Holy cow! The smack talk, the whining, and the general competition reached new levels with the 2011 edition of the Tennis-X Year-end Top 10 Contest.
Last year 13 entrants tied with seven correct to force a tiebreak. In 2011, due to injuries to various players and the Top 10 surges of darkhorses such as Mardy Fish and Janko Tipsarevic, ONLY THREE PLAYERS were able to tie with seven correct out of the Top 10.
Eighteen (18) entrants were in the running with six (6) correct picks out of the Top 10, and for that here’s your props — Bobby, Margot, Saint_Parrish, Zip, VE, Tom Gainey, Adam, Kaiser, Sameer, Thangs, Thark, Kimberly, Gallant, Guy, Vined, BabolatClijstersFan, and Fumus — congrats you also-ran fourth-place finishers.
Injuries to Robin Soderling, Juan Martin Del Potro and Andy Roddick derailed many entrants, as did dives into the tank/injuries by Gael Monfils, Nikolay Davydenko, and hope-he-does-well Marcos Baghdatis and Jurgen Melzer during the year.
Surprisingly lots of Tuna Melzer Top 10 fans as of last January. How did that turn out? IT DIDN’T!
If you got five of the Top 10 right, you were among the 42 entrants that did. And you’re pretty much in the average-to-suck ratio.
For 2011 we only did a men’s Top 10, and we’ll roll out the same for 2012 in the next week. No women’s Top 10 contest? There was a good amount of blowback from that.
“Gregoire Gentil” summed it up by saying “Men contest, no women contest [frowny icon here]. Tennis-X staff is sooooo disappointing! Do I need to remind that women earn as much as men on the grand slams, even at Wimbledon — and women have vote rights for decades now? At least, you could have opened the door to encourage both top. I ENCOURAGE EVERYBODY TO POST BOTH MEN AND WOMEN TOP 10!”
Okay, you don’t have to yell. Women can vote now? Damn. Let us think about it…ummm…no. The WTA was a joke in 2011, again everyone was injured, and the No. 1 ranking went to the player who played most. Li Na won a Slam, then practically had a nervous breakdown.
“Kimmi” rounded it up when she said: “i watch WTA tour. I love it when they can give us competative matches. like the final of YEC in doha between Kim and caro was great. But it is hard to predict. IMO..it all depends on serena, will she recover enough to be the serena we know. can hennin play the whole year without injury. Is sharapova getting her form back? what about ivanovic, can she continue her resurgenc? What about safina, JJ, and venus?? So many questions???”
Aside from that atrocious spelling we’ll agree with: Serena, Henin, Sharapova, Ivanovic, Safina, Venus as all “no”s — no, no, no. Ugh.
Gregoire Gentil went on to say: “OK, I continue my efforts and I will try to give you another reason why it’s much more fun to play with women top-10 than men top-10. As of now, 74% of the participants have the fab 4 (Djokovic, Federer, Murray, Nadal) in the first 4 positions and 98% (yes 98%!!!) have 3 names out of the fab 4 in the first 4 positions and the last one in position 5. Tennis-X men top-10 is not any more a top-10 game, it’s more like just guessing the “6 other names”. On the opposite, playing the women top-10 (if it existed), your chances to win are tenfold because there are fewer posts and it’s much more open.”
That was pretty much the argument for the women’s Top 10 — that it is so crappy and hard to guess, it’s fun!
“Steve” said: “Women’s tennis hurts my eyes, come on, men’s tennis is so much more interesting right now, if you are a bit talented at tennis yourself it’s quite hard to watch women’s tennis, at least for me.”
We’ll leave it at that. We don’t hate women’s tennis, we just wish it was better. Come back Serena, Venus, Kimmy. Enough of slagging women’s tennis, back to topic.
Tied for first with seven of the year-end Top 10 correct were: montedelasanimas, Matt and N-Dru.
Since it was a three-way tie, the tiebreaker was…who had the most correct in their respective positions No. 1-10?
Well thank you Creator Above for Tomas Berdych, because montedelasanimas and Matt had none of their correct seven in their final resting places, but N-Dru correctly predicted Berdych finishing in the No. 7 position.
N-DRU IS THE WINNER!
Contact the webmaster with your mailing address for your fabulous prize package, and see you soon for the 2012 contest (look for it).
Happy holidays — Tennis-X staff
(Bonus: here was N-Dru’s winning entry:
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