Roland Garros lacked a bit of the passion and beautiful clay court battles. The weather did not help this year nor the injuries to the likes of Federer and Nadal and home favourites Monfils and Tsonga. We still managed to have an each way winner in Andy Murray but in the end the way he went astray after the first set was disappointing.
Grass court is upon us for the next 5 weeks and it starts with two ATP 250 events. It is always difficult to gauge how young players will play on grass but proven and experienced grass court players are usually a lock to get past the initial rounds. On the other hand the large number of tie-breaks will mean luck plays a greater part in outcomes. Therefore, ‘s-Hertogenbosch will be passed up with several good servers in the draw and the field is wide open to me and too hard to find any value between the 10 favourites and no real chance for any of the long shots in the draw.
ATP 250 Stuttgart
Second year this tournament is played on grass and there is again a strong field present in Stuttgart. Federer is a short favourite and his top draw should not cause him too much concern, but his injury is still a factor to be worried about. The bottom half of the draw has several contenders and with Cilic and Kohlschreiber being short favourites, I like to side with one of the underdogs in order to find value. Kudla is my horse for this event as he has proven to enjoy grass court tennis and thrived on it last season. He reached the 4th round at Wimbledon with excellent display and I expect him to carry on with good results on grass this season. He won his first round extremely comfortably, behind his strong serve and good returning game, 6-0 and 6-2. He can give the likes of Kohlschreiber and Cilic a hard time and is available for 67.00 each way.
Denis Kudla each way €10 at 67.00 at BetVictor