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au_sports_opinion
02-07-2005, 01:56 PM
Ball's in Fitzgerald's court

Leo Schlink - Herald Sun

07feb05

AUSTRALIAN Davis Cup captain John Fitzgerald's passion for the future of Australian tennis may have already paid dividends.

Fitzgerald is believed to have been urged by several administrators, players and coaches to apply for the new position of director of player development.
The role has been created in response to a dwindling talent pool, starkly evident by world No. 2 Lleyton Hewitt's lonely presence as the nation's only player inside the men's top 100.

But if TA's selection panel requires evidence of Fitzgerald's enthusiasm, it need only consider talented Carsten Ball's decision to compete as an Australian.

In what shapes as a huge windfall for Australia, left-handed Ball will contest the Uncle Tobys Challenger in Burnie from today under the Australian flag as a wildcard.

The holder of both an Australian and US passport, Ball is the son of former Australian Davis Cupper Syd Ball.

But unlike fellow Californian Taylor Dent, whose father Phil represented Australia, Ball junior has chosen to play for the green and gold instead of the US.

Ball stayed at Fitzgerald's coastal home while winning the International Tennis Federation Victorian junior championship in tough conditions over South Australian Todd Ley at Traralgon last month.

He then reached the quarter-finals of the Australian junior titles, falling in three sets to top seed and eventual finalist Sun-Yong Kim, of Korea.

Fitzgerald and Davis Cup coach Wally Masur have intensified efforts to lure top young athletes to tennis as Australia languishes in senior ranks, apart from Hewitt.

Ball, 17, could be invited to take part in Australia's first-round Davis Cup tie against Austria in Sydney next month as a hitting partner for Hewitt, Wayne Arthurs and Todd Woodbridge.

He will test his game this week against a batch of emerging local talent, including Todd Reid.

OZTENNIS
09-23-2007, 10:57 PM
Bump!

Can't believe NO ONE has posted in this thread for over two years :eek: :o

Carsten is making steady progress this year. He has won a futures tournament in the USA and featured consistently in the latter stages of these events. He has now (I think) got a place in the top 600 and will be looking to end the season with a bag. I reckon he could make top 450 by year's end

For those who haven't seen him play, he has a big serve, powerful forehand and consistent backhand. He is tall and needs to work on his movement and mental toughness

OZTENNIS
12-13-2007, 11:23 PM
Carsten recently broke into the top 400 and is currently ranked 380. He is playing the Australian Open Playoff at Melbourne Park this coming week

scotthongkong
01-25-2008, 01:48 PM
Carsten and Adam Feeney did really well in reaching the third round of the Australian Open doubles. I am sure that Carsten's dad Syd, whom was a top doubles player himself will be very handy for them. Keep up the good work guys!

Matchu
05-09-2008, 11:35 PM
Carsten has had a fairly good season this year with a future final in Portugal and two semis in Great Britain, but its what he has done this week thats caught everyones attention.

He has made the final of a Challenger event in America and has beaten the likes of John Isner to get there. Also coming through qualifying makes his run even more impressive.

aussie_fan
05-10-2008, 03:28 AM
through to the final now, this week keeps getting better and better for him

BaggyGreen92
05-10-2008, 04:31 AM
Wow

Dmitry Verdasco
05-10-2008, 08:17 AM
:yeah:

scotthongkong
05-10-2008, 10:47 AM
I wonder why he gets so little support! It is definitely worth noting that he came through qualifying and he has now reached the final and with a great chance of beating Miranda as well. He has had a great season and one we need to keep a close eye on! So happy with his results this week. Sid Ball was a very good and loyal and supportive Aussie. Nice that at least one of our older Aussies sons have decided to fly the flag for Australia!

jmf0704
06-07-2008, 02:17 AM
Carsten is into the semi finals of the Yuba City challenger where he will play Sam Warburg for a spot in the final. This week he defeated Nicolas Monroe and Todd Paul in straight sets and also defeated Kevin Kim once again.

His ranking should get a boost with him having no points to defend this week. Unfortunately though he isn't going to play in the grasscourt season and instead is entered in a US Futures tournament next week where he will be number 1 seed if he goes.

Guccionefan
06-07-2008, 07:44 AM
Nice result. Hope Carsten makes my top 10 list soon. Keep it up Carsten in the
US Challengers.

azza
06-07-2008, 08:39 AM
Carsten :shrug: so hot and cold mate

scotthongkong
06-07-2008, 10:52 AM
I agree with Azza but it is great when he is running hot! He has had a really impressive season so far. I expect him to overtake Smeets, Sirianni and Jones by the end of the year.

Matchu
06-07-2008, 11:42 AM
I agree with Azza but it is great when he is running hot! He has had a really impressive season so far. I expect him to overtake Smeets, Sirianni and Jones by the end of the year.

Yeah you really hope so considering hes still young. The guy has got to be one of the best doubles players out there, I hope he continues to do well and by the year end hes ranked high enough to be playing ATP qualies and a mainstay on the challenger cicuit.

I can see this guy being in top 100 in the not too distant future. lol hes almost as inconsistant as the Gooch.

au_sports_opinion
06-21-2008, 03:35 AM
Davis Cup doubles prospect imo.

scotthongkong
06-21-2008, 02:30 PM
His dad Syd was a hot doubles player in partnership with Ross Case. I am showing my age here as many of you were only a blink of an eye back then! Your parents may remember him though.

scotthongkong
06-29-2008, 02:27 AM
Carsten is through to the final of the 15, 000 event in Shingle Springs.............. cute name! He will play the number 2 seed Ryler de Heart in the final. Good luck Carsten!

azza
06-29-2008, 11:39 AM
Carsten is in a final of a 15K futures thats 12 pts if he wins he will add a further 18 pts to his ranking :)

Matchu
06-29-2008, 01:36 PM
Carsten is in a final of a 15K futures thats 12 pts if he wins he will add a further 18 pts to his ranking :)

Well with him getting to the final his current ranking of 232 is safe until early August and between now and then he is playing 7 consecutive Challenger tournaments in North America. So he will almost certainly play US Open Qualies and has a real chance at gaining lots of points over the next 2 months.

au_sports_opinion
06-29-2008, 04:30 PM
Well with him getting to the final his current ranking of 232 is safe until early August and between now and then he is playing 7 consecutive Challenger tournaments in North America. So he will almost certainly play US Open Qualies and has a real chance at gaining lots of points over the next 2 months.

I think he will get the US Open wildcard.

scotthongkong
06-30-2008, 03:05 AM
Carsten won the final over de Heart in three sets. He lost the first set and came back to claim the tie breaker. He won all 4 tie breaks he played in this tournament.

azza
06-30-2008, 10:30 AM
Wow Carsten really stepping it up this year! neally in top 200 :eek:

scotthongkong
07-01-2008, 03:47 AM
I can't seem to find his name this week. Anyone help me here?

scotthongkong
07-01-2008, 03:50 AM
I think he will get the US Open wildcard.

How about an 8 player wild card play off......Ball, Feeney, Smeets, Coelho, Ebilthite, Groth, Lindahl and Sirianni. Perhaps Klein and Armstrong could be in the mix as well. Some of these should step up for sure!

au_sports_opinion
07-01-2008, 01:06 PM
I really hate playoffs, you give it to Sirriani all you'r doing is helping him fund his next career as a brick layer.

Fairness shouldn't come into the equation for wildcard selection, just give it to the young guy showing the most promise.

scotthongkong
07-22-2008, 12:13 AM
I just checked the latest ATP Rankings and afetr reaching the semi finals of the 75K tournament in Aptos Carsten has cracked the top 200 in the world. He is currently sitting at 199 and this makes him the 7th highest Australian man. Great work and a fantastic year! Be great if he could reach the Top 150 by years end. I reckon is scheduling is also very sensible.

OZTENNIS
07-22-2008, 01:37 AM
Wow!

Very impressive!
Good to see another Aussie in the top 200 :D
Hopefully he can keep it up and really push towards the top 150 this season.

au_sports_opinion
07-29-2008, 06:43 AM
Good win over Udomchoke 1R Vancouver.

scotthongkong
07-29-2008, 07:03 AM
Good win over Udomchoke 1R Vancouver.

