54 episodes

Welcome to “Hold on to Your Racket,” the podcast for Gen Z tennis fans, hosted by Josefina Gurevich and Shravya Pant. Shravya and Josefina are two highschool gals and tennis fanatics united together by their on-the-court and off-the-court companionship. Their episodes include the latest tennis news, tournament developments, and fun tennis-themed games and tidbits, never without a good laugh. They’re the female Gen Z voices in modern day tennis you’ve been looking for, so get ready to serve it out.

Hold on to Your Racket with Josefina Gurevich and Shravya Pant Hold on to Your Racket

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Welcome to “Hold on to Your Racket,” the podcast for Gen Z tennis fans, hosted by Josefina Gurevich and Shravya Pant. Shravya and Josefina are two highschool gals and tennis fanatics united together by their on-the-court and off-the-court companionship. Their episodes include the latest tennis news, tournament developments, and fun tennis-themed games and tidbits, never without a good laugh. They’re the female Gen Z voices in modern day tennis you’ve been looking for, so get ready to serve it out.

    Episode 54: The Way of the Clay

    Episode 54: The Way of the Clay

    Hopefully the sky clears for long enough in Monte-Carlo for a match to be completed, but we’re opening the umbrella to get you the info anyways. We start out this episode with a recap of some of last week’s tournaments, as well as a run down of the latest ITF study, "Exploring Sports Gender Equality in the Media," where we discuss the portrayal and perception of women in tennis (and sports in general) compared to men. After wrapping up that discussion in Hot Headlines, we jump into Tennis Talk. As we “preview” the Monte-Carlo Masters, we take a deep dive into the draw and discuss which top seeds and dark horses we think could make a run. So far, Rafael Nadal is Shravya’s pick to win and Stefanos Tsitsipas is Josefina’s, so stick around to see how they fare in the draw and who our personal faves are to take home the trophy (hint: a certain Argentinian Disney fan is who we're rooting for...).


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    • 49 min
    Episode 53: Triton Talk

    Episode 53: Triton Talk

    Well, HOTYR listeners, this might just be our favorite episode yet. For this episode, we at down to talk with two members of the University of California San Diego Women’s Tennis team, Julianna Sabile and Clara Puscasiu. We discuss everything from the transition from high school to college athletics, what it’s like to be a part of a D1 tennis team, and the lifestyle of a student athlete to overcoming injuries, forming lifelong friendships, and how the recent success of so many former college tennis players on the pro tour has inspired Clara and Julianna. Julianna and Clara also discuss the unique experience of being a female student athlete, highlighting some of their team’s own activism to combat sexist discrepancies in the treatment of the men’s and women’s tennis teams at their university and also providing some much needed insight into the intersection between female athleticism, body image, and stigma. As a TW, we do want to note that we discuss eating disorders and body image from 14:54-16:50. We are so excited to share this episode with you and highly recommend it for anyone interested in or considering college athletics as a path forward! Go Tritons!


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    Episode 52: Lost in Vaccination

    Episode 52: Lost in Vaccination

    Tennis players making ignorant, vaccine-skeptic comments? What a shocker! The dyanamic duo is back to unpack the latest tennis tea and Miami Open news. In Hot Headlines we discuss Pospisil's emotional outburst on court, "#playersvoice", and the uncertain and confusing future of the PTPA. We also talk about the concerning attitudes towards vaccines that many top players have expressed in the past few days, while also highlighting the ATP and WTA's response and some players who (thankfully) are using their platform responsibly to promote vaccination. Also, is GEMS life back? The two of us and Milos Raonic would love to know. Moving into Tennis Talk, we're approaching the final rounds of the Miami Open, which means that a lot of exciting tennis has happened and a lot of thrilling matches await. We discuss Grecian success (including Maria Sakkari's flawless match vs. Naomi Osaka and Stefanos Tsitsipas' solid season), young guns like Sebastian Korda and Jannik Sinner, the resurgence of Ash Barty and Bianca Andreescu, and the interesting match-up between a mustached Daniil Medvedev and dark horse Roberto Bautista Agut (correction: we said in the episode that their H2H prior to their quarterfinal was 3-1 where in reality it was 2-0 -- our bad!). Come for the tennis and stay for the laughs as we offer our opinions on the latest tennis news and highlight the best of this past week, ranging from Stefanos' shoutout to his girlfriend to Sakkari's perfect hair to Andrey Rublev's ever increasing number of chains. 


