Podcast Episode 4: La Decima, a Wild Fed Cup Weekend, and Sharapova’s Return

In the Episode 4 of the Tennis Abstract Podcast, Carl Bialik and I desperately try to cover everything going on in tennis right now. We start with Rafael Nadal’s Decima of Monte Carlo titles, along with the bizarre underperformance of the rest of the ATP elites.

From there, we touch on various highlights from the weekend’s Fed Cup action, including our perspective on Ilie Nastase and the Romania-Great Britain tie he so shamefully overshadowed. Finally, we compare predictions for Sharapova’s comeback–for this week, the clay season as a whole, and the season in general. With Serena out and Maria (and soon Vika and Petra) back in, the WTA field leaves us with even more uncertainty than usual.

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Podcast Episode 3: Champions Young and Old

In the Episode 3 of the Tennis Abstract Podcast, Carl Bialik and I discuss Francesca Schiavone and Marketa Vondrousova, the WTA titlists from last week at opposite ends of their career. We speculate on the future of Borna Coric–another one of last week’s titlists–as well.

Also on this week’s podcast: David Goffin’s steady improvement, future Davis Cup dynasties, problems with fixing the international team competition, the Italian Open’s decision not to give Schiavone a wild card, and Ryan Harrison’s surprising trip to Monte Carlo while the rest of the U.S. contingent stays at home.

Thanks for listening, and for tolerating our production “values” as we figure out the best way to do this. It will get better!

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Podcast Episode 2: Doubles, Wild Cards, and Megastars

In the second episode of the Tennis Abstract Podcast, Carl Bialik and I give some much-deserved top billing to doubles, especially new ATP No. 1 Henri Kontinen and Elo doubles favorite Jack Sock.

We also cover the role of megastars in tennis, and the benefits and challenges they offer to the sport’s promoters. As we discuss, big names may be key to expanding the appeal of doubles, and they are the one major argument for the continuing existence of wild cards–on whichever side of the Maria Sharapova debate you find yourself.

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The Tennis Abstract Podcast

Today, Carl Bialik and I are excited to announce our new podcast, called–you guessed it–the Tennis Abstract Podcast.

In the inaugural episode, recorded Monday, we discuss the results from Indian Wells and Miami, with a special focus on the renewed relevance of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. We also take a wider look at the upcoming clay season for both the ATP and WTA tours.

We’re still working out all the kinks, so please forgive us for the bare bones presentation and the occasional audio glitch. If all goes well, we’ll have a new episode most weeks, maybe even with fewer glitches to apologize for.

Anyway, we both really enjoyed recording this first episode, and we hope you like it as well!

Click here to listen to Episode 1.

We’ll soon be listed on iTunes and elsewhere. In the meantime, our xml feed — http://www.tennisabstract.com/podcast/feed.xml — may come in handy for those of you who would like to subscribe.