The Asian swing gets underway this week with two separate ATP 250 events running concurrently, the Thailand Open and Malaysian Open. With two events on the books and many top players in action, tennis bettors are sure to be spoilt for choice. Join us as we breakdown the markets for the Thailand Open and serve up some choice free picks for your consideration.
Thailand Open Betting
Top seed Tomas Berdych
heads up the charge in Bangkok and he’s also the bookmakers’ favourite at +125 to win
outright at Bet365. But as far as tournament favourites go, the
Czech starlet isn't a safe option for your sports picks by any stretch of the imagination.
To have only won 8 titles over an eleven-year pro career, in which he’s been
for the most part inside the Top 20 mind and with the kind of organic talent he
possesses, is rather disappointing. It’s
one of the main reasons why we can’t in all honesty recommend him at all in the
Now this doesn’t mean
that he isn’t capable of winning this title. On the contrary, he has the skills
and talent to beat just about anybody including the top players on a good day,
and so he might prove us wrong here.
We don’t think so.
That’s what so frustrating about him really. That he flatters to deceive all too
often as a favourite. Some have gone as far as to criticize him for lacking motivation
and ambition. But it’s not for us to decide why he’s not winning more titles
than he is. Suffice it to say he isn’t winning many – hasn’t won one yet this
season –and that’s a mark against him that can’t be ignored. As well, keep in
mind that Berdych is coming off Davis Cup duty for the Czech Republic and
fatigue could be another factor that contributes to his early demise in
So if Berdych doesn’t
strike a convincing pose in Bangkok then who does? Well, there are several
tennis picks to consider. Such as an in-form Gilles Simon (+800 to
win outright), who is after winning in Metz at the weekend and looking to carry
the momentum over; Mikhail Youzhny (+1200) who is a wily veteran; or Richard
Gasquet, who’s playing some the best tennis of his career this year and comes
into this event as the defending champion aptly priced as the +350 second
favourite to win outright. Some outside players to spot include big-serving Ivo
Karlovic who is always a dangerous floater (+3300), Igor Sjisling (+4000) and
Robin Haase (+2800).
Milos Raonic is the tennis odds third favourite at +500. The
indoor hard court conditions suit his game fine and that is partly why he’s
quoted so short but the Canadian is still just a-serve-and-a-forehand kind of
player and that doesn’t cut it in a quality field such as the one assembled in
Bangkok. That and being after a grueling Davis Cup tie against Serbia in which
he slightly sprained his ankle makes us believe he’s not worth his quoted price
tag. Feliciano Lopez, who is in his quarter and could challenge him for a spot
in the semis, appears a much better value pick at +1600 at Bet365 by comparison.
Tennis Free Picks: Richard Gasquet at +350 for best outright
value, while Mikhail Youzhny at +1200 or Feliciano Lopez at +1600 ring in best for
a longer shot play.