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01-31-2007, 07:30 PM
Jesse's another upcoming young American (19), I think he's got the most potential after Querrey. He's pretty much worked his way up the rankings through his own merit without any wildcards or such. He qualified for Newport last year and lost in a tight match to Bogdanovic and made the finals of Kalamazoo before having to give Young a walkover. This year, Jesse qualified for Delray beating:

Q1 d. Benedikt Dorsch 7-6(6) 6-4
QR d. Michael Lammer 7-5 6-0
MDE d. Lukasz Kubot 6-3 6-2
RR1 d. Kevin Kim 6-2 6-2 :eek:

Next up is Benjamin Becker, go Jesse. :yeah:

PS: He's headed to University of Florida this year for college tennis.

01-31-2007, 07:32 PM
:yeah: :yeah:

Maybe he should reconsider college :scratch:

02-01-2007, 04:44 AM

Lefty AND Jewish? Well, a person can't get much cooler than that :cool:

03-15-2007, 02:19 AM
Levine is 10-0 in singles at the University of Florida, with wins over 8 ranked players, including the #1 player in the nation.

Today he lost 7-6, 7-6 to Gael Monfils in the first round of the Sunrise Challenger.

03-15-2007, 02:43 AM
wow... close match against a really excellent player. Good for him for his college play though :D

03-15-2007, 02:47 AM
I forgot to mention that he's already moved up to #13 in the national rankings. He's doing great.

03-15-2007, 08:54 PM
Yes, his won over John Isner of Georgia is a great one, even tho they played a super tiebreak in lieu of a third set.

05-29-2007, 06:41 PM
Levine lost his first collegiate match in the quarterfinals of the Individual Championships. He finished the season with a record of 24-1 and a ranking of #3. It's still unclear whether he will turn pro. His coach has said that the plan right now is for him to come back, but that things could change depending on endorsement offers and where his ATP ranking is after summer.

06-17-2007, 07:25 AM
I really think that going pro would be a good option for him. Though what he's doing now with school and taking the time to play qualies for some events is a good course of action as well.

It's a really tough choice.

07-09-2007, 06:43 PM
Levine has qualified for Newport.

07-09-2007, 06:47 PM

07-10-2007, 07:04 PM
Levine unbelievably lost 6-1, 6-0 to Nathan Healey after beating Healey in the last round of qualifying (Healey got in as a lucky loser). How do you explain that? It looks like Levine will be going back to college.

Chaos Inc.
07-10-2007, 07:17 PM
Levine unbelievably lost 6-1, 6-0 to Nathan Healey after beating Healey in the last round of qualifying (Healey got in as a lucky loser). How do you explain that? It looks like Levine will be going back to college.

If he had an injury it is understandable.

If he did not, I agree, it looks like he will be going back to


07-10-2007, 07:32 PM
:scratch: absolutely bizarre :lol:

08-01-2007, 06:12 PM
Nice work if you can get it. :cool:,0,2940389.story
Boca Raton teenager joins Roger Federer in Dubai for tennis practice
By Charles Bricker
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
July 28, 2007

This had to be one of Jesse Levine's Boca Raton or Gator buddies, bored with a particularly hot Florida summer, trying to pull a caper no one with any sense would believe.

The phone message: The world's No. 1 tennis player, Roger Federer, wants you to come to Dubai and practice with him for 10 days.

"Yeah, I thought it was a prank at first, but it was for real," said Levine, a college freshman unknown to many tennis fans.

In a half-hour, instant-messaging exchange from Dubai, where he is indeed working with Federer and living the high life in a five-star hotel on the beach, Levine is well over his initial shock. However, he's still star-struck enough to describe the experience as awesome, incredible and, predictably, subject to a little nervousness.

"Right now, I'm just living the dream," said Levine, 19. "When I get back to Gainesville, it's going to feel weird, and then I'll look back on it and probably be like, 'Wow, I just played with the best tennis player in the world for 10 days.' Not too many people can say that."

With the U.S. Open Series under way and ATP players moving from Los Angeles to Indianapolis this week, and then to four other North American cities on the way to the U.S. Open, there aren't many players available for Federer, who enjoys spending time and practicing in Dubai, where the oppressive heat toughens his training regimen.

So he called his management group, IMG, and an agent phoned Levine. Why Levine? He was 21-0 in his freshman season at the University of Florida and known a little to IMG, which owns the Bollettieri Academy in Bradenton, where Levine has been training for several years.

And one other thing. He's left-handed, as is Jonathan Eysseric, the French junior with whom Federer worked in the days before the French Open. It wasn't lost on Levine that Federer is trying everything he can to get an edge over his No. 1 nemesis, lefty Rafael Nadal.

He arrived in Dubai late on the evening of July 19 after 14 hours of riding coach from Atlanta to the Middle East.

"He called in the morning while I was having breakfast and left a voicemail. Pretty overwhelming to have Roger Federer leave you a voicemail," Levine said. The first practice would be at 3 p.m. Be in the lobby at 2:30. There was no way Jesse would be even 10 seconds late.

"I've been waking up around 8, going down for the breakfast buffet, then going to practice with him late morning, or working out here at the hotel gym. Then, in the afternoon, practice again, but lately it's been at night because the heat is so unreal during the day it's too much just to stand outside."

On the first day of practice, he admitted to be "pretty nervous hitting the first ball. But we had talked for a little before, messing around about hockey since I love hockey." That helped take the edge off.

Although Federer is getting hard work in under heavy heat conditions, Levine is soaking up the tennis experience as well. They're just training, working on certain court situations, not playing sets yet.

"I'm learning how calm he stays, no matter what the situation. Even if a ball is very difficult for him, he looks so effortless and keeps his composure at all times. He never shows if he gets tired, either, even in 125-degree heat. He's either got a good poker face, or just really isn't feeling it."

Levine, who is Jewish, had questions about flying to an Arab country. "For sure I had it in mind, but I talked about that with my parents and people that had been to Dubai, and it's a very safe country. And I know other Jewish people that have been there."

His hotel? "It's amazing. People treat you here like royalty. I open my window to a deck and walk out to see the ocean. It's unreal. Except yesterday," he added.

"I left my sweaty clothes outside to dry, and when I went to get them this morning there was a little sandstorm. My clothes got a little sand in them."

He brought along all his Gator gear, including a T-shirt that he's gifted to Federer.

"I'm not sure if he'll put it on, but it is Nike [Federer's clothing sponsor], so it's worth a shot," said Levine.

Ranked No. 493, Levine could have gotten into the qualifying tournament at Indianapolis this week. But given the alternative, it wasn't difficult to forgo a trip to Indiana.

After winning all 21 regular-season matches, he lost in the quarters of the NCAA tournament to Alex Slovic of Washington, but was named rookie of the year by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.

Even before his spectacular how-I-spent-my-summer experience, Levine was contemplating whether to return to Florida this fall or turn pro, and maybe this experience makes him lean a bit more toward leaving school, though he doesn't sound certain.

"I've made some really close friends in the semester I've been there, and it's hard to think it could be over soon," he said.

He could have added that he's made one other friend as well.

08-25-2007, 12:33 AM
Levine is turning pro.,0,6943491.story

08-25-2007, 04:35 PM
That's a big step for Jesse and I hope he's ready for it. He might have been better off with another year in college, but if he had gone back the USTA might have ignored his existence.

09-29-2007, 12:47 AM
Levine is into the semis of the Tulsa Challenger where he will meet Donald Young. He hasn't lost a set yet. He beat Fritz Wolmarans in the QFs, who beat John Isner in the previous round.

Levine really needed this. He hadn't won a main draw match in a pro event since Delray Beach in January.

Levine and Young, by the way, both reached the final of the 2006 National Championship in Kalamazoo, but Levine was unable to play due to illness. Hopefully they'll actually play this time. It's an interesting matchup. They're both fast lefties who generally play on the baseline but occasionally will come to net. Young has more power from what I've seen and is the more gifted player all around, but Levine has talent as well.

09-29-2007, 09:46 PM
Okay, maybe it wasn't so interesting. Young won 6-0, 6-1.

I'll tell you, Levine has some eyebrow raising results. He's gotten absolutely crushed in a few matches. I still think he'll be good eventually, but he needs to find some consistency.

09-30-2007, 12:27 AM
yikes, one-sided indeed. I haven't been able to see Jesse play, does he have the kind of game that would be prone to breaking down or really susceptible to players with certain types of games?

SHB, as always, thanks for your thorough updates :) :hug:

09-30-2007, 05:11 PM
Good questions. It's hard for me to say without seeing him more. I've only seen him twice (once in college and in the U.S. Open against Davydenko).

Against Davydenko, he played a good first set, but then just lost it after that. I thought his footwork became sloppy. He made a lot of unforced errors, and while Davydenko's consistency undoubtedly contributed to that, Levine could have done much better.

He definitely needs to get in the weight room. His lack of power is his greatest weakness (and unforced errors if the Davydenko match was typical of him). His movement is great and his backhand has the potential to be good. I thought he showed the ability to take the ball early and hit with angles on the backhand side. I also like his willingness to come to net. He even serve-and-volleyed on occasion.

I know some people don't think he'll amount to much because of his lack of weapons, but I'm more optimistic. That said, these 0 and 1 scorelines make me wonder a little.

09-30-2007, 07:40 PM
interesting stuff, thanks! hopefully he is willing to put in the hard work it will take for him to really make it.

The Freak
10-20-2007, 01:33 AM
I saw Jesse play in the Tulsa event, against Dabul and Young. He's a lefty and has a solid game. He's able to generate a good amount of power off both wings, the serve is decent, and his volleying could use some work. Against Donald Young in Tulsa, Jesse was very inconsistent off the ground, all Donald had to do was keep it in play. I like this guys potential probably a top 65 guy eventually.

11-10-2007, 03:27 PM
Jesse Levine will play Alex Kuznetsov in the Final of Nashville

Great Job for both

Chaos Inc.
11-10-2007, 08:46 PM

11-11-2007, 03:12 PM
Congrat. to Jesse Levine.

11-11-2007, 04:39 PM
great win and a 3rd set TB to boot, nice!

11-11-2007, 05:43 PM
Jesse had some big wins along the way to winning Nashville. Great week for him. Yay! :yippee:

11-15-2007, 04:49 AM
Keep going Jesse Levine

11-18-2007, 02:06 AM
Jesse won the Champaign challenger this week with a straight sets win over Young in the final. Great job, Jesse!

11-18-2007, 02:12 AM
Two in a row! :banana:

11-19-2007, 04:15 PM
and it got him 56 more ranking spots to #192! :banana:

11-19-2007, 08:26 PM
Before this summer, all the talk was about Querrey being our only good young player. Now it looks like we have four bona fide up-and-comers: Querrey, Young, Isner, and Levine. Then there's Odesnik, Kuznetsov, Sweeting, and McClune, plus a few juniors who show much promise (e.g. Rhyne Williams). And I suppose there's a chance that Baker will bounce back.

11-19-2007, 09:11 PM

11-20-2007, 01:37 AM

Tebbutt: Levine could be a Canadian contender

Tom Tebbutt, November 18, 2007 at 6:17 PM EST

Tennis Canada is surely more aware than ever that Jesse Levine could potentially be a future player on its Davis Cup team.

Born and raised in Ottawa until he was 13 when he moved with his family to Boca Raton, Fla., Levine has duel citizenship and could elect to play for Canada.

A crafty lefthander who turned pro in the spring of 2007 following his freshman year at the University of Florida after posting a 24-1 record in singles, Levine is 20 years old.

Back-to-back victories the past two weeks at Challenger events in the United States have helped elevate his ranking from No. 506 at the beginning of the year to No. 196.

Although he officially represents the United States for tennis purposes, currently he would be the second highest ranked Canadian behind No. 74 Frank Dancevic of Niagara Falls, Ont.

Two weeks ago, Levine defeated his sometimes doubles partner Alex Kuznetsov of the United States 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 (5) to win the $75,000 (U.S.) Challenger in Nashville, Tennessee.

This past weekend he capped another successful tournament, winning the $50,000 (U.S.) Challenger in Champaign, Illinois, with a 7-6 (4), 7-6 (4) victory over promising 18-year-old American Donald Young.

He also has recent wins over Americans Robert Kendrick, Sam Warburg and John Isner, the 6-foot-9 power-server who reached the third round of this year’s U.S. Open, taking a set from Roger Federer.

Levine received some publicity this past summer when he went to Dubai to serve as a hitting partner for Federer as he trained in preparation for the North American hard-court season.

Stat-of-the-week: Difference in height between the 5-foot-9 Levine, and Isner, whom he beat 7-5 (3), 6-3 in the semi-finals in Champaign – one foot.

11-20-2007, 02:17 AM
I was wondering if this would come up. It would make sense for him to play for Canada in some ways, he would definitely get to play Davis Cup for them, but I think he'll stay with the US.

11-20-2007, 05:18 AM

Tebbutt: Levine could be a Canadian contender

Tom Tebbutt, November 18, 2007 at 6:17 PM EST

Tennis Canada is surely more aware than ever that Jesse Levine could potentially be a future player on its Davis Cup team.

Born and raised in Ottawa until he was 13 when he moved with his family to Boca Raton, Fla., Levine has duel citizenship and could elect to play for Canada.

A crafty lefthander who turned pro in the spring of 2007 following his freshman year at the University of Florida after posting a 24-1 record in singles, Levine is 20 years old.

Back-to-back victories the past two weeks at Challenger events in the United States have helped elevate his ranking from No. 506 at the beginning of the year to No. 196.

Although he officially represents the United States for tennis purposes, currently he would be the second highest ranked Canadian behind No. 74 Frank Dancevic of Niagara Falls, Ont.

Two weeks ago, Levine defeated his sometimes doubles partner Alex Kuznetsov of the United States 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 (5) to win the $75,000 (U.S.) Challenger in Nashville, Tennessee.

This past weekend he capped another successful tournament, winning the $50,000 (U.S.) Challenger in Champaign, Illinois, with a 7-6 (4), 7-6 (4) victory over promising 18-year-old American Donald Young.

He also has recent wins over Americans Robert Kendrick, Sam Warburg and John Isner, the 6-foot-9 power-server who reached the third round of this year’s U.S. Open, taking a set from Roger Federer.

Levine received some publicity this past summer when he went to Dubai to serve as a hitting partner for Federer as he trained in preparation for the North American hard-court season.

Stat-of-the-week: Difference in height between the 5-foot-9 Levine, and Isner, whom he beat 7-5 (3), 6-3 in the semi-finals in Champaign – one foot.

He's merely mentioning the possibility. There's no indication that Levine is considering switching his allegiance.

While Levine would certainly play Davis Cup for Canada, he also has a good chance of playing for the U.S. eventually. Blake and the Bryan brothers are getting up there. Roddick is five years older than him. It's hardly hopeless that he'll play for the U.S.

Besides, there's a reason why he's representing the U.S., is there not? Why would he change his mind now? It's not like Canada has all of a sudden became thin in talent or that we've become deeper (while we have some other young talent, it's not like they're all locks to be Davis Cup stalwarts). Levine has lived here since he was 13 and presumably intends to continue living here, he's received support from the USTA, he will continue to receive support from the USTA (e.g. wild cards into ATP events), and he's much more marketable as an American. I don't see it happening.

11-21-2007, 07:17 PM
This guy is on fire

11-21-2007, 07:19 PM
Before this summer, all the talk was about Querrey being our only good young player. Now it looks like we have four bona fide up-and-comers: Querrey, Young, Isner, and Levine. Then there's Odesnik, Kuznetsov, Sweeting, and McClune, plus a few juniors who show much promise (e.g. Rhyne Williams). And I suppose there's a chance that Baker will bounce back.

I like this four
Querrey, Young, Isner, and Levine

Sam will make it to Top 20 next year, hopefully happen soon

Donald will make it to Top 50 at least before US OPEN of 08

John will make it to Top 50 too, any time of 08

Levine is easy to make it to TOp 100 next year, hopefully Top 75

11-22-2007, 07:48 PM
Jesse's on an amazing run, now he's in the semis in Knoxville. Wonder if the USTA would consider giving him the USTA AO Wildcard as a show of good faith, I bet that'd go a long way to make him stay playing with the US and he's probably the most deserving one anyway, given his recent form

11-22-2007, 08:15 PM
Jesse's on an amazing run, now he's in the semis in Knoxville. Wonder if the USTA would consider giving him the USTA AO Wildcard as a show of good faith, I bet that'd go a long way to make him stay playing with the US and he's probably the most deserving one anyway, given his recent form

With Young and Isner getting in directly, the only other candidate is Ginepri. I think Levine will get it due to his age and recent performance.

11-22-2007, 09:22 PM
Is Isner a lock? He lost today in the quarters. If so, yes I totally agree. If not, even Jesse is doing a lot better than Isner recently (who lost to Kim 2 and 2 today...)

hopefully Jesse can keep this form up, he'll be in the top 100 in no time!

11-22-2007, 11:30 PM
All else held constant, the 13 additional points from this week would put him at #104. He may drop below that, but chances are he won't need more than a few withdrawals to get in.

Levine should get the WC. But I suppose there's a chance they go with the more "proven" player in Ginepri.

11-25-2007, 07:37 PM
Ginepri and Delic both need to do the work and earn their way back. These arent injuries or anything else, just brain farts that have caused their rankings drop. Jesse should get the wildcard (in my opinion).

11-29-2007, 02:34 PM
I think Ginepri will probably end up getting the wildcard, but I hope that Jesse at least tries to qualify for the AO if doesn't get the USTA wildcard.

Chaos Inc.
11-29-2007, 07:01 PM
Ginepri and Delic both need to do the work and earn their way back. These arent injuries or anything else, just brain farts that have caused their rankings drop. Jesse should get the wildcard (in my opinion).


12-12-2007, 09:48 PM
No wild card for Ginepri. The winner of a four player round robin competition will receive the wild card. The four players: Isner, Levine, Odesnik, and Kuznetsov. It will be held Dec. 18-20.

It still seems likely to me that Inser will get in directly. He only needs two players to withdraw. If Isner wins the competition and then gets in directly, I guess the second place finisher will get the wild card.

12-19-2007, 06:39 PM
Nice to see him doing so well, he seems like a good kid. He and Berankis (Fed's other hitting partner during the Dubai trip) have been tearing up a storm lately. Levine's been winning challengers left and right while Berankis did a late season surge to get the #1 junior ranking. That must make Papa Fed feel proud.

It's a shame that he's so short though, he's only 5'8! I'd hate to see him put at a disadvantage because of his height.

12-20-2007, 10:02 PM
Jesse won the AO wildcard playoff, defeating Odesnik and Kuznetsov in his matches. :)

12-20-2007, 11:08 PM
YAY Jesse!! Excellent news. Hope he makes great use of it.

12-21-2007, 09:07 PM
Apparently it was just a 3-player round robin. Isner didn't participate. Here's the link:,0,7617172.story

The Levine-Odesnik score was 6-4, 6-0. It doesn't sound like Levine has cooled off a bit. He could be a dangerous early round opponent for someone.

The article says that he's going to try to qualify for Adelaide and Sydney.

12-21-2007, 10:08 PM
Interesting, because the USTA site says it was 4 players, including Isner

But then they only give the scores for 2 matches??? what a half-assed event :o

12-21-2007, 10:11 PM
The reporting is half-assed anyway.

12-21-2007, 10:15 PM
Indeed :lol: and everything points to it being thrown together very last minute. I mean I think the playoff is a great idea but if no one even knows how many players were even playing...... yikes :lol:

Regardless, good for Jesse!

12-22-2007, 12:03 AM
Jesse only mentioned 3 in his message, he never mentioned Isner.

Glad to hear that he is going to make a full trip to Aus, it will be good for him. :)

12-30-2007, 02:37 AM
Filip Prpic d. Levine 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 in the first round of qualifying in Adelaide. That's pretty surprising the way he's been playing.

01-06-2008, 07:38 PM
after a bye and a straight-set-win over Lopez Jaen he will play Massu in the final qualifying round to make the Main Draw in Auckland

01-06-2008, 11:39 PM
He lost to Massu in straights :(

01-07-2008, 05:41 AM
he had all chances until 4:4 in the 1st set, then he began to struggle :(

but at least a better result than last week
some more improvement during this week and Melbourne can come, hopefully no seeded player in round 1

01-08-2008, 06:11 AM
Levine replaces Ancic as a lucky loser and plays Ferrero in the first round. Good luck to him!!!

01-11-2008, 05:43 PM
he lost again, but it's probably also a bit of bad luck as Massu moved into the quarters as a qualifier, where Ferrero beat him on his way to the final vs. Kohlschreiber

however, Levine got a pretty good draw in Melbourne, Vassalo Arguello is a guy who he can beat on hard court
and 2nd round against Nieminen (or Dancevic) isn't impossible too

01-12-2008, 12:44 PM
Good luck to Jesse against Vassallo Arguello. That is definately a winnable match for him.

01-14-2008, 01:30 AM
Jesse won in straights. Very impressive. AND ESPN is going to have him in the studio!

01-14-2008, 02:42 AM
Jesse! So very pleased for him. :)

01-14-2008, 03:14 AM
Jesse, just do it!!!
Next is Niemenen?

