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The 2007 Challenger Player of the Year Thread [Winner: Pablo Cuevas]

CooCooCachoo
12-08-2007, 11:08 AM
The 2007 Challenger Player of the Year

Welcome everyone!

Last year Guillermo Cañas was elected the Challenger player of the year, after he racked up some titles in Latin America at the end of the year, and rose from unranked to #143 after his suspension.

This year we have seen many turbulent events on the Challenger Tour, with many former Top 100 players finding their way back to the Challengers (Kunitsyn, Hernych, Hajek, Daniel, Pashanski) and many Challenger players clawing their way up to the ATP Tour (Tsonga, Zverev, Gulbis, Sela). Moreover, the changing team of moderators has also come across an interesting mixture of tennis freaks, zealous betters and people who are fluent in languages other than English (particularly Russian, Czech, Ukrainian, Italian, Spanish).

To end the year in style, we will have a poll on who will succeed Cañas as the best Challenger player of the year. Because there was quite some consternation last year as to who were included, but particularly as to who were excluded (Bogdanovic :bolt: ;)), you are now offered the chance to debate who should be part of the nine in the poll (the tenth option will be 'Other').

In doing so, please be guided by the following questions:
Who has taken the most titles? Who has won the toughest tournaments? Who has the highest win/loss ratio? Who did the best on all surfaces? Whose game has proven to be most consistent? Who excelled in both singles and doubles? Who has caught your attention?

And not by questions of nationalism and fanaticism.

Later, this thread will contain a poll and also an introduction of all the players that made it into the poll.

:wavey:

CooCooCachoo
12-08-2007, 11:08 AM
Intro Player #1

CooCooCachoo
12-08-2007, 11:08 AM
Intro Player #2

CooCooCachoo
12-08-2007, 11:08 AM
Intro Player #3

CooCooCachoo
12-08-2007, 11:08 AM
Intro Player #4

CooCooCachoo
12-08-2007, 11:08 AM
Intro Player #5

CooCooCachoo
12-08-2007, 11:08 AM
Intro Player #6

CooCooCachoo
12-08-2007, 11:08 AM
Intro Player #7

CooCooCachoo
12-08-2007, 11:09 AM
Intro Player #8

CooCooCachoo
12-08-2007, 11:09 AM
Intro Player #9.

CooCooCachoo
12-08-2007, 11:13 AM
Strong Contenders:

These players have a great shot at being included (in no particular order):


Werner Eschauer
Dudi Sela
Donald Young

Robert Kendrick
Thierry Ascione
Marcos Daniel

Brian Dabul

Peter Luczak
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
Simone Bolelli
Ivo Minar
Santiago Giraldo

Yuri Schukin
Sergio Roitman

Victor Hanescu

Santiago Ventura
Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi

Marcel Granollers-Pujol
Ernests Gulbis
Pablo Cuevas
Steve Darcis

Maximo Gonzalez
Michael Russell
Thomaz Bellucci

Mischa Zverev
Please check http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=90901 (Posts #1 and #2) for a detailed overview of this year's results.

ExcaliburII
12-08-2007, 11:35 AM
Definetely Roitman should be included, he won 2 of the most prestigious Challengers of the year, plus Buenos Aires Challenger.

keqtqiadv
12-08-2007, 11:53 AM
Bolelli and Schukin :p

CooCooCachoo
12-08-2007, 12:00 PM
They will be considered :)

Snowwy
12-08-2007, 04:16 PM
Eschauer

Action Jackson
12-08-2007, 04:25 PM
Luczak
Russell
Roitman
Hanescu

maldini
12-08-2007, 05:51 PM
Eschauer, Gulbis, Zverev, Hanescu, Tsonga, Luczak, Roitman, Russell, Ventura

Alonsofz
12-08-2007, 08:05 PM
Werner Eschauer, Donald Young, Sergio Roitman, Victor Hanescu and Pablo Cuevas.

Franco GF
12-08-2007, 08:25 PM
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, made the biggest jump of any player in the Top 50, from No. 212 to No. 43. And he won 4 titles (the same number of victorys for Máximo Gonzalez, Luczak and Eschauer).
I give a chance too for Hanescu (made the biggest jump in the Top 100, climbing 566 positions from No. 643 to No. 77. and won 3 titles) and Donald Young (won 1 title), the youngest player in the Top 100.

brgs!!:)

JustJames
12-08-2007, 10:14 PM
Young, Tsonga & Russell

FiBeR
12-08-2007, 11:01 PM
Guillermo Coria :haha:

:o

Caio_Brasil
12-08-2007, 11:11 PM
Markito Daniel, Santi Ventura and Pablito Cuevas

ExcaliburII
12-08-2007, 11:26 PM
How can people not nominate Roitman? He was clearly the CH king of 2007. by far.

Caio_Brasil
12-08-2007, 11:29 PM
my mistake, add Escopeta and Maxi Gonzalez here

dijus
12-09-2007, 09:27 AM
Russell and Roitman

m-j-d
12-09-2007, 03:25 PM
Surely it must be J-W Tsonga -
Started year ranked 219 and now 43 -
Won 4 Challengers including Surbiton where he beat Karlovic in final -
Semifinal Lyon by beating Gasquet and Rochus
Qualified for Queens and reached last 16 by beating Hewitt -
Last 16 at Wimbledon beating Lopez and Lapentti along the way -
Last 32 in US open beating Henman and losing to Nadal -
Has anyone done more than this?

(I am not a fan and am not French! Just admire his talent and determination)

Zirconek
12-09-2007, 03:55 PM
Ivo Minar deserves a mention.

Action Jackson
12-09-2007, 03:57 PM
Steve Darcis

CooCooCachoo
12-09-2007, 05:52 PM
Steve Darcis

Don't think he has done well enough to warrant a place in the poll.

Wins a relatively weak Challenger (Helsinki)
4 SF (Düsseldorf, Barnstaple, Fürth, San Remo)
2 QF (Andrezieux, Aachen)

While he has of course had a great season what with winning Amersfoort and working his way up from Futures following an injury, his record on the Challenger Tour is good, but not outstanding enough.

jrozen
12-09-2007, 06:34 PM
why you didnt include santiago giraldo, he won two challengers and played to more finals. He reach position #115 and finished the year in #140. He is better than players like Thomaz Bellucci and Brian Dabul.

Haile Selassie
12-09-2007, 07:20 PM
Yeah Giraldo have a good year, but he is not the player of the year.Probably Sergio Roitman deserve the award.
Honarable mention to Russell/Young/Tsonga

lovetheunderdog
12-09-2007, 07:31 PM
if you are thinking of doubles team's the top team on the year has to be Rohan Bopanna and Aisam Qureshi. I believe they won 4 or 5 straight challengers together at one point.

GustavoM_Fan
12-09-2007, 08:04 PM
Roitman should win this.
Tsonga is better than him (and is a hardcourter player too), but he had better ATP results and enter in top50, so dont continue playing challengers

Marcaccio will win this award next year ;) vamos

CooCooCachoo
12-11-2007, 07:43 AM
You have until the end of this week to give suggestions, then I will put up the poll :D

sploush
12-11-2007, 08:00 AM
Berrer should be considered 1W, 1F and 5 SF,

also Hanescu, Young and Tsonga

scarecrows
12-11-2007, 08:14 AM
Boggo :unsure:

Frederick16
12-11-2007, 09:14 AM
Boggo :unsure:

donald young ??

and for the watch him in 2008 award: fritz wolmarans

maybe martijn can also make a thread for that :)

scarecrows
12-11-2007, 09:14 AM
donald young ??

no, ALex Bogdanovic

Frederick16
12-11-2007, 09:15 AM
no, ALex Bogdanovic

haha i know who boggo is but i mean to put donald young in the poll :)

Frederick16
12-11-2007, 09:16 AM
oh fuck i quoted your boggo post! i see the misunderstooding :angel:

Snowwy
12-11-2007, 01:55 PM
How can people not nominate Roitman? He was clearly the CH king of 2007. by far.

He only played 7 challenger events. And the only reason he played the last 3 was because his ranking was getting too low to continue on the ATP, no way does he deserve to be nominated.

scarface
12-11-2007, 02:05 PM
Brian Dabul

ExcaliburII
12-11-2007, 02:25 PM
He only played 7 challenger events. And the only reason he played the last 3 was because his ranking was getting too low to continue on the ATP, no way does he deserve to be nominated.

He won 3 of those. 2 being the most prestigious Challenger events in the circuit, he is definetely the player of the year.

Zirconek
12-11-2007, 03:19 PM
He only played 7 challenger events. And the only reason he played the last 3 was because his ranking was getting too low to continue on the ATP, no way does he deserve to be nominated.

agreed, I feel the same. He is not a Challenger player, just played some tournaments - with nice results. Hopefully he will get out of the limbo and play well in ATP events.

Snowwy
12-11-2007, 03:35 PM
He won 3 of those. 2 being the most prestigious Challenger events in the circuit, he is definetely the player of the year.

Im not saying he did badly at the Challenger level.

Labamba
12-11-2007, 04:58 PM
My Top 9:

Eschauer, Sela, Zverev, Ventura, Cuevas, Luczak, Hanescu, Tsonga and Roitman

D.daTS
12-11-2007, 05:13 PM
Young,
Luczak,
Minar :rocker2:
Sela,
Gulbis :rocker2:
Darcis,
Szukin,
Russel,
Hanescu,

NyGeL
12-11-2007, 05:26 PM
Eschauer
Young
Sela
Luczak
Tsonga
Roitman
Hanescu
Gulbis
Maxi Gonzalez

mechi
12-11-2007, 06:18 PM
Sergio Roitman
Brian Dabul
Santiago Giraldo
Thomaz Bellucci

Professional
12-11-2007, 06:32 PM
Sergio Roitman
Brian Dabul
Santiago Giraldo
Thomaz Bellucci

Giraldo:worship:

daussyk
12-11-2007, 06:48 PM
zabaleta roitman gonzalez

CooCooCachoo
12-11-2007, 07:14 PM
zabaleta roitman gonzalez

Zabaleta?

:unsure:

No chance.

EagleWatch
12-12-2007, 02:20 AM
sela\roitman

ExcaliburII
12-12-2007, 07:54 PM
Roitman: Won the two most prestigious Challenger events in the year, Prostejiov and Szczecin, beating players as Devilder, Volandri, Navarro, Mayer and Guzman. Plus he won for first time in his country, with not an excellent game but showing a lot of fighting spirit.
Cuevas: He won 7 doubles titles and 3 singles titles. None of this were very important Challengers.

The other 7 in the poll should be:

Gulbis: 3 Titles.
Zverev: 3 Titles
Gonzalez: 4 Titles
Eschauer: 4 Titles
Sela: 3 Titles
Luczak: 4 Titles
Tsonga: 4 Titles


Not Included but with a good record:
Dabul, with 5 titles but all of them being very weak challengers.
Hanescu, very weak Challengers.
Ventura, 2 titles, 4 finals.

Caio_Brasil
12-12-2007, 08:07 PM
Well, Marcos Daniel should definetely be in the fight for this. He played 19 tournaments, with a record of 38-18.

1 Title - Bogota-2
3 Finals - Buenos Aires, Lima, Salinas
2 Semis - La Serena, Guayaquil
4 Quarters - Santiago, Bogota-1, Braunschweig, Belo Horizonte

This is pretty good i say... much more than Roitman did, for example, as he only played 8 tourneys (as said before, he did very well, but he's not a challenger player)

Caio_Brasil
12-12-2007, 08:09 PM
And about Cuevas, the way you say it seems he won 7 singles titles... these 7 titles are in doubles :lol:

Caio_Brasil
12-12-2007, 08:11 PM
But i have to be fair... Cuevas won 3 singles, 7 doubles and was finalist in another 5 doubles... he had a better year than Daniel, so,

Cuevas > Daniel > Roitman

ExcaliburII
12-12-2007, 08:14 PM
well, so 10 titles for Cuevas then.

ExcaliburII
12-12-2007, 08:41 PM
Roitman destroyed Danielin two times this year. Daniel hasnt been a strong name in the CHs this year.

Caio_Brasil
12-12-2007, 08:44 PM
Roitman destroyed Danielin two times this year. Daniel hasnt been a strong name in the CHs this year.

Really??? As i said before, 1 title, 3 finals, 2 semis, 4 quartes...

not a strong name :shrug:

and as said before, Roitman played very well in the tournaments he took part, but HE IS NOT A CHALLENGER PLAYER, and that poll is made for those players!

Hewitt =Legend
12-13-2007, 10:41 AM
Luczak - 4 wins and I think 3 finals and probably also Roitman, Tsonga and Sela.

Renaud
12-13-2007, 12:42 PM
No specific order :

Werner Eschauer
Dudi Sela
Peter Luczak
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
Maximo Gonzalez
Michael Russell
Pablo Cuevas
Ernests Gulbis
Sergio Roitman

seulCONTREtous
12-13-2007, 10:30 PM
- Luczak
- Eschauer
- Sela
- Gonzalez
- Hanescu
- Kendrick
- Ventura
- Tsonga
- Young

dhs32389
12-14-2007, 06:17 PM
Definitely Sela:

3 Wins: 1 at prestigious Seoul, and others at Togliatta and Yokohma

2 finals: Pregistious Cordoba and Kaohsiung

Also: 2 semifinals at Lanzarote and Saransk and 3 quartefinals

Doubles: 1 win and 1 finals


He raised himself from ranked 201 at the beginning of the year to 64 at the end playing primarily Challenger tournies.

CooCooCachoo
12-14-2007, 06:45 PM
The problem with Sela is that his Challengers have all been very weak. Even Seoul wasn't all that strong for the prize money it offered. He has done a great job at rising up the rankings, though.

But yeah, he is a serious contender.

Tomorrow the list will be made and the poll will be up :D

CooCooCachoo
12-15-2007, 01:19 PM
Players will be introduced soon :D

CooCooCachoo
12-15-2007, 01:33 PM
Introducing...

In no specific order:

... http://flagspot.net/misc/wlv.gif Ernests Gulbis

http://i.msn.eurosport.fr/2006/04/11/269163-971419-317-238.jpghttp://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/42984000/jpg/_42984981_gulbisgall.jpg


Reached his career high in singles this year, at #46;

Started the year at #140, but closed at #61 (+79)
Wins include Zverev, Bolelli, Peya, Roger-Vasselin, Granollers-Pujol, Falla, Vliegen

Losses include Llodra, Santoro, Cilic, El Aynaoui
Challenger win/loss balance of 23-4

Served 0 bagels

Ate 0 bagels
2007 Singles:

W (3):

8. Besançon ($100K+H, Indoor Hard)
11. Sarajevo ($25K+H, Indoor Hard)
40. Mons ($125K+H, Indoor Hard)

F (0):
-
SF (1):
4. Heilbronn ($100K+H, Indoor Hard)

QF (2):

6. Bergamo ($100K+H, Indoor Carpet)
13. Napoli ($100K+H, Clay)
2007 Doubles:

W (1):
11. Sarajevo ($25K+H, Indoor Hard, with Deniss Pavlovs)
F (0):-


More? Check out his 2007 activity here:
http://www.atptennis.com/3/en/players/playerprofiles/playeractivity.asp?player=G858

CooCooCachoo
12-15-2007, 01:50 PM
Introducing...

