Quentin Halys might have entered the 2019 French Open main draw thanks to the wild-card but the 153rd ranked local player won’t be an easy opponent for the better known Kei Nishikori when they face off in the first round. Their match is scheduled for Sunday, May 26, not before 1 pm (12 noon BST) and will be played on the Court Suzanne Lenglen. Get Kei Nishikori v Quentin Halys live streaming options here.
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Kei Nishikori v Quentin Halys Head to Head
These players will go head to head for the first time in this match and the 145 places better-ranked Nishikori is a very heavy favourite – 1/6 odds – for a reason.
The Japanese player has won 12 ATP level titles and has been in the top 10 for the majority of his career (currently seventh) while Halys has three Challenger titles under his belt and was never ranked above the 102nd place (currently 153rd).
Nishikori Has Been Struggling On Clay Ahead Of This Grand Slam
The 6-4 clay court record Kei has ahead of the French Open is the least he had before this tournament in the last six years, as he had eight or more wins on this surface entering the second Grand Slam of the season in each of the previous five seasons.
This is certainly not a reason for panic but should be taken into consideration, especially as Nishikori is not getting any younger and is turning 30 in December, so this decline on clay might be a sign of decline caused by age and all of the injuries he had through the years.
Local Boy Halys Has Nothing to Lose
Quentin Halys was born in Bondy, which is a commune in the northeastern suburbs of Paris, so he spent a lot of time in his youth practising and playing on the smaller Roland Garros courts. Even now he lives in Paris but has moved from Bondy to Boulogne, which is a commune in the western suburbs of Paris, a few kilometres closer to the city centre.
This means that the stadium will be packed with French people cheering for him and this will be a big factor going in favour of 22-year-old Halys and it should help him a lot.
Halys has a 64-57 career record on clay and plays equally well on all surfaces.
Kei Nishikori v Quentin Halys Predictions & Tips
With Nishikori’s form not being too great and with the majority of ten thousand people in the Court Suzanne Lenglen being there to support Halys, one can see the French player snatching a set to the big favourite and making this an interesting match.
Tip: Over 3.5 sets in the match: 10/11 (888Sport)