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Old 12-11-2008, 03:52 PM   #1
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Main Draw
1 Ball, Carsten AUS
2 Klein, Brydan AUS
3 Groth, Samuel AUS
4 Tomic, Bernard AUS
5 Ebelthite, Colin AUS (TA Play-off Champion)
6 Istomin, Denis UZB (ATF)
7 Mannarino, Adrian FRA (FFT)
8 Isner, John USA (USTA Play-off Champion)

Qualifying
1 Thomas, Andrew AUS
2 Propoggia, Dane AUS
3 Ebden, Matthew AUS
4 Verryth, Mark AUS
5 Millman, John AUS
6 Reid, Matt AUS
7 Jones, Greg AUS
8 Coelho, Andrew AUS
9 McKenzie, Brendan AUS (Optus 18s Australian Singles Champion)

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Old 12-12-2008, 03:38 PM   #2
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http://tenniskalamazoo.blogspot.com/...wild-card.html
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I spoke with Jay Berger, the USTA's new head of Men's Tennis for Elite Player Development early this week, and he told me the Australian Open main draw wild card playoff is scheduled for next weekend in Boca Raton, with John Isner, Wayne Odesnik, Donald Young and Jesse Levine vying for the wild card that the USTA exchanges with Tennis Australia every year. I don't yet have the information on the women's wild card, but will try to get it later in the week.
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^that will be interesting, anyone can win it

Mannarino should get the French WC
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This is my guess

Main Draw
1 Robert Smeets
2 Peter Luscak
3 Carsten Ball
4 Greg Jones
5 Joseph Sirianni (TA Play-off Champion)
6 TBA (ATF) (unknown)...have no idea wat AF wildcard is)
7 TBA (FFT) (unknown...dunno any up and ocming frenchmans outside of direct entry)
8 John Isner(USTA)

Qualifying
1 Bernard Tomic
2 Mark Verryth
3 Bryden Klein
4 Samuel Groth
5 Brenden McKenzie
6 Andrew Coelho
7 Adam Feeney

8 Colin Ebeltheite

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Old 12-17-2008, 09:46 AM   #5
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http://www.tennisweek.com/news/fulls...newsid=6624156

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USTA Holds Oz Open Wild Card Playoff

The road to Oz begins in Boca this week.

The USTA is hosting a playoff this week to award a men’s and a women’s singles main draw wild card to the 2009 Australian Open. The women’s wild card tournament began yesterday at the USTA Training Center in Boca Raton, Fla., and concludes Thursday. The men’s wild card tournament will be held Friday thru Sunday. The USTA and Tennis Australia have a reciprocal agreement in which wild card entries into the main draw at the 2008 US Open and 2009 Australian Open are exchanged.

Eight players are scheduled to compete for the women’s wild card: Lauren Albanese, 19, of Coral Springs, Fla.; Madison Brengle, 18, of Dover, Del.; Gail Brodsky, 17, of Brooklyn, N.Y.; Mallory Cecil, 18, of Spartanburg, S.C.; Vania King, 19, of Long Beach, Calif.; Christina McHale, 16, of Englewood Cliffs, N.J.; Asia Muhammad, 17, of Henderson, Nev.; and CoCo Vandeweghe, 17, of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. The field is divided into two round robin groups.

Four players will compete for the men’s wild card: John Isner, 23, of Tampa, Fla.; Jesse Levine, 21, of Boca Raton, Fla.; Wayne Odesnik, 23, of Weston, Fla.; and Donald Young, 19, of Atlanta.

The women will be divided into two, four-player round robin groups. The winners from each group will play each other Thursday to determine the wild card. The men’s playoff is also a round robin format.
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Old 12-17-2008, 10:41 AM   #6
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Isner, Levine, Odesnik and Young

Very strong competition. I hope Levine takes it
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This is my guess

Main Draw
1 Robert Smeets
2 Peter Luscak
3 Carsten Ball
4 Greg Jones
5 Joseph Sirianni (TA Play-off Champion)
6 TBA (ATF) (unknown)...have no idea wat AF wildcard is)
7 TBA (FFT) (unknown...dunno any up and ocming frenchmans outside of direct entry)
8 John Isner(USTA)

Qualifying
1 Bernard Tomic
2 Mark Verryth
3 Bryden Klein
4 Samuel Groth
5 Brenden McKenzie
6 Andrew Coelho
7 Adam Feeney

8 Colin Ebeltheite
My guess is that Luczak, Ball and Sirianni are sure bets for MD WCs. Jones really does not deserve one, and I don't think he's going to get one; Groth, Ebelthite, Coelho and Matosevic are more likely picks. Matosevic will definitely get one for Qualies, if he doesn't get a MD one.

Mannarino should get the French one. It's a safe bet IMO. The Asian one might well go to Soeda, if they just award it rather than hold an event.
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Old 12-18-2008, 05:19 AM   #8
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I hope Joe gets a MD WC even if he doesnt win the playoff TA might do the whole ur to old heres a Q WC thingi Joe deserves it
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I hope Joe gets a MD WC even if he doesnt win the playoff TA might do the whole ur to old heres a Q WC thingi Joe deserves it
Yep I agree. He definently deserves a maindraw wildcard and thank god he will get direct entry into the Qualifying Draw for the Australian Open as if he didn't I wouldn't have been surprised if Tennis Australia didn't give him one at all judging by who they chose to participate in the Australian Open Wildcard Playoff.
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Any news about the USTA Play-offs?
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Apparently the USTA Play-Off final will be between Levine and Isner:

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Apparently the USTA Play-Off final will be between Levine and Isner:

http://tenniskalamazoo.blogspot.com/
It was supposed to be a round robin format, which would mean everybody still has a chance.
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It was supposed to be a round robin format, which would mean everybody still has a chance.
Argh, you are right of course. I just assumed because the women's event has a final, the men must too.

It's really weird there are no scores coming through anywhere though. I hope Jesse makes it
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Isner wins 2009 Australian Open wild card

John Isner won a wild card spot in the 2009 Australian Open on Saturday, December 20th by beating Jesse Levine 6-3, 7-5.

Donald Young, Wayne Odesnik, Jesse Levine and John Isner competed at the USTA Training Center in Boca Raton, Fl. for a chance to advance to the Australian Open. When it was all over the 145th ranked Isner was victorious.

Young defeated Odesnik in straight sets, 7-5, 7-5 and will play Jesse Levine on Sunday, December 21st to determine the 2nd place winner of the Boca Raton tournament.
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