Episode 27 – Catorce [Podcast]

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June 11, 2014 by Gurveer Mann

On this week’s Urban Tennis podcast, we breakdown an eventful two weeks at Roland Garros that ended with another win for Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova. Plus, we discuss the implications of Andy Murray’s new coaching hire and how TSN handled their expanded French Open coverage?

  • After a bumpy clay court season, Rafael Nadal found himself once again holding the French Open title defeating Novak Djokovic in four sets.We discuss the irregular tempo of the match and how difficult it seemed for both players to play their best. Plus, with Nadal’s domination in best-of-fives on clay, should the ATP reintroduce five set finals at some ATP Masters events?  (1:25)
  • With four successive three set wins, Maria Sharapova captured her second French Open title. We discuss Sharapova’s success in three setters and how she has learned to handle pressure? Also, what other players would we like to see go through a Sharapova-like transformation on clay? Plus, we reflect on impressive runs by Halep and Bouchard and if we are more confident or less confident that they will win a Grand Slam in the near future? (6:38)
  • Before the men’s final, Andy Murray announced that he had hired former French world number 1, Amelie Mauresmo to act as his new coach? Does this decision strike you as desperate or savvy? Plus, we discuss what we think Mauresmo can help Murray with immediately? (13:40)
  • TSN hot off ratings highs at the Australian Open invested in more comprehensive coverage for this year’s French Open..How did their French Open Primetime show and on-site coverage fit in with TSN’s tennis strategy and what moves should they make in the future?  (17:35)

Plus, a Game of Volleys (21:15), the Social Media Highlight of the Week (24:40) and much more…

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

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