The clay season has come to its end and it’s time for us to shift our attention to the grass with the third Grand Slam Event – Wimbledon – is around the corner!
It must be noted that grass is a very interesting type of surface to be contested on…To gain an edge by betting on grass tournaments one needs long betting experience and good knowledge of grass characteristics.
Now I’ll try to list some of the most crucial ingredients for successful performance on the grass.
First comes the most evident. Service game is always a ticket to success on all grass events. You have nothing to do on lawn courts unless you have a reliable and efficient service game. But today there are lots of good servers in ATP tour so something else is needed to stand out among the rest of the competitors.
In my opinion this “something else” in grass tennis is a service return. On fast courts return plays a vital role. Service and return on clay courts are not that important in comparison with fitness training of the player and his tactic skills. On the grass it’s all vice versa: the rallies tend to be short and quick so you won’t prevail only due to your physical stamina. Good service and return are the main keys to success on fast courts. Judge for yourself. Who shows better results on the grass? Of course, all-courts players such as CIlic, Hewitt, Djokovic, Ferrer, Haase, Federer… At first glance the results of Ferrer and Hewitt on the grass may be surprising but don’t forget that today these guys are among the best servers in men’s tour showing high stability. So don’t haste to bet on big servers such as Raonic, Andersen and Janovic. Be careful.
Another important moment which is at times neglected is the short duration of the grass season. It lasts only no more than four weeks. These are two weeks before Wimbledon and a fortnight of the tournament itself. So the majority of players manage to play only 2-3 grass matches a season. It mainly refers to those who have not enough grass tennis skills. Keep in mind that only British players practice on the grass. The rest of the sportsmen find it useless. As a result, the largest part of the players knows nothing about grass tennis, especially young talents. And of course, mature guys with years of experience on the grass get the wind of the young generation.
And the last but not the least. Playing characteristics of the grass can change within one tournament. At the very start the ball bounces really fast while in the middle of the event it gets slower as the grass has been harden up. So in this context all-court players will prevail over super servers. Keep it in mind.
If you ask me to name those players who may pleasantly surprise us in this grass season, I would mention Dimitrov, Haase and probably Raonic. Why probably? Last season on the grass Raonic looked underprepared a bit: his net game wasn’t impressive, he could hardly play low balls and the service return wasn’t very reliable. But nevertheless, today the Canadian male is no longer wet behind the ears. Now it’s time he honed his skills and finally asserted himself on the grass. Will he do this? Time will show.
As for the underdogs, I would point out Sijsling, Hewitt. Sijling has all the techniques to perform well on clay: big serve, good net game, powerful strikes. Hewitt have his best career records on this type of surface but due to the poor results during the clay season may be currently undervalued.
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