Re: Australian Open Entry List/Fact Sheet (updated January 8, 2013)
Originally Posted by TalTennis
You mean there is a draw that picks lucky losers?
Is it made from the losers in the final round only?
Since 2006, the four highest ranked players who lose in the last round of qualification take part in a four-way random draw, the results of which are used to determine the order in which each player will enter the main draw. Consequently, if only one main draw spot for a lucky loser is available, the highest-ranked loser has just a 25% chance of entering the draw, instead of 100% as in the past. This element of uncertainty helps to ensure that final-round qualifying matches remain competitive. However, this rule does not apply in all other tournaments.
Re: Australian Open Entry List/Fact Sheet (updated January 12, 2013)
Two Israelis in the main draw, we haven't had that since 2008. And with both having to qualify and making it? I don't know if that ever happened... well done to both of them, particularly Weintraub. He needs those $30K... it's almost the same as he made through all of last year...
As for the opponents - Sela got it hard, Davydenko has been in very good form lately, I think even the seeds didn't want to play against him. I'm not very familiar with Guido Pella who will play Weintraub, but compared to other options it's a good draw. I hope that like many Argentines he's better on clay.