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John "the Mailman" Millman Cheering Thread

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Action Jackson
02-08-2009, 12:10 PM
Johnny Millman, no he isn't going to be one of the alltime greats, and I am not starting this thread because of nationalistic reasons either.

He made sure he finished his schooling before starting to play on the tour, which is a good thing and he is a good guy with a very positive attitude.

Played well this week by making the semis of the Burnie Challenger losing to Klein, who won the title. After a few days at home, he is going to Spain and playing Futures events on the clay, which is a surface that he enjoys playing on. It will help the development of his game and also he can use his fitness.

He has won a Futures title and made a final in a Romanian futures as a qualifier.

jmf07
02-08-2009, 02:20 PM
:lol: the mailman.

Been playing excellent of late.

Action Jackson
02-08-2009, 02:26 PM
He is a good kid, big soccer fan and quite skillful at it as well, he will keep progressing up the ranks this season, as long as he stays fit.

OZTENNIS
02-08-2009, 10:47 PM
Yeah he has a good game.

Doubt he will ever be much more than top 200, but it has been good to see him progressing quickly up the rankings and results great to see as he is a 'good bloke' :lol:

scotthongkong
02-09-2009, 05:50 AM
i have been impressed with his results as well. Keep up the great work John.

Action Jackson
02-21-2009, 05:41 PM
The "Mailman" is back on the court next week playing in Terrasa Futures.

Action Jackson
02-25-2009, 01:40 AM
The "Mailman" delivered a 4-6 6-3 6-3 win in his first round and will play Ward in the 2nd round.

scotthongkong
02-25-2009, 02:33 PM
John is enjoying working with Felix Mantilla and travelling with Verryth and Groth. He is a smart kida nd is learning quickly. I wish him well.

Action Jackson
03-03-2009, 02:26 PM
John got up 6-4 in the 3rd against the 5th seed Olaso, he will play Ward again and want to avenge the defeat last week.

scotthongkong
03-04-2009, 11:44 AM
Good luck John.

jmf07
04-09-2009, 11:29 PM
:banana: Millman is into the semis of an Italian Futures Tournament.

Along the way he has defeated the fourth seed Cervanak in 3 sets and both Grilli and Olaso in straight sets.

Audacity
04-10-2009, 08:13 AM
Keep up the results Millman.

jmf07
05-07-2009, 01:13 PM
Millman seeded 1 for the Bulgarian Futures Tournament this week and has begun with a easy straight sets win in round 1. Hopefully he can play well.

jmf07
05-18-2009, 05:41 AM
Millman unfortunately lost in the final of a Bulgarian Futures tournament. A tad disappointing considering that he was number 1 seed and he had come so far but nonetheless still a good effort. Hopefully he can keep racking up the ranking points. Has hardly anything to defend until mid july. Good opportunity for him to rise up the rankings.

jmf07
05-29-2009, 04:55 AM
Millman back playing the Italian futures this week with a 15k clay tournament. Is into the QF after defeating the eighth seed in straight sets. Now plays the third seed, Alberto Brizzi which should be a tough match.

jmf07
06-01-2009, 05:05 AM
John ended up winning his QF before knocked out in the semis. A great week for him. Hopefully he can keep up this good form and take advantage of this period where he has hardly anything to defend.

azza
06-02-2009, 06:18 AM
judging by his results hes actually preety good and a player to watch usually these lowly ranked aussie juniors make R2 and if there lucky a QF Millman always in QF's n SF's of overseas futures events :eek:

Audacity
06-02-2009, 07:53 AM
Consistency is a good sign.

jmf07
06-04-2009, 01:19 AM
:lol: just as we mention his consistency he has a first round loss and a disappointing one too. Perhaps he wasn't 100%.

Action Jackson
06-04-2009, 01:22 AM
John has played a lot of events, so he is allowed an early loss. He works very hard and might be a bit off at the moment.

Action Jackson
06-11-2009, 04:33 PM
John is having some shoulder problems, flying back to Australia, to have some MRI scans.

He has had the shoulder operated on before, just hope it's not serious.

jmf07
06-13-2009, 01:30 AM
Thanks for the update and not good news. Hopefully whatever the problem is it can be fixed. A shame as he looked like he was about to launch up the rankings over the next few months.

Audacity
06-13-2009, 04:08 AM
Hopefully it is not too serious and he can get back on the courts soon.

Audacity
07-24-2009, 08:43 AM
Any news on the "Mailman"?

Action Jackson
07-25-2009, 06:26 PM
He ran the Gold Coast half marathon a few weeks ago, so his endurance base is still there, but not sure when he will be back, once I find anything out, then I will post it here.

Action Jackson
08-22-2009, 01:49 PM
The Mailman has been doing rehab and tentative comeback is scheduled for Darwin Futures in mid September.

Action Jackson
09-20-2009, 08:37 AM
Johnny is back on the tour, playing the Aussie Futures events and he made the semis in Darwin, so the shoulder seems to be holding up, no more problems for the rest of the year.

Action Jackson
09-23-2009, 01:49 PM
John won his 1st match 6-0 3-2, hope he can make the AO qualies direct, that would be a good achievement.

Action Jackson
09-26-2009, 01:36 PM
The Mailman beat Hensel 3-6 7-5 6-3 and plays Scotsman Jamie Baker in the final.

Audacity
09-26-2009, 02:22 PM
Good showing in the last couple of weeks by John after the long lay-off with injury.

Audacity
09-27-2009, 04:31 PM
The Mailman was beaten in the final 6-4 2-6 6-3. Still a decent showing, good luck in your next tournament, John.

Action Jackson
09-28-2009, 01:03 PM
John has come back well after being out for months.

Next event should be Happy Valley starting next week.

Action Jackson
10-09-2009, 08:07 AM
Johnny made the semis beating Hensel in straight sets and has a chance to avenge the defeat against Jamie Baker in the semis.

Action Jackson
11-16-2009, 11:27 AM
John has been training well and hope he can do well in the Futures events coming up.

Audacity
11-18-2009, 11:34 PM
Has made a winning start in Esperance, won in straight sets. He is the 3rd seed.

Audacity
11-20-2009, 11:03 AM
Won his second round and now takes on Colin Ebelthite who is coming back from injury.

Action Jackson
11-20-2009, 11:29 AM
Colin is a good bloke, but go Johnny.

n8
11-21-2009, 09:08 AM
John MILLMAN (AUS) (3) defeated Matt REID (AUS) (7) 6-3 6-1. Very convincing, faces Matthew EBDEN in the final.

Action Jackson
11-22-2009, 01:53 PM
Edben defeated Johnny 6-3 6-4 in the final, hope he can get over the finals problems in future.

Audacity
11-26-2009, 05:24 AM
John is into the semis this week after winning his QF 6-0 6-0. Looks like he's struck some form.

Action Jackson
11-27-2009, 05:19 AM
The Mailman is in the semis of the Kalgoorlie futures, he defeated Smeets 7-6(5) 6-1. He plays the winner of Dayne Kelly and King-Turner.

n8
11-27-2009, 10:26 AM
Nice work Millman and will play King-Turner.

