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2013 Australian Open Wildcards.

Chris.
11-09-2012, 06:19 AM
Its going to be very intresting to see who gets them next year. With Tomic, Matosevic, Hewitt and Ebden all allready in. My thoughts would go:

1. James Duckworth
2. John Patrick-Smith
3. Sam Groth
4. Ben Mitchell
5. Brydan Klein/John Millman.

Dunno about the 5th one. I dont think TA will give Klein one and not sure they will give Groth one but i think he deserves one.

ozfan44
11-09-2012, 06:39 AM
Brydan deserves one for his efforts in rebuilding his ranking, but his on court behaviour and past history will put a big x next to his name when the selectors look at their options...

A lot will depend on performances at AO WC Playoffs and Brisbane, as there are 7-8 guys probably in the mix...

Kyrgios could be a suprise inclusion..top ranked junior, Saville also in the mix.... in my opinion...

Kubler also another question mark, has the talent but huge ongoing issues with his knees and questionable ability to be able to compete on hard courts with the injury concerns still lingering...

The likes of Reid, Feeney, Jones would need to finish the year with some impressive challenger results to get up in the mix, something i doubt...

Daniel.
11-09-2012, 06:52 AM
I wish we could be talking about Guccione and Ball in this conversation, but another horrendously bad year for both.

TA will definately be favouring the younger guys as they always do. So Duckworth, Mitchell and Saville will 100% be getting one. JP Smith I'd say about 80% chance. From there on Groth, Millman, Klein...
I'm pretty sure TA don't give a shit about Klein though so he really needs to win the play off.

I will put my money on Duckworth, Mitchell, Saville, Smith, Groth. Unless someone other than these win the play off then cross Groth off.

Ausie
11-09-2012, 07:56 AM
Its going to be very intresting to see who gets them next year. With Tomic, Matosevic, Hewitt and Ebden all allready in. My thoughts would go:
3 more weeks will play a Challenger, probably Ebden will need a wild card. Hewitt is now 80 in the ranking, but again now a lot tournaments.

Action Jackson
11-09-2012, 08:04 AM
Millman won't get one.

Hewitt =Legend
11-09-2012, 08:08 AM
Millman won't get one.

Definitely not, especially after the issues earlier this year. Woodbridge, what a chump...

I'm hoping Gooch can somehow hit some form and win the playoff.

RustyOz
11-10-2012, 02:37 AM
There really are only four wild cards for TA to give-out. The other WC is for the WC Play-off winner.

My pick for the WC's (depending on whether Smebden will need one) is
- Saville (was World No. 1 junior, double Junior Grand Slam winner, moving up ATP rankings well)
- Duckworth (nothing outstanding this year but has been solid, did expect him to improve his ranking but struggled to defend some points, still top young player in Australia)
- JP Smith (top college performer, won a Challenger this year, good performer, place ok in rankings)

and anyone of Mitchell, Kyrgios, Kubler for the last WC.

Don't think they will go for the older player like Klein, Groth, Jones, Ball, Groth.
Groth may get a guernsey if he wins Champaign this week.
The dark horse may of course be Gooch, who played DC for Australia this year. With nobody else putting their hands up high they may give it too him as a thank-you and a last gasp to kick start his career again.

n8
11-16-2012, 08:34 AM
Locks:
1.Ebden (if required)
2.Duckworth

Next (likely):
3.Saville
4.Groth
5.JPS

Chances:
6.Reid
7.Mitchell
8.Feeney

Unless some miracle happens then 'K' players will not get a wild card:
Kubler - not enough recent hard court experience
Klein - racist incident works against him big time
Kyrgios - cannot be realistically chosen given he's only 17

Of course Challengers, playoffs and Brisbane may alter things.

Audacity
11-18-2012, 02:47 AM
What's the go with Millman?

Sam21
11-18-2012, 10:36 AM
surely certainties would be Duckworth and Ebden if he needs a wildcard... i reckon Saville is a high chance too because of junior results and he's been solid in the seniors too. Groth really should get one based on results and with his serve he has the potential to win a match, i remember he went alright against Fish or someone a few years ago. i'd like to see Brydan get one as a reward for improving his singles ranking but since that probably wont happen, i guess the last one (or two) would go to Mitchell/JP.

yeah what's up with Millman?? this is the first i've heard of any issues too

RustyOz
11-19-2012, 08:37 PM
Issues ?
With Millman ?

