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    2020 French Open Suicide Pool - How it Works

    Welcome to a most unusual French Open Suicide Pool! Though the timing is bizarre and though the tournament itself is under threat from an upsurge in COVID cases, we soldier on!
    Suicide pools are a very simple concept to learn, and a nigh-impossible concept to master. The suicide pool tests your ability not only to pick a winner, but to project winners through the ups and downs of a Grand Slam draw. You'll have to know what players can easily win an early round match for you, but also which can be counted on to falter as you go through the 14 days of the French Open.

    For each day of play, you have to pick 1 - yes, just one - winner each from the men's and women's draw. That is out of all the matches played that day. But, once you pick someone, you cannot choose them again for the rest of the tournament. So you likely don't want to pick a Nadal or Halep to win in early matches.

    Each day, a thread will be started that reads in the header something like : "FOSP Day __ Pick". There will be separate threads for the men's and women's game. The Day 1 thread will be posted sometime shortly after the order of play for Sunday is released, and you will then be able to make your first pick.

    To survive in the suicide pool, you will have to have gone through up to 15 successive days (usually 13 correct picks) of picking a winner. Sure it may sound easy (and probably will be) on the first few days of play - but as you get deeper into the draws, you have to start picking based on not only who you think will win, but who is likely to lose down the road. And remember, if you are still alive come semi-final time, you are not only picking who you think would win a semi, but also who would lose the final, since you could not pick the same player again.

    Again, Men's and Women's draws are played separately. So if you lose on the men's side but are still alive on the women's, you continue playing the women's draw.

    Picks will begin with the release of the Order of Play for Day 1 - you will have until the scheduled start of play for Day 1 (Sunday, September 27, 2020) to make your selections. Your selections have to be for a Day 1 match. Subsequently, you can pick your Day 2 winner as soon as the Day 2 order of play is announced and the Day 2 thread is opened, and so on.

    Also note: The French Open's decision to allow fans is prompting the Contest Staff to discuss a plan for the unpleasant possibility that the tournament may not be able to finish due to COVID-related public health concerns. We will have more on that soon.

    Have fun!
    Last edited by munchin; 09-18-2020 at 02:00 PM.
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