98 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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    • 4.9 • 16 Ratings

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 99: Touch Some Grass

    Episode 99: Touch Some Grass

    Summer has officially started and the grass is greener than ever; welcome to the grass season! As we soak up the summer sun and embark on two months of tennis coaching (oh boy), we turn from our Red Ball classes to the professional level, discussing the latest on the ATP and WTA tours when it comes to the grass. A celebration of Serena’s return and Rafael Nadal’s baby are both in order, as well as a look at the 2022 grass champions so far and some special love for Tim van Rijthoven. Who’s in form for a deep Wimbledon run? Who could surprise us with some strong play at SW19? From Matteo to Beatriz, from Hubi to Ons, we’re excited to dive into the grassy action. Tune in for an enthusiastic embrace of grass court play.


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    • 49 min
    Episode 98: Expect the Expected

    Episode 98: Expect the Expected

    Roland Garros has ended and we are here to wrap it up. We discuss some notable headlines, ranging from WTA players speaking out about menstruation to protestors walking on to Court Philippe-Chatrier to fabricated locker room beef. We also chat about Rafa’s historic #22 in 2022 and Iga’s continued win streak, while highlighting the impressive runs of Coco, Casper, and more. Also catch a glimpse of the latest updates on Josefina’s love life ;) Enjoy.


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    • 33 min
    Episode 97: Merci, Jo

    Episode 97: Merci, Jo

    Bonjour, mes amis! We are back with a quick turnaround to celebrate the fun and chaos of the French Open! Join us as we discuss the action in the early rounds in Paris (Stef’s routine comeback, OJ and Barbie K’s early exits, Shapo’s rush to get back to rapping, and more), the ATP and WTA’s formal decision about Wimbledon, player responses to the point drop (Naomi, don’t just quit the grass!), and a tribute to Jo-Willy. It’s rare we get to bask in the fun of the early stages of a slam, so tune in for a good one.


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    • 44 min
    Episode 96: Point-Drop Mic Drop

    Episode 96: Point-Drop Mic Drop

    We’re coming close to a huge HOTYR milestone: 10k plays!! Very exciting and what an episode to close it out… juicy hot headlines and an in-depth Clay Slam preview await. We hit it off with the big topic: the ATP and WTA stripping Wimbledon of ranking points in response to their Russian/Belarussian player ban. We discuss the impact and grounds behind this move and what role politics play in the sports world today. In addition to that, we emphasize a few exciting announcements, including the Elina-Gael baby news. The other big discussion in Hot Headlines is the stigma that players, especially male, have to keep up the appearance of seeming invincible. This conversation is brought about by Rafa’s decision to play through his chronic foot pain in the French Open. We close out the episode with a nice preview of the French Open WTA and ATP draws, quarter-by-quarter. Top contenders, such as Iga…and Iga, Novak, Tsitsipas etc. are mentioned here, as well as the usual dark horse highlights. Tune in for all the latest French Open and tennis world updates in one listen!


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    • 1 hr 7 min
    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

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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