PLAYER OF THE WEEK - WEEK SEVEN w/c Sun June 25th

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PLAYER OF THE WEEK - WEEK SEVEN w/c Sun June 25th

Postby undertherobe » Sat Jun 24, 2017 8:59 pm

Welcome to the player of the week thread for the week commencing Sunday June 25th as players put the finishing touches to their Wimbledon preparations

Events this week
June 25th - July 1st ATP Antalya (Grass) - ATP 250
June 26th - July 1st ATP Eastbourne (Grass) - ATP 250
June 25th - July 1st WTA Estbourn (Grass) WTA Premier


Please add the player you think will win either of these events along with 50-100 words of reasoning and the odds/bookmaker. Back to normal this week so just ONE entry per member please.

Feel free to discuss multiple players & individual matches

The points scoring for this week is as follows:

If your player wins: 40 points
If your player finishes runner-up: 20 points
If your player loses in the semi-finals: 10 points
If you players loses in the quarter-finals: 5 points

A player's score will be doubled if their POTW selection is priced at 8/1 or over.

Good luck everyone :win:

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Re: PLAYER OF THE WEEK - WEEK SEVEN w/c Sun June 25th

Postby rustie » Sun Jun 25, 2017 1:40 pm

Just got this in before his match today in Antalya

Coric @17/1 with BetVictor

Coric isn't at his best on the grass by any means but he's had some tough draws on the surface and beat Stkahovsky at Wimbledon in 2015 which was a good win before losing in five sets to Seppi. Last year he lost a close three setter to Goffin in Halle and played a tight match with Karlovic at Wimbledon so his results on the surface are probably a bit harsh.

He's the seventh seed here and faces Mannarino in the first round which will be a 50/50 affair with the Frenchman winning in a third set tie break when they met in Miami a few months ago but I'm backing Coric to get his revenge here with Mannarino not in the best form. Safwat (Q) or Ilkel (WC) should be a sound enough second round opponent for him to progress. Verdasco is the seed he could meet in the QF but he did beat the Spaniard in their only previous meeting whilst Verdasco is so unpredictable that he could go out in his first match or win the event anyway.

The likes or Lorenzi (2) probably won't make it to the SF from that half and it'll be Khachanov (5) who went fairly deep in Halle and might fatigue a bit considering the journey to Antalya or Sousa who hasn't been in great form this year that he'll face. Thiem would be tough in the other side of the draw but he might have his sights set on Wimbledon and not take this tournament too seriously and the head to head is 1-1 so I think Coric is good odds here.

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Re: PLAYER OF THE WEEK - WEEK SEVEN w/c Sun June 25th

Postby xDWIDx » Sun Jun 25, 2017 2:17 pm

Gasquet @11, ATP Eastbourne

Djoković is the main favourite here but with odds for his win being 1.8 I am backing the 2nd best grass player in the draw - Gasquet.

Gasquet has 64/30 on grass in his career, and he's coming to Eastbourne after losing in the Halle 1/2 finals to Zverev in a 3 setter, which isnćt too strange knowing Zverev's form in 2017th and the fact that the young German star lost in Halle finals last year.

Besides Djoković, we have Monfils in the draw and that same Monfils lost to Gasquet in Halle, we have Isner and Querrey and the American bombers are not too good on grass (34/26 and 52/34 career records) while Tomić, older Zverev and Mahut could lose in the opening rounds easily.

Another big thing is that Gasquet is in the bottom part of the draw and his road to finals might look like this - Tiafoe 1st round, Anderson round of 16, Isner 1/4 finals, Monfils 1/2 finals, which is not a mission impossible and Anderson looks like the main threat. And when the main threat is a 31-year-old player who had 19/23 last year, who has 14/10 in this one and 38/27 on grass in his career, things don't look so bad.


Also, not to forget, a huge shout out to that bum Nick Kyrgios for faking an injury in Queens last week, pro move by a player who will get overshadowed by the likes of Medvedev, Ruud, Shapovalov, Escobedo and Auger-Aliassime, youngsters who actually care about tennis and are ready to play every single week.

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Re: PLAYER OF THE WEEK - WEEK SEVEN w/c Sun June 25th

Postby The rabbit » Sun Jun 25, 2017 2:33 pm

WTA - Eastbourne

Players tend to withdraw from this event if they get any slight injury as their priority is making it to Wimbledon in good shape so I am hoping that my selection Garbine Muguruza 12/1 will stay fit. She has been playing quite well in the last few weeks with victories in nine of her latest twelve matches and she reached the semi finals in Rome last month. She played in the Aegon Classic last week where she lost in the semi finals. She is in the bottom part of this draw which looks the easiest part in my opinion and she has some good form on the grass surface as she has reached the finals at Wimbledon.

