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Djokovic given wildcard for Sydney International

Kolya
01-06-2009, 10:33 AM
Australian Open - Djokovic handed Sydney wildcard
Australian Open - Djokovic handed Sydney wildcard

Eurosport - Tue, 06 Jan 11:26:00 2009

Novak Djokovic was thrown a lifeline to continue his preparations for his Australian Open defence after he was knocked out of ATP Brisbane.

The world number three was facing the prospect of going into the first grand slam of 2009, starting in Melbourne on January 19, with only one match under his belt this year following his shock 6-4 6-4 first round loss to his former training partner, Ernests Gulbis of Latvia.

However, organisers of the Sydney International, starting on Sunday, granted the Serbian a wildcard entry. It will allow him to get some vital practice matches in before the Open.

"I'm very grateful to receive the wildcard to Sydney," Djokovic said.

"It was disappointing to lose in Brisbane but I now have another chance for more high quality matches in Sydney."

Sydney International tournament director Craig Watson said he had no hesitation in extending help to Djokovic.

"We certainly understand that he will be looking for matches leading up to the Open and with that we are happy to be in a position to provide Novak with a wildcard," Watson said.
Reuters

Thanos
01-06-2009, 10:35 AM
hold on... does this mean the gooch not getting a wildcard again??

Ferrero Forever
01-06-2009, 10:35 AM
Nice decision there. Good for everyone, for Novak, for the fans and for the tournament.

Or Levy
01-06-2009, 10:36 AM
Should be facinating to see how he fares in AO, especially if he's handed a challanging draw.

bad gambler
01-06-2009, 10:37 AM
No brainer for Watson

Nidhogg
01-06-2009, 10:38 AM
So, will he show up this time? Interesting.

schorsch
01-06-2009, 10:47 AM
:o so was today tank or crazy play :scared:

Bingerz
01-06-2009, 10:48 AM
Surely he will show up, judging by today's match, he needs the match practice

GlennMirnyi
01-06-2009, 10:51 AM
What?

Aussies being stupid once again.

star_of_dusk
01-06-2009, 11:09 AM
Buuuulllllllssssssshhhhhhhhhh iiiiiiiittt ttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt

aussie_fan
01-06-2009, 12:41 PM
Fuck off, Novak

If Guccione doesn't get the last wildcard, i might just go and move countries.
Bloody dumbasses

reggie1
01-06-2009, 01:03 PM
Fuck off, Novak

If Guccione doesn't get the last wildcard, i might just go and move countries.
Bloody dumbasses

You might want to give England a miss, the weather's pants!
As much as I can understand Dok wanting to play here it's a shame when the local faves don't get their chance to play. For them and the home crowd.

Arkulari
01-06-2009, 03:28 PM
a top 3 player accepting a WildCard? :o

dylan24
01-06-2009, 03:54 PM
who cares.
he'll lose his first round match again.
he's finished just like james blake

habibko
01-06-2009, 04:25 PM
who cares.
he'll lose his first round match again.
he's finished just like james blake

wouldn't that be embarrassing :help: :o

TankingTheSet
01-06-2009, 04:59 PM
The fact that Guccione hasn't been announced yet tells everything -- if they had any intention to give him a wildcard they would already have done so. One phone call from Tomic's agency or any top-20 player and it's over for the defending finalist.

Deboogle!.
01-06-2009, 06:46 PM
So he plays like he doesn't give a damn at all about the match and loses and then takes a WC away from someone who could really benefit from the opportunity to play an ATP event.

reggie1
01-06-2009, 06:57 PM
So he plays like he doesn't give a damn at all about the match and loses and then takes a WC away from someone who could really benefit from the opportunity to play an ATP event.

It does seem very unfair. The tournament probably think Novak will pull in the crowds but the truth is people usually go to see their "own" player. :(

scarecrows
01-06-2009, 07:02 PM
it's not like djokovic will go there to do any damage 1 week before AO. 2 matches and then probably tank

~Maya~
01-06-2009, 07:08 PM
So he plays like he doesn't give a damn at all about the match and loses and then takes a WC away from someone who could really benefit from the opportunity to play an ATP event.

His serve was terrible from the beginning. Made a couple double faults in the first service game. He loses confidence when his serve is not working and looks like crap on the court.:o He can too really benefit from this WC. He needs more matches. If you want to blame somebody for taking away WC from some poor fella, blame the organizers. It would be expected from every player to look for his best interest.

~Maya~
01-06-2009, 07:12 PM
It does seem very unfair. The tournament probably think Novak will pull in the crowds but the truth is people usually go to see their "own" player. :(

True, The huge number of Serbs that live in Sydney will be pleased

kobulingam
01-06-2009, 07:21 PM
Best case for Djokovic is to get 2 or 3 matches and lose.
Making and playing the final means he'll be tired for AO.

