Champions League - first leg

The brand new Champions League format for 2017 started in Malmo at the Swedish Open on Friday 26th Feb, with 8 franchise teams picked via a live draft in January. All the teams were therefore very even in strength, with some of the best players in the world battling it out for the Champions League title. All results are online on fir.tournamentsoftware.com

With 264 points to play for in each match across 4x singles and 2x doubles, it’s amazing that more than 6 matches played were decided by less than 10 points overall! Also, no team was able to win all their matches which shows both how even the teams were and also how any team was capable of beating anyone else on their day!

With two big wins (earning bonus points) and one close loss (earning a losing bonus point) it was iPro London with Duncan Stahl (capt), Natalie Paul, Emil Gunnarsson and Luka Penttinen (credit: Duncan Stahl) who topped the table with 7 points after this first leg. However, with 4 matches still to be played in Nussloch at the German Open in July, there are still many teams who are very close behind.

Helsinki, Austria and Berlin in particular look like they will have stronger teams available for the German leg, so the Champions League title looks like it will go right to the very last round of matches before the Champion will be decided.

Below is the full Champions League table as it stands after the first 3 matches.  

 

 

Team

Matches Played

Wins

Points Difference

TOTAL POINTS

1.

iPro London

3

2

+107

7

2.

Technifibre Copenhagen

3

2

+41

6

3.

King of Rackets

3

2

-2

5

4.

Swiss Army Knives

3

1

+12

4

5.

Berlin Berghain Boasters

3

2

+4

4

6.

Three Percent Malta Magic

3

2

-34

4

7.

Klosterneuburg Austria

3

1

-14

3

8.

Helsinki Hawks

3

0

-114

1

 


2 points for a win.
1 bonus point for winning a match by 40 points or more
1 losing bonus point for losing a match by 20 points or less
Position in the table is decided on Total Points first, followed by Points Difference

Duncan Stahl