French Open Day 3 Betting Preview & Tips

French Open Day 3 Betting Preview & Tips

Tennis specialist Craig Vickers (@craigvickers_) previews day three of the men’s French Open and provides us with his best bets for the second Grand Slam of the year.

  • 2019 Profit & Loss: +10pts

French Open Day 3 Betting Preview & Tips

  • Date: 26 May-9 June
  • Venue: Stade Roland Garros, Paris, France
  • Channel: Eurosport UK

Tuesday marks day three at the 2019 French Open as we conclude first round action in a tournament so far bereft of major upsets.

Both of our picks on day two were wide of the mark as, firstly, Frances Tiafoe was edged out in a fifth set by Filip Krajinovic before Kyle Edmund was taken the distance by Jeremy Chardy.

Tiafoe competed well against the Serbian, but he was uncharacteristically flat in the deciding set and ended up tasting a bagel.

Edmund, meanwhile, appeared to be in control against Chardy on Court 1 when he led by a set and 4-1, before he dropped six out of the next seven games in a passage of play that encapsulates his clay season thus far.

Nonetheless, our quarter outright, Juan Martin del Potro, gets his campaign underway on Tuesday against the Geneva Open finalist, Nicolas Jarry, on Court Suzanne-Lenglen at not before 10AM GMT.

The Verdict

And it’s a French hopeful who we’ll be hanging our hats on when the wild card Antoine Hoang meets Damir Dzumhur on Court 6 at around 1:30PM GMT.

Hoang met the FFT’s criteria for a wild card into the main draw due to his excellent form on the Challenger tour and he faces a player with question marks surrounding his fitness.

The Bosnian’s season has been punctuated by the back injury he sustained at the Miami Open, prompting his retirement after four games at the Monte-Carlo Masters last month. Since then, he’s lost in the qualifying rounds in Madrid and Rome and it was only last week in Geneva where he began to string a run of victories together.

That included a three-set win over Stan Wawrinka in the round of 16, where he looked dead and buried after going down a break of serve in the third set. His campaign was eventually halted by Radu Albot in the quarter-finals and it was a run of five consecutive matches from the qualifying rounds that may bleed into his first round match in Paris.

Dzumhur is an inherently flaky player even when fit and the hope is that the Frenchman can capitalise on the opportunities he’s presented and outlast the Bosnian physically.

Ideally, we would back Hoang to cover the game handicap considering he is making his Grand Slam debut, but there is very little value to be had and instead Hoang to win at 12/5 is the bet.

Meanwhile, Dusan Lajovic hasn’t won a main draw match since he reached the final in Monte-Carlo and he could be vulnerable against the Brazilian qualifier Thiago Monteiro.

He dropped only the single set set en route to the main draw and he could profit from a sluggish start from Lajovic, who is clearly struggling for confidence.

11/8 is the price for the Brazilian to take the first set and it’s the safer option considering Monteiro tends to go through the motions during matches and conditions are forecasted to be slower.

The 24-year-old spends the majority of his year on clay, but he has won only one main draw match at Roland Garros and that was against the clay-averse Gilles Muller two years ago.

Still, his forehand is dangerous and it may puncture holes in the single-hander of the Serbian, who lost agonisingly in a fifth set to Alexander Zverev in Paris twelve months ago.

Recommended Bets

  • 0.4pts – Antoine Hoang to win  – 12/5 (bet365)
  • 0.7pts – Thiago Monteiro to win the first set – 11/8 (bet365)