Cracked Interviews

The Cracked Racquets team sits down with tennis’ biggest players, coaches, and academies to bring listeners inside the processes, personas, and stories that you won’t get anywhere else.

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Naomi Osaka's Hitting Partner Karue Sell on Lif...
Karue Sell joins the show to talk about Naomi’s run to the 2020 US Open title, life in the bubble, the formation of the PTPA, and so much more!!
73 min
2
Getting to the Point: Coach David Witt
This week on "Getting to the Point" powered by ArrowBar, we are joined by Coach David Witt.
53 min
3
Dave Schilling (NCAA): Denison Men's Tennis Hea...
Denison Men’s Tennis Head Coach Dave Schilling joins the show to discuss his decision to leave Ohio State and take on this new challenge.
92 min
4
Getting to the Point: Brenda Schultz-McCarthy
Hosts Alex Gruskin and Mark Arrowsmith are joined by former Top 10 WTA singles and doubles player Brenda Shultz-McCarthy.
86 min
5
Trish Faulkner: Former Marketing Director and H...
Trish Faulkner joins the show to share insights from her many experiences in the professional tennis world, offer her thoughts on the ongoing ATP-WTA merger talks, and so much more!!
57 min
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Sara Daavettila (NCAA): 2019 ITA Fall National ...
2019 ITA Fall National Champion and 5x All-American Sara Daavettila joins the show to discuss her Tar Heels’ 2020 season and more!
47 min
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Brian Cernoch (NCAA): UNC All-American Rising J...
Brian Cernoch joins the show to discuss his team’s 2020 season, how he and his teammates found out the season was cancelled, and more!
45 min
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Logan Zapp (NCAA): Incoming Freshman at UNC
Top American Junior and incoming UNC freshman Logan Zapp joins the show to discuss how he’s spent his time in quarantine and more!
38 min
9
Alexis Galarneau (NCAA): All-American Senior at...
NC State All-American Alexis Galarneau joins the show to discuss his prolific college tennis career and more!
53 min
10
Eric Sock (ATP): American ATP Player
Eric Sock joins the show to discuss his own tennis career, surviving his health scare in 2015 and more!
44 min
11
Genie Bouchard (WTA): Canadian WTA Player (Care...
2014 Wimbledon Finalist and current WTA #332 Genie Bouchard joins the show to talk about the current state of her game, her new partnership with Renae Stubbs, and more!
6 min
12
Cameron Mofid: Founder of Legends United Founda...
Cameron Mofid joins us live at the Altec/Styslinger Tennis Exhibition in Miami to announce his newest projection in conjunction with cracked racquets!
10 min
13
Reilly Opelka (ATP): American ATP Player Reilly...
#NextGenATP American and current ATP #39 Reilly Opelka stops by the booth to discuss his first round win over Steve Johnson and more!
25 min
14
Katrina Scott: 2019 US Open Juniors Quarterfina...
2019 US Open Juniors Quarterfinalist and Top American Junior Katrina Scott joins the show to discuss a variety of topics.
49 min
15
Shelby Rogers (WTA): Career High #48 American W...
American WTA player Shelby Rogers sat down with host Alex Gruskin live at the Young King's Scholarship Tennis Exhibition being held at the Top Seed Tennis Club in Nicholasville, KY.
9 min
16
Ross Wilson (NCAA): Iowa Men's Tennis Head Coach
Iowa Men’s Tennis Head Coach Ross Wilson joins the show to talk about his team’s outstanding 2020 season and more!
51 min
17
Ashley Fisher (NCAA): University of South Flori...
University of South Florida Men’s Tennis Coach Ashley Fisher joins the show to discuss how his program has adjusted to the reality brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic and more!
107 min
18
Sam Riffice (NCAA): University of Florida All-A...
Florida Men’s Tennis rising Junior Sam Riffice joins the show to discuss his team’s 2020 season and much more!
51 min
19
Oliver Crawford (NCAA): 2020 ITA Singles and Do...
University of Florida captain Oliver Crawford joins the show to discuss his college tennis career and more!
68 min
20
Haley and Ken Giavara (NCAA): Cal Freshman All-...
Cal Freshman All-American Haley Giavara and her coach/uncle Ken Giavara join the show to discuss Haley’s 2020 season and more!
46 min
21
Andrew Fenty (NCAA): Michigan 2020 Singles and ...
