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Sydney International Qualies: Hewitt breezes through while Looch stuns. Thoughts?

save ausdecline
12-11-2009, 10:06 AM
AO WC playoff streamed live on tennis.com.au

save ausdecline
12-12-2009, 06:58 AM
Just look at the field
The men’s field is: Brydan Klein, Nick Lindahl, Greg Jones, Bernard Tomic, John Millman, Mathew Ebden, Kaden Hensel, James Lemke, Dayne Kelly, Matt Reid, Kris Balakrishnan, Benjamin Mitchell, James Duckworth, Maverick Banes, JP Smith and Jason Kubler.
and you can come to the conclusion that Tennis OZ really pursuing their youth development policy (not particularly good, need some experience in there).

just dont like the fact that relatively inexperienced players are against each other.

ace ventura
12-12-2009, 09:40 AM
They been pushing this youth policy awhile now and it sucks. In fact I think from when Steve Wood and Craig Tiley took over .....

They call this a mens play off , , Who selects these W/C s ?

There is only 1 Victorian in the whole playoff,

I wouldn't be suprised if people didn't even bother entering next year as this is not a Mens Play off.

It is just TA invitational and who knows what that means, it certainly isn't all our best players out there hoping to play their own Grand Slam , so whats it for ?

Lets see if the results mean anything any way when they hand out the next lot of w/cs for the summer, ?


It sucks that guys go out , work their asses off to get their ATP rankings , spend money to do so , and in this country it is not even respected. It s becoming a complete joke.

jmf07
12-12-2009, 02:20 PM
The youth policy really does suck. IMO though the field is fine except for the inclusions of Duckworth and Banes and possibly Balakrishnan. Junaid would consider himself extremely unlucky not to make it after his wins over Istomin, Kubot and Brown and pushing Hrbaty to three sets in his home town in recent weeks.

It's ridiculous with Propoggia and Verryth being overlooked and they aren't even 20 but yet last year they were considered hugely promising players by Tennis Australia. You can't tell me that Duckworth or Banes are better prospects than Verryth and Verryth is in form as shown by his result at the Eddie Herr junior tounament. Mckenzie has disappeared also. These days it is becoming common to see guys in their mid 20's crack the top 100 for their first time eg; Zeballos, Lorenzi and Ram.

Action Jackson
12-12-2009, 02:24 PM
Junaid and Siranni pissed on again, not a surprise. Some of these young guys deserve to be there like Edben, Millman, Tomic, Reid, but others well whatever.

Tenys4ever
12-12-2009, 06:53 PM
What happened to the MEN's Playoff? Surely these young ones like Duckworth, Banes, Mitchell will have their chance in coming years. And I thought the criteria for the 18's National was the eventual Winner got a wildcard to the Playoff not the winner and the semi finalists! Got to feel sorry for the semi finalists of years ago when they didn't get an opportunity. Seems odd to put them in. Even Kubler who won the 18s didn't win a match at Future Level over the last few weeks even after being granted a couple of wildcards so why would the others do any better. Ta just seems to have taken it on themselves to grant to whomever they want not to whoever as worked their butts off all year to deserve it. Got to feel for some of the others that were overlooked. Sometimes this sport sucks and you can understand why the kids and parents get so dillusioned. Why are some of our older (22,23yrolds) players considered washed up - not all players are "early maturers".

ace ventura
12-12-2009, 09:37 PM
yeah they have put in 3 . 1990 players 19 years old which they should , they have then totally jumped the whole 1991 age group eg Verryth , Sanders , Hoh, the last World Junior Davis cup winners , Barker ATP 955 , Eames former AUS 14 s world team player where are they all now at 18 ?

TA they are clearly putting all their focus into players 1992 down.

Best not to enter if you are over 17 , as they pretty muchhand pick the event.

There is only one player from VIC in the whole event.
Didnt Ebilthite win this last year , and yeah McKenzie won the 18s last year, and where are both of them. Dane Proppogia left out amazing. Yeah a favorite last year, nearly beat Tomic but hurt himself in third set.

Matt Reid and Kelly deserve to be in.

This all shows how TA can love you one minute and dump you the next. Shows how some players will be ignored totally .

Who does these selections ? Why dont they call it the " TA W/C play off " instead of the " Mens Open Play off ."

Junaid not in what a joke after his results this year. Siriani not in, what a rotten lack of respect. Thanks goodness looch got his own ranking up, he showed them. After not getting into AO last year.

This isi what every one will need to do and then totally by pass this event.

ace ventura
12-12-2009, 10:15 PM
WOW if you look at AUS MENS ATP RANKINGS , Which should count when playing off for a Mens Event !

You will see just how many players Tennis Australia have totally disrespected and ignored by " hand picking " this countries mens Play off event.

save ausdecline
12-12-2009, 10:45 PM
draw to be released today

save ausdecline
12-12-2009, 10:55 PM
all ur posts in summary are saying: we dislike TA provigidng a platform to all youth players and snubbing older more experienced players. I just hope this doesn't backfire on TA. I hope this has a good result for tennis in the future BUT i have my doubts. I fell sorry for older players, TA are sending a messsage get on your own feet we are not providing you with any assistance.

Is this really the right approach? Does there need to be a comprimise? Or does this make older players work harder to move up through the ranks?

jmf07
12-12-2009, 11:09 PM
It's ok for them to not to go by rankings as long as they get the selections right which for the last two years they have not. The only surprise selection they got right this year in my opinion was JP Smith.

Matchu
12-12-2009, 11:26 PM
yeah they have put in 3 . 1990 players 19 years old which they should , they have then totally jumped the whole 1991 age group eg Verryth , Sanders , Hoh, the last World Junior Davis cup winners , Barker ATP 955 , Eames former AUS 14 s world team player where are they all now at 18 ?

TA they are clearly putting all their focus into players 1992 down.

Best not to enter if you are over 17 , as they pretty muchhand pick the event.

There is only one player from VIC in the whole event.

Didnt Ebilthite win this last year , and yeah McKenzie won the 18s last year, and where are both of them. Dane Proppogia left out amazing. Yeah a favorite last year, nearly beat Tomic but hurt himself in third set.

Matt Reid and Kelly deserve to be in.

This all shows how TA can love you one minute and dump you the next. Shows how some players will be ignored totally .

Who does these selections ? Why dont they call it the " TA W/C play off " instead of the " Mens Open Play off ."

Junaid not in what a joke after his results this year. Siriani not in, what a rotten lack of respect. Thanks goodness looch got his own ranking up, he showed them. After not getting into AO last year.

This isi what every one will need to do and then totally by pass this event.

That first statement I have highlighted is ridiculous, not entering a tournament that gives you the chance to get wildcard into the main draw of the Australian Open is probably the stupidest thing I have ever heard.

To that second statement, why would it matter what state you are from? This is supposed to be the best of the best from Australia (not saying it is) and if Victoria are not producing the places should and will go to the better players. The third statement you have made is based on injuries. Both Mckenzie and Ebelthite have been injured for a lot of 2009, Dane Proppogia is the first alternate for this playoff so he may still get in.

To the fourth comment, last time I checked it was called the Australian Open Playoff. It was never branded the Mens Open Playoff, or National Mens Champions or anything that suggests you have to be a "man" to get entry. To the fifth comment it would be extremely irresponsible of TA to give valuable experiences like these to players in their 30s on the verge of retirement, if Junaid and Sirianni were good enough to play in this playoff their rankings would be inside the top 250 and they would be playing this event but they are not.

