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10-04-2017 05:29 AM
Mae
Re: Steve Johnson

I lost track of Steve. He is now playing in the Japan Open. He defeated Thiem in 3 Sets.
08-31-2017 01:49 AM
Mae
Re: Steve Johnson

However, he was defeated in his 2nd Match by Kyle Edmund in straight sets.
08-30-2017 12:56 AM
Mae
Re: Steve Johnson

Steve got his USO off to a good start by defeating Nicolas Almagro in straight sets.
08-24-2017 10:52 PM
Mae
Re: Steve Johnson

Steve was defeated by Kyle Edmund in 3 sets.
08-24-2017 08:27 AM
rvf35
Re: Steve Johnson

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At the time his father died the media made it seem that his father was just not his father, but his coach as well. Of course, we all know how the media is.
Well, Steve Sr. was Steve's coach from the time he first picked up a racket at 2 years old until at least college. Obviously Steve had a college tennis coach during his 4 years at USC. I don't know when exactly Steve hired a full-time traveling coach, but I could have sworn I saw a coach, who was not his father, listed on his ATP player page a few years back. Perhaps the media weren't distorting the picture that much. I also read somewhere that Steve Sr. watched all his matches, not necessarily in person but at least via TennisTV. Even though Steve Sr. was no longer his son's official coach, surely he continued to give him advice. So he kinda sorta was his coach, at least on an informal, unofficial basis.
08-24-2017 06:36 AM
Mae
Re: Steve Johnson

At the time his father died the media made it seem that his father was just not his father, but his coach as well. Of course, we all know how the media is.
08-24-2017 06:31 AM
rvf35
Re: Steve Johnson

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I wonder who is coaching Steve now?
His ATP player page says Craig Boynton. Not totally sure about this, but I think Steve Sr. stopped coaching his son quite a while ago, at least officially. I'm sure he continued to give his son advice and support, but Steve Jr. has had an "official" coach other than his father for years.
08-24-2017 05:51 AM
Mae
Re: Steve Johnson

I wonder who is coaching Steve now?
08-24-2017 02:10 AM
rvf35
Re: Steve Johnson

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Originally Posted by Mae View Post
Steve won his 2nd Match against Carlos Berlocq in straight sets. This had been a tough year for Steve so I'm happy with him getting some wins!
Prior to Winston-Salem, Steve was 0-3 on hard courts (DC, Montreal, Cincinnati). I hate to think of the blow to Steve's confidence had he gone into the USO winless on hard. So yes, these last two victories were much needed. Steve next plays Edmund, a tough but beatable opponent. Since I like Kyle, I'm certainly not rooting against him, but given all that Johnson's been through and continues to deal with, I have to root for Steve in this one.
08-24-2017 12:37 AM
Mae
Re: Steve Johnson

Steve won his 2nd Match against Carlos Berlocq in straight sets. This had been a tough year for Steve so I'm happy with him getting some wins!
08-22-2017 10:24 PM
Mae
Re: Steve Johnson

Steve won his 1st Rd match defeating Yen-Hsun Lu in straight sets at the Winston-Salem Tournament.
08-15-2017 09:48 PM
Mae
Re: Steve Johnson

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Originally Posted by rvf35 View Post
I was wondering the same thing. Steve actually won a few matches right after his father died but didn't win a match in Montreal or Cinci. Grief is not a linear process. Sometimes a family member's death hits you harder weeks or even months later. Still, I'm glad to see that Steve is forging on. I'm wishing him all the best for Winston-Salem and the USO.
I really admire Steve that he is trying to carry on, but I can't even begin to be able to imagine how hard it must be for him!
08-15-2017 09:45 PM
rvf35
Re: Steve Johnson

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I think the dead of his father who was also his coach has just been a lot for Steve to deal with. I didn't expect much from him after I learned of the death of his father.
I was wondering the same thing. Steve actually won a few matches right after his father died but didn't win a match in Montreal or Cinci. Grief is not a linear process. Sometimes a family member's death hits you harder weeks or even months later. Still, I'm glad to see that Steve is forging on. I'm wishing him all the best for Winston-Salem and the USO.
08-15-2017 09:32 PM
Mae
Re: Steve Johnson

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Not to take anything away from David Ferrer, but he's not the player he was when he was ranked #4 in the world. On the fast courts of Cincinnati and in front of a home crowd, this was really a match that Steve should have won. He's on the entry list for Winston-Salem. Hopefully he can get a few wins in NC so that he enters the US Open with a bit more confidence.
I think the death of his father who was also his coach has just been a lot for Steve to deal with. I didn't expect much from him after I learned of the death of his father.
08-15-2017 09:20 PM
rvf35
Re: Steve Johnson

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And sadly he lost his 1st Rd Match in Cincy to David Ferrer.
Not to take anything away from David Ferrer, but he's not the player he was when he was ranked #4 in the world. On the fast courts of Cincinnati and in front of a home crowd, this was really a match that Steve should have won. He's on the entry list for Winston-Salem. Hopefully he can get a few wins in NC so that he enters the US Open with a bit more confidence.
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