We continue the tennis action in three locations on Wednesday, with the women heading into the Round of 16 at the Ostrava Open while the men are split in Antwerp and Cologne to play some more on the indoor hardcourts. Some notable names hit the court on Wednesday like Grigor Dimitrov and Victoria Azarenka. Without further ado, let’s take a look at options to consider for your fantasy tennis rosters on DraftKings.
Grigor Dimitrov ($10,500)
The former World No. 3 has really rebounded exceptionally after a rough beginning to the restart, finding his game on the clay with wins over Jannik Sinner and Yoshihito Nishioka in Rome and a run to the Round of 16 at Roland Garros. This more closely reflects the player he was pre-shutdown, a tough out on all surfaces and a man without a bad loss except for dropping a three-set affair with Gregoire Barrere. He runs into old man Pablo Andujar ($4,700), who is on the last legs of his career and plays poorly off of clay. On the hardcourts in Antwerp, the Spaniard shouldn’t stand a chance. Dimitrov has won both their encounters in straight sets, and you should expect nothing less on Wednesday.
Jan-Lennard Struff ($10,300)
One of the breakout players of the hardcourt swing in New York this summer, Struff has quietly snuck back under the radar following a rough trip to the clay courts and a loss in Cologne last week, but this is exactly what the doctor ordered. Yes, his opponent Marco Cecchinato ($5,000) is coming off a torrid run on the clay courts, but he’s never proven to be a good player away from the dirt. He hasn’t played an indoor hardcourt match since 2018, and is just 31-30 on the surface over his 11-year career. Struff, meanwhile, thrives on hardcourts — particularly ones indoors, which are quicker than outdoor hardcourts — where his gigantic serve and forehand are most effective. I’m chalking his loss last week up to a good opponent and a slow adjustment back to his favorite surface, and I’m betting on him turning things around in a big way against a weak hardcourt player in a giant letdown spot.
Also consider: Victoria Azarenka ($9,700)
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Frances Tiafoe ($7,600)
Having watched both men play over the past week, I can tell you that Tiafoe is redlining on this surface while his opponent Dan Evans ($7,500) is beginning to fade. Evans recently blew match points against Stan Wawrikna and had to work extremely hard to dispose of Salvatore Caruso on Tuesday, an opponent he should not have had to struggle with. His serve-and-volley game is just a bit inconsistent right now, and Tiafoe’s skill at the net should have a chance to shine in this matchup. You’re obviously approaching with caution here, as this is a pick ‘em, but if you want a win in this price range you will find it here. Tiafoe also is coming in off a win in the most recent meeting between these two, a straight-set destruction last year in Basel.
Ugo Humbert ($6,900)
Yes, this is an absolute smash spot on one of the hottest players on tour right now, with a serve to go up against just about anyone playing tennis on Wednesday. Humbert likely won’t garner of ownership going up against a name like Pablo Carreno Busta ($8,200), who made headlines at this summer’s Grans Slams for his impressive play against some of the best in the world. Carreno Busta, however, has always overachieved when the stakes are highest, and can play a rather sloppy brand of tennis in these smaller tournaments. Just last year, he went to the Round of 16 at the Australian Open before reeling off five straight first-round losses. That’s not to say he hasn’t played well in smaller tournaments, but this is another big letdown spot. Humbert, on the other hand, has been red hot on the indoor hardcourts, and nearly knocked off the best active player on tour right now in Andrey Rublev last week. He’ll be up to the task of taking down the Spaniard, and the DraftKings Sportsbook odds (+100) tend to agree with that. This is too cheap a price.
Others to consider: Taylor Fritz ($7,700)
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