To the last comment Australian tennis players shouldn't be relying on this event to gain entrance into the Aussie Open anyway, it was only a few years ago that the winner of this tournament didn't get entry into the AO.

In conclusion it is a little unfair what Tennis Australia has done here but all the semifinalists of the 18s are good enough to play at that standard so let them play. Others will get chances later on.

Experimentee
12-13-2009, 12:19 AM
They have really taken this youth policy too far. No excuse to choose players like Hensel, Banes, Balakrishnan, over better and more experienced players like Junaid, Sirianni and Ebelthite (defending champion). At least the youth policy on the women's side is justified as the young girls have proved themselves in challengers more so than older players, but that is not the case for the majority of these young guys.

If they really want to give these young guys good experience they should let them play those older, better and more experienced players.

ace ventura
12-13-2009, 04:53 AM
Matchu ,
tell me if you were ranked 350 in the world and you couldnt get in over players ranked 1000 or something would you bother entering again. I dont think you are thinking about what it must be like to walk in these guys shoes, or what they have actually sacrificed to get that sort of ranking.
These younger players are all fully funded by AIS, they are not ranked as high yet get to play off.

Ok yes so it is the AUS OPEN PLAY OFF , not the Mens Open Play off , however there is a 18s and 16s for those younger isnt there. Ok so if you think the 18s have more right to play it , than the higher ranked guys, ( so what if they are getting older, ) then why dont they make it a bigger draw, or at least have a qually play off like they bother to do for the 18s and 16s.

Geez hen they can include the 14s too if they want to.

The fact there is only one Victoria is just plain strange if you ask me makes me wonder what the Elite TA squads are doing for their players in that state, as all other young players are coming from AIS or TA programs . Eg Kubler, Mitchell , Banes, duckworth. That is what that comment means.

Oh and so if you think Siriani and Junaid are not good enough to get in because the are on the verge of retiring then you too should go work for TA.
I think it is a disgrace to over look those players who have given us so much pleasure and fight at the Aus Open. When they retire then that then to me is a good enough reason to over look their ranking and results for the year.

Good dane Proppogia got in . JUST !

Frankly if TA do not respect ATP rankings , and want to W/C every one outside top 250, then they are making this a w/c event.

ace ventura
12-13-2009, 05:04 AM
Oh and if you think it is nuts not to enter, then there are some that dont bother learning very early that TA will not support them.

It is very clear to some people that if you choose to work outside the system and have a better ranking than many who did get in, then that well could be why.

This is again TA controlling tennis in this country to suit them.

The 12s, 14s, 16s, have three or four nationals a year, the 18s have one , and the age group over have this, so why not give them a chance to be in or even respect their ATP ranking.

If not you tell me Matchu what is the message the elderly !!! are getting . ?

save ausdecline
12-13-2009, 07:41 AM
Blue Group: Brydan Klein, Kaden Hensel, James Duckworth, Jason Kubler

Green Group: Nick Lindahl, James Lemke, Matt Reid, Ben Mitchell

Magenta Group: Greg Jones, John Millman, Dane Propoggia Dane Kelly

Yellow Group: Bernard Tomic, Matthew Ebden, JP Smith, Kris Balakrishnan

Matchu
12-13-2009, 10:27 AM
Oh and if you think it is nuts not to enter, then there are some that dont bother learning very early that TA will not support them.

It is very clear to some people that if you choose to work outside the system and have a better ranking than many who did get in, then that well could be why.

This is again TA controlling tennis in this country to suit them.

The 12s, 14s, 16s, have three or four nationals a year, the 18s have one , and the age group over have this, so why not give them a chance to be in or even respect their ATP ranking.

If not you tell me Matchu what is the message the elderly !!! are getting . ?

It is because our tennis ranks at the moment in the mens game are so low that Tennis Australia would be critisized a lot (not from you, the higher ups/ex players) for giving the chance to play in the AO to a 30 year old as opposed to a 17 year old prospect. It pretty simple really, yes it is sad that the higher ranked guys are over looked but TA is very focused on the future not the past.

Sirianni got in last year, he was ranked high enough, I reckon had he not been ranked inside the top 250 they wouldn't have given it to him. Sirianni ended up getting schooled by Tomic last year and has had a horrid year on the 2009 tour (comparing to his 2008), with the likes of Jason Kubler playing against Brydan Klein it gives them more experience against higher ranked players. All the 18s semifinalists get to play against one of the top 4 seeds and get to experience a match aginst higher ranked players than a washed up Sirianni.

Just look at it realisticly Ben Mitchell has got at least another 10 years ahead of him and he gets this experience now as opposed to giving Sirianni a spot to qualify for quite possibly his last ever tournament. Also these aren't national championships, it is a wildcard playoff, everyone knows that I believe USTA does the exact same thing when it comes to WCs.

The dilemma is do you put the "best" players in or do we put the future in. TA has elected for the future and I support it. Sirianni is not going to be top 100 ever but the likes of Jason Kubler have a chance.

ace ventura
12-13-2009, 10:50 AM
I think alot of players could learn a lot from playing guys like sirianni and ebilthite junaid etc , so why leave them out ?

I believe also in living in the present.

I do not think it helps the older players who are most likely to win it to not play the most experienced players possible.

Like I said we have Nationals for 14s and 16s , we already have had the 18s play off, they got their week of matches, I belive this should have been an opportunity for those then over that age group as well as the 18s winner to have their match play leading into the summer.

Basically you are saying we have no room left for guys like sirianni , ebilthite and Junaid in this country. What so they should just quit because they wont make top 100 ?

That amazes me.

ace ventura
12-13-2009, 11:01 AM
Oh and look at the acceptance list there were a lot more players higher ranked some only a year or two older than the young "FUTURE " you choose to name.

who also missed out . I do believe an ATP ranking should count for soemthing, tell me what will these juniors do next , play aus open juniors etc ?

so why leave out other players who need to play futures and the experience this also could have afforded them, or are they too all washed up at 19, 20 ,21 ?

While I do also belive in our future , I also believe in depth.

ace ventura
12-13-2009, 11:08 AM
Peter Luczac Born 1979.

Ranked 77.

I guess he was classed as washed up last year when left to qually...

If it wasn't for people like him we would have one player in the mens main draw this year.

Yes look after the youth , but do not discriminate on age is what I say.

Experimentee
12-13-2009, 09:54 PM
Sirianni got in last year, he was ranked high enough, I reckon had he not been ranked inside the top 250 they wouldn't have given it to him. Sirianni ended up getting schooled by Tomic last year and has had a horrid year on the 2009 tour (comparing to his 2008), with the likes of Jason Kubler playing against Brydan Klein it gives them more experience against higher ranked players. All the 18s semifinalists get to play against one of the top 4 seeds and get to experience a match aginst higher ranked players than a washed up Sirianni.

Funny, I seem to remember that Tomic was the one who got schooled by Sirianni 6-3 6-1.

In fact, most of the time in the past when TA gave the older guys a chance, they were the ones who schooled the younger guys. Just look at all the past playoff champions or finalists, how many were teenagers?

I believe in giving young guys a chance if they are good enough and ready to play at this level, but clearly a lot of them are not. Until then, they should stick with junior competition.

