Querrey up later today

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  1. simi

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    I know GRANITECHIEF, Fee, and other Southern Californian tennis fans are interested in the latest prospect out of Ventura County.

    In the Newport tournament, he plays on court 1 after the Karlovic/Bastl match, which just started. You can get live scoring from the link at

    http://www.tennisfame.com/

    First time on grass for him, isn't it?
     
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    He also plays the Thai, Danai Udomchoke, whom Sam defeated in the Yuba City challenger by a score of 3-6, 6-3, 6-2. Good chance for him to get his second ATP win.
     
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    Yes, Sam is up against Danai O-dont-choke. Didn't he beat him in the Yuba City Challenger? Should have an even better chance on a surface (grass) that compliments his attacking game style.
     
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    Could anyone tell me about querrey and udomchoke they both are coming to the RCA championships and I don't know much about them.
     
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    yay sam!

    i hope he does well in this event, possiablely making murray going the distance in the 2nd round
     
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    Can you cut-n-paste the text content? I don't support the LA Times since they pulled that stunt in an effort to influence the last gubernatorial election . . . and I didn't even vote for Arnie.
     
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    The teenager being tabbed as the next big thing in U.S. men's tennis was not difficult to spot.

    Sam Querrey stood out with his 6-foot-6, 200-pound frame, but his karaoke impressions of the Backstreet Boys and Britney Spears in the lobby of a Rancho Mirage hotel really turned heads.

    "It wasn't too bad, once I got up there and got into it," Querrey said of his singing. "I thought I was pretty good. I don't know what other people thought, though."

    With a 135-mph serve and formidable forehand, the 18-year-old from Thousand Oaks does a better impression of Andy Roddick anyway.

    Querrey on Sunday collected his second victory in three tournaments since turning pro last month, days after turning down a scholarship to USC. This time it was the $50,000 USTA North Shore Pro Tennis Championships, a challenger tournament in Winnetka, Ill., in which he beat Andrea Stoppini of Italy in the final, 6-2, 6-3.

    "I'm a big believer in Sam Querrey. He's the real deal," said Eliot Teltscher, the director of High Performance, the U.S. Tennis Assn.'s player-development program. "Whether he'll be No. 1 or No. 10, or No. 50, we don't know yet.

    "But is the potential there? Absolutely."

    Querrey's success couldn't be happening at a better time for the USTA, which a week ago at Wimbledon was addressing the worrisome state of American tennis and its next generation of players.

    The USTA was stung by the criticism of its player development program after Roddick, James Blake and 16-year-old junior-level player Donald Young all lost in the third round at Wimbledon. Roddick dropped to No. 11 in the ATP rankings while Blake is No. 6. Young, who was expected to be the next U.S. star, has yet to win a challenger or tour-level match since turning pro in 2004. He has never been ranked higher than No. 530 and is now at No. 603.

    Querrey, on the other hand, has had a startling climb in the rankings, jumping from No. 1,146 to No. 207 in less than a year.

    "I don't really know what other people's expectations are, but mine are definitely getting higher every day," he said after winning Sunday. "I'm just trying to do my own thing, and hopefully, good things will keep happening."

    U.S. Davis Cup team captain Patrick McEnroe keeps a close eye on the country's most promising young players and likes what he sees in Querrey.

    "He's sort of moved his way to the top of that list," McEnroe said. "He's definitely got the game, and the right frame of mind, and I have to say, there aren't that many."

    Unlike Young and others, Querrey played only part-time as a junior, winning national events in each of the three highest age groups in the last four years, but limiting international play. The low-profile approach kept him largely under wraps until the right-hander won consecutive International Tennis Federation junior events in April 2005.

    Within days of turning pro, Querrey made his presence felt, winning the $50,000 Sunset-Moulding Yuba City Racquet Club Challenger. USTA officials could not recall a challenger-level tournament — one step below the ATP tour — ever being won by a player in his debut. The victory, good for a $7,200 winner's purse, came four days after Querrey signed with SFX Sports Group and four days before he graduated from Thousand Oaks High. "It gave a little assurance that I made the right decision to turn pro," Querrey said.

    The Davis Cup team helped too.

    Querrey has twice served as a practice partner for members Roddick, Blake and 2006 Wimbledon men's doubles champions Mike and Bob Bryan during weeks before Davis Cup play — accompanying them to matches in Belgium in September and to Rancho Mirage in April.

    "I've just been playing with those guys a lot, and I feel like I'm on that level — or at least, I feel like I'm right there next to them," Querrey said. "When we play practice sets and we play games, I'm pretty close, so I think, one day, I can beat them."

    He has been a quick study and a good sport — the karaoke-singing was done at the behest of Davis Cup members — but it was a simple act of courtesy that impressed McEnroe.

    "He's one of the few players that has ever sent me a thank-you note," McEnroe said. "He appreciates it, and that means a lot."

    Querrey's work with the Davis Cup team has led to other opportunities.

    When Blake needed a hitting partner while in Chicago in December, he called on Querrey.

    "I've been involved in a lot of things where people are asking about the future of U.S. men's tennis, and who's coming up, and my answer right now is Sam Querrey," said Blake, who in March had to come from behind to beat his practice partner, 1-6, 6-1, 6-3, in the second round of the Pacific Life Open. Querrey was in the tournament as an amateur wild-card entrant.

