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AO Wildcard Playoff: December 15-21, 2007

smucav
12-03-2007, 05:28 PM
Tournament Dates: 15 to 21 December 2007 (inclusive)
Venue: Melbourne Park, Melbourne, VIC
Entry: Free
Draw: 16 player draw (Men & Women)
Format: Round Robin
Eligibility Criteria: Entries into the Australian Open Play-off are now closed.

Main draw: Friday, December 14, 2007, 2:00 p.m.

Entry deadline: November 30, 2007
Seeding: December 10, 2007

Acceptance List (Men):
http://www.tennis.com.au/pages/image.aspx?assetId=RDM39420.5861241667

1 Philippoussis, Mark @119
2 Jones, Alun 131
OUT Smeets, Robert 150 (WC to MD)
4 Sirianni, Joseph 195
5 Lindahl, Nick 248
6 (WC) Healey, Nathan 258
7 (WC) Coelho, Andrew 355
8 (WC) Groth, Samuel 341
9 (WC) Ball, Carsten 380
10 (WC) Jones, Greg 385
11 (WC) Klein, Brydan 614
12 (WC) Junaid, Rameez 309
13 (WC) Ebelthite, Colin 310
14 (WC) Feeney, Adam 313
15 (WC) Armstrong, Miles 486
16 (WC) Thomas, Andrew (18s Optus Australian Championships - Winner)
IN Ebden, Matthew 541 (replaces Smeets)

Acceptances are based on the following criteria:

1. All athletes ranked ATP or WTA 250 or better* (based on 4 December 2007 rankings release. Male players who achieve the required ranking between 3 Dec and 10 Dec (Burnie Challenger) will be awarded a wildcard)
2. 18s Optus Australian Championships - Singles Winners
3. Australian Pro Circuit Points Race Winners

Remaining spots default to wildcards. Acceptance list will be available from Tuesday 4 December at 2pm.

Play-off selectors: John Fitzgerald, David Taylor, Brent Larkham and Anthony Lane.

smucav
12-03-2007, 05:30 PM
Philippoussis enters AO play-off:
http://www.tennis.com.au/pages/News.aspx?id=4&pageId=11499&HandlerId=2&archive=false&newsid=3610

Via
12-03-2007, 07:39 PM
* Per Diems will be paid at $55 per night twin share. Players choosing to stay out of the official accommodation (Bayview on the Park) will not be paid the per diem.
* There will be nio prizemoney offered at this event.
* A compulsory player meeting will be conducted at 4pm on Friday 14 December 2007, immediately following sign-in.

sounds like the budget of a fan... what a tough life:crying2:

Kat!
12-03-2007, 09:37 PM
OMG I can't believe my eyes, Philippousis contesting the wildcard playoff! :eek:

I saw something on the news this morning about Lleyton Hewitt who said Philippousis should get the WC. Maybe Mark himself realised that no one is going to give him a free ride anymore. At least put in some effort!

Matchu
12-03-2007, 11:44 PM
1. All athletes ranked ATP or WTA 250 or better* (based on 4 December 2007 rankings release. Male players who achieve the required ranking between 3 Dec and 10 Dec (Burnie Challenger) will be awarded a wildcard)

So this means that Nick Lindahl and Joe Sirianni will be playing on a wildcard or direct entry? If Nathan Healey has a big week in Burnie he will get a wildcard I pressume. Wayne Arthurs should've entered, won it, and finished his career in Australia just like he was supposed to.

Labamba
12-04-2007, 11:32 AM
http://www.tennis.com.au/pages/News.aspx?id=4&pageId=11499&HandlerId=2&archive=false&newsid=3620

Wildcard field announced for play-off

The direct entrants and first round of wildcards for the Australian Open play-offs have been announced.

Mark Philippoussis (Vic), Robert Smeets (Qld), Alun Jones (ACT), Joseph Sirianni (Vic) and Nick Lindahl (NSW) are the five direct entrants into the men’s draw, while Jarmila Gajdosova (AUS), Monique Adamczak (NSW), Sophie Ferguson (NSW) and Christina Wheeler (Vic) have been directly accepted into the women's draw.

Under selection policy, players ranked inside the world’s top 250 were directly accepted.

In the men’s draw the first round of six wildcards has been decided. Nathan Healey (NSW), Andrew Coelho (Vic), Samuel Groth (Vic) and Carsten Ball (AUS) were awarded wildcards along with 18-year-olds Greg Jones (NSW) and Brydan Klein (WA).

In the women’s draw the first four wildcards have been awarded. Jessica Moore (WA), Karolina Wlodarczak (Vic), Daniella Dominikovic (NSW) and Jelena Dokic (AUS) were all given wildcard places in the draw.

A further five wildcards into the men’s draw and eight into the women’s draw will be announced on December 11. One wildcard place in each of the men’s and women’s draws will go to the singles winners of the 18s Optus Australian Championships, which begin this weekend.

The winners of the Australian Open play-offs, which will take place at Melbourne Park from December 15 to 21, are awarded main draw wildcards into the Australian Open. To be eligible for wildcards into the Australian Open and other Australian Open Series events players must enter the Australian Open wildcard play-off.

Caio_Brasil
12-04-2007, 01:09 PM
Vamos Coelho :rocker2:

TankingTheSet
12-04-2007, 03:10 PM
Seems to me that forcing players like Alun Jones and Smeets to play a match in the middle of December isn't all that good for their preparations for January -- I think in most cases giving some promising players a direct entry into the AO and letting them rest in December would result in much better chances of good performances come January.

FilipeMB
12-04-2007, 07:29 PM
Vamos Phily!

Ferrero Forever
12-05-2007, 10:13 AM
Hey I've never been to the playoffs before, but I"m considering going this year. Could someone tell me if it's worth going to please. Is it free entry, and what days are best to go. I'm not a fan of any of the players in the draw, but I think it might be better sitting at the tennis rather than doing something else. Any feedback or opinions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

krystlel
12-05-2007, 10:24 AM
It's interesting that the majority of players that enter the event can only do so by wildcard.

CooCooCachoo
12-06-2007, 08:54 AM
Seems to me that forcing players like Alun Jones and Smeets to play a match in the middle of December isn't all that good for their preparations for January -- I think in most cases giving some promising players a direct entry into the AO and letting them rest in December would result in much better chances of good performances come January.

At the same time, I think it was a decision that helped the Brisbane and Burnie Challengers get some decent players at least. But I do agree with you.

Labamba
12-12-2007, 04:23 PM
Rameez Junaid, Colin Ebelthite, Adam Feeney and Miles Armstrong got the remaining four wildcards.

Labamba
12-12-2007, 04:29 PM
http://www.tennis.com.au/pages/News.aspx?id=4&pageId=11499&HandlerId=2&archive=false&newsid=3637

Age of tennis

Before the tennis season pauses briefly for Christmas, one of the most tantalising events on the 2007 calendar will take place this weekend.

