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01-14-2011, 12:02 PM
You Can’t Win Jack Contest - Australian Open 2011

The 2011 Australian Open "You Can't Win Jack" will be a medal-awarding contest for the first-place winner(s) only.

Anyone can pick the men’s and women’s singles winners of the 2011 Australian Open, but it takes real talent to spot the ultimate LOSER of the event. The Wooden Spoon Award goes to the last place finisher of a competition – in tennis terms, it’s the player whose conqueror loses in the next round, whose conqueror loses in the next round, whose conqueror loses in the next round, etc.


At the 2010 US Open, "Grandma" Jill Craybas sat in her rocking chair and was handed the wooden spoon award. She lost to Yvonne Meusberger in the first round, who lost to Maria Kirilenko in the second round, who lost to Svetlana Kuznetsova in the third round, who lost to Dominika Cibulkova in the fourth round, who lost to Caroline Wozniacki in the quarterfinals, who lost to Vera Zvonareva in the semifinals, who lost to Kim Clijsters in the final.

Not to be outdone, Illya Marchenko was the men's wooden spoon winner. He lost to Marin Cilic, who lost to Kei Nishikori, who lost to Albert Montanes, who lost to Robin Soderling, who lost to Roger Federer, who lost to Novak Djokovic, who lost to Rafael Nadal.

That's how Jill Craybas and Illya Marchenko captured the boobie prizes in TAT YCWJ tennis at the 2010 US Open!

ENTRY: To enter the 2011 Australian Open "You Can't Win Jack" contest, pick the names of four men’s singles contestants and four women’s singles contestants who you think are the most likely to finish in “last place” in their respective draws. Rank those players 1-4, with #1 being your most likely to finish “last”.

These picks carry through the rest of the tournament. So if your picks lose in the first round – and you hope they do! – the players who beat your picks become your new selections in the 2R, and so on, until the finals (if you’re lucky…).

SCORING: For each round that one of your entries remains in the running, you earn a point. Bonus points are earned based on your selected rank of your four picks. You get a multiplier for bonus points – your number 1 pick gets a bonus of (x4), #2 pick gets a bonus of (x3), #3 pick gets a bonus of (x2) and #4 pick gets a bonus of (x1).

EXAMPLE: Using the 2009 Australian Open as an example, let’s say Bernard Tomic was my #1 pick in the Wooden Spoon contest. Since he won in the 1R, I get no points. But Oscar Hernandez was my #2 pick, and he lost to Janko Tipsarevic. So I get a point for Hernandez' loss, and Tipsarevic automatically becomes my 2R pick. As my #2 pick, any points I earned from Hernandez - and from Tipsarevic in the next round, etc. - get multiplied by (x3).

BONUS POINTS: At the 2009 US Open, a bonus point system was initiated. Bonus points were awarded to anyone who picked the actual Wooden Spoon Winner(s) (unfortunately no one did for either men or women). That system will still be in place at the 2011 Australian Open. There will be a 5 point bonus x the weight of pick.

#1 confidence pick = 5 bonus points x 4 = 20 bonus points
#2 confidence pick = 5 bonus points x 3 = 15 bonus ponits
#3 confidence pick = 5 bonus points x 2 = 10 bonus points
#4 confidence pick = 5 bonus points x 1 = 5 bonus points

* To make it easy on yourself, fill out a full drawsheet, then trace backwards through the draw to find your ultimate losers!

* It’s not enough to pick players who you think will lose first round, because you'll need the winner of the match to lose in the next round.

NOTE: If any player that you select withdraws before his/her first round match, and you do not change your pick, you will be assigned the player who takes your original selection's place in the draw.

Entries are due before the start of main draw play at the Australian Open on Monday, January 17th (Sunday evening in the US).

Good Luck to all entrants.

Post Your Picks Here (http://www.talkabouttennis.com/forum/showthread.php?t=18666)

Ask Questions Here (http://www.talkabouttennis.com/forum/showthread.php?t=18665)