That's what I meant by physical disadvantage, their size. Sorry that I didn't make it clear. Most of us here are aware of their size; it has been touched upon many times in the past. And I agree that it will be tough for those with physical limitations to have a good career unless they are really skilled.
I love Thai, but I'm not completely sold on him. Yes, he has a good size and good serve. He mixes his game up well with the occasional serve and volley and net play, but his ball-striking is pretty average IMO. A lot of time, he struggled against good ball-strikers with size. I haven't seen too much of Spencer, but he seemed to strike the ball better than Thai. I have no comments on Luca since I have never seen him play. But he lost twice to Kozlov, can't help but wonder if he is a brainless ballbasher
They all have long way to go, so it should be fun to see how they fare in few years. Will be interesting to see if Spencer will join them in college.
As for Noah, I'm not sure how I feel about him. Even though he is a small guy, I think he is a very talented baseliner, moreso than Thai. He is crafty and can produce nice rackethead speed.
All in all, I still favor Spencer over them even if he is hopeless at the moment
JD is my 2nd favorite even though I have never seen him play. I loved his junior orange bowl videos
I have seen all the kids mentioned here many times, so I don t have to rely just on looking up the results.
Thai has a pretty big forehand, lately has been serving very well and in general is a well rounded player. He does have to become less of a headcase than he is now but even in that department he has made some progress in the last 6 months. I remember reading an article around last year s Orange Bowl and by his own admittance, Thai talked about the mental aspect of his game.
I know you like Papa but being a brainless ballbasher is more a description of his game. Papa certainly needs to learn to actually play tennis (something that Rubin is very good at). One-dimensional player with a very low tennis IQ, however, an unreal athlete and very strong. Needs a lot of work on the backhand side as well as serve, both first and second. I won t even comment on volleys, they are pathetic. Still, a lot of upside there, since once he does learn how to construct points, develops a little tennis IQ and manages his temper on the court, he will be a player.
Corinteli is the farthest thing from a ball basher, all around player with a very good net game (good at dubs, soft hands for a big guy), has a big first serve and a pretty nasty second serve kick but certainly needs to learn how to manage all the goods. Double faults often, goes for too much on the second.I have seen him play very good, at times brilliant tennis and at times, horrible, pathetic, including bad shot selection and decision making. Needs work on the forehand side. Overall, also has a lot of upside because of the size and strength.
Rubin does everything well, just about as well as he will ever. So pretty much he is playing at capacity. Not a natural volleyer, therefore a poor dubs player. I don t see him having much of an upside, since he is already playing at almost 100 percent of his ability.