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07-04-2016 01:51 AM
SHB
Re: 1997-1998 Juniors: Wiersholm, Nava, Kozlov, Tiafoe, Mmoh, Blumberg, Ponwith, etc.

Wimbledon juniors is underway. There are two very interesting first round matchups involving Americans: Blumberg vs. Shapovalov and Blanch vs. Ruud.

It's hard to predict how well Blumberg will do given how few matches he's played this year, but I think he's capable of winning the tournament. Unfortuately, Shapovalov is probably THE favorite to win the tournament, having won Roehampton last week. Tough draw for both players. I expect a tight match. If Blumberg prevails, the draw will open up for him. His serve gives him a puncher's chance on grass.
04-11-2016 02:51 AM
SHB
Re: 1997-1998 Juniors: Wiersholm, Nava, Kozlov, Tiafoe, Mmoh, Blumberg, Ponwith, etc.

Blumberg finished 5th at the ITF Junior Masters, losing to Ruud in his opening match and following it up with wins over Luz and Lopez San Martin yesterday. He looked good yesterday. His serve is developing into a major weapon and I like how he consistently looked to attack second serves. He also looked stronger physically to me. It's incomprehensible that he lost 0 and 1 to Riffice last week.

Watch out for him. He's going to take people by surprise.
04-02-2016 06:05 PM
SHB
Re: 1997-1998 Juniors: Wiersholm, Nava, Kozlov, Tiafoe, Mmoh, Blumberg, Ponwith, etc.

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Originally Posted by SHB View Post
Liam Caruana is now playing for Italy according to his ITF profile:

http://www.itftennis.com/juniors/pla...erID=100173325

That's a shame. I think he has pro potential.
Caruana just beat Oliver Crawford 6-0, 6-0 to reach the final of the G1 International Spring Championships. He hasn't dropped a set in the tournament. Italy might have a decent prospect on their hands. As I mentioned before, I saw some Bjorn Fratangelo in him when I watched him at the Aussie Open.

Caruana will play Sam Riffice, who beat William Blumberg by the shocking scoreline of 6-0. 6-1. Riffice has also not dropped a set in the tournament. Riffice needed a good tournament.
03-27-2016 01:33 AM
SHB
Re: 1997-1998 Juniors: Wiersholm, Nava, Kozlov, Tiafoe, Mmoh, Blumberg, Ponwith, etc.

Liam Caruana is now playing for Italy according to his ITF profile:

http://www.itftennis.com/juniors/pla...erID=100173325

That's a shame. I think he has pro potential.
03-20-2016 12:47 AM
SapELee
Re: 1997-1998 Juniors: Wiersholm, Nava, Kozlov, Tiafoe, Mmoh, Blumberg, Ponwith, etc.

McNally into final of GA Porto Alegre http://www.itftennis.com/juniors/tou...tid=1100035263
03-13-2016 07:38 PM
SHB
Re: 1997-1998 Juniors: Wiersholm, Nava, Kozlov, Tiafoe, Mmoh, Blumberg, Ponwith, etc.

Ulises Blanch swept the singles and doubles titles at the Grade 1 Banana Bowl in Brazil. He beat Louis Wessels 6-4, 6-7(6), 7-6(6) in the final. Blanch has been on a very impressive run since mid-November. These are is results during that time:

GA Abierto Juvenil Mexicano: QF (lost to Olivieri, the eventual champion)
G1 Yucatan Cup: QF (lost to Raisma, the eventual runner-up)
G1 Eddie Herr: QF (lost to De Minaur, the eventual runner-up)
GA Orange Bowl: QF (lost to Kecmanovic, the eventual champion)
G1 Coffee Bowl: Runner-up (lost to Wolf)
G1 Loy Yang Traralgon: Champion
GA Australian Open: round of 32 (lost to Purcell in an extremely tight match; Purcell lost in QF to the eventual champion, Oliver Anderson, in a close match)
G1 Banana Bowl: Champion

He also won the doubles titles at the Coffee Bowl and, as mentioned, the Banana Bowl.

He may not get into the top-10 next week, but he will soon. Top-5 seems inevitable. Next up is the GA Copa Gerdau.
03-05-2016 03:41 PM
SapELee
Re: 1997-1998 Juniors: Wiersholm, Nava, Kozlov, Tiafoe, Mmoh, Blumberg, Ponwith, etc.

JJ Wolf is in the singles final at G1 36th Asuncion Bowl http://www.itftennis.com/juniors/tou...tid=1100035574
03-02-2016 04:55 AM
SHB
Re: 1997-1998 Juniors: Wiersholm, Nava, Kozlov, Tiafoe, Mmoh, Blumberg, Ponwith, etc.