In no specific order:

... http://flagspot.net/misc/wuy.gif Pablo Cuevas

http://i.msn.eurosport.fr/2006/04/11/269163-971419-317-238.jpghttp://d.yimg.com/mx.yimg.com/p/070922/efe/11904748725.jpg


Reached his career high in singles this year, at #113;

Started the year at #230, but closed at #113 (+117)
Wins include Carlos Berlocq, Nicolas Devilder, Werner Eschauer, Mariano Puerta, Diego Hartfield, Maximo Gonzalez, Paul Capdeville, Bobby Reynolds, Oscar Hernandez, Robin Haase

Losses include Eric Gomes, Cristian Villagran, Pablo Andujar, Julio Silva, Jérôme Haehnel, Wayne Odesnik

Served 4 bagels

Ate 1 bagel
2007 Singles:

W (3):

19. Tunica Resorts, Mississippi, USA, $50K, Indoor Clay
28. Scheveningen, The Netherlands, $100K+H, Clay
47. Lima, Peru, $50K, Clay
F (0):
-
SF (2):
13. Napoli, Italy, $100K+H/€85.000, Clay
17. Florianopolis II, Brazil, $50K+H, Clay QF (3):

30. Poznan, Poland, $100K+H, Clay
44. Montevideo, Uruguay, $75K+H, Clay
46. Buenos Aires, Argentina, $75K+H, Clay

2007 Doubles:

W (7):
1. Sao Paulo, Brazil, $100K+H, Hard (With Adrian Garcia)
17. Florianopolis II, Brazil, $50K+H, Clay (With Horacio Zeballos)
27. Turin, Italy, $100K+H, Clay (With Horacio Zeballos)
32. San Marino, $100K+H, Clay (With Juan Pablo Guzman)
40. Medellin, Colombia, $25K+H, Clay (With Horacio Zeballos)
44. Montevideo, Uruguay, $75K+H, Clay (With Luis Horna)
47. Lima, Peru, $50K, Clay (With Eduardo Schwank)

F (5):4. Santiago, Chile, $25K+H, Clay (With Horacio Zeballos) 18. Naples, Florida, USA, $50K+H, Clay (With Horacio Zeballos)
19. Tunica Resorts, Mississippi, USA, $50K, Indoor Clay (With Horacio Zeballos)
26. Reggio Emilia, Italy, $35K+H, Clay (With Horacio Zeballos)
28. Scheveningen, The Netherlands, $100K+H, Clay (With Rohan Bopanna)

More? Check out his 2007 activity here: http://www.atptennis.com/3/en/players/playerprofiles/?playernumber=C882

CooCooCachoo
12-15-2007, 01:56 PM
Introducing...

In no specific order:

... http://flagspot.net/misc/wfr.gif Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

http://i.msn.eurosport.fr/2006/04/11/269163-971419-317-238.jpghttp://surbiton.lta.org.uk/NR/rdonlyres/E02B3A10-BF32-493B-8523-324956962E5B/39003/JoWilfriedTsonga224.jpg


Reached his career high in singles this year, at #43;

Started the year at #212, but closed at #43 (+169)
Wins include Marin Cilic, Bobby Reynolds, Adrian Garcia, Alejandro Falla, Chris Guccione, Ivo Karlovic

Losses include Stéphane Bohli, Gilles Muller, Kenneth Carlsen, Pavel Snobel

Served 4 bagels

Ate 0 bagels
2007 Singles:

W (4):

14. Tallahassee, Florida, USA, $50K, Outdoor Hard
15. Mexico City II, $25K+H, Outdoor Hard
18. Lanzarote, Spain, $50K+H, Outdoor Hard
23. Surbiton, Great Britain, $50K, Grass
F (0):
-
SF (0):
- QF (1):

8. Besançon, France, $100K+H, Indoor Hard 2007 Doubles:

W (0):
-
F (0):-

More? Check out his 2007 activity here: http://www.atptennis.com/3/en/players/playerprofiles/playeractivity.asp?player=T786

CooCooCachoo
12-15-2007, 02:08 PM
Introducing...

In no specific order:

... http://flagspot.net/misc/wes.gif Santiago Ventura

http://i.msn.eurosport.fr/2006/04/11/269163-971419-317-238.jpghttp://www.reporterodigital.com/alicante/imgs/santiventura.jpg


Started the year at #424, but closed at #87 (+337)
Wins include Nicolas Devilder, Fabio Fognini, Alberto Martín, Marcel Granollers-Pujol, Thierry Ascione, Stefano Galvani

Losses include Daniel Muñoz de la Nava, Marc López, Nicolas Coutelot, Francesco Aldi, Olivier Charroin, Bartolome Salva-Vidal

Served 3 bagels

Ate 2 bagels
2007 Singles:

W (2):

25. Milan, Italy, $25K+H, Clay
44. Montevideo, Uruguay, $75K+H, Clay
F (3):
19. Mas Palomas, Spain, $25K+H, Clay
31. Timisoara, Romania, $35K+H, Clay
35. Cherkassy, Ukraine, $35K+H, Clay SF (1):
39. Bucharest 2, Romania, $35K+H, Clay QF (6):

