Special Episodes

  • BOT 108: SPECIAL GUEST – RODNEY RAPSON

    Welcome back fam! We’re taking you to another dimension on this one, so strap yourselves into the BOT spaceship, and get ready for the ride! 🚀 On this episode, the Bruthas get their geek on and talk with Rodney Rapson, Managing Director of PlaySight Interactive EU & UK. He and his partners’ technological advances have been credited with giving life to tennis during the height of the pandemic when all other sports where effectively cancelled. These lasting changes to the way the game is managed not only saved the sport from being completely dormant in 2020, but they have also set up tennis to move into the future. We’re tekkies today folks! Come on in and see how technology is creating a lasting impact on the sport we love. Enjoy!

  • BOT 106: SPECIAL GUEST – JAMIE LOEB

    Greetings Fam! This week the Bruthas had the pleasure of chatting it up with uprising US player, Jamie Loeb. Not only is she an NCAA singles champion, but she is also the winner of 8 ITF singles and 9 ITF doubles titles. Hear about her competitive practice sessions with tennis legend John McEnroe and how she loves her 90s/00s hip-hop. We are proud to now call Jamie a friend of the show - Enjoy!!!

  • BOT 102: SPECIAL GUEST – MS. LESLIE ALLEN

    Hey, hey, hey fam! We’ve got another good episode on deck for you! In honor of National Women’s Month, the Bruthas chat it up with a true barrier-breaker in the game, Ms. Leslie Allen. Before the Williams Sisters and the Coco Gauffs captivated tennis audiences...after Althea, and before Zina, this extraordinary woman held the mantle for African-Americans in tennis, and did it oh so well! She is a pioneer on and off the court, and continues to do great things in the community with her Win4Life NOW organization. Take a listen as she leads the Bruthas through her beginnings in the sport with the American Tennis Association (ATA), through her heyday on tour, and into the amazing things she’s doing now. We’re confident her upbeat spirit and zest for life will be felt through the audio, so come on in, get you some good history, and leave with all the feels.

  • BOT 100: “ALTHEA” FILM REVIEW WITH ART CARRINGTON, GEORGE HENRY, AND GLENN GILLIAM

    We've made it to 100 fam! We appreciate all of your support and listenership since we began this crazy venture, and hope to continue giving you the real on the sport we love for 100+ more episodes! Thank you for coming with us! In appropriate fashion, we are celebrating our milestone by celebrating a legend, pioneer, and queen in our sport, Ms. Althea Gibson. The film "Althea" (currently available on Amazon Prime) is a wonderful look at Ms. Gibson's life, and reveals personal triumphs and tragedies that have been rarely revealed to the general public. It's a beautiful, moving film that honestly had the Bruthas in tears by the end. It's a must-watch for any tennis fan. On this episode, the Bruthas speak with three men who were involved with the film: Mr. Art Carrington, African-American tennis historian and legend, Mr. George Henry, Director of Tennis Operations at Bethune Cookman College, and Mr. Glenn Gilliam, Director of Strategic Partnerships for "Althea." So sit back, relax, and be enlightened on this regal figure in our sport; the incomparable, the revered, Ms. Althea Gibson. (Also, be sure to check out the film!)

  • BOT 93: SPECIAL GUEST – SVEN GROENEVELD

    What's good family? We've got another hot one for ya this week! Another special guest was kind enough to sit down with the Bruthas to chop it up, and we've got all the receipts! This week, legendary coach Sven Groeneveld, former coach of several members of tennis' elite; Monica Seles, Maria Sharapova, Sloane Stevens, Roger Federer, AND MORE, stops by the show and drops some gems on y'all. Listen in as he tells us about his origins as a player, and his transition into becoming an extremely successful coach. He also gives us a behind-the-scenes look at what the quarantine situation looks like in Melbourne as he is there, on the ground with the rest of the players, preparing to take over the Australian Open. What a tremendous honor to speak to this legend in the game and hear his candid stories about his career, and the players he's molded with his guidance. You're in for a treat fam! Take a listen, and be amazed! ..and if you're liking what you're hearing, don't for get to head on out to our website, www.bruthasontennis.com, and show us some love via our DONATE button. We appreciate y'all already, as always!

