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Old 08-14-2009, 12:37 AM   #38
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Evans made the quarters of Newport beating a top 50 player (Becker) and Ginepri. Both those guys have won titles this year. He's won two challengers this year and made the final of another. His ranking is just as high as anyone else in contention (Levine and he have been trading spots recently). Yes, he is inconsistent from day-to-day, but he has steadily improved his ranking 45 spots since the start of the year (173 to 128). Fish, Blake, Ginepri, and any number of top 100 players are inconsistent from day-to-day, too. If he doesn't deserve a WC despite all of his successes then what does he need to do? If he had any more accomplishments he would've been ranked high enough to get in directly.

I would be shocked (and unhappy) if Russell gets one. He's a good guy and has been playing well lately, but he's just too old at this point. Ditto Dent but to a lesser extent, and he's not even ranked as high. Too many strong young candidates this year to give these guys WC's this year.
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