Why do seeded players sometimes get a WC?

Discussion in 'General Pro Player Discussion' started by verdasco67, Feb 9, 2005.

  1. verdasco67

    verdasco67 Professional

    Nov 24, 2004
    Boca Raton, Florida
    hmm i thought a wildcard is an entry given from a Wildcard tourny/protected ranking and etc... but why do top players sometimes get wildcards....(E.g. gaudio getting a WC @ vina del mar)
  2. BLiND

    BLiND Hall of Fame

    Apr 18, 2004
    Manchester, UK
    Maybe because they are not seeded, but don't want them to go all through the qualifiers?
  3. rhubarb

    rhubarb Hall of Fame

    Jul 3, 2004
    Players normally have to submit an entry to play in a tournament, but sometimes they decide to play a tournament after the deadline of entries has closed (six weeks before the start). The tournament has to decide whether it wants to give them a wildcard (if it has any left at that point). Obviously BA directors decided that it would be in everyone's interest to give Nadal one :)

    Seeding doesn't have anything to do with wildcards. Players will get seeded for a tournament based on their ranking at the time draw is made (usually a couple days before play starts). Protected ranking is ignored for seeding. Given the field in Argentina this week, Nadal is ranked high enough to get the seventh seed.
  4. Max G.

    Max G. Hall of Fame

    Feb 18, 2004
    A tournament organizer/director can, up until the tournament starts, keep a couple of "wildcard" spots open for anybody he wants.

    Sometimes this is given to local players not ranked high enough to make the main draw by ranking. (Plenty of examples of this - look at any draw of any tournament, and you'll see a couple of wildcards from the host country that are ranked in the middle of nowhere)
    Sometimes it's given to formerly-top-ranked playes who have slipped, either because of injuries or for some other reason (e.g. James Blake right now)
    And sometimes, it's just given to top players who declare that they want to enter at the last minute, past when acceptances have already been declared. This is the case you had questions about.
  5. Chadwixx

    Chadwixx Banned

    Jul 3, 2004
    technically it should be that way. the best players are supposed to get the easiest draw. plus it gives the wildcard some exposure (a big name vs a local guy will bring them in), which is why they are there.

    as long as the qualifiers dont play seeds its not so bad.

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