For tennis lovers the 2014 Australian finals was a special treat watching Stanislas Wawrinka win his first grand slam. Over the course of 7 years, Stan lost 14 straight times to his nemesis Novak Djokovic and 12 straight losses to his arch-nemesis Rafa Nadal.
Wawrinka had a goal: he worked harder and trained harder. As a permanent reminder, he tattooed Sam Beckett’s infamous quote on his forearm:
Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.
– Samuel Beckett
Not only did he finally beat Djokovic, he beat Nadal too, winning the 2014 Australian Open Championship. And to prove it wasn’t luck, Wawrinka did it again in the recent 2015 French Open final, beating Djokovic and this time Federer on his way to winning.
Failure is a tough beast. The smell of defeat can sting for a long, long time. But as we all know, perseverance is the key to success. The flash and dash of winning abstracts the hard work and sweat behind the scenes. The long hours of practice. The long road to improvement. If Wawrinka can thwart the odds of two nemeses in a single tourney, that’s motivation enough for anyone to apply it to their own daily challenges.
After every weekly event, your standings results gets posted and recorded as a base point reference for how much you stand to win or lose in the following weeks. It’s designed to handsomely reward upsets and reduce the amount of points the ‘favourites’ win in later weekly events (this also prevents leaders from winning too much against lower seeds).
Here’s a quick view into how the scoring works when a LOWER seeded opponent scores an upset (the ‘unexpected’ result):
The ‘point difference’ is the standings score difference between you and your opponent. If you score the upset, the ‘winner’ column represents the points you win; the ‘loser’ column represents the points your higher seeded opponent loses.
The system is loosely based on the official USTTA and TTCAN ranking system… and as everyone knows, it’s not perfect. That said, we found it worked really well for us, especially when each season starts anew.
Here are the points exchanged when the HIGHER seeded opponent wins (the ‘expected’ result):
So don’t give up if you’re (way) behind. The system is designed to lend you a hand, reward those that play more (and not necessarily the best players), and put the brakes on the leaders. I’d like to call it: a system that cares.
Now if only we can make our system trigger a care bear stare after every upset win. Now there’s an epic thought… and not completely inconceivable…