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New Aussie Prospect?? Greg Jones

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09-10-2006, 03:08 PM
From the Sun Sentinel

An Aussie Prospect -- At Last

NEW YORK -- It was a bit like those stories you've heard a thousand times about the scout who goes out to watch a football prospect at State U. and winds up looking a lot harder at another player on the team.

At 11 a.m., with the rain finally cleared out of here, I trotted out to Court 10 to watch an American junior, Michael McClune, from Irvine, Calif., who had impressively won his first-round match.

It took about two games for me to fix on his opponent, 6-foot-2 Aussie Greg Jones, who not only hits in the 125-130 mph range with his first serve, but who throws in first serve kickers and first serve slices into the deuce court. You don't see that often from juniors, but this 17-year-old, who is being coached by the Australian pit bull, Wally Masur, is way out in front of the curve mentally.

He won 6-1, 6-2 to move into the third round today against Donald Young.

If the United States is thin on juniors who could reach the top-20, Australia is destitute. I asked one Aussie reporter here covering the Open what he knew about Jones and his one-word reply was, "Who?"

Kids who have shot up to Jones' size tend to have growing pains, but this teenager moves smoothly around the court and has no trepidation attacking inside the baseline. He's extremely aggressive.

After the match he explained that this is his first trip to the United States and that he's already begun to think that it might be to his advantage to move his training headquarters from Sydney to the U.S., though he might finish high school first.

I'm marking this name down. You should, too. Greg Jones.

Lisbeth
09-11-2006, 04:35 AM
One of the commentators here was going on about Greg Jones the other day but I haven't seen him play yet. Thanks for the article :)

aussie_fan
09-13-2006, 09:45 AM
Yeah, i haven't seen him play but i've seen his name around the place, got through a couple round of wimbledon juniors as well. Nice to see he got a mention.

mmm
09-29-2006, 04:18 PM
umm
theres plenty of aussie young guys that are so much better, its cos they dont just scum the junior tournamnets they go straight to mens...

the_natural
10-01-2006, 01:06 PM
I wonder if Bernard Tomic is better than him? He must be cos didnt Tomic go on an undefeated stretch for a while against guys in like the 17-18 or wateva (and hes only a 5'4 14 year old or somethin??) Forgive me im not soo good with the juniours, just remeber alottttttt of hype around that kid. But yeh I like wat he was saying about the first server kickers and slices, u rarely see smart play like that even in the pro circuit, and its good to hear of someone who plays agressive tennis from inside the baseline.

davidrafael
10-24-2006, 03:04 AM
tomic doesnt stand a chance yet against jones or any other of the 'older' australian juniors. too small and no weapons, he has a phenomenal junior game but no senior game yet...give him time though
jones has a great game to watch + great serve, but he might struggle with a serve volley game in this day and age

Matchu
01-02-2007, 01:04 PM
I wonder if Bernard Tomic is better than him? He must be cos didnt Tomic go on an undefeated stretch for a while against guys in like the 17-18 or wateva (and hes only a 5'4 14 year old or somethin??) Forgive me im not soo good with the juniours, just remeber alottttttt of hype around that kid.

They played each other at the Asia/Oceanic Championships in the semi-finals Jones won 6-3 6-1 and Jones went on to win the final 6-0 6-0. Never seen Jones play but he sounds like he is a complete player especially on the serve. Tomic is still learning 14 he's got at least two years until he thinks about turning pro.

Matchu
01-20-2007, 01:06 AM
Greg Jones has made the final of the 2007 Optus Nottinghill International a G1 ITF tournament he is currently playing the final against the number 1 seed and world number 2 Jonathan Eysseric from France, Greg perhaps in the top 5 after this? does anyone know where his ranking will go after this?

OZTENNIS
01-20-2007, 02:17 AM
If he wins No.4, loses No.6

Matchu
01-24-2007, 05:57 AM
Greg Jones has made the Quaterfinals of the 2007 junior Australian Open where he will play his mate and doubles partner Brydan Klein who beat the number one seed.

If Greg is to make it to the final where will his ranking go to?

OZTENNIS
01-24-2007, 06:09 AM
No.3

GustavoM_Fan
01-24-2007, 06:13 AM
Greg Jones has made the Quaterfinals of the 2007 junior Australian Open where he will play his mate and doubles partner Brydan Klein who beat the number one seed.

