- Marin Cilic and Juan Martin Del Potro are the favorites at the Queen’s Club Championship
- Stefanos Tsitsipas looks like a player who will win a number of grand slams in the coming years
- Milos Raonic is coming off a good showing at Stuttgart but has been dealing with injuries
The Queen’s Club Championship is upon us this week. Although it’s mostly a small event, it’s important to follow for Wimbledon bettors. This is one of the key warmup events on grass before the prestigious grand slam, so this will give us some insight into who to bet there. Here’s a look at this week’s tournament:
2019 ATP Queen’s Club Championship Odds
|Juan Martin Del Potro
*Odds taken 06/17/19
Tsitsipas Can Thrive on Grass
The 20-year-old Greek has a game made for grass because he has a game made for all surfaces. Just take a look back at the full picture of his season: he made the Australian Open semifinals on hardcourts, and the Madrid final and Rome semifinals on clay. He’s not just a clay court specialist; he is just a good tennis player.
Tsitsipas absorbed a tough loss to Stan Wawrinka at the French Open after five hours of play, but he was right there with a chance to win. He blew 22 of 27 break points. The result was painful, but it should motivate him to be better than ever on grass. It’s still early in his career but it feels like he’s destined to win grand slams. I’d bet him in this spot.
Is This Where Del Potro Comes Back to Life?
The man who played Novak Djokovic in a close three-hour semifinal in Rome is always capable of working magic on the court, but Juan Martin Del Potro just has to be healthy enough to do it. We saw him play at Roland-Garros – his worst surface – and he did not appear to be significantly worse off. He wasn’t moving brilliantly, but he was still comfortable on court.
After nearly two weeks of rest, Del Potro could have the right balance between physical freshness and the motivation needed to perform well. With his big serve on grass and in light of his classic match last year against Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon, it would hardly rate as a surprise if del Potro wins Queen’s Club in 2019.
Raonic Worth a Flier?
The man who made the 2016 Wimbledon final has a monster serve and always has the ability to get on a run. Raonic is returning from an injury layoff as he was off from the end of March until June. That means he certainly could bow out early in this tournament. However, if he can get past the first few rounds, he could be a big threat.
Raonic is returning from an injury layoff as he was off from the end of March until June, but if he can get past the first few rounds, he could be a big threat.
We saw him show up in a big way at Stuttgart as he made it all the way to the semis. He probably would have gone further but he withdrew with a minor back injury. Apparently, he simply didn’t want to make things worse by playing through, but it is minor. He’s a risk, but he’s worth looking at in individual matches and on the odds to win the entire tournament.
Don’t Bet on Anderson
A lot of people will be eyeing Kevin Anderson as someone who can make a run here after he made a run to the Wimbledon final last year. However, I’m not interested in investing here.
Anderson is coming off a long injury layoff and hasn’t played since the Miami Open in March. He has barely played this year, which is a concern, and we’re not sure how he’ll react to the elbow problems. Could he do it? Sure. Is it wise to expect Anderson to be sharp at this tournament after such a long time off? No.