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Old 07-16-2008, 04:58 PM   #1
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Default Wild Cards (Results in Post #51)

Main Draw
1 Delic, Amer USA
2 Evans, Brendan USA
3 Jenkins, Scoville USA
4 Levine, Jesse USA
5 Warburg, Sam USA
6 Krajicek, Austin USA (Kalamazoo champion)
7 Ball, Carsten AUS (TA)
8 Recouderc, Laurent FRA (FFT)

Qualifying
1 Aubone, Jean Yves USA
2 Berankis, Ricardas LTU
3 Buchanan, Chase USA
4 Clayton, Alex USA
5 Harrison, Ryan USA
6 Helgeson, Travis USA
7 Koniecko, Bryan USA
8 McClune, Michael USA
9 Smyczek, Tim USA

Doubles
1 LEVINE USA/YOUNG USA
2 DELIC USA/KUZNETSOV USA
3 GINEPRI USA/RETTENMAIER USA
4 KENDRICK USA/SWEETING USA
5 MCCLUNE USA/VAN’T HOF USA
6 ISNER USA/QUERREY USA
7 Buchanan, Chase/Harrison, Ryan USA (Kalamazoo champions)

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Old 07-17-2008, 02:07 AM   #2
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Default Re: Wild Cards

In 2006 & 2007, all USTA wild cards went to Americans aged 22 & younger.

Here are the highest ranked Americans aged 23 & under (as of July 14th):

104 Wayne Odesnik (1985)
121 Jesse Levine (1987)
174 Brendan Evans (1986)
213 Scoville Jenkins (1986)
249 Alex Kuznetsov (1987)
257 Ryan Sweeting (1987)
343 Michael McClune (1989)
363 Tim Smyczek (1987)
405 Scott Oudsema (1986)
477 Nikita Kryvonos (1986)
646 Todd Paul (1985)
657 Marcus Fugate (1988)
667 Phillip Simmonds (1986)
701 Matt Bruch (1987)
712 Ryan Harrison (1992)
762 Chase Buchanan (1991)
763 Bryan Koniecko (1987)
778 Dennis Lajola (1989)
785 Adam El Mihdawy (1989)
810 Ryan Rowe (1986)
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Old 07-17-2008, 03:10 AM   #3
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Brydan Klein and Samuel Groth are the real contenders for the TA wildcard
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Old 07-17-2008, 11:29 PM   #4
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Brydan Klein and Samuel Groth are the real contenders for the TA wildcard
My guess is that Carsten Ball is a more likely candidate, especially since he has a decent shot at entering the top 200 this week. Hopefully they don't give it to Smeets after that waste at RG.
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Old 07-18-2008, 12:05 AM   #5
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Here are my guesses for the 5 discretional American WCs (I'm assuming that Odesnik will make direct entry):

Jesse Levine (this is probably a certainty)
Scoville Jenkins
Brendan Evans (even after that in Indy qualies. Regardless, he's young and is top 200)

I have no idea who will get the remaining two. If Kuznetsov and Sweeting get their crap together during the next few weeks then they'll probably get them, although considering how they've been playing I don't have much faith in them right now.

McClune is another option. He is young and will probably develop into a good player, but he really hasn't done anything notable this year.

Smyczek showed some potential earlier in the year but hasn't done much since. I doubt he'll get it.

Dent's comeback is just starting to get off the ground and I don't think the USO singles draw is on his mind (he mentioned possibly doubles). I'd love to see him play the qualies. If he wins a challenger or goes deep in a US Open Series event I bet he'd reconsider, though.

Warburg wouldn't surprise me. He's ranked fairly highly and I think he's been pretty active with the USTA trying to promote the sport. Perhaps they might return the favor.

Amer Delic has an ok chance since his ranking is fairly good. He's had some decent results recently although he's been inconsistent. As with Warburg, I think he's been pretty good to the USTA.

Here is some longshots IMO:

Michael Yani has been playing well and when he was younger actually had some decent potential but has suffered from injuries that have prevented him from taking off. If he can reach the finals or win a challenger in the next couple of weeks I wouldn't be shocked to see him get one.

Rajeev Ram has also been playing well, including a win over Santoro recently. As with Yani, even though he's not young anymore, if he does well over the next couple weeks I wouldn't be shocked to see him get one.

Kei Nishikori wouldn't surprise me either (if he doesn't make direct entry), considering he plays a lot of American tournaments and trains in the US. He's young and certainly capable of competing at that level. He also got some WC's into American tournaments earlier this year. I know they don't have a track record of giving foreigners WC's, but he's certainly an option.

Somdev Devvarman might be considered too, since he's much better than his ranking suggests and has been playing well. I wouldn't be shocked to see organizers give the US College system some love.

Although they have good potential, I doubt that Ryan Harrison, Rhyne Williams, or Chase Buchanan will get main draw wildcards unless they win Kalamazoo (Ryan Thacher is entered too ). Bradley Klahn could easily win as well.
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I Hope Sam And Both Get In!!!!!!
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JESSE WILL GET 1 4 SURE!!!
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typo i meant to say Amer!!!
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Berankis will definetly get one wildcard but I don't know to what draw he will get it.
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SOMDEV will get one for sure!!!!!!!!!
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I doubt Berankis will get a main draw as they are already giving two to foreigners. But then whoever Berankis has as an agent is exceptional given that he/she got him wild cards in big European tournaments this summer, so you never know.

Somdev's not likely to get a main draw one, but may get a qualifying one. Actually he has done American college tennis a lot of good by playing there (although unintentionally, of course) so he deserves one.



I hope the five unconditional wild cards will go to Levine, Evans, Delic, Dent and McClune.
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I doubt Berankis will get a main draw as they are already giving two to foreigners. But then whoever Berankis has as an agent is exceptional given that he/she got him wild cards in big European tournaments this summer, so you never know.
Berankis should get wild card to the 2008 US Open (probably qualification) as 2007 US Open Junior champion.
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Yeah, he's unofficially guaranteed a qualification one.
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Since Somdev is tearing up the USTA pro circuit right now, and has yet to lose a pro match, he is a logical choice to get a WC. In Lexington he beat Bobby Reynolds and Robert Kendrick, two solid Americans which should show that giving him a WC would make a lot of sense
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Give one to Somdev
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