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Good day, mates I hope everyone had a good offseeason and is ready to kick it off in the new year. For some extra spice, I invite everyone to take part in this game that might well be considered a forum tradition by now.

HOW TO PLAY:

Rule changes compared to US Open - None (just a rephrasing. Veterans need not necessarily read):

Basic rules:

Pick a player each day. If your player wins, you advance to the next day and get to pick again. If your player loses, you are out. Each player can only be chosen once. The picks continue every day until only one person is left, everyone has been eliminated, or the tournament has finished. Each pick has to be submitted before the relevant match starts and once you've submitted the pick, you are stuck with it unless the match did not happen due to a prematch withdrawal. In that case you get to submit a new pick. That's the basic rules already.

Tiebreaker:

If multiple people go out on the same day and no-one remains, these last people to go out submit their best educated judgements regarding the outcome of the final match of the tournament - winner of the final, amount of sets lost by the winner, amount of games lost by the winner, points won by the winner. Judged also in that order. If both are the same in winner, then we go to sets. If both also had the same number of sets, then we go to games. If that's also still the same or the same difference to the actual number, then points won. That should hopefully always lead to a conclusion.

To enable that, those tiebreaker judgements will be sent to me per private message (or maybe X in some cases) instead of being publically announced in the thread. If the tiebreaker involves me, we'd have to find someone else who accepts the private messages, but I'm positive that will not be a problem.

Onto the cases:

Case: A pick I made became invalid because the match didn't happen due to a withdrawal. I have a life and don't sit on the computer all day to monitor such things, so wasn't able to submit a replacement pick. Am I screwed?
Decision: No, there is a backup solution. The last to start eligible favourite (I will use average odds on tennisexplorer.com) of the day is automatically entered for you. Eligible means player that had not been picked yet on a previous day.

Case: There was a retirement. Does the pick still count?
Decision: Yes, picks count the moment 1 ball has been played in the match.

Case: I looked at the wrong schedule and picked a player that doesn't even play. What now?
Decision: Please submit a new pick.

Case: A lot of matches were rescheduled for the next day due to rain. Can I pick from those on the new day?
Decision: No, rescheduled matches are not eligible to be picked from. If this situation arises, I will try to post a list of ineligible matches.

Case: I have a great suggestion for the comp. Am I allowed to tell you and others?
Decision: Sure, suggestions are always welcome!

At the end, glory, lots of forum cred, and an entry into the competition's Hall of Fame awaits the ultimate winner. The Hall of Fame can be found at:

https://community.betfair.com/tennis/go/thread/view/94186/30945693/suicide-pool-winners-throughout-the-years

I hope that covers everything. If there are any additional questions, feel free to ask.

Reminder: The Australian Open start on Sunday for the first time this year, so first pick is also needed on Sunday.
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Report Blencathra January 13, 2024 1:46 PM GMT
Leylah Fernandez
Report SamuelMertensBertens January 13, 2024 3:35 PM GMT
Krejcikova
Report edy January 13, 2024 6:23 PM GMT
GRANTCKING day 1: Dolehide
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Maria Sakkari
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Sakkari
Report edy January 14, 2024 12:03 AM GMT
aaronh: Tsurenko
I: Sorribes Tormo
Report edy January 14, 2024 2:22 PM GMT
Advanced to day 2:

aaronh - Tsurenko
Anubis8 - Sakkari
Blencathra - Fernandez
GRANTCKING - Dolehide
SamuelMertensBertens - Krejcikova
snowynoon - Sakkari

Out:

I hate this comp. Hate it!
Report snowynoon January 14, 2024 4:25 PM GMT
Day 2 Svitolina
Report SamuelMertensBertens January 14, 2024 9:28 PM GMT
Alexandrova.
Report Blencathra January 14, 2024 10:44 PM GMT
Storm Hunter
Report Anubis8 January 14, 2024 11:16 PM GMT
Elise Mertens
Report edy January 15, 2024 12:13 AM GMT
Mertens for Grant and Aaron
Report edy January 15, 2024 12:37 PM GMT
Advanced to day 3:

aaronh - Tsurenko, Mertens
Anubis8 - Sakkari, Mertens
Blencathra - Fernandez, Hunter
GRANTCKING - Dolehide, Mertens
snowynoon - Sakkari, Svitolina

Freshly out:

SamuelMertensBertens - Alexandrova
Report snowynoon January 15, 2024 6:18 PM GMT
Day 3 Stephens
Report edy January 15, 2024 6:23 PM GMT
Grant day 3: Burel
Report Blencathra January 15, 2024 7:27 PM GMT
Queenie Zheng
Report Anubis8 January 15, 2024 9:46 PM GMT
Emma Navarro
Report edy January 16, 2024 12:01 AM GMT
Aaron Qinwen
Report edy January 16, 2024 11:04 AM GMT
Advanced to day 4:

aaronh - Tsurenko, Mertens, Zheng
Anubis8 - Sakkari, Mertens, Navarro
Blencathra - Fernandez, Hunter, Zheng
GRANTCKING - Dolehide, Mertens, Burel
snowynoon - Sakkari, Svitolina, Stephens
Report snowynoon January 16, 2024 8:44 PM GMT
Day 4 Anisimova.
Report Anubis8 January 16, 2024 11:12 PM GMT
Leylah Fernandez
Report edy January 16, 2024 11:56 PM GMT
Grant: Krejcikova
Report edy January 16, 2024 11:57 PM GMT
Aaron: Krejcikova
Report Blencathra January 17, 2024 3:28 AM GMT
caroline garcia
Report edy January 17, 2024 1:43 PM GMT
Advanced to day 5 - down to the final 3:

aaronh - Tsurenko, Mertens, Zheng, Krejcikova
GRANTCKING - Dolehide, Mertens, Burel, Krejcikova
snowynoon - Sakkari, Svitolina, Stephens, Anisimova

