The Winston-Salem Open is the last hard court tournament in the lead-up to the US Open, which begins next Monday. While it gives players a chance to gain momentum before the fourth and final Grand Slam of the year, most of the world’s top players choose to skip the tournament in favor of rest.
This leaves us with a very uninspiring draw, headlined by ATP Betting favorite Botic van de Zandschulp, the world No. 23 who has yet to win a title on the ATP Tour. Veterans Grigor Dmitrov and Ilya Ivashka, who won the event in 2021, are also in the draw.
Other past champions include Hubert Hurkacz (2019), Daniil Medvedev (2018), and Roberto Bautista Agut (2017).
The 48-player tournament gets underway on Monday afternoon at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex with three matches, including Thanasi Kokkinakis (-275) vs. James Duckworth (+220).
Tennis Betting Preview for the ATP 250: 2022 Winston-Salem Open Tournament
- Botic van de Zandschulp +850
- Grigor Dmitrov +1000
- Ilya Ivashka +1200
- Jack Draper +1200
- Thanasi Kokkinakis +1400
- Emil Ruusuvuori +1600
- Maxime Cressy +1600
- Jason Kubler +2000
- Lorenzo Musetti +2000
- Soonwoo Kwon +2000
Can Van De Zandschulp Win His First Title?
Van De Zandschulp reached a career-best world No. 23 ranking recently but is still searching for his first ATP Tour title. The 26-year-old Dutch player turned pro in 2013 but has mostly competed in the Challenger series until this season. He’s 28-21 on the ATP Tour this year and has won more than $1.12 million in prize money.
Van De Zandschulp last played in Cincinnati, where he lost to Daniil Medvedev in the Round of 32. He hasn’t advanced past the Round of 16 in his last five tournaments but has been playing against tougher competition. He reached the finals of the ATP 250 event in Munich, Germany, earlier this year but was forced to retire during the match.
As the No. 2 seed in the tournament, Van De Zandschulp receives a bye into the second round.
Best Bet Americans
An American hasn’t won Winston-Salem since John Isner repeated as champion in 2012. Maxime Cressey has the best chance to win this year, at least according to sportsbooks. The French-American alumni of UCLA are ranked No. 34 in the world and have a 21-19 record this season.
Cressey, who also received a second-round bye, won his first career tournament earlier this summer at Newport. Coincidentally, he defeated three Americans, including Isner, en route to the final, where he beat Alexander Bublik,
Jeffrey John Wolf (+2500) has the second-best odds among Americans to win the tournament but has a tough first-round match against veteran Dominic Thiem (+2800).
Steve Johnson (+3300) has the third-best odds for American players. He faces fellow American Emilio Nava (+5000) in the first round.
Adrian Mannarino (+3300) is a solid betting hope for longshot odds, considering the draw is so open this year. There are about a dozen or so players who could win this tournament, and there’s no reason Mannarino can’t find himself in the finals.
The world No. 65 is 19-19 this season and has been competitive against top-ranked players like Alex De Minaur, Medvedev, and Kyrgios. He’s also turned his season around after losing eight consecutive matches from February 21 to May 9.