Futures are imitating Masters Series! Top 8 seeds in the quarters and top 4 seeds in the semis. Hopefully Millman can break the trend and beat the number 2 seed in the semis.

jmf07
11-28-2009, 02:00 AM
Would be great if John could make the final here and have another good run at Bendigo. Might be a rough chance of direct entry into Aus Open Qualies considering Slabinsky got into the Qualies this year after with a rank of 331 after a series of withdrawals (he will get a wildcard in any case but direct entry would free up a wildcard for someone else).

Rae777
11-28-2009, 04:47 AM
Beat King-Turner 6-2 7-6 so plays Ebden again in the final

Audacity
11-28-2009, 04:48 AM
John beat King-Turner 6-2 7-6. He will play Ebden in the final who beat Klein in the semis.

Action Jackson
11-28-2009, 08:00 AM
Time for the Mailman to get revenge against Edben. He has been in a few finals, but struggling at the moment to get the cash.

Rae777
11-29-2009, 03:59 AM
(3) John Millman (QLD) d (4) Matthew Ebden (WA) 6-2 7-6(1)

Audacity
11-29-2009, 04:55 AM
Good work Johnny! It's awesome to see him win the title.

Matchu
11-29-2009, 10:50 AM
I know I do this a lot but if anyone is interested if John wins next week in Bendigo he finish the year rankied about 275 which is obviously a huge achievement for someone who has missed a lot of tennis this year. Which means AO qualies direct entry and probably entry into qualies of his home tournament the Brisbane International, which would be good for him obviously.

Action Jackson
11-29-2009, 10:57 AM
He was very happy with his week in Kal and getting it over Edben this time. John will be going to the WC playoff with some good form, as for Brisbane, he will get a WC for qualies. Doesn't matter how he makes the Aus Open quals, but he will be there.

Just needs a full year on tour, he isn't ready for a main draw wildcard, if he doesn't win the playoff.

n8
11-30-2009, 12:40 AM
I know I do this a lot but if anyone is interested if John wins next week in Bendigo he finish the year rankied about 275 which is obviously a huge achievement for someone who has missed a lot of tennis this year. Which means AO qualies direct entry and probably entry into qualies of his home tournament the Brisbane International, which would be good for him obviously.

Thanks for the ranking update. At just 20 and a half, the guy's got a fair bit going for him.

Action Jackson
12-01-2009, 07:12 AM
John withdrew from Bendigo, good move for him. He has to watch that he doesn't overplay, as he had some injury problems early in his career.

With that win in Kal, he should be in the Aussie WC playoff.

Action Jackson
12-01-2009, 02:40 PM
http://www.abc.net.au/sport/stories/2009/10/23/2722883.htm?site=sport&section=tennis

Tales from the Tour

By John Millman

Posted October 23, 2009 19:50:00

Rising Australian tennis prospect John Millman offers the first of his blogs on his experiences as an up-and-comer on the professional tennis circuit. The 20-year-old from Brisbane is currently ranked 360 in the world after a successful recent tour of Europe, where he produced the best results of his burgeoning career.

Unlike many of the nation's young tennis stars, John chose to complete his high school education before jumping full-time into the tour. Despite some nagging injuries, John is currently competing in the busy Australian summer schedule heading into the Australian Open in January.

John's claim to fame was hitting with world number three Novak Djokovic during the Brisbane International last year and getting the better of the Serbian star in a couple of competitive tie-breaks.

A blast from the past

Another expected heat wave had hit Brisbane in the summer of 2004. Few dared to brave the steamy conditions outside.

Most sought the salvation of their air conditioned homes. A week prior I had managed to stake my claim at winning the 14/U Australian Hard-court Championships, held at University of Queensland, by far my proudest moment in my short-lived career.

Now I sat in the comfort of my lounge chair watching with awe Todd Reid the 19-year-old South Australian kid claim the biggest scalp of his career, knocking off Armenian Sargis Sargsian in a five-set, gruelling victory to progress to the third round of the Australian Open.

It was one of the gutsiest and most inspiring things I had seen on a tennis court. It moved me, just as it had the thousands watching on live at Melbourne Park. I made a promise to myself that day, a promise that one day I would be as good as Todd Reid.

Fast forward five years, the date October 15, 2009. I'm serving for the match on centre court at the Port Pirie Men's International Future event in South Australia. Going into the tournament as the second seed I was in a dog fight in my second round match. My opponent... one Todd Reid.

The conditions had been ordinary to say the least. Strong gale-force winds moved sponsor signs that had been held by concrete blocks. Rain had interrupted play on more than one occasion. It had become more of a mental battle than anything else. Who could least let the conditions affect them would probably go on to win the match.

Future events are held throughout the world, replacing the satellite system of old. They sit at the bottom of the ladder, in terms of prize money awarded and points received, behind Challengers and higher still the glamour of the ATP Tour. Despite this, they are essential in building a ranking high enough to take the step up to the next rung.

After travelling Europe, North America and Asia in the past three years I had become accustomed to the grind of the more 'realistic' professional tennis tour.

Week in, week out you travel to small, unknown towns to play in these events with the hope that one day you can build your ranking to a level where you would never have to relive the unglamorous side of tennis.

You meet all sorts of people who have devoted their lives to tennis in the hope that they too get that lucky break or manage to find their purple patch that they believe they possess.

There is the young upstarts who believe the transition from juniors to senior tennis will be made with ease. The experienced campaigners, who deep into their twenties play for the love of the game. And then there are those in-betweens who are at crossroads in their career.

Everyone at the tournament can play, everyone wants to win.

After falling from his career high 105 in the world to around 1000 due to a series of career threatening injuries, Todd still hits a great ball and on his day can beat the toughest of opponents.

Serving at 5-3 in the third set after four hours of competitive tennis I had managed to gain the upper hand. Whenever you serve for a match nerves naturally will come into play.

If anyone tells you otherwise they are probably lying. You have to embrace these feelings and use them to your advantage.

I was confident, I had played a good game to break and now I was a few points away from a significant career victory.

Ten minutes, three backhand passing shots, two forehand winners, some unreturnable serves and a couple of unforced errors later I walked off the court, a defeated man.

Todd had played some great tennis and I couldn't lift my own game. I may now be ranked higher than the former junior Wimbledon champ but still I'm yet to keep the promise I made with myself in the summer of '04.

Action Jackson
12-10-2009, 01:15 AM
John will be in the Wildcard playoff.

ozfan44
12-10-2009, 04:12 AM
Really hope he can do well over the summer!! One of our few aussie men i think that is actually capable of coming through three tough matches in ao qualies!

Action Jackson
12-14-2009, 09:14 AM
John is in the group with Greg Jones, Dane Proppogia and Dayne Kelly.

Johnny won his 1st match 6-2 6-4.

Audacity
12-15-2009, 06:27 AM
John went down to Jones in 3 sets.

Action Jackson
12-15-2009, 07:38 AM
He just needs to get the 2nd spot now.

Audacity
12-16-2009, 03:42 AM
Johnny beat Propoggia 6-2 6-2. I think that would put him in second.

ozfan44
12-16-2009, 09:56 AM
Up against Ebden in the quaters, Go Matty lol....sorry WA Bias!!

Audacity
12-18-2009, 07:39 AM
The Mailman beat Ebden in a thriller 6-7(4) 6-4 7-5. He is up against Lindahl in the semis who is undefeated so far.

