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So.  Hello.  I’m pretty sure it’s not me you’re looking for either.  And I know I’m supposed to be driving to Florida right now, but the Northeast is getting slammed with snow – bamboozled by blizzard, we are! – so I’m (Tom) delayed for one more day. Which means, despite my procuring of the finest guest-hosting talents (and they are doing a spectacular job), you are stuck with me for one more day. I don’t know what to do with myself, other than sully my site with more of my words. Therefore, I proudly present to you my Australian Open men’s qualifying day one wrap-up – cabin fever edition:

I was able to wake up in the middle of the night and watch the livestream of the John Millman v Sebastian Rieschick match as well as the Greg Jones v Olivier Patience contest. Then I fell asleep again (sorry Gooch!) Turns out that Greg and the Mailman were the only Aussies to come good out of the twelve who played yesterday.

That’s right, two wins out of twelve. Maverick Banes, Matt Reid, Chris Guccione, Sean Berman, Sam Groth, James Duckworth, Ben Mitchell, Luke Saville, James Lemke, and Brydan Klein all lost. Ouch. All Ozzed up, and no place to go. In fairness, Mitchell’s effort (some of which I saw) was superb, taking top seeded Blaz Kavcic to 4-6 in the third set. And Saville lost to a red hot Nicola Mahut. 

Benny Mitchell – Will He Escape From Full Screen Mode?

So I’m especially glad to have seen the rare instances of Aussome success in all their glory. And they were glorious indeed. If ever a match could be called “classic John Millman”, this match vs. Rieschick was the one. The Mailman seemed dogged by the conditions early, and easily distracted by “fans” with highly questionable etiquette. His shots were landing short in the court, and his opponent was taking those short balls and teeing off, making more than he missed.

Thus, the amiable Queenslander found himself down a set and a break, with the burly German serving for the match, when he was granted a rain-delay reprieve. After an hour or so break, Milkman came out raring to go, a noticeable spring in his step that was absent pre-precip. Maybe he enjoyed some caffeine during his break. I offer this as evidence for my hypothesis:

Meanwhile, Rieschick was nowhere to be found, and ambled out onto the court a good five minutes or so after John did. When play resumed, Mailman overcame match point, shoddy line calls, and dodgy inter-game spectator migrations to break twice and take the second set 7-5. Rieschick also could no longer find the court – that helped, too.

The third set opened with three straight breaks, Sebastian settled a bit more into his game after an extended walkabout during the previous frame’s conclusion.

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This will be an open thread where anyone and everyone can come and comment on the day’s action as it progresses.  Here’s today’s Order Of Play:

Melbourne Park – Crt 5
   1. Starting at 10:00 AM AO Wildcard Playoff 2011 – Main Draw
Dane Propoggia
Andrew Whittington
   2. Followed by AO Wildcard Playoff 2011 – Magenta Group (C)
Ashleigh Barty
Tammi Patterson [6]
   3. Followed by AO Wildcard Playoff 2011 – Main Draw
Adam Feeney
Colin Ebelthite
   4. Followed by AO Wildcard Playoff 2011 – Yellow Group (D)
Belinda Woolcock
Olivia Rogowska [5]
Melbourne Park – Crt 7
   1. Starting at 10:00 AM AO Wildcard Playoff 2011 – Main Draw
Maverick Banes
Benjamin Mitchell
   2. Followed by AO Wildcard Playoff 2011 – Main Draw
Joel Lindner
Luke Saville
   3. Followed by AO Wildcard Playoff 2011 – Main Draw
James Duckworth
Matthew Barton
   4. Followed by AO Wildcard Playoff 2011 – Yellow Group (D)
Jessica Moore [4]
Azra Hadzic
Melbourne Park – Crt 8
   1. Starting at 10:00 AM AO Wildcard Playoff 2011 – Blue Group (A)
Alicia Molik [1]
Jade Hopper
   2. Followed by AO Wildcard Playoff 2011 – Magenta Group (C)
Jelena Dokic [3]
Viktorija Rajicic
   3. Followed by AO Wildcard Playoff 2011 – Green Group (B)
Sophie Ferguson [2]
Monika Wejnert
   4. Followed by AO Wildcard Playoff 2011 – Main Draw
Sean Berman
Jason Kubler
Melbourne Park – Crt 10
   1. Starting at 10:00 AM AO Wildcard Playoff 2011 – Blue Group (A)
Alison Bai
Sophie Letcher [7]
   2. Followed by AO Wildcard Playoff 2011 – Main Draw
Mark Verryth
Jared Easton
   3. Followed by AO Wildcard Playoff 2011 – Green Group (B)
Ashling Sumner
Isabella Holland [8]
   4. Followed by AO Wildcard Playoff 2011 – Main Draw
Matt Reid
Michael Look

