Originally Posted by TCF
Pretty much all the international guys who are going pro route are long gone by 17 these days. The guys left in the 18s OB and Herr are college level players except for about 2 of them who may have some pro potential.
Not sure where you got your facts to make that claim. The physical nature of the game means that very few teenagers are able to do consistently well in challengers, let alone grand slams.
Below is a list of the highest ranked teenagers. Interesting how there are not that many of them - and none of them are even top 200. Also, none of them are a '95 or '96.
Who are the 17 year old players that you are referring to and what are they ranked?
260 Jiri Vesely CZE 7/10/1993
287 Jason Kubler AUS 5/19/1993
322 Taro Daniel JPN 1/27/1993
341 Luke Saville AUS 2/1/1994
342 Roberto Carballes Baena ESP 3/23/1993
368 Suk Young Jeong KOR 4/12/1993
388 Dominic Thiem AUT 9/3/1993
402 Ricardo Rodriguez VEN 4/28/1993
413 Thiago Monteiro BRA 5/31/1994
418 Oliver Golding GBR 9/29/1993
426 Mate Pavic CRO 7/4/1993
438 Bruno Santanna BRA 7/12/1993
448 Juan Ignacio Londero ARG 8/15/1993
453 Adam Pavlasek CZE 10/8/1994
474 Alex Bolt AUS 1/5/1993
477 Joao Pedro Sorgi BRA 10/18/1993
479 Christian Harrison USA 5/29/1994
521 Ji Sung Nam KOR 8/15/1993