Action Jackson
12-18-2009, 10:41 AM
Johnny can take Lindahl out, hope he does it.

Audacity
12-19-2009, 03:29 AM
Millman went down 6-7 6-3 7-6. Really disappointing - again it was a high quality match, but he gave it his all as always. I guess we will see him in the qualifying.

Does anyone know if he will be playing at the Brisbane International? Qualies? MD? There is talk of a wildcard of some sort.

Action Jackson
12-21-2009, 01:52 PM
John is doing some training and will go to Brisbane not sure whether he will get a wildcard or not. He will be at the AO qualies, not sure if he should get a wildcard for the main draw.

Audacity
12-22-2009, 01:08 AM
It would be nice to see him there. In my opinion he isn't ready for an MD WC to the Australian Open.

Action Jackson
12-22-2009, 01:10 AM
I don't think he should get one just yet.

ozfan44
12-22-2009, 05:36 AM
Really hope Millman can do some damage in ao qualies, and it would be nice to see him and Ebden in different sections of the draw lol!!

Both imo have the potential to come through qualies and with the right draw score a win in the main draw!! Lets hope it's hot as both of these guys will grind almost anyone down!!

scotthongkong
12-24-2009, 11:26 AM
Good luck John for success in the qualies

maratness
12-26-2009, 06:27 AM
Really hope Millman can do some damage in ao qualies, and it would be nice to see him and Ebden in different sections of the draw lol!!

Both imo have the potential to come through qualies and with the right draw score a win in the main draw!! Lets hope it's hot as both of these guys will grind almost anyone down!!

Are you blind Ozfan ?? These 2 guys are Australian futures players and your saying they can win at an international level in atp, you must be high.
Both of them havent won a match in challenger level outside of Australia.

ozfan44
12-26-2009, 10:24 AM
Are you blind Ozfan ?? These 2 guys are Australian futures players and your saying they can win at an international level in atp, you must be high.
Both of them havent won a match in challenger level outside of Australia.

No im not high....i was referring to ao qualies, where both have won matches in the past couple years!! with their current form both could easily qualify and if the draw is kind and they are playing well win a match in the main draw!!

Givenchy
12-28-2009, 08:20 AM
John got WC for Brisbane

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/12/28/2781706.htm

Action Jackson
12-28-2009, 08:24 AM
Good that John got a WC to Brisbane.

ace ventura
12-28-2009, 11:16 AM
great , good bloke, and great game.

aussie_fan
12-28-2009, 11:57 PM
Good for him, it will be a good experience

ozfan44
12-29-2009, 02:28 AM
Be great to see him get a chance here, hope he gets a kind draw!!

Audacity
12-30-2009, 12:57 PM
Good stuff.

Givenchy
01-02-2010, 02:54 AM
John will play Stepanek in the first round of Brisbane.

Audacity
01-03-2010, 03:13 PM
http://www.abc.net.au/sport/stories/2010/01/02/2784244.htm?site=sport&section=all

Wildcard Millman feeling right at home

It is a daunting prospect - taking on the defending champion in the opening round of your first ATP event - but hometown wildcard John Millman says he is not lost among the big names at this week's Brisbane International.

The 20-year-old from Carindale, only 20 minutes' drive from the Queensland Tennis Centre, will likely take to Pat Rafter Arena on Sunday or Monday against second seed Radek Stepanek.

It will be Millman's first foray on the professional tour, after earning a wildcard into main draw following his run to the semi-finals of the Australian Open wildcard play-offs and impressive recent results on the Futures circuit this summer.

If his wildcard came as a surprise, Millman had to take a seat when he realised he would be facing the world number 12.

"I was having lunch with [fellow Australian] Peter Luczak after we had a hit, when he got an SMS saying he had drawn Andy Roddick," Millman said.

"I walked downstairs and then I got a message saying I got Stepanek.

"We both got the number one and two seeds!"

Nevertheless, Millman says he has nothing to lose and will not be holding back against the reputably feisty Czech.

"He is the defending champion, he beat some really good players to do that like Verdasco, Gasquet and Llodra," he said.

"He is crafty, he is one of those difficult players because he chops it and dinks it and that game isn't seen so much.

"This is uncharted waters for me... you have to control the things you can control.

"For me, you might not be striking the ball so well but the one thing you can control is how you can compete and I'm going to leave nothing on the court."

Millman, who has improved his world ranking to 307 after great results on the recent Tennis Australia Pro Circuit Tour, says he has bounced back from his gutting 6-7 (7-2), 6-3, 7-6 (7-3) semi-final loss to eventual winner Nick Lindahl at the Australian Open play-offs.

"They are the best ones to win, but the worst ones to lose," he said.

"But when there is lows there are highs.

"A couple of weeks later I got the call based on that performance and that tournament."

Home sweet home

Like many aspiring players, Millman has taken the long road to get where he is with the lower tier Futures circuit taking him to far flung places such as Bulgaria, Romania and Slovenia.

It is therefore not lost on the local up-and-comer that his big break comes in his own backyard amongst the likes of Roddick, Monfils, Blake and Berdych.

"Being a Brisbane boy this is my slam. This is the biggest tournament for me to date and I wouldn't want to be playing anywhere else," he said.

"I love Brisbane and I can't wait to play in front of my family and friends and hopefully a vocal home crowd."

Unfortunately Millman's parents Ron and Shona, who own and run a tennis centre in Carindale, are holidaying in Europe and will miss their son's unexpected debut.

"They are in Vienna at the moment," he said.

"Dad more so would be spewing because he loves it but I don't think Mum would have watched to be honest.

"She gets too nervous."

But it is the home comfort Millman says will keep the butterflies at bay on the big stage.

"The first couple of days you are excited and nervous all at once," he said.

"But being out there and training with some of the players, you start to feel like you belong a little bit more. The confidence comes with that.

"The courts at Tennyson are familiar to me... I've hit out there for the last year on and off.

"Now that I'm used to those players out there, hopefully I can make that change to the new level and play some good tennis."

Action Jackson
01-03-2010, 03:18 PM
Good article and he has a great attitude, just hope he can do well.

Audacity
01-04-2010, 09:22 AM
John went down to Stepanek 6-4 6-0.

Action Jackson
01-04-2010, 09:24 AM
Thunder Lips too tricky and Johnny will have learned a lot from the experience and will know now what he needs to do to reach the next level.

He had game point at *4-5 and served a double, then not long after that Steps takes the set and runs away with it.

save ausdecline
01-04-2010, 09:27 AM
it feels dissapointing but it was expected

Audacity
01-04-2010, 09:28 AM
John has high aspirations for himself. He doesn't want to be a guy hanging around the rank 200 mark his whole career. I just hope he keeps improving his game and I have every bit of faith he can reach his goal of the top 100.

Action Jackson
01-04-2010, 09:31 AM
He is a smart guy and it's all part of the building block. He knows he has to get stronger and the fact he fights hard are all to his benefit.

Action Jackson
01-04-2010, 01:08 PM
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davidrafael
01-04-2010, 01:27 PM
An interesting story on John....


