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Thanks Ump! I had Kerber, Wozniacki, and Halep for the finals and i put kerber for quaters, halep for semis, and wozniacki to win! I nailed it and thats what got me to second place!
IsaacT03 8 Feb
Hi Ump, great game once again. Lots of us will have Ďif onlyí stories! Mine is when I was within a minute of picking Chung to beat Djokovic. Iíd seen him on TV impressively winning the Next Gen in Milan then watched all 3 of his matches here in Auckland and felt he could beat Novak. However I wimped out and picked what I thought was a Ďcertí Thiem to beat Sandgren, who was a Lucky Loser in Auckland! Thatís the beauty of Tennis and your picking game and Iím happy to come 11 th. Thanks! Cec
Cec 30 Jan
Thanks for organizing Ump- great comp.Picked the 2 winners & 2 very late nights ! Will rest now till the French Open. Loved watching the progress of some of the players who played at Stanley St
Shot 30 Jan
Thanks so much again for running this game = it is so much fun and really appreciate your efforts
Billy 29 Jan
Thanks very much for Tennis NZ for organising this. Had a couple of tense nights hoping for Caroline Wozniacki and Roger Federer to win. Hopefully one day we'll all be picking a New Zealand player in the final rounds!
dafyddhir 29 Jan
Thank you Ump, Luv playing,the best i have done ever, so happy, got Roger right, just should have put 5 sets instead of 4.But happy with 75 points, challenge myself to get higher next time.Look forward to the next one.
Queenie 29 Jan
Thanks Ump, good and fun as always, appreciate the time you put into this, cheers!
Liz Lemon 29 Jan
Heu Ump - thanks heaps for another fantastic comp. Got my 14 year old grandson in this time and he is ultra excited with his second place.We'll both be back next time for sure. Many thanks too to Mrs Ump for her tolerance - she can have her husband back now, til May anyway.
Nancy Jenkins 29 Jan
Thanks so much, Ump, for another fun competition. It adds an extra frisson to an already exciting tournament. I hope you will be able to host The King of Clay again! Love playing along! Cheers, V
virgcat 29 Jan
Whitby Tennis Club are champion Group and win their club a box of balls. Good to see the Rhinos win something after leading the charge in the semis :-)
The Ump 29 Jan
Thanks, We enjoy the comp and are trying to get more of the club to join in. Its great discussion on our practice nights. Rhino will be especially pleased to beat Mrs rhino.
Glenn 29 Jan
The Lucky Draw prize is drawn from everyone who picked all rounds and the winner is Rach M. Good on ya Rach!
The Ump 29 Jan
Congrats Rach! xx
virgcat 29 Jan
Awesome Rach - congrats
Billy 29 Jan
Margarito wins the Mens draw prize with 48 pts. Asdfghjkl wins the Womens draw on 50 pts - some compensation for making just 1 correct pick in the mens!
The Ump 29 Jan
The Legend of OZ 2018 is Dafyddhir with 87 points and just 1 loss. No risky 7 or 8 pointers in D's picks but a constant stream of 5 and 6 pointers eventually saw off everyone else by 7 points. What a legend!
The Ump 29 Jan
This ladies tournament has been the best ever without the image of Serena Williams dominating the ladies draw. we have seen some amazing tennis played and some heartstopping matches by players who have really come into their own.The final was as a final should be - it was either player's to win until the last ball bounced twice. When have we last seen that!
Nancy Jenkins 28 Jan
whoops i been so excited i miss spelt Wozniacki LoL.
Queenie 28 Jan
yihoo got it all with Caro Wosanacki, whew the best i have ever done i am 5 points behind number 4, if i get Federer through, who knows, such fun, enjoying Ump.
Queenie 28 Jan
Huge Federer come on Cilic
The Rhino 28 Jan
Need Wozniacki to win in three.
dafyddhir 27 Jan
virgcat 29 Jan
closest i managed was up to 3rd. Snookered myself in the ladies. Good luck front runners and well done
Yablindref 27 Jan
Frontrunner Friday had a shocker in the semis and The Rhino is now leading by 1 from Swiss Ms. But looks like The Rhino's charge will be shortlived - snookered in the men!
The Ump 27 Jan
As long as Cilic and Wozniaki win, them The Rhinoís charge will be Iím stuffed!!!
