“Look Kurt, it’s the next Justin Bieber".”
Quite possibly the exact same pose I pulled when receiving my first year Uni results.
I almost failed.
I only caught bits of the last set and the deciding tie break.
It must have been heart wrenching.
Not every fairy tale has a Hollywood ending and the night was to belong to the late blossoming Ukrainian who, let’s not forget, is not lacking in talent either and undergoing a career surge of his own.
But I liked the crafty blend of backhand slice and net play on offer from young Ryan, who seems to me to have far more natural talent than Oudin and from what I’ve heard gave a darn fine performance off court in his presser too.
Another one I’m determined to like. There was nothing written on his shoes.