ATP WORLD TOUR FANTASY
2010 Fantasy Winner Enjoys VIP Trip To Barclays ATP World Tour Finals
by ATP Staff|
Looking for advice on how to win the 2012 ATP World Tour Draw Challenge? The message from 2010 winner Jean Butler is: "Don’t over think it."
Jean and her husband, John, have this week enjoyed a VIP trip to the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, with four nights in a London hotel and tickets for five sessions including the final, after Jean won the 2010 Draw Challenge on the very last match of the regular season.
"It’s our first time here, first time to The O2," commented Jean, who manages the Tim Henman Fan Club. "It’s very impressive. The actual venue itself is really good. The atmosphere is pretty good. Thursday afternoon was the best session so far; Federer vs. Fish was a good match. And Djokovic vs. Tipsarevic on Friday was a good match too.”
While Jean was hoping to see Robin Soderling in London after the Swede’s victory at the 2010 BNP Paribas Masters clinched her win in last year’s fantasy game, from her seat in row H she has had the chance to witness some of her other favourite players in action, most notably defending champion Roger Federer.
"Of the eight players I would say my favourite is probably Federer. I do like Djokovic as well. There’s others that I like and I’ve managed to see some good tennis. I’m hoping Federer wins the title. I think he’s been very clever over the years about managing his season and just knowing when to take a break."
On the winning formula for the Draw Challenge, Jean declared, "It’s probably at least 80 per cent luck. You can’t predict for injuries, or who’s going to play an absolute blinder or have a bad day." Husband John added, "She put in surprisingly little time. She’s got a fairly good knowledge of who’s doing what in the game anyway. She would just sit down, work her way through the draw and do the whole lot in one hit. She was surprisingly good at it, it seems!"
Jean’s challenge in the 2011 contest fell away when she was unable to make her Madrid picks, due to being on holiday in France and unable to find internet connection, and she urged contestants next year to always get an entry in to have a chance of winning the big prizes.
"I think the best tournament I had was Shanghai, I think I was 17th overall," recalled Jean. "It’s just making sure you’ve got some points coming in for every tournament. I won in the end by I think 14 points, literally on the very last match of the season. I suddenly realised on the Saturday night that I was equal fourth and I was the only one of the four who predicted Soderling to win, so I knew if Soderling won, so did I.
"The nice thing is that it gives you an added interest in the tournaments, especially with matches featuring players you don’t particularly like or dislike, you’ve still got an interest in who wins."
The Draw Challenge returns in 2012 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, with the opportunity to win more great prizes.