May 16, 2014 by Gurveer Mann
On this week’s edition of the Urban Tennis podcast, we review an eventful Madrid Open capped off by Maria Sharapova and Rafael Nadal victories. Plus, we look ahead to Rome, talk Federer’s twins and wonder if TSN’s expansion will bring more tennis to Canadians.
- Rafael Nadal holds on to win his fourth Madrid title after a shaky start against Kei Nishikori. Did this final help us figure out how Nadal is playing and how does the suddenly upstart Nishikori stay healthy enough to win some of these big events?(1:25)
- Maria Sharapova overcomes Simona Halep to win another big clay court title. We discuss if we can now call her the most consistent woman on the surface and why her play is so well-suited for clay? Plus, some thoughts on Madrid’s other semifinalists (Halep, Radwanska and Kvitova) and who looks like a serious contender for the French title.(6:12)
- Roger and Mirka welcomed another set of twins this week and it got many people abuzz over a possible Federer tennis dynasty down the road. However, we discuss why so few tennis players have spawned second-generation stars compared to other sports and if there is something inherent in the sport that prevents it?(9:35)
- In our media/technology segment, TSN (Canada’s home to Grand Slam events) announced that they would expand to five national feeds that would allow for multi-court coverage during slams. We discuss the effect on Canadian tennis viewers and if similar models in the US have worked? (13:40)
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