01-14-2008, 03:38 AM
Congrats Jesse! :yeah:

It was nice to see him on ESPN.

01-14-2008, 05:33 AM
well done

unfortunately I couldn't see him, but twice 6-1 looks really promising

01-14-2008, 05:25 PM
According to ESPN, PMac has asked him to come to Austria with the DC Team in February :D

01-14-2008, 05:26 PM
According to ESPN, PMac has asked him to come to Austria with the DC Team in February :D

Great experience for him :yeah:
Jarkko will be a hard match.

01-16-2008, 01:44 AM
Levine lost 2-6, 5-7, 6-7. He served for both the second and third sets. That's a terrible way to lose.

He got screwed on a couple of calls in his last service game and the tiebreaker in the third set. One of them was a chair overrule, which was a disgustingly bad call.

BTW, Levine and Nieminen are virtually identical players. If you haven't seen Levine, just picture a younger Nieminen.

01-16-2008, 01:57 AM
I noticed that too, SHB, that they played quite similarly. I loved to see how much Jesse went into net, great sign for a young player. He was quite overwhelmed at the beginning of the match, I think, and he could barely keep the ball in play. As for not being able to serve out the 2nd and 3rd sets, that could haunt him for a little while....

01-16-2008, 02:00 AM
Yeah, I love his willingness to come into net (the same with Donald Young). He definitely needs to work on the unforced errors, though.

01-16-2008, 03:58 AM
He definitely got screwed on a lot of calls. That one overrule in the tiebreak was just completely ridiculous.

Oh well, still a great tournament and experience for him. :yeah:

01-16-2008, 06:29 AM
Here's an article on Levine from the Montreal Gazette:

It discusses his decision to play for the U.S, which was discussed here a while back. He doesn't completely slam the door on playing for Canada in the future, but it sounds pretty unlikely. "I'm not Canadian. I hate when people say I'm Canadian. I play for the U.S.," he said.

It's funny he says that because the commentator during his match at the U.S. Open kept referring to him as Canadian. It was probably an honest mistake, but I get the impression that some fans and members of the media think of foreign-born players as being less American.

BTW, the author of the article said that Levine can represent the U.S. because his dad is American. Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't that irrelevant to whether he can represent the U.S.? All you have to be is a citizen, right? I know that foreign-born Americans like Nikita Kryvonos and Alex Kuznetsov have been Davis Cup practice partners, and I don't think their parents are American-born.

01-16-2008, 03:22 PM
BTW, the author of the article said that Levine can represent the U.S. because his dad is American. Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't that irrelevant to whether he can represent the U.S.? All you have to be is a citizen, right? I know that foreign-born Americans like Nikita Kryvonos and Alex Kuznetsov have been Davis Cup practice partners, and I don't think their parents are American-born.I think you're right - sounds like shoddy reporting. Amer Delic plays for the US and he didn't even move here til he was about 13. The womens doubles player Huber just became a citizen and now plays under the US Flag and she can play Fed Cup. Same for Monica Seles. I don't think his parentage has anything to do with it - except that it may have made it easier to become a citizen or something like that, I'm not sure.

Thanks for the article!

01-16-2008, 07:12 PM
Perhaps the US and the ATP have different standards for recognizing which country you play for. I would bet that the USTA wants you to have a passport and some amount of residency before they start throwing money and whatever other benefits at you. Ryan Sweeting had dual citizenship if I remember correctly, and was attending a US university when the USTA convinced him to switch sides. I do wonder about this, though, but I'm not sure where to find the answer. I'll peruse the rulebook later on today if I think about it.

As for Jesse, he does have dual passports right? Perhaps he considers himself a Canadian born American, like John McEnroe (and my sister in law) are German born Americans. ;)

02-08-2008, 09:09 PM
Jesse got a main draw wildcard for the Delray Beach tournament:

02-09-2008, 12:46 AM

02-09-2008, 12:24 PM
he played really well here last year, when this was held as a Round Robin event

hopefully he'll do it again, this is one of many chances to improve his ranking considerably as he has to defend no more than five points (Newport) until the end of September

02-10-2008, 04:07 PM
Yay! I like Jesse, he was really sweet today. :)

And unlike some people, did not fly home today even though he's playing next week.

02-10-2008, 06:54 PM
He's still there? Well, that's going to make his week in Delray interesting. I thought he left yesterday.

02-12-2008, 04:48 PM
Muller 7-5 7-6

terrible serving by Jesse in the 2nd set tiebeak, 5-3 minibreaks for Gilles in it

02-12-2008, 07:12 PM

02-13-2008, 12:18 AM
Considering Muller hadn't won an ATP-level match in months, I'd consider it a pretty bad loss. Ah well, he'll have to learn how to win the close ones and he'll have to get used to dealing with the jetlag from Davis Cup

02-19-2008, 02:42 AM
Nice win against Steve Darcis for Jesse tonight in San Jose :D

02-19-2008, 05:54 AM
well done Jesse

Darcis is not bad these days

02-23-2008, 11:56 AM
he lost to Blake, but was not bad :)

no wildcard for him in Memphis

he will play his 1st quali match against Kunitsyn today

02-23-2008, 03:53 PM
I think getting through qualifying sometimes will be good for him :)

02-23-2008, 11:06 PM
Jesse won 6-3 7-6 and will play Sam Warburg, who defeated Mirnyi, in the final qualifying round

02-23-2008, 11:08 PM
nice win! Good luck Jesse :)

02-24-2008, 05:52 PM
Jesse won 7-6 6-1 :)

he served pretty well, hit 8 aces and made even 74 % on 2nd serve

Warburg was absolutely lost when he didn't get his 1st in, winning 4/16 only

the only critical situation was when Warburg had one setpoint at *5-6

Jesse will play Roddick, Fish, Stepanek or Söderling now, difficult task, but if he can play the way he did today, he'll have a chance

(apart from that it's not unlikely that Stepanek or Söderling could withdraw due to their finals this week)

02-24-2008, 06:23 PM
Bah, no matter who he draws it sucks, but i really hope it's not andy or mardy :( but good on him for qualifying :yeah:

02-24-2008, 07:00 PM
Yay Jesse! :yippee:

02-26-2008, 08:21 PM
Stepanek too good:o

03-13-2008, 12:08 PM
is this guy any good can he take on wawrinka?

03-13-2008, 03:40 PM
I think he is good. Whether he'll beat Wawrinka I dunno, I'm bummed the match is today b/c I'm heading out there for tennis tomorrow and was hoping to see it :awww:

03-14-2008, 01:36 PM
damn that was close:(

03-14-2008, 02:42 PM
oh nice effort!

03-25-2008, 04:36 PM
sucky draw as Wawrinka was in really good shap as we know now:o

Levine - Del Potro

Del Potro hasn't played for a while, Jesse should have a chance here

04-23-2008, 07:32 PM
1st round losses, withdrawals

things could go better theses days:o

05-04-2008, 09:22 AM
and it stays that way

he missed the RG-wildcard by losing the decisive match against Odesnik in straight sets (at least he beat Warburg before)

and he withdrew from Tunica Resorts this week:(

05-13-2008, 06:26 PM
Jesse Levine def Carsten Ball 6-2 6-2

really good result, although Ball could have been tired from his great last week

LL Michael Yani in R2

05-14-2008, 05:44 PM
Fin. M. Yani 3 2

J. Levine 6 6

good, he seems to have found his rhythm again

Puerta (or Estrella) in the quarters

05-14-2008, 08:05 PM
:yeah: keep it up Jesse!

05-15-2008, 03:50 PM
Levine stepping up at Hurricane Open

Jesse Levine stopped listening to the murmurs long ago.

He has turned a deaf ear to the folks who told him he had no chance when he was 16, a great chance when he was 18, and the others who told him he was too small to play tennis.

"I just do what I can and give it 100 percent every time," Levine said, "and just see what happens."

Things are happening for the 20-year-old Levine at the Hurricane Tennis Open at the El Conquistador Racquet Club, where he scored another victory Wednesday to move into the $50,000 tournament's round of eight.

"There's guys out there who are smaller than I am," said the 5-foot-9, 150-pounder. "You have to compensate for things - you have to be able to take the ball early instead of trying to muscle with these guys that are stronger than you.

"I'm not going to lie - I'm not one of the biggest guys, but I think I'm pretty fast, and I get to a lot of balls. And I move well."

Levine moved well enough to dispatch of Michael Yani 6-2, 6-3 in quarterfinal action Wednesday, pushing the third seed one step closer to reaching the finals.

"I think I played really well," he said. "I felt really solid, I made a lot of returns and made him earn every point."

He did it with speed and smarts - the sort of tools the Canadian native has utilized his entire career.

That's how he defeated 6-9 John Isner in 2007, back when Levine was a freshman at Florida and Isner was a senior at Georgia. Isner was the No. 1 college player at the time and didn't lose another regular season match that year.

The left-handed swinging Levine, who has worked at the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy served as a practice partner with the U.S. Davis Cup team in early February at the request of captain Patrick McEnroe. He hit with guys such as Andy Roddick, James Blake and Bob and Mike Bryan.

But Levine is focused on the present, which is looking good - especially since he has won all three of his matches at The Hurricane Open in straight sets.

"I'm happy to get out there and straight sets and get off - not too long of a match," he said, "to stay fresh in the tournament."

Prior to turning pro, Levine spent one year as a Gator, going 24-1 at No. 1 singles. A couple of his friends from Florida were part of his cheering section Wednesday.

"It was a great year. It was a lot of fun," he said. "College is a great place - especially the University of Florida. I still keep in touch with all the guys there. . . . I go see home matches when I come."

05-15-2008, 11:25 PM
Levine d. Puerta 62 64:worship:

SF against Santiago Gonzalez (MEX)

05-15-2008, 11:26 PM
Levine stepping up at Hurricane Open

nice article:)

too small for tennis? wtf? no way if Ollie Rochus can make the top30..

05-16-2008, 08:14 PM
Jesse wins 6-1 6-1
took him less than an hour:worship:

final versus Kendrick

05-17-2008, 08:17 PM
Jesse won 6-4 5-7 7-6(5)

strong nerves of this young person

05-17-2008, 08:24 PM
ahhh, fantastic :D

05-17-2008, 11:14 PM
didn't saw this coming at all, great tourney:worship:

he will enter top150 for the 1st time in his career on Monday :)

05-17-2008, 11:16 PM
Yeah, I counted he'll be around 143th place :eek: because he didn't have points to defend from last year this time...

05-17-2008, 11:41 PM
he has practically nothing to defend until September/October and I hope he will be given some wildcards for the US Open Series events;
this week (actually he had 0 entry ranking points on clay before this week) was a step into the right direction

the following months are really a huge chance for him, hope he can make the best out of it

05-17-2008, 11:51 PM
I would expect he'll receive some WCs here and there in the US for sure:)

05-18-2008, 12:54 AM
Very nice. He needed this. I was expecting more of this early in the season.

