New Aussie Prospect?? Greg Jones
From the Sun Sentinel
An Aussie Prospect -- At Last
NEW YORK -- It was a bit like those stories you've heard a thousand times about the scout who goes out to watch a football prospect at State U. and winds up looking a lot harder at another player on the team.
At 11 a.m., with the rain finally cleared out of here, I trotted out to Court 10 to watch an American junior, Michael McClune, from Irvine, Calif., who had impressively won his first-round match.
It took about two games for me to fix on his opponent, 6-foot-2 Aussie Greg Jones, who not only hits in the 125-130 mph range with his first serve, but who throws in first serve kickers and first serve slices into the deuce court. You don't see that often from juniors, but this 17-year-old, who is being coached by the Australian pit bull, Wally Masur, is way out in front of the curve mentally.
He won 6-1, 6-2 to move into the third round today against Donald Young.
If the United States is thin on juniors who could reach the top-20, Australia is destitute. I asked one Aussie reporter here covering the Open what he knew about Jones and his one-word reply was, "Who?"
Kids who have shot up to Jones' size tend to have growing pains, but this teenager moves smoothly around the court and has no trepidation attacking inside the baseline. He's extremely aggressive.
After the match he explained that this is his first trip to the United States and that he's already begun to think that it might be to his advantage to move his training headquarters from Sydney to the U.S., though he might finish high school first.
I'm marking this name down. You should, too. Greg Jones.