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I think it hasn't appeared so often in Grand Slams history (and I think you won't be surprised by their names...) but TWO former Australian Open's finalists will be in the men's qualifying singles draw, Arnaud Clément (who lost against Agassi in 2001) will play against Bjorn Phau, and Rainer Schuettler (who lost against... Agassi in 2003) will play against Chris Guccione. Can they go to the main draw ?
 

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Both of them should make it. Strange that the AO isn't rewarding their achievements with a WC. I think Wimbledon would?
 

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I think it hasn't appeared so often in Grand Slams history (and I think you won't be surprised by their names...) but TWO former Australian Open's finalists will be in the men's qualifying singles draw, Arnaud Clément (who lost against Agassi in 2001) will play against Bjorn Phau, and Rainer Schuettler (who lost against... Agassi in 2003) will play against Chris Guccione. Can they go to the main draw ?
I don't see Rainer winning, the Gooch can take him out. Arnaud can do it tho.
 

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Both of them should make it. Strange that the AO isn't rewarding their achievements with a WC. I think Wimbledon would?
I don't think it's in the best interest of the sport to give two 35 year olds a WC.
 

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Nice blog, Shank.
 

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Guccione will find some way to stuff it up.
 

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Both of them should make it. Strange that the AO isn't rewarding their achievements with a WC. I think Wimbledon would?
They had their chances mate... It's better they offer WC's to younger players and rising talents
 

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Did Schuettler or Clement make a request for a WC? If they did and were rejected, maybe it's because the officials didn't think they were popular enough to put more butts in seats and would rather give them to young Aussies? :shrug: FFT has their reciprocal WC and they didn't even give it to Clement.

Both of them should make it. Strange that the AO isn't rewarding their achievements with a WC. I think Wimbledon would?
This reminds me of when Wimbledon gave Kimiko Date-Krumm a WC in 2009. She was 38 years old and ranked #142 at the time, and her best result there was a SF in 1996. She was making headlines for her comeback at the time though.
 

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Kimiko looks amazing for 41 though. I've always had a soft spot for her, Never really competed but i tell you what she has loads of determination and plenty of conditioning to be still going at 40 and not having too many injury hassles. She's done so well.
 

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This reminds me of when Wimbledon gave Kimiko Date-Krumm a WC in 2009. She was 38 years old and ranked #142 at the time, and her best result there was a SF in 1996. She was making headlines for her comeback at the time though.
also GB hardly had many young players that could benefit from the WC
 

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Kimiko looks amazing for 41 though. I've always had a soft spot for her, Never really competed but i tell you what she has loads of determination and plenty of conditioning to be still going at 40 and not having too many injury hassles. She's done so well.
I partly agree, the fact WTA is a huge joke plays a major role too.
 

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Those 2 mugs should have retired long ago, they don't deserve WC.
 
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