The Body Serve

The Body Serve

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


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 [...]

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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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 cerain 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 15:3 [...]
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 [...]

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