Win

"Hi, I'm John McEnroe's board. This is Martina Navratilova. I'm Mats Wilander. I'm stunned ROY Rinker. Am Lleyton Hewitt. I'm Andy Murray. And you're listening to the tennis podcast. We are sitting under the stars. I can see the mood narrow seagulls flying above our heads as we approach midnight on day. Three of the Australian Open myself, David law, Katherine at grant Matt's. Here we brought you an association with ten enough. The reason I've just been on to describe this wonderful saying is because we are outside. We are nursing a beer the first of of my two is before I pass out Kathryn. What you did last night wearing shoes for the clothes? Don't recommend it. Anyway, that's how committed we are to the tennis podcast talking about this wonderful sports until the the morning. I was quite relieved to find out that it also pass tat is saying she's. Right tennis. What's happened today? We started as I can recall it feels like a long time ago. The story of the die felt to me at the time. The Dan Evans admonish to win to play two tie-break sense against Roger Federer and really could have one that. I sent. I mean what discussed? Aw. It was echoes if the two thousand nine. Missed fully in first set tiebreak missed too. Just being told by Russia federate playing Mira. And now he's being competitive Andy Roddick and a Wimbledon final. Well, I mean, it was it was I mean, he wasn't set point crucial difference but five four and a sitting four hundred. What? Possibly. But. Volley it fairly. Well, federal was looking shaky from the back of the core. I thought maybe Don Evans Ataman in that moment. But he he he sort of trusted is attacking instincts. I thought Evans throughout and that was just another example. Punia execution. Let him down on that case. Marvelous match the stroke-play wasn't it. I mean, I suppose I'm not surprised by that necessarily, but to see Evans play pretty much at the peak of his powers and do it in a way that forced federal dig into his repertoire, just watching them counteract one another and then attack, and then notify and find ways to to impose themselves, it was just it's so unusual to see that sorta tennis these days, usually it's all power based in and this wasn't. I think federal is caught between loving the style of play loving that challenge and actually getting quite concerned towards the end of that first set where where ground level and he walked towards us in our country walks. I think probably when he was midway through that first set tiebreak, and he looks really rattled and miffed and and quite concerned about whether this was. Going to go away from it. Yeah. I absolutely definitely didn't have one of those Li stage. Federal subsidy any top dominancy much is felt like inevitabilities. I mean. Yeah. The you know, the wasn't ever moment where I felt like Down's gonna win this but equally it didn't feel like a foregone conclusion, and he did really well to make that in the second set when he went down. Here we go. This is going to Peter out now, but he he got the break back and really push again. And actually, I was I think when you've got a game star, Dan Evans, and you're going up against federal who's the complete master of slice, and sort of cat and mouse and just teasing almost you have to sorta. The game start against Fedor. You have to play really well, otherwise he makes you look silly. Because it's just better than you. I mean, generally speaking laser the most sit of. Depressing matchups aren't they when it's two identical game souls where born is just better, it's dollar. Isn't it just enough Ferrara's gonna do plays? I'm sleep in have absolutely no chance tool because they're the same ones better than the other for low say say, a no straight-sets, we're boys and David is particularly, but but he really did deep. Well, and I love saying. A loved saying like him showing how much it matter to him. I really liked. I love the MIT being really nervous beforehand. I really light saying that freedom from Dan, Evans, and unloved are Frankie was in the press conference after it's talking about. Yeah. I did play really well today. But if I did not pressure MIR's Fengjie, federal, you know, on the biggest stage of gotta d- this some challenger when nobody's watching for pitiful points of Gadea do the groin get the winds to get meringue. It's important to just remind people at that done Evans tested positive for taking cocaine about what was off ago, and he served a suspension for a year ago. He wasn't a player because of his own stupidity. Quite honestly. The only came back in April of last year and theory is already a hundred sixty in the world they'll be after this tournament playing on the Rod Laver Arena plane at that level. It is a remarkable turn of events for him. I did not see this coming at all. We did have David fell Gators coach contra box for few minutes. We had Leon Smith. And I said to lay on do you think he's learned his lesson and any I mean, I guess he would say, yes. But I I'm quite convinced that he has I don't see another massive derailing of the career of Dan Evans, again, personally, he knows how badly he messed up. He has himself to blame. I really don't see any. He's he's always going out of his way to not seek sympathy. You know, people want him to talk about his experience and we want the quote about. You know, how difficult he found it being away. And and you know, he didn't watch nape in Las Jacobs too hard firm. You want these quotes? But then he risks being accused if you know, oh, well, you know, if any self to blame do expect to feel sorry for you will I have sympathy for for Blake that made a mistake and is. He mistaken is is accepting that an is prepared to face up to that. And move on from do, you know, and yeah, I I really I really wish him. Well, it's I mean, we're probably going to end up talking about. Of the people tonight. Griego demonstra of e he just pose you along with him. We're going to talk about. Because I'm getting sucked in. Why what happens? We one right? He won in food sense sometime. I know so that draws say. The jury Malia happened withdraw because Mr. consistent has let us down. So this is the story of the diet. Really? Isn't it? Kevin Anderson fifth seed is out and he's out to Francis tiff. That's I mean, I I was unable to really watch that much because they've come and tell you what was the story. Here was was Anderson in any way was he injured? It did have an injury. I believe on his elbow. He did receive treatment. But he was he was a set. And I think three and. Tf oh came back, and that is going against my opinion of Tf. I don't I don't have seen that from Tf. Oh before what is sort? Always thought that he's quite talented, but is not going to really make huge waves. He is four and very strange. I always think he's gonna miss hits it, and he sort of he's in matches. But I can't really think of many memorable. Mexico play push federal wants US openness, that's kind of about it. But maybe this is this time and actually come from. No because the Hopman copy was absolutely terrible every match all the mixed with Serena Williams. I'm sure I could win a mixed series. Yeah. I mean. I didn't watch the whole thing. Like my take on. It was the end decision injury was a factor. But not the whole story. There was still some significant work to do fit fit an enough work. He he. Deserves to be considered a big step for him. I think it is. It is is what mentioning Anderson innocent the Amazon injury. But it's not it's not. Tended to find myself being pretty underwhelmed by Francis. Tier of the years. I there's a lot of American commentators and players next less. Always saying how good he is. And how he's going to be better than X Y and said, and I've always thought. Techni? Yeah. Everybody's already got the rights to the film script sold. Before he's done. Most incredible story actually went on Twitter and a while back and said Dennis Chiappa valve will win a slam. But t if I will have the better career. I mean, I think both of those stretch really just just at the moment to say with any degree of confidence. But he was impressive today to if I really quick around the 'cause he was powerful and energy said he showed stick ability. Yeah today, which is a great sign to being a guy like under sin over five sets. Go knows what he's doing over the distance. That's impressive. And the other American today who maybe I've put in the same bracket Taylor Fritz who another one who's been where he came on face. So. T- to really good wins for him, very different players in all the ways Nori in the first round finalist in Oakland, obviously. Okay. Yes. Parts of it. Tired from Oakland but still again, sunny third round? But you're right. You're absolutely right. They these big results, but both these guys, and yeah, we will hopped on for years if not decades now it's getting that way. Isn't it about you know? American men's tennis needs a flagbearer while one one American isn't in the tournament's anymore. Despite hitting sixty seven aces tonight is Riley appel co zesty Seventy-six sixty seven ISIS to allow. Two. None of that much. What I what I did. See I sorta handshake. He was playing Thomas Bianco who's five eight runny poker's seven foot tall, right? And the. Yes. Or is it one of these one manship things where once upon a time John with six ten and now he's six. According to the media guide appel is six eleven when he was asked about it. He says two seven five seven days one of these. Describe precisely six eleven it's not exactly you know. He's not exactly what's happening. Here is a battle to be Tillis man on toll toll because as you know, very well, David to men of very weird about other tool men. My brother is one of the most confident people, I know. But get him in a room somebody Hof and install them. Is it? So we're talking about Riley pal. Kaz height. Bit light Sam talks about his one hundred and sixty four miles an hour. Is totally completely still strain is wonderful good for Wikipedia. Good for Wikipedia. You you get extra so. Yeah. Thomas probably on his five foot eight he to ISIS. And if he won the. Tennis greats. Hey, can I tell you? He told me probably only plays nights. All right. So why are we excited about next? Let's not say so excited you were. You would would you? She was texting videos of media as I said to the Tennis Australia broadcast at school. He was on court for for the flash into the. That I did with Gregg Dimitrova said, this is my favorite cool. The Australian I've been caught three just over shoulders hair as we look at it is sort of historical, which is all things being equal my favorite style. And I mean, I think because the fact it has absolutely no shaved. But if you watch if you sat on that during the day, you have to be a hardcore tennis fan you have to be in to watching to be able to go during the day and opening night. It it brings something different. It's big. But it's not too big. It's it's just got everything and Greg image of one on that court tonight in four sets over public waiver. We had an I had to do this interview with him afterwards. I could feel the guilt running through my veins about the WhatsApp conversation that we had had earlier. It was the one where Matt said look the Druze aping for Greg Dimitrov and said I said the fact that the draws evened up for him makes me even less confident in him. Do you know what I mean? Amana Soren tonight. And in the way that he and blood Dina Carroll's, Donna, he's made a believer out of me. Excellent. Well. This is going to win. VC give him giving him the way that he won. It was too. It was full sets. It was a set a piece for that was really nipping talk. And he he he broke public wave thinking either four I think it was a seven five final set. Cuevas was footsie love on serve he broke. He five points in row to break. And then hold to clinch the match, and I. Joe contest today that the defy that it was such a tight victory over Tomjanovich is is a really significant confidence based and I don't think he's gonna win the tool getting. I'm not getting carried away. But I'm I'm also rowing back on my dismissive. Against him. Just one more thing. My final question to tell me what it feels like to to look up and see you on drugs any books, and he just he just spoke in the way that. We know he's a bit show biz isn't he? Doesn't Brad gale Gilbert Coolum shea time in love in a really likable way. These bit show biz he wants to impress under c-. He loves VM in his book in loves it. It's a thing and he wants to impress graph. Yeah. You mentioned that he said, oh, my parents are here, and they get on really well with Andre and Steffi and all the big love in. And it's gonna be great. And he only started talking about vibrations. Okay. So moving on somebody who wasn't talking about those things are about history goods who is the player tournaments. Yeah. I mean twice. Now, he is being two sets to love against players have been having the whole world behind him. And then those two players started playing like colossuses against him. And he's being public enemy number one. Too much is in a row on the same court. This time it was John millman. And it was the two the door list sets that I've ever seen in my life. I two that history and at one six three six one, and then millman I do not know how suddenly pulled out a comeback including from a full set. Tiebreak? What was the scoring that time break when he started coming back. He was he was six to down in the tie-break four match points down any wheeled off the next four points to save all the match points and won the tiebreak mill main on. Was electric out. There wasn't it. It was. I mean, it was so exciting that the the cameraman at one point focused on Matt's head on the side of his head to look at the rest of the view and Matt became famous for the whole world instead of panned out really funny, but millman was defeated. It didn't I was just formed the I'd been seen on tally nothing. David explained. So Greg Matt's journey to Melvin. He's he's now famous from team to TV screens everyone's going to ditch the podcast now is big trees so bad to stir good withstood that and still won the match again. Does he does this extraordinary poker face throughout the whole thing? He he behaves like he's sort of lobotomize throughout tennis matches. And then and then he hits the winning show. And this animal the pays. A really really explosion of emotion. The end is great. I love it. I've so much respect for him. But yes, quite something. So that's good went through the Dow one through he was pretty comfortable tonight against Matthew evidence hill into with jump macular at the end that lasted longer than the match. Career woman federal on sent on our layer. I mean. Wrong. No, quality interviews. But when did when did a own court post much into go from sort of a couple of bountiful questions to pack so into the? Times Catherine's next Clara news is style extending interviews by eight questions. So you're an adult through comfortably Kerber through. She went right. We've just had unac- stimul-. He's going to face the Dow in the next round. But goodness me what was that. That was so tempted whistle drummed out boys the most radian photography on the big screen background. So, but you're planning against Lexington. It was really close doesn't it? 'cause he was leading two sets to love ended up going into a faith. Why was that? I mean, you know, you look at that match on paper, you think Tim knows one Sydney, and he's got all this foam. Why did that ended up being such a close back in the end? That's on. What was a couple of things. I think one I do think I thought this for awhile about the Australians in this Australian summer they've got this a lot of pressure for them to play the events. You know, if you go Brisbane, you gotta find Sydney, and suddenly he's in Australian Open, and he's not exactly fresh any. He looked a little bit. Like, he hit the wall tonight, sort of it wasn't really wasn't getting his groundstrokes through the call and Lexington sort of took over, but an essay, we did see classic them and all when most people would shrink. He grew in that fit set and manage to find a way, and that's that's what he does. That's what he's all about watched by Lleyton Hewitt as as we've been discussing this. And we've had this whole thing with Ben atomics, words, etc. We asked Leon Smith right Britain Davis Cup, captain. So so the contemporary of Fuad's in that sort of role about that situation. And he said, you know, it is a problem really the because what's happening in that box. Is that is not just a Davis Cup captain sitting up there watching a player and supporting the the support team. He's actually coaching them and all their he's he's got like an earpiece in talking to talking to the coach. It's it feels too much really given given the fact that you've got all these players, and it's and they're all all is are gonna wanna know what hold on is gonna get preferential treatment for the Davis Cup. He's gonna get wild constantly. Get these coach do they make. Coach, right. But I it goes beyond just being Christmas with him. I think Dino spent Christmas with the Hewitt's. I, you know, I think curious did one of his social media posts which she deleted enforcer yet. You can't. But he knows it screen shows exist, right? I just. I'm really torn about this. Because I think that factions of this of this. Men. Australian men's tennis divide or behaving badly an immature Lii in. And the behavior is not great. But then equally. The role of Davis Cup captain is to to somehow become all of that. And get the players playing for you then. But then, but then I guarantee circus because I think, but like I mean, how is there a way to you know, some things are manageable. But then Bernie said, this is just Bernie Bernie complaints. I mean, Pat Rafter couldn't manage Benny. I mean, if you didn't like Pat Rafter like just hundred United on human interaction. Fantastic. Brian has been fearing today. He's played his first match at a grand slam. Maybe I mentioned title since having the same operation. Andy Murray may well decide to have and he was descr discussing it quite a lot Kathrina. You're in there as a fee, quite a few British journalists, obvious reasons and a worried that there would be a bit of a sort of. I mean, I often feel sorry doubles players impress. Phil. Of different reasons often, it's you know, they always put press together, which is the right thing often any one of them. What's get spoken to him? And the other one just has to sit there trying to look unloved. Well, one see Bruno Suarez queen's and Wimbledon all these kinds of situations or whatever it is. And and today, we Slee all the British press treat in for the points. And and I thought they would. Yeah. This is about you know, it's insulting. We want to ask you about someone else. I'm both of them even Mike Brian. They were so. No sort of wanted to talk about it. Because that makes it sound like they sort of wanting to make it about them. They were just completely happy to talk about it. Mike, Chris just so proud of his brother in search of having bad and just wanted to shout about the situation, and what a success surgery at bidden, and Bob obviously been three something with Andy Maria really feel like how close they were described a charity event that Andy Murray, it just turned up at the last minute to basically rescued them because they've got that lost somebody from the the thing in raised a million dollars. And that really clearly resonating big time and Bob was clearly happy to do whatever it. They've definitely go. They've got to a something going on which is more than just an exchange of medical information. And look it was all he was very clear to that. He has an. He hasn't offered any advisor. I'm the in terms of this is what you should day, but equally he wasn't trying to be careful holding back onto about what an enormous success felt that this surgery had been for him. So. He said, he he walks around now with no pain, Knipe pain, nine pain Olinda. He he freely and frequently acknowledged that a seventy five months things can happen be doubles player. But speaking within the confines if the situation all elements, he could not speak highly enough of that surgery. And my question to him. Andy's been talking about. This jury kind of purely in terms of quality of life that the two options he presented on Monday where I either. Pretty much rest before and a half months. And then give it a go for the grass to try and have my last hurrah Wimbledon, all I have the surgery straight who I am thinking terms of being retired and quality of life. And I asked whether that was essentially t in his v. The T pessimistic outlook in terms of his tennis career. And he said it's never been done before. And that's why nobody's telling him. It can be done in. Everybody's wanting of him false hope. But he definitely said he he thought it was possible to come back off to this hip resurfacing surgery, and the he should eat there with confident reason for optimism goodness. Wouldn't it about next year? It would. But now, and these people say, oh, well, you know, you told you tell her now you coming back in mind up on the is no he's not said anything is just it is people have awesome. How he's feeling what the options are. He's he's given. He's given. Honest onto his about what is a very complex near her. Fail from his doesn't fit into prepackaged. Neat. Little headline forest. Have I told you that I think any berry Jamie Murray will end up playing doubles at Wimbledon together. He went placing now be a great way to industry said that. Dick. Because he is. Sorry. I didn't I didn't mean to. I hadn't event I saw tweet tweet. Great great plan. Overseas can do that. I started saying to people. Just. I should envy room is nodding at me mainly. Yeah. Really? Been guilty. Interim has been a particularly good place to be this week where it's been good impaired. It's been good because it's been interesting. It's given us lots to talk about. But it's been a bit heartbreaking Victorian Raza rank yesterday in tears, and it was tough to watch was now I saw the video of it. And she's having a bad time. She lost to lower segment she's thinking that she's trying to fly and jogo life and be what she was before she stops playing because of the custody battle over her young, suddenly I and she just looks lost. And I feel really sorry for. She looks at Lowe's, she sounds a bit lost. She I think she she's a bit lost. She she she knows where she is. And it's not snow Mary. And I think it's yeah. It's a it's a testament to how much mortgage into tennis in just being very good. At tennis, isn't it because she obviously has room she moved on. That's possible. Not everybody's game goes with them in terms of the the era can necessarily cope when things change vitamin. She still a hugely impressive plaid. Serena sample today and she Katie ball to play. Okay. But it's it's like it's moved on another level. There's a comparative as moved on everything. She's just she can't do what she used to. Maybe she's regressed. We're looking at the big screen behind. This hair is marisha paver. He he's fanfare about her comeback. She's not no way she's had to make racial. She still hasn't lost a game at the strenuous open yet. She's won her first fifteen games is that three of them. Was correct. As of about half an hour. About four minutes is it. I mean, there's there's. Oh, I started. Can we can we? Is that the case sharp? I mean, I mean, the other discussion that we can't really have kids we have to sort of dance around it so much, but we know now she was taking mill dining hall career eight she saying legally, but she's now not allowed to take it. They did it have an impact. We'll never know. And but also has the game we've done since. I suspect you win his mom. She's actually three t lofta today. So sorry, speaking sharp over not losing games. I did read on Twitter that she started her twenty thirteen straighten open rain the first twenty eight games tournament. First two matches six love six hours, and it was full of. Six. She still gonna be down from Syria six years ago. Say has the game we've done respect you. About. You can maybe tell us. There's anything in a laugh these steps on the game moving on whether he steps on the naturally relation on says on a post conversation for the pop because this podcast needs to close. Now. I'm going to close it with a couple of things first of all tell you the order play tomorrow. Which is it's Thursday. Rod Laver Arena has figure Cosmo's. The third thing. I've got wrong in five minutes. Now, Victoria, Cosmo ver come David against leanness visceral. Visceral venus. I'm I mean, she's come a long way. I believe in cool twenty two world, light rain. It's called a long, right? Yeah. Physically that takes quite a bit of an effort. Yeah. Disappointed eleven because that means I have to be here. Very much from town. So four o'clock sleeps tonight, then Stanford Rinker against Miller ranch. Kennan this for today's matches. Can in has a harlot Davis twenty fail about well in the night session. Boo. Shard against Serena quit words, just decide. How well Bush arts started playing attached to Michael Joyce about earlier. What a lovely man, here's coach. Now if genie Bishop formerly J concert before that Maria paver, lots of others. I think subject of a David foster Wallace. Yes. And. Yeah, I I mean, he's very realistic. I think he's predicting a win. But. More of a match than than recent foreign by recent. I mean the last couple of years song against John. Yes. Please. Jovovich? Yeah. It bit full five cents. Okay. No it sessional. Log coterie Johanna Konta against governor mcgary that. Concept. Right. And just finally found Email from Jamie Wilkes here in China, which are kind enjoyed about the the super tiebreak. He says hi ex Pat from Yorkshire being living in Adelaide for ten years. Been listening to the pod since day one crikey. Excellent work apply. Competition tennis here district in summer. I'm state in winter final set tiebreaker called super tiebreaks, believe Tennis, Australia implemented, the format, and it has been dominated by each state organization. And I think I came up with the name he saying he's he says that and then he says pay us PS. My daughter Sienna aged five does a funky dance. Every time you're titled music comes on please change, it lovely. Tennis Australia did not invent the first attempt point break. Just call it super-tiebreaker. We can't call it. A different thing everywhere. That's just yet mooring consists Catherine's now, right? Well, that's been the tennis podcast outside under the lights and with Maria Sharapova playing in the background. I can't sit at school. My is that where well enough teeth t full two four fifteen right? Okay. Katherine Wichita grad. Matt may lower back with you an association with the telegraph. We are executive produced by tennis balls dot com where mascot which is real with a y the beautiful dog. That is with the why where we're back tomorrow.

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Ukraine and Russia peace talks begin

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Ukraine and Russia peace talks begin

