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Hereditary (2018) Review

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Hereditary (2018) Review

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Hereditary (2018)
127 min|Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller|June 8, 2018
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When the matriarch of the Graham family passes away, her daughter's family begins to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry.
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2018 Roland Garros Review

Podcast Episode Summary:

The second grand slam of the year has officially ended.  The champions have been crowned!  We take a look back at the week (and the finals) that happened!

Show Episode Recap:

  • Intro
  • Set 1: The News
  • Set 2: 2018 Roland Garros Final(s) Review
  • Final Thouthgts
  • Outro

Thank you so much for joining The Tennis Addict Podcast for our breakdown of the latest news and events on the ATP and WTA tours. Make sure to subscribe to the show at tennisaddictpodcast/itunes to get this episode and more as soon as they are released.

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2018 Roland Garros Preview

Podcast Episode Summary:

The last major tournament prior to Roland Garros has come and gone. Roland Garros is right around the corner. Join us as we recap what happened this week.

Show Episode Recap:

  • Intro
  • Set 1: The News
  • Set 2: 2018 Roland Garros Preview
  • Outro

Thank you so much for joining The Tennis Addict Podcast for our breakdown of the latest news and events on the ATP and WTA tours. Make sure to subscribe to the show at tennisaddictpodcast/itunes to get this episode and more as soon as they are released.

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Let us know what you think by contacting us at tennisaddictpodcast@gmail.com.

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2018 Roland Garros Preview

2018 Rome Review

Podcast Episode Summary:

The last major tournament prior to Roland Garros has come and gone. Roland Garros is right around the corner. Join us as we recap what happened this week.

Show Episode Recap:

  • Intro
  • Set 1: The News
  • Set 2: Rome Review
  • Set 3: Is It Time For Hawkeye To Come To Clay?
  • Final Thoughts
  • Outro

Thank you so much for joining The Tennis Addict Podcast for our breakdown of the latest news and events on the ATP and WTA tours. Make sure to subscribe to the show at tennisaddictpodcast/itunes to get this episode and more as soon as they are released.

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2018 Rome Review

2018 Barcelona Open Review

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Podcast Episode Summary:

The clay season is moving along fast!  Barcelona is now over and we and the players finally have a week off from the action long enough to catch our breath before Madrid and then Rome back-to-back.

Show Episode Recap:

Intro

Set 1: The News

Set 2: Barcelona Review

Set 3: Final Thoughts

Outro

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2018 Barcelona Open Review

2018 Monte Carlo Review & 2018 Barcelona Preview

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Podcast Episode Summary:

We take a look back at the week that was in Monte Carlo!  Who made it to the final and who won in the end.  Since there is no letup, were looking at who we think will win in Barcelona as well.

Show Episode Recap:

Intro

Set 1: The News

Set 2: Monte Carlo Review

Set 3: Barcelona Preview

Set 4: Final Thoughts

Outro

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2018 Monte Carlo Review & 2018 Barcelona Preview

2018 Monte Carlo Preview & Davis Cup Recap

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Podcast Episode Summary:

Moving on from the hard courts, it’s my favorite time of the year!  The Spring clay season has begun.  Big serves and forehands on the hard courts give way to long rallies, deft touch and point construction.

Show Episode Recap:

Intro

Set 1: The News

Set 2: Tournament Results/Davis Cup

Set 3: Monte Carlo Preview

Set 4: Final Thoughts

Outro

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2018 Monte Carlo Preview & Davis Cup Recap

2018 Miami Open Review

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Podcast Episode Summary:

The 2018 Miami Open is over!  In this episode we chat about the winners and losers in the finals matches on both tours.

Show Episode Recap:

Intro

Set 1: The News

Set 2: Week Two Recap & Final Talk

Set 3: Final Thoughts

Outro

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2018 Miami Mid-Tournament Report

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Podcast Episode Summary:

It’s time for our customary mid-tournament report! The first week of the Miami Open as usual was crazy on both the ATP and WTA. I recap the first week’s action and talk about both the on and off-court goings-on in the tournament.

