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Where is Alex Kuznetsov?

-wokkel-
03-15-2004, 02:31 PM
??? :confused: :confused: :confused: ???

Neely
03-24-2004, 03:00 PM
that guy is still a junior... maybe in some years we talk about him here in that forum *g*

BTW, I'm not sure to what forum he would belong... his name sounds Russian (like Alex Bogomolov Jr. :cool: ), but is he US citizen? :confused:

Smankyou
03-31-2004, 07:36 AM
Cute article. It was sweet of Andy to mentor him. But on CHristmas Day?? lol

Ukrainian-born tennis player gets 2 big breaks

BY CHARLES BRICKER

South Florida Sun-Sentinel


FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - (KRT) - He was 16 years old, still a bit jittery from being asked to work out the No. 1 player in the world for five days, but also up 6-0 in a little game of baseline tennis to 11.

Andy Roddick grinned at him from across the net and stuck in the needle. ``Alex, what did you have for breakfast? Lucky Charms?''

That's all Ukrainian-born Alex Kuznetsov needed to completely relax. That and a choice seat at a Miami Heat game and several dinners out with Roddick, Roddick's girlfriend, Mandy Moore, and coach Brad Gilbert.

It was last December, when Roddick was getting ready for the 2004 season. Tuesday, a month and a half past his 17th birthday, the young man from Richboro, Pa., is preparing himself for thrill ride No. 2 - hitting partner to the U.S. Davis Cup team that plays Sweden April 9-11 at the Delray Beach Tennis Center.

``This is going to be the most exciting thing I've ever done,'' Kuznetsov said Monday in a telephone interview from Mobile, Ala., where he's playing a USTA Futures tournament.

He was having dinner with his agent and coach two weeks ago when Patrick McEnroe buzzed him to ask him to come to Delray. ``Yeah, I got a big rush. To hear Patrick say that ... '' He never finished the sentence and he didn't have to.

Kuznetsov won't be on the program. He won't be announced when the matches start. Few outside his family and friends will know he has anything to do with the team.

But this is a dream opportunity for any junior and he got it because he's loaded with potential. ``A tremendous talent,'' McEnroe called him. ``He's a very, very hard worker. I hit with him a few times at Wimbledon last year, and I think this is going to be a great experience for him.''

He's already had a great experience hitting with Roddick at the Chris Evert Tennis Center in Boca Raton. ``Best five days of my life,'' Kuznetsov said.

Born in Kiev, his parents moved to the United States when he was three and were naturalized three years after that, making Alex as American as McEnroe.

``Andy's agent told me I had to fly down on Christmas Day,'' Kuznetsov said. So he opened his presents in the morning and flew in the afternoon.

On Dec. 26, he and Roddick got on a hardcourt at Evert's. ``I was standing on the baseline and I'll never forget the first forehand he hit me. It ate me up,'' he said.

``He started taking serves and I can tell you his warmup serves start at about 130 mph. I was ducking out of the way. When I came up to the net, he tried to hit the ball as hard as he could at me. He likes to play around like that. I can't think of a moment during the five days that we weren't joking or having a great time.''

As he prepared himself for the first practice session, he was telling himself just to not screw it up. ``I was thinking just try to do your best. But Andy's such a great guy, he made it easy.''

He sounded more excited to meet Moore than he was to be hitting with Roddick, but he kept his composure. ``Mandy Moore!'' he exclaimed. ``I just tried to be quiet. I didn't want to be a loudmouth.''

At 6-foot-1 and 163 pounds, Kuznetsov is a player with the potential to have a complete game. He's athletic, has good movement, reacts to the ball well and is roundly described by those who know him as a young man who won't come off the court unless you cuff him and throw him in the shower.

It's difficult to quantify what a young player can take away from a week with the Davis Cup team, but it's considerable. You're watching the way professionals work and comport themselves, how they play points and prepare themselves for matches.

If his visit to Roddick in December was the best five days of his life, this could be his best seven.

Deboogle!.
04-01-2004, 02:55 PM
this kid sounds adorable, like he has a real nice future. Good luck to him!

Fee
04-09-2004, 02:46 AM
Tennis-x also mentioned that he was a hitting partner for the DC team this week and he worked out with Andy yesterday. Andy was a hitting partner a few years ago when Pete and Andre were on the team. The tie was played in Los Angeles at the Forum, but I can't remember who it was against or what year it was (2000? Czech Republic maybe)... I'll have to check out the tape when I get home.

holagirl56
07-13-2004, 07:44 PM
I think Kuznetsov is probably Russian or Ukranian name. His parents probably came over for the tennis oppurtunites here and he is a US citizen.

CooCooCachoo
11-17-2004, 08:12 PM
Alex :yeah: Good luck to him :D

lauralou
11-22-2004, 11:56 AM
Yes holagirl56,Alex's family came from Ukrain,from Kiev,they speak russian as good as english! ;)
I like very much Alex,he's a great great player and I think he'll have a nice carreer! :)

http://alexkuznetsov.populus.ch

lauralou
11-23-2004, 11:50 AM
Yes! visit this site,you'll learn more about him!! (and visit mine if you want something into french... :unsure: )

Alex,you're the next lord of the yellow ball!!!!!!!!!!!!! ;)

Éowyn
12-01-2004, 08:52 PM
good luck to the lad :)

Deboogle!.
12-02-2004, 05:34 AM
PMac brought Alex to Spain to be a practice buddy with the US Team. should be a fabulous experience for him.

lauralou
12-02-2004, 05:06 PM
Yes,but I don't want that Andy Roddick's bad mood contaminate Alex!!!! I hope the USA team is in a good atmosphere, without Andy's bad feelings...I think he's a negative guy,lol,good player,but not so good man!!!

Alex,come back!!! We miss you!!

Black Adam
12-08-2004, 04:53 PM
:confused:what's all the staf about andy's bad mood and bad feelings...... the team usa get along very well don't they ??

lauralou
12-09-2004, 10:32 AM
:confused:what's all the staf about andy's bad mood and bad feelings...... the team usa get along very well don't they ??

Sorry,but I don't like Andy's attitudes...

