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2008 Australian Open Wildcards

OZTENNIS
11-08-2007, 12:02 AM
It is just over two months til the Aussie Open and in this thread, we can discuss who should and shouldn't be awarded wildcards into the 2008 event.

My Picks

Main Draw:
- Alun Jones (ACT)
- Robert Smeets (QLD)
- Nick Lindahl (NSW)
- Greg Jones (NSW)
- Brydan Klein (WA)

Qualifying Draw:
- Adam Feeney (NSW)
- Colin Ebelthite(SA)
- Andrew Coehlo (VIC)
- Rameez Junaid (VIC)
- Carsten Ball (VIC)
- Matthew Ebden (WA)
- Miles Armstrong (WA)
- Bernard Tomic (QLD)

aussie_fan
11-09-2007, 12:19 AM
Hopefully Chris won't need a WC or there goes one WC.

Alun Jone will get one, Smeets will get one, the there is the WC playoff and then the other two are up for grabs. nathan healey has been out of sorts (is he injuried?), it might be some of the younger guys turn next year. Brydan Klein, Greg Jones, Nick Lindhal, i think these futures and challengers results in australia for the next few weeks will have a big factor.

zizz
11-24-2007, 02:10 AM
I just hope that they wont just hand one out to Flip on the whim. The new rules (according to TA) are that if you want to be eligable for a WC you have to play the WC play off. Flip has made it clear that he does not intend to play the Playoff. Therefor he doesn't deserve one. He is problably scared that he will lose first round to some young guy or even worst someone like Alun Jones, or Joe Sirianni, both great players but they dabble. Flip is a former top 10 player who doesn't want to be embarrased. Shame on TA if they go back on their rules and give him one without playing the play off.

Good luck to ALL Aussies in the WC playoff, Quallies and MD Aussie open!!!!

christopherhello
11-24-2007, 02:20 AM
Right move by TA. TA used to give WC freely but new rules are good. They force people to have matchplay under their belts to see their current form. Such a shame that the Poo aint intending to contest the WC playoffs. Dont want him to get a WC into AUs Open unless he gets some matches under his belt and his form is relatively good.

OZTENNIS
12-13-2007, 10:24 PM
Smeets receives Australian Open wildcard
Tennis Australia
Thursday December 13, 2007

Queensland left-hander Robert Smeets has been rewarded for the best season of his career with a wildcard to the main draw of Australian Open 2008.

This year Smeets, 22, has lifted his world singles ranking from 391 to a career high 149 (it is currently 150), with a 53-25 win/loss record in the 34 events he has contested.

“Robert has had an outstanding year,” Tournament Director Craig Tiley said. “He has massively improved his ranking, been our best performed under 23 player on the circuit and is close to direct entry into the Australian Open.

“Those achievements, in addition to our youth policy, means that Robert has already earned a wildcard, so it makes sense for him to get it now and begin preparations for the Australian Open.

“We’ve made this decision early because it frees up another position in the 16-man field for the Australian Open play-off and provides opportunity for another young player to get some valuable experience against the country’s best talent,” Tiley said.

A very happy Smeets said he was grateful for the opportunity to try and improve on his second round appearance at the Australian Open main draw this year.

“I got to play against (Czech) Tomas Berdych on Margaret Court Arena in the second round and I am really looking forward to coming back and trying to go further in 2008,” he said.

In 2007 the Queenslander won a Challenger in the United States and Futures tournaments in Great Britain, Spain, Kuwait and Australia (Wollongong). He credits a lot of his improvement to the AIS Pro Tour program, better scheduling and his AIS program coach James Trotman.

“In the past I have gone along and won or lost and not really been able to analyse where I went right or wrong. Working with James has been fantastic and allowed us to really break down all aspects of my game and focus on what needs to be done to get better.”

The final four wildcard places in the men’s draw and seven wildcard places in the women’s draw for the Australian Open play-offs have also been announced today.

