Discussion in 'General Pro Player Discussion' started by davey25, May 27, 2010.
This is an interesting article and makes reference to something I have started to wonder too. Who are the up and coming stars. There are hardly any quality teenagers or really young players out there at all.
Sam Q was burned out. Played a full schedules from March till his downfall in FO.
Goes to show you got to have that 6th , 7th or even 8th gear to push your way out of the rant and up. Only a few, the proud , the ELITE can do it.
On the mens side it's strange but the teens of a few years ago were all in the same age group. Gasquet, Rafa, Murray, Djoker, Del Potro. They showed promise as teens and they are an absolute powerhouse of talent. It surprises me how strong this wave of now 23 year olds are. It's absolutely mind boggling.
I think it has to do with them meeting in the juniors. They see each other's successes and want to surpass each other.
How do you know? Do you watch all the futures tournaments?
There's talent out there.
I saw Daniel Brands earlier in the tournament, and he looked like the kind of guy that could wipe the courts with some of todays players, if he would put in the hard work. Probably, being a pretty boy too, at his age, practicing hard is not really his main priority.
Hitting 225km/h serves with ease, strong on both sides, really impressive physique, good movement.
Plus, this is just one guy, there's plenty more that could rise up.
Check the number of teens in the top 100. Eventually there will be new players, but there is a lull and no teens have been making any noise in the grand slams. It's strange because a few years ago, ATP was riddled with new talent. Nadal was the best of them and took no time to start dominating clay. Murray ended the year 17th 2006, he was still a teen. That same year Gasquet won 3 titles!
The mens tour is very strong at the moment, unfortunately some top10 players have been struggling with injuries recently (Del Potro, Davydenko).
The WTA isn't in the same position but just as the ATP the game got a lot more physical. You're probably not going to win a single slam with a hingis-like serve, or a power-less game.
On the mens tour it's even more extreme, you need big serve (unless you're Nadal) and strong baseline game to even get to a slam final.
How can any 16-18 year olds keep up with the power of the likes of a Federer, Nadal, Söderling and Del Potro? That's why we see less and less teenagers in the top100, feel and court-craft alone isn't enough to win these days.
By the time he was 12, Nadal was projected to be a freak. So he is no surprise.
And so was Djokovic...
But little by little, we will see young players hovering in the Top 50 and eventually making the big step. It's just a matter of time. Young guns can't be making their breakthrough tournaments all the time. It would be inane to think that. We're in a period, that's transitional. This will not last long tho.
Some generations are better than the other, and that's a fact.
They need more Jimmy Connors mothers!
Correct me if I am wrong but does Donald Young have a single player younger than him ranked higher?
And what is the next highest ranked teenaged girl after Wozniacki? The womens is even more disconcerting since teenaged girls doing well in the WTA is commonplace.
The question isnt so much about the state of the current game but its future. If those in their late teens arent event top 100 caliber players today that is worrisome.
I think in about five years the top 100 will be worse than it is now -- which will allow more younger players to break through. There's an ebb and flow to those things -- we are blessed with all the talented players we have at the moment, and there will be some valleys to come in terms of the overall talent.
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