05-20-2008, 04:49 PM
he lost 1st qualifying match in Paris to Ulihrach 4-6 6-1 1-6 :(

05-20-2008, 04:54 PM
not a good loss at all, considering Ulihrach is old and seems to barely play. maybe he'll come back and play in the 2 HC challengers coming up in california...

05-20-2008, 07:24 PM
Bummer about the loss, especially since his draw had gotton a lot easier with Rochus losing. He's scheduled to play in Izmir, Turkey next week on hardcourt.

05-20-2008, 07:36 PM
Turkey, interesting :lol: Guess it's a shorter trip than back to California

05-23-2008, 09:15 PM
He has arrived today to the city with his coach and Kuznetsov.

05-24-2008, 04:12 PM
I don't expect too much from him there as it's not USA.:o

05-24-2008, 04:36 PM
He wasn't even born in the USA :p

05-24-2008, 08:03 PM
let me extend this to North America:devil:

05-26-2008, 04:19 PM
Fin. J. Levine 6 2

P. Amritraj 7 6


05-27-2008, 10:28 AM
I'll copy here what my site's reporter wrote about Jesse in Izmir :p

Amritraj d. Levine 76 62

I was waiting for this match, and it turned out to be quite a good match. Levine, who is a leftie, is a quick guy around the court and Amritraj is a serve & volley player; and this makes a good contrast for a good match. First set went with serve to the TB, some exciting rallies and amazing net covarage by the Indian. Levine had to hit big returns or amazing passes to win points on the Indian's serve. After the 12 games without break Levine opened a 4-1 lead in the TB, but after that he saw that lead slip away and lost the TB 5-7.

It was close at the start of the 2nd set, but after the break for Indian it went downhill pretty quickly.

Actually, I liked Levine's game, it is good but in this match he didn't produce his best, I felt if he could play one level better he could win this in two, but he just couldn't find that consistency. On the other hand, all credit to Indian, he kept his serve & volley game so consistent,I waited for one poor passage on serve but it never came. Levine was moaning about the some calls to umpire Załoga. Those were tough calls to overrule but I saw both of them clearly wrong decisions.

05-29-2008, 03:38 PM
I really like your site. I don't know another one, which reports so detailed about the challenger circuit :)

06-02-2008, 02:06 PM
Round 1 Fürth Challenger

Levine - Rusevski

06-03-2008, 06:11 PM
Fin. J. Levine 7 3 7

P. Rusevski 5 6 6

very very close, but finally he won it :)

06-03-2008, 06:15 PM
never even heard of that guy... but hopefully pulling out a real nail-biter will be good for him in the long run.

06-04-2008, 03:29 PM
Fin. J. Levine 6 6

J. Jahn 3 4

06-04-2008, 03:30 PM

06-06-2008, 06:14 AM
still unsure if I go to Fürth on Saturday/Sunday or watch the RG-finals at home

Jesse defeating Giraldo could maybe convince me to see him in the SFs:)

06-06-2008, 11:41 AM
he lost in straights to Giraldo:(

QF still a good result for European clay

06-06-2008, 01:08 PM
too bad but yeah, not a bad result. Hopefully he's trying to qualify for Wimbledon next week :scratch:

06-08-2008, 12:22 AM
he is seeded 3rd in Milano Challenger

Round 1
Michael Lammer SUI vs. Jesse Levine USA

06-08-2008, 12:24 AM
interesting choice to attempt another clay CH instead of just going to england and really getting a lot of grass practice time in....

06-09-2008, 07:55 PM
good start :)

Fin. M. Lammer 4 4

J. Levine 6 6

06-09-2008, 08:26 PM

06-11-2008, 08:06 PM
Jean-René Lisnard MON vs. Jesse Levine USA [3] | 6-1 6-2


06-11-2008, 08:46 PM
uh............................ wow............

06-16-2008, 01:27 PM
Wimbledon quali round 1/3

Fin. I. Labadze 2 3

J. Levine 6 6

nice start, Chekhov next

06-16-2008, 01:29 PM
Come on Jesse :D

06-17-2008, 06:12 PM
Pavel Chekhov RUS 3 7 9
Jesse Levine USA (18) 6 6 11

real nailbiter, that 3rd set was not necessary
but nonetheless good that he's through:worship:
against Capdeville or Kudryavtsev for the main draw spot

06-17-2008, 06:13 PM
Very good fight, Jesse and nice match practise on grass.

06-17-2008, 07:02 PM
:yeah: great win:D

06-18-2008, 03:36 AM
He has the Russian Alexandre Kudryavtsev up next. Anyone know anything about him? I recognized the name (I think) but that's about it. He's at his career high and has played fairly well in his last two tournaments according to the ATP site. Additionally, he's played almost exclusively on hard courts this year, so I'm guessing he probably prefers faster courts. Both had tough matches today and both will be playing in the doubles qualifying tomorrow. Hopefully Jesse can pull through in both.

06-18-2008, 06:52 AM
all I know about Kuznetsov is that he's not related to Svetlana and that he played doubles with Jesse at Flushing Meadows last year pretty successfully
and I think he changed citizenship to US

but I cannot believe he's at his career-high, didn't really recognize him during the last tourneys

well, whatever...
win it Jesse:)

06-18-2008, 02:09 PM
Kuznetsov isnt the same person as Kudryavtsev - Kuznetsov is American :p not familiar with Kudryavtsev at all, but Jesse should be in with a good chance anyway!

06-18-2008, 04:29 PM
Kuznetsov isnt the same person as Kudryavtsev

:smash: at me

06-18-2008, 04:36 PM
:lol: :hug:

06-19-2008, 03:36 PM
Wimbledon quali round 3/3

Levine d. Kudryavtsev 64 63 64

blew 3 matchpoints when Kudryavtsev was serving at 3-5 in 3rd set, but finally closed the match with his own serve :)

Main Draw ahead:music:

hopefully he will get some winnable opponent (and none of my other favourites :p ) in round 1

06-19-2008, 03:46 PM
Great!!!! :banana:

06-19-2008, 04:20 PM
Hope he gets Vassallo Arguello again.:lol:;)

06-20-2008, 11:46 AM
26 Ljubicic vs Melzer
Levine vs Young
Bjorkman vs Clement
Becker vs 4 Davydenko

good section I would say
Young is still struggling, while Ljubicic or Melzer are not invincible for sure

we'll see :)

06-20-2008, 03:19 PM
Levine vs Young? Jesus. Good luck jesse!!!!!!!!!!!

06-24-2008, 06:07 AM
today it counts

go Jesse :)

06-24-2008, 05:24 PM
Jesse beat Young :D:D:D

06-24-2008, 06:19 PM
Melzer next.

06-24-2008, 07:27 PM
Jesse beat Young :D:D:D


06-24-2008, 09:16 PM

J. Levine Interview - 24 June

Tuesday, 24 June 2008

Jesse Levine def. Donald Young 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4

Q. Can you kind of go through your match, what happened after the first set, and then the fourth?

JESSE LEVINE: First set I came out to a flying start, was up 3 0, and then I think my body finally realized where it was (laughter). I wasn't really sure where I was, and nerves obviously played a little factor, and he came back and played a very good first set.

And then mentally I knew that there was a long way to go still obviously. It's best out of five. Really took my time and was concentrating on winning that second set. Once I won that second set, I felt like I kind of rolled onto the third, as well, and was really playing well and attacking and coming to the net when I could.

Then fourth set got off to a really good start again and then kind of let him back in. He started making a lot of balls, and I got a little nervous and was either not going for it or going for too much. So I was happy to hold serve to stay in it and then break him and then hold it to close out the match. I was pretty happy with that.

Q. Do you think maybe you started thinking, like, oh, my God, I'm going to win a match here?

JESSE LEVINE: I'm not going to lie, it crossed my mind, but I was trying not to think about that. I wanted to just focus on one point at a time and not worry about the outcome, you know, trying not to focus on that, like wow, I might win a round at Wimbledon. I was trying not to think that.

Q. You said about your body didn't really know where it was at the beginning. Was it when you walked onto the court and everything and you're at Wimbledon? What kind of things went through your mind?

JESSE LEVINE: You know, obviously it was kind of I got a little nervous going out to the court, walking out to the court. You get like shivers on your arms because I was so pumped to go play out there. It's Wimbledon, and this is my first Wimbledon, and I was definitely pumped to go out there.

Like I said, the first three games really I was just out there playing and don't really remember them that well. I came out on fire and was just playing. But luckily my mind settled with my body and I was able to keep it going there at the end.

Q. Is it possible to eat kosher in London?

JESSE LEVINE: I believe so. I believe it is. I think there's plenty of kosher restaurants here somewhere.

Q. You think or you know?


Q. You won't be trying to locate them?:haha:

JESSE LEVINE: I'm going to stick with my routine, Wimbledon Village.

Q. Where have you been dining here?

JESSE LEVINE: Italian, and then a French restaurant actually. I've been going back and forth, so I'll keep that routine going for sure.

Q. How do you think you match up with Melzer just from what you've seen of him?

JESSE LEVINE: Obviously another lefty. He has a very, very good serve, and I know for a fact he likes to really throw in the drop shot. I don't know how much on grass, but I've seen him play on clay when I was a hitting partner at Davis Cup. I watched him play Andy, and he definitely disguises that drop shot really well.

You know, he's very solid from the back. I think I'm not going to be able to wait and stay back with him. I'm going to try and attack it like my game plan was today and to try and keep it going like that.

Q. Is Wimbledon what you had envisioned? I mean, you probably think in your mind as a kid about playing here, first match and all that. Did it live up to your expectations?

JESSE LEVINE: Definitely. Obviously as a kid you dream of playing on stadium, so that's the next step is trying to get on stadium. I've played here before in juniors. Obviously it's not quite the same, but it's the same atmosphere and everything like that, so it wasn't completely new. But best out of five at Wimbledon, it's obviously a great experience.

Q. Where is Michael Shabaz now?

JESSE LEVINE: Michael Shabaz actually texted me before my match today.

Q. Did he?

JESSE LEVINE: He is at the University of Virginia, and he's doing great and playing well, and hopefully he can come out here and play and we can get back to playing some doubles again.

Q. They let Americans play at the University of Virginia?

JESSE LEVINE: Yeah, I mean, it was close to home, so he's kind of an in state kid. So obviously it's easier for him. But he's a great guy, we keep in touch all the time.

Q. What he did he say in the text?

JESSE LEVINE: He said, "Hey, man, great luck, sweet memories at Wimbledon, keep it going."

