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Australian Open Wildcards.

Chris.
11-16-2011, 11:25 AM
Its getting closer and closer. :) So who do you all think will get the 5 Aussie Wildcards?

I would like to see:
LLeyton Hewitt
Marinko Matosevic
Chris Guccionie
James Duckworth
Ben Mitchell/Greg Jones

Im leaning more towards Ben Mitchell. But im not sure he is quite ready for ATP level yet.

Asadinator
11-16-2011, 11:28 AM
Are all the 5 wildcards into the MD? or some into QD?

Chris.
11-16-2011, 11:35 AM
Maindraw :)

Chris.
11-16-2011, 11:37 AM
Sorry its actually 4. Plus who even wins the playoff will get one. :)

Ausie
11-16-2011, 11:40 AM
8 WC - wild cards given to USA, France and Asia. One WC playing out in playoffs - I think Mato win this playoff, because Lleyton will not play AO playoff WC, and so has four - I think Lleyton Hewitt, Chris Guccione, Fernando Gonzalez and Jason Kubler.

Asadinator
11-16-2011, 11:41 AM
Ok. Who got the wildcards last year?

Ausie
11-16-2011, 11:47 AM
Ok. Who got the wildcards last year?
Tomic, Matosevic(win playoff), Ebden, Ball, Luczak - Ausies. Paire - France, Devvarman - Asia and Harrison - USA.

Chris.
11-16-2011, 11:54 AM
No way Kubler he hasnt played much this season. Although he has had good results on the clay towards the end of this year. I dont think a foregin player will get one from TA.

Action Jackson
11-16-2011, 11:58 AM
Gonzalez would get in with his PR. Luczak his last tournament they should give him one.

Ausie
11-16-2011, 12:00 PM
No way Kubler he hasnt played much this season. Although he has had good results on the clay towards the end of this year. I dont think a foregin player will get one from TA.Kubler earned the wild card, Tomic was not ready for the tour but it still gave 16 years WC where one can.

Ausie
11-16-2011, 12:02 PM
Gonzalez would get in with his PR. Luczak his last tournament they should give him one.that's exactly what Peter ends his career?

Action Jackson
11-16-2011, 12:07 PM
that's exactly what Peter ends his career?

I said ages ago, that is his last event.

TennisOnWood
11-16-2011, 12:31 PM
Bring it to young guns.. Kubler, Mitchell and Duckworth

au_sports_opinion
11-16-2011, 01:09 PM
Maybe give Kubler the Roland Garros wildcard but not AO.

mine

Lleyton
Mitchell
Duckworth
Jones

Gooch and Mato are a bit old imo.

I think JP Smith will win the playoff.

n8
11-16-2011, 01:27 PM
Maybe give Kubler the Roland Garros wildcard but not AO.

mine

Lleyton
Mitchell
Duckworth
Jones

Gooch and Mato are a bit old imo.

I think JP Smith will win the playoff.

What a good idea.

Luczak deserve an AO one. Lleyton is just a formality. I know there is some TA reasoning behind this, but Jones hasn't had nearly enough Australian summer wild cards for his ranking and age. I really hope he gets one.

Ausie
11-16-2011, 01:29 PM
Gooch and Mato are a bit old imo.Yes, but they are players the team foundation of Davis Cup, Tennis Australia are just required to give them the wild card.

Hewitt =Legend
11-16-2011, 01:32 PM
Rusty
Looch
Gooch
Jones/Ducky, can't split these two. Mato to win the playoff. Give Jippers a qualies WC.

Matchu
11-16-2011, 01:48 PM
You would say our top 10 players outside of the top 100 are probably the only ones that have a chance so....

1. Lleyton Hewitt (183) - Automatic wildcard
2. Greg Jones (197) - Good Chance given he is our forth highest ranked player and has had a fairly consistent year.
3. Marinko Matosevic (201) - Really dropped off the radar this year but still a strong chance.
4. Benjamin Mitchell (248) - Given his youth and results on the pro tour really should get one.
5. James Duckworth (265) - He is both youthful and has had a huge year, really high chance.
6. Peter Luczak (268) - Made a challenger final and got into the second round of an ATP event, the rest of his year has been disappointing to say the least. May be a chance given it will most likely be his last AO but really doesn't deserve it with his results in 2011.
7. Chris Guccione (270) - An average year for the Gooch but probably hasn't done enough to earn a wc.
8. James Lemke (290) - Qualifying wc.
9. Matt Reid (309) - Qualifying wc.
10. Michael Look (348) - Qualifying wc.

Not taking into consideration the wc playoffs winner I would pick Hewitt, Jones, Mitchell, Duckworth. Marinko seems to have let his chance at breaking into the top 100 pass him by and is 26 now. Greg is still 22, Duckworth and Mitchell's youth obviously has them both in line for the wcs. Perhaps someone will go on a run in Brisbane and earn a wildcard which has happened in the past but at this current time those would be my selections.

Hewitt =Legend
11-16-2011, 01:52 PM
You would say our top 10 players outside of the top 100 are probably the only ones that have a chance so....

1. Lleyton Hewitt (183) - Automatic wildcard
2. Greg Jones (197) - Good Chance given he is our forth highest ranked player and has had a fairly consistent year.
3. Marinko Matosevic (201) - Really dropped off the radar this year but still a strong chance.
4. Benjamin Mitchell (248) - Given his youth and results on the pro tour really should get one.
5. James Duckworth (265) - He is both youthful and has had a huge year, really high chance.
6. Peter Luczak (268) - Made a challenger final and got into the second round of an ATP event, the rest of his year has been disappointing to say the least. May be a chance given it will most likely be his last AO but really doesn't deserve it with his results in 2011.
7. Chris Guccione (270) - An average year for the Gooch but probably hasn't done enough to earn a wc.
8. James Lemke (290) - Qualifying wc.
9. Matt Reid (309) - Qualifying wc.
10. Michael Look (348) - Qualifying wc.

Not taking into consideration the wc playoffs winner I would pick Hewitt, Jones, Mitchell, Duckworth. Marinko seems to have let his chance at breaking into the top 100 pass him by and is 26 now. Greg is still 22, Duckworth and Mitchell's youth obviously has them both in line for the wcs. Perhaps someone will go on a run in Brisbane and earn a wildcard which has happened in the past but at this current time those would be my selections.

Quiet Matchu, Looch deserves one the most out of any of the guys there. Again, cheers for the essay...

ozfan44
11-16-2011, 04:24 PM
and cheers for the bitchiness...

