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    Interesting happenings with NorCal 40+ 4.5+ Nationals representative

    I’m just talking about the best league level that is available to most players - there’s some added respectability in joining the highest league available to you. There aren’t any 5.5 or open USTA teams that I’m aware of anywhere near me. The couple 5.5s I know have basically been forced out of...
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    500 M/W at Tulsa for All American preQ Sat/Sun with 50% chance of rain Sat pm-some thoughts

    whatever, he led his team to the NCAA team championship with a dominant run at #2, beating the former NCAA singles champ in the process, and now has won a major singles tourney - but you’re right, everyone should just be hitting a winner off all his serves, why don’t any of these opposing...
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    Interesting happenings with NorCal 40+ 4.5+ Nationals representative

    I mostly just laugh to myself anytime someone brags about winning USTA nationals, assuming they didn’t do it at the open / 5.0+ level. It’s basically the equivalent of a swimmer bragging: “I won the 18+ 50 y freestyle event for people who rated themselves as taking over 2 minutes per 50 y”...
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    Interesting happenings with NorCal 40+ 4.5+ Nationals representative

    Everyone involved (on both sides) needs to reevaluate their lives. As does anyone cheating / sandbagging their way to a USTA league title at any level other than the highest available to them.
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    I Stand By Bouchard: Leader of the Genie Army, Ready to Rise and Conquer the World!

    A bunch more points just came off the board, live ranking #220 130 points to defend by Aussie Open, if she fails to defend those she’ll be lower than #350 This is spiraling
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    500 M/W at Tulsa for All American preQ Sat/Sun with 50% chance of rain Sat pm-some thoughts

    Riffice is coming along just fine, huge strides over the course of the season last year Took out wolf in NCAAs and just lost a close final of another major singles tourney In juniors his legs and consistency were so superior he didn’t have to win matches the way he has to at this level, but...
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    500 M/W at Tulsa for All American preQ Sat/Sun with 50% chance of rain Sat pm-some thoughts

    bring it on, feddie UF has the 1-2 punch of Crawford-Riffice, and I would argue that UF's #8 or #9 could just as easily be the best #6 in the country this year hardest part of being the UF coach this year is deciding who of the following doesn't play much singles: Crawford Riffice Andrade...
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    Line calling issue on clay

    I’m with you, if you’re resorting to these tactics more often than a couple times a year, you’re the problem not your opponents and you’ve shifted the fair play line to your own benefit not to your own protection If you find 1-5% of your competitive tennis opponents to be outrageously different...
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    Line calling issue on clay

    I would again say there’s plenty you can do about it if they won’t show you the correct mark - can say nothing so no referee comes over and take a point right back - or in drastic instances such as someone making a flagrant bad call on a break point, can suddenly disagree on the score of that...
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    Line calling issue on clay

    If space between mark and line (in other words, clay that’s not part of the mark) - out If no space, so overlapping with the line or the mark is tangential with the edge of the line - in Not super complicated, the tangential one is where there are the most arguments between players and USTA...
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    Line calling issue on clay

    If you think everyone has to pick the same battles in life, you're the confused one. If my team and I are enjoying the competition of USTA sectionals or something of the sort, and run into someone trying to hook their way past us, that's a battle worth fighting to me. I'd enjoy another weekend...
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    Line calling issue on clay

    Sure, they might not correct that call, but they’ll know why I called their second serve out later in the TB when it was several inches in then circled some random mark 95ish% of matches I have no line call disputes, but the other 5% I don’t let myself get taken advantage of I think it’s...
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    Line calling issue on clay

    I’ll also reply to this fair comment - depends on the level you’re playing / type of shot - have you ever seen the chair umpire at an ATP event on clay decide the ball didn’t leave a mark? Sorry, Roger, call stands, your serve simply didn’t leave a mark If I’m playing 4.5-5.0 level tennis and I...
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    Line calling issue on clay

    However, in the same paragraph it says “A player should take a careful second look at any point-ending placement that is close to a line on a clay court.” Somewhat contradictory statements, so not surprised this is often a point of controversy on clay. FWIW, my two cents: if I hit a shot on a...
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    I Stand By Bouchard: Leader of the Genie Army, Ready to Rise and Conquer the World!