Show Episode Recap:

Intro

Set 1: The News

Set 2: Week One Match Recap

Set 3: Final Thoughts

Outro

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2018 Indian Wells Review & 2018 Miami Open Preview

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Podcast Episode Summary:

It’s time for our customary mid-tournament report! The first week of the Australian Open as usual was crazy on both the ATP and WTA. Eric, Mike and I recap the first week’s action and talk about both the on and off-court goings-on in the tournament.

Show Episode Recap:

Intro

Set 1: The News

Set 2: 2018 Indian Wells Recap

Set 3: 2018 Miami Open Preview

Set 4: Final Thoughts

Outro

We are delighted to receive all of our feedback if you want to send us in your feedback on what we talked about in this episode, past episodes or if you have any thoughts you would like to share in general, please email us tennisaddictpodcast@gmail.com

 

2018 Indian Wells Review & 2018 Miami Open Preview

Deep Dive Series: Episode 2.2 – What If Andre Agassi Had Loved Tennis?

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Deep Dive Series: 2.2 – What If Andre Agassi Had Loved Tennis?

Podcast Series Summary:

The “Deep Dive” series is our chance to give you a more thorough examination and understanding regarding a tennis-related subject or question that we find interesting.  The range of topics we cover can be both large and small in scale.  Fun what-if scenarios, book reviews, controversial topics as well as examinations of historical moments and their impact on both the game and culture, are just some of the possibilities that we have in store for you in this special patron-only series, which you can only get by subscribing to Freaking Geeks Media on www.patreon.com/freakinggeeks

Each “Deep Dive” subject we tackle will be broken down into two-three separate episodes, with each covering one aspect of the topic in question.  Each episode will be in the 20-40 minute range, with the series coming in at one and a half hours to two hours in total, depending on if we need more or less time to do a thorough discussion.

We hope that you like these patron-only episodes.  We at the Tennis Addict Podcast and Freaking Geeks Media, continually strive to produce excellent content on this game that we all love!

Podcast Series Summary:

In this episode, we take a look back at Andre Agassi’s career and see how he struggled with playing a game he hated.  We briefly recount his career trajectory and see how at various points he gave up tennis or displayed little-to-no effort on the court.

Show Episode Recap:

Timeline: Agassi’s Career As It Stands

  • 1970-1980: Andre’s birth and his childhood through the age of 10 with his father Mike Agassi.
  • 1980-1990: Andre outplaying local competition and therefore being sent to the Nick Bollettieri Academy, his struggles there and his early career as a pro player
  • 1990-2000: We watch as Andre navigates the difficulties in playing a sport that he hates but feels compelled to continue playing anyway and how he eventually chooses to play for his own reasons late in the decade.
  • 2000-2006: Andre finds his most sustained success in the back end of his career and retires as one of the all-time greats

Deep Dive Series: Episode 2.2 – What If Andre Agassi Had Loved Tennis?

Deep Dive Series: Episode 2.1 – What If Andre Agassi Had Loved Tennis?

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Deep Dive Series: 2.1 – What If Andre Agassi Had Loved Tennis? Part 1

Podcast Series Summary:

The “Deep Dive” series is our chance to give you a more thorough examination and understanding regarding a tennis-related subject or question that we find interesting.  The range of topics we cover can be both large and small in scale.  Fun what-if scenarios, book reviews, controversial topics as well as examinations of historical moments and their impact on both the game and culture, are just some of the possibilities that we have in store for you in this special patron-only series, which you can only get by subscribing to Freaking Geeks Media on www.patreon.com/freakinggeeks

Each “Deep Dive” subject we tackle will be broken down into two-three separate episodes, with each covering one aspect of the topic in question.  Each episode will be in the 20-40 minute range, with the series coming in at one and a half hours to two hours in total, depending on if we need more or less time to do a thorough discussion.

We hope that you like these patron-only episodes.  We at the Tennis Addict Podcast and Freaking Geeks Media, continually strive to produce excellent content on this game that we all love!

Podcast Series Summary:

In this episode, we take a look back at Andre Agassi’s career and see how he struggled with playing a game he hated.  We briefly recount his career trajectory and see how at various points he gave up tennis or displayed little-to-no effort on the court.

