We should probably make a Davis Cup thread for the kid soon. :D
Querrey was happy to be on standby
Saturday, April 7, 2007
Davis Cup Notebook
It turned out that 19-year-old Sam Querrey wasn't needed to play in this tie, so he watched both singles matches from the U.S. bench yesterday.
But he considers himself better off for what has been a whirlwind week.
Querrey was not originally supposed to be with the team this week, but he came to Winston-Salem as an insurance policy after Andy Roddick strained a hamstring last week in the Sony Ericsson Open.
Had Roddick been unable to play, either Querrey or Mardy Fish - who also has been injured in recent weeks - would have replaced Roddick.
"It was all a last-minute thing," Querrey said. "Patrick (McEnroe) called me and said would you mind coming to Winston-Salem because Andy was kind of on the bubble, and Mardy had a shoulder injury, and he said just in case, could you be ready to play? So I came. Any time the Davis Cup captain calls and asks you that, sure, you're going to come."
Querrey said he realized by midweek that Roddick would be healthy enough to play. But for a moment, the thought hit him that he could be making his Davis Cup debut.
"When I got here and saw that Andy and Mardy were playing well and they seemed fine, I figured they were going to play," Querrey said. "But you know, right when he called me, it crossed my mind that, wow, I could be playing."
Querrey has been an official practice player twice before. He continues to move up in the ATP rankings and is No. 67 after starting the year at No. 127.
"This week has been awesome," he said. "Hopefully one day I can be on the team as a player and play for my country. It's good to be around these guys, and it's a good stepping stone for the future."
04-13-2007, 07:04 AM
i would of enjoyed watching sam again the spaniards, some day sam, you are young have so much more time :) and you are already kicking ass :P
04-13-2007, 01:42 PM
Actually I don't think Sam may be ready to lay DC yet, but I wish the rules could be changed for the dead rubbers, so that up-and-coming/inexperienced players can get the feel of playing a DC match
04-13-2007, 02:28 PM
I agree on both accounts - I don't see Sam playing for another couple years.... Pmac had mentioned something about allowing a fifth player on the team, he didn't go into specifics but that'd be a nice idea.
04-21-2007, 05:06 PM
Sam has entered Barcelona and Estoril, a good decision on his part to gain some clay court experience. Best of luck to him, he faces Starace on the 1st round in Barcelona.
04-21-2007, 07:32 PM
oh geez :sobbing: Good luck Sam :)
05-02-2007, 04:19 PM
An 18 year old impressed with shiny, fast, high-flying boy toys? Yes, how cringe-worthy. :o
From SI.com: ( http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/writers/jon_wertheim/05/01/mailbag/index.html )
I couldn't help cringing when the Tennis Channel showed a Sam Querrey special where he talked about how he was impressed with Andy Roddick's private jet and wanted to earn as much money to be able to afford such toys. Really, how are you supposed to excel on the court when you are so focused on eking out a higher income (no shame that, but it must be a distraction)? -- Elizabeth Myers, Ithaca, N.Y.
You know, I'm risking some angry agent calls but I agree with you. We've established that the core of Americans are good guys. But if there were some way to dial back the talk of NetJets and high-stakes poker hands and losses at Melbourne casinos that eclipse what the average American earns in a month, that would probably be a good thing.
Maybe Patrick McEnroe can address this at the next Davis Cup summit. Yes, if you're a 20-something millionaire, you're allowed to live La Vida Vince Chase. No one is saying you need to economize by sharing a hotel room on the road (though, come to think of it, the Bryans do this anyway.) But particularly in a sport still seeking to shed its reputation as an elitist bastion, maybe a little less conspicuous consumption couldn't hurt.
05-05-2007, 11:27 AM
Is Sam playing in Rome?
I did not see his name in the qualifying draw and I did not think that he was ranked high enough for direct admission.
05-17-2007, 10:49 PM
Does anybody know what Sam is up to.
05-18-2007, 02:01 AM
not a clue! :(
05-18-2007, 09:07 PM
Sam's playing the ATP tourney in Austria next week :)
05-21-2007, 04:02 PM
Sammy needs to get an official website so that we can see what his schedule is.
I actually remember a time when Peter Bodo used to write decent articles that didn't ramble on and on about nothing. I cut out a lot of extranaeous non-Sam stuff.
A Sapling Among a Thousand Oaks
by Peter Bodo, TennisWorld
[. . .]
I make the argument that U.S. players are "hard-court specialists" to a much greater degree than players who grew up playing on clay are clay-court specialists. The harsh reality is that blowing off the clay court season has become the standard MO for American (er, gringo) players, while those theoretical "clay-court specialists" of South America and Europe are more prolific and dedicated hard court competitors.
Okay, in a way they have less choice in the matter, because the majority of events are on hard courts, or courts that play more like hard than clay. Any player who wants to make an impact in the rankings simply must play hard court tennis. The same can't be said for clay court tennis. There's a good chance that, say, the top three American players may not end up playing more than a dozen clay court matches between them this year on the high-octane European clay-court circuit (I'm discounting Houston because it's not in the U.S. although it used to be in Mexico). But check my ESPN entry if you want to compare how U.S. players stack up against clay-bred competitors in terms of commitment.
