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Wild Cards (results in post #63)

smucav
07-22-2010, 05:41 PM
Main Draw
1 Ball, Carsten AUS (TA)
2 Blake, James USA
3 Klahn, Bradley USA (NCAA champion)
4 Rufin, Guillaume FRA (FFT)
5 Sock, Jack USA (Kalamazoo champion)
6 Smyczek, Tim USA (USTA playoff champion)
7 Sweeting, Ryan USA
8 Young, Donald USA

Qualifying
1 Buchanan, Chase USA
2 Collarini, Andrea USA
3 Cox, Jordan USA
4 Jenkins, Jarmere USA
5 Johnson, Steve USA
6 Ouellete, Greg USA
7 Strode, Blake USA (National Playoffs champion)
8 van Overbeek, Bob USA (Kalamazoo finalist)
9 Domijan, Alexander USA (replaces Williams, Rhyne USA)

Doubles
1 BANGOURA USA/PASHA USA (Kalamazoo champions)
2 BATTISTONE USA/DEHEART USA
3 COURTNEY USA/SHABAZ USA (NCAA champions)
4 GINEPRI USA/SWEETING USA
5 HARRISON USA/KENDRICK USA
6 KLAHN USA/SMYCZEK USA
7 MARTIN USA/YOUNG USA

DartMarcus
07-28-2010, 11:22 AM
Blake, Young and Sweeting will get WC for sure!
Other candidates:
Ram - 5-15 record on atp tour this year
Levine - sucked the whole year, but in the end showed some kind of improvement, qualifying at Wimby and reaching CH final
Kendrick - was very solid at Wimby, but has not played since then
Smyczek - the guy is having the best year of a career, reached 2 CH finals and finally won 1st ATP match
Harrison - the future of US tennis, reached Newport QF!
Witten - too inconsistent, but always peaks for Slams!
Reynolds - still cant find his best form after injury, won a CH though

smucav
07-28-2010, 03:36 PM
Kendrick - was very solid at Wimby, but has not played since thenKendrick played WTT all of July. (His team won the championships.)

smucav
07-30-2010, 01:56 AM
http://espn.go.com/sports/tennis/notebook/_/page/secondservings07272010/donald-young-rediscover-stylish-gameYoung did not receive a direct entry into the U.S. Open because his ranking of No. 105 last Monday was too low, and five players with unprotected rankings skipped over him. Although he did not receive a wild card into last year's Open -- he was forced to qualify his way into the main draw -- his play has caught the eye of McEnroe, who runs the USTA's elite tennis operation.

"Based on his ranking and results," McEnroe said, "I think it bodes well for his chances [of a wild card]."

Filo V.
07-30-2010, 01:39 PM
There really are essentially 5 WC positions available, and only a few weeks until the final decisions need to be made. As of right now you would have to assume:

James is a definite lock.
Donald, being in the top 100, and having the best results of the veterans, should be close to being assured a spot.
Smyczek has shown real improvement on the challenger tour and has earned a spot.

Personally, since Ryan S. has gotten WCs several times now, I'm not 100% he'll get another one. At this point, the fact Ryan has still not reached the top 100 has to be seen as a major failure. His ranking hasn't improved much from last year, and he defends a major amount of his points starting around now, so that means he hasn't made that jump up he needs. His ATP record this season is 2-7. He's 23 years old now and has been around the top 200 for 3-4 years, so he's on the bubble IMO.

Levine, Kendrick, Ram, Witten do not deserve spots. Not enough good results on the season. Maybe Jesse W. will get a WC due to him defending 3rd round points and his peaking at slams. If Jesse L. can show a little better these next few weeks to show that the Lexington final isn't a fluke, he may eke out a spot.

The final one/two WC positions will probably go to two young American hopefuls, like Harrison, Johnson and Klahn. Either Ryan S. will get one and then one young guy, or there will be 2 young guys, with either Smyczek or Sweeting out.

Filo V.
07-30-2010, 01:40 PM
Also, I hope Mahut gets the French WC spot, for obvious reasons.

n8
08-02-2010, 01:15 PM
There really are essentially 5 WC positions available, and only a few weeks until the final decisions need to be made. As of right now you would have to assume:

James is a definite lock.
Donald, being in the top 100, and having the best results of the veterans, should be close to being assured a spot.
Smyczek has shown real improvement on the challenger tour and has earned a spot.

Personally, since Ryan has gotten WCs several times now, I'm not 100% he'll get another one. At this point, the fact Ryan has still not reached the top 100 has to be seen as a major failure. His ranking hasn't improved much from last year, and he defends a major amount of his points starting around now, so that means he hasn't made that jump up he needs. His ATP record this season is 2-7. He's 23 years old now and has been around the top 200 for 3-4 years, so he's on the bubble IMO.

