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OZTENNIS
09-22-2008, 01:18 PM
Jason Kubler, 15, from Brisbane is the latest in a long line of Queenslanders to emerge. Following on from the likes of Patrick Rafter, Marc Kimmich, Robert Smeets and Bernard Tomic, Kubler has been quietly going about his business on the ITF Junior Circuit, and more recently, the ITF Men's Circuit. This comes after being the standout player of the 2007 European Young Stars Tour, in which he won a couple of the most prestigous tournaments in the 14&U age group, and led Australia to victory at the 2007 World Junior Tennis Competition. It was the first time Australia has ever claimed the title, our two previous best performances were 3rd in 1995 (with Lleyton Hewitt in the team) and 3rd in 2005.

In his past four tournaments on the ITF Junior Circuit, Jason has made two quarter finals. On the men's circuit, Jason has been winning one or two matches, in qualifying, for the recent QLD 15k's, and just this week he qualified for the main draw of the 15k in Gympie.

Let me tell you that I have seen him play and he is so so good for his age. Powerful, accurate groundstrokes, a strong serve and good movement. He, along with Bernard and Brydan Klein, is the future of Australian men's tennis

au_sports_opinion
09-22-2008, 02:44 PM
thanks keep us updated oztennis.

eureka
09-25-2008, 08:18 AM
Thanks Oztennis. Hadn't heard of him if you didn't start this thread. Always happy to hear of future potentials

OZTENNIS
10-11-2008, 01:41 AM
Bump!

Sydney young gun Elizabeth Searl (Raymond Terrace) has taken her first national title today, winning the girls' singles title at the Optus 16s Spring Nationals in Sydney today.

Searl, currently ranked 72 in Australia, was too strong for No. 2 seed Jenny Le (Fairfield, NSW), defeating her in straight sets.

"Its feels great to get my first Optus National title,” Searl said. “After getting pipped at the post last year at the Optus Spring Nationals in Traralgon, I am very relieved to have won this one, and it's even better because it's on home soil.”

“I worked through match by match this week and certainly saved my best match for last, it was a great final."

Although going down at the last hurdle, making it to today's match was a fantastic achievement for Le, who was contesting her first Optus Nationals tournament.

In the boys' 16/u final top seed Jason Kubler (Mango Hill, QLD) won in convincing fashion over No.4 seed Todd Volmari (Hawker, ACT).

For Kubler, currently sitting at a career high Australian ranking of 100, the win was his first since returning from injury earlier this year.

"I am thankful all my hard work over the past couple of months is starting to pay off,” Kubler said.

“As each match went on I felt I was improving and getting more and more comfortable out there on the court. It is a long hard road and this win is just the tip of the iceberg for me.

Kubler also paid tribute to his Volmari, “Todd has had an awesome run this week and has really stepped up his level of plays - he was a great opponent today!"

In the boys' doubles final Kubler teamed with Joey Swaysland (Wagga Wagga, NSW) to win in straight sets over Tristan Jackson (City Beach, WA) and Damien Farinola (Netley, SA) 6-4 6-2.

Alyssa Hibberd (Sorell, TAS) and Katy O'Shea (Kalaroo, WA) defeated Teiwa Casey (Kalamunda, WA) and Jenny Le (Fairfield, NSW) 6-0 6-4 in the girls' 16/u doubles final.

OZTENNIS
10-11-2008, 01:44 AM
Good for Jason to get a win, he was the top seed for a national championship in which he was a year out of his age group. And he didn't drop a set en route to the title.

Pat Rafter did some work with him a while back and said something along the lines of 'let me tell you, this kid has got some real weapons.' Seems Rafter is impressed with him and hoping he can go all the way.

Jason is playing a G4 ITF Junior tournament in Sydney this week, he is the 7th seed.

Best of luck ;)

scotthongkong
10-11-2008, 03:42 AM
Jason looks set to have an impressive future!

Matchu
08-27-2009, 08:20 AM
Jason took out the Oceania Closed Championships in Fiji overnight. Big win for him with the likes of former champions being Bernard Tomic. Will be interesting to see if he will be able to gain an ATP point this year and how he will go at the junior slams next year.

au_sports_opinion
09-15-2009, 02:15 PM
Won through qualifying of the Darwin future. I believe will now receive his first atp points?

Matchu
09-15-2009, 11:51 PM
Won through qualifying of the Darwin future. I believe will now receive his first atp points?

No, he has to win a main draw match to get an ATP points. Plays Balakrishnan, I reckon he has a fair chance. I hope he wins.

OZTENNIS
10-24-2009, 04:36 AM
Bump!!

Since his first round loss in Darwin, Jason has lead Australia to victory in the Junior Davis Cup in Mexico, the second time we have won the title in three years.

Jason was our No.1 and he won all 5 of his singles matches in straight sets, including a 7-6 7-5 win over the British No.1 in the final.

Previously, there has only ever been one boy good enough to lead his country to victory as the No.1 player at the World Junior Team Championships and the Junior Davis Cup...and that was Rafael Nadal. Kubler led Australia to a win in the World Junior Team Championships in 2007 and this year became the second player to win the Junior Davis Cup at No.1, pretty good company, huh?

This week Jason is playing at the Grade A Osaka Mayor's Cup in Japan. He has dropped just 11 games in 4 matches to make the semi finals...including his 6-0 6-0 win in the quarter finals.

In today's semi finals, Jason plays 9th seeded Japanese Yasutaka Uchiyama. Realistically, I think Kubler has a good shot at making the final and even winning the title, thus expanding on his 20 match winning streak in junior competition (without losing a set).

In the next two weeks Jason will play in a Grade 2 ITF Junior Tournament in Thailand and a Grade B1 ITF Junior Tournament in Korea. He is currently ranked No.106 on the ITF Junior Rankings but will jump to around 60 with his results so far this week. Realistically, I can even see him making the top 20 by the end of the season.

So well done and good luck for the rest of the season :)
Keep your eyes peeled because 2010 is going to be a big year for Jason, provided he stays injury free (which inhibited him at the start of this year)

OZTENNIS
10-24-2009, 11:29 AM
Jason today won his semi final 6-3 7-5 against 9th seed Yasutaka Uchiyama.

In tomorrow's final, he faces the 18 year old 8th seed from Japan. Kubler has a good shot, his opponent has dropped 3 sets en route to the final, whilst Jason has dropped only 19 games.

scotthongkong
10-25-2009, 04:28 AM
Very impressive results i agree. Seems to be very eloquent and media savvy as well judging by the recent interview I saw with Luke Saville on the TA website.

OZTENNIS
10-25-2009, 10:02 AM
Osaka Mayor's Cup World Super Junior Tennis Championships - Osaka, Japan
Grade A, Girls Singles, Main Draw of 64
Representing Australia, Jason Kubler, seeded 11th

R1: defeated Matthais WUNNER (GER) 6/4 6/0
R2: defeated Hikaru OSHIRO (JPN) 6/2 6/4
R3: defeated Cheng-Peng HSIEH (TPE) (5) 6/0 6/1
QF: defeated Jeson PATROMBON (PHI) 6/0 6/0
SF: defeated Yasutaka UCHIYAMA (JPN) (9) 6/3 7/5
F: defeated Hiroyasu EHARA (JPN) (8) 6/0 4/6 6/2

Congratulations Jason on a memorable tournament and a wonderful win!!

With this, Kubler will soar from No.106 on the ITF Junior Rankings to No.31
Great week, great performance and good set up for rest of season and into next year :) ;)

scotthongkong
10-26-2009, 09:30 AM
Good to see these 6/0 score lines and to remember that he is much younger than most of his opposition. Let's hope he can build on it.

Audacity
10-26-2009, 01:24 PM
Good to see these 6/0 score lines and to remember that he is much younger than most of his opposition. Let's hope he can build on it.

He has always had quite a bit of muscle on him. So he has plenty of strength to compete the the older boys.

OZTENNIS
10-30-2009, 01:00 AM
Jason is in the semi finals of this week's LTA International Junior Championships in Bangkok, Thailand.

Seeded 6, Kubler was pushed to three sets in his opening match before winning 2-6 6-4 6-0. In the second round he had a dominant 6-1 6-0 win before being pushed to 3 sets in his quarter final, winning 6-3 3-6 6-3. He is now on a 25 match winning streak in juniors.

He lost his doubles semi final yesterday

n8
10-30-2009, 06:24 AM
Kubler is bringing it! Ranked 32 in juniors and not a single younger player ranked above him. I hope he enters the three Australian Futurs events starting in mid-November so he can get some men's ranking points because he's only played one Futures this year (qualified then lost first round in September). Just noticed that on his ITF profile it says his favourite surface is clay... interesting...

OZTENNIS
10-30-2009, 10:27 AM
Kubler won his semi final 7-6(6) 6-1 against 5th seed Chuhan Wang from China. In the final he has to play Yasutaka Uchiyama from Japan, the No.3 seed. Kubler beat Uchiyama in the semi finals of last week's Osaka Mayor's Cup in Japan, 6-3 7-5, so one would give him a great chance of winning his 4th consecutive ITF Junior Boy's Singles Title.

Congrats Jason, and good luck for the final :D
If he loses, he will still jump from No.32 on the ITF Junior Rankings to No.19.
If he wins he will rise a little higher to No.18.

He is entered in one final ITF Junior Tournament in South Korea next week. A win would see him soar into the top 10. A runner up position would also see him into the top 10

Audacity
10-30-2009, 12:18 PM
Really quite an amazing run. All the best for the final!

n8
11-01-2009, 02:16 AM
Jason KUBLER (6) d. defeated Yasutaka UCHIYAMA (JPN) (3) 7-6(3) 6-2!

I saw Kubler being interviewed on a youtube video. He pronounces his name Kow-bler (rhymes with low not cow).

Matchu
11-01-2009, 06:01 AM
Wow, four tournament wins in a row. 5 if you include junior davis cup. I wonder if he can win the B2 tournament in Korea next week, that would be unblievable if he does. Gotta be one of the favorites for the Australian Open juniors next year now. Will be interesting to see if he gets in qualy wildcards into either Brisbane or Aussie Open.

Keep it up Jason try and catch Bernard.

Audacity
11-01-2009, 12:32 PM
Go Jason!

n8
11-05-2009, 07:38 AM
This Asian/Oceania Closed Championships 2009 in Korea is a B1 tournament. B1 events are worth 180 ranking points for winning. Kubler currently has 650 points with a 6th best result of 20 points. Therefore, if he wins he will gain 160 points, bringing his total to 810. That many points will place him at number 4 in the Junior world rankings! Please let me know if I'm mistaken.

Kubler is currently in the Round of 16; only four more wins to go!

OZTENNIS
11-05-2009, 02:16 PM
Jason won his third round match 6-0 6-2 against 14th seed Sumeet Shinde from India. Impressive scoreline.

Tomorrow in the quarter finals he faces Ben McLachlan (No.8 seed) from New Zealand. Should win that as well.

By making the quarter finals Kubler will rise from No.17 to No.12 on the ITF Junior Rankings. If he makes the semi finals he will be tied 11th. If he makes the final he will be No.6. And if he wins the title, yes he will be No.4.

Pretty amazing to think he could be in the top 10 when only a fortnight ago he was No.106

Dund
11-06-2009, 01:23 AM
Whats this kids game like, in comparison to an established senior player? The way he is going, sound like he could shoot ahead of Tomic, who seems to be developing a bit more slowly recently with his movement issues and growing.

n8
11-06-2009, 11:20 AM
Kubler wins again! And he isn't just winning, he is thrashing his opponents:
64 W Chel Tae Gong KANG (KOR) 6-0 6-2
32 W Ki-Hoon KIM (KOR) 6-4 6-1
16 W (14)Sumeet SHINDE (IND) 6-0 6-2
QF W (5)Ben MCLACHLAN (NZL) 6-3 6-1
S vs. (6) Chuhan WANG

Matchu
11-07-2009, 06:32 AM
Whats this kids game like, in comparison to an established senior player? The way he is going, sound like he could shoot ahead of Tomic, who seems to be developing a bit more slowly recently with his movement issues and growing.

He is a grinder from the back of the court, from what I've heard his game is very similar to Rafa Nadal's. His favorite surface is clay as well and he has a two handed backhand. I think Jason is still very far behind Tomic when you take into account that Bernard has won a grand slam match and a challenger title and Jason hasn't even won a professional seniors main draw match (not that I don't think that is going to change very soon).

If you look at our juniors we've got Bernard, Jason and Luke all doing very well for their age. Lets just hope all three can play on the seniors circuit and bring us back the Davis Cup!

n8
11-07-2009, 12:18 PM
Semi-finals of B1 event in Korea:

Jason KUBLER (AUS) (3) d. Chuhan WANG (CHN) (6) 6-3 4-6 6-1

Someone actually took a set off Kubler but our boy romped it home 6-1 in the third. In the final Kubler plays 4th seed Yasutaka UCHIYAMA (JPN) who's won 15 of his last 17 junior matches (both losses coming against Kubler) as well as reaching the quarters of a futures last month and getting his first ATP points in the process. Uchiyama and Kubler have been the two standouts of the junior Asian swing in the last few weeks. Kubler won both finished events while Uchiyama has only lost to Kubler (in the semis and final). Both times they played were similar scorelines: 6-3 7-5 and 7-6(3) 6-2.

Personally, I don't think the junior ranking system is the greatest. For example, the winner of this tournament will receive the same amount of points as a Grand Slam runner-up. Nevertheless it will be an awesome achievement if Kubler wins the final and breaks the world top 5.

Audacity
11-07-2009, 01:09 PM
Impressive stuff. Take it home, Jason!

n8
11-08-2009, 10:04 AM
Final of Asian/Oceania Closed Championships 2009:

Jason KUBLER (AUS) (3) d. Yasutaka UCHIYAMA (JPN) (4) 6-2 6-4

Great stuff Kubler! Conquered the juniors (5 straight titles including Grade A and B1 + junior Davis Cup), now go get some ATP ranking points.

Kubler is on the entry list for both the Australia F9 and F10. The F9 starts on November 16, so it's only one week off. With no ATP ranking points as yet, Kubler will have to play qualifying unless given wildcards. Personally I think authorities would be crazy not to give Kubler at least one wildcard given his recent success.

Audacity
11-08-2009, 11:45 AM
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petar_pan
11-08-2009, 12:40 PM
bernard is away ahead of kubler.

jmf07
11-09-2009, 01:35 AM
Tomic may be ahead of him at the moment but Kubler's improvement this year has been greater than Tomic's.

petar_pan
11-09-2009, 10:57 AM
Tomic may be ahead of him at the moment but Kubler's improvement this year has been greater than Tomic's.

that is not true. bernard won US Open and played in semis on Wimbledon this season. what did this guy do on majors?
bernard won challenger (3rd youngiest champion ever) and raised to top 300 this season. what did this guy do in seniors? he hasn't MD win. and he is younger only 7 months. bernard won challenger before 8 months. where is kubler's challeneger? also tomic has Australian Apen title and one more semis in Wimbledon (and quaters in RG) from last year.
kubler is very good but if you want to compare him with bernard he needs to have one junior grand slam at least. he has not.
i know you are in euphory because of new young promise but need to be realistic.

jmf07
11-10-2009, 12:06 AM
If Tomic played Kubler right now Tomic would almost be a certainty to win. All I am saying is that at the beginning of the year after the Aus Open and Melbourne Challenger I think everyone thought Bernard was going to go on and make great inroads on the senior tour but his results have definitely been below expectations. As for the GS well I think he was already capable of that prior to this year. In 2008 he won an Aus Open, made QF of French Open and the SF of Wimbledon. This year he won the US Open, made R16 at the French and made the SF of Wimbledon.

