The final chance for players to play on the grass during the ATP Tour schedule will take place at the Infosys Hall of Fame Open this week. This tournament has rewarded some big servers in the past, as the naturally fast conditions of the grass combined with many top players transitioning to other surfaces can yield some interesting winners. Here, we look at the draw for this year’s event at Newport, RI, along with a look back at the recent history of the tournament. Let’s jump right into action so you can get all set to make your bets against the ATP Odds.
Tennis Betting Preview for the 2022 Hall of Fame Open Tournament
2022 Infosys Hall of Fame Open Draw
The top-two seeds at this year’s Infosys Hall of Fame Open are certainly a draw, as Felix Auger-Aliassime is the top seed and John Isner is the second seed in Newport. This will be Auger-Aliassime’s first appearance at this event, as he looks to rebound from a first round exit at Wimbledon at the hands of Maxime Cressy. Isner, meanwhile, will be competing in his 10th edition of this tournament and has won it four times previously.
The rest of the seeded players in Newport are not quite as impressive as the top-two, but there is some talent there nonetheless. The mercurial Alexander Bublik is seeded third, while serve and volley specialist Maxime Cressy is the fourth seed. Andy Murray is the other seeded player worth watching here, as he is the sixth seed and has a very attainable path to the semifinals where he could face Auger-Aliassime.
As far as unseeded players go, one worth watching is Tim Van Rijthoven. Van Rijthoven had a breakout grass season in Europe, winning the tournament on his home soil at s-Hertogenbosch before winning several matches at Wimbledon. For those looking at the outright markets at this tournament, the Dutchman could be someone to back to win this event given his proficiency on the grass.
Infosys Hall of Fame Open History
The Infosys Hall of Fame Open has been running since 1976, with Americans having massive success on home soil. In just under 50 years, Americans have won this event over 20 times, making up nearly half of the champions of the tournament. John Isner has been the most recent of those champions, winning two of the last four editions of the event that have been held, beating the aforementioned Bublik for the title in 2019.
In the most recent edition of the tournament, American Jenson Brooksby made it to the final, but fell just short of the title. He was cut down by Kevin Anderson, as the big-serving South African briefly overcame the injuries that have held him back to turn back the clock and deliver a serving masterclass. He beat Brooksby in straight sets in the final last year, in the first edition of the tournament since it was canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
2022 Infosys Hall of Fame Open Prediction
When picking a winner for this year’s tournament at Newport, it can be easy to default to taking Auger-Aliassime or Isner. Not only are they the highest seeded players, but the Canadian has the best game of any player at this tournament, while Isner has the best history of any player at this event. But there are some better values out there worth taking a look at.
As mentioned earlier, Tim Van Rijthoven is absolutely worth a play as an unseeded player coming into this event. His game is suited for the grass, and he went 8-1 on the surface this year. That lone loss came against Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon, and Van Rijthoven even managed to take a set in that match, which speaks to the kind of form he is enjoying of late.
For those looking to back an American at this event, Maxime Cressy would be the best way to go at this point in time. Cressy’s serve and volley style plays well on the grass, as his big serve is tough to return and his desire to charge to the net takes away time for opponents to plan shots around him. He may not be as good a bet as Van Rijthoven, but Cressy could certainly be the last man standing in Newport.