Levine, Kendrick, Ram, Witten do not deserve spots. Not enough good results on the season. Maybe Jesse W. will get a WC due to him defending 3rd round points and his peaking at slams. If Jesse L. can show a little better these next few weeks to show that the Lexington final isn't a fluke, he may eke out a spot.

The final one/two WC positions will probably go to two young American hopefuls, like Harrison, Johnson and Klahn. Either Ryan S. will get one and then one young guy, or there will be 2 young guys, with either Smyczek or Sweeting out.

Not the best time to leave out a last name considering Harrison :).

I'm pretty sure Tomic will get the TennisAustralia wild card given his US Open juniors win last year.

Filo V.
08-02-2010, 02:02 PM
Not the best time to leave out a last name considering Harrison :).

I'm pretty sure Tomic will get the TennisAustralia wild card given his US Open juniors win last year.

Very true, I'll fix it now ;)

Filo V.
08-02-2010, 02:03 PM
Tomic would be great as the WC, is there any other Aussie more deserving? Maybe Ball, and that's it I guess.

Armless
08-02-2010, 02:38 PM
I wouldn't mind giving one WC to Berankis, he's a former USO junior champ, in a decent form and he's never got a WC to any slam before.

DartMarcus
08-04-2010, 06:34 AM
Sweeting must be lock for a WC now after his nice USO series run (qualified in Atlanta, R2 in LA, qualified and R3 in DC).

misty1
08-04-2010, 03:05 PM
Tomic would be great as the WC, is there any other Aussie more deserving? Maybe Ball, and that's it I guess.

given that carsten ball won a challenger in the us a while ago and if he can do good over the next little bit i think he'll get the wild card over bernard.

smucav
08-05-2010, 03:02 PM
USTA Boys National Tennis Championships (August 6-15, 2010) draws:
http://ustaboys.com/draws.html

http://www.usta.com/About-USTA/Player-Development/Player-Services/110787_Wild_Cards/USTA Hard Court National Championships: Wild Card Awarded

Boys’ 18’s Singles Champion: Singles Main Draw US Open & Singles Main Draw US Open Juniors*
Boys’ 18’s Doubles Champions: Doubles Main Draw US Open & Doubles Main Draw US Open Juniors*
Boys’ 18’s Singles Finalist: Singles Qualifying US Open
Boys’ 16’s Singles Champion: Singles Main Draw US Open Juniors

Players must play with the same doubles partner to receive the doubles Wild Cards. Players are expected to play the US Open Juniors if they receive a Wild Card into the US Open.

Ivanatis
08-06-2010, 02:24 AM
Tomic would be great as the WC, is there any other Aussie more deserving? Maybe Ball, and that's it I guess.

I'd clearly prefer Ball over Tomic. And Harrison should be pretty safe for a WC. I hope Jesse L. gets one too.

coasterman9
08-06-2010, 04:07 AM
I think the Wildcards should be given to Sweeting, Young, Harrison, Blake, and Smyczek.

Sweeting because of his results the past few weeks.

Donald because he is in the top 100 and has improved his ranking from the 200s.

Harrison because he is young and has played decently well this year.

Blake will get one because he performs well in the US Tournaments, although lately he has struggled I believe he will be back to form by the end of August.

Smyczek has had great results the past month or so and may deserve it the most.

soulage
08-06-2010, 10:15 AM
Also, I hope Mahut gets the French WC spot, for obvious reasons.
According lequipe from today it's Rufin who is in good position to receive it but it can change until the confirmation by FFT.

Filo V.
08-09-2010, 07:01 PM
According lequipe from today it's Rufin who is in good position to receive it but it can change until the confirmation by FFT.

That would be a bad decision, he's been injured, hasn't played well when healthy, hasn't even played a match in almost a month (until this week) after retiring in his last match, and still hasn't really proven he can compete with top 100 players. I don't understand why they would choose him over Nicolas knowing the whole story of the Wimbledon event, it would have been a nice gesture and gotten attention from the American fans.

Filo V.
08-09-2010, 07:15 PM
So, I made my post about who I thought should get the WCs almost two weeks ago, and plenty has changed in these past two weeks.

Ryan S. almost definitely will have a WC spot now based on his latest performances in ATP events. At least he should. I still can see him not getting a spot, but who is more deserving over him is a question that is difficult to see an answer to.

Donald I'm sure is basically assured a spot given he's had the best season of all of these guys.

James is a definitely lock for a spot.

The last two should be Harrison and Smyczek based on results, potential and future. To me there aren't many guys in position for the last two WC spots, Jesse L. should not be in consideration and I doubt he is. Tim has really earned a spot with his play and it would be a shame if he is passed over. If he is, they will almost definitely go with another youngster.

