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Colin Ebelthite wins AO WC in Play-Offs

CooCooCachoo
12-21-2008, 04:24 PM
Ebelthite beats Groth to win wildcard

Melbourne Park, 21 December 2008
Tennis Australia
http://www.tennis.com.au/pages/image.aspx?assetid=RDM39803.7097859144&blobType=portait Colin Ebelthite pumps his fist after defeating Sam Groth in the Australian Open Wildcard Play-off men's final.
Ella Ling
South Australia’s Colin Ebelthite has capped off his best-ever year with a win in the AO Play-off, gaining a wildcard into the maindraw of Australian Open 2009.
Ebelthite defeated AIS Pro tour teammate, big-serving Sam Groth 1-6 7-6(1) 6-4 6-4 in the final, a match which lasted for more than two and a half hours at Melbourne Park.
Australian Open 2009 will be Ebelthite’s debut Grand Slam appearance.
“It hasn't really sunk in yet but it's starting to and feeling good,” Ebelthite said after the match.
“The first set I probably started off a little bit slow but Sam played a really good first set. Second set he was on top early, I managed to hang in there and then had a couple of chances, which I couldn't quite take in trying to break him. But I played a really good tiebreaker and then took a couple of chances in the third and fourth sets so really happy.
“When you're playing qualifying or the play-off you always know there is an opportunity there [to play in a Grand Slam] but for me being ranked 250th it's still not quite there yet so I'm going to really enjoy it,” Ebelthite continued.
Ebelthite is looking forward to returning to South Australia for Christmas and a couple of days of well-earned rest, before getting back in training with AIS coach Paul Baccanello.
Earlier in the day Jelena Dokic held off a determined challenge from 16-year-old Monika Wejnert from Queensland, winning the AO Play-off final 6-7(3) 7-5 6-3.
VIDEO: Ebelthite v Groth highlights

VIDEO: Dokic v Wejnert highlights (http://www.tennis.com.au/pages/default.aspx?id=4&pageId=11501)


http://www.tennis.com.au/pages/News.aspx?id=4&pageId=11499&HandlerId=2&archive=false&newsid=5158

CooCooCachoo
12-21-2008, 04:26 PM
And John Isner won the USTA WC :wavey:

jole
12-21-2008, 08:50 PM
Nice win for Colin. Groth is not a bad player from my recollections.

Ivanatis
12-21-2008, 08:58 PM
great to see some tennis finally again:D

Groth will hopefully come through in quali then

TankingTheSet
12-21-2008, 08:59 PM
It seems kind of hard to find full draw info/results for these play-offs in both Aus in the US. The Tennis Australia site only has the new article about the final, but the tournament data section is from last year's play-off. Similarly the USTA website has no info on the US play-off. Anyone know a source?

TankingTheSet
12-21-2008, 09:07 PM
It looks like the full Aus play-off results can be found from this page:

http://www.tennis.com.au/pages/default.aspx?id=4&pageId=13869


Final:
Ebelthite def. Groth 1-6 7-6 6-4 6-4

SF:
Groth def. Sirianni 7-6(5) 6-4
Ebelhite def. Marinko Matosevic 6-4 6-4

QF:
Colin Ebelthite d Peter Luczak 6-4 6-2
Marinko Matosevic d Carsten Ball 6-3 6-7(7) 6-3
Joseph Sirianni d Brendan McKenzie 5-7 6-1 6-1
Samuel Groth d Robert Smeets 7-6 6-3

RR Day 3:
Groth def. Ball 6-4 5-7 7-6(3)
Andrew Gregory def. Dayne Kelly 3-6 6-3 6-1
Smeets def. John Millman 7-6 6-7 5-3
Ebden def. Matosevic 5-7 6-2 6-2
Sirianni def. Tomic 6-3 6-1 :lol:
Andrew Thomas def. Ebelthite 5-7 2-1 ret.
Luczak def. Stephen Hoh 7-5 6-2
Brendan MacKenzie def. Brydan Klein 3-6 7-6(2) 6-4

RR Day 2:
Tomic def. Dane Propoggia 6-7 6-4 3-0 ret.
Sirianni def. Ebelthite 7-5 7-6
Luczak def. Klein 6-2 6-4
Matosevic def. Smeets 4-6 6-2 6-1
...

