Bradley Klahn, new NCAA Champion with 135 MPH Lefty serve

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  1. Fedace

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    First congratulations to the new NCAA division 1 singles champion, Bradley Klahn. It was long overdue. but now Brad has developed a 135 mph Lefty serve,,,,he just maybe unbeatable and maybe a top 50 ATP pro material. Brad plans on returning to Stanford for the Junior year. and hopes to get the Wildcard into US open this August. Only 1 task still undone for Brad, NCAA division 1 Team championships for Stanford. :)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQR8UHNBvjI&NR=1
     
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  2. West Coast Ace

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    Sounds like he should get a wildcard. But with the USTA, who knows? They might give it to famed 5.5 and Academy Award winning actor, Dustin Hoffman...

    Why is he staying? Just to win the team title? If he doesn't have some part of his game to work on, he should come out (IMHO)?
     
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    So... that boy threw some kind of a twisting serve at aproximatly 217Km/h, and he threw it right in the line...I always thought that boy would be good and I´ve been watching some of his games, but not that good...definately he has a future in tennis.

    PS:top 10 RG speed serves, the lowest was 136Mph, this boy threw 135Mph, omg
     
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    Watch out. We have a new Andy Roddick in town,,,Lefty version that is......
     
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    He should get a WC, I mean the winner last year did. But if he does get a WC, would he be able to still play in school?
     
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    he will still play for Stanford as long as he remains Amateur. but if he Upsets Federer,,,,it will be difficult not to turn pro.
     
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    he should go pro!
     
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    You've got to be kidding, right?
     
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    Need a little more than good groundies and a 135 lefty serve.
    Match experience is the first thing he needs, and not against college kiddes, but against seasoned travelling pros.
    Better movement might be nice. A more consistent wide serve/ up the middle ad court flat would be nice.
    Some more into the body action.
     
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    Bradley really deserves the Wildcard into Wimbledon and US open both. and should definitely get into the Davis cup team as 2nd player to Sam Querry.
     
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    This may appear as your way of joking to someone new or not familiar with your many not so excellent Standford predictions. To those of us who have been here a while we know you actually mean this dribble to be true. We also know how much it hurts you to acknowledge John Isner (UGA Bull Dog) as the second player to Querry. Oh wait, lookie there, John Isner is the 1st player on the US Davis Cup team.

    ATP World Rankings as of 6/7/10
    John Isner #19
    Sam Querry #21
    http://www.atpworldtour.com/Rankings/Singles.aspx
     
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    I like your enthusism Fedace, and I agree with you that Brad is one of the very best college players out there, but maybe you're going a bit too fast... Brad has great potential and he has improved a lot over the past year, but I don't think he's ready for the pros. Not yet.
     
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    He should just go ahead and try the pro tour. Stanford won't win the team title so there is no point to him staying.
     
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    Next year, Stanford is supposed to win both Men And Woman team titles. and That is why Brad is returning to the team. When your #1 is this good, you have a good chance.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49KcM2Sol1A&NR=1
     
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  15. woodrow1029

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    Must be a full moon tonight. I actually completely agree with one of your posts.
     
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    I still wouldn't have got it in slow motion. :)
     
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    Actually, I've never heard of these "Brian bros" you write of. Who are they?

     
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    nº1 world doubles, well Idk if they are anymore, because of RG, I didnt saw any doubles game but I heard they lost in the first games...
     
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    I would think Britton taught a lesson to Klahn and that could be a reason he's staying. Britton is a great player, but let's be honest, he played unreal for a week and had no place going pro because couldn't produce that level consistently. Where is he now? 1,269 in the world a year later. I bet someone wishes they stayed in college.

    I think Klahn has more of a game than Britton, but to go pro I think you need to say that you are hands down the best player in college tennis. Klahn won NCAAs, but I don't think he can say that he was clearly the best. He lost to Farah three times just this season and Zerbini twice as well. To go pro after your sophomore year, I think you need to have a season that resembles Somdev's last two, where he not only won NCAAs, but had an undefeated regular season. Let me also say Somdev hasn't even cracked the top 100. Klahn is a great player, but he wasn't so dominant all season that he can say he's too good for college tennis. He has the weapons and the game is there, but it needs to be developed more. He may be able to develop playing Futures, but once you're at Stanford you may as well graduate. A Stanford degree carries a lot more weight than one from Ole Miss.

    The only way he's winning a match in the Open is if he draws the Kalamazoo winner first round. He's probably playing at the level of someone about 400 in the world now? That would be my guess but it's tough to gauge. If he absolutely dominates next year and wins NCAAs, then he can claim he's too good for college.

    I criticized some juniors decisions to go to college in another thread but it seems to be working for Klahn so why not stay?
     