Action Jackson
12-13-2009, 09:55 PM
TA are idiots, we know this.

jmf07
12-13-2009, 11:48 PM
Perhaps the draw needs to be expanded to 32 players with 8 groups of 4 if TA wants to pursue this youth policy so heavily. I know a 32 player draw for a Wildcard Playoff is ridiculous but it is also ridiculous that a guy like Junaid who has spent most of the year focused on doubles and then finished the year with some very good wins on the Challenger Tour cannot get selected because he is 28 but guys who are flatout progressing past the first round of futures can because they are 17 or 18.

jmf07
12-13-2009, 11:51 PM
Imagine the gap in ability and some of the players who would have missed out had Guccione, Ball, Matosevic and Groth all been playing

save ausdecline
12-14-2009, 05:54 AM
James Duckworth (NSW) d. [1] Brydan Klein (WA) 4-6 6-3 7-6(2)

[3] Greg Jones (NSW) d. Dane Propoggia (NSW) 6-1 6-4

[4] Bernard Tomic (QLD) d. John-Patrick Smith (QLD) 6-3 6-2

[6] Matt Ebden (WA) d. Krishananth Balakrishnan (NSW) 6-4 6-4

jmf07
12-14-2009, 07:25 AM
Duckworth's win was a big shock. Still unsure if he should be in there but wins like that will certainly justify his inclusion. Hopefully JP's injury isn't too bad but I would have expected him to be alot more competitve than that so it must be having an effect on him. Jones and Ebden as expected had straight set wins.

ozfan44
12-14-2009, 08:09 AM
Rameez Junaid, like Hayley Ericksen should be pretty pissed with TA for their omissions!! Especially when Hoh comes in as the alternate!!

Brydan was playing like crap, ive seen him play far better than his efforts today, he was sucked into playing Duckworths game and was getting to up tight!! Hopefully he can come back strong in his final 2 round robin matches!!

Glad to see Millman, Jones and Ebden going about their business quietly!!

Kubler beat Hensel in three and Lindahl got past Matty Reid!!

Dmitry Verdasco
12-14-2009, 09:06 AM
Mitchell?

ace ventura
12-14-2009, 10:39 AM
Banes pulled out injured , Dane Proppogia got in
Mitchell pulled out injured , Hoh got in.

I agree draw should be expanded , but I also think it should go on ranking , and not be hand picked.

It just makes TA look like a law unto themselves. This is after all a W/C into a slam which is entered and accepted on ATP ranking so shouldn't the play off be also.

save ausdecline
12-14-2009, 08:23 PM
Group standings are on http://http://www.tennis.com.au/pages/image.aspx?assetid=RDM40160.9780547106

save ausdecline
12-14-2009, 08:26 PM
Australian Open Play-Off
Round Robin 1r [6] Matthew Ebden (WA) d. Krishananth Balakrishnan (NSW) 6-4 6-4
Round Robin 1r [4] Bernard Tomic (QLD) d. John-Patrick Smith (QLD) 6-3 6-2
Round Robin 1r [3] Greg Jones (NSW) d. Dane Propoggia (NSW) 6-1 6-4
Round Robin 1r [5] John Millman (QLD) d. Dayne Kelly (VIC) 6-2 6-4
Round Robin 1r Jason Kubler (QLD) d. [7] Kaden Hensel (QLD) 6-1 2-6 6-3
Round Robin 1r James Duckworth (NSW) d. [1] Brydan Klein (WA) 4-6 6-3 7-6(2)
Round Robin 1r [2] Nick Lindahl (NSW) d. Matt Reid (NSW) 6-4 7-6(4)
Round Robin 1r [8] James Lemke (VIC) d. Stephen Hoh (VIC) 7-6(4) 6-1

ozfan44
12-15-2009, 04:17 AM
2r Matt Reid def Stephen Hoh 6-2 6-4
2r James Duckworth def Jason Kubler 3-6 7-5 6-0

2r Kaden Hensel leads Brydan Klein 6-4 4-4
2r James Lemke leads Nick Lindahl 7-5 2-3
2r JP Smith leads Kris Balakrishnan 4-3

ozfan44
12-15-2009, 05:26 AM
2r Kaden Hensel def Brydan Klein 6-4 6-4
2r Nick Lindahl def James Lemke 5-7 6-3 1-0 ret
2r JP Smith def Kris Balakrishnan 6-3 6-4

2r Dane Propoggia vs Dayne Kelly 5-5
2r Bernard Tomic vs Matt Ebden 6-3 0-1
2r Greg Jones vs John Millman 6-3 1-4

Dmitry Verdasco
12-15-2009, 10:52 AM
I wonder what happened to Ben. :confused:

save ausdecline
12-15-2009, 11:06 AM
i suspect ben mitchell pulled out due to injury before the tournament

Audacity
12-16-2009, 05:48 AM
Men's results day 3 Australian Open Wildcard Play-off
[1] Brydan Klein (WA) d Jason Kubler (QLD) 6-3 7-6(4)
[8] James Lemke (VIC) d Matt Reid (NSW) 6-4 7-6(4)
[4] Bernard Tomic (QLD) d Kris Balakrishnan (NSW) 6-2 6-1
[3] Greg Jones (NSW) d Dayne Kelly (Vic) 7-5 6-4
[7] Kaden Hensel (QLD) d James Duckworth (NSW) 6-1 6-7(6) 6-1
[6] Matthew Ebden (WA) d John-Patrick Smith (QLD) 6-2 6-4
[5] John Millman (QLD) d Dane Propoggia (NSW) 6-2 6-2
[2] Nick Lindahl (NSW) d Stephen Hoh (VIC) 7-5 6-2

All seeds won today.

azza
12-16-2009, 10:07 PM
wonder wats up with klein

Dmitry Verdasco
12-17-2009, 03:34 AM
come back to WTAW azzzaaaaa!

save ausdecline
12-18-2009, 12:25 PM
Semis

Tomic (4) def Hensel (7) 7-6(4) 6-4
Lindahl (2) def Millman (5) 6-7(2) 6-3 7-6(3)

save ausdecline
12-18-2009, 12:26 PM
Quarters

[4] Bernard Tomic (QLD) d [3] Greg Jones (NSW) 6-3 6-4
[7] Kaden Hensel (QLD) d Matt Reid (NSW) 6-4 7-6(4)
[5] John Millman (QLD) d [6] Matthew Ebden (WA) 6-7(4) 6-4 7-5
[2] Nick Lindahl (NSW) d James Duckworth (NSW) 6-0 2-0 Ret. LOL

save ausdecline
12-19-2009, 06:28 AM
Final

Tomic (4) vs Lindahl (2)

Any tips guys. I think Tomic. He's showing glimpses of form.

Audacity
12-19-2009, 06:50 AM
Tough call really, I'll go with Lindahl though, I think he wants this.

Experimentee
12-19-2009, 07:21 AM
I went today and saw both semifinals.

Lindahl vs Millman was a great match, they were both playing pretty well and there were many great rallies. I got the feeling though that Lindahl was the better player throughout the match, although it wasn't always showing on the scoreboard.

Tomic vs Hensel was a rubbish match and I ended up leaving after the first set. Both made many errors. Tomic was getting really agro about the line calls and was implying that the ump wasn't any good because he'd never heard of him before.