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    Episode 51: It's the Hard Rock Life

    Episode 51: It's the Hard Rock Life

    This is definitely one of our most eventful episodes thanks to not only the commencement of the Miami Open (taking place right at Hard Rock Stadium), but also the appearance of our special guest (and one of our favorite coaches), Steven Forte. Steven joins us for Tennis Talk while we preview the Miami Open singles draws. On the WTA side, we discuss our picks to do well in the tournament, as well as our personal faves. Steven discusses the mentality of young players and gives us a peek into the mind of up-and-coming stars like Coco Gauff. When it comes to picking a winner for the womens’ singles title, Osaka or Muguruza seem like the mainstream favorites while Barty and Andreescu raise questions about their ongoing return to the tour, so tune in to see who each of us is picking. After wrapping up the WTA side, we start off with the ATP by discussing players including Daniil Medvedev and Grigor Dimitrov with exclusive personal anecdotes provided by Steven (who not only had a conversation with Medvedev about his funky return of serve but also sang along to Backstreet Boys with Grigor at the US Open - tune in to the episode for the full story). As expected with a tennis podcast co-hosted by Shravya, we ended up discussing Matteo Berrettini (despite his withdrawal from the tournament), in addition to other rising Italian ATP stars posing as forces to be reckoned with in Miami. But of course, what’s a HOTYR episode without some fun. After Tennis Talk, Steven joins us for a special edition of TBFQ (Tennis Ball Frizz Quiz): tennis players with tattoos edition. We hope he’s recovering well from his performance in that trivia segment. Tune in for a fun (as usual) but also a fresh perspective and exclusive stories about your favorite players.


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    Episode 50: It's a Good Time to Be Russian

    Episode 50: It's a Good Time to Be Russian

    It’s our 50th episode! Thank you so much to all of you who have supported us during our podcasting journey these past seven months. In this episode, we reflect on our path to 50 and the ever dramatic week of tennis that’s unfolding before our eyes this week, complete with everything from young talents breaking through in Mexico (both on the ATP and WTA), home country WTA dominance in Russia, and a final of dark horses in Dubai. The two of us discuss the all-Russian lineup in St. Petersburg (as well as the resurgence of WTA veterans Kuznetsova and Zvonareva), the Harris vs. Karatsev final in Dubai, Lorenzo Musetti’s endearing run in Acapulco (along with a side conversation about the appeal--or lack thereof--of one handed backhands, of course), and our hopes for an Ann Li vs. Leylah Fernandez final in Monterrery. We had a blast recording our 50th episode, so we hope you join in to listen on our discussion on everything from the tennis to the tea. 


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    Episode 49: You've Got to Be Kid-ding Me

    Episode 49: You've Got to Be Kid-ding Me

    So. Much. Tennis. If this isn’t commitment, we don’t know what is because we recap five tournaments in this episode AND preview four more. Before starting off with Tennis Talk, we have baby-talk because not one, but THREE pro tennis players becoming parents whether it be for the first or fourth time. On the WTA side this past week we had the 2021 success story, Garbine Muguruza, with a comeback season title in Dubai, as well as Sara Sorribes Tormo with a maiden title in Guadalajara. Again we discuss Doha’s champion *sigh* Nikoloz Basilashvili without failing to mention his DV case and how it has been ignored by the mainstream tennis media this past year, especially some questionable coverage of his title run this week. And with that conversation comes the discussion of Doha’s real champion, Roberto Bautista Agut, who bested Thiem AND Rublev to make the final. Then we have HOTYR-picked Marseille winner Daniil Medvedev who defeated a personal favorite of ours, man-bunned PHH in the finals. Finally, we discuss Cristian Garin’s under-the-radar success in Chile and preview top seeds, Tiebreakers, and Champion Picks for this week’s upcoming tourneys including Dubai (ATP), St. Petersburg, Monterrey, and Acapulco. We have more recap action coming up later this week, so until next time, hasta la vista, baby.


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Customer Reviews

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8 Ratings

JJ-Tennis ,

Witty, current and well done!

Excellent work from these two young ladies. Tennis tournament recap, tennis news, trivia and humor-all in one place. Well done and I look forward to the French Open👍🏽👍🏽

Good to see the team going strong into 2021. Good Luck.

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Excellent!

Excellent podcast— all the necessary tennis information presented in an easy to understand and entertaining format! Hope it reaches more tennis fans

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