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End of 2006 Junior top-10 -- a cursed generation?

TankingTheSet
11-20-2007, 05:20 AM
I was looking at the year-end top 10 for juniors in 2006, and it struck me how all of the players are struggling at the ATP level. Maybe it's too early, but none of the players have really progressed beyond futures level, with several of them showing regressing form.

End of 2006 junior top-10:

1 Thiemo DE BAKKER (NED)
2 Nicolas SANTOS (BRA)
3 Martin KLIZAN (SVK)
4 Jonathan EYSSERIC (FRA)
5 Petru-Alexandru LUNCANU (ROU)
6 Dusan LOJDA (CZE)
7 Alexandre SIDORENKO (FRA)
8 Luka BELIC (CRO)
9 Kellen DAMICO (USA)
10 Pavel CHEKHOV (RUS)

Thiemo De Bakker won one ATP match against Massu, and reached one challenger QF and a futures F but seems to be inconsistent. Current ATP rank: 407

Nicolas Santos reached two futures SF early in the year but has shown little since. Current ATP rank: 724

Martin Klizan reached a challenger SF and QF earlier in the year but hasn't been able to repeat that. Current ATP rank: 386

Jonathan Eysseric struggled early in the year but it looks like he is playing better now with results in Tunesian futures. ATP rank: 519

Petru-Alexandru Luncanu reached four futures SF but has not shown real progression. ATP rank: 591

Dusan Lojda had one big result winning Prague challenger on clay but has struggled with form and fitness for the rest of the season. ATP rank: 335.

Alexendre Sidorenko reached one challenger SF and a futures final as well as two futures SF's, but hasn't really been consistent. ATP rank: 352

Luka Belic hasn't had good results apart from one futures final. ATP rank: 765

Keilen Damico barely played on the tour, maybe he is in college.

Pavel Chekhov reached a challenger F and SF and won one futures and reached one final, all in Russia or near to it, and seems to struggling to win against tougher competition. ATP rank: 336

Morgan Z
11-20-2007, 03:31 PM
Great thread!

Damico hasn't gone pro and is now at the University of Texas, Austin, I think.



I don't think any of them have done as well as they should have except for Eysseric and Klizan. Chekhov started the year with hardly anything, so he hasn't done badly.

I wonder what's the reason. Maybe it is because they weren't the top Juniors of 2006 and are there just because Del Potro, Gulbis, Cilic, Young etc. weren't bothered. Still, they are all around 18, so a lot of time left.

Rpp
11-20-2007, 06:16 PM
Great thread!


I wonder what's the reason. Maybe it is because they weren't the top Juniors of 2006 and are there just because Del Potro, Gulbis, Cilic, Young etc. weren't bothered. Still, they are all around 18, so a lot of time left.

This is a good point. The best players are normally playing already on professional level when they are 18. ITF Juniors ranking is not telling who are the best. On girls side the difference is even more dramatic.

As example Korolev basically didn't have ITF Junior ranking, he went directly to playing Futures when he was 15. The players naturally select the highest level where they are succesful.

Alex.
11-20-2007, 08:55 PM
IMO they need another year before we can make a judgement. It's a lot harder for juniors to make a dent on the men's circuit compared to the women's. Successful juniors start finding success on the women's circuit very quickly. The step is more drastic for boys, and it usually takes 2-3 years before a former top junior finds his footing on the men's tour.