The Body Serve

The Body Serve

United States

A new tennis podcast - casual, semi-respectable conversations about the ATP & WTA.

Episodes

Are You There, Margaret? It’s Me, God: Roland Garros Preview  

We’re breaking down the draws for Roland Garros 2017, perhaps the most unpredictable women’s major in memory. We talk about the overarching themes (La Decima, Novak-Andre, notable absences, and the 10+ female contenders) but we also go in-depth with the draws. After that, we devote a long time to addressing Margaret Court’s continued and unprovoked attacks on the lgbt community. We consider what exactly free speech means, the responsibility that comes with it, and the necessity to push back when our queer personhoods and families are under attack.

 

1:30 The themes of the Roland Garros draw: the wiiiide open women’s draw

4:45 Some surprising favorites: Svitolina, Mladenovic, Stosur?
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly  

The big news this week is that Sharapova will not play Roland Garros, as she was denied a wild card by the French Federation. There’s so much tennis news to talk about that we’ve broken it down into good, bad, and ugly. And man, is there a lot of bad and ugly. But first: Rafa beats Djokovic for this first time since 2014 and wins his third consecutive title.

 

1:20 The Good: Rafa beats Novak in Madrid - sizing up Rafa and Novak’s form

7:30 Hard-hitting Madrid men’s final 12:25 Thiem’s tournament: looking at Thiem vs. Dimitrov
Sharapova Is Back, Let’s Have A Kiki  

Maria Sharapova made her return to tennis last week in Stuttgart after missing 15 months for a doping ban. René Denfeld was on site and joins us to recap how it all went down. For the second successive week, Nadal makes double digit history, this time winning his tenth Barcelona title. We finish up with a follow-up to last episode’s discussion on geopolitics and nationalism, this time regarding Dan Evans and his continued xenophobia.

 

01:30 Etceteras: Serena claps back, Roger in Paris, and Khachanov’s thighs

07:30 Maria’s pressers in Stuttgart

13:43 Maria an [...]

Hitting The Fan  

Episode 78 is our attempt to make sense of the strange happenings of the past week: the Nastase-fueled nightmare at the Romania vs. GB Fed Cup tie; Max Eisenbud’s petty and rude comments; Serena’s pregnancy and Patrick Mouratoglou’s response; and Rafael Nadal’s history-making 10th Monte Carlo title. This episode also features an interview with the engaging and hilarious Caitlin Thompson, publisher of Racquet Magazine and co-host of The Main Draw podcast. Caitlin and James talk about Maria, journalism, Racquet’s new issue, and the philosophy that drives the magazine. Stick around for Caitlin’s take on the Serena/Beyonce vs. Maria/T-Swift analogy.

 

0:45 So, uh, did something happen this weekend?

Serena Is With Child, And Other Tennis News  

Episode 77 truly struggled to be born, interrupted and amended by the news that shook the tennis world: Serena might be — and then, definitely is — pregnant. The night before, we recorded a perfectly fine look at the upcoming clay season and a fun #SeeWhatHadHappenedWas about the French Fed Cup madness. All that is still here, but first, we ride the wave of emotions inflicted upon us by the GOAT troll, Serena Jameka Williams. All that and an interview with tennis photographer Daniel Ward, whom Jonathan met at the Volvo Car Open in Charleston, SC.

 

0:00 Serena’s team confirms what we feared: she’s pregnant & missing all of 2017

5:00 Our first - now irrelevant - take on the Serena Snapchat bombshell [...]
Charleston, It’s A Wrap  

Episode 76 marks the end of our Charleston coverage. We’re bringing you our interview with rising WTA star Naomi Osaka, social media phenom and all-around great personality. We recap the Charleston final, the Davis Cup quarterfinals, Eugenie Bouchard’s years-long court battle with the USTA, and on-court coaching. We wrap up with some thoughts about protecting queer spaces from bachelorette party madness.

 

4:25 Wrapping up our reporting from Charleston

12:40 Laura Siegemund’s antics - give me the f$#@ing towel 16:20 Kasatkina def. Ostapenko in all-teen final
Charleston Chat: Mirjana  Lučić-Baroni  

Episode 75 is our second dispatch from the Volvo Car Open in Charleston, South Carolina. The weather is moody and the top seeds are dropping like flies. Jonathan brings us two interviews: the first a casual chat with two Tennis Twitter pals, and then an engaging sit down with the one and only Mirjana Lučić-Baroni. Also, be on the lookout for an interview with Naomi Osaka on episode 76!

