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Dunlop300
08-21-2007, 07:59 AM
I heard PMac mention that Fed wanted a hitting partner on one of those warm humid muggy days and that Mirka didnt want to hit because of the heat. PMac said that the tournament director called up a High School phenom to hit with Fed close to Cincinnati tournament site. Does anyone know who that kid was that got to hit with Fed?

ThePro101
08-21-2007, 08:17 AM
I heard PMac mention that Fed wanted a hitting partner on one of those warm humid muggy days and that Mirka didnt want to hit because of the heat. PMac said that the tournament director called up a High School phenom to hit with Fed close to Cincinnati tournament site. Does anyone know who that kid was that got to hit with Fed?

Not sure of the kid, but I'm pretty sure that PMac warmed Fed up before the final -- I saw that on TV :)

VGP
08-21-2007, 09:06 AM
I assume it's Matt Allare, but he's won the Ohio Division I state championships in 2006 and 2007 (27-0 in '07). His brother John was a state champ too in 2005.

The kid's like 6' 6"......

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/highschool/05/15/tennis.aces/index.html

Aeropro master
08-21-2007, 09:21 AM
Its either Mat Allare or Andrew Mccarthey. Mat is Ohio's #1 top recruit while Mccarthey is Ohio's #2-3. They both got scholorships to D1 powerhouses. (Mat-Ohio state, Andrew-Northwestern)

BTW, Mat's bro John, hates me because i go to the same school as Andrew mccarthey.

drgnpride
08-21-2007, 09:48 AM
andrew mccarthy was great in 'pretty in pink' good to see he's landed on his feet and developed a tennis career after his acting gig flamed out.

koopa_troopa
08-21-2007, 10:10 AM
Pat McEnroe warmed him up for the final. I'm not sure if he actually had a high school player warm him up in Cincinnati, I think he might have been talking in general that he sometimes gets high school players to warm him up.

Fee
08-21-2007, 10:32 AM
I assume it's Matt Allare, but he's won the Ohio Division I state championships in 2006 and 2007 (27-0 in '07). His brother John was a state champ too in 2005.

The kid's like 6' 6"......

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/highschool/05/15/tennis.aces/index.html

Matt was there during the week, Rik DeVoest introduced him to me. Could have been him.

Tchocky
08-21-2007, 10:45 AM
It's hard to believe Federer has trouble finding a tennis partner. Did all the pros leave Cincy after Saturday night? I can't believe he usually hits with Mirka. Does that really get him ready for a match?

P.S. PMac looked really bad in shorts.

Lsmkenpo
08-21-2007, 10:53 AM
I saw him hitting with Allegro when i was there.

VGP
08-21-2007, 11:02 AM
Matt was there during the week, Rik DeVoest introduced him to me. Could have been him.

There you go hanging out with more tennis dudes......:)

I actually got to go to the finals (very big thanks to es-0 on TTW). I know you had left by then.

Wish we could have run into each other, Fee.

PDRPPHVS+
08-21-2007, 11:12 AM
It Is Matt Allare I Was At This Pracitce I Was So Excited When I Saw Them Hitting Because I Know Matt Allare He Goes To My Club, I Even Got His Autograph Along With Federer's!

Fee
08-21-2007, 11:12 AM
There you go hanging out with more tennis dudes......:)

I actually got to go to the finals (very big thanks to es-0 on TTW). I know you had left by then.

Wish we could have run into each other, Fee.

Meh, I didn't really hang out with anyone, just said hello to a few when I saw them and went on my merry way to watch tennis. It was actually pretty nice that way, to be left on my own to do as I wanted most of the time. I did get to sit and chat with Tom Gullickson for a while and that was really awesome.

Glad you got to see some tennis. Perhaps we'll meet up next year. I like the tournament and hope to get back again.

Breaker
08-21-2007, 02:11 PM
Hehe...Andrew McCarthy's on my tennis team, he and his brother are great players.

PDRPPHVS+
08-21-2007, 03:27 PM
Hehe...Andrew McCarthy's on my tennis team, he and his brother are great players.

but nowhere quite as good as matt allare, he can easily beat andrew and devin, though i am not saying that they are not good players, just not AS good as matt allare.

callitout
08-21-2007, 04:27 PM
I saw Allegro beat Fed in a 10 point tie-breaker in his practice on monday.
Just shows that they dont need a top player to stay sharp.
Fed was obviously trying to stay loose after a tough match in Montreal the day before and Allegro was just playing his best tennis.

