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Lisbeth 01-16-2007 04:04 AM

Robert Smeets
Just starting a thread to congratulate Robert on making good use of his wildcard by making the second round of the AO :yeah: Good luck next round :bounce:

He was interviewed on Fox Sports and he seems like a very intelligent and nice young guy :)

OZTENNIS 01-16-2007 04:58 AM

Re: Robert Smeets
Yes, Smeets won 6-2, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4!!
2nd aussie bloke into R2!!
Way 2 go Robert

aussie_fan 01-16-2007 09:57 AM

Re: Robert Smeets
i saw most of the match today, he played well, even though lacko wasn't a great oppenent, good to see a guy like him be in the 2nd round of AUS Open. Great reaction at the end as well.

OZTENNIS 01-18-2007 03:16 AM

Re: Robert Smeets
Smeets lost today 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 to Thomas Berdych. Not a bad effort considering he was 4-0 down in the third set. Good luck in R2 dubz with Nathan!

aussie_fan 01-18-2007 11:41 AM

Re: Robert Smeets
yeah, not much robert could of done, tomas had control of most of the match.

Mr.Gasquet 01-30-2007 11:34 PM

Re: Robert Smeets
I watched Robert Smeets in first round and second round! He played extremely well and looking to break around 50 mark in 2 years for sure! :D

OZTENNIS 02-18-2007 07:32 PM

Re: Robert Smeets
Robert Smeets won the Wollongong International Futures Tournament yesterday with a 7-5, 6-1 victory over Grega Zemlja of Slovenia! Congratulations Robert and good luck at Sydney this week!

OZTENNIS 07-28-2007 09:28 PM

Re: Robert Smeets

Robert has been playing consistently well over the past few weeks, and has now achieved a career high ranking of No.214!! Hopefully he can jump into the top 200 by the end of the US Open quallies

OZTENNIS 09-23-2007 09:51 PM

Re: Robert Smeets

Robert is in the final of a 50k Challenger in the States. En route to the final, Smeets beat 2nd seed Robert Kendrick 7-6, 4-6, 6-4 in the quarter finals and 8th seed Brian Dabul 6-1, 6-3 in the second round.

For making the final, Smeets is guaranteed of a career high ranking (around 178) and if he wins the final, should jump to about 176...

Congrats and good luck in the final :yeah:

OZTENNIS 12-13-2007 09:43 PM

Re: Robert Smeets

After some more impressive, consistent results, Robert Smeets broke into the top 150 for the first time a couple of weeks ago. He achieved a career high ranking of 149. He is currently ranked 150.

In light of his good form, Smeets has been awarded a wildcard into the main draw of the 2007 Australian Open!! Hopefully he can continue his climb up the rankings with more good results at Melbourne Park

OZTENNIS 12-13-2007 09:44 PM

Re: Robert Smeets
here's the proof!

Smeets receives Australian Open wildcard
Tennis Australia
Thursday December 13, 2007

Queensland left-hander Robert Smeets has been rewarded for the best season of his career with a wildcard to the main draw of Australian Open 2008.

This year Smeets, 22, has lifted his world singles ranking from 391 to a career high 149 (it is currently 150), with a 53-25 win/loss record in the 34 events he has contested.

“Robert has had an outstanding year,” Tournament Director Craig Tiley said. “He has massively improved his ranking, been our best performed under 23 player on the circuit and is close to direct entry into the Australian Open.

“Those achievements, in addition to our youth policy, means that Robert has already earned a wildcard, so it makes sense for him to get it now and begin preparations for the Australian Open.

“We’ve made this decision early because it frees up another position in the 16-man field for the Australian Open play-off and provides opportunity for another young player to get some valuable experience against the country’s best talent,” Tiley said.

A very happy Smeets said he was grateful for the opportunity to try and improve on his second round appearance at the Australian Open main draw this year.

“I got to play against (Czech) Tomas Berdych on Margaret Court Arena in the second round and I am really looking forward to coming back and trying to go further in 2008,” he said.

In 2007 the Queenslander won a Challenger in the United States and Futures tournaments in Great Britain, Spain, Kuwait and Australia (Wollongong). He credits a lot of his improvement to the AIS Pro Tour program, better scheduling and his AIS program coach James Trotman.

“In the past I have gone along and won or lost and not really been able to analyse where I went right or wrong. Working with James has been fantastic and allowed us to really break down all aspects of my game and focus on what needs to be done to get better.”

The final four wildcard places in the men’s draw and seven wildcard places in the women’s draw for the Australian Open play-offs have also been announced today.

Victorian Rameez Junaid, South Australian Colin Ebelthite, New South Welshman Adam Feeney and West Australian Miles Armstrong have secured places in the 16-player men’s event. Replacing Smeets is West Australian Matthew Ebden, aged 20 and ranked 541 in the world.

Junaid won a Futures tournament in Poland earlier this year before finishing runner-up at a Challenger in Burnie last week to move to a career-high ranking of world No.309.

Ebelthite also reached a career-high ranking earlier this month, while Feeney claimed one title and reached another final on the Futures circuit.

In his best season on the senior circuit, 19-year-old Armstrong won his first title in Gloucester in October after reaching the final in Sawtell the week before.

On the women’s side, the following players received wildcards into the Australian Open play-off: Alison Bai (ACT), Marija Mirkovic (VIC), Alenka Hubacek (VIC), Tyra Calderwood (NSW), Isabella Holland (QLD), Sally Peers (VIC) and Olivia Rogowska (VIC).

All the above players added into the women’s draw are teenagers, which is in line with Tennis Australia’s youth policy.

Holland, Peers and Rogowska were members of the Australian Junior Fed Cup team which won the 16/u world championship teams event this year.

One place in both the men’s and the women’s draws has been reserved for the singles winners of the Optus 18s Australian Championships.

With a protected ranking of 119, Mark Philippoussis heads the men’s draw while world No.142 Jarmila Gajdosova leads the women.

The winners of the Australian Open play-offs, which take place at Melbourne Park from December 15 to 21, are awarded main draw wildcards into the Australian Open.

scotthongkong 01-28-2008 01:23 PM

Re: Robert Smeets
Good luck in Guangzhou Robert! I will be cheering for you in the stands! Please bring your woollies though as it is absolutely freezing here!

Bingerz 01-28-2008 09:49 PM

Re: Robert Smeets
He sits at 169 at the moment. Hopefully some good results are around the corner

scotthongkong 01-29-2008 01:40 PM

Re: Robert Smeets
He played great attacking tennis. His opponent was totally outclassed.

Matchu 02-17-2008 01:21 AM

Re: Robert Smeets
Robbys on a bit of a roll going quarters in Belgrade now one match away from qualifying for Rotterdam. Maybe he'll break top 100 soon, Maybe.

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