Monfils=Great Pro?

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  1. Anonymous

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    I'd like to hear the thoughts of people about Gael Monfils's pro career. Do you think he'll be great and win slams?
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  2. Tim Tiger Henman

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    No - as I said in the other thread the reason he did so well in the juniors was he was a child trapped in a mans body. It was like that film with Tom Hanks. You know the one I mean - Saving Private Ryan.
     
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  3. guernica1

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    Juniors typically make a big transformation once they start hitting the pro's. The level of consistency required just in a typical rally is totally different.

    Monfils has the tools he just needs to stay healthy. Based only on his interviews he seems to have a more ambitious frame of mind than other French juniors who haven't quite panned out.
     
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  4. BaselineAce

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    If he can control his unforced errors, and rally a little better, he can be a top player. His serve is already around 135, and certainly won't get any worse.
     
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  5. spinbalz

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    Tim Tiger Henmann wrote :
    Not exactly, he is tall but his body is way to thin yet, really thinner than average world class junior players, and he will get physically even better as his body will mature, he is a true gifted natural athlete, and already jumps higher than any of the current Pro players!

    I think that he has a very large margin of progression technically as well as physically. If his mental is Worldclass, then no doubt in my mind that he has a slam winner potential.
     
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  6. NLBwell

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    There is a good chance of it, but there have been many #1 Juniors who did not become successful pros for one reason or another. Quiz: Anyone remember Howard Schoenfeld (sp?)? Billy Martin looked like he might have a good pro career, but after a good start, it fizzled. So many things can go wrong.
     
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  7. TahoeTennis

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    Monfils is back for the attack. Allez!!!!
     
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  8. heftylefty

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    I am a Monfils fanboy. There, I said! With that in mind, he may not be a great tennis player, and that's fine by me. He's good, very entertaining and he plays with joy. All positive traits.
     
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  9. AlliDoisServe

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    Second that. He's been my favorite to watch since I first saw him in person at the US Open around 7-8 years ago. I'm excited to see his increased focused yield improved results.
     
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  10. vive le beau jeu !

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    holy guru... 12 years bump ! :eek:
     
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    lol
     
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  12. Sysyphus

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    12 years later and isn't that in a way still what he is?

    In a very good way. Never lose your inner child, Gaƫl:D
     
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  13. SoCalJay

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    Well said. I sort of wish that he and Dustin Brown would just stop playing singles and take their act to the doubles tour full time. Go Team BRO-MON! I know that this isn't realistic, though, because both would probably make a lot less money if they did.
     
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  14. AlliDoisServe

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    I would love This

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  15. Mainad

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    Wow, where do people find these ancient threads to bump? :eek:

    Back in Sept 2004, Federer was AO, Wimbledon and USO champion and Gaudio had beaten a choking Coria to win the FO.

    No-one had ever heard of Nadal, Djokovic or Murray. But threads were already being posted about whether Monfils would ever win a Slam! ;)

    Amazing!!! :D
     
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  16. AlliDoisServe

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    Crazy to see something 12 years old and how it looks Today

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