Topic: Palpatine Crystal Ball 2020

Do you think you know who will win and be runner-up in the Grand Slams this year?

Join us for the inaugural ...

PALPATINE CRYSTAL BALL

Want to play?

Here's how ....

1) pick a winner and runner up for each slam before the friday of the first week of the season...Friday January 10th, midnight UTC for both men and women. These picks will stand as the "initial predictions" for the rest of the year and will reward the most points. A bonus of 5 points is available for correctly predicting the 4 slam winner(s) initially for men or women, this bonus is called the Calendar Slam Bonus.

2) before a slam, people are allowed, in ADDITION to their initial picks, make "last minute predicitions". People get to choose the winner and finalist of the slam with the deadline being the beginning of the first main draw match. As the draw will be out and current form will be known, points to grab are lower than the initial predictions. The winner and runner up can be the same or different than the initial picks, you can choose your strategy to maximize or diversify.

3) for the last minute pick, you can pick an additional player called your "dark horse". To be eligible, a player must be outside the top 20 in the atp/wta rankings in the week before the slam. (the top 20 ranked players will be posted here so you'll know which ones are ineligible). You will be rewarded 1 point for each match the player wins. You can pick 1 man and 1 women per slam.

4) a bonus is offered for a correct final match prediction, whether the predicted winner is correct or not.

5) points system:
Initial correct slam winner:
ATP: 5 (if Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer) or 7 (if any other player)
WTA: 6 (for any player)
Initial correct slam RU: 3
Initial correct final match prediction: 2
Last minute slam winner: 3
Last minute slam correct RU: 2
Last minute correct final match prediction: 1
Dark horse: 1 point per match won (max. 7)
Bonus for a calendar slam (atp or wta): 5

6) picks can be either (1) posted publically here or (2) sent in a PM or email to Milo. You choose.
milomilo3@hotmail.com

Example of initial 2020 picks:

AO:
Djokovic d. Federer
Barty d. Osaka

RG:
Nadal d. Djokovic
Halep d. Barty

WM:
Federer d. Djokovic
S.Williams d. Pliskova

US:
Djokovic d. Medvedev
S. Williams d. Osaka


For the last minute picks, same format for each slam and adding your two dark horses, example:

AO 2020 last minute :
Djokovic d. Federer
dark horse: Kyrgios
Barty d. S.Williams
dark horse: Wozniacki

Clean off that crystal ball and ...

COME PLAY WITH US DOWN UNDER!

Last edited by Milo (Jan. 7, 2020 8:37am)

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Re: Palpatine Crystal Ball 2020

Milo updated the first post with the cotebt of this message, which is why I deleted it..

Last edited by Adunar (Jan. 7, 2020 1:15am)

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Re: Palpatine Crystal Ball 2020

For 2020, I will reveal my picks here, publically.

Please note that any EDIT of your picks after the respective deadlines will be considered as a cheating tentative. Of course, you can edit your picks before a dedline as usual.

Last edited by Adunar (Jan. 7, 2020 1:18am)

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Re: Palpatine Crystal Ball 2020

I like to enter my picks early (and may well modify them before the deadline on friday), so here they are:

Initial 2020 GS predictions:

AO:
Djokovic d. Nadal
Osaka d. S.Williams

RG:
Thiem d. Nadal
Halep d. Bertens

WM:
Federer d. Tsitsipas
S.Williams d. Barty

US:
Medvedev d. Djokovic
S. Williams d. Andreescu

Last edited by Adunar (Jan. 10, 2020 9:44am)

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Re: Palpatine Crystal Ball 2020

Thanks for getting things started Arnie ...


AO:
Nadal d. Djokovic
S. Williams d. Osaka

RG:
Thiem d. Titsi
Halep d. Anisamova

WM:
Federer d. Djokovic
S.Williams d. Ka Pliskova

US:
Djokovic d. Kachanov
S. Williams d. Sabalenka

AO 2020 last minute :
ATP
dark horse:
WTA
dark horse:

Last edited by Milo (Jan. 10, 2020 9:52pm)

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Re: Palpatine Crystal Ball 2020

Here are my picks:

AO
Nadal d. Djokovic
Barty d. S. Williams

RG
Nadal d. Thiem
Halep d. Stephens

WM
Federer d. Djokovic
S. Williams d. Halep

US
Medvedev d. Djokovic
S. Williams d. Osaka

Re: Palpatine Crystal Ball 2020

Awesome game!!
Delighted this is happening.  I started doing this on my own in 1991 - making predictions for every slam at the beginning of the year (and I have them all in a spreadsheet!!)  In 2005 I supplemented that with a prediction just before the start of each slam, but I always made my predictions just before the draw came out.  Now I get to add the dark horse!

Here are my 2020 predictions:
AO
Osaka d SWilliams
Djokovic d Nadal

RG
Halep d SWilliams
Nadal d Djokovic

Wim
SWilliams d Andreescu
Djokovic d Nadal

US
Osaka d SWilliams
Nadal d Djokovic

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Re: Palpatine Crystal Ball 2020

AO
Medvedev def. Djokovic
Kvitova def. Andreescu

RG
Thiem def. Nadal
Halep def. Martic

Wimby
Federer def. Kyrgios
Kvitova def. Barty

USO
Tsitsipas def. Shapovalov
Andreescu def. Barty

Re: Palpatine Crystal Ball 2020

You showed us your heart Arvis!

