Rotterdam Open 2022: Ilya Ivashka vs. Lloyd Harris Tennis Pick and Prediction

Rotterdam Open 2022: Ilya Ivashka vs. Lloyd Harris Tennis Pick and Prediction

TennisSection previews the 2022 Rotterdam Open as Ilya Ivashka takes on Lloyd Harris in the first round on Wednesday, February 9th, 2022.

Balls will be flying around everywhere in a big-hitting first-round contest between Ilya Ivashka and Lloyd Harris at the Rotterdam Open. Who will come out on top?

After a career-best season on the ATP Tour in 2021, it has been a story of frustration and stalled progress in 2022 for Ilya Ivashka. The big-hitting Belarusian was forced to miss out from all tournaments in January, including the Australian Open due to a leg injury. His season started at the Montpellier Open where he suffered a first-round defeat at the hands of Mackenzie McDonald. There is no denying, Ivashka is woefully short on match practice and his fitness will be put to the test against Lloyd Harris at Rotterdam Open.

Lloyd Harris, for his part, has not had the best of starts to 2022. Much like Ilya Ivashka, Harris has not played a lot of tennis this season. The big-serving South African tested positive just after Christmas last year, and it prevented him from traveling to Australia for the first Melbourne Summer Set tournament. He recovered in time to play the second warm-up tournament in Adelaide where he lost to South Korean No. 1 Soonwoo Kwon in three sets. His preparations were far from ideal and he was on the wrong end of another first-round defeat, this time at the Australian Open against the wild card Aleksandar Vukic. Having accumulated two matches under his belt, Harris will play at the Rotterdam Open for the first time in his career.

Ilya Ivashka and Lloyd Harris haven’t played each other on the ATP Tour. Monday’s match at the Rotterdam Open will be their first official meeting at any level. Both players have not played a great deal of tennis in recent weeks. Harris worries me considering this will be his first match in over two weeks. But fitness should not be a major cause of concern because this won’t be a physical match featuring lengthy rallies. Nonetheless, Ivashka should thrive in these court conditions. 

Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Ilya Ivashka in 3 sets.

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