Episode 44- The Devil You Know [Podcast}

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May 26, 2015 by Parveer Mann

On this week’s edition of the Urban Tennis podcast, we prepare for this year’s French Open by looking ahead to the possible Novak-Rafa clash, discussing Serena’s tough path to 20, evaluating the careers of the new French ‘Musketeers’ and sharing our tips on how to watch/enjoy the first few days of a Slam.

  • It seems Novak Djokovic will once again have to go through Rafael Nadal to capture his first title at Roland Garros but few expected it could occur this early. We discuss who is under the most pressure to come out of that portion of the draw and if Roland Garros made a mistake not adjusting Rafa’s ranking? Plus, we figure out who exactly Roger Federer should thank for his incredible draw? (1:20)
  • With Serena Wiliams clearly focused on eclipsing Steffi Graf’s Open era record, she gets her first opportunity to reach 20 this fortnight but at first glance, it will not be easy. We debate who poses the bigger threat to Serena in the first week; Victoria Azarenka or Venus Williams? Plus, could Carla Suarez Navarro be poised to become the next WTA star to breakthrough at a Grand Slam? (9:14)
  • After nearly a decade on the global stage, the acclaimed French cohort of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Gael Monfils, Richard Gasquet and Gilles Simon have had mixed results this year and are seemingly outside the main contenders for this year’s French Open. We reflect on the collective pressure they have faced in France and beyond and predict who could surprise at this year’s event? (14:48)
  • Many casual fans can find the first few days of a Slam overwhelming, we try to offer our tips and tricks on what you should do to effectively consume all that tennis? (19:37)

Plus, a Game of Challenges (22:44), Social Media Highlight of the Week (24:42) and much more…

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