Compare that to Kubler who has made massive improvements on the junior tour. Just look at his ranking. At the beginning of the year he couldn't get past the first round of top quality junior tournaments such as the Nottinghill International and Australian Open but now 10 months on he would head into these tournaments as one of the favourites if not the favourite.

petar_pan
11-10-2009, 03:29 PM
i will repeat: tomic is away ahead of kubler.

n8
11-11-2009, 02:57 AM
It's official; Kubler is now #4 in the world junior rankings. If you just count the six best results of this year (plus doubles), then Kubler is second only to Roland Garros boys champ Daniel Berta.

OZTENNIS
11-11-2009, 08:48 AM
Why has this dissolved into a Tomic vs Kubler debate?

As Petar Pan says, Tomic has done way more than Jason has at the present time. You simply can't compare them at the moment.

But IMO, Kubler has more talent that Tomic and in the long run, he could end up the better player

At the end of October, Kubler's junior ranking was 106, he is now No.4...pretty impressive stuff :yeah:

petar_pan
11-11-2009, 12:10 PM
Why has this dissolved into a Tomic vs Kubler debate?

As Petar Pan says, Tomic has done way more than Jason has at the present time. You simply can't compare them at the moment.

But IMO, Kubler has more talent that Tomic and in the long run, he could end up the better player

At the end of October, Kubler's junior ranking was 106, he is now No.4...pretty impressive stuff :yeah:


kubler has really great jump.but you said you didn't watch any kubler's match. how do you know he is more talented than bernard?
and you forgott one boig thing: self-confidence. tennis is all about self-confidence.
tomic has that alot. just loook in his FUCKING UNBELIEVBLE AMAZING TB record in seniors (and he played last TB as 16 old boy).
i am pretty sure tomic is more talented but even is he is not he is great prospect and has great head so he will achieve more.

Audacity
11-11-2009, 12:33 PM
I don't think it is a competition between who's the more talented player. Just appreciate the good results Kubler is having.

OZTENNIS
11-12-2009, 12:08 AM
kubler has really great jump.but you said you didn't watch any kubler's match. how do you know he is more talented than bernard?
and you forgott one boig thing: self-confidence. tennis is all about self-confidence.
tomic has that alot. just loook in his FUCKING UNBELIEVBLE AMAZING TB record in seniors (and he played last TB as 16 old boy).
i am pretty sure tomic is more talented but even is he is not he is great prospect and has great head so he will achieve more.

I grew up playing against and watching them both. So I think I am pretty well qualified to 'judge' who is the more naturally talented player.

What makes you think Jason has less self confidence than Tomic? Just because he hasn't achieved anything on the main tour yet means he has no less self confidence...

Jason has a big forehand, a great serve, a solid backhand and good movement. He really rips the ball. Tomic on the other hand has a great backhand, a potentially strong forehand, a powerful first serve (but not much of a second) and average movement. All in all, I would say that Bernard's clear edges are in his tactical play and his experience

OZTENNIS
11-12-2009, 12:10 AM
I don't think it is a competition between who's the more talented player. Just appreciate the good results Kubler is having.

I agree.
It will be interesting to see how Jason goes in the WA futures.
I think TA will also invite him to play the AO Playoff in December.

I expect AT LEAST a qualifying wildcard for the Brisbane International. Depending on how he goes in the next few seniors events, he will also get a qualifying wildcard for the AO

Matchu
11-12-2009, 03:26 AM
I agree.
It will be interesting to see how Jason goes in the WA futures.
I think TA will also invite him to play the AO Playoff in December.

I expect AT LEAST a qualifying wildcard for the Brisbane International. Depending on how he goes in the next few seniors events, he will also get a qualifying wildcard for the AO

He will get wildcards into both WA futures and Bendigo future and unless he draws seeds everytime I can't see him not gaining an ATP point at one of the three futures events. He will definetly be playing the AO playoffs thats for sure.

As for Brisbane one of the maindraw wildcards is definetly going to Bernard, I'd say it is fairly likely Carsten Ball will get one of them and the last one could go to an international player with not a very high ranking like Baghdatis last year but they do like to promote Queensland players at the Brisbane International so perhaps Kubler being born and raised in Brisbane will get him over the line in that respect. I certainly hope they give it to him, not that I think he will win a round though considering the strong field that is going to show up.

As for the Australian Open there is no way they could not give him a qualifying wildcard, if you look into it we have 5 wildcards for Australian players. Chris Guccione will get one, Carsten Ball will get one, Bernard Tomic will get one and after that it is guesses between Matosevic, Groth, Jones, Klein. I would say unless Jason wins one of the upcoming futures then he will not get a main draw wildcard but I think that is a good thing when you consider he will most likely play a less advanced player in the qualy draw and has a good chance to gain some points.

I'm going to predict that next year Jason will have a fairly big result at the Australian Open if not win and will spend most of the rest of the year playing future tournaments around Europe and the US while playing all four Grand Slams in the juniors before returning to Australia this time next year with a similar ranking to Bernard now and then he will be in line for a Australian Open main draw wildcard.

Audacity
11-13-2009, 12:10 PM
It all depends how Kubler does over the next month or 2 on the futures circuit. If he plays well, I suspect he will get a wildcard. He plays at the Esperance International in Western Australia next week.

n8
11-14-2009, 03:31 AM
Kulber is NOT in the qualifying draw for the Australia F9 (http://www.itftennis.com/mens/tournaments/drawsheetbyround.asp?event=1100115618&tournament=1100020621) so I think that means he's gotten a main draw wild card :).

smile
11-15-2009, 04:43 AM
wildcards for F9 are Kubler, Look, Szabo, Chaplin

n8
11-15-2009, 09:40 PM
wildcards for F9 are Kubler, Look, Szabo, Chaplin

Good to have confirmed. I was wondering, how do you know? I believe you but would just like to know your source for future reference.

smile
11-16-2009, 08:23 AM
know some of the guys playing in the tournament:)

n8
11-16-2009, 12:21 PM
know some of the guys playing in the tournament:)

Cool!

Kubler got a so-so draw. 1st round is Dane Propoggia, the highest ranked player not seeded. If he wins that he's probably got 5th seed Smeets and then top seed Klein in the quarters. At least he didn't get a seed of the bat.

Statistical aside: given the players in the draw and results going to seeding, it was impossible that he could have drawn higher ranked players in the first three rounds.
1st round: Highest ranked player not seeded
2nd round: 5th seed
Quarters: 1st seed

jmf07
11-16-2009, 03:40 PM
In terms of trying to progress to the SF it isn't a good draw but it should be a good guide as to where he is at on the pro tour with players of varying ability in his quarter.

n8
11-17-2009, 12:08 AM
In terms of trying to progress to the SF it isn't a good draw but it should be a good guide as to where he is at on the pro tour with players of varying ability in his quarter.

You're right. Each round gets markedly more difficult in terms of the ranking of his opponent (assuming results go to seeding), so it will be a great way to see where he is at.

I just really hope he wins his first round so the pressure is off him to get a senior ranking.

Audacity
11-17-2009, 01:26 AM
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petar_pan
11-17-2009, 08:27 PM
somebody said he knows tomic and kubler and can say who is bigger prospect. and the same guy said that tomic is arrogant.
yes he knows them but it is obvious he doesn't like bernard so he is not objective and we can't believe to his opinion.

jmf07
11-18-2009, 02:11 AM
somebody said he knows tomic and kubler and can say who is bigger prospect. and the same guy said that tomic is arrogant.
yes he knows them but it is obvious he doesn't like bernard so he is not objective and we can't believe to his opinion.


If you don't have anything positive to say about Kubler can you just leave the thread please. It is ridiculous that you are trying to hijack this thread just because you love Bernard. Far out you should appreciate this guy because one day he and Bernard might win the Davis Cup and without him Bernard may not be able to do it. As for saying we can't believe Oztennis' opinion you are kidding aren't you? And your opinion is way more biased as evident by the way you worship Tomic.

n8
11-18-2009, 11:29 AM
We'll have to wait another day to see if Kubler gets an ATP ranking point: 4-4 Played and abandoned!

petar_pan
11-18-2009, 12:36 PM
If you don't have anything positive to say about Kubler can you just leave the thread please. It is ridiculous that you are trying to hijack this thread just because you love Bernard. Far out you should appreciate this guy because one day he and Bernard might win the Davis Cup and without him Bernard may not be able to do it. As for saying we can't believe Oztennis' opinion you are kidding aren't you? And your opinion is way more biased as evident by the way you worship Tomic.

no,no, man, i don't have anything against kubler just i am trying to say it is stupid to say he is better than tomic and we see tomic has much more good results. whole world saying tomic is the best junior. my opinio0n is biased on reality.
and this oztennis isn't objective about tomic because he doesn't like him.
i think australia always should to have top players because of history of australian tennis.
i would be really happy if this guy reach top 10.
tomic will be number 1 absolutely, believe me.

Audacity
11-19-2009, 12:32 AM
C'mon Koobs!

Quiet Confidence
11-19-2009, 12:40 AM
We'll have to wait another day to see if Kubler gets an ATP ranking point: 4-4 Played and abandoned!

Anyone know where I can find live (or at least semi-regularly updated) scores for Esperance? Do I have to wait for info on the ITF & TA sites?

Bring it Kubler!

n8
11-19-2009, 05:36 AM
Anyone know where I can find live (or at least semi-regularly updated) scores for Esperance? Do I have to wait for info on the ITF & TA sites?

Bring it Kubler!

Welcome to the forums. I'm wondering the same thing but am doubtful. I think those two sites are the only way to go at Futures level but would happily be corrected.

Rae777
11-19-2009, 08:21 AM
They are updating regularly here https://twitter.com/oztennisresults

n8
11-19-2009, 09:54 AM
They are updating regularly here https://twitter.com/oztennisresults

Thanks lots for the link!

Kubler lost but it was very close: Dane Propoggia (NSW) d Jason Kubler (QLD) 7-6(3) 6-7(4) 7-5

Better luck next week Jason.

Audacity
11-19-2009, 10:57 AM
Good effort Koobs.

Quiet Confidence
11-19-2009, 09:25 PM
They are updating regularly here https://twitter.com/oztennisresults

Thanks for the info.

Looks like a hard fought match. It's a steep learning curve from here on in, but still, a perfectly creditable score for Kubler. All winning steak pressure is now off, so he can just do what he does best.

smile
11-21-2009, 09:26 AM
Wildcards for Kalgoorlie are Kubler, Bolt, Szabo, Leeder-Chard

n8
11-21-2009, 10:03 AM
Wildcards for Kalgoorlie are Kubler, Bolt, Szabo, Leeder-Chard

Good to know. Thanks.

n8
11-23-2009, 06:10 AM
Kubler got last week's F9 semi-finalist and number five seed Smeets in the 1st round of the F10.

Quiet Confidence
11-23-2009, 07:22 AM
It's all experience, but yes a tough draw.

Audacity
11-25-2009, 05:19 AM
Smeets beat Jason 6-1 2-6 6-1. Unusual scoreline.

n8
11-26-2009, 04:52 AM
Smeets beat Jason 6-1 2-6 6-1. Unusual scoreline.

It was a weird scoreline, especially for a non-clay match. Kubler missed out on a ranking point this last fortnight but at least he pushed both his matches to three sets.

n8
11-27-2009, 11:30 AM
Wildcards for Kalgoorlie are Kubler, Bolt, Szabo, Leeder-Chard

Please let us know if Kubler completes the hatrick of wildcards at the F11. Thanks! :D

Perhaps it will be better for him to play the qualies though :shrug:

Audacity
11-27-2009, 04:13 PM
Perhaps it will be better for him to play the qualies though :shrug:

I think so too. It's always good for the confidence to get some wins under your belt before playing the MD.

jmf07
11-28-2009, 02:54 AM
His Qualifying Draw for Bendigo.

PHILLIPS, Robert (AUS) 3 vs BYE
TROWER, Robert (AUS) vs HARVEY, Luke Immanuel (AUS)
CHAPLIN, Jarryd (AUS) vs SZABO, Jordan (AUS)
BARCLAY, David (AUS) vs KUBLER, Jason (AUS)

Kubler should qualify. Barclay should be a breeze, Szabo has a bit of promise and could be dangerous if he beats Chaplin. If he gets to the final round he would most likely face Robert Phillips who is 27 and has a career high ranking of 958 so it is a matchup Jason would be expected to win.

jmf07
11-30-2009, 03:41 AM
Lost in the second round of qualies to Chaplin

n8
11-30-2009, 11:40 AM
Lost in the second round of qualies to Chaplin

Given Kubler's mega success in juniors, his performance in F9,F10 and F11 was disappointing. Ah well, a few losses doesn't negate his excellent spring (well, we are mostly southern-hemisphere people in this thread). He also would have been fatigued from playing so many matches in late October early November.

jmf07
12-05-2009, 03:09 AM
His next tournament will be the Under 18 titles where he will probably start favourite. A win there would give him entry to the Wildcard playoff and a wildcard into the AO Qualies draw.

ace ventura
12-05-2009, 11:38 AM
favorite for 18s ? thats a lot of pressure when just last week, he lost lost to another junior isn't it.
Who else is playing the 18s, any one know the seeds ?,

good for Kubler when he does win it,
good for all TAs investment into this young group...

Wouldnt Sean Berman be a favorite too, saw he played under USA in Futures last week, yet playing under vic ? for 18s, how does that work,,, heard he is ok too
would be good to see him and Kubler play.

jmf07
12-07-2009, 12:58 AM
I think Kubler would be the slight favourite. He is the world number four junior against what is effectively a junior field. I don't know if anyone in this field would have done better than what he did against Propoggia and Smeets although his loss last week was pretty bad against Chaplin who didn't get through the qualies of this tournament.

As for Berman I'm not too sure although his results do seem decent and he has drawn the same group as Kubler. A wierd history with him being born in South Africa then moving to New Zealand and now representing USA but playing in Australian championships.

I also think Ben Mitchell has a great chance.

ace ventura
12-07-2009, 10:06 AM
Yeah well junior itf ranking must hold more weight to TA than ATP Ranking as jason moved from NO 10 spot on list to being seeded 1 above all who hold ATP Ranking...
They announced this at the player meeting the night before tournament started. Very strange move, not very fair if you ask me on rest of field when acceptances were done on ATP.

Will be interesting what they pull on the mens play off now when you see this.

Anyhow hopefully Kubler does well, and that it is good tennis thats the most importantt thing for Aus tennis, but there are plenlty who could do well, Hoh , Eames, Barton, Chaplin ,Sanders, Saville, Berman, it will be interesting, Barker , Stoker out injured I think.

n8
12-10-2009, 11:52 AM
Video of Kubler playing @ tennis.com.au (http://www.tennis.com.au/pages/News.aspx?id=4&pageId=11478&HandlerId=2&archive=false&newsid=6509). From 1:20 to 1:50. Watch him hit two serves, four forehands, two backhands and a backhand volley.

Quiet Confidence
12-12-2009, 03:32 AM
Optus 18s Aust Boys Singles Final: [1] Jason Kubler (QLD) d [4] Benjamin Mitchell (QLD) 6-3 6-1 (1hr 2mins) :worship: Well done! Worthy of the No.1 seed.:worship:

ace ventura
12-12-2009, 07:31 AM
Optus 18s Aust Boys Singles Final: [1] Jason Kubler (QLD) d [4] Benjamin Mitchell (QLD) 6-3 6-1 (1hr 2mins) :worship: Well done! Worthy of the No.1 seed.:worship:

Well done to Kubler , and great to see him get the w/c for mens play off, mind you thought the w/c into mens play off was only for the winner, yet all that made semis got them ,,,,, so why have to play off TA ?

jmf07
12-12-2009, 03:24 PM
Well done to Kubler , and great to see him get the w/c for mens play off, mind you thought the w/c into mens play off was only for the winner, yet all that made semis got them ,,,,, so why have to play off TA ?

:lol: happened last year as well.

Good for Kubler and hopefully he can hold his own in the playoff.

Matchu
12-14-2009, 01:01 PM
Nice to see Jason carry his 18s form into the playoff with a 6-1 2-6 6-3 win over Kaden Hensel, who has been solid on the future circuit this year. Jason will play James Duckworth tommorow and if he can pick up a win he should advance to the quarters of the playoff.

