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A new favourite for me in 2006 (help needed).....

adee-gee
12-08-2005, 04:11 PM
I have a policy of getting to like players when they are young and up-and-coming, and following their progress up the rankings. The last 6 years or so my main 3 have been Roddick, Nadal, and Murray. All 3 I started liking when they were outside the top 100 (but it was pretty clear they had potential) but once each player becomes too successful, my interest fades slightly. Although I will always have a soft spot for each, every victory means less than it used to because they are a lot more frequent (maybe not for Murray yet). Therefore, I am looking for a new player to like in 2006, and your suggestions would be much appreciated, as I am struggling. They must fit the following criteria though.......

- They must be ranked outside the top 100, and not won anything of note
- They must be under the age of 21
- They must be charismatic
- They must be passionate when they play

My knowledge of the future/challenger circuit isn't what it used to be and I haven't found anyone of note. Sergei Bubka jr is one guy I quite like the look of, but I don't think he's charismatic enough to be an absolute favourite of mine. All suggestions welcome, muchos gracias :kiss:

shotgun
12-08-2005, 04:17 PM
Well, then jump in Del Potro's bandwagon before it's too late. :p

adee-gee
12-08-2005, 04:21 PM
Well, then jump in Del Potro's bandwagon before it's too late. :p
I contemplated it, I've only seem him play once and I liked what I saw but the bandwagon is pretty large. I prefer being a little more original if at all possible.

CooCooCachoo
12-08-2005, 04:21 PM
Mihail Zverev :yeah:

Frederick16
12-08-2005, 04:22 PM
maybe you can use this:

http://www.webpark.sk/vlmark/

possibillities:
CRIVOI, VICTOR ROM
OUAHAB, LAMINE ALG
PEDRINI, MARCO ITA
GRANOLLERS, MARCEL ESP
HUTA GALUNG, JESSE NED

and what the hell!!! someone from monaco!! :worship:

BALLERET, BENJAMIN MON

shotgun
12-08-2005, 04:26 PM
I contemplated it, I've only seem him play once and I liked what I saw but the bandwagon is pretty large. I prefer being a little more original if at all possible.

I see.. :lol:

This link here could provide you some help.
http://www.stevegtennis.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1116

adee-gee
12-08-2005, 04:27 PM
Mihail Zverev :yeah:
I need explanations, not just names :D

adee-gee
12-08-2005, 04:36 PM
Does anyone know anything about Mathieu Montcourt? I spotted his name a while back and took an interest immediately, but I'm yet to see him play. He also has hair like me so he goes up in my estimation :o

http://www.fft.fr/news/photos2003/montcourt2401.jpg

Galaxystorm
12-08-2005, 04:37 PM
Marin Cilic , he has always been one of the best european players at his age in the last years , and maybe the european promise with best future among european junior players . He won Roland Garros juniors , european champion under 16 , the runner up in european championships under 14...

madmanfool
12-08-2005, 04:39 PM
Can't you chose on your own

Galaxystorm
12-08-2005, 04:42 PM
Does anyone know anything about Mathieu Montcourt? I spotted his name a while back and took an interest immediately, but I'm yet to see him play. He also has hair like me so he goes up in my estimation :o

http://www.fft.fr/news/photos2003/montcourt2401.jpg

A new Feliciano ??? :scared:

adee-gee
12-08-2005, 04:43 PM
Marin Cilic , he has always been one of the best european players at his age in the last years , and maybe the european promise with best future among european junior players . He won Roland Garros juniors , european champion under 16 , the runner up in european championships under 14...
Absolutely out the question, he's Croatian and the Croats on here scare me :p

Murray should've beaten him in the RG junior SF :(

Galaxystorm
12-08-2005, 04:43 PM
maybe you can use this:

http://www.webpark.sk/vlmark/

possibillities:
CRIVOI, VICTOR ROM
OUAHAB, LAMINE ALG
PEDRINI, MARCO ITA
GRANOLLERS, MARCEL ESP
HUTA GALUNG, JESSE NED

and what the hell!!! someone from monaco!! :worship:

BALLERET, BENJAMIN MON


Ouahab and Granollers , future stars ?? not at all

adee-gee
12-08-2005, 04:44 PM
Can't you chose on your own
Apparently not :)

