Tennis Pool Opens!

Posted by Brodie under: Uncategorized

21 Dec 2010

Come on in, the water is warm.

For those who have no idea what tennis pool is, here’s a quick intro. First off, it’s not affiliated with ATP or WTA and is entirely for fun (and there are a few prizes). You have a team of 20 players, 10 ATP, 10 WTA. Each week you are awarded points to your team for the amount of real life ranking points each player on your team gets in real life. Each week you are allowed to swap out 3 ATP and 3 WTA players for new players. The key is that each player costs a certain amount depending on their ranking points and spot in the rankings, and both of your ATP and WTA sides have caps. This means that you have to budget your money (you obviously can’t just pick the top 10) and time (sometimes you might keep a couple players through the weeks leading up to a slam because there are more points to be gained there).

Overall, it’s a great game that serves a variety of purposes. First off, it’s just damn fun. Second, it’s hella fun to compete against friends as well as the broader (and generally huge) world of tennis pool. Third, it gets you really digging through draws in a way you might not other do, specifically for slams. Fourth, it will get you into matches you might not have cared about otherwise, and lastly can get you interested in (or at least keeping an eye on) smaller tournaments, especially later in them.

There’s a lot to be gained, and like I said in an earlier post, it’s a great way to go from being a tennis fan to a full on nerd. That being said, it is a bit of a commitment, but they’re generally pretty good at opening it up early enough that you’ve got the weekend to change over your team. Plus, once your team is set on Sunday for the week, you don’t have to worry about it again until next weekend, and you’re only swapping 6 players a week (other than 4 key spots at ends of “seasons” where you get to re-do your entire team).

Two final things. First, when you sign up, just pick a random team. You’ve got time to adjust it freely until January 2nd, so there’s plenty of time.

Lastly, I’ve got a Mind The Racket club set up for all of us to join into. Check that. The group is now “Twitter Tennis Addicts”. It’s a public group, so just find it and join. And no, you don’t have to be on Twitter to join. Last year we had a great turn out and I’d love to see that again. Being in a club doesn’t really do anything other than create a convenient way of grouping us together and to see how you’re doing against fellow friends/twitterinos, etc. The group is a private group so I don’t have randoms clogging it up, so just drop me a comment/tweet me/e-mail me your username and I’ll add you in, it takes two seconds. You can also do likewise if you have any questions, I’d be more than happy to help.

Thanks! Good luck, and hope to see you in the pool!

Mind The Racket Podcast:

Episode 7 – US Open Week 2 Wrap-Up