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schang70 10-31-2012 10:16 AM

Who is the greatest bust of all time
 
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.

atatu 10-31-2012 01:05 PM

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.

sureshs 10-31-2012 01:11 PM

Never mind.

I read it as "who has the greatest bust of all time"

schang70 10-31-2012 03:32 PM

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.

kiki 10-31-2012 04:12 PM

that ausie called Kratzmann

USS Tang 10-31-2012 04:49 PM

Ron Holmberg

PeteD 10-31-2012 05:02 PM

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Originally Posted by sureshs (Post 6986375)
Never mind.

I read it as "who has the greatest bust of all time"

Who was that?

PeteD 10-31-2012 05:03 PM

Bernie is working on it

sureshs 10-31-2012 06:11 PM

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Originally Posted by PeteD (Post 6986825)
Who was that?

Serena......

kiki 11-02-2012 05:32 AM

Roy Barth and Tom Edlefsen

boredone3456 11-02-2012 02:12 PM

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

NadalAgassi 11-02-2012 02:16 PM

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Originally Posted by boredone3456 (Post 6990919)
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

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.

jaggy 11-02-2012 02:42 PM

Al Parker, I think was his name, won everything till he became a pro

PeteD 11-04-2012 07:39 AM

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Originally Posted by sureshs (Post 6986943)
Serena......

you got it

kiki 11-04-2012 11:30 AM

Pat Dupre.

goran_ace 11-04-2012 11:50 AM

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Originally Posted by jaggy (Post 6990976)
Al Parker, I think was his name, won everything till he became a pro

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.

mrmike 11-04-2012 01:43 PM

Simona Halep ;-)

jaggy 11-04-2012 02:27 PM

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Originally Posted by goran_ace (Post 6994523)
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.

Thats a good story though I will feel sorry for anyone in investment banking!

robow7 11-04-2012 05:34 PM

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.

kiki 11-06-2012 02:02 PM

Larry Gottfried?


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