Filo V.
08-09-2010, 07:17 PM
As far as the Aussie WC, Ball would be the safer and probably more earned pick, but Tomic would be the sexy pick and he won US Open juniors, so he has some reasons to be awarded the WC. Also he performed well at the AO, so he may be the type to do well at big stages. I wouldn't be surprised at either pick.

misty1
08-09-2010, 09:25 PM
i think carsten really hurt his chances with his loss in binghamton today

156mphserve
08-10-2010, 08:27 AM
i think carsten really hurt his chances with his loss in binghamton today

How about giving one to Peter Polansky.....or has he not done anything this year to deserve it?:p

Machiavelli
08-10-2010, 01:31 PM
How about giving one to Peter Polansky.....or has he not done anything this year to deserve it?:p

You are a bit naive if you think the americans will give WC to candians, Peter did nothing untill he defeated Melzer last night

156mphserve
08-10-2010, 09:00 PM
it was a joke, reffering to misty's belief that the number 1 ranked canadian didn't deserve a WC into Toronto;)

coasterman9
08-11-2010, 07:12 AM
When will we hear who gets the Wildcards?

DanaKz
08-15-2010, 06:36 AM
Kalamazoo champions in doubles are Nathan Pasha-Sekou Bangoura.

Chip_s_m
08-15-2010, 10:38 PM
Kalamazoo champ is Jack Sock. Not a bad recipient in my opinion, although I'm surprised Cox or Kudla didn't win it. If he gets a good draw against a clay mug or a weak qualifier he could pull off a win.

Chip_s_m
08-15-2010, 10:47 PM
So, I made my post about who I thought should get the WCs almost two weeks ago, and plenty has changed in these past two weeks.

Ryan S. almost definitely will have a WC spot now based on his latest performances in ATP events. At least he should. I still can see him not getting a spot, but who is more deserving over him is a question that is difficult to see an answer to.

Donald I'm sure is basically assured a spot given he's had the best season of all of these guys.

James is a definitely lock for a spot.

The last two should be Harrison and Smyczek based on results, potential and future. To me there aren't many guys in position for the last two WC spots, Jesse L. should not be in consideration and I doubt he is. Tim has really earned a spot with his play and it would be a shame if he is passed over. If he is, they will almost definitely go with another youngster.

Agree with all of this. I wouldn't be surprised if instead of Smyczek they give one to Klahn. I think Smyczek is more likely to win a match, especially since he's beaten four top 100 guys in the past 2 months and took a set off Murray. That said, Klahn may luck out since they're generally pretty generous to NCAA champs who are American. He also had a decent win over Ball this week. Other than that, though, his summer hasn't been impressive at all. That's why I agree that Smyczek would be a better choice. Young may very well not need a WC depending on how many players drop out. If that's the case then I bet both Klahn and Smyczek will get one. I agree that Levine has been a disappointment this year and does not deserve one.

smucav
08-15-2010, 11:28 PM
USTA Boys National Tennis Championships (August 6-15, 2010) results:
http://ustaboys.com/draws.html

http://www.usta.com/About-USTA/Player-Development/Player-Services/110787_Wild_Cards/USTA Hard Court National Championships: Wild Card Awarded

Jack Sock, Boys’ 18’s Singles Champion: Singles Main Draw US Open & Singles Main Draw US Open Juniors*
Sekou Coker Bangoura/Nathan Pasha, Boys’ 18’s Doubles Champions: Doubles Main Draw US Open & Doubles Main Draw US Open Juniors*
Bob van Overbeek, Boys’ 18’s Singles Finalist: Singles Qualifying US Open
Michael Redlicki, Boys’ 16’s Singles Champion: Singles Main Draw US Open Juniors

Players must play with the same doubles partner to receive the doubles Wild Cards. Players are expected to play the US Open Juniors if they receive a Wild Card into the US Open.

http://tenniskalamazoo.blogspot.com/2010/08/bangoura-and-pasha-snare-us-open.htmlAs for New York, Pasha and Bangoura are not sure what draw would be best.

"Anybody who we can get our first win from," said Bangoura. "We want to stay there as long as possible."

"At the same time, I want to be on center court, get rocked in front of everybody," said Pasha, contemplating a match against the Bryan brothers, who won the 18s doubles title in Kalamazoo in 1995 and 1996. "It would be cool to play them, I just don't want to get booed. Oh, I don't care if I get booed. Let's play the Bryan brothers on center court."

As veterans of the U.S. Open junior tournament, Bangoura and Pasha know that they've ascended to a different level with the wild card. No more shuttle buses or junior locker rooms. It's courtesy cars and the same locker room as Federer and Nadal.

