The Czabe opened his show last week asking why tennis is such a terrible fit for sports-talk radio. He had a bunch of possible answers: niche sport, no enough relevant statistical information for discussions, etc. I wasn’t fully satisfied by any of them, but I agree 100% with his general thesis: Tennis is death on the radio. Even when there’s something relevant to talk about and both the host and the audience know what they’re talking about. It just doesn’t work.
But the flip side of that oddity is that tennis is a fantastic literary subject and it makes for really, really great long-form writing. Like this wonderful Brian Phillips essay on the Nadal-Djokovich final.