Was it just a predictable year in men’s tennis, or have the Tennis-X message board patrons developed into some of the most insightful tennis fans on the web?
We’ll go with the former.
After last year’s three contestants (lowest ever) correctly tied, picking seven out of the Top 10 year-end finishers, this year two people correctly picked the entire year-end Top 10.
If you were a Robin Soderling fan you were out from the get-go, and if you were an Andy Roddick fan, well — he retired. In addition to the picks, many entrants dropped some knowledge regarding the coming year that was 2012.
In picking Novak Djokovic as the year-end No. 1, Kimmi opined last December, “His year might not be the same as 2011 but will do well regardless. He is now in his peak, two years at the top is reasonable.”
Andrea looked into her crystal ball and said, “In everyone’s hearts they have one top 10 list, but the mind needs to be clinical. grendel, you may be the only person left championing roddick. i feel for the guy, but don’t see him coming back this late in the game and i actually think he is going to retire in 2012. call me crazy…”
You’re crazy! And a seer. Especially when you added, “i hope roger takes #1 for at least 2 weeks in 2012 to break sampras’ record, but can’t see him ending the year there. djokovic has tons of points to defend but he’s proven to be very resilient (end of the season not counting) and will be a contender in every event.”
But for every Andrea there was a Wog boy, championing Tomic the Tank Engine.
“I am not going to predict the order of the TOP10, but Tomic said recently that he expects to be in the TOP10 by october (his birthday),” Wog boy said. “He even organise with Novak, a bit of practice before AO and after Abu Dhabi. Lets wait and see. I think he should be happy if he makes TOP20 by the end of year.”
Or just tanks at the US Open, then gets passed over by the Australian Davis Cup team. And acts a douche in public, driving recklessly and getting into fights with police.
Steve27 likewise stuck his foot in his mouth with “Many commenters puts Federer first place. Like Mc Enroe said: Are you kidding me!. haahhaa Federer is over, and i think is his last year in top 5. no doubts AND HIS FINAL GRAND SLAM COULd BE IN SEPTEMBER IN THE US OPEN. Then is over. No disrespect to someone like Federer.The last oportunitty to a tennis player is when you are in 30s and 31s, then is practically impossible to reach any sucess in any grand slam with the exceptions of Agassi and of course Rosewall.”
“haahhaa”…nice prediction. carlo felt obliged to preview Serena’s year with, “Serena’s ship has sailed,” predicting Slam titles for Wozniacki, Kvitova and Clijsters. Oops.
But let’s talk about some winners. Picking a perfect 10 out of 10 and finishing in second place was alison hodge, who lost the tiebreak, as she only had two of the 10 (No. 1 Djokovic and No. 9 Tipsarevic) in the correct order.
Edging her out for the Grand Prize was emm-jee, who with his entry added, “Lol, played under the name “Matt” last year, but thought i’d change it to for this year! Anyways, here it goes…” He likewise had 10 of the Top 10, with one more in the correct order than allison, correctly predicting No. 2 Federer, No. 9 Tipsarevic and No. 10 Gasquet. “i have a real funny feeling he’s gonna re-enter the top 10 this year!” emm-jee added regarding the flukey Frenchman.
That funny feeling is a Grand Prize tennis-X package coming your way, once you e-mail the webmaster.
We’ll also throw out some props to the 10-way tie for third place, where 10 entrants correctly picked nine of the Top 10: funches, courbon, Nortonn, Chico, margot, RSP, BT, al, jane, and Atom.
Thanks for the record number of entries and see you soon for the 2013 contest (look for it later this month).
Happy holidays — Tennis-X staff
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