It’s the Australian Open play-off, formerly the Australian Open wildcard play-off and before that, the Aussie Assault.

In just a few days, the cream of Australian tennis – minus those who will get a main draw spot into Australian Open 2008 – will gather at Melbourne Park for this intriguing battle for a Grand Slam wildcard.

The Australian Open play-off pits youth against age and inexperience versus some crafty campaigners with proven Grand Slam credentials. What unites the 16 male and 16 female contestants is their desperation to seal a spot in the AO.

Among them are Jelena Dokic, former world No.4, and 31-year-old Mark Philippoussis, former world No.8 and a finalist at Wimbledon (in 2003) and the US Open (1998).

Joseph Sirianni, 35 in January and now sitting at a career-high 195 in the world singles rankings after winning two Challenger events last month, is considered a dark horse to win the men’s event, but few would discount last year’s play-off winner, Robert Smeets or the experienced Nathan Healey, both with plenty of big-match history.

On the other side of the ledger will be some young guns embarking on professional careers such as Brydan Klein, Greg Jones both 18, as well as 19-year old Nick Lindahl and 17-year-old Jessica Moore.

“The strength of the field is fabulous,” says tournament director, Mark Handley.

“All of the players competing can be considered for a wildcard into any Australian Open Series tournament. The depth in both the men’s and women’s events is going to be great. There’s a good mix of youth and experience in both fields.”

Another element of intrigue is how the entrants will fare on the new blue Plexicushion courts now laid at Melbourne Park.

For Greg Jones, top seed at this week’s Optus Australian 18s championships in Melbourne, the play-off represents a chance to launch his professional career in 2008.

“It’s a massive opportunity,” he says. “I’d love to be in Mark Philippoussis’s [round robin] pool. He’s obviously an amazing player, it would be a great experience to play him.”

Open to the public

The great news for tennis fans living in Melbourne, or those visiting the city is that the Australian Open play-off is free for spectators. The tournament begins on Saturday 15 December with three days of round-robin action starting at 10 am.

Players are divided into four pools of four. Two players from each group will advance to the knockout quarterfinals, starting on Wednesday, 19 December.

Matches will start at 11am and proceed in roughly four timeslots: 11am, 1pm, 3pm and 5pm. The featured match of the day will be staged at 5pm to allow tennis fans an opportunity to catch the action after work.

On finals day, Friday 21 December, the first match will start at 3pm and, following an intermission, the second match will take place late afternoon.

So if you’re planning on a bit of pre-Christmas Grand Slam action, what better place to start than the Australian Open play-off, where only the best will proceed directly to the main event, starting 14 January 2008.

Peta Pan
12-13-2007, 08:28 AM
Thanks for the info Ville :yeah:

Ok, since I'm heading into the city for a football match on Sunday evening anyway I think I might head in early and catch some of the day's action :)

I may even go in next Friday and watch the finals since I finish work early on Fridays :D:D

maldini
12-13-2007, 08:36 AM
Great line-up :eek:

How many wildcards will be distributed here...?

Peta Pan
12-13-2007, 11:03 AM
Just the one for each of the mens and womens draws

Xristos
12-13-2007, 12:45 PM
It starts in 1 1/2 days and I cant find the draw.

Anyone have it?

Thanks.

Labamba
12-13-2007, 01:32 PM
Smeets got a wildcard already, so he won't have to play here.

http://www.tennisnews.com/exclusive.php?pID=22988

Replacing Smeets is West Australian Matthew Ebden, aged 20 and ranked 541 in the world.

maldini
12-13-2007, 02:06 PM
Just the one for each of the mens and womens draws

Thanks

so quite a few good Australian players are gonna miss AO....

VolandriFan
12-13-2007, 11:54 PM
It's not out yet. Ridiculous, huh?

Xristos
12-14-2007, 12:03 AM
Very! Im planning on going tomorow and I need times..

flip_fan
12-14-2007, 01:55 AM
Should be out this afternoon. The players are attending a meeting today so i assume that's when they'll announce the draw.

Here's some info on times:

The great news for tennis fans living in Melbourne, or those visiting the city is that the Australian Open play-off is free for spectators. The tournament begins on Saturday 15 December with three days of round-robin action starting at 10 am.

Players are divided into four pools of four. Two players from each group will advance to the knockout quarterfinals, starting on Wednesday, 19 December.

Matches will start at 11am and proceed in roughly four timeslots: 11am, 1pm, 3pm and 5pm. The featured match of the day will be staged at 5pm to allow tennis fans an opportunity to catch the action after work.

On finals day, Friday 21 December, the first match will start at 3pm and, following an intermission, the second match will take place late afternoon.

Ferrero Forever
12-14-2007, 03:40 AM
Yeah this is really slack. I'm trying to figure out whether or not I want to go, but I'm not going until I see the draw and the order of play.

Xristos
12-14-2007, 03:59 AM
Im thinking Flips match will start at 5..

Either way il be there.

flip_fan
12-14-2007, 04:05 AM
first bit of news leaked...

Philippoussis faces early wildcard test

Mark Philippoussis will on Saturday take on reigning Australian open boys' champion Brydan Klein as he starts his battle to earn a wildcard for the Australian Open main draw.

Saturday is the opening day of the Open's wildcard playoff, with 16 Australian men and 16 women each battling for one wildcard.

The event begins with a round-robin phase, with each player drawn into a group of four.

As well as Klein, Philippoussis' group includes the event's top seed Alun Jones and Samuel Groth, the world No.341.

Xristos
12-14-2007, 04:08 AM
Tough test..

Match start at 5?

flip_fan
12-14-2007, 04:10 AM
OOP: http://www.tennis.com.au/pages/image.aspx?assetid=RDM39430.6612252315

Main Draw: http://www.tennis.com.au/pages/image.aspx?assetid=RDM39430.662051875

Xristos
12-14-2007, 04:41 AM
Il be there at 11.

GO MARK!

Ferrero Forever
12-14-2007, 06:27 AM
I might go down there after my music lesson, so I might be there around 10:30. I'll see part of Dokic's match and Phillipoussis and then I've got no idea.

Peta Pan
12-14-2007, 06:31 AM
Thanks

so quite a few good Australian players are gonna miss AO....

Well they have to play in the playoff first, that sorts out one WC spot... then there will still be some more WCs given after that - probably based on how they play in that tournament.

I think most of us expect now that Philippoussis has declared that he'll play in the playoff he'll get given a WC even if he doesn't win.

Xristos
12-14-2007, 06:46 AM
I might go down there after my music lesson, so I might be there around 10:30. I'll see part of Dokic's match and Phillipoussis and then I've got no idea.

Say hi if you see me. :)

Peta Pan
12-14-2007, 06:50 AM
Oh and I just have to say that I know he's not getting any younger and they have this youth policy and stuff, but I seriously think Joseph Sirianni deserves a shot at the main draw after his last few weeks of the year!

Ferrero Forever
12-14-2007, 06:52 AM
Say hi if you see me. :)

Sure, I'll look for ya at the Phillippoussis match.