"I'm requesting a late match so we can stay as long as possible," Pasha said.

http://tenniskalamazoo.blogspot.com/2010/08/sock-and-redlicki-earn-national-titles.htmlVan Overbeek is planning on accepting his wild card into men's qualifying, while Sock is hoping to draw a marquee player for night contest on Arthur Ashe with his main draw wild card.

"Federer, Nadal or Murray," Sock said, when asked who he would prefer to draw. "That would obviously be an unbelievable experience. If I have my one chance right now, I would want to be on Arthur Ashe on a Monday night, that would be ideal. It would be very fun; I'd probably be very nervous. Hopefully I'll have more chances in the future, but this one would be fun to play someone big to see where I am."

Sock is also planning to play the U.S. Open junior championships too.When asked about the upcoming trip to New York to play in the U.S. Open junior championships, Redlicki was still trying to come to terms with the thought of playing in the Big Apple.

"New York City, that's going to be insane," he said. "I went there in 2003 to watch Nadal as a 16-year-old [Nadal was actually 17]. I remember that was the greatest experience of my life, just being a spectator. Now being a player, it's going to be eight times better."

smucav
08-17-2010, 03:22 AM
http://www.usta.com/usta_to_host_us_open_wild_card_playoff/USTA to host US Open Wild Card Playoff
August 16, 2010 05:51 PM

The USTA announced that it will host a new US Open Wild Card Playoff to award a men’s and women’s main draw singles wild card into the 2010 US Open. Eight men and eight women will be invited to compete for the wild cards August 18-20 at the USTA Training Center Headquarters in Boca Raton, Fla.

The USTA has held wild card playoffs since 2007 to determine wild cards into the Australian and French Opens per reciprocal agreements with Tennis Australia and the French Tennis Federation.

"Our wild card tournaments for the Australian and French Opens have shown that our philosophy of letting our top emerging players compete for the opportunity to play at the highest levels is working," said Patrick McEnroe, General Manager, USTA Player Development. "I believe that applying this process to the US Open sends a strong message to our players that opportunities such as a US Open wild card are meant to be earned through hard work, dedication and competition."

The list of invited players is comprised of some of the country’s top collegiate and junior players, as well as a number of professionals who compete primarily on the USTA Pro Circuit, including:

Men
Chase Buchanan – New Albany, Ohio
Andrea Collarini – Boca Raton, Fla.
Alexander Domijan – Wesley Chapel, Fla
Ryan Harrison – Bradenton, Fla.
Jarmere Jenkins – College Park, Ga.
Steve Johnson – Orange, Calif.
Austin Krajicek – Brandon, Fla.
Tim Smyczek – Milwaukee, Wis.

Women
Julia Boserup – Boca Raton, Fla.
Madison Brengle – Dover, Del.
Beatrice Capra – Ellicott City, Md.
Irina Falconi – Jupiter, Fla.
Nicole Gibbs – Santa Monica, Calif.
Krista Hardebeck – Santa Ana, Calif.
Madison Keys – Boca Raton, Fla.
Alison Riske – McMurray, Pa.

Play will begin each day at 10:00am ET. The men’s and women’s finals will be played consecutively, with the women’s final starting at 10:00am on August 20, and a best-of-five set men’s final to follow. The event will be free to the public throughout.

Rob_C
08-17-2010, 04:23 AM
I guess the WC Playoff list means that Smyczek isnt getting a guaranteed WC. Since DY, Sweeting, Klahn arent on that list, I'd say they're guaranteed of getting WCs.

DY might get straight in depending of the # of withdrawls.

DanaKz
08-17-2010, 05:32 AM
No guaranteed WC for Ryan Harry? :(

DanaKz
08-17-2010, 07:29 PM
Ftom Colette Lewis twitter
WC: Blake, Klahn, Sock, Sweeting, Young + WC tourney winner. Ball(AUS) and Rufin(FRA) are the reciprocals.
OMG, OMHG, why Klahn?:eek:

smucav
08-17-2010, 07:32 PM
http://www.usta.com/fan-favorite_blake_ncaa_champion_klahn_usta_boys_18s_n ational_champion_sock_among_us_open_wild-card_recipients/Fan-favorite Blake, NCAA champion Klahn, USTA Boys' 18s national champion Sock among US Open wild-card recipients
August 17, 2010 01:37 PM

Two-time US Open quarterfinalist James Blake (Tampa, Fla.) and a talented group of Americans consisting of Bradley Klahn (Poway, Calif.), Jack Sock (Lincoln, Neb.), Ryan Sweeting (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.), and Donald Young (Atlanta), along with two international players -- Australian Carsten Ball and Guillaume Rufin of France -- have been awarded men’s singles main-draw wild-card entries into the 2010 US Open Tennis Championships. One additional wild card will be given to the winner of the 2010 US Open Wild Card Playoffs, held August 18-20 at the USTA Player Development Headquarters in Boca Raton, Fla. The 2010 US Open will be played August 30 – September 12 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.

