Jonathan Newman and James Rogers are the hosts of The Body Serve Tennis Podcast. In the The Body Serve Diary, Jonathan and James write conversationally about the various happenings in the wild world of tennis.
JN: We are two days out from Nadal’s 16th Slam title and three from Sloane’s unexpected run to a maiden title, let’s have a chat about some of the moments from this year’s U.S. Open that remain fresh in our memories. What’s the first thing that comes to your mind?
JR: The rich and entertaining women’s draw, without hesitation. Between the comeback stories (Petra, Sloane, Madison, Kanepi, and others) and the many high quality matches, this was a banner event in women’s tennis. It’s a damn shame that the final was so lopsided. Madison played a near classic against Svitolina, with both women showing exactly why they’re shooting toward the top of the game.
JN: I’ll start with Sloane. Back-to-back semis leading into the Open was still NOT an indicator that this was in the cards. Just a month ago, she was sitting in press at the Citi Open saying that she’s going to win one of these matches eventually...ONE of these matches...she hadn’t won a match in over a year, let alone winning the whole damn U.S. Open. Would she be fit enough or match ready enough to win seven matches? Just crazy. And even more impressive is the way she went about doing it; I’ve never seen anybody look like they had as much time on court as she did. I will never in my life forget those last three games against Venus in the semis, and how poised she was during and after that final.
JR: Let’s be real: Sloane was being a little dramatic when she mused that she’d eventually win a match. She had been back from a huge surgery for, what, two tournaments? But there was nothing dramatic about how she went about winning this U.S. Open. She had patience, poise, court smarts, sporadic power, just everything. I was absolutely stunned at how she played in the final. Watching her win did kind of take the sting out of the previous match against Venus; I was heartbroken for Venus, but no one can say that Sloane didn’t earn this title.
JN: Nope. Venus came at her in that semifinal (not always with her best stuff), but Sloane had the improbable answers time and again at the end of that third set. We watched her evolve in real time the last fortnight. Spare a thought for Madison Keys. Prior to to the final, she was the more accomplished player; she was probably the favourite to win the title against Sloane. Yet, she could barely find any rhythm, this after playing the match of her life in the semis to blitz CoCo. Shall we talk about El Decimosexto?
JR: Wow, is that how you say it? Rafa wasn’t looking too hot over the summer or indeed in his first 3 rounds here. I did not have high hopes. But starting against Dolgopolov, his confidence and his game started clicking, and it was relatively uneventful from then on. It’s remarkable that we’ve arrived here, with Rafa winning a fourth hardcourt major. Last year, he was dealing with injuries and searching high and low for that forehand. Now, even when the forehand isn’t working how he wants it to, he has the backhand crosscourt, volleying, court sense, and speed to fall back on.
JN: All those things are true. The thing that impressed me most with Rafa this time around was how poised he was in the final, especially in the first few games. He had a game plan, especially on return, and stuck with it even when he didn’t get the breaks of serve right away. He didn’t allow himself to show frustration; he didn’t change course and play overly aggressively. Rafa stayed the course and played an impeccable match on serve, picked his spots to be aggressive, and thwarted everything Kevin Anderson threw his way. When Rafa is at the peak of his powers, his game is less kill shot, than it is sucker punches until you have nothing left to give. Now, he has an almost 2,000 point lead at world #1, and he still has a few more events to cap a truly remarkable season.
This Week In Tennis
We're excited to bring you a sit-down chat with the first Canadian player on our podcast, up and coming Montrealer Francoise Abanda. We also answer some of the questions you all were so generous to ask us, with the help of friend and listener Chad. The rest is just us: recapping the stunning Muguruza-Kuznetsova quarterfinal, the perplexing men's draw, Querrey's rudeness, and more happenings from on-site.
8:00 The odd men's draw: Rafa the only superstar left
9:20 Odds and ends - Giorgi's no handshake, Sam Querrey's abominable behavior, Makarova-Kerber epic
15:00 Thiem - our analysis of Thiem proved to portentous (lost to Ferrer after we taped)
18:00 Our sit-down with Francoise Abanda, our first Canadian player on the pod!
