You enter a tournament knowing you are not likely to win it; but want to get the experience of playing better players for several matches. That is what the consolation bracket (aka backdraw) is supposed to accomplish.
Too Many Good Players?
One reader, who entered a large National tournament, had this observation:
“This was a feed in consolation. Players like Jerry Thomas, Evert Jonsson, Dean Corley and Jimmy Parker, who all lost in the quarters, went into the consolation. That meant a first round loser had to win six matches in consolation to get to the finals. That seems unfair to the second tier players. Maybe you have played a lot of feed ins, it was a first for me and I felt bad for many of the consolation players.”
According to the USTA, “These player-friendly formats guarantee competitors at least two matches. There are several types of consolation formats.
• FMC: First Match Consolation – A consolation draw in which the losers in the first round and those second round losers who advanced to that round by virtue of a bye or default are entered into the consolation draw.
• FRLC-First Round Losers Consolation – A consolation draw in which only the losers in the first round are entered into the consolation draw. (Note: This differs from FMC in that a player receiving a bye in the first round of a tournament will not be fed into the consolation draw if they lose their first match.)
• FIC-Feed-in Consolation – A consolation draw in which the losers from the main draw are fed back into another draw against players who lost in earlier rounds of the tournament thru the Semi-finals of the main draw.
• MFIC-Modified Feed-in Consolation – A consolation draw in which the losers from the main draw are fed back into another draw against players who lost in earlier rounds of the tournament. (Note: A MFIC differs from a FIC in that it generally does not complete the consolation draw OR players which lose the same rounds will feed into separate consolation draws.)
Which version do you think is the fairest?
Colonial Tournament: NO Doubles Consolation
If you are planning to enter the first of 2017 Florida Super Senior Grand Prix tournament at the Colonial, please note the deadline is this Monday at 5 p.m.
Click HERE to signup and/or see the entries.
But please note: In response to the scheduling problems later in the week, this tournament will be experimenting with playing a full three set match in all doubles — but NO doubles consolation round.
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