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R. Jayakrishnan wrote:I was beginning to worry that BD would be totally swamped when he gets back, so thought I would start putting some lists in..
The 2005 Legg Mason Wild Card Challenge at Sport & Health Clubs showed a changing of the guard in area tennis. Newcomer, Izak van der Merwe, earned the singles title, defeating defending champion, Trevor Spracklin, in straight sets. In the doubles competition, 2004 singles finalist, Matt Scott, and his partner, Joey Atas, avenged previous years’ losses by winning their first championship.
In his first tennis tournament towards a professional career, van der Merwe earned $1,000 and a wild card into the singles qualifying competition of the 2005 Legg Mason Tennis Classic. van der Merwe, a recent graduate of Old Dominion University and an ITA All-American, used his blazing serve on the lightening fast courts at the Arlington Y Tennis & Squash Club to defeat Spracklin, 6-2; 6-2.
Atas and Scott faced stiffer competition in the doubles final. After dropping the first set 4-6 to Clemson teammates, Damiisa Robinson and Nathan Thompson, Atas and Scott rallied to win the second and third sets, 6-3, 7-5. Robinson and Thompson did not go down without a fight, coming back from a 5-2 deficit in the third set. With $2,000 and a wild card into the doubles main draw of the 2005 Legg Mason Tennis Classic on the line, match point proved more than climactic; Atas and Scott pumped fists while Robinson and Thompson could not hide their disappointment.
James Blake will receive a wild card into the tournament (if necessary).
WILD CARDS FOR LEGG-MASON
The Boys' 18 singles champion [Alexander F. Clayton] will receive a wild card into the main draw at the Legg-Mason Tennis Championships in Washington, DC. In addition the Boys' 18 singles finalist [Attila Bucko] and the Boys' 16 singles champion [Tyler J. Hochwalt] will receive wild cards into the Legg-Mason singles qualifying event.
The Boy's 18 [Andrew B. Orban & Michael D. Venus] and 16 [William F. Guzick & Tyler J. Hochwalt] doubles champions will be put on the “short list” for the singles qualifier of the Legg-Mason Tennis Championships.
I didn't think he would but I guess the organizers wanted to cover all the bases since they've been featuring Blake (along w. Roddick, Agassi, & Henman) in the t.v. ads for several months. (He was ranked a lot lower before the French Open, so there was a real possibility then when they started running the ads that he would be so low on the alternate list that he wouldn't get in.)R. Jayakrishnan wrote:[So Blake would not need that wildcard!]
I know Jay .. But you never told me the sources
Nathaliia wrote:Maybe it's the same situation like with Nadal in Umag, the organizators want the largest number of people to come and they keep Gaudio's withdrawal in secret. But on the other hand last year 99,9% of people were sure Safin won't come, but he did (I was in this 0,01%).
Poor Agustin, injured again...
2005 ATP Official Rulebook:Robxon wrote:Could somebody please help me?
Jamie Delgado withdrew from the Segovia main draw to play qualifiers at Washington. Is this allowed?
The ATP supervisor in Washington wouldn't have allowed Delgado to sign-in for qualifying if he was in violation of the rule.A. Regulation:
A player may only enter and compete in one Grand Slam, ATP, Challenger Series, Satellite Circuit or Futures Tournament or special event during that Tournament Week. Once a player enters and is accepted into the main draw of singles or doubles, signs in or enters the qualifying competition, he is committed to that Tournament for the week, unless released by the Administrator of Rules and Competition or Supervisor. A player who loses in the singles qualifying competition may enter the doubles event of any Tournament.
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