32:20 Our listener mailbag, with the silky Southern stylings of Chad (@ccsmooth13)
36:30 Most importantly, what's good to eat here?
45:30 Question from @AnnaMarseille: have any players changed your impression of them after speaking with them in person?
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It wasn’t always pretty, but Garbiñe Muguruza powered through Madison Keys’ sustained aggression, a 2-hour rain delay, and three match points against her to win a third-set tiebreaker against the in-form American. The Spaniard survived a tough test in Cincinnati on Thursday afternoon, handling unpredictable conditions and an opponent whom she had never beaten. Keys had won their previous three meetings: here in 2012, in Rome on her way to the final in 2016, and in Stanford just two weeks ago.
Keys got off to a fast start, punctuated by a dazzling down the line forehand to secure the early break and 2-0 lead. Muguruza, unnerved, broke right back in the next game, the trade of early breaks setting the tone for the rest of the match. The serving struggles were in no small part due to the wind -- a portent of the wild thunderstorm to come -- which wreaked havoc on both players from the onset. But, it was Keys’ ball toss that seemed to be the most affected.
Still, Keys inched ahead on serve to 4-3, before Muguruza left the court for treatment on a lower back problem. When she returned, her thigh taped, the Spaniard took control of the first set and sped to the finish line: she held serve, broke Keys, and served it out with little fanfare. In their previous three meetings, the loser of the first set went on to lose the match; would this match prove different?
After six straight service holds to start the second set, Keys broke to go up 5-3. Serving for the set, the American handled a tough shoelace volley, and launched a deft lob to reach set point. She then bagged the set with a trademark wide serve and inside-out forehand combination, one that she used effectively throughout the match.
With the match in the balance at 2-2 in the third set, the Mason skies produced an almighty storm, delaying the proceedings for two hours. When the thunder and lightning abated, Keys sprinted away with a 4-2 lead in the decider; but, in what was the story of this third set, her untimely errors squandered the multiple leads and chances she held. Still, Keys kept coming, breaking again with a barrage of winners to serve for the match at 6-5.
With the match on her racquet and a 40-15 lead, Keys failed to convert three match points, undone mostly by the unpredictability of her backhand. While Keys was erratic in the key moments, Muguruza remained steadfast, returning with extreme aggression and drawing costly mistakes from Keys.
Muguruza credited her experience in getting her through tough moments: “I knew that no matter what, I’m there and I have my options as well . . . sooner or later I’m going to have a chance.”
That chance came in the third-set tiebreaker. The Spaniard’s sustained aggression finally wore down Keys. After failing to serve out the match and squandering three match points, Keys doubled down with error after error in the tiebreak, thanks in no small part to Muguruza’s brilliant stretch of hitting from the backcourt. A final backhand error sealed the win for Muguruza after 2 hours and 18 minutes.
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Join us for Round 2 of player pressers - you'll hear good stuff from no. 1 Pliskova, Kerber, Domi Thiem, Wozniacki, Halep, and Svitolina. But first, we catch you up with what's been going on in Cincinnati in our own words: Venus blazing through her first match, Fabio-Dominic play a strange one, the heat, and balancing the packed schedule despite of the withdrawals.
1:00 What we've been up to in Cincinnati today
6:00 The men's draw was already a huge mess - and then Fabio barfed on court
9:15 Venus plays an efficient, powerful match against Alison Riske
14:30 Watching Ash Barty in singles and doubles (Venus' next opponent)
20:50 Meeting tons of Tennis Twitter folks in Cincinnati
25:45 What is going on with the famous Applebee's?
27:00 Getting into the player interview snippets
32:00 Simona on another level no passengers on her plane ....
40:00 Elina Svitolina talks about her steady rise
44:30 Mega Thiem talks about why he recaps his matches on Facebook
46:26 Angie Kerber brings the honesty
51:00 Karolina Pliskova is funny!
54:45 A few words from Caroline Wozniacki
Venus Williams, donning an atypical white baseball cap, led from start to finish as she blitzed past Alison Riske 6-2 6-0 in her opening match in Cincinnati. Williams served with intent from the first ball. The four points she won to take the opening game came on first serves clocking 109, 110, 105, and the last a 108 mph ace out wide to Riske's backhand. Despite Venus' quick 2-0 lead, Riske was playing well, and fought back to tie the match at two games apiece. Game on.
Or so we thought. The pivotal moment of the match came with Riske facing break point at 2-3; after a prolonged, intense rally, Riske seemed to wrest control of the point when she lured Venus into the net with a stealthy drop shot. Instead, Venus sprinted forward and with one last audible thud of her right foot, pelted a cross court forehand winner to seal the decisive break. The crowd roared as Venus made her way back to the service line with a 4-2 lead. Riske would not win another game.
Yes, Venus Williams is 37 years old. But, like she did in making the finals of both the Australian Open and Wimbledon this year, Venus showed that she still cuts a fierce and intimidating figure as weekly contender, regardless of age. At 2-5, and having played well to that point, Riske called her coach to the court; what could she possibly do to stem the Venus tide? Her main failure to that point was to protect her second serve: up to 2-5 and 30-all, Riske had yet to win a point when made to serve twice. Venus would go on to win the first set 6-2 and win eight of nine points on Riske's second serve.
The last glimmer of an opening for Riske came in the third game of the second set with Venus serving at 2-0, 15-30. But, Venus summoned another of her seven aces to stifle that opportunity, and her subsequent break for 4-0 sealed it shut. All told, Williams broke Riske six times, while losing her own serve just once. Her first serve, of which she lost only four points, was the fortress that kept Riske at bay.
With the match at just a touch over an hour, Venus fired one final forehand winner to seal the win 6-2 6-0. It was, in short, one of the cleanest and most efficient performances you will see from Venus Williams, her serve and groundstrokes working together like a well-oiled machine. She improves her record against Riske to 3-0, all straight-set victories in the last 18 months. Up next, Williams will face Ashleigh Barty, 21, in their first ever meeting. Barty, a qualifier ranked 48th in the world, defeated Varvara Lepchenko 6-4 6-4 on Tuesday.
In this rematch of the Stanford final -- which Keys won in two tight sets -- it was easy to appreciate both players’ intensity and power off the ground. Keys came out of the gate strong, pounding returns to earn a break in the third game. At one point in the first set, 14 straight points were won by the server (two holds at love for Keys, one for Vandeweghe). Both players protected their serves with ease after Madison’s early break, but Keys and her ground game drew sloppy errors from CoCo to decide the set.
Vandeweghe pounced to a 3-0 lead in the second set after breaking Keys’ serve. CoCo did a good job to stay tight to the baseline, her aggression forcing Madison to produce a rash of errors. Serving for the set at 5-3, Vandeweghe scrambled to return an overhead smash by Keys and finished the point with a brilliant pass. She won the set with a 117 mph unreturnable serve.
The third set saw Madison race to a 3-0 lead, aided by a few poorly timed double faults from this year’s Australian Open semifinalist. At that point, Madison couldn’t miss; even her mishits clipped the lines. Despite CoCo’s comeback to tie the set at three games apiece, it was Keys’ serve that would ultimately decide the match.
At 5-3, CoCo saved three straight match points, but Madison closed her out 6-3 to bring their head-to-head to 2-0. After the match Madison noted, “It’s never easy to play a friend.” The two shared a warm embrace at net after the match, like they did two weeks ago in Stanford, and it was Keys who was again the victor.
Keys’ serve guided her through the tensest moments of the third set. It got her out of trouble when Vandeweghe erased Keys’ 3-0 lead: “In my head I was just thinking, you’re back on serve. It’s back even, and just focus on your serve and see if you get any chances in return games. And luckily I did.”