Show Episode Recap:

Timeline: Agassi’s Career As It Stands

15th Century: The first tennis balls were created using leather stuffed with wool

  • 1970-1980: Andre’s birth and his childhood through the age of 10 with his father Mike Agassi.
  • 1980-1990: Andre outplaying local competition and therefore being sent to the Nick Bollettieri Academy, his struggles there and his early career as a pro player
  • 1990-2000: We watch as Andre navigates the difficulties in playing a sport that he hates but feels compelled to continue playing anyway and how he eventually chooses to play for his own reasons late in the decade.
  • 2000-2006: Andre finds his most sustained success in the back end of his career and retires as one of the all-time greats

2018 Indian Wells Preview, News & Tournament Results

 

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Podcast Episode Summary:

The spring hard court season is upon us.  The first stop?  Indian Wells of course!  It’s been  named as the favorite tournament of most players across both the WTA and ATP tours and for good reason.  It’s a beautiful location, filled with great fans and an idyllic atmosphere.  So join us as we talk about the latest news, tournament results and of course, Indian Wells.

Show Episode Recap:

Intro

Set 1: The News

Set 2: Tournament results

Set 3: Main Topic: Prognosis for Rafael Nadal moving forward?

Set 4: Indian Wells Discussion & Picks

Set 5: Final Thoughts

Outro

We are delighted to receive all of our feedback if you want to send us in your feedback on what we talked about in this episode, past episodes or if you have any thoughts you would like to share in general, please email us tennisaddictpodcast@gmail.com

 

2018 Indian Wells Preview, News & Tournament Results

Bouchard Wins Against USTA

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Podcast Episode Summary:

Not a whole lot going on for the most part post-Australian Open. However, we have some major off-court news to cover in this weeks episode, along with some tournament results, and a discussion on a male and female player in the last ten years who most disappointed us during their careers.

Show Episode Recap:

Intro

Set 1: The News

Set 2: Tournament Results

Set 3: Main Topic- Players Who Most Disappointed You

Final Thoughts

Outro

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Bouchard Wins Against USTA

Davis Cup & Fed Cup Results, News, CiCi Bellis

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Podcast Episode Summary:

After a bit of time off, we are back, well actually I am back. My co-hosts are out this week and so I am going solo. I cover the latest news since the end of the Australian Open, tournament results, Davis Cup and Fed Cup outcomes and I dive into our main topic for the week.

Show Episode Recap:

Intro

Set 1: The News

Set 2: Tournament Results, Fed Cup & Davis Cup Results

Set 3: Main Topic: The Future Of CiCi Bellis

Outro

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Davis Cup & Fed Cup Results, News, CiCi Bellis

Player Profile Series #3: Lleyton Hewitt

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Podcast Episode Summary:
In this third episode of our “Player Profile” series, Michael, Eric and I break down the life and career of Lleyton Hewitt.

Show Episode Recap:
Intro
Set 1: History of Lleyton Hewitt
Set 2: Career And Accomplishments
Set 3: What Made Lleyton Hewitt So Great?
Set 4: What Would His Career Have Been Like If Not For Injuries?
Set 5: Final Thoughts
Outro

Thank you so much for joining The Tennis Addict Podcast for our breakdown of Lleyton Hewitt. Make sure to subscribe to the show at tennisaddictpodcast/itunes to get this episode and more as soon as they are released.

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Player Profile Series #3: Lleyton Hewitt

2018 Australian Open Review

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Podcast Episode Summary:

It’s time for our customary mid-tournament report! The first week of the Australian Open as usual was crazy on both the ATP and WTA.

Show Episode Recap:

Intro

Set 1: The News

Set 2: Week One Match Recap

Set 3: Main Topic(s) Of Discussion

Set 4: Final Thoughts

Outro

We are delighted to receive all of our feedback if you want to send us in your feedback on what we talked about in this episode, past episodes or if you have any thoughts you would like to share in general, please email us tennisaddictpodcast@gmail.com

2018 Australian Open Review

2018 Australian Open Mid-Tournament Report

 

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Podcast Episode Summary:

It’s time for our customary mid-tournament report! The first week of the Australian Open as usual was crazy on both the ATP and WTA.