As I say, my knowledge of the future/challenger circuit isn't what it used to be so I don't know much about some of the up and coming players.

adee-gee
12-08-2005, 04:44 PM
A new Feliciano ??? :scared:
Thats a bit unfair on young Mathieu. Surely its more Guga-like :D

RonE
12-08-2005, 04:57 PM
Your taste for pork taking a plunge Adam? :p

I suggest you get behind Andre, he fits the bill ;) :p

adee-gee
12-08-2005, 04:59 PM
Your taste for pork taking a plunge Adam? :p

I suggest you get behind Andre, he fits the bill ;) :p
:lol: no, he's just a bit too successful. I'll still have a soft spot for my young piggy :D

When I saw you had posted in here, I thought you were going to say Roger :ras: but Andre does indeed fit all the criteria.

mongo
12-08-2005, 05:03 PM
I was impressed by Phillip Simmonds at 2004 USO (juniors). I was at this match (see link below)

http://2004.usopen.org/en_US/news/reports/2004-09-07/200409071094589138534.html

He took Monfils, who had won AOjr, RGjr and Wjr coming in to 3 sets, losing 5-7,6-0,2-6. Simmonds had a nice all-court game to backup his 139mph serve.

Current ATP entry ranking: 336

adee-gee
12-08-2005, 05:12 PM
I was impressed by Phillip Simmonds at 2004 USO (juniors). I was at this match (see link below)

http://2004.usopen.org/en_US/news/reports/2004-09-07/200409071094589138534.html

He took Monfils, who had won AOjr, RGjr and Wjr coming in to 3 sets, losing 5-7,6-0,2-6. Simmonds had a nice all-court game to backup his 139mph serve.

Current ATP entry ranking: 336
Thanks. Bagelling Monfils is pretty impressive. I'll look into him :)

Frederick16
12-08-2005, 05:12 PM
Ouahab and Granollers , future stars ?? not at all

hey!! thanks i dont know all of them. but i picked some of the best achievers at future level!! :)

adee-gee
12-08-2005, 05:13 PM
I hear there is a young Egyptian kid coming through the ranks called Mostafa (not sure of his surname). His mother is a lovely woman too :p

Galaxystorm
12-08-2005, 05:22 PM
hey!! thanks i dont know all of them. but i picked some of the best achievers at future level!! :)

Ouahab is the guy who defeated Nadal in Wimbly juniors semifinals and trains or trained in Barcelona , and Granollers was Nadal's partner in doubles when they won two juniors Davis cups

madmanfool
12-08-2005, 05:23 PM
Apparently not :)

As I say, my knowledge of the future/challenger circuit isn't what it used to be so I don't know much about some of the up and coming players.

Fair enough, but chosing a favourite doesn't go by chosing one on paper. You gotta see the guy play and then be so amased with what he can do, that you get interested in him.
Long ago when i saw Rafter play for the first time( i was still a kid), i saw a guy rushing to the net at all time, making those acrobatic volleys, which was rare at the time and still is (yes, i know, sampras was at his peek then, but still). And his personality was just great.

A favourite comes from the heart, i stopped having favourites when Rafter retired although i liked Federer and Kiefer back then a lot, it's not the same.

Some years ago i pronounced a name: Nadal Parrera (we all know it's nadal now, but i thought that was his name at the time), because i knew he would become big.

I like Nadal, but a favourite comes from your heart. Now it's nice i knew Nadal Parrera would become big, but he's not a favourite of mine

a favourite comes from your hart

madmanfool
12-08-2005, 05:25 PM
There's this belgium kid, who people say he has the talent of sampras, but i forgot his name :(

adee-gee
12-08-2005, 05:25 PM
People I need some info on Mathieu Montcourt......

