Flat or jumps? Cricket or football? Summer or winter? There’s no definitive answer to those questions but the Bet Enthusiast service will continue to strive to find the best bets whatever the season. We have just had a great weekend with two big priced golf winners but in this business the next betting opportunity is more important than what has gone before and the great summer season of sport continues over the next fortnight with massive events in tennis, golf and racing.
This piece is being written on the evening before the huge French Open semi-final between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. By the time this is being read by some the result will be known and Nadal will be a massive favourite to win the title for the eighth time or Djokovic will be long odds on to win this title for the first time and complete a career Grand Slam.
At the start of the tournament we gave one of just three maximum bets that service has recommended to date. Nadal had been most impressive after a return to the tour after an injury that kept him out of the game since Wimbledon last year. Some may wish to hedge by backing Djokovic to win their match but we are standing firm with our support for Nadal who has got better in each successive match in Paris.
Nadal is arguably the best clay court player in the history of the game. But there again Djokovic must be in the top ten of any player since the sport went professional in 1968. His main objective this season is to win the French Open, the only major not won in a career that has continued to get better despite the competition from Nadal, Roger Federer and Andy Murray.
No sooner will the French Open be over, with Serena Williams surely winning the women’s title for the second time, then the sporting focus will turn to golf and the second major championship of the season, the US Open. This championship is designed to identify the best golfer under the most extreme mental and physical pressure and par is often a winning score.
The clear favourite yet again is Tiger Woods, the current world number one. Woods has not won a major since this event in 2008 and was all the rage until a dismal effort at the Memorial tournament last week. That title was won by Matt Kuchar who is now at a career of number four in the world rankings. He is the only multiple winner alongside Tiger on the US PGA Tour this year.
If Justin Rose is to win a major the US Open gives him his best opportunity. The tournament is more about bogey avoidance than birdie conversion and this is strength in Rose’s game. Kevin Chappell may not be at the top of most pundits’ lists as a potential contender but he has made the top 10 in the last two years and is now playing the best golf of his career. And then it’s Royal Ascot next week… and the new football season begins in 75 days!
Back next Friday.