  • BOT 89: SPECIAL GUEST – ANDREW KRASNY

    Final episode of the year fam! 2021 'round the corner, 2020 almost done! As we charge towards the end of one of the craziest years on record, we at BOT want to say THANK YOU for tuning in and listening in the midst of all that was going on out there. We certainly hope for better days (and MORE tennis) in this new year, and hope for love/light/peace in all of your lives! Now to the biz! We've got another crackin' interview for ya as we wrap up our annual end-of -year interview series. This time, the Bruthas sit down with Tennis Channel host Andrew Krasny, to talk tennis and his eclectic career journey (Joan Rivers? Say what?). He also provides some golden words of wisdom/insight on this insane year we've had that cannot be missed. Be sure to tune in...and HAPPY NEW YEAR FAM!

  • BOT 88: SPECIAL GUEST – PENNY LERNER/CITI TASTE OF TENNIS

    Happy Holidayz fam! We hope everyone is doing well and preparing to SAFELY get together with family and friends to celebrate and make special memories with each other. We, here at Bruthas on Tennis, always look forward to the holidays and especially the hearty feast with all the trimmings at the center of the celebration (we some foodies...or fatties over here, depending how you look at it. Tomato, tomAHto). That being said, food and tennis are a few of our favorite things and this episode wraps those favorites together in a beautiful, sparkly bow! This week, the Bruthas chat with Penny Lerner, a fantastic young woman who engineered an idea to mix tennis with culinary genius, and has watched it grow into the Citi Taste of Tennis, one of the most popular and swankiest events on the tour. Star athletes such as the Williams sisters and Sloan Stephens have mixed it up with world-class chefs such as JJ Johnson and Aaron Sánchez to make a specifically-unique blend of sports, food, and entertainment. Come on in, have a seat at our table, and take a listen as Penny takes us through the creation and life of this stunning event.

  • BOT 87: SPECIAL GUEST – PRAKASH AMRITRAJ (PART TWO)

    Welcome, welcome, welcome back fam! If y'all enjoyed Part One of Prakash's chat with the Bruthas, you're surely going to love Part Two! Listen in as Prakash dives into his affiliation with the wildly popular Citi Taste of Tennis events, and provides more profound insights on life and lessons learned throughout his long career in sports and entertainment. He also answers some questions from you...our listeners, and gives the Bruthas his take on some of the most polarizing athletes in the sport. It's another CAN'T MISS episode people! Be sure to tune in!

  • BOT 86: SPECIAL GUEST – PRAKASH AMRITRAJ (PART ONE)

    Happy Holidayz fam! No live tennis going on out there right now, but boy oh boy do we have some goodies in store for you! We've got a line of interviews we've set up to publish over the next few weeks that will Blow. Your. Mind! So sit back, relax, and get ready for the Bruthas to go all Black Santa on y'all, and rain gifts all over the land. First up in our off-season interview series is the dynamic, profound, and enlightened host of the Tennis Channel, Prakash Amritraj! Y'all, this chat had so much fire, we had to split it into two separate episodes! In Part One, Prakash really goes in on his experience growing up in a famous professional tennis family, his own professional tennis career, his foray into physical fitness, and provides some profound words on representation in all aspects of entertainment and sports. This is a not-to-miss episode folks! (and be on the lookout for Part Two coming next week...)

  • BOT 85: SPECIAL GUEST – ANDREW JONES, LIVE ON LOCKER ROOM

    What it do fam? Happy December! It is officially the holiday season, and we most definitely have a gift for you this week! On this episode, the Bruthas talk to a guest that has had an extensive background in sports journalism, and is an advocate for all that is black, beautiful, and bodacious. This is another instant classic filled with entertainment on multiple levels. Come on in, and introduce yourself to the vast sports knowledge, style, and flair of popular journalist, Andrew Jones!