The Body Serve

The Body Serve

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Tennis podcast featuring casual, semi-respectable conversations about the ATP & WTA.


Sloane Storms NY & El Decimosexto de Rafa  

Welcome to episode 96 and our U.S. Open recap. By now you know that Sloane Stephens and Rafael Nadal are your singles champions. It still doesn’t seem real, but we try to get to the bottom of a truly inspired performance by Sloane in New York. Nadal put aside a shaky start to the tournament to find some of his best tennis, finishing with a sublime exhibiton against Kevin Anderson in the final for his 16th Slam title. We revisit some of the more memorable moments and performances from the tournament, and induct our second ever member of The Body Serve Hall of Fame. We finish with another trip to the Maria well, this time to call out the racist BS from the Serena chapter of her book.


01:18 Jonathan apologizes to Venus fans and to Sloane [...]

US Op-ocalypse 2017: A Mid-Major Chat Featuring Rene Denfeld  

Despite the missing stars, the 2017 US Open has offered no scarcity of big stories: Sharapova’s return, Peak Petra defeating Muguruza, Venus’ continued good form at majors, and the excitement around Denis Shapovalov. We’re so excited to welcome back the insightful Rene Denfeld to the show. The Tennis Twitter-lebrity is covering the US Open for the first time as a journalist, and he shares his thoughts on Sharapova, Fognini, the draws, and what it’s like to be there.


:35 What a day: James just got Twitter famous, Venus won, and Maria lost

8:00 The great women’s round of 16s 11:00 Unpacking Sharapova - the scheduling, [...]
US Open Preview: Where My Boys At?  

The last major of the year is here, and lots of top players are not *sob*. We’re completely foregoing draw analysis this time around, instead asking broader questions and talking about players who we hope make a splash. Is it fair to call the women’s tournament “wide open?” Did Andy owe it to anyone to pull out earlier? Will James ever learn not to pick Tsonga?


:30 Back in Toronto! We saw Mariah & Lionel!

8:20 Where are the mens? Andy adds himself to the disabled list 14:00 What’s with the pressitude about Andy’s timing?
Cincy Wrap: Barty Party and More Mailbag  

This is our final episode on the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati. We’re recording in the car again, chatting about the semis and finals, answering more listener questions, and talking through some issues around race, journalism, and access. The center of the episode, though, is our interview with Australian singles and doubles player Ash Barty, who took out Venus Williams in Cincinnati. 


:30 Hello from the car, again

3:30 White Castle *is* as bad as everyone said 6:30 Women’s semis and finals in Cincinnati 16:30 Kyrgios def. Ferrer - an [...]
Cincy Special: Francoise Abanda and Listener Mailbag  

We’re excited to bring you a sit-down chat with the first Canadian player on our podcast, up and coming Montrealer Francoise Abanda. We also answer some of the questions you all were so generous to ask us, with the help of friend and listener Chad. The rest is just us: recapping the stunning Muguruza-Kuznetsova quarterfinal, the perplexing men’s draw, Querrey’s rudeness, and more happenings from on-site.


2:00 Muguruza-Kuznetsova insta-classic 

8:00 The odd men’s draw: Rafa the only superstar left 9:20 Odds and ends - Giorgi’s no handshake, Sam Querrey’s abominable behavior, Makarova-Kerber epic
Catching Up With The Stars Pt. 2  

Join us for Round 2 of player pressers - you’ll hear good stuff from no. 1 Pliskova, Kerber, Domi Thiem, Wozniacki, Halep, and Svitolina. But first, we catch you up with what’s been going on in Cincinnati in our own words: Venus blazing through her first match, Fabio-Dominic play a strange one, the heat, and balancing the packed schedule despite of the withdrawals.


1:00 What we’ve been up to in Cincinnati today

6:00 The men’s draw was already a huge mess - and then Fabio barfed on court 9:15 Venus plays an efficient, powerful match against Alison Riske
Catching Up With The Stars Pt 1  

Welcome to our second episode from the 2017 Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati. We are again recording in our car, but this time we’ve also got outtakes from Monday’s player roundtables. On this episode, you’ll hear from Muguruza, Nadal, Kuznetsova, and Konta ahead of their opening matches. Nadal dishes on today’s news that he will officially regain the world #1 ranking after Cincinnati, a thoughtful Muguruza reflects on her career as a two-time Slam winner, while Kuznetsova and Konta provide a whole lot of levity to the proceedings. Stay tuned to our upcoming episodes this week for more player outtakes from Monday’s roundtables.  


02:00 James gives his thoughts on his first ever player roundtable interviews

On the Road to Cincy  

We’re on the road to Cincinnati, Ohio from Toronto, basking in Dr Peppers & American junk food. This is our first totally unedited podcast, recorded and uploaded straight from the car. We’re catching up on the summer hardcourt season: seeing Venus, Ostapenko, and Kvitova in Toronto; Rafa-Shapovalov in Montreal; Sloane’s return and Madison’s win in Stanford. We also preview the blockbuster first rounds in Cincy: Madison-Coco and Sharapova-Ostapenko.