Xristos
12-14-2007, 06:59 AM
Sure, I'll look for ya at the Phillippoussis match.

Yeap, will be there :)

Peta Pan
12-14-2007, 07:02 AM
Unfortunately I won't make it tomorrow because I still have too much Christmas shopping to do!

But I'll be there on Sunday from the start of play until I have to leave to get to Melbourne Victory's match :)

Just hope the weather is a little friendlier than today! I'm not sitting around in 34 degree weather to watch tennis in December :p

Ferrero Forever
12-14-2007, 07:13 AM
Unfortunately I won't make it tomorrow because I still have too much Christmas shopping to do!

But I'll be there on Sunday from the start of play until I have to leave to get to Melbourne Victory's match :)

Just hope the weather is a little friendlier than today! I'm not sitting around in 34 degree weather to watch tennis in December :p

Thats fair enough. I'm not sure whether I'll go on Sunday, I probably won't, but I'm not sure yet. And the first thing I did when I decided I was going tomorrow was to check the weather forecast and it's gonna be nice (unlike today). Tennis in the heat is only worth it in January. It was strange going to the Davis Cup last year in winter, and everyone was sitting in Kooyong stadium with their jackets and drinking coffee's and hot chocolates. Tennis in Summer is best!

Xristos
12-14-2007, 07:14 AM
Yes today was still is very hot but I got to support Mark.

Ferrero Forever
12-14-2007, 07:18 AM
Yes today was still is very hot but I got to support Mark.

Thats cool. Are you going to any other matches tomorrow? I'm probably just gonna sit on Show Court 3 all day. I'll probably end up wanting Mark to win, even though I don't really like him. I'm going just to see some tennis, and I haven't seen Mark before and this is probably my last chance, so why not.

Xristos
12-14-2007, 07:22 AM
Yes Marks match then Nicks match. I need to see how much I need to improve and how much I need to get better and improve.

aussie_fan
12-14-2007, 08:37 AM
It's emant to rain tomorrow, so i don't know what could happen, should be nice on sunday though.

Caio_Brasil
12-14-2007, 12:34 PM
Coelho :)

(coelho means bunny in portuguese :lol:)

Haile Selassie
12-14-2007, 02:09 PM
Good luck Mark and Monique

Labamba
12-14-2007, 05:18 PM
Sirianni or Lindahl to win :)

let's see what the Scud can do

flip_fan
12-14-2007, 08:11 PM
Go Mark!!! +++++++++++++++++>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>+++++++++++++++

OZTENNIS
12-14-2007, 08:54 PM
Go Brydan smash the idiot please :angel:

Ferrero Forever
12-15-2007, 05:40 AM
Hey Xristos did you end up going. It was raining when I walked out of my music lesson, and I didn't like the look of the clouds so I didn't bother. I don't even know if there was any play, though it did dry up in the afternoon. I might go tomorrow depending on the weather and the order of play though. I hope you had fun if you went though. I wasn't prepared to freeze to death and get drenched just for Mark.

Peta Pan
12-15-2007, 05:47 AM
I believe the weather is supposed to be fining up tomorrow! I hope so!

There has been no rain for a little while now but it was a SHOCKING day earlier :eek:

flip_fan
12-15-2007, 07:04 AM
they just showed Mark on the news watching Jelena's match.... if it's still not raining i think he should be playing tonight maybe.

Ferrero Forever
12-15-2007, 07:09 AM
Does anyone know when tomorrow's order of play will be released?

Björki
12-15-2007, 08:19 AM
any results?

flip_fan
12-15-2007, 08:22 AM
no results.. very annoying, not even sure the TA website will be updating the scores tonight. I will keep checking the news and post it if something comes up.

Ferrero Forever
12-15-2007, 08:53 AM
This really sucks. No results, no order of play, no nothing!

flip_fan
12-15-2007, 09:21 AM
Fox news is on now and they're going to mention Mark and Jelena's progress so hopefully i will have a score within the hour!

Ferrero Forever
12-15-2007, 09:31 AM
Thanks very much flip fan. Your updates are much appreciated. I'm still looking for an order of play for tomorrow. If I stumble upon anything I'll let you guys know.

flip_fan
12-15-2007, 09:47 AM
Mark won 6-3, 7-5 in a late match which started at 7.30 and finished not long ago... according to the co-tournament director it was a very long day and cold conditions.

Things got heated in the match after Klein offended Mark. Mark fired back and said "say that to me again and you'll be in trouble. You're not playing juniors anymore"

Klein definitely showed his age in the press conference yesterday and took some cheap shots at Mark. I don't care how talented he is, one thing I can't stand is someone who lacks respect for others.

Ferrero Forever
12-15-2007, 09:52 AM
Nice win there for Mark. Klein sounds like a little brat, nice comeback from Mark though. I wonder what Klein said that offended Mark though. Also flip_fan, do you know if Mark plays tomorrow as well?

flip_fan
12-15-2007, 10:06 AM
yes he plays Sam Goth tomorrow who upset Alun Jones today.. so it'll be a tougher match, but I think Mark will be up for a fight after tonight's match.

krystlel
12-15-2007, 10:14 AM
Thanks for the update. I wonder what Klein said to Philippoussis.

I'm surprised that Alun Jones lost today. :tape:

Ferrero Forever
12-15-2007, 10:17 AM
One more question, do you know what time Phillippoussis and the others are playing? I've never heard of this Sam Goth kid before, but hopefully Mark will be able to come up with the goods tomorrow. He's off to a good start already.

flip_fan
12-15-2007, 10:20 AM
no the TA website will not be updated till morning with the OOP. But i would assume due to playing so late tonight he'll most likely be the last match which won't be before 1pm.

I am sure we will find out exactly what was said in tomorrows sunday papers!

Ferrero Forever
12-15-2007, 10:25 AM
oh ok, thanks for all the help today. I might head down there tomorrow in that case provided theres good weather. Can't wait to read about the exchange of words in the papers.

flip_fan
12-15-2007, 10:54 AM
Just read they'll be playing at 2pm on court 7. Have fun and if you get the chance to take photo's i'd love to put them on my site.

flip_fan
12-15-2007, 10:54 AM
TODAY’S MEN’S RESULTS (Day one):

Mark Philippoussis (Vic) d Brydan Klein (WA) 6-3 7-5
Sam Groth (NSW) d Alun Jones (ACT) 6-3 1-6 6-3
Nathan Healey (NSW) d Adam Feeney (NSW) 1-6 6-3 7-5
Matthew Ebden (WA) d Miles Armstrong (WA) 7-6(4) 6-3
Andrew Coelho (Vic) d Greg Jones (NSW) 6-4 7-5
Carsten Ball (NSW) d Andrew Thomas (NSW) 6-1 6-0
Joseph Sirianni (Vic) d Colin Ebelthite (SA) 6-2 6-4
Nick Lindahl (NSW) d Rameez Junaid (Vic) 7-5 6-2

Peta Pan
12-15-2007, 11:19 AM
oh ok, thanks for all the help today. I might head down there tomorrow in that case provided theres good weather. Can't wait to read about the exchange of words in the papers.

