The Official Teenage Tennis Talent Thread

Pagoo

G.O.A.T.
Both Rublev and Coric bumped in the Rome qualies. With Chung's win @Busan Challenger and, hopefully another Challenger title next week in Seoul, he would be in range soon to surpass Coric in the rankings as best teenager in the world.
Lajovic is a big obstacle to these young guns. They need to overcome him. He's fast earning the reputation as a kryptonite.:evil:
 

ultradr

Legend
Both Rublev and Coric bumped in the Rome qualies. With Chung's win @Busan Challenger and, hopefully another Challenger title next week in Seoul, he would be in range soon to surpass Coric in the rankings as best teenager in the world.
Chung's got a spot in this year's Wimbledon qualifying round, I think (maybe don't have to qualify? not sure).
Not sure about French Open.
If Chung does very well at Wimbledon, he might become the best teeanager but
may take hard court season.
 

okdude1992

Hall of Fame
Hyeon Chung has a very impressive backhand. It's already one of the best backhands in the world.
Agreed, the backhand is elite. Just needs a little work on the serve and forehand. But he is mopping up the challengers. Chung and Coric remind me of Djokovic/Murray when they were coming up.
 
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okdude1992

Hall of Fame

okdude1992

Hall of Fame
Make that two breaks now. He lost the 2nd set TB 7-9 so he had to have at least a MP.:cry:
He was up 5-2 in the breaker :( Rublev is a bit of a headcase, and needs to keep improving the serve. But man, he has unbelievable groundies! He'll easily join Coric, Chung, Kokki, and Zverev in the top 100 in the next few months. Exciting group, these 5. And Kyrgios too obviously

edit: Whats up with this result: Donaldson def. Chung 0,1 in RG quallies? I guess he's been flying under the radar a bit with Tiafoe's recent success.
 
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CHIP72

Rookie
Chung played on Sunday, flew who knows how many hours from Seoul to Paris, and then played today (Tuesday). Him losing, especially to another promising player in Donaldson, is understandable and acceptable. Chung losing 0 and 1 when he's trying to make his first Grand Slam appearance is not acceptable however.

I wonder if Chung's decision to play nowhere near Paris last week, at a hard court event no less, was a smart decision. Hindsight is 20/20, but he might have been better served taking last week off, or at least playing a clay court event closer to Paris.
 

CHIP72

Rookie
On the flip side of the Chung/Donaldson matchup, Donaldson's dominant win against a hot player ranked higher than him, even if his opponent was likely very tired from playing and flying, was very impressive. I hope he can win two more matches and make the main draw.

One other French Open qualifying result of note - Alexander/Sascha Zverev won 7-6, 6-0 in his first round match against Zeballos.
 

ricki

Hall of Fame
Korea's tennis boss had to beg on knees French tennis federation to get Chung WC into qualies (as Chung-chung forgot to apply!!!).

It WAS 1st TIME EVER FFT GAVE WC to qualies to non-french player and HE BLOWS UP SO HARD!!!
 

okdude1992

Hall of Fame
Your 14 year old prodigy is a 2-hand generic copy of a mainstream present day pro player. If that was his coach's plan, job well done.
Seems like a tried and true formula. But he also is the youngest player EVER to get ATP points. Is undefeated on the ITF juniors tour this year, as well as beating Guccione. Unlike the kid you found on youtube, who has no legit results or ranking as far as we know.
 

ultradr

Legend
Korea's tennis boss had to beg on knees French tennis federation to get Chung WC into qualies (as Chung-chung forgot to apply!!!).

It WAS 1st TIME EVER FFT GAVE WC to qualies to non-french player and HE BLOWS UP SO HARD!!!
That tells how un-experienced Chung's team is on ATP tour.
They probably even haven't played at slam.

I suspected something like this looking at the way Chung enters French Open in so much hurried fashion.

This really tells how new Korea's tennis is on tour scenes :)
 
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stringertom

Bionic Poster
stringertom, what did you think of Halys? I haven't seen him since he fell apart vs Jasika at the junior USO.
He was the luckiest of Lucky Losers this week...got a 1R bye in qualies, won one match and gave a walkover in the final round to Groth, then got the #1-seed slot in main draw when Simon pulled out late. The unlucky part...he drew Duckworth and lost to him again after a loss last week to the Australian in Bordeaux.

He's been OK at Futures level (2 tourney wins and a couple of finals). Big serving on indoor HCs and carpet. Ground game needs some steadying. He's top 100 by '16.
 

