Well, that is not going to last very long if I continue like this haha.

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(22 replies, posted in French Open)

Hello everybody!

As the picks are now closed, here are the picks of all the Yoda Crew member (20) participating in this 2019 Roland Garros Yoda Cup, 8th edition.



MEN'S

Seeds 1-16:
Djokovic (20) [everyone] {OUT, SF, +88}
Nadal (20) [everyone] {OUT, W, +168}
Thiem (19) [everyone except Murreee] {OUT, F, +120}
Tsitsipas (17) [everyone except Wimbo, Aiur, Arvis] {OUT, 4th, +48}
Federer (13) [Adunar, Tenedab, Snolly, Edu, Murreee, Drivers, Wimbo, OZ, Aiur, Marco, HTS, Mike, Arvis] {OUT, SF, +88}
Delpo (5) [Dwight, Tono, TE, Wimbo, Arvis] {OUT, 4th, +48}
ZverevA (3) [BHP, Spotec, Murreee] {OUT, QF, +64}
Nishikori (1) [Aiur] {OUT, QF, +64}
Fognini (1) [Johnny] {OUT, 4th, +48}
Medvedev (1) [Dtrain] {OUT, 1st, -16}


Seeds 17-32:

Wawrinka (11) [Adunar, Tenedab, BHP, Dwight, Tono, Edu, TE, Murreee, OZ, Mike, Arvis] {OUT, QF, +64} {4th, BONUS +16}
Schwartzman (10) [Adunar, Tenedab, Dwight, Snolly, Drivers, Wimbo, HTS, Dtrain, Mike, Arvis] {OUT, 2nd, +16}
Pella (5) [BHP, Edu, TE, Marco, Dtrain] {OUT, 2nd, +16}
RBA (4) [Tono, Murreee, Wimbo, Aiur] {OUT, 3rd, +32}
Verdasco (4) [Snolly, Drivers, Marco, HTS] {OUT, 2nd, +16}
FAA (3) [Spotec, Johnny, OZ] {OUT, w/o, +0}
Pouille (1) [Aiur] {OUT, 2nd, +16}
Berrettini (1) [Spotec] {OUT, 2nd, +16}


Unseeded players:

Cuevas (7) [Adunar, Tenedab, Tono, TE, Marco, Dtrain, Mike] {OUT, 3rd, +32}
Gasquet (3) [Murreee, OZ, Aiur] {OUT, 2nd, +16}
Garin (2) [Wimbo, Johnny] {OUT, 2nd, +16}
Paire (2) [Spotec, Arvis] {OUT, 4th, +48} {4th, BONUS +32}
Albot (1) [BHP] {OUT, 2nd, +16}
Dimitrov (1) [Snolly] {OUT, 3rd, +32}
Munar (1) [Dwight] {OUT, 1st, -16}
Barrere (1) [Johnny] {OUT, 2nd, +16}
Kohlschreiber (1) [HTS] {OUT, 2nd, +16}
Tsonga (1) [Edu] {OUT, 2nd, +16}
Fritz (1) [Drivers] {OUT, 2nd, +16}


Finalists:

Nadal (19) [everyone except OZ] {BONUS +32}
Djokovic (18) [everyone except Spotec, Arvis] {OUT, SF}
Thiem (2) [Spotec, Arvis] {BONUS +32}
Federer (1) [OZ] {OUT, SF}


Winners:

Nadal (17) [everyone except TE, Mike, OZ] {BONUS +64}
Djokovic (3) [TE, Mike, OZ] {OUT, SF}


Formats:

Everybody picked the standard format: 5 (1-16) - 2 (17-32) - 1 (unseeded) except
Johnny went 5-1-2



WOMEN'S

Seeds 1-16:

Halep (19) [everyone except Aiur] {OUT, QF, +64}
Bertens (18) [everyone except Wimbo, OZ] {OUT, 2nd, +16}
PliskovaKa (12) [Adunar, Dwight, Tono, Snolly, Edu, TE, Drivers, Wimbo, OZ, Marco, HTS, Mike] {OUT, 3rd, +32}
Kvitova (12) [BHP, Dwight, Snolly, Edu, TE, Murreee, Johnny, Aiur, Marco, HTS, Dtrain, Mike] {OUT, w/o, +0}
Stephens (8) [Dwight, Tono, Spotec, Edu, TE, Drivers, Marco, Dtrain] {OUT, QF, +64}
Barty (8) [Tenedab, BHP, Spotec, Snolly, Drivers, Wimbo, Johnny, Dtrain] {OUT, W, +168}
Osaka (7) [Adunar, BHP, Tono, Wimbo, Aiur, HTS, Arvis] {OUT, 3rd, +32}
Kerber (3) [Murreee, OZ, Aiur] {OUT, 1st, -16}
WilliamsS (3) [Murreee, OZ, Arvis] {OUT, 3rd, +32}
Bencic (3) [OZ, Aiur, Mike] {OUT, 3rd, +32}
Keys (2) [Adunar, Tenedab] {OUT, QF, +64}


Seeds 17-32:

