Tennis Betting Advice - August 2021

Ones to Watch - six young players making waves...

Friday 6th August 2021

In Ones to Watch today:

  • Youngsters in form this summer…
  • We’re off to Canada next week…
  • Starting Monday – ATP Toronto & WTA Montreal…

Dayana Yastremska’s comeback didn’t gather much momentum this week. But a handful of other players from our pre-season Ones to Watch in 2021 list have been doing well this summer…

Ones to Watch – six young players making waves…

Casper Ruud has won three tournaments in a row. Lifting ATP 250 titles at Kitzbuhel, Gstaad, and Bastad in July.

Along with a Geneva trophy win in May, and a first ATP title at Buenos Aires last season. Ruud has now reached a total of seven finals, winning five – all at ATP 250-grade, and all on clay.

At the higher-tier, ATP Masters 1000 events, we’ve come close a couple of times with Ruud. Backing the young Norwegian at odds of 100/1 in Monte Carlo and 66/1 in Madrid this spring (semi finals). And another semi-final showing in 2020, when backed at 150/1 at the Rome Masters last September.

The 22-year-old is now up to a career high of no.12 in the world. Keep Casper in mind, especially on clay.

Sebastian Korda is another young man looking very much at home on the tour this season. The 21-year-old American is also at a new career-best ranking, climbing to no.45, on the back of his first two ATP 250 finals – runner-up at Delray Beach in January, and lifting a maiden trophy at Parma in May.

  • Seb’s sister, Nelly Korda, is the current women’s world no.1 golfer. Going into the final round this evening, Nelly is in 1st position on the Olympic leader-board, with a gold medal in sight. Older sister Jessica Korda is ranked 14th in the world

Elena Rybakina is having a breakthrough season at the big events. The world no.20 hasn’t collected any trophies yet in 2021. But the 22-year-old recently came 4th in the women’s Olympic tennis, losing out in the bronze-medal playoff match. And before that, Rybakina reached a first Grand Slam quarter final (French Open). Before going on to also reach week two at Wimbledon (Last 16).

Carlos Alcaraz is being tipped for very big things in the sport – The Next Rafael Nadal, no less. The 18-year-old is up to a new high of no.54 in the world, after winning a debut ATP (250) title at Umag last month. On clay, the teenager has won an impressive 22 out of 29 matches this season (76%).

Brandon Nakashima is another Ones to Watch in 2021 name starting to live up to his pre-season potential. Turning 20 earlier this week, the young American has just been on a great streak on the hard courts. Reaching two finals in a row (both runner-up), at ATP 250 events in Los Cabos and Atalanta. Winning a total of 10 out of 13 matches across his last three tournaments overall. A run of form that has propelled the youngster to no.89 in the world – with a higher ranking expected to come soon.

And last but not least…

Brooksby breaking through…

Those are just five players that we should keep on our radar in the weekly match and outright markets. Another is Jenson Brooksby. The 20-year-old is another American on the rise. Jenson has posted a mightily impressive 37-7 win-loss record at all levels this year (84%). He’s getting used to winning matches on the tour – and he likes it.

Brooksby was a 22/1 Each Way pick for us when reaching a first ATP final last month, finishing runner-up at the 250-grade tournament on grass at Newport, Rhode Island. He’s followed that up with back-to-back quarter finals on the North American hard courts, at the lower-tier Lexington Challenger last week – and still in the hat at the bigger ATP 500 event in Washington, going into this weekend.

Jenson is currently ranked outside the men’s top 100, but the way he’s playing, that should change soon.

Plenty of exciting young players for us to keep in mind there.

We’re off to Canada next week…

Next week, we’ll be focusing our attention on two big 1000-grade tournaments. With the men in action ATP Toronto, and the women at WTA Montreal.

Formerly known as the Rogers Cup, this dual tournament is a significant signpost on the route to the US Open in New York. These days known as the National Bank Open, we’ll be concentrating on the value prices and players with potential to spring a surprise and make a breakthrough in Canada next week.

I’ll be back on Monday morning with our first tilt at the Outright Winner markets. Play will start from 4pm, UK time.

Until then,

Best wishes,

Tom Wilson

Tom Wilson

Ones to Watch