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an unpredictable factor

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a playing card whose value can be determined by the person who holds it

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Even (Marcos) Baghdatis, our other wildcard, had a good tournament," he said.
Tait beat Burke in the final but two-time world champion Joe Miller of England hit the longest drive of the evening at 405 yards in his quarter-final win over wildcard Bobby Bradley before defeat to Tait in the semi.
Overall, the Filipino bet only dropped two sets as she beat fellow wildcard entry Meline Chaumeil of France, 7-6 (4), 6-4; Joelle Steur of Germany, 6-1, 6-7 (4), 6-3; qualifier Sofia Costoulas of Belgium; Kyoka Kubo of Japan, 7-5, 6-1; and 13th seed Katerina Dimitrova of Bulgaria, 6-1, 6-3.
Initial consideration is being satisfied by way of a working capital injection into wildcard of EUR 234,000, paid in cash.
Andrew Cooper, head of racing at the course, said: "We wanted to provide a two-year-old opportunity at Epsom Downs with a wildcard entry for the Investec Derby.
Johannesburg [South Africa], August 16 ( ANI ): Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova will be playing her first Grand Slam after coming back from the 15-month doping back after receiving wildcard for the US Open which begins August 28.
Wildcard Strength and Conditioning recently opened at the FarGo Village complex, and gymgoers can expect top of the range CrossFit and Powerlifting facilities.
But Sharapova, who was given a wildcard to the Aegon Open in Birmingham on Thursday, has decided to try and qualify for Wimbledon in her own right.
Now Wimbledon will come under huge pressure not to offer the convicted doping offender a wildcard into the main draw at SW19.
Twice former champion Maria Sharapova was surprisingly denied a wildcard into the French Open on Tuesday — ending intense speculation about her place in the claycourt slam since she returned from a 15-month doping ban.
Two-time French Open champion Maria Sharapova has been denied a wildcard to this year's tournament.
I think it is an absolute disgrace that Maria Sharapova is given a wildcard to enter the Aegon Classic in Birmingham and even more distasteful is the fact it has been given the blessing of the outgoing LTA chief executive Michael Downey.
MARIA Sharapova will not discover if she is to be awarded a Wimbledon wildcard until after a meeting on June 20, according to the All-England Club's chairman Philip Brook.
LIAM Williams could see his hopes of playing for Wales next season relying on a wildcard selection if he joins Aviva Premiership champions Saracens.
GEORGE NORTH will be relying on wildcard selection to continue his international career after failing with an appeal against the so-called Gatland's Law.