My train of thought was triggered by Wayne Bryan, with whom I had dinner on Monday in Camarillo, Ca. He's as dismayed as anyone about the way so many U.S. players simply write off the clay-court season, in what is a nasty, self-fulfilling prophecy and tautology: I can't play oan on clay therefore why should I go to Europe and waste my time trying to play on clay?
It was just what I needed, after leaving JFK at 7 AM and, after arriving in LA, jumping right into a rental car, and blasting up to Thousand Oaks to meet Sam Querrey and friends. [. . .]
[. . .]
But there's another California, where people are still living out a 1950s-style experience centered around family, sunshine and sports. That face of California is the one that produced people like Ellsworth Vines, Tracy Austin, Lindsay Davenport, Pete Sampras. . . and countless other promising SoCal prodigies like Querrey.
[. . .] But all the hype surrounding the more outrageous aspects of left-coast life often overshadows the security, prosperity and just plain normalcy that characterizes life for most people in California. So it is with the Querreys. The father, Mike, has done very well in the mortgage banking business; his two children (Sam has a hotshot volleyball-playing younger sister, Ellen) grew up without a care in the world, or at least none that had to do with anything more serious than the eternal question: Pepsi or Coke? It's still a very, very good life in SoCal.
We decided to go over to the North Ranch Country Club, where the Querreys are members, to do the usual dog-and-pony show of interviews, practice, general chit-chat. When we pulled in, Sam wanted to make a beeline for the In-and-Out burgermobile that was parked near the golf course; he'd discovered the previous day that they were giving out free burgers, and what's more unbelievably, inexplicably, friggin' outrageously amazing to a typical 19-year old than. . . free burgers?
But Sam was in training; he had just finished poking a turkey (white meat) sandwich around on his plate (there was a greater chance of the sandwich biting him than the other way around) and he resisted.
You'll have to wait for the U.S. Open issue of Tennis for the full-on interview, but it went well and Sam proved to be right out of that California athletic mainstream I mentioned above. This is a kid who played all sports and decided on tennis for the simplest reason of all: It was the one he did best. That can be a cruel blow for a family that doesn't have the resources to underwrite junior tennis training; it's still a very expensive sport in that regard. But the Querreys are lucky, money wasn't an issue. Mike dropped by for a quick chat at North Ranch and he admitted that he had done pretty well, resources were not an issue. Still, Sam's career "just developed" the way any other high school athlete's might. There was never a thought given to Sam attending a tennis academy, or concentrating full-time on tennis. The target was a tennis scholarship, preferably to the University of Southern California. That went down the tubes when it became clear that Sam had world-class talent.
This almost casual, maybe I'll be a tennis player but then maybe I won't attitude should never be dismissed as too cavalier or, heaven forbid, entitled. It's a great hedge against undue pressure, and young Sam seems as pliant and easygoing, mentally, as he is limber and powerful as a player. He has some wonderful assets in both departments. He is in the Marat Safin/Andy Roddick mold: big serve, big forehand, big body (Sam is 6-6). But Querrey has a looseness that Roddick lacks and Safin has disciplined and brought under control. And while he isn't angular and raw-boned, like Roddick, he makes a lot of power without a great deal of apparent effort.
Querrey is colt-ish bordering on gangly. He has slim, almost slumped shoulders, and he's lean - at this stage, despite how hard he whacks the ball, you can't see much difference between his right (racquet) arm and his left. Granted, he hits a two-handed backhand, but still - if Roddick is tensile, Querrey is elastic. There's an awful lot of potential in his game; while he's not a fluid and economical as a young Safin, he's escaped the big man's bane of stiffness. His power, as a stripling of 19, is very impressive; combined with his elasticity the one thing you can say for sure is that this is a kid who's going to have weapons. Big-time.
Curiously, though, the word that comes to mind contemplating Querrey is "potential": there is room to grow in all kinds of areas critical to tennis, and he seems prepared to take the trip. He's just 19, and last year he was the fourth youngest in the Top 150. Just to show how far he's gone, and how quickly, this is the kid who reached the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open junior tournament in 2004 (losing to Andy Murray) and still had no idea that in order to obtain a junior world ranking, he would have to play the ITF junior circuit. "We had no idea what that even was," says Mike Querrey. "We were like, 'Okay, so how do you sign up for that?'" A few Coffee Bowls and Copper Bowls later, Sam Querrey decided to turn down a tennis scholarship to USC. He was also the first player to win a Challenger event in his debut at that level (Yuba City, 2006).
The biggest criticism of Querrey's play on the big tour has been a failure to close out matches, which is not 3xactly a career-threatening shortcoming in a callow y outh of 18 or 19. He's taken first sets off the likes of James Blake, Rafael Nadal, Nikolay Davydenko and Tommy Haas, only to lose the matches. He won a round at last year's U.S. Open and, in the first Grand Slam, in Melbourne, he took out the gifted and versatile Jose Acasuso and Florent Serra before capitulating in four sets to Tommy Robredo.
