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It's a jam packed episode of Match Point Canada. American doubles player and Tennis Channel analyst, Nick Monroe is our guest on this week's episode. He discusses his move to doubles full time, pro success in his 30s, playing college, and the prospects of top Canadians. We recap all of the action from the Italian Open including big singles titles f…
 
She's a former Australian Open junior champion in doubles and was previously the top Canadian ranked women's player! Canadian Carol Zhao joins us on this week's episode of Match Point Canada as she discusses her return to the tour from injury, competing at the Billie Jean King Cup, and her short and longer term goals. Meantime, we recap all the act…
 
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 fr…
 
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 hopefully, we have him hop on with us later in the week. Learn more abo…
 
It's a special episode of Match Point Canada! This week we're joined by podiatrist and tennis shoe expert and aficionado Zach Thomas - he discusses the new Roger Federer On shoe, as we announce a very special giveaway for one lucky listener! Meantime, Rafael Nadal captured a 12th career crown from the Barcelona Open, Matteo Berrettini delivered in …
 
Recorded Friday night, Orlando Finalist Denis Kudla joins us to discuss how marriage has changed his life both on and off the court, and given him new perspectives. He also discusses what he learned from a few days away on Necker Island, learning from Richard Branson. And.....hockey talk. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoic…
 
Team Canada delivered a playoff tie victory of Serbia at the Billie Jean King Cup to move into qualifiers for 2022! To recap the performance, Caroline Cameron of Sportsnet joins us as we discuss the great showing of Leylah Fernandez, Rebecca Marino's amazing story, and Canada's prospects on the international stage moving forward. We also recap a bi…
 
Team Canada gets set for a crucial Billie Jean King Cup playoff tie this week against Serbia. Canada will feature Leylah Fernandez, Rebecca Marino, Sharon Fichman, and Carol Zhao in the tie. We speak with captain of the team Heidi El Tabakh on her expectations, the importance of Leylah Fernandez, and the opportunity that lies ahead for the group. W…
 
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 to more people. And finally, yes, how good is women's tennis right n…
 
Bianca Andreescu reached the fifth final of her career, falling in the title match in Miami to Ash Barty. We recap the terrific run from Andreescu, and what lies ahead on the clay. Brett Connors, co-host of Advantage Connors podcast, and son to the legendary Jimmy Connors joins us to discuss some tennis, betting on Bianca, and his life and career. …
 
He's a former Wimbledon junior singles champion and current ATP pro. American Noah Rubin is a guest on this week's Match Point Canada as he discusses some great moments of his career and also gives insight into his Behind the Racquet platform. We talk all things Miami Open as Canadian Bianca Andreescu produces her biggest win of the season and we h…
 
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, unexpectedly, went in to some rather deep discussions on the mental health…
 
Canadian Leylah Fernandez earned her maiden WTA title at the Monterrey Open from Mexico! We recap the incredible week and achievement from the 18 year-old, as she continues to rapidly rise in the WTA rankings, and also take a look at the women's field in Miami. Guest George Bellshaw of Metro UK also joins the program to look back at the men's actio…
 
She was a former world number five, a four time grand slam champion in mixed doubles, and a two time winner at Indian Wells. Tennis star Daniela Hantuchova joins on this week's episode of Match Point Canada, as we discuss her new Real DNA Podcast, moments in her terrific career, and some of the players she loves watching. We also go in depth on Gen…
 
He's been a coach to great players like Lucie Safarova, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Denis Shapovalov and many more. Former Canadian player and coach Rob Steckley joins us on this week's episode of Match Point Canada, as we analyze his approach to the art of coaching and how he connects with players. We also gain insight on some of the young Canadian …
 
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!), it really opened Mike's eyes to the incredible lack of upward mobilit…
 
Our first grand slam of the tennis season is now in the books! The 2021 Australian Open has come and gone, with Naomi Osaka and Novak Djokovic both capturing singles majors Down Under. To recap all of the action from the women's side, we're joined by premiere journalist and WTA Insider Courtney Nguyen, as we delve into Naomi Osaka's rapid ascent, w…
 
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 from us to you. We appreciate you, very much. Learn more about your…
 
We are through one week of action from the Australian Open in Melbourne. Tumaini Carayol, journalist for The Guardian, joins us this week on Match Point Canada to recap all the action from the first grand slam of the season. We also speak with Canadian tennis player Sharon Fichman, who has reached the quarterfinals of the event in doubles! Enjoy. L…
 
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 Indoor Championships in Champaign. His pro career got delayed by covid, b…
 
Veteran, legendary tennis journalist Tom Tebbutt joins us on this week's episode of Match Point Canada as he discusses his retirement the sport, great memories from covering grand slams, and what to expect at the Australian Open. We are also joined by Tennis Canada President Michael Downey, who updates us on the Rogers Cup rebrand to the National B…
 
Wimbledon finalist, former world number three, and eight-time ATP title winner Milos Raonic joins us on our latest episode of Match Point Canada! We discuss his off-season training, look ahead to his upcoming action from the ATP Cup, the Australian Open around the corner, and he also answers some fan mail. We also discuss Bianca Andreescu's first r…
 
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 old (HAPPY BIRTHDAY SAV!) prepares to defend those points in next wee…
 
She's a former 21 time grand slam champion in doubles, world number one, and now one of the premiere broadcasters in our sport. ESPN's Pam Shriver joins us on this week's episode of Match Point Canada as we discuss great moments in her career, look at storylines up and coming on the tours, and examine the current situation unfolding ahead of the Au…
 
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 in Sacramento. Some good runs at ATP events followed, a couple Challeng…
 
We are back with another episode of Match Point Canada. Founder and publisher of Racquet Magazine, Caitlin Thompson joins us on this week's podcast, to discuss her publication, the need to tap into the arts and culture of the sport, and how we can usher in a tennis 'renaissance'. We also recap Aryna Sabalenka's dominant performance in Abu Dhabi, th…
 
Competing in her first professional match since 2019, Canadian Rebecca Marino made a terrific return, defeating Jacqueline Cristian 6-4, 6-4 in the first round of Australian Open qualifying. Marino joins Match Point Canada for an exclusive interview following the win. Enjoy! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
 
Happy New Year from Match Point Canada! We are pleased to be back this week with our first podcast of 2021, as New York Times correspondent and veteran journalist Christopher Clarey guest stars for a full preview of the upcoming tennis season. We tackle the top storylines to watch for on the ATP and WTA, place expectations on Canadians like Denis S…
 
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 rushed situation. Now, a big thanks to our latest patreon sponsor, Steve …
 
Canadian tennis veteran and ATP Comeback Player of the Year Vasek Pospisil joins Match Point Canada for our final episode of the 2020 season. Pospisil reflects on his ATP award and terrific season, why everything is clicking on court, how he spent time away from the tour, and his role in the new PTPA. Also on this episode, we do a full look back on…
 
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 the sport. We talked to him about his growing health concerns, how he'…
 
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 staring him in the face. He also goes in the way back machine with his forme…
 
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