Re: Upcoming American Players
In order of age, from oldest to youngest:
Wayne Odesnik: 20-years-old; ranked #192; in the past 10 months he's won one challenger and four futures events; comfortable on clay
Phillip Simmonds: 20-years-old; ranked #241; has won a challenger and a futures event this year
Brendan Evans: 20-years-old; ranked #332; has won a futures event this year
Scott Oudsema: 20-years-old; ranked #359; won a first round match in L.A. last week
Nikita Kryvonos: 19-years-old; ranked #513; has won a futures event this year
Scoville Jenkins: 19-years-old; ranked #255; has won a futures event this year; advanced to the second round of the U.S. Open last year, losing to Nadal.
Alex Kuznetsov: 19-years-old; ranked #277; has won a challenger this year; had a good career in juniors, ranking as high as #9 in singles; lost to Gael Monfils in the Junior French Open finals in 2004
Ryan Sweeting: 19-years-old; ranked #663; qualified for Washington this week and advanced to the second round; won the Junior U.S. Open last year; was ranked as high as #2 in juniors
Timothy Neilly: 18-years-old; ranked #1009; has struggled thus far on the pro circuit, but had a terrific junior career, ranking as high as #8
Sam Querrey: 18-years-old: ranked #182; has won two challengers this year, as well as four ATP matches; easily considered the top American prospect at the moment; 6'6" with a big serve and a big forehand
Jesse Levine: 18-years-old; ranked #546
Tim Smyczek: 18-years-old; ranked #602; has won a futures event this year
Marcus Fugate: 18-years-old; ranked #731
Donald Young: 17-years-old; ranked #574; phenomenal junior career; lost in first round of U.S. Open last year; his stock has dropped somewhat after many bad performances on the ATP circuit, but he's still a promising prospect.
I haven't seen most of these guys play, so its hard for me to rank the prospects. However, Sam Querrey is definitely #1 at the moment. Based on potential, Young and Sweeting would probably follow Querrey.
Juniors to watch:
17-year-olds: Kellen Damico
16-years-olds: Michael McClune, Wil Spencer, Ryan Thacher, Brennan Boyajian
15-year-olds: Chase Buchanan, Rhyne Williams, J.T. Sundling, James (Bo) Seal, Jarmere Jenkins
14-year-olds: Alexander Domijan, Ryan Harrison, Denis Lin, Evan King, Harry Fowler
From the juniors listed above, Buchanan and Domijan are of particular interest to me. Buchanan has been fabulous in juniors up to this point, playing above his age much of the time. Domijan isn't quite as accomplished in terms of results, but he sounds like a kid with a lot of upside. Rhyne Williams won the Boys' 14s at the prestigious Orange Bowl last year.
This list is by no means definitive or exhaustive, but those are some kids to follow if you're interested.