What do you think about this 14 year old?

brayman9

Semi-Pro
he is not even close to being called a "bad" player. Anyways we are just hear to help him not say you don't think he is good.
 

Mnguyen05

New User
He is alright. He doesn't seem to be using a solid form. It looks like he can hit consistently, but without power. Try to loosen up his swings a little bit. And I think that everyone agrees that he needs to work his footwork (no offense or anything)

I would totally coach this kid. He looks like he can improve very dramatically in a somewhat short time. Mr NTRP: 3.0
 
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topspin_17

Guest
well, if he improves really super-fast then he will have potential, but for now, i'm sad to say that he doesn't. for wimbledon, at least. he'd probably be a really good club player, by the looks of his swing!

to reply to bundey: his serve upper body should stay still when tossing the ball, because then he won't lose any energy to hit the ball. if he moves his body (excuse me for that, its just his legs) too much in toss, then he can lose power in the 'charge' or 'rewind' that generates serve power. look at ivanisevic's serve; he doesn't move his legs that much at all in serving.
 

goober

Legend
Ok, so do you guys think he has good potential?

Potential for what is the question.

Potential to play pro - nope.

Potential to play D1 college on a scholie- very unlikely. Almost all the D1 players I have seen at age 14 were pretty advanced players already- 4.5 and above.

Potential to play D2 or D3 college without scholie- pretty high if he keeps working and improving. But even this is not certain. I have seen a fair number of 14-16 year olds who were more advanced than he is that never played in college.

Potential to be eventually 5.0+ and enjoy the life time sport of tennis: Absolutely! :grin:
 
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topspin_17

Guest
haha sakumo is right! national tournaments are full of really good players!
 

300Gkid

Professional
move those feet, lots of little steps! :D

hahah i think he said that 5 times in a row

anyway, net game could use ALOT of work, same with the serve, footwork is sub-par. Groundstrokes look decent although i can't tell how fast they are going or if they are even going over the net
 

Sakumo

Semi-Pro
Some people on this board are courtyous, but some of you are jack azzes.
It's not that we are jack asses, it's what we know many 11-12 years who would whip the pants off of him. Yes he has potential to be a good college player, not to be a pro.
 

darkblue

Semi-Pro
this thread is too funny...

Delusional parent...

you are only going to cause pain for your player!

we gave you honest feedback on potential and you are not taking it well.
 
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NebAce1

Guest
Yea but still there are a lot of kids at national tournaments that don't deserve to be there.

Oh and 103Statechamp I think I'm gonna be in a tournament that your going to be playing in the summer.
 

Sakumo

Semi-Pro
First off I'm not much older than this kid, an am NOT his parent. Second off I know he will never go pro. I'm not saying that and that isn't the part I'm complaining about. It is the comments like he is terrible, and some other rudeness. Now let's get this thread back on track.
Well he isn't THAT good. His serve looks forced and not fluid. To much twist like he is trying to hit to hard. When he gets bigger and stronger I think he will have more luck with tennis. Until then just keep trying to encourage him.
 
First off I'm not much older than this kid, an am NOT his parent. Second off I know he will never go pro. I'm not saying that and that isn't the part I'm complaining about. It is the comments like he is terrible, and some other rudeness. Now let's get this thread back on track.
If your going to put this video on here your going to have to expect rude comments. Everyone can find something wrong with someone elses game. everyone jumps to give advice thats the way it is.
 

OrangeOne

Legend
True....but sad.

If your going to put this video on here your going to have to expect rude comments. Everyone can find something wrong with someone elses game. everyone jumps to give advice thats the way it is.
The fact that you state the above with such resignation is quite sad, and indicative of the way society is heading. I've heard it described as social decay - and if everyone has the attitude you have there, it will just keep getting worse and worse.

Rudeness should not be expected, ever, and it shouldn't be accepted. The more people that lead from the front, the better. It's perfectly possible to "jump to give advice", and yet still do it politely and constructively.
 

Connelly

New User
It's not that we are jack asses, it's what we know many 11-12 years who would whip the pants off of him. Yes he has potential to be a good college player, not to be a pro.
i am one of those 12 year olds :D
he has fairly good groundstrokes though.
 

ayyhwang

Rookie
Yeah I've played at the Centre Court Club; it's in Newport News, VA right? That's where all the Mid-Atlantic L1's and L2's take place. A lot of them also take place at Virginia Beach Tennis and Country Club which is really nice.
 
In all honesty. I have not seen any comments here that could be taken as rude. I would go on to say that maybe those posters were trying to be funny, but came off sounding stupid..

I do however feel that you are not wanting to hear anything negative, and so I question your motives for wanting to show this guys video?

If you know that he isn't going to go and do anything special in tennis. Then what is your point for this whole thread? I also think you need to take a chill pill, and not get all whiney when someone says something negative..

As for me, I think he would make a good social comp player, but dont think he has it to do much else.. In saying that, he shouldnt give up, and people like yourself shouldnt be putting people on the internet like this.. You have probably done more damage than good, and I sure hope he doesnt read this board...
 

Justin

Rookie
He's not that bad. I think he has decent groundstrokes - just sloppy volleys and bad movement. And I don't really like his forehand. He's doing a windshield wiper follow through...and trust me, that is not good for your wrist.
 

EasternRocks

Hall of Fame
i think about 3.0. He needs to work on his tequnique and his volleys. No offence but i don't think hes too good for a 14 year old.
 
Thanks you. Your review was very productive and not rude. I was look for comments that weren't rude. If you say comments like "This kid is horrible" and have not constructive critisism aren't rude then you are dumber than sh**. :)
I seriously couldn't make sense of this post.. Are you saying that I am dumber than s**t?
 
Well I wouldn't call any kid a horrible player. But in saying that, I wouldn't be putting up a kids video for scutiny either?

As I said, I just hope he doesn't use these forums, because as I see it, what ever confidence he once had, would now be gone.. You really should have thought before you acted..

If a kid is good enough, you will see video of him when he wins Wimbledon. Until then, I suggest just letting them go about their business without being shown on the internet..
 

A.T.S.

Semi-Pro
Backhand is a little too compact and for foot work tell him to volley while doing the split step. Feed him balls that are aimed directly at his body so he learns to use his feet to move out of the way of a shot. Then volley and split step again and hit passing shots down the line and let him learn to use his feet to move as quick as he can to the proper position to volley the passing shot back.
 
Yeah, if he said it was okay then it is okay, are you having trouble reading?
Why the attitude dude?

You are an abrasive type aren't you?;)

I think the point I was trying to get to was. What was "your" reasons to putting this kids video up.. Is it that you are training him, and in the hope that people liked him, you could get credit for this?. Having dreams of being a super coach, coaching child prodigy's are we?

Now I asked my question, you answered it. But in all honesty, you didn't need to make the stupid "reading" comment at the end.. Sheeesh...
 
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