The third round of the French Open is upon us, which means we’re beginning to get some close matchups between high-level tennis players. We take a look at options to consider for your fantasy tennis rosters on DraftKings.
Rafael Nadal ($11,200)
Nadal has been rolling in the French Open, and while he may run into some trouble when we hit the quarterfinals, he’s not going to yet. He draws hard-working baseliner Stefano Travaglia ($4,000), who is fresh off a five-set, grind-it-out victory over Kei Nishikori. In that match, Travaglia struggled to put away an out-of-shape and out-of-form Nishikori. His game, which is nothing real special, should be no match for the greatest clay-courter of all time. Spend up for Nadal here, he may score 90 DraftKings fantasy points.
Jannik Sinner ($10,100)
Federico Coria ($4,700) struggled to hold serve against Benoit Paire in his match, which turned into a much more laborious one than it should have been for the Argentine. That won’t fly against a very talented young player who’s beginning to cruise in Jannik Sinner. The 19-year-old was finally able to get out of the first round at a Grand Slam after years of facing incredibly difficult and unfair competition in his opening matches at majors, and he’s out to prove something at Roland Garros. He should roll in three against a borderline ATP Challenger player in Coria.
Also Consider: Stan Wawrinka ($10,900)
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Kiki Bertens ($6,300)
Call me a sucker, but I can’t resist taking one of the strongest clay court players on the WTA Tour in the past few years at this low price. She is just a couple of days removed from a marathon three-setter against Sara Errani which saw her taken off the court in a wheelchair due to cramping. I’ve seen plenty of players rebound from cramping in their last match to give a great effort the next one, particularly against much better opponents than Siniakova, and I think Bertens is plenty capable of pulling it off here.
Sebastian Korda ($5,900)
Pedro Martinez ($8,500) is a beast on clay and has proven he’s up to the challenge of playing at Grand Slams, but I think this young American gets to him here. Korda is fresh off a win over John Isner, which showcased his great return game. Since the restart, he’s proven he’s an above-average groundstroker in big wins in the Western & Southern and US Open. He has supreme talent and should be able to diffuse the power coming his way from the other side of the net. That’s all you can ask for on a rather ugly slate down at this price.
Others to consider: Patricia Maria Tig ($8,400)
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