Some of the first round action at the 2021 Newport Open will see Jack Sock take on Alex Bolt and Peter Gojowczyk take on Mitchell Kruger. Get the live streaming options along the predictions, preview and head to head for these matches along with Jason Jung v Brayden Schnur and Yasutaka Uchiyama v Sebastian Ofner.
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Jack Sock v Alex Bolt Preview
Jack Sock was once ranked in the top ten in the world, being ranked number eight on the tour in late 2017 after winning the Paris Masters 1000 and qualifying for the ATP Tour Finals in London. It has been a disappointing last couple seasons with injuries, lay-offs and disappointing form. Married and refreshed and having taken a break from the pandemic, the American has returned to the ATP Challenger Tour and is positive about his return to the main tour, as he seeks to make a comeback from his world number 229 ranking now.
28-year old Aussie Alex Bolt has been on the tour for a few years now but yet to break into the top 100 of the rankings. A good run on grass saw him win the Nottingham Challenger as well as defeat Filip Krajinovic in the Wimbledon opener before falling to Cam Norrie in straight sets.
Sock v Bolt Tip
Neither player has been in the best of form but Sock is returning to the tour after a very long break and Bolt has met with some success on grass. Except the Aussie to prevail in three sets.
Bolt to win in three sets: 3/1 (bet365)
Peter Gojowczyk vs Mitchell Kruger Preview
German Peter Gojowczyk was once ranked in the top 40 on the tour and a semi-finalist here at Newport in 2017 as well as the holder of an ATP 250 title. However, he has fallen out of favor and is currently ranked well outside the top 100 in the world. He did not have a particularly impressive grass season winning just one match in Stuttgart and failing to qualify for Wimbledon.
American Mitchell Kruger has had a poor season failing to qualify for the main draw of any of the ATP tournaments or majors. He has had his fair share of success on the Challenger Tour and ITF Futures but unable to convert anything onto the main draws yet. Ranked just within the top 200 in the world, the American will be hoping to translate his big serve to grass and hard court successes for the latter half of the summer.
Gojowczyk v Kruger Tip
Gojowczyk can be expected to use his experience to rally the American and although has not himself had the best of runs, his experience on grass will see him prevail in three sets.
Gojowczyk to win in three sets: 5/4 (bet365)
Jason Jung v Brayden Schnur Preview
Taiwanese veteran Jason Jung was a quarter-finalist here in 2018 and had an even better run right before the Covid-19 hiatus making the semi-finals at the New York Open defeating Kevin Anderson, Reilly Opelka and Cam Norrie. However, he has hit a poor run since the pandemic hiatus and in 2021 has mostly been a feature on the Challenger Tour.
A success on the Challenger Tour, young Canadian Brayden Schnur is yet to translate the success to the main draw. He has a 4-14 record on the tour in his career and a ranking just within the top 100 is now out of the top 200. The 2021 season has seen him perform well on the Challenger Tour but unable to qualify for any ATP main tour events .
Jung v Schnur Tip
A clash between two players in the midst of a poor run on the main tour, with one an experienced veteran and one still new to the tour. Expect the younger Canadian legs of Schnur to prevail in three sets.
Schnur to win in three sets: 10/3 (bet365)
Yasutaka Uchiyama v Sebastian Ofner Preview
Japanese Yasutuka Uchiyama has qualified for all the majors thus far this year but failed to win a match in the first round of a major in seven appearances now. He has won only two main draw matches this year and will be hoping to course correct here. Fair performances on the ITF Futures and ATP Challengers and even Davis Cup are yet to transform to the main tour.
After a good showing at Wimbledon 2017 making the third round, Sebastian Ofner has not lived up to his potential but done reasonably on the Challenger tour this summer and proven himself to adapt well to the grass in recent times.
Uchiyama v Ofner Tip
Ofner is better suited to the grass and been in better touch in recent weeks on the Challenger Tour and can be expected to prevail against the older Japanese opponent in straight sets.
Offner to win in straight sets: 11/10 (bet365)