Show Episode Recap:

Intro

Set 1: The News

Set 2: Week One Match Recap

Set 3: Main Topic(s) Of Discussion

Set 4: Final Thoughts

Outro

We are delighted to receive all of our feedback if you want to send us in your feedback on what we talked about in this episode, past episodes or if you have any thoughts you would like to share in general, please email us tennisaddictpodcast@gmail.com

 

2018 Australian Open Mid-Tournament Report

Deep Dive Series: 1.2 – The History & Evolution Of Tennis Balls

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Podcast Series Summary:

The “Deep Dive” series is our chance to give you a more thorough examination and understanding regarding a tennis-related subject or question that we find interesting.  The range of topics we cover can be both large and small in scale.  Fun what-if scenarios, book reviews, controversial topics as well as examinations of historical moments and their impact on both the game and culture, are just some of the possibilities that we have in store for you in this special patron-only series, which you can only get by subscribing to Freaking Geeks Media on www.patreon.com/freakinggeeks

Each “Deep Dive” subject we tackle will be broken down into two-three separate episodes, with each covering one aspect of the topic in question.  Each episode will be in the 20-40 minute range, with the series coming in at one and a half hours to two hours in total, depending on if we need more or less time to do a thorough discussion.

We hope that you like these patron-only episodes.  We at the Tennis Addict Podcast and Freaking Geeks Media, continually strive to produce excellent content on this game that we all love!

Show Episode Recap:

The Timeline: 2001-Present

2001: The ITF introduces 3 new kinds of balls in an effort to counter the power game in tennis.

  • Ball Type 1 (fast speed): Is identical in size to the standard dimensions of a normal tennis ball, except that the rubber is harder.
  • Ball Type 2 (medium speed): Is simply the standard ball that has been used for decades
  • Ball Type 3 (slow speed): Is 6% larger in diameter than the standard ball and moves slower through the air after contact.  This results in an additional 10% reaction time for the receiving player.

**All are the same weight**

  • A study was conducted by the South Bank University in London which showed players using ball type 3 (the larger ball) could play 35% longer and had improved accuracy.  This allowed for longer rallies as well as a higher level of visibility for both players and spectators.

2011: Roland Garros switched from Dunlop to Babolat tennis balls.

  • Babolat had only been in the tennis ball business for 10 years at that point.
  • Players including Rafael Nadal claimed that the balls bounced higher and played faster.  Babolat claimed that the lack of rain, created a harder and faster surface which was the reason for this seemingly drastic (for tennis balls) change.
  • Babolat now acknowledges that their balls needed adjustments

Questions & Observations:

  • Despite the fact that very few rule changes regarding tennis balls, it seems like there is enough flexibility within those rules to change the speed, bounce and pace of the game that it has an obvious effect on the players.
  • Players know immediately whether a ball’s weight dimensions are even slightly off or different.  Given how many balls they hit daily, pick up, etc. these small, nuanced changes that recreational players probably fail to notice, are obvious.
  • Andy Murray said that it’s more-or-less a fact of life for tennis players.  You go to one tournament and you hit with a Dunlop ball, you go to the next and it’s a Wilson ball, etc.  Each has their own specific properties within the regulations.
  • What are our thoughts on some of these points?  Should there be so much flexibility within the rules that have such a big effect from tournament to tournament?
  • Given the three ball types that are now routinely used, how do we feel about the possibility that tournaments could use one ball or another to help or hurt certain players from winning the tournament?
  • Roger Federer hasn’t made it to the Roland Garros final since 2011 after Babolat took player complaints (I’m guessing sans Federer) and seemingly weighed them down a bit or went to ball type 3 the following year.

