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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January 24, 2022 71 min
Well, what have we learned so far in Melbourne?

On this week’s Open Era, Simon and Devang tackle broadcast issues in the U.S, John McEnroe and Cliff Drysdale yelling at clouds, and the first ‘Netflix moments’ of the year.

Then, they review the losses we’ve seen, rating the performances of Osaka, Zverev, Gauff, and Raducanu before casting an eye towards the final week.

To close, it’s parting shots, which feature Ash Barty in Vogue an...
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Novak Djokovic has been deported, but there’s a tournament to be played. In the latest Open Era, Simon and Devang touch on Novak’s removal from Australia before breaking down the Real Tennis ahead, including some bonkers predictions with the 2022 Australian Open already underway. Plus, parting shots include sad news regarding Juan Martin Del Potro, Andy Murray turning down Saudi Arabia, and our thoughts on the Tennis Netflix ser...
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January 10, 2022 65 min
What an incredibly stupid week that was.

Novak Djokovic may or may not be allowed to play in the Australian Open, and that somehow doesn’t feel like the biggest takeaway from a story that captured the attention of the wider world.

Oh yea, the tennis bits: Canada wins the truly not fake ATP Cup, Halep, Monfils, and Nadal provide some normalc, and Simon and Devang reach deep for some big 2022 predictions.

There’s a lot to get to. Jo...
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We’re back! Simon and Devang ring in the new year with takes on Novak’s will he or won’t he Aussie Open drama plus a rapid fire on all the tennis news we missed over the holidays. Plus, parting shots and a heartfelt message to you, our wonderful listeners. Thanks for sticking with us.

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December 27, 2021 32 min
As we all sit here, bathed in the afterglow of the holiday spirit, I wonder how we’ll all remember 2021 in Tennis?
Yes we almost saw history on the ATP side with a certain world number 1 coming ever so close to tennis immortality. Yes, we saw an unheralded British teenager do something which had never been done in professional tennis and romp to a first Grand Slam title.
But lost between all of these grand narratives were to storie...
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Men’s tennis at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics was turned upside down by Juan Martin del Potro. The Tower of Tandil stunned world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the first round. Del Potro, recovering from a wrist injury, would meet Rafael Nadal in the semifinal and remind us why the lanky Argentinian was such a unique talent.

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December 13, 2021 45 min
In early November, the ATP became a signatory of the United Nations Sports for Climate Action. This announcement came off the back of the COP 26 summit which took place in Glasgow, wherein world leaders were challenged to accelerate sustainability and climate related actions on a global scale.
The ATP produced a document which outlined the commitments it had made along with the key commitments within the United Nations agreements. H...
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December 6, 2021 66 min
It’s over. It's done.

Yes Mr Frodo, the tennis season is over now.

We finally did it. We made it to the end of the 2021 campaign and what better way to wrap things up than by having on Patreon extraordinar Priyanka Dobson.

We dig into the WTA’s huge stand against China before tackling the Davis Cup Final and the ATP award nominees.

All that before the final Parting Shots of the year.

Still can’t believe this season is done…

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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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November 22, 2021 62 min
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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