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2019 Wimbledon Championships at Superbru

Round One of Wimbledon begins on Monday (July 1st) and we're really looking forward to the third tennis major of the year. Novak Djokovic and Angelique Kerber were last year's champions and both will be hopeful of retaining their crowns in 2019.

In case you're new to tennis events at Superbru, here's a quick run-through of how things work before we get into a small preview of what we can expect at this year's tournament.

Bands

As is the case in our 'Superstars' or '5-a-side' games in other tournaments such as Super Rugby, the Premier League and the World Cup, the aim of the game when playing Wimbledon fantasy at Superbru is to pick the player you believe will be most successful from four different lists of players known as 'bands'.

Rather than having a full, rather exhausting list of the many players that will be competing at Wimbledon this year, we draw up four bands of players containing the top seeds for both the men's and women's title. By selecting one player from each list, you are left with a four-person team for a given round and you will score points based on how well each of those players get on.

The bands for Round One of Wimbledon can be seen below. Note: You are allowed to pick a fresh team of players for each and every round of the tournament meaning it is sometimes best to pick players you are most confident will perform best in the particular match they have in a round rather than always picking the player you believe will win the overall Championship in every single round.



The bands are now open and ready for you to pick your players for Round One. Each selectable player's R1 fixture is also visible underneath their name to assist you. Remember, as with all Superbru games, you can change your picks as many times as you like right up until the round deadline. Feel free to make some early picks that ensure you don't miss the deadline safe in the knowledge that you can come back and re-think your 4-player team at any time.

Bands for Round Two are also already open and may contain players that have been knocked out in Round One due to the very short (sometimes non-existent) gap between the rounds. In such cases, the player will be marked 'Withdrawn' and you will receive an e-mail alert if a player you have picked has been marked. Round Three picks will open once all Round One matches are complete and so on - this is the best way in which we can provide a long enough period for everyone to get their picks in whilst also keep selection lists as up-to-date as possible.

Scoring

The game is designed to reward players who win the most comfortably in each round, hence why looking at each player's opposition is a good idea. Players get their points from two different factors:

Net sets won - 3 points per set: That is, the number of sets a player wins a match by. For instance, if Roger Federer defeats Novak Djokovic by 3 sets to 1 he would be awarded six points as he won by 2 sets.

Net games won - 1 point per game won in a set won by the player: The same thing applies. Going back to the Roger Federer example, if he had beaten Djokovic 7-6, 3-6, 6-0, 6-4 then he would receive an additional 9 points for the number of games he won each set by (1 point in the first set, 6 in the third and 2 in the fourth).

The 2019 Tournament

As you can see from the above bands, almost all of the world's top players are all fit and set to compete at this year's Championships. Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro stands out as an absentee though after he fractured his knee at Queen's in preparation for this event.

The bands in our game contain the top 16 seeds for either championship and will only change to include other players once certain seeds are knocked out. In the event of a Band One player being knocked out, the top seed from Band Two will replace them while the 17th overall seed would go into Band Two as a replacement and so on.

Though, as we have mentioned, our game is designed to ensure each individual round is important and therefore your picks are likely to vary, it is of course useful to know who the tournament favourites are. Novak Djokovic is the fairly strong favourite to retain his men's title, ahead of Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal, while in the women's tournament things look far more open. New world number one, Ashleigh Barty, is the favourite at the bookies but Serena Williams, Karolina Pliskova, Naomi Osaka and of course current champion Angelique Kerber are all serious contenders.

That wider list of potential women's champions is reflected by their being far more variation in recent winners of the women's tournament in comparison to the male equivalent. Since 2011, the list of male champions includes only Djokovic, Federer and Andy Murray (who will only be competing in the doubles this year due to injury), while Kerber, S. Williams, Kvitov√°, Muguruza and Marion Bartoli have all become female champions during the same period.

Serena Williams is looking for her eighth Wimbledon title this year which would draw her level with Helen Wills Moody in second on the all-time winners list. Martina Navratilova won nine. In the men's game, Roger Federer already has a record eight Wimbledon titles.

We hope you enjoy playing our Wimbledon game for this year's tournament and feel free to ask any questions you may have in the comments! Be sure to get your pool set up and invite friends and family members to get involved this weekend as the action begins on Monday.
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Boooo
28 Jun 14:27
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Net sets won - 3 points per set: That is, the number of sets a player wins a match by. For instance, if Roger Federer defeats Novak Djokovic by 3 sets to 1 he would be awarded six points as he won by 2 sets.

Net games won - 1 point per game won in a set won by the player: The same thing applies. Going back to the Roger Federer example, if he had beaten Djokovic 7-6, 3-6, 6-0, 6-4 then he would receive an additional 9 points for the number of games he won each set by (1 point in the first set, 6 in the third and 2 in the fourth).

