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Any unpredictable factor or unknown in a data set or series of domains
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A wild card for Sharapova would mean a British player potentially missing out, but last year only two of the four wild cards went to home hopefuls, with Agnieszka Radwanska and Petra Kvitova receiving the others.
If they are to do so this season, it likely will have to be as the second wild card.
As per policy only two swimmers can be given wild card entries.
The two finalists in the event - to be played on grass before Wimbledon qualifying begins - will earn the wild cards to the third grand slam of the year at the All England Club.
With the advent of the wild card (1995) and interleague play (1997), the playing field (pardon the pun) no longer was level.
Last year's surprise finalist Somdev Devvarman, seasoned Rohan Bopanna and current Australian Open junior champion Yuki Bhambri have been given singles wild cards along with Carlos Moya.
For more on wild cards and other tools of foresight, see Futuring: The.
Alex Bogdanovic, Richard Bloomfield and Jamie Baker ( all given wild cards last year ( will be competing at the All-England Club.
Alex Bogdanovic, Richard Bloomfield and Jamie Baker - all given wild cards last year - will be competing at the All-England Club.
Former Glendale High standout Robert Yim was one of nine American men who received wild cards into the men's qualifying draw, which begins Tuesday.
3 in the provisional world rankings and will make his first appearance in the prestigious invitational event, which features the world's top 16 players plus two wild cards.
American Taylor Dent and Indian doubles star Mahesh Bhupathi have been given wild cards for the ATP Indian Open championships starting in Madras on New Year's Day.