The US OPEN 'BATTLE OF THE BOARDS' PICK 'EM contest is now open for entries at http://www.britishtennis.net/Competitions.html
- qualifiers are likely to be placed overnight tonight European time if qualifying finishes today as scheduled.
Entries will close at 15.00 GMT / 17.00 CET / 11 am US EDT on MONDAY.
The competition works like FITD on here or the ATP Bracket Challenge (so you can enter in a couple of minutes by re-using your picks for either of those contests) but with a different scoring system which balances the effects of rounds a bit more and a team element - as well as playing for the individual title, you can compete against RogerFederer.com, AndyMurray.com, AndyRoddick.com, BritishTennis.net, etc, to help MTF to win the team title too.
There is also a Hall of Fame and an overall year-round ranking system - your best 7 scores from up to 9 tournaments count, with slam scores allowed to count twice, so you actually end up counting 7 scores from 13. For, those of you who have played before, the new overall rankings can be found at http://www.britishtennis.net/pickem/ranking.htm?n=1
and you can find out who your ATP 'twin' is at http://www.britishtennis.net/pickem/ranktwin.htm?n=1
There is an entry limit of 500, with the top 250 in the overall rankings getting automatic entry as long as they get their picks in before the deadline shown above and other entrants being accepted on a first-come first-served basis. With c. 450 entrants for each of the last three slams, it's not impossible that we will hit the limit this time, though my guess is that we will be in the 400-500 entrant range again and everyone who wants to get in will get in.
MTF won Miami BOTB this year, but finished last at RG, 12th/15 in the Wimbledon version of this contest (with ycpg your top finisher in 11th/448) and 11th/13 in Montréal, so a return to form is a bit overdue! Björki is the top MTFer in the individual overall rankings with amalyn not far behind.
In case you missed it last time, Jaydu from the andymurray.com team has come up with a 'Muppet detector' if you need some inspiration!
Definition of Muppet
(1) a type of puppet
(2) a tennis player of huge but flaky talent who habitually flops when you pick him then has a wonder run just when you've finally given up on him and put him out in R1, thus starting the whole sorry cycle off all over again ...