For WTA 'sHerfluvog I picked Flipkens to win... does that make me more or less unique than Arvis?

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(150 replies, posted in Other Tournaments)

Apparently not, afterall. But thanks for the early encouragement!

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(59 replies, posted in Other Tournaments)

We just had five G15's completed in the Sharapova/SWilliams section of the 2018 French Open
Tono, HTS, Edu, TE, dwight

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(8 replies, posted in French Open)

Love this thread!

I don't really have regrets about my picks - other than I shoulda picked all the QFists! (duh...) 

Obviously, Ostapenko was a waste of skin, but that was never in doubt - she won last year she could do it again.  My real dilemma came between Muguruza and KaPliskova.  I ended up going for the former champ because of proven track record even though KaP seemed to be in better recent form - sure glad I listened to myself for a change!

I almost always get burned on my unseeded picks going out in minus sixteen, so pretty pumped about Serena and Tsitispas this time around.  I knew Stef was likely going to get thrashed by Thiem in the second, but I was just so happy to see no -16's on my men's team, so I forgave him.

I vaguely contemplated Cuevas instead of The Fly... and Garcia looked like a good pick but with no place to go... really my women's team seemed like an obvious lock... shows how little I know!

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(18 replies, posted in French Open)

Thanks for keeping this up to date Adunar!

Lexus-GF wrote:
Drivers wrote:

Very interesting so soon after their Davis Cup win.

Yes, although the team they won did not have its best players.
Here are the singles players who played for every team and its positions in the national ranking and ATP.


2018 Davis Cup World Group First round

Sam Querrey    national ranking 2    ATP ranking 12
John Isner        national ranking 3    ATP ranking 18
United States   combined national 5 combined ATP 30    Won

Albert Ramos Viñolas    3    21
Roberto Bautista Agut    4    23
Spain    7    44    Won

Adrian Mannarino    3    25
Richard Gasquet    4    33
(1) France    7    58    Won

Alexander Zverev    1    5
Jan-Lennard Struff    4    58
Germany    5    63    Won

Fabio Fognini    1    22
Andreas Seppi    3    77
(8) Italy    4    99    Won

David Goffin    1    7
Ruben Bemelmans    3    121
(2) Belgium    4    128    Won

Denis Shapovalov    2    48
Vasek Pospisil    3    85
Canada    5    133    Lost

Yūichi Sugita    2    41
Taro Daniel    3    100
Japan    5    141    Lost

Nick Kyrgios    1    14
Alex de Minaur    5    139
(6) Australia    6    153    Lost

Dušan Lajović    4    84
Laslo Đere    5    88
(7) Serbia    9    172    Lost

Borna Ćorić    2    47
Viktor Galović    4    181
(4) Croatia    6    228    Won

Cameron Norrie    3    114
Liam Broady    4    165
(3) Great Britain    7    279    Lost

Márton Fucsovics    1    62
Attila Balázs    2    227
Hungary    3    289    Lost

Mikhail Kukushkin    1    73
Dmitry Popko    4    257
Kazakhstan    5    330    Won

Robin Haase    1    42
Thiemo de Bakker    4    356
Netherlands    5    398    Lost

Henri Laaksonen    3    124
Adrian Bodmer    5    483
(5) Switzerland    8    607    Lost

All the teams with better combined ATP rank won, except Croatia (228) that won to Canada (133).
A recognition to Hungary, Italy and Belgium, for being the only ones that assisted with its players #1 and #2 or #1 and #3.

Love these stats!
hate the results...

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(150 replies, posted in Other Tournaments)

Shoot me now... down 3 tournaments to start the season, and 3 picks in Doha...  I need a hand maiden to take the fall for this disaster

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(120 replies, posted in Other Tournaments)

So it appears I missed the first 3 tournaments.  I nice handicap for me. Beware of big Tenedab, perhaps he is not as forgiving as I am.

Very cool!

Oh wow, thanks for doing this Tono!

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(56 replies, posted in Other Tournaments)

Oh I see, missed that about the top 8...

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(56 replies, posted in Other Tournaments)

Looks great!
It seems there are a few yoda members missing?  How do we determine who is in or out?
I think Canada is closer to the US than Iceland, so perhaps Arvis and I should be switched?

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Arvis wrote:

Dwight's Men's Bracket here is UNBELIEVABLE so far!!  He even got Schwartzman and PCB right.  He's got a massive lead for this point in the comp.

It was nice while it lasted... now that the Dimitrov chicken has come home to roost... smile

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(59 replies, posted in Other Tournaments)

Wow! Awesome!