Big Ten Men’s Tennis Player of the Year and 2020 Singles and Doubles All-American Andrew Fenty joins the show to discuss a variety of topics.
58 min
22
Jada Hart (NCAA): UCLA Senior and 2020 All-Amer...
UCLA Senior Jada Hart, a 2020 All-American in both singles and doubles, joins the show to discuss why she decided to return to the Bruins in 2021 and more!
63 min
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Monica Puig (WTA): Career High #27 Puerto Rican...
Host Alex Gruskin is joined by 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist and WTA #90 Monica Puig to talk about a variety of topics.
58 min
24
Bethanie Mattek-Sands [WTA] Discusses Tennis Un...
On today's episode, 9x Grand Slam Champion Bethanie Mattek-Sands rejoins the show to discuss her role as host of the brand new ATP/WTA show Tennis United and more!
52 min
25
Michaela Gordon (NCAA): 3x All-American and Sta...
On today's episode, 3x All-American and Stanford Junior Michaela Gordon joins the show.
49 min
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Ashley Lahey (NCAA): All-American Senior at Pep...
On today's episode, 2020 ITA All-American Ashley Lahey joins the show to discuss her decision to return to Pepperdine for an additional season in 2021.
45 min
27
Alexa Graham (UNC): 2020 Single & Doubles All-A...
UNC Senior Alexa Graham joins the show to talk about being named an All-American in both singles and doubles this year.
41 min
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Gianni Ross (Virginia): Former Easter Bowl Sing...
Former Easter Bowl singles Champion and UVA junior Gianni Ross joins the show to discuss growing up in Chicago and making the transition to training full time with the USTA in Boca.
96 min
29
Elliot Spizzirri (Texas): Texas Freshman and 20...
Texas freshman and 2019 US Open Junior Doubles Champion Elliot Spizzirri joins the show to discuss his first year of college tennis.
49 min
30
Brianna Shvets (Princeton): Princeton Sophomore...
Princeton Sophomore and ITA #24 Brianna Shvets joins the show. She discusses her time as a Princeton Tiger and more!
45 min
31
Tommy Robredo (ATP) - Career High #5 Spanish AT...
Former ATP #5 and 3x Davis Cup Champion Tommy Robredo joins the show to share his career highlights and the reasons behind his continued success on tour.
46 min
32
Mitchell Krueger (ATP) - Career High #159 Ameri...
On today's episode, current ATP #195 Mitchell Krueger rejoins the show to offer his thoughts on the coronavirus pandemic and the ATP’s response to the crisis.
67 min
33
Amy Frazier: Former American WTA Top 20 Player
On today's show, host Alex Gruskin is joined by former WTA Top 20 player Amy Frazier joins today’s show.
59 min
34
Paul Annacone: Former Grand Slam Champion and T...
Former Grand Slam Champion and top professional coach Paul Annacone joins the show to chat about #COVID-19, how the game has changed, and much more!
57 min
35
Kristie Ahn (WTA): Career High #87 American WTA...
Former Stanford All-American, WTA #97, and Tik-Tok Celebrity Kristie Ahn joins the show to discuss the many impacts of coronavirus on professional tennis.
57 min
36
Claire Liu (WTA): Career High #137 American WTA...
Former 2x junior slam champion and current WTA #235 Claire Liu joins the show to talk about her 2020 season and how it’s been impacted by the coronavirus.
39 min
37
Denis Kudla: Current ATP #111 on Coronavirus Pa...
Current ATP #111 Denis Kudla rejoins the show to discuss how he’s handled the coronavirus pandemic and how it’s affected his day-to-day life.
52 min
38
Chris Woodruff: Tennessee Men's Tennis Head Coach
Tennessee Men’s Tennis Head Coach Chris Woodruff joins hosts Alex Gruskin and Chris Halioris on today’s show to discuss the impact of the coronavirus on his program.
62 min
39
Bethanie Mattek-Sands (WTA): AO Run, Fashion Co...
Bethanie Mattek-Sands rejoins the show to discuss her AO run, fashion collection launch, and dealing with suspended season.
37 min
40
Austin Rapp: Former UCLA All-American and My Te...
My Tennis HQ Co-Founder Austin Rapp joins host Alex Gruskin to talk about the newly formed collaboration between myTennisHQ and Cracked Racquets.
58 min
41
Presley Thieneman: Northwestern University Comm...
Northwestern commit Presley Thieneman joins the show to discuss the reasons behind his commitment, how he’s preparing for college tennis, his recent run of tournament success, and much more!!
