1997-1998 Juniors: Wiersholm, Nava, Kozlov, Tiafoe, Mmoh, Blumberg, Ponwith, etc. [Archive] - MensTennisForums.com

1997-1998 Juniors: Wiersholm, Nava, Kozlov, Tiafoe, Mmoh, Blumberg, Ponwith, etc.

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SapELee
03-02-2012, 10:42 PM
I decided to create another junior thread after all. It will easier to keep track of different age groups this way.

For fun - Who will be the next big shot from the 1997-1998 Group? (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=197773)


http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-RPsaIGG1dfA/T0rdkIFgHpI/AAAAAAAAGCQ/GsXwRBF7Fgw/s400/Wiersholm12-11.jpg

Henrik Wiersholm
03-27-1997 (14 years old)
Notable Accomplishments:
2012 ITF Copa Gatorade Champion (Impressive run :bowdown: , playing in only his 2nd ITF Tourny)
2011 Les Petits As Champion
2011 AEGON Junior International Finalist

http://www.itftennis.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/IO_59811_gallery.JPG

Eduardo Nava
03-11-1997 (14 years old)
Notable Accomplishments:
2011 NIKE Junior Tour USA Masters Finalist
2011 Les Petits As Quarterfinalist
2011 AEGON Junior International Quarterfinalist

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-TYaxd4NJr7U/TvJwUu3MkJI/AAAAAAAAFxg/t95sbY8DjdI/s400/Kozlov12-21-11.jpg

Stefan Kozlov
02-01-1998 (14 years old)
Notable Accomplishments:
Youngest player in the top 150 ITF Junior Ranking :yeah:
2011 ITF Waco Champion
2011 Junior Orange Bowl Finalist
2011 AEGON Junior International Champion

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-kGEkluAfI8c/TyYB4M5FA5I/AAAAAAAAF8M/3S28h0luywc/s400/Tiafoe12-11.jpg

Francis Tiafoe
01-20-1998 (14 years old)
Notable Accomplishments:
2012 Les Petits As Champion (Impressive run :bowdown:)
2012 AEGON Junior International Champion

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-QjlRHzx5e7Q/Tu1FiBUK3hI/AAAAAAAAFvw/ylrVqEsbFdU/s400/Mmoh12-17-11.jpg

Michael Mmoh
01-10-1998 (14 years old)
Notable Accomplishments:
2012 AEGON Junior International Finalist
2012 Les Petits As Semifinalist
2011 VRSA Summer Cup Champion

http://i39.tinypic.com/o10syg.jpg

William Blumberg
01-26-1998 (14 years old)
Notable Accomplishments:
2012 USTA National Open Finalist
2012 Les Petits As Finalist
2012 AEGON Junior International Quarterfinalist

http://assets.usta.com/assets/644/15/PonwithInside_leblanc.jpg

Nathan Ponwith
04-28-1998 (13 years old)
Notable Accomplishments:
2012 Les Petits As Semifinalist
2012 AEGON Junior International Semifinalist
2011 USTA National Open Champion

SapELee
03-02-2012, 10:46 PM
Quoting pictures from the other thread (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?p=11705172#post11705172).

Picture of the American team at Les Petits As:

http://static.ladepeche.fr/content/photo/biz/2012/01/28/201201282112_zoom.jpg

Mmoh is top-left, Tiafoe top-right, Blumberg bottom-left, and Ponwith bottom-right.

Here's another picture of the team from the official site of Les Petits As:

http://www.lespetitsas.com/photos/base/2012/tableaufinal/journedu28.01.2012/1632901201224.jpg

They have a lot of pictures of the American kids. Check it out:

http://www.lespetitsas.com/photos/gallerie-227.html

SapELee
03-02-2012, 10:48 PM
Mmoh and Wiersholm play each other in the semis in Guatemala

Too bad they play each other next...at least one will be in the final I guess :D.

SapELee
03-03-2012, 12:26 AM
Can someone tell me who is shorter between Wiersholm and Kozlov? We do tend to have several McShorties :lol:.

Smoke944
03-03-2012, 12:41 AM
Can someone tell me who is shorter between Wiersholm and Kozlov? We do tend to have several McShorties :lol:.

Hopefully they both do a lot of growing. And Mmoh is the opposite. Very tall already.

SapELee
03-03-2012, 04:29 PM
Michael def Henrik 6-3 7-6(7). Let's go for the titles sweep; he has already won the double title :cheerleader:. Henrik :hug:.

Smoke944
03-04-2012, 04:41 AM
Mmoh won.

SapELee
03-04-2012, 02:35 PM
Zootennis (http://tenniskalamazoo.blogspot.com/2012/03/scholl-mmoh-win-itf-titles-novikov-keys.html)

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-MnXHyqtAwuo/T1LeOUbqefI/AAAAAAAAGDY/4tTIw3Z5Za8/s400/Mmoh3-3-12.jpg

Qualifier Michael Mmoh of the United States won the singles and doubles titles at this week's ITF Grade 4 in Guatemala, beating No. 2 seed Sebastian Penaloza of Chile in the final. In addition to defeating the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds, the 14-year-old, playing in just his sixth ITF event, beat American Henrik Wiersholm, last week's Grade 4 winner, in the semifinals. Mmoh also won the doubles, teaming with Thomas Adriano Tenreiro of Venezuela.

:yeah:

SapELee
03-05-2012, 09:53 PM
142 KOZLOV, Stefan 210.00
372 MMOH, Michael 101.25
438 WIERSHOLM, Henrik 86.25

Congrats to Mmoh and Wiersholm on a career high ITF ranking :cheerleader:

With the exception of Kozlov, it seems that they won't be playing again until the last week of March (USTA Claremont ITF G4).


http://blog.imgacademies.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/mmoh.jpg

Mmoh is back training at IMG Academies, preparing for his upcoming tournaments, and is looking to continue his rise up the rankings.

Mmoh Sweeps Guatemala, Skyrockets Up ITF Rankings (http://blog.imgacademies.com/2012/03/05/mmoh-sweeps-guatemala-skyrockets-up-itf-rankings/)

SapELee
03-20-2012, 03:39 AM
http://p.twimg.com/AoXx8_kCEAAzFTJ.jpg

Stefan Kozlov with his older peers at Copa Gerdau GA in Brazil. He defeated No.9 seed Couacaud (FRA) to advance to the second round.

SapELee
03-21-2012, 10:44 PM
Zootennis: (http://tenniskalamazoo.blogspot.com/2012/03/easter-bowl-acceptances-ucla-usc-remain.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Zootennis+%28ZooTennis%29)

There are a couple of interesting 18s vs. 16s choices made by competitors who are playing both California events. Michael Mmoh, who is 15 (actually Mmoh is 14, thanks for the correction), has opted for the 18s in both tournaments, but 14-year-old Stefan Kozlov has decided to play the 16s at the Easter Bowl, although he would have easily qualified for the 18s. Like Koslov, rival Henrik Wiersholm will be playing the 18s in Carson and the 16s in Rancho Mirage.

Can't wait for the International Spring Championships & Easter Bowl :bounce:

SapELee
03-21-2012, 11:13 PM
Stefan kozlov‏@Stefankozlov

was down 6-4 6-5 30-00 and won 6-2 in the third!



Glad to hear him hanging tough, definitely a good sign of his development. Good luck in the third round....top 100 is so close :yeah:.

SapELee
03-28-2012, 02:38 AM
13 year old Nathan Ponwith made his itf debut in Claremont winning three matches to make the maindraw but lost 63 63 in the 1st round to another talented junior, No.5 seed Alexander Zverev of Germany. Good effort in his first try :hug:.

Also Eduardo Nava is through to the 3rd round of this same event taking out Ponwith's conqueror A. Zverev 64 61 :eek:.

SapELee
03-30-2012, 09:38 PM
Too bad Nava lost, I was hoping for a showdown with fellow freshman Logan Smith.

SapELee
04-01-2012, 09:08 PM
Can someone tell me who is shorter between Wiersholm and Kozlov? We do tend to have several McShorties :lol:.


http://media.miamiherald.com/smedia/2011/12/21/21/59/cUHEl.Em.56.jpg
Kozlov prevails in tense matchup

I found a picture. I was curious :lol:.

SapELee
04-02-2012, 02:52 PM
GL to Kozlov, Wiersholm, and Mmoh in the 18's International Spring Championship (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?p=11877996#post11877996).

GL to Tiafoe, Blumberg, and Ponwith in the 16's.

SapELee
04-02-2012, 11:01 PM
Wiersholm won his first round match at ISC, but Mmoh lost :sad:

Don't know the outcome of Kozlov match yet (don't think he is scheduled to play today).

SapELee
04-03-2012, 10:49 PM
Kozlov is also through

16's
Tiafoe and Blumberg won, Ponwith lost :hug:

SapELee
04-05-2012, 01:29 AM
Kozlov and Wiersholm are through to the 3rd round :bounce:

and Tiafoe won in 16's, Blumberg :hug:

13 yrs old Connor Hance seems impressive upsetting the top seed De Bruges of Australia in the 16's

SapELee
04-05-2012, 02:21 AM
Kozlov will play in the 18's Easter Bowl after all, has been granted a wildcard. Two wildcards are reserved; I hope Wiersholm gets one of them.

SapELee
04-05-2012, 05:42 PM
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Nzpou0qAryo/T30ofrMD6cI/AAAAAAAAGWs/f7peNB7nOfw/s400/Hance-4-4-12.jpg

The first No. 1 seed of the tournament fell today in the boys 16s, with 13-year-old qualifier Connor Hance defeating top seed Ruadhan De Bruges of Australia 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.

Hance, the reigning USTA Clay Court 12s champion, is most definitely a local, training with his parents at the South Bay Tennis Center in Torrance. He also had a promising career as a child actor, with his most famous role as the 5-year-old son of Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf, who competed against Taylor Dent in a Genworth Financial commercial.

Hance has since moved his focus to tennis, and although he has been a top player in his age group for several years, he admits to some surprise at his performance in the 16s this week.

It was the 16-year-old De Brugues who seemed to tire in the third set however, and in the final game, with Hance serving to close it out, De Brugues made the type of errors that indicate fatigue.

“I started to play more aggressive and drive the ball more,” said Hance, of what he changed after dropping the first set. “And I started getting my first serve in. That was the difference.” -Zootennis (http://tenniskalamazoo.blogspot.com/2012/04/craft-ousts-2011-champion-crawford.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Zootennis+%28ZooTennis%29)

So he is the little boy that played the role of Agassi's & Graf's son in the commercial below. So adorable :lol:.

WN7rUSqKEPM

SapELee
04-05-2012, 08:35 PM
Hance stuns top seed De Bruges at International Spring Championships (http://www.usta.com/Youth-Tennis/Junior-Competition/International-Spring-Championships/hance_stuns_top_seed_de_bruges_at_international_sp ring_championships/)

It seems like every child prodigy has professional teaching parents these days. He lost to Logan Smith in the quarterfinal, but still a great showing.

Tiafoe cruises to the semis :cheerleader:

SapELee
04-05-2012, 11:06 PM
Stefan is through to the quarterfinal :woohoo:

Top 100 here we come!!!

Edit: Henrik lost a tough one to USTA 18s Spring National champion Ronnie Schneider in three sets :hug:

SapELee
04-06-2012, 07:58 PM
Stefan is through to the semis, 64 36 64 over No.4 seed McDonald.

What a breakthrough for him, Stefan and three-setters :bowdown:

Also, Tiafoe is through to the 16's final; will play Roman Safiullin (RUS) for the title.

SapELee
04-07-2012, 08:29 PM
Congrats to Stefan on his 1st G1 final (def. Corinteli 2&3 in semi) :yeah:

Edit: Tiafoe lost in the 16's final in three sets :hug:

SapELee
04-08-2012, 04:57 PM
From Zootennis (http://tenniskalamazoo.blogspot.com/2012/04/krueger-meets-kozlov-kiick-faces-scholl.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Zootennis+%28ZooTennis%29):


It will be the oldest vs. the youngest when 14-year-old Stefan Kozlov and 18-year-old Mitchell Krueger meet for the championship of the ITF Grade 1 International Spring Championships Easter Sunday morning at the Home Depot Center.

