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Wild Cards

smucav
04-18-2011, 03:18 AM
Main Draw:
1 Clement, Arnaud FRA
2 Millot, Vincent FRA
3 Paire, Benoit FRA
4 Roger-Vasselin, Edouard FRA
5 Rufin, Guillaume FRA
6 Teixeira, Maxime FRA
7 Tomic, Bernard AUS (TA)
8 Smyczek, Timothy USA (USTA)

Qualifying:
1 Brézac, Charles-Antoine FRA
2 Devilder, Nicolas FRA
3 Eysseric, Jonathan FRA
4 Herbert, Pierre-Hugues FRA
5 Jouan, Romain FRA
6 Michon, Axel FRA
7 Mina, Gianni FRA
8 Olivetti, Albano FRA
9 Velotti, Agustin ARG (2010 Boys' Champion)

Filo V.
04-18-2011, 04:37 AM
Some of these are common sense decisions. Tomic, Harrison, Paire, Clement, and most likely Teixiera (for the season he's had) will get WCs. Mina I'm assuming will get one. The so-far failure Eysseric has had a bit better year this season in futures, but I don't see him getting one. Rufin has been on and off with injuries but he's been pretty decent when healthy, so I think he'll get one. None of the challenger veteran French players outside of Prodon really deserve a WC.

DanaKz
04-18-2011, 05:23 AM
I am not sure about Harrison - it depends on Wild Card tourney's attenders. (Young, Harrison, Sock, Collarini, Kudla are usual suspects)

Hope Mina will get one though his season was not good. Hope they'll give a chance to some juniors - Bourgue, Pouille or Lokoli.

Chase Visa
04-18-2011, 07:47 AM
Dunno about the Frenchies (though I guess Clement, Serra (if he didn't automatically qualify) and Paire will get one), but Australia will most likely be Tomic, and America most likely Harrison.

aleunforcederror
04-18-2011, 01:27 PM
about the frenchies, teixeira deserve a WC

willoughby
04-18-2011, 03:21 PM
Muster deserves at least a qualifying WC. He's a former champion after all! :D

Filo V.
04-20-2011, 12:49 AM
Serra is in the MD. I don't see France selecting a junior. Mina I think will get one because he was junior #1 last year and how he played v Nadal. This season he hasn't progressed as expected, but they may overlook that and go with potential.

The two I'm sure will get WCs are Paire and Clement.

I forgot, the US has the playoff to get into majors now. Should be an interesting field, likely will include Harrison, Blake, Young, Kudla and a few others, maybe Smyczek, maybe Collarini. Australia, do they also have a playoff?

I can see Muster getting a WC into qualifying, but even that I wouldn't be sold on. A MD WC should be out of the question.

bearitone315
04-20-2011, 05:37 PM
http://bit.ly/f7WxaN - USTA wildcard tournament started today

Filo V.
04-20-2011, 06:20 PM
Wow, the draw is weaker than I expected. Don definitely should win for several reasons, although Collarini would be tough if they play.

smucav
04-21-2011, 12:08 AM
http://www.usta.com/usta_hosts_french_open_wild_card_playoffs/
USTA
USTA hosts French Open Wild Card Playoffs
April 20, 2011 01:31 PM

The USTA announced that six men and six women have been invited to participate in its 2011 French Open Wild Card Playoffs, held April 20-22 at the Boca West Country Club in Boca Raton, Fla. The USTA and the French Tennis Federation have a reciprocal agreement in which men’s and women’s singles main draw wild cards into the 2011 French Open and the 2011 US Open are exchanged. Ryan Sweeting, who won his first ATP World Tour title at the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championships earlier this month, and Christina McHale, who recently broke into the WTA Top 100, won the 2010 playoffs to earn wild cards into the 2010 French Open.

The six men who will compete include: Andrea Collarini (Boca Raton, Fla.), who reached the boys’ singles final at the 2010 French Open; Jordan Cox (Duluth, Ga.), the 2009 Wimbledon boys’ singles runner-up; Denis Kudla (Arlington, Va.), the 2010 US Open boys’ singles runner-up; Tim Smyczek (Milwaukee, Wisc.), who made his Grand Slam tournament debut at the 2010 US Open after winning a similar playoff to earn a main draw wild card; Donald Young (Atlanta), who recently upset world No. 5 Andy Murray en route to the third round at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif.; and Alexios Halebian (Glendale, Calif.), who upset the world’s top-ranked junior player en route to the semifinals of the 2010 Dunlop Orange Bowl.

