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Philippoussis gets wildcard into Australian Open

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Re: Philippoussis gets wildcard into Australian Open

I think the thread title should be: "Philippoussis gets wildcard into Australian Open... again"


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Re: Philippoussis gets wildcard into Australian Open

Yeah, wonder when he plans to get to main draw from ranking, not every year with WC ? :S
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I think the thread title should be: "Philippoussis gets wildcard into Australian Open... again"

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Mark sure gets a lot of WCs

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Mark sure gets a lot of WCs
And waste most of them in first or second rounds.
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Re: Philippoussis gets wildcard into Australian Open

Philippoussis didn't need a wildcard in 04. He didn't play last year. So it's not like he's got one every year. Plus, he's Australian and still popular. It's a no brainer.
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Re: Philippoussis gets wildcard into Australian Open

I’m strongly opposed to host nations giving 'one of their own' a WC, particularly a Grand Slam event.
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And waste most of them in first or second rounds.
This when he actually doesn't pull out of the tournament he received a WC to a few days before it begins.

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And waste most of them in first or second rounds.
I know

Though he can still win some matches and I wonder if there are any Australian players who have much better odds than he has.

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Re: Philippoussis gets wildcard into Australian Open

I think this is getting a bit unfair. He never does well at these events anymore. Why not give the wild cards to some up and coming players so that they have the opportunity to experience playing at a grandslam, since that's all Philippoussis does.............



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I think this is getting a bit unfair. He never does well at these events anymore. Why not give the wild cards to some up and coming players so that they have the opportunity to experience playing at a grandslam, since that's all Philippoussis does.............
Agreed - I understand the Australians supporting their own but, like you say, - there must be plenty of young guys out there who would relish the chance to play in a Grand Slam. Anyway - I understand Mark P. is injured yet again now He pulled out of Auckland at the last minute - wonder what will happen if he does the same in AO?

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Re: Philippoussis gets wildcard into Australian Open

Philipoussis is a Melbourne-native and is still a big name and drawcard in Australia. And he's had a huge streak of bad luck in his career with injuries and with his talent it's not unfair that he should receive support. So stop whining.
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Re: Philippoussis gets wildcard into Australian Open

I think Mark has been given a wild card because the organizers are afraid that AO ticket sales will be disappointing since one of the crowd pullers is out and two others may not play.

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Re: Philippoussis gets wildcard into Australian Open

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I think this is getting a bit unfair. He never does well at these events anymore.
Lol, let's have a think about fairness buddy.

Is it fair to the tournament-organisers and investors if the AO decides to give a wildcard to some unknown 'up-and-coming' player over a Melbourne-native and two-time grand-slam finalist who will draw huge crowds and profits?

Is it fair to the Australian crowds if they are not able to see their Davis-Cup hero and one of Australia's biggest tennis names over some unproven, uncared for up-and-comer?

Is it fair to Tennis Australia, who have invested hundreds-of-thousands of dollars in Philipoussis' success, that he is not provided with the best opportunity to finally fulfill his massive talent and provide some return on investment?

Is it fair to Philipoussis, who has spent more than half his career in injury, that he is not provided with opportunities to get himself back into shape?

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