Sam21
11-21-2012, 02:27 AM
some of the wildcard playoff entries are out

James Duckworth 210
Sam Groth 211
John-Patrick Smith 246
Matt Reid 268
Ben Mitchell 273
Adam Feeney 315
Luke Saville 343
Greg Jones 371
Michael Look 423
Matthew Barton 426
Carsten Ball 479
Chris Guccione 566
TBC
TBC
TBC
Optus 18s Winner

players missing up to Gooch's rank are Millman, Klein, Kubler, Propoggia, Bolt, Letcher and Lemke. i reckon Propoggia and Bolt deserve a go, and i'd pick Kokkinakis and Kyrgios for the last two (one of them will probably take out the 18s title...)

Action Jackson
11-21-2012, 02:33 AM
Definitely not, especially after the issues earlier this year. Woodbridge, what a chump...

I'm hoping Gooch can somehow hit some form and win the playoff.

Would be good if Gooch is in as Johnny isn't playing the playoff.

ozfan44
11-21-2012, 04:19 AM
Guccione and Ball are a complete Joke :rolleyes: perenial under-achievers can't even get their act together with any sort of consistency on the futures or challenger tour..

Klein and Millman overlooked because they have the balls too stand up for themselves and ruffle a few feathers...

Lemke has quit so you won't see his name unless he has had a change of heart in recent weeks...Letcher would be in the same boat as Klein etc and rarely plays in aus....

Id be shocked if Bolt and Kyrgios didn't get in (although Nick will win 18s and get in that way)...never going to happen but would love to see Van Peperzeel given a crack here...

RustyOz
11-21-2012, 06:07 AM
Van Peperzeel played in the play-off last year I think.
U could run a book on whether Ball and Guccione will come all the way from the US for the play-off. Maybe Gooch to come to Aus to see family but Ball? His chances of winning over 4 matches over 5 sets are slim so why waste the time and energy.
Same for Jones - will he play?
Klein should be given a run - he has done his penance...
My pick will be Smith and Duckworth in the mix at the end, with maybe Groth or Gooch as big-serving players as outside chances

Daniel.
11-21-2012, 10:12 AM
Guccione and Ball are a complete Joke :rolleyes: perenial under-achievers can't even get their act together with any sort of consistency on the futures or challenger tour..

Klein and Millman overlooked because they have the balls too stand up for themselves and ruffle a few feathers...

Lemke has quit so you won't see his name unless he has had a change of heart in recent weeks...Letcher would be in the same boat as Klein etc and rarely plays in aus....

Id be shocked if Bolt and Kyrgios didn't get in (although Nick will win 18s and get in that way)...never going to happen but would love to see Van Peperzeel given a crack here...

Lemke quit? He was playing in Europe a couple of months ago. It doesn't take much for guys to pull the pin these days, he was in Grand Slam qualies last year.

RustyOz
11-21-2012, 08:41 PM
Plenty of different reasons for quitting, but the main reason is financial, then the realisation that you can only reach a certain level in the tennis world, and that is not going to keep you fed and build for the future, so you have to start looking at other opportunities and/or options.
Playing on the circuit is a huge commitment, in time, effort and money and you can't perform at the highest level if that motivation drops...
Injuries, even if niggling, play their part and affect your fitness, Lose fitness and then it is another up hill battle to just get back to where you were, never mind improve.
Motivation, desire, support system all play their part.
Good luck to James if he quits and even better luck to him if he continues..

Freak3yman84
11-21-2012, 08:49 PM
JPS! :rocker2:

ozfan44
11-23-2012, 06:38 AM
Lemke quit? .

That is what he said after Esperance/Marg River.... hopefully he can keep going!

RustyOz
11-28-2012, 05:16 AM
I noticed Duckworth is not listed for the AO Wild Card playoff.
Injured ?
or a WC certainty, so not playing ?

Or ... ?

Same applies to Kubler ???

Chris.
11-28-2012, 08:43 AM
James pulled out of a lot of events towards the end of the season. He must be injured.

ozfan44
11-29-2012, 05:20 AM
I noticed Duckworth is not listed for the AO Wild Card playoff.
Injured ?
or a WC certainty, so not playing ?

Or ... ?

Same applies to Kubler ???

Shame it appears he has withdrawn...he was originally listed on here http://www.tennis.com.au/tournaments/december-showdown-2012/australian-open-2013-play-off

RustyOz
11-29-2012, 08:55 PM
There will no doubt be some more withdrawals. Rumour is Ball is not coming all the way from the USA to play.

There will also be some retired injured results and injuries during and after the tournament.

The format is crazy - have to win 4x 5 set matches to get a WC, as opposed to qualifying - winning 3x 3 set matches.

This is the period that the ATP states in their suggested training brochure (available on-line for players), as the "off-season" - time for "active rest" and then a build-up in physical training, to peak in early January. Tennis Australia expects the Aussies to "peak" earlier in mid December and then still be fresh for the start of the new playing season in early January. After this play-off, the players who progress to the semis and beyond will be nackered.

Millman most probably has the right idea, skipping the play-off and training for the Brsibane and AO qualies.
Also expect Duckworth to be fit and raring to go in the New Year.

Daniel.
11-29-2012, 11:00 PM
Why the hell is it best of 5 sets?! It never used to be, apart from the final

RustyOz
11-29-2012, 11:28 PM
Tennis Australia, in their wisdom...
Not

Sam21
11-30-2012, 04:03 AM
a lot of the younger guys might struggle to play through the five sets, especially if they have a few back to back. even Jones this year at the open started cramping in the fourth against Dolgopolov, whether or not it was fitness/weather/the occasion... it should have stayed how it was with best of five in the final only

Ausie
12-01-2012, 11:04 AM
Hot summer predicted for AO 2013

http://www.tennis.com.au/news/2012/12/01/hot-summer-predicted-for-ao-2013

aussie_fan
12-02-2012, 09:05 PM
Hot summer predicted for AO 2013

http://www.tennis.com.au/news/2012/12/01/hot-summer-predicted-for-ao-2013


And that's why I bought Hisense tickets this year.

aussie_fan
12-02-2012, 09:08 PM
Why the hell is it best of 5 sets?! It never used to be, apart from the final

They have a day off inbetween matches, it's a straight knockout tournament, good prep for the Open, as someone Jones who ahd to go 5 sets this year was not conditionf or ti at all, this will help with it. The only way you going to get better at 5 setters is to play them.

Redline
12-03-2012, 11:08 AM
I don't mind the idea of best of five sets but think perhaps the draw could be cut down to 8. Somehow though they do need to be getting the right type of players. After all it is for a main draw wildcard not a qualifying wildcard.

If some of those players whose ranking is inside 250 don't think it is worth it then in my eyes its not hitting its target. Surly they should be wanting those players whose rankning is between 150 to 250 plus a couple of up and comers plus a couple of juniors.

Asadinator
12-03-2012, 11:44 AM
Hot summer predicted for AO 2013

http://www.tennis.com.au/news/2012/12/01/hot-summer-predicted-for-ao-2013


The weather a few days ago gave a good indication of that too, before a massive storm came and cooled it down.

Looks like the cool summer relief we had the last 2 years will be gone :sad:

Consigliere
12-08-2012, 04:52 PM
saville a lock for one surely.

n8
12-12-2012, 06:22 AM
saville a lock for one surely.

Pretty much. Although he's down 2 sets and a break to Reid in the quarter-finals. If Barton ends up winning the play-off and Reid the losing finalist and Ebden somehow misses out on direct entry, then maybe Saville will miss out. But that's a lot of ifs. And even if they do all end up happening, I still think Saville will get one.

Redline
12-12-2012, 09:01 AM
I think regardless of the play off outcome Mitchell and Patrick-Smith will get a main draw wildcard. I think its good to play five sets but reduce the draw to eight. One less game.

Ad Wim
12-12-2012, 10:21 AM
Where was Klein in the playoffs?

n8
12-12-2012, 10:47 AM
Where was Klein in the playoffs?

It's kind of interesting how saying two words in a heated moment can change your life so profoundly.





Klein's racist outburst in 2009 still puts him offside with TA. http://www.smh.com.au/sport/blogs/sally-stands-up/you-cannot-be-serious-20101201-18gi3.html

Ad Wim
12-12-2012, 11:04 AM
Jeez, these guys don't forgive easy...

aussie_fan
12-13-2012, 11:03 AM
He does have a history of bad behaviour though.

n8
12-28-2012, 11:27 PM
Kind of convenient that wild card hopefuls get drawn to play each other in R1 of Brisbane qualifying. Obviously the winners of Saville v Millman and Duckworth v Kyrgios will have a much better shot than the losers.

aussie_fan
12-29-2012, 07:50 AM
Does Millman beating Saville so easily change things? Personally, I think it should, whether it will is another question

Action Jackson
12-29-2012, 08:17 AM
Does Millman beating Saville so easily change things? Personally, I think it should, whether it will is another question

It won't.

n8
12-31-2012, 03:13 AM
Millman won't get one.

