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Chip_s_m 11-10-2007 05:24 PM

Brian Baker
I watched Brian lose to Malisse in 4 sets at the 2005 US open after he had beat Guadio in straights. Unfortunately, shortly after that he suffered a hip injury (I think the same one that has plagued Kuerten) and wasn't seen again until this week in Nashville, his home town, where he lost in the second round to Kendrick 6-4 7-6(4). I figured that he was only playing because the tournament is in his home town, but he's appeared in the Champaign qualifying draw. Does anyone know if he's coming back full time? He was a promising young American before he got injured and it'd be nice to see him back on track.

CooCooCachoo 11-10-2007 05:26 PM

Re: Brian Baker
He's also playing in Champaign this week :wavey:

iwotic 11-10-2007 10:26 PM

Re: Brian Baker
I saw him play today...6-0 6-0 win.. very impressive stroke today..

Junkyard Racket 07-25-2008 09:48 AM

Re: Brian Baker
What ever happened to Brian Baker? Is he retired now? I wondered if those two challengers he played last fall in Tennessee were just for saying good-bye to the sport.

Chip_s_m 07-10-2011 04:17 PM

Re: Brian Baker
It's been awhile since anyone posted here. It looks like Brian, who is now 26 and hasn't played since 2007 (when this thread was first opened), is playing in the futures event in Pittsburgh this week. He's also cruising, as he hasn't lost a set (or even been taken to a tiebreak), even blowing out Chase Buchanan 6-1 6-3 yesterday. He's playing in the final today against Roland Garros junior champ Bjorn Frantangelo. Obviously his potential as a future top American player is probably now exhausted (he had reached #172 in the world by age 19), but hopefully he can get his career going again. If he keeps this up and stays injury-free then I have to imagine he could put in a few good years on the challenger circuit. Regardless, it's nice to see that he's able to play again and will hopefully end his career on his own terms.

willoughby 11-12-2011 08:42 AM

Re: Brian Baker
Brian is in Knoxville challenger semifinals this week after coming through qualifying ;) He'll face fellow "Baker" Jamie today.

I remember when he was a hyped junior in the past, and after knowing all his injury issues, I'll definitely support him for the rest of his career. He finally deserves some luck. Good luck Brian!

SapELee 02-01-2012 09:53 PM

Re: Brian Baker
Congrats to Brian on his USA F3 title. Hopefully, he can get some wildcards into challenger events. After hearing about what he has been through, I hope that he can have a decent tennis career.

SapELee 02-08-2012 05:33 PM

Re: Brian Baker
Brian lost in the first round of 100k challenger of Dallas to Odesnik 5-7 3-6. From what I have seen, he has a very nice stroke and a pretty good serve. He seems kinda tentative during big points ( a lot of double faults), maybe nervous. I think once he gets more matches under his belt, he will be winning more. Good luck Brian.

SapELee 02-18-2012 02:31 AM

Re: Brian Baker
Brian will play Jesse Levine in the first round of qualifying (Memphis). Will be tough, Jesse is in good form right now.

SapELee 02-18-2012 10:55 PM

Re: Brian Baker
He lost to Jesse 7-6(10) 6-1

SapELee 03-17-2012 05:51 PM

USA F7 Futures
Brian BAKER (USA) [3] 6-1 6-1 Bjorn FRATANGELO (USA)
Brian BAKER (USA) [3] 6-0 6-0 Rudolf SIWY (CZE)

In the 1/4 against Kosakowski.

SapELee 03-24-2012 12:21 AM

USA F8 Futures
Brian BAKER (USA) [4] 2-1 Retired Nick LINDAHL (AUS)
Brian BAKER (USA) [4] 6-3 6-3 Rudolf SIWY (CZE)
Brian BAKER (USA) [4] 6-3 7-5 Artem SITAK (NZL) [8]

vs Joshua ZAVALA (USA) in the semi

GL :cheerleader:

SapELee 03-24-2012 10:24 PM

Re: Brian Baker
Into the final vs Gregory OUELLETTE (USA) [5].

Smoke944 03-25-2012 08:55 PM

Re: Brian Baker
Brian took the final 6-1 6-2. Well done. :cool:

Snowwy 03-25-2012 09:03 PM

Re: Brian Baker
Nice to see his comeback being successful.

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