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by Dan Kneipp

November
29, 2003, ©2003, Team Kneipp               <
see also Team Kneipp Index >

by Dan
Kneipp

Some
of the players ranked between 50 and 100 are going to be very annoyed.
These are the players that would normally give an arm or a leg to be in
the first round of qualification at a Super Series event, especially if
the event is the biggest event of the year aside from the World Open.
Ten players who had a position in the first round of qualifying in Qatar
didn’t turn up. 10! That is a ridiculous number of no-shows. Of
the ten players I don’t know why nine of them didn’t turn
up. I know Wael El Hindi’s reason and it’s
painful.

Earlier
in the year Spanish player Borja Golan had a frustrating
result in the Tournament of Champions qualifying event. The rules are
very specific for qualifying. All of the players entered into qualifying
have to be at a designated meeting area at a set time, and then the draw
is done. If you are late for this meeting your spot is either left vacant,
or given to the next highest ranked PSA member who is available –
which is almost always a local player. In New York the qualifying draw
was done at the New York Athletic Club. Borga flew from Spain to attend
the event, but got the times mixed up and arrived at the club 30 minutes
late. His position was given to someone else and he received a zero on
his ranking for that tournament.

El Hindi
is here in Doha. Like Borga he turned up for the event at the wrong time,
but unlike Borga he has been on the tour for years and wouldn’t
normally make this mistake. But there’s more to the story. We received
an email from PSA last week announcing that the time of the meeting for
the qualifying draw had been rescheduled and would now be held earlier.
This email had been sent to all of the main draw players (it doesn’t
affect Joe in the slightest), the qualifying players, and even the reserves.
But for some strange reason El Hindi wasn’t included in this mass
email, so despite being in Doha he misses the tournament. Instead of getting
a first round bye as a seed, he gets a zero and is forced to watch the
tournament from the sidelines. Naturally he is very unhappy with this
situation and will be contesting the issue.

There
is an annoying flaw in the PSA system of having to turn up. Firstly it
means there are often no-shows. It also makes it very difficult for a
player to organise his eating schedule prior to his match if he has no
idea of the time of the match. Typically the qualifying draw is done at
10am and the first match begins an hour earlier. What time you eat breakfast
is going to be very different depending if you play at 11am or 2pm.

WISPA
has a system where the qualifying draw, like the main draw, is done well
in advance of the tournament. This system allows players to prepare themselves
better for a match. The only possible argument for the other system is
that it probably leads to more local player inclusion, but seeing as a
tournament is able to have a local wildcard and four positions in the
qualifying event – this isn’t so crucial.

With
qualifying now finished business begins tomorrow.

Qatar
Classic 2003 Final qualifying results

Renan
Lavigne (Fra) beatt Shahid Zaman (Pak) 12/15, 15/5, 15/5, 15/8 (41m)
James Willstrop (Eng) beat Stephen Meads (Eng) 15/5, 15/6, 15/13 (50m)

Stefan Casteleyn (Bel) beat Tommy Berden (Ned) 7/15, 15/8, 15/12, 15/8
(50m)
Dan Jenson (Aus) beat Farrukh Zaman (Pak) 15/5, 15/12, 15/11 (56m)
Olli Tuominen (Fin) beat Cameron Pilley (Aus) 15/8, 9/15, 15/9, 15/12
(55m)
Rodney Durbach (Rsa) beat Hisham Ashour (Egy) 15/10, 15/12, 15/13 (36m)
David Evans (Wal) beat Davide Bianchetti (Ita) 15/6, 15/6, 15/13 (57m)
Peter Barker (Eng) beat Nick Taylor (Eng) 15/11, 9/15, 15/9, 15/13 (72m)

New
draw

Beachill
plays Castelyn
Palmer
plays Durbach
Mansoor
plays Olli
Ryding
plays Willstrop
Parke
plays Lavigne
White
plays Barker
Lincou
plays Evans
Heath
plays Jenson

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