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1969hoo

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Thai will play in the collegiate invitational starting Sept 9,


which he won last year. I hope to watch him. The winner gets a WC to next year's open either to the qualifier or main draw depending on your ranking. It is a nice consolation after he came so close to winning yesterday.

It appeared to me that his game has dramatically improved since his college days He was mostly a very, very good pusher/retriever in college and struggled to win points on his 2nd serve. His ground strokes and both 1st and 2nd serve seemed faster and harder, but he still avoided many unforced errors. He also held serve pretty easily all day. which is a must on the main pro tour. The only thing I noticed is that he did not hit many sharply angled shots and generally just hit it hard and deep. He hit with very little top spin, so this is probably why he did not hit many sharp angles. In the 5th set Zverev decided to take the net and he did it extremely well. Thai kept trying to pass him, but with only so-so success. maybe a few more top spin lobs would have helped.

to be honest I was not optimistic that Thai would get into the top 100 with his lack of much success in Futures and Challengers after graduation, but after yesterday I am very encouraged that he can make it. I do not know who is coaching him, but he is really helping his game.

Congrats to thai for almost beating the #23 seed and playing him very tough through 5 close sets.




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Posted: 08/29/2017 at 08:49AM



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