The ATP Tour is in Atlanta this week with the Round of 32 at Atlantic Station. The tournament comes with a top prize of $107,770 to the winner. There’s a total of $708,530 in prize money at Atlantic Station in 2022.
Americans Reilly Opelka and John Isner are the top seeds in the tournament. Isner is the No. 2 seed and out to defend his 2021 title in Atlanta. Nick Kyrgios might be the most notable player in the field, though.
Kyrgios reached the final at Wimbledon after Rafael Nadal dropped out of the semifinal with an injury. While Kyrgios was playing well, he’s likely not going to the final without Rafa exiting.
Kyrgios isn’t as much of a threat on the hard court as the grass, so he’s the No. 7 seed at Atlantic Station. I’m not sure if I’d have him at No. 7, but winning a hard court tournament always feels like a struggle for him.
Unseeded Soonwoo Kwon and Marcos Giron intend to go all the way to the Atlanta Open final in Georgia. In a wide-open tournament like this, it isn’t out of the question that someone emerges out of nowhere.
Look at ATP Hamburg in Germany on Sunday. Lorenzo Musetti won in three sets over the heavily favored Carlos Alcaraz as an unseeded player. All that can be required is getting hot at the right time.
Alcaraz did a fantastic job fighting back after looking at a 6-4, 5-4 deficit and down to his final point in the second set. He won the second, but had nothing left against the Italian in the final frame.
Kwon has one career title in the Astana Open in Kazakhstan. This was also his only appearance in a final on the ATP Tour. Giron is still looking for his first ATP title. His highest-ranked win was over No. 6 Matteo Berrettini in France two years ago.
Head below for our free Kwon vs. Giron prediction at the Atlanta Open on July 25, 2022.
Soonwoo Kwon vs. Marcos Giron ATP Atlanta Open Live Betting Odds:
|Soonwoo Kwon||+1 (-110)||+110||Over 22.5 (-120)|
|Marcos Giron||-1 (-120)||-130||Under 22.5 (-110)|
Kwon vs. Giron Prediction:
Soowoo Kwon enters the Atlantic Open as the 77th-ranked player in the world. He can look better than that at times. He’s not useless and has given some tough players an issue recently.
In his latest outing, Kwon lost a 3-6, 6-3, 3-6, 4-6 final to Djokovic in the first round on June 27. He easily covered the spread in a match that Djokovic was expected to win in straight sets.
Despite the loss, I have to give Kwon a passing grade in that performance. There were players that handled Djokovic a lot worse at Wimbledon.
Against No. 54 Marcos Giron, Kwon should be competitive in this match. Kwon enters with a record of 7-10 on the hard court in 2022 and 9-8 last year.
Giron has a record of 6-8 and 17-14 on the hard court last year. He started off well at Wimbledon, with a three-set sweep over Holger Rune, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4.
Prior to Wimbledon, Giron went to a final set in five straight matches at the Stuttgart Open, Halle Open, and Mallorca Open. This included a close one against Stefanos Tsitsipas, 6-7, 6-4, 3-6.
If both players show up interested to play at the Atlanta Open, there isn’t much separating Kwon and Giron. Either someone doesn’t show up, or it’s going to come down to who is more clutch in the third set. I like two close sets or three to put this one OVER the total.