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As many posters have joined Tennis Poker for the first time and there are a few new rules, I think it’s a good idea to organize a test tournament before the season starts. <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

From December 7th on, all the singles players will take part to a special exhibition where the 2001 average values will be used to decide the results. You’ll have the chance to test your picks in a real contest and to see a practical example of how the rules work. I will explain step by step all I do to prepare the tournament and decide the final outcome.

<font color=lime>The ultimate deadline for signing up or changing the picks is still December 30th.</font> After the exhibition is completed, you’ll still have plenty of time to substitute some players or to enter the game for the first time. The exhibition results will be considered to decide the seeds, the direct entries and the wild cards of the first leg, but the ranking points won’t be added to the 2002 total score.

During the 2002 season, new entrants will be welcome in the singles. As I have always done, “team changes and new entrants” threads will be posted 1-2 weeks before the start of a new leg, and they will be included as soon as the new draw will be released.

But, as its structure includes some eliminations round after round, <font color=salmon>it’s impossible to join the team event after the competition has started.</font> If you haven’t signed up before December 30th, you’re out.

This exhibition will also include a test run for the teams who will have completed the registration within next week. As it seems we will have 7-8 teams for a total of 35-40 players, I think I will settle for 3 eliminations per leg, with 11-16 posters remaining at the end of the game. Of course the three eliminations in this exhibition will only be virtual ones, and all the players will be regularly at the beginning in January.

So, see you next week for The Christmas Special Exhibition! <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">

[ November 30, 2001: Message edited by: DoctorG ]</p>
 

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You are totally determined to make me read the rules one way or another aren't you? <img src="tongue.gif" border="0">
 

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Adrian,<br />I'll be your worst nightmare. <img src="tongue.gif" border="0">

Poe,<br />I'm still looking for a sponsor. I mean, above all, a sponsor who will pay ME for organizing this. <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">
 

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Yes, The Fax Machine Tennis Poker Team Event Christmas Special Exhibition...

TFMTPTECSE.

I think I will fax them. <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">
 

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5 days to go. <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

I've already done most of the work, but of course I'll wait till Friday as someone may still join in or substitute some players, and that may influence the final outcome of this exhibition.

Good luck! <img src="graemlins/wavey.gif" border="0" alt="[Wavey]" />
 

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I'll play this exhibition <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">
 

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Of course you will. <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> <br />Good luck! <img src="graemlins/wavey.gif" border="0" alt="[Wavey]" />
 

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2 days to go! <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

A note about the team event exhibition: 6 teams have completed the registration, and the 7th just needs to choose its font color; the 8th team, the All-Belgian squad, is still looking for a 5th member but will play this exhibition in 4 anyway. <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
 

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Polishprodigy,<br />I've answered your questions in the <a href="http://www.wtaworld.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic&f=3&t=000152&p=3" target="_blank">Tennis Poker 2002 - Sign up! </a> thread. If you post your picks in that thread before tomorrow I will include you in this event. <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> <br />Thank you, good luck! <img src="graemlins/wavey.gif" border="0" alt="[Wavey]" />

[ December 06, 2001: Message edited by: DoctorG ]</p>
 

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Welcome to the Tennis Poker Christmas Special Exhibition! <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">

Of course, the first thing to do is compiling the entry list for the tournament. <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

43 posters have signed up for the singles. All the main draws will include 32 players: <br /><font color=cyan>20 direct entries + 8 qualifiers + 4 wild cards</font>

A look at the 2001 final rankings, and then we can announce...

<font color=lime>THE SEEDS!<br />1 - AlexSydney<br />Clijsters / Davenport / Henin / McQuillan / Seles<br />2 - Sofiane<br />Capriati / Clijsters / Davenport / Hingis / Kournikova<br />3 - The Pea<br />Davenport / Henin / Hingis / Petrova / Seles<br />4 - Poe<br />Clijsters / Davenport / Henin / Hingis / S.Williams<br />5 - Susie<br />Clijsters / Henin / Testud / S.Williams / V.Williams<br />6 - Tim Wilson<br />Capriati / Henin / Mauresmo / Seles / S.Williams<br />7 - Arne<br />Clijsters / Davenport / Henin / Seles / S.Williams<br />8 - Josh<br />Clijsters / Davenport / Henin / Rubin / Testud

<font color=salmon>DIRECT ENTRIES<br />9 - Jacs<br />Clijsters / Davenport / Dokic / S.Williams / V.Williams<br />10 - Tia Clara<br />Capriati / Clijsters / Davenport / Mauresmo / V.Williams<br />11 - Kris<br />Capriati / Clijsters / Davenport / Schett / Testud<br />12 - Valda Lake<br />Davenport / Dokic / Maleeva / Mauresmo / Tulyaganova<br />13 - Ayla<br />Capriati / Mauresmo / Rubin / S.Williams / V.Williams<br />13 - Griffin<br />Bedanova / Clijsters / Henin / Mauresmo / Testud<br />15 - Brian & Luis<br />Henin / Hingis / Mauresmo / Rubin / Schnyder<br />16 - Sub<br />Capriati / Clijsters / Davenport / Seles / S.Williams<br />17 - DannyLovesMeghandMon<br />Capriati / Davenport / Hingis / Seles / V.Williams<br />18 - Ray Rob<br />Clijsters / Davenport / Henin / Mikaelian / Seles<br />19 - Carot<br />Clijsters / Davenport / Henin / Hingis / V.Williams<br />20 - Doris<br />Clijsters / Davenport / Hingis / Mikaelian / Schnyder

