Why I Am Not Yet Sold on Jerzy Janowicz

Jerzy Janowicz(July 11, 2013) Jerzy Janowicz just played the best tournament of his career. He reached the semifinals of Wimbledon, the best result of his career. He reached a career-high ranking of World No. 17. He has a massive serve, good ground game, and already moves well enough to be a top player. The whole tennis world is expecting great things from Janowicz in the near future.

But I’m not ready to expect much from him just yet.

Am I being unfair? Am I being ridiculous? After all, the entire tennis world just saw him take Wimbledon by storm. We saw him produce tennis on a high level. Why wouldn’t I expect us to see it on a consistent basis?

The answer lies in that very question. Janowicz has developed the game to be a great player. He has the talent to be a great player? So why is he only now breaking in to the top 20?

Yes, every player has to start from somewhere. Every player gets better and better until he can reach the top of the game. But Janowicz has had this talent and ability for more than just two weeks. He played this well in reaching the final of the Masters tournament in Paris last November. So why was Janowicz not able to reach a single semifinal in the 7 months between those two tournaments?

I will be fair. Janowicz also played very well in the Masters tournament in Rome, beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Richard Gasquet before falling to Roger Federer. Even that doesn’t change the point I am trying to make.

Janowicz is a top 20 player right now, but he has done that by playing great tennis for three weeks out of the past year. He currently has 2,154 ATP ranking points. A combined 1,345 of those came from Paris and Wimbledon. He would not even be in the top 50 without those. If you ignore Rome as well he would fall out of the top 100 at the end of this week.

So what is my point? Paris, Rome, and Wimbledon did happen. You can’t just ignore them. But the fact is that they say something. Janowicz made himself from a fringe top 100 player into a top 20 player in 4 weeks. But if Janowicz is going to reach the top 10 or top 5, or even No. 1 someday like people are expecting of him, he will have to compete at his best level for more than 4 weeks out of the year.

He has shown us that he has that level. He has shown us that he can sustain it for most of a tournament. But he is going to have to do it for a much larger chunk of the season. Otherwise, where he is now may very well be the highest he can get.

14 Responses to Why I Am Not Yet Sold on Jerzy Janowicz

  • Andrew Szymaniak says:

    Jerzy Janowicz is only 22 years old Mr. Ginsburg. Nobody asks you to like Jerzy. You just watch him. He is going to be in best 10 by the end of this year or beginning of the next the latest. If you don’t see the exceptional talent in Janowicz play, it’s too bad. Maybe a visit to the optometrist’s office would help.

  • Ignacio Perrone says:

    I really don’t understand your logic.
    Of course he is not going to reach semifinals in every tournamente he plays, he is still a developing young player.
    What you mentioned about the only 4 tournaments is the most ridiculous thing I ever heard.

    Let say we take Roland Garros, Rome, Paris and Madrid out of Rafa’s schedule for example. Without those 4 tournaments, Rafa wouldn’t even be a top 10 player. But that doesn’t mean that he doesn’t deserve to be top 5 or that he is not as good as the top guys.

    Really disagree with this article. And this coming from a guy that doesn’t like Janowicz’ style too much.

  • vdanker says:

    Apply that same reasoning to everyone and many players would lose rank. This article is really pointless.

  • Greg says:

    Fair points.

    Nadal and Federer dropping out so early at Wimby obviously left that quarter of the draw wide open and Janowicz powered through.

    I’d say he will be a top 8 player this time next year for sure.

    However serve and drop shot will only work for so long.

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