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Reilly is 16 years old

Birth Date: 08/28/1997

Mexico F8, Mexico; 30.06.2014; FU; Outdoor: Hard; Draw: 32 ; Partner: Paul, Tommy (USA)
R16 Maximiliano Colorado Zavala (MEX) / Santiago Munoz Quiroga (MEX) N/A / N/A W 6-3, 6-3
Q Tigre Hank (MEX) / Steffen Zornosa (COL) N/A / N/A W 6-2, 6-0
S Lucas Gomez (MEX) / Duilio Vallebuona (PER) N/A / N/A L 2-6, 3-6

This is first year play in future
 

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You forgot to mention that he is 6'-9. I think he will go the college route.

From last year with Isner.

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http://tenniskalamazoo.blogspot.com/2014/12/mmoh-and-opelka-reach-eddie-herr-itf.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed:+Zootennis+(ZooTennis)
The 6-foot-10 Opelka rarely drops serve, so early break point opportunities need to be seized. Unfortunately for Hurkacz, he was unable to convert either of his two break points in the opening game of the match and he got almost no chances after that.

"I didn't miss many serves after about 3-all," said the 17-year-old from Palm Coast, Florida. "I got lucky, honestly, to break him in the first set, hit an unbelievable passing shot on the dead run. The only way I could have gotten it by him was to hit a lob or the sideline, and I hit the sideline, which gave me 15-40. At 30-40, I neutralized the point, moved the ball around, had a ball I liked and kind of stepped in and that was it."

In the second set, Opelka's serve made for some easy holds, while Hurkacz got fewer free points.

"In the second set he had zero chance of breaking me," Opelka said. "Maybe he won three points on my serve, maybe six returns came back. But the breaker was tough."

With the server winning every point, Opelka faced a set point serving at 5-6. He didn't get a first serve in, but saved it instead with a running forehand crosscourt pass. A good backhand gave Opelka a match point, but Hurkacz saved it when Opelka forehand went just wide. At 7-7 Hurkacz finally blinked, double faulting to gave Opelka another match point, converted when Hurkacz's forehand went wide.

Mmoh defeated Opelka 6-4, 6-2 in the round of 16 at Kalamazoo and a few weeks later Opelka toppled Mmoh, the No. 1 seed, in the semifinals of the ITF Grade 1 International Hard Court Championships in College Park, Maryland 6-4, 4-6, 6-1.

"It'll be tough," said Opelka. "I'm expecting him to serve a lot better than he did in Maryland for sure. He's playing well, he has a ton of confidence, obviously, as anyone should after four straight finals." (Actually Mmoh has a semifinal Futures loss this fall, making it four finals in five tournaments played).

"Two Americans in the finals of 18s, two Americans in the finals of 16s, Bellamy, Khan, Garcia, Americans are having a great tournament," Opelka said.

Mmoh is looking forward to the rematch.

"When we play, we both have really good serves, it's always tough to break each other," Mmoh said.

As for Opelka's success and affinity for clay, Mmoh admits to being puzzled by it.

"It actually surprises me a lot," Mmoh said. "He always told me he was better on clay than on hard, but I didn't really listen. Watching him play, yesterday especially, he was hitting really well from the back, moving pretty well, I was really shocked to be honest."
 

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If I did the math right, Opelka will have 460 points next week, which would put him in a tie for 49th in this week's ITF rankings.
 

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If I did the math right, Opelka will have 460 points next week, which would put him in a tie for 49th in this week's ITF rankings.
I did the math wrong. He'll actually have 470 points, which would put him at 47 this week.
 

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When you are that tall and have a serve like that, it is such an advantage.

Great win, though I was rooting for Mmoh

I met Opelka a few weeks ago at the USTA HQ. Good kid, though I fear he will be nothing more than an Isner/Querrey type. Hopefully he has more inside of him than that
 

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When you are that tall and have a serve like that, it is such an advantage.

Great win, though I was rooting for Mmoh

I met Opelka a few weeks ago at the USTA HQ. Good kid, though I fear he will be nothing more than an Isner/Querrey type. Hopefully he has more inside of him than that
Most would be thrilled with an Isner/Querrey type career.
 

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Eddie Herr | Big serve leads to first title for 6-foot-10 Reilly Opelka Read more he



http://www.bradenton.com/2014/12/08/5519314_eddie-herr-big-serve-leads-to.html?rh=1
MANATEE -- On match point, Reilly Opelka did what came so easily for the 6-foot-10 player during Sunday's Eddie Herr International Junior Tennis Championships boys 18 final: He uncorked a scorching serve past opponent Michael Mmoh.

That ace, his 16th of the match, capped Opelka's first Herr singles championship in front of a large crowd at IMG Academy.

He defeated Mmoh, the tournament's No. 2 seed, in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4, to become the first American to win the boys 18s division since 2009. Opelka and Mmoh played the first all-American final in the division's Herr history.

A big key for Opelka was his service, which was only broken twice all week, including once Saturday by Mmoh.

"It's my best shot," said the unseeded Opelka, who hit one serve so hard it lodged in the net. "Without that, I wouldn't want to be in a scrap with him from the baseline."

The 17-year-old Opelka, who trains at the USTA facility in Boca Raton and has played the Herr since he was 11, never dropped a set on his championship run.

But Opelka isn't just a one-trick pony with a massive serve.

In Sunday's final against the red-hot Mmoh, who has reached the final of every tournament in which he has competed since October, Opelka displayed soft hands at the net and nimble movement to track down drop shots in the front court.

"I move pretty well, better on clay than hard," said Opelka, who beat Mmoh for the second time this year. "I've just always been kind of athletic."

After earning the first set through a break and holding his service games, Opelka and Mmoh battled in the decisive second set.

In the opening game, Opelka and Mmoh played seven points at deuce, and Mmoh fought off six break points to win the game. Later, Opelka gained a break to make it 3-2.

At that point, Mmoh changed shirts, and the new one happened to be the same type and color scheme that Opelka had on from the outset. The two even sported the same shorts.

The move worked for Mmoh briefly as he gained the break right back.

But Opelka returned the favor and closed Mmoh out three games later.

Opelka's all-around game even had Mmoh quipping aloud, "This guy hasn't missed volleys since birth," following Opelka garnering match point at the net.

"He was definitely hitting his spots," Mmoh said. "He wasn't just serving and hoping for the best. He kind of was serving and knowing where I was going to hit the return, playing with a game plan with his serve and very tough. Even sometimes, I'd get the return in, but then he'd play a great point. So he was putting a lot of pressure on me, and he was really hitting his spots well."

The girls 18s division also was decided in straight sets. Hungary's Dalma Galfi earned a 6-4, 7-5 victory over Romania's Elena Ruse.

"I came here really tired after the two weeks in Mexico, so I didn't expect anything like this," Galfi said.

Ruse picked up a hamstring injury earlier in the week when she knocked off top-seeded Catherine "CiCi" Bellis and said she could feel pain during Sunday's warm-ups. During the second set, Ruse exited in mid-game when it was 2-2 to have a trainer stretch the back of her left hamstring.

"I can't play the backhand," Ruse said. "When I hit the backhand, (it hurt)."

In the 16s, top-seeded Sam Riffice earned a 7-6 (3), 6-1 win against fellow American Patrick Kypson to take the boys title. Second-seeded Sofia Sewing bested fellow American Dominque Schaefer, 6-2, 7-6 (5), for the girls title.

In the 14s, Colombia's Nicolas Mejia collected his first Herr title in five attempts when he dusted off American Brian Shi, 6-3, 6-3, in the boys division. On the girls side, top-seeded Anastasia Potapova, of Russia, claimed her second straight Herr championship by outlasting American Caty McNally, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.

In the 12s, South Korea's Jungwon Park upset top-seeded Zane Khan, of America, 7-5, 6-2 for the boys title. Japan's Himari Sato, the No. 1 seed, dispatched Malta's Helene Pellicano, 6-0, 7-6 (5) for the girls title.

Read more here: http://www.bradenton.com/2014/12/08/5519314_eddie-herr-big-serve-leads-to.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy

From Eddie Herr champ on Sunday to Laundry King on Monday. Don't forget to clean the lint tray! #EddieHerr2014
 
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