Oz Open Wild card news...from Oz Open Website...
....surpises for me eharing about French lady WC......
Really sad for Loit (that si if she hasn't retired) After 10 years of great performances for France, they don;t consdier her when she is a bit down....I obviously don't have the full story- who knows what happened....
I also thought Asia Tennis Fed cracked it or had a 'differnece of opinion' with ITF and Tennis OZ and no more Asian Wikcrads. No Asia WC play off so they go to highest Asian not in draw- friggin dumb , should be higgest asian whose country is not represneted- this was the way it used to be before WC playoff. All due repect to Yuan, but it shouldn't be Chinese player in this case.
Anyways, here is the article from Oz Open website
Six players from the United States, France and Asia have been granted wildcards to the main draw of Australian Open 2009.
The wildcards are awarded under exchange agreements with the United States Tennis Association, French Tennis Federation and the Asian Tennis Federation.
John Isner and Christina McHale earned their place in the main draw after winning the USTA wildcard tournament in Florida in late December.
Isner, 23, of Florida, finished 2008 ranked No.144 in the world. He appeared in the main draw of all four Grand Slams in 2008, and lost in the first round of Australian Open 2008 to France’s Fabrice Santoro. The former University of Georgia standout won his second career USTA Pro Circuit Challenger title in Texas in September.
Sixteen-year-old McHale of New Jersey will be making her Grand Slam debut at the Australian Open. Starting 2008 ranked world No.712, a successful year on the USTA Pro Circuit, where she reached the semis in Augusta and quarterfinals in San Diego and Florida, saw her rise to a year-end ranking of 377. McHale also reached the girls’ singles final at the prestigious 18/u Orange Bowl, and led the USA to an historic Junior Fed Cup win in Mexico in September.
The French-nominated wildcards have gone to Adrian Mannarino and Kristina Mladenovic.
Mannarino has risen nearly 200 ranking points in the past 12 months and is currently ranked 129. His best 2008 results include winning the Jersey Challenger and reaching the finals in Rennes, and winning Futures events in France and Great Britain.
Fifteen-year-old Mladenovic achieved some impressive results on the junior circuit in 2008, including semifinal appearances on three surfaces – hardcourt at the US Open Juniors, clay at the Grade 1 Gerry Weber Open and grass at Roehampton. Her world junior ranking is 11.
Australian Open wildcards have also been awarded to the two highest ranked Asian players not yet in the main draw, Denis Istomin from Uzbekistan and Yuan Meng from China.
This is Istomin’s second appearance at the Australian Open. In 2008 he was also awarded a wildcard and won an epic four set match against Lukas Lacko. He went on to push Lleyton Hewitt to four sets before losing in the second round. Currently ranked 109, Istomin improved his ranking by more than 100 points in 2008 with wins at two Challenger events in Uzbekistan, and reached the finals in the Ukraine and Russia.
Currently ranked 127, Yuan’s Australian Open wildcard ensures a much easier passage into the tournament than in 2008 when she battled through quallies to reach the maindraw. She scored a win over Russian Ekaterina Ivanova in the first round before falling to the power of Serena Williams in the second.
The final Australian Open discretionary wildcards (four men and four women) will be announced within the next week.
Current Australian Open wildcards:
Men: Colin Ebelthite (Play-off winner), John Isner (USTA), Adrian Mannarino (French), Denis Istomin (Asia)
Women: Jelena Dokic (Play-off winner), Christina McHale (USTA), Kristina Mladenovic (French), Yuan Meng (Asia).