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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-23-2010, 06:14 PM Thread Starter
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your take on wildcards?

Last week Mardy Fish served as the almost perfect example of how to make appropriate use of a wildcard. Cutting the "almost" it's most likely Goran Ivanisevic's Wimbledon victory coming to people's minds.

In opposition to these achievements, there's many tournaments each season handing wildcards to local boys or seniors, who in many cases are clearly the underdogs in their first round matches. By doing so, organisers take at least 2 spots per tournament from players, whose ranking would have allowed them direct entry and better chances for a good run instead.
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Re: your take on wildcards?

Maintain. Provided theyre well thought out and warranted

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Stop giving it to mugs like Dimitrov and give it to players that are actually good and are near the top 100.

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Re: your take on wildcards?

they should be kept as long as the players who get the wild cards make sense
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they should be kept as long as the players who get the wild cards make sense
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Re: your take on wildcards?

Keep them, but perhaps there should be more scrutiny on who those wildcards are given to. As I understand it the decision is now largely up to the tournament director and/or national tennis association, leading to some questionable wildcard entrants. Perhaps there should be some ATP / independent body influence, or would someone who knows more about this area like to clarify the present situation?
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Re: your take on wildcards?

They are fine as long as it isn't abused on a certain player continuously or given to a player who doesn't make sense from a actual playing standpoint.
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Re: your take on wildcards?

Only for young players or former champions.
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Without wildcards I would go insane

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Stop giving it to mugs like Dimitrov and give it to players that are actually good and are near the top 100.
Wild cards are to be given to young and promising players coming out of the juniors, not to people who have been hovering around the top 100 for years.

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Re: your take on wildcards?

This is such a non-debate. Of course they should be maintained. They provide young players with a great experience to play against and practise with higher-ranked guys, which can significantly aid their progress. They give players coming back from injury the chance to climb back up again without having to use their protected ranking for the event. They allow the crowd to see local players or more famous names rather than having the no-name next-ins contend, which would be detrimental to both attendance and TV ratings. They allow smaller tournaments to build up a rapport with up-and-coming players, so that they are more likely to come back to the tournament once they are among the game's top dogs.

Self-evidently bad decisions are frequently made - and sometimes WCs are even bought, especially in Challengers and Futures - but in general there are mostly merits to the system.

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Re: your take on wildcards?

The poll illustrates my point.

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Re: your take on wildcards?

Maintain provided the wildcards are considered better players than players who have a better ranking in the organisers opinion.
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Re: your take on wildcards?

How would Dokic keep coming back without wildcards? Maintain.

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