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Old 12-03-2007, 06:42 PM   #1
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Main Draw
1 Istomin, Denis UZB (Asian champion)
2 Levine, Jesse USA (USTA)
3 Montcourt, Mathieu FRA (FFT)
4 Sirianni, Joseph AUS (AO wildcard playoff champion)
5 Smeets, Robert AUS (TA)
6 Jones, Alun AUS (TA)
7 Lindahl, Nick AUS (TA)
8 Klein, Brydan AUS (TA)

Qualifying
1 Ball, Carsten AUS
2 Coelho, Andrew AUS
3 Feeney, Adam AUS
4 Groth, Sam AUS
5 Jones, Greg AUS
6 Thomas, Andrew AUS
7 Tomic, Bernard AUS
8 Armstrong, Miles AUS
9 Ebden, Matthew AUS

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1 COELHO AUS/KLEIN AUS
2 BALL AUS/FEENEY AUS
3 GUCCIONE AUS/LUCZAK AUS
4 EBELTHITE AUS/LINDAHL AUS
5 GROTH AUS/SIRIANNI AUS
6 HEALEY AUS/SMEETS AUS
7 JONES AUS/JONES AUS

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Old 12-03-2007, 06:48 PM   #2
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As in previous years, there will be eight main draw wildcards on offer into both the men's and women's singles:

• eight discretionary wildcards
• two for the Australian Open wildcard playoff winners
• two for the French Tennis Federation
• two for the United States Tennis Association
• two for the Asian Championships winners.

The winners of this year's Asian Championships, and therefore the first wildcard recipients for Australian Open 2008, are Denis Istomin and Iroda Tulyaganova, both of Uzbekistan.

All Australian players in contention for one of the eight discretionary wildcards will be judged according to set criteria.

"Earning a wildcard is a privilege, not a right. Therefore, in order to gain the most benefit out of wildcard opportunities, we set standard criteria by which all players are assessed," Tiley said.

The selection criteria in order of preference are: direct acceptance into major tour events, close to direct acceptance into Grand Slam events, wildcard playoff performance, youth policy and world ranking.

The men's and women's playoffs will consist of a 16-player round-robin and will run from December 15–21, 2007.
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• Back to Ginepri. Before the competition, the American players signed a letter they presented to USTA executives, strongly requesting that the American wild card for the Australian Open be given to Ginepri. Be interesting to see if the USTA complies or holds a qualifying event among the younger prospects.

• This presupposes John Isner gets an automatic main draw entry.
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Very interesting info. I always wonder how those WC are allotted. Thanks smucav
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Old 12-06-2007, 09:51 AM   #4
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Istomin will stand no chance.
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Istomin gets the easy WC again

hopefully Ginepri will have to play for his with the likes of Isner, Odesnik, Delic, Levine, etc.

Who'll get the French card?
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Who'll get the French card?
Montcourt or Chardy imo.

Eysseric and Sidorenko are the outsiders.
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Istomin will dominate the Australian Open
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Top Young Americans Battle for Australian Open Wild Cards

The first entry lists for the 2008 Australian Open have been released but the fields are not completely set as eight American women and four American men are still competing for wild card entries.

One woman and one man will gain entry into the main singles draw at the Australian Open. The women’s wild card competition began December 10 and runs through December 14 in Boca Raton, Florida. The eight women are divided into two groups for round robin play and the winners of each group then play each other in the final.

The women’s competition includes Bethanie Mattek, Madison Brengle, Coco Vandeweghe, Asia Muhammed, Ahsha Rolle, Gail Brodsky, Alexa Glatch and Ashley Weinhold. In order to be eligible to compete, players had to born in 1985 or later, be in the top 300 in the WTA rankings and have U.S. citizenship.

Five of the eight women made the women’s main draw at the 2007 US Open with Rolle having the most success. She upset No. 17 seed Tatiana Golovin in the first round and reached the third round before falling to Dinara Safina.

On the first day of play on Monday, Glatch defeated Weinhold, 6-4, 6-3, Brengle defeated Muhammed 3-6, 6-2, 6-3, Brodsky defeated Rolle, 6-2, 6-2 and Vandeweghe defeated Mattek, 1-6, 7-6, 6-3.

