The ATP World Tour returns to clay, with Houston hosting the last tournament on US before the European clay season. Join us and find out who are the main contenders, the player to keep an eye on and the most valuable tennis bets.
The Fayez Sarofim & Co US Men’s Clay Court Championship takes place in Houston and will be placed on Clay.
The 2013 ATP Houston champion, John Isner, returns to this event where he’s the top seed and main contender for the title. Isner’s last two appearances in Houston were far from brilliant, with the American losing on his debut in 2014 against Dustin Brown and in 2015 against Teymuraz Gabashvili. The Monte Carlo Masters takes place in the following week and is never easy for the players who reach the final stages of this ATP Houston to present themselves at their best level in Monte Carlo. Due to this, Isner struggled to find the proper motivation for this event in recent years; however, the American won’t compete in Monte Carlo this season. Isner shouldn’t experience much problems until the semifinals, facing on his debut Denis Kudla or a Qualifier and at the quarterfinals he might face Paolo Lorenzi or Hyeon Chung. At the semi-finals, things get tougher with quality players as Jack Sock or Fernando Verdasco as possible opponents. With this in mind, we find hard to spot value on Isner’s outright at 3.25 on bet365 yet, if you want you can place a bet on John on his first two matches or add him to a parlay since is highly unlikely that he loses before the semifinals, especially since he won’t play Monte Carlo and should play this tournament with a good mindset.
As we mentioned in our motivation article, Feliciano Lopez is a player who is far from reliable on ATP 250 events. This is Feliciano’s fourth career appearance on this event, with a poor 4 – 3 career record. This year Lopez played two ATP 250 tournaments, retiring from his quarterfinals match in Quito against Albert Ramos and losing on his debut in Marseille against Serigy Stakhovsky. The Spaniard even has a pretty decent draw in Houston and the fast game conditions suit his offensive game style, but is impossible for us to trust on him in. Having said that, we recommend you to avoid placing a bet on Lopez to win this competition at 5.50 on bet365.
The defending champion, Jack Sock, is looking for another good run in Houston after winning his first and single ATP title last season. Sock loves to compete on clay, where his defensive skills and heavy top spin forehand are extremely effective. Jack won’t have an easy draw on this event, where he might face Fernando Verdasco at the quarterfinals and John Isner at the semifinals. Despite not having an easy draw, Sock has played at good level lately and we believe he has a good chance to reclaim the title in Houston. Sock is priced at 8.00 on bet365 to win the title and we suggest adding him to your tennis picks for the title.
Player To Keep An Eye On
After several months away from tour due to a wrist injury, Juan Monaco is trying to return to his best level. Despite winning only two of the six matches he played since his return, Monaco has played at a pretty decent level. The Argentinean won this event in 2012 and has a good chance of reaching the latter stages this year. Monaco should win on his debut against Gerald Melzer and after that he’ll face the 2nd seed, Benoit Paire, who is known for his irregularity and might not play with the best motivation due to the Monte Carlo event next week. At the quarterfinals Juan might face the two-time ATP Houston runner-up, Sam Querrey, who is a dangerous player with his powerful tennis however, Monaco has a good record against him with 5 victories in 4 matches. Feliciano Lopez is the highest ranked player that Monaco can face at the semifinals but as we already mentioned, the Spaniard is far from reliable on an ATP 250 event and for that reason, we believe there is value on Monaco’s tennis odds at 15.00 on bet365.