For people who haven't played this before, this competition works much the same as the 'fill in the draw' competition on here but it has a team element (you can choose to play for MTF without needing to be picked by anyone, it's just a bit of fun!) and overall yearly rankings (based on slams and a few of the Masters events) and entrants from MTF have won some of these comps in the past.
Indeed, if you enter FITD on MTF, you can enter the same picks into this competition just by ticking boxes against your picks on our entry form and get the best of both worlds from your research!
If people here are entering, it might be worth posting here so that people know who'll they'll be playing with, though there is an individual competition as well as the team bit.
AUS OPEN 2009 'BATTLE OF THE BOARDS' PICK 'EM
"Be there or risk retaining your sanity for the next two weeks"
The entry form for the Australian Open 'Battle of the Boards' pick 'em is now available via http://www.britishtennis.net/competitions.html
The main draw starts at midnight UK time on Sunday night, so entries will close on Sunday at 23.59 GMT
, which is 6.59 PM US Eastern, 11.00 Monday Melbourne time and 00.59 Monday CET. However, if you were not in the top 250 of the year-end overall pick 'em rankings, they may close earlier - please see (*) below.
There is plenty of time to enter and not much free time on Monday to sort out the results, so no late entries will be accepted under any circumstances.
Before you pick your favourite player to win the title, it might be worth bearing in mind that the time you could most
need this competition to keep your interest in the tournament going is if things don't go to plan and your favourite goes out early. Hence there's no need to feel disloyal if you don't pick them to win! Of course, having thought about this, you're then welcome to pick them to win anyway if you think they will!
MATCHES INVOLVING QUALIFIERS
Qualifying is due to finish on Saturday. If it does, the entry form with qualifiers placed will be available sometime on Saturday afternoon. You are of course welcome to enter before that and pick for matches involving qualifiers without knowing who they are if you want to.
(*) ENTRY LIMIT
We will cap the number of entrants at 500 if more than 500 people enter, with the top 250 in the overall pick 'em rankings getting automatic entry as long as they enter before the deadline and the remaining places going to those outside the top 250 and newbies on a first come first served basis. Automatic entry for top 250 players only applies if you enter with exactly the same name as is shown on the overall rankings at http://www.britishtennis.net/pickem/ranking.htm?n=1 so please be careful!
I doubt we'll go over 500 this time because I expect American entries generally to be lower than they were for the USO. However, just in case we do get close to 500, a link on the competitions page gives more info about the reasons why we impose the 500 limit and exactly how it will work.
Email reminders to those past participants who asked for them will be going out sometime on Friday, or on Saturday afternoon to those who asked to be reminded only when qualifiers have been placed.
(this is going to be a tough one to pick, so you'll probably need it ...) :wink: