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Wild Cards (Results in Post #51)

smucav
07-16-2008, 05:58 PM
Main Draw
1 Delic, Amer USA
2 Evans, Brendan USA
3 Jenkins, Scoville USA
4 Levine, Jesse USA
5 Warburg, Sam USA
6 Krajicek, Austin USA (Kalamazoo champion)
7 Ball, Carsten AUS (TA)
8 Recouderc, Laurent FRA (FFT)

Qualifying
1 Aubone, Jean Yves USA
2 Berankis, Ricardas LTU
3 Buchanan, Chase USA
4 Clayton, Alex USA
5 Harrison, Ryan USA
6 Helgeson, Travis USA
7 Koniecko, Bryan USA
8 McClune, Michael USA
9 Smyczek, Tim USA

Doubles
1 LEVINE USA/YOUNG USA
2 DELIC USA/KUZNETSOV USA
3 GINEPRI USA/RETTENMAIER USA
4 KENDRICK USA/SWEETING USA
5 MCCLUNE USA/VAN’T HOF USA
6 ISNER USA/QUERREY USA
7 Buchanan, Chase/Harrison, Ryan USA (Kalamazoo champions)

smucav
07-17-2008, 03:07 AM
In 2006 & 2007, all USTA wild cards went to Americans aged 22 & younger.

Here are the highest ranked Americans aged 23 & under (as of July 14th):

104 Wayne Odesnik (1985)
121 Jesse Levine (1987)
174 Brendan Evans (1986)
213 Scoville Jenkins (1986)
249 Alex Kuznetsov (1987)
257 Ryan Sweeting (1987)
343 Michael McClune (1989)
363 Tim Smyczek (1987)
405 Scott Oudsema (1986)
477 Nikita Kryvonos (1986)
646 Todd Paul (1985)
657 Marcus Fugate (1988)
667 Phillip Simmonds (1986)
701 Matt Bruch (1987)
712 Ryan Harrison (1992)
762 Chase Buchanan (1991)
763 Bryan Koniecko (1987)
778 Dennis Lajola (1989)
785 Adam El Mihdawy (1989)
810 Ryan Rowe (1986)

Guccionefan
07-17-2008, 04:10 AM
Brydan Klein and Samuel Groth are the real contenders for the TA wildcard

Chip_s_m
07-18-2008, 12:29 AM
Brydan Klein and Samuel Groth are the real contenders for the TA wildcard

My guess is that Carsten Ball is a more likely candidate, especially since he has a decent shot at entering the top 200 this week. Hopefully they don't give it to Smeets after that waste at RG.

Chip_s_m
07-18-2008, 01:05 AM
Here are my guesses for the 5 discretional American WCs (I'm assuming that Odesnik will make direct entry):

Jesse Levine (this is probably a certainty)
Scoville Jenkins
Brendan Evans (even after that :banghead: in Indy qualies. Regardless, he's young and is top 200)

I have no idea who will get the remaining two. If Kuznetsov and Sweeting get their crap together during the next few weeks then they'll probably get them, although considering how they've been playing I don't have much faith in them right now.

McClune is another option. He is young and will probably develop into a good player, but he really hasn't done anything notable this year.

Smyczek showed some potential earlier in the year but hasn't done much since. I doubt he'll get it.

Dent's comeback is just starting to get off the ground and I don't think the USO singles draw is on his mind (he mentioned possibly doubles). I'd love to see him play the qualies. If he wins a challenger or goes deep in a US Open Series event I bet he'd reconsider, though.

Warburg wouldn't surprise me. He's ranked fairly highly and I think he's been pretty active with the USTA trying to promote the sport. Perhaps they might return the favor.

Amer Delic has an ok chance since his ranking is fairly good. He's had some decent results recently although he's been inconsistent. As with Warburg, I think he's been pretty good to the USTA.

Here is some longshots IMO:

Michael Yani has been playing well and when he was younger actually had some decent potential but has suffered from injuries that have prevented him from taking off. If he can reach the finals or win a challenger in the next couple of weeks I wouldn't be shocked to see him get one.

Rajeev Ram has also been playing well, including a win over Santoro recently. As with Yani, even though he's not young anymore, if he does well over the next couple weeks I wouldn't be shocked to see him get one.

Kei Nishikori wouldn't surprise me either (if he doesn't make direct entry), considering he plays a lot of American tournaments and trains in the US. He's young and certainly capable of competing at that level. He also got some WC's into American tournaments earlier this year. I know they don't have a track record of giving foreigners WC's, but he's certainly an option.

Somdev Devvarman might be considered too, since he's much better than his ranking suggests and has been playing well. I wouldn't be shocked to see organizers give the US College system some love.

Although they have good potential, I doubt that Ryan Harrison, Rhyne Williams, or Chase Buchanan will get main draw wildcards unless they win Kalamazoo (Ryan Thacher is entered too :eek:). Bradley Klahn could easily win as well.

dudi_fan
07-25-2008, 12:56 AM
I Hope Sam And Both Get In!!!!!!

dudi_fan
07-25-2008, 12:57 AM
JESSE WILL GET 1 4 SURE!!!:wavey::wavey::wavey:

dudi_fan
07-25-2008, 12:59 AM
I Hope Sam And Both Get In!!!!!!

typo i meant to say Amer!!!

egiorazz
07-25-2008, 06:54 PM
Berankis will definetly get one wildcard but I don't know to what draw he will get it.

dudi_fan
07-26-2008, 04:34 AM
SOMDEV will get one for sure!!!!!!!!!

Morgan Z
07-26-2008, 05:47 PM
I doubt Berankis will get a main draw as they are already giving two to foreigners. But then whoever Berankis has as an agent is exceptional given that he/she got him wild cards in big European tournaments this summer, so you never know.

Somdev's not likely to get a main draw one, but may get a qualifying one. Actually he has done American college tennis a lot of good by playing there (although unintentionally, of course) so he deserves one.



I hope the five unconditional wild cards will go to Levine, Evans, Delic, Dent and McClune.

Dalx
07-26-2008, 08:05 PM
I doubt Berankis will get a main draw as they are already giving two to foreigners. But then whoever Berankis has as an agent is exceptional given that he/she got him wild cards in big European tournaments this summer, so you never know.


Berankis should get wild card to the 2008 US Open (probably qualification) as 2007 US Open Junior champion.

Morgan Z
07-26-2008, 10:26 PM
Yeah, he's unofficially guaranteed a qualification one.

lovetheunderdog
07-28-2008, 05:10 PM
Since Somdev is tearing up the USTA pro circuit right now, and has yet to lose a pro match, he is a logical choice to get a WC. In Lexington he beat Bobby Reynolds and Robert Kendrick, two solid Americans which should show that giving him a WC would make a lot of sense

TMJordan
07-28-2008, 05:22 PM
Give one to Somdev :rocker2:

smucav
07-28-2008, 06:45 PM
Kalamazoo (USTA Boys' 18 & 16 National Tennis Championships) draws: August 1-10, 2008
http://www.ustaboys.com/results/info.php

http://www.playerdevelopment.usta.com/content/fullstory.sps?iNewsid=110787&itype=7419USTA Hard Court National Championships: Wild Card Awarded

Boys’ 18’s Singles Champion: Singles Main Draw US Open & Singles Main Draw US Open Juniors*

Boys’ 18’s Doubles Champions: Doubles Main Draw US Open & Doubles Main Draw US Open Juniors*

Boys’ 18’s Singles Finalist: Singles Qualifying US Open

Boys’ 16’s Singles Champion: Singles Main Draw US Open Juniors

Players must play with the same doubles partner to receive the doubles Wild Cards. Players are expected to play the US Open Juniors if they receive a Wild Card into the US Open.

* Players must be age eligible by ITF Rules to receive the Wild Card allocated to this event.

sameerph
08-06-2008, 05:13 PM
When are the wild cards likely to be announced ?

Just waiting to see if Somdev is getting at least a qualifying one.

yamakawa
08-06-2008, 10:20 PM
hopefully oudesma and groth will get in!

