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US Open Wildcard goes to Carsten Ball

OZTENNIS
07-16-2008, 10:03 PM
Seeing as there are some rumblings in other threads about just who should get the US Open Wildcard, I thought that I would start a new thread for us to discuss who should get the US Open wildcard...


In my opinion, the three clear cut favourites are Robert Smeets, Samuel Groth and Brydan Klein. All three have had impressive results this season. All three have played at ATP Tour level this season. And all three have achieved career high rankings during the year.

There are some outsiders, namely Joe Sirianni, Carsten Ball, Colin Ebelthite and Nick Lindahl. But Sirianni is too old, under TA's youth policy for wildcards, Ball may represent Australia, but he has lived in the US his whole life. Will TA look upon that favourably? Colin Ebelthite is also too old under TA's youth policy, and Lindahl has been consistent, but not much more throughout the year...

Personally, I would like to see the wildcard go to either Groth or Klein. Both are young, both are talented. Both have significantly improved their rankings this year, and scored some good wins (particularly Groth).

So, feel free to voice your opinion :wavey:

eureka
07-17-2008, 10:03 AM
Good Thread:) I couldn't agree more. Groth for my money is, at present, the most deserving. A win over a top 50 player and numerous strong performances. (plus he missed one at the aussie)

Klein is certainly second on the list but would need a big performance in Manchester to edge out Groth. At 18 he will certainly have other chances.

Smeets has not really taken advantage of the two MD wildcards he has had this year. Tough draws but wasn't even competitive.

The Americans don't give WC's to over 23. If they can't make it on their own by then! Plus it needs to be given some time in advance so the player can prepare...unlike the aussie WC's.

Timbo
07-17-2008, 01:10 PM
These slam wildcards are becoming quite a conundrum for all the wrong reasons. We're really struggling for worthy contenders at the moment. Having said that, I think they should stick with Smeets. Klein is looking a decent prospect, but he hasn't beaten anyone in the top 400 since march and simply isn't up to that standard yet. Groth seems to be improving, but his results don't match Smeets. Don't forget, his win in Nottingham was against a guy coming back after a long layoff. The only other contender (if Luczak is still injured) would be Ball I think. Ebelthite is really not much more than a decent challenger player from what I've seen and Lindahl's struggling to make inroads this year, but could come good.

scotthongkong
07-17-2008, 11:43 PM
For what it is worth I would give it to either Samuel Groth or Carsten Ball who have both really improved their performances and results this year. Smeets may have a chance to qualify as could Joe Sirianni. I think that Brydan Klein is too young yet.

azza
07-19-2008, 03:54 AM
Give it to Sirianni a nice send off

Raul
07-19-2008, 05:39 AM
How about Raphael Durek? I like him, he played so cool ;)
But ranking is...........

azza
07-19-2008, 07:48 AM
How about Raphael Durek? I like him, he played so cool ;)
But ranking is...........

no

aussie_fan
07-19-2008, 09:41 AM
Groth or Smeets, depending on their result in thes enext few weeks, sirianni i wouldn't mind either, i know it goes against the youth policy but there's not a lot going for us.

StevoTG
07-19-2008, 02:06 PM
Groth or Sirianni for me

Consigliere
07-20-2008, 12:52 AM
Sirianni wtf:rolleyes:

StevoTG
07-20-2008, 03:08 AM
Sirianni wtf:rolleyes:

Ok so technically he's too old, so we'll say Groth or Smeets. Either way, while Groth will be in with a shout if his serve is on, it'd be tough to see anyone else winning a round without a very kind draw but Smeets will probably get another crack at it.

azza
07-20-2008, 03:08 AM
Sirianni shud get it coz hes mad

scotthongkong
07-20-2008, 07:06 AM
Carsten Ball is in great form in the USA advancing to the semis of the 75K in aptos. He plays Kim in the semis after beating the second seed. I think he should get it as he has a great year and ploughed up the rankings. Failing him Sam Groth.

jmf0704
07-20-2008, 10:49 AM
I agree that Carsten Ball should get it. He has been playing on the US Challenger circuit for some very good results and I would be very disappointed if he lost out to any other player except for Groth. Smeets has been handed two this year which have been accompanied with two thrashings. In regards to the older players such as Sirianni and Luczak (if he has recovered by then) I think they should go through qualifying as giving them a wildcard would defeat the purpose of it.

