I would just like to deny that I wasn't trying in September, as that would detract from the achievement of all those who finished above me!
It is true that I have been a little distracted, as I retired from school teaching at the end of August, and have been very busy setting up as a private tutor (pleased to say that this has brought a lot of 'business' so far), but I did spend nearly as much time as usual on the predictions. I just made a series of bad calls that seemed plausible to me at the time. However I think the main point is the quality of all the other competitors, whose judgment was superior to mine, and who spotted quite a few things about the variegated local patterns that I did not.
I am very pleased to see the prediction competition in such a healthy state, with so many contestants doing so well.
Oh, and I still don't get the Jimmy Connors reference ...
I seem to remember a match against McEnroe in which JC was being absolutely flattened which produced an anguished cry of I am trying for..expletive deleted. Bit hazy about it myself and couldn't find it online - hoped one of the many people on here who know more about everything than Google would come up with it, but nobody has yet picked it up.