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Re: The Other British Men « Reply #2595 on: October 02, 2013, 04:05 PM »
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Dan's the man yay
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Re: The Other British Men « Reply #2596 on: October 02, 2013, 07:49 PM »
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That was good news to wake up to. I was too tired to stay awake to follow the live scores. 

I wasn't going to stay up as I had an early start etc today - but found it quite compelling. I was watching the USTA livestream with the commentary of Mike C.

I knew nothing about Challengers or Futures until quite recently, but have to say it looks like really hard work to get rankings up - 3 qualifying rounds for some tournaments, with no points for early qualifying rounds. Dan Evans was a hero at the US Open a few weeks ago - yesterday the commentator explained that as they were using 4 courts they didn't have base line judges, and some extra ball kids arrived once school had finished! Quite a difference.

Mike C knows his players well, but was also grateful for some help from Brit fans via twitter: Dan's new kit is because he has a new sponsor;  Evo is pronounced Evo (like Evans) rather than Eevo



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Re: The Other British Men « Reply #2597 on: October 02, 2013, 08:03 PM »
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Well done to Dan Cox, knocking out the 1st seed Denis Kudla WR95 in Sacramento Challenger 7-5 6-0. Horrible game at 5-5 with DFs etc, but he held on, and won the next seven!

Nice to see Evo watching at one point, amongst other Brit supporters. He'll play tomorrow presumably

Don't know much about Dan C but he's made his way up to GB no 4. MH will know more I expect! The live feed and commentary is great from these US challengers

Allan will probably know more, but he hasn't been around in ages.

All I know of DanC is that he, like DanE, was a really promising player in his teens but has struggled to kick on from his career high in the 250s at 20. Had injury problems in 2012 and was down at #618 as recently as April. Since then he's won 5 Futures (as well as 3 finals in the year and a semi-final), shooting up to the top 300. Has stepped back up to Challengers in the last couple of weeks and made R2 last week in Napa before getting thrashed by 2nd seed Smyczek.

Haven't seen him play much but he's tiny for a tennis player, at about 5'7. Despite that he does possess a pretty decent serve, but can sometimes struggle with consistency. Been playing some great aggressive tennis lately.

The other very talented Brit (besides Evans and Edmund) is Marcus Willis. He's struggled with funding/motivation in past few years but has got some backing by A1 Pharmaceuticals this year (who's owner is massively up his own arse - recently registered on BritishTennis forums), has improved his attitude and his fitness and has shot up the rankings to the top 400 this year. Is very (naturally) heavily built and perhaps a bit overweight, but is naturally very talented. If he continues to work on his fitness (which he seems very keen to do) we could see another Evans-esque rise up the rankings.

There's a pic of Willis and alongside Cox after a recent futures final and you can really see the different in body shape.

http://www.a1plc.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/Daniel-Cox-Marcus-Willis.jpg

Btw anyone interested in Willis's story I recommend a read of this there, fantastic insight by those who know him or have see him play first hand:

http://britishtennis.activeboard.com/t55028672/week-39-kuwait-f2-10000-meshref-hard/?page=1&sort=oldestFirst
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Re: The Other British Men « Reply #2598 on: October 05, 2013, 12:53 PM »
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Another title for Marcus Willis, this time in Kuwait. Having lost in the final last week, he beat top seed Wang 3&2 in the final this. Should break the top 350 now.
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Re: The Other British Men « Reply #2599 on: October 05, 2013, 05:28 PM »
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The other very talented Brit (besides Evans and Edmund) is Marcus Willis. He's struggled with funding/motivation in past few years but has got some backing by A1 Pharmaceuticals this year (who's owner is massively up his own arse - recently registered on BritishTennis forums), has improved his attitude and his fitness and has shot up the rankings to the top 400 this year. Is very (naturally) heavily built and perhaps a bit overweight, but is naturally very talented. If he continues to work on his fitness (which he seems very keen to do) we could see another Evans-esque rise up the rankings.

There's a pic of Willis and alongside Cox after a recent futures final and you can really see the different in body shape.

http://www.a1plc.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/Daniel-Cox-Marcus-Willis.jpg


Hilarious picture! How tall is he?

