Eastbourne tennis preview, predictions and best bets: Madison Keys can win before Wimbledon

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Ricky Dimon

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Since graduating from Davidson (The College That Stephen Curry Built), I have been writing about sports--just about any and all you can think of!--and coaching tennis in Atlanta, Ga. Beyond the four major sports, I am an avid tennis fan and cover the ATP Tour on a daily basis. If I'm not busy writing, you can generally find me on a tennis court or traveling the world wherever a sporting event takes me.

There are only three weeks in between the French Open and Wimbledon and two have already come and gone. Yes, the season’s third Grand Slam is just seven days away and players are eager to fine-tune their games in advance of the Championships. This week provides the players with several locations where they can warm up for Wimbledon, and both men and women alike can do so in Eastbourne. The Mallorca tournament is men only and Bad Homburg is a women’s event, so this week we are going to focus on Eastbourne.

Let’s take look at the odds and discuss the best bets to be made.

Eastbourne tennis men’s singles odds

Here are the men’s odds for the Rothesay International, courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook.

Cameron Norrie +550
Jannik Sinner +700
Alex de Minaur +750
Sebastian Korda +800
Lorenzo Sonego +1100
Dan Evans +1200
Holger Rune +1400
Reilly Opelka +1400
Taylor Fritz +1400
Alejandro Davidovich Fokina +1800

3-star value play: Cameron Norrie (+550)

Cameron Norrie doesn’t have a big enough game to make him a realistic Grand Slam title contender, but he most definitely has the capability to rack up plenty of titles at smaller tournaments – of which Eastbourne is one. The British lefty has reached 10 ATP finals, winning 4, including on the grass courts of Queen’s Club last summer, where he lost to eventual Wimbledon runner-up Matteo Berrettini. Norrie’s game works well on grass and he has a bye to the second round as the top seed, so this is setting up well for him.

2-star value play: Lorenzo Sonego (+1100)

Two of Loernzo Sonego’s 4 ATP finals have come on grass, as have 1 of his 2 titles (Antalya 3 years ago). The 32nd-ranked Italian was runner-up to Alex de Minaur last summer in Eastbourne and there is no reason why he can’t go a step further this time around. Sonego recently advanced to the Stuttgart quarterfinals and took a set off Berrettini, who went on to capture the title.

1-star value play: Sebastian Korda (+800)

Sebastian Korda is an all-court player who has shown promising signs on grass so far. The 21-year-old reached the Wimbledon 4th round last season before losing a 5-set marathon against Karen Khachanov. In other words, he was extremely close to reaching the quarters. If the American can just serve consistently this week, an Eastbourne title is well within the realm of possibility.

Eastbourne tennis women’s singles odds

Here are the women’s odds for the Rothesay International, courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook.

Ons Jabeur +450
Maria Sakkari +750
Karolina Pliskova +850
Paula Badosa +900
Madison Keys +1100
Barbora Krejcikova +1400
Garbine Muguruza +1400
Elena Rybakina +1600
Jelena Ostapenko +1800
Marta Kostyuk +1800
Alison Riske +2000
Beatriz Haddad Maia +2000
Petra Kvitova +2000

3-star value play: Madison Keys (+1100)

Madison Keys probably isn’t a player you want to be putting all of your chips on week in and week out given her relative inconsistency, but her high ceiling is such that she is occasionally worth a gamble. That is especially the case on grass, where her huge serve and flat, powerful groundstrokes work extremely well. The 27-year-old American is an awesome 36-15 lifetime on grass and has a Wimbledon quarterfinal appearance to her credit. Her Eastbourne draw doesn’t appear to be overly taxing, so don’t be surprised if she warms up for Wimbledon with a title.

2-star value play: Paula Badosa (+900)

Paula Badosa is the No. 1 seed and her reward is what looks like a friendly draw. Barbora Krejcikova is in a massive slump, Karolina Pliskova is also struggling and Beatriz Haddad Maia has to be fatigued after playing a ton of grass-court tennis in recent weeks. It’s a relatively soft top half of the bracket and Badosa should be able to take advantage. The 3rd-ranked Spaniard is 10-5 on grass dating back to 2019, so she knows what she’s doing on this surface.

1-star value play: Garbine Muguruza (+1400)

Garbine Muguruza has been a complete disaster this season, but when you can buy low at +1400 it’s an opportunity that should be taken in the form of at least a small play. Keep in mind that grass is the easiest surface on which to dig out of slump because rallies are generally a lot shorter and the serve can be a great equalizer. Muguruza, a former Wimbledon champion, certainly has a great serve. The 10th-ranked Spaniard also has a favorable draw in Eastbourne. She is in the same section as No. 2 seed Ons Jabeur, who triumphed in Berlin on Sunday and probably wants to rest up for Wimbledon as opposed to going deep at another tournament and wearing herself out.

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