The How-the-Hell Do These Guys Make a Living List

E240FD023257419D9037CBE3345A9D80.ashxI remember at the Qualis a few years back, I saw this skinny black dude named Nick Monroe playing. He was playing on Court 7 and he had quite a following. There were even people in the stands carrying Nick Monroe signs. I pride myself on knowing like 99 per cent of the pro players out there, but I’d never heard of Nick Monroe. He was so skinny and small just looking at him reminded me of a comment an opposing coach made to my high school basketball coach about one of my teammates, “Where did Ronaghan spend the summer–Biafra?”

But there was Nick Monroe scrapping and looking like a guy who felt he could win a Qualy match. I don’t think he did that year and I can’t remember ever seeing him in the Qualis Singles again. This is a guy who’s been playing pro matches for 10 years and never won a pro match, at least not on the ATP Tour. Apparently, he’d played his tennis at Univ. of North Carolina, a pretty good tennis college. But here’s a guy who’s now 31 and still playing a ridiculous amount of tennis on the pro tour. Get this, Nick Monroe is playing his 28th tournament of the year this week in Metz, France and he’s played in such far-blown countries as Peru, Columbia, India and Croatia. The guy is ranked No. 79 in doubles and although he’s played with 8 different partners already this year, he mostly plays with the German, Simon Stadler, one of my favorite names in tennis. Together, these two have won a total of 1 slam match this year.

Monroe’s all-time singles ranking high is No. 253. Now I applaud the Nick Monroe’s of the tour. This guy is a real scrapper. His coach is Ben Monroe, I guess his father. He’s got the last name of one of my favorite hoop players of all time, Earl “The Pearl” Monroe. But how the hell is a guy ranked No. 79 in the world in doubles make a living on the pro tour? I’ve got to ask Nick that the next time I see him.

People might want to ask me how I make a living writing a two-bit tennis blog and the answer is, I don’t. But I write this stream of consciousness from the desk in my hovel of a basement. Nick Monroe’s out there playing in France right now and the last time I checked, you can’t drive your 1995 Subaru there. How the hell does this guy make a living?


  • Scoop Malinowski · September 19, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    He’s won some doubles matches this year with Stadler. Saw him go deep with Simon in the Sarasota Open doubles draw, they ended up losing to the eventual champs Devvarman and Bozoljac I think in the SF. I also remember seeing Monroe really working hard in practice after his singles loss. Someone I know down there told me Monroe was being hosted by a friend for the tourney, Sock came by one night and hung out at the house. After that I kind of kept an eye on Monroe and he’s been getting some wins here and there. Not sure how much green he generates but hey, he’s out there on the ATP circuit and he’s living the dream. To still be out there grinding in his 30s means he’s either got incredible determination or he’s making ends meet or has a good sponsor.

  • Dan Markowitz · September 20, 2013 at 5:15 am

    Nick Monroe is one of the real success stories. Can you imagine in a decade-long career never having scored a singles victory on the tour!? If you look at the black American men playing on tour, with Blake gone now, there’s only DY, Monroe and Jarmere Jenkins as far as I know.

  • Scoop Malinowski · September 20, 2013 at 8:05 am

    Monroe still has the belief. Which is phenomenal really. Or he has a lot of backing to keep traveling and grinding. Michael Yani was another incredible story, he got his first ATP singles win at about the same age, he was over 30.

  • Dan Markowitz · September 20, 2013 at 8:47 am

    Yes, Scoop, but Yani has won matches on the pro tour, 4 to be exact. This guy Monroe hasn’t won a single match. That’s almost the equivalent of you telling me that you haven’t sold an article to a magazine or a Web site in 10 years, but you still call yourself a professional journalist.

    No, Monroe probably goes home and teaches tennis or buses tables or something, but then again, how could he when he plays almost every single week. This guy probably lives very simply.

    I knew a guy who later went onto become the head tennis coach at Ohio State, name was Bruce Lipsky I believe, who only played/won matches in the Sattelites as they were called in those days, in doubles. But he would play for six months and then go home for a couple of months and make a few thou teaching tennis and get right back on tour. He must’ve done this for a few years. The guy just loved the life even though he couldn’t make a living from it.