The six women invited to compete include: Julia Boserup (Boca Raton, Fla.), the 2008 Dunlop Orange Bowl champion who had her best professional showing on clay last year at the USTA Pro Circuit $50,000 event in Indian Harbour Beach, Fla.; Beatrice Capra (Ellicott City, Md.), who won a similar playoff to earn a wild card into the 2010 US Open and beat then World No. 20 Aravane Rezai en route to the third round; Lauren Davis (Gates Mills, Ohio), who made her Grand Slam tournament debut at the 2011 Australian Open after winning a similar playoff last December to earn a wild card; Irina Falconi (Atlanta), the former collegiate All-American who successfully qualified for both the 2010 US Open and the 2011 Australian Open; Madison Keys (Boca Raton, Fla.), who at Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., in 2009 became the youngest player to win a main draw WTA match since Martina Hingis; and Grace Min (Duluth, Ga.), who was the runner-up at the 2010 Dunlop Orange Bowl.

Seedings are based on this week’s ATP World Tour and WTA rankings. Matches will start at 10am ET each day.

Men's Draw:
(1) Young, Donald/bye
(5) Collarini, Andrea vs. (4) Cox, Jordan
(3) Kudla, Denis vs. (6) Halebian, Alexios
bye/(2) Smyczek, Timothy

Chase Visa
04-21-2011, 12:44 AM
Why no Harrison or Blake? Young should theoretically cruise his way to a WC.

DanaKz
04-21-2011, 05:51 AM
Where are Harrison and Sock????:eek:

ChicaG
04-21-2011, 12:57 PM
Can we follow the matches somewhere? My fingers are crossed for Andrea =))

Shabba
04-21-2011, 09:57 PM
Oh well.

coasterman9
04-21-2011, 10:00 PM
Is the final tomorrow going to be best of 5 sets?

smucav
04-22-2011, 11:37 PM
Wednesday, April 20

Quarterfinals
(5) Collarini, Andrea def. (4) Cox, Jordan 26 64 64
(3) Kudla, Denis def. (6) Halebian, Alexios 64 61

Thursday, April 21

Semifinals
(1) Young, Donald def. (5) Collarini, Andrea 60 62
(2) Smyczek, Timothy def. (3) Kudla, Denis 64 60

Friday, April 22

Final
(2) Smyczek, Timothy def. (1) Young, Donald 67(4) 64 63 62

smucav
04-23-2011, 10:16 PM
http://www.tennis.com/articles/templates/news.aspx?articleid=11622&zoneid=25Young tweets expletive-filled rant toward USTA

April 23, 2011 - Ticker

Donald Young’s expletive-filled outburst at the USTA on Twitter was in response to him not receiving a wild card into Roland Garros prior to the organization holding a tournament for it, TENNIS.com has learned.

After Young won the Tallahassee Challenger last Sunday, a member of his camp e-mailed the USTA and requested that he be given the organization's wild card, even though the USTA had its wild-card playoff set to start in Boca Raton from Tuesday-Friday, with six players already entered. The USTA denied his request, and Young subsequently fell 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 to Tim Smyczek in the final. After his loss, Young then tweeted:

"F*** USTA! Their full of s***! They have screwed me for the last time!"

A little while later Young shut down his Twitter page.

Even though Young won Tallahassee and cracked the Top 100, at No. 98, he missed the rankings cut-off for the French Open the week prior, when he failed to qualify for Houston. Young had his best tournament ever in March at Indian Wells when qualified and upset Andy Murray in the second round. But he fell to Dennis Istomin in the first round of Miami the following week and failed to make enough rankings headway.

Young’s response was surprising, given that the ruling body of American tennis has provided him with free coaching and training throughout different periods of his career, and he recently credited the USTA for helping get him into shape and more focused on his game. He has used USTA coaches at almost every tournament he has entered in 2011 and has also used them at USTA training centers in Florida and California.

While the 21-year-old has been using USTA coaching, he is also still coached by his parents, Donald Sr. and Illona, and was working with his mother at the Houston tournament. The USTA has said in the past that it is willing to work with his parents, but they want him to spend some time alone with its coaches, which he did last winter in California, when he was working out with fellow players Sam Querrey and Mardy Fish, and right after the Australian Open in Florida, when he was working with USTA coach Jay Berger.

It is unclear why Young thought the USTA would cancel its pre-established wild card playoff when fellow players Smyczek, Denis Kudla, Andrea Collarini, Alexios Halebian and Jordan Cox had already been invited to play and were on site at the Boca West Country Club.

