Wimbledon Junior Champions

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  1. PERL

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    I was wondering if you could give some insight, memory or extra information on a few Wimbledon junior champions. I was looking at the whole list and I was a bit surprised by the names. A few winners as Enqvist, Tulasne or Monfils don’t have a game suited for grass at all. Guys like Reid, Sabau or Mutis have always struggled on the ATP Tour, etc. Of course there are a few champions but they are in minority to say the least. Also players like Becker or Mcenroe were too good to play juniors. Comments are welcome.

    2008
    Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) the new great eastern Europe hope, has everything to prove, potential seems to be there.
    2007
    Donald Young (USA) gifted, has not done anything yet at pro level, cruel lack of power.
    2006
    Thiemo de Bakker (NED) has a hard time making a breakthrough, slightly improving his ranking.
    2005
    Jeremy Chardy (FRA) top 50, has had a good year so far. Made his breakthrough at RG last year.
    2004
    Gaël Monfils (FRA) it took time but he’s now a top 10/15. Good first serve, defense, no return, no volley, sub-par passing shots, movement not suited to grass courts.
    2003
    Florin Mergea (ROM) he’s 24 and around 600th. Plays for Romania in doubles in Davis Cup.
    2002
    Todd Reid (AUS) no big weapon, was publicized as a poor man’s Lleyton Hewitt. He never reached the top 100 and he has not played a single match this year.
    2001
    Roman Valent (SUI) don’t know much except that he serves as a sparring partner for Fed time to time.
    2000
    Nicolas Mahut (FRA) fragile, relies on his serve and nice feel at the net. On a good day and a fast surface, he can beat top 20 players. On a bad day he will lose to a top 800 player.
    1999
    Jurgen Melzer (AUT) good left hand, good player although a bit inconsistent, grass is not his best surface as far as I know.
    1998
    Roger Federer (SUI) the new GOAT ;-)
    1997
    Westley Whitehouse (RSA) out of the radar. Where is South african tennis by now ?
    1996
    Vladimir Voltchkov (BLR) cinderella semi finalist in 2000, won a couple of matches in Davis Cup for Belarus along with Mirnyi, nothing else to remember.
    1995
    Oliver Mutis (FRA) the hard life of a journeyman, played mostly in challengers.
    1994
    Scott Humphries (USA) beat Philippoussis in the final. Never won a single match on the atp tour.
    1993
    Razvan Sabau (ROM) cf. Mutis.
    1992
    David Skoch (TCH) who ?
    1991
    Thomas Enqvist (SWE) one of the worst volleyers I’ve ever witnessed. At least he could serve & return properly. His best surface was indoor carpet but he had no feel for grass tennis, a bit like Safin in a worst way.
    1990
    Leander Paes (IND) great doubles career. One singles title on grass…in Newport.
    1989
    Nicklas Kulti (SWE) big serve, strong guy, always on top in his age groups, never great in pro, lost a final rubber in a DC final.
    1988
    Nicolas Pereira (VEN) best ranking : 74. Best result at Wimbledon : a win over Jeremy Bates….
    1987
    Diego Nargiso (ITA) best ranking : 67, doubles player, atypical, left handed. 8 appearances at Wimby, 3 wins.
    1986
    Eduardo Velez (MEX) never heard of.
    1985
    Leonardo Lavalle (MEX) played the DC for Mexico, that’s all I know
    1984
    Mark Kratzmann (AUS) good doubles career. Never reached the second week at Wimby.
    1983
    Stefan Edberg (SWE) only player with a junior calendar slam, one of the pro level greats.
    1982
    Pat Cash (AUS) winner in 1987.
    1981
    Matt Anger (USA) Anger is not that good on grass. Hardly reached once the second week at Wimbledon. Decent player, nothing special.
    1980
    Thierry Tulasne (FRA) topspin baseliner, had one really good pro year, won only one match at Wimbledon as a pro. Gilles Simon’s coach.
    1979
    Ramesh Krishnan (IND) he had such light hands and the ball flew as a feather.
    1978
    Ivan Lendl (TCH) yes himself.
    1977
    Van Winitsky (USA) won only one match at Wimbledon as a pro.
    1976
    Heinz Gunthardt (SUI) nice talent, never reached his full potential besides the doubles, he won Wimbledon in doubles. Former Steffi Graf’s coach.
    1975
    Chris Lewis (NZL) surprising finalist in 1983 only to get destroyed by Johnny Mac. Nothing else to mention. Where is New Zealand tennis ?
    1974
    Billy Martin (USA) proclaimed best junior player ever by some. Short lived journeyman. Now a coach in the U.S.
    1973
    Billy Martin (USA) cf. 1974
    1972
    Bjorn Borg (SWE) stunned the tennis world by adapting his game to the surface to the point of being a king of grass.
    1971
    Robert Kreiss (USA) excuse me ?
    1970
    Byron Bertram (RSA) journeyman
    1969
    Byron Bertram (RSA) cf. 1970
    1968
    John Alexander (AUS) good player, one of the big serves of the 70’s.
    1967
    Manuel Orantes (ESP) future slam winner, mostly known for his clay court abilities.
    1966
    Vladimir Korotkov (URS) sorry, we couldn't find a matching player entry! (says the atp website).
    1965
    Vladimir Korotkov (URS) cf. 1966
    1964
    Ismail El Shafei (EGY) beat Borg in Wimbledon 1974.
    1963
    Nikky Kalogeropoulos (GRE) the name is too long to remember. So is the time.
    1962
    Stanley Matthews Jr. (GBR) mostly remembered for his soccer skills.
    1961
    Clark Graebner (USA) semi finalist in 1968.

