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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, …
 
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, h…
 
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…
 
Catching up with Noah here after a few weeks off, as the final stretch awaits. Back with new guests and shows next week. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesMike Cation & Noah Rubin/Tennis Channel Podcast Network による
 
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…
 
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…
 
Jamie Loeb takes the court on Grandstand this afternoon against Iga Swiatek after a gritty, and hard earned qualifying run last week. It's her first main draw appearance at the Open since 2015. And she's really, truly, been through a lot this last year. This is her story of how she's found new perspective, fought through covid, self doubt, and is a…
 
Mike here: There are few people that I respect more than Paolo Lorenzi. When I heard that he had made his decision to retire last week here in New York, I can say I was genuinely saddened by the news, but am so, so thrilled that Paolo is moving on to the next phase of his life. He is one of the kindest souls off the court, and one of the more feroc…
 
Yeah, you heard about it. Noah Rubin decided yeah, sure, I'll play Andy Murray on Sunday after losing a heartbreaker 20 minutes earlier in Winston-Salem. He was lauded for giving it a go, and at least efforting to put on a show for a packed crowd. But the story, and the pressure of that decision, was a lot more exhausting. Learn more about your ad …
 
Taylor Townsend's life has been a bit different of late, shifting to a new role as Mom, and also just recently returning to the tennis court! She and Noah go WAY back, and after a bit of reminiscing, we walk through how much her life has changed, her recent "The Players Tribune" article about her prior battles with the USTA, and how she views and s…
 
The boys have a quick chat about Noah's return to competitive tennis, and why it's so important to him again after a difficult stretch. Mike takes a look back at the Atlantic Tire Championships in Cary, North Carolina, some of the surprises and big stories, as well as a quick discussion on Jenson Brooksby, Atlanta, and the potential US Open wild ca…
 
Petros Chrysochos is 25 years old, from Cyprus, and is currently ranked 359 in the world on the ATP Tour. But his story is fascinating. A junior top 20 player, an NCAA singles and team champion while at Wake Forest in 2018, and since leaving Wake in 2019, he's played professionally while serving his mandatory service time in the army in Cyprus. Rem…
 
It's been nearly 3 months since Noah and Mike have caught up and discussed issues of the day, so what better time! Here's a little timeline for you, and a note for our patreon supporters, LISTEN TO THE END OF THE SHOW! 2:00- Noah Life Update 6:00- Mike got a cat from the sewer 8:00- Wimby recap, and the Big 3 vs Parity 16:30- The player reaction to…
 
Noah will be back this week, after we air this episode I recorded in Orlando a few weeks ago! Goncalo Oliveira will take us on a ride through a fascinating childhood, to say the least. In some ways, it was living the dream; in others, not so much. He's now on the cusp of being a perennial Grand Slam doubles participant. But that's not the goal yet.…
 
What a treat to have J.C. stop by my house while he was in Tulsa for a Futures this week. Noah joins us by phone from Minnesota. With J.C., we go through his development and time at Virginia, and then to the in depth discussion on how Type 1 diabetes has affected his life on and off the court. It's changed dramatically over the past 10 years, and i…
 
Of note, no Noah this week, as he was both traveling, AND he had Islanders rinkside seats while I knocked out this pod, as well as one with Goncalo Oliveira that we'll post soon. Uli is 23 years old, with a unique childhood that he'll tell you about. Really a fascinating interview, and thanks to everyone for popping in and spending time with me the…
 
NOTE: PLEASE EXCUSE THE DOUBLE AUDIO FOR THE FIRST MINUTE OF THE INTERVIEW. I got it sorted out after about a minute or so. -Mike The ankle injury continues to hamper Noah, but Mike trudges on alone on the road, but is joined by Jason Jung, a perennial top 150 player who has found ways over the years to continue to see high level success. It's been…
 
It's a big week with Roland Garros qualifying underway in Paris, so we were thrilled to have a few minutes on Sunday to chat with Ellen Perez. Ellen was this week's feature on Behind the Racquet, and we wanted to extend the conversation a bit and see if her effervescent personality and positivity could rub off on the two cynics in the room. Little …
 
It's been a pretty damned decent 2021 already for Jenson Brooksby, He's now won three Challenger titles, including both Orlando in Tallahassee in April in back to back weeks ON DIFFERENT SURFACES on the USTA Pro Circuit. Truly remarkable stuff. He hops on the pod to talk with Mike and Noah about where he gets his incredible self belief, learning fr…
 