Both the men’s and women’s US Open singles champions will earn $1.7 million, with the ability to earn an additional $1 million in bonus prize money (for a total potential payout of $2.7 million) based on their performance in the 2010 Olympus US Open Series. The US Open Men’s Singles Championship is presented by Mercedes-Benz USA.

Blake, 30, of Tampa, Fla., has won 10 career singles titles on the ATP World Tour and reached a career-high of No. 4 in 2006. He reached consecutive quarterfinals at the US Open in 2005-06, and in 2008 he upset Roger Federer en route to a fourth place finish at the Beijing Olympics. A long-time Davis Cup stalwart, Blake helped lead the U.S. to the 2007 Davis Cup title. Blake, who grew up in nearby Fairfield, Conn., has been hampered by injuries in 2010 and is currently No. 107. Blake last received a US Open wild card in 2005, when he was also ranked No. 107 at the time of the entry deadline. His quarterfinal finish that year ranks second all-time for best US Open finish by a wild card.

Klahn, 20, of Poway, Calif., won the 2010 NCAA Division I singles title as a sophomore at Stanford University this summer. He also reached the semifinals of the NCAA doubles tournament and, as a freshman, was named the Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Rookie of the Year. During his junior career, Klahn ascended to No. 1 in the USTA Boys’ 18s rankings and No. 14 in the ITF World Junior Rankings. He reached the round of 16 in the US Open and Wimbledon boys’ singles in 2008.

Sock, 17, of Lincoln, Neb., won the USTA Boys’ 18s National Championships on Sunday to earn a wild card into this year’s main draw, his first at a Grand Slam event. He reached the round of 16 in singles and the semifinals in doubles at last year’s US Open juniors and also advanced to the quarterfinals at the 2009 Dunlop Orange Bowl. Sock won his first professional title last year at the $10,000 USTA Pro Circuit event in Amelia Island, Fla.

Sweeting, 23, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is ranked a career-high No. 111 and has come into his own in the past year. The 2005 US Open boys’ singles champion won a USTA playoff to earn a wild card into the 2010 French Open and also qualified for the main draw at this year’s Wimbledon. Sweeting has played in the US Open main draw each of the past five years, qualifying a year ago and reaching the second round in 2006. He has won three singles titles on the USTA Pro Circuit, including back-to-back Challenger titles in Dallas in 2009 and 2010.

Young, 21, of Atlanta is ranked No. 101 and has bounced back in 2010 to approach the Top 100 for the first time since 2008, reaching the semifinals or better at six USTA Pro Circuit Challengers and advancing to the second round at the Australian Open. He first broke into the Top 100 in 2007 by reaching the third round at the US Open. As a junior standout, Young was a two-time junior Grand Slam tournament champion (2005 Australian Open, 2007 Wimbledon) and in 2005 became the youngest-ever year-end world junior No. 1.

Ball, 23, was born in California, where he currently resides, but represents Australia, is ranked No. 145 and peaked at a career-high No. 108 in July after winning the USTA Pro Circuit $50,000 Challenger in Lexington, Ky., for his first Challenger title. Last year Ball reached his first ATP World Tour final at the LA Tennis Open, an Olympus US Open Series event, where he lost to Sam Querrey in the final. Ball also teamed with countryman Chris Guccione to reach the men’s doubles quarterfinals at the 2009 US Open.

Rufin, 20, of Charnay, France, is ranked No. 207 and will be competing in his first US Open. This year he qualified for the Australian Open and reached the doubles round of 16 at the French Open. As a junior, he reached the round of 16 in the 2008 US Open and peaked at No. 6 in the ITF World Junior Rankings that year.

In addition to the eight US Open men’s singles main-draw wild cards, the USTA also announced the nine men who have been awarded wild-card entries into the US Open Qualifying Tournament, which will be held August 24-27 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

Players receiving US Open qualifying wild cards are: 2009 USTA Boys’ 18s National Champion Chase Buchanan (19, New Albany, Ohio), 2009 Wimbledon boys’ singles runner-up Jordan Cox (18, Duluth, Ga.), 2010 French Open boys’ singles runner-up Andrea Collarini (18, Boca Raton, Fla.), Jarmere Jenkins (19, College Park, Ga.), Steve Johnson (20, Orange, Calif.), Greg Ouellette (24, Ormond Beach, Fla.), 2010 USTA Boys’ 18s runner-up Bob van Overbeek (18, Boca Raton, Fla.), Rhyne Williams (19, Knoxville, Tenn.), and 2010 US Open National Playoffs men’s champion Blake Strode (23, St. Louis). Buchanan, Jenkins, Johnson, van Overbeek and Williams were all members of the 2010 USTA Summer Collegiate Team.

