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Episode 66: Debating NextGen Potential with Ben Rothenberg, Part 1

12/6/2018
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Welcome to...A NextGen edition of Hey, Great Shot!! Host Alex Gruskin is joined by Cracked Racquets Founder Dalton Thieneman and NY Times Writer Ben Rothenberg to break down all of the NextGen players currently on tour. In this first of two episodes, the guys discuss their first two tiers of NextGen players. They get into the upsides of Zverev, Khachanov, and Tsitsipas, as well as an in depth discussion about the potential of Reilly Opelka. They even get into a good debate about whether...

Duration:00:53:07

Changeover Chat: Most Improved ATP Players

11/26/2018
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Welcome to…. An extended Changeover Chat edition of Hey, Great Shot!! With the ATP season nearing its conclusion, co-hosts Alex Gruskin and Max Rothman take the time to reflect on the most improved players from 2018. The guys discuss the criteria they used when making their selections, and explain why a jump from a 20 year old player is more significant than a late career leap from someone over 25. They also talk through the many candidates that qualified for this conversation, and end by...

Duration:00:55:58

Episode 65: Nitto Finals Recap & Opelka Breakthrough

11/19/2018
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Welcome toooooo...an emergency edition of Hey, Great Shot! Host Alex Gruskin is joined once again by Cracked Racquets team member Jamie McDonald to discuss Alexander Zverev's straight sets win over Novak Djokovic to capture his first Nitto ATP Finals title. The two debate whether or not this means Zverev has fairly broken through and what the expectations should be for him going into the 2019 season. They end the podcast with a discussion about Reilly Opelka who captured his second...

Duration:00:39:04

Episode #64: Nitto ATP Finals Discussion

11/16/2018
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Welcome to...An ATP Finals edition of Hey, Great Shot!! Host Alex Gruskin is joined by Cracked Racquets team member Jamie McDonald to discuss the first few days of the ATP finals. The guys break down some of the early results, discuss how worn down some of the players look, and project how the tournament will end. As always, the opinions in this podcast are our own, and we are happy to debate them with anyone kind enough to listen to or comment on our show. The podcast feed is now live, so...

Duration:00:50:22

Alex's Trivia: Which Young Americans Have Won a Tour Title?

11/8/2018
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On this edition of "Alex's Trivia", host Alex Gruskin quizes co-host Max Rothman on which young Americans (born 1996 or later) have won ATP Challenger titles or better. Can you guess these 11 players? Listen to find to find out the answers! This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

Duration:00:04:24

Episode #63: 2018 NextGen Finals Preview

11/6/2018
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Welcome to...a NextGen Finals Preview Edition of the Great Shot Podcast. Recorded on Halloween, hosts Alex Gruskin and Max Rothman are joined by Cracked Racquets team member Jamie McDonald to preview the 2018 NextGen Finals. The guys discuss who are the favorites and dark horses, whether the ATP should be experimenting so much with the rules during this tournament, and debate why players like Alexander Zverev feel like they can skip out on the tournament. As always, the opinions in this...

Duration:00:52:00

Emergency Pod: Khachanov Wins 2018 Paris Masters

11/5/2018
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Welcome to…. An Emergency Edition of the Great Shot Podcast. Hosts Alex Gruskin and Max Rothman hop back on the pod to breakdown Karen Khachanov’s run to the Paris Masters final, where he took out a red hot Novak Djokovic 7-5 6-4. Gruskin and Rothman give some very hot takes, and debate what this could mean for Khachanov in the 2019 season. Also discussed on this pod is Tommy Paul's big win down at the Charlottesville Challenger. Could we see a revitalized Paul next year? The guys...

Duration:00:37:13

Alex's Trivia: "Who've They Played the Most?"

11/2/2018
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We've turned one of our favorite segments into its own podcast! Host Alex Gruskin comes up with trivia about any and everything in tennis, and asks it to his various co-host and guests. This week, Gruskin quizzes Rothman on who Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic have each played the most throughout their careers. Can you figure it out before Rothman does? Listen to find out! This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

Duration:00:14:01

Changeover Chat: Tennis Gambling With Cale Hammond

11/1/2018
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Cale Hammond is CR’s resident expert on tennis gambling. He’ll break down the best bets from around the tennis world each day. Rothman talkes with Cale about his new gambling series on Cracked Racquets, and how he goes about making the picks each day. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

Duration:00:39:40

GSP #62: Juicy Year-End Narratives

10/23/2018
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Welcome to…. A Post US Open Recap edition of Hey, Great Shot!! On this week’s show, Hosts Alex Gruskin and Max Rothman play an extended game of “True or False” to debate which of the season’s end-of-year/post-Asian swing narratives they find most or least compelling. The guys sift through the many intriguing results of the #NextGenATP players on tour, argue about the perceived decline of the Wawrinka, Berdych, Tsonga generation, heap far too much praise on Novak Djokovic, and cover the rest...

Duration:00:53:11

Episode 61: Laver Cup Recap

9/28/2018
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Welcome to…. A Laver Cup Day Recap edition of Hey, Great Shot!! Host Alex Gruskin and CR writer Matt Stachowiak give a complete break down of the second annual Laver Cup. The two recap the best matches of the weekend, share their favorite players and celbrations, and debate whether the event should be made more formal. As always, the opinions in this podcast are our own, and we are happy to debate them with anyone kind enough to listen to or comment on our show. The podcast feed is now...