Aeropro master
08-21-2007, 04:39 PM
Yo Breaker, you go to IH too? Whats your name?

Aeropro master
08-21-2007, 04:44 PM
but nowhere quite as good as matt allare, he can easily beat andrew and devin, though i am not saying that they are not good players, just not AS good as matt allare.

I have to admit Matt Allare is better than the mccarthey bros.

VikingSamurai
08-21-2007, 05:32 PM
Meh, I didn't really hang out with anyone, just said hello to a few when I saw them and went on my merry way to watch tennis. It was actually pretty nice that way, to be left on my own to do as I wanted most of the time. I did get to sit and chat with Tom Gullickson for a while and that was really awesome.

Glad you got to see some tennis. Perhaps we'll meet up next year. I like the tournament and hope to get back again.

Ha ha ha, too funny..........

abenguyen
08-21-2007, 06:19 PM
anyone get a video?

Radical Shot
08-21-2007, 07:26 PM
andrew mccarthy was great in 'pretty in pink' good to see he's landed on his feet and developed a tennis career after his acting gig flamed out.

Funny stuff. Long live the 80's

tennispro11
08-21-2007, 07:31 PM
So is this kid really that good? I mean if Federer hit with him he must be pretty good. :)

federer envies me
08-22-2007, 06:40 AM
he has his own private jet to fly to tournaments.

Aeropro master
08-22-2007, 06:42 AM
he has his own private jet to fly to tournaments.

Mat allare doesn't, but Andrew Mccarthey just got one.

tennis_hand
08-22-2007, 07:07 AM
He uses a Babolat racket.

sapient007
08-22-2007, 07:56 AM
didn't even know mikra played tennis. if she hits with federer on a regular basis, i bet she can take on a good % on the posters in here

VGP
08-22-2007, 08:05 AM
didn't even know mikra played tennis. if she hits with federer on a regular basis, i bet she can take on a good % on the posters in here

She was a former touring pro. Seems she left the tour to help Federer build his career.

I'm sure she can take on almost everyone on the board.

xtremerunnerars
08-22-2007, 08:20 AM
Yeah, with the exception of the few 5.0+ guys we have on here, I bet mirka would trounce the better part of this board.

Aeropro master
08-22-2007, 08:41 AM
I think Mirka got to the quarters of Wimby one year... but I'm probably wrong

Marius_Hancu
08-22-2007, 09:34 AM
I think Mirka got to the quarters of Wimby one year...

I doubt that, but:

http://www.itftennis.com/womens/players/player.asp?player=20004464

Moose Malloy
08-22-2007, 11:03 AM
I think Mirka got to the quarters of Wimby one year...


lol. guess being with fed has retroactively made her a better player.

norcal
08-22-2007, 11:07 AM
I think Mirka got to the quarters of Wimby one year...Mirka makes the finals of Wimby every year - in Roger's box.

PDRPPHVS+
08-22-2007, 04:49 PM
I have to admit Matt Allare is better than the mccarthey bros.

I have been waiting for you to admit that thank you!

PDRPPHVS+
08-22-2007, 04:51 PM
Mat allare doesn't, but Andrew Mccarthey just got one.

Yes he does use a babolat, he uses the Pure Control Team+ with PHT!

PDRPPHVS+
08-22-2007, 04:52 PM
he has his own private jet to fly to tournaments.

who in the world told you that, probably has to do with steve contardi!

Virtuous
08-23-2007, 07:07 PM
Big Hit: High-schooler gets to practice with Federer

By Sarah Alvanipour

It was a meeting of tennis royalty in Mason, Ohio last week, when Roger Federer took to the court with a teenage player from King’s High School in nearby Kings Mill. The teenager was 18-year-old Matt Allare, who last Monday was named high school Player of the Year by the National High School Coaches Association.
The 6’ 6,” 195-pound Allare, like his long-limbed professional counterparts Sam Querry and John Isner, is known for his big serve and went 27-0 this year, becoming the Ohio Division I singles champion for the fourth straight year.
He has signed on with Ohio State University, where he will be a freshman this fall. And while many an American player has gone to play college tennis only to opt out after a couple years – the Bryan brothers, James Blake, Lisa Raymond – there are a handful like Paul Goldstein, who stick it out.

