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    Sydney please
    Or something.

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    Are we all competing for CWL now? Might have missed where that was mentioned. Would be interesting if we are, Davis Cup and all.

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    Do you think it's possible that you mention the tournament value before we make our decision on what tournament we'd like to participate in?

    It might influence people's decision making.

    Auckland again if possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HeathDavisSpeed View Post
    Can those who didn't sit out go to Sydders or Auckland?

    I guess I'll choose Auckland if I can.
    I'll generally allow it for those who perform woefully in their first tournament (i.e. Delev), but preference will go to those yet to compete.

    Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
    Are we all competing for CWL now? Might have missed where that was mentioned. Would be interesting if we are, Davis Cup and all.
    Yeah, that's what I had in mind with the change.

    Quote Originally Posted by NUFAN View Post
    Do you think it's possible that you mention the tournament value before we make our decision on what tournament we'd like to participate in?

    It might influence people's decision making.

    Auckland again if possible.
    Yeah sure - no problems.

    For the record, the next two tournaments are:

    • Medibank International: Points for Winner: 175; Prize Money for Winner: $73,900; Rumoured seeds: R Špidla (6), P Pascaul (7), D Kennedy (12), D Champion (20).
    • Heineken Open: Points for Winner: 175; Prize Money for Winner: $73,700; Rumoured seeds: J Hall (1), D Mimic (3), Z Varga (8), D Cowan (14).


    Should have quals up within the hour.


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    Also with the rankings will there be a race (calender year ranking) and tour (52 week cycle) rankings?

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    Auckland; Sydney (Qualifiers) - Jan 12-18 Season I

    Heineken Open
    Qualifiers - Auckland

    Competition Details
    Draw - Top Half
    Draw - Bottom Half

    After the disappointment of his first round qualifying loss at Chennai, Sven Oxenstierna will be exceptionally happy with his direct qualification into the Heineken Open main draw after coming through relatively unscathed. The Ox's main problems was always his lapses in concentration as the two sets he dropped throughout qualification were ones he was never in the hunt - dropping a set-to-love against third seed Scott Whitehouse in the round of 32, and losing the opener to Meng Tu in the round of 16 6-1. In his opening match, Oxenstierna managed to overcome the second set blip to cause an upset against Britain’s Whitehouse, and after edging the first set he blew the Brit away in the decider to seal an impressive 7-5 0-6 6-2 victory. It was a similar story in the second round as The Ox regained confidence following a disappointing opening set to scrap out an important 1-6 7-5 6-4. In the qualifying final, it all came together for the Norwegian-born clay courter as he defeated local favourite David Butler to advance to the main draw with a 6-4 6-3 win.

    In another CWLand-New Zealand final, Jojo Mustard failed to upstage second seed Sam Cunningham as he fell victim to an elementary 3-6 3-6 loss. The loss was a body blow for the wildcard who had already managed to upstage the eccentrically-named sixth seed Strongth Badlee in convincing fashion in the round of sixteen. Mustard made a habit of making things difficult for himself as he came back from a set down in the opening round to knock off the Czech Republic's Petr Brozik in three sets - the fact that Brozik wiped the floor with him in the opening set only made him more determined as he came back to claim a gritty 2-6 6-1 7-6(4) victory. Despite his loss in the final, Mustard did enough to convince the organisers to hand him a wildcard into the main draw.

    Andy Pimpkins could have been forgiven for believing the world of professional tennis wasn't has hard as it looked on TV as he went a set up in the round of 16 against David Butler. After taking the first 6-3, Pimpkins seemed to be exuding confidence only to have his game fall to pieces at the hands of a counter-attacking Butler. Butler rallied against the Zimbabwean-born youngster to race through the next two sets in 50 minutes to seal a come-from-behind 3-6 6-3 6-2 victory. In his opening match, Pimpkins made light work of Romanian Radu Ghitã with a convincing 6-4 6-1 victory, but it wasn't enough to score the up-and-comer a wildcard.

    Hamish McSporran came up against an imposing task in his round of 32 encounter - drawn against top seeded Jiří Gross of the Czech Republic. But the top seed didn't look anywhere near as dominant as he'd have liked early as McSporran worked hard to break early in the match and hold on to steal the first set 7-5. It wasn't to be for McSporran, though, as Gross found his range and some luck as some close line calls handed him important breaks of service en route to a mildly convincing 5-7 6-1 6-3 win. Gross would eventually lose his final against Adul Doungtong of Thailand and was not given a wildcard to the main draw.Rock Daniels was also impressive in his opening match as he came up against fifth seed Felipe Pelayo. Pelayo took the opening set in a breaker but looked on the verge of a disappointing loss as the aggressive hard-court specialist ran him off the court in the second set. But his power hitting was spraying everywhere in the decider as Pelayo took advantage and proved his class in a 7-5 1-6 6-2 win. The third CWLand representative to bow out in the round of 32 was Spas Delev who failed to make up for his opening qualifying loss in Doha. It looked like it would be horror tour of New Zealand for Delev as failed to take a game off second seed Sam Cunningham in the first set. But sensing embarrassment, Delev made a fist of it and managed to take a set off the Kiwi before eventually bowing out in three sets 0-6 6-4 1-6.

