KERRY EGGERS ON SPORTS/Portland Tribune/Portland youngster rises in junior ratings

COURTESY PHOTO - Ca$h Hanzlik returns a shot at the 2019 U.S. Open Junior tournament at Flushing Meadow, New York.Portland’s Ca$h Hanzlik continues to make waves at the U.S. junior tennis circuit, making his manner via some main turbulence of the previous 12 months.

A 12 months in the past, I wrote in regards to the teenager with the extraordinary identify — sure, the greenback signal is on his delivery certificates — who used to be taking the Northwest juniors scene by way of typhoon.


  • A lot has came about since then. Remaining September, Hanzlik — ranked 16th within the country in boys 16 singles — won an extraordinary year-long suspension from the U.S. Tennis Affiliation for deficient habits with fighters and referees. It used to be the longest suspension the USTA has ever given a junior.

    The suspension used to be lifted after six months in March, with the proviso that are supposed to Hanzlik maintain a code violation over the following six months, he could be positioned again on suspension.

    With progressed decorum all the way through his probation length, Hanzlik, now 17, is again in just right stead with the USTA and has re-established himself as a emerging megastar.

    In early August, he reached the quarterfinals of the USTA Boys 18 Nationals at Kalamazoo, Michigan. In overdue August on the U.S. Open Juniors in Flushing Meadow, New York, the unseeded Hanzlik took No. 2 seed Holger Rume of Denmark to the twine prior to succumbing 2-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7-5). Rume had gained the men 18 singles championship on the French Open and is ranked No. 2 some of the international’s juniors.

    Hanzlik gained a couple of qualifying suits to achieve a wild card into the 64-player boys 18 singles draw, enjoying on the identical complicated the place Rafael Nadal and Bianca Andreescu claimed their males’s and girls’s singles titles.

    Simply to get into the principle draw used to be an accomplishment.

    “I did not be expecting to qualify, however I felt like I must,” Hanzlik mentioned. “I knew lots of the avid gamers. I knew they had been just right, however I unquestionably felt like I must, and I did. It used to be a just right feeling, evidently.”

    As soon as in, Hanzlik gave Rume all he may take care of.

    “I performed lovely neatly,” Hanzlik mentioned. “I used to be placing the ball neatly. I labored my manner into the fit. The 3rd set used to be shut, and on the very finish of the fit it used to be more or less unfortunate. He had a shank that went in after which a net-cord winner at fit level.”

    Philippe Oudshoorn, the USTA’s nationwide males’s trainer, used to be in New York and watched the Hanzlik-Rume fit.

    “Ca$h performed rather well,” Oudshoorn mentioned. “He needed to climate the typhoon a bit of at first, however he confirmed some just right preventing spirit and used to be up a destroy within the 3rd set. It used to be reasonably spectacular to look how he settled into his fit. Holger used to be serving neatly. That used to be the brink on the finish.”

    Hanzlik wasn’t intimidated enjoying probably the most international’s top-ranked juniors.

    “Rume is excellent,” he mentioned. “I did not really feel beaten, even though. There are not any juniors who’re completely wonderful. If they are wonderful, they are enjoying professionally. I knew that entering the event.”

    Even so, Hanzlik’s efficiency towards Rume “is just right for my self belief,” he mentioned. “I assumed I used to be at that degree. I do know what the highest degree is like, and I do know I must have gained that fit.”

    Such self-confidence works in Hanzlik’s prefer, mentioned his trainer, Jonathan Stark.

    “Ca$h has the conclusion now that he can play with the most efficient youngsters on this planet,” mentioned Stark, a former U.S. Davis Cupper who used to be as soon as ranked No. 1 on this planet in males’s doubles. “Numerous it’s believing in your self and having the boldness that you’ll be able to compete with any one.”

    Hanzlik takes responsibility for his suspension, even though he does not consider its preliminary period.

    “I believe like I deserved it, however no longer for a complete 12 months,” he mentioned. “A 12 months is harsh. That used to be no longer truthful personally. 3 or six months would had been truthful.”

    Six months is what he were given, and he turns out to have treated himself neatly since then.

    “He realized from it, and he has performed a pleasing process,” Stark mentioned. “That is probably the most causes he has been enjoying so neatly. He has been that specialize in the entire issues he must focal point.”

    “He has saved his feelings underneath keep an eye on,” mentioned Oudshoorn, who labored with Hanzlik at Kalamazoo and a event in School Park, Maryland, since his go back. “I have observed no issues from him in any respect. And he has been a heck of a competitor.”

    A 12 months in the past, Hanzlik used to be 5-11 and 130 kilos. Now he’s 6-foot and just about 165.

    “He has labored in reality arduous within the health club,” Stark mentioned. “It is a laugh to look. He nonetheless has some rising to do height-wise, however the dimension makes a large distinction. You’ll hit the ball larger. You’ll transfer sooner. You are able to place extra to your serve. At the excursion in this day and age, you’ve got so to do this until you might be lightning speedy.”

    Hanzlik — who attended Chapman for basic college and West Sylvan Center College prior to going the home-schooling path in highschool — is a member of the USTA’s junior elite program.

    “Ca$h spent about 4 weeks this summer season with us (in a coaching camp) in Orlando,” Oudshoorn mentioned. “We give a boost to him, and I consider he’s going to spend a just right period of time with us the remainder of the 12 months.”

    Hanzlik has additionally performed a few $25,000 Futures professional occasions — he earned $750 in prize cash, which is able to move towards his bills — and plans to play 5 – 6 extra tournaments prior to the top of the 12 months.

    His international rating is 154 in boys 18s, however he holds wins over a few avid gamers ranked within the peak 20.

    “By way of the top of the 12 months, I must be someplace between 50 and 100,” he mentioned.

    The U.S. Open used to be his first style of enjoying a Junior Grand Slam tournament, and he desires extra.

    “I wish to play the Australian Open (in January),” he mentioned. “That is a large objective.”

    Hanzlik has had main pastime from main faculties all over the rustic. If he performs neatly sufficient over the following 12 months, even though, he may flip professional.

    “I am bearing in mind school tennis,” he mentioned. “For those who win a (Junior Grand) Slam, it is a signal that you are just right. For those who win a Futures event, or are constantly going deep in them, that is an indication, too. I’m going to simply have to look how my effects are.”

    Oudshoorn would not be running with Hanzlik if he did not see doable.

    “Ca$h wishes to concentrate on setting up much more paintings and enjoying the fitting agenda,” Ourdshoorn mentioned. “If he does the fitting issues over the following 10 to 15 years, he could be a heck of a professional tennis participant.”

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