Originally Posted by Grinder
Has anyone here seen Rhyne play? He's only 16 (born on 3-22-1991) and the 10th ranked junior player in the world.
More impressive than that however, is that Rhyne is in the final of USA F16 Futures this week.
Hope to see Rhyne continue to get solid results on the pro tour.
I have seen him play only on the grainy live feed that they had at the NCAAs a couple months ago. His forehand is really really good. He hits it with a bit of a whiplash motion in a way that reminds me a bit of the way Rios hit his forehand. His backhand is fine, and I actually don't think he gives it quite enough credit. He is constantly running around it when I don't know that he necessarily needs to do that, but who the heck am I? I've actually heard him (or just seen the quote) say in an interview that he is at his best when he is moving his opponent around the court with his forehand...that that's his game.
He's got a big serve and he moves well. He is definitely reluctant to move forward to the net. I would say a little bit too reluctant.
The biggest knock on him -- and I would agree with this -- is that he is a bit streaky. Or at least unable to sustain his best tennis for as long as maybe you would like. I don't know him personally or anything, so I don't know if that is a byproduct of focus or fitness, but I definitely saw it in the final of the NCAAs. He was working Steve Johns over pretty good in the first set, and really appeared to be the better player. And then Johnson worked him over in the last two sets.
Rhyne has got some nice wins under his belt, though. And now that he is a pro, I hope to see him get a bunch more.
Full disclosure: I'm a Tennessee grad. So I'm definitely rooting for him.