  • Scoop Malinowski · September 20, 2013 at 10:59 am

    Yani won his first ATP singles match in Newport, I was there. Also saw him qualify for his first major at US Open, was there for that also. Interviewed him both times. Hey for another hard to believe achievement, Kimiko Date Krumm has got to be on the list. Over a decade away from the sport and she came back, today she just beat Kirilenko in straight sets. Amazing. Bogomolov’s comeback story to top 40 is also something amazing, he was teaching tennis in a club in NYC and taking the train home at night after. Then made a comeback and made the top 40. WOW.

  • Dan Markowitz · September 20, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    I saw that Date lopsided win over Kirilenko. What is she 43? That is amazing. Although women’s tennis these days is not exactly deep. Yes, when you’re teaching tennis and then come back and reach a career-high by like 50 places, that is spectacular.

  • Andrew Miller · September 21, 2013 at 11:40 am

    This guy must love the sport. Maybe he’s out there to prove himself. Blake strode was similar.

    I wonder if the tennis masters of the universe acknowledge that slowing tennis courts down has been a mistake. Even when agassi won Wimbledon in 1992 it was mostly because he had the worlds best return of serve.

    It has led to the domination of baseline games. Not even

  • Brandon Monroe · September 24, 2013 at 1:31 am

    Real Tennis People know who Nicholas Monroe is.
    Monroe won a “Bronze Medal” for the USA in the last Pan Am Games (Mexico). USA Coaches know who he is.
    Monroe has been in “3 ATP Doubles Finals” in 2013.
    Champion in Bastad, Sweden, Finalist in Imag,Croatia,& Buenos Aires. Champion in SanMarino, Italy.
    Monroe has “Won” BIG DOUBLES MATCHES with Jack Sock, Donald Young,and Simon Stadler. His highest Doubles ranking this year was #51. He has the 5th highest Doubles Ranking of all USA professionals. Sorry you have not kept up.

  • Scoop Malinowski · September 24, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Thanks for the details of Nicholas Monroe’s achievements Brandon. Welcome to the site.

  • Dan Markowitz · September 24, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    Those are impressive doubles feats, but still nobody knows who Nicholas Monroe is. You may be his brother so you have a good idea, but I’d wager Nick Monroe could walk through the US Open grounds during the tournament and not get a second look by 90 out of 100 fans.

    I applaud his tenacity and skills, but this country has to produce better players or tennis will go in the direction of beach volleyball.

  • Scoop Malinowski · September 24, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    Dan how can you not like a tennis player with the last name Monroe? Isn’t Earl The Pearl one of your favorites? If Nick Monroe walked through the US Open grounds with a big racquet bag, a small entourage and a credential around his neck I’m sure several people would recognize him and put 2 and 2 together.

  • Dan Markowitz · September 24, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    I loved Earl the Pearl, particularly his “whirl” move where he’d dribble straight at a defender and then do a quick turnaround and be by him. Unfortunately, Nick Monroe ain’t Earl Monroe.

    You and I both know–to a degree–how hard it is to make it in singles particularly, but also in doubles (although Spadea said in “Break Point” that the singles players would get peeved at the doubles players because they had more time on their hands and took up all the massage therapist times)on tour.

    But Nick Monroe, Jamere Jenkins and Donald Young could walk through the US Open during the event and the only one who’s going to get noticed by “real” tennis fans–I’m not talking fanatics here–is DY.

    It is shocking in this country where there are so many great black athletes that there are at least ten already top or up and coming black female players on or about to descend on the tour and the best black American male player has to make it through the qualifiers to get into the Open. Shocking, man. No disrespect to Nick Monroe. In fact, if he wants to reach out to us, I’d love to an interview story with him and post it on site and I’m sure you’d do a Bio-file.

  • Brandon Monroe · September 25, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Dan, Hope that this blog will continue educate you.
    The “up and coming black female players are ‘asending’ not desending” onto the tour. Everyone of them “Knows Nicholas Monroe” Several have agreed to play Grand Slam Mixed Dbls with him when & If their
    combined Rankings could get them in.

    Marion Bartoli, 2013 Wimbledon Singles Champion, knows Nick Monroe, and agreed to & played Wimbledon Mixed this year, and they got paid.

    If you are ranked “101 – 280” ( Singles), you have to play the “Singles Qualies in the Grand Slams ( Win 3 matches to get into the Main Draw ) Every yr. there are players who slip under the “100 ranking” at the entry deadline, and have to “Play Qualies”. It does not mean they are a failure ! maybe in your eyes.( They get paid well for playing Grand Slam Qualies)

    There are NO “Doubles Qualies”. You either have the
    required Ranking, by the deadline, or you play somewhere else those 2 weeks ( and get paid ).
    Nicholas played The Australian Open, Wimbledon, and US Open Grand Slam Doubles this yr…Main Draw. Many more wished they could have !!!