The weather is supposed to be fine tomorrow :D I'll be there soon after 10 I believe. I'm actually looking forward to it.. never thought I could be excited about watching a bunch of Australians play.. i'm so patriotic :tape:

FilipeMB
12-15-2007, 12:12 PM
Come on Mark :D

Caio_Brasil
12-15-2007, 12:15 PM
Vamos Coelhoooooooo!!!

http://www.futurosistemas.net/Imagens/wright_white_rabbit.jpg

FilipeMB
12-15-2007, 12:16 PM
:lol: :lol: :lol: @ the picture

TMJordan
12-15-2007, 12:44 PM
Mark won 6-3, 7-5.

"say that to me again and you'll be in trouble. You're not playing juniors anymore"


Mark :rocker2:

ExcaliburII
12-15-2007, 04:27 PM
easy tournament for Lindahl

Labamba
12-15-2007, 06:01 PM
Mark :yeah:

Philippoussis and Dokic win

It was a day for comebacks during the Australian Open play-off at Melbourne Park today.

Mark Philippoussis and Jelena Dokic both returned from a long absence from the game to post straight-set victories on day one of the round-robin event.

Rain delayed proceedings for more than seven hours and it wasn’t until the early evening that Philippoussis finally stepped onto Showcourt two to take on reigning Australian Open Junior titleholder Brydan Klein.

Klein broke Philippoussis in the first game of the match before the big-serving Melburnian found his groove, broke back in the fourth game and went on to win the first set 6-3.

In a very spirited contest between the pair, the more experienced Philippoussis prevailed winning the second set and the match 7-5.

Philippoussis will now play Sam Groth who upset the number one seed Alun Jones 3-6 6-1 6-3. The match is scheduled for 2 pm on court seven.

maldini
12-15-2007, 09:51 PM
Philippousis :yeah:

Alun Jones :eek:

FilipeMB
12-15-2007, 11:49 PM
Phily is lucky in this week

aussie_fan
12-16-2007, 12:34 AM
alun jones :eek: :o

davidrafael
12-16-2007, 02:07 AM
Four-letter insult fires up Philippoussis

Linda Pearce
December 16, 2007

A FOUR-LETTER insult from fiery Australian Open junior champion Brydan Klein last night prompted an unprecedented outburst from Mark Philippoussis, who challenged the 17-year-old to repeat the words and accused him of a lack of respect.

Klein was heard to tell the former world No. 8 and dual grand slam finalist to "f--- off" after Philippoussis had broken his serve with a fine drop volley for 4-2 in the first set. The usually unflappable Philippoussis reacted furiously, telling Klein, among other things, that "you're not playing juniors any more".

Philippoussis described the incident as "nothing" after the 6-3, 7-5 win on the opening night of the Australian Open wildcard play-off, insisting that "it was fun to be out there".

When pressed on whether he had been upset by Klein's comment, he said: "I'm just really happy to be back on the court."

Although the pair shared a handshake at the net afterwards, perhaps the best barometer of Philippoussis' mood came in his reaction to match point, when he raised his arms and turned to his chilly entourage to bellow what sounded suspiciously like "the old man won".

Klein had joked after the draw the previous day about Philippoussis' recent loss to 48-year-old John McEnroe in a seniors match, and suggested that he had nothing to lose against a player he suggested did not deserve a wildcard ahead of the younger generation if he did not earn it via the play-off.

Now 31, and unranked except for his temporary protected slot of 119th, Philippoussis must back up again today, against 20-year-old Samuel Groth, ranked 341, who defeated 131st-ranked Alun Jones.

Klein's remark was not the only indignity during a night in which he was forced to fetch his own balls - and on the vast surrounds of court two, no less - for probably the first time since his junior days. Fewer than 100 people were there for the start of a match delayed until evening by rain, and fewer still were there when it ended.

Kristen
12-16-2007, 04:26 AM
never thought I could be excited about watching a bunch of Australians play.
Bet you're even more excited now!
Peta and Feeney, sitting in a tree..... :aplot: ;)

davidrafael
12-16-2007, 06:40 AM
Results

Sunday 16 December 2006
Mark Verryth (replaces Alun Jones) d Brydan Klein 4-6 3-4 ret.
Joseph Sirianni d Andrew Coelho 6-4 6-2
Colin Ebelthite d Greg Jones 6-1 6-1
Carsten Ball d Nick Lindahl 7-6(5) 6-3
Rameez Junaid d Kaden Hensel(replaces Andrew Thomas) 7-6(4) 6-3
Miles Armstrong d Nathan Healey 7-6 6-4
Adam Feeney d Matt Ebden 3-6 7-5 6-2
Sam Groth d Mark Philippoussis 6-4 6-3

davidrafael
12-16-2007, 06:42 AM
Order Of Play

Monday 17 December 2007

NB 1pm
Miles Armstrong v Adam Feeney (Court 5) f/b Brydan Klein v Sam Groth
Andrew Coelho v Colin Ebelthite (Court 7) f/b Mark Philippoussis v Mark Verryth
Matt Ebden v Nathan Healey (court 8) f/b Carsten Ball v Rameez Junaid
Joseph Sirianni v Greg Jones (Court 10) v Nick Lindahl v Kadel Hensel

Peta Pan
12-16-2007, 08:34 AM
Bet you're even more excited now!
Peta and Feeney, sitting in a tree..... :aplot: ;)

:haha: :o

:inlove:

Peta Pan
12-16-2007, 08:36 AM
Had a good day today...

Watched Dokic beat Wheeler then Healey v Armstrong and Feeney v Ebden. Had to leave during the last set to watch a football match that I wish I hadn't bothered with... would have been much more entertaining to watch the end of Feeney's match!

CooCooCachoo
12-16-2007, 09:36 AM
Results

Sunday 16 December 2006
Mark Verryth (replaces Alun Jones) d Brydan Klein 4-6 3-4 ret.
Joseph Sirianni d Andrew Coelho 6-4 6-2
Colin Ebelthite d Greg Jones 6-1 6-1
Carsten Ball d Nick Lindahl 7-6(5) 6-3
Rameez Junaid d Kaden Hensel(replaces Andrew Thomas) 7-6(4) 6-3
Miles Armstrong d Nathan Healey 7-6 6-4
Adam Feeney d Matt Ebden 3-6 7-5 6-2
Sam Groth d Mark Philippoussis 6-4 6-3

:yeah: Joe
:help: Nick
:yeah: Rameez
:help: Nathan

Labamba
12-16-2007, 09:41 AM
lucky for Scud that Jones withdrew...

Groth beats Philippoussis

Mark Philippoussis lost his second round match at the Australian Open play-off today, falling in straight sets to Samuel Groth.