From the Brisbane Times:


Top 100 or bust: Millman
CHRIS BARRETT
December 30, 2009

Great expectations ... Brisbane International wildcard John Millman. Photo: Supplied

The long-time mentor of Patrick Rafter believes his latest charge, Brisbane International wildcard John Millman, has the talent to match the former world number one and dual US Open champion.

Amid the names Roddick, Baghdatis, Clijsters and Henin strutting their stuff at Tennyson next week, the 20-year-old Millman gives crowds a hometown hope to support.

The former Churchie student lives at Carindale, just a relatively short drive from the Queensland Tennis Centre, and will take his place in an ATP main draw field for the first time at the Brisbane International.

He won't be there simply to provide hitting practice.

Millman's coach Gary Stickler, who steered Rafter through the formative stages of his celebrated career and also coached former top-50 Queenslander Scott Draper for two years, says the highly driven baseliner is more than capable of springing a major upset.

"One of John's great qualities is he always goes on court believing he can beat someone," Stickler told brisbanetimes.com.au.

"He doesn't go into the tournament just to make up the numbers. He goes in to show the highly ranked guys he's as good as they are."

Stickler believes Millman, who has improved his world singles ranking from about 1700 to his current position of 307 in the past two years despite serious shoulder and stomach injuries, has the ability and drive of any of his previous players - Rafter included.

"I've worked with a number of good athletes. I worked with Pat Rafter for a number of years and John's the equal of any I've worked with in an athletic and potential sense as well," Stickler said.

"He won't stay in the sport to be someone who's going to be around [world number] 200. His aspirations are to be a top-100 player by this time next year."

Such is Millman's determination not to settle for a long-term life in the caravan-dwelling, eat-when-you-can world of lower-tier tennis, which breezes in and out of such destinations as Almaty, Kazakhstan and Banja Luka, Bosnia, he has set himself a deadline of sorts.

If his ranking doesn't continue to march forward, he will quit the game and go and study commerce/law, probably at the University of Queensland, where some of his schools friends are already nearing graduation.

As a result Millman has resolved to next year to play only on the second-tier Challenger circuit, the level just beneath the ATP Tour, and not the lower Futures tournaments where he has experienced increasing success.

"I just don't want to mark time," said Millman, who lists the Croatian Mario Ancic as his tennis idol on the Tennis Australia site because he studied for a law degree while touring as a professional.

"I've given myself a pretty small time frame to succeed but I think that's good in a way because it's really encouraged me to get the results.

"You judge how you're going at the end of each year. The way I look at it is if my ranking continues to improve then I keep going.

"That's why next year I'm going to be just playing the Challenger tournaments. I could comfortably just play Futures all year and keep my ranking at about 200-300 but that's not the player I want to be so I've put a bit of pressure on myself.

"It's going to be tough - the quality of player is a lot better but by the end of next year if I've done well I'll be hopefully pushing into the 100s."

The quality of opponent will be of an even higher calibre next week when he lines up in the Brisbane International courtesy of a wildcard from tournament organisers.

Suddenly the man on the other side of net could be Andy Roddick, Marcos Baghdatis, James Blake or Gael Monfils. He will find out on Saturday when the draw is made and will "take who I get".

"Obviously everyone at this level can play some good tennis so it's going to be tough but hopefully I can compete hard," he said.

"Hopefully my ranking shoots up and I can play some more of these tournaments."

Action Jackson
01-07-2010, 10:54 PM
He has the ambition, just hope the body doesn't let him down and I will be at the qualies to watch his matches.

Hewitt10
01-08-2010, 02:41 AM
I dont know much about this guy but his results in future tournaments arent bad i would of thought he would of done alot worst against stepanek but he did very very well in the first set but he just couldnt match the skill of stepanek in the first set but i hope he gets the last wildcard but it will go to ebden becasuse he beat Melzer then did really well against Gasquet.

John Millman would really benefit from a wildcard to the main draw even if he didn't get a win but it would be tight between them ebden and himself, the only other player that could get in would be maybe matosevic but i doubt because he lost to Ebden in the Brissie Qualies. But if John is going to have a great year this year then he has got to do well in burnie and melbourne good luck to him.

And if Hewitt dosent play at the hopman cup next year then he should to get in good practice for the aus open cause his definent of 3 matches he should team up with someone like holland, wejnert, peers or moore one of the young girls it would be good for Australia.

Action Jackson
01-09-2010, 08:18 AM
Millman isn't ready for the last wildcard and Edben deserves it at the moment. Matosevic is coming back from back problems.

He is in the qualies for Melbourne and that is good enough for now.

jmf07
01-09-2010, 12:32 PM
Did John skip Sydney or was he waiting on a wildcard that never arrived?

Action Jackson
01-09-2010, 12:34 PM
John is playing qualies at the AO.

jmf07
01-09-2010, 12:44 PM
Ah sorry I meant the qualies of Sydney but im guessing it is still the same story?

Action Jackson
01-09-2010, 12:47 PM
He didn't enter or ask for a WC to Sydney. He has played quite a bit of tennis already and has bigger fish to fry.

Givenchy
01-12-2010, 07:39 AM
John plays Simone Vagnozzi in the first round of AO qualifying.

Audacity
01-13-2010, 05:54 AM
John has made a good start and beat Vagnozzi 6-3 6-2. Plays Phillip Oswald next.

jmf07
01-13-2010, 02:28 PM
:bounce:. Gets slightly tougher. Go John.

Givenchy
01-14-2010, 09:22 AM
John won 6-2 3-6 7-5! :)

jmf07
01-14-2010, 10:08 AM
:D. I got worried when he went a break down near the end of the third. Hopefully he does well against Marchenko.

Action Jackson
01-14-2010, 11:46 AM
Millman what a warrior he is, coming back from a break down in the 3rd and Oswald called the trainer for a cramp issue, then when it was the change of ends he changed his mind.

Audacity
01-15-2010, 01:28 AM
Good work Johnny.

Givenchy
01-15-2010, 11:21 PM
John lost 2-6 1-6 to Marchenko today :(

jmf07
01-16-2010, 12:18 AM
Ouch. Didn't expect him to be beaten that easily. He did well to make the third round of qualifying. Hopefully he can go on and have a good year now.

scotthongkong
01-16-2010, 11:12 AM
Great work John for a great season. Great 2010 I feel.

Audacity
01-17-2010, 05:45 AM
Ouch. Didn't expect him to be beaten that easily. He did well to make the third round of qualifying. Hopefully he can go on and have a good year now.

Strange scoreline indeed, John did beat Marchenko last year in AO qualies, he must have improved a bit since then.

Action Jackson
01-17-2010, 06:30 AM
Marchenko played very well and this match showed where Johnny has to get better. The forehand is too much spin and not enough bite through the court.

Action Jackson
01-30-2010, 11:07 AM
John is in Burnie this week.

Greg Jones AUS [7] vs. Samuel Groth AUS
Tsung-Hua Yang TPE vs. Matt Reid AUS [WC]
Hiroki Moriya JPN vs. John Millman AUS
Q vs. Brydan Klein AUS [4]

Audacity
01-31-2010, 02:10 AM
He has a decent draw, hopefully he can get through the first couple of rounds.

Action Jackson
02-01-2010, 03:12 AM
Johnny wins 6-2 6-4 so he will play on Wednesday against Klein or Wachiramanowong.

