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jtipson said:
No problems, Fee :) Have to say your post did make me think twice though, and I was glad to see Richard Vach's name at the bottom of Socket's letter!

Do let us know if you find out anything more about the draw method. I seem to remember the AO has gone to an instant computerised method now, and that's even more scary than this one.
The person who wrote me the e-mail is Richard Pagliaro, who is an editor at Tennis Week. Richard Vach is a stupid, sarcastic frat boy who hangs out at the tennis-x.com site doing nothing productive with his days.
 

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Socket said:
The person who wrote me the e-mail is Richard Pagliaro, who is an editor at Tennis Week. Richard Vach is a stupid, sarcastic frat boy who hangs out at the tennis-x.com site doing nothing productive with his days.

So, he doesn't like Lleyton?

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Socket said:
The person who wrote me the e-mail is Richard Pagliaro, who is an editor at Tennis Week. Richard Vach is a stupid, sarcastic frat boy who hangs out at the tennis-x.com site doing nothing productive with his days.
Oops, mental typo there! I did mean RP (an excellent writer), I'm not sure why I put "Vach" instead of "Pagliaro".
 

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Good luck:

Federer, Roger
Rochus, Olivier
Ferrero, Juan Carlos
Lapentti, Nicolas
Rochus, Christophe
Baghdatis, Marcos
Srichaphan, Paradorn
El Aynaoui, Younes
Kucera, Karol
Hrbaty, Dominik
Verdasco, Fernando
Monfils, Gael
Djokovic, Novak
Lee, Hyung-Taik
Ancic, Mario
Mirnyi, Max
Safin, Marat
Gasquet, Richard
Young, Donald (wc)
Garcia-Lopez, Guillermo
Agassi, Andre
Malisse, Xavier
Gaudio, Gaston
Kuerten, Gustavo
Blake, James
 

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Go Gaudio, Ancic, Feliciano, Nalbandian, and Haas!!!! For the WTA, Good Luck Justine,Sprem,Srebotnik,Ivanovic,Dementieva,Kuznetsova,and Karatantcheva!
 

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Here's how Scud got his WC.

Swap secured Scud wildcard
By Paul Malone
August 27, 2005

A US OPEN source said last night Mark Philippoussis was given his Flushing Meadows wildcard last week after Tennis Australia guaranteed an American man would be granted a 2006 Australian Open wildcard.

As Australia had only two men, Lleyton Hewitt and Wayne Arthurs, as direct entries for the US Open, TA decided it should seek a career lifeline for Philippoussis, who is No. 208 in the world.

US Open spokesman Chris Widmeyer said the US Tennis Association did not explain wildcard allocations.

Wildcards have to be requested by players and it is not known whether the idea to swap grand slam wildcards came from TA, the USTA or the Philippoussis camp.

"One of the things we look for in the wildcards is someone who can add prestige to the tournament and there is no question Mark fits that category," Widmeyer said.

"He is a popular player here and New Yorkers enjoy his style of muscular play."

Grand slam wildcards are mostly reserved by host nations to blood junior players or reward other worthy recipients.

It is understood the swap is a one-off arrangement.

Philippoussis, who has not won an ATP match since Wimbledon, will have to hit a lot of balls to beat tough Slovakian Karol Kucera in his first-round match.

Philippoussis was not sighted at Flushing Meadows yesterday, but practised there on Wednesday.

Fellow Victorian Peter Luczak, trying to make the main draw the hard way, was a tenacious winner yesterday in the second round of qualifying, defeating Chilean Adrian Garcia 7-5 4-6 6-2. Luczak, 25, today faces Brazilian Thiago Alves, ranked No.175, for a place in the main draw.

Luczak, ranked No.188, said a stint as a hitting partner for Hewitt in Cincinnati last week and the experience of his Davis Cup debut against Argentina last month, had helped him remain resolute against the baseline game of Garcia.

"I watched Lleyton beat Greg Rusedski in Cincinnati when he didn't play well in the first set and just hung in to find a way to win. That's what I tried to do today," Luczak said.

"The last couple of weeks I've been working hard on my fitness. I'm not the fastest guy around, so I have to work hard to run well.

"He (Garcia) was cramping and a bit tired in the third and I knew if I just hung in there I should be able to get him."

The Courier-Mail
 

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Cool, good to know JanMike is assured a spot in next year's Aus Open....



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