Really hoping Jason can make quarters in a tough group and show he is legit at this level.

jmf07
12-14-2009, 01:30 PM
Great win and should make the Quarters now with his next two opponents being Duckworth and an out of sorts Klein.

Audacity
12-16-2009, 04:22 AM
Went down to Klein 6-3 7-6. Very scrappy match.

n8
12-16-2009, 12:03 PM
It's a shame he missed out but perhaps it is better for him to play the Australian Open qualies next year instead. It'll be a good chance for him to get an ATP ranking. I know that's how Tomic got his first ranking points almost two years ago. Tomic got to play the Australian Open at 16 and even got a win but he was extremely fortunate with his draw and was more progressed at the time having won the Australian Open juniors a year earlier.

Great year Kubler and I still think he can have a great Australian summer (already a good one after his u18 win). I think he should have a real shot at the Australian Open juniors.

save ausdecline
12-16-2009, 12:50 PM
ur right Stat Racket. dont want kubler to be embarrased on the world stage. to go through qualies will be invaluable for his development.

Quiet Confidence
12-16-2009, 11:01 PM
There's no rush. Remember Kubler is 16. I'd rather see him progress slowly over the next couple of years in favour of longer term sustained top 100 success. Frankly I think he has the potential to go even further, but rushing him now as an Aussie pin-up boy is not going to help anyone. Hopefully his "people" and TA will keep cool heads.:cool:

Audacity
12-18-2009, 08:49 AM
Your spot on StatRacket. These last few weeks have been awesome experience for him, regardless of the results. It's only going to help his development - and should do him well in the Junior AO.

OZTENNIS
12-24-2009, 12:12 AM
Kubler has been given a main draw wildcard!!

http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-sport/molik-and-tomic-receive-open-wildcards-20091224-ldxs.html

Tenys4ever
12-24-2009, 04:41 AM
Tell me this is a joke! So much for not pushing too fast! No doubting that the kid is going to be good but he doesn't have a ATP point! What is going on with TA? YOu gotta feel for the other older players that have had a great year. I can feel another Donald Young happening.... what a joke.

jmf07
12-24-2009, 04:54 AM
Kubler won't develop into another Donald Young. There are so many differences between them with the key ones being the attitude and work ethic. I would have chosen other players ahead of Kubler as well but the other ones still have a chance to qualify.

ace ventura
12-24-2009, 09:36 AM
Have to agree with Tenys4 Eva.... isnt this kid 16 ?

Isnt it Tennis Australia , and the Davis Cup coaches who say they don't want to get carried away ????

Didn't James Duckworth age 17 beat him. At least then give him a go if so desperate on this youth policy, but to jump Ebden who has had such a great Pro circuit, ( the reason the rewarded Molik ) wheres the youth policy there ?
Hensel, Millman, Marinko , Ried, ,Klein the list goes on... sorry to the other good players I missed... so many of them.

Huge call by Woodbridge.

. What do you earn for a first round ?

Tenys4ever
12-24-2009, 11:54 AM
I would have chosen other players ahead of Kubler as well but the other ones still have a chance to qualify.

Don't know Kubler well enough - you obviously have more insight into him. However, i believe he should pay his dues - i believe he should fight his way through qualies at the very least - why are we giving him this gift at such a young age? He doesn't have any atp points - i am sure he is a talented "junior" player. Fantastic. Why this mad panic to accelerate him when there are other more worthy "senior" players who have proven themselves over and over again this year. Sorry jmf07 i often agree with you - but feel TA have really put one over the other boys. I am sure there are many boys out there tonight who are furious and I agree, rightly so!

Audacity
12-24-2009, 11:56 AM
Not liking this decision by TA. They could have given Jason a qualifying wildcard, and someone else more deserving a MD WC.

scotthongkong
12-24-2009, 12:23 PM
How is Matt Ebden feeling tonight I wonder?

ace ventura
12-24-2009, 12:44 PM
Not liking this decision by TA. They could have given Jason a qualifying wildcard, and someone else more deserving a MD WC.

Couldn't agree more,
The thing that really bothers and worries me is Tennis Australia seem to think ATP rankings count fro nothing. Yes Qually who ever they want
but surely players who spend the time and effort getting their own asses around the world to get their points are being highly disrespected in this country.
It seems if some one is not ranked Tennis Australia will get them ranked by W/C gifts if it suits them.
I can not see this country ever having depth again when they do this sort of thing.
It is very deflating to the players who have had to go out and earn their own rankings going through Qually if they need to.

TA state that Kubler has a great attitude and work ethic, well so do a lot of players, and in fact some players might come across as having
a shit house attitude , but that is on " personal judgment ", why must tennis players have a personality Tennis Australia approve of ?

Isn't it ever enough that a player is a good player. earns his own points etc anymore. Must we for ever be in the search or prediction of the next great player and had them it all on silver platters .... If you ask me we will never have player while this goes on.

This is deflating to all players in Australia right now. What must one do to EARN their way ?
I wouldn't be suprised if by next year we have a 15 year old getting the W/ C it seems to be getting more ridiculous each year the past four years.

yeah JFM the " others have a CHANCE to Qually "

Thats weird statement if you ask me !!!

but does that statment make it right , so is Kubler " too good " to have to Qually.

If it is the experience which TA say will be good for him why not make him Qually then he might have the " chance " of more than one match at the AO.

I can not see one good reason why this is good for ANYONE. Other than the prize money which is a huge gift. Or maybe it could help to give Kubler an edge with publicity for the Aus Oepn juniors ?

ace ventura
12-24-2009, 12:48 PM
How is Matt Ebden feeling tonight I wonder?

The country is feeling it for a lot of players tonight I am sure....

jmf07
12-24-2009, 02:23 PM
By no means do I agree with giving Kubler a maindraw wildcard ahead of others (there are probably about 10) but I was refering to the comparison between him and Donald Young and how he won't develop into another Donald Young. I think it is a poor decison by TA to expose him to this level so early and could do his development alot of harm eg. what happens if he draws a big name on centre court and gets thumped in front of a packed arena with a large television audience.

I don't think the other guys should get too hung up about it. We saw from last year that Tennis Australia are like this. The last two wildcards could have gone to a heap of players and out of them it is fair to say that none were certain of getting one and all were probably planning on going through qualies anyway. Sure there would have been a part of them thinking maybe I might get one but so were a number of other players. Perhaps they were more entitled than Kubler but none were certainities and if they thought they were they were kidding themselves.

Matchu
12-24-2009, 03:09 PM
Ok we could moan and bitch about this for hours but the fact is Kubler has the WC and that will not change. Bernard/Brydan doing well (better than Lleyton) at last years AO would be a big thing for this decision I would say. Last year Peter Luczak was not handed any wildcards into any Aussie events which in retrospect could be said was a bad decision but TA did it and they are going to keep pushing this.

Obviously Tomic and Kubler are the two big big players TA are going to keep on trying to really develop and Tomic has really lead the way for Kubler in a lot of respects. I dont expect Kubler to win a round at the AO, hes almost a definite starter for Brisbane now and probably will even get a quali WC into Sydney. The biggest thing for Kubler tho is having a very strong showing at the Aus Open juniors and gaining the number one junior ranking. If he does both this summer he will get entry into any future tournament in the world that he wants to play (junior exempt) and should have quite a good year.

I can honestly see the exact same thing happening in 2011 with Luke Saville. Luke will probably play AO qualies this year which is probably the better way to approach the situation, and that was the way Bernard went. Bernard got quali WC into AO 2008 then main draw WC in 2009 where as Kubler is just going straight into MD which is questionable but I think he wont get completely embarassed and should really help him for 2011.

ace ventura
12-24-2009, 09:00 PM
Yeah your right Matchu we could bitch and moan forever.....

I will just be very interested to see where we are as nation in the second week of the Aus Open, since Tennis Australia have been under Tiley and now Woodbridge, determined to put all their eggs, chairs, tables , hats, kia cars, coaches , publicity and tax payers money, into a hand full of juniors...

I guess since they have chosen to manage so few players this is the way it will be

For the rest of the players I hope they win tatts... get good sports agents and own a newspaper.... then their results might count for something too.

ace ventura
12-24-2009, 09:49 PM
This years Wimbledon last 8.

Federer 28 years old.
Hewitt 28 years old.
Roddick 27 years old
Murray 22 years old
Djokovic 22 years old
Ferrero 29 years old
Karlovic 30 years old
Haas 31 years old

jmf07
12-25-2009, 01:35 AM
The main concern here is if he draws one of the big six and gets absolutely hammered (which is a big possibility) it won't help him at all. How is a sixteen year old going to cope being embarrassed in front of such a large audience most of whom are unaware as to the enormity of his junior achievements and will remember him after the match as the boy who got thumped. The tennis court will be one of the last places he wants to be. It is simply way too early and there is just as much danger of doing harm to his career than there is of it being good.

n8
12-25-2009, 02:00 AM
I'm glad there has been such a backlash when Kubler received a wild card. I bet they thought 'Tomic was only 16 and won a match so why not Kubler'. The answer to this is many things including Tomic had already won the junior Australian Open a year earlier. I think Kubler would have really benefited by playing the qualies and TA have actually prevented him from that. I just hope he gets a very easy draw so he's not embarrassed.

Tenys4ever
12-25-2009, 08:14 AM
If everybody pretty well thinks this kid is going to get absolutely spankied out there then tell me why TA would do it to him? As jmf07 said there are boys out there who have played there heart out all year in Futures, Challengers etc in the hope that their efforts at the end of the year will be rewarded. How would they be feeling now, Jones, Ebden etc. I am at a loss to understand why TA regard this level of player as washed up. As shown by aceventura stats above these boys are far from being washed up.

And for Kubler to be given the ultimate prize above these boys must be heartbreaking for them. Ta are a joke - besides the financial remuneration that that mD wc gives them - i guess if they are ais players TA get to keep their half as well!

The boys who thought they were in the mix for the MD WC must be shaking their heads - and next he will definitely get into Brisbane and maybe Sydney. The boy has been given a wc into two futures and had to qualify for another one and hasn't one a round and lost to Chaplin.

My god, where is TIley adn woodbridge taking us too....

Anyway bad luck you boys who missed out - fight back with your racquets - look at Lindahl's gutsy effort against Tomic - wow - i just thought - i wonder if he would have received a MD WC if he had lost that match. No doubt Kubler was predetermined.

scotthongkong
12-25-2009, 11:44 AM
I hope Jason does well. I really do but I cant help about thinking about a few years and a certain young lady named Oliva Luk.........something who was blooded at 15 and drew Henin. She had the dubious distinction of being hammered 6/0 6/0 in both the Seniors and the Juniors and shortly after fell of the radar. Jason has proven himself in the Juniors so the same will not be true in his case, but my point remains that it can be counter productive to try and bring these people on before they are ready.

ace ventura
12-25-2009, 12:30 PM
yeah I hope jason does well too,even though I don't agree with it, I cant attack him personally for it.
What makes me totally sick about Tennis Australia is there predictaions are always at the expense of so many other players.
In 2006, Tiley was quoted as saying Tomic , Verryth and Holland were all potential top 20 players... Wheres Verryths main draw w/c three years on at 18 if Tiley is so willing to stand up and promote so few tennis players.
As now only three years on the band wagon is on Tomic and kubler....
This is why I believe this W/C selection should be done on mens results for a mens main Draw w/c. yes Kubler did great this year in juniors but so have so many others.
Pat Nichols, Steve donald was junior itf 4 in the world, and the list goes on of so much talent in juniors now not playing at all.
I sincerely think TA have lost the plot, the definition of madness is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.
I thought there purpose for our country might have been to have depth.
Isn't the soul Leyton , enough to prove how important that is.
I just do not get it.

Matchu
12-25-2009, 01:45 PM
I sincerely think TA have lost the plot, the definition of madness is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.
I thought there purpose for our country might have been to have depth.


This comment stands out for me because if we look at the Australian Open Aussie WCs results over the last 10 years:

2000
Todd Woodbridge - aged 28 that year, reached the second round.
Dejan Petrovic - aged 22 that year, knocked out in the first round.
Joe Sirianni - aged 25 that year, knocked out in the first round.
Mark Woodforde - aged 35 that year, knocked out in the second round.
Michael Hill - aged 26 that year, knocked out in the second round.
James Sekulov - aged 24 that year, knocked out in the second round.
Scott Draper - aged 26 that year, knocked out in the first round.

2001
Dejan Petrovic - aged 23 that year, knocked out in the first round.
Todd Woodbridge - aged 29 that year, knocked out in the first round.
Alun Jones - aged 21 that year, knocked out in the first round.
Todd Perry - aged 25 that year, knocked out in the first round.
Scott Draper - aged 27 that year, knocked out in the first round.

2002
Jaymon Crabb - aged 24 that year, knocked out in the first round.
Todd Reid - aged 18 that year, knocked out in the first round.
Richard Fromberg - aged 32 that year, knocked out in the first round.
Todd Larkham - aged 28 that year, knocked out in the first round.
Scott Draper - aged 28 that year, knocked out in the first round.

2003
Todd Larkham - aged 29 that year, knocked out in the second round.
Joe Sirianni - aged 28 that year, knocked out in the second round.
Todd Reid - aged 19 that year, knocked out in the first round.
Andrew Ilie - aged 27 that year, knocked out in the first round.
Ryan Henry - aged 19 that year, knocked out in the first round.
Peter Luczak - aged 24 that year, knocked out in the third round.

2004
Todd Larkham - aged 30 that year, knocked out in the first round.
Chris Guccione - aged 19 that year, knocked out in the second round.
Alun Jones - aged 24 that year, knocked out in the first round.
Wayne Arthurs - aged 33 that year, knocked out in the second round.
Peter Luczak - aged 25 that year, knocked out in the first round.
Todd Reid - aged 20 that year, knocked out in the third round.

2005
Paul Baccanello - aged 26 that year, knocked out in the first round.
Todd Reid - aged 21 that year, knocked out in the first round.
Peter Luczak - aged 26 that year, knocked out in the first round.
Marc Kimmich - aged 22 that year, knocked out in the first round.
Chris Guccione - aged 20 that year, knocked out in the first round.
Nathan Healey - aged 25 that year, knocked out in the second round.

2006
Peter Luczak - aged 27 that year, knocked out in the third round.
Nathan Healey aged 26 that year, knocked out in the third round.
Mark Philippoussis - aged 30 that year, knocked out in the first round.
Marc Kimmich - aged 23 that year, knocked out in the first round.
Chris Guccione aged 21 that year, knocked out in the first round.

2007
Wayne Arthurs - aged 36 that year, knocked out in the third round.
Alun Jones - aged 27 that year, knocked out in the first round.
Chris Guccione - aged 22 that year, knocked out in the first round.
Robert Smeets - aged 22 that year, knocked out in the second round.

2008
Joe Sirriani - aged 33 that year, knocked out in the first round.
Robert Smeets - aged 23 that year, knocked out in the first round.
Peter Luczak - aged 29 that year, knocked out in the second round.
Alun Jones - aged 28 that year, knocked out in the second round.
Nick Lindahl - aged 20 that year, knocked out in the first round.
Brydan Klein - aged 19 that year, knocked out in the first round.

2009
Colin Ebelthite - aged 25 that year, knocked out in the first round.
Carsten Ball - aged 22 that year, knocked out in the first round.
Samuel Groth - aged 22 that year, knocked out in the first round.
Bernard Tomic - aged 17 that year, knocked out in the second round.
Brydan Klein - aged 20 that year, knocked out in the second round.

You can see that giving wildcards to "best" players (people with the highest rankings) wasn't really working. In the last ten years no Australian wildcard has made it passed the third round. Changing things this year and giving wildcards to only player under the age of 23 (with the exception of Ebelthite)is something I would commend TA for because obviously giving people in their thirties a wildcard has next to no long term benefits.