Audacity
02-01-2010, 05:24 AM
Nicely done John.

Hewitt =Legend
02-03-2010, 08:40 AM
John is through to the QF after a 3 set win over Wachiramanowong and now plays Jones. Good Luck Johnny!

Audacity
02-03-2010, 01:00 PM
Good luck.

Tenys4r
02-04-2010, 05:38 AM
Be good to get a win here.

Givenchy
02-05-2010, 02:41 AM
John lost a tough one to Jones 6-4 6-7 6-7 :(

Audacity
02-05-2010, 05:14 AM
Tough loss for the "Mailman".

Hewitt =Legend
02-05-2010, 05:47 AM
Bad luck Johnny good effort. Did he have any match points in the tiebreaks?

Hewitt =Legend
02-15-2010, 10:32 PM
John is playing in Mildura this week. Here is his quarter:


Greg JONES (AUS) (1) Vs Andrew GREGORY (AUS)
Matthew BARTON (AUS) Vs Dane PROPOGGIA (AUS)
Colin EBELTHITE (AUS) Vs Benjamin MITCHELL (AUS)
Yuichi ITO (JPN) Vs John MILLMAN (AUS) (6)

Good luck Johnny!

Hewitt =Legend
02-18-2010, 08:33 AM
John went down to Ebelthite 7-6(4) 6-3 in the 2nd round.

Its been a long summer for him, good luck in Berri next week.

Givenchy
02-28-2010, 06:22 AM
John has won the Berri futures tournament :)
def. ROSHAN 6-1 1-6 6-2
def. LETCHER 6-4 6-4
def. EBELTHITE 7-6 2-1 ret.
def. EBDEN 7-6 7-6
def. JONES 1-6 6-4 6-4

Action Jackson
02-28-2010, 06:23 AM
Time to go to the US and play some challengers.

Audacity
02-28-2010, 01:44 PM
Some impressive wins in there. Good work!

jmf07
03-08-2010, 11:50 PM
35k Kyoto Challenger
Simon Stadler GER [6] vs. Matthew Ebden AUS
Sebastian Rieschick GER [Q] vs. Yuichi Ito JPN [Q]
John Millman AUS vs. Sho Katayama JPN [Q]
Martin Fischer AUT [2] vs. Takao Suzuki JPN

I wonder how he will go on the indoor carpet.

Action Jackson
03-08-2010, 11:52 PM
He will struggle, but he is willing to try all the surfaces.

Action Jackson
03-09-2010, 10:32 PM
John won his first match in straight sets and will play the winner of the Suzuki/Fischer match today.

Action Jackson
03-11-2010, 08:45 AM
Johnny beat Suzuki in 3 sets and plays the Edben again.

Audacity
03-11-2010, 08:47 AM
Good to see Johnny win a couple of matches on the carpet. Hopefully he can pull through against Matty Ebden aswell.

jmf07
03-11-2010, 01:12 PM
That's an awesome win. Good on him.

jmf07
04-09-2010, 06:38 AM
http://www.flickr.com/photos/35739529@N07/

Some photos of John in the Junior Pro Am. No results from his first round match against Simmonds. I think Simmonds has a very fast first serve but I could have him confused with someone else.

Action Jackson
04-17-2010, 12:40 PM
Johnny playing the qualies in a Florida Challenger.

John Millman AUS [3] vs. John Valenti USA [WC]
Matej Bocko SVK vs. Vlademyros Mavropoulos-Stoliarenko GRE [WC]
Sebastian Rieschick GER vs. Michael Sinha USA [WC]
Joshua Goodall GBR [7] vs. Ti Chen TPE

Audacity
04-17-2010, 02:15 PM
All the best mate.

jmf07
04-18-2010, 02:20 AM
Is he still planning to quit at the end of the year if he isn't in the top 100?

scotthongkong
04-18-2010, 11:38 AM
Come on John!

Audacity
04-18-2010, 11:56 AM
Is he still planning to quit at the end of the year if he isn't in the top 100?
I did read an article that said he will go to university if he doesn't make the "big time" by the end of the year. He is a smart guy, and doesn't want to be slogging away on the challenger circuit his whole career, but maybe he will rethink his goals at the end of the year.

Action Jackson
04-18-2010, 11:58 AM
He has plenty of time for uni, but he needs to get back on the winning track.

Hewitt =Legend
04-18-2010, 01:18 PM
A lot of guys juggle uni while playing so that shouldn't really play a huge part in Johnny quitting at the end of the year, but he'll do what he wants to do.

Audacity
04-19-2010, 04:58 AM
Goodall beat John in the qualifying round.

Action Jackson
04-24-2010, 02:57 AM
John is playing Ostrava and San Remo before RG qualies. He will arrive at Ostrava on Sunday, so I don't expect much there as he is coming from New York.

Audacity
04-24-2010, 03:59 AM
Good luck Johnny.

Action Jackson
04-27-2010, 01:53 AM
Johnny is playing Menendez today, don't expect him to win to be honest.

jmf07
04-27-2010, 09:52 AM
John went down 63 63. Was leading 30 in the second set. His serve seemed to be a bit of a problem. Only held once in each set. Good luck at your next tournament John.

Audacity
05-13-2010, 11:34 AM
The Mailman will be heading to the Cremona challenger next week and is 8th on the alternate list for RG qualies, hopefully he can sneak in the draw.

Action Jackson
05-13-2010, 11:51 AM
If he makes RG then he won't play Cremona.

jmf07
05-14-2010, 02:56 AM
John made it into RG Qualies

jmf07
05-18-2010, 05:03 AM
DANIEL, Marcos BRA [4] v WITTEN, Jesse USA
MILLMAN, John AUS v ZAMPIERI, Caio BRA
JONES, Greg AUS v CERVENAK, Pavol SVK
MILLOT, Vincent FRA v BOZOLJAC, Ilija SRB [20]

Hopefully he can put in a respectable showing.

ozfan44
05-18-2010, 05:30 AM
Hopefully he can get up tonight in round one....not expecting much given the patchy form in the lead up, a second round encounter with daniel would be pretty tough!!

Audacity
05-18-2010, 06:06 AM
Zampieri will be pretty tough.

ozfan44
05-18-2010, 06:18 AM
Zampieri will be pretty tough.

Yeah im hoping he can pull through though, Lemke beat him not long ago in straight sets!!

Action Jackson
05-18-2010, 06:29 AM
Yeah im hoping he can pull through though, Lemke beat him not long ago in straight sets!!

Doesn't mean much in the context of John playing against Zampieri.

Hewitt2010
05-18-2010, 10:27 AM
Good come back at the moment he was down a break about 2 or 3 love down then won the first set 7-5. Now is up 1-0 and 0-15 in the second set he isn't serving.

jmf07
05-18-2010, 10:31 AM
Yeah Zampieri also had a couple of set points. The telling factor was the BP conversion. 2 out of 3 for John and 1 out of 7 for Zampieri. Well done John and he is up a break in the second. I wonder if Zampieri will hang in there after blowing away the first set.

jmf07
05-18-2010, 10:32 AM
Also worth noting Witten took the first set off Daniel.

Action Jackson
05-18-2010, 10:35 AM
Long way to go.