OZTENNIS
07-20-2008, 01:37 PM
^^^^
Agree 100%
But I doubt Ball will get it because he isnt entirely in the TA 'loop' like Smeets, Groth and Klein are.
Realistically, it should be between Groth and Ball

scotthongkong
07-21-2008, 08:56 AM
TA have their faves so we shall see the lie of the land in regards to Carsten Ball.

Matchu
07-21-2008, 09:15 AM
^^^^
Agree 100%
But I doubt Ball will get it because he isnt entirely in the TA 'loop' like Smeets, Groth and Klein are.
Realistically, it should be between Groth and Ball
First of all lets be completely honest Peter Luczak or Joe Sirianni are not going to get it. Alun Jones has retired and Robert Smeets has recieved that many wildcards from TA this year with nothing to show. Ebelthite, Groth, Ball and Klein are in with shots

Colin Ebelthite has struggled at challenger level tournaments but he will probably recieve his grand slam shot at the 2009 Aussie Open. Klein cant get past the second round of a challenger tournament so he isnt ready either. Yeah your right Carsten has opted to be different from the usual TA choice of tournaments and has based himself mostly in the US. So realisticly they are going to give it to Samuel Groth, hes young, hes ranked high enough to play qualies, he is an AIS scholarship holder but I think the major reason for giving it to him will be the fact that he has won an ATP match this year unlike Robert Smeets and Carsten Ball.

I think Carsten Ball, Colin Ebelthite, Brydan Klein and Robert Smeets will all get their go at next years Aussie Open.

OZTENNIS
07-22-2008, 12:38 AM
Yes, I agree. I would like to see Sam Groth get the wildcard I think.

Carsten, however, would be my second pick and probably deserves a run too

Timbo
07-22-2008, 08:08 AM
First of all lets be completely honest Peter Luczak or Joe Sirianni are not going to get it. Alun Jones has retired and Robert Smeets has recieved that many wildcards from TA this year with nothing to show. Ebelthite, Groth, Ball and Klein are in with shots

Colin Ebelthite has struggled at challenger level tournaments but he will probably recieve his grand slam shot at the 2009 Aussie Open. Klein cant get past the second round of a challenger tournament so he isnt ready either. Yeah your right Carsten has opted to be different from the usual TA choice of tournaments and has based himself mostly in the US. So realisticly they are going to give it to Samuel Groth, hes young, hes ranked high enough to play qualies, he is an AIS scholarship holder but I think the major reason for giving it to him will be the fact that he has won an ATP match this year unlike Robert Smeets and Carsten Ball.

I think Carsten Ball, Colin Ebelthite, Brydan Klein and Robert Smeets will all get their go at next years Aussie Open.

Yes, but he beat a guy ranked outside the top 200 who was coming back from a long injury layoff. The only guy regularly beating players in the top 150-200 is Smeets. He had a shocker at the French, but I think he deserves a go at the US. The surface suits his game and he's in good form. He'd feel harshly done by if he was only given a wildcard to the French (his worst surface) and someone else with worse results got the US wildcard. At least he played the French...most of the other guys on this list didn't even have a go at qualifying.

Consigliere
07-22-2008, 09:05 AM
Yes, I agree. I would like to see Sam Groth get the wildcard I think.

Carsten, however, would be my second pick and probably deserves a run too

I agree.

Timbo
07-30-2008, 12:19 PM
A late contender....

Rafter Returns In Style
Making his first ever appearance at a BlackRock Tour of Champions event, Pat Rafter raced to an impressive opening victory, beating Cedric Pioline 6-4, 6-2 earlier today in Graz, Austria.

Rafter, who retired from professional tennis in 2003, took little time to settle into the Austrian clay courts, breaking Pioline in the opening game of the match. From then on the Australian held serve with ease and comfortably took the opener 6-4. The second set was an equally comfortable affair for Rafter, who dominated Pioline with the sharp volleys and soft hands that won him the 1997 and 1998 US Open titles. After racing to a 5-1 lead Rafter had opportunities to win the match on Piolineís serve but the Frenchman showed his fighting instincts and held serve to force Rafter to serve out the match, which he did to love.

Overall, the returning Australian was happy with his performance.

ďIím a little bit surprised!" he said.

ďThe ball felt really good off my racket and I served and returned well. I moved okay and the ball went where I wanted it to go so it was really nice."

But he admitted that he did feel some ring-rust after so long away.

"When it gets into tight situations you can forget what the correct play is," he said.

