Founder and CEO
Most of his life Noah has been known as a tennis player. At 16 he reached a career high of six in the world for under 18’s. At 18 he won the singles Jr. Wimbledon Title and followed it up by winning the 18’s National Championships in singles and doubles. He reached a career high of ATP 125, with a top ten win under his belt. Dealing with certain obstacles, on and off the court, and the ongoing desire for evolution, Noah created Behind The Racquet in early 2019. He is now, not only dedicated to getting the most out of his tennis career, but attempting to help use his platform for a positive impact.
Tallen received a BA from Wesleyan University and a JD from American University. After graduating law school, Tallen became a litigator and sports and entertainment attorney in New York at the international law firm Kelley Drye and Warren. At Kelley Drye and Warren, Tallen participated in the enforcement of multi-million dollar contracts for financial institutions, pharmaceutical corporations, professional athletes and major clothing brands. Lastly, at Kelley Drye, Tallen co-authored the sports law chapter in the treatise, Commercial Litigation in New York State Courts, 4th Edition.
Four years ago, Tallen opened his own firm and agency, The Law Office of Tallen and TALLENT AGENCY. Tallen specializes in business law, entity structuring, complex negotiations, contract drafting, and asset protection. Tallen is also a Tennis and NBA Certified Agent.
Chief Marketing Officer
Zach is a crucial team member, who manages the day-to-day operations, while handling all public relations, communications and marketing functions and needs of the company. Previously Zach was a creative executive and the assistant to Academy Award Winner Michael Douglas at his film production company Furthur Films in New York City. Zach has worked closely with writers, directors, and actors, and been involved in all the day-to-day development of Furthur’s current projects. His feature film credits include Ant-Man, Unlocked, We Have Always Lived in the Castle, and Columbia Pictures reboot Flatliners. Zach holds a business entrepreneurship degree from Hofstra University’s Zarb School of Business
Dr. Jonathan F. Katz, Ph.D
Chief of Mental Health and Performance Psychology
Dr. Jonathan Katz, is a licensed psychologist and founding partner of High Performance Associates (HPA). As an HPA partner, Dr. Katz has served as the performance coach for a broad spectrum of clients in the sports, financial, and business world.
Dr. Katz was an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry) at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University. He graduated summa cum laude from Connecticut College and received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, where he wrote his doctoral dissertation in the area of sports psychology.
As a sports psychologist, Dr. Katz has worked extensively with a variety of amateur, collegiate and professional athletes and sports teams, including the New York Rangers. He has worked with NBA and NHL players, major league baseball teams, top-ranked professional tennis players, and a variety of NCAA athletes and athletic programs.
Dr. Katz also worked as the sports psychologist for Manhattan College’s athletic department and men’s basketball team, as well as the Miami Heat’s developmental league team, the Sioux Falls Skyforce. Dr. Katz has also served as the sports psychology consultant for the University of Texas men’s and women’s tennis teams, including the men’s 2019 NCAA Championship team.
He was a collegiate cross country runner and has been an avid marathon and ultramarathon runner. Dr. Katz lives in Austin, TX and Cape Cod, MA.
Podcast Co-Host and Producer
Mike Cation is a 20 year broadcaster, dating back to his freshman year of college. Over the past seven years, he’s been the voice of the USTA Pro Circuit’s Men’s Challengers. Since 2017, he’s worked on the World Feed at the Australian Open, and has been with the US Open’s world feed as well the last couple of years. You can also hear him as a part of ATP Radio.
Most importantly, he’s Marnie’s Dad, living in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He enjoys running, playing poker, and the travel opportunities that come along with professional tennis. He started this podcast as “The Coffee Cast with Cation” in 2017, before it transitioned to The Behind the Racquet Pod in 2020.