Mike got back out on the road, so he shares his thoughts on the Challengers in Orlando and Tallahassee. Then, we get in to your questions, including Jack Sock's future, the difficulties of scheduling.... and then a LOT of you wanted us to discuss Jenson Brooksby. So we did. And hopefully, we have him hop on with us later in the week. Learn more abo…
 
Recorded Friday night, Orlando Finalist Denis Kudla joins us to discuss how marriage has changed his life both on and off the court, and given him new perspectives. He also discusses what he learned from a few days away on Necker Island, learning from Richard Branson. And.....hockey talk. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoic…
 
Both guys are now on the mend, after Mike gives you the details on his recent medical trauma. Hoooobi is the champion in Miami. What does it mean for what's popular in tennis? We debate development routes, focusing on the path taken by Sebastian Korda and how to make it accessible to more people. And finally, yes, how good is women's tennis right n…
 
After Jeremy Lin's comments recently about being an Asian-American in the NBA, we wanted to explore the same topic in the tennis world, and we brought on Thai-Son Kwiatkowski to dissect the issue. It's never a comfortable discussion, but a pretty damned crucial one. We also, unexpectedly, went in to some rather deep discussions on the mental health…
 
After food poisoning wrekt Noah for a week, the boys get back together to mark one year in to the pandemic and still survival mode in terms of the structure at the top of tennis. Where's the cohesion? Benoit Paire's comments about a lack of passion for the current state of the ATP drew a lot of attention, but was he right? The ATP put out an infogr…
 
The pandemic has been difficult for the entire tennis community, and has been well documented. But when @annak4ever posted a graphic this week about the lack of "Challenger level" opportunities for women (just 3 tournaments in the 60-100K prize range from January through March!), it really opened Mike's eyes to the incredible lack of upward mobilit…
 
It's Noah's 25th birthday, so the boys get together to celebrate, recap the AO, and recap the last several weeks on multiple different levels. -Novak's GOAT status -Naomi's GOAT status -Brady and Aslan and what it means for "Challenger players" -Why didn't Noah play last week. Love from us to you. We appreciate you, very much. Learn more about your…
 
Thanks so much for the support of the Behind the Racquet Podcast. You can help by visiting patreon.com/behindtheracquetpod. This week's guest is 23 year old Will Blumberg, who won a national title with his North Carolina Tar Heel teammates at the ITA Division 1 Men's National Indoor Championships in Champaign. His pro career got delayed by covid, b…
 
Luke Saville and his partner Max Purcell won seven Challenger doubles titles in 2019, and moved up around 30 spots in the ATP rankings. But they received a much deserved wild card to the 2020 Australian Open, and fought their way to a Grand Slam final. One year later, the 27 year old (HAPPY BIRTHDAY SAV!) prepares to defend those points in next wee…
 
When Noah Rubin and Stefan Kozlov met in the Wimbledon 2014 final, it was thought to be one of the many steps in the progression for Stefan Kozlov, at the tender age of 16. Later that year, he knocked off his first top 100 player in Tim Smyczek, on the way to a CHALLENGER FINAL in Sacramento. Some good runs at ATP events followed, a couple Challeng…
 
A quick note from your editor, Mike: There was a major issue with Noah's recorder in Delray halfway through, along with another issue which you'll hear about....so there's a noticeable audio difference when we had to switch to a cell line. Apologies, it's all we could do in a rushed situation. Now, a big thanks to our latest patreon sponsor, Steve …
 
Young American Reilly Opelka spoke with Mike during a trip to NorCal back in 2018. A heck of a lot has changed since then. He'd just started his foray in to fashion, but he's now a force on the Tour, with a couple of ATP titles in his pocket, and one of the most feared serves in the sport. We talked to him about his growing health concerns, how he'…
 
Jared Donaldson is just 24 years old, but has been out of action for essentially two years, since originally hurting his knee in the summer of 2018. It's not been a smooth process for him on the road to recovery. He walks us through his prognosis, and the reality of what's staring him in the face. He also goes in the way back machine with his forme…
 
It's been a while, so Noah and Mike have some catching up to do. Noah brings you all the latest info the players have received when it comes to the Australian Open. Hint: It's still a little dicey. Plus the schedule for 2021 is way up in the air. What's it mean? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
 
In part 2 of our dispatches from Cary, Noah and Mike chat with Denis Kudla (who is in the final on Sunday at the Atlantic Tire Championships in Cary), doubles specialist Nate Lammons, Jack Sock's coach and former top 100 player Alex Bogomolov, Jr., and top 70 doubles star Luke Bambridge. More coming up next week from Orlando! Learn more about your …
 
