Episode 49 – Withdrawal Symptoms [Podcast]


September 8, 2015 by Parveer Mann

On this edition of the Urban Tennis podcast, we breakdown the huge Serena v. Venus clash, talk Andy and Rafa’s letdowns, discuss the unprecedented retirements and ponder ESPN’s hopes for on-court interviews. Recorded on September 7, 2015

  • In true hollywood fashion, Serena Williams’ path to a calendar slam will have to go through her biggest rival Tuesday night, sister Venus. We discuss how both reached this point and what sort of headlines would follow if Venus were to upset Serena? Plus, we analyze the possibility of an intriguing Vika/Petra semifinal. [2:01]
  • Both Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal suffered uncharacteristic losses at this year’s Open ending largely disappointing slam campaigns. To start, we talk about Andy’s uneven yet good year and where Rafa goes from here? Also, we discuss why Roger Federer has been the most impressive player on either side so far this week? [9:46]
  • As heat wreaked havoc in Week 1, an unprecedented number of players were forced to withdraw from this year’s US Open. We open up the age-old debate about heat policy and match length and if those issues should be readdressed? Plus, should the US Open adjust their late night policy following the Genie Bouchard concussion incident? [16:15]
  • In the media/technology segment, we look into ESPN’s latest attempt to improve tennis broadcasting and how tennis interviews differ from other sports? [22:26]

Plus, Tennis Roulette (2001 US Open) [26:50], Social Media Highlight of the week [30:52] and much more…

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