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Episode 96: NCAA Conference Tournaments ft Chris Halioris & Quentin Monaghan

4/18/2019
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Welcome toooo...A college tennis edition of the Great Shot Podcast!!! On this episode, host Alex Gruskin is joined by College Tennis Ranks founder Chris Halioris and new Cracked Racquets contributor Quentin Monaghan to discuss all of the power-5 conference tournaments. The three talk about the importance of being a top 8 seed, teams on the bubble, McNally hook, and much more! As always, the opinions in this podcast are our own, and we are happy to debate them with anyone kind enough to...

Duration:01:18:47

Episode 95: #NextGenATP Update with Ben Rothenberg Pt. 1

4/9/2019
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Welcome to...A two-part #NextGenATP edition of Hey, Great Shot!! With about a quarter of the ATP season in the books, New York Times writer and Host of the No Challenges Remaining Podcast Ben Rothenberg joins Host Alex Gruskin to give a progress report on the many young, talented players on the men’s tour. In part one of the episode, the guys update their #NextGenATP Tier rankings, highlighting the players whose profiles have risen or fallen the most in 2019. They analyze the sensational...

Duration:01:04:26

Episode 94: NCAA Men's Title Contenders with Chris Halioris

4/4/2019
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Editor’s Note: Some of the matchups discussed in this podcast, recorded on Wednesday, March 27, have since been played. To hear Gruskin and Halioris discuss those results, checkout out today’s episode of The Mini-Break Podcast!!!! Welcome to…. A Men’s College Tennis National Title Contenders Edition of Hey, Great Shot!! With more than half the season in the books, College Tennis Ranks founder Chris Halioris joins Host Alex Gruskin to rank the teams they think are best positioned to take...

Duration:00:57:01

Introducing "What the Deuce" Podcast

3/25/2019
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"What the Deuce" is a weekly tennis podcast covering the lighter sides of the sport. Whether it's tennis rumors, funny anecdotes, uncomfortable would-you-rathers, tweets by Brad Gilbert, or any other topic under the sun, WTD is the place to kick back and listen to all the latest from the tennis world! Listeners can actually participate in the podcast by leaving their own stories/topics/thoughts on a google voicemail that may be used on future episodes. The phone line is open day and night:...

Duration:00:03:22

Episode 93: Karue Sell on the Challenges of New ITF Transition Tour

3/21/2019
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Welcome tooooo....Hey, Great Shot! On today's episode, host Alex Gruskin is joined by Brazilian professional tennis player Karue Sell to discuss the challenges of the new ITF Transition Tour. Karue dives into the difficulties of getting into challenger/future level tournaments with the reduced qualifying rounds, and the two debate different solutions to these current challenges. As always, the opinions in this podcast are our own, and we are happy to debate them with anyone kind enough to...

Duration:01:23:10

Emergency Episode 92: Pay for not Play Scandal, College Upsets, and More!

3/14/2019
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Welcome to…. An Emergency (!!!!) Edition of Hey, Great Shot!! College Tennis Ranks founder Chris Halioris joins Host Alex Gruskin to breakdown the shocking “Pay for not Play” Scandal involving Texas Men’s Head Coach Michael Center and Rhode Island Women’s Head Coach Gordon Ernest. They dissect the specifics of the investigation, and debate the implications of the FBI’s inquiry for college tennis. They also highlight some of the past week’s most fascinating results. They discuss the rise of...

Duration:00:57:18

The Mini Break: Indian Wells Rd 1 Recap & Weekend Preview

3/8/2019
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Welcome to the Mini-Break, a daily podcast discussing the biggest storylines, results, and controversies from the tennis world. On today’s episode, Cracked Racquets Writer Matt Stachowiak joins Great Shot Podcast host Alex Gruskin to breakdown the first two days of action at Indian Wells. The guys analyze the stats from FAA/Norrie, Anisimova/Krunic, Kudla/Nishioka, Kenin/Wang, and Giron/Chardy, run through the rest of the round 1 winners, and preview the weekend ahead. They also hypothesize...

Duration:00:41:30

The Mini-Break: Analyzing the 2019 Indian Wells Men's Bracket

3/7/2019
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Welcome to The Mini-Break, a new Daily Podcast brought to you by Cracked Racquets. We’ll provide daily updates on all the tennis news and results from across the world each day. Today on the Mini-Break, host Max Rothman is joined by CR contributor Cale Hammond to break down the men's draw at Indian Wells. They also get some insights from Cale after his week being in Palm Springs, and analyze the betting lines for Indian Wells, finishing the pod by making bets on the winners for the...

Duration:00:40:44

The Mini-Break: Medvedev, Opelka, & Twitter Tuesday

3/5/2019
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Today on The Mini-Break, host Max Rothman is joined by Alex Gruskin to discuss Daniil Medvedev’s results at the Sofia Open, Reilly Opelka’s title at the New York Open, FAA’s finals run at the Rio ATP 500, and they begin a new weekly segment they call “Twitter Tuesday”. Subscribe and review today on iTunes, Spotify, or anywhere you get your podcast. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

Duration:00:29:31

Welcome to The Mini-Break

3/4/2019
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The constant churn of the tennis world can overwhelm even the most dedicated of tennis fans. With so many matches occurring at the Juniors, College, Futures, Challengers, and ATP/WTA levels every day, keeping track of the sport’s biggest storylines becomes a near impossible task. It’s easy to focus on one Grand Slam, but juggling 10 tournaments at once?!?! That’s a little bit more challenging. To help combat this problem, our team at Cracked Racquets is proud to introduce our newest Daily...

