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The Main Draw

Former college tennis players Chris Neary and Caitlin Thompson celebrate tennis' sartorial splendor, speculate wildly on the ins and outs of the pro tour, and suggests improvements to the game through bold and untested hypotheticals. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Nerding Out

Caitlin talks with Sean Kent, host of the Tennis Nerd Podcast (who's also a host with the most who'll make you chicken fried steak and biscuits) about learning to love the game, shitty commentators and Trader Joe's. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

33mins

23 Apr 2018

Rank #1

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We Were Wrong About You, Redfoo

Let no one say we aren’t benevolent here on the podcast: We backtrack on our scathing indictment of Redfoo’s tennis game, check in on the Championships at Wimbledon (the tournament and the fashions) and profess our love for tennis on the radio. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

14mins

7 Jul 2015

Rank #2

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Too Many Cocks

Our faces are fiery with anger after the New York Times body shamed Serena, and we give HBO's new tennis TV movie 7 Days in Hell a review, of sorts. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

17mins

22 Jul 2015

Rank #3

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Meet Us at Wimble Don

Should tennis players have caddies? How do you pronounce Nick Kyrgios' name? None of that matters, because we introduce you to a man who built his own private lawn tennis club. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

20mins

26 Jun 2015

Rank #4

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Why pushers, WHY??

Chris and Caitlin expound on the futility (or is it beauty?) of trying to improve way past your prime, and talk through their own individual meltdowns and panic attacks on the court. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

30mins

10 May 2018

Rank #5

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The Golden Age of Uncertainty

After a thorough examination of sportsmanship, bananas and civil disobedience, Caitlin & Chris return to familiar waters in discussing the Australian Open's showcase of pink and thicc arms. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

18mins

17 Jan 2018

Rank #6

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Ayo Technology

Thirty Love's Carl Bialik sets aside his Twitter beef with Caitlin and joins us to fix all the problems. Hint: it involves doubles, gimmicky formats and copious amounts of data! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

29mins

27 Dec 2017

Rank #7

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The Scales Fall From Our Eyes

Novak superfan, friend of the pod, and host of the tremendously popular Vox show Today, Explained,Sean Rameswaram shares how his feelings on Nole have evolved in our Wimbledon recap episode. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

25mins

18 Jul 2018

Rank #8

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Rekindling America's Love Affair with Tennis

Remember the heyday of American tennis, when Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras ruled the rankings? Oracle billionaire Larry Ellison does, and he's single-handedly trying make tennis America's premiere sport. Businessweek's Ashlee Vance explains how, from the the NCAA to a pop-up Nobu. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

26mins

28 Jul 2015

Rank #9

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Unchained, uncensored

By semi-popular demand, we provide you with the HOTTEST OF TAKES about how tennis can improve in the wake of this year's bananas US Open. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

19mins

12 Sep 2018

Rank #10

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La Terre Battue

Caitlin gives a report from the road at Roland Garros, slags on dumb journalist questions while Chris makes dated predictions about French Open winners and losers that will make no sense by the time you listen. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

20mins

10 Jun 2018

Rank #11

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Hypebeasts

Sure we love tennis here at The Main Draw, but we mainly like tennis style—and today we go deep on sneaker culture and why so few sneakers that look good with jeans work well on court (and vice versa). See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

19mins

4 Feb 2019

Rank #12

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It Happened, It's Fine

Chris and Caitlin ditch the Australian Open recap to focus on tattoos, hotel bathroom products and a the hottest of takes. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

19mins

1 Feb 2018

Rank #13

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Things Get Really Bleak

Who knew talking about Toni Nadal's Whatsapp tennis academy would inspire a dark visit with Caitlin's tennis demons? Plus, a new May/December challenge, your Project Voltron responses and some resolutions for the new year. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

29mins

12 Dec 2017

Rank #14

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I'm on a Boat

Caitlin and Chris gloss over the happenings from the Sunshine Double to bring you essential anecdotes about Gigi Fernandez' temper, which old person Caitlin WOULDN'T lose to, and yellow vs. green. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

29mins

28 Mar 2018

Rank #15

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Award-Winning Podcast!

No it's not this one. Co-host Chris is a Peabody nominee for a show he produced about the Civil War, but we BET being a part of the 5th or 6th most popular tennis podcast (out of 10) didn't hurt. What we're saying is we have range.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

7mins

13 Apr 2018

Rank #16

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Meet the Silver Belles

Journalist Claire Suddath takes us behind the scenes of her Racquet magazine feature on the sept- and octogenarian stars of the women's recreational tennis scene, as well as her affinity for old people's stories in this very special episode. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

19mins

10 Jan 2018

Rank #17

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Drake + Serena

Internet delight Aminatou Sow, co-host of Call Your Girlfriend, predicts that Drake will soon be carrying Serena's babies, and to talk about her favorite player who was Never Number 1: Goran Ivanisevic. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

19mins

26 Aug 2015

Rank #18

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The Cormac McCarthy of Tennis Podcasts

We tip our hats to Billie Jean King's World Team Tennis (go Boston Lobsters!), decide that we've earned the right to drop the occasional swear, and introduce a new segment: Never Number 1, an appreciation of players who never quite reached the pinnacle of the sport. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

17mins

10 Aug 2015

Rank #19

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Project Voltron

Chris and Caitlin (finally) address their many glaring inaccuracies/haters, and come up with a dream participatory scenario... Project Voltron. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

19mins

6 Dec 2017

Rank #20