The 12th-seeded Kozlov, who turned 14 in February, reached his first Grade 1 final on a warm and unusually calm day at the USTA Training Center West, defeating No. 14 seed Luca Corinteli 6-2, 6-3. Kozlov and Corinteli, who both train at the USTA's Boca Raton Center, had split their previous two meetings, but Kozlov was at the top of his unique game in Saturday's semifinal encounter.

"I thought I was executing break points and key points well," said Kozlov, of Pembroke Pines, Fla. "I was returning well, and it was an overall good performance."

Although he has grown recently, Kozlov is still much smaller and less physically imposing than Corinteli, who has a linebacker's physique. The size differential wasn't a factor Saturday however, as Kozlov was able to use his usual array of lobs, drop shots, volleys and spins to frustrate Corinteli.

Another aspect of his game that has improved in the past few months is his serve, Kozlov saying he is now placing it well and serving harder than he had done as recently as last year. And he's also added some velocity to his forehand.

"My forehand's more explosive now. I'm going for it and executing it well," said Kozlov, who is also trying to dial back on the emotional intensity he displays.

"My negative emotion I'm trying to keep back, and I don't want too much positive, because I can't use too much energy on that," Kozlov explained. "At this level, you just can't waste energy on little things like that. I'm not saying you shouldn't say 'c'mon'--I say it a lot--but just not too much."

Whatever works little buddy :yeah:

Smoke944
04-09-2012, 12:03 AM
Great week for Stefan.
From all that I've read and watched, he is probably most comparable to Tomic. Crazy but I think true. I'm very excited to see how he progresses.

SapELee
04-09-2012, 03:54 AM
Mitchell Kreuger was in a difficult position in the final of the International Spring Championships, played at the Home Depot Center on an unseasonably warm Easter morning.

Not only was the 18-year-old from Aledo, Texas the top seed, he was facing 14-year-old prodigy Stefan Kozlov, who specializes in forcing his older and stronger opponents in uncomfortable places on the tennis court.

Krueger survived, defeating the 12th-seeded Kozlov 6-3, 6-4 in just under two hours, but he was effusive in his praise of the young Floridian.

"The way he plays is really unique, really different," said Krueger, who had never played Kozlov before, and had only hit with him once previously. "I think he makes you play a lot slower than you would want to. He gets you into the trap of doing what he wants you to do and if you bite, you're right where he wants you."

Krueger found out quickly what a difficult match it would be, when he was forced to save four break points in the first game.

Kozlov showed no sign of nerves--he said after the match that he "just came out and played my game, and if I lost, I lost"--enabling him to hit his usual array of lobs, touch volleys, slices and angles. He had plenty of chances to break Krueger, but didn't capitalize, with the only break of the first set coming with Kozlov serving at 3-4.

Kozlov saved several break points in that game, but was adamant that the last one should have been his ad, not Krueger's. Krueger had hit a backhand down the line winner that the linesman and the chair ruled good, but Kozlov was certain it was wide, resulting in a lengthy discussion with the chair about the call. To compound his frustration, Kozlov was on the wrong end of a net cord on the next point, giving Krueger the chance to serve out the set, which he did with a love game.

"I got lucky to win the first set, I think," Krueger said. "He was playing better than me, and I just played one good return game and that's all it took. The second set he was up pretty much the whole set."

Kozlov got his first break of Krueger in the second game, taking a 2-0 lead, but Krueger got it back in the next game, and saved break points to make it 3-3. Serving at 4-4, Kozlov made twp errors, a very rare occurrence, netting a forehand and missing a forehand volley. With two Krueger winners sandwiched around those errors, the Texan had his break, and would serve for the match.

When Krueger fell behind 15-40 after two Kozlov winners, it looked as if the match would enter its third hour, but Krueger's serve saved him. A good first serve and an ace made it deuce, but Kozlov got break point number three when Krueger netted a forehand. Krueger's overhead, solid all morning despite a cloudless sky, saved that break point, which would be the last one Kozlov would have.

But the drama was far from over.

Krueger earned a match point with another overhead winner, but double faulted, one of the rare times he didn't get his first serve in during the six-deuce game. He made up for it with an ace, to earn match point number two, but left a Kozlov passing shot, which he had a play on, only to watch as it fell on the baseline.

Match point number three and went on a backhand wide, and after a kind net cord on a drop volley gave Krueger match point number four, that too was saved by Kozlov with forehand winner.

During these tense points, Krueger was calm, but Kozlov was getting increasingly agitated by the service line calls.

"I'm going to say I got unlucky a little bit, but the calls were just getting to me," said Kozlov. "The call, they were first serves, but they were long. But whatever, whatever."

After Kozlov hit a backhand volley long, Krueger had his fifth match point, which he converted with yet another overhead winner.

"It was so nerve-wracking," Krueger said. "But I hit some big serves when I really needed it. I hadn't really served that big throughout the whole match, but I felt like going for it. Thank god it worked out."

Kozlov regretted not converting his chances, but will go into his first round match at the Easter Bowl Tuesday with a lot of confidence, given his performance this week.

"I thought I played well," said Kozlov, who will be the youngest boy in the top 100 when the new ITF rankings are released on Tuesday. "I'm a little bit physically tired, but I fought. It was a good week anyway."

Krueger believes Kozlov has the skills to equal the junior accomplishments of another American prodigy.

"He definitely makes you think," Krueger said. "He's got incredible potential--I don't that I've ever seen a player like this, maybe Donald Young--and I think he has a chance to maybe do what Donald did. If he keeps going, he'll do very well. I don't know how to describe his game. A lot of slices, drop shots, lobs, just a lot of kind of nothing balls that make you create a lot. He doesn't miss much and can pull the trigger all of a sudden. I think I did well just to hang in there as well as I could." -zootennis (http://tenniskalamazoo.blogspot.com/2012/04/krueger-and-kiick-collect-titles-at-itf.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Zootennis+%28ZooTennis%29)

Wished that I could have seen this match.

Smoke944
04-09-2012, 03:59 AM
"I don't know how to describe his game. A lot of slices, drop shots, lobs, just a lot of kind of nothing balls that make you create a lot. He doesn't miss much and can pull the trigger all of a sudden. I think I did well just to hang in there as well as I could."

I like this part because it reinforces what I said :lol: This might as well be describing how Tomic plays.

SapELee
04-11-2012, 11:52 PM
Easter Bowl
18's: Kozlov through to the 3rd round, Mmoh fell to Madregallejo
16's: Wiersholm withdrew (ankle injury), Tiafoe fell to fellow JTCC mate Jordi Arconada, Nava also lost.
14's: Ponwith and Blumberg into the quarterfinal, Connor Hance lost in 1/16.

SapELee
04-13-2012, 01:51 AM
Easter Bowl
18's: Kozlov through to the quarterfinal
14's: Blumberg def. Ponwith 61 76(9) for a spot in the semi, Nathan :hug:

SapELee
04-13-2012, 03:23 AM
In a boys’ 18s match, 14-year-old Stefan Kozlov of Pembroke Pines, Fla., continued his success beating Dennis Uspensky of Atlantic Beach, N.Y, 6-4, 6-3, to move into the third round.

Kozlov, who advanced to the finals of Carson last week in the boys’ 18s, is hoping to continue his wave of momentum at the Easter Bowl. “Last week I played unreal and I’m feeling confident in my game right now and I hope to keep playing well,” Kozlov said.

Kozlov has already played in about a dozen tournaments in the 18s. At five-feet, seven-inches, he admits it’s been intimidating playing against older teenagers but is looking forward to his next growth spurt.

“Whenever my opponents have a lot of power, I try to slow down their pace instead of playing at their speed,” Kozlov said. “When I get taller and stronger it’s going to help a lot on my serve and my shots and I’ll be able to put more spin on the ball.”

Kozlov, who trains at the USTA National Training Center in Boca Raton, Fla., is working on specific areas of his game to do well against older players. “I’ve really been working on attacking the ball more, coming in, getting quick points, placing my serve and improving my movement on the court,” he said.

In the boys’ 14s, No. 14 seed William Blumberg of Greenwich, Conn., defeated No. 3 seed Taylor Fritz 6-1, 7-5, of Rancho Santa Fe., to advance to the quarterfinals.

Going into the match, Blumberg said his coach wanted him to be aggressive and take every ball on the rise. “I did a good job with that strategy in the first set and I was able to break him early,” Blumberg said. “In the second set, I was up 2-1 and I started being more defensive and he broke me to go up 5-4, but I was able to break back and go up 6-5 before breaking him in the end to win the match.”

Blumberg is also tough on himself and knows he has some work to do to achieve his goal of playing professionally some day. “I need to not slow down the pace and accelerate more on the ball so I can stay up on a player,” Blumberg said. “The main key for me to get better is staying aggressive.”

Former 14s Boys’ Finalist Battle It Out in 18s At 45th Annual USTA Easter Bowl Junior Spring Nationals (http://www.tennispanorama.com/archives/24802)



There it is folks, the official height.

Smoke944
04-13-2012, 05:08 PM
Tracy Austin ‏ @thetracyaustin Reply Retweet Favorite · Open
Watched 14 yr old Stefan Kozlov at #EasterBowl. Haven't seen anyone use the court and variety like this since Hingis. Tennis IQ off charts.

Not a terrible endorsement :shrug: :p

SapELee
04-13-2012, 05:42 PM
If he plays junior Wimbledon, maybe there is a chance we can see him play on livestream :p.

SapELee
04-13-2012, 05:46 PM
Oh btw, I notice that he partners Corinteli in the doubles (since Corinteli's buddy, Papa, is out with an injury). What an odd combo :lol:.

SapELee
04-13-2012, 10:13 PM
Easter Bowl
18's: Kozlov lost 62 67 26 to Halebian :hug: in the 1/4
14's: Blumberg beats top seed Kodali 63 36 63, will face Seelig in the final

T4L
04-13-2012, 10:38 PM
So how high will Kozlov be ranked next week?

SapELee
04-14-2012, 12:30 AM
So how high will Kozlov be ranked next week?

He gets 60 points for making it to the quarterfinal of Grade B1, but only 5 best tournament results can be accounted towards the ranking. His current lowest tournament result is 30 points, so he would gain 30 points in the singles. Same idea for the doubles, but the doubles points are worth only 1/4 of the total.

Current single points 270 + 30 (gained from Easter Bowl) = 300
Current doubles points 235 + 15 (gained so far from Easter Bowl, still alive) = 250/4 = 62.5

Possible new total points = 300 + 62.5 = 362.5 (could be more depending on his doubles result)

362.5 points would rank him around 60, but will likely change pending the movement of other players.

Hope that helps.

SHB
04-14-2012, 02:12 AM
Playing Halebian that tough is impressive. This kid is doing extraordinary things.

SapELee
04-14-2012, 02:50 AM
Playing Halebian that tough is impressive. This kid is doing extraordinary things.

Agreed :wavey:

SapELee
04-14-2012, 02:55 AM
Not really related to this thread, but wow his little brother looks just like him.

Melissa & Lloyd‏@YourGameFace

Spring Nats. Watch out Stefan, here comes Boris! There's another Kozlov! #delraybeachitc http://pic.twitter.com/BeYGnc7M


http://p.twimg.com/AqECOkxCMAAaI6Z.jpg

SapELee
04-14-2012, 04:49 PM
Blumberg to play for 14's Easter Bowl title


Blumberg’s 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 win over top seed Anudeep Kodali was full of twists and turns, with Blumberg using the 10-minute break between the second and third sets to his advantage.