I'd seen A1 Pharmaceuticals contributions to the British Tennis Forum recently. A new thread for each post almost!

In Sacramento, after beating Evo on Thurs, Jamere Jenkins went on to defeat 3rd seed Matt Ebden WR 114 yesterday, 6-7 6-2 6-4. So he'll be racing further up the rankings.
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Re: The Other British Men « Reply #2600 on: November 08, 2013, 03:53 PM »
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Great to see Oli Golding playing and winning again. Took out the 2nd seed yesterday in straight sets and another win today saw him reach the SFs in Greece. Luke Bambridge also made the QFs.
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Re: The Other British Men « Reply #2601 on: November 13, 2013, 11:55 PM »
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Four Brits win in the same Challenger main draw for the first time in 2 years in Champaign - and none of the top 4 Brits are involved!

Dan Smethurst the pick of the bunch, taking out WR141 Peter Polansky (reached the final of the last three challengers, winning one, and the form player right now) with a stunning performance.

Dave Rice (bt Garanganga WR 362), Ed Corrie (bt Eric Quiqley (WR 479) and Josh Milton (bt Fritz Wolmarans WR 629) were the other three.

Smethurst and Milton came through qualies!

Dave Rice has then today gone to beat Crepaldi WR 515 (who upset the top seed Smyczek in R1) to make his first Challenger QF. Corrie unfortunately lost, whilst Smethurst and Milton are both currently playing their R2s.
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Re: The Other British Men « Reply #2602 on: November 14, 2013, 12:00 AM »
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Rumours circulating that Kyle Edmund might have glandular fever. Seriously hope not. Frown
I hope so too.  Strange how many players seem to get it.
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Re: The Other British Men « Reply #2603 on: November 14, 2013, 12:16 AM »
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Rice, Smethurst and Milton (beat WR125 Rajeev Ram) all make the QFs!

QF:  Dave Rice WR 329 vs (7) Sam Groth (AUS) WR 203
QF:  (Q) Josh Milton WR 580 vs (WC) Dennis Nevolo (USA) WR 579
QF:  (Q) Dan Smethurst WR 485 vs (Q) Dimitar Kutrovsky (BUL) WR 548

Dave takes on Corrie's conqueror. Kutrovsky is a very unorthodoc and under-ranked Bulgarian who was out for ages after a drug ban.
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Re: The Other British Men « Reply #2604 on: November 14, 2013, 12:19 AM »
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Rice, Smethurst and Milton (beat WR125 Rajeev Ram) all make the QFs!

QF:  Dave Rice WR 329 vs (7) Sam Groth (AUS) WR 203
QF:  (Q) Josh Milton WR 580 vs (WC) Dennis Nevolo (USA) WR 579
QF:  (Q) Dan Smethurst WR 485 vs (Q) Dimitar Kutrovsky (BUL) WR 548

Dave takes on Corrie's conqueror. Kutrovsky is a very unorthodoc and under-ranked Bulgarian who was out for ages after a drug ban.

Groth has a huge serve, so Rice needs to be on his game returning to win that match.
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Re: The Other British Men « Reply #2605 on: November 14, 2013, 01:02 AM »
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Er, indeed. Although huge serve might be an understatement.. Groth currently holds the record for most powerful serve EVER.
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Re: The Other British Men « Reply #2606 on: November 14, 2013, 08:08 AM »
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^ and how tall is he?
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Re: The Other British Men « Reply #2607 on: November 14, 2013, 07:57 PM »
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^ and how tall is he?
6'4, only marginally taller than Murray.
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Re: The Other British Men « Reply #2608 on: November 14, 2013, 11:19 PM »
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Groth had too much for Rice, edging it 6-3, 7-6 (one poor service game from Rice let him down really, other than that very little in it).

But Dan Smethurst beats Kutrovsky 7-6, 7-5 and is into his first Challenger SF!
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Re: The Other British Men « Reply #2609 on: November 15, 2013, 06:21 AM »
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Ah, another Roddick then? Not an Isner!
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