:30 What we really sound like, without edits!

5:00 Opening Monday at the Rogers Cup Toronto 7:30 Ostapenko loses to Lepchenko but shows how great she can be
Preacher Teachers: Anything You Have In Mind  

We’re back with a bit of a mixed bag for episode 88. We begin with a podcast announcement before segueing into the tennis action post-Wimbledon: Novak is done for the year, Andy and Kim are inducted into the Hall of Fame, and David Ferrer resuscitates his career in Bastad. We then parse through the Nastase ITF ban, James takes another tennis quiz, and we introduce the TBS Mailbag! Seriously, we had such a blast answering Twitter questions from some of our listeners. Finally, we close with a segment on some of this year’s Emmy nominations.


01:10 TBS announcement

04:47 Novak is out for the rest of the year

SW 19 Wrap: Muguruza Spoils Vee’s Party & Federer as Non-Religious Experience  

We’ve got the Wimbledon blues after Venus couldn’t get it done in the final against Muguruza. But, we’re here to give full credit to Garbine & Roger for their outstanding fortnights at SW19. When one of the “Big Four” win a Slam, a lot of false narratives pop up from various corners; we’re here to debunk a few of those. We also welcome Karolina Pliskova to the WTA penthouse, launch our Hall of Fame, and finish with a holdover discussion of two TV shows we’re currently watching.


01:30 Muguruza slays, but why’d it have to be against Venus?!?!

02:25 A lost opportunity for Venus? Why this was different from Aust [...]

Mid-Wimbledon Check-up: Head On Doorframe  

Welcome to our mid-Wimbledon show where we recap all the tennis from week one at SW19. We begin with the tennis stories capturing most of the headlines: Rafa’s lawsuit against Bachelot is moving forward, “bad boys” Tomic, Medvedev, and Kyrgios generate lots of ink in the British rags, and Venus is exonerated! We also take a few digs at Rena’s Army, the AELTC, and Taylor Fritz, before finishing up with the actual tennis, culminating with Manic Monday action.


03:04 Tomic’s truth tea & HEAD’s BS moralizing

11:32 Medvedev’s racist past & boorish Wimbledon behaviour

Wimbledon Preview: Who’s Coming for the No. 1 Spots?  

Join The Body Serve for some Wimbledon draw analysis, some bold predictions, and some tea. Five women and four men can potentially grab the no. 1 ranking after the tournament is over - who has the nerve? We’ll chat about the three comeback queens (Petra, Vika, Sloane), the tough men’s bottom half, and why ‘wide open’ may not be the best desriptor for the women’s draw.  


2:55 So many trolls, so little time

7:30 Men’s draw - local gentleman Andrew Murray leads the draw 11:00 Wimbledon seeding formula hits Stan hard 13:30 Nad [...]
Hello Grass, BYE J Mac: Don’t Come For Serena Unless She Sends For You  

The grass season is upon us and we recap the tennis since Nadal’s La Decima, as well as some of the off court happenings ahead of Wimbledon. James Blake showed us he truly cares that the racial justice system changes, while Venus Williams made an All Lives Matter misstep again. We debut “Girl, BYE!” -> a brand new segment where we discuss Dan Evans’ positive test for cocaine, and John McEnroe coming for Serena in an effort to sell his book. Finally, we have a kiki about Toronto Pride in our “Things We Like/Dislike” segment.


02:40 Rank ‘em: How do you view the four slams?

10:50 Vika’s BACK! Wonderful news, but [...]

La Décima: 10 Reflections From Rolly G  

Rafael Nadal motored through the French Open field to claim his 10th title at Roland Garros, or La Décima. While his latest French triumph was expected, the same cannot be said for Jelena Ostapenko, who rifled winners past her opponents at will to grab the Suzanne Lenglen trophy. Join us as we relive the most memorable and newsworthy moments from championship weekend at the year’s second Slam.


02:20 La Décima, the men’s final, and Rafa’s annihilation of the field

19:22 Fearless Ostapenko did THAT!

28:20 Halep’s missed op [...]

Mid-Roland Garros Report: All Tea and No Comment  


Welcome to our week one recap of the 2017 French Open. We kick things off with a look back at some of the big (albeit few) upsets, as well as the biggest surprises left in both singles draws. Rafa and Novak remain on course for a crackerjack semifinal, while Andy and Stan motor along under the radar on the other half of the men’s draw. As for the women, your guess is still as good as ours. We talk about Kiki Mladenovic’s possible role as villain on the WTA, before following up on our discussion from last time on the real villain at the moment, Margaret Court.


02:12 Kicking things off with the upsets: throwing Zverev in James’ face

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 [...]
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