    It’s amazing. Your lack of knowledge is coming out as “major disrespect to Nick Monroe, a former #1 ranked USTA Jr player, College All-American & Singles Quarterfinalist, Pan Am Games Bronze Medal Dbls (USA)winner, and current successful Tour Professional.

    Dan, read the “Aug 16,2013 Wall Street Journal Article” about Nichols Monroe and Doubles. By the way, Nicholas & Simon were winning the SanMarino, Italy Doubles Championship and getting paid that week.

    The Mens’ tour is a “Deep with Talent”
    You say you know the “Top 99 players”, but never heard of Nick Monroe, Interesting. At least “21 of the current top 100 Singles ATP Ranked players “Know Nick Monroe”.( They have practiced & played with or against him). ex: Pospisil,Isner,Russell,Querrey, Sock,Bogomolov, Kudla There at least “28” of the Top “99” Doubles Players who also “Know Nick Monroe” who have practiced & played with or against Nick Monroe. ex: Bryan Bros ( #1 & 2),Bhupathi(#10),Rojer(#15),Ram(#93),Bopanna(#7),Nestor(#13),Peya(#3), Sores(#4), Butorac(#52),Zimonjic(#12)
    Qureshi ( #14)

    Call Billie Jean King, Stan Smith, Jim Courier,Andy Roddick,Nick Bolliterri. They know Nick Monroe. He will be busy in Dec. training. He took time to do Charity Events with Isner,and Butorac last yr. not to mention his own.
    Thanks for the offer to interview him.

  • Brandon Monroe · September 25, 2013 at 11:32 am

    How do they make a living ???
    A list of players doing well on the 2013 Tour.

    Ranking Name $$$ Dbls Record #Tournaments
    1 & 2 Bryan Bros 1.3K 58-6 21
    20 Frstnberg 242K 23-16 22
    30 Tecau 268K 25-18 25
    40 Knowle 153K 25-23 30
    50 Bolelli 269K 14-4 6
    59 Nicholas 14-13 33
    60 Kas 113K 17-17 29
    70 Youzhny 1.2K 14-12
    80 Seppi 901K 9-20 27
    90 Kilzan 495K 11-15 18

    Nicholas is doing well, “Making a Living”.
    When you achieve a certain Ranking, you will
    get the $$$$ rewards of that ranking.

    Everybody listed here and in between is
    “Making a Living”.
    Pro Tournament Tennis is a Global Business.

  • Dan Markowitz · September 25, 2013 at 5:38 pm


    Man, you are a fount of information. I love it. But let me correct–or at least confront–you on a couple of points. Firstly, for a guy like myself who played Div III college tennis and got absolutely shellacked playing Satellites on the pro tour, I would never ever suggest that Nicholas Monroe is a “failure.” He is obviously an amazing tennis player with a lot of perseverance and tenacity.

    But what I tell people on this site all the time is that you can’t compare the average, say 4.5 player with the pros. There’s just a world of difference. One of the writers on this site, a Mister Henk, said during the spring that Jarkko Nieminem is a great player and I had to differ. He’s a great player, but not when you compare him to the elite players of the game. Then he’s only very good.

    Nicholas Monroe has had some success this year in doubles. But the fact that he never qualified in singles at the slams or even won a single match in an ATP event means that his career has been marked by many more losses than wins. Has he ever won a Challenger, for example? I’d doubt it. I know Jeff Salzenstein, a guy who reached No. 100 and Jeff would probably even say his career was not a success because he didn’t make any money with all the travel, coaching fees and although he played in 3 or 4 slams, I’d say, and won a round in a slam, he never really broke through.

    Looking at Monroe’s record this year, he’s really only beat one quality team, Daniel Nestor and Daniel Lindstedt. After that, he didn’t beat another team ranked in the Top 50. I don’t know how much he spends in expenses, but he’s made $80,000 this year so far and if he’s paid half of that out in expenses, that’s a pretty tight existence.

    Maybe you can tell us what it costs to travel the way Nicholas does because he’s played more doubles events this year than probably anyone on tour. And when I say America has to do better in attracting more quality men black players to the top of the ranks it’s because the surge of the Williams’ sisters has brought in this amazing raft of young, hungry, talented black American female players. Nick Monroe is respected and well-known in the inner circles of the game, but his presence on the tour to the casual or average fan, until he starts getting deep into slams or plays Davis Cup, is but a ripple.