That game plan can be exciting in its simplicity. There is a terrible beauty to 115 mph serves, to Madison’s graceful ball toss with her palm raised toward the heavens, to CoCo’s menacing forward motion. Women’s tennis must always defend itself on many fronts, from style to athleticism to economics. But, Keys and Vandeweghe led the night session in a tournament marred by withdrawals, reminding fans that American women’s tennis is thriving. There was magic tonight in two women facing off, thumping the stitching out of the ball, sounding their yawps over the rooftops of American tennis.
The Body Serve Tennis Podcast
02:00 James gives his thoughts on his first ever player roundtable interviews
11:20 Muguruza reflects on being a two-time Slam champion
13:36 Garbiñe gives insight into learning how to keep things closer to the vest, navigate media
16:26 "I like that I like to be in those situations" - Muguruza on embracing the big stages
20:45 Reflecting on her emotional French Open press conference
26:22 Nadal responds to news of reclaiming world #1 ranking
31:35 Sveta for President?
34:29 Who Sveta texts with most, and a BIG BIG laugh
35:36 Konta commits to fun and games, segues to Wimby reflections
40:29 How Jo deals with the trolls: block block block block
44:59 Jo's take on some of the funniest players on the WTA
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00:30 What we really sound like, without edits!
05:00 Opening Monday at the Rogers Cup Toronto
07:30 Ostapenko loses to Lepchenko but shows how great she can be
13:45 Petra's back!
15:30 Venus takes the long way, but beats Begu at 11 pm
18:10 A bit of kvetching about annoying fans
26:00 Young Canadian Shapovalov beats Nadal in MTL
30:15 Is it Fedal the rest of the way in 2017? Who else? Zverev.
35:50 Madison Keys is here! And other US hardcourt news
38:00 Previewing the Cincinnati Masters, big first round match-ups
46:00 What we're personally looking forward to in Cincy
This Week In Tennis
Season 2, Vol 21
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- David Ferrer won his first ATP title in two years -- and 27th overall for his career -- when he beat Dolgopolov in the Bastad final.
- John Isner won for the third time in Newport, the 11th overall ATP title of his career.
- Kim Clijsters and Andy Roddick were among the new Tennis Hall of Fame inductees in Newport over the weekend.
- Andrey Rublev went from lucky loser to first time ATP titlist all at the same tournament in Umag.
- Irina Camelia Begu won on home soil in Bucharest for the fourth title of her career. Like Kiki Bertens in Gstaad, Begu won both singles and doubles at the same tournament. Begu is up to #38 (+20) in the rankings, while Bertens rises to #36 (+9).
- Julia Goerges had a few choice words for the Romanian crowd during her runner-up speech in Bucharest.
- Denis Shapovalov won his second ATP Challenger title of the year. With the win, Shapovalov moves 31 spots closer to the top 100 at #130.
- Novak Djokovic is unlikely to play the 2017 U.S. Open due to the elbow injury that forced his retirement in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon.
- Rajeev Ram announced he will no longer compete in singles, and dedicate his remaining time on tour to his doubles exploits.
- The Ferrer-Verdasco semifinal in Bastad was interrupted by a man who walked on court performing the Nazi salute.
- The ITF issued its decision on the Ilie Nastase case: the Romanian is to be banned from Fed Cup and Davis Cup until 2019.
- Three Wimbledon matches may have been fixed.
- Alex Zverev hired Juan Carlos Ferrero as his new coach.
- A weekend of WTA weddings: Aga Radwanska, Andrea Hlavackova, and Yanina Wickmayer all said "I do" over the weekend.
This Week In Tennis
Season 2, Vol 20
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- Roger Federer captured a men's record eighth singles title at Wimbledon over the weekend. Federer extends his all-time Slam tally lead to 19, and rises to #3 in the new ATP rankings.