The former dual US Open and Wimbledon finalist tumbled 6-4 6-3. However, his chances of moving through to the quarterfinals of the play-off are strong after the withdrawal of Alun Jones, who was in Philippoussis' round-robin pool.

Jones was replaced by teenager Mark Verryth, whose matches do not count. Today Verryth won over Brydan Klein, however Klein withdrew after winning the first set 6-4 and leading 4-3 in the second, complaining of a knee injury.

The two top performers from each group move through to Wednesday's quarterfinals. In his opening match on the new plexicushion surface at Melbourne Park, Philippoussis defeated Klein in straight sets.

However Groth, a 20-year-old from country NSW, has had increasingly strong results on the Futures circuit and matched the big serve of Philippoussis.

Kristen
12-16-2007, 11:28 AM
Xristos... if you are here; please, if Adam Feeney is around and Peta is also around, don't draw any attention to yourself. I mean, come on mate...she noticed you and missed a Feeney shirt change. The inner perve in us LIVES for the shirt change. Particularly if we have no camera to go stalker-paparazzi-crazy with at the time. We need the mental picture you know...

But of course, how could anyone not pay attention to you ;) :wavey:

Peta Pan
12-16-2007, 11:39 AM
Xristos... if you are here; please, if Adam Feeney is around and Peta is also around, don't draw any attention to yourself. I mean, come on mate...she noticed you and missed a Feeney shirt change. The inner perve in us LIVES for the shirt change. Particularly if we have no camera to go stalker-paparazzi-crazy with at the time. We need the mental picture you know...

But of course, how could anyone not pay attention to you ;) :wavey:

:lol: :o :bolt:

Experimentee
12-16-2007, 11:46 AM
I went today and yesterday, from what I've seen most of the junior boys with the exception of Coelho, are arrogant and disrespectful, and very hot tempered. Klein is the worst, he is quite notorious for acting like how he did against Mark.

Yesterday Greg Jones was a little shit against Coelho. When Andrew would hit a good shot on the line, he would yell out something like "That was so lucky!" one time he said "cheeky little shank right on the line!". He also yelled out "miss your first serve" before Coelho was about to serve. All the while complaining that it was too dark for him to see the ball, and what a joke that he was being made to play in the dark (even though the lights were on and they were very bright).

Lindahl copped a few code violations today against Ball, one on a break point in the 2nd set which caused him to lose his serve. He punched the backboard so hard I'm surprised he didnt break anything, and kept yelling and spitting. The 2nd code violation was for smacking a ball into the scoreboard.

I've always been impressed with Coelho's demeanour, he is always very calm and collected. Most I've ever seen him do is bounce a racquet softly. However he tends to make UEs on important points, and likes wasting break points.

I saw a bit of the start of Groth vs Mark P, I could tell Groth was going to challenge him more than Klein simply because he could return Mark's serve, which is all you need to do to beat Mark nowadays. Klein played ok against Mark, but just couldnt return his serve. I guess no one in the juniors has a serve as big as that. Klein couldnt figure it out at all.

Kristen
12-16-2007, 11:47 AM
Maybe I should clarify that sometimes a distraction can be a good thing. I remember one hot morning during the Aussie Open I was walking toward a court in the distance. There was this shirtless gorgeous looking thing hitting up with a mate. It wasn't til I got closer I realised it was one of my favourites [I can't help when they are good looking AND nice ;)]. Then I wanted to look somewhere else occasionally. Nobody knows who my players are anyway, so just my friend and I were there. LOL. Maybe you did Peta a favour in terms of freakout prevention.

Snowwy
12-16-2007, 04:01 PM
Ball's doing well, I hope he gets the WC :)

OZTENNIS
12-16-2007, 09:32 PM
:woohoo: great win for Sam Groth :yeah: so glad...shame about Jones though

Ferrero Forever
12-17-2007, 02:45 AM
Had a good day today...

Watched Dokic beat Wheeler then Healey v Armstrong and Feeney v Ebden. Had to leave during the last set to watch a football match that I wish I hadn't bothered with... would have been much more entertaining to watch the end of Feeney's match!

Did you follow me around or what? I was at all of those matches. Dokic bored me, the Healey/Armstrong match was great. FEENEY AND EBDEN WERE WORSE THAN WATCHING GRASS GROW!!! I needed to leave at 4pm and I wanted to see phillippoussis, and he took forever to come out, so I saw him for about 3 mins and went home.

And Xristos, were you there yesterday, and if so were you wearing a red jacket and red t-shit? I think I saw you but I wasn't entirely sure.

Peta Pan
12-17-2007, 06:24 AM
Did you follow me around or what? I was at all of those matches. Dokic bored me, the Healey/Armstrong match was great. FEENEY AND EBDEN WERE WORSE THAN WATCHING GRASS GROW!!! I needed to leave at 4pm and I wanted to see phillippoussis, and he took forever to come out, so I saw him for about 3 mins and went home.
I think I was.... were you wearing a yellow hat? I'm pretty sure at one stage at Healey/Armstrong you were sitting about 3 seats away from me next to my dad but I was too scared to say hello in case it wasn't you :o (if it was you I know for sure now and will say hello if I see you at the AO ;)

The Dokic match I thought was great! I decided I liked Armstrong so I was enjoying that match but then I decided to have a look around the other courts and found Feeney instead and I decided to stay there.

Blasephamy to what you said about the match :p Most people there were getting frustrated at the match because they just wanted it to finish so Poo would start... I had no desire to watch Poo at all so I was enjoying Ebden v Feeney :hearts: (if you noticed at any time one solitary person clapping a Feeney point that would have been me, I seemed to be on my own in applauding quite a lot :lol: ).

Unfortunately for me though, the guy at my work that does AO stats was also doing stats there yesterday and today he told me he was doing the Feeney v Armstrong match before coming to work and Armstrong was leading when he had to leave :sad:

And Xristos, were you there yesterday, and if so were you wearing a red jacket and red t-shit? I think I saw you but I wasn't entirely sure.
Yes, he was there... as Kristen alluded to earlier, I saw him standing a few metres away from my seat at the end of the 2nd set and while I was looking at Xristos I missed Feeney's shirt change :o

Pretty sure he was wearing red and grey... can't remember if it was red pants/grey top or the other way around :scratch:

Ferrero Forever
12-17-2007, 07:25 AM
Yes Peta I had the yellow hat on, and the rest in black with some pink crap on my jacket. I didn't see you there, I looked around heaps for you. Say hi at the Aus Open now you know who I am. And I know who Xristos is now, I didn't want to say hello though coz it's so embarassing if you'd end up talking to the wrong person.

