yeah they have put in 3 . 1990 players 19 years old which they should , they have then totally jumped the whole 1991 age group eg Verryth , Sanders , Hoh, the last World Junior Davis cup winners , Barker ATP 955 , Eames former AUS 14 s world team player where are they all now at 18 ?
TA they are clearly putting all their focus into players 1992 down.
Best not to enter if you are over 17 , as they pretty muchhand pick the event.
There is only one player from VIC in the whole event.
Didnt Ebilthite win this last year , and yeah McKenzie won the 18s last year, and where are both of them. Dane Proppogia left out amazing. Yeah a favorite last year, nearly beat Tomic but hurt himself in third set.
Matt Reid and Kelly deserve to be in.
This all shows how TA can love you one minute and dump you the next. Shows how some players will be ignored totally .
Who does these selections ? Why dont they call it the " TA W/C play off " instead of the " Mens Open Play off ."
Junaid not in what a joke after his results this year. Siriani not in, what a rotten lack of respect. Thanks goodness looch got his own ranking up, he showed them. After not getting into AO last year.
This isi what every one will need to do and then totally by pass this event.
That first statement I have highlighted is ridiculous, not entering a tournament that gives you the chance to get wildcard into the main draw of the Australian Open is probably the stupidest thing I have ever heard.
To that second statement, why would it matter what state you are from? This is supposed to be the best of the best from Australia (not saying it is) and if Victoria are not producing the places should and will go to the better players. The third statement you have made is based on injuries. Both Mckenzie and Ebelthite have been injured for a lot of 2009, Dane Proppogia is the first alternate for this playoff so he may still get in.
To the fourth comment, last time I checked it was called the Australian Open Playoff. It was never branded the Mens Open Playoff, or National Mens Champions or anything that suggests you have to be a "man" to get entry. To the fifth comment it would be extremely irresponsible of TA to give valuable experiences like these to players in their 30s on the verge of retirement, if Junaid and Sirianni were good enough to play in this playoff their rankings would be inside the top 250 and they would be playing this event but they are not.
To the last comment Australian tennis players shouldn't be relying on this event to gain entrance into the Aussie Open anyway, it was only a few years ago that the winner of this tournament didn't get entry into the AO.
In conclusion it is a little unfair what Tennis Australia has done here but all the semifinalists of the 18s are good enough to play at that standard so let them play. Others will get chances later on.