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The 2008 Challenger Player of the Year [Winner: Eduardo Schwank]

CooCooCachoo
12-03-2008, 08:24 AM
The 2008 Challenger Player of the Year

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Welcome!

As this year's Challenger Tour has come to an end, it is once again time to elect who was the most impressive player of the year at this level. With a grand total of 173 Challengers having been held, with 118 players at least racking up one singles title and tournament winners hailing from 40 different countries, there are plenty of players to choose from.

Previous Winners:


2007 - http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wuy.gif Pablo Cuevas
2006 - http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/war.gif Guillermo Cañas
It was also a turbulent year in which several players who started the year in Challengers rose to the Top 100 to get direct entry into Grand Slams (e.g. Eduardo Schwank, Thomaz Bellucci, Diego Junqueira, Yen-Hsun Lu, Teimuraz Gabashvili, Alberto Martín, Jérémy Chardy, Jan Hernych), while some players formerly performing almost solely at ATP-level could not avoid sliding down the ladder and had to start playing Challengers, with mixed success (e.g. Michael Berrer, Carlos Berlocq, Pablo Cuevas, Jiri Vanek, Evgeny Korolev, Hyung-Taik Lee, Donald Young, Sergio Roitman, Dudi Sela, Olivier Rochus, Kristof Vliegen).

While some of these players rose mostly due to successes in events other than Challengers, in this poll you are asked to focus on Challenger results only. In particular, when voting, you are asked to keep the following questions in mind:


Who has won the most titles?
Who has won the strongest tournaments?
Who has the better win/loss record?
Who was the best all-court player, racking up successes on all surfaces?
Whose game has proven to be the most consistent?
Who excelled in both singles and doubles?In any case, please do not be led by nationalism or fanaticism.

The contestants:

http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wbe.gif Christophe Rochus

http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/war.gif Diego Junqueira

http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wbr.gif Thomaz Bellucci

http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wjp.gif Go Soeda

http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wus.gif Robert Kendrick

http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/war.gif Eduardo Schwank

http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wtw.gif Yen-Hsun Lu

http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wbe.gif Kristof Vliegen

http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wru.gif Teimuraz Gabashvili

OtherAll contestants will be properly introduced in posts #2 - #11.

Have fun voting!

:wavey:

Your Moderators,

Edu [Toribeté]
Tijn [CooCooCachoo]

CooCooCachoo
12-03-2008, 08:24 AM
http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wbe.gif CHRISTOPHE ROCHUS

http://www.7sur7.be/static/FOTO/pe/15/6/0/large_391890.jpg


Started the year as #184, but closed it at #69 (+115)
Win/loss record in Challengers:
41 / 15
73.21%

Ate 1 bagel

Served 2 bagels

Wins include:
Gimeno-Traver, Granollers, Karanusic, Troicki, Berlocq, Andreev, Koubek, Darcis

Losses include:
Odesnik, De Bakker, Crivoi, Pospisil, Roger-Vasselin 2008 Singles:


W (2)

14. St. Brieuc, France, €30K+H, Indoor Clay
20. Zagreb, Croatia, $50K+H, Clay

F (3)

19. Rijeka, Croatia, €30K+H, Clay
34. Manerbio, Italy, €64K+H, Clay
37. Orléans, France, €105K+H, Indoor Hard

SF (3)

11. Tanger, Morocco, €30K+H, Clay
23. Prostejov, Czech Republic, €127.5K+H, Clay
40. Mons, Belgium, €106.5K+H, Indoor Hard

QF (3)

12. Meknes, Morocco, €30K+H, Clay
31. Graz, Austria, €30K+H, Clay
39. Trnava, Slovakia, €85K+H, Clay

2008 Doubles:


W (0)

F (0)

CooCooCachoo
12-03-2008, 08:24 AM
http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/war.gif DIEGO JUNQUEIRA

http://eltenisquenovemos.files.wordpress.com/2007/10/diego-junqueira.jpg


Started the year as #231, but closed it at #78 (+153)
Win/loss record in Challengers:
49 / 24

67.12%

Ate 2 bagels

Served 4 bagels

Wins include:
Pashanski, Delgado, Devilder, M. Gonzalez, Ventura, Greul, Massu, Hartfield, Dabul, Gil

Losses include:
Aranguren, Alves, Quintero, Poch-Gradin, Crugnola, Santos, Souza
2008 Singles:


W (3)

20. San Remo, Italy, €30K+H, Clay
29. Rimini, Italy, €42.5K+H, Clay
35. Como, Italy, €42.5K+H, Clay

F (3)

11. Salinas, Ecuador, $35K+H, Outdoor Hard
27. Turin, Italy, €85K+H, Clay
28. San Benedetto, Italy, €30K+H, Clay

SF (4)

9. Santiago, Chile, Clay, $35K+H, Clay
14. St. Brieuc, France, €30K+H, Indoor Clay
40. Aracaju, Brazil, $75K+H, Clay
41. Florianopolis, Brazil, $35K+H, Clay

QF (4)

33. Vigo, Spain, €30K+H, Clay
43. Buenos Aires, Argentina, $75K+H, Clay
44. Cali 2, Colombia, $125K+H, Clay
48. Lima, Peru, $50K, Clay


2008 Doubles:



W (0)

F (1)

44. Cali 2, Colombia, $125K+H, Clay

CooCooCachoo
12-03-2008, 08:24 AM
http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wbr.gif THOMAZ BELLUCCI

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Started the year as #183, but closed it at #85 (+98)
Win/loss record in Challengers:
31 / 8

79.49%

Ate 0 bagels

Served 3 bagels

Wins include:
Schwank, A. Beck, Massu, Capdeville, Vassallo Arguello, Garcia-Lopez, Berdych

Losses include:
Haider-Maurer, Alves, S. Gonzalez
2008 Singles:


W (4)

9. Santiago, Chile, Clay, $35K+H, Clay
16. Florianopolis, Brazil, $35K+H, Clay
18. Tunis, Tunisia, $125K+H, Clay
19. Rabat, Morocco, €42.5K+H, Clay

F (0)

SF (2)

23. Prostejov, Czech Republic, €127.5K+H, Clay
43. Buenos Aires, Argentina, $75K+H, Clay

QF (2)

1. Sao Paulo, Brazil, $100K+H, Outdoor Hard
20. Bordeaux, France, €85K+H, Clay



2008 Doubles:



W (1)

18. Tunis, Tunisia, $125K+H, Clay

F (3)

10. Bogota, Colombia, $125K+H, Clay
16. Florianopolis, Brazil, $35K+H, Clay
43. Buenos Aires, Argentina, $75K+H, Clay

CooCooCachoo
12-03-2008, 08:24 AM
http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wjp.gif GO SOEDA

http://images.beijing2008.cn/20071015/Img214177464.jpg


Started the year as #212, but closed it at a career high of #114 (+98)
Win/loss record in Challengers:
41 / 13

75.93%

Ate 3 bagels

Served 2 bagels

Wins include:
Phau, Lu, Devvarman, Lee

Losses include:
Marchenko, Lorenzi, Echagaray, Rehnquist
2008 Singles:

W (4)

10. Kyoto, Japan, $35K+H, Indoor Carpet
16. Busan, South Korea, $75K+H, Outdoor Hard
21. New Delhi 2, India, $50K, Outdoor Hard
48. Toyota, Japan, $35K+H, Indoor Carpet

F (1)

47. Yokohama, Japan, $35K+H, Outdoor Hard

SF (2)

20. New Delhi, India, $50K, Outdoor Hard
31. Vancouver, Canada, $100K+H, Outdoor Hard

QF (4)

4. Waikoloa, Hawaii, USA, $50K+H, Outdoor Hard
13. Leon, Mexico, $50K+H, Outdoor Hard
27. Winnetka, Illinois, USA, $50K, Outdoor Hard
44. Busan 2, Korea, $100K+H, Outdoor Hard


2008 Doubles:



W (0)

F (2)