Luczak's form is not worthy of an AO MD WC however you could argue the service side of things....I would prefer to see someone else get it but that is just my opinion....we will just have to wait and see how he goes at the wildcard playoff!

Hewitt, Jones, Matosevic, Mitchell & Duckworth for me... next in line Guccione.

Filo V.
11-16-2011, 04:40 PM
As a non-Aussie, if you don't mind letting me get in my 2 cents................why would Matosevic get a WC? He had to win the playoff last year to make it, and he's done worse this year than last year. He has to earn his way in, he hasn't done anything to get a free pass into the MD.

Jones is another guy who hasn't really done anything that makes him stand out as someone who should get a WC, and especially his latest results have been mediocre. Does he really deserve one? I think he hasn't gotten one yet for a reason.........he's not rated that highly by TA representatives.

I think they should go Hewitt (obviously), Luczak (last AO), and then Mitchell, Duckworth and Guccione. Guccione, as much as I dislike him, at least has proven he can perform at the slam level and beat ATP competition. Plus, he has an excuse for his results---coming back from injury. Also, you pick the two young upcoming Aussies over the other guys who haven't progressed the way the need to. Both have done great in futures, and Duckworth has been competitive in these latest clay challengers.

ogre
11-16-2011, 10:08 PM
As a non-Aussie, if you don't mind letting me get in my 2 cents................

Looking at the photo of you in your avatar, who would stop you adding your 2c! :)

It sounds nice to be overly generous and give everyone a wildcard, but for some players going through qualifiers is probably a better option. Is it that helpful to get a wild card if you only lose in the first round?

Definitely agree on Matosevic. Jones is better placed but has only risen 50 places in the last year so only if there is no one more deserving.

I am not sure about Luczak from your list, as I am unsure where he is at being 32 and having dropped so far lately. Guccione is making his claim right now and if he wins his current tournament or at least wins another match...otherwise the extra rounds might not hurt.

LawrenceOfTennis
11-16-2011, 10:13 PM
Would be great to see Saville with a wildcard. Wont happen tho

Chase Visa
11-16-2011, 10:18 PM
The Aussies will be (IMO) Hewitt (best Australian player since Laver, obvious choice), Guccione, Luczak (because he's apparently retiring after this?), Jones/Duckworth/Mitchell/Kubler/etc. (toss-up for the last one, could even be Ball, lol) and Matosevic (cos he'll win the play-off).

Favour Golubev, Reynolds and Paire for the foreign WC's.

Chase Visa
11-16-2011, 10:19 PM
Would be great to see Saville with a wildcard. Wont happen tho

He'll probably get a Qualifying WC, but that's it.

Chris.
11-17-2011, 01:01 AM
No way Luczak deserves a WC. He is barley played all season and i feel if you give it to him it would just be wasted because he will most likely lose. I would like to see it go to the younger players.

Hewitt =Legend
11-17-2011, 01:47 AM
No way Luczak deserves a WC. He is barley played all season and i feel if you give it to him it would just be wasted because he will most likely lose. I would like to see it go to the younger players.

I guess years of service and hard work shouldn't be rewarded then? Not like the other guys in contention have better chances of winning a match, yes it depends on the draw but past history shows our wildcards haven't been that successful. Ball losing to Riba on HC this year, that was too good.

Looch deserves a proper farewell and I hope TA sees it this way as well. Plenty of time and opportunity for the younger guys.

Chris.
11-17-2011, 01:52 AM
I guess years of service and hard work shouldn't be rewarded then? Not like the other guys in contention have better chances of winning a match, yes it depends on the draw but past history shows our wildcards haven't been that successful. Ball losing to Riba on HC this year, that was too good.

Looch deserves a proper farewell and I hope TA sees it this way as well. Plenty of time and opportunity for the younger guys.

Maybe if he played more this year i would agree with you. But you cant play half a year and expect to be handed a WC to a Grandslam.

Filo V.
11-17-2011, 02:05 AM
With the way Kubler is finishing his season he deserves a real look, but if he gets one, it should be at the expense of Guccione/Jones/Matosevic and not Luczak. Luczak is pretty much retired already and deserves an appropriate send off.

Hewitt =Legend
11-17-2011, 02:13 AM
Kubler should go through qualies. Needs to keep working hard, and grinding through three tough matches is better than getting a 1st round beatdown in the maindraw.

au_sports_opinion
11-17-2011, 02:45 AM
Not in the Luczak wc camp myself. He's had a solid career but it's not as if he's won a 250 like an Arthurs, Ilie or Draper. I feel that is the measuring stick for a sympathetic wildcard which this would be .

ogre
11-17-2011, 07:21 AM
I guess years of service and hard work shouldn't be rewarded then? Not like the other guys in contention have better chances of winning a match, yes it depends on the draw but past history shows our wildcards haven't been that successful. Ball losing to Riba on HC this year, that was too good.

Looch deserves a proper farewell and I hope TA sees it this way as well. Plenty of time and opportunity for the younger guys.

All the years of hard service includes 5 previous match wins at the Australian Open from 8 appearances (6 by being granted previous wild cards), in a career with 6 wins at grand slam level (he also won a match at Wimbledon).

Peter Luczak did play 10 davis cup matches for Australia, where so far someone like Tomic has only played 6. But I guess Tomic has reached rank 41 vs a career high of 64 for Luczak, and Tomic already has more match wins at grand slam level.

Although finishing in the top 100 in 07 and 09, that also isn't probably such that a wild card is automatic, given he last won a round at the Aussie Open in 08, even if retirement is looming. He did get one last year.

Asadinator
11-17-2011, 07:35 AM
Shows just how good Tomic is really. He was dominating the juniors whereas the current youngsters are really finding it difficult. Already surpassing what the veterans have achieved at senior level before 19.

Ausie
11-17-2011, 08:53 AM
No way Luczak deserves a WC. He is barley played all season and i feel if you give it to him it would just be wasted because he will most likely lose. I would like to see it go to the younger players.Well, Peter can playoffs and win. With all of our wild card Hewitt can only hope for good results, others are likely to lose 1-2 round. I think by the end of the tournament in Brisbane, will be announced only two wild cards, one who will win the playoffs, and Lleyton, the rest will depend on the tournament in Brisbane.

Ausie
11-17-2011, 08:59 AM
I want to remind everyone in 1997, Lleyton made ​​his debut at the age of 15 years in АО, and he was not given a wild card, he gets qualifies. It's that young is better to play qualify, it will harden their character.

au_sports_opinion
11-17-2011, 10:07 AM
are you seriously saying lleyton shouldn't get a wildcard?