Definitely not, especially after the issues earlier this year. Woodbridge, what a chump...

I'm hoping Gooch can somehow hit some form and win the playoff.

I was surprised how certain you both were when I read these comments. It's not like Millman is no chance. TA might go beyond their hangups for a change and award Australia's highest ranked non-direct acceptance. He's in form too. I mean if he made the Brisbane semi-finals he'd probably get one so I don't think you should say definitely not.

Action Jackson
12-31-2012, 03:36 AM
TA won't make the right decision in this case I'm sure of it.

aussie_fan
12-31-2012, 04:53 AM
TA won't make the right decision in this case I'm sure of it.

I tend to agree, who knows what goes through their mind sometimes.

RustyOz
12-31-2012, 12:10 PM
From what I am hearing 23 is toooo old... for TA

ozfan44
12-31-2012, 12:21 PM
Kokkinakis has a qualies wildcard

The_Aussie17
12-31-2012, 02:41 PM
23 is to old? Matosevic is 27 and TA only just started to help him last year

Action Jackson
12-31-2012, 11:02 PM
Wow Tennis Australia got a decision right. Then again a broken clock is right twice day and that sums them up.

Millman did everything he could and not even these fools could not notice.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-01-01/millman-barty-get-australian-open-wildcards/4449204?section=sport

Millman, Barty get Australian Open wildcards

Queenslanders John Millman and Ashleigh Barty received New Year boosts in the form of wildcards to play in the main draw at this month's Australian Open.

The 23-year-old Millman, who won through qualifying to play this week's Brisbane International, was rewarded by Tennis Australia for a strong year in which he hauled his world ranking up from number 541 to 199 after playing 25 tournaments.

n8
12-31-2012, 11:54 PM
Wow, not only gets it, but one of the first announced. Go Millman!

Hewitt =Legend
01-01-2013, 12:17 AM
Great surprise to wake up to, cures the old hangover right away. I guess TA couldn't ignore results anymore...

RustyOz
01-01-2013, 08:42 PM
23 is to old? Matosevic is 27 and TA only just started to help him last year

TA only supported Marinko because he forced their hand. They did not recognise that he was a talent, they only recognised his results.
Marinko only got Josh Eagle as a coach because he and Jonesie were of similar ranking.
Matosevic made his own luck and TA went along for the ride. Eagle is now called "super-coach" because of that.
If Eagle is "super-coach" why is Jones ranked at 370?

RustyOz
01-01-2013, 08:45 PM
Kokkinakis has a qualies wildcard

Well done and good luck.
Anymore Qualies wild cards announced? or known?
Who will get them?

DonaldDuck
01-01-2013, 11:42 PM
Saville should be made to play the qualifiers for the AO. I don't know how TA can justify giving him a MD WC after he was dispatched by Reid and Millman in straight sets recently. How long can he live on his junior Wimbledon success without having to show something decent in the pros?

You would have to think Duckworth will nab one, leaving Reid, Smith, Krygios, Saville to fight for the last two. I think Smith should nab one: How many Australian players won a Challenger title last year? I think Reid's performance at the WC tournament means he should get one as well.

Krygios and Saville could be great players but they don't deserve a WC spot just because they have been in TA's system.

n8
01-02-2013, 12:54 AM
It's tough to pick. Sydney qualifiers might be needed to split them.

Action Jackson
01-02-2013, 03:19 AM
Reid won't get one, he will need one for qualies. They gave one to Millman who isn't a TA blue eyed boy, they aren't going to give it to 2.

Duckworth and JP Smith should get them. Krygios or Saville shouldn't, but think Saville will.

The_Aussie17
01-02-2013, 11:23 AM
Alex Bolt has been given a qualies wildcard. Intresting to see Kokkinakis was in Bernies team box in perth just then, hitting partner?

ozfan44
01-02-2013, 03:35 PM
Kokkinakis is the on site alternate for Hopman Cup (as is Donna Vekic)...... that's why he was in the box..

scotthongkong
01-02-2013, 08:09 PM
Alex Bolt has been given a qualies wildcard. Intresting to see Kokkinakis was in Bernies team box in perth just then, hitting partner?

I am very pleased for Alex. He was awesome in Hong Kong. where did you find this information The_Aussie 17? It is great news.

n8
01-03-2013, 04:11 AM
Luke getting an AO MD WC is the right decision in my opinion. He's improved his ranked from outside the top 1000 to top 350 in 2012 and hasn't had a single MD WC so far despite huge success in juniors. Plus it frees up a qualifying wildcard as he would've needed one of those too.

RustyOz
01-03-2013, 09:05 PM
I agree that Saville deserves the AO MD wild card - based on winning two Junior Slams - a fantastic achievement against quality international opponents. Now to convert to the Men's game.
Other recent Australian junior successes have struggled with the transition (Lindahl, Klein, Jones, Groth - who all did well as Juniors). I sincerely hope Saville does transition well, although Millman blowing him off in Brisbane is not a good sign (but then Millman qualied and more...)

DonaldDuck
01-03-2013, 11:05 PM
Saville is going to get blasted off the court in Melbourne based on his current form. It would have been nice to see someone who would compete get a WC.

Redline
01-03-2013, 11:42 PM
Saville is going to get blasted off the court in Melbourne based on his current form. It would have be.en nice to see someone who would compete get a WC.

Your right he will get beaten but I think he has earned a shot if nothing else for experience. Next AO to be considered he needs more form. Very few wildcard options would have a good chance of winning. I think unless someone does something special in Sydney that Duckworth and Patrick-Smith will get the last two. If Groth had done a bit more in New Caladonia then he may have been considered.

As for qualifying Krygios gets one automatically. My guess for others are Reid, Bolt, Barton, Look, Kokinakis and Jones. I'm not sure about the other two. Perhaps Guccione and Ball if they are competing or perhaps one or two for an overseas player. I wouldn't bother with Ball or Guccione but I think Tennis Australia would give them one.

RustyOz
01-04-2013, 01:56 AM
I doubt Jones will get one

GasquetGulbis
01-04-2013, 03:02 AM
Your right he will get beaten but I think he has earned a shot if nothing else for experience. Next AO to be considered he needs more form. Very few wildcard options would have a good chance of winning. I think unless someone does something special in Sydney that Duckworth and Patrick-Smith will get the last two. If Groth had done a bit more in New Caladonia then he may have been considered.

As for qualifying Krygios gets one automatically. My guess for others are Reid, Bolt, Barton, Look, Kokinakis and Jones. I'm not sure about the other two. Perhaps Guccione and Ball if they are competing or perhaps one or two for an overseas player. I wouldn't bother with Ball or Guccione but I think Tennis Australia would give them one.

I read somewhere Lucas Pouille got a qualifying wildcard

Chris.
01-04-2013, 04:20 AM
Correct he did get one.

n8
01-04-2013, 10:25 PM
The qualifying cut off was nice and low for Sydney so most AO wild card contenders are in the draw. I'm a bit disappointed that Kyrgios didn't get a QWC ahead of Andrijic (#1600+), Peers (#648) and Thompson (unranked) but I supposed they've got to share the wild cards around.

I would've liked to see Groth and Klein play Sydney qualifiers.

Chris.
01-05-2013, 04:32 AM
Final wildcards have gone to Duckworth and Jp Smith.

aussie_fan
01-05-2013, 04:46 AM
I would've liked to see Groth and Klein play Sydney qualifiers.

Groth was playing the doubles final in New Caledonia today.

Good choices on the last two wildcards there

n8
01-05-2013, 05:06 AM
So Mitchell (20), Millman (23), Saville (18), Duckworth (20) and JP Smith (23).

A good selection in my opinion.

Chris.
01-05-2013, 05:12 AM
If they replaced Saville with Groth i would have been happy.

RustyOz
01-05-2013, 05:30 AM
Matt Reid is the loser here, finalist of the WC Play-off and zip given to him (Main Draw). In the past the finalist has got a WC into something. So why not Reid?
Also noteworthy - Duckworth and Millman did not play in the Wild Card Play-off and got AO MD WC's. Saville lost lost 1st round...

Do not play the Play-off and you will be better off.

Chris.
01-05-2013, 05:38 AM
You cant ignore Millmans form. Qualifying winning a round and taking a set off the world number 3. Duckworth has had some injures thats why he didnt play. And made second round last year. Cant say they are bad choices.

n8
01-05-2013, 06:15 AM
Yeah, Matt Reid has been unlucky two years running. Last year he was ranked 270 and didn't get anything (main draw) and this year the same. And he's still a young guy (22 years old) but not too young.

scotthongkong
01-05-2013, 10:09 AM
If they replaced Saville with Groth i would have been happy.

well said. I agree completely with you.

The_Aussie17
01-05-2013, 04:01 PM
I am very pleased for Alex. He was awesome in Hong Kong. where did you find this information The_Aussie 17? It is great news.

A friend of mine is best mates with Alex and I asked my friend a few times to ask Alex about where he was playing and stuff about 2 maybe 3 years ago! Then I had Alex as a friend on Facebook and he inboxed me so for the last year and a half I talk to him atleast once a week about everything! I spoke to him earlier tonight and as he lost to Garcia-Lopez he said he felt he could match it with him and didn't get blown off the court! He also is quite confident if he plays well enough he could beat anyone in the qualifying draw!

aussie_fan
01-06-2013, 01:25 AM
If they replaced Saville with Groth i would have been happy.

This, Saville is going to get his butt kicked.

Hewitt =Legend
01-06-2013, 01:52 AM
I saw a bit of Saville yesterday at Sydney qualies and he was terrible against Ito. Barton then went and thumped him which puts Saville's result into even more perspective. I can see why TA gave him the wildcard, but he doesn't deserve it on current form...

RustyOz
01-06-2013, 09:03 PM
This is not good for Saville's confidence.
Let us hope being at the AO Open will raise his game.

Redline
01-07-2013, 03:28 AM
It looks as though Feeney and Reid may make the qualifying draw without a wildcard which could free up one or two potential qualifying wildcards.

ozfan44
01-07-2013, 04:00 AM
I would've liked to see Groth and Klein play Sydney qualifiers.

Exactly Klein would have made both Bris and Syd qualies cut offs, wonder what's going on there??

It looks as though Feeney and Reid may make the qualifying draw without a wildcard which could free up one or two potential qualifying wildcards.

Yep 3rd & 5th on alts list, fingers crossed they both get in direct at the last minute...

Confirmed q wc's for Kyrgios, Kokkinakis and Bolt so that leaves 5?

Contenders: Kubler, Jones, Propoggia, Barton, Look (Was thinking of quitting), Ball (Probably in the US), Lemke (Quit), Guccione, Peers, Lindahl, Verryth, Whttington, Banes, Schipanski...

My choices: Jones, Barton, Propogga, Kubler (If Fit), Guccione, next: Peers/Lindahl

Chris.
01-07-2013, 04:23 AM
Kubler is playing a futures tournment this week. Barton said on twitter he is playing so im guessing he got one.

The_Aussie17
01-07-2013, 06:30 AM
I doubt Greg Jones will be back in Australia in time for the first round of qualifying seen as he won his first round match in Auckland today! But lets hope! Bolt hit with Djokovic today also.

Chris.
01-07-2013, 06:40 AM
Greg Jones won his final qualifying match today. And plays first round against Melzer which i assume he would lose and if he does he will make it back in time.

RustyOz
01-07-2013, 08:47 AM
Auckland 2 hours ahead of Sydney. Even if he lost to Melzer, I doubt he would mke it back to Melbourne in time for AO Qualies sign-in.
Also, not sure if ATP rules allows a player to play both an ATP event and the Qualifying Tournament the same week.
Lets hope Jonesie can prevail against Melzer.

RustyOz
01-07-2013, 08:53 AM
My choice for AO qualies wild cards are:
Looking at the cut list, it looks like Matt Reid and Feeney may make the cut for qualies (would be my first picks).
One qualies WC already given to Frenchie Lucas Pouille so, only four left. My picks:

Barton, Peers, Guccione and Look.

Kubler did not enter (assume knees not ok on hard court), Ball (in the US, recovering, heard he had tonsils removed), Lemke (quit), Lindahl (quit - now coaching I heard), , Propoggia (long shot at best)

The_Aussie17
01-07-2013, 11:35 AM
Greg Jones won his final qualifying match today. And plays first round against Melzer which i assume he would lose and if he does he will make it back in time.

Really? I thought it was his first round match against Hanescu? Damn i thought it was Jones' first tour win ahh guess not then!

