Episode 21 – Never Give Up [Podcast]

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March 18, 2014 by Gurveer Mann

As the sun sets on Indian Wells, we take time to recap a tense Djokovic-Federer final and applaud Flavia Pennetta’s ‘never give up’ spirit this past year. Plus, we discuss the Indian Wells site expansion and how Free D might revolutionize tennis replays.

  • Novak wins his first title of the year. In a good but not great final, what was the more memorable storyline? Federer’s return to form or Novak’s trouble closing matches? Plus, we discuss if this is shaping into ATP’s transition year and what players stand to benefit from it? (1:14)
  • Flavia Pennetta surprises to win Indian Wells. Why Flavia’s victory cannot be discounted as lucky and how she’s transformed her play in the past year? On the other side, why Aga Radwanska remains the most tortured player on the WTA? Finally, an appreciation of Simona Halep’s rise to world number five. (8:16)
  • After opening an 8000 seat Stadium 2 (including a NOBU) this year, we discuss the possibility of Indian Wells being ready to host the US Open in the future. Plus, why the site’s location and weather make it a viable option for the ATP World Tour finals? (13:15)
  • In our media/technology segment, we share our impressions of the new Free D technology and how it will help tennis viewers understand the shot making process? Bonus: Here’s the Slate article discussing the technology. (17:38)

Plus, our challenges for upcoming Sony Tennis Open (19:43) the Social Media Highlight of the Week (21:30) much more…

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