Men’s Qualy’s Draw at Aussie O Features Many Veteran Players

It’s not only Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Jo-Willy Tsonga, Feliciano Lopez and John Isner playing many years into their 30’s at this year’s Aussie O. Even the Men’s Qualifying Tournament which starts tomorrow features many veteran male players. There’s Nicolas Mahut of France, a grizzled 37, Dudi Sela at 34, Dustin Brown, the Jamaican-German is now 35, Go Soeda, the Japanese is 35, Donald Young and Martin Klizan are both 30, Sergiy Stakhovsky is 34, and Ernests Gulbis is 31. Perhaps, the most interesting matchups are Gulbis, who won six matches in 2019, going against the 6-7 Maxime Cressey, the 22-year-old Californian-Frenchman, who employs a serve-n-volley game which could work well on the fast courts of Melbourne.

Then Bernard Tomic, the 27-year-old embattled Australian who has slipped in the rankings to no. 182, takes on Denis Kudla, also 27 and now no. 115. A host of young Americans have made the day-long trip to Melbourne to try and qualify, including Noah Rubin, Ernests Escobedo, Christopher Eubanks and Thai-Son Kwiatkowski, who got in with a no. 253 ranking. The two oldest qualifiers are Mahut, one of my favorite players and still a top doubles player and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, who are 37 and 36 respectively. Both are still extremely fit and competitive.

Interesting to note are the absentees from the draw including Jack Sock, Michael Mmoh and of course, much-missed David Ferrer.

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  • Andrew Miller · January 17, 2020 at 10:33 am

    Bouchard: fails to make draw for 1st time in 7 years. Trevisan is ranked higher. Sometimes you lose.

  • Harold · January 17, 2020 at 1:49 pm

    Schedule for Aus opening day is out. Hope VW ends Cocomania on Day 1.. Shapo first match on 2nd biggest court. Fed/Johnson last day match

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