The 2017 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 2017 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.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wooden_spoon_%28award%29

At the 2017 Championships, Wimbledon, Yulia Putintseva was the women's last-placer. She lost to Anastasija Sevastova, who lost to Heather Watson, who lost to Victoria Azarenka, who lost to Simona Halep, who lost to Johanna Konta, who lost to Venus Williams, who lost to Garbine Muguruza.

Not to be outdone, Malek Jaziri was the men's wooden spoon winner. He lost to Lucas Pouille, who lost to Jerzy Janowicz, who lost to Benoit Paire, who lost to Andy Murray, who lost to Sam Querrey, who lost to Marin Cilic, who lost to Roger Federer.

That's how Yulia Putintseva and Malek Jaziri captured the boobie prizes in TAT YCWJ tennis at the 2017 Championships, Wimbledon!

ENTRY: To enter the 2017 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 2013 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 2017 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

HINTS:
* To make it easy on yourself, fill out a full draw sheet, 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.

* There are several sets of players with the same last name. If you are picking one of them, please include enough of their first name to be able to uniquely identify your pick.

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. 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.

* Since the number of possible teams is in the quadrillions, I will assume that the probability that two people accidentally pick the same team is small enough to ignore. However, please do not intentionally copy someone else's team.

Entries are due before the start of main draw play at the US Open on Monday, July 3rd.

p.s. Running this contest requires a lot of copying and pasting, which creates a lot of opportunities for typos to creep in. If you find any, please send me a private message. Thanks.