RR Day 1:
Ebelthite def. Tomic 3-6 6-3 7-6(6)
...


How the hell did Ebelthite get out the group stage :lol:
His group's final standing looked like this:

Name, Wins, Sets, Games
1 Joseph Sirianni 3 6 - 0 39 - 21
2 Colin Ebelthite 1 3 - 4 35 - 36
3 Bernard Tomic 1 3 - 5 34 - 39
4 Andrew Thomas 1 1 - 1 7 - 8
5 Dane Propoggia 0 1 - 4 17 - 28

Ebelthite's retirement in his last group match must have been tactical (screwing Tomic on rules). :lol:

Vin Judah
12-21-2008, 09:08 PM
It seems kind of hard to find full draw info/results for these play-offs in both Aus in the US. The Tennis Australia site only has the new article about the final, but the tournament data section is from last year's play-off. Similarly the USTA website has no info on the US play-off. Anyone know a source?

hope this helps :wavey:

http://www.tennis.com.au/pages/default.aspx?id=4&pageId=13877

TankingTheSet
12-21-2008, 09:20 PM
hope this helps :wavey:

http://www.tennis.com.au/pages/default.aspx?id=4&pageId=13877

Thanks, that's useful although it isn't easy to view those tables.

dijus
12-21-2008, 09:37 PM
It looks like the full Aus play-off results can be found from this page:

http://www.tennis.com.au/pages/default.aspx?id=4&pageId=13869


Final:
Ebelthite def. Groth 1-6 7-6 6-4 6-4

SF:
Groth def. Sirianni 7-6(5) 6-4
Ebelhite def. Marinko Matosevic 6-4 6-4

QF:
Colin Ebelthite d Peter Luczak 6-4 6-2
Marinko Matosevic d Carsten Ball 6-3 6-7(7) 6-3
Joseph Sirianni d Brendan McKenzie 5-7 6-1 6-1
Samuel Groth d Robert Smeets 7-6 6-3

RR Day 3:
Groth def. Ball 6-4 5-7 7-6(3)
Andrew Gregory def. Dayne Kelly 3-6 6-3 6-1
Smeets def. John Millman 7-6 6-7 5-3
Ebden def. Matosevic 5-7 6-2 6-2
Sirianni def. Tomic 6-3 6-1 :lol:
Andrew Thomas def. Ebelthite 5-7 2-1 ret.
Luczak def. Stephen Hoh 7-5 6-2
Brendan MacKenzie def. Brydan Klein 3-6 7-6(2) 6-4

RR Day 2:
Tomic def. Dane Propoggia 6-7 6-4 3-0 ret.
Sirianni def. Ebelthite 7-5 7-6
Luczak def. Klein 6-2 6-4
Matosevic def. Smeets 4-6 6-2 6-1
...

RR Day 1:
Ebelthite def. Tomic 3-6 6-3 7-6(6)
...


How the hell did Ebelthite get out the group stage :lol:
His group's final standing looked like this:

Name, Wins, Sets, Games
1 Joseph Sirianni 3 6 - 0 39 - 21
2 Colin Ebelthite 1 3 - 4 35 - 36
3 Bernard Tomic 1 3 - 5 34 - 39
4 Andrew Thomas 1 1 - 1 7 - 8
5 Dane Propoggia 0 1 - 4 17 - 28

Ebelthite's retirement in his last group match must have been tactical (screwing Tomic on rules). :lol:

hahahaha that's really hilarious

Consigliere
12-21-2008, 09:52 PM
Didn't know that, Ebelthite could potentially be investigated if that is true.

CooCooCachoo
12-21-2008, 10:04 PM
I don't think Colin's injury was illegit. Had Tomic beaten Sirianni on Day 3, Colin would have screwed himself over. Depends on the OOP obviously.

mashamaniac
12-21-2008, 10:26 PM
Can someone give us some info about this ebelthite guy? i searched on itf but didn't find anything!