The 2010 US Open will be held Monday, August 30 through Sunday, September 12. Tickets for the 2010 US Open can be purchased four ways: 1) at usopen.org; 2) by calling Ticketmaster at 1-866*OPEN-TIX; 3) at all Ticketmaster outlets; or 4) at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center box office. American Express is the Official Card of the US Open.

DanaKz
08-18-2010, 05:51 AM
USO Men's WC tourney Wed: Smyczek(1) v. Buchanan(8), Harrison(2) v.Johnson(7), Ouellette(3) v. Krajicek(6) and Collarini(4) v. Domijan(5)
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Chip_s_m
08-18-2010, 06:03 AM
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Thanks for posting. Collarini - Domijan should be a good one.

smucav
08-18-2010, 10:08 PM
USTA U.S. Open wild card playoffs

First Round
(1)Tim Smyczek def. Chase Buchanan 7-5 6-0
Alexander Domijan def. (4)Andrea Collarini 7-5 6-2
(3)Gregory Ouellette def. Austin Krajicek 6-2 3-6 7-5 [Ouellete replaces Jarmere Jenkins]
(2)Ryan Harrison def. Steve Johnson 6-4 6-4

Semifinals
(1)Tim Smyczek vs. Alexander Domijan
(3)Gregory Ouellette vs. (2)Ryan Harrison

SelvenluvJo
08-19-2010, 03:51 AM
good luck ryan

Filo V.
08-19-2010, 07:27 AM
Looking like a Tim v. Ryan final, which I think Ryan would take.

Ad Wim
08-19-2010, 07:33 AM
Looking like a Tim v. Ryan final, which I think Ryan would take.

Those are the guys that deserve it far most. Nice to duel it out. The one who wins it, deserves it.

Filo V.
08-19-2010, 07:34 AM
Agree with all of this. I wouldn't be surprised if instead of Smyczek they give one to Klahn. I think Smyczek is more likely to win a match, especially since he's beaten four top 100 guys in the past 2 months and took a set off Murray. That said, Klahn may luck out since they're generally pretty generous to NCAA champs who are American. He also had a decent win over Ball this week. Other than that, though, his summer hasn't been impressive at all. That's why I agree that Smyczek would be a better choice. Young may very well not need a WC depending on how many players drop out. If that's the case then I bet both Klahn and Smyczek will get one. I agree that Levine has been a disappointment this year and does not deserve one.You are right, they picked Klahn over Smyczek, which I agree with because USTA should promote college tennis and reward players who go the college route. It's an unfortunate situation for Tim because he's really been consistently good this season and improved so much, but he was caught in a numbers game. However, Tim might win this WC playoff. Then of course if Don gets in, then I'm assuming Harrison would get that WC spot. At least there is some competition for these WC positions, which there haven't always been in the past years. This year, the guys have to earn their way (outside of James I guess) into WC spots.

Filo V.
08-19-2010, 07:36 AM
Those are the guys that deserve it far most. Nice to duel it out. The one who wins it, deserves it.
True, and although I don't wish injury on anyone, I hope Don can get in directly so both make the MD. Both have really done their parts throughout the year to get assured WC positions.

Filo V.
08-19-2010, 07:38 AM
Also, I was wondering on the GM thread and I'll say it here, why exactly did Rufin get the FFT wildcard? I know they are backing him to do big things and he's been injured, but he hasn't shown anything at all that suggests he can win a match. He's done nothing to earn it. Mannarino has jumped in the top 150, quite possibly could finish the year top 100 after missing 6 months with knee issues, and has just made the finals of a challenger and won one. He deserved the position the most.

Tipster13
08-19-2010, 11:32 AM
I wouldn't mind giving one WC to Berankis, he's a former USO junior champ, in a decent form and he's never got a WC to any slam before.

Come on! Wake up, man! It was simply impossible ;] But it's not needful for him - cause it's almost free 35 points of 3 wins against weak 165-250 players on hardcourt. If no surprises - Berankis will be in MD.

Tipster13
08-19-2010, 11:34 AM
I think the Wildcards should be given to Sweeting, Young, Harrison, Blake, and Smyczek.

Sweeting because of his results the past few weeks.

Donald because he is in the top 100 and has improved his ranking from the 200s.

Harrison because he is young and has played decently well this year.