"My mind was so mental in the second set," said Blumberg, who trains at the USTA's Flushing Meadows Center. "My coach really calmed me down, and I came out pretty strong. He was dictating all the points in the second set, so I tried to slow down the pace, wait for my short ball and then attack. My coach told me I was hitting too may inside in forehands and missing them, so I was trying to go more inside out and be more relaxed, wait for the right ball."

When Blumberg served for the match at 5-3, he coaxed a couple of errors from Kodali, but also made a key touch reflex volley off a drilled passing shot that kept his momentum going at 15-all. At 40-30, Blumberg fired an excellent first serve and put away the short return with a strong forehand to nip any drama in the bud.

The Winter National champion in the 12s, Blumberg, who reached the final of Les Petits As in January, is no stranger to important championship matches, and he has no special plans in preparation for this one.

"I just have to stay focused, set my plan out and be ready, not worry about what's going on around me, just on the court," said Blumberg, who lost in the first round at last year's Easter Bowl.

"I've been playing good tennis, I came back from France a while ago and continued my good tennis. In Claremont, Carson and here. I came and tried to play my best tennis and it's worked for me so far."
-zootennis (http://tenniskalamazoo.blogspot.com/2012/04/blumberg-and-seelig-in-boys-14s-easter.html)

SapELee
04-14-2012, 06:47 PM
Blumberg wins the 14's title over Seelig 62 61 :yeah:.

SapELee
04-15-2012, 02:24 AM
http://assets.usta.com/assets/1/ftp/GalleryMainDimensionId/Kozlov%20by%20Bob%20Kenas.JPG
Pic Link (http://www.usta.com/multimedia-interactive/photos/2012-easter-bowl/10/2012-easter-bowl/)


Halebian received a scare from 14-year-old Stefan Kozlov, but was able to pull away for a 2-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2 victory to advance to the semifinals.

The 14-year-old Kozlov has played well the last couple weeks, reaching the boys' 18s finals of Carson, but couldn't quite get over the hump against the 17-year-old Halebian, an experienced veteran on the junior tennis tour.

Halebian, who won the final two points in the second-set tiebreak to keep the match going, was impressed by the play of Kozlov and says he has a great career ahead of him.

"He moves on the court very well and has great hands and is pretty solid from both sides," Halebian said. "His serve is not his best shot but he does a good job of spreading it around and he returns very well."Top boys 18s seeds roll on; Bellis stages an upset (http://www.usta.com/Youth-Tennis/Junior-Competition/top_boys_18s_seeds_roll_on_bellis_stages_an_upset/)

Hopefully as he grow bigger, his serve will have more pop. But great job so far :yeah:.

SapELee
04-15-2012, 03:42 AM
Pictures from the International Spring Championship last week (USTA Photogallery (http://www.usta.com/multimedia-interactive/photos/2012-international-spring-championships/15/2012-international-spring-championships/))

http://assets.usta.com/assets/1/25/GalleryMainDimensionId/Tiafo_Francis_CynthiaLum.jpg
Francis Tiafoe
http://assets.usta.com/assets/1/25/GalleryMainDimensionId/Kozlov,%20Stefan1240%20boys%2018%20semifinal_Cynth iaLum.JPG
Stefan Kozlov

SapELee
04-15-2012, 06:49 PM
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/--Ywa_sm0Zro/T4pauXoRYLI/AAAAAAAAGb0/v5N5GW19ZxQ/s400/Blumberg.jpg


The 14s champions did not face the same challenges in terms of scheduling, having completed their semifinals on Friday, but the wind was also a problem for their morning matches.

William Blumberg, the No. 14 seed, didn't let it bother him, however, as he rolled to a 6-2, 6-1 win over No. 2 seed Kyle Seelig.

"I tried to not really worry about the conditions," said Blumberg, who lives in Greenwich, Conn. and trains at the USTA's National Center in Flushing Meadows. "The wind started to come up during my match, and instead of fighting it, I just used it by hitting kick serves wide with the wind and pulling him off the court. I thought I used the wind pretty well."

Blumberg won eight games in a row, taking a 4-0 lead in the second set before Seelig held. If there was any chance for Seelig to reverse the momentum it was in the sixth game, but Blumberg saved three break points to quash Seelig's hopes for a comeback.

"He sliced his backhand a lot, kept it low to my backhand and I was just missing a lot," said Pennsylvanian Seeling, who had not lost a set in the tournament until today. "The wind bothered me a little bit, but he just didn't miss."

Blumberg's plan was similar to the one he used to oust top seed Anudeep Kodali in Friday's semifinals.

"My strategy was to kind of get him off his game with high deep loopy balls," said Blumberg, 14. "He likes pace and I didn't give him much of any pace, so that kind of threw him off a little bit I think."

Although Blumberg was excited about his first Easter Bowl title and second gold ball, he ranks his win over Michael Mmoh in the semifinals of January's Les Petits As as his biggest victory in his young career. Blumberg, Mmoh and Frances Tiafoe will be traveling together again in a few days, representing the US in the ITF World Junior Team competition qualifying in Mexico.-zootennis (http://tenniskalamazoo.blogspot.com/2012/04/townsend-claims-easter-bowl-18s-title.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Zootennis+%28ZooTennis%29)



Great to see them team up again :D.

SapELee
04-19-2012, 09:28 PM
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SapELee
04-19-2012, 10:44 PM
U.S. teams announced for international competitions (http://www.usta.com/Youth-Tennis/Junior-Competition/us_teams_announced_for_international_competitions/)

The USTA announced the top American juniors who will represent the United States in the Junior Davis Cup (16-and-under) and Junior Fed Cup (16-and-under) by BNP Paribas and the World Junior Tennis Competition (14-and-under) North/Central American and Caribbean Championships. Each event features a four-team, round-robin competition, April 26-28, in Merida, Mexico. Other nations participating include Mexico, Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.


The top two teams from each division in the North/Central American and Caribbean Championships in Mexico will advance to the 16-nation World Final. The World Junior Tennis World Final will be held Aug. 13-18 in Prostejov, Czech Republic, while the Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup World Finals will be held Sept. 25-30 in Barcelona, Spain.

Junior Davis Cup
Jared Donaldson, Cumberland, R.I.
Ernesto Escobedo, West Covina, Calif.
Stefan Kozlov, Pembroke Pines, Fla.
Coach: Nicolas Todero

World Junior Tennis - Boys
William Blumberg, Greenwich, Conn.
Michael Mmoh, Temple Hills, Md
Frances Tiafoe, College Park, Md.
Coach: Ricardo Acuna



Congrats to Stefan, Will, Michael, and Francis for making their respective team.

SapELee
04-20-2012, 09:41 PM
I'm surprised that Wiersholm didn't make the team; wonder if his ankle injury is still bothering him. Also notice that he pulled out of the Daytona ITF :sad:. Hope he is okay :hug:.

Smoke944
04-21-2012, 10:07 PM
ZooTennis:

"There's news in who is not named too, of course. Henrik Weirsholm and Noah Rubin would certainly have been considered for the Junior Davis Cup team, but both suffered injuries at the Easter Bowl."

So you're right, yeah. Too bad because that would be an absurdly good team for this, especially with Noah and also considering it's an U16 competition.

SapELee
04-22-2012, 02:02 AM
ZooTennis:



So you're right, yeah. Too bad because that would be an absurdly good team for this, especially with Noah and also considering it's an U16 competition.

No, not Noah too :(. Hope it's not serious b/c he is scheduled to compete in Europe next month.

On the other hand, I'm curious on how Escobedo will do.

Smoke944
04-23-2012, 02:54 AM
More good video of Stefan

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SapELee
04-27-2012, 12:25 AM
^ Thanks for sharing the video.

Results from the Junior Davis Cup vs Mexico
Stefan KOZLOV [USA] def. Kevin Jack CARPENTER [MEX] 7-5 4-6 6-1

Link to thread in Junior Subforum here (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?p=11935744#post11935744).

Results from the World Junior Tennis vs Canada
Frances TIAFOE def. Benjamin SIGOUIN [CAN] 6-3 6-1
Michael MMOH def. Dylan BEDNARCZYK [CAN] 6-0 6-1
Michael MMOH/William BLUMBERG def. Dylan BEDNARCZYK/Benjamin SIGOUIN [CAN] 6-3 6-3

Tough opening match for Stefan there. By the way, how you spell Tiafoe's first name? Some sites go by Francis and others go by Frances :confused:.

SapELee
04-27-2012, 12:51 AM
XKtWJziqKMo

SapELee
04-28-2012, 01:29 AM
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 0 - 3 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Jared DONALDSON def. Manuel CASTELLANOS [DOM] 6-2 6-2
Stefan KOZLOV [USA] def. Juan BISONO [DOM] 6-2 6-4
Jared DONALDSON/ERNESTO ESCOBEDO [USA] def. Juan BISONO/Manuel RODRIGUEZ [DOM] 6-0 6-0

[U]COSTA RICA 0 - 3 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Frances TIAFOE [USA] def. Eduardo CAMACHO [CRC] 6-1 6-0
Michael MMOH [USA] def. Gonzalo ADIS [CRC] 6-0 6-1
Frances TIAFOE/William BLUMBERG [USA] def. Gonzalo ADIS/Daniel GONZALEZ [CRC] 6-3 6-2

Great to see our guys doing well, but the field is kinda pathetic though.

SapELee
04-29-2012, 12:44 AM
CANADA 0 - 3 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
ERNESTO ESCOBEDO def. Harrison SCOTT [CAN] 6-1 6-2
Jared DONALDSON [USA] [/B]def. David VOLFSON [CAN] 6-3 6-2
Jared DONALDSON/ERNESTO ESCOBEDO [USA] def. Harrison SCOTT/Olivier GINGRAS [CAN] 4-6 6-4 6-2

Congrats to Team USA for advancing to the Final in Spain. (Final Standings (http://itfjuniors.tournamentsoftware.com/sport/drawsheet.aspx?id=632B6506-B542-4862-A4BA-972788A5FD18&draw=2))

[U]MEXICO 0 - 3 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
William BLUMBERG [USA] def. Edgar CHICUREL [MEX] 6-1 6-3
Jesus Santiago SUAREZ RIVAS [MEX] def. Michael MMOH [USA] DEFAULTED
Michael MMOH/William BLUMBERG [USA] def. Jesus Santiago SUAREZ RIVAS/Jorge NUNEZ FELIX [MEX] 6-0 6-0

Congrats to the Boys 14 as well: Final Standing (http://itfjuniors.tournamentsoftware.com/sport/drawsheet.aspx?id=632B6506-B542-4862-A4BA-972788A5FD18&draw=4). Seriously, what is up with the default? :rolleyes:

Also congrats to the Girls 14 and Girls 16 on advancing as well :yeah:.

SapELee
04-30-2012, 10:21 PM
http://beta.itftennis.com/media/118238/118238_BigPicture.jpgLink (http://beta.itftennis.com/juniors/news/photo-galleries/gallery.aspx?GalleryID=118216)

Left to right: Coach Nicolas Todero, Kozlov, Donaldson, Escobedo, Blumberg, Mmoh, Tiafoe, and coach Ricardo Acuna I think.

SapELee
05-08-2012, 02:34 AM
Originally Wiersholm withdrew his name from the tournament, but he is now entered with a wildcard. Nava is also in the maindraw. Other names of interest: Jake Devine and Cameron Klinger.

Full Draw: http://assets.usta.com/assets/1/15/BSMD.pdf

SapELee
05-11-2012, 09:43 PM
Mmoh is in the USA F13 Q (http://assets.usta.com/assets/1/15/qualifying_draw165.PDF). Will play Elliot Carnello in the 1st round. I don't think you are ready for this level yet Michael, but good luck and try your best :bounce:.

SapELee
05-12-2012, 11:06 PM
Michael Mmoh USA F13:
Q1 def. CARNELLO, Elliot (SWE) 6-0 Ret.
Q2 def. ZHVANIA, Zurab (GEO) 6-2 2-6 7-5
Q3 vs. KOTSYUK, Aleksandr (UKR)

Keep it up Michael :yeah:

SapELee
05-13-2012, 08:05 PM
Michael lost 1-6 0-6 :hug:

SapELee
05-15-2012, 01:44 AM
Delray Beach ITF: http://assets.usta.com/assets/1/15/BSMD1.PDF

Looks like Wiersholm got injured again :hug:.

SapELee
05-19-2012, 04:12 PM
53 Trofeo Bonfiglio

Maindraw: http://www.tcmbonacossa.it/documenti/singolare_m.pdf

Stefan draws No.3 seed Quinzi :sobbing:, don't see him beating Quinzi on clay. Good luck and try your best :hug:.

Smoke944
05-19-2012, 04:41 PM
Bad luck, Quinzi is the hardest draw in the entire tournament.

PTWahoo14
05-20-2012, 02:03 AM
Bad luck, Quinzi is the hardest draw in the entire tournament.

EXTREMELY unfortunate for Koz. Zero percent chance he pulls one of his not-so-surprising-anymore upsets here.

PTWahoo14
05-23-2012, 11:14 PM
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/24/sports/tennis/francis-tiafoe-top-ranked-junior-grew-up-at-tennis-center-and-it-shows.html?_r=2&ref=sports

This is such an inspirational story about Tiafoe. I had no idea he is succeeding through such hardships. It sounds like his family is pretty much betting it all on his tennis. It's such a risk because it's hard to break through in tennis. But he has a gift and we all want to see how far he can take it. I really hope all their dreams come true.

SapELee
05-23-2012, 11:41 PM
Thanks for sharing, poor things (didn't know he has a twin brother). Hope things go well for them in tennis and in life.

SapELee
05-31-2012, 12:37 AM
Stefan's RG Qualie Section:

Temur ISMAILOV (UZB) [1] - Filip VEGER (CRO)
Paul CAYRE (FRA) (WC) - Stefan KOZLOV (USA) [13]

http://beta.itftennis.com/juniors/tournaments/tournament/info.aspx?tournamentid=1100025833

Good luck.

Smoke944
05-31-2012, 08:25 AM
Good luck!

SapELee
06-01-2012, 09:52 PM
Lost 6-4 6-3 :hug:, better luck in the grass season.

Smoke944
06-04-2012, 05:55 PM
Too bad for Stefan, but I think we might be able to say that clay is his worst surface. I'm more optimistic about grass.

SapELee
06-04-2012, 09:44 PM
His game is probably more suited for faster surfaces where there are less reaction time.

SapELee
06-06-2012, 12:49 AM
Everybody Stops to Stare at ADNA Select Wiersholm take Redfoo of LMFAO to the Court (http://athleticdnablog.com/stops-stare-adna-select-wiersholm-redfoo-lmfao-court/)

SapELee
06-11-2012, 03:07 AM
Philly Grasscourt ITF: http://tennislink.usta.com/TOURNAMENTS/TournamentHome_New/Tournament.aspx?T=115133

Potential 2nd round clash between Wiersholm and Blumberg.

SapELee
06-13-2012, 10:40 PM
Henrik won 6-3 7-6(2) over Will :hug:. But he got his first 10 ITF points :cheerleader:. Still waiting for Tiafoe's debut :smash:.

Felixavier10
06-14-2012, 07:30 PM
Kazakhstan Almaty G3 ITF (red clay)
(6)Michael Mmoh QF

;)

Smoke944
06-14-2012, 07:33 PM
Yes, I saw that. Shame he didn't win that match because if he did he could have probably won the tournament. Anyway his different scheduling compared to other Americans will only benefit him.

SapELee
06-14-2012, 09:20 PM
:lol: didn't realize Michael was even playing this week. Glad to see him playing against new competitions.

Smoke944
06-14-2012, 09:36 PM
:lol: didn't realize Michael was even playing this week. Glad to see him playing against new competitions.

and more importantly, going out of his way to play on red clay at a young age

SapELee
06-15-2012, 02:04 AM
His team seems to have an aggressive approach (already playing ITF Pro Circuit Q). I hope they don't push him too hard/fast :unsure:.

SapELee
06-15-2012, 09:44 PM
Henrik will play his doubles partner, Danny Kerznerman, in the final. Already claimed the doubles title. Danny seems to be in good form having won a G4 title not too long ago, so it's going to be a battle. Good luck.

SapELee
06-16-2012, 08:49 PM
Henrik lost 6-3 3-6 6-1 :hug:, good week though.

SapELee
06-20-2012, 10:56 PM
Tunisia Junior ITF
Grade 3
Hard - Outdoor

1st Round: Michael MMOH (USA) def. Aws LAARIBI (TUN) [8] 6-7(3) 6-1 7-5

:yeah: keep going.

Smoke944
06-21-2012, 11:14 PM
Mmoh is in the QF in Tunisia. Based on his scorelines I think he is a fairly big underdog. Hope he pulls the upset.

Stefan won his first match in Roehampton qualies in 3 sets. Next match will be tough as it is up against a guy that beat him 6-1 6-1 a few months ago. I'm not sure if they played outside or indoors on hard today but the forecast looks bad for tomorrow and I have a feeling they may be playing inside. Hopefully Stefan can get some revenge.
Thai is also in the final round of qualies here.

Good luck boys.

Smoke944
06-22-2012, 10:42 PM
Stefan qualified by again losing the first set and winning the next two. Great job to beat a guy that he only won 2 games against at the end of last year. Hopefully he gets a good MD placement.

As for Mmoh, on to the next one :p

SapELee
06-22-2012, 11:04 PM
Stefan :yeah:
Michael :hug:

SapELee
06-23-2012, 11:12 PM
Stefan will play E. Karlovskiy (RUS) in the opening match in Roehampton.

Full draw: http://www.lta.org.uk/NewWebsite/LTA/Documents/Fans%20News%20and%20Major%20Events/Results/2012/AEGON-Junior-International/Roehampton/Boys%20singles%20main%20draw.pdf

SapELee
06-28-2012, 12:35 AM
Some updates:

Kozlov

Stefan lost 16 57 in the 2nd round to Frederico Ferreira SILVA (POR) [15]

Wimbledon Qualifying Section:
Temur ISMAILOV (UZB) [1] - Ricky MEDINILLA (MEX)
Jonathan CORNISH (GBR) (WC) - Stefan KOZLOV (USA) [11]

Wiersholm

Junkanoo Bowl - G4 - Hardcourt

vs fellow 1997 compatriot Tommy Paul in the 2nd round. For some reason, the name stands out to me. Did Paul upset somebody at the Junior Orange Bowl? Can't remember and too lazy to look it up at this time though :p.

Mmoh

12th Carthago Cup - Tunisia - G4 - Clay

Through to the quarterfinal.

Good luck guys :)

PTWahoo14
06-28-2012, 12:48 AM
Wiersholm

Junkanoo Bowl - G4 - Hardcourt

vs fellow 1997 compatriot Tommy Paul in the 2nd round. For some reason, the name stands out to me. Did Paul upset somebody at the Junior Orange Bowl? Can't remember and too lazy to look it up at this time though :p.


haha yeah he beat Bogdon Borza.

SapELee
06-28-2012, 12:49 AM
^ thanks

Smoke944
06-28-2012, 09:07 PM
Stefan won his first round 6-4 6-4. Tough match to qualify against the number 1 seed. Good luck Stefan.

SapELee
06-28-2012, 10:11 PM
^ I think you meant Stefan.

Henrik lost to Tommy Paul 57 26. Tommy, you better make the final now.

Michael lost in two tie-breaks.

Smoke944
06-28-2012, 10:40 PM
Yes of course :lol:

Smoke944
06-29-2012, 06:19 PM
Stefan won 6-2 6-4, let's go!

SapELee
06-29-2012, 09:54 PM
First slam maindraw :bounce:. I hope he can at least win one round, good luck.

PTWahoo14
06-30-2012, 09:37 PM
http://twitter.com/SKoz_/status/219166026527551488

Stefan Kozlov warming up Brian Baker tomorrow.
Today, Noah Rubin hit with Roddick and Thais Kwiatkowski hit with Querrey.

Smoke944
06-30-2012, 09:39 PM
:yeah:
It's normal procedure but in this case it's a particularly good experience because of how young he is.

SapELee
06-30-2012, 09:44 PM
Great experience for them.

PTWahoo14
06-30-2012, 10:00 PM
:yeah:
It's normal procedure but in this case it's a particularly good experience because of how young he is.

My first thought was is he too young? I understand he's doing exceptional things but he's so young and smaller/weaker than the older juniors that it doesn't seem very helpful for Baker. But a great experience for Kozlov! and frankly I care more about Kozlov's growth than I do Baker's so I'm glad he's getting this opportunity. Just sort of an odd choice in my opinion.

SapELee
06-30-2012, 10:18 PM
I had similar thought; it doesn't really help Brian at all. But I hope Stefan can pick up some pointers from him though.

Smoke944
07-02-2012, 02:03 PM
Stefan d. Daniel Masur 5-7 6-2 6-1 Come on!

SapELee
07-02-2012, 02:08 PM
Glad to see him fight back. Hope he can win a couple of games against Broady.

PTWahoo14
07-02-2012, 03:52 PM
Have you seen his stats?http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/scores/stats/day15/6118ms.html
6 aces total, 4 more than his opponent. And 28 winners to only 16 errors (although wimbledon is very lenient on the errors stat). He also frequented and did fairly well at the net. Very very impressive considering his age, lack of size, and his opponent is currently ranked 19 in the itf.

I'm not trying to discredit this win, but does anyone know if the opponent was more of a clay-courter than a hard-grass courter?

SapELee
07-02-2012, 05:12 PM
Well according to Masur's ITF Profile (http://beta.itftennis.com/juniors/players/player/profile.aspx?playerid=100147504), almost all of his points are from clay. But the win is still impressive and his stats are great. Stefan is a good returner so it is not surprising that there are not many aces. Stefan is also a good doubles player and I'm glad to see the netgame translates well into singles. He could teach Rubin and Donaldson a thing or two about doubles :p.

PTWahoo14
07-02-2012, 09:24 PM
http://tenniskalamazoo.blogspot.com/2012/07/fourteen-year-old-stefan-kozlov-wins-in.html

Kozlov needed a bit more time to take out 17-year-old Daniel Masur of Germany 5-7, 6-2, 6-1. The 14-year-old qualifier was up 5-2 in the first set, had two set points with Masur serving at 3-5, but couldn't close out the first set against the world's 19th-ranked junior.

"The first couple of games were pretty rough, I was kind of nervous," said Kozlov, the youngest player in the draw by more than a year. "Not nervous where I couldn't play, but throughout the whole first set I was kind of nervous. I played well until 5-2, then kind of gave it up."

Kozlov, who says people have told him he plays like 19-year-old Australian Bernard Tomic, broke Masur to open the second set.

"It was tough," Kozlov said. "It's a good thing I broke the first game, because otherwise it would have been hard. But I just stopped thinking about it, and played like I wasn't going to lose."

In the third set, Kozlov again got an early break and coasted to the win. With his variety and his ability to change pace and direction when least expected, Kozlov thinks the surface is a good one for him.

"I feel pretty comfortable on it," said Kozlov, who qualified and won a round at the Roehampton Grade 1 last week. "My serve kind of joins the grass, and I feel very comfortable on it, let's put it that way."

Kozlov's father Andrei, who runs a tennis academy in Pembroke Pines, Florida, arrived at the All England Club from Florida this morning, but he didn't make the trip solely to see his son play his first match in the shadow of Wimbledon's Centre Court.

"He's coaching Camila Giorgi," Kozlov said of the 20-year-old Italian qualifier who lost in the fourth round to No. 3 seed Agnieszka Radwanska today. "He helps her out a lot and I usually hit with her a lot when I'm home."

No wonder Kozlov improves so quickly. He practices with a pretty good WTA pro when they're together.