Neither Young nor his representatives responded to requests for comments.

American teenager Ryan Harrison, who has won USTA wild card play-offs before, declined to play the Boca tournament, saying that he wanted to earn his way into the Grand Slams the hard way by qualifying on site.

The USTA and the French Tennis Federation have a reciprocal agreement in which men’s and women’s singles main draw wild cards into the 2011 French Open and the 2011 U.S. Open are exchanged.—Matthew Cronin

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coasterman9
04-24-2011, 04:24 AM
Ryan Harrison :worship: Already twice as mature as DY :rolleyes:

Smoke944
04-24-2011, 05:00 AM
I thought that was Ryan's reasoning, good to hear it actually was, though. He clearly realizes that it hurt him in Australia.

coasterman9
04-24-2011, 05:11 AM
I thought that was Ryan's reasoning, good to hear it actually was, though. He clearly realizes that it hurt him in Australia.

yeah, I don't think the winner of the WC has gotten past the 1st round before?

smucav
04-26-2011, 02:36 AM
http://www.tennis.com/articles/templates/news.aspx?articleid=11646&zoneid=25P. Mac: Young must apologize before any USTA help
April 25, 2011 - AP

(AP)—Maybe Patrick McEnroe and Donald Young can work this thing out at a Cee Lo concert.

One of America’s most respected names in tennis and one its top young hopefuls are using the media—social and traditional—in a war of words that began with Young’s expletive-laden rip on the USTA via Twitter over what he perceived as a snub in the handing out of a wild-card spot for the French Open.

The dispute picked up again Monday, when McEnroe held a conference call with reporters in which he demanded an apology and all but called Young an ingrate with an overbearing family.

Young’s tweet came out after he lost last Friday in the final of a tournament that determined who would receive the USTA’s wild-card entry into the French Open. It channeled the hit Cee Lo song—the scrubbed-up version of which is called “Forget You” on most family radio stations.

“(Expletive) USTA! Their full of (expletive)! They have (expletive) me for the last time!” Young wrote shortly after his loss to Tim Smyczek.

McEnroe, the head of the USTA’s player development program, countered with the same basic message, minus the swearing, by saying he was offended and calling for Young to apologize if he wants to continue his relationship with the USTA.

“I’m offended for people on our team that have worked very hard,” McEnroe said. “When he said what he said, it was taken quite personally by members of the player development team. I think Donald should apologize for what he said. At that point, we can all move on.”

McEnroe detailed a laundry list of grant money, coaching and training opportunities Atlanta-based Young has received from the USTA since 2005. But Young also has stayed under the tutelage of his parents, Donald Sr. and Illona, and that has caused tension over the years, as the parents and the USTA have differed on the best training regimen for the 21-year-old player.

A voicemail left by The Associated Press at the parents’ house was not immediately returned.

The long-simmering tension took an ugly, public turn in the past few days because of quirks in the ranking system and the USTA’s method of doling out wild-card entries to the majors. The USTA receives one wild-card entry for men and women for the French Open and can distribute them however it pleases. It chose to conduct a six-person tournament in Boca Raton, Fla., because, according to McEnroe, “We want to send a message to our players that we would like them to earn their way into every step along the way.”

Young, who defeated second-ranked Andy Murray at Indian Wells last month, recently won a lower-level tournament in Tallahassee, Fla., that vaulted him into the top 100—the cutoff for automatic entry into the French. But his ranking didn’t rise until a week after the cutoff date for Roland Garros. That forced him to play in the wild-card tournament in Florida, where he lost in the final.

He still can make the French by going through the qualifier in Paris the week before the tournament.

But Young wasn’t looking ahead when he tweeted on Friday. A bit after the expletive-filled post, Young followed up by tweeting, “That tweet was out of character. ive never been like that before. but im tired of it. sry about the language, but not the thought behind it.”

By the weekend, he had shut down his Twitter account.

McEnroe, meanwhile, spent the weekend stewing.

He said in addition to the coaching and financial help, the USTA has given Young 13 wild-card entries into different U.S. Open draws over the years. He said the method of awarding this year’s French Open wild-card spot had been determined well in advance and Young knew about it when a member of his team emailed the USTA requesting he be given the federation’s wild-card.

Though McEnroe wasn’t shutting any doors on Young, who has made it as far as the third round in a Grand Slam tournament only once, he sounded fed up with what has been a long-running soap opera between the USTA and Young’s family.