"A strong man and a comedian. Sit Down to negotiate by the war. Between Vladimir Putin's Russia and Vladimir's Alinsky is Ukraine is no joke. We've got the latest on the start of peace talks. Plus Unsung Suji was hailed as a defender of human rights. Now she's defending Myanmar's brutality. I said that I condemn human rights everywhere and you must not forget that they have been human rights violations on both sides sides of the communal divide but some of those violations look like genocide and Finland thirty four year old son Marine becomes prime minister very special moment and have this female all women face of the government also the national election in the UK. Some say it's a choice between unlikable and untrustworthy. I'm Marco Werman stories are more today on the world. I'm Marco Werman. This is the world. We're all glad you could make it here this Monday. Now it's Zielinski turn since two thousand. Fourteen war in eastern Ukraine has killed more than thirteen thousand people. White House pressure on Vladimir reporting ambitions than Ukraine seems to have been fruitless so today Ukrainian President Volodin Music Linski sat down himself with Putin in Paris to find a way out of the conflict. No one expects a quick resolution from these talks today it is a big test for his Alinsky and his first ever meeting with Putin back home. Ukrainians are watching carefully. Protesters in Ukraine's capital this week were chanting freedom to Ukraine. They are critics of Presidents Alinsky. And so he's Balodia Mirror array of. I caught up with him today while he was visiting to Boise. Georgia array of is a member of the Ukrainian opposition party in parliament. He says Alinsky is not prepared. Word for these talks for Mr Putin. This time is best to have negotiations as well as the United States is very focused on its own turmoil. Moyle cost my mistress LESKIV and without this support it looks like who you are along. The best results of that negotiations in hidden tonight is resolved. Why would result in Paris? Be a good thing. We cannot trust any agreements with the Russian Federation. So these point should be a basic for Mr Lansky never trust Putin and John's counts on possible agreements agreements that might be signed after the Normandy. Format meeting might be signed well or not let me ask you this. So Ukraine doesn't feel the support from the. US is right now. What does that mean for presidents alinsky reputation at home? I think. Now it's a matter not as lansky personal reputation but it's a reputation for Ukraine's and the situation what we are faced to the United States. Well you know I can compare it to the very very popular in the United States. Super Bowl Games now. It looks like the Senate Republican or Democrat teams and the ball is Ukraine and during game. No one cares about the ball to be an object of insurer. American police seats is not bring cycle consequences for that object. Well it's really not expecting an American football analogy but Thanks for that anyway. I mean there are concerns about capitulation in these talks in Ukraine. But isn't the president's Alinsky right. Don't you need to have some sort of dialogue with Russia to at least start to end this war to have a dialogue with Russia means that Russia shoot via radiation to end this war day. Could pretend at stake may making us step forward to these. He's at the same time. Getting results Russia will come back To eat the usual style of conduct and aggression rationed will be ongoing so only one thing needed for awhile. It's to keep on sanctions until Rushton situation will be ready. Floreal bees not for indication who singing in the background. I'm sorry for that again I cannot. It's Georgia Mr. IRA have one more thing. I want to ask you about The Ukrainian public because Volodin Amir's Alinsky won by a landslide last spring in the Ukrainian presidential elections and and surely with the war. In the Dumbass in the background Ukrainians must have believed. That's Alinsky had some skills our strategy for dealing with Putin. Why did they vote for him? If they didn't thank he could be. A peacemaker. Should promise to be a peacemaker. It's a completely different stories. We deal with such a player like Russia duration so made its choice by emotions. It was not so rational choice we signed on that sleek exceed TV serious servant of the people that were Zilinskiene old show and people somehow trust the hero of the series whereas Alinsky Alinsky plays as the president of Ukraine. So there were implication of people hopes they stipulate their wishes for his as a personality than choose the people with the real program and the real background vladamir array of is a member of the Ukrainian parliament has political critical party European solidarity part of the opposition to President Vladimir Zielinski. Thank you very much for your time array of thank you more on Ukraine and the fight against corruption there later this hour here on the world in the UK it's untrustworthy versus unlikable according to much of the British public that's the grim political reality. l'idee staring them in the face on Thursday the UK will hold its third national election in four years and depending on where they live. Voters have a choice between one a several different political parties. But let's face it. This is really a contest between just two key political figures. Boris Johnson the current Prime Minister leading the Conservatives and Jeremy Corbyn leader of the main opposition party labour. The world's ORLA Barry reports from London. The was a time not so long ago when both of these he's British politicians were actually quite popular with voters as mayor of London. Boris Johnson passed in the goodwill that Olympic Games brought to the city in twenty twelve. The Countess Mania is and for his part. Jeremy Corbyn seemed to reach rock star status when he stepped on stage at the Glastonbury music. Basic festival in two thousand seventeen. See that look on the wool right over there that surrounds this wonderful festival is a message message on that wall for President Donald Trump. And you know what it says. The build bridges not walls. How Times have changed? This election was called in October. The approval ratings for both carbon and Johnson had plummeted in one poll. Just thirty nine percent of British voters said they approved of Boris Johnson. Now the country's Prime Minister and only twenty percent said they call Corbin was doing a good job as the leader of the opposition Labor Party. So watchman wrong well. Politics is complicated in Britain of course but a big part of the answer for Jeremy Corbyn at least lies with Brexit. Tim Bela's politics professor at Queen Mary University of London whose desire to sit on offense on that particular question and not. If you like plump very strongly either for remain offer leave has increased rest- the public's perception that this is a man who can't make up his mind and so is indecisive. cauldrons indecisiveness has infuriated many Labor supporters. A majority food want to Britain to stay in the European Union but Brexit isn't his only problem allegations of antisemitism have dogged Corbin's leadership even some of his fellow Labour Party members have accused him of not tackling. The problem within the party's own ranks. I cannot remain in the policy the I have today come sickening. Conclusion is institutionally anti Semitic Luciana. Berger is a former labor and birger. WHO's Jewish was one of seven in parliamentary members who quit the Labor Party earlier this year for her anti Semitism was a driving factor? The leadership has willfully and repeatedly failed else to address hatred against Jewish people within its ranks in the past week. Seventy sworn statements from Labor officials detailing antisemitism within the party were leaked to the news media and Corbin once again found himself apologizing. Obviously I'm very sorry for everything that's happened but I wanna make this clear clear. I am dealing with it. I have dealt with it. We just do not accept it in any form whatsoever. carbons not the only one apologizing for offending members. The minority community already said sort of any offense that I've caused I say again prime minister. Boris Johnson was forced to apologize on television this past week for comments he. He made about Muslim women in a newspaper article last year. Johnson wrote that women who wear the Burqa look like letterboxes and bank robbers. I think what people want to I know is what are we gonNA do now. What is going to be prime minister? Why would you say something like that? Well I think it's always worth looking at the whole who who says I'm really intending to say a because actually it's quite quite the opposite and I'm very proud of my record on combating extremism. Indeed in my Muslim ancestry and indeed as Johnson likes to mention and interviews. His great grandfather was from Turkey. But it's not just Muslim. Women who've expressed anger towards Johnson according to opinion polls. This prime minister is simply less popular with women in general. Some of this could have something to do with stories around his personal life that came up in another recent interview. How many children do you have? I- Cuban very much down off not standing at this election. And and I'm not that will get Ed Cohen on my you fully unholy involved in all their lines I- politics professor Tim. Bale says Johnson's past hurts the public's trust in him as a national national leader. We know that he has. Let's say a fairly colorful past but I think this is also a man. Because was he was a journalist has said all sorts of things and done all sorts of things that he's had to go back on in later life and therefore that gives the impression of someone who says one thing and does another another or promises something and then goes back on it today. The leader of the DUP the Northern Irish party that supported the Conservatives in government said she felt betrayed by Boris Johnson and over his brexit deal. But just how much do personalities Masher in British general elections because voters which using party not an individual when they go to vote vote on Thursday. Here's Professor Tim Bale again in the UK. We don't even a presidential system. We live in a parliamentary system. So therefore people on voting for the leader directly it clear as they are in for example the United States of America however we do know that over the years leaders have become more important. People's vote choices so Boris Johnson Johnson is seen as a bit of a lovable rogue by the British and Jeremy Corbyn think is seen as rother kind of techy Slightly kind of obsessive. A not the kind of person that you want to go have a drink with and for many voters. That's how they're seeing their two big choices. Will it be roguish Johnson or techy Corbin for the world. I'm more to Bari in London. White Island is a tourist destination. Thirty miles off the east coast of New Zealand and today at two PM. Local time interrupted interrupted today was really noticeable because just wonderful blue sky and suddenly a huge plume of steam. Right in the middle of that by. That's both skipper Phil van der Shotton as the ash and steam spewed from the volcano. Tourists on another boat were ordered below deck. Unfortunately I can confirm there are five people now deceased from the eruption. On what Orland New Zealand's Deputy Police Commissioner John. Tim spoke earlier today. A number of other people have been taken to focus tiny hospital and minimal hospital. He said they now believe that everyone who survived the explosion has been taken off the island. There's no sign of life on the island. He said before. The eruption of photo showed people walking in the crater of the Volcano Zealand's prime minister just into our said a number of tourists had had been on the island. I know it will be a huge amount of consumer anxiety for those who have loved ones on or around the island at the time And I can assure them police are doing everything they can wake. Island is also known as Hikari. It means the dramatic volcano. It is is New Zealand's most active volcanic island it's uninhabited. It's a spectacular place. It's beautiful kind of feeling of rule energy and you can hit the canine worrying. Ben Kennedy is a vulcanologist who's been researching White Island for the past ten years. Here's how he describes what likely happened today. Beneath the ground is a layer of of magma so magma is molten vox glowing stuff underground magma releases gas it rises to the surface and if they I magma to s is a nice open pipe and gas happily bubbles out of the top of the volcano and produces beautiful wonderful site. FILL UP FOR OBSERVE HOWEVER IF GAS League gets locked on its journey towards the surface is can Dan build up pressure and this pressure will be released when it's realistic and their throat. Clearing event goes. How's it one? That may ace Byu at rock and ash and in this case since smoke miles into the sky that's not that large as far as volcanic eruptions go but if you are close it is not good good Kennedy says this eruption is not totally surprising. The island had recently been on heightened alert. You're with the world I'm Marco Werman. You're listening to the world. Russia is now banned from competing in international sporting events for the next four years years and that includes the Olympics. Today's announcement comes from Wada. The world anti-doping agency it's a partial ban. Actually Russia's prevented from hosting international events events and sending officials to competitions but there's also a pathway for Russian athletes to compete in the two thousand twenty Olympics under a neutral flag if they can prove their clean gene rob killer is a former head of WADA. He's now general director of Global Athlete. That's a group that advocates for athletes. Rights Keeler is one of many critics who say that the ban on Russia does not go far enough. Russia has undermined the anti-doping system over the last seven years. Before I resigned in August two thousand eighteen I had had full oversight of the Russian roadmap and I stick to my guns day after day indicating that we would not let Russian officials athletes back at international events until they admitted me were involved in institutional doping but in September two thousand eighteen water gave an level Russia back based on promises of providing data. But it didn't provide the data in in fact they manipulated the data and to see a meaningful cultural change in Russia. There has to be a price to pay. Unfortunately athletes will have to suffer. That's something that needs to be done. They haven't learnt their lesson yet. And until there's a strong sanctions they won't learn our lesson. So the band essentially says that Russian athletes can't go under the Russian flag to the World Cup and the Olympics. But they can't compete. Is that the deal that's right. They can't compete. This is a game being played in my opinion leading up to Pian Chang hang in December two thousand seventeen. The announced that they were going to ban Russia and then in January that made a new statement saying they're going to ban Russia but they can compete Olympic athletes of Russia Russia yet again. They seem to bend the rules Russia because they are a powerful sport nation. They wield a lot of influence and the international community continues to let them compete this. This was the biggest hit to integrity of sports of the century. If not ever. And if they world agency doesn't pull the strongest sanctions they're letting off. It's down globally. You've gotTa feel although for the Russian athletes who are not guilty. I mean you really think somebody like Russian runner Yulia Stepanova who exposed doping fraud with her husband should should be banned from competition. The reality is there's a hundred and forty five athletes that will never know if they've doped or not because they manipulated the data of those athletes. That's the first thing the second thing is. I'm looking at the future. Generation of Russian offense that should have the ability to compete in sport and and the ability to compete clean. And the reason I say that is Russian athletes that was spoken to don't have a choice to compete clean. If they're in the system and they're asked to do something either do it or they you have to leave. So how can you be assured anyone's clean. It's a tough call to vent all Russian athletes. It's harsh but it's not the first time and that's the other thing. People don't realize the International International Olympic Committee banned South African athletes for almost twenty years because of apartheid. So it's been done in the past and we cannot hold aphids to a different standard so you clearly don't think rod that today's punishment is going to make Russia change its behavior. What do you think will happen for years from now? Once this ban is complete. Well well I don't think it will change the culture and if I have a crystal ball. I suspect that the Russians will appeal this decision to the Court of Arbitration of Sport. They have twenty one days as where they could appeal this decision arbitration which is not independent. Either because they are fully funded by the International Olympic Committee has a choice to make. They can either increase the sanction or they can overrule Wada's decision and I think it's going to be something to watch. My fear is that everything will be forgotten all likelihood the Russians could win this appeal. Rob Keillor formerly with the world anti-doping agency. He's now director general of Global Athlete. That's a group that advocates for global athletes rights. Rob Thanks for your time. Okay thank you okay. You know the song in Finland at least that's not an overstatement. The country's Transport Minister Son Marine is about to become the youngest sitting prime minister anywhere. She's thirty four. Marina will lead a centre-left coalition that includes four other parties all headed by women. Three of those women also under the age of thirty five the group is being hailed as eight new generation generation in Finnish politics. Johanna KONTA IS PROFESSOR OF GENDER Studies at Tampa University in Finland. They're quite strongly for example for equality. They are happy to call themselves feminists. It's not a very happy term in Finnish to call oneself feminists. It's also a pejorative term. Like in many other countries so it's quite special that they don't shy away from this term. They're also very so most of them. really want to fight it climate change and they're happy to talk about it so there is a specific outlook and a stark contrast to the government that came before this government. But he's a very kind of a very special moment for Finnish politics What gender and politics in Finland to have this female all women face of the government and what is the opposition that this young group of Women politicians is facing in Finland. The government that came came before this parliamentary elections which we had in May this very conservative government which had the radical. Oh right populist party in it. So we're one of the European countries which has had a right populace in the government and Something that affected all women was the fact that the government took away the statutory right to public childcare in public kindergartens and this has been the backbone of the Finnish Women Friendly Welfare State and has really enabled women's labor market participation so it was quite radical that the government decided to take away this right and now this current government the social democratic government is bringing this right back. I can imagine imagine how that move alone would have been hugely symbolic for women. All over Finland in terms of what a right wing government could possibly due to their lives. Yes absolutely absolutely on after wakeup calls. Let me get back to something you said. A moment ago The word feminist that. It's kind of seen as pejorative in Finland in yet this young generation this new generation of politicians they kind of embrace the word feminism. What is the context for why? That's a bad word Finland so in Finland there is is this distinction between the bad feminists and the the people who kind of support gender equality but not too radical feminist so we have very very traditional ideas about feminists and it's constructed as Straw person to fight against so that's why matters lettuce and why it's encouraging that they assist new generation for whom it's not appropriate and do you think those attitudes are going to change just because Finland's about to get a a thirty four year old and it's third female. Prime Minister with certain may be observing and studying gender. Still matters us in Finnish politics. It's not completely equal. We haven't reached equality Women and men politicians are portrayed differently by the media. There's a lot up more attention to women's appearance. What they wear how they make up is whether they have young children? These are all signs of the continuing inequalities qualities so it would be interesting to see whether these perceptions and ways of talking about women in Politics Will Change Johanna. KONTA LA is is a professor of gender studies at Tampa University in Finland. Thanks very much for being with us today. Thank you. You're with the world impeachment. Hearings resumed today coming up. The latest plus how Ukrainians are fighting the good fight against corruption. It's using the state resources in wants personal labor. It's stealing it's the abuse of power and that it doesn't matter who style of corruption is still ahead here on the world. I'm Marco Werman you're with the world where CO production of the BBC World Service W. G. B. H. Boston NPR affects. The Pentagon is winning the war in Afghanistan. At least that's what the. US policy makers have been telling Americans since two thousand one but that assessment is full of spin according to a new trove of documents a cache of previously unpublished published interviews with top US policy makers along with memo's long held in secret that describe the wars failure were just published by The Washington Post Ambassador. Douglas Lute Dude retired three star army general who served as the White House as top advisor on Afghanistan from two thousand seven to two thousand thirteen. These documents that have now been made public. Nick were internal. US government documents intended to shine a bright light on the experience in Afghanistan and to learn from that experience. The government government was actually taking and has been taking a very hard look at itself and look at itself in the mirror. And see what we can learn. So you told government interviewers ambassador acid in two thousand fifteen that those devising the Afghan strategy were quote devoid of a fundamental understanding of Afghanistan and didn't have the foggiest notion of what we were undertaking and quote. I mean that's a pretty serious indictment. How did you come to that conclusion? What were you saying publicly at the time I think the important thing here is context? So this was an internal. A government attempt together candidly by way of interviews Lessons from folks who had been involved with policy making it Afghanistan over the years so this was never intended to be a headline making effort. Why didn't we know about this? At the time everybody was saying everything was going fine nine and apparently it was not far from it. Yeah so I- I dispute that of it. I'm not sure I don't think the record is absolute that everyone said said everything was going fine. I mean I think those who are carefully watching Afghanistan for longtime now have been much more cautious in terms of their optimism and have been and much more balanced in terms of the challenges faced. There I mean look things like the poverty level of the corruption level in Afghanistan continuing challenges of the Taleban on with safe haven in Pakistan. These are not brand new topics to the American public. So for those who've been watching this carefully I think it's a much more much more balanced picture. Sure in terms of the challenges faced in Afghanistan and perhaps for the people watching it carefully but in terms of relaying what was really happening on the ground to the US tax paying public. I mean it was delivered in very pollyannish terms. And that's not what we read in this report. What was actually happening? I Don not completely aligned with your view. I mean look when we into Afghanistan was the fourth poorest country in the world decryption level was an Democ the longstanding problems with opium production and so forth. So so I think these sorts of notes of caution have nearly always accompanied the indications the suggestions that we could make progress and yet. I mean we're seeing the stories. He's about Defense Secretary Rumsfeld saying essentially we don't know who the enemy is in Afghanistan. I mean that's more than just well. Some things for bad things were good. I mean that's the admission of serious wrongdoing. Frankly well I I'm not gonNA. I'm not gonNA lay the blame for wrongdoing and so forth by way of this interview but look anyone who is involved in Afghanistan over the last now. Eighteen years has to come away with a sense. That is going to be tremendously hard. And I think that the reports of the now been made public certainly reveal that. Why is this report valuable? Well I think it's valuable number of ways. One of the reasons that this balanced between optimism and skepticism has been perhaps skewed over the years is that we did not establish what I would refer to. As continuity in the effort neff Ghanistan we had a revolving door of senior military leaders policy leaders in Washington tune ambassadors on the ground in Afghanistan and Pakistan. All of which served dutifully and served honorably during their periods but frankly we didn't establish publisher of continuity among them so that they could get a deep textured understanding of what was going on in Afghanistan so when I made the comment we didn't know what we're doing pick up over time. We didn't develop enough government expertise over these years to actually come up with a with a sufficient tient strategy ambassador Douglas Lute as a three star army general who served as the White House's top advisor on Afghanistan under President George W Bush and Barack Obama among Congress took another step closer to impeaching President Donald Trump today at times the proceedings were. Let's say lively. We will now move here presentation taste chairman. I appeal the decision of the chair. There's no decision to appeal. There was not a ruling emotion ruling on the point of order your ruling on the order. You made the point of order Mr Chairman then not allow us to appeal the ruling. The gentleman will suspend. That's Jerry Nadler Democratic share of the House Judiciary Committee trying to keep the hearing on track as Republican members tried repeatedly to disrupt things. President trump has been accused of abuse of office and Obstruction of justice. In pursuit of personal political goals. Nadler opened the hearing today with this argument. This pattern of conduct represents a continuing risk to the country. The evidence shows that Donald J trump the president of the United States has put himself before his country he has violated his most basic responsibilities to the people is broken his oath the Republicans. Of course have a very different view. Here's the ranking member. Doug Collins from in Georgia famous moments impeachment as we've gone forward their famous lines from Nixon. Life what did the president know. And when did he know it from the Clinton impeachment. There was. I did not have sex with that. That woman all it'd be known about this one is probably. Where's the impeachable offense? Why are we here? The offenses of trump according to the Democrats Council Barry Burke are pretty straightforward. He put his political reelection interest over the nation's national security and the integrity of its elections. He did it intentionally. He did it correctly. He abused his powers in ways that the founders feared the most the first round of impeachment hearings was handled by the House Intelligence Committee. But it's the House Judiciary Committee that has to make impeachment happen so today committee members heard formal arguments for and against impeachment. They also listen to summaries of the evidence. It's Democrats argue that the facts were not in dispute Republicans mostly attack the process but minority council. Steve Caster went further. The evidence does is not support a conclusion that president trump conditioned meeting with presidents alinsky on investigating former Vice President Biden. Caster went on to argued that trump was rightfully concerned about corruption in Ukraine. That's something we've heard a lot about through this impeachment process but if you go to Ukraine and ask Ukrainians they'll say it's not fair or accurate but different types of corruption in Ukraine still. Persist the world's Daniel often traveled to the capital of Kiev to find out more. Uh across the street from the that asks Shivshankar National University in Kiev. There's a park or students hang out between classes. They chat smoke. Cigarettes in squeezing some last-second study off. I'm here to ask people about an uncomfortable. Subject corruption if you don't study or you can pay money and have a nice grades and it's not a problem here. Bribery is the problem says Alexei Alexeyev have. He's a law student here at the university do know people who basically get through university like this. Of course I know a lot of people and do they talk about it openly are they. Yeah Yeah it's not A. It's not a boo boos. It's not the but hang on a minute minute. Alexei friend Vlad. Gotcha says he's another law. Student Body are not on the Russia. Lucretia Vlade disagrees with with Alexa he says we have a good country here. Good people corruption actually isn't a huge deal but Alexei chimes in again. I don't have any holes because a study here is very but I want to go to your say and This year I applied for green cards. Alexei is pessimistic about the future of Ukraine. Corruption is a big reason. Why but this isn't a new problem here? The fight against corruption came to a boiling point in Ukraine in two thousand fourteen. Hundreds of thousands thousands of demonstrators gathered in the big show of strength yet. Denouncing the government's decision. Not to sign a far-reaching trade deal with the European Union favoring during instead building closer ties with Moscow Ukrainians wanted to rid their country of corrupt Russian influence and after months of protests and Brute Government Violence Viktor Yanukovych Ukraine's corrupt pro. Russian president fled the country. This is the place where many many Ukrainians started learning about the full extent of union. Kovic is corruption the banks of a reservoir inside his three hundred and fifty acre estate. Here's investigative journalist that initial schenker journalists found a lot of documents. The papers were just floating in the reservoir they took them out all dried them and started studying them and a lot of things. We learned what those documents that he would buy lamps for hundreds of thousands thousands of dollars at the time. On the controversies fairly poor after you knew Kovic fled the country. His people tried and failed to get rid of evidence of his corrupt behavior. You're the documents discovered here. In the aftermath of the revolution helped Ukrainians learn all about their former presidents illegal activity. There were crawls if people like hundreds of people walking around same lost faces like what's happening so everybody asking each other like we. What does that what you Koreans decided to turn the Kovic estate into a museum of corruption? This was a symbolic victory for Ukraine and a hopeful sign for a newly empowered anti-corruption movement. Another sign of hope came in two thousand eighteen with the election of a new president. Alexandra which Alinsky a former TV actor won the presidency on an anti-corruption platform. The public knew knew him already from his hit TV. Show Servant of the People Alinsky played a high school teacher who becomes the president of Ukraine under unlikely circumstances sound familiar. I look much vision in this scene the fictional presence alinsky. It's challenging a corrupt tycoon. He says there is one law for all otherwise. Pack your bags and say goodbye. The scene captures the real presence Alinsky. He's agenda quite well with the majority and parliament. They're pushing an anti-corruption agend. The message is clear. Even Ukraine's biggest tycoons also known as oligarchs. I need to take notice but in real life that's easier said than done. The dealership SHANECO says Ukraine's guards are not going anywhere. Just look at how they control the news media and push their own agendas that makes the information space overwhelmed with the fakes and this information and that is a big problem blue crane because the majority of the population still getting the information from the TV news article. nonunion throw him with little cards. The answer is an analyst. Ed Detector Media a nonprofit based in Kiev. He says that in this country the tycoons rule the airwaves all the hot political topics are connected with position of this oligarchs. If some speakers commending something it means that it's connected with the position of the older redeem says is most Ukrainians understand. This are able to navigate the news landscape. Accordingly Channel Ukraine owned by Oligarch met of ICT channel owned by another oligarch Pinchuk Inter Channel is owned by the guy who is now arrested in Austria. Netto few some of the oligarchs in Ukraine are pro Russian others want closer ties to the West all of them are pro big business and skeptical of Government Regulation Mickey says that even Presidents Residents Alinsky the anti-corruption reformer has ties to oligarch named eager. Kalomo ski and his TV channel. One plus one is Lance Kit. Kat Craft his own production which produced few comic shows. This comic shows had exclusive contracts to showing on on TV channel of Choice Q.. One plus one so the Oligarch Lemoyne ski is basically presents Alinsky former boss. Maybe it's no surprise then that one plus plus one has treated Jelenski with overwhelmingly positive news coverage that makes some Ukrainians uneasy but he has tried to distance himself from Columbus key saying that he's not a toy in the oligarchs hands investigative journalist shift SHANECO says Ukraine's corruption problem runs deep. It's not just about politicians powerful oligarchs it filters down to everyday life and that's a big problem because Dan corruption becomes normal and it's it's very hard to root it out but bring it out. It's not a question of a year of even five years. It's a rush generations. Here's an example. When Ukrainians Unions go see a doctor they might also offer a gift that he calls it a bribe vehemently against it? She's even gotten into arguments about this with her mother. Mother fights we own discussion sometimes. Have a dead end where my mom says but you know doctors there so poor and I'm like yeah but that's not the problem. You are going to solve great so you can only solve the problem of you giving bribes that are bribes. Let's call them bribes because they're not thank you or something else else. They're bribes. I asked about what I heard from students at the university giving bribes to teachers for good grades she says it's all connected Ukraine's hope for or less corrupt future says must begin with education. We should teach children that corruption is not okay and any level giving one hundred minister her professor from better mark is not gay and then these children later will not vote for the corrupt officials because they will know that they have right to better life and these people don't have the right to abuse their power. In other words day today corruption normalizes a corrupt mentality and those small sins just enable the big stuff the kind of corruption committed by oligarchs politicians which is exactly what Ukrainians are trying to overcome for the world. Daniel L. Offman Kiev Ukraine for years. UNSUNG SUCI was revered. As a defender of human rights she stood up to a brutal military government in Myanmar and paid a price spending years under house arrest cheese advocacy helped her win a Nobel Peace Prize and later on election as a top government official but tomorrow she will be at the International Court of Justice in The Hague defending me and Mars army against allegations of genocide. The world's Patrick win reports. How things have changed for this one time global icon kind of human rights in one thousand nine hundred eighty eight back when Moore was still officially called Burma Emma? The country erupt. People were fed up with military room as long signs. Who would later put it? They were todd. Living under dictatorship you to ship. They were tired of been full. Todd of an afraid. These were the fires that forged Suci the icon father was a founder of the nation and she joined the uprising and Yan largest city in the country. The crowds adored her was like having the daughter of George Washington on their side but the military rulers were not willing to give of a power people were shot in the streets. Activists Hunted Down especially college students and many faced a choice in jail get killed or fleet. That's what Kin Omar did. She was a chemistry student turned. Protester are forced to escape into the jungle. I told my mother that I'll be called me three months. I had no idea how this is going to wear. This is going to lead and how how long this is going to take. That can Omar speaking. Nearly ten years ago to the Bush Institute as in George W Bush in the jungle she. She hit out with a rebel group for a while and later made it all the way to the US where she became one of the free. Burma campaigns top activists. The spiritual leader of the movement was wrong. Sign Succi who was put under house arrest by the military regime after all these. ESPN imprisoned in one house alone by herself itself. This is it's a spirit that you can. You just can't even imagine. Kin Omar Channel that spirit to the outside world and like many others. Her devotion was intense. She would pray to Buddha with two photos in front of her one of her mom one of Suci wishing them well being an asking Suci for inner strength. I knew that innocent. I do the Strand. Come from her. I hope she was. The hope was. Kin Omar was hesitant to speak to me about SUCI. Because her whole adult life if is intertwined with this icon can Omar has testified in Congress. Helped convince the US to base its whole Myanmar policy around on Succi and her promise to liberate the people of Myanmar. But she just can't do it anymore. I mean you broke my heart. My how does them my reading both in recent years the army has stormed a coastal part of the country. The homeland of a Muslim group called the Rohingya in Ja carrying out massacres and looting and rapes here. Our families sobbing as their homes are being torched these atrocities which are often supported by Buddhists to nationalist groups they were meant to purge the Rohingya out of the country into neighboring Bangladesh. Where they think the Muslims belong sounds like exactly exactly the sort of tyranny that succi has always stood against this is a person who has received the highest praise from the most powerful world leaders like Hillary Hillary Clinton someone who has represented the struggle for freedom and democracy offer human rights and opportunity? Okay surely that person has to deplore what's happening to the Rohingya Muslims right but when she's asked about this purge of more within half a million people here's how she responds. I've said that I condemn human rights everywhere and you must not forget that they have been human rights violations nations on both sides of the communal divide both sides now Suci does not control the army which allows some of her foreign admirers to cling cling to this belief that deep inside. She weeps for the Rohingya. But now we have SUCI testifying at the International Court of Justice in The Hague Eh. Defending what really looks like genocide on the wrong side of history on the wrong side of unity to me. The this this is the end. Can Omar says a while back. She went to her Buddha statue to that photo of SUCI and said it's over. She said Suci as you are no longer leading the struggle. You're just a politician was closure. She says a clear clear. Departure from the disgraced icon so to me. It's a very clear PICA people. I cried a lot. I had a long moment of Friday night night but I was able to do that. I was able to do that. Until now can Omar hasn't really discussed this pain in public not like this. I've been self-censoring. She says because in Myanmar you say anything bad about SUCCI and you hate it you will be scolded at. You'll be discredited. Discredited become small and her space has become smaller can omar runs an activist group called progressive voice but because she's spoken out about the Rohingya and other minorities her peers the other former students who faced the regime in nineteen eighty eight. They've denounced her. She's even gotten death threats from ultra-nationalists yen-mark and she says she's been blacklisted. From her home country. So now she's based right across the border and Thailand meanwhile and yang-gon the city. She wants flood there. Are these new pro SUCI values we stand with Daw Aung San Suu at the twitter video posted by Cape Diamond Immune Mar journalists. Actually Su cheese image has improved from all this at home at least because to her supporters. SUCCI is standing up to foreign forces verses that slander the country with fake news can Omar says look I get it. I know how they feel the love and adore and even like I literally can Omar is no longer a suci disciple but she still does pray wishing good leadership upon Suci right right now though she says those wishes are not coming true for the world. I'm Patrick win. When the genocide hearings get underway in The Hague this this week the Rohingya art activist? Why why new will be in the courtroom will speak with her tomorrow here on the world from the Nanna Bill Harris Studio at W.? GBH Here in Boston. And I'm Marco Werman. We'll see you back here tomorrow. The world is a CO production of W. G. B. H. Boston the BBC World Service and Pierre Ex UH.

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Inside the Tour with Nina and Irina Tournament director Joe Ceriello on the NYJTL Bronx Open

"All right welcome and has dot com podcast pantic joined by my co host irena falconi. Hey guys how's it going. Our guest in this episode is joe cirillo <hes> <hes> and we're talking about the bronx open and the new york junior tennis and learning n. y. J. t. l. for those who don't know who aren't familiar one of the biggest grassroots nonprofits in tennis education in the u._s. and we are sitting at carolina tennis center for learning where the bronx open will be held august sixteen to twenty four so joe. Thanks for joining us all right so great to be here all right so let's start with your story wide tennis. How'd you get into it and when it all began for you god. It's been a while albin in tennis. Almost twenty years now had a life before tennis is in the theater always wanted to do it and i knew i couldn't go to an office job. I i was passionate about getting gig and couldn't get a gig couldn't get a gig. I went to italy that worked for the open as a volunteer analysis might break into support like twenty years ago rome yeah. I have never been to rome irene have you i have been to rome and i'm just gonna go ahead and say the pasta is as good as they they sent it is a volunteer and you volunteered with the media with matches what we do in iran the offsite practice gordon durie poem. I was the only non italian their school that is a that's impressive. I mean everyone has their starts a lotta time guests on that our players and they all say no. My mom got me in china. China is my sister but <unk> talk people that are organizers interment directors. It's so different because it's like. Why are you in tennessee. What interests you do you have a big passion for it a big love her it yeah tennis tennis a big part of my childhood and i always love the sport. I wasn't really that great. You know later on when to run the player earlier development unit in new york and then i realized how bad i really was have experience to see people can really play the game but i've always been fond of it. It's pretty the amazing to go and just like pack a bag and buy a ticket to rome. When you're a volunteer i mean you obviously were not getting paid. I'm assuming and into just show up and did you speak italian. At least i didn't really speak to walk point yeah to be honest. Okay and did you end up staying. There like were you. There also also for like <hes> you know some people go there and just have like a semester in college kinda thing or you just strictly went there to be a volunteer for the tournament yeah. It was like like a life change. I was thinking about what i wanna do next and i plan to be there for a month and then wind up being six months eight months. It was short of a year but <hes> <hes>. I had a nice time and then you moved to working in the u._s._d._a. How did that transition happen because you're based in the u._s. Obviously you're not in rome. I'm the american my dad's an immigrant mentally but now i still trying to break into tennis and i was applying to the u._s. Two years and finally once at tennis on a resume. I got a job at my brecon was in the ticket office of the u._s. Open so all those years ago the u._s. Open okay that makes sense. U._s. opens just around the corner so i mean all kind of circles back and you're selling tickets revival you. You're hired this time. Yeah i was it was i was customer service. Ah i spent four years in office in that i was the head of customer service by the end of that was rough <hes> but really fun. It was my break against the sport. I mean for everyone listening. We're talking to the bronx open tournament director a w j international event happening in august and he's also the chief marketing officer surfer n. y. J. t. l. and you start off in ticket offices the u._s. jane now here. We are able to run the show. We're going to see i mean i've had a lot of lives in the sport org. I've literally done almost every job. People would make fun of me at the u._s._c. when i was there because i did have a chance in quite a few different parnes earns. It's crazy to hear so much n._y. J._t. al and <hes> it's just funny how small a world that is because i was totally part of the n._y. P. l. and and my dad recently just sent me a video of me like hitting. These court sees indoor courts and i. I was probably six years old. The racket was twice. My size and i still remember it just like it was yesterday but i mean it's such a huge part of so many american. I feel like eastern section action. Kind of players like it was a huge part part of my life. I know for that that for sure. I mean that's so awesome. That's my every day so i mean as <unk> as you mentioned on the chief marketing officer for near to learning and you know we we are a tennis and education program. We actually are the largest youth tennyson education <hes> nonprofit in the nation and that's our daily work and now the n._y. Detail bronx open is like the ultimate aspiration event for our kids. This and you know we work with over ten thousand kids throughout the year so our reaches much bigger when he talked about all the training we do in the schools but we are in all five boroughs. We are throughout the city and it's like hark schoolyard gymnasium. We are everywhere but tennyson bronx. Is it new because you mentioned to me that the a._t._p. Tournaments here before right in the bronx and now it's kerry leads the new center with the new home of the bronx open right right yeah so it's it's an amazing history. The organization's almost forty eight years old. We had an event in here from nineteen ninety three to two thousand twelve roll and then we built this carried center to twenty six and a half million dollar state of the art facility and carry leads himself was a great tennis player. Eric played for yale long history and it's you know i think players are gonna come back. They're gonna see what's here like cannot believe what is here in the bronx snow. It's it's beautiful. Everyone decide for this term it. Everyone in new york areas excited for tournament. I'm excited for this tournament. How do you make a tournament. How did you end up pulled pulled into this one or like some cogs in the things that happened behind the scenes like you said. Donations are a big part in my a._t._l. Is the backing of this the carry lead center owners here. You have to hire. I mean tournament director. You're you got hired umpires there's w._j. There's t._v. Had the sounds chaos teeny a little bit of chaos degrees so we worked on this event. We knew we were going to bring back a tennis tournament and we really spent the last year or so fundraising and we're all all set to run a hundred k. u. estate challenger event and simply over the moon and then it was a matter of circumstance in the deputy. They approached us and we had this opportunity to host a two hundred fifty k. international <hes> so between the u._s._d._a. the w._t._i. They've given us like tremendous support support for this tournament. <hes> it's more than we could ever dream so it's it's been a big year goodyear. We've been working hard. Ah chaos is probably not the word. I wanna use but i would say it is nonstop <hes> for those of you listening. I was actually part of the deputy counsel awards so i was in the meetings when we would get different pitches if you will from different places all over the world saying hey we want to run a tennis tournament so that is i think probably probably one of the first steps. You have to kind of send almost like a business plan. Is that right like to get them to come in and see the facility to make sure that it's up to par. Does that sound about right joe. Yeah you know actually a couple years ago. Steve simon came in. I think the first time was two years years ago. <hes> we invited him to look at the site and he loved it right from the beginning and then when this opportunity came up again he flew right in and he took look around and for me that was really dream because to have him walk around and tell you how he could see the tournament run. I mean as a first time tournament director <hes> it's pretty tips. You know it's like okay. You'd think so. Let's do it yeah. He would know he would know what's been like the most. I guess it's interesting like craziest thing that you've had to deal with as a first time tournament director because obviously i mean we all know about like okay. You have to get all the players players in there. The hotel sorted transportation. There's a lot of like obvious ones but what's been like the craziest thing that you're like wait. They want this like at at a tournament or this is what i have to do. Really you know there's it's hard to say just one because honestly there's been so many the hotels complicated indicated. Yes transportation's complicated. Yes the site setups complicated. Yes you know we're on park land and we have this amazing relationship with parks and you know getting all the permiting in and vehicles coming on and off and license plates and it's you know it's intense. It really really is intense so i wish i had like one thing but irene. That's honestly like fifteen things. You know. It's every time you turn around. There's more detail al the tournament doctor amount of level and the professionalism of the w. t. a. and how much you as a first time director you don't realize realize how much care processes into it down to an ambulance waiting on site to all prescriptions in the bag to the contracts contracts bringing on the medical team so that's one line item out of maybe a hundred fifty things and it's involved and people mostly largely care about the players are feel. They want to know who the big names are stars with the rising americans. Are i mean this. Is i mean i know there's a lot that goes on tournament as you just said but people really only care about stars and the player field for when i can tell is a good one we want young as the first seed so far johanna konta annette kante a carla suarez navarro maria sakari daniel collins and a girl. I'm excited about diana yastrzemski fast rising star. You have a combination of veterans young a young players. There's gonna be a ton of wildcards americans. Barbara streets of people love her. I mean there's a lot of players that are in because the u._s. Open they're not playing qualifying. At least those players are will be here. It makes sense to play a few matches. I mean does it make sense to play max. Julius open our one hundred percent. I know that there's one girl role that is going all the way to vancouver before <hes> use open qualities and you just gotta wonder like what are you doing. You know if you have a deep run. They're like the travel is just so much but if you're going to play in the bronx i mean what better warm-up you you you have. You're in the same state <hes>. I know it's a different borough zero but at least you're in the same state. It's not that much travel. If you're just going to stick around for the open right afterwards i mean it can't be a better setup or warm up tournament to be honest s. I think that's why our field is so good. I mean you think it's it's different borough but honestly distance from where the players players are staying in manhattan. We might be a hair closer you know so the commute is good and i think that's why the field is so intense <hes> and you're right i. I think that's why you know. People are like i'm in new york. I'm tuning up for the open. We've got a great you know. We have a small main draw and then a field the forty eight in quality so step back. You're going to see some good tennis and it's free so it's open to the public which is amazing which is part part of our mission. Now people can make a suggested donation for adults you know to support a tennis and education programs but if the realize we were set up as this hundred mccain we had a twenty year history in this park <hes> you know and if this was something we had more setup we might have taken a different approach but you know we serve our kids in the community so it's open to the public you wanna make donations programs could be a great good now i just i love the fact that it's in the bronx. I i grew up into seventh and broadway joe so <hes> yeah. I grew up playing an inwood. I mean it's not that far. My sister was born in the bronx. So i mean i would travel almost every day. My dad would come back from work at like four o'clock and i would get in the car. We would go to the stadium racquet club that was right next to the yankee stadium a._d._m. So it's just it's pretty cool. I'm kinda sad that i actually never got to play when it was a one hundred k. but yeah. I'm just excited. I know that the players are going to be just looking forward to the tournament but also knowing like hey. I don't have to travels a lot to get to my next tournament. Some some players are probably just staying in the same hotel that they would once. They start playing the open anyway well. Let's break it here. Why don't we announce it. You're playing next year yeah yeah. We've we're committed. That would be amazing. I will gladly. I would gladly played at that. I'm already pumped about it. I mean i'm i know i'm the gasp <unk> i mean what was your experience in retail so i mean that's so fascinating to me and you're a pro player in. I've i've been a fan. I saw you run across the court with the flag and i was cheering with everybody else. So that's so cool well yeah. It feels like forever ago so to be honest. There's very much very little. They're actually remember before. I was nine years old but i saw that video the other day and i could have been five eight. I'm like i was short anyway at both those ages. I really can't remember but yeah. I just remember like seeing me hit. I was so intense on hitting the crap out of the ball and i was just trying trying to get in on all these players all these girls i mean they're like twice my size but we would be there. During the winter i mean it was like five o'clock. It was pitch black and i would get in the car with my dad and i would just go over there and i would hit with all these kids and it was just so much fun and i know katrina adams this every time. She's me. She's like fellow j._t. Al player. I'm like yeah that's pretty cool. I mean it's it's amazing. How many kids were able to reach and yeah. Hey you have a pro. You have a couple of players that probably have gone through the n. y. J. t. l. system. Yeah i mean so. I know you talk to lisa uber and she's our executive active drector currently center for tennis and we also have off the role so oshawa role is on our staff. She was eighty two in the world and she won the bronx bronx open in doubles in two thousand eleven and was a finalist twice in singles in seven zero eight so we've got the history here so that's pretty cool. I i mean i. I just feel like the n. y. J. t. l. adds to kook element to this. Not a lot of a lot of tournaments have history. Obviously famous faces all of that but to have the kids involved old is really important because what if one of these kids this tournament ends up winning it in twenty years or something you don't know and that's kind of what you see that renew came through this and you use this program in yeah. You're on tore like it's it's pretty cool but also no player recruitment. Do you have to reach out and finds players and like you have contacts with your estate. Stay background. Can you text player and entice them. You pay them these fees. Like how does this all work. Are you offering out. I dunno <unk> appearance. Aren't thank like <unk> senate. You're charging you. Don't i'm so glad you said that because you know italian another life. I opened up the player development unit in york. Tim man all those years ago so we've had the chance to work with some really great local talent like <unk> chanko and christina mikhail christiaan beyond came out to train with us a ton of times <hes> louisa trico jamie lobe so i mean we'd love to have these women in the tournament ornament and i'm not going to give away any secrets yet but we're going to have a ton of american wildcards and they're gonna come out. We're going to be filled with young aspiring <hes> american tennis players. We're gonna have great players who are top ranked. As we mentioned wine konta <unk> daniel collins this came daniel collins was out here with new balance on a shoot last year <hes> and she's in the draw and i'm so excited her play. I'm a big fan of hers. Well <hes> but you know we've had. I'd love to see you know other bigger. American names like coco vandeweghe really help out in retail past. I'd love to see her in the mix. It's possible bethany matic. Sans is going to be our honoring this year at the leadership luncheon another incredible american talent. I'd love to see if that turns out our way as well so so we have a good field i mean we have. I can't even not sound excited because our field is incredible so if you like tennis come here perfect cell and i'm on-board except takes about i mean from the center of the city can take you an hour to get to flushing take an hour to get here arguably if you're in a car and ends up being about the same thing have the ability in new york to pretty much. Just walk a couple of blocks. Maybe find find the public tennis court and i remember i think i was like seven years old and we were we were we went to central park. It was either through reebok <unk> -til i cannot remember but i got to take a picture with steffi graf and jimmy connors and like i remember remember that and my parents still to this day they have that framed photo of me shaking hands with jimmy and unlike one third of his size and me and steffi anti-graft on my sister and i mean i still remember that like those are the moments that you remember for your entire life and it's just pretty cool to me the fact that you have so many kids are going to have the opportunity to pretty much shake hands and rub shoulders with professional players. You never know what that back to their lives. You are so right. I mean we're so lucky because we're next to the u._s. Open i mean last year alone. We had add nick curios practice. Come out with yonex and i mean they're incredible. When you see these players who really love kids inspire kids francis a story down in d._c. <hes> nicolaas is like right with the kids told you daniel collins out here. We got to meet serena arena last year. She spent so much time with our kids. <hes> venus played a match up here. She sent a picture of girls out on instagram. <unk> aphorisms like this is my favorite part of being here like when you see the players who are so inspirational to comment and give back so much. It just makes you you really enjoy what you do. You know it's all worth it. At that point. I think it all kind of it means more when there's something more behind it than just players making money and tournament china make money in ruins is obsessed with success in that monetary value while instead of thinking about the kids in the local area and i think part of it though is unique because it's the bronx and even i live in five years and when i think of the bronx i think far away sketchy scary and that's kind of a negative connotation. You don't agree because you grew up around here but i that's what i've been. I think and i think that's something that you have to find as well because you have to get clear that out and think tennis we worked so much with the bronco president he's ruben diaz juniors really supportive of our work. He came out <hes> last week. Four world team tennis new york empire matches. He's been really supportive of this tournament as well <hes> so you know i have a different different opinion now come out to the center in the center is beautiful so we're gritty earthy. We are true new yorkers <hes> <hes>. I think the players get enjoyed too. I mean you know i worked for the davis. Cup fed cup team for a number of years and i did all this community tennis events with the player so i see from their point of view to like. They're just trying to figure it out but i think the people here really gonna respond well so we'll see it made it probably ably had a negative connotation back when i was growing up but like all places you're going to have some sketchy areas in places. No matter where you are right i mean i went to school cool in middle school. I would take the train from two oh seven to harlem every single day and that's where i went to middle school back in the day. That was just what you did but if if you told that to someone today they'd be like oh my gosh but guess what harlem is so nice. Now true true very true how you turned out girl. You look <hes> pity exactly exactly you know what if anything harlem made me like super gangster to you know people don't realize new new yorkers. We are the friendliest people in the world. We just have a little bit of an edge. It's like tell us what you want now. We're going to give information but it's going to be quick. We're gonna move on exactly tackling. I wanted to know okay so this is the first year you're running the bronx open. Do you have any thoughts of looking ahead. We'll be back next year. Can you guarantee that so. How does this stay on the calendar even grow yeah. That's a great question so you know before we were the two fifty k. we were torn so we were the hundred k. challenger at this point. We know we're going to be an annual event. We had twenty years of history doing it. We now have this amazing center. I think the levels to be determined term. You know we'll see eye. Let's so book your calendars were in and now to see how grant it is and if someone wants to find find out more and ena not buy tickets but learn more about the bronx up where are we sending them sugar n. y. J. t. l. bronx opened dot org. That is a mouthful but it was short. It could make it n. y. J. t. l. bronx open dot work perfect. That's the website to go to to learn more about the bronx open. Which is a w._t._i. International event top fifty stars. I mean a loaded field of top fifty players. I don't know what more you want. <hes> runs august sixteen has been qualifying starts august west. Eighteenth mandrell begins just before the u._s. Open couldn't be more perfect and irene isn't a plate next year. That truly is the plan so okay so you you have a husband and you have two children. Are they into tennis as much as you are like. Do they have the love for it like to go and get on a plane volunteer rome kinda love for us so my youngest son is at camp this week here. <hes> i'm calling player. Development on a weekly basis not just is kidding. I think my oldest son is going to be a theater. Lover and youngest is gonna be a tennis and soccer lover so but they're playing only in the sport and they're enjoying it. So do you want them to play sports. Gonna theater do you think about. I don't know pushed him. Certain ways or is it. Kinda like tried everything well when when i had two boys i was like oh my god. I've got a wimbledon doubles team like i've got champions here and now at five and eight. I'm like they're happy and healthy i ah i don't know they're just there. That's the thing it's such strong. Personalities are just doing great. I'm tennis will be a big part of their lives and your husband is supportive of this madness. You've undertook for the bronx open house he involved in. Is he in tennis. Is he a big van or so. Are you on your own so we we are like we go on vacation and we play tennis together. That is like the only time he likes tennis. He's in theater business. He's like at benetton abroad we show before so it's like two different worlds but i will tell you if i did not have him. There is no way to do all this work. I mean you think i mean this literally my dream. I thought about being a tournament director for twenty years the stars align. It's a great opportunity. Yeah i mean i was literally. Do we on the practice courts in rome like with my poor. Italian communicating with transportation was hilarious now twenty two years later here i am but it's i mean it's all day all night. It's twenty four seven so you cannot do without a great team support system. I got it. He has got to be patient to let you work around the clock. Get ready for this yeah. I mean thank god you know what's great. Is that you execute in. There is an event so there's there's a window so i'm in that window. I'm in the thick of it and the second week of the open. I cannot wait eight to celebrate. Let's get drinks. I mean if there's one thing that you can <hes>. I mean if you can get past doing a practice desk at any tournament like that's unbelievable. Because i mean i will tell you that has got to be the hardest job one hundred percent. I can't think at a tournament so i told you i had literally every john so i ran the player service's death player sears for the open like a decade almost a decade so here is like we need to treat these players right so you know who's going to run our practice court desk oshawa role. I was like i need somebody knows what you know. Our players a lot of years and their favorite line is if you don't know what you're doing is what you know how they do it at another another place and guess what i should does so we put like really strong talent there. I was like i need you so she's coming through. We're going to have a great rate practice court desk thank you that is a i mean that's problem solving and kind things off at the head right right there and then smart play van smart play yeah yeah i mean how do you feel about sharing court sometimes warm over. What do you feel about that. I really could care less. I mean i really don't mind but <hes> vice favorite. It's it's when so you have practice at twelve o'clock right and there's a girl that's forth on and wants to do a warm up at twelve thirty. The only available court is to share with these girls that have a lot in an hour to warm up quickly in play points so the player that's coming in has a mash has priority already so they can come in and ruin the other girls practices because she is deciding to warm up to thirty set of twelve. That's my favorite and so all of a sudden you have one hour just like going cross and hitting serves when in fact he wanted to play points. I don't know if that makes sense to everyone everyone but for all those tennis players have experienced this. I'm sure you've experienced this to joe like. I'm sure girls have complained to you at like it's not yeah i mean it is intense. I have to say like these women are here to work and practice is a serious thing we have got got the three required practice courts but listen this site here we have access to twenty twenty courts plus the two stadiums so we're gonna have a a little bit of flexibility. Oh you'll be fine. Auch is gonna take care of those ladies here relying on a good team. That is the key to success here what we've learned earned and just rely on also <unk> tennis players. That's the key to hiring quotas players and letting them have their chance also the well. I mean when when we have our weekly meetings limited like lisa an offer like drilling us you know like oh. They're not gonna go for that. They're not getting. I'm like complain to semi now so that we can. We can meet the right expectations. We love having that. I mean you know so. We also have this woman. Her name is pam glad she was a former director again for the last five or six years. She's a tournament manager. This year has so much internal knowledge <hes>. I said we saw asha. I've been in the business twenty years so so we have some ops background. We've quite a bit and listen is big and it's coming on fast but putting it in the work i mean having liza huber on your staff is wild like four number one seven time grand slam champion and she's just roaming around. You know helping kids in shanghai wisdom. That's that's insane yeah. That's our daily life. I mean lisa. I are pulling off clinics all over the place and <hes> i mean the great thing when you're number one in the world you got this work ethic and this drive <hes> and we're pulling off a lotta stop and a complement to the whole team. The whole team is really we're. We're we're putting in the hours. It's been awesome. I honestly i couldn't have i would not have picked a better team of to run a tournament. You guys are gonna and do a phenomenal job and can't wait to play next year. Yeah i read those safer you can. I say one last minute. I'm so happy to be here because arena china we have this really great <hes> mutual friend <hes> eric perkins jasper al my gosh felt like i've been your best friend for like the last ten fifteen years because like i just talked about you to eric all the time so now i'm here with you so it's a small tennis where all end hilarious so now we're friends. Take my god that is so funny. It's really small tennis world. She is the bomb she is. <hes> she always tells me she's like. You know. We're going to run u._s._d._a. In like everything one day i'm like yeah okay erica. We got this yeah. I'm cheering for her. She's she's amazing. I mean every time i get together with her dislike. There's not enough hours in the day. I just love her and yeah. I am glad that we have that mutual friend. You must be good people to have her vouch for you like that. I think we'll end on that. Note wrapped episode up of tennis dot com podcast. We've been at the kerry leads tennis center for learning which is the host of the bronx open starting august sixteen <hes> again. What was the website w._w._w. Dot n._y. J._t. al bronx open dot org and our guest has been joe sarah out of the tournament director of the bronx open and the c._m._o. Of the n._y._j. T. l. i've been unit pantic annemarie n._f._l. Coney thanks for listening and thank you so much for being with us today joe. Thanks so much for having us. We are so excited <unk> this far <music> <music>.

