The Body Serve

The Body Serve

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


2017 Aussie Open Preview: Big 4 Back Together  

It’s our second episode of 2017. Here, we’re previewing the 2017 Australian Open - keep your draws handy or just listen along to our analysis. Who are our dark horse picks? What are the chances of Serena, Rafa, Angie, Roger, etc? Who do we hope against all odds will have a great showing? 


2:00 Jumping right in: Serena’s draw and her first-round opponent

8:00 Looking at the women’s bottom half – Pliskova is Serena’s biggest threat

9:30 Kerber’s chances – women’s top half

It’s Not That Bad, Is It? Season 3 Premiere  

The Body Serve begins its third season with an extended episode that covers the off-season, the early goings-on of the 2017 tennis season, and some fun and games. We’re especially happy to share our new intro, which incorporates quotes from some of our favorite players. Stay tuned for an Australian Open quiz and our nominees for the male players who should start wearing short shorts (for fashion reasons only, obviously).


1:00 January means the Visit Melbourne ad is back! A dramatic reading

5:00 Tennis had no chill in the off-season: Serena-Common interview, Serena gets engaged, Ivanovic retires, Federer Periscopes

Return to Stars Hollow  

Our tennis season is over, but we’re leaving you with one final episode of The Body Serve in 2016. We talk about the much hyped Netflix revival of Gilmore Girls: what worked and what didn’t, why Rory is such a problem, which of Rory’s exes is the hottest, and how Kelly Bishop and Lauren Graham slayed every scene they were in. We also add to our TV episode and recommend a few gems for you to check out over the holidays.

2:30 What worked about the Gilmore Girls revival? #1 Lauren Graham

9:00 Lorelai and Emily: the central relationship of Gilmore Girls?

16:00 Paris Geller, hilarious and terrifying

Season 2 Finale: Tennis Is Messy AF  

Episode 63 marks the finale of our second season. We spend a good chunk of time thanking some of our supporters by name. (Please forgive us if we missed you - it wasn’t intentional!) We have lots of fun chit-chatting about the petty, messy, trying, and frivolous moments in tennis this past year. We also take you back to a once-controversial subject in tennis: the Williams sisters’ hair, and its role as a signifier of their outsider status. 

3:15 Rundown of 2016’s messy af moments in tennis, starting with Gibbs-Stakhovsky-Murray

9:15 Ryan Harrison is doing the most to provoke Tennis Twitter
WTF, Tennis? Part Deux  

As promised, we’re back to recap the second half of the 2016 tennis season, picking up where we left off with the crowning of Djokovic and Muguruza at Roland Garros. We recall the good, the bad, and the absurd thrown our way by the tennis gods: the Williamses at Wimbledon, Cilic’s two sets to love woes, and everything del Potro did this season. Also, look out for a previously untold story from Cincinnati regarding our interview with Sania Mirza!


02:22 Sharapova handed a two-year tennis prison sentence

09:18 Putting Dominic Thiem to bed…erm…rest…one last time

WTF, Tennis? A Bonanza of Ridiculousness in 2016  

Grab your fine-toothed comb as we sift through the first half of the 2016 tennis season. From Vika and Kerber in Brisbane to Djokovic and Muguruza at Roland Garros, James and Jonathan recap the utter madness of tennis in between. Along the way, we remember Bud Collins, get tongue twisted about the Kitty Chiller chitter chatter, and are generally surprised by how much of the season we’d forgotten/blocked from memory. 


04:10 - Vika kicks things off in Brisbane 

05:40 - James’ dalliance with being a Sloane Ranger

11:00 [...]

Judy Murray’s Boys Get to No. 1  

Help celebrate our 60th episode! We’re here — on a more regular schedule, lately — to talk about Andy Murray cementing his no.1 ranking by taking out frequent foe Novak Djokovic. Who had the better year? Did the WTFs measure up as a memorable tournament? What the hell is going on with Rafa’s hair?

:30 Welcome to our Diamond Jubilee

8:30 Andy Murray beats Novak to win WTFs, finish at #1 18:00 Erase that asterisk 20:15 Has the year-end tournament redeemed itself?
The Body Serve TV Awards  

Settle in for our second annual TV episode, where we discuss the many, many shows we’ve been watching. Ideally, we throw in some analysis, some political content, and praise for the women and people of color who are helping to make TV’s second golden age so special. Look out for Transparent, Outlander, Jane the Virgin, Insecure, Orange is the New Black, Queen Sugar, and a withering takedown of former fave UnReal.

