Re: 2014 Aussie Summer wildcard discussion.
IMO the "older" players not ranked under say 150 will not be considered for the AO wild card, dependant on who reaches the AO WC Play-off final.
"Older" - list Sam Groth, JP Smith, Greg Jones and Matt Reid (Reid borderline)
In contention - definates are Kyrgios and Duckworth - which leaves two WC's to be between Kokkinakis, Barton, Mitchell, Saville, Bolt and Jordan Thompson.
So - for the AO WC - my pick:
Kokkinakis (AO Junior Final last year and huge potential)
the last is difficult -
Barton - performed well at beginning of year but done nothing sonce then, and currently injured but will end yeara ranked around 255 - but not on TA radar
Mitchell - not sure of his remaining schedule this year but will end the year ranked well below 300 (still has 28 pts to defend) - so don't think Mitchell
Bolt - with 40 pts still to defend this year has the potential to end year worse than 400 - so don't think Bolt
Saville - not sure of his remaining schedule this year but ranked just 439 - so don't think Saville
Thompson - has surprised the pundits this year and has risen spectacularly up the rankings to finish the year ranked around 308 or better - could be the surprise
With Millman still out injured - it does then come back to who of the "Oldies" performs best in the last Challengers of the year - Smith, Groth or Reid (presume Jones out with injury)
Smith - unspectacular results this year, won Canada Futures and 2x Challenger semis, has US College tennis backing
Groth - unspectacular results this year,won Aus Futues in Marach and 2x Challenger semis, qualied for Washington, has big crowd appeal because of serve
Reid - his best year on tour, has risen up the rankings, qualied for Wimbledon and made final of Sydney Challenger in Feb, youngest of this group
Jones - if injury ok and fit to play, had a solid year rising over 120 places in ranking, made final of Challenger, won Sydney Futures in Oct, qualied and made second round of ATP250 in Auckland (beat two 100 ranked players 29 & 99) - but not on TA radar (did not get WC into AO qualies last year)
So the last WC in my opinion open for any of the players ranked below say 350, Depends on who plays and does the best in AO WC or Brisbane qualies.
Groth or Reid my pick.
Last edited by RustyOz; 11-12-2013 at 04:19 AM.