Rafael Nadal, it’s time to take a look at what lies heading the final week before the second grand slam of the season. That’s right tennis fans and enthusiasts, with a pair of final tune-up events going down on both, the men’s ATP World Tour and women’s WTA Tour, it’s time to find some value even though the vast majority of the world’s top-ranked players will be off from action as they recoup for the May 26 start of the 2019 French Open.
Okay, with all of that said, let’s find out who’s in action and where the best tennis betting value lies this coming week.
Top Tennis Betting Picks of the Week – May 20th Edition
Open Parc Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Lyon
- Where: Lyon, France
Benoît Paire vs. Mackenzie McDonald
- Tuesday, May 21
The 30-year-old Frenchman Benoît Paire is ranked 51st in the world right now, but he’s just 11-12 on the year, although he did manage to win one title by claiming the hardware at the Grand Prix Hassan II in Morocco in April. 24-year-old American, Mackenzie McDonald is ranked 65t in the world right now and he’s gone 10-10 on the year with no titles.
I’m going to get right to the point with my pick on this match by saying that McDonald, who stands a modest 5’10” has no chance to beat Benoît Pair in this match simply because he doesn’t have the power on skill to beat the experienced veteran on a surface he grew up playing on. While these two have never met, I don’t think it’s going to end well for the young Californian.
Tennis Betting Pick: Benoît Paire in Straight Sets
Felix Auger Aliassime vs. John Millman
Gifted 18-year-old Canadian phenom Felix Auger Aliassime is a transcendent talent that is ranked a stellar 28th in the world and is on the rise right now. He’s an impressive 17-11 on the year with no titles and he’s never faced 29-year-old Australian John Millman before. For his part, Millman, is a modest 10-13 on the year with no titles.
While both of these players went out in the first round in Rome and the second round just prior to that in Madrid, FA2 is the bigger, faster and more explosive player in this pairing and that’s why John Millman is going to be his latest in a season that has seen him beat some pretty big names like Fabio Fognini, Pable Cuevas (twice) Albert Ramos-Vinolas, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Borna Coric among others.
Tennis Betting Pick: Felix Auger Aliassime in Three Sets
Internationaux de Strasbourg
- When: May 19 – May 25
- Where: Strasbourg, France
On Tuesday, May 21st, the top-seeded Ashleigh Barty is a stellar 24-5 on the year with one title while Daria Gavrilova has struggled mightily in going a miserable 2-11 in 2019. Barty has won two straight against Gavrilova including a dominating 6-1, 6-2 win in Madrid a couple of weeks ago. I know Barty was dispatched in the Round of 16 in Rome but she did reach the quarters in Madrid, not to mention she recorded the biggest win of her career by claiming the coveted title in Miami. Daria Gavrilova enters this event riding a five-match losing streak that has seen her first serve go completely by the wayside. I know Gavrilova has 11 career wins over top-10 players, but she’s not beating the confident-laden World No 9 in this matchup.
Tennis Betting Pick: Ashleigh Barty in Three Sets