Originally intended as a game reserved to the previous year’s winners, all the posters will have a chance to win this title!
Just like for the 2011 edition, the previous year's achievements will be counted with bye assignments in the qualies, and posters with better records will start playing in a more advanced stage of the competition.
The list of all the regular tour (singles and doubles) and yearly contest medal (Fed Cup, Worlds, Doppio Giallo and Champions League) winners can be found in the 2011 Player of The Year thread:
The 2011 Tennis Poker "Player of the Year" is... The Crow!
So, the 17 winners, listed by number of titles, are:
7: The Crow, Geewhiz
5: Martian KC, Zamboni
4: Kuilli, Arn
3: Ceze, Princess Fiona
2: -Ph51-, Oizo, Brian Stewart
1: Drake1980, Rocketta, Yasmine, Tetetubby, ViennaCalling, Valda Lake
The 11 multiple winners (The Crow, Geewhiz, Martian KC, Zamboni, Kuilli, Arn, Ceze, Princess Fiona, -Ph51-, Oizo, Brian Stewart) will skip the qualies and start right away in the 3rd leg with the Round Robin groups.
The other 5 Round Robin spots will be assigned through 2 qualies round, but the other 14 posters will start at a different stage according to their 2011 season record.
Drake1980, Rocketta, Yasmine, Tetetubby, ViennaCalling, Valda Lake are the 6 posters with one 2011 title or medal: they will be directly qualified for the 2nd leg and will start playing only in the qualies final round.
The 3 posters coming back from the 2011 season without a title or medal are Beesley, WTAtennis2012, Cswab22: they will start right away in the first leg against the 5 newbies, SamR03A, Ilovetennis999, Imperfect Angel, JaJa Swan, Marionette.
The draw will be made round after round considering the updated singles ranking after each leg.
Check the following post for a detailed schedule.