Wimbledon Day 2 best bets: Kyrgios' comeback won't last long

Nick Kyrgios chomps on a towel at the 2019 U.S. Open.
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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.

Action at the 2021 Wimbledon Championships continues on Tuesday. An injured Simona Halep won’t be able to enjoy the tradition of beginning Day 2 play as the defending champion, so world No. 1 Ashleigh Barty is taking Halep’s place. Roger Federer and Serena Williams are also receiving Centre Court billing. Unsurprisingly, though, there are better bets to be found elsewhere on the grounds.

Throughout the two weeks in London, Pickswise will be offering plenty of content to help you become a winner at tennis betting.

Now it’s time to take a look at some of the best bets for Tuesday at Wimbledon, and be sure to also check out our best futures bets for the upcoming fortnight.

Ugo Humbert -2.5 games over Nick Kyrgios (-130)

Kyrgios beat Humbert at the Australian Open earlier this year, but that hardly means anything now. The Aussie is always at his best Down Under, and he still needed five sets to get the job done. Fast forward almost five months and Kyrgios has not won a single match since beating Humbert in Melbourne. In fact, he did not participate in any tournaments in between the Australian Open and Wimbledon. Humbert, on the other hand, is 8-1 on grass this summer with a quarterfinal showing in Stuttgart and the biggest title of his career in Halle. The Frenchman should win this, and unless Kyrgios serves incredibly well it may not be all that competitive.

Donna Vekic -2 games over Anastasia Potapova (-120)

This is carried over from Monday, when a long rain delay ultimately led to matches being canceled by darkness. Vekic was sidelined in between the Australian Open and French Open, but she is healthy now and playing on perhaps her favorite surface. The Croat, who made a run to the Wimbledon fourth round in 2018, is coming off a quarter-final showing in Birmingham. Potapova, meanwhile, is just 6-4 in her entire seven-year career on grass. Vekic has far more experience overall, at Grand Slams, and on grass.

Alex Bolt -2.5 games over Filip Krajinovic (-115)

Krajinovic has never won a single match at Wimbledon in his entire career. Hardcore tennis fans will find that hard to believe given the overall quality and relative longevity of Krajinovic’s career. The bottom line is that he just doesn’t have a grass-court game…and the Serb knows it. He didn’t even bother to play at all on grass in between the French Open and Wimbledon, so it doesn’t seem like he is committed to improving on the slick stuff. Bolt, on the other hand, is right at home on this surface. The Aussie is coming off a Challenger title on the grass courts of Nottingham and has fared well on it in past years, as well.

Upset of the day: Jeremy Chardy over Aslan Karatsev (+135)

Karatsev is favored because of what he did at the Australian Open (semifinals) followed by a title in Dubai. However, he went 1-3 in his last four clay-court matches and is just 1-1 on grass this summer. The Cinderella story appears to be over, or at least on a hiatus. Given that he has never played in the main draw at Wimbledon, the Russian’s recent struggles are likely to continue. Chardy is in decent form at the moment and has the advantage on grass.

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