🏆 California kings and queens
UCLA and USC win respective NCAA men’s volleyball and beach volleyball national championships
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If this natty round-up feels familiar, it’s because two teams bagged back-to-back ’ships this weekend.
May 06, 2024
🎾 Plugged in servers
Microsoft renews its partnership with the Billie Jean King Cup
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On Thursday, the Billie Jean King (BJK) Cup extended its partnership with Microsoft through 2026. It focuses on developing tech solutions for the women’s national team tennis tournament by utilizing the Azure cloud platform, allowing Microsoft to flex its computing muscles in women’s sports amid explosive sector growth.
May 06, 2024
🎾 Plot twist
Saudi Arabia selected as WTA Finals host through 2026
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It turns out all the rumors are true. After much deliberation, the WTA Finals will take place in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, from 2024 to 2026. Despite human rights concerns from women’s tennis athletes and journalists, the WTA ultimately followed the money.
April 05, 2024
🎾 Meeting their match
Saudi Arabia reportedly makes push to merge ATP, WTA with proposed PIF Tour
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According to The Telegraph, Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) wants to merge the WTA and ATP tennis tours with a limited-time, $2B offer that expires in 90 days. The rebranded PIF Tour would reportedly replace the proposed Premium Tour, a joint WTA–ATP circuit that’s been in development since January.
March 15, 2024
🎾 At their break(ing) point
Saudi Arabia reportedly offers $2B to unite the WTA and ATP Tours
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New attempt at sportswashing just dropped: Saudi Arabia has reportedly offered to invest $2B to unite the WTA and ATP Tours, the latest effort by the oil-rich country to steer attention away from their atrocious human rights record through sport.
March 15, 2024
🎾 That didn’t go so well
No Canadians remain at Indian Wells Open after week one
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Just one week into the prestigious Indian Wells Open hosted in California and every Canadian singles player has already been ousted from the tournament.
March 11, 2024
🎾 A full-court approach
A proposed WTA-ATP merger is picking up steam
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The women’s tour is particularly receptive to the concept, which would produce a new “Premium Tour” to exist alongside the Grand Slams — and offer women athletes equal pay.
January 31, 2024
🎾 Take a bow
Aryna Sabalenka and Jannik Sinner win at the Australian Open
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January 29, 2024
One epic fortnight Down Under later, a defending champ retained their Australian Open crown, while a rising star clinched their first-ever Grand Slam title.
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Ep #366

A WNBA season preview

May 14, 2024
A WNBA season preview

Merry WNBA season start!

It’s all hoops, all the time on today’s episode of The GIST of It as co-hosts Ellen Hyslop and Steph Rotz preview everything you need to know before the new WNBA season tips off tonight. From the league’s off-court moves to the teams and players to keep an eye on, El and Steph are here to help you prepare for the most anticipated W season…ever.

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🎾 All that glitters is gold
It's time to crown Australian Open champions
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After two weeks of shocking upsets and sheer domination Down Under, it’s time to crown the first Grand Slam champions of the year.
January 26, 2024
🎾 Guess who’s back…back again
Coco Gauff is through to her first-ever Austalian Open semi
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The women’s and men’s semifinals are officially set Down Under, highlighted by two defending champs eager to retain their crown.
January 24, 2024
🎾 Bad like the Barbie
World No. 4 Coco Gauff cruises into the Australian Open quarter-finals
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The Grand Slam Down Under enters its second week in Melbourne, with courtside vibes and IRL visitors hitting all-time highs as the quarter-finals begin.
January 22, 2024
🎾 A royal court
Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund pursues right to the Billie Jean King Cup
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This adds to Saudi Arabia’s ongoing interest in women’s tennis tournaments like the 2023 and 2024 WTA Finals.
January 17, 2024
2024 Australian Open preview
2024 Australian Open preview
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The Australian Open — tennis’ first Grand Slam of the year — began in Melbourne last night, so today, we’re serving up all you need to know as the tourney continues.
January 14, 2024
🎾 Serving game
Fitness company Kyanee signs tennis star Ons Jabeur as its global brand ambassador
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After several major plays to host international tennis events, including the WTA Finals, Saudi Arabia had a quiet December for women’s sports moves.
January 12, 2024