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Old 04-25-2013, 11:12 PM   #1
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Since the World Junior Tennis Qualifying is coming up, I thought it would be a good time to start a thread for the 1999-2001 juniors. Maybe it is a little bit too early, but I didn't want to keep piling up on the 1997-1998 thread.

The North/Central American & Caribbean Final Qualifying is in Montreal, Canada this year (May 2-4). The finals is at Prostejov, Czech Republic (August 5-10).



Some early candidates to look at from tennis recruiting:


http://www.tennisrecruiting.net/boys...D56CA54DC71C86

Note that 8th graders consist of 1998 and 1999 boys (born late 1998 to early 1999). 5th graders are not rated yet (2001/2002), but I want to include Adam Neff in this thread.

Also USTA rankings:
Boys 12 - https://tennislink.usta.com/Tourname...G8&ListType=2#


Boys 14 - https://tennislink.usta.com/Tourname...=searchresults
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The USTA has selected its teams for the ITF North/Central American/Caribbean qualifying next week in Montreal, Canada. The qualifying will determine the region's teams for the World Junior Tennis 14-and-under competition in August in the Czech Republic and the 16-and-under Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup teams, which will compete in San Luis Potosi Mexico in September. Unless there has been a change from two years ago, when the JDC and JFC were also held in Mexico, that means only one additional team will go from this qualifying. with Mexico getting an automatic bid. The top two finishers from the 14-and-under competition will advance to the Czech Republic.

World Junior Tennis - Boys
Patrick Kypson, 13, Greenville, N.C.
Sam Riffice, 14, Roseville, Calif.
Gianni Ross, 14, Burr Ridge, Ill.
Coach: Andy Brandi
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USA def. Mexico 2-0
Sam RIFFICE d. Alejandro HERNANDEZ SERRANO 6-1 6-1
Gianni ROSS d. Alan RUBIO 6-3 4-6 6-4

USA def. Guatemala 3-0
Sam RIFFICE d. Christopher VLEEMING 6-0 6-2
Gianni ROSS d. Kevin HERNANDEZ 6-2 6-1
Gianni ROSS/Patrick KYPSON d. Christopher VLEEMING/Kevin HERNANDEZ 6-0 6-0

Tie against Canada to determine 1st and 2nd place, but both already qualified for the finals since the top 2 teams advance.

http://itfjuniors.tournamentsoftware...29F36A1&draw=1
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USA def. Canada 2-1
Sam RIFFICE d. Benjamin SIGOUIN 6-1 6-1
Gianni ROSS l. Denis SHAPOVALOV 7-5 6-3
Gianni ROSS/Sam RIFFICE d. Benjamin SIGOUIN/Denis SHAPOVALOV 2-6 6-4 6-1

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Gianni Ross, Patrick Kypson, Sam Riffice, and Coach





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All About Longines Future Tennis Ace Adam Neff, Part Deux: http://tenniseastcoast.com/2013/05/2...eff-part-deux/

In case you missed it, part 1: http://tenniseastcoast.com/2013/04/2...-one-to-watch/



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Neff prepping in Barcelona for the Longines Future Tennis Aces. Really nice place: http://www.sanchez-casal.com/tourvirtual/index.html

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Eleven-year old Floridian, Adam Neff , @usta boys 12´s national spring champion. This week at @SanchezCasal pic.twitter.com/xJxHLfK0SJ
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The draw will be out tomorrow: http://rolandgarros.longines.com/#!/player/close/
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Default On The Hunt: Get to Know 11-year-old Longines Future Tennis Aces Competitor Adam Neff

His training seems very aggressive for his age...



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(May 28, 2013) After winning the USTA Boys’ 12s Spring Nationals last month, 11-year-old Adam Neff has earned a spot to compete against hopefuls from fifteen other countries in the Longines Future Tennis Aces event in Paris, France from May 30-June 1.

One look at Neff and you can hardly believe he is only 11 years old. Having grown ten inches over the past year to a height of 5’8” (173cm), his coach of four years, Lance Luciani, laughs at the thought that his pupil will soon tower over him. In fact, doctors anticipate he will grow to a height closer to 6’5” (196cm) by the time he’s done growing, and according to Luciani, he is looking to develop Neff into a similar body type of former world No. 1 Marat Safin.

