Two brand new tournaments on the ATP Tour this week for tennis betting fans
There is lots of tennis action across Europe this week with five tournaments including two brand new ATP Tour events. The men head to Istanbul and Estoril for the first time while fifteen of the world’s top 50 women are in the Czech Republic for the Prague Open.
Keep reading for this week’s tennis betting preview.
The first of five ATP Tour stops in Germany, the BMW Open is a popular clay court tournament in the Bavarian capital, Munich.
German players have a good record in the tournament with Tommy Haas winning in 2013 and Phillip Kohlschreiber in 2012 but the man to beat this week is Andy Murray. Getting in some much needed clay court practice ahead of the French Open, the recently married Scot is the top seed in Munich.
Fabio Fognini reached the final last year and beat Rafael Nadal in Barcelona last week. The clay court specialist is worth keeping an eye on as is Gael Monfils who has been in good form in recent works.
J&T Banka Prague Open
Fifteen of the world’s top 50 women will be in Prague this week and there is a very strong local contingent who will be looking to do well at their home tournament.
Lucie Safarova, Karolina Pliskova and Barbora Zahlavova Strycova will all feature and this brand new tournament came into existence because of the backing of leading Czech players.
Miroslav Cernosek, who has been behind bringing the Tour to the Czech Republic, said: “The fact that we have been handed this tournament can be attributed in large measure to the Fed Cup team stalwarts Petra Kvitova and Lucie Safarova who wrote personal letters to the WTA management strongly endorsing the proposed new tournament.”
Recent Miami Open finalist Carla Suarez Navarro also features as does Alize Cornet of France.
Millennium Estoril Open
There is a brand new tournament on the ATP Tour schedule this week as a strong field head to Portugal for the inaugural Millennium Estoril Open. The clay court event means that Portugal retains a stop on the Tour and 28 players will head to the Clube de Tenis do Estoril for the Tour 250 event.
Feliciano Lopez and Kevin Anderson lead the field on the Portuguese coast with talented clay court players including Tommy Robredo, Richard Gasquet and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez also in attendance.
GP SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem
The WTA Tour only makes one stop in Africa each year and this week’s tournament in Morocco is it. The Grand Prix SAR La Pricesse Lalla Meryem may be a bit of a mouthful and the clay court event has been staged in various cities across the North African country, landing in its present home in Marrakech in 2013.
With a different champion every year since its inception and some unfancied winners this is a tough tournament to call. Jelena Jankovic is the highest ranked player in the draw and should go well and it has been a great season so far for Timea Bacsinszky who is up to number 22 in the world and whose progress we have been following over recent weeks.
The talented Elina Svitolina is one to watch alongside the Italian pair of Flavia Pennetta and Roberta Vinci.
TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Open
The second brand new men’s event this week will be the first ever ATP World Tour tournament to be staged in Turkey. The impressive Koza World of Sports facility has a 7,500 seater centre court with retractable roof and will host the inaugural Istanbul Open.
Roger Federer was surprisingly beaten by Gael Monfils in Monte Carlo a couple of weeks ago and the former world number one will want a good run this week ahead of the French Open. His biggest challenge will come from top ten player Grigor Dimitrov while clay experts Santiago Giraldo and Juan Monaco are also in the field.
Marsel Ilhan is Turkey’s highest ranked player and the home fans’ best chance of success.