The US Hard Court season kicks off in Atlanta with preparations beginning in earnest for the US Open at the end of August. The lightning quick court conditions and blazing sun in the States will suit some players more than others and the Atlanta Open has a distinctively American feel to the field this year. Here are our Atlanta Open betting tips and predictions.
The Atlanta Open is a relatively new event on the ATP Tour – having been introduced in 2010. The event kicks off the USTA’s US Open Series, a seven-week conglomerate of tournaments that all feed into the final major of the year in New York. Despite not holding some of the prestige and history of some of the events as part of the US Open swing, the Atlanta Open has become one of the flagship ATP 250 events across the world with many big names using it to acclimatise to US Hard Court conditions.
The Atlanta Open is a 28 player draw with the top 8 seeds in the draw receiving byes to the second round.
The tournament has been held at Atlantic Station since 2012 and the total prize money for the 2019 edition of the tournament will surpass $800,000.
Monday 22nd July 2019 – Sunday 28th July 2019.
Despite its tricky positioning in the calendar, the Atlanta Open has yielded some illustrious winners over the years. Big serving American John Isner has picked up the title on no less than 5 occasions and headlines a stellar field once again in 2019. Fellow American Mardy Fish won the event on two occasions (beating Isner in the final both times) whilst Andy Roddick and Nick Kyrgios are the only other men to have tasted glory in Atlanta.
2019 Tournament Preview
The organisers of the Atlanta Open will be delighted to have secured the services of some of the biggest names in the game once more in 2019. John Isner has always enjoyed this event and comes into it fresh off the back of a tournament win in Newport last week. Young American Taylor Fritz has emerged as a serious contender on the ATP Tour and he’ll be keen to put on a display here as will fellow American hotshot Reilly Opelka. French duo Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Ugo Humbert will also see the event as a chance to pick up ranking points and prize money in the US Open build-up.
2019 Atlanta Open Preview
Outright Winner Odds:-
Here are some of our favourites for the Atlanta Open title:-
Number one seed, defending champion and five-time Atlanta Open winner John Isner rightfully starts as the heavy favourite in Georgia following his tournament win at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships last week. A return to hard court tennis shouldn’t faze Isner who notoriously enjoys playing on quicker surfaces and if he serves to anywhere near his best, he will take some beating this week.
21 year-old Taylor Fritz continues to blaze a trail on the ATP Tour and has risen to number 32 in the world rankings. His tournament win at Eastbourne back in June will fill him with confidence and he will be one to watch on the familiar surroundings of US Hard Court tennis.
Australian hotshot Alex de Minaur is another man who looks to have the world at his feet currently. At the age of 20, he is sat firmly in the world’s top 40 and with Lleyton Hewitt in his box, he looks to have all the hallmarks of a future champion and he will enjoy playing on the pacy Atlanta courts.
New York Open champion Reilly Opelka has been in fine form all season and looks set to break the top 50. His early proposed meeting with Isner won’t help his cause here in Atlanta but with his huge serve and efficient playing style, the 6ft 11 21-year old is another name to look out for here.
Enigmatic Brit Daniel Evans is turning his career around after a year-long exile following a positive drugs test and at the age of 29, it seems like now or never for the man from Birmingham. He picked up a couple of notable scalps at Wimbledon before crashing out in 5 sets and has historically played his best tennis at this time of the year.
Doubles specialist Pierre-Hugues Herbert has enjoyed an excellent season on the singles tour in 2019 and has risen to inside the world’s top 40. His solid all-round game makes him a candidate to play well on the hard courts in Atlanta and he could go relatively under the radar.
Ugo Humbert is another player that has broken through on the ATP Tour this season and at the age of 21, he is part of the exciting next generation of player. He is in good form too, with a run to the last 16 at Wimbledon backed up by reaching the last 4 in Newport last week and he seems overpriced for this one.
Big serving Aussie Matthew Ebden has endured a difficult run of form and injury thus far in 2019 but looked somewhere near his best when reaching the last 8 in Newport last week. He has a game well suited to playing hard court tennis and if he gets his serve firing, he could be a relative dark horse in this draw.