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Wimbledon wildcards 2017


Normally WCs are allocated to the winners/RU in the 3 grass tournaments assuming they are not in direct.
Rybarikova, who won Surbiton will probably get in direct.
Manchester - not sure any of the semi finalists have got in direct.
Ilkley - given that 12 players inside the top 100 have entered, it is unlikely anyone will need the wildcard.

It may free up some more wildcards.

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paulisi wrote:

Normally WCs are allocated to the winners/RU in the 3 grass tournaments assuming they are not in direct.
Rybarikova, who won Surbiton will probably get in direct.
Manchester - not sure any of the semi finalists have got in direct.
Ilkley - given that 12 players inside the top 100 have entered, it is unlikely anyone will need the wildcard.

It may free up some more wildcards.


 

Is there anything set in stone for any or all of the tournaments regarding Wimbledon WCs ? 



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Last year in their pre-tournament advertising, Surbiton were highlighting the fact that singles winners got a Wimby WC but there was no such reference this year so maybe the rules have changed.



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Does anyone know what time the sub-committee for the wildcards meets tomorrow? - I was wondering at what time the official announcement will be. I am sure we should have lots of Brits awarded places, which I feel is always justified, especially with us now having five potential wildcards ranked from 111 to 246 and another three ranked at 286 or better.

I always think Wimbledon is the best chance for any of our younger players to step up to new levels, as it is the only home tournament that has such a mass of spectators and media interest, and there have been many players over the years who have stepped up to new levels that had not been expected of them before.

I listened to the comments about wild cards being a bad idea with interest; if I was Filipino I would expect the main Phillipines tournament to have some home grown players in it, if I was Uruguayan I would expect to see Uruguayans at any event in Uruguay, and consequently at Wimbledon, I think we should always be providing our best young players with the chance to mix it against the best in the world - the best players in the world get through by right anyway, and I don't think if you are outside the top 100 that you have a stronger case for entry than a local wildcard, because any tennis event should be allowed to promote it's local talent for both local interest and to promote tennis in that country.

Anyway I have never seen anything officially written about any of the wildcards having to come from winners of other tournaments, so even if Rybarikova gets one of the wildcards, hopefully our best British women will get all or most of the others. I've a feeling that Naomi Broady could have a really good run this year, especially if she gets a kind first round draw. I watched the live stream of her Manchester quarter final against Chang and she was very dominant in that match and never looked in danger of losing.

Anyway tomorrow's announcement should be interesting.

  



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As I mentioned before if it's like the last couple of years the LTA will only initially recommend a maximum of 8 wildcards in total ( main draw plus qualifying ) to the AELTC for each of the GB men and women prior to the Qualifying WC play-offs. More have been added later.

Last year someone dug up a written version of that maximum of 8 guidelines. I have looked around the LTA site and can find nothing so not sure about this year.

I would think a danger of tieing themselves in knots if the LTA do keep to a maximum 8 initial WC recommendation, more particularly on the women's side where only Jo is a main draw direct acceptance but the depth of top 300 / top 400 players is actually greater on the women's side.

Edit - found the 2016 policy :

https://www.lta.org.uk/globalassets/play/professional-development/documents/lta-wimbledon-wild-card-recommendation-policy.pdf



-- Edited by indiana on Tuesday 20th of June 2017 12:08:37 AM

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Thanks Indiana for the very interesting link to the page indicating how the sub-committee decides on wildcards. Not one mention of winners of the other pre-Wimbledon grass tournaments and criteria so vague that almost any past famous player, anyone who has been injured or any Brits showing promise could be given wildcards - in other words, the vagueness allows the committee to choose exactly who they want, which I think they always do, anyway.

My memories go back to  watching courtside the heroics of Karen Cross who made the third round and nearly knocked out Iva Majoli  from a Wimbledon qualifying wildcard, Lucie Ahl who so nearly beat Jankovic one year (when Jankovic was in her prime) and so many other British women who have exceeded expectations and have risen to the occasion and to noisy crowds supporting them and cheering them on.

Anyway thanks for the link - looks like the announcement will be tomorrow, if the Evening Standard is correct.



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To be fair Alex these were last year's recommendations specifically regarding the LTA's ( responsible for British tennis ) recommendations to the AELTC regarding British WCs.

I don't know what was in place regards pre Wimbledon grass events last year, but I wouldn't have expected mention of any such arrangements in that document.

Regarding Wimbledon MD WCs in general many will not be unaware that I basically agree with A131 regarding no Slam MD WCs ( ie. specifically all Slams, unless possibly by some open earned method, and purely MD ones ). Many will also be relieved that I will say no more at this time.



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Wimbledon wildcards 2017 - Women


So far:
1. BOULTER, Katie (GBR)
2. BROADY, Naomi (GBR)
3. DIYAS, Zarina (KAZ)
4. ROBSON, Laura (GBR)
5. WATSON, Heather (GBR)
6. To be announced
7. To be announced
8. To be announced

Doubles:

1. BOULTER, Katie (GBR) and SWAN, Katie (GBR)
2. BROADY, Naomi (GBR) and WATSON, Heather (GBR)
3. DART, Harriet (GBR) and DUNNE, Katy (GBR)
4. RAE, Jocelyn (GBR) and ROBSON, Laura (GBR)
5. To be announced
6. To be announced
7. To be announced

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Qualifying:
1. CHRISTIE, Freya (GBR)
2. DART, Harriet (GBR)
3. DUNNE, Katy (GBR)
4. POTAPOVA, Anastasia (RUS)
5. SWAN, Katie (GBR)
6. TAYLOR, Gabriella (GBR)
7. Wild card Play-off place
8. Wild card Play-off place

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I thought Gabby might have got a MDWC to be honest. Apart from that it's hard to argue with any of it really.

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All the GB singles wild cards are exactly as I thought they would be, pleased to see the pairs in the doubles as well.

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All seems good.

Shame Gabi hasn't made a doubles wildcard (with whoever).

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Fair dos on those.

If not giving Tara a MD WC they could have kept to 8 in total with Freya missing out, she's maybe a little lucky. But looks as if that maximum was  not in force this year or has been usurped and I'm quite happy for her.



-- Edited by indiana on Wednesday 21st of June 2017 09:32:45 AM

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Disappointed to see only 4 British women into the main draw through the wildcards. Does anyone know why Tara Moore isn't listed either for the main draw or qualifying wildcard?



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Tara doesn't need a Q WC, she makes qualifying by her ranking. I wouldn't be too surprised if she yet ends up with a MD WC.

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