"There can be two or three points turning a match and if you donít win those points sometimes you can lose those matches. I think that is probably the biggest thing. Iím staying fit back home doing a lot of fitness work. Iíve done a lot of running so my legs are ok. My heart is ok, Iím feeling strong. But I will see how much fun it is when I wake up tomorrow - I think Iím going to be sore!"

So, what were his first impressions of life on the BlackRock Tour of Champions?

"Itís interesting," he said.

"You want to put a good show on but people havenít come to watch you stuff around. I think you have to play hard, do your best, and every now and then have a fun point. But you leave the jokes up to people like (Henri) Leconte, who are very funny naturally. Playing (Thomas) Muster will be a fun match because we will both go really hard at each other and run for everything. A lot of the guys are good friends so seeing them is fun! Iím looking forward to catching up with Goran (Ivanisevic) when I see him.

Rafterís next opponent is BlackRock Tour of Champions stalwart Leconte.

tcordier
08-01-2008, 11:32 PM
Carsten played his junior tennis in the U.S. and now that he's in the top 200 I say give him that wild card. He's a lefty and hits with pace, could definitely win a match given a favorable draw. Hell, the way Fed is playing, he could probably beat him.

I jest.
:worship:

tcordier
08-01-2008, 11:33 PM
Oh and what about Tomic? Anyone think of that???

Matchu
08-02-2008, 12:23 AM
Oh and what about Tomic? Anyone think of that???

Sorry buddy as much as Id like for it to happen Tomic is not going to get it over somone that is a regualar challenger player. Sounds like your quite interested in Australian tennis, Probably Carsten left a good impression on you. Well for France you have so many players in the top 100 and on the verge of cracking the top 100 so its easy for France to just give their wildcard to a junior but for Australia we need to carefully pick who we give it to as the last two times we've given it to Philippoussis and Alun Jones and both were knocked out in the first round by the immortal Rafa Nadal. Samuel Groth is way out of form now so I think they have no real choice but to give it to Carsten. Groth will play qualies at the US Open get given a wildcard into the Australian Open next year so its not that much of a disappointment for me. Carsten Ball excites me quite a bit because I think hes capable of being a top 50 player and can match it with a lot of the top players. He sort of reminds me of Gulbis with the big hitting. Hopefully he doesnt draw Nadal again in the first round.

Audacity
08-04-2008, 06:29 AM
I think Carsten Ball deserves it, he has made significant progress this year. My second pick would be Sam Groth, and third Robert Smeets or Brydan Klein.

scotthongkong
08-04-2008, 11:39 AM
I think Carsten Ball deserves it, he has made significant progress this year. My second pick would be Sam Groth, and third Robert Smeets or Brydan Klein.

I agree with you AussieD! Welcome to the Forum!

Consigliere
08-04-2008, 03:00 PM
I'm gonna stick with my original choice and say Brydan Klein. People love the ole you have to earn it argument but due to his age he's had less of a chance to technically earn it than the rest of the other guys who are young but still kinda just plodding along. We have the most to gain from giving it to Brydan and I feel it could give him a great push along in his career if he were to get a favourable draw and sneak a win. If that happens, well before you know it we've got an 18 year old in the top two hundred. No guts no glory.

Matchu
08-05-2008, 06:57 AM
I'm gonna stick with my original choice and say Brydan Klein. People love the ole you have to earn it argument but due to his age he's had less of a chance to technically earn it than the rest of the other guys who are young but still kinda just plodding along. We have the most to gain from giving it to Brydan and I feel it could give him a great push along in his career if he were to get a favourable draw and sneak a win. If that happens, well before you know it we've got an 18 year old in the top two hundred. No guts no glory.

Brydan is the 14th alternate for US Open qualies and probably 5 or so that are american will get wildcards into the main draw so Brydan just needs around 10 people to pull out which may happen and he might get to play the US Open anyway. Regardless Brydan is set for a big ranking gain as he is almost a regular on the challenger circuit now and only has 18 points to defend for the whole year. I think by the years end he'll pushing towards top 200 along with Ball and Groth.

tcordier
08-06-2008, 07:33 PM
Sorry buddy as much as Id like for it to happen Tomic is not going to get it over somone that is a regualar challenger player. Sounds like your quite interested in Australian tennis, Probably Carsten left a good impression on you. Well for France you have so many players in the top 100 and on the verge of cracking the top 100 so its easy for France to just give their wildcard to a junior but for Australia we need to carefully pick who we give it to as the last two times we've given it to Philippoussis and Alun Jones and both were knocked out in the first round by the immortal Rafa Nadal. Samuel Groth is way out of form now so I think they have no real choice but to give it to Carsten. Groth will play qualies at the US Open get given a wildcard into the Australian Open next year so its not that much of a disappointment for me. Carsten Ball excites me quite a bit because I think hes capable of being a top 50 player and can match it with a lot of the top players. He sort of reminds me of Gulbis with the big hitting. Hopefully he doesnt draw Nadal again in the first round.

