Rodney Rapson, PlaySight’s managing director for Europe & UK, joins me to talk about the company’s role in staging and televising the return of live pro tennis, how to write the rules on sports safety during a pandemic, and the way to host an event with the fewest possible people.

Trying something new: The episode has bonus content after the first 30 minutes. If you want to leave before we get to Minute 31, the first playing of the outro music is your cue.

Previously on Thirty Love:

Ben Rothenberg On PlaySight

PlaySight’s Chen Shachar On Helping Tennis Players To Know Themselves

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Music by Lee Rosevere: “Credit Roll” and “Glass Android.”


Freelance tennis writer Ben Rothenberg, co-host of the No Challenges Remaining tennis podcast, rejoins me to talk about the pandemic’s effect on the tennis writing business, the seismic effect the tours’ interruption could have on its power balance, and his first two acts if he became commissioner of tennis (my idea).

Previously on Thirty Love:

Ben Rothenberg On PlaySight

Ben Rothenberg On Exposing The Darko Grncarov Myth

Ben Rothenberg On Former Phenom Monique Viele

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Music by Lee Rosevere: “Credit Roll” and “Glass Android.”


For the Q1 2020 Yelp Economic Average report, we’re using a new methodology that tracks several indicators on a daily basis, and extends into Q2. For more on the methodology for this report, click here.

Business Closures and Rapid Consumer Reaction to the Public-Health Threat Added up to Several Hurricanes Worth of Local Economic Upheaval Across the U.S.

The economic changes from the first quarter of 2020 were unlike anything we’ve ever seen. In a period of about 15 days as the nation reacted to the threat of the coronavirus pandemic, the economy transformed as much as it had in Yelp’s prior 15 years of operation, combined.

So rather than share one indicator of economic strength for the whole quarter, as we normally report in our Yelp Economic Average, we are sharing several indicators that track what happened throughout the quarter, from its typical first 10 weeks to its final three weeks of upheaval. We’re also tracking several indicators through the first 19 days of the second quarter, as the pandemic’s effects continued past March 31. …


Matt Marolf, writer for UbiTennis, rejoins me from an appropriate social distance to talk about Roger Federer’s tweeted support for a WTA-ATP merger, speculate wildly (OK, that’s mostly me) about what drove the move and what might come next, and discuss which member(s) of tennis’s Murray family would make the best boss of tennis.

Listen to Matt’s previous appearance on Thirty Love, discussing Wimbledon’s cancellation of its 2020 tournament

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Music by Lee Rosevere: “Credit Roll” and “Glass Android.”


Former college tennis player Alex Aksanov, now a coach and a physical therapist at a Brooklyn hospital, joins me to talk about helping people with coronavirus recover their health and strength, exercises for the homebound tennis player without a net, and the joys and heartbreak of finding a tennis court to play on in New York City.

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Music by Lee Rosevere: “Credit Roll” and “Glass Android.”


Carlos Silva, the CEO of World TeamTennis, joins me to talk about planning for the possible return of the pro game; the range of possibilities for what could constitute World TeamTennis in an age of physical distancing; and why this unusual season could be unusually American, or atypically global.

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Music by Lee Rosevere: “Credit Roll” and “Glass Android.”


Coronavirus is quickly reshaping every corner of the U.S. local economy — and Yelp data is reflecting the upheaval in real time.

Consumers are responding to fears of infection, social distancing recommendations, stay-at-home orders, and mandated business closures by changing their behavior around eating, shopping, planning their finances, managing their homes, new home offices and gyms, while taking care of their health and wellness. The changes, like the pandemic that spawned them, haven’t hit all of the U.S. in the same way, though every state now reflects, to some degree or another, the new reality of the coronavirus economy. …


Craig Shapiro, host of the Under Review Tennis Podcast, joins me to talk about tennis organizations and players uniting during the virus-induced shutdown of sports, which classic matches to watch when there are no live ones, and how he’s built and grown his 20-month-old show.

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Music by Lee Rosevere: “Credit Roll” and “Glass Android.”


Coronavirus is quickly reshaping every corner of the U.S. local economy — and Yelp data is reflecting the upheaval in real time.

Consumers are responding to fears of infection, social distancing recommendations, stay-at-home orders, and mandated business closures by changing their behavior around eating, shopping, planning their finances, managing their homes and new home offices and gyms, and taking care of their health and wellness. The changes, like the pandemic that spawned them, haven’t hit all of the U.S. in the same way, though every state now reflects, to some degree or another, the new reality of the coronavirus economy. …


Matt Marolf, writer for UbiTennis, joins me, his neighbor, from an appropriate social distance to talk about Wimbledon’s cancellation, the implications for the record books, and how tennis might come back — as a live sport, a spectator sport, and a participatory sport — before the tours are ready to return.

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Music by Lee Rosevere: “Credit Roll” and “Glass Android.”

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