10K Futures Qualifier
08-08-2008, 01:25 AM
If Somdev doesn't get a main draw wildcard he will get a qualy one fo sure.

DartMarcus
08-09-2008, 07:19 PM
I`d like WC to be like this:
- Jesse Levine
- Amer Delic
- Taylor Dent
- Sam Warburg

10K Futures Qualifier
08-09-2008, 08:52 PM
somdev needs one once again

DartMarcus
08-10-2008, 08:15 AM
As for others I can think about... they are
- Robert Kendrick (plays well in challengers this year, but always struggles in atp tour matches)
- Rajeev Ram (won Winnetka ch, now he is in another CH final, has posted some wins in atp circuit)
- Kevin Kim (a bit old, but he is in an impressive form now)
- Somdev Devvarman (doing well right now)
- Michael Yani (he has improved a lot)
- Brendan Evans

Chip_s_m
08-10-2008, 11:14 PM
Austin Krajicek won the Kalamazoo WC, beating Ryan Thacher in 4 sets. That's a great win for him, although I would've preferred to have seen Thacher, Harrison, Buchanan, or Williams get it.

smucav
08-11-2008, 02:40 AM
http://www.playerdevelopment.usta.com/content/fullstory.sps?iNewsid=110787&itype=7419
Main Draw: Austin Krajicek (Kalamazoo champion)
Qualifying: Ryan Thacher (Kalamazoo finalist)
Doubles: Chase Buchanan/Ryan Harrison (Kalamazoo champions)

10K Futures Qualifier
08-12-2008, 09:29 PM
I remember seeing Ryan in Houston!

smucav
08-13-2008, 05:14 AM
Rajeev Ram is the first alternate for a main draw wild card. (He doesn't know yet who actually received the wild cards, only his status.)

Chip_s_m
08-14-2008, 02:59 AM
The women's wildcards have been announced, so hopefully we'll hear the men's soon. Perhaps they're waiting for results from this week. Devverman, De Heart, Kendrick, and Helgeson (plus Ram, although I guess he's not one of the recipients) are all still competing.

eureka
08-14-2008, 04:19 AM
I doubt Berankis will get a main draw as they are already giving two to foreigners. But then whoever Berankis has as an agent is exceptional given that he/she got him wild cards in big European tournaments this summer, so you never know.

Somdev's not likely to get a main draw one, but may get a qualifying one. Actually he has done American college tennis a lot of good by playing there (although unintentionally, of course) so he deserves one.



I hope the five unconditional wild cards will go to Levine, Evans, Delic, Dent and McClune.

Berankis gets qualies automatically for winning juniors last year!

mr_burns
08-14-2008, 09:04 AM
btw where is russell

eureka
08-14-2008, 12:04 PM
My guess is that Carsten Ball is a more likely candidate, especially since he has a decent shot at entering the top 200 this week. Hopefully they don't give it to Smeets after that waste at RG.

not ball...America already get 6 wc's...better it go to an aussie!

Lee
08-14-2008, 09:25 PM
Jenkins, Delic among 8 US Open men's wild cards
8/14/2008 3:05:00 PM


WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) -Scoville Jenkins, who lost to Roger Federer in the first round at Flushing Meadows last year, and former NCAA champion Amer Delic were among eight men receiving wild-card entries Thursday into the U.S. Open.

The USTA also invited Americans Brendan Evans, Austin Krajicek, Jesse Levine and Sam Warburg, along with Carsten Ball of Australia and Laurent Recouderc of France.

The 21-year-old Jenkins is ranked a career-high 195th. He won three matches to reach the main draw of the French Open this year. He made it to the U.S. Open last year through qualifying, then lost to eventual champion Federer 6-3, 6-2, 6-4.

Delic was the college singles champion at Illinois in 2003 and is now ranked No. 128. He qualified for this year's Australian Open and made it to the second round.