SapELee
07-02-2012, 09:33 PM
What a small world :lol:.

SapELee
07-02-2012, 09:40 PM
Now that Camila Giorgi is out, he can have his dad all to himself :p.

PTWahoo14
07-02-2012, 09:51 PM
What a small world :lol:.

so true :lol: And now If someone happened to ask for 6 degrees of seperation between me and Kozlov, I'll have my answer ready. I know someone who's really good friends with Camila. :D

SapELee
07-03-2012, 01:37 AM
I assume he will make his itf debut at college park in August. BTW, 27k a year to train there :eek:.

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Smoke944
07-03-2012, 07:53 AM
Good luck today Stefan :cool:

PTWahoo14
07-03-2012, 03:20 PM
Stefan? :unsure::bolt: my eyes must be deceiving me...

SapELee
07-03-2012, 03:25 PM
Great to see him getting a set :).

SapELee
07-03-2012, 03:27 PM
All the raindelays are killing me, I have been up since 6:30 this morning :lol:.

Smoke944
07-03-2012, 03:31 PM
Good start. Hope the rain delay doesn't interrupt his momentum. I won't be able to scorewatch anyway so I'll just say fight Stefan :boxing:

PTWahoo14
07-03-2012, 03:41 PM
Good start. Hope the rain delay doesn't interrupt his momentum. I won't be able to scorewatch anyway so I'll just say fight Stefan :boxing:

Looked like he was struggling to hold on most of his serves first set. I don't think he had too much momentum anyway (first game second set was at duece on his serve when the stopped) so I think this rain delay will help him. He'll be able to come up with more strategies and find new ways to mix things up/keep Broady out of his comfort zone.... at least that's what I'm hoping for. I won't have any real confidence he can win until he's actually won it. lol

Smoke944
07-03-2012, 03:53 PM
Ok, according to the scoreboard it looks like he is down BP right now if I'm not mistaken :lol:

SapELee
07-03-2012, 03:58 PM
Edit: the match statistics show that he faced only 2 breakpoints so far, but I remember there were many deuces in that one game in the first set. Still, great job hanging on :yeah:.

PTWahoo14
07-03-2012, 06:21 PM
*applause* he did so well. I wish so badly that I was there to see the match.

SapELee
07-03-2012, 06:29 PM
*applause* he did so well. I wish so badly that I was there to see the match.

Me too.

Smoke944
07-11-2012, 10:44 PM
National clays are next for all these guys
http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/tournamenthome_New/tournament.aspx?T=106798

Smoke944
07-16-2012, 02:18 AM
Stefan withdrew from National clays, don't know why

SapELee
07-16-2012, 02:33 AM
Hopefully, it is not injury :unsure:.

SapELee
07-21-2012, 05:39 PM
Stefan said he will be in Godfrey, Illinois. He is not playing qualies, maybe a maindraw wc? Or is he there for sightseeing :p.

SapELee
07-21-2012, 05:42 PM
Stefan said he will be in Godfrey, Illinois. He is not playing qualies, maybe a maindraw wc? Or is he there for sightseeing :p.

Okay, he just mentioned futures.

PTWahoo14
07-22-2012, 12:10 AM
Maybe this is why he pulled out of the Clay Court tourney? Last minute wildcard or something.

Smoke944
07-22-2012, 12:12 AM
Yeah I think it's easy to figure out he has a WC. Crazy decision, though he will probably acquit himself well. Qualifying would have been better, obviously.

Smoke944
07-23-2012, 08:49 PM
Lmaoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
Godfrey 1R: (WC)Kozlov vs. (WC)Wiersholm
:lol:

And later on in the day they are playing doubles together :cool:

SapELee
07-23-2012, 09:47 PM
You got to be kidding me :lol:

SapELee
07-23-2012, 09:53 PM
Poor Henrik, he must be tired of playing Stefan.

Smoke944
07-23-2012, 10:10 PM
When was the last time they played? I think it has been a while.

SapELee
07-23-2012, 10:25 PM
Junior Orange Bowl I think. It was an intense 2+ hour battle with Stefan coming out on top something like 7-5 in the third set if my memory is correct.

Smoke944
07-23-2012, 10:32 PM
Ah yeah you're right, 6-4 in the third.

SapELee
07-23-2012, 10:40 PM
Thanks for the correction. I guess Stefan would have the mental edge since he never lost to Henrik despite the many close encounters. Stefan is just the more mentally tougher of the two at this point.

PTWahoo14
07-23-2012, 11:00 PM
it almost feels like this was done on purpose. hahaha
at least, one of them will be earning their first atp ranking point this week. The pressure will be high!

Beta2k
07-24-2012, 12:31 PM
one of them also will be the youngest player in the next ATP ranking. 1996 is youngest right now.

GasquetGulbis
07-24-2012, 03:24 PM
A 14 year old with an ATP point, I don't know when the last time that happened was.

Smoke944
07-24-2012, 03:26 PM
A 14 year old with an ATP point, I don't know when the last time that happened was.

Not if Wiersholm wins :p

Felixavier10
07-24-2012, 04:50 PM
A 14 year old with an ATP point, I don't know when the last time that happened was.

25.10.2011 Argentina Futures R16

14y 11m Francisco Bahamonde(7.11.1996) def. Portaluri ATP-756



Pakistan futures 30.8. - 5.9.2004
R32 Cheong-Eui Kim KOR 14y 5m def. Aqeel Khan ATP-589
R16 Kim def. Vijay Kannan ATP-777
QF Kim def. Sahil Syed ATP-1270
SF Kim 14y 5m
13.9.2004 Cheong-Eui Kim(23.3.1990) ATP-1067

Beta2k
07-24-2012, 06:20 PM
A 14 year old with an ATP point, I don't know when the last time that happened was.

actually right now there is a 14 year old boy in the rankings with 2 ATP points:
http://www.atpworldtour.com/Tennis/Players/Ma/N/Nelio-Mattos.aspx?t=pa

PTWahoo14
07-24-2012, 06:45 PM
http://twitter.com/SKoz_/status/227815263565926400
Kozlov: Got the win today 6-3 in the third! My first ATP points
Wiersholm must hate him by now. But a HUGE congrats to Stefan!:worship::worship::worship:

Felixavier10
07-24-2012, 07:24 PM
actually right now there is a 14 year old boy in the rankings with 2 ATP points:
http://www.atpworldtour.com/Tennis/Players/Ma/N/Nelio-Mattos.aspx?t=pa


Nelio Mattos (5.4.1988)


http://hamptonpirates.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=612


;)

Smoke944
07-24-2012, 07:27 PM
Nelio Mattos (5.4.1988)


http://hamptonpirates.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=612


;)

:lol:

Smoke944
07-24-2012, 09:03 PM
Henrik :hug:
Well done Stefan, next up is Harrison Adams, good luck and do work :cool:

SapELee
07-24-2012, 09:26 PM
:hug: Henrik

Congrats to Stefan :yeah:, but I don't see him getting past Harrison Adams though. Adams is a 1994 junior who is much bigger and stronger than him.

Smoke944
07-24-2012, 11:03 PM
Agreed. Btw the match score was 0-6 6-3 6-3.
Also, Kozlov/Wiersholm d. (3)Lamo/Montero 6-4 3-6 16-14
Good fight.

SapELee
07-24-2012, 11:45 PM
Also, Kozlov/Wiersholm d. (3)Lamo/Montero 6-4 3-6 16-14
Good fight.

:worship:

Beta2k
07-25-2012, 11:15 AM
Nelio Mattos (5.4.1988)


http://hamptonpirates.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=612


;)

oh damn. how could i know? seems there is an error on ATP's profile page.
thx for clarification.

Smoke944
07-25-2012, 09:17 PM
They beat the USC doubles team of Grant/Nguyen 6-2 6-3 and are in the semis :p

SapELee
07-25-2012, 11:48 PM
I'm impressed that they beat Grant/Nguyen so easily.

Smoke944
07-26-2012, 06:31 AM
Here are some good pics
http://www.flickr.com/photos/lewisandclarkcc/
Good luck today boys!

PTWahoo14
07-26-2012, 06:13 PM
I don't see any results anywhere but I noticed this tweet just now https://twitter.com/IllegalDefense/status/228529664489037824
Koslov (sic) won another singles match today 7-6 in the third

Smoke944
07-26-2012, 06:29 PM
:cool:

PTWahoo14
07-26-2012, 07:14 PM
Still no full score but Harrison Adams's twitter confirms he lost. http://twitter.com/harrisonadams5

Very very impressive win by Kozlov. Smoke, you said you'd have Noah and Jared Donaldson play singles at Junior Davis Cup but I don't think Jared could beat Kozlov right now, nor do as well at the singles 2 line.

Smoke944
07-26-2012, 07:47 PM
Depends on the surface. If it's on clay I'd definitely pick Noah and Jared.
Stefan's score was 7-6 2-6 7-6 btw

Smoke944
07-26-2012, 09:51 PM
Next up for Stefan is former very good college player from UofM Jason Jung. Good luck!

SapELee
07-26-2012, 10:15 PM
:eek: :worship::worship::worship::worship:

Way to go Stefan :yeah:

Edit: Stefan and his 3-set record :bowdown:

SapELee
07-27-2012, 02:55 AM
Doubles Pictures (Did Henrik borrow Stefan's short? :p)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/lewisandclarkcc/7648147202/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/lewisandclarkcc/7652559092/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/lewisandclarkcc/7647211424/in/set-72157630533885150
http://www.flickr.com/photos/lewisandclarkcc/7647234614/in/set-72157630533885150
http://www.flickr.com/photos/lewisandclarkcc/7647234288/in/set-72157630533885150
http://www.flickr.com/photos/lewisandclarkcc/7647233994/in/set-72157630533885150
http://www.flickr.com/photos/lewisandclarkcc/7647233704/in/set-72157630533885150
http://www.flickr.com/photos/lewisandclarkcc/7647233418/in/set-72157630533885150
http://www.flickr.com/photos/lewisandclarkcc/7647751840/in/set-72157630533885150
http://www.flickr.com/photos/lewisandclarkcc/7652216384/in/set-72157630533885150


Stefan's Pictures
http://www.flickr.com/photos/lewisandclarkcc/7640899706/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/lewisandclarkcc/7653343148/in/set-72157630533885150
http://www.flickr.com/photos/lewisandclarkcc/7653605494/in/set-72157630533885150
http://www.flickr.com/photos/lewisandclarkcc/7641616720/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/lewisandclarkcc/7641615472/


Henrik's Pictures
http://www.flickr.com/photos/lewisandclarkcc/7640909048/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/lewisandclarkcc/7641636990/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/lewisandclarkcc/7641637904/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/lewisandclarkcc/7640906926/

Smoke944
07-27-2012, 03:03 AM
Also, we see from the pictures that Nicolas Todero is the coach with whom they are traveling.

SapELee
07-27-2012, 03:13 AM
Also, we see from the pictures that Nicolas Todero is the coach with whom they are traveling.

It seems like he is always with them whether in Mexico for the Junior Davis Cup/Junior World Tennis Qualifying or in Europe during their European Tour.

Smoke944
07-27-2012, 03:18 AM
yup

Felixavier10
07-27-2012, 03:10 PM
Kozlov - Jung 2-6, *4-3..

livescore www.bet365.com

2-6, 6-7

Smoke944
07-27-2012, 04:08 PM
Good effort. Week off then Kzoo, I assume.

SapELee
07-27-2012, 11:48 PM
:hug: good effort.

Stefan and Henrik has grown quite a bit since last year. Time sure flies :p.


http://media.miamiherald.com/smedia/2011/12/21/21/59/cUHEl.Em.56.jpg

http://www.itftennis.com/media/103650/103650.JPG

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8012/7652216384_d954d24e84.jpg

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8163/7652559092_8348689ce8.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7274/7647233418_7ddd6b4f28.jpg

Smoke944
08-03-2012, 12:08 AM
Nice video here where you can get an idea about the potential of Michael
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SapELee
08-03-2012, 12:23 AM
129 mph serve already, impressive.

