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The Behind the Racquet Pod is the best glimpse you can get in to the ins and outs of professional tennis, told by its players, and voiced by Noah Rubin, and his podcast partner Mike Cation.

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    • 4.5 • 87 Ratings

The Behind the Racquet Pod is the best glimpse you can get in to the ins and outs of professional tennis, told by its players, and voiced by Noah Rubin, and his podcast partner Mike Cation.

    Stefan Kozlov wins the Australian Open Wild Card

    Stefan Kozlov wins the Australian Open Wild Card

    This week, hear Mike's interview with Stefan Kozlov, who won the USTA's reciprocal wild card to the Australian Open by virtue of a final, title, and title over the last 4 weeks in Vegas, Charlottesville, and Champaign.
    We've also got an interview with Christopher Eubanks, winner of the Knoxville Challenger one week ago.
    Finally, to start the show, the boys discuss Koz's impeccable run over the last two months, Peng Shuai, and Novak's completely unnecessary post celebrating Alex Zverev.
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    • 38 min
    Behind the Racquet with Aleks Vukic

    Behind the Racquet with Aleks Vukic

    Quiet, business like, and driven are great ways to describe Aleksandar Vukic. As opposed to a lot of the pros, who have had an amazing junior pedigree, he came to the University of Illinois as a secondary prospect. But now, after a run to the Finals in Charlottesville, he's starting to realize his top 100 dreams.
    We'll also discuss his new coach, his Covid diagnosis immediately before the US Open, and the difficulties of being away from Australia for such a long period of time in 2021.
    As a bonus, we do add in the post match interview with Stefan Kozlov after he won the title in Charlottesville.

    Talk to you from Knoxville!
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    • 45 min
    Vasek Pospisil on the state of the PTPA and how it impacts Challengers and Futures

    Vasek Pospisil on the state of the PTPA and how it impacts Challengers and Futures

    One of the co-founders of the PTPA, Vasek Pospisil, joins Mike and Noah from Charlottesville, where he's the top seed at the Charlottesville Men's Pro Challenger.
    Our half hour chat didn't even begin to get in to the full depths of the PTPA and how it fits in to the tennis landscape. But Vasek did give an update on where it's at now, how it impacts lower level players, and he debates the clarity of message with Mike.
    He also discusses how it's impacted him on court...and hopefully, we'll get another opportunity to get in to it more during the offseason.
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    • 34 min
    Quick Update on Noah's ankle (yes, again); and Mike's Indian Wells trip. Big guests upcoming...

    Quick Update on Noah's ankle (yes, again); and Mike's Indian Wells trip. Big guests upcoming...

    Catching up with Noah here after a few weeks off, as the final stretch awaits. Back with new guests and shows next week.
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    • 15 min
    Mary Carillo on the Zverev Allegations and Tennis Journalism

    Mary Carillo on the Zverev Allegations and Tennis Journalism

    We dive in deep to the legendary commentator's decision to resign from her commentary duties with the Laver Cup this past weekend. You'll hear her explain why with regard to the domestic abuse allegations against Alex Zverev, and why that decision, and others in her career, have been so important to her, and have also cost her work.
    Quick note from Mike: This was a difficult pod to record for me personally. Mary is as authentic as it can get, and it made me a) realize some of my own shortcomings in that department, while also b) inspiring me to find my own path forward in the same regards when it comes to journalism and authenticity. Hopefully it will be a fascinating pod for you guys as well!
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    • 43 min
    Behind the Racquet with Francesca Di Lorenzo

    Behind the Racquet with Francesca Di Lorenzo

    Ohio State? The transition to the pro tour? Fishing? Insulting Noah Rubin? You name it, this pod has it. We talked with the 24-year-old about her standout career in Columbus, her ascension in the pro ranks, and how challenging it has been to maintain that level. We go through some fishing excursions she's had down in Tampa, and a very, very special and important request for the tournament organizers in Indian Wells.
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    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
87 Ratings

87 Ratings

Soft Sounds ,

Audio channels

Great show but you need to fix the audio channels. One voice in the right ear and another in the left ear is annoying.

Former Ump ,

Another home run

Thanks for the Taylor Townsend interview. She is, from the Juniors to the Pro’s one of, if not the nicest person I’ve ever met.

And Kudo’s to Tennis Channel for having her guesting on air, she’s remarkably good at her tennis analysis.

Greeny 3819 ,

Excellent podcast!

An excellent look into the world of players outside of the top 100 and the struggles they face. Very interesting and eye opening. It’s made me more of a tennis fan.

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