Haha, I actually grew up in Southern California and played my tennis amongst the Balls, Querreys and McClunes. Ball went to the same high school as Taylor Dent (some years later), and along with Robert Vant Hof's Son formed a ridiculously good group of kids at the top of the juniors.

Tennis Australia definitely will recognize Ball's potential since he's won several matches in the MD doubles, and now that his singles ranking is comparable, he really is the best option they have. I think Tomic should also get in on the basis of providing a great storyline and some good entertainment.

You are right though, France RIPS IT UP.

eureka
08-06-2008, 10:50 PM
I think Carsten Ball deserves it, he has made significant progress this year. My second pick would be Sam Groth, and third Robert Smeets or Brydan Klein.

Trouble is Ball's more American than apple pie! Hardly been seen in Aus...unless there's something to gain!

scotthongkong
08-08-2008, 10:07 AM
Great for us that Carsten Ball, unlike Tayor Dent, chose to represent his dad's country. I think it is wonderful and I certainly will welcome him with open arms!

save ausdecline
08-12-2008, 10:16 AM
Wildcards (in order of priority)
1. Carsten Ball (consistent challenger results)
2. Brydan Klein (blasted trhough the rankings with consistent chalenger results)
3. Sam Groth (notbale wins over Top 200 players)
4. Robert Smeets (quiet achiever, though he did win one challenger tournament recently has been inconsistent in challengers circuit)
5. Bernard Tomic (runner-up in recent Indonesian futures, great achievement for a 16-year old)

scotthongkong
08-12-2008, 11:38 AM
I like your order save ausdecline!

eureka
08-12-2008, 11:34 PM
Wildcards (in order of priority)
1. Carsten Ball (consistent challenger results)
2. Brydan Klein (blasted trhough the rankings with consistent chalenger results)
3. Sam Groth (notbale wins over Top 200 players)
4. Robert Smeets (quiet achiever, though he did win one challenger tournament recently has been inconsistent in challengers circuit)
5. Bernard Tomic (runner-up in recent Indonesian futures, great achievement for a 16-year old)

Ball, Klein and Smeets are all in 50K Challengers this week...can see how they all go respectively. :) Groth has already lost in a qualies. Tomic, playing 10k Futures is really out of the mix as Feeney, Coelho and Jones are all stronger contenders here than Bernard! :confused:

Consigliere
08-13-2008, 12:44 AM
understandably people are excited about bernard.

i think he should get a wc into the ao.

eureka
08-13-2008, 08:35 PM
Ball, Klein and Smeets are all in 50K Challengers this week...can see how they all go respectively. :) Groth has already lost in a qualies. Tomic, playing 10k Futures is really out of the mix as Feeney, Coelho and Jones are all stronger contenders here than Bernard! :confused:

Klein in quarters...pressure back on Ball.

See Klein is 10 spots out of US qualies. Most other aussies are in! :confused:

eureka
08-13-2008, 08:45 PM
understandably people are excited about bernard.

i think he should get a wc into the ao.

I agree...better value than Alun Jones this year....US wildcard...AO wildcard...DC birth...retirement! :confused:
Hardly blooding a young guy!

OZTENNIS
08-14-2008, 04:45 AM
With his first round loss in the Bronx, I think that it is safe to say that Robert Smeets won't be getting the US Open Wildcard, and rightly so. He hasn't really done a lot since he won that challenger in the UK just after Wimbledon - he lacks consistency.Same can be said for Samuel Groth who had a hot streak around Wimbledon and he seems to have faded a bit since. Ball has been doing well, week in, week out for a while now and I think that he is the one that deserves it the most. Having said that, Brydan is younger and he too has been having some great results. With this quarter final this week, he will crack the top 250. And because he is not directly into the quallies, I think TA will give him the MD WC and let the rest fight it out in quallies.

