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  • skleni

    Tomorrow the tournaments in Hamburg (ATP, clay), Gstaad (ATP, clay), Atlanta (ATP, hard), Jurmala (WTA, clay) and Palermo (w, clay) get underway.
    The week on dk starts with a 40k Line Painter (last week the contest on Monday was 25k).

    Good luck to you all, hopefully someone from the forum can ship one of the bigger contests again!

  • skleni

    I’ll be on-site in Hamburg everyday as it is my hometown. Really excited for some great clay court action!

  • JSteele

    This first contest is quite nice should be plenty of matches available

  • Faucher

    • Blogger of the Month

    Here’s to hoping this week ends up better than last dfs wise

  • dw12290

    Started off good this past week but ended it on a losing streak. Hopefully yesterday and today’s bad luck will turn around this week!

    Best of luck to everyone!

  • dw12290

    @skleni said...

    I’ll be on-site in Hamburg everyday as it is my hometown. Really excited for some great clay court action!

    I’m sure it will make DFS so much better being there watching things live.

  • Wander_Bread

    When will they post the prices?

  • Yeoman

    @Wander_Bread said...

    When will they post the prices?

    They put them up just long enough for me to get an entry then, then took down all the contests because some of the matches are “outside our statistics coverage area.”

    I’m not sure what that means. Statistics for all ATP and WTA events are compiled directly from the chair umpires’ tablets. What could “out-of-area” be?

  • Wander_Bread

    @Yeoman said...

    They put them up just long enough for me to get an entry then, then took down all the contests because some of the matches are “outside our statistics coverage area.”

    I’m not sure what that means. Statistics for all ATP and WTA events are compiled directly from the chair umpires’ tablets. What could “out-of-area” be?

    I think they just had some of the 5 and 6 AM EST matches included and a lock that early in a non-grand slam event raises their exposure of overlay so they just put out new contests with matches only starting at 8 AM EST or later which is standard for these tournaments. I was excited as there were way more matches and players to choose from before.

  • Yeoman

    @dw12290 said...

    I’m sure it will make DFS so much better being there watching things live.

    I’ve had the chance to do that in Cincinnati the last couple of years. A grounds pass for the early rounds of a good tournament is already the best entertainment value around. A DFS sweat too? Beyond category, as they say in cycling.

  • Yeoman

    @Wander_Bread said...

    I think they just had some of the 5 and 6 AM EST matches included and a lock that early in a non-grand slam event raises their exposure of overlay so they just put out new contests with matches only starting at 8 AM EST or later which is standard for these tournaments. I was excited as there were way more matches and players to choose from before.

    Odd, they had starting times listed for everything and nothing was starting before 8 or 9. Maybe they had some times wrong.

    So I’m not the only one who wishes they’d include the early matches in European tournaments? I was really happy to see FD’s first few Wimbledon slates include a whole day’s play; at DK the plays I was really interested in kept getting lost because the matches were too early in the day.

    Why do they do this? I can see how a 64-match slate might be daunting to some, but if so why not split it into early and late slates? I don’t think they were risking a lot of overlay; it seemed like they were filling their tournaments in plenty of time.

    FD’s Wimbledon slates started with the opening of the day’s play, but not last week’s.

  • Faucher

    • Blogger of the Month

    @Yeoman said...

    I’ve had the chance to do that in Cincinnati the last couple of years. A grounds pass for the early rounds of a good tournament is already the best entertainment value around. A DFS sweat too? Beyond category, as they say in cycling.

    How is the Cincy tourney? I am a little North of Detroit and have considered going down to watch a couple days this year.

  • Wander_Bread

    Prices are now posted for the Day 1 Slate

  • MotownGreek

    @Faucher said...

    Here’s to hoping this week ends up better than last dfs wise

    You and me both. Started off terribly last week, almost made it back to even for the week.

  • Faucher

    • Blogger of the Month

    Wish we had some ATP Atlanta matches in this, tougher slate again, wanted to put out an article but don’t feel too confident in the slate

  • Yeoman

    @Faucher said...

    How is the Cincy tourney? I am a little North of Detroit and have considered going down to watch a couple days this year.

    I don’t know what could be better. It’s combined WTA/ATP, which is rare, and it’s a mandatory so everyone’s there. And except for center court and one side of the grandstand it’s all general admission.

