I know there used to be a Greg Jones thread but it recently got deleted because there was no activity in it for a year, so I thought I would remake one. Greg has just won his second futures title in Australia now on the back of a final appearance last week in another future. The most encouraging sign is that it seems Greg is very capable on Clay unlike most of our players.
Hes been grinding at the futures level for a while now but I hope this victory gives him enough confidence to pull enough strong results together to get his ranking high enough to get direct entry into challengers. This guy does actually have quite a bit of talent for anyone whos wondering he has a gigantic serve, only a tiny bit smaller than Sam Groth and can play on all surfaces which he proved in juniors when he lost to all the eventual champions of the junior Grand Slams in 2007. Hes 20 years old so still young enough but really has to keep up with Brydan Klein now to have chance of ATP success.
Found his next event, he is the 10th alternate on the entry list for a challenger in Uzbekistan next week, so he'll either get seeded in the qualies or just squeeze in for direct entry. So I guess this means Gregs either going to play futures in Europe after next week or play challenger qualies, I think he will play a bit of both. I really hope he can get a spot in the top 250 because I definetly think he is good enough and should be playing challengers every week and playing Grand Slam qualies.
Looks like Greg is going to be playing an the Italian futures for the next couple of weeks along with John Millman and Andrew Thomas. Heres hoping Greg can gain a couple more points and creep inside the top 300.
Into the semis of a futures in Great Britain. Has a good chance to win the tournament as number 1 seed. If he can do that it could place him in a position close to cracking the top 300 although he does have to defend a few points soon.
Well he didnt go any further than the semis of that future in the UK but this week he is playing in a Russian challenger and has advanced to the second round with a straight sets victory. The number three seed was knocked out so Greg faces another unseeded player for a spot in the quarters.
He really need to make quarterfinals here to keep up with the ranking points he gained this time last year. Greg is playing in another Russian challenger next week as well so lets hope he does well in these tournaments where big points are on the line for him.
I still think Greg has the potential to be ranked inside the top 150 for sure he just needs two or three good results on the challenger tour.