Allare has his sights set on “a normal college life” for now. “I have every intention of being there all four years,” says the aspiring business major. “I may try to play some futures and satellites but the pro tour is a long way away.

“I had always had the intention of going to college because it is the right thing to do. To skip college for me would just be dumb because education is really important in the world today.”
There’s something to be said for embracing the sport away from the glare of the professional spotlight, but what if the spotlight comes calling?
Last week, Allare was awakened by a call on his cell phone from someone at his tennis club, asking if he would be available to hit with Roger Federer in 15 to 30 minutes at the Linder Family Tennis Center, home of the Western and Southern Mutual Life Masters event.
Of course, Allare couldn’t resist. He made the short walk from his home to the tennis complex, where he found Mirka Vavrinec, Federer’s longtime girlfriend and frequent hitting partner, at the tournament desk. She was asking if the tournament had found someone who could hit with her No. 1 man, since the scorching temperatures made it difficult for her to do so. Shortly thereafter, Federer himself walked in and introductions took place.
Within minutes, Allare was on court in front of nearly 300 people hitting with Federer in what he calls “an experience I will never forget.”
“It was the most amazing thing,” he said. “I just thought ‘Wow, I am hitting with the best player who ever picked up a racquet.’ I hope I didn’t mess up too much.
“His ball is so incredibly heavy. His slice backhand stays an inch off the ground. The spin is great and he is fast. Even when I would hit the ball away from him, he would get to it as if I had hit it right to him,” he says of what makes Federer so great on the court.
“He is not known for his serve and volley tactics, but he never missed them. He is an incredible athlete.”
The Swiss stylist also made an impression on Allare off the court with his his low-maintenance, high-class demeanor. He picked up his own balls, arrived without security or an entourage, and stopped to say hello to Allare by name in the lunchroom the day after they practiced.
“He is just a fantastic person, a really nice guy,” said Allare. “He is a great person from what I have seen.”
“He is the best player of all time and I can say I got to hit with him.”
And during breaks, did the youngster hit up the world No. 1 for any advice? Not really, said Allare, but Federer did inquire about his future plans and approved of his decision to attend college. He also suggested that the Ohio State freshman play some futures events for a small taste of what lies ahead, should Allare want to take that path.

Allare was first coached by his mother, a former player at Florida Southern who played professional tour in the early 1980s. His father played for Notre Dame. He credits not only his parents for his tennis success, but also his coaches Steve and Mario Contardi at Harper’s Point Racquet Club, where he trains.
"He's the most talented player I've seen come out of Cincinnati," Mario Contardi has said of his charge. "Aside from his size and strength, he's just a natural athlete."

http://www.tennis.com/backcourt/general/backcourt.aspx?id=100262

tennispro11
08-23-2007, 07:13 PM
Good find! Enjoyed reading it. Thank you!

VGP
08-24-2007, 08:01 AM
Contardi said that Allare was the most talented "he's seen" come out of Cincinnati. The most talented player to come out of Cincinnati was Tony Trabert (2 US, 2 RG, 1 Wimb).

Must have been a blast for Allare to hit with Federer.

Fedace
08-24-2007, 08:13 AM
I wonder if he won a set off federer ? and why is fed playing against these kids and college nobodys? No wonder he is playing bad. go practice with your buddy Olivier Rochus.

Marius_Hancu
08-24-2007, 08:15 AM
I heard PMac mention that Fed wanted a hitting partner on one of those warm humid muggy days and that Mirka didnt want to hit because of the heat. PMac said that the tournament director called up a High School phenom to hit with Fed close to Cincinnati tournament site. Does anyone know who that kid was that got to hit with Fed?

It was Carillo, not PMac, mentioning that. I have the recording:-)

johnv_pr
08-24-2007, 09:42 AM
andrew mccarthy was great in 'pretty in pink' good to see he's landed on his feet and developed a tennis career after his acting gig flamed out.

That's just too funny.