Polansky ends Grand Slam season as tennis’ luckiest loser

first_imgView comments Polansky lost to No. 4 seed Alexander Zverev on Tuesday in the first round, but not until after he’d become the first player to compete in all four Grand Slam tournaments in a season as a “lucky loser.”That is the term for someone who falls in the final stage of qualifying, yet still is randomly drawn into the main field when a spot opens up because of a withdrawal. That’s how the 119th-ranked Canadian got into the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in 2018.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’And though he went 0-4 once he got to the majors, his good fortune made him the envy of some players far better than him.“A couple of them have come up to me and just like rubbed my shoulders to try to get some luck, that kind of thing,” Polansky said. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Peter Polansky of Canada returns the ball during his men’s singles first round match against Alexander Zverev of Germany on Day Two of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 28, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Julian Finney/Getty Images/AFPNEW YORK — Peter Polansky was still trying to qualify for the U.S. Open when fellow players began congratulating him.When it comes to tennis’ luckiest loser, there was no need to wait to see if he’d win.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Polansky’s ranking rose to a career-best 110 in June, not that far from the top 101 spots that qualify automatically for the U.S. Open. With some solid play later in the year, perhaps he can get there in time for Australia.Then Polansky wouldn’t even need luck.“Yeah, that’s the goal,” he said. “I think with the summer I’ve had I’ve set myself up pretty well to achieve that. I think I need maybe one or two more good results and that should do it.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award ‘It’s a nightmare’: Players melt in US Open extreme heat MOST READ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced How good was Polansky at losing, and yet still coming out a winner? When he did it for the fourth time last week, fans on social media accused him of tanking so he could become the first person to accomplish the lucky loser Grand Slam.“I swear, every match I lose, like, guys think I’ve thrown the match,” Polansky said. “Like, sold the match.”Polansky had a chance to take luck out of the equation last week when he won his first two matches in New York. At that point, players knew he had it wrapped up.“They were like, ‘Congrats, you’re in,’” Polansky said. “No, not yet.”He lost his final match to Donald Young, but sure enough, he was then drawn into the field of 128 anyway.ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more