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Episode 16: “Bar’chu et Adonai Ham’vorach”

Welcome back toooooo…. Part two of a Challenger Recap edition of Hey, Great Shot!! In this week’s episode, co-hosts Alex Gruskin and Max Rothman discuss the biggest storylines that emerged from the 2018 RBC Championships of Dallas Challenger event. The guys debate the upside of Mackenzie McDonald, quarrel over the skillset of Stefan Kozlov, and once again marvel at the quality of play at the challenger level. A quick production note: As this segment was originally recorded alongside of the...


Bonus: Revisiting the Tennys Sandgren Drama

Every week, the Great Shot Podcast guys end up having to leave out segments that don't make the final cut for one reason or another. During the Australian Open, Alex Gruskin and Max Rothman had an in depth discussion on the Tennys Sandgren drama and what their personal opinions were on the entire situation. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.


Episode 15: “You Haven’t Seen My Google Calendar”

Welcome toooooo…. A Two-Part Oracle Challenger Series edition of Hey, Great Shot!!!! In this week’s episode, co-hosts Alex Gruskin and Max Rothman take their first deep dive into the 2018 ATP Challenger season with a conversation about the brand new Oracle Challenger Event hosted in Newport, California. The guys discuss their favorite matches of the tournament, marvel at quality of tournament field, and, for the sake of brevity, institute a 3-minute shot clock per match recap (Spoiler: it...


Episode 14: "I'm Not a Fed Hater, I'm Fed Fatigued"

Welcome back toooooo…. an Australian Open recap edition of Hey, Great Shot!!!! In this week’s episode, co-hosts Alex Gruskin and Max Rothman attempt to sift through all of the drama and action from the tournament’s second week of play. The guys discuss the (not so sudden) rise of Hyeon Chung, hop on board the Kyle Edmund Express, and recap some of their favorite performances from the year’s first grand slam. As it was one of the biggest stories within the Tennis Twitter Community, they also...


Episode 13: "How Many Times"

Welcome back toooooo…. A Middle Sunday edition of Hey, Great Shot!!!! In this week’s episode, Co-hosts Alex Gruskin and Max Rothman break down all of the incredible action from the first week of the Australian Open. The guys discuss their favorite matches from each round of play, rave about the quality of tennis thus far, and list their best and worst performances from Week 1. The two also take a few moments to debate the “Russian Troika”, and argue about the upsides of Hyeon Chung, Alex...


Episode 11: “He’s Seven Feet Tall”

Welcome toooooo…. The final 2017 addition of Hey, Great Shot!! Recorded after an ass-whooping from Taylor Fritz in Fifa, co-hosts Alex Gruskin and Max Rothman lick their wounds by continuing their #NextGenATP American series with a discussion about all things Reilly Opelka.The two explain why Opelka’s game is too unique to receive the basic John Isner comparisons, debate the strengths and weaknesses of “Big Man Tennis”, and mention Reilly’s height at least 15 times throughout the episode....


Bonus: Cross-Court Chronicles by Cracked Racquets Trailer

From the creators of Cracked Interviews and the Great Shot Podcast, Cracked Racquets presents “Cross Court Chronicles”, a brand new audio documentary series that takes a closer at some of tennis’ most profound stories. Each episode will highlight a single story, told and developed in detail by some of our contributors. Stories like the dominance of tennis’ Big Four, the storied rivalry between Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams, or rise of Brian Bowen’s dynasty at the University of...


Episode 10: Drop the "The"

Welcome toooooo…. A special 10th edition of Hey, Great Shot!! For the first time since joining Cracked Racquets, co-hosts Alex Gruskin and Max Rothman are joined in the booth by Super Producer Max Fliegner to continue their #NextGenATP American series with a discussion about all things Tommy Paul. In this week’s podcast, the hosts offer their takes on Tommy’s illustrious junior career, explain why they are concerned about his history of streaky play, and debate whether his upside is higher...


Episode 9: “And Davydenko holds….”

Welcome back toooooo…. Hey, Great Shot!! After taking a week to soak in the California sun, co-host Max Rothman returns to the booth with a fresh goatee to join co-host Alex Gruskin in a discussion about the 2017 ATP World Tour Finals. The two marvel at the quality of play they witnessed throughout the event, thoroughly debate the grand slam potential of finalist David Goffin, and revel in the new statistic Gruskin found during his research for the pod, distance covered per match. As...


Ladies, He's Single...

Welcome back toooooo…. Hey, Great Shot!! In case your Thanksgiving dinner didn’t feature enough American Tennis talk, this week’s episode will certainly fill your quota. In addition to super producer Max Fliegner’s return to the booth, host Alex Gruskin welcomes onto the show their first ever guest, On The Rise __ tennis blog founder Jonathan Kelley. Known primarily for his colorful twitter account @jokelleytennis, Kelley’s passion for American tennis and in-depth knowledge of the game’s...


He’s Perennially 5 lbs Away From Being 5 lbs Away from in Shape

This week, host Alex Gruskin is joined by producer Max Fliegner to discuss his article in Cracked Racquets’ new Tennis Tribune Series. They talk about Fliegner’s decision to attend Dartmouth, and offer advice to aspiring college tennis players. The two also preview their upcoming #NextGen mini-podcast series, and explain why they are excited for the next generation of American male tennis players. Be sure to stick around for the Changeover Chat, where the two give candid thoughts about...


Interview With Great Shot Podcast Creators

We are one day away from the official launch of our new podcast The Great Shot Podcast. To celebrate, and to help give some more insight into what to expect from the brand new platform, Cracked Interviews host Dalton Thieneman teamed up with Cracked contributors Alex Araiza and Parker Thieneman to discuss with the GSP guys how they created their show, what fans can expect to hear in the coming weeks, whether they have ever cracked a racquet, and much more! Give it a listen, and make sure...


Great Shot Podcast Trailer

Cracked Racquets is thrilled to announce that we will be featuring a brand new podcast starting next week! Introducing the Great Shot Podcast! This show is a banterous podcast detailing the latest stories, results, and hot takes on the ATP World Tour. Check out this exclusive trailer, and look for the first episode to drop next Wednesday.