    In April, Querrey spent a week practicing with Roddick at the 2003 U.S. Open champion's home in Austin, Texas. Two days in June were spent working with eight-time Grand Slam winner Andre Agassi.

    "I could see a huge improvement in him after he hit with Andy," said Grant Doyle, a former tour pro and Querrey's private coach. "Andy can tell him stuff, and just because it's Andy Roddick, he'll listen."

    The progress excites not only coaches and tennis officials, but also Querrey.

    "It's really only been in the last six months or so that I've kind of realized how good I am and what I might be able to do," he said.

    This week he is playing as a wild-card entry in an ATP tour event in Newport, R.I. Next up is the RCA Championships in Indianapolis and then he hopes to qualify or be granted a wild card into the Countrywide Classic at UCLA later this month.

    "We're hoping that in the next two years, Sam will be able to make a dent on the tour," said Rodney Harmon, the director of men's tennis for USTA's development program.

    Querrey already has had a taste of Grand Slam tennis.

    He played in last year's French Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open junior divisions, and in 2004 fell to Scottish sensation Andy Murray in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open junior event.

    "I'd like to see Sam play Andy Murray in the real U.S. Open," Teltscher said. "That could happen."

    Querrey has another idea.

    "Maybe playing in the U.S. Open quarterfinals against Andy Roddick," he said. "Hopefully, that's where I'm going to be in five years."

    He's already practicing for it.
     
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    That was a nice story. I look forward to seeing him play more often! I've seen him twice, and he is good. While I feel like there are some things that concern me between him and Donald Young that I won't get into, he is a good guy.
     
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    Thanks for the text. Results of the first round match at Newport in the results sub-forum.
     
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    I couldnt believe this guy was 18/19 he is absolutely huge, 6'6'' right? he played really well agfainst blake at indian wells, seems like a future prospect.
     
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    what a nice article


    ive been a fan since 2005 USO, when they mentioned him on the telecast and ive been fallowing his results ever since. good for him =)
     
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    Why should these "things" concern YOU? From the sound of it, this guy is the real deal, while Young is overhyped. In the end, it's down to winning matches-Head and Nike endorsements don't win matches.
     
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    you don't have to register for any newspaper, anywhere. Use www.bugmenot.com, they do it for you.

    And Sam is the real deal, with smart parents and a real work ethic. He is also a decent guy, well-mannered, easy-going, a bit shy, not full of himself at all. I have no idea if he is destined for success, but I sure hope he is.
     
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    We all have our reasons for feeling the way we do, but like I said before he's a very good kid, and he has a great head on his shoulders along with a great team around him.I wish him well in the future!
     
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    Agree and very well put!
     
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    Sam has the body,the serve,nice groundies,and he's nice kid. He was born 7-Oct-87!

    Donald is quick,nice hands, good groundies but not overpowering,did well in the juniors, and he's a nice kid. He was born 23-Jul-89.

    Sam is almost 2 years older than Donald so in no way am I going to say he's better than Donald. He's good, nice game, great attitude but i don't know about everyone else on this board but 2 years is a huge difference. So I would like 2 see where Donald is at in 2 years!
     
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    Age and birthdate don't matter on the pro tour; the rankings do, and as they stand, Querry is "better" than Young. You don't rate or compare players who are on the tour by age or how well they "might" do two years down the line. If Young is ranked higher in 2 years, then he'll be the better player...and if he's NOT...would you still trot out the age excuse? Age is irrelevant-they're both playing on the tour now and the only thing that matters is ranking and tournament wins. Oh, and Young being a "nice kid" or otherwise has no bearing on anything being discussed here. Who cares?
     
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    We'll see Phil, We'll see!
     
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    Nice answer. Gawd, player "supporters" are sickening...
     
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    That they are, so supportive aren't they!!
     
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    He's playing Murray next in Newport...
     
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    Interesting that Clayton and Young beat Sacks and Querrey in the next round.
     
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    I'm very excited about Sam Querrey and I hope he can do the next to impossible and upset top seed Andy Murray later today.

    I'd love to see the media give more attention to a talented nice guy like Sam and less to Donald Young, who has already become overrated at the tender age of 16.
     
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    good job Querrey, I told you guys he's the future of US tennis. He should win here, doing something Roddick couldn't.
     
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    Match started about 15-minutes ago. Realtime scoreboard available at the Newport web site.
     
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    Rain delay.
     
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    LOL. Poor Andy Roddick, a former world number 1 with 20 titles to his name including the US Open and back-to-back Masters titles, will regret for the rest of his life that he never won Newport.

    Thanks. Looks like Querrey just broke back in the first set but it may be too little too late.
     
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    but it makes a huge difference on the junors.
     
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  31. GRANITECHIEF

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    Querrey = Pro, Young = Junior. Simple comparison at this time.
     
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    exactly right.
     
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    But Young is playing as a pro. He now routinely gets wildcards into pro events. Of course it's more of a factor in the juniors.
     
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    What makes you think he is going to get better in 2 years? He really hasn't improved at all in 2 years, I doubt he will ever get to the top. I think he is a really good player, but once other players his age caught up with him and matured later, he got passed by.
     
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    I would be inclined to agree with you but unfortunately Young hasn't been doing well in the junior tournamnents either.
     
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