TankingTheSet
12-21-2008, 10:35 PM
http://www.itftennis.com/mens/players/player.asp?player=100005279

He won a lot of futures about one year ago.

mashamaniac
12-21-2008, 11:15 PM
http://www.itftennis.com/mens/players/player.asp?player=100005279

He won a lot of futures about one year ago.

Many thanks mate... though i dunno why but the link doesn't work for me!

GlennMirnyi
12-22-2008, 12:02 AM
And John Isner won the USTA WC :wavey:

Great stuff.


By the way, how come Ball lost to freaking no-one Matosevic? :o

JustJames
12-22-2008, 12:49 AM
If you check out Matosevic's ITF Profile [ HERE (http://www.itftennis.com/mens/players/activity.asp?player=100040476) ], he seems to have encountered some good form as of late; although it has evidently been building since May.

Ivanatis
12-22-2008, 01:14 AM
And John Isner won the USTA WC :wavey:

Isner won over Young and Levine, who both defeated Odesnik. The final matches Isner - Odesnik and Young - Levine were no more played, as Levine withdrew and Isner was safe n°1 (due to his H2H versus Young and Levine).

Levine d. Odesnik
Isner - Young 7-6 in 3rd set

Isner - Levine 6-3 7-5
Young - Odesnik 7-5 7-5

Matchu
12-22-2008, 01:26 AM
Can someone give us some info about this ebelthite guy? i searched on itf but didn't find anything!

Pretty interesting story, he grew up in Adelaide (where Lleytons from) and he actually quit tennis in 2004 and barely played for 2 years, but started playing again in September 2006. Fourth tournament back he won, followed by some strong results in 2007 when he joined the AIS but 2008 has obviously been his best year on tour. Won 4 future events and had a couple of good challenger results.

So theoritcally if you take away his two years off the tour hes 22 years old in tennis terms. Hopefully he can have a long career with some Davis Cup appearances. GOOD LUCK COLIN ITS GONNA BE TOUGH.

iSzavay.
12-22-2008, 02:14 AM
And John Isner won the USTA WC :wavey:
:woohoo: I hope he can play well this year, I hate too say it but I saw him at the Open and other than serves he needed some serious :help:, mentally too :sad:


Congrats to Colin too :bounce:

Labamba
12-22-2008, 08:40 AM
http://www.tennisweek.com/news/fullstory.sps?inewsid=6624339

The Evans Report: Sunshine State To Grand Slam Field

Just in case you missed it, the 2009 season has already started. In fact, the Australian Open has started — that’s right, a portion of the qualifying for next year’s Australian Open has been going on this weekend, not in Melbourne, not even Down Under, but on the other side of the world not too far from that other Melbourne in Florida.

Because of good cooperation between the Grand Slams, Tennis Australia offers a wild card to American and Asian players on a reciprocal basis. So rather than have everyone charge off down to Melbourne ahead of time, the USTA staged a four man round robin qualifier on the Evert Academy courts, right next to their own USTA HQ practice courts, in Boca Raton.

And the winner was — John Isner. The idea was for everyone to play three matches over three days but in fact the 6-foot-9 giant only needed two. And, after the protracted struggle he endured to beat Donald Young under a burning Florida sun on the opening day, Isner was probably very happy about that.

On Saturday, Isner recovered sufficiently to beat Floridian Jesse Levine, 6-3, 7-5, and, as Levine had beaten Wayne Odesnik on the opening day, that was enough to send Isner on his Aussie odyssey.

Levine then decided he could do without being a standby for Aussie Odysseys and defaulted to Young on Sunday to make Donald first reserve in case Isner bashes his head on an overhead branch or something in the meantime.

Isner’s victory over Young on Friday required 3 hours, 10 minutes of toil and sweat. It was not always pretty tennis with Isner blowing a 3-1 lead in the final set before taking it on the breaker 7-5 after Young had battled back from 1-3 down in that taught, tense breaker.

