Kalamazoo 18s

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  1. Rob_C

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    What do you guys think about this year's Kalamazoo 18s. I think there are a couple of guys who have pretty good chances of winning. Guys like Smyczek, Levine, & Fugate have done well in Futures and even Challengers. I think a couple of them might even be ranked ahead of DY in the ATP rankings. Smyczek won a Futures title this year, and Levine made the qtrs at the Aptos challenger.
     
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  2. callitout

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    Against this competition Donald Young is the odds on favorite.
    Fugate has no chance. Levine is pretty good, and has some chance.
     
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  3. Bogie

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    bijan hejazi is one of the talks to take it this year
     
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  4. Rob_C

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    Fugate beat DY at a futures this year.
     
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  5. callitout

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    I'll eat my words if he wins but ive seen fugate play at the zoo last few years and he's just not that tough in later rounds.
    He's a physical specimen though.
     
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  6. LN_Dad

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    RobC, when does Kalamazoo start?
     
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  7. serveitup911

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    I like Michael McClune's chances. He beat me last year and ended up getting 5th place.

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  8. LN_Dad

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    Yeah, McClune's good. He's been playing Futures like Smyczek and Fugate.
     
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  9. tennisguy11

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    In the 16's watch out for yegya- raman. he is only 15, but did well playing with a bad wrist injury in the tourney last year at 14. He is unseeded but I thi nk he will make some noise.. he is the grandson of former wimbledon semi finalist, who was 3 in the world at one point.
     
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  10. dtmmfam

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    i'm surprised to see this many juniors from norcal in this. this is telling me that the players aren't really that great this year.
     
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  11. Wondertoy

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    And who may that be? Ravi's game is too soft, no chance.
     
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    The 16's field is very deep. Alot of the guys who had been playing 18's all year have drop back to the 16s at the Zoo. I don't see the #1 seed Boyagian winning it. I amd competing in the 16s if you have any Q's about players in the 16s and 18s event, I'll do my best to answer them. I agree with callitout, Fugate has no chance, the field is too deep.
     
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  13. callitout

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    Actually it looks like quite a strong field. Young, Levine, Smyczek all have wins on the challenger circuit and chose to play anyway.
    The only top American sitting it out is Querrey.
     
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  14. tennisprofl

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    hey wontertoy...how does boyajian play? does he hit the ball hard and deep, or come to net, or mix it up? if you have seen him play before, please let me know how he plays. thanks
     
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    wondertoy, who do you think will win the 16s? I know Yegya-Raman does not have a chance to win, all I said was that I expect him to do well. His grandfather's name is Ramanathan Krishnan
     
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  16. LN_Dad

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    Querrey turned pro so doesn't that make him inegible?
     
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    im going for smyczek on this one. He's playing really well at the moment.
     
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  18. Bones08

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    In the Boys 16's I like Ryan Noble or Jarmere Jenkins
     
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    Jarmere Jenkins is supposed to be a pretty good player. His brother played #1 and 2 for Clemson.
     
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  20. LN_Dad

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    Is Jamere related to Scoville?
     
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    I don't think they are related. If they are I'm not aware of it.
     
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  22. gmg10s

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    ryan noble has no chance in the 16s
     
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  23. Bones08

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    Yes, Jarmere is good. Nice serve, Nice Groundies, and quite muscular for his age. He's not related to Scoville.
     
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  24. Bones08

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    Lol, every player has a chance!!! Ryan is good, he's kind of small but he's a good player.
     
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    Boyajan is a solid player who does everything well. He's primarily a baseliner but he also comes in when he sees an opening. He's also a very good doubles player. He lacks power and has a weak serve but he moves it around. I don't see him winning because the power guys should be able to take it to him although the courst are slow this year. Both the 16s and 18s are the strongest field they have had maybe ever. Jamere Jenkins is not related to Scoville although they are from the same town, I believe. He's been playing 18s all year but drop down for the Zoo. He has a shot to go the distance along with Thacher.
     
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    You are now allowed to play in USTA Nationals even if you are a pro, look at Donald Young.
     
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  27. Wondertoy

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    Ryan Noble has absolutely no chance, he's not even playing in this tournament. He's out with a broken wrist until Nov.
     
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    But I don't think Querrey would bother since he's doing well and making money on the ATP tour.
     
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  29. Rob_C

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    Querrey isnt eligible for jrs anymore, he's 19. As for why the other top guys are playing it, probably for the US Open WC. Not to mention its the biggest US jr tournament.
     
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  30. Bones08

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    Again, is this his 2cd wrist problem?
     
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  31. gmg10s

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    i didnt know that either, the last time i saw him play was at the highschool state dubs final
     
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  32. jaggy

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    What happened to KJ Stewart?
     
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    What did you take away from his game??? Him and Eric are a great doubles team, i saw them beat up on quite a few teams in the past 2 years.
     
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  34. gmg10s

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    i thought that he made up hor his lack of size very well, he worked the points and eric really helped close them out...and that two handed forehand slice of his is awesome, i believe he won match point of that match with one right btwn helpingstine and webb
     
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    Too bad he hasn't learned to control his temper yet. He got for defaulted from playing in the backdraw for unsportmanslike conduct after hitting his opponent's mother after slamming a tennis ball into the stands.
     
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  36. Bones08

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    It really is my friend, it gets very low and a lot of players have trouble with that, he recently beat Eric in a tournament, so Terry Sanford should still be challenging for a State Title this year. What school do you root for in North Carolina?
     
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  37. Bones08

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    Yes, I heard about that. He felt really bad about it afterwards, but that was still unacceptable.
     
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  38. Wondertoy

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    Same wrist problem that wasn't diagnosed correctly. Apparently he was playing the Easter Bowl in April with a broken wrist and didn't know it.
     
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  39. gmg10s

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    Green Hope....you?
     
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  40. Bones08

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    Wilmington New Hanover!
     
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    Bad News, thanks from informing me..I had no clue.I wonder will he change his strokes again after this?
     
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  42. Wondertoy

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    His strength is doubles which he is very good at. However, the two handed forehand will hurt his mobility and range in the 17s and 18s. He's already slipped in the older age groups.
     
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    donaly young is the best ever
     
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    Rhyne Williams from TN is a low seed in the 18's and hes jus 15. He qualified for a couple futures lately. And I think Bo Seal has a good shot in the 16s, ive played him and hes really good.
     
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    I was at the nats today and fugate was struggling in his thrid round match. Smyczek was playing solid and Young played well also.
     
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    Jared A. Pinsky from my area updet #8 seed Jamie W. Hunt (8) 2-6; 6-4; 6-3

    go pinsky
     
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    Last year at the Zoo, Jim Courrier was there with a film crew interviewing top players and their parents. I vaguely remember hearing that he was producing a film about junior tennis. Anyone know if what ever came of it?
     
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  48. Wondertoy

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    Saw Smyczek play yesterday, man is that guy good. He hits well, and very deep (while most juniors hit short) even on the run when he is pulled wide. He can go all the way. The tournament is getting very interesting in the round of 32.
     
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  49. Wondertoy

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    I saw the normally steady Boyajian choke serving 3-5 to unseeded Brian Fang after winning the first set. He was spraying the ball, double faulting and then started moonballing. The only thing that saved him was Brian choking himself on a sitter at set point. I had never saw him choke before but it was very ugly on court #1. The other players saw his vulnerability.
     
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  50. tennisguy11

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    wondertoy, have you seen ravi play at all? He is in the 5th round, I am pulling for him
     
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