5:00 Best New Show - OWN comes into its own

15:00 Black Lives Matter on TV in 2016 - the good and the very, very bad 22:45 Orange is the New Black - what to think of its finale?
Andy Murray Sittin’ on Top of the World…Rankings  

For episode 58, we’re talking about WTA Finals champ Cibulkova, Zhuhai winner Kvitova, and men’s tennis’ new number 1, Sir Andrew Murray. The ATP and WTA have both seen some big shake-ups recently. We chat about all that, plus James takes a tough quiz on ATP Number 1s - play along at home! 

0:30 Welcome back! Thanks for coming!
5:00 We can’t help but like Dominika Cibulkova, WTA Finals champ
10:30 Kuznetsova’s magical 2 weeks
13:45 The WTA Pretty Good Trophy in Zhuhai — though Petra slays once again
19:30 Tying up some loose threads in women’s tennis: Kerber, Serena
24:45 Andrew Barron Murray, your new world no. 1
32:15 Sympathies for sad Novak fans [...]

Anatomy of Two Suspensions  

We’re back to take you through Nick Kyrgios and Maria Sharapova’s disciplinary drama. We try to figure out where to stand on Kyrgios, why his behavior angers so many, and what the ATP means by suggesting counselling. As for Sharapova, we are not kind about her tasteless media blitz following her (slightly) reduced suspension. Stick around for actual tennis talk - lauding the strong fall performers and looking ahead to Singapore. 

3:00 Kyrgios suspension: warring camps
7:25 Is Nick’s perceived apathy the reason so many people are mad?
12:00 What to make of the counselling option? What is the state of mental health in tennis?
21:30 The Swiftian/Trumpesque Media Victory Tou [...]

Falling Into The Asian Swing  

We’re back for Episode 56, talking about the busy autumn swing in Asia. Since we haven’t been around for a minute, there’s also lots of chit-chat about happenings in the news, doping drama, Black Lives Matter, and a reprise of one of our favorite Mariah covers.

0:40 Welcome and odds and ends: halftime show performer, hunty, Jenners, etc.
8:00 Petra Kvitova’s slayful and savage run to the Wuhan title
15:00 Wozniacki’s career resuscitation 
18:45 Naomi Osaka has a huge week in Tokyo
23:00 Lepchenko’s statement on meldonium use, and what it has to do with Maria
28:45 Therapeutic Use Exemptions - Serena, Venus, Rafa, and Simone Biles
33:15 [...]

Kerber & Wawrinka Crowned at U.S. Open  

Angelique Kerber and Stan Wawrinka are your 2016 U.S. Open singles champions. Episode 55 takes a look back at the last fortnight of Grand Slam tennis for the year. We’ve got lots to say about the ESPN commentary (specifically John McEnroe), as well as the insipid narratives whenever Serena loses. Each of the top players gets some play in this episode; we finish things with an “Odds and Ends” segment where we cover “biggest upsets,” CoCo Vandeweghe not knowing who Naomi Osaka is, and the horrendous night session scheduling. 

02:44 - The inspiration and heartbreak of Venus’ later career 04:36 - Your singles champions: Angelique Kerber & Stan Wawrinka 07:00 - Kerber “ [...]
US Open Preview & Thirst Trap Olympics  

Episode 54 brings you our preview of the 2016 US Open. We’re combing the draws for storylines, but as usual we avoid predictions. Listen for our thoughts on Madison Keys; dangerous floaters like Del Potro, Puig, and Kvitova; Novak and Serena’s fitness and form; and players we’d love to see break out. We also award medals in the Thirst Trap Olympics, recognizing those male players who are doing the most to inspire internet thirst. 

2:00 Serena’s draw and what “tough” means for her
6:00 The Venus & Radwanska quarter: is Pliskova a threat?
10:00 Women’s bottom half - Key [...]

