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Thursday French Open Picks, Predictions: Our Team’s Best Second Round Bets (May 26)

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Andy Cheung/Getty. Pictured: An overhead view of Court Philippe Chatrier at the French Open.

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Thursday’s slate of tennis at the French Open includes matches from each singles and doubles draw that the tournament has to offer.

That means there’s a number of quality matches to evaluate, and our analysts have found a dozen matches where they believe there is a betting market to exploit.

Read on for our best bets from Thursday’s batch of matches at Roland Garros.

Matches are listed in chronological order. Match times are subject to change and many will be played after their projected start time. Read here for advice on watching the French Open.

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Casper Ruud vs. Emil Ruusuvuori

5 a.m. ET

Casper Ruud hasn’t been at his best throughout this clay season, and Kenny Ducey believes this is a chance for Emil Ruusuvuori to push the Norwegian.

Read on to see how he’s betting the early-morning match.

Veronika Kudermetova vs. Aleksandra Krunic

5 a.m. ET

This is a classic battle of in-form versus out-of-form, says David Gertler, who is backing Aleksandra Krunic to keep things close in this match.

Daniil Medvedev vs. Laslo Djere

6 a.m. ET

The world No. 2 faces a difficult task in the form of clay-courter Laslo Djere, and Luke Holmberg doesn’t love the stylistic battle he faces.

See which bet he’s targeting to try and take advantage of Medvedev’s possible struggles.

Hugo Gaston vs. Pedro Cachin

6:15 a.m. ET

Hugo Gaston in front of a Parisian crowd? That’s a free bit of value against any projected line, says Avery Zimmerman.

Read on to see why he feels the edge is still with the charismatic Frenchman.

Danka Kovinic vs. Anna Karolina Schmiedlova

6:30 a.m. ET

Danka Kovinic is a quality clay-courter who is extremely tough to break down when she’s playing well.

Gertler looks at her second round matchup in this position and evaluates how he wants to play the match.

Miomir Kecmanovic vs. Alexander Bublik

6:30 a.m. ET

Alexander Bublik is known for his distaste for clay, but that doesn’t mean you should stay away from backing the big server.

Ducey explains why the value in this match lies with Bublik.

Elena Rybakina vs. Katie Volynets

7 a.m. ET

It took a unique path for Katie Volynets to reach the French Open, but she’s looking to take full advantage of the opportunity.

Zimmerman looks at her matchup with the big-hitting Elena Rybakina and delivers his best bet.

Danielle Collins vs. Shelby Rogers

8 a.m. ET

The Australian Open finalist will take on her fellow American on neither player’s preferred surface, but she should be a bigger favorite, says Jon Reid.

Look for Danielle Collins to exploit Shelby Rogers’ game in a few ways on Thursday.

Madison Keys vs. Caroline Garcia

8 a.m. ET

Another American will take the court in Madison Keys, and she’ll be facing an opponent that has played just one match in the last two months.

Reid discusses why you should be backing Keys to reach the third round with ease.

Cristian Garin vs. Ilya Ivashka

8:15 a.m. ET

Cristian Garin is far better known for his clay-court abilities than his opponent Ilya Ivashka, but does that mean he’ll rout the Belarusian?

Not so fast, says Reid, who is targeting the total of this match.

Iga Swiatek vs. Alison Riske

8:15 a.m. ET

Is there any point in fading the hottest player in tennis right now?

Gertler has no interest in doing so, and he discusses why Iga Swiatek is primed for another dominant victory, this time against Alison Riske.

Daniel Evans vs. Mikael Ymer

9:30 a.m. ET

Daniel Evans and Mikael Ymer both cruised through the first round of the French Open with ease, so where does the value lie?

Holmberg thinks the underdog should be receiving far more credit, and he’s looking at a possible upset.

Stefanos Tsitsipas vs. Zdenek Kolar 

10 a.m. ET

Zdenek Kolar picked up a massive win in his first round match with Lucas Pouille, but don’t expect him to build a fairytale run, says Reid.

He’s backing Stefanos Tsitsipas to cruise to victory in this one.

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