Duration:00:38:27

Episode 91: Final 2019 Men's ITA National Indoors Recap

2/20/2019
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Welcome to…. A Men’s ITA National Indoors Recap edition of Hey, Great Shot!! College Tennis Ranks founder Chris Halioris and Cracked Racquets writer Matt Stachowiak join Host Alex Gruskin to offer their biggest takeaways from the college season’s first major event. They begin by breaking down both the semifinal and final round matches. They explain why Ohio State’s doubles continuity and big servers at 4 and 5 singles fit this event perfectly, discuss the difficult lineup choices Wake...

Duration:01:20:14

Episode 90: ITA National Indoors Day 2 Recap (Pt. 1)

2/16/2019
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College Tennis Ranks founder Chris Halioris joins host Alex Gruskin to discuss the first three quarterfinal matches of the 2019 ITA National Indoor Championships. They breakdown the action from (7)North Carolina's 4-3 win over(15)TCU, (3)Wake Forest's 4-3 comeback against (6)UCLA, and (1)Ohio State's comfortable 4-0 victory over (8)Virginia. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

Duration:00:36:47

Episode 89: Recapping ITA Indoor Championship Day 1 Recap (Pt. 2)

2/16/2019
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Chris Halioris joins Great Shot Podcast host Alex Gruskin to recap the rest of the Day 1 matches from the 2019 NCAA D1 ITA Indoor National Championship. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

Duration:00:24:10

Episode 88: Recapping ITA Indoor Championship First Four Matches

2/15/2019
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Recalling the first four matches of the 2019 National indoors. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

Duration:00:43:14

Episode 87: ITA Men's Kickoff Weekend Recap Pt. 2

2/9/2019
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Welcome to…. Part Two of An ITA Men’s Kickoff Weekend Recap edition of Hey, Great Shot!! College Tennis Ranks founder Chris Halioris and Cracked Racquets writer Matt Stachowiak join Host Alex Gruskin to continue their discussion about college tennis’s kickoff event. They focus on the weekend’s most intriguing regionals: TCU, Stanford, Columbia, Florida State, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, and Michigan. They debate whether Baylor belongs in the National Title contender conversation, breakdown the...

Duration:01:01:42

Episode 86: ITA Men's Kickoff Weekend Recap Pt. 1

2/9/2019
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Welcome to…. Part One of An ITA Men’s Kickoff Weekend Recap edition of Hey, Great Shot!! College Tennis Ranks founder Chris Halioris and Cracked Racquets writer Matt Stachowiak join Host Alex Gruskin to breakdown each of the fifteen regions from college tennis’s kickoff event. They start by discussing the performance of the weekend’s top seeds: Wake Forest, Ohio State, Mississippi State, Florida, USC, UNC, UCLA, Texas. They speculate which of these team’s lineups will undergo the most...

Duration:00:46:07

Episode #85: Australian Open Finals Recap

1/31/2019
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Welcome to…. The Final Australian Open 2019 Recap edition of Hey, Great Shot!! Hosts Alex Gruskin and Max Rothman get together to offer their final takes on the year’s first major. They breakdown what allowed Naomi Osaka to take home her second straight major title (despite blowing multiple match points in the final), awe at the dominant performance put together by Novak Djokovic, and discuss how certain results from this tournament did or did not change their expectations for 2019. The...

Duration:00:53:05

GSP #84: Australian Open Semifinal Recap

1/25/2019
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Welcome to…. An Australian Open Semfinal Recap edition of Hey, Great Shot!! Hosts Alex Gruskin and Max Rothman get together to talk through a fascinating semifinal round of tennis. They debate who between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal looked more dominant during their respective straight set victories, analyze how the success of Naomi Osaka’s backhand catapulted her to victory, and explain how Petra Kvitova was able to put an end to Danielle Collins’s dream run. They also thoroughly...

Duration:00:44:52

Episode 83: Eric Hubbs of Barstool Sports

1/24/2019
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Welcome to… Hey, Great Shot!! On this episode, Barstool Sports blogger and Host of the Short Porch Podcast Eric Hubbs joins hosts Alex Gruskin and Max Rothman to talk about the 2019 Australian Open. The guys offer their thoughts on the runs of Frances Tiafoe and Amanda Anisimova, and discuss the dominance of Novak Djokovic, Petra Kvitova, and Rafael Nadal. They also debate some of the best bets of the 2019 season, play a game of Great Shot Podcast trivia, and end by asking Hubbs a series of...

Duration:00:40:31

Episode 82: Australian Open QF Recap

1/23/2019
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Welcome to…. An Australian Open Quarterfinal Recap edition of Hey, Great Shot!! Hosts Alex Gruskin and Max Rothman get together to talk through a captivating quarterfinal round of tennis. They try to make sense of Pliskova’s win over Serena, discuss the rise of Danielle Collins, and explain why Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic appear the clear favorites to reach the men’s singles final. They also add historical perspective to the runs of Lucas Pouille and Stefanos Tsitsipas, debate Tiafoe’s...

Duration:00:38:01