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Senior career achievements of former Junior Champions

Mario Sharapov
03-23-2010, 09:58 AM
I did this statistic for the women junior champions (http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=381295) as well.

These are the men who won Junior Grand Slam or ITF Junior World Champion since 1998.

Reached #1 or won Grand Slams:

Roger Federer (Switzerland)
Junior GS Titles: Wimbledon 1998
1998 ITF Junior World Champion
Highest Ranking: #1
Best Senior GS Result: Winner

Andy Roddick (USA)
Junior GS Titles: Australian Open 2000 & US Open 2000
2000 ITF Junior World Champion
Highest Ranking: #1
Best Senior GS Result: Winner

Reached Top 5 but not world #1 nor won a grand slam:

Fernando Gonzalez (Chile)
Junior GS Titles: French Open 1998
Highest Ranking: #5
Best Senior GS Result: F

David Nalbandian (Argentina)
Junior GS Titles: US Open 1998
Highest Ranking: #3
Best Senior GS Result: F

Guillermo Coria (Argentina)
Junior GS Titles: French Open 1999
Highest Ranking: #3
Best Senior GS Result: F

Andy Murray (Great Britain)
Junior GS Titles: US Open 2004
Highest Ranking: #2
Best Senior GS Result: F

Reached Top 10 but not Top 5:

Richard Gasquet (France)
Junior GS Titles: French Open 2002 & US Open 2002
2002 ITF Junior World Champion
Highest Ranking: #7
Best Senior GS Result: SF

Marcos Baghdatis (Cyprus)
Junior GS Titles: Australian Open 2003
2003 ITF Junior World Champion
Highest Ranking: #8
Best Senior GS Result: F

Stanislas Wawrinka (Switzerland)
Junior GS Titles: French Open 2003
Highest Ranking: #9
Best Senior GS Result: 4R

Gaël Monfils (France)
Junior GS Titles: Australian Open 2004, French Open 2004 & Wimbledon 2004
2004 ITF Junior World Champion
Highest Ranking: #9
Best Senior GS Result: SF

Marin Čilić (Croatia)
Junior GS Titles: French Open 2005
Highest Ranking: #9
Best Senior GS Result: SF

Reached Top 20 but not Top 10:

Jarkko Nieminen (Finland)
Junior GS Titles: US Open 1999
Highest Ranking: #13
Best Senior GS Result: QF

Paul-Henri Mathieu (France)
Junior GS Titles: French Open 2000
Highest Ranking: #12
Best Senior GS Result: 4R

Reached Top 50 but not Top 20:

Jürgen Melzer (Austria)
Junior GS Titles: Wimbledon 1999
Highest Ranking: #26
Best Senior GS Result: 3R

Nicolas Mahut (France)
Junior GS Titles: Wimbledon 2000
Highest Ranking: #40
Best Senior GS Result: 3R

Janko Tipsarević (Serbia)
Junior GS Titles: Australian Open 2001
Highest Ranking: #33
Best Senior GS Result: 4R

Jérémy Chardy (France)
Junior GS Titles: Wimbledon 2005
Highest Ranking: #31
Best Senior GS Result: 4R

Reached Top 100 but not Top 50:

Kristian Pless (Denmark)
Junior GS Titles: Australian Open 1999
1999 ITF Junior World Champion
Highest Ranking: #65
Best Senior GS Result: 3R

Gilles Müller (Luxembourg)
Junior GS Titles: US Open 2001
2001 ITF Junior World Champion
Highest Ranking: #59
Best Senior GS Result: QF

Donald Young (USA)
Junior GS Titles: Australian Open 2005 & Wimbledon 2007
2005 ITF Junior World Champion
Highest Ranking: #73
Best Senior GS Result: 3R

Thiemo de Bakker (Netherlands)
Junior GS Titles: Wimbledon 2006
2006 ITF Junior World Champion
Highest Ranking: #73
Best Senior GS Result: 1R

Haven't reached Top 100:

Julien Jeanpierre (France)
Junior GS Titles: Australian Open 1998
Highest Ranking: #133
Best Senior GS Result: ?

Carlos Cuadrado (Spain)
Junior GS Titles: French Open 2001
Highest Ranking: #222
Best Senior GS Result: ?

Roman Valent (Switzerland)
Junior GS Titles: Wimbledon 2001
Highest Ranking: #300
Best Senior GS Result: N/A

Clement Morel (Monaco)
Junior GS Titles: Australian Open 2002
Highest Ranking: #387
Best Senior GS Result: ?

Todd Reid (Australia)
Junior GS Titles: Wimbledon 2002
Highest Ranking: #105
Best Senior GS Result: 3R

Florin Mergea (Romania)
Junior GS Titles: Wimbledon 2003
Highest Ranking: #103
Best Senior GS Result: ?

