Originally Posted by Tennis Fool
A wooden-spoon list is a compact representation of a tournament draw. It takes the form of a list of the players, ordered according to who beats whom in the tournament. Obviously the champion is first in the list. I call it a `wooden-spoon' list because any draw has exactly one `wooden-spoonist', defined as the player at the end of the longest losing chain, and that player has the `ignominy' of being identified as the last player on the list.
I've been doing this for years. Not just to find the worst player in the draw but also the worst 2nd round, 3rd round, 4th round (etc..) losers. For instance, JC Ferrero was the worst player to loose in the 3rd round at Roland Garros this year - believe it or not. And Marat was the worst 4th round loser. Santoro was the wooden-spoon player at Roland Garros.
I never usually believe these because clearly players can have a very good day, beating someone they usually wouldn't, and then play poorly again in their next match. Like Gilles Muller at the US Open this year and Marat at Roland Garros this year. Juan Carlos was definately not the worst 3rd round loser.
At the Aus Open, Felix Mantilla won the wooden-spoon. At Wimbledon, Nadal was the worst 2nd round loser. He beat Spadea in the 1st round which makes Spadea the wooden-spoon player.
I never knew it was called a "wooden-spoon". Intersting that you can actually do a whole list that ranks the players from 1 to 128 - I only knew how to find the worst players.