View Full Version : humbling experience
03-22-2004, 11:44 AM
this weekend i saw some really great open level matches. saw a really good young player named roman http://www.ustanorcal.com/playermatches.asp?id=75499&seasonid=0
It was announced that he was #2 in Russia at one point in his age division......great player, booming serve. i'm gonna be hitting with him (taking a lesson) once my rib injury clears up (feeling much better). even though he's on another level, I 'm anxious to get on the court with him. I wasn't at all intimdated by the pace of the ball. I was very impressed however with the smoothness, acuracy and consistency of these guys strokes....also their court coverage.
Also saw a guy named jessup. The thing I noticed this weekend was that these open players didn't smash the ball on ground strokes. Rather they got the ball high over the net and deep in the right places. They almost never hit the ball into the net on a ground stroke. I was surpriesed at how often i saw high looper shots, too.
03-22-2004, 02:08 PM
slight correction re. roman, EVERYONE was intimidated by his serve. he almost decapitated his opponent (a local legend) a couple of times.
03-22-2004, 02:28 PM
If it was Michael Jessup, I think he used to play for Pepperdine, he was one of the top juniors in the US a few years ago, but I think he was undersized, kinda like Russell. Great player though, saw him play as a junior.
03-22-2004, 02:34 PM
yup it was micheal jessup he is from the bay area california. about roman though a local legend (greg anderson) who I believed broke the top 200 in the pros coached him and says the kids going to go pro, its a question of how good he'll be at that level....One of the reasons i'm so looking forward to hitting with him.
02-04-2005, 11:26 AM
(1) Michael Jessup did play for Pepperdine as an undergraduate. He has a J.D. (law degree) from Pepperdine. He is of Korean decent, but is Americanized.
(2) Prior to Pepperdine, he was the top ranked junior in USTA Northern California.
(3) About two years ago, he was hired to coach junior tennis players at Los Gatos Swim & Racquet Club in Los Gatos, California; but was fired by Vince Russo (the Tennis Director) due to some legal misbehavior regarding Jessup's pricing policies with the members -- had to actually be escorted out of the Club by the police, so the story goes-- and his wife was distributing flyers in the parking lot while the police took Jessup away -- Jessup's wife was attempting to lure the Club's members away from the Club to go with Jessup to take lessons at a condo where Jessup wanted to give private lessons to the Club members and steal the Club's profits, but none of the members chose to accept the offer to take lessons with Jessup despite Jessup's wife's attempts. How much of this story is true is not clear.
(4) Jessup was also given the job as Tournament Director in Mountain View, California, at the USTA Mountain View Open Tennis Tournament, but (was fired and) was asked not to direct the tournament in the future because he stole a computer at the site that did not belong to him.
(5) He is currently still playing tennis and is still an excellent player, but has a bad reputation in Los Gatos and in Mountain View.
(6) His biggest fan is his wife who often promotes him to observers while he plays in matches in tournaments throughout California.
(7) Do not know Jessup's side of the story, but his reputation with tennis professionals and with club members is not positive. He seems like a personable guy, but has a cloud over his head...do you know anything about this gossip? Is it all true? Please share what you know about him.
Is he giving tennis lessons anywhere now? If so, where?
03-19-2005, 09:17 PM
I was looking up an old article online on google and came across this rant. It is amazing how far this rumor is from the truth.
Out of all the seven points brought up the only one that is true is #2. Before you start posting rumors you have no idea about try to do some research and get the facts. I don't need to defend myself against Los Gatos Swim & Racquet Club or Mountain View Tennis Club. Just research their reputations. Try asking 5 of the last 6 old pros that worked their what they thought of the owners of the club. Or ask USTA how easy the Mountain View Tennis Club is to work with.
It's funny that everyone in the tennis community warned me about taking the job at Los Gatos Swim & Racquet Club and I should have listened.
Now, I would like to know what type of person posts unfound rumors trying to hurt someone's reputation who they don't even know. And if you do know me then you are just a coward with not enough balls to confront me. On top of that what type of person talks and spreads rumors about a man's wife??? I thought tennis was supposed to be a game with class and a code of conduct.
07-12-2005, 03:39 PM
I somehow ran across this thread and am shocked. I knew Michael while he was at Pepperdine and kept in touch with a few years after he graduated, and I know this is not the Michael Jessup that his friends and family knows. Michael is an honest and upstanding guy who would never defraud anyone.
Looking at the list, you can tell the person knows nothing about Michael, he even has his major wrong!
He's a great tennis player and person!
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