Putting Tennys back in Tennis

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  1. librarysteg

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    I've decided to be the first to hop on the Tennys Sandgren bandwagon. Join me! He won his first Challenger in Champaign this weekend (bringing him to his career high of 187), and he really impressed me. I was able to go and watch his singles and doubles semis and finals. He hustles around the court trying to chase down everything, slides, isn't afraid to come to the net, and can pull out some big serves in clutch moments. He's very vocal on the court, yelling at himself when he isn't doing well, pumping himself up, questioning some calls, but he never seemed to push it over the edge into anything unsportsmanlike. He was a very gracious winner and happily signed an autograph for my daughter. Yes, I'm smitten :)

    So, has anyone been following his career? He played a couple of seasons of college in Tennesse...does anyone who follows college tennis have any thoughts? He doesn't have many points to defend going into 2014 so I'm hoping he can keep racking them up and maybe break the top 100 by mid-season.

    Jump on the bandwagon with me! Oh and what about that name? There's no way he won't make it to number one with a name like that. Brad Gilbert will go crazy trying to think of a nickname.

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    He is the future of American Tennys
     
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    He's 22...

    When Nadal was 15 he won sets against the current nr.1 and at 16 he got to the third round in masters...

    Maybe this guy can be top 100 one day...
     
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    I'm not one for bold predictions, but I think he just might be. Some might say he's already too old at 22, but I think he has plenty of time on his side. I believe he beat The Donald this year, too, so really the sky is the limit for Tennys.
     
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    He is from Tennessee just like me. I have to start following this guy and plus he has a really cool name as well.
     
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    It feels like age isn't as much of an indicator these days. It feels like we're a a decade or two away from anyone being the next Nadal/Djokovic/Federer and making their mark at a young age. I think as our big names decline it's going to be guys that are in their early 20's right now taking their place after quietly working their way up the rankings. 22 is the new 15 :)
     
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    Isn't Champaign his first challenger title?

    I'll wait until he shows exceptional progress in the larger-scale tournaments. This usually happens to a lot of players. They get over-hyped, and they falter. Examples? Take Sloane Stephens and all of the American players (except John Isner because he beat Novak Djokovic regardless of strategics).
     
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    Come on...the dude's already 22, gonna be 23 in July next year.

    Janowicz, Dimitrov, Tomic and crew are exactly the same age and people here claim these guys are overhyped.
     
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    According to TW, you have to win a major title before you are 25 years old (Federer won his first Wimbledon title at at 22).

    Haven't you read the forums in the past 6 weeks? There were threads comparing Dimitrov to Federer..

    However, they aren't exposed as much as the the other top players in the media. Remember, TW isn't a major source to the tennis world. I do think these guys should be presented in some kind of way. Maybe have the tennis channel and other sports networks broadcast "Player of the Week" and interviews with the lower ranked players.
     
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    Oh, I know. This post is mostly tongue in cheek and a way for me to gush a bit about my new crush. Then, if he somehow has a breakthrough year in 2014 I'll look like a supergenius. I don't think any actual tennis pundits are hyping him. Just me :)
     
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    he is evil..:shock: look at him here..punching that poor ballgirl right in the mouth..:neutral:

    apart from that..yeah I love a good bandwagon to jump on, it saves walking if nothing else.
     
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    Ha! Some of those kids are lucky they didn't get a punch. I'm sure it's par for the course at the Challenger level, but they were doing such a bad job. Some of them looked to be in Kindergarten and had no idea what was going on.

    I think this bandwagon's next stop is Atlanta next month for the determination of the U.S. Wild Card for the Australian Open.
     
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    I like how often he comes to the net to finish off the point. He's got a lot of power and wins a lot of points from the baseline, but it's always nice to see a guy who isn't afraid of the net. He plays a lot of doubles too so it makes sense.
     
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    A tennis player called Tennys from Tennissee is obviously the next Laver.
     
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    I saw him in the challenger you are talking about as I was betting on some matches and his play is nothing special. It is very similar to the standard american tennis with the forehand being dominant as his back was very weak and he could not generate much pace but when it came to his forehand he would go big and get a lot of joy.
     
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    Yeah, you've got to take what you can get when you're trying to get excited about American tennis. I've always pretty much ignored American tennis, but I'm giving myself a personal challenge to keep a closer eye on it and try to get more excited about in 2014.

    Sharing this link to a nice write-up of the Champaign Challenger here as well as the tournament thread: http://www.changeovertennis.com/last-american-challenger-wide-open-field/. It's long but a good read.
     
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    This also reminds me of Groth's backhand, which I like. Had much higher hopes for him, but I guess he didn't quite cut it...
    As for Tennys, he looks decent though nothing special imo. He looks like he could work on his conditioning a bit more though, so who knows how far he may make it...!
     
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