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Australian Open Day 4 - Post 3am Finish After Classics Galore; Halep, Zverev Survive; That Svitolina Question

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Australian Open Day 4 - Post 3am Finish After Classics Galore; Halep, Zverev Survive; That Svitolina Question

"Hi, I'm Andy Murray. And you're listening to the tennis podcast. It's a bunker sport. With the words that grad Matt just mentioned to us here. We'll time we got at the moment. We've got twelve Forty-six ATM quarter to one in the morning, and you Hannah content and copy mcgrigor had just taken to court for this second round match, which is faintly ridiculous. And it is the latest start ever to a match at the Australian Open here. Catherine Wittig is here just out that here just about and we are sitting here in an almost deserted media cafe to talk about tennis tennis, cats protein association with the Tenneco he twelve weeks. In the woods. Alan partridge. It's actually been a fun day. Has very fun day with the poachers. Highlights. What's been going on today? Where do we start? What do you mean by today? Stop by clarifying that. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. I'm trying to think what matches. I've say. Well, it's not it. Can I emphasize the situation by saying David's going to bid since? I mean, real I mean, anybody who knows me knows. I don't really grow. It's not out of. As a wish not to just an individuality to. However, it has been so long today. Been working on that. How many times have you come? Have you end to today? David have you entered the grounds? Certainly more than months. Yes. I both grants, and I ride to Melbourne Park and promptly turned around and went back because we in his case forgotten his laptop in my case forgotten my pass. And so yeah, got me excise in there. And while still this was going on. Victoria, because my Australian Open came to an end. You'll pick for the quarterfinals didn't quite get enough. She's out. Yeah. Turned up without my laptop legged it back to my hotel got back to labor described as the world's most disgusting whether conditions in my sweaty, it's a human. Too much. Anyway. So I go back and she's doing pefect. Well, when I wasn't there was this thing on the radio got back. Had three break points, not consecutively, but she had three lost the mole. So I saw that. And then so inevitably lost serve. And then the second set was. Contest. Showed promise. There was promise. There's a blog coming lights. You know, I'm going to be any curbing because the divers had a thinks fit Lena quarters, but with absolutely no convictions. She surprised me full, man. Me with plenty of conviction. Okay. Foam is surprises playing better than I thought she was with galman face box. Didn't like being. Was that a question or not? Because that's really tricky. And actually Russell fuller myself interesting discussing this, and we've been really know where we stood on that. Yeah. I I mean, one hundred could say liquid if you're gonna sit in their books, then you know, that your your ino- this public. You know, you'll be picked up on cameras that therefore you you putting you're choosing to put that relationship in the public domain, but equally we see ways that that box pub public domain, but for them that's just where we get all tickets. That's where we put our loved ones. And and what happens in that point on sort of his out of our hands. I think that it's. My my unscientific assessment of it. Which is not as sort of crisp inkling Carter's I would like is that I think it's K too sensitively ask about in a press conference putting her on the spot about it with on on court interview, which which ten reasons to be fluffy. And and you know, I I think that is a bit breath. Breath or fluffy. It's not like he he was asking for personal details. All did actually was draw. Attention to the fact that he was there. They've never they've never actually confirmed before they're a couple they'd never they'd never confirmed. Yes, we're a couple of and where did that something we're happy to talk about some tennis couples. But he didn't ask eating say oh your boyfriend was in the box. He said he was there. He was fishing and fishing it. It was it was Shannon, confirm that you're a couple did did he didn't say that was the implicate. You didn't obscene. She. She felt good about it. What was the question? Then. Something saying you you've got somebody in your book. Sue, we'll who can't we all know before I understand the point. But I mean, well, what do you expect as you? If you're gonna have one of the world's expense. I think it's reasonable to be who's never been to be put on this. Boy, as I said, I think it's clinker thing. I just think being put on the spot about it like that in the situation where you have to sort of go along with things and be Jolie, we've kind of gotten you don't really have the option to get not about stuff and say in that situation in a press conference he can say liquor. That's my personal life. I'd rather common. Econ really do that. Russell asked me in country. Would I have asked that? And I said thing is here that is kind of the way things happen on Australian TV that does happen. I remember Sam Smith telling that she'd had pressure put on her to ask a certain question about a plays boyfriend girlfriend. I can't remember what it was. And that is kind of what's expected here. For me. I don't feel particularly comfortable with it. I must say it's not my line of questioning. But yeah, I thought she was a little naive not to expect any any reference to the guy on faces sitting in fly bunks when a sunny, I knew nothing of their relationship. It's none of my business. But he's very well known. And he was there. I didn't think she necessarily was not expecting it not expecting and not feeling comfortable with T different thing. I know she she might have been blindsided by in which case. Yeah. But you know, should have been in that situation before as well. Anyway, I I don't feel strongly about it. Either way. But anyway, she played very well. Tennessee was. Because. The victim. She's got in place. He's twenty years old have to say I did thing when I watched the first set cool. She got a guy. Yeah. She's definitely got something big serve. Good forehands. Got one of those slingshot for the ball. Just washes off the time. She's very dangerous. Klay, actually. Yes. No. Could you could imagine? Shot. Then we had the classic didn't. We have Stanford Rinker against Miller strategy was basically being transported back three years. They played here. Three years ago. Very similar match. Four cents aches tie sets and identify. But I was thinking. As it was nearing the conclusion of the full set. I was thinking I really don't want us to be decided by v set super bolted breaker. Why because we already had break is it felt like. Now, you know, if you've if if had what would have been, you know, t toy breakers, each now, let's see you can break serve to really get the business done, but that didn't happen. And they conversation turns out to be relevant, so, Geno. I'm I mean, first and foremost, the joy of Gordon, even is of it even as Cam has returned to which is great. Didn't go round is one of the joys of tennis and just. I mean, it's greatly both of them back and really properly. Probably back time passed tool the play the the the guts on him. Really? I didn't think he had that confidence in them. Got that confidence is not. I think just he knows how to deal with these guys. And I think one of the problems when he was coaching Thomas Berbick Burdette was not open to gorens methods. He'd hired him. And he wasn't doing what he asked him to do. Because I think he was so programmed into what he he has done for so long, and I can kind of understand that if you if you think you've got thirty years of programming to play certain way, and to not let the shackles go, whereas with Chile Chile just did what he was told really. And look what happened and now I think row niche, although he's the more analytical character. I think he's more convinced by the similarities of the game in his happy to just. Yeah. And that is credit if he's been sort of malleable in that way because he gave that quote. He's the CEO of ranch tennis, which makes me. Shiver just thinking about that. But actually thinking about sort of the the taking away his comments just thinking about the track record, it kind of he's done himself disservice with that comment has very, Molly. But when you're. And that was more about sort of body language and demeanor attitude on the court he tightly to all of our mode and embraced it and kind of changed his whole being. And now here is drilling backhands down the line. I didn't know and part of his repertoire volleying was a complete revelation volleying with a total revelation, and I mean, nothing more might go and even his priority than than bringing the seven volleyer or at the very least volleyer out to somebody. I think and. Yeah, I mean it was evident. How proudly was today. And I'm sure magnum is pretty proud of Stanford Rinker, STAN. Swiss price believed that he was sad. But it wasn't. This appointed a tool because he'd played. So well. Kind of feels like he's back. Now, I think even though he's to the second round. He was working quarter or semi final semi. Semi screwed over by that drawer. Really? They were playing tennis work if the second week, especially during not first set tiebreak way wrestle control took over. This backhand. David had a few things to say about the how he described it as as he hits back cans in that second set tiebreak made you feel glad to be alive. Yes. And the reason Dave is not describing himself with the ways because there's a trail of dust in our midst way sprinted to the five Coventry books because it is a little after one AM and copy mcgary is serving the first set five four fifteen all against Johanna Konta on the Margaret Court arena. And David has the coin on the second set, which is a pretty extraordinarily the reason that it's one eleven AM, and they are not even completed with the first is, well, I mean, there's there's a combination of factors. Let's put it that way. What are we Korean? Well, I mean the world labor in arisen long finish. Novak Djokovic coming into presciently. I think he was just announced the reason that call was so long delayed is not only because round inch for Franco going for hours. But also because if Simona Halep and severe slash Sony, canon Huma it turns out with the same person the same person. Yes, you sent a message thing. Kissed Safiya and Sonya Kenan the same person. I mean, I hadn't sort of fully formulated thought about there being two cannons with pity names. Yeah. A bit equally apparent official name is severe. That's what she's in the media guide, but she likes to go by Sonya, for reasons unknown. Yes, I think people on Twitter, so find her Sonya. So that right. I mean, good luck to. Yeah. Frankly, she she plays tennis ball enough to go by whatever name. She likes is not one hundred percent unexpected is it she's the the champion from Hobart. She's she's as I said yesterday, she's in sort of Lauren Davis gutsy. Stieg how mold and yet the world mourn phone found herself in an almost inevitable feeling scrap all the leading six four three six three love echoes of French Open. Final twenty seventeen Darren say that she won this one in the end and and Kenan plays a star of tennis. When had not at her best. I feel quite similar games. Hallett was really on issue would have more and how not on is how well by her own admission, she's undercooked and terms of matches though or is she carrying a bit of an injury. I always she said she had a bit of an English picked up an injury. To what body part she seems to be being vague again. So they've after that first round victory. She was delighted, but she was talking about, you know, being tied and she was referring to body in that being a factor more than I would expect an even her pretournament press. She said that she was kind of over the back trouble that shattered in the last year. But you know, she said something something like oh. But you never know it can it can go any moment, which wasn't exactly confidence. But I must say I did I was I was impressed with the way she came through that deciding set from a breakdown it was almost as though all the influence of Darren Kahlil is kind of programmed in her now, she she knows better. What to do and how to deal with it and how to fight and how to not get too negative came into the store nement saying in incredibly, really? Yeah. I mean, I'd still love to be working Termine. I really need. A coach and ideally at like Darren comeback. But if it's not down, I need some relationships. You can't do it at this level without which is really fascinating. But I wonder if maybe she sort of like I'm not saying she's going to win the tournament. She's still she's got. Joe remains I still believe she's gonna lose to to Serena Williams. If not Venus Williams before that. But but surely there is some reasonably still ready to believe that to be convinced that. I think I think the biggest concern what we whether she can do it physically. A murderer stroll. Yes to go into Redskin and say that so that finished that much finished at eight forty. AM? And then of course, there's this sort of takes a half hour periods. Minimum for them to get the day session people out. And then the you can see on the monitors. Oh, bless them. Give these people bonus or payrolls or something because my goodness me never seen people collected letters so quickly. It was I thought I was watching time lapse video, but she it was real human beings working in real time to clean, the litter from the world labor Rena in order to pave the way for Serena Williams against Eugenie Boucher, which is which is a month match. The we've opened being up all day, and they're not she when it came to it. I ended up not saying single struck. So I'm putting on the spot him. And hoping that you saw some of it. I saw some. And what I saw Serena was very impressive. And I was thinking God why didn't I pick? Serena to win the title. Kurban which I'm still I'm still heck. Honesty. Serena was in that kind of mood where she thought. The anorak. The had benefit a chatter about this match potentially being well skin. I tested, Michael Joyce, Iran. He I mean, I keep I keep getting the woo pooled my eyes. Yeah. By chemicals in and. In Michael Joycean today. He just may be filling things are a bit different genie be show now. And and I think he suffers fools. You know, I believe in he says that she's working hard and once and is committed and all the rest of it. I do believe him. But I also just think she's fundamentally just a way less. Good ten. Far back now, isn't she and yes Bush wasn't bad. But we know was was really good. Well, what does that tell you about where Serena Williams is to and t- over not bad opponent? That's been number five in the world while she is looking very strong. She's called interesting neck, she's gone. During strengths skirt. When Serena won her first grand slam. They just keep on coming. Don't. They she beats Stover in the first round today. She was Navarre season's grand slam second week fourth three third one four friends. That's a good way to to more different opponents as far as environments reading Williams, you could not yet. I mean, she's. Close to. About this far ways. You can get. Yeah. Well, it's going to be interesting gonna be I say that was thinking that could be six six one. But I do. But I do hope we get to see that. Well, actually, I mean, how that Venus would be the range Venus number didn't she she came through on the Margaret Cho Tarinah another match which ended up being played way later in the day than the mood have been predicted. I think largely because if the tussle that Cain. She corey. Got himself embroiled in first up on that. A forty year old. Sorry eve almost forty year old eve called vich took canes your Corey to five cents. I mean, you never want to off Michiko or two sets up. So he thinking, okay. This is this is done. But. Any? So you heads. He had two break points, and he took them both either college in two one two one in the third set to win the set and any broke again and won the set in the fourth and both times he career to love and those who had. Ginny games all about serve that. I mean, that's that's as much as can be expected, isn't it? I mean completely. He lost. But made believe it made me believe in final set. Tiebreak the ten I thought it was brilliant because it fell more significant tiebreaker seven, I should I should I. With final sets when you plan five I still would like to see the women. Interestingly didn't win the Super Bowl to Maximo tie-break. Yes. Yeah. I think it's Tiber record is actually less impressive than you think. It would be. I think it's more or less. Fifty fifty. I. I. That might be has this unbelievable fifth set record, which I've always thought it was just because he gets himself in situations. Oh, my eve let me their situations. A player shouldn't be in Sasha's. Vera discuss. Yes. He's going to go telling off tonight the head or a treatment. It was it was great fun being in the radio room. Where I am because I'm on what is pantley code French row where I'm surrounded. Surrounded by French radio journalists giving their update of the French radio is a big thing. They send a lot of traveling journalist for the UK who have overall one of the biggest traveling media contingent of any nationality. You know, it's only BBC BBC radio's send people the French. I'm with as well on with VC and the French. And of course, got the situation where the Frank should you know, they've seen Simone lose. They've seen Cornell with great tennis questionable. So they're ching on shoddy to make this comeback. Say sashes. Verve. His cruising. We're all thinking. Yes. I share. Yes. You are getting back on track. We can see all week. Beds schooling. We can see our eight hours sleep leasing. Thank you very much. You heard our praise and then, but I moved say thinking oh told everybody thought maybe Jeremy show. Mike trouble. His they all say, my is gonna take a bit for breezing. But fundamentally I'm going to get eight hours sleep. Then all of a sudden show, the just starts making everything literally everything, and he's on this is on the comeback show shoddy then. I muscle loss of it was very I was I was keeping one on marching other things doing other things. But whenever I looked up shoddy seem to be you know, making contender for the tournament. Sparrow berry and where the situation the radio room where all the function were just willing shoddy or no the British journalists thinking how come on come on? We won't start coming tasting on that so Anglo-French relations. Today at a time when things aren't brilliant. And then of course, shoddy does that thing of getting into a fifth and then just completely flopping in the fifth set. Exactly exact same. Kourtney nine a vers tweeted few nights ago during Matt more Dominic team match when I think everybody knew that bete-noire Pez struggle would ultimately be in vain or suspected. So she said to I seven AM, you know. You know, much aren't we and it is one twenty three AM, and it is six four gob in America. First set and Warno in the second. There is a I would call that a smattering of human beings in the crowd on the magi Tarinah and get on them, whatever. Rumors would move the court three. Which? I believe these were more than remains. I believe that that the the organization. These people around cold started the chain of events in order to make that happen. And it was unable to happen. GT -sego feces. Yes. Excrement. They were insufficient stall presumably chil- children without left on site to clear the Siegel feces as collects on tennis courts overnight. So. Back to planet, which was a post midnight start on the Margaret Harina. And I have to say from. I mean been watching out David is busy commentating on this. Like, the absolute trooper that he is bid and all I have to say from from what I've seen blooming. Good level of tennis considering the time it day in the the I know it's their job to to maintain focus through extrordinary circus chances. But this is the latest ever start at the Australian Open blooming, good tenants. And this was a match slam when almost three and a half hours. So that was. For the morning. Thank saying ain't saying that snow at Jovic been cool to maintenance v room. What will you have to say on the basis of what you saw his match against song a straight-sets victory straightforward victory. But equally not one that they have had a flavor of if you're rich not winning NAMA say amongst my poor predictions this tournament. I did did say before the match. I reckon Djokovic shot this down and actually not turn it into a match that's going on in the small hours. And he was he broke serve. I think in the third game second or third. I'm very early on gave it back, but it was established that lead. And once the I say he's record from one south is so strong. And there was a there was a moment in the second set where you thought some might be about to. Hey kit. A blow someone was in room six eight today. I didn't know that was that existed. He was it think it might have been. Strings shrimps car. In the basement. Anyway. Yes, djokovic. I think pretty impressive tonight. What's going on here? Somebody's got a dustpan rush at the feet of J counter on. I mean, we are in wherein bunkers times is USA. I mean is there any is there any other sport where the off season is three weeks long? And we're all here pretty much every night for. I mean the off the off time during tournament is about a case placed eleven AM. It's one thirty. Let's say we finish it to which generous. They're going to be math nine hours during which tennis point be played. Be sleeping. What else happened today? Matt what else happened dominate team? As in a bad way to make bad away. What he said, he's really not sure what it is. He's had a had a cold for a few weeks and his whole body her today, and sort of a like glandular fever type hats, he he he says I don't want to put a label on doesn't know what it is you need to go back. We make medical on the basis of absolutely no. Expertise whatsoever. Yes. And it was because he looked it was something he was up with him right from the start. And then he the the swing. Yeah. And I was perhaps a bit overly positive about team. St. I thought he turn a bit of a corn on hard courts. I mean that much the US open evidence enough and even the one before Kevin in so many be you know, that was sexually of. Better intent on her court in that match. But. Maybe it's because he's just not been fading which can cut him a bit of slack. But he seems to have gone back to playing clay-court tennis on our core. And it's just just not working another out today. Chiappa vile of one got to that third round. Pretty handily pretty quietly. Yes. Without roping say have you did you say press conference? Tell me tell me the most almost existential. It was it was going on about how vibrations. It was going on about how good he fails. How proud he fails of himself. He thinks he's he thinks he's a sort of sunny different Playa more mature Playa this year. He he made the point that he didn't play Bruce burnishes played Auckland, his scheduling smart pleasing for and just the recognition the shed jailing. Having tensely been fact is any described his own tennis today's exceptional. Another exceptional match was the pretty much the first line of his press conference. His perfect body valve and his exceptional tennis. Wow. We all need to think more of ourselves. Definitely. Hey, you're on the tennis podcast. We've asked it David. He's in a bunker somewhere. It doesn't it. What's going on? Except that Joe concert is t one second set, which doesn't seem to be moving. Live a third set bolted breaker. But let's that's nothing that far ahead. A name soccer one extremely Handley. She plays who share. I saw them play at the seven challenger fee as ago, twenty fifty tennis van fate. Note is there, and we'll have to see a very very demoralized. Barry Flatman if the Sunday Times pastors. Wow. That is a is a demoralized tired. Walk was one. Sorry back to the Surbiton challenger. Yes. I can't remember huge Malpass it. Now, put it up. Move on. David. What else happened Carolina push Vaughan? She biz bizarrely. She dropped the first set bring Branko who I who. I think the fourth round a few years ago. And I remember that because it was the year that I we we hugged a co all together which resp- animals day tomorrow animals day tomorrow at ten thirty AM, which is in nine hours time in and with if if if sharedealing prevents me from cuddling, a koala tomorrow will be held people. Yeah. Watch this space another another interest- interesting stat on the women's draw is it's the first time since Wimbledon two thousand nine that the top eight seeds of reach third round Wimbledon two thousand nine hundred place to ten years ago that whole social media craze at the moment, which is the ten year challenge. Thousand nine twenty nineteen seats. All I know the tenure Tonj is Mariah Carey tweeted today the ages. I don't recognize age as a as a thing, she she simply, you know, how we were talking about constructed realities carry doesn't consider age to be a feature of eight times. She doesn't considered time to feature for life. Other results today. Young Chung semi-finalist of Los J. He lost you get bad who use. Aw in the living flesh. The Davis Cup final in Leo lost June tipped us off the the singles results might not be foreign his eyes. I'm quite I'm low key. In. Echoing the line invested in. Putting my neck on the line ever again. But yeah, he's he beat we beat team in DOE hobby query hair Chung-hai, and it'd be nice. If I mean, obviously one of the best in the world, but it'd be nice if he could transfer that to the singles go nice game. And I really wanted to know whether he was gonna play that decisive rubber in the Davis Cup final. It didn't matter in the end because we ever night. I don't know. Maybe I should get depressing skin. That's nice challenge for. Yeah. Leases judge, but he's got ranch next this space. The space the moment, by the way in. Todate tennis news is that still t-. One McGrath serving one t advantage. David law is having a wail of a time in the country pokes and another winner today was born a sheriff who I did speak to today. And. I spoke to him mainly about tennis balls and new bowl. Which is it starting to be thing? Because I mean, we'd about it in my blog. But we the blog fakes I'll give you a little overview now in that. Bona church is a big fan and things ready suits his game. The heavier and slower anything. That's that's good for him and instantly never wanna match open before. Now one too. I think he's. Think he's in a better place anyway, but perhaps the conditions helping him and look match before. And he's into third round. A lot of players are really not Kane on the bows. But the interesting thing bona Curic said was he wants he wants consistency. He wants the same bowl us pretty much. A lot of people would just assume miss the Kay. He said he'd rather he said happily use the ball that you didn't like as long as they used it all the time because then you get this. Or is this the ball demands on the women's well the ball that the using I believe so bad for both. Register Evans Dunlop ball. I was worse in there. That's not a story. The lender space fakes because get mud nerdy news and in on tennis balls on a daily basis. I'm getting on three the replay tomorrow unless there's any other business from today like to pick up on I think that is pretty much it so very quick rundown Bharti against curry I up and apparently we rules pronouncing Murray Sakaris name wrong. I don't know. I know that we're doing it wrong. I just don't know how we should be doing it. Right. We'll get to the bottom of it. And let you know. Particularly if you've been tomorrow Taylor for its against federal marisha pover- against Caroline Wozniacki. Third round. The Australian Open incredible night session. Alex manure against Rafael on the dollars spoke to call us Moyo earlier, he confirmed that Rafal Nador how strangers service mission, and it is in order to shoot much is to to try and get the job done more quickly Giambi morgue recive. And then it is Kay Beryl. What is billable? What is Austrian world code barrels? First name beginning with K. Help me out here. I'm going to click. She's taking on g Kerber Kimberly barrel. Never in doubt, Kimberly barrel. Mogok is sit surpass against Bassillac valley. Very exciting. But this appointed that it's on the same time as Sakari both of them on courts Grandpa's holders, just fails. Like, yeah. Another good matches new. Want to give them the stage, but his slightly judged the sort of atmosphere around those matches. They brought they got it so much nicer at least one of them was later or on a on the moment in a way, you get some Graham Grandpa's holders. But anyway, rental disagree to feel the same. About what she him on gonna hold far on that. Where is Greg demonstra of? We'll get to him. We'll get to Griego Anisimov over against Lanka is next up on the mall Rena. Yes, please. That sounds great doesn't it Stevens against March? And then night sessions Daniel Collins Carolyn Garcia, and then Chile against Fidesz, go Mobin Rena, Butch ones the Heison. Serena consta- Cooney at the heisinge arena because mobile notaries arena just fill that could be anywhere. But except in mobile. Can schwartzman? Yes. The thing. I have Schwartzman in the quarter-finals. But with every passing second. Thomas, but it might win the torn regret regret. How did I not see the charge of Thomas Burdett coming sausage against public anchor? Here is Greg immature of against Thomas Fabio on it now, please that is on a grounds potholders cool because what I saw when credential of one on on cool three the other night and the atmosphere and the the Bulgarian fans was quite some things I'm pleased that they'll be able to get into him Kavita, very again bench lost up. Yes. Please plenty else to see a tear phone against Sepe that third ram should be played second on court number three tomorrow. And that I think is where we should wrap. Hope it big hit. Because we we've we've had a few people get in touch with us about organization about front stiffer yesterday in suggests that we didn't give him enough credit for that victory us didn't give him enough credit in general. And and hey that could be true. But. To set the record straight. We're big fans fronts stiff, we just very limited technical knowledge of tennis have had worries about his his technique because it is a really unorthodox technique. Nothing is okay to be concerned about that. I think if you look at the players are at the top of the game, the technique tends to be pretty clean. Yeah. Nothing. That is going to be an issue for him coming out that full head. Absolutely. I, you know, I don't I'm not rowing back on anything. We said last night. I'm just. Yeah. Well. Words goes so many other attribute exactly let's leave you with the words. He was texted us in an Matic visual oughta be clear tax, David law. He remains in the bunker. She said on the subject of fronts, stiffer insurnace. She started this text by saying she can't wait to meet grad, Matt, but on the subject Frances tiff seora, she was just rolling around in the forty degree heat hundred percent humidity, wearing a bomber jacket looking even being I've ever bloody scene. Just thought as long as I live. I'm never going to achieve even. Fraction of not cool. And I felt that once just bursting with happiness and sadness anyway on the subject of Francis. Oh, she said a peek into stroke production, which is what we've been talking about. She said one of his coaches explained to her the kid had no record of his own for years. So he he'd borrow demo Frayn's in in the pro shop just to his his his father was a janitor. The local tennis club is parents were were immigrants to the United States. From Sierra Leone. His dad was the he and his twin brother who could Franklin. They his dad was. Yeah. A janitor. The local club in nice to be able to play. Their results says she says FRANZ would Bora demo friends from the pro shop or pull discarded rackets out of garbage bins accommodating, his strokes and groups to the way each played. If his hand skills ever catch up to his first step and enthusiasm. He could get real good. He's still a better athlete than he is a tennis player, which I think is probably a pithy. What we were saying what we were saying that Mary Greeley said it better. She said it's a pity. He wasn't to better an early age. Retro fitting stroke production is difficult tearing down and starting over is not easy either. He's a good kid with a big engine. And he plays his third round match tomorrow on cool number three, which is off air recall. The Australian Open say that is one of the many places to be as we leave. You. It is two three forty thirty Gubbay mcgary. It is one forty one eight AM. 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US OPEN 2020 Are you in? Pro Players List Rankings Discussion USTA Tennis Bubble

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US OPEN 2020 Are you in? Pro Players List Rankings Discussion USTA Tennis Bubble

