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I would like to start a thread to keep track of some upcoming juniors.



Name: Noah Rubin
Birthday: 02-21-1996 (15 years old)
Junior Ranking: 42
ATP Ranking: N/A
Description: Noah recently captured his first G1 title (Copa Del Cafe 2012, hardcourt) two weeks ago and is currently at a career high junior ranking of 42 with only 5 itf starts :worship:. His ranking will continue to rise b/c of this week's play at G1 Copa Barranquilla (clay); will play in the quarterfinal. He was a finalist at the Les Petits As a couple of years ago. Noah seems to have a solid game, but he seems kinda short though when standing next to Farren Connor at the Copa Del Cafe final (Connor is listed at 5'11"). However, Noah is two years younger so let's hope that he can add some inches.




Name: Thai-Son Kwiatkowski
Birthday: 02-13-1995 (16 years old)
Junior Ranking: 84
ATP Ranking: N/A
Description: Despite the name, he is not a Thai descendent :lol: :shrug:. He is actually 1/4 Polish and 3/4 Vietnamese (from local paper). He is close to his career high in junior ranking but the last couple of weeks had him focusing on futures qualifying (not very successful thus far). He has a nice forehand. Here is an old video of him from the local news: Link

Might add more players later.
 

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Copa Barranquilla 2012

Noah RUBIN (USA) (2) defeated Jaime Ignacio BUENO TAPIA (CHI) 6-1 7-5
Noah RUBIN (USA) (2) defeated Victor HOYOS (PER) 6-3 6-2
Noah RUBIN (USA) (2) defeated Alexandre ALBARICI (BRA) 6-0 6-4
Mateo Nicolas MARTINEZ (ARG) (7) defeated Noah RUBIN (USA) (2) 7-6(5) 6-2

Lost in the quarterfinal to Martinez. Still a good week on clay. Should crack the top 30 next week. Hopefully he can play in some junior slams this year. Not sure what the cut-off date is for the FO.
 

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Some tibits on other junior boys this week.

Francis Tiafoe gave himself quite a 14th birthday present today, beating Michael Mmoh 6-3, 6-3 in the all-American Aegon Junior International Teen Tennis 14-and-under tournament in Bolton, England. Tiafoe, the No. 15 seed, had reached the semifinals in the tournament last year. He won every match in straight sets, and beat the No. 7, No. 1 and No. 3 seeds in his final three wins.
 

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Hopefully the success of the American boys in the 14-and-under division the last two years is a harbinger of things to come. Last year's group of Stefan Kozlov, Henrik Wiersholm, Francis Tiafoe, and Eduardo Nava did great at the two major events in Europe and this year's group of Tiafoe, Michael Mmoh, Nathan Ponwith, and William Blumberg has done similarly well at Teen Tennis, making up 3/4s of the semifinalists and both finalists. We'll see how they do at Les Petits As. One of Nick Bollettieri's coaches described Mmoh as one of the most talented and promising players to enroll at their academy.

Of the kids born in 1995, Luca Corinteli is intriguing. Very big kid with a lot of power, but his results are just okay. Had an impressive straight sets win over Borut Puc this week in Futures qualifying, but then followed it up with a disappointing loss to Mico Santiago.

Overall, it seems like we have a lot of solid players in the 1993 - 1996 (birth year) age range, but nobody stands out as outstanding. Bjorn Fratangelo won the French Open but hasn't done much since. Christian Harrison is probably our greatest hope in this age range, but it's been a long road back from his bone infection and he still has a ways to go. Alexios Halebian hasn't progressed much in terms of results. Among the '95s, Corinteli, Kwiatkowski, and McDonald are not presently among the best in their age group. Rubin is doing well, but his size could be an issue. All of these guys have a chance; there's just no one you can point to as an elite prospect at this time. If not for Harrison's health issues, he probably would have been one by now, which is frustrating.

The good news is that the slightly older trio of Ryan Harrison, Jack Sock, and Denis Kudla looks promising and could buy us some time in finding other good young players.
 

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Hopefully the success of the American boys in the 14-and-under division the last two years is a harbinger of things to come. Last year's group of Stefan Kozlov, Henrik Wiersholm, Francis Tiafoe, and Eduardo Nava did great at the two major events in Europe and this year's group of Tiafoe, Michael Mmoh, Nathan Ponwith, and William Blumberg has done similarly well at Teen Tennis, making up 3/4s of the semifinalists and both finalists. We'll see how they do at Les Petits As. One of Nick Bollettieri's coaches described Mmoh as one of the most talented and promising players to enroll at their academy.

Of the kids born in 1995, Luca Corinteli is intriguing. Very big kid with a lot of power, but his results are just okay. Had an impressive straight sets win over Borut Puc this week in Futures qualifying, but then followed it up with a disappointing loss to Mico Santiago.

Overall, it seems like we have a lot of solid players in the 1993 - 1996 (birth year) age range, but nobody stands out as outstanding. Bjorn Fratangelo won the French Open but hasn't done much since. Christian Harrison is probably our greatest hope in this age range, but it's been a long road back from his bone infection and he still has a ways to go. Alexios Halebian hasn't progressed much in terms of results. Among the '95s, Corinteli, Kwiatkowski, and McDonald are not presently among the best in their age group. Rubin is doing well, but his size could be an issue. All of these guys have a chance; there's just no one you can point to as an elite prospect at this time. If not for Harrison's health issues, he probably would have been one by now, which is frustrating.

The good news is that the slightly older trio of Ryan Harrison, Jack Sock, and Denis Kudla looks promising and could buy us some time in finding other good young players.
Thanks for the summary. I just recently started following juniors so I'm not really up to date with some of the players. I will keep an eye on some of the names you mentioned :wavey:. And yeah, such a shame that injury has slowed Christian's development. I still have hope for him though.
 

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Junior Australian Open 2012

Results from AO Round 1.

Trey Strobel USA lost to Stefano Napolitano ITA (8) 4-6 3-6
Mackenzie McDonald USA defeat Temur Ismailov UZB 6-1 7-6(2)

Connor Farren has yet to play. Not many players here compared to the girls.
 

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Thanks for the summary. I just recently started following juniors so I'm not really up to date with some of the players. I will keep an eye on some of the names you mentioned :wavey:. And yeah, such a shame that injury has slowed Christian's development. I still have hope for him though.
I started following juniors about six years ago. It's fun to follow, but it's awfully hard to predict which players will break through. Case in point: Rhyne Williams and Chase Buchanan were once elite juniors who won major junior events and even won pro titles at the age of 16. You won't see them on any top prospect lists now. Buchanan is a senior at Ohio State where he's arguably the second best player on his team. Williams went to college for two years before turning pro last summer. He still has some potential, but doesn't seem to have a high ceiling. Those are just two examples among many I could have chosen.

Having said that, these seem to be the best American players by birth year:

1992: Ryan Harrison, Jack Sock, Denis Kudla, and Daniel Kosakowski. [Others worth keeping an eye on: Andrea Collarini (transplant from Argentina who excels on clay) and Mitchell Frank (freshman at Virginia)]

1993: Bjorn Fratangelo and Marcos Giron (freshman at UCLA).

1994: Christian Harrison and Alexios Halebian. [Others worth keeping an eye on: Mitchell Krueger and Connor Farren]

1995: Thai-Son Kwiatowski, Mackenzie McDonald, and Luca Corinteli. [Others worth keeping an eye on: Spencer Papa, J.C. Aragone, and Gage Brymer]

1996: Noah Rubin and Deiton Baughman. [Others: Ernesto Escobedo]

1997: Henrik Wiersholm and Eduardo Nava

1998: Stefan Kozlov, Francis Tiafoe, Michael Mmoh, and Nathan Ponwith

This is just a snapshot in time as I see things. It will constantly evolve. In fact, chances are this list will look ridiculously inaccurate in a few years.

If you are interested in college tennis, keep an eye on Steve Johnson at USC (reigning NCAA singles champion), Alex Domijan and Jarmere Jenkins at Virginia, and Bradley Klahn at Stanford, plus Giron and Frank as mentioned above.
 

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Plenty of promising prospects but it's Kozlov first and foremost. If he grows to a good height and keeps improving.....
 

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I started following juniors about six years ago. It's fun to follow, but it's awfully hard to predict which players will break through. Case in point: Rhyne Williams and Chase Buchanan were once elite juniors who won major junior events and even won pro titles at the age of 16. You won't see them on any top prospect lists now. Buchanan is a senior at Ohio State where he's arguably the second best player on his team. Williams went to college for two years before turning pro last summer. He still has some potential, but doesn't seem to have a high ceiling. Those are just two examples among many I could have chosen.

Having said that, these seem to be the best American players by birth year:

1992: Ryan Harrison, Jack Sock, Denis Kudla, and Daniel Kosakowski. [Others worth keeping an eye on: Andrea Collarini (transplant from Argentina who excels on clay) and Mitchell Frank (freshman at Virginia)]

1993: Bjorn Fratangelo and Marcos Giron (freshman at UCLA).

1994: Christian Harrison and Alexios Halebian. [Others worth keeping an eye on: Mitchell Krueger and Connor Farren]

1995: Thai-Son Kwiatowski, Mackenzie McDonald, and Luca Corinteli. [Others worth keeping an eye on: Spencer Papa, J.C. Aragone, and Gage Brymer]

1996: Noah Rubin and Deiton Baughman. [Others: Ernesto Escobedo]

1997: Henrik Wiersholm and Eduardo Nava

1998: Stefan Kozlov, Francis Tiafoe, Michael Mmoh, and Nathan Ponwith

This is just a snapshot in time as I see things. It will constantly evolve. In fact, chances are this list will look ridiculously inaccurate in a few years.

If you are interested in college tennis, keep an eye on Steve Johnson at USC (reigning NCAA singles champion), Alex Domijan and Jarmere Jenkins at Virginia, and Bradley Klahn at Stanford, plus Giron and Frank as mentioned above.
Wow, thanks for the breakdown :yeah:
 

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Plenty of promising prospects but it's Kozlov first and foremost. If he grows to a good height and keeps improving.....
I heard of him a couple of times....and yeah he is really short (on youtube anyway). Hope that he can add some inches. But despite of his height, he seems to be doing really well for his age.
 

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Results from AO Round 1.

Trey Strobel USA lost to Stefano Napolitano ITA (8) 4-6 3-6
Mackenzie McDonald USA defeat Temur Ismailov UZB 6-1 7-6(2)

Connor Farren has yet to play. Not many players here compared to the girls.
Connor lost so Mackenzie is the sole survivor.
 

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Smith and Halebian playing in the Futures USAF3

Austin Smith and Alexios Halebian both received wildcard into USAF3. Austin will play Bangoura and Alexios against Daniel Kosakowski :bigcry:. Daniel is in a serious slump, maybe Alexios can pull off a win.
 

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McDonald won his second round match with ease at the AO. Nice tournament for him even if he loses next round.
 

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Plenty of promising prospects but it's Kozlov first and foremost. If he grows to a good height and keeps improving.....
His results are superb, but does he have enough firepower? He seems like a finesse player in all of his YouTube videos.
 

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Wiersholm won the Plaza Cup today, crushing his opponent 6-0, 6-1 in the final. That's an 18-and-under tournament, folks, with a decent (though certainly not strong) field. Impressive. Wiersholm strikes me has a kid with the right stuff.
 

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Petits As 2012

1st Round

[USA] Nathan PONWITH [10] def. [FRA] Corentin MOUTET [Q] 7-5 6-4
[USA] Francis TIAFOE [4] def. [ISR] Yankel ZEMEL [WC] 6-2 6-1
[USA] William BLUMBERG [15] def. [ROU] Calin MANDA 6-2 7-6(2)
[USA] Michael MMOH [5] def. [FRA] Geoffrey BLANCANEAUX 6-3 6-1



Keep it up boys :yeah:
 

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Boris Kozlov's after his win at the Plaza Cup (Boys 12)

"I'm going to to start playing more 14s, because the tournaments here are starting to get easy, and I'm winning almost every one," said Kozlov, who won a Florida 12s designated tournament earlier this month. "Not to sound cocky or anything, but my dad wants me to start playing more in the 14s."
Had to chuckle :).
 

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McDonald won his second round match with ease at the AO. Nice tournament for him even if he loses next round.
His match is scheduled on showcourt #3 against Andrew Harris (AUS)[6]. Too bad ESPN3 is not showing it.
 
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