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Kellen was a doubles champion at the Junior's Wimbledon, a Semi-Finalist at the French Open, and recently signed with the Texas Longhorns to play Division 1 college tennis. Kellen is following the route that many other America players have followed recently namely Sam Quarry, John Isner, and James Blake by playing college tennis instead of taking the leap directly into professional tennis.

Damico, the highest-ranked American in the International Tennis Federation (ITF) junior tennis rankings, is the eighth-ranked player in the world among junior boys tennis players and was ranked as high as No. 6 earlier this year. Damico collected his first junior Grand Slam victory in July of 2006 when he captured the boys’ doubles title at The Junior Championships, Wimbledon at the All England Lawn and Croquet Club in London, England.

Damico played in the main doubles draw at the 2006 U.S. Open in Flushing Meadows, N.Y., in addition to playing in the main singles and doubles draws at the U.S. Open Junior Championships. The six-foot right-hander was a doubles finalist at the 2006 Australian Open Junior Championships and finished as a singles finalist and doubles quarterfinalist at the 2006 USTA International Spring Championships.

Damico recorded a breakthrough performance in 2005 when he won his first ITF Grade I singles title at the Genting ITF Malaysian International Junior Championships.
http://www.texassports.com/index.php?s=&url_channel_id=21&url_subchannel_id=&url_article_id=5213&change_well_id=2

Some fun facts, Kellen was once kicked out of John Roddick's tennis camp for some verbal abuse. (he was re-admitted). Kellen's favorite player is Andy Roddick, which may come as no surprise for anyone who was seen Kellen play because you might see a similarity in their fiery and very much emotional power game.

 

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Sam Querrey never went to college. Perhaps you mean Alex Clayton or Ryan Sweeting?
 

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I'm not sure about him being the top American junior. By ITF ranking, Donald Young is still the top American junior, followed by Rhyne Williams. By reputation, he's behind at least Donald Young and Michael McClune in his age group, and probably Ryan Thacher as well. He is considered a legit pro prospect, though.
 

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Sam Querrey never went to college. Perhaps you mean Alex Clayton or Ryan Sweeting?
Yea, you are right for awhile he was entertaining an offer from USC but his results on tour have just been so good.
 

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Yes, he was going to commit to USC, but then he turned pro before his High School graduation. Sometimes I wonder if Sam should have taken a year or two in college, but he's a good guy and I think he will improve his results next year.
 

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Yes, he was going to commit to USC, but then he turned pro before his High School graduation. Sometimes I wonder if Sam should have taken a year or two in college, but he's a good guy and I think he will improve his results next year.
I think Kellen is the next great white hope!
 

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I think Michael McClune is a damn good prospect, but I am a bit biased.
 

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I think Michael McClune is a damn good prospect, but I am a bit biased.
What's weird is that Kellen is only 18 and he's balding already, it makes me not feel too bad about my receding hairline...lolzz
 

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Is he really? That's unfotunate, he's been handed a bad gene. He'll just have to wear it short and thin like Davydenko I suppose, and get a really good spray on sunscreen to protect his scalp.
 

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Is he really? That's unfotunate, he's been handed a bad gene. He'll just have to wear it short and thin like Davydenko I suppose, and get a really good spray on sunscreen to protect his scalp.
Oh I thought you were going to say get the hair in a can...:haha:
 

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His Texas Longhorns are playing in the NCAA Championship match tonight against defending national champion Georgia. It'll be televised live at 7:00PM EDT on ESPNU.

He plays #2 singles and #1 doubles for Texas and has a national ranking of #41 in singles and #9 in doubles. He'll also compete in the individual singles and doubles championships which begin tomorrow.

An interesting sidebar for tonight's match is that Georgia's #1 player transferred to Georgia from Texas citing that he wanted the chance to win a national title. Evidently there is some bad blood between the coaches as the Texas coach suspected that the Georgia coach may have been unethical in tampering with his former player.

Texas is the #7 seed and reached the final by upsetting #2 seed Ohio State in the quarters, then followed that up with an upset of #3 seed UCLA in the semis. Georgia is the #4 seed this year and reached the title match by knoching off top seeded and previously undefeated Virginia in the semis.
 
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