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Ben and Courtney were just a couple of passionate tennis bloggers when they met in Mason, Ohio in 2010, but their love of the wacky personalities that make up the sport of professional tennis has made them tennis besties ever since. They enjoy talking about tennis at all hours of the day on any topic that suits them and once a week they turn on a microphone for an hour during one of those chats and post the results. No Challenges Remaining is that podcast, and it drops Tuesdayishly Your hosts at NCR are Ben Rothenberg (a freelance writer for outlets including the New York Times) and Courtney Nguyen (previously a blogger for Forty Deuce, Sports Illustrated, and now Senior Writer at WTA Insider). All opinions on the podcast are our own.

Ben and Courtney were just a couple of passionate tennis bloggers when they met in Mason, Ohio in 2010, but their love of the wacky personalities that make up the sport of professional tennis has made them tennis besties ever since. They enjoy talking about tennis at all hours of the day on any topic that suits them and once a week they turn on a microphone for an hour during one of those chats and post the results. No Challenges Remaining is that podcast, and it drops Tuesdayishly Your hosts at NCR are Ben Rothenberg (a freelance writer for outlets including the New York Times) and Courtney Nguyen (previously a blogger for Forty Deuce, Sports Illustrated, and now Senior Writer at WTA Insider). All opinions on the podcast are our own.
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Ben and Courtney were just a couple of passionate tennis bloggers when they met in Mason, Ohio in 2010, but their love of the wacky personalities that make up the sport of professional tennis has made them tennis besties ever since. They enjoy talking about tennis at all hours of the day on any topic that suits them and once a week they turn on a microphone for an hour during one of those chats and post the results. No Challenges Remaining is that podcast, and it drops Tuesdayishly Your hosts at NCR are Ben Rothenberg (a freelance writer for outlets including the New York Times) and Courtney Nguyen (previously a blogger for Forty Deuce, Sports Illustrated, and now Senior Writer at WTA Insider). All opinions on the podcast are our own.

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Episodes

Episode 210: Wimbledon Draw 2018

6/30/2018
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Together in the Wimbledon Village, Ben and Courtney break down the women’s and men’s Wimbledon draws. First, the women, where much handwringing ended with Serena Williams getting the #25 seed. Fair? We discuss. And how do things look for the favorites? And why are those in the know so stoked about Sabalenka-Niculescu. On the men’s side, is it interesting until clear favorite Roger Federer loses? You may find out our opinion on that, though Ben does his darnedest to offer factoids...

Duration:00:59:00

Episode 209: Strokes of Genius with Jon Wertheim (and Federer, Nadal…and Gulbis)

6/26/2018
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In advance of the release of the Strokes of Genius documentary, Ben is joined by friend of the show Jon Wertheim, who wrote the book, literally, on the 2008 Wimbledon final between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. We discuss what had made this match so exulted and immortal, what it takes to put together a production like this in the disjointed world of tennis, and how the match did (or didn’t) change the course of tennis. The show closes with a cameo by shoeless Ernests Gulbis, who has...

Duration:00:37:58

Episode 208: Eleanor Preston

6/24/2018
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Ben and Courtney go back to their curtain-pulling roots to bring you the wisdom of Eleanor Preston, who works as Media Manager at the Nature Valley Classic where B+C were this week, as well as other various roles in sporting events around the globe. We discuss credentialing (one of the things we’re asked about most), press conferences, diversity in media, and much more. We then finish with a very brief wrap of what’s happened on the grass so far. As always, thanks for liking us on...

Duration:00:42:24

Episode 207: Nadal’s 11th, Halep’s 1st

6/18/2018
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Together in Birmingham, Ben and Courtney look back on the French Open, which ended with creative destruction. But before the “demolition party,” there was Rafael Nadal’s as-planned crushing of Dominic Thiem. How do we appreciate dominance while not being bored by the inevitable? What progress did Thiem show by reaching his first final? And why should no one be overly impressed by Sascha Zverev’s run to the quarterfinals? On the women’s side, what does Simona Halep’s break through say...

