Canadian young sensation Felix Auger-Aliassime will make his return from groin injury when he plays Latvian Ernests Gulbis in the first round of the Stuttgart Open on Tuesday. The match will begin at 12.20 pm local time (11.20 am BST). You can find the Felix Auger-Aliassime v Ernests Gulbis live streaming options, preview and predictions here.
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Felix Auger-Aliassime v Ernests Gulbis Head to Head
There is no previous history between these two players.
Auger-Aliassime Missed Roland Garros Due To Groin Injury
For a young, up and coming tennis player, it would be inconceivable to even think playing too much tennis could be detrimental in the long run.
For Auger-Aliassime, his participation at the 12 tournaments in 2019 came at a cost during the Lyon Open final. The young was best placed to end his trophy drought on tour just a few days before Roland Garros commenced. However, the 19-year-old suffered from a left adductor injury and went on to lose his second ATP tour-level final to Benoit Paire.
The NextGen star was then forced to withdraw from the 2019 French Open much to the disappointment of the fans and the player himself after building his season tremendously to feature at the second Grand Slam of the year. But the good thing in tennis is that Auger-Aliassime will have plenty of opportunities to claim his maiden ATP tour title in the forthcoming weeks, and perhaps most importantly to get his game going as Wimbledon looms.
Gulbis Has Won Only Five Matches This Season
It is fair to say (unless things change dramatically of course) the Ernests Gulbis train is barely moving anymore. The flashy Latvian had won a mere four matches during the early six weeks of 2019. Since then, he triumphed in the opening round in Geneva and things are looking bleak for the once forgotten former Top 10 player.
In fact prior to Geneva, Gulbis had recorded a 10-match losing streak spread between Marseille and Rome (9 tournaments including Challenger level). The Latvian’s sharp decline has been evident after tumbling down the rankings to as low as outside the top-500 in 2017.
Gulbis has yet to reproduce the level which made him become Latvia’s highest ranked male player and the associated loss of form of injuries have compounded severely to that.
Auger-Aliassime v Gulbis Predictions & Tips
Much will depend on the fitness of Auger-Aliassime. If he is physically fit, he should be able to snuff out the danger of the erratic Latvian. Gulbis is not the same player he was five years ago and on paper this should be a very straight forward win for the returning Canadian.
Tip: Auger-Aliassime to win in straight sets: 1/1 (888Sport)