On a rainy day in Cary on Wednesday, Noah and Mike chatted with eight different players for mini-interviews, culminating with the more serious question of how to improve the quality of life and opportunity for Challengers, and Challenger level players. On Part 1, we chat with Christopher Eubanks, Hunter Reese, Thai-Son Kwiatkowski, and Teymuraz Gab…
 
As Challenger tennis returns to the US this week in beautiful Cary, North Carolina, Noah and Mike sit down with returning finalist Michael Mmoh to talk about his covid break, how his runs in Cary and Knoxville in 2019 changed his perspective, his long term development, his relationship with his parents, and yes, Frances Tiafoe's note from Saturday …
 
Native Californian CiCI Bellis' injury battles through 2018-9 are well documented, going through four surgeries on her arm. After withdrawing before her semifinal match Saturday at the USTA Pro Circuit event in Tyler, Texas, CiCi joined Noah and Mike for a chat about her preparation for this week's event in Charleston, how she's handling the schedu…
 
Last week, Behind the Racquet founder Noah Rubin announced the BTR Tour, his vision for a reimagined tennis experience. Today, Mike presses him on the details behind the larger vision, including the details of BTR Tour weekend, and whether it's a long term competitor for the ATP and WTA Tours. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/ad…
 
Just a slew to unpack this week, in this order 1) The French results, Iga on BTR, Nadal's achievement at the French 2) The return of the USTA Pro Circuit 3) PTPA vs the New Player Council 4) Mental Health Awareness Week and where Noah and Mike are in that regard Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
 
28 year old Emilio Gomez made tennis headlines last week after qualifying for the French Open for the first time in his career. The story gained traction because it's where his Dad Andres won a grand slam title in 1990. But Emilio's story has had a much longer progression. How has that progression helped or hindered him, and where does his relation…
 
Noah lost a tough one to Ivo Karlovic. To Mike's delight, the gentle giant threw in THREE underarm serves. We'll get Noah's take on his French Open experience, what's next, and what the hell is going on with the French Open balls? Then the boys discuss the complete lack of consistency pointed out this week by former guest Gaby Dabrowski, among othe…
 
It's not a great start to the French Open, with multiple positive tests, and more questions about the bubbles and the rules than answers. Noah Rubin invites us inside the bubble as he prepares for a first round qualifying matchup with Dr. Ivo on Monday. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
 
A week after he leaves the bubble, Noah Rubin reflects on his times at the Open, while Mike appears to have a different view entirely. The boys dissect their reflections on it. And Mike was moved immensely by Naomi Osaka, but also wondered if it's possible for someone like Noah, or any player around 200 in the world, to have an impact socially, if …
 
Thoughts on the bubble? Thoughts on the play? Should the Paire 11 have been removed from the tournament? Noah sounds off, once again Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesMike Cation & Noah Rubin/Tennis Channel Podcast Network による
 
Noah breaks news on a Sunday, explaining what ramifications are coming from Benoit Paire's positive covid test. And yes, you saw Noah in his BTR shirt in the PTPA photo. Why was he there???? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesMike Cation & Noah Rubin/Tennis Channel Podcast Network による
 
Noah has received a wild card in to the US Open Doubles Draw. Mike has received an offer to broadcast the US Open. All good news! Dr. Katz helps the guys out and gives them tips on how to survive the bubble, and appreciate the opportunity. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
 
Noah Rubin details some of the problems he's heard from players in Prague, the site of the first Challenger tournament as the ATP and WTA return to action throughout the world. Plus, we talk about some of the latest Behind the Racquet's features, and whether Noah envisions himself retiring with a lack of opportunities in front of him. Thanks again …
 
26 year old Liam Broady prepares for the restart of tennis as the 211th ranked player in the world, and unsure about how the quarantine rules will affect him over the next few months. He recently created a stir by flipping off Andy Murray. He's a possible male model. The pride of Stockport joins Noah and Mike to discuss those topics, and what he's …
 
We check back in with Noah in New York, and Mike in Tulsa, with the 31st Palermo Ladies Open underway, officially resuming the ATP/WTA seasons. The US Open is three weeks away, with the entry lists being released Monday. But what about those outside looking in. How do they improve? How do they improve? How does Noah get to the Australian Open main …
 
Our Ask Us Anything brought a great question that needed some further discussion. So Dr. Jonathan Katz, Mental Health Advisor and Performance Coach for Behind The Racquet, joins us to answer this question from Jack Wichtendahl: How do you stay motivated for something you’re not sure is going to come back, and even it does, you know it’s not going t…
 
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