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Old 08-20-2009, 12:37 AM   #46
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Default Re: New Haven Entry List/Fact Sheet (updated August 10, 2009)

Sorry, I had a brain cramp after reading the New Haven Register article: Monfils withdrew his request, not Gasquet.

But yes, I think it is unfair to call this a "provincial" tournament. The tournament director has always wanted a diverse field. In fact, she goes out of her way to try to get Latin American players because of the large Latino community in New Haven.

Remember that New Haven is home to Yale University as well as many other universities, and there are people who live in the area from all regions of the world. The tournament director is certainly aware of that fact. New Haven also has many people who work everyday in NYC - which certainly isn't a "provincial" city.

Right now, from what I've read, she's waiting on what is happening in Cincy before making her final decision on wild cards.
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Old 08-20-2009, 12:43 AM   #47
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I like Gasquet, but it's not like he's a superstar (at least not in the US, even with tennis fans). He's had some success and a ton of talent, but for the most part he's spent his career floating around in the 10-30 range. He just doesn't stick out as someone who's going to bring a whole lot to the table in terms of fans/viewers/sponsors.
The most memorable thing Gasquet ever did at a U.S. tournament was when he got defaulted from the 2004 U.S. Open qualifying for hitting a linesman in the face w. his racquet.
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Old 08-20-2009, 12:53 AM   #48
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The most memorable thing Gasquet ever did at a U.S. tournament was when he got defaulted from the 2004 U.S. Open qualifying for hitting a linesman in the face w. his racquet.
Was he high on coke?
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The most memorable thing Gasquet ever did at a U.S. tournament was when he got defaulted from the 2004 U.S. Open qualifying for hitting a linesman in the face w. his racquet.
Tennis fans would remember this better

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAHCy5WkZzw

I hope. As for not giving him the WC, it is like everywhere in the world, preference given to compatriots, unless you are a Top 5 player. It would only get weird, if finally Baghdatis ended up with a WC.
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Old 08-20-2009, 08:25 AM   #51
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Kristof Vliegen is out.

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hello everybody,

I don't have good news for at all for you! i did not play tennis since Bastad, i m injured again on my back! it s not the same as last year so that's allready good news!

i was supposed to go to Cincinati this week and New heaven next week but i ve cancelled everything! i m trying to get ready for USopen which starts on 31st of august!

it s pretty boring not doing any sport for a month now but lucky for me that my family, girlfriend and friends are here to support me!

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Old 08-20-2009, 08:51 AM   #52
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And as for this being a "provincial" tournament, right now there are more French, Spanish, and German players than Americans (and just as many Argentinians). This may change after all the WCs are handed out (I've included Dent's and Isner's in my count), but those 4 countries are going to be pretty equal, so I would hardly call this "provincial".

It seems like you're just bitter Gasquet didn't get one and are looking for any way to belittle the tournament.

Not at all : I just found it's crazy, and I still think that (I'm not even a Gasquet fan, I just defend him in his crazy "coke" case against all the people who judge too quickly ... if something can be said about my prejudice, it's not that I like Gasquet, but rather that I don't like the American culture usually : what I read recently about the debates about the health system in the USA is just the epitome of crazyness and cruelty in my mind)

... and your reaction also makes me suspect what I already suspected that the puritane USA don't like "scandals about drugs or sex" (more dramatic than violence for the American puritanes, contrary to what the Europeans think) whatever they are and however innocent the man is
... and that's what revulses me most (thinking it might be that).

Of course I was provocking with "provincial" but that's the least meaning of the American attitude about Gasquet here and Baghdatis in the US Open.

I remember Robredo getting a WC in France and he's not especially a player attracting people (note that France has huge drawbacks in my mind, it's often a "provincial" country, but not as much as the US, however number of Latin Americans or "communities" you have).

But I have to say you were witty about the number of players around 80-150 : after writing that, I guessed it musn't be the case anymore now, as the number of French players in that range has decreased a lot, whereas it's the opposite for the Americans.

I know that, but well, even before, it was already the same attitude from American and French organizers.

Anyway, I provoked a little bit, but yes, I think it's crazy : a player like Gasquet (see Action_Jackson's popularity poll : he's 6th or 7th favorite player in the world) decides to come back in such a tournament instead of Montreal and Cinci and that's how they use that opportunity

Anyway that's their choice : I'm not sorry for Gasquet, but rather for the organizers

I would be happy he would not go there, it would not be good for him (but anyway I don't care and I don't believe in him in the US Open), but I would be happy for the organizers : giving them American WC plus Gasquet would be too much of a gift.
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Old 08-20-2009, 11:55 AM   #53
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Any news about qualies - list ???
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Old 08-20-2009, 02:39 PM   #54
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Any news about qualies - list ???
There are no qualifying entry list for 250 (& lower) tournaments.
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Old 08-20-2009, 04:42 PM   #55
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Default Re: New Haven Entry List/Fact Sheet (updated August 20, 2009)

Just read on the Pilot Pen Facebook site that Fernando Verdasco is getting a wildcard!!!



That's who I was hoping for. Very very very very very happy!!!



(I just hope the Pilot Pen Facebook site is right. )
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Old 08-20-2009, 08:48 PM   #56
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Default Re: New Haven Entry List/Fact Sheet (updated August 20, 2009)

John Isner is no longer coming to New Haven.

Baghdatis is most likely getting a WC.

And the reason Gasquet isn't getting a WC is that the ITF is appealing his return to the game, and the USTA is backing the ITF. But Gasquet is most likely going to try to qualify.

Still no word on the 4th WC.
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John Isner is no longer coming to New Haven.

Baghdatis is most likely getting a WC.

And the reason Gasquet isn't getting a WC is that the ITF is appealing his return to the game, and the USTA is backing the ITF. But Gasquet is most likely going to try to qualify.

Still no word on the 4th WC.
well that is BS. what ever happened to innocent until proven guilty or double jeopardy? the usta is garbage
gasquet paid for this WADA insanity already
he has missed more than three months for a TRACE amount of coke. an amount that could be gotten from almost any innocent behavior.
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Who said that is the reason he isn't getting a wild card?

Pending the ITF appeal, he has a right to play on the tour so refusing a wild card for that reason is very unfair. If higher ranked players or US players get them fair enough but to pick on him in that way is pretty shit.
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Baghdatis is most likely getting a WC.
If this is true, then I join those critising the tourney organisation for refusing the WC to Richard.
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^Blake is not taking a WC. The last 2 WC's are likely to go to Baghdatis and another American.
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