4. Waikoloa, Hawaii, USA, $50K+H, Outdoor Hard
10. Kyoto, Japan, $35K+H, Indoor Carpet

CooCooCachoo
12-03-2008, 08:24 AM
http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wus.gif ROBERT KENDRICK

http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/41828000/jpg/_41828190_kendrick416.jpg


Started the year as #107, but closed it at #97 (+10)
Win/loss record in Challengers:
41 / 15

73.21%

Ate 0 bagels

Served 4 bagels

Wins include:
Phau, Becker, Sela, Russell, Amritraj, Bogomolov Jr., Young, Levine

Losses include:
Widom, Groth, Bogdanovic, Krajinovic
2008 Singles:

W (2)

44. Louisville, Kentucky, USA, $50K+H, Indoor Hard
45. Nashville, Tennessee, USA, $75K, Outdoor Hard

F (4)

16. Tallahassee, Florida, USA, $50K, Outdoor Hard
20. Bradenton, Florida, USA, $50K, Clay
30. Lexington, Kentucky, USA, $50K, Outdoor Hard
41. Sacramento, California, USA, $50K, Outdoor Hard

SF (2)

5. Dallas, Texas, USA, $50K, Indoor Hard
27. Winnetka, Illinois, USA, $50K, Outdoor Hard

QF (3)

10. Bogota, Colombia, $125K+H, Clay
15. Humacao, Puerto Rico, $50K, Outdoor Hard
42. Calabasas, California, $50K, Outdoor Hard


2008 Doubles:



W (0)

F (1)

16. Tallahassee, Florida, USA, $50K, Outdoor Hard

CooCooCachoo
12-03-2008, 08:24 AM
http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/war.gif EDUARDO SCHWANK

http://www.futuretennisstars.com/images/players/Eduardo%20Schwank.gif


Started the year as #171, but closed it at #58 (+113)
Win/loss record in Challengers:
27 / 5

84.38%

Ate 2 bagels

Served 6 bagels

Wins include:
A. Beck, Kunitsyn, Junqueira, Gicquel, Phau

Losses include:
Crivoi, Lorenzi, Cabal
2008 Singles:

W (3)

17. Cremona, Italy, €30K+H, Outdoor Hard
18. Rome, Italy, €30K+H, Clay
20. Bordeaux, France, €85K+H, Clay

F (1)

9. Santiago, Chile, Clay, $35K+H, Clay

SF (1)

3. La Serena, Chile, $50K, Clay

QF (1)

11. Salinas, Ecuador, $35K+H, Outdoor Hard


2008 Doubles:



W (3)

3. La Serena, Chile, $50K, Clay
9. Santiago, Chile, Clay, $35K+H, Clay
17. Cremona, Italy, €30K+H, Outdoor Hard
F (1)

27. Lugano, Switzerland, €85K+H, Clay

CooCooCachoo
12-03-2008, 08:25 AM
http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wtw.gif YEN-HSUN LU

http://www.asiantennis.com/images2/Lu,%20Yen-Hsun.jpg


Started the year as #111, but closed it at #64(+47)
Win/loss record in Challengers:
38/ 10

79.17%

Ate 1 bagel

Served 6 bagels

Wins include:
Phau, Soeda, Reynolds, Berrer, Spadea

Losses include:
Vicente, Bachinger, Pedersen
2008 Singles:

W (3)

4. Waikoloa, Hawaii, USA, $50K+H, Outdoor Hard
20. New Delhi, India, $50K, Outdoor Hard
42. Tashkent, Uzbekistan, $125K+H, Outdoor Hard

F (3)

16. Busan, South Korea, $75K+H, Outdoor Hard
18. Lanzarote, Spain, €42.5K+H, Outdoor Hard
21. New Delhi 2, India, $50K, Outdoor Hard

SF (2)

10. Kyoto, Japan, $35K+H, Indoor Carpet
43. Seoul, Korea, $125K+H, Outdoor Hard

QF (1)

44. Busan 2, Korea, $100K+H, Outdoor Hard


2008 Doubles:



W (0)

F (0)

CooCooCachoo
12-03-2008, 08:25 AM
http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wbe.gif KRISTOF VLIEGEN

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Started the year as #94, but closed it at #83 (+11)
Win/loss record in Challengers:
27/ 5

84.38%

Ate 0 bagels

Served 2 bagels

Wins include:
K. Beck, A. Beck, Garcia-Lopez, Bolelli, Melzer

Losses include:
J. Minar, Crugnola
2008 Singles:

W (4)

5. Wroclaw, Poland, €106.5K+H, Indoor Hard
34. Geneva, Switzerland, €30K+H, Clay
36. Düsseldorf, Germany, €30K+H, Clay
39. Grenoble, France, €42.5K+H, Indoor Hard

F (0)

SF (0)

35. Freudenstadt, Germany, €30K+H, Clay

QF (0)




2008 Doubles:



W (1)

35. Freudenstadt, Germany, €30K+H, Clay

F (1)

12. Sunrise, Florida, USA, $100K+H, Outdoor Hard

CooCooCachoo
12-03-2008, 08:25 AM
http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wru.gif TEIMURAZ GABASHVILI

http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/05o4d8C64ygSA/610x.jpg


Started the year as #124, but closed it at a career high of #65 (+59)
Win/loss record in Challengers:
29 / 10

74.36%

Ate 0 bagels

Served 1 bagel

Wins include:
Vanek, O. Rochus, Cuevas, Navarro, Gimeno-Traver, Andujar, Hartfield, Phau, Kunitsyn, Schüttler

Losses include:
Marchenko, Vicente, Polansky
2008 Singles:

W (4)

19. Telde, Spain, €30K+H, Clay
22. Karlsruhe, Germany, €30K+H, Clay
24. Milano, Italy, €30K+H, Clay
40. Mons, Belgium, €106.5K+H, Indoor Hard

F (0)

SF (0)

QF (2)

30. San Marino, €85K+H, Clay
31. Cordenons, Italy, €85K+H, Clay


2008 Doubles:



W (0)

F (0)

CooCooCachoo
12-03-2008, 08:25 AM
MOST NOTABLE OTHER CONTESTANTS

... http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wes.gif IVAN NAVARRO


Started the year as #122, but finished as #74 (+48)
Winner of three singles titles (Meknes, Pozoblanco/Cordoba, Medjugorje)
Two times runner-up (Bogota, Alphen aan den Rijn)
Winner of one doubles title (Tanger)
Win/loss record:
36 / 14
72.0%
... http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/war.gif MARTIN VASSALLO ARGUELLO


Started the year as #76, but finished as #71 (+5)
Winner of three singles titles (Asuncion, Buenos Aires, Lima)
Two times runner-up (Rabat, Prostejov)
Win/loss record:
41/ 13
75.93%
... http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/war.gif SERGIO ROITMAN


Started the year as #70, but finished as #118 (-48)
Winner of one singles title (Guayaquil)
Four-time runner-up (Braunschweig, Graz, Medellin, Lima)
Winner of one doubles title (Bordeaux)
Win/loss record:
34 / 16
68.0%
... http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wus.gif BOBBY REYNOLDS


Started the year as #112, but finished as #70 (+42)
Winner of three singles titles (Tallahassee, Baton Rouge, Knoxville)
No lost finals
Winner of four doubles titles (Heilbronn, Humacao, Tallahassee, Champaign)
Win/loss record:
28/ 12
70.0%
... http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wpl.gif LUKASZ KUBOT


Started the year as #222, but finished as #210 (+12)
Winner of one singles title (Oberstaufen)
Winner of nine doubles titles (Busan, Lanzarote, Fergana, Prostejov, Karshi, Seoul, Bratislava, Helsinki, Cancun)
Win/loss record:
22 / 23
48.89%
... http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wfr.gif NICOLAS DEVILDER


Started the year as #114, but finished as #73 (+41)
Winner of three singles titles (Braunschweig, Constanta, Poznan)
One-time runner-up (Lugano)
Win/loss record:
35/ 11
76.09%
... http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wbr.gif MARCOS DANIEL


