Free Picks: Top Plays of the Day For ATP Wimbledon Day 1

João Mourato

Saturday, June 25, 2016 5:00 PM GMT

Join us on our daily coverage of the ATP Wimbledon. Find out our top tennis picks for the Day 1 and why should you place these two valuable tennis bets. 

 

WTA Wimbledon Day 1: Best Plays For Monday & Free Picks

 

Gael Monfils (17) vs. Jeremy Chardy
After a terrific start of year, Gael Monfils’ body betrayed him once again, with the French withdrawing from the French Open due to a viral infection. This will be Gael’s first tournament after almost two months away from competition and the expectations are quite low since grass is his worst surface. Monfils always said that he hates to play on grass and is not unusual to see him not giving 100% on court when playing on this surface. This will be Gael’s first match on grass since Wimbledon 2015, when he reached the 3rd round.

It’s hard to see Jeremy Chardy performing at a consistent level week after week due to his natural inconsistency, but he can never be underestimated due to his tremendous serve and forehand. Looking at Jeremy’s previous results in Wimbledon, this is a tournament where Chardy usually performs at a very good level, with his best result achieved in 2014 when he reached the 4th round. After suffering an early loss in London against Jiri Vesely, the French played two exhibition matches in Boodles where the level is always high.

This will be the third career meeting between these two players, with Gael leading on h2h by 2 – 0. However, those matches took place many years ago and neither of them was played on grass.

Looking at Gael’s previous appearances in Wimbledon, this is the first time that Monfils reaches this event without playing any preparation tournament. The appearance fee is also very attractive, with the first round losers receiving around $40,000 and for that reason, we can’t see Gael getting very upset for losing in his debut, especially if that loss occurs against a fellow countryman. With this in mind, there is clear value on Chardy’s tennis odds to win this match.

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Free Tennis Pick: Jeremy Chardy ML (+150)
Best Line Offfered: at William Hill

 

Andreas Seppi vs. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez
The best way to describe Andreas Seppi’s grass season so far is gradual improvement. After an early loss in s-Hertogenbosch, the Italian reached the quarterfinals in Halle and in the following week, the semifinals in Nottingham. Seppi is terrific player on this surface due to his ability to hit the ball early, keeping a very high pace in the rallies and dealing extremely well with the lower bounce that these courts provide. Andreas has 90 points to defend on this event after reaching the 3rd round last year.

Guillermo Garcia-Lopez is looking for his first victory in Wimbledon since 2012, with the Spaniard suffering two disappointing losses in 2014 and 2015 against Dusan Lajovic and Pablo Andujar, respectively. Grass is clearly Garcia-Lopez’s worst surface, the Spaniard likes to control the points with his forehand but on this fast courts where the ball bounces extremely high, there is no time for Guillermo to hit the runaround forehand as he usually does on other surfaces. Garcia-Lopez played two grass tournaments before this event, winning only one match.

These two players will face each other for the 7th time on their careers, with Seppi leading on h2h by 5 – 1.

It’s hard to see what Garcia-Lopez can do against this opponent on grass, especially with Seppi playing at such a good level as he did in the previous two weeks. Having said that, our suggestion for this match is for you to add Seppi’s spread to your tennis picks as the best play for this contest.

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Free Tennis Pick: Andreas Seppi -4.5 -115
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle