Episode 31 – Southern Hospitality [Podcast]

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July 31, 2014 by Parveer Mann

On this week’s Urban Tennis podcast, we discuss Isner’s continued home court success, preview WTA action in Stanford and Montreal, Neil Harman’s plagiarism confession and HBO’s planned tennis mockumentary.

  • Another US Open series began this week and once again, John Isner has come out swinging. We discuss why Isner seems to play his best on the US hard courts and if other Americans can learn from him? (1:26)
  • Many of the WTA’s biggest stars return to action in the next few weeks but who will have the bigger spotlight on her: Serena returning after her surreal Wimbledon exit or Genie Bouchard’s Montreal homecoming? Plus, we try to identify one player who needs a good US Open series run? (4:50)
  • This week, Times of London writer Neil Harman admitted to and was suspended for plagiarism including multiple infractions in the official Wimbledon periodical. We discuss how damaging this could be for tennis journalism in the UK and how that relationship may change in the future. Plus, we debate if official copy for tournament should be outsourced to writers who have multiple obligations? (7:35)
  • In the media/technology segment, we discuss HBO’s decision to make ‘Seven Days in Hell’,  a tennis mockumentary. Does tennis make good source material for comedy and we wonder if Andy Samberg and Kit Harington will be convincing in their roles? (13:21)


Plus, a game of Challenges (16:20), Social Media Highlight of the Week (18:30) and much more…

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


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