Frederick16
12-08-2005, 05:28 PM
There's this belgium kid, who people say he has the talent of sampras, but i forgot his name :(

frederic de fays? or niels desein?

madmanfool
12-08-2005, 05:30 PM
frederic de fays? or niels desein?

sorry, the names you give don't ring a bell, all i know is that his coaches keep telling he got at least as much talent as Sampras and i think he is about 12-14 years old

SwissMister1
12-08-2005, 05:36 PM
I was impressed by Phillip Simmonds at 2004 USO (juniors). I was at this match (see link below)

http://2004.usopen.org/en_US/news/reports/2004-09-07/200409071094589138534.html

He took Monfils, who had won AOjr, RGjr and Wjr coming in to 3 sets, losing 5-7,6-0,2-6. Simmonds had a nice all-court game to backup his 139mph serve.

Current ATP entry ranking: 336

And he lives near me, so I'm rooting for him.

Another junior that impressed me was Tyler Hochwalt. He is only 16 but has a nice game, and I saw him beat Horia Tecau, who is supposed to be an up-and-coming young guy, in Washington qualies.

mini155
12-08-2005, 05:44 PM
Absolutely out the question, he's Croatian and the Croats on here scare me :p

:eek: :fiery:

adee-gee
12-08-2005, 05:49 PM
:eek: :fiery:
:lol: not you. I like you :hug:

mini155
12-08-2005, 05:51 PM
:lol: not you. I like you :hug:

:hug: still, don´t be so mean...You´re not Lorenzo ;)

athie
12-08-2005, 05:54 PM
I’m going to be keeping an eye on Sebastian Rieschick (GER) during 2006.
Does pretty well in Futures. Saw him play in Eckental – he’s full of ‘passionate rage’ :lol:
Most recent win was dbles with Moser in Sunderland.

adee-gee
12-08-2005, 06:01 PM
:hug: still, don´t be so mean...You´re not Lorenzo ;)
Let's be honest, there is quite a few crazy Croats on here. You're not one of them :hug:

Horatio Caine
12-08-2005, 06:05 PM
Matt Smith mate...I'm the only one on his bandwagon...and he is only just 21 :shrug:

mini155
12-08-2005, 06:06 PM
Let's be honest, there is quite a few crazy Croats on here. You're not one of them :hug:

Thank you, but I´d still like to know who you mean...

adee-gee
12-08-2005, 06:32 PM
Matt Smith mate...I'm the only one on his bandwagon...and he is only just 21 :shrug:
Matt Smith doesn't have the same ring to it as Mathieu Montcourt :p

adee-gee
12-08-2005, 06:34 PM
Thank you, but I´d still like to know who you mean...
:lol: fine.....

Although he's not officially Croatian, RDucky aka JerrySeinfeld/Mike Jones could surely be described as a crazy Croat, I like him but he's crazy :p

Then we have the likes of Silvio, RaveR, eeeer, there's a few others but I can't think of their names at the moment, I'll let you know ;)

Nathaliia
12-08-2005, 06:51 PM
Adam,
You're quite picky ;) Well, I'm a person experienced in finding new talents and I have no doubts I chose them not because I thought they'd be good, but they are good because I chose them :yeah: Like JMDP... from his early junior years :D But it's the same about me, "my starlets" are not my anymore when they become too successful. It's a psychological aspect, for sure.

You say you don't wanna pick someone from names, but it's a mystery though. When I chose the name Juan Mónaco he was in 400's and it was a great feeling supporting him live in Sopot where he reached a semifinal as an unknown ... :) OK but you asked about Mathieu Montcourt. Somehow, he played in a futures event located 15 minutes on foot away from my dormitory. It was in 2004 and he lost in final to a local Filip Urban. Urban destroyed him with physical power. As about what I think, I don't know if Mathieu has *that spirit* you want, but a whole year passed, things might have changed.

Who I can advice is Evgueni Korolev from Russia. Jump on his bandwagon until it's too late!!! And he's got the personality... He's born in 1988. If you're not scared of him being a cousin of Anna Kournikova, then he's yours. A nice boy, but with a character. He's ranked somewhere around 180 but I'm not sure. I saw him this year in Aachen, where he won the first challenger. But the choice is yours, I'm sure you'll find a boy who you'll feel suits you.

DrJules
12-08-2005, 06:53 PM
:lol: fine.....