Black Adam
12-12-2004, 03:23 PM
Sorry,but I don't like Andy's attitudes...

well its doesn't matter :yeah: everybody got their tastes...... i love his attitude but other do not. :)

lauralou
01-17-2005, 04:51 PM
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALEX!!!! :clap2: :bowdown: He won his 2nd title in doubles in defeating G.Dragicevic and M.Yani with his partner Mihail Zverev (GER) :worship: in Tampa,Florida during the USA F1 Futures.

lauralou
04-30-2005, 04:31 PM
:confused: Where is Alex? Do you know what he is doing? I think he's taking holidays between two tournaments but I would like to have news...can somebody help me? :D
GOOD LUCK for the future! You are able to do the best, believe in yourself! ;)

ae wowww
05-02-2005, 01:27 PM
Thanks Smank you!! The kid sounds a legend :D

lauralou
05-02-2005, 03:07 PM
Alex will play at the usa f9 futures (florida), I hope he'll go as far as possible!! :) :)

lauralou
05-03-2005, 10:09 AM
:sad: Alex was forced to withdraw from the futures and it is Bo Hodge who took his place in the draw...I do not know more about the reason of Alex's leaving?! Can somebody explain me? :confused:

smucav
05-25-2005, 03:23 PM
Alex Kuznetsov Recovering from Injuries Received in Auto Accident (http://tenniskalamazoo.blogspot.com/2005/05/alex-kuznetsov-recovering-from.html)

Fee
05-26-2005, 12:02 AM
Holy moley! Thanks for the article. Good thing he's young, to be off a court for a year or more could be devastating, but he can remind himself that Haas and Flip have recovered from worse. Best wishes for a speedy recovery Alex.

jole
05-27-2005, 04:23 AM
Holy moley! Thanks for the article. Good thing he's young, to be off a court for a year or more could be devastating, but he can remind himself that Haas and Flip have recovered from worse. Best wishes for a speedy recovery Alex.

I really wish Alex the best with his recovery. He is an American player that I really support and it upset me when I heard this news.

lauralou
06-01-2005, 12:10 PM
Yes, I hope he'll be stand up as far as possible, but I hope specially that he will not be depressed too much to cannot play this season...
I think to him very much, hope he'll come back stronger and perhaps to the next French Open, where I'll see him! ;)

Scotso
06-21-2005, 02:50 AM
I was wondering where he was and just saw this. That's so sad.

Alex is a really promising player and very competitive, I'm sure he'll be back on the courts and winning as soon as possible.

Alex :hug:

lauralou
07-28-2005, 09:59 PM
If someone had news about Alex's recovery,please send it here, because in France we do not know how he is going... Thanks a lot!

lauralou
08-25-2005, 08:13 AM
Alex is now training in Florida!! He's back on courts!!! :worship:

Scotso
08-26-2005, 02:18 AM
:woohoo:

good luck in your return, Alex!

Scotso
08-30-2005, 12:48 AM
He's back playing doubles at the US Open with Scott Oudsema! :bounce:

lauralou
08-30-2005, 12:17 PM
What? oh, but it is so cool, I did not know that!! great news! :D

jole
08-31-2005, 04:26 AM
Awesome news!

lauralou
08-31-2005, 06:13 PM
:woohoo: :bounce: :bigclap: THE greatest news of the day: Alex won in doubles vs the Germans T.Haas and A.Waske, 7(8)/6(6) 6/3. :worship: CONGRATULATIONS TO HIM AND HIS PARTNER SCOTT OUDSEMA.

Scotso
09-01-2005, 02:38 AM
:bounce: :woohoo:

great win!

lauralou
09-04-2005, 10:15 AM
Alex Kuznetsov and Scott Oudsema lost vs the Spanish F.Lopez/F.Verdasco, 7/6(1) 4/6 4/6, in the 2nd round... :sad: But it's well that Alex came back on courts!

Scotso
09-05-2005, 12:15 AM
But Alex did win his first round boy's singles match today! He lost the first set before winning 6-7(3) 6-4 6-3 :D

keep going Alex :bounce:

lauralou
09-05-2005, 05:26 PM
Yes! That's so good!!! He's really marvellous, he said it was his first match (singles) so he did not have pressure on the court, it's great!
Now, he'll face Dennis Lajola, so: GOOD LUCK Alex! :bigclap: :kiss:

jole
09-05-2005, 07:40 PM
Nice work Alex!

Scotso
09-10-2005, 12:52 AM
from ITFTennis.com:

Smyczek Ends Kuznetsov’s Brave Fight

America’s Tim Smyczek knocked out his compatriot Alex Kuznetsov 76 64 in the third round of the US Open juniors on Thursday, ending the fifth seed’s hopes of a fairytale US Open win. Kuznetsov underwent surgery on a broken leg in May after crashing his car in Florida but staged a remarkable battle to be fit in time to play in the junior event at his home grand slam.

Smyczek had little time for sentiment, however, in winning through to his first junior US Open quarterfinal. The 18-year-old from Milwaukee also reached the semifinals of Wimbledon in July but his previous best result at Flushing Meadows was a run to the third round last year. He will now play Columbia’s Santiago Giraldo in the last eight.

http://www.itftennis.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/IO_16555_gallery.JPG

jole
11-01-2005, 01:25 AM
Alex was playing in the qualifying for the Boston challenger, but he sadly lost in the second round. :sad:

1st round: Alex Kuznetsov d. Alex Reichel 6-4 6-1
2nd round: Michael Yani [6] d. Alex Kuznetsov 7-6(5) 6-4

Keep working hard Alex, it will pay off! :)

Scotso
11-01-2005, 01:32 AM
Alecito :(

No doubt he is still trying to regain his form after his accident :sad:

love you Alex :hearts:

lauralou
11-04-2005, 10:40 AM
I am waiting for his news...I hope he's going to play soon!

Scotso
11-04-2005, 04:40 PM
He played in Boston qualifying this week :p

won a match but then lost :sad:

jole
11-06-2005, 04:11 AM
Alex just won his first round match in Nashville qualifying!

Alex Kuznetsov d. Johan Brunstrom 5-7 6-3 6-2

On Sunday he plays against (2) Diego Hartfield of Argentina. Good luck Alex!!! :D

Scotso
11-06-2005, 04:38 AM
go Alex :D

jole
11-07-2005, 12:53 AM
Hartfield def Kuznetsov 7-6(0) 6-3 :sad:

Scotso
11-07-2005, 12:57 AM
oh Alecito :sad:

jole
11-13-2005, 03:41 AM
Alex is in the last round of qualifying for the Champaign challenger! He plays Kiantki Thomas tomorrow for it, who he should be able to take.