"Style. Thing under The school, you don't have to be better than everyone else in the draw a lot on the court. You have to be better than someone that's been. Active. In his sense, you know go out there this sports I think it always makes it feel better maybe more tied in very moment but actually the recipe feels better then I think giving back as well. You know making other people happy is going to give you a good feeling to. Welcome to tennis cow chronicles the podcast to feed your passion for all things tennis. This podcast is sponsored by tennis Powell. Tennis. Pal for iphone and android is an APP for anything tennis. It connects you with other players and coaches to chat schedule playtime and share moments with download the APP today at Tennis Powell Dot com I everybody I'm Phillip Cam also known as the tennis pro for the historic Langham Huntington Hotel in sunny seven. California and it's a joy to have my co host back in the hotseat again. Welcome back Valerie Garcia. How Hot Yeah, and it really is hot in our seats. These days isn't it I mean how are you handling the heat stay indoors lots of air conditioning, right? Yes. Have you been hit at all by the rolling electricity blackouts that we've been having? No thankfully. So yes. Yes. You what about you? We haven't been hit, but I've seen it on nextdoor dot com in our neighborhood people are saying, oh we just had a blackout that kind of thing for those of you that don't know here in southern California, we have had record one, hundred degree weather. In the last couple of days and almost two weeks now. High degree weather, which is about thirty eight degrees, Celsius I think for our international listeners so very hot and unfortunately were in the wildfire season again, and it just feels like we have wildfires every year. Now that just doesn't seem right you know. Yeah. I have friends in the valley in southern California where it's on fire and there's there was a lot local to you and I in Zuza and some in Riverside I believe and then northern cal where my sister lives. There just on fire everywhere up there. Yeah. That fire looks really bad. That's about six to eight hours away from us where we are but the fires that Valerie just talked about it in a zoo. So that's actually where my tennis program is. It's on hold right now obviously because of covert. But yes, we would definitely have seen ash coming in over the courts from those fires because that's really in our backyard. Yeah, so best wishes to everybody who's struggling through all of that in southern California and and dealing with all the heat, which means a lot less tennis on the tennis courts I. Think a lot of people have been taking your break. So I've seen in attendance drop in the local courts at least just as far as people showing up in the heat. Too. Much, right. Yeah. For most people I know you and I are Sun Lovers. So we'll we tend to go out there and brave the heat Yup Yup. We're Lizard. It's nice for people like us who have open courts in the middle of the day. Exactly, we really enjoyed the heat, and so I I actually don't mind playing it like twelve one to when it's completely empty. So that's great or I'll bring out the ball machine. You know work on the back backhand did you get a ball machine? Philip I've had one for about two years? Yeah but. Yeah but it says cheapie small one that I really enjoy and it works fine. I actually converted it from battery to AC of because the courts where I hit, they actually have electricity from the public park. So I can actually plug it in because before if I had a battery, it would only last twenty thirty minutes and then it would die you know how those batteries always die. So it's nice to have a plug in for that. Yeah that's cool. What what brand is yours no. No. So that little box, the little black box he sat down on the floor I'll have to show it to you next time I. See it. I'll put a picture up on our. Well actually I think there's a picture on our on my website loves that match dot net if you go to. Tennis lessons paid for you'll see the picture of a ball machine there too. Cool. I know they were they were promoting one on the racket. PODCAST. That supposedly like awesome and I was like man if only. You know I already have one but it's old and like you said, my battery is is like I don't think it's like twelve or thirteen years old right. So the battery have to fully charge for eight hours just to get like forty five minutes. To an hour exact. It usually, I can't last that long anyway. I of all machine. Kreis. It's pretty brutal but Yeah. It would be nice to have a new one. I think Nice, Freshman I'm glad you have one. Yeah. I think really important in the covert era you know where you have to be social descent. So sometimes you know you just can't play enough tennis. So you got to pull out the ball machine which I have done quite often in this time all some well, that's good. Your game won't suffer. It's it's definitely suffered. Suffer more in the fitness is you know I was really hoping that I would be a lot more fit through all this downtime I would spend all my time exercising and building those that six pack and you know, of course. Ultimate Fail on all that stuff you know. But I know you've got a lot done around your house and painted Your House and I'm sure you're doing. He like cleaned all your your your tools in your garage. So you know being productive home. Depot has all my money. All the kittens of southern California have all my money. I cannot believe the cutest pictures you're posting I. Love that one all the kits ends with Star Wars names. So that was hilarious Oh. Yes. Yes. That's my I have ten right now ted Kitin search my gosh it's GonNa have to call you. Valerie. 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Who created this book and are doing this give with us they're gonNA mail it directly to the winner sweet and I That's a great book and whoever wins it's going to be very lucky. They won't be disappointed. Yeah. It's it's a treasure to ask. So I I, really enjoy it and M- of course my hope is someday I'll get to see Roger Federer again, you know I was at Indian Wells I would take the book and get it signed. But hopefully, maybe next year we'll fingers crossed right Yeah let's hope Nicholas are rough. Reporter was just asking me if he's been getting the emails from. Indian wells saying tickets are available. Now have you been getting those emails? Yeah. For Twenty Twenty, one yeah, I saw that. It's interesting. It's like. Well, it's Kinda hard to plan like. Do we buy them and then just get a refund again right They're GONNA have it. Are they going to have it with no fans. You know like rights it's hard. It's so hard to tell what's going to happen to. Indian. Wells bubble. Yes. Well I mean. That is a great segue into the US Open because I cannot believe that the US Open is just one week away now and they're going for it. You know last podcast we were saying. Shouldn't they be canceling? I wouldn't it be prudent thing I mean at this point, there's no turning back right I mean they are full steam ahead they're going for it and in this podcast later people please stay tuned for Rich Nar who's going to talk about some of his in-depth views on what's happening with the USDA and with the US Open he's had great discussions with the president of the the the national president of the US. So. He has a lot more insight into what's happening there and his newsletter somethings I highly recommend Tennis Club Business News. So you can check that out what do you think Valerie give us an update on what you know with players and where we are going into the US Open. Yes well. First of all I can't wait to hear that interview. After we go over this it's probably going to have so much insight to have a tennis insider were such outsiders were such fans you know. Who just study whatever we could find we don't have our press passes yet. But one day we will one day day. So the US Open well I will just preface to say the US Open for those who don't know is going to be held at the in flushing were normally is Billie Jean King Center Currently, they are having the Cincinnati Masters One thousand, which is the western and southern financial open I'm actually watching it on TV right now, Sloan Stevens, wait how are you watching it? WHO's broadcasting it? Tennis Channel. Oh Wow. Yeah I just watched John is ner win and now I'm watching Sloan Stevens she's down a set, but she looks good on serving the second. Oh my gosh I thought great. There's no spectators. So that's kind of weird and then when they make the announcements like the chair umpire, it's kind of like who were they announcing to like? It's definitely you know it's strange but you know when we were watching all those exhibitions and the camera angles, kind of you know just were less than par for us It's at least nice to have all the big money at a tournament have all the great camera angles were used to. So you're getting to see tennis the way you really want to write without the noise offense. So it's not like the gopro stuff that was happening behind the scenes, top three hundred people, and then just one little gopro kind of thing happening. Exactly. Exactly. It's great cameras the we're used to But. Yeah. So the western southern is happening they're actually playing at the same place that the US Open will be played, which is the Billie, Jean King Center in New York. However, I think they're only playing on outer courts. Court ten court seventeen and a few others I don't actually know. But I'm assuming that they're doing that to give a different feel and that when the US Open starts, they'll play on the bigger stadiums at least different stadiums. To make it seem like a different tournament even though I I know that they try to make all the courts on one location as similar as possible At, their level of professionalism they can tell the difference between each court you know The minor little the subtle differences and the size of the court also. Makes a big difference how much room you have to run around but going onto the US Open I will try and list out in somewhat of A. Systematic order to keep it easy. I'll start with the women ladies first. So let me ask you a question. So the the reason that they're all playing on the USDA campus is that because they're trying to create the bubble the tennis bubble to keep everybody safe I believe. So I believe that yeah. They did not want to have people everyone going to Cincinnati and then everyone traveling a week later. Right, because the finals going to be this weekend and then the US Open starts like a day after the final right and it's so interesting because I think that's really the only way that sports is moving forward right now I heard this wonderful podcast from the New York Times about the NBA and the bubble that they had to create the actually you know, chose Walt Disney world created a bubble and it's like two million dollars to test every player they're. Actually tested, getting tested daily on the NBA side they had to task and then wait eight hours. Then test again, just to be in let into the bubble and then all of these players are being tested every day. So you know millions of dollars being spent to create this bubble so that people could go and play basketball safely because I mean, how do you play basketball? You're like in each other's face you're sweating you know it's just crazy, right? contact. All kinds of fluids going everywhere. You know that's just crazy and so at least tennis outdoors, it's pretty distance. It's easy to keep your distance. Does the US have two million dollars to spend on just creating that bubble and keeping everybody safe and then? Will the tennis players you know adhere to all of the regulations right? That's the big question. Right, I did hear on the other podcast that one so far leading up to the western open that There was one coach trainer who tested positive with Kovic, and so it's one of the trainers for one of the doubles teams, and so because of that that doubles team obviously is out of the Cincinnati and has to wait now to see if they will get back in to the US Open. So that's huge right? I mean once you test positive you're out that's that's the end of your play. There's no coming back because you'll have to wait at least twelve days, which is the whole tournament, right? Yeah. Yeah and I actually I think there was two more from South America to more players that are not going to be allowed to play because their trainers tested positive and there's just not enough time to quarantine and test and be on the drawl right Well, I don't I don't remember their names they were lower ranked players but. Yeah, it's unfortunate and I just read today that key Nishikori tested positive for a second time for a second time I saw that. It's it's questionable whether or not he will. Test positive in time to play. but it's kind of I think at this point, it's. More, likely than not that he won't play. Right, because I mean is he even if see in New York already That I do not know because if he's not in New York, there's no way he's GonNa make it how how will you travel tested positive? There's no way. Yeah. Exactly and then, and then once he gets into New York, you'll have to quarantine for twelve days. So unless he's he already it's too late there's no way. Yeah. Well. We'll see. So shall I shall I enlightened with my list please yeah. I'm sorry to interrupt but I was just thinking out loud about how hard this situation is you know and and how strange it is that these sports entities like basketball or tennis. These people are going to be tested every day right to make sure that everybody's safe and not only all the players but all the staff, all the servers, everybody who's involved in this trainers physios, and you know a lot of places in the US, we can't even get a tests. So it's it's a it's a little weird you know. For sure. But yeah please update us tell us what's going on. Awesome. So I'm going to start with the women and all that you know who some big names that are in we got Serena. Miss Serena. Williams that's a big deal I. Think Right is this a good chance for her to get number twenty four prob- probably a great chance right And then as it kind of weird as well because she has those health pre existing health conditions with her pulmonary embolism and such. That you know were life threatening when she was giving birth So it's just kind of interesting that she chose to play I, guess, she must really believe that they've made. The tournament safe we have cocoa gov shelby playing Sloan, Stevens Sophia Kenan and those are some of our big name Americans. We have a Johanna Konta. And your girl Goba is playing and Oh some the Czech Republic. Yes and Soko will be playing as well. So those are some of the big names that we can count on seeing and then There's a there's a lot of people who are in I. I'm not going to obviously read the entire drawl and there's a lot of people who are out but I'm trying to just name. The bigger names people are going to recognize And also probably more. So leaning towards having some sort of like being the favorites in the draw although it's very hard to say, there's any favorites given the training conditions that everyone is going through right it's like never. Before seen training conditions and everyone, there's a lot of actually articles I found when looking for this information that was on players either complaining or just. Just sharing their feelings about How the training is not. Fair quote unquote you know a lot of people some people who don't have a lot of money or access to. Went months without being able to play. Tennis So any who what we'll see what that holds in terms of favorites hold up or not But so who's out my girl? Petkevich, she's out not that she's relevant but I love me some petkevich she so great because so silly she's and she's such a character, right? In our sport. Yeah. Love her. And then some big names and and former Grand Slam champions. A HALLA PAL UP is out. Big. Yeah. That that is big. Not as a surprising since she did didn't play in South America when the Zico thing was going on. So I wasn't surprised that. She chose to skip this Belinda bench is out Defending, champion. Is Out, but she actually has an astro. She's out just because she's injured she may have chose not to play anyway but regardless, we won't know because she. I think. Is it her hip or ankle? Do you know what she hurt I can't reveal. Yeah she's hurt again. That's the point and which is unfortunate because she was a rising star and having such a great start the year. Super talented wow. Ball skills her her high forehand dropshot. Crazy, oh. Yeah. Love watching her plan so sad that she's hurt. Former US Open champ champion us, Bet Lana coups, nets UvA is out spittle Spirulina is out along with her boyfriend Moan fees, which will get to when we get to the men Kiki Burton's the women's world number-one. Ash. Bharti is out. PALLIATION. Cova Julie Gorgas Sam, stow sir, my girl. And Wong Cheung is out Chinese number one. She's one of my favorites. So not playing either. So that's my list of women who are out and which reminds me to say that basically all of the China swing is done, it's canceled like none of the Asian countries are hosting tennis and their rates are incredibly low like they're closing everything down when they have like a new outbreak of ten, you know Kobe tasks and here we are in the. Thousands in the US, and we're still the turnament we're awesome. Sunday say arrogant but you know we'll see. So the men the men we who do we have in who are we going to watch and be excited about Jovovich joke of will be in and I think he had a surprising exit last year. So I'm sure he'll be excited to do better and he is probably really excited. He's. Pretty sure been vocal about. Not wanting to miss any chance to catch a dollar federal. So I'm pretty sure. He's just Hungary to get a Grand Slam asterik or no Asterik Murray Murray actually I think he got a wildcard because somebody else. withdrew. I feel like there's a little buzz around Murray right now like there's actually people talking about him and saying, you know this could be something for him because he you know he's returning to tennis in a in a big way where he maybe wasn't ready and now he's coming back. But at the same time, everyone is returning tennis and maybe everybody's not ready. So almost like an. Even, playing field, and of course, he's an incredible player in his game style and his court knowledge you know. So it's interesting to see what his game can do against everyone else and how ready everybody else will be right. Yeah. mean. I hope that would be really awesome because he's won the US Open a couple times right a few times maybe three such a great player yeah. Yeah. So excited about that we have Sasha's. dominic team the man who never says no to a tournament. Didn't Daniel Medvedev of last year's finalist who took nidal the five amazing sets He'll be back sillage former Champion CINCY POSS and rising star Baron teeny there they'll all be playing. So those are some players that will I'm sure we'll all have our eyes on hoping that they can make it. To the. Fourth Round or so we can start seeing these classic matchups. And then out WHO's out well. Obviously. You Know Nidal, and Federer very sad to see them out the door I mean, yeah. An adult the for the champion Yeah. He's not he's choosing not to defend his title. So that's so crazy right both men and women's champion that's gotta be a first that they're both returning. How strangers that twenty twenty come on? Yeah. Well, we'll get to we'll get to maybe the reasons why when we talk about the rankings a little bit but I There's been speculation that you know. had. The rankings not been frozen the doll would've tried to play the US. Open but he's he has cited that he chose it for health reasons and so you know good for him Kudos to him fetters going to be gone but he is recovering from his surgery and re-aggravating the injury during rehabilitation so he was going to be out anyway and once again. There's talk around federal to as just being that the guy who's lucky like he also benefiting a lot from the fruit frozen ranking points because he's not playing for, he's not going to play for eight nine months at all and he's going to have his ranking frozen. All right. So that's nice for him. He's a good planner. Yeah Right. He knows when to get injured we got curious WHO's out with Songa, WHO's out. We have stand bothering a former US Open champion who's out, which made me really sad when I saw that and then as I previously mentioned multis is out and Nishikori most likely out and then Luca Poi- is also out but I believe that is due to an injury and not a chosen coronavirus skip. So that's our list of WHO's in WHO's out again I just you know. I apologize if I left her favorite player out they probably weren't in the top fifty. That's a great list. That's a lot of great information, and of course, everything can change it every day as we head on up to the US Open. But yeah, that's really great to know who's in and who's out right now. Yes, and then so I was speaking a bit about the rankings which I just We had to look it up because as I said, Nicholas had told me what about The rankings you know I was like, wow what a great point. So I quickly before we got on this call looked up what is happening with the rankings because I did see an article about them saying that you know Nidal was point calculating when deciding where to play and so basically the way the rankings normally work is you have a calendar year you have a twelve month period you know. All your points for that year from from each tournament you know, sit there and the next year. If you do better, you get an increase in points. If you do worse than your points fall off, so you can move up and down the rankings. But what what has changed is they're going to have a twenty two month period. It's from March this year too I'm sorry March last year from because when. We stopped This year was in March. So they froze all of last year's and it's going to December, this year. So it's going to be twenty two months instead of twelve months, which is almost doubling the amount of time that they're going to be basically frozen and so what is going to happen though is if the player chooses not to play the tournament, they still get to keep their points from. The previous year. If they play, they're going to get to choose obviously they're going to choose the better one, but basically, they're going to get to keep their better result. So let's just say, let's say like four someone who won the tournament last year. Let's just go with Cincinnati since that's what's happening right now someone who wants Cincinnati last year if they play again this year and losing the first round, they still get to keep their championship points from last year. Because they have the. To. Exactly. So within the twenty month twenty, two month timeframe whatever their best result is from the from the even the same tournament gets to stick. So. It's kind of That's very weird. Right generally you there's a lot of pressure on these players to do well, if they've done well at a tournament the year prior but now they're going to get to play without fear of losing any ranking points. So yeah. So the other thing is that they they actually the way that they comprise. The points is they take the best results from eighteen tournaments and the last Fudge. That was awesome. I gotTA use that. Piano. Was So dramatic. So the way they do it is they take the best eighteen tournament results from the twenty two month timeframe and that is your ranking. So it really is a great incentive for tennis players to play because I mean, they could all choose to sit on the sidelines and lose nothing. But if they do play, they could better their ranking especially like for instance Djokovic, he could easily better his ranking because he got knocked out last year exactly and I mean we all assume that he will do quite well. If. Not Win easily I. Mean at least that's how I feel because he's been training and playing a lot like right I mean everybody's missing out on competition but he's got a good amount of training competition compared to the rest of the field. He also has this really strange bandage right now that he tested positive with covert months ago and assuming those antibodies are still active in his body. He probably is impervious to vid during this timeframe I guess that would be the same with Zavarra as well. Right But the NISHIKORI tested positive again. So There's a chance that that doesn't hold up what was the time distance between when he had it and when he didn't have it I actually don't know any of those details. Yeah. Because I think well, here at least in the United States to CDC is saying approximately three months that the antibodies give you protection. and. You know who knows if the information we're hearing from our federal government is correct or not it's really hard to know. But I mean just just that feeling that maybe he can feel more free be less stress less worried about illness just because he has that. Kind of advantage. For sure I mean I don't I don't really see anyone. Taking them out personally but stranger things have happened. I know I've been joking on the tennis court with my local buddies like. Why even have the tournament just hand joker the the trophy. You. Know just give it to him and save all this. You know risk of getting infected. Yeah Right. But. If it's not Djokovic, you've gotta think all these young guns are saying look I only have to be Djokovic now, I don't have to be three and that's why it's always been impossible right? Like, okay. You can beat Djokovic maybe then you could beaten doll, but then you have to beat Federer or you know in any in any combination of those three. At minimum, you had to at least get through two of them back to back right which is nearly impossible nearly impossible and I mean very few people have done. It that I can think of I mean team is right up there. Right he's taken at all of them out I think Zavarra of beat Shoka Vic and better at. At the finals rat the London. Again. That's three centers which I don't think really count I. D-. In a slam, there's only like one or two people who have ever done it. Right? Right and I think the record even though everybody says Medvedev has a great chance I mean he he's never actually won a five-set. from if I. Understand that correctly. A. Five five set final I should say. He's he's been in a couple of them and he's lost them all so. Yeah well. I. Shall. We shall we play the game now who men and women like what's your call will? It's really hard right because you don't. Always know lead up tournaments other than Cincinnati which. you haven't here's lunch exhibition tournaments to go off of which joke of each and team and Zverev all did very well and but they were playing against. You know a lot lower ranked players in these weird experts like the ultimate tennis showdown had weird rules four quarters. All these. Antics right wasn't like right tennis and then The other ones also had had different scoring. You know the third set I think for some of them were was like A. A. tie-break type of thing. Instead of a full set. So Right I don't know that any of them have had really enough conditioning. To to know how they're going to do in five the best of five for two weeks for for a two week tournament which has always been the US Open. They've always said has been the hardest one because it's towards the end of the year and you're battling injuries but everyone's now super fresh but also. Super Rusty, right. You're also battling ton of heat. You know usually the soap in is really brutal. Really is I guess they do it with at the Australian Open is probably more brutal but you're right? Yeah, I mean it's going to be hot and then it's weird to it's got to be weird like playing a grand slam with no crowd right because you better believe that a crowd has so much to do with a lot of. Think when if Serena gets tight. Or? Jovic, or whoever right? who normally have like a ton of crowd support. unless they're playing Federer and Djokovic case but normally these people are really used to being able to get sort of pumped up and get a bunch of energy from the crowd support. And the like, how weird is it going to feel that they're playing for a grand slam with no one clapping no-one screaming you know I've got to think that that gives the advantage to the underdog whoever that is. Yes. There they're used to not getting the chairs in back they're used to getting you know kind of. Anti cheers. People cheering when they double-fault or people cheering when they hit it out you know. So they're actually going to have less of a distraction and maybe kind of evens the playing field in a lot of ways. I mean I think this is gonNA. Be The coolest and strangest US Open I can't wait to watch as much as possible because we're going to see like. Really. Crazy. Stuff happening I mean I. I think there's going to be. A lot of shocking headlines as far as like not only just who loses early to someone they shouldn't have lost to quote unquote but also who like, how does Corona Virus Play Who's trainers going GONNA test positive and they're going to have to withdrawal because you know they have to quarantine or something like that. You know. and then what happens like do we have a draw full of walkovers or do lucky losers get thrown in It'll just be interesting, right it'll just be a tournament we've never seen. Yeah I honestly. Feel like it's such a blip on the on the calendar just such an anomaly that it just shouldn't count like I really feel like the US Open should just be an exhibition until we actually get back to you know where everything is. Somewhat normal and and people can actually play again because I mean even if Djokovic wins you know that everybody's GonNa say, Oh, well, that's because it was the Cova Tournament. GOING GONNA. Totally discount it and I think I think it's actually different for Serena I, think if Serena wins I feel like they're going to give it to her more but who do you think is the biggest competition on on the women's side Is the as I think there's it helps and hurts her equally more than anyone. How first of all Serena is notorious for. Two players shouldn't lose too. Early on when there's a lot of pressure. But she also really relies on the crowd the US Open to help push through those close matches. So I feel like she's very vulnerable in the sense that she's not going to have that support to help push her over the edge if he wakes up and has a bad day she screwed. Because she's missing that that extra edge she has being a home home player however that being said I, think like because there's no no one there and it's it'll be a lot less pressure, right? Because everything's so kinda strange. I feel like maybe she'll just. All of those expectations of you know. Thirty thousand people screaming her name you know not being there will help her as well to just relax. So it'll be interesting to see how she actually goes with that. I think the draw will be important. Right? Who knows if she gets someone WHO's The draw means so much so much forever right. I'm feeling great about ASAKA too. I mean I, feel like Asaka can take anybody out if she's up to speed and you know. She so fast so I feel like this is her tournament to lose in a lot of ways I feel like Serena's a little bit under Naomi as far as chances are concern. But true I'm GONNA I'M GONNA go out on a limb and say like plus Cova like she. She kills at all the you know lower ranked tournaments and usually kind of doesn't do as well at These grand slams, which is why she's not aggressive champion yet but I wonder if it's going to be different here because there isn't that much pressure there isn't the crowded really is matched by match player-against-player without all the other stuff and that's when she does really well, she's super calm. So I'd like to see her really step up and just play her game without all the distraction and pressure on wonder if this could be here, call I think you're totally on to something there. she definitely does. Feels pressure from a crowd and tends toll lose matches that she shouldn't. I'm and does very well when it's not like a big stakes match like. A Grand Slam I don't see why not and plus with her serve. What a weapon? Yep. I would I would not definitely not be surprised but I'm really hoping that one of the Americans will step up and take it Cocoa Golf actually lost in the first round of Cincinnati. so Hopefully. That doesn't hurt her confidence but We'll see I that would be nice to see her have a nice run as well. I mean and that's the whole point, right? No one is match ready on the men or women side there's no one is match ready the there haven't been matches how can they be matched ready? They can practice all they want. They can do you know practice. Matches all they want, but it's a different thing when you're playing against the next person down the list, who is just says high level you know approaching high levels, you not a practice partner. So none of these people are ready in my book. Yeah. For sure and and the women haven't had very many exhibition tournaments The men have had quite a few. And Sloan Stevens? Just lost F Y. So, hot and cold man. Yeah. I I'm also feeling on the men's side team is right there I mean, I don't feel like he's lost any bit of his intensity even after the Adria tour where everybody tested positive he literally flew off plane to the next tournament. You know he was just like their I'm ready I'm playing. I'm done I kinda feel like if it wasn't for Covid, this would be his time So even with now the quarantine Ken he even more. So take advantage of the fact that he's really on right now. Yeah I mean I would think he's The favourite next in line to Jovovich right without a question. So we'll see it will be it would be fun to see him do well, you know Of, course with. The Dahlan Federer out and as a federal fan. I would love to see someone step up and get have a new. Avenue Champion in a Lotta ways. For Djokovic. He gets off the hook because if these were normal tournaments without the quarantine man, he grilled incessantly about all the negative press that he's gotten up to this point with his tour were you know with the Anti vaccine with all of the stuff he's talking about for the vaccination I feel like he would be He'd feel a lot more negatively but because it's GonNa be so corentin much of the press is not going to be there I think he's going to have a little bit of get out of jail free card going on. Yeah Yeah for sure I mean there's just so so many strange things that are going to affect this but. It it'll be cool I. mean we're when will we ever have this experience again? And then it'll be cool when the French Open comes in a month or whenever that is and to see the kind of differences between. How to play out. Yeah. All right. We're going to end it there. That's our show for this episode. Thanks so much for listening. As promised, we will have the rich nee our interview on the next episode which I will upload very shortly. I can't wait to hear what Richard has to say. About everything I think you'll really enjoy hearing about his views on the US ta his drop in Tennis Program and Book and more insider Info on the US Open. Don't forget to check out our better esque giveaway online. Oh, you can join our conversation access the show notes and discover are fantastic bonus content on our blog love set match dot net and thanks again to our sponsor tennis POW visit their website at tennis pal dot com download their helpful tennis, APP? I. Think you'll really enjoy it. Hey. Stay safe. Enjoy the US Open and may all your serves as

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US Open Day 6 - Serenas statement; Felix takes flight; Tsitsipas - What happened!?

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US Open Day 6 - Serenas statement; Felix takes flight; Tsitsipas - What happened!?

"Hi this is Marion. Bartoli. Mats Wilander this is Mary Carillo. I'm stunned Rohingya and lighting Hewitt I'm Andy. Murray. This is Yannick Noah and you're listening to the tennis podcast. And Welcome to the one hundred tennis podcast of twenty, twenty a year in which we hardly had any tennis and we're still come up with a hundred show. Sound quite proud of that. and. Just, by way of introduction for those, you only just started listening to the tennis podcast you in the US Open My name's David Law. This is Catherine where to go helicopter Catherine. Hello David. New Listen this is speaking. Yeah Catherine's a very fancy TV presented by the way if you just needed checking and she's just come back from wearing lots of TV makeup and being in the studio. No Right now I'm not I've chiseled off the first three inches of makeup. There is still some remnants. If, you'd like to the process looks like we have posted a picture or three on our social media channels today at tennis podcast. If you'd like to know how the TV world works, it was a bit of an eye opener for me after. Market Jim Carey's. The, mosque. and. The being woman world. Works David. Yeah. Yeah I'm learning. I'm only forty six, nearly forty, seven Just. Just learn all the time. That the voice you just had was Matt Roberts who's also past tense podcast math and yes and Not a TV presenter. Still, time. Right. So let's talk about some tennis showy and let's start with. Last night because this time last night. Matter the words Oh sit Sebastian Orage sits apostle win that and you know I think we'll probably be pretty quick. Thanks David. Three that was. That was agreed by the way. Yeah. That was part of a conversation in which I said Oh yeah. Now. That's GONNA be one sided. Surpass. So that's tell us what did happen because after Catherine went to bed. I helped you a little bit with the tennis podcast recording and editing and I just saw I think it was i. think sits the just got the break in the third set on the. I'm just going to hang on to see if he holds this and then I'm GonNa go to bed at two sets to one. Which I did. And then I woke up. To Matt's WHATSAPP which said. Wait until you read about passing charge it is wild yet. Tell us more. Yes. I was not expecting to still be up after it was light. I had my breakfast before I, went to sleep. Everything was very strange and that was all because I got caught up and swept up by churches comeback against sit surpass because sit surpass got himself to five one up in the fourth set church held serve sits passer free at five to lost serve had match points at five three, two of them lost them both with errors had triple match point on his serve at five four made three more errors had advantage on his five four made another era lost his serve lost the next two games church took the fourth set. Sit. Surpass. Regained some sense of composure in the fifth set after really spiraling both in terms of his play and his mental stability in that fourth said he was he was shouting his dad throughout that fourth set. Maybe, we'll come on so that relationship in a minute, but it was quite uncomfortable to watch at times. He did compose himself in the fifth set went up a break immediately lost it the only possible solution to the Max v set tiebreak it went there. To sit surpasses I three serves with double faults and Church won the tiebreak and completed the comeback it was it was completely extraordinary and I tweeted that it fell intrusive to watch it because there was nobody watching obviously in the stadium apart from the two teams. So if you were watching this match you were you were kind of getting a particularly intimate experience, but it felt excruciating an intrusive because it was so difficult to watch sits at Pasco through that it was it was almost cruel there was that we were allowed to watch this because it was It was a shock, an implosion that I've never seen him before and it was it was a really tough watch, but also also an intoxicating one. Friend wondering real all of that off without glancing down at any kind of nights whatsoever. It's like is indelibly printed on his brain. Yeah, you know I woke up this morning to a Reply to our. Promotion of that as of last night's podcast, the I reply was. Did you talk about sits upstairs. To try to explain, yeah, we did just a out of dates and embarrassing. How Did after explain we can't on this occasion do an emergency podcast because matters the only one who saw its and he's just gone to bed at seven a. m. and. Eight thirty am without having seen any of it. So we're going to have to wait until until tonight. So that's why you hearing about it now, but it was it's worth the wait to talk about it because the so much to unpack there isn't a an and starting immediately with sits surpasses tweet. How long after the match did sit surpass tweets the this is the funniest and saddest thing that has ever happened in my career I think literally ten minutes. He barely left the court and suddenly. That tweet popped up on his timeline I mean, he left the court. Talk just yeah. A rack of a human being they not allowed to wear. This is USA open unless they're physically playing tennis. There's a lot. There's a lot of. The shirt listeners I am enjoying all the sort of pauses when they remember that they have to follow protocol whether it be in a match when someone's hit a blistering winner march the chair. GonNa, pick up my towel. It sort of takes away from that moment and sit surpass was wandering off the call Anita put on my mask and it kind of should my. It kind of took away slightly from his sort of quite dramatic exit. The nipples can remain expose but not the nose and mouth. Maybe I'm, David. I will so. He didn't do a press conference some rating I'm not quite sure why. I'm not sure extraordinary. It was about two in the morning local time left alone everywhere else in Europe where it was seven, eight him but yeah, I, mean. I'm not really sure as to the reasons for that. I'M GONNA. quit on Bona cherish how how enough to do that I mean was it Sounds like. The choke of chokes really. But that also feels that little unfair to change. What's what's your feeling on? Well. Yeah I mean it was. It was a definite choke from sits to pass. But other than those moments, the quality remained very high for the match in Church certainly paid very good match and what I thought he did was make it a bit personal. Once he realized there was a chance of a comeback. He he started fist pumping in sits surpasses directional getting in his face and I don't really think of churches that kind of person but I think he sent there was an opportunity and that sits pass was not particularly stable and he's a he's incredibly consistent. Player from the back of the court when he's playing well when he's when he's off his forehand sprays all over the place but this was the best I've seen in place since two thousand, eighteen season, which was when he beat veteran Hallo in Shanghai and helped Croatia win the Davis Cup and looked like he was on the verge of a bit of a breakthrough really or another breakthrough after his initial one years before that and yeah, he was he was really great and it's a it's taken awhile to get to this stage because I remember speaking to him. In Australia at the start of the year when he said he said that he goes on the court expecting to play badly. At the moment which was the which was how low his confidence was I mean that is. That's as low as confidence can get I think and it's taken them quite a while to rebuild it and this was. This was being rebuilt I. Think he looked he looked like a different man when he was mounting that comeback. Remember talking to you about an press conference of his that you went to Australia and being really affected by it. Actually I mean, I'm not sure he's he's this word, but it sounds to me like he's gone three periods of depression over the post. Few months will certainly something akin to it. The the the no joy. No. Joy in the game to think of this. This kid that was so ahead of the curve, you know he was getting wins a big full players before any of the sort of official next-gen emerged before the words next-gen had ever been thought of Little Aden outed he was. Know One of the original. What he was one of the catalysts for the for the conception of the next Gen, and then he sort of faded from its lineup in faded from the conversation somewhat and I think he's been affected by that I. Think she think there were some personality similarities between him and sit to pass a don't think they necessarily fit into the the laddish tool culture. I think they the keep themselves themselves little bit maybe a bit introverted quite thoughtful people I think church probably keeps a slightly better balanced. Than Sits Paseo margin is just rocking back and forth in it green somewhere at the moment. but yeah, I am chuffed. GonNa, Charge, but I I worry for pass because we know he takes defeats halt. I mean it was off to the French Open last. that much that he lost the Rinku which was not a choke the tool it was just a sensational match where. A play had to win. He said he didn't leave his bedroom for ten days or something. You saw him go off into the. Student you. Day, he was wearing a shirt. we've, sort of. Sort of going. Is. Pack, yeah It's I do worry about the effect that this could have on him, not not in some sort of existential crisis as such but more just how it may affect his career because this sort of lost does give you A. Real. Trauma I think and and. At least it can do and I can't imagine. Until he wins big match where he doesn't do that. and I don't even think that that completely vanishes it a think it's going to stay there I think he's got to do it multiple times. Now he's got a close out big matches multiple times. He's going to get rid of this from his mind that's at least logic would tell me anyway at least my logic would maybe he works differently maybe. I think there are some players maybe are able to put things away in a box PA- for him to be that affected on the court. Of all the people. I would not have expected this to happen to him. A really wouldn't there is absolutely no empirical evidence to suggest this to pass is a things were antibiotics Kinda guy. He's he's let's well on this. Song as possible do you have an existential crisis. Said to you that a player is going to lose six match points and lose a match from seven for the match forty level up. I really wouldn't have put him in that bracket because I think he's found the foundations of his game is so solid. His Physic- Keleti doesn't let him down. He was dumped in shots in the net he was shanking. And a really. Really. Don't understand that. Was it did you coined the term shopping on? On twitter. Did I say he got the shanks. Oh Did I. I think. Moment of inspiration that we witnessed. Yeah that's the thing he wasn't just missing. Slightly he was missing dramatically and I agree with you. David. Sit surpasses a is a player who I think has set belief in his game and trust himself and and I don't associate those sorts of players necessarily with choking no i. mean he he never? Seems more secure than Zverev for instance. I never think oh we're going to get. We could get twelve double-faults in a minute. Hey, you know order something we'll just bright down dramatically it took me it took as you said, Catherine, it took for. His peak to find a way past day and and you mentioned that that's an interesting. Point of discussion I mean, obviously, we know Zehra of has had a grand slam problem that's been well documented. Doing need to now think that sits surpass has a little bit of a Grand Slam problem. Okay. His breakthrough came at a slam which I think is maybe why why we haven't thought of it so far because he did have that moment, he beat federally got to the semifinals but since then will certainly since that loss to Rinca his grandson record is subpar though apply of his quality. This is the first time I've thought that and I think think Greg was that ski said on on the prime coverage today the outside of the Australian Open he's only beaten top fifty player at a slam once. which were, which is a really. Alarming record. So. If we're having that conversation about Zverev which we are. We probably should be having about six passes well. Greg thinks he greg come comes down in the middle of the raging mostly on social media arguments about whether he should sack his dad. Not from being his dad's from being his his coach. Gregg thinks that he needs to bring in another voice that keep it up the. Post losses going I think even if Stephanos told him to go somewhere think post loss probably wouldn't listen but keep keep him. They keep him around absolutely having their but you need another voice which sounds entirely logical to me except that there's no point in bring in the voice if they're either not going to be listened to or not going to be allowed. To properly express their opinion. I. Don't know whether this is true but I have heard rumblings about chiappa valve the reason coaching relationships kind of ready workout will have an impact is because basically his his mother is his coach. And and she no matter who's both on board that the voice is drowned out or guided And I'm not insulting that necessarily she's done a good job he's a good player but. Kind of negates the. Negates the point to bring in extra. So usually, no. He I believe he's still involved, but he is not a New York. His his mom his. His moments. Donahue who sits surpass what sort of character would work? As a coach in environment. I don't really know nobody really springs. To mind. I have no idea what he would be like as a coach overseas had the relationship was visiting about I know he's very close to Marcus bypasses. And they've talked about the possibility of a coaching relationship in the paused with that would be full moon little informally at an. But Y- I think we sits pass it would have to be somebody has some kind of emotional. To sound pompous about it. But you know thinking about how to pass would put it some sort of philosophical connection to I can't imagine him having a you know the sort of relationship that it's reported the Marina Sharapova N- Thomas Hoax stead had which was. Outside of the confines of the court, we do not hang out and shots. We don't talk about life ci the fight whatever sit surpassed need somebody that will. Listen To pour his heart. Fit Dinner about his. Twenty one year old life problems and Anybody. Heard the interview we did with spanked answers at the end of last year will be uplifted I'm sure and. I can't I just got away from that. So happy talking to him so. I can't imagine he would be anything other than a good influences a person. I think I think the thing with sit surpassed though is this situation that he's got with his father and actually his his family more generally kind of. Being. So involved in his career is that has been bubbling away as a potential problem for a little while now I mean it was a it was the ATP Cup when it really blew up and then account remember where it was but there was a press conference where his mom came to sit in on it the day are. Weird today after sits of passage said that he thought they were to involve. There's definitely A. Definitely a little bit of a problem there I think even if you go back to Paris last year, the French Open that match against for Vancouver, was were outbursts. The First. to Roy I had forgotten about his mom going to that press conference and asking a question. Go that was with. Yep Yeah. Didn't feel like it did in many favors. I. I'm sure sits Pascal source it out because he's that good I mean I matt a title Fuller Myself I had him on my semifinals. Authority could be a real threat to Jovic and he's not he's not even getting anywhere near that but I believe in him a believe in what he is as an athlete and the player but crikey this results. Logically. At least to me is a really tough one to get over. So we'll see we'll see whether it may may do a lot of good that he's got another Grand Slam to. Thrust himself straight into and get on the clay and. Build his way back up but yeah, it's it's a tough one. The biggest story of the day today. Is. The match that we saw between Serena Williams and Sloane Stephens and it was one that you really built up to on prime video and you'll coverage today catherine and quite Riley and I found absolutely fascinating to watch the spectacle didn't say the whole match. From start to finish I was but I had it on throughout while I was. Gone about my various. Business with my kids and cooking dinner and all the rest of it. But I was I was trying to work out. The turning point because Stevens took the first six two. And it was close early on at least in the second set. And then it's suddenly turned around and I couldn't really work out from the the the passing viewing that I was doing. Water turned what changed it or you? Really. I didn't fight you met but I'm not sure there was a moment there was i. don't think. So yeah. It just sort of just the natural break of the set. As is so often the case because if the beauty of Tennessee scoring system. It just. It provides an opportunity for first. Serena to. Regroup I, mean all the cliches I mean her her serve picked up. Was the big difference in sets two and three to set one for sure. Yeah. Absolutely and I think she I think she physically won't. I think losing that I the way she did. Loosened her up. She looks luggage sluggish in the opening set and. Sloan Stevens look smooth as she does when she's. Playing the way, she can so smooth and he just I think Serena. As any one playing sign Stevens can was made to look sluggish because you just don't. Pick which way selene Stevens is going to hit the ball. You seem to always be made to be on the run. It seems almost impossible to anticipate no matter how good non -TICIPANT A. Reader of the game you are it seems impossible to anticipate Saint Stephen's. She. Always seems to have much time and she so officiant with her with even when she's on. A. Sort of physically fade in that regard whereas Serena grew into the march which I think is really significant fishery neurology. I think then catchily as much as it was important that she finally got a couple of straight-sets wins in her opening team much is I. Think it's just as important that this almost three sets and she won anyway I am. Concerned for Serena in the scar tissue of leasing close matches. I'm. I think that could be a factor in in the next room when she faces sicario again Zachary some debate at prime towers about the coupons ation of that. So. Yeah. I I think actually. Today's result in school on. Of Dream I've always really concerned on her behalf early in that second set, she seemed to be late on bowls and that's I mean it seemed to me mainly because of Stevens Stevens being safe, fleet-footed, powerful, and reactive. She talented she just she almost. She just looked younger and better than Serena really for Senna bit and Then as she say that service such an equaliser isn't it for starting and yes slow Stevens from the reactions that I was getting because I just asked on twitter where's the turnaround here? Just wanted a bit of a consensus because I couldn't follow it closely enough and most quite a lot of people did think nets Sloan Stevens, went walkabout a bit for a while and that second set I think it's a huge win. For William's really massive weight I mean obviously it's a big win because. You don't win. You're not GonNa win the tournament, the context of it as you say, digging out of a hole and. Yeah I think. It's a massive massive when. I was also impressed by just how calm Serena state because a lot of the. Talk. In the moment is that she gets stressed in Grand Slam matches I would. I would slightly wrote back on that and I think she's got stressed in grandson. For. Sure. I'm not always sure she's been stressed guessing that quite so much. There's definitely been a difference when she got there maybe the Chung Action Australia would be would be an example where she did get stressed early on in the tournament. She was incredibly calm today and I think that was that was quite a positive sign and it did make. Slightly strange match. I must say I didn't I didn't find it completely compelling like normally would with Serena like familiar Serena on the brink in a grand slam is about as compelling sport gets usually because you see after dig deep and fight but. I'm sure she was fighting and overturning the match because obviously she did but she didn't have to extend of externalize any of that. It was it was all from within maybe that in itself is a is a positive sign that she's able to. She's able to turn around while also staying measured and calm. I also think it's doing the of goods to be with her daughter with a her husband as well. But I mean had door to there the moment she one had autism shown and it was it was wonderful really the the look on the kids face and. I think that yeah. That probably keeps a calm and inspired at the same time. I got a really good feeling I so in after that win must say And as you say, Maria saccharine next, which is and she's the player that Beata last week wasn't it and she was winning that match and then a very close second set tiebreak and then a really bizarre one-sided third set which. A few people thought. Williams kind of tanked. Towards. The end of which I didn't say will but. Remember anybody saying that about before. So the an and this, this looks like a refreshed Williams to me. And just a final note on her and anti sister Venus. If you haven't on chance to see. Yeah. Doing courage you do recommend going and having a read of New York Times piece by our good friend. Christopher clary. Another good friend of as Mary Carillo, pointed in its direction and the headline on the pieces with more black women. US Open shows Serena and Venus, his legacy and just to pick out a couple of. Lines from this piece. There's a quote from Haley Baptiste eighteen years of age received wildcards wildcard and she said it's amazing to see so many girls that look like me playing in this tournament in the main role. And in the tournament, there were twelve American players who are black in the women's tournament. And power is drawn to the twenty ten US Open. In which Serena was missing because of injury and Venus Williams was the only African American player in the women's singles draw and. Ten Years on twelve. African American players in the. And that's The players quoted they all talked about Serena intravenous, and when you see there, which is lined up a forty year old and a thirty, eight year old alongside these fifteen and sixteen year olds who are gaining entry into this tournament it's just. It's just incredible. Isn't it? It's wonderful to say and to see some clear then he had and. Evidence that it's made a difference to the widest boat. Yeah. They stuck around long enough to. To, be present furthering legacy, not just to be watching it from fall which I hope they are able to enjoy and I do wonder if if is a is A. Small pause may vacation for for sticking around you know with Every day they play every time they play Grand Slam match. There might be another future. Professional play or feature Grand Slam champion watching them that sees them and thinks, oh, I could do that. That is possible for me. I'm not must just be the most incredible feeling. Wondrous Amita vacation I certainly hope it is and very very well could be. This very uplifting. Absolutely. I think in that same piece Francis, tear fo was quoted as saying that that that is an inspiration for him. And that's part of the reason why he's playing him what he wants to do. Well, he's I think he's the only. African American in the drew this year on the men's side And there was an interesting point made in in the article which I would encourage people to read about why there's been more. In the women's game compared to the men's game, and one of the main reasons is the. Tennis is a tremendous provide sport for girls compared to boys in America who often? Have more. Sports to choose when they younger whereas tennis provides that pathway. So that's that's one of the reasons overstay along with the inspirational figures of Serena Venus and these these numbers off such a clear illustration and this doesn't just relate sleep very much relates to raise but not just raise everything such a clear illustration of why visibility representation is important because. You need to see it. To believe that it can be. Definitely. Also makes me just want to remind listeners that if you haven't already listen to our the Gibson and authorized podcasts, please do make the time because. It's because of people like them the Serena revenus ended up playing the sport ultimately, it was out there who Who broke the barriers down who she was the trial blazer and to was a multiple grand slam champion. And that's what gave gives the opportunity and her is something you should hear about and Arthur. Ashwell. He needs little introduction but to really hear his story is, is something I mean I kind of want to go back and listen to them and it's not because we'd. Produce them. It's just because the the store is the and I was listening to clips from Leslie Allen Speaking in those shows and this. So many contributions there that I'm really proud that we did those shows and and so you're gonNA listen. Raul. We're having a good time tonight. Thanks because I'm on my second baron anybody that's followed. This podcast in knows about two beers law knows that that spells trouble And Catherine has just cracked open her third beer and she's she's got a proper beer not somehow little bottles she said to the proper way. So yeah we're. Grab. Your right Catherine. Cans Heintz right mislead people. Yeah. Anyway. You're. You can handle as opposed to me. Right now Phoenix Oj. has today beaten. What's his name again? On. Current Muti. My formerly favorite player in the whole world. You I was. So looking forward to this match against Phoenix, and it ended up being a bit of a dud in terms of competitiveness but it was absolutely magical in terms of the play of Phoenix Osceola, including him, hitting the tween from near the back fence and still recovering in time data passing shot from a dropshot. So. That was wonderful from. And also matenaer were particularly taken by something that mutated. What did he do? He hit not one but two bulls out of the stadium and washing it back. It was even better than I thought. It was because he got the first ball from his pocket and wet out the stadium he requested the second ball from the bowl person. It took one bound more active straight out the look on the person's face was hilarious as if to say. About. That that's like Baghdadis. Racket smash sequence isn't it? Yes. The the calculated reaching for extra rackets. Wow I'm. It was so one sided actually quite nice of fate except to it's to say look current is actually better than this. He's better than what we've just seen in the first two sets I hate to say. Well this is. Getting. So excited about last night, but the the the hype train for Phoenix. Same in the last two days just gone off the scale it has left. The station has no. Station is so far away. And I probably got more infused by what he said straight after the match than even what I saw on court because he was asked this. Incredibly long winded question by the on Korten view, which is just though. This is not gonna go anywhere this answer because you've you've asked him. So you've given so much detail in that question and you're asking him about his killer instinct and I thought this is just going to. Bat this back and play straight bats and not not saying anything and and it I mean it was a deeply weird question wasn't exhibits was given. He said Oh you such a lovely man. Of, clearly never met this before in his life. Got The. Most fantastic answer. That question didn't deserve that good nuns. I'm question myself as a media. Interview now because this guy in spite of himself has just managed to. Get the best answer for emotional same ev and the quite was this Phoenix said I'm here to impose myself outside the court. I'm a pretty kind person, but once I step on the cold, it's the best man that wins only one survives. You've got to step it up with that animal in killer instinct. Now. That is a fantastic quiet, and it also is a quote I was holding not expecting regardless of the question it just showed to me that's something he has been actively working on is. Not Being a nice guy, who's an incredible athlete but being a winner. What is your favorite podcast? Matt, they call they call this stuff in the Gulf world in no lane up, they call them. A killer rather than a dog I never understood why dokes the dog but I understand? Yeah. They'll dog's delight. And Dogs Fancy turn to look the part but you know be be lovely generally is the another podcast equivalent a fangs Yes Mary things. He's actively trying to develop his own fangs and he said it's almost like positive affirmation if I say it. I'm GonNa do it I think he has a meter he confirmed the phoenix ordinarily seem has fangs. I mean, the the the blue hit a humiliating tweet. Leading six one, five, love. Those. Are Fangs as far as I'm concerned. Ruthless Yeah well that. His. His words matches tennis at the moment and his tennis is smothering his opponents with his forehand and giving them giving them no time at all I think oversee whenever we see a younger players I think it's. Is Natural to try and draw comparisons comparison. The most obvious one is probably to talk of Asian terms of the movement and the and the smoothness of it or when the defensive skills but there's that safety hardwired into Jackovich's game and is part of what made him so so strong in tight moments throughout his career I think. PHOENIX. Seem is much more of a risk taker than than I realized he was with that four forehand. So aggressive with it and agree turtle and an occasionally he will. He will make errors but when he's not making them. He's such a false he's just he's just he's just on, you like a wave and the and there's no room to breathe and it almost becomes a bit federal like in that in that respect where it's Quick and it's Punchy tennis and. It's it takes some stopping and at the moment neither marry nor. have had any chances whatsoever. Even shouldn't you've made? New dully sorry, you've made federal and give them my points. You've made federal and Jovic comparisons there but for me. The better. Well, the the one that springs out to me is the dull I'm I've definitely spent too much time with Gregg now but yeah, he's I mean not just because of the whole fangs on the call sort of sweet shy unassuming guy off it as as a very crude obvious. Comparison, but but the four hundred is the Dalai, the by can being a bit flatter. The the this the. Cowboy looking wild risk, take shots that actually have have more margin have deceptive margin for repeat built into them because of the spin on them they. plop in the last minute. Yeah, I am the the. Competitive Instincts I think Yeah. So you I mean, it's not that we're it's not the with jumping on board the hype train or anything, but we just compared to federated dull and Jovic rolled into walk. Anyone composition three best male players on. Can. I just say take you back about a year and three months to Queens. Last year. or Yes. Clean this this year. David. Yeah. About Biz, almost two tube is one and a half years. Thanks. To Queens last year he plays Nick curious on the second court. And curiosities playing. Playing. Very well, but he's behaving abominably towards the end he is trying he's I'm not saying he's trying every trick in the book, but he's but he's he's doing everything that curious does is doing in terms of antics litter be trick shots with the anger on the colts and losing his temper four people. And it goes deep into a third set and I. You know kind of seventy five or something like that in the third set for this young young Latte and in never he doesn't blink once in in not once he let curious get to him the beats him and that that really struck me at the time even though I've. I think he lost his way towards the end of last year at times in some been some matches that I. Really. I. Feel a bit quizzical as to how he's lost that one always sticks with me because it takes such a lot to to deal with and afterwards. Career you never hear curious about word about him he loves him and how could you not? What's what's to not like about this guy? He's a great kid and he's just an incredible athlete. Well. is a might not have belly button. That WANNA get. He said today in his press conference something I found interesting which was that. For, the last last year or so he thinks he might have been slightly getting ahead of himself and looking further ahead in draws rather than just playing the opponent i. Associate that with him I've always thought he probably rose quite. To grounded and measured, and as you said, that kind of comparison adult taking everyone. Completely seriously and I'm I'm not saying that he wasn't taking them seriously but I think he thought that the results that the bigger results might come even slightly faster than they have I mean that sounds like. With dictators thing to say because he is still so young but. He was talked about from really really young. We've known about free eggs. Seem for a long time and he said he has had the justice mindset and realize that he still needs. He still needs to win these matches to get to the big matches is not just going to happen and and I think that's I. Think there's a shift in both mindset and also the ways playing now against these. Opponents who is better than he's going out there and he's trying to crush them and is kind of born out in more these set there about that killer instinct. Is He contended for this title as we stand now I mean look I didn't have him in my quarterfinals I'll admit that. But as we stand here right now. Could he win it? Kind of feels like this one contender that's the problem I think he's got. Yeah I think take Jovic of the equation and yes. Always apply that to every everybody else in would be a potential contender I think Jovovich and then I would say. Medvedev and team. Yeah and then and then maybe Phoenix. And actually, he's due to play team if team can be chilly tonight as we. Record Right now it's two twenty six in the morning here in the UK and at the moment we've got an sue bond stole more of a match between on Stupa and Severe Kenan, which is a match we rule looking forward to and and Jabbar was leading by break next level of five games on everything he wished it would be. And after this team against Chile CH-. So we'll. We'll update you on all tomorrow as to what we've what we've learned to what we've what we've seen and what's happened that lineup will look like. You mentioned Francis earlier on to mention his straight sets, win other Martin, foot you bitch, which is a fantastic win because t.f being. Treading water really for quite a while. This is a real. The floor is now I think he's so he's into the fourth now. Is that right? Yes fourth-round and I think he didn't think he'd never beaten through traffic before yet to to dead yeah of favor and he he went out and get crushed him in straight sets and I didn't see a lot of that match but from from what I read and what I heard people saying it was it was some of the best tennis cfo ever played and that is. Would suggest them. VASIC Pospisil a surprise winner over Roberta about history. Good. That's a very, very good. Win. It was that was in five wasn't it off for five cents two cents to one down against about east too and he looked like he was having a power outage facet pospisil look like like about Easter Goo had him exactly where he wanted him drawing him into long rallies and kind of sucking the life out of him, and then suddenly appeared to get a second wind pospisil was was prob-. Probably the best tennis I worked all day on this persona knows last couple of sets just hitting winners from all parts of the court and. He's he's got a game that he can impose when he plays and get forward and come to the net and. He's he's a man who's quite difficult to start when he gets on a roll as well. Yeah the the first season is funny that the the Canadian men having such mazing week and males around. Here off Delos. Week it's yes. No. One would have thought that if you if you said candidate, if you said before the US Open calendar just to tip you off in the predictions candidate are going to have a good tournament. An ARA OCCA- going to get a put round inch of final or whatever. And Postal now faces Alex door who I mean that could be a re-instituting match clash of styles and all the rest of it. And one today Olsen five cents. But didn't he had he had a love six, four six. Scoreline. Against Him in the second and third cents against Kern Hutchinson of yeah. It was really bizarre. Just, two sets where he completely checked out and he he came into his press conference and the first thing he said he's Adler to apologize. I thought he was going to apologize for his moustache but. He didn't and he apologized for his attitude he was he was really annoyed with himself that he has kind of checked out smashed his racket disappointed that he you know he doesn't. Himself better standards the that I think mono and kind of credit to him that he did manage to come back winning five hatch Nov.. I found. To whelming I must say I'm. Slightly bemused by by his. What he's trying to do on the coal is such a big guy with a big game and he doesn't impose himself seems to be the theme of this podcast trying to impose yourself well, action of really doesn't and. Demo- at points felt like he was out hitting him and I mean that really shouldn't be happening I. Mean I like a good player. Action of Scott Weapons he's unable to deploy them I. don't think slightly quicker. Helped Him I. Think he likes it to bounce. So he can kind of goes into his hitting range a bit more but. Yeah he's. He's another one who is not had the Grand Slam results that that you would expect. t.f effort by the way plays against Medvedev who is also a straight sets win over the man with the mullet. Today and Dr Group Life What was his name again? T T JJ. Wolf. John Jeremy Jerry. Isn't it Jeffrey John Jeffrey Joe. Granddad when he's Jj will fee sounds like. The school bullies brother. I did I did hear from Leon Smith on five live today saying that not only did he have a mullet like on drag Z. from the early nineties he also has a backhand quite reminiscent of Agassi's so. I'll be looking at the future. Today. Well, no straight-sets. Very Good Yeah Andre Rib love also, very comfortable winner and in the women's draw. Fatana Perron. cavs run goes on she beat Don Jr.. Elise Mertens beat Katie McNally I watched a little bit of that where now he was serving for the first set and didn't quite get job done turned. Still. There still little straits strides forward firm Nali. Again she hasn't had I suppose you could destroy her three-set loss to Serena here. Last year is moment. She hasn't had that huge breakthrough moment or result, but just steroids little steps and. I'm excited about where they might lead her. She's really cool. Of strides currently, the Muka went through today against the woman beat Johanna Konta, saronic hysteria, but it was so close summit closer than again than I would have expected to stay very very nearly one and it was a final set tiebreak. She had a match point Khustar she had. Three. I think three back to back in. I mean the one I. was. Macabre coming in. Your Way and it was just the sort of ten is the kind of wanted to get off facing give a round of applause because of the the construction of a point line. Ending with a volley at the net, not just to sort of random put away but a properly constructed my intention is to get to the net in order to win this point. He's Great Muka of. IF THEY HADN'T I. If the old pandemic hadn't happened in the rankings haven't been shot to hell she could have been in the end of atop turn. Is She in the mix. Yeah, who of the Lost Sixteen in the women's is not in the mix. I would say look of is not in the mix because I think Victoria's rank will probably Patriot in the next round I think he needs to be as a ring to get in the mix. Yeah. Okay. Fine. She. Agree with the because Merton. Her quarter-final opponent would be mertens or the winner of Cannon Ingeba? So who's not who else is not in the mix of the sixteen? Perron cover. Not Putting Mertens Perron cover click. Anything Murthy th you would be surprised if she reached the final. Mertens yeah would. Yeah I. Would I think Mertens is one of those players who tends to come. When she plays someone who is better than her that sounds like a weird sense. She hasn't really the ceiling. She hasn't had any really big wins. She's she doesn't have that super auxiliary gear. Seating. Yeah. No, she's. She's a very, very good plan, but she's sick. Oh, she saccharine in the mix. No, not until she's beaten Serena. Great I don't think Putin savers in the mix. She's a martyr Walmart No. So I think. Abbas. Absolutely in it. Radi. Brady's an outsider. The Brady's not curb in my opinion. And even she's the favorite with the book is apparent, which is absurd. David and I had some collaborative donald about this surfer. Or what would you do you think `British ability should be favored to beat Cupboard Labor will I Picked curb to win that match and not that much of a disparity in the old between them and I think. And I think you know. odds-on same as predictions. We don't know and then the same feelings. Anyway moving on. Feelings collaboratively dialogue about something else Andy Roddick. Agree to disagree collaboratively. What does that say settled the argument? Well, it's only going to dialogue. Sorry dialed. Into further, the dialogue he always says form and confidence over experience. Yeah I. Mean The completely facetious point that I was going to meet your what's up, but I didn't want to poke the already angry bear. Was, would you just? Repeatedly making the point the nose insulting to to curb. He's one grand slams. I was GONNA say boy did you pick? Martina Navratilova Jennifer Brady and I saw. A sausage typing I thought that was annoying. Also. silly. Fast is annoying but. I was GONNA say. Extension of the point you were making I was GonNa say, would you pick marrying Chile over-dominant team and then I remembered that you did do that Yes I did. Yes I did. Pacific in by the way has just somehow managed to win that set against Uber seven four in the tie-break or what a woman as she says she's in the mix. Issue in the mix. Signed no still. I I just I. Love what she wants to buy a don't see her. In grandson mixes. And hope that I hope I'm wrong. Look. Every mix as things stand I don't see her in a grand slam mix in my lifetime. Ext.. However, I really hyper on a really. Hope I'm wrong. So. So there's that. A. You're damning this we. Might not be as good a play residual. The is his brother breeze in the drool. Look I love on I would pay to watch her play above ahead of so many grandson champions but. Lifetime's. Running into sify Kenan and ilk. End. Final the final discussion. I, think we'd better just talk about human the Denisovich intimate abolish who have been thrown out of the doubles tournaments. have been told that they couldn't play today. And I. Still Don't completely understand what the difference between them and Adr Marino arena yesterday was circumference. Can you explain I think today's dialogue was less collaborative. So what it seems to be to me and I looked. For backup and guidance here is that the player hotels both of them are in. Nestle County. which is under a different jurisdiction to the Billie Jean. King National Tennis Center in the tournament, which is in the city of New, York. So the USDA have reached an agreement with the city of new. York with the help of Governor Andrew Cuomo. Choose to have these protocols and regulations in place for the players that are. Sort of separate to their little employee of existing state and. The existing city protocols coronavirus. And they apply. At the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Nassau, county in that almost forty hours have introduced. New if she new eat it about people that have been in close contact with those have tested positive for covid nineteen dictating that they have to entirely quarantine for I think. Fourteen days. And that would include. Key Denisovich Kirsten Flip Flip Kuenz the Ben wallpaper eleven if you will. I believe nobody is explicitly said this but the implication therefore is that the sole difference between Audrey Drian Marinas, situation and key humid- benefit situation today is that At the time that people were. Registering this slight shift in the situation I'd remember we know was already on site. At the Billie Jean King National Tennis. Center. Where is Christina Medina? Vich was still at the hotel in Nassau County. It raises the question for me. What would have happened if address marina would one is much yesterday would have had to stay. Live at the tennis center in order to be able to play his next match I mean I'm suitable a know it sounds silly but. Soon, if genuine will. Ellen niff- Allen. Peres. Who's a doubles player and Seems to be some kind of spokeswoman for. Lower ranked tennis player certainly on twitter. She often uses a platform to talk about ongoing issues and she said she understood that if men Reno had won and comeback to the hotel, he would have to have been also withdrawn from the tournament. So I think we can read into that. The only way from an arena to stay in the tournament. Yeah probably would have been. Staying on sites. Throughout the duration that he was left in, which is A. An absurd situation. Really. But. Yeah. Over Steve Overstay, they are right for the dictated by the. Policies of the various areas. Square it's quite hot. Hetero and isn't it that we're in the situation I suppose that applies to sign many aspects of the pandemic and to be fair USDA have have thought of so many things and then an incredible together this thing staged but. That one feels really uncomfortable. Now I think they didn't have a choice about the decision today and if the Twenty. Four hours but I think where this kind of ood started was when they allowed the pauvres eleven to play I, think I think by making that concession they they did make it a lot more. Complicated and I know some people are praising that decision because people. Did get to play the tournament and there has been an awful lot of four out in the last few days and and it all stems from that decision if those players had simply been withdrawn in the same way that Kita Pella had. Yes, that is still difficult on them but I think I think they would have avoided these these knock on issues. Yeah muddied the waters in created a situation which was. Ripe for this sort of drama and the inconsistency that we've. We've landed up with I have no issue with strict protocols whatsoever I I believe in them and I have very little time for tennis players or anybody objecting to the move complaining about them. Because they knew what they were signing up for and be this is the world we're living in the world that everybody else's living in I do they have a lot more sympathy with? Lack of consistency of rule application. And That seems to be where we've ended up. The USDA had no say in what happened to the Denisovich today. As as we've made the point. They've they've sort of tied their hands behind their backs a little bit and I'm you know I I'm sympathetic. It's the by and large they've. They've done really well. That was potentially a bit of a slip. But. Gives me. I'm very surprised that Milosevic didn't do an instagram live today. For the night vacation or done. So we've heard the last of our. I think she's got to spend about the next ten base in that hotel room well now in issue with them, not being able to get to Roy Moore isn't that? Qualifying, Rome is begins next week end of next week. So I think custom flip would be playing qualifying Rome as it stands at the moment she don't think she would be able to get there in time I mean. This. Isn't going away. Basically, this is going to rumble on. And there will be more repercussions and these tennis players in are locked in a room with Internet and devices. So yes. There's no getting away. I've just been thinking about how many giant Jimbo chocolate chip cookies I would get through if I had to live on site at Flushing Meadows. Be a lot well. Hang on he he wasn't seated so you wouldn't have somebody. Eight thirty to thirty second seed so you would have had a sweet. It just needed a blow up bed. Those are quite good. They stay suites decked out. So it's it's fine hundred. Unfortunately. lost. Anyway. Right. Well, there's another tennis podcast in the books. For another day. Let's just have a very quick look at the order play. For tomorrow what days it tomorrow Sunday, and it will starts with. Slightly, Bizarre Selection on authorized stadium I up video. Putin saver against Petra Martic which I'm sure it'd be a good match. But why that's got the stage over Angelique Kerber against Jennifer Brady I don't really understand maybe because marches the eight seed but I'm surprised over former champion. Is more going on there than it just being the highest seeds must be TV preference may be player WHO's made request. I Don us. It seems story after that. It's Novak chocolate against public arena booster in the evening. Good Evening Section on Authorized Stadium chiappa valve against Davidge Goffin that he's a match macho at Happily Watch. and. Even more save cameo soccer against the knit cultivate which I think could be a bondstone. Could be a late night tomorrow night. Yes. If if is fit I think she wins. She's not. Fit Enough I think cultivate wins or I think concert wins. There's my prediction. Right. What do you think Matt? I'm sticking with a soccer because I we winning the tournament so you too all in on a soccer because you have to be. Now. David. The right. There's your little highlights of tomorrow's order play. We'll be back with another one of these tomorrow night Katherine we will be presenting on Amazon prime video if you're in the UK can watch wonderful presenting. From the pre-game show from three thirty PM in the UK tomorrow. Greg. Greg Craig. And then we will be back. A new nominee I love them they're great, and then we've got with the new tennis podcast tonight and every single day through week two of the US Open. So Lisa Review on I changed enjoying them do tell anybody who might want to listen And we'll speech tomorrow by.

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Madrid underway, My Perfect Team Event and who should Andy Murray coach?

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Madrid underway, My Perfect Team Event and who should Andy Murray coach?