Let’s take a closer look at the men’s matchups here:

Dane Propoggia vs. Andrew Whittington: this is the first meeting between the 20-year-old Propoggia, ranked #616 in the world, and the 17 year-old Whittington, who has yet to earn an ATP point and is thus unranked. Whittington is the #35 Junior in the world rankings, and 4th in Australia behind James Duckworth, Ben Mitchell and Ben Wagland.  Propoggia is 19-22 on the pro tour this year, while Whittington is 0-4.

Maverick Banes vs. Ben Mitchell: This should be a good matchup between two scrappy 18 year olds.  Banes won their only previous meeting 63 36 62 in August on clay at the Spain F28 Futures.  Mitchell, though, is coming in on a heavy roll, having reached the final of Australia F13 two weeks ago, losing a close match to Sam Groth.  Mitchell is 25-20 on the pro tour this year, while Banes is 5-9. I’d expect Mitchell to avenge his earlier loss this year, but it might be a tight one.

Joel Lindner vs. Luke Saville: Lindner, the 648th-ranked 21 year old, won the only previous meeting between these two 63 64 just a few weeks ago at Australia F12.  But the 16 year old Saville is a real talent, and is improving at what seems an exponential rate.  I expect the lefty Lindner to go through, but I wouldn’t be shocked if Luke got the upset either.

Mark Verryth vs. Jared Easton: The 19 y/o Verryth, ranked #610 in the world, and the 20 y/0 730th ranked Easton have never met on the pro level.  The hard-serving Verryth has just returned from a successful trip to Mexico, which he capped off by winning the F11 Futures event there.  He’s 23-16 on the season.  Easton, meanwhile, has had a rough ride of it, going 9-20 for 2010.  Look for Verryth to come through here.

Adam Feeney vs. Colin Ebelthite: Shockingly, this will be the 10th meeting between the 25 year old Feeney and the 26 year old Ebelthite. Colin, ranked #386 in the world, leads Adam 6-3 so far. The 601st-ranked Feeney once held the edge 3-2 in their rivalry, but Ebelthite’s won the last four.

James Duckworth vs. Matthew Barton: The two 18 year olds have never met at pro level (heck, they’ve hardly played at pro level) or a junior level. Duckworth comes in the hot hand, having had match points before going down to Sean Berman in the Optus 18’s final. In addition to being the top-ranked Aussie junior, Duckworth’s also gone 22-15 in first semi-full year on the pro tour, achieving an ATP ranking of 755. Barton hasn’t had quite that level of success, going 12-12 and attaining a ranking of 898.  Odds are Ducky gets through this one.

Sean Berman vs. Jason Kubler: Speaking of Sean…  wow, what a matchup!  The only men’s match that is streamed today.  This is a tough draw for both guys, who are the 38th and 75th ranked juniors, respectively.  Kubler, of course, was once the top ranked junior in the world but is now transitioning to the pros.  Berman won their only previous meeting 64 62 in the third round of this years Oz Open Juniors.  Kubes went 24-17 on the pro tour and achieved a ranking of 535 in the world, while Berman went 12-10 and is at #863.  As far as I’m concerned (and I’m concerned pretty far), this is a toss-up between the two seventeen year-olds.

Matt Reid vs. Michael Look:  The #436th-ranked Reid, 20, leads the head to head 2-0 over the 23 year-old Look, though it took three sets in their most recent meeting in October. Eh, we’ll see how it goes.

So that’s way more than you probably needed to know about today’s action. Ah well.  Feel free to talk about the ongoing matches (or anything else) in the comment section below.

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