Both the men and women are in action this week, with the WTA Tour into the Round of 16 at the Ostrava Open. Some of the men head to Antwerp, while others will remain in Cologne to play yet another tournament, this time an ATP 250. Some notable names hit the court on Tuesday like Coco Gauff and Alex De Minaur. Without further ado, let’s take a look at options to consider for your fantasy tennis rosters on DraftKings.
Kei Nishikori ($10,200)
This slate is weird. Nishikori is somehow one of the better options, despite his poor form at the moment. Most of his losses lately have come on clay, though, and now he will head to hardcourts, where he has a much better career record. Speaking of which, he holds a 4-1 lifetime record over his opponent Pablo Andujar ($4,900), who is on the last legs of his career and plays poorly off of clay. Nishikori is certainly the best option up at this tier, if you aren’t a fan of playing a bunch of guys in the middle tier, and want to take a chance on a punt to go along with a higher-priced option.
Cori Gauff ($9,500)
Gauff’s opponent Katerina Siniakova ($5,800) has just a 1-5 record on indoor hard courts over the past two years, and she lacks the firepower that the young American possesses. This is Gauff’s preferred surface, and her serve and forehand combo will play up in Ostrava. It’s hard to do better up in this price range; Gauff’s chances of winning are an implied 75% according to the DraftKings Sportsbook, and a straight-set victory seems probable.
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Alex De Minaur ($9,200)
When De Minaur is on, he looks simply unbeatable. The Australian gets to nearly every shot his opponent hits, playing incredible defense, and he rarely beats himself with unforced errors and works both sides of the court effectively with his groundstrokes. He faces an old and tired Richard Gasquet ($6,100), who he just beat at the US Open in four sets and in the Ultimate Tennis Showdown exhibition. Another win is surely in the cards here in Antwerp; the matchup is just too good for the Australian, who will diffuse Gasquet’s serve and backhand power and redirect it over the net. Having exposure to ADM will be a must on Tuesday.
Tennys Sandgren ($6,700)
This price is a bit surprising to me. Sandgren’s run of late hasn’t been the best — he just lost in three sets to Aslan Karatsev in Russia and was knocked out in the second round of Roland Garros — but reading beyond the results, they don’t look too bad. Karatsev was certainly impressive in his home country, nearly beating Karen Khachanov, and Sandgren’s losses on clay don’t mean much considering he’s never excelled on that surface. On paper, he is a better player than Herbert, who has been dominating lower-level tournaments on clay over the past two weeks, and his tenacious ground game should be able to find a way through the Frenchman. Sandgren is just a +150 underdog at the DraftKings Sportsbook, which shows the bookmakers believe in the American’s chances here.
Others to consider: Alex Davidovich-Fokina ($8,200), Jannik Sinner ($8,400)
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