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Georgia Head Coach Manny Diaz

On this episode of the Cracked Interviews Podcast, University of Georgia Men’s Tennis Coach Manuel Diaz joins hosts Alex Gruskin and Dalton Thieneman to discuss his illustrious career in college tennis. The guys ask Coach Diaz about his own playing career at Georgia, talk about his transition from player to coach, and debate the best Georgia teams of Coach Diaz’s tenure. They also discuss the scoring changes in college tennis and how college tennis can be used as a developmental tool for...


Boys' 18s Kalamazoo Champion Jenson Brooksby

The 2018 USTA Boys' 18s National Champion Jenson Brooksby stops by the podcast to discuss winning the gold ball at Kalamazoo, his expectations for playing at the US Open in a wild card spot, and how he's looking forward to next year at TCU. Congratulations to Brooksby on the huge win! This podcast is powered by Pinecast.


Creator of "Road Beers" Video Series Beau Treyz

Cracked Racquets is excited to announce a brand new partnership with Beau Treyz, creator of the "Road Beers" video series interviewing athelete across the globe. Treyz, who formerly played at the University of Nebraska, is currently competing on the professional tennis tour. In his down time, he decided to begin interviewing the players he is around in order to shed light onto the grind of the futures/challenger circuits, and to tell stories that the more main stream media weren't paying...


Stowe Mountain Lodge Classic Tournament Director Kyle Ross

Kyle Ross, Tournament Director of the Stowe Mountain Lodge Classic, sat down with host Alex Gruskin to discuss this year's tournament being held in Stowe, VT. Kyle breaks down why this tournament is so unique, talks about some of the players announced for this year's field, and explains why even in its second year the tournament is already situated to be a perfect option for players warming up for the US Open. Check out their website for more information about the tournament and how to...


Dartmouth Head Coach Chris Drake

On this episode of Cracked Interviews, host Alex Gruskin is joined by super producer Max Fliegner as they interview Max's former coach at Dartmouth College, Chris Drake. Drake played collegiate tennis at Brown University before transitioning to the ATP tour, primarily in doubles. At the end of his professional career, Drake made a move back to collegiate tennis, becoming an assistant coach at Northwestern University. He was made the head coach of Dartmouth in 2010. This year, he led the...


Bonus: Breaking Down Wimbledon Day 1

With Wimbledon dominating the tennis world for the next two weeks, we didn't want to leave you without anything to listen to! Throughout the tournament, current Cracked Interviews host Alex Gruskin will be bringing various guests onto his other podcast (The Great Shot Podcast) to discuss the biggest storylines from each day. We will post a few of those episodes in the Cracked Interviews feed as bonus content for you to enjoy. If you'd like to hear more, subscribe to the Great Shot...


Ohio State Head Coach Ty Tucker (Pt. 2)

On this episode of the Cracked Interviews Podcast, host Alex Gruskin finishes his conversation with Ohio State Men’s Tennis Head Coach Ty Tucker. Coach Tucker recaps basically the entire 2017-18 season from his photographic memory, going into detail on the ups and downs of the regular season and giving some amazing insights into the strategy behind their NCAA run to the team finals. Coach also shares many of his favorite matches and memories from his career at Ohio State, and discusses...


Ohio State Head Coach Ty Tucker (Pt. 1)

On this episode of the Cracked Interviews Podcast, host Alex Gruskin is joined by Ohio State Men's Tennis Head Coach Ty Tucker. The Buckeyes ended the season with a 34-3 record, losing in the finals of the NCAA tournament to Wake Forest. Gruskin and Coach Tucker discuss how he got into the sport of tennis, building a fence around Ohio when recruiting, how his coaching philosophies have evolved over the years, and much more! This is a two-part episode, so stay tuned tomorrow to hear coach...


2018 NCAA Team and Singles Champion Petros Chrysochos

On this episode of the Cracked Interviews Podcast, host Alex Gruskin is once again joined by Wake Forest junior Petros Chrysochos to breakdown Petros’s stellar two-week run through the NCAA team and singles tournaments. The guys discuss the difficulties of playing nine-straight days of high-level tennis, the thrill of winning Wake Forest’s first national titles at home, the team’s celebratory festivities, playing a teammate in the singles final, summer plans, and making the decision about...


Brazilian Tennis Player Karue Sell

On this episode of the Cracked Interviews Podcast, host Alex Gruskin is joined by former UCLA Men’s Tennis player and current world #396 Karue Sell to explore the many happenings in the world of tennis. Gruskin and Sell debate what really happened at the end of the 2013 NCAA Men’s Tennis Championship, what rule changes are needed to improve college tennis, how glamorous life on the pro tour really is, and reminisce about Karue’s favorite moments playing college tennis. They also discuss...