Duration:01:41:18

Episode 206: Draw Me Like One of Your French Opens, 2018

5/25/2018
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Ben and Courtney rendezvous in Paris once again to discuss the women’s and men’s French Open draws, which set up two very interesting tournaments (or maybe one and a half?) The women’s side is full of intriguing and relevant match-ups throughout, especially the highly anticipated section with Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, and Karolina Pliskova. What can we expect from Garbine Muguruza? Can lightning strike twice for Jelena Ostapenko (or has she become a more stable generator?) And can...

Duration:00:54:22

Episode 205: Rekindling Our Fuego

5/22/2018
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After an unintentionally long hiatus, Ben and Courtney are back together on the NCR airwaves from Paris, where they play a bit of catchup and try to set the table for the French Open ahead (with further draw dissection to come once it’s out). First, has much really changed compared to this time last year? What do we expect of Serena, and what do we make of the controversy which has arisen about her not being seeded for the tournament? Are seedings earned protections based on results, or...

Duration:00:58:07

Episode 203: Fights and Fakes in February

2/28/2018
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Frequently frantic, February fades out with the latest chat between Ben and Courtney, who have lots to catch you up on. Topics covered include Frances Tiafoe’s first title, Wozniacki-Niculescu beefing, Federer reaching #1, Serena Williams’ long road ahead, Tennis Twitter falling for Darko Grncarov, Harrison-Young ugliness, the rise of Acapulco, and more! Lastly, a celebration of Logan Lucky and a defense of Cool Runnings against attacks.

Duration:01:49:38

Episode 202: Bouchard vs U.S.T.A. - Genie Wins Round 1

2/22/2018
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After three days at a very different court than usual, Ben is joined by Daniel Kaplan of Sports Business Journal to briefly discuss Eugenie Bouchard’s victory in the liability phase of her lawsuit against the United States Tennis Association. Speaking outside the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York in Brooklyn, Ben and Daniel discuss the first three days of the trial, the testimonies it contained, where the U.S.T.A.’s defenses fell short, and the many ambiguities and...

Duration:00:17:26

Episode 201: Australian Open Wrap

2/6/2018
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Ben and Courtney fled to opposite corners of the globe after the Australian Open, so just now bring you this show on the Grand Slam that was, in which second seeds Roger Federer and Caroline Wozniacki won their 20th, and first, respectively. First, on the men. Why was closing the roof a correct, obvious decision? And indoors or outdoors, has it all gotten a bit too easy for Roger Federer at an age when it shouldn’t? And on the flip side, does Rafael Nadal have grounds to complain as much...

Duration:01:35:00

Episode 200: Mary Carillo

1/14/2018
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Ben and Courtney are delighted to see their ersatz odometer click over to 200 with their dear friend Mary Carillo at the Australian Open (the 200th Grand Slam of the Open Era, no less!). She’s our kind of people. Mary, in Melbourne for Tennis Channel, is also in the midst of reporting for HBO’s Real Sports about the controversy surrounding the Australian Open’s Margaret Court Arena, which has faced calls for a name change or boycott as its namesake, the Grand Slam champ-turned-pastor...

Duration:01:01:29

Episode 199c: Keep the Dream Alive

11/26/2017
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Ben and Courtney reunite on this packed episode and start with a discussion of the legacy of the late Jana Novotna, who passed away at age 49 due to cancer. How should her legendary breakdown and resilience continue to influence how we see the sport today? As the WTA and ATP seasons wrapped up, what did we learn about the respective year-end champs, Caroline Wozniacki and Grigor Dimitrov? Will either be able to carry their results into next year? And is 2018 primed to be a year full of...

Duration:01:27:24

Episode 199b: ATP Rundown (with Ricky Dimon)

10/25/2017
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While the best women battle it out in Singapore, we look ahead to the men’s season wrapping up with guest Ricky Dimon back on the show to talk some men’s tennis. How did everything get so flipped around in the Big 4 this year, and how does it set up 2018? Also, we go over our (unsubmitted) ATP awards ballots and dish out some before-and-after fun (full thing on our Facebook page). As always, thanks for liking us on Facebook (leave comments on the episode thread! Engage with other...

Duration:00:34:52

Episode 197: U.S. Open Preview!

8/28/2017
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It’s our U.S. Open preview show! Ben and Courtney catch up on the happenings of the hardcourt season, and make all the tough picks as we breakdown the women’s and men’s draws in New York this year. With Andy Murray’s withdrawal the last of five from the ATP top 11, how should we feel about the men’s field? And just how open is the women’s draw, really, with eight women who can reach #1? Lots of fun tangents, as per. As always, thanks for liking us on Facebook (leave comments on the...

Duration:01:44:05

Episode 192: Wimbledon 2017 Preview (From Centre Court!)

7/1/2017
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Ben and Courtney are full of Wimbledon joy as they inhale the vaunted fumes of Centre Court, where the 2017 tournament will soon start. They start breaking down the men’s draw by discussing Sasha Bublik, the highly-entertaining Russian-turned-Kazakh who lucked into a spot playing Andy Murray in R1. You’ll hear some of his pre-tournament press, then we break down the paths of the top-four seeds, who happen to be the Big 4 again. We both agree on who’s tournament this is to lose, which...

Duration:01:20:41

Episode 190: French Fortune Favors Brave (and Guy Who Won Nine Times Before)

6/19/2017
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Ben and Courtney have a lot to catch up on after the French Open. Well, maybe a little bit less on the men’s side, where a fairly lackluster men’s tournament ended in obvious fashion–albeit in style! Rafael Nadal is really good, but we knew that. Elsewhere in the men’s game, things look much better for Andy Murray and much worse for Novak Djokovic. What should Novak do to give himself a chance to be competitive again? On the women’s side, it was perhaps an even wilder one than expected,...

Duration:01:43:05

Episode 189: Draw Me Like One of Your French Opens, 2017

5/27/2017
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It’s Slamming time again! Ben and Courtney break down the French Open draws for both the men’s and women’s. On the women’s side, where there are many favorites to choose from, who got the best and worst draws? And whose great draws and good recent forms could lead them to a second consecutive semifinal (or better)? There are multiple correct answers to that one. On the men’s side, could this be a tournament to get Murray or Djokovic back on track? Or is Rafael Nadal just too far ahead of...

Duration:01:14:55

Episode 187b: French Open Shuns Sharapova

5/16/2017
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In a decision that had been anticipated for months, French Tennis Federation president Bernard Giudicelli surprised many by not granting Maria Sharapova any wild card–not even into qualifying–for Roland Garros, locking out the two-time champion there as she continues to work on rebuilding her ranking following her 15-month absence due to a positive test. In this short episode, Ben discusses the style, cause, and correctness of the decision with two French tennis journalists: our beloved...

Duration:00:18:19

Episode 187a: NCRvision Song Contest Revisited

5/13/2017
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It’s Eurovision season again, and it’s NCRvision season again! One year after we launched the NCRvision Song Contest, we’re happy to be able to bring it back to you to gear up from the results show, which will be coming in a few days. It’s possible that some of these amazing songs have faded from your memory (or that you missed them altogether), so we’re bringing you this refresher of the show, a bit condensed, with a new intro and outro. And in the grand Eurovision tradition of terrible...

Duration:01:17:57

Episode 186: Jamie Hampton

5/4/2017
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We are delighted to be able to fulfill a wish of many of our listeners for years now by bringing on Jamie Hampton (a.k.a. Julie Hamilton) as a guest, who has been out of sight as she rehabs various injuries but not out of our minds of many listeners. Ben and Jamie discuss her mindset as she copes with setbacks, the perspective she’s gained on tour issues from being away, the current landscape of the tour, dealing with attention from traditional and social media, her more supportive stance...

Duration:01:19:53

Episode 185: What to Expect When Serena’s Expecting

4/21/2017
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With best wishes, Ben and Courtney convene after Serena Williams’ announcement that she is expecting her first child this fall, and may already be as far as 20 weeks into her pregnancy. Does this change how we look back on her title at the Australian Open in January, when she already would have been roughly two months pregnant? And what does this mean for the tour going forward? And what is the state of the women’s field now? We don’t quite agree on this one, as you’ll quickly learn. And...

Duration:00:38:52