Q. Were you happy for your experience at college, as brief as it might have been?

JESSE LEVINE: Definitely. College was an amazing experience. I turned on my phone after the match, and I'm in the locker room, and it was going like crazy and they were all people from University of Florida texting me, congrats, congrats, I wish I could be there. It's always a great feeling to get texts from all the people that are following you. It just shows that they care, and it's always nice.

Q. Do you think more players should consider at least a stint in college, maybe from a socialization

JESSE LEVINE: If you want the social life, then definitely. As far as tennis, you really have to choose your school wisely. I feel like University of Florida was the best fit for me. Coach Jackson and Coach Bayon are two of the best coaches in the country, and they know what it takes to take a player to the next level. I still keep in touch with them all the time. Coach Jackson, I had a pass waiting for him, but unfortunately he couldn't make it out, so he's not recruiting here this year but maybe later.

Q. Your parents aren't here, are they?


Q. What would it take for them to come here?

JESSE LEVINE: I'll tell you, after I qualified, my dad was on a flight, booked a flight, had it ready to go, had it on hold, and I got a call later that night. He said, "Jesse I can't come. I don't want to ruin your routine. I'm too superstitious. If I come there" I said, "Dad, it's going to be okay, I promise." He's like, "No, no, I can't do it." Obviously he's going to miss work and everything like that. But I think one or two more rounds, he's here (laughter).

Q. What about your mother?

JESSE LEVINE: She's there taking care of my brother. I don't think she's obviously she's eager to come, but my dad was the one that was really the superstitious one. I don't think he'd want her to go, and he would be upset if she came and he didn't go, so who knows, maybe they're all coming together.

Q. Did you talk to them?

JESSE LEVINE: Yeah, I talked to them. My mom was screaming as soon as I called her on the phone.

Q. What does your dad do?

JESSE LEVINE: My dad is in the insurance business.

06-25-2008, 03:47 AM
Thanks for the interview Deb. I haven't seen many of his interviews before, but he seems like a really nice kid.

06-25-2008, 03:50 AM
You're welcome! Me neither, that's why I was so excited the wimby site had it up. Definitely seems like he has a good head on his shoulders. Andy had some good things to say about him today too:

Q. Do you know Jesse Levine pretty well? He won today. What would you say about his game?

ANDY RODDICK: He actually went to my high school. You know, he's a worker, which is refreshing, you know, especially from the young Americans. You know, he gets out there. He traveled to Dubai to hit with Roger for 15 days.

Every time I've asked him to hit, it's almost like he wants to learn. He wants to be a really good player. He's not just content to be kind of traveling around and doing that. You know, you can't really put, you know, a price on that. You can't really teach that. That's just something that's there. That's probably the most impressive thing about him.

06-26-2008, 09:21 AM
good luck Jesse today

make third round :rocker:

06-26-2008, 12:42 PM
Jesse just took 3rd set.:D

One more for 3rd round.

06-26-2008, 01:50 PM
Jesse lost in the fifth :( unfortunate, but Melzer is very good on grass and it was Jesse's first 5-setter, so hopefully he can learn from it and do better next time :)

07-06-2008, 06:50 PM
he will kick Isner's ass in Newport:cool:

07-06-2008, 09:34 PM two favorite players in Newport have to square off against eachother in round 1...ew. That said, I think Jesse will win and make it to the quarters.

07-08-2008, 07:39 PM
Yeah, sucky draw.... and unfortunately Jesse just doublefaulted twice in a row to lose the first set:o

07-08-2008, 09:15 PM
During the match the scoreboard said that Isner won 6-3, 6-1, but now it says that Levine won by the same score.

07-08-2008, 10:47 PM
Jesse :worship:

hopefully they will not alter it again:rolleyes:

07-08-2008, 10:53 PM
:eek: wow....the drawsheet has Jesse's name moving forward too. Surprising scoreline assuming it's true, but what a mistake by the ATP yet again.

07-09-2008, 08:30 PM
Fin. P. Amritraj 7 6

J. Levine 5 3


07-10-2008, 04:02 AM
Jesse had a terrible time holding, he faced BPs in nearly every game. Too bad :(

07-12-2008, 03:38 PM
Does anyone have any pics of Jesse from Newport?
What racket does he use?

07-12-2008, 03:45 PM
He uses a Wilson frame, not sure what model ledon_tennis_xwim116.jpg

07-13-2008, 12:40 AM
Cool thanks for the pic.
Does any have pics from Newport?

07-14-2008, 10:04 AM
Round 1 Indianapolis versus Haas

go Jesse :)

07-15-2008, 09:55 PM
damn, he's struggling so badly when he doesn't get his 1st in:(

close 1st set, but now it seems Haas cracked him

07-19-2008, 06:12 PM
Quali Rogers Masters

25 BECKER, Benjamin GER vs 26 BRITTON, Devin USA
27 JUN, Woong-Sun KOR vs 28 LEVINE, Jesse USA

quite challenging, Jun has played well recently and Becker is not at his best, but always a threat in North American Hard Court events

go Jesse

07-19-2008, 06:24 PM
Jesse won the first set 6-1

edit: Jesse won after breaking at 4-3 in the third when Jun retired. There was a long break at 4-3 and I guess he came out and played one game and lost serve and retired. Good for Jesse to make it through I guess.

07-20-2008, 12:26 AM
yes well done

so he will play Becker for the Main Draw spot
I hope he makes it :)

07-21-2008, 09:17 PM
He won 7-6 in the third (8-6 points)..... what a win :bowdown:

07-21-2008, 11:30 PM
Wow of all the qualifiers Jesse got probably the best spot in the main draw. Baghdatis (I think) withdrew before qualifiers were placed and Jesse ended up there, which means he'll play Polansky. Nadal would be next, though.

07-22-2008, 03:44 AM
I think Polansky has a bright future ahead of him in the long term. However, right nowJesse should be better and win it :)

07-22-2008, 06:56 PM
straight sets victory for Mr. Levine:D

Nadal next :unsure:

07-22-2008, 07:31 PM
nice win, ttc showed bits of it and i liked what i was seeing. I will say that I fear for Jesse's potential future b/c he seems to not really have a weapon, but when he gets the lefty spin going on his FH it can be very effective. Good luck against Nadal hopefully he will just give it his best that's all anyone can ask. He was born in what, Ottawa, so maybe he can have some friends/family there to support him :lol:

07-23-2008, 09:14 PM
Jesse has come out on FIRE against Rafa, winning 12 points in a row and he has a 4-1 lead... I expect Rafa will settle down and come back but a great sign from Jesse that he could come out playing so well and so aggressively and i really hope he will take a lot of confidence and motivation from it no matter what

07-23-2008, 09:25 PM
awesome, what a start :worship:

07-23-2008, 09:31 PM
he had some BPs for a 5-1 lead but didn't convert and then some game points for a 5-2 lead and ended up DFing the break away unfortunately :(

07-23-2008, 10:23 PM
Here was jesse's presser after his win yesterday. he's fighting hard against Nadal and just not really performing his best on the big points.... still i hope he is encouraged by it :awww:



July 22, 2008

Jesse Levine


J. LEVINE/P. Polansky
6-2, 6-4

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Can we just joke around a bit?

Q. So is Nadal dead meat tomorrow?
JESSE LEVINE: Hopefully.

Q. What would be the plan in making him dead meat?
JESSE LEVINE: I'm not sure about that one right now. Going to have to go and talk it over with the coach and see what he's got in mind and see what I can pull out of my shorts tomorrow.

Q. Must be kind of fun in away to play against somebody that good.
JESSE LEVINE: Obviously I'm looking forward to playing on the stadium court against Rafael Nadal. He's the No. 2 player in the world and a great player. I always watch him on TV, so it's going to be kind of good to play him on stadium tomorrow.
Looking forward to it.

Q. What made the difference today?
JESSE LEVINE: I think I came out with a little bit more firepower at the beginning. I got off to a really good start.
Peter definitely stepped it up. In the second set he had me on the ropes a little bit. Could have gone either way there at the end. Just came up with a couple big shots and got him on the run and was happy to get through.

Q. Wasn't too tough coming back after such a difficult match yesterday?
JESSE LEVINE: Obviously yesterday I was a little bit tired after the match. Mentally it was tough because it was so close. But I just kind of tried to think about it as a confidence boost and not think about it.
Physically I was fine this morning when I woke up. I hydrated well last night. Had a nice good meal, so I was ready to go.

Q. Talk a little bit about your level of play when you were 12, 13, or whenever you left, and what the United States experience, particularly in Boca Raton, what that did for your game?
JESSE LEVINE: I first moved when I was 13 and went to the Chris Evert Academy. That was a great start for me.
But I really didn't take tennis so seriously about until I was 14, 15. I was playing high school basketball, baseball, soccer for my school team in the State. I decided to try and take tennis because I was too short for basketball and not good enough for soccer.
It was definitely a good steppingstone there at Chris Evert's. I kind of grew out of the situation. I moved over to Bollettieri Academy in Bradenton, which is where I'm based out of now, and the USTA is in Boca.

Q. I gather from friends of mine in Ottawa that you return regularly so you've maintained contact with your school friends?
JESSE LEVINE: Definitely. I keep in contact with all my friends from Ottawa. Today a couple of them were in the crowd there today trying to roar over the Peter fans, but I don't think that was working.

Q. Your game plan for tomorrow against Rafa?
JESSE LEVINE: I haven't talked about it with coach yet.

Q. Do you retain both citizenships?
JESSE LEVINE: I did, but now I travel with an American passport. I could definitely get a Canadian passport if it was needed. I was born in Ottawa, so I don't think that would be a problem.

Q. Anything could happen tonight, but if Djokovic wins then you'll be the only Canadian-born player left in the tournament. Any satisfaction about that?
JESSE LEVINE: I haven't really thought about that. Maybe then I can get those fans cheering for me. I don't know. That would be nice to get them behind me.
Definitely I think helped Peter out a lot today. Getting fans behind you is a big thing. They always get behind Frank when Frank goes out there.
I watched his match last night. Obviously I'm playing doubles with him and we're good friends. It's definitely good to see the crowd get behind them, and hopefully I can get a little bit of that behind me when I play Rafa.

Q. Have you had a match against a guy sort of this good or close to this good that you'll be able to use as a helpful point in getting ready?
JESSE LEVINE: I played Davydenko as my first professional match to the US Open, and then just last week I played Tom Haas. But Tommy I train with all the time in Bradenton so we're kind of good friends. That was a little bit different.
Davydenko was definitely rough. That was over a year ago and my first match coming out of college. I think I've come a long way since then, and hopefully I can put up a good fight tomorrow.

Q. Is there any advantage to being a left hander playing a left hander?
JESSE LEVINE: I'm going to try and stay away from that forehand, that's for sure.