    Qualifiers: Adul Doungtong (THA); S Oxenstierna (CWL); H Onwye (MAR); 2-S Cunningham (NZL)
    Wildcards: K King (NZL); D Butler (NZL); J Mustard (CWL)

    Medibank International
    Qualifiers - Sydney

    Competition Details
    Draw - Top Half
    Draw - Bottom Half

    Sydney was a happy hunting ground for wildcard Suryakant Singh of CWLand as he qualified for the main draw with a handy victory over Georgia's Gocha Berianidz. Singh had to overcome two seeds on his way to the main draw - the toughest of which was top seeded American Jimmy Holland who he knocked out in three despite a poor second set - 7-5 0-6 6-3. Singh refused to do things the easy way as he also worked hard to win his opening match against Kazhakstan's Ilja Nesterov, before having an easier time of it in the final with a straight sets win over Berianidz. The Georgian had little answer for Singh and looked off his game - Singh taking advantage of his average touch to seal an emphatic 6-4 6-3 win and become the first of the CWLand representatives to qualify.

    The other was Brett Read who, despite losing his final, managed to collect a wildcard entrance into the main draw following a close loss to second seed Tom Vollan of Norway. Read had had to overcome both Davis Allani and countryman Caresh Mahboob and did so in fine style - winning the former 7-5 6-1 and the latter 7-6(5) 6-3. However many suspected that the opening wins were flattering to Read as they both came against lowly ranked opposition, but few could dispute Read's class as he claimed the first set 6-1. But Vollan was able to assert himself on the match in the second set and force the match to the tiebreaker - his emphatic breaker victory allowing him to run through Read who began to doubt himself and advance to the main draw 1-6 7-6(1) 6-1.

    For Caresh Mahboob and Randy Smeltz it was disappointing as neither failed to make an impression in their round of sixteen matches having sealed opening round victories. Mahboob took an awesome victory over seventh seed Jurgen Boniek of Austria in his opening match as he showed real composure in two close sets. Where he broke Boniek in the fourteenth game of the first set to claim it 7-5, he was made to work in the second and stared down the barrel of two set points. But Mahboob held strong and claimed it in a breaker to seal a 7-5 7-6(5) victory before falling to Read in the round of 16. Smeltz was equally impressive in his first round clash as he wiped the floor with seventeen year old Andy Russell as he advanced in just 69 minutes. Russell tried hard to stick with his 28-year old opponent but was caught woefully short in a 3-6 2-6 loss. But Smeltz failed to replicate that form against fourth seed James O'Raherty who handed out a lesson of his own with a victory within an hour. Smeltz won just one game in the opening set, but looked more dangerous in the second. The result was never in doubt, though, as the Irishman advanced to a 6-1 6-3 win.

    Roy Fredericks failed to make up for his qualifying exit in Chennai as he came up against unseeded Brit Pat Ambrose. Fredericks managed to level the match at one set a piece following a disappointing opening set, but it was the cooler head of Ambrose which prevailed in a third set tiebreaker following Fredericks' domination of most of the third set. Fredericks failed to capitalise on his domination and paid for it dearly as he went out without a whimper in the breaker, losing 3-6 6-4 6(2)-7. A similar fate awaited Jean-Paul Valley as he came up against eighth seed Max Eisenhauer of Germany. Eisenhauer looked in fine form in the first set with a 6-2 victory, but the CWLander hit back to issue a bodyblow to the German and level the match at a set apiece thanks to an early break. But an early break in the third set went the other way and it cost Valley dearly, as he bowed out in three sets - 2-6 6-4 5-7.

    Qualifiers: WC-S Singh (CWL); 5-M Oertel (RSA); L Inmin (KOR); 2-T Vollan (NOR)
    Wildcards: B Read (CWL); J McDonald (AUS); M Fosdike (FRA)
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    happy to get a first round win in my first tournament, hoping to go on to great things from here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
    happy to get a first round win in my first tournament, hoping to go on to great things from here.
    Was just qualifying mate.

    Are the CWL players who made it through to the final 32 straight into the main draw this time or?
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    I'm not sure I understand your question.