Action Jackson
05-18-2010, 10:59 AM
Mailman through 7-5 6-3

jmf07
05-18-2010, 11:02 AM
Good stuff

Hewitt2010
05-18-2010, 11:03 AM
Great win hope he can continue this run, but usually with aussies they get a good win then they can't back it up hope im wrong this time though.

Action Jackson
05-18-2010, 01:31 PM
Johnny is now playing Witten, this is a surprise for him. Hope he can take advantage of the long match Witten had.

jmf07
05-18-2010, 01:37 PM
Yeah what an epic match just under 4 hours. I'm guessing they will schedule them for Thursday?

Audacity
05-18-2010, 01:41 PM
Good work Johnny. That definitely opens the draw for him now that Witten caused an upset.

Hewitt2010
05-18-2010, 01:53 PM
Yeah it was a good win from Witten in 3h 47m so well done.

Hewitt =Legend
05-18-2010, 05:53 PM
Great stuff Johnny.

Good chance to advance against Witten.

Hewitt2010
05-19-2010, 01:22 AM
Great to see him through espically now he's the only aussie left in the qualies draw.

Action Jackson
05-19-2010, 04:08 PM
John got thumped 6-2 6-1.

Hewitt =Legend
05-19-2010, 04:12 PM
Disappointing result given their previous rounds.

Good effort from Johnny to win a round nevertheless.

Action Jackson
05-19-2010, 04:14 PM
It has been quite sunny there in Paris and Witten's big forehand firing.

jmf07
05-20-2010, 01:19 AM
Damn but Witten seems to be a good player when he is motivated.

Audacity
05-20-2010, 05:45 AM
Damn but Witten seems to be a good player when he is motivated.

Yeah, made the 3rd round of the AUS Open and pushed Djokovic to 4 sets, just off the top of my head.

Action Jackson
05-20-2010, 08:57 AM
I got a report on the match, the words where that he was playing against Federer on steroids out there.

Line
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aussie_fan
05-20-2010, 11:40 AM
Yeah, made the 3rd round of the US Open and pushed Djokovic to 4 sets, just off the top of my head.

Fixed, and my grandma could of pushed Djokovic to 4 sets that day, Djokovic was all sorts of awful.

Pity about the loss but solid effort with the round win.

Hewitt2010
05-20-2010, 12:03 PM
Really dissapointing, why can't aussies put there challenger form into Grand Slam form really crap. Wimbledon will be good though Tomic should get direct entry into the qualies after a solid performance this week.

Action Jackson
06-01-2010, 02:55 AM
John beat Dimitrov and lost in qualies at Nottingham. He is off to Halle now.

Audacity
06-01-2010, 03:31 AM
Disappointing. All the best for Halle Johnny.

Sombrerero loco
06-06-2010, 09:18 AM
lost in the second round of the qualy...go go johny!

Sombrerero loco
06-06-2010, 09:35 PM
BTW, I´ve just created a facebook group dedicated to him, so if you like his tennis, you can join!
just search for john millman in pages and you´ll find it :)

Sombrerero loco
06-13-2010, 08:06 PM
tomorrow it´s johny´s 21st birthday!:)

Sombrerero loco
06-14-2010, 11:09 PM
lost in straight sets T_T what a birthday johny!=(

Action Jackson
07-14-2010, 03:11 AM
John has been league tennis in Germany. He is in the lower divisions, as he isn't able to have an EU passport so he can't play in the top division as a foreigner because the standard is too high.

He will be heading over to North America for some challengers.

Sombrerero loco
07-14-2010, 10:08 AM
next week in canada i think
go johny!

scotthongkong
07-25-2010, 12:27 PM
knee tendonitis for John and he has withdrawn from Granby Canada sadly.

RustyOz
07-25-2010, 10:37 PM
That is not good to hear. Hope Milkman recovers soon.

Sombrerero loco
07-26-2010, 01:39 PM
omg poor johny T_T

Audacity
07-31-2010, 05:19 AM
John is playing Sijsling in QR1 Washington.

scotthongkong
07-31-2010, 06:31 AM
Come on John.

Sombrerero loco
07-31-2010, 08:51 AM
no vancouver then?
come on johny!!

Audacity
08-01-2010, 02:06 AM
John lost 6-1 7-6.

Sombrerero loco
08-01-2010, 08:50 AM
=) come on johny...lets get recovered first

scotthongkong
08-01-2010, 10:14 AM
The tie break score was close at least. Come on John.

RustyOz
08-10-2010, 10:51 PM
Millman pushed Gooch today at Binghamton, taking the first in a tie-break (5) then going down in a close 2nd set 7-5, then 6-3 in the 3rd. Good effort John.

Sombrerero loco
08-12-2010, 09:59 PM
john =)

jmf07
08-24-2010, 01:27 AM
John is drawn to play Russian Evgeny Kirillov in the first round of US Open Qualies. Not a bad matchup. Good luck to him.

Sombrerero loco
08-24-2010, 01:09 PM
difficult indeed, but he can do it!go john!!

RustyOz
08-24-2010, 11:00 PM
Millman ging well!!! 7-5, 4-0 up. Go Johnnie...
John closed out the match 7-5, 6-1 - our 2nd Aussie through today

Sombrerero loco
08-24-2010, 11:22 PM
greaaaaaaaaaaaaat nice stadistics johny :))))

Action Jackson
08-25-2010, 12:46 AM
John continuing hos good form from last week and will play the winner of the Matosevic/Beck.

Audacity
08-25-2010, 08:23 AM
Well done John. Good to see.

scotthongkong
08-25-2010, 09:30 AM
John is in great form and brimming with confidence. It is good to see success coming to such a lovely fella. Come on!

Sombrerero loco
08-25-2010, 02:25 PM
matosevic or beck, ok, it´ll be hard-but not impossible!

RustyOz
08-27-2010, 09:00 PM
Milkman in 3! He kept the pressure on after dropping 1st set 2-6, to win the 2nd 6-1, then outlasted Marinko in the 3rd to win the set 7-5. Well done John. Plays the winner of Polansky/Skugor, now in a 3rd set tussle.

Sombrerero loco
08-27-2010, 10:02 PM
greaaaaaaaaaaat johny!!

Action Jackson
08-28-2010, 12:45 AM
The Mailman is playing Roman Polansky to make the main draw. Just like today it won't be easy, just keep playing the way he has and the chance is there.

Matchu
08-28-2010, 03:59 AM
The Mailman is playing Roman Polansky to make the main draw. Just like today it won't be easy, just keep playing the way he has and the chance is there.

He is actually playing Canadian Peter Polansky. Polansky lost in straight sets to Klein, Ball and Greg Jones last month so maybe Johnny will get him. It is played over five sets so hopefully Johnnys fitness will show and he will prevail.

Would be good for John to experience his first ever Grand Slam main draw at the US open. If he was to qualify he would move to around 230 in the world and would almost certianly gain entry into challengers for the rest of the year. I think John is a huge prospect for us and he really only needs one or two big results like this to be able to step up to the challenger level every week of the year.

jmf07
08-28-2010, 04:08 AM
Good luck John. Would be great to see him get into a GS MD.

[QUOTE=Matchu;10293791]He is actually playing Canadian Peter Polansky.QUOTE]

I think it was a joke about his namesake Roman Polanski who hasn't been through the best of times of late.

scotthongkong
08-28-2010, 07:10 AM
Good luck to Johnny. I think he has a great chance to beat Peter Polansky.