"Hi this is billie jean king. This is marion. bartoli mats wilander. this is mary carillo. i'm stan wawrinka. This is yannick noah. And you're listening to podcasts. Hello folks and welcome along to a mid week tennis podcast. Just three days since we lost with you but an w j one thousand events. His kicked off in earnest since then This morning the you madrid open started as i look at my life. Schools app sunday lena. selena kiki burton's angelique kerber marquette vandross uva all playing tennis it's sort of relentless at the moment. Isn't it david. It's not about slate for first day but an event starting on a thursday. We'll never quite work for me. I don't think i feel a bit weird about it. Especially when there are two other events going on already are well into the kind of nevada co finals on me tomorrow and at the same time. The women's draw on imagery so strong and so interesting. I'm i'm old sydrome Just happens to be. I went round the coal celio. Bet and i sort of carbon visiting her though go and have a look on at all i got was an orange top fallen with splash-and-dash ring it and i could watch that live for as many as life so i decided to return. I don't like and it happens increasingly now with these sort of extended one thousand events. I didn't like it when the men's and the women's sort of out of sync. I understand why that happens And i am just thankful that the men's and women's events happening concurrently. I love a combined event. But i wish it would just it will be coordinated and kickoff at the same time the big funfair fair and coordinated order bitter lassus. This slightly sort of bitty start Not not helped by the rain sloshing down image matt. How're you doing. I'm very well thank you. Yes and agree with what you're saying it. It sort of works. These longer events during indian wells and miami when the men and women starting at the same time mid week. This staggered style in madrid. I'm i'm not a big fan of but thankfully as david said the round one matches on the women's draw Incredible i was. I was trying to tweet. A few highlights the other day and ended up practically tweeting the whole thing because every round is just so so good and feel so significant to the potential outcome of tournament as Yeah i'm going whizzy through pretty much the whole the whole round or certainly the highlights of which there are many. This week's today by midweek show is going to be sort of hof sort of around up the bitty news stories that we've had since i lost podcast does there's enough news that we don't want to neglect it But there's not quite enough news and significant matches to cover a whole podcast. So we're gonna treat you to some qna some cubans The correct the correct None of that was correct. Et's questions onces. Guest edited by manages appreciating real. And either google in the next ten minutes trying to make sure before replying Myself it's still. I must apologize rule if that to la quarterback he's a guest editor for this week's episode or today's episode and he is curated questions and not around is we have curator announces which i found quite hard reading through them. Because he's really that good targeting questions and we're going to be quite on the sports. I think not used having to do. Prep i i thought i can just just give my thoughts. Whatever pops is a better start having some thoughts in advance Say thank you for that. We'll get onto in a moment. We'll start they because we tease do with madrid news. And the women's madrid draw here is some highlights of round one matches in madrid ashkenazi shelby. Roaches angelique kerber versus marquette yvonne version but not much is currently underway in the first set tiebreak. So that one isn't disappointing at the moment year. Putin saver this is johanna. Konta cement versus source rebus told jessica gould versus surrounding costanza carolina. Puska very coca. Goethe that lanka's nets of a against pancake. jennifer brady is venus williams. Amanda and versus maria sacree and a of us is masaki where solar some of it so now. David's lose a first-round. Sometimes we read out. Sort of projected the drowned matches. And oh my god. How can these names be meeting so alien. The job throws off Strands that radius startling annot mattered listed. Them all in a single tweet. But my my mind started going off intentions when i was about three writers down. So yes a few. Those comes a bit of a surprise to me. i'd seen also some of the potential said ramat. She's in the fact that bought he could play. Film tech said the to last french open channel in facing each other in round three. I mean that really got my attention so it kinda missile as others. That you've just mentioned now. I've got cupboard against fundraiser As we speak. I'm not going to be able to concentrate on the way. I'm gonna just a madrid can give a little note to the social media team in madrid produce. These nice that videos with top players where they have to answer series of questions about things. I would like to do with other suppliers kind of basic stuff. Like who'd you go dancing with. Who would you sit next to on Australia that kind of thing. And naomi asakusa. I watched this morning and she'd made olek choices and last question. The last option was who would you call on a bad day and the last available to her was caroline place kebir and she suddenly decided she needed to change. Her aunt's is because she didn't want to go on a bad day so she studied rearranging. Everything just thought it was fabulous. He she did. She ended up fooling on a bad patrick of a. I think who she'd originally put down as who would you want to cook you. A meal during the press ended up doing the cooking and a sack was like. I think she's a good cook castle and cooler on a bad day. All that say great. I love that they get jobs. The the it's a very well organized tournament in madrid. I full disclosure. Don't love that. Venue is not the most charming venues. I think most people that have been able to tell you that is very very functional. Lodge venue I'm very thankful that it's it's got multiple reads but it doesn't it doesn't inspire poetry. Does it the the magic books. The kyw magika but they did fantastic job of organizing that tournament and kind of think outside the box. Yeah they really are always remember being feeling really looked after. You know yeah. Yeah absolutely the and they've really embraced the media in the press. I think in have had good respect for them and see. That's that's always appreciated from all perspective. I mean let's just take a moment to enjoy and praised me for the fact that the madrid open this year is not a gaming event. Quickest bless bless them doing that last year and for Trying to do something and trying to get themselves into people's consciousness. I'm not criticizing for that at all but that was down late. Point wasn't it. That was a real light would is happens to the world that we will I was looking at trying to get ourselves accredited yesterday. 'cause we complete forgot some guys or the old emails and put in madrid just as in the surge and it came up with twenty twenty virtual madrid open clearly blanked out. Isn't kiki buttons. The defending champion from both events didn't win madrid proper mattress that line into my into my opener on sunday on prime. We'll check it. Make sure it's correct. You telling me that you didn't save that for matt stats in the newsletter. He's the men's defending champion. I recall andy. Murray leasing in the final to someone who certainly losing at a critical stage thought. Mary might have one. But didn't they think there was some sort of jinx in the game and he handed victory to someone else because he thought it was unfair holtzman. I don't know i'm just liked asi last night. Feel like cavaco found was involved the latter stages of the virtual madrid open. Happy happy memories sadavi anyway. Those days off firmly behind this let never be a virtual anything ever again say actual tennessee's happening thank goodness they have reeves because is outdoor Slick thoroughly miserable. So those are the round one highlights on the women's side. The men's jewell takes place tomorrow. Friday evening From a very selfish too selfish perspective not to halt on about this but when i'm broadcasting on the tournament and having to keep track of the round the men's and women's right when they say staggered and fragmented it so difficult in i liked to have this really sort of binary thing in my mind. I see a draw. She and i see right. Were around three stage in the gist of imprint. On my brain whereas this is busy and confusing and Yeah apologies in advance for anyone. Watching prime video from sunday on was thinking. We'll just go out wrong. It is not the fun the second round catherine in terms of other madrid knees they jock which is out dating. It's any huge surprise. Given what he said following his loss in serbia Belgrade open last week. He said he couldn't face thinking about madrid really the time he was put on spot nas if intended to play and he said he was finding making plans. Exhausting in that moment and reiterated his office on the grand slam so he'll play rome and possibly belgrade to In the lead up to roland garros which it's not great surprise but it's it's disappointing for for the madrid open isn't it. Yeah yeah it is. I think maybe a a small consideration in this is the current ranking system means that he can skip madrid and still maintain fifty percent of his ranking points that he won in twenty nineteen when he won the title. he'll still have five hundred points from madrid on his ranking which i don't think would be the main factor in this decision but it certainly makes it easier for him to skip madrid An is belgrade to the week before the french open directly the week before which is something. djokovic doesn't do very often well lots topless dendur at play the week before grand slam. I think i did read the. He's never won a grand slam when he's played the week before But oversee the circumstances are quite different. I think if he played the week before in the past it's probably because he's looking for form looking to maybe recover some fitness or something or maybe pat when he was much younger Says probably not too much to read into that but it is interesting scheduling wise. That he's straying from what are usually does. And there's probably enough uncertainty about the. It's not even certain that he would be able to play the bogor. David i mean. France is in a pretty strict lockdown. At the moment case numbers have been on the rise. The reason they moved the tournament the french back with to try and give themselves the best chance of having a crowd in because the country is going into lockdown at the time so if any kind of corentin is required for the players prior to starting the event than than playing elsewhere after the country before is not going to be possible Hype for the belgrade to sake. That isn't the case but Yeah we are still in still in uncertain times loves a reminder of that day lest you get ahead of yourself and think things getting back to normal no nine i nine. There is still a pandemic estoril and munich have been getting underway in store very much. Well underway these t men's events taking place this week. My favorite thing that's happened. Is that david. Predictions pick lost Minutes often the knees lesser David without being accurate unitive time to use. Well yeah about one hundred and eighteen minutes if you wanna if you wanna talk about that and your uncharitable manner Yeah for sebastian courter. Who was lumbered with my now. He's lost when when you were picking him. It was all said. Oh okay with. I'll give colder he. He's my man i've seen. It was very impressed with him. Because you'd nick mine. Con lay claim to casper throughout the clay court season. Pick him. That's the evidence we all know. I'm a. I'm a casper. Rude person and i've just had him taken So i ended up with colder. The west thing about this week is casper. It's gonna win the title. Catherine is gonna get actual points and david's gonna get in a kudos. I dispute that lowest point across. We'll cross the bridge from me. Come to say other than david. Humiliation is an anything else notable happen safe for. Oh this week in australia munich. Waiting full drama to unfurl. If the weekend one thing that has caught my is a couple of decent wins. Full marrying chile which an kevin anderson who players. Who have really not been on the radar for quite some time have been struggling with fulham fitness and anderson. Beat frances tiafoe and chile beat carlos alvarez. And i think he's actually back that went up and now into the quarter-finals so don't think the major players really in the men's game anymore be surprised if they if they reached the hype. They've already reached in the spoil. It does failed like they're on the way out but it's nice. It's nice to see them doing better than having some good results i discovered yesterday along with outcries win matt that there is a twitter account called marriage twin today and it just either yes or no merit. Maron doesn't deserve this. I agree that it's nice to see him playing better as he he. I find him really tough to watch the last few months 'cause as a the and he's been really really good plan for a long time. I don't wanna see his career. Peter out and him to be getting beaten 's in in matches won't after another week after week and just not look anything like the plywood remember. I hate it when that happens to plaza. I remember it happening to michael chang. Lots at the end of his career. Light and hewitt's his singles career united adrada. If that happens that they politico Just leave and draw a line and say okay. Moving on had a great career. But he's he's really stuck his hails. I watched the alcoa's mansion. He he was the boss for for the most part in it. and he he. It's a at caught. Let's talk to him about it at a match in his view is you know. He's got enough experience to build some blocks and some foundation soul. Maybe a run things again in the in the in the months to come a keep an exciting time for the marriage win today. Twitter account and say how many wins in rhode. She'll need to have for that account to be shut down. I don't know matt. i believe. I'm later dr. This can't believe it's been going for quite some time. So it's it's weathered some storms put it that way before before we move onto a cuban a portion of the podcast Probably the the biggest waves in tennis been created this week. Fine not matches but by headlines coming out of wimbledon announcing that from twenty twenty six next year middle someday will be no more. It'll be a normal fourteen day. Play right the way through tournament. They will say had some news on a slightly different things for the twenty twenty one edition of the tournament. Snow hawkeye live this year and That will be quite a strict bubble for the for the players And around about Is it twenty. Five percent capacity crowds possibly Without increasing throughout the tournament as they is they gather information and confidence. Hopefully about about how it's going having crowds in and they will be fines of twenty thousand pounds for players entourage members Staff anybody violating the very strict bubble that they will have in place So that'll be wimbledon this year and next year we think festival middle sunday. What do we think about that. Those kind of things play here on this the very selfish perspective. We've lost our lovely day off and then this will say the the bigger picture perspective. How how do the two sides of your brain much react to this piece of knees. Yeah it interesting. What a big response it provoked. I think people do feel strongly one way. Or the other I'm trying to see it from some different perspectives. I think when. I was growing up a tennis fan. I hated middle sunday because it felt like the tournament lost its momentum and sunday was a day when i could watch tennis and it wasn't on on the other hand. You did get a bit of a payoff with the second monday. Which was incredibly special day of tennis. I think now that i've started working at wimbledon covering wimbledon. I feel The complete opposite. And i as you said quite selfish. They enjoy middle sunday. It's a nice sort of acis of calm innova busy fortnight and yet the second monday i've come to think is too busy and matches which have a significant matches get lost in that schedule and those big problems. About the way the women's matches have been shunted on the second monday in comparison to the men's matches on those main calls. So i do think it's good decision I think one of the premium tennis events not playing on a weekend was an example of tennis shooting itself in the foot moment When more people can go more people can watch. I think you have to be playing at the weekend. I think there's even argument that the french open gets it right having that tournament's spread across three weekends So i think. I think it is the right decision for that reason. Well on that point. But the the friendship point i was caught by a point. Bentham bugs making on twitter. This week is that. I love the idea of a grand slam having arrestee but it shouldn't fall on a weekend tennis already enough to make the sport hard for folks to watch without taking off the days when people are actually free to watch while we hear re slammed scheduling. No major. sporting events should be starting on a monday. Morning starts on the weekend or friday night and have as few much during the week weekday workday as possible tennis cons ford just to be for the leisure classes and i want to say i haven't thought of that before so i'm so institutionalized in tennis that grand slam store first thing on monday morning and still even after many as will very very weird that the french open starts on a thursday and it goes runs counter to everything. I know to be right in the world on a sunday. What did i say says. You're madrid institution already sunday. But actually. That was the first time i'd really thought. Actually it is really weird. The grand slam just sort of kicks off without much fanfare at ten. Am monday morning. The that is strange. Isn't it when most people assassinate desks probably just hating on the world thinking. Oh well not only am. I sat at my desk just wishing i was in bed. I'm also now missing tennis i. It's a perspective. I never thought about before. And i don't know what the solution is because it dry can't grand slam over. Three weekends feels too much. And having days off in the in the middle Feels like a loss of momentum. Biddy quickey. I suddenly think that having a grand slam starts at ten on monday mornings radi silly david. That's you're right. we're just so used to it that we don't question it and yet maybe maybe we should be questioning. Personally i'm i'm fine with introducing play on the sunday for all of those reasons. I i do remember back when i was just fan and also in the years since what Coming to the second monday in and all the things you're supposed to say about it being the best. I in tennyson sporting calendar oldest stuff and then getting through it and thinking yet but it wasn't because of missed most of it i've gotten are many is is sensitive to be able to properly pickle the stuff up properly enjoy it. It's just slack channel hopping. I'm not watching anything. And i don't want to do that so It was always billed as more than what ended up being some bit like christmas. This madness enough on morning Yeah yeah. They cited the improvement in gross technology as one of the reasons. I think why they're doing this and how they can do this now. I think simon breaks in his article for the telegraph pointed out that they're actually a load of big financial reasons. Why they would be coming into effect now. They've they've just okay. Yes they go their insurance payout. They will suspend about sixty five million buying the lease for the gulf cup land and taking a hit this year on the revenue and an extra day's play with fans attending buying tickets buying food and also the tv money. That would come with an extra day. It's it's beneficial for wimbledon. I think as well in many ways does make it interesting. In terms of the precedent it sets and wimbledon being prepared to let go of its traditions. I mean in the last couple of years. We've had the introduction of fits at type of deciding set tiebreak and now Plow middle sunday. I mean nobody that feels like more change in just a couple of years and have happened in several years. I just wonder whether it would lead to anything down the line Next year will be the announcing an all fluoro- clothing policy. Then we'll white they do. They dany either play. The do evolved the do updates from the day. Take the time and they do it in their own time. And we've seen it so that's seven wake of the is whether it be prize money and all the rest of it but I think i think this is the right move well. Let's remember this time. Last year we were talking about. The girls could season not happening and trying to convince ourselves that tennis players playing video games with an acceptable replacement for actual tennis Say hooray for twenty one. At this moment right then i think that's all the news rounded up from the week so we should move on to the question and answer portion of the show and curated by kronenbourg thanks to everyone needs sending questions on email on social media ally his very hopefully read. The all is come up with a few of his own. And he's chosen what he considers to be the best of all other listener questions as well and then meaty song. I'm going to get right into it. They all intimidatingly meaty. He stoltze with the question. In light. of the recent invading in subsequent unraveling if the european super league which threatened to dismantle the very structure football. What do you believe if currently the biggest threat to tennis as we know it will innovations im- most worried about being implemented matt. Yeah it's it's very interesting question. I like the way he's bought in the european super league. I saw a lot of tennis people when the european super league was sort of happening for those forty-eight hours saying that they felt the that was football was equivalent of the davis cup. And i think jack. Pk route few tennis fans when he tweeted about the super league. Football is for the fans and it feels like the people who've been most upset by the davis cup changes are travelling fans Would i would say to that is to may. It's not an equivalent. Doesn't feel like the davis cup destroys tennis's structure in the in the same way that the european superleague would have done full. This this question is no paternity for may to talk about the ultimate showdown and full matt changes in tennis and what i would say is i really don't want to be completely opposed to potential format changes to tennis. I think tweaks could be good for the soul unnecessary. For the spol- there are lots of examples of other sports. Where format changes have been introduced to certify alongside the traditional game and that's a lot of benefits But i think the biggest threat i say. In terms of potential format changes is is a desire which would probably come from tv to introduce a full map which puts tennis under a certain time limit whether that be one hour two hours whatever. It is this oversee a lot of reasons why that would be desirable particularly for tv. Perhaps for some audiences. But i just think when you set the finish line in a tennis match you dismantle tennis as we know it to use the terminology that allies used in his question of very very recent example. Was that gallon versus cool to match this week in a thrill. Don't bring that david. And i caught up watching the reason. That was an absorbing tennis match at the end was because gallon had to finish it off. He was six one five one up and the finish line was right there but he still had to cross it himself and that element is. I don't know whether it's completely unique to tennis. But it's fundamental to tennis in my opinion and the struggle to see him closed. That match out was what made it. So so exciting and thrilling by the end and gripping really so that for me any change the imposes a time limit on tennis which i think is possible with the tv demands these days. That would be a big big worry for me. I have to say. I came up with the same thing i looked at the the european sleep league and i thought the vociferousness if the response to that was because the proposals the specific specifics of the proposal violated something so fundamental to the sport that it's never even been called into question or examined as a potential for change before it's that fundamental to to the sport that that capacity In football it's the promotion relegation the jeopardy That that was the inviolable quality about european football that the european sleep proposals put into question. All threatened to completely run roughshod over and so i was trying to think. What is it about tennis that would fall into that category and for me. It's the scoring system. It would probably possibly take what he said my even further and say any proposal to do what they've done in doubles with no ad scoring all of that some of the things. They've tinkered with on the scoring in the next gen finals. I four all of that. I don't think any of it has worked. I think the scoring system is a thing of absolute beauty and it is completely fundamental to what makes tennis. Whoa a sport that we all love. And and i would say leave the scoring system elaine. I don't quite extend that to festive five versus best israeli more in micro scoring rather than the macro as i've expressed before my ultimate scenarios that we keep festive five but we adapt how often it is played. Best of five men women second. This is three first week of assam bus. I would sacrifice best-of-five for equality if that will require require. i don't think it is required but if it were Equality familiar is more important. But the the the micro mechanics if that school ring. Leave it alone david. Well i agree with you both I think the only other thing. I would add because i have a specific concern. It's more. I'm more concerned. Aside from what. You've already put forward a more concerned about anything that can drive the sports apart and make splinter any mold already. Is this too much splintering going on with with with the numerous team events and i feel the opposite needs to happen it needs to consolidate it needs men and women to come together uh more often and mole would more direction and so anything that increases in fighting disharmony and promotes self interest for few from here is i think it's imperative now more than ever in in the the remnants for most of the pandemic in some parts of the world it's proliferating but i think it's it's so vital the In it's the people that care about it stick together. Well davis speaking of consolidation. Eve eve led me on beautifully to second question he asks you frequently discussed the need to consolidate various team competitions which are often close to identical in format to create a singular co. Ed competition that would serve as the world cup of tennis if you tossed with creating this all important event. What format and structure which you choose. How many teams or does the title at the group stages are not One event all year long etc. He wants detail disraeli. He doesn't he doesn't just want a wafi general proposal. He wants to drill down into the details. Why won't your complete manifesto for combined team competition. You can choose you guys. I do david's grinning. At me off you. David wealth a put the detail and whether all adds up is another matter okay. Here's here's my my detail it would be. As as described tennis world cup it would be a combined mixed events men and women it would be colognes by various stakeholders the it atf atp. All four slams the live a cup that all have steak and that all pitch in their own individual team events in two it said they can come out with the one best one that we all need. So the benign live. Cut the benun. Morici pickup billie jean king cup. The davis cup and you come out with with the ultimate it'd be played every two years You would have ties. Featuring four platt teams of two men and two women nation You would have i in. In the every two years scenario of the finals it would be a two week events in one location which sixteen teams of as site to two to image and I'm not one hundred percent. Sure yet. Whether i'm going to have a group system or knockout between between this it's going to be sixteen team knockout or whether it's going to be full groups full than thirty two semi finals and final. Some still working that out but the matches themselves would be played. Over the best of seven rubbers. You'd have won men's singles. One women's singles you would have won. Women's doubles won men's doubles right Then you'd go reverse singles and if it's thrill you'd have mixed doubles to decide the tie that that's what we have now in the non-playing kid in school it's extra homework. I'm feeling like the katie's got here's got to give their presentation next suddenly realizing i've done i'm so sorry my i didn't know this aca. In the non-playing year you have. Two rounds of qualifying is sixty. Four nations in total trying to get into the knicks gis sixteen team finals. So you've got two rounds and you just play against single nation and you have that type of of matchup that i've just described of the course of walk full five days in a you do that twice to get into the sixteen group And then those that are not in the sixty four For the off year they play during the finals year themselves in order to try to get into the sixty four the following year so there is a pathway in order to get into the sixteen team finals and everybody gets behind it making it more importance than all of these. Little splintered team competitions right now every two years so that those are guaranteed to be in. The finals can have a year off from it and apply the singles career without just being over saturated and suddenly. You've got this thing you've got the world cup you don't if you nation. You've got a chance of winning it all. That's that's what i want. i'm not short. Change a single thing about that proposal but then when it all adds up i mean there. There are some details on. I'm not sure in action adopt such. But that's a draft at a draw. Which isn't i didn't ask for such details. But since matt mentioned the possibility of introducing a draft to tennis. I've been really taken by that. Because the draft isn't exciting thing so some sort of draft ahead of the finals where the captain's pick their four players. I would. I would love that. But yeah i. If i had to pick the things that i most wholeheartedly went to shout from the roost reef tops. My agreement with about what david said its biannual and one location one big tournament and mixed hurry but i like the detailed as well david. I'm here for it from roper. Match work seven rub is quite a lot. It does work that. Let's let's see. What matt scott well. Mine is very similar to david's. I completely agree with you. Catherine like david's allot an important aspect for may was mentioning some kind of qualifying system to take place in little ties around the world. Just as david scott in his off year from the finals. Because i i've been so those events and I think incredibly important events for those locations and people feel very strongly that they need to stay in the spoiled. And i i agree I have no reason why those ties couldn't be seven rubbers. I think during the show world cup i would perhaps which. Use the number of rubbers. Personally i would definitely have just a straight knockout just because for made that's more interesting than groups. Sixteen team knockout competition. Sounds great to me And then i guess the only other thing is when in the season it would come and if we're talking in a real fantasy scheduling land. I would pretty much stop the regular tennis single season as we know it off to the us open in an ideal world and then october would be team and that would be the time for the world cup. And then you could have a proper off-season nothing else going on. At the same time all eyes will be on this big world cup team event and i think that would be amazing yet. The system in my head looks very similar to david's well we've solved that so you welcome tennis. Authorities as the blueprint make it so Next question from eli is the longevity of plays like serena williams roger federer and russia on the exception or the potential new norm. Is that late thirties. Success more than to advancements in physical training science or the ability of these specific players to manage their bodies. David i think it is the potential new because i think not only are the sports science steps progressing to such players feel physically. They're able to play some more years in the nutrition. An accent tra I also failed Just this seeing others do it and they are saying that is what you do. It used to be pleased. When the hit satu- he felt like that probably got ta because i think it becomes psychosomatic. You you become Tha that's what happens. You get physically you deteriorate. And i think that the taste just that they've got no real reason to think that because they're seeing these plaza shining the that's not the case and so the new norm is to play into your light statism and you can have a longer career in. It's sunny seems to be shifting in terms of the life cycle of the career from the teen years to the is is if the mid thirties. Very interested for instance. What happens to someone like golf when she gets older whether the zanny with she tiles off sooner just because she starts it. So abby They're all cases of that. The only other thing. I would say i'm curious to see is what impact covid has in that. I think it's it's reducing the careers of some people who just don't want to live this life. Will odette one to have this as their sporting life once they've had a decade under their belts. I think we're seeing that with someplace and so that may end up. Starting a new trend of players just retiring earlier again So we'll we'll say. But yeah i i think generally speaking i think it will. It has created a new imminent. Will that will continue for for the foreseeable. Yeah i mean. I agree i think it. It probably is a new nome. The best explanation i've ever seen for this gonna give a note to catherine's brother. Oh you you've stolen my research. Well i'm happy to. I just remembered it So i'm happy to hand over to you to explain it. But it's if i'm correct. The premise was essentially the top players. Getting older over the last thirty forty years considerably older. But the if you look at the one thousand in tennis generally has actually stayed the same. So it's something to with the top players and maths. Explanation is the way that wealth has been distributed in tennis so heavily in favor of the top players they can afford they ca- teams to keep themselves healthier afford to skip tournaments when they don't necessarily need to play and can therefore kind of avoid injuries and things like that that that data break down that math day. Maybe we'll put that in the show notes. was was a very convincing explanation for me. Fans of visual data representation will not be disappointed by what we've got in this week's show nights then because yeah i mean i should say he wrote this article for fun at the end of twenty seventeen so things have things have changed little since then but no. I don't think the overall landscape is any different now to to how it was in twenty seventeen He says the results are striking. While the top one hundred men may have been getting older over the past thirty years. The average age of the top one thousand players has betty shifted hovering between twenty three and twenty four so the aging trend. It appears only to affect the very top players. He then there's similar analysis for the women's game and the trend is ever so slightly ever so slightly less stark but similar and he says the disparity between the top and the second tier players is even more striking when you plot the average ages of the top ten say and very similar in the In the in the women's game. So i think i think the premise of the question. And it's not. Yeah i think this sort of general acceptance that all tennessee's getting older and it's possible for everyone to play to play late now because if string racket technology etc etc perhaps not as true as we will accept it to be an yes you say Into some some speculation with data analysis on on why that might be so. I probably i think it will. I think it will Those exceptional player will shift something in the minds of all tennis players. They weren't necessarily assume that that career will be over by age thirty two. You know when you're a young person turning pro you sort of think in terms of a ten year career. Perhaps you'll have a more open mind about what your career might look like but in reality see whether they've actually changed anything Palpably the game. I question whether that's the case via will we'll pop that article in the show tonight. It's very very interesting and nazi subject. I think The next question it. It involves predictions. So i feel like it should come with an attached apology but allies putting us in this Position and we will valiantly go into battle. He says rank lease full players in order of who he thinks will win a grand slam. I if ever the plays oh. Alexander zverev yanic center arena blanca and jen jennifer brady slava. Yesterday's i i well. I'm going for settling first then cinna and brightens very went win. One said the two on the list that have reached grand slam. Finals will be the ones that don't win them chris. Such an interesting so of planet has been enough. Have been having headache over this question. 'cause to me the only one who feels like a banker as much as you can be to win a major is absolutely yep but doesn't feel like he's gonna win one this year. I'd also be a bit surprised if you want one next year. One in four years. I actually got one diary now. It's about what alcatraz over the fridge. I from by twenty twenty five april twenty. Second i yeah. I think since probably will win a major within the next four years that dumb country. This is a public podcast. David it's out there. The stays between us but at least konae style brady to me. Feels like she's made some big strides reach the final if the last sorry she's lost to the eventual champion at the last two Majors so if Feels like her. Time is now in a way but just what strikes me that there will be someone better left in. The draw is how i and i end up feeling about jen jenny. Jennifer brady sampling I just find it difficult to see her putting it together for the for the full two weeks. And she's got a major problem. She's never even reached the quarter-final at some very specific or she's got to overcome verifone's at the obvious one who should be. I shaved the most. He's the highest rank he's Been to a final recently at their chinks in his game that i'm beginning to wonder the might not be able to overcome so i'm probably thinking cinna and then the other three one. Yep i agree with that. I think that's the very cautious answer because if the other three win one though probably win it sooner than cinema will but the one i feel confident putting in that list is gonna say change since the start of the year i'm saints of recall more optimism a few months ago about settling winning. It's not. I am optimistic about. I think she's gonna be a big factor. I wouldn't want to have my credibility or any of my money on winning a slam. Never worried about credit. We're running out of time. Fake so we're gonna go quick fire on the remaining questions because they're all good and i want to get them all in so quickfire onces please. None of this showing off about the homework. You've done. david t be on twitter. Can you talk about the camera. Angle from the corner mba's line. I thought it was outstanding showcase the speed of the game versus the review. Should it be the new default camera angle when possible Doesn't like it. And that's why he's particular find if this question. David's matt's greg greg question I absolutely love it as an occasional angle. I don't i certainly don't wanna see point upon points at own assay game full of it. I want to see a point. Every full five games of it. Because i think it shows you something that you just say from the normal angles you get to see what the crowd that happened to have that seat looking at. And i realized that yet a sprinkling in hit here and there is is fine for me. I thought the man camera angle in barcelona was one of the best tennis camera angles. I've ever seen helped by the wasn't a great big stand so it wasn't too high but it also wasn't really low it was just sa- below enough to be immersed save and to show you the to retrieve the ball but high enough that you could see the lines. I thought it was a perfect compromise. Agreed no nate's Which this is from art. Wild on i on wild onion wild. Yeah move on which teenager or next gen player. Would you love to see andy. Murray coach he gives film tech. Yeah me too. Oh that's a good one. Yeah he loves a result when you talk about well. This is based on your experiences. Catherine when you when you talk to andy murray about young players that he's excited about he's thinking asuka sheffield tech undress rescue more than he's thinking very of rube left etc definitely and i think that sort of cerebral tennis player that's tech is would suit murray and she's also interested in other things outside of tennis yet also completely dedicated to tennis. And i think that's that's a by mary. Approach as well agrees somebody somebody different but yours is better than mine. Net carry-ons statement mineshaft valve. Which because hey sorry to say that my mind immediately went to man which makes me feel Radio embarrassed now but it did And an centers you've mentioned That makes follow sense and rescue makes more sense to some degree. Although i just feel that she's away to self confidence to to need murray or in the way that value that input otherwise. For half of all of this. Because i it's just curious to see what could an andy murray brain attitude do with a game like that. I just love to know and love to know if if that tennis plan. What is what is his potential. If somebody could unlock it. is it. Just what we're seeing is. The no way beyond the barriers are already that all is the mole because it's exciting spectacular. It looks amazing and yet it's so dispiriting moment i will say throw in. Fund caroline garcia. No not next gen anymore. I'd love to him to pick up the phone. Carol stitched you right up with my prediction. The number one. But i'm now going to pay you back real systematize michelle a sad sad comment final question and a mean quickfire and this or multiple people and social media and email about reports to the atp looking to stage a masters one thousand on grass thoughts on this. Well it's the seat. I work at queen's hampton done for many years A say hand on heart. I've heard nothing about that in terms of something that might be imminently about to happen What i would say is that for many many years just being talked about in in the media as amongst fans isn't a masters one thousand grass wouldn't that be a good idea. Why is the grass court season size short. These stories that we always talk about and yet the have been times. I think when people put together all the bain some conversations about that really should be a thing that happens and obviously the to the number of good tournaments. Been there two real standouts in terms of queens and halla into that. They've been around for a long time. That strong tournaments. Why isn't one of them thousand. I mean i think there's a few reasons. One of which is do either of them need to be a one thousand. Those get great crowds. Great fields are now. It's it's an interesting one. The andrew guidance the head of the acp is the one who mentioned in his interview with stu fraser for the time side interesting but not not heard anything about that. Imminently happening matt. Do you have anything quick. Phya to add. I would say i'm big on swings and i think in an ideal world if we swing should probably have some kind of one thousand event joint between the men and women so tonight to world yes i love some sort of masters one thousand event on gross. Yeah i agree. I think the more you can build grasping great econ into the calendar currently stands. You need more time gross. If the calendar is going to be three weeks in between them defense we have a completely sufficient but if you can create more of a swing than show in the most is thousand spice spice it up. That is it for questions that be good when they were really good. Thank you aligns. And everybody at midday questions on social media and on email we We are very appreciative of the input. 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Episode 273a: 2020 U.S. Open Day 0 - Blair Henley, Inside the Bubble

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Episode 273a: 2020 U.S. Open Day 0 - Blair Henley, Inside the Bubble