Ryan Sweeting (USA)
Junior GS Titles: US Open 2005
Highest Ranking: #158
Best Senior GS Result: 2R

Alexandre Sidorenko (France)
Junior GS Titles: Australian Open 2006
Highest Ranking: #145
Best Senior GS Result: 1R

Martin Kližan (Slovakia)
Junior GS Titles: French Open 2006
Highest Ranking: #197
Best Senior GS Result: ?

Dušan Lojda (Czech Republic)
Junior GS Titles: US Open 2006
Highest Ranking: #203
Best Senior GS Result: ?

Brydan Klein (Australia)
Junior GS Titles: Australian Open 2007
Highest Ranking: #174
Best Senior GS Result: 2R

Uladzimir Ignatik (Belarus)
Junior GS Titles: French Open 2007
Highest Ranking: #176
Best Senior GS Result: ?

Ričardas Berankis (Lithuania)
Junior GS Titles: US Open 2007
2007 ITF Junior World Champion
Highest Ranking: #195
Best Senior GS Result: N/A

Bernard Tomic (Australia)
Junior GS Titles: Australian Open 2008 & US Open 2009
Highest Ranking: #209
Best Senior GS Result: 2R

Yang Tsung-hua (Taiwan)
Junior GS Titles: French Open 2008
2008 ITF Junior World Champion
Highest Ranking: #321
Best Senior GS Result: N/A

Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria)
Junior GS Titles: Wimbledon 2008 & US Open 2008
Highest Ranking: #255
Best Senior GS Result: 1R

Yuki Bhambri (India)
Junior GS Titles: Australian Open 2009
Highest Ranking: #337
Best Senior GS Result: N/A

Daniel Berta (Sweden)
Junior GS Titles: French Open 2009
2009 ITF Junior World Champion
Highest Ranking: #1206
Best Senior GS Result: N/A

Andrey Kuznetsov (Russia)
Junior GS Titles: Wimbledon 2009
Highest Ranking: #300
Best Senior GS Result: N/A

Tiago Fernandes (Brazil)
Junior GS Titles: Australian Open 2010
Highest Ranking: #930
Best Senior GS Result: N/A

*NB: Please help me to fill in those question marks. Thanks.

Kolya
03-23-2010, 01:00 PM
If I remember correctly Davydenko's highest junior ranking was like in the 500's.

Ivanatis
03-23-2010, 01:25 PM
Daniel Elsner won junior competitions in New York, Melbourne and Paris in 1996/97. Was a great prospect back then. But injuries and probably as well lack of professionalism kept him fom delivering at pro level.

Everko
03-23-2010, 02:36 PM
Shows how unrelaible juniors can be, put no faith in Dimiclown or Tomic

Mario Sharapov
03-23-2010, 03:22 PM
Only 2 junior champions since 1998 went on to be world #1 and won a grand slam so far (Federer and Roddick).

tennisfaNo.1
03-25-2010, 09:43 AM
as we see it's not so easy to transoform good result from the junior career. Otherwise Monfils would be ultimate GOAT (with his phisical abilities and junior success).

duong
03-25-2010, 09:59 AM
Only 2 junior champions since 1998 went on to be world #1 and won a grand slam so far (Federer and Roddick).

of course Federer has taken everything :lol:

Thanks for this article :yeah:

There's a "juniors" section in this forum, I think your thread should be there ;)

By the way, quite many young promising players did not feel really concerned about junior competitions and directly started with adult competitions, including Nadal, Del Potro, Djokovic, Murray, Berdych for instance.

Also very important is the age when you succeeded : when Monfils made these junior results, his main competitors of the same generation, far more promising than him at this moment (Nadal and Gasquet), did not compete in juniors competitions anymore.

Usually the best juniors stop juniors competitions at 17 ... then leave the door opened for other players aged 18 who can succeed if the younger generation is not as good (see this year Tomic, Harrison, Krajinovic, Bhambri might still compete in juniors competitions but they don't ... which might have allowed for instance Mina from the same generation to win Grand slams : he didn't in Melbourne yet letting a younger player -Fernandes- do it).

One has really to take into account the generation of the player first.

If you look at the best juniors from each generation and look later who was the best one, the result is far more convincing than what you do.

I prepare some statistics about that, but not considering juniors competitions but rather ATP rankings ... I mean through adults'competitions.

The result is quite convincing, I can assure you.

Mario Sharapov
03-26-2010, 06:46 AM
If we see at the women side, it seems that the recent junior girl champions made it to the top of the senior ranking much faster than the boy. (Look at Wozniacki, Radwanska, Azarenka, etc. and compared them to the boys who won the junior grand slam at the same year as those girls).

