Re: Wild Cards
Guccione has been given the TA wildcard. Bad luck for Ball.
US Open wildcards for Rogowska and Guccione
Wildcards into the main draw of the US Open were today awarded to Victorians Olivia Rogowska and Chris Guccione.
Eighteen-year-old Olivia Rogowska, a member of the AIS Pro Tour program, has rocketed up the rankings this year, this month reaching a career high of 169, after finishing 2008 ranked world No.491.
In May, Rogowska made the most of her wildcard into the maindraw of the French Open with a stunning 6-4 6-4 win over former world No.18, Maria Kirilenko, before losing in the second round to Kateryna Bondarenko in three sets.
Rogowska won two tough three-set matches at Wimbledon qualifying before falling in the final round.
Since January Rogowska has been working with AIS Pro Tour coach Chris Johnstone. After the US Open she will return to Australia to compete on the Pro Tour.
Optus Australian Davis Cup player Chris Guccione has been steadily working his way back towards the top 100, completing a clean sweep at the Comerica Bank Challenger tournament in California in July, winning his fourth career Challenger title.
Seeded No.7, Guccione registered wins over South African world No.106 Wayne Odesnik and Indian Somdev Devvarman on his march to the final, which he won 6-3 6-4 over fellow Australian Nick Lindahl.
In doubles he teamed with compatriot Carsten Ball to upset top seeds Sanchai and Sonchyat Ratiwatana 6-3 6-2 in the doubles final.
This week Guccione qualifed for the Cincinatti Masters, defeating No.5 seed Andrey Golubev (KAZ) and No.8 seed Robert Kendrick (USA). In the first round he meets world No.23 German Philipp Kohlschreiber. The pair has met just once before, with Kohlschrieber winning in Adelaide in 2006.
Optus Australian Davis Cup Captain, John Fitzgerald, and coach, Todd Woodbridge, will work with Guccione on his US Open preparation and during the tournament. “Gooch” will then head home to Melbourne for a training block with Woodbridge at Melbourne Park, with the pair then heading to events in Thailand and Japan.
As part of Woodbridge’s full time Davis Cup role, he will coach and mentor team members and work with them at selected major events and in training blocks during the year.
“Tennis Australia is delighted to award US Open wildcards to Olivia and Chris,” Tennis Australia’s Director of Tennis, Craig Tiley said today.
“Olivia has continued to improve this year, achieving some excellent results and successfully making the transition to the professional circuit.
“It has also been fantastic to see Chris back in form and winning important matches. We wish both Olivia and Chris all the very best in New York.”
The US Open takes place from August 31 to September 13 2009.