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Re: Palpatine Crystal Ball 2020

I can be more sensible with my brackets and Yoda teams.  Here, I can just do whatever I want!  tongue

Re: Palpatine Crystal Ball 2020

Okay, here goes:-

Here are my 2020 predictions:
S Williams  d Barty
Nadal d Djokovic
RG
Halep d S Williams
Nadal d Thiem
Wim
Osaka d Pliskova
Federer d Tsitsipas
US
Osaka d Andreescu
Djokovic d Medvedev

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Re: Palpatine Crystal Ball 2020

Make your picks for the PALPATINE CRYSTAL CUP so far the contestants include ...

Drivers
Arvis
Dwight Charles
HTS
Adunar
BHP

Last edited by Milo (Jan. 9, 2020 10:14am)

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Re: Palpatine Crystal Ball 2020

AO
Medvedev def Thiem
Halep def Barty


RG

Thiem def Nadal
Osaka def Halep

WIMB

Nadal def Djokovic
Serena def Andreescu

USO

Djokovic def Tsistipas
Kerber def Osaka

Re: Palpatine Crystal Ball 2020

AO
Djokovic d Nadal
Osaka d Ka Pliskova
FO
Nadal d Djokovic
Halep d Barty
Wim
Djokovic d Federer
Barty d Halep
USO
Medvedev d Thiem
Osaka d Ka Pliskova

Last edited by tenedab (Jan. 10, 2020 11:15am)

Re: Palpatine Crystal Ball 2020

Ok, here goes something or maybe nothing...

AO:
Djokovic d. Tsitsipas
Osaka d. Pliskova

RG:
Nadal d. Thiem
Halep d. Bertens

WM:
Federer d. Djokovic
Kvitova d. S. Williams

US:
Medvedev d. Nadal
Andreescu d. Osaka

AO 2020 last minute :
ATP
dark horse:
WTA
dark horse:

Last edited by Tono (Jan. 10, 2020 3:38pm)

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Re: Palpatine Crystal Ball 2020

Guys, pleass do NOT UPDATE your picks here above. If you do, we wont be able to know if you changed any of your initial picks. Even if it is not the intention, it can be considered as an attemp to cheat.

So I kindly as you that for any new palpatine crystal ball picks (last  minute), you create a new post.

In the mean time, Milo could you register/save everyone's picks somewhere? Thank you!

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Re: Palpatine Crystal Ball 2020

And by the way, I am really sorry Arvis.

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Re: Palpatine Crystal Ball 2020

What is going on with the mens side of Adelaide?????
Its not showing up to make my picks and the tournament has not started

Re: Palpatine Crystal Ball 2020

ok, i guess im quitting FT again this year. Not even 12 hours ago it said I had ONE DAY left to do the tournament. If this is how its going to be im just going to drop out instead of dealing with vague times every week

Re: Palpatine Crystal Ball 2020

Hi Johnny. Sorry you missed the deadline. Adelaide had a sunday start and we didnt notice it before yesterday/saturday. This is why picks closing time suddenly changed. As we do not have yet means to communicante through the website, i understand you are pissed off.

We all hate sunday starts, it sucks. It is like going straight to monday after saturday.

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Re: Palpatine Crystal Ball 2020

Adunar wrote:

Guys, pleass do NOT UPDATE your picks here above. If you do, we wont be able to know if you changed any of your initial picks. Even if it is not the intention, it can be considered as an attemp to cheat.

So I kindly as you that for any new palpatine crystal ball picks (last  minute), you create a new post.

In the mean time, Milo could you register/save everyone's picks somewhere? Thank you!

I've created a document and have saved the picks there.

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Re: Palpatine Crystal Ball 2020

So just logging back on for the start of 2020 (Hey everyone!). Love the idea Milo. Is it too late to enter? I know the draw just came out for AO, so I'm fine if you don't want to enter for that one (Although I once saw the headline matches). If anything just recording these to laugh later at how off I am!


AO: Djokovic d. Nadal
RG: Nadal d. Thiem
Wimbledon: Djokovic d. Nadal
US Open: Medvedev d. Djokovic


AO: S. Williams d. Pliskova
RG: Halep d. Barty
WIM: S. Williams d. Pliskova
US: Bencic d. Osaka

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Re: Palpatine Crystal Ball 2020

Hi Marco.

Well, since pliskova and serena have been drawn in opposite halves, it is a bit unfair to all those who picked players that landed in the same half/quarter (which is the case for a lot of people!)

I think we can accept your winner picks, but not your finalists for the AO. For all other slams, no problem for me. And you can still pick the last minute picks for all the slam of course. That way, your penalty for late entry is not a high burden but still some points not achievable. You can definitely still win it anyway.

Does that sound reasonable to you, Marco? What do you think Milo?

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Re: Palpatine Crystal Ball 2020

That seems reasonable to me!

Adunar wrote:

Hi Marco.

Well, since pliskova and serena have been drawn in opposite halves, it is a bit unfair to all those who picked players that landed in the same half/quarter (which is the case for a lot of people!)

I think we can accept your winner picks, but not your finalists for the AO. For all other slams, no problem for me. And you can still pick the last minute picks for all the slam of course. That way, your penalty for late entry is not a high burden but still some points not achievable. You can definitely still win it anyway.

Does that sound reasonable to you, Marco? What do you think Milo?

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Re: Palpatine Crystal Ball 2020

Marco19 wrote:

That seems reasonable to me!

Adunar wrote:

Hi Marco.

Well, since pliskova and serena have been drawn in opposite halves, it is a bit unfair to all those who picked players that landed in the same half/quarter (which is the case for a lot of people!)

I think we can accept your winner picks, but not your finalists for the AO. For all other slams, no problem for me. And you can still pick the last minute picks for all the slam of course. That way, your penalty for late entry is not a high burden but still some points not achievable. You can definitely still win it anyway.

Does that sound reasonable to you, Marco? What do you think Milo?

Sounds good

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