You're endorsing Willis as Grand Slam level then?A few one, OK, but not some players that are clearly not even close to GS-level, some of them not even close to good Challenger players or with the potential to reach that.
I don't understand nationalism in tennis. I go to Rotterdam ATP 500 annually and I am glad I watched Zverev, Tsitsipas, FAA all before they were well-known (received wild-cards by the tournament based on their potential and huge talent), instead of some Dutch amateur losing 6-0 6-0.You're endorsing Willis as Grand Slam level then?
Look, it's all subjective, you can argue for or against anyone's inclusion.
The point is, wildcards are fun and tournaments can hand them out to whoever the hell they want. Hell, even in Qatar where they trudge out that same unranked guy for like eight years in a row and won like three total games. Who cares, lighten up. "OH WHAT A TRAVESTY, RADU ALBOT LOST HIS SPOT BECAUSE OF IT"
Uhm, good training and education, fitness, talent, technique, maybe some decent tactics, motivation (especially intrinsic would be great), ability to focus, mental stability...Erm... you know this is tennis we're talking about right? What is the #1 thing you need?
See, you are mixing up things. Willis qualified and earned his spot in the main draw. There is a difference between him and players who don't have to do anything but ask their national federation for a wildcard to enter the main draw. Over and over again.So what!? There's 128 players in a grand slam draw, let them have a crack at it. I bet you hate Marcus "Willbomb" Willis
And you randomly pay for all that how? Oh, that's right. All the greats were just magically born professional tennis players.Uhm, good training and education, fitness, talent, technique, maybe some decent tactics, motivation (especially intrinsic would be great), ability to focus, mental stability...
Money is overrated. Ask Gulbis.
That's up to the national associations and parents of course. To guide the talented kids and help them to make the right decisions.And you randomly pay for all that how? Oh, that's right. All the greats were just magically born professional tennis players.
You literally contradict yourself immediately. The windfall of money, provided by the national association, to their national players will immediately improve their training/coaching/travel/etc/whatever. My goodness this isn't hard.That's up to the national associations and parents of course. To guide the talented kids and help them to make the right decisions.
I don't see players getting better after receiving another wildcard and a decent amount of money for just showing up. Do you?
Hah, not true at all. He rejected it out of spite because he didn't feel the FFT supported him enough in the past so he wanted to "show them" and it backfired.Who are half of these people LOL.
I remember Halys rejected the WC a couple of years ago cause wanted to earn his place from Qualifying. He failed ultimately, but he earned my respect for that.
No reciprocals with USTA this year (there were no French WCs at USO) but this should resume next year. As for Australians, FFT did reserve wild cards for them but, per FFT technical director, they received a message from Tennis Australia that wildcards are not needed this year.Where is their USA and AO wildcard????