Ausie
11-17-2011, 10:34 AM
are you seriously saying lleyton shouldn't get a wildcard?
I did not write this. Him the must give a wild card.

Chris.
11-17-2011, 11:17 AM
are you seriously saying lleyton shouldn't get a wildcard?

He is trying to say that Luczak should be given a WC rather then the younger players because its better for them to go through quallies because it build character. Am i correct?

Ausie
11-17-2011, 11:55 AM
He is trying to say that Luczak should be given a WC rather then the younger players because its better for them to go through quallies because it build character. Am i correct?yes;)

RustyOz
11-18-2011, 02:44 AM
Jones is better placed but has only risen 50 places in the last year so only if there is no one more deserving.

.

Mmm - only risen 50 places...

Let's see -
Ball - dropped say 200 places
Matosevic - dropped say 60 places
Guccione - dropped say 80 places (not finished though)
who else - Lemke - dropped about 40 places
Klein - dropped maybe 300 places
Millman - where is he?

Jonesie has had a good year in comparison rising 50 places, playing on the Challenger circuit, no easier Futures events, and with a full season points to defend.
He has qualified for two ATP events and got to the 3rd (final) round of qualies at the Oz Open & US Open (losing to the No.1 and No.7 seed respectively, both ranked in the top 100 at the time).
He has only ever received 1 ATP singles WC from TA - and is still No.4 in Australia. Unlike how many WC's for Ball? umpteen for Gooch? as for Klein - all wasted. Now is the time to give Jonesie the opportunity he deserves for a solid year. Last year Ball had a miserbale end of season but was rewarded for an overall good year. (A bit of nepotism there if U ask me.)

Agree Mitchell, Duckworth and Jipper have had great rises in rankings this year, but all with no points to defend. Easier to rise plenty of places in the rankings, especially when worse than 400 in the rankings, when not defending any points. Good luck to them but will be an interesting next year. None of them have played much at the Challenger level, never mind ATP level.

And also - Jonesie is only 22 years old compared to Luczak (30), Marinko (26), Gooch (26) and Ball (24).

It has been difficult to pick the reasons for TA giving WCs over the years...
so who knows this year?

Timbo
11-18-2011, 09:02 AM
I note that Hewitt has not entered the Wildcard Playoff.

Tennis Australia has a policy that it won't give wildcards to players who don't enter the playoff (unless they are injured.)

Will they enforce that with Lleyton or will he claim he's injured?

Hewitt =Legend
11-18-2011, 09:30 AM
This is where common sense prevails despite the policy.

Ausie
11-18-2011, 10:05 AM
I note that Hewitt has not entered the Wildcard Playoff.

Tennis Australia has a policy that it won't give wildcards to players who don't enter the playoff (unless they are injured.)

Will they enforce that with Lleyton or will he claim he's injured?Craig Teeley said in september, that they will not offer even play playoffs Lleyton. Well, it should be noted that the playoffs start soon, but Lleyton only to soon be able to return to training.

Ausie
11-18-2011, 10:08 AM
Tomic given wild card this year, he then withdrew from the playoffs, and the next day quietly practicing.

Ausie
11-18-2011, 02:01 PM
AO2012 Men's Playoff

Entries

Carsten Ball
Maverick Banes
Matthew Barton
Lawerence Bataljin
Jonathan Bejar
Alexander Bolt
Sachin K Bomirasipet
James Duckworth
Simon Ede
Isaac Frost
Samuel Groth
Chris Guccione
Andrew Harris
Rhys Jonhson
Greg Jones
Nicholas Kyrgios
Aaron Leader-Chard
James Lemke
Michael Look
Marinko Matosevic
Dylan Mccloskey
Benjamine Mitchell
Brendan Moore
Blake Mott
Chris O'Connel
Hernand Pavez
Jonh Peers
Dane Propogia
Scott Puodziunas
Matt Reid
Jack Schipanski
Jone-Patrick Smith
Yovan Mayven Sunassee
Joe Swaysland
Jordan Thompson
Li Tu
Gavin Van Peperzeel
Vuk Velickovic
Ben Wagland
Andrew Whittington

not listed: Kubler, Luczak, Klein, Lindahl. But The online entry closes on Tuesday, 22 November 2011.
Tournament days
Period: 6/12/2011 to 11/12/2011.

Action Jackson
11-18-2011, 02:06 PM
Luczak isn't playing it and of course Hewitt isn't.

RustyOz
11-18-2011, 09:05 PM
Anybody that thinks Lleyton, former No.1 and Davis Cup hero, needs to play this play-off thing in order to qualify for a WC is a fool.

RustyOz
11-18-2011, 09:20 PM
The criteria for the WC Play-off for direct entry is ATP Singles ranking of 250 or better.
Based on that, for this week's rankings, only (Lleyton), Jones, Matosevic and Mitchell qualify.
1 WC for 18U winner,
Obviously Hewitt does not have to play, so the other 20 players will be at the discretion of Tennis Australia.

ogre
11-18-2011, 09:28 PM
The criteria for the WC Play-off for direct entry is ATP Singles ranking of 250 or better.
Based on that, for this week's rankings, only (Lleyton), Jones, Matosevic and Mitchell qualify.
1 WC for 18U winner,
Obviously Hewitt does not have to play, so the other 20 players will be at the discretion of Tennis Australia.

Surely they must have a way of expanding this criteria, as it would be possible to have only 1 player (or even none) eligible under these criteria?

Ausie
11-18-2011, 09:53 PM
If Lleyton played the playoffs, he have take away someone a chance to get a wild card, because Lleyton in all cases give wild card, he even 3 months before the start of the tournament in the promo video appeared. And players like Ball, Guccione, Mitchell is a chance for them to get a wild card.

RustyOz
11-19-2011, 02:30 AM
If Lleyton played the playoffs, he have take away someone a chance to get a wild card, because Lleyton in all cases give wild card, he even 3 months before the start of the tournament in the promo video appeared. And players like Ball, Guccione, Mitchell is a chance for them to get a wild card.

Oh please, why Ball?

Ausie
11-19-2011, 01:37 PM
Oh please, why Ball?Why not?:) it will also play a playoff, and has a chance to win;)

Sombrerero loco
11-19-2011, 03:03 PM
md i would give to:
ben mitchell
lleyton hewitt
marinko matosevic
duchworth

kubler wc to the qualies, im his great fan but it will be better for him i think

Sombrerero loco
11-19-2011, 03:07 PM
Mmm - only risen 50 places...

Let's see -
Ball - dropped say 200 places
Matosevic - dropped say 60 places
Guccione - dropped say 80 places (not finished though)
who else - Lemke - dropped about 40 places
Klein - dropped maybe 300 places
Millman - where is he?


he is still injured, he is practising since a couple of weeks ago

jmf07
11-19-2011, 03:22 PM
ATM I would be leaning towards Hewitt, Luczak, Duckworth and Mitchell with the fifth one going to whoever wins the WC playoff.

scotthongkong
11-20-2011, 05:55 AM
ATM I would be leaning towards Hewitt, Luczak, Duckworth and Mitchell with the fifth one going to whoever wins the WC playoff.

I agree with all your selections. Probably be Luczak's last open so he will get wc, Hewitt is a definite and certainly Mitchell and Duckworth have done really well on the satellite tour, they are young and good looking and satisfy TA's youth policy as well. If they dont give it to Luczak then MM will get it.

ozfan44
11-22-2011, 08:58 AM
These are the players who have submitted entries for the WC Playoff
http://tournaments.tennis.com.au/sport/event.aspx?id=2474812E-0AD0-4BAD-944F-8A49F37ED399&event=1

So Hewitt, Jones, Matosevic and Mitchell will be auto entries as they have Top 250 Rankings...but as everyone has said Lleyton won't play! So that means 3 direct entries, the 18s winner and then 20 discretionary positions to be chosen by Rafter, Woodbridge and Larkham.

I would Expect to see those comprise of Guccione, Duckworth, Lemke, Reid, Look, Ball, Smith, I.Frost, Groth, Peers, Lindahl, Moore, Barton, Propoggia, Banes, Bolt, Feeney, Saville, Whittington & Hubble although Feeney and Hubble may be overlooked in favour of some more teenagers....

Players that haven't entered (entries close in about 5 hours): Luczak, B.Klein, Millman, Verryth, Kelly, Kubler, Letcher, Ebelthite, Lindner, M.Klein, Roshan, L.Frost

Sombrerero loco
11-22-2011, 09:19 AM
millman and klein are not IN...

Dmitry Verdasco
11-22-2011, 10:59 AM
Am I the only one thinking Lleyton should play? :shrug:

Ausie
11-22-2011, 01:37 PM
Am I the only one thinking Lleyton should play? :shrug:why? Tiley said that they did not offer it to play a playoff, all claims to it, even if told to play, he still has not returned to training and the tournament starts in 2 weeks

RustyOz
11-22-2011, 10:01 PM
Am I the only one thinking Lleyton should play? :shrug:
The wild Card Playoff I assume?

U are most probably the only one.

Having won about 25 Davis Cup matches for Australia, Australia's only male Grand Slam winner this century, ex-No.1 player in the world - I reckon Lleyton can have an Australian Open WC every year until he is (insert age) years old...
well until another Male Australian player is World No. or wins a Grand Slam.

ozfan44
11-23-2011, 03:26 AM
Lleyton is a definate for a wildcard so Im glad he isn't playing the playoffs as it gives another player the chance for some matches against higher ranked players.

Dmitry Verdasco
11-23-2011, 11:04 AM
I think it'd be good for him to give something back :shrug:

Matchu
11-23-2011, 11:44 AM
I think it'd be good for him to give something back :shrug:

Give back? The best way Lleyton could give back to Australian tennis in the short term would be to rest up and get his body right for the Australian Open. There is no point in Lleyton risking an injury a month from the Open when he is so obviously an automatic wildcard. I would understand if Lleyton had retired and you were saying he should coach or take up some role at Tennis Australia but right now he is still a current player and we need him to be there for the Australian Open. Bernard is not ready to be the face of Aussie tennis, yet....

Ausie
11-23-2011, 01:09 PM
Give back? The best way Lleyton could give back to Australian tennis in the short term would be to rest up and get his body right for the Australian Open. There is no point in Lleyton risking an injury a month from the Open when he is so obviously an automatic wildcard. I would understand if Lleyton had retired and you were saying he should coach or take up some role at Tennis Australia but right now he is still a current player and we need him to be there for the Australian Open. Bernard is not ready to be the face of Aussie tennis, yet....
great post;)

Ausie
11-23-2011, 01:13 PM
I think it'd be good for him to give something back :shrug:and pick up this wild card in Ball/Matosevic9Guccione/Mitchell/Duckworth and others? Lleyton our long-term leader. He has earned this wild card of all time, that he sacrificed himself for the sake of Davis Cup, now the main thing that he has fully recovered, after Lleyton Hewitt Charity day, Lleyton probably will return to training.

ozfan44
11-29-2011, 04:55 AM
First lot of wildcards for the wildcard play off have been allocated, no shocks

JP Smith, Peers, Lemke, Guccione, Duckworth, Reid, Look, I.Frost and Groth...

11 spots remain plus a spot for the 18s winner...

RustyOz
11-29-2011, 05:44 AM
Carsten Ball is the only withdrawal to-date

Tenys4r
11-29-2011, 05:50 AM
Does anyone know about Luzack? Klein? Millman?

Chris.
11-29-2011, 06:03 AM
Klein and Millman wont be playing the WC playoff. I would say Luczack will get a WC into the playoffs. Wonder why Ball pulled out??

Dmitry Verdasco
11-29-2011, 11:13 AM
Dokic, Molik & Dellacqua all have played the playoffs. Lleyton is treated like some god but he just won a few slams in a very weak era. He's done NOTHING since 2005. Stosur won a slam + made a final. Dokic reached a QF, Molik a QF, Tomic a QF.

Action Jackson
11-29-2011, 11:15 AM
Klein and Millman wont be playing the WC playoff. I would say Luczack will get a WC into the playoffs. Wonder why Ball pulled out??

Luczak isn't playing.

Ausie
11-29-2011, 11:16 AM
Dokic, Molik & Dellacqua all have played the playoffs. Lleyton is treated like some god but he just won a few slams in a very weak era. He's done NOTHING since 2005. Stosur won a slam + made a final. Dokic reached a QF, Molik a QF, Tomic a QF.Dokic was in the quarterfinals in 2009, Lleyton in the same year, in the quarterfinals of Wimbledon. For people like you explains, HE HAS NOT RESUMED TRAINING.I hope so clear.

Dokic will not play Fedcup, Tomic will not play AO playoff 2011, and Lleyton recordsman Davis Cup among active players

Ausie
11-29-2011, 11:23 AM
Luczak isn't playing.why?:)

Action Jackson
11-29-2011, 11:30 AM
why?:)

I said it ages ago, he wasn't playing and he'll only be at the courts as a spectator.