Although he's not officially Croatian, RDucky aka JerrySeinfeld/Mike Jones could surely be described as a crazy Croat, I like him but he's crazy :p

Then we have the likes of Silvio, RaveR, eeeer, there's a few others but I can't think of their names at the moment, I'll let you know ;)

Are you sure that they are not all one person :haha: :haha: :haha:

NicoFan
12-08-2005, 07:51 PM
Adee-gee - I'm trying to do the same thing - I like watching the up and coming players too. But one of the posters - can't remember who - said it right - you can't pick on paper. I think that you have to see them in person or on TV and the player captures your imagination...lol! First saw Juan Monaco against Guga in Miami 2004 and Rafa at one of the Davis Cup matches in early 2004 and then they became two of my up and coming players that I followed - Rafa of course has turned out awesome, but I'm still waiting on Juan to break out. Hopefully during some of the televised tournaments in the winter/spring or when I go to tournaments this summer live I can find another up and coming player that I like. Tried last summer, and nada. :sad: But at least I can read some names here, and then check them out. Although I have one requirement - they have to be from Spain or South America or I can't root for them... :p

Sandra
12-08-2005, 08:20 PM
And he lives near me, so I'm rooting for him.

Another junior that impressed me was Tyler Hochwalt. He is only 16 but has a nice game, and I saw him beat Horia Tecau, who is supposed to be an up-and-coming young guy, in Washington qualies.
Or Adam could chose this up-and-coming young guy Horia Tecau :p
He will turn 20 in January,he only played two singles ATP championships,he just won a futures in Australia last week :)
He is Wimbledon doubles champion and AO runner up as a junior :)
I belive he is ranked 382 and here are some pics too ;)
In 2003 he played for Romanias Davis Cup team a doubles match with Florin Mergea :) They won against the Lappenti brothers :banana: He was called in the team once( i guess :scrach: ) against Croatia,but didnt play.

SwissMister1
12-08-2005, 08:57 PM
I forgot to mention Nico Almagro! He easily fits all four of your requirements - 20 years old, outside the top 100, and this is the same guy I saw celebrate breaking Kenneth Carlsen by running across the court, pumping his fist about twenty times and screaming at the top of his lungs.

Or Adam could chose this up-and-coming young guy Horia Tecau :p
He will turn 20 in January,he only played two singles ATP championships,he just won a futures in Australia last week :)
He is Wimbledon doubles champion and AO runner up as a junior :)
I belive he is ranked 382 and here are some pics too ;)
In 2003 he played for Romanias Davis Cup team a doubles match with Florin Mergea :) They won against the Lappenti brothers :banana: He was called in the team once( i guess :scrach: ) against Croatia,but didnt play.

The funny thing was is that I went to that match to watch Tecau because I heard a lot of things about him, but wound up being more impressed with Hochwalt. It could have been just a bad day for Horia. He did look like he had some good shots, just very erratic that day. Love the name, though.

El Legenda
12-08-2005, 09:24 PM
Marin Cilic- star in a making. :) beat Murray at 2005 Jr FO SF. won the FO. age 16 #2 behide D.Young in JR, could take him over.

http://www.itftennis.com/juniors/news/newsarticle.asp?id=16032

http://www.itftennis.com/juniors/players/player.asp?player=100018489
33-4 in singles
16-5 in doubles

ATP full time- 2007- few WC late 2006 probly. WC to Zagreb Indoors-in Jan.06

Hendu
12-08-2005, 09:41 PM
this guy is going to be a really good player:

Emiliano Massa

Born in December 05, 1988

ATP entry ranking: 864
ITF ranking: 43
COSAT ranking: 7

2004 under 16 Orange Bowl winner.
2005 Juniors Roland Garros doubles winner (with Mayer)

http://2005.rolandgarros.com/images/pics/large/b_h_double_garcons_0604_01.jpg
(the one on the left)

cobalt60
12-09-2005, 12:20 AM
Or Adam could chose this up-and-coming young guy Horia Tecau :p
He will turn 20 in January,he only played two singles ATP championships,he just won a futures in Australia last week :)
He is Wimbledon doubles champion and AO runner up as a junior :)
I belive he is ranked 382 and here are some pics too ;)
In 2003 he played for Romanias Davis Cup team a doubles match with Florin Mergea :) They won against the Lappenti brothers :banana: He was called in the team once( i guess :scrach: ) against Croatia,but didnt play.
I started watching Almagro in late 2004 and followed him throughout 2005. I will share him with you Adam if you so choose. :lol: Or not.

