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02-01-2016 07:31 AM
Kateoz
Re: Aussies in Challengers and Futures

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Originally Posted by TalkonTennis View Post
That's more because Burnie couldn't get the funding to upgrade their courts to international standard in time for this year - apparently it will be back to two Tasmanian Challengers as of next year...and TA have bumped up the prize money in Launceston this year to try and compensate.
Hmm, was it really that far below standard? I read that it was all about TA's insistence that everyone uses the same type of surface (which they happen to have the rights to) rather than standard per se.

Anyway, why do they all have to be in (very) small towns in Tassie?! Plenty of other towns and cities across Australia capable of staging a challenger beyond Launceston and Adelaide I would have thought. What about Sydney, Perth or Darwin for example?

I'm with others who thing if these things were decently promoted, a season post AO would be an obvious way of supporting our players better.
02-01-2016 03:25 AM
TalkonTennis
Re: Aussies in Challengers and Futures

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That Thompson Vs Barton R1 will be a ripper - both are so motivated to win
And so it proved, with Barton ultimately prevailing in a close 7-5 6-7(5) 6-4 contest. Really tough break for both of them to play each other in R1, but Matthew needs the points more at the moment so I can't say I'm too unhappy about the result!

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Yeah, there were 2 challengers this time last year now only 1
That's more because Burnie couldn't get the funding to upgrade their courts to international standard in time for this year - apparently it will be back to two Tasmanian Challengers as of next year...and TA have bumped up the prize money in Launceston this year to try and compensate.
02-01-2016 01:20 AM
azza
Re: Aussies in Challengers and Futures

Yeah, there were 2 challengers this time last year now only 1
01-31-2016 09:23 PM
RustyOz
Re: Aussies in Challengers and Futures

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As an aside, it baffles me that there are so few Challengers in Australia at this time of year. We have the weather and the resources given TA is rolling in it, and there's no reason we can't have a month-long Australian swing after the Australian Open, particularly when a lot of Challenger-level players are already here for AO qualifying....
It's a far better way to support players at that level who are generally incredibly financially constrained, rather than forcing them to go to Europe/USA/South America - can anyone explain the logic behind not putting more events on?
You'd have to ask TA, as it is a "no-brainer" to everyone else.
The Challengers they did put on before and during AO qualifying only benefitted the higher ranked overseas players. It definitely seems that TA has the players they want and are not supporting the lower ranked players. Also a drop in number of Futures events at this end of summer period...
01-31-2016 11:11 AM
azza
Re: Aussies in Challengers and Futures

That Thompson Vs Barton R1 will be a ripper both are so motivated to win
01-31-2016 03:22 AM
Ritz
Re: Aussies in Challengers and Futures

James Hope he just flared it or something. I wouldnt suspect it to be that bad considering he looked fine in his last match. Hence why he took precaution by withdrawing Launceston and Maui knowing his elbow has had trouble before.
01-31-2016 01:54 AM
scotthongkong
Re: Aussies in Challengers and Futures

Barton plays Thompson first round Launceston. tough match for both but I tend to favour Matt on this one after his New Zealand heroics.
01-31-2016 01:37 AM
scotthongkong
Re: Aussies in Challengers and Futures

Bugger! James is so injury prone! What a shame for him.
01-31-2016 01:27 AM
AussieAdz
Re: Aussies in Challengers and Futures

Yep confirmed, elbow injury.
01-31-2016 01:08 AM
azza
Re: Aussies in Challengers and Futures

Nuh he withdraw from Launceston too hope his okay, was playing really well in Maui
01-30-2016 10:44 PM
AussieAdz
Re: Aussies in Challengers and Futures

Looks like he 'did a Bernie' after seeing his Launceston draw. Cant say I blame him!
01-30-2016 11:28 AM
Arsenalex
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Pretty sure he can't. SE is only if you're entered into qualifying but you can't play qualifying because you went deep in a tournament the previous week. Duckie was eligible for the Dallas MD (and is entered into Launceston next week anyway).
Ok.

We'll see how it is fatigue-wise, I think it could be bad. Finish the final around 3pm (AEST) on Monday, then long flight, play on Tuesday afternoon at the latest. Doesn't look good...

Then again if he fails to make F, vulturing Launceston will be a must.
01-30-2016 11:04 AM
millmania
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If Duckie wins take a SE to Dallas?
Pretty sure he can't. SE is only if you're entered into qualifying but you can't play qualifying because you went deep in a tournament the previous week. Duckie was eligible for the Dallas MD (and is entered into Launceston next week anyway).
01-30-2016 08:50 AM
Arsenalex
Re: Aussies in Challengers and Futures

If Duckie wins take a SE to Dallas?
01-30-2016 08:34 AM
millmania
Re: Aussies in Challengers and Futures

Duckworth through against Tiafoe in straights, next up Edmund. You'd think he'd skip Launceston if he makes the final - as someone else said, I don't know why he's coming back to Australia instead of playing Dallas and then staying in the USA over the next month.

Looking to next week - a bunch of Aussies in the draw for Launceston, and quite a few with a great opportunity to pick up some points (looking in particular at Thompson, Mitchell, Bolt, Jasika and Duckworth if he plays). Marinko in qualifying for Dallas - as much as he should qualify on paper, I don't think you can expect anything from him these days...

As an aside, it baffles me that there are so few Challengers in Australia at this time of year. We have the weather and the resources given TA is rolling in it, and there's no reason we can't have a month-long Australian swing after the Australian Open, particularly when a lot of Challenger-level players are already here for AO qualifying. Amazingly, we've gone down this year in the numbero of post-AO Challengers (though that's also probably because Canberra replaced Burnie in the AO qualifying week). It's a far better way to support players at that level who are generally incredibly financially constrained, rather than forcing them to go to Europe/USA/South America - can anyone explain the logic behind not putting more events on?
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