Dmitry Verdasco
11-29-2011, 12:18 PM
Dokic does play Fed Cup :rolleyes:

http://www2.pictures.gi.zimbio.com/Fed+Cup+Asia+Oceania+Zone+Group+1+2+Day+2+-7L68giTRgcl.jpg

Ausie
11-29-2011, 01:20 PM
Dokic does play Fed Cup :rolleyes:

http://www2.pictures.gi.zimbio.com/Fed+Cup+Asia+Oceania+Zone+Group+1+2+Day+2+-7L68giTRgcl.jpg
Jelena Dokic Fed Cup 15/2. 5 matches in 2009 year. From 2004 to 2009 she did not play Fed Cup, and after 2009 too, she did not play Fed Cup. Lleyton every year playing Davis Cup. 47/14.

ozfan44
11-29-2011, 02:52 PM
Its hardly fair to compare the two given the circumstances surrounding Jelena.

Like it or not Lleyton is a guarantee for a wildcard so get over it he isnt playing the playoff which is probably a good thing as hed be likely to lose a match somewhere along the line....

Lets move on already ay!!

Dmitry Verdasco
11-30-2011, 12:56 AM
He needs the matches. Why not play and beat up on some 17 year old :shrug:

ozfan44
11-30-2011, 04:01 AM
Because he is getting 3 great matches at Hopman Cup and needs to make sure his body is right by then!!

n8
11-30-2011, 08:21 AM
Wildcards for the men’s event are led by former top 100 player Chris Guccione. Joining Guccione will be James Duckworth, James Lemke, Matt Reid, Michael Look, John-Patrick Smith, Isaac Frost, Sam Groth and John Peers.

The wildcards join direct entrants Greg Jones, Marinko Matosevic and Ben Mitchell in the main draw.

There are still 11 more wildcard places in the men’s field, which will be announced in the coming days. The final spot will be filled by the winner of the Optus 18s Australian Championships.

http://www.tennis.com.au/news/2011/11/30/australian-open-2012-play-off-wildcards-announced

Ausie
11-30-2011, 08:56 AM
He needs the matches. Why not play and beat up on some 17 year old :shrug:play without training, the pain in foot? do not like, write a written request to the tournament director Craig Tiley, good luck to you in this matter.:lol:

scotthongkong
11-30-2011, 11:05 AM
Ball wirhdrew I note and Luczak is hoping for a mdwc obviously

RustyOz
12-01-2011, 01:40 AM
A given - Lleyton awarded wild card for Australian Open by Tennis Australia, announced today.

Sam21
12-01-2011, 03:30 AM
i thought i'd add my opinion into this discussion. if it was up to me, i'd pick Hewitt, Jones, Matosevic, Mitchell and Duckworth. i understand what people were saying about Luczak, but i would prefer the wildcards go to players who have potential to go further in their careers in the future like Mitchell and Duckworth. it'd be nice if Luczak just played another year or two, but i don't reckon that will happen.

Dmitry Verdasco
12-01-2011, 11:46 AM
I kind of don't want Ben Mitchell to play the MD next year. He's definately earned it I think, but it's a big step up from 3 set Futures matches to 5 set Grand Slam matches, he's barely tested himself at Challenger level much even.

Ausie
12-01-2011, 11:56 AM
I think over the years, Peter has earned a wild card, possibly in his last tournament, so be nice.

ogre
12-02-2011, 12:09 PM
I think over the years, Peter has earned a wild card, possibly in his last tournament, so be nice.

Earned a wild card? You mean earned a 7th wild card, as he has already benefited from wild cards to the Australian Open on 6 previous occasions.

I have no problem with him being given a 7th, but also would understand if they share them around give it instead to someone who has not already had so many.

Ausie
12-02-2011, 12:56 PM
Earned a wild card? You mean earned a 7th wild card, as he has already benefited from wild cards to the Australian Open on 6 previous occasions.

I have no problem with him being given a 7th, but also would understand if they share them around give it instead to someone who has not already had so many.and that, this year(2012), for example Lleyton will play first on a wild card, Tomic played 3 times with wild cards, 2009,2010,2011 years, in 2006 if I remember correctly, Peter reached Round 3 AO, loss with Tommy Haas in 4 set. I think, Peter deserved to say farewell to Australia, at the majors in the main draw.

scotthongkong
12-03-2011, 07:30 AM
I think TA will give one to Luczak definitely and I am also thinking Jason Kubler will be in the reckoning. Just a sneaky hunch.....

n8
12-11-2011, 04:06 AM
Matosevic wins the WC. Defeats Duckworth 6-4 6-1 6-2. Duckworth had an injured ankle.

Therefore the WCs in my opinion will be.
Matosevic (WC playoff winner)
Hewitt (already confirmed)
Luczak (send off)
Duckworth (playoff finalist)

Can't decide who will get the last one. My guess in order from most likely to least likely:
Mitchell, Jones, Guccione, Kubler.

Sam21
12-11-2011, 05:19 AM
is Luczak still a chance of getting a WC? he said that he had entered in qualifying and will play doubles with Lleyton, would he accept a MD WC if he was offered one?

Chris.
12-11-2011, 05:34 AM
Hopfully it will be:
Hewitt
Matosevic
Duckworth
Mitchell
Jones/Gooch

Hewitt =Legend
12-11-2011, 06:33 AM
Mitchell should go through qualies, replace him with Looch and Jones should get his chance.

Chris.
12-11-2011, 07:10 AM
If Looch gets a WC i will be very dissapointed.

Ausie
12-11-2011, 07:53 AM
Peter deserves to go like that, playing in the main draw AO, but I think he will play Quall, regard to Mitchell, he disappointed me, Duckworth in the final is not almost fought. I generally support the idea that a young playing qualifying will be more beneficial for them.

au_sports_opinion
12-11-2011, 09:33 AM
Mitchell should go through qualies, replace him with Looch and Jones should get his chance.

i would give one to jones but what has he done to prove he should get one ahead of ben mitchell.

n8
12-11-2011, 12:31 PM
i would give one to jones but what has he done to prove he should get one ahead of ben mitchell.

They are ranked about the same, but Jones has beaten higher ranked opponents. Jones played Challengers and ATP qualifying most of the year while Mitchell played mainly Futures. Mitchell beat just one top 300 player all year while Jones beat 16 of them.

