Open Era

Open Era

Tennis analysis from beyond the baseline. Hosted by Simon Bushell and Devang Desai, Open Era covers the headlines and oddities from the ATP and WTA. Ranging from the 'Big Three' to Canada’s meteoric rise in the tennis world, Open Era keeps you informed and entertained.

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November 29, 2021 60 min
It’s time for the Davis Cup everyone!
Crickets…
In other news, the Peng Shuai case continues to rumble on with some surprising turns and Toilet-Gate reaches it’s conclusion on the ATP Tour.
Plus we take a look at the rather racey magazine cover of Danii Medvedev and dig into the WTA Awards nominees.
In order to cover such an eclectic mix this week we are joined by Crina Mustafa, Digital Host at The Parleh.

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Well that was quite a week. We thought that this time of year in the tennis calendar was supposed to be quiet. We weren’t quite ready and prepared for tennis to turn into the epicentre of a geo-political incident, which may have incredibly far-reaching impacts on relations between global superpowers.

All of that in the same week that the world tour finals took place along with us getting to the slow dancing in a burning room stage ...
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It’s a time of the year we know all too well.

We’ve reached the Tour Finals on the WTA side and it’s had some cracking matches so far. With Devang off sick, Simon is joined by Luke Peristy to chat about a bumper crop of tennis as we reach the exciting conclusion to the tennis calendar for 2021.

Also, there was some really questionable fashion from this week right? You know we couldn’t resist talking about the hits and misses.

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It’s been an utterly wild week in professional sports. From the NHL’s shameful attempted cover up to the Phoenix Suns to Aaron Rodgers and finally to yet another case of sexual assault in tennis.

We discuss where tennis fits in the sporting landscape against the backdrop of these new allegations.

Oh yeah and Novak Djokovic won a record 37th Masters title and sealed a record 7th year-end World No. 1. All of that plus our parting sho...
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Happy Halloween! On a special spooky edition of the show, Simon and Devang dive into the Sinner-Tiafoe drama in Vienna and explore Frances’ ceiling going forward. Also, Anett Kontaveit continued her stunning Fall run with a dominant win over Simona Halep in Cluj. Marin Cilic warmed our hearts by managing to turn back the clock in St.Petersburg. All that, our Parting Shots, and a special Halloween Edition of ‘The Pun Gun’ on this we...
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October 25, 2021 59 min
We all knew this was coming eventually... a Novak Djokovic quote about Vaccinations. Devang and Simon unpack the world number 1’s interview before turning our attention to a surprisingly busy week of tour tennis. Lastly, in our parting shots we discuss Roger Federer having a tram named after him in Basel. Yes that did actually happen.

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October 18, 2021 67 min
At the end of a truly bizarre Indian Wells, we saw two shocking finals, but for different reasons. In a brand new Open Era, Simon and Devang dive into the latest headlines around Tennis, including new realities discovered in the ‘Big 3-less’ Californian desert, Victoria Azarenka’s inspiring run, and Paula Badosa’s arrival. Also, Killa Cam’Ron N.O.R.E is the men’s UK No.1(!!). Plus, Dev’s sister Urmi joins the show to talk about the...
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October 11, 2021 65 min
This week Simon and Devang welcome the great Owen from The Racket to discuss the “latest”, including an update on the Alexander Zverev investigation. Then they head to the extremely slow courts of Indian Wells, where Leylah Fernandez hopes to maintain her otherworldly US Open level. Emma Raducanu lost early, but received the NY Times feature treatment. Also, is 40-shot rally tennis good, Opelka speaks candidly, Murray loses his rin...
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October 4, 2021 65 min
We have a jam packed show this week so we brought in Pog from Pog’s Tennis Channel (@FoQPTennis) to discuss everything from vaccine requirements to casting tennis' James Bond. We also round up the three tournaments which took place this week. Jannik Sinner went back to back in Sofia, and we had some surprise results in Chicago and San Diego. Lots of Tennis coming your way in this week's show.