Levine is ranked No. 106 and reached the second round of the Australian Open in January. Warburg, a four-time All-American at Stanford, is ranked No. 147 and also made it to the second round in Australia.

http://www.thetennischannel.com/news/NewsDetails.aspx?newsid=4448

Deboogle!.
08-14-2008, 10:34 PM
Not sure about Sco b/c he's had so many chances, but :yeah: on the rest especially Amer :D

Dalx
08-15-2008, 08:08 AM
USTA announced all the 2008 US Open Men Singles Wild Cards:

http://www.usta.com/sitecore/content/USTA/Global/Pro_Tennis/Grand_Slams/US_Open/PressRelease/2008_US_Open_Mens_Singles_Wild_Cards_Announced.asp x

Pigpen Stinks
08-15-2008, 12:48 PM
Not sure about Sco b/c he's had so many chances, but :yeah: on the rest especially Amer :D

Yeah, but it's an absolute joke that Devvarman didn't get one. I don't care if he's from fucking Jupiter. And the USTA claims to be supportive of college tennis. Oh well, guess Sommie will just have to keep earning his way through. Assuming they at least granted him one into qualies...

Morgan Z
08-15-2008, 01:10 PM
Well, they didn't give a qualies wild card to Sommie.

"Players receiving US Open qualifying wild cards are: Jean Yves Aubone (20, Miami), Ricardas Berankis (18, Lithuania), Chase Buchanan (17, Columbus, OH), Alex Clayton (20, Bradenton, Fla.), Ryan Harrison (16, New Braunfels, Tex.), Travis Helgeson (22, Overland Park, Kan.), Bryan Koniecko (21, Syosset, N.Y.), Michael McClune (18, Irvine, Calif.) and Tim Smyczek (20, Hales Corners, Wis.)."

http://www.usta.com/sitecore/content/USTA/Global/Pro_Tennis/Grand_Slams/US_Open/PressRelease/2008_US_Open_Mens_Singles_Wild_Cards_Announced.asp x



Gits.

Pigpen Stinks
08-15-2008, 07:21 PM
Hmm. Well, his ranking at the cut off date was 345, so maybe the assumption is that this gets him into the qualie draw as an alternate. Not sure how far down the rankings the US Open qualie draw typically goes. If not, completely inexcusable by USTA.

The other issue is whether he accepts an SE into New Haven if he beats Kunitsyn tonight. Then he could have a conflict if he fares well in New Haven.

Morgan Z
08-15-2008, 10:05 PM
Yes, the New Haven point is there. Forgot about it completely.

But a player who's a favourite to qualify for a Slam would normally choose Slam ahead of ATP. Somdev may be an exception, of course!

He can get $17,500 (more, I think as that was last year) if he reaches the main draw and loses first round. That will fund quite a few weeks in South America or Europe where he can play on his beloved clay.

CooCooCachoo
08-16-2008, 08:30 AM
Well, they didn't give a qualies wild card to Sommie.

"Players receiving US Open qualifying wild cards are: Jean Yves Aubone (20, Miami), Ricardas Berankis (18, Lithuania), Chase Buchanan (17, Columbus, OH), Alex Clayton (20, Bradenton, Fla.), Ryan Harrison (16, New Braunfels, Tex.), Travis Helgeson (22, Overland Park, Kan.), Bryan Koniecko (21, Syosset, N.Y.), Michael McClune (18, Irvine, Calif.) and Tim Smyczek (20, Hales Corners, Wis.)."

http://www.usta.com/sitecore/content/USTA/Global/Pro_Tennis/Grand_Slams/US_Open/PressRelease/2008_US_Open_Mens_Singles_Wild_Cards_Announced.asp x



Gits.

Aubone, Berankis, Buchanan, Harrison, Helgeson, McClune and Smyczek are good and obvious choices. Clayton I know very little of; Koniecko the same.

CooCooCachoo
08-16-2008, 08:31 AM
Yeah, but it's an absolute joke that Devvarman didn't get one. I don't care if he's from fucking Jupiter. And the USTA claims to be supportive of college tennis. Oh well, guess Sommie will just have to keep earning his way through. Assuming they at least granted him one into qualies...

