A Journey Which I Didn't Enjoy Ultimately
Mari Osaka gives us our title this week, with her wonderfully straightforward retirement post that reminds us that we're allowed to stop doing things we don't enjoy. We're covering the tennis results strewn across four continents: Muguruza capitalizing on her huge momentum in 2021, Medvedev rising to #2, Fed's return, and some great runs by players considered to be doubles specialists. The odds and ends segment lets James go on about some of his favorite topics: tennis governance, the ATP's arcane and mysteriously enforced rules, collaboration between tennis orgs, and disqualifications. We finish up with a things we like/dislike segment with no dislikes! (Some love for Below Deck, Borgen, and Grammy performances)
0:30 An exercise in making a clean break
3:00 Persona non grata wins Doha, plus a refresher on how the ATP has refused to handle domestic violence; but in better news, Fed is back!
9:40 Bubble Life is just not for everybody
16:20 Garbi's imminent breakthrough is no longer imminent as she wins the Dubai 1000
25:30 The traveling Ryan Murphy acting troupe of women's tennis
27:20 Daniil wins Marseille; Tsonga is back; Stefanos somehow makes the Petros wild card debate even worse
31:25 Guadalajara (Sorribes Tormo!) and the Santiago Dove Men+Care Ivory Palmolive Dawn Dish Soap Open (dale, Cris!)
36:35 T7 Working Group - you know we love tennis governance news
40:55 Damir Dzumhur defaulted in Acapulco and it wasn't pretty
45:25 Odds and ends: AZ kvetches about rankings, Kim delays return again, the Murray family & Tay Townsend have babies!
52:40 Things we like! (No dislikes this week)
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