January 19, 2014 by Parveer Mann
On this week’s podcast, we discuss Serena’s shocking loss, the toll the heat took on this year’s Australian Open, and debate the current Extreme Heat Policy. Plus, who are the players’ who surprised or disappointed us the most after Week 1?
- After four days of relentless heat in Melbourne, many players and pundits criticised the organizers for putting players in jeopardy. We discuss if those complaints were justified and how we could fix the Extreme Heat Policy that is currently in place? (1:10)
- Headlining the first week failures are Petra Kvitova and Juan Martin del Potro. Should we now consider these two only as dangerous floaters and not legitimate Grand Slam threats? Plus, why were so many of the so-called ‘tall’ players on the men’s side early exits? (6:30)
- Every slam has their new darling and we discuss if Canada’s Genie Bouchard fits the criteria? Plus, how Spain’s collective success still surprises us 10 years after Nadal’s emergence? (11:20)
- Finally, both hosts discuss what storylines they are most looking forward to in the second week? (15:10)
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