SapELee
08-04-2012, 04:06 PM
I noticed that Stefan listed clay as his favorite surface, kinda ironic since his game is more suited for hardcourt and grass. Also, Nicolas Todero is listed as his personal coach.

http://beta.itftennis.com/procircuit/players/player/profile.aspx?playerid=100172012

PTWahoo14
08-06-2012, 02:50 PM
honestly, I just think he loves to slide :lol:

SapELee
08-08-2012, 06:44 PM
Colette Lewis ‏@zootennis

Alexios Halebian(8) breaks Stefan Kozlov(11) serving at 4-5 in 3rd to reach qtrs with a 63, 16, 64 victory #natszoo

Colette Lewis ‏@zootennis

No. 2 seed in 16s Paul Oosterbaan through to the qtrs with 5&4 win over Nathan Ponwith(16) #natszoo

Good effort from both :hug:

SapELee
08-09-2012, 12:57 AM
Other notable 5th round matches:

Wiersholm, Henrik (12) def. Hiltzik, Aron (3) 6-1, 6-4
Staggs, Logan (13) def. Colton, Chase 6-3, 7-5
Mylnikov, Tommy (7) def. Klinger, Cameron 6-3, 7-5
Griffith, William (15) def. Mateas, Catalin 7-5, 6-2

SapELee
08-09-2012, 03:30 AM
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-_Er3LdzCpU4/UCMbQsVM2QI/AAAAAAAAMfs/72ySvxmPJ_Q/s400/Wiersholm8-8-12.jpg


Seven of Top Eight Seeds Reach 18s Quarterfinals; Wiersholm Takes Out No. 3 Seed Aron Hiltzik in 16s at Nationals (http://tenniskalamazoo.blogspot.com/2012/08/seven-of-top-eight-seeds-reach-18s.html)

The only upset of the day was recorded by Henrik Wiersholm, the No. 12 seed, who defeated Aron Hiltzik, the No. 3 seed, 6-1, 6-4. Wiersholm, a 15-year-old who is making his debut in Kalamazoo this year because he represented the USA in the ITF World Junior Tennis team competition last year, had a three-set victory in his first match, but has been happy with his play since then.

"Part of it was was a little bit of nerves, it's Kalamazoo," said Wiersholm. "I was kind of looking around, seeing what's going on. I got through that match and have been playing some better matches since."

Wiersholm approached the match with Hiltzik in a positive frame of mind, with what he called "good results" in their three previous meetings. In the first set, Hiltzik made too many unforced errors to stay in the rallies, and it wasn't until the second set that the match gained a competitive feel.

"He started solidifying his game, and I relaxed a little bit," Wiersholm said. "I was up a break from the beginning, but then gave him the break back, so it got a little bit close, but I was able to stay on him, and I served well."

Wiersholm's opponent on Friday will be William Griffith, the No. 15 seed, who defeated unseeded Catalin Mateas 7-5, 6-2. Wiersholm recalls the last time they played, in a National Open last summer.

"I think we had a four-hour match when we played," said Wiersholm. "Will's a very smart player, he's super solid. His whole game is centered around I'm going to make you beat me, hit as many balls in the court as I can until you miss. If you hit a winner, good job."

SapELee
08-11-2012, 07:07 PM
Win it Henrik and please avoid a marathon with Sasha :scared:.

Colette Lewis ‏@zootennis

Two seconds apart, Wiersholm & Gozun take down No. 1 & No. 2 seeds. Wiersholm def. Stewart 76, 63; Gozun def. Oosterbaan 46, 75, 62 #natszoo

SapELee
08-12-2012, 02:55 PM
Novikov and Halebian Reach 18s Final; Wiersholm and Gozun to Decide 16s National Champion Sunday (http://tenniskalamazoo.blogspot.com/2012/08/novikov-and-halebian-reach-18s-final.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Zootennis+%28ZooTennis%29)

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-N04nrGS8mWI/UCcFNcaFoxI/AAAAAAAAMiI/hnhfD3qGKvQ/s640/GozunWiersholm.jpg

In the 16s semifinals, played Saturday morning, local favorite and No. 2 seed Paul Oosterbaan fell to No. 32 seed Sasha Gozun 4-6, 7-5, 6-2. Gozun, a 16-year-old from Sarasota, Fla., felt the pressure of being from Kalamazoo might have kept Oosterbaan from performing at his best.

"I don't know if it added pressure to Paul, because he's hometown boy," said Gozun, who moved to Florida from Moldova, a small country between Romania and Ukraine, four years ago. "Everybody thinks he has to win it. But I respect him, he's a very good player, it was just my day today."

The first set opened with some nervous and sloppy play by both Oosterbaan and Gozun, and after four holds, there were five consecutive breaks of serve. Serving for the set at 5-4, it looked as if a sixth straight break might be coming when Oosterbaan fell behind 0-30. But although his serve gave him trouble later in the match, it came through for him at 30-all, with a service winner, and he earned the first set with a forehand passing shot.

In contrast to the first set, the second was all holds, with Gozun holding more easily than Oosterbaan, who needed to save break points in two of his service games. Serving at 5-6, Oosterbaan fell behind 15-40 when Gozun hit two forehand winners. He saved one when Gozun netted a second serve return, but double faulted to lose the second.

The 10-minute break didn't help Oosterbaan and it didn't hurt Gozun. Gozun took a 3-0 lead, and although he was broken for the first time since the last game of the first set to make it 3-2, he got the break right back, feasting on Oosterbaan's second serve.

"I didn't really serve well the whole match," Oosterbaan said. "He started serving better as the match went on. Mentally he stayed tough and I broke down. It was awesome to have the crowd out there helping me all week, it helped me get through a lot of matches, but not today."

Gozun, who as the No. 32 seed would be the lowest seed to ever win the 16s tournament in its 70 years in Kalamazoo, acknowledges that he is just beginning to tap his potential.

"Everybody's telling me I play much better than I am ranked, but it's also mentally," said Gozun. "It's one thing to have good ground strokes, another thing to be prepared mentally. I was relaxed here, didn't feel so much pressure."

Gozun's opponent in Sunday's final will be No. 12 seed Henrik Wiersholm, who defeated top seed Mitch Stewart 7-6(2), 6-2 in a battle between two friends from the Pacific Northwest.

Stewart fell behind 3-1, and as he had done in his quarterfinal match with Logan Staggs Friday, he fought back to take the lead, winning four straight games. But he was unable to serve out the set at 5-3, and Wiersholm dominated the subsequent tiebreaker.

"He wasn't missing," said Wiersholm. "But for a while there, I wasn't missing either. When he got the break and I went down 5-3, I told myself I was just going to go out there and start making balls, getting positive energy flowing, get a little bit in-your-face in how I'm going to come back and win this set. He got a little bit tight, I have to say, made some key errors, but I also started going for a little more, taking it to him. I really took it to him in the tiebreaker."

Stewart is known for his mental toughness, but he met his match in Wiersholm.

"I think it's a really good trait, but most guys don't expect when they're up--they expect people to cave in," said Wiersholm who won the 12s national championship in 2009. "But when I'm down, I start playing better, taking it to them more, and that's what I did today."

Wiersholm didn't lose focus when he lost the first game of the second set, breaking right back, and although he could hold his 3-1 lead, when he broke Stewart for the third time in the set to go up 5-3, he didn't falter in the final game, closing it out quickly, a rarity in the two and a half hour match.

Gozun has a recent win over Wiersholm, having beaten him 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 in the first round of the Orange Bowl 16s, played on the Har-Tru courts in Plantation last December.

"Sacha's a great player," said Wiersholm. "He's a big guy who's going to hit a lot of big balls. I'm just going to be solid and find a way."

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-XsLhtTApaNs/UCcFhh9M8tI/AAAAAAAAMiQ/j4ql8e9DByw/s400/KerznermanWiersholmTrophy.jpg

Wiersholm found a way to his first gold ball of the tournament later in the day, when he and Daniel Kerznerman, the No. 4 seeds, beat top seeds Aron Hiltzik and Oosterbaan 6-2, 7-5. Hiltzik and Oosterbaan were on their heels most of the match, but fought back from 5-2 down to save five match points before Hiltzik was broken serving at 5-6 to deliver the victory to Kerznerman and Wiersholm....

SapELee
08-12-2012, 06:09 PM
:woohoo: Henrik won the Jr. US Open wildcard with the win.

Colette Lewis ‏@zootennis

Henrik Wiersholm sweeps 16s titles in his 1st visit to Kalamazoo. He wins singles championship over Sasha Gozun 64, 61 #natszoo

Smoke944
08-12-2012, 11:31 PM
He would have received one even if he lost :p
Awesome week for him :worship:

SapELee
08-13-2012, 01:04 AM
True, but it is better to earn it with a title :D.

SapELee
08-13-2012, 02:04 AM
As I mentioned in the other thread, Gozun is freaking huge for a 16 y.o. :speakles:.


Novikov, Wiersholm End Perfect Week at Nationals with Singles Titles (http://tenniskalamazoo.blogspot.com/2012/08/novikov-wiersholm-end-perfect-week-at.html)

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-tPs9JsGlDrg/UCg8fuqMjDI/AAAAAAAAMjM/fqXS_IkQuSA/s400/WiersholmTalking.jpg

Henrik Wiersholm, a 15-year-old playing in Kalamazoo for the first time, will return next year never having tasted defeat in the tournament known for its blueberries and cream, after he capped his week with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Sasha Gozun to take the 16s title.

Conditions were ideal for tennis Sunday, with a manageable northerly breeze and temperatures in the low 70s as Wiersholm and Gozun took the court. Wiersholm, the No. 12 seed, had lost to Gozun, seeded 32, in their previous meeting on clay back in December, but he had a different strategy this time against the much more physically developed 16-year-old.

"Alex can hurt you if you give him the right ball, especially with the forehand," said Wiersholm, from Kirkland, Wash. "I was doing a really good job of whipping the ball up to his backhand or deep, making him move to his forehand, or even sometimes keeping it short, away from his forehand."

The first set was close, with both players holding until 3-all, when Wiersholm got a look at his first break point. He converted it with a dramatic winner, and that one shot buoyed his confidence.

"He hit a good serve, I barely got the ball back and he hit that inside in ball," said Wiersholm, who still sports braces on his teeth. "I did an on-the-run winner for the break and that's where I kind of got it going and kept the momentum through in the second."

Gozun, who is from Moldova and has been in the United States for four years, had saved three match points in his third round win over Korey Lovett and had three times come back from a set down to win during this tournament, including over No. 2 seed Paul Oosterbaan in Saturday's semifinals. So a comeback was certainly possible, but all the positive energy he had used in those victories was nowhere to be found Sunday.

"Henrik did a very good job keeping everything away from my powerful game, and I wasn't realizing what was happening," said Gozun, who was playing in his first USTA National championship final. "You've got to raise your level every time you play, and you can't have a day off, when you're not prepared. You always have to be on top of your game."

Gozun fell behind 4-1 in the second set, and had only one brief chance to get one of the two breaks back, but Wiersholm saved a break point with a good first serve and swung freely in the rallies, eventually forcing errors to make it 5-1.

Gozun double faulted twice in the last game, and two more unforced errors gave Wiersholm his second gold ball of the weekend and a ticket to the US Open Junior Championships next month in New York.

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"I really wanted to go, really wanted to go," said Wiersholm, who hasn't been to New York since he was four years old. "Winning gives me the means to get into main draw, and that feels good."

SapELee
08-13-2012, 02:42 AM
I really like the YourGameFace (@YourGameFace (https://twitter.com/YourGameFace)) pictures. I hope they do one for Stefan down the road.

https://p.twimg.com/A0H7nh0CUAE3Nq-.jpg

SapELee
08-13-2012, 03:58 AM
The draws (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?p=12316182#post12316182) for the WJT are out. USA is in group A with Great Britain, Switzerland, and Chinese Taipei (a very kind draw IMO).

