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Tennis DFS Picks & Expert Predictions Today for Charleston Open 4/5/22

We are just one week away from the last major of the season, the US Open. Some of the players want one last run on the hard courts, so now is the chance. The ATP tournament for this week will take place in Winston-Salem, while the WTA is in New York.  The first slate of this DFS tennis week has 20 matches with ATP and WTA players in action.

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Bjorn Fratangelo (DraftKings $10,800; FanDuel N/A)

Bjorn Fratangelo definitely isn’t the most attractive play on the slate, but he is in an absolute smash spot. Bjorn has a 29-15 record on the hard courts over the last 12 months while taking down two challenger level tournaments at the end of 2018. He is 2-3 in ATP tour level matches, while taking down the world number 80 Ivo Karlovic just two weeks ago. He doesn’t have a lot of matches under his belt at this level recently, but his opponent has it even worse.

Frangelo will go up against Amir Weintraub, the former world number 161 from Israel. Weintraub is currently unranked on the ATP tour, as he has played just two matches since January of 2017. His most recent match was in Newport four weeks ago, and he lost 6-1 6-1 to Noah Rubin in 42 minutes. Weintraub won 48% of first serve points and 18% of second serve points, while getting broken six times. He is not match ready, and I expect Fratangelo to win this match with ease, which will be worth paying $10,800 for.

Nicolas Jarry (DraftKings $9,800; FanDuel N/A)

After a stellar clay court run just one month ago, Nicolas Jarry is back on the hard courts to try and show that same level of play. While he’s 4-6 on the hard courts in 2019, Jarry is showing massive signs of improvement especially during the clay and grass court season. During his 10 hard court matches, Jarry was firing down aces at an 11% rate while holding serve 85% of the time. If he wants to have success he’ll need to raise those numbers, and his first match in Winston-Salem could be a good test for Jarry.

Jarry will face off against the clay court specialist, Pablo Andujar. Andujar has played just eight matches outside of the clay over the last 12 months, with a 2-5 record on the hard courts. His serve is extremely weak, and that will ultimately lead to bad results for the Spaniard. He is serving aces at a 1% rate on hard courts while winning just 65% of first serve points. He can be broken at any time, and if Jarry can get his own serve going, this match could end rather quickly. I’m going with Jarry to win in straight sets.

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Alexander Bublik (DraftKings $8,200; FanDuel N/A)

Alexander Bublik may be one of the most erratic players on the ATP tour, but when his head is in the game, he can be dangerous. Bublik is 41-18 on the hard courts over the last 12 months, while taking down four challenger level titles. He is 3-4 in ATP tour level matches, with all three wins coming against top 100 players. In those seven matches, Bublik fired down aces at a 13% rate while winning 70% of first serves. His playstyle is similar to that of Nick Kyrgios, with the same service motion and tendency to go huge on the second serve. When it works it’s great, but it can also lead to lots of double faults.

Bublik will have a first round meeting with Marco Cecchinato, the ATP world number 65 from Italy. Cecchinato is on a brutal losing streak, as he lost his last 10 matches coming on all court surfaces. He just cannot get it going, and to make things worse, in three of his last four matches he won the first set but still went on to lose. Marco is 6-15 on the hard courts over the last 12 months, while riding a seven match losing streak. He’s lost 38 service games during his current losing streak, and there’s not much to be said after that. I think Bublik will roll if he cares enough to try.

Possible upset/value plays: Fiona Ferro (DraftKings $5,300; FanDuel N/A)

Fiona Ferro is way underpriced at $5,300, as the odds are almost even for this match. Ferro was outstanding during her clay court run over the last month, and she’s showing that she can play just as well on the hard courts. She dropped just one set during her three qualifying matches, while winning 70% of first serve points. The WTA world number 71 made a run to the semi-finals in Guadalajara right before the clay court season started, and I’m sure she’d like to keep this run going.

Ferro will go up against Viktorija Golubic, the lucky loser from Switzerland. Golubic lost her most recent qualifying match and still made it into the bracket, but it was a brutal match. Golubic lost seven service games and won only 45% of service points against Lin Zhu. Her second qualifying match was just as bad as Golubic lost five serving games while serving zero aces in a three set win. These two played each other once in 2018 with Ferro coming out on top, while converting on 10 break point opportunities. Golubic is all over the place on the service end, which makes Ferro a lock in all contests at this price.

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Caleb contributes to the tennis coverage at Awesemo.com, providing analysis and picks for some of the top tennis tournaments. Though he specializes in DraftKings' tennis offerings, Caleb's analysis extends to everywhere wise enough to offer tennis daily fantasy sports to the masses. You can contact Caleb by emailing [email protected].

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