His semifinal points from USA F32 last year come off next week, so hopefully he can do well.

Go Alex! :D

Scotso
11-13-2005, 05:09 AM
Good luck Alex! :bounce:

jole
11-13-2005, 11:59 PM
He lost 6-4 4-6 6-4. I'm sorry Alex. :sad:

Scotso
11-14-2005, 04:30 AM
:sad:

Next year will be his break out year, though ;)

lauralou
02-01-2006, 06:10 PM
Alex and Horia Tecau won the title in doubles at the USA F1 FUTURES, now he plays (or perhaps the tournament ended actually now...my computer is so tired that I can't read Alex's news on his official website, lol!) at the Mexico challenger...

jole
04-27-2006, 08:57 PM
Hopefully I'll be able to see Alex at the Atlanta Challenger next week! :)

Scotso
04-27-2006, 09:00 PM
You better take a lot of pictures, Joehl :p

jole
05-05-2006, 10:34 PM
I watched Alex this week in Atlanta. He did really well, but he still needs a big weapon if he is to really breakthrough. His ranking will really be helped by this week at least. :D

Some piccies are in the Atlanta Challenger thread.

jole
06-17-2006, 09:21 PM
Alex is the sex, but sadly his results haven't been lately.

Scotso
06-20-2006, 02:09 AM
Nope. :(

Scotso
07-24-2006, 03:26 AM
Alex won the $75k Aptos :D

jole
07-27-2006, 12:29 AM
Alex lost to Roger Anderson in the first round of Lexington. Anderson is so-so, but it's not how I envisioned him following up his Aptos win...

xpress0h
08-15-2006, 09:14 PM
What's he playing next?

Scotso
08-15-2006, 10:32 PM
US Open? :shrug:

xpress0h
08-18-2006, 04:11 AM
US Open? :shrug:

woot. wildcard for alex :)

Scotso
08-18-2006, 04:33 AM
Hopefully he gets a good draw. Maybe another American WC :D

Scotso
08-20-2006, 11:11 PM
Alex lost in the last round of qualifying in New Haven, but at least he had two good wins.

jole
08-21-2006, 02:41 AM
Alex had a few chances, but Hajek is a damn good player.

xpress0h
08-21-2006, 07:59 PM
He got a WC into the doubles MD at New Haven. gooood luck Alex

Scotso
08-22-2006, 04:31 AM
I wonder if he'll play doubles with Scott Oudsema at the US Open again.

Scotso
08-24-2006, 04:08 AM
HORRIBLE draw for Alex. Against Tommy Haas first round. :mad:

But a big good luck to him. He *CAN* beat him. C'mon!

SHB
01-13-2007, 05:33 AM
Where is Alex Kuznetsov? In the main draw of the Australian Open, that's where. Great job by Alex. Three straight setters, no less. It's nice to see a true youngster step up. Hopefully he'll get a decent draw this time.

Scores from qualifying:

Round 1: 7-6(4), 7-5 over Oleksandr Dolgopolov Jr. (UKR)

Round 2: 6-4, 7-6(4) over Tomas Zib (CZE)

Round 3: 6-3, 6-4 over Julio Silva (BRA)

jole
01-13-2007, 05:55 AM
Way to go Alex!

All were winnable matches, and he came through like he needed to.

SHB
01-13-2007, 06:30 AM
He did get a good draw: Peter Luczak of Australia. That's winnable. But if he does manage to win, he'll have to face either Blake or Moya in round two.

jole
01-13-2007, 07:36 AM
Ya, doable but tough. Luczak has been playing well thus far.

Scotso
01-13-2007, 01:37 PM
I dunno, Luczak is good and plays well in his home country.

But Alex is moving up the rankings very nicely. :D

He'd probably already be top 100 if it weren't for his mishap.

Grinder
01-13-2007, 03:34 PM
Good job to Alex for qualifying and beating two tough players along the way. I don't think he'll beat Luczak but qualifying was a win in itself.

yonextennis
01-14-2007, 02:39 PM
Hopefully he wins cause then it could be Alex on TV vs. Blake in the 2nd round!

Grinder
01-16-2007, 02:19 PM
Alex wins 6-4 5-7 6-7 6-1 6-4 in the first ever five set match, brilliant especially because Luczak is known for his fitness! Impressive performance with Alex serving it out at love with 26 aces for the match.

Unfortunately, I'm going to have to root against Alex in his second round match against Blake.

Scotso
01-16-2007, 04:11 PM
Great win, Alex! :D

yonextennis
01-16-2007, 04:11 PM
I just emailed Alex congradulating him on his win...hopefully he will email me back..I hope we will be able to see him on TV now against Blake!

yonextennis
01-17-2007, 01:29 PM
Alex is second match up against Blake on Rod Laver..looks like he will be on TV!!!

Scotso
01-17-2007, 03:04 PM
It would be nice to see him on TV :D

good luck!

SHB
01-17-2007, 08:04 PM
It looks like Kuznetsov will jump from #216 to about #180, assuming that he loses to Blake (anything can happen, but that would be an enormous upset the way Blake's playing). I hope his performance at the AO gives him the confidence to perform better on the Challenger circuit, where he really struggled at the end of last year.

Derek1206
01-18-2007, 04:41 AM
It was nice to see Alex play on TV. :)

Scotso
01-18-2007, 04:42 AM
Too bad he lost, but a great start and it's great to see him on TV where he belongs :yeah:

Nice interview with him on right now, as well. :D

Deboogle!.
01-18-2007, 04:57 AM
I'd never seen him play before, so it was nice to see him finally! He definitely has game, so hopefully he can stay healthy and keep working hard and be in the top 100 where it seems like he belongs!

jole
01-18-2007, 04:58 AM
Yes, that was great to see him on tv. Nice interview. :D

SHB
01-24-2007, 04:28 AM
So much for momentum. Kuznetsov lost 7-5, 6-2 to Rajeev Ram in the first round of the Waikoloa Challenger.

Scotso
01-24-2007, 03:32 PM
That's Alex's problem... very inconsistant results.