Blake will get one because he performs well in the US Tournaments, although lately he has struggled I believe he will be back to form by the end of August.

Smyczek has had great results the past month or so and may deserve it the most.

Blake is null, only history of PRO tennis.

smucav
08-19-2010, 11:10 PM
USTA U.S. Open wild card playoffs

Semifinals
(1)Tim Smyczek def. Alexander Domijan 7-6(5) 6-3
(2)Ryan Harrison def. (3)Greg Ouellette 6-1 6-4

Final
(1)Tim Smyczek vs. (2)Ryan Harrison

Rob_C
08-20-2010, 12:20 AM
Im surprised that Kudla isnt on the list for qualies. Is he hurt, or did he not feel like playing qualies???

DanaKz
08-20-2010, 05:34 AM
Yeah! :woohoo: I knew it!
Come on Ryan, do it, please!

Ad Wim
08-20-2010, 09:20 AM
True, and although I don't wish injury on anyone, I hope Don can get in directly so both make the MD. Both have really done their parts throughout the year to get assured WC positions.

Ofcourse, Young is only 5 withdrawals away, and looking at this season, those will certainly come. So the outcome of the final shouldn't be too deterministic.

CooCooCachoo
08-20-2010, 01:33 PM
Im surprised that Kudla isnt on the list for qualies. Is he hurt, or did he not feel like playing qualies???

Uhm, his ranking is nowhere near good enough to get him in without a WC :shrug: I guess he was deemed not worthy of a WC.

DanaKz
08-20-2010, 06:25 PM
Tim Smycek won last WC... Oh Ryan, why :banghead:

Rob_C
08-20-2010, 09:52 PM
Uhm, his ranking is nowhere near good enough to get him in without a WC :shrug: I guess he was deemed not worthy of a WC.

I know what his ranking is.

But, he's the #2 US jr, he got to the semis of Kalamazoo, he won a MD ATP match at Newport last month after getting a WC.

He's ranked comparably to Steve Johnson and Rhyne Williams, both of whom got WCs.

Also, he wasnt in the US Open WC playoffs last week in Fl.

smucav
08-20-2010, 11:50 PM
USTA U.S. Open wild card playoffs

Final
(1)Tim Smyczek def. (2)Ryan Harrison 6-4 6-4 6-4

Iris~
08-21-2010, 12:19 PM
Im surprised that Kudla isnt on the list for qualies. Is he hurt, or did he not feel like playing qualies???

That because he lost to van Overbeek by 7-5,6(5)-7,6(4)-7 in the semifinal of Kalamazoo:sad:

Rob_C
08-21-2010, 08:42 PM
That because he lost to van Overbeek by 7-5,6(5)-7,6(4)-7 in the semifinal of Kalamazoo:sad:

Really????? Jordan Cox lost in the semis also, he got a WC into the qualies.

smucav
08-21-2010, 09:08 PM
Also, he wasnt in the US Open WC playoffs last week in Fl.If you're referring to the playoffs that finished yesterday (not last week), neither Kudla nor Cox were invited to play. The entry list emphasized former/current/future members of the USTA Summer Collegiate Team--Buchanan, Domijan, Jenkins (replaced by Ouellete), Johnson, Krajicek--over professionals who turned pro as juniors:
http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=10256638&postcount=29

Seven out of the nine qualifying wild cards also went to former/current members of the USTA Summer Collegiate Team. The other two went to Collarini & Cox:
http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=10172668&postcount=1

Really????? Jordan Cox lost in the semis also, he got a WC into the qualies.Cox defeated Kudla fairly easily (6-4 6-1) in the Kalamazoo third place match.

Filo V.
08-22-2010, 04:07 AM
Great job, Tim.

Ad Wim
08-25-2010, 09:19 AM
So what will happen to Young's WC? Is it even possible to give it to a LL? Else it will be a total journeyman, who didn't even subscribe to the quali draw...

Amok9898
08-25-2010, 02:54 PM
So what will happen to Young's WC? Is it even possible to give it to a LL? Else it will be a total journeyman, who didn't even subscribe to the quali draw...
As far as I know, Young received WC, but NOT DA. If someone pulled off after yesterday morning (when qualy began), the spot would go to LL.
Am I missing something here? Did Young receive DA in some way?:confused:

Ad Wim
08-25-2010, 10:13 PM
No direct entry yet, but it's 99% sure that 2 more DE's will withdraw so he will get DE. But the WC then goes to a LL? That would be a shame for a young American guy...

Chip_s_m
08-25-2010, 10:23 PM
No direct entry yet, but it's 99% sure that 2 more DE's will withdraw so he will get DE. But the WC then goes to a LL? That would be a shame for a young American guy...

