The most prestigious tennis tournament is upon us as Wimbledon begins on Monday. We take a look at the targets and value options from the opening day of action from London.
Milos Raonic ($10,600)It wasn’t long ago when Raonic made the Wimbledon final, falling to Andy Murray. But it’s been a downward spiral in form and fitness for Raonic since then. He missed the clay-court season before returning to the grass in Stuttgart early this month. He won five straight matches on the grass when he stepped on the court, and is set for a similarly deep run into this year’s Wimbledon too.
Alexander Zverev ($9,700)Zverev has certainly troubled the best in men’s tennis, but for a player with as much talent as he has, he should be doing more in grand slams. There is no bigger stage in the game than this tournament. He starts off against Jiri Vesely, whose specialization lies on the clay. Zverev has the edge in almost all match-ups in this contest: form, confidence and skill.
Naomi Osaka ($9,000)Women’s tennis hasn’t quite found a consistent No. 1 in recent years, a testament to the competition at the top flight. Osaka wore that crown for a short while, but was dethroned after an early exit at the French Open. Nonetheless, there is plenty in her heavy baseline game to keep her close to the top. Osaka will also be looking to avenge her loss to Yulia Putintseva, her first-round opponent at Wimbledon, in straight sets earlier this month.
Anastasija Sevastova ($10,100)WTA rank No. 12 vs. rank No. 191. That is a massive mismatch in terms of experience on a big occasion. Sevastova has inched her way to the top-10 with a game that is built around consistency. That same steady method should see her cruise to the second round. In terms of form, she had three wins and a loss in Mallorca to begin her grass-court season.
Men’s Value Targets
Gael Monfils ($9,000)Monfils has shown a new game, adding balance and structure to his usual dynamic, flamboyant style. Together, that should see him through to the deep rounds of most tournaments, as was the case at the French Open. He might have a point to prove too. Priced at $9,000, that makes him quite an attractive value proposition.
Other Option: Fernando Verdasco ($7,200)
Women’s Value Target
Anastasia Potapova ($7,800)Four losses in five matches doesn’t say a lot about Potapova’s form, but she’ll take a lot of confidence from the only win in that run: beating Angelique Kerber in the first round of the French Open. Her opponent, Jil Belen Teichmann, is struggling too, having lost three of her previous four matches. When these two last met, Potapova cruised through in straight sets.
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Nikhil Kalro is the Founder and CEO of Altletics Esports.