    Here are the Auckland and Sydney draws if this answers it:

    Auckland - Top Half
    Auckland - Bottom Half

    Sydney - Top Half
    Sydney - Bottom Half

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    Quote Originally Posted by SirBloody Idiot View Post
    I'm not sure I understand your question.
    I just thought that the players who had some rankings points behind them already might have automatically got to play without having to qualify. All good though.

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    Good show gents. This is looking so awesome so far man. Absolutely delightful. Keep going

    On a personal note, quite happy that Suryakant finding some form, and knocking out some seeds. Showing that us brown-men can play singles as well
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    A Letzebuerger in the first round. Excellent.

    Had actually thought of skipping the tourney to get some rest (is rest/fatigue modelled in the sim?), but oh well.

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    Yeah it is factored in, but how tired can you be after a 3-6 1-6 thumping?

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    Auckland; Sydney (R32) - Jan 12-18 Season I

    Heineken Open
    Round of 32 - Auckland

    Competition Details
    Draw - Top Half
    Draw - Bottom Half

    Auckland was a happy hunting ground for the CWLand players as both were victorious en route to a birth in the round of sixteen. Wildcard Jojo Mustard was victorious in his round of 32 match against Turkey's Azgin Erdi in one of the upsets of the opening round. The world number 53 looked to have the better of the 19-year old as he claimed the opening set 6-3 as Mustard blew three break point opportunities and failed to return the set to an even keel. But Mustard was unfazed by the opening set as he looked buoyed by his solid showing in the opening set - breaking immediately and then heading up 2-0. Another break was enough for Mustard to claim the second and head into the decider in good form. Azgin, however, picked up his pace and looked confident following some big forehand winners to stay level with his loess experienced opponent. In the tiebreaker, the youth of Mustard was just enough to edge out the unseeded Turk - claiming the match 3-6 6-2 7-6(4).

    Fellow CWLand representative Sven Oxenstierna also had a successful start to his campaign as the qualifier had a convincing win over Luxembourgian Oliver Engel. The Swedish-born 25-year old struggled to really develop any flow to his game in the opening set and was broken twice early. But the qualifier managed to fight back and level the match at six apiece to send it to a tiebreaker, before prevailing to edge ahead of the world number 66. The first set loss was a shock to the system of Engel who never really regained his confidence and was belted from pillar to post in the second set as The Ox set up a second round clash with Oliver Highsmith following a 7-6(2) 6-1 win.

    The Ox's opponent Highsmith will be fierce competition as he upstaged Peruvian eighth seed José Navarro in three sets in a topsy-turvy match where the momentum favoured the Brit for the most part. Highsmith claimed the first and third sets in convincing style, but will be worried about his poor form in the second set as he seemed to concede it very early. Top seed Jason Hall showed just why he is ranked by many as the best player alive as he made light work of Thai qualifier Adul Doungtong - taking a straight sets win in just 48 minutes. Doungtong took just one game off his much fancied opponent, Hall sealed a 6-0 6-1 win with his twelfth ace.

    Seeds Out: 6-Ming-Wing Li (CHN); 8-José Navarro (PER).

    Medibank International
    Round of 32 - Sydney

    Competition Details
    Draw - Top Half
    Draw - Bottom Half

    CWLand's Brett Read has advanced to the round of 16 in the Medibank International following a convincing victory over Australian wildcard Jake McDonald. After going a set up against Tom Vollan in the qualifying final and then losing, Read look determined to prove he was no choker as he was handed a reprieve by the tournament organisers - paying them back in style with a dominating victory. McDonald came out aggressively but was broken in the fifth game of the opening set to fall down 2-3, and then again in the ninth game to lose the opening set 3-6. Read gained in confidence and proved he had learned a lesson following his loss to Vollan, thrashing the 22-year old in straight sets 6-3 6-0. Read will move on in the draw to face seventh seeded American Morgan Carter who had little trouble in destroying local lad Adam Murray in straight sets.

    After qualifying for the tournament proper with a victory over Georgia's [/b]Gocha Berianidze[/b], Suryakant Singh faced a difficult prospect in sixth seed Václav Zeman of the Czech Republic. Whilst Zeman looked more polished for the majority of the match, Singh was able to give the world number 24 a real scare as he took the second set in tight circumstances. But the flair and talent on show in the second set were noticeably absent in the first and last as Singh failed to penetrate the consistency of Zeman as the Czech ace had little trouble in dictating play. A fighting performance eventually would eventually fall short for Singh as Zeman prevailed in three sets - 6-1 5-7 6-3.