SHB
02-07-2007, 12:18 AM
Kuznetsov lost to Tyler Cleveland 6-7(5), 7-5, 6-4 in the first round of the Dallas Challenger. He's lost in the first round in eight of his last ten Challengers. Not good. He has the talent, but can't put it all together.

jole
02-07-2007, 12:54 AM
Not a particularly good loss. Tyler is a smart player and fairly good mover for his size, but he really doesn't have a lot of power.

Alex really just doesn't have enough variety, and I have a feeling Tyler really mixed it up well. Alex is pretty mentally strong and hungry as well, so hopefully he can pick it up.

CooCooCachoo
02-07-2007, 09:19 AM
There's a highlights video on the website. You could see that Alex was directing Tyler around the court, but it wasn't paying off. Tyler too consistent from the back, it seemed.

gusman890
02-08-2007, 04:40 PM
Too bad too, he has the talent, but just needs to fallow through when it matters.

sagroove
02-20-2007, 05:03 AM
Too bad too, he has the talent, but just needs to fallow through when it matters.

Well done Kuz.......just defeated Lim in 3 sets at Memphis. Congrats!!!

Grinder
02-20-2007, 11:16 PM
Good win for Kuzz, Gabashvilli is very beatable. :yeah:

jole
02-21-2007, 07:24 PM
He lost to Teimuraz 6-4 in the third. :(

Still good that he won a round in an ATP event!

jole
03-04-2007, 06:00 PM
Alex got a main draw wild card at Indian Wells, so hopefully he will get a nice draw.

Scotso
03-08-2007, 05:38 AM
C'mon Alex :banana:

sagroove
03-10-2007, 06:56 AM
C'mon Alex :banana:

Any new photos of Kuz from Indian Wells ????

Scotso
03-10-2007, 07:20 AM
I haven't looked yet, there may be some from his match with Seppi, which he unfortunately lost. :(

sagroove
03-22-2007, 03:28 AM
I haven't looked yet, there may be some from his match with Seppi, which he unfortunately lost. :(

Any new pics of Kuz from Miami yet?

Scotso
03-23-2007, 03:09 AM
No.

He lost :sad:

sagroove
04-03-2007, 02:13 PM
No.

He lost :sad:

Where is Kuz playing this week? What is his current ranking these days?

jole
04-04-2007, 07:35 PM
He's playing in the River Oaks Red Clay Exhibition in Houston, Texas. He plays/played Diego Hartfield in the first round.

Deboogle!.
04-04-2007, 08:20 PM
Hartfield won yesterday 6-7 6-3 7-6 (according to the event's website)

sagroove
04-08-2007, 06:21 PM
C'mon Alex :banana:

By chance did Kuz qualify for the US Clay Courts in Houston?

Deboogle!.
04-08-2007, 06:58 PM
He plays in the final qualifying round today. He hasn't played yet.

sagroove
04-09-2007, 04:27 AM
He plays in the final qualifying round today. He hasn't played yet.

Did he qualify?

Chip_s_m
04-09-2007, 04:55 AM
He actually plays in the final round of qualies tomorrow against Alex Peya.

Scotso
04-10-2007, 05:11 AM
He qualified. :D

jole
04-11-2007, 11:22 PM
He just beat Lars Burgsmuller 7-5 7-5.

A bit too close for a sucky player like Lars, but a win is good. :)

Scotso
04-12-2007, 06:38 AM
Lars isn't sucky :p

well done, Alex :D

sagroove
04-16-2007, 04:10 AM
Lars isn't sucky :p

well done, Alex :D

Whats next for Kuz? Is he off to Europe for the clay season?

Deboogle!.
04-16-2007, 05:07 AM
No, he's playing the Bermuda challenger.

sagroove
04-21-2007, 02:59 AM
No, he's playing the Bermuda challenger.

How did Kuz do at the Bermuda Challenger?

Deboogle!.
04-21-2007, 03:05 AM
he lost to Dancevic in the first round in 3 sets.

You can find all of this at the ATP site, you know ;)

sagroove
05-02-2007, 02:03 AM
How did Kuz do at the Bermuda Challenger?

Where is Kuz playing this week?

Deboogle!.
05-02-2007, 02:21 AM
Naples, florida, he was the #8 seed but lost in the first round in 3 sets to Wayne Odesnik.

Everything you want to know is at the ATP Site, especially the challengers page.
http://www.atptennis.com/3/en/tournaments/challenger/

sagroove
05-23-2007, 02:30 PM
Where is Kuz playing this week?

Kuz won his first qualifying match at Rolan Garros according to the official site. Way to go Alex!!!

sagroove
05-23-2007, 02:30 PM
Where is Kuz playing this week?

Kuz won his first qualifying match at Roland Garros according to the official site. Way to go Alex!!!

sagroove
05-25-2007, 01:48 PM
Kuz won his first qualifying match at Roland Garros according to the official site. Way to go Alex!!!

Damn it......Kuz lost in the second round of the qualies in three sets. Perhaps better luck on the grass.

xpress0h
06-01-2007, 03:30 AM
anyone know where he's playing next?

guille&tati4life
06-13-2007, 05:44 PM
Alex is playing at Queen's this week.

He won from a set down against May and Muller in qualies and then beat Nielsen in round 1.

He is currently 6-2 1-4 against Karlovic in round 2.

C'mon Alex :rocker2:

guille&tati4life
06-13-2007, 07:05 PM
He lost 2-6 6-2 7-6 :awww:

Deboogle!.
06-13-2007, 08:49 PM
Darn, that would've been quite a good win for him

guille&tati4life
06-19-2007, 01:28 PM
Alex won his Wimbledon 1st round qualifying match against Crivoi :D

guille&tati4life
06-20-2007, 03:07 PM
Alex lost in the 2nd round 6-2 6-4 to Vicente.

sagroove
08-20-2007, 02:17 AM
Alex lost in the 2nd round 6-2 6-4 to Vicente.


Any word on Kuz?

Fee
08-20-2007, 02:22 AM
He lost in New Haven qualies to Mario Ancic yesterday, but he has a main draw wildcard for the US Open.

sagroove
08-23-2007, 04:40 AM
He lost in New Haven qualies to Mario Ancic yesterday, but he has a main draw wildcard for the US Open.