Started the year as #105, but finished as #87 (+18)
Winner of three singles titles (Bogota, Cali, Bogota)
One-time runner-up (Napoli)
Win/loss record:
27 / 8
77.14%
... http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wde.gif ANDREAS BECK


Started the year as #207, but finished as #109 (+98)
Winner of two singles titles (Sarajevo, Dresden)
Two times runner-up (Düsseldorf, Jersey)
Win/loss record:
27 / 14
65.85%
... http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wde.gif SIMON GREUL


Started the year as #218, but finished as #126 (+92)
Winner of two singles titles (Freudenstadt, Alphen aan den Rijn)
One-time runner-up (Tarragona)
Win/loss record:
38 / 22
63.33%
... http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wes.gif DANIEL GIMENO-TRAVER


Started the year as #168, but finished as #90 (+78)
Winner of two singles titles (Aarhus, Brasov)
Two times runner-up (Tanger, Banja Luka)
Winner of one doubles title (Telde)
Win/loss record:
41 / 19
68.33%
... http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/war.gif LEONARDO MAYER


Started the year as #175, but finished as #115 (+60)
Winner of one singles title (Medellin)
Three times runner-up (Bronx, Cali, Asuncion)
Winner of three doubles titles (Florianopolis, Quito, Asuncion)
Win/loss record:
46 / 22
67.65%
... http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wkr.gif HYUNG-TAIK LEE


Started the year as #46, but finished as #107 (-61)
Winner of two singles titles (Seoul, Yokohama)
One-time runner-up (Toyota City)
Winner of one doubles title (Tanger)
Win/loss record:
16 / 2
88.89%
... http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/whr.gif ROKO KARANUSIC


Started the year as #135, but finished at a career high of #91 (+44)
Winner of two singles titles (Belgrade, Kolding)
One-time runner-up (Eckental)
Win/loss record:
29 / 11
72.5%
... http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wus.gif VINCENT SPADEA


Started the year as #79, but finished as #76 (+3)
Winner of two singles titles (Waco, Calabasas)
Two times runner-up (Waikoloa, Tulsa)
Win/loss record:
25 / 37
67.57%
... http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wuz.gif DENIS ISTOMIN


Started the year as #216, but finished at a career high of #105 (+111)
Winner of two singles titles (Bukhara, Karshi)
Two times runner-up (Saransk, Cherkassy)
Winner of two doubles titles (Penza, Saransk)
Win/loss record:
45/ 26
63.38%
... http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wus.gif KEVIN KIM


Started the year as #189, but finished as #117 (+72)
Winner of two singles titles (Aptos, Tulsa)
Two times runner-up (Vancouver, Champaign)
Win/loss record:
43 / 24
64.18%
... http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wit.gif FILIPPO VOLANDRI


Started the year as #41, but finished as #102 (-61)
Winner of two singles titles (San Marino, Cordenons)
Win/loss record:
15 / 19
78.95%
... http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wau.gif CARSTEN BALL


Started the year as #378, but finished as #204 (+174)
No singles titles won
One-time runner-up (Tunica Resorts)
Winner of six doubles titles (Wolfsburg, Mexico City, Bradenton, Carson, Binghamton, Nashville)
Win/loss record:
20 / 15
57.14%
... http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wcz.gif JAN HERNYCH


Started the year as #155, but finished as #81 (+74)
Winner of two singles titles (Prague, Bratislava)
One-time runner-up (Ostrava)
Win/loss record:
22 / 10
68.75%
... http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wes.gif ALBERTO MARTÍN


Started the year as #138, but finished as #100 (+38)
Winner of two singles titles (Trnava, Tarragona)
Two times runner-up (Monza, Chiasso)
Winner of four doubles titles (Meknes, Monza, Chiasso, Como)
Win/loss record:
42 / 22
65.63%

CooCooCachoo
12-03-2008, 08:26 AM
In the course of the week, more information will be added and the poll will go online.

In the mean time, you can post suggestions etc.

Nathaliia
12-03-2008, 10:20 AM
BOGGO!!!!

(And Gooch)

Caio_Brasil
12-03-2008, 10:20 AM
Kubot, Reynolds and Koellerer seem to be fair contestants judging their success in both singles and doubles. The other ones should be those with most titles/runners-up like Bellucci, Gabashvili, Soeda, Vliegen and Junqueira IMO.

TankingTheSet
12-03-2008, 12:22 PM
Some players I think would deserve consideration:

Teimuraz Gabashvili for winning four challengers in 2008 despite playing a lot of ATP tournaments in the season.

Christophe Rochus for remarkable consistency in challengers, enabling him to reach the Belgian #1 position, it shows mental resilience so late in his career.

Alberto Martin for consistency.

Eduardo Schwank for winning three challengers in a row early in the season.

Thomaz Bellucci for winning four challengers and three in a row early in the season.

Kristof Vliegen for winning four challengers.

KaiserT
12-03-2008, 02:54 PM
Schwank, Bellucci, and Christophe Rochus possibly the stand-outs for me.

Schwank or Bellucci would have walked it if they had played a few more challengers towards the back end of the year.

CooCooCachoo
12-03-2008, 06:54 PM
Edu and I have decided on the list of players, and their bios and facts will be added shortly, in today and the next few days.

The thread will also be moved of course to the main Challenger forum once the poll is up :)

CooCooCachoo
12-03-2008, 07:12 PM
The first player has been added:

http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wbe.gif CHRISTOPHE ROCHUS

http://www.7sur7.be/static/FOTO/pe/15/6/0/large_391890.jpg


Started the year as #184, but closed it at #69 (+115)
Win/loss record in Challengers:
41 / 15
73.21%

Ate 1 bagel

Served 2 bagels

Wins include:
Gimeno-Traver, Granollers, Karanusic, Troicki, Berlocq, Andreev, Koubek, Darcis

Losses include:
Odesnik, De Bakker, Crivoi, Pospisil, Roger-Vasselin 2008 Singles:


W (2)

14. St. Brieuc, France, €30K+H, Indoor Clay
20. Zagreb, Croatia, $50K+H, Clay

F (3)

19. Rijeka, Croatia, €30K+H, Clay
34. Manerbio, Italy, €64K+H, Clay
37. Orléans, France, €105K+H, Indoor Hard

SF (3)

11. Tanger, Morocco, €30K+H, Clay
23. Prostejov, Czech Republic, €127.5K+H, Clay
40. Mons, Belgium, €106.5K+H, Indoor Hard

QF (3)

12. Meknes, Morocco, €30K+H, Clay
31. Graz, Austria, €30K+H, Clay
39. Trnava, Slovakia, €85K+H, Clay

2008 Doubles:


W (0)

F (0)

CooCooCachoo
12-03-2008, 07:29 PM
The second player has been added:

http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/war.gif DIEGO JUNQUEIRA

http://eltenisquenovemos.files.wordpress.com/2007/10/diego-junqueira.jpg


Started the year as #231, but closed it at #78 (+153)
Win/loss record in Challengers:
49 / 24

67.12%

Ate 2 bagels

Served 4 bagels

Wins include:
Pashanski, Delgado, Devilder, M. Gonzalez, Ventura, Greul, Massu, Hartfield, Dabul, Gil

Losses include:
Aranguren, Alves, Quintero, Poch-Gradin, Crugnola, Santos, Souza
2008 Singles:


W (3)

20. San Remo, Italy, €30K+H, Clay
29. Rimini, Italy, €42.5K+H, Clay
35. Como, Italy, €42.5K+H, Clay

F (3)

11. Salinas, Ecuador, $35K+H, Outdoor Hard
27. Turin, Italy, €85K+H, Clay
28. San Benedetto, Italy, €30K+H, Clay

SF (4)

9. Santiago, Chile, Clay, $35K+H, Clay
14. St. Brieuc, France, €30K+H, Indoor Clay
40. Aracaju, Brazil, $75K+H, Clay
41. Florianopolis, Brazil, $35K+H, Clay