Muguruza (10) [Adunar, Dwight, Tono, Snolly, Edu, Murreee, Wimbo, OZ, Marco, Arvis] {OUT, 4th, +48} {4th, BONUS +16}
Kontaveit (8) [Adunar, Dwight, Spotec, Edu, TE, Drivers, HTS, Arvis] {OUt, 1st, -16}
Mertens (4) [Tono, Aiur, Dtrain, Mike] {OUT, 3rd, +32}
Sakkari (4) [Spotec, Drivers, Johnny, Marco] {OUT, 2nd, +16}
Garcia (3) [Tenedab, BHP, Aiur] {OUT, 2nd, +16}
Kasatkina (2) [Tenedab, TE] {OUT, 2nd, +16}
Konta (2) [Wimbo, OZ] {OUT, SF, +88} {4th, BONUS +16}
Martic (2) [BHP, Johnny] {OUT, QF, +64} {4th, BONUS +16}
CSN (1) [Wimbo] {OUT, 3rd, +32}
Andreescu (1) [Mike] {OUT, 2nd, +16}
Vekic (1) [HTS] {OUT, 4th, +48} {4th, BONUS +16}
Sasnovich (1) [Snolly] {OUT, 1st, -16}


Unseeded players:

Vondrousova (14) [everyone except Snolly, Murreee, Johnny, OZ, Aiur, HTS] {OUT, F, +120} {4th, BONUS +32}
Mladenovic (4) [Tenedab, Spotec, Aiur, Arvis] {OUT, 2nd, +16}
Azarenka (2) [Murreee, Dtrain] {OUT, 2nd, +16}
WilliamsV (1) [Murreee] {OUT, 1st, -16}
Diyas (1) [Johnny] {OUT, 2nd, +16}
Sharma (1) [Johnny] {OUT, 1st, -16}
Kenin (1) [Snolly] {OUT, 4th, +48} {4th, BONUS +32}
Anisimova (1) [OZ] {OUT, SF, +88} {4th, BONUS +32}
Pavlyuchenkova (1) [HTS] {OUT, 1st, -16}


Finalists:

Halep (18) [everyone except Johnny, Aiur] {OUT, QF}
Bertens (10) [Adunar, Tenedab, BHP, Dwight, Spotec, Edu, Johnny, Marco, HTS, Arvis] {OUT, 2nd}
PliskovaKa (6) [Snolly, TE, Drivers, Wimbo, OZ, Mike] {OUT, 3rd}
Kvitova (2) [Murreee, Aiur] {OUT, w/o}
Stephens (2) [Tono, Dtrain] {OUT, QF}
Barty (1) [Johnny] {BONUS +32}
Bencic (1) [Aiur] {OUT, 3rd}


Winners:

Halep (14) [Adunar, BHP, Dwight, Snolly, Edu, Murreee, Drivers, Wimbo, OZ, Marco, HTS, Dtrain, Mike, Arvis] {OUT, QF}
Bertens (3) [Tenedab, Spotec, Johnny] {OUT, 2nd}
PliskovaKa (1) [TE] {OUT, 3rd}
Kvitova (1) [Aiur] {OUT, w/o}
Stephens (1) [Tono] {OUT, QF}


Formats:

Everyone picked the standard format 5 (1-6) - 2 (17-32) - 1 (unseeded) except
Murreee, Dtrain went 5-1-2. Tenedab, Spotec, Johnny, Arvis went 4-2-2. Wimbo went 4-3-1.


Number of players still in competition:

Who cares now?


-16 competition TOTAL: 17
2: Murreee, Dwight, HTS
1: OZ, Aiur, Dtrain, Adunar, Arvis, TE, Drivers, Johnny, Snolly, Spotec, Edu
0: Tono, Tenedab, Mike, BHP, Marco, Wimbo


Possible bonus points:

Tenedab: Wawrinka 4th (+16)Vondrousova 4th (+32), Nadal F (+32), Nadal W (+64)
BHP: Wawrinka 4th (+16), Martic 4th (+16), Vondrousova 4th (+32), Nadal F (+32), Nadal W (+64)
Dwight: Wawrinka 4th (+16), Muguruza 4th (+16), Vondrousova 4th (+32), Nadal F (+32), Nadal W (+64)
Adunar: Wawrinka 4th (+16), Muguruza 4th (+16), Vondrousova 4th (+32), Nadal F (+32), Nadal W (+64)
Tono: Wawrinka 4th (+16), Muguruza 4th (+16), Vondrousova 4th (+32), Nadal F (+32), Nadal W (+64)
Edu: Wawrinka 4th (+16), Muguruza 4th (+16), Vondrousova 4th (+32), Nadal F (+32), Nadal W (+64)
TE: Wawrinka 4th (+16), Vondrousova 4th (+32), Nadal F (+32)
Murreee: Wawrinka 4th (+16), Muguruza 4th , Nadal F (+32), Nadal W (+64)
OZ: Wawrinka 4th (+16), Muguruza 4th (+16), Konta 4th (+16), Anisimova 4th (+32)
Mike: Wawrinka 4th (+16), Vondrousova 4th (+32), Nadal F (+32)
Arvis: Wawrinka 4th (+16), Paire 4th (+32), Muguruza 4th (+16), Vondrousova 4th (+32), Nadal F (+32), Thiem F (+32), Nadal W (+64)
Marco: Muguruza 4th (+16), Vondrousova 4th (+32), Nadal F (+32), Nadal W (+64)
Wimbo: Muguruza 4th (+16), Konta 4th (+16), Vondrousova 4th (+32), Nadal F (+32), Nadal W (+64)
Johnny: Martic 4th (+16), Nadal F (+32), Nadal W (+64), Barty F (+32)
Drivers: Vondrousova 4th (+32), Nadal F (+32), Nadal W (+64)
Spotec: Paire 4th (+32), Vondrousova 4th (+32), Nadal F (+32), Thiem F (+32), Nadal W (+64)
Dtrain: Vondrousova 4th (+32), Nadal F (+32), Nadal W (+64)
Aiur: Nadal F (+32), Nadal W (+64)
HTS: Vekic 4th (+16), Nadal F (+32), Nadal W (+64)
Snolly: Muguruza 4th (+16), Kenin 4th (+32), Nadal F (+32), Nadal W (+64)



UPDATED

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(75 replies, posted in Other Tournaments)

Very interesting analysis Charles, thanks!
The big 3 (or big4) were SO GOOD in their late twenties (early thirties for Roger) that players in their early twenties were simply not good/physically mature enough to beat them.

We will definitely see young slam winners very soon as these 3 giants will finally decline (approximately 5 years later than expected). The 1996-1999 will benefit from that more than the 90-95.

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(79 replies, posted in Other Tournaments)

Hurray for Husler! That was a funny excerpt.

Thanks Arvis

At least if happens three times a year (if you accept the 900 as being equivalent to a 1000.. otherwise it happens just once a year lol)

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(79 replies, posted in Other Tournaments)

At least a "swiss" player got to another final
Pfew, had to wait until the end of the post to find it!

Thanks Arvis !!

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(79 replies, posted in Other Tournaments)

Masarova is swiss by the way. She changed officially her tennis loyalty a year ago. Nut she was raised and trained by the swiss federation. Still counts as another swiss win there!!

It is great fun. Been playing there since 2016 and love it.
Atmosphere is relaxed and the format unique.

You can only choose one tournament to play each week, so thwre is some additional strategy.
It only takes one bracket to fill in every week.

Hope you guys like it!

Just pretend he was replaced by Kyrgios.

Thanks guys!
Sometimes it just works out, but you dont even know why.

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(4 replies, posted in Other Tournaments)

Yes, draw opened for pick but there was nobody in the draw. This happens from time to time as we set the opening for picks early on and sometimes we forget to postpone it as the draw was bot out yet.

Yep. I replaced her on TDC but indeed, we dont see the difference in the draw...

Well, every season is a new one so no continuity has ever been counted, really.

Nobody has ever retained a Vader title though..

Title list:
2012 Tony
2013 OZ
2014 Adunar
2015 Jamie
2016 Adunar
2017 Dwight
2018 Murree

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(79 replies, posted in Other Tournaments)

Always enjoy reading this stuff Arvis, thanks!

Thanks Edu and... Congrats!!! How does it feel to be back on top??

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(27 replies, posted in Other Tournaments)

Obivous reasons indeed! Eastern Europe then?

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(27 replies, posted in Other Tournaments)

Haha, CAMP of course, spelling mistake. But we did a lot of internal COMPetitions to get the best out of us.
Edu is definitely from the American continent, but not part of the United States of America!

So if you are less american than Edu, may I ask what are your origins then Edgar?

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(119 replies, posted in Other Tournaments)

updated!

All hail the new co-world #1 Jamie & Edu! 8 points ahead of Tenedab... and 32 ahead of Marco. These are VERY close rankings. French Open is gonna be exciting, see you in 4 months!

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(27 replies, posted in Other Tournaments)

Well done ROW! That off season training comp was totally worth it!

OK, updated the draw.

However, the qualifiers in there are dummies (players who lost 1st round qualies). They will be updated tomorrow once the qualifying tournament it over. That might be after the deadline so... try to be creative!

All other players are in their right spot.

Man that is horrible... This is gonna mess up everything

I cannot create or delete qualifiers/LL spot, this is not easily fixed. All I can do is add "dummy players" where the qualifers/LL will end up. Will wait a couple hours on Tom but if he is not available, I will proceed as described here above.

In case you want to proceed with all your selections, the trick is to select the spot, not the player that may be moved around,

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(3 replies, posted in Male Players)

Could very well be his last competitive year. The fact that he is going to the french open is another hint.
May be he will do a farewell tour in 2020 with a limited number of tournaments.

Pretty sure he wants to finish in Basel at home. I will be there every year to make sure I dont miss his last tournament.

Best of 5, it is very hard to see him beat top guyd although he is not that far away from the very best. In best of 3, he can surely still beat them.

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(119 replies, posted in Other Tournaments)

Dont worry, wont be forgotten (at least by me).

I meant Tobias Kamke.

I have only one still alive in the Thiem/Coric 8th.