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Re: PLAYER OF THE WEEK - WEEK SEVEN w/c Sun June 25th

Postby undertherobe » Sun Jun 25, 2017 3:11 pm

Also, not to forget, a huge shout out to that bum Nick Kyrgios for faking an injury in Queens last week, pro move by a player who will get overshadowed by the likes of Medvedev, Ruud, Shapovalov, Escobedo and Auger-Aliassime, youngsters who actually care about tennis and are ready to play every single week.
I don't think he faked the injury. He took a pretty nasty fall and looked in some discomfort when he tried to carry on.

His two options were carry on & risk further injury and miss Wimbledon or retire and give himself the best chance of being fit for Wimbledon. A no brainer surely.

Personally I think he's matured an awful lot in recent months and finally looks like someone who is going to make the most of his talent

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Re: PLAYER OF THE WEEK - WEEK SEVEN w/c Sun June 25th

Postby xDWIDx » Sun Jun 25, 2017 4:03 pm

Also, not to forget, a huge shout out to that bum Nick Kyrgios for faking an injury in Queens last week, pro move by a player who will get overshadowed by the likes of Medvedev, Ruud, Shapovalov, Escobedo and Auger-Aliassime, youngsters who actually care about tennis and are ready to play every single week.
I don't think he faked the injury. He took a pretty nasty fall and looked in some discomfort when he tried to carry on.

His two options were carry on & risk further injury and miss Wimbledon or retire and give himself the best chance of being fit for Wimbledon. A no brainer surely.

Personally I think he's matured an awful lot in recent months and finally looks like someone who is going to make the most of his talent
What happened to Goffin on RG was nasty and at least 2-3 players had same or worse falls as Kyrgios during the last week's grass tournaments while I was watching (and of course got up and played the rest of their matches). We can all make those faces and this actor-semi-pro player perfected it by now.

As for his maturity level - we'll see what he can do now when Nadal and Federer are back to nice form and when other youngsters start getting even better (not to mention that all the bigs had multiple GS titles at his age and that this overrated model will be happy to one day reach Čilić's success level, as he only thinks about p***y and money while Thiem and Zverev are winning titles and matches against some of the best players ever).

Saw too much bs and too little effort from him by now to have any faith in him.

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Re: PLAYER OF THE WEEK - WEEK SEVEN w/c Sun June 25th

Postby rustie » Sun Jun 25, 2017 4:25 pm

Just got this in before his match today in Antalya

Coric @17/1 with BetVictor>
Wish I had been too late.

Abysmal performance.

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Re: PLAYER OF THE WEEK - WEEK SEVEN w/c Sun June 25th

Postby undertherobe » Sun Jun 25, 2017 8:22 pm

There isn't one player in that draw in Turkey that I'd trust on a grass court. It's full of clay court specialists clearly thinking that their best chance of getting some match practice on grass is to avoid the British events.

Djokovic is clearly the favourite in Eastbourne but his head's in the wrong place right now and at odds on is prime laying fodder. The Gasquet pick I love and if I'd have got there a bit earlier, he'd have been mine. So it's off to the women's event. Personally, I don't agree with having this level of event in the week before a Grand Slam.

Kiki Mladenovic has had a solid Wimbledon warm-up, reaching back to back QFs as she has a breakout 2017, reaching 4 finals already as well as recording her best performances in the top tier events. She has one grass court final to her name when she reached the final in Holland last year and her half of the draw is filled with players who are beginning their grass court campaign and may be undercooked on the surface. The one worry for me is that she decides that 6 matches is enough and withdraws before her 2nd round match (she has a 1st round bye), especially as she hasn't had a break since reaching the French Open QF. But I'm prepared to take that risk on a player who is 6th best this calendar year and has already amassed 33 match wins. Mladenovic is 20/1 with BetVictor

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Re: PLAYER OF THE WEEK - WEEK SEVEN w/c Sun June 25th

Postby rustie » Mon Jun 26, 2017 9:44 am

My 'banker' acca for the day is a 9/2 shot.