QF (4)

33. Vigo, Spain, €30K+H, Clay
43. Buenos Aires, Argentina, $75K+H, Clay
44. Cali 2, Colombia, $125K+H, Clay
48. Lima, Peru, $50K, Clay


2008 Doubles:



W (0)

F (1)

44. Cali 2, Colombia, $125K+H, Clay

CooCooCachoo
12-03-2008, 07:47 PM
Third contestant added:

http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wbr.gif THOMAZ BELLUCCI

http://www.estadao.com.br/fotos/bellucci.JPG


Started the year as #183, but closed it at #85 (+98)
Win/loss record in Challengers:
31 / 8

79.49%

Ate 0 bagels

Served 3 bagels

Wins include:
Schwank, A. Beck, Massu, Capdeville, Vassallo Arguello, Garcia-Lopez, Berdych

Losses include:
Haider-Maurer, Alves, S. Gonzalez
2008 Singles:


W (4)

9. Santiago, Chile, Clay, $35K+H, Clay
16. Florianopolis, Brazil, $35K+H, Clay
18. Tunis, Tunisia, $125K+H, Clay
19. Rabat, Morocco, €42.5K+H, Clay

F (0)

SF (2)

23. Prostejov, Czech Republic, €127.5K+H, Clay
43. Buenos Aires, Argentina, $75K+H, Clay

QF (2)

1. Sao Paulo, Brazil, $100K+H, Outdoor Hard
20. Bordeaux, France, €85K+H, Clay



2008 Doubles:



W (1)

18. Tunis, Tunisia, $125K+H, Clay

F (3)

10. Bogota, Colombia, $125K+H, Clay
16. Florianopolis, Brazil, $35K+H, Clay
43. Buenos Aires, Argentina, $75K+H, Clay

CooCooCachoo
12-03-2008, 07:48 PM
The others to come later :wavey:

kai.
12-03-2008, 07:55 PM
:bounce: chuky :)

Franco GF
12-03-2008, 09:23 PM
Eduardo Schwank won 3 single titles and 1 runner-up (Santiago, Chile).

and won 3 doubles titles:
Schwank/Lapentti (ECU), La Serena, Chile.
Schwank/Hood, Santiago, Chile.
Schwank/Vemic (SRB), Cremona, Italia.

and finalist: Schwank/Hood, Lugano, Suiza.

From Rank.175 (End of 2007) to 58 (2008) :worship:

Othes players: Soeda (JAP 4 titles), Vassallo Arguello (ARG), Devilder (FRA), Navarro-Pastor (ESP) all with 3 titles.

Brgs!!:)

*esther*
12-04-2008, 03:16 AM
Lu Yen-hsun of Chinese Taipei.

His 2008 Challenger records - W: Waikoloa, New Delhi, Tashkent F: Busan, Lanzarote, New Delhi 2 SF: Kyoto, Seoul QF: Busan

CooCooCachoo
12-04-2008, 11:57 AM
Fourth participant added:

http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wjp.gif GO SOEDA

http://images.beijing2008.cn/20071015/Img214177464.jpg


Started the year as #212, but closed it at a career high of #114 (+98)
Win/loss record in Challengers:
41 / 13

75.93%

Ate 3 bagels

Served 2 bagels

Wins include:
Phau, Lu, Devvarman, Lee

Losses include:
Marchenko, Lorenzi, Echagaray, Rehnquist
2008 Singles:

W (4)

10. Kyoto, Japan, $35K+H, Indoor Carpet
16. Busan, South Korea, $75K+H, Outdoor Hard
21. New Delhi 2, India, $50K, Outdoor Hard
48. Toyota, Japan, $35K+H, Indoor Carpet

F (1)

47. Yokohama, Japan, $35K+H, Outdoor Hard

SF (2)

20. New Delhi, India, $50K, Outdoor Hard
31. Vancouver, Canada, $100K+H, Outdoor Hard

QF (4)

4. Waikoloa, Hawaii, USA, $50K+H, Outdoor Hard
13. Leon, Mexico, $50K+H, Outdoor Hard
27. Winnetka, Illinois, USA, $50K, Outdoor Hard
44. Busan 2, Korea, $100K+H, Outdoor Hard


2008 Doubles:



W (0)

F (2)

4. Waikoloa, Hawaii, USA, $50K+H, Outdoor Hard
10. Kyoto, Japan, $35K+H, Indoor Carpet

CooCooCachoo
12-04-2008, 12:07 PM
Fifth participant added:

http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wus.gif ROBERT KENDRICK

http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/41828000/jpg/_41828190_kendrick416.jpg


Started the year as #107, but closed it at #97 (+10)
Win/loss record in Challengers:
41 / 15

73.21%

Ate 0 bagels

Served 4 bagels

Wins include:
Phau, Becker, Sela, Russell, Amritraj, Bogomolov Jr., Young, Levine

Losses include:
Widom, Groth, Bogdanovic, Krajinovic
2008 Singles:

W (2)

44. Louisville, Kentucky, USA, $50K+H, Indoor Hard
45. Nashville, Tennessee, USA, $75K, Outdoor Hard

F (4)

16. Tallahassee, Florida, USA, $50K, Outdoor Hard
20. Bradenton, Florida, USA, $50K, Clay
30. Lexington, Kentucky, USA, $50K, Outdoor Hard
41. Sacramento, California, USA, $50K, Outdoor Hard

SF (2)

5. Dallas, Texas, USA, $50K, Indoor Hard
27. Winnetka, Illinois, USA, $50K, Outdoor Hard

QF (3)

10. Bogota, Colombia, $125K+H, Clay
15. Humacao, Puerto Rico, $50K, Outdoor Hard
42. Calabasas, California, $50K, Outdoor Hard


2008 Doubles:



W (0)

F (1)

16. Tallahassee, Florida, USA, $50K, Outdoor Hard

CooCooCachoo
12-04-2008, 12:16 PM
Sixth participant added:

http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/war.gif EDUARDO SCHWANK

http://www.futuretennisstars.com/images/players/Eduardo%20Schwank.gif


Started the year as #171, but closed it at #58 (+113)
Win/loss record in Challengers:
27 / 5

84.38%

Ate 2 bagels

Served 6 bagels

Wins include:
A. Beck, Kunitsyn, Junqueira, Gicquel, Phau

Losses include:
Crivoi, Lorenzi, Cabal
2008 Singles:

W (3)

17. Cremona, Italy, €30K+H, Outdoor Hard
18. Rome, Italy, €30K+H, Clay
20. Bordeaux, France, €85K+H, Clay

F (1)

9. Santiago, Chile, Clay, $35K+H, Clay

SF (1)

3. La Serena, Chile, $50K, Clay

QF (1)

11. Salinas, Ecuador, $35K+H, Outdoor Hard


2008 Doubles:



W (3)

3. La Serena, Chile, $50K, Clay
9. Santiago, Chile, Clay, $35K+H, Clay
17. Cremona, Italy, €30K+H, Outdoor Hard
F (1)

27. Lugano, Switzerland, €85K+H, Clay

CooCooCachoo
12-04-2008, 12:23 PM
Seventh participant added:

http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wtw.gif YEN-HSUN LU

http://www.asiantennis.com/images2/Lu,%20Yen-Hsun.jpg


Started the year as #111, but closed it at #64(+47)
Win/loss record in Challengers:
38/ 10

79.17%

Ate 1 bagel

Served 6 bagels

Wins include:
Phau, Soeda, Reynolds, Berrer, Spadea

Losses include:
Vicente, Bachinger, Pedersen
2008 Singles:

W (3)

4. Waikoloa, Hawaii, USA, $50K+H, Outdoor Hard
20. New Delhi, India, $50K, Outdoor Hard
42. Tashkent, Uzbekistan, $125K+H, Outdoor Hard

F (3)

16. Busan, South Korea, $75K+H, Outdoor Hard
18. Lanzarote, Spain, €42.5K+H, Outdoor Hard
21. New Delhi 2, India, $50K, Outdoor Hard

