Probably it was by a player who could have a direct acceptance in main draw but missed the deadline or just decided to play after the deadline and then received a WC to play qualies. I guess you want someone whose ranking was so low that couldn't even play qualies (and preferably not someone who was high ranked earlier and dropped in the rankings because of injury or lack of motivation, or even coming back from a retirement).
Anyone would be good. Most good players coming back from injuries etc seem to get main draw wild cards anyway.
Originally Posted by Action Jackson
Tomic did it this year in the Burnie Challenger, yes the challenger part is the key thing here.
I was thinking of him too but it would be great to have an ATP example. I'm going to set the bench very low and say that Ryan Harrison made the 2nd round of the main draw of Houston in 2008 after receiving a qualifying draw wild card. Gasquet also made the 2nd round of Monte Carlo in 2002 as a qualifying wild card (also at 15 years old interestingly enough). Surely some qualifying wild card has made the third round of the main event?