Which of these will succeed

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  1. Michael Bluth

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    Much has been discussed of whether or not the U.S. current crop of juniors can help restore American tennis. I was hoping to get some opinions on some of America's best junior prospects and which do you think will break through to the big time and which will suffer some version of DY's fate.

    The Harrison Brothers
    Chase Buchanan
    Bradley Klahn
    Devin Britton
    Jarmere Jenkins
    Evan King
    Ty Trombetta.

    Which of these do you think will be top level in the pros and which will not? If anyone has any other names of juniors they think have a good chance feel free to enlighten me.
     
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  2. Mdubb23

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    I think it was stupid of Klahn to go to college. He could have been top 25, but now, at best, he might get top 100.
     
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  3. ayyhwang

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    sorry but i completely disagree here. the chances of anyone making it big in tennis are very slim, and its a much smarter move to go to a good college, nonetheless a very prestigious one like Stanford.
     
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    Agreed, generally, but when I've seen him in particular play, he's shown that he has the drive to go far enough in the pros to compensate for a lack of education.
     
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  5. SoCal10s

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    well I very much doubt that he would make top 25.. he hasn't proved that he can win.. he lost in Kalamazoo and I saw him play other times, he's not that impressive.. I would pick Ryan Thacher over Klahn.. but for a boy to go to college and find out his game is not that much of a waste of time... if Klahn can win the NCAA this coming year or do exceptionally well,he can still go pro... he not stuck there for 4 years if he choses.. JMac went for 1 or 2 years, Tiger went for 2 years.. it's a great place for a young man to be at...
     
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  6. Rob_C

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    Going to college doesnt preclude success on the pro tour. Its true that most pros dont go to college, or only spend a short time there, but, if you have the game, you'll get to the level your talent will allow.

    College tennis and junior tennis are somewhat similar in the respect that success at those levels doesnt not mean success at the pro level.

    Goldstein and Humphries played at Stanford at the same time. Humphries might have cracked the top 200, whereas Goldstein ended his career a perennial top 100 player.

    Other examples are Blake, Martin, Vahaly, Delic, Reynolds, plus the foreign players like Wesley Moodie, Benjamin Becker.
     
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  7. Michael Bluth

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    Yeah, look at Blake for example. Isner also broke into the top 100 fairly quickly(though he's since faded a bit) and I think Klahn has much, much greater potential than Isner.

    Thatcher I don't think really wants to devote himself to playing on the tour, which is a shame as he is very talented and if he upgraded his groundies could be top 50.
     
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  8. SoCal10s

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    USA all the WAY,well maybe...

    from what I see, I like Christian Harrison .Ryan Thacher ,Jarmere Jenkins,Evan King, and another kid that played in the Jr. Davis cup...Alexios Halebian from So Cal. area..
    Alexios is just 14 and doing fairly well in the upper age groups.. he's got a good attitude and most likely will be a tall 6 foot plus guy,and a lefty to boot..King,Jenkins,and Ryan Harrison may make the ATP but I don't see them as a top 20 ATP player... King and Jenkins are not like the Donald Young bad boys with the attitude black kid... these 2 really have some substance but a bit short(King)and they seem to work hard and are dedicated to tennis.King had a nice diary blog when he was doing the Jr.Davis cup which is a pretty good reading...
    Christian Harrison is the guy ... he needs to get taller and develop a serve like his older brother but I'm pretty sure it will all happen for him... In 5 years I can see the 2 team mates battling it out for the big prize... Alexios H. and Christain H...If A.H. keeps improving, my money is on him...
     
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    alexios could definitely make it on the pro tour, not necessarily in the top 10 but i think he could do well
     
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  10. OleNole

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    Arrested Development is my favorite show, so I love the moniker.

    To answer the question, there's a lot of Americans who have the potential to have successful careers, which I'd define as anything in the top 100. I think the current crops of freshmen and eighth-graders are really strong, plus there are so many great older kids. Chase Buchanan has all the tools to be a top 25 player. I love both the Harrisons. There's also so many players outside of those top guys though. There's Matt Kandath, Bradley Klahn, Bo Seal, Alex Domijan, Harry Fowler, Sekou Bangoura etc. Plus, don't forget about the guys that are a little bit older. I know Marcus Fugate has struggled thus far, but he's got the ability. When you throw in the college guys such as Nevolo, Kecki, Damico, Lajola, Kronauge, and the entire Stanfrod roster, you see there's so many that could be really good players.
    I guess if I had to pick, I'd say Ty Trombetta, Ryan Harrison and Chase Buchanan would be the next top 50 players from the U.S.
     
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    Some of these players are going to college and it might affect how they will do on the pro tour, if they even go for it at all.
     
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    wow alot of a the bunch... but have you ever seen all these kids really play? or are you just naming names? guys like Bo Seal, Alex Domijan, Harry Fowler,and Sekou Bangoura have no weapons.. B.Seal is too short but can hit off both sides,but nothing that is overwhelming.. Alex D. can't hit anything over 80 mph including serve...Harry F. is tall but has no athletic ability to be top 500, and Sekou B. move well and has good court sense and silky smooth but has no power game what so ever..
    how are these guys going to beat guys like Nadal,Djokovic,Gulbis,Tsonga,Murray and a ton of other young 20 years olds,when these kids you mentioned cannot give them a threat because they don't have any weapon in their shots...
    Ty.. I haven't seen him play.. Ryan H.. is a mental case,maybe he'll grow out of it,just have to wait and see... Chase B.. no way he'll make top 50 ATP ,good D1 school is calling his name,that's it... go watch "Tennis Unstrung" and listen to what A.Agassi has to say about US Jr. tennis...
     
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    I think your definition of successful pro is different than mine. For me, it's anyone who can make decent living on the pro tour, which is probably the top100-200 players in the world. That doesn't mean they're ever going to beat a top 10 player or win a major. I admit I haven't seen all these kids play. What I am saying is that they all have the potential to be top 100 players. I don't think that's a completely ridiculous statement. I don't say that they all will, of course most of them won't. But I also don't ever say that I think any one of them is going to be a Grand Slam winner or a top 20 pro, because there's no way I could know that.
    By the way I really like Fowler. I realize you probably know more about the junior game than me, but when I saw him, he looked like the real deal.
     
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  14. OleNole

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    I've heard great things about this class of players, but I haven't seen any of them play. What apart from the above makes Alexios stand out in comparison to say Asami, Rinaldi, Del Nunzio, Fratangelo, etc.?
     
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  15. kctennis1005

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    asami is a backboard, but he doesnt really have the game that will translate to the pros. i personally beat asami just by playing a big game. alexios is a larger kid....probably 6'1" now who is a lefty and has a big game. big games are the futures of the pros.
     
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  16. SoCal10s

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    Alexios

    I think Frantangelo is a bit older but he's OK,he knows how to win,but no real weapons.. plus he doesn't go for shots ...Rinaldi is good too but a bit on the wild side... and his serve is super hot or cold... Reo A. ,I think will always represents Japan,but his game is solid but no real weapons ..Reo and B.F. are cool headed and manage their game well...
    Alexios ,I think is younger than all of them.. he's already around 6ft. he has touch,some power,can stay back or come to the net and is a lefty,he has good court instincts ,he's good in doubles too... his dad is like 6'5'' and hugh... a real gentle giant of a man... ,but the thing I like about A.H. is his attitude... he's always smiling and always says hi and respects everyone..people like that goes a long way...
     
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