Hewitt =Legend
12-11-2011, 12:39 PM
i would give one to jones but what has he done to prove he should get one ahead of ben mitchell.

Pretty much what StatRacket said and also the fact that he has only ever received one main draw wildcard in his career. I know Mitchell has had a good year but it would be better for his continued development for him to tough it out through qualies. He did well this year almost beating Kavcic to qualify, can't have it handed to you on a platter.

Jones has done the hard yards and deserves the opportunity, he has as good a chance as anyone of winning a match.

RustyOz
12-11-2011, 09:39 PM
I support what StatRacket and Hewitt+legend say - Jonesie has performed at a higher level. not been given the opportunity like Ball or Klein in the past, has performed well against higher ranked opponents at the Slam qualies - he qualified for two ATP events, so has proved he can win at first round slam level, or better, given the chance.

au_sports_opinion
12-12-2011, 12:08 AM
I see what you're saying and hence why I said I'd give one to Jones anyway. But this is what wildcards are for to give to your most talented youngsters to give them a chance. Qualifying can be a bit of a lottery somtimes. Hence for me Matosevic, Hewitt, Mitchell, Duckworth, Jones. Mitchell has done the hard yards getting his ranking up 500 odd spots in a year. Giving him a wildcard would definately not be handing it to him on a platter, he has earned it. If you want to talk handouts then giving one to Luczak would be the ultimate handout.

ozfan44
12-12-2011, 07:36 AM
My choices would be

Hewitt
Matosevic

Jones
Duckworth

then whoever performs better at Brisbane out of Luczak, Mitchell & Guccione

Sombrerero loco
12-12-2011, 09:34 AM
well done marinko getting the wc^^

Chris.
12-12-2011, 11:18 AM
I agree with ozfans choices it makes sense that way IMO.

Ausie
12-12-2011, 01:05 PM
I think Guccione will receive a wild card in the first place. He played Davis Cup, by Woodbridge practically call squad DC with China: Hewitt, Tomic, Ebden and Guccione.

Matchu
12-12-2011, 05:09 PM
How can people seriously still be talking about Luczak getting a wildcard? Pete is professional enough to understand that the likes of Mitchell and Duckworth should receive a wildcard ahead of him. He cares about Australian tennis and I truly believe if he were offered a wildcard he would at the very least contemplate turning it down to help Australian tennis.

As others have stated, playing qualifying is beneficial for youth players but if you actually look into it Duckworth and Mitchell have played qualifying at the Aussie Open for the last two years. It is time for them to experience the main draw of a Grand Slam. Yeah they will probably lose first round but the benefits for both of them will show later in the year because they know what they are actually fighting for. Kubler on the other hand fell away because he was given a wildcard too early. Tomic got lucky and drew probably the worst player in the draw in his Australian Open main draw debut.

It is time we take these guys to the next step of development, we have a chance to do it right this time. We messed up with the likes of Jones and Klein but we can do it right this time. Players like Kyrgios should be getting the qualifying wildcards in the 2012 Australian Open, not Duckworth and Mitchell. We need to set in place a system for continued success but if we keep taking backward steps like giving Luczak a wildcard we aren't going to get maximum value out of hosting a Grand Slam. That said I do believe Jones deserves a wildcard this Australian Open but if we had another Mitchell/Duckworth around I would give the wildcard to them over Jones in a heartbeat just because I know exactly what we will get out of Greg Jones.

As harsh as it might sound I think the best way for Greg Jones to actually have a successful career from here is to replicate what Matt Ebden did. Obviously that is easier said than done but Tennis Australia know exactly what they are doing and I wouldn't disagree with them not giving Greg Jones wildcards post AO2012 unless he completely turns things around and gets some real results on the challenger/ATP tour.

Ausie
12-12-2011, 05:44 PM
As others have stated, playing qualifying is beneficial for youth players but if you actually look into it Duckworth and Mitchell have played qualifying at the Aussie Open for the last two years. It is time for them to experience the main draw of a Grand Slam.if they do not qualify, so they were not ready for it. Lleyton in 1997, at age 15 played on the Australian Open, and playing qualifyng that as an example. Still will decide Todd Woodbridge and Craig Tealey.

RustyOz
12-12-2011, 09:23 PM
Hmmm Matchu - if Jones is to follow Ebden, then that should mean a wild card into the Oz Open, just like Ebden got, should it not?

n8
12-12-2011, 10:22 PM
As others have stated, playing qualifying is beneficial for youth players but if you actually look into it Duckworth and Mitchell have played qualifying at the Aussie Open for the last two years. It is time for them to experience the main draw of a Grand Slam. Yeah they will probably lose first round but the benefits for both of them will show later in the year because they know what they are actually fighting for. Kubler on the other hand fell away because he was given a wildcard too early. Tomic got lucky and drew probably the worst player in the draw in his Australian Open main draw debut.


Good post.

Tomic and Kubler both got wildcards at 16 years old.

The Tomic wildcard in 2009 was OK. He won the juniors and a qualifying match in 2008, plus was ranked in the 700s.

Kubler should have never been given a wildcard at 16 in 2010. He didn't even have an ATP ranking at the time. I think TA might have thought 'well the Tomic wildcard worked out great so why not Kubler?'. Sure, he got 24th seed Ljubicic but I don't think he was winning more than a set off anyone in that draw.

Matchu
12-13-2011, 06:51 AM
Hmmm Matchu - if Jones is to follow Ebden, then that should mean a wild card into the Oz Open, just like Ebden got, should it not?

Well if you read my post I am actually in favour of Jonesie getting a wildcard into the 2012 AO. They are two different circumstances, Ebden made the quarterfinals of Brisbane after going through qualifying when he received the Aussie Open wildcard and also qualified for the main draw of the Aussie Open the previous year. Jonesie has really only made one final on the challenger tour.

I also said that unless Greg improves his results I wouldn't be against looking over him for wildcards over younger players. Klein probably took away a lot of opportunity for Jones but Greg can't do anything about that now. Jonesie will just have to put his head down and get some results. Being given a wildcard is a privilege not a right.

au_sports_opinion
12-13-2011, 07:46 AM
so who do you think should get the three spots that are still available matchu?

au_sports_opinion
12-13-2011, 07:53 AM
I think Guccione will receive a wild card in the first place. He played Davis Cup, by Woodbridge practically call squad DC with China: Hewitt, Tomic, Ebden and Guccione.

Man you write some weird a$$ sh1t, Guccione has done nothing and I mean nothing to deserve a wildcard. He played two davis cup doubles matches this year but his singles form was awful.

