An Idea for the Ages: Fantasy Tennis!

Adithya RamaswamyContributor INovember 16, 2009

PARIS - NOVEMBER 12:  Rafael Nadal of Spain in action during his match against Tommy Robredo of Spain during the ATP Masters Series at the Palais Omnisports De Paris-Bercy on November 12, 2009 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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I love participating in fantasy football leagues. It feels so gratifying to have wins and losses be obsolete in the process of winning a fantasy game. It's based completely on stats.

Nowadays, they've got a fantasy game for almost every sport: football, baseball, basketball, they've even got one for golf. But one thing I have never seen on any fantasy websites is a fantasy game that I think would be unbelievably fun to participate in: FANTASY TENNIS.

I mean, think about it: fantasy tennis would have nothing to do with whether the players on your "roster" wins or loses. It would be based solely on different stats involved in a tennis match. Okay, so here's a basic breakdown of how it would work:

(You would draft players like you would in any other fantasy league.)


  • 2 points for every ace.
  • 1 point for every three service winners.
  • 1 point for every 12 points won on serve.
  • -2 point for every double fault.
  • -2 point for every serve where the opponent hits a winner.
  • -1 point for every 4 points lost on serve.


  • 2 points for every winner hit off of serve.
  • 1 point for every four points won while returning.

General Matchplay

  • 1 point for every winner hit (at baseline or at net, excluding passing shots)
  • -1 point for every unforced error (at baseline or at net)
  • 2 points for every passing shot.
  • 5 points for every trick shot (i.e. tweener, no-look shot, etc.)

So that's pretty much it. Whadya think?