Fantasy Tennis: Coach Tom’s Tips
If you like the idea of grabbing yourself a £50 voucher at the end of the year then make sure you join our Fantasy Tennis League (our league code is: 334174).
Pick a squad of 16 professionals on both the men’s and women’s tours using a 100 million budget wisely. Choose your 8 starters prior to each major ATP/WTA tournament and watch as your players score points. You can make trades to your squad throughout the season but players value will change so starting with a good team will be important.
Below, Tom Jacobsen gives some tips on who to keep an eye out for during the season, who to avoid and bargain players to help you afford those stars.
Ones to Watch
Coco Vandeweghe : The American had an excellent year overall last season with Pat Cash in her corner. Vandeweghe was a semifinalist at the Australian and US Opens, her joint best finish at Wimbledon making the quarterfinals and winning the FED Cup with her US teammates. The world number 10 will only cost you just under 8 million so is a great squad player to have and is likely to rise in price.
David Goffin: The 27 year old Belgian had a terrible injury last season but still managed to finish the season as the 7th best player. He is suitable on all surfaces but excels on clay. Costing just over 10 million, he is definitely value for money and if he can stay fit and the stars like Murray, Djokovic and Wawrinka don’t get back to full fitness he is one that can make semifinals and finals of tournaments, scoring you plenty of points along the way.
Ones to Avoid
Sloane Stephens: Depsite her remarkable victory at the US open, Stephen’s fitness remains a serious question. She had an 11 month injury lay off just after the Rio Olympics in 2016 before her stunning comeback for the US open. The American ended 2017 poorly, losing to players she’s more than capable of beating. A comedown may have always been expected but having withdrawn from the Brisbane tournament at the start of this year, don’t let her US open success trick you into adding her to your squad.
Andy Murray: This is a sad time for Murray fans, his hip injury is still an issue and it’s looking more likely that he wil not be back to his best anytime soon. This highlighted by his recent social media post “it’s really hurting inside” relating to how he’s feeling not being able to play to the level he’s use to. Andy has withdrawn from the Australian Open as he seeks further advice.
Naomi Osaka: Highlighted by many former pros as one to break out in 2018. The Japanese 20 year old is not the cheapest option (4.38 million) but there is little value in the females below 3 million. Osaka is 68th in the world and having toppled defending champion Angelique Kerber in the first round of the US open last year, she will be hoping to claim more scalps this year.
Alex De Minaur: The 18 year old Australian is a perfect buy for the Australian open at least. He may be ranked 208 in the world but has recently beat Milos Raonic and has been granted a wildcard place for the Australian Open. With Leyton Hewitt in his corner he has every chance to cause an upset and pick up some points for just 1.8 million.