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Nev wrote:I heard that Calleri is not going to participate because of his injury. I don't have sources, but it's probable, so be alert for this withdrawal.
Eric49 wrote:Can somebody tell me when they will put the qualifiers and lucky losers in place?
May 27, 2006
Lucky Lucky Loser
PARIS -- Under the former Grand Slam rules, Kevin Kim of Los Angeles would be in the main draw of the French Open right now.
But there have been some revisions and, so, at 10 a.m. today (4 a.m. on the East Coast), Kim can do nothing but wait and hope that his name gets pulled out of the hat, or cup or whatever the ITF will use to determine who gets lucky loser spots in the main draw.
Lucky losers are the highest ranked players to lose in the final round of qualifying. They replace main draw players who withdraw before the start of the tournament, which is exactly what Arnaud Clement did early Saturday, opening up a spot opposite Roger Federer in the first round.
If the old rules were in place, Kim, who is the highest ranked loser in the final qualifying round, would be in and would have made at least $14,000 (first round losers money), which is no small amount for someone trying to clear $100,000 every year -- before taxes.
But now, because of The Gimelstob Rule, the four highest ranked players to lose in the last round of qualifying compete for the opening or openings in the main draw. If Clement is the only player to withdraw, Kim has a 25 percent chance of getting in. If two withdraw, 50 percent. And so on.
The rule change has been considered for some time, but got impetus at the 2005 Wimbledon when Justin Gimelstob, who lives in Delray Beach, played one game against George Bastl in the final round of qualifying and retired, knowing he would get into the tournament as a lucky loser. He had a bad back and figured why injure it further.
He was smart and entirely within the rules, but it didn't look good, and so we now have something of a lottery for lucky loser spots in the Grand Slams.
More later, when the names are pulled.
Posted by Charles Bricker at 06:37 AM
actually there were 17 spots available, 16 qualifiers & 1 LL (Calleri pulled out before the draw was made). this is not a new rule, they never made difference between a Q&LL when placing them in the draw. what they write on the site is kinda confusing, Clement was replaced by a LL but it was wrong to assume that LL would have to play against Federer.Lucas Freley wrote:I mean, the draw was already displayed, and he was one of the 16 players that qualifyied, and this 16 players had a place assigned in advance.
Charles Bricker wrote:If the old rules were in place, Kim, who is the highest ranked loser in the final qualifying round, would be in and would have made at least $14,000 (first round losers money), which is no small amount for someone trying to clear $100,000 every year -- before taxes.
Bricker posted that entry early Saturday morning before van Gemerden played his qualifying round match so he wasn't a lucky loser candidate then.PatatRiek wrote:Van Gemerden was the lucky loser with the highest ranking, not Kim.
i don't know when those lads pulled out, but they must have pulled out before the qualifiers were placed. otherwise the LLs would have gotten their spotLucas Freley wrote:Oh thanks PatatRiek for your explanation. I am kinda pleasure.
The only question is, do you know the moment (I mean time exactly h/m/s) when Clement (or Ice Man Hanescu) decided to pull out of the Tournament ? They quit before the drawing lot of the qualifiers ? Or at the same moment ?
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