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tangerine_dream 04-12-2007 06:46 PM

News of the Querrey
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."

Medina 04-13-2007 08:04 AM

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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

ataptc 04-13-2007 02:42 PM

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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

Deboogle!. 04-13-2007 03:28 PM

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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.

Merton 04-21-2007 06:06 PM

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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.

Deboogle!. 04-21-2007 08:32 PM

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oh geez :sobbing: Good luck Sam :)

tangerine_dream 05-02-2007 05:19 PM

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An 18 year old impressed with shiny, fast, high-flying boy toys? Yes, how cringe-worthy. :o


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.

Winston's Human 05-05-2007 12:27 PM

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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.

tulsatea 05-17-2007 11:49 PM

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Does anybody know what Sam is up to.

Deboogle!. 05-18-2007 03:01 AM

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not a clue! :(

Deboogle!. 05-18-2007 10:07 PM

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Sam's playing the ATP tourney in Austria next week :)

tangerine_dream 05-21-2007 05:02 PM

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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
Posted 05/17/2007
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!

[. . .]

click here to read the full article.

tangerine_dream 07-05-2007 08:56 PM

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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.

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.

tulsatea 07-16-2007 04:59 PM

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Sam got Mardy Fish in the first round at the Countrywide Classic in LA. Good luck.

tangerine_dream 07-31-2007 04:44 PM

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Querrey comes up aces
by: Peter Bodo,
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.

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