exactly, Australian Open direct entry is the clear goal, Sydney and Brisbane would probably help him to be in qualies for match practice. I'm sure winning a main draw match at AO is much more improtant than winning one at the warm-up tourneys.
Good Luck tonight Pete
Well he will make the AO and finish the year in the top 100 and that was the goal for the end of 2009. Next year things change as he will be able to play the South American clay events after the AO and has to win at that level.
Winning matches at the AO are the key, even if he played qualies in Syd/Brisvegas, making the main draw is worth more than a 1st round loss.