Episode 42 – Desert Storm [Podcast]

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March 27, 2015 by Parveer Mann

On this week’s Urban Tennis podcast, we discuss Serena’s whirlwind return and subsequent withdrawal in Indian Wells, how Novak Djokovic overcame the yips, preview the storylines in Miami and pitch our favourite celebrity mixed doubles teams.

  • Before an eerily similar withdrawal brought back memories of 2001, Serena Williams dominated headlines in her return to Indian Wells. We talk about how she addressed the return and who is ultimately benefitting from it? Plus, who had the more implausible result considering their 2015 form: Sabine Lisicki or Jelena Jankovic? (1:21)
  • It took a little longer than he hoped but Novak Djokovic successfully defended his Indian Wells crown in three sets over Roger Federer. We discuss Novak’s uncharacteristic double faults to end the second set and how nerves can get to even the best player? Plus, has Milos Raonic finally won over the mainstream tennis media with another solid Masters 1000 event? (7:51)
  • With Federer skipping Miami, Rafael Nadal assumes more of the spotlight in his ongoing effort to return his game to its previous heights. In this segment. we assess the state of his game and look ahead to his path in Miami. In addition, will we get the chance to see the Serena-Simona matchup we missed in Indian Wells and other players to keep an eye on in the women’s draw. (12:42)
  • Before Indian Wells, two of the most famous Canadians on the planet (Justin Bieber and Genie Bouchard) got the chance to play some celebrity doubles together for the 11th annual Desert Smash event. As a fun exercise, we look back at our favourite celebrity pairings and ones we would like to see in the future. (17:40)

Plus, a Game of Challenges (21:05), Social Media highlight of the week (22:55) and much more…

Note: You can download the podcast through the SoundCloud interface available above or listen on Youtube.

Photo Credit: desertsun.com

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