Re: 2013 Australian Open Wildcards.
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.