The Rhino 27 Jan
Could really have done with Chung lasting another 2 points so I could have gotten the result bonus!!!😡😡😡
The Rhino 27 Jan
So happy to be coming 1st! Hope Swiss Mr can do it too.
swiss ms 26 Jan
Oh Ump the agony!!! 9-7 is my unluckiest score - Karlovic lost by that in the 5th now Kerber lost by it in the 3rd!!! that's not a nailbiter, that's a heartbreaker and should be worth 2 points for the suffering! To add to it I'm now snookered in the womens final having expected Kerber to play Wozniaki :-(
Nancy Jenkins 25 Jan
Hey Friday. You're still leading but hope you realise there are still 2 rounds to go!! Meantime Whitby TC are crushing it in the Groups race.
The Ump 25 Jan
No worries Ump. Ive got Chung and Mertens to win the semis but freeze in the finals. Too easy
Friday 25 Jan
Maate, youre dreamin
Ball boy 25 Jan
Hope you're not watching Mertens at present!
virgcat 25 Jan
too painful
Friday 25 Jan
See what happens to me when I pick Chung too early and give you all the tip off !! Slumped....what a tournament...full of twists and turns...who is going to win the last turn !!
virgo 25 Jan
Kiwi Marcus Daniell just misses out on a dubs semifinal spot in a nailbiter. Ump's going to give him a bonus point anyway.
The Ump 24 Jan
Give him 2. He was superb... shame it didn't go their way.
virgcat 24 Jan
Feel like kicking my Keys to the Kerb
chopperchowmein 24 Jan
It's come to a pretty pass when I am getting roundly beaten on the leaderboard by people who have had lucky dips in all but the first round... yet I have been carefully picking (losers) round by round myself!
virgcat 24 Jan
That is what has happened to me in the previous games so I understand your pain.
Billy 24 Jan
What a day of upsets and then Rafa retires! Drown your sorrows you 128 who picked Dimitrov and the 128 who picked Svitolina. And if you picked both of them - a double shot might help :-)
The Ump 24 Jan
Yes I was one of the "double shots" so was a bummer as was sitting in No2 dammit!
clarebear 24 Jan
Going to be one heck of a party at Queenstown Tennis Club to celebrate local boy Ben McLachlan making the OZ doubles semis. Unless they've all gone to Melbourne to watch! Keep believing Ben - you're sensational.
The Ump 23 Jan
Hey Stevo - are you getting much sleep these days? Have had a fab time in Melbourne- home today.
Ozbound 23 Jan
Catching up zzzzzzźz at work.Have to catch up on ya trip.You are doing rather well with picks so think those who attend Melbourne park should be excluded from this comp😆
stevo 26 Jan
Haha - I don't think it gave me any advantage - has been difficult picking all the way through! Yes catch up soon.
Ozbound 26 Jan
Chung match last night was incredible. Weíve been here for a week. Go home today. Seen some incredible tennis. Went to Melbourne Park 3 days and 2 nights. Itís an annual trip for us. Very lucky!
Ref 23 Jan
Tennys win last night best match i have seen this tournament. Chung beware
Brucy 23 Jan
Hey Ump -solve an argument between me and my lovely grandson - do you get a point for a nailbiter if your pick wins or only if it loses?
Nancy Jenkins 23 Jan
The nailbiter point is only for the loser. Bet grandson wins the icecream!
The Ump 23 Jan
No Ump Nana does!!!
Nancy Jenkins 23 Jan
Tennys, the headline writer's dream, is the first man in 20 years to make the quarter finals on his debut. Amazing stuff!
virgcat 22 Jan
Ump are you sure these players have two arms and a racket. Cant seem to pick anything right this tourny
beaver 22 Jan
Me neither
GrannyAnnie 22 Jan
Hang in there Beaver. Only those who pick every round are eligible for the Lucky Draw prize.
The Ump 22 Jan
I hear you. Worst ever for me but hey ho... no money riding on it fortunately 😐
virgcat 22 Jan
Im not complaining. Pablu carreno has busted my run but mite still be leading
Friday 22 Jan
Yep. Still in the lead Friday but living dangerously. Go on - pick Edmund for the qtrs and you could get another 8 pointer!!
The Ump 23 Jan
Already used Edmund but going super safe for quarters. I reckon outsiders will win both men and womens. Heres hoping anyway
Friday 23 Jan