    Other names of the far past :
    1959
    Toomas Lejus (URS) sounds like a baltic name.
    1958
    Butch Buchholz (USA) international Hall of Fame, US Pro winner in 1962.
    1956
    Ronald Holmberg (USA) beat Rod Laver to conquer the junior title (6/1 6/1).
    1954
    Ramanathan Krishnan (IND) father of Ramesh I presume.
    1947
    Kurt Nielsen (DEN) Wimbledon finalist 1953, 1955.
     
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  2. CyBorg

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    Tulasne was a sort of a relevation as a teenager for a short while. He made the fourth round at the French in 1981 and everyone was talking about him being a kind of poor man's Borg. He was 17, almost 18.

    Never had as a good finish at a grand slam tournament ever again.
     
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  3. Tshooter

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    "father of Ramesh I presume."

    You presume correctly.

    I never knew Humphries didn't win a single ATP level match. That's some good trivia.
     
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    Humphries was a doubles specialist after not doing too much in singles. He had 17 dubs titles and got to the semis of the Aussie one year with Gimelstob.
     
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    any on the ladies side that we know?
     
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  6. hoodjem

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    Here's your winner:

    "Stefan Edberg (SWE) only player with a junior calendar slam, one of the pro level greats.
    1982"

    Played in a very tough era, not like today.
     
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  7. PERL

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    Thanks tshooter.

    Best win on the pro tour : the Barcelona final vs Wilander in 1985. A bagel in the fifth. Maybe the only time I saw Wilander running out of gas, especially on clay. One good year, ephemeral top ten with a bad record in slams. Some people say he had plenty of talent and chose the wrong way to play the game, Borg being unique.


    Well if you have to pick the best junior player ever, Edberg may be one safe bet. Becker said he was unplayable at the time, also Becker was almost 2 years younger than the swedish, that’s a lot at this age.
     
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  8. EtePras

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    Interesting list of players. Not a single good one on there other than Roger Federer.
     
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  9. goober

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    eh???


    You don't consider Edberg, Lendl, Borg good players?:shock:

    Pat Cash, Orantes and Enquist were pretty good as well.
     
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  10. hoodjem

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    For some Fed is not only the GOAT, also the only player they've ever heard beyond the last five years.
     
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  11. nfor304

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    I played Todd Reid in doubles at an Open tournament about 6 months ago... He's gained a bit of weight but apparently hes back playing futures and doing fairly well. I think hes had a few injuries the last couple of years. He was just outside the top 100 when he was 20, but as far as a poor mans lleyton I dont think thats very accurate. Hes more of a shot maker than lleyton and isnt afraid to come to the net, but hes fairly short and doesnt really have much power.
     
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  12. kimbahpnam

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    you're a fool
     
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