12. Barletta, Italy, $25K+H/€21.250, Clay
14. Monza, Italy, $25K+H, Clay
29. Rimini, Italy, $50K+H, Clay
30. Poznan, Poland, $100K+H, Clay
32. Vigo, Spain, $35K+H, Clay
37. Sevilla, Spain, $50K+H, Clay 2007 Doubles:

W (9):
27. Cordoba, Spain, $125K+H, Outdoor Hard (With Fernando Vicente)
29. Rimini, Italy, $50K+H, Clay (With Carlos Poch-Gradin)
30. Poznan, Poland, $100K+H, Clay (With Marc López)
31. Timisoara, Romania, $35K+H, Clay (With Marcel Granollers-Pujol)
35. Cherkassy, Ukraine, $35K+H, Clay (With Daniel Muñoz de la Nava)
37. Sevilla, Spain, $50K+H, Clay (With Marcel Granollers-Pujol)
39. Bucharest 2, Romania, $35K+H, Clay (With Marcel Granollers-Pujol)
40. Tarragona, Spain, $50K+H, Clay (With Marcel Granollers-Pujol)
43. Belo Horizonte 2, Brazil, $75K+H, Clay (With Marcel Granollers-Pujol)
F (2):42. Bogota 3, Colombia, $75K+H, Clay (With Marcel Granollers-Pujol)44. Montevideo, Uruguay, $75K+H, Clay (With Marcel Granollers-Pujol)


More? Check out his 2007 activity here: http://www.atptennis.com/3/en/players/playerprofiles/playeractivity.asp?player=V251

CooCooCachoo
12-15-2007, 02:22 PM
Introducing...

In no specific order:

... http://flagspot.net/misc/wau.gif Peter Luczak

http://i.msn.eurosport.fr/2006/04/11/269163-971419-317-238.jpghttp://www.theage.com.au/ffximage/2007/09/21/majluczac_narrowweb__300x408,2.jpg


Started the year at #166, but closed at #79 (+87)
Reached his career high this year at #76

Wins include Fernando Vicente, Eric Prodon, Michael Berrer, Fabio Fognini, Boris Pashanski, Yuri Schukin, Olivier Patience, Santiago Ventura, Carlos Berlocq, Marin Cilic

Losses include Sam Warburg, Gustavo Marcaccio, Oleksandr Dolgopolov Jr., Alex Satschko, Ivo Klec, Paolo Lorenzi

Served 5 bagels

Ate 0 bagels
2007 Singles:

W (4):

13. Fez, Morocco, $35K+H, Clay
19. Mas Palomas, Spain, $25K+H, Clay
23. Fürth, Germany, $50K+H, Clay
24. Bytom, Poland, $35K+H, Clay
F (3):
16. Marrakech, Morocco, $100K+H, Clay
31. Tampere, Finland, $50K, Clay
40. Tarragona, Spain, $50K+H, Clay
SF (1):
18. Ostrava, Czech Republic, $35K+H, Clay QF (2):

10. Salinas, Ecuador, $25K+H, Outdoor Hard
39. Trnava, Slovakia, $50K, Clay 2007 Doubles:

W (0):
-
F (1):12. Rabat, Morocco, $35K+H, Clay (With Boris Pashanski)


More? Check out his 2007 activity here: http://www.atptennis.com/3/en/players/playerprofiles/playeractivity.asp?player=L515

CooCooCachoo
12-15-2007, 02:30 PM
Introducing...

In no specific order:

... http://flagspot.net/misc/wus.gif Donald Young

http://i.msn.eurosport.fr/2006/04/11/269163-971419-317-238.jpghttp://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/41247000/jpg/_41247201_young270gi.jpg


Started the year at #495, but closed at #100 (+395)
Reached his career high this year at #98

Wins include Ilija Bozoljac, Jesse Levine, Bobby Reynolds, Alex Kuznetsov, Ryan Sweeting

Losses include Simon Stadler, Jesse Witten, Nick Lindahl

Served 4 bagels

Ate 1 bagels
2007 Singles:

W (1):

29. Aptos, California, USA, $75K, Outdoor Hard
F (4):
39. Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA, $50K+H, Outdoor Hard
42. Calabasas, California, USA, $50K, Outdoor Hard
44. Louisville, Kentucky, USA, $50K+H, Indoor Hard
46. Champaign, Illinois, USA, $50K+H, Indoor Hard SF (1):
22. Carson, California, USA, $50K, Outdoor Hard QF (4):

15. Valencia, USA, $50K, Outdoor Hard
19. Tunica Resorts, Mississippi, USA, $50K, Indoor Clay
41. Sacramento, California, USA, $75K, Outdoor Hard
45. Nashville, Tennessee, USA, $75K, Indoor Hard 2007 Doubles:

W (2):
7. Joplin, Missouri, USA, $50K, Indoor Hard (With Patrick Briaud)
19. Tunica Resorts, Mississippi, USA, $50K, Indoor Clay (With Paul Goldstein)
F (1): 31. Vancouver, Canada, $100K, Outdoor Hard (With Alex Kuznetsov)


More? Check out his 2007 activity here: http://www.atptennis.com/3/en/players/playerprofiles/playeractivity.asp?player=Y144

CooCooCachoo
12-15-2007, 02:38 PM
Introducing...