07-24-2008, 04:47 AM
Cool, he's going places.

Is it pronounced Le-veen (which they've been saying) or Le-vine?

07-24-2008, 05:19 AM
I believe it's Le-Veen... I know an awful lot of American Jews named Levine and they ALL pronounce it Leveen, do they pronounce it differently down under? :)

07-24-2008, 08:27 AM
I'm sure it's veen but in my head I was thinking vine before I saw him play 1R Toronto and the commentators were saying it veen. :)

Anyway I like Jesse, he's leftie and similar height to me so to be frank I think he may have copied my game.

07-24-2008, 03:25 PM
oh haha gotcha :) I didn't know if the pronunciation was normally different down there :)

lefty! :worship: his game is very nice so if he indeed copy yours, you must be pretty good! ;) :yeah:

07-24-2008, 03:54 PM
at first I thought as well, he's pronounced like "divine" ;)

well, he lost his doubles (partnering Dancevic) match 3-6 5-7 versus Hanley/Kerr

07-28-2008, 01:21 AM
Has Goochi first round Cinci, it's a good matchup for Jesse.

07-28-2008, 08:17 PM
by qualifying for TMS Canada and beating Polansky Jesse climbed the rankings to a career-high of 108:D

he still has several good challenger results to defend this year, but absolutely nothing until end of September

hopefully he will reach some good results until then, so he can play without pressure :)

07-28-2008, 08:24 PM
fantastic, getting into the top 100 will be huge to get direct entry to slams next year. then maybe he gets a good draw or two and anything can happen:D

07-29-2008, 06:10 PM
Jesse lost to Guccione today in straights....very disappointing that he couldn't even hold on for a tiebreak - he got broken late in each set. he had chances but guccione served huge and the surface is so fast, but too many bad mistakes from jesse. like a different player from the one that pushed rafa so hard. Really disappointing. Maybe he prefers slightly slower surfaces or something. He hit a few DFs and also he didn't do enough on Guccione's 2nd serve at all. Really unfortunate.

08-11-2008, 01:22 AM
in Washington R1 versus LA-champion Del Potro

bad luck unless JMDP withdraws or is really tired probably

08-16-2008, 07:46 AM
not the case unfortunately, Del Potro still rolling

New Haven quali

Jesse Levine USA [2] vs. Patrick Frandji USA [WC]
Nikita Kryvonos USA vs. Michal Przysiezny POL
Alex Bogomolov Jr. USA vs. Arthur Beavis USA [WC]
William Boe-Wiegaard USA [WC] vs. Alberto Francis USA [5]

08-17-2008, 02:33 AM
Fin. J. Levine 6 6

P. Frandji 0 1

Fin. J. Levine 6 6

M. Przysiezny 1 3

looks good so far
Bogomolov for the Main-Draw-spot

08-17-2008, 08:30 PM
Jesse lost to Bogomolov 6-4 7-6(1). However, he's first in line for a lucky loser spot and my guess is that Del Potro's participation is unlikely.

08-19-2008, 12:44 AM
so del Potro withdrew as expected and Levine will take his spot?

if he does so, he will play Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in 2nd round..

08-19-2008, 03:15 AM
so del Potro withdrew as expected and Levine will take his spot?

if he does so, he will play Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in 2nd round..

Yep. Gotta love when losing in qualifying gets you into the second round :D

08-19-2008, 01:16 PM
Yep. Gotta love when losing in qualifying gets you into the second round :D

hopefully he can defeat GGL
losing would mean zero points for a first-round loss as well

08-19-2008, 02:47 PM
come on Jesse :awww:

08-19-2008, 06:25 PM

08-19-2008, 09:50 PM
:banana: weird start to the 2nd set after the bagel but he closed it off nicely. Great:D

08-19-2008, 11:53 PM
Darcis in R16 will be tough
Jesse better hope for heat as the Belgian is usually the more struggling the higher the temperature is
and considerably less than today's 7 DFs would help as well

go Jesse :)

08-20-2008, 12:08 PM
Well done Jesse :)
And it was smart decision to lose to Bogomolov as Bogomolov was already out after 1st round, and Jesse is still playing!!! :banana:

08-20-2008, 05:57 PM
here's a really great article from ESPN about Jesse :D :yeah:
Determined Levine steadfast in making a name for himself
By Greg Garber

Jesse Levine won the first 24 matches of his one-year college career at the University of Florida, but he never played Nikolay Davydenko.

When Levine, a slight, spidery 19-year-old, walked onto the Grandstand Court for his first professional match at last year's U.S. Open, the formidable Russian was waiting for him.

"You're playing the No. 4 player in the world," Levine said. "I'm not going to lie -- I remember being pretty overwhelmed."

Levine, who had received a wild card from the United States Tennis Association, won five games in three sets. Still, there was a $17,500 consolation check and the encouraging thought that in climbing the global tennis ladder not all of his opponents would be top-10 players. After the loss, Levine was fairly upbeat. His goal, he said, was to improve his ranking in a year's time -- after the U.S. Open, it was a distant No. 542 -- into the top 100 and earn his way into the main draw at the 2008 U.S. Open.

This is the story of how he almost pulled it off.

Levine recently accepted another wild card to the U.S. Open, which begins on Monday, but his ranking has risen to a more-than-respectable No. 106 -- an improvement of 436 spots. He was ranked No. 118 when the U.S. Open draw was locked in -- only 18 spots from direct entry. In the last year, Levine has won matches at the Australian Open and Wimbledon and was selected as a hitting partner of the U.S. Davis Cup team in Austria. He produced a 28-11 record in Challengers, the Triple-A of professional tennis, and a credible 5-13 record in ATP-level matches. That's a total of 57 matches and a record of 33-24. That doesn't include a dozen or so qualifying matches.

"I never heard those stats before," Levine said recently from his home in Boca Raton, Fla. "Obviously, I'm pretty happy about the year I've had. I was really close to the top 100. Hopefully, I can get there in the next couple of weeks."

Levine is not yet a household name, but for six years now he has been on a career trajectory consistent with someone who is, at least in the tennis world: Donald Young. They met for the first time in the final of the 2001 U.S. Clay Court 14 Nationals at the Jimmy Evert Tennis Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Levine won the first set, lost the second and found himself trailing 0-5 with Young serving for match point at 40-15. They were already bringing in the table for the trophy presentation when Levine ran off an astonishing 23 consecutive points. He won 7-5 in the third.

"Jesse goes into a zone, something like a runner's high," remembered his father, Nathan. "It just started to happen. When he won, he was going back to baseline to serve again; he didn't realize the match was over -- that's how focused he was."

Young, an African-American from Chicago, became a teenage sensation, turning pro in 2004. A year later, at age 16, he was the youngest male to finish the year ranked No. 1 among world juniors. In the 2006 U.S. junior national championships, Young was declared the winner when Levine was stricken by food poisoning.

Today, however, they are in a virtual dead heat. Young is ranked in a tie for No. 98 in the ATP's 2008 Race, while Levine is at No. 102.

Both players share a diminutive stature that is considered a liability in professional tennis. As of last week, Levine said his weight was 152 pounds. This isn't the kind of muscle that's going to frighten hard-hitting Rafael Nadal or Andy Roddick. The average professional tennis player is about 3 inches taller (and 20 pounds heavier) than Levine's 5-foot-9 frame.

"When he hears that he's too small, not big enough, well, he just never listened," said Nathan Levine. "He says, 'I'm going to play this game.'

"And now he's showing everybody he can. He has a tremendous determination and heart and a passion for the game."

Rising to the challenge
Florida is the epicenter of world tennis.

The great tennis factories, including the Evert and Bollettieri Academies, are in the Sunshine State. Maria Sharapova moved there from Siberia when she was 9. Frenchman Sebastien Grosjean relocated there nine years ago. James Blake and the Williams sisters live there, too.

Jesse Levine was born in Ottawa, Canada, and began playing tennis at the age of 7. Has father played at Penn State. By the age of 13, Jesse had become one of Canada's most formidable juniors. The move to Boca Raton, Fla., however, was not inspired by tennis.

Jesse's brother Daniel, three years younger, suffers from ulcerative colitis. Everyone agreed that Florida's milder, gentler climate would improve his quality of life. It turned out to be a boon to Jesse's tennis as well. He enrolled at the Chris Evert Academy and eventually switched to Nick Bollettieri's IMG operation. To this day, a scholarship of approximately $30,000 covers his use of the facility, coaching and strength training.

After last year's U.S. Open, Levine's plan was to play some Challenger events and try to raise his ranking. Old nemesis Donald Young ended two of his next four tournaments -- in the semifinals at Tulsa and the quarterfinals in Louisville. But then in November, Levine suddenly found his game.

After qualifying, he swept through the field at Nashville, defeating five players who were all ranked higher, including Americans Robert Kendrick (No. 109) and Alex Kuznetsov (No. 209) in the semifinals and final.

"That first pro title was a big deal for me," Levine said. "I called my parents to tell them I'd won. I was pretty excited."

The victory in Nashville earned him a special exemption into the Challenger in Champaign, Ill., a week later. Again, Levine won all five of his matches. He handled John Isner in the semifinals and broke through with a victory over Young, beating him in two tense tiebreakers.

And so, in the first two weeks of November, Levine won all 10 of his matches and collected 123 ATP rankings points, which vaulted him nearly 200 spots -- from No. 389 to No. 192.

To the purist, Levine's game is aesthetically pleasing. His dazzling hand-eye coordination allows him to take the ball exceptionally early. He moves well, has all the shots, but his return of serve is his most valuable asset. He doesn't have a big weapon, but compensates by cleverly constructing points. Opponents are forced to play more balls than they're accustomed to. Levine is a serviceable volleyer and is not afraid to move forward as points play out. He's also left-handed, which makes him more difficult to play.

The only quiet month on the tennis calendar is December, and Levine planned to use the four weeks off to hit the gym and build some more power into his shots. He did not plan to play much tennis, but the USTA made him a tantalizing offer. He was one of three players invited to a round-robin mini-tournament at the Evert Academy. The prize? A wild card into the main draw at the Australian Open.

"At first, I was hesitant," Levine said. "I was trying to give tennis a rest. But, hey, I had nothing to lose. It was 10 minutes from our house in Boca."

Levine drove home from IMG in Bradenton, hit for a couple of days and enjoyed his mother's cooking. He defeated Kuznetsov and then Wayne Odesnik, 6-4, 6-4 on Dec. 20 and, suddenly, his travel plans were altered.

His opponent in the first round at Melbourne was Martin Vassallo Arguello, who had been part of a notorious match in Poland the year before with Nikolay Davydenko that sparked a betting scandal. The Argentine was ranked No. 77 in the world, but Levine throttled him in straight sets.

