Sam Querrey's really dissappointing quote

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  1. bank5

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    Is anyone else bothered by this quote by Sam Querrey in Tennis Magazine:

    I stopped reading the article and pretty much lost hope in the guy after reading that quote.

    I think the biggest problem with American tennis is too many kids are playing video games and eating twinkies (or driving their parent's porche) while kids in other countries are growing up poor with nothing but a tennis racquet and work ethic.
     
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  2. Jonny S&V

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    No, I think this quote made me follow him even more. The US has had the majority of teen phenom burn out, and this way I don't think he is going to be one of them.
     
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    I agree with the OP.

    Kids in the US need drive to become better, no one has hunger anymore.
     
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    I would have to agree with you. I don't think there is a fire in the bellies of Americans kids nowadays. Compared to the rest of the tennis world America is very low on the totem pole. I think you hit the nail on the head with the video game comment. I am a teaching pro and I have to say that if the kids' parents aren't pushing them they have no desire really to do anything physically active. It is definitely a downward spiral for America.
     
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  5. bank5

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    I really hope he just said it to take some pressure off himself, but if he can't handle the pressure he's not going to be #1 or even close.

    Maybe the "US phenom burn out" relates back to the work ethic thing.
     
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    Once anything is not fun, you lose interest--including tennis. If this is what Querrey needs to progress at his rate--then so be it.

    We as fans possess no right to push a player to do anything they want. American tennis sucks--face it....I have.
     
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  7. tennispro11

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    ...........LOL!............. But so true though. :(
     
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    Japan and Thailand will surpass us shortly with better and more players on tour....I am glad we don't declare wars based on our depth of tennis players...we'd be homeless and hungry here in the states....;)
     
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    i think the future of american tennis will be john isner or donald young
     
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    hahahahahahhah made my tummy hurt. :p
     
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    That quote doesn't bother me that much. There's more to life than tennis and maybe he's equally concerned with those things.
     
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    And that is exactly why we don't see many Americans have success these days. They just don't have that INSANE hunger to become a champion. Having hunger is one thing, having INSANE hunger is another.
     
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    Isner would have to win 21 tie breakers to win a slam...and that's just not happenin'....

    Young would have to learn how to win SEVEN matches in a row on the ATP...and that's just not happenin'....

    I would put more faith and stock in Beavis and Butthead.....
     
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  14. saram

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    much agreed....
     
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    I don't think American tennis sucks - made it at least to the semis for the Davis Cup and have two guys in the top 10.

    I guess it's easier to lose interest when you're driving your Mom's Porche growing up compared to the kid who goes to the court to get away from a war going on in his backyard.

    I'm not trying to bash the guy, he can do whatever he wants...just trying to figure out why American tennis is heading downhill.
     
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    He probably would'nt get to No.1 anyway.
     
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    If by "American tennis just sucks" you mean that it only has 2 slams in the last 5 years as opposed to Spain's 4 and Switzerland's 11, then yeah I guess it does blow. By most country's standards, that's not too shabby.

    If you honestly think any of the current American lot - Roddick, Blake, Isner, Querrey, Young, whoever, have half the talent and skill of Nadal or Federer, I think you're mistaken. I don't think it's just a hunger gap, I think it's a heck of a lot more than that.

    Now, if you're saying that Querrey's quote is what will keep him from being a slam champ when Fed and Nads are gone, then you might be right. But right now, he can fight all he wants, and so can Roddick or whoever else for that matter, and they're still going down.
     
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    So two slams in five years. Who won before or after Roddick's 2003 US Open? I think you contradicted yourself in a few of your statements.
     
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    It is easy--look at our school systems. Our tennis courts deteriorate every year. Coaches are hard as can be to come by. Schools do not want to fund tennis. There are no concessions to be made from tennis, etc.

    American schools want football, baseball, basketball, and wrestling. They want anything that will profit. No school can profit via tennis--only lose money as they have to pay for travel, coaches, etc. Schools make money from packed stadiums selling tickets, hotdogs, burgers, popcorn and soda.

    None of the schools or programs that surround schools prior to high-school offer tennis. Kids do not learn about tennis until they enter high-school. Only those that have parents that play are shown the in's and out's of tennis.

    Communities will always build a bigger gymnasium, football field, baseball field, etc, with tax dollars. We have been trying for years to improve our tennis facilities in town and the only grants we can get are via the USTA.

    No one outside of the USTA has funded tennis in our community in over five years...

