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What players did you follow since they were young?

juninhOH
04-20-2008, 01:05 PM
The name of the topic was going to be "What players did you see coming", but I imagined some idiot would change the context.

Anyway. Roger Federer (no, I didn't see him coming) is one guy that a lot of people expected to do good and when he was 21 he started to rock.

So the topic is about, which players did you see as a potential great player when they were still no t consistent (like Del Pony for example), and they eventually became a great player followed by everyone, and not by you.

I hope I was clear :)

I didn't see anyone coming haha, started watching tennis around 97, only in RG finals (when Guga was there). I didn't even see his prime :(. Then, in 2005, I think around the US Open (I'm actually not sure if I watched Fed - Agassi or not) I started follow religiously. Since 2006 I'm sick addicted, follow every mm tourney, but still didn't "bet" on a potential star.

What about you?

Tulipe
04-20-2008, 05:50 PM
I always thought Söderling will become a great player. Once I saw the ATP Tennis Magazine and they were asking several players: "Who do you think will break through next season?" All the players went like: "Monfils." And I was going crazy watching the telly and shouting: "No, you morons, Söderling!" The other player I followed since he was young is Gasquet. I remember him when he was quite new on the circuit and I was watching him playing and thought: "That's not tennis, that's ballet!"

NicoFan
04-20-2008, 07:40 PM
I started watching Rafa when he was young, but the hype was already starting.

Also started watching Nico M when he was in his early twenties before he started to win bigger matches. He only had his brief moment of glory with the Madrid final and the Olympic golds, and has moved back down, but it was been fun watching a player move up the ladder.

I also followed Pico before he was known, but don't follow him as close as I should - don't know why, I really like his game.

Slicevolley26
04-21-2008, 03:09 AM
The first time I saw Djokovic was on TV in the 2005 Australian open 1st round, though I didn't follow tennis back then as much as I do now. I remembered that name, just to see where he would be in a year or two. I recognized his name somewhere around the 14 rank and remembered about him from back in 2005.

Bernard Black
04-21-2008, 03:18 AM
Good thread, though the title is a tad misleading.

First time I saw Youzhny play as a teenager I knew he'd become a solid top-20 player. Was obvious he was a good all-round player, just needed to beef the serve up a bit and he'd be there.

Other more obvious ones are Tsonga, Nadal and Murray. Though these were all hyped plenty anyway, so wasn't really a shock.

Erm, it's stupid o'clock here, I'll have to think about it a bit more tomorrow.

GustavoM_Fan
04-21-2008, 03:45 AM
Jo Wilfried-Tsonga, Marcos Baghdatis, Ryan Sweeting, Donald Young, Marin Cilic, Juan Martín del Potro, Mischa Zverev, Fabio Fognini, Jeremy Chardy, Robin Haase, Thiemo de Bakker, Santiago Giraldo, Ernest Gulbis, Kei Nishikori and probably some more..

LaTenista
04-21-2008, 03:47 AM
Nadal since Madrid 2003, he looked like a little kid playing against Corretja.

Verdasco since Cincy 2003, he qualified there when he was still a teenager.

Roddick since Cincy 2001, I think he was all of 18 or so but knew he had the game to rise to the top.

NinaNina19
04-21-2008, 04:10 AM
My dad is good at calling players:
He called Federer in 2000
He called Djokovic in 2005
Two GOATS :worships:
My dad called the fall of a lot of players too

Players my dad completely missed:
There were several players but I most remember Roddick. My mom and I liked Roddick when he first came out. But my dad, when he first saw him in 2001, said "This guy will never do anything in his career". So he missed that one. He thought Fish would have a better career than Roddick :haha: .

alfonsojose
04-21-2008, 04:16 AM
Young :p

Ferrero Forever
04-21-2008, 05:22 AM
The only one I've really followed is Rafa. I was a fan of his when he was ranked about 50, I saw him play at the 2005 Aus Open. Dunno if that qualifies as young, but at least he was much lower ranked than he is now

Klaas_nalbandian
04-21-2008, 07:42 AM
most dutch players like haase, who I cheered for in his first futures on tour

Nadal, Gasquet, Djokovic but guess those guys weren't hard to pick. also berdych

gulbis, andujar, giraldo, bubka, chardy, fognini

NikolaBGD
04-21-2008, 07:48 AM
I watched Novak since he was 15, he played on the Partizan club court in Belgrade. He was very slim but with a powerfull shots.

Also I watched Rafa on Belgrade Gemax chalenger 2004, he lost in a final...

leng jai
04-21-2008, 07:51 AM
Only Haas and Safin closely.

enqvistfan
04-21-2008, 08:29 AM
Active players :

- Carlos Moya, since Paris-Bercy 1996 (18 years old)

Retired players :

- Thomas Enqvist, in Roland-Garros Juniors, 1991

Bernard Black
04-21-2008, 08:41 AM
I used to think Federer would have a Malisse-type career. The odd flash of brilliance but mostly failing to deliver. He looked good before 2003, but if anyone had told me he'd win 12 slams by 2008 I'd have thought they were on some seriously good drugs.

bokehlicious
04-21-2008, 09:25 AM
Fed since 1997

zeleni
04-21-2008, 09:33 AM
Djokovic since 2006.:p

(And Ivanovic:hearts: since then too.)