RustyOz
01-07-2013, 07:46 PM
Really? I thought it was his first round match against Hanescu? Damn i thought it was Jones' first tour win ahh guess not then!

I am sure the win was just as sweet for Jones. It is not every day you beat a top 100 player and he has not qualified for many ATP tour events.
Good luck to him against Melzer, he will need to raise his game another notch.

Sam21
01-08-2013, 09:53 AM
The qually draw for aus open is out, I'm on my phone so it's too much effort to list all the Aussie matchups but I'm sure someone else will... :)
No gooch or ball in the draw which I kind of half expected, they were overlooked for the younger guys like grills and Thompson. A chance for a few wins I thought when I first looked over the matches

RustyOz
01-08-2013, 07:46 PM
Not sure any of these players will qualify. Best chance I think is Barton, on current form and then Kyrgios, if he can hold it together.
Not sure of Jacob Grills getting a WC. Who is pushing his barrow. I'm sure he failed to win a match in the 18's at Melbourne Park in December. I think Peers and Gooch unlucky.
Good luck to all the Aussies - hope they can perform beyond my expectancy.

RustyOz
01-08-2013, 11:32 PM
Lambs to the slaughter:
Grills beaten 63 61 by Authom
Thompson beats Renevand 46 62 97 - well done son
Bolt beats Westerhof 76 64 - good win there
Kokkanakis match against Johnson going to the wire, he saves 2 bp's at 11-11 in 3rd set. This is an epic 3rd set... Damn, goes down 17-15 in the 3rd. Great effort, he will be shattered. Lost 64 67(5) 17-15
Barton beats Capcovic 61 63 - well done, as I thought he would
Kyrgios beaten by Klahn 63 62 - thought Nick might win that one

Young Guns 50-50 so far, going well

Klein went down 7-5, 6- to Ghedin. Pooh - expected him to win that
Groth beaten 62, 62 by wild card 18yr old Frenchie Lucas Pouille - why did Pouille get a WC?
Feeney a set all with Kosakowski - com'n Feens - he goes on to win 57 64 63 - you little beauty
Just Mattie Reid to come - and he gets up over Hocevar 62 64 - well done Matt

The_Aussie17
01-09-2013, 05:12 AM
Well done Bolty you legend!!!

RustyOz
01-09-2013, 09:24 AM
Report card on the 1st round of qualifying
8 wildcards and 2 direct entry - 50% win rate, 5x WC & 0x Direct

Thompson, Bolt, Barton, Reid and Feeney through :D

Grills, Kokkanakis, Kyrgios, Klein and Groth out :mad:

It will be interesting to see who survives the second round :eek:

Also interesting to note that 4 of the 5 winners today are from NSW - com'n the Blues ;)
And Bolt from Canberra (surrounded by NSW - Lol)

ozfan44
01-09-2013, 10:01 AM
Isn't Bolt from South Aust?

Very disappointed in the losses and scores from Groth and Klein :rolleyes: and the score by Kyrgios.

Thanasi battled hard and a shame he wasn't rewarded with a win but Im looking forward to seeing him come back in 12 months time!!

Not sure how Grills got a gig, wasted WC IMO....Thompson shocked me with a win there, well done to him.

Bolt, Barton, Feeney, Red all getting through was great, especially Reid, as he said post match he had chances last year when he had MP and a line call was overruled...now he is mentally stronger and would be great to see him get through to the Main Draw....

Im going Friday so will check out Barton/Feeney/Reid and hopefully Bolt can win tomorrow...

RustyOz
01-10-2013, 08:43 PM
Continuing on the AO Qualifying Tournament Aussie Men's results:
2nd Round:

Thompson beaten 62 64 by Ryan Sweeting(21) - expected but Jordan performed beyond expectation in winning 1st round
Bolt beaten by 64 57 86 Florent Serra(4) - sooo unlucky, outstanding performance by Alex
Barton beaten by Smyczek 36 64 61 - disappointing but a good effort by Barton, fell off a bit at the end
Feeney beaten 75 64 by Stebe - a big fight back by Feeney in 2nd set did not come off.

And now just one Aussie still to come:
Reid v Reister - com'n Reidy - can he do it?

Unfortunately no - good fight, close match but Reid beaten by 76 64 Julian Reister

Disappointing but as predicted - no Aussie men qualify, none through to final round.