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Friday, August 11th 2017, 3:41pm

Alison and Bruno were left out. NOT FAIR.

Just because Brazil has 2 teams ahead of them, but they are still ranked #7. They are current Olympics Champions and World Tour Finals Champions.

They should have the TOP 11 teams ( even if there`s more than 2 teams from the same country). plus one team from the host country.

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Friday, August 11th 2017, 4:25pm

As weird as it may seem though, the reigning Olympic champions Alison-Bruno and the World Tour title holders Samoilovs-Smedins are not among the best 8 :| The Latvians are only 12th in the current World ranking, whereas Alison-Bruno are 7th, but they are only the third best Brazilian team this year. Samoilovs-Smedins are clearly struggling in 2017, not having won any medals so far. Alison-Bruno "only" won the Rio Open in May, which is way below their standards. Still, I get the feeling that, for the sake of the competition itself, both teams might receive wild cards. I just don't remember if they can allow three teams from the same country in the Finals. A German team should get at least one invitation, too, I presume, and the fourth berth is wide open. But a Canadian team (Pedlow-Schachter most probably) would deserve to be in Hamburg as well.
The wild card recipients have been revealed today:

Markus Böckermann/Lorenz Schümann (GER)
Armin Dollinger/Jonathan Erdmann (GER)´
Theodore Brunner/Casey Patterson (USA)
Ben Saxton/Chaim Schalk (CAN)

For the sake of the competition, i don't think its a good idea that the german federation uses both slots, especially if you consider Lars Flüggen's injury, suffered during WCH. I hate to say it, but i don't think that Lorenz has the level to compete in this kind of competition and additionally, Dollinger/Erdmann have delivered close to nothing so far this season.

I will miss Allison/Bruno and Samoilov/Smedins for sure, but of course i will go anyway......... 8)
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Thursday, August 17th 2017, 4:31pm

For the sake of the competition, i don't think its a good idea that the german federation uses both slots, especially if you consider Lars Flüggen's injury, suffered during WCH. I hate to say it, but i don't think that Lorenz has the level to compete in this kind of competition and additionally, Dollinger/Erdmann have delivered close to nothing so far this season.
It was reported today that both players will be kicked off from the federations programm and accordingly will lose all the funding. That partly explains their disastrous performance at ECH (0:3 in group plays, losing a set to GBR with only making 7 points).

In this context their wild card for the WT final looks even more questionable. ?(
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Yesterday, 10:07am

For the sake of the competition, i don't think its a good idea that the german federation uses both slots, especially if you consider Lars Flüggen's injury, suffered during WCH. I hate to say it, but i don't think that Lorenz has the level to compete in this kind of competition and additionally, Dollinger/Erdmann have delivered close to nothing so far this season.
It was reported today that both players will be kicked off from the federations programm and accordingly will lose all the funding. That partly explains their disastrous performance at ECH (0:3 in group plays, losing a set to GBR with only making 7 points).

In this context their wild card for the WT final looks even more questionable. ?(
Is the reason only poor form and results or also disciplinary?

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