It was the first Grand Slam victory of his career.

Doing the right things
Much has been made of America's vanishing grip on the game of tennis.

True, there are seven players ranked ahead of Andy Roddick, and they are from Spain, Switzerland, Serbia, Russia, Great Britain and Argentina. But in 2007, the United States won the Davis Cup title.

Back in February, pushed by a series of requests from his players, U.S. Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe invited Levine to Vienna to be a practice partner for the first-round match against Austria, the team's first defense of its title. Levine had spent the past five months scuffling, mostly playing athletes outside of the top 100, but now here he was among the country's elite players: Roddick, James Blake and Bob and Mike Bryan.

"That's a call I'd wanted to get for a while," Levine said. "I look up to Andy, James, Bob and Mike. To cheer for those guys, to see how they come together as a team was great. Those guys work so hard, you get to see how intense they are as they prepare for matches."

It was Levine's work ethic, particularly, that impressed McEnroe.

"He's coming along, doing the right things," McEnroe said recently. "It's paying off for him. He's a hard worker and has excellent motivation."

Last summer, Roger Federer had come to the same conclusion when he invited Levine to come to Dubai and practice with him. Instead of playing in Indianapolis and Canada, Levine stayed in a five-star hotel and endured three- and four-hour hitting sessions with Federer. Levine's tenacity -- and his left-handedness -- helped prepare Federer for the U.S. Open and an anticipated meeting with Rafael Nadal. That matchup never materialized, but Federer won in New York, his most recent Grand Slam win.

After losing four of five ATP matches through the winter and producing some indifferent Challenger results, Levine arrived at Wimbledon. His name was already on a plaque on the wall in the men's locker room; Levine won the 2005 boys' doubles championship at the All England Club with Michael Shabaz. Levine won all three of his qualifying matches for the men's main draw, including a wild 6-3, 7-6 (8), 11-9 match with Pavel Chekhov.

Levine was in the locker room listening to the draw ceremony on the loudspeaker when his first-round opponent was announced: Donald Young.

"Pretty crazy, huh?" Levine said. "I was like, 'Wow. Are you kidding me?' We've played our whole careers against each other, Challengers all over the place and now we're playing in the first round at Wimbledon?"

He felt shivers and more than a few nerves as he walked onto Court No. 5 for that match with Young. Playing with confidence and aggression on the surface that best suits his game, Levine dispatched Young in four sets for his second Grand Slam singles victory. Later in the locker room, he received a congratulatory call from Shabaz, who plays at the University of Virginia. In the second round, Levine took Austrian Jurgen Melzer to five sets before succumbing.

A breakthrough opportunity presented itself last month in Toronto.

Levine had qualified for the toughest draw in the sport, an ATP Masters Series event, by saving a match point against Benjamin Becker and winning two more matches. Levine defeated Canadian wild card Peter Polansky, whom he had known since playing Canadian juniors at the age of 12, in the first round.

Next up: Rafael Nadal on Centre Court.

"Nadal is running sprints by me, trying to intimidate me," Levine remembered. "And -- I'm not going to lie -- I'm saying, 'Oh, Jesse, don't get intimidated.' The crowd is roaring, and I've worked hard my whole life to play in that spot, a great player in that big stadium.

"And then I came out on fire."

Levine jumped on Nadal, going up 4-1 and had two break points to take a 5-1 lead. Standing inside the baseline, he was seeing the ball with unnatural clarity and taking it earlier than he ever had before; at that point, Levine had 11 winners, while Nadal had just one. Levine was winning points at net, and the soon-to-be-No. 1 player in the world seemed confused.

"I didn't really know where I was," Levine said. "I've got cameras in my face on the changeover and I'm thinking, 'Oh boy, you're beating Nadal.'"

Nadal won 11 of the next 13 games to take the match.

"You get that feeling against him that you have to do something bigger than normal," Levine told reporters afterward. "You know it's not the right feeling to have, because he is human. You try and come up with shots that are just out of your mind or out of your shorts."

While Nadal earns in excess of $4 million a year to endorse his Babolat AeroPro Drive racket, Levine gets nothing for using his favorite Dunlop. The Shoes/Racquet/Clothing categories on his ATP online profile are all followed by "N/A." In fact, Levine gets all the rackets he can use from Dunlop for free, but when the manufacturer sent him the first shipment the spelling on the racket was wrong -- "Jessie" instead of "Jesse."

"When Andy Roddick saw it he was laughing pretty hard," Levine said. "He said he was going to put it in his blog. Yeah, I'm still playing with those rackets. By now, I'm used to them."

Surveying the next level
When Levine was battling with Donald Young at Wimbledon, Ricardo Acuna, a full-time USTA coach, was in Young's corner.

Now, he's coaching Levine.

"Donald wanted to do things on his own and with his parents," Acuna said last week. "I came free and Jesse was looking for some help. It just worked out."

They worked together for three days in Boca Raton at the beginning of the month and then Levine played the ATP tournament in Washington. In the first round he ran into Argentine teenager Juan Del Potro, who had beaten him in Miami and was in the midst of a groundbreaking four-tournament win streak. Levine broke Del Potro's formidable serve to open the match -- then promptly was broken at love.

"He needs a little more experience," Acuna said of his 20-year-old charge. "He needs to believe a little bit more."

The key to nurturing that belief, all concerned agree, is for Levine to get stronger.

"Obviously," Levine said, "I'm not the biggest of guys. That will be an offseason priority, to spend more time in the gym than on the court."

Acuna was born in Chile and says that American players historically focus more on their shot-making than physical conditioning.

"Jesse has a good understanding of how he wants to play," Acuna said. "Stronger legs will help his confidence. You need to maintain this through a long match."

Said McEnroe, "If he gets more solid on the legs, he'll get more pop on all of his shots. Jesse's got great racket speed, and I think he's got a lot of potential. Top five -- maybe not. But I do think he's got top 30-type potential."

As things stand, Roddick (No. 8) and Blake (No. 9) are the highest-ranked American men, followed by Mardy Fish at No. 35. Their three youngest pursuers are the 19-year-old Young (No. 99) and Sam Querrey (No. 54) and Levine (No. 106), who both turn 21 in October.

In some ways, Levine's yearlong journey, rising 436 spots up the tennis ladder, may turn out to be easier than navigating the next 50-odd spots to reach Querrey's level. There's a big difference in terms of earnings and the quality of life.

Last year, Paul Capdeville was the ATP's 100th-ranked player. It took the Chilean five years to reach that milestone, working his way up slowly, from No. 447 in 2003. Capdeville earned $186,402 in 2007, running his career total to $423,467. By contrast, 50th-ranked Filippo Volandri of Italy took home $450,715 in winnings last year alone. Even minus the daunting travel expenses incurred by professional players, that translates to a comfortable living.

Top-50 players qualify automatically for virtually every tournament they chose to play in; players hovering around No. 100 are often at the mercy of others.

This past Monday in New Haven, Conn., Jesse Levine was anything but comfortable.

He had struggled with a stomach ailment over the weekend and lost to fellow American Alex Bogomolov in the last round of qualifying for the Pilot Pen event. Levine was already in the doubles draw, but the first in line as a Lucky Loser, he was hoping there would be a late scratch that would allow him into the main draw.

His best chance?

"Hopefully," Levine said, "Del Potro pulls out after winning another tournament."

On Sunday, the guy who had beaten him in the first round at Washington had gone on to run his streak to 19 consecutive match wins and might have been looking for a little rest before the U.S. Open begins next Monday.

Sure enough, Del Potro pulled out late Monday and Levine was into the main draw. He won his second-round match on Tuesday and was playing for a berth in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.

Levine won't set his 2009 goals until after this season is over. He's focused on finishing the year with a bang and defending the points he earned last fall. He's hoping to get into some of the Asian ATP events after the U.S. Open but doesn't rule out playing a few Challengers.

His expectations for the U.S. Open?

Levine didn't hesitate.

"Better than last year," he said. "Better than last year."

Greg Garber is a senior writer for

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A year in the life of Levine

Aug. '07
After accepting a USTA wildcard into the U.S. Open, Jesse Levine turns professional after playing one year at the University of Florida. He loses to No. 4 seed Nikolay Davydenko in the first round, 4-6, 0-6, 1-6, but takes home $17,500.
ATP ranking: No. 458

Sept. '07
Plays a Challenger event in Tulsa, winning his first three matches in straight sets, but loses to Donald Young in the final, 0-6, 1-6.
ATP ranking: No. 542

Oct. '07
Plays three Challengers, in Calabasas, Calif., Rimouski, Canada and Louisville, Ken., winning four matches and losing three. Reaches the quarterfinals in Louisville -- and loses again to Donald Young 3-6, 3-6.
ATP ranking: No. 389

Nov. '07
Wins $75,000 Music City Challenger in Nashville, Tenn., then the $50,000 JSM event in Champaign, Ill. Beats John Isner and Young in the semifinals and finals at Champaign. Goes 13-1 in three Challengers to rise nearly 200 ranking points.
ATP ranking: No. 192

Dec. '07
No formal activity, but wins a round-robin event at the Evert Academy courts in Boca Raton. By going undefeated against Wayne Odesnik and Alex Kuznetsov, earns a wildcard into the main draw at the Australian Open.
ATP ranking: No. 192

Jan. '08
Loses in the first round of ATP Auckland (to Juan Carlos Ferrero), but wins first Grand Slam match, over Martin Vassallo Arguello in straight sets, at the Australian Open. Loses to Jarkko Nieminen in the second round.
ATP ranking: No. 170

Feb. '08
Wins one of four ATP matches, breaking through with a first-round match victory at San Jose over Steve Darcis, before losing in the round of 16 to James Blake. Loses first-round matches in Delray Beach and Memphis.
ATP ranking: No. 165

March '08
Loses both first-round matches at Indian Wells and Miami, to Stanislas Wawrinka and Juan Martin Del Potro.
ATP ranking: No. 162

April '08
In only event of month, loses in the first round of Tallahassee Challenger to Scoville Jenkins (ranked. No. 260) in straight sets.
ATP ranking: No. 160

May '08
Wins third career Challenger title in Bradenton, Fla., losing only one set in five matches. Falls in first round at Izmir, Turkey, but wins doubles with Kei Nishikori.
ATP ranking: No. 147

June '08
Wins three of five Challenger matches in Furth, Germany and Milan, Italy, then wins three qualifying matches at Wimbledon. Beats Young in main draw at Wimbledon for second Grand Slam win (and $34,000). Loses to Jurgen Melzer in second round -- the first five-set match of his career.
ATP ranking: No. 137

July '08
Beats Isner in first round at Newport, but loses to eventual finalist Prakash Amritraj in the second. Loses to No. 5 seed Tommy Haas at Indianapolis. Qualifies for the Toronto Masters Series, reaching second round against eventual champion Rafael Nadal. Leads first set 4-1 and has two break points; loses match 4-6-2-6.
ATP ranking: No. 108

Aug. '08
Accepts a wildcard at Washington, but draws Juan Del Potro -- winner of three straight tournaments (Stuttgart, Kitzbuhel and Los Angeles) and 14 straight matches -- in the first round. Levine loses, 2-6, 3-6. Loses in third round of qualifying at New Haven, but reaches main draw when No. 3 seed Juan Martin Del Potro withdraws. Defeats Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-0, 6-3 in second round; faces Steve Darcis Wednesday for berth in quarterfinals.
ATP ranking: No. 106

08-20-2008, 06:30 PM
maybe the stars are aligning for Jesse this week - he beat Darcis 2-0 after darcis retired after just a few minutes... into the QF :D

08-21-2008, 12:58 AM
means he will be Top100 for the very first time next week :yeah:

hopefully he gets a better draw for NY this year

08-21-2008, 05:50 AM
Jesse and Mardy Fish will play each other tomorrow. Should be on TV here in the US :D
EW HAVEN — The latest picture that is American tennis shows a cool close-up of a star and a stud, and way, way, way in the back is everyone else.