Deivid23
12-09-2005, 12:30 AM
Almagro has some ability to annoy people, you may like him.

Concerning possibilities, Gimeno-Traver, you like Mathieu so you may well like Dani.

cobalt60
12-09-2005, 12:55 AM
Almagro has some ability to annoy people, you may like him.

Concerning possibilities, Gimeno-Traver, you like Mathieu so you may well like Dani.
Hmm that's good to know. How so as I have never seen him play live?
Doubt Adam want's an annoying player then :lol:

Deivid23
12-09-2005, 01:01 AM
Hmm that's good to know. How so as I have never seen him play live?
Doubt Adam want's an annoying player then :lol:

Murray is also annoying ;)

cobalt60
12-09-2005, 01:03 AM
Murray is also annoying ;)
Woops oh yeah! :p

NicoFan
12-09-2005, 02:13 AM
this guy is going to be a really good player:

Emiliano Massa

Born in December 05, 1988

ATP entry ranking: 864
ITF ranking: 43
COSAT ranking: 7

2004 under 16 Orange Bowl winner.
2005 Juniors Roland Garros doubles winner (with Mayer)

http://2005.rolandgarros.com/images/pics/large/b_h_double_garcons_0604_01.jpg
(the one on the left)

Thanks for the info...I'll have to check him out. :)

Is he related to Edgardo?

shotgun
12-09-2005, 02:14 AM
Is he related to Edgardo?

They're brothers. :)

NicoFan
12-09-2005, 02:19 AM
They're brothers. :)

Figured they had to be...both Argentines and all. But didn't want to assume. ;)

Pigpen Stinks
12-09-2005, 02:29 AM
Fair enough, but chosing a favourite doesn't go by chosing one on paper. You gotta see the guy play and then be so amased with what he can do, that you get interested in him.
Long ago when i saw Rafter play for the first time( i was still a kid), i saw a guy rushing to the net at all time, making those acrobatic volleys, which was rare at the time and still is (yes, i know, sampras was at his peek then, but still). And his personality was just great.

A favourite comes from the heart, i stopped having favourites when Rafter retired although i liked Federer and Kiefer back then a lot, it's not the same.

Some years ago i pronounced a name: Nadal Parrera (we all know it's nadal now, but i thought that was his name at the time), because i knew he would become big.

I like Nadal, but a favourite comes from your heart. Now it's nice i knew Nadal Parrera would become big, but he's not a favourite of mine

a favourite comes from your hart

Good post. I agree with this to a large degree. That's why I started following Tursunov, and Reynolds since he went to Vandy. Go Dores!

mandoura
12-09-2005, 02:30 AM
I hear there is a young Egyptian kid coming through the ranks called Mostafa (not sure of his surname). His mother is a lovely woman too :p

It's Zeineldine, like Zidane but spelled differently. :D

Oh Adam, I can't believe it, you are unbelievable. :hug: :lol:

BTW, he lost his doubles match today. It was very close, 36 64 Super Tiebreak 9-11. :sad:

Sandra
12-09-2005, 09:13 AM
The funny thing was is that I went to that match to watch Tecau because I heard a lot of things about him, but wound up being more impressed with Hochwalt. It could have been just a bad day for Horia. He did look like he had some good shots, just very erratic that day. Love the name, though.
I am sure it was just a bad day :) I saw him playing a couple of times and he could be really good.I started losing hope on him in the in 2004,but since the end of that year i am sure he will at least be a top 100 player some day :p

CooCooCachoo
12-09-2005, 09:57 AM
I need explanations, not just names :D

Talented guy, though struggling on Future-level right now. He'll get his breakthrough ;) Finally a youngster that is not afraid to come to the net :worship: Very nice guy too, though a bit timid.

CooCooCachoo
12-09-2005, 09:59 AM
There's this belgium kid, who people say he has the talent of sampras, but i forgot his name :(

Surely not Niels Desein :haha:

CooCooCachoo
12-09-2005, 10:00 AM
Does anyone know anything about Mathieu Montcourt? I spotted his name a while back and took an interest immediately, but I'm yet to see him play. He also has hair like me so he goes up in my estimation :o

http://www.fft.fr/news/photos2003/montcourt2401.jpg

Talented, yes, but he's one of those junior Grand slam champions that failed to deliver.

