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Altaf Merchant joins the pod after completing a perfect season in men’s senior pro doubles. The Mumbai Monster recaps the most exciting matches on his way to a 59-0 record.

Merchant explains how his fiery personality has gotten him into trouble on the court and shares why he thinks he was snubbed in the MLP 2023 draft.

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Show Notes

0:00 Merchant vs the internet

5:32 Altaf’s claim to fame

9:34 The pressure of entering the senior tour

12:29 Hip thrusts for everyone

16:34 Altaf was snubbed for MLP

24:21 The race to sign Altaf

28:09 Pickleball in India

31:37 Best/Worst Zane memory

33:28 Any beefs on tour?

40:15 Rapid fire Altaf

43:28 Commitment to be a pro

48:59 Top 5 in all the wrong categories

51:58 Stop Alzheimer’s Now Campaign

59:39 Altaf’s social media team

1:02:20 How many matches to get an invite back to the pod?

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