Same can be said in the women's event. Dokic and Molik have both withdrawn, so Jessica Moore I think is the obvious favourite

Consigliere
08-14-2008, 07:28 AM
Like your thinking OT, we have to be smart about our wildcards I reckon. Too much pigheadedness in the past where we just give it 'player A with the best results'. There's no rules that say we have to give it to the guy that has earned it. Strategically wise for it would be best to give it to Brydan and hope Carsten makes it through the qualies.

azza
08-14-2008, 07:35 AM
I reckon Ball or Groth should get it

OZTENNIS
08-15-2008, 12:14 AM
Ball receives US Open wildcard


New York,15 August 2008
AP



American-born Australian Carsten Ball will make his ATP debut at the US Open thanks to a wild card from the US Tennis Association announced today.

Ball's ranking rose inside the top 200 for the first time in his career this week, ascending to world No.182 on the back of a semifinal apperance at the Binghamton Challenger event in the USA.

Laurent Recouderc of France, who won his first-round matches at both of his only ATP events at the French Open and Kitzbuhel last year, also was invited along with Americans Scoville Jenkins, Amer Delic, Brendan Evans, Austin Krajicek, Jesse Levine and Sam Warburg.

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 US Open last year through qualifying, then lost to eventual champion Roger Federer.

Delic was the US college singles champion in 2003 and is now ranked No.128. He qualified for this year's Australian Open and made it to the second round, along with Levine and Warburg

OZTENNIS
08-15-2008, 12:14 AM
Great for Ball :woohoo:
And a good choice from TA :D

aussie_fan
08-15-2008, 03:20 AM
Good choice for Ball, hopefully eh can use it well, at least better than smeets RG WC

azza
08-15-2008, 04:57 AM
Good choice there :)

save ausdecline
08-15-2008, 06:03 AM
Yay. Great choice. When was the last time an Aus WC went through to the sent to at least second round?

OZTENNIS
08-15-2008, 07:26 AM
Alun Jones made the second round at the Australian Open this year

scotthongkong
08-15-2008, 09:45 AM
A good choice from TA.

Consigliere
08-15-2008, 12:16 PM
gl Carsten.

Rae777
08-16-2008, 05:06 AM
Great choice from TA

Hope Carsten does well

save ausdecline
08-16-2008, 09:32 AM
great choice. Ball has been living in US and playing on the US hardcourts for his entire life.

scotthongkong
08-16-2008, 03:32 PM
Come on TA! Tell us we have done well!

eureka
08-16-2008, 11:31 PM
great choice. Ball has been living in US and playing on the US hardcourts for his entire life.

Seanyo in the wc strand of the womenstennisforums sums Carsten up very accurately! :(

scotthongkong
08-17-2008, 12:36 AM
He calls Carsten as "American as apple pie".

eureka
08-17-2008, 04:47 AM
He calls Carsten as "American as apple pie".

Says a bit more than that!

Matchu
08-17-2008, 06:04 AM
Seanyo in the wc strand of the womenstennisforums sums Carsten up very accurately! :(

Seanyq on wtaworld.com has been misinformed. Yes Carsten was born in the US but he does not have an American Accent. http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=WYAPzfM3zn4 Clearly you can hear an Aussie accent when he talks in this video and its very much like the way Mark Philippoussis talks. With the way Aussie tennis is going and the way Carsten is going it looks like Carsten may get a Davis Cup call up as soon as next year even. The US has two men in the top 10 and the number 1 doubles team. Carsten will not get the call up for America any time soon. Plus Seanyq claims Ball is using TA, hes dad was apart of the richest time in Aussie tennis, is it possible that Carsten just purely wanted to follow in his dads footsteps. This is the first time Carsten has been given any oppurtunity of any sort and people are already abusing him. How about we wait until he actually does jump boats to America before we jump the gun. Mark Philippoussis lived in America almost his whole tennis career, is he unaustralian for doing that? Philippoussis has pretty much an American accent is that unaustralian?

Give the guy some credit he deserves this wildcard and he is representing Australia not America. To represent Australia he must have an Australian citizenship, so hes no more unaustralian than Robert Smeets who was born in Netherlands, Peter Luczak who was born in Poland or Alun Jones who was born in South Africa.