Freshly out:

Anubis8 - Fernandez
Blencathra - Garcia
Report snowynoon January 17, 2024 5:36 PM GMT
Day 5 Navarro.
Report edy January 17, 2024 5:43 PM GMT
Grant: Noskova
Report edy January 18, 2024 12:00 AM GMT
Aaron Raducanu
Report edy January 18, 2024 12:04 PM GMT
Advanced to day 5 - down to the final 2:

GRANTCKING - Dolehide, Mertens, Burel, Krejcikova, Noskova
snowynoon - Sakkari, Svitolina, Stephens, Anisimova, Navarro

Freshly out:

aaronh - Raducanu
Report edy January 18, 2024 12:04 PM GMT
day 6, sorry
Report edy January 18, 2024 6:15 PM GMT
Grant: Mirra Andreeva
Report snowynoon January 18, 2024 9:41 PM GMT
Day 6 Andreeva
Report edy January 19, 2024 3:52 PM GMT
Advanced to day 7 - that was a close one for you two. I was already expecting the tiebreak rule to make it debut in this competion:

GRANTCKING - Dolehide, Mertens, Burel, Krejcikova, Noskova, Andreeva
snowynoon - Sakkari, Svitolina, Stephens, Anisimova, Navarro, Andreeva
Report snowynoon January 19, 2024 5:01 PM GMT
Yes miracle escape
Report snowynoon January 19, 2024 5:04 PM GMT
Day 7 Q.Zheng
Report edy January 19, 2024 5:47 PM GMT
Grant is also picking Zheng.

You two are intent on riding towards the sunset together, eh?
Report edy January 20, 2024 6:40 AM GMT
Easy as it gets again for the two of you

Advanced to day 8:

GRANTCKING - Dolehide, Mertens, Burel, Krejcikova, Noskova, Andreeva, Zheng
snowynoon - Sakkari, Svitolina, Stephens, Anisimova, Navarro, Andreeva, Zheng
Report edy January 20, 2024 2:11 PM GMT
Sabalenka for Grant
Report snowynoon January 20, 2024 9:38 PM GMT
Day 8 Gauff.
Report edy January 21, 2024 4:04 AM GMT
To day 9 and hopefully beyond:

GRANTCKING - Dolehide, Mertens, Burel, Krejcikova, Noskova, Andreeva, Zheng, Sabalenka
snowynoon - Sakkari, Svitolina, Stephens, Anisimova, Navarro, Andreeva, Zheng, Gauff
Report edy January 21, 2024 7:54 AM GMT
I noticed earlier that I yet again forgot to mention/clarify/change a rule. I have not looked into the situation of you two, but a scenario like this might happen:

Contestant 1: 11 correct picks, for day 12 they cannot make a selection because they have used all players that are playing on the day.
Contestant 2: 11 correct picks, a selection for day 12 can and is made, but it loses.

I have confirmed with SamuelMertensBertens in the main AO thread that long running precedent (from before when I took over as main host) is that the person that was able to make a selection for day 12 wins it all in that case. Since precedent is trump in common law and I did not delcare a rule that trumps precedent, we should stick to that this time around.
Report edy January 21, 2024 11:11 AM GMT
Grant takes Azarenka
Report snowynoon January 21, 2024 6:30 PM GMT
Day 9 Kalinskaya
Report snowynoon January 21, 2024 6:34 PM GMT
Bit of a punt but ,will take a chance .Ño worries if lose to Grantking , remember him from the forum ,seemed like a good guy ,should never have been barred if I recall correctly.
Report edy January 21, 2024 7:02 PM GMT
Yeah, he's a good lad. Just a bit loose with words. He and another tennis forum regular, tof, were one day sought out and involved in a discussion about a controversial topic. In Grant's and my view with the deliberate aim of drawing reportable posts.
Report snowynoon January 21, 2024 7:07 PM GMT
Don't remember the details ,just remember thinking it was harsh at the time ,anyway on with the tennis ,let's see if we can stay in the game.
Report Journeyman January 22, 2024 11:26 AM GMT
Wd on the double Snowy.
Report edy January 22, 2024 11:26 AM GMT
Just two days ago snowynoon made their debut among the winners of the comp and what a follow-up it is. They went for and successfully achieved the clean sweep, showing that nothing is impossible if you are willing to put in the blood, sweat and tears.

The historical comp records are not complete, but as far as the record reaches back, 2013, this marks the first time someone has become singular winner of both the women and men at the Australian Open. The only other time someone won both sexes at the tournament was 2022 by TheGoddess, who however had to share their women's victory with four other contestants (pre-tiebreaker era).

Very well done, snowynoon.
Report edy January 22, 2024 12:44 PM GMT
I have been asked by GRANTCKING to tell you that only legends do slam doubles in the comp and that he bows to your greatness.
Report snowynoon January 22, 2024 6:03 PM GMT
Cheers ,Grant,edy, Journeyman.I nearly chose Azarenka but don't trust her ,so went with my gut.Ive only entered once before I think and got quite far in the women's comp.Delighted to do the double ,backed a couple of them but slept through most of it,roll on RG!!
Report SamuelMertensBertens January 22, 2024 11:13 PM GMT
very impressive to take the double.
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