Tennis-X head honcho/webmaster/slave-wage-payer Luke Johnson has asked the X-bloggers to predict their 2009 year-end Top 10 men’s ranking, as Sean Randall did so eloquently (Gasquet? Really? Really!?!), but we thought why not open it up as a contest to all X-readers?
Post your 2009 year-end Top 10 as a comment on this blog thread before the first ball is hit at the Australian Open, and we’ll send the winner a grab bag full of swag. Super swag bag, with your name on it.
Rules: One point for each player you correctly pick in the year-end Top 10, and another point for hitting his exact finishing position.
Here is a (winning) example:
1. Andy Murray (GBR)
The student has become the master.
2. Rafael Nadal (ESP)
Might have used up his best years chasing Federer, with lots of punishment to the knees.
3. Roger Federer (SUI)
Will be edged after hitting 1,315,000 backhands to 30 forehands on the year.
4. Novak Djokovic (SRB)
Leaves Wilson for racquet cash grab, and needs to work on emotional maturity.
5. Juan Martin del Potro (ARG)
Stretch armstrong will get even better as he learns to attack and end points at the net.
6. Andy Roddick (USA)
Top 10 stalwart will remain a threat.
7. Nikolay Davydenko (RUS)
Yawn. See above.
8. Gilles Simon
Exciting shotmaker will show he was no fluke at the end of 2008.
9. Robin Soderling (SWE)
Big-hitting Swede’s time has come if he can stay off the injured list.
10. Lleyton Hewitt
Fire up the lawnmower, the testy Aussie is back from surgery and ready to remind why he was No. 1.
Let us see your predictions, and let the games begin.
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