Deboogle!.
01-06-2009, 07:23 PM
His serve was terrible from the beginning. Made a couple double faults in the first service game. He loses confidence when his serve is not working and looks like crap on the court.:o He can too really benefit from this WC. He needs more matches. If you want to blame somebody for taking away WC from some poor fella, blame the organizers. It would be expected from every player to look for his best interest.Maybe so, but he still looked like he didn't care; he was basically laughing at the handshake. I just think after such an effortless performance, it takes a lot of audacity for any player to ask for a wildcard when it seems he could either have just started his season a week later in the first place if he thought he wasn't going to be ready to play so early or gave 100%. In fact, it bugs me in general when players who could've gotten in a tourney directly take a wildcard, especially when the player simply forgets to enter on time (which seems to happen too frequently and it bugs the heck out of me, but I digress), but for things like this too. I'm not picking on Novak here, except that I think it's especially egregious in this case considering how poor his effort level seemed to be, when he had an opportunity to get plenty of matches.

And if he's going to give up on a match after a poor opening serve game, then that's a whole different can of worms unrelated to asking for a WC somewhere else, and since i'm not really a fan of his, not something I much care about :lol:

finishingmove
01-06-2009, 07:26 PM
uhmmmm ok

we're ready for another disappointment.

reggie1
01-06-2009, 07:27 PM
Maybe so, but he still looked like he didn't care; he was basically laughing at the handshake. I just think after such an effortless performance, it takes a lot of audacity for any player to ask for a wildcard when it seems he could either have just started his season a week later in the first place if he thought he wasn't going to be ready to play so early or gave 100%. In fact, it bugs me in general when players who could've gotten in a tourney directly take a wildcard, especially when the player simply forgets to enter on time (which seems to happen too frequently and it bugs the heck out of me, but I digress), but for things like this too. I'm not picking on Novak here, except that I think it's especially egregious in this case considering how poor his effort level seemed to be, when he had an opportunity to get plenty of matches.

And if he's going to give up on a match after a poor opening serve game, then that's a whole different can of worms unrelated to asking for a WC somewhere else, and since i'm not really a fan of his, not something I much care about :lol:

Audacity and Dok are two things that go together like peas and carrots with a seasoning of arrogance!

~Maya~
01-06-2009, 07:40 PM
Maybe so, but he still looked like he didn't care; he was basically laughing at the handshake. I just think after such an effortless performance, it takes a lot of audacity for any player to ask for a wildcard when it seems he could either have just started his season a week later in the first place if he thought he wasn't going to be ready to play so early or gave 100%. In fact, it bugs me in general when players who could've gotten in a tourney directly take a wildcard, especially when the player simply forgets to enter on time (which seems to happen too frequently and it bugs the heck out of me, but I digress), but for things like this too. I'm not picking on Novak here, except that I think it's especially egregious in this case considering how poor his effort level seemed to be, when he had an opportunity to get plenty of matches.

And if he's going to give up on a match after a poor opening serve game, then that's a whole different can of worms unrelated to asking for a WC somewhere else, and since i'm not really a fan of his, not something I much care about :lol:

I didn't say he gave up because of his first service game. :lol: He looked very uncomfortable, rusty, no confidence.
This is not the first time he looked flat on the court, which bothers me a lot. He is been weird for some time.
I understand what you mean about the WC issue, but if you think about it, WCs are often not given to the players that really deserve it. The organizers of the tourney in Sydney mentioned a few days ago that they would be ready to offer WCs to Tsonga and Novak if they lost early in Brisbane. Hope this doesn't open a door for more speculation.

Lee
01-06-2009, 07:42 PM
Maybe so, but he still looked like he didn't care; he was basically laughing at the handshake. I just think after such an effortless performance, it takes a lot of audacity for any player to ask for a wildcard when it seems he could either have just started his season a week later in the first place if he thought he wasn't going to be ready to play so early or gave 100%. In fact, it bugs me in general when players who could've gotten in a tourney directly take a wildcard, especially when the player simply forgets to enter on time (which seems to happen too frequently and it bugs the heck out of me, but I digress), but for things like this too. I'm not picking on Novak here, except that I think it's especially egregious in this case considering how poor his effort level seemed to be, when he had an opportunity to get plenty of matches.

And if he's going to give up on a match after a poor opening serve game, then that's a whole different can of worms unrelated to asking for a WC somewhere else, and since i'm not really a fan of his, not something I much care about :lol:

I guess you haven't followed many of his matches lately. He acted like this on court lately, A LOT! My guess is he tried to control his behaviour on court because of all the criticisms about how brashy he was. He had no rhythm at all on court and whenever this happened, he played like shit. He looked more like a lost child on court.

