yes, I don't really understand the rule either, SE are designed for those who can't play qualifying because of week prior singles commitments, so it should only be allowed to those who intended to play qualifying but I'm just going by what I'm told
Congratulations to Frederico Gil, losing to #4 Andy Murray in QF ATP 1000 is worthy of note and fantastic tennis, considering he has played 5 games in 5 days. Hope to see more of him in the future, particularly if he keeps playing like this!
I asked about it before that players round 2 match, I was told if he did reach the SF he would be eligible, he lost round 2, he wasn't eligible. I was told that if he did make the SF he would be eligible, I never said nothing about him actually getting that far and using it
It seems that Gil has changed coach once again. He left Cunha e Silva (again) and is starting to work on experimental basis with To Van Grichen, former coach of Azarenka (took her from nowhere to top ten), Ivanovic, Cirstea, etc. First experience on men's tennis, though...
Let's see if it works, but Gil really had to do something: from Masters Monte Carlo QF and best rank ever, to out of Top 100 in four months, losing to everybody. So, can't get worse. Go Gil!
After two more first-round losses (Winston Salem and US Open), To Van Grichen told the portuguese press that this was just a quick period of common training, never to be extended, since Gil wants to live and train in Portugal, and van Grichen always wanted to stay at the US. So, we'll hear about a new coach in the next weeks, certainly. Gil will probably play GenovaCH without a coach, and then he has a week rest, before ATP Bucharest, maybe by then we'll have some new info...
Location: Sleeping in the house of my latest jumpoff.
Re: Frederico Gil
Fred overall has had an awful season which is really unfortunate. Basically two good tournaments, Monte Carlo and qualifying and making R2 in Sydney. He's only won back to back matches 4 times, and not made any SF at any level. He's got to find a way to pick it up and start winning. Hopefully a new coach brings renewed confidence.
After he reached SF in Italian Callenger, Gil won in Bucharest two days ago against his beast - Chardy. Now a match against a WC, to reach ATP QF, which he only managed once this year, at Monte Carlo! Go Gil!
Fred is playing shit, and had a all shity season, but I think he already did enough to Top-100 season end, and Aussie Open Direct Acceptance. Top-100 normally closes around 530 points (lot of guys loosing big points in 80-100 spot), and he can´t go down that amount. It´s amazing how you can finish in Top100, with only one very good tournament in all season, and than just average or very bad performance.
Buk he still as a good number of CH in South America to play this year, and then let´s rest and get a good coach for pre-season.
What a hell of a way to finish a season. Gil lost to his friend and my other portuguese fav, Gastso Elias, after holding two MP. But still, Gastao needed this points more, to secure Top 200 finish. What an amazing year for Gastao, appart from injuries, shitty year for Gil, only one very good tournament at Monte Carlo. But secured Aussie Open direct acceptance. See you next year, Gil!
Gil has a new coach for the first months of next season, the spanish Juan Esparcia, who coached until recently with some success the also spanish GGL. Let´s see if things work out this time, he really needs some decent results in the first tournaments, to secure his Top-100 spot and regain some confidence in his game. Go Fred!
Gil has now won back-to-back matches at Aussie Open 2011 and 2012! So important to set his mind, and reinforce his belief that he is a Top-100 player. Now, a decent chance tomorrow, it was a good draw, hope he can take advantage of it, he has three months to collect 275 points just to stay in Top-100. Go Gil! You have to show the way for the youngsters to come, Gastão and Frederico Ferreira da Silva!