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Tennis Best Bets for September 15

by Edward Egros
Updated On: September 15, 2021, 12:10 pm ET

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The Atlantic Tire Championships II is the second tournament of the year held in Cary, NC, which began Monday and will continue through Sunday. The doubles draw may be a great opportunity to keep your tennis profits rolling in. For this opening round, here’s where you can find value that may also be worth a parlay:

Kozlov, S./Polansky, P. (+145) vs Galloway, R./Lawson, A. (-200)

Robert Galloway and Alex Lawson come in as the three-seed in this tournament. On a hardcourt surface, the duo has gone 8-3 this year, including a title at the Segovia Challenger just last month. In that victory, first serve points won seemed to be the differentiator, winning 81% of those points compared with their opponents’ 69% rate. But, in Galloway and Lawson’s most recent outing at the U.S. Open, they lost in first serve rate, 79% to their opponents’ 90%. How they handle the return game on first serves could be what ultimately decides their fate in any match. This stat may be something to watch for in later rounds of this tournament, but not here.

EDGE: Galloway, R./Lawson, A. (-200)

Glasspool, L./Monroe, N. (-200) vs Blumburg, W./Schnur, M. (+145)

Lloyd Glasspool and Nicholas Monroe own the top seed and for good reason. Both of their doubles rankings on the ATP Tour are in the top 100, and while they have little experience playing together, the 39-year-old Monroe has seen a lot of tennis and Glasspool has never had a higher doubles ranking in his career. That effort for Glasspool led to a hardcourt title at Marseille last March. Advancing to the third round at Wimbledon and experiencing the U.S. Open two weeks ago may also be useful for him here. Facing a duo with doubles rankings of 140th and worse, the challenges for Glasspool and Monroe will come later.

EDGE: Glasspool, L./Monroe, N. (-200)