Signing Out of Cincy: An Interview with Sania Mirza  

In Episode 53, we’re sharing our experiences from the Western & Southern Open in Mason, Ohio; Jonathan as press and James as fan. Listen to Jonathan’s impressions of tennis reporting, and James’ stories about the food, the practice sessions, and a few brushes with fame. But the real centerpiece of this episode is Jonathan’s sit-down with the engaging, thoughtful Sania Mirza, doubles no. 1 and recent Cincinnati champion.

2:00 James talks about his time in Cincinnati: rain, mud, and calzones
6:30 Osaka-Gavrilova
13:30 James’ encounters with famous people
16:00 Jonathan’s [...]

Cincy Dispatch: Interview With Svetlana Kuznetsova  

Episode 52 brings you the first ever player interview on the podcast. Jonathan sits down with Svetlana Kuznetsova in Cincinnati. The current world #10 talks everything from being in control of her career, playing Serena, to telling us which musical diva best encapsulate her (#TennisDivas). Jonathan also reports on some of his observations from his week covering the Western and Southern Open, most specifically inside player press conferences. Enjoy the interview and check back for episode 53 which will feature a one-on-one with Sania Mirza!

00:35 - James says hi from Toronto 03:15 - Interview with Svetlana Kuznetsova! 13:12 - Fast Five with Sveta 15:08 - J [...]
Are You Feeling Very O-lympic Today?  

It’s episode 51, and we’re wrapping up an eventful Olympic tennis event: the upsets, the Delpo miracle, Puig’s big win, and diving in headfirst on issues of race, identity, and political action. You know, light stuff like that. 

0:45 Are we feeling very O-lympic today? Some qualms with Olympic tennis
6:30 Del Potro def. Djokovic, then wins silver
10:45 Other winners: Murray, Nishikori’s hygiene, Nadal, gold medalist Monica Puig!

Roger That: Tennis Comes Home to Canada  

Celebrate our 50th episode with us! This one is jam packed - catching up with the past few weeks of tennis, telling you about our adventures at Rogers Cup Toronto, reviewing the Serena doc, performing a dramatic reading, and taking a tennis quiz!

:30 Hey! It’s Episode 50! 4:00 Big news: Huge announcements from Vika and Roger 9:00 Recent winners: Konta, Karlovic, Monfils, Deliciano, etc. 12:30 Talking about being on-site at Toronto - where’s all the free stuff? 17:00 Up and coming Canadians
It’s A Williams World At Wimbledon  
Episode 49 gives you a bit of everything we’ve been known to talk about on The Body Serve: Serena, Venus, Andy, Beyonce, Mariah, Lemonade. We’re here to recap a brilliant fortnight for Serena and Venus at Wimbledon, congratulate Andy Murray, and welcome our guest Stephanie Neppl (@StephintheUS) to the show! You’ll hear us revel in the Williams Sisters’ singles and doubles success, go to bat for the depth of the WTA, and chat with Steph about her time at Wimbledon, including sitting beside Isha and very close to Oracene! Oh, and you won’t want to miss our dramatic reading of some of Venus Williams’ best quotes from Wimbledon!

2:45 Serena Williams gets 22

Mid-Wimbledon Chit Chat  

We’re back to chat about the first week of Wimbledon 2016, upsets and all. Later in the episode, Michael Lewis returns for his second appearance on the show to tell us about his first trip to the All England Club. We close the show by issuing a few thumbs up and thumbs down before getting into #SeeWhatHadHappenedWas.

2:00 Both French Open winners are out!
13:00 Looking at the women’s draw: who’s left, great match-ups, Serena-Sveta XIII
23:30 Shall we talk about court assignments?
27:45 Men’s draw 
36:45 Interview with Michael Lewis, who just came back from his first visit to Wimbledon - the quiet, the pomp, and poppin’ bottles
44:30 A few players he saw: Federer on Centre, Venus, Dustin Brown, Vandeweghe, Vinci-Ri [...]

WimbleTon Preview 2016  

It seems like Roland Garros just ended, but tennis barrels forward. In episode 47, we talk about who’s prepared for Wimbledon, who might Brexit early (we’re looking at you, Roberta), and checking in with the Sisters Williams. Who are your picks? Can Thiem reach another semi? Will Madison break through in a big way? Is Novak unstoppable?

3:30 The quest for 22, Part IV: Serena’s draw
9:30 Early exits: Vinci, Bencic, Errani?
13:30 Venus [...]

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