Originally Posted by Shotgun Blues
My opinion on the candidates:
- Blake: Has already been given a lot of wildcards this year, and made a good climb in the rankings, thanks in part for that. But probably wouldn´t be a wasted WC.
- Martin: It would be a total waste to give him the wild-card. Besides, they´ve already given the other two wildcards to spanish players.
- Massu: High probability of wasting the wild card, if we consider how he´s been playing this year, but who knows... Has been a finalist here in 2003.
- Monfils: same thing as Blake, with the advantage that he´s much younger.
Agree about Martin, and about Blake and Monfils - they've both been handed WC after WC this year - doesn't seem right after awhile. Blake should get some WCs, but I don't agree about giving WCs to these young kids who everyone expects a lot from. They need to work their way up along with everyone else. I think it puts too much pressure on them way too soon, and they get discouraged when they don't win right away.
Don't know what Nico would do with it. But people don't realize that he also like Blake has had to come back from injuries. A hernia operation, followed by a stress fracture in his foot, and a serious ankle injury. So its taking him time to come back - and these things do take time. Also he has 250 points to defend this fall while Blake has none to defend. And he can't defend them if he can't play!
Nico has accomplished more than Blake though - and that should count for something.