The Official Teenage Tennis Talent Thread

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Nakashima got through to 2R with the expected victory over local WC Bryde but not without a fight, 6-1 6-7(5) 6-4. Nakashima plays #1 seed Raonic tonight.

Rune lost 2R Kitzbuhel to Rinderknech in a decisive 3rd set TB.

Sinner waits patiently in Atlanta for his first match on Thursday, a 2R match with Aussie Chris O’Connell. He has kept the rust away with some dubs and partnered with Opelka to win a 1R match on Monday over specialists #2 seeds Erlich/Gonzalez, 2&2.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Nakashima is nails in decisive 3rd set TBs. Since losing his first of those nailbiters to Tiafoe at Acapulco, his record has improved to 3-1 this season and one was last week vs his next opponent, Jordan Thompson. He was also 2-0 in them in 2020.
 

Joseph_K

Professional
Having beaten Jordan Thompson in three sets in the quarter-finals in Los Cabos this day last week, Brandon Nakashima beat the same player in the quarter-finals in Atlanta earlier today. This time the score was 7-6(5), 7-5.

In tomorrow's semi-finals the American will face either Emil Ruusuvuori or, for the second week in a row, but one round earlier, Cameron Norrie.
 

Swingmaster

Hall of Fame
Having beaten Jordan Thompson in three sets in the quarter-finals in Los Cabos this day last week, Brandon Nakashima beat the same player in the quarter-finals in Atlanta earlier today. This time the score was 7-6(5), 7-5.

In tomorrow's semi-finals the American will face either Emil Ruusuvuori or, for the second week in a row, but one round earlier, Cameron Norrie.
Nakashima is big on watching and analyzing his own matches, along with other matches, so we'll see what he can do differently against Norrie if it's Norrie. It shouldn't be the same old story if he plays Norrie. Not if he wants the glory.
 

Swingmaster

Hall of Fame
Fritz vs Nakashima would be like a local San Diego USTA 4.5 championship match, no?
I remember those guys playing each other in World Team Tennis last year. Hey, that's the first time I've thought about the WTT in awhile. Is it not happening this year? I like watching it for the strange feeling it gives me.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
I remember those guys playing each other in World Team Tennis last year. Hey, that's the first time I've thought about the WTT in awhile. Is it not happening this year? I like watching it for the strange feeling it gives me.
There’s a 2-week schedule of matches beginning in mid-November with all matches to be played in IW.
 

James P

G.O.A.T.
Banner week this week for teens as all three challenger tournaments feature age-challenged youngsters in their finals.

In San Marino, 18 year old Dane Holger Rune will meet Brazilian opponent Orlando Luz in that final.
In Meerbusch, 19 year old Argentine Juan Manuel Cerundolo will meet Chilean Marcelo Barrios in that final.
And in Prague, 18 year old Czech Dalibor Svrcina faces Kazakhstani Dmitry Popko in their final.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
One last day to say teenager Jannik Sinner has enjoyed some quality teen years on the Challenger and then regular ATP Tour. It’s a bit bittersweet that his last match played before getting geriatric at 20 was a loss to earn a second trip this year to the WATLYNM Lodge. Still, three titles as a teen is the best crop since JMDP in 2008.

On to Cincinnati and 1R vs lefty Federico Delbonis.
 

James P

G.O.A.T.
Banner week this week for teens as all three challenger tournaments feature age-challenged youngsters in their finals.

In San Marino, 18 year old Dane Holger Rune will meet Brazilian opponent Orlando Luz in that final.
In Meerbusch, 19 year old Argentine Juan Manuel Cerundolo will meet Chilean Marcelo Barrios in that final.
And in Prague, 18 year old Czech Dalibor Svrcina faces Kazakhstani Dmitry Popko in their final.
Two out of three ain't bad. Congrats to Holger Rune on his second career ATP Challenger title in three attempts. Congrats to Dalibor Svrcina on his maiden ATP Challenger title in his maiden final.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
We’re still not confirmed whether Holger Rune joins the teenage brigade in USO main draw. If the rain relents he will serve for the match and a slot, 5-3 third set vs Mats Moraing.

The other teens already in are:

Lorenzo Musetti vs WC Emilio Nava (in the Shapo/PCB section)

Carlos Alcaraz vs (26) Cameron Norrie (in the Tsitsipas section)

(WC) Zachary Svajda vs Marco Cecchinato (in the Zverev section)
 

James P

G.O.A.T.
We’re still not confirmed whether Holger Rune joins the teenage brigade in USO main draw. If the rain relents he will serve for the match and a slot, 5-3 third set vs Mats Moraing.

The other teens already in are:

Lorenzo Musetti vs WC Emilio Nava (in the Shapo/PCB section)

Carlos Alcaraz vs (26) Cameron Norrie (in the Tsitsipas section)

(WC) Zachary Svajda vs Marco Cecchinato (in the Zverev section)
Add in:

Emilio Nava vs Lorenzo Musetti (both teens)!!
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Rune draws Joe Kovic!

