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Game Predictor: Why a Fritz Eastbourne hat trick could help his team

Make your selection for Eastbourne and Mallorca

June 22, 2024

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By Staff

The grass season continues to heat up its engines at the Rothesay International in Eastbourne and the Mallorca Championships, both ATP 250 tournaments. Among the stars in action at the two tournaments will be Taylor Fritz, Tommy Paul, Ben Shelton and Ugo Humbert.

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Taylor Fritz — defends 45 points
Fritz won his first ATP Tour title at Eastbourne in 2019 and claimed another trophy at the ATP 250 in 2022. Will the American claim his third title next week?

The seven-time tour champion reached the quarter-finals last week at Queen’s Club, where he took two wins before losing to Australian Jordan Thompson. Fritz now has a record of 27-12 this season.

The 26-year-old will play Thiago Seyboth Wild or a qualifier in his opening match. Tomas Martin Etcheverry is the first seed he could face.

Jordan Thompson — defends 45 points
The Australian entered the Cinch Championships on a five-match losing streak, but has rediscovered the form that helped him win his first ATP Tour title earlier in the year in Los Cabos.

Thompson has reached two of his three finals on grass, both in ‘s-Hertogenbosch. With his run at Queen’s Club, the 30-year-old has shown his comfort on the surface and will look to maintain it in Mallorca, where he will begin his tournament against Yannick Hanfmann.

The seventh seed could face top seed Ben Shelton in the quarterfinals and the American has won his first two meetings at the Lexus ATP Head2Head. However, both matches were narrowed to three sets.

Marcos Giron — defends 20 points
It has been a memorable season for Giron, who reached his second ATP Tour final earlier in the year in Dallas.

The grass season has been especially fruitful for the American. The former university tennis star (UCLA) recorded a victory against former world No. 1 Andy Murray in Stuttgart and wins against Andrey Rublev and Matteo Berrettini in Halle.

Giron debuts in Eastbourne, where he will try to maintain his good moment against the fifth seed, Francisco Cerúndolo. It’s a tough debut for the 30-year-old, but he has shown he doesn’t mind the challenge in recent weeks.

Bonus Ball — Taylor Fritz
Fritz, the highest-ranked player in action this week, will only make up 45 points, giving him the opportunity to score up to 455 net points. If he places his Bonus Ball on the American, a title would earn him 910 points.

The top seed from Eastbourne has reached at least the quarter-finals in six tournaments this year and has historically enjoyed success in ATP 250 events. Fritz has won five of his seven titles at this level, to which the Rothesay International belongs.


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