Why does Federer in the example above not lose 3 points by losing the second set 3-6 ? He loses six points because he lost a set but does not lose any points because of net games lost ? This makes no sense.
30 Jun 15:08
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I agree, Bomber, the scoring system has flaws. In fact, a losing player can score more than the player that beat him. If the score is 0:6 0:6 7:6 7:6 7:5 then the loser gets 12 points and the winner gets 7 points. However, if all sets games were taken into account, it would compound this; as then the loser would score (29 - 21) = 8 points, and the winner (3 + 21 - 29) = -5 points. Perhaps the match winner should also be awarded 20 win points..? 30 Jun 19:32
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Yeah I agree Angus, but its loosely based on the USA Presidential Elections system. Where Clinton won the Popular Vote with most overall votes but lost the individual seats count. They actually tried to decide it with a tennis match! Like Billy Jean King v Bobby Riggs. However Trump accused her of using an unsafe serve(r), while Hillary conceded her advantage leading to a 'Fake Deuce'!! (I'm here all fortnight). 30 Jun 20:20
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Bomber, it is done in this way so that a player who loses a match but wins a set or two still gets some points. If net games counted lost sets then most of the time every losing player would get no points. The 3 point penalty for losing a set is enough of a penalty based on the most common score in tennis (6-4 i.e. 2 net games won/lost) 1 Jul 12:26
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Well Paul, perhaps the Russians could exert some influence on the outcome. Lobbing a volley of fake tweets could smash the racket, with a net result of returning the baseline to a more equitable position. 2 Jul 09:50
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How long did you spend on that one Angus? Djokovic might have actually served twice in the time you took I'm sure. Very good all the same.

Matt (BartyII) makes a very valid point. Fognini's losing points in the French Open really helped me. 2 Jul 12:13
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Which player should score the higher points. A 6-3, 7-5, 6-3 winner or a 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 winner ? Current scoring gave the first one (Djokovic) 17 points and the second one (Federer) 19 points. 3 Jul 09:26
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Quite debatable. First one has won in straight sets, but the second one has broken serve more times 4 Jul 07:37
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I picked!!! Winners
30 Jun 17:41
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How do doidoit
1 Jul 00:59
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Where is the screen like the football

Where is the screen like the football
1 Jul 01:01
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It shows the game to be played
1 Jul 01:02
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Something has to be done about how points are awarded in walkovers, or where a players pulls out midway though. This has cost me so many points in recent years through no fault of mine. If for example I pick Federer but his opponent pulls out prior to the match I get no points, even though he advances. If he retires after the match has begun I get partial points.

My proposal is as follows:
For a walkover, the winner must be awarded 6-0, 6-0, 6-0. (6-0, 6-0 for women).

For matches with retirements I propose the following:
If the opponent retires at say, 4-4 in the first set, then the winner must be awarded the match 6-4, 6-0, 6-0.

If the opponent was leading 5-7, 4-6, 4-5 and pulls out, the winner must be given a 5-7, 4-6, 7-5, 6-0, 6-0 result.
1 Jul 14:07
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I think a 6-3 results would be fair in the case of a walkover and not 6-0 3 Jul 09:22
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Fair enough, 6-3 would still be fine. 3 Jul 14:09
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Yes @ bomber. I agree that some changes need to made in the default or walkover scenario.
Wozniakis first round win is a case in point : her opponent pulled out through the first set.Wosniaki only got 6 points for the 2 sets won. A fairer position should nave been 12 points if the scenario was winning defaulted sets 6.3,6.3... 4 Jul 08:18
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This is a great topic to debate and there are various pros and cons to it. We currently only award points for the sets won in a walkover scenario as any additional "games won" points could be somewhat contentious.

6-0 sets for a walkover as per MNM's request would be far too extreme. That would yield the maximum possible points for a win and outscore all other players who actually played a match.

Let's consider Bomber's angle of 6-3 walkover sets. This would in effect yield 12 points for a women's match (6 for sets won + 6 for games won). Comparatively Halep (picked by 18% of the community in round 1) earned 10 points for a 6-4 ; 7-5 win. As tough as it is when a match ends in a walkover with limited points for that player one has to ask whether it's fair for a player winning on walkover to earn more points than a player who played a full match. That's the bigger picture which we need to consider.

This is always an interesting topic and one which we'll review again internally. 4 Jul 08:34
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Then 6-4 6-4 would be fairest 4 Jul 09:14
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Totally agree with Dawids summation and you have the answer in there.
You need to find a balance because the current points scoring is unbalanced.
Go with Bombers suggestion of 6.4 6.4.
Wozniakis would have got 10.... the same as Halep. Look forward to yr review outcomes 5 Jul 06:07
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Yes, 6-3 or 6-4 would be fairer as these are average scores
3 Jul 11:07
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Play on!
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Roger Fedra king
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