Neff’s trip back to Paris, this time for the Longines event, signals a “second chance” for the young player as he attempts to redeem himself. Earlier this year while traveling to a junior tournament with his coach, Neff came down with a bad case of Norovirus, and was unable to eat for 10 days, losing 13 pounds. Not surprisingly, he lost in the first round “and it really hurt Adam because he lost to someone he probably shouldn’t have lost to,” Luciani offered. “He felt bad that it happened, and when he heard about the Longines event and how the winner of the 12s Nationals had an automatic bid, he said that it was his chance to go back (to Europe).”

At the 12s Nationals, Neff didn’t drop a set en route to the title, guaranteeing him the all-expense paid trip back to France this week.

Pupil and coach began working together shortly after Luciani’s ten year stint at the IMG Academies teaching students strategy and tactics, including several current professional tennis players, and Luciani jokes about his already four-year partnership with Neff:

“You can only coach a kid for that long if you like the kid, and Adam is a really nice young gentleman.”

The skills that Luciani has ingrained in Neff as well as Neff’s own goal to become world No. 1 one day, has allowed him to be a player mature beyond his years. Luciani imparts words of wisdom, teaching him that although “you may lose a few battles, you are not losing the war,” and Neff has won 85% of his matches in the past year using that slogan. The absolute trust and respect between player and coach, and Neff’s teachability on court, has only propelled his chances at becoming a future breakout star.

“A lot of coaches are about today, and today’s results,” said Luciani. “I once had a coach, who after Adam’s match, pointed out to him that he had missed his backhand 17 times, and then asked him ‘Don’t you think you should have changed it?’ And Adam said, ‘No, my coach told me this is the footwork I’m supposed to use.’”

“And now, one year later,” Luciani elaborates, “because Adam’s body (after having grown ten inches) matches up with what I wanted him to do back then, he’ll now make that same shot 16 out of 17 times.”

And Luciani continues, referring to the steps in his program: “It may be ugly in the beginning, but eventually it’s going to be beautiful.”

The system that Luciani employs is a self-designed program called “Strategy Zone” which is a “very aggressive system based on Andre Agassi and how he built points … and teaches a lot about footwork, targets, amounts of spin, stances and more.” The first four years are spent working on offense “to get a good base,” adding in several new skills every six months. Because Neff has now been with Luciani just over four years, the second stage of the program — the defense — was introduced this past January and “it’s already starting to show up in his game,” states Luciani. “Defensively, we’re working on slicing a little more on his backhand side, and we have a fitness trainer who is working right now on his movement to his right, so he can get to the ball earlier and go from a defensive situation to an offensive situation quickly.....read more
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Must be nice....

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When Neff and Luciani first started working together, Neff’s father asked Luciani what he needed in order to give Neff his best chance at becoming a pro. Luciani gave some pointers, construction began and now, their backyard in Bradenton, FL has one of the best facilities in the world. Among it are three tennis courts: 1) a European red clay court akin to the surface of the French Open, 2) a slower hard court like that used at the Sony Open in Miami with seven layers of cushion “to ensure we can save his knees,” states Luciani, and 3) a faster hard court like that found at the US Open with eleven layers of cushion.

It also includes a full 2800 square foot indoor gym with a recovery area, including a CVAC unit like that used by Novak Djokovic. In fact, Luciani researched the manufacturer of that same recovery pod and leased a unit for five years to allow his pupil to have optimum recovery after playing. “There’s nothing like it for recovery,” he states. “If you get injured, you get well really quick.”
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Rudolf Molleker, Germany d. Adam Neff, United States 4-1 4-0

Unfortunate that he drew Molleker in the first round.
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Another story (with video) on Adam Neff http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000...sj_share_tweet

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Guy and Ann Neff didn't want to send their 12-year-old son Adam away to a tennis academy. So they built one in their backyard.

It is on 5 acres of land down a dirt road in Bradenton, Fla., next to a bird sanctuary with chickens, roosters and peacocks. It has a red clay court like the French Open. And a purple hard court like the Sony 6758.TO +3.78% Open tournament in Key Biscayne, Fla. The Neffs are also building a replica U.S. Open hard court that should be finished in a few weeks.

