Thread: Brad Baughman
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Old 09-23-2012, 03:32 PM   #407
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Originally Posted by mikej View Post
1. yeah, above (many posts ago, by now) i basically agreed that they certainly don't want to lose to these juniors - DB earned his win - they may not be fighting like heck like they would in a dual match vs a rival, but they're not going out to lose - but i do agree when tball said not much on the line for them in this event (again, i don't think the WC matters to them, they won't win matches and jumpstart an ATP career with it, they're not at that level)

2. some of these guys have D1 scholarships, some do not certainly (harvard guys i don't believe have athletic scholarships, and some of the other guys i'm sure are not getting full money, since there are only 4.5 scholarships per team) - but yes i think DB would be in great position for some money from texas or cal if his dad were not a barrier - that's a different ballgame from the coaches at the very top that i keep listing (peter smith, boland, diaz) - these guys have their pick of the best of the best nationally and internationally, and they only need 1-2 a year - my opinion is that DB is hardly on their radar with his unimpressive or nonexistent results in tournies like orange bowl, eddie herr, the zoo, major ITFs, etc
I have some experience in Campus Showdowns where juniors go agnst college players. At an Ivy Showdown 2 years back a junior won the title. The Ivy team had 2 blue chips, one was ITA top 100. The junior now playing mid D3 tennis. It's a weird dynamic. The match means nothing to the college guys, everything to the juniors. I understand the dynamics of Napa may be different. As the parent of a college player I can tell you that they don't always want to travel to the fall tournaments. You think the Harvard guys wanted to fly to Napa for the weekend and miss class?
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