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Tursunov and the blog 75 61.48%
Baghdatis for the Aus Open and Wimbledon results 21 17.21%
Berdych and the shhhhhhhhhhh 18 14.75%
Mr Disney 8 6.56%
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Old 06-20-2006, 10:36 AM   #1
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Default Congratulations to Dmitry Tursunov on winning 2006 MTF Bandwagon Player of the Year

MTF Bandwagon Player of the Month

Yes, this is the wonderful MTF tradition for a player all of a sudden gains a legion of fans or have a over a very short period of time, through either a big win or a big performance in an event. The multitude of threads about the same player and the usually over a very short period of time proclaiming greatness or future greatness, to winning Slams without losing a game.

Once they have gained them, then when the results to wane usually in a very short period of time then they go to the status overrated or disappear just as quickly. Yes, there are true fans of these players and they know who they are for the most part.

If they do well on faster surfaces then clowns like GWH have a dig at their lack of claycourt skills, then if they do well on clay, they are derided as claycourt specialists, even if they do well on other surfaces.

An example of this was when Gasquet started at 15 and he qualified for Monte Carlo and won some matches, he had a lot of hype and some fans, then he was in the wilderness due to injuries, poor form etc, then he comes back in 2005 and he defeats Federer and then he is proclaimed as a messiah who is going to save French tennis and will be a multi GS winner on the strength of a beautiful backhand and defeating Federer.

This will be a competitive contest and besides the winners there will be some honourable mentions when the award has been close. Tursunov's effort was very special indeed, he got the Bandwagon award for his blog and not his tennis.

In contrast to Gasquet the winner of though the 2005 Bandwagon Player of the Year was Nadal, hasn't had the bad results as of yet recently, but once the form declines then the usual comments will come out in force.

Before the awards are given out, there are some honourable mentions like Fabrice Santoro for Jan/Feb for his excellent run at the Australian Open. Gilles Simon during the April/May run of the season did well in this regard, but these are the winners.

Baghdatis for his Australian Open run, Acasuso for winning Viña del Mar and Davis Cup debut, Tursunov because of an entertaining blog, Almagro showing some of his potential and winning Valencia as a qualifier and became an RG contender and Berdych for pushing Federer on grass and having a good RG result.

Wimbledon should bring up a few new candidates for the July award.

The winners of the Awards so far

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2006 MTF Bandwagon PLayer of the Month

Jan-Feb		Marcos Baghdatis
March		Jose Acasuso
April		Dmitry Tursunov
May		Nicolas Almagro
June		Tomas Berdych
July		The word rivalry
August		Richard Gasquet
September	Mikhail Youzhny
October		Tomas Berdych
Nov/December	James Blake
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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1

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Old 06-20-2006, 10:42 AM   #2
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The Bye is just a huge star and doesn't need a Bandwagon.

Nominations for July won't be too far away.
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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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Nice thread.
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The Bye is just a huge star and doesn't need a Bandwagon.

Nominations for July won't be too far away.
I assume they'll be in after Wimbledon, obviously. Any predictions?
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I assume they'll be in after Wimbledon, obviously. Any predictions?
Yes, of course and Slams will bring them in for sure and I wouldn't know who it could be.

Mainly cause I am more interested in the football.
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Yes, of course and Slams will bring them in for sure and I wouldn't know who it could be.

Mainly cause I am more interested in the football.
Same here. I so much want Ghana (has a good chance) & Tunisia ( a very slim chance) to qualify for the next 16. I think Sweden has a very decent chance to qualify too. I am worried about Italy. We'll see.
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I thought Djokovic amassed a huge number this June
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I thought Djokovic amassed a huge number this June
Not so much really. Less than I would have expected. The bandwagon effect was stopped a little bit by the fact than many people just love to hate him
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Djokovic might have been a contender for one of the monthly awards from last year.

He has done well enough on limited results to get a good amount of loathing.
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Haha good thread. Almagro was unbelievable bandwagonage.
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My predictions for July are.... PHM or James Blake.
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Blake has already had his bandwagon parade last year mostly cause of his comeback.
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Blake has already had his bandwagon parade last year mostly cause of his comeback.
What time did his bandwagon peak? Was it around the USO, or before?
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