Yes. I agree ! Good win over a very tough opponent. This is a 100k event so very impressive work to get through to the last 16 there. it gets very tough from here on in.

tcordier
07-30-2008, 09:49 PM
Carsten tore stuff up at the high school next to mine in Newport, CA. YEEEEEEE. He and Sam Querrey were duking it out in the Juniors in Southern California, although I think Querrey was a year behind.

au_sports_opinion
07-31-2008, 05:28 AM
Carsten tore stuff up at the high school next to mine in Newport, CA.

For a minute there I thought you meant they were actually tearing things, like as in the felt off the chairs in the classrooms.

tcordier
08-02-2008, 12:23 AM
No, that is what I meant. Dangerous times back then.

Matchu
08-09-2008, 01:43 AM
Carsten has made another challenger semi final in Binghamton where he is seeded 7th and will face an unseeded player in the semis. Also he has made the Doubles final. This brings his ranking to around the mid 180s if he doesnt win another match. He will play Bronx challenger next week as well (coincidence that he is in New York a month before the US Open?). I dont see how he couldnt recieve the US Open wildcard after this. Does anyone know when they will announce the wildcard?

Ivanatis
08-09-2008, 04:40 AM
well done Carsten

keep it up :)

scotthongkong
08-09-2008, 11:14 AM
Carsten has the wc all sealed I think. That being said it has been a great week for us with Klein into the semis in India, Tomic in Indonesia and Rodionova in Russia! Lets hope for all 4 to win their respective events this week!

Audacity
08-09-2008, 02:15 PM
Well done, Carsten. He will move up to around 180-185 even if he loses his Semifinal. I agree, he has pretty much got the Wildcard sealed - well deserved too.

scotthongkong
08-09-2008, 03:14 PM
Good luck in the semis Carsten. Go and join Bernard in his final.

scotthongkong
08-10-2008, 12:37 AM
Carsten lost in the semis in three sets to Rajeev Ram. One good thing was that his fantastic tie break record remained in tact.

Matchu
08-10-2008, 01:32 AM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3273/2745674266_1bbccea8ec.jpg?v=0http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3035/2747257027_0dac9ff5b4.jpg?v=0
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http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3094/2745676616_251a5c03db.jpg?v=0
Carsten at Binghamton. He looks fit.

scotthongkong
08-10-2008, 09:25 AM
Fantastic photos Matchu! Thanks for posting them. Very cool! He looks in teriffic shape!

scotthongkong
08-10-2008, 01:56 PM
And we are very proud of you too Carsten! It is great that you are playig for us! Taylor Dent???? Who?????

au_sports_opinion
08-11-2008, 05:26 AM
Congrats on his 5th challenger doubles title for the year, closing in on a top 100 ranking.

tcordier
08-12-2008, 12:06 AM
Here here! Get ready for some Balls to drop on Flushing Meadows. (Assuming his family shows up.)

scotthongkong
08-12-2008, 12:41 PM
Carsten has had a brilliant year and we should feel very proud of himself. His dad Syd has really organized a very sensible and organized schedule for him. I would exoect him to get the wild card into the Open. I really hope so anyhow!

Ivanatis
08-14-2008, 08:02 AM
2nd round in Bronx Challenger versus Bozoljac (SRB)

go Carsten :)

OZTENNIS
08-15-2008, 01:16 AM
Apparently he lost to Bozoljac 6-4 6-4...


But better news :D




Ball receives US Open wildcard


New York,15 August 2008
AP


American-born Australian Carsten Ball will make his ATP debut at the US Open thanks to a wild card from the US Tennis Association announced today.

Ball's ranking rose inside the top 200 for the first time in his career this week, ascending to world No.182 on the back of a semifinal apperance at the Binghamton Challenger event in the USA.

Laurent Recouderc of France, who won his first-round matches at both of his only ATP events at the French Open and Kitzbuhel last year, also was invited along with Americans Scoville Jenkins, Amer Delic, Brendan Evans, Austin Krajicek, Jesse Levine and Sam Warburg.

The 21-year-old Jenkins is ranked a career-high 195th. He won three matches to reach the main draw of the French Open this year.

He made it to the US Open last year through qualifying, then lost to eventual champion Roger Federer.

Delic was the US college singles champion in 2003 and is now ranked No.128. He qualified for this year's Australian Open and made it to the second round, along with Levine and Warburg

Audacity
08-22-2008, 06:58 AM
Carsten Ball will play Viktor Troicki of Serbia in the first round of the US Open, who has recently reached a career high ranking of 71. Not a bad draw - could have been worse!

Good luck Ball. :)

scotthongkong
08-22-2008, 12:55 PM
God luck Carsten! Be great to get a win here!

Matchu
08-24-2008, 08:22 AM
On the eve of Carstens US Open debut I have been working on a website that Im ready to reveal http://carsten-ball.bravehost.com/index.html

Have a look tell me what you think, pretty basic for now...

scotthongkong
08-24-2008, 11:15 AM
On the eve of Carstens US Open debut I have been working on a website that Im ready to reveal http://carsten-ball.bravehost.com/index.html

Have a look tell me what you think, pretty basic for now...

Awesome work Matchu! I love what you have done so far. Not basic at all but really brilliant!
Scott

OZTENNIS
08-25-2008, 04:26 AM
Nice Matchu :)
It looks good

Can you add a forum at all?

I'll visit it regularly :)

OZTENNIS
08-25-2008, 04:28 AM
Carsten is last match on Court 11 at the US Open today.

Fingers crossed that he can compose himself and play some good tennis :)

save ausdecline
08-25-2008, 07:16 AM
Nice. would be great if u could add a forum.

Matchu
08-25-2008, 08:20 AM
Nice Matchu :)
It looks good

Can you add a forum at all?

I'll visit it regularly :)

thank you, ive just added a forum so you can post now if you like. Im trying to make the photo gallery more user friendly now.

Sexysova
08-25-2008, 11:13 PM
Cincinnati SF - Viktor Troicki def. Carsten Ball 7-6 6-0 6-1

http://www.atptennis.com/5/photos/headshots/main/T840_AS.jpg

MATCHPOINT: http://forum.vaidisova-nicole.com/viewtopic.php?f=73&t=4426&p=7329#p7329

scotthongkong
08-25-2008, 11:45 PM
Oh dear! Great first set though.

au_sports_opinion
08-26-2008, 12:35 AM
less said the better.

Audacity
08-26-2008, 06:43 AM
Great first set, but I think the nerves got to him after going down a set in his first GS.

OZTENNIS
08-26-2008, 10:02 AM
Carsten :eek:
Good first set and then what happened :lol:

Oh well, good experience.
No standouts to join Guccione in Davis Cup team

OZTENNIS
08-30-2008, 02:47 AM
Article from TA Website

Ball gets the call-up for Chile


Melbourne,28 August 2008
Tennis Australia

Carsten Ball is on his way to Chile in September as part of the Optus Australian Davis Cup Team.

Getty Images

The Optus Australian Davis Cup selectors have rewarded Carsten Ball’s recent rankings surge with a place in the national squad for the crucial tie in Chile next month.

Australia faces a tough task on clay against Chile in its Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Play-off in Antofagasta.

Ball is the first player named in the squad, following his rise to 188 in the world with some good form on the circuit. The left-handed son of former Australian player Syd Ball (who reached 63 in the world) was Australia’s top performed junior in 2005 and this will be his second appearance in an Optus Australian Davis Cup squad after he was chosen for the hitting partner role in the Austria tie in Sydney in 2005.

Ball said it was a tough gig first time round but a good experience.

“They’ve invited me down there [Chile] so I will be a little bit more experienced and a little bit more ready to go.

“I'm looking forward to maybe fighting to get a spot on the team but I will just be happy to be there and supporting everybody and hopefully they want me to be there to try and better everybody else, which I am happy about,“ he said.

“His results in the last six months warrant his inclusion. He’s just turned 21 and he’s got his career ahead of him, I look forward to working with him,” Optus Davis Cup captain John Fitzgerald explained today.

Fitzgerald said the full squad wasn’t finalised yet and would be named late next week.

OZTENNIS
08-30-2008, 02:48 AM
Good to see TA keep the faith, and John Fitzgerald follow through on his promise to blood some new players

au_sports_opinion
08-30-2008, 02:56 AM
He could've said something about likeing Australia.

