Day 2 of the Wimbledon Championships serves up a whole slew of stellar matchups. Join us as we cast our eye on several of these first round morsels and spot some value underdogs for our tennis picks.
Benoit Paire +175 vs. Mikhail Youzhny -250
France's Benoit Paire and Russia's Mikhail Youzhny collide for the first time when they kick off their respective Wimbledon campaign's on Tuesday, day 2 of Wimbledon betting. As it is, the odds makers heavily favour Youzhny at -250 tennis odds while Paire is at the disadvantage at +175 tennis odds. However, neither player comes into this tournament riding any sort of form; certainly, not the highly fancied Youzhny, who boasts a 6-14 record on the season (Paire is 7-8 on the season).
The Wimbledon prop betting market is influenced by Youzhny's past results at majors and former top ten ranking. At 33 years of age, the Russian is struggling to find the form of his heyday and comes into Wimbledon riding a four-match losing streak, three of which were first round exits. Yet, his grass court pedigree of previous years has earned him the favourable nod.
Paire actually ranks higher than Youzhny right now, but his form isn't exactly anything to write home about. He fell out of the first round of the Topshelf Open and his first round qualifying match at the Gerry Weber Open. He recently got some wins under his belt at a Challenger event, emerging from the qualifying rounds to reach the quarterfinals. But it was a clay court event. It remains to be seen whether those match wins will make a difference in this match. Youzhny has the better grass court pedigree but Paire could serve up the upset in this match. That's worth a tickle in our books for your tennis picks.
Tennis Picks: Paire +175
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga -200 vs. Gilles Muller +150
Tsonga, coming off a French Open semi-final run, enters his first round Wimbledon match as the clear-cut favourite at -200 tennis odds. However, the Frenchman hasn't played a single competitive match on grass since his impressive deposit in Paris. He's had an abdominal injury. Gilles Muller, by contrast, has been diligently fine-tuning his grass court game in the lead-up to Wimbledon. The 32-year-old from Luxembourg boasts a 20-13 record this season, which includes a quarterfinal run at Queen's Club (l. to eventual champion Andy Murray after beating defending champion Grigor Dimitrov in the R16. He also reached the semis of the Topshelf Open. Tsonga may be the better known player, the higher ranked player and the popular player amongst tennis bettors. Muller, however, has a reasonable shot to come through for the mini upset in the draw given his form coming into this event.
Tennis Picks: Muller +150
Sergiy Stakhovsky -350 vs. Brona Coric +250
Sergiy Stakhovsky made headlines two years ago when he upset Roger Federer on his beloved grass at the luscious lawns of the All England Club. He promptly went out in the next round, thereby ending his Wimbledon narrative on a lacklustre note. In any event, it appears that his tennis odds for his Wimbledon opener are a touch overzealous. Granted he's a lovely serve-and-volley sort, quite comfortable playing on grass. His lead up to Wimbledon though isn't anything to write home about. He lost first round matches in Stuttgart and Halle before reaching the R16 in Nottingham and finishing with a 2-3 W-L record on grass before Wimbledon. At the majors, he also just 2-2 this season.
Croatia's Borna Coric is an up-and-coming player that tennis bettors are slowing starting to crush on. He may be just 16-16 on the season, (which includes a 2-2 W-L on the major stage, also just 1-2 on grass before Wimbledon), but by the stats, it's a level playing field between these two, underscored by a 1-1 head-to-head record. In fact, both meetings were in 2015 with Stakhovsky winning their first ever clash in Zagreb and Coric returning the favour in Romania with a three set win.
What Stakhovsky brings to the table in experience, Coric more than makes up for in enthusiasm and energy. He's got a great game. Not the sort that tennis purists hanker after, but the kind that could serve up the upset in this matchup.
Tennis Picks: Coric +250