Tennis Betting Advice - July 2020

Women’s Championships start tomorrow morning…

Monday 13th July 2020

In your Ones to Watch email today:

  • Rublev’s revenge…
  • Women’s Progress Tour Championships this week…
  • Play starts Tuesday morning…

Always the way…

It was a quiet week for us last week, but the Thiem’s Seven event provided a decent level of entertainment for the modest crowd allowed inside the clay-court arena in Kitzbuhel, Austria.

In the group stage matches, we had an 11/2 (6.5) pick on Andrey Rublev to win 2-1 v Dominic Thiem. That was a high-level match, and Thiem was almost immaculate in a hard-fought 7-5, 6-4 victory.

Those two men went on to meet in the final at the weekend…

And, as is always the way (or so it feels, anyway), Rublev only went and pulled off that 2-1 sets score-line this time. Taking the exhibition trophy with a 6-2, 5-7, 10-8 revenge over Thiem. We were sniffing about in the right market and side of the prices, then. We’ll go again soon.

  • Talking of a ‘nearly’ pick, we had Cameron Norrie as a 12/1 outsider at the Battle of the Brits recently. Norrie made the semi finals there. He went one better last week, winning the latest men’s LTA British Tour event, albeit against a lower-tier field (no Dan Evans, Andy Murray or Kyle Edmund) – and there was no Outright Winner market available for that LTA event

Back to Roehampton…

We’re back to the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton this week. After Jamie Murray’s Battle of the Brits for the men last month, this time the British national venue hosts the Progress Tour Women’s Championships.

This new event runs from Tuesday to Saturday, and features 16 British women in the Singles, spilt into two events, Premier and Division 1. Along with an eight-team Doubles competition.

  • Play starts at 11am tomorrow. All the action will be live on the BBC across their online, iPlayer and ‘red button’ options

Johanna Konta won’t be there, but apart from that it’s a who’s who of British women’s tennis, including Heather Watson, Katie Boulter, Katie Swan and Harriet Dart.

As well as newer names such as 22-year-old Maia Lumsden, who won last week’s women’s LTA British Tour event. And 21-year-old Jodie Burrage, who has also had success on the British Tour this month.

The Premier Singles groups look like this:

Group Elena Baltacha
Heather Watson
Maia Lumsden
Alicia Barnett
Katie Swan

Group Anne Keothavong
Harriet Dart
Katie Boulter
Eden Silva
Jodie Burrage

Waiting on the bookies…

The draw has been made, and the day one match schedule is out. We just need the bookmakers to get their prices up. With play starting from 11am Tuesday, I’ll be in touch first thing tomorrow morning with my first analysis and advice for you.

Hopefully, as with the Battle of the Brits, we’ll get an Each Way market to target for the Outright Winner, too. With Konta not playing, there won’t be a clear favourite other than Watson – and there could be some underdog pickings for us.

Battle of the ages in Berlin…

There’s also some grass-court tennis this week, at the new Bett1 Aces event in Germany. Held at the Steffi Graf Stadium in Berlin, this men & women’s competition includes a mix of players old and new…

A name you might remember, Tommy Haas, lines-up against one of our Ones to Watch in 2020 youngsters today, Jannik Sinner.

Haas, long since officially retired from the tour, is now 42 years old. Sinner is 18. The young Italian is a 1/5 (1.2) favourite to beat the German veteran this afternoon. That match will be live on Eurosport.

I’ll be back tomorrow morning with day one coverage of the women’s event in Roehampton.

Enjoy the tennis,

Best wishes,

Oliver Upstone

Tom Wilson

Ones to Watch