SF (2)

10. Kyoto, Japan, $35K+H, Indoor Carpet
43. Seoul, Korea, $125K+H, Outdoor Hard

QF (1)

44. Busan 2, Korea, $100K+H, Outdoor Hard


2008 Doubles:



W (0)

F (0)

CooCooCachoo
12-04-2008, 12:33 PM
Eighth participant added:

http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wbe.gif KRISTOF VLIEGEN

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/195/463739891_9d18e07567_m.jpg


Started the year as #94, but closed it at a career high of #83 (+11)
Win/loss record in Challengers:
27/ 5

84.38%

Ate 0 bagels

Served 2 bagels

Wins include:
K. Beck, A. Beck, Garcia-Lopez, Bolelli, Melzer

Losses include:
J. Minar, Crugnola
2008 Singles:

W (4)

5. Wroclaw, Poland, €106.5K+H, Indoor Hard
34. Geneva, Switzerland, €30K+H, Clay
36. Düsseldorf, Germany, €30K+H, Clay
39. Grenoble, France, €42.5K+H, Indoor Hard

F (0)

SF (0)

35. Freudenstadt, Germany, €30K+H, Clay

QF (0)




2008 Doubles:



W (1)

35. Freudenstadt, Germany, €30K+H, Clay

F (1)

12. Sunrise, Florida, USA, $100K+H, Outdoor Hard

CooCooCachoo
12-04-2008, 12:42 PM
Ninth participant introduced:

http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wru.gif TEIMURAZ GABASHVILI

http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/05o4d8C64ygSA/610x.jpg


Started the year as #124, but closed it at a career high of #65 (+59)
Win/loss record in Challengers:
29 / 10

74.36%

Ate 0 bagels

Served 1 bagel

Wins include:
Vanek, O. Rochus, Cuevas, Navarro, Gimeno-Traver, Andujar, Hartfield, Phau, Kunitsyn, Schüttler

Losses include:
Marchenko, Vicente, Polansky
2008 Singles:

W (4)

19. Telde, Spain, €30K+H, Clay
22. Karlsruhe, Germany, €30K+H, Clay
24. Milano, Italy, €30K+H, Clay
40. Mons, Belgium, €106.5K+H, Indoor Hard

F (0)

SF (0)

QF (2)

30. San Marino, €85K+H, Clay
31. Cordenons, Italy, €85K+H, Clay


2008 Doubles:



W (0)

F (0)

CooCooCachoo
12-04-2008, 02:19 PM
And the twenty most notable other contestants have also been added:

http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=7881211&postcount=11

CooCooCachoo
12-04-2008, 02:28 PM
Note:

The poll has gone online! You can vote until the 31st of December.

Voting is public. I would love it if you could also substantiate your choice :D

:wavey:

Labamba
12-04-2008, 02:30 PM
good choices :yeah:

It's hard to pick just one...

CooCooCachoo
12-04-2008, 02:34 PM
THE 29* CONTESTANTS IN ORDER OF SINGLES TITLES WON

4 - Thomaz Bellucci, Go Soeda, Kristof Vliegen, Teimuraz Gabashvili

3 - Diego Junqueira, Eduardo Schwank, Yen-Hsun Lu, Ivan Navarro, Martin Vassallo Arguello, Bobby Reynolds, Nicolas Devilder, Marcos Daniel

2 - Christophe Rochus, Robert Kendrick, Andreas Beck, Simon Greul, Daniel Gimeno-Traver, Hyung-Taik Lee, Roko Karanusic, Vincent Spadea, Denis Istomin, Kevin Kim, Filippo Volandri, Jan Hernych, Alberto Martín

1 - Sergio Roitman, Lukasz Kubot, Leonardo Mayer
0 - Carsten Ball* Of course you can also vote for a player who is not among those 29.

CooCooCachoo
12-04-2008, 02:42 PM
THE 29* CONTESTANTS IN ORDER OF WIN/LOSS RECORD


88.89% - Hyung-Taik Lee

84.38% - Eduardo Schwank
84.38% - Kristof Vliegen

79.49% - Thomaz Bellucci
79.17% - Yen-Hsun Lu
78.95% - Filippo Volandri

77.14% - Marcos Daniel

76.09% - Nicolas Devilder

75.93% - Go Soeda
75.93% - Martin Vassallo Arguello

74.36% - Teimuraz Gabashvili

73.21% - Christophe Rochus
73.21% - Robert Kendrick
72.50% - Roko Karanusic

72.00% - Ivan Navarro
70.00% - Bobby Reynolds
69.23% - Jan Hernych

68.33% - Daniel Gimeno-Traver

68.00% - Sergio Roitman
67.65% - Leonardo Mayer
67.57% - Vincent Spadea

67.12% - Diego Junqueira
65.85% - Andreas Beck
65.63% - Alberto Martín

64.18% - Kevin Kim

63.38% - Denis Istomin

63.33% - Simon Greul
57.14% - Carsten Ball

48.89% - Lukasz Kubot

The W/L-records only include matches played on the Challenger Tour.

* Of course you can also vote for a player who is not among those 29.

Caio_Brasil
12-04-2008, 02:54 PM
This is a really hard choice, but I vote for Kubot. 9 doubles titles is freak, and he also won a singles one and reached 2 other finals. That's impressive.

CooCooCachoo
12-04-2008, 03:06 PM
This is a really hard choice, but I vote for Kubot. 9 doubles titles is freak, and he also won a singles one and reached 2 other finals. That's impressive.

I'm afraid I made a mistake and didn't edit the runner-up stats (I copied the format from the details for Navarro). Kubot did win a singles title, but never was the runner-up in a final this season.

CooCooCachoo
12-04-2008, 03:15 PM
THE 29* CONTESTANTS IN ORDER OF RANKING IMPROVEMENT


+174 - Carsten Ball

+153 - Diego Junqueira

+115 - Christophe Rochus
+113 - Eduardo Schwank
+111 - Denis Istomin

+98 - Thomaz Bellucci
+98 - Go Soeda
+98 - Andreas Beck
+92 - Simon Greul
+78 - Daniel Gimeno-Traver
+74 - Jan Hernych

+72 - Kevin Kim

+60 - Leonardo Mayer

+59 - Teimuraz Gabashvili
+48 - Ivan Navarro

+47 - Yen-Hsun Lu
+44 - Roko Karanusic

+42 - Bobby Reynolds
+41 - Nicolas Devilder
+38 - Alberto Martín

+18 - Marcos Daniel

+12 - Lukasz Kubot

+11 - Kristof Vliegen

+10 - Robert Kendrick
+5 - Martin Vassallo Arguello
+3 - Vincent Spadea

-48 - Sergio Roitman
-61 - Hyung-Taik Lee
-61 - Filippo Volandri

This ranking improvement is measured as the difference between the player's year-end rank and the ranking he had at the start of the season (January 7). Of course this ranking also includes results at non-Challenger events.

* Of course you can also vote for a player who is not among those 29.

Labamba
12-04-2008, 03:41 PM
Edu Schwank for me :cool: He made a big impact in a short period of time and would have won a lot more had he not made the jump to the ATP level.

Honorable mention goes to Christophe Rochus for his consistency and for the way he was able to revive his career from the brink of retirement.

Caio_Brasil
12-04-2008, 04:02 PM
I'm afraid I made a mistake and didn't edit the runner-up stats (I copied the format from the details for Navarro). Kubot did win a singles title, but never was the runner-up in a final this season.

It's impressive still :p

CooCooCachoo
12-04-2008, 04:13 PM
It's impressive still :p

I agree. I think Lukasz should become a doubles specialist, though. He may have won Oberstaufen, but his year in singles was pretty bad altogether. And his ranking means that he cannot get into many tougher Challengers, whereas he could be racking up some big points and prize money there in doubles. What with Marach also sucking in singles, the two of them are, in my opinion, ready to reconsider their career options.

