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 / 4 pm UK / 17.00 CET / 11 am US EDT on MONDAY.
For, those of you who have played before, the pre-USO 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
Having failed to get out a full team of 5+ entrants (for the first time in a couple of years) for Montréal and with teams league runner-up points and team KO 3rd place points to defend from last year's, you could really do with a strong performance this time!
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.
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!
Our 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 ...