Arkulari
03-26-2010, 07:05 AM
Junior success doesn't always translate into professional success, the best example of that is Nicolas Pereira ;)

And whose two youngsters ended up being GS champs? the ones with the biggest work ethic

Smoke944
03-26-2010, 07:10 AM
Junior success doesn't always translate into professional success, the best example of that is Nicolas Pereira ;)

And whose two youngsters ended up being GS champs? the ones with the biggest work ethic

A lot of those guys have great work ethics, at some point it becomes all about the great talent they have :D

Arkulari
03-26-2010, 07:14 AM
A lot of those guys have great work ethics, at some point it becomes all about the great talent they have :D

Nalbandian and Gasquet have great work ethics? they are very very talented, even more than Duck, but who's been more consistent and won a Slam? ;)

you can be the most talented person in the world but you won't make it to the top if you're not willing to give everything and work as hard as you have to

Smoke944
03-26-2010, 07:37 AM
Nalbandian and Gasquet have great work ethics? they are very very talented, even more than Duck, but who's been more consistent and won a Slam? ;)

you can be the most talented person in the world but you won't make it to the top if you're not willing to give everything and work as hard as you have to

Agreed, I was more referring to the guys that weren't able to make the top-100 :p

duong
03-26-2010, 10:48 AM
Junior success doesn't always translate into professional success, the best example of that is Nicolas Pereira ;)


Same as for Monfils : when Pereira won 3 grand slams in 1988, Agassi (who took Wilander to 5 sets in RG semifinal that year !), Courier and Davin, who were from the same generation, were far more promising and had been on the adults' circuit for a while ;) (Courier was top-100 and Davin had been one year ago)

That's really a problem about juniors' circuit, which is very underestimated.

propi
03-26-2010, 11:02 AM
Nalbandian and Gasquet have great work ethics? they are very very talented, even more than Duck, but who's been more consistent and won a Slam? ;)

you can be the most talented person in the world but you won't make it to the top if you're not willing to give everything and work as hard as you have to
True!!
Since UsOpen 03 Roddick has constantly lost all the GS finals he's played :worship:
:p

CmonAussie
03-26-2010, 01:51 PM
***
Edberg was a junior #1, went on to win 6 slams & #1.
Cash was a junior #1, went on to win Wimbledon & #4.

duong
03-26-2010, 02:18 PM
To say it briefly : "Junior world champion" just doesn't mean "junior world champion", it only means "number 1 ranking of the players who took part in the junior tournaments during the year" ... who are only a part of the best juniors of that year, usually excluding the best ones, as they have already gone away.

This year, Tomic, Harrison, Krajinovic, Bhambri, Basilashvili ... are still juniors but they don't take part in juniors' competitions (Tomic won the junior Aus Open two years ago !). If Mina, one of the only good players from generation 1992 who takes part in juniors' competitions won 3 junior grand slams this year and finished "junior world champion 2010" (as did Pereira and Monfils), would he be more promising than Tomic and Harrison, who are friom the same generation ?

Definitely not :shrug:

I think it's not hard to understand, when you just look a little bit further than the "sexy words" of "junior world champion" and "junior grand slams" :shrug:

They are usually not even the best of their generation ! and when many generations compete ...

Mario Sharapov
03-26-2010, 02:50 PM
True!!
Since UsOpen 03 Roddick has constantly lost all the GS finals he's played :worship:
:p
Still better than Nalbandian and Gasquet :shrug:

zeleni
03-26-2010, 03:09 PM
Junior results aren't reliable indicator for senior career, obviously. It is better to look which junior player has good technique and normal, supportive family.

In juniors player can be champion only because he is bigger and stronger, but he is doomed when he moves in main tour (where his physical advantage over peers becomes irrelevant), if he doesn't have proper technique.

Family is equally important because self-confidence and working ethics are coming from there.

duong
03-26-2010, 04:12 PM
Junior results aren't reliable indicator for senior career, obviously. It is better to look which junior player has good technique and normal, supportive family.

actually the results are a very good indicator ... but you just need to look at the good ones, not just junior grand slams and junior number 1s.

I can even say something else, even if it's a too short experience to be representative : for two years I've followed this forum and looked at some opinions about the techniques and potentials of young players, and looked at their results afterwards, actually the predictions based on that have very often proved wrong in the last two years ... while some players who had quite good results but presented as with a limited potential, improved their results indeed (for instance I can quote some players who were presented as with a very limited potential, who would have difficulties to reach the top-100, and who have improved quite well recently : Lacko, Marchenko, Golubev, on the opposite Levine, Kuznetsov and Sweeting who were presented as promising, still haven't emerged)