Episode 43 – Not As Good As I Was

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May 15, 2015 by Gurveer Mann

On this week’s edition of the Urban Tennis podcast, we discuss Rafa’s humbling words and why Andy Murray suddenly can’t lose on clay, how a streaking Petra Kvitova can impact the WTA’s clay hierarchy, Genie Bouchard’s continued struggles and chat tennis related fantasy sports.

  • After suffering another loss on clay (his third in 2015) in Madrid this past weekend, Rafael Nadal was quite retrospective in his pre-Rome press conference. We discuss his declaration on his best years being behind him and what we think his expectations are going forward? Plus, how do we explain Andy Murray’s recent success on clay and if Novak’s scheduling is odd for someone chasing his first Roland Garros title? (1:50)
  • One name many didn’t expect to factor into the WTA mix this clay season, Petra Kvitova is coming off an incredible stretch that saw her win Madrid and reach the Rome QFs. We chat about if Petra has vaulted herself into contender consideration at Roland Garros and whether we should be prepared for upsets in Paris? (10:38)
  • Canada’s Genie Bouchard has continued her nearly year-long slump into Rome and now faces her toughest stretch when she tries to defend her results in Paris and London. We talk about her recent loss to Carla Suarez Navarro and how Genie should prepare to face her impending reality outside the Top 30? (13:17)
  • As more fans continue to play fantasy sports each year, we discuss the state of tennis related fantasy sports and what  the ATP and WTA are doing to encourage fan engagement? Plus, how does the fear of gambling/match fixing in tennis impact how the ideas of fantasy sports is embraced? (17:21)

Plus, a Game of Volleys (22:00), Social Media Highlight of the Week (25:15) and much more...

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