Robbie Koenig from Melbourne on 2021 Australian Open
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On this week's episode, host Jon Wertheim talks with Robbie Koenig from Melbourne to discuss the 2021 Australian Open and the early challenges the tournament is facing with positive COVID-19 tests, player controversies and more. Wertheim and Koenig talk about the quarantine conditions in Australia, including Koenig's own experience in a 14-day hotel lockdown; the COVID-19 protocols; how the challenges will impact the tournament and the players; whether or not there has been unfair treatment among the players; and much more.

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Blair Henley on getting the best out of players virtually and inside the stadium
"It’s those times where you’re sort of sitting there figuring out what can we do to make the most of this tournament in terms of publicizing our sport? It's just finding the different avenues to tell people about our game." Though a lot of focus has been on the players and all of the obstacles they’ve had to endure this past month and year, reporters like this week's guest Blair Henley have had to adjust, too. Henley is a recognizable face on the tour as one of the top digital media creators and stadium hosts out there. After her own playing career wrapped up at Rice University, Henley got her start making instructional videos for Tennis Now and writing for outlets like TENNIS Magazine. Since 2015, she has been a stadium host at some of the most popular calendar stops like the US Open, Cincinnati, Indian Wells and Delray Beach. Her job is to put the players, and the tournaments, on the map. She tells us all about her career and what it has been like to get quality time with big names like Roger Federer while building relationships with new faces like Coco Gauff and Sebastian Korda.  To start of the year, she was one fate lucky few on site at Delray Beach. Then during the Austrian Open swing, she did online interviews called “Quarantine Chronicles” with Victoria Azarenka, Stefanos Tsitsitpas and Rajeev Ram for her YouTube channel.  She explains how her work has been impacted by the pandemic, though it hasn’t been all bad: Zoom has made reporting and content creation possible from anywhere in the world. Watch Podcast episodes on YouTube and Facebook. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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The Body Serve
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The Time Is Nao
The 2021 Australian Open is in the books! After months of speculation over whether the tournament would even happen, Naomi Osaka and Novak Djokovic are the last two players standing, holding old friends Daphne and Norman. We take you through the latter rounds of both singles draws before tackling a couple of the bigger issues for us this tournament: gambling taking over the tennis coverage and Hawkeye Live being force fed to us. If you’re still with us by this point, we run through a few odds and ends, from G.E.M.S. Life’s break to some of our fashion hits and misses! 2:00 Women’s final: Naomi d. Jenny(fer) Brady for Slam #4 15:00 Women’s quarters and semis: it’s a lot of commentator emotion for a perfectly legitimate medical timeout; Naomi d. Serena 27:30 Men’s final: Djokovic wins #18, beating Medvedev in a not-great final (well, great for Novak) 30:55 Men’s quarters and semis: Grigor, why??? Plus Tsitsipas gets another breakthrough, qualifier Karatsev makes the semis 36:00 The injury, the bizarre trophy presentation, the endless drama 42:45 Doubles! Mertens/Sabalenka win & take the #1 ranking; Krejcikova and Ram each make 2 finals 45:35 I got issues: Gambling and tennis media; Hawkeye Live - why are commentators 100% in the bag for it? 59:00 Odds and ends - Sofia’s appendectomy won’t get in her way 65:25 Alexis, T*riac, locals, and the S*ndgren show 74:45 Fashions: Nike finally does it! Beautiful gowns!
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A Small Voice: Conversations With Photographers
A Small Voice: Conversations With Photographers
Ben Smith
148 - David Yarrow
David Yarrow was born in 1966 into the Scottish Yarrow shipbuilding dynasty - founded in 1865 by his grandfather, Sir Alfred Yarrow, who had come from humble origins in East London. David took up photography at an early age and as a 20-year-old university undergraduate found himself working as a photographer for The Times on the pitch at the 1986 World Cup Final in Mexico City. On that day, David took the famous picture of Diego Maradona holding the trophy and as a result was subsequently asked to cover the 1988 Winter Olympics, among other events. On his return, David was met with two job offers at the same salary. One was from Getty Images and the other from Nat West bank. To the enormous surprise of the people at Getty, but to the profound delight of his parents, he chose the latter, which led to a successful and lucrative finance career on Wall Street and ultimately building a billion dollar hedge fund. It wasn’t until the mid 2000s, in the aftermath of divorce and the financial crash that David returned to photography. David’s distinctive and immersive black and white images of life on earth have earned him an ever growing following amongst art collectors. His huge works, produced in Los Angeles, are on display in leading galleries and museums across Europe and North America and he is now recognised as one of the best selling fine art photographers in the world with limited edition prints regularly selling for tens of thousands of pounds at auction. In September 2019, Rizzoli published David’s second book with foreword was written by global NFL star Tom Brady and an afterword written by American cultural icon Cindy Crawford. All royalties from this book will be donated to conservation charities Tusk, in the UK and WildAid, in the US. David’s position in the industry has been rewarded with a wide range of advisory and ambassadorial roles and in the spring of 2020, David was appointed a Global Ambassador for Best Buddies – one of America’s most established children’s charities. In 2018 and 2019 David’s work raised over $4.5m for philanthropic and conservation organisations. At Art Miami in December 2019, his photograph _The Wolves of Wall Street_ broke new records. One print, signed by Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese, featuring the real Wolf of Wall Street – Jordan Belfort – sold for $200,000. The proceeds went to conservation NGOs supported by DiCaprio. At the start of 2020, David was in Australia documenting the devastating bush fires that have destroyed communities, wildlife and wildlands. Using the striking and poignant images that he captured of the effects of the fire, Yarrow launched the Koala Comeback Campaign to support the recovery efforts in Australia. As of early June, the campaign has raised $1.4m. In April, during the Covid-19 pandemic, David joined the Art For Heroes campaign, to raise money for the NHS. He released a print – Our Pride – with all proceeds going to HEROES. For every print purchased, David donated an Our Pride print to an NHS worker. The campaign has surpassed its original target of £1m. On episode 148, David discusses, among other things: * Working through the Covid crisis. * Monetization and the moment ‘the penny dropped’ with a picture of a shark. * Lessons learned from _Breaking Bad_. * Avoiding ‘vertical integration’ and the need for FIGJAM. * Why it’s important to keep edition sizes small. * Lessons learned from his mum (a sculptor). * America by definition being a country of entrepreneurs. * The twin filters of authenticity and commerciality. * The Catch-22 of getting gallery representation. * How his lowest point resulted in the picture that changed everything, with the help of two ladders. * When you know you have a good image. * How the idea of bringing animals and people together in the same frame came by accident. * Being exhausted by some areas of ‘wokery’. Referenced: * Willie Nelson * Tom Brady * Ansel Adams * Peter Lik * Andy Warhol * Georgio Armani * Tom Ford * Henri Matisse * Terry O’Neil * Nick Brandt * Cara Delevigne * Chris Hemsworth * Cindy Crawford * Leonardo DiCaprio * Peter Beard * Richard Avedon * Tim Ferriss Website | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter “In 2021, whatever you do, if you’re a creative in particular, I don’t think you’re excused from being a business person.”
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