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Victor Estrella (Rep.Dominicana) into Cincy MainDraw !

Haile Selassie
07-29-2008, 01:36 AM
Victor Estrella becomes the first dominican player to play a master series tournament.He is ranking is near 270 and he is the player with less ranking in the tournament but who cares about that,the important thing is that he could make the main draw after beating Bopanna and Capdeville.
Sadly he will play against Verdasco in the first round so his chances to go far are a few.

Jose Hernandez and Francesca Segarelli are the junior star of the country.

All the best Victor :bounce:

ReturnWinner
07-29-2008, 01:47 AM
Good news,good luck to Victor.

Alonsofz
07-29-2008, 02:19 AM
Sad he beat Rohan and Paul, but I wish him a lot of luck tomorrow because I follow him since last year at PanAm games :p, vamos Víctor. :rocker2:

Deivid23
07-29-2008, 04:03 AM
How´s his style? Thanks

octatennis
07-29-2008, 04:43 AM
baseline player, his backhand is like feliano's one just slice and maybe one or two shots with top, or at least that was what i see when he played in bogota some weeks ago.

osalsyst
07-29-2008, 05:06 AM
Is it me or was the qualifying draw really weak here? It just seems like totally random players are in the main draw and a lot of these players were actually seeded in the qualifying.

In any event, good luck to this guy.

Allez-Alejo
07-29-2008, 05:09 AM
I saw him win Buffalo futures 2 years ago...strong forehand...very quick...solid player.

He's been around...hopefully he keeps it close.

CooCooCachoo
07-29-2008, 05:16 AM
Is it me or was the qualifying draw really weak here? It just seems like totally random players are in the main draw and a lot of these players were actually seeded in the qualifying.

In any event, good luck to this guy.

The draw wasn't very strong, but I don't know which qualifiers you consider totally random other than Estrella and maybe Yani.

Pfloyd
07-29-2008, 11:57 AM
:lol:

A fellow countryman made it into a Master Series, that's craaazy!

So good to hear. At least it's not only baseball we have pro-players in!

Yeah, sure, we have Felix Sanchez, but he's more American than Dominican, sadly...

Shame that Tennis is considered a "high class" sport in many latin countries, the Dominican Republic being one of them.

Blarghman
07-29-2008, 06:14 PM
With Estrella about to start his match against Verdasco, I got curious, and looked up some other Caribbean players in ATP events.

In singles, Estrella appears to be the first Caribbean player to have qualified for a Master Series event since Ronald Agenor at Montreal 2001.The only other Carribean singles players since then I can find are now-American Ryan Sweeting at 2006 Washington and Jamaican Dustin Brown at 2003 Newport. So, very well done to Estrella, hopefully he gives Verdasco a good match and makes many future ATP appearances.

njnetswill
07-29-2008, 08:05 PM
Estrella should have gotten Olympic WC. :p

Federerhingis
07-29-2008, 08:36 PM
:lol:

A fellow countryman made it into a Master Series, that's craaazy!

So good to hear. At least it's not only baseball we have pro-players in!

Yeah, sure, we have Felix Sanchez, but he's more American than Dominican, sadly...

Shame that Tennis is considered a "high class" sport in many latin countries, the Dominican Republic being one of them.

High class is more like an understatement, it's more like still the old fashioned elitist sport after Golf. Only the few that live in Arroyo Hondo seem to play tennis at leisure, Arroyo is synonymous with affluence in our country.

It was surprising that a fellow countryman of mine was even in the top 500, I had not heard of him or any one ranked in the top 1000 before. :p

Pfloyd
07-29-2008, 09:12 PM
High class is more like an understatement, it's more like still the old fashioned elitist sport after Golf. Only the few that live in Arroyo Hondo seem to play tennis at leisure, Arroyo is synonymous with affluence in our country.

It was surprising that a fellow countryman of mine was even in the top 500, I had not heard of him or any one ranked in the top 1000 before. :p

True this. But it's not as if the Dominican government does anything to promote athletes in our country.

Only Baseball players are famous in the DR, and that's because scouts from the states come to recruit them.

And this will continue to be true in various countries unless somebody does something about it.....

Nathaliia
07-29-2008, 09:31 PM
Nice effort by Victor, good fight in quallies and against Verdasco :)

Federerhingis
07-29-2008, 11:43 PM
True this. But it's not as if the Dominican government does anything to promote athletes in our country.

Only Baseball players are famous in the DR, and that's because scouts from the states come to recruit them.

And this will continue to be true in various countries unless somebody does something about it.....

Yup they simply don't care about tennis or any sport other than Baseball. I guess they can only stick to what's profitable, especially for a small country (island) with so much debt.

Haile Selassie
07-29-2008, 11:58 PM
In an article he said that the goverment never gives him any money to travel but there are making some new things in term of helping juniors players.There are actually two young player who are playing a lot of ITF junior tournaments,Jose Hernandez and Francesca Segarelli.

Talking about carribian tennis we could not forget doubles star and former top 100 in singles *Mark Knowles*.

Haile Selassie
07-30-2008, 12:02 AM
"Es la primera vez que alguien de la República Dominicana juega un torneo ATP. Estoy feliz de estar acá", dijo Estrella, quien agregó que "el tenis probablemente sea el quinto deporte más popular para los dominicanos. Allá lo juegan algunos juniors que después van al college, pero siempre desean jugar a nivel ATP".

Estrella se hizo profesional en el 2002 y jugó Futures. Sin mucho éxito, el jugador centroamericano dejó el deporte por un par de años para trabajar como entrenador en su país. Pero decidió probar suerte nuevamente y se mudó a Miami el 2006, para intentarlo.

"Uno de los problemas más grandes en República Dominicana es que no tenemos dinero para viajar. Me retiré cuatro años porque no tenía cómo viajar. A veces cuando perdía en las primeras rondas de los challengers, no tenía dinero para jugar el siguiente. Necesitas ganar partidos para sumar dinero y seguir viajando. Eso te coloca mucha presión. Cuando estaba en cuartos de final en Lexington, tenía US$ 1,400 y tenía que mantenerme jugando. Algunas veces la Federación Dominicana te ayuda un poco".

neenah
07-30-2008, 12:30 AM
Nice to see, even if he lost to Verdasco. :)

Pfloyd
07-30-2008, 03:22 PM
It may be the 5th sport, but it's faaaaar away in that position.

Still, Good for Estrella, it helps promote the Sport, even if its by a small degree.

Smoke944
07-30-2008, 06:13 PM
Watched Victor play all week, love his game. He plays a lot like Gonzo, chip the BH and rip the forehand. That being said he just doesn't bash the ball every time, he really impressed me. Also, he hit basically the hardest forehand I've ever seen against Bopanna. 2nd serve return and stepped in really far and just took the biggest flat slap at the ball I've ever seen. Ball landed like 2 feet from Bopanna on the baseline and he never moved :worship: