The professional tennis circuit kicks into gear with a Masters event in Cincinnati in the lead-up to the U.S. Open. First-round action begins on Saturday from both draws. We take a look at some high-priced and value options from DraftKings’ tennis slate on Saturday.
Kyle Edmund ($9,100)
The U.S. Open has been a memorable tournament for Kevin Anderson ($6,300), which included a stunning win over Andy Murray. It makes sense for him to try to make his comeback from surgery ahead of the grand slam but there is a lot against him here. Anderson last played in February in a first-round exit in New York. Edmund, on the other hand, has played some tennis recently, performing admirably in the Battle of the Brits tournament.
Felix Auger-Aliassime ($10,000)
Auger-Aliassime has been playing some exhibition tennis to keep himself fit for the restart of a busy circuit. Before that, his last tournament was in Acapulco in February. He developed his baseline game significantly to the extent that a few upsets against high-ranked opponents carried him to his current No. 20 ranking in the world.
Tommy Paul ($9,700)
Ricardas Berankis ($6,000) has played five sets in the past few days, making his way into the main draw on the back of two wins in the qualification round. He might find that a well-rested Tommy Paul might be too strong to keep out. Paul has built one of the biggest serves in the U.S. circuit. Berankis has a more steady game, revolving around longer points. On the hardcourt, Paul has the matchup advantage.
Others to consider: Karolina Muchova ($10,800).
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Alison Riske ($7,200)
Riske has several factors going for her. One, she is the higher-ranked player vs. Amanda Anisimova (ranked No. 19 in the world to Anisimova’s No. 28). Two, she has been on the circuit for longer, performing consistently. She isn’t far away from breaking into the top 10 either. Three, the head-to-head battle. Riske beat Anisimova in straight sets in their only meeting earlier this year.
Taylor Fritz ($9,000)
Fritz is one of the most promising youngsters coming out of the U.S. He not only has a big serve, almost a requisite in men’s tennis from the region, but he also has a reliable baseline game, particularly his forehand. That sets him apart from the rest and has been a reason for his ascent to No. 24 in the world. These characteristics should carry him through in the first round.
Cameron Norrie ($5,600)
Norrie has been fairly involved in keeping the rust away. He played well in the indoor event at the Battle of the Brits, performing passionately in those matches. He has also come through qualifying in Cincinnati. Reilly Opelka ($10,200) could be caught out with unforced errors, especially considering his last professional match was nearly a month ago.
Others to consider: Borna Coric ($7,800).
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Nikhil Kalro is the Founder and CEO of Altletics Esports.