Pick Your WinnerAfter a very good support to run this game again, PYW came back in 2019. We will manage all WTA tournaments including qualifying and also all WTA 125k tournaments (no qualifying) in 2020. No doubles or ITF tournaments in 2020.
How to Play
Playing PYW is easy, you simply vote for the player you prefer in each match. Each vote gives a game to the player, using the normal scoring tennis system.
Each TF member can vote once in each round, except if the "vote again" or "double points" options are activated. (See below)
All matches are played as best of 3 sets with tie-breaks in all sets, with the sole exception of some Grand Slam tournaments (see below) and Fed Cup.
Australian Open + US Open - final set tie-break
French Open - no final set tie-break in main draw matches; final set tie-break in qualifying matches
Wimbledon - final set tie-break if score goes to 12-12
Billie Jean King Cup - no final set tie-break in singles; final set tie-break in doubles
Opening a Thread
There are no tournament managers in PYW except for the board members at the moment. One of the board members will always start the new tournament. Every tournament will have all its rounds in a one thread (main draw and qualifying will be separated though). We will also use notification list for all voters. Starting new round, calling "Vote Again" or "Double Points" and updating scores can be done only by board members, so please respect that. All threads can be found in a respective tournament's forum.
Qualifiers / Lucky Losers
Qualifying will be played in all WTA tournaments. The main draw cannot start until the PYW qualies are completed AND the qualifiers have been placed in the draw.
Qualifiers should be placed in the draw following the placement in the real draw, i.e. the winner of PYW Section 1 will take the place of the real winner of section 1 in the draw.
If there are lucky losers to be placed in the draw, lucky losers will be chosen amongst the players who lost in the last round of PYW qualies, ordering them by their PYW ranking. Lucky losers should be placed following lucky loser(s)' placement in the real draw.
Be careful, if a player qualifies in the real draw, and is taken as LL in the PYW draw, that player should go take the LL place and not the place she has in reality as a qualifier.
Vote Again / Shootout
If a round is stuck due to a lack of votes, two features can be activated (can be called only by board members):
After 24h: "VOTE AGAIN" Anybody who has already voted a first time can vote again 24 hours after the first vote has been posted. Note that in any case, between your two votes there must be at least 1 other vote.
After 36h: "DOUBLE POINTS" Any vote after 36h counts for two points.
After 48h: "SUDDEN DEATH" If a round is still not completed, we'll apply the sudden death rule. If a match isn't over, whoever leads will win the match by retirement. If it's a tie, the next vote will decide each match.
The points awarded for each round will be the same as in the real WTA tournaments.
All the specific rules will be applied exactly as for the real tournament, for example :
A qualifier who loses in the first round only gets the points for qualifiers but we don't add the first round points.
A player with a bye in the first round that loses in the second round will be awarded the first round points.
A lucky loser that manages to go through at least one round in the main draw, will only get the points for the main draw and lose the points earned in qualifications, but if she loses in the MD first round, she won't get any extra point and just keep the points won in qualifying.
To make the rankings more realistic, we decided to count best 16 + WTA Finals / WTA Elite Trophy for singles rankings.
Rankings will be always updated after a week is finished. This means after all tournaments of the week are completed.
At the end of the year the WTA Finals and WTA Elite Trophy will be played. The Top 16 players will play the WTA Finals. Next Top 16 players will play WTA Elite Trophy (PYW ranking will be used).
Seeds 1-4 are automatically put in different groups.
Seeds 5-8, 9-12 and 13-16 will be drawn randomly.
Determining Final Standings of Groups
The first of the following methods that applies determines the final standings of each group in the round robin competition:
• Greatest number of wins; then
• Greatest number of matches played; then
• Head-to-head results if only two (2) players or teams are tied; or
If three (3) players or teams are tied:
a) Highest percentage of sets won; if after the calculation two (2) players or teams remain tied, head-to-head results; then
b) If after applying (a) all three (3) players or teams remain tied, a player or team completing less than all three (3) round robin matches is automatically eliminated; if two (2) players or teams remain tied, head-to-head results; then
c) If after applying (a) and (b) all three (3) players or teams remain tied, highest percentage of games won; if after the calculation two (2) players or teams remain tied, head-to head results; then
- If after applying (a), (b), and (c) all three (3) players or teams remain tied, the Final Race Standings.
• Winners of groups should be placed randomly (cannot play each other).
• Quarterfinalists from the same group cannot meet before the final.
• Players who finished second in the groups should be drawn randomly like that: if BLUE GROUP #1 plays GREEN GROUP #2 then GREEN GROUP #1 has to play BLUE GROUP #2 in the opposite half of the Quarterfinals draw.
Example of QF draw:
BLUE #1 vs GREEN #2
RED #1 vs ORANGE #2
GREEN #1 vs BLUE #2
ORANGE #1 vs RED #2