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Cameron Norrie
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Tennis Best Bets for June 22

by Kenny Ducey
Updated On: June 21, 2022, 9:02 pm ET

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We've ditched the dirt and are on to grass season on the ATP and WTA tours. There are two small events happening right now in Europe that I'm seeing a ton of value in, and without further ado I'll get into them now.

Cameron Norrie (-141) vs. Brandon Nakashima (+115)

Norrie is a player without any sort of form at the moment, losing last week to Grigor Dimitrov at Queen's Club after his third-round exit at the French Open.

With that being said, we've been through this same song and dance before with Norrie. Every time we think he's out of shape and out of form, he comes back and wins a tournament. While that could be a bit of a stretch this time around, let's consider a few things about this specific match.

Norrie loved playing on grass last year, where his flat backhand could really shine. He went 6-2 on turf and only fell to Matteo Berrettini and Roger Federer. He had some super results, and he's only gotten better since that time.

As an excellent defender, he'll be well-equipped to handle the at-times erratic Brandon Nakashima. He lost to him in Delray Beach two years ago, before he was the top-15 talent he is today, and in their most recent meeting he wiped him in Los Cabos. I expect another beatdown as Norrie tries to gain some form.

Edge: Norrie -141

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Diego Schwartzman (+145) vs. Jack Draper (-179)

Schwartzman is simply not a grass-court player. He's 7-11 throughout his career on the surface, getting blasted by the aging Sam Querrey last week in what was a true display of what he'll do on this surface.

While his backhand is a decent enough matchup for the left-handed forehand of Jack Draper, I expect the young British prodigy to overcome Schwartzman with some ease. The 20-year-old has been magnificent, all things considered, over the last two seasons with grass wins over Jannik Sinner, Alexander Bublik, Taylor Fritz and most recently Jenson Brooksby here in Eastbourne.

Draper enjoys the quick courts, and will be enjoying the home crowd in England. Keep in mind, this is the country where he took a set off of Novak Djokovic last year at Wimbledon. He has exceptional skill and should be able to hit through Schwartzman's great defense given the speeds we've seen already this week here.

Edge: Draper -2.5 Games

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Kenny Ducey

Kenny Ducey is a former member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, writing and editing for Sports Illustrated and Baseball Prospectus. His work also appears at DraftKings and The Action Network. Follow him on Twitter @KennyDucey.