an interesting comment on the no wc for jc @ rome...
Why should Juan Carlos Ferrero need a wild card to get into Rome or Hamburg when he is ranked in the top 64? I thought the ATP entry rankings meant something. What is going on? It seems unfair to require him to go through qualifying rounds when he is ranked so highly (although he should probably suck it up and qualify if he really wants to play).
-- John Manwaring, Ottawa, Ont.
I'm squarely with Ferrero on this. In defense of the ATP, the cut-off is made weeks prior to the tournament. Ferrero has played well of late but was out of the money at the cut-off date. But it would have been nice if the ATP had played nasty with the Italian Federation. Denying a former champion and former French Open winner a spot so you could award wild cards to players outside the top 150 is shameful. Reliable sources told us Ferrero's people offered a swap: If JCF had been given a wild card in Rome, two Italian players would have been awarded a spot in the draw of the next Valencia tournament. The answer was no. (And people say tennis is a screwed-up sport.)
Life being heavy into irony, the Italian players gave a nice accounting of themselves in Rome, especially Potito Starace, who knocked off Marat Safin. Still, Ferrero got a raw deal. And it will look rawer still when he reaches the second week in Paris.
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