Last chance to get tournament practice before final Major of the year.
With just a week to go to the US Open, many of the world’s leading women and men are taking a week off to hone their preparations. This means that there are two lesser events this week in the US although plenty of top 30 players are in action at both events. Keep reading for our tennis betting preview of all this week’s ATP and WTA action.
After a fortnight in Canada and Cincinnati where all the top players have been in action there’s a lower profile event this week as the leading players take a week off ahead of the final Major of the year, the US Open.
The first two editions of the Winston-Salem Open at Wake Forest University saw a local crowned as the singles champion. John Isner is from North Carolina and won the tournament in both 2011 and 2012. Isner has equalled his best ever world ranking in 2014 and has never lost a match at this tournament.
The 48-draw ATP World Tour 250 tournament takes place in a newly designed state-of-the-art tennis facility which hosts both professional and collegiate tennis events.
Home favourite Sam Querrey has reached the semi-final stage in each of the last two years and returns for the third year while the big South African Kevin Anderson is enjoying one of the best years of his career and could be one to watch.
Tommy Robredo, Jerzy Janowicz and the defending champion Jurgen Melzer will also feature.
After being held in various cities since its inception in 1988, the Connecticut Open settled in its current home of the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale in 1998. While it may be the week before the US Open there is a strong field heading to the state including the last three winners of the event.
Simona Halep has risen to number two in the world after her success in 2014 and looks to be the player to beat at both this tournament and the US Open. The Romanian won the WTA event in her own country a couple of weeks ago and should go well here.
Petra Kvitova won this tournament in 2013 and the Wimbledon champion also looks in good shape despite her unexpected defeat to Ekaterina Makarova at the Rogers Cup a couple of weeks ago.
Caroline Wozniacki won the Connecticut Open in 2009, 2010 and 2011 and the Dane has been in good form of late. The former world number one reached the quarter finals in Toronto and pushed Serena Williams all the way, eventually succumbing 6-4 5-7 5-7.
Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard will also be at Yale alongside the Italian top 20 pair of Sara Errani and Flavia Pennetta.