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Wildcard to Australia with Superstar Lleyton Hewitt

Some great news for the tennis fans around Duesseldorf: Australia with top player Lleyton Hewitt, currently the number 2 in the world, will get the wildcard for this year’s ARAG ATP World Team Championship to be held at the Rochusclub on May 15-21.

This was announced by tournament director Dietloff von Arnim: “Lleyton Hewitt is currently the second best player in the world which guarantees top level as well as attraction. This made the decision for Australia relatively easy for the ATP and us.” Wayne Arthurs will be the second singles player besides Hewitt. The strongserver recently won his first ATP title at Scottsdale, Arizona.
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I think it was a very good decision to give the wildcard to Australia

But I was almost sure before that Australia will get it

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stupid question but why didn't they get direct entry? was it to do with hewitt confirming his particpation in the event??

esp given hewitt and flip played out of their skins last year
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stupid question but why didn't they get direct entry? was it to do with hewitt confirming his particpation in the event??

esp given hewitt and flip played out of their skins last year
Australia was not one of the top 7 ranked teams at the end of 2004. Australia's combined ranking was 83 (Hewitt 3, Arthurs 80) and the cut-off was 42.

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The year-end Indesit ATP Race 2004 standings will determine not only the World No. 1, but also which nations will qualify for the 2005 ARAG ATP World Team Championship in Duesseldorf, Germany. The first seven countries with the lowest aggregate rank of their top two players on November 22, 2004, will automatically qualify, while one wild card team will also compete in the tournament, which begins on May 15, 2005.

Country Combined Ranking* Players
1. USA 10 Andy Roddick (2), Andre Agassi (8)
2. Argentina 16 Guillermo Coria (7), David Nalbandian (9)
3. Spain 18 Carlos Moya (5), Tommy Robredo (13)
4. Russia 20 Marat Safin (4), Mikhail Youzhny (16)
5. Germany 37 Tommy Haas (17), Nicolas Kiefer (20)
6. Chile 40 Nicolas Massu (18), Fernando Gonzalez (22)
7. Sweden 42 Joachim Johansson (12), Thomas Johansson (30)
8. Wild Card To be Determined

* Final INDESIT ATP Race 2004 (Nov. 22, 2004)

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nice that Lleyton will actually grace us with his presence at an event


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nice that Lleyton will actually grace us with his presence at an event
its tough to do so when you are injured
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its tough to do so when you are injured
maybe you didn't notice my 5,000+ posts in Lleyton's forum


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Look out for that lethal Wayne Arthurs/Scott Draper combo now. I guess the organizers can't take the wildcard back, can they?

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I guess the organizers can't take the wildcard back, can they?
They did kick #4 qualifier Russia out & replace them with France after Safin refused to play, but it's probably too late to find another team to replace Australia at this point.

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Maybe we see Luczak/Arthurs now!
Would be nice for Luczak to get this chance now as Lleyton can't come here...

In doubles, Luczak/Arthurs can for sure challenge most of all teams, but in singles I expect they will go down (easily?!) to most opponents at this tournament.

in short: AN ENORMOUS BLOW FOR THE AUSSIE TEAM
the highest ranked player of the tournament is missing the team and they don't have anything near Hewitt to back up this loss (the gap between him and the 2nd best ranked player, Arthurs, is soooooooooooo huge)

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Maybe we see Luczak/Arthurs now!
Would be nice for Luczak to get this chance now as Lleyton can't come here...
He's a blond guy who wears his hat backwards, maybe no one will notice...

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He's a blond guy who wears his hat backwards, maybe no one will notice...
lol

luczak and arthurs have had some ok results this year , wouldnt be a complete shambles.
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In doubles, Luczak/Arthurs can for sure challenge most of all teams
I think Arthurs/Woodbridge will play doubles: http://arag-world-team-cup.atptennis...le_6854_rx.asp
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I guess the organizers can't take the wildcard back, can they?
Czech Republic replaces Australia according to Neely:

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