Victorian Rameez Junaid, South Australian Colin Ebelthite, New South Welshman Adam Feeney and West Australian Miles Armstrong have secured places in the 16-player men’s event. Replacing Smeets is West Australian Matthew Ebden, aged 20 and ranked 541 in the world.

Junaid won a Futures tournament in Poland earlier this year before finishing runner-up at a Challenger in Burnie last week to move to a career-high ranking of world No.309.

Ebelthite also reached a career-high ranking earlier this month, while Feeney claimed one title and reached another final on the Futures circuit.

In his best season on the senior circuit, 19-year-old Armstrong won his first title in Gloucester in October after reaching the final in Sawtell the week before.

On the women’s side, the following players received wildcards into the Australian Open play-off: Alison Bai (ACT), Marija Mirkovic (VIC), Alenka Hubacek (VIC), Tyra Calderwood (NSW), Isabella Holland (QLD), Sally Peers (VIC) and Olivia Rogowska (VIC).

All the above players added into the women’s draw are teenagers, which is in line with Tennis Australia’s youth policy.

Holland, Peers and Rogowska were members of the Australian Junior Fed Cup team which won the 16/u world championship teams event this year.

One place in both the men’s and the women’s draws has been reserved for the singles winners of the Optus 18s Australian Championships.

With a protected ranking of 119, Mark Philippoussis heads the men’s draw while world No.142 Jarmila Gajdosova leads the women.

The winners of the Australian Open play-offs, which take place at Melbourne Park from December 15 to 21, are awarded main draw wildcards into the Australian Open.

Complicated
12-15-2007, 01:07 AM
Who won the Optus u18 Championship?

OZTENNIS
12-16-2007, 09:37 PM
Andrew THOMAS (NSW) defeated Greg JONES (NSW) 6-4 7-5

Bit of a surprise...Jones' form has been patchy of late

azza
12-21-2007, 08:49 PM
Sirianni!!!!!!!!!!!! fucken woohoo

Experimentee
12-22-2007, 09:45 AM
My picks:

Main Draw

1 Denis Istomin, UZB (Asian champion)
2 Jesse Levine, USA (USTA)
3 Mathieu Montcourt, FRA (FFT)
4 Joseph Sirianni, AUS (AO wildcard playoff champion)
5 Robert Smeets, AUS (TA)
6 Alun Jones
7 Nick Lindahl
8 Brydan Klein

Qualifying

1 Rameez Junaid
2 Adam Feeney
3 Sam Groth
4 Carsten Ball
5 Greg Jones
6 Andrew Coelho
7 Colin Ebelthite or Matthew Ebden
8 Andrew Thomas (Winner Optus 18's)

OZTENNIS
12-22-2007, 08:41 PM
My picks:

Main Draw

1 Denis Istomin, UZB (Asian champion)
2 Jesse Levine, USA (USTA)
3 Mathieu Montcourt, FRA (FFT)
4 Joseph Sirianni, AUS (AO wildcard playoff champion)
5 Robert Smeets, AUS (TA)
6 Alun Jones
7 Nick Lindahl
8 Brydan Klein

Qualifying

1 Rameez Junaid
2 Adam Feeney
3 Sam Groth
4 Carsten Ball
5 Greg Jones
6 Andrew Coelho
7 Colin Ebelthite or Matthew Ebden
8 Andrew Thomas (Winner Optus 18's)


Nice pics!! I agree :)

H_E_L_L_A_S
12-26-2007, 08:15 AM
So Andrew Thomas has got a place in qualifying for the AUS OPEN?

baghdatis
01-02-2008, 12:55 PM
Yep :D

OZTENNIS
01-03-2008, 09:16 PM
Alun Jones got a wildcard yesterday...
Jones, Sirianni and Smeets all join Hewitt, Luczak and Guccione in MD.
2 remaining

H_E_L_L_A_S
01-04-2008, 08:30 AM
Andrew Thomas playing under Australias flag or under CYPRUS ??

OZTENNIS
01-04-2008, 08:58 PM
:lol: He was going to play for Cyprus, but I think TA and others talked him out of it.
Andrew's No.13 in the ITF Junior Rankings now. Tomic is 12