    In other action, local favourite David Champion came back from the brink of an embarrassing defeat at the hands of wildcard Mikel Fosdike. The Frenchman caught the Australian off guard with an impressive first set display to silence the home crowd by taking full advantage of the two break points handed to him and sealing a 6-3 lead. Fosdike managed to go up another break in the second set and storm out to a 5-4 lead, before Champion rallied to break back and avoid a humiliating exit before claiming the set in a tiebreaker. But Fosdike would not go away as Champion was forced all the way to the brink in the final set before finally prevailing 3-6 7-6(7) 7-5. The only seed to fall was third seeded Canadian Davis Kennedy who was ousted by veteran American Wayne Boyd in three sets. The 33-year old claimed the opening set 7-5, before an untimely break saw him drop the second set and put the match on a knife's edge. The knife tipped completely in the favour of the elder of the two competitors - Boyd sending Kennedy packing with an upset 7-5 4-6 6-2 win.

    Seeds Out: 3-Davis Kennedy (CAN).
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    Auckland; Sydney (R16) - Jan 12-18 Season I

    Heineken Open
    Round of 16 - Auckland

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    Draw - Top Half
    Draw - Bottom Half

    The dream run for Sven Oxenstierna continued as he advanced to a quarterfinal showdown with third seed Janos Varga following a come-from-behind victory over Britain's Oscar Highsmith. Highsmith, who had already defeated the eighth seed, looked like breezing past the qualifier as he dropped just one game in the opening set. But The Ox managed to fight back into the contest and sensational style, to break the serve of the steady Brit in the sixth game and go on to level the match at a set a piece. As the match came closer to a dramatic conclusion, disaster struck for Highsmith as he dropped his own serve in the eleventh game to give The Ox a chance to close out the match. But the CWLand newcomer failed to get the job done there-and-then as he allowed Highsmith a chance to take the match in a tiebreaker. It wasn't to be as Oxenstierna regained his footing and closed out the match to complete an impressive 1-6 6-4 7-6(4) victory. His opponent Varga had yet to drop a set in the tournament, but was made to work for his win over Samoa's Murphy S'ua.

    Wildcard Jojo Mustard also came from behind to pull off a massive upset with a three set win over seventh seed Dwayne Murdoch. Both men came off difficult three set opening matches, but it was the American who looked fresher as he raced to an early 3-0 lead and, despite a minor hiccup, took the first set 6-4. But Mustard, who was made to come back from a set down against Azgin Erdi, showed he had a lot of fight left in the tank as he also broke early and held on to take the second 6-4. In an even match, it was only fitting that it went to a deciding tiebreaker and it was the less-favoured Mustard who brought home the bickies with a 4-6 6-4 7-6(6) victory. Mustard faces an even more imposing task in the quarterfinal against top seeded American Jason Hall who, after an unbelievably easy first round match, was made to work hard for his straight sets win over Gregor Gorshkov.

    In the upset of the day, Morrocan qualifier Hayden Onwye booked a spot against his brother in the quarterfinal following an amazing win against the man 239 places above him in the rankings - second seed Danijel Mimic. Onwye took the opening set before letting Mimic into the match with a lapse in concentration on his own serve in the second. But his 6-3 4-6 7-5 win was enough to set up an interesting contest against higher ranked brother Ross Onwye who took a three set win over Brazil's Roberto Santos.

    Seeds Out: 2-Danijel Mimic (SRB); 7-Dwayne Murdoch (USA).

    Medibank International
    Round of 16 - Sydney

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    Draw - Top Half
    Draw - Bottom Half

    The only remaining CWLand representative in Sydney bowed out in the round of 16 despite winning the first set - Brett Read falling to pieces after a confident start. Pitted against seventh seed Morgan Carter, Read stuck with his highly respected opponent to take the first set to a tiebreaker as neither man was able to break the other's serve. Read eventually built up a decent head of steam to steal the first set in the breaker, but it was what happened after which was even more amazing as he capitulated in the second set - failing to win a game en route to a 0-6 trouncing. In a fizzle reminiscent of his qualifying final loss to Tom Vollan, the wildcard entrant only managed to pick two games up in the third set as he bowed out in disappointing style with a 7-6(3) 0-6 2-6 loss.

    Eighth seed Eric Henson's form leading up to the Australian Open continued to get worse as he backed up a first round exit at the Brisbane International with a straight sets loss to Pierre L'Estrange in the second round here in Sydney. Australia doesn't seem to be a happy hunting ground for the brother of the world number one and he will be hoping his form can turn around; a convincing 5-6 6(3)-7 loss will not fill him with confidence. On the other side of the draw, local favourite David Champion was very disappointing in his loss to Norwegian qualifier Tom Vollan. Vollan dropped the first set to Champion and it looked like it was business as usual - until Champion inexplicably imploded as he failed to win a game in the second set. Champion did force the third to a breaker but never recovered from the embarrassment of the second set - crashing out 4-6 6-0 7-6(2).

    Seeds Out: 4-David Champion (AUS); 6-Václav Zeman (CZE); 8-Eric Henson (USA).

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