True, especially seeing as they gave one to Austin Krajicek who has not done anything impressive :confused:

Morgan Z
08-16-2008, 02:16 PM
Austin earned it, though, so you can't deny him one. He won in Kalamazoo and the field contained many highly rated Juniors like Harrison, Buchanan, Rhyne Williams etc.

Anyway, Austin is a very good prospect for the Americans. He is not ranked that high because he joined college earlier this year (he reached the doubles semifinal in the Championships even though he was one of the youngest players there). If he played Futures all year long, he'd surely be top 600 by now.

Distant relative of Richard Krajicek, by the way. :)

Chip_s_m
08-16-2008, 06:37 PM
Yeah, but it's an absolute joke that Devvarman didn't get one. I don't care if he's from fucking Jupiter. And the USTA claims to be supportive of college tennis. Oh well, guess Sommie will just have to keep earning his way through. Assuming they at least granted him one into qualies...

They do support college tennis: Aubone, Krajicek, Helgeson, Clayton, and Koniecko are all/have been top college players (not to mention Delic and Warburg, although they're obviously ranked much higher). I love Sommie, but the USTA exists to support American tennis, and although I would've liked to have seen Sommie get one I can't blame them for favoring American players. I'd say that all of their qualy choices (and MD draw) are deserving of their spots.

Morgan Z
08-16-2008, 07:23 PM
Very true and all the college players who have been given wild cards definitely deserve them, but Sommie is the two time champ, so maybe they should have given him one into qualies. :sad: After all, you improve by playing better players and Somdev did the college players who plan to go pro a lot of good by staying for an extra year.

Especially since Thacher seems to have withdrawn and that freed up a spot. Or is there a binding contract to bump up the guy who lost in the semifinals to the eventual winner?

Why isn't Taylor Dent there? :( Not injured again, I hope?

eureka
08-17-2008, 12:36 AM
Very true and all the college players who have been given wild cards definitely deserve them, but Sommie is the two time champ, so maybe they should have given him one into qualies. :sad: After all, you improve by playing better players and Somdev did the college players who plan to go pro a lot of good by staying for an extra year.

Especially since Thacher seems to have withdrawn and that freed up a spot. Or is there a binding contract to bump up the guy who lost in the semifinals to the eventual winner?

Why isn't Taylor Dent there? :( Not injured again, I hope?

Maybe Aussie WC could have gone to Dent...we gave our ours to an American anyway!

Smoke944
08-17-2008, 02:36 AM
Very happy with all the wild card choices, but I have to chuckle when I think about the form Jenkins and Evans displayed today. Both in New Haven qualies, Brendan lost a third set tiebreak to Phillip Bester who's 802 in the world. :rolleyes:
Scoville won a very long and tight first round match and then got destroyed by Phil Simmonds, who's 748 in the world. (he was very likely incredibly tired, hopefully that's all that loss was) :o
(Good win for Simmonds though and it would be great if he could qualify :))
Hope both of the guys get it together for next week, after all there aren't many guys ranked lower than the 800s in the main draw of the open :yeah:


I'm excited to see how all these guys perform in the main draw and qualies.

Chip_s_m
08-17-2008, 08:03 PM
Maybe Aussie WC could have gone to Dent...we gave our ours to an American anyway!

Hey if the Aussies don't want Ball then we'll take him :devil:

Pigpen Stinks
08-18-2008, 07:44 PM
They do support college tennis: Aubone, Krajicek, Helgeson, Clayton, and Koniecko are all/have been top college players (not to mention Delic and Warburg, although they're obviously ranked much higher). I love Sommie, but the USTA exists to support American tennis, and although I would've liked to have seen Sommie get one I can't blame them for favoring American players. I'd say that all of their qualy choices (and MD draw) are deserving of their spots.

