The 45th edition of the Auckland Open, known as the ASB Classic for sponsorship purposes, got underway on Monday in New Zealand. The ATP 250 event returns after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic and is being played simultaneously with the Adelaide International 2.
Casper Ruud, world No. 3, headlines the tournament as the first seed. The Norwegian has yet to play this season and will use this event as a tune-up for the Australian Open, which begins next week. He’ll face the winner, Jaume Munar, and Laslo Dere, on Wednesday. The other top seeds at the tournament are 2019 runner-up Cameron Norrie, Diego Schwartzman, and 2014 and 2010 champion John Isner.
Ugo Humbert, the most recent champion at Auckland in 2020, is a wild card entrant in this year’s event. Other past champions include Roberto Bautista Agut (2018 and 2016), Jack Sock (2017), and Jiri Vesely (2015). Let’s have a look at the current ATP Odds to win the 2023 ASB Classic, and some Round of 32 matches to bet on.
Tennis Betting Preview and Odds for the ATP 250: Auckland Open Tournament
ASB Classic Outright Odds
- Casper Ruud +300
- Cameron Norrie +350
- John Isner +800
- Jenson Brooksby +1000
- Alexander Bublik +1200
- Diego Schwartzman +1200
- Marcos Giron +1400
- Richard Gasquet +1600
- David Goffin +2000
- Ugo Humbert +2000
Gregorie Barrere (+150) vs John Isner (-188)
It can be hard to find good value in obvious favorites in early-round scenarios, but -188 is a good number for Isner, who is 1-0 in his career against Gregorie Barrere and is also a two-time champion at Auckland. For what it’s worth, Isner’s victory over Barrere came on clay at the French Open last season, but Isner is also a far superior hard-court player and should be even more comfortable.
Isner is the all-time leader in service aces on the ATP Tour and should pad his lead in that category against Barrere, whom he had 23 aces against in their match at the French Open. Barrere lost his first-round match last week at Adelaide International 1 and advanced to the main draw at Auckland via qualifiers.
Ugo Humbert (-125) vs Christopher Eubanks (+100)
Humbert, a qualifier for this event and past champion, had a somewhat disappointing year in 2022 and didn’t start 2023 off well either, as he lost his first match in qualifiers for the Adelaide International 1. Once ranked as high as world No. 25, he’s now outside of the top 100. Christopher Eubanks, meanwhile, won his two Auckland Open qualifying matches against Dusan Lajovic and Joao Sousa.
Eubanks is just 9-23 in his career on the ATP Tour, but has three titles on the Challenger Tour. The 26-year-old lost his only match against Humbert, but that was way back in 2018, when Humbert won 6-2, 6-3 in Brisbane. Eubanks should have momentum on his side with wins in qualification, while Humbert is still trying to find his game in 2023. Eubanks winning in two sets pays out +240 and is a good value bet.