November 11, 2014 by Parveer Mann
On this week’s Urban Tennis podcast, we discuss how the added Race to London stakes enhanced the Paris-Bercy Masters, breakdown the field for this year’s ATP FInals, forecast what WTA players in Sofia can make the leap to Singapore next year and how Caroline Wozniacki continued to crush it as 2014’s social star after the NYC Marathon this weekend?
- Despite the routine victory for Novak Djokovic in Paris-Bercy, the event was still filled with an abnormal amount of drama and intrigue. We discuss how desperation fueled Tomas Berdych, Kei Nishikori and Milos Raonic to some of their best tennis in weeks. Plus, we debate if the ATP should consider permanently having one Race to London spot available for the highest non-qualified Paris-Bercy player. (1:41)
- After Andy Murray, Tomas Berdych, Kei Nishikori and Milos Raonic clinched the final four berths to London this past week, the ATP announced both group draws on Monday. First, we analyze and predict Group A (Djokovic, Wawrinka, Berdych and Cilic) and in addition, discuss the major storylines in Group B (Federer, Nishikori, Murray and Raonic). (8:15)
- Hoping to follow in Simona Halep’s footsteps last year, Andrea Petkovic survived both the round robin and a hotly contested final over Flavia Pennetta to win the final Tournament of Champions in Sofia. How do we evaluate Petko’s run and encouraging season and what players in Sofia can take the leap to Singapore next year? (13:08)
- In the media/technology segment, does Caroline Wozniacki’s NYC Marathon story prove to us that she has become the most important social star of 2014. Will this resurgence mean more endorsement opportunities or will companies wait for her to win an inaugural Grand Slam? (19:26)
Plus, A Game of Volleys, Social Media Highlight of the Week and much more…
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