Nice!!!

Hopefully someone will get some snaps!

guille&tati4life
11-13-2007, 11:54 AM
He reached the final of a challenger event in Nashville last week...
R32 Delic, Amer (USA) 6-4 4-6 6-2
R16 Miranda, Ivan (PER) 2-6 6-3 7-6
Q McClune, Michael (USA) 6-4 6-3
S Reynolds, Bobby (USA) 6-7 6-2 7-6
F Levine, Jesse (USA) 6-3 2-6 6-7

Pity about the loss, but a good run :yeah:

sagroove
01-06-2008, 08:53 PM
He reached the final of a challenger event in Nashville last week...
R32 Delic, Amer (USA) 6-4 4-6 6-2
R16 Miranda, Ivan (PER) 2-6 6-3 7-6
Q McClune, Michael (USA) 6-4 6-3
S Reynolds, Bobby (USA) 6-7 6-2 7-6
F Levine, Jesse (USA) 6-3 2-6 6-7

Pity about the loss, but a good run :yeah:

Where's Kuz this week? Is he a candidate for a wildcard to the Aussie Open this year?

sagroove

Fee
01-06-2008, 09:03 PM
He lost in the WC playoff to Jesse Levine. He should be in Melbourne by now, getting ready for qualies later this week.

guille&tati4life
01-09-2008, 02:21 PM
Yep, he won his first round match :yeah:
6-3 6-2 over Adam Vejmelka.
Next up Ti Chen and if he can win that he'll probably face Dlouhy.

Go Alex!

jeahhh!
01-09-2008, 02:43 PM
:yeah:

guille&tati4life
01-10-2008, 02:14 PM
Chen beat Alex 7-5 7-5 :sad:

kai.
04-19-2008, 11:39 PM
;)

sagroove
05-06-2008, 01:14 PM
Chen beat Alex 7-5 7-5 :sad:

Where is Kuz playing this week?


sagroove

Chip_s_m
05-09-2009, 07:14 AM
I kind of forgot about this kid (and apparently everyone else around here did too), probably because he stopped playing well about 2 years ago. It's a shame he couldn't build upon the success he had in late 2006 and early 2007, as he had climbed to 158 in the world by age 20. Unfortunately, his ranking has slipped now to 517 (ouch).

Anyways, he is in the semifinals of the Savannah challenger and has posted wins over Tigran Martirosyan, Carsten Ball, and even Isner! Next up is Kevin Kim. I'm not expecting him to be a top pro or anything, but he's still young and he could still have a decent career. Obviously, these types of wins will boost his confidence. Regardless, he's going to have to improve his mental game and consistency. Good luck Alex!

sagroove
05-10-2009, 12:14 AM
I kind of forgot about this kid (and apparently everyone else around here did too), probably because he stopped playing well about 2 years ago. It's a shame he couldn't build upon the success he had in late 2006 and early 2007, as he had climbed to 158 in the world by age 20. Unfortunately, his ranking has slipped now to 517 (ouch).

Anyways, he is in the semifinals of the Savannah challenger and has posted wins over Tigran Martirosyan, Carsten Ball, and even Isner! Next up is Kevin Kim. I'm not expecting him to be a top pro or anything, but he's still young and he could still have a decent career. Obviously, these types of wins will boost his confidence. Regardless, he's going to have to improve his mental game and consistency. Good luck Alex!

Thanks for the update. I was almost sure he would crack the top 90 after his 2nd round result at the Aussie Open a few years ago. Like you I wish him well and perhaps he can return to his old form and make a run tot he top 100.

marc

Chip_s_m
05-10-2009, 05:42 AM
This really has been a great tournament for him. He just beat the #1 seed Kim in a third set tiebreak. In the final he faces Russell. It will be tough, since Russell is playing well and likes clay, but Kuznetsov obviously seems to be playing too.

Ozone
05-24-2009, 04:40 PM
Alex received a WC into the Carson Challenger main draw. He will play Stephen Bass in the first round

sagroove
05-24-2009, 10:12 PM
Alex received a WC into the Carson Challenger main draw. He will play Stephen Bass in the first round


Thanks for the update. Keep us informed for sure!!!

Ozone
07-23-2009, 02:46 AM
Alex qualified for the Lexington Challenger ($50,000). He upset #3 seed Kevin Anderson in the Main Draw!!!:)

Ozone
07-24-2009, 01:01 AM
Red-hot Alex defeated talented South African van der Merwe 75 64. He is into the singles quarters!! He will face Smyczek or Agustonelli next:)

Kuznetsov/Smyczek lost in the first round of doubles to van der Merwe/Martiroysan

Ozone
07-25-2009, 12:45 PM
Alex is now in the SEMIS of the $50,000 Lexington challenger after a win over Tim Smyczek in the quarters. He will face Daniel Evans today, who took out top seed Brendan Evans. Go Alex!

Ozone
07-26-2009, 03:31 PM
SEMIFINALS

Kuznetsov def. D. Evans 63 61

Alex earns his spot in another final against the Israeli and 5 seed Harel Levy!! This should be a close final. Good luck to Alex bring home another title!!

Chip_s_m
07-27-2009, 12:25 AM
Well he ended up losing in three. Nevertheless, he's got a very strong argument for receiving a WC to the USO.

Ozone
08-03-2009, 03:40 AM
This week: 8/3-8/9

Vancouver, Canada $100,000 Challenger (Hard)

Alex is in West Coast Canada for the big challenger. In singles, he will face Sergei Bubka (UKR) first round. He is in top seed Ram's quarter.