CooCooCachoo
12-09-2005, 10:02 AM
this guy is going to be a really good player:

Emiliano Massa

Born in December 05, 1988

ATP entry ranking: 864
ITF ranking: 43
COSAT ranking: 7

2004 under 16 Orange Bowl winner.
2005 Juniors Roland Garros doubles winner (with Mayer)

http://2005.rolandgarros.com/images/pics/large/b_h_double_garcons_0604_01.jpg
(the one on the left)

I actually think Mayer will do better ;)

cobalt60
12-09-2005, 01:19 PM
It's Zeineldine, like Zidane but spelled differently. :D

Oh Adam, I can't believe it, you are unbelievable. :hug: :lol:

BTW, he lost his doubles match today. It was very close, 36 64 Super Tiebreak 9-11. :sad:
As I have told you before, I can't wait to be able to cheer him on.:Big Grin:

adee-gee
12-09-2005, 02:06 PM
I started watching Almagro in late 2004 and followed him throughout 2005. I will share him with you Adam if you so choose. :lol: Or not.
Almagro is too well known. Plus I've seen him a few times, he's not really my cup of tea. I can't really explain why, I'm just not a huge fan.

adee-gee
12-09-2005, 02:09 PM
Murray is also annoying ;)
Murray is Scottish, he's allowed to be slightly annoying :ras:

adee-gee
12-09-2005, 02:11 PM
OK but you asked about Mathieu Montcourt. Somehow, he played in a futures event located 15 minutes on foot away from my dormitory. It was in 2004 and he lost in final to a local Filip Urban. Urban destroyed him with physical power. As about what I think, I don't know if Mathieu has *that spirit* you want, but a whole year passed, things might have changed.
Thanks Nathaliia....Could you tell me anything about his game if you know?

kataanna
12-09-2005, 02:57 PM
For me, it's not necessary to watch someone play first, although obviously that would be good ;) But, because of the kind of work I'm doing, I can't go abroad to futures (or even watch them in Poland). Nadal was my starlet since he was... hmmm... 16 or 15, can't really remember, and it's pretty obvious that I could only spot him in the draws somewhere in the net. It's just the matter of anticipation ;) I just divide the players to those whom I saw and who astonished me and those whose result I follow (and I can't see them). Sometimes, the latter once turn out to be better than the first lol, I saw Adrian Garcia of Chile live and he was pretty amazing at the time, but then the injuries came and from then on he has an average of 1 injury per 2 weeks and loses in first rounds :(

Ok, as to the future stars... well... David Marrero is good at futures, but will he ever play challengers seriously :shrug:
Someone wrote about Granollers and Gimeno-Traver. Well, I'm for the boys too :yeah: (although they are a bitt stubborn and don't want to play as good as they can at times ;)).

Baghdatis has been my starlet since the Athens or sometime around. Next year, I'll definitely take a closer look at Tomas Berdych (the first Czech ever on my list, apart from Cibulec, but he plays doubles), Diego Hartfield, Maximo Gonzalez, and I'm still hoping for Junqueira... and Dawid Olejniczak (thanks to my support he will definitely be in top 100, if not next year, then in 2007 :wazzup: ). Of course there are a lot more, but I'd say less promising or ... whatever :P

edit: oh and Gorka Fraile yeah :D

adee-gee
12-09-2005, 03:32 PM
Mathieu was bagelled by Arvind Parmer in 2005. My interest in him has been affected severely :sad:

Lee
12-09-2005, 06:16 PM
I started watching Almagro in late 2004 and followed him throughout 2005. I will share him with you Adam if you so choose. :lol: Or not.

Oh no! He's my future player too!!!!!

