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Wild cards could be the key to your Fantasy Wimbledon team

Fantasy Wimbledon
by Mark Hodgkinson
Friday 27 June 2014

All those with young Nick Kyrgios in their Fantasy Wimbledon team can feel pretty pleased with themselves. Don't despair though if you haven't, it's not too late and there are plenty of other options too.

Make the third round on Wimbledon's lawns for the first time, after saving nine match points along the way, and you will introduce yourself to the global tennis public. More than that, Kyrgios, an Australian teenager ranked outside the world's top 100, has been endearing himself to all those who have made him one of their Fantasy Wimbledon selections. 

There's no greater bargain in Fantasy Wimbledon than Kyrgios, who came from two sets down to defeat France's Richard Gasquet in the second round, and who on Saturday will play Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic for a spot in the last 16. 

As a wild card who hadn't previously featured in the men's singles tournament, Kyrgios was valued at just 50 in all categories, and so far he has performed extremely well for those who have backed him. It's in the Power category that Kyrgios has been racking up the most impressive numbers. In his first two matches, he hit a total of 145 winners and made 76 unforced errors; with every winner worth two Fantasy Wimbledon points and every unforced error meaning a deduction of one point, that's an astonishing 214 points so far, meaning he's been averaging 107 per appearance. 

One other bargain in the game is his opponent; Vesely is also a wild card, and also competing at Wimbledon for the first time, so is in the lowest value band for all categories. While his statistics haven’t been quite as spectacular as the Australian's, that's partly because he didn't play a full first-round match, with his opponent retiring before the completion of the first set. 

Some of the biggest names in the draw are available in the lower value bands. For instance, Ana Ivanovic, a former world No.1 from Serbia, who plays Germany's Sabine Lisicki on Saturday, would cost you just 100 in Net Play. In her last two rounds, she's won 25 points at the net (worth two Fantasy Wimbledon points each), and lost 10 points in the service boxes (there is a deduction of one point for each), so she has accumulated a total of 40 points in that category. Or maybe you think that Milos Raonic is good value in the Mind category at 100. Raonic, who plays Poland's Lukasz Kubot in the third round, has converted seven break points in his first two matches, bringing up a total of 49 points, or 24.5 per round. 

Perhaps you still haven't signed up to play Fantasy Wimbledon? It's certainly not too late to take part, and to give yourself a chance of winning next week's weekly prize of a Wimbledon towel and a pair of Grounds Passes to next summer's Championships. And why not set up a mini-league to compete against your friends, family or work colleagues? 

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