Beyond the Baseline Podcast: Wrapping up the Olympic tennis chaos in Rio
On this week's episode of the SI Tennis Beyond the Baseline Podcast, Sports Illustrated executive editor and host Jon Wertheim talks with SI.com tennis producer Jamie Lisanti about the first days of the Rio 2016 Olympic tennis tournament.
After a slurry of shocking upsets in the opening days of tennis at the Olympic Games, Wertheim joins the podcast from the NBC Olympic studios in Stamford, Conn., where he is doing on-air TV work, to discuss Rio 2016 tennis. With Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic both ousted in the early rounds, Wertheim discusses what went wrong with the No. 1 seeds and also talks about the play of their opponents, Ukraine's Elina Svitolina and Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro. Wertheim and Lisanti also talk about Serena's rumored shoulder injury, del Potro's stellar play against Djokovic and the Serb's reaction after the match and the doubles tournament, which also saw Serena and Venus Williams get knocked out in the first round.
Wertheim also discusses the overall feel of the Olympic tennis tournament and what it means to players like Puerto Rico's Monica Puig, who beat Spain's Garbine Muguruza.
Also on the podcast, Wertheim discusses the chances America's Madison Keys has at a gold medal and makes his picks for the podium.
Check back on SI.com next week for another episode of Beyond the Baseline.