It's very likely in ten years time Bernard Tomic and Jason Kubler will still be playing the Australian Open main draw and who knows maybe one of them might even win before then.

ace ventura
12-25-2009, 08:06 PM
Ok Matchu, yes good point how ever Luczac is in top 100.
Now it would be interesting to write how many juniors have been touted the next big thing, and how many of them even play any more.

That while this above may not be working, what round do you think kubler will make this year .
What about the players between 16 and 22, are you saying all of them couldn't improve over a couple of years also if they gave this w/c to one of them.
I till think there is a lot of players older than 16, who could be dong stuff over the next four years had they the chance.

Kubler does not have one ATP point, has had very little experience on the mens tour at all.
Now will be playing main draw at AO, who knows could be on centre court like Tomic last year.

Big Call.

ace ventura
12-25-2009, 08:24 PM
Matchu why do you say with the exception of Ebelthite.
Also your research does not show how some of these players have still improved a lot , even though they lost first round
after getting w/cs.
Mcenzie won 18s play off last year, Verryth got qually into brisbane, did well in melbourne, and many 18- 23 got qually into aus open, last year wouldn't it make sense to progress those players who still have time to do well also, rather than start with 16 year olds for main draw. ? Maybe research the juniors who were going to be our next big thing as well.
Why does it have to be one extreme to another.? Stick with players longer term, not keep touting one or two. That is risky on that history too.
TA need to find stability and middle ground.

ace ventura
12-25-2009, 08:41 PM
Tomic proved t the play off he is the best of the youth up to age 23 , however did kuber prove that.
there is almost of players who are still young , as in under 23 who could still go on and who I would condsider still to be our " best" in youth right now.
Also to o make third round, is no disgrace it is something worth buying a ticket for to cheer any Aussie on. I dont buy tickets to wait up to ten years for someone to maybe win it.
I buy tickets to cheers on the best players we have right now.
What does this say , every one over 16 shouldn't be out there in case they wont win the open in the next ten years.
What does this say everyone over 16 should give up ? because TA believe they have found the two that will ?

Tenys4ever
12-25-2009, 09:51 PM
Hey ace Tomic was the finalist - the best of the youth up to age 23 must be Lindahl.
Kubler hasn't proved he is the best of the youth. He lost to Duckworth 60 in the third the other week. Maybe we should give it Duckworth (a year older) - that way we will only have to wait 9 years going on what Matchu says. lol

And going on TA Policy in 10 years time these boys will be 26/27 - way too old - so why should they be given the opportunities denied the boys of that age bracket today?

I want to watch the best players Australia has to offer represent our country at the Aus Open. My opinion - maybe not others - but Kubler does not represent the best Australia has to offer - and to give him this grand prize is unbelievable. How nice for him that everything has just landed on his plate so young. Let's see in the magical 10 years timeframe that has been stipulated where he is then?

Tenys4ever
12-25-2009, 09:56 PM
Don't get me wrong - I hope Kubler becomes a great Australian tennis player - nothing would thrill me more - but this TA obsession with throwing them out there so young at the expense of other boys who should be given a chance - just defies all logic.

I would like to say good luck to Kubler in the juniors - i hope he does well and then let's see where he is at. Greg Jones must be feeling a bit hard done by - judging by the criteria of this year he should have been given a md wc - how many Junior Grand slams did he get to the final, semi or quarter in? - quite a few of them I think. Just a couple of years to old now i guess.... what a joke.

ace ventura
12-25-2009, 10:15 PM
You are right on that Tenys 4 eva,
and my opinion is TA have lost the plot, RE some one says in this blog Saville will get on next year,,, thats before he has even played the year out.

If Matchu wants to do stats, then Kubler has played how many Mens Futures, let alone grand slams. ?
In those futures he did not get through a round.

So your telling us TA is right to W/C him over players like Jones, Hensel, Millman, Ebden , kelly , Reid, Duckworth, Verryth who was their next big thing ( what happened to the support of him between now and last year ?

This is what I mean by lost the plot.... To over look all these players because there is a prediction going on that he or Tomic will win the Aus Open in next ten years.

Wouldnt it be wise to at least get a few players into the top one 100 and some depth... Oh no we will all sit back now and wait for these guys to win the open.

Ok this is all very sensible.

save ausdecline
12-26-2009, 01:17 AM
I reckon as mentioned above TA has lost the plot and gone crazy. I think these wildcard places need to be earned rather than dished out to a minority (juniors). A set of guidelines may need to be set out for players to earn the wildcard. e.g. must have played on men's tour for speicific amount of time and show potential to Tennis Australia scouts. Just like potenitlal socceroos fighting for those WC spots. But on the other hand, as mentioned above there is a lack of depth in our tennis ranks. So this is a period of re-building for tennis in australia and they must look to their juniors.

Audacity
12-26-2009, 01:30 AM
Either way you look at it, the WC shouldn't be given to a player (of any age), that cannot qualify or win a first round futures match. :shrug:

ace ventura
12-26-2009, 02:14 AM
It just gets to the point you cant give a toss as Tennis Australia under Craig Tiley have done nothing but keep changing their minds.
They have bum steered the last lot of junior from when he got in 1989 s - 1991s three age groups with a heap of great juniors...
Who they steered down the junior pathway saying that was they way to go. verryth was the o 20 player Tiley touted back then, but they didnt bother
sticking with him or let alone helping the rest in the same way ( which meant NONE of them got developed properly or a got a real chance )

Now they are saying they have the best group of maybe 10 boys,youngsters ever !!, and if any one has the time to do the stats on junior results of that last group v this current group ( apart from maybe kubler and saville ) then you could prove TA very wrong there. They are now saying two players are the next Rafa, that is Jay someone from NSW and Kubler.

RAFA .... Big call again.

All I know is if you are over 16 and want any hope in this game you had better stay as far away from tennis Australia as possible. It seems they have made up their minds who is worth supporting and who isnt and it is all done on age.

I don't believe in Tennis Australia simply by the fact , TILEY was hired to do a job, he put blue courts in all over Australia now he is saying we need to develop on clay

Now we also have the fact they say they have 30 ex players working for them , well go and ask the players who were silly enough to support and PAY for TA squads over the past four years and ask them how much they got to see of ex players. ?

They went on about having a base in Sutton, now wheres that. Player who made there squads four years ago as scholarship holders, full or partial still had to pay , and were told they would get access to these bases overseas, well I dont think many got any of that.

This new group I believe are getting fully funded , on results even yet to come. AIS ... Matchu look these kids up.

If this is rebuilding then great if this time they have it right, but looking at the last lot of juniors they had from four years ago ..... really good players who should be coming through NOW......

well it is a disgrace.

save ausdecline
12-26-2009, 03:09 AM
That is a good point ace ventura. it is a disgrace, i agree. im just surprised that this hasn't been in newspaper articles. the controversy surrounding this.

save ausdecline
12-26-2009, 03:17 AM
guys look at the example fo robert smeets. at the us open. he was given a wildcard to us open he got double baggelled. so i think the move from TA is desperate. This is a indicator of Ta's lack of depth. TA are now putting all their resources on juniors now and starting to re-build. i just hope something results from this and from looking at both points of view its desperate decision from TA but the only decision which will have most chance on producing a positive outcome. Why give it to old and xp players when resources are being put on them. TA's only choice is to blood these youngsters. They have no choice.

ace ventura
12-26-2009, 03:22 AM
The REBUILDING PHASE UNDER CRAIG TILEY ... was meant to BEGIN FOUR YEARS AGO.
Here is list of SOME of the many players he had age 14 to 18 , when he got in.

Lindahl, Donald, Lemke, klein, Jones, Coelho, Nichols, Bouchier, Ley, Lindner, Lee, Reed, Smith, Bellamy, Thomas, Mcnamme, Dixon, Symons, Easton. Rigg, Weightman, Hoagn,
Crow, Bothe, Kelly, Levinski, Klein, Mc Kenzie, Gregory, Goh, Verryth, Peers, Frost, Proppogia, Reid, Marsland, Szacnski, Millman, Chaplin, Banes, Mitchell, Sanders, Queenan,
Hoh, Duckworth, Szabo, Young, Androlio, Maraga, Zelba, Barker, Balakrishnan, leederchard, Cooper, Barton.

SO yeah NOW tennis australia everything will be OK , because Tiley has found ten good boys. !! This was the players that did not get developed well enough as Kubler got Main Draw w/c this week,,

Excuse me now while I go back and support AFL, so over this shit.

n8
12-26-2009, 03:51 AM
Either way you look at it, the WC shouldn't be given to a player (of any age), that cannot qualify or win a first round futures match. :shrug:

Case closed. Kubler hasn't even won a first round of a junior Grand Slam and is 0-4 in the first round of futures. 17 year-old Indian Bhambri is on an 11-match seniors winning streak, former junior number 1 and is the third highest ranked Indian (at 337) and didn't even get a wild card for Chennai in January! This was a disgrace in the opposite direction.

jmf07
12-26-2009, 05:13 AM
:lol: I was unaware that Bhambri didn't get a wildcard into Chennai. That is ridiculous.

As for Verryth I'm not exactly sure if Tennis Australia has discarded him. They did fund his trips to Asia this year and have given him assistance so it will be interesting to see if the give him any qualies wildcards. If Tennis Australia has discarded him well that is simply pathetic.

Tenys4ever
12-26-2009, 09:39 AM
No wonder parents and kids leave this sport. Reading that list from AceVentura is a sad indication of the talent that we had in this country that has not been fostered. TA should be ashamed. It would appear to me that TAs continual pumping of the younger ones just gives them more time as they will say that they are developing them - well what about the other kids that they had. Have they just discarded them?

Verryth is working out of Bolletieris atm I believe. How many players do we lose to external coaching facilities - and why wouldn't players turn to overseas instituions.

As for Bhambri - i have been watching his progress and am actually stunned that he didn't get a wildcard into Chennai. He is the real deal and proves himself over and over again.

Tenys4ever
12-26-2009, 09:42 AM
Either way you look at it, the WC shouldn't be given to a player (of any age), that cannot qualify or win a first round futures match. :shrug:

Total agreeance. You wouldn't actually think it would be an issue we would be writing about - would you? It just seems so obvious.

save ausdecline
12-27-2009, 01:54 AM
Originally Posted by Audacity View Post
Either way you look at it, the WC shouldn't be given to a player (of any age), that cannot qualify or win a first round futures match.

I initally thought about this, but I was brainwashed by other posts in this thread. But now i am totally convinced.

save ausdecline
12-27-2009, 01:32 PM
I think you guys should read this articles. It shows TA's commitment to the juniors

Davis Cup captain John Fitzgerald has hailed the recruitment of Spanish claycourt coach Felix Mantilla as one of the most significant developments in Australian tennis in decades.

Mantilla has been appointed to nurture Australia's next generation of stars and, given we have the most exciting batch of juniors in world tennis, his role is crucial.

In Bernard Tomic, Jason Kubler and Luke Saville, Australia boasts the top-ranked 17, 16 and 15-year-old players in the world.

The trio - who between them have already captured the junior Australian Open, junior US Open and junior Davis Cup trophies - are among a raft of outstanding teenagers aiming to restore Australia's battered reputation.

"Of the top 25 youngest players in the world that are ranked on the senior tour - not the junior tour - four of them are Australian, and that's more than any other nation," Tennis Australia boss Craig Tiley told AAP.

"Really, for the first time in many, many years, we've got a core group of young players.

"It's not just one. There's a large group of them and this will lay the foundation not only for the future but also for what's behind them.

"It will provide ongoing motivation and interest for other great athletes just beneath them.

"So we're really excited about it."

Fitzgerald believes Australia has about 10 world-class junior boys, with many good judges tipping 14-year-old NSW hot shot Jay Andrijic - who is already being liked to a young Rafael Nadal - could emerge as the best of the lot.

The outlook is also bright for Australia's next wave of women.

Australia won the Junior Fed Cup two years ago, while long-time coach Gavin Hopper rates the current crop of 12 and 13-year-olds as the most promising group he has seen.

The task now is for Tennis Australia (TA) to parlay this exceptional junior talent into grand slam glory in the professional ranks.

Enter Mantilla.

The former French Open semi-finalist and world top-tenner is central to TA's strategic plan, implemented four years ago, aimed at returning Australia to the top of the world tennis tree.

A priority of Tiley and his new regime was to replenish the country's dwindling stock of clay courts.

With that objective partly fulfilled - with clay courts now laid at every national training academy in the country and tennis clubs across Australia slowly but surely reverting to dirt - TA aggressively pursued Mantilla.

"Having clay courts is one thing but then having someone that knows how to coach and play on clay is another," Tiley said.

After a lengthy process, Tiley finally nabbed his man last year, securing Mantilla's services from under the noses of equally eager officials from the the USTA and Britain's national federation.

"He looked at all the programs and said ours was the most appealing," Tiley said.

As part of the estimated $150 million invested in tennis by TA and the state and national governments over the past four years, TA has established a claycourt training base in Barcelona.

With Mantilla stationed in Spain for most of the year, TA will send Australia's elite juniors, from 12 upwards, across for rigorous training blocks of four to eight weeks on clay, universally acknowledged as the best surface to learn on.

"We still have a court surface issue in this country," Fitzgerald said.

"It's improving ever so slowly and having Felix Mantilla now is a great asset to us. I reckon it's a very, very important appointment.

"For our better kids, the trend now to go earlier, to get 12, 13, 14-year-old kids into Europe, is a good one.

"Felix knows how to play on clay, understands the ramifications of not learning on clay and it gives them the base that they need to play on all surfaces.

"But clay is the best thing to do it on. You learn when to attack, when to defend. You get more miles in your legs, you get all the hip strength, quads and it's better on your joints.

"Some of our kids have gone across there and the first time they go, it hits them like a ton of bricks; it's a reality check.

"But if they get that experience early, it can make a difference.

"So we're trying to send more and more kids earlier and earlier."

Tiley said the European experience "is also about playing players who play on clay".

"Playing against the Spanish kids and the French kids, it's great for them," he said.

"And they all go with their coaches. Assigned coaches.

"So we're investing heavily in that initiative. We've invested in the personnel, we've invested in the travel and, for us in Australia, it's costing us a lot more."

The other significant change in TA's player development program, which is the envy of other national federations - even if it hasn't yet been recognised by the Australian public at large - is the fast-tracking of our elite juniors to the professional ranks.

While Saville and Kubler top the world rankings as 15 and 16-year-olds, TA now actively discourages Australia's best youngsters from contesting junior events from age 17 up.

There's a very good reason why you won't find Nadal's name on any junior grand slam trophies - he was too busy as a teen cutting his teeth against men.

It's no coincidence either that Nadal's only compatriot in the top 100 of the boys 18 years and under world rankings is a 16-year-old at No.88 - Spaniards generally don't bother playing junior tournaments.

After an exhaustive retrospective investigation of the rankings history of the world's top 100 men and women as at January 1 this year, TA has introduced performance benchmarks to determine players' funding levels.

For example, to receive a full scholarship with Tennis Australia, a 17-year-old boy must be ranked inside the top 720 on the ATP Tour, or top 10 on the ITF junior rankings.

ITF junior rankings aren't applicable for 18-year-olds and, by 19 and 20, players can forget full TA backing if they're not in the world's top 165.

"In the old system in Australia, we don't let them play juniors anymore," Tiley said.

"We spend more money and resources now into helping them make the transition to the seniors.

"We pick the 16 best (junior) athletes (from 15 up), we give them a coach and we pay for their travel around the world.

"If you are 17 and 18 years old, we don't fund junior tennis for you.

"We're now focused on preparing them for professional tennis, not junior tennis.

"And the transition now starts at 11. It doesn't start at 17 years old."

Australia has a long list of junior grand slam champions and junior world No.1s who failed to kick on.

Mark Kratzmann, Shane Barr, Johan Anderson, Grant Doyle, Ben Ellwood, Todd Reid, Debbie Freeman, Jenny Byrne, Michelle Jaggard, Jo-Anne Faull, Joanne Limmer, Trudi Musgrove and Siobhan Drake, with due respect, all flopped after highly successful junior careers.

