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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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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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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Twenty Grand Slams. We have some company at the top. Yes, Novak Djokovic continued his dominant reign atop the Men’s game at Wimbledon on Sunday. Simon and Devang unpack the latest historic feat from the Super Serb, and grapple with what a Calendar Golden Slam would mean. Ash Barty made a feel good story permanent, capturing her second slam and Australia’s first at Wimbledon in 41 years on the women’s side. We talk about the winner...
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July 5, 2021 54 min
You won’t believe these 10 things that happened at Wimbledon this week! Number 9 will SHOCK you.

We highlight 10 moments from this week at the All England Club which caught our eye. Plus we go deep into the Open Era Fanfiction, it’s a dark and disturbing place.

We round it all out with our Parting Shots, which will from here out be known as Shapo Trap House. Who will have the better career? Sofia Kenin or Bianca Andreescu? Yes, th...
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After a long wait, we’re finally ready for The Championships. On today’s Open Era, Simon and Devang dissect the Wimbledon draw - including Serena, Andy and Roger’s chances of making deep runs. Plus, the PTPA went on the offensive this week ahead of a vote on the ATP’s 30-year plan. Novak Djokovic and Vasek Pospisil outline their case with some help, and the guys dig into the massive ramifications of the upcoming vote and potential ...
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June 21, 2021 53 min
Grass court season is in full swing, and though it’s not very long, we love it. On this week’s Open Era, Simon and Devang tour Europe, where players on both tours prepare for Wimbledon. Rafael Nadal, Milos Raonic and Naomi Osaka will not be there, but others solidified their case for contention in a couple weeks in Halle, Birmingham, Queen’s Club and Berlin, respectively. Plus, the guys check-in on Felix Auger Aliassime and Denis S...
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June 14, 2021 59 min
We were treated to a stunning final week in Paris with possibly the greatest clay court match of all time included in the mix. Barbora Krejcikova decided to take a break from winning in Doubles (which she still won) to win the Singles title and a small kid who doesn’t know how to fight became a man, but that wasn’t enough to overcome the terminator that is Novak Djokovic. Also, Felix Auger Aliassime lost in another final, which Dev...
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June 7, 2021 57 min
We’ve made it through a calamitous opening week of the French Open with plenty to discuss, both on and off the court. Simon and Devang give their thoughts on the withdrawals of Naomi Osaka and Roger Federer and their subsequent coverage. On the court, Nadal and Djokovic continued on their path towards confrontation, while Serena Williams introduced tweaks to her game. On the youth scene, Iga Swiatek continues to dominate at Roland ...
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May 31, 2021 67 min
Who knew that the simple act of Naomi Osaka refusing to speak at press conferences during the French Open would set off such a firestorm? We are joined this week by the incredible Caitlin Thompson (@caitlin_thomps) of Racquet Magazine to digest a truly memorable week.

Oh and the French Open started! We cover our winners and surprises along with trying to figure out quite why a statue of Rafael Nadal has been built while he is s...
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