CooCooCachoo
12-04-2008, 04:19 PM
My vote goes to Thomaz Bellucci. I was also inclined to vote for Schwank, but in my opinion, as impressive as his run was in Challengers, he did not face very tough competition.

Bellucci for me made a similar rise to the ATP level, but did so by playing some bigger Challengers and facing stronger competitors. Interestingly, in the one Challenger match-up they had, Bellucci won (though Schwank won in Viña del Mar qualies).

It vouches for Schwank that he also did well on a surface other than clay, and had some doubles success, but for me the younger of the two South Americans was slightly more impressive in propelling his way into the Top 100.

Getta
12-04-2008, 04:33 PM
Well, it was a case of having to choose between Bellucci and Schwank. I voted for Bellucci.

In any case, please do not be led by nationalism or fanaticism. :yeah:

Byrd
12-04-2008, 04:47 PM
Like the above, Belluci or Schwank as they came from nowhere and both won 3 consecutive titles in a row, but I voted for Belluci.

TBRaven
12-04-2008, 04:57 PM
Eduardo Schwank for winning three in a row .

Henry Chinaski
12-04-2008, 04:58 PM
small correction re Vliegen. #83 is nowhere near his career high.

CooCooCachoo
12-04-2008, 05:07 PM
small correction re Vliegen. #83 is nowhere near his career high.

:lol: Of course.

With making the profiles, I did a lot of copy/pasting and then edit the details. Guess I was a bit too careless sometimes :tape:

Snoo Foo
12-04-2008, 05:17 PM
A lot of worthy contenders but Schwank totally smoked the competition, he was just on fire.

Henry Chinaski
12-04-2008, 05:18 PM
yeah I figured it was a c/p error. great job with the profiles btw. an interesting read very well presented.

PiggyGotRoasted
12-04-2008, 05:34 PM
Oscar Hernandez

Nathaliia
12-04-2008, 06:36 PM
I wanted to vote for Gabashvili, but I will vote for Schwank. He was the 2nd best junior player in the world and he isn't so young anymore (Nadal's age) but at one point he's almost finished career due to constant injuries. I appreciate his breakthrough year and have to vote him.

Surprised no votes for Boggo, nobody posted this link in the Murray forum yet :confused:

JustJames
12-04-2008, 08:08 PM
Go Soeda: For winning some hardly fought hard court Challengers :yeah:

Franco GF
12-04-2008, 08:51 PM
Last year I did vote for Tsonga :hatoff:

This year I vote for Schwank :yeah:

brgs!! :) :clap2:

why,marat,why?
12-04-2008, 09:33 PM
I voted other and give my vote to Kevin Kim.

Ozone
12-04-2008, 09:39 PM
The guys im considering are: Go Soeda, Kendrick, Swank, Lu, and Kevin Kim.

Ozone
12-04-2008, 09:41 PM
Hey Coocoo, who won the Treton Series??

Ivanatis
12-04-2008, 09:56 PM
my vote goes to Thomaz, but I'm probably not that neutral on this one :lol:

FERNET
12-04-2008, 10:15 PM
:clap2: Diego Junqueira :hatoff:

juancho10
12-04-2008, 10:24 PM
:worship:Gordo Schwank! :worship:

kai.
12-04-2008, 10:25 PM
Diego Junqueira :bounce:


sorry iam not neutral

CooCooCachoo
12-04-2008, 11:38 PM
Hey Coocoo, who won the Treton Series??

No clue :shrug:

I sincerely doubt any player but the won who won actually cares about it :shrug:

Action Jackson
12-04-2008, 11:41 PM
Schwank or Bellucci.

10K Futures Qualifier
12-05-2008, 02:03 AM
I voted for Robert Kendrick.

Schwank leads.

Venle
12-05-2008, 06:35 AM
I voted for Bellucci.

Did they all beat Phau? :awww: :lol:

CooCooCachoo
12-05-2008, 07:28 AM
I voted for Bellucci.

Did they all beat Phau? :awww: :lol:

:haha: Many of them did ;)

And many of them lost to Crugnola too, by the way :lol:

CooCooCachoo
12-05-2008, 07:29 AM
And I am quite surprised by the lack of commotion over the selection :unsure:

I guess it helps that Bogdanovic had a dreadful year :p Maybe we should have a Worst Player of the Year poll too :angel:

Stawa
12-05-2008, 08:27 AM
My vote goes to Schwank. He really impressed me this year in singles AND in doubles.

Venle
12-05-2008, 08:49 AM
I guess it helps that Bogdanovic had a dreadful year :p Maybe we should have a Worst Player of the Year poll too :angel:
:lol:
Sounds like a good idea :angel:

Count Zero
12-05-2008, 09:25 AM
I guess it helps that Bogdanovic had a dreadful year :p Maybe we should have a Worst Player of the Year poll too :angel:

well at least he'd win something :devil:

although to be fair he did win 1 challenger this year and has won at least 1 challenger every year since 04!!

not sure who to vote for this time round :rolleyes:

GlennMirnyi
12-05-2008, 09:35 AM
Count Boggo?

Count Zero
12-05-2008, 09:47 AM
Count Boggo? :confused:

-----

i think its got to be between 'Bash and Vligen as they won on both fast and slow surfaces. not sure which yet.

GlennMirnyi
12-05-2008, 10:00 AM
Count of Lancashire and Newfoundland Alex "Boggo" Bogdanovic. What?

maldini
12-05-2008, 10:20 AM
:confused:

-----

i think its got to be between 'Bash and Vligen as they won on both fast and slow surfaces. not sure which yet.

That's what I thought as well and so I voted for Vliegen

GustavoM_Fan
12-05-2008, 02:19 PM
I think Schwank > Bellucci by sure.
Bellucci only had good results in clay and wasnt able to do well on ATp Level, that is because he continued played challengers at the end of the year..
at Petrobras Cup Masters he lost the final vs Luczak ... mmm

Junqueira is a similar case than Bellucci I think, anyway the main difference is that Bellucci is more young and has more future imo

Caio_Brasil
12-05-2008, 02:28 PM
I think Schwank > Bellucci by sure.
Bellucci only had good results in clay and wasnt able to do well on ATp Level, that is because he continued played challengers at the end of the year..
at Petrobras Cup Masters he lost the final vs Luczak ... mmm

Junqueira is a similar case than Bellucci I think, anyway the main difference is that Bellucci is more young and has more future imo

Feli, this contest is about challengers. :p

CooCooCachoo
12-05-2008, 03:51 PM
I think Schwank > Bellucci by sure.
Bellucci only had good results in clay and wasnt able to do well on ATp Level, that is because he continued played challengers at the end of the year..
at Petrobras Cup Masters he lost the final vs Luczak ... mmm

Junqueira is a similar case than Bellucci I think, anyway the main difference is that Bellucci is more young and has more future imo

I think it is a very close call between Schwank and Bellucci. You should not take non-Challenger results into account here, I think. Anyways, Bellucci has defeated some better players than Schwank. And yes, Schwank did also do well in doubles and on a surface other than clay, but in general I have the feeling the Challengers he mostly competed in are weaker than Bellucci's. Just my interpretation.

Junqueira is not even an option for me. His W/L-record is pretty bad (I mean it's good, but not when compared to the others in the poll) and he had some bad losses too. He had a great year for someone with his potential, I think, but there have been much more impressive performances on Challenger level.

NyGeL
12-05-2008, 03:52 PM
I voted for Bellucci, but Schwank should also be considered becouse he also won tourbnaments in doubles.

vmbf
12-05-2008, 04:59 PM
I voted in Thomaz Bellucci. He is a great player and I think he will be a Top30 in the future.

This year, he defeated Thomaz Berdych in Czech Republic (Prostejov CH). It was unbeliavle.

Keyser Soze
12-05-2008, 07:56 PM
I voted for other (Victor Crivoi):clap2:

he had a great season, the best of his career, and made a jump of 150 ATP places, although he played only 20 tournaments.