Lleyton Hewitt, on the other hand, ditched the juniors and, at 15, became the youngest male in history to qualify for Australian Open, then toppled Andre Agassi en route to his first ATP title at 16 before being crowned the youngest men's year-end world No.1 at 20.

Fitzgerald says while "everybody in Australian tennis" should carry the blame for taking their eye off the ball for a decade in the 1980s and 90s, resulting in a lost generation, there is now genuine hope of a return to the halcyon days.

"Absolutely we've got to aspire to that," Fitzgerald said.

"We had Lleyton and Pat (Rafter) who reached No.1 and that's an enormous effort in a global sport.

"No-one can tell me it's as easy as the 1950s and 60s to do that. I mean, there's so many more countries now, and China's coming too.

"However, you've got to aspire to that. You just want more kids at a tour level and more kids that give you a chance to win a Davis Cup competition.

"We've got to get more numbers ongoing as well. It's an ongoing battle.

"But I think over the last four years, the structure of player development is starting to have some effect."

When he took charge in 2005, Tiley warned it would be quite a journey back for Australian tennis.

"We were losing courts, participation was declining, ball sales were declining, the number of players in the top 100 and top 250 were declining," Tiley said.

"So we said we were going to turn this around.

"It's going to take time and the final, ultimate end product of it will be great champions.

"However, developing a great champion will only really be leveraged well if there's an infrastructure to support the next one coming through.

"So that will take years and years.

"But I know now, four years later, that we're going into our second year of an increase in participation - an eight per cent increase, 170,000 more people playing the game in 2008.

"We've arrested the decline in courts. We've built over 700 new courts and that's resulted in an outside investment of $120 million.

"I have a direct relationship with 2500 coaches, a direct relationship which we'd never had before.

"And we now have over 30 former players on our books working for us. We never had that either.

"The bottom line is the coaches and the players are getting on with the business and they're getting the results and we're seeing that."

ace ventura
12-27-2009, 08:46 PM
The REBUILDING PHASE UNDER CRAIG TILEY ... was meant to BEGIN FOUR YEARS AGO.
Here is list of SOME of the many players he had age 14 to 18 , when he got in.

Lindahl, Donald, Lemke, klein, Jones, Coelho, Nichols, Bouchier, Ley, Lindner, Lee, Reed, Smith, Bellamy, Thomas, Mcnamme, Dixon, Symons, Easton. Rigg, Weightman, Hoagn,
Crow, Bothe, Kelly, Levinski, Klein, Mc Kenzie, Gregory, Goh, Verryth, Peers, Frost, Proppogia, Reid, Marsland, Szacnski, Millman, Chaplin, Banes, Mitchell, Sanders, Queenan,
Hoh, Duckworth, Szabo, Young, Androlio, Maraga, Zelba, Barker, Balakrishnan, leederchard, Cooper, Barton.

SO yeah NOW tennis australia everything will be OK , because Tiley has found ten good boys. !! This was the players that did not get developed well enough as Kubler got Main Draw w/c this week,,

Excuse me now while I go back and support AFL, so over this shit.

SO NOW THEY HAVE FOUND A GROUP OF BOYS 10 of them !! .... WHAT WAS WRONG WITH THIS GROUP ???
Laid 200 courts .... but NOW we need clay ....
ENTER MANTILLA ... Didn't he start a year or two ago .
Going to assign coaches to players,,, Only took four years for that to happen .. GOOD THINKING TA ,,,
30 EX Players ... For Ten GOOD BOYS ?? Who are the 30 ex players,
" I have direct contact with 2500 coaches "..... what's the point there....?
and we are starting to see results .... that the have found this young group... GEE WELL DONE TA. !!
Oh and weren't they saying Kubler is like Rafa, well now we have two like Rafa.. Yep we are saved.
They are going to start spending money on player... WELL ABOUT TIME !!!
What a load of excuses.
So now how long do we wait, they had very good players above, and what did they do for them over the past four years ?
Other than obviously disregard them and look to this new group.

ace ventura
12-27-2009, 09:07 PM
And ....

" we are now going to prepare them for professional tennis , not junior tennis"
" and that transition starts at 11 , not 17...."

This explains the Aus Open M/D , w/c for Kubler. Gee he just made it at 16 !! FEW !

So if Kubler isnt top 720 next year he will be out too. He wont be funded to play AuS Open JunIors next year either , as they wont fund a 17 year old to play juniors .

YEAH SURE. !!

This is such great long term thinking for players isn't it. No wonder we have no more men in top 100 after Tiley at helm past four years after reading this.

What a risk to take , we had better be the top tennis nation in a couple of years ( that will be 6 years in ) if he is so confident it is worth over looking players purely on rank and age.

Was this guy hired for his statistics or for head of development for tennis players ?

I remember reading a quote of Tiley's saying it takes 10 years to develop a player, now players in this article have from 11 - 18 to cut it under TA , or they are out.

Tenys4ever
12-27-2009, 10:00 PM
Geez too bad if you are a late maturer .... obviously not taken into consideration!

ace ventura
12-28-2009, 12:30 AM
QUOTE.

TO RECEIVE A FULL SCHOLARSHIP FROM TENNIS AUSTRALIA A !& YEAR OLD BOY MUST BE WITHIN TOP 720 ATP or TOP 10 ITF JUNIOR.

How can this be when Mitchell, Banes and I heard also Duckworth , have been accepted into the AIS Fully Funded touring program for 2010.
They are 17 and no where near 720, infact all currently out side 1,000.

So this is lies, why dont they write we will bend rules for some and not others. Why dont they be honest and just say there is no reulsts when they say they are getting results.
AS how can only having Leyton and Looch in the top 100 be getting results. Four years ago we had more players than that.

So it is going to take year and years , it sure will as they do not seem to know what they are doing.

They come out with thee big heavy stats and rules and they themselves do not even stick by them, that whole article is as laughable it is just smoke screen for everything

they HAVE NOT DONE to develop the players they could have , if they had any clue how too.

There is no excuse that this whole last lot did not get developed and as far as " everyone should be blamed for taking their eye off the ball ?'

well that is rude in the face of all the talents we have had and the hard work those players put in , while these guys even in the past four years sit on reap huge amounts of

money to say it is everyones fault.

DISGUSTING.

save ausdecline
12-28-2009, 01:43 AM
its implemented Jan 1st just to correct u on that. So Duckworth and Banes, Mitchell won't be funded from Jan 1st 2010 onwards. but i find this regime laughable to cos its really impractical. what are the chances of having a lot of players in the top 165. very slim.

n8
12-28-2009, 02:15 AM
I think you guys should read this articles. It shows TA's commitment to the juniors

Davis Cup captain John Fitzgerald has hailed the recruitment of Spanish claycourt coach Felix Mantilla as one of the most significant developments in Australian tennis in decades.

Mantilla has been appointed to nurture Australia's next generation of stars and, given we have the most exciting batch of juniors in world tennis, his role is crucial.

In Bernard Tomic, Jason Kubler and Luke Saville, Australia boasts the top-ranked 17, 16 and 15-year-old players in the world.

The trio - who between them have already captured the junior Australian Open, junior US Open and junior Davis Cup trophies - are among a raft of outstanding teenagers aiming to restore Australia's battered reputation.

"Of the top 25 youngest players in the world that are ranked on the senior tour - not the junior tour - four of them are Australian, and that's more than any other nation," Tennis Australia boss Craig Tiley told AAP.

"Really, for the first time in many, many years, we've got a core group of young players.

"It's not just one. There's a large group of them and this will lay the foundation not only for the future but also for what's behind them.

"It will provide ongoing motivation and interest for other great athletes just beneath them.

"So we're really excited about it."

Fitzgerald believes Australia has about 10 world-class junior boys, with many good judges tipping 14-year-old NSW hot shot Jay Andrijic - who is already being liked to a young Rafael Nadal - could emerge as the best of the lot.

The outlook is also bright for Australia's next wave of women.

Australia won the Junior Fed Cup two years ago, while long-time coach Gavin Hopper rates the current crop of 12 and 13-year-olds as the most promising group he has seen.

The task now is for Tennis Australia (TA) to parlay this exceptional junior talent into grand slam glory in the professional ranks.

Enter Mantilla.

The former French Open semi-finalist and world top-tenner is central to TA's strategic plan, implemented four years ago, aimed at returning Australia to the top of the world tennis tree.

A priority of Tiley and his new regime was to replenish the country's dwindling stock of clay courts.

With that objective partly fulfilled - with clay courts now laid at every national training academy in the country and tennis clubs across Australia slowly but surely reverting to dirt - TA aggressively pursued Mantilla.

"Having clay courts is one thing but then having someone that knows how to coach and play on clay is another," Tiley said.

After a lengthy process, Tiley finally nabbed his man last year, securing Mantilla's services from under the noses of equally eager officials from the the USTA and Britain's national federation.

"He looked at all the programs and said ours was the most appealing," Tiley said.

As part of the estimated $150 million invested in tennis by TA and the state and national governments over the past four years, TA has established a claycourt training base in Barcelona.

With Mantilla stationed in Spain for most of the year, TA will send Australia's elite juniors, from 12 upwards, across for rigorous training blocks of four to eight weeks on clay, universally acknowledged as the best surface to learn on.

"We still have a court surface issue in this country," Fitzgerald said.

"It's improving ever so slowly and having Felix Mantilla now is a great asset to us. I reckon it's a very, very important appointment.

"For our better kids, the trend now to go earlier, to get 12, 13, 14-year-old kids into Europe, is a good one.

"Felix knows how to play on clay, understands the ramifications of not learning on clay and it gives them the base that they need to play on all surfaces.

"But clay is the best thing to do it on. You learn when to attack, when to defend. You get more miles in your legs, you get all the hip strength, quads and it's better on your joints.

"Some of our kids have gone across there and the first time they go, it hits them like a ton of bricks; it's a reality check.

"But if they get that experience early, it can make a difference.

"So we're trying to send more and more kids earlier and earlier."

Tiley said the European experience "is also about playing players who play on clay".

"Playing against the Spanish kids and the French kids, it's great for them," he said.

"And they all go with their coaches. Assigned coaches.

"So we're investing heavily in that initiative. We've invested in the personnel, we've invested in the travel and, for us in Australia, it's costing us a lot more."

The other significant change in TA's player development program, which is the envy of other national federations - even if it hasn't yet been recognised by the Australian public at large - is the fast-tracking of our elite juniors to the professional ranks.

While Saville and Kubler top the world rankings as 15 and 16-year-olds, TA now actively discourages Australia's best youngsters from contesting junior events from age 17 up.

There's a very good reason why you won't find Nadal's name on any junior grand slam trophies - he was too busy as a teen cutting his teeth against men.

It's no coincidence either that Nadal's only compatriot in the top 100 of the boys 18 years and under world rankings is a 16-year-old at No.88 - Spaniards generally don't bother playing junior tournaments.

After an exhaustive retrospective investigation of the rankings history of the world's top 100 men and women as at January 1 this year, TA has introduced performance benchmarks to determine players' funding levels.

For example, to receive a full scholarship with Tennis Australia, a 17-year-old boy must be ranked inside the top 720 on the ATP Tour, or top 10 on the ITF junior rankings.

ITF junior rankings aren't applicable for 18-year-olds and, by 19 and 20, players can forget full TA backing if they're not in the world's top 165.

"In the old system in Australia, we don't let them play juniors anymore," Tiley said.

"We spend more money and resources now into helping them make the transition to the seniors.

"We pick the 16 best (junior) athletes (from 15 up), we give them a coach and we pay for their travel around the world.

"If you are 17 and 18 years old, we don't fund junior tennis for you.

"We're now focused on preparing them for professional tennis, not junior tennis.

"And the transition now starts at 11. It doesn't start at 17 years old."

Australia has a long list of junior grand slam champions and junior world No.1s who failed to kick on.

Mark Kratzmann, Shane Barr, Johan Anderson, Grant Doyle, Ben Ellwood, Todd Reid, Debbie Freeman, Jenny Byrne, Michelle Jaggard, Jo-Anne Faull, Joanne Limmer, Trudi Musgrove and Siobhan Drake, with due respect, all flopped after highly successful junior careers.

Lleyton Hewitt, on the other hand, ditched the juniors and, at 15, became the youngest male in history to qualify for Australian Open, then toppled Andre Agassi en route to his first ATP title at 16 before being crowned the youngest men's year-end world No.1 at 20.

Fitzgerald says while "everybody in Australian tennis" should carry the blame for taking their eye off the ball for a decade in the 1980s and 90s, resulting in a lost generation, there is now genuine hope of a return to the halcyon days.

"Absolutely we've got to aspire to that," Fitzgerald said.

"We had Lleyton and Pat (Rafter) who reached No.1 and that's an enormous effort in a global sport.

"No-one can tell me it's as easy as the 1950s and 60s to do that. I mean, there's so many more countries now, and China's coming too.

"However, you've got to aspire to that. You just want more kids at a tour level and more kids that give you a chance to win a Davis Cup competition.

"We've got to get more numbers ongoing as well. It's an ongoing battle.

"But I think over the last four years, the structure of player development is starting to have some effect."

When he took charge in 2005, Tiley warned it would be quite a journey back for Australian tennis.

"We were losing courts, participation was declining, ball sales were declining, the number of players in the top 100 and top 250 were declining," Tiley said.

"So we said we were going to turn this around.

"It's going to take time and the final, ultimate end product of it will be great champions.

"However, developing a great champion will only really be leveraged well if there's an infrastructure to support the next one coming through.

"So that will take years and years.

"But I know now, four years later, that we're going into our second year of an increase in participation - an eight per cent increase, 170,000 more people playing the game in 2008.

"We've arrested the decline in courts. We've built over 700 new courts and that's resulted in an outside investment of $120 million.

"I have a direct relationship with 2500 coaches, a direct relationship which we'd never had before.

"And we now have over 30 former players on our books working for us. We never had that either.

"The bottom line is the coaches and the players are getting on with the business and they're getting the results and we're seeing that."

Sounds like Australia's got an excellent 14 year old as well! That's the first I've heard of Jay Andrijic.

ace ventura
12-28-2009, 03:54 AM
its implemented Jan 1st just to correct u on that. So Duckworth and Banes, Mitchell won't be funded from Jan 1st 2010 onwards. but i find this regime laughable to cos its really impractical. what are the chances of having a lot of players in the top 165. very slim.

Well if it is implemented Jan 1 and they have been accepted already by the AIS for 2010 , which people have heard,.
Into Australia's pinnacle program , " the fully funded touring program " tell me how they wont be funded. ??

If they are in then this article and these new rules are lies.

if it is the truth they will also drop all these best ever juniors coming through from all funding if they are not inside 720 ATP when 17. Or top ten 10 itf.

Lets wait and see.

willingnable
12-31-2009, 06:01 PM
So if that system had of been in place when late bloomers rafter and arthurs had of been arounded they would never of got a look in.

n8
01-01-2010, 10:32 PM
Kubler couldn't have asked for a much better Brisbane International qualifying draw. First up Matt Reid, then 6th seed Andrea Stoppini. Losing in the final round of qualifying in an ATP250 actually gets you ranking points this year so if he wins both matches he'll have an ATP ranking in time for the Australian Open even if he doesn't qualify for Brisbane main draw.

jmf07
01-02-2010, 05:04 AM
Horrible loss to Matt Reid. Tood Woodbridge and anyone else who pushed for his wildcard at the Aus Open will be feeling very worried at the moment at what might happen in two and a half weeks.

ace ventura
01-02-2010, 07:05 AM
Lost 60 63 to Matt Reid.


No TA wont worry at all as they are right and can justify everything they do.

aussiestatman
01-02-2010, 08:24 AM
would be good if kubler watched the end of today's sirianni match that i was cheering at!
big hearted win

aussiestatman
01-02-2010, 08:25 AM
i was up for a fight after just finishing reading kokoda by fitzsimons thia morning

aussiestatman
01-02-2010, 08:26 AM
crowd was way too quiet before i arrived with joe a set down

n8
01-02-2010, 10:31 AM
Horrible loss to Matt Reid. Tood Woodbridge and anyone else who pushed for his wildcard at the Aus Open will be feeling very worried at the moment at what might happen in two and a half weeks.