Audacity
08-28-2010, 07:26 AM
Good stuff John. Would be good to see him qualify.

Hewitt =Legend
08-29-2010, 01:27 AM
Johnny went down in 3 to Polansky. Did well to level the match by winning the 2nd 6-4 but then ran out of steam going down 6-0 in the final set.

Good effort Johnny, keep on progressing mate. Does anyone know if he is going to continue playing next year, I remember something about if he wasn't close to the top 100 he would start concentrating on his studies?

Action Jackson
08-29-2010, 01:30 AM
He is still going on as far as I know.

RustyOz
08-29-2010, 02:20 AM
A good fight from John, going to 3 sets against Polansky. Surprised he went down 6-0 in the 3rd. John normally outlast the other player, suprised the "energiser bunny" ran out of puff.
Also heard a rumour about John not going on seriously with tennis next year, but heard that it was if he wasn't under 300 at the year-end. Who knows what his target is... Would be a pity because he is performing well, super-fit and can only improve from here.
Well done John in the qualies...
Excellent job by Sally Peers as well in qualifying - the only Oz to do so!

jmf07
08-29-2010, 03:17 AM
Shame about the third set but he has surpassed expectations this week and hopefully he can finish off the rest of the year with some good performances.

Sombrerero loco
08-29-2010, 06:01 PM
please continue playing john =(

Audacity
08-30-2010, 08:22 AM
Bad luck John, still learning at his age and experience. By the way, you can add John on Facebook, he appreciates the support on there and tries his best to communicate with his fans.

scotthongkong
09-01-2010, 01:35 PM
He is a great guy indeed.

Sombrerero loco
09-02-2010, 09:32 AM
yeah, he is a great guy :)

Matchu
09-20-2010, 10:56 AM
Johnny takes out his second futures title this year with a 6-0 6-1 victory in Darwin. Could be an indication of how badly John wants to make it as a pro tennis player to give that much effort in the final. He'll look to back up this week in Alice Springs as the number 1 seed again, if Johnny backs up in Alice Springs he'll move to around 220 in the world in two weeks and be only around 30 points shy of the top 200.

I'd really like to see John win in Alice Springs as well because I think he will definitely keep playing once he gets to a ranking of around 200. After Alice Springs John is taking a week off and then heading to the US to play in three consecutive challenger and after that I presume he will return to Australia to play the remaining futures or play a couple of challengers in Asia, or both.

I think John has struggled to make the jump to the challenger level but seems extremely capable to perform on the futures circuit. Hopefully Johnny ends up playing challengers exclusively next year.

Action Jackson
09-20-2010, 11:27 AM
Always the rankings talk Matchu.

Johnny will be off playing the American challengers after these 2 Futures events which he is using as match practice. He has had tendonitis and shin splint issues.

Sombrerero loco
09-20-2010, 06:51 PM
johny rules :hearts:

Daniel.
09-20-2010, 10:53 PM
Always the rankings talk Matchu.

Johnny will be off playing the American challengers after these 2 Futures events which he is using as match practice. He has had tendonitis and shin splint issues.

Dude, would you just drop it?! If Matchu wants to calculate and discuss rankings then who do u think u r to constantly criticise him for it??
Rankings are an extremely important aspect of tennis, as that is your standing in the game and your ability to enter tournaments. They show form and improvement and allow a player to set goals to achieve.

I for one, enjoy having someone else calculate rankings after good results so I don't have to myself.

I enjoy your posts as well, as they are always very analytical and educated, especially on Luczak and Millman. But far out I'm sick of your whinging when Matchu wishes to make mention of rankings!

Matchu
09-21-2010, 02:06 AM
Dude, would you just drop it?! If Matchu wants to calculate and discuss rankings then who do u think u r to constantly criticise him for it??
Rankings are an extremely important aspect of tennis, as that is your standing in the game and your ability to enter tournaments. They show form and improvement and allow a player to set goals to achieve.


Well even more so in this thread because John came out and said towards the end of last year and stated that if his ranking does not coninue to improve he will quit tennis. I think making ranking calculations and predictions in this thread is much more important than any other thread I have done it in because if John doesn't move up this thread will die and people will say why did Johnny quit?

I just hope he keeps playing because I have seen him play live a couple of times and he is very talented he just needs to hone his game and tweak it a little to make it at the challenger level next season and then progress to ATPs.

Action Jackson
09-21-2010, 02:12 AM
Dude, would you just drop it?! If Matchu wants to calculate and discuss rankings then who do u think u r to constantly criticise him for it??
Rankings are an extremely important aspect of tennis, as that is your standing in the game and your ability to enter tournaments. They show form and improvement and allow a player to set goals to achieve.

I for one, enjoy having someone else calculate rankings after good results so I don't have to myself.

I enjoy your posts as well, as they are always very analytical and educated, especially on Luczak and Millman. But far out I'm sick of your whinging when Matchu wishes to make mention of rankings!

I am sick of rankings talk all of the time, that is why. If anything there should be a specific rankings thread on the Aussie players all in one tracking their progress, what they have to defend, progressions and regressions.

No shit they are important, but Millman, Luczak and all the other players know what they need to do to improve their rankings. If they win matches, then the ranking looks after itself, if they don't, then that reflects that, it's not hard.

John has a lot to improve on, has to get stronger and fitter. He has a good work ethic, also is a bit defensive at times when he needs to accelerate through the ball.

Audacity
09-21-2010, 08:48 AM
As long as John keeps improving his game, his ranking is going to climb. I am sure John's top priority is to improve his game, he knows that results will follow, thus improving his ranking. We all know that. There should be more talk about the game itself rather than 'just' rankings talk all the time.

Action Jackson
09-21-2010, 08:59 AM
Rafter made some comments about the younger players needing to harden up and he's right. I think it would have been good for John to play the Sth.American events he'd harden up very quickly. Yes, there are many improvements to his game that are needed.

Audacity
09-21-2010, 09:44 AM
Rafter made some comments about the younger players needing to harden up and he's right. I think it would have been good for John to play the Sth.American events he'd harden up very quickly. Yes, there are many improvements to his game that are needed.

Yeah, on that; during the USO one of the Aussie commentators mentioned Ball should do some boxing or something to 'harden up'. Players like him could benefit having a bit of fire and grit in their games. To me, these young Aussies seem like too much of a 'nice guy' on court if you know what I mean...

Hewitt =Legend
09-21-2010, 10:17 AM
Yeah, on that; during the USO one of the Aussie commentators mentioned Ball should do some boxing or something to 'harden up'. Players like him could benefit having a bit of fire and grit in their games. To me, these young Aussies seem like too much of a 'nice guy' on court if you know what I mean...

Except Matosevic ;)

Yeah our boys could fire up a bit more but that does come from the start, it can't really be taught unless its already there. All in all I think Johnny has improved this year and thats all you can ask for at this stage really. Hope he does well in the upcoming challengers and the wildcard playoff.

Action Jackson
09-21-2010, 10:19 AM
Johnny has improved, would be good if he could have a year without too many problems. He does fight hard on the court and that's all one can ask.