An honour to play etc hehehe anyway, gl Carsten.

scotthongkong
08-30-2008, 07:11 AM
You would think that Carsten would be in with a good shot at the second singles spot. Looking at the US Open form and recent satellites I would see a fight between Ball, Smeets and Klein for that spot.

scotthongkong
09-01-2008, 12:31 PM
He could've said something about likeing Australia.

An honour to play etc hehehe anyway, gl Carsten.

I agree completley. Was not very gracious I felt and nothing about thanks, I am grateful etc. Where is Pat Rafter at this time?

scotthongkong
09-21-2008, 03:15 AM
Great doubles win overnight in 5 sets with Chris in the Davis Cup. Wonder if Fitzy could sub him for Luczak?

OZTENNIS
09-22-2008, 02:06 AM
Yes great win in the doubles from Carsten and Gooch :)

And he did indeed play singles, beat Paul Capdeville 6-3 7-6

Overall very impressive weekend from Ball and expect big things from him for the rest of the season, the top 150 beckons by YE :)

scotthongkong
09-22-2008, 03:52 PM
Two wins on clay! All hail Carsten Ball!

Matchu
10-08-2008, 11:37 AM
Good win for Carsten in Sacremento against Izak Van Der Merwe, a player he has never beaten before. I think he can take out Jesse Levine in the second round and then a big challenge against Ilia Bozoljac in the quarters....

Carsten has 36 points to defend for the rest of the year, I hope he can stay inside the top 200.

azza
10-10-2008, 12:53 AM
Ball Def Levine 6-2 6-4 :)!

QF Ball Vs Russell

Goodluck g

FairWeatherFan
10-11-2008, 01:36 PM
Carsten unfortunately lost to Russell 2 and 4 but still a good effort in this tournament.
Surely he can nab some Aussie wildcards early in the new season and get that ranking up.

OZTENNIS
10-14-2008, 07:12 AM
Ashame he lost there, but hopefully he can keep up with the consistent results :)

It's also ashame that there are no 50k or 25k + H challengers here this year. Oh well, look forward to seeing how he goes at the AO Playoff, I imagine TA will want him to play, even though after his Davis Cup exploits, he is practically guaranteed a main draw wildcard IMO

scotthongkong
10-22-2008, 01:04 PM
Agreed Zak! First time all day I think!

azza
10-26-2008, 05:00 AM
Carsten made the QF of a Usa Futures 15K as the number 1 seed. He surprisgly lost to fellow aussie Matthew Ebden 6-1 6-2 :eek:

scotthongkong
10-27-2008, 04:41 AM
What a scoreline from Matt there!

azza
10-27-2008, 04:53 AM
Quite odd Carsten isnt in the the Usa Challenger or the Usa Future this week he has 36 pts to defend soon

scotthongkong
10-27-2008, 12:34 PM
Maybe injured Azza?

Matchu
11-10-2008, 12:26 PM
Carsten is playing in an American challenger this week in Illinois and has drawn number 1 seed Vince Spadea in round 1. Good test for Carsten here and a big oppurtunity with nothing to lose against him.

au_sports_opinion
11-12-2008, 08:50 AM
Carsten sends Vinny packing 6-4, 3-6, 7-6.

save ausdecline
11-12-2008, 09:55 AM
wow

azza
11-12-2008, 09:56 AM
:eek: woah good win there! well done

scotthongkong
11-12-2008, 03:07 PM
Great win there from Carsten. Be great if he could go and win the thing now.

Matchu
11-13-2008, 01:21 PM
Yeah very impressive win against an experienced player in Spadea. It would be great for Carsten to pick up his first challenger title here. It would be hard to see how Carsten would not get given main draw wildcards into Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne given his impressive performances this year.

From next week until March he has no point to defend so I hope that his ranking rises and he can get inside the top 100 by March next year.

au_sports_opinion
12-04-2008, 03:34 PM
I could've sworn this guy played Davis Cup for Australia a few months ago yet not one article, interview, or mere mention in the press about his summer aims.

jmf07
02-03-2009, 03:25 PM
Does anyone know what he is up to? He was on the entry list for the Dallas Challenger but is not in the main draw.

Matchu
03-06-2009, 02:25 AM
Does anyone know what he is up to? He was on the entry list for the Dallas Challenger but is not in the main draw.

Very confusing choice by Carsten, he has entered a future tournament in New Zealand that starts in two weeks. I do not understand why he is not playing the Asian challengers. Maybe he just needs some confidence and feels he can gain that confidence through a futures victory. He will be number 1 seed and favorite by a considerable margin as the next highest ranked player to enter this future is ranked 338.

God I hope he wins this future and gets his ass back to the states to play challengers. I'm sick of these guys playing futures.

scotthongkong
03-06-2009, 04:16 AM
Rameez Junaid is playing in New Zealand as well. Some very strong players there.

Matchu
03-08-2009, 04:44 AM
Carsten has again teamed up with Guccione to pull off a great victory in Davis Cup. Straight sets victory over the Ratiwatana brothers is no small feat. Carsten has also kept his undefeated Davis Cup record intact. I really want him to do a lot better in singles though so he can get to the ATP level and stay there.

scotthongkong
03-13-2009, 02:11 AM
and then lost in the first round of the doubles in a 15k NZ Challenger!

Matchu
03-22-2009, 08:35 AM
Well although it was strange scheduling it seemed to have worked for Carsten as he picked up his fourth future title this week in Hamilton, NZ. Heads to Wellington next and would be great if he could pick up two future tournament victories before he heads back to the US to start playing some challengers again (finally!).

None the less Carsten got 5 match victories in a row with only dropping one set, so a nice week for Carsten.

OZTENNIS
04-15-2009, 07:08 AM
Wonder if he will trek to Europe and play some red clay challengers...It would be good experience and thus leads into FO quallies...

azza
04-30-2009, 02:16 AM
Carsten is playinng a USA 10K Future :\

jmf07
04-30-2009, 03:20 AM
And he hasn't entered for the French Open Qualies. Someone should get him to leave America and go somewhere else besides Aus/NZ because playing US futures and challengers is wasting his talent.

jmf07
05-01-2009, 04:32 AM
Loses in the second round. Great way to waste a week.

azza
05-03-2009, 09:02 AM
this boi needs to buy a brain :\

jmf07
05-04-2009, 04:52 AM
this boi needs to buy a brain :\

Seems that way. He rose so quickly but now he has plateaued as he has began to start playing in the US week in week out. Then when he does go overseas he does wierd stuff like only enter in the doubles in a New Zealand futures or go to Thailand to play a Davis Cup doubles match and then leave the place for a NZ futures instead of playing in the Thailand Challengers. It is obvious he has talent but atm it looks like he is joining the long list of Australian players who are failing to realise their potential of late.

azza
05-07-2009, 08:13 AM
he won R1 in a usa challenger 62 67 76 close.

save ausdecline
05-07-2009, 08:16 AM
dippin in form??? or early days.

jmf07
05-07-2009, 02:38 PM
Just bad scheduling. Still has alot of potential but it will be all wasted if he keeps following his current schedule. The loss in the futures tournament was just a one off as he wouldn't have been able to beat Estrella on clay.

jmf07
05-13-2009, 05:33 AM
:) Ball beat Zabaleta in three sets on the Green Clay. Good win for Carsten. He should win his next match against Bass and reach the QF.

azza
05-14-2009, 03:12 AM
wow Zabaleta has really fallen from grace but still a great win for Carsten on the clay

jmf07
05-14-2009, 05:22 AM
As expected he beat Bass to reach the QF where he has a winnable match against Prodon.