- Victor started the season by winning 2 Futures Tournaments in Egypt;
- He won his first Challenger Tournament at Manerbio, in Italy;
- Won 2 matches for Romania in Davis Cup, against Amritraj and Dev Varman;
- Reached for the 1st time the Main Table of a Grand Slam, at Roland Garros;
- Defeated this season some better ranked players, like Schwank, Horna, Andujar, Max.Gonzalez, A.Martin, Volandri, C.Rochus, Ram.Hidalgo (twice) or Canas;


:secret: maybe I'm a bit subjective; probably Bellucci had a better season, but Victor is romanian and I will vote for him:p

Ozone
12-05-2008, 09:37 PM
No clue :shrug:

I sincerely doubt any player but the won who won actually cares about it :shrug:

I dont know about that i have heard there are some pretty big bucks involved in it.

Jader Magri
12-05-2008, 11:36 PM
Thomaz Bellucci :)

anita86
12-06-2008, 10:07 AM
I voted for Daniel Gimeno-Traver

nicksimioni
12-06-2008, 01:39 PM
i voted for thomaz bellucci,but marcos daniel is good

Andre♥
12-06-2008, 01:56 PM
Bellucci gets my vote.

Btw poor Gil. He couldn't even get nominated... :lol:

He won two challengers, including one of the best challengers of the season in hardcourt! :eek:

Besides that win in Istanbul, he also won Sassuolo and reached QF or better in 12 challengers this season!

W: Istanbul, Sassuolo
SF: East London, Milan, Turin
QF: Napoli, Tunis, Marrakech, Poznan, Genova, Medellin, Cancun

He has also defeated tough competition: Horna (6:4 6:1), Pashanski (7:5 6:4; 3:6 7:6 6:4), Ventura (6:2 6:3), Martin (6:3 6:3), Zverev (7:6 7:5), Muller (7:6 6:2), Stakhovsky (6:2 7:6), RRH (1:6 6:4 6:3), Russell (6:2 6:3).

He managed to get almost into the Top 80, but then an injury put him out of the Top 100 again. :sad:

He has also had great success in doubles and he is also close to the Top 100 in doubles.

He isn't by any means the best challenger player of 2008, but he should have had at least a nomination! :p

BTW: Leave Gil alone, Chardy! :lol:

CooCooCachoo
12-06-2008, 02:32 PM
I voted for other (Victor Crivoi):clap2:

he had a great season, the best of his career, and made a jump of 150 ATP places, although he played only 20 tournaments.

- Victor started the season by winning 2 Futures Tournaments in Egypt;
- He won his first Challenger Tournament at Manerbio, in Italy;
- Won 2 matches for Romania in Davis Cup, against Amritraj and Dev Varman;
- Reached for the 1st time the Main Table of a Grand Slam, at Roland Garros;
- Defeated this season some better ranked players, like Schwank, Horna, Andujar, Max.Gonzalez, A.Martin, Volandri, C.Rochus, Ram.Hidalgo (twice) or Canas;


:secret: maybe I'm a bit subjective; probably Bellucci had a better season, but Victor is romanian and I will vote for him:p

Yes, Vic had a great year :yeah: He has some crazy ass scheduling though.

Don't think he comes anywhere close to being the player of the year though ;) But he made a lot of progress. When I saw him in ATP Vienna qualies, I was really really impressed. I was already a big fan, but I didn't know he could play that well.

CooCooCachoo
12-06-2008, 02:33 PM
Bellucci gets my vote.

Btw poor Gil. He couldn't even get nominated... :lol:

He won two challengers, including one of the best challengers of the season in hardcourt! :eek:

Besides that win in Istanbul, he also won Sassuolo and reached QF or better in 12 challengers this season!

W: Istanbul, Sassuolo
SF: East London, Milan, Turin
QF: Napoli, Tunis, Marrakech, Poznan, Genova, Medellin, Cancun

He has also defeated tough competition: Horna (6:4 6:1), Pashanski (7:5 6:4; 3:6 7:6 6:4), Ventura (6:2 6:3), Martin (6:3 6:3), Zverev (7:6 7:5), Muller (7:6 6:2), Stakhovsky (6:2 7:6), RRH (1:6 6:4 6:3), Russell (6:2 6:3).

He managed to get almost into the Top 80, but then an injury put him out of the Top 100 again. :sad:

He has also had great success in doubles and he is also close to the Top 100 in doubles.

He isn't by any means the best challenger player of 2008, but he should have had at least a nomination! :p

BTW: Leave Gil alone, Chardy! :lol:

Thanks for pointing this one out; I seemed to have overlooked him. But of couse the list I made is by no means exhaustive ;) I agree Gil would fit well among the 'most notable other candidates'.

CooCooCachoo
12-06-2008, 02:34 PM
Oh and I can't wait for a Chardy - Gil 1R AO match-up :D It has to happen.

martine2
12-06-2008, 06:38 PM
My vote goes to Schwank :rocker2:

GustavoM_Fan
12-06-2008, 07:14 PM
if Bellucci wins this :help:
following Cacho :worship: the malaka cant say more than 2 words mmm :lol:

hFcRGKOOihs

Caio_Brasil
12-06-2008, 07:17 PM
he really can't actually :tape:
the guy will learn, just give him some time :)

CooCooCachoo
12-06-2008, 07:27 PM
:lol: What else did he say about Bellucci?

NoFroz
12-06-2008, 10:30 PM
I voted for Rochus.
Junqueira and Bellucci should also be considered. All of them had great results playing challengers consistently during the whole year, but Rochus succeded in tougher tournaments IMO.

Ozone
12-07-2008, 01:08 AM
I think if Belluci and Schwank played a match, Schwank would win in straights. But since this poll is about the player of the year, then vote for whomever. I voted for Kendrick because I got to represent my American brotha, and he has made 6 finals appearances, 2 which he won. If he won the majority of these, then I think he would have gotten a lot more votes. But I think the best player in this poll is Eduard Schwank.

Caralimon
12-07-2008, 02:04 AM
:lol: What else did he say about Bellucci?

Cacho said that when you go out for dinner with Thomaz you only hear his voice when he orders his coffee. :lol:

CooCooCachoo
12-07-2008, 08:34 AM
I think if Belluci and Schwank played a match, Schwank would win in straights. But since this poll is about the player of the year, then vote for whomever. I voted for Kendrick because I got to represent my American brotha, and he has made 6 finals appearances, 2 which he won. If he won the majority of these, then I think he would have gotten a lot more votes. But I think the best player in this poll is Eduard Schwank.

Bellucci and Schwank played twice this year, splitting the wins.

CooCooCachoo
12-07-2008, 08:35 AM
Cacho said that when you go out for dinner with Thomaz you only hear his voice when he orders his coffee. :lol:

OMG :rolls: Poor Thomaz.

Benzilla7
12-07-2008, 11:09 AM
Eduardo Schwank

TiagoBrasil
12-07-2008, 03:13 PM
Bellucci is wond! hahaha!

Ozone
12-07-2008, 04:56 PM
Bellucci and Schwank played twice this year, splitting the wins.

My bad that would have been a fun match to watch.

D.daTS
12-08-2008, 03:56 PM
DATS = Bellucci He gave me more cash on cigaretes

Snowwy
12-08-2008, 04:17 PM
I voted for Rochus. I think that European challengers are much harder than South American challengers for the most part.

CooCooCachoo
12-08-2008, 04:39 PM
CUT-OFFS: BELLUCCI VS. SCHWANK

Since it seems to be between Bellucci and Schwank for the Player of the Year title, these are the cut-offs of the tournaments they won:

Thomaz Bellucci:

302 - http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wcl.gif Santiago
541 - http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wbr.gif Florianopolis
329 - http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wma.gif Rabat
275 - http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wtn.gif Tunis

Average 362

Eduardo Schwank:

230 - http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wit.gif Cremona
273 - http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wit.gif Rome
244 - http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wfr.gif Bordeaux

Average 249

So these statistics are clearly in Schwank's favour.

finishingmove
12-08-2008, 04:48 PM
other (roko)

Ivanatis
12-08-2008, 04:53 PM
Cacho said that when you go out for dinner with Thomaz you only hear his voice when he orders his coffee. :lol:

he prefers walking the walk over talking the talk:cool:

10K Futures Qualifier
12-09-2008, 02:54 AM
So these statistics are clearly in Schwank's favour.