23 min
42
Vesa Ponkka: JTCC President and Senior Director...
JTCC President and Senior Director of Tennis Vesa Ponkka joins the show to talk about the history of the Junior Tennis Champions Center.
73 min
43
AJ Bartlett: Diadem Sports Co-Founder and Direc...
Diadem Sports Co-Founder AJ Bartlett joins the show to talk about the birth of his company and how their racquet and string technologies help them stand out from the rest of the competition.
29 min
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USC Coaches Discuss Their Team's 2020 Indoor Ch...
Alex Gruskin was joined by USC Coaches Brett Masi, Kris Kwinta, and Deiton Baughman shortly after their team's 2020 ITA National Team Indoor Chmpionship.
9 min
45
USC Junior Daniel Cukierman On Team's ITA Indoo...
USC's junior Daniel Cukierman joined host Alex Gruskin live from Wisconsin after his team won the 2020 ITA National Team Indoor Championship.
7 min
46
TCU Head Coach David Roditi at 2020 ITA Nationa...
TCU Head Coach David Roditi stops by the Cracked Racquets booth after his team goes 2-1 this weekend at the 2020 ITA National Indoor Team Championship.
9 min
47
Claire Liu (WTA): Career High #137 American WTA...
On this episode of the Cracked Interviews podcast, host Alex Gruskin is joined by American WTA player Claire Liu, who has made the final this week at the 2020 Kentucky Open.
6 min
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USC Head Coach Brett Masi on Team's Quarterfina...
USC Head Coach Brett Masi’ joins the show to discuss his Trojans’ 4-0 win over Stanford to advance to the National Indoor Semifinals.
11 min
49
Madison Brengle (WTA): Career High #35 American...
On this episode of the Cracked Interviews podcast, host Alex Gruskin is joined by American WTA player Madison Brengle.
6 min
50
Danny Westerman: Wisconsin Men's Tennis Head Coach
Gruskin is joined by Wisconsin Men's Tennis Head Coach Danny Westerman as he prepares his campus to host this weekend’s Division I Men’s National Indoor Championships.
48 min
51
Brian Kalbas: UNC Women's Tennis Head Coach Aft...
Alex Gruskin is joined by UNC Women's tennis Head Coach Brian Kalbas after his team's 2020 ITA National Indoor Team Championship.
12 min
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Prim Siripipat: Host of "The Next Chapter" Podcast
On today’s episode, host Alex Gruskin is joined by "The Next Chapter" podcast host Prim Siripipat of The Athletic.
52 min
53
Danielle Wolf & Shiori Fukuda: Ohio State Women...
On this episode of the Cracked Interviews podcast, host Alex Gruskin is joined by Danielle Wolf and of the Ohio State Women's tennis team.
33 min
54
Fabio Molle: Founder of Functional Tennis
On this episode of the Cracked Interviews podcast, host Alex Gruskin is joined by Fabio Molle founder of Functional Tennis.
38 min
55
Brayden Schnur (ATP): Career High #92 Canadian ...
On this episode of the Cracked Interviews podcast, host Alex Gruskin is joined by the Canadian ATP player Brayden Schnur.
48 min
56
Bruce Berque: University of Texas Men's Tennis ...
Alex Gruskin is joined by University of Texas Men's Tennis Head Coach Bruce Berque to preview the upcoming 2020 season.
53 min
57
Ulises Blanch: Ann Arbor ATP 80 Challenger Fina...
Alex Gruskin is joined by Ann Arbor Challenger finalist Ulises Blanch live after his semifinal win over Daniel Altmaier.
8 min
58
Tony Bresky: Wake Forest Men's Tennis Head Coach
Alex Gruskin and Chris Halioris are joined by Wake Forest University Men's Tennis Head Coach Tony Bresky to preview the upcoming 2020 season.
47 min
59
Ty Tucker: Ohio State University Men's Tennis H...
Alex Gruskin and Chris Halioris are joined by Ohio State University Men's Tennis Head Coach Ty Tucker to preview the upcoming 2020 season.
70 min
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Paolo Lorenzi (ATP): Career High #33 Italian AT...
On this episode of the Cracked Interviews podcast, host Vicky Duval is joined by the Italian ATP player Paolo Lorenzi.
21 min
61
Robin Montgomery: 2019 Girls Orange Bowl Champion
On this episode of the Cracked Interviews podcast, host Alex Gruskin is joined by the 2019 Girls Orange Bowl Champion Robin Montgomery.
