French Open Tennis

Thanasi Kokkinakis vs Daniel Evans Prediction and Odds: French Open 2023

In a pretty evenly matched first-round clash at the French Open 2023, the dangerous world number 107 Thanasi Kokkinakis faces the formidable challenge of taking on the world number 24 British veteran Dan Evans. We give you our preview of this match as well as some free betting tips.

The odds in this article were correct at the time of writing, and the odds are subject to change. We recommend checking with the bookmaker before placing the bet.

Thanasi Kokkinakis vs Daniel Evans – Match Predictions

Kokkinakis to Win

Despite being ranked outside the world’s top 100 Kokkinakis is enjoying a decent 2023 so far and we back him to cause a minor upset in round 1 with a win against a seeded player. Evans doesn’t enjoy playing on clay and over his last 6 French Open appearances his record is 1 win and 6 defeats. In fact, only 51 of Evans’ 451 ATP wins had been achieved on clay.

Kokkinakis is in much better physical shape too based on his most recent showings and we really think that over 5 sets he should have a decisive edge against the labouring all-season veteran Evans.

Set 1 After 2 Games – 1-1

With this being a round 1 match we think both players will be extremely focused early on as they would want to start this Grand Slam by holding their first service games. That’s why we think that after just 2 games in set 1, the players will be locked at 1-1.

Thanasi Kokkinakis vs Daniel Evans Preview

Our predictions for this match have now been established, let’s see how these players have fared in recent times.

Thanasi Kokkinakis

Kokkinakis started the year very well. He reached the semifinals in Adelaide beating the world number 6 Rublev and another top 30 player on the way. He also went past round 1 at the Australian Open with a 3-0 win vs the veteran Fognini. Then in round 2, he blew away a 2-set lead against Andy Murray to crash out in a dramatic 5-set battle.

Kokkinakis then went on to win his only title so far in 2023 at the Challenger in Manama, Bahrain. Kokkinakis continued to play competitive tennis on all surfaces after that and made the main draws of all the Masters he entered. Still, clay is his least preferred surface and the last time he won at Roland Garros was way back in 2015. The Aussie comes into this tournament full of confidence though as he’s on the rise this year.

Daniel Evans

Veteran Dan Evans has been struggling all year. He’s won just 8 out of 22 matches so far in 2023 and he comes into this tournament on the back of 3 consecutive defeats. Still, he made the semifinals at Barcelona on clay and so far this year this is his biggest success.

Evans is hardly enjoying his French Open appearances though. Last year he stopped a run of 5 consecutive round 1 exits with a win but then left the competition in round 2. Evans is certainly not a clay-court specialist and throughout his career, only 51 of his 451 ATP wins had been achieved on clay courts.

Thanasi Kokkinakis vs Daniel Evans Head to Head

This is the third meeting between Kokkinakis and Evans with the wins so far split at 1 apiece.

Thanasi Kokkinakis vs Daniel Evans

Thanasi Kokkinakis vs Daniel Evans Match Details


  • When will this match start? This match starts not before 10:00 GMT on 28 May.
  • What is the prize money for Roland Garros in 2023? The total prize money for the 2023 edition stands at €43.9 million. The Men’s and Women’s Singles winners will take home €2.3 million apiece.
  • Who are the top seeds of the French Open? Carlos Alcaraz and Iga Swiatek are the top seeds in men’s and women’s singles events.

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