You must keep in mind that some players were not all having the same luck in Bordeaux because of the fire. Some top competitors pulled out, and some lost their clothes, racquets, shoes, etc.

CooCooCachoo
12-09-2008, 12:26 PM
You must keep in mind that some players were not all having the same luck in Bordeaux because of the fire. Some top competitors pulled out, and some lost their clothes, racquets, shoes, etc.

Yes, and Schwank was one of the most affected players, so if anything, Bordeaux was an even more amazing win.

jonathancrane
12-09-2008, 02:25 PM
:wavey: Hi

My choice: TEIMURAZ GABASHVILI

Like his game. And won a CH in Canary :)

Jader Magri
12-09-2008, 05:23 PM
The players of South America is very well in challenger series 2008...
I hope in 2009 here: Feijão, Hocevar, Mello, Saretta, Chela, Horna, Chino Miranda, Demoliner...

GustavoM_Fan
12-10-2008, 04:55 PM
when this poll ends???

I dont understand what people see on Bellucci mmm

Zirconek
12-10-2008, 05:03 PM
when this poll ends???

December, 31.



I dont understand what people see on Bellucci mmm

and what do you see on Marcaccio? :p

kai.
12-10-2008, 05:07 PM
I dont understand what people see on Bellucci mmm

that answer we will never know :rolleyes:

jaja na really what?

TiagoBrasil
12-10-2008, 07:11 PM
December, 31.




and what do you see on Marcaccio? :p



hahaha!

GustavoM_Fan
12-10-2008, 07:58 PM
December, 31.




and what do you see on Marcaccio? :p

are u really doing the question??? what a remalake seriosly :mad:

Zirconek
12-10-2008, 08:19 PM
are u really doing the question??? what a remalake seriosly :mad:

Oh, perdón :o :p :begging:


I'm saving my vote for the last days of the poll :devil:

GustavoM_Fan
12-11-2008, 04:35 PM
vote marcaccio si4

scarecrows
12-11-2008, 04:44 PM
rezpekt to NyGel, the only argentinian to vote for Bellucci

no brazilian has voted for Schwank

EnriqueIG8
12-11-2008, 05:09 PM
my vote goes to thomaz

Ivanatis
12-11-2008, 08:12 PM
so Edu took over again? interesting duel

kai.
12-11-2008, 09:32 PM
http://djunqueira.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/0001-captura-10-12-08.jpg?w=499&h=406

:p

Zirconek
12-11-2008, 10:02 PM
so Edu took over again? interesting duel

There is a heavy campaigning by the Argie posters.

Zirconek
12-11-2008, 10:03 PM
http://djunqueira.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/0001-captura-10-12-08.jpg?w=499&h=406

:p

:yeah:

He improved a lot this year, I used to link his surname to "junkiera" :lol:

Ivanatis
12-11-2008, 10:18 PM
There is a heavy campaigning by the Argie posters.

I guess we can be glad Junqueira had such a strong year. I'm sure he's stealing some votes from Schwank.

Zirconek
12-11-2008, 10:35 PM
I guess we can be glad Junqueira had such a strong year. I'm sure he's stealing some votes from Schwank.

indeed, and it was a tough decision we removing Vassallo-Arguello from the 9 main contenders list and include him in "others" list after some checkings.
If Safin was playing Challengers, he would win this poll easily :p

scarecrows
12-12-2008, 04:56 AM
There is a heavy campaigning by the Argie posters.

national pride at stake

Zirconek
12-12-2008, 04:02 PM
My vote goes to Jan Hernych :D with his titles in Prague and Bratislava, he showed he is an all-court player, and also faced strong opponents in his way.

kai.
12-12-2008, 10:37 PM
I think than the ATP said all..

2008 Player Highlights: From A to Z (http://www.atptennis.com/1/en/2008news/atozhighlights.asp)

J - Argentine Diego Junqueira jumped from No. 239 the previous
season to No. 77 by compiling a 48-22 match record with three titles
in Challenger level play.


But the statistic never win :S

GustavoM_Fan
12-13-2008, 12:10 AM
Junqueira is the revelation of the year. si4
it is not Schwank fault that he was in better position than Junqueira in december 2007 :shrug: :lol:

Jean Kanzler
12-13-2008, 10:42 PM
go Bellucci!!!

LeChuck
12-13-2008, 11:33 PM
It's a close call between Bellucci and Edu Schwank, but I would give the nod to Bellucci. I think that he won something like 23 consecutive sets during his 17 match winning run in April/May which was outstanding.

FiBeR
12-14-2008, 01:04 PM
that was schwank not bellucci

http://www.atptennis.com/3/en/players/playerprofiles/playeractivity.asp?player=SE66

W Cremona
W Roma
W Bordeaux
R32 Roland Garros

EDIT: oh yeah.. Bellucci already did something like that by that time as well :rolls:

http://www.atptennis.com/3/en/players/playerprofiles/playeractivity.asp?player=BD20

W Florianopolis
W Tunis
W Rabat
QF Bordeaux



:lol: but i think schwank beat most top ranked players and hotter form players in his way to the wins.. compared to bellucci :p

Nathaliia
12-14-2008, 01:32 PM
I prefer Schwank over Junqueira because he's younger and IMO he'll make some damage in the ATP next season :shrug: I know this is a poll for challenger players but I prefer to vote for a better prospect for the future as well.

Ozone
12-14-2008, 03:09 PM
What happens if there is a tie?

TankingTheSet
12-14-2008, 05:50 PM
I my opinion Bellucci's very poor record at ATP level starting with the grass season is a big negative, I know it isn't challengers but in my mind those poor results should be considered when making a choice for "challenger player of the year", it makes his season look a lot worse.

In the case of Schwank, he didn't do so bad at ATP level, so I would much prefer him to Belucci. But I did vote for C. Rochus because I believe a player showing a consistent level in challengers throughout the year deserves respect for this poll.

SloKid
12-16-2008, 11:01 PM
Grega Žemlja! :D :rocker2:

:o

CooCooCachoo
12-17-2008, 08:15 AM
What happens if there is a tie?

There won't be one ;) But then they obviously share the title :)

kai.
12-20-2008, 07:01 AM
50 - 39 and 11 days more to go :)

D.daTS
12-20-2008, 10:26 AM
Kendrick is coming :spit:

kai.
12-31-2008, 03:40 PM
so... eduardo won ;) (?)

CooCooCachoo
01-01-2009, 03:35 PM
Yep, Schwank is the winner!

http://www.tennishead.net/inc/img/upimages/1347.jpg

Nathaliia
01-01-2009, 03:40 PM
Nice stuff, Edu :) Another Argentinian winner of this contest.

CooCooCachoo
01-01-2009, 04:16 PM
Yep, and the third Latin American in three editions :cool:

Ivanatis
01-01-2009, 04:37 PM
Edu :yeah:

D.daTS
01-01-2009, 05:57 PM
Yep, and the third Latin American in three editions :cool:

Bellucci or nothing from South "Africa"

:spit:

Nathaliia
01-01-2009, 06:22 PM
eh DATS sexy photo, you should be the winner of Mister MTF next poll

D.daTS
01-01-2009, 06:45 PM
eh DATS sexy photo, you should be the winner of Mister MTF next poll

:hatoff:

Now Im "Mister of Bans" :rolls:

:wavey:

Franco GF
01-04-2009, 12:00 AM
CONGRATULATIONS EDUARDO SCHWANK !! :worship:

kai.
01-04-2009, 12:06 AM
Congrats eduardo :worship:

Snoo Foo
01-04-2009, 12:21 AM
:woohoo: :bigclap: :woohoo: :bigclap: :woohoo:

Venle
01-04-2009, 08:51 AM
Congratulations!