The Behind the Racquet with Mike Cation and Noah Rubin
The Behind the Racquet Podcast is the best glimpse you can get in to the ins and outs of professional tennis, told by its players, and voiced by Tennis Star Noah Rubin, and his podcast partner, tennis commentator Mike Cation.
Mental Health Week: The Live Podcast
Quick tech note: Mike's recorder went wayward the first few minutes. It restarted a few minutes, the audio is clean about 7 minutes in.
This is Mental Health Week for the Behind the Racquet.
Join Noah as he explores mental health from a variety of perspectives, with special guests on the Behind the Racquet Instagram live:
All times Eastern:
Monday 2PM Dr. Jonathan Katz
Tuesday 2PM: Sven Groeneveld
Wednesday 2PM: Marcos Baghdatis
Thursday 5PM: Reilly Opelka
Friday 2PM: Marco Trungelliti
Any questions, join Noah and discuss!
Posted on 4 May 2020
Playing in a Pandemic with Evan King
Lots to unpack with Evan King (Career High #181, All-American at the University of Michigan, from Chicago, Illinois)
1) His (editor's note: HORRIBLE) decision to attend Michigan instead of the home state school of Illinois.
2) His willingness to travel the globe in his professional career.
3) What it's been like playing in Florida exhibitions the last two weeks in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Posted on 29 April 2020
Is it enough?
Three topics to hit today:
1) the whirlwind over the Coco Gauff BTR and Noah's learning moment
2) The odd exhibition tennis down in Florida last weekend
3) The 6 million dollar payments for lower ranked players, and how it's just a bandaid.
Posted on 22 April 2020
Limits are getting pushed
Limits are getting pushed indeed.
For Mike, it's the all too familiar feel of depression that's hit pretty hard.
For Noah, it's a level of frustration with the leaders of tennis.
Listen, react, and reach out.
Posted on 15 April 2020
Reminiscing with Rampras
Wide ranging chat with the pride of Carmel, Indiana Rajeev Ram this week. Mike gets to chat all things University of Illinois with one of the legends from the undefeated National Championship team of 2003, and Noah looks ahead with the Australian Open champion about how the sport might be changing due to the pandemic delay.
Huge thank you to our patreon supporters this week. We're so thankful for the support in this difficult time, and if you're able, we'd appreciate your support too. Go to patreon.com/BehindtheRacquetPod
<3 Mike and Noah
Posted on 8 April 2020
Our weekly check in today is essentially therapy time for Mike, while Noah is taking his discussions to a large group of players. Hear what he's discussing with them, and how the guys are handling their time sidelined, and without an income source.
Posted on 30 March 2020
What's next with WTA star and Player Council Member Gaby Dabrowski
Two caveats here:
1) As we always want to point out, nothing is more important than the health and well-being of our society. This discussion is meant to look at some of the tennis issues surrounding how the sport is affected by Coronavirus.
2) Noah and Mike had some technical issues that we couldn't quite solve, so we had to record this one over skype, so the audio quality is not what we'd like to have.
Gaby Dabrowski was a delight. She takes us inside some of the WTA Player Council discussions about income distribution, scheduling, doubles rankings, and how she's coping as a human with all of the questions surrounding her career with the coronavirus delaying tennis, and really, life.
Don't forget our patreon page, www.patreon.com/behindtheracquetpod.
We will get to all of our incredibly generous patreons in our next episode over the weekend. We promise!
Posted on 24 March 2020
Life has changed.
The caveats are important here. Nothing, in terms of discussing the what ifs of tennis, matters as much as the health of humans, and how we move forward as a society.
That being said, Mike and Noah talk a bit this week about how they're personally being impacted, and how the decision making processes by the various entities in the sport are drastically underrepresenting its players.
Personal note from Mike: Apologies for not properly thanking all of our incredible patreon supporters in this week's episode. I will make sure to make that right next week.
Posted on 19 March 2020
Noah's 15-All Volume 8: Yeah, we're a bit nervous about the impact of Coronavirus too
Noah jumps about 25 spots in the rankings after a GREAT week in Indian Wells.
Naturally, he's headed to Hawaii.
And yes, the coronavirus is weighing heavily on our minds. First, both of us are quite aware that the human toll, in casualties, illnesses, and the like are far more important. But the impact that tennis players outside the top 50 feel, are similar to the impacts that many of our listeners feel. So we riff on it for a bit.
Posted on 9 March 2020
Noah's 15-All Volume 7: Are we having fun yet?
A couple of things to hit on this week's edition of 15-all:
Noah's in to the third round (at the time of recording) at the Indian Wells Challenger
He's still seeing some unhappiness amongst is peers. Is he happy?
HUGE thank yous to our new patreon sponsors!!!
And Mike is starting to panic a bit about the coronavirus.