[b]Who was the best male junior player in America -- 30 yrs[

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  1. borisboris

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    8) I remember some player who was on Uni. of Georgia's tennis team who had the best junior stats til the late 1980's. He played on the tour for a few yrs. but do to on-going injuries he retired. .
     
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    Al Parker.
     
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  3. Kevin Patrick

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    Mikael Pernfors?
     
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  4. borisboris

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    Al Parker - your right. His stats are unreal. Now I remember - Jim Courier was afraid of him as were alot of the up & comming juniors. Great article a few yrs back in SI - classic.
     
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    Al Parker-from Claxton Georgia. Family owned the fruit cake company. Unbelievable stats as a junior. Committed to U of Ga tennis scholarship at 12 years of age. When senior in High School and coach Dan Magill of UGA expressed releif when he signed with UGA, Al expressed great surprise at the relief. "I said I would play at Georgia, why the surprise?" An athlete whose word meant something. Currently an attorney or banker or investment counselor in Atlanta.
     
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  6. don knot

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    There was also a great story on Parker in tennis magazine. It was in 2001 I believe? Mary Pierce is on the cover of that issue. He did have some incredible numbers as a kid. Courier talks about how when you saw that parker was up next, you simply went and made your flight reservations.
     
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  7. don knot

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    As far as other good, American junior careers Johnny Mac had a fine one. Thomas Enqvist won all 4 of the junior slams and pretty much dominated the circuit, but it never really translated on the main tour, although he has had a nice career.
     
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  8. edge

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    Stephan Edberg won the junior grand slam (even the French).
     
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    Agree Al Parker ! Before him would be Dick Stockton he also "cleaned up " as Junior & did nothing as a pro bad back .
     
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