Doyle, an Australian journeyman who has been coaching Querrey since the start of 2004, knows that Querrey has to get a handle on the basics - how to pace himself during a match, how to close matches. But in a way that's typical of the entire Querrey effort, he's not rushing to put the pieces together. There's no sense of urgency or need in the Querrey camp, and Sam himself is relaxed about his rate of progress. He's crept up to No. 67, he's notched up his training regimen and he wants to see where his game can take him. Sure he wants to be good, and he's been working diligently toward that end. But this whole thing about needing to be No. 1, or to win Wimbledon? It isn't even on his radar, until some reporter or fan lands it there.
When we were all wrapped up, I went over with Sam to the nearby Complete Performance Center, where he did some post-practice leg-work on one of those machines where you get hooked up to bungee cords that provide resistance while you do jumping or stepping exercises. He broke a good sweat and then, during a breather, groused about how a few of his pals had run through his Adidas account at Santa Monica's Adidas store. As an Adidas pro athlete, he gets a store credit of $2000, which two of his buddies managed to almost exhaust in a few minutes. "I was like, dude, that shirt is cool, but do you really need two of the same one, a track suit and a tank-top for your girlfriend?" The highlight of his visit was seeing Reggie Bush, the New Orleans Saints (and former USC) running back, who was wearing diamond earrings the size of tennis balls, and traveling with a comely girl with a bubble-butt the likes of which Sam never before seen.
After Sam and I parted, I drove over to Camarillo to meet Wayne Bryan. He took me to a place called the Smoke House ( barbecue, not crack, but I was so tired I almost wish it were. . .) No Paganini or pesto dip here; they brought us a tub of deep-fried onion strings and some big honking steaks and Wayne declared that, as he was the unofficial mayor of Camarillo, he was required by municipal ordinance to buy me dinner. I immediately waved to the waitress: Another GE please!
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click here to read the full article. (http://tennisworld.typepad.com/tennisworld/2007/05/sam_q.html)
07-05-2007, 07:56 PM
Random Sam stuff :wavey:
We hear that Sam Querrey is entered in the Vancouver Challenger the same week of the Washington, D.C., event, odd given that Washington is owned by SFX, Querrey's management company.
ESPN CHAT WITH GREG GARBER AND TODD MARTIN, THURSDAY JULY 5
Russ (Atlanta (the A)): What are the prospects for Sam Querrey? I saw him play Gaudio at last year's US Open and he looked like a clone of Tomas Berdych, am I off with that comparison or does he not possess that type of upside?
GREG GARBER: Russ: He's going to be good, very good. He's a bit gangly, but that's understandable for a kid who's only 19. He won two matches at the Australian Open, but has had some bad luck in draws, facing Blake, Monfils, Federer, Davydenko and Haas. Check back in a year and he should be top 30...
Joel (Chesterfield, VA): Todd...Who is the next great American we can expect to see come up? I know we have come great players with Andy, James, and Marty, but just looking ahead.
TODD MARTIN: Joel: Hard to say as I don't have great familiarity with lots of the juniors. I like Sam Querrey's game though and I believe he will do well in the long run.
07-16-2007, 03:59 PM
Sam got Mardy Fish in the first round at the Countrywide Classic in LA. Good luck.
07-31-2007, 03:44 PM
Querrey comes up aces
by: Peter Bodo, TENNIS.com
Monday, July 30, 2007
At a time when fears of a horrific future have led U.S. tennis officials and fans to cast increasingly panicked glances at the tadpoles in the gene pool, Sam Querrey of Thousand Oaks, Calif., made a statement. It was a pretty big statement for a pollywog of 19, given that the ace is the "statement" shot in tennis.
Against James Blake a few nights ago at the Indianapolis Tennis Championships, Querrey hit 10 aces in a row -- an achievement so extraordinary that even Greg Sharko, the ATP's resident Statmeister, was left scratching his head. Had anyone else in the Open era come even close to accomplishing something so audacious?
The consensus answer was, "no" and please feel free to write if you know otherwise. That's right, Querrey did something that neither Pancho Gonzalez, Goran Ivanisevic, Roscoe Tanner, Boris Becker, Pete Sampras nor even Slobodan Zivojinovic (hey, "Bobo" hit aces by the truckload; you should know how to pronounce his name) ever accomplished -- not in their prime, not even on Wimbledon's ace-friendly grass.
Ten aces in a row. This big (6-foot-6), goofy kid has just become the sport's Billy the Kid -- famous for his gun. And you can bet that all the other ATP pros know this kid is crazy and don't care about nothin'. Funny, it wasn't so long ago that Sam warmed up for matches at big junior tournaments with -- er -- his mom. (Yep, think embroidered floral racket cover that says, Love Means Nothing).
"We liked to keep it fun, low key," Sam recently told me with a shrug. "I never felt pressured to achieve anything." He has the confidence of a Big Man -- plus power to burn, and surprisingly good "feel" and quickness.