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    Hah Fedace... *shakes head*
     
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    Cmutennis,

    Good analysis! I think you are right in saying Klahn is not ready yet for the pros. He would probably be wise to graduate before he tries the tour. BTW, I don't think Klahn said himself that he was ready for the pros... I think it's only been speculation from TT members.

    But, I really think he wants to turn pro, and he does have a game that could win on the pro tour. He has pretty good mental toughness as well, which is essential on the tour. I saw him many times coming back in difficult matches and winning it in the end. And he's been pretty consistent all season, apart from a bad run he had 2 or 3 months ago. I think next year is the year he has to prove himself! He should be consistently a top 5 college player.

    He still needs to improve his game clearly, and hit bigger, to go pro but among the top college players he has one of the better game I think, and he's showed he's able to work on his game and improve. So, I wish him best of luck and courage!
     
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    BTW, I forgot to add that you said Klahn wasn't dominant all season. True, but he has won more than just the NCAA at the end of season! He won some big tournament last autumn, and also the Ojai champonships in January. He won the Pac 10 singles and doubles in his freshman year as well, and his overall singles record after 2 years is over 80% win playing at either #1 or #2.

    He also beat Farah more than once, and he's able to play well for weeks on, not just 3 or 4 matches, so I would say so far he has achieved a lot already in college tennis.
     
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    Just checked the 2009 2010 stats, and Klahn's record this season at #1 is better than last year at #2! He's won nearly 84% of all his singles matches! This must be one of the highest winning percentages in college tennis.
     
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    Agree. Could be the best college player since Todd Martin. and we all know he was a top 10 player.:)
     
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    It would be interesting to see and hear that match.
     
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    It'll be interesting to see how Brad does among the semi-pros...
     
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    I doubt he will beat Monroe.
     
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    Realistically ,, Klahn would be about #200 player on ATP tour right now,,the way he is playing at the moment. so i think he can handle some guy in 600's:)
     
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    Why do you say that? According to the ATP rankings, Klahn and Monroe are both in the 600s...
     
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    What does Klahn use ? Strings.
     
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    Thanks for the thread - I find Klahn far more impressive than Isner, and look where Isner wound up. Would be fantastic to see Klahn compete at the US Open this year.
     
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    it is Hybrid with multi and red code, i believe. and he switched to Head Youtek Prestige. seem to be working out for him. I see little more zip on his serve than before. but then that just maybe a part of improvement in his game.
     
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    Have you seen Klahn play in person ? Klahn being a lefty should be an advantage in the pro game. I think he plays similar to Jesse Levine but has much more upside potential.
     
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    I agree, having played Bradly a few times, I know firsthand how good he is. He has improved significantly since Juniors and he is definitely on the path to really accomplishing something great professionally, just not yet. I think he will only get better with more years in College tennis and he shouldnt rush into anything. He is a great player, unbelievably talented, but he can definitely develop his game further
     
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    I agree, he should take the same route Todd Martin did and finish all 4 years of college before turning pro. One thing that looks promising is that Bradley really developed his power game and he is no longer simply a counterpuncher and he is a Iron man,,,never seem to get injured and always in the lineup..:)
     
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  38. woodrow1029

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    Maybe he meant David Martin. Lol
     
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    Klahn and Monroe just started the third set.
     
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    Where is the LIVE link ??
     
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    UC Davis tennis team in danger of being cut ?? Tough economy can do that. That is Sad since UC Davis has a quality program.
     
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    There isn't a live link
     
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    Klahn lost in 3 sets
     
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    Oh well another "top 50 Standford" player is a bust. Too bad I was hoping he would break the curse.
     
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    Monroe is a solid, experienced player, not much shame losing to him.

    I believe he was ranked in the top 300 a little over a year ago though it looks like he's lost some of his ranking points over the past year.
     
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    Correct, which is why I didn't think Klahn would beat him at this point in his career.

    A little more experience at the futures and challenger level though, and I think Klahn will be consistently beating guys like Monroe.
     
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    Agree, that's very encouraging for Brad. He lost, but he didn't go down in two easy sets. According to the scoreline, it could have gone either way. He just needs to play a few more of these matches, and he'll soon climb up the ATP ranking :)
     
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    A few questions for you and others .... Did you play him in the juniors? and, Do you think he now has a 135-mph serve (or is that an exaggeration)? How consistent is it? Does he complement his big serve have an arsenal of other serve types?
    What areas does he need to improve to beat a guy like Monroe? What does he need to compete with a top 150 player?
    <thx, I'll take my anwers off the air>
     
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    Could Klahn take on Ryan Harrison, Britton, Levine?
     
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    In watching the match between him and Monroe, he actually had several instances to close out the match. I actually thought he was going to be Monroe (especially coming back from 0-3 and 1-4, then being up 5-4 serving for match) in the third. However, I think it was a compound of factors that kind of made the match slip away. Overall though, impressive to have watched him play.
     
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