In doubles, Alex and Ryan Sweeting will face top seeds Butorac and Lipsky. Good luck Alex!!!:)

Singles & Doubles Draw - http://www.atpworldtour.com/posting/2009/254/x.pdf

Ozone
08-04-2009, 02:30 AM
Alex surprisingly lost a close straight setter to Bubka in the first round. Tough loss. He will be back next week:)

Ozone
09-16-2009, 10:00 PM
Alex lost in the 11st round of the Tulsa Challenger to Jesse Witten this week

Ozone
11-11-2009, 07:06 PM
Alex got a nice 62 76 first round win in the Knoxville Challenger

jcempire
11-15-2009, 08:39 AM
he has done nothing so far

Baghdatis#1
01-03-2010, 07:01 AM
Noumea CH Main Draw:
Florian Mayer GER [1] vs. Q
Alexandre Sidorenko FRA vs. Jonathan Dasnières de Véigy FRA
Q vs. Ruben Bemelmans BEL
Grega Zemlja SLO vs. Edouard Roger-Vasselin FRA [5]

Brendan Evans USA [3] vs. Kyu Tae Im KOR
Ilija Bozoljac SRB vs. Martin Klizan SVK
Marco Crugnola ITA vs. Lester Cook USA
Roko Karanusic CRO vs. Kevin Anderson RSA [7]

Michael Yani USA [8] vs. Dusan Lojda CZE
Grigor Dimitrov BUL [WC] vs. Alex Kuznetsov USA
Ryan Harrison USA [WC] vs. Daniel King-Turner NZL [WC]
Nicolas N'Godrela FRA [WC] vs. David Guez FRA [4]

Flavio Cipolla ITA [6] vs. Nicolas Devilder FRA
Vincent Millot FRA vs. Pavol Cervenak SVK
Simon Stadler GER vs. Q
Q vs. Josselin Ouanna FRA [2]

shoparound
08-09-2010, 08:45 AM
what's going on with this kid nowadays?

coasterman9
08-15-2010, 08:54 AM
He's ranked 236 ATM. Got to the Semis in Lexington and Round of 16 in Vancouver.

belco
01-18-2012, 12:10 AM
ATP.2012.Australian.Open.R1.Kuznetsov.vs.Nadal.720 P.x264.English (http://tennishaven.com/details.php?id=2172)

SapELee
01-20-2012, 11:28 PM
Alex received a wildcard into the Honolulu Challenger.

SapELee
01-27-2012, 10:21 PM
Alex lost to Tim Smyczek.

Sock and Smyczek upset seeds to advance into Quarterfinals (http://www.hawaii.usta.com/Pro-Tennis---New/sock_and_smyczek_upset_seeds_to_advance_into_quart erfinals/)

Tim Smyczek upset No. 4 Alex Kuznetsov, 6-3, 6-3, for his spot in the quarterfinals.

“We know each others game very well,” said Smyczek who trains together with Kuznetsov at the Saddlebrok Resort in Tampa Florida. “Today, I think I was feeling a little bit better, moving a little better.”

“He just got the better of me today,” said Kuznetsov, No. 167, last year’s singles Honolulu finalist who recently lost to Rafafel Nadal in the first round of the Australian Open.

“Perhaps the conditions at our last few tournaments were better for my game,” said Smyczek who has won their last three encounters. “We are very close in ability and I don’t think anyone would be surprised if either one of us won against each other but the last couple have gone my way.”

He will take on No.7 Yuichi Sugita from Japan tomorrow.

SapELee
02-08-2012, 07:45 PM
Alex upsets Querrey in the first round of Dallas Challenger and will take on Clement Reix of France today. Live streaming (http://www.challengerofdallas.com/live.html)available from tournament website.


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SapELee
02-08-2012, 11:41 PM
Alex lost in three tight sets 6-2 5-7 6-7(3). He had two match points (in the second and third set )prior to the tiebreak but couldn't take advantage. He had difficulties returning Reix's serve and played a sloppy tiebreak ( a lot of UES).

SapELee
02-19-2012, 12:00 AM
Alex will play Robby Ginepri in the final qualifying of Memphis 500.

SapELee
02-20-2012, 12:34 AM
He lost to Robby, not that surprising really.

SapELee
03-19-2012, 02:13 AM
Alex will play Benoit Paire in the first round of qualifying in Miami.

SapELee
03-31-2012, 09:59 PM
Plays Smyczek in the 1st round of 50k Tally Challenger.

Filo V.
04-12-2012, 01:42 AM
Alex lost 3-6 6-7(4) to Smyczek in Tallahassee and 7-6 6-7 4-6 to Ginepri in the first round of Houston qualifying. Two tough draws, competitive matches, but he wasn't able to get the wins.

His next event will be Sarasota next week.

SapELee
04-15-2012, 04:25 AM
Sarasota Challenger

Will play Tommy Haas in the first round: Draw (http://assets.usta.com/assets/1/15/singles_draw154.PDF)

SapELee
04-17-2012, 10:34 PM
Alex won 61 61 over Delic, guess Tommy pull out.

SapELee
04-21-2012, 07:10 PM
Will play Ginepri in the 1st round in 50k Savannah (Maindraw (http://www.atpworldtour.com/posting/2012/5067/mds.pdf))

SapELee
05-21-2012, 11:16 PM
RG Q

Michael Russell USA (10) vs Simon Greul GER
Martin Alund ARG vs Danai Udomchoke THA
Alex Kuznetsov USA vs Michael Yani USA
Florent Serra FRA vs Rik De Voest RSA (31)

SapELee
06-08-2012, 11:36 PM
[4] Maxime Authom BEL - BYE
Jan-Lennard Struff GER - Alex Kuznetsov USA
Andre Ghem BRA - John Millman AUS
BYE - [7] Tim Smyczek USA

SapELee
06-18-2012, 12:17 AM
Wimbledon Q:


Michael Berrer GER [7] vs. Peter Torebko GER
Javier Marti ESP vs. Robert Farah COL
Stéphane Robert FRA vs. Edward Corrie GBR [WC]
Alex Kuznetsov USA vs. Ryan Sweeting USA [21]

SapELee
07-03-2012, 09:29 PM
Alex is through to the 2nd round of Winnetka challenger.

Full draw: http://www.atpworldtour.com/posting/2012/228/mds.pdf

SapELee
07-10-2012, 02:44 AM
Alex lost in the final Q round to Becker at Newport.

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Link (http://www.facebook.com/HallofFameTennisChamps/photos#!/media/set/?set=a.10151040547869777.446522.40020984776&type=3)

SapELee
08-04-2012, 11:57 PM
Tough first round against Sijsling in Aptos.

Full draw: http://assets.usta.com/assets/1/15/singles_draw193.PDF

SapELee
10-20-2012, 12:31 AM
Alex is in the semifinal of the Mansfield futures

more pics @ http://www.moodswingssite.com/TennisEvents/2012-Futures-of-Mansfield/25982307_F68sgB#!i=2155931688&k=NdpKLF3
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Smoke944
10-21-2012, 08:36 PM
Alex lost 6-3 0-6 3-6 in the final.

