Jones is better placed but has only risen 50 places in the last year so only if there is no one more deserving.
Mmm - only risen 50 places...
Let's see -
Ball - dropped say 200 places
Matosevic - dropped say 60 places
Guccione - dropped say 80 places (not finished though)
who else - Lemke - dropped about 40 places
Klein - dropped maybe 300 places
Millman - where is he?
Jonesie has had a good year in comparison rising 50 places, playing on the Challenger circuit, no easier Futures events, and with a full season points to defend.
He has qualified for two ATP events and got to the 3rd (final) round of qualies at the Oz Open & US Open (losing to the No.1 and No.7 seed respectively, both ranked in the top 100 at the time).
He has only ever received 1 ATP singles WC from TA - and is still No.4 in Australia. Unlike how many WC's for Ball? umpteen for Gooch? as for Klein - all wasted. Now is the time to give Jonesie the opportunity he deserves for a solid year. Last year Ball had a miserbale end of season but was rewarded for an overall good year. (A bit of nepotism there if U ask me.)
Agree Mitchell, Duckworth and Jipper have had great rises in rankings this year, but all with no points to defend. Easier to rise plenty of places in the rankings, especially when worse than 400 in the rankings, when not defending any points. Good luck to them but will be an interesting next year. None of them have played much at the Challenger level, never mind ATP level.
And also - Jonesie is only 22 years old compared to Luczak (30), Marinko (26), Gooch (26) and Ball (24).
It has been difficult to pick the reasons for TA giving WCs over the years...
so who knows this year?