The qualifying draw for the $75,000 Internationaux de Nouvelle-Caledonie (ooh la la) in Noumea, New Caledonia has been made, with most players in the 32 draw greeting the new year with a first round bye. Top-seeded Knoxville Challenger semifinalist Fritz Wolmarans looks to continue the fine form that saw him finish the year 17/5.
The 24 year-old South African awaits the winner of two unranked French wildcards, Mathieu Monot and David Pateau. Whatever you do, don’t commit those names to your memory in 2011. Or, if you must commit just one, stick with Monot – as Mathieu’s unranked younger Monot bro Guillaume squares off against Aussie Dane Propoggia in the qualy draw’s only other first round. This way one name will get you two players. Don’t sleep on the Monot bros, yo! Or, alternatively, sleep on them. It’s up to you, and 2011 is as yet a blank canvas that is unscarred by your misdoings. Myself? I’m going back to bed.