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Monday, November 14, 2005

Orange Bowl Entries



Orange Bowl Entries~~~

The USTA has published the initial acceptance list for the Orange Bowl and one omission is glaring--Jeremy Chardy is not entered. Only 46 main draw players have been named so far; there are eight qualifying spots, eight wild cards and two special exempt spaces still to be decided. But as the ITF's third ranked junior, there was no need for Chardy to use any of those means to get in. Chardy may have decided after losing to Marin Cilic in Japan last month that he couldn't catch Donald Young for the year-end top spot, but then why play the Eddie Herr?(as of today, he is still showing as a competitor). He is defending champion there, but a trip to Florida just for that event seems silly, especially when the Orange Bowl is now directly after the Eddie Herr.

On the girls side, the field at the Orange Bowl is even better than that of the Eddie Herr, not least because Alexa Glatch and Vania King are listed as entrants. Glatch has played in only two WTA Challengers since the U.S. Jr. Open. King has kept much busier, playing five WTA minor league tournaments, and having enough sucess to raise her WTA ranking to 202, passing Glatch who is at 225. They are the only two U.S. girls in the Top 25 in the ITF junior rankings, so it will certainly add to the quality of play--and the buzz--to have them in the Orange Bowl.

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