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View Poll Results: Who should get the French Open WC?

Marinko Matosevic 3 18.75%
James Duckworth 9 56.25%
Ben Mitchell 1 6.25%
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Old 05-17-2012, 11:28 PM   #61
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Lleyton is not a legend. He won 2 slams in a transitional era and won 2 Indian Wells
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It doesn't really matter if someone on an internet forum says that Lleyton isn't a legend. 2 Slams, 2 YEno.1's, 2 Masters, 2 TMC's, 2 Davis Cups, 7 grass court titles and wins over Sampras, Agassi, Federer, Djokovic and Nadal. Those sort of stats simply can't belong to anyone other than a legend of the game.
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He's basically an Australian Juan Carlos Ferrero

Rafter was more impressive.
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Hewitt is a legend (transitional legend, perhaps, but his career achievements are definitely in an elite class all-time) and has history on clay and has history of performing above expectations after injury layoffs. Matosevic has not beaten anyone who is actually good on clay and, at the end of the day, is a 26, nearing 27 year old journeyman. You do not give the journeyman a WC over the legend in Hewitt, the man who represents tennis in Australia. If Matosevic got the WC ahead of Hewitt it would result in chaos. This is the only decision TA could make here.
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I'm not only blaming TA, but Hewitt himself.

I just don't understand what he's thinking. Fair enough, into AO this year he should have got a WC because he actually had some plexi matches under his belt. But to waltz in and assume the RG WC, without a single match under his belt, and not playing on clay since 2010 - I just can't see the sense in it - expecially when he could draw ANYONE in R1. Add the fact that there was another legitimate WC recipient (for once!) and it just baffles me. If he was serious about coming back, I thought he'd want to play qualifying for matches. I just don't get his thinking at all.
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to the qualifying matches, Lleyton would simply not have time to prepare. He absolutely deserved the wild card, for all the things he has done over the years for Australia, and the wild card is only a small part of the impact of Tennis Australia.
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Would not have time to prepare? It's 3 days difference. If he can't be ready for quallies on one day, how do you think he's going to be ready for MD 3 days after? This is crazii.
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I vote for none of them !
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Would not have time to prepare? It's 3 days difference. If he can't be ready for quallies on one day, how do you think he's going to be ready for MD 3 days after? This is crazii.
qual to Roland Garros begins on Tuesday or Wednesday, 5 days prior to the start of the main draw. And none of your business what he played. Babe, you go drink some milk, and go play in the sandbox, if you continue to troll, I will refer to the administration.
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Surely you aren't older than about 13 years old?
Trust me. I've endured the glorified media circus surrounding Lley Lley's mediocre career for it's entirety.

For a decade, Tennis Australia has bent over backwards for him. Continually trying to change the Australian Open courts to suit him, but you sure as hell don't see them doing that for Stosur Most of what's occured HAS been justified. I don't care about him getting WCs to any event in the past because a) there's been a number on offer during the Australian swing or b) there's no one else who deserves it anyway.

But this is different. For one, there's a legitimate candidate for the WC at this time, someone who has actually gone out and worked his ass off, and finally delivered results and entered the TOP 100. FOR ONCE THEY HAVE A CHANCE TO REWARD SOMEONE WHO HAS SEEMINGLY EARNED SOMETHING! Add the fact that Hewitt is heavily underprepared, and doesn't even enjoy the clay anyway, and I think it's the wrong move and TA should be critisized, as well as Hewitt. For Hewitt to think he's ready for RG MD, more ready than Matosevic, is completely self serving.

It annoys me when situations like this are met with applause, but when players like Dokic or Philippoussis vie for AO WC's (where there's 5, and normally not 1 player has earned one anyway) they are critisized and it's said this should be their last chance
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If Lleyton will not have time to prepare for Roland Garros, he return a wild card, as it did at the US Open.
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If Lleyton will not have time to prepare for Roland Garros, he return a wild card, as it did at the US Open.
Let's hope that common sense prevails.

But the damage is done. Marinko has already had to tank that Challenger to get to Paris in time.
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Let's hope that common sense prevails.

But the damage is done. Marinko has already had to tank that Challenger to get to Paris in time.
We hope that Lleyton will play. And from Bordeaux to Paris, just still had 3 weeks flying Qualifying begins on Wednesday, so that Mato and after the final in Bordeaux, could easily be in Paris on Monday.
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He has to have time to prepare for the surface Something PROFESSIONALS do! Marinko's just not the time to show up to an event with no matchplay, unlike a certain someone.

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