Discussion in 'General Pro Player Discussion' started by ford oliver, Feb 5, 2013.
Nadal, Gasquet, Harrison and Tomic the others.
Shows That tomic and Harrison are doing something right. If the only others are Nadal and gasquet.
IMO, Gasquet's win was the most impressive...he qualied @Monte Carlo and beat Squillari, who was only two years removed from a top 10 ranking. Harrison won @Houston, a 250 tourney vs #130 Cuevas. Nadal played at home vs #52 Delgado. Tomic did not win his first match but took out Starace @AO shortly thereafter. Today's win was @250 Vina del Mar vs. a qualifier.
only time will tell!
well, he gets chardy next, so we'll see what he's got..chardy actually has an impressive clay record vs. other courts...i didn't realize that..if he gets by chardy a possible match against his idol nadal in chile..holy crap, that country would explode....they'll need something with gonzo gone and massu fading...six feet tall i see and pretty sturdy build i guess...could get bigger and stronger for sure still
See the 2000, but pre 2000 think Michael Chang won a GS US Open mens match at 15 yrs old. Think he was very close to 16 though.
I think since the Open Era started there are only a dozen or so to have done it. Maybe Carlos Moya is one? I could google it but nah
Harrison's win was at a 250, but like most Americans clay seems to be his weakest surface while it is Cuevas best. Still, Gasquet going through qualies is hugely impressive.
To be fully truthful, Harrison also had to qualie for Houston but a 250 qualie is far different than a MS1000.
Much was made at the time of his win there but, ironically enough, I witnessed Harrison up close and personal at a Futures event on Har Tru a month later. He went out in the first round while another less heralded American junior wound up winning the event. The winner was Chase Buchannan (sp?...sorry if I didn't get it right).
Maybe there is hope for the younger generation yet it would be cool if in 10-12 years we are still talking about Garin because he is in the chase for some Nadal/Fed Records
Garin is 16 (he turns 17 in May).
At 16, Nadal for example, defeated reigning RG champion and nº7 ATP ranked player Albert Costa in the second round of M-1000 Monte Carlo, and he also defeated nº4 ATP ranked player Carlos Moya in the second round of M-1000 Hamburg.
Hewitt, Chang and Krickstein won ATP-titles at 16.
Agassi won an ATP match aged 15.
Borg surely did as well...
There have been 10 players (in the Open Era) that won an ATP match at 15 years old. Agassi, Chang, Gasquet, Nadal, Harrison (I don't know the other five).
i kinda feel like hewitt should be mentioned. i thought he won a match or two at 15
This makes me feel as if I have done nothing with my life...
I think Hewitt won an ATP title when he was 15 or 16, beat Agassi in final, no?
Good to see a young player breakout like Garin. Tennis has been long overdue for a new young star, since Rafa they all have struggled.
this is a good sign, but it doesn't exactly constitute a break-out yet. Guy turns 17 in a few months. And he won one match against a lowly ranked opponent.
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