- Garbine Muguruza beat Venus Williams in the Wimbledon final to win her second career Slam title. With the win, the Spaniard jumps 10 ranking spots to #5.
- Venus Williams, in her second Slam final of 2017, once more fell two sets short of adding an eighth Slam singles title to her resume. She re-enters the WTA top 10 at #9 and rises to #4 in the Road To Singapore standings.
- Marin Cilic, struggling with a blister on his foot, lost in straight sets to Federer in his second career Slam final. The Croat holds steady at #6 in the ATP rankings.
- Tomas Berdych matched his semifinal performance from one year ago, but was unable to score a set off Federer despite pushing the eventual champion to tiebreaks in the first two sets.
- Johanna Konta provided ample entertainment for her home crowd at Wimbledon, winning multiple three-set matches on her way to a second career Slam semifinal. She reaches a new career high ranking of #4.
- Magdalena Rybarikova continued her meteoric rise up the rankings in 2017 after reaching her first ever career Slam semifinal. She rises 54 spots to #33, two shy of her career best ranking from 2013.
- Sam Querrey, vanquisher of Novak Djokovic at last year's Wimbledon on his way to the quarterfinals, beat Andy Murray this time around to reach a career-best semifinal.
- The doubles team of Makarova/Vesnina scored a double bagel win in a lopsided final to win their third Slam title together. Only an Australian Open win remains for the duo to claim a career golden slam.
- Other doubles winners: Kubot/Melo (Men's Doubles), Hingis/Murray (Mixed Doubles). Martina Hingis won the 23rd combined Slam title of her career. The only Slam title missing from her resume is French Open singles (two-time finalist).
- Victoria Azarenka vaults a whopping 482 spots in the rankings to #201 after reaching the fourth round in her first Slam event since her return to the WTA Tour.
Wimbledon Preview: Who's Coming for the No. 1 Spots?
Join The Body Serve for some Wimbledon draw analysis, some bold predictions, and some tea. Five women and four men can potentially grab the no. 1 ranking after the tournament is over - who has the nerve? We'll chat about the three comeback queens (Petra, Vika, Sloane), the tough men's bottom half, and why 'wide open' may not be the best desriptor for the women's draw.
2:55 So many trolls, so little time
7:30 Men's draw - local gentleman Andrew Murray leads the draw
11:00 Wimbledon seeding formula hits Stan hard
13:30 Nadal's quarter: some big hitters and a few grass specialists
18:10 Raonic, Inc., Federer, Dimitrov, and Sascha
23:45 Djokovic's path is lined with tricky opponents
32:00 Interesting things are going on in women's tennis!
35:40 5 women could become no. 1, but some of the biggest favorites are out of the top 10
38:50 Women's top half: Kerber's been done no favours
43:10 Is Pliskova the one to win it all?
46:15 VENUS, Ostapenko, and some huge top 8 question marks53:45 Comeback queens Kvitova & Azarenka in the Halep/Konta quarter
57:00 More Evans & a potential Wimbledon drinking game
This Week In Tennis
Season 2, Vol 19b
The 2017 edition of The Championships at Wimbledon features myriad storylines to watch over the next fortnight of tennis: can Andy Murray defend his title and/or hold off Nadal, Djokovic, and Wawrinka for the number one ranking? Will Milos Raonic build on his finals appearance last year and capture his first major title? What can we expect from Rafael Nadal on grass this season, especially after winning a 10th French Open weeks ago? Is a 19th Slam title in the cards for Federer, or will this be the first Wimbledon since 2002 to be won by someone other than the "Big Four?"
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(1) Andy Murray
Best Result: W - 2013, 2016
2016 Result: W
A semifinal run in Paris seemed to quell concerns over Murray's inconsistent form in 2017. However, he will begin his title defence at the AELTC with only one match on grass, an opening loss to Jordan Thompson at Queens. His number one ranking is also up for grabs this fortnight with Nadal, Djokovic, and Wawrinka all defending few points from one year ago. A current hip injury is potentially another hindrance to his title defence.