 

1:15 Jonathan’s hectic day in Charleston

4:03 Keys, Venus & Vesnina headline a day of upsets

7:38 Richard Williams sightings all over Charleston

Greetings From Charleston: Speak on it, Venus  

We’re in two different cities - Jonathan is calling in from Charleston, SC, where he is reporting on the Volvo Car Open. We have fun with our new audio equipment, while bringing you clips from Venus Williams, Madison Keys, and Sam Stosur talking to press at Charleston’s All Access Hour. We also recap the results in Miami, which saw Roger Federer beat Rafael Nadal for the third time this year, and hard court phenom Johanna Konta win a big title over Wozniacki.

0:40 James is in Toronto, Jonathan’s in Charleston

4:20 Recapping the Miami men’s final - Federer def. Nadal 9:00 Federer is damn near unbeatable right now
Fun and Games With The Body Serve  

Episode 73 is a change of pace: a whole episode full of our recurring segments, including The Rant, #SeeWhatHadHappenedWas, the Spelling Bey, and #NameTheTennisPlayer. We devote the first 20 minutes to a particularly enraging moment in John McEnroe history, one which is relevant to the continued debasement of young people of color in sport and elsewhere. After that, it’s all fun and games. Your hosts take quizzes, spelling tests, and put forth their picks for the greatest players without a Slam singles title.

 

3:00 #NameTheTennisPlayer 

4:00 #SeeWhatHadHappenedWas #TheRant This one time John McEnroe acted a damn fool (2000 Edition) 9:15 Wha [...]
Federer Has Zero Chill  

We begin episode 72 with an exciting announcement before segueing into the Indian Wells action. Of course, we couldn’t leave the “desert oasis” without women’s tennis being degraded in some way. Elena Vesnina and Svetlana Kuznetsova put on a show before Roger Federer continued his 2017 resurgence; we’re miffed as to how Fed’s been able to transform his backhand. James takes another tennis quiz and we finish the show with a few etceteras: good news on Kvitova’s recovery, Sloane’s star turn off the court, and some hilarious moments from finals day at Indian Wells.

 

1:34 A Body Serve announcement!

4:54 Damned if you do, damned if you don’t - women’s tennis just can’t win[...]

Federer Has Zero Chill  

We begin episode 72 with an exciting announcement before segueing into the Indian Wells action. Of course, we couldn’t leave the “desert oasis” without women’s tennis being degraded in some way. Elena Vesnina and Svetlana Kuznetsova put on a show before Roger Federer continued his 2017 resurgence; we’re miffed as to how Fed’s been able to transform his backhand. James takes another tennis quiz and we finish the show with a few etceteras: good news on Kvitova’s recovery, Sloane’s star turn off the court, and some hilarious moments from finals day at Indian Wells.

 

1:34 A Body Serve announcement!

4:54 Damned if you do, damned if you don’t - women’s tennis just can’t win[...]

Farewell Frantic February, Hello Indian Wells  

In Episode 71, we’re bidding farewell to a breakneck month of tennis. On the docket: Kerber misses a chance to reclaim #1 in Dubai, but she will have no shortage of chances to do so in the coming months. Meanwhile, the Big Four returned in Dubai and Acapulco to mixed reviews. We’re very pleased for Ash Barty and her breakout week in Kuala Lumpur, and we delve into the Sharapova wild card situation re: the French Open. 

 

1:52 Kerber’s missed opportunity for #1, many more to come

4:44 Milos’ brittleness holds him back…again

7:24 Thirsting for Thie [...]

Farewell Frantic February, Hello Indian Wells  

In Episode 71, we’re bidding farewell to a breakneck month of tennis. On the docket: Kerber misses a chance to reclaim #1 in Dubai, but she will have no shortage of chances to do so in the coming months. Meanwhile, the Big Four returned in Dubai and Acapulco to mixed reviews. We’re very pleased for Ash Barty and her breakout week in Kuala Lumpur, and we delve into the Sharapova wild card situation re: the French Open. 

 

1:52 Kerber’s missed opportunity for #1, many more to come

4:44 Milos’ brittleness holds him back…again

7:24 Thirsting for Thie [...]