This isn't true. Once qualies start the original entry list is irrelevant. If a DE player withdraws, he is replaced by a LL, not the next player in line on the entry list. Young didn't receive direct entry, and that won't change regardless of how many people withdraw.

Amok9898
08-25-2010, 11:09 PM
This isn't true. Once qualies start the original entry list is irrelevant. If a DE player withdraws, he is replaced by a LL, not the next player in line on the entry list. Young didn't receive direct entry, and that won't change regardless of how many people withdraw.
Thanks for clarification. That was my understanding.

Ad Wim
08-26-2010, 07:34 AM
Ofcourse, stupid of me, always forget that.

smucav
08-26-2010, 06:43 PM
Main Draw
(Match record: 3-8)

Ball, Carsten AUS (TA)
R128: d. (Q) Raonic, Milos CAN 67(4) 63 63 62
R64: lost to [31] Montanes, Albert ESP 46 36 16

Blake, James USA
R128: d. Vliegen, Kristof BEL 63 62 64
R64: d. [Q] Polansky, Peter CAN 67(1) 63 62 64
R32: lost to [3] Djokovic, Novak SRB 16 67(4) 36

Klahn, Bradley USA (NCAA champion)
R128: lost to [20] Querrey, Sam USA 36 64 57 45

Rufin, Guillaume FRA (FFT)
R128: d. Mayer, Leonardo ARG 26 76(4) 76(2) 61
R64: lost to Mathieu, Paul-Henri FRA 67(3) 46 36

Sock, Jack USA (Kalamazoo champion)
R128: lost to Chiudinelli, Marco SUI 16 46 61 16

Smyczek, Tim USA (USTA playoff champion)
R128: vs. [26] Bellucci, Thomaz BRA 36 57 67(6)

Sweeting, Ryan USA
R128: lost to (Q) Berankis, Ricardas LTU 46 76(5) 36 26

Young, Donald USA
R128: lost to Simon, Gilles FRA 16 46 26

Qualifying
(Match record: 2-9)

Buchanan, Chase USA
Q128: def. [11] Del Bonis, Federico ARG 63 36 63
Q64: lost to Ito, Tatsuma JPN 16 26

Collarini, Andrea USA
Q128: lost to Ito, Tatsuma JPN 46 26

Cox, Jordan USA
Q128: lost to [29] Ignatik, Uladzimir BLR 76(5) 46 36

Jenkins, Jarmere USA
Q128: lost to [17] Ouanna, Josselin FRA 76(4) 26 36

Johnson, Steve USA
Q128: lost to Okun, Noam ISR 46 26

Ouellete, Greg USA
Q128: lost to Hocevar, Ricardo BRA 67(4) 63 16

Strode, Blake USA (National Playoffs champion)
Q128: def. Bogdanovic, Alex GBR 36 52 ret.
Q64: lost to [23] Dodig, Ivan CRO 57 57

van Overbeek, Bob USA (Kalamazoo finalist)
Q128: lost to Mektic, Nikola CRO 46 06

Domijan, Alexander USA (replaces Williams, Rhyne USA)
QR128: lost to Knittel, Bastian GER 67(2) 46

Doubles
(Match record: 2-7)

BANGOURA USA/PASHA USA (Kalamazoo champions)
R64: lost to KOHLMANN GER/NIEMINEN FIN 36 16

BATTISTONE USA/DEHEART USA
R64: lost to [16] BOPANNA IND/QURESHI PAK 36 67(7)

COURTNEY USA/SHABAZ USA (NCAA champions)
R64: lost to [10] MOODIE RSA/NORMAN BEL 36 46

GINEPRI USA/SWEETING USA
R64: lost to [13] LINDSTEDT SWE/TECAU ROU 46 26

HARRISON USA/KENDRICK USA
R64: d. SEPPI ITA/VAGNOZZI ITA 62 63
R32: lost to [9] FYRSTENBERG POL/MATKOWSKI POL 76(2) 36 67(4)

KLAHN USA/SMYCZEK USA
R64: d. GICQUEL FRA/MONFILS FRA 61 62
R32: lost to [1] BRYAN USA/BRYAN USA 36 16

MARTIN USA/YOUNG USA
R64: lost to CHIUDINELLI SUI/LACKO SVK 46 57

smucav
09-03-2010, 01:40 AM
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/jon_wertheim/09/02/open.mailbag/index.htmlWith Ryan Harrison going thru qualies and winning his first round, in hindsight, do you think this is what Donald Young should have done instead of getting in thru wild-cards? It looked like it prepared Ryan for the big matches better. -- A. Cruz, West Chester, PA

• I suspect Young has gotten his last wild card.