(2) Novak Djokovic
Best Result: W - 2011, 2014, 2015
2016 Result: 3R
The good news for Djokovic: he has only second round points to defend from one year ago, putting him in position to potentially reclaim the world #1 rankings at the end of Wimbledon. He is also, as of this writing, slated to face Monfils in the Eastbourne final, a potentially last-minute boost of confidence heading into the tournament. The bad news: he is still nowhere near the player he was one year ago, and his last appearance at a Slam saw him lose in straight sets to Dominic Thiem, including a third set bagel.
(3) Roger Federer
Best Result: W - 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
2016 Result: SF
After taking the clay season off, Federer returned to the tour in Stuttgart with a surprising loss to Tommy Haas in his opening match. He recovered on the familiar lawns in Halle to claim his ninth title there, positioning him as a top favourite for an eighth Wimbledon crown. Ranked fifth in the world, Federer enters as the third seed due to Wimbledon's unique seeding formula.
(4) Rafael Nadal
Best Result: W - 2008, 2010
2016 Result: DNP
Nadal enters Wimbledon on the heels of a monumental clay court season, having won his tenth title at Roland Garros and rising again to the #2 world ranking. However, whatever confidence the Spaniard may carry with him into Wimbledon is mitigated by the fact he hasn't advanced past the fourth round at the AELTC since 2011. Still, he enters Wimbledon the healthiest he has been in years and is a two-time former champion and five-time finalist.
This Week In Tennis
Season 2, Vol 19a
Last year's champion, Serena Williams, will miss her second successive major tournament as she awaits the arrival of her first child. Thus, like the French Open, the women's field is ripe with possibility: the number one ranking is up for grabs; can Pliskova or Halep finally supplant Kerber? Since 2000, only six women have lifted the Venus Rosewater Dish: Serena (7), Venus (5), Sharapova, Mauresmo, Kvitova (2), and Bartoli; will someone new step to the fore like Ostapenko did at the French Open? Then there are the myriad comeback stories: Kvitova in her third event back after suffering a knife attack, Victoria Azarenka in her second after giving birth, and Sloane Stephens in her first after almost a year of being off tour.
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WTA SINGLES DRAW
(1) Angelique Kerber
Best Result: F - 2016
2016 Result: F
Last year's finalist enters Wimbledon with 1300 points to defend and her number one ranking once again in serious jeopardy. She is without a title in 2017 and owns a paltry 21-13 match record on the season. Even less comforting for Kerber, she potentially faces Safarova in the third round before Muguruza in the fourth. On a more optimistic note, perhaps her pair of wins in Eastbourne over Kr. Pliskova and Arruabarrena will be enough to kick start her season and propel her into week two.
(2) Simona Halep
Best Result: SF - 2014
2016 Result: QF
Halep enters the Championships after another near miss at the French Open, losing in the final to Jelena Ostapenko. The last time Halep played Wimbledon after reaching the French final (2014), she scored her career best result at the AELTC, making the semifinals in 2014. If she is to match that result, she will likely have to go through Mallorca champion Sevastova in the fourth round, then either Kvitova or Konta in the quarterfinals.
(3) Karolina Pliskova
Best Result: 2R - 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
2016 Result: 2R
Prior to the 2016 U.S. Open, the third seed had failed to advance past the third round at any major in her career. She's since managed to make the finals, semifinals, and quarterfinals at the last three Slams starting with a loss to Angelique Kerber at last year's U.S. Open. She has the game -- and now the confidence -- to keep that streak of strong Slam results going at Wimbledon. Also working in her favour is one of the easier draws to the quarterfinals of the top seeds.
(4) Elina Svitolina
Best Result: 2R - 2015, 2016
2016 Result: 2R
One of the breakout players of 2017, Svitolina finds herself bumped up to the fourth seed with Serena Williams not competing. The higher seeding did her no favours, however, as she draws popular darkhorse Ash Barty in the first round, and a potential fourth round meeting with French Open champ Ostapenko. Svitolina also enters the tournament with fitness concerns surrounding a heel injury. A first ever trip to the second week of Wimbledon would be a huge success for Svitolina considering all the obstacles she faces.
Episodes 81, 82 & 83 of The Body Serve Tennis Podcast
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We're breaking down the draws for Roland Garros 2017, perhaps the most unpredictable women's major in memory. We talk about the overarching themes (La Decima, Novak-Andre, notable absences, and the 10+ female contenders) but we also go in-depth with the draws. After that, we devote a long time to addressing Margaret Court's continued and unprovoked attacks on the lgbt community. We consider what exactly free speech means, the responsibility that comes with it, and the necessity to push back when our queer personhoods and families are under attack.
1:30 The themes of the Roland Garros draw: the wiiiide open women's draw
4:45 Some surprising favorites: Svitolina, Mladenovic, Stosur?
14:00 Going through the draw - which quarterfinals are most likely to happen?
24:00 Our bold and probably wrong predictions for the women's draw
27:15 Men's draw storylines: La Decima, Djokovic-Agassi, Thiem hopes to put a bow on his clay season
37:00 Men's draw analysis: follow along at home!
47:30 Men's bottom half: Nadal, Djokovic, Thiem, and?
50:45 The Rant: Margaret Court gets personal with her bigotry
57:50 The meaning of free speech: why "Everyone is entitled to an opinion" falls short
1:01:00 Why we need to fight back
1:09:00 Finishing on a happier note: WTA players Tara Moore and Conny Perrin are engaged!
PART TWO: Mid-Roland Garros Report: All Tea and No Comment
Welcome to our week one recap of the 2017 French Open. We kick things off with a look back at some of the big (albeit few) upsets, as well as the biggest surprises left in both singles draws. Rafa and Novak remain on course for a crackerjack semifinal, while Andy and Stan motor along under the radar on the other half of the men's draw. As for the women, your guess is still as good as ours. We talk about Kiki Mladenovic's possible role as villain on the WTA, before following up on our discussion from last time on the real villain at the moment, Margaret Court.
02:12 Kicking things off with the upsets: throwing Zverev in James' face
06:20 Can we talk about the tarp thing? James goes off
07:51 Petko goes to bat for Angie
10:20 Any bigger surprise than Caroline Wozniacki?
17:02 Women's Draw: your guess is still as good as ours
20:32 Talking the Venus-Timea matchup
28:22 Kiki refuses to lose but how much can she have left?
32:26 Men's Draw: marching right along to another Rafole humdinger?
42:42 Good sportsmanship/humanity the big motif of week one?
47:15 Is Kiki a villain? Is she the villain tennis needs? Does tennis need one?
50:15 Forza, Muguruza!
53:45 Margaret Court is definitely a villain
59:55 Why you say "no comment?"
PART THREE: La Décima: 10 Reflections From Rolly G
Rafael Nadal motored through the French Open field to claim his 10th title at Roland Garros, or La Décima. While his latest French triumph was expected, the same cannot be said for Jelena Ostapenko, who rifled winners past her opponents at will to grab the Suzanne Lenglen trophy. Join us as we relive the most memorable and newsworthy moments from championship weekend at the year's second Slam.
02:20 La Décima, the men's final, and Rafa's annihilation of the field
19:22 Fearless Ostapenko did THAT!
28:20 Halep's missed opportunities on court and off
37:00 Nole lost at sea? We don't have any answers
40:50 Concerned about Dominic Thiem or nah?
43:48 WTA etceteras: Cash aboard the CoCo train, French drama, & Maria is out
51:04 ATP etceteras: Murray's "shock and awe" performance, Stan readies for Wimbledon
54:16 Our most expansive segment on doubles ever? We take some Canadian pride in Dabrowski
60:59 Watching the rankings, the various roads and races
66:38 Test your Nadal knowledge alongside James!