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Old 07-08-2013, 05:55 PM   #61
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Congrats to Stefan on his first set won at the ATP level! Great stuff.
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what stream are you guys watching? the one I am went off and the others are terrible quality.

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what stream are you guys watching? the one I am went off and the others are terrible quality.

nvm got it to work
Happened to me too. I just switched to the crappy ones until the other ones worked again.
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I never knew Stefan was so bad at passing people at the net. He can lob them but I haven't seen a good down the line or cross court pass yet.

Edit: Except maybe that last unreturnable one

Edit Edit: And the AMAZING down the line passing forehand that just squeezed inside the line for the break

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Med time out for Stefan
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lost 3-6 7-6 4-6 he was cramping real bad toward the end of the match which might cause him the match but still great showing for his first ever ATP Tour match
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Yep, at the end both legs were cramping and apparently his right arm as well. It was much worse than Wimbledon. I bet he takes a long rest after this, and then he better work a lot on fitness. Incredible effort today though. Good Job Stefan!
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Good try This loss could be a blessing in disguise.
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Stefan Kozlov had earned all of $656 in prize money before he entered today’s match against Michael Przysniezny at the Hall of Fame Championships in Newport, Rhode Island. Though he didn’t win the match, he gained valuable experience and impressed the partisan crowd with his ability to stay with the 29-year-old veteran throughout.

He also had the nerve to come back from match point four times in the second set tiebreak to level the match at one set a piece. After a slow first set, he was a hold of serve away in the third set from doing the unthinkable: winning a first pro match at fifteen and joining a handful of tennis legends.



By the third set, Kozlov called his trainer for treatment on his left leg following a slip on the grass in the first set. He didn’t seem to regain the quickness of the first two sets. Pryszienzy took advantage of a few missed opportunities by Kozlov to walk away with the close victory.



After the match, Kozlov collapsed and Przysiezny had to reach down to the grass to shake the 15-year-old’s hand. His younger brother even came out on court to help him leave the stadium. Still, he managed to sign post-match autographs as a pro for the first time.



In his first press conference, he said he didn’t sleep well last night and that now he knows he can a win a set as a pro, his confidence is high.



Know the name Stefan Kozlov. He’s coming to a Center Court near you soon. But first up is Kalamazoo and the US Open.

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He must have great future if he continues to improve
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Default South Floridian Stefan Kozlov a star in the making

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Stefan Kozlov is 15 years old, too young to drive himself to tennis practice. But already the Pembroke Pines prodigy is making international headlines and making men twice his age sweat.

Last week, he reached the quarterfinals at the Wimbledon juniors tournament as the second-youngest player in the field. On Monday, he battled for two and a half hours on Center Court in Newport, R.I., against a 29-year-old opponent in the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships. It was Kozlov’s debut on the ATP World Tour, and he is the youngest player ever to compete in the main draw at the event.

Though he lost Monday’s match to veteran Michael Przysiezny of Poland 6-3, 6-7 (9-11), 6-4, Kozlov displayed the skill and grit that make him one of the most promising prospects coming up the U.S. Tennis Association pipeline.

“Normally, you can’t even practice with a guy 15, and here, I almost lost the match to him,” said Przysiezny, who is ranked 113th. “For sure, he’s very good for his age.”

The teen saved four match points in the second-set tiebreak to force a third set. He went up a break 4-3 in the third, but then called for medical assistance. His left hip was bothering him, perhaps from a slip in the first set, and then he began to cramp. Przysiezny seized the opportunity to put the kid away.

Kozlov collapsed to the grass after the match, and his 12-year-old brother, Boris, a rising star in the junior ranks, came on the court to help big brother gather himself and his belongings. The Kozlov brothers learned the game from their father, Andrei, who moved to South Florida from Macedonia when Stefan was a baby and runs the Kozlov Tennis Academy in Pembroke Pines.

Despite the loss Monday, Kozlov heads home with a giant boost of confidence.

“The last few weeks were really good for me because I played well on big stages, and there was a lot of pressure,” Kozlov said by phone Monday afternoon. “This was my first ATP Tour match, and I played really, really well on the clutch points against a guy with a lot more experience. I wasn’t nervous, I was just excited. In the end, I was tired and he stepped up and deserved to win.”

Przysiezny certainly was impressed.

“He played tricky, with a lot of slice, and made it very tough for me,” he said. “After the match, I wished him good luck and told him this was a good first match for him. He is great for this age. In five or six years, he’ll be very good.”

Kozlov is smallish for the men’s tour at 5-10, but he has a solid build and a game that can cause problems for even a seasoned veteran such as Przysiezny. He is a baseliner with crafty hands, smart tactics and a tricky backhand slice.

His lack of size has never stopped him from playing above his age group.

As an unseeded 11-year-old four years ago, Kozlov won the AEGON Teen Tennis tournament in Bolton, England, becoming the youngest player ever to win the prestigious event for players 14 and under.

Kozlov’s father had been his only coach until three years ago, when they decided Stefan would be better off training fulltime at the USTA center in Boca Raton. He has been training with coach Nicolas Todero and still gets plenty of advice from Dad, who was with him at Wimbledon and Newport. Knowing early on he wanted to pursue a pro career over college, Stefan turned pro a year ago and signed with the Octagon agency.

He had earned a grand total of $656 in prize money from second-tier Futures events heading into Monday’s match. He added $4,430 to his earnings Monday. Kozlov will continue to play junior events and mix in some pro tournaments.

“I’m learning how to play against the pros, which is much tougher because they are stronger and serve better, and it’s harder to break serve against them,” he said. “I learn from each experience.”

Kozlov said he was exhausted after playing so much high-level tennis the past few weeks. He will fly back to South Florida Tuesday morning and take some time off before getting ready for the USTA Boys Championships in Kalamazoo, Mich., Aug. 2-11.
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He seemed really disappointed about the loss. Next stop is Kalamazoo, USO wildcard on the line. Stefan has a very good chance of winning it.

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NEWPORT — Remember the name Stefan Kozlov, tennis fans. He is 15, but played way beyond his years on Monday in his ATP World Tour debut. If his performance was a preview of coming attractions, he has a bright future on the pro circuit.

Kozlov opened the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships with a gutsy performance against Michal Przysiezny of Poland. Przysiezny, 29 and ranked No. 113, prevailed, 6-3, 7-6 (9), 6-4, but had to work hard to keep from losing to the teenager on a sunny, warm midday at the Newport Casino.

Gallery: Opening day of Newport Tennis Hall of Fame Championships

“In five or six years, I think he will be very good. I wish him all the best,” Przysiezny said after the 2-hour, 29-minute match on the stadium court.

Kozlov arrived here from Wimbledon courtesy of a wildcard from Mark Stenning, the CEO of the Hall of Fame and the tournament director. He had reached the quarterfinals of the Wimbledon juniors, a result that boosted his International Tennis Federation junior ranking to No. 17. He is the top-ranked American on the ITF circuit and the youngest player in the Top 20. His ATP World Tour ranking is 1,472.

Kozlov comes from a tennis family. His parents played professionally, he said, and his father Andrei, a former top-10 player in Russia, runs the Kozlov Tennis Academy in Pembroke Pines, Fla., which is between Miami and Fort Lauderdale. He has played since he was a tyke, and he takes online courses so he can travel the United States and the world. His 12-year-old brother, Boris, also plays and on Monday morning was hitting on the one clay court at the Newport Casino to prepare for a upcoming clay-court tournament.

The Kozlovs moved to the U.S. in 1999 from Macedonia. Andrei was with his boys in Newport. Sporting a white academy T-shirt and a red baseball cap, he was clearly visible and audible as he cheered his son from his seat in the West Grandstand.

And there was plenty to cheer. Kozlov played with great patience, content to keep the ball in play rather than going for winners all the time. He said later that he prefers to play more aggressive tennis but wanted to hit as many balls as possible against his more seasoned opponent.