    Everyone that gets directly into the main draw would be seeded at a major. You used to be able to get a grounds pass for the first day of qualifying for $5. 25 matches of mostly top-50 talent for $5—it’s ridiculous. (It’s also no more…I think that’s up to $15 now.)

    So basically in the first three days or so, if you stay off center court and you skip the really popular folks (Americans, Bouchard, that sort of thing…), you’ll either be jam packed into a bullring court watching a couple of top-20 players or you’ll be practically by yourself. It’s amazingly intimate—I’m not exactly gregarious (OK, I’m painfully shy, which now that I think of it maybe helps with this, actually) but I keep meeting people. A few years ago two people sitting to my left at a Makarova match dragged me into their conversation…and it turned out to be her coach and her trainer. Last year I was chatted up in the stands by somebody I was sure I recognized…she was the chair umpire assigned to the next match.

    Does stuff like that happen at any other sporting event, other than tennis? It’s like if the NBA playoffs were held in a high-school gym and laid out like an AAU tournament, with players and coaches from other teams milling about and all the fans have courtside seats.

  • Yeoman

    @Wander_Bread said...

    I think they just had some of the 5 and 6 AM EST matches included and a lock that early in a non-grand slam event raises their exposure of overlay so they just put out new contests with matches only starting at 8 AM EST or later which is standard for these tournaments. I was excited as there were way more matches and players to choose from before.

    The slate went from 18 to 15—the two matches I remember being on before that aren’t now were Errani’s and Cornet’s.

    Neither of those matches are on tomorrow’s official OOP, although a lot of sites around the net have them listed. Maybe there was a correction to the order of play at Palermo after DK started putting the slate together?

  • sports667

    What an ugly slate for 10k 1st place. So many bad players priced way up playing opponets with only lower level tournament stats. Gotta take some off the wall chances to have a unique line up.

  • JSteele

    I started from the lowest prices and found plenty it value picks that can easily win

  • dw12290

    It was a little tough to pick a lineup and can only hope I picked some decent players. Will probably go 0-6 though but as they say you got to be in it to win it.

    Rublev is my upset pick today but what the heck do I know.

  • JSteele

    @dw12290 said...

    It was a little tough to pick a lineup and can only hope I picked some decent players. Will probably go 0-6 though but as they say you got to be in it to win it.

    Rublev is my upset pick today but what the heck do I know.

    I went with Molleker and Fett as my upset picks. Molleker at home and is an up and coming clay court player. Mayer is a tough opponent but he just played a couple days ago in Umag. Plus Molleker has beaten Mayer before on clay. Fett gets to play Maria who is an awful clay court player. 1-7 this season and coming off some embarrassing losses. It came down to Fett vs Arruabarrena and I think Fett has a better matchup.

  • Sinthetix

    @dw12290 said...

    It was a little tough to pick a lineup and can only hope I picked some decent players. Will probably go 0-6 though but as they say you got to be in it to win it.

    Rublev is my upset pick today but what the heck do I know.

    I also took Rublev. 2 double faults and broken on his opening service game. Not a good start.

  • dw12290

    Here’s my DK lineup and while I liked it before lock I’m not so confident at the moment. Need Paire to step things up but I still have confidence he can win. Rublev has a decent shot at winning too.

    Fabbiano
    Paire
    Parmentier
    Rublev
    Siniakova
    Zidansek (Won)

  • MotownGreek

    @dw12290 said...

    Here’s my DK lineup and while I liked it before lock I’m not so confident at the moment. Need Paire to step things up but I still have confidence he can win. Rublev has a decent shot at winning too.

    Fabbiano
    Paire
    Parmentier
    Rublev
    Siniakova
    Zidansek (Won)

    Praire is looking like a terrible pick imo. I also have him, and even if he comes back and wins in this final set his final score will still be low. Way to many double faults

  • dw12290

    @MotownGreek said...

    Praire is looking like a terrible pick imo. I also have him, and even if he comes back and wins in this final set his final score will still be low. Way to many double faults

    Yea I agree and looking back I wish I didn’t pick him. 12 double faults so far ughhh

  • dw12290

    Well it was fun and hopefully I can still cash.

    Good luck to everyone else!

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