  • Scoop Malinowski · September 25, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    See, that’s where I disagree. It’s not a ripple. To win anything on the ATP Tour is just a phenomenal achievement. Even to play on the big stadium courts in majors. I still remember players like Oliver Mutis, Steve Campbell, Jonathan Eysseric, Kristie Ahn, Cecil Mamiit, Daja Bedanova for their matches on major stadiums. I remember one hit wonders like Jerome Haehnel. I practiced with a guy who had an ATP point, but he could never get another and ended up going to college. But what a fantastic player he was, he seemed just like hitting with an ATP player. That’s the thing about pro tennis, any body who makes it and can actually hang in there and achieve success, win matches, is something very very special. Everybody loves a Rocky Balboa story. Nick Monroe is a Rocky Balboa story.

  • Brandon Monroe · September 26, 2013 at 12:00 am


    Nicholas successfully played Division I College
    Tennis. He was not shellacked in the pro circuit.
    Sorry it didn’t happen. Yes, he lost. Half the Draw loses everyday. Only one player wins each week.
    Thanks for saying that he is an amazing tennis player.

    There are several “layers” of talent on the way to the
    Top of the Mens’ rankings, Singles and Doubles.
    You have no idea, unless you have played the tour.
    Once you “See It”, “Play against It”, “Adjust to It” and “Overcome It”, you have no idea. Dan, you have no true idea.

    You mention “Elite Players”. Please tell us “who” you call an “Elite Player” ??? Again, another “Layer”.

    Glad you know Jeff Salzenstein. Nicholas played Jeff in a Challenger.After winning the 1st set, Nicholas lost a long 3 set match. Call Jeff to confirm.

    Nicholas has won Challenger Events. Check his Doubles

    Nicholas’Wins against Top 50 ATP Events:
    (2012 Doubles Wins)Defeated #1 Seeds Dodig(ranked #24)
    &Melo( ranked #19 Dbls)….ATP Metz. Also, #7 Seeds
    Michael Llodra(ranked #13 Dbls) & Nenad Zimonjic(#16)
    US Open…(#1 Seed)Bhupathi (#10)& Nestor(#13)..Chenni

    Nicholas’Wins against Top 50 ATP Events:
    (2013 Doubles Wins)ATP Bastad,Sweden:Defeated Carlos Berlocq(ranked #44 Singles),Albert Ramos(#76 Singles), Juan Monaco(#30 Singles)…ATP San Marino: defeated
    Daniele Bracili(#45 Dbls).Cabal(#46) & Farah(#55)..
    ATP Bordeaux, France.

    All of these Players are on “Quality Teams” !!!! They
    are “Quality Players” Your statements are inaccurate!!
    Quality Wins: Nicholas has many more than you choose
    to give him credit for. I believe all of these players
    qualify as the “Top 50 Players” that you said Nicholas
    has not beaten. Sorry, Farah is ranked #55.

    Yes, Nicholas is respected and well-known in the inner circles of the game. This is most important to him.
    The casual or average fan has and would be impressed
    with his resume.

    Exposure is helpful. The US Open televised “More
    Doubles” this year than ever. That is what helps
    the average fan know about more than Top 5-10
    singles players.

    Guess what, the casual or average fan plays “More
    Doubles” than Singles. They can “Relate” to the
    Doubles Game & the Doubles Player. Pass that on
    to your media contacts.

    Thanks for your interest.

  • Brandon Monroe · September 26, 2013 at 12:19 am

    Thanks Scoop, Sounds like you get it.
    Nicholas has defeated Jeremy Chardy(Australian Open Qualies), Tim Smyczek( Legg Mason Qualies),Blake Strode,
    Ilia Bolzojac( Serbian Davis Cup Dbls) (ATP Challenger..Singles).

    The ATP Tour is a “Performance-Based” Business.
    Unless you are the #1 Jr in the world ranking( Roddick
    and Donald Young ), win the Boys 18s Singles or
    Doubles title, or finish the college yr as the #1
    College player, you will not get the “Wildcard Singles
    and Doubles spot” in the main Draw of the US Open,
    Indian Wells, Del Ray Beach, Legg Mason ( now Citi Open)or other ATP Events ( an opportunity
    to by-pass the Regular”Climbing of the Ranking Ladder”
    It will take “Time”. You better be Focused, Fit,
    Determined,Driven,and organized.
    Scoop, I think “You get it” Please help your friend Dan “Get It”.
    His Attack on Nicholas Monroe is so very “Wrong” in
    many ways !!!!