Matchu
05-15-2009, 04:24 AM
Carsten had another straight sets victory over Eric Prodon 6-4 7-6. Next up in the semifinals is Xavier Malisse, if he can beat Xavier I think he will win this tournament. If he is able to win this tournament he'll move to about 185 in the world which would be good for him but I wish he would start playing in other countries besides USA, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand. I feel he is wasting his talent but I'm hoping that hes just waiting to establish a place in the top 150 before he starts playing Grand Slam qualies at RG and Wimbledon.

save ausdecline
05-15-2009, 07:47 AM
definitely

Matchu
05-15-2009, 11:28 PM
Well I'm not sure how it happened but Carsten smacked Malisse 6-2 6-3. Faces a british wildcard Ward in the final. I really hope he can take out his first challenger victory here and gain some confidence for the coming weeks and maybe even pick up a few more challenger victories in the US. By the way this tournament is being played on Clay which must make Tennis Australia happy.

jmf07
05-16-2009, 01:18 AM
Great win for Carsten. He should beat Ward in the final as well which would be great. Unfortunately it is on green clay and not the red clay although they are still similar. In this form he has a great chance to do well next week based on the entry list. Of those above him on the entry list,

Kim - in FO maindraw so I don't know if he will all that keen to go deep in an American challenger which would only give him a few days at most to prepare for the FO
Spadea and Soeda - In mug form
Udomchoke - Currently playing on Korean Hardcourts
Bogomolov and Warburg - Returning after a long break

And as for the guys below him I don't think many would pose a major threat with the exception of Russell.

jmf07
05-16-2009, 01:36 AM
My mistake. That challenger is on during the first week of the FO which means Kim won't play. The most disappointing thing is that Carsten could have entered FO Qualies and in his current form he would have had a good hope of qualifying but instead he didn't enter.

Audacity
05-18-2009, 07:45 AM
He didn't enter FO Qualies? Don't know what he's thinking.

Carsten has jumped 13 places to find himself inside the top 200 once again after an impressive run to the final of a 50k challenger this week.

jmf07
06-04-2009, 02:15 AM
After a shock first round loss last wek Carsten has defeated Pavlovs in the first round at Yuba City. If he plays well at this tournament he could go very far. Plays the South African qualifier Wolmarans next and then is drawn to meet Young who was trounced by Lindahl recently or Cook. If as expected he gets through there in the semis he will have a winnable match as the two seeds are gone from the other quarter. The only threats would be Felder who beat him last week and Yani who has been in alright form and I think is defending champion.

jmf07
06-05-2009, 07:03 AM
Carsten is into the semis after he defeated Wolmarans in the second round and the his QF opponent withdrew. Now he will probably face Yani who should beat Nunez. Yani looks to be in ominous form and it wont be easy for Carsten if he has to face him.

Audacity
06-05-2009, 07:18 AM
Yani has been in excellent form lately, and it would be an upset if Carsten won. Good luck to him though - I would love to see him make the final here.

Matchu
06-05-2009, 07:37 AM
Carsten is into the semis after he defeated Wolmarans in the second round and the his QF opponent withdrew. Now he will probably face Yani who should beat Nunez. Yani looks to be in ominous form and it wont be easy for Carsten if he has to face him.

Carsten better hope he beats who ever it is he faces in the semis because he has to make the final here to gain 45 points so he can defend the 48 points he gained in this tournament last year otherwise he risks falling out of the top 200 again. If Carsten continues to match his peroformances each week this year that he did last year (points wise) then he will easily make the top 150 by the end of the year as most other players in that region wont be able to defend all the points they gained from 2008.

I'm just hoping Carsten breaks his drought here and finally wins a challenger event, must be killing him now.

oh and by the way Cartsen is not playing Wimbledon qualifying instead opting to play American future events for the next couple of weeks. Unless he wins these future tournaments in American its really disappointing that he is not in Europe playing an ATP qualifying event or even a European challenger, I hope Carsten grows a sack next year and plays the full tour instead of just the American challengers/futures.

Audacity
06-05-2009, 07:56 AM
Carsten better hope he beats who ever it is he faces in the semis because he has to make the final here to gain 45 points so he can defend the 48 points he gained in this tournament last year otherwise he risks falling out of the top 200 again. If Carsten continues to match his peroformances each week this year that he did last year (points wise) then he will easily make the top 150 by the end of the year as most other players in that region wont be able to defend all the points they gained from 2008.

Top 150 is a very exciting prospect. Carsten does need to win these futures events however, otherwise it would be a huge wasted opportunity.

jmf07
06-05-2009, 10:05 AM
I honestly cannot understand what is so attractive about staying in America. If he went overseas he could play at some of the greatest tennis venues such as Roland Garros and Wimbledon and have half a chance of making it into the main draw whilst also getting to see some famous places. Would be much better than constantly travelling around America. I think Fitzy should tell him his DC spot will be jeopardized unless he starts going to these qualies. May be tough but something or someone needs to do something to make him start playing elsewhere because of he keeps this up it will prove detrimental to his career.

Matchu
06-05-2009, 01:11 PM
I honestly cannot understand what is so attractive about staying in America. If he went overseas he could play at some of the greatest tennis venues such as Roland Garros and Wimbledon and have half a chance of making it into the main draw whilst also getting to see some famous places. Would be much better than constantly travelling around America. I think Fitzy should tell him his DC spot will be jeopardized unless he starts going to these qualies. May be tough but something or someone needs to do something to make him start playing elsewhere because of he keeps this up it will prove detrimental to his career.

The issue of playing in the greatest tennis venues and seeing countries would not appeal to Carsten very much I would because as a successful junior player (top 10) he played all the Grand Slams and has probably already done the tours of the countries so thats not an issue. He actually travels everywhere with his dad (Syd, former pro) and I would say his dad is telling him to stay in the US and the fact that he has lived in America his whole life would have something to do with it (he is an American citizen after all).

Tennis Australia would definetly be telling him that he should try to qualify for the Grand Slams but I think anyone would listen to their parents over an oganisation espically when your father has done it himself. If you look at Carstens results in the US so far they have been encouraging and I think he really wants to be in the top 120 before he commits to playing in Europe.

Just as an off subject does anyone know anything about Carstens mum or mom? is she Australian or American? I'm going to guess American but I haven't heard anything what so ever about her.

Matchu
06-07-2009, 12:17 AM
Carsten has made into another final with a straight sets victory over Yani 6-1 7-5. He will face Ryler De Heart. I really want him to win this title to give himself some confidence. Hes also made the final of the doubles event where he will play two other aussies in the final, Nathan Healey and Adam Feeney.

What ever happens Carsten shouldnt have to worry about ranking points again until next month. He better take out these next couple of American futures.

jmf07
06-07-2009, 02:03 AM
A brilliant win. Hopefully he can finally take out a challenger final. Will probably be his best chance yet. Good to see him in the doubles final against two other aussies and it is particularly good to see Healey playing decent even if his singles performance wasn’t that great.

Audacity
06-11-2009, 09:27 AM
Ball lost to Alejandro Gonzalez, a ranked 516 qualifier at a $15k futures event in the 1st round...

jmf07
06-13-2009, 02:42 AM
:lol: he should give up on these futures. He would be better off training at home in between the challengers.

Matchu
06-22-2009, 02:18 AM
:lol: he should give up on these futures. He would be better off training at home in between the challengers.

Problem is home (California) is where these future tournaments are being held, it would be pretty dumb to not play them considering all factors even if he doesn't win that many matches. Anyway good news this week Carsten has made the final of the future tournament and has a unranked opponent in the final which he should (I use that term loosely) win.

This coming week he is playing in another future in Cali and then its back to challengers and I hope he never plays a future tournament again after this week. In terms of ranking points if he can win this future and then the next future and make a semifinal in one of the challengers in July he shouldn't have to worry too much about ranking points for a while.

Audacity
06-22-2009, 07:03 AM
He's versing number 2 seed, good luck! :yeah:

save ausdecline
06-22-2009, 07:34 AM
regardless of whether he is playing futures and challengers he is gettin match practice which is great to build a confidence for a player.

Matchu
06-22-2009, 07:58 AM
He's versing number 2 seed, good luck! :yeah:

Yeah sorry got the wrong info. He won the tournament anyway, didn't drop a set the whole way. If you actually look at his last 5 tournaments he has made two challenger finals and won a future title which is not a bad effort.

He now heads to the Shingle Springs future tournament where he is the defending champion and would be a very strong favorite to win back to back future titles. So at this point in time he has 14 points left to gain and two tournaments (Shingle Springs/future and Winnetka/challenger) to gain 14 points which is very attainable. After that he is going to have to make the equivalent of two challenger finals in terms of points between then and October.

It's gonna be tough but as long as Carsten stays grounded and continues his results and most importantly stays focused he will be ranking inside the top 150 by the years end.

Audacity
06-24-2009, 05:46 PM
Carsten is a very talented player and as long as he stays mentally focused he can, as you say, be ranked inside the top 150. I wish him all the best between now and October and I'm confident he will climb the ranks.

jmf07
07-26-2009, 03:38 PM
He has decided to give the ATP qualies a crack at the LA Tennis Open. He has started promisingly by defeating Yoo 62 64. Plays Soeda in the next round and then will probably play Young in the final round if he gets that far. If the good version of Ball shows up you would think he will probably qualify.

Audacity
07-26-2009, 03:57 PM
Yeah hopefully the "Real" Ball turns up... not the one that can lose to players ranked 845 etc...

jmf07
07-27-2009, 01:00 AM
Just one match away from the MD after defeating Soeda 64 64. If he keeps up this form he should beat the Don who hasn't been in the best of form.

Audacity
07-27-2009, 03:22 AM
Good work Carsten... he should beat Young. About time Ball tested himself in qualies.

jmf07
07-28-2009, 01:36 AM
Cruised past the Don with a 63 60 victory. Hopefully he draws Dent or Kunitsyn although he still has a hope against Gicquel and Mayer.

Audacity
07-28-2009, 07:44 AM
Ball takes on Marc Gicquel.

Good luck.

kai.
07-28-2009, 08:04 AM
From Today..

http://i230.photobucket.com/albums/ee305/kai_tek/IMG_6984.jpg
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http://i230.photobucket.com/albums/ee305/kai_tek/IMG_6977.jpg

And this ones i took them on june at the CH in Carson he was doing doubles with Rettenmaier :)

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http://i230.photobucket.com/albums/ee305/kai_tek/IMG_6157.jpg

jmf07
07-29-2009, 01:17 AM
:woohoo::eek: Ball defeated Gicquel in straight sets. Now plays Tursunov in the second round. Would be great if he could put in another good performance.

Thanks for the pics Kai.

Audacity
07-29-2009, 07:06 AM
Carsten showing his potential. Hopefully he doesn't pull an epic tank.

Matchu
07-30-2009, 06:48 AM
Carsten has advanced to his first ever ATP quarterfinal with a win over Dimitry Tursunov. He next faces Isner who looks to be in good form but Carsten beat him last year around this time so Carsten definetly has a chance. If Carsten is able to get past Isner he'll face either Mardy Fish, Igor Kunitsyn, Leonardo Mayer or he might even play the Gooch! Should Carsten make the semis here it would be very unlikely he will fall out of the top 200 for the rest of the year.

Should be a good US summer for Carsten and I think he might get the US Open wildcard again this year for the second consecutive year.

Audacity
07-30-2009, 07:30 AM
Excellent result for Mr. Ball. He can beat Isner when he is confident.

Пока
07-31-2009, 03:28 AM
Great to see Carsten hitting some form!

jmf07
07-31-2009, 07:02 AM
Isner is returning from mono and got an injury in his last match so I think Ball will fancy his chances in this match. A big chance for him to make the semis and I probably wouldnt even put the final beyond him given that Fish is carrying an injury and was lucky to beat the Gooch and Mayer wasn't that great against Kunitsyn.

Audacity
07-31-2009, 08:40 AM
Ball beat Isner in May 7-6 6-7 7-6, however that was on clay so this rematch will be very different. Would be a huge achievement from him if he made his way to the semis here.

jmf07
08-01-2009, 02:18 AM
Ball defeated Isner 64 64 and is into the semis where he can definitely make it into the final as he will play Leo Mayer after Mardy Fish withdrew. Pretty strange that last week he was beaten comprehensively by Bruno Agostinelli and a week later he finds himself on the cusp of making an ATP final.

Audacity
08-01-2009, 03:00 AM
This is so good to see. He has a good chance at beating Mayer I think. He will now move to a career-high rank of 160 regardless of his semi result, and with a finals appearance would move to around 147.

Matchu
08-01-2009, 03:13 AM
Carsten beat Isner 6-4 6-4. It's been a while since an Aussie besides Lleyton has made the semifinal of an ATP tournament. Pretty big result for him but I like his chances of beating Leonardo Mayer and reaching the final here. You have remember this is actually Carsten's home event because he was born, raised and lived his whole life in California.

I'm not even ruling out him winning this whole tournament although Sam Querry looks to be in really good form.

Audacity
08-01-2009, 03:41 AM
Yeah Tommy Haas looks dangerous as well, he has a huge chance to make the final here. As you said, would be the first Aussie besides Lleyton to atleast make an ATP semifinal since Gooch did in Sydney 2008?

au_sports_opinion
08-01-2009, 07:12 AM
yeah and Sirianni's final the week before.

OZTENNIS
08-02-2009, 02:15 AM
^^
Sirianni lost in the semis that year.

Awesome work from Carsten this week...and it just got better!!

SF: Ball (AUS) (Q) defeated Mayer (GER) 7-5 7-6

He is into the final!!
Congratulations and good luck :D


No doubt he should get the US Open wildcard now

jmf07
08-02-2009, 04:14 AM
Yeah he should definitely get the US Open Wildcard now unless he has a severe drop in form or another aussie can replicate his success which unfortunately I doubt. Hopefully he can put up a good show in the final.

It will be interesting to see what he does now in terms of whether he keeps playing the American challengers. At least he wont be able to play the futures now.

jmf07
08-02-2009, 04:25 AM
At the Vancouver Challenger he has drawn a qualifier in the first round and then if he can get past that it is the winner of Chiudinelli vs Lindahl.

Audacity
08-02-2009, 08:03 AM
He will get the wildcard, no doubt, just like he did last year. If he wins this event he will move into the top 120 - great for AUS tennis.

Incase any of you are interested - his SF match is on TV tonight at 7:30 on Fox Sports 2.

Audacity
08-03-2009, 08:22 AM
Unfortunately he lost the final to Querrey 6-4 3-6 6-1. In the first set both players were pretty shaky, Ball dropped his serve, then broke back immediately, then was broken again. Second set he played really well, however he ran out of gas in the third set and didn't look like he was trying which is disapointing. Nonetheless, a great week from Ball and he definitely looks like he will break the top 100 some time next year.

Audacity
08-05-2009, 05:13 AM
Lost first round of Vancouver to the great Lester Cook... 6-4 7-5.

save ausdecline
08-05-2009, 12:24 PM
i expected carsten to win. he has shown he can win n a regular basis, futures challengers

aussie_fan
08-05-2009, 01:53 PM
I'm really not surprised by that challenegr result at all.

jmf07
08-05-2009, 02:28 PM
Yeah not surprising at all.

Audacity
08-05-2009, 02:30 PM
Sad he will proabably be no more than a Guccione. Consistency is so important in Tennis, and its really unfortunate this is something he stuggles with.

Matchu
08-25-2009, 04:40 AM
Week 36: Genova, Italy CHALLENGER

Entry List

1. Greul, Simon GER 66
2. Luczak, Peter AUS 79
3. Korolev, Evgeny RUS 82
4. Hernandez, Oscar ESP 84
5. Granollers, Marcel ESP 90
6. Darcis, Steve BEL 92
7. Starace, Potito ITA 96
8. Martin, Alberto ESP 97
9. Cipolla, Flavio ITA 117
10. Junqueira, Diego ARG 118
11. Brands, Daniel GER 126
12. Ouahab, Lamine ALG 128
13. Bozoljac, Ilija SRB 136
14. Levy, Harel ISR 139
15. Anderson, Kevin RSA 149
16. Recouderc, Laurent FRA 151
17. Sidorenko, Alexandre FRA 154
18. Tenconi, Tomas ITA 155
19. Ball, Carsten AUS 156
20. Chiudinelli, Marco SUI 164
21. Schukin, Yuri KAZ 168
22. Schwank, Eduardo ARG 170

OMG OMG he is actually going to leave North America and play a 100K challenger in Italy on clay! I wonder what this will mean for the rest of his year in terms of scheduling.

Audacity
08-25-2009, 06:54 AM
Lmao, what the fuck.

Matchu
08-25-2009, 11:56 PM
Won his first round of qualifying at the US Open today 7-6 7-6, plays Rik De Voest next which could be interesting. Also

Week 37: Todi, Italy CHALLENGER

Entry List

Greul, Simon GER 64
Granollers, Marcel ESP 87
Cipolla, Flavio ITA 116
Junqueira, Diego ARG 122
Lorenzi, Paolo ITA 136
Anderson, Kevin RSA 148
Ball, Carsten AUS 154
Roger-Vasselin, Edouard FRA 157
Tenconi, Tomas ITA 170
Fischer, Martin AUT 171
Andujar, Pablo ESP 172
Di Mauro, Alessio ITA 201
Marrero, David ESP 204
Devilder, Nicolas FRA 213
Bachinger, Matthias GER 222
Cervantes-Huegun, Inigo ESP 225
Santos, Pablo ESP 234
Dasnieres de Veigy, Jonathan FRA 235
Dutra Da Silva, Rogerio BRA 236
Arnaboldi, Andrea ITA 237
Brizzi, Alberto ITA 246
Checa-Calvo, Jose ESP 250

Going to play back to back challengers in Italy on clay. I'm suprised because there is a US challenger on at the same time as this one.

Audacity
08-26-2009, 03:38 AM
Goodluck against De Voest!

Matchu
08-28-2009, 12:06 AM
He beat De Voest 6-4 5-7 7-6. Plays Tatsuma Ito next. I'm really hoping he qualifies here because back to back US Open main draw appearances would do his confindence a world of good.

au_sports_opinion
08-30-2009, 12:51 AM
He's in

He got the qualy v qualy matchup vs. Brzezicki in the MD

save ausdecline
08-30-2009, 02:32 AM
perfect 1st round for him. couldnt have asked for more

jmf07
08-30-2009, 04:48 AM
Hopefully he can win his first round match and set up a clash with Djokovic.

Audacity
08-30-2009, 06:34 AM
Awesome stuff Carsten!

n8
09-02-2009, 12:58 AM
Carsten Ball wins 7-6 6-3 6-4 against Juan Pablo Brzezicki in the first round of the US Open. His first ever Grand Slam singles win!

Go out and enjoy the second round Novak Djokovic match!

roberthenman
09-03-2009, 02:18 AM
Carsten :yeah:

benny1234
09-03-2009, 07:03 AM
Great work by Carsten!!

Matchu
09-05-2009, 02:01 AM
Carsten lost to Djokovic in 3 tight sets. Good effort by him. Still alive in the doubles with Gooch they won their first round doubles match today in straight sets.

Week 38: Palermo, Italy Entry List

Cipolla, Flavio ITA 117
Navarro, Ivan ESP 119
Levy, Harel ISR 138
Anderson, Kevin RSA 148
Ball, Carsten AUS 155
Fischer, Martin AUT 171
Malisse, Xavier BEL 178
Di Mauro, Alessio ITA 200
Crugnola, Marco ITA 201
Cervantes-Huegun, Inigo ESP 226
Santos, Pablo ESP 234
Dasnieres de Veigy, Jonathan FRA 235
Dutra Da Silva, Rogerio BRA 237
Lopez Jaen, Miguel Angel ESP 252
Checa-Calvo, Jose ESP 255
Flock, Alexander GER 270
Tavares, Leonardo POR 273
Naso, Gianluca ITA 275
Oswald, Philipp AUT 284
Olaso, Guillermo ESP 301
Duclos, Pierre-Ludovic CAN 310
Sijsling, Igor NED 311

3 consecutive weeks in Italy, should be interesting.

roberthenman
09-08-2009, 06:23 PM
Gl in Palermo Carsten :yeah:

Matchu
09-10-2009, 03:59 AM
Carsten should get seeded next week in Italy. Should be interesting to see how he backs up after a successful two weeks at the US Open.

Audacity
09-10-2009, 07:52 AM
Most likely will Tank.

Matchu
09-20-2009, 12:40 AM
Carsten Ball AUS [1] vs. Albert Ramos-Vinolas ESP
Pablo Santos ESP vs. Antonio Comporto ITA [WC]
Philipp Oswald AUT vs. QUALIFIER
Xavier Malisse BEL [5] vs. Guillermo Olaso ESP

Harel Levy ISR [4] vs. Nikola Ciric SRB
Francesco Aldi ITA [WC] vs. QUALIFIER
Jose Checa-Calvo ESP vs. QUALIFIER
Flavio Cipolla ITA [6] vs. Alberto Cammarata ITA [WC]

Alessio Di Mauro ITA [8] vs. Adrian Ungur ROU
Rogério Dutra da Silva BRA vs. QUALIFIER
Boris Pashanski SRB vs. Igor Sijsling NED
Ivan Navarro ESP [3] vs. Alexander Flock GER

Martin Fischer AUT [7] vs. Gabriel Trujillo-Soler ESP
Pierre-Ludovic Duclos CAN vs. Miguel Angel Lopez Jaen ESP
David Goffin BEL vs. Andrey Kuznetsov RUS [WC]
Kevin Anderson RSA [2] vs. Ińigo Cervantes-Huegun ESP

Number 1 seed will come with a lot of pressure. I would be happy even Carsten even made it to the quarterfinals because there is a lot of dangerous floaters in that draw. He doesn't have any points to defend until October so he has a little room for some losses but with only 72 points left to defend this year I can see Carsten getting very close to direct entry for next years Australian Open. I really hope he finishes top 100 because then we will have three direct entrants in next years Australian Open with the possibility of 4 if Gooch gets his act together.

Interesting times for Australian tennis with a couple of male players popping up and the likes of Alicia Molik coming out of retirement, cant wait for January!

Audacity
09-22-2009, 12:55 PM
Albert Ramos-Vinolas ESP def. Carsten Ball AUS [1] | 6-4 6-2

He should stick to hardcourts.

Audacity
09-28-2009, 05:52 AM
Carsten's quarter for this weeks Napoli challenger, played on clay once again:

Potito Starace ITA [5] vs. Paolo Lorenzi ITA
Kevin Anderson RSA vs. Ivan Navarro ESP
Miguel Angel Lopez Jaen ESP [SE] vs. Carsten Ball AUS
Pablo Santos ESP vs. Teimuraz Gabashvili RUS [4]

Might sneak a win.

Audacity
09-30-2009, 04:23 AM
Carsten withdrew with the Flu.

Audacity
10-04-2009, 06:58 AM
Carsten is playing in Mons this week. Really tough field here.

Janko Tipsarevic SRB [1] V QUALIFIER
Alejandro Falla COL V Nicolas Kiefer GER
Michael Berrer GER V Xavier Malisse BEL
Ruben Bemelmans BEL V Teimuraz Gabashvili RUS [5]

Marc Gicquel FRA [4] V Denis Istomin UZB
Yannick Vandanbulcke BEL V Steve Darcis BEL
Thiago Alvez BRA V Arthur De Greef BEL
Josselin Ouanna FRA V Olivier Rochus BEL [6]

Florent Serra FRA [7] V Arnaud Clement FRA
Sergiy Stakhovsky UKR V QUALIFIER
QUALIFIER V Stephane Bohli SUI
Bjorn Phau GER V Evgeny Korolev RUS [3]

Christoph Rochus BEL [8] V David Goffin BEL
Stefan Koubek AUT V Lukas Lacko SVK
Carsten Ball AUS V QUALIFIER
Karol Beck SVK V Simone Bolelli ITA [2]

roberthenman
10-05-2009, 01:09 AM
Come On Carsten :rocker:

Audacity
10-07-2009, 06:35 AM
Ball lost 6-2 6-3. He seems to be stuggling these last couple of months. Can't seem to string wins together. :(

Audacity
10-14-2009, 12:53 AM
Carsten lost in the first round of Rennes this week. He retired after losing the first set to 28-year-old Australian qualifier Junaid Rameez.

Audacity
10-14-2009, 12:55 AM
This is six 1st Round losses consecutively - some serious mental issues here.

roberthenman
10-16-2009, 04:57 AM
:sad:

Audacity
10-21-2009, 12:21 PM
Lost, yet again, to a stuggling Mahut 3-6 6-3 7-5.

roberthenman
10-25-2009, 06:29 PM
Carsten no play this week???

scotthongkong
10-26-2009, 09:33 AM
Wonder what is going on here? Not looking good after such an impressive North American season. Hopefully he can regroup before the Australian Summer

jmf07
10-26-2009, 02:39 PM
Carsten is only playing doubles at Vienna this week.

roberthenman
10-26-2009, 03:49 PM
Carsten is only playing doubles at Vienna this week.

Thanks :yeah:

Audacity
10-27-2009, 08:12 AM
Good decision.

Audacity
10-28-2009, 01:09 PM
Lost his 1st Round in 2 tiebreakers...

jmf07
11-04-2009, 03:13 PM
Thanks :yeah:

Happy to help :)

Does anyone know what Carsten's plans are. I cant find him on any entry lists so I'm assuming his next tournament is the AO WC Playoff even though he is probably a certainty to get one regardless of his results there.

OZTENNIS
12-24-2009, 12:18 AM
Carsten has been given an AO MD WC

http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-sport/molik-and-tomic-receive-open-wildcards-20091224-ldxs.html

save ausdecline
12-24-2009, 02:53 AM
Carsten has been in shockingly crap form recently. Personally, I dont think hes deserving but its a signal from TA that if u get embarraased and dont fufill your full potential we arent going to do u any more favours.

jmf07
12-24-2009, 05:04 AM
Was hampened by an injury near the end of the year and he is a Gooch case in that he will play crap and then all of a sudden turn it on. His results were deserving of it though. Highest ranked Aussie outside MD, made an ATP final, Davis Cup player and took advantage of the last Grand Slam wildcard he received. It would have been silly of TA to exclude him for guys who are playing in the futures and lower tier challengers.

roberthenman
12-25-2009, 01:33 AM
Carsten has been given an AO MD WC

http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-sport/molik-and-tomic-receive-open-wildcards-20091224-ldxs.html

GL to Carsten :yeah:

jmf07
01-05-2010, 04:02 AM
A dominant win over Mischa Zverev. Although it was 7-5 6-1, if Carsten had taken the break point opportunities in the first set it could have been a lot more impressive than it already is. Great way to start the year and now has a second round encounter with Roddick and I think Ball might cause a few troubles if he can believe in himself.

save ausdecline
01-05-2010, 05:14 AM
really happy carsten won. finally.

Audacity
01-05-2010, 08:19 AM
Awesome stuff, maybe he can get a few tips from Looch. I will be at his match tomorrow on center court so hopefully he can put in a good performance.

Audacity
01-06-2010, 07:32 AM
Played really well today, especially his serve and volleying skills, often his serves were faster than Roddick's. The guy obviously has potential, but his consistency at lower level tourneys are atrocious.

n8
01-06-2010, 10:48 AM
Played really well today, especially his serve and volleying skills, often his serves were faster than Roddick's. The guy obviously has potential, but his consistency at lower level tourneys are atrocious.

Yes. Today was the first I had seen him play and I must say I was quite impressed. That second serve is incredible!

Hewitt10
01-09-2010, 06:08 AM
Carsten has a good chance to make the second round or quarter final but he will have to get through Mardy Fish good luck.

Ivanatis
01-09-2010, 04:05 PM
good luck vs. Fishy:)

save ausdecline
01-10-2010, 05:45 AM
saw him at Sydney International. but sadly didn't get a signature of him and photo.

save ausdecline
01-10-2010, 09:45 PM
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4005/4263215737_05546143d3_o.jpg

Huntress555
01-11-2010, 09:48 AM
Good luck!! I think he can win this first round, hopefully his serve is on fire and he starts well :D

jmf07
01-15-2010, 01:24 AM
:o Drew Verdasco

Huntress555
01-15-2010, 03:00 AM
Oh man! GOod luck Carsten, I hope you serve well!

Ivanatis
01-19-2010, 03:09 AM
great performance from him; he'll probably not win it, but no reason to be ashamed of, he really pushed Verdasco to the limit today

jmf07
01-19-2010, 04:26 PM
great performance from him; he'll probably not win it, but no reason to be ashamed of, he really pushed Verdasco to the limit today

Completely agree. I suppose the true test for Carsten starts now though and if he can take this sort of experience onto the challenger tour and put up a series of good performances something which he failed to do last time he impressed on the main tour in LA and US Open. His next tournament is scheduled to be the Dallas Challenger where he is the third highest ranked player on the entry list.

Hewitt2010
01-31-2010, 02:07 AM
Carsten will play Giovanni Lapentti from Ecaudor in the first round in Dallas hopefully he gets an easy win and maybe makes the semis or the final. We could even see a semi final match up between Ball vs Philippoussis. Good Luck.

Audacity
01-31-2010, 03:07 AM
Ball is very inconsistent so it wouldn't be a surprise to see him lose in the first round OR win the title.

jmf07
02-03-2010, 01:33 AM
Ball wins 6-3 6-4 against Giovanni Lapentti. Faces Andrea Stoppini in the second round. Carsten is also now the highest ranked player remaining in the draw after Jesse Levine's loss.

Hewitt =Legend
02-03-2010, 02:52 AM
:yeah:

Nice work Ball, keep going

Audacity
02-03-2010, 06:48 AM
Hopefully he can keep playing well.

Matchu
02-04-2010, 05:07 PM
Yes would be really nice if he could finally win a challenger tournament this week. If he did indeed win this tournament he would move to around 108 and be with in 30 points of the top 100. I've been checking a couple of entry lists out and it would seem that Carsten is going to play qualies in San Jose (if he doesn't make semis in Dallas), qualies of Memphis and Del Ray before coming back to Australia for DC before returning to the US to play qualies of Indian Wells and Miami along with challengers in between and wouldn't be suprised if he tried to qualify for Houston as well.

Big couple of weeks for Carsten with lots of points on offer in the tournaments he is playing in. Considering he is only about 120 points away from the top 100 and with no points to defend until April surely he will get very very close to top 100 by the time the Clay season starts in Europe. Lets hope that Carsten gains entry into the French and Wimbledon so that we have 3 aussies in the main draw guarunteed.

Good Luck Carsten I know you can do it.

Audacity
02-05-2010, 06:08 AM
If Carsten stays injury-free and mentally strong I have no doubt that the results will come for him. Keep it up.

save ausdecline
02-05-2010, 10:51 AM
Matchu, i think its now the right time to update the Carsten Ball Fan Page, he is starting to gather some recognition

Audacity
02-05-2010, 03:29 PM
Carsten beat Crugnola 6-4 6-1 in the QF. Now he will take on Michael Yani in the SF who had a hard-fought win over Kendrick.

Take it Bally. :yeah:

Matchu
02-06-2010, 06:12 AM
Carsten beat Yani 6-3 7-5. He will play Ryan Sweeting in the final, I really hope Carsten wins this week. We will have two Aussies win challengers this week if Carsten can pull through tommorow. Plus he will be very close to the top 100 if he wins tommorow. Come on Carsten your so close to a regular spot on the tour!

Audacity
02-06-2010, 08:04 AM
Seems like Carsten is in good form this week. It would be nice to see him breakthrough and win the final, I think the last couple of American Challenger finals he has made he has lost to De Heart.

Ivanatis
02-06-2010, 09:02 AM
cmon Carsten, take it

jmf07
02-06-2010, 03:09 PM
Well done Carsten. Great to see him playing good tennis consistently.

The final will be a tough match but I think Carsten can win. Sweeting is a very good player when he is switched on so Carsten can't afford to play badly.

jmf07
02-07-2010, 03:43 AM
Argh lost the final 6-4 6-2. Was up 3-0 in the first set and from there on it was all one way traffic. Good week but not the way he would have wanted it to end.

Audacity
02-07-2010, 04:02 AM
Yeah good week for him, but he has some serious mental issues in finals. :shrug:

roberthenman
02-07-2010, 04:11 AM
Good week Carsten :yeah:

Hewitt =Legend
02-07-2010, 05:55 AM
Dissapointing way to end a great week. Still he's edging closer to the top 100 and thats what the goal is for the next month or so.

Hewitt2010
02-08-2010, 06:11 AM
That is shocking, He needs to just keep going after he starts to be down. He must have problems when he feels he has just missed a big oppitunity, he played like that against Anddy Roddick in the second round at Brisbane.

Does anyone know where Carsten is heading off next, my guess would be Delray Beach then Indian Wells, Miami then some American challengers?

jmf07
02-08-2010, 08:26 AM
Memphis Qualies

Hewitt =Legend
02-13-2010, 05:04 AM
He's pulled out of Memphis qualies. I don't know why, I mean he was in doubles in San Jose but he got beat in the QF so he should have had enough time to get there.

A bit of a shame as he had a good chance of qualifying for a 500 tournament.

save ausdecline
02-13-2010, 12:52 PM
thats really dissapointing,

Hewitt2010
02-20-2010, 03:45 AM
He is playing in Delray Beach qualies, first round against a player that he has a 3-4 record against, they played 4 times last year, Ball won the first then DeHeart won the rest. Last time they played Ball won the first then lost the next to pretty convincingly.