    THAT...is the demise of American tennis...NO ONE CARES.
     
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  20. rrhstennis

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    Agassi's AO in 2003.

    What other ones?
     
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    Thanks. I couldn't remember for the life of me. I don't think you contradicted yourself. My fault.
     
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    Hey it doesn't matter I was just wondering. I didn't remember for a second when you said that Roddick was the only one and I was like "I know there was 2..." and then it hit me.

    I really do agree that this quote and American tennis in general is kind of down and not particularly concerned with getting up. I was just pointing out that the way Federer and Nadal are dominating it doesn't leave room for another country to look but so impressive. I think America has done decent but even those 2 slams were over 4 years ago now... so yeah, we're in a slump by our own standards. But I bet France wishes they were us!

    Edit: Actually, France probably wishes they were Spain the last 3 years! ;)
     
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    I agree. I really don't think Sam Q is going to care less whether some American tennis fan looking for bragging rights on an internet forum is losing hope in him... he'll be too busy enjoying life and success at his own pace.
    Meanwhile the insanely hungrey Roddick can look forward to a slamless future.
     
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    I can absolutely guarantee you that France does not even for one second wish they were America.
     
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  25. saram

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    no, we pretty much ticked them off in more ways than one....
     
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    :)
    I will agree, because he has not changed since '03...

    hey, that rhymes!
     
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    And every year the French go, "He is on chemicals." And I'm going, "It's chemotherapy, you little toad suckers." "Okay, he has one testicle, he's aerodynamic. Everyone, cut off your balls. You'll be quicker. Do it. Don't be afraid."

    Robin Williams
     
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    LOL at the Robin Williams quote!

    Yes, I'm well aware France doesn't want to be America. I was only referring to tennis, in which they're starving for a champ even on Roddick's level ;)
     
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    I strongly disagree with this. School sports (including tennis) are FAR bigger in the US than any other country. Not only that, but on the college level there's even a bigger gap (especially with tennis).

    America also has a lot more public tennis courts than other countries. I was talking to a guy from England the other day and he said that golf is bigger than tennis over there because tennis is too expensive (there aren't any public courts). I played a guy from Japan last week and he said you have to drive over an hour just to get to a private court over there. Within a half hour from where I live there's over 100 courts.

    As far as access to courts and playing in schools, Americans have the biggest advantage in the world.
     
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    hahahaha....that's awesome. I think that's the funniest thing I've read on here. Is that on YouTube?
     
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  31. tennispro11

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    I think it probably is but I just love this quote about the French. LOL!
     
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    Gasquet humiliated Roddick at Wimbledon and will be top 10 soon. France has 7 men inside the top 50 to only 2 Americans (who are both on their way down).
     
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    Ok their is a huge difference in how other countries run their tennis programs compared to ours. Yes high school and college tennis are bigger than anywhere else in the world. But they do it differently. For example, say France has an up and coming junior what would they do. They would automatically send him to their academy that they have for all promising juniors and they would get a scholarship as well to make it less expensive for the family. We don't have that in the US. Not even close. It is getting better. But we are still a long way off. Say if a Frenchman wanted to play tennis that had gone to the academy but wasn't good enough to go pro, where would he go? He of course comes to America to go to college. He will get a full ride to play tennis at a four year university. He will be better than 80 percent of the Americans he plays because he went to an academy when he was 12 or 13. I am speaking from experience. I played all four years in college and that was how it was.
     
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    Yes, but who takes the kids to public courts when they are three or four years old? Kids in America do not get a racket in their hand until high-school unless they are outside of the norm and have parents that love the game. American parents are so fat, lazy, etc., that taking their child to a public court to hit a few would just suck. A parent would have to miss Survivor 8 or Lost to head to the courts with their child.

    My point is that within our school systems, there is no emphasis on tennis. Not even soccer, and soccer is the #1 sport in the world.
     
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  35. saram

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    Spoken so well....
     
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  36. Jonny S&V

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    That is true, however, if you get kids who are mainly going to mainstream sports (such as Baseball, Basketball and Football), you get mostly non-athletic kids (at least where I live) that don't have a lot of talent. The only hope I think we have is to raise our kids in the future playing soccer and tennis. I don't know what it is about those 2 that intertwines them, but even at the high school level, a lot of good tennis players play soccer too (for example, 7/10 of my top 10 at school play soccer in the fall and tennis in the spring, 5/6 of the top 10, me being the only one who doesn't). I also find that kids that play tennis are usually pushed by their parents, which in turn makes them want to be their own individuals and go a different path. I picked up tennis at a older age for a kid (13), but I have the drive to play because I know that I picked up the sport on my own, and my parents could care less what I do (which is both a good thing ($), and a bad thing (grades)).
     
