With Wimbledon just 2 weeks away this week we have 2 ATP 500 events which are also the most important warm up events before the biggest tournament of the year.
The ATP 500 event is set to captivate fans with its packed draw and rich history. Carlos Alcaraz, the top seed, returns after missing last year’s edition. While his first-round opponent is still unknown, Alcaraz is expected to make a strong start.
The second seed, Holger Rune, faces a challenging matchup against Maxime Cressy, providing a good test for the rising star. If Rune advances, he will face either Peniston or Ugo Humbert, both formidable opponents.
Matteo Berretini who is the defending champion unfortunately had to withdraw from the event adding to his current misfortune.
Frances Tiafoe will take on Botic van de Zandschulp, dubbed the “who wants to be a millionaire question.” Former finalist Cameron Norrie squares off against Miomir Kecmanovic, adding to the tournament’s excitement.
In another thrilling match, Jordan Thompson, who recently defeated Milos Raonic in Nottingham, seeks to replicate his success against the Canadian player in Queen’s.
Andy Murray, playing for the third consecutive week, faces his biggest challenge against Alex de Minaur, a formidable opponent ahead of Wimbledon.
American Taylor Fritz will participate, battling Bernabe Zapata Miralles in what promises to be an engaging encounter. With such a star-studded lineup, fans can expect a thrilling ATP 500 event.
The Halle Open, once synonymous with Roger Federer, will be missing the Swiss ace this year. However, the ATP 500 tournament in Germany will still see the presence of top players from the ATP Tour. TennisUpToDate provides a preview of the action set to take place from June 19-25. Following their outings at Roland Garros, this will be the first tournament for many players, including home favorite Alexander Zverev.
Zverev skipped the Stuttgart event to rest his body before Wimbledon, where grass is not his preferred surface. His opening match will be against familiar opponent Dominic Thiem, who leads their head-to-head series 8-3. Thiem returns to grass after two years, opting to play clay court challengers instead.
Daniil Medvedev, last year’s finalist in Germany, will be aiming for a comeback after an early exit in ‘s-Hertogenbosch. Meanwhile, Andrey Rublev faces Wu Yibing, who defeated Nick Kyrgios in Stuttgart.
Speaking of Kyrgios, the Australian player, recovering from knee surgery, has been struggling and hopes to regain his form against Lorenzo Sonego. Other notable matches include Jannik Sinner versus Richard Gasquet and Stefanos Tsitsipas against Gregoire Barrere.
With recent headlines focusing on Tsitsipas’ relationship with Paula Badosa, he aims to shift the attention back to his tennis prowess.
Find all your best Tennis Bookies here. Here are my predictions for Monday 19th:
Moutet to beat Jarry
Shelton to beat Wolf
Korda to beat Evans
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