Lee
12-09-2005, 06:18 PM
Adam, have you checked Domino's tag thread?

cobalt60
12-09-2005, 06:24 PM
Oh no! He's my future player too!!!!!
:lol: Lee it so figures :hug: Great minds as they say.

adee-gee
12-11-2005, 06:31 PM
Thank you for your help people :yeah:

If you weren't aware, Mathieu Montcourt is the lucky recipient of my support. More information about him from anyone that has seen him play would be greatly appreciated :)

Sandra
12-11-2005, 07:47 PM
Thank you for your help people :yeah:

If you weren't aware, Mathieu Montcourt is the lucky recipient of my support. More information about him from anyone that has seen him play would be greatly appreciated :)
Too bad you didnt chose Horia :sad: :p :wavey:

adee-gee
12-11-2005, 08:12 PM
Too bad you didnt chose Horia :sad: :p :wavey:
He's my 2nd favourite :p

It's hard to beat a guy with.....

1) A name as awesome as Mathieu Montcourt
2) The same hair as me

:D

Sandra
12-12-2005, 09:27 PM
He's my 2nd favourite :p

It's hard to beat a guy with.....

1) A name as awesome as Mathieu Montcourt
2) The same hair as me

:D
I have to admit his name is :hearts: :p
Horia's hair is great :yeah: :p

At least hes no 2 :lol:
Add him to your siggy :haha:

adee-gee
12-13-2005, 07:43 PM
I have to admit his name is :hearts: :p
Horia's hair is great :yeah: :p

At least hes no 2 :lol:
Add him to your siggy :haha:
Only people with awesome names get added to the siggy without me seeing them play :p

drf716
12-14-2005, 03:32 AM
let's all watch out for anna kournikova's cousin
yevgeny korolev. he's 17 and ranked 180. he could qualify for some major tournament soon.

drf716
12-14-2005, 03:41 AM
http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=57826

adee-gee
12-14-2005, 02:57 PM
let's all watch out for anna kournikova's cousin
yevgeny korolev. he's 17 and ranked 180. he could qualify for some major tournament soon.
He'll get destroyed by the media because he's Anna K's cousin :(

Experimentee
12-16-2005, 12:26 PM
You can't let others tell you what player to like, you have to see them first and let them capture your imagination, as others have said. For me, I can never imagine liking a player just because someone else tells me I should.
Being a true fan is about liking their game, or personality or whatever else, not about the status of being one of the first to get on their bandwagon. Thats just not what it should be about. I like a lot of players who have been journeymen their whole careers and will probably never break the top 100, but I dont care because I'm not following them for the status of being a fan of someone successful, its all about liking them for who they are. I suggest you go and attend some futures or challengers and pick a fave yourself.

adee-gee
12-16-2005, 12:44 PM
You can't let others tell you what player to like, you have to see them first and let them capture your imagination, as others have said. For me, I can never imagine liking a player just because someone else tells me I should.
Being a true fan is about liking their game, or personality or whatever else, not about the status of being one of the first to get on their bandwagon. Thats just not what it should be about. I like a lot of players who have been journeymen their whole careers and will probably never break the top 100, but I dont care because I'm not following them for the status of being a fan of someone successful, its all about liking them for who they are. I suggest you go and attend some futures or challengers and pick a fave yourself.
It wasn't a 100% serious thread by the way. It was just to get an idea of some promising youngsters. Obviously I'll need to see them play a bit first, but there are very few challengers/futures over here. So it was mainly just to get an idea of people to look out for.

Experimentee
12-19-2005, 01:25 PM
It wasn't a 100% serious thread by the way. It was just to get an idea of some promising youngsters. Obviously I'll need to see them play a bit first, but there are very few challengers/futures over here. So it was mainly just to get an idea of people to look out for.

Ok, thats cool then. I'll give a promising youngster of my own.

I was at the Aussie WC playoffs this week and a young kid that really impressed me was Andrew Coelho. He's 18, only played a few Aussie futures events in his career and recently had a win over Peter Luczak. He's got a great lefty game, forehand is a weapon, serve is pretty big, and has an effective backhand slice, although he uses his double handed most of the time. He's got a very cool head on his shoulders most of the time. He came from the qualifying to beat 3 highly fancied opponents in a row to reach the final, where he lost to Kimmich in 4 sets. He could have won but was very inexperienced on his break points and couldnt take his opportunities. I've become a fan of this kid this week and I know that he can be the future hope that Australia badly needs.

adee-gee
12-19-2005, 03:13 PM
Thanks....he looks a helluva lot like Gasquet :eek:

star
12-19-2005, 03:37 PM
It'a always good to see someone play and see if they stir something in you although I've picked some players just by their names. :)

adee-gee
12-19-2005, 03:46 PM
It'a always good to see someone play and see if they stir something in you although I've picked some players just by their names. :)
:banana: finally someone admits they are as shallow as me :inlove:

Baseline
12-19-2005, 03:53 PM
It'a always good to see someone play and see if they stir something in you although I've picked some players just by their names. :)
Just curious - which players by their names? What grabbed you about their name, or nickname?