Ausie
12-13-2011, 09:53 AM
Man you write some weird a$$ sh1t, Guccione has done nothing and I mean nothing to deserve a wildcard. He played two davis cup doubles matches this year but his singles form was awful.In response to this, I can say that Duckworth, Mitchell, Jones did nothing for Davis Cup. Guccione in the Davis Cup team, and probably he will play the Olympic Games together with Lleyton, he will receive a wild card. Young players, let them playing qualifying.

Matchu
12-13-2011, 03:05 PM
so who do you think should get the three spots that are still available matchu?

Well at this point I think it is pretty obvious Lleyton, Marinko (already got them), Duckworth (19 years old, outstandimg year on the European clay tournaments and playoff finalist), Jones (playoff semifinalist and forth highest ranked Aussie) and Mitchell (19 years old, outstanding year on the Aussie pro tour and the next highest ranked Aussie without a wildcard).

It is a good mix I think of youth and older players, I would really like to see Marinko actually do something this time. The likely reality is that Matosevic, Jones, Duckworth and Mitchell will all lose first round but at least we are moving in the right direction this time.

Ausie
12-13-2011, 08:34 PM
http://vault.australianopentv.com/

RustyOz
12-13-2011, 09:25 PM
http://vault.australianopentv.com/

The link to nowhere? - the rainbow perhaps?

scotthongkong
12-14-2011, 12:45 AM
Great that Duckworth has been given a wildcard. A good choice in my opinion.

n8
12-14-2011, 01:34 AM
Great that Duckworth has been given a wildcard. A good choice in my opinion.

Yes!!

http://www.tennis.com.au/news/2011/12/14/wildcards-for-dellacqua-and-duckworth

tommyg6
12-14-2011, 01:37 AM
Canada should do wildcard exchange. 1 aussie for Rogers Cup and 1 canuck for Aussie Open. Heck they did it several times, Rogers Cup has been giving wildcards to Aussies like the Scud, Hewitt and Tomic for years. I say we should get something in return.

Chris.
12-14-2011, 01:50 AM
Lol a WC for a 1000 even for a WC into a grand slam? No thanks.

tommyg6
12-14-2011, 01:53 AM
Lol a WC for a 1000 even for a WC into a grand slam? No thanks.

How about 2 WCS into a 1000 for 1 into a Slam, sounds fair?

ozfan44
12-14-2011, 06:26 AM
Canada should do wildcard exchange. 1 aussie for Rogers Cup and 1 canuck for Aussie Open. Heck they did it several times, Rogers Cup has been giving wildcards to Aussies like the Scud, Hewitt and Tomic for years. I say we should get something in return.

Keep Dreaming :angel:

Ausie
12-14-2011, 09:31 AM
Predictably, all the same national tournament finalist. I think the last wild card will be at Mitchell and Guccione.

Ausie
12-14-2011, 09:48 AM
The link to nowhere? - the rainbow perhaps?
Сlassic matches from the Australian Open 1998-2011.

http://vault.australianopentv.com/

n8
12-14-2011, 01:19 PM
Сlassic matches from the Australian Open 1998-2011.

http://vault.australianopentv.com/

The link doesn't work in some web browsers but it's great when you get it working.

Ausie
12-14-2011, 01:39 PM
The link doesn't work in some web browsers but it's great when you get it working.I use the browser - google chrom.

Belludal
12-14-2011, 01:45 PM
Hope that at least Duckworth, Mitchell, Saville or Kubler get one wild card for the Main Draw.

Hewitt =Legend
12-14-2011, 01:48 PM
^ Duckworth got one today

Matchu
12-14-2011, 05:43 PM
I expect a Ben Mitchell wildcard to be announced before the Brisbane International. I also expect the remaining wildcard to go to Greg Jones and to be announced after the last Aussie (that does not already have direct entry into the AO) gets knocked out of Brisbane. Although if that last player makes it passed the second round or goes through qualies and gets passed the first round of Brisbane they will most likely take the Jones wildcard.

Sombrerero loco
12-18-2011, 08:14 PM
Hope that at least Duckworth, Mitchell, Saville or Kubler get one wild card for the Main Draw.

i wouldnt give mdwc to luke or jason.they dont deserve it right now...

Chris.
12-19-2011, 07:30 AM
Acording to someone in the Ben Mitchell thread he has been given a WC. (Not offical yet though.)

Chris.
12-20-2011, 07:12 AM
TA announced that Mitchell has got a Wildcard.

Sam21
12-20-2011, 07:25 AM
good decision by tennis australia. only one left now, it'd have to go to the best performing player at Brisbane i reckon.

Ausie
12-20-2011, 08:31 AM
I think last WC for Gooch.

Chris.
12-20-2011, 08:57 AM
I think Greg Jones will get it. I hope he does aswell.

Hewitt =Legend
12-20-2011, 08:58 AM
TA announced that Mitchell has got a Wildcard.

Obvious for the last couple of days since it became apparent Looch wasn't in the running.

Hope Benny can put in a respectful showing.

Matchu
12-20-2011, 07:15 PM
Well at this point I think it is pretty obvious Lleyton, Marinko (already got them), Duckworth (19 years old, outstandimg year on the European clay tournaments and playoff finalist), Jones (playoff semifinalist and forth highest ranked Aussie) and Mitchell (19 years old, outstanding year on the Aussie pro tour and the next highest ranked Aussie without a wildcard).

It is a good mix I think of youth and older players, I would really like to see Marinko actually do something this time. The likely reality is that Matosevic, Jones, Duckworth and Mitchell will all lose first round but at least we are moving in the right direction this time.

Two out of three so far, just need jonesie to pull through for me. Slight chance of another Aussie like the Gooch doing well in Brisbane and snatching it but I doubt it.

Hewitt =Legend
12-21-2011, 08:06 AM
congrats Matchu

ozfan44
12-28-2011, 04:03 AM
Kubler and Ball have entered a Futures event in the US starting Jan 9 so looks safe to say they won't be competing at the AO this year, no big news i guess, Ball's form hasnt been great and Kubler is still managing his Knee injuries...

Chris.
12-28-2011, 04:14 AM
Kubler and Ball have entered a Futures event in the US starting Jan 9 so looks safe to say they won't be competing at the AO this year, no big news i guess, Ball's form hasnt been great and Kubler is still managing his Knee injuries...