Based on today's form I'd say Lindahl is the favourite, however Tomic can play better and may lift for the final.

save ausdecline
12-20-2009, 04:52 AM
Lindahl wins 7-6 1-6 4-6 7-6 6-3

save ausdecline
01-02-2010, 08:22 AM
Men's Results
Brisbane International Qualifying Round 1 Results


Matheson Klein def (WC) MarkRichards 6-1 6-0
Joel Lindner def (WC) Benjamin Mitchell 6-4 6-2
(8) Nick Lindahl def Tobias Kamke (GER) 7-6(6) 7-6(6)
Joseph Sirianni def Lukas Dlouhy (CZE) 4-6 7-5 7-6(2)
Kaden Hensel def Andrew McLeod 6-0 6-4
(7) Greg Jones def Sadik Kadir 7-5 6-2
Miles Armstrong def Maverick Bannes 6-7(4) 7-5 6-4
Matt Reid def (WC) Jason Kubler 6-0 6-3
Samuel Groth def (WC) Jarryd Chaplin 6-3 6-4
Matthew Ebden def Isaac Frost 6-2 6-2

save ausdecline
01-02-2010, 08:26 AM
this is quite an embarrassing result from Kubler. Tennis Australia should have the ability to overturn wildcard entries to the Australian open. To be defeated by his junior countrymen at such a scoreline. It puts TA's youth policy under scrutiny. great win for Groth to rekindle his career and Sirianni battling qualities are still with him. Correct me if I am wrong but there are some players in this draw who didn't contest the AO playoff and vice versa. I think that's a bad decision.

Men's Results
Brisbane International Round 1 Draw

(1) Andy Roddick (USA) vs Peter Luczak
(WC) Carsten Ball vs Micha Zverev (CZE)
(WC) Bernard Tomic vs Qualifier
(WC) John Millman vs (2) Radek Stepanek (CZE)

save ausdecline
01-02-2010, 08:44 AM
Both Millman and Luczak have tough ones on opposite ends of the draw. Tomic is luck to start up with a Qualifier and is most likely to meet Stepanek if he gets through the first round. Not sure how Ball would do. It would be a question if he can put together that form that took him to an ATP final or self-destruct like he has over the past months.

smile
01-02-2010, 09:31 AM
Have seen Kubler play many times. TA are idiots as usual putting so much pressure on the kid with wildcards. Result today just proves it. some of our other juniors have had better recent results against Reid. Let's hope Jason doesn't become the scapegoat of TA's 'youth policy'

n8
01-02-2010, 09:36 AM
this is quite an embarrassing result from Kubler. Tennis Australia should have the ability to overturn wildcard entries to the Australian open. To be defeated by his junior countrymen at such a scoreline. It puts TA's youth policy under scrutiny. great win for Groth to rekindle his career and Sirianni battling qualities are still with him. Correct me if I am wrong but there are some players in this draw who didn't contest the AO playoff and vice versa. I think that's a bad decision.

Men's Results
Brisbane International Round 1 Draw

(1) Andy Roddick (USA) vs Peter Luczak
(WC) Carsten Ball vs Micha Zverev (CZE)
(WC) Bernard Tomic vs Qualifier
(WC) John Millman vs (2) Radek Stepanek (CZE)

I don't agree that TA should be able to overturn wild cards; they should just get it right to begin with. Agree with the rest though.

My post from the Kubler forum:
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.

aussiestatman
01-02-2010, 10:23 AM
dud anyone see kubler play today?

aussiestatman
01-02-2010, 10:40 AM
Men's Results
Brisbane International Qualifying Round 1 Results


Matheson Klein def (WC) MarkRichards 6-1 6-0
Joel Lindner def (WC) Benjamin Mitchell 6-4 6-2
(8) Nick Lindahl def Tobias Kamke (GER) 7-6(6) 7-6(6)
Joseph Sirianni def Lukas Dlouhy (CZE) 4-6 7-5 7-6(2)
Kaden Hensel def Andrew McLeod 6-0 6-4
(7) Greg Jones def Sadik Kadir 7-5 6-2
Miles Armstrong def Maverick Bannes 6-7(4) 7-5 6-4
Matt Reid def (WC) Jason Kubler 6-0 6-3
Samuel Groth def (WC) Jarryd Chaplin 6-3 6-4
Matthew Ebden def Isaac Frost 6-2 6-2

sirianni was awesome

jmf07
01-02-2010, 10:56 AM
Great to see Joe and Nick win their matches against Dlouhy and Kamke to ensure every match was won by an Aussie.
Also nice to see Armstrong have a win. Seemed to be developing into a decent player before he slipped and then had a break. As for Kubler's loss well I feel sorry for him and to be honest I think it would be wise for the people around him to try and convince him to give the wildcard up because he isn't ready for it and it won't help his career at all. A question I raise is why didn't TA give him a maindraw match on the smaller stages of Brisbane or Sydney before giving him a wildcard into the AO to see what sort of a showing he would put up against a top 100 player.

In the maindraw matches Ball obviously has the winnable match out of him, Millman and Luczak. He had a poor finish to 2009 but Zverev's was equally as shocking. If the good Carsten turns up he has a huge chance of progressing. Unfortuantely I can't see Millman troubling Steps and Luczak is probably relying on Roddick still not being fully fit to progress. At least both of them will get centre court appearances though.

Interesting that Dane Propoggia decided to play in the qualies of the New Caledonia challenger and not in the qualies of Brisbane.

ace ventura
01-02-2010, 09:40 PM
You can feel sorry for Kubler, how ever at the end of the day he will get paid well to turn up.
I feel more sorry for the players who's rankings and recent results didnt even come into consideration. Players who are not fully funded and publicized or managed by Tennis Australia. Players who off their own back have to go out off their own backs against this youth policy ,and with out support to become players.
Kublers coach you would think would have known at the last lot of
Aus Futures he was not yet deserving of this.M/D w/c.
Tiley said in an article two years ago TA was going to aggressively fund the 10 - 14 year olds, he says now the results are starting to show, well there you have it.
With any one over 17, not last or this year accepted into the AIS, Ausralias only fully funded touring program, well Tennis has been like Ten green bottles,
If players under the TA microscope have made any mistakes they simply cut them off , TA will only support those working in their system, those who have a certain type of behaviour whether they have results, potential, ranking or not.
SO the odds of ever having depth remain slim. As they have ruled the players and system so heavily and managed to do away with so many players, who really compared to other sports are saints .......... and to bad if any one is going to mature later.
It is always the players fault here, never lack of decent duty of care, never TA's lack of sharing funding, or their lack or touring coaches for the majority of players.
You can feel sorry for Kubler, but he and Tomic, Saville and all those under 17, the " best ten players in the last two decades TA say" , have the lions share.
In funding and w/cs. coaches and publicity.
Why TA invited any one over 17 to try out for at the recent AIS Camp was a farce , they did not select one player over 17, regardless of recent results or rankings of the boys,
shows that No matter what you do as a player TA are ruthless enough to humiliate players by playing their own game of ten green bottles.
This all started years ago under Tiley and yes he is right the results are starting to show, this has become a dreadful place to develop or hope to even be included.
The youth poicy has been set, and we have been told that this could take years and years , as they TA chose to tip out the older players.

save ausdecline
01-03-2010, 07:40 AM
Men's Results
Brisbane International Round 2 Results

(1) Xavier Malisse (BEL) def Matheson Klein 7-5 6-3
(8) Nick Lindahl def Joel lindner 6-7 (5) 6-3 6-4
(2) Olesksandr Dolgopolov Jr def Joseph Sirianni 7-6 (5) 7-6 (3)
Kaden Hensel def (7) Greg Jones 7-6 (7) 2-6 6-1
(3) Julian Resiter (GER) def Miles Armstrong 6-2 6-3
Matt Reid def (6) Andreas Stoppini 6-2 3-6 6-2
(4) Matthew Matosevic def Samuel Groth 7-6 (4) 6-3
Matthew Ebden def (5) Brydan Klein 6-4 6-0

Expected win for Redi over a claycourter. Kelin has just been insulted again by Ebden

Matchu
01-03-2010, 04:09 PM
I think we can all agree that no matter what happens to Jason in Melbourne in two weeks that it will not be as bad as Robert Smeets at the French Open that one year...