Chip, I understand the USTA is there to support American tennis. I actually think it's a shame that most of the college tennis programs are dominated by foreign players. However, in the case of Devvarman, I think he did so much for college tennis in his four years. His accomplishments put him with the all time greats, and he's gotten off to a pretty torrid start in his pro career. Hell, the LTA finally stopped giving all their wild cards to Brits. Granted they have a lot less to choose from. Just thought this was an exceptional circumstance and that he had done more than enough to deserve it. In the end, it really doesn't matter too much. If he belongs he'll probably make his way through the qualies. May prove to be beneficial. Let him get used to the courts in match situations.

10K Futures Qualifier
08-19-2008, 12:35 AM
Wow, they didn't give Kendrick a WC!

10K Futures Qualifier
08-19-2008, 12:36 AM
Maybe they think it's a waist because they have so much faith in him in the qualys.

Scotso
08-19-2008, 08:52 AM
I can't believe Somdev didn't get one. :mad:

Tom Paulman
08-19-2008, 05:56 PM
Somdev and Dent should have received a WC instead of some American mugs who already proved themselves to be useless (Jenkins and Warburg for example).

smucav
09-01-2008, 03:55 AM
Main Draw

Delic, Amer USA
R128: lost to Robby Ginepri USA 16 26 67(5)

Evans, Brendan USA
R128: lost to (LL) Andrey Golubev KAZ 46 36 26

Jenkins, Scoville USA
R128: lost to Jarkko Nieminen FIN 36 36 57

Levine, Jesse USA
R128: lost to Chris Guccione AUS 36 63 67(6) 67(6)

Warburg, Sam USA
R128: d. Janko Tipsarevic SRB 62 10 ret.
R64: lost to (18) Nicolas Almagro ESP 36 46 46

Krajicek, Austin USA (Kalamazoo champion)
R128: lost to Agustin Calleri ARG 26 26 16

Ball, Carsten AUS (TA)
R128: lost to Viktor Troicki SRB 67(3) 06 16

Recouderc, Laurent FRA (FFT)
R128: lost to (Q)Gilles Muller LUX 46 06 64 46

Qualifying

Aubone, Jean Yves USA
Q128: d. VAN GEMERDEN, Melle NED 64 61
Q64: lost to [18] PHAU, Bjorn 26 46

Berankis, Ricardas LTU
Q128: d. MARRERO, David ESP 57 63 75
Q64: d. [1] STAKHOVSKY, Sergiy 16 64 64
Q32: lost to [18] PHAU, Bjorn 64 46 26

Buchanan, Chase USA
Q128: lost to HOCEVAR, Ricardo BRA 61 36 67(6)

Clayton, Alex USA
Q128: lost to BECK, Karol SVK 46 26

Harrison, Ryan USA
Q128: lost to MUNOZ-DE LA NAVA, Daniel ESP 63 46 36

Helgeson, Travis USA
Q128: lost to ZAMPIERI, Caio BRA 76(5) 57 16

Koniecko, Bryan USA
Q128: lost to FISCHER, Martin AUT 36 46

McClune, Michael USA
Q128: lost to SKUGOR, Franko CRO 36 46

Smyczek, Tim USA
Q128: lost to ROSOL, Lukas CZE 36 26

Doubles

LEVINE USA/YOUNG USA
R64: lost to LINDSTEDT SWE/NIEMINEN FIN 757 26 46

DELIC USA/KUZNETSOV USA
R64: d. (W) GINEPRI USA/RETTENMAIER USA 64 67(6) 64
R32: lost to Gonzalez ARG/Monaco ARG 616 46 36

GINEPRI USA/RETTENMAIER USA
R64: lost to (W) DELIC USA/KUZNETSOV USA 46 76(6) 46

KENDRICK USA/SWEETING USA
R64: lost to [3] ERLICH ISR/RAM ISR 46 36

MCCLUNE USA/VAN’T HOF USA
R64: d. BUTORAC USA/LEVINSKY CZE 57 63 64
R32: lost to (11) Damm CZE/Vizner CZE 06 06

ISNER USA/QUERREY USA
R64: lost to CALLERI ARG/GONZALEZ CHI 46 57

Buchanan USA/Harrison USA (Kalamazoo champions)
R64: lost to ROBREDO ESP/ROITMAN ARG 26 26