Though the stats might have improved slightly last year Wimbledon does have one of the worst records for home players allocated a wc being knocked out in the first round so even with this so called better criteria they are still behind the USA, France and Australia. OK - those 3 countries might allocate more to their own players but still not a great record. Really do think it is also a bit of a fallacy that receiving a wild card to the main draw of a grand slam aids the development of a player (certainly a lot of British players like Bogdanovic, James Ward, Liam Broady, Dan Cox - failed or have failed so far to make any major impact on the sport). If a player is good enough and puts in the necessary application then they will develop irrespective of whether they are handed wc's (at any event) or not.Wild cards for home slams don't bother me at all -- it's a way for these nations to throw some dollars to the development of their players just as some other nations do. I do like the way Wimbledon has some criteria for their home WCs -- don't you have to be at least 250 or above to qualify for main draw WC? Regardless, the level of players are now so competitive that even someone in the 200s or lowers can knock off the higher players .And there's been more than one occasion where a virtually no ranked player won a first round or even made it to the third round.