Patrick McEnroe Covering Brittney Griner

WNBA star Brittney Griner
WNBA star Brittney Griner

By MuddHouse Media Team

WNBA star player, Brittney Griner, was detained at a Moscow airport in February due to possession of cartridges containing THC vaping oil in her luggage. 

Since her arrest, our Holding Court podcast host, Patrick McEnroe, has been tracking her case against the Russian court since early March. 

McEnroe has been using his podcast as a vehicle to discuss the situation further between Brittney Griner, Russia, and the US since she has been in Russia before the invasion of Ukraine. 

Patrick has made several appearances in the media discussing the issue of political tension between Russia and the US since the Ukrainian invasion and how Russia is using Brittney Griner as a “political pawn” against the US. 

Patrick discusses how Brittney Griner factors into the tension between Russia and the US at the 8-month mark of her incarceration, which also happened to be her birthday.  

On October 25, 2022, the day of Brittney Griner’s appeal to the Russian court for her nine-year prison sentence, McEnroe told Newsmax that he believes that “it would not play out particularly well” for her.

“She’s going to serve some serious time unless something remarkable behind the scenes is happening.” 

McEnroe tells Newsmax that he believes that she is “playing right into Putin’s hands.” 

“The more public this becomes, the more of a figure she becomes well-known … The more you publicize this, the more this is playing into Putin’s hands.” 

McEnroe believes that if her appeal does not go well, she could endure worse internment conditions. 

Unfortunately, shortly after McEnroe’s appearance on Newsmax, Brittney Griner’s appeal was rejected by the Russian court. 

For more tennis news and analysis, listen and subscribe to Holding Court with Patrick McEnroe here.

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Patrick McEnroe Talks Simona Halep on Holding Court

Simona Haelp playing tennis
Simona Haelp playing tennis

By MuddHouse Media Team

The tennis world was caught by storm at the news of Simona Halep's positive drug test for a banned substance, so it should not be a surprise that Holding Court host Patrick McEnroe weighed in on the situation on a recent episode of his podcast

McEnroe stated his belief that Halep bears some responsibility for the suspension, regardless of the fact that she is a polite, respected athlete. Being nice is "neither here nor there when it comes to whether or not she actually took the drug," McEnroe said.

The International Tennis Integrity Agency said Halep, the No. 9 player in the WTA, tested positive for a banned substance called roxadustat. Halep is now ineligible to compete in or attend any event that is organized by the governing bodies of the sport. She called the impending battle with the anti-doping agency the "hardest match of [her] life." 

McEnroe called attention to her statement in this tweet, pointing out that she did not actually deny taking the drug.

"She is not saying [that] she didn't take the drug," he said. "At least in her comment, she is saying that she never knowingly took any prohibited substance."

McEnroe, addressing the speculation that someone could have given Halep the illegal substance without her knowing, said proof of this could perhaps make her ban "not quite as serious," though he did emphasize that Halep is still responsible for the situation.

"[It's] very, very open for debate [of] what could have happened here," he said. "But again, you can't really speculate on how she got it or what happened there. So, I don't think we should say that Simona, in this case, is a 'victim.' Again, you have to be, as an athlete, responsible."

For more tennis news and analysis, listen and subscribe to Holding Court with Patrick McEnroe here.

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Patrick McEnroe at the US Open!

Patrick McEnroe sits in the referee chair at the US Open

Patrick McEnroe went to the US Open! Listen to Holding Court now

By Matthew McGuirk

Patrick McEnroe sits in the referee chair at the US Open

The 2022 US Open wrapped up this week, and our own Holding Court host Patrick McEnroe was on the scene covering the event for ESPN.

Patrick McEnroe sits in the referee chair at the US Open
“Photo from Allison Joseph/USTA via USOpen.org.”

Early on in the tournament, McEnroe was involved in an exhibition match that was played in support of Tennis Plays for Peace, an initiative looking to bring the tennis community together to support the humanitarian relief efforts for the ongoing war in Ukraine. McEnroe took over the umpire chair as tennis legend Rafael Nadal gave a tennis lesson to staff members from Veselka, a popular Ukrainian restaurant in Manhattan. 

During a stand-up hit for ESPN, McEnroe also addressed the status of Serena Williams, who announced in an article for Vogue in early August that she’d be retiring after the US Open. McEnroe noted the “celebration of Serena” that was going to take place and applauded the tennis star for her longevity in the sport. 

 

After McEnroe previewed Williams’ position in this year’s tournament, she went on to upset the second-seeded Anett Kontaveit to move into the third round. Following the upset win, McEnroe told Newsmax that he thought Williams might have a shot at winning the entire tournament, but a loss to Ajla Tomljanovic ended her last run at a US Open championship.

McEnroe also spent some time talking with Frances Tiafoe, who was defeated by Carlos Alcaraz in a five-set match that went over four hours on Sept. 10.

 

Alcaraz, 19, went on to win the tournament, drawing praise from McEnroe.

“It’s remarkable to watch Alcaraz play this game, how he’s elevated the tempo of this game along with Sinner and Tiafoe and other young guys,” McEnroe said on ESPN, as documented by Rory Carroll of Reuters.

