The ATP Tour is in Germany for the Stuttgart Open right after the French Open. The qualifiers were underway while the French Open was in action. This is not a talentless tournament despite it taking place immediately after Roland Garros in Paris.
Stefanos Tsitsipas, Matteo Berrettini, Hubert Hurkacz, and Denis Shapovalov are entered to play in the Stuttgart Open, which is a ATP 250 event. The 250 series is the lowest tier on the ATP Tour.
It’s a lower-tier tournament, but it’s nice to see the likes of Tsitsipas and Shapovalov playing in Stuttgart. Predictably, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Carlos Alcaraz will not be playing in this one.
Tsitsipas is the favorite and No. 1 seed in the Stuttgart Open. He crashed out of the French Open against Holger Rune in a 5-7, 6-3, 3-6, 4-6 upset. This was in the fourth round on May 30, so Tsitsipas was able to use the time to regroup for Germany.
The most colourful character at the Stuttgart Open has to be Nick Kyrgios. The Aussie doesn’t care much for tennis etiquette, but is at least entertaining.
Kyrgios only plays well when he’s interested. He passed on the French Open, with hist most recent single’s match in Houtson two months ago against Reilly Opelka.
Kyrgios is back after that loss and opened the Stuttgart Open with a double’s win with partner Alexander Bublik. That was a nice warm-up for Kyrgios in the Round of 32 versus Jiri Lehecka.
Head below for our best Leheckha vs. Kyrgios prediction on June 7, 2022.
Jiri Lehecka vs. Nick Kyrgios ATP Stuttgart Open Live Betting Odds:
|Jiri Lehecka||+4 (-115)||+370||Over 22 (-105)|
|Nick Kyrgios||-4 (-115)||-480||Under 22 (-115)|
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Jiri Lehecka vs. Nick Kyrgios Prediction:
Nick Kyrgios needs motivation to play well. If he doesn’t have any drive to play a match, he can lose against any player put in front of him on the ATP Tour.
He dropped out of the Miami Open with a 6-7, 3-6 loss to Jannik Sinner, and then won three straight matches before a 3-6, 5-7 loss to Reilly Opelka.
Don’t get me wrong, Kyrgios has the tools to be a serious threat on the tennis court. However, he doesn’t really care enough to be dedicated to improving himself.
He’s going into the first round of the Stuttgart Open with a record of 11-4 in 2022. He has won 21 of 31 sets going into Tuesday afternoon.
Jiri Lehecka may not be as popular as Kyrgios, but he’s not that far off from the Aussie. Lehecka is ranked No. 79 in the ATP Tour, so only a spot behind him.
Lehecka made it to the final round at the Mauthausen Challenger on May 8. He was rolling with four straight wins and won six of his previous seven matches.
Lehecka also went to a third and final set against top-seed Stefanos Tsitsipas on February 12 in the semifinals in Rotterdam, 6-4, 4-6, 2-6. He had won five straight matches, including a 6-4, 6-4 win over No. 4 seed, Denis Shapovalov.
In a match that is likely closer than the odds suggest, taking the points on Lehecka over Kyrgios looks like the best bet.