The acceptance list for the Grade 1 International Spring Championships was released today. With the exception of Tiafoe, Kozlov, and Mmoh, just about every notable American born in 1998 or 1999 is on it, including William Blumberg. Of the younger kids, Sridhar and Fenty received direct entry. It's safe to assume that most of them will be playing the Easter Bowl as well.

http://www.itftennis.com/juniors/tou...tid=1100035705

The foreign competition is not that stiff this year. Alberto Lim is the highest ranked non-American.
02-20-2016 06:11 PM
SapELee
Re: 1997-1998 Juniors: Wiersholm, Nava, Kozlov, Tiafoe, Mmoh, Blumberg, Ponwith, etc.

Can't remember but I think Will had wrist injury or something.


Edit: Blanch signed with Lagardere
02-15-2016 06:57 PM
SHB
Re: 1997-1998 Juniors: Wiersholm, Nava, Kozlov, Tiafoe, Mmoh, Blumberg, Ponwith, etc.

Does anyone know what's going on with Will Blumberg? He hasn't played since the U.S. Open. He did accept an invitation to the ITF Junior Masters, which is held from April 8th to April 10th, but otherwise I haven't heard a peep about him.

I haven't heard anything about Roscoe Bellamy either, who's been out since early May.
12-31-2015 03:34 PM
SapELee
Re: 1997-1998 Juniors: Wiersholm, Nava, Kozlov, Tiafoe, Mmoh, Blumberg, Ponwith, etc.

I did a brief review/follow up of the post I did last year. How the teens did in 2015 Just Drop The Ball (Tennis Blog): 2015 Review: American Teenagers (ATP)
12-07-2015 03:55 AM
SHB
Re: 1997-1998 Juniors: Wiersholm, Nava, Kozlov, Tiafoe, Mmoh, Blumberg, Ponwith, etc.

The draw for the Orange Bowl is out. Rybakov's draw is pretty good. FAA, Tsitsipas, Valkusz, Shapovalov, and Olivieri are all in the opposite half. He could face Hossam (runner-up at the GA in Mexico two weeks ago) in the third round, Sigouin or Chung in the QF, and De Minaur, Ruud, or Kecmanovic in the SF. If he plays up to his ability, he's probably the favorite to get out of his quarter.

Ponwith has an extremely favorable draw for two rounds, but then would likely meet Valkusz in the third round and, should he get past him, FAA in the QF. Riffice, incidentally, could play FAA in the third round.

Blanch has a decent draw. I can see him getting past Ruud to reach another QF.

Draw: https://assets-ssl.usta.com/assets/1/15/b18_md.pdf
10-18-2015 10:17 PM
SHB
Re: 1997-1998 Juniors: Wiersholm, Nava, Kozlov, Tiafoe, Mmoh, Blumberg, Ponwith, etc.

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Originally Posted by SapELee View Post
WC Brandon Holt (a.k.a Tracy Austin's son) won the ITF Pan American, d. JJ Wolf 6-1 6-7(5) 6-0. Also won the doubles title.
Video of Holt vs. Kalman Boyd from June:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAEA2XSKbDc

I'm not seeing much in the way of weapons, but his recent results are encouraging. It's too bad he had to retire against Nava in the round of 16 at Kalamazoo, as he had just beaten Henrik Wiersholm convincingly.

I look forward to him facing better competition. Hopefully he'll play the Eddie Herr and Orange Bowl.

Between Blumberg, Ponwith, Blanch, Holt, Wolf, McNally, and Van Emburgh, I figure at least one of the 1998 kids outside of the Big Three will emerge as a good pro.
10-18-2015 07:32 PM
SapELee
Re: 1997-1998 Juniors: Wiersholm, Nava, Kozlov, Tiafoe, Mmoh, Blumberg, Ponwith, etc.

WC Brandon Holt (a.k.a Tracy Austin's son) won the ITF Pan American, d. JJ Wolf 6-1 6-7(5) 6-0. Also won the doubles title.
09-10-2015 12:39 AM
SapELee
Re: 1997-1998 Juniors: Wiersholm, Nava, Kozlov, Tiafoe, Mmoh, Blumberg, Ponwith, etc.

Opelka lost to Y. Chung and Blumberg lost to De Minaur. Guaranteed SFist in the top half with Fritz taking on Rybakov.

Quarterfinals

Fritz(1) v Rybakov
Ymer(3)[SWE] v Chung(11)[KOR]
Paul(5) v Hong(4)[KOR]
De Minaur[AUS] v Mmoh(2)
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