And for laughing at the handshake, they are friends training in the same academy since they are kids. Consider how friendly Nole was for the handshake at the end of matches, win or lose, with every other players, it's not surprising that he laughed with Gulbis.

Lee
01-06-2009, 07:48 PM
I didn't say he gave up because of his first service game. :lol: He looked very uncomfortable, rusty, no confidence.
This is not the first time he looked flat on the court, which bothers me a lot. He is been weird for some time.
I understand what you mean about the WC issue, but if you think about it, WCs are often not given to the players that really deserve it. The organizers of the tourney in Sydney mentioned a few days ago that they would be ready to offer WCs to Tsonga and Novak if they lost early in Brisbane. Hope this doesn't open a door for more speculation.

What's to speculate about? That he tanks the match? I highly doubt it.

From a very selfish point of view, it's a very good schedule with a solid backup plan. Play the first tournament of the year, if he goes deep, he can rest and practise for the Slam. If not, ask for a WC for another tournament to get match ready. Of course, you need to be a top player for a plan like this. It's not fair for lower ranking players but that's life in professionals. Top players get all the dough and the rest fight for the crumbs. It's not right but that's also the motivation to become a top player.

But since he has a solid backup plan, I believe that affects his preparation before his first tournament and thus, the rustiness.

«Ivan»
01-06-2009, 08:15 PM
I guess you haven't followed many of his matches lately. He acted like this on court lately, A LOT! My guess is he tried to control his behaviour on court because of all the criticisms about how brashy he was. He had no rhythm at all on court and whenever this happened, he played like shit. He looked more like a lost child on court.

And for laughing at the handshake, they are friends training in the same academy since they are kids. Consider how friendly Nole was for the handshake at the end of matches, win or lose, with every other players, it's not surprising that he laughed with Gulbis.

:worship::yeah:

His serve was terrible from the beginning. Made a couple double faults in the first service game. He loses confidence when his serve is not working and looks like crap on the court.:o He can too really benefit from this WC. He needs more matches. If you want to blame somebody for taking away WC from some poor fella, blame the organizers. It would be expected from every player to look for his best interest.

:worship::yeah:

uhmmmm ok

we're ready for another disappointment.
define we!

uhmmmm ok,we know now you're not nole fan(good to know,imac 'n glenn will always love you).being a croat is good,i can tell you.
merry christmas to your ortodox friends :wavey:

GlennMirnyi
01-06-2009, 08:16 PM
So he plays like he doesn't give a damn at all about the match and loses and then takes a WC away from someone who could really benefit from the opportunity to play an ATP event.

Fakervic is a shame for the sport.

Deboogle!.
01-06-2009, 08:35 PM
Audacity and Dok are two things that go together like peas and carrots with a seasoning of arrogance!
:lol: I've never seen this arrogance down the spice aisle, is it tasty? :D
I guess you haven't followed many of his matches lately. He acted like this on court lately, A LOT! My guess is he tried to control his behaviour on court because of all the criticisms about how brashy he was. He had no rhythm at all on court and whenever this happened, he played like shit. He looked more like a lost child on court.

And for laughing at the handshake, they are friends training in the same academy since they are kids. Consider how friendly Nole was for the handshake at the end of matches, win or lose, with every other players, it's not surprising that he laughed with Gulbis.I'm not saying any of this is untrue. I just have a personal beef against players asking for WCs when they could've entered anyway. It bothers me that Monfils got a WC for Doha, and on and on. I think it's poor form to just assume you will be given WCs for being lazy (either in entering by the deadline).

As for the rest, I don't think it's relevant to the discussion of Novak's Sydney WC, but suffice it to say that many of my favorites are friends with each other and they have lovely handshakes/hugs whenever they play, but their friendship makes them want to beat each other even more because they are competitive and know each other, and they are certainly not giggling as if it meant nothing at all - especially when you consider what was on the line for Novak. Whether Novak actually cared about the match, we will never know for sure, but we can only comment on what we saw. And I saw someone who didn't give a rat's ass, so I still think it's an audacious move to then just turn around and ask for the WC. Whether I've seen some of his previous recent matches is also irrelevant, because even if it is a recent trend for him, I still think it's an obnoxious move to not care and then then just ask for a WC when he easily could have cared and just done well at this tourney, which I'm sure he was paid very handsomely to attend. Whether it was just this one match or whether it's a recent pattern of his, I don't think it changes anything here.

As for the tourney holding WCs for players like him and Tsonga, of course, the tourney is just trying to make money and they are not stupid, knowing that top players sell tickets which makes them money. That doesn't make it right for the players to treat them the way they do.

Spes
01-06-2009, 08:44 PM
Good decision all around.