Consigliere
08-17-2008, 08:30 AM
who fkn cares about jealous internet nobodies, he has chosen to play for us, he is australian.

scotthongkong
08-17-2008, 12:31 PM
Seanyq on wtaworld.com has been misinformed. Yes Carsten was born in the US but he does not have an American Accent. http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=WYAPzfM3zn4 Clearly you can hear an Aussie accent when he talks in this video and its very much like the way Mark Philippoussis talks. With the way Aussie tennis is going and the way Carsten is going it looks like Carsten may get a Davis Cup call up as soon as next year even. The US has two men in the top 10 and the number 1 doubles team. Carsten will not get the call up for America any time soon. Plus Seanyq claims Ball is using TA, hes dad was apart of the richest time in Aussie tennis, is it possible that Carsten just purely wanted to follow in his dads footsteps. This is the first time Carsten has been given any oppurtunity of any sort and people are already abusing him. How about we wait until he actually does jump boats to America before we jump the gun. Mark Philippoussis lived in America almost his whole tennis career, is he unaustralian for doing that? Philippoussis has pretty much an American accent is that unaustralian?

Give the guy some credit he deserves this wildcard and he is representing Australia not America. To represent Australia he must have an Australian citizenship, so hes no more unaustralian than Robert Smeets who was born in Netherlands, Peter Luczak who was born in Poland or Alun Jones who was born in South Africa.

Well said!

scotthongkong
08-17-2008, 12:31 PM
who fkn cares about jealous internet nobodies, he has chosen to play for us, he is australian.

Well said!

scotthongkong
08-17-2008, 12:41 PM
Seanyq on wtaworld.com has been misinformed. Yes Carsten was born in the US but he does not have an American Accent. http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=WYAPzfM3zn4 Clearly you can hear an Aussie accent when he talks in this video and its very much like the way Mark Philippoussis talks. With the way Aussie tennis is going and the way Carsten is going it looks like Carsten may get a Davis Cup call up as soon as next year even. The US has two men in the top 10 and the number 1 doubles team. Carsten will not get the call up for America any time soon. Plus Seanyq claims Ball is using TA, hes dad was apart of the richest time in Aussie tennis, is it possible that Carsten just purely wanted to follow in his dads footsteps. This is the first time Carsten has been given any oppurtunity of any sort and people are already abusing him. How about we wait until he actually does jump boats to America before we jump the gun. Mark Philippoussis lived in America almost his whole tennis career, is he unaustralian for doing that? Philippoussis has pretty much an American accent is that unaustralian?

Give the guy some credit he deserves this wildcard and he is representing Australia not America. To represent Australia he must have an Australian citizenship, so hes no more unaustralian than Robert Smeets who was born in Netherlands, Peter Luczak who was born in Poland or Alun Jones who was born in South Africa.

Thank you so much for posting that Matchu. I listened carefully and he sounds as Aussie as my kids who were all born in Australia but have lived overseas for a while. Living away makes you no less of an Aussie. It actaully makes me feel more proud. I think Carsten rocks but at the same time Sean is also a very proud supporter of Aussie tennis and I am sure meant no harm nor malice.

Chip_s_m
08-17-2008, 08:00 PM
I don't understand the argument that Ball is using TA. The USTA has more to offer him, primarily in the form of WC's. If he was American he would've been receiving WC's into a bunch of challengers earlier in his career. This summer he probably would've received a couple into US Open Series tournaments, and certainly the US Open. Australia just doesn't have as many tournaments, so I'm not sure how he is using them. Is Davis Cup really that much of draw for him that he's willing to choose one nation over another? I don't buy that, since if he was American there would be a decent chance that he would get called up for DC at some point (assuming he continues his rise in the rankings). I just can't see how he's using TA.

Plus, my guess is that as an American he would make more in endorsements, just because there are more tournaments actually in the US, so he'd be in front of American crowds and TV audiences a lot more than he will be in front of Austrlian fans as an Australian.

Both federations provide good support and coaching to their youngsters, so I don't see how that could be the deciding factor either.

The bottom line is that I think he just identifies himself as an Austrlian. Lots of people grow up in foreign countries but identify themselves with another. Who are we to decide what country he should identify with (although as an American I'd have no problems with him playing for the US :devil:)?

OZTENNIS
08-17-2008, 11:55 PM
I think that most of you have over-reacted to a few simple comments.

Firstly, Ball was born and still lives in America. hence his accent is more American than Australian.

Secondly, he only decided to play for Australia at the age of 18...

Thirdly, SeanyQ went on to say that if the wildcard wasn't given to Ball, who else could TA give it too??


So stop reading into his post the wrong way :p

PS. I know around the traps that there are a few people with similar feelings about Carsten. But having said that, we don't have much depth and if players want to represent Australia, good on them