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    another great example...

    I mean that in a positive way....
     
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  38. pro_staff

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    I think bank5 is on the right track here. I think the reason that young Americans don't have the desire it takes to succeed is because of the easy accessibility of public tennis courts. For us, we could walk to the courts, hit for 30 minutes and if we think we're having a bad day, we go home and come back tomorrow. If it's difficult to get on a tennis court, you are more likely to try harder and get the most out of the limited time you have on the court.
     
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    That's sort of the point I was trying to make in my original post.

    If Sam Querrey grew up in Serbia with Djokovic I bet he'd have a much different attitude. Djokovic has made it a goal since he was 7 to become #1 and he's definitely heading in the right direction.
     
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    as one of my coaches said, a tennis racket is a foreign tennis player's weapon of liberation
     
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    Oh please... Doesn't get more schmaltzy or melodramatic than that does it? I can't think of one professional tennis player who was raised anywhere near a war. Djokovic was up in the mountains during the 3 year Bosnian War and Ljubicic promptly relocated when fighting broke out.

    On the other hand, the Williams Sisters faced constant drive-by gang shootings during their youth training. One such shooting killed their sister for god's sake! Seems to me it's the American tennis champions that have a war in their backyard. Please avoid such sweeping cultural generalizations in the future.
     
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    You have no idea what you are talking about. As I recall Ljub had a gun held to his head and Djoker had to relocate to another COUNTRY so his whole FAMILY woudn't be KILLED! You need to think before you type.
     
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    I was exaggerating but I guess you didn't pick up on it. I don't think too many people have wars in their "backyards".
     
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    I agree that he should be working hard now. But he is a young guy. He's got time to improve and mature and I'm sure he will.

    By the way as a sidenote Querrey doesn't drive a Porsche. He drives an old beater.
     
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    Tennis Magazine September 2007 disagrees with you.
     
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    I'm more bothered by your quote that generalizes 300 million hard-working people than by anything Sam Querrey said.

    Eating twinkies all day, speak for yourself.
     
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    He said "kids" dude. Not 300 million hard working Americans. LOL! But you can be offended if you want. If you think our youth work that hard today then so be it. But you are wrong. Very wrong.
     
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    Looks like we have another sensationalist on our hands, ladies and gentleman! Without any sources, you "recalled" some pretty outrageous facts regarding the childhoods of Djokovic and Ljubicic. First off, Srdjan and Dijana Djokovic have owned a pizzeria and pancake restaurant on a mountain in Serbia for the last 15 years. They never "relocated to another COUNTRY so his whole FAMILY woudn't be KILLED!" as you so passionately put it.

    Now about Ljubicic, he was the one who had to "relocate to another COUNTRY so his whole FAMILY woudn't be KILLED!" He grew up in a very war-torn environment. Many of his friends were killed and he had to endure a 3 day trip on planes and buses to escape to Croatia. However, I can found no evidence of anyone pointing a gun at him. Nice try, though.
     
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    Lol nice how you stretched that out. I hate people who hate America;) What would it be like if you would've said France has 0 men in the top 10 while America has 2?
     
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  50. avmoghe

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    Exactly! I hate this foolish idea that every professional player must devote their lives to the sport. For once, I just want to see some professional skip (something like) the Wimbledon final because his favorite soccer team was playing on tv.. or something like that...Hell.. even better... Federer should just tell Wimbledon to f--k off on final's morning because he wants to stay in bed with Mirka...(To top it all off, he can ask them to send the runner up check and trophy through mail)

    I want some professional to literally take a **** on the sport and tell everyone to STFU and stop taking themselves too seriously...I want some professional to come out an say "I play just to make money, and pay my bills...I don't really care about maximizing my tennis ability, nor do I care about any of these retarded fans..."

    Why is there this obsession with being the best? Can you simply not play to make a living and then go and enjoy life without tennis? Tennis (or any other sport) is NOT life...

    I want to give my best wishes to Kim Clijsters.. and my middle finger to all you a-holes who say she should not have quit.

    Okay.. I'll stop babbling ... :)
     
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