If that's the best he can do against a player ranked 533 in his home state tournament, I shudder to think how he'll go against a possible top 20 star at the Australian Open. TA's decision to give a wild card to someone who would be the heavy underdog in any 1st round qualifying match is shocking. Let's hope that Kubler's confidence isn't shattered by the time the Australian Open juniors come around.

If Kubler is unlucky enough to draw Nadal or Federer first round then he will be on centre court and probably on tv. Then tens of thousands of people will see him loose 18 straight games (most likely, especially if it is unforced error stingy Nadal). That is really not fair on the 16 year old.

Quiet Confidence
01-04-2010, 12:20 PM
If that's the best he can do against a player ranked 533 in his home state tournament, I shudder to think how he'll go against a possible top 20 star at the Australian Open. TA's decision to give a wild card to someone who would be the heavy underdog in any 1st round qualifying match is shocking. Let's hope that Kubler's confidence isn't shattered by the time the Australian Open juniors come around.

If Kubler is unlucky enough to draw Nadal or Federer first round then he will be on centre court and probably on tv. Then tens of thousands of people will see him loose 18 straight games (most likely, especially if it is unforced error stingy Nadal). That is really not fair on the 16 year old.

Well, lets hope he doesn't read this thread, or else his confidence may take a few blows! (Last time I looked I thought this was a CHEERING thread... there are plenty of other TA bitching threads people!!)

save ausdecline
01-04-2010, 08:47 PM
cheering threads dont necessarily have to be positive. we are supportng him by following his progress. the public hae to be realistic and supportive.

jmf07
01-05-2010, 12:04 AM
Well, lets hope he doesn't read this thread, or else his confidence may take a few blows! (Last time I looked I thought this was a CHEERING thread... there are plenty of other TA bitching threads people!!)

We are cheering for him and that cheering means we want to see the right things happen to him that will make him a better player and giving a 16 year old a wildcard into the Australian Open when he hasn't won a maindraw match in futures or challengers and got comprehensively beaten in the qualies of Brisbane is not something that will advance his career. There is just as much chance that it will have an opposite effect and I don't want to see another washed up Aussie junior to add to the long list we already have.

Audacity
01-05-2010, 08:35 AM
What StatRacket said was the mere truth, nothing wrong with that.

Quiet Confidence
01-05-2010, 08:57 PM
Ok, you've made your points.

I'm as hopeful as the next guy that this kid gets the opportunity to rise to his full potential. But tell me this...
Is it at all possible that he may be able to gain vital experience in the AO main draw, which could assist in controling nerves when it comes to the more likely Jr Open final matches?

The way I see it, Jrs don't have a lot of opportunity to play in front of larger crowds, so nerves have to be a huge factor in the Grand Slam arena. When I was 16, I was 10 foot tall & bullet proof & would have taken on the big guns quite happily just for the unbelievable experience of it - but still been pragmatic about my chances of winning.

Kubler is certainly no hot house flower in the mental stakes. Perhaps this MD experience just might be positive.

n8
01-05-2010, 10:53 PM
Ok, you've made your points.

I'm as hopeful as the next guy that this kid gets the opportunity to rise to his full potential. But tell me this...
Is it at all possible that he may be able to gain vital experience in the AO main draw, which could assist in controling nerves when it comes to the more likely Jr Open final matches?

The way I see it, Jrs don't have a lot of opportunity to play in front of larger crowds, so nerves have to be a huge factor in the Grand Slam arena. When I was 16, I was 10 foot tall & bullet proof & would have taken on the big guns quite happily just for the unbelievable experience of it - but still been pragmatic about my chances of winning.

Kubler is certainly no hot house flower in the mental stakes. Perhaps this MD experience just might be positive.

Maybe you're right. I've just know that other players in the past have been granted wild cards too early and it hasn't really helped them. Although Kubler does seem like a well grounded and mature person for his age. The embarrassment factor is just one of the reasons why people are annoyed that Kubler got a wild card, the other is that there were plenty of other hard working Aussies that were more deserving this year.

Tenys4r
01-06-2010, 05:21 PM
Hey StatRacket totally agree. Nobody i am sure wants to undermine the kid but there is bound to be a lot of resentment from players etc who rightly feel that hedoesn't deserve it yet. If things go as TA plan for him then when he des4rves it he should geet it. Lindahl had to prove that he deserves it, Tomic maybe should havebeen even made to prove it as hisrecent results haven't been greatn but wheren isn the wisdom in just handingn it over to a kid that has NEVER won a seniors match? Has anyone ever heard of this being done in a Grand Slam before? I think whoever is responsible for Jason K might best serve his interests by passing on the wildcard.

Quiet Confidence
01-07-2010, 10:18 AM
Deserve/ doesn't deserve. It's the age-old argument about wildcards in tournaments the world over. The nature of the beast is that there'll always be someone who feels hard done by. Surely players understand that this is out of their hands and wouldn't be so petty as to blame a kid for a choice made by TA?

Sure he hasn't won a seniors match yet, and may not get past the first round, but can anyone give me a name of anyone who missed out who would have been honestly likely to make it to the second round?

And isn't Kubler the discretionary wildcard reserved for the Asia/Pac Jr?

http://www.zimbio.com/Olivia+Rogowska/articles/WMbKJoP7Dnk/Australian+Open+2010+Video+Wildcard+announcement

ace ventura
01-07-2010, 10:47 AM
Ok, you've made your points.

I'm as hopeful as the next guy that this kid gets the opportunity to rise to his full potential. But tell me this...
Is it at all possible that he may be able to gain vital experience in the AO main draw, which could assist in controling nerves when it comes to the more likely Jr Open final matches?

The way I see it, Jrs don't have a lot of opportunity to play in front of larger crowds, so nerves have to be a huge factor in the Grand Slam arena. When I was 16, I was 10 foot tall & bullet proof & would have taken on the big guns quite happily just for the unbelievable experience of it - but still been pragmatic about my chances of winning.

Kubler is certainly no hot house flower in the mental stakes. Perhaps this MD experience just might be positive.

OH MY , I HAVE READ ALOT OF FORUM COMMENTS AND THIS WOULD HAVE TO BE ON OF THE MOST RIDICULOUS...
so TA should W/C juniors in to the mens to settle their nerves for likely junior open final matches ?
Yeah Positive for him but what about the others who are actually concentrating on mens tennis ?

This is like saying the AFL would put a VFL player into the AFL grand final, not so the team can win but so one player can go back and play the VFL final well. ?

Tenys4r
01-07-2010, 10:54 AM
Hey Quiet Confidence whilst I appreciate your support for Kubler one also has to consider the lot of the other players out there. I do not feel that it is appropriate to "gain vital experience in the AO Main Draw to assist in controilling his nerves for a AO Junior final"". This is a Australian Open MAIN draw - something players w9rk their heaarts out for years. It is naive to think that there is not going to be resentment. Every Aussie player will be out to show TA and Woodbridge what a contentious decision this was.

And as for the AO Final - I hope he does get that far but aren't we once again assuming too far - whqt happerne4d to the old öne match at a time""! Now everyone expects him to win Junior title because he received Main Draw.

ace ventura
01-07-2010, 11:11 AM
Yes and as far as any one making it past second round , wel wouldnt you like Ebdens cahnces after winning a round at brisbane yet until then and after doing so well at the furtues,
yeah like winning them he didnt get a look in before Tomic who lost to a qualifier and Kubler who hasnt won a round of futures.

Not to mention if they want to settles his nerves for juniors wouldnt it better to let him play three qualifying rounds then play his first round in the mens from there ?

Tomic would be a better player if he players three rounds of qually to at the age of 16 , in fact even though he won first round last year, i dont think he would have got through three rounds to make it in the first place, so why do higher ranked players or more proven have to go through that all the time.

It was a joke that Lindahl won the play off yet tomic got main draw Brisbane and Lindahl had to qually, but lindahl will be the better player for it and have more matches under his belt,

All TA are thinking about is fast tracking their players as said in that article some one posted but by handing them w/cs for points aint going to make any of these young ones better players, as they will have to play outside of Australia like these other guys have had to around the world one day where TA dont have all the control.

If this is the way TA want to bring on their juniors then good luck to them i say.

I think kubler is a great junior player I just hope he falls into the hands of some one with common sense .

Giving tomic all these W/cs over the past year didnt get him any further this year did it ?

Hewitt10
01-07-2010, 11:04 PM
I agree Tomic should have played qualifiying at the Australian Open last year but i think the win over Starace got him some confindence but when he got a wildcard into Roland Garros main draw that was a mistake because he was never going to beat Kohlschreiber, then when he played a couple of challenger events in America he didn't get any good results.

But Dolgopolov is a great player he proved it in the second round of the Brisbane International against Stepanek.

Alright now to Kubler he is by far our best junior accept for Tomic but he isnt the number 4 in the world of juniors if you look at the list of players behind him they are just as good but some of them have got good results in junoir grand slams. But hopefully he still plays the Aus Open juniors because he is capable of maybe winning it getting to the quarters or semis

n8
01-07-2010, 11:58 PM
I agree Tomic should have played qualifiying at the Australian Open last year but i think the win over Starace got him some confindence but when he got a wildcard into Roland Garros main draw that was a mistake because he was never going to beat Kohlschreiber, then when he played a couple of challenger events in America he didn't get any good results.

But Dolgopolov is a great player he proved it in the second round of the Brisbane International against Stepanek.

Alright now to Kubler he is by far our best junior accept for Tomic but he isnt the number 4 in the world of juniors if you look at the list of players behind him they are just as good but some of them have got good results in junoir grand slams. But hopefully he still plays the Aus Open juniors because he is capable of maybe winning it getting to the quarters or semis

Yes, Tomic was never going to beat Kohlschreiber, but TA didn't know that he was going to draw him. That said, I don't think Tomic would have beaten a single player in the Roland Garros main draw last year. A lot of the reason he beat Starace is because he had home court advantage and a favourable court surface, neither of these advantages were with him at Roland Garros.

Playing qualies is quite often more beneficial than the main draw and TA should appreciate this. For example, Tomic got two qualifying wins last year at Wimbledon meaning valuable experience and 14 ranking points. Had he just been wild carded into the main draw he probably would have lost off the bat hence the qualies were much better for him in the instance. The same applies for Kubler this year at the Australian Open.

You're right about Kubler's junior ranking. As much as I hate to say it, Kubler's junior ranking is a bit inflated. His wins in Australiasia may have been in high profile events (A, B1 etc), but not against high profile players. He rarely had to beat someone ranked in the top 20 and is yet to even win a match in a junior Grand Slam. The Australian Open boys' championship should be a good to see where he is really at.

jmf07
01-08-2010, 06:08 AM
Kubler's ranking is inflated but his wins at the junior Davis Cup and Osaka Mayor's Cup should not be underestimated. They were very good wins.

save ausdecline
01-08-2010, 07:16 AM
When I think of Kubler, I think of Tomic's performances last year and they were far beter than that of Kublers at the age of 16.

Hewitt10
01-08-2010, 07:48 AM
Kubler's ranking is inflated but his wins at the junior Davis Cup and Osaka Mayor's Cup should not be underestimated. They were very good wins.

True they were very good wins but you cant compare them to Tomic when he was sixteen. Kubler, Saville, Duckworth, Chaplin, Swaysland and Bolt i think will be the big Australian names this year in both juniors and mens but Alex Bolt needs to play more tennis next year and really do well at the AUS OPEN juniors, Saville is only 15 but he will get a wildcard into 2011 AUS OPEN and he'll have a great year in juniors and the mens he'll crack the top 1000, Duckworth is probably the second best Aussie under 18 first being Tomic, Duckworth will get a great results AUS OPEN juniors maybe could make the final or semis and he showed his skill at the wildcard play off. Swaysland maybe will get some great results his capable of doing it but its just a matter of believing in yourself thats wat he needs to do. Chaplin needs to play in future tournaments next year to get some confidence up and just more matches into him against some other young Aussies.

Jason Kubler will do better at the Mens AUS OPEN then he did at Brisbane against Matt Reid, this guy obviously knows how to play and i think when his got a crowd behind him and playing at the big stage will do him well, alot of people on this thread have said TA made a mistake picking him for a wildcard but his our top ranked junior so you have to give him credit for that but if they had just didnt give him a wildcard into the maindraw then he would of still been in the qualifiying but everyone knows that he wouldnt have made it through three matches its just like Tomic last year if he was in the qualifiying then he wouldnt have made it to the main draw regardless of the draw that he was given. So that pretty much says that Saville will get a wildcard next year unless Kubler can get to top 750 or 500 in the mens or better. But when you look at his results in the three future tournaments his played the two good players in Smeets and Propoggia he got a set off both of them but against Kris Bala...... he lost 6-2 6-3 so by that im guessing that he'll do better at the big stage and for me the last wildcard will now go to Ebden

The Qualifiying wildcards will go to Sirianni, Junaid, Smeets, Lemke, Hensel, Ebelthite, M.Reid, Saville and Duckworth

jmf07
01-08-2010, 08:24 AM
Yeah you can't compare him to Tomic. As for Duckworth being the second best junior, I think Kubler and Mitchell are ahead of him and Duckworth simply benefited from having the luck and form going his way for the Wildcard Playoff.

Hewitt10
01-08-2010, 08:30 AM
Yeah you can't compare him to Tomic. As for Duckworth being the second best junior, I think Kubler and Mitchell are ahead of him and Duckworth simply benefited from having the luck and form going his way for the Wildcard Playoff.

Oh sorry forgot all about Mitchell but do you know if Duckworth is playing in Sydney or is he playing in the Aussie junior tournament and who are Kubler and Mitchell ahead of and have you ever heard of Alex Bolt he was in the u 16s australian tournament when the wildcard play off was on

Hewitt10
01-08-2010, 12:08 PM
Jason has got to play Rajeev Ram in the first round of qualifying of sydney he wont win but could put up a fight hopefully he plays well then he might notch up a win then thats not bad preperation for the AUS OPEN i thought he was playing juniors this week

Well good luck to him he will need it.

Tenys4r
01-08-2010, 12:25 PM
Jason has got to play Rajeev Ram in the first round of qualifying of sydney he wont win but could put up a fight hopefully he plays well then he might notch up a win then thats not bad preperation for the AUS OPEN i thought he was playing juniors this week

Well good luck to him he will need it.

Am i the only one who thinks it is strange that Kubler has received another wildcard (usually reserved for hometown boys or boys who have had great results ie ebden matosevik jones) - didnt he get his opportunity in Brisbane Int - his state? What the hell is going on? It looks like TA is just set up for Tomic and Kubler. Well done to the others - your results have justified it.

Hewitt10
01-08-2010, 12:36 PM
James Duckworth definitley deserved one but your right why did Kubler get one. He was always going to get one into Brisbane Qualies cause home town but where is Samuel Groth his wife is in the womens qualies and where is carsten ball is he just resting for the AUS OPEN and i know that Smeets isnt from NSW but he should of got a wildcard instead of Jones or Kubler and what is Matt Reid's hometown and i think that Kubler isnt as good as Saville

Tenys4r
01-08-2010, 01:05 PM
James Duckworth definitley deserved one but your right why did Kubler get one. He was always going to get one into Brisbane Qualies cause home town but where is Samuel Groth his wife is in the womens qualies and where is carsten ball is he just resting for the AUS OPEN and i know that Smeets isnt from NSW but he should of got a wildcard instead of Jones or Kubler and what is Matt Reid's hometown and i think that Kubler isnt as good as Saville-

Groth might still be injured. Not sure about Smeets and Reid is from NSW - he crushed Kubler last week 6063! So why would they pick Kubler? Tennis selections have over the years been controversial but this just smacks of favouritism yet again. Why don;t they make these players earn their position like others have to.