Also, just saw this in tennisheadlines.com - on Marc Kimmich who just lost in the Australia F4 Futures final mentioned re: Andrew Coelho in prior post.
Luke BOURGEOIS (AUS) defeated Marc KIMMICH (AUS) 76(4) 26 63

Life on the fringe is playing on a hard court
By Linda Pearce
December 19, 2005

Fringe-dweller Marc Kimmich surprised many of his rivals last month when he avoided a potential earner, a grasscourt Futures event in South Australia, in favour of an extra fortnight's hardcourt practice at home in Queensland.

"A lot of guys questioned what I was doing, but I believed what I was doing, I talked with my coach, and we went with that," said Kimmich, whose priority — unashamedly — was to win a second consecutive Australian Open wildcard.

"For me, it's everything," explained Kimmich, who today meets Endeavour Hills teenager Andrew Coelho in the play-off final at Melbourne Park. "I love playing in grand slams, so that's my main goal at the moment."

Kimmich made his slam debut at Melbourne Park this year, with an honourable four-set loss to Argentinian Mariano Zabaleta. Within months, he was diagnosed with a stress fracture in his right hand that required surgery and sidelined him, in two different stints, for about five months.

So, when Kimmich returned to Melbourne last week for the Open training camp, it was something of an achievement that his ranking had not fallen much below 300. His racquet hand now healed, the 22-year-old yesterday eliminated Luke Bourgeois 6-4, 6-4 to reach the best-of-five-set decider.

Coelho is the more surprising finalist, having played a mix of junior and Futures events during the year and eking out a ranking of 919. The 18-year-old will embark on a full senior program next year with coach Andrew Florent and, having been hampered by knee soreness, was relieved yesterday to have his semi-final passage smoothed by a calf injury to Joe Sirianni after only five games.

Asked if he already had surpassed his own expectations in reaching the last two from a starting 16 that included Davis Cup player Peter Luczak and former Wimbledon junior champion Todd Reid, Coelho said with a grin: "For sure. Of course … I just felt like this week … that my whole game's been coming together."
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Link to ITF site with results of entire F4 event: (ITF site might be a good source of info for finding someone) http://www.itftennis.com/mens/tournaments/tournamentresults.asp?tournament=1100010459&event=

Link to Article on Kimmich:
http://www.theage.com.au/news/tennis/life-on-the-fringe-is-playing-on-a-hard-court/2005/12/18/1134840742954.html

star
12-19-2005, 03:59 PM
I think the best known one is Joachim Johansson. :) But, it wasn't just his name but also his nationality.

Also Timo Niemenen--- but I sort of had to switch to Jarkko. Still it was years before I actually saw Jarkko play.

Paradorn -- But didn't really like him once I saw him play.

Tres Davis -- But he never amounted to much.

Baghdatis -- But probably more because he came from Cyprus.

Dementieva -- who could resist that name?

I'm sure there are others, but that will give you an idea. :)

adee-gee
12-19-2005, 04:05 PM
I'm sure there are others, but that will give you an idea. :)
The only idea it gave us was that you are crazy, but we already knew that :p (JOKE! :hug: )

star
12-19-2005, 04:11 PM
Nothing wrong with being :crazy: about tennis!


Better than invading small countries far far away. :p

adee-gee
12-19-2005, 04:15 PM
Nothing wrong with being :crazy: about tennis!

Better than invading small countries far far away. :p
What are you implying? :p

adee-gee
01-07-2006, 12:03 PM
An update......Mathieu Montcourt has started the season like a house on fire, he's reached the Semi Finals of a challenger in New Caledonia. He's clearly inspired by my support :rocker2: