Browny’s Tips – Wimbledon Day 2

Safe Bets

Richard Gasquet @ $1.11 – Gasquet a more accomplished grass-court player then Ferrer and in better form at the moment. I don’t think he will have a huge amount of trouble.

Milos Raonic @ $1.12 – Last year’s finalist should put his poor performance at Queens behind him and be too solid for Jan-Lennard Struff.

Tomáš Berdych @ $1.15 – Berdych rarely loses in the first few rounds of a major and is undefeated against Jeremy Chardy. Also comfortable on grass and I think he will be too strong.

Karolína Plíšková @ $1.08 – Plíšková should easily account for 80th ranked Evgeniya Rodina.

Worth a Punt

Thanasi Kokkinakis @ $4.25 – A big danger game for Del Potro first up. Kokkinakis took the scalp of Milos Raonic at Queens and Del Potro has had very little preparation leading into Wimbledon. Also an injury cloud over the big Argentine.

Daniel Brands @ $7 – I think Brands has a sneaky chance in this match against Gaël Monfils. Brands has a huge serve and the grass courts will suit him well. Monfils also struggles on this surface from time to time. If Brands serves well and forces tiebreaks, he is a big chance.

Vasek Pospisil @ $3.13 – Dominic Thiem has really struggled in the lead-up to Wimbledon and has a poor record here. This surface suits Pospisil and I give him a chance.

Monica Niculescu @ $3.70 – Great value for Niculescu against Slovakian Magdaléna Rybáriková. Niculescu doesn’t mind playing here – she reached the 4th round in 2015.

Sloane Stephens @ $3.27 – Good value for Sloane Stephens against Alison Riske. Stephens reached the quarters at Wimbledon in 2013 and although she is returning from injury which is why her odds are longer that you would usually expect in such a matchup.


Browny’s Tips – Wimbledon Day 1

Safe Bets

Sam Querrey @ $1.15 – I expect Querrey to be too strong for Wimbledon debutant Thomas Fabbiano, particularly with his big serve.

Madison Keys @ $1.09 – Keys has a reasonable record at Wimbledon and has never lost in the first round at SW19. She should be too strong for Nao Hibino of Japan.

Heather Watson @ $1.17 – Watson should be too strong in front of her home crowd for Maryna Zanevska, who has never progressed beyond the first round of a major.

Worth a Punt

Pierre-Hugues Herbert @ $5.40 – I think Hebert is in with a shot here because there is an injury cloud over Nick Kyrgios. Herbert is also most comfortable on grass and a good volleyer. Won the doubles title here last year.

Fernando Verdasco @ $2.46 – Verdasco isn’t uncomfortable on grass and his big serve could prove tricky for Kevin Anderson. I expect much of this match to stay on serve and it could be destined for multiple tiebreaks. Verdasco a chance.

Denis Istomin @ $2.61 – Istomin is most at home on quicker surfaces and has won is only ATP title on this surface. American Donald Young doesn’t have a great record at Wimbledon either having only once progressed beyond the first round. Value for Istomin.

Philipp Kohlschreiber @ $5 – Some value here for Kohlschreiber in his match against Marin Čilić at $5. The German is comfortable on grass and interestingly has a 6-3 record over Čilić.

Laura Robson @ $2.87 – Robson has played her best tennis at Wimbledon and is good value against Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maia who makes her first appearance at Wimbledon. Robson in front of her home crowd too.

Sabine Lisicki @ $2.22 – Lisicki loves playing on grass and has a great record at Wimbledon. Plays Croatian Ana Konjuh and I give her a good chance.

Elina Svitolina @ $2.17 – Interestingly the number 4 seed is the outsider against Aussie Ash Barty. Value for any 4th seed in the first round of a major.


Wimbledon 2017 Preview – Men’s Singles

It’s a massive tournament on the men’s side of the draw this year. The ‘big 4’ once again make up the top 4 seedings and each one of the big 4 stake a serious claim to this year’s title. The top 4 seeds have an incredible combined total of 14 Wimbledon titles between them.

It’s the hometown favourite and defending champion in Andy Murray who’s the number 1 seed this year. Roger Federer returns to the big stage after skipping the clay court season whilst Rafael Nadal seems to have found his best form again. There are also plenty of big names outside the top 4 who could give this year’s tournament a serious shake. Here are the seeds and my predictions for Wimbledon this year…

The Top Seeds

  1. Andy Murray (GBR) – Murray is gunning for his third Wimbledon title but I believe he faces his toughest task yet. He looked ordinary at the lead-up in Queens but I expect him to bounce back at Wimbledon and be a serious contender.
  2. Novak Djokovic (SRB) – Djokovic had been struggling for form this season but will be encouraged by his win at Eastbourne overnight. He is always a serious contender and can’t be discounted regardless of his form.
  3. Roger Federer (SUI) – Federer skipped the entire clay-court season to ensure he was fresh for the grass-court season. Other than his loss to Tommy Haas at Stuttgart (which was his first competitive match in almost 3 months) he has had a great build-up which included breezing to the title at Halle. It seems like he has found another gear this year and I think he will be very hard to beat.
  4. Rafael Nadal (ESP) – Rafa is back and his domination at the French Open shows that he’s far from finished. He can have a tendency to struggle in the early rounds of Wimbledon when the courts are green and quick but if he can get through the first week I give him a huge chance of going all the way. Not a natural grass-courter but he’s so good that this doesn’t matter.
  5. Stan Wawrinka (SUI) – Will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing end to the French Open. Wimbledon probably his weakest surface but like Rafa, needs to get himself through the first few matches and I expect him to be more dangerous as the courts dry up. Not sure if he can go all the way but can beat anyone on his day.
  6. Milos Raonic (CAN) – Has the game to be a huge threat on the grass at Wimbledon. Had a terrific run to the final last year but fell just short to Murray. Hasn’t had the ideal preparation with a first round lost at Queens but I expect him to perform better in the best-of-5 format.
  7. Marin Čilić (CRO) – Always a danger on the quicker surfaces. Looked very solid here last year until he blew a two sets to love lead against Federer. Can struggle agianst the very top players so will need to be playing at a very high level for a long time to go all the way.
  8. Dominic Thiem (AUT) – Not sure how comfortable Thiem is on grass. Has a disappointing record here at Wimbledon and was poor in the lead-up tournaments. I don’t think his game is particularly suited to the faster surfaces and I can’t see him beating the likes of Federer and Murray on this surface yet.
  9. Kei Nishikori (JPN) – Wimbledon is the weakest of his majors and I think he struggles with his lack of power compared to some of the bigger opponents. Has been a bit hit & miss this season and not sure he’s a contender this year.
  10. Alexander Zverev (GER) – I believe the young German is ready to take the next step and this year’s tournament provides a perfect opportunity for him to go very deep into a major. In good form leading in having reached the final in Halle.

Top Aussies

Nick Kyrgios – Seeded 20th. Suffered a hip injury at Queens. Question marks on his fitness but has the ability to beat anyone on his day.

Bernard Tomic – Unseeded this year but likes playing on the grass. Has drawn the same section of the draw as Roger Federer so a match-up against him would not be the worst result.

My Tips

Winner: Roger Federer

I think Federer has prepared perfectly for Wimbledon this year. Whilst other players may be carrying slight injuries, Federer comes in fresh having skipped the clay court season. Not playing for such time is usually a risk but Federer was so good at Halle that this won’t make any difference. Seems to be playing even more attacking tennis than previously and is hitting his backhand as well as ever. Roger is the one to beat for mine and I think he will go on to take title number 8.

Runner-Up: Andy Murray

Murray generally plays very well at Wimbledon and I expect him to continue this trend this year. Knows how to win at SW19 and has the advantage of the top seeding. Was tough to pick between him and Nadal but I give Murray the edge on this surface.

Dark Horse: Grigor Dimitrov

Dimitrov has taken his game to another level this year and I think he will welcome a return to the quicker grass courts following the clay season. Previously a semi-finalist here at Wimbledon back in 2014 and he looks an even better player in 2017. Has a terrific artillery of shots and if he can serve well he will be extremely hard to beat.

Wimbledon 2017 Preview – Women’s Singles

I expect the women’s tournament at Wimbledon this year to be similar to the French Open. It’s extremely difficult to predict what will happen with the women’s side of the draw such is the evenness of the women’s game.

I’m predicting that this year’s tournament will produce plenty of upsets and unexpected results. Like at the French Open, there are also some big names missing which will open up the draw. Could we even see another outside produce a magical run similar to that of Jeļena Ostapenko’s at Roland Garros? I think it’s certainly possible. Let’s have a look at the top seeds and my prediction for this year’s draw.


The Top Seeds

  1. Angelique Kerber (GER) – Hasn’t been in good form recently at all but is still holding onto the number 1 spot. She did make the final here last year however and should not be discounted.
  2. Simona Halep (ROM) – With the exception of her run to the semi-finals in 2014, Halep has struggled on the quicker grass courts at Wimbledon. She has a huge seeding advantage but will need to be switched on in the early rounds as she can have a tendency to exit majors early.
  3. Karolína Plíšková (CZE) – Definitely a major contender for mine. I believe her power game is very well suited to faster surfaces like grass but oddly she has never progressed beyond the second round. This year she comes in as a far more experienced player and I expect her to do well.
  4. Elina Svitolina (UKR) – Has struggled at Wimbledon previously but has been playing some good tennis of late. A seeding of 4 gives her a very good chance of recording her best result at Wimbledon. Not sure if she can win it this year but could go deep into week 2.
  5. Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) – Seems to have re-discovered some of her best form in the past year. Has shot up the rankings and is now seeded 5th as a result. Doesn’t have a great record at Wimbledon but I think this is her best chance of beating her previous best of a fourth round appearance.
  6. Johanna Konta (GBR) – Pulled out of the lead-up tournament in Eastbourne so is under an injury cloud. Doesn’t have a great record at Wimbledon but will be looking to do well in front of her home crowd.
  7. Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) – Could be a change this year. Plays OK on grass and is always thereabouts during the grand slams.
  8. Dominika Cibulková (SVK) – Has twice made the quarter finals here at Wimbledon and I believe this surface suits her aggressive game. Has a good seeding that gives her the best chance of going deep into the draw.
  9. Agnieszka Radwańska (POL) – Has been struggling a bit with injury this year. A former finalist at Wimbledon and twice a semi-finalist so is certainly not without a chance. Will need an improvement in form to go all the way.
  10. Venus Williams (USA) – One of only two previous winners of the tournament in this year’s draw. Has found form again in recent years and the grass courts certainly suit her game. Definitely one of the main contenders for mine

Top Aussies

Daria Gavrilova – Gavrilova is seeded 20 at this year’s tournament. ‘Dasha’ has been playing some very good tennis of late and will be looking to progress beyond her personal best at Wimbledon which is previously the second round.

Ash Barty – Barty could surprise this Wimbledon. She reached the final at Birmingham and has climbed the rankings this year. Comfortable playing on grass.

My Tips

Winner: Petra Kvitová

Not only would it be a fairytale result but I think Kvitová is the best grass-courter in the draw. She has previously won Wimbledon twice and won the lead-up tournament in Birmingham. I wouldn’t be surprised to see her back to her best this tournament and because of this she’s my tip to take out the title this year.

Runner-Up: Karolína Plíšková

I expect Plíšková to do some damage at Wimbledon this year and could well go all the way. Has a game that I think is suited to the grass courts and I’m surprised she hasn’t performed well her in the past. Is improving at every major she plays in.

Dark Horse: Coco Vandeweghe

A big hitter who I think is well suited to the quicker surfaces. Has a reasonable record at Wimbledon and also made the semi finals at the Australian Open this year so is no stranger to the pointy end of a grand slam.

2017 French Open Recap

The French Open produced two astonishing results. In the women’s draw it was little known Latvian Jeļena Ostapenko who not only claimed her first tour title but did so in claiming a Grand Slam. A phenomenal achievement in itself.

On the men’s side, it was a familiar face once again. Rafael Nadal was so far ahead of the rest all tournament and claimed an incredible 10th French Open crown. It’s a feat that I’m sure many agree, will never be beaten. Many saw Stan Wawrinka as a tricky opponent in the final, he is a former winner in his own right, but Rafa made it look too easy en-route to claiming title number 10.


Who Impressed

Rafael Nadal – Made the rest of the men’s draw look amateurish. Didn’t drop a single set and only dropped 35 games for the entire tournament. Without doubt the best clay courter of all time. A sensational effort given his struggles with injuries in recent years.

Dominic Thiem – I’ll forgive Dominic for his poor showing in the semi-final as he was playing Nadal. Up until the then he had not dropped a set and thrashed defending champion Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals. I’d be very surprised if we didn’t see him one day holding up the trophy at Roland Garros.

Jeļena Ostapenko – Not many players win their first title by being victorious in a grand slam. Ostapenko was super impressive all tournament. She constantly entertained the crowd with some amazing shotmaking and aggressive tennis. Has only just turned 20 so has a huge future ahead of her. I think she will only be better on the quicker surfaces.

Timea Bacsinszky – A great run by the 30th seed to make the semi-finals. Was bundled out in 3 tight sets by the eventual winner in Ostapenko but she should take confidence from this result moving into the grass-court season.

Petra Kvitová – It was fantastic to see Kvitová back on the big stage. Whilst she only made it to the second round, it was remarkable effort less than a year after being stabbed during an invasion at her home in The Czech Republic. She will only get better and her favourite tournament in Wimbledon lies just around the corner.

Who Disappointed

Novak Djokovic – On paper a quarter-final appearance at a grand slam doesn’t look particularly bad but the way he was defeated by Dominic Thiem was very un-Djokovic like. He seems to have been in a significant slump over the last 12 months and may find it difficult to drag himself out with the return to form of Federer and Nadal.

Alexander Zverev – Won the lead-up tournament in Rome and many had him as a genuine contender only to be knocked out in the first round. As disappointing as the result was for Zverev, he has plenty of upside and I expect him to bounce back well leading into Wimbledon.

Angelique Kerber – Similar to Novak Djokovic, Kerber has found herself in a significant form slump after such a terrific year in 2016. The number 1 seed was convincingly dispatched by Ekaterina Makarova first up and I like many expected much more from her. To cut Kerber some slack, clay is her least favourite tournament and I expect her to fare far better at Wimbledon.

Johanna Konta – The number 7 seed was once again defeated in the first round at Roland Garros. She is still yet to progress beyond the first round at the French Open and will no doubt be looking forward to a change of scenery at her home tournament at Wimbledon.

Where to Next…

The tour moves into the grass-court season and on to Wimbledon in just under 4 weeks time. The grass season is a short one but not without some big tournaments at Queens, Halle, Birmingham and Eastbourne.

The return of Roger Federer in the men’s game will be much anticipated as he shapes as one of the big favourites for Wimbledon after his superb start to the year.

Men’s French Open Final Preview

(3) Stan Wawrinka (SUI) vs (4) Rafael Nadal (ESP)

A huge final awaits us tonight between two powerhouses of the men’s game. Stan The Man and The King of Clay. Neither are strangers to the last match at Roland Garros with both being ex-champions in Paris.

Nadal is gunning for an unprecedented 10th French Open title and is in scintillating form. He hasn’t dropped a set all tournament and has looked a class above everyone else. Stan Wawrinka is aiming for his second French Open title and fourth major title overall. He has also been in great form despite needing 5 sets to dispatch world number 1 Andy Murray. Interestingly, if Wawrinka is victorious tonight, he will surpass Murray for Grand Slam titles despite not being included in the ‘big 4’.

Whist Nadal is the heavy favourite, Wawrinka is extremely comfortably on the clay and most likely won’t let himself get bullied around the court by Rafa. I expect an extremely physical battle between the two in what shapes up as a dream final on this surface.

How Stan Wawrinka will win…

Wawrinka undoubtedly faces the toughest task in tennis in facing off against Rafa in a French Open Final. Wawrinka will have to run with a similar game plan to what Robin Söderling adapted to hand Nadal his first French Open defeat in 2009 in going all out attack.

It goes without saying that Wawrinka will have to play at his absolute best. He will have to try and overpower Nadal and force him to hit shorter groundstrokes to open up the court. If Nadal is hitting hard, deep shots, it could spell trouble for Wawrinka. It’s important that Stan becomes the aggressor otherwise he will just get pushed all over the court by Rafa. I expect him to try and overpower Rafa from the back of the court, force short returns then put away any short opportunities for a winner.

How Rafael Nadal will win…

The key to Rafa winning I believe is simply to avoid hitting the ball too short. Rafa is at his most dangerous when he hits through the ball and it dips down deep in his opponent’s court. In the past few years he has got himself into trouble against opponents by dropping the ball short. If he avoids doing this, he can just play his natural clay-court game and he should be too good for Wawrinka.


I believe that Wawrinka is the only player in the world currently capable of beating Nadal in a French Open final. He loves the big grand slam finals and is undefeated when reaching the final of a major.

However I can’t see Nadal being denied of a 10th French Open title. He is without doubt the best clay courter of all time and seems to have rediscovered his best form this year. I expect Wawrinka to go down swinging but Rafa will be too strong.

Nadal in 4 sets.

Ladies’ French Open Final Preview

Jeļena Ostapenko (LAT) vs (3) Simona Halep (ROM)

There wouldn’t have been many who would’ve picked 47th ranked to be part of the French Open final a fortnight ago. It’s been an incredible run by the unseeded 19 year old who has taken several big scalps including the likes of Puig, Stosur and Wozniacki.

Her opponent is number 3 seed Simona Halep who was one of the hot favourites for the title with the absence of Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova. Halep has been in great form having dropped just the two sets en-route to the final.

These two have never met before and Ostapenko has never won a tour level title. For Halep, this is the second time she has made the French Open final and she will be looking to go one better than she did in 2014. It’s a fascinating match-up as regardless of the result, we will have a new first-time major winner.

How Jeļena Ostapenko will win…

Ostapenko loves playing an aggressive style of tennis and she will be looking to pick off any short balls from Halep and put them away for winners. She is solid on both wings but it will be crucial for her to keep her error count down. Halep will make her hit plenty of shots so she will need to pick the right shots to go after.

How Simona Halep will win…

I expect Halep to play her natural counterpunching game and expect her to use her excellent court speed to run down plenty of shots and force Ostapenko to hit errors. The clay court will suit this game-style as Ostapenko may find it difficult to get past Halep from the back of the court. Halep generally makes few errors so she will be happy to keep the points lengthy and be patient – a tactic which often works on this surface.


Halep fell short here in 2014 in 3 tight sets to Maria Sharapova in a match that lasted over 3 hours. Ostapenko has picked the biggest stage to partake in her first tour final. She comes into the final with little expectation but may find it difficult not to let the pressure get to her. She has had a great run throughout the tournament but arguably comes up against the form player in the final.

Halep particularly enjoys playing on the clay and has played in several big grand slam matches in the past. I expect her to be too strong for Ostapenko and claim her first grand slam title.

Halep in straight sets.

Browny’s Tips – French Open Day 5

Safe Bets

Stan Wawrinka @ $1.15 – The 2015 champ should be too good for Alexandr Dolgopolov. I expect Wawrinka to be to solid all around the court.

Tomáš Berdych @ $1.24 – Berdych should be too solid for Karen Khachanov.

Carla Suárez Navarro @ $1.44 – Suárez Navarro should account for 64th ranked Sorana Cirstea from Romania.

Worth a Punt

Paolo Lorenzi @ $3.24 – Lorenzi is a solid clay court player and very consistent from the back of the court. If he returns serve well, he could prove trouble for big American John Isner.

Jérémy Chardy @ $4.20 – Plays Japan’s Kei Nishikori who looked a bit rusty against in his first round match against Kokkinakis. Chardy has twice made the round of 16 here and will be in front of a patriotic home crowd. Could be a chance of an upset.

Renzo Olivo @ $4 .00 – Olivio was extremely solid in defeating Tsonga in the first round. Plays Kyle Edmund of Great Britain and if he repeats his form from the first round, Edmund could be in a spot of bother.



Browny’s Tips – French Open Day 4

Safe Bets

Roberto Bautista Agut @ $1.13 – I expect Bautista Agut to be too strong for Mikhail Kukushkin who has never made it beyond the 2nd round at Roland Garros. Bautista Agut has won the single meeting between these players.

Petra Kvitová @ $1.42 – Kvitová should be too good for American Bethanie Mattek-Sands. Kvitová currently ranked 101 spots higher than the American.

Garbiñe Muguruza @ $1.50 – I can’t see the defending champ having too much trouble against Anett Kontaveit. I expect Muguruza to progress to the third round.

Worth a Punt

Ivo Karlovic @ $2.22 – Karlovic plays Argentine Horacio Zeballos. These two had an epic match which went to 22-20 in the Australian Open earlier this year. Karlovic will be strong on serve and is a very patient player who’s happy to wait to the tiebreaks to do the damage. I see this as a 50/50.

Tommy Robredo @ $5.30 – I give Robredo a big chance against Grigor Dimitrov in this second round matchup. Dimitrov doesn’t play clay particularly well whilst it is Robredo’s favourite surface. Robredo is a 5-time quarter finalist here at Roland Garros whilst Dimitrov has never made it beyond the 3rd round. Good value for Robredo here.

Viktor Troicki @ $2.21 – Interestingly Troicki is the outsider with the bookies for this match despite being ranked over 30 spots higher than Nikoloz Basilashvili. I’d be surprised if Troicki didn’t win this one considering how easily he won his first round match.

Sara Errani @ $2.87 – A tough second round matchup for 13th seed Kristina Mladenovic. Errani was a finalist here in 2012 and has a good record at Roland Garros.



Browny’s Tips – French Open Day 3

Safe Bets

Tomáš Berdych @ $1.17 – I expect the big Czech to be too strong for German Jan-Lennard Struff. Berdych is a constant player and rarely gets eliminated in the first few rounds of a major.

John Isner @ $1.22 – Isner should have too much experience and his serve should prove too troublesome for Jordan Thompson. 

Simona Halep @ $1.14 – Halep is currently the favourite to win the French Open with the bookies and I expect her to make a strong start against 89th ranked Jana Čepelová.

Worth a Punt

Philipp Kohlschreiber @ $2.63 – Danger game first up for Nick Kyrgios. He is coming into the French Open under an injury cloud and this is probably his weakest surface. Kohlschreiber is a fierce competitor and very comfortable on clay.

Guido Pella @ $4.10 – Tricky match first up for Juan Martin del Potro. Delpo has had a few injury worries coming into the French and it was rumoured that he may withdraw. Could be a danger game for him.

Thanasi Kokkinakis @ $17.00 – Massively long odds for the Aussie but his opponent Kei Nishikori has been struggling with a wrist injury and didn’t look at his best in the lead-up tournaments. Clay suits Kokkinakis and he could trouble Nishikori. If you don’t want to go H2H, Kokkinakis is also paying $4 to win a set which could also be worth a small wager.

Yanina Wickmayer @ $3.30 – Could be a close one against Russian Daria Kasatkina. Potential value here for Wickmayer

Tsvetana Pironkova @ $5.40 – Interestingly long odds for Pironkova. She enjoyed a run to the quarter finals here last year. She plays German Mona Barthel and there are only 27 ranking spots separating the two (50 v 77). Good outside value for Pironkova I think.