“We would like to at least feel like we get, ‘Hey, thanks for helping me out,”’ McEnroe said. “Unfortunately, we haven’t heard that enough, if at all. I’m not going to go into details, but suffice to say, this wasn’t just one tweet that a youngster made in being ticked off. This is the tip of the iceberg, basically.”

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UNITED STATES TENNIS ASSOCIATION MEDIA CONFERENCE
April 25, 2011
Patrick McEnroe
http://www.asapsports.com/show_conference.php?id=70808

Yves.
04-26-2011, 05:20 PM
Was the Wild Card play-off played on clay?

ibreak4coffee
04-27-2011, 07:18 PM
Anyone know how Australia is determining their wildcard - or does Tomic just get the red carpet rolled out once again?

ibreak4coffee
04-27-2011, 07:21 PM
You mean Gonzalez a WC for RG ? but he's already in with his protected ranking. He was WC in Belgrade true but for RG he's DA so no WC for him here.

I think that the 6 WC given by FFT will be for french guys.

I cant imagine 4 WC's don't go to Roger-Vasselin, Paire, Clement, and Mahut. For the others, maybe Rufin and Prodon or Ouanna and Gicquel? Millot as well given some good form on clay of late.

So many options.

Filo V.
04-27-2011, 08:40 PM
Mahut is in MD direct, so that won't be an issue for France. RG usually goes with a mix of veterans and youngsters and I expect the same this season.

soulage
04-27-2011, 09:55 PM
yes Mahut is already in the MD :D. Roger-Vasselin and Paire have correct results on clay those days and should get one otherwise it would be a bit unfair. Clement said he has asked for one and could get it for his career more than his form. This 3 names have for sure made an official demand.

Ouanna said he didn't ask one cos he's out of form because of a phlebitis early in the year He will play RG qualies trying to get his spot. Rufin just come back of injury winning futures on clay, last year he refused one but for sure he's a real contenter for a MD WC this year as FFT player.

You've oldies like Gicquel or Robert and in youngest guys like Texeira. Prodon is not far from the cut but why not Guez got one last year so everything is possible.

Chris.
05-01-2011, 01:48 PM
Anyone know how Australia is determining their wildcard - or does Tomic just get the red carpet rolled out once again?

They dont have a playoff for it like the USA do which i think they should do. Tennis Australia pick the best player this season which i suspect will be Tomic. He is leading our season ranking points and has been our best player this year.

Chris.
05-02-2011, 01:18 PM
Tomic gets the WC from Tennis Australia. http://www.tennis.com.au/news/2011/05/02/french-open-wildcards-for-dellacqua-and-tomic

yesh222
05-10-2011, 04:16 PM
Also, not playing qualifiers might hurt Harrison ranking-wise. A player who wins two qualifier matches gets more points than a WC or direct acceptance who loses in the first round.

Chase Visa
05-12-2011, 07:31 AM
When will the French wildcards be announced?

soulage
05-12-2011, 10:04 AM
Soon last year it was on thursday the year before the friday i thinks before saturday anyway. They are maybe waiting some results in Bordeaux there is many frenchies who can pretend for one there. Robert did very well lately on challenger. Maybe one for him. Only 6 and many guys asked for one.

soulage
05-12-2011, 05:42 PM
The french WC http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/articles/2011-05-12/201105121305211527238.html

Arnaud Clément
Benoît Paire
Maxime Teixeira
Edouard Roger-Vasselin
Guillaume Rufin
Vincent Millot.

ibreak4coffee
05-12-2011, 05:45 PM
The french WC http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/articles/2011-05-12/201105121305211527238.html

Arnaud Clément
Benoît Paire
Maxime Teixeira
Edouard Roger-Vasselin
Guillaume Rufin
Vincent Millot.

Good list. Paire and Rufin will be interesting to watch, Millot could definitely win a match or two, and overall a good mix of old and new.

Smoke944
05-12-2011, 05:53 PM
Rufin getting a WC right now is laughable.

soulage
05-12-2011, 07:01 PM
Rufin already refused one last year because he was not feeling ready so OK he only plays futures and Q ofchallenger past weeks but he's a french hope so it's logical to give him one imo. The Texeira, Paire and Rufin WC are quite good choices for french young players. ERV did well on clay before his injury it's a WC for his results. The one for Arno is for the former DC player. The more unexpected is the one for Millot for me :confused:

ibreak4coffee
05-12-2011, 07:10 PM
Rufin getting a WC right now is laughable.

