August 19, 2015 by Parveer Mann
On this overdue edition of the Urban Tennis podcast, we discuss the fallout of Nick Kyrgios’ brash comments, Murray’s marathon win in Montreal, if Belinda Bencic is poised to become WTA’s next breakout star and how virtual reality might figure into the future promotion of tennis?
- Nick Kyrgios created a legitimate maelstrom in Montreal when he was caught on court thrashing Stan Wawrinka’s personal life and the resulting fallout led to ATP fines, players commentating in response and Kyrgios becoming public enemy number one throughout the tennis world. Will this incident mark the end of civility that has dominated the Roger Federer era and is that a bad thing? Plus, should Kyrgios be further punished (suspension, Davis Cup) and how can he work to repair his reputation in the locker room? (1:40)
- In actual tennis news, Andy Murray finally overcame Novak Djokovic’s Masters 1000 stranglehold to win his third Rogers Cup and move back to world number two starting this week. We debate how important this win actually was for Murray and if he showed a level of concentration needed for the rest of the summer. Plus, do we need to see a Federer/Nadal Cincinnati clash to assess both players’ hardcourt chances? (10:58)
- At only 18, Belinda Bencic played giant killer in Toronto beating six Top 25 players including Serena Williams to win her first Premier 5 level tournament. We discuss what qualities Bencic has that can position her to become one of tennis’ next stars? Plus, did this Halep performance help ease any concerns about her recent level of play? (16:27)
- In our media/technology segment, we discuss the American Express/Maria Sharapova virtual reality partnership coming to the US Open this year and if the technology is finally in place for tennis to create virtual experiences that mirror golf? (22:15)
Plus, a game of Cincinnati challenges (25:18), Social Media Highlight of the week (27:36) and much more….