What are your expectations for Team USA (Michael Mmoh, Francis Tiafoe, and William Blumberg)?

For me, I'll be happy if they can make it to the play-off rounds. I don't expect much since this is clay after all :scared: (if I'm not mistaken, it has been contested on clay for the last 14 years - same site). Michael had some decent red clay results this summer, but the other two I don't think had much opportunities to play on clay. Anyway, good luck to the boys; let's fight hard, play smart! :cheerleader:.

SapELee
08-13-2012, 10:35 PM
Day 1 Results:

USA [1] 3 - 0 SWITZERLAND
MS2 William BLUMBERG (USA) def. Mirko MARTINEZ (SUI) 6-3 6-2
MS1 Michael MMOH (USA) def. Marko OSMAKCIC (SUI) 6-2 6-0
MD Michael MMOH/Francis TIAFOE (USA) def. Marko OSMAKCIC/Cedric RUDOLPH (SUI) 6-2 6-2

PTWahoo14
08-14-2012, 06:44 PM
Regardless of the clay, imo they should still be one of the favorites to win.

SapELee
08-14-2012, 10:41 PM
Day 2

USA [1] 2 - 1 GREAT BRITAIN [8]
MS2 Michael MMOH (USA) def.Daniel BENNETT (GBR) 6-0 6-1
MS1 Jay CLARKE (GBR) def. Francis TIAFOE (USA) 3-6 6-4 10-8
MD William BLUMBERG/Michael MMOH (USA) def. Jay CLARKE/Samuel FERGUSON (GBR) 6-2 6-2

Francis :unsure:. If he keeps this up, he will lose the No.1 Singles spot.

After yesterday’s defeat to Chinese Taipei the eighth seeds Great Britain were looking to cause an upset on Centre Court to keep their title hopes alive. The first rubber was a one-sided affair as Michael Mmoh (USA) defeated Daniel Bennett for the loss of just two games. Jay Clarke then stepped up for Team GB to defeat the USA’s Francis Tiafoe in an impressive display, fighting back from a set down and saving a match point to post a 36 64 10-8 victory and force the deciding doubles. The deciding doubles went the way of the top seeds as Mmoh teamed up with William Blumberg for a straight sets win over Clarke and Samuel Ferguson to keep USA’s hopes of the World Junior Title alive.


http://beta.itftennis.com/juniors/news/articles/team-gb-maintain-unbeaten-record.aspx (http://beta.itftennis.com/juniors/news/articles/team-gb-maintain-unbeaten-record.aspx)

PTWahoo14
08-15-2012, 12:33 AM
Wasn't there a live streaming last year? I can't find it anywhere right now.

SapELee
08-15-2012, 12:53 AM
Livestream:http://www.tkplus.cz/akce-wjtf-stream.php

SapELee
08-15-2012, 01:09 AM
Today's matches (USA vs GBR) are in the video library archive (Tuesday 8-14-2012, same webpage ^). Was skimming through the video and didn't recognize it at first until I saw Tiafoe's forehand form :lol:.

PTWahoo14
08-15-2012, 02:49 AM
hahaha!! that's hilarious. And thanks for the find. :)

Smoke944
08-15-2012, 02:53 AM
Today's matches (USA vs GBR) are in the video library archive (Tuesday 8-14-2012, same webpage ^). Was skimming through the video and didn't recognize it at first until I saw Tiafoe's forehand form :lol:.

Good stuff, thanks for finding this. I remember the stream from last year :lol:

SapELee
08-15-2012, 03:54 AM
More practice sessions for Francis after the doubles match :p.

SapELee
08-15-2012, 04:04 AM
Coach Sell (I think it is him :unsure:) was very hard on him :hug:.

PTWahoo14
08-15-2012, 06:18 AM
Coach Sell (I think it is him :unsure:) was very hard on him :hug:.

Honestly I think he needs someone to go hard on him. He's very talented, probably the most talented of the bunch, but also seems to be mentally fragile.

PTWahoo14
08-15-2012, 05:59 PM
We made it out of round robin but this is where it gets tough. Orlando Luz is one of the very best 14u clay courters in the world. I think we should keep the Mmoh, Blumberg lineup against Brazil. In my opinion, the two of them have a much better chance of playing to their potential in a match like this.
And then, assuming we beat Brazil and Korea beats Japan, I think we'll have to fight talent with talent in the championship. If Blumberg plays 2 and Mmoh plays 1 against Korea, there's a decent chance they both may lose. I feel the probability of losing both singles matches greatly diminishes with Mmoh at 2. And that would hopefully give Tiafoe room to play much more loosely at singles 1, against easily one of the top 3 players at this competition. Tiafoe seems to do better when his opponents are stronger anyway. And this saves a fresh Blumberg for doubles if necessary...and my guess is doubles WILL be necessary. (All hypothetical, of course)

Smoke944
08-15-2012, 08:11 PM
Why are they playing STBs instead of a third set in singles? Awful and it only cheats the players.

SapELee
08-15-2012, 10:32 PM
Why are they playing STBs instead of a third set in singles? Awful and it only cheats the players.

I don't think they are playing STBs; there is no tiebreak in the 3rd set.

Smoke944
08-15-2012, 10:33 PM
I don't think they are playing STBs; there is no tiebreak in the 3rd set.

Oh :eek: Well forget I said anything, I just looked at the 10-8 score and assumed... :lol: That is great then.

SapELee
08-15-2012, 10:53 PM
Day 3 - Final day of round robin

USA [1] 3 - 0 CHINESE TAIPEI
MS2 William BLUMBERG (USA) def. Cing-Yang MENG (TPE) 6-1 6-0
MS1 Michael MMOH (USA) def. Tung-Lin WU (TPE) 7-6(2) 6-4
MD William BLUMBERG/Francis TIAFOE (USA) def. Chung-Han TSAI/Tung-Lin WU (TPE) 6-7(5) 6-3 7-5

Looking at the results, I prefer Michael to play both singles and doubles. I agree with PTWahoo14, put Michael and Will at singles tomorrow. If they beat Brazil, then put Michael and Francis at singles with Michael at No.2 (giving him rest time before doubles).

SapELee
08-15-2012, 11:03 PM
Honestly I think he needs someone to go hard on him. He's very talented, probably the most talented of the bunch, but also seems to be mentally fragile.

Speaking of Mike Sell, tough coach :scared: :

Reilly Opelka ‏@ReillyOpelka

@SKoz_ @michaelmmoh Everyone has had some good times with him! Haha still cant believe he made Mmoh walk like 4 mi. to lunch at easterbowl!

Poor Michael :lol: :hug:

Smoke944
08-16-2012, 06:34 AM
Today's matches (USA vs GBR) are in the video library archive (Tuesday 8-14-2012, same webpage ^). Was skimming through the video and didn't recognize it at first until I saw Tiafoe's forehand form :lol:.

It's funny you say that because I clicked to a random spot five hours in and thought it must be our doubles because of the red shirts. One of the kids looked like Michael and when I saw him hit an absurdly big serve for a 14 yo I knew it must be him :lol:

Smoke944
08-16-2012, 06:42 PM
We beat Brasil 3-0 and play South Korea in the finals. Will be a tough one so good luck boys!

SapELee
08-16-2012, 09:52 PM
Yes, definitely a tough final. Korea is leaking with young talents right now.

Semifinal Results

USA [1] 3 - 0 BRAZIL [4]
MS2 Michael MMOH (USA) def. Antonioni FASANO (BRA) 6-2 6-2
MS1 Francis TIAFOE (USA) def. Orlando LUZ (BRA) 6-4 6-4
MD William BLUMBERG/Francis TIAFOE (USA) def. Antonioni FASANO/Lucas KOELLE (BRA) 7-5 6-3

They went one step further than last year's team, but they are also blessed with more height and power. This year's squad stands at 5'-10" or taller compared to Henrik and Stefan who were less than 5'-7" a year ago. Good luck guys.

Smoke944
08-16-2012, 09:53 PM
Yes, definitely a tough final. Korea is leaking with young talents right now.

Semifinal Results

USA [1] 3 - 0 BRAZIL [4]
MS2 Michael MMOH (USA) def. Antonioni FASANO (BRA) 6-2 6-2
MS1 Francis TIAFOE (USA) def. Orlando LUZ (BRA) 6-4 6-4
MD William BLUMBERG/Francis TIAFOE (USA) def. Antonioni FASANO/Lucas KOELLE (BRA) 7-5 6-3

They went one step further than last year's team, but they are also blessed with more height and power. This year's squad stands at 5'-10" or taller compared to Henrik and Stefan who were less than 5'-7" a year ago. Good luck guys.

To be fair we are developing the majority of them at the IMG academy :lol:

Btw how tall is Francis atm? Do we have any clue?

SapELee
08-16-2012, 10:09 PM
In several pictures, Francis seems slightly taller or about the same height as Blumberg who is listed as 5'-10" on www.tennisrecruiting.net (http://www.tennisrecruiting.net/boys.asp?sessionid=4FD56CA54DC71C86) (not sure when it was updated). But they are all taller than Kozlov and Wiersholm for sure. At the WJT/Junior Davis Cup in Mexico, they looked a couple inches taller than Stefan.

Smoke944
08-16-2012, 10:12 PM
That's good to hear. Is the final tomorrow or the next day?

SapELee
08-16-2012, 10:26 PM
And speaking of IMG academy, I am currently following Gianni Ross (13 y.o., rising 8th grader).

He won the B12 Nike Junior Tour Masters (http://www.nikejuniortour.com/newsite/masters/2011/draws/u12b.pdf) last December and tennisrecruiting.net (http://tennisrecruiting.net/player.asp?id=645591) listed him as a member of the 2017 class so his birthday must be from late December 1998 to early 1999. I would like to know the birth year. Do you or PTWahoo14 have any idea?

SapELee
08-16-2012, 10:29 PM
That's good to hear. Is the final tomorrow or the next day?

Saturday @ 10 am local time, CC (streaming court): http://itfjuniors.tournamentsoftware.com/sport/matches.aspx?id=154AC775-640B-4A5E-B66B-2D0B0501B0A1&d=20120818

Smoke944
08-16-2012, 10:30 PM
CoreTennis was my best bet but since I don't see it there, no clue :shrug: :p

SapELee
08-16-2012, 10:40 PM
I already checked that website, but thanks anyway :).

SapELee
08-16-2012, 11:49 PM
Is Taylor Fritz really 6'5 or is this a mistake? :spit:

The real standout at 14s was 6’5 Taylor Fritz. Taylor went the ENTIRE TOURNAMENT without dropping a single set, in singles AND doubles! Using his big game and the quicker surface, Taylor was able to overpower his opponents, and dictate play, allowing him to put together one of the most impressive runs at the 14s nationals we have seen. He also teamed with fellow ADNA Select member Anudeep Kodali and despite having the pressure of being the #1 seeds, they cruised through the draw, and put a heavy stamp on their run with a 6-0,6-1 finals victory giving them their gold ball, and Taylor the rare feat of a double gold ball in a national tournament.

http://athleticdnablog.com/adna-junior-tennis-players-shine-national-hard-court-tournaments-mens-1214-bracket/

Smoke944
08-17-2012, 12:33 AM
Well his tennisrecruiting profile says 6'2 and that could be from a while ago, so maybe is close to that :spit:
Awesome scorelines in that tourney, anyway.

SapELee
08-17-2012, 01:40 AM
Yeah, some of the information is outdated. For instance, Jared Donaldson is still listed as 5'2 (90 lbs), that must have been ages ago. He's gotta be close to/over 6' based on the pictures from this year.

PTWahoo14
08-17-2012, 03:22 AM
No idea about Gianni Ross, sorry. But I would suspect he was born in 1999, instead of late '98.