Fair enough with Kubler. But the futures tournment is on clay. Very odd for Ball to skip his home grand slam quallies and playing a futures tournemnt on clay.

n8
12-28-2011, 04:55 AM
It looks like Kubler will only play clay tournaments in the foreseeable future. Makes sense given his knees and many players have reached top 100 and beyond only playing clay Futures and Challengers.

Ball would've been very likely to get an AO qualifying WC so his decision is strange.

Chris.
12-28-2011, 09:30 AM
Ebden gets into Brisbane on his own ranking. I think Ben Mitchell will take the WC.

au_sports_opinion
12-28-2011, 12:04 PM
Strange from Ball, obviously doesn't care much about doubles.

au_sports_opinion
12-28-2011, 01:21 PM
Would Kubler have been a shot to get the extra wildcard in Brissie, I bet he would've been. So odd. You're Australian, you play the Aussie summer.

Hewitt =Legend
12-28-2011, 02:51 PM
Sideshow Ball deadset hasn't a clue these days. Kubler, if the knees are bothering him then his decision makes sense.

ozfan44
12-28-2011, 04:23 PM
Mitchell already had a wildcard earlier today from what ive been told so its hard to say if he was given the third one or they already had confirmation about ebden getting in direct....either way there is still another one on offer....would love to see Greg Jones get a shot at it...if not maybe JP Smith...

au_sports_opinion
12-28-2011, 04:37 PM
cool nice to see mitchell getting opportunities.

scotthongkong
12-29-2011, 01:59 AM
Be great to see JP get the wc!

ozfan44
01-01-2012, 11:28 AM
so it seems the final wildcard race is down to Jones and Guccione, perhaps Reid, Look and Millman may also be an outside chance...

Sombrerero loco
01-01-2012, 11:43 AM
millman is performing well.they should give him a qwc at least because he is using his SR...

ozfan44
01-01-2012, 02:08 PM
millman is performing well.they should give him a qwc at least because he is using his SR...

he doesnt need a wildcard for qualies because of his protected ranking....

and he has direct entry to qualies...

Sombrerero loco
01-01-2012, 06:36 PM
yeah he doesnt need but if he received a wc he wouldnt need to use his sr here and could save it to another tournament instead...

ozfan44
01-02-2012, 12:35 AM
yeah he doesnt need but if he received a wc he wouldnt need to use his sr here and could save it to another tournament instead...

too late now as he already entered and has made the acceptance list on the first release.

RustyOz
01-04-2012, 09:34 PM
Any news on the last AO Wild Card?
Who is in the running?
Is there still a WC available for Sydney?

Redline
01-05-2012, 02:43 AM
Any news on the last AO Wild Card?
Who is in the running?
Is there still a WC available for Sydney?

Yeah still one for Sydney. My guess is that will go to Duckworth or Jones. I thint the last AO wildcard will go to Jones unless one of Millman, Look, Reid or Patrick-Smith play Sydney qualifying and win a game or two.

n8
01-06-2012, 11:32 AM
I guess they have to save the last wild card because there are no Australian Open special exempts. If we had a player reach the semi-finals of Sydney and then couldn't even play Australian Open qualifiers that would be tragic. Now they can reward such a player direct entry into the AO. It would be crazy if there were two such players (e.g. Jones and Reid reach the semis of Sydney) but I suppose there's virtually no chance of that happening.

Action Jackson
01-06-2012, 12:51 PM
This is not a WTA forum.

Asadinator
01-06-2012, 12:54 PM
This is not a WTA forum.

Ok.

Chris.
01-06-2012, 12:56 PM
www.tennisforum.com

Redline
01-06-2012, 03:21 PM
How did Feeney get a Sydney Qualifying Wild Card ahead of JP, Look, Gooch, Milllman and others. It would have all of them.a.chance.to.get the last AO wildcard.

scotthongkong
01-07-2012, 11:41 AM
Feeney and Kadir were the two finalists in the Boxing Day Manly Seaside Championships so there must be some reciprocal arrangement there. What is wonderful though is that Adam is into the final qualifying round and he played beautifully today. I was mega impressed by his beautiful backhands!

RustyOz
01-07-2012, 08:39 PM
How did Feeney get a Sydney Qualifying Wild Card ahead of JP, Look, Gooch, Milllman and others. It would have all of them.a.chance.to.get the last AO wildcard.

The cut was very high (247), so Jones, Matosevic and Mitchell got in on ranking. WC's were supposed to go to them and Reid. Feeney, Barton and Saville had signed in for qualifying and were at Homebush, so got the benefit of the available Wild Cards.
At 9pm, when sign-in shut JP, Gooch, Look, Millman & others were not there, and would not be able to get there in time for qualies.
Sadik Kadir and Andreas Siljestrom were alternates when the No.1 seed and No.2 seeds moved up into the Main Draw due to withdrawals.

RustyOz
01-07-2012, 08:41 PM
Last Oz wild card to go to a "swop" with either Wimbledon or a Master's 1000 tournament ??

au_sports_opinion
01-08-2012, 02:21 AM
^^^ no this isnt afl trade week.

bloody Kubler would've got it if he'd turned up. Or Saville if he could win a futures point. I still say Jones.

RustyOz
01-08-2012, 10:01 AM
Carsten Ball ? Heard he is coming to Melbourne to play qualies and also Oz Open doubles, so maybe?

Chris.
01-08-2012, 10:07 AM
Carsten Ball ? Heard he is coming to Melbourne to play qualies and also Oz Open doubles, so maybe?

If you heard he is coming to Melbourne to play quallies then he wont be getting a MD WC. Its Greg Jones or Gooch's WC IMO.

Ausie
01-08-2012, 10:10 AM
Gooch has not played even quall for Sydney, I think it means that he will play qualifying Australian Open.

scotthongkong
01-08-2012, 12:23 PM
I hope Greg Jones!

Matchu
01-08-2012, 12:43 PM
Gooch is no chance at this point, lost in Brisbane qualies and hasn't played Sydney. It'll be Jones or Millman and considering they are basically the same age it will almost definitely go to Jones.

Hewitt =Legend
01-08-2012, 01:31 PM
Jones will get it. Can't believe Ball is even in the conversation.

RustyOz
01-10-2012, 02:29 AM
Matchu was right.
News on the ground is that Jonesie has been awarded the last wild card.
Currently ranked No.4 in Oz he improved his ranking from 261 ( at one stage 299) to 196 last year, so overall deserves the WC.
Good luck Greg Jones.

scotthongkong
01-10-2012, 04:14 AM
Greg played well in Sydney, has improved his ranking considerably and would be a great choice from TA if he gets the nod. Well done to Greg!