But 10 aces in a row? That's epic. Like Lindsay Lohan going 10 days without getting drunk, passing out and getting her puffy little face plastered all over the New York Post. With his serve and forehand, Querrey can sleepwalk into the top 15 -- just like he somnambulated into the pro ranks after a low-key junior career.
Sam is an easygoing, laid-back kid. This year, he rented a house at Wimbledon just like the big stars do, and flew some of his friends over for the event, which is something the big stars usually don't do. He also lost his first-round match to Alejandro Falla, which is another thing the big stars usually don't do. But perhaps that was coincidental. After all, Querrey was already deep into a losing streak that began in April, and lasted through seven tournaments ending at Indianapolis. I got the feeling that Querrey doesn't get uptight about things like that, which is a great gift -- up to a point.
Still, it may not be as big a gift as the ability to fire 10 aces in a row. If all else fails, Querrey could find work as a carnival act.
But I don't think all else will fail.
Querrey Hits 10 Consecutive Aces in Serving Onslaught
American teenager Sam Querrey is believed to have set an Open Era record for most consecutive aces during a dramatic three-set quarterfinal win over James Blake at the Indianapolis Tennis Championships Saturday.
Querrey (profile) fired 10 consecutive aces and a total of 34 in the match that featured no service breaks.
Querrey, 19, began his streak of aces with his 10th ace of the first set on his final service point of the tie-break. The 6' 6'' Californian then served out the second and fourth games of the second set to love with four straight aces in each game. (The first ace of his first service game in the second set came on a second serve.)
Querrey opened the sixth game with an ace, his 10th in a row. He double faulted away the next point, but hit another ace to wind up hitting 11 aces on 12 straight service points.
A delighted Querrey noted the string of aces but said he was more excited to have claimed his first career victory over a Top 10 player. "I was in a groove there, feeling good. It was one of those days where I was in the zone serving.
"But I was happiest to claim my first Top 10 win. I was 0-8 or something against Top 10 guys before this, so it feels good."
Querrey did not face a break point in 18 service games against Blake. For his part, Blake saved the lone break point he faced in the match.
In Saturday's oppressive heat, Querrey later lost his semifinal 7-6(5), 6-2 to Dmitry Tursunov, who also was playing his second match for the day due to Friday's rain. Querrey hit 10 aces in the semifinal for a tournament total of 73, which included 19 aces against Julien Benneteau in the first round and 14 against fellow big server Ivo Karlovic in the second round.
Querrey has now hit 402 aces for the season to be fourth on the list of ace leaders in the RICOH ATP MatchFacts.
Querrey also went on a tear to close the match, hitting two aces in the ninth game of the third set, then three straight while holding to love in the 11th game. For good measure, aces 33 and 34 came in the final set tie-break.
08-02-2007, 10:25 PM
Where is Sam. Vancouver Open, where he is the number one seed. He beat Donald Young 6-4, 6-4. Don't know how many aces he hit.
08-02-2007, 10:46 PM
LOS ANGELES — No one ever said the learning curve was one smooth, flowing line.
Sam Querrey has hit one of the bumps in that curve. It's a new experience, and he's not enjoying it a whole lot.
"I've been struggling a bit lately," says Querrey, the 19-year-old rising tennis star from Thousand Oaks in just his second season on the ATP tour. "I haven't won a lot of matches — zero — in my last six tournaments."
The numbers are, indeed, both unfortunate and unfamiliar for Querrey.
After rising like a rocket in his first season as a pro — the ATP media guide notes he climbed more than 600 places in the rankings, finishing the year at No. 127.
This year, the ascent continued as Querrey broke into the top 100 and kept going, reaching No. 66.
Then he hit that speed bump. After falling to Mardy Fish in the first round of last week's Countrywide Classic at UCLA, Querrey has lost nine of his last 10 matches, and is currently ranked No. 91.
"I've never experienced this before where I've lost six times in a row," Querrey says. "In every aspect of your life — if you're a businessman, if you're an athlete — you have your ups and your downs. This is just a little downhill slide, but I'm going to overcome it."
Being interested only in results, Querrey isn't too interested in dwelling on mitigating factors, but it should be noted that he hasn't been losing to guys who just wandered onto the court after buying a racquet at a thrift store.
The nine-loss stretch began with a second-round defeat in Miami against one Roger Federer. Even if you follow tennis about as closely as a vegan tracks beef prices, you're probably aware he's the world's top-ranked player. Others who have defeated Querrey of late are ninth-ranked James Blake and No. 11 Tommy Haas; seven of the nine losses are to players ranked higher than Querrey, which means that, statistically at least, they don't qualify as upsets.
Additionally, the eight matches before the UCLA tournament were played on clay (six) or grass (two) — not exactly the surfaces of choice for someone who grew up on the hard courts of Southern California. It's still tennis, of course, but it's not quite the same. Anyone who's ever sat down at an Internet café outside of the English-speaking world can probably identify with the feeling — the computers still run Windows, but everything is just a little different, and even the most basic activity is suddenly a little more difficult.
"It was tough for me for the first time, going from the clay to the grass," Querrey admits. "But it's just something I'll get used to. I like playing on both surfaces, and I'm going to get used to it."
Those surfaces are behind him now, and the reality of his current standing on the tour is that he's generally going to meet those highly ranked players pretty early in the draw. To move up, he's going to have to find ways to knock them off.
This is where the mental side of the game comes in, and it's a big focus for Querrey. Three of his recent losses came after he won the first set; in two others, he lost first-set tiebreakers that might have changed the tenor of the match. That alone is enough to make his current frustration understandable.
"On break points or bigger points, I need to be a little bit more aggressive and try to win the points," he says. "I'm kind of playing not to lose, hoping the other guy's going to miss.
"So that's one of the things I really want to work on, which unfortunately is really something you can only do in a match."
But he's also looking for answers off the court, reading and listening to tapes that deal with the mental aspect of winning. There's no one person he's turning to for advice, he says: "I kind of dabble with everyone."
Which is a good thing, because as he deals with this flat spot in the learning curve, there's no shortage of people willing to offer advice: His mom. His friends. The members of his "Sam's Club" rooting section. "Yeah, they're giving me their opinion," he says, laughing.
Querrey finds reasons to laugh and smile through all of this discussion, so it's clear he's far from beat down by the current state of affairs. And one way he's trying to address it is by adjusting his schedule. Between this week's tournament in Indianapolis and the mid-August event in Cincinnati — his last stop before the U.S. Open — he'll detour to the Vancouver Open. That's a Challenger-level event — the type that feeds the big ATP tournaments — and Querrey had great success building his professional résumé at Challengers a year ago.
"I haven't had that much success on the tour the last six or seven weeks, so I'm hoping to go back to a Challenger and hopefully win it," he says. " It can't hurt."
Neither can Querrey's perspective, really. He may not have enjoyed the last six tournaments, but he understands this is part of the professional tennis life, part of gaining the experience that only comes with time.
"Exactly," he says. "If I just keep doing the right thing, working hard, doing what I can do, I think it will turn around."
Querrey and his fans have no reason to believe it won't happen.
Of course, if things turn this week in Indianapolis, so much the better.
— Contact columnist David Lassen at dlassen@VenturaCountyStar.com.
08-03-2007, 06:28 PM
I love that Sam beat Donald Young :banana: Sam also beat Ram 6-1 6-4. Well done, Sammy. :hatoff:
Slugger beats counter-puncher
West Van tourney a round in battle of two rising U.S. stars
Lyndon Little, Vancouver Sun
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
It was the slugger against the counter puncher Tuesday and the slugger won. Big-hitting Sam Querrey, the tourney's top seed, outpunched wild-card entry Donald Young 6-4, 6-4 in the first round of men's singles play at the $150,000 Odlum Brown Vancouver Open tennis tournament at the Hollyburn Country Club.
It was just the most recent skirmish in what should be a long battle between the two talented young players for the right to be labeled the possible next big American star.
Both players came into Tuesday's feature match off impressive tournament performances.
Querrey, who has had a full year on the pro tour while Young is just getting started, reached the semifinals of an ATP main tour event last week in Indianapolis where he scored a quarter-final upset over top-10 American James Blake.
Young, 18, who won junior Wimbledon this year as well as the junior Australian Open in 2005, also had success as a pro last week, winning a $75,000 Challenger in Aptos, Calif.
But this round between the two was just about all Querrey, with the left-handed Young never really able to work himself into the match. The 6-6 Querrey demonstrated a big serve as advertised, but he also showed to advantage off the ground as he connected with some powerful ground strokes that had his smaller 5-11 opponent frequently pinned to the baseline.
"I don't think I ever really played my game," said a disappointed Young, who was the No. 1 ranked junior in the world last year. "When I had my opportunities I missed them."
Querrey didn't face a break point in the opening set, breaking Young's serve in the seventh game. He also had complete control of the second set until he got a bit sloppy serving for the match at 5-2, finally allowing Young to cash-in on a break opportunity. However, on his second opportunity to serve for the match, Querrey made no mistake.
"It really came down to just one game each set," said Querrey, who comes from Thousand Oaks, Calif. "He played one loose game each set and that was the difference."
With the win, Querrey advances to face another countryman, Rajeev Ram, who beat Justin Gimelstob, who was once ranked as high as No. 63 in the world but has now fallen to 178, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.
"It was a good feeling to get by Donald," added Querrey. "He's a lefty and a fellow American so it was a good first-round win."
Meantime, the top-ranked Canadian in the men's event, Frederic Niemeyer of Quebec, pulled off a mild upset by eliminating eighth-seeded Bruno Echagaray of Mexico. Niemeyer, who at No. 275 in the world is second in Canada only to Frank Dancevic, beat Echagaray 6-3, 6-4 and will now face Andre Stoppini of Italy in the next round.
On the women's side, Sharon Fichman of Toronto, a semi-finalist last year, won her opening match 6-2, 2-6, 6-1 over Ana Veselinovic of Serbia. However, North Vancouver wild card entry Stefi Gjine, the newly-crowned Stanley Park champion, was beaten 6-4, 6-0 by Japan's Tomoyo Takagishi. Vancouver's 16-year-old Rebecca Marino, who won back-to-back Stanley Park crowns in 2005 and 2006, plays her first-round singles match this afternoon against the third-seeded Abigail Spears of the U.S.
08-04-2007, 05:08 AM
Sam is into the semis with a 6-3 7-6(1) win over Zack Fleishman. Bobby Reynolds is next. :yeah:
Sam Querrey just passed one major milestone and he's approaching another. Querrey turned 20 earlier this month, permanently shedding his teenage skin, and his first full season as a pro is winding down.
It's been a mixed bag. Querrey played a moderately full calendar and as of this week, he'd lost one more match than he'd won (19-20). His best showing in a Grand Slam came early, in the Australian Open, where he reached the third round. Querrey went out in the first round of the other three Slams, though he still considers his five-set loss to a French qualifier at Roland Garros notable.
"I thought I played really well this season on clay, even though I only won one match," Querrey told ESPN.com in Gothenburg, Sweden, where he was working his fourth shift as a Davis Cup practice partner. "Lost a close one to [Tommy] Haas, lost a close one to [Gael] Monfils, lost a close one to [Juan] Monaco -- so I was losing to quality players. It's a grind going to Europe and doing that, but I think it really helped me. I'm going to do it again next year."
The comment indicates that the even-keeled Querrey is probably exactly where he should be -- soaking up knowledge and thinking as much about effort as results. He stuck with the status quo during this transition season, returning to his hometown of Thousand Oaks, Calif., to stay with his parents between tournaments and continuing to work with Grant Doyle, his coach since age 16.
The 6-foot-6-inch Querrey reached a high of No. 47 in August following good showings on the U.S. summer hard-court circuit. He lost to James Blake in the Cincinnati quarterfinals, serving what is believed to be an Open-era record of 10 consecutive aces in that match, and reached the Indianapolis semifinals before losing to Russia's Dmitry Tursunov.
Since then, Querrey has struggled a bit, dropping his first matches at the U.S. Open, Bangkok and Tokyo and falling in the second round of a Challenger tournament in Sacramento, Calif., last week. He's No. 60 this week and has just two more tournaments -- in Lyon, France and the Masters Series event in Paris -- to scramble back into the top 50, his year-end goal.
Doyle praised Querrey's progress but said mental fatigue has been a factor late in the season, underscoring the need to put the finishing touches on becoming a pro.
"He needs to prepare himself for every match, and he needs to prepare for players that are lower-ranked than him, where he's expected to win," the coach said from Austin, Texas, where Querrey is training with Andy Roddick this week. "That's one of the big reasons his performances have been so up and down."
10-21-2007, 12:49 AM
Sam plays Ivan Ljubicic in the first round at Lyons. Not the best draw for Sam.
10-23-2007, 07:50 PM
Sam lost 6-7, 6-7 to Ivan Ljubicic. Sam hit 19 aces.
04-24-2008, 03:51 PM
Nice quick interview with Sam over at tennis.com. Here's a sampling. :wavey:
The 360 Interview: Sam Querrey
In tennis: This year, my two main goals [were] to win an ATP tournament and… to finish in the top 30.
Long term, obviously I'd love to win a Grand Slam and be No. 1 in the world someday, but first I want to accomplish these goals that I've set. It's more of a step-by-step thing for me. For other players it might be different, but for me it's that.
Post-tennis: I hope it's something that'll just come along. I was going to go to USC [University of Southern California] and study business and play on the team, and do who-knows-what then, so that was kind of my plan before I did this.
Definitely, there's a good shot I'll [go back and] do that.
Game: On my service games I try to be aggressive. I have a big serve, a big forehand. On my opponent's service games. I try to have some patience and be consistent and try to break down his serve.
Court presence: [Being laid back] helps me and hurts me. Sometimes it helps me because I don't let things bother me a lot. But at other times can hurt me a lot because I don't get fired up at times as I should be.
Occasionally I'll get really into a match and give a lot of ‘C’mons.’ I'd like to do that more, and off the court I would never really express myself like that, but I'm hoping I can kind of implement that more in my tennis game. It helps me when I'm on the court.
I don't know why the online tennis media seemed to ignore a 20-year-old American beating a former French Open Champion and No. 14 in the world -- on clay. It just happened Monday. Sam Querrey defeated Carlos Moyà 6-3, 1-6, 6-3. What is there not to like about Querrey? Does his unassuming manner not make for good headlines? -- Chris, Menlo Park, Calif.
I start by saying that I don't exempt myself here. But the emergence of Querrey has been so strange. Everyone laments the state of American tennis and complains about the paucity of prospects. Here we have a young American winning an event in Las Vegas and then beating three fine clay-courters to reach the Monte Carlo quarterfinals, and he gets less pub than Salt Lake City.
So let's kick off this 'Bag by praising Querrey. He was the only American to enter the Monte Carlo singles draw. He was so modest in assessing his chances that he booked a midweek flight. Then he does himself proud by making the Elite Eight and beating fine players, including Richard Gasquet -- who, you'll recall, beat Roger Federer on the same court a few years back.
That's an encouraging result, and while it won't likely earn him a place on the next Davis Cup team, as some of you suggested, it's nice to see an American who doesn't perceive clay to be a toxic substance.
I think Querrey's modest profile stems in part from his understated demeanor. Watch the documentary Unstrung this Saturday and you get a sense that he's just a normal, low-intensity kid who happened to be blessed by the tennis gods. Also, he had that mini-breakthrough a few years ago and then endured a bit of a sophomore slump.
While it's a completely normal trajectory for a young player (hello, Agnes Szavay!), the media tends to take a burn-me-once-shame-on-me approach. "We're going to go easy on the guy this time because he could be playing Challengers in Vancouver in a few months."
So is Querrey top-10 material? Hard to say. But is he a solid pro with a big serve who could do some damage on a variety of surfaces? No question. And given the state of affairs in American tennis, this is cause for some (tastefully muted) celebration.
If the Masters Series events are mandatory, why is Querrey the only American in the main draw? Kudos to him for playing and winning his matches thus far, but where are Andy Roddick and James Blake? :yawn: :baby: :zzz: -- Alan Gnani, Atlanta
Monte Carlo is "mandatory" with an asterisk. Sort of like the 8 a.m. class at ATP University. It has Masters Series status (and prize money) but it's not technically a hard "must-play" designation. This is the rare Solomonic compromise in tennis. The event didn't get downgraded. The loyalists such as Federer and Rafael Nadal could still play. The Americans who are (understandably) reluctant to spend eight consecutive weeks in Europe, get a pass.
03-29-2009, 12:52 AM
Interview in Miami:
04-08-2009, 01:58 AM
Does anyone know why Sam withdrew from his first Houston match?....Oh, why do I even bother--by the time someone sees this the clay season will be over. :bigcry: :o
04-08-2009, 02:16 AM
according to the tourney site it's a sore hamstring, so hopefully nothing too serious
04-08-2009, 06:46 PM
Well that's a bummer. He had a real opportunity to score some points. Hopefully Isner or Odesnik will capitalize on his absence at least.
05-19-2009, 03:17 AM
I'm glad he won his match in the World Team Cup, but too bad the US lost.
05-20-2009, 02:27 AM
Blah Sam lost today to Soderling :o.
05-20-2009, 11:26 PM
I'm glad he won in doubles :D.
05-22-2009, 12:29 AM
He beat Simon 7-5, 6-3 :cool::yeah:;)!
05-22-2009, 06:11 AM
So Sam won 4 of 6 matches here :D
08-30-2009, 09:37 PM
As of the August 31 rankings list, Sam is now the second-highest ranked American, having just moved past Blake. I believe he also has fewer points to defend than Blake or Fish for the remainder of the season, so odds are he'll finish at #2. Great job Sam and keep moving up those rankings. Top 16 seed for the Australian Open would be awesome.
09-28-2009, 12:27 AM
Sam is playing in Bangkok $608,500 ATP 250 this week!!
He is 3 seed, so he will have a bye first round. :woohoo:
He will play Andreas Beck or a qualifier the 2nd round.
It isn't exactly "American Idol" yet, but this Sam and John show is demonstrating that it has legs, plays well to all different audiences and brings something a bit new to what most people have come to expect of prime-time tennis.
Sam Querrey and John Isner played the final in Memphis a few months back, on an indoor hard court. Querrey won the entertaining shootout 6-3 in the third, after the men split tiebreaker sets. At No. 31, Querrey was ranked six places below Isner. It was a ray of hope for Americans who were growing restless, what with no successors to veterans Andy Roddick and James Blake on the horizon.
Some critics scoffed at this presumed order of succession. Querrey and Isner, with their big service-based games and bodies more seemingly suited to NCAA basketball (Querrey is 6-foot-6, Isner 6-9), are nothing like the compact, fleet aggressive baseliners at the top of the contemporary game.
But Sunday, Querrey and Isner met in a final again, and this time it was on red European clay, in Belgrade, Serbia. It was the first meeting of American male players in a clay-court final since Andre Agassi and Jim Courier clashed for the French Open title in 1991. Querrey won again -- this time he wiped away a second-set match point (with Isner serving at 5-3), survived the ensuing tiebreaker and nosed ahead in the third to win 6-4.
A few weeks ago, Isner told me that the two men, who are great buddies and doubles partners, have a deal. They go out to dinner after they play, and the winner has to pick up the check. As frustrating as the early stage in this budding rivalry may be for Isner (he now trails 1-2), at least he's getting a couple of free meals out of it.
That Isner and Querrey made the clay-court final is great news on the home front. It confirms something each of them might have told you, and you might have met with skepticism. They not only can play on clay, they actually enjoy it. That's counter-intuitive, given how much more suited their respective games seem for hard courts.
We had an inkling of this, though, back during the Davis Cup tie played in the same Serbian city against a squad led by Novak Djokovic. The U.S. was, for the first time since the dawn of the new millennium, without the singles services of Roddick and Blake. Although Isner and Querrey were both beaten in the singles on the first day of play, the U.S. doubles squad (with Isner subbing for ill Mike Bryan) kept the tie alive for Day 3. Isner gave Djokovic all he could handle before succumbing in fives sets to end the tie. It was a solid performance for the U.S., given that Isner is a Davis Cup rookie and Querrey was playing in just his second tie.
Sunday's Belgrade final also suggested that the friendship between the two players makes both men better. They're competitive, sure, but this is a textbook case of a rising tide lifting all -- or at least both -- boats. They feed off each other's success and want to keep pace with each other. Whether the friendship can stand the familiar strains of competition remains to be seen, but they can remain close without necessarily texting each other multiple times each day, as they've been doing.
That it's lonely at the top is a truism, but truth be told, it's also lonely in the middle and sometimes horribly lonely at the bottom. Tennis is, among other things, the lonely game. The friendship these guys enjoy must help alleviate some of that loneliness, and it will continue to do so even if they need to pull back a bit, as one-time bosom buddies Courier and Pete Sampras did after they emerged as rivals for the top ranking.
These guys are a different from those aforementioned icons, though. The game is different, too. And so is the mentality of today's players. For one thing, Querrey and Isner like to play doubles, although that might change if either or both enjoy enormous singles success. For now, though, one of their goals as a team is to make the elite eight doubles field at the 2010 year-end ATP Tour championships. They've worked out their schedules with that taken into account.
So we're looking at a slightly different breed of cat here. It's silly to compare Isner and Querrey to their illustrious forerunners, Sampras, Courier, Agassi and Michael Chang. Querrey and Isner aren't competing at that level yet. But they're also of a different generation with a different mindset. Just look at the ongoing love fest between bitter on-court rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
So far, the friendship between Querrey and Isner has had only upside, and why shouldn't it stay that way? Both of these guys know a good thing when they see it, and that's what they see when they look at each other, across the net or across a dinner table.
08-26-2010, 06:30 PM
The Last Time... With Sam Querrey
by Paul Macpherson
On 3 August, during the Legg Mason Tennis Classic, Sam Querrey, Bob and Mike Bryan met U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House in Washington.
Sam Querrey, a four-time winner on the ATP World Tour this year, talks about the last time…
I bought tennis balls or rented a tennis court?
About a year ago in San Diego. I had to get a clay court at Barnes Tennis Centre and I had to pay my eight dollar fee and buy balls there.
Last time I queued for tickets?
I buy tickets for events all the time but I don’t necessarily line up. I scalped tickets at a Dave Matthews Band concert about five years ago. My buddy and I were walking around outside trying to scalp ‘em.
I lost something important?
Right now I can’t find my passport. Maybe I left it at home.
I missed a flight?
That probably hasn’t happened for about three years; it was when I was flying from Colorado to Wichita, Kansas, for an exhibition.
I cooked for myself?
A couple of years ago… I never cook; I usually just pour a bowl of cereal or go out for every meal.
I shared a hotel room with another player?
I have friends staying with me all the time but another player… about four years ago when I was a Davis Cup practice partner. I think it was Tim Smyczek in Palm Springs in 2006.
Being recognised help me?
Last night [in Washington, D.C.] I was trying to get a table at an Italian restaurant and the guy was a big tennis fan. He got me, my mum and her friends in.
I visited a country for the first time?
Serbia in 2009.
I was asked to sign something unusual?
I signed someone’s forehead after the LA Open last week.
I asked someone for their autograph?
Kobe Bryan at the Olympics in 2008. He signed a piece of paper for me.
I met someone famous?
I met the Barack Obama at the White House during a Quick Start clinic for kids. That was a thrill.
I had a bad hotel experience?
At a hotel in Rome it was supposed to be a king bed but it was really two small beds pushed together and I kept falling through the middle of the two beds.
According to this Sarasota Herald-Tribune article, Sam Querrey has moved to Dallas & is working with Philip Farmer: http://bit.ly/I4fYzR
Querrey captures Sarasota Open with win over Lorenzi (http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20120422/ARTICLE/120429841?p=1&tc=pg)
05-21-2012, 09:53 PM
Querrey, Harrison to play World TeamTennis (http://tennis.com/articles/templates/ticker.aspx?articleid=17736&zoneid=6)
California native Sam Querrey will play World TeamTennis for the Sacramento Capitals on July 16, 18, 19, 20, and 22. The Capitals' roster also includes Mardy Fish, Mark Knowles, Coco Vandeweghe, Yasmin Schnack and Asia Muhammad. Querrey had previously played for the Washington Kastles. “Adding Sam to our team gives us a huge advantage in the second week of the season,” said Ramey Osborne, Capitals Managing General Partner. “He is a very talented American player with a big smile and a big serve who has played tennis at the highest level of the game.”