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From Small to Big (Titles): When Young Players Breakthrough

From Small to Big (Titles): When Young Players Breakthrough

One of the holy grails of tennis speculation is being able to differentiate between those young players who will become stars and those who will not. Right now we’re amidst somewhat of a tide of upcoming  young players: from highly ...

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Why We’ll See A New Slam Winner in 2017

Why We’ll See A New Slam Winner in 2017

Fact: In the history of Open Era tennis, going back to 1968 through 2016—a span of 49 years and 195 Grand Slam tournaments—there has never been more than two years in a row without a new Slam winner. Of those ...

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NextGen 2016 In Review and 2017 Outlook — Part One: The Weak Classes of 1993 to 1996

NextGen 2016 In Review and 2017 Outlook — Part One: The Weak Classes of 1993 to 1996

Introduction It wasn’t so long ago that the up-and-coming “Young Guns” on the ATP tour were players like Grigor Dimitrov and Bernard Tomic, born in 1991 and 1992, respectively; now, after half a decade of anemic results and no elite ...

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Looking for the Next Great Player – Part Two: Candidates of Greatness

Looking for the Next Great Player – Part Two: Candidates of Greatness

Revisiting the Benchmarks: the Pace of Greatness To recap the last installment, we have clear benchmarks that all true greats (6+ Slam winners) hold in common: Before their 19th birthday: Ranked in the top 100 Before their 20th birthday: Ranked ...

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Open Era Generations, Part Fourteen: Gen 12 (1989-93) – The Lost Generation, aka the Donald Young Guns

Open Era Generations, Part Fourteen: Gen 12 (1989-93) – The Lost Generation, aka the Donald Young Guns

Why the Name? Donald Young is not among the best players of this generation, but to me he exemplifies it, one of the very first of what is looking to be the weakest generation that the Open Era has seen ...

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Passing of the Torch? Brief Musings on Thiem’s Win Against Nadal

Passing of the Torch? Brief Musings on Thiem’s Win Against Nadal

I have been touting the prospects of Dominic Thiem for some time. Standing at 6’1″, well built, and possessing heavy and penetrating groundstrokes and a serve to match, I believe he is the best prospect of the current crop of ...

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15 Up-and-Coming Players to Watch in 2015 / Jonathan Northrop

15 Up-and-Coming Players to Watch in 2015 / Jonathan Northrop

As the first tournaments of 2015 wrap up, it is almost shocking to think that the Australian Open is just around the corner on January 19. As always, we’ll all be watching the top players with the usual questions: How ...

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Goffin Wins First Title in Kitzbuhel

Goffin Wins First Title in Kitzbuhel

David Goffin of Belgium defeated Dominic Thiem of Austria on Saturday at the Bet-at-Home Cup, 4-6, 6-1, 6-3. It was the first ATP final for either man, and therefore the 23-year-old Goffin’s first title. Thiem is a young player on ...

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On the Cherry Path — [An Up-and-Coming Player and His Unorthodox Coach]

On the Cherry Path — [An Up-and-Coming Player and His Unorthodox Coach]

Sepp Resnik turned 60 recently. Now the man with the most colorful reputation in Austria’s sport scene wants to prove that “world class” works differently than everybody thinks it does. He has tennis prodigy Dominic Thiem, recently turned 20, shower ...

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