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September 27, 2021 61 min
The Laver Cup was an absolute rout, but there was plenty to talk about in its aftermath. On today’s show, Simon - still trapped in the UK - and Devang discuss Fed’s surprise visit to Boston, the drama, and our recommendations for changing the event. Plus, there was “real” tennis in Ostrava, Metz, and Nur-Sultan. Also, Kim Clijsters is back, Serena is 40, Anthony Joshua got wrecked (Boxing klaxon) and our Parting Shots. Hope you enj...
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September 20, 2021 55 min
On a special election edition of the podcast, Amy Lundy Dahl joins Simon and Devang to weigh in on the latest in the tennis world, including the ATP’s new strategic plan, Davis Cup action, and the WTA’s new generation. Meanwhile, FAA and Leylah Fernandez made waves at the Met Gala, Emma Raducanu finally went home, and the Laver Cup forged ahead once again - with Alexander Zverev and without women. Oh yes, there is another teen phen...
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September 13, 2021 72 min
Was that the best Grand Slam tournament we’ve ever seen? Vivek Jacob joins Simon and Devang to examine an utterly batshit US Open. Among the topics: the all-teenager women’s final, what’s next for Leylah Fernandez and Emma Raducanu and Daniil Medvedev thwarting Novak Djokovic’s quest for tennis immortality. Also, our favourite matches, commentators and outfits, and some general words about how much this tournament made us love tenn...
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September 6, 2021 60 min
Week number 2 is upcoming at Flushing Meadows. Now that we’ve got the bathroom jokes out of our system we can get to the bottom of all the action which took place in week 1 at the US Open.

Sorry, before this gets too corny, let’s address the elephant in the room. Stefanos Tsitsipas takes a long long time in the bathroom. We talk about what he might be doing there before going rapid fire with 10 matches which caught our eye in 20 mi...
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August 30, 2021 60 min
As Kele Okereke once sang: So Here We Are. Main draw play begins Monday in New York City and the lads are...relatively excited. We’ll go with that. On today’s show, Simon and Devang examine the latest from the US Open, including an update on the Alexander Zverev assault allegations. There’s also a new Roger Federer book out, an excerpt of which appeared in the New York Times and piqued our interest. That plus the draws, Novak Djoko...
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Yes, the episode title is a Cher pun this week, but did you see what happened in Cincy? On this week’s Open Era, Simon and Devang dive into a wild US Open warmup event in Ohio that featured headline stealing news from players (cough, Rafael Nadal, cough) that weren’t even there! Medvedev, Barty, Rublev, Teichmann, Zverev, Osaka, Tsitsipas, the Tsitsipas family cell plan - they’re all covered plus as always, our parting shots and th...
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August 16, 2021 64 min
Well would you look at that, tennis came to us. The gang's back together for this week’s show, with both the WTA and ATP visiting Canada. Devang tells us about watching a disappointing Felix Auger Aliassime performance live and the overall vibe at a covid-impacted tournament. Plus, an update on Bianca Andreescu’s progress, more surgery for Roger Federer, and an ode to a particular type of big man tennis. All that and much more ...
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Simon and Devang are BOTH away this week, but as they prepare for live tennis in Toronto, catch an episode recorded last year on a subject dear to their hearts. The 1997 French Open is known for the breakout of one Gustavo Kuerten, but it also ushered in a change that we are still feeling today. The Tennisnerd’s Jonas Eriksson joined the guys to talk about racquets, strings, and Guga. We'll be back next week with a fresh episod...
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August 2, 2021 57 min
The strange journey that was Tennis at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics has concluded, leaving Simon and Devang with plenty to discuss. On this week’s Open Era the guys examine Novak Djokovic’s shocking conclusion to these games, the incredible performances of Belinda Bencic and Elina Vesnina’s inspiring ROC Nation campaign, among others. In between, they covered the tweets that made us think, laugh, and cringe. It’s a fun one, so tune in.

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July 26, 2021 55 min
We are heading to Tokyo for the Olympic games! With Devang taking a well deserved rest Simon is joined by Luke Peristy to discuss the tumultuous first few days of the Olympic Games. In addition, we give Luke the “Commissioner of Tennis” keys and dive into a bumper crop of news in our Parting Shots.

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July 19, 2021 57 min
It’s the unofficial midway point of the 2021 season so it’s time to reflect. With Simon away, friend of the show Vivek Jacob joins Devang to hand out some hardware six and a half months into the campaign. No, Novak Djokovic and Ash Barty didn’t sweep everything. Plus, the guys talk about the Olympics, the state of everything (bad) amid the rash of withdrawals, Naomi Osaka’s Netflix documentary plus much more on the latest Open Era!

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