Peta Pan
12-17-2007, 09:09 AM
Yes Peta I had the yellow hat on, and the rest in black with some pink crap on my jacket. I didn't see you there, I looked around heaps for you. Say hi at the Aus Open now you know who I am. And I know who Xristos is now, I didn't want to say hello though coz it's so embarassing if you'd end up talking to the wrong person.

yep, i was looking around for you from the start and at Dokic's match you were sitting over the other side of the court, and you were over the other side at Armstrongs match too but then you came on our side, sat in the front row and then climbed over into the 2nd row where we were and were sitting 2 seats away from my dad.... we were wearing Melbourne Victory football clothing. Then I left soon after to go to the Feeney match :)

CooCooCachoo
12-17-2007, 09:10 AM
I went today and yesterday, from what I've seen most of the junior boys with the exception of Coelho, are arrogant and disrespectful, and very hot tempered. Klein is the worst, he is quite notorious for acting like how he did against Mark.

Yesterday Greg Jones was a little shit against Coelho. When Andrew would hit a good shot on the line, he would yell out something like "That was so lucky!" one time he said "cheeky little shank right on the line!". He also yelled out "miss your first serve" before Coelho was about to serve. All the while complaining that it was too dark for him to see the ball, and what a joke that he was being made to play in the dark (even though the lights were on and they were very bright).

Lindahl copped a few code violations today against Ball, one on a break point in the 2nd set which caused him to lose his serve. He punched the backboard so hard I'm surprised he didnt break anything, and kept yelling and spitting. The 2nd code violation was for smacking a ball into the scoreboard.

I've always been impressed with Coelho's demeanour, he is always very calm and collected. Most I've ever seen him do is bounce a racquet softly. However he tends to make UEs on important points, and likes wasting break points.

I saw a bit of the start of Groth vs Mark P, I could tell Groth was going to challenge him more than Klein simply because he could return Mark's serve, which is all you need to do to beat Mark nowadays. Klein played ok against Mark, but just couldnt return his serve. I guess no one in the juniors has a serve as big as that. Klein couldnt figure it out at all.


Interesting report. Thanks for that :D Klein and Jones seem horrible :o

Ferrero Forever
12-17-2007, 09:44 AM
yep, i was looking around for you from the start and at Dokic's match you were sitting over the other side of the court, and you were over the other side at Armstrongs match too but then you came on our side, sat in the front row and then climbed over into the 2nd row where we were and were sitting 2 seats away from my dad.... we were wearing Melbourne Victory football clothing. Then I left soon after to go to the Feeney match :)

Thats pretty funny. I had no idea, and I must have walked past you hundreds of times!!!

CooCooCachoo
12-17-2007, 01:19 PM
Monday Results:

Group A:

Brydan Klein beat Samuel Groth | 7-5 6-4
Mark Philippoussis vs. Mark Verryth [ALT] | Not played

Group B:

Colin Ebelthite beat Andrew Coelho | 2-6 6-4 7-5
Joseph Sirianni beat Greg Jones | 6-2 6-2

Group C:

Rameez Junaid beat Carsten Ball | 6-1 6-3
Nick Lindahl beat Kaden Hensel [ALT] | Walkover

Group D:

Matthew Ebden beat Nathan Healey | 4-6 5-5 Ret.
Miles Armstrong beat Adam Feeney | 6-4 6-7 (11) 7-6 (4)

CooCooCachoo
12-17-2007, 01:20 PM
:yeah: Joe
:yeah: Rameez

:( Nathan

Snowwy
12-17-2007, 09:16 PM
So who made the QFs, this system is too confusing for me.

smucav
12-18-2007, 01:21 AM
http://www.tennis.com.au/pages/default.aspx?id=4&pageId=13097
Australian Open 2008 quarterfinals draw

Men
Matt Ebden v Joseph Sirianni
Sam Groth v Nick Lindahl
Mark Philippoussis v Rameez Junaid
Colin Ebelthite v Adam Feeney

H_E_L_L_A_S
12-18-2007, 08:11 AM
Scud Is Through ,the Resurrection In Qualifying Lol Terrible

Peta Pan
12-18-2007, 08:39 AM
Monday Results:

Group A:

Brydan Klein beat Samuel Groth | 7-5 6-4
Mark Philippoussis vs. Mark Verryth [ALT] | Not played

Group B:

Colin Ebelthite beat Andrew Coelho | 2-6 6-4 7-5
Joseph Sirianni beat Greg Jones | 6-2 6-2

Group C:

Rameez Junaid beat Carsten Ball | 6-1 6-3
Nick Lindahl beat Kaden Hensel [ALT] | Walkover

Group D:

Matthew Ebden beat Nathan Healey | 4-6 5-5 Ret.
Miles Armstrong beat Adam Feeney | 6-4 6-7 (11) 7-6 (4)
Stupid website :rolleyes:

Adam Feeney actually won that 3rd set 7-6 (4)

If Armstrong had won the match he would be in the QF instead of Feeney!

Brydan Klein replaces Philippoussis in the QF as a lucky loser

CooCooCachoo
12-18-2007, 09:51 AM
Stupid TA site :p

CooCooCachoo
12-18-2007, 09:52 AM
Good luck to Joe, Nick & Rameez

Peta Pan
12-18-2007, 10:12 AM
and good luck to Adam :yeah:

Experimentee
12-18-2007, 11:14 AM
Stupid website :rolleyes:

Adam Feeney actually won that 3rd set 7-6 (4)

If Armstrong had won the match he would be in the QF instead of Feeney!

Brydan Klein replaces Philippoussis in the QF as a lucky loser

They also had Healey beating Feeney on the first day, even though Feeney won :rolleyes:
Whoever updates those scores doesn't seem to like Feeney!

Good luck in the QF to Rameez and Joe!

This tournament should be Joe's for the taking now. If he keeps up his form I don't think theres anyone left who can beat him.

cmorais24
12-18-2007, 12:00 PM
What happened with Philippoussis?

Labamba
12-18-2007, 04:17 PM
http://www.tennis.com.au/pages/News.aspx?id=4&pageId=11478&HandlerId=2&archive=false&newsid=3657

Philippoussis pulls out of play-off

Mark Philippoussis has withdrawn from the Australian Open play-off and will immediately undergo surgery for a tear in the cartilage of his right knee.

Philippoussis said he had been feeling a bit of pain in his knee during his training in Australia in the lead-up to the event, and damaged it further in his win over Brydan Klein on Saturday night.

"I am bitterly disappointed because I really wanted to play in Australia this summer," Philippoussis said this afternoon.

"They tell me it can be fixed. My initial reaction is I want to get the surgery done and then work on getting back on the court as soon as I can."

Australian Open 2007 junior champion Brydan Klein will replace Philippoussis as a lucky loser in the play-off. He will take on Victorian Rameez Junaid in the fourth match on Court 7 tomorrow.

The women’s draw has been updated too, with Victorian teenager Sally Peers withdrawing from the play-off with a torn stomach muscle. She will be replaced by Canberra’s Alison Bai.

Play will commence at 11.00 am tomorrow at Melbourne Park and entry is free to the public.

