The first round of the French Open is scheduled to complete on Tuesday. Although several high-profile names have to wait for Wednesday for their second-round matches, there are still a few iconic names available for fantasy selection.
Gael Monfils ($10,100)Struggling with fitness issues, Monfils may not have had a great 2018. But the outlook for this year looks a lot brighter for him, playing in front of his home crowd. Monfils hasn’t had a great run into this tournament with two successive losses, including a defeat to Roger Federer in the Madrid Masters. However, against a steady player in Taro Daniel, Monfils won’t be worked as hard.
Karen Khachanov ($10,600)Khachanov’s breakthrough into the top flight of men’s tennis has been impressive. Not long ago, he was dominating Challenger events around the world. Now, Khachanov has shown the propensity to dominate even the best. Armed with a big serve, the clay court will prove to be his biggest challenge, but he has regularly displayed a temperament to not just enter, but stay, in the top 10 of men’s tennis.
Simona Halep ($9,900)Halep, the defending champion, has her work cut out this year with the challenge of youth in Naomi Osaka, and experience in Serena Williams. At this point of the tournament, though, that won’t matter. Despite two straight losses prior to this French Open, she just looks too strong for Ajla Tomljanovic.
Katerina Siniakova ($8,700)Seven wins in her last eight games makes Siniakova’s opponent, Elena Rybakina, a threat. However, from a fantasy perspective, quality and consistency is the only constant in a sport of variables. Siniakova has both when compared to her opponent, who might even find the biggest stage an obstacle. Siniakova hasn’t had a bad run either: she has won three of her previous four games.
Men’s Value TargetsAdrian Mannarino ($6,400)
The disparity in ATP ranking between Mannarino (No. 48) and Stefano Travaglia (No. 119) is significant. Yet, the odds are firmly against Mannarino for several reasons:
Form: Mannarino has lost four of his last five matches. Travaglia has won four of his last five matches.
Specialization: Travaglia has honed his craft on clay.
History: Mannarino hasn’t really been consistent on clay.
However, Mannarino is a steady player with years of experience of putting his opponent under pressure by just keeping the ball in play. That might just be enough to provide fantasy value.
Other options: Lucas Pouille ($8,800), Matthew Ebden ($5,200)
Women’s Value Targets
Lesia Tsurenko ($8,500)Over the last few years, Tsurenko has cruised past early-stages matches in several grand slams. She has a heavy forehand and a consistent all-round game that is good enough to take her past many opponents overwhelmed by the big stage. Form isn’t on her side (she has lost four straight matches), but that’s why she provides value in this slate with her price of $8,500.
Other options: S. Janicijevic ($4,100)
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Nikhil Kalro is the Founder and CEO of Altletics Esports.