Behind the Racquet Pod
Behind the Racquet Pod
Mike Cation & Noah Rubin/Tennis Channel Podcast Network
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The Behind the Racquet Pod is the best glimpse you can get in to the ins and outs of professional tennis, told by its players, and voiced by Noah Rubin, and his podcast partner Mike Cation.
Pondering the ATP Player Council Picks
Just a slew to unpack this week, in this order 1) The French results, Iga on BTR, Nadal's achievement at the French 2) The return of the USTA Pro Circuit 3) PTPA vs the New Player Council 4) Mental Health Awareness Week and where Noah and Mike are in that regard Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 12
38 min
The Jump with Emilio Gomez
28 year old Emilio Gomez made tennis headlines last week after qualifying for the French Open for the first time in his career. The story gained traction because it's where his Dad Andres won a grand slam title in 1990. But Emilio's story has had a much longer progression. How has that progression helped or hindered him, and where does his relationship with his father go from here? As always, thanks to our patreon sponsors, including this week's new sponsor, Matthew Sellwood. You can join us at Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 4
44 min
Back to Life, Back to Reality
Noah lost a tough one to Ivo Karlovic. To Mike's delight, the gentle giant threw in THREE underarm serves. We'll get Noah's take on his French Open experience, what's next, and what the hell is going on with the French Open balls? Then the boys discuss the complete lack of consistency pointed out this week by former guest Gaby Dabrowski, among others, on medical protocols from week to week. What's the ATP telling it's players? Noah tells us. Then, Mike takes on some wild tangents, because that's what Mike does when he has little sleep. HUGE thanks to our latest patreon sponsors, Scott Cole, and Lee Stanley. You can help support the pod by visiting Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 27
36 min
Noah takes us Inside a very messy French Open Bubble
It's not a great start to the French Open, with multiple positive tests, and more questions about the bubbles and the rules than answers. Noah Rubin invites us inside the bubble as he prepares for a first round qualifying matchup with Dr. Ivo on Monday. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 20
33 min
US Open Reflections, and can you have an social impact without winning?
A week after he leaves the bubble, Noah Rubin reflects on his times at the Open, while Mike appears to have a different view entirely. The boys dissect their reflections on it. And Mike was moved immensely by Naomi Osaka, but also wondered if it's possible for someone like Noah, or any player around 200 in the world, to have an impact socially, if they don't win at the highest level. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 13
34 min
A mini-ask us anything, on the day of the Mannarino conundrum
Thoughts on the bubble? Thoughts on the play? Should the Paire 11 have been removed from the tournament? Noah sounds off, once again Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 4
29 min
Is the Bubble Busted, Plus Noah's PTPA Rationale
Noah breaks news on a Sunday, explaining what ramifications are coming from Benoit Paire's positive covid test. And yes, you saw Noah in his BTR shirt in the PTPA photo. Why was he there???? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 30
40 min
In Front of Mental Health Episode Three: Noah and Mike prep themselves for the bubble
Noah has received a wild card in to the US Open Doubles Draw. Mike has received an offer to broadcast the US Open. All good news! Dr. Katz helps the guys out and gives them tips on how to survive the bubble, and appreciate the opportunity. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 24
32 min
Problems in Prague
Noah Rubin details some of the problems he's heard from players in Prague, the site of the first Challenger tournament as the ATP and WTA return to action throughout the world. Plus, we talk about some of the latest Behind the Racquet's features, and whether Noah envisions himself retiring with a lack of opportunities in front of him. Thanks again to all of our incredibly supportive Patreons. You can be a part of it by visiting Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 17
38 min
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