In no specific order:

... http://flagspot.net/misc/wil.gif Dudi Sela

http://i.msn.eurosport.fr/2006/04/11/269163-971419-317-238.jpghttp://www.brprotennisclassic.com/site100-01/1001618/images/1001618dudiweb.jpg


Started the year at #201, but closed at #64 (+137)
Reached his career high this year at #63

Wins include Takao Suzuki, Viktor Troicki, Ivo Minar, Danai Udomchoke, Albert Montañes, Fernando Vicente

Losses include Harel Levy, Ivan Sergeyev, Adrian Menendez, Sam Warburg, Paul Baccanello, Rogerio Dutra Silva

Served 5 bagels

Ate 3 bagels
2007 Singles:

W (3):

29. Togliatti, Russia, $25K+H, Outdoor Hard
43. Seoul, Korea, $125K+H, Outdoor Hard
47. Yokohama, Japan, $35K+H, Outdoor Hard
F (2):
27. Cordoba, Spain, $125K+H, Outdoor Hard
46. Kaohsiung, Taiwan, $50K, Indoor Hard
SF (2):
18. Lanzarote, Spain, $50K+H, Outdoor Hard
31. Saransk, Russia, $25K+H, Clay
QF (3):

15. Valencia, USA, $50K, Outdoor Hard
23. Yuba City, California, USA, $50K, Outdoor Hard30. Penza, Russia, $50K, Outdoor Hard 2007 Doubles:

W (1):
46. Kaohsiung, Taiwan, $50K, Indoor Hard (With Stephen Amritraj)
F (1): 18. Lanzarote, Spain, $50K+H, Outdoor Hard (With Noam Okun)


More? Check out his 2007 activity here: http://www.atptennis.com/3/en/players/playerprofiles/playeractivity.asp?player=SC56

CooCooCachoo
12-15-2007, 02:44 PM
Introducing...

In no specific order:

... http://flagspot.net/misc/war.gif Sergio Roitman

http://i.msn.eurosport.fr/2006/04/11/269163-971419-317-238.jpghttp://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/39087000/jpg/_39087050_costa203ap2c.jpg


Started the year at #72, but closed at #69 (+3)
Reached his career high this year at #62

Wins include Marcos Daniel, Brian Dabul, Paul Capdeville, Ivo Minar, Nicolas Devilder, Florian Mayer, Ivan Navarro Pastor, Simone Bolelli

Losses include Fernando Vicente, Rubén Ramirez Hidalgo

Served 2 bagels

Ate 0 bagels
2007 Singles:

W (3):

23. Prostejov, Czech Republic, $150K+H, Clay
38. Szczecin, Poland, $125K+H, Clay
46. Buenos Aires, Argentina, $75K+H, Clay
F (0):
-
SF (0):
-
QF (2):

19. Prague, Czech Republic, $100K (€85.000), Clay
44. Montevideo, Uruguay, $75K+H, Clay 2007 Doubles:

W (0):
-
F (0): -


More? Check out his 2007 activity here: http://www.atptennis.com/3/en/players/playerprofiles/playeractivity.asp?player=R388

CooCooCachoo
12-15-2007, 02:51 PM
Introducing...

In no specific order:

... http://flagspot.net/misc/wat.gif Werner Eschauer

http://i.msn.eurosport.fr/2006/04/11/269163-971419-317-238.jpghttp://www.kleinezeitung.at/system/galleries/upload/1/7/3/481915/eschauer270607_ap183.jpg


Started the year at #144, but closed at #66 (+78)
Reached his career high this year at #52

Wins include Pablo Andujar, Victor Hanescu, Pablo Cuevas, Fabio Fognini, Olivier Patience, Jiri Vanek, Federico Luzzi, Michael Berrer, Roko Karanusic, Carlos Berlocq

Losses include Denis Gremelmayr

Served 1 bagel

Ate 0 bagels
2007 Singles:

W (4):

6. Wroclaw, Poland, $125K+H, Indoor Hard
14. Monza, Italy, $25K+H, Clay
15. Chiasso, Switzerland, $25K+H, Clay
24. Lugano, Switzerland, $100K+H, Clay
F (1):
12. Barletta, Italy, $25K+H/€21.250, Clay SF (1):
19. Dresden, Germany, $50K (€42.500), Clay QF (0):

- 2007 Doubles:

W (0):
-
F (0): -


More? Check out his 2007 activity here: http://www.atptennis.com/3/en/players/playerprofiles/playeractivity.asp?player=E141