Order of Play: Wednesday 19 December

Court 5, 11.00 am start
Monique Adamczak (NSW) v Christina Wheeler (Vic)
Colin Ebelthite (SA) v Adam Feeney (NSW) – not before 12.30 pm
Isabella Holland (Qld) v Sophie Ferguson (NSW) – not before 2.00 pm
Matthew Ebden (WA) v Joseph Sirianni (Vic) – not before 3.30 pm

Court 7, 11.00 am start
Jessica Moore (WA) v Alison Bai (ACT)
Samuel Groth (Vic) v Nick Lindahl (NSW) – not before 12.30 pm
Jelena Dokic v Olivia Rogowska (Vic) – not before 2.00 pm
Brydan Klein (WA) v Rameez Junaid (Vic) – not before 3.30 pm

Labamba
12-18-2007, 04:35 PM
Semis

Groth or Lindahl vs Ebelthite or Feeney
Junaid or Klein vs Ebden or Sirianni

Snowwy
12-19-2007, 12:02 AM
A Sirianni-Lindahl final would be nice or a Klein winning this :)

Peta Pan
12-19-2007, 05:23 AM
They also had Healey beating Feeney on the first day, even though Feeney won :rolleyes:
Whoever updates those scores doesn't seem to like Feeney!

:lol: Ok, I didn't realise Feeney did actually beat Healey until you just told me because I had relied on the scores that had been posted! In that case Armstrong could have beaten him yesterday and he still would have made it through... although in an article Ville posted on GM it definitely said that Feeney won yesterday :shrug:

How crap having to rely on that site for scores :rolleyes:

CooCooCachoo
12-19-2007, 06:46 AM
Sam Groth d Nick Lindahl 6-3 ret.

CooCooCachoo
12-19-2007, 06:46 AM
Nick :(

kid
12-19-2007, 08:02 AM
Quarterfinals
Samuel Groth d. Nick Lindahl 6-3 ret.
Adam Feeney d. Colin Ebelthite 4-6 6-3 7-5
Brydan Klein d. Rameez Junaid 6-4 6-2 [Klein replaces Mark Philippousis]
Joseph Sirianni vs Matt Ebden 6-3 2-1

Experimentee
12-19-2007, 08:21 AM
Sirianni def Ebden 6-3 6-4

Joe :)

aussie_fan
12-19-2007, 08:21 AM
Disappointing for nick, thought he had a good shot now. hope Klein or sirianni wins it now.

maldini
12-19-2007, 08:35 AM
Sirianni :yeah:

I hope he wins it now :)

Peta Pan
12-19-2007, 08:51 AM
Are we sure that all these are the correct results?? :p

If so Well done to Adam :yeah: :yippee:

Ferrero Forever
12-19-2007, 09:49 AM
Geez Peta, you really seem to like Feeney. And I've got those photos, I've just gotta upload them for you once I resize them.

aussie_fan
12-19-2007, 10:20 AM
Anyone know the schudule for tomorrow?

Experimentee
12-19-2007, 10:29 AM
My brother went today and he said that Nick Lindahl didn't appear to be injured, he just couldn't be bothered and was intentionally tanking, doing things like hitting his return of serve in the opposite direction (ie. into wall behind him), then he decided he would just walk off the court. Even the umpire didnt believe he was injured and made him call the trainer first. I am not surprised as Nick was acting like an arrogant sook the other day too. It seems like he thinks he is too good for this tournament :rolleyes:

aussie_fan
12-19-2007, 10:33 AM
My brother went today and he said that Nick Lindahl didn't appear to be injured, he just couldn't be bothered and was intentionally tanking, doing things like hitting his return of serve in the opposite direction (ie. into wall behind him), then he decided he would just walk off the court. Even the umpire didnt believe he was injured and made him call the trainer first. I am not surprised as Nick was acting like an arrogant sook the other day too. It seems like he thinks he is too good for this tournament :rolleyes:

geez, he's got to get his act together. I mean a chance to get into the australian open draw is a huge opportunity for him, i don't how you can't be motivated

Peta Pan
12-19-2007, 10:53 AM
My brother went today and he said that Nick Lindahl didn't appear to be injured, he just couldn't be bothered and was intentionally tanking, doing things like hitting his return of serve in the opposite direction (ie. into wall behind him), then he decided he would just walk off the court. Even the umpire didnt believe he was injured and made him call the trainer first. I am not surprised as Nick was acting like an arrogant sook the other day too. It seems like he thinks he is too good for this tournament :rolleyes:

Gee he needs to get is head in order. He'll be too good for this tournament when he's ranked higher than 250 in the world :rolleyes: Until then he should be taking every opportunity he can to make it! and if he can't be bothered to try in a playoff like this why should they even consider him for one of the other wildcard spots after this has finished!

Experimentee
12-19-2007, 11:38 AM
Sam Groth's dad said that Lindahl had a bit of a reputation for doing that on tour too. I certainly hope he doesnt get a WC with that attitude!

keqtqiadv
12-19-2007, 11:41 AM
:help:

Labamba
12-19-2007, 11:56 AM
Lindahl :rolleyes:

Labamba
12-19-2007, 11:58 AM
Thursday OOP

Court 5 - 11:00 AM
Christina Wheeler vs. Jessica Moore
Not Before 12:30 PM
Brydan Klein vs. Joseph Sirianni

Court 7 - 11:00 AM
Olivia Rogowska vs. Sophie Ferguson
Not Before 12:30 PM
Samuel Groth vs. Adam Feeney

Labamba
12-19-2007, 12:02 PM
Sirianni 8-0 in sets :yeah:

Feeney has won four 3-setters in a row (three times coming back from a set down) :cool:

Peta Pan
12-19-2007, 12:19 PM
Geez Peta, you really seem to like Feeney. And I've got those photos, I've just gotta upload them for you once I resize them.
ooooh thanks a lot! :yeah: Yes I became an instant fan. I now hope he at least gets a WC into the qualifying if not the main draw. Surely he must get something after this because he's done better than I expected :D I would love the opportunity to be able to go see him play again :dance:

Sam Groth's dad said that Lindahl had a bit of a reputation for doing that on tour too. I certainly hope he doesnt get a WC with that attitude!
So do I! and to think I was wanting to watch him on Sunday before I was caught up at other matches.

Peta Pan
12-19-2007, 12:50 PM
Sirianni 8-0 in sets :yeah:

Feeney has won four 3-setters in a row (three times coming back from a set down) :cool:

My 2 favourites in the draw have both been very impressive in different ways :yeah:

Feeney was especially good coming back on Tuesday when he was down 46 24 and came back to win in 2 TBs. He's showing real determination to win and that is a reason I really think he deserves to get a WC regardless... he actually wants to win

Joe has been impressive not dropping a set, I would think he'll probably win it

Snowwy
12-19-2007, 01:20 PM
Sirianni has been on a hot streak for about a month now

Peta Pan
12-20-2007, 06:40 AM
Joseph Sirianni d Brydan Klein 6-4 6-3
Adam Feeney d Samuel Groth 3-6 7-6(2) 7-6(5)

:banana:

Annoying thing is that last week I decided I would go to the finals no matter who was playing because I finish work at 1.30 and they said they would be played at 3pm and later in the afternoon... now the schedule has the matches being played at 11am and 12.30pm. TYPICAL now that Feeney is actually in the final and I want to see it more than ever :mad:

Good luck Adam!! I really hope that this will gain him a WC regardless of the result!!!

