After the US Open, this game will celebrate its 4th anniversary: the very first Tennis Poker tournament started in September 1999. I hope youíve enjoyed it as much as I do, and I take this chance to thank all the posters whose kindness and constant support has made this possible.
Iíve started thinking about the next season, thereís always room for some improvements. New ideas are one of the secrets to make a game last as the initial enthusiasm inevitably fades.
First of all, let me remind you what weíve already talked about
: everyone will have to sign up again for the 2004 season.
. It will be very useful in order to get rid of retired tennis players, banned posters and all the people who are not interested in going on with the game. Sign up threads will be posted as soon as the 8th and last leg starts (around October 15th). An issue of the Tennis Poker newsletter will inform those of you who have chosen to receive it.
If you donít have any problem or interesting suggestion for a possible improvement, the singles tour will remain as it is. Everything is running smoothly, and I think the new rules about spare cards and jokers are working fine.
But Iím a little bit concerned about the doubles. In this season, in three occasions the singles winner has won the doubles too thanks to his own performance and with a limited help from his partner. Three out of five legs may not be that much, but in the other two legs the singles winner didnít compete in the doubles at all. So, it might ALWAYS happen with the current scoring system.
I like the idea of a doubles tour and I would like to find a way to make teamwork more important. Iím working on a couple of possible proposals, Iíll be glad to hear your ideas about it.
IMO; Fed Cup as this yearís team event was quite successful. I havenít planned any major change, though it may be a good idea to let you decide the detailed roster for each match instead of a random draw; especially for those teams with posters whio have to play twice now and then. Let me know your opinions about the Fed Cup too.
Next year, I really would like to make a special event for the Tennis Poker Olympic Games.
No limitations about Fed Cup showings and so on; Iíve never been very fond of the limit of three representatives for each country, but I wouldnít mind making some regional trials.
Finally, Iíve been wondering about starting Tennis Poker for ATP on the other board.
Looking forward to hear what you think about it, thank you very much!