Wimbledon 2018

Welcome to the Day 1 preview for Wimbledon.

We have a bit of an interesting list of matches on offer for the first round in a competition that has a big prize pool on offer. DraftKings lead the way for fantasy tennis and have a huge $100,000 contest for Day 1 of Wimbledon.

Here is a list of potential players that could form a solid Day 1 team.

Player One: Kyle Edmund ($9,900)

I have the feeling that Edmund should be far too good for Munar, especially when you consider this match has been placed on the centre court with the home crowd at Edmund’s back. The Brit has looked a lot more comfortable on the grass over the last couple of weeks, and looks to have put the clay court season and the worst of his fitness issues behind him. A big price, however does have the tools to turn this into a very one-sided match, and looks to be a value selection.

Player Two: Ivo Karlovic ($9,800)

Scoring around double faults may be a risk, however his ace count should well and truly offset that. I doubt Arnaboldi will find his way into too many service games, and big Ivo looks a great chance of a big score today. Conditions look perfect.

Player Three: Zarina Diyas ($8,600)

This one is a bit of a point of difference selection, as I doubt many will be going for Diyas in this group. Nevertheless, the grasscourt form of Collins is pretty putrid, and I think there is enough value in her salary to include her as a mid-range player that is capable of a pretty solid victory.

Player Four: Alexei Popyrin ($8,200)

There is a bit of a pattern emerging with picks 4, 5 and 6, as I am pretty keen to go against the form displayed in Antalya last week. For those who may have missed it, Antalya is generally located in Turkey, however last week looking at the conditions it looks as though it was transported to the sun. A lot of energy has been spent by a lot of players, and Popyrin looked exceptional on serve in qualifying. Carreno-Busta is 0-4 in main draws at Wimbledon, so I am happy to back in the young Aussie here at a mid-range salary.

Player Five: Roberto-Carballes Baena ($6,800)

The fact Miomir Kecmanovic could barely move at the end of his final 48 hours ago suggests he may not be in peak physical conditioning after his week in Antalya. Combine that with the fact that Carballes-Baena has been half decent on grass this year suggests at a lower salary this may be a solid chance of causing an upset and allow you to afford some of the players listed above.

Player Six: Marcel Granollers ($6,700)

If you are going to take players above the $8,500 mark, you are going to need to be comfortable in taking a couple of lower price players, and Marcel Granollers appeals. Granollers looked very solid through qualifying, winning all seven sets, and a lot of gas was spent by Sonego last week. A crafty opponent in Granollers today may be too much for the Italian on grass over best of 5.

Those six all fit under the salary cap, however if you have any questions about particular players, please don’t hesitate to get in touch via Twitter.

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