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PennAlum 02-12-2011 11:11 AM

Andy Magee playing for Maryland now...
I remember when he was an intense top junior all the way up to the 16s and then he dropped like a stone in the 18s losing 1st rounds everywhere. I heard he then left tennis for football as it's hard to keep playing when kids you use to destroy start beating you. Now I'm surprised to see him playing #2 for D-I Maryland after being away from tennis a few years.

mikej 02-12-2011 11:27 AM

don't know anything about magee - but this reminds me of andy orban's junior career trajectory, and he ended up playing for maryland as well

maybe ultra-talented burnouts are their specialty

edit: actually, after taking a quick review of some of orban's results, perhaps his burnout started more around the time he started college, so maybe this isn't the best comparison

Jonny S&V 02-12-2011 11:33 AM

His father died when he was 15ish, and he lost interest in tennis after that, so he found football and became really good at that. That's all I know, but it doesn't sound like everyone got better than him, more that his father was a reason that he loved tennis.

ClarkC 02-12-2011 11:52 AM

He announced before his senior year that he would concentrate on football, where he was a top quarterback. Went to UCLA for a year, but the depth chart was loaded at QB, and he is not quite six feet tall, making it tough. Transferred to Maryland to resume tennis.

PennAlum 02-13-2011 06:51 PM

It's quite a feat to leave competition tennis for a few years and come back and play #2 at D-I.

atatu 02-14-2011 10:38 AM

This article explains a little more:

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