Behind the Racquet with Denis Kudla
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Behind the Racquet with Denis Kudla

Behind the Racquet with Jenson Brooksby

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 Mik ...   Show more

Welcome Back Cation

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 hop ...   Show more

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Podcast

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 ...   Show more

Exploring the complexities of being an Asian-American on Tour with Thai-Son Kwiatkowski

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, unexp ...   Show more

Yea?

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 ...   Show more

Tara Moore and ITF Inequality

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!), ...   Show more

Noah's Quarter Life Crisis

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 fr ...   Show more

Behind the Racquet with National Champion Will Blumberg

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 Indo ...   Show more

Behind the Racquet with Luke Saville

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 ...   Show more

Behind the Racquet with Stefan Kozlov

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 i ...   Show more

New Year; Same Mohawk

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 rus ...   Show more

Rejoining Reilly

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 ...   Show more

Where in the World is Jared Donaldson?

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 starin ...   Show more

Ay yo, what's the deal with the AO?

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 yo ...   Show more

Dispatches from Cary Part 2

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 Ba ...   Show more

Dispatches from Cary Part 1

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 Chr ...   Show more

Michael Mmoh is alive and well

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 relati ...   Show more

CiCi Comes Back

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 preparat ...   Show more

Behind the Behind the Racquet Tour

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 ...   Show more

Pondering the ATP Player Council Picks

Just a slew to unpack this week, in this order1) The French results, Iga on BTR, Nadal's achievement at the French2) The return of the USTA Pro Circuit3) PTPA vs the New Player Council4) Mental Health Awareness Week and where Noah and Mike are in that regard Learn more about your ...   Show more

The Jump with Emilio Gomez

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 ...   Show more

Back to Life, Back to Reality

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 consist ...   Show more

Noah takes us Inside a very messy French Open Bubble

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 c ...   Show more

US Open Reflections, and can you have an social impact without winning?

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, o ...   Show more

A mini-ask us anything, on the day of the Mannarino conundrum

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/adchoices  

Is the Bubble Busted, Plus Noah's PTPA Rationale

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/adchoices  

In Front of Mental Health Episode Three: Noah and Mike prep themselves for the bubble

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 meg ...   Show more

Problems in Prague

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 ...   Show more

The British Experience with Liam Broady

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 ...   Show more

Tennis is back....for some. The conundrum for the Challenger players.

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 ...   Show more

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