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08-21-2011, 05:42 PM
You Can’t Win Jack Contest - US Open 2011

The 2011 US 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 US 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 2011 Championships, Wimbledon, Yaroslava Shvedova was the women's Wooden Spoon award recipient. She lost to grass-court specialist Tamarine Tanasugarn, who lost to Maria the lesser (Kirilenko), who lost to the on-the-comeback-trail Serena Williams, who failed to get her wheels turning fast enough against Marion Bartoli, who got blown off the court by Sabine Lisicki, who couldn't handle the moment against Maria Sharapova, who saw the dawning of the newest slam champion in Petra Kvitova.

Not to be outdone, Lukas Lacko was the ultimate loser for the men. He was SLOed by Grega Zemlja, who lost to Gael Monfils, who got a little too cute against Lukasz Kubot, who choked a quarterfinal spot away multiple times to Feliciano Lopez, who was too exhausted to face Andy Murray, who ran up against his Nadal/Wimbledon SF wall, who was blitzed by Novak Djokovic and the awesome year he's having.

That's how Yaroslava Shvedova and Lukas captured the boobie prizes in TAT YCWJ tennis at the 2011 Championships, Wimbledon!

ENTRY: To enter the 2011 US 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 US 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.

* 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.

*Upon special request, (and possibly a marginal fee ;)) I will personally cheer on your picks' opponents in their first round matches only. Because what else is a trip to the US Open for?

Entries are due before the start of main draw play at the US Open on Monday, August 29th.

Good Luck to all entrants.

Post Your Picks when the draw is released (http://www.talkabouttennis.com/forum/showthread.php?t=19801)

Ask Questions Here (http://www.talkabouttennis.com/forum/showthread.php?t=19800)