Tennis Betting Advice - August 2023
Ones to Watch in Toronto - at 20/1 and 100/1...
Wednesday 9th August 2023
Our two women’s Montreal picks made a good start on Monday. Both winning in straight sets. And more importantly perhaps - as Belinda Bencic pointed out in her on-court interview - getting the 1st-round win on day one. Thus ensuring a day’s rest on Tuesday, while several other players faced daily back-to-back matches after some early rain delays.
With 40/1+ Bencic and 100/1+ Sorana Cirstea in the Each Way book in Canada. There’s one more woman I want to add to the Ones to Watch big-price collection today…
We’ve backed Beatriz Haddad Maia at outsider prices before. And with odds of 50/1 available here, the Brazilian’s big-hitting game marks her out as a dark-horse contender to bludgeon her way to a surprise run this week. Beatriz pulled out injured at Wimbledon, having looked good before the issue struck. She started back up this week with a 2-0 win in round one. Haddad Maia reached the final in the Toronto version of this WTA 1000 tournament last year.
This time the men are in Toronto…
If you want a 100/1 shot to get behind, then Ugo Humbert is our man. The talented Frenchman withdrew before our quarter final in Washington last week, citing a leg injury. Maybe that was just precautionary, with these bigger tournaments in mind in the run-up to the US Open. We can’t know. But Ugo turned up here in Canada and won his first match this week, beating another of our recent picks, the big-serving Nicolas Jarry.
If he manages to take out the higher-ranked Taylor Fritz today (4pm start, UK time), then Humbert can continue the momentum we mentioned recently - including two semi finals in North America so far this summer.
As with most of the men’s ATP 1000 Masters titles these days, we could make a very good case for any of the top-ranked names and high-level Next Generation players. World no.1 and Wimbledon champion Carlos Alcaraz is the favourite from the top half of the draw, with Daniil Medvedev in the bottom half. Both are former US Open winners on hard courts.
The list goes on with the likes of Stefanos Tsitsipas, Andrey Rublev, Casper Ruud, Jannik Sinner…
I want to get behind one of the gang this time. And for me, it’s a young guy I frequently describe as the real deal, 20-year-old world no.6, Holger Rune. Odds of 20/1 are good enough to take here; Rune loves to compete, and the big titles are where it’s at when you’re this good…
Holger won the Paris Masters indoors on hard courts for us last autumn. He’s also made the Monte Carlo Masters final since then. Don’t rule out him springing back into action at this 1000-grade event this week, in his first tournament back on the outdoor hard courts since Miami in March…
Ones to Watch picks:
Outright Winner – Each Way (1/2 odds 1-2 places)
WTA Montreal – Omnium Banque Nationale presente par Rogers
ATP Toronto – National Bank Open presented by Rogers
Bookies take down Outright Winner markets during each day’s play (4pm today, UK time).
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Enjoy the tennis…