  • Bryan · September 26, 2013 at 1:33 am

    How the hell does this guy make a living?

    Good question. Even if he’s had some wins in doubles, the paydays are low and expenses are high. I am pretty sure whatever purses he’s gotten are well below the expenses of traveling around the world. Doesn’t seem he has any endorsements.

    Does he have a backer? Sometimes a backer will front expenses with the understanding he’ll get 50% of any earnings. If so maybe a backer is gambling that Monroe can have one breakout tournament where he goes deep and pays it back.

  • Dan Markowitz · September 26, 2013 at 1:39 am

    See, I think we’re talking about two different animals here. I’m not attacking Nicholas Monroe. On one level, I’m applauding him. I’ve been on the court and hit with Jimmy Connors, Vitas Gerulaitis, Patrick McEnroe, Vince Spadea, Jeff Salzenstein, Paul Wakesa and Mark Ozer, the latter two I played matches against. I know how good–to a certain level–how good you have to be to get to Nick’s level.

    My point here is–and I guess I’m trying to have a little fun with it (and it’s obviously not succeeding)–that the Nicholas Monroe’s of the tour don’t have much effect on inspiring young players, particularly black American juniors, because the average fan has never seen one of his matches. I mean I’ve been going the the Qualifiers for 20+ years and that one time I saw him play was the only time I can remember ever hearing his name until that point.

    I asked Salzenstein once if he was going to announce when he was retiring because the guy had played on the tour from 1995-2007 and only retired at 34 because he got a case of vertigo he couldn’t shake. And Jeff said, “Guys like Boris Becker retire. Guys like me just fade away.”

    And I thought that’s a pretty harsh statement to make about yourself when you played Chang at the Open and beat Tsonga and Nalbandian, Goldstein and Verdasco and a lot of other players. But it was basically true. And doubles, as much as it is the game most players can relate to and play, is a cruel step-sister to singles.
    I’m sorry, it just is. Maybe I’m prejudiced by hanging with Vince so much and he had little respect for doubles players saying they had to cover only half the court and the way he looked at it is that these were the guys who couldn’t make it in singles.

    I know that’s not the case and I’m particularly impressed by Monroe’s revival here with Simon Stadler, as you don’t see a German and an American team and have success very often and I don’t believe Nicholas had such success in doubles earlier in his career.

    But if you look at Nicholas’ singles record at the Open qualifiers, he won the one match against Chardy 6 years ago, and then he got blitzed in every other match against “great” players, but second-tier players on the tour: guys like Reuben Bemelmans, Ryler DeHeart, Iljia Bozoljac and Denis Gremelmayr. I mean he won a total of 15 games in these 4 matches.

    So as a tennis writer, I differentiate between great players I might see at a college level or Challenger level and “elite” players like a Spadea or even a Salzenstein, who again, would not even say he was “elite” himself. I remember Bogomolov at one point asked Vince how he stayed in the Top 100 for so long and how he could do it–this was before Bogie’s recent surge up the rankings–and Vince told him, “You’ve got to find a way to win matches. Not just get close to winning them or give the other guy a good match, you’ve got to win them. And then you can’t be upset by losing a lot of matches. You have to just come back and get ready to play the next week.”

    It seems that advice took heed with Bogomolov and for Monroe, too, in the doubles game.

  • Brandon Monroe · September 26, 2013 at 3:45 am

    Dan, Nicholas did not have success in doubles early, because 1)Singles was his focus 2) You must have a solid partner. Someone focused on consistent “Doubles
    Training” scheduling, travel. The two are totally
    different games requiring separate training.

    Let’s restrict your court to 1/2, even less if the net
    player knows how to and does poach. Where do you hit
    your shot ??? Now do that for 1-2+ hrs or longer. Try remembering which player to lob,because he cannot hit
    great overheads, but his partner can and will “take
    your head off”. Difficult???, stressful??? YES !!!
    Doubles players deal with this …all the time.
    Are you a better “Ad Side” or “Deuce Side Player” ???
    That makes a difference. Do we play with our
    forehands “In the middle”??? or “On the outside”???
    Can every player do this??? Deal with this??? NO!!!

