The Open Sud de France tennis betting is underway this week in Montpellier, and has moved up the calendar year. It used to be played in Lyon late in the year, but the indoor event now gets a run out at the start of the year again, since the switch to Montpellier in 2010. There is a great competitive field at the head of The Open Sud de France tennis betting here, and it is led by Czech star Tomas Berdych. Berdych went all the way to the quarter finals of the Australian Open last week and he has won before on French soil. This is the first time that he has entered the tournament here, but coming on the back of good form, should seed the world number seven make a really good crack at the title. But will the ever popular Frenchman Gael Monfils, on his home soil be able to defend the title he won in Lyon in 2010? The world number 15 is obviously ranked behind Berdych, but with his boundless energy and enthusiasm, Monfils is superb to watch, a true entertainer and he will naturally feed off the partisan home crowd. Monfils holds a great 8-1 match record at the event and should be a good bet as the third seed at the event. Another strong Frenchman on home soil should be Gilles Simon, who seems to enjoy this event. He reached back to back semi finals in 2008 and 2009, before the tournament switched from Lyon and there is always a betting favour in getting behind home based players in the field. Simon has a 9-5 match record at the event, similar to that of Richard Gasquet, who is a former winner of The Open Sud de France tennis betting. Frenchman Gasquet won the event back in 2006 so has experience of winning on home soil, and could well be a dangerous floater as the fourth seed this year. Big Spaniard Feliciano Lopez may be worth a look at in The Open Sud de France tennis betting. He made it to the last sixteen of the Australian Open and in Sydney, where he lost to fellow countryman Rafael Nadal. Could be the dark horse in the pack.
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