Main draw entry list now out: Kyrgios, Tomic, Millman, Groth, Kokkinakis all in.
Ebden is 10th alternate, so not much chance (cutoff was 97, with seven protected rankings including Kokk).
So who should get the wildcard?
Clearly not Ebden - 0-4 at tour level this year, clay is not his surface, plus past it.
Thompson has a pretty good case given excellent form this year, but not that strong a record on clay (lost in first round qualifying last year to Cecchinato).
Next ranked players are Smith, Saville, Duckworth and Mitchell none of whom have done anything to justify a wildcard of late.
So next possibles look like Barton, Jasika, Mott??
Of the three you'd have to think Barton looking the strongest given run through qualifying and r1 at Housten.
Jasika I guess in contention given AO performance but hasn't done much since and clay is not his thing - didn't play a single match on it last year.
I had of course been hoping that Anderson might be looking like a contender by now.
But hasn't played since injury back in summer.