Unfortunate news out of New York

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  1. SoCal10s

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    this is from ZOO tennis... after reading ,I'm shaking my head ,like this can't be true... USTA should be ashamed of themselves for this... I know those two girls are there in New York and were given credentials for the USO, practicing there for the whole week ,they were told this yesterday ....





    Unfortunate news out of New York today, with the word that Sabrina Santamaria and Kaitlyn Christian, the USC pair who won all three collegiate majors this year, including the NCAA title, did not receive a wild card into the women's doubles at the US Open. Santamaria and Christian, not knowing they needed to apply to the USTA for a wild card, didn't, and the oversight wasn't noted by anyone at USTA Player Development when the time came for deciding US Open wild cards. Men's NCAA champions Jarmere Jenkins and Mac Styslinger of Virginia did receive a wild card into the US Open men's doubles. It's hoped that both Santamaria and Christian will receive wild cards into the mixed doubles draw.:confused:
     
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    Might be the most ridiculous tennis circumstances of the entire summer.
     
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    Wait a minute....

    Because they weren't USTA members, they weren't offered a WC?!

    BS!
     
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    No they didn't apply for their wild card...it was up to them, and how does the saying go?

    Oh yeah, you snooze, you lose.
     
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    So were they just EXPECTING to get a WC?
    :oops:
     
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    ^^^Supposedly it had something to do with them not registering with the USTA for their Wild Card. Something like they were supposed to acknowledge they would take it and play. But there's no clear explanation yet. Their coach West Nott says this morning he still does not understand how or why they were left out of the draw. He said the USTA will guarantee a WC to Women's Doubles Main for 2014 US Open. Plus, potentially a Mixed WC for this year for Kaitlyn and Sabrina Santamaria. They won't know about the Mixed WC until tomorrow.
     
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    The USTA has its problems, but isn't this really on the players?
     
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    ^^^Could be, or the coach, USTA College or the ITA. Agree its on the players but at this level, someone should have had their back. Maybe that's why there was little outcry. Who knows. They got a WC to 2014 and a free week in NY this summer. For a college girl it's like winning the lottery twice! Ha ha
     
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    I would place the blame mostly on the coach. How would the girls know what the procedure is for getting a WC if they hadn't been in that position before?
     
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    Is this what a coach is for? Isn't this what the USTA is for? They both dropped the ball. Feel bad for Santamaria and Christian.
     
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    Some blame goes to the coach, but the majority of it should go to the player development sector of the USTA. Their reason for existing is to afford resources (training, coaching, WILD CARDS, etc) to the top American players who are most deserving. They definitely dropped the ball on this one. We can only hope that a team pulls out and they are put in their place or else this will be a huge black eye to the organization that claims they are really supporting collegiate tennis as a viable pathway to the pros.
     
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    welcome to the future of american tennis..
     
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    BS... if someone would do some investigating,I'm sure a lot of past and present WC recipient didn't file for 'wild card'
    I'm thinking how could a junior who received WC have the experience to file for 'wild card' .. this should be a given thing .. why would any winners of Kalamazoo or NCAA know that they are supposed to do this..
    the USTA people couldn't just called or text either players or coaches to say ''' hey you guys didn't file ,you need to file""
    too crazy to even try to rationalize this stuff...
     
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    Life doesn't work that way. You need to look out for yourself. Everybody basically just does their job and leaves, including you and me. Do you think someone goes and tells people with disabilities/sicknesses what benefits they can get? (That is why there are several volunteers who try to do this.) If even that is a problem, tennis wildcards are in no way important to deserve special treatment.
     
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    Yes, it seems like the USTA would have had someone to let them know? Either way, you would think that the head coach at USC would know about this and be able to help the players.
     
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    We'll see what develops today. Hopefully the USTA will further make this up to them with a WC into the mixed. That news will come later today.

    As far as who is at fault for the USC women not getting the Wild Card they earned, was promised and expected, that's on the USTA. I'll let the article speak for itself. http://tenniskalamazoo.blogspot.com/2013/08/whats-wrong-with-us-mens-tennis.html
     
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    Yes, and if we can put a man on the moon, blah blah blah.

    You might think that tennis is trivial compared to a lot of aspects of life, but people who work at the USTA are in the tennis business. They are not helping all of the people in the world. As trivial as their jobs might be in the grand scheme of things, they need to at least do tennis stuff well.
     
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