Have just spent the last 3 days at the open, just saw Dimitrov play Kyrgios,Nadal playthe little Argentine, Fed dispatch Gasquet, Hale and Lauren Davis battle it out, If you havenít been to the open in Melbourne yet you need to put it on your to do list.
Billy 22 Jan
Just came back from Aussie open. Got to see Rafa twice, djoker/ monfees. Muguruza, our beloved wozinaki. And ostapenko. Temperatures were soaring. 42 c in the arena and 69 on courts. Wish I could go again 😍
Rafa 22 Jan
Keep watching Chung...saw him in Auckland and was impressed.....Want to kick Halep in the bum....Great tennis..bring it on !!
virgo 21 Jan
Enjoying the tennis, great to be over in Melbourne for this time, doing well so far with my picks,happy girl.
Queenie 21 Jan
Who else is at Melbourne Park? Ump's thinking about a special bonus for anyone 'on the spot'!
The Ump 21 Jan
I am not their at the moment just watching on tv, i was their for a few days, not today but may go again in next few days Ump.
Queenie 21 Jan
Friday joined the lead on Friday and moved 2 pts clear on Saturday. Will Sunday be a wakeup call! Meanwhile Whitby TC narrowly lead the Groups race over St Heliers.
The Ump 21 Jan
Whoa what a match that was! How did Simone Halep get out of that match!!
Ducktales 20 Jan
Feel so sorry for Lauren. What a terrible time to have a toenail cone off... 3 match points 😭
virgcat 20 Jan
*come ofg
virgcat 20 Jan
*I'm giving up now
virgcat 20 Jan
Does anyone else besides me think the Aussi commentators (when we get them) are aweful!! Bring back Courier and McEnroe. Even our local GD Jones is lightyears better than they are.
Nancy Jenkins 20 Jan
The mangled player names they come up with...!! Still, adds a bit of humour to it all.
virgcat 20 Jan
But they've got no tennis knowledge much less player history and the accents.........
Nancy Jenkins 20 Jan
Harsh but fair 😁 ... much like my being called a Drongo by the Ump this morning. My player knowledge ain't what I thought it was, for sure.
virgcat 20 Jan
Yeah whatís with the UMP called me a drongo also Very rude 🤪🤪🤪🤪🤪 Lol
Vixen 20 Jan
I'm happy to be called a drongo - it's funny but less happy that Karlovic cost me 6 points by losing 9-7 in the fifth!! Probably he isn't too happy either!
Nancy Jenkins 20 Jan
Try listening to AO radio on the website while you watch. They're PDG
The Ump 20 Jan
Where is Fred Stolle he was the best
Vixen 20 Jan
Yes , I totally agree with you they are as hopeless as the Cricket team!!
Ducktales 20 Jan
my picks haven't updated from round 2....?
SuzieQ 19 Jan
Coming soon SuzieQ. Coffee machine broke and Ump can't function yet...
The Ump 19 Jan
Some really funny seeding on the ladies daw 🤣 not on UMPS picks but the full draw Vesnina and Wozniaki are both seeded 2 and 3 players with similar names are seeded 4 Strycova. Safarova and Svitolina lol
Vixen 18 Jan
And I was so confident this round with my well-researched picks... guess I may as well go back to stabbing at the draw with a pin.
virgcat 17 Jan
Kumkhum virgcat! No tears please - just yet
The Ump 18 Jan
Damir thought of it makes me wanna cry
virgcat 18 Jan
Dzumhur it makes me feel sad for you too.
hot enough 19 Jan
They must have had a sale on Pink this year!!
Ducktales 17 Jan
Good onya Mikepat - in sole 1st place after round 1 on 15 pts. Enjoy it while you can :-)
The Ump 17 Jan
Thanks. I'm off to Melbourne tomorrow to watch RAFA win another AO !!!
Mikepat 17 Jan
Mate, you're dreaming
Ball boy 19 Jan
Hi - does anyone know where you can buy a RF Cap in Melbourne? I've got a grandson over there who's desperate for one.
Nancy Jenkins 17 Jan
Buy online?
virgcat 17 Jan
thanks Virgcat - he so wanted to wear one in the stadium. Never mind, someone could have made a fortune selling them but there must be rules I guess.
Nancy Jenkins 19 Jan
Again, the womenís draw is like playing the lottery.. new names and everyone seems to beat everyone.
kiwitennis 17 Jan
I catch salmon it has a pink flesh
Fuzzy Balls 16 Jan
Pink is the latest trend now don't you know Mr Fuzzy!
Ducktales 16 Jan
No itís not pink it is more peachy coloured which is why everyone is calling the clothing SALMON 🤣🤣
Vixen 17 Jan
What's with this girly pink most of the men are wearing. I remember my sister getting a pink dolly for xmas and myself a blue toy racing car. Not very manly guys
