The 1st round of the French Open concludes tomorrow in Paris. The courts are slow, the crowds are loud, and the pressure is intensified.
We’ve seen some dominating performances and some shocking upsets to start the tournament. Let’s take a look at tomorrow’s matches to find more winning tennis picks.
Stefanos Tsitsipas vs. Lorenzo Musetti
Tuesday, May 24, 2022 – 02:45 PM EDT at Court Philippe-Chatrier
Stefanos Tsitsipas Analysis
Coming off of a performance where he made the finals of the French Open last season, Stefanos Tsitsipas has plenty of points to defend.
Fortunately for Tsitsipas, his path in the draw is much easier than that of his fellow favorites. Novak Djokovic, Carlos Alcaraz, and Rafael Nadal are all in the top half of the draw while Tsitsipas is in the bottom half.
Still, in the ever-evolving tennis landscape where the lower-ranked players are more dangerous than ever, it will still be incumbent upon Tsitsipas to play his best in order to advance. He faces a tough test today against the Italian Lorenzo Musetti.
Lorenzo Musetti Analysis
Lorenzo Musetti's best surface is clay and he had finally started to turn his season around in Madrid before having to withdraw against Alexander Zverev due to an injury. Musetti then missed his home tournament in Rome showing how he was not at 100%. This gives him a little bit of time off and some rust coming into this match today.
While rest is a good thing, in this case, I believe it will put Musetti at a disadvantage due to the fact that he has not played and then he will have to jump into the fray against one of the best clay-court players in the world.
Lorenzo Musetti did have good wins in Madrid, most notably against Sebastian Korda, the up-and-coming American player who excels on clay. Musetti was workmanlike in a 6-4, 6-3 victory over the talented young American.
At this point in the tournament, it looked like Musetti had turned his clay season around, only to fall prey to injury in his next match, and throw all his newfound momentum out the window.
Tsitsipas vs. Musetti: Betting Pick and Prediction
Following the ATP odds, our first bet for today at the French Open is Stefanos Tsitsipas/Lorenzo Musetti Under 31.5 games.
Coming off an extended injury rest, which definitely affects your conditioning, timing, and preparation, Stefanos Tsitsipas is too much of a challenge for Musetti to overcome.
Had Musetti gotten a chance to warm up, raise his level of play, or ease into things, he would have a much better chance. However, against Tsitsipas, Musetti is definitely at a big disadvantage here.
I believe Stefanos Tsitsipas will win this match easily. Therefore we will take Under 31.5 games. Of course, we could get in trouble if Musetti is able to force a tiebreaker or two, but I also expect to see one completely dominant set from Tsitsipas pushing this match Under.
Simona Halep vs. Nastasja Mariana Schunk
Tuesday, May 24, 2022 - 09:10 AM EDT at Court Simonne-Mathieu
Simona Halep Analysis
Simona Halep is the former French Open champion who is one of the best clay players in the world. Halep used to be the best clay player before the emergence of Iga Swiatek.
Now, with Halep aging a bit, and Swiatek bursting onto the scene with an unparalleled level of dominance, Halep is in the second tier of clay players. Still, Halep's dominance over the rest of the WTA field not named Swiatek is still evident, especially on her preferred surface of the clay.
Simona Halep fell to Danielle Collins in the round of 16 in Madrid. However, she had some time off before the match. This is in contrast to her opponent Nastasja Mariana Schunk, who needed to qualify in order to make the tournament. She actually lost in her last round of qualifying to Hailey Baptiste, but Schunk was able to enter the main draw as a lucky loser.
Nastasja Mariana Schunk Analysis
Nastasja Mariana Schunk is an 18-year-old German player who has plenty of potential to be a star.
I believe the best sportsbooks and betting sites have overlooked Schunk in order to avoid too much parlay liability on Simona Halep, who will most likely win this match with ease.
However, they have set this number too high in order to avoid the parlay liability, and we could take advantage of the correlated total.
Halep vs. Schunk: Betting Pick and Prediction
Following the following WTA odds, our second bet for the WTA French Open is Simona Halep/Nastasja Mariana Schunk Over 17 games.
Nastasja Mariana Schunk will have enough skill to push this over the total set of 17 games. Schunk should be able to hold her own serve and put a little pressure on Halep’s serve as well.
A simple 6-3, 6-3 victory for Halep will still allow the match to go over this total.
WTA Pick: Over 17 Games (-115) at Bovada
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