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Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Winter Nationals Underway



Eric Boal of the LA Daily News wrote a feature on Ryan Thacher in advance of the Winter Nationals in Phoenix, which began with two rounds of singles today. Since his very tough loss in the 16s finals in Kalamazoo, Thacher has played almost exclusively in Southern California and is seeded No. 4 in the 18s in Phoenix. Next up for Thacher is 15-year-old Floridian Alex Domijan, who is, of course, unseeded in the 18s, but finished fourth in Kalamazoo behind only Brennan Boyajian, Thacher and Adam El Mihdawy.

I've never been to the Winter Nationals, because I devote so much time to the Florida junior swing and need a break, but I'll be following the results closely. The draws for the 16s & 18s are here. The draws for the 12s & 14s are here.

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

why are people writing about thacher winning a round in winter nationals....put a surprise up there or something

Anonymous said...

I would love to see an unknown player win Winters this year ! Too much emphasize on popular player like Thacher . Give me a break !

Anonymous said...

shut up. thacher is the most talented junior besides querrey

SQUEAK said...

nobody cares about winter nationals...it is the worst tournament i have ever participated in. Move it somewhere else, maybe indoors? who wants to play at 8 am when its 27 degrees outside, umm nobody. It is bar none the worst super national. get rid of this thing.
SQUEAK

Anonymous said...

drew daniel what do you put your name as squeak??

SQUEAK said...

because its my nickname...do you have a problem with that?

Anonymous said...

The ones that wake up for the 8 o'clocks and brave the cold and the rain, at least have a chance to win the tournament squeak. More than i can say for you... geez when did you last play this thing..2 years ago?

John said...

Squeak......Phoenix weather can be unpredictable compared to Palm Springs and summer hard courts but give me a break......looked at your last 12 months player record and you have a silver spoon fed tourney schedule to some pretty unbelievable locations. Yeah, so traveling to Phoenix in December doesn't meet your high standards....but those are pretty shallow comments from a lucky boy to only play about 2 USTA events vs. traveling the world this past year.

Anonymous said...

I heard that Boyajian was defaulted from his match against Jaklitsch because he went ballistic over Jaklitsch constant hooking. At 3-3 ad out, Boyajian hit an ace that was call out by Jaklitsch. Boyajian went nuts and whip his racquet and tore the awning on the courtside as he was so upset. He was defaulted and he appealed to the USTA officials who overuled the default and allow them to resume the match the next day. For one thing Jaklitsch is a known cheater but a default on bad conduct is a default. What kind of message is the USTA giving to boorish behavoir on court when they overule defaults to highly ranked kids??? A similiar thing happened at K'Zoo when a default to Krajicek was overturned with his match against Tachibana. Comments?

Nugget said...

sad that you people actually look up and care what tournaments squeak is playing...get a life

John said...

Nugget - looking up a player's record and "caring" are two different things. I only cared about his comments about Winter SN's. Drew's comments are shallow and now knowing what events he plays can help put those comments into perspective. Hopefully you can grasp that logic?

Regarding the other comment.....I agree 110% that a default should be a default. I can't stand it when officials look the other way, yet try to emphasize sportsmanship. If players know there are consequences, behavior would more likely change,

Bliss said...

you're right a default is a defualt... cause thats the power an official has... but isnt the official also supposed to be able to keep the match in control and control constant hooking... o wait thats right officials in the usta or completely worthless...youd be surprised at how crazy the best sportsman can go after he gets hooked ten times in a match...

Stringman said...

I agree with Squeak, AZ is too cold for a winter national. They should have an indoor national like they had in the past in the northeast (Wayland, MA, I believe). This will even out the advantage year around outdoor players have in the other nationals.

Anonymous said...

i think that bliss person is boyajian.

Anonymous said...

to anonymous
if you were not in the game do not talk about it. Brennan did not went ballistic as you said.The only thing he did wrong was kicking the fence but he did not smash his raquet nor tear anything from the courts.
So talk if you were there only

Anonymous said...

y'all are talking way too much about brennan and thatcher...gimme a break

Anonymous said...

wowww to you guys complaining about the tournament because its too cold there?? haha you know they call it the WINTER national for a reason...

winter player said...

r u kidding? boyajian went nuts forever. He threw his racket and minutes later kicked the fence. After he went nuts again, he ripped off something from the awning. It was crazy, and i was there as well as 30 other people who saw him go nuts. Somehow he talked the umps back into going on the court but it rained and was delayed until the next day and lost the match anyway. He should get what he deserves.

Anonymous said...

"to anonymous
if you were not in the game do not talk about it. Brennan did not went ballistic as you said. The only thing he did wrong was kicking the fence but he did not smash his raquet nor tear anything from the courts.
So talk if you were there only
"
A friend of mine was AT the match. I said he whipped his racquet, not smashed it. Are you sure that you were there? It sounds like you were not there but simply defending your boy, haha!

Anonymous said...

did anyone hear about jung not going to uva anymore. heard they took away his scholarship. what happened?

Anonymous said...

Jung is going to Michigan, there seemed to be a miscommmunication with uva and the jung's, he was released from his LOI

Anonymous said...

yeah,i talked w jung and there were some promises made that weren't kept. he is going to michigan and not uva.

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry to read about Jung's situation with uva.
I'm dissapointed at uva because Jung is a quality player and a top recruit . I wander what happened ?
This kind of makes prospective recruits , takes a closer look at uva . Goodluck at michigan Jung !