Audacity
01-08-2010, 01:44 PM
I by no means agree with TA's decision to give him a WC into the main draw of the Australian Open, however they are doing the correct thing by giving him qualifying WCs into these events (Brisbane, Sydney) - it is good preparation for the higher level. He obviously isn't ready for grand slams, but TA can't back down their decision now - atleast they are showing they have confidence in him.

Tenys4r
01-08-2010, 02:02 PM
I by no means agree with TA's decision to give him a WC into the main draw of the Australian Open, however they are doing the correct thing by giving him qualifying WCs into these events (Brisbane, Sydney) - it is good preparation for the higher level. He obviously isn't ready for grand slams, but TA can't back down their decision now - atleast they are showing they have confidence in him.

Perhaps Audacity - perhaps they should have given more thought to their in initial decision - is great they are showing confidence in nhim but what about the players that have missed out on a wildcard opportunity this year who might have benefitted? And the joke is that next year those same players will probably be deemed to old.

To me it is has been an immense stuff up just because they want to fast track young players. This obsession they have with early maturers is so short sighted and only Aust Tennis will suffer. Woodbridge/Tiley have a lot to answer for if this kid crashs and burns.

Hewitt10
01-09-2010, 12:02 AM
Its 1-1 for set Ram will be hard for Kubler his tall and a good 1st serve percentage

Hewitt10
01-09-2010, 12:04 AM
Down three break points, now saves one but will be tough to win that game. Ebden and Jones will win both lookoing good early on.

jmf07
01-09-2010, 12:12 AM
Kubler has a really nice draw against a guy who is playing nowhere near his current ranking. Ram is coming off a 61 61 loss to De Bakker and was defeated by Hensel in his last match of 2009 who Kubler defeated in the Wildcard Playoff. Ram was losing to guys such as Garza, Bopanna, Ito and Martin on hardcourt. The only thing he did near the end of the year was win the Aachen Challenger.

jmf07
01-09-2010, 12:14 AM
And he gets broken to be behind 2-3.

Hewitt10
01-09-2010, 12:50 AM
He lost the first set 6-4 but is up 2-1 40-40 Ram serving i thought Ram was a heeps good player and i knew he lost to Hensel in an ameican challenger tournament at the end of the year but Ram won at Newport last year after wimbledon against Querrey in the final he beat Groth in the second round of that tournament but that was on grass so totally different now its 2-2 0-30 down kubler has been down in basically all of his service games but come back well if he loses this set then i hope it goes to a tie break.Now 40-30 up playing better and what if Kubler got drawn out to someone like Lorenzi, Odesnik, Ram or one of the rochus brothers he could play well against one of them.

And when does the final wildcard get announced for sydney and AUS OPEN?

Hewitt10
01-09-2010, 12:59 AM
He is up 4-2 40-0 second set he has this set pretty much in the bag now 5-2 up he has got 77% of first serve i this second set doing very well, next set he has got to just stay calm and get alot of first serve's in then he will probably will be in with a chance good luck to him.

n8
01-09-2010, 05:43 AM
Kubler lost to Ram 6-4 3-6 6-3 but that's a very respectable score against a top 80 opponent.

grimilan
01-09-2010, 09:12 AM
Kubler lost to Ram 6-4 3-6 6-3 but that's a very respectable score against a top 80 opponent.

Much better than his effort at Brisbane qualifying. :)

jmf07
01-09-2010, 11:06 AM
Kubler did well but this is probably more of a reflection of how terrible Ram is playing at the moment. Ram went on to lose 6-1 6-2 to Mayer in the second round to go with his 6-1 6-1 defeat to De Bakker in his only other match this year. And one of Ram's weapons is his serve.

Kubler still did well to win a set though.

Tenys4r
01-09-2010, 01:49 PM
Kubler did well but this is probably more of a reflection of how terrible Ram is playing at the moment. Ram went on to lose 6-1 6-2 to Mayer in the second round to go with his 6-1 6-1 defeat to De Bakker in his only other match this year. And one of Ram's weapons is his serve.

Kubler still did well to win a set though.

An accurate assessment of the state of play I would agree.

Matchu
01-15-2010, 01:05 AM
Jason is going to play Ivan Ljubicic in the first round of the Australian Open. If Jason can serve well he might be able to put up a good fight against Ljubicic.

Audacity
01-15-2010, 02:33 AM
Will be tough against the 24th seed.

Audacity
01-15-2010, 04:46 AM
http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/articles/2010-01-15/201001151263527787156.html?fpos=r5

Kubler ready to take the next step

Australian Open wildcard Jason Kubler’s wish of playing Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal in the first round didn’t come true when the main draw for Australian Open 2010 was announced earlier today.

Kubler did, however, have his name drawn alongside one of the 32 seeds – No.24 Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia.

In more than a decade on the ATP tour, Ljubicic has been ranked as high as world No.3, has won nine titles and is a former French Open semi-finalist and Australian Open quarter-finalist.

It’s a daunting proposition for anyone, let alone a 16-year-old playing in his first Grand Slam tournament main draw, but Kubler made some big steps in 2009, and believes he’s ready for the challenge. The Queensland native went on a 36-match winning rampage on the ITF Junior circuit that began in early July in Darwin and finished in November in Jeju-Do, South Korea.

The hot streak included five junior ITF titles and Australia’s Junior Davis Cup victory, in which he played a starring role.

“That [the Junior Davis Cup] was special to me, just representing the country and coming out victorious,” Kubler told australianopen.com.

More recently, Kubler has spent time as hitting partner to the stars at last week’s Brisbane International. Kubler withstood some searching hit-outs with Andy Roddick and James Blake in front of a growing number of interested onlookers keen to see Australia’s future share the court with the world’s present.

And while these experiences are a rare privilege for someone as young as Kubler, the teenager is not one to let it go to his head.

“I’m getting used to hitting with the big guys now ... I don’t think he [Roddick] was going full for them, but you could still see, especially with his serve, I think he was going three-quarter, but it’s still bloody fast.”

Roddick was also impressed with what he saw coming from the other side of the net: “He seemed like he had some good work on the ball and he just needs some opportunity.”

To prepare himself for the biggest challenge of his career to date, Kubler has been working with Queensland’s National Academy and spent some time with Pat Rafter, who believes Kubler will benefit from his Australian Open experience.

“He is our best player that we’ve got coming through with [Bernard] Tomic. He’s a great talent,” says Rafter.

“He may not do overly well here, but he needs to see what’s going on. He needs to play these matches and he needs to get the experience.”

No doubt Kubler will draw a lot from this experience as he begins to make the difficult transition from junior star (at No.3 on the junior rankings, he’s the highest-ranked 16-year-old in the world) to senior player.

When asked about making the step up to Grand Slam level and whether nerves will be an issue, Kubler responds honestly and sounds like someone ready to take that vital next step.

“The nerves will be there [before the match], but hopefully I can overcome that and play my best when I’m out there.”

n8
01-15-2010, 08:49 AM
http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/articles/2010-01-15/201001151263527787156.html?fpos=r5

Kubler ready to take the next step

Australian Open wildcard Jason Kubler’s wish of playing Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal in the first round didn’t come true when the main draw for Australian Open 2010 was announced earlier today.

No doubt Kubler will draw a lot from this experience as he begins to make the difficult transition from junior star (at No.3 on the junior rankings, he’s the highest-ranked 16-year-old in the world) to senior player.


Um... so he was hoping to draw Federer or Nadal? :unsure: Up to three in juniors now and Berta (1) and Mina (2) aren't playing in the juniors so he'll be number one seed.

Hewitt =Legend
01-15-2010, 10:31 AM
Seems as if he is a pretty level headed kid, just hope he doesn't get embarressed out there and get demoralised for the juniors. Should have gotten a wildcard into the qualifying by TA but hey, thats the youth policy for ya.

jmf07
01-16-2010, 05:32 AM
Um... so he was hoping to draw Federer or Nadal? :unsure: Up to three in juniors now and Berta (1) and Mina (2) aren't playing in the juniors so he'll be number one seed.

Mina is playing qualies of the Traralgon International so he might have forgot to enter or something but I doubt he will get a wildcard into the Maindraw of the Aus Open Juniors and will probably instead get one for Qualies.

n8
01-16-2010, 07:47 AM
I'm looking forward to watching Kubler play Ljubicic on show court three at 11am on Monday :).

Wrong Direction
01-18-2010, 02:25 AM
Ljubicic won 6/1 6/2 6/2 in an hour and 29 mins, pretty one sided if you look at stats. (Only won 1 point receiving in second set.) Hope Jason's confidence isn't shot for juniors. Big step up to Mens Grand Slam. I wonder what TA's spin on match will be.

save ausdecline
01-18-2010, 02:38 AM
kubler's admission to the Aus Open was pretty much a joke.

save ausdecline
01-18-2010, 02:39 AM
he is no Tomic at the moment.

Wrong Direction
01-18-2010, 02:51 AM
kubler's admission to the Aus Open was pretty much a joke.

Yes, a sick joke by TA management designed to screw with the minds of all players aged between 18-25 who have been playing all around the world to improve their ATP ranking.

ace ventura
01-18-2010, 03:20 AM
Id totally agree with that comment Wrong Direction.

18 - 25s ,,,,, Not only " playing " but " paying " to get improve their ATP ranking around the world !!

Audacity
01-18-2010, 05:18 AM
Good try Jason! Ljubicic is a very tough opponent. Better luck in the juniors.

:yeah:

jmf07
01-18-2010, 05:18 AM
As expected sadly. Hopefully Kubler can bounce back from these idiotic decisions to expose to him such a level when he wasn't ready for it. It will be interesting to hear a report from those who were at the match but it sounds as though Ljubo wasn't even trying that hard but still won with ease. I think Kubler will brush it off and it wont have much impact on his development but he certainly wont be the first one if he doesnt.

:lol: 4 sentence report about the match from Tennis Australia. They must be saving space for the part where they admit to their mistake. Tood Woodbridge is probably too busy commentating on womens matches for Channel 7 to explain his decision.

The only good thing about this match was the generous odds on offer for a Ljubicic straight sets victory.

Tenys4r
01-18-2010, 08:48 PM
Yep was there. Easy first round for Luba. He must have been so pleased. Did not break a sweat. Read in newspaper where he said that he that while he was sure Kubler would be a good player was developmentally way too early for him to be playing in the Open. Maybe a broadside to TA! Haven't read any quotes from Woodbridge/Tiley this morning about it - ohh ofr course, unlike Tomic last year - they obviously want to forget that their decision was not such a good one maybe. Probably great experience in some ways for him but unfortunate for the other Aussie kid who probably deserved more to get that experience and opportunity.

n8
01-19-2010, 12:33 PM
Five games isn't too bad from Kubler. Exact same scoreline as Tomic-Kohlschreiber at Roland Garros last year.

n8
01-24-2010, 02:36 AM
Berta and Mina both decided to play juniors at the Australian Open so Kubler got pushed down to third seed. I wrote a bit about Kubler's Ljubicic match here (http://statracket.net/?view=articles/aopart1.html) and there are some Kubler photos here (http://statracket.net/images/Australian%20Open%202010%20-%20Joel%27s%20camera/).

Audacity
01-24-2010, 09:24 AM
Berta and Mina both decided to play juniors at the Australian Open so Kubler got pushed down to third seed. I wrote a bit about Kubler's Ljubicic match here (http://statracket.net/?view=articles/aopart1.html) and there are some Kubler photos here (http://statracket.net/images/Australian%20Open%202010%20-%20Joel%27s%20camera/).

Thanks!

Kubler won his first round in the Juniors 6-3 7-5.

n8
01-26-2010, 12:38 PM
Thanks!

Kubler won his first round in the Juniors 6-3 7-5.

Kulber's got to be loving being the main Australian draw card in the juniors. He's been 1st on show court 3 for three straight singles matches (four if you include Ljubicic!). The schedule says his 3rd round opponent is Aussie, but I'm pretty sure Sean Berman is from the USA.

Tenys4r
01-26-2010, 08:31 PM
From information I have Berman is South African and has tried to get funding from USA then New Zealand and now Australia and none of them have been good enough. Apparently has a similar father figure to Tomic! Excellent - another one!

n8
01-27-2010, 01:29 AM
Kubler lost in the 3rd round of juniors 6-4 6-2.

save ausdecline
01-27-2010, 02:45 AM
wat a joke.

Audacity
01-27-2010, 05:12 AM
Jason must be pretty low on confidence. :shrug:

jmf07
01-28-2010, 01:20 AM
A shame considering it was only one and a half months ago that he beat Berman 6-3 6-3.

jmf07
01-31-2010, 01:35 AM
Good to see Kubler put up a good showing in the Burnie Qualies with an easy straight sets win over Maher before losing to Tomic 4-6 7-6 2-6.

Audacity
01-31-2010, 03:09 AM
Damn bad luck Jason.

Tenys4r
02-01-2010, 11:19 PM
If he can't get through qualies and he lost in the juniors, why did TA give him a wildcard intothe Main Draw of Oz Open. Am still amazed at all of that. Wouldn't it have been better to have not raised everyone's belief in the Oz Open - it certainly comes across as ridiculous when he lost in the 3rd round of the juniors. So unfair to the kid.

save ausdecline
02-02-2010, 01:53 AM
At one time before the match before Ljubs he must have realistically thought that he had no chance making it to the second round based on his credentials. I mean I've bitched about this before but shouldn't a wildcard entrant be someone with potential who can get at least past the first round. But you got to look at sme smaller tournaments like the Qatar Open, they used to blood some of their Middle Eastern "crappy" tennis players into the main draw, now they restrict them to qualifying wildcards.

Tenys4r
02-02-2010, 08:04 PM
shouldn't a wildcard entrant be someone with potential who can get at least past the first round. But you got to look at sme smaller tournaments like the Qatar Open, they used to blood some of their Middle Eastern "crappy" tennis players into the main draw, now they restrict them to qualifying wildcards.

Absolutely agree. We do have players who had MORE potential to contest that first round. What makes my blood boil is that they gave it to him without one SENIOR result. Tiley and his "players will have to earn their wildcards" blah blah crap. Tiley and TA are slowly whittling away any credibility they may have had.

willingnable
02-02-2010, 10:40 PM
Yes he shouldnt of got a wildcard AO MD but he did - lets get over it and move on. I say goodluck to the guy and let see what happens over the next 12 mths.

Tenys4r
02-16-2010, 04:00 AM
I heard he has split with his coach now. Happens all the time, a player gets within grasp of TA/AIS and next thing the coach that got him there is dumped. I hope it was an amicable decision for both of them.

ace ventura
02-16-2010, 09:42 AM
who was his coach ?

No doubt a TA coach, you cant get funding otherwise, who dumped who ?

Audacity
03-11-2010, 10:01 AM
What's Jason doing these days?

Givenchy
03-21-2010, 01:36 AM
Spain F10 Futures Qualifying
LOPEZ-PEREZ, Enrique def. KUBLER, Jason 6-4 5-7 6-4

Hewitt2010
03-21-2010, 01:40 AM
Thats what we need to see from him, playing outside Asia and Australia, but dissapointing result. I hope he can play more events in europe, also i think he is capable of making the top 1000 maybe top 800 or even top 700, good luck to him where ever he play's next. Can someone please tell me where he's heading off to next. Thanks

And Good Luck.

Matchu
03-21-2010, 06:37 AM
Thats what we need to see from him, playing outside Asia and Australia, but dissapointing result. I hope he can play more events in europe, also i think he is capable of making the top 1000 maybe top 800 or even top 700, good luck to him where ever he play's next. Can someone please tell me where he's heading off to next. Thanks

And Good Luck.

I'd say it would would be very likely he will stay in Spain or at least Europe and play some more futures tournament qualies, he will probably come back to Australia at the end of April and play the aussie futures. Hopefully by the end of the Aussie futures in April he will have an ATP ranking.

