Grass court season enters its last week before Wimbledon. The top guns are not in contention for this ATP 250 tournament. However, those players outside the top 10 are keen to get some more competitive grass tennis in before heading to London. Draw with 64 players and round one is about concluded after Monday’s play.
Last week saw two outsiders reach the final in Halle, while two favourites battled it out at Queens. I am happy to take on two long shots for Nottingham which was won by Istomin in 2015.
Estrella Burgos got through his first round and I love his fighting spirit. He has the grass court experience and could upset the likes of Verdasco and Anderson, both who I expect to be more keen on performing at their best next week where they had good results in the past. With fitness an issue for especially Anderson.
Victor Estrella Burgos €10 at 101 Each way available at bet365
Young Englishman Edmund has improved noticeably on grass and by his own account is more comfortable on the surface. He worked Murray well last week at Queens and will take Nottingham as a real chance to go deep in an ATP tournament. His bottom of the draw is clearly weaker than the top half and this explain his rather low price at 29.00. His first round showing proved that it is worth a gamble.
Kyle Edmund €10 at 29.00 Each way available at Coral