CooCooCachoo
12-15-2007, 03:03 PM
... Other

Not satisfied with these choices? Here are a few players that unfortunately could not be included in the poll:


http://flagspot.net/misc/war.gif Maximo Gonzalez (Winner of Como, Cordenons, Vigo and Brasov)
http://flagspot.net/misc/wus.gif Michael Russell (The American reached the Top 60, partly because of his three Challenger titles)

http://flagspot.net/misc/wes.gif Marcel Granollers-Pujol (Winner of three Challengers, and eight-time doubles champion)
http://flagspot.net/misc/wro.gif Victor Hanescu (Reached the Top 100 again after a long injury lay-off, showing how he is too big for Challengers)

http://flagspot.net/misc/wde.gif Mischa Zverev (The German talent ended the year with a win in Dnepropetrovsk, pushing him into the Top 100)

http://flagspot.net/misc/war.gif Brian Dabul (All-round results in singles and doubles)

http://flagspot.net/misc/wus.gif Robert Kendrick (Winner of Knoxville, Calabasas and Dallas)

http://flagspot.net/misc/wbe.gif Steve Darcis (Worked his way up from Futures to the Top 100, winning one Challenger)
http://flagspot.net/misc/wcz.gif Ivo Minar (After a disappointing 2006, 2007 almost saw Minar come back to the Top 100)

http://flagspot.net/misc/wco.gif Santiago Giraldo (The hard-hitting Colombian took two titles this year)
http://flagspot.net/misc/wpk.gif Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi (The Pakistani finally took his first title, and was one of the strongest doubles player on the Challenger Tour)
http://flagspot.net/misc/wru.gif Yuri Schukin (Three titles in both singles and doubles)

http://flagspot.net/misc/wbr.gif Marcos Daniel (Coming back from injury problems, doing well in the Copa Petrobras series)
http://flagspot.net/misc/wbr.gif Thomaz Bellucci (Rising over 300 places on the ranking, making this youngster one to watch)
http://flagspot.net/misc/wit.gif Simone Bolelli (Good results on different surfaces)

And many moreBut you can still vote for them in the option 'Other'!

CooCooCachoo
12-15-2007, 03:05 PM
The poll is up :clap2:

You have twenty days to vote :wavey:

Caio_Brasil
12-15-2007, 03:06 PM
I voted for the "Other" option (Marcos Daniel)

CooCooCachoo
12-15-2007, 03:42 PM
My vote goes to Cuevas :)

ExcaliburII
12-15-2007, 04:37 PM
I cant beleive Young made the poll, and people vote for him, this is ridiculous.

CooCooCachoo
12-15-2007, 04:46 PM
I cant beleive Young made the poll, and people vote for him, this is ridiculous.

Why is it ridiculous?

He has had a breakthrough year. Starting from Futures, where had done quite poorly in previous years, he has done really well in the US Challengers this year, working his way up to the ATP Top 100. He hasn't been tearing the Challenger circuit apart, but he has made a very impressive mark that silences all the critics, doubters (like me) and people who were laughing at him and his results, especially the Berlocq fiasco.

I think he deserves to be in the poll. I don't think Roitman should, because he is not a Challenger player anymore this year (so I agree with Snowwy), but since so many people mentioned him, I kind of had to include him.

ExcaliburII
12-15-2007, 05:16 PM
Dabul, Gonzalez and Hanescu had had a better year than Young clearly.

CooCooCachoo
12-15-2007, 05:29 PM
Dabul, Gonzalez and Hanescu had had a better year than Young clearly.

When you look at figures only, yes. But not when you take the context into account.

Alonsofz
12-15-2007, 09:29 PM
Ventura. Just look his highlights.

Snowwy
12-16-2007, 12:20 AM
Dabul, Gonzalez and Hanescu had had a better year than Young clearly.

Dabul (34-27)

QF: 5 (6)
SF: 2 (6)
F: 0 (4)
W: 2 (4)


Gonzalez (45-18) (All on Clay)

QF: 4 (5)
SF: 1 (5)
F: 0 (3)
W: 4 (1)


Hansecu (39-15) (All but 3 on clay)

QF: 4 (1)
SF: 2 (0)
F: 1 (0)
W: 3 (0)


Young (34-15)

QF: 4 (3)
SF: 1 (1)
F: 4 (1)
W: 1 (2)

Caio_Brasil
12-16-2007, 04:21 AM
from the 4 Snowwy listed above Maxi had the best year clearly

CooCooCachoo
12-16-2007, 09:55 AM
Gonzalez was the next to be included, however he did well only in small Challengers and wasn't exactly dazzling in the Copa Petrobras series.

Super-Fabio
12-16-2007, 12:04 PM
Other (Bolelli).

eric
12-16-2007, 12:31 PM
My vote for Cuevas. Not that other players deserve less, but, as I voted for Hajek last year, I consider for a "challenger player" thread I vote for guys who make their ranking with challengers'results. Cuevas qualiifed for USOpen, but did not play any ATP Tour tournament and almost reached top 100 with challengers'level. Any other opinion is yet welcome ;*)

Royston63
12-16-2007, 01:11 PM
J.W.Tsonga :yeah:

valexie03
12-16-2007, 01:58 PM
I vote for Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi

DiEgO
12-16-2007, 02:51 PM
yo vote por el mejor de uruguay
Pablito Cuevas

EagleWatch
12-16-2007, 04:02 PM
dudi...=)

Zirconek
12-17-2007, 01:23 AM
Other - Yuri Schukin :yeah:

azza
12-17-2007, 08:29 AM
Luczak won.

