Al Parker - best U.S. junior player ever?

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  1. gplracer

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    I remember going to the qualifier for the southerns as a junior. Everyone was whispering that Al Parker was about to play. He was in the 12s I think but playing up in the 14s. I remember he drew one of the top seeds in the first or second round. It might have been Jim Childs but I am not sure. Al beat him easily. Magic was in the air whenever we went to a tournament that Al was at. At the time he was the #1 ranked junior player in the country. Here is a good article about him if you have not already read it:

    http://www.scribd.com/doc/42583267/The-Boy-Who-Fell-to-Earth
     
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  2. andfor

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    Been posted and discussed here before. Good read though. Thanks for sharing.
     
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  3. gplracer

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    Sorry about that I should have done a search.
     
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    Great story on so many levels. A kid trying to maintain being top dog from 10-12 years old, no teammates to lean on. The travel rigors of juniors. The injury factor that can crush the best talents.

    It ends with his pro attempts. Players at his level have to fly 20 hours coach while the Feds have charters. So once a player gets to the top, the lower players have to battle them and the added stress of coach flights, delays, cheap hotels.

    I missed that article the first time around. Great look into tennis.
     
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  5. gplracer

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    We at least someone new got to read the article. When I was at Georgia Southern and he was in high school he used to come and practice with team. I guess that is a big no no.
     
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  6. jigglypuff

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    Nice read, thanks. It would be nice to see him in the capacity of helping US juniors. Instead we're stuck with P-Mac.
     
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  7. tacoben

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    Nice article...thanks for sharing! I wonder, does Al Parker Jr. still hold the record for the most gold ball ever won?
     
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  8. Tennishacker

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    I thought Scott Davis won something like 35 gold balls?

    Tried to research but couldn't find anything.
     
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  9. gplracer

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    i believe he broke Scott Davis' record.
     
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