The second round of the US Open begins on Wednesday with a full day of tennis action from the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows beginning at 11 a.m. ET. We take a look at options to consider for your fantasy tennis rosters on DraftKings.
Stefanos Tsitsipas ($11,300)
Yes, it is not difficult to pick out the most expensive player and say “take this guy!” But in reality, Tsitsipas has the most lopsided matchup of anyone on the slate. Maxime Cressy just picked up his first-ever win at a Grand Slam — qualifiers included — and should be no match for the world No. 6. A lot of the high-priced options are either hard players to trust or guys who might drop a set but I’m most confident in Stef winning in straights.
Petra Kvitova ($10,500)
Kvitova was too much to handle in her first-round matchup and power players are excelling on these new, fast surfaces in New York. She’s a player with championship aspirations and Kozlova, who is just 4-5 on the year, should be totally outmatched. Kvitova is one of the ones worth paying up for.
Others to consider: Dayana Yastremska ($10,000)
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Jan-Lennard Struff ($9,800)
Struff was one of the stories of the Cincinnati Open last week in ... New York ... with his power serve and forehand combo eliminating the likes of Denis Shapovalov and David Goffin. He should keep the aces and winners coming against Mmoh, who will be overpowered, and shouldn’t drop a set. He’s probably one of the top three options on the men’s side in my opinion and priced under $10,000.
Karolina Pliskova ($9,100)
Pliskova is one of the most dominating players on tour and I think this price respects her opponent Caroline Garcia ($5,800) too much and puts too much weight into her recent results. Did she have a disappointing Cincinnati Open? Sure. But Garcia’s wasn’t much better, and the talent gap is real here. It’s a Grand Slam and Pliskova will come ready to play. She should have no issue disposing of her in straights.
Brandon Nakashima ($5,100)
He’s definitely got the game and the pedigree to beat Alex Zverev ($9.700) and should at least push him four or five sets. His consistency should be too much to handle for Zverev, who is prone to double-faults and unforced errors coming in bunches in big matches. He’s worth a look as one of your last options in the lineup.
Lloyd Harris ($4,900)
Harris has a real chance of winning this match with his serve playing incredibly well on the outside courts. Goffin just faced a similar opponent in Reilly Opelka and really, really struggled. He won, but it was mainly because of Opelka’s lack of movement due to a knee injury. You have the added bonus of lots of aces and not a ton of losses in service games. I’d fill out my lineup with Harris.
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