Lee
01-06-2009, 09:04 PM
:lol: I've never seen this arrogance down the spice aisle, is it tasty? :D
I'm not saying any of this is untrue. I just have a personal beef against players asking for WCs when they could've entered anyway. It bothers me that Monfils got a WC for Doha, and on and on. I think it's poor form to just assume you will be given WCs for being lazy (either in entering by the deadline).

I am not a big supporter of WC either. Just point out that's the reality.

As for the rest, I don't think it's relevant to the discussion of Novak's Sydney WC, but suffice it to say that many of my favorites are friends with each other and they have lovely handshakes/hugs whenever they play, but their friendship makes them want to beat each other even more because they are competitive and know each other, and they are certainly not giggling as if it meant nothing at all - especially when you consider what was on the line for Novak. Whether Novak actually cared about the match, we will never know for sure, but we can only comment on what we saw. And I saw someone who didn't give a rat's ass, so I still think it's an audacious move to then just turn around and ask for the WC. Whether I've seen some of his previous recent matches is also irrelevant, because even if it is a recent trend for him, I still think it's an obnoxious move to not care and then then just ask for a WC when he easily could have cared and just done well at this tourney, which I'm sure he was paid very handsomely to attend. Whether it was just this one match or whether it's a recent pattern of his, I don't think it changes anything here.


You missed my point here. I am trying to show that it's not like he didn't care about the match. If that's the case, he didn't care about many matches last year, even some of the masters and I highly doubt it.

Anyway, everyone is entitled to draw his/her opinion on a player's behaviour on court. :shrug:

~Maya~
01-06-2009, 09:07 PM
And I saw someone who didn't give a rat's ass, so I still think it's an audacious move to then just turn around and ask for the WC. Whether I've seen some of his previous recent matches is also irrelevant, because even if it is a recent trend for him, I still think it's an obnoxious move to not care and then then just ask for a WC when he easily could have cared and just done well at this tourney, which I'm sure he was paid very handsomely to attend. Whether it was just this one match or whether it's a recent pattern of his, I don't think it changes anything here.

Well we saw things differently. I saw a player who was struggling to find his rhythm, who was struggling with the serve, who managed to break his opponent a couple of times, who saved some break points with some winners, whose ball went a numerous times just outside of the line, who started his season rusty, who had a difficult opponent.
That doesn't make it right for the players to treat them the way they do.
What? Player is offered a WC and he doesn't have right to take it?

l_mac
01-06-2009, 10:48 PM
So he plays like he doesn't give a damn at all about the match and loses and then takes a WC away from someone who could really benefit from the opportunity to play an ATP event.

He's great for the game.

edit: choopinator- changed my sig twice since you asked me, and I'm still not feeling the love :confused:

yellowboy906
01-06-2009, 10:58 PM
i don't think the outcome of this tournament affects his AO seeding, right? anyone know? cause the draw for AO is made on fri or sat but this tournament last till sunday. so is fed gonna be #2 and djoko #3?

jmf07
01-06-2009, 11:03 PM
This should have been a no brainer. Djokovic wants match practice so why don't they make him go through qualies.

l_mac
01-06-2009, 11:10 PM
i don't think the outcome of this tournament affects his AO seeding, right? anyone know? cause the draw for AO is made on fri or sat but this tournament last till sunday. so is fed gonna be #2 and djoko #3?

Fed is #2 for AO.

Lee
01-06-2009, 11:11 PM
This should have been a no brainer. Djokovic wants match practice so why don't they make him go through qualies.

It would be more unfair to ALL the players in his section of draw in qualifying?

l_mac
01-06-2009, 11:13 PM
It would be more unfair to ALL the players in his section of draw in qualifying?

OMG the arrogance of these Djokovic fans, assuming Nole would breeze through qualies :rolleyes:

:lol:

canbera
01-06-2009, 11:15 PM
smart move to request that wildcard.

luie
01-06-2009, 11:16 PM
Poor Novak reduced to taking hand-outs.Ha!Ha!

Lee
01-06-2009, 11:18 PM
OMG the arrogance of these Djokovic fans, assuming Nole would breeze through qualies :rolleyes:

:lol:

Of course :angel:

What do you think?

l_mac
01-06-2009, 11:19 PM
Of course :angel:

What do you think?

I think Klein could give him a run for his money on yesterday's form :D

Lee
01-06-2009, 11:21 PM
I think Klein could give him a run for his money on yesterday's form :D

Don't think so but everyone is entitled to one's opinion.

l_mac
01-06-2009, 11:24 PM
Don't think so but everyone is entitled to one's opinion.

Very true.

But we'll never know who was right :tears:

MIMIC
01-07-2009, 12:31 AM
I just hope whatever was wrong with him is over and done. It was pathetic seeing a player of his caliber roll over and appear so lethargic.