Russeljones

G.O.A.T.
Seems like a tried and true formula. But he also is the youngest player EVER to get ATP points. Is undefeated on the ITF juniors tour this year, as well as beating Guccione. Unlike the kid you found on youtube, who has no legit results or ranking as far as we know.
You know, and I know, that at that age physique plays a huge part. Do we really need to recount the number of teenagers who never amounted to anything despite blowing their peers away? I am in no way begrudging this kid his success. I am only saying he's a bi-product of the homogenization. The kid I found has a technically appealing game and a freedom to his striking that I felt was worth sharing. Whether or not he makes something out of it remains to be seen, of course, but I doubt the difference is as big as you made it out to be.
 

okdude1992

Hall of Fame
Disappointing loss for Zverev today. Ah well he and Chung should both get direct entry into Wimbledon I believe. Nishioka, Donaldson and Ymer can still make the main draw of RG.
 

okdude1992

Hall of Fame
Here are the 1R draws for the teenies:

Ymer vs Rosol

Nishioka vs Berdych

Tiafoe vs Klizan

Coric vs Querrey

Halys vs Nadal

Kokkinakis vs Basilashvili

Pretty tough overall with only Kokki as a clear favorite and Coric a slight favorite.
I like Ymer's chances. Rosol is incredibly inconsistent
 

okdude1992

Hall of Fame
He has 5-set experience but lost a tough one in Melbourne to Soeda, from a 2-1 sets lead. Does he have the endurance for five on clay? That would be my question. Definitely my third choice after Kokki and Coric.
Yes. Very cushy draw for Kokki. The seed in there is Tomic, who seems incapable of winning on clay no matter the opponent. Would like to see him make the 3rd round to face Novak
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
The two wins I expected happened today, both Coric and Kokki winning in four. Borna was fed a bagel by Querrey along the way, while Kokki struggled a bit early vs Basilvashivi but got it done.

The going is not easy for either in 2R...seeds Tomic and Robredo await. I like Kokki's chances a bit more vs Tomic. While Tommy is not having a great year (now 4-3 on Euroclay after a 2-3 swing in S. America), he is a tough and crafty opponent for any teenager. Coric will need more steadiness to prevail.
 
The two wins I expected happened today, both Coric and Kokki winning in four. Borna was fed a bagel by Querrey along the way, while Kokki struggled a bit early vs Basilvashivi but got it done.

The going is not easy for either in 2R...seeds Tomic and Robredo await. I like Kokki's chances a bit more vs Tomic. While Tommy is not having a great year (now 4-3 on Euroclay after a 2-3 swing in S. America), he is a tough and crafty opponent for any teenager. Coric will need more steadiness to prevail.
You didnt expect DT to win?
 

sdont

Legend
There's actually another teenager I omitted from the RG draw...wildcard Maxime Hamou (age 19 until June 8) plays Janowicz tomorrow. Any details or opinions from the gallery???
He took the first set TB against Janowicz!

But down a break in the 2nd.
 
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Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
What on earth happened to all the Young Japanese and Korean Phenoms in the French open. They all either got destroyed or not even there at all......??
 

okdude1992

Hall of Fame
Halys will have a bright future...quite credible performance vs Nadal, easily avoiding bakery products with his already polished techniques on both the serve and ground game.
Yea I thought Halys looked quite good versus Nadal. He can hit a big ball.

Interesting young gun matchup coming between Kyrgios and Edmund. Sorry for being a bit off topic, as both are now 20...
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Thread bump as an antidote to the pessimism presented in "Dark Period" thread.


Young Zverev into 2R @Stuttgart but Coric got routed by Troicki.

The grass season is tough to call if we'll have a breakout like last year's run from Kyrgios as a 19-year-old. Chung and Coric look like non-factors. I like Kokki to be the best of the crop but he may not be as comfortable on the faster surface as Nick. Maybe Zverev can muster a run too. I haven't seen any draws from the Challenger lead up tourneys or the Wimby qualies list. Perhaps, Jared Donaldson can recreate Kyrgios' 2014 path to glory.
 

ultradr

Legend
Chung must have inexperienced team. Did a silly mistake to forget to apply for French Open and then hurried to get WC and flew to RG a day before a qualy. Then
knocked out of 1st round still with jet lag and flew back to Korea. Then flew back to Germany only a few days left to adjust on grass.

He already works as a commentator in sport tv channel supposedly. Looking at his playing schedule in addition to his TV duties and all,
I can only think of how inexperienced South Korea is to world class tennis scene... :) Otherwise I do not understand his scheduling..
 
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