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Saturday, January 5, 2013

Getting Ready for the Australian Open

The qualifying for the Australian Open begins Wednesday with the men leading off, with the women's qualifying beginning on Thursday.  Now that all the wild cards have been announced, here's a list of the Americans who will be competing in Melbourne, according to the current lists available on various message boards.

Men's qualifying:
James Blake
Tim Smyczek
Rajeev Ram
Denis Kudla
Ryan Sweeting
Wayne Odesnik
Jack Sock
Steve Johnson
Donald Young
Michael Yani
Alex Kuznetsov
Tennys Sandgren
Bradley Klahn
Daniel Kosakowski

There are 14 men in the list above, which may make the lack of US men in the main draw a little less painful. There are only six:

John Isner
Sam Querrey
Brian Baker
Ryan Harrison
Michael Russell
Rhyne Williams (won USTA's reciprocal wild card)

The US women currently in qualifying (Cohen and Glatch have a chance to reach the main draw):

Julia Cohen
Alex Glatch
Maria Sanchez
Jessica Pegula
Irina Falconi
Chiara Scholl
Bethanie Mattek-Sands
Grace Min
Jill Craybas
Alison Riske
Madison Brengle
Shelby Rogers
Nicole Gibbs

Apparently Mallory Burdette, who was playing qualifying in the WTA warmup events, withdrew from qualifying.

There are 11 US women in the main draw:
Serena Williams
Varvara Lepchenko
Venus Williams
Christina McHale
Sloane Stephens
Vania King
Jamie Hampton
Melanie Oudin
Lauren Davis
CoCo Vandeweghe
Madison Keys (won USTA's reciprocal wild card)

Tennis Australia announced their final wild cards today, with former University of Tennessee All-American JP Smith receiving one the five wild cards that went to Australian players.

Men's wild cards:
James Duckworth
John Millman
Ben Mitchell (won TA playoff)
Luke Saville
JP Smith
Wu Di of China (won Asia Pacific playoff)
Rhyne Williams
Josselin Ouanna (received French reciprocal wild card)

Women's wild cards:
Sacha Jones
Ashleigh Barty
Olivia Rogowska
Bojana Bobusic (won TA playoff)
Jarmila Gajdosova
Yuxuan Zhang of China (won Asia Pacific playoff)
Madison Keys
Caroline Garcia (received French reciprocal wild card)

The Australian Open has always been on the cutting edge regarding streaming matches, so I hope qualifying matches will again be available.  See the tournament website for more.