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Young Tennis Star Looks to Fils Our Pockets

Those who bet on tennis know how exciting the ATP Next Gen Finals can be for fans and bettors.

Although there aren’t the big names we have seen over the last few years, it’s still a competitive field.

Young Tennis Star Looks to Fils Our Pockets
Arthur Fils plays a backhand return at Paris ATP Master/Dimitar DILKOFF / AFP

The market is headed by Arthur Fils, who is the firm +275 favorite to take home the title in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.


French Teen Tops List

The 19-year-old Fils reached a career-high No. 36 in the rankings earlier this year, so he’s the one they have to beat.

He’s not as big as names like Andrey Rublev and Caspar Ruud, who we have seen at the Next Gen Finals over the last few years. However, he’s still young and good enough to beat this field.

He won the 2023 ATP Lyon event in his home country of France. It was a breakthrough performance, and his tennis odds of +275 are worth taking.

He has been a professional for only two years, so he’s still learning how everything works in the pro world. Having an ATP title on his record puts him above the rest of the field.

It’s the first time we (Alex Michelsen) have practiced together, so it was very nice and the court is very nice,” Fils said. “The atmosphere during matches is going to be very good and we’re all looking forward to playing the event.

“It’s going to be interesting playing with some new rules, like playing to four games.”

The four-game format shouldn’t worry Fils. He often finds his feet early in the game.


Stricker Showing Good Signs

Dominic Stricker, 21, looks to have a bright future, and he’s on the second line of betting at the sportsbook.

The Swiss player improved to No. 88 in October, and although he doesn’t have any notable victories like Fils, he has more prize money overall.

He made the Round of 16 in a recent Challenger Tour event as the top seed. Despite retiring in the second set, the betting suggests he’ll be back to his best in Jeddah.

His best recent performance came at the Swiss Indoor Championships. Stricker defeated Ruud in the Round of 16 before losing to Ugo Humbert in the quarterfinals.

Beating guys like Ruud puts him high up on our list, and he also made the Round of 16 at the US Open.

It’s no surprise to see him on the second line of betting at +350, which is worth including with tennis betting markets.


Nardi Represents Value

Luca Nardi, Fils’ first opponent, can’t be overlooked at +700. The Italian comes off some encouraging results, including the semifinals at the Bratislava Open.

The 20-year-old followed that with a Round of 32 finish at the European Open when pushing Dominic Thiem to three sets. He took the first set 6-3 before being run down late in the match.

He has competed on the Challenger Tour in subsequent events, including a win in Japan when beating home favorite Toro Daniel.

That should give him plenty of confidence for this tournament, and the shorter format helps him.

We thought the odds would be shorter with sport betting markets. We priced him around +550, so getting +700 is a fair price.

There has been some money for him after opening at +750, so bettors have caught on.



Questions Of The Day

Which tennis player do you think will be the most successful in the Next Gen finals?

Arthur Fils should be the toughest to beat at the Next Gen Finals based on his recent form.

Is there any underdog player with favorable odds to consider?

Luca Nardi represents the best underdog value following some positive Challenger Tour results.

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