These are just exerpts from the article about Ryan. I just took out the ones relating to Maria and that practice match we were talking about on this board a few weeks ago...
Ryan Sweeting has Sharapova's endorsement, but he's in no hurry to turn pro.
By Charles Bricker
Posted December 17 2005
Rising from obscurity to win the U.S. Open junior tennis tournament in September sent Ryan Sweeting's confidence soaring, and beating Maria Sharapova a few weeks later in a practice match gave his personal wealth a nice little boost......
........So who, many wondered, is Ryan Sweeting?
Agents from IMG, SFX and Octogon came calling. So did representatives of the Bollettieri Tennis Academy, who asked him to train there for two weeks.
While Sweeting was there, coaches arranged a practice match with Sharapova, who pulled her own surprise victory in 2004 by winning Wimbledon.
"She came on the court and I asked her if she wanted to play for money," Sweeting said. Sharapova dug $25 out of her purse. Sweeting matched it, then rolled up the $50 and wedged it into one of the holes in the net, where it stayed during the match.
It wasn't long before Sharapova was up 5-0.
"It was kind of hard to concentrate," Sweeting said. "She's very attractive. But I wasn't going down six-love. I stopped looking at her for a while and won 7-5, 6-3.
"At the net, she just said, `Too good,' with a little smile on her face. She doesn't like to lose."
Good job Maria...5-0! But this just proves that she really has a problem with closing out sets...