If Greg is to make it to the final where will his ranking go to?

If he makes the final he will be n3 (180 points), but if he wins the championship he will be the new Junior n1 (500 points, yes, a lot of difference with the finalist)

Vote Here!! : http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?p=4743758#post4743758

OZTENNIS
02-09-2007, 09:15 PM
Well Greg has continued in his winning ways, upseting 3 higher ranked players (inc. Nick Lindahl No.6 and Rameez Junaid) to reach the semi finals of his first ATP Tour Challenger Tournament.

He plays Joe Sirianni today for a place in the final

aussie_stars
02-11-2007, 02:10 AM
and he beat Sirianni and will play healey in the final. great week for him.

aussie_stars
02-13-2007, 01:16 PM
After making the final last week, Greg moved up 938 places to number 601!(with only 2 events on the computer) What a jump!

Well done Greg Jones :D

OZTENNIS
02-14-2007, 06:29 AM
Go Greg!

OZTENNIS
02-18-2007, 08:37 PM
Greg Jones upset No.6 seed Andrew Coehlo 5-7, 6-2, 6-3 en route to the Q/F of the Wollongong International Futures Tournament last week. Unfortunately, Greg had to forfeit his Q/F with a strained stomach muscle??? I hope it's not too bad and that he's back on court in Sydney this week. All the best!

OZTENNIS
07-05-2007, 11:48 PM
Bump!

Since my last post, Greg Jones has performed very well on the ITF Men's Circuit. He has reached a number of quarter and semi finals at the Futures level to crack the top 500, and become the 17th highest ranked Aussie man. Jones is currently sitting at No.495 on the ATP Tour Singles Rankings.

Greg has also played some sensational tennis on the ITF Junior Circuit. In his first tournament since losing in the quarter finals of the Australian Open Junior Championships, Greg made the final at Roland Garros overcoming, amongst others, Romania's 11th seed, Petru-Alexandru Luncanu in Rd 3, 7-5, 6-2, and the World No.1 and top seed, Matteo Trevisan, 6-4, 6-7(8), 8-6 in the semi finals. Jones lost the final 6-3, 6-4 to 12th seed Uladzimir Ignatik of Belarus.

After becoming the first Aussie boy to reach the final in Paris, since Jason Stoltenberg in 1987, the 18-year old Sydneysider has cemented his position in the top 5 on the ITF Junior Rankings. He is currently competing at SW19 in the Wimbledon Junior Championships. Seeded 6th, Jones has breezed through to Round 3 with a pair of straight sets victories. Good luck for the rest of the tournament!

aussie_fan
07-06-2007, 09:31 AM
looks like this guy has a lot of potential, hoep he contiunes to do well in wimby juniors. Curious to see if he will improve that ATP ranking by the end.

Matchu
07-07-2007, 03:33 AM
Greg Jones has made the semis of Wimbledon he now matches up against Donald Young, looks like he is the only Aussie out of the four that were in the top 10 earlier this year that is justifying his ranking. Although Brydan Klein made Quarters. I think Greg has a good chance if he can win Wimbledon he should be world number 1 I think he deserves it. Uladzimir Ignatik is still in the draw so it could be a rematch of the French Open Final. Hopefully Greg can exact some revenge.

Good Luck Greg!

OZTENNIS
07-09-2007, 12:38 AM
Greg Jones has made the semis of Wimbledon he now matches up against Donald Young, looks like he is the only Aussie out of the four that were in the top 10 earlier this year that is justifying his ranking. Although Brydan Klein made Quarters. I think Greg has a good chance if he can win Wimbledon he should be world number 1 I think he deserves it. Uladzimir Ignatik is still in the draw so it could be a rematch of the French Open Final. Hopefully Greg can exact some revenge.

Good Luck Greg!

Unfortunately Greg lost to Donald Young (Former No.1 Junior and '05 Australian Open Boy's Singles Champion) 6-4, 7-5. Young went on to beat Ignatic 7-5, 6-1 in the final. Still, another great tournament from Greg.