RustyOz
09-21-2010, 10:00 PM
Except Matosevic ;)

Yeah our boys could fire up a bit more but that does come from the start, it can't really be taught unless its already there. All in all I think Johnny has improved this year and thats all you can ask for at this stage really. Hope he does well in the upcoming challengers and the wildcard playoff.

and Klein...

Sombrerero loco
09-21-2010, 10:04 PM
and mitchell :lol:

Daniel.
09-21-2010, 10:51 PM
As long as John keeps improving his game, his ranking is going to climb. I am sure John's top priority is to improve his game, he knows that results will follow, thus improving his ranking. We all know that. There should be more talk about the game itself rather than 'just' rankings talk all the time.

What a ridiculous thing to say..?! It's absolutely incorrect that its "just rankings talk all the time". Matchu mentions this on occasion and Action Jackson will bully him by criticising him for it when its a completely valid topic and an interesting one to bring up.

Lets stop this debate. I don't even post on this site much but I do read it. I just wanted to lend my support to Matchu because I feel this guy has been treated disrespectfully.

Audacity
09-22-2010, 04:07 AM
What a ridiculous thing to say..?! It's absolutely incorrect that its "just rankings talk all the time". Matchu mentions this on occasion and Action Jackson will bully him by criticising him for it when its a completely valid topic and an interesting one to bring up.

Lets stop this debate. I don't even post on this site much but I do read it. I just wanted to lend my support to Matchu because I feel this guy has been treated disrespectfully.

It's not a ridiculous thing to say when some people on this forum are never to be seen when a player is losing or injured, but as soon as they have a good tournament the bandwagon arrives to obsess about rankings. For me, it is more important to support a player who is injured or having a down time than worry about where he will be ranked after a win or a loss. As has been stated before, the player wins, the ranking goes up, he loses, the ranking goes down.

Matchu
09-22-2010, 08:39 AM
It's not a ridiculous thing to say when some people on this forum are never to be seen when a player is losing or injured, but as soon as they have a good tournament the bandwagon arrives to obsess about rankings. For me, it is more important to support a player who is injured or having a down time than worry about where he will be ranked after a win or a loss.

What exactly am I supposed to post when a player is not playing or is losing first round? I see the losses and I feel sad that they lose and want to support them but I can't comment on the matches because I don't go and watch, when I do go to matches I actually do give commentary on the players who lose.

As has been stated before, the player wins, the ranking goes up, he loses, the ranking goes down.

Not true, with the way the ATP rankings are structured a player can win a tournament and lose spots in the rankings due to a player below them doing better overall over a 12 month period and vice versa a player can lose first round and gain places in the rankings.

If Johnny does not make the final in Alice Springs this week he will lose ranking spots and all the hard will be lost after one really good week in Darwin. Just winning is not enough, in other sports sure you can win and you will almost definitely move up but tennis is different. Defending points is one of the most important things as a professional tennis player because no one wants to fall down the rankings.

Even though these posters on here claim that the pros don't look too much into the rankings that is just not true. I watched an interview at the start of this year with Peter Luczak where he stated he needed to gain around 100 points between then and Roland Garros to assure entry into Wimbledon so he is obviously looking into the rankings and is able to set goals because of that. I think it is healthy to do a rankings analysis but I bitten the bullet and made a seperate thread because I didn't want to be childish and complain about it.

Action Jackson
09-26-2010, 05:21 PM
John lost to Ebelthite, not a problem has a week at home then off to the US for the rest of the season.

RustyOz
09-26-2010, 10:24 PM
Milkman's results in Darwin and Alice Springs have given him a good platform, points wise, to play in the US for the remainder of the season. Go Johnnie...

Audacity
09-27-2010, 03:16 AM
Hopefully Johnny can gather some good results over the rest of the season.

Audacity
10-03-2010, 06:38 AM
The Mailman is playing in a Sacramento challenger this week. Here is his quarter:

[3] Julian REISTER (GER) vs QUALIFIER
QUALIFIER vs John MILLMAN (AUS)
Tim SMYCZEK (USA) vs Frederik NIELSEN (DEN)
QUALIFIER vs [6] Carsten BALL (AUS)

RustyOz
10-03-2010, 09:13 AM
Both Aussies copped a Qualifier. Hopefully good luck.

Sombrerero loco
10-03-2010, 02:50 PM
good luck johny :)

Audacity
10-04-2010, 01:18 AM
John will play Luka Gregorc, who can be a tough player.

Audacity
10-05-2010, 01:46 AM
Millman came from a set down to win 4-6 6-1 6-4. He was never really troubled on serve, except for one game in the first set in which he was subsequently broken. Good win for him and will likely face Julian Reister in the second round.

RustyOz
10-05-2010, 02:56 AM
Good comeback by the Milkman. Well done

Action Jackson
10-05-2010, 05:07 AM
Millman came from a set down to win 4-6 6-1 6-4. He was never really troubled on serve, except for one game in the first set in which he was subsequently broken. Good win for him and will likely face Julian Reister in the second round.

Will be a good challenge for John against Reister, it's time for him to step up and start performing better in these challengers. He has had issue with shin splints, so hope they hold up alright for him.

jmf07
10-07-2010, 12:39 AM
Millman won 61 36 62 and will play Nielsen in the Quarters. Good luck.

RustyOz
10-07-2010, 01:29 AM
Good result Johnnie... heading toward the 200 ranking mark

Action Jackson
10-07-2010, 03:05 AM
Good start to the US campaign, and that last set score was impressive against Reister.

Audacity
10-07-2010, 05:49 AM
Very good win for John.

Audacity
10-09-2010, 03:16 AM
John beat Nielson 6-3 6-0. Really an excellent scoreline. He now plays Bogomolov Jr for a place in the final, who beat Guccione 6-3 6-3.

jmf07
10-09-2010, 04:02 AM
:eek: another outstanding result

Territory
10-09-2010, 08:02 AM
Will John crack the Top 200 with his SF result?

Action Jackson
10-09-2010, 09:32 AM
Will John crack the Top 200 with his SF result?

Matchu has worked out all the rankings in the Rankings Watch thread for the respective Aussie players. He spends a lot of time on it.

Action Jackson
10-09-2010, 09:34 AM
Never in doubt the bandwagon starts arriving. It's an interesting match for him against Bogomolov Jr, they are quite similar players but of course Bogo is more experienced. He isn't above some antics as well, if things aren't going well.

Sombrerero loco
10-09-2010, 02:22 PM
so great johny :hearts:

jmf07
10-10-2010, 12:54 AM
John's into the final after defeating Bogomolov Jr 2-6 7-6 7-6. Great effort to come from a set down and then a break down in the third. Plays Kendrick in what I think is his first ever Challenger final.

Action Jackson
10-10-2010, 01:14 AM
Yes, it is John's first ever Challenger final and great comeback from him. Kendrick will be a different challenge for sure. He will need to vary his returning position as Kendrick will S&V him a lot.

Green and Gold
10-10-2010, 02:14 AM
My first time on here, well done John i follow all the aussie but John is one of my favourite's hope he can beat Kendrick.

Audacity
10-10-2010, 03:34 AM
Well done, great comeback John. It will be a good experience for him playing in the final.

Welcome to the forum Green and Gold.