SapELee
11-03-2012, 09:56 PM
Alex is in the final of the 75k Charlottesville Challenger, will play Denis Kudla for the title.

SapELee
11-04-2012, 04:23 PM
LNmyssgKLIE

SapELee
11-05-2012, 02:01 AM
Alex lost 06 36

2nd set + presentation

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SapELee
02-07-2013, 10:16 PM
Alex lost in the quarterfinal of Dallas Challenger

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SapELee
02-10-2013, 06:05 PM
Dallas Challenger Doubles win with Mischa Zverev

S3qkDqCFkEw

Alex Kuznetsov ‏@alexKUZnetsov87

Great end to a great week! pic.twitter.com/lQjTvo3g

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BCuOUM4CYAAIrRq.jpg

SapELee
02-11-2013, 01:19 AM
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more pictures @ http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151739364710031&set=a.10151739360135031.620945.92134015030&type=3&theater

SapELee
04-17-2013, 02:38 AM
Sarasota Challenger with Mischa Zverev

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SapELee
04-20-2013, 08:26 PM
Into the final of Sarasota, will take on Denys Molchanov or Wayne Odesnik.

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jcempire
04-21-2013, 07:31 PM
What's the result in the Final

SapELee
04-22-2013, 02:09 AM
RESULTS - APRIL 21, 2013 Men's Singles - Finals [Q] A Kuznetsov (USA) d [8] W Odesnik (USA) 60 62 :worship:

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http://www.yourobserver.com/news/longboat-key/Front-Page/0421201326505/Sarasota-Open-Finals

jcempire
04-22-2013, 06:05 AM
Great week by Alex

SapELee
04-22-2013, 02:47 PM
http://www.thesixthset.com/tracing-brian-bakers-footsteps-alex-kuznetsov-wins-sarasota-2013-04-22/

Sunday’s final of the Sarasota Open, a 100k ATP Challenger Series event, featured an all-American battle between Alex Kuznetsov and Wayne Odesnik. The first of a three-event playoff for the USTA’s French Open wildcard, awarded to the player with the highest aggregate points total between the clay court events in Sarasota, Savannah and Tallahassee, the tournament was very significant for those lower-ranked Americans battling for a berth in a Grand Slam main draw.

Facing a stacked field that included talented young Americans Ryan Harrison, Jack Sock, Tim Smyczek, Rhyne Williams and Steve Johnson, as well as veteran Michael Russell, Kuznetsov wasn’t on many people’s radars entering the week. With a ranking of 271, the 26-year-old was forced to battle through qualies to even have a shot at competing for the title. Seeded second in the qualifying draw, however, he proceeded to cruise through both his matches against rather undermatched competition.

Kuznetsov would be placed in the top half of the main draw, with world number 91 Benjamin Becker his first round opponent. What the American did next was pretty remarkable. After routinely dispatching Becker, he gutted out a pair of hard-fought three setters against in-form countrymen Tim Smyczek and Steve Johnson in the second round and quarterfinals. Then, Kuznetsov battled back from down a set to upset former world number 62 Somdev Devvarman in the semis. Reaching the final of a tournament as a qualifier, regardless of its level in the professional tennis hierarchy, is an impressive feat. Then, rattling off the opening 10 games of the final is downright obscene, especially against someone who was 6-1 in Challenger finals coming in (even if his name is Wayne Odesnik). Kuznetsov dominated Sunday’s championship bout from start to finish, to the tune of a 6-0 6-2 victory.

Let me put this title in perspective. Kuznetsov’s three career Challenger victories, in 2006, 2009 and 2011, all came on hard courts. Since turning pro in 2004, he had won a combined 31 matches on clay on all levels. Compare that to 155 wins he amassed on hard. Also, having entered Sarasota mired in a six-match losing streak, with just three match wins in his last nine tournaments, when I said he was under the radar I wasn’t kidding.

Winning the Sarasota title was an emotional and highly gratifying moment for Kuznetsov, considering his long and arduous journey. Born in Kiev, Ukraine, he was once labeled “the next big thing in American tennis” by renowned coach and current ESPN analyst Brad Gilbert. As a top junior, he achieved a ranking of four in 2004 and most notably reached the final of the French Open boys’ singles tournament, where he would lose to Gael Monfils in straight sets. He was also a runner-up at both the 14s Orange Bowl and Easter Bowl tournaments and won the title at the 18s Easter Bowl. Needless to say, he was prime to take American tennis to new heights.

Unfortunately, Kuznetsov’s career trajectory was dealt a significant blow just one year later. In May of 2005, he was injured in a car accident at the Saddlebrook Tennis Resort, near Tampa, Florida. According to his ATP profile, he was alone in a rented Mustang when he lost control of the vehicle and hit a tree, breaking his right femur. A titanium rod was placed in his leg and the young American would never materialize into the star Gilbert had foreseen. The phenom would eventually reach a career-high ranking of 158, in 2007, and has only played in 20 matches on the ATP World Tour level. The road to redemption has been slow and undoubtedly frustrating......read more (http://www.thesixthset.com/tracing-brian-bakers-footsteps-alex-kuznetsov-wins-sarasota-2013-04-22/)

I had no idea of his accident, so sad :sad:

kidbourbon
04-23-2013, 02:47 PM
I didn't know that about him.

SapELee
04-25-2013, 12:54 AM
Will play Rhyne Williams in the 2nd round of Savannah tomorrow.

SapELee
04-25-2013, 09:26 PM
63 61, plays Ramirez Hidalgo in the quarterfinal. Good luck.

SapELee
04-26-2013, 09:33 PM
Lost 64 46 63

SapELee
04-27-2013, 08:17 PM
Alex draws Jack Sock in Tallahasee. Still in the lead for the FO wildcard.

Tallahassee $50K Challenger md: http://assets.usta.com/assets/1/15/singles_draw247.PDF

SapELee
05-01-2013, 10:03 PM
Alex is into the quarterfinal of Tallahassee and has clinched the USTA FO wildcard with Odesnik's loss today. Huge congrats to Alex :)

10 Things: Alex Kuznetsov: http://www.tennisnow.com/News/10-Things-Alex-Kuznetsov.aspx

tennis2018
05-03-2013, 11:19 AM
WOW!! Great news...I knew he was in the running. Here's a shot from Sarasota

http://www.menstennisforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=263738&stc=1&d=1367576362

SapELee
05-03-2013, 11:15 PM
Alex retired from his match with Smyczek after losing the first set, probably precautionary.