A Court of One's Own

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Edward Linsmier for The Wall Street Journal
Adam Neff trains at the facility on his family's five-acre property.

Next to the courts, there is a basketball court, a jungle gym and a giant trampoline. There is also an indoor gym with a hitting wall. On a recent morning at the academy, a bulldozer and a dump truck leveled a stretch of soil for a running field. The Neffs' German shorthaired pointers—Coco and Rafa, named for Adam's favorite player, Rafael Nadal—raced around the yard.

"They like to chase the bugs around," Adam said.

"Have you ever seen a CVAC?" asked Lance Luciani, Adam's full-time coach, as he gave a tour of the recovery room adjacent to the gym. It's an airtight pod that changes air pressure, temperature and density. Novak Djokovic, the world's best tennis player, and other athletes have used the pod to aid their recovery and oxygen intake.

"It's a Disneyland for tennis players," said Peter Carnello, a Swedish entertainment executive whose son, Lancelot, trains full-time at the Neff facility.

"People are going to call us nuts, but that's all right, I've been called worse," said Guy Neff, who is a hepatologist. "If this doesn't work, there's always opportunity to be a doctor or an attorney or an accountant, or whatever he wants to do."

"We tend to not listen to the naysayers," said Ann Neff, a dermatologist and former orbital surgeon.

This week, Adam is in Paris for the Longines Future Tennis Aces tournament, which begins Thursday and includes 16 of the best young players in the world. Adam earned a free trip to France, courtesy of the watchmaker, by winning a national clay-court tournament last month in Delray Beach. He has an ambitious goal for the future: "To be No. 1," he said. "Top five would be nice, but No. 1 would be really cool."

Adam wanted to be a baseball player before his parents enrolled him in a tennis program in Cincinnati, where they lived at the time, with the hope of improving his hand-eye coordination. When Adam was 7, they visited an academy in France that wanted Adam to live there.

"I said no, that's my buddy, he's coming home with me," Adam's father said. Then the Neffs got to thinking: They wanted to move to Florida, where they had trained to become doctors. A friend introduced them to Luciani, who had worked at Nick Bollettieri's academy for nine years and was now teaching privately.

"I just said, wait a second here, let's completely change the way we're thinking of this—let's go out to the country and build the mountain," Ann said. "The amount that we would have spent to buy a nice house in some community somewhere, we can put in our own courts."

The Neffs bought the property in 2011. They built an addition to the house and cleared the yard, which was overrun by palmettos, scorpions and snakes. The three courts will cost around $160,000. They pay Luciani for private coaching; he maintains the facility and the CVAC pod, which he leased for $110,000 for five years, he said.

Luciani teaches Adam, Adam's 10-year-old sister, Katarina, and Lancelot full-time, and several others part-time, with the help of his stepdaughter, Emily Mowery, a former player at the University of Miami. The youngest Neff, 5-year-old Isabella, recently hit her first ball—"She knocked the glasses off my face," Luciani said—and will start training with him soon. He's considering other students, but doesn't want to have more than eight.

"It's more a center for private coaching than an academy," he said.

Adam and Katarina are home-schooled in the Kumon curriculum by a tutor. Adam also takes French and Spanish. They study between and after practice sessions.

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National Open tournaments

B12s
Steven Sun(1) def. Richter Jordaan(4) 6-1, 6-1
Ronan Jachuck(2) def. Cannon Kingsley(1) 6-3, 6-2
Thomas Yu(1) def. Tristan Boyer(2) 6-2, 6-0
Kevin Zhu(1) def. Zane Khan(2) 6-3, 7-5

B14s
William Howells(5) def. Vasil Kirkov(3) 6-1, 7-5
Ivan Thamma(2) def. Roscoe Bellamy(8) 7-6, 6-4
Andrew Fenty(3) def. Trent Bryde(1) 6-4, 6-2
Brian Shi(8) def. Bryan Yoshino 6-4, 6-4

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I totally forgot this was going on. Both USA U14 teams are 2-0 going into the final day of round robin play at the World Junior Tennis tourney in the Czech Republic http://www.itftennis.com/juniors/new...-heat-(1).aspx

