So.. I know you're all wondering about what we're gonna do for the Year End Championships (Well, I call them the Year End Death Championships, because it's more festive
). There's a bunch of different ways we can go about this, and so I think a thread to discuss different options and ideas is in order.
: I went to MTF so see what they did last year, and it seemed to turn into a giant carwreck. Here's the link to that: http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=60436
We could go this way... let anyone play, and you can pick any player twice throughout the tournament (ie, once in the Round Robin, and once to use for the SF/F, logically.)
However.. I sorta wanted to make this an elite tournament for only the very best players throughout the year - much like the real YECs (And Masters Cup). I had an idea, and I'll post it here, and let me know what you think.. it might be convuluted and confusing, but I hope not.
:I was thinking about splitting the Top 8 year end ranked players into two groups, just like the real YECs.. and each day of round robin play, you have to make a pick within your group only, and you can't reuse, say, Sharapova for the remainder of RR play if you use her on Day 01.
However! In RR play, you can lose and still move on.. so I thought maybe, even if you get a wrong pick, you can still play in RR picks.. and at the end, we count up your W-L record, then Sets W-L, then games etc exactly like how the WTA does it. The top 2 from each group move on. Then, picks reset (so you can pick Sharapova again), and the usual rules apply again and it works like a normal tournament again for the SF and the Final.
To illustrate this...
REAL WTA Year End Groups:
= Sharapova (1), Mauresmo (3), Dementieva (6), Clijsters (8)
= Henin-Hardenne (2), Kuznetsova (4), Petrova (5), Hingis (7)
Based on this, I'd make Suicide Year End Groups like this
= Whoever is ranked 1, 3, 6 and 8.
= Whoever is ranked 2, 4, 5 and 7.
During Round Robin play, those Suicide Players who are in the Black Group only choose from WTA Black Group matches, and the same with the Red Group. We could also modify this so you can choose any matches you want, too. It's just an idea.
Once the Top 4 have been decided (much like the real WTA), then you can pick whoever you want for the SFs and F, and once you're out, you're out. I hope this makes sense.
We can also modify, change, or do whatever to these ideas - or maybe someone has a better idea.
I'd really like to make this a tournament just for the Top 8 (or 16), because it adds importance to rankings and year-long performance. We just need to get moving.