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Very tough when the top 110/115 players in the world are

playing, plus 4 to 8 WC's like Thai plus 8 or so qualifiers.

Thai is a really good player, but at this time I doubt he can beat anyone in the top 100, which he will likely face in the first round and for sure in the second round if he manages to win in the first round.

I have not looked it up , but by making the main draw as a WC he will win $40,000 to $50,000. I hope he gets a few more main draw WC's to the USA summer hard court tourneys like ATL, DC, Cincy, and W/S. I expect he will definitely get Qualifier WC's to all of them as the NCAA champ, so he does have a chance to get some early pro wins Ryan Shane had a similar chance, but I do not think he got any wins.

Stevie J was the best college player in the last 10 years. He has finally made it to the top 30 or so, but it took a lot of years and he made some major changes to his game, mainly going to a slice backhand almost all of the time instead of the two hander that he used when he was younger.

IMO the big challenge for Thai is similar to what Somdev faced. Both need/needed a big shot and with being about 6 feet tall , it is tough to do. I expect Thai will struggle to hold serve and might be hurt badly on his 2nd serve.

If Ryan Shane had Thai's all court game, mobility and speed or Thai had Ryan's serve and forehand, both could be top 50 pros, but alas that is not possible.

[Post edited by 1969hoo at 06/24/2017 10:01PM]

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Posted: 06/24/2017 at 5:24PM


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