Fuzzy Balls 16 Jan
Ahem... it's SALMON, Fuzzy
Kiwiskier 16 Jan
The seeds are tumbling. 6 women's seeds dumped already and the big serving Isner, Anderson and Sock are toasted in the men's. Just the usual day 1 carnage at the Aussie Open.
The Ump 15 Jan
After 2 days of rain in Melbourne, a power cut here yesterday and internet down today, the draws are now complete. Hope that's not an omen but the first grand slam of the year is ready to roll. Throw out the form guides - anybody could win this time. Good picking.
The Ump 14 Jan
Taken a screen shot showing 1st !! Yes !!
virgo 14 Jan
Sorry but ur not mate
18 & Retired 14 Jan
Attempting to Defend my crown from last year! I donít have the magic app this year😀
kiwitennis 14 Jan
And there's me thinking it was your superior tennis knowledge and insight that got you that far!
virgcat 14 Jan
Yes and a lot of luck!
kiwitennis 14 Jan
I should have quit while I was ahead, but it's too much fun!
Nancy Jenkins 14 Jan
Draws have now been loaded even though qualifying has been delayed by 2 days of rain in coolish Melbourne. Qualifiers names are not showing yet but at least you can start picking. Good luck
The Ump 14 Jan
Hi Ump - just wondering about the group rules. I am a terrible picker but still want to play the game without letting the group down. How about only the top half of the group members points count? Or didn't it used to be that the top 5 group pickers count only? Your thoughts... :)
Red Racquet 12 Jan
You may be a terrible picker Red Racquet but what happens when you eventually do well? It will happen and your mates would clobber you. Just ask the winner of the last Big Apple Picker. Nancy J was a long time loser but finally hooked the big one. Just follow Ump's golden rule - pick and forget.
The Ump 13 Jan
Hmmm ok let's see see how I get on this time. Not sure how newcomers to the game or those thinking about joining the game feel the way you do though lol. All best to the pickers - time to have some fun!
Red Racquet 13 Jan
Once a loser, always a loser in my opinion
I hate Djokovic 13 Jan
So you can pick em eh?
Red Racquet 14 Jan
And remember golden rule #2... stick to seeded players if you just want to be sure to accumulate points. Better than a red face to match that red racquet!
The Ump 14 Jan
Hi Ump, cant see my Group on the list in the drop down menu, is there an issue or am I simply not seeing it? Many Thanks
RF Fan 12 Jan
What's the group RFF? Not just having a 'man' look are you?
The Ump 13 Jan
Draws are up on the Aussie Open site. But qualifying doesn't finish until Saturday so it could be Sunday morning before picks can be entered. Meanwhile get behind Mike Venus in the ASB Classic dubs semis.
The Ump 12 Jan
birddog 9 Jan
birddog 9 Jan
He's great but Denis Shapovalov is my pic!
Ref 9 Jan
Maaate, you're dreaming
Ball boy 12 Jan
Hi did pretty well in the end! Watch out for him next year!
Ref 18 Jan
The ASB Men's Classic started today and that means the Aussie Open is less than a week away. Can anything top last year?
The Ump 8 Jan
Thanks to whoever got me through that

3rd time lucky for Caroline Wozniacki
Not so lucky for 232 Halep pickers

Another case of the 'if onlys' for Simona

Edmund gobsmacked by Cilic's power

Pliskova got totally smashed by Halep

Keys got absolutely hammered by Kerber

Ben Mclachlan celebrates sensational win

Chung can play - nothing else to say

Don't try to copy Dimitrov - unless
you're double jointed and in pink

Unknown Elise Mertens goes into hiding
Tough when you're in the qtr finals

Novak Djokovic had time to entertain
But his playing looks a little shaky

Can Ashley Bartley go all the way?
Dare to dream Aussies!

Tennys Sandgren has a great name and
can play a bit - just ask Stan the man

Kumkhum tied Bencic in knots and
dented the hopes of 74 pickers

From champ to chump! ASB Classic
winner Bautista Agut gets the
chop in Melbourne

No more fairy tales for Stephens.
Sloane reflects on her 8th straight loss
since becoming US Open champion

OMG! I've just won the Aussie Open
Yes 2017 was fairy tale stuff

Check the Rules

Good picking........The Ump :-)