"The. Welcome to no challenges raining I am Ben Rothenberg joining my dear friend court in a win Hi Courtney. And we are also joined by our friend Blair Henley who we have not had on the official NPR show before Blair was with us when we did our codenames game for patriotic and was a stellar player with stellar props, the props in the props once more the player. Thank you for being here. You've been someone on our wish list for a long time. So I'm glad you are with finally. We'll. Thanks guys. This is longtime listener first-time caller or its territory. Very, very happy to be here. I'm actually quite shocked that we've never had you on the show. So it. Didn't even occur to me that this was your first. Go Round. It was a glaring omission, glare. Yes, we try in. That's right. That's right. We did try and India well so Indian Wells no more. So here we are well, there you are worth three different places. I'm in DC Courtney's home in California but you are in the bubble in new. York and so we're going to get to that a bit that second half of the show I think pretty much. But I WANNA start started people who I feel like everyone knows you but to get a more formal introduction to player, Henley the the legend and hero that we all cherish. So if you can just tell us Europe your hero origin story a bit how how you started working you're listening to a tennis first and then how you started working in. Tennis. It's an indirect origin story if I had to classify it, I did though I mean I grew up in tennis my dad's tennis rose. So from I mean as long ago as I can remember, I was hanging out at the tennis courts I. was on the court as much as possible. I started stringing rackets I was like thirteen I started teaching little kids when I was maybe fourteen probably even younger than that So I grew up in the tennis world I've always loved it went to play tennis in College at Rice University. And really at the end of that s you I sort of had a maybe a myopic view I always just wanted to be the best at school and I wanted to be the best tennis player I could be, and then I was done with school in tennis and then was like now, what do I do and so I thought tennis a little bit of time, and then I got a job working with a tennis club startup in Houston Texas and worked there got some interesting business experience I was an economics major so it's not like I have. Journalists background, but I always loved writing I. Always loved you know doing anything on camera in every play I could be in when I was a kid like I loved that sort of thing and so got married when I was about twenty five and my husband was playing minor league baseball at the time and I went with him there wasn't a lot that I could do in terms of normal jobs. So I taught tennis in just about every city that we stopped in female tennis pros are a are added premium they're harder to find, and so I could just walk into a tennis club. It was the greatest thing they didn't even. Resume there I was like I'm here for you know I don't know how long do you need a pro and they're like you're hired. So that was so awesome to have have that job and be able to do that for myself wherever we were I think we moved sixteen times in three hour. So isn't it does sound like the Minor Leagues Yeah. Is the minor leagues. It was also like a delightfully simple time in life all our belongings fit in the car, which was which was kind of freeing in a weird way. But. It was during that time that I thought hey, if I wanted to to start writing, this might be the time to do it. So I, I actually started writing for Randy Walker who worked at the USDA for a long time and started world tennis magazine Dot Com at a chance to start writing for him and so I think it was we were in Memphis at the time and I would just go sit at Panera bread all day, and I was mostly writing results stories but that was where I sort of started developing my the writing style and sort of learning and getting better in that department covered my first tournament officially four Randy in two thousand eleven at the Delray Beach Open. Rate Memories in Delray Beach. It's been a long relationship with that girl. Originally from South Florida. So so that was always sort of the home tournaments. It's a very started from the bottom. Now, we here kind of event Frio very, very much so and then I eventually started working after Tyler, my husband was done with baseball. We moved back to Houston for him to finish school and I started working for tennis now, which is A. Website that some of our friends we know in love still work for, and it was there that I got to do on camera worked for the very first time and please don't search the Internet for those I. Those were great. Those are the first place I saw you on. Youtube does Acid star that's where I I saw you as well and also weren't this girl come from and how do we hunter her? This is amazing it at the end I feel like if became really fine I had a relationship I felt like the people who watched the I tried to make fun but also informative I also did some instruction videos that I didn't think anyone was going to watch. They remained thing that approached for the most to the day which is Neat I. Mean when the parent comes up with their child and says, you know all we love you know I helped my daughter learn how to play because of your videos like that is so incredibly rewarding. But that's where I started doing on camera work and thanks to our friend another friend we all know and love Nick mccarville who I had gotten to know through my work at tennis. Now, he recommended me in two thousand fifteen when he could no longer be the MC on court seventeen at the US Open and my boss still my boss, this day Michael Fear. Took a chance on me or was really desperate to not totally sure can be both and and the rest three. Yet I I. It's funny because I started at the US Open. It was much easier to get jobs after that because they're like, oh, well, she's done the US Open, even though I will be the first to tell you I had no clue what I was doing when I was starting I mean I was the DJ I was the stage manager. You know I was the one in charge of like blocking the door as the players didn't go rogue and walk straight out. But there was no better way to learn the fact that I was doing all that like forget time I, started the music before the chair umpire called the score and got yelled at by Fergus Murphy who I now again knowing love. But please do not start to read sick and chill I finished calling the score. Buddy in tennis until you've been yelled at by Fergus Murphy's let's. Only legends and legends. He is fabulous and the best I relish introducing him now. But yeah, that was that was how it all started. So this this is where I think most people know you for probably tennis is for your on court interviewer for being sort of court MC, I don't know what the official title on court hosted tunnel US probably. One. So what when you I regret getting into that? What did you think that you need to do to get to be good at that job? What did that job sort of acquire in your mind and how did the expectations meet the reality? Once you're on the ground and having to to run that show and talk to US players make make entertainment for folks I wanted to be creative first of all and I think that took research. I really did try you know I I look at the? Players social media as I tried to maybe some random article that was written about them three years ago you never know what you find what you're gonNA find until you start looking I, really did make an effort to be creative and I feel like I still do also when are fans in the stands you want to appeal to fans that's been one. We can talk about this later when there are no fans, it doesn't inch how you approach the post-match interview because want playing to the crowd anymore. So yes. You want to appeal to the fans and I think my goal was always you WanNa get the nuggets about the actual match. You know that's interesting to me. I obviously loved the technical side of tennis but I, think most fans. May Not care as much why somebody headed down the line. Forehand to all forty love in the second sat. That's less sting to the masses and my goal I feel like has always been instill is sort of maybe expand the tennis Fan Base I. Love It. When something happens in tennis that may be seen by people who aren't like us are not in it everyday and so whether I'm in the stadium or whether I'm doing stuff. Digitally hosts hosting for social media I feel like that's always sort of the goal is to have the balance between the series the technical side I love the mental side of tennis as well. But to also humanize a little because I really do think that is why people become fans for life. It's it's not necessarily like obviously, we can all agree that Roger Federer's tennis is beautiful to watch but it's Not. Listening on audio. Yes. We. All we cannot most devise skin agree on that but I think so often it's you know that one random answer you heard on encore seventeen at the US Open when you know Tomasz Bird, for instance, called someone out for calling out his outfits in a post magic you like that's the random stuff that that happens that I think really does make fans for life because they happen to. That one funnier cooler relatable moment. It's such an interesting contrast. Don't you think like in tennis because that is the thing it is the humanization of the player that draws people in you know. We're all fans of team sports, regular sports that that dominate the state's the big five or whatever it is, and that's team. You know that's down to you and it's a different type of love. You know like it's a love that's familial. It's passed down it's tradition driving's with tribal but. Tennis Fan Dome is a completely different thing what draws people into the sport. It can't be team based because your team only exists for ten years. You know fifteen years and then your team's gone, you know and and it becomes in there. Yeah it's It's a weird thing of being the business of which I'm in the same business. In this way ways Blair, which is selling the sports, selling the players selling the personalities, and it's like a different set of of glasses you have to like bring into that thing compared to like what Ben does, which is reporting, which has different. Say Sometimes, you know what? I what I hope that I've built maybe over the past five years is some level of trust in the players in them knowing that we're on the same team here I am here to help you showcase your personality, I WanNa make that easier for you. I want to open. That's halfway for you and I think you know one of the social media channels that I think are the organizations that doesn't incredible job with their social media in terms of getting the players involved as the European Tour Golf? I don't know if you've ever seen any of their stuff, but the players completely by and there is a feeling that we're on we're marketing you. We are trying to make you look past. We're trying to give you a chance to show people. Decide outside of actually hitting the ball So again, I think over time that becomes easier. Those relationships having seen people on court I think has gotten easier and I think they do understand that most of them are remembered that European european-gulf. They're the ones who had the video with the kid interviewing Royal Rory mcilroy and he gave the Royal mcelroy before his wedding a pair of socks. In case he got cold feet again that was good I remember that. Yeah So you. Should if you haven't noticed this show, you are a woman. Who is not say who's not someone who's not type of person? He's a broad term who has who has been in this role that often in towards I. Introduced a real topic but I. Will Lean into that I I remember being at the Charleston typically I think it was two, thousand twelve or thirteen at Charleston and I was in the stadium and it was a women's only event just female. Only event and remember seeing a couple on court emcees series two different men on court in there was a third male voice has hearing from some sort of PA dresser in the box and I was thinking. It struck me at this very female driven female centric tournament. W Tail in the event that there was still all these male voices preventing presenting the event in urban thinking at them like this feels like to make a change. But for whatever reason, the defaulted always been in a situation in sports men's or women's to have male voices Did you before I guess before you started working in tennis or even as you start working tenants have you run up against that preconception in yourself for another set this is sort of a a man's job and you had a barrier to break through here did it or was it Relatively straightforward. I to be honest and I. It was funny because I just had to sort of think about this. I did Katie Spelman new a little series about women in sports I'm excited for Courtney's answers Tacoma on that by the way But to be honest I guys I never thought about it. I really didn't think about it out. There was one time actually recently that that I may be a moment of just just understanding that maybe things had shifted a bit and that was I, did Fed Cup did Fed Cup for the first time last year and I did said this year before in Everett Washington which was weirdly I confirmed case of run by the US and nobody could imagine that I remember they had you know hand sanitizer everywhere with notes about washing your hands like. I mean, sure all all use electric sanitizer, right? That's cute. Yeah. It's a nice for auction. No but so I will say in stadium in in terms of the Voice of God that is made me where I think there's even less in terms of female representation in somebody's talking on the loudspeaker as Serena Williams is walking out on the court to a packed stadium people are roaring. That is where I think. I had a moment of like, yeah this is definitely like I hope I can live up to this because there is such an expectation of that loud powerful male booming voice kind of moving trailer. Voice Yeah. Exactly. So I think I definitely bring something different to the table and I appreciate that the USDA gave me a shot at that and even though I mean, that's The Voice of God being a woman's voice is is something that has kind of permeated in other sports a little bit. But still all what relatively recently rightly, and the San Francisco giants the PA announcer is a black woman and it's awesome like you notice it like you know what I mean like not that it it's nothing different. It's but you just notice it that it doesn't sound. Know the way that it always think Wimbledon even started changing it a little bit like their voice. If they're person being like ground closing his now woman has been is now a woman. In years and that felt pretty significant. Yeah. It does feel like kind of that last that lasts barrier that needs to be kind a smackdown. To get back to what you were saying before about the sort of the craft of honing encore interviews and getting the best out of players in those moments. What have you found? Are there are there tips or tricks that worked for you in terms of 'cause you're dealing with a bunch of different players you're not totally sure you're GonNa get before the mashed fifty fifty or Ninety ten depending on the matchup who you're going to get in the in the encore interview how do you prepare to get the best out of them in what you do to make them feel comfortable and relaxed, and also ready to sort of and and and then if you want to highlight some of the better ones at it, who are the people who like a reliably like you know they're going to. Be On when when you're when you need them to be. So I think in terms of the tips and tricks for me, I've learned that a lot of it happens before the camera. Goes on greeting the players saying congratulations. It's great to see you. It's been a while just any sort of like pre interview conversation which. I've grown in that because I will not lie when I first started doing this. It was like so nerve racking that I was like just remember what your first question is. I did not have the the bandits to be able to to check in on the players you know kids at home before restarted. So. So I think a lot of that helps it also helps in terms of if you're gonNA, maybe ask a question that is a little bit out of left field to run that by them before hands in fact I really and I don't know I feel like this is maybe giving this away. I don't know if it's if it's actually going to happen I. Multiple Times had the thought this past week of having my last question be sort of joking with the player like I mean, we're known for our crowds in New York, it Gosh how how did they enter key help you out today at or crickets in the stands I thought that would have been like a fun. Thing to do that would have required me. I didn't feel like I had like the perfect open door to do it. But that's something that I would say to the player beforehand like, Hey, last question I'm going to joke about the crowds are you okay to play along? So yes, it's kind of the pre interview part that has become he in and seeing if you can maybe put wish the boundaries a little bit in the actual interview. I I feel the same way as blaming I think that so much of of kind of getting. To the point where you can kind of tell them and I've said this explicitly some players before hoping on a podcast or whatever of like just try just follow me trust me like I will. I won't do on just just go with me where I'm going you know and over time with certain players, there is still that but I think that the key thing for Blair. is is like they have to win. You know they just played this crazy match. It's Super Hot. All they wanted do is get off the court and when they see you or they see crasner, they seem necker they say whoever is EMC? Andy Lake that they don't go. Like the men at the bats like ninety comes sorry. Some of them still do to be clear by one hundred percent say with me. Like You know like You know when they know that they have to do and champions Corner. There are still players that are like that and I'm like dude, I know which is trust me. It'll be a good time like you know and it's always a good time but it's not in the moment they're just like seriously, I just WanNa go right now and you're the last person I don't want to do this song and dance. And again I think that that as. Blair's kind of doing like way more events these as and she's in difference spaces, not just the encore, but also doing the interviews Like tournament content style. It's like the players know who you are now like it's not. If you pop up they know exactly. Get. School. Most of them I think do and I you know that makes me makes me feel good about the relationships that you've sort of built I distinct. The relationships are huge and I feel very fortunate that enough people have sort of giving me the opportunity to where we could be could be in that place. So it's it's come a long way. You've also done a lot of stuff sort of behind the camera in terms of the offscreen but. Whose Social Media content tournaments and the one I want to ask you on a bunch of great stuff when I want to ask about is Mario Kart. which with? The. Boys and What was the name of the video it was called heart. dvr Car your car with featuring some fantastic mustaches and Yoshida Nishioka and how much how much are you involved in the the ideation of these of these concepts the. Executing them how much through creativity to get on that side? What is that sort of different role like? I love it. You just Haffey really resilient because you get a lot of knows like if only you guys. Would know my list of reject proposals it is very long. But I when I get to no, I tried to come back with a few other options but Devia cart in particular. I. Are Video producer video shooter that week Jacobs Dookie who does a lot of work in tennis he? Just threw out the idea of Yoshi Mario Kart, and Yoshi, I was like wait a second. And he's like shoot what have golf carts. A so the I am not kidding we actually, I was texting him last night anger joking about that because we it almost ended friendships making that video happened because it was I mean from talking to the police to make sure we could be in the street to borrowing their cones and making sure we didn't lose them to you know I think Insanity wallaby Arabic telling the story he's YOSHII's agents who I've gotten to know he's fantastic I had emailed him in advance because listen if Yoshi wasn't in for that video. What's the point right and so I said Hey I don't even want to throw this out as an idea unless I it's a possibility. Here's the concepts. Here's the Yoshi. I love it. You had it already like he's GonNa have to this I. Mean I had already bins you know browsing Amazon for for options though Osama's like I think this will be I think good. Well, Yoshi is on site the first day and I want to make sure everything's good. We're we're ready to go. He's still in. And Stark Oh Greg Sharko of who has worked for the ATP for ages also a legend he went and sort of broached the topic. Yoshida. Sort of find a time go. She has no idea what he's talking about. So fast forward to Greg coming back and saying to me like he'd he doesn't know about this. So. Then I literally carrying the? Yoda. Or as Andy, very with a soft toy soft. Joy, that bat hearing it through the Players Lounge because in del Ray in a players lounge players jam, it's all one big room and marching out Yoshi is on the exercise bike. I am trying to explain this concept to Yoshi. Yoshi head in hands and to his credit he was like, Oh, I love Yoshi. Absolutely. So Yoshi was in. And Jordan Thompson and Steven Johnson are absolutely the best sports I will say that Jordan Thompson was not pleased that Stevie had not shaved. You know he he looked almost like he had a beard in that video because he he stevie has since I was just being lazy I hadn't shaved the rest of it because he still rocking the mustache art. But but Jordan was not pleased. He was like I mean he needs to can get him a razor he needs to. Stay. I love. They were the actors were giving you notes. Intertwined. I mean, we had called Party cities to try to find the star we need the star so were like you know calling various, you know party outlets parties that he's just try to find something that would work We had to borrow the golf cart from the city of Delray locked in some it just the all the things that had to fall into place and and honestly the number one thing was really like huge credit to Greg Jarkko who let that happen because I think in the interest is completely understand and respect the role of the tour PR teams. But I think in an effort to maybe. Protect or to just keep things simple there is sometimes less of an incentive to. Some like this, go forward and again I understand exactly where they're coming from. But the fact that he trusted me to do this and have it be a fun thing and not making fun of because that's always the line right is you want it to be fine. You don't WanNa come making fun of and the players were sort of all in on the joke and enjoyed it and I mean is like dropping bananas re shooting banana draft. I there was a lot of work and by the end I mean there was graphic sky who is staying late to make the Mario graphics it just it was a ton of work because most of these teams are so small like we it is out. So few resources at our disposal. So it's what can you? What is the biggest thing you can make happen with very little To work with and that's that's always there just a lot of factors. I feel like that's the story of the behind the scenes tennis content. army that exists in the sport with the people that we all know on social content development video. All of that is just and you know I will see those comments sometimes or hear the comments from. Of like, oh, but like you know social content tournament contents so wrote, it's so boring. What's even the points you know and things like that and so you know you always Kinda WanNa stick up for the people who are in those positions being light because you overburden them with twenty different sponsor asks. The it'll get to be creative like so ten percent of their time, they can either go and just grab a drink at the beer hunter or they can spend that ten percent of the time trying to come up with something interesting in given the reward. For an end the as you say, like the risk of being able to come up with an even anything execute it. You know more often than not people are just GonNa you know understandably just dial it back new like I do what I'm asked and that's it. So that's why like you become you and nick and you guys have become cult figures in the space because you know Wimbledon as a as a whole you know. Because it's like, oh, well, this'll be worth clicking on because it's not going to be the typical stuff but yes, it takes a lot of effort and I think that was one of the things I think when I saw that video I think tweeted it and I was like the no idea how much lake work this duck like just for me I was just I, wasn't even thinking about the production side I was thinking of like to get agents to agree with this. Like studying work like. Any Onboard to yeah, you their free time and it could be lounging on their phone like you've no idea. The inertia of a tennis player convincing tennis players do anything outside of their mandatory media allegations. Is Brutal it's bureau work. It is it just I just go back to you just have to be able to rebound you active rebounds fully I mean even even this week things that were supposed to happen at that didn't happen at just you just have to be taken he breath. It's it's only wasted time. You just you ended up it just there are a lot of times like, what am I doing but when you get that that good bits of of content that maybe people see outside of the our little tennis face or that were where other people can appreciate how great a lot of these players really are. Personally it's it's a nice reward. Definitely. So talk about this week before we go about your time in New York in the bubble and we talk about all the things you do to engage the crowd and everything like that. You have very what how different is your job description feel right now that they're sort of no here having to entertain. You're basically just sort of on a TV set. I think it's fair to Santa feels that way but. What is your job is we would have been and just like on site not just curious for really the whole experience to people who aren't there and normally are at every grand slam a very curious what what the what has been like for you as a as a life this this week and two weeks ahead. I guess you have in New York. I will I let me say you guys are messed it's not the same I hope somebody's eating those patty melts that are being on eaten at the moment because Lord knows I was crushing those things daily. No it's it's definitely it's been. Interesting, it's been from from the creative standpoint. It's definitely been an added challenge because Ben and our saying offline. It's you have these players who haven't really been interviewed in six months who would be willing to be creative but they're obviously that is limited in the constructs of this this bubble that we are working in and. There are things that maybe even could happen. But completely, understandably everybody in particular at the beginning I feel like attention. Media Day, sort of got going there because people want to make sure that this. Works and that we can actually safely play. And so there was definitely. An unspoken. You people were completely professional doing what they had to do but I feel like there is an unspoken level of like you know, take a deep breath because nobody knows really how this is going to work I will. Do Echo at the players have said in terms of I feel like the USDA has done the best that they could given the scenario But yeah, just figuring out how to even stage an interview making sure you sanitize the seat afterward and the player make sure you keep your masks on. We have to do the slate before we start just things that you just never thought of before. You are now thinking of and for the first few days, it was really hard because I mean, you know we if you get a good shot and maybe there's a coach who has the mass below his nose in the background in the far left corner. Yet you know it just is hard. There are a lot of people who have to follow the rules and this is a population who. I mean is not used to having a whole lot of rules. On them so so it just you have to count on a lot of people to do their parts So I think we did the best that we could given the circumstances I will say in particular someone like me I mean I have gigantic teeth. I smile a lot like that. The nonverbal cues in an interview are really important time not having those are not I mean I yesterday I've finished with Novak Joke Mitch and I did like a little like hand bow and I'm like, what are they just do? You. have to as because. I end up doing jazz hands. Yeah. Sanzar, good Yeah it's. It's just like the weird. There are so many things like you could sort of encourage people in your face you really do anymore and if you're GONNA make if you're going to sort of joke about something or say something sort of ingest where you want them to play along. Again they can't. They can't read you. So it's it has been a challenge in that sense but I think once you sort of get through your initial tests, some serious before I got the negative but once you get through that and sort of in rhythm it you kind of can breathe again and it becomes you know. I guess if you could say more normal. but onto the treadmill. Yeah like. I found that the last couple of weeks is that as much as I didn't understand think or or know what it was going to be like covering once you started to do it, you just had so much to do all day. The day was over and you're like, well, I guess I worked today you know and I'm GonNa go to sleep I'll get up and work again tomorrow and you kind of do it doesn't feel normal bite your rhythm. The way that you react to your work triggers I guess just kind of is automatic. Yup Yes. So true. So so that that you definitely sort of get back in the rhythm of that and of waiting for players who aren't where they're supposed to be when they're supposed to be there. Waiting for play is is the title for all of us all. Insert your particular pet player in there but that's that's the name of it. Yeah. Pet Slow player whether it's your Serena you're off your whoever there are some slow players that are coming depressed I'm curious Blair just if you can describe like more the setup of interviews like normally you're standing there holding mike up to the player, you're pretty much face to face what does that like now there's long poles being used pretty much. They're using the boom mic the long pole with the little fuzzy thing or what we did on courts was we had a like A. Almost like a shotgun might but it was so as low to the ground can pick up distance. Yes. Exactly. Like we're has there So he wasn't in the actual shots of the post-match interview, but it was like right down low in front of them, and then I was six at least six feet beyond that. Some of the pictures that I've seen. Wow, I'm really giving it. Goods good better safe than sorry. Heading an example. The. Other challenge has been you know the the camera people are used to being like, right? I? Mean you can feel them breathing usually now they need to be further back. So they have to try to get their shot over your shoulder but also like. Twelve well, feet away So it's I. Think everybody has adjusted pretty well it's just audio is hard with masks i. think that's been the one. We've all learned if you know agrees to speaking on, you can get over it. Layers are generally knots and so it's just encouraging them to. Be clearly as clearly as possible. And then I'm curious. Also just what it feels like the ground you've been at the US Open plenty of times when it's packed with. Five digit numbers of people you know there's a conservative estimate, just lots and lots of people to energy lots of noise. Now, you're at the like kind of imagine a ghost town in a Lotta ways. Is it serene tranquil? Is IT EERIE I? Mean how does it? How does it feel in terms of just the vibe of being all the above I mean, what? What does it feel like being in this? Very unique. Time in a relatively familiar place, you know in a very different way. I think I to me it airs it goes more to the serene tranquil side of things for I don't some people. Some other people might feel otherwise, but it was funny because during Media Day, you had all these players coming through a lot of them. Sort of getting asked very similar questions and. So. Many of them started off by saying, oh my gosh it's like it's just amazing like we can get. You can order food and get it wherever you want. You can go play Miniature Golf there's a gym outside, and then you can sort of see the wheels turning they're like Oh but you know we really miss vans and the energy like let me let me pull that in rain that in just a little bit because I listen do do they miss the fans? Absolutely I think the energy on the court I, think it is I mean when you play great point that that is that must be i. don't I don't really know personally what that's like but that must. Have that feedback that reaction. So yes, I think that is absolutely missed. I think the players are really enjoying the the luxury of being able to move around freely at and even for me honestly like if I have to run from. you know ash to strong to not have to be doing. You know going through like an action sequence to get there through through people is is nice. There's there's less energy expended there for sure but yeah, I mean I you everybody says the US Open is the energy. The energy is is just not the same did stay actually that he hopes there are things in particular one of them I think was being able. To each like you could order your food and they would bring it to you wherever you are He that was one of the things. I think he said he hopes that some of the things they've done this year will be implemented in your calm. The one complaint I've heard from players is that they cannot you can't leave your bags in the locker room you have to carry all of your Oh wow wherever you can airport. Yes yes. Exactly. So so that is in terms of. In that was a that was sort of a it's not like this person was complaining they were to say, yeah, it's not something I'm used to the league this thing everywhere I go but that but that's been the only downside that I've heard. Schooler with a huge backpack. And you know they have like the backpack, the man to sell full. Backpack guys it's they have a lot. You're going to have to start actually bringing the airport carts five bucks baby charge of make money. Always the hustle good work courtney. Curious also with the evenings are like so once you clock out in your normally you're in new. York missing usually have in Manhattan, during the tournament are know what? Yeah what are your evenings like now I've been in Queens? We have been Yeah. Close by which has its benefits especially when you're late night to not have to get on a shuttle. You know drive over half an hour usually to get back to the city So yet actually that's why I'm wearing a Mike for you guys today because our hotel might as well be in the media and of the Long Island Expressway. there. I, mean so that we don't hear street noise this entire time I were Mike you guys so so we are in Queens Once again, I, have a car and while I'm here and drive their drag back and for me honestly, this doing incensio is doing sort of double duty I was doing the digital content and I was doing the core hosting. And trying to prepare for some of the projects this coming week. So I there wasn't much I would've done even if I could So just you know it's it suits the home-bodies I'm always sort of a like. Is it worth the energy? Yes. Maybe I should go juicing in the city but I'm just tired. Fair. People are like, Hey, what's going to perish? Let's go into London one night during slam like no no I will be sleeping sleep is my treat for sure. So you're so just to. Last, thing on the bubble I think for me at least when you're in a tier two of the bubble or a person, how does that has a designation where compared to the players in those sorts of things? So I mean. The the most clear differentiation is I'm not at the player hotel. And and I do believe that there are also locations on site that I cannot go into haven't tried to go into I will say the one one place I tried to enter yesterday to ask questions my as much as I love the on court stuff I like in another life by would have been a private investigator I. Love. I love I mean one of. Your bag buying gift will pull it out. I guess. No I I love does asking questions in in finding out if there might be a story I I loved sort of the first part of my journalism tennis evolution. Yeah that's another story wrote a lot about doping at the beginning. I love all. Of. It. I went into, ask a question to the stringers because they have a really cool setup. They had these like almost Florida's ceiling dividers. To separate spaces but I tried to go into ask kind of what their process was into learn more about that and. I thought I was breaking into like a bank there. You can't buy somebody came up at like rob the door handles you can't a miniature and that is the stringers have a bubble within a bubble because I I was I I was gonNA treat about they. So I guess if you think about it, there's some of the more essential workers here because if one stringer goes out there in the same room all day with each other, that could be a prom layers rackets can't get strung So. But again, in terms of in terms of the difference for Tier Two versus tier one that is I think the main one is just that you're not at that main player hotel. That's hilarious. I didn't think about the string thing I mean it's yeah. It's true. It's just amazing. How many different things you have to think about like in terms of how you to reimagined like who is essential to protect the stringers at all costs they are like. The the yeah. The maintenance they're gonNA get. Tablets. When the entire string operations go down there's GonNa be like hold up. Getting Luck Salon, I, got this I was thirteen you guys I was all over this. Attention do you need I'll change that for your good. That's not the tension you need actually. There you go. Yeah. Let's let's hope. Iraq. That would that would mean things become dire. Things are going going pretty well I. Mean, what do you think like? Buster thing for me than anything else trump and I gotta go relatively in. But what it's been like player morale been like, what what are you sense from these from these players is are they has it changed over time? Were they nervous? They excited nervous excited. Chill nutshell what what is it puts the player attitude unlike compared to normal quote unquote normal tournament I do think the excitement of the initial. We can walk all over the place I do think that his waned. In some ways realizing that. They really can't go anywhere. It is an again for someone like us where you like killing ourselves all day on the going to sleep. That's not that big a belief. But for the players who who generally have as much freedom as they want that that I do realization. I. Think is thinking for the people who have been here since the very start of. Cincinnati. It's weird in some ways, I think not having fans seems to. kind of like in Trenton and the butterflies you have even as a media member as it's getting ready to start. I don't feel like I have those quite as much and I think that that may be a result of not seeing you know after qualifying would have been over the influx of fans coming in on on day one, which would be tomorrow you obviously that's not going to be the case. So it doesn't set what set. The tone generally is not bear, and so I I don't know if that affects how the players feel on the inside but I feel in terms of of the outside, those those outside factors are not there to sort of be the impetus for this butterflies, the adrenaline or any of those things. You have fans make you make the thing feel relevant right like ESPN broadcasting we understand is actually what is relevant in terms of the broadcast money and stuff, but we don't see the. Nine hundred thousand people who are tuning into a match like that's a completely existential. Theoretical thing but you see the fans, you see the kids you see the pacts Is it still the Heineken Bar I don't know the Heineken bar that's on top of the the US Open store but you feel it constantly raid and end the palm and everything and every single. One of those fans at walk through the turnstiles makes you feel like your job is relevant for the day. Of across the board, all of us who who's front facing or you know in the business of the sport or in the business of putting the sport on so. Yeah that that that would be that would be weird. I. Almost wonder if like covering things remotely actually inoculate. S-. Like ben and from it because we don't see the loss, we don't feel the loss us were just watching. Matches like we would on any other remote type week where we're not really except that now, we actually are covering like visit a vacation week. It is still some. Still, some work to try to negotiate I think it'll be different during the US Open to and I think also maybe you're adding crowd noise I heard during Uso actress that sets me a little different. But like I do think like I've watched plenty of challenges and stuff were like low stakes will not rotate different low tier tournaments like the stakes are not about the crowd or it's about like the opportunity to get ranking points and move up and make it to the big show. But it's a little different distance for me when it's like Andy Murray on a big court and it's a great winner and you hear nothing it's like the stakes don't match the environment in this way that's new indifferent free, and that's where the distance comes in. So I'm curious in the US. Open. We'll change that when it starts next still be a grand slam for the first time. I don't know I. Think it'll be weird to ash. Like we've seen court seventeen, we've seen grant and we saw a little bit Armstrong. Put from a player perspective not from visuals but just from a player perspective talk on that Stadium and Zach Court and play match with no crowds. It's wild. Yes. It's funny though one of the things that Johanna Konta said during Media Day which I actually agree with. When ashes empty a doesn't feel as big, which is the weirdest but I obviously have been out there. I've watched some practices this week it it's a very weird sensation and in having the players in the sweets to where they're just you know waved to the neighbor you're looking up. Way All all of that stuff. It has almost like shrunken it in a way but yes, I mean it's cavernous on any day But Weird weirdly I feel like they're when there aren't actually people in the stands. It's hard to scale it to our like hugh rains. It's true. It's almost like it makes the court seem smaller. Right. Because it's this, it actually takes up. So little space of that. Iraq Iran. So Me Yeah I, I can see the logic there. That's interesting but who but I don't know that that could have been A. Thing I it very easily could have, and we know that Joe is always thinking things through very carefully very carefully, very carefully, very precise to do what he wants to do, and we've had a very precise. We wanted to having you on the show Blair. Thank you for being here. any closing thoughts look for anything coming up during the. Least Fourteen days. The US Open that you want to tease or get folks excited for. Home I'm hoping again there I kind of not totally sure how the schedule is. GonNa work out as we have we have three grandstand is not in play for the US Open, which I still haven't heard exactly why that is. So it's there are three MC's Andy Taylor will still be the voice of cash Andrew, krasny myself, and condos in Fuqua who is usually in Cincinnati India miles who is the absolute best we're GONNA kind of be rotating between seventeen. Armstrong and my hope is to maybe work with US broadcast and I'm hoping we have fun idea for for us chase social to maybe do some stuff for them when I'm not on court. So but again, it's nothing it. Things are never sure thing in the content world that is even true. It's more. So in this scenario where a million things can happen between now and then I mean. Last week, and since guys that was that was a roller coaster. Of emotions and feelings, and it was again like I try to remind myself. This isn't really historic thing in a lot of different ways since he was historic for for a lot of bigger and better and in greater ways than. So I try to hurt my on the days where I'm like This is this is a lot. It just remind yourself that you know this is history in one way or another in the very simple way of tennis. Perhaps in bigger ways we'll see how the US Open plays out but just trying to appreciate it and I'm extremely thankful Berry thankful to be working again as I know you guys are that it's been a long road for the WHO work in a lot of different areas better. Sports was very directly impacted and thankful to see. You is very thankful to be working again and it's the Best I love it. Tennis is the best. As, that guy is guy. Would say, who is the Best Blair is the best layers the best who is the best if we could get one fan on the ground in him? Out Best Guy I don't know I feel like the sky is now officially my number one, my number one. Powering Fano. The ONYX Cup. Victories bff who's been dancing on the changeovers throughout every match in Cincinnati? He is amazing. Yes. Love. He's gotten a lot of screen time, but before we leave Ben. I can't leave without asking you to give me. The. ATP A. And Popcorn or me lives. So, she clearly heard according to reaction according to bracing this courtney. We're not doing a video chat. When we did the recording of this yet so the there's a new organization boys only for now allegedly the professional tennis players association PTA whereas it's pronounced. Bow Found. Ingrid Ultra Song there. Oh Yeah. I die when I heard it and also I don't I know we're wrapping up but on on that note and plus this on. INSTAGRAM. But yesterday in the middle of press, Novak Djokovic was doing his post Title Press Jeff Utah Tell The story. This is a good interest openess Graham. Yes. He left is we're waiting you know as we do we do automating. We I was waiting along with US Open broadcast who had their allotted time with him before the US Open and we we thought he was coming at a certain time that we were told. It's probably going to be like forty five minutes after and I'm told that you know he left he had to go to a meeting and I was like, oh. Like like a meeting and I was told guess like a meeting. And I of course, had I known I have tried to peer into to grandstand to see what with? Yeah exactly. Breakout. Magnifying glass I because I, just I love I, love all I just think it's the whole thing is so fascinating to me on so many levels but left his post idol press to go do that to pose for the picture and walked back in walked up. Sorry to keep you all waiting. Sat Down and did his I mean and the guy can hits the interview notes when he? His former. Yes and he gave a great interview to the US Open Usda and then came did western southern, open social and was. Mr Personality finished with I was I was like Novak. Would you mind one more thing could use give message to the he fans I mean and He he can do it. He's real good at it and was just couldn't have been more. And then walk I mean this is like within twenty four hours I heard reports that he was throwing up in the bathroom and was barely beat RBA comes back looks like he's GonNa get crushed by Milosz ends up winning the match I I mean it was it was just like a rollercoaster of of Novak Djokovic but I wish and this is the frustrating thing sometimes about social media is that you can't the journalist side of me would love to maybe dig a little bit deeper by. If you don't catch people. John Social Media from the first sentence like your house. So you know I I wish I could have gone a little bit deeper than but the fact that he can do what he does on the tennis court as well as he does and have, and this is not unique to today this stuff has been simmering and bubbling and for for the two years almost two years of his presidency. The fact that he's been able to do that and still play. In just the best tennis that there is is mind boggling. Wimbledon last year when he was in the. Aftermath of the Gimelstob fall out and was in a much the nation from the council and we were like Novak is like really investing a lot of energy in this like during his title like won't this affect him as a poor use of energy and he like wins like what people consider like one of the more epic Wimbledon finals ever and it's like m fine I'll save matchpoints against veteran when thirteen twelve in the fifth like no problem I'm I'm fine. His ability to like do gets to like am doing interview. Brief intermission I some political insurgency coming back finishing the interview like the multitasking of this guy to the compartmentalization of the sky is the phrase that that Blair used in terms of his ability to compartmentalize and I think a lot about it. They just in tennis and just. With him like kind of how I often think like not we but the tennis world created Novak like Novak is what he is because he is constantly had to be dealing with distractions good or bad while constantly in this like. Like primal chase for greatness and all that and so you evolve in this dude leg it's like his his X. Men power like he evolved faster than any like I've ever seen anybody in terms of being like, okay. Yeah. No I'll just become this to survive and he has. It's crazy. It it's amazing to witness I just I've never seen. I, just I don't I really is like I mind blown Emoji like that's how I feel when I when I think about it because it just kind of defies. Logic. But you know it's it's fun tennis to watch I'll say that. Enjoy watching the tennis this week at the US Open Blair enjoyed on all of our behalf in person say to the two, hundred, fifty, six players for us and the doubles folks to and We will hopefully have you on the show again real sinew Benjamin. Thank you very much Blair. Keep your shirts on infest conferences. Oh. My God have I said. Cap I've seen the screen gap. You didn't send it to me have seen it and I WANNA get made my day or ruin my day that was everybody's reaction was. Is is the greatest thing I've ever seen or is it very much not? But it's I will never forget it that I go. But no best of luck in zoom world guys listen fun. Thanks. They say. Yes. Say It's a massive thanks to Blair for joining us on another US Open podcast here no challenges remaining Blair is great. You should follow her on twitter at Blair Henley instarem she's on Instagram to she is that kind of double triple quadruple threaten that's world to check out there and thanks her again for being on the show and we hope that she has a great time and stay safe in the bubble I. WanNa thank all of you for joining us for these first few open shows cranking out as we planted A. Lot more during this open and thank you for a bunch of support with had from backers already as new backers as we round the corner into this new frontier of having a Patriot during a grand slam and also covers life and try to make those at about those. So I appreciate all the shows were doing in want to help us unpatriotic hugely sport that that'd be tremendous are patriots, Patriot dot com slash no challenges remaining several new backers to thank just in the last days to show. So thank you to them. They include Anita Neil Riley chantal carrier, lower duos, and. Sims. So thank you to those five new backers and thank you as always to our patriotic slam champ level backers. Thanks on every show. They are lives can all Jonathan Wind Bom Mary? Carillo Chong Win Betty Audrey. Wellens Sean mcelroy. Joseph. And Susanna W. as well as our backer J. O. 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2020 Australian Open Mid-Tournament Review