NOTHING will ever be as bad and as embarassing as that.

ace ventura
01-03-2010, 08:53 PM
I think we can all agree that no matter what happens to Jason in Melbourne in two weeks that it will not be as bad as Robert Smeets at the French Open that one year...

NOTHING will ever be as bad and as embarassing as that.

Wreckon Todd larkham on centre court was right up there with that. Especially the fight that nearly broke out with Mcenroe after it....
which made it so much worse.

Dont think clay was Smeets best surface , so he can at least take solace in that.

Matchu that is a strange way to justify this W/C . By bagging Smeets !! So .... NO I cant agree with that.

The match hasn't even been been played yet , who knows how Kubler will go.

n8
01-03-2010, 09:31 PM
I think we can all agree that no matter what happens to Jason in Melbourne in two weeks that it will not be as bad as Robert Smeets at the French Open that one year...

NOTHING will ever be as bad and as embarassing as that.

Yeah, that was bad: 6-1 6-0 6-0, what a relief he got that game. Berdych often thrashes top 100 players in the early round of Grand Slams (http://www.atpworldtour.com/Tennis/Players/Top-Players/Tomas-Berdych.aspx?t=pa&y=0&m=s&e=gs#) so it was a very unlucky draw.

jmf07
01-03-2010, 11:21 PM
Smeets wasn't an inexperienced 16 year old kid playing in front of a large national audience though

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01-04-2010, 01:28 AM
Men's Results
Brisbane International Final Round Results

(8) Nick Lindahl def (1) Xaviuer Malisse (BEL) 6-1 7-6 (2)
(2) Olesksandr Dolgopolov Jr def Kaden Hensel 7-6 (1) 6-3
Matthew Ebden def (4) Marinko Matosevic 6-2 6-2
Julian Reister def (GER)Natt Reid 6-7 (7) 6-1 7-5

We know what Malisse is capable of. What a amazing win from the Aussie junior. Reid narrowly loses but has had a great tournament, should be proud of his performances

jmf07
01-04-2010, 01:39 AM
Now means there will be six Aussies in the maindraw and possibly 7 if Matt Reid can get through.

n8
01-04-2010, 02:09 AM
Very exciting stuff from Lindahl. Matt Reid came ever so close, losing 6-7(7) 6-1 7-5.

Audacity
01-04-2010, 03:03 AM
Linners looks like he just might be finding his place on the tour now. He's having a huge summer, good luck to him.

Givenchy
01-04-2010, 04:39 AM
Lindahl vs Berdych
Ebden vs Melzer
Tomic vs Dolgopolov Jr
http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/story/0,23739,26551147-10389,00.html

save ausdecline
01-04-2010, 04:51 AM
Form from Lindahl will have to be boiling hot to pull this one off.

Audacity
01-04-2010, 06:18 AM
Good experience for these guys coming through the qualies. Nothing to lose.

jmf07
01-04-2010, 07:01 AM
Berdych could have one of his infamous off days but Lindahl has struck a bad draw there.

Thanos
01-04-2010, 07:17 AM
Berdych could have one of his infamous off days but Lindahl has struck a bad draw there.

if the same tomas shows up that played against dimitrov. lindahl just has to show up on court and he win.

as for the final wildcard for the australian open, if millman can keep the score close against sexy. he will get it, as he already has a cult following.

jmf07
01-04-2010, 07:48 AM
Propoggia and Leon Frost both qualified in New Caledonia before losing their first round encounters to Stadler and Mayer respectively.

ozfan44
01-04-2010, 08:59 AM
Great effort from Lindahl and Ebden to qualify, hopefully they can cause an upset!!

Tomic should win that match, shame Hensel and Reid couldnt get through!!

ozfan44
01-04-2010, 09:00 AM
wonder why Rameez Junaid, JP Smith, Dayne Kelly and James Lemke didnt play qualies here??

Audacity
01-04-2010, 09:03 AM
Dolgopolov Jr is a guy on the rise, will be a tough one for Tomic.

save ausdecline
01-04-2010, 09:05 AM
[QUOTE=save ausdecline;9457065]this is quite an embarrassing result from Kubler. Tennis Australia should have the ability to overturn wildcard entries to the Australian open. To be defeated by his junior countrymen at such a scoreline. It puts TA's youth policy under scrutiny. great win for Groth to rekindle his career and Sirianni battling qualities are still with him. Correct me if I am wrong but there are some players in this draw who didn't contest the AO playoff and vice versa. I think that's a bad decision.


I don't think these players were offered qualifying wildcards and their ranking might not have been high enough to contest this

save ausdecline
01-04-2010, 09:05 AM
I really hope Tomic wins. I think he can.

jmf07
01-04-2010, 10:04 AM
Dolgopolov Jr is definitely the favourite against Tomic but Tomic still has a chance.

As for the players who aren't here I'm not sure. JP Smith I'm guessing is either injured or has gone back to college to prepare for the season otherwise I would have expected him to be here given that it would have been like a home tournament for him. Perhaps the others misjudged the cutoff or something. Would explain why they aren't here and why Propoggia decided to go to New Caledonia.

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01-04-2010, 10:57 AM
Men's Results
Brisbane International Round 1 Draw

(1) Andy Roddick (USA) def Peter Luczak 7-6(5) 6-2
(WC) Carsten Ball def Micha Zverev (CZE) 7-5 6-1
(2) Radek Stepanek (CZE) def (WC) John Millman 6-4 6-0
(4) Tomas Berdych (CZE) def (Q) Nick Lindahl 6-2 6-4
Matthew Ebden def Jurgen Melzer (AUT) 7-5 6-1
(Q) Oleksandr Dolgopolov Jr (UKR) def (WC) Bernard Tomic 6-4 6-4

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01-05-2010, 04:45 AM
I feel crap that Tomic lost cos he is creating so much hype (really his management and TA) so the public have huge expectations for him. Great win for Ebden, he really pulled a rabbit out of the hat. No one expected this.

n8
01-05-2010, 06:38 AM
Tomic's loss looks worse than it was. People look at Dolgopolov and think they've never heard of him and he's only a qualifier so therefore expected Tomic to do better. Fact is, Dolgopolov improved his ranking from 310 to 131 last year and is very dangerous. Tomic has now got some serious points to defend between now and the end of Febuary. If he looses in the first round of the Australian Open he'll drop down to about 370. I would've liked to see him play a few Australian futures at the end of last year so his ranking would've been more stable.

Ebden - you bloody champion!!!

