When I was back home playing big tournaments in Australia there was a young junior who was gaining traction. The guys name was John-Patrick Smith. JP decided to go to university in the USA after high school and not try to make it straight onto the ATP Tour. Now JP is about finish university (with a great collegiate record) and give the ITF and maybe one day the ATP Tour a go!
Last week JP entered the Tulsa Future event and he has to win through qualifying to make the main draw (since he didn’t have any ITF points and no world ranking), which he did. No one gave him a chance to win the tournament, but JP had an amazing tournament won the USA F19 Tulsa tournament for both Singles and Doubles (singles final score was 6-1 6-0).
I can see JP having a great end to 2011 and taking his ITF ranking from 1,200 to around 600 (at least). Expect big things from JP in the coming years!