Other then Riley he has an alright draw so good luck.

Matchu
02-20-2010, 01:41 PM
Carsten Ball will lose to Ryler DeHeart first round of qualies in Del Ray. This in effect will cost him a singles place in the Davis Cup team.

Carsten will also make the quarters of the doubles in Del Ray if he bothers to sign up.

jmf07
02-20-2010, 04:29 PM
A loss here should and will not cost him a singles place in the team. Him and Tomic should have a playoff match right before the tie and a decision to award a singles spot to Tomic without this would be idiotic. Ball's form historically has fluctuated wildly from week to week. Tomic will be going into the Davis Cup with such little match practice will raise doubts over his ability to go five sets. Plus if Tomic turns up with the pushing game he had at the AO he will be easy pickings and a perfect matchup for Lu who will dominate Tomic in the rallies. It will just be like the Dolgopolov Match in Brisbane for Tomic. And currently IMO a switched on Ball is better than Tomic.

And this tie is not a given win for Australia without Hewitt and should not be seen as an easy opportunity to blood Tomic. Lu is more than capable of winning both matches and Tsung Hua Yang is a 2008 French Open Juniors winner who has been steadily maiing inroads on the senior tour and has been playing some good tennis this year. Qualified for Chennai (Kindlmann, Ghedin, Brown) then went to Auckland and beat Jan Minar then lost a three setter to Evans which would have qualified him for another ATP tournament. After that he went to Honolulu and defeated Krajinovic and King Turner in straights and then beat Levine in the main draw before flopping at Burnie.

As for Carsten's draw it is hard to predict. There is fair bit of talent in his qualifying section. Harrison, Bhambri and Young. Then Deheart is pretty handy. Gregorc has had some impressive performances against good opposition in the past. Hopefully Carsten can do it.

jmf07
02-20-2010, 04:46 PM
Beat Deheart 7-5 6-3. Next opponent looks like it might be Harrison at the moment.

Hewitt2010
02-20-2010, 10:35 PM
What are use talking about there is 4 places in the Davis Cup team, the players that should get in are Luczak, Ball, Tomic and that is the position we should be talking about. Ball is clearly our second best player now that Hewitt is out so he is straight in.

Tomic should be in too, because he played some really tough back to back matches at Burnie, plus he beat Lindahl who is one of a couple of players fighting for that last spot, also do people think Guccione will play im not sure if he will can someone please tell me the answer of that one. What about if he brought in a doubles player like Huss, Hanley or Kerr why not, maybe Huss would be the better one cause he played with Ball at the Australian Open, San Jose and Memphis.

But good luck Carsten with his match against Harrison, that will be a great match for both players, so good luck.

jmf07
02-21-2010, 01:54 AM
Don't be surprised to see Tomic playing singles and not Ball. IMO you can't justify a selection like that but there seems to be talk about it.

The fourth spot will be interesting. I suppose it comes down to Guccione's recovery and if Gooch can't make it then a question of whether or not they want to go with the experience and higher ranked Hanley or Huss who like you say has been playing with Ball. I don't think anyone else. They don't need another singles player and I don't think Kerr would be selected over Hanley for doubles.

ace ventura
02-21-2010, 07:30 AM
What are use talking about there is 4 places in the Davis Cup team, the players that should get in are Luczak, Ball, Tomic and that is the position we should be talking about. Ball is clearly our second best player now that Hewitt is out so he is straight in.

Tomic should be in too, because he played some really tough back to back matches at Burnie, plus he beat Lindahl who is one of a couple of players fighting for that last spot, also do people think Guccione will play im not sure if he will can someone please tell me the answer of that one. What about if he brought in a doubles player like Huss, Hanley or Kerr why not, maybe Huss would be the better one cause he played with Ball at the Australian Open, San Jose and Memphis.

But good luck Carsten with his match against Harrison, that will be a great match for both players, so good luck.

Lindahl also beat Tomic, and under the pressure of gaining Aus Open w/c , so it is one all head to head.
I think Luczac , Ball or Lindahl should get singles , yes they have to look at Tomic , however
it is also important to pick a team that will get along , that is hugely important in team events.
If there has been problems between Tomic and Luczac as reported in papers, that cant help.

The doubles should be selected very carefully and is the most important selection , after all it could well be what it all comes down to in the end.

Tenys4r
02-21-2010, 01:00 PM
it is also important to pick a team that will get along , that is hugely important in team events.
If there has been problems between Tomic and Luczac as reported in papers, that cant help.

The doubles should be selected very carefully and is the most important selection , after all it could well be what it all comes down to in the end.

So true. If Tomic is not popular within the team could be a disaster.

Also about the dubs - it amazes me that they don't cultivate a couple of great doubles combinations - we have a few good ones coming through the ranks - as you say it often is pivotal for Davis Cup.

jmf07
02-22-2010, 02:07 AM
Unfortunately Carsten lost a three setter.

Worth noting that Tsung Hua Yang defeated Kevin Kim 64 64. Another good win for him ahead of the DC Tie.

Tenys4r
02-22-2010, 09:11 PM
Lindahl has to play Yang next as well. Should do ok one would think as Matt Reid defeated Yang in straight sets in Burnie.

tennis2018
03-03-2010, 11:22 AM
Carsten was fun 2 watch in Delray where the Florida sun was shining on a large group of Aussies...hope he & the rest come back next year...great stuff!!!!

http://www.menstennisforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=209369&stc=1&d=1267615286

Audacity
03-04-2010, 12:02 PM
Thanks for the pics :yeah:

Matchu
03-04-2010, 10:38 PM
I would be pretty angry if I were Carsten, not being selected to play singles against Taiwan this weekend. To be fair though Carsten's singles results are very inconsistant. One week he will make the final of an ATP tournament and then another week he will lose first round of a challenger.

A lot of factors were playing in Bernard favour for this match, the last match Bernard played he won, he plays well on Margaret Court and he has a very good winning record against Yang. All things considered it was probably always going to be Bernard playing number two in this tie.

For Carsten there is good news though, he will play the doubles with Hanley which they should win and would most likely have Australia go up 3-0 and see Carsten play a singles match on Sunday which again he would most likely win. So Carsten should keep his undefeated Davis Cup record alive which is good.

Hewitt =Legend
03-09-2010, 08:32 AM
Carsten's qualifying draw for IW:

(8) BALL, Carsten AUS v MILLOT, Vincent FRA
(WC) SPADEA, Vincent USA v (13) ALVES, Thiago BRA

Good chance to make main draw here.

jmf07
03-10-2010, 01:45 PM
Inconsistency hurting him again

roberthenman
04-11-2010, 08:36 AM
what happen with Ball...why not play in challenger usa???

james82
04-12-2010, 04:00 AM
yeh its not like him ,he usually does
maybe hes injured? rankings to low?

Matchu
04-18-2010, 01:10 AM
Carsten is finally back, seeded 6th in Tallahasse and has Donald Young first round which should be a good indication as to whether he is playing well or not.

jmf07
04-18-2010, 03:18 AM
Should be an interesting match. Ball beat Young 63 60 last time but it was when he was in career best form in LA and the Don wasn't playing that great. Ball needs to do well in the next couple of weeks to try and stake his claims for the DC Spot (if Hewitt withdraws) and the FO Wildcard.

Audacity
04-18-2010, 12:52 PM
He will probably be a little rusty, but he can win.

roberthenman
04-18-2010, 10:06 PM
Gl Ball in the return... :yeah:

jmf07
04-20-2010, 02:20 AM
:banana: Ball won 46 61 64. Now plays the winner of Santiago Gonzalez vs Kelly.

Matchu
04-20-2010, 05:26 AM
After a few withdrawls and first round losses Carsten is now the highest seeded player left in his part of the draw, doesn't make his draw any easier though. He will face Gonzalez in the second round who won the challenger tournament in Mexico although that could mean he is tired and flying to the States and then two consecutive matches on two consecutive days could mean Carsten will win just purely because Gonzalez is tired but I doubt it.

He really needs to do something in this tournament but with the draw he has theres potential for semis or further.

Audacity
04-20-2010, 06:59 AM
Good work Carsten.

jmf07
04-22-2010, 02:09 AM
Ball defeated Gonzalez 46 61 64. Now plays Alex Kuznetsov. Could be a tough one if Kuznetsov is on song.