As for the slice off both sides, it’s a most effective shot on grass, he said. His strokes are smooth, fluid.

Kozlov did not hesitate to come to the net when the opportunity arose and volleyed winners. He also did not hesitate to hit hard when he had to and matched Przysiezny’s power. He owns a strong forehand and steady two-fisted backhand. He slices with one hand.

Kozlov controls his shot so well that he was able to move Przysiezny along the baseline, draw him to the net with drop shots and then pass him down the line or lob over his head.

“Normally you can’t practice with a 15-year-old, and here I almost lost the match. … He hit unbelievable a few shots,” Przysiezny said with a smile.

“It was very tough for me to play from the baseline. If I serve good, he returns deep. Then I try to go to the net,” he said with a shrug.

That usually worked out poorly for the Pole.

Did he tell himself “I can’t lose to a 15-year-old kid playing his first ATP World Tour match?” He smiled again at the question.

“In these conditions, you can lose,” he said, referring to the unpredictable bounces of the Newport grass versus the Wimbledon turf. “He plays a lot of slices, so you can’t go for your shot, can’t go full power.”

The second set was the most entertaining. Kozlov won the first four games, Przysiezny the next four. Each held his last two service games. The tiebreaker was a roller coaster. Przysiezny broke ahead, Kozlov broke back. Kozlov saved three match points, Przysiezny saved a set point. Przysiezny earned his fourth match point when a Kozlov lob sailed long. Kozlov saved the point with a beautiful drop shot after sending Przysiezny deep to the deuce court. At 8-8 Kozlov made a running get and a cross-court drop shot for a winner. Przysiezny served and volleyed for 9-9. Kozlov came back with yet another drop volley winner for a 10-9 lead and closed out the tiebreaker 11-9, waving to the crowd to pump up the volume.

Fitness became an issue late in the match. Kozlov slipped and fell on his right hip in the first set and after breaking ahead, 4-3, in the third set on a forehand passing shot down the line he requested a medical timeout. The trainer stretched his hip and massaged his right quadriceps.

Przysiezny, who was ready to check out if Kozlov had held serve, broke back to 4-4 and held serve for a 5-4 advantage. Kozlov struggled in the 10th game. He drove a forehand into the net and hit a backhand wide. Another weak forehand put him in a 15-40, double match-point hole. He landed his second serve, which Przysiezny returned with a drop shot. Kozlov raced to the left net post, lobbed and crumbled to the ground with cramps in both calves and his right forearm.

As the crowd applauded the match, he got halfway up and collapsed in obvious anguish. Przysiezny leaned over, asked what happened and wished him luck in his next tournament. Then he helped the youngster up and patted him on the back.

“I should have drank more,” Kozlov said.

Was he pleased with his ATP World Tour debut?

“Yes,” he relied without hesitation, “but I should have won.”
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He seemed really disappointed about the loss. Next stop is Kalamazoo, USO wildcard on the line. Stefan has a very good chance of winning it.
I love the quote at the end of that article. That's the mentality you need. The great ones tend not to be satisfied with moral victories, even if we as fans are.

As for Kalamazoo, I would have to say he's the favorite. It won't be a cakewalk and Kozlov isn't above losing to a heavy underdog (see Junior Davis Cup qualifying where he lost to an unheralded Canadian), but the competition seems weaker than in past years. The 1995 group is unfortunately shaping up to be one of the weakest in history (right up there with 1988). Papa, perhaps the best of the bunch, was beaten routinely by Kozlov at the International Spring Championships. The 1996 group isn't particularly strong either, though Escobedo, Baughman, and Rubin can't be taken lightly. If anyone younger than that beats him, I'll be surprised. We know his history with Wiersholm, the best of the '97s.

When is the last time a 15-year-old played in the main draw of the U.S. Open or any major for that matter? Young was 16 when he first competed. Tomic played the Aussie Open at 15, but didn't get out of qualifying. Nadal was 17 at his first major. Hewitt perhaps? He was just shy of 16 when he first played the AO.
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