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stringertom
06-12-2011, 07:56 AM
I was visiting the ATP website and had to do a double-take on a posted score for the qualies at the UNiCEF Open in the Netherlands...a guy named Miloslav Mecir lost in the final qualie round. I hadn't known the Big Cat's son was a tour player, so I'm asking myself, "Can this be true at age 47, making a comeback?". Fortunately, I came back to Earth, pulled the biofile and found out about Miloslav Jr.

Has anyone seen the younger Mecir in action? Does he remind you in any way of his dad? Obviously, the game has changed since the 80's period of success for Mecir Sr., but he, of all the challengers to the then-elites, had a style that would translate easily to today's game...great, simple technique, fluid motion and uncanny ability to make the best look almost foolish.

Mustard
06-12-2011, 08:14 AM
I haven't seen Miloslav Mecir Jr. playing. The player most reminiscent of his dad was Karol Kucera, who Mecir Sr. coached. Kucera was nicknamed the "Little Cat", famous for beating defending champion, Sampras, at the 1998 Australian Open, and for his big wins over Agassi at the 1998 US Open and 2000 French Open. Agassi was also defending champion at that 2000 French Open.

zagor
06-12-2011, 08:15 AM
Here's a clip of him playing I saw few years ago on youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omLjqnishks

From what I've seen of Mecir senior(on tapes mostly since he retired so young I didn't get to see him play in early 90s when I started watching)they're very similar in strokes and movement but obviously junior is nowhere near as good.

Mustard
06-12-2011, 08:16 AM
Here's a clip of Mecir Jr.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omLjqnishks&nofeather=True

stringertom
06-12-2011, 08:39 AM
Yeah, like father like son on the BH wing. Let's see if he can grow into daddy's bigcat shoes...he's 23 now so he's got a small window to evolve through...