How is that? His results this year are consistent returning from an injury, he plays well on clay, and the french federation gave him a WC at the US Open last year and he took out a top 100 player.

Filo V.
05-12-2011, 07:27 PM
Rufin is a questionable decision, but I can see why they would give him one and I do think it was the correct decision. He's won 2 futures recently, and FFT considers him a very big talent. Also, his issues have been more injuries than poor performance, so that would definitely have been taken into consideration.

As for the final WC spot, should have been Robert over Millot.

Rob_C
05-12-2011, 09:04 PM
I thought that was Ryan's reasoning, good to hear it actually was, though. He clearly realizes that it hurt him in Australia.

Little bit late on this reply, but I disagree. Harrison did pretty good with the WC he got to the US Open last yr. He beat Ljubicic and then took Stakhovsky to 5 sets, not sure if he had a match point in that one or not.

Also, having ther WC allowed him to concentrate on the warm up tournaments, which he played and came thru qualies in Brisbane I think, didnt make the cutoff for qualies for Sydney, but would have in Auckland, which could have been more match play.

Smyczek, having the WC in hand, can now concentrate on the Challengers/Tour events the week before RG, knowing he doesnt have to spend that week playing qualies.

Smoke944
05-12-2011, 09:14 PM
Little bit late on this reply, but I disagree. Harrison did pretty good with the WC he got to the US Open last yr. He beat Ljubicic and then took Stakhovsky to 5 sets, not sure if he had a match point in that one or not.

Also, having ther WC allowed him to concentrate on the warm up tournaments, which he played and came thru qualies in Brisbane I think, didnt make the cutoff for qualies for Sydney, but would have in Auckland, which could have been more match play.

Smyczek, having the WC in hand, can now concentrate on the Challengers/Tour events the week before RG, knowing he doesnt have to spend that week playing qualies.

Ryan didn't get a WC at the USO last year ;)

Rob_C
05-12-2011, 10:57 PM
Ryan didn't get a WC at the USO last year ;)

Ooooops.

soulage
05-13-2011, 10:00 AM
Charles Antoine Brezac says on his facebook he received a WC for qualies.

Hellraiser
05-13-2011, 01:08 PM
No Robert and Gicquel thats shame, only Clement from oldschool team.

WC's for Texx, Rufin, Millot if they won't have a good draw gonna be waste as hell.

soulage
05-13-2011, 03:34 PM
Q WC
Charles-Antoine Brézac, Nicolas Devilder, Jonathan Eysseric, Pierre-Hugues Herbert, Romain Jouan, Axel Michon, Gianni Mina, Albano Olivetti, Agustin Velotti

Renaud
05-13-2011, 04:04 PM
Q WC
Charles-Antoine Brézac, Nicolas Devilder, Jonathan Eysseric, Pierre-Hugues Herbert, Romain Jouan, Axel Michon, Gianni Mina, Albano Olivetti, Agustin Velotti
Good choice, although i would have replaced Olivetti by Obry on clay

willoughby
05-14-2011, 10:56 PM
is Recouderc still injured? I expected a qualy WC for him

Hellraiser
05-14-2011, 11:39 PM
It's nice to see Agustin, Axel, Nicolas and Romain in qualys

tomcrossnz
05-15-2011, 12:56 AM
I'd heard that Fernando Gonzalez had been awarded a wild card? Has he pulled out through injury and been replaced by another wild card?

cheers

Chase Visa
05-15-2011, 12:59 AM
I'd heard that Fernando Gonzalez had been awarded a wild card? Has he pulled out through injury and been replaced by another wild card?

cheers

Gonz is actually in the main draw.

yesh222
05-15-2011, 02:56 AM
Gonzo used his protected ranking.

aleunforcederror
05-16-2011, 01:13 PM
about the frenchies, teixeira deserve a WC

just like i predicted, thank you organization :)

soulage
05-20-2011, 04:43 PM
Doubles WC according french site http://www.welovetennis.fr/rg/34801-double-les-wild-card-devoilees

1. MANNARINO Adrian - PAIRE Benoit
2. CHARDY Jeremy - CLEMENT Arnaud
3. MONFILS Gael - OUANNA Josselin
4. GICQUEL Marc - ROGER-VASSELIN Edouard
5. HERBERT Pierre-Hugues - RENAVAND Nicolas
6. RUFIN Guillaume - SIDORENKO Alexandre
7. PATIENCE Olivier - PRODON Eric