Stats:

  • Wison’s extra-duty tennis balls were introduced in 1960.  They fluff up more and therefore move slower through the air.
  • Roughly 300 million tennis balls are produced each year
  • More than 200 tennis ball brands have been approved by the ITF
  • The most expensive material in the production of a tennis ball is the felt material.
  • Tennis balls are tested in a temperature of 68 degrees, 60% humidity and an atmospheric pressure of 102 kPA

Deep Dive Series: 1.2 – The History & Evolution Of Tennis Balls

Deep Dive Series: 1.1 – The History & Evolution Of Tennis Balls

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Deep Dive Series: 1.1 – The History And Evolution Of Tennis Balls

Podcast Series Summary:

The “Deep Dive” series is our chance to give you a more thorough examination and understanding regarding a tennis-related subject or question that we find interesting.  The range of topics we cover can be both large and small in scale.  Fun what-if scenarios, book reviews, controversial topics as well as examinations of historical moments and their impact on both the game and culture, are just some of the possibilities that we have in store for you in this special patron-only series, which you can only get by subscribing to Freaking Geeks Media on www.patreon.com/freakinggeeks

Each “Deep Dive” subject we tackle will be broken down into two-three separate episodes, with each covering one aspect of the topic in question.  Each episode will be in the 20-40 minute range, with the series coming in at one and a half hours to two hours in total, depending on if we need more or less time to do a thorough discussion.

We hope that you like these patron-only episodes.  We at the Tennis Addict Podcast and Freaking Geeks Media, continually strive to produce excellent content on this game that we all love!

Podcast Series Summary:

In this episode, we reach back hundreds of years ago when tennis was in it’s infancy. Also in it’s infancy was the tennis balls themselves. We trace their evolution from sacks stuffed with wool and hair, to what we have today and everything in between.

Show Episode Recap:

Timeline: 15th Century to New Millenium

15th Century: The first tennis balls were created using leather stuffed with wool

  • 1844: Charles Goodyear created “vulcanized rubber” or called India Rubber.  It is a process whereby natural rubber is altered by adding sulfur or other curing additives which results in more durable materials.
  • 1870’s: India Rubber which was used to create tennis balls lead to increased bounciness. This grew lawn tennis as a sport and ultimately the modern game.
  • 1882: John Heathcote decided that the ball was simply too light, so he put some flannel on it to help weight it down.
  • 1882-1920: For years, balls were called “Clover-leaf” Balls due to their construction based on the clover-leaf principal.  Uncured rubber sheets were stamped into a three-leaf clover shape, which was then assembled into a sphere by a machine.  The hollowed out ball was then filled with pressurized gas.  This process was eventually replaced with to two half-shells which are then sealed together to produce a core and filled with gas.  This also allowed a uniformity for wall-thickness. Melton cloth replaced flannel as the cover on tennis balls.  Melton cloth has a high wool content
  • 1920-1971:  Pressure-less tennis balls were created.  They lacked gas-filled cores, and started off somewhat dead, but would bounce higher as the rubber softenened over time.
  • 1925: The ITF (International Tennis Federation) created a specific rule stating that tennis balls must bounce between 53-58 inches when dropped from a height of 100 inches.  That regulation has never changed.
  • 1972:  Up until 1972, tennis balls were white, but it was deemed that yellow tennis balls were more easily picked up on television and thus were introduced by the ITF
  • 1986:  Wimbledon remained the only yellow-ball holdout before eventually dropping the white in favor of the yellow
  • 1989:  High altitude balls were approved
  • 1996:  Other properties of the tennis ball have changed over time. The range of forward and return deformations – the change in the ball’s diameter under an increasing and decreasing load of 8.165 kg – have varied over the years, reaching their current values in 1996.

Other modern rules include:

  • The standard tennis ball must have a diameter between 2.575 Inches and 2.677
  • A standard tennis ball must weight between 2 ounces and 2.06 ounces
  • Tennis balls are pressurized to 12 pounds per square inch

 

Deep Dive Series: 1.1 – The History & Evolution Of Tennis Balls

Player Profile Series: #2 – Margaret Court

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In this second episode of our “Player Profile” series, Michael, Eric and I break down the life and career of Margaret Court.  We take a look at her childhood, transformation into a tennis prodigy and ascension into greatness.  We also talk about her post-tennis life and the views that she shares which have been controversial at times.

