First of all, I would like to thank The Crow and Rachel for their interest and great support.
About the spare cards, just to make things clear, an example based on the 2002 first leg.
Scoreless tennis players:
Davenport, Rubin and Zuluaga
The highest ranked players who hadn’t been selected:
Farina-Elia, Raymond and Grande
Davenport <=> Grande
Rubin <=> Farina-Elia
Zuluaga <=> Raymond
Grande replaces Davenport for all the posters who has picked Lindsay; the same happens for Silvia Farina-Elia in all the combinations which included Chanda Rubin; Lisa Raymond enters the hand of all the posters who have chosen Fabiola Zuluaga.
About the joker, in order to make things easier and to avoid an extra effort for the posters, we may simply transfer the current rule from the tennis tournaments to the Tennis Poker ones: the poster who loses in the first round to the eventual winner gets the joker for the following tournament
. No effort at all, only one joker per leg, and a sort of compensation for bad luck in the draw.
What do you think about that?
thank you very much, but with your system two posters might end with the same set of players: following your example, it's possible that Clijsters / Davenport / Mauresmo / Seles / V.Williams has been picked by someone else, and it would be very difficult to spot it as the posters sign up; that's why spare cards are picked among players who haven't been chosen by any poster.