Various coaches watching from the sidelines were wondering why Isner didn’t get in more often than he did and why, with the wingspan of a 747, he can’t be more effective when he does get up there. That is a part of the big man’s game that will have to improve in the coming months if he is to build on that amazing introduction to the pro game that he enjoyed at the Legg Mason in Washington DC last year when he won five consecutive matches in the third set tie break. Obviously he has nerves of steel. Now he needs to transfer some of that steel to his volley.

Labamba
12-22-2008, 08:44 AM
http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,24831652-3162,00.html

Wildcard reward eases Colin Ebelthite's pain

THE sports edict that "you've gotta play hurt" certainly applies to South Australian Colin Ebelthite.

He fought off two injuries in the past week to secure a wildcard into the Australian Open singles draw.

Ebelthite won't be swinging a racquet over shoulder height for a few days after nursing a strained chest muscle through a 1-6 7-6 (7-1) 6-4 6-4 win over doubles partner Sam Groth in the playoff final at Melbourne Park yesterday.

The 24-year-old, forced to retire mid-match with a strained stomach muscle during one of the round-robin series, felt pain in the right pectoral muscle during his semi-final win.

"I hurt it a little bit yesterday in my match and I wasn't sure how I would pull up," Ebelthite said. "I iced it and took some anti-inflammatories. It's going to be sore tomorrow, but it's worth it."

When Ebelthite's name drops into the singles list on the computer at next month's Open draw, it will be his first time in a major championship.

A winner of four events on the lower-tier Futures circuit this year, he hasn't been in a singles draw on the main ATP Tour.

"It has been a really long week. I played well after a really slow start," Ebelthite said. "It's not every day you get to play for a spot in the main draw of a grand slam.

"I've played qualifying in three or four of them and haven't had a win.

"I made the semi-finals of this (playoff) two years ago. That's the closest I've been."

Groth, 21, must now hope for one of the remaining wildcards that Tennis Australia dispenses at its discretion if he's to join his fiancee in the Australian Open singles draws.

Slovakian-born Australian Jarmila Gajdosova, whose 98th ranking guarantees her a place in the women's field, will marry the power-hitting Victorian two days after the Open.

Ebelthite and Groth travelled together this year and even shared the same AIS coach until a month ago.

Ebelthite, who has recovered from osteitis pubis and two bouts of pneumonia over the past few years, has a simple request when he sits down with his support staff to map out his Australian Open strategy.

"I'll request a couple of days off and, hopefully, they'll grant that," Ebelthite said.

It took him 2 1/2 hours to dispose of Groth.

"The first set I probably started off a little bit slow but Sam played a really good first set," Ebelthite said.

"Second set he was on top early, I managed to hang in there and then had a couple of chances . . . But I played a really good tiebreaker and then took a couple of chances in the third and fourth sets."

jmf07
12-22-2008, 10:25 AM
Well Done Colin although I probably would have preferred to have seen Groth win as out of the two he is the only one that has a remote chance of putting up a fight in the maindraw.

CooCooCachoo
12-22-2008, 11:47 AM
Great stuff.


By the way, how come Ball lost to freaking no-one Matosevic? :o

I think Matosevic does not qualify as a no-one. His form in the end of this season has been really good. While he isn't the youngest, he is making a name for himself now. I actually think, given his results in the play-offs and his scores in Futures, that he would not be a waste of a MD WC.

CooCooCachoo
12-22-2008, 11:48 AM
Thanks for the article, Labamba! Didn't know Gajdosova and Groth were together.

davidrafael
12-22-2008, 11:58 AM
Thanks for the article, Labamba! Didn't know Gajdosova and Groth were together.

she needs australian citezenship:awww::rolleyes: and has been seeking it for a while now...

CooCooCachoo
12-22-2008, 01:24 PM
she needs australian citezenship:awww::rolleyes: and has been seeking it for a while now...

She has already been representing Australia on the WTA Tour for a while now. Anyways, Jarka has more ties to Australia than to Slovakia, I think. She lives in Oz if I am not mistaken, always plays all these ITFs there, had Bryanne Stewart as a doubles partner and hardly hangs out with Slovakian players :shrug:

Venle
12-22-2008, 03:35 PM
I've never heard of this guy. :shrug:

Corey Feldman
12-22-2008, 03:48 PM
someone with a name like that shouldnt be in a GS

CooCooCachoo
12-22-2008, 04:57 PM
I've never heard of this guy. :shrug:

If you don't follow Challengers closely, then that isn't all that surprising. Ebelthite has a ranking of 255 (and a career high of 209, reached earlier this year), and never played the main draw of an ATP event or Grand Slam before. It'll be a nice début for him in front of a home crowd.

bad gambler
12-22-2008, 07:05 PM
Congrats Colin, suprising result

bad gambler
12-22-2008, 07:06 PM
she needs australian citezenship:awww::rolleyes: and has been seeking it for a while now...

:lol:

Experimentee
12-22-2008, 10:18 PM
Yes Jarka Gajdosova has been with Groth for a while, she was at the match in front of me cheering him on and was complaining about more line calls than he was. She has spent a lot of time in Australia the past few years, she plays pretty much all the Aussie challengers and easily won the Money Tournament in Melbourne Park last week against a bunch of unranked Aussie hacks.

Colin's injury is legit, he only needed to win one more set against Thomas to definitely qualify, which isn't hard. He wouldn't have retired while leading a set and given up that chance. He also received a bit of treatment during the final. Hopefully it isn't too serious though and he can compete in the main draw.

amirbachar
12-23-2008, 01:59 PM
I don't understand why some players played more matches then others in the RR and how were the match-ups decided.

GlennMirnyi
12-23-2008, 02:12 PM
I think Matosevic does not qualify as a no-one. His form in the end of this season has been really good. While he isn't the youngest, he is making a name for himself now. I actually think, given his results in the play-offs and his scores in Futures, that he would not be a waste of a MD WC.

So now a barely top 300 is someone?

I mean, he barely plays challengers. This qualifies him as a no-one.

CooCooCachoo
12-24-2008, 08:37 AM
So now a barely top 300 is someone?

I mean, he barely plays challengers. This qualifies him as a no-one.

That he has no track record in higher-level tournaments does not negate the good form that he has been in. All I am saying is that it would be fair if this were taken into consideration.

In any case, I have great problems with the term nobody, as the differences within the Top 300 are by no means as big as many posters would like us to believe. Some would prefer blindly following digits (i.e. rankings) instead of taking context (i.e. short-term form, location, surface, head-to-heads etc.), and this to me can only lead to a skewed perception of things. That's just my two cents worth.

GlennMirnyi
12-24-2008, 08:03 PM
That he has no track record in higher-level tournaments does not negate the good form that he has been in. All I am saying is that it would be fair if this were taken into consideration.

In any case, I have great problems with the term nobody, as the differences within the Top 300 are by no means as big as many posters would like us to believe. Some would prefer blindly following digits (i.e. rankings) instead of taking context (i.e. short-term form, location, surface, head-to-heads etc.), and this to me can only lead to a skewed perception of things. That's just my two cents worth.

You should know I'm not one of the glory-hunters in this forum.

I checked his activity and the guy has never passed a challenger first round. Hence the term nobody.

Consigliere
12-24-2008, 10:42 PM
For us he's a big time player ;)

malisha
12-24-2008, 11:32 PM
bring him to ATP...it wolud be lovely

Experimentee
12-26-2008, 03:37 AM
Its sad how some people who are big tennis fans don't have a clue just how hard it is to even make the top 300 in the world.

Pras
12-26-2008, 08:00 AM
Its sad how some people who are big tennis fans don't have a clue just how hard it is to even make the top 300 in the world.

Top 300? How about Top 1000 :P...?

But I do think that most people have a clue, it's just that if the past results don't indicate that have done well at a certain level, it is surprising to people when they actually do. Which is actually quite rational... though it may be slightly unfair.