Veterans, Hopefuls Feature in 2009 Australian Open Men’s Qualifying
The Australian Open men’s singles qualifying draw has been released, with few surprises but a number of interesting match-ups and appearances by veterans attempting comebacks.
Chilean journeyman Paul Capdeville is the top seed (make sure to get your name on that ‘lucky losers’ list), and another journeyman, Switzerland’s George “I Beat Pete at Wimbledon” Bastl, meets No. 32 seed Rik de Voest.
No. 28 seed Somdev Devvarman and Prakash Amritraj square off in an all-Indian battle, and veterans attempting returns from injury or just another taste of the main draw after fallen-off results include Dominik “The Dominator” Hrbaty, Germany’s Florian Mayer, Canadian Frank Dancevic, and Belgian Xavier “X-Man” Malisse.
American hopefuls in the qualifying are Brendan Evans, Kevin Kim, Ryan Sweeting, Wayne Odesnik, Scoville Jenkins, Amer Delic, Zach Fleishman and Rajeev Ram. John Isner won the USTA invitation-only wildcard tournament, gaining entrance to the main draw.
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