October 23, 2014 by Parveer Mann
On this week’s (delayed) Urban Tennis podcast, we share our thoughts on Shanghai and Rafa’s return, Li Na’s trailblazing career, recap the WTA’s sojourns to Wuhan and Beijing, and discuss Amazon’s new pilot pickup ‘Red Oaks’.
- Roger Federer captured the 2014 Rolex Shanghai Masters defeating Gilles Simon in two tiebreak sets. We discuss how Federer escaped his first round match in Shanghai and how he looked heading into his clash with Novak Djokovic. Plus, how will Rafa’s return and recent appendicitis diagnosis alter the remaining ATP calendar? (1:11)
- After much speculation, Li Na officially announced her retirement before the start of the inaugural Wuhan Open and since has been feted everywhere she has gone. We discuss the reasons for the outpouring and how we would rank her among her contemporaries? Plus, should the WTA be concerned with the future of Wuhan without their biggest attraction active? (6:55)
- The WTA rolled through China these past few weeks with a couple of huge Premier events won by Petra Kvitova and Maria Sharapova. As both players will likely finish Top 3 in 2014, we chatted about who is poised to have a better 2015 season and poses a bigger challenge to Serena going forward? (13:51)
- This month, Amazon announced that it had picked up the series order for, ‘Red Oaks’, a comedy set in a tennis academy in the1980’s. We briefly discussed our thoughts about the pilot and where we would like to see the series go when it returns sometime in 2015? (16:32)
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