Dennis Novikov (UCLA) has turned pro. Thoughts?

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  1. Newby

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  2. tennisballer

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    With Novikov turning pro, it definitely hurts UCLA's chance at a national championship. Everyone moves up a spot and now Giron will be looked upon as the top dog in their lineup. It now just gives one of the incoming freshman (Brymer, McDonald, etc.) basically a guaranteed top 6 spot in their first year.
     
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  3. SoCal10s

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    no surprise ... everyone has been saying this for some time now... if Giron make the USO draw somehow ,I see him going pro too ...
    too bad for UCLA .. they could have /should have gone all the way ...
     
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    Not surprising. A college education is invaluable, but if he wants to give himself the best chance of having a pro career, he should probably be out there grinding on tour now. Does anyone think he could be top 100? I don't know his game that well.
     
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  6. SoCal10s

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    he will never make top 100 ... he doesn't have the wheels for that level of competition ..
    but then again... never say never ..
     
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    his success as a pro is dependent on his conditioning level. What good is a 140 mph serve if he can barely move? Conditioning and consistency are the greatest deficiencies from college players, look at Steve Johnson, once his conditioning improved he went and won 2 ncaa's and has made the top 100
     
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    He's got the type of game that often requires four years of college tennis to develop (see: Isner, John).

    He doesn't seem to have a polished understanding of how to capitalize on his serve/forehand, and I fear that we'll see him get discouraged relatively quickly on tour.
     
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    I agree that conditioning and fitness/speed are very important on tour. Imagine winning the qualifiers for a main event like the US open then after playing all those matches facing nadal, djokovic, or some other super fit grinder and trying to win. By the time you hit the first round you are already exhausted. Visually he seems to lack the physical fitness of the top tour guys. The serve and strokes look real nice though.
     
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    Built like a relief pitcher.
     
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    ouch... not sure it is the best choice for him right now
     
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    he seems really slow but hits hard. aka Tank?
     
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    He needs to get advice from Nalbandian
     
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    Has done nothing since turning pro.
     
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    Hopefully he has got himself in better shape for the grind of the pro tour.
     
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