Hewitt2010
03-21-2010, 12:08 PM
What is the matter with juniors, they hardly play any tennis tournaments at any level. Tomic played about 5 or maybe a few more last year, this year he has only played 2 plus the davis cup. Kubler and Saville we haven't see them both much this year yet. Hopefully they can play most of the rest of the Australian futures this year.

Does Kubler get 10 ranking points for playing in the Aus Open or don't first round knock outs get points if they were wildcards. Good Luck to Kubler to where ever he goes and plays next.

Hewitt =Legend
03-21-2010, 12:39 PM
Remember that they haven't really had an off season like the rest of the tour considering they pretty much played through the whole of November and December. I think they are entitled to a small break after Burnie and Mildura so they don't over do it. Kubler and Saville will start playing regulary now and Tomic is hoping to play some Italian challengers in the coming weeks.

Matchu
03-21-2010, 12:58 PM
What is the matter with juniors, they hardly play any tennis tournaments at any level. Tomic played about 5 or maybe a few more last year, this year he has only played 2 plus the davis cup. Kubler and Saville we haven't see them both much this year yet. Hopefully they can play most of the rest of the Australian futures this year.

Does Kubler get 10 ranking points for playing in the Aus Open or don't first round knock outs get points if they were wildcards. Good Luck to Kubler to where ever he goes and plays next.

I seriously read your posts sometimes and am a little bit worried. Young bodies can't handle playing week in week out every month of the year. It's March, Tomic has played three tournaments this year, which means he has an average of one tournament per month, throw the Davis Cup tie in there and you will realise he hasn't been as inactive as you think.

Kubler and Saville haven't played because one of them doesn't have a ranking and the other can only get entry into qualifying draws. You have to remember Kubler has two years left on the junior circuit and Luke Saville three. There main focus at this point in time is to do well in the junior slams, obviously they want to gain ATP points but they are approaching it realistically.

Kubler does not get 10 ranking points for the Australian Open because he was a wildcard, I thought that would have been pretty obviously when you take into consideration he is rankingless.

Seriously man you are expecting way too much from the Aussie players, a lot of our guys are ranked higher than they should be and it's because of the weak fields in the Oceanic/Asian region. Just relax and stop thinking all of our players are going to be top 100 ATP pros one day.

jmf07
03-22-2010, 02:43 AM
A shame for Kubler and the other Aussies. I'm guessing they are training in Spain with Mantilla. Saville is entered for a couple of junior tournaments in Europe but Kubler is not on the entry lists. I suppose his schedule depends on what his team wants. If I were him I would try to focus on the French Open Juniors to try and get a junior grand slam and it is on his favourite surface.

Matchu is correct. The tournaments in the Asia/Oceanic region especially the junior tournaments are weaker than the level they are at. It's common for Tennis Australia to send some guys to Asia just to get some easy ranking points.

Just wondering can Kubler use a junior exempt to get into any of the future tournaments given that he finished inside the top 10 last year?

n8
03-22-2010, 11:57 AM
A shame for Kubler and the other Aussies. I'm guessing they are training in Spain with Mantilla. Saville is entered for a couple of junior tournaments in Europe but Kubler is not on the entry lists. I suppose his schedule depends on what his team wants. If I were him I would try to focus on the French Open Juniors to try and get a junior grand slam and it is on his favourite surface.

Matchu is correct. The tournaments in the Asia/Oceanic region especially the junior tournaments are weaker than the level they are at. It's common for Tennis Australia to send some guys to Asia just to get some easy ranking points.

Just wondering can Kubler use a junior exempt to get into any of the future tournaments given that he finished inside the top 10 last year?

That's a good point. He should be able to get a junior exempt into three $15,000 Futures events as he finished at number 4 last year.

From ITF website:
The number 1 and 2 ranked players can enter three (3) Futures events offering up to $15,000+H in prize money; players ranked 3-5 can enter three (3) events offering up to $15,000 in prize money; and players ranked 6-10 can enter three (3) Futures events offering up to $10,000 in prize money.

Hewitt2010
03-22-2010, 01:15 PM
So does anyone know where Kubler is heading off next. Its dissapointing to see him at 4th in the world in the juniors and then no mens ranking. But he is only 16 so he has still got a long time before he really has to make an impression. I think that players younger then Tomic are quite lucky, that pretty much means that they won't have as much responsabilty or pressure as someone like Tomic. So really Kubler dosent have any pressure on himself to do well because everyone thinks that Tomic is the next big thing, honestly so do i. But it wouldn't surprise me if Tomic never made himself into one of the greatest players ever.

When TA gave Kubler one of the Australian Open wildcards i thought it was a huge mistake, but know i think it's great. It's given him that little bit more of experience, most probably Saville will get a wildcard next year. Then there is so many 14 year old at the moment that are just trying to get up there. Daniel Guccione, Jack Alberton, Hayden Mickan, Li Tu but there is one that i think is going to really step up he most probably can't beat them players at the moment but i think he is really coming along in his tennis. Myself im thirteen and ive played this kid, everyone remember this name Tavis Saunders, he has played so real great players and lost maybe but his skill level is amazing, both the times i played him it was 6-0 and 6-0. I wish him luck in the future. He is from Murray Bridge, South Australia.

jmf07
03-23-2010, 03:29 AM
He probably plans to keep training in Spain and then enter the Spanish Futures Tournament on hard in two weeks.

Having Tomic come before them only increases the pressure and expectations. People expect them to achieve what Tomic has or somewhere near that level and many/all of them can't. Kubler's wildcard was never a correct decision and it has been shown in the Four Corners documentary as to the real reason he got one. What experience can you derive from a performance like that? You see what level the top guys are at but he was already well aware of that. The memories of the thrashing he copped in front of family and friends and an aussie crowd cheering him on will probably stick with him forever. In a couple of years when he makes it back into the Australian Open (if he develops well enough) what do you think he is more likely to remember from that match?

Hewitt2010
03-23-2010, 06:22 AM
I guess you are right they probably have got some expectations, but someone like Duckworth or Mitchell who don't dominate juniors could really do well without as much pressure. Hopefull we will see someone like Mitchell or Duckworth reall start going well.

Territory
03-28-2010, 03:21 AM
Another loss for Jason - Q1 in Italy $15K - lost to #968 Claudio Fortuna 6-4, 1-6, 2-6.

n8
03-28-2010, 06:04 AM
Another loss for Jason - Q1 in Italy $15K - lost to #968 Claudio Fortuna 6-4, 1-6, 2-6.

Damn. At least he's put in some good showings in his last few losses. 4-6 7-5 4-6 a week ago (also first round Spain futures qualifying), and 4-6 7-6(4) 2-6 versus Tomic isn't too bad.

jmf07
04-11-2010, 06:45 AM
Wins his first match this week in Qualies 64 62. Hard to tell how good his opponent was but a 64 62 win is nice after his previous losses.

jmf07
04-24-2010, 03:38 PM
He is one win away from qualifying for the 15k futures tournament at Ipswich on the clay. He has to defeat Jordan Szabo to get in the maindraw. Szabo will be a hard match. Good luck to him.

Audacity
04-24-2010, 03:45 PM
Who's Jordan Szabo? From what little information I can find he is an unranked Aussie, 18 years old.

Anyway, good luck Jase.

jmf07
04-24-2010, 04:04 PM
He won a few matches at the Aus Open juniors two years ago where he qualified and then made the Round of 16 before getting knocked out by one of the high seeds. Got some decent results on the Aussie Junior Circuit as well. Kubler does have a couple of straight sets wins over him in juniors. I would imagine Kubler would be confident but it won't be a gimme.

Audacity
04-24-2010, 04:20 PM
He won a few matches at the Aus Open juniors two years ago where he qualified and then made the Round of 16 before getting knocked out by one of the high seeds. Got some decent results on the Aussie Junior Circuit as well. Kubler does have a couple of straight sets wins over him in juniors. I would imagine Kubler would be confident but it won't be a gimme.

Thanks. Hopefully he can qualify!

jmf07
04-24-2010, 05:11 PM
Thanks. Hopefully he can qualify!

That's ok :)

Hewitt2010
04-25-2010, 04:33 AM
Great to see Kubler playing well in Future qualifying good luck to him, in the final round. Hope he can win a match or two in the main draw.

ace ventura
04-25-2010, 07:40 AM
Cant work out how he gets a WC into Mens Main Draw Aus Open, and yet didn't get one at QLD Futures and has to qually. ?

Matchu
04-25-2010, 09:01 AM
Cant work out how he gets a WC into Mens Main Draw Aus Open, and yet didn't get one at QLD Futures and has to qually. ?

The reason that happened was because at the time Kubler won maybe 3 or 4 juniors titles in a row (including a GA in Japan) and looked to be a huge junior prospect that needed senior tournament experience, like Bernard last year. Tennis Australia decided to stick to their youth policy and give a sixteen year old a wildcard into a grand slam tournament.

With a disappointing result in the Aussie Open juniors Kubler hasn't done really anything this year which would explain why the future tournament would be less inclined to give Jason a wildcard and perhaps choose someone else instead.

jmf07
04-25-2010, 05:06 PM
Cant work out how he gets a WC into Mens Main Draw Aus Open, and yet didn't get one at QLD Futures and has to qually. ?

IMO they have made the wrong decision again regarding Kubler and wildcards. It is almost a home tournament for Kubler and it's on a surface that suits him plus it is a weak field for a 15k future so he could have picked up some important ranking points that have been eluding him. Instead they have risked him bombing out in Qualies but in the end it looks like he will get through.

jmf07
04-26-2010, 09:33 AM
:bounce: Kubler made the maindraw. Can't access any maindraw at the moment. Don't know if it is my computer or not. Does anyone know who he has to play in the first round?

Matchu
04-26-2010, 11:06 AM
CROWE, Joshua (AUS) 5 v SATO, Bumpei (JPN)
Q KUBLER, Jason (AUS) v BLAKE, Myles (GBR)
Q LOOK, Michael (AUS) v FROST, Isaac (AUS)
MATSUO, Yuki (JPN) v ONOZAWA, Arata (JPN) 2

That is Jason's quarter, plays Brit Myles Blake in the first round which is a winnable match. Blake has only won one main draw futures match this year so lets hope Koobs can finally get a ranking point here.

Audacity
04-26-2010, 12:34 PM
Excellent. Hopefully Jason can finally get that breakthrough maindraw win.

n8
04-26-2010, 02:15 PM
CROWE, Joshua (AUS) 5 v SATO, Bumpei (JPN)
Q KUBLER, Jason (AUS) v BLAKE, Myles (GBR)
Q LOOK, Michael (AUS) v FROST, Isaac (AUS)
MATSUO, Yuki (JPN) v ONOZAWA, Arata (JPN) 2

That is Jason's quarter, plays Brit Myles Blake in the first round which is a winnable match. Blake has only won one main draw futures match this year so lets hope Koobs can finally get a ranking point here.

I always get so nervous when Kubler has a chance to get a ranking point. It would be great if he could get one before his 17th birthday next month.

jmf07
04-26-2010, 02:22 PM
Thanks for the draw. Seems like a nice matchup for Jason although clay does seem to be his opponent's favourite surface and he did beat Ito last month. Other than that he hasn't done a lot of late.

http://www.buzzle.com/editorials/6-29-2005-72325.asp

An article about his opponent from five years ago.

jmf07
04-28-2010, 04:52 AM
:woohoo: Kubler wins 62 64. Nicely done. Now plays Joshua Crowe in the second round.

n8
04-28-2010, 05:25 AM
:woohoo: Kubler wins 62 64. Nicely done. Now plays Joshua Crowe in the second round.

:bigclap::dance::banana: Great news! I'm relieved that Kubler got his first ranking point before it became too much of an issue.

Audacity
04-28-2010, 06:02 AM
He must be very relieved, he's obviously had a lot of pressure on him to succeed. Well done Jase! :rocker2:

Matchu
04-28-2010, 02:20 PM
finally! what would be really great is if Jason could beat Josh Crowe and make quarters, a bit like what Ben Mitchell did not long ago when he got his first ATP points. It's these tournament in April/July that really provide a springboard for our youngsters each year because our better players who could play these tournament would usually choose to stay overseas during this period.

Come on jase I think you have a big oppurtunity here.

jmf07
04-29-2010, 07:58 AM
:worship: Wins his second round match 46 75 62 and now has a very winnable Quarter Final. Would be sensational if he could make the semis. Great work Jason.

Matchu
04-29-2010, 09:36 AM
Very nice win from Jason. Yes the match against Matsuo is definetly winnable. I wasn't aware how good Jason actually was on clay, must be playing a huge advantage for him here. He would have to be considered a favorite for RG juniors given his recent success in senior clay tournaments.

Should Jase pick up a win tommorow he will actually get a ranking inside the top 1000 the week after next! along with that he will also get a secured entry into the second aussie future next week and have an oppurtunity against two players (brendan moore and andrew gregory) who I am going to predict would be beatable for Jason.

Come on mate, one more win and your set up for the year.

n8
04-29-2010, 10:52 AM
:worship: Wins his second round match 46 75 62 and now has a very winnable Quarter Final. Would be sensational if he could make the semis. Great work Jason.

Go JK!

-edit-

I think those 5 matches (2-3 record, but all losses went to 3 sets) in European clay Futures qualifying draws are paying dividends now.

Audacity
04-29-2010, 11:56 AM
Nice! Especially coming from a set down..

Matchu
04-29-2010, 03:00 PM
Go JK!

-edit-

I think those 5 matches (2-3 record, but all losses went to 3 sets) in European clay Futures qualifying draws are paying dividends now.

Yes, that has most probably been the biggest factor in these results. Also the fact that the tournament is being played in Ipswich which is pretty close to where Jason lives, he is probably actually going home to his real house everyday. Bundaberg next week is probably too far to drive home each day to Brisbane but still nice that he is in his home state of Queensland.

Rae777
04-30-2010, 04:29 AM
QF: Jason Kubler (QLD) d Yuki Matsuo (JPN) 6-2 6-0

Matchu
04-30-2010, 05:09 AM
Awesome, very exciting time for Jason. He will now get direct entry into the futures tournament main draw in Bundaberg next week thanks to a secured entry. Also in two mondays time he will be ranked inside the top 1000. Also great to see that he had such an easy win in a quarterfinal.

He will now move to the 4th highest ranked player for his age group. If he is able to win his semifinal then he will become the highest ranked player for his age group. I hope this happens because then we will have Bernard (currently number 2 ranked for age group) and Jason who will be very highly ranked for their age groups and most probably gain some wildcards because of it.

Come on Jason, keep it going mate. Even if he loses the semifinal which I'm expecting it will still be a great week for him.

n8
04-30-2010, 05:15 AM
Awesome, very exciting time for Jason. He will now get direct entry into the futures tournament main draw in Bundaberg next week thanks to a secured entry. Also in two mondays time he will be ranked inside the top 1000. Also great to see that he had such an easy win in a quarterfinal.

He will now move to the 4th highest ranked player for his age group. If he is able to win his semifinal then he will become the highest ranked player for his age group. I hope this happens because then we will have Bernard (currently number 2 ranked for age group) and Jason who will be very highly ranked for their age groups and most probably gain some wildcards because of it.

Come on Jason, keep it going mate. Even if he loses the semifinal which I'm expecting it will still be a great week for him.

And with Saville winning a main draw match this week, Australia has got players close to the top in the 1992, 1993 and 1994 age categories. Very exciting for Australian tennis and extremely encouraging for Kubler. Jason seems to be very good against Asian players (referring to this win and his junior tour performance last year).

Matchu
04-30-2010, 06:35 AM
Next up for Jason is the unseeded Bredan Moore who just defeated the fourth seed Andrew Gregory in straight sets. I think Jason has a very good chance of winning this match as well. Be hard to see Brydan Klein not winning this tournament though.

jmf07
04-30-2010, 07:00 AM
Well done Jase and there is really no reason why he can't get to the final now. He beat Moore last year 64 63 on the Hardcourt. He has improved since then plus their rematch is on clay and Moore was in similar form. Great week for the juniors.