    Or, play singles. You can have nobody at the net. Make
    all your shots. Hit crosscourt or down the line… whenever you’d like. Where’s the challenge in that???

    Doubles is far more complicated. Finding the “Right
    Partner” is far more complicated. Developing
    “Chemistry” is hard to do. It takes time and
    sometimes never happens.
    Nicholas has winning doubles chemistry with Simon, Jack Sock, V.Popisil, & Donald Young. He has and
    will continue to win on “5 Different Surfaces”
    ( Red Clay, Hardcourt-outdoor, Grass, Indoor Carpet,
    Green Clay-Outdoor )

    You “are prejudice” against doubles players. You have not mentioned one, not one top doubles player you
    know. Can every Singles player play doubles???
    Absolutely Not !!! and they know it !!!
    Do the singles players have “Volley Skills”,
    “Quickness around the net”??? When do they ever work
    on those skills?? They usually don’t !!!
    Dan, don’t hate the Dbls Player & the Doubles Game !!!
    Don’t hate what you don’t understand!!!

  • Dan Markowitz · September 26, 2013 at 7:55 am

    Alright, you got me, partially. I like doubles–my favorite player in the game today is a doubles player–Leander Paes–I just love his flair and how positive he is.

    But I was a singles player in college. I was No. 3 on my team and only played doubles once. Also, I have to admit, I liked it when a maestro like Johnny Mac played doubles and the doubles teams of my youth were big name players like Stan Smith, the Gullikson brothers and all the Aussie stars. Now there are all these doubles specialists and the teams switch so often that the only two doubles teams that stand out for me are the Bryan Brothers and Paes and Stepanek.

    But I’ve always liked watching Max Mirnyi and Bhuphati play, as well as the Woodies and Bjorkman. Maybe Nicholas is having more success at doubles than singles because at 5-10, he is not a big guy and we see more smaller guys succeeding at doubles than we do in singles today.

    But my initial thread here was: How does a guy like Nick Monroe make a living? And I see he’s made $298 thousand in probably a 10-year career if he started playing the tour right after college. Salzenstein made $616 in a career that spanned a few more years, but he told me after the costs of training (he spent $500 for supplements a month), travel, coaching, hotels, rental cars, etc., he came off the pro tour without a dime.

    Maybe this is the first year Monroe has supported himself with his earnings, but it must be pretty tight.

  • Brandon Monroe · September 26, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Dan, it’s good to hear that you like doubles. That’s a start. Leander Paes loves doubles, Mens & Mixed.
    He has had and continues to have different partners.
    Why ??? I mentioned there are “5 Different Surfaces”
    Different partners have different skills.
    Leander has to be a “Master of Adjustments” to play
    with so many different players.

    Nicholas has successfully played with many different
    players and won titles at all preceeding levels.
    ex: Futures,Challenger, now ATP 250 Level.
    Now his ranking has gotten him into the “ATP 250 Series/Level Tournaments…250 Ranking Pts are
    gievn to the Winner(s)…Singles & Doubles.
    So, at ATP Bastad, The Singles Champion got “THE SAME
    RANKING PTS” as Nicholas & Simon, The Doubles Champs.
    Sure, He has to get to the “500 Series/Level”.
    Nobody did this “Overnight”.

    Paes “Understands Doubles”. Great pitchers use certain
    pitches in certain situations. Track down any pro player that says he knows Nicholas. He or she will say that he has “Flair and is Always Positive” on & off the court.
    The Wall Street Article, that I hope you have read,said “Nicholas is “the intense one”. High Energy
    is his “norm”. “Blending His Skills” with his partner,
    whomever it may be, is what he does well.

    Several Teams “Broke up” this year thinking they
    would create a stronger team to challenge the Bryans.
    The result: The Bryans won all but one Grand Slam
    in 2013 !!! It could take up to a year or more to
    “Get the Chemistry Right” !!! Your decision(s) can
    cost you “Time & Money”. There’s no way you could have know this, not being a “Doubles Player”.

    Dan, I’m embarrassed for you. Now you want to play the
    “he’s too small card”. Nicholas is taller than
    Michael Russell (USA Singles …top 100 player(#97)is
    35 yrs old & 5’8″.)Nicholas has “elite” speed, quickness( quite different than speed),reflexes,and
    conditioning…etc) Stan Smith said, as he was
    doing live commentating of the Nat’l Easter Bowl
    Boy’s 14 Final, watch this “4’11” player Serve & Volley. “He has a bright future” Nicholas won the
    Championship. The Bryans won the Boys 18s, and
    Russell won the Boys 18 singles title. Do the math.
    They are “4 years older” than Nicholas. Call Stan.