McEnroe is sure to be back behind the podcast microphone soon, so stay tuned for future episodes of Holding Court.

Listen to episodes of Holding Court here. 

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From Wimbledon to Nashville, catch up with MuddHouse Media in June 2022!

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From banning Russian athletes at Wimbledon to CMA Fest in Nashville, find out what the hosts and partners of MuddHouse Media have been up to this June!

By Matthew McGuirk

The MuddHouse Media Logo on the Glen Campbell Museum in Nashville, TN during CMA Fest 2022

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MuddHouse was featured at the CMA Fest in Nashville earlier this month when Country Music Success Stories hosts Candy O’Terry, and Jacy Dawn Valeras hosted live interviews with top country talent. 

 

 

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“It is an honor to see MuddHouse Media’s visibility on the iconic street of Broadway in Nashville for CMA Fest this year,” said MuddHouse Media CEO Kris Meyer. “Candy and Jacy are two best in class podcast hosts and partners to MuddHouse.”

Patrick McEnroe Headed to Wimbledon

Holding Court host Patrick McEnroe headed to the Wimbledon tennis tournament in London, where he’s covering the event for ESPN from June 27 to July 10. 

 

McEnroe penned an opinion piece for CNN, where he argued against Wimbledon's decision to ban Russian and Belarusian athletes from the event.

Beat the Press Addresses Important Questions about Mass Shooting Coverage

Following the tragic shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, Beat the Press dedicated an entire episode to discussing the role of the media in covering these mass shootings. Host Emily Rooney was joined by Lylah Alphonse of The Boston GlobeDan Kennedy of Northeastern University, and Joanna Weiss of Experience Magazine as they addressed the media contagion effect, covering the shooter, releasing photographs of the deceased, and the politics of guns. 

 

 

Rooney and her panel made the decision to record this single-themed episode to foster an important conversation about covering this recurring problem in the U.S.

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Holding Court Podcast: An Overview

By Grant Vanzura

Holding Court Podcast: An Overview

Tennis is a game rooted on individual competition, skill, and grace. In Patrick McEnroe’s podcast Holding Court, listeners get insight on strategies and qualities that make both a person and a tennis player successful from one of the sport’s sharpest minds. Guests range from athletes such as Sergio Garcia, Steve Nash, Dirk Nowitzki, Chrissie Evert, etc to famous actors such as Ben Stiller, Alec Baldwin, and Kyle MacLachlan, with whom he draws parallels between the sport and other professions.  McEnroe covers topics that include, but are not limited to teaching methods, the mental toll of the game, discipline required, youth sports issues, level of preparation required, and how to maintain love for the sport in general.

A list of many of McEnroe's accomplished guests

Patrick’s endeavors from an early age have allowed him to have first-hand access to many tennis icons including names aforementioned. Fans of the game have been spoiled as of late due to the talents of Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams and a myriad of other great tennis players that have increased the game's popularity. In his podcast, McEnroe speaks about practices and stories that could help mold the upcoming generation of tennis players. His close relationship with the UTSA has led to him influencing the style of play for tournament style tennis players. In his podcast, McEnroe speaks about a more inclusive method of training and teaching tennis that would help open up the game to more players of all ages and skills. The mental toll of playing tennis, McEnroe emphasizes, can lead an aspiring athlete astray from playing the game. Unlike football, basketball, hockey, soccer, or any other team sport, tennis players are left looking at the mirror for correcting mistakes because they do not rely on teammates and can point solely to their own errors as the reason for why they lost a match. McEnroe desires to aid the next generation of players to understand and excel at possibly the most taxing part of playing the sport.

Patrick McEnroe John McEnroe
Patrick and John McEnroe at the John McEnroe Tennis Academy

 

 

With a few of McEnroe’s guests in the entertainment industry, he discusses and compares aspects of acting/performing to aspects of tennis, especially the competitive nature and level of preparation success takes in both fields. In both of these professions, the audience scrutinizes every action done by the actor or athlete. Tennis is a sport in which competitors are held to a high standard in how they carry themselves while on the court. When a player loses their temper or shows any sign of bad sportsmanship, the chair umpire and the audience always notice and critique which can be overwhelming especially for younger athletes that have not experienced the mental toll of playing five sets of tennis in a competitive match. This parallels the acting profession as one scene in which the actor breaks character or does not express the ample emotion for a scene can lead to heavy criticism from critics as well as fans.

Holding Court also sheds light on how the pressures in modern day youth sports can affect how parents mentor their children. A common misconception among parents influencing their children in the direction of competitive sports is the amount of training required for an athlete to reach success. McEnroe and guest Dick Vitale speak in episode five about the excessive professionalism of youth sports. Many of the world’s greatest tennis players and athletes played multiple different sports as children. Diversifying these sports allows young athletes to become more well-rounded in their approach to any one given sport as well as not exhaust them to the point of losing their joy for the game.

While recalling many great memories McEnroe has of tennis, listeners can feel the unbridled joy Patrick has for the game. Holding Court is a podcast designed not only for tennis fans, but also for people looking to learn how to compete the right way without damaging one’s inherent love for their hobbies, passions, sports, jobs, or any other field based in competition.

 

Patrick and John McEnroe with aspiring tennis players

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