Clay court season on the 2019 ATP World Tour has come and gone, which means it’s now time for the grass! There are two great ATP 500 tournaments on this week in the lead up to Wimbledon, which we’ll be taking a look at below and providing our best bets. Check them out and good luck to everyone following!
The Queen’s Club Championships is one of the most prestigious grass court tournaments in the world, as well as one of the oldest. It’s been won four times each by Andy Roddick and Lleyton Hewitt, and a record five times by Andy Murray.
This year there’s quite a talented field, although none of the big three (Federer, Djokovic, Nadal) will be in attendance. This obviously leaves the door open for one of the next-gen stars make their mark.
Let’s take a look at the top eight seeds this week:
1 Stefanos Tsitsipas (Greece)
2 Kevin Anderson (South Africa)
3 Juan Martin del Potro (Argentina)
4 Daniil Medvedev (Russia)
5 Marin Cilic (Croatia)
6 Milos Raonic (Canada)
7 Stan Wawrinka (Switzerland)
8 Felix Auger-Aliassime (Canada)
As you can see, there’s still plenty of talent at Queen’s this year despite the absence of the big three. In terms of genuine contenders, it’s honestly quite an open field this year. The obvious picks are proven winners in Juan Martin del Potro ($7.50), Marin Cilic ($8), and Kevin Anderson ($9), as well as young star Stefanos Tsitsipas ($8).
It’s a fairly tough field to get a read on this year with most of the top hopes going through either form or injury struggles. In saying that, we do like the value of Marin Cilic, who is in fact a 2x champion and 2x runner up at Queen’s, as well as the current defending champion. He may not have set the world on fire in the clay court swing, but as we all know he absolutely thrives when he’s on the grass.
The Halle Open is another highly prestigious grass court tournament, which is played in Halle, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. The halle Open, along with the Queen’s Club Championships, are seen as the two primary tournaments for Wimbledon, which begins at the start of July. It has been won by Roger Federer a record nine times.
Here are the seeds for this year’s Halle Open:
1 Roger Federer (Switzerland)
2 Alexander Zverev (Germany)
3 Karen Khachanov (Russia)
4 Borna Coric (Croatia)
5 Gael Monfils (France)
6 Nikoloz Basilashvili (Georgia)
7 Roberto Bautista Agut (Spain)
8 Guido Pella (Argentina)
Unlike the Queen’s Club Championships that we looked at above, the Halle Open seems to be a fairly straight forward pick. The 32-strong field has just three past Halle Open winners, these being Philipp Kohlschreiber (2011), Borna Coric (2018), and Roger Federer (2003-06, 2008, 2013-15, 2017). Amazingly, Federer has been in the final 12 of the past 16 years, including six of the past seven. The Swiss maestro has absolutely owned this event throughout his career and will definitely be the man to beat once again. He showed some really good form at Roland-Garros a couple of weeks ago and is primed to win a record 10th title in Halle.
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