A team consists of 15 tennis players. 13 normal tennis players, one joker and one loser.
Each tennis player has a number of black points, varying from zero to five. The best tennis players get 5 black points. The less good tennis players get no black points.
The black points are assigned based on the seeded number of the tennis player.
A team can have a maximum of 20 black points (for exceptions, see the loser rule).
The reason for this is to prevent choosing the best tennis players, whereby puzzling is required.
The loser is a special tennis player in your team. This tennis player leads to negative points, if the tennis player performs well (see score).
When you decide to choose a loser with black points, these black points can be spend extra to your other 14 tennis players.
Example Tennis player X has 3 black points and is chosen as a loser.
For the remaining 14 tennis players 20+3=23 black points are available.
It is up to you to take this risk, to choose a better team on paper.
Reserve tennis players
The joker is the secret weapon of your team. With this tennis player you can score extra points for your team (see score).
Right before the grand slam starts shifts can occur in the list of tennis players or schedule of play (caused by injuries for example).
Due to these shifts teams can become invalid right before the start of the game.
To overcome this problem, reserve tennis players can be selected.
Sportpools uses these reserve tennis players to make any invalid team valid.
For each tennis player you can specify a preferred reserve. If the tennis player fails to start the tournament because of an injury, Sportpools replaces him with the specified preferred reserve. As preferred reserve you can also choose the option 'Lucky Loser'. This is the tennis player assigned by the Grand Slam organization as a replacement for the injured tennis player. If you choose 'No preference' then Sportpools replaces the injured player by one of your reserves and you do not get the 'Lucky Loser'.