The Tennis Addict Podcast

1:00:28 hr | 1 year ago

2020 Australian Open Mid-Tournament Review

"And be kidding me. Stop everybody and welcome back to another episode of the PODCAST and your host. Michael and this will be my week. One Australian Open Twenty twenty recap so this has been a pretty crazy week in the tennis world There's been a lot of upsets especially in the women's side and we'll definitely get to that here in a while But there's been a lot of crazy stuff going on in the sports world in general Before I really get into anything I think I should mention the tragic death of Kobe. Bryant so I I live in America I I'm a basketball fan kind of generally. That was a much bigger basketball fan back when I was a young teenager. I watched the Chicago Bulls. A lot is a kid. I rooted for Michael Jordan watched the three NBA championships that he won in in the mid to late nineties So those were big years from you in terms of basketball In kind of tailed off after I got into college but I definitely kept abreast of everything I watched you know. Still Watch some basketball and everything but I knew obviously Kobe Bryant. I washed and play quite a bit and I. I was a fan of Kobe. He was a fantastic player and You know it seemed like he was content in his post basketball life He had children and unfortunately he passed away yesterday morning in a helicopter accident along with his belief. Thirteen year old daughter and seven other passengers as well. And it's you know it's just it's tragic. All around is tragic for Kobe. Bryant the loss of him A tragic for the loss of his daughter is tragic for the other people who were in the helicopter. Apparently they were headed towards a youth basketball I Dunno cameras a tournament or if it was just a youth basketball game but apparently it was. It was a bit foggy out to end. That may have contributed somewhat to To the accident and again that's all it's from what I've heard but again it and nothing. I don't know if the officials come out but I do remember reading that this morning but look at the end of the day Any loss of life regardless of whether or not it is a celebrity or a celebrate the celebrity in general celebrity sports person or just Ura any loss of life is tragic But you know it's notable that the Kobe has passed away because he was such a big person within the sports community around the world. Obviously basketball is very big around. The world. Cup was very popular in so And he was popular in the tennis world as well. He was an avid tennis fan. He loved he loved tennis He was often at the. Us Open He was there watching a lot of matches. Somebody you genuinely love the game. He wasn't just there to take pictures and just be around. You know tennis professionals. He was there because he loved the sport itself I believe he wrote a book about Tennis And Children's book and I believe he he won. He won an academy award for a modern provincial in that but I think he did win an academy were for. That wasn't for that of something else. But the fact is he was a big tennis fan and his loss will be felt in general. Obviously the basketball world is mourning him. The sports world is mourning in but the tennis community is also morning him because he he was a great person within his profession. He was a fantastically talented basketball player. But he was someone who genuinely loved tennis and I will miss him for great many things but part of that is the love that he had for tennis so I wanted to talk about that before we get started on the Australian Open Review for week one. Okay so before we get into that. I do want to mention something which is The lifetime ban. That's been given to Brazil's Joel Sousa. Now let me clarify because when I heard that Joel. Sousa was being given a lifetime ban. I immediately kind of flipped out but I was really surprised because I'm thinking while this. This guy is a player issue You know he's he's probably you know sixtieth sixty fifth in the world. Something like that and I thought thought that that was crazy. Did this guy has Has Been Given a lifetime ban. I couldn't believe it. A lot of ways So immediately I thought. Wow you know this guy is GonNa is. GonNa be out for for life and it can believe it But then I looked into a little more realized on. That's why that's a little confusing because Joel Sousa to Giles. Souza's is what. I'm getting at Jaw Sousa from Portugal right and that's that I initially associated with the lifetime ban But it's really Brazil's Jar Sousa says a little confusing the Portuguese jaw Sousa is ESA es a whereas. The Brazil's is Just one one letter difference here one when change but it's a big deal. They're both nearly the same age again. Something that could be a little confusing. Brazil's Joe Souza is thirty one Portugal's Jal Souza's thirty odd. But the point. Here is that Brazil's Joel Souza. Who is the one? That's being given the lifetime ban. He has been found to have He's basically been found to have committed numerous Is Crimes. I suppose really what it comes down to He's been given a lifetime ban a fine of two hundred thousand dollars for game manipulation and other corruption crimes by the Tennis Integrity Unit in that was on this past Saturday The investigation apparently found that he Their Games that were pinned on by the ATP CHALLENGER IN IT Futures Events in Brazil Mexico United States in Czech Republic. So really what this comes down to is just Max. Match-fixing is what's what's going on here He apparently didn't cooperate with the tennis integrity unit as well In really this comes down to is this guy it will never is is me. As far as I know he will never Play e sanctioned event for the rest of his his playing days the rest of his life really Now that being said I mean this guy. this Jal Sousa was originally The highest ranking was sixty ninth in the world all right so that was in April Reuss April. Sixth of two thousand fifteen now. His current raking is seven hundred and forty two But but this guy did. Have you know a modest amount of success? He's played in every Grand Slam At least once so you know. It's a shame though at the end of the day. It's a shame Match-fixing is something that I know. Tennis has really been going after and Do Hope that this which is tragic to see this happen. Anybody I mean I don't feel bad for the guy but his tragic for the sport to see this happen but I do hope that this helps to dirt to deter other match-fixing as time goes by you know more these Players that do participate in match-fixing another corruption within tennis are brought down eventually helps to clean up the lower levels of the game which is where inevitably all this seems to happen it. Some players that are ranked often well outside the top one hundred players that need You know we're trying to make money the match-fixing and other ways to do it and look this brings up a whole other discussion regarding you know prize money and in giving more prize money to lowering players in grand slams. Now the tournaments so that this doesn't happen I mean that's definitely a discussion that needs to be had and that's something that I know. Tennis has been doing a lot more over the last Ten years or so Nidal Djokovic Federer and others have helped to kind of push this In it's working but I think there's more work to be done But it's it's not just that it's just You know a Lotta. These players can make good money by doing this. And unfortunately this has resulted in his lifetime ban Which is also in this part. No small part due to the fact that he was Seemingly unwilling to cooperate whatsoever with the Integrity Unit and that probably did not help his cause and their decision. So I wanted to cover that briefly before we move on all right and Something else I wanted to bring up here was the fact that warmer Tina Potrero announced that He will be requiring another surgery for his right knee. Obviously this is a big deal right because He was out for for much of last year. And he got that surgery and There were doubts last year at one point as to whether or not he would retire but he decided to get the surgery but it appears that that one wasn't enough. He's GonNa get another surgery. Which means he still going to be out for. Probably a significant amount of time. There's no timetable yet. That I could find where it stated. How long they? They felt he was going to be out after this surgery Honestly I'm thinking that If we see Potrero before before the US Open this year. I'll be surprised really Hate to say it but Any kind of knee surgery. It takes a while to recover from that. Then you have to do the Rehab right and so it's not just the recovery. It's also the Rehab that goes into it so you know in that that takes a while and then you gotta work yourself back into kind of tennis shape that you need to go out and play the game so it's just a process you know I. I think we're looking at probably somewhere in. You know eight months or more I think. Honestly before we see dope atro- possibly back on the tennis court and so It's a real shame for the big fella You know I I liked Putra Lot. I don't think there's a single can't be. I can't imagine there is a tennis fan out there even if he's not your favorite player even if you've favor anybody else whether being a doll fetter Djokovic Murray to anybody really how can you not feel for this guy. He's been through so much in his career so much The the only player that I can honestly say probably has been an injured as much as he has been a dollar and you know thankfully new doll has been able to come back quicker from his injuries But dipoto is a bigger person than he's a bigger player He's he's taller. He carries more weight. His joints Undergo a lot more stress. I think than a lot of other players. Just due to his height and weight I mean. Players like is Ner Karlovic. Anybody on tour is much taller. And it carries more weight on that frame. It's difficult to come back from injuries and it's just easier to get injured. I think as well but it's a shame it really is this guy. Honestly I've said this before and I'll continue to say this. If dipoto had been healthy for much of the last ten years I would probably bet my house that he would have at least six five or six Grand Slam. Titles at least I think the doll Djokovic Fed. I think everybody has less. Obviously I guess they would but everybody would have less Grand Slam titles than they currently have del. Potrero being out has allowed his allowed. Some of the players that we've seen you know gather up all the riches like the doll and Federer Djokovic and You Know Not. Having someone like they'll po tro to be a counterbalance to be someone who kind of breaks into the big three or big four and disrupts them It's a problem you and that you feel like he's missed out on on so much and we've missed out on so much because with him out it just takes Something away from the game This would have been an adversary somebody for these. You know for all these great players to go up against someone that clearly fear on the tennis court and they all do. So he's he's been he's been when he's back and he's healthy. He's been scary and he's beaten the top players all of them just in the last few years But he just can't stay healthy and it's it's just a real shame and I missed the big fella so I do wish him a speedy recovery and I hope to see him on the tennis court sooner rather than later. I like to see him. Play over the next two or three years you. He's in his thirties now. I'd like to see him play for the next two or three years healthy and see if he might be able to at least nab himself one more Grand Slam before it's all said and done but I just see him get healthy now and then we'll move forward All right so let's move on a set to that of course set one. Let's talk about the Australian Open Week one in in change at you can almost really call this week. One and a half Review because you know not getting this out as early as wanted to plan was to get this out on Monday. I was out all this weekend. I wouldn't have been able to get it out on Sunday So I play was Monday but those plans fell through. I wasn't able to get home in time to record and get this out. So it's a Tuesday evening recording. Unfortunately it's not really what I wanted. but You know here. It is just one of those things and You know I actually the hold up a second before we get into doing the review. LemMe Lemme I say this I'm I'M GONNA start trying to do more recordings during Grand Slams so I'M GONNA try and get an episode out if possible every day during grand slams so rather than doing a preview then doing a mid tournament review. I'm GONNA try and do one every day now. That my require me to use a portable. Microphone if I'm out Might not be recording in in studio so I am getting a microphone. It's being shipped me. It should be here tomorrow. I'm going to do some testing and I might try to get more recordings out that way. So I'll be recording with a portable microphone and with my phone So I don't know yet the quality from what I've listened to assume that the quality's really good actually So I'm not Mon- Harley sure yet to test it out but that's my plan so if I am out and about if I have my notes ready which I will have them you know already to go I can you know. Sit In my car and Indu Recording Which actually you know. A car is actually really great. Place to record if you don't know that So anyway that's the plan and you know at least in the early stages here so come Roland Garros and in maybe even some of these Masters One Thousand Tournaments. I might try and do it there. but it's in the early stages here. I've got a test everything out. I've got to make sure that I can kind of do this before I really commit to it. But I'm giving you a kind of a heads up as is twelve. My plans might be regard regarding Future recordings especially at the Grand Slams that way not going through and trying to recap so much in a whole week. I've got a cherry pick because if I don't cherry pick you know the things that I've watched the match. The watch the upsets and all that stuff I you know doing a two hour or more episodes Just to get the stuff out so Yeah so that's the plan that would allow me to get Relatively quick episodes see it could. Do you know a fifteen twenty minute episode and get the day's action in recap it in talk about it Whereas now I'm I'm trying to pick out the things that I think really Were important to the losses that were surprising the winds that were surprising etc So that's kind of what I'm looking to do all right. So let's actually get into this so by my Australian Open Week One and Change Review so You know instead of talking about specific matches Like I did in the past I did. This was open. I WanNa pick winners and losers for the week so I up on the winners list. Is Nick curious so as anybody? Who's listening to this podcast news? I'm not a big Nick Fan. I'm not I'm not a big fan of the nick. Did self destructive on the tennis court and smashing rackets left and right in barking at the empires and yelling at the fans lines judges and the ball boys and in all of that stuff right. That's that's not the Nick. I WANNA see. I WanNa see the nick that I saw this week. I WanNa see the nick that I saw against roughing it all and that nick is nick that I will root for. I want to see this. I WanNa see this nick consistently if I could see this consistently. That'll be amazing. And I think if nick could do that I mean I don't mean boring. I mean you know focused playing within himself point to point out there giving it his all trying That's the nick that I WANNA see Hit the match against the dollar. It was high quality. Yes there was a there was a time in the match where you can tell. Both players were a little a little shaky. Little nervous I in small stretches but but for the most part it was a pretty high quality match. He kept his cool. There was one broken racket. Okay but beyond. He kept his coal in composure. And that's the that's the Nick. I WanNa see because you know even though he lost this match these kind of losses that get you to the winds eventually. Okay You you you lose these batches a you give it your all you analyze. You know what you were doing wrong. You look at situation situation specific Points and in what you need to do next time That's how you improve And I think with Nick and I said I think I've said this before the podcast. If you don't try then you don't really have to Accept the blame for the loss to a certain extent. You can just go well. I didn't really try sufficient. Really try than you do. I really have to take the blame for the loss. Do I take ownership of the way I played if I really didn't go out there and give my all because nobody wants to go out there not really nobody wants to go out there and give it everything? They've got only to come up short. Because then that makes you question. Am I good enough? Am I really good enough to go out there and beat these players make good enough to lift a Grand Slam trophy? Because it's a. It's a humbling moment and but you have to. You have to have those moments. You have to humble yourself enough to know that I got. I got to improve and I think that nick has been reticent to do just that over the years. It's why he goes out there and he will will play terribly. Gets low rank players The only time it seems like he really tries is when he goes up against an dolls joke. Vixen fetters because they do provide him a challenge. But you have to do that consistently and it's not just against the great players you have to do that every match and this was a great match. I just WANNA see him. Do it often all the time I will root for him I will. I will root for his victory I won't I won't root for the first victory. If he's going to go out there and do the stuff reason I go there smash rackets and bark at everybody and and just do the knicks stuff of old a i. I don't really WanNa see that truth. I I don't I don't WanNa see it's not James I want it's you know it's It has its own appeal. I get that. I don't want him to be boring. Bring THE FLARE. Bring the fun. Bring the fire. Bring all that stuff. That's great but if you could bring all of that and yet storm in focus enough on the match hand. That's the nickel WANNA see. And that's the nick that I think be very successful on the court winning Grand Slam titles in entertaining players in just being interesting and that's great and hopefully that's what happens. So Nick was a winner. Roger Now I I'll tell you what honestly I try and a lot of ways to kind of not put the Big Three on here Because they're The Standard is set so high for them that in a lot of ways to be on the winners list. You have to really be playing out of your mind tennis. You know like in an unbelievable level because generally they are playing so well so it's like okay. You know they're playing. They're playing really well. All right does that really do. They need to be on the list for that. Not really so. The the winters list for Roger is kind of a weird one. I went back and forth on this. I can't decide whether Rogers a winner on my list. Out of Sherlock. Or if it's because of the unwavering will to win the he possesses but ultimately I would say it's a bit of both See the thing is to matches with two different opponents who had him dead to rights and he found a way to survive. I mean John. Millman was up. Believe eight five in the tie-breaker on his serve and he could not close it out and then you know even worse I mean that was just like I couldn't believe it I'm like I couldn't believe that millman could not find a way to closeout. So then he goes Tennis Sanguine and Sanguine had seven. Yes seven match points. And he failed to convert on any of them in like millman. It was mostly on his racket. He was the one hitting balls into nets. Roger was just kind of getting the ball back in the court. It wasn't like he was out there. you know doing all of that kind of forcing the issue. I mean the calling it the miracle of Melbourne and in a way it's true because it is kind of miraculous that he's even here when he acknowledged it you know and He was very upfront about the fact that to be honest. He's very very lucky to be in the semis Basically he did just enough and a lot of ways. Both millman sanguine blinked they. They made the mistakes. The hit the balls out into the net. They should've worn millman. Should want it sanguine definitely seven match points definitely should have won it and they didn't but take that's that's why you play every point. That's why that's why you don't give up even when you think you down in your out. And Roger found a way to survive in. That's why he's on this list because he pulled A. Houdini had some help there. But you know. He didn't stop fighting. He didn't he didn't make the error a match point to give either player. The victory okay. Well I guess I guess really well. Millman didn't have a match point at all. But you know he was two points away but neither Match had Roger Blink. At the end he kept the ball in play he he was just trying to be a bit of a backboard there was Sangram in Millman to be the aggressor and day got shaky and lost All right so stan. Wawrinka is next on this list This this is the best stand has looked since his surgery period and I was like. What else do we put here? I look he beat method of Which was a bit a bit of revenge because of the the match against in the. Us Open where Medvedev beat Stan. Stan looked like he was running away with it early And then you know. He lost steam and then we found out afterwards that he was sick. he was down and out and he wasn't he was in bad shape after that loss So a lot of ways the Medvedev victory which was in five sets. It wasn't an easy victory For Stan but It was a it was a bit of almost comic justice and a lot of ways they can probably in stands mind He played great and he has played great Going into the quarterfinals here Which is is going to be fun. I think for Stan. I know he's really playing. Well he's going to begin to Alexander's Avera here in the quarters so Next up would be Alexander's avera actually so I. I've been pretty tough on the last year for him in particular has been pretty terrible True he's had some real success at the Masters Series Level Masters One thousand. He's won multiple masters when thousands but He he hasn't played well. Because of I mean a lot of a lot of ways the reasons that I said His forehand is often been liability his serve especially in the second. Half of last year was absolutely dreadful. He was making double-faults left and right he often had more double-faults than he had aces in matches I didn't see this coming to be honest. I really didn't Becker. Boris Becker has been helping them out in his in his camp. But still I just. I didn't see I didn't see it. I didn't see this kind of form. I didn't see him come in here. And just I mean. He hasn't dropped a set at all He's flying completely under the radar and I think it's because a lot of people just don't know what to expect from him They expect him to lose early. Because that's basically what he does. He gets new a five setter he loses and and onto the next tournament But this is his breakout and a lot of ways Okay fine. He had the breakout 2017 against the dollar to get all five sets But it's really it's been the best. He's looked at a grand slam. I think since twenty seventeen here that tells you how long it's been since Zaveri has really been able to put together a really great run at a Grand Slam and this has been the best. He's looked And I think it's the best he's ever looked in a grand slam Because I was going to be interesting. We'll see what happens here but this is great. This is wonderful. I was starting to wonder if maybe you know. It's all the talent he has. I mean maybe he could could have been one of those players that you remember that Guy Hilo talent but he never put it together not really not where it mattered. Most and luck. She still has a ways to go. We got to see what happens here. And in this season is going to be a big thing. Because he's now entering into his mid twenties now You know he's he's not twenty years He's not twenty year old young scrapper anymore He somebody who needs to start putting things together and it looks like he's doing that so far so let's see what happens in this tournament but a run for him and it's nice to see it lasts up on. This list is tennis singer. So the tennis have a fantastic tournament He should be heading into the semis against Novak We alluded to the the seven match. Points that he he had against. Roger failed to capitalize look even with the loss is still a great run for him. He had a great win. A couple of a great run a couple of years ago at at the US Open That was really nice to see but but still this has been. This has been the best. I've seen sanguine play a lot of ways because He really went toe to toe into got some people and like I said he basically had Roger beat in the fourth set So but grew a great run for him and You know he's the last in the winners list on the losers list First UP IS STEFAN US. So since he poss- losing in straight sets tumulus round which I like. It was just something I didn't see if I didn't see Alexander's of air of plane as well as he's played in the tournament. I didn't see Steph Honesty. Poss- losing especially in straight-sets rounded in he's got the big serve. He's got a big forehand but he's not a great mover Once you get into a rally with him more often than not You're going to have a good chance of winning that point unless you hit something really short. And he gets on the offensive but rounded hasn't played much of the past year. It's been a rough. What pray two and a half years for Maybe three years really He hasn't he hasn't had a lot of success and I mean he's had the odd decent run here. Ethically Blade made the quarters in Australia. Believe is last year the prior So I mean he's had a decent run here and there but it's been spotty. He hasn't been healthy But I I just I didn't. I didn't think it was going to end up in a loss for sixty pasta. Definitely not in straight-sets suppose has a complete game that should've allowed him to negate what rounded she has in terms of a game. I mean the service big. That's he's GonNa get his aces but you're also GONNA get looks a second serves and if you get the ball back into play that should give you a probably a sixty percent chance. I think to win a rally especially if you don't make a lot of errors but says he just looked terrible. He just didn't look like he was confident on court. He didn't like like he wanted to be there in a lot of ways it just look bad but yeah. I don't know what it is called the pressure from having to defend the points from last year I don't know but he just didn't look like he was really there to be honest. Next up is John is ner Look I love John he's been a stalwart for the US For years. But I'm starting to wonder if this may very well be the end for his nerves might be his last year on tour. He's having real trouble staying healthy allow as like like Dipoto Not as bad as the Potrero not as consistently but I mean in the short term. Yeah you know. He's he's been dealing with a calf issue for at least since Miami of last year against Roger but even before that he was dealing with some issues he had that great match obviously at Wimbledon Against Boys it No is he a prior. Actually sorry it was the year prior yet against a Kevin Anderson so it was the year prior but yeah the the CAV issue that happened in Miami but even before that he was dealing with some issues. It's been rough for John He's he's been spotty in playing tournaments at all really In this really is it. He had to retire. You know he didn't play formats. You retired and so it it. It's been it's been difficult so he's not long stretches due to injury and it just seems like the wear and tear of the tower over. The years is really beginning to take its toll on him. I don't know how how much she's got left in the tank We'll see what he does this year but again. I won't be surprised if you know we got to the. Us Open this year and he kinda made an announcement rape for the US Open. Starts that you know this my last tournament etcetera etcetera. But again I could be wrong and you know he play next year or two. But he's in his thirties now Heading a new mid thirties. So you know He. In the East displayed a lot of tennis over over his career. Next up is David Geffen David for me came into the US Open with momentum He played very wealthy. Atp copy beaten in straight-sets in the process I thought he could make a deep run here. You know a cooler semis kind of thing. But you know he didn't You know he lost early far earlier than I expected him to. Lose in the third-round round. It's not the worst as I literally lost in the first round. Lake City police did but I did. I expected better from Fan and ultimately you know he didn't play well enough but given the way he came into the tournament. I thought okay. You know the guys playing excellent tennis. I thought maybe he had a chance here to do something. Pretty cool but you know it. It just didn't happen in the last of my list is Danish. Pablo speaking of first round losses. Losing the Martin fix was a surprise to say the least. I know that Dennis has still some some growing to do as a player. He's got some rough edges to his game. He needs to work out. But there's a lot of talent there we've seen what he can do. He played really really well at the end of last year. Davis Cup was was a great performance by him You know even going into the ATP COP and everything else. I mean I thought he could really make some noise here. And you look Martin fixes is a good player But allows got the firepower and he just didn't Didn't play very well. Ultimately I mean no no. Let me let me say a cancer. He didn't play well. It was only get blown off the court. Completely as aforesaid are there are a couple of tiebreaks in there at easily could have gone his way and who knows what had happened so I can't say he didn't play well but he still lost to a player that I think he's got more talent than and I think more firepower but ultimately I think wlov needs to you know tinted hit. The tennis court guineas to work on some of these things in his game He goes for the low percentage. You know shot the the one that looks amazing far too often. There are times if if he needs to play a little more conservative. Get the ball back into play stopped going for the high percentage winner. That looks cool In in just don't don't be shotmaker only and I still feel like there's too much shotmaker and not enough just solid rally kind of player at times. Yes I've seen him do it. Yes he's had matches in stretches but He didn't really do it in this tournament. So he's my final I guess loser I. It sounds terrible. I guess winners and losers underperformed really is what it comes. Down TO SIXTY PAS is ner fan Wlov they in particular in my eyes underperformed. So that's really what it comes down to just simply didn't perform to the sooners. I thought they would perform to the WTC side winners Sophia Kenan so. Kevin is in the semi-finals now. She's had an incredible run and I do mean incredible because she has a ton of talent but she really just burst on the scene. You know last year It's not like I didn't think she had in her to do this. Kind thing MC make this kind of run but I thought it was a year or two off for her. I really did. I could be in Australia of two thousand twenty up here. She is in the semis. And it is a great great run for cannon. And she's played so well. Here next up is Coca Gov. I'll make it somehow rolls for this but look good and go. As far as some thought she might myself included but I think like her. Us Open run last year. We have to remember that she still only fifteen and getting better with each tournament and she took out Numa soccer the defending champion from last year Which is difficult you own. Asaka was playing really well going into that match and you know. I didn't expect cocoa to win in straight sets. Put IT THAT WAY. All right so Next up is Gardenia mcgrew. Who's also in the semi so look I'll be honest? Maruta looked down and out over the last couple of years. She's been dealing with injury issues but she's always or she's also looked a bit listless out there Didn't really have the confidence hasn't really been. I don't know invested. I guess she's kind of been just floating along without really doing anything. You know for a couple years now. Started to wonder if if we looking at kind of the tail end of her career if amazing artist. She's still in her. She's in her mid to late twenties. Now she's what twenty six or twenty seven. She still has prime years left in her career. And all but the way she looking at the last couple of years in the injuries issues fighting through. I. I wasn't sure how much more you know. Great Ruth we were going to see But this tournament has proven wrong. And she has played not just well. I mean she has played extremely well. I mean she's been dominant in the first week in week. And a half for we can change She's now in the semis and she's looking like she is a real threat to hold this trophy. she just beat honesty. Public of Really I mean that match. The first set was was privately. A chunk of was up a break twice in that set Ruth ultimately won at seven five and then kind of ran away with it in the second set but she's looked great and she and she goes up against Someone how like I can't believe I can't remember but it was up and that's going to be a match but I you know I think she has a real shot a takedown help To a great run for her in this in this I can change. All right and next up is I hope I get this right ons. Jabbar She's had a great run here. That clued wins over Kwang Wang and Johanna Konta as well as Caroline Wozniacki in her final match of her career She has a big muscular game. She really goes for her shots There's a reason why she took out this players because simply overpower them really is what it comes down to so a great run for her here and then a player. I just mentioned before Last on this list honest Asia probably check of She took out Carolina. Push Cova in Angelique. Kerber routes to the quarters She looked to be in formidable form. going up begins Mughal. Ruta I really honestly. I really thought the public check of it was GonNa win this and she. Unfortunately she didn't but it's still a great run for her. I think this is third third year out of four years. That she's made the quarters here. think it was twenty seventeen twenty nineteen in this year. That's really good. I mean that's that's really consistently playing well here now. I think the surface this particular tournament plays well to her strengths. Out there in you. Having core found runs in three out of four years is You know it's a sign that that's That's true All right Losers on this list Or if you like to refer to them under performers which is fine. I up to me for me. Is Belinda Bench She lost to in that kind of eat now. Kind of made the quarters of before losing to someone to help which shows the carvey was playing really well right but but still losing six zero six one to contravene. I mean bench. Just it didn't feel like she could do anything out there which is scary because she has so much talent in her timing on the ball in her shot selection and everything else is just. It's amazing right Nehemiah talented she has. It's just sorry I mean even as well as contract was probably playing. It's it's still inexcusable to lose six zero six one in the first round of the Australian Open If you're someone like Belinda Benca should succeed you have that much talent The results to prove it Yeah it just it just. It wasn't a good showing by her next up. Nubia soccer neal was playing. Well going match against cocoa but to be honest she never looked comfortable in court In that match She she didn't she didn't serve all that well But at the same time the cocoa was forcing her to try to go for more Gutter out of rhythm cocoa kind of kept the pressure on constantly and Naomi was able to really put anything together at the end of the day. in Cook a one But she was defending all these points. she's GonNa drop Obviously From in terms of ranking. She just lost How many points around? Like seventeen hundred or so points like that She's GonNa really drop in the rankings because of this Which you know isn't the biggest thing would still I mean it's it's a big draw for her right. Next up is Sloan Stevens and I was sitting here and I was trying to think how will want to freeze this and come up with things in my head and the you know what I want to say sounds awfully similar to something like I said at the. Us Open's a went back and looked at it my notes for the US Open It. So I didn't change a thing. Okay I literally copied and pasted this. Because it's the exact same it it all fits you know what I want to say. Here is the exact same thing I said at the US Open and this is this is what I said in the US Open When slum went out early and say here slow to searching searching for inspiration searching desire searching for her game the end result is someone who often looks listless out. There is not a pretty sight. And that's IT folks. I I don't know what else to say. I mean so Stevens I I know she. She doesn't like to travel around the world I think. I don't think she likes to be away from friends and family. I know she thinks that the Torah is very lonely. And she doesn't like she doesn't like that aspect of it. I I mean I get all that I really really do But she's just she's going out there it just seems like she's going through the motions. If I'm being completely honest I don't see the fire. I don't see the desire. I just see someone that's going out there and kind of doing the bare minimum She's losing early in Grand Slams And then she just turns it on. You know occasionally when she gets inspired or something. I don't know But it's It's a shame because Sloan Stevens has as much talent as anybody out there on the tennis court in the tennis world on the women's side She should be contending for Grand Slams all the time instead we get the one off at the US Open and then that that the run last year to the Roland Garros Finals. That that's a that's it beyond that slows last several years have been you know. She just goes. She does what she's GonNa do. She loses early often and that's it she goes home. Okay fine. That's what you WANNA do. Go ahead but you're underperforming by a lot in my eyes All right next up Rena Sabah. So for me. Sabah Linka She's considered one of the favorites in my mind coming into the tournament. Her game her power The way she hits the ball. I it's just you know Putin it. She's a good young good player but I didn't think the Sabbath Linka was going to get ousted Not In the first round. It's a real disappointment. I I pretty Savvy Lincoln to go far in this tournament and That definitely didn't happen But it's a real disappointment because I I just expected a little more for you. Know She's been dealing with a few things off the court you know. I'M NOT IMMUNE TO THAT. I understand but still I. She unperformed though on the tennis court and I just thought that she would have a decent run at least and last on this. List folks Serena it just you know it's just it is what it is right. I mean. Look the expectations for Serena are high? It's basically a final worst. You know you know winning. It obviously is what people expect I expected a deep run here for her as well. But look Serena Wendy match against Queen Wang and she. She wasn't playing great. I mean part of that was due to to Wang back there just being a complete wall Serena's finding a hard time just getting the ball buyer. You know Wang was getting the ball back left and right constantly being backboard. was frustrating screen as she was going too much on a shots making a ton of Errors her serve Was often missing which has been a real problem for her. For much of the last Twelve months or so in particular. But it's just it's not been. It's not been good. It really hasn't been in this. I just thought that She needed out back a little bit. She just rally a little more and pick your spots and I just felt like the pressure is the pressure of the match. Which is the pressure of her opponent. But she just didn't play great and I think in part that's due to her opponent playing so well But also I just didn't think she played well in general you know her. Shot selection wasn't wasn't great. She was hitting a lot of balls into the net. Especially on the backhand side. Bob Hitting Lonzo Ball's long on the forehand side She just couldn't get into a rhythm and It really showed All right so let's go on to set three. Which is my Australian Open Week? Two and a half preview right so Because again McCain this out until till Tuesday night. So Stan in the quarters against outfitters of era of Who Am I GONNA pick here? I'm going to go with Stan. I love how well the verve has been playing. But I think Stanton's GonNa have the firepower in the patients to to take out Alexander. Severe Vera has had a great run. But I don't think he gets passed in here Rafa Nadal versus dominant team. I've gone back and forth on this. Being honest one moment on thinking dominance GonNa win. You know he's he's shown what he can do against the dollar hardcourt but I'm thinking the doll is going to find a way to get past team in four extremely tough sets which would set up a stand the doll semi And in the battle between the doll in stand I think I think Nidal is going to get passed in. I do you know honestly. My picks who gets to the final in the winners is going to remain the same. I think the dog gets passed. Stand I think Djokovic honestly I hate to say this but I think Djokovic flies by Roger like like easily Rogers played too long exhausting. Frankly five-set matches to our last three matches for him. We've been five senators He he's lucky to be here. He knows it. I can't imagine that makes them feel all that confident going up against. Novak given the fact that he kind of realizes like I really probably shouldn't even be here you know he's GonNa going up against a Novak who he's had some okay competition you know in this tournament but he hasn't really fazed anybody that I think has the game to really push him at all so far Fragile was healthy healthy but if he was rested if he was just coming off a couple of three senators than I would say. This is much closer but I think Novak it's passed Roger in straight-sets and That sets up the doll Djokovic. Final that I picked to start the tournament and I think the results of the same. I think I think the Djokovic beats at all. I think it's a better showing the last year I think the dog takes a set but Djokovic wins and four and in lifts his eighth Australian Open title And on the women's side The semi-finals actually already versus iffy. Kennan I love the run that cannons gone on but I just think that party gets passed cannon and I just think her game is two inch variety in her game. I think it's GonNa Throw Kenan off enough that it's going to Is GonNa be easy but I think I think party gets passed candidate in three Smart how mcgrew I agree wins? This I think she has the power in the game. Two out hit in blow simone help off the Corbett. I've seen McGrath. Do this as help on on hardcourt before Mcgrew the winds and goes up. Because Ashley Barty. I think it's a final. I think it's a tough nailbiting three center. But I think Ashleigh Barty able to get past. Muga Ruth and I think Actually Bardy lifts up her hometown trophy and Windsor. Second Grand Slam and her first Australian Open so those my winners Ashley Barty and Novak Djokovic in my opinion will be the Australian Open Twenty Twenty champions and with that folks. That's it so if you'd like to send in feedback you can send it to the email Which is tennis addict? 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