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John Isner is bidding to become a seven-time Atlanta champion
Free tennis tips, best outright bets and analysis for the ATP Atlanta Open and WTA Prague Open, which start on Monday.
Where to watch
WTA Prague Open Amazon Prime from 10am Monday
J Isner to win Atlanta Open 1pt 6-1 Coral, Ladbrokes
L Noskova to win Prague Open 0.5pt each-way 28-1 bet365, Coral, Ladbrokes
Nick Kyrgios returns to the court for the first time since his defeat to Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon final and the Australian heads the market in a bid to go one better at the ATP Atlanta Open.
There’s no questioning Kyrgios’s ability and it’s possible that a brush with Grand Slam glory will motivate him to kick on in a career which has so far promised much more than it has delivered.
Atlanta, the first hard-court event of the US Open Series, is a happy hunting ground for the volatile 27-year-old, who served his way to victory in 2016 in a tournament which has been dominated by the biggest servers in the game.
There are obvious positives for anyone who wants to back Kyrgios, but he represents a risk at the prices and it’s hard to know how he will react should he face his fellow Aussies Thanasi Kokkinakis and Alex De Minaur in rounds two and three.
Instead, rather than taking a punt on Kyrgios’s mindset, the safer bet looks to be to back six-time Atlanta champion John Isner to win a tournament which he surely circles first in his calendar at the beginning of each season.
The American beanpole, who boasts one of the best serves the game has ever seen, is not improving at 37 but his form remains solid and he could benefit from a decent draw which affords him a bye into round two, where he will play either a qualifier or US wild-card Ben Shelton. He can make it a magnificent seven in Georgia.
With big names Carlos Alcaraz, Matteo Berrettini and Casper Ruud all in action in finals on Sunday, bookmakers were slow to price up the European ATP clay events in Umag and Kitzbuhel, but there are odds available for the WTA Prague Open.
Beaten Hamburg finalist Anett Kontaveit is the favourite but the draw looks wide open and it wouldn’t be a surprise if this hard-court event is won by a player at a bigger price.
At the odds, the eye is drawn to Linda Noskova, the hard-hitting 17-year-old Czech who won the 2021 French Open junior title and will be eager to impress in front of a home crowd.
Noskova, a big talent who pushed Emma Raducanu at Roland Garros this year, claimed a valuable clay ITF event in Germany earlier in July and she also captured a similar title on hard courts in France in April.
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