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What is your opinion on Alexander Popp?

that tall player who flashed a little in wimbledon 2003.......i remember his matches, he was fluid with his service motion and had a free flowing game, at least on grass........a double fisted backhander, who almost put philippoussis out of that year's wimbledon quarterfinal winning the first two sets, before it rained and philippoussis got lucky with that break in momentum for popp.......

the question now is this.......what the hell happened to him before and after that tournament? he looked some talent then.......
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He was a fantastic grass court player who peaked in June and July every year. If I'm not mistaken, by 2003, he was getting old? And he had lots of great results before that W QF.

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A symbol of the good times in tennis when diversity between surfaces and different players not one dimensional clowns made the deep ends on each surface.
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He was a fantastic grass court player who peaked in June and July every year. If I'm not mistaken, by 2003, he was getting old? And he had lots of great results before that W QF.
yes, u r right with that one........i just checked, he actually made the quarterfinal of 2000 wimbledon too, lost to pat rafter and he was 26 by wimbledon 2003.......
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A symbol of the good times in tennis when diversity between surfaces and different players not one dimensional clowns made the deep ends on each surface.
outrageous but true.......i hope those times come again........it's mad fun to watch unknown specialists take on the juggernauts of the game on their surfaces........
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He wasn't that old, he retired before turning 30, but he was struggling with injuries, a bad shoulder injury in particular.
Last time I read about him he was a pharmacy student.
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at a Nadulltard saying this.
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He wasn't that old, he retired before turning 30, but he was struggling with injuries, a bad shoulder injury in particular.
Last time I read about him he was a pharmacy student.
Yep, that was it. I met Alex as his driver at a tournament, we had great conversations and he seemed like such a smart guy. But then the shoulder problems started and he never really came back after that. I think he tried surgery with a doctor in Heidelberg? The info might be in his thread here (only a few people ever posted in it). Kristen tracked someone down in Australia one year and that's how we learned that Alex had given up on tennis and gone back to school. I believe he was also engaged at that time. I have no doubt that whatever he's doing he's successful at it.

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A grass specialist if there ever was one. Very likeable fellow whose career achievements turned out to be a lot less than what they could have been if he had remained injury-free. I was not a fan of his serve, but liked his volleying style.

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Scud got really lucky that time

i also remember a couple of questionable calls that made Popp lose his concentration

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I've fond memoeries of his W 4R+ matches with Philippoussis etc.

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funny guy who always peaked for the grass season. unfortunately he always suffered from injuries. he also got mono after his first wimbledon run in 2000, so he was never able to play constantly at his talent level.

the british wanted him to play davis cup for them. his mother is english so he could have done it, but he never wanted to.

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