Audacity
01-05-2010, 07:33 AM
Tomic's loss looks worse than it was. People look at Dolgopolov and think they've never heard of him and he's only a qualifier so therefore expected Tomic to do better. Fact is, Dolgopolov improved his ranking from 310 to 131 last year and is very dangerous.

Exactly. It's not really that bad of a loss, Dolgopolov Jr. is no doubt an up and coming top 50 player at the least. Tomic is just hyped up too much from the media - it was an expected loss in my point of view.

jmf07
01-05-2010, 09:20 AM
Yeah Dolgopolov's win was expected and this was reflected in the betting markets. In saying that though Dolgopolov isn't exactly a world beater on hardcourt and his better surface is the clay so a 6-4 6-4 scoreline sounds about right.

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01-06-2010, 05:24 AM
Richard Gasquet def Matthew Ebden 6-3 6-4
(1)Andy Roddick def (WC) Carsten Ball 7-6 (0) 6-3

save ausdecline
01-06-2010, 05:40 AM
Ball really put it to Roddick. Fell apart during tiebreak. Roddick came up with the goods under pressure. I can see Ball as a top 50 player in the future. Ball could fix up his 1-2 punch on his serve. He needs to be a bit more clinical in that situation but otherwise, he has great potential.

jmf07
01-06-2010, 05:44 AM
Wouldn't say they were soundly beaten. Ball had a set point in the first set and Ebden was competitive in both of his sets, and certainly did his wildcard hopes no harm at all and in fact may have strengthened them.

Good performances by both of them against top opponents.

jmf07
01-06-2010, 05:46 AM
Ball has very good potential and it's just a case of him stringing it together on a consistent basis. I was aware of his back injury but wasn't aware that he had swine flu and of his mother's battle with breast cancer last year.

Huntress555
01-06-2010, 06:29 AM
Ball should be very proud of his efforts. He has a good first and second serve on him. Its a pity he could take his chance in the first set, but he'll learn the more get gets the chance to play against top players.

Tenys4r
01-06-2010, 04:03 PM
Propoggia and Leon Frost both qualified in New Caledonia before losing their first round encounters to Stadler and Mayer respectively.

Ithink you will find that a few of the players were told by TA that they would not have a chance of getting into quallies in brisbane and sodidn't go. Which was ludicrous because it was quite weak.

Tenys4r
01-06-2010, 04:08 PM
dud anyone see kubler play today?

Yep won about 5 points in 1st set. And Matt Reid played ok juswt got the job done not as good as he did in next two matches. Obviously felt he didn't need to. Kubler might have been a bit overawed by the crowd maybe there were a lotofpeople watching. Still if he is going toplaqy Aus Open he better get used to it!

Tenys4r
01-06-2010, 04:11 PM
I think some of them were told not to go as they wouldn't get in. Well done TA a chance for some of those boys to get valuable experience but denied.

n8
01-06-2010, 07:13 PM
Yep won about 5 points in 1st set. And Matt Reid played ok juswt got the job done not as good as he did in next two matches. Obviously felt he didn't need to. Kubler might have been a bit overawed by the crowd maybe there were a lotofpeople watching. Still if he is going toplaqy Aus Open he better get used to it!

about 5 points - ouch! That's good though that there were so many people watching a first round qualifying match. Welcome to the forums Tenys4r!

Wrong Direction
01-07-2010, 04:14 AM
Ithink you will find that a few of the players were told by TA that they would not have a chance of getting into quallies in brisbane and sodidn't go. Which was ludicrous because it was quite weak.

There were 6 byes in first round of qualies and WC to KUBLER and a further 2 WC to 1993 players I haven't even heard of. I know of capable players with ATP rankings below 800 who were discouraged from going as they were told they were no chance of getting in. How do you think these guys feel when the qualifying draw was released. Pissed off is an understatement. Is there a hidden agenda for 1986-1991 players to fail or progress slowly so TA youth policy is seen as successful? (A late maturer is a player who gets screwed by TA in their formative years and then succeeds despite all the politics behind the scenes to crush them. There has been plenty of them in our sporting history and there will be plenty more in the future that will play on and succeed at all costs to stick it up the present administration) When they do eventually succeed TA will be amongst the first back slappers wanting a piece of the pie. Lets give all our players an even chance no matter what their age is. 20-30 players performing at consistantly high levels will ultimately get the nation better results that putting all the funding in to 1 or 2.

ace ventura
01-07-2010, 09:17 AM
There were 6 byes in first round of qualies and WC to KUBLER and a further 2 WC to 1993 players I haven't even heard of. I know of capable players with ATP rankings below 800 who were discouraged from going as they were told they were no chance of getting in. How do you think these guys feel when the qualifying draw was released. Pissed off is an understatement. Is there a hidden agenda for 1986-1991 players to fail or progress slowly so TA youth policy is seen as successful? (A late maturer is a player who gets screwed by TA in their formative years and then succeeds despite all the politics behind the scenes to crush them. There has been plenty of them in our sporting history and there will be plenty more in the future that will play on and succeed at all costs to stick it up the present administration) When they do eventually succeed TA will be amongst the first back slappers wanting a piece of the pie. Lets give all our players an even chance no matter what their age is. 20-30 players performing at consistantly high levels will ultimately get the nation better results that putting all the funding in to 1 or 2.

Those 1993 W/C are new AIS, no 1991s or 1990s who were told they were on the right TA pathway into AIS got in, so as all these players TRUSTED TA COACHES AND PROGRAMS , little did they know they will all just get ditched when youth policy came in.
At 18 and 19 some had ATP ranking and AIS not interested !! HOW BAD IS THAT. ?
What too tall , to short, not fit enough , wrong game, not like Rafa whats they excuse for that ?
Let alone these older guys doing so well. People only want AIS for the funding anyway as every one knows a year of that would help, really people should stay with own coach to do well we all know that, and hasnt that proven true, every one doing well this summer has gone their own way.

I can not believe Mcenzie gave up , he did so well just this time last year, TA were crawling all over him , didn't take long to mess him up, so it was his attitude people say , well gee get a grip, what is wrong with TA that they can not cope with players who think out side of their square !! Or let them grow through these things, being a teenager isn't easy let alone growing up in under the microscope of tennis . One foot out of line , two feet out of line even three feet out of TAs " STRAIGHT " line and your gone.

I dont think they know anything about anyone over 16 maybe thats why they have chucked them out, maybe no one in TA actually have kids.
Sometimes it takes the kids with bad attitudes to have guts to stand up , what do they want boys in frigging dresses, and what teenager that pushes boundry's isn't going to take risks on a tennis court ?
TA makes so many excuses to throw as many players as they can out who are not under 16.
Actually the new code of behavior almost tells you that, I have seen the most ridiculous codes given like for bouncing a racket.
Tennis in Australia has become about everything BUT tennis if you ask me.

Tenys4r
01-07-2010, 10:07 AM
There were 6 byes in first round of qualies and WC to KUBLER and a further 2 WC to 1993 players I haven't even heard of. I know of capable players with ATP rankings below 800 who were discouraged from going as they were told they were no chance of getting in. How do you think these guys feel when the qualifying draw was released. Pissed off is an understatement. Is there a hidden agenda for 1986-1991 players to fail or progress slowly so TA youth policy is seen as successful? (A late maturer is a player who gets screwed by TA in their formative years and then succeeds despite all the politics behind the scenes to crush them. There has been plenty of them in our sporting history and there will be plenty more in the future that will play on and succeed at all costs to stick it up the present administration) When they do eventually succeed TA will be amongst the first back slappers wanting a piece of the pie. Lets give all our players an even chance no matter what their age is. 20-30 players performing at consistantly high levels will ultimately get the nation better results that putting all the funding in to 1 or 2.