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Set 2: Career And Accomplishments
Set 3: What Made Margaret Court So Great?
Set 4: Should weak competition count against her?
Set 5: Final Thoughts
Outro

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Player Profile Series: #2 – Margaret Court

Player Profile Series: #1 – Rod Laver

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In this second episode of our “Player Profile” series, Michael, Eric and I break down the life and career of Rod laver.  We take a look at his childhood, early promise as a tennis prodigy, first taste of greatness and the years spent on the pro tour and away from the slams.

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Set 2: Career And Accomplishments
Set 3: What Made Rod Laver So Great?
Set 4: What Would His Career Have Been Like If The Open Era Had Happened Earlier?
Set 5: Final Thoughts
Outro

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2018 Australian Open Preview

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2018 Australian Open Preview

2018 ATP/WTA Season Preview

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2018 ATP/WTA Season Preview

2017 ATP/WTA Season In Review

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2017 ATP/WTA Season In Review

2017 Nitto World Tour Finals Review

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2017 Nitto World Tour Finals Review

2017 Next-Gen Finals Review, ATP World Tour Finals Preview

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2017 Next-Gen Finals Review, ATP World Tour Finals Preview

2017 Paris Masters Review, ATP Next-Gen Finals Preview

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2017 Paris Masters Review, ATP Next-Gen Finals Preview

2017 WTA World Tour Finals Review, Martina Hingis Retirement, Paris Masters Preview

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2017 WTA World Tour Finals Review, Martina Hingis Retirement, Paris Masters Preview

2017 WTA World Tour Finals Preview, Nadal Withdraws From Basel, Nick Kyrgios Out For The Season

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2017 WTA World Tour Finals Preview, Nadal Withdraws From Basel, Nick Kyrgios Out For The Season

2017 Shanghai Rolex Master Review

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2017 Shanghai Rolex Master Review

2017 Shanghai Rolex Masters Preview

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2017 Shanghai Rolex Masters Preview

The Long-term Viability Of Laver Cup + Feedback

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The Long-term Viability Of Laver Cup + Feedback

2017 Laver Cup & Next Gen Finals Discussion

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2017 Laver Cup & Next Gen Finals Discussion

2017 U.S. Open Tournament Recap & Review

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2017 U.S. Open Tournament Recap & Review

2017 U.S. Open Mid-Tournament Report

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2017 U.S. Open Mid-Tournament Report

Special Episode – Sights & Sounds Of The 2017 U.S. Open

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Special Episode – Sights & Sounds Of The 2017 U.S. Open

2017 U.S. Open Preview

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2017 Western & Southern Open Review

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2017 Rogers Cup Review & 2017 Western & Souther Open Preview

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2017 Rogers Cup Review & 2017 Western & Souther Open Preview

2017 Rogers Cup Preview

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2017 Wimbledon Recap & Review

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2017 Wimbledon Mid-Tournament Report

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2017 Wimbledon Preview

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One Week Away

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2017 Roland Garros Recap & Review

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2017 Roland Garros Mid-Tournament Report

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2017 Roland Garros Mid-Tournament Report

2017 Roland Garros Preview

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2017 Rome Review

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2017 Mutua Madrid Review/Rome Open Preview

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2017 Mutua Madrid Review/Rome Open Preview

2017 Mutua Madrid Open Preview

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2017 Barcelona Open Recap

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2017 Barcelona Open Recap

2017 Monte Carlo Open Recap & Review/Barcelona Open Preview

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2017 Monte Carlo Open Recap & Review/Barcelona Open Preview

2017 Monte Carlo Open Preview, Maria Sharapova controversy

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2017 Monte Carlo Open Preview, Maria Sharapova controversy

2017 Miami Open Recap

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2017 Indian Wells Recap & Miami Preview

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2017 Indian Wells Recap & Miami Preview

2017 Indian Wells Mid-Tournament Report

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2017 Indian Wells Mid-Tournament Report

2017 Indian Wells Preview

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Who Is Ready To Take The Next Step?

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Is This The Greatest Golden Age Of Tennis?

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Is This The Greatest Golden Age Of Tennis?

To Roger & Rafa With Love

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2017 Australian Open Recap And Review

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2017 ATP/WTA Season Preview

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