24 min
62
GSP Best of the Decade: #NextGenATP ft. Ben Rot...
On today's episode, New York Times writer Ben Rothenberg joins host Alex Gruskin to talk about the best #NextGen players of the past decade.
48 min
63
Bryan Shelton: University of Florida Men's Tenn...
Alex Gruskin and Chris Halioris are joined by University of Florida Men's Tennis Head Coach Bryan Shelton to preview the upcoming 2020 season.
69 min
64
Caty McNally (WTA): Career High #64 American WT...
On this episode of the Cracked Interviews podcast, host Alex Gruskin is joined by American WTA player Caty McNally to discuss her breakthrough 2019 season.
48 min
65
Andres Pedroso: UVA Men's Tennis Head Coach
On this episode of the Cracked Interviews podcast, hosts Alex Gruskin and Chris Halioris are joined by UVA Men's Tennis Head Coach Andres Pedroso to preview the upcoming 2020 season.
72 min
66
Brian Boland: Baylor Men's Tennis Head Coach
Alex Gruskin and Chris Halioris are joined by Baylor Men's Tennis Head Coach Brian Boland to preview the upcoming 2020 season.
85 min
67
Andrew Golub: Founding and Managing Member of A...
On today’s episode, host Alex Gruskin is joined by ArrowBar founding and managing member Andrew Golub to discuss the importance of tennis nutrition.
41 min
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David Roditi: TCU Men's Tennis Head Coach
On this episode of the Cracked Interviews podcast, hosts Alex Gruskin and Chris Halioris are joined by TCU Men's Tennis Head Coach David Roditi to preview the upcoming 2020 season.
53 min
69
Sam Paul: UNC Men's Tennis Head Coach
On this episode of the Cracked Interviews podcast, host Alex Gruskin is joined by UNC Head Coach Sam Paul to preview the upcoming 2020 season.
35 min
70
Brett Masi: USC Trojans Head Coach
On this episode of the Cracked Interviews podcast, hosts Alex Gruskin and Chris Halioris (College Tennis Ranks) are joined USC Head Coach Brett Masi.
32 min
71
Mississippi State Men's Tennis Coaches Matt Rob...
On this episode of the Cracked Interviews podcast, hosts Alex Gruskin and Chris Halioris (College Tennis Ranks) are joined Mississippi State Coaches Matt Roberts, Jake Jacoby, and Noah Tippen.
58 min
72
Paul Jubb (University of South Carolina): 2019 ...
On this episode of the Cracked Interviews podcast, host Alex Gruskin is joined by University of South Carolina's 2019 NCAA Men's Singles Champion Paul Jubb.
41 min
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Jessie Gong & Samantha Martinelli (Yale): 2019 ...
On this episode of the Cracked Interviews podcast, host Alex Gruskin is joined by Yale's 2019 ITA All-American Doubles Champions Jessie Gong and Samantha Martinelli.
35 min
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Ana Konjuh (WTA): Career High #20 Croatian WTA ...
On this episode of the Cracked Interviews podcast, host Vicky Duval is joined by Croatian WTA player Anna Konjuh.
30 min
75
Ashley Lahey (Pepperdine): 2019 ITA All-America...
Ashley Lahey (Pepperdine): 2019 ITA All-American Singles Champion and 2018 NCAA Singles Runner-Up
36 min
76
Brandon Nakashima (UVA): All-ACC First Team and...
On this episode of the Cracked Interviews podcast, host Alex Gruskin is joined by University of Virginia's All-ACC First Team member and ACC Freshman of the Year Brandon Nakashima.
48 min
77
Lauren Embree (University of Florida): 2X NCAA ...
On today's episode of the Cracked Interviews podcast, host Vicky Duval is joined by University of Florida alumni and form WTA professional player Lauren Embree.
26 min
78
Keegan Smith (UCLA): 2X All-American & 2019 NCA...
On this episode of the Cracked Interviews podcast, host Alex Gruskin is joined by UCLA's 2X All-American & 2019 NCAA Doubles Champion Keegan Smith.
40 min
79
Estela Perez-Somarriba (University of Miami): 2...
On today's episode of the Cracked Interviews podcast, host Alex Gruskin is joined by University of Miami Senior and 2019 NCAA Women's Singles Champion Estela Perez-Somarriba.
