Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Professional College Tennis

Tennis naturally is an individual sport, and it is that individuality that draws so many fans to the sport. However, in terms of Davis Cup, Hopman Cup, and college tennis for example, tennis can be made to be a team sport. So what would it look like to take the format of college tennis and apply it professionally.

In my latest piece, I rated the top 20 teenagers in tennis in terms of potential about projected talent. When looking at the top teenagers in tennis, there is a clear change going on in the sport as the power rapidly shifts away from Europe, which brings up an interesting question. If the teenagers were split up into teams based on where they are from, and a college tennis format tournament took place, who would win?

Breaking up the teams by country wouldn't work since countries like Greece wouldn't be able to come close to filling a team. However, continents wouldn't work either because North America and Europe would be far better than Australia, Africa, and Antarctica. So the actual teams are made up by pairing nearby countries mainly.

These are the teams:
Canada/USA
Latin America
Eastern European
European Union
Asia/Pacific

Rosters:
Canada/USA
Felix Auger Aliassime
Deiton Baughman
Ulises Blanch
William Blumberg
Jared Donaldson
Ernesto Escobedo
Taylor Fritz
Stefan Kozlov
Michael Mmoh
Reilly Opelka
Tommy Paul
Noah Rubin
Denis Shapovalov
Frances Tiafoe

Latin America
Geronimo Barrios
Marcelo Tomas Barrios Vera
Gabriel DeCamps
Tomas Martin Etcheverry
Antonioni Fasano
Daniel Elahi Galan
Christian Garin
Sergio Luis Hernandez Ramirez
Manuel Pena Lopez
Orlando Luz
Bastian Malla
Joao Menezes
Genaro Alberto Olivieri
Santiago Fa Rodriguez Taverna
Juan Jose Rosas
Marcelo Zormann
Matias Zukas

Eastern European
Artem Dubrivnyy
Viktor Durasovic
Miomir Kecmanovic
Karen Khachanov
Pavel Kotov
Dmitry Popko
Andrey Rublev
Casper Ruud
Roman Safiullin
Evgeny Tyurnev
Petar Conkic

European Union
Daniel Altmaier
Geoffrey Blancaneaux
Borna Coric
Quentin Halys
Ugo Humbert
Maxime Janvier
Courentin Moutet
Jaume Munar
Kenneth Raisma
Rayane Roumane
Johan Sebastien Tatlot
Stefanos Tsitsipis
Mate Valkusz
Enrico Dalla Valle
Tim Van Rijthoven
Elias Ymer
Mikael Ymer
Alexander Zverev

Asia/Pacific
Oliver Anderson
Blake Ellis
Seung Chan Hong
Hyeon Chung
Yunseong Chung
Alex De Minaur
Omar Jasika
Djurabek Karimov
Thanasi Kokkinakis
Duckhee Lee
Edam Lesham
Sumit Nagal
Max Purcell
Akira Santillan
Yosuke Watanuki

Lineups:
Canada/USA
Singles
1. Taylor Fritz
2. Jared Donaldson
3. Frances Tiafoe
4. Stefan Kozlov
5. Noah Rubin
6. Felix Auger Aliassime
Doubles
1. Taylor Fritz/Reilly Opelka
2. Jared Donaldson/Stefan Kozlov
3. Tommy Paul/Deiton Baughman

Latin America
Singles
1. Orlando Luz
2. Christian Garin
3. Santiago Fa Rodriguez Taverna
4. Marcelo Tomas Barrios Vera
5. Manuel Pena Lopez
6. Genaro Alberto Olivieri
Doubles
1. Orlando Luz/Christian Garin
2. Manuel Pena Lopez/Tomas Martin Etcheverry
3.Marcelo Tomas Barrios Vera/Juan Jose Rosas

Eastern European
Singles
1. Andrey Rublev
2. Karen Khachanov
3. Roman Safiullin
4. Miomir Kecmanovic
5. Casper Ruud
6. Dmitry Popko
Doubles
1. Andre Rublev/Evgeny Tyurnev
2. Roman Safiullin/Karen Khachanov
3. Viktor Durasovic/Miomir Kecmanovic

European Union
Singles
1. Alexander Zverev
2. Borna Coric
3. Elias Ymer
4. Quentin Halys
5. Mikael Ymer
6. Mate Valkusz
Doubles
1. Borna Coric/Alexander Zverev
2. Mikael Ymer/Elias Ymer
3. Johan Sebastien Tatlot/Quinten Halys

Asia/Pacific
Singles
1. Hyeon Chung
2. Thanasi Kokkinakis
3. Duckhee Lee
4. Omar Jasika
5. Oliver Anderson
6. Yunseong Chung
Doubles
1. Thanasi Kokkinakis/Omar Jasika
2. Hyeon Chung/Duckhee Lee
3. Blake Ellis/Alex De Minaur

Feel free to comment with your own lineups and say which team you think would be the strongest.

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