Frederick16
12-17-2007, 09:01 AM
i voted for gulbis.. good challenger player and best player and biggest talent in the list :)

keqtqiadv
12-17-2007, 11:52 AM
Eschauer :p

CooCooCachoo
12-17-2007, 12:07 PM
Seems like there is no clear winner this year.

D.daTS
12-17-2007, 12:52 PM
Young :worship:

Scotso
12-17-2007, 04:34 PM
Luczak.

dijus
12-17-2007, 08:26 PM
my final choice is Roitman

GustavoM_Fan
12-17-2007, 09:13 PM
young is not the chalenger player of the year :lol: he only plays in his country and all the tournaments on hard surface... :rolleyes:

Maximo Gonzalez was a strong contender for this. but he dont have good results in the Copa Petrobras tournaments. so maybe is ok he is not here.

probably I will vote for Roitman. he was a challenger king winning the most important clay titles

Tsonga is better than Roitman, but I dont consider the year challenger king, because he played challengers from january to june, but after that month he didnt played more, because his ranking was enough to play ATP tournaments

Cuevas look like a good choice. he won a lot challengers (singles and doubleS)

but I think I will go with Escopeta Roitman

Pixie
12-17-2007, 09:33 PM
Cuevas fits my criterias.

Tsonga I wouldn't vote for him, since for 3 years only a blind man wouldn't have seen he didn't belong to the challenger tour.

Renaud
12-18-2007, 01:17 AM
Cuevas fits my criterias.

Tsonga I wouldn't vote for him, since for 3 years only a blind man wouldn't have seen he didn't belong to the challenger tour.


:nerner:
He won half of the challengers he played, and as long as a player plays challenger he belongs to the tour.
+ He reached top 100 only thanks to his results in challengers.
To be honnest if Jo didn't have 0 vote when i voted i would have chosen Luczak.

Pixie
12-18-2007, 11:04 AM
:nerner:
He won half of the challengers he played, and as long as a player plays challenger he belongs to the tour.
+ He reached top 100 only thanks to his results in challengers.
To be honnest if Jo didn't have 0 vote when i voted i would have chosen Luczak.

hey ren :)
Of course you're right, thanks to his results in challenger he is at the rank he is right now. But I've always told you that he had nothing to do on the challenger tour on the long term and you used to agree. It's just that when I think about the challenger player of the year, I see someone who hasn't played on the main tour or having good results on here and as a contrast does very well on the challenger tour.

eric
12-19-2007, 07:27 PM
hey ren :)
Of course you're right, thanks to his results in challenger he is at the rank he is right now. But I've always told you that he had nothing to do on the challenger tour on the long term and you used to agree. It's just that when I think about the challenger player of the year, I see someone who hasn't played on the main tour or having good results on here and as a contrast does very well on the challenger tour.

Looks like the story of Cuevas in 2007 and the reason I voted for ;*)

Chengue
12-19-2007, 07:51 PM
I vote for Cuevas, he wa definitively the challenger player, both in singles and doubles. I hope he can be a top 100 in 2008 and do a great Roland Garros.

Vamos Pablito carajo!!!!

FiBeR
12-20-2007, 02:48 AM
I voted for Machi Gonzalez as "other" as i didnt see him as an option :shrug:

El_Canas
12-20-2007, 08:16 PM
Think it has to be Tsonga really, maybe others are voting with their heart when picking some of the South American guys. Winning enough pts and tournaments in the Challengers to be able to play on the main tour is surely the key to being the challenger player of the year. Many of the others aren't breaking into the top 100, so maybe next year they can build on this season.

Franco GF
12-22-2007, 09:47 PM
I voted for Tsonga, but if Cuevas at the end will the winner, my sincerely congratulations for him and Uruguay!!:worship:

brgs!!:)

Labamba
12-22-2007, 10:07 PM
Ventura :yeah:

Luczak and Cuevas close behind

CooCooCachoo
12-23-2007, 09:17 AM
Pablo leading :rocker:

azza
12-23-2007, 11:13 AM
Luczak won the official one on the atp

D.daTS
12-23-2007, 04:08 PM
Young for me still the best :rocker2:

LeChuck
12-23-2007, 08:07 PM
My top 3 would be:
1 - Roitman
2 - Maxi Gonzalez
3 - Cuevas

Haile Selassie
12-24-2007, 01:05 AM
1-Cuevas
2-Roitman

CooCooCachoo
12-24-2007, 09:14 AM
For me, Ventura would be #2 and Gonzalez or Young probably #3

D.daTS
12-28-2007, 10:10 PM
only eleven voices on Donald :tears:
:music:

CooCooCachoo
12-29-2007, 09:59 AM
Just a few days left to vote ;)

D.daTS
12-29-2007, 04:06 PM
Just a few days left to vote ;)

:worship:

johnnylad
12-29-2007, 07:00 PM
Luczak sucks

D.daTS
12-30-2007, 02:24 PM
Luczak sucks


Peter is great He was born in Poland (Warsaw) :)

CooCooCachoo
12-30-2007, 07:04 PM
Tsonga catching up.

D.daTS
12-30-2007, 08:32 PM
I must set up more accounts :fiery: (joke) :lol:

CooCooCachoo
01-21-2008, 04:22 PM
Winner:

Pablo Cuevas

:worship: