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fleming wildcard?

by heislord (U13650508) 12 June 2009
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eastbourne has announced wild cards for goodall, ward and.....fleming. Goodall hasworked hard and made the top 200, Ward is not far off -fair enough. evans has won a challenger and is 19. willis and cox are fast improving. eaton has showed big match temperament and ability on faster courts. bogo whatever the complaints about the number of chances hes had, has been a top 200 player for 4 years and is clearly the most consistent player bar murray.even bloomers has shown his commitment to the tour and stayed a top 300ish player for a number of years. Fleming is about 24 i think and has done nothing as a singles player at challenger level, yet he gets this opportunity.
Is it because he's happy not to try to qualify for wimbledon? in which case shame on him. or is it because hes already been given a wildcard into the main draw in which case shame on wimbledons establishment.
wildcards should be given out in this order this year.
1) goodall
2) ward
3) evans
4) bogdanovic
5) eaton or bloomfield at a pinch
i.e people who have proved on some stage that given a fair wind they might beat a top 150 player and could therefore do so again given a good draw.
after that if any more singles wildcards must be given out give them to 18/19 year olds for experience. there is no point in giving wildcards to guys in their mid 20s who'll never make it.
personally i'd be tempted just to give em to the top 3 ive named above and if we only end up with 4 in the draw so be it.

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posted Jun 12, 2009

It's Wimbledon qualifiers this week

Most of the british boys who havn't received Wildcards to Wimbledon have to qualify this week.

The LTA expect Boggo to qualify as he will be a high seed in qualifying

So basically Fleming is the only one they have left

Okay?

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comment by alixjo (U13222635)

posted Jun 12, 2009

Colin Fleming has recently returned to tennis after deciding to concentrate on his studies. He decided to give tennis another try and has done more in the last year than a lot of other players.

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posted Jun 12, 2009

Alixjo: I was about to say that! His ranking is going in the right direction and moving up nicely after returning full time last year.

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comment by Snape (U3018951)

posted Jun 12, 2009

Wildcards need to stop being handed out in the first place. British players try there best around Wimbledon and the rest of the year they are nowhere. It's time these people stop getting huge hands outs and thousands of pounds in travel expenses.
Players ranked near these people get no or little help with travel and other help and yet they still are equal or better than these players, it's pathetic and time to stop excepting mediocrity.

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posted Jun 12, 2009

I dont expect Bogdanovich to qualify but surely he must be irritated that Goddall and Ward ranked below have been given wildcards ahead of him. The ladies event is a strong field so even Anne K at 49 is not good enough for direct acceptance. I am glad Baltacha has been given a wildcard, this means that O'Brien, South and Stoop will have to qualify, if I had been O'Brien and South I would have tried my luck at the Grass court event in Den Bosch like Anne K did last year as South will tumble down the rankings following her early exit in Birmingham.

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posted Jun 12, 2009

thank god you're not in charge of British tennis then.

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posted Jun 12, 2009

Yeah..give wild cards to 17 yr olds and let them get thrashed just for the experience, great for their confidence, a real moral booster !!

Does boggo ever get past the 1st round anyway, so why waste a card on him.

I'm afraid mediocrity is the name of british tennis, so you may as well get as many decent British players into big tournaments and hope that helps them improve, young'uns will have to wait, unless they show promise AKA "Miss Robson" then they deserve some singling out.

Now, you haven't got anything against fleming cos he's scottish, have you ??

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