The 2023 ATP Eastbourne tournament gets underway with sixth-seeded Tomas Martin Etcheverry taking on unseeded J.J. Wolf in the first round. Both players are clearly unfamiliar with the grass surface of this event. Of Wolf’s 256 matches in his career, only four have taken place on grass. The 24-year-old has only managed to win one of those four, giving him a 25% career win percentage on this surface. Meanwhile, Etcheverry has only played five grass matches of his 464 total appearances (winning only once).
Wolf comes into this matchup coming off a first round defeat in straight sets to Ben Shelton at the London Cinch Championship on the 19th. It was the latest defeat in what has been a difficult month for the American. Wolf has only made it out of the first round once in the last three competitions that he’s taken part in. The one time he did advance to the second round he was quickly sent home 2-0 by Casper Ruud in the Geneva Open. This will be J.J. Wolf’s fourth match in the past 10 days and he will be at a significant rest disadvantage for his meeting his Argentinian opponent.
Etcheverry, holding the 30th ATP ranking, comes into this even with nearly three weeks of rest behind him. The 23-year-old made the final of the Bordeaux Challenger tournament back in May but would ultimately fall to Ugo Humbert at the final hurdle. Etcheverry followed that up with a solid run to the quarter-finals in the French Open. The Argentinian bested the likes of 14th-ranked Borna Coric and 18th-ranked Alex De Minaur along the way, before falling 3-1 to German Alexander Zverev. Etcheverry comes into this tournament in good form with eight wins from his last 10 and will be confident of a victory here despite the unfamiliar surface.
Etcheverry is clearly the player in the better form of the two as his opponent has struggled to put up consistent wins. The grass surface is going to be the x-factor here as these two players have very little history playing on this surface. Wolf was the most recent of the two to compete on grass and would go on to lose two of his three matches. We’ll go with the more rested, higher-ranked player in the better form getting an excellent price in this one. Our Tomas Martin Etcheverry vs J.J. Wolf prediction is for Etcheverry to win.