With the French Open now in full swing, it’s time to look at some exciting tennis prop bets heading into Thursday’s second round action.
Here are a few:
Andy Roddick to win 3-1 (+225) over Blaz Kavcic: Roddick didn’t play a single clay court tournament coming into the French Open, and it showed in the first round, as he needed all five sets (including a fourth set tiebreak) to put away the feisty Jarkko Niemenen.
That match proved to be just the latest frustrating chapter for Roddick at the French, a tournament where he has never advanced past the fourth round, and has been bounced in the second round in two of his last five visits.
So is there reason to concern as he gets set for a second round match with young Slovenian Blaz Kavcic? Not really.
Expect Roddick to potentially lose a set, but no more to Kavcic, playing in his first French Open, and just second major tournament overall (He lost in the first round in Australia back in January).
Roddick is no guarantee to advance far in this tournament, but when it comes to a second round tennis prop bet, a four set win seems safe.
Fernando Verdasco to win 3-0 (-200) over Florent Serra: Sure the tennis odds aren’t in your favor when it comes to Verdasco winning in straight sets. But when you’ve got a player as hot as Verdasco is, take whatever odds you can get and run with them.
The No. 7 ranked player in this draw has absolutely been on a roll in 2010, as he won in Barcelona and finished second the great Rafael Nadal in Monte Carlo. Both tournaments are on clay.And upon getting to Roland Garros, Verdasco hasn’t missed a beat, as he disposed of Igor Kunitsyn 6-4, 6-2, 6-2. His opponent Thursday will be Frenchman Florent Serra, who actually just lost two Verdasco two weeks ago in straight sets, which should give Verdasco plenty of confidence heading into this match. There are a lot of great French Open tennis betting props. However none may be better than Verdasco winning in straight sets.
Lleyton Hewitt to win 3-0 (-115) over Denis Istomin: Yes the now 29-year-old Hewitt is on his last legs as a tennis player at the age of 29. However, despite it, he’s always seemed to have great success on the clay courts in Paris.
Of the last nine tournaments he’s played at Roland Garros, the Australian born Hewitt has made it to the third round all nine times, even reaching the quarterfinals most recently in 2004.
While a quarterfinal run is unlikely, Hewitt did win in straight sets to open this tournament, and is going up against Istomin, a player with a grand total of zero ATP victories to his credit.
Hewitt may be getting up there in age, but he’s still got the skill to win in three sets Thursday.
Make him your French Open tennis prop bet!