Who is the greatest bust of all time

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  1. schang70

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    In football you have Ryan Leaf and Jamarcus Russell as two of the greatest busts of all time in NFL history. Who would you vote for in tennis as the biggest bust of all time. Someone who was predicted to win many grand slams but flamed out in the pros. Anna Kournikova comes to my mind as she was a highly touted junior who did not win a single tournament, although was ranked as high as #8 in the world.
     
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    I think Anna K. had a pretty solid career all things considered. I might go back to someone like Billy Martin who was heralded as a can't miss prospect but didn't pan out. Of course, if Donald Young doesn't turn it around people will pick him. On the women's side maybe someone like Monique Viele (sp?). If you want to go international, Carlos Boulda comes to mind.
     
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    Never mind.

    I read it as "who has the greatest bust of all time"
     
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    Al Parker is another one who domintaed the Juniors but failed to make an impact in the pros. Scott Davis and Kathy Rinaldi were tennis prodigies but did not come close to winning a grand slam, although they both attained high singles rankings at the peak of their careers.
     
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    that ausie called Kratzmann
     
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    Serena......
     
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    Donald Young (off hand cannot think of another who got as much hype)
    Anna Kournikova
    Maggie Maleeva (how the heck did she get to #4?)
    Mirjana Lucic
    Jelena Dokic
    Alexandra Stevenson
     
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  12. NadalAgassi

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    Magdalena Maleeva was not a bust. She was a solid top 10/top 15 player for a few years which was the max of her potential. She was merely a power baseliner/ball basher, and there were alot better than her, and her mental strength, mobility, and consistency were all horrible. She followed well in the footsteps of her sisters, but Manuela was more talented than the other two, hence why she lasted by far the longest in the top 10.

    Her #4 ranking was a rankings aberration, nothing more, she never did anything to deserve that.
     
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    Al Parker, I think was his name, won everything till he became a pro
     
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    you got it
     
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    Pat Dupre.
     
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    That's kind of unfair to call Al Parker a bust. He had arguably the greatest junior career ever and had the highest of expectations, but his career was cut short by a severe back injury. He was told he'd never play again, but fought through injuries for a few years until his body just couldn't take anymore. Don't feel sorry for him though because he went on to a career in investment banking and has probably made a lot more money than most people do on the pro tour.
     
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    Simona Halep ;-)
     
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    Thats a good story though I will feel sorry for anyone in investment banking!
     
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    Billy Martin was definitely touted as being the next great American but went bust quickly. But then I might have a bias here as I came up about the same time and same area as he, so I was well aware of the hoopla. When nothing was on the line, he was an incredible talent.
     
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    Larry Gottfried?
     
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    No way.....had a solid career and got as high as no.4 - excellent dubs record as well.

    Billy Martin was supposed to be a world beater and he next "sure no.1" in the end he became a good college coach - huge bust in terms of what wa expected of him
     
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    Man, Larry, not Brian...I know you just got dazzed and confused¡¡¡
     
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    OMG!!! Hahaha I didn't even see the "Larry" I just saw Gottfried and went ????....:)
     
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    Marcelo Rios?
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    In the Rios book Safin said Rios had the talent to win 10 majors. (Marcelo Rios: The Man We Barely Knew)

    Thomas Johansson said Rios could make you feel like a beginner.

    Bollettieri said Rios was his biggest disappointment. Rios was a great player but a bust in terms of winning majors. Just wasn't strong enough physically. The talent was there though.
     
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    I heard about Larry Gottfried, he was beating John McEnroe as a junior. From Florida. What ever happened to Larry, why did we never hear about him as a pro?
     
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    McEnroe. He really should have won a lot more grand slams. He could have been the greatest of all time, but is regarded as a Tier 3 great.
     
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    At his best however you can make the argument he was as good as anyone.
     
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    When you consider he competed against Borg, Connors, Vilas, Lendl and so many others its not exactly fair to call him a bust. Thats like calling Lendl and Vilas busts. Part of what kept him from winning more was just his competition....that and his temper.

    But as you say...he was good..very good. 7 majors may not look like a lot but against that field, its impressive.
     
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    Always a "what if" but had McEnroe been born 10 years earlier and wrapped up his career before the more powerful racquets came to be, I suspect he would have won a lot more majors.
     
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    I wonder how much falling in love with Tatum O'Neal played a part?
     
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    True. He did only 2 real great matches, against Vilas : he beated Vilas in Wimbledon (like many others players ...), and the most impressive is that he lost in FO against Vilas in 1978 in 5 sets (6/4 in the last set).
     
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    Camilla Bassett....reached number 4 in the world. 1983 Aussie QF,84 86 RG QF, and 84 US SF.

    Unfortunate her dad death....made her ranking plummet down to the 200's. Suffered from Binge Eating as well.

    Possibly the closest to a slam Champion Canada had got barring the runaways like Greg Rudeski and Mary Pierce.
     
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  38. NadalAgassi

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    As much as I liked her I highly doubt Carling was ever winning a slam. She was not competitive with Martina or Chris at all even in old age, and they would remain playing Chris until 89 (when Carly would be 21) and Martina until 1994 (when Carly would be 26). She was also not at all competitive with Graf who emerged starting in late 85. Then there were a slew of youngsters coming up starting in 86 or 87 like Sabatini, Sanchez Vicario, Garrison, Sukova, Zvereva, who were all better than her, much better in the cases of Sabatini and Sanchez Vicario. She might have stayed in the top 10 a few years more, and reached another slam semi, but that is about it.
     
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    Saw Larry Gottfried play a couple times in college. I think he was only #4 on the team at Trinity at the time. (Bill Scanlon was #1, Tony Giammalva was in there, too)
     
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    Opps sorry, I thought the thread said who has the greatest bust of all time

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