The teen’s 13-match winning streak is on the line! It’s a month ago tomorrow that he last lost (Kitzbuhel R16 to Rinderknech)
 

James P

G.O.A.T.
Two Italian teenagers in the Barletta Challenger final tomorrow. Giulio Zeppieri in his first final appearance meets compatriot Flavio Cobolli who made a maiden final at the level earlier this year in Rome (L to JM Cerundolo). Somebody's getting crowned!!
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Not bad, still having three left in the draw after three days.

Alcaraz looked very solid today vs Rinderknech. Into 3R where he will play the winner of tonight’s featured Ashe stadium match between #3 PeePeePass and Mannarino.

Musetti has a tall task ahead of him when he plays #22 Reilly Opelka on Thursday in 2R. WC Zach Svajda also faces a seed, recent teenage “grad” #13 seed Jannik Sinner.
 

atatu

Legend
No way to sugar coat this, that was a terrible loss by Nakashima today, although the guy is 4 years older and battle tested, you can't beat Isner then lose like that.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
No way to sugar coat this, that was a terrible loss by Nakashima today, although the guy is 4 years older and battle tested, you can't beat Isner then lose like that.
We “graduated” Nakashima from the thread on August 3, his 20th birthday.

Yes, it’s a disappointing result but Molcan is rising quite a bit in 2021, making the Belgrade 2 final and winning a Challenger tournament on clay without dropping a set earlier in August. Slow bloomer, making his jump at age 23 with his crafty lefthanded strokes.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
USO Boys QFs are set and the top 3 seeds have advanced, including #2 seed/ @sureshs protégé/Wimby Boys champ Samir Banerjee. Coach, it seems your dieting advice for the quick and trim Samir was eschewed but he has learned how to win without a world record speed serve.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
@sureshs , your boy Samir was taken out by a Swiss towering teen (6’6”) Jérôme Kym in the QFs at USO Boys. The Swiss then lost to Spaniard RNTA product Daniel Rincón.

I’m sure you will cheer Rincón on in the final vs #1 seed Juncheng Shang (CHN).
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Congratulations to #3 seed Daniel Rincon (ESP) after winning the USO’21 Boys title in straight sets over the #1 seed Juncheng Shang (CHN).
 

sureshs

Bionic Poster
@sureshs , your boy Samir was taken out by a Swiss towering teen (6’6”) Jérôme Kym in the QFs at USO Boys. The Swiss then lost to Spaniard RNTA product Daniel Rincón.

I’m sure you will cheer Rincón on in the final vs #1 seed Juncheng Shang (CHN).
There were two teenagers (18 and 19) who played the women's final yesterday.
 

James P

G.O.A.T.
While everyone else was playing the US Open, Juan Manuel Cerundolo went on a ten match win streak across two ATP Challengers, winning both, gaining 160 points, and moving to #108 in the world, a mere 4 spots behind his older brother ;)
 

Vamos Rafa Nadal

Hall of Fame
I will be watching Carlos Alcaraz's tennis career unfold - he is the one I have the highest hopes for. Others may break though before him (maybe Sinner) but Alcaraz, if trained properly, coached properly, and takes care of his health and well-being, will be around the longest. I am so looking forward to it!
 

Aabye5

Hall of Fame
Carlos had a great run, and Holger Rune is another young player to be on the look out for in the future.
 
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stringertom

Bionic Poster
^^^Update: some late withdrawals have done a UUUGGGEEE shakeup of the draw and now Rune will play on Tuesday vs a LL still undetermined according to ATP website. I’m not sure why there is a delay on picking one of the three still available LLs. Kohlie is already in vs Cecchinato.
 

James P

G.O.A.T.
Juncheng Shang likely is the first person born in 2005 to earn ATP points. Currently in the QFs (won two matches) of his first professional main draw (did lose a heartbreaker third set TB in the first qualifying round in Miami after getting a WC there). See if he can win his first professional tournament, a M15 in Fayetteville AR.
 

James P

G.O.A.T.
Juncheng Shang likely is the first person born in 2005 to earn ATP points. Currently in the QFs (won two matches) of his first professional main draw (did lose a heartbreaker third set TB in the first qualifying round in Miami after getting a WC there). See if he can win his first professional tournament, a M15 in Fayetteville AR.
He won the title. His second career tournament and first career main draw at a professional tournament.
 

James P

G.O.A.T.
Jiri Lehecka won his second ATP Challenger title of the season (and his career) last week in Bucharest, still at the tender age of 19. He'll age out of this thread in about 5-6 weeks. He's moved up to the 5th ranked player in the teenager rankings (Alcaraz, Musetti, Cerundolo, Rune) and is currently at #172 live. He'll remain in Romania this week, playing in the Sibiu Challenger.
 
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