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Brandon Walkin


According to OER and ATP we seem to have acquired a new player from AUS?

Aged 29 with a current ranking of 806 (CH 702 in 2020).

Anyone got any info on him and what this is all about - seems an odd move at this stage of his career?



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brittak wrote:

According to OER and ATP we seem to have acquired a new player from AUS?

Aged 29 with a current ranking of 806 (CH 702 in 2020).

Anyone got any info on him and what this is all about - seems an odd move at this stage of his career?


 He got a suspension in 2017 for 6 months for being linked to the Nick Lyndahl match fixing scandal. But not sure exactly what he did. 



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brittak wrote:

According to OER and ATP we seem to have acquired a new player from AUS?

Aged 29 with a current ranking of 806 (CH 702 in 2020).

Anyone got any info on him and what this is all about - seems an odd move at this stage of his career?


I don't understand the switch at all.  He appears to have no links of any kind with the UK &, given his playing career, he's hardly a great "catch"/addition to the GB ranks!  no



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Confirming that Brandon has switched - I spoke to him over Instagram and he said the change was because GB is nicer with wildcards than Aus. Purely career-driven.

I've asked what the UK connection is...

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This makes me uncomfortable. I really hope other, younger Brits dont miss out because he gets WCs that they might otherwise receive.

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Nix wrote:

This makes me uncomfortable. I really hope other, younger Brits dont miss out because he gets WCs that they might otherwise receive.


 Doesn't mean he will get them. 



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Has he read the LTA WC policy? A 29 year old not returning from injury and with little to no prospect of being a top 100 player does not fit with who receives WCs for any level of tournament under the policy.

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Absolutely - might also help to enter a British event - no evidence he has ever done that before from reading his ITF profile and tournie list!

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LordBrownof wrote:

Confirming that Brandon has switched - I spoke to him over Instagram and he said the change was because GB is nicer with wildcards than Aus. Purely career-driven.


So a definite "plastic Brit".  furious



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He does have a career high atp doubles ranking of 204

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Just to say, I have no problem him whatsoever in making a career-driven nationality move

It's really hard to make a living as a pro-tennis player

And given his age, and ranking, this is getting close to his last chance

And the rules obviously allow him to change.

So if the powers that be - in their wisdom - have decided that he is an eligible candidate to become British, then it's not for him to shoot himself in the foot and say they're wrong

All that said, I don't 'like' him - I'm not even neutral - he was suspended for 6 months for match fixing - so he starts from a distinct negative

And so I'd be perfectly happy if Lambda is correct, and he doesn't stand an earthly of getting a wildcard (although I assume if he got up to ATP 270, say, he'd be a very good shout for a Wimble qualis wildcard - I don't see that not happening)

But I don't hold it against switching tennis nationalities to try and keep his career going

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Just to say, I have no problem him whatsoever in making a career-driven nationality move

It's really hard to make a living as a pro-tennis player

And given his age, and ranking, this is getting close to his last chance

And the rules obviously allow him to change.

So if the powers that be - in their wisdom - have decided that he is an eligible candidate to become British, then it's not for him to shoot himself in the foot and say they're wrong

All that said, I don't 'like' him - I'm not even neutral - he was suspended for 6 months for match fixing - so he starts from a distinct negative

And so I'd be perfectly happy if Lambda is correct, and he doesn't stand an earthly of getting a wildcard (although I assume if he got up to ATP 270, say, he'd be a very good shout for a Wimble qualis wildcard - I don't see that not happening)

But I don't hold it against switching tennis nationalities to try and keep his career going


 Good summary and basically how I feel!!



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As everyone may not know the details of the match fixing incident, he received a 6 months suspension which was suspended for 6 months during which he was free to compete. The details of his involvement, according to him, are that at a futures event in 2013 he received a phone call asking to pass a message on to his friend that the friends opponent was willing to throw a match for a price. He passed the message on via text adding he wanted no part of it. His side of the story: https://archive.is/z2K9O (full article is below the subscription offer).

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He's 29, ranked in the 800s. He's gonna get less attention than Elbert Barr. Come back to me when he looks like he might achieve something and I'll decide whether I have any interest at that point lol.

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You guys arent focusing on his doubles ranking which is what he focuses on

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