The Body Serve

The Body Serve

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


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 [...]

Roland Garros Recap & Sharapova’s Two Year Ban  

We start episode 46 with a last-minute discussion of the news of Sharapova’s 2-year ban. We break down the ITF report, talk about what “intent” actually means, and what this all might mean for Sharapova and tennis’ future. Then, we chat about the second week of Roland Garros, which turned out to be, well, disappointing for us. Ignore how petty James is and enjoy our discussions about Bartoli’s verbal diarrhea, more Kyrgios vs. Kitty Chiller drama, and what the future holds for Muguruza. 

0:00 Breaking news! Sharapova gets 2-year ba [...]

Mid-French Open Chat: Vamos Another Day  

Presenting episode 45: simultaneously mourning Rafa’s withdrawal and basking in Venus’ run to the fourth round. We also talk the Murresmo split, Lepchenko’s silent ban, Cornet’s drama, McEnroe’s new pupil, the round of 16 matchups, and give our dream finals. Oh, and we begin the show with a recap of seeing Beyonce at her #FormationWorldTour.

1:00 First, we went to see Beyonce!
8:30 Rafa’s withdrawal
14:20 Varvara Lepchenko serves a silent ban for failed drug test
17:30 #SeeWhatHadHappenedWas: Cornet is [...]

Roland Garros Preview: Breaking Down The Draws and Introducing Racquet Magazine  

Episode 44 is our Roland Garros preview. We start with the men’s side, which got a whole lot more interesting a few weeks ago, with Rafa’s resurgence, Andy’s rebirth on clay, and Novak suffering a few setbacks. Next, enjoy our chat with Caitlin Thompson, co-founder of the new print-only Racquet Magazine and co-host of The Main Draw podcast. Stay tuned for info on how to subscribe or donate to Racquet’s Kickstarter. Finally, we talk about the women’s draw and, honestly, your guess is as good as ours. 

1:30 Honoring Roger Federer’s streak of 65 straight majors
4:45 Is Rafa’s draw “shockingly horrible,” as James thinks?
7:00 We can agree, though, [...]

Rome Recap  

In episode 43, we attempt to digest ALL that happened in Rome last week. First things first, Serena’s back with a big win. Andy Murray finally beats Novak again in a big final, with assists from Rafa and Kei. Were you as perplexed by Djokovic’s erratic behaviour all week as we were? We try and get to the bottom of it during our extended “Rant” which also includes discussions of Tomic, the Aussie Olympic fiasco, and Grigor’s meltdown in Istanbul. As usual, the episode is timestamped for your listening convenience. 
2:12  -  Serena Williams, “back right smack dab in the middle of everything.” 6:43  -  Ke [...]

The Spelling Bey: Lemonade Quenches Our Thirst  

00:30 #LEMONADE Discussion: our favorite songs and more 15:00 Big Ups to Safarova, Bacsinszky, Schwartzman, and Giorgi beats Errani 17:20 Serena withdraws from Madrid: work-life balance!  24:00 Are we worried about 2016 and her no. 1 ranking? 29:30 Rafa sues Roselyne Bachelot for defamation 33:30 Olympic qualifications - how do they work?

Rafa Is Coming  

1:00 Lemonade is here!!! Serena shares her throne
9:15 RIP Prince
12:30 A week in the life of Serena Williams: Laureus, Snapchat, Beyonce, tacos
15:00 Rafa Nadal changes the ATP season
17:30 Turning point of Rafa’s season: Thiem? Zverev?
22:30 Winning without his best
26:00 Kerber defends Stuttgart title: What slump?
28:00 Other standouts: Buyukakcay, Falconi, and Laura Siegemund 
32:00 Good Petra was back, for a week at least
33:30 Giorgi update

Doubles, Debtors & Divas  

Episode 40 is here! We’re covering Miami, the Giorgi-Italian Federation guerra, doubles domination, and taking a much-needed break from “issues.”

1:30 Catching up with us - Kinky Boots & Diana Ross!

7:30 LaPorsha & the “lgbt lifestyle.” Huh? 12:00 Becoming a Sloane Stephens fan, by James 19:00 Instagram fave Pico wins Houston! 22:00 #SeeWhatHadHappenedWas: Camila Giorgi vs. the Italian Federation
Deja Vu All Over Again  

2:00 James revisits Djokovic’s comments and follow-up
10:30 Roger Federer tries to add some nuance, and fails
14:00 Warring fandoms and how we interpret players’ words
17:00 Tennis Twitter’s Manic Monday: Nicole Gibbs stands up
24:00 Andy Murray drops in to read Stakhovsky down
30:00 Neil Harman stops by for no reason
33:00 Going to bat for Andy Murray, currently the only ATP advocate for women
38:45 The trouble with allies/having a daughter makes you a feminist?
46:00 Hashing out the major arguments for/against equal prize money, briefly
50:00 Higher-faster-stronger is not the only measure of athleticism
55:30 Our case for the moral argument in favor of equal prize money
57:30 In praise of Billie Jean King
1:01:00 BJK and Chrissie Evert share great anecdotes abou [...]

All Hell Breaks Loose  

1:00 Getting right into the Sharapova announcement
4:30 Debunking the myth of the purity and virtue of drug testing
15:00 The spirit of the law: what can players do to gain an advantage?
19:00 Maria’s true colors come out in her Facebook post
23:00 Reactions from Serena, Venus, WTA, sponsors
29:00 White privilege is real
33:30 UNION
39:30 Venus’ return to IW and her Players Tribune essay
45:00 Raymond Moore, misogyny, and our continued gross feelings about Indian Wells
53:45 Novak Djokovic’s ill-considered comments on women’s tennis
1:01:30 Players should take a sport history course at WTA/ATP University
1:04:15 Talking tennis, briefly: women’s final, Rafa, Novak, and a few others who had a good week

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