In the men’s competition, the players battling it out are John Isner, Wayne Odesnik, Jesse Levine and Alex Kuznetsov. The criteria for the men were being ranked in the top 200 in the world and being born in 1985 or later. They will play December 18-20 in Boca Raton and will also use a round robin format (in best of three matches) and the player with the best record then wins the wild card entry.

If two players finish with a 2-1 record, an additional match will be played between those players to decide the winner. If three players finish at 2-1, head-to-head matchups will be looked at next and then total games won.

Isner broke through at the 2007 US Open, upsetting No. 26 seed Jarkko Nieminen in the men's first round and advanced to the third round where he faced defending champion Roger Federer. Isner won the first set in a tiebreak over the world No. 1 before falling in four sets. Odesnik advanced to the second round in the men’s draw in Flushing, falling to Juan Ignacio Chela. Kuznetsov and Levine also were both entered in the men’s main draw at the US Open, losing in the first round.

The 2008 Australian Open will be played January 14-27 in Melbourne Park.
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Good, glad to hear there's a playoff.
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Smeets receives Australian Open wildcard

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,” Australian Open 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.”
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Bid won't be going to Ginepri
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Andy Roddick, James Blake and the Bryan twins — the four members of the U.S. Davis Cup team — signed a letter to the USTA, asking that the exchange wild card with the Australian Open be given to Robby Ginepri, but the request won't be granted.

The USTA told them it was sticking with its plan to hold a four-player, round-robin tournament to award the wild card and that Ginepri would not be invited because the protocol is to invite no American older than 22.

It was a particularly unhappy rebuff for Ginepri, whose career has been in a perplexing decline since he reached the semifinals of the 2005 U.S. Open, where he pushed Andre Agassi to five sets.

He won 28 of 39 matches in the second half of 2005, a run that began with a title in Indianapolis and ended with a No. 15 ranking at the end of the season. He couldn't have been in a better position to make a move on the top 10, since he had very few points to defend in the first half of 2006.

But he's 36-45 since the start of '06, and he's dropped to No. 134, which is his lowest point in 5 1/2 years and well beyond getting directly admitted into the Aussie Open. Without the wild card, he'll have to qualify, and that's where we'll find out if all the time he's putting in with coach Jose Higueras in California this offseason will reignite his motivation and his game.

I'd like to think his attitude has changed, and he's simply had a lot of tough-luck draws — Andy Murray in the first round at Canada, Nikolay Davydenko in the second round at Cincinnati, a five-set loss to Stanislas Wawrinka in the third round of the U.S. Open, Novak Djokovic in the first round at Vienna, Roger Federer in the second round at Madrid. But you expect him to win at least one of those matches.

Mediocrity of U.S. women

The USTA held an eight-player round robin for the women's wild card into Australia and 17-year-old Madison Brengle won it.

There's a lot of good things to say about Brengle. She competes hard. Everything about her court demeanor says she's driven to win. Her ground strokes are solid and accurate off both sides and she plays good defense. But she doesn't have one major weapon, and with her size (5-foot-4), she must get better at finishing points at the net.

On balance, looking at these eight players performing at the Evert Academy says a lot about the lack of talent U.S. women will be bringing to the women's tour in the next year. This was not a four-day display of impressive tennis.

There's potential out there. Coco Vandeweghe, who just turned 16, is 6 feet tall, athletic enough and has a very big game. She needs to modulate her ground game instead of trying to crash winners from less than optimum positions on court. She lacks right now exactly what Brengle has — the ability to grind.

Alexa Glatch is another 6-foot player who played 19 Challengers this year as she worked her way back from a 2005 scooter accident that left her with broken bones in the right wrist and left elbow. Predictably, she's got a big serve, but she has no confidence that she can stay in the long rallies with grittier players.

One other young player worth mentioning: Asia Muhammad, 16, of Henderson, Nev. Very athletic, excellent court coverage and, physically, needs to get a lot stronger.

It's fine to talk about potential, but there isn't one U.S. teenage girl out there whose game right now suggests a top-20 career.

Charles Bricker can be reached at cbricker@sun-sentinel.com

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