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I believe it's a combination of factors.

Obviously, a coach like Boland leaving
makes everyone re evaluate their situation.

I think we have to believe that JC's success this summer also played some role. Altamirano and some other guys on the team are likely thinking, "If he can do it, ...."

Completely guessing, but it also can't be easy for a guy who won Kalamazoo to see other contemporaries whom he once beat to be doing so well on the pro tour. The whole Tiafoe, Fritz, Paul, Opelka, etc crew are all his age or younger.

He has won 3 national titles, so while it would be incredible to try to win 4 straight, it's not like he hasn't won A LOT already.

Again, guessing, but I don't think in his case, it's a big deal whether he gets his degree now or waits and eventually completes his studies at a later date.

I believe that once he got home to California this summer a bigger plan came together.

I do understand that he has been working very hard, especially on his fitness and he's going to make a big push this fall.

Personally (and of course, selfishly), it would have been nice to see him play pro events in the fall and then come back for the spring season. As Cam Norrie showed, you can combine school and (pro) tennis. It didn't hurt him at all. Anyway, most college guys are hard court guys. April-May is the clay court season anyway, so you're not missing a lot. Plus, the Feb-Mar schedule (professionally) is not that busy to begin with.

Regardless, we'll certainly be following him and pulling for his success.

(In response to this post by 1969hoo)

Posted: 09/12/2017 at 1:14PM


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