Episode 23 – Stan(d) by Me [Podcast]

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April 24, 2014 by Gurveer Mann

On this week’s edition of the Urban Tennis podcast, we celebrate the all-Swiss matchup in Monte Carlo. Plus Fed Cup action, the ATP moving a tournament to Israel and figuring out what year has produced the best tennis players.

  • Stan Wawrinka captures his first Masters 1000 title after defeating Roger Federer in three sets. We discuss how enthusiastic Swiss fans must be with all the tennis success they’ve had in April? Plus, what’s more vulnerable: Rafa’s mental game or Novak’s wrist? (1:13)
  • Germany and Czech Republic advance to the Fed Cup finals. How instrumental has Andrea Petkovic’s return to form been for Germany? Plus, we applaud Poland and Canada’s rise to the World Group.(6:22)
  • Earlier this week, the ATP announced that the St. Petersburg tournament would move to Tel Aviv this September. How confident are we that the tennis world has moved beyond the 2009 Shahar Peer incident and if the ATP should have strict guidelines for the organizers so something similar does not happen?  (10:26)
  • NCR host and New York Times writer Ben Rothenberg wished Maria Sharapova a happy birthday this week and stated that 1987 had produced one of tennis’ greatest cohorts. We debate Ben’s point and offer some other significant tennis birth years. (13:32)

Plus, a Game of Challenges (17:44), the Social Media Highlight of the Week (19:42) and much more…

Note: You can download our most recent episodes of the podcast on our SoundClound page.

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