The opening day of the Cinch Championships takes place at the Queens Club in London on Monday when the ATP 500 gets up and running on a day where a number of the home contingent get the chance to shine in the spotlight.
We have just the seven singles matches on Monday to open up the play and they will take place on the two main courts at Queens Club. While we have to wait until Tuesday for the top four seeds to come out to play, it still looks a decent day one order of play.
There is a British player on show in all four matches on the Centre Court on Monday. The first of those is the wildcard Ryan Peniston. He meets the French player Ugo Humbert who is confident on this surface. When they are done the British number one Cameron Norrie gets his tournament underway. Miomir Kecmanovic will be on the other side of the net. The British number two is in action in the third match on the main court schedule on Monday as Dan Evans takes on Sebastian Korda before the action concludes with another wildcard, Jan Choinski, going up against the number six seed Lorenzo Musetti.
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There are three singles matches over on Court 1 on Monday but we need to wait for a doubles match to be played out before the first of them comes along. When it does the lucky loser J.J. Wolf will look to make the most of his second chance in the tournament when he takes on Ben Shelton. When they are done Diego Schwartzman takes to the outer court for his first round clash against Mackenzie McDonald. The final match on this court looks like it could be one of the matches of the day as Tommy Paul, fresh from coming through qualifying, goes up against Francisco Cerundolo.
I’ll ease my way into the tournament with just the one bet which sees Dan Evans going up against Sebastian Korda in a match I think the out of form Briton can win. Evans has been in poor touch since the clay season began but he has at least had a couple of hit outs at Surbiton a couple of weeks ago and while he lost to a relative unknown in his second match there I would much rather have some feel for the grass than be coming into this week off the back of the clay like Korda is doing.
There is also the factor of the Korda fitness after he missed a huge chunk of the season after the Australian Open and has only played four matches since then so he is still getting up to speed after that absence and is going to go up against an active opponent who is usually pretty good on grass. Evans will have a lot of crowd support on his side which will be a boost for his chances and might just feel that this tournament has come at a good time. If Evans starts well he might soon find a low on confidence opponent at the other end as well as one short on fitness. I like the home man here.
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