94 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 95: Dramarama Roma

    Episode 95: Dramarama Roma

    Buongiorno! HOTYR takes Italia in this episode covering the action at the Italian Open in Rome. We discuss who’s remaining in the field on the ATP and WTA sides of the tournament, including Shapo’s surprising victory (plus a theory we have about what exactly led to his success...) and our favorite cup of OJ’s (Ons Jabeur, if you didn’t get the joke) continued clay success. We also highlight the Italian Open’s egregious pay inequality between its WTA and ATP prize money, as well as Naomi Osaka’s departure from IMG and subsequent business venture, Johanna Konta’s pregnancy, and Roger Federer’s comeback. Enjoy!


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    • 43 min
    Episode 94: Spain With the 'S'?

    Episode 94: Spain With the 'S'?

    After a bit of rest since our last episode, we are back! Thank you to everyone who tuned into Episode 93 and shared the love; we really appreciate it and are excited to welcome some new listeners to HOTYR! This episodes dives into the ATP And WTA clay season action so far, particularly in Madrid, but we also explore some important off-court discussions. For example, what’s up with the Wimbledon ban? Is it effective? How can the tennis world ensure that we’re being empathetic towards Ukrainian players (and people) while also acting fairly? What role does sport play in politics? After that fruitful discussion, the two of us move on to what we feel is one of the most important conversations we’ve had on the podcast. We discuss Pam Shriver’s recent Telegraph article about her emotionally abusive relationship with her coach, Don Candy, when she was 17 years old and he was 33, highlighting some of the feelings she experienced during (and in the aftermath of) their relationship and messages she shared for young women, as well as our own ability to relate to some of what Shriver was discussing. Hang around for a Naomi shoutout and a celebration of one of our favorite ATP dilfs. Enjoy!


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    • 49 min
    Episode 93: Riddled With Morgan

    Episode 93: Riddled With Morgan

    Special guest alert: Morgan Riddle! The woman on a mission to make tennis cool again, social media influencer with nearly 50k followers on Instagram and over 230k followers on TikTok, “Tennis Tour 101” TikTok creator, and girlfriend of Taylor Fritz (ATP #13, highest ranked American male player) joins us on this very special episode of HOTYR. We discuss Morgan’s career, how she got into influencing and found herself in the world of tennis, and advice for fellow badass, ambitious females like her. Morgan talks to us about everything from social media hate, internalized misogyny, and the importance of speaking openly about mental health to the behind the scenes of the upcoming tennis Netflix show, what the professional tennis tour’s social circle looks like, and how she has acclimated to the ATP tour life. We end with a fun game of Would You Rather (strawberries and cream or Honey Deuce, the ultimate question) and some dating tips for anyone looking to meet a professional tennis player. Take this opportunity to learn more about Morgan’s impressive career and what’s to come in her travel-busy life as a tennis influencer. Enjoy, hotties!

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    Episode 92: Coach Poach

    Episode 92: Coach Poach

    It’s clay season, baby! We discuss the biggest ongoing and upcoming clay tournaments of recent, Charleston and Monte-Carlo, predicting our clay standouts (and dropouts…) of the season. We also talk the PMou coach poach, Serena’s comeback at Wimbledon, Matteo’s unfortunate injury, and Ons’ impressive return to form. We’re one with the clay today! Just listen to Josefina - you can hear it in her voice ;) Enjoy, hotties.


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    • 34 min
    Episode 91: Hard Rock or Chris Rock?

    Episode 91: Hard Rock or Chris Rock?

    Chris Rock, Hard Rock, drama, oh my! From the Oscars fiasco and its unfortunate tainting of the King Richard movie to the finals in Miami, we’ve got you covered on the latest news on and off the court. Domi’s (brief) return and continued bad luck, an exciting new WTA partnership, and news around the ATP’s investigation into Alexander Zverev are also part of our Hot Headlines discuss. Josefina discusses her exciting weekend excursion to Hard Rock Stadium and then we survey the finals. Four faves left, who’s gonna take it?


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    • 39 min
    Episode 90: This One's for Ash

    Episode 90: This One's for Ash

    Well! You already know what this episode is about. The Barty Party has now come to an end (that was hard to type). We unpack Ash’s retirement and her wonderful video farewell, discussing all things balance, passion, and breaking down the barriers of what it means to be a “successful” professional athlete. We don’t hesitate to lay all the (sometimes misogynistic) critiques of her decision to bed and reflect on Ash’s career and inspiring attitude, one that can teach us all a few things. We also discuss Iga Swiatek’s victory in Indian Wells, plus her likely rise to #1 and words about Barty, Taylor Fritz’s magical run, Nadal’s injury, and all the action that is to come in Miami (including some...kind words about Raducanu/Draper's agent ;) ). Soak up some of that 305 sun because this episode is sure to be a good one.


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    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

Aliza B K ,

Gen X 💚 Gen Z tennis takes

This pod is what was missing from my tennis lineup. Really appreciate these young player-observers’ conversations about not only what is making pro tennis fun and captivating to watch at the moment, but also the ethics of tennis. Brava! keep going!

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.

splenax ,

Fun Podcast About Tennis!

I don’t even like tennis; however, this podcast is dope.

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