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.
Fed, Foe, and Finally some Challenger Changes
We talk over Fed's retirement at the Laver Cup, the absolutely inexcusable abuse thrown toward Frances Tiafoe after he beat Fed in his final match. And we walk through some of the changes to the Challengers coming in 2023. TLDR: Mike is optimistic, Noah, shockingly, is not.
Jason Kubler next.
Posted on 27 September 2022
Noah Rubin steps away. And so did some other guy.
Well now that the announcement is out there, Noah talks us through why he's stepping away from tennis, and what he'll miss most.
We also talk about Fed's retirement decision, and what he's meant to both of us in our respective careers, including Noah's meeting with him at the Australian Open 2017.
Posted on 20 September 2022
US Open Recap; Where will the rivalries come from, and Mike's take on three straight five setters with Carlos
Recorded immediately preceding Carlos Alcaraz's victory in the men's singles final, Noah visits Mike in Queens to wrap up the Open.
We talk rivalries
The Happy Slam in New York
And Carlos' impact.
We get some takes on the PTPA, US Open Broadcast times, and more.
Posted on 12 September 2022
Serena Says Goodbye, and Make Mike Best Man 2024
We start with Noah's engagement, as our lil boy is all done growed up.
But the real story is Serena Williams' retirement announcement. We discuss that, how she has impacted tennis, and our lives; and why this year has become a year full of retirements across both tours.
More from Cincy, and wherever Noah heads next, coming next week.
Posted on 15 August 2022
Behind the Racquet with Enzo Couacaud with Guest Host Christopher Eubanks
Guest Host Christopher Eubanks guides us through the career of French tennis star Enzo Couacaud, and take you Behind the Racquet to tell you his story.
Things get interesting when they start talking about the French generation of Monfils, Tsonga, Gasquet and others, and what "greatness" is.
And then we get in to how the NBA influence could benefit tennis.
More coming next week!
Posted on 28 July 2022
Yibing Wu on winning three straight titles on the USTA Pro Circuit
One of the more remarkable runs I've witnessed on the USTA Pro Circuit over the last 9 years. Yibing Wu lost 2 sets in 15 straight wins. He's moved from 1741 to 174 in the ATP rankings since returning to the tour earlier this year after surgery and covid restrictions.
I talked to him immediately after he came off the court in Indianapolis. He was winded, emotional, and thoughtful, considering he was ultimately rushing to get to a flight. Appreciated the time immensely.
And all new podcast...no Noah...no Mike?!?!?!?
Posted on 24 July 2022
Behind the Racquet with Andrew Harris
The body has not been kind to Andrew Harris over the years. Back issues have limited his ability to play a full schedule since an incredible junior and college career, in Australia, and then Oklahoma. He's still hesitant to use the word specialist, but he's cognizant that this may give him the opportunities to reach the sport's peaks.
Here how he got started in the sport, what took him to Oklahoma, and how he's approaching this stage of his career. He's got some fun tales about 2022 Wimbledon, and some thoughts about how to face doubt and challenge in tennis.
More from Indianapolis with Christopher Eubanks this week.
Posted on 19 July 2022
What's it like to face Nick Kyrgios
Tsitsipas and Kyrgios' Saturday clash once again highlighted how players all have different interpretations of what's OK on court. Mike and Noah go through it to sort out what's needed to fix that issue.
And Noah gives us his take on what it's like to face Kyrgios.
More next week from Rome, Georgia!
Posted on 4 July 2022
Look who's back. It's Noah! Wimby, dumbing down of surfaces, and the US summer swing
Noah rejoins us after his three month sojourn to introspection.
We go through the Wimbledon controversies, how the surfaces now all feel alike, and talk about the upcoming summer here in the states.
And as a quick bonus, Mike's daughter Marnie pops on to say hello and give her take on Noah, Chris Eubanks, and her favorite joke.
Posted on 27 June 2022
Behind the Racquet with Blair Henley
We go Behind the Racquet this week with presenter, commentator, personality, and fantastic human being Blair Henley to talk about the challenges of being a parent in the tennis media business, and finding the happy medium of social media presence versus wanting to have good time when we're away from the sport. It's not flipping easy!
On top of it, those of us in the Gen X/Y age want to know, how the heck does Blair stay on top of every trend!
And Blair and Mike also make their Wimby picks with the draws coming up within days!