Reilly "Smiley" Opelka; Destined for greatness.

How many majors will Smiley win?


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#8
Reilly the Smiley has a WC into Delray Beach. He has a winnable match against the controversial Harrison first round. After that it's Sock or Raonic, both of whom are in poor form. Then a potential QF against Lord Servebot Isner.

What a match that would be! This is Reilly time to shine.
 
#9
Reilly is all Smiley as he takes out fellow American Ryan Harrison 7-6 7-6. Smileys seventh win on tour could be a big stepping stone for the future.

With Sock up next Reilly will really hope for another win as he continues his rise up the rankings.
 
#10
Go Reilly.
The future querrey. The soon to be kevo ando.
The isner to be. The next joachim johansson. Or jerzy janowicz.
Serve. Hit a big forehand. Move poorly, but decently for a tall guy. Point ends. Repeat.

Ok, why do more and more young men smile like elementary school kids? Like they JUST learned to smile for a photo this past year. On a few young women, too, I have noticed this fake plastic smile, with the forced showing of the bottom teeth.

Yesterday, at the gym, the girl at the counter had the Reilly Smiley. Seemed genuine for about half a second, then instead of the smile dissolving naturally, it abruptly ceased when it was time to check me into the computer.
 

ibbi

Hall of Fame
#11
Really can't believe this guy hasn't gotten a US Open wildcard yet. People would pay money just to see someone that height, and just imagine if he got drawn against Isner or Ivo! $$$$$$$$$$$$
 
#12
Sorry, without the intention of being rude to anyone, what is all this interest in Smiley / Reilly Opelka (whatever you name him) based on, other than he is the tallest player in tour together with Karlovic?
I don't think this is just because he is a US player, isn't it?

Are we starting to be interested in fringe tennis features? Like the possibility of a doubles match between Isner-Opelka vs. Schwartzman-Rochus?
Servebotting fests?
NextGen fashion parades?

Are we becoming shallow?
 
#13
I met Riley a few years back at Indian Wells after I saw this tall guy throwing down big bomb serves with no one stopping to watch. He was pretty much unknown at the time. I shot some video of him and he stopped to talk at the fence during a break. Genuinely a nice guy.

Here is a short bit of the video.


My take on him is this...

He is definitely more agile than Isner so moves a bit better on court. Still prone to 'big-man' tennis issues with energy expenditure to move that mass quickly over the long haul, but I think he could be either around the level of success of Isner, or maybe even a touch better.
 

atatu

Hall of Fame
#14
Saw him playing dubs a few years ago in DC and he was dominating Nestor and his partner, honestly. Unfortunately, he was playing with Taylor Fritz who had no idea what he was doing out there and he looked horrible so they lost.
 
#18
Go Reilly.
The future querrey. The soon to be kevo ando.
The isner to be. The next joachim johansson. Or jerzy janowicz.
Serve. Hit a big forehand. Move poorly, but decently for a tall guy. Point ends. Repeat.

Ok, why do more and more young men smile like elementary school kids? Like they JUST learned to smile for a photo this past year. On a few young women, too, I have noticed this fake plastic smile, with the forced showing of the bottom teeth.

Yesterday, at the gym, the girl at the counter had the Reilly Smiley. Seemed genuine for about half a second, then instead of the smile dissolving naturally, it abruptly ceased when it was time to check me into the computer.
Did you kiss her bestie or something?

 
#20
When I was 18, I already reached a grand slam QF. Opelka hasn't reached 2nd round in any grand slam singles. I can be a great mentor for him and guide him to a big success.
 
#21
It's time to cease the debate about next gen players. Because there's only one next gen player that matters; Reilly the Smiley



(please bump this thread in 10 years time)
I wish there were no net in this picture. It offers too much perspective, lol!
Dude next to Smiley is close to 6ft?

In a space-age-era robot voice: "yes. I would be dee-light-ed to be in a photograph with you, Mr. Goateed Man from an adjacent tennis court. Cheez. And. Thank you."
 
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sportmac

Hall of Fame
#23
Saw him playing dubs a few years ago in DC and he was dominating Nestor and his partner, honestly. Unfortunately, he was playing with Taylor Fritz who had no idea what he was doing out there and he looked horrible so they lost.
Yeah, that was in 2016. I didn't see their doubles match but watched them practice with each other. None of us standing at the fence knew who the tall kid was. We all knew Fritz of course as he and a couple of other youngsters, like Mmoh, Tiafoe and Paul, were being touted as the next great American players.

He went on to have a good summer that year.
 
#35
I met Riley a few years back at Indian Wells after I saw this tall guy throwing down big bomb serves with no one stopping to watch. He was pretty much unknown at the time. I shot some video of him and he stopped to talk at the fence during a break. Genuinely a nice guy.

Here is a short bit of the video.


My take on him is this...

He is definitely more agile than Isner so moves a bit better on court. Still prone to 'big-man' tennis issues with energy expenditure to move that mass quickly over the long haul, but I think he could be either around the level of success of Isner, or maybe even a touch better.
Who needs topspin when every serve is an easy overhead smash.
 
#37
Go Reilly.
The future querrey. The soon to be kevo ando.
The isner to be. The next joachim johansson. Or jerzy janowicz.
Serve. Hit a big forehand. Move poorly, but decently for a tall guy. Point ends. Repeat.

Ok, why do more and more young men smile like elementary school kids? Like they JUST learned to smile for a photo this past year. On a few young women, too, I have noticed this fake plastic smile, with the forced showing of the bottom teeth.

Yesterday, at the gym, the girl at the counter had the Reilly Smiley. Seemed genuine for about half a second, then instead of the smile dissolving naturally, it abruptly ceased when it was time to check me into the computer.
Another chapter in the Death of Tennis.
If we continue like this, Federer will need to play until 50, or tennis will become as popular as jai alai.
 

Red Rick

Talk Tennis Guru
#41
What happened to him last year anyway. He had a few good runs in the US summer in 2016, but then didn't do much all year last year.
 

sureshs

Bionic Poster
#45
"Opelka moved from Michigan to Palm Coast, Florida at age 4. He didn't start playing tennis regularly until he started training through USTA in Boca Raton at 13 years old."

Another example why the routine bashing of the USTA by posters here is crap. He is not a "family" tennis product as the many dads and moms here imagine their kids to be.
 
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