Edmund (v Young)
Donaldson (v Schwartzman)
Pospisil (v Vesely)
Anderson (Bellucci)

Also a mad 14 fold bet at just 105/1 for Wimbledon quailed for fun.

Quinzi, Coppejans, JP Smith, Marchenko, Mott, Opelka, Novikov, Ito, Rosol, Fritz, Smyczek, De Loore, Kovalik & Gojowzcyk

Plenty of tennis on today so good luck all!

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Re: PLAYER OF THE WEEK - WEEK SEVEN w/c Sun June 25th

Postby undertherobe » Tue Jun 27, 2017 8:37 pm

A frustrating day today weather wise and the backup of matches could cause a few withdrawals as players look to preserve themselves for Wimbledon. As for this week's competition, there's still time for players to enter a pick as a lot of players are yet to play. The entries so far are;

rustie - Borna Coric 17/1 ATP Antalya
xDWIDx - Richard Gasquet 10/1 ATP Eastbourne
the rabbit - Garbine Muguruza 12/1 WTA Eastbourne
undertherobe - Kristina Mladenovic 20/1 WTA Eastbourne

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Re: PLAYER OF THE WEEK - WEEK SEVEN w/c Sun June 25th

Postby The rabbit » Wed Jun 28, 2017 2:58 pm

WTA - Eastbourne

Players tend to withdraw from this event if they get any slight injury as their priority is making it to Wimbledon in good shape so I am hoping that my selection Garbine Muguruza 12/1 will stay fit. She has been playing quite well in the last few weeks with victories in nine of her latest twelve matches and she reached the semi finals in Rome last month. She played in the Aegon Classic last week where she lost in the semi finals. She is in the bottom part of this draw which looks the easiest part in my opinion and she has some good form on the grass surface as she has reached the finals at Wimbledon.

Lost 6-1 6-0 in her opening match :oops:

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Re: PLAYER OF THE WEEK - WEEK SEVEN w/c Sun June 25th

Postby xDWIDx » Wed Jun 28, 2017 9:37 pm

I was a bit scared when I saw Gasquet vs Anderson match scheduled for this evening after Gasquet struggled in a 3 set win against Tiafoe, but luckily (or not) that one got re-scheduled for tomorrow and Gasquet has time to rest and try to beat another good server (Tiafoe had around 20 aces in 3 sets today and has shown that his game is developing in a right way).

As for the other tournaments we have at the moment, I have Verdasco to win in Turkey and Mannarino will be a real test as he has 53/35 on grass in his career but I still think that the Spaniard should come on top and get the trophy, especially as other 1/4 finals are Ramanathan - Baghdatis, Sugita - Altmaier and Seppi - Albot.

Also, I have Ostapenko to win Eastbourne WTA and if she manages to beat Konta in the 1/8 finals her draw could really open up (as Konta and her potential 1/4 finals opponent Kerber are probably already thinking about Wimbledon and how to do something there as two top 6 seeds).


A combo from me for tomorrow, hope we can all get a nice winner:

Stakhovsky - Ito, Stakhovsky to win @1.38 (Wimbledon M qualifiers)

Stakhovsky has a perfect game for grass and I don't think that Ito can stop him, especially as he's not a big server and is at much higher risk to get broken than the experienced Ukrainian.

Smith J.P. - Garin, Smith J.P. to win @1.28 (Wimbledon M qualifiers)

Smith has 35/24 in his career on grass and Garin has "perfect" 2/0 :D thanks to 2 wins in these qualifiers. The reason I am backing Smith is obvious and I really can't trust Garin who has only 23 matches outside clay courts in his entire career (and is already 21).

Krunić - Sramkova, Krunić to win @1.28 (Wimbledon W qualifiers)

Krunić has 28/14 in 2017th, having made the Manchester ITF finals (also played on grass). She serves pretty well for a lady (especially for a tiny, 5' 4" - 1.63cm tall lady) and she is pretty good at the net thanks to loads of doubles matches she played so far in her career (108/78 her doubles record so far - 2 WTA and 6 ITF double stitles). Her opponent Sramkova has only 9/11 in the current season and I expect Krunić in the Wimbledon main draw.

Odds for the combo: 2.26

Hope its ok I posted this here and also keep an eye on favourites today, especially those bigger ones who are seeded in the forthcoming Wimbledon and might try exiting from Eastbourne earlier so they get some extra rest for the biggest Grand Slam event (where just 3 wins could get them a huge check and a nice number of ranking points).

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