They don't generally announce the discretionary WCs until just before the tournament.
My view - Duckworth and Kyrgios are certainties, assuming they don't enter the playoffs. I think Kokkinakis will get one as well, though I'd prefer him to get a QWC and have the main draw spots given to higher ranked players.
I'd say Groth is now the favourite for the last MDWC position given his form in the USA - he's moved ahead of Kyrgios in the rankings. Mitchell and Reid have age on their side but are much lower ranked, and neither has had a good enough season to justify the MDWC.
I'll also open a discussion about the qualifying wild cards. Last year, Tennis Australia gave out 7 QWCs. Assuming a qualifying cutoff of 250 and Kokkinakis in the main draw, my picks would be (assuming none of these players win the playoff):
Mitchell (will probably just miss out on direct entry into qualies)
Thompson (just outside the top 300, in fantastic form in the Aussie tournaments)
Bolt (hasn't had a great year, but held in high regard by TA)
Whittington (won a Futures tournament, made the final of another)
Saville (I was unsure about him but he's picked up towards the end of the year and his junior results will still carry some weight)
Mott (impressive in the Aussie tournaments, I think he's going to have a big year in 2014)
Feeney (given his age I'm least sure about Feeney, but I don't know if there's anyone else banging down the door and he was given a QWC last year)
What do you guys think? 2012 and 2013 had some interesting selections but I think this year it's more clear-cut, thanks to a solid older group (Reid, Smith, Jones) getting direct entry and a lot of young players climbing up the rankings.
I'd agree with all of the above. Like you say Feeney would be borderline for a qualifying wildcard, his spot might be taken by whoever wins the U18 Championships. I don't see how they can give the fourth wildcard to anyone but Groth, He is a bit older but playing the best tennis he has in his career and consistently competing well. Assuming Kokkinakis, Kyrigios and Duckworth get the other three.
Looking at the other events assuming they all go to Australians which I realise that may not happen.
In Brisbane I'd think main draw wildcards should go to to Kyrgios, Duckworth and Groth. That is assuming Ebden gets in, if they use the wildcard I have allocated to Groth on an international player then Groth would make the qualifying cut off. The qualifying cut off last year was 209 so I'd give the four available to Reid, Mitchell, Barton and Kokkinakis. Hopefully the cut off is a bit lower this year.
In Sydney based on last years cut off I'd give wildcards to Tomich, Matosevic and Ebden. Kyrigios and Duckworth and others would have to play qualifying. The qualifying cut off was much lower than Brisbane at 381. If they didn't make it in then I'd give the wildcards to Whittington, Saville, Mott and perhaps Feeney. Obviously if the cut off is higher then players like Bolt, Thompson and Barton would get them instead.