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    2018 Green Acres: Strawberries and Cream Lounge

    This is where we come together to sit and eat strawberries and cream, drink Pim's and chat about the players. Feel free to drop by whenever the spirit moves you. We enjoy discussing the players' strengths, weaknesses, color palette preferences, and pratfalls.

    Be forewarned, everyone will be expected to rise if the Queen pays us a visit.
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    Re: 2018 Green Acres: Strawberries and Cream Lounge

    I can't believe I forgot to enter a team.
    Meet again we do, old foe...

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    Re: 2018 Green Acres: Strawberries and Cream Lounge

    I find the ones right when slams finish the easiest ones to miss...especially if I record finals and wind up watching them Sunday night, so I stay off TAT for most of the weekend!

    Initial player counts - apologies if some wrong, there are a lot of people picked in this contest.


    A: Federer 17, Vandewedge 14, Kvitova 11, Kerber 3, Cilic 3, A Zverev 1, Nadal 1, V Williams 1

    B: Barty 12, Muller 6, Mertens 6, Shapovalov 5, Konta 5, Rybarikova 4, Raonic 4, Osaka 4, Mannarino 3, Kohlschreiber 3, Edmund 3, Lopez 3, Gasquet 3, Berdych 2, Sharapova 1, Chung 1, Osaka 1, Kontaviet 1, Khachanov 1

    C: Haase 6, Sugita 5, Medvedev 3, Vekic 3, Van Uytvanck 2, Sabalenka 2, Murray 2, Safarova 2, Johnson 2, Giorgi 2, Krunic 2, Collins 1, Fucsovics 1, Gojowcyzk 1

    D: M Zverev 14, Kr. Pliskova 9, Marterer 2, Struff 2, Watson 2, Bedene 1, Flipkens 1, Witthoeft 1, Townsend 1, Fritz 1, Ebden 1, Bencic 1

    E: Riske 8, Herbert 2, Karlovic 2, Azarenka 2, Posposil 1, Chardy 1, Stosur 1



    One not at all surprising unanimous pick. The one that really surprised me, at least in terms of how many people picked him, was Mischa Zverev (tied for second most picked). As soon as I saw how close he was to Federer in draw this week I wanted nothing to do with him.

    Gojowczyk wins the prize for first player picked to withdraw.
    A Canadian Slam winner? Inconceivable!

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    Re: 2018 Green Acres: Strawberries and Cream Lounge

    Quote Originally Posted by ptmcmahon View Post
    As soon as I saw how close he was to Federer in draw this week I wanted nothing to do with him.
    This is my first time playing FT and lordd the amount of work that goes into selecting a team is impressive. By the time I covered player availability I was too burned out to actually check the draws.

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    Re: 2018 Green Acres: Strawberries and Cream Lounge

    I was more the opposite, by the time I checked the draws I was too burned out to check availability (much.)
    A Canadian Slam winner? Inconceivable!

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    Re: 2018 Green Acres: Strawberries and Cream Lounge

    Quote Originally Posted by ptmcmahon View Post
    The one that really surprised me, at least in terms of how many people picked him, was Mischa Zverev (tied for second most picked). As soon as I saw how close he was to Federer in draw this week I wanted nothing to do with him.
    I admittedly didn't spend as much time picking my team as I have in years past (not expecting I'll pick up another medal here), but I wasn't crazy about the players in that section, so I stuck with him. Fed is a problem this week (Mischa really has bad luck with draws btw). But maybe not the weeks after this one was my thinking. I have other questionable picks too, like not sure one of mine is doing a warm up even though she has in the past. We'll see.

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    Re: 2018 Green Acres: Strawberries and Cream Lounge

    Category D invariably makes me appreciate how diabolical this contest is, because the pickings are so slim. On the ATP side, a bunch of the players are over the hill, a bunch are more allergic to grass than Ivan Lendl, many are playing only one warmup, and the guys currently signed up for all four weeks won't necessarily play all four, never mind get past the first round. Bad luck notwithstanding, Mischa's prrrrrrrobably good for at least 60 points, which is 55 more than I would count on the likes of Pella or Vesely picking up.

    On the WTA side, the ones who have good records on grass likewise struck me as aging, injury prone, or deep in slump-land (I got burned trading for Witthoeft in TSiP). The Townsend pick surprised me given that she's 1-4 lifetime on grass (and 4 of the 5 were in qualies). I do like Taylor, but my that's a leap of faith.

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    Re: 2018 Green Acres: Strawberries and Cream Lounge

    Yeah the Townsend pick was a complete lottery pick, not based on any results. Just hoping she gets a good draw at Wimby and takes a couple rounds...and category D gets slim like you say! So many of the tournaments coming up have entry lists that end in the C group.
    A Canadian Slam winner? Inconceivable!

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    Re: 2018 Green Acres: Strawberries and Cream Lounge

    And just to spite me...Mischa took the first set off Roger this AM...going to a third now, but making me look very silly so far.

    Been a bad AM actually, lots of our players have been losing...right after predictions deadline too.
    A Canadian Slam winner? Inconceivable!

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    Re: 2018 Green Acres: Strawberries and Cream Lounge

    There were 12 mens matches today, and in 8 of them the loser was someone at least one of us picked. Women were a little better, with only 3 of today's 8 losers picked.

    Losses include our second most picked B player, our top three C players, and top D player (with our #2 player losing yesterday.)
    A Canadian Slam winner? Inconceivable!

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    Re: 2018 Green Acres: Strawberries and Cream Lounge

    Good picking. All eight finalists were picked by at least one contestant. That doesn't happen very often.
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    Re: 2018 Green Acres: Strawberries and Cream Lounge

    Greatly enjoying my traded-IN risky pick Kyrgios throwing away the first set against Murray. Didn't seem to fancy fighting it out from deuce at 2-2
    Coach Marion, at your service!

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    Re: 2018 Green Acres: Strawberries and Cream Lounge

    And now I'm amazed he won!
    Coach Marion, at your service!

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    I didn't see it, but even as a loss, it seems like it was a good match for Murray. So that is promising at least.

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    Re: 2018 Green Acres: Strawberries and Cream Lounge

    As one of the couple who picked Murray, I'm choosing to take this as a good warm-up, but the loss scared everyone else from picking him up for Wimbledon, where he will win. And only get yoort and I points.

    And nice pick up oploskoffie!
    A Canadian Slam winner? Inconceivable!

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