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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Fantasy Tennis - The 2015 Europa Men's Cup Top 32 Seeds

This is the first year for the Europa Men's Cup, my fantasy tennis cup for tennis players from Europe and Africa.  Based on the new fantasy tennis schedule, this is going to be the first event of the year right after the Australian Open.

So based on the rankings this week, here are the top 32 seeds for the 2015 Europa Men's Cup -

#1 Novak Djokovic (SRB)

#2 Roger Federer (SUI)

#3 Rafael Nadal (ESP)

#4 Andy Murray (GBR)

#5 Tomas Berdych (CZE)

#6 Marin Cilic (CRO)

#7 Stan Wawrinka (SUI)

#8 David Ferrer (ESP)

#9 Grigor Dimitrov (BUL)

#10 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)

#11 Ernests Gulbis (LAT)

#12 Feliciano Lopez (ESP)

#13 Kevin Anderson (RSA)

#14 Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP)

#15 Tommy Robredo (ESP)

#16 Gilles Simon (FRA)

#17 Gael Monfils (FRA)

#18 David Goffin (BEL)

#19 Fabio Fognini (ITA)

#20 Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER)

#21 Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR)

#22 Ivo Karlovic (CRO)

#23 Julien Benneteau (FRA)

#24 Richard Gasquet (FRA)

#25 Lukas Rosol (CZE)

#26 Fernando Verdasco (ESP)

#27 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP)

#28 Jeremy Chardy (FRA)

#29 Gilles Muller (LUX)

#30 Malek Jaziri (TUN)

#31 Mohamed Safwat (EGY)

#32 Takanyi Garanganga (ZIM)

Friday, February 6, 2015

Fantasy Tennis - The 2015 Europa Women's Cup Top 32 Seeds

This will be the first year that the The Europa Women's Cup will be contested.  It will feature the top 28 players from Europe and the top 4 players from Africa.  This event will be contested after the rankings are released from the latest Australian Open.

Based on the rankings, here are the top 32 seeds -

1 - Maria Sharapova (RUS)

2 - Simona Halep (ROU)

3 - Petra Kvitova (CZE)

4 - Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)

5 - Ana Ivanovic (SRB)

6 - Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)

7 - Ekaterina Makarova (RUS)

8 - Angelique Kerber (GER)

9 - Andrea Petkovic (GER)

10 - Sara Errani (ITA)

11 - Flavia Pennetta (ITA)

12 - Lucie Safarova (CZE)

13 - Jelena Jankovic (SRB)

14 - Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP)

15 - Dominika Cibulkova (SVK)

16 - Alize Cornet (FRA)

17 - Karolina Pliskova (CZE)

18 - Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE)

19 - Garbine Muguruza (ESP)

20 - Elina Svitolina (UKR)

21 - Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS)

22 - Sabine Lisicki (GER)

23 - Caroline Garcia (FRA)

24 - Camila Giorgi (ITA)

25 - Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU)

26 - Timea Bacsinszky (SUI)

27 - Belinda Bencic (SUI)

28 - Heather Watson (GBR)

29 - Chanelle Scheepers (RSA)

30 - Ons Jabeur (TUN)

31 - Chanel Simmonds (RSA)

32 - Ilze Hattingh (RSA)

New Fantasy Tennis Schedule

I am posting here the new Fantasy Tennis Schedule starting this year.  All the fantasy draws and pairings will be based on the rankings the week after as indicated in each of the events. 

This will apply in 2015 and onwards.

Mixed Doubles World Championships- after French Open

Men's Doubles World Championships - after French Open

Women's Doubles World Championships - after French Open

World Cup Men's Tennis - 1st week of December

World Cup Women's Tennis - 1st week of December

The Americas Cup (North and South America) (men and women) - after Wimbledon

The Europa Cup (28 Europe and 4 African players) (men and women) - after Australian Open

The Australasia Cup (Australia and Asia) (men and women) - after US Open

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Tomas Berdych Into the Semi's of the Aussie Open for the Second Year in a Row

Tomas Berdych gets into the semi-finals of the Australian Open for the second year in a row, this year, disposing of Rafael Nadal in straight sets, breaking a 17-losing streak against Nadal, in the process.  Berdych has been performing solidly in the Australian Open for the past four years. reaching the quarterfinals twice and now the semifinals twice.

He does have a very good chance of making the finals this time as he faces a resurgent Andy Murray in the semi's.  Berdych is playing very cleanly this time and if he continues to do that, he has a really good chance of winning this tournament.

Madison Keys Makes First Semi-Final Appearance in a Grand Slam

I haven't blogged much about American player Madison Keys but she's one of the more exciting and talented players in the women's tour.  She finally makes her mark today as she gets into the semi-final of a grand slam for the very first time by beating her own childhood hero, Venus Williams, 63 46 64.  Venus definitely did not make it easy for her and Madison also had to fight with her injuries.  Good thing her meds kicked in at the right time.

I just hope Madison can find the time to rest and heal herself before her semi-final because whoever her opponent will be is going to be really tough.  She has all the weapons though and as she has shown today, she has the mental and physical strength to fight a long three-set match.