Wimbledon on SuperBru: A guide to making picks

As many Brus will be aware, tennis has long been on the wishlist at SuperBru HQ, and the wait is finally over with the arrival of the 2015 Wimbledon Championships in the tournament roster. The format and scoring system has been evaluated during the course of the previous Grand Slam, the French Open, by members of The General’s Club, with the feedback overwhelmingly positive. As a result, the inaugural tennis tournament on SuperBru is possibly the most eagerly anticipated in recent years.

The Basics

Wimbledon is the third of the four ‘Grand Slam’ tennis tournaments to be played in the calendar year, preceded by the Australian and French Opens, with the US Open scheduled for the end of August. It is the only one of the four still played on a grass court, and is steeped in tradition ranging from the consumption of strawberries and cream in vast quantities by spectators, the almost complete absence of sponsor advertising, and a strictly enforced all-white dress code for players. Not even the prestigious SuperBru Yellow Cap is allowed on court (although it was spotted in the crowd on TV last year!).

The singles events each feature 128 players in seven knockout rounds to determine the winner. The men play best-of-five sets, while the women play best-of-three. The draw for the first round is determined by the seeding of the top 32 players entered in each event. This seeding is based on the player’s World Ranking a week before the tournament, while also taking into account their recent form in matches played on a grass court. The draw is then made so as to keep these players apart until the latter stages of the tournament, so should they win all previous matches, the top two seeds will not meet until the final, the top four will not meet until the semi-final and so on.

In the early rounds of the tournament, SuperBru’s Fantasy Lite format will allow Brus to pick from the top 16 men and women, with one pick from each of four groups of these players. The groups will change in the later stages as more and more players are knocked out of the tournament. In each round, players will earn points based on their performance in each match, based on the scoring system decided upon after extensive research by the wizards at SuperBru HQ.

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Who to pick?

As with most sports, it’s all about winning, and winning big. SuperBru’s tennis scoring system rewards players with the highest margin of victory, by allocating points for ‘Net Sets Won’, i.e. Sets Won minus Sets Lost, and similarly for Net Games Won. So, for example, if a player were to win 6-3 6-1 6-3 they have won 3 sets and lost 0 (Net Sets = 3), and won 18 games and lost 7 (Net Games = 11). Or if player were to win 7-5 4-6 6-4 7-5, they have won 3 sets but lost 1 (Net Sets = 2) and won 24 games but lost 20 (Net Games = 4).

The player in the first example has a much higher margin of victory and is therefore rewarded with more SuperBru points. As an inside tip from the French Open Beta test, look out for the in-form top seeds playing against qualifiers or wildcards in the early rounds of the tournament to maximise these points. The women’s draw tends to feature more shock results than the men’s, as I know only too well having confidently backed Simona Halep for the French Open and fallen behind thanks to her second round loss to the world no.70…

The scoring system has been made simpler since the French Open, rewarding only these two actions – net sets and games won. The emphasis has been shifted onto net sets (3 points per net set won), with the view that that is what matters most in a grand slam – a 3 set win should be rewarded more highly than a 5 set win.

The only certainty is that the arrival of tennis to SuperBru can only add to the thrills and spills of Wimbledon and the tournaments to follow. Hats off to our overlords at Bru HQ who will no doubt be sat in the office, poring over the stats and munching strawberries and cream. Can’t say I’ll be doing much different.

By Matt Bartlett

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