Matchu
07-12-2007, 07:50 AM
Pics of Greg from Wimbledon juniors 2007:

The serve
http://aycu33.webshots.com/image/21552/2003785192936479106_rs.jpg
http://aycu40.webshots.com/image/19999/2003705585719633897_rs.jpg

Him and Brydan playing doubles
http://aycu23.webshots.com/image/20862/2003744229133380285_rs.jpg

baghdatis
07-13-2007, 03:14 PM
saw him play on the wimbledon live stream ands I am quite impressed by him :)

leoneo
07-15-2007, 05:26 AM
go jones!!!

Bingerz
07-15-2007, 02:27 PM
Australia needs one of Klein or Jones to kick on, as they say success breeds success and tennis could really do with a shot in the arm here. I am a Lleyton fan, but he doesnt really inspire kids to play like Rafter did

OZTENNIS
09-03-2007, 08:16 AM
Bump! Greg's playing US Open Juniors this week. He's 5th seed, and with Donald Young not playing, I reckon he's got a great chance of winning and going to No.1 on the Junior Rankings...good luck :)

OZTENNIS
12-13-2007, 11:15 PM
Bump!

Greg is in the final of the Optus 18s Nationals at Melbourne Park today. He is the top seed, but suffered an upset loss to Jared Easton in the round robin. Still, he made it into the quarter finals, and beat Joel Lindner, 6-3 5-7 7-6...before easily beating Isaac Frost 6-1 6-2. In the final he plays Andrew Thomas. The winner is awarded a wildcard into qualifying for the Australian Open.

He is also playing the Australian open playoff next week

totoro_472
12-16-2007, 11:54 AM
there is a half page article in the herarld sun's Sunday magazine on Greg. There is a photo also. if i have time, i can prehaps type it up.

OZTENNIS
12-16-2007, 10:34 PM
yes please...that would be awesome :angel:

scotthongkong
12-22-2007, 03:05 PM
I was not too impressed to read his beaviour was not up to scratch in the play offs. He is not alone unfortunately. Klein and Lindhal misbeaved also.

OZTENNIS
12-22-2007, 09:44 PM
Scott!! Glad to have someone new around...this forum is practically dead!

Yeah I agree, there is no need from that kind of rubbish from the boys...the girls don't seem to be like it (thank goodness)

totoro_472
12-25-2007, 08:33 AM
Sunday Magazine (Sunday Herald Sun)

On The Verge: Greg Jones

When emerging Aussie tennis star Greg Jones, 18, first fronted up for a bit of a hit with Pat Rafter, it was all he could do not to go up and poke him.
"It was wierd. When i saw him, I was like, "You're the guy from the Bonds Ad." When he was speaking to me, I couldn't believe it was real," says Jone, adding that the former US Open champ also gave him words of advice on dealing with the demands of pro tennis. "He just spoke to me about how to cope with people knowing who you are."
Rafter, himself, found out pretty quickly why the Sydnyesider is considered one of Australia's great tennis hopes, after the wiry 188cm-tall Jones took a set off him.
To be honest, he's been a couple of years retired, but still," Jones pauses, "It's Pat Rafter! But i reckon he's going to kill me if I keep claiming that."
Jones first picked up a racquet at the age of eight after a couple of his school mates started attending tennis lessons. "It was very random and casual," he says. "But I'd always liked ball sportsand it just progressed from there."
This year, his second time on the junior circuit, Jones became the first Australian male in 20 years to make the French Open junior final. For a serve-and-volleyer -who traditionally, don't fare so well on clay- this was a big deal.
"The whole tournament was unbelievable," says Jones. "There were alot of tough matches and i learnt a lot."
Jones hopes to carry on that form through the summer, where his aims to make the main draw of the Australian Open. "It's an unbelievable time of year for an Australian Player; it's when the whole nation gets to focus on tennis."
Such is the Aussie tennis fraternity's faith in Jones, they also invited him to be the 'orange boy' during the Aussie Davis Cup team's tie in Serbia last September. Unfortunatly, he wasnt able to take on his duties due to injury, but the Davis Cup still looms large on his horizon. "Tennis is so solitary; to have people cheering you on as you represent your country -it doesnt get much better than that," he says. "Aussies tend to rise when they're playing for their nation, so that's something i'd love to do".
TIFFANY BAKKER.


there you go!