That was also in a time where 16 year old, 140lbs kids were winning Grand Slams. Not fair to a guy like Shapovalov that could be poised to make a deep run here that he had to waste an extra 3 days on court when he should have been given a WC.
Excellent point! Once upon a time, tennis players just played tennis. They didn't do weight training, and their only cardio was chasing after a tennis ball, whether in practice or in a tournament. And forget the nutritionist, core breakdown & strengthening, or anaerobic recovery drills. In other words, the men who played the pro tour and the boys who won Kalamazoo weren't all that different. Now that the gap between the ATP men and the Kalamazoo boys is wider than the Grand Canyon, the the Kal winner no longer deserves a wild card into the main draw. Give the kid a WC into qualies. The competition there might still be a little over his head, but at least he stands a decent chance of winning a match or two. Plus the rigors of qualifying will help the young player's development far more than getting humiliated in the 1R.