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USA march on in the heat

PROSTEJOV, CZECH REPUBLIC: On a day when temperatures reached 37 degrees Celsius, USA continued their march to the semifinals in both the boys’ and girls’ competitions with two 3-0 victories. The boys defeated Turkey and the girls overcame Great Britain.
The boys got off to a good start against their European opponents when Samuele Riffice defeated Kaya Gore 63 61. Gianni Ross sealed USA’s victory with a 64 62 victory over Ergi Kirkin before Riffice teamed up with Patrick Kypson to seal a 3-0 win with a 62 62 victory over Gore and Can Kaya. Speaking after their doubles victory, they said “It’s pretty hot but you keep moving and you don’t really think about it.”
The American girls got off to a disastrous start when Britain’s Katie Swan won the first set of the opening rubber 60 against Michaela Gordon. Gordon upped her game at 06 14 to fight back and take the second set 64 before taking the final set by the same score line to put USA 1-0 up in the tie.
Catherine Bellis, considered one of the top girls at this year’s tournament, then put USA 2-0 up with a 62 62 victory over Anastasia Mikheeva. Gordon and Claire Liu then faced Swan and Georgina Axon in the doubles. The first set was close and went to a tiebreak, with USA just holding off the British challenge to take it 7-5, before closing out the tie by taking the second set 63 to seal their victory. When asked about how they went about combatting the heat, the girls said “you just have to drink a lot.”
The upset of the day came when India’s girls defeated Spain, the sixth seeds. Things did not start well for the Indians, however, when Paula Arias Manjon won the opening rubber 60 60 to give Spain a 1-0 lead.
India fought back, and Pranjala Yadlapalli levelled the tie 1-1 with a 63 63 victory over Eva Guerrero Alvarez. Yadlapalli then came in to the doubles team, partnering Himani Mor, and they took the opening set 62. The Spanish pair of Arias Manjon and Noella Bouzo Zanotti forced their way back into the match, taking the second set 63.
There was a 10 minute break in between the second and third sets due to the heat rule, and it was India who recovered best after the break, winning the final set 61 and sealing an excellent victory. “It was the decider so it was a great win” the girls said.
Great Britain’s boys claimed their second victory in their group when they defeated Chile 2-1. Felipe Escalona maintained his perfect record in the competition when he won the opening singles rubber 63 62 against Finn Bass to put Chile 1-0 up. When Max Stewart then defeated Nicolas Acevedo 75 62 the tie was forced into a deciding doubles rubber.
Stewart and Bass teamed up to take on Escalona and Acevedo and they won a very close doubles rubber 64 64 in an hour and 24 minutes. When asked about their performance, the Brits said “that’s the best we’ve played together”. Talking about the tournament, they said “it kinda makes you feel like a pro”. Britain face France tomorrow with the winners progressing to the semifinals.
France defeated Japan 3-0 but once again it was a close tie. Matteo Martineau won the opening rubber 63 63 to get his nation off to a good start. Yunosuke Tanaka then took the first set off France’s No. 1 Corentin Moutet 61, but Moutet came out fighting after the end of the first set and won the next two 63 61 to give France an unassailable lead. They went on to win the doubles in straight sets with the second set going to a tiebreak which the French pair won 10-8.
It was a good day for the host nation as both Czech teams won. The boys produced an excellent performance to defeat eighth seeds Brazil 2-1 and the girls held off a Romanian challenge to win by the same score line. Both Czech teams still stand a chance of reaching the semifinals, however, the boys’ fate is out of their hands as they will require other results to also go their way.
Australia’s girls, the No. 3 seed, were taken to a deciding doubles rubber by an unseeded Italian side. Tatiana Pieri produced an excellent performance to defeat Jaimee Fourlis 64 76(2) to give Italy the lead. Destanee Aiava was pushed all the way by Arianna Capogrosso before eventually coming through the encounter 46 75 61. Australia then won the doubles 63 64 to keep their hopes of reaching the semifinals alive.
Australia’s boys remain on top of their group after they defeated Italy 3-0 earlier. The stand-out rubber in that tie was between the nations’ top players, Australian Alexei Popyrin and Italy’s Nicolas Merzetti. Popyrin was seemingly coasting to victory when serving at 61 5-2 up, but Merzetti rallied and forced a tiebreak, which he then won 7-3. Popyrin proved too strong in the end, however, winning a tense final set 64.
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