In a February Mood: RBA Is Our Valentine  

February is jam packed with tennis tournaments. We attempt to keep up with tennis, while also catching you up on the extra-curricular happenings: the USTA plays the Nazi-era national anthem for Germany, Doug Adler sues ESPN and has a shit-fit on Twitter, Genie goes on that date, and the Grammys make us rage. All that and some discussion of Pliskova, Goffin, Sascha Bajin and Wozniacki, and the eponymous Roberto Bautista Agut.

 

2:15 Uncle Toni will leave his post after 2017

4:40 Doug Adler sues ESPN and launches a Sharapovian social media blitz 9:35 Are Tennis Twitter and Ben Rothenberg being sued too?
In a February Mood: RBA Is Our Valentine  

February is jam packed with tennis tournaments. We attempt to keep up with tennis, while also catching you up on the extra-curricular happenings: the USTA plays the Nazi-era national anthem for Germany, Doug Adler sues ESPN and has a shit-fit on Twitter, Genie goes on that date, and the Grammys make us rage. All that and some discussion of Pliskova, Goffin, Sascha Bajin and Wozniacki, and the eponymous Roberto Bautista Agut.

 

2:15 Uncle Toni will leave his post after 2017

4:40 Doug Adler sues ESPN and launches a Sharapovian social media blitz 9:35 Are Tennis Twitter and Ben Rothenberg being sued too?
Never a Dull Moment, Even in February  

It’s episode 69 AND our 10th anniversary. Somehow, even in the slow month of February, tennis is giving us big stories to cover, including: Denis Shapovalov’s Davis Cup default, Canadians Bouchard and Pospisil making headlines for different reasons, the Davis Cup defending champs Argentina falling to Italy, Grigor Watch, Kiki and Svits winning titles, and Monfils vs. Noah drama.  

 

1:00 It’s our 10th anniversary!

3:30 Denis Shapovalov’s big mistake

10:30 Beyond Shapovalov, a conversation about fines and deterrents in tennis 

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Never a Dull Moment, Even in February  

It’s episode 69 AND our 10th anniversary. Somehow, even in the slow month of February, tennis is giving us big stories to cover, including: Denis Shapovalov’s Davis Cup default, Canadians Bouchard and Pospisil making headlines for different reasons, the Davis Cup defending champs Argentina falling to Italy, Grigor Watch, Kiki and Svits winning titles, and Monfils vs. Noah drama.  

 

1:00 It’s our 10th anniversary!

3:30 Denis Shapovalov’s big mistake

10:30 Beyond Shapovalov, a conversation about fines and deterrents in tennis 

< [...]
Aussie Open Recap: GOATs March Through Melbourne  

It’s episode 68, and we’re recapping the entertaining and nostalgic 2017 Australian Open, which saw several of the all-time greats compete in the finals. 35-year-olds Serena Williams and Roger Federer won the titles and tightened their grasp on the GOAT title, despite what Margaret Court wants to say. 

 

4:15 Women’s final: Serena def Venus to get #23

7:45 A household divided (ours, not the Williams’) 9:20 Venus doing God’s work by taking out CoCo 18:10 Venus is not just a ceremonial figure, she’s a contender
Aussie Open Recap: GOATs March Through Melbourne  

It’s episode 68, and we’re recapping the entertaining and nostalgic 2017 Australian Open, which saw several of the all-time greats compete in the finals. 35-year-olds Serena Williams and Roger Federer won the titles and tightened their grasp on the GOAT title, despite what Margaret Court wants to say. 

 

4:15 Women’s final: Serena def Venus to get #23

7:45 A household divided (ours, not the Williams’) 9:20 Venus doing God’s work by taking out CoCo 18:10 Venus is not just a ceremonial figure, she’s a contender
Mid-Aussie Open Report: Old Guard Takes the Happy Slam By Storm  

We’re checking in midway through the 2017 Australian Open, a tournament marked by the shocking upsets of Djokovic, Murray, and Kerber, as well as the Old Guard (Federer, Venus, Nadal) reminding us that they’re still here. We do close reads of a few matches, take another look at Novak’s slump, share our frustrations about certain American players and commentators who should move on. 

 

1:15 Old Guard re-asserts itself, plus upset shockers

3:40 Venus Williams is feeling herself 8:50 Nadal def. Zverev, in what could be a tide turner for Rafa 15: [...]
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