Episode 39 – Living in the Virtua World [Podcast]

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December 23, 2014 by Gurveer Mann

On this week’s Urban Tennis podcast, we discuss how Martina Navratilova and Lindsay Davenport will fit into their new coaching roles, debate our choices for the 2015 International Tennis Hall of Fame, play and compare Virtua Tennis to other sports’ video game franchises and analyze the WTA’s new media rights deal.

  • The WTA coaching ranks added two hall-of-famers this month with both Lindsay Davenport and Martina Navratilova joining Madison Keys and Agnieszka Radwanska on a limited basis next year? We discuss how both will embrace their roles and who (Radwanska or Keys) needed this change the most. (1:40)
  • As the International Tennis Hall of Fame prepare to announce its 2015 nominees early next year, we debate which players have the most compelling arguments (Amelie Mauresmo, Mary Pierce, Sergi Brugera and Yevgeny Kafelinkov)? (6:57)
  • In an offseason bonus segment we review the last tennis video game to be released from the year 2011, Virtua Tennis 4. Plus we talk what the future might hold for tennis and gaming together. (12:10)
  • In the media/technology segment, we analyze the WTA’s new $525 million, 10 year extension  of their media rights agreement with PERFORM and how will it impact the way fans watch in the future? Plus, we chat about the current state of tennis streaming options. (18:45)

Plus, A Game of Volleys (22:36), Social Media Highlight of the Week (25:50) and much more…

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

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