CooCooCachoo
12-20-2007, 08:39 AM
Quarterfinals
Samuel Groth d. Nick Lindahl 6-3 ret.
Adam Feeney d. Colin Ebelthite 4-6 6-3 7-5
Brydan Klein d. Rameez Junaid 6-4 6-2 [Klein replaces Mark Philippousis]
Joseph Sirianni vs Matt Ebden 6-3 2-1

:smash: Rameez

:yeah: Joe :dance:

CooCooCachoo
12-20-2007, 08:39 AM
My brother went today and he said that Nick Lindahl didn't appear to be injured, he just couldn't be bothered and was intentionally tanking, doing things like hitting his return of serve in the opposite direction (ie. into wall behind him), then he decided he would just walk off the court. Even the umpire didnt believe he was injured and made him call the trainer first. I am not surprised as Nick was acting like an arrogant sook the other day too. It seems like he thinks he is too good for this tournament :rolleyes:

:confused: Nick :confused: :rolleyes: :(

CooCooCachoo
12-20-2007, 08:41 AM
Joseph Sirianni d Brydan Klein 6-4 6-3
Adam Feeney d Samuel Groth 3-6 7-6(2) 7-6(5)

:banana:

Annoying thing is that last week I decided I would go to the finals no matter who was playing because I finish work at 1.30 and they said they would be played at 3pm and later in the afternoon... now the schedule has the matches being played at 11am and 12.30pm. TYPICAL now that Feeney is actually in the final and I want to see it more than ever :mad:

Good luck Adam!! I really hope that this will gain him a WC regardless of the result!!!

Go Joe :woohoo: :dance: :rocker:

Labamba
12-20-2007, 09:13 AM
Joseph Sirianni d Brydan Klein 6-4 6-3
Adam Feeney d Samuel Groth 3-6 7-6(2) 7-6(5)

:banana:

Annoying thing is that last week I decided I would go to the finals no matter who was playing because I finish work at 1.30 and they said they would be played at 3pm and later in the afternoon... now the schedule has the matches being played at 11am and 12.30pm. TYPICAL now that Feeney is actually in the final and I want to see it more than ever :mad:

Good luck Adam!! I really hope that this will gain him a WC regardless of the result!!!

Feeney always wins in 3 and Sirianni in 2 :lol: I guess we don't have to wonder who is the fresher of the two in tomorrow's final, Sirianni is the big favourite...

Peta, too bad about the scheduling :( maybe they are afraid of rain or something :shrug:

Peta Pan
12-20-2007, 09:23 AM
Feeney always wins in 3 and Sirianni in 2 :lol: I guess we don't have to wonder who is the fresher of the two in tomorrow's final, Sirianni is the big favourite...

Peta, too bad about the scheduling :( maybe they are afraid of rain or something :shrug:

Yes I totally expect Joe to win.. and that wouldn't be so bad because before this playoff started and I watched Feeney, I was hoping for Joe to win because I thought he deserved the WC after his last month of the year. I just really hope that making the final is enough to make the organisers seriously consider Feeney for one of the remaining wildcards :)

The scheduling really does suck... it is going to rain tomorrow and originally I thought that was why it was moved forward.. but it also says that if it rains the matches will be moved indoors - and believe me, they MUST have been played indoors today because the weather was ATROCIOUS today (including the biggest rain downpour and storm we've experienced in Melbourne for about 10 years I reckon :eek: )

Peta Pan
12-20-2007, 09:24 AM
Go Joe :woohoo: :dance: :rocker:

Go Adam :p :nerner:

Experimentee
12-20-2007, 10:02 AM
Go Joe in the final, he deserves it! :)

CooCooCachoo
12-20-2007, 10:47 AM
Go Adam :p :nerner:

It ain't gonna happen :dance:

smit101
12-21-2007, 04:32 AM
Any news on who won the Final?

Peta Pan
12-21-2007, 05:02 AM
The scoreboard on the tennis australia site has them at one set all...

Don't know what happened after that. Play was supposed to start at about 12.30 and at 1.30 there was a torrential downpour in Melbourne and there hasn't been much break in the weather since. The site said that if it rained matches would be moved inside.. but I don't think they could do that mid match so who knows what is happening :shrug:

aussie_fan
12-21-2007, 05:13 AM
Sirianni def. Fenney 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4

Well Done Joe! :)

Peta Pan
12-21-2007, 06:01 AM
Ok.. I'm disappointed but didn't expect him to beat Joe I guess.

Well done Joe :yeah: It's a well deserved wildcard :)

I just hope now that Adam will still get one... I am confident that he'd at least have to get a qualifying WC

CooCooCachoo
12-21-2007, 06:30 AM
Joe :clap2:

Peta Pan
12-21-2007, 06:36 AM
http://www.tennis.com.au/pages/News.aspx?id=4&pageId=11478&HandlerId=2&archive=false&newsid=3673

Sirianni wins wildcard play-off

Christina Wheeler and Joseph Sirianni both won wildcards into the Australian Open main draw in the play-off finals at Melbourne Park today.

Wheeler dominated until the final stages of her match, winning 6-0 6-4 over 16-year-old Olivia Rogowska.

Now ranked 217 in the world in singles, Wheeler, from Melbourne, earned her passage to the main draw of Australian Open 2008, making it her third appearance at the Grand Slam of Asia-Pacific.

She has played in six Grand Slam main draw tournaments, sensationally upsetting Russian Anna Kournikova to reach the second round at Roland Garros in 2002.

The best-of-five men’s play-off final, between Victorian Joseph Sirianni and Adam Feeney from New South Wales, commenced on the outside courts, but after a rain interruption, was moved inside to Rod Laver Arena.

Under hot and humid conditions, Sirianni held off a determined Feeney, eventually winning 6-3 4-6 6-3 6-4.

“I’m really stoked. This is the best Christmas present I’ve ever had,” said an elated Sirianni.

“I’ve been runner-up three times in the wildcard play-off, and you have no idea, I can’t describe how good it feels to have finally won.

“If I was to draw one of the top players, I’d just get out there and really enjoy it. It would be something I could one day tell my kids or my grandkids, that I’d played a Federer or Nadal in the Australian Open,” said Sirianni.

This will be Sirianni’s fourth Australian Open appearance. His best result saw him post a first-round win over Belarussian Max Mirnyi in 2003.

maldini
12-21-2007, 06:44 AM
Sirianni :yeah:

Labamba
12-21-2007, 09:11 AM
Congrats Joe, well deserved WC :yeah:

TMJordan
12-21-2007, 12:30 PM
Never in doubt for Joe, he is on fire :worship:

CooCooCachoo
12-23-2007, 08:20 AM
I just hope Joe can win a round or two :D