Smoke944
08-17-2012, 03:24 AM
Saturday @ 10 am local time, CC (streaming court): http://itfjuniors.tournamentsoftware.com/sport/matches.aspx?id=154AC775-640B-4A5E-B66B-2D0B0501B0A1&d=20120818

thanks. 10 am local time is too early :lol:

SapELee
08-17-2012, 03:40 AM
From the Junior ITF website:

http://beta.itftennis.com/ITF/Plugins/ImageGen/ImageGen.ashx?image=/media/126479/126479_BigPicture.jpg

http://beta.itftennis.com/ITF/Plugins/ImageGen/ImageGen.ashx?image=/media/126478/126478_BigPicture.jpg

http://beta.itftennis.com/ITF/Plugins/ImageGen/ImageGen.ashx?image=/media/126229/126229_BigPicture.jpg

SapELee
08-18-2012, 12:58 AM
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SapELee
08-18-2012, 01:23 PM
From the little that I saw, Francis won his match and they cleared the court afterward so I assumed USA won. Okay I'm off to WSO, will watch the rest later (woke up @ 4am to set up the recording :lol:).

Smoke944
08-18-2012, 04:36 PM
They didn't archive after the first two days, did they? :scratch:

Awesome job by them, btw.

Smoke944
08-18-2012, 05:46 PM
recap

The USA faced Korea in today’s boy’s final with Korea hoping to defend the title they won for the first time last year. A sizeable crowd on centre court witnessed a match full of high quality tennis. The first rubber saw Yun Seong Chung (KOR) face Michael Mmoh (USA). Fourteen year old Mmoh is 6 feet 1 tall and used all of his height and power to gain an early advantage over the Korean. Once the resident of Brandenton, Florida got ahead he never looked like losing and closed out the match 64 63.
The second singles rubber saw Korean number Duck Hee Lee, who had not dropped a set in singles so far this week, face Francis Tiafoe. All signs pointed to a Korean victory but it was in fact Tiafoe eho started stronger. Like his teammate Mmoh, Tiafoe used his powerful serve and booming groundstrokes to control the match. Duck Hee Lee was unable to replicate the form of his idol Roger Federer and Tiafoe closed out the match 75 64. His victory gave the USA their first boy’s title at the World Junior Tennis finals since 2008.

http://www.itftennis.com/juniors/news/articles/usa-and-slovak-republic-clinch-world-junior-tennis-titles.aspx

SapELee
08-19-2012, 01:22 AM
Final

USA [1] 2 - 0 KOREA [2]
MS2 Michael MMOH (USA) def. YunSeong CHUNG (KOR) 6-4 6-3
MS1 Francis TIAFOE (USA) def. DuckHee LEE (KOR) 7-5 6-4
MD William BLUMBERG/Michael MMOH (USA) vs. DuckHee LEE/ChanYeong OH (KOR) Not Played

Btw, I love the scream by Francis after match point :lol:.

Smoke944
08-19-2012, 01:45 AM
Since you recorded it can you put the parts up on youtube sometime? :p

SapELee
08-19-2012, 02:34 AM
The quality is not that great, but I will try to upload them in the next couple of days.

Smoke944
08-19-2012, 02:44 AM
The quality is not that great, but I will try to upload them in the next couple of days.

Yeah but that's the stream itself :lol: And thanks :)

Smoke944
08-19-2012, 03:26 AM
So now quick turnaround for Tiafoe as he is playing at "home" and making his ITF debut in the G2.
Btw I really hope for Francis' development that he will, like Michael, fit lots of clay ITFs into his schedule. Would be great for him.

SapELee
08-19-2012, 07:06 PM
Tiafoe in red short and Lee in white short. Actual match ends at 1:41. I figured the amount of time needed to split the video is about the same as uploading it so I just uploaded the whole thing. I will upload the other match next time.

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SapELee
08-20-2012, 05:26 PM
It is now official, Kozlov and Wiersholm with the USO Jr. maindraw wildcards. I was hoping that Mmoh, Tiafoe, and Blumberg can get a qualifying wildcard, but they will probably be left out :sad:.

US Open Junior Wild Cards Announced; Hibi, Meister in US Open National Playoff Finals; Gibbs, Bouchard Qualify for WTA Events (http://tenniskalamazoo.blogspot.com/2012/08/us-open-junior-wild-cards-announced.html)

SapELee
08-20-2012, 09:07 PM
Mmoh vs Chung, most of the match. Got cut off at the beginning and the end.

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SapELee
08-20-2012, 09:31 PM
The draw is out for the College Park ITF: http://beta.itftennis.com/juniors/tournaments/tournament/info.aspx?tournamentid=1100026727

Tiafoe draws William Albanese, hope he is not too tired.
Wiersholm draws Nichoas Jarry :(

Good luck guys.

SapELee
08-21-2012, 01:37 AM
Tiafoe won 60 76(15) and will face Sumit Nagal of India next, should be an interesting match. Wiersholm also won his match 5&5.

SapELee
08-22-2012, 02:54 PM
Both Tiafoe and Wiersholm lost in three. Now get some rest Francis. Too bad they both pulled out of doubles.

Edit: I guess Francis didn't pull out of doubles, only Henrik.

PTWahoo14
08-30-2012, 01:54 AM
I was hoping that Mmoh, Tiafoe, and Blumberg can get a qualifying wildcard, but they will probably be left out :sad:.

:shrug: http://twitter.com/MichaelMmoh/status/240465137771896832

SapELee
08-30-2012, 02:01 AM
:confused::shrug: http://twitter.com/MichaelMmoh/status/240465137771896832

Well, it is good that at least one of them got a qualifying wildcard (two q wcs were pending at the time the wildcards were first announced and I wasn't sure if they will get it).

Smoke944
08-31-2012, 05:11 PM
Michael just won his first qualifying match 6-4 6-4 :cool:

Smoke944
08-31-2012, 07:53 PM
Tough one for Blumberg. Got back to even from a double break down in the third but lost in a tiebreak.

SapELee
08-31-2012, 09:29 PM
Michael :yeah:, Will :hug:, let's go Francis :cheerleader:

SapELee
08-31-2012, 09:53 PM
62 64, way to go Francis :yeah:

Smoke944
09-01-2012, 07:38 AM
Stefan got to hit with Fed yesterday. Not surprising as it was only a matter of time :cool:

Smoke944
09-01-2012, 08:26 PM
Francis lost in straights.
But Michael saved two MPs in the second set and won the third by retirement. Great fighting from him.
And it has to be mentioned that Michael won a 100 minute second set. Incredible.

SapELee
09-02-2012, 02:38 AM
http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=208354

USO Jr. 1st round

Stefano NAPOLITANO (ITA) [10] - Stefan KOZLOV (USA) (WC)
Enzo COUACAUD (FRA) - Henrik WIERSHOLM (USA) (WC)
Michael MMOH (USA) (Q) - Gabriel FRIEDRICH (BRA)

Stefan has a tough first round. Even though Napolitano is from a claycourt country, he prefers hardcourt and it will be hard to lob over him :p. Good luck to everybody :).

SapELee
09-02-2012, 04:49 PM
Stefan is up a set and Henrik is down a set.

SapELee
09-02-2012, 05:22 PM
Rough debut for Henrik :hug:

PTWahoo14
09-02-2012, 05:35 PM
Damn, Stefan just split sets. I really wanted to see him close it out in 2.

Smoke944
09-02-2012, 05:36 PM
This is going to be a dogfight now for Stefan, fight! :boxing:

SapELee
09-02-2012, 05:56 PM
Don't know what happened, but Napolitano retired down 2-4.

PTWahoo14
09-02-2012, 05:58 PM
Yeah, very strange. Following the scoreline it seemed like he was completely healthy and fighting well, but then suddenly he retired.

PTWahoo14
09-02-2012, 06:01 PM
But :bounce: Woohoo! Go Stefan! We're inching closer to hopefully being able to see him on a tv court :lol:
Also, I think it's worth noting he was 2 for 2 on break point opportunities. Extremely efficient against such a tough opponent.

SapELee
09-02-2012, 06:09 PM
I want to see him play (the webcam from Kalamazoo doesn't count) :lol:.

Brad Gilbert ‏@bgtennisnation

playing on ct 10 now with out a doubt the best 14 year old in the world and a amazing prospect Stefan Kozlov who trains with the USTA

Brad Gilbert ‏@bgtennisnation

stefan Kozlov is playing the #10 seed from Italy there will be lots tennis industry there checking this kid out

SapELee
09-02-2012, 09:05 PM
Stefan must be really enjoying himself :p.

Colette Lewis ‏@zootennis

Stefan Kozlov has a dream date for a 14-yo tennis player. He's hitting w/Roger Federer this afternoon, for 2nd time in 3 days #usopen

Smoke944
09-03-2012, 03:50 AM
I like Michael's draw, good luck! :cool:

PTWahoo14
09-03-2012, 04:39 AM
Last on TV court 11 tomorrow is the doubles match Mmoh/Tiafoe vs Coric/Ymer.... that'll be fun to watch. 4 future stars in the making.

Smoke944
09-03-2012, 07:31 AM
http://d3j5vwomefv46c.cloudfront.net/photos/large/649262678.jpg?key=20481536&Expires=1346654661&Key-Pair-Id=APKAIYVGSUJFNRFZBBTA&Signature=qduJ1r5blu7X6po347JVjHecd67UdPdnNQ2jYEk0 qdt5dFngYeuBz989-J172mHTOr8zydxWeZwr8SgxhY5Q7wc2qwajYtcz~QYu9YJvzbv xYv4CUVHTs~d-Z4hA-X2drYqxOdQeklXpIL94ovvGnhLzTzGyG7crZ~2Zq-89f9Q_

Great picture thanks to

@JuaniCeballos


El sueño del pibe: pelotear con Federer, y que él la pase bien contigo. Hoy lo vivió @Stefankozlov

:)

SapELee
09-03-2012, 02:53 PM
Morning folks, I'm ready for more scoreboard watching :lol:. Let's go munchkins :cheerleader:.

And here is the picture that Smoke was talking about (I think):

https://twitpic.com/show/iphone/aqjyae

More pictures from twitter:

FueBuena ‏@FueBuena

Este pendex de 14 entrenó a Federer y volverá a hacerlo hoy. Stefan Kozlov (EE.UU.) tambíen ganó hoy en juniors. http://twitpic.com/aqgp38

https://twitpic.com/show/iphone/aqgp38

Marcos Zugasti ‏@marcos_z

¿Sabés quién lo entró en calor a Roger hoy? Stefan Kozlov (USA), 14 años, 2 puntos ATP y top70 Sub18. Bien @SKoz_ ¿no?.
https://p.twimg.com/A1mPpbsCEAE-40V.jpg

SapELee
09-03-2012, 02:59 PM
Last on TV court 11 tomorrow is the doubles match Mmoh/Tiafoe vs Coric/Ymer.... that'll be fun to watch. 4 future stars in the making.

Sweet, finally a good stream offering. I had headache watching the Kalamazoo webcam and the WJT videos :o.

SapELee
09-03-2012, 03:32 PM
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-mH1VpfFwPmI/UEQOjPOV1rI/AAAAAAAAM0s/MK7acM0sCoQ/s400/Kozlov9-2-12.jpg

Fourteen-year-old Stefan Kozlov had an extra confidence boost prior to taking on No. 10 seed Stefano Napolitano of Italy, serving as a practice partner for Roger Federer two days ago.

"It was crazy," said wild card Kozlov, who advanced to the second round when Napolitano retired trailing 6-3, 4-6, 4-2. "I think it was two days ago, I'm not sure. I got so much confidence hitting with him the first time. It was very exciting. Great guy."

Kozlov apparently impressed the Wimbledon champion, because he was asked to hit again later in the afternoon Sunday.

"I was hitting the ball well," Kozlov said. "I wasn't missing much, so I was pretty happy." Link (http://tenniskalamazoo.blogspot.com/2012/09/wild-cards-lead-way-into-second-round.html)