<font color=cyan>WILD CARDS<br />WC #1 - Fingon<br />Henin / Hingis / Montolio / Nagyova / Tulyaganova<br />WC #2 - CanIGetAWhat<br />Clijsters / Davenport / Henin / S.Williams / V.Williams<br />WC #3 - Braveheart<br />Davenport / Hingis / Schiavone / V.Williams / Zuluaga<br />WC #4 - Paul<br />Davenport / Dokic / Henin / Mauresmo / Pullin[/b]

<font color=white>NOTE: The wild cards will be assigned considering the best results in the previous tournament. Starting with this exhibition and without a tournament to be referred to, I’ve decided to give them to the first 4 posters who signed up. <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

The other 19 posters will fight through the qualifying round for one of the 8 remaining spots in the main draw:

<font color=yellow>QUALIFYING ROUND<br />Caio Braz<br />Bedanova / Davenport / Nagyova / S.Williams / V.Williams<br />Bh440<br />Bovina / Clijsters / Davenport / Henin / Seles<br />Randy H<br />Capriati / Clijsters / Hantuchova / Henin / Shaughnessy<br />JCAPfan<br />Capriati / Clijsters / Henin / S.Williams / V.Williams<br />M_Pierce fan<br />Capriati / Davenport / Mauresmo / Pierce / Tulyaganova<br />Polishprodigy<br />Capriati / Hingis / Kanepi / Schwartz / S.Williams<br />Mary Pierce<br />Capriati / Hingis / Pierce / S.Williams / V.Williams<br />Beckl<br />Clijsters / Davenport / Dokic / Henin / Nagyova<br />Turt<br />Clijsters / Davenport / Dokic / Hingis / S.Williams<br />Janice Kersey<br />Clijsters / Davenport / Hantuchova / Hingis / Mikaelian<br />BecoolSerenaLover<br />Clijsters / Davenport / Hingis / S.Williams / V.Williams<br />ManuelanMaggieLover<br />Clijsters / Davenport / Maleeva / Testud / V.Williams<br />Tine<br />Clijsters / Davenport / Shaughnessy / Tulyaganova / S.Williams<br />Per4ever<br />Clijsters / Dementieva / Dokic / Henin / Hingis<br />Tennisace<br />Clijsters / Henin / Shaughnessy / S.Williams / V.Williams<br />Moon<br />Clijsters / Seles / Serna / Stevenson / V.Williams<br />Bulgar<br />Coetzer / Davenport / Maleeva / Nola / Pierce<br />Buttercup<br />Davenport / Henin / Hingis / Shaughnessy / V.Williams<br />Dahveed<br />Henin / Hingis / Majoli / Mauresmo / S.Williams<br /><font color=white><br />It’s all for now, tomorrow I will post the draw and we’ll take a look at the spare cards rule. <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

Thank you, good luck!

[ December 07, 2001: Message edited by: DoctorG ]</p>
 

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Good lucki to everyone!!! <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" />
 

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I would love to be in The Pea's Peach Puff group!!!! <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0"> <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0"> <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0"> Dr. G, what happens if a player we picked does not play often? ie. Kaia Kanepi, because if I get a zero for her not-regular play, I would like to replace her with Aniko Kapros. <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">
 

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I think I'm going to suspend this exhibition for a few days, as I really feel the need to take a deep breath of fresh air. See you next week.
 

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I'm sad and confused! <img src="graemlins/sad.gif" border="0" alt="[Sad]" /> <img src="confused.gif" border="0"> And this spare card thing, do I pick it or does Dr. G pick it? Can I join the Belgians, even if I'm not a Belgian? I like Henin and Clijsters <img src="wink.gif" border="0"> .
 

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Polishprodigy,<br />the spare cards are picked by me randomly among the best players who haven't been included in any combination. Their values are considered in your combination if a players (e.g. Kanepi) doesn't compete. It's unlikely Kapros will be a spare card, as they are probably going to be at least top 50 players. As soon as the exhibition goes on, the spare cards feature is one of the first things I will post, and I'm sure everything will be clearer when you see a practical example of how it works. <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
 

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As for the teams, I think it would be a good idea if Adrian goes back to the Peachpuff squad and Polishprodigy completes the Belgian team with a fake passport. <img src="wink.gif" border="0">
 

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Ok, so I can change my picks after the exhibition when we start playing for real? Because Kanepi might not be that good of a choice, as she hardly ever plays. And yes, I have been granted a conditional Belgian passport and citizenship for as long as I play Tennis Poker <img src="wink.gif" border="0"> I hope the citizens of Belgium (The Belgian team) will accept me! <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0"> <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0"> <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">

[ December 08, 2001: Message edited by: polishprodigy ]</p>
 

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Polishprodigy,<br />of course, the ultimate deadline for the 2002 season is December 30th, before that date you can make all the substitutions you would like to. I haven't started compiling the results yet, after some last minute entries I'm still working on other things; so, if you hurry up changing your picks I may consider your new team for this exhibition too. <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
 
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