I spoke to two of the players that got into qualies whosaid they were told by TA they wouldn't get in but decided to go anyway hoping they might get a wildcard but ended up gettingg in on ran kin g. What is happening here? Why is ta advising Australian players not to go? Is this so they can then put the younger players into the draw - is this part of the youth policy scheme? Shame on TA if that is the case.

Tenys4r
01-07-2010, 10:20 AM
Sometimes it takes the kids with bad attitudes to have guts to stand up , what do they want boys in frigging dresses, and what teenager that pushes boundry's isn't going to take risks on a tennis court ?
TA makes so many excuses to throw as many players as they can out who are not under 16.
Actually the new code of behavior almost tells you that, I have seen the most ridiculous codes given like for bouncing a racket.
Tennis in Australia has become about everything BUT tennis if you ask me.

Is hard to understand how they feel that they can mould kids. Kids are all different, the raquet throwers, the screamers, the cryers - i can think of many senior players who still do these things - look at Federer - he said in an article that he cried as a kid when he lost and he still crys when he loses. This is what makes them all different.

How come TA arent pulling up some of our more prominent parents for their outrageous behaviour. They obviously can;t keep tomic senior under control and his behaaviour is far far worse than some junior throwing a racquet. This is what happens now that they nhave allowed the player to get bigger than the sport.

jmf07
01-07-2010, 11:52 AM
It is amazing that they cut the support to the guys who really need it like Mckenzie, Matosevic, Lindahl etc but they continue to give support to Tomic whose behaviour is well documented and probably alot worse than those who were mentioned and is already getting huge endorsement deals through IMG . Then the father continually whines about not getting enough funding in the first place.

And then you have a guy like Matthew Ebden whose results were rapidly declining last year and was in need of a break from the grind of the tour but was scared to do so because his funding might be cut because Tennis Australia wouldn't support the decision. In the end he took the break and has since come back in brilliant form at the end of 2009 and into 2010.

save ausdecline
01-07-2010, 10:19 PM
I feel as though from all the above comments TA is in crisis

Tenys4r
01-08-2010, 11:40 AM
It is amazing that they cut the support to the guys who really need it like Mckenzie, Matosevic, Lindahl etc but they continue to give support to Tomic whose behaviour is well documented and probably alot worse than those who were mentioned and is already getting huge endorsement deals through IMG . Then the father continually whines about not getting enough funding in the first place.

And then you have a guy like Matthew Ebden whose results were rapidly declining last year and was in need of a break from the grind of the tour but was scared to do so because his funding might be cut because Tennis Australia wouldn't support the decision. In the end he took the break and has since come back in brilliant form at the end of 2009 and into 2010.


They must have read what you said jmf07 as TA have given ebden matosvbic jones wildcards in to sydney quallies. In my opinion Am however amazed that they gave one to Kubler! Issnt wildcards into Medibank supposed to assist nsW players and wildcards for Brisbane International for Queensland based players - that is what i always understood.

Tenys4r
01-08-2010, 11:59 AM
Sorry and should have added "supposed to assist eitber hometown players or5 players with great recent ie ebden" Kubler just got crushed with last wildcard in his hometown why does he warrant anothjer?

jmf07
01-08-2010, 12:21 PM
Does anyone know who the last wildcard went to in the maindraw? Murray being in the Hopman Cup Final and Roddick still being in Brisbane probably rules both of them out now they have their match practice for the Aus Open. So I'm guessing it is Ball or Millman with Bernard playing in Adelaide. Or perhaps they chose Matt Reid who has really been robbed of a qualies wildcard if he hasnt got a maindraw one.

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01-09-2010, 12:18 AM
Sydney International Qualies
Round 1
Marinko Matosevic def (WC) James Duckworth 6-1 6-3
Rajeev Ram (USA) vs (WC) Jason Kubler 6-4 3-6 6-3
(GER) Julian Reister def (WC) Mathhew Ebden 4-6 7-5 6-3
(8) Taylor Dent def`(WC) Greg Jones 7-6 (5) 6-3
Alex Bogomolov Jr. (USA) def (Alt) Brydan Klein 3-6 6-4 7-5

Givenchy
01-09-2010, 02:32 AM
Sydney Main Draw

Lindahl vs Baghdatis
Luczak vs Acasuso
Ball vs Fish
Hewitt vs Bye

save ausdecline
01-09-2010, 03:36 AM
Thankyou JW for your contribution to this thread

save ausdecline
01-09-2010, 03:48 AM
Sydney International Qualies
Round 2
Marinko Matosevic def (Alt) Sergei Bubka (UKR) 6-4 6-4

Matosevic should consider himself lucky with the withdrawal of the top three seeds in qualis.

save ausdecline
01-09-2010, 04:22 AM
Sydney International Qualies
Final Roujnd Qualifying
Marinko Matosevic vs (6) Daniel Gimeno-Traver (ESP)

I'm gonna watch this match. I'll give you guys a report. Anyone else coming to Medibank International? I'll be watching Matosevic on Court 4 at approximately 2.30PM.

n8
01-09-2010, 04:35 AM
Sydney Main Draw

Lindahl vs Baghdatis
Luczak vs Acasuso
Ball vs Fish
Hewitt vs Bye

Pretty nice draws for the first three Aussies. Especially Luczak who should really beat fellow clay courter Acasuso with a home court advantage.

save ausdecline
01-09-2010, 10:15 AM
Sydney International Qualies
Final Roujnd Qualifying
Marinko Matosevic def (6) Daniel Gimeno-Traver (ESP) 6-1 6-3

I'm gonna watch this match. I'll give you guys a report. Anyone else coming to Medibank International? I'll be watching Matosevic on Court 4 at approximately 2.30PM.

jmf07
01-09-2010, 10:28 AM
Should be a good match. Gimeno seems to be ok on the Hardcourts although he had a bit of a struggle against Oswald. Marinko is known to be quite expressive in his behaviour and is bound to be pumped up at the prospect of qualifying for Medibank and especially considering that if he were to qualify there is a 50% chance that he would come up against Starace or Andreev who has played like a clown in his last two matches.

jmf07
01-09-2010, 10:29 AM
Also would be good for him to join his good mate Nick Lindahl in the maindraw.

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01-10-2010, 04:50 AM
Sydney International Qualies
Final Round Qualifying
Marinko Matosevic def (6) Daniel Gimeno-Traver (ESP) 6-1 6-3

save ausdecline
01-10-2010, 09:19 AM
I watched the match live and here is my analysis. I haven't been to enough matche live to know whether it is negative to arrive late to a match. Maybe it was some mind games from Matosevic. But anyway. So the match starts at 1.15 instead of the scheduled 1.00 as Matty arrives at 1.07.

Intially, Matosevic is off to a flyer. he has a really solid game. Barely makes any unforced errors in the first set and very clinical in his finishing in that one-two punch from that very consistent, well placed and fast serve of his. He also returned well as well, effectively using the pace of the ball from the opponent's serve (which only hurt him at times) to place the ball deep or attacking the lines and counter punching on some occassions. His opponent (looks like a claycourter with very heavy top spin on his shots) makes 6-1 a lot of unforced errors (maybe he was going for too much or was just off his game) and nothing goes his way.

