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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

USTA Announces Australian Wild Card Fields; More on Bobby Curtis Retirement Celebration

The USTA announced the eight-player fields for both the men's and women's tournaments for the main draw Australian Open wild cards.

The women who will complete at the Racquet Club of the South December 4-7 are: Christina McHale, who won the 2009 AO women's wild card, Madison Brengle, Julia Cohen, Ester Goldfeld, Asia Muhammad, Alison Riske and CoCo Vandeweghe, with one woman still to be determined. Alexa Glatch, who was previously announced as a participant, is not in the field. Sloane Stephens, who might have been included, is out with an injury, according to this story from the Birmingham News, which says University of Alabama player Courtney McLane will replace her in an upcoming exhibition featuring Melanie Oudin.

The men competing for the main draw wild card are: Ryan Harrison, Jesse Levine, Donald Young and Wayne Odesnik, all of whom were previously announced. Rajeev Ram, who was invited initially, no longer needs a wild card after his recent Aachen challenger win. The four others are: Alex Kuznetsov, Michael McClune, Jack Sock and Ryan Sweeting.

USTA Florida plans to honor retiring junior competition coordinator Bobby Curtis on Sunday morning, December 6th, during the annual meeting of the section. For more on that, and on Curtis's contributions to Florida tennis, click here.


Suffla said...

What was the USTA's rationale for picking those players? I mean, has Julia Cohen turned pro? If she hasn't, why pick someone who's just going back to college at the expense of someone who could actually do with the points and the money. Why not include Mallory Cecil? Her ranking is lower than Cohen's but she dominated college tennis in a way Julia has never been good enough to do. Pat Mac said college tennis was important but obviously not.