SapELee
05-04-2013, 03:07 AM
Alex Kuznetsov ‏@alexKUZnetsov87

Going hard tonight pic.twitter.com/9VClgdAJa7
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SapELee
05-06-2013, 07:46 PM
UNITED STATES TENNIS ASSOCIATION MEDIA CONFERENCE

May 6, 2013

http://www.asapsports.com/show_conference.php?id=88835

CooCooCachoo
05-08-2013, 03:40 AM
Q&A with Alex

http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Tennis/2013/04/18/Roland-Garros-Alex-Kuznetsov-Earns-USTA-Wild-Card.aspx

Really humble :cool:

:worship:

jcempire
05-09-2013, 02:54 PM
Good to see Alex back

SapELee
05-24-2013, 09:57 PM
Alex's section at RG, draws promising French youngster Pouille. Will be tough playing against the French crowd. Good luck.


Novak Djokovic (SRB) [1] - David Goffin (BEL)
Ivan Dodig (CRO) - Guido Pella (ARG)
Alex Kuznetsov (USA) [WC] - Lucas Pouille (FRA) [WC]
Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) [26] - Alejandro Falla (COL)

SapELee
05-28-2013, 09:54 PM
A Setback Made Possible by a Big Leap Forward: http://straightsets.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/05/28/a-setback-made-possible-by-a-big-leap-forward/?smid=tw-nytsports&seid=auto

SapELee
05-28-2013, 10:19 PM
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http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/galleries/2013-05-28/201305281369755562287.html

SapELee
06-21-2013, 02:02 PM
Álex qualified for Wimbledon and draws Sijsling, good luck.

SapELee
07-19-2013, 10:06 PM
Into the semifinal of Binghamton challenger, will play Williams or Garanganga.

SapELee
07-20-2013, 07:49 PM
61 64 over Williams. A deserved win for Alex, at least he showed some effort. Will play Klahn for the title.

SapELee
07-21-2013, 06:44 PM
64 36 63 congrats to Alex on his 2nd challenger title of the year, nice speech as always.

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SapELee
07-22-2013, 04:21 PM
Congrats to Alex for entering the top 150 for the first time in his career.

BINGHAMTON — Alex Kuznetsov readily admittedly that had his opponent Stephane Bohli not retired with an injury during their second-round match Wednesday, he might not have even been playing in Sunday’s singles final of the Levene, Gouldin & Thompson Tennis Challenger.

Good fortune may have kept him in the tournament. Good play got him a championship.

Kuznetsov outlasted Bradley Klahn in a match that last just over two hours, capturing the LG&T title with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 victory at Recreation Park.

It was his second Pro Circuit title of the season for the 26-year-old American, and gives him the early lead in the four-tournament Pro Circuit series in which the best performing American will earn a wild card into the U.S. Open. The victory followed back-to-back straight sets victories for Kuznetsov, including a 6-1, 6-4 victory over top-seeded Rhyne Williams in Saturday’s semifinal.

“It was a tough match, I think I played my best that I have the whole week,” said Kuznetsov, the sixth seed who was ranked 157th in the ATP World Tour rankings coming into the week. “I think my serve got me out of a lot of tough moments. Bradley’s got a really explosive game, I couldn’t leave too many second serves hanging against him.”

Kuznetsov did serve well. He was broken only once the entire match, that coming in the second set.

In the third set, he didn’t face a single break point. Klahn, however, was facing a seemingly constant battle throughout the match to hold his serve.

The fifth seed and 161st-ranked Klahn finally paid the price for good in the third set when he was broken to fall behind 4-2 following a gorgeous volley by Kuznetsov off a passing attempt by Klahn. Kuznetsov then held serve the rest of the match in prevailing.

“I felt my serve let me down today,” said Klahn, who faced 16 break points on his serve compared to just three for Kuznetsov. “I was able to come up clutch on a lot of the break points and did a good job of competing… but when you put yourself in that situation over and over again, you’re bound to come up short on one of them.

“You can’t give a good player like that too many chances on your serve.”

Both players held serve through the first eight games of the match before Kuznetsov got a break when Klahn double-faulted while serving at 15-40 in the ninth game. Kuznetsov easily held serve in the next game to win the first set, 6-4.

Kuznetsov appeared positioned to gain control in the second set. With the set knotted at 3, Klahn faced three break points on his serve, but managed to get out of the jam and hold. He then broke Kuznetsov’s serve to go up 5-3 before holding serve to tie the match at a set apiece.

At that point, Kuznetsov thought back to his second-round match with Bohli, in which Kuznetsov lost the first set 6-2 before Bohli had to retire with a groin injury.

“I was telling myself I had nothing to lose, I could have been out of this tournament in the second round,” Kuznetsov said. “So just take it how it goes, I felt a little relaxed with you and my play picked up.”

It wasn’t a lost day for Klahn, who was seeking to become the first player in the 20-year history of the tournament to win both the singles and doubles titles in the same year. He teamed with Michael Venus to defeat the top-seeded pair of Adam Feeney and John-Patrick Smith, 6-3, 6-4, in the doubles final.

“Anytime you get to play for two championships on the last day, it’s a good week,” Klahn said. “You want to get both but Alex played a really good match. I was able to shake it off well, get that taste out of my mouth and end the week on a great note.”
http://www.pressconnects.com/article/20130721/SPORTS/307210027/Alex-Kuznetsov-wins-LG-T-Tennis-Challenger

Mae
07-22-2013, 04:30 PM
Congrats to Alex :)

SapELee
09-27-2013, 02:38 AM
Alex is into quarterfinal of Napa Challenger.

https://scontent-b-ord.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc1/15972_555413937863598_1402202708_n.jpg
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=555413937863598&set=pb.415663751838618.-2207520000.1380245470.&type=3&theater

tennis2018
04-25-2014, 02:00 PM
Some pics from his time @ Sarasota Open

http://www.menstennisforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=278858&stc=1&d=1398430815