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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 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 199d: 2018 Australian Open Preview

1/13/2018
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Ben and Courtney are back in your ears after far too long, and are in Melbourne ready to tee up the first Grand Slam of 2018. On the women’s side, we discuss the women who have surged to start the year (Halep, Kerber, Bencic…Giorgi?) and go through the draw thoroughly to find where openings might emerge. On the men’s side, Rafael Nadal is a clear draw winner, but there still manage to be lots of exciting early round match-ups throughout. And is it Roger’s to lose, or can 2,000 points go...

Duration:00:59:39

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 199a: The Rises and Falls of Fall

10/19/2017
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With the field set for Singapore, Ben and Courtney look back at the fall that was, including the sudden surge of Caroline Garcia to defy the odds and grab a spot among the elite eight. On the men’s side, Roger beat Rafa yet again–that means he’s the best player of the year, right? And who gets our player of the year votes on the women’s side? And how can we assess the field of play when it’s all so tightly packed together on the women’s side and when almost no men seem to be playing all...

Duration:01:02:28

Episode 199: Laver Cup (With Reem Abulleil)

9/26/2017
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As she returns from covering the inaugural Laver Cup, NCR’s Middle East correspondant Reem Abulleil chats with Ben about the new competition, which proved to be stunningly successful and compelling despite being an exhibition made out of thin air by Roger Federer’s marketing team. What did Laver Cup get so right in its first try? Why were players so invested in it? And how can the stale and neglected Davis Cup learn from it to adapt for this changing tennis landscape? Reem is the hero of...

Duration:00:46:27

Episode 198a: U.S. Open Day 1 - Sharapova Beats Halep

8/29/2017
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In one of the biggest and best Slam first rounds ever, Maria Sharapova beat #2 Simona Halep in three thrilling sets. Ben and Courtney didn’t quite see that coming, so we break it down in this special Day 1 episode from the U.S. Open. What are Sharapova’s chances going forward in what’s turned into a very open quarter suddenly? There were some other upsets, too (Ferrer? Konta?). Also, Aleksandra Krunic is a delight. As always, thanks for liking us on Facebook (leave comments on the...

Duration:00:17:03

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 194: Wimbledon a Wimbledud?

7/16/2017
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Wimbledon 2017 is done with two great champions in Garbine Muguruza and Roger Federer…but why does it still feel unsatisfying? On the letdowns that defined the second week of this tournament too often. Ben and Courtney talk about what their wins mean, why scheduling remains a crucial variable for both, and other various stories from the undercard draws at Wimbledon. As always, thanks for liking us on Facebook (leave comments on the episode thread! Engage with other listeners!), following...

Duration:00:32:50

Episode 193: Wimbledon Manic Impressions

7/10/2017
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Second week already? I was just in the middle of a dream (about flying ants, probably). With four rounds of Wimbledon in the books, Ben and Courtney chat about what has happened and what will at a Wimbledon that hadn’t been super eventful, really, until Manic Monday clarified some things. What do we make of Angelique Kerber, who will depart the #1 ranking? Should Bernard Tomic face scorn for his comments? Why is Gilles Muller such a dad? All this and more. As always, thanks for liking us...

Duration:00:55:47

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

Episode 184: Resembling an Ensemble

4/10/2017
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With a quarter of 2017 now complete, Ben and Courtney try to make sense of it all. But does it make sense, really? Daria Kasatkina won Charleston in an all-teen final, which should be a big result. But what are results anyhow, when every player seems to have a roughly equal share of success and failure these days? Which characters and plotlines are really relevant? Does TV have the answers? The men’s side is a completely different coin, because one beloved old dude (Roger Federer) has...

Duration:01:55:09

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