According to TA these are the 16 girls that will participate in the WC playoff (last weeks rankings in brackets)
Evie Dominikovic (136)
Christina Wheeler (164)
Samantha Stosur (166)
Lauren Breadmore (276)
Monique Adamczak (256)
Casey Dellacqua (274)
Bryanne Stewart (320)
Mireille Dittmann (342)
Jaslyn Hewitt (466)
Gabrielle Baker (477)
Lauren Cheung (544)
Sophie Ferguson (622)
Tiffany Welford (709)
Adriana Szili (733)
Christina Horiatopoulos (1033)
No Trudi Musgrave obviously, because she already won hers
Amanda's back! Must say it's surprising she didn't play the challenger to get some match practice in...how can she expect to perform here? OK, a couple of puzzling inclusions are Welford and Szili (unless they got in on their own rank, but there are heaps of girls above them not here!). I can understand Horiatopoulos being invited, because of her injury and the fact she's never had the opportunity to even qualify for AO.
So did the first 12 get direct entry? Were the next 4 wildcards? Or the final 2 only? (LOL if Szili was given a WC here)
Where is McShea? Sewell? Van Elden? Cupac? Watson? I think Dubravka's back injury is preventing her from taking part, because I can't see why Welford or Szili would take her place...also, no Olivia Lukaszewicz or Daniela Dominikovic.
Here is the article from TA
AO Training Camp
Aussie players join forces before Summer Circuit
By Mark Macgugan
When Nicole Pratt defeated Argentina’s Paola Suarez to reach a career-best fourth round at the 2003 Australian Open, she had little doubt as to the reasons for her success. The hard working 29-year-old was quick to point to the previous December’s inaugural Australian Open Training Camp as a catalyst for the plethora of Australians achieving best-ever results at the Open.
"Having the best players in Australia come together, it’s a belief," she reasoned. "People out there are saying, ‘We believe in you, we’re going to give you this opportunity so you can be in the best possible shape you can be in going into the Australian summer.’ Things like that really make a difference."
That ‘difference’ can be measured in different ways. Statistically-minded individuals might point to the incredible 11 Australians who advanced through to the second round of the Open as a mark of the camp’s success. Or to the six that went on to the third round, or the further three, including Pratt, who went all the way to the round of 16.
On the other hand, fans of late night TV-style infomercials might be more inclined to be persuaded by first hand testimonials, like this one from Peter Luczak, 24, of Victoria:
"The camp was a brilliant idea…ten days straight of training every day, four hours a day – fitness, workouts. I think it helped us hugely. Other guys had taken time off, from Europe and South America and the US…(and) we were just training every day in the heat and it helped."
Or this, from Jaymon Crabb, 25, of Western Australia, who says the camp gave him a psychological edge over his opponents:
"I’ve been here, training…They’re over there in freezing conditions, hitting indoors. Swirly wind here, hitting on the courts for ten days before we started playing. So it’s good to have that advantage."
Or even more praise from Nicole Pratt, 29, of Queensland:
"I think everybody got a level of confidence out of that and has taken it into the summer. I know all the younger boys have been having really good results. You’re starting to see it with the women as well…We’ve done the hard work; it’s just a matter of getting out here and performing."
Unlike some infomercials, these testimonials haven’t come from bad actors paid to step in and read an auto-cue. They’re real life success stories. Pratt reached the fourth round of Australian Open 2003 before bowing out to Venus Williams – while both Crabb and Luczak made the round of 32 – comfortably the best results of their respective careers.
And so it is that, following the resounding success of the 2002 product, the Australian Open Training Camp will return in 2003, with all the features that made last year’s version so great, plus an exciting new addition to the program; the chance for one lucky male and one lucky female to win a Main Draw Wildcard into Australian Open 2004.
Hosted once again by former World No.7 Peter McNamara at Melbourne Park, home of the Australian Open, some of Australia’s brightest young players have clamoured for the chance to give themselves that crucial edge for the local summer of tennis by signing on for the camp.
Included in the men’s line-up will be rising stars Todd Reid, Chris Guccione, Ryan Henry and Robert Smeets, plus last year’s big beneficiaries Luczak, Crabb and Victorian Joe Sirianni, who upset highly fancied Belarussian Max Mirnyi in the Open’s first round. Making up the female contingent will be the likes of Samantha Stosur, Christina Wheeler, Bryanne Stewart and young guns Casey Dellacqua and Olivia Lukaszewicz. All up, 32 of Australia’s top players will be based at Melbourne Park for the ten days.
Camp coordinator McNamara says the format of the camp is designed to cover all aspects of tennis required for success at the top level. "The ten-day camp will combine regular fitness workouts and match play interspersed with sports science and sports medicine analysis, and briefings covering a range of topics from diet and nutrition to media training," he explains.
"The overwhelming feedback from players last year was that the Training Camp gave them a sharper edge going into the season and that the group environment, which saw them practicing with their peers day-in, day-out, with advice on hand from many of the country’s best coaches, was a hugely motivating atmosphere in which to train and prepare."
As well as the advice from McNamara himself, camp participants will be able to call on the services of Davis Cup captain John Fitzgerald, Davis Cup coach Wally Masur, and for the first time this year, Australian Fed Cup captain and former Wimbledon champion Evonne Cawley.
Australian Open 2004 Wildcard Play-Off
The camp will run from 8-16 December, with the Wildcard Play-off for those not already holding automatic main draw entry to take place from 17-20 December. If this year’s camp proves as big a hit as last year’s, local fans can look forward to cheering on plenty of Aussies into the latter stages of Australian Open 2004.