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06-17-2011, 02:31 PM
You Can’t Win Jack Contest - Wimbledon 2011

The 2011 Wimbledon "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 Championships, Wimbledon, 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 2011 French Open, Junri Namigata was the women's Wooden Spoon Winner. She lost to Aleksandra Wozniak, who lost to Caroline Wozniacki, who lost to Daniela Hantuchova, who lost to Svetlana Kuznetsova, who lost to Marion Bartoli, who lost to Francesca Schiavone, who lost to Li Na. Unfortunately, Namigata lost in the final round of Wimbledon qualifying and will be unable to defend her title there unless she takes a lucky loser spot into the main draw.

Not to be outdone, Daniel Brands was the ultimate loser on the men's side. He lost to Mikhail Kukushkin, who got out-Mikhailed by Mikhail Youzhny, who was blitzed by Albert Montanes, who choked a match away to a cripple in Fabio Fognini, who withdrew against Novak Djokovic, who had his glorious win-streak ended by Roger Federer, who still couldn't crack the code of Rafael Nadal at the French Open. Sadly, Brands will not be able to defend his title at Wimbledon either, as he lost in the first round of qualifying. I'm sure our 2011 French Open champion, Martini4me, will be disappointed, as Brands was a huge part of why he won the contest.

That's how Junri Namigata and Daniel Brands captured the boobie prizes in TAT YCWJ tennis at the 2011 French Open!

ENTRY: To enter the 2011 Wimbledon "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 Championships, Wimbledon. 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.

* 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. If you pick a qualifier and specify the line number, you will be assigned whichever player takes that line.

* If you fail to submit a full team of 4 men and 4 women, you will be disqualified from the contest and your picks will not be scored.

Entries are due before the start of main draw play at Wimbledon on Monday, June 20th (Early Sunday Morning in the US).

Good Luck to all entrants.

Post Your Picks Here (http://www.talkabouttennis.com/forum/showthread.php?t=19537)

Ask Questions Here (http://www.talkabouttennis.com/forum/showthread.php?t=19536)