I don't think Ebden was shafted at all. Duckworth is higher in the year-to-date rankings and is in his best hard court form. Even if they were both the same age I would still go with Duckworth. He is at a career high too.
James is definitely Duckworthy of the wild card.
The first time (out of two total) I bet on a sports result was Nadal versus Soderling French Open 2009 (Nadal -x.5 games).
Ebden shafted? Lol, Duckworth has by far had the better results and has the better game.
Much rather give these wildcards to people who show improvement like Duckowrth has this year (he qualified for RG and Wimby, How often has this happened lately?) instead of players who haven't shown improvement/or signs of regression like Ebden.
Hey can't say I disagree.
Only said "shafted" looking at it from Ebden's point of view.
Duckworth was my pick all along, for all the reasons stated by you guys above, and he has the best potential to increase his ranking of perhaps all the Aussie with only 15 points left to defend this year. He should have a very good year end ranking, hopefully approaching the big 100.
Duckie does it tough at the Winston-Salem qualifying, getting through a tough three sets against Kiwi Michael Venus 76(6) 67(3) 75 but unable to back up against Denmark's Freddie Nielsen , going down 57 26.
I have no idea how they expect these guys to play two matches in a day, just like the ATP in Sydney. Why not let them play qualies Sat, Sun, Mon like most tournaments . Ridiculous demands on the body. The guy who has an easy first match is more than likely going to win the second match on the same day.