Handicap the Middle States USNOP Men's Singles event

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  1. J_R_B

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    OK, so the MS US Open qualifier is just around the corner. Here is a quick rundown of the top players. Anyone want to take a stab at who gets the spot? My money is on Kryvonos, although no one is as good as Nathan Healey 2 years ago.

    http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/tournamenthome/tournament.aspx?t=124770

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    Nikita Kryvonos - former ATP player and former Eastern region USNOP winner
    Punch Maleka - 2-time winner of the MS tournament
    Matija Pecotic - #1 for Princeton, ranked D1 player

    Other Top Players
    Nicolas Bradley - 2013 NJSIAA state singles runner up.
    Mark Oljaca - former USF D1 player
    Sam Shropshire - blue chip #1 in PA in TennisRecruiting Class of 2013
    Daisuke Suzuki - Japanese ITF pro.
    Chris Kushma - for GW D1 player

    Anyone else see someone on the applicant list that I should keep an eye out for?
     
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    Nikita Kryvonos is listed as 26 years old and still active playing futures. He has the highest current rating 628 (with an all time high of 389) of all players so he seems like the obvious favorite.
     
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    Kryvonos has done a lot of things. He played futures/satellites seriously for a couple years then he was the WTT player of the year or something like that for the NY team a couple years ago then he won the Eastern USNOP qualifier, and now he's back for more in middle states. Yeah, I think he's the favorite out of the bunch, but Pecotic is a name to watch. He rocketed up the NCAA D1 rankings this year and his tennis career path is probably taking him towards futures and a shot at the tour in the near future. Maleka is older (in his 30s I think), but also the defending champ. He's been one of the top USTA Open tournament players around here for years and he's walked away with this twice in weaker fields, but he got smoked by Healey and I don't think he'll be able to keep up with Kryvonos or Pecotic this year.
     
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    Finals right now. Kryvonos vs Matija Pecotic. Kryvonos and Shropshire were seeded, but Shropshire defaulted his first match. Kryvonos beat defending champ Maleka easily in the semis, and was only really challenged early in the tournament by Nicola Kocovic, who is a former local high school star who plays for Penn now.
     
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    And Matija Pecotic upsets Kryvonos 6-4 6-2 in the finals. This guy is for real.
     
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