Tennis has not gone dead after Roger Federer won his 18th slam at the Australian Open. After an intense weekend of Davis Cup play, we have three tournaments on the ATP Tour to follow:
In Quito in Ecuador we watch players like Karlovic, Ramos-Vinolas, Lorenzi, Bellucci and Dolgopolov battle it out on the clay. Will the high altitude and thin air in Quito make Karlovic’s serves fly through the court and past his opponents or will a typical solid clay-courter like two time-champion Victor Estrella Burgos claim his third victory in a row? Or maybe wild card Janko Tipsarevic is back in good form and health to stir up a fuzz?
Open Sud de France in Montpellier is a little easier to travel to and the starting field is a tough one with CIlic, Tsonga, Gasquet and the Zverev brothers all contenders for the 250 ATP Points. We should not forget Verdasco either. Cilic has a tough one against funny man Dustin Brown in his first match. Brown can surprise here! My pick to win is Tsonga, but last year’s winner Gasquet is a not a bad choice.
Garanti Koza Sofia Open has a really exciting playing field with their home favorite, Grigor Dimitrov back on the courts after his magnificent run in the Australian Open. Last year’s winner Roberto Bautista Agut is back to defend his title, but he needs to do it against top seeds Dominic Thiem and David Goffin. Gilles Muller and Viktor Troicki can also be tricky opponents so this one is quite hard to predict. I’ll say Dimitrov takes the cake this year.
If you want to watch matches live, I recommend TennisTV. And if you are a betting man, why not check out the odds at Bet365. They also offer live scores and streaming, but on a smaller screen.