The first set ends and i hurry to CT 1 scampering through the crowd just to grab my digital camera. In the second set, Matosevic leads a break up at 3-1, and I know notice matosevic has lost his intensity a bit and is involved in more rallies with his opponent. He loses his intensity a bit especially when he puts in a few short balls which his opponent attacks with heavy top spin as expected. But at 4*-3 up with the Matosevic serving , he pulls off some great serves and clinical finishing and well constructed points and the luck of unforced errors from his opponent to save a few break points. I knew that after Matosevic won that game as that was a mental blow to his opponent, he had the match. Matosevic celebrated his winners with a roar but the crowd seemed oddly quite.

He finishes in style by getting most of his first serves in play to finish of the match. He threw the ball in the air and smashed the other ball out of the court in delight. How exuberant that celebration was I just had to laugh. What a character Matosevic is. He was walking past centre court after the match and I was thinking about getting his signature but he was walking with a group of people so I decided not to bug him (and I chickened out, well at least I got Luczak's signature.) While I was eavesdropping and he said "I was so nervous at 4-3." I guess there's more to life than tennis, he has some personality.

His opponent (sorry for using his opponent instead of the player's last name) built some momentum in the second set, made too many errors in the first. Matosevic was almost flawless in the first but dopped in intensity and allowed his opponent in the game but served well in points which were turning points in the match.

So glad to see matosevic qualify, he should consider himself lucky to face Alternate players but what an effort and his performances are well deserving of it.

He is up against Starace in the first round of the main draw.

grimilan
01-10-2010, 09:20 AM
He is up against Starace in the first round of the main draw.

I think you mean Seppi? :confused:

save ausdecline
01-10-2010, 09:29 AM
ur right. Seppi. sorry

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01-12-2010, 12:03 PM
Sydney Main Draw
First Round

Baghdatis def Lindahl 6-2 7-5
Luczak def Acasuso 7-6 (1) 6-1
Fish def Ball 6-4 7-6 (4)
(4) Hewitt vs Bye

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01-12-2010, 12:04 PM
Sydney Main Draw
Second Round

Luczak vs (2) Tomas Berdych
(4) Hewitt vs Seppi

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01-12-2010, 12:13 PM
James Ward(GBR) vs. Matt Reid
Josselin Ouanna(FRA)[13] vs. Joseph Sirianni(AUS)
Steve Darcis(BEL)[3] vs. James Lemke(AUS)
Karim Maamoun(EGY) vs. Dayne Kelly(AUS)
Samuel Groth(AUS) vs. Ramon Delgado(PAR)
Ivan Sergeyev(UKR) vs. Greg Jones(AUS)
James Duckworth(AUS) vs. Somdev Devvarman(IND)[27]
Daniel Evans(GBR) vs. Sean Berman(AUS)
Carlos Poch-Gradin(ESP) vs. Matthew Ebden(AUS)
Rui Machado(POR)[10] vs. Brydan Klein(AUS)
Luke Saville(AUS) vs. Alexandre Sidorenko(FRA)
John Millman(AUS) vs. Simone Vagnozzi(ITA)
Kevin Kim(USA)[5] vs. Kaden Hensel(AUS)

jmf07
01-12-2010, 04:03 PM
A pleasant surprise to see Matosevic given the last maindraw wildcard and Sirianni receive a qualifying wildcard. Great to see although it was a shame to see a few of the aussie journeymen miss the qualies cutoff by a small margin. Ebelthite as first alternate might get in. Nalbandian was reportedly out of the Aus Open this morning but he hasn't withdrawn yet so perhaps the report was wrong. If he did withdraw or anyone else in the maindraw did, it would open up Ebden's qualy draw considerably and increase his chances alot. But hopefully Nalbandian doesn't withdraw.

Here are my predictions. Alot of them will probably end up being wrong but may as well make a contribution :lol:

Ebden, Jones and Kelly have great chances to win their first round matches. Reasonably confident about the first two and Kelly has a dream first round encounter with Maamoun who's form away from Northern Africa and on the hardcourts is questionable.

Reid has a hope against Ward. Reid needs to keep playing well though. Ward was ok in Chennai but had a disastrous 2nd half of 2009 and his results before that suggest Reid is definitely in this. Millman does too but his opponent Vagnozzi did well in New Caledonia reaching the QF in singles with some good matches and the final in the doubles.

Wouldn't surprise me to see Klein or Sirianni win. You can never discount Sirianni and his fighting qualities. His win against Soeda in qualies here last year was remarkable. Klein might be back to playing something near his normal level of tennis after his close call against Bogomolov Jr in Sydney. He will need to be if he wants to win this.

Kim is a big favourite against Hensel but Hensel did beat him at the end of last year in straights and beat Greg Jones in Brisbane and went ok against Dolgopolov. Wouldn't be a huge shock to see him win.

Lemke will need Darcis to still have back issues otherwise Darcis should win.

Berman, Mitchell, Duckworth and Saville will have their work cut out for them. If one of them were to surprise though it would probably be Mitchell with Arnaboldi being his opponent.

n8
01-12-2010, 07:56 PM
Sydney Main Draw
First Round

Baghdatis def Lindahl 6-2 7-5
Luczak def Acasuso 7-6 (1) 6-1
Fish def Ball 6-4 7-6 (4)
(4) Hewitt vs Bye

Luczak def Acasuso 7-6 (1) 6-4

Experimentee
01-12-2010, 10:03 PM
I think Joe Sirianni may have got into quallies on his own ranking. He was only a few places out from direct entry. Otherwise would be a big surprise if he got a WC.

jmf07
01-12-2010, 10:30 PM
Yeah I was surprised as well but he was listed with WC next to his name so I'm assuming he got one but as it has panned out he would not have needed the wildcard anyway. Could be wrong though.

jmf07
01-13-2010, 01:28 AM
Kelly and Ebden are through :D

Ebden's opponent only got 4 of 29 first serves in the second set to go with the 8 double faults he served. Pretty hard to lose when your opponent plays like that and Matt probably didn't have to do much.

Thank god Kelly won because it would have been a real disappointment if he had lost. First set was on serve until 4-4. Kelly had a good chance to go up a break but didnt and then after that every service game was broken till the tiebreak. Second set was nice stuff from Kelly. Third set he was up a double break then Maamoun came back. Broke again only to have Maamoun break back. Then broke once again and Maamoun looked like breaking again but Kelly managed to somehow serve it out.

save ausdecline
01-13-2010, 07:51 AM
Sydney Main Draw
Second Round

(WC) Luczak def (2) Tomas Berdych 1-6 6-4 6-2
(4) Hewitt def Seppi 6-0 6-2

save ausdecline
01-13-2010, 07:59 AM
Sydney Main Draw
Quarters
(WC) Luczak vs Mardy Fish
(4) Hewitt vs Bagdahtis

Experimentee
01-13-2010, 10:03 PM
Did anyone notice Sirianni won his first round against #13 Ouanna in 3 sets? Joe shows his quality, he is consistently proving himself in these matches.

Action Jackson
01-13-2010, 10:20 PM
Siranni played it perfectly.

n8
01-14-2010, 12:46 AM
I love seeing Sirianni win matches. The guy is incredible, reaching his career high at 33 years old and being in the top 600 or so since 1997. What a fantastic journeyman.