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(17 replies, posted in Australian Open)

Great summaries, Ad and Arvis!

pissed off at myself for swapping out KaPliskova for Venus... I think it was Venus' 4-0 record against Bencic that convinced me...

Awesome Edu!
Thanks for all this work!

I vote to give myself credit for 8 weeks as #1 while the pros were on break - just like the ATP rankings! smile

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(93 replies, posted in Australian Open)

sneaky wrote:

The 2018 Australian Open will be quite a challenge to predict!!!

I believe we will see a new first time champion in the Men's
draw!!! It could be either Dimitrov,Zverev,Kyrgios, or Pouille!!!
The draw will be out sometime today which will give us greater
insight as to which of the above 4 will win IMHO!!!

The WTA is as always extremely tough to predict but that is what
makes it so interesting!!! Muguruza is IMHO the best when playing
well but she can have her ups and downs like all the others!!!
Halep is a good player and some might believe she is do for a win
after having come so close but she seems to get beaten by more
aggressive players!!! The WTA is very open especially without Serena
in the draw and it will be interesting to see who wins!!! I think Halep,
Keys, Muguruza or even Svitolina could win but obviously there are
others that are very capable of winning!!! I would put Muguruza,
Halep, then maybe Keys and Svitolina in that order but obviously
there are others that could win!!!

Uhh.....glad you enjoyed the quote Dwight....Uhh if you actually did!!!
Maybe I posted that after having mistakenly eaten some moldy fruit!!! LOL

Sneaky, I do in general enjoy the colorful way you present things, but that line was particularly good.  I liked it!

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Sneaky, I particularly enjoyed this picture you painted:

once-great sport that went rancid/moldy like a piece of fruit somebody forgot in their refrigerator

Keep it coming, buddy.  I find it very entertaining.  That is creative use of language.

Who do you think will win the Australian?

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Aiur and Murreee, you may have missed an extensive counterpoint I wrote to sneaky last year.  it is post # 43 in the thread "random spreadsheets" in the "other tournaments' stream.
http://www.grandslamfantasytennis.com/f … ts/page/2/

Sneaky had been claiming that the ATP was fixed, that the tour was being exploited for money, that matches were fixed, that the tour structure was superior in the 1970's, that seeding was a conspiracy to help the Big 4, as well as first round byes, and best 2 of 3 format.  I also addressed the idea that the very presence of a Big 4 was no indicator of conspiracy.

I think it's an interesting post. A lot of other posters here applauded, and it caused Sneaky to delete the 30 or so posts he had written in that thread.  Perhaps a refreshed reading of that post will help simmer things down here.

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(93 replies, posted in Australian Open)

Aiur wrote:

Commentators don't do any sort of stroke analysis? Are you blind? I can't count how many times I've seen Nadal's trademarked "buggy whip" forehand broken down by commentators, showing the trajectory, RPM's of the shot, etc. Or the amount of times Federer's service motion has been dissected. There are also dedicated shows on networks like The Tennis Channel that breakdown the shots of pro players.

As for the ATP, it's a business. Businesses exist to make money. Look at the prize money dished out these days. There's a lot of money on the line. It allows fringe players who might only really be competitive in 250 events to play full-time. In the 70's, a guy like Denis Istomin would've been bounced out of the game early because he's not a perennial threat to win a big tournament. But since he can make a living playing in smaller events and on the challenger tour, we get to see him beat Djokovic at the Aussie Open. The money also trickles down into academies and whatnot.

You need to seriously get with the times. It's not 1980 anymore. Social media is huge and if a company doesn't use it, they are hurting themselves. The promo stuff like Federer playing Nadal on a half clay, half grass court, on a boat, or on a very tall building is called promotion. They're trying to bring new people to the game. No people=no money. No money=no tennis.

Hear! Hear!
Excellent points, Aiur!

Certainly, the ATP and WTA would be foolish not to use social media to stay relevant to bring in fans and reach out to existing ones.  Why should they be Luddites?

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(9 replies, posted in Australian Open)

I;m going with the two G's... Goerges and Goffin

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I like your predictions, Murreee!  That would be an interesting year... esp if Maria can finally beat Serena again!

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smile
One of these years I'll really let myself go and write everything I want to... but had to reel myself in this year after 25 pp in Word.

Something I didn't mention at all is the absurdity of Halep being computer #1 having won only one title during the year.  This has never happened before.  Previous lows were last year when Kerber won 3 and ditto Serena in 2009, and in 2008 Jankovic won 4... weird year this year...

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My summary of women's tennis for 2017 and predictions for 2018 are on my blog
https://tennisgut.blogspot.ca/

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Wow, some amazing repeat performances here!
Congrats to all!