    Don’t think it would be unreasonable for her to self-rate as a 4.5 at this point “Dear USTA, I have not won a match since February. I rarely keep three balls in a row in the court, have little to no footwork, and have no plan B if smacking one flat backhand down the line doesn’t automatically...
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    I Stand By Bouchard: Leader of the Genie Army, Ready to Rise and Conquer the World!

    Some amusing comparisons Bouchard: career high #5, now 151 Andreescu: started year 152, now #5 Bouchard: 1 career WTA singles title at the world famous Nurnburger Andreescu: 4 WTA singles titles in her last 7 tournaments (Newport Beach, Indian Wells, Toronto, USOpen) Bouchard career prize...
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    Recent College Players That Turned Pro

    Stanford is the only route to #1 in the world See Bruch, Clayton, Klahn, Geller, etc - all former #1s and future HOFers
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    Re: the ‘junior and college tennis a waste of time and money’ thread

    sure, sure, there are some people who have a true passion for sociology / communications / etc - great, follow your passion - the vast, vast majority of people who major in these fields across the country are doing so because it's a path of least resistance - notice i didn't mention fine arts /...
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    Re: the ‘junior and college tennis a waste of time and money’ thread

    Econ, math, public policy, political science... In other words, maybe the STEM —> engineering or medicine routes are more challenging, but routes that lead to business/finance/law generally spring from majors without lab time
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    Re: the ‘junior and college tennis a waste of time and money’ thread

    Yeah, going the econ/business route works well with D1 athletics, big companies in NYC are full of former athletes, plenty of connections, and even aside from the connections these companies that require you to work your tail off in your early years already know that you can manage your time well
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    Re: the ‘junior and college tennis a waste of time and money’ thread

    Also well said If my kid wanted to play college tennis but also wanted to major in bio/chemistry/etc I’d have a pointed discussion with coaches at any school he was seriously considering about the possibility of that combination in their program / any former student-athletes who have pulled it...
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    Re: the ‘junior and college tennis a waste of time and money’ thread

    I didn’t play for Duke’s team, they were top 10 at the time and well out of my league, still out of my league nowadays even with their fall Agree with your final comment about expectations and the role of parents - there needs to be some balance - the poster / thread I responded to painted...
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    Re: the ‘junior and college tennis a waste of time and money’ thread

    Re: the thread about junior / college tennis being a waste of time, which was taken down as I attempted to reply Someone who shall not be named (don’t feed the troll) tries so hard on these forums to make himself feel better about being a low level tennis player by spamming these forums and...
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    I Stand By Bouchard: Leader of the Genie Army, Ready to Rise and Conquer the World!

    I do, I don’t post on those threads, thanks though
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    I Stand By Bouchard: Leader of the Genie Army, Ready to Rise and Conquer the World!

    Says the guy who is a low level adult tennis player, has never played high level competitive tennis in his life, and posts all sorts of idiotic threads like “here are my 5 brilliant observations after watching ATP pros up close - they don’t hit hard, they make a zillion errors, etc” People like...
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    I Stand By Bouchard: Leader of the Genie Army, Ready to Rise and Conquer the World!

    My reading comprehension is just fine, I responded to exactly what you said Players get prize money from WCs whether they win their first match or not - and quite a bit of prize money for those that get a WC to an even bigger tournament like the US Open, for example So yes they are of value...
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    I Stand By Bouchard: Leader of the Genie Army, Ready to Rise and Conquer the World!

    well, 1 WTA ranking point and more than $8,000 in prize money from Toronto, for example, plus of course the opportunity for more points and prize money if you translate even the occasional WC into a win not sure i'd say they don't help a player "at all"
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    I Stand By Bouchard: Leader of the Genie Army, Ready to Rise and Conquer the World!

    Two games away from ending this week ranked in the 140s - you can only prop up a joke of a tennis player for so long with a zillion wildcards (edited for clarity: the US Open wasn't a WC, but her fall off the WTA map has been significantly slowed by receiving WCs to the Toronto/Montreal Masters...
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    I Stand By Bouchard: Leader of the Genie Army, Ready to Rise and Conquer the World!

    different tournament for some reason US Open decides on main draw participants wayyyy in advance of the tournament, so she was known to be a main draw participant in US Open many weeks ago when she was ranked in the 90s and that list came out - quite lucky for her, as she would have been in...
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    The US Open draw was perfect,

    doesn't matter what nadal's draw looks like, people will complain every time about it being easy you'd almost think he's not meeting the player that bounced federer out of last year's US Open in the first round [shoulder shrug]
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