Michigan State Assistant Coach Harry Jadun

On this episode of Cracked Interviews, host Alex Gruskin is joined by Michigan State Assistant Coach Harry Jadun. Jadun discusses growing up in Michigan high school tennis, choosing to walk on to MSU’s team (including a walk-on tournament for a roster spot), finally breaking into MSU’s lineup, his mother’s battle with Alzheimer’s, being the clinching match the same week his mother passed away, and how he has transitioned into a coaching career. Please note that the last 15 minutes of this...


Wake Forest All-American Junior Petros Chrysochos

On this episode of Cracked Interviews, Wake Forest junior All-American Petros Chrysochos joins co-hosts Alex Gruskin and Alex Araiza to discuss growing up in Cyprus, playing Davis Cup with Marcos Baghdatis, being recruited to Wake Forest, how this year's team is preparing for the NCAA tournament deferently than in years past, and how he loves college tennis so much that there's no way he would leave a year early to go pro. This week's episode is sponored by Cross Court Threads. Sign up...


All-American and NCAA Finalist Mikael Torpegaard

On this edition of Cracked Interviews, Ohio State Standout Mikael Torpegaard joins the podcast as the Buckeyes enter the the postseason as one of the hottest teams in the country to discuss his decorated collegiate career, NCAA tournament expectations, playing Rafael Nadal on his home court in Denmark for Davis Cup, winning his first Challenger title in Columbus, Coach Ty Tucker's affinity for sweatpants, gives a detailed geography lesson to Dalton, gives us the inside scoop on his death...


American Tennis Player Denis Kudla

On this edition of Cracked Interviews, World No. 117 Denis Kudla joins the podcast to discuss his five-set thriller with Dominic Thiem at the Australian Open earlier this year, growing up training at the Junior Tennis Champions Center in College Park, Maryland, navigating the Metro to and from practice at 13 years old, rocking a Lacoste polo and backwards hat on court, reminiscing about the annual ugly Christmas sweater party in Saddlebrook and Washington Wizards Eastern Conference title...


World No. 124 Tim Smyzcek

On this edition of Cracked Interviews, World No. 124 Tim Smyzcek joins the podcast to discuss his great finish to the 2017 season including winning the Charlottesville and Champaign Challengers, the exciting news that his wife, Ana, is expecting their first child later this Summer, what it takes to qualify for the ATP player pension program, Rafael Nadal's "gift" to him, fishing with former doubles partner Rhyne Williams, the best and worst American golfers on the ATP tour, and life after...


3X UVA National Champion JC Aragone

On this edition of the Cracked Interviews Podcast, three time national champion and World No. 367 JC Aragone joins to share the raw emotion of winning his first title on the pro tour, reminisces on the UVA dynasty, playing for legenday coach Brian Boland, qualifying for the main draw of the US Open, the story beind the name "JC", interning at JP Morgan in NYC, and much more. This week's podcast is brought to you by [Cross Court Threads] ( This podcast is...


Oklahoma Commit and Blue Chip Senior Mason Beiler

On this edition of Cracked Interviews, Oklahoma commit and Blue Chip senior Mason Beiler joins the podcast to share why he chose Oklahoma, college recruiting experiences including his official visit to Norman, why he will miss junior tennis, and his expectations for the Sooners when he joins them this Fall. This week's podcast is sponsored by the 2018 Stowe Mountain Lodge Classic tournament. For more information, check out their website: This podcast is...


Former TCU Standout and World No. 111 Cameron Norrie

On this edition of Cracked Interviews, former TCU standout and world No. 111 Cam Norrie joins the podcast to share some stories about growing up in New Zealand, spending some time at co-host Alex Gruskin’s old stomping grounds while on a recruiting visit at Michigan, his experience as the top-ranked college player at TCU, winning his debut Davis Cup match against Spain, and his expectations for 2018 on the ATP tour. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.


19-year-old American Caroline Dolehide

On this edition of Cracked Interviews, Next Gen American and world No. 165 Caroline Dolehide joins the podcast to share her successful run at Indian Wells, going toe-to-toe with world No. 1 Simona Halep, debating Gruskin on the merits of no-ad scoring, coming from a tennis family, Adidas v. Nike, and expectations for 2018. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.


Jackson Bridge Tennis Academy

On this edition of Cracked Interviews, Jackson Bridge Academy Founders and Co-Directors Mitch Bridge and Kevin Jackson join the podcast to share the genesis behind their elite full-time tennis academy based out of the premier Los Cab Sports Village in Southern California, maximizing tennis development through their CEO mentality, settle the ongoing Chipotle v. Qdoba debate, and shed some light onto what it’s like flying first class to Dubai. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.