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Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Brengle Update, Thacher's In No Hurry

Two of the best juniors in the U.S., Madison Brengle and Ryan Thacher, are the subjects of stories by two big-time media outlets. Bonnie DeSimone of ESPN.com caught up with Brengle in advance of the $50K Pro Circuit event in Indian Harbour Beach, Fla. and gets the question that some of you have asked answered. No, Brengle hasn't turned pro. To get to the section on Brengle, scroll down.

The Los Angeles Times features Ryan Thacher today, focusing on his determination to balance academic and athletic achievement. I don't believe that what Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe did in the 70s has much relevance to the professional tennis world as it exists today, but I agree wholeheartedly with Thacher when he says:

"One reason I'm excited about going to college is I think it's one of the greatest things America has to offer," Thacher said. "Not only academically, but tennis too. Nowhere else are you getting the constant attention on the court, the guaranteed matches. I feel that needs to be emphasized as the course of action for tennis players."


Anonymous said...

woww Ryan Thacher is truly a class act.. there need to be more players like him out there

Anonymous said...

Need more of the top juniors willing to go to college. Article in the Gainesville Sun today about Jesse Levine. From the sounds of it, he is planning on returning to school next year. Says he still has plenty to work on to improve his game before he turns pro. Look out for Florida next year if he does return, cause their recruiting class is sick.