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Somdev is a 2 time NCAA singles tennis champion and turned pro in July of 2008, i have seen him several times and he seems to have a nice variation of shots, however needs to improve to copmpete very well at ATP tour level due to lack of main weaponary, however i was wondering what you guys think he could do in 2009, and what his main goals and targets should be.

He current lacks experience and getting into main draws could be a problem for him outside of India where he will recieve wild card entries. He is currently ranked 204 and is 23 years old.

My aims and targets for him would be to stay healthy and try to get into the top 100 however this is unlikely and getting into the top 150 may be more realistic through ranking his point accumilation proberbly coming from challengers and qualifiers most of the time.
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Re: Somdev Devvarman in 2009?

His results suggest top 100 is an attainable goal. Not sure about how much weight his status as double NCAA champion will hold but it should be good enough to get him a few wildcards in MM US hardcourt events. Isner got plenty but then he's American so it's not exactly the same situation
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he should definitely go up next season.

i'm not sure how the new ranking system will affect that, but we'll see

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i am gonna enjoy watching this guys progress...

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Re: Somdev Devvarman in 2009?

I was a little bit disappointed by his results in Challengers this year, but am looking forward to what he can do in 2009. I have a soft spot for college players, as they don't put tennis before everything.

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Re: Somdev Devvarman in 2009?

He suprised as he took Almagro to 3 sets in Romania on Clay!
Hope he has a good 2009!
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He also got utterly dominated by Hanescu in Romania in the Davis Cup on clay

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Re: Somdev Devvarman in 2009?

Definitely someone to watch Hope he does not go the way of many other college players before him though. Needs a top coach to make him use what he has and he needs a better serve to play with the ATP.

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Re: Somdev Devvarman in 2009?

He gets to every ball, but doesn't have much weopens other than his legs to beat guys consistantly on the ATP.

He could be a challenger player for sure, but lets face it, what success in college garentees anything on the ATP?

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Re: Somdev Devvarman in 2009?

http://www.tennistalk.com/en/news/20...dy_for_Chennai

The fact that he is training with Roddick is very encouraging.
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His results suggest top 100 is an attainable goal. Not sure about how much weight his status as double NCAA champion will hold but it should be good enough to get him a few wildcards in MM US hardcourt events.
Last year there was no evidence of any respect to him in the US -- he got no wildcards at all (zero), was denied a US Open qualifying wildcard etc. Whereas historically kind of player (multple NCAA champion etc) would get wildcards.

And it's not like his early Pro results weren't encouraging, he won 27 consecutive matches from the start of 2008, winning three US futures with scorelines like 6-1 6-2 and then qualifying for and winning his first challenger (Lexington).


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Re: Somdev Devvarman in 2009?

he should fire his agent
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Re: Somdev Devvarman in 2009?

Top 150 player....enough said.

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Re: Somdev Devvarman in 2009?

He can't hurt any of the top 100 players with him game. He was gammed pretty bad against a shitty Kunitsyn...enough said.

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http://www.tennistalk.com/en/news/20...dy_for_Chennai

The fact that he is training with Roddick is very encouraging.
Thanks for that link

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