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    Recent College Players That Turned Pro

    top 100 in a year full-time? in this sport that is terrific
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    Current and future college players in ATP events

    Good first round wins in Ecuador Challenger for SC boys Gomez and Quiroz and S Johnson winning his first in US Challenger.
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    Recent College Players That Turned Pro

    Coop has excellent hand-eye and is a strong counter-puncher with a smart and effective net game. I worked with him some in the juniors, and it is terrific to see this Denver kid earn ATP points and light it up a bit!
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    Recent College Players That Turned Pro

    Not a chance that he paid $5k for a wildcard. Wildcards can be bought at all tournaments, but Coop doesn't have that kind of money. Obviously did well with it. Great guy and super happy for him.
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    Current and future college players in ATP events

    A bit of a US wave with a couple of ex-college guys about to crack the top 100. Steve Johnson is 100 this week and ranked 8th among American men with 5 more US guys right behind him. Doesn't solve the Grand Slam problem but helps with the numbers game.
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    Can anybody serve and volley against Nadal?

    You would have to serve brilliantly and be a terrific athlete. Raonic with Rafter's athleticism. Often on fast courts and once or twice per game on slow courts. Rafa stays healthy for 5 years and he is the GOAT.
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    Could this HS team challenge a top D2 school?

    If the players would play for their local school instead of the loaded school, the dual matches would be a lot more exciting. They would rather win state titles without any close matches instead of playing each other. Fun but not good for their tennis or good for the sport.
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    The Junior Serve Discussion

    I would keep it as simple as possible. Throw a nerf football regularly as a warm-up to perfect the throwing motion. Practice swinging with 2 racquets in his hand or a weighted racquet head to make the swing fluid and full to give him the feel of his ideal motion. Keep the leg bend out of it...
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    Great advice i got today

    I think it is a good choice to play your first series of futures in the US to learn the level and make the necessary adjustments. When it is time to earn points, I would recommend going to a weaker region to get started and play Challenger qualies as soon as possible because this is where the...
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    OZ Open and Frenchmen.. where are the Americans

    I see the biggest problem in turning our youth into successful touring pros is that they have to go global at 16 or 17 and most kids don't want to give up their lifestyles in order to do that. As the average age of successful touring pros grows, our players will be able to go to some college...
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    Greatest college players of all time

    Or that team is a great team because Steve Johnson is on it. Mac and Connors are the GOATs but Johnson, Devarrman, Pernfors are MVPs for careers in last 30 years.
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    Thanasi

    3rd round of the US Open three months out of college is pretty solid proof of being able to succeed on the Grand Prix Tour. Two months away from matches made him rusty. One rough match doesn't define a career. Johnson is obviously top 50 ATP material.
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    Another one bites the dust....

    In today's pro world players are playing against countries that are supplying coaches, physios, funding and a team atmosphere. A player out there without proper funding has no shot. When it is time to leave Futures and play primarily Challenger qualies, players have to travel to a new city...
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    Homeschool for competitive tennis player in a non academy environment

    McEnroe grew up in an excellent tennis area with a prestigious after-school academy (Port Washington TA) nearby. He was also wealthy. It is easier for certain players to express what they feel is best when it was all at their disposal locally. Things are more complicated when you don't have...
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    Can college players also succeed on tour?

    Can that player graduate high school in 3 years? Cal JCs lack intensive and competitive match schedules. JCs in the South play more intensive schedules. I think the JC path is good if you the player is not good enough yet for the D1 school, but I would recommend a pro-path to finish a...
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    Can college players also succeed on tour?

    The professional rankings of the top ITF juniors shows that the transition into the pro game is taking players 2 or 3 years minimum to become successful. College tennis is again a viable way to mature while playing tough matches, receiving good coaching and training with strong players...
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    Best way to teach hitting on the rise to a 7 year old??

    I think it is all related to the speed of the court. If the court is quick you would want to stay tighter on the baseline to take advantage of short balls- put them away or approach. It is more about controlling the rally and quick strike tennis. Also, on a fast court the bounce is more...
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    Top Juniors

    He would probably need a couple hundred matches for experience to be at that competitive level. What section is he in? That will matter also.
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    Best way to teach hitting on the rise to a 7 year old??

    As levels advance, players need to play deeper. Just back up a foot or two behind the baseline and keep the ball out in front. This will make him handle the ball more easily and allow him time to improve on this skill. A great drill for you to volley and have him hit groundstrokes and work...
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    Goodbye, Maryland tennis

    Gully, so are you saying that men's tennis is basically in the same situation scholarship-wise that it was in pre-Title IX?
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    Goodbye, Maryland tennis

    If a sport can fully pay for itself, how is that gender discrimination? If a women's sport can sell tickets and create a profit, that sport wouldn't be considered in the scholarship equality count either. This would have absolutely nothing to do with equal rights, just balanced budgets.
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    Goodbye, Maryland tennis

    Title 9 has been fantastic for women's sports. As in most cases, things have swung too far to the extent that it is now biased against men's athletics. So, the guidelines should be tweaked a bit. Not being able to fill spots on women's college teams and then cutting men's programs sounds good...
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    Goodbye, Maryland tennis

    If football is generating revenue, then it should not be included in the scholarship equality count. That is what makes things unfair and gives title 9 a bad name. We do need to figure out how to help tennis grow, and I think high school tennis is one vehicle that could change the game...
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    High School Tennis Should Mirror College

    I live in a world where high school golfers get more respect for being good at their sport than high school tennis players. The word celebrity is your concoction. If you want two to a court but larger teams how are you going to have 30 kids practice. Do you have 15 courts? Are you happy...
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    High School Tennis Should Mirror College

    High School tennis should also be a no-cut sport whenever possible. Parent/Coaches can volunteer to take on a team of 6 more kids and run their own JV or Frosh/Soph team under the leadership of the varsity head coach or JV coach. With more JV and Frosh/Soph teams there will be many more dual...
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    High School Tennis Should Mirror College

    A family shouldn't move for HS tennis. Families do rent condos in the school districts to go to top HS programs, and it would be better for HS tennis if the talent would spread out a bit. As in all sports, the wealthy areas are going to have the better teams, and that will never change. But...
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    High School Tennis Should Mirror College

    Your team...the team in the next town. Basically the same argument that mirroring college tennis will help spread the players out amongst more schools and the result is better competition. This will appear to hurt the dynasties, but things will settle in and high school tennis will be better...
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    High School Tennis Should Mirror College

    Hopefully I am just ahead of the curve. Without great matchups, you don't have great team tennis. Tennis is not deep enough to have so many spots, then the teams are out of balance. Balancing the depth will make it turn into a good team sport. Now all of the best kids go the same school...
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