Acer
04-21-2008, 09:38 AM
Djokovic since 2005, I knew he would end up acheiving a few things, shame I didn't see him turning into an utter prick.

zicofirol
04-21-2008, 09:58 AM
I thought djokovic would be a top20 player but never put it together I just though he was a banger from behind the court and his net skills where atrocious when I saw him play... I think I was off...

Murray,Nadal,Tsonga, Baghdatis, Nalbandian, del potro... though becker is not young I saw him playing a challenger shortly after he was out of college and said he would be a top 100 player, same with isner saw him play like 3 years ago, I knew he would be good(because of his massive serve).
btw, I think Polansky will be good, top100... I saw cuevas play a futures on tv and thought he was top100 material, he is there now.
These are just players I saw there are others I see moving up the rankings and playing good in tournaments that I think will be good but have never seen them play...

CmonAussie
04-21-2008, 10:00 AM
...
Agassi [1988]
Rafter [1993]
Hewitt [1998]
Nadal [2003]
Tomic [2007]
...

Burrow
04-21-2008, 10:21 AM
Safin I first watched in 98 when I was very young, then I seen him sometimes in 2000 - 2002 and then picked up tennis seriously, since then he became my favourite, overall watched most players of this generation rise from their youth.

*Ljubica*
04-21-2008, 11:19 AM
I know he's retired now - so not sure if it technically counts for your question, - but my answer would be Goran Ivanisevic. I first saw him play live at Wimbledon in 1991, when he made a "shock" run to the semis and lost to Becker in 4 sets, when he was just when he was 18 years old. From then on, I followed his career right through, - from the "highs" of the Wimbledon Finals, to the "lows" when he was disqualified from a small tournament in Brighton, for smashing all his racquets and not having any more with him! And - yes - I was there when he won Wimbledon in 2001 :)

He wasn't my usual style of tennis player at all - normally I don't even like big servers, - but I guess I was a little bit :inlove: with him when I was younger - his personality and charisma was something special.

Of present-day players, - I started watching Korolev and Djokovic quite early in their careers and still cheer for them.

Timbo
04-21-2008, 11:58 AM
I followed Ivanisevic from when he was 16 and played Davis Cup...think it was 88. And he made his big breakthrough at the Aussie Open in 89 when he got to the quarters I think. I remember the commentators wondering how this skinny kid could serve so big.

The funniest wrong prediction I witnessed was when I interviewed Andrew Kratzmann (reasonable doubles players from the 90s/early 00s)in 2000 when he played dubs with Federer for 6 months. Fed was about 50 in the world at the time. I asked if he though this Federer guy would be the next big thing. He answered "he's a good player but he's no Lleyton Hewitt."

Wrongest prediction from me was after I lost to Scott Draper in a junior tournament. He went on to win the event, beating Pat Rafter in the final despite being 14 or 15 and Pat being 17. Me (and everyone else) though Scott was destined for the top ten. D'OH! I still maintain he was one of the most talented players I've ever seen.

*Ljubica*
04-21-2008, 12:09 PM
I followed Ivanisevic from when he was 16 and played Davis Cup...think it was 88. And he made his big breakthrough at the Aussie Open in 89 when he got to the quarters I think. I remember the commentators wondering how this skinny kid could serve so big.

The funniest wrong prediction I witnessed was when I interviewed Andrew Kratzmann (reasonable doubles players from the 90s/early 00s)in 2000 when he played dubs with Federer for 6 months. Fed was about 50 in the world at the time. I asked if he though this Federer guy would be the next big thing. He answered "he's a good player but he's no Lleyton Hewitt."

Wrongest prediction from me was after I lost to Scott Draper in a junior tournament. He went on to win the event, beating Pat Rafter in the final despite being 14 or 15 and Pat being 17. Me (and everyone else) though Scott was destined for the top ten. D'OH! I still maintain he was one of the most talented players I've ever seen.

Wasn't Scott Draper the guy who lost his wife so tragically to cancer? I always tought it was due to this that he never realised his full potential, and retired prematurely from tennis. Maybe I'm wrong on this though? :confused:

Nathaliia
04-21-2008, 12:12 PM
plenty of 'em... eg. Del Potro since he was 14 and won Orange Bowl U14.

my favourite ones to mention are Korolev, Gulbis, Giraldo, Mannarino but I follow junior and futures tour in general, so I know who's gonna be good (Djoko suchlikes) and who probably not (some other players I support :p).

Timbo
04-21-2008, 12:18 PM
Wasn't Scott Draper the guy who lost his wife so tragically to cancer? I always tought it was due to this that he never realised his full potential, and retired prematurely from tennis. Maybe I'm wrong on this though? :confused:

I think there were a number of reasons he didn't fulfill his potential. He was never very fit...even when I used to play him in the juniors he was unfit and chubby. He also had/has a lot going on in his head...he has obsessive-complusive disorder which is probably the worst thing a tenis player could have. But, yes, when his wife died I think that was the last straw. Great guy though...was always very gracious whenever he thrashed me :)

buzz
04-21-2008, 12:57 PM
I remember Safin playing on a dutch claycourt. Being young and VERY good. Atp says he played a semi in Scheveningen challenger in 1997 that could be it.

I remember Ferrero, super skinny being looked after by Corretja en co.

Of course Federer, Playing in Rotterdam 2001 against Escude, nice match!

And Martin Verkerk also had a weird career to follow. In Holland we heard of him as a talent. Then forgot him, then he got hyped a gain, then I started 'following' him again hoping he can be top 100, Then all of a sudden wins Milan defeating Kafelnikov! Reached RG final...............wins a challenger again.