Brad Gilbert Gives Shout Out to South Florida as the Breeding Ground to the Young American Female Force

We all looking for Tiafoe, Fritz, Donaldson, Opelka, Kozlov, Paul, Rubin and Escobedo to drive the young American men to the forefront of men’s tennis, but in the blink of an eye, the real force in American tennis lies with the women, especially the young women, with Coco Gauff, Amanda Anisimova, Sofia Kenin leading a drive toward dominance. Brad Gilbert this morning, while announcing the Opelka-Wawrinka match on ESPN, said that South Florida has been the place where all these girls have flocked and developed their games.

Going all the way back to the Williams sisters who moved to South Florida nearly 20 years ago, Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys also developed their games in South Florida, and Gauff, Anisimova and Kenin all moved to South Florida at young ages. Gilbert mentioned the Evert Academy in Boca Raton. I will be traveling early next week to South Florida with my son, Callum, to train for the boys’ 14’s Clay Court Nationals held in Fort Lauderdale starting on July 14th. Callum is going to train with Evan Hechtman, Venus’s coach, at the Royal Palms Club in south Miami and I’ll try to make my way around to the different training grounds in South Florida while hopefully my son makes some inroads at the Clay Courts.

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  • catherine · July 5, 2019 at 2:19 am

    A nice analysis Jeff. My view is that Nick will self-destruct one of these days and the media will be changing its tune.

    Unfortunately there are prizes for losing. Maybe if there weren’t any that might concentrate Nick’s mind a little.

  • catherine · July 5, 2019 at 2:28 am

    More about Angie’s loss (she’s now vanished off the radar)it conforms to a pattern she’s followed in the past: get into a winning position, fall into a kind of fugual state and lose, usually in the 3rd set. Patterns mean something.

    Quite a lot of players do this – generally towards the end of their careers when they are kind of flying blind. I’m thinking of McEnroe.

  • Jeff · July 5, 2019 at 3:16 am

    Cath, touche that there are prizes for losing, you are correct.

    I want to add one more bit of analysis after watching the Kyrgios match that the girl next to Genie Bouchard is more attractive than Genie. Who is she? They should have been on camera more like Marat Safin’s girls.

    Wimbledon website didn’t even have video of Kerber’s press conference. No respect at all for the defending champ. Wonder if the media even covered the match outside of Germany. Probably not since they were busy with the clown show.

  • Jeff · July 5, 2019 at 3:19 am

    Never mind sleuths that is Charlotte Bouchard, Genie’s sister. Genie also has a twin that doesn’t look like her. No doubt Nick wanted the most attractive Bouchards in his box for his career defining moment.

  • catherine · July 5, 2019 at 4:30 am

    Kerber’s press conference was pretty short I imagine. The only quote I saw was, paraphrased: ‘Of course I’m disappointed, not the way I wanted to play here, I wasn’t feeling good at Wimbledon this year. Sometimes you have matches like these and I want to put this one in the past and forget it.’

    Media coverage here was non-existent since, as you say, everyone was watching the clown show. Not that that would have bothered Angie in the end. Better to fail out of the limelight.

    I think she’s depressed. She’s an up and down person and when she’s down there’s not much she, or anyone else, can do about it. Except, as she says, move on and forget it. Last year she was on an upswing and super-motivated. This year, maybe because she’d already won it, the energy wasn’t there.

  • Hartt · July 5, 2019 at 9:35 am

    Harold, Rafa did shake Nick’s hand before the ump’s, but it was so quick it was easy to miss. After Nick aimed a very hard FH right at Rafa’s chest, and Rafa had to defend himself with his racquet, it’s not surprising that Rafa was in no mood for a cordial handshake.

  • Scoop Malinowski · July 5, 2019 at 10:02 am

    Hartt, what is wrong with Kyrgios aiming a rocket forehand at Rafa’s chest? If Rafa wants to go to net that is one of the hazards. It’s legit play by Nick. Make the volley as hard as possible for the volleyer. Fair play by Nick. It’s a cutthroat sport.

  • Harold · July 5, 2019 at 2:21 pm

    Nadal shook Kyrgios’s hand then rushed through to shake the umps hand. Loser usually shakes first, Nadal rushed it, Kyrgios made another face

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