Right in the front row, there's the star, Andy Roddick. Next to him is the stud, James Blake. Boy, they look great in high definition, don't they?

But zoom in closer if you can. Find a magnifying glass. Squint hard and look behind that tall guy who's standing next to the African-American guy who's in front of the older guy. Do you see Jesse Levine? Jump, Jesse. Wave your arms. Hello? Where are you?

Oh, there you are. Don't stand behind John Isner, OK? Come on, the guy's 6-foot-9, for crying out loud.

In the lump of "next great Americans," there is Levine, 20 years young, ranked No. 106 in the world. He is fighting with Mardy Fish (No. 35), Sam Querrey (No. 54), Robby Ginepri (No. 62), Bobby Reynolds (No. 89), Donald Young (No. 99), Vince Spadea (No. 103) and Isner (No. 124) to do exactly that. Become the next great American.

It is not going to be an easy road. But Jesse Levine wants to try.

"I like to be looked at as an up-and-comer," Levine said. "We've got a lot of good guys that are doing well in college. Sam's on fire, Donald's doing well. John and I are doing well. (To be a top American player) is a dream of mine."

That road this year has already taken Levine to New Zealand and Australia. Turkey and Germany. Italy and England. Canada and, of course, the United States. He's been to Florida, California, ennessee, Rhode Island, Indiana, Ohio, Washington D.C. and Connecticut, where he's playing in the Pilot Pen Tennis tournament.

Levine is in the quarterfinals at the Pen. It is the first time in his career he's made a quarterfinal in an ATP Tour International Series event, and no matter what happens from here, he'll pocket at least the second biggest check of his professional life.

Funny thing is, Levine shouldn't even be playing.

He tried to qualify for the men's draw here and lost. But when Juan Martin Del Potro withdrew, not only did Levine make the field as a "lucky loser," he received Del Potro's bye into the second round. He then defeated Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in straight sets, and on Wednesday, he watched as Steve Darcis defaulted after two games with a back injury.

"I feel pretty lucky," he said. "Obviously I was lucky to even be in the main draw and then had a good one yesterday, and I guess luck is part of it. Steve and I had a battle the last time we played, and unfortunately, he got hurt the other day and wasn't feeling up to playing today."

Levine was born in Ottawa, Canada, and started playing tennis when he was seven. At 13, his family moved to Boca Raton, Fla., and he idolized Andre Agassi. So much so that he even imitated Agassi's look, with the black socks and the headbands when he played. At 14, he won the U.S. Clay Court title. At 16, he won the USTA boys doubles crown. At 17, he won the Wimbledon boys doubles championship. At 18, he entered the University of Florida, ended up as the No. 3 ranked player in the country and handed the No. 1 player, Isner, his only loss.

But the quantum leap for Levine and his career came last summer when Roger Federer's agent called and asked if the left-hander would like to fly to Dubai to practice with the world's No. 1 for a couple of weeks.

"I was at Florida and I got this phone call from someone who said he was Roger's agent. I thought it was my buddies playing a prank," Levine said. "But when I realized it was real, I didn't think twice."

For two weeks, Levine soaked it all in. How Federer prepared. How he practiced. How hard he worked.

"I learned a lot. I saw firsthand how he did his routine. He's the best player in the world and to be able to witness that I'm used to all kinds of situations now," Levine said.

The breakthrough came in November when he won a Challenger event in Nashville, his first professional victory. A month later, he won his second Challenger, in Illinois. By the start of the 2008 Australian Open, Levine's ranking had jumped from 1,126 to 106.

With his finish here at the Pilot Pen, Levine will crack the top 100 for next week's U.S. Open.

"I'm pretty pumped because it is my first quarterfinal in an ATP event," he said. "I'm just trying to take it one match at a time and see what happens."

Because Jesse Levine wants to become the next great American.

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08-22-2008, 07:54 PM
so he lost unfortunately

US Open -> Guccione again, I hope he can do better this time

08-27-2008, 09:06 PM
Jesse just tied his match versus Guccione by winning 2nd set 6-3 :yeah:

keep it up
go Jesse :)

08-27-2008, 10:54 PM
unfortunately he lost the third and fourth in tiebreaks :( tough match :( keep working hard, jesse:hug:

08-27-2008, 11:39 PM
I reckon he's up there with the quickest guys on tour.

Look forward to seeing him play here in January.

08-28-2008, 10:26 AM
US Open R1 - Chris Guccione def. Jesse Levine 6-3 3-6 7-6 7-6


09-21-2008, 12:48 PM
Querrey in Beijing round 1 :help:

09-21-2008, 04:55 PM
Jesse has a good chance, Sam will surely be exhausted

09-22-2008, 07:45 AM
I was kind of surprised to see Sam play Lopez after Spain lead 3-1 knowing he will have to play here. We'll see if it helps Jesse.

09-30-2008, 08:47 PM
Jesse defeated Udomchoke in 3 sets. The scoreline of 4-6 6-1 and 6-0 lets one think that there was sth. wrong with Udomchoke after the 1st set.:confused:

09-30-2008, 10:55 PM
Maybe, but a win is a win so good for Jesse :) Unfortunately he's got Ferrer up next

10-01-2008, 10:06 PM
yap, he lost to Ferrer, at least in 3 sets

next weeks will be tough for Jesse, lots of points to defend from his strong challenger autumn 2007

10-01-2008, 10:42 PM
He played pretty well. He needs to really learn to be consistent against these top players. He tends to fade away at the end after fighting so hard.

10-22-2008, 08:01 PM
Federer Invites Levine for Practice

By Charles Bricker

Maybe nice guys don't always finish first, but they get to go back to Dubai for a week or so to practice after Shanghai as preparation for the Australian Open begins for former No. 1 and U.S. Open champion Roger Federer.

Jesse Levine of Boca Raton, Fl., ranked No. 99 and just six days past his 21st birthday, has been invited for a second extended practice session with Federer.

The former University of Florida star had been invited a year and a half ago to work two weeks with Federer during the middle of summer. This time the weather will be cooler and, since Levine is no longer an NCAA player, he won't have to worry about taking a free first-class plane ticket to Dubai or staying in a five-star hotel at Federer's expense.

Levine is only 8-17 this season, but he's used the Challengers and a few key regular ATP wins to reach at career best No. 95 in September. Since the U.S. Open, he's gone three sets with both David Ferrer and Sam Querrey, but lost each time.

Federer likes the energy Levine brings to his practice sessions and also possibly the fact that he's left-handed, like his No. 1 rival, top-ranked Rafael Nadal.


10-22-2008, 08:02 PM
great for Jesse :yeah:

10-27-2008, 12:09 PM
Louisville Challenger round 1 versus Menendez

10-28-2008, 11:55 PM
Levine d. Menendez 6:2 6:4 :yeah:

Bogdanovic/Witten in round 2 should be winnable

QF versus Russell or young gun Polansky will probably be more challenging

10-29-2008, 10:56 PM
Levine defeats Witten in 3 sets :)

Polansky next, hopefully with the same result like in TMS Canada

10-30-2008, 11:40 PM
C'mon Jesse :)

10-31-2008, 06:07 PM
Jesse wins 6-4 6-1:D

he will face either Kendrick or Vemic in the SF

10-31-2008, 10:31 PM

11-01-2008, 09:36 PM
Robert Kendrick(3) 3 6 6
Jesse Levine(2) 6 3 3

pity, but no shame to lose to Kendrick in US Challenger

there's still some North American challengers left this year, guess we'll see him again this season :)

11-02-2008, 01:23 AM
Nashville, Tennessee

Amer Delic USA [8] vs. Sam Warburg USA
Q vs. Somdev Devvarman IND
Giovanni Lapentti ECU vs. Zack Fleishman USA [WC]
Tim Smyczek USA [WC] vs. Jesse Levine USA [3]

11-02-2008, 04:01 AM
a lot of guys i like in that little section... good luck jesse :awww:

11-05-2008, 01:37 AM
Levine d. Smyczek 76 36 63 :)

Gio Lapentti next

11-06-2008, 02:15 PM
Fin. G. Lapentti 2 5

J. Levine 6 7

3 more for the title defense, Devvarman next

11-06-2008, 03:39 PM

11-07-2008, 07:56 PM
he lost 6-7 2-6 to the Indian

probably no more Top100 next week:(

11-10-2008, 04:02 AM
Jesse will try to defend his 2007 indoor title in Champaign, Illinois challenger.

1st round vs. Serb Ilia Bozoljac

good luck :)

11-12-2008, 02:33 PM
Bozoljac 6-4 6-4:o

11-12-2008, 05:32 PM
bye-bye top 100 :o

11-16-2008, 03:40 PM
he withdrew from Knoxville Challenger (like many others)

11-16-2008, 05:15 PM
:awww: it's been a long season and i believe he's going back to work with Roger in the middle east at some point. can't blame him.

12-22-2008, 01:22 AM
he missed the AO-WC-spot after becoming third in RR group:sad:

he defeated Odesnik, lost to eventual winner Isner and retired from his match against Young

12-22-2008, 01:25 AM
oh dear, hope he's not hurt.

12-22-2008, 04:44 AM
with regard to the wildcard the match was meaningless, as Isner was already through; beating Young would only have had the effect that he would have finished the group as 2nd

I hope he's fine; if he's fit and healthy, he should make the quali for Melbourne
I don't know exactly when qualifying tournament starts, but, from now, it's definitely at least three weeks he has time to get ready
I hope he will, go Jesse