38 min
80
Pro Players Mackie McDonald & Vicky Duval on In...
On this episode of the Cracked Interviews podcast, host Alex Gruskin is joined by American WTA player Vicky Duval and American ATP player Mackie McDonald to discuss the challenges of coming back from injury, and their thoughts on the Day 1 results of the 2019 Laver Cup.
36 min
81
Prim Siripipat: Host of US Open Now Series
On today’s episode, host Alex Gruskin is joined by Host of US Open Now Series Prim Siripipat to discuss her takeaways from covering the US Open, Serena's quest for #24, and more!
71 min
82
Bethanie Mattek-Sands (WTA): 9X Grand Slam Cham...
Bethanie Mattek-Sands discusses her recent US Open Mixed Doubles title, starting a Harvard Business School program, balancing a social media presence while staying focused on tour, and much more!
64 min
83
Blair Henley: Tennis Sideline Reporter and Free...
Host Alex Gruskin is joined by tennis sideline reporter and freelance writer Blair Henley to discuss her takeaways from the US Open, life on the road as a tennis commentator, the joys and challenges of tennis social media, her college tennis career at Rice University, and more!
59 min
84
Sebastian Korda (ATP): Career High #273 America...
Sebastian Korda joins host Alex Gruskin on the Cracked Interviews Podcast to discuss having a dad who won a major, going to the pros over college, recovering from injury, first year on the road stories, and much more!
29 min
85
Mitchell Krueger (ATP): Career High #159 Americ...
On this episode, host Alex Gruskin is joined by American ATP player Mitchell Krueger to discuss his US Open Qualifying rounds, winning a title in Dallas, his goals for the rest of the year, and more!
31 min
86
Vicky Duval (WTA): Career High #87 American WTA...
On this episode of the Cracked Interviews podcast, host Alex Gruskin is joined by American WTA player Vicky Duval to discuss facing adversity, finding joy in tennis, her most recent comeback, and more!
55 min
87
Dominik Koepfer (ATP): Career High #85 German A...
Host Alex Gruskin is joined by German professional tennis player Dominik Koepfer to discuss his upcoming US Open bid.
23 min
88
Steve Johnson (ATP): Career High #21 American A...
Steve Johnson joins the Cracked Interviews podcast to discuss the upcoming US Open, his time at USC, playing through struggles on tour, and much more!!
32 min
89
Katie Volynets (Junior, USA): 2019 USTA Girl's ...
On this episode of the Cracked Interviews podcast, host Alex Gruskin is joined by the 2019 USTA Girl's 18s singles champion Katie Volynets.
24 min
90
Jenson Brooksby (Baylor): American Player and B...
On this episode of the Cracked Interviews podcast, host Alex Gruskin is joined by top American junior player and Baylor commit Jenson Brooksby about his upcoming US Open qualifier and more!
25 min
91
Govind Nanda (UCLA): 2019 USTA Boy's 18s Single...
Host Alex Gruskin talks with UCLA's Govind Nanda about his US Open Qualifying wildcard and more!
37 min
92
Jamie Loeb (UNC, WTA): Former UNC All-American ...
On this episode of the Cracked Interviews podcast, host Alex Gruskin is joined by former UNC All-American Jamie Loeb.
49 min
93
Jimmy Bendeck (ATP, Baylor): American Professio...
On this episode of the Cracked Interviews podcast, host Alex Gruskin is joined by former Baylor player and ITA All-American Jimmy Bendeck.
82 min
94
Trevor Foshey: Liberty University Assistant Coach
On this episode of the Cracked Interviews podcast, host Alex Gruskin is joined by former Mississippi State player and current Liberty Assistant Coach Trevor Foshey.
96 min
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Luke Jensen (WTT): New York Empire HC
On this episode of the Cracked Interviews, host Alex Gruskin catches up with the grand slam doubles champion and current Head Coach of the New York Empire (World Team Tennis Tour) Luke Jensen!
60 min
96
Dr Julie Anthony (WTA): Professional Tennis Gre...
On this episode of the Cracked Interviews, host Max Rothman sits down with former professional tennis great, ITA hall of famer, author, and clinical psychologist Dr Julie Anthony.
79 min
97
Former Blue Chip and American Professional Emil...
33 min
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American Professional & Former #1 Junior Whitne...
33 min
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2019 Women's NCAA Doubles Champions Gabby Andre...
65 min
100
Baylor's All-Big 12 Senior Johannes Schretter
35 min