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.
Behind the Racquet with Taylor Townsend
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 sees the recent discussions in the sporting world over mental health.
Posted on 16 August 2021
Catching up in Cary with Krueger
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 cards.
Then we hear Mike's chat with Mitchell Krueger, recorded just after the Texan won his title on Sunday.
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Posted on 27 July 2021
Behind the Racquet with Petros Chrysochos
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. Remarkable stuff.
He and Noah did not overlap at Wake, but their relationship is deep as you'll hear in this wide ranging conversation.
Posted on 19 July 2021
Update time: Noah talks PTPA, Novak vs the world, and....Sewer Cat
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 Naomi Osaka
22:00- Noah's update on the PTPA
Love y'all, more info on the shirts, and stickers, soon!
Posted on 12 July 2021
Behind the Racquet with Goncalo Oliveira
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. He'll explain why, and we'll talk about some of the ATP politics as well
Posted on 28 June 2021
Behind the Racquet with J.C. Aragone
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 is he at a new point in his life?
Next week on the pod, Goncalo Oliveira.
Posted on 21 June 2021
Behind the Racquet with Ulises Blanch
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 last couple weeks back on the road!
Posted on 14 June 2021
Behind the Racquet with Jason Jung
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 a long path, from a highly successful junior career, to a college career that didn't quite hit those big expectations, to a real life job, and then yes, on to a really strong professional career.
We talked through that journey, and how difficult it's been coming back from the six month pandemic hiatus both on court, and off. And we also walked through what it's meant for him when he changed nationalities in 2015.
Posted on 31 May 2021
Behind the Racquet with Ellen Perez
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 Rock is on the docket for Mike next week, and Orlando immediately following, so we'll have a couple more in person chats coming up.
Thanks as always for the continued support!
Posted on 24 May 2021
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 Mike and Noah about where he gets his incredible self belief, learning from early opportunities at Challengers in Northern California, and how and why he's as vocal as he is on the court.