Should’ve Kozlov played four years at a collegiate level?

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  1. Fabresque

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    He’s obviously doing decent on tour (ranked near 100-200) but does anyone else think him going through 4 years of college tennis would’ve helped him?

    Not physically, but mentally and mature wise. He’s not very mature for his age so maybe that team atmosphere and knowing he has to perform well and play well 100% of the time could help him when he hits the pro tour.

    Obviously too late now but if he had played college tennis, how do you guys think he’d turn out? Discuss!
     
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    Tough to say. Maybe he would've dominated and not gotten any better, maybe he would have made the best of the "free" training available. I don't know whether or not it'd toughen him mentally, however, because college tennis is not exactly the most mature environment. He might've used that to his advantage, but it could have also just made him more of a cry baby. If I were to guess though, college tennis probably would not have helped him.
     
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  3. frog1288

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    Don't know his financial situation, but a year or two could have done him good in my opinion.

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  4. Deacon Drive

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    4 years and he would have had a degree, which is a huge deal for later in life (after age 35). Not to mention all the other benefits from college tennis (training, teammates, equipment, travel, etc.).
     
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  5. Clemson_tennis

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    Easy to say now. But remember back then he was always mentioned in the same breath with Tiafoe, Fritz, Donaldson,etc as the next big American talents. Some people even rated his potential higher than many of those.
     
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    He’s still pretty high rated. He struggles with consistency and his own maturity which is the biggest problem. His talent is high but his play style won’t get him far in the pros like it did in juniors. That’s why, playing #1 for a school like Florida or whatever can toughen him up. He’s playing some gooooood players up there that hit harder and know what they’re doing if they’re four year players. Kozlov could play a few years in college and get to know how his game should be for the pros. He was dismantled by McDonald twice, I’m sure he knows how top college players play.
     
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  7. andfor

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    No. He’s in the top 200 and 20 years old. Been winning ITF pro matches since he’s 15 or so.


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    I am all for guys playing a few years in college. I think it allows them to mature a little, and the way in which guys stay active on the tour till their in their mid to late thirties, you'd think he's got a lot of tennis in the future. Even McEnroe says the year he spent at Stanford was better for him then just going full fledged into the tour. For sure it would have helped him

    However, some of these guys who have a good network of support, coaching and resources don't view college tennis as helpful. Or if the USTA takes over their training they get pushed to jump into the tour, whether its right for them or not. Some of these guys that jump to the tour think its a disadvantage to be limited to only practicing/playing 20 hours a week, no-ad scoring, and team driven formats that leave matches uncompleted. So I see where they decide not to do it.
     
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    Odd question. I would want to see a player for one year before deciding whether he should stay for four years. If he dominates and looks bored in his first year, then he should turn pro for sure. We will never know for Kozlov and a few others.

    My rule of thumb would be: Can you get a ranking high enough to be a seed in Challenger events in less than 12 months from now? If so, consider turning pro. Spending the next 12 months in Futures does not sound great in comparison to college tennis.
     
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    he is too good for college as it seems, beeing top200 so early...
     
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  11. nytennisaddict

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    +1.
    depends on his bankroll.
    if you can afford to take chances playing a "losing" game in the name of developing a more rounded pro tour game, then going on tour early makes sense

    i think the major issue with going on tour early, and not having the bank roll to lose, then you tend to go back to what you've been doing that worked in say the futures... but unable to develop a game that is geared for the main tour, or top 10 or whatever.

    then he could work on adding tools/patterns to his game, that he'll need for later in his career.
     
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  12. Clemson_tennis

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    Things not looking good for Kozlov recently. Lost 6-3 6-3 to Jared Hiltzik and hasn't had a positive result in quite some time now.
     
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    Yes he’s been having it rough. Feel bad for him, his peers are all going forward with their careers and he’s going backwards.
     
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    Ernesto Escobedo has slipped back as well. They're young, the road up is typically a rough one, not a straight line.
     
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    His brother's learned that college is better :/
     
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    If you’re not an absolute world beater why not try college for a year? Think Noah Rubin. Played college for a year and either lost in the semi-finals or finals of the individual tournament if I remember correctly. I watched him play in person against our number one who the year before was an All-American and just wear him out. I don’t know that I would
    have helped him, but it probably wouldn’t have done much harm.
     
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    Now he loses to Uchida 6-4 6-1 in Aptos R1.
     
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    Man, really feel for the guy. Only good result as of late is him destroying Dustin Brown 6-1 6-3 during Wimbledon quailes. Has been getting ripped apart lately by everyone it seems. Out of Top 300 soon I think.
     
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