    Every player’s expenses are what he wants them to be.
    You “stay in the US and wait for tournaments, or you can go where your Ranking allows you to play.
    Many upper level tournaments “pay the hotel bill”
    for the Main Draw players, Singles & Doubles,
    provide transportation for the players, etc.
    Sorry Jeff said he came off the tour without a dime.

    Nicholas is doing fine.

  • Brandon Monroe · September 26, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    Where did you get your information / Ideas ???
    You say Income is low & Expenses are high.
    Every Tournament pays “more” every match you win.
    The most is paid to the winner. The larger the
    event..the bigger the payday….for winning the same
    number of matches.

    1st Rd of a Challenger could pay $1-8K. 1st Rd of the
    US Open will pay $22K.( even if you lose the match ) You’re playing with the same tennis balls !!! Get to the “250”, “500” and Masters , and Grand Slam events!!
    Being there pays big $$$$!!!

    Some Tournaments pay for the Hotel Bill for Main Draw
    Players. Be smart about your travel.
    Play 1-3 tournaments in the same area / region.

    Endorsements ??? Sounds like you know Nicholas has none.Interesting. The endorsements have included: Babalot, Diadora,Oakley,K-Swiss, Travel Ventures,Ascis

    A “Real Backer” doesn’t want “50%” of the earnings !!!
    Do more research.

    Thanks for you comments.

  • Brandon Monroe · September 26, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    Dan & Bryan,
    Just for your information. Ever heard of World Team
    Tennis ???
    Teams can pay $10-50K for 1 month (July). Depends of your ATP Ranking. That can pay for alot of expenses. Oh, by the way, players are paid “Bonuses” for Singles & Doubles Results.
    Nicholas has been on 2 Teams….Springfield Lasers
    ( with V.Azaranka) and Kansas City Explorers ( with
    the Bryan Bros ). He has been hired to play matches
    by teams during the seasons when he did not play for a team. You won’t find that on the ATP Webpage.
    Nicholas is making a living. Thanks.

  • Truscott (... T) · September 30, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    Enjoying the ongoing debate …
    And very much enjoying seeing Nick have some success this year … ranked in the 50’s this year in dubs is great, and getting into a few more draws will no doubt lead to more success.
    I was out there grinding for a few years (a long time ago, less money and less tourny options), back when Nestor and Paes were starting, and they’re still grinding. I feel fortunate to have known Nick for about 18 years … great guy and a tremendous worker …
    I also feel fortunate to have spent some time coaching and working with Nick and players of his caliber. It is great to see him having some success, and fulfilling a dream … something very few people are able to do.
    Is the money great? No
    Are the hours long? Yes
    Training is brutal? Absolutely
    And the average tennis player on the street knowing Nick … no, most don’t, but that’s about exposure, not a lack of talent. And guys like Jeff and Nick know that the difference between 50 and 250 is maybe a little talent …. and a lot luck (right place, right time, right break, right draw!)
    As for the other guys on tour … most of ’em know: Roddick, Harrison, Querry … Nick practices with those guys … all the way to the legends, like Pete Sampras …
    Keep grinding Nicky ….

  • Scoop Malinowski · October 1, 2013 at 8:28 am

    Great post Truscott, thank you.

  • Dan Markowitz · October 1, 2013 at 11:26 am

    Look, I don’t want to beat a dead horse, but I’m sorry, Truscott, I can’t agree with you when you say the reason most people don’t know who Nick Monroe is “about exposure, not a lack of talent.”

    Just looking at it from the singles point of view, because Monroe and most players, 9 out of 10, want to make it in singles and not doubles when they come on the tour, Nick Monroe didn’t have the talent to be a top player where he would have received the exposure. It’s about the talent, and in talent I encompass everything from physical gifts to hard work to technique and desire, not the exposure. Because all these guys, with the exception of maybe the absolute elite juniors who get wildcards, all have to have to start with the same low ranking and in the Futures.

    So you can argue Nick Monroe and others might not have received the same quality coaching or financial support to play and travel as much as another player, but ultimately it comes down to talent and not exposure. Monroe is making it now because he’s become a better doubles player and found good partners. It has nothing to do with his exposure as a player. He’s made it through hard work, experience and talent.



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