Duration:01:20:47

GSP #60: Laver Cup Day 1 Recap

9/22/2018
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Welcome to…. A Laver Cup Day One Recap edition of Hey, Great Shot!! Host Alex Gruskin and Super Producer Max Fliegner offer a quick summary of the tournament’s first day of action. They recap the day’s matches, talk about the ambiance of the crowd, and revel in the joy of each team’s bench antics. They end the episode by previewing their favorite Day Two Matches. As always, the opinions in this podcast are our own, and we are happy to debate them with anyone kind enough to listen to or...

Duration:00:21:12

Episode 59: Top 10 American 2018 Seasons

9/21/2018
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Welcome to…. A State of the Union: US Men’s Tennis edition of Hey, Great Shot!! Tennis Panorama contributor and Tennis Twitter Founding Father Jonathan Kelley joins Host Alex Gruskin to rank the Top Ten Seasons from American Men in 2018. The guys start by listing their honorable mentions, then proceed to share their lists from 10 to 1. The episode’s lengthiest discussions revolve around the seasons of Tennys Sandgren, Taylor Fritz, Reilly Opelka, and Ryan Harrison. However, as Gruskin and...

Duration:01:18:34

Episode 58: Davis Cup Semis Recap & Finals Preview

9/18/2018
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Welcome to…. A Davis Cup Semifinals Recap and Finals Preview edition of Hey, Great Shot!! Cracked Racquets contributor extraordinaire James “Foster” McDonald joins Hosts Alex Gruskin and Max Rothman to breakdown Croatia’s dramatic 3-2 victory over the USA, recap France’s 3-0 demolition of Spain, and offer their early predictions for the final. The guys also discuss the inspired play of Sam Querrey, the ridiculous level of doubles in Croatia/USA, the roster depth of the French team, and so...

Duration:00:55:48

Bonus: "Name That Grunt" Challenge

9/13/2018
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During the the CR Live Watch Party for the 2018 US Open Men's Final, the Cracked Racquets team played a quick game of "Name That Grunt". Check out how well you know the grunts of some of your favorite players. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

Duration:00:08:22

GSP #57: US Open QF recap and SF preview

9/6/2018
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Welcome to…. A US Open Quarterfinal Recap and Semifinal Preview edition of Hey, Great Shot!! Cracked Racquets videographer extraordinaire James “Foster” McDonald joins Hosts Alex Gruskin and Max Rothman to breakdown a spectacular quarterfinal round of men’s singles play. The guys (despite his loss) marvel at Dominic Thiem’s performance against Nadal, discuss the casual dominance of Juan Martin Del Potro, and praise Kei Nishikori for his relentless effort during his five-set win over Marin...

Duration:01:10:49

GSP #56: ***Emergency*** Roger Federer/John Millman Pod

9/4/2018
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Welcome to…. An Emergency “Holy S**T John Millman just beat Roger Federer” Edition of Hey, Great Shot!! Hosts Alex Gruskin and Max Rothman hop back on the pod to breakdown Millman’s stunning 36 75 76 76 victory over Fed. They discuss the impact of Federer’s struggles with his first serve, the relentlessness of Millman’s hustle, and both players’ handling of New York’s fatiguing heat. They also debate Millman’s quarterfinal chances against Djokovic, and offer their levels of confidence in Fed...

Duration:00:21:22

GSP #55: US Open Rd 4 Recap and Quarterfinal Preview

9/3/2018
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Welcome to…. A US Open Round Four Recap and Quarterfinal Preview edition of Hey, Great Shot!! Hosts Alex Gruskin, Max Rothman, and Super Producer Max Fliegner hop back on the podcast to breakdown a less than spectacular round of men’s singles play. The guys take a deep dive into Isner/Raonic, the only five-set match of the round, and reflect on the dominant performances of the top seeds. They also provide an extensive preview of each quarterfinal matchup, do their best to predict the 2018...

Duration:00:59:29

GSP #54: US Open Rd. 3 Recap and Analysis

9/2/2018
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Welcome to…. A US Open Round Three Recap edition of Hey, Great Shot!! Hosts Alex Gruskin and Max Rothman come back on the podcast to breakdown another thrilling round of men’s singles play. They compare and contrast the performances of #NextGenATP stars Karen Khachanov, Alex De Minaur, Taylor Fritz, and Denis Shapovalov, discuss the dominance of top seeds Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, and try to understand Alex Zverev’s latest grand slam disappointment. They also end with a Changeover...

Duration:01:13:25

GSP #53: US Open Rd 2 Recap and Analysis

8/31/2018
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Welcome to…. A US Open Round Two Recap edition of Hey, Great Shot!! On this episode of the podcast, Cracked Racquets writer Matt Stachowiak joins hosts Alex Gruskin and Max